Archive for February, 2010

Drawing in Microsoft Excel

Posted By Ben Goulding, 26 February, 2010 | permalink


(Youtube Link)

Excel’s for spreadsheets and numbers right? Wrong. Well, actually it is, but Youtube user shukei01 can use it to create some incredible drawings. This one took 12 hours 56 minutes to complete, but the time-lapse video has squeezed it all into just under 5 minutes.

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USA vs Canada Was The First Ever International Cricket Match (WFOTD)

Posted By Ben Goulding, 26 February, 2010 | permalink

The first ever international cricket match in history was between two countries not well renowned for their cricketing play – the USA and Canada.

The match took place between 25 and 27 September 1844 at the St George’s Cricket Club, Bloomingdale Park in New York, in which Canada won by 23 runs. It is widely regarded as the first ever international sporting match of any kind.

Need a reminder on what cricket is? Check Wikipedia.

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Top 5 Most Extreme Bodybuilders

Posted By Ben Goulding, 26 February, 2010 | permalink

#1 Greg Valentino – Biggest Arms in the World

Gregg Valentino is one of the most controversial bodybuilders of all time. He started bodybuilding at the age of 13 and by the time he was in his late teens he had already developed huge 18 inch arms. It was only after 23 years of natural training that Greg started to experiment with steroids. During this time his arms grew to an in-human 28″. You may be familiar with Greg from the documentary, ‘The man whose arms exploded’.

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Cell Phone Costs Olympic Skater Race For Gold

Posted By Ben Goulding, 26 February, 2010 | permalink

A speed skater competing at the Vancouver Winter Olympic Games has missed his chance to race for the gold medal because he had his cell phone switched off.

Germany’s Patrick Beckert was fourth on the list of replacement entrants for the men’s 1,000-meter competition, and after two-time gold medallist Enrico Fabris withdrew from Wednesday’s race an hour before it was due to start, organizers began to frantically get hold of the 19 year old.

Unfortunately, by the time Beckert had noticed one of the many missed calls on his phone, there was only 17 minutes left until the race was scheduled to begin. This wasn’t enough time for him to reach the the Oval from the Olympic village, so his place was forfeited. Talk about bad luck.

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North Korean Traffic Ladies Are Hypnotic

Posted By Ben Goulding, 26 February, 2010 | permalink

This video is proof that North Korea does traffic police the best in the world. It’s almost as hypnotic, as it is dizzy-making. Maybe that’s the reason it’s hypnotic.

Flickr Video

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PETA Uses Tiger Woods For Sex

Posted By Ben Goulding, 26 February, 2010 | permalink

Tiger Woods’ sex scandal has just landed himself on a PETA billboard. Yes, that’s right, PETA.

The animal rights group will launch the ad, featuring Tiger Woods, on billboards in two weeks. The golfer’s photograph will bear the tagline, “Too Much Sex Can Be a Bad Thing”. Underneath the heading, it reads “…for little tigers too. Help keep your cats (and dogs) out of trouble: Always spay or neuter!”

The organization has not got Tiger’s blessing in publishing the ad nor it has a local advertiser to put up the billboard in. “It’s a fun, tongue-in-cheek approach. We hope these billboard companies will understand,” Virginia Fort who worked on the project said. The plan is to erect the ad in Windermere the soonest being in two weeks.

Link Via imwiddstupidd

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Casttoo X-Ray Cast Lets You See The Damage Inside

Posted By Ben Goulding, 25 February, 2010 | permalink

Unfortunately I don’t have any broken bones at the moment, otherwise I would definitely be getting a Casttoo.

Casttoos can be customized as well. You just send them a picture of the damage (an x-ray works well), and they’ll send you back your break in print, ready to be applied directly to your cast.

These are so cool that I’m almost cautious that there may be a suspicious rise in ‘breaks’ in the near future. Oh well, it’ll be worth it!

Link Via Gizmodo

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Weird Fact of the Day (02/25/10)

Posted By Ben Goulding, 25 February, 2010 | permalink

Many of us may have the pre-conceived idea that the word ‘puke’ is a modern word, invented by trendy youths as an alternative for the word ‘vomit’. However, the first recorded use of the word ‘puke’ in the English language comes from no less than William Shakespeare.

Shakespeare used it in the famous ‘All the world’s a stage’ speech in As You Like It, where he refers to ‘the infant, mewling and puking in the nurse’s arms.’

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Self-Righting Dominoes Take All The Fun Out Of It

Posted By Ben Goulding, 25 February, 2010 | permalink


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Don’t you find it annoying that when you knock a set of dominoes over, they stay knocked over? Well these clever dominoes stand back up again.

When you press the button the dominoes fall over one by one, however once roughly half have fallen, the dominoes begin to stand up again. This results in two waves of dominoes falling and rising. The cycle continues for five times, finishing with all the dominoes standing up.

The gadget relies on each domino being attached to a solenoid, held by some polyester threads. A microcontroller fires off the solenoids in sequence to haul the dominoes back up at the same rate as they topple.

Via BoingBoing

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Human Behavior is ‘93 per cent’ Predictable

Posted By Ben Goulding, 25 February, 2010 | permalink

Location data from mobile phones has revealed that the vast majority of human behavior is predictable, suggesting that we really are creatures of habit.

Location data from mobile phones has indicated that 93 per cent of human movement is predictable. A study published by peer-reviewed journal Science examined anonymised data culled from mobile phone service providers and found that it was possible to accurately predict movement and location up to 97 per cent of the time for the majority of people, and 93 per cent of the time for the entire set of data.

The study also found that the majority of people did not stray outside a 6 mile radius for the bulk of the period investigated, and that at any one time people were 70 per cent likely to be at their most-visited location.

Link Image: Getty

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Top 10 Most Valuable Comic Books In The World

Posted By Ben Goulding, 25 February, 2010 | permalink

#10 Amazing Fantasy No.15

Best known as the title that introduced the popular superhero character Spider-Man in 1962. It was published by Marvel Comics.

Approximate value in mint condition: $210,000


#9 Flash Comics #1

Published in 1940, and featuring the Flash, this comic is so rare, as it was only produced in very small quantities and issue number 2 was re-named “Whiz Comics”.

Approximate value in mint condition: $290,000


#8 More Fun Comics No.52

The Spectre first appeared in the issue dated February 1940. More Fun Comics was the first publication of the company that would become DC Comics. It was also the first comic book series to feature solely original material rather than reprints of newspaper strips.

Approximate value in mint condition: $300,000


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Convict Digs Her Way Out Of Jail Using A Spoon

Posted By Ben Goulding, 24 February, 2010 | permalink

This story doesn’t do much for the PR of Dutch prison guards, but it shows how useful a spoon can be in escaping from a jail cell… Well, it was for this woman anyway.

A convict in the Netherlands has succeeded in breaking out of prison with an escape worthy of the movies: She tunneled her way out — with a spoon.

The public prosecutor’s office confirmed Tuesday that the 35-year-old female prisoner had escaped through a tunnel from a prison in Breda in the southern Netherlands.
The spectacular prison break was made possible because the convict was no longer housed in a regular cell, but in a separate building on the grounds of the detention center where long-term inmates are prepared for their release and are given more freedoms.

The woman’s tunnel began in a cellar under the building’s kitchen, with its entrance concealed by a removable hatch. According to Dutch public broadcaster NOS, the police are assuming that the fugitive had at least one accomplice, who is believed to have loosened paving stones that were part of a sidewalk next to the detention center, allowing the prisoner to emerge from her tunnel.

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Five-year-old’s 911 Call Saves Dad’s Life

Posted By Ben Goulding, 24 February, 2010 | permalink

Hancock County – It took a five-year-old girl to save her father’s life. She talked to 911 dispatchers when she thought her father was having a heart attack. Not only is this an incredible little girl, but it’s probably the cutest 911 call you will ever hear.


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Weird Fact of the Day (02/24/10)

Posted By Ben Goulding, 24 February, 2010 | permalink

Walt Disney was once told by his doctor that he was too stressed. He suggested that Disney should find some way of relaxing, so he took up golf. Whilst this was good in the beginning, Walt became so obsessed with perfecting the game that he ended up getting up at 4.30am to play, making him more stressed than ever.

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What Your Face Reveals About Your Health

Posted By Ben Goulding, 24 February, 2010 | permalink

According to Chinese medicine, your face is a window to your health. Your forehead, nose, chin, right cheek, left cheek: Each of these five face zones gives you clues to what is going on inside your body, if you know what to look for!

Your forehead gives clues about the health of your heart and small intestine organ, your nose corresponds to your stomach, spleen and pancreas, whilst your chin and cheeks give an insight into the health-status of other important organs in the body.

For more details and to give yourself an online checkup, according to Chinese medicine, click the link.

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Quick – 10 Billionth iTunes Customer Wins $10,000 Gift Card

Posted By Ben Goulding, 24 February, 2010 | permalink

Since 2003, the iTunes Store has become the biggest legal music retailer in the world, accounting for 70% of worldwide online digital music sales, but now Apple iTunes is about to reach another huge milestone – 10 billion song downloads, and that’s in just seven years!

Details of the most downloaded songs of all time from iTunes are in the link. Oh, and if you happen to be the 10 billionth customer, you’ll win a $10,000 iTunes gift card. You’ve got to be quick though – times running out!

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Pac-Man is LG Logo!

Posted By Ben Goulding, 24 February, 2010 | permalink

Ever noticed this before? It’s clear that Pac-Man evolved from the LG logo. I think I’m going to have to get an LG phone just because of that.

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Procrastination Animated

Posted By Ben Goulding, 24 February, 2010 | permalink

This is Johnny Kelly’s graduation project at the Royal College of Art in 2007. Here, the illustrator explores the many ways that we “put off” doing things. Sometimes the only way to get something done is to do two dozen other things first.

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New World’s Shorted Man Contender

Posted By Ben Goulding, 22 February, 2010 | permalink

An 18-year-old is heading to Europe to get his name in the Guinness Book of Records after claiming that he is the world’s smallest man.

Khagendra Thapa Magar, who is only 22 inches (56 centimeters) tall, left his homeland of Nepal on Sunday, bound for Italy to campaign for the record. Once in Italy, his father, Rup Bahadur Thapa, will decide on their next destination.

The current record is held by China’s He Pingping, who is a relatively large 29 inches (73 centimeters) tall. Second’s not that bad is it, Pingping?

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London Council Issues Parking Tickets to Itself, Then Sues Itself Over Parking Tickets

Posted By Ben Goulding, 22 February, 2010 | permalink

At least six councils in England have issued tickets against their own vehicles, but then refused to pay the fines to themselves. You just can make this stuff up.

One farce saw Islington Council in North London issue a ticket, then take itself to an appeal hearing – where it asked for costs against itself. The costs process involves another four steps.

Stunned adjudicator Gerald Styles said he could not make an order for costs because the council could not “act wholly unreasonably or vexatiously against itself”.

Parking law expert Barrie Segal, who unearthed the crazy cases, said: “This is a complete waste of taxpayers’ money and illustrates everything that is wrong with unaccountable parking enforcement in the UK.

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