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Flame-Thrower Scooter Owner Arrested

Posted By Ben Goulding, 29 March, 2010 | permalink

Colin Furze, a plumber who adapted his scooter to shoot 15ft flames from the rear, has been arrested for an alleged firearms offence.

Mr Furze, modified his scooter with an anti-tailgating flame thrower operated by the flick of switch. He was featured in the press, but when police saw the pictures he was arrested and held on suspicion of possessing an object converted into a firearm.

Speaking before his arrest, he said: ”Everybody wants a flame thrower on a motor bike. I don’t need a flame thrower on the back of my bike, I’m not going to set fire to people’s car’s, it’s just something interesting to do.”

The scooter, which was built before Christmas, was Mr Furze’s third attempt at the project after the first did not ignite and the second burst into flames.

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Mathematician Turns Down $1 Million Prize

Posted By Ben Goulding, 26 March, 2010 | permalink

A reclusive Russian mathematician has rejected a $1 million award for solving a problem that has baffled some of the finest brains for a century.

Said to be the world’s cleverest man, Dr Grigory Perelman, 44, lives as a recluse in a bare cockroach-infested flat in St Petersburg. He said to The Daily Mail through his closed door: ‘I have all I want.’

Perelman has a history of not accepting awards for his work. Four years ago, the maths genius failed to turn up to receive his prestigious Fields Medal from the International Mathematical Union for solving the problem.

At the time he stated: ‘I’m not interested in money or fame. I don’t want to be on display like an animal in a zoo. I’m not a hero of mathematics. I’m not even that successful, that is why I don’t want to have everybody looking at me.’

Interested in what he actually solved? It’s called “Poincaré conjecture”. Try getting you head around this:


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Switch Off For Earth Hour 2010

Posted By Ben Goulding, 26 March, 2010 | permalink

Earth Hour 2010 takes place on Saturday 27 March at 8.30pm (local time) and is a global call to action to every individual, every business and every community throughout the world. It is a call to stand up, to take responsibility, to get involved and lead the way towards a sustainable future.


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Earth Hour 2010 is set to be the biggest Earth Hour yet, with more participants expected to take part than in 2009, when 1 billion people switched off. 121 countries have signed up for Earth Hour 2010, and 812 iconic landmarks will turn off their lights. They include the Eiffel Tower, Big Ben, the Sydney Opera House, El Ángel, the Empire State Building and the Leaning Tower of Pisa.

Please do your bit by turning off all non-essential lights and electrical appliances for one hour at 8:30pm local time on March 27 and spread the word so others do the same. What a great way of saying thank you to our planet.

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Woman Calls Police To Complain Police Put Her In Jail

Posted By Ben Goulding, 25 March, 2010 | permalink

A woman who refused to pay her cab fare and was consequently arrested and put in jail called 911 to complain that police had put her in jail.

29-year-old Carly Houston was arrested in Naperville, Illinois and taken to the local police station, where she was offered the chance to make a call to a friend or family member.

But instead Houston used the call to dial 911, which connected her to Naperville police dispatchers – to whom she reported that she was ‘trapped inside the detention facility’.

Unfortunately for her, the Naperville police department proved strangely reluctant to free her from the clutches of the Naperville police department. Instead, she was charged with ‘theft of labor or services’, criminal trespass, disorderly conduct and, for good measure, making a false 911 report.

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Today is Free Cone Day at Ben & Jerry’s

Posted By Ben Goulding, 23 March, 2010 | permalink

If you’re near a Ben & Jerry’s ice cream parlor today, make sure you stop by because they’re giving away free cones between 12 noon and 8pm in your time zone (U.S.).

This is Ben & Jerry’s 32nd annual Free Cone Day which they hold as as way of saying thank you to their loyal customers.

Over one million free cones are given away each year and this year is set to be just as big, if not bigger. What’s best though is that participants can stand in line as many times as they want to. Yay.

Find your nearest outlet at the Ben & Jerry’s Scoop Shop Locator.

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Rare Tongue-Eating Parasite Discovered

Posted By Ben Goulding, 18 March, 2010 | permalink

A rare parasite which burrows into host fish before eating and replacing their tongues with itself has been discovered off the coast of Jersey.

Fishermen found the isopod, a type of louse, inside a weaver fish. Marine researcher Paul Chambers, who was part of the fishing party describes the moment the isopod was found:

“When we emptied the fish bag out there at the bottom was this incredibly ugly looking isopod.

“Really quite large, really quite hideous – if you turn it over its got dozens of these really sharp, nasty claws underneath and I thought ‘that’s a bit of a nasty beast’.

“I struggled for weeks to find an identification for this thing until, quite by chance I stumbled across something that looked similar in a Victorian journal.

“Apparently there’s not too much ill effect to the fish itself except it’s lost its tongue.”

Mr Chambers added: “It doesn’t affect humans other than if you do actually come across a live one and try and pick it up – they are quite vicious, they will deliver a good nip.”

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First Ever Use of a Barcode (WFOTD)

Posted By Ben Goulding, 16 March, 2010 | permalink

The first ever commercial product to be bought with a barcode was a 10-pack of Wrigley’s Juicy Fruit gum. It was purchased at Marsh’s Supermarket in Troy, Ohio, USA, on June 26, 1974, by Clyde Dawson. It was scanned by Sharon Buchanan at 8:01 am.

The historic pack of gum and the receipt are now on display in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C.

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Jesus Appears In Student’s Frying Pan

Posted By Ben Goulding, 12 March, 2010 | permalink

The image of Jesus, seems to have a habit of appearing in unusual places. The latest sighting of Jesus was in a student’s frying pan.

Toby Elles, from England, was frying some bacon after a night out, when he fell asleep with the cooker on. He awoke to the smell of smoke and rushed to turn off the heat. When he removed the bacon from the pan, a crispy Jesus Christ stared back at him.

I can’t say how genuine the burnt image is, because it looks as if a crown of thorns has been scraped on afterwards, but even if it’s all a hoax, it’s some pretty impressive pan art.

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World’s Oldest Woman is 130 Years Old

Posted By Ben Goulding, 11 March, 2010 | permalink


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A Georgian television station says it has located the world’s oldest woman. The station says that documents show that Antisa Khvichava was born in 1880, making her 130 years old – the oldest living person by almost two decades.

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Mexican Billionaire Is New World’s Richest Man

Posted By Ben Goulding, 11 March, 2010 | permalink

Carlos Slim Helu has been declared the richest man in the world – the first time a non-American has held the title for 16 years.

Slim Helu is a telecoms tycoon who controls a number of companies, including Telmex and America Movil. His net worth is a staggering $53.5bn.

Meanwhile, American investor, Warren Buffett fell to third place with a net worth of $47bn, Indian businessman, Mukesh Ambani takes fourth with a net worth of $29bn, and Indian steel magnate, Lakshmi Mittal is close behind, with $28.7bn.

Bill Gates was knocked off the top spot for only a second time since 1995, despite gaining $13bn in the past year. I’m sure he won’t lose too much sleep over it.

Forbes’ 24th list of the world’s richest people sees the number of billionaires rise from 793 last year to 1,011 now. In 2008 the total was 1,125.

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BMW XXXL Table Cloth Trick

Posted By Ben Goulding, 10 March, 2010 | permalink


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This is an BMW advertisement for BMW S1000 RR, but could the motorcycle successfully perform the famous table cloth trick? How about with an XXXL table? From zero to 100km/h (62 mph) in just 2.9 seconds, the bike was a very hungry machine.

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Man Marries Pillow

Posted By Ben Goulding, 10 March, 2010 | permalink

They say you can’t help what you fall in love with, but in the case of one Korean man, it’s more like ‘what’ you fall in love with.

Lee Jin-gyu fell in love with, and has just got married to, a pillow. It’s not any ordinary pillow though, it’s a “dakimakura” – a large pillow from Japan, which translates as “hugging pillow”. It’s similar to a body pillow as some may know it.

Lee, 28, dressed the pillow in a lavish wedding dress for the ceremony, which was held at a local church.

A friend said: “He is completely obsessed with this pillow and takes it everywhere. They go out to the park or the funfair where it will go on all the rides with him. Then when he goes out to eat he takes it with him and it gets its own seat and its own meal.”

I assume it was a mutual agreement to get married. Maybe Lee was worried dakimakura might leave him for another pillow. Each to their own, i guess.

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Sony Developing PlayStation Phone

Posted By Ben Goulding, 5 March, 2010 | permalink

With the growing success of portable Apple devices, Sony is developing a lineup of handheld products, according to the Wall Street Journal, scheduled for release later this year.

Specifically, a smart phone will be released along with a separate device that combines a netbook, an e-reader and a PlayStation Portable. This device is what Sony hope will compete against some of Apple’s latest products, such as the iPad.

Both the new smart phone and the multifunction device are expected to work with Sony’s new online media platform, due to launch later this month.

So, do you think Sony has what it takes to compete with the likes of Apple, or do you think all the hype will amount to nothing, with their launches being out-sold by rivals like so many of their recent products have been?

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Chile Earthquake Has Created Shorter Earth Days

Posted By Ben Goulding, 2 March, 2010 | permalink

The massive earthquake that hit Chile on Saturday which measured 8.8 on the Richter Scale, may have shifted the Earth’s axis, consequently creating shorter days, scientists at NASA say.

Don’t worry though, it’s not a noticeable change – in fact, each day should be 1.26 microseconds shorter, according to preliminary calculations. To put that in to context, a microsecond is one-millionth of a second.

Richard Gross, a geophysicist at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, used a computer model to determine how the magnitude 8.8 quake that struck Chile on February 27 may have affected the Earth.

He determined that the quake should have moved the Earth’s figure axis about 3 inches (8 centimeters). The figure axis is one around which the Earth’s mass is balanced. That shift in axis is what may have shortened days.

This isn’t an unusual occurrence after a major earthquake though. We lost 6.8 microseconds in the 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake. They all add up though… well sort of.

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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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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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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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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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Pig Jockey is Back!

Posted By Ben Goulding, 8 February, 2010 | permalink

After a couple of months inactivity due to unforeseen circumstances, pigjockey.com is back! The site will officially relaunch on Monday. Yay!

I hope you guys understand, and don’t hate me too much…

Anyway, this time, I’m aiming to make the site better than ever before. Without giving too much away at this moment, I hope to add a bunch of new features in the near future, increase interactivity and improve overall viewing and reading quality as well.

If you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to email me, tweet me or post a response comment.

Thanks for everyone’s support.

Talk soon,

Ben

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