Archive for August, 2009

Antelope Fakes Death to Escape Being Eaten

Posted By Ben Goulding, 31 August, 2009 | permalink

This is one remarkable antelope. He had the brains and courage to play dead to escape being eaten by a cheetah and a hyena. Just as the hyena is convinced that he’s caught his supper, he makes the mistake of turning his back on the antelope, and that’s when the antelope gets up and sprints off into the distance.

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The Value of United States Currency in Circulation

Posted By Ben Goulding, 31 August, 2009 | permalink

Money Circulation

Visual Economics have put together this graph to show the value of currency in the United States, the value of different bills and their life expectancies. I was quite surprised to see that there are practically the same number of $20 bills floating around as there are $100 bills, and also the lack of $10 bills.

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Robbery Gone Horribly Wrong

Posted By Ben Goulding, 31 August, 2009 | permalink


(Youtube Link)

Take a look at this failed robbery attempt from several camera angles. These guys met their match when they tried to rob this shop.

Despite the fact that the criminals had multiple sledgehammers, the man behind the counter only had one this on his mind. Flying chair and extinguish! Nice work.

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‘Moon Rock’ Given to Holland is Fake

Posted By Ben Goulding, 31 August, 2009 | permalink

Fake Moon Rock

A piece of moon rock given to the Dutch prime minister by Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin, from the Apollo 11 mission has turned out to be fake.

The ‘lunar rock’, which is held at Amsterdam’s Rijksmuseum, attracts tens of thousands of visitors each year. It had a value of over $500,000, however it is in fact petrified wood.

Xandra van Gelder, who oversaw the investigation, said the museum would continue to keep the stone as a curiosity.

“It’s a good story, with some questions that are still unanswered,” she said. “We can laugh about it.”

The rock was given to Willem Drees, a former Dutch leader, during a global tour by Neil Armstrong, Michael Collins and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin following their moon mission 50 years ago. Nasa gave moon rocks to more than 100 countries following lunar missions in 1969 and the 1970s.

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Body Paint Installation at “Clicks or Mortar”

Posted By Ben Goulding, 31 August, 2009 | permalink


(Vimeo Link)

“Body Paint” by Mehmet Akten is an interactive installation and performance allowing users to paint on a virtual canvas with their body, interpreting gestures and dance into evolving compositions.

With the use of real-time infra-red cameras and custom software, motions are converted into drips and brush-strokes.

“The installation is designed to work with any number of people and is scalable to cover small or large areas. The interaction is very simple – movement creates paint. Hidden in the simplicity, are many layers of subtle details. Different aspects of the motion – size, speed, acceleration, curvature, distance all have an effect on the outcome – strokes, splashes, drips, spirals – and is left up to the users to play and discover.”

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HOWTO: Cook Salmon in Your Dishwasher

Posted By Ben Goulding, 31 August, 2009 | permalink

Salmon in a Dishwasher

In another one of MacGyver Chef’s unusual cooking tutorials, over at Gizmodo, we are taught how to cook salmon in a dishwasher, just in case you ever decided that you wanted a change from the cooker. You can view the full step-by-step guide at the link.

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LEAKED: New iPhone Commercial

Posted By Ben Goulding, 28 August, 2009 | permalink


(Youtube Link)

There seems to be an app for just about anything, although sometimes it might be better if there wasn’t.

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New KFC Sells Marijuana

Posted By Ben Goulding, 28 August, 2009 | permalink

For the past few months there has been an abandoned Kentucky Fried Chicken in Palms, L.A. on the corner of Exposition Blvd. and Hughes Ave. Well, KFC are now open for business again in the same building, but it’s not the fast food KFC, it’s a drug dispensary called “Kind For Cures.”

KFC Marijuana

“While they do sell things that are edible, you can’t buy them, or even ask about them, without a prescription.”

Now, in Southern California, a marijuana dispensary is no unusual thing, but this KFC one is. Unlike other dispensaries in the area, ‘Kind For Cures’ have kept the design of the previous tenants and the building remains practically the same as it was for the fast food restaurant that was there before it.

It was either a great marketing plan, or the owners were just too lazy to get off their backsides and do something. I’ll take a wild stab at the latter.

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What I’ve Always Wanted – A Banana Phone

Posted By Ben Goulding, 28 August, 2009 | permalink

Banana Phone

“Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring Banana phone. Ring ring ring ring ring ring ring Banana phone.”

Okay, okay, so who hasn’t ever wanted a banana phone? It’s the genius combination of humor combined with mind-boggling expert theory analysis to provide, what is, the coolest phone ever made – the banana phone!

Well, the folks over at www.cellfoam.com are offering a banana phone cover that fits your cellphone, for $10 and a holster for $8. Great phone protection, whilst impressing all your friends, who could ask for any more?

Via

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French Hostage Escapes After Killing Captors

Posted By Ben Goulding, 28 August, 2009 | permalink

A French security adviser who was kidnapped by insurgents in Somalia, on July 14 2009, has escaped by killing three of his captors.

“We understand he killed three al-Shabaab guys who were guarding him. I cannot understand how this good story happened, but now he is in the hands of the government,” Abdiqadir Odweyne, a senior policeman, said.

An al-Shabaab source confirmed three of its members were killed, but said it was not known by whom: “Three of my friends died but who killed them is the question. We were expecting a ransom this morning,” the rebel source said.

Luckily the man is safe and is said to be in good health.

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The First Video Ever Uploaded To YouTube

Posted By Ben Goulding, 28 August, 2009 | permalink


(Youtube Link)

This is the first video ever on YouTube, uploaded at 8:27PM on Saturday April 23rd, 2005. The video was shot by Yakov Lapitsky at the San Diego Zoo. Who would have thought then, that YouTube would go on to become one of the biggest and most popular sites on the net?

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Big Ball vs Cars

Posted By Ben Goulding, 28 August, 2009 | permalink


(Youtube Link)

Wasting time has never been so much fun! Great job guys. Totally made my morning.

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Happy Birthday IE6…And Goodnight…Please?

Posted By Ben Goulding, 27 August, 2009 | permalink

It was on this day in 2001 that internet explorer 6 was released to the world, and who knew the pain and suffering it would cause all web-masters and designers out there?

Despite numerous online campaigns for individuals, but especially companies to upgrade from ie6, including Mashable’s ie6 must die plea, that went viral on Twitter, the ‘ancient’ web browser still holds around a 15% share of the browser market.

You’ve had your fair share of browsing time now ie6, it’s time for you to curl up in your tartan blanket and let the compatible browsers out there show us the web.

ie6 Trash

< !--[ if IE 6]>UPGRADE, FOR CRIPES SAKE! Love, Web Designers< ![ endif]-->

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Real-Time Cost Of The War

Posted By Ben Goulding, 27 August, 2009 | permalink

Cost Of War

I came across www.costofwar.com and was astonished by the rate of increase of the cost of the war.

You can redefine the cost for the entire U.S, per household, per person and per taxpayer as well as the cost for your state.

Watching those numbers going up is making me dizzy.

Check it out at www.costofwar.com.

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My Waffle Wedded Wife

Posted By Ben Goulding, 27 August, 2009 | permalink


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Scientists ‘Close To Breast Cancer Cure’

Posted By Ben Goulding, 27 August, 2009 | permalink

Breast Cancer Ribbon“British scientists are close to a ‘potential cure’ for most breast cancer cases.

They have developed a way to stop tumours growing and spreading, which could save millions of lives every year.

Researchers say the new technique could be used to produce a drug to tackle the disease in as little as two years.

Scientists have previously focused on how to prevent tumours from forming, but the new research has found key molecules called microRNAs which the cancer manipulates to spread around the body.
Breast cancer cells ’switch off’ these molecules, allowing the cancer to spread unchecked to other parts of the body.

This spread is responsible for 90 per cent of deaths from breast cancer and the team which made the breakthrough is working on a drug to stop this fatal process.”

It’s nice to here some great news once in a while. I truly hope that its potential is realized and put into practice in the real world, to help save the lives of masses.

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Daniel Pelletier – A Parapalegic Skateboarder

Posted By Ben Goulding, 27 August, 2009 | permalink


(Youtube Link)

You may think that skateboarding mainly involves your lower body, but not for Daniel Pelletier.

Daniel is paralyzed from the waist down, and has undergone 25 surgeries, however this hasn’t stopped him from realizing his passion – skateboarding.

This is Daniel’s sponsor video which he hopes to gain corporate sponsorship from. Now that he’s becoming an internet celebrity, I’m sure he’ll have the phones ringing all day long. Top man, Daniel!

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Twitter Is Back!

Posted By Ben Goulding, 27 August, 2009 | permalink

Okay, after just over a week of my Twitter account being down, it’s finally back! That week felt like the longest week of my life.

Please feel free to follow me @pigjockey, and I’ll follow you back!

Thanks a lot guys!

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ElectraPour Lights Up Your Drinks

Posted By Ben Goulding, 26 August, 2009 | permalink

ElectraPour

“Great if you’re a bartender, the ElectraPour is ideal for dark conditions when people are watching expectantly for their next shot! Although it can take a matter of seconds to pour a shot out, it can seem like a lifetime if you’re the one wanting to swig it down, so the ElectraPour helps to provide a nice light show to keep everyone entertained in the meantime!

We can’t claim to know all the ins and outs of the science behind the ElectraPour, but when the liquid passes through the pourer it activates the interior red LED light. Unlike other light-up pourers which simply flash when you pour, the ElectraPour actually lights up the stream of liquor pouring out of the spout!”

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Justin’s 73-Year-Old Dad Is Awesome

Posted By Ben Goulding, 26 August, 2009 | permalink

Justin's DadJustin is a 28-year-old man who lives with his 73-year-old dad. Justin decided to set up a Twitter account @shitmydadsays, to write stuff that his dad says. The Twitter account has become so popular, it has over 100k followers in less than a month.

Here are some examples of the stuff that Justin’s dad says:

“Who is this woman?….Kate Beckinsale? Well, you can tell Kate Beckinsale she sucks.”

“Don’t touch the bacon, it’s not done yet. You let me handle the bacon, and i’ll let you handle..what ever it is you do. I guess nothing.”

“Your brother brought his baby over this morning. He told me it could stand. It couldn’t stand for shit. Just sat there. Big let down.”

“I didn’t live to be 73 years old so I could eat kale. Don’t fix me your breakfast and pretend you’re fixing mine.”

I officially LOVE Justin’s dad. Go check him out @shitmydadsays.

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