Archive for October, 2009
Meteorologists have discovered that Tuesday is the rainiest day of the week in the UK.
Despite the pessimistic assumption that it rains more at weekends, analysis of historical data actually shows that we get more rain on Tuesdays. However, it also shows that Saturdays are getting rainier according to Dr Andy Russell, an atmosphere scientist at Manchester University.
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Scientists believe that weekdays actually tend to be wetter than weekends, because there is more heat and pollution generated by human activity, like traffic.
The extra heat tends to increase precipitation by driving convection, while particulates give rain droplets a centre upon which to form.
Halloween is just around the corner, and here’s the perfect candy for your party – a life sized chocolate human skull.
The solid chocolate skulls are cast from REAL human skulls in a choice of chocolate, including Fair Trade & 80 per cent cocoa. Best of all there is also bone chocolate – a delicious blend of Belgian milk and white chocolates, resembling the colour of freshly cleaned human bones.1 Comment | Posted in: Entertainment
The UK recession has led to a boom in McDonald’s sales as people opt for cheap fast food, rather than splashing out on more expensive meal. As a result, McDonald’s is to open two lane drive-through restaurants to help cope with the increasing demand.
Despite numerous government campaigns for health eating, McDonald’s had its best summer ever in the UK this year, serving 100 million customers a month.
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Steve Easterbrook, McDonald’s UK chief executive. told The Sun: “We simply don’t have the capacity to serve the number of customers as quickly as we want to”.
The fast food chain has responded by opening dual entrances so that two drivers can order their meals simultaneously. Menus are also being printed on kerbside signs
The new system is being tested at outlets in Telford, Shropshire, Kent and Edinburgh. If successful, the scheme will be extended to up to 50 McDonald’s restaurants across the country.
Cassetteboy does Nick Griffin on Question Time. Let’s have a look at what he should have said…Comments Off | Posted in: Politics | Television
Experts claim serious side effects of flu shots amount to about one in a million – well this is what that one in a million looks like. A 25 year old woman in Ashburn, Virginia has come down with a severe debilitating neurological disorder days after receiving a seasonal flu vaccination, which means that she can only walk backwards and run without her body being taken over by uncontrollable muscle contractions.2 Comments | Posted in: Health
Learn everything there is to know about the internet with this guide for kids. Oh man, that theme tune’s going to be in my head for days now.Comments Off | Posted in: Internet | Sci/Tech
Peter Hitchener, a news anchorman, remains unflappable when a ‘giant’ seagull walks behind him during a bulletin in Australia.
The timing could not have been worse as Hitchener was trying read a story about organised crime in the city.
“I was reading away and it was a serious story, and I suddenly thought ‘Oh my gosh, that seagull’s back again’, because we had a bit of a problem last night,” Hitchener told a radio station afterwards.
He explained that the seagull had appeared moments before the programme went on air, alarming the producers.
“About 50 seconds to six o’clock this seagull arrived and started pecking at the camera and it had the beadiest huge eyes you’ve ever seen in your life.”Comments Off | Posted in: News | Television
Introducing Burger King Japan’s exclusive Windows 7 Whopper. Yes, a burger with 7 patties, only available for 7 days, and launched at the same time as Windows 7. Anything for a sale, huh?
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Harry Potter was born in Portsmouth, England, in 1989 and lived a normal life, with a normal name, until he turned nine, when J.K. Rowling wrote the book that would make his life a misery.
The similarities are there – right down to a scar on the forehead.
But the biggest thing they share are eleven letters spelling out two short names. Harry Potter.
‘My life has changed completely since the books were written,’ he said. ‘At first I thought it might be quite a good thing to have the same name.
‘But now it is like someone has cast a bad spell on me, the reactions I get from people range from making fun to plain aggressive.
‘Sometimes I wish JK Rowling had never used my name.
‘People seem to forget that I was Harry Potter before the character. I was nine when the books first came out.’
Do you share a name with a famous person, or know someone who does? Let us know about it. What are your experiences? How has your life been affected and would you change your name if you could?Comments Off | Posted in: Entertainment | Lifestyle
Not sure if you should get that new gadget or not? This flowchart will help you make your decision.Comments Off | Posted in: Sci/Tech
Researchers from the Johannes Gutenberg University, Germany, have found that white wine could damage your teeth more than red wine.
They found that years of exposure to white wine could take its toll on the enamel on your teeth due to it’s acidic punch, which erodes enamel far more than reds.
In the lab, adult teeth soaked in white wine for a day had a loss of both calcium and another mineral called phosphorus to depths of up to 60 micrometers in the enamel surface, which the researchers say is significant.
Riesling wines tended to have the greatest impact, having the lowest pH.
A “kinder” tooth choice would be a rich red like a Rioja or a Pinot noir, the Johannes Gutenberg University team found.
So there we have it. If you want to protect those pearly-whites, it may be better to opt for the red wine. Professor Damien Walmsley of the British Dental Association suggests, if you’re going to have a glass of wine, do so with your meal and leave a break of at least 30 minutes afterwards before you brush your teeth and go to bed.
Alternatively, eat cheese with your wine, as the calcium it contains will help counter the effects. Carry round a block in your pocket if you’re going out.Comments Off | Posted in: Health
Here’s soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo, singing a 19th century Cuban Bolero ballad called Amor Mío — translated in English as My Love — for a television advert for Portuguese bank Banco Espírito Santo.
Unfortunately for him, the recording got leaked onto the internet and now everyone knows he’s about as cheesy as he is wealthy, and as tone-deaf as, well, something that’s tone deaf.
Maybe stick to the soccer, Ronnie. You’re better at that.1 Comment | Posted in: Sport
The new world’s heaviest man is a Brit who has ballooned to 70 stone (980 pounds).
Paul Mason, 48, who lives in Ipswich eats 20,000 calories of food a day, which is eight times the official adult male average of 2,500. Unfortunately, his compulsive eating disorder, which left him “super-obese”, means he needs a £20,000 life-saving operation.1 Comment | Posted in: Health | Lifestyle
Fu Bingli, a kung fu master from China, officially has the strongest fingers in the world.
Bingli, who can stand upside down supporting himself on just one index finger, scooped the Guinness world record on Monday, for completing 12 press ups on just one finger of his right hand.
His amazing finger strength has come from 32 years of training.
“I’ve been training since I was seven years old and my index finger has as much strength in it as most people’s entire body,” said Fu.
Impressive as that is, there’s only one true test of finger strength – “One, two, three, four, I declare a thumb war” … or not.1 Comment | Posted in: Health
Here’s Gay Wilkinson, who is the world champion anvil shooter. He can shoot 100lb anvils, over 100 feet in the air and claims his record is 200 feet.
Anvil shooting involves placing one anvil upside-down on the ground, filling a brick-shaped cavity in its underside with black powder, and then carefully – with a thick paper patch to prevent sparks – placing another on top of it.
Then the anvil-shooter lights the fuse and runs as fast as he can out of the blast radius.
Could anvil shooting be the strangest sport in the world?2 Comments | Posted in: Sport
Take a look as this runaway bus in Perm, Russia, without brakes, hurtles through the city centre smashing into nineteen cars and leaving four people needing hospital treatment. Watch for the man with the briefcase on the crossing. Someone was definitely looking down on him that day.1 Comment | Posted in: News
They say the first thing you notice when you look at a person is their smile, and hence we all want sparkling white, correctly aligned choppers, but many teeth myths stand in our way. Dentalassistingschool uncovers the top 10 teeth myths.
1. All Teeth Whiteners Are The Same: The choices between teeth whitening systems can be overwhelming and include toothpastes, gels, rinses, strips, trays, prescribed whitening agents, and even laser treatments. In reality, all of these treatments have their pro’s and con’s not limited to price and speed of results. The experts at WebMD go over each treatment to help pick what’s right for you.
2. Not Brushing Causes Bad Breath: A partial truth, there are also many other factors for bad breath, or halitosis. When the body ingests unpleasant smelling foods, such as garlic or onions, the odor remains until the body passes the food. Drinkers, smokers, and dieters can also have chronic bad breath.
3. Breath Into Your Hand To See If You Have Bad Breath: This practice will actually only tell you if your hand smells or not. Because different muscles are used to breath and talk, the hand test isn’t exactly accurate. This article from Kids Health discusses the best ways to combat halitosis so that the check isn’t necessary.
4. Leave Wisdom Teeth In Until They Bother You: Once a wisdom tooth has become impacted, or misaligned, it can lead to serious problems such as infection or periodontitis. A good rule to remember is to get them removed earlier, as the procedure is easier and comes with less complications. If unsure about how to proceed, have your dentist take X-rays.
5. ADA Approved Gum Can Be Substituted for Brushing: Although some gums have earned the ADA Seal for their ability to counter a certain dental issue, they do not recommend it in place of brushing. However, they do recommend chewing it in between brushing for conditions such as reducing plaque, promoting tooth enamel, reducing cavities, or combating gingivitis. The American Dental Association has more, including a link to all approved gums.
6. Put Aspirin On An Aching Tooth: Only a good idea if the aspirin is taken orally. Placing it next to the tooth and gums can actually burn the gum tissue. Instead, 1-800-DENTIST recommends rinsing your mouth with warm water or an over the counter antiseptic containing benzocaine and visiting your dentist as soon as possible.
7. Pregnant Women Shouldn’t See The Dentist: With new studies showing that gum disease can affect the unborn baby, women who are pregnant or considering it should definitely see the dentist. In fact, “The Journal of the American Dental Association” found that pregnant women can safely see the dentist and even have local anesthetics at 13 to 21 weeks gestation. However, caution is advised when utilizing X-rays and stronger drugs.
8. Baby Teeth Not That Important: Since they are just going to fall out anyway, why bother? Because tooth neglect at any age can lead to serious health problems, baby teeth should be treated with the same care as adult teeth. In addition, baby teeth that have been neglected can fall out sooner, resulting in crooked or malformed adult teeth.
9. It’s Okay To Swallow Mouthwash: It’s a bacteria killer, so why not? About 90 percent of mouthwashes contain high levels of alcohol, also known as a carcinogen, which is not meant to be ingested. It is also more dangerous for children and shouldn’t be given to those under twelve and with supervision after. The long terms affects of swallowing mouthwash can be dangerous and should be avoided.
10. Mostly The Elderly Get Gum Disease: In actuality, about 80 percent of Americans have some form of gum disease. It can range from gingivitis, or gum inflammation, to a periodontitis that can result in damage to the bone. However, most cases of gum disease can be reversed with simple brushing and flossing.
So there we have it. Out with the bucktooth grin and in with the Hollywood smile … in just 10 steps. *Insert teeth ding*.Comments Off | Posted in: Health
Beware of homicidal lamps … although you’ve got to feel a tiny bit sorry for ‘him’ at the end. Who doesn’t love lamp?Comments Off | Posted in: Entertainment | Television
Take a look at what has got to be the ultimate geek marriage proposal. One very creative guy called Brad Smith, used a program called Lunar Magic to create his very own Super Mario level, with the words “Lisa … Will You Marry Me?”, written out in coins at the end of the game. He then coaxed his girlfriend into playing some Super Mario and voila, she said yes! What a genius.Comments Off | Posted in: Lifestyle | Television
Developed by Bojan Nemec, from the Jožef Stefan Institute in Slovenia, this skiing robot can navigate autonomously using a video camera and various other sensors.
The laptop control center plans the robot’s trajectory, using a camera to measure its distance from the race gates. Gyros and force sensors help the bot stay stabilized on the slopes.
The robot carries a GPS unit, but it’s used to help measure speed, not for trajectory planning. That makes sense, if you’re trying to build a robot that works more like a human, relying on vision.
Click the link for some skiing robot bloopers and outtakes!Comments Off | Posted in: Sci/Tech | Sport