they did what?: November 2009 Archives

Chefs create odd meals with baked beans

275x250.jpgThey are mostly used on toast, jacket potatoes or with a full English breakfast, but a pair of chefs have come up with a host of new ways to eat humble baked beans.

Adam Wilcock and Steve Scuffell produced the 57 recipes using baked beans - including a fondue, a soufflé and even a bean smoothie.

They started experimenting cooking with the traditional snack after research found more people were eating them in unusual ways.

Their bizarre concoctions - which also include Heinz Sushi with Wasabi mayonnaise - have now 'bean' made available online but will next year also feature in a recipe book.

London to get a unique tartan design

275x250.jpgA competition had been launched to find London's first official tartan - despite not being in Scotland.

The contest will see would-be designers creating a tartan pattern which they think reflects the character of the English capital.

The design will then be registered with the Tartan Register in Edinburgh a national repository of tartan designs which is used by designers to weavers and kilt makers.

Suggestions to entrants include that it could feature the red of London buses, the green of Hyde park, the black of the traditional taxis and the blue of the Thames.

Seriously, the 'blue' of the Thames? When was the last time these people went to London. But as it's St Andrew's Day today we will let them off.

275x250.jpgFashion designers have created a dress which is sure to 'light up a room' - thanks to 24,000 tiny LED bulbs embroidered on it.

The Galaxy Dress has been made by fashion company CuteCircuit for "Fast Forward: Inventing the Future" exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry in Chicago.

The 2mm square full-colour LEDs make it the largest wearable display in the world and the circuits are extra-thin, flexible, and hand embroidered on a layer of silk so it still moves like a normal dress.

The LEDs are covered in 4 layers of silk chiffon and are powered by a number of iPod batteries - makers also promise that it won't get too hot.

But wearing it could leave you feeling a little like Cinderella... the batteries will only last for about 30 minutes.

275x250.jpgPresident Obama has continued the Thanksgiving tradition of sparing the life of a turkey... which will now live at Disneyland.

Yesterday he pardoned Courage the turkey on the White House lawn after it was picked by his daughters Sasha and Malia.

The lucky 45lb bird, donated by the National Turkey Board, will now go to Disneyland where it will stay on at an exhibit on the settlers' early days in the US.

Speaking at the pardoning Barack Obama said: "Courage will also be spared this terrible and delicious fate."

"There are certain days that remind me of why I ran for this office… and then there are moments like this, where I pardon a turkey and send it to Disneyland," he added.

275x250.jpgDaredevil inventor and pilot Yves Rossy has crashed into the ocean after trying to fly from Africa to Europe with a winged 150mph jetpack.

It is thought a malfunction with his jet wing caused Rossy - dubbed Rocket Man - to crash land in the Straits of Gibraltar shortly after his launch.

Rossy had leapt from a plane at 6,500ft before extending his eight-foot carbon fibre wings and engaging his four-cylinder jet pack.

This should have propelled him to 150mph for the 15 minute journey which would have landed him a place in the record books as the first person to make a intercontinental crossing using Jet-powered wings.

But after about 8 minutes, cameras lost contact with him and the next thing anyone knew was that he had parachuted into the ocean.

275x250.jpgA theme park has hired Simon Cowell's former bodyguard to help them protect a new secret ride they are working on.

Alton Towers will pay Tony Adkins the equivalent of a six-figure salary to protect the new ride - codenamed SW6.

Bosses say fans are so desperate to find out more about the £15 million roller-coaster - which is said to have a never-before-seen feature - they needed the extra security.

And Tony seems to have all the right credentials, he has spent seven years as a professional bodyguard also working for Princess Anne, Iron Maiden and Boy George.

He will now direct and provide advice to the in-house security team -- alternatively they could just put pictures of his face around the fence.

Admin error could lead to fish extinction

275x250.jpgAn 80-year-old admin error could lead to the extinction of a fish species it has been claimed.

Experts say the mistake occurred in the 1920s when common skate were being classified by academics.

In an important piece of paperwork they were logged as a single species 'D. batis' - even though it was known that two existed, 'D. batis' and 'D. flossada'.

This has meant that for the past 80 years they have been fished as one species - resulting in the unmonitored depletion of the flapper skate (D. flossada) the more endangered species of the two.

As a result the risk of extinction is now far higher than previously expected. And you thought your mistake at the office was bad, at least you never wiped out an entire species.

275x250.jpgAn artist has used 26 different types of fruit to recreate the London skyline.

Carl Warner and his team of five model-makers spent three weeks crafting the famous London landmarks out of foods ranging from melons and tomatoes to asparagus.

They carefully sculpted the buildings - while all the time fighting the challenge of how to keep the fresh and highly perishable fruit and vegetables looking their best for the final image.

After gluing it all together they then took this stunning image… before munching on the most impressive salad bar you have ever see.

Artist recreates masterpieces with coffee


A footballer has scored the worlds fastest goal - just 2 seconds after kickoff.

As the ref blew the whistle to start the game Nawaf Al Abed, lining up for the Saudi  team Al Hilal whacked the ball straight from the centre spot.

The opposition and fans could only look on in shock as the ball went straight over the keeper and into the back of the net.

As any pub quiz fans will know, this breaks the previous record of 4 seconds held by Jim Fryatt of Bradford Park  who played againt Tranmere Rovers, 25 April 1964.

For further point you may like to know that Al Hilal went on to win the game against Al Shoalah 4-0.

275x250.jpgWearing a different T-shirt each day has netted a US man £50,000 in the last year, after he decided to turn himself into a human billboard.

Jason Sadler, 27, a former marketing man from Florida hit upon the idea of charging companies to wear t-shirts with their around this time last year.

He set up the website and offered to hire out his torso by the day. On January 1st he would charge one dollar, on the January 2nd it would be two dollars right the way to December 31 when it would be $365.

He would then wear the shirt all day including in photos posted to Flickr and videos uploaded on YouTube.

Amazingly his idea took off and he sold all dates in 2009, with additional sponsorship he pocketed £50,000… not bad for getting dressed in a morning. 

Mechanics who were meant to be fixing a broken radiator on a car took it on a 120 mph joyride - not knowing it had a camera fitted.

As a result, when the owner of the £30,000 Vauxhall Monaro confronted them about the joyride they initially denied it… until this saw the hair-raising footage.

The owner says he became suspicious when he picked up his repaired car to find his petrol tank was lower than he remembered.

When he got back to his home in Reditch he decided to check his Roadhawk device which he had earlier installed to record video and log GPS data for every journey the car made.

He then saw the footage of his pride-and-joy being raced through country lanes at speed up to 120 mph - to get into the mind of this pertol-head imagine seeing your baby dangled off a balcony.

275x250.jpgThe Berlin wall has been recreated with giant 7.5 ft dominoes and quickly toppled to mark the 20th anniversary of German reunification.

More than 1,000 of the dominoes were set up along a 1.5km stretch of where the wall had been and as part of city-wide celebrations for the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the East-West division.

Each of the plastic foam dominoes, which were toppled tonight, was decorated by schoolchildren from around Germany with messages such as "We are one people."

Unfortunately the dominoes didn't all fall in one go - but it wasn't a uncharactistic lapse in German planning - pauses were intended for to allow for additional events.

275x250.jpgA South Korean woman had finally passed her driving theory test, after taking it 950 times.

68-year-old Cha Sa-soon will now be able to get behind the wheel and start actually learning to drive.

Since 2005 she has been trying to get the 60 percent needed on the 50 minute 50 question test.

Sa-soon, who claims she needs the licence for her vegetable-selling business, has paid more then £2,500 in application fees alone and taken the test over 300 times this year.

While we don't know too much about South Korean driving laws, we are pretty certain we could have passed the test sooner, by closing our eyes and randomly ticking the page.

275x250.jpgA souvenir collector who somehow got his hands on 5,000 condoms due to be handed out to athletes at the Beijing 2008 Olympics, is set to sell them at auction.

After the games ended the man managed to snap up most of the 100,000 which hadn't been used by randy sports people.

Each of the Olympic prophylactics is in a branded wrapper which has the motto of the Beijing Games "faster, higher, stronger" printed in it.
The 5,000 condoms will now be sold as a single lot at a Chinese sporting auction on 29 November - with a starting price that works out to one yuan each (8p).

We are not sure it would be that great to be stuck with 5,000 condoms promoting how fast you were on the packet.

275x250.jpgA group of 25 bingo fans have hiked 17,500ft up to Everest Base Camp... to hold the world's highest game of bingo.

After two weeks climbing - risking dehydration, altitude sickness and frostbite - the team recently arrived at their destination.

Then then promptly whipped out their scorecards, the caller slipped on a sparkly gold jacket and they started their game.

In calling the highest house the group raised around £100,000 for their chosen charity Sue Ryder Care.

One of the team, organised by Gala Coral, said: "Other trekkers at base camp simply couldn't believe it - I'm sure they thought we had altitude sickness."

275x250.jpgA competition has just launched in the Mojave Desert for teams planning to build an elevator to space… yes you read that correctly.

For the next couple of days Space Elevator Games will see robotic machines climbing a 1km high cable (held by a helicopter) and will be powered by laser beams.

The idea is that if this can be achieved, the technology could develop into a fully fledged Space Elevator like that in Arthur C. Clarke's "The Fountains of Paradise."

If a space elevator could one day be attached to a mass in geosynchronous orbit, it would offer much cheaper space travel than rockets… and give Starbucks somewhere else to open a branch.

275x250.jpgIn a bid to make recycling more enjoyable, a group of Swedish engineers have converted a bottle bank into an arcade machine.

The team added flashing lights and an electronic scoreboard to a bottle bank -making it more like a environmentally friendly whack-a-mole.

After pressing the start button, recyclers now see lights above the bottle holes flash, if they get it in quick enough their score goes up, just like the classic arcade game.

The project is part of 'The Fun Theory' scheme by Volkswagen which shows various ways they have attempted to change their behaviour for the better.

Last month they turned a flight of stairs into a giant piano thus tricking people into exercising. (Check out both videos after the link)

Facebook group finds owner of lost camera

275x250.jpgA lost camera has been reunited with its owner after 230,000 people on Facebook launched a campaign to locate him.

The camera was found by Aussie Danny Cameron on the Greek island of Mykonos this summer, he looked around but couldn't find the camera's owner.

He then looked at the images and spent a day of his holiday trying to find anyone of the people in the images, to no avail.

He then turned to Facebook setting up a group 'Needle In A Haystack' which he hoped would find the camera owner as an experiment of Six degrees of separation.

After 230,000 joined the group someone finally recognised the people in the images and the French owner of the camera was located -- hopefully he is not friends with his insurance company on Facebook.

Baby born on plane is named after airline

275x250.jpgA premature baby boy who was born on during a flight from Penang to Kuching, has been named after the airline Air Asia.

Mid-flight expectant mother Liew Siaw Hsia give birth at 2,000 feet with the help of a doctor who was handily on-board and the plane was diverted to Kuala Lumpur.

Air Asia later decided to reward mom - who hadn't been due for another 11 weeks - and her baby by offering them both free flights for life.

Now the 31-year-old mother has returned the favour by naming her child after the airline. He is called Asia Liew Ya Hang - 'Ya Hang' means AirAsia in Mandarin.

Still, it could have been worse… if they had taken a different flight he could have been called Steve Virgin by now.

275x250.jpgA psychic who held a Twitter seance for Halloween, claims to have contacted Michael Jackson, Kurt Cobain and River Phoenix.

Tweance was organised by psychic Jayne Wallace who used Twitter to let people suggest questions for celebrity spirits and posted the ghoslty answers.

During the session she says Jacko told fans that he is at peace and does not think anyone was responsible for his death. He also said he is happy about the release of the 'This is it' movie.

Other famous dead folk she tried to reach included William Shakespeare, but unfortunately his spirit was too 'weak' to answer questions… maybe he is just more of a Facebook ghost.

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