WTF: May 2010 Archives

275x250.jpgA Kookaburra which was addicted to sausages has been taken to a zoo for rehabilitation after it was attacked by a dog -- because it was too fat to fly.

The bulky bird was found at a park in Mosman, Australia, running along the floor as it was being chased by a group of dogs.

Initially it was thought the bird had a broken wing and couldn't get away because of the injury -- but then experts found it was just too fat to fly.

They claim the 545g bird piled on the pounds - to 40% heavier than the typical Kookaburra - after eating sausages fed to it by barbecuing park-goers.

While a Kookaburra would normally feast on lizards and small rodents eating too much from a BBQ can be bad for them… which means more for us.

275x250.jpg A movie buff and petrol-head has spent the past 25 years (and presumably a lot of money) building up an ultimate collection of movie motors.

Mark Perkins owns cars including the Batmobile, James Bond's Aston Martin, The Ghostbusters 'Ectomobile' and Starsky and Hutch's Ford Torino.

Insured for £500,000 the collection - stored in the basement of of his home in Ascot - mixes original vehicles used in films and TV shows with exact replicas.

The 47-year-old say he gets great enjoyment out of owning the odd cars -- and loves seeing the look on peoples faces when he nips to the local drive-thru in the Flintstones car.

275x250.jpg A UK man has become the first person in the world to be infected by a computer virus - and he did it himself, intentionally.

Mark Gasson contaminated a computer chip which had earlier been inserted into his hand as part of research into human enhancement and implantable devices.

The the University of Reading scientist had been implanted with the RFID chip to do things like access buildings, unlock his mobile phone and be tracked.

But then he infected the implant with a virus to prove that (he) could then pass on the virus to other computers.

275x250.jpgBosses at a dinosaur park in Wales say they are so strapped for space they are trying to give away a 30ft replica Brontosaurus, for free.

And while the long-necked dinosaur is being offered gratis, there it a catch, you have to collect it and get it home yourself.

Which is easier said than done given the faux Brontosaurus - said to be worth around £20,000 - weights two-and-half-tonnes, and is massive.

It's suggested Bronto would make an ideal gift for a dino-mad youngster (with a big garden) or that he could be used as a mascot for a football or rugby team.

If we had room we'd certainly want him, if only to see the face of our postman when he read the "beware of the dinosaur" sign and saw a green head sticking out from the bushes.

275x250.jpgA video has been uncovered by film buffs which appears to show the worlds first ever mobile phone… all the way back in 1922.

Archivists at British Pathé say they stumbled on the silent film - titled 'Eve's Wireless' - in their archives, and could't believe what they saw.

The clip shows two well dressed women in New York carrying the hefty-looking device which they connect to a fire hydrant via a long cable.

An umbrella is then erected, which appears to act as an aerial, and the pair to use the phone to make a call.

They are then shown chatting to an operator who then plays a gramophone record for them… kind of like a rudimentary Spotify.

A £275 million bridge in Russia has been closed after it started severely bouncing up and down in high winds.

The wobbling of the 4.5 mile bridge was so bad it threw some cars into the air as they tried to drive across it and into Volgograd.

Engineers had spent 13 years planning and building the beam bridge which opened eight months ago and claimed it would be more stable than a suspension bridge.

But high winds proved them wrong with drivers saying their commute suddenly felt more like a roller- coaster -- and looking at this video we can see what they mean.

The bridge was closed while safety checks were carried out and will reopen shortly. Bosses say the problem was simply "The wrong type of wind."

275x250.jpg British adventurer Lewis Gordon Pugh has become the first person to swim under the summit of Mount Everest.

Pugh crossed the 1km Pumori glacial lake, which sits at an altitude of 5,300 metres next to the Khumbu Glacier in a time of just 22 mins and 51 seconds.

He undertook the record-breaking swim in a bid to draw attention to the melting of the glaciers in the Himalayas and declining water supplies in the region.

Despite the water being a chilly 2 degrees he wore just a pair of Speedo swimming trunks, a cap and goggles… and the look of someone crazy enough to have carried a boat up Everest.

275x250.jpg A British driver has set a new lawnmower land speed record (yes, it exists) by reaching 87mph on his trusty grass cutter.

Don Wales smashed the previous 80.792mph lawnmower land speed record at Pendine Sands, in west Wales with a verified time of 87.833mph.

To set the record Don - whose grandfather Sir Malcolm Campbell broke the land speed record in 1924 - had to complete two timed runs, just after cutting a patch of grass.

Project RunningBlade converted a regular ride-on mower into the speedy vehicle by using a more powerful engine, stripping the machine of extra weight and adding new wheels… and Don can now mow his lawn in 14.7seconds.

275x250.jpgA team of ninjas scared off three would-be muggers in Australia when they were spotted attacking a man near to the dojo where they train.

The muggers had grabbed a mobile phone and iPod from a German exchange student, who was visiting Sydney, before pushing his to the ground and repeatedly kicking him.

But luckily for the 27-year-old medical student, the assault had been seen by a member of a nearby dojo who ran inside and told his sensei what was happening.

With that the class at Ninja Senshi Ryu was abruptly halted and the five martial arts experts - all wearing full black ninja garb - ran outside to help the attack victim.

When the attackers looked up and saw the shadowy figures running at them, they dropped what they were doing and quickly scarpered -- presumably after wondering what the fudge had just happened.

275x250.jpgAnimals have been showing off their terrorism fighting skills after being trained by the US Navy.

Demonstrations organised as part of a recent anti-terrorism preparedness day in California included things like a dolphin locating a faux terrorist in murky water.

But that seems almost ordinary compared to the sea lion which then proceeded to cuff the terrorist's ankles so authorities could reel him in.

The homeland security and disaster preparedness exercises also included a fake attack on a container ship and a simulated bomb explosion.

The US Navy Marine Mammal Program is several decades old and sees the creatures trained to do things like detect and clear mines… all for fish.

275x250.jpgA bra manufacturer in Japan has unveiled a "Grow-Your-Own Rice Bra" which they say would be ideal for urban farmers.

Each year Triumph reveals a unique themed bra which taps into the Japanese cultural zeitgeist with previous examples being one with solar panels and one which doubled as a golf mat.

Now makers say there's a trend or city dwellers to dabble in urban farming - with rice a dietary staple they decided to combine the two with lingerie.

The bra can be tied together to create pots which also double as the cups. These are to be filled with soil, and rice seedlings.

As with previous stunt bras the 'Grow-Your-Own' is not due to go on sale publicly… which is a shame as wearers watering seeds could have prompted spontaneous wet t-shirt contests.

275x250.jpg Designers have revealed a bizarre item which is said to make it easy to have conversations in busy bars -- but also makes you look like an extra from a bad 1970s sci-fi movie.

The 'social sphere' is the brainchild of Elaine McLuskey who came up with them to allow to hear each other in situations with loud background noise.

Made of perspex the lightweight speech bubbles are worn on a users head and connect to allow people to talk directly into each others ear.

They work by filtering out ambient noise of music and chatter, allowing you to hear exactly what is being said… which will normally be "have you noticed that everyone is pointing and laughing at us?"

275x250.jpg Police in Switzerland have started hiring an actor to dress as an angel and stand at the side of busy roads.

Complete with a white suit and feathered wings, the angel is being employed for 20 hours per week to wave at speeding motorists in a bid to slow them down.

The idea comes from a recent television advertising campaign where the bearded angel tells heavy footed drivers to "Slow Down. Take It Easy".

The unnamed actor will now spend at least six months standing by the side of roads in western Switzerland… worryingly we think if we saw him we would be more likely to crash.

This CCTV footage shows how an Australian dad saved his baby son by tightly holding onto him when an out-of-control car ploughed into them on the pavement.

Incredibly, Andrew Leach only suffered a broken leg in the horror crash, and little Haydn miraculously escaped without a scratch on him.

The accident happened near Sydney when an 82-year-old female driver suffered a suspected heart attack and lost control of her car.

As the video shows, her vehicle mounted the curb and headed straight towards the Leach family.

Andrew says he intentionally held his son tightly and lifted him out of the way of the accident knowing he would be hit and injured himself.

275x250.jpgBritain's rarest wild flower is set to receive added police protection when it flowers later this year.

The Lady’s Slipper orchid growing in Lancashire is believed to have been planted in the 1800s and be the last flowering example of its kind in the UK.

While the flower at Silverdale Golf Course in Carnforth is already protected in law, police want to boost protection because it has been mutilated twice over the past six years.

They are now considering ways of of making it safer, including CCTV cameras and setting up extra patrols.

Let's just hope a wayward golf ball doesn't smash the flower before the police can protect it.

275x250.jpgPatients undergoing operations at a Scottish hospital are being given the option of watching DVDs rather than receiving anaesthetic.

Docs claim watching a DVD like of Only Fools And Horses during an operation can distract patients from pain, meaning they need less anaesthetic.

Dr Nick Pace of Gartnavel Hospital had idea after being tasked with trying to reduce the number of people having knee surgery who opted for a general anaesthetic.

It's now suggested patients are numbed from the waist down and watch a portable DVD player to distract them from the surgery sights and sounds.

About half of patients now opt for watching a movie and a spinal anaesthetic rather than full body anaesthetic… but if they started offering popcorn they could get that number up.

275x250.jpgSilent electric cars could soon be fitted with Star Wars-style sound effects in a bid to warn pedestrians where they are.

The European Commission is worried the silent operation of electric cars could mean they become a danger on the road with pedestrians.

As such it plans to bring in rules that manufactures must make a minimum volume noise in place of the 'warning' sound of an engine.

But rather than simply replicate the sounds of an engine some makers are looking at using signature sounds more akin to Star Wars.

A spokesperson for Lotus Engineering says the new Evora 414E Hybrid even makes a sound similar to the Millennium Falcon… but you don't have to dress up as Han Solo to drive it, unfortunately.

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