Archive for February, 2010

Weird Fact Of The Day (2/22/10)

Posted By Ben Goulding, 22 February, 2010 | permalink

Light doesn’t always travel at ‘the speed of light’ – It only goes at that speed (299,792,458 metres per second) when travelling through a vacuum.

Light slows down when it passes through matter. Did you know that we can drive faster than light has travelled? We would actually overtake it on the freeway. In fact, the light would probably get pulled over for going too slowly. That’s because the slowest light has ever been recorded moving at is 38mph, while passing through an ultracold gas of sodium atoms.

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CodeOrgan Turns Websites Into Music

Posted By Ben Goulding, 22 February, 2010 | permalink

CodeOrgan is a very clever website that allows you to turn any website into music. You simply type the URL of any site you want and using a very complicated algorithm, CodeOrgan turns it to music. It’s a very cool website, although not totally accurate, as it didn’t play ‘I’m Too Sexy’ when I typed in pigjockey.com. Oh, well.

Anyway, here’s some more details on how it works:

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‘Irresponsible’ Website Tells Robbers When Victims Are Not Home

Posted By Ben Goulding, 22 February, 2010 | permalink

A website which provides real-time updates on the location empty homes has been criticized by privacy campaigners, who say it is ‘irresponsible’ and a “one stop shop” for burglars.

PleaseRobMe.com provides minute-by-minute updates on people who have just left their house and their current location. It does this by tracking Twitter user’s activities in real-time as they tweet.

The Dutch website, which was launched last week, has hit back saying they were simply highlighting the dangers of the newest social networking craze.

So, is this website an aid to robbers or an aid to our safety? Surely everyone knows that there are many potential dangers to using social media, but is providing criminals with a sorted database of opportunities the right way to go about helping us become aware of our privacy?

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Man Gives Company To Employees On His Birthday

Posted By Ben Goulding, 22 February, 2010 | permalink

I think I may have just found the best boss in the world – Bob Moore. Bob Moore, gave his company to his employees on his 81st birthday. Yes, he gave them the WHOLE company!

Moore, whose mutual love of healthful eating and old-world technologies spawned an internationally distributed line of products, responded with a gift of his own — the whole company. The Employee Stock Ownership Plan that Moore unveiled means that his 209 employees now own the place and its 400 offerings of stone-ground flours, cereals and bread mixes.

“This is Bob taking care of us,” said Lori Sobelson, who helps run the business’ retail operation. “He expects a lot out of us, but really gives us the world in return.”

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iDo: The First Apple Wedding

Posted By Ben Goulding, 22 February, 2010 | permalink

An Apple obsessed couple have become the first to get married inside an apple store.

Josh and Ting Li, from New York, tied the knot at 12.01 on Valentine’s Day, in the Apple Store on Fifth Avenue. The ceremony was dominated with Apple products and references to the technology giant.

Their priest was dressed as Steve Jobs, they read their vows from iPhones, and the rings were tied to a ribbon wrapped around a first generation iPod.

Part of their vows included a passage from the Apple CEO that said: “You have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down.”

Mrs Ling, dressed in a strapless wedding dress, had her vows written on a card that said “I love you more than this” followed by a picture of an iPhone.

Let’s not even get started on the honeymoon…

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Airline Paints Plane With Idiot’s Guide To Flying

Posted By Ben Goulding, 19 February, 2010 | permalink

South African low-fare airline, Kulula, have given one of their new Boeing 737-800s a re-branding, by covering the plane with funny remarks and a beginner’s guide to flying.

Some of the cheeky remarks include the captain’s window being marked as the big cheese (”captain, my captain!”), the co-pilot’s window as co-captain (the other pilot on the PA system) and the jump seat  as wannabe pilots.

In addition, the following descriptions of plane parts can be found:

  • galley (cuppa anyone?)
  • avionics (fancy navigation stuff)
  • windows (best view in the world)
  • wing #1 and #2
  • engine #1 and #2 (26 000 pounds of thrust)
  • emergency exit = throne zone (more leg room baby!)
  • seats (better than taxi seats)
  • some windows = kulula fans (the coolest peeps in the world)
  • black box (which is actually orange)
  • landing gear (comes standard with supa-fly mags)
  • back door (no bribery/corruption here)
  • tail (featuring an awesome logo)
  • loo (or mile-high club initiation chamber)
  • rudder (the steering thingy)
  • stabiliser (the other steering thingy)
  • a.p.u. (extra power when you need it most)
  • galley (food, food, food, food…)
  • boot space
  • ZS-ZWP (OK-PIK) = secret agent code (aka plane’s registration)
  • overhead cabins (VIP seating for your hand luggage)
  • fuel tanks (the go-go juice)
  • cargo door
  • aircon ducts (not that kulula needs it… they’re already cool)
  • front door (our door is always open … unless we’re at 41 000 feet)
  • cockpit window = sun roof
  • nose cone (radar, antenna, and a really big dish inside)

Via Flightstory

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Weird Tropical Beach Illusion

Posted By Ben Goulding, 18 February, 2010 | permalink


(Youtube Link)

Stare at the black dot. When the picture changes to full color, look at another part of the picture and see what happens!

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Crazy Russian Jumps Off 5-Story Building Into Snow

Posted By Ben Goulding, 18 February, 2010 | permalink


(Youtube Link)

Snow + 5 story building jump = fun? Well that’s what these far-east Russians thought. They decided that the best way to entertain themselves when they got bored was to jump off a building into a mound of snow. Maybe natural selection isn’t working these days.

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New Armored Wall System Could Replace Sandbags in Afghanistan

Posted By Ben Goulding, 18 February, 2010 | permalink

Troops landing in Afghanistan in the coming months may no longer have to spend countless hours stacking sandbags and digging trenches. An $800,000 investment in an armored wall system known as McCurdy’s Armor could have Marines rapidly erecting 6.5-foot-tall mortar-, RPG- and bullet proof fortresses in less than an hour. And best of all, it stacks like Lego!

The armor can be set up in a variety of arrangements (U-shaped, J-shaped, etc.), and in instances where troops are worried about armor piercing rounds a second layer of armor can supplement the structures. But the walls aren’t just a protective cocoon for far-flung outposts; ballistic windows offer protection while giving Marines a line of sight and the ability to fire downrange, meaning McCurdy’s Armor can be deployed as both a defensive stronghold as well as a tactical firing position.

When it’s time to pull up camp, Marines can quickly break down their ersatz stockade, stack it back in their vehicles and move on to fortify the next position without leaving a single thing behind. Just try pulling that off with sandbags.

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Einstein Is Following Me! [3D Illusion]

Posted By Ben Goulding, 18 February, 2010 | permalink


(Youtube Link)

This is a neat illusion I stumbled upon, in which Einstein’s face follows you wherever you move. Don’t they have one of those with the Wicked Witch’s face in Disney Land? I have no idea how it works, but it’s pretty freaky.

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Jesus Defeats Armed Robber

Posted By Ben Goulding, 18 February, 2010 | permalink

A shopkeeper who was faced with an armed robber sent him running from her store by invoking the name of Jesus.

This CCTV image shows Marian Chadwick ordering the armed robber out of her shop in Frisco, Texas.

Suspect Gabriel Cabello burst into the crafts boutique in January, pointed a gun and demanded money.

But Chadwick simply pointed back and said: ‘In the name of Jesus, you get out of my store. I bind you by the power of the Holy Spirit.’ The robber then slowly backed away, before fleeing the store empty-handed.

‘I got mad. The Texas part of me was challenged,’ Chadwick told the Dallas Morning News.

‘It was just like this whole store filled with the power of God,’ said told local TV station KDFW Fox 4.

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Weird Fact of the Day (02/18/10)

Posted By Ben Goulding, 18 February, 2010 | permalink

Blood Falls is an odd feature on the Taylor Glacier in Antarctica’s McMurdo Dry Valleys. Red liquid will occasionally pour out of the glacier, giving it the appearance that it is gushing with blood.

The ‘blood’ is actually caused by a very salty lake called Lake Bonney, which is situated under 1,300 feet of ice. When the water seeps to the surface, it oxidises and turns red.

Want to know more about Blood Falls? Info in the link.

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You can be on the Cover of Muscle and Fitness Magazine

Posted By Ben Goulding, 18 February, 2010 | permalink

Ok, when you read the title, I hope you didn’t get the idea that you could be on the cover of Muscle and Fitness Magazine. You did? Oh, well, I guess I’d better stick to my word then.

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Well you’re going to have to get on that cross trainer and do some serious sweating. No? Well, even without that perfect body, you can become the star of a fitness magazine with these magazine cover costumes. Unimpressed? At least all your friends will laugh at you… That’s a good thing, right?

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64=65?

Posted By Ben Goulding, 17 February, 2010 | permalink

64-equals-65

My brain is frazzled…

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Lady Gaga Is Turned Into A Barbie Doll

Posted By Ben Goulding, 17 February, 2010 | permalink

Lady Gaga has been turned into a doll by devoted fan and designer, Lu Wei Kang. Lu has spent months recreating his idol’s wardrobe in miniature, with special care to detail over some of Gaga’s most eccentric outfits. Here are a few of the designs.


Link to Gallery of Lady Gaga Dolls

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Traces of ‘Dark Matter’ Discovered 2,000ft Below the Ground

Posted By Ben Goulding, 17 February, 2010 | permalink

Scientists may have caught their first glimpse of dark matter, 2,000ft below the Earth’s surface.

The invisible substance, which has been mysterious to scientists throughout time, was picked up using highly sensitive detectors buried 2,000 ft below the ground at the bottom of an old iron mine.

Dark matter makes up three quarters of the matter of the universe, and the scientists believe that there is a 75 percent chance that these particles are the genuine substance, rather than just background noise.

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General Manager of the Chilean Mint Spells ‘Chile’ Wrong

Posted By Ben Goulding, 17 February, 2010 | permalink

The general manager of the Chilean mint has been fired after he misspelt ‘Chile’ and issued thousands of coins with a howling error.

On the 2008 batch of 50 peso coins, the country’s name was misspelt. Instead of C-H-I-L-E, the coins had C-H-I-I-E stamped on them, but worse of all, no one noticed the spelling mistake until late 2009.

The coins have since become collectors’ items in the hope they will rise in value and the mint says it has no plans to take them out of circulation.

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Weird Fact of the Day (02/17/10)

Posted By Ben Goulding, 17 February, 2010 | permalink

NASA scientists working on several missions to send robotic probes to Mars have had to live and work for months on Mars time. A day on Mars is 39.5 minutes longer than Earth’s, which consequently meant that all their Earth-made watches were completely useless, so NASA commissioned custom-made watches which had seconds 2.7% slower than normal so they could keep track of the Martian time. Genius!

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Estonian Drug Store Offers Cure For Broken Hearts

Posted By Ben Goulding, 17 February, 2010 | permalink

An ancient pharmacy in Estonia promises a cure for broken hearts and love pain. It consists of an almond-based concoction that’s been around since medieval times.

“Since the Middle Ages a special marzipan prescription has been prepared and sold here for the heart to relieve the pain of love,” said Ulle Noodapera, a pharmacist at the Raeapteek drug store which first opened for business in Tallinn’s old town square in 1422.

It is believed to be Europe’s oldest pharmacy, and has been in operation for 588 years.

“We keep making the special marzipan because the need for such a medicine has continued over the centuries, and patients with symptoms of love pain keep turning up seeking the cure,” she added.

The ancient recipe is a jealously guarded secret.

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World’s Smallest Playable Harmonica

Posted By Ben Goulding, 17 February, 2010 | permalink


(Youtube Link)

The guys over at Vat19.com make some of the coolest products. One of their latest inventions is the world’s smallest playable harmonica, which is 3.5cm long, called the Little Lady.

In addition to being the world’s smallest playable harmonica, the Little Lady also holds the distinction of being the first musical instrument played in space!

This miniature harmonica is fully playable, featuring a range of one whole octave. Boasting Hohner’s legendary craftsmanship, the Little Lady’s brass reeds and pearwood comb produce a full and lively sound.

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