# Friday, September 20, 2013
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This is the world’s biggest bag of crisps. Weighing one tonne it has been created by Corkers Crisps. The giant bag contains 6,666 individual bag of crisps which were all fried in batch, a condition to qualify for the record.

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# Saturday, June 08, 2013

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This is interesting it’s a miniature village created by a retired builder in his garden. The village includes a church, mill, pubs and cottages and even has a mini Big Ben.

posted on Saturday, June 08, 2013 1:51:07 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, June 03, 2013

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This is interesting it’s a Celtic logboat which has recently been created by the National Trust. The boat was carved from a fallen oak tree much as it would have been when they were made 2,300 years ago. The 15ft boat floats and is able to carry people. It took 200 people 3 weeks to make the boat which is a scaled down version of a 35ft Iron Age log boat which was discovered at the bottom of Poole harbour.

posted on Monday, June 03, 2013 1:14:49 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, May 18, 2013

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I was promised many things on programmes such as Tomorrows World when I was younger, one thing I have been on the look out for is a flying car. This model is due to go on sale in 2015, although it looks more like a plane it has been billed as a flying car. Costing £190,000 the Transition is part private jet and part sedan. It has four wheels and wings that can fold up so it can be driven like a car. The car will be small enough to fit in a garage and won’t need a runway to take off. Anyone who wants one will need to have a pilots licence and pass a test complete with 20 hours of flying time to be able to fly the car. Doesn’t that make it a plane then?

posted on Saturday, May 18, 2013 8:13:16 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, May 07, 2013

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This is impressive it’s a guy who has made his own Iron Man costume out of Eva foam. It really does look good and has received a great deal of interest from people who would like one made for them.

posted on Tuesday, May 07, 2013 8:16:51 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, January 30, 2013

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article-0-171AA1FA000005DC-587_634x414If you want to make the kitty in your life happy then this cat friendly home might be for you. It features cat friendly features in every room including a litter tray in the bathroom, elevated walkways and cat tunnels. I can see how some of the features would be attractive to my cats. The design has been completed by a Japanese company who studied the interaction between cats and people before making it. In addition to the added cat features the home has cat proof surfaces which are scratch resistant and an outdoor caged area so the cats can get some air without escaping.

posted on Wednesday, January 30, 2013 9:22:21 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, December 13, 2012

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This is an interesting idea it’s a light up bedspread. The material uses fibre optics to create the light up effect and is powered by pack powered LEDs which light the fabric up. Costing £320 it is powered by a low voltage electrical adaptor or batteries and the makers say it has no risk of electric shocks. It certainly looks  pretty.

posted on Thursday, December 13, 2012 8:34:45 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, December 09, 2012

article-2241831-164FF2F4000005DC-111_634x401This is unusual it’s the world’s longest trampoline. Created for a Russian art exhibition the 170ft long trampoline was built in the middle of a forest. The same length as 13 double decker buses it is made from reinforced rubber and visitors can bounce along the full length of the exhibition.

posted on Sunday, December 09, 2012 8:33:02 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, December 04, 2012

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article-0-1630EC17000005DC-881_634x495This is interesting it’s an artist that makes figures from drinks cans. He prefers to create characters from films and comic books such as this robot and these Toy Story figures. The artist Macaon selects the empty cans for their colour and then cuts them up to piece together his creations.

posted on Tuesday, December 04, 2012 9:11:00 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, November 28, 2012

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This is interesting, it’s a chocolate train which has been created by Andrew Farrugia from Malta. The train which measures 34 metres long has entered the Guinness World Records as the world’s longest chocolate structure.

posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2012 8:20:25 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, November 07, 2012

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This giant sponge cake was baked by a group of pastry chefs to celebrate the coat of arms of the Austrian town of Seiersberg. Made with 3,000 eggs, thousands of kilos of flour and gallons of milk it weighs two and half tonnes and is topped with 200 kilos of blackberries, pineapple and strawberries.

posted on Wednesday, November 07, 2012 8:31:01 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, October 28, 2012

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These cakes are some of the most interesting and perhaps horrible that I have seen. They are made to illustrate body parts and medical conditions and are on display at London’s Pathology Museum. This one pictured left of a brain was one of my favourites but you can see the others here.

posted on Sunday, October 28, 2012 8:27:48 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, August 04, 2012

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This is an interesting idea, they are kevlar socks which have been designed to replace shoes and make the user feel like they are walking barefoot. The socks have been designed by the Swiss Barefoot Company. They are ultra durable and have PVC reinforced soles which make them cut resistant. They certainly look interesting but I’m not really sure you would wear them with a suit as pictured.

posted on Saturday, August 04, 2012 8:50:53 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, July 24, 2012
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This giant wine bottle is 30ft long and weighs three tonnes. It was made specially for the Sixth Yantai International Wine Expo held in Shandong province. It was designed so that all the visitors could try the same wine. I wonder how many litres of wine it actually contains.

posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2012 9:20:31 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, June 25, 2012

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If this article is correct, this is the world’s tallest rollercoaster. With a base elevation of 7,000 feet it is the highest in the world. It has recently opened at Adventure Park in Glenwood Springs, Colorado and is appropriately named the Cliffhanger. The ride cost $1 million to build. It certainly looks impressive.

posted on Monday, June 25, 2012 2:03:01 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, May 11, 2012

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article-2137954-12DD4D21000005DC-333_306x441This is an interesting idea it’s an airbag designed for cyclists. It has been created by two Swedish students. The airbag remains concealed within a durable collar (right) which is worn by the cyclist. The bag is triggered by abnormal motion which inflates the helmet within 0.1 of a second to protect the wearers head. It certainly looks interesting and has the advantage of being less bulky than a helmet.

posted on Friday, May 11, 2012 9:08:59 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, March 27, 2012

article-2116726-1238F4DF000005DC-348_634x464This is interesting, it’s a tent that can be suspended from the trees. Called the Tentsile it has been created by a British architect. The tent sleeps up to 8 people and can be suspended 10ft off the ground. It is accessed via a rope ladder and was inspired by a spiders web. The designer believes it could be used in disaster areas such as during floods or earthquakes. As well as having the advantage of being suspended off the ground it can also be erected in just 30 minutes although it does require 3 trees.

posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 1:14:40 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, November 22, 2011

article-2061484-0ECFC15F00000578-856_468x286This is interesting its a coating that can repel water. Called NeverWet it could have a number of uses such as keeping shoes and clothes dry. It can be immersed fully in water and still allow the coated object to be bone dry afterwards. NeverWet is a superhydrophobic spray which actively repels water. it has been developed by Ross Technology who were looking at the solving the problem of rusting pipes under the sea. The coating is impervious to any liquid substance and deflects moisture leaving no trace on the surface. You can see here the example of a pair of shoes after the wearer has jumped into a muddy puddle. The treated shoe emerges unstained and dry whilst the untreated show is clearly covered in mud. It can also be used to treat gadgets, for example in an experiment an iPhone treated with the substance was left in a bowl of water for 30 minutes and came out unharmed. My only question is where can I get this product.

posted on Tuesday, November 22, 2011 8:43:22 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, July 09, 2011
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This is cool, it’s a transparent car built by General Motors in 1939. Dubbed the Ghost Car, the Plexiglas Pontiac is the only one of its kind, although two were originally made it is not known what happened to the other. It is expected to fetch around $500,000 when it comes up for auction.

posted on Saturday, July 09, 2011 12:06:14 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, June 16, 2011

_53114911_5argyronetaaquaticaeatingwaterfleainbubble2011-014110This is interesting it’s a spider that lives mainly under water and only needs to come up for air once a day. The diving bell spider uses a web filled with air in order to breathe under the water. The bubble acts almost like a gill extracting dissolved oxygen from the water and dispersing carbon dioxide. This means the spiders can live their entire lives under the water. Previously it was thought the spiders needed to return to the surface many times throughout the out the day. It seems this in not the case, meaning they can remain under the water until it is safe to surface and avoid being caught by predators.

posted on Thursday, June 16, 2011 9:15:57 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, June 11, 2011

article-0-0C627CF400000578-958_964x548This is interesting it’s a solar power station that can also generate electricity at night. The Gemasola Power Plant near Seville in Spain consists of a total of 2,650 solar panels on 185 hectares on land. It uses mirrors to focus the sun’s radiation onto a giant receiver at the centre of the plant. Unlike other solar power stations it also has molton salt tanks which create steam to power the stations turbines. These can store heat for up 15 hours overnight or during periods with no sunlight so that the power station can continue to function. The plant should be able to operate for 270 days a year which is three times more than other renewable energies. It is expected it will provide enough power for 25,000 homes in the region.

posted on Saturday, June 11, 2011 11:31:43 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, June 09, 2011

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This impressive looking boat is a recreation of Noah’s Ark. It has been built by Dutch creationist Johan Huibers who hopes it can be used to teach children about the biblical story of Noah. He has spent around £1 million creating the ark after he had a dream about a great flood sweeping through Holland. It measures 450ft and 75ft wide and includes pairs of model animals. The ark is built on twenty five barges held together with a steel frame from the base of the ship. It also includes two conference rooms which when they are not holding animals can host 1,500 people. The ark may soon be coming to London as Mr Huibers has asked permission to bring it to the Olympic Games and moor it in the capital.

posted on Thursday, June 09, 2011 10:40:41 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, June 03, 2011

article-0-0C51D9AD00000578-704_634x362According to this article this is the world’s largest solar powered yacht. Called the Tûranor PlanetSolar it is currently on a round the world voyage and hopes to be the first solar powered vessel to circumnavigate the globe. It began it’s voyage in Monaco in September 2010 and has so far stopped in Miami, Cancun and the Galapagos Islands. the yacht cost 12.5 million euros to build and is covered in more than 500 square metres of solar panels which power two electric motors. It can reach speeds of up to fourteen knots and holds up to 40 passengers.

posted on Friday, June 03, 2011 10:36:40 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

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This is interesting it’s a type of bionic eye which could help people with blindness caused by retinal disease. The device which works as an artificial retina has recently been given the go ahead after it proved successful in trials. Scientists have said it marks a major step forward in bionic eye technology as it proves that electronic implants can be used to restore sight. As the device is not cheap, costing around £50,000 it is thought it will only be available to private patients, however, it is hoped it will later be available on the NHS. The device works by fitting an implant along with a radio receiver and electrode pad which stimulate cells in the retina. Patients can then use the camera to see light, motion and colour, as well as making out large objects and being able to read large letters on a screen.

posted on Friday, June 03, 2011 9:49:40 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, June 01, 2011

untitled4,000 miles is a really long way, especially when you consider that’s how far this little bird can travel.  The bird is a great snipe, a surprising candidate for one of the hardiest flyers in the animal world. Recent studies which tracked some of the birds using electronic tags have found that they not only fly up to 4,000 miles in three days without stopping but that they also do this at speeds of around 60mph. Three birds were tagged, with the results showing one bird flew 3,834 miles in 3 days. Another managed 4,445 miles in 3 and a half days, while a third managed 2,871 miles in just 48 hours. The birds were so intent on getting to their destinations that they would also fly over stopover sites when they were available, preferring to carry on their journey. Although other birds have been know to fly for longer distances, so far none have been found to cover these sorts of distances so quickly.

posted on Wednesday, June 01, 2011 10:01:25 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, May 31, 2011

That’s according to this article which suggests your car could soon be able to help you monitor your health. The seat can monitor the occupant’s heart function using six embedded sensors on the backrest. These detect electrical impulses generated by the heart without actually contacting the skin. Eventually the data could be sent to remote medical services and provide alerts of any issues such as an imminent heart attack. It could also lead the way for other health monitoring devices such as those that monitor glucose for diabetes and perhaps even devices for asthma management.

posted on Tuesday, May 31, 2011 10:21:15 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, May 25, 2011

A pair of entrepreneurs have invented a beer that is designed specifically to be drunk in space. Looking to capitalise on space tourism and believing they are ahead of the game on this one their beer has been tested for space travel. Made by microbrewery the 4 Pines Brewing Company it is designed to be drunk in zero gravity and a prototype has already been tested under these conditions. The Vostok 4 Pines Stout is a full bodies flavoursome beer which they believe would work best in space.

posted on Wednesday, May 25, 2011 11:42:59 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, May 15, 2011

article-1304524720078-0BE50EE200000578-43992_466x648This is the world’s longest cigar. Created in Havana in Cuba it measures an amazing 268 feet 4 inches long, that’s 81.8 metres or about the length of a football pitch. It was created by Jose Castelar Cairo who also created the previous longest cigar which measured 148 feet 9 inches. He has now held the world record for the longest cigar four times having first entered the record in 2008 with a cigar measuring 36 feet.

posted on Sunday, May 15, 2011 11:16:53 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

This is interesting, called Leafsnap it’s an iPhone application that is able to identify a tree by it’s leaves. To use the application you need to take a picture of the leaf on a white background. The application then uses face recognition software to identify the species. It is produced by the Columbia University, the University of Maryland and the Smithsonian Institution. It uses the same technology as face recognition software to identify the species. It’s an interesting idea and having tried it, it is useful, however, it currently is mainly US based so is not so good with UK species.

posted on Sunday, May 15, 2011 11:12:23 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, May 11, 2011
article-1380342-0BC3FB9800000578-30_634x433I remember having a Spirograph when I was a child, unfortunately mine was second hand and didn’t have all of the bits but I still managed to create to interesting pictures with it. This one, is slightly bigger and works on the same concept. It uses two pendulums suspended from wooden towers which are connected to drawing arms and moveable joints. A ballpoint pen is mounted at the point where the pendulums come together. The pendulums are set in motion by hand and then the motion creates a picture on the paper.
posted on Wednesday, May 11, 2011 9:39:07 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, May 04, 2011

That’s according to this article which suggests females are drawn to pinks and reds and men to blues and greens. Apparently this is due to our hunter gatherer past meaning women’s brains have become fine-tuned to the purples and reds of ripe fruits and berries. Men, on the other hand have developed a preference for the blue skies that signal it is good weather for hunting. The theory comes from Chinese scientists who asked more than 350 students to study 11 colours and rank them in order of preference. This revealed the women to favour pink, purple and white and the men liked blue and green. Personally I have always hated pink but do have a preference for purple and lilac.

posted on Wednesday, May 04, 2011 11:07:36 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, March 05, 2011

This is interesting its a car that can be driven by thinking. It requires the driver to wear a headset which is linked to the car’s electronics via wireless technology. All the driver has to do is think that they want to go left or right and the car will respond. It has been developed by a team of German scientists who are currently testing a prototype to see if it could be used for everyday driving. The technology called BrainDriver uses video cameras, radars and laser sensors to build up a 3D picture of its surroundings. The driver wears a cap with 16 sensors which pick up the brain’s electromagnetic signals. These signals are then interpreted by a computer which can understand what the specific patterns mean.

posted on Saturday, March 05, 2011 1:52:16 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, February 09, 2011

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If you want to give the feathered friends in your garden a bit of luxury then this birdhouse might be just the thing. With 103 luxury rooms, fly by tunnels and a swimming pool it’s not really your average birdhouse. Made from cedar wood it is an impressive nine feet high. It is made by John Loose who specialises in bird accommodation. His creations cost anything from £1,000 to £15,000 so these are certainly for the slightly wealthier bird lover.

posted on Wednesday, February 09, 2011 10:04:36 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, February 04, 2011

article-1350817-0CED1A38000005DC-661_468x286 This is interesting, called Le Whaf it is food that you inhale rather than eating. It is pumped out of a machine that resembles a gold fish bowl and enables the user to “eat” as much as they want with hardly any calories. If the article is to be believed it is predicted to be the futuristic way of eating. It can be used for all sorts of flavours and even to wharf alcohol. I’m not sure I am convinced I think I would rather have that slice of cake, calories and all.

posted on Friday, February 04, 2011 10:27:22 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, February 03, 2011

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An artist is installing 38 giant roses across ten blocks in Manhattan as part of a floral project. The roses are made of plaster, wire mesh, PVC tubing, steel, fibreglass resin and brass and are complete with bees, ladybirds, aphids and beetles. The project has been created by artist Will Ryman along Park Avenue between 57th Street and 67th Street. Each installation includes up to six painted roses that stands around 25ft high. The whole project has cost about $1 million to create.

posted on Thursday, February 03, 2011 10:18:28 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, February 02, 2011

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This is the view from a new restaurant which has recently opened in Dubai. Called At.mosphere the restaurant is on the 122nd floor of the world’s tallest building. At 1,350 feet from the ground via a minute long elevator ride the restaurant is renowned for its haute cuisine. It’s certainly an impressive view. I think the food would have to be really good to compete.

posted on Wednesday, February 02, 2011 10:43:52 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, January 29, 2011

article-0-0CDB68C5000005DC-421_964x355This is interesting its a giant pool table. The table which measures one and a half feet high has been built by Steve Wienecke in his garden. It took him 250 hours to create the table. He uses ten pin bowling balls as pool balls.

posted on Saturday, January 29, 2011 9:46:15 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, January 13, 2011

Wine-bottle-sediment-007This is interesting its a wine bottle that has been designed to catch the sediment at the bottom of the bottle. Chef Martín Berasategui designed it as a way of decanting the wine whilst it is in the bottle. The bottle has a chamber at the base which captures the sediment rather than it being poured out with the wine. It also acts as a decanter because of its special shape.

posted on Thursday, January 13, 2011 10:46:10 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, January 11, 2011

I was interested to read this article about a bank robbery in Argentina where thieves spent seven months tunnelling into a vault before making off with the valuables. The article likens the robbery to the film The Bank Job in which a similar robbery was portrayed. In the real robbery the thieves dug a 100ft long tunnel complete with ventilation and lighting over the course of seven months. The thieves had rented a building next to bank from which they dug their tunnel. They waited until New Year Eve to raid the vaults as they knew the bank would be closed for several days. It is thought they managed to empty 140 safety deposit boxes but it is not yet known how much they managed to get away with in monetary value.

posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 10:19:16 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, November 26, 2010

article-1330222-0C17D788000005DC-303_468x563This is Hatice Kocaman who at just 28in tall has recently been confirmed as the world’s shortest woman. She is now 21 years old but appears to have stopped growing when she was about four years old. Hatice who is pictured here with her mother was initially bullied for her small size but now says she feels much taller because she has become famous. There is currently only one adult in the world who is shorter than her and that’s the world’s shortest man Khagendra Thapa Magar who is just 25.8 inches tall.

posted on Friday, November 26, 2010 9:40:33 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, November 20, 2010

This is an interesting idea, called The War Graves Photographic Project or TWGPP for short it is a project to photograph the last resting place of soldiers killed in the first world war. It then makes images of the grave available for relatives to view online. Volunteers have visited 23,000 cemeteries and churchyards in 150 countries from Libya to the UK and photographed the graves there. These are provided in a searchable database so that relatives who might be unable to visit the actual location can view a photograph of the headstone. They receive no funding and charge £3 for an emailed image of a grave and £5 for a hard copy.

posted on Saturday, November 20, 2010 11:40:49 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, October 28, 2010

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This is an interesting idea, its an airbag that has been designed for cyclists. The device which is called the Hwding helmet has been designed by two Swedish industrial design students. It is worn as a collar around the neck but upon impact takes only 0.1 seconds to inflate covering the skull and neck. It is likely to go on sale in the UK next year and will cost in the region of £260.

posted on Thursday, October 28, 2010 11:25:05 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, October 19, 2010

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I recently came across this interesting article about how to grow tomatoes upside down. Whilst I am lucky to have plenty of space for my vegetable patch this looks like a really good way of saving space especially for those with small gardens. You can read the full article with instructions on how to do it here but the end results look something like this picture. It also has the advantage of creating a colourful canopy. I might give this a go next year, more for the decorative effect than anything else.

posted on Tuesday, October 19, 2010 9:37:22 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, September 18, 2010

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According to this article this is the world’s largest chocolate bar. It was produced at the Grand Candy factory in Armenia to mark the 10th anniversary of the company. The chocolate bar measures 224 inches (560 cm) long, 110 inches (275 cm) wide and 10 inches (25 cm) thick.

posted on Saturday, September 18, 2010 2:20:06 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, September 17, 2010

This is interesting its an intelligent cat flap that works with your cats microchip. The flap uses you pets own microchip to check that it is your cat that is using it. It can be programmed to admit up to 30 cats. It also allows you to programme it to only let the cats out during daylight hours. The only downfall appears to be the price, it costs £80 which is quite expensive compared to a normal cat flap. It is something I will be saving up for, however.

posted on Friday, September 17, 2010 10:23:06 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, September 16, 2010

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This rather large diamond has recently been found in Lesotho. The diamond which was found at the Letseng mine in Lesotho measures 1.18 inches across and is a 196 caret stone. A examination of the stone has shown that it should produce a top clarity when polished. It will be interesting to see how much it sells for.

posted on Thursday, September 16, 2010 11:48:32 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, August 23, 2010

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This is interesting its the world’s first glass bottomed hot air balloon. It recently took off on its first flight as part of the 2010 Bristol International Balloon Fiesta. Passengers are able to see the view right under their feet. I’m not sure I would fancy it.

posted on Monday, August 23, 2010 1:08:13 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, August 15, 2010

This is interesting its a new solar cell technology which has recently been developed by a Norwegian company. The company EnSol AS have created a unique patented film which can be coated onto glass and walls to turn them into power generators. The film which they hope to release commercially by 2016 effectively means that you would be able to turn a window into a solar power generator. It is likely to be much cheaper than conventional devices and it is thought the coating could be built into windows and other building materials as part of the manufacturing process. It certainly sounds interesting but I wonder how much more expensive it would be to replace your windows with these. If the price were not a concern I would certainly consider it.

posted on Sunday, August 15, 2010 10:15:13 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, August 13, 2010

jelloware-bendyThis is interesting its a drinks container that you can eat when you have finished your drink. Made of seaweed extract agar the Jelloware containers come in flavours like lemon basil, ginger mint and rosemary beet. When you have finished your drink you can either eat them or alternatively they can be thrown onto the garden as the sugar galactose they are made of can be used to nourish plants. It should save a lot of washing up after a party.

posted on Friday, August 13, 2010 9:41:08 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, July 30, 2010

This is interesting is an add in for Outlook that can check the tone of your email before sending it. It works by analysing the phrases that you use to see what tone they create. Called ToneCheck it works in a similar way to a spell checker. Once you have written your email you simply click the Tonecheck button and it will tell you the dominant tone of the email. It’s an interesting idea and should prevent people misconstruing the tone of an email.

posted on Friday, July 30, 2010 10:51:10 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, July 20, 2010

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This is interesting its a new design of foldaway bike. It has been designed by Kevin Scott who cam up with the idea of a bendy bike. The bike includes a mechanism which allows the frame to bend meaning it can be bent around a lamppost and locked to itself. It is currently just a prototype but it certainly looks interesting.

posted on Tuesday, July 20, 2010 10:24:41 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, July 18, 2010

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This is cool, it’s a blow up pub which is available to purchase from Drinkstuff.com. It measures 26ft tall and 15ft wide and takes around ten minutes for four adults to set up. It holds around 50 people and costs £27,815. The inside features a tiled effect roof, a fireplace, brick stone wall and two chimney pots.

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posted on Sunday, July 18, 2010 2:19:53 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, July 17, 2010

I came across this article which mentions an event I was unaware existed. The World Pea Shooting Championships is it seems held in Ely near Cambridgeshire. The competition which has been running since 1971 was created by a local teacher after he confiscated pea shooters from some pupils. This years winner was local man Ian Ashmeade who managed to improve on this previous attempt last year when he only managed the runner up position.

posted on Saturday, July 17, 2010 10:41:41 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, July 02, 2010

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In a pioneering operation a cat called Oscar has been given some new paws. Oscar was involved in an accident which meant his back paws were amputated. In the first operation of its kind to be carried out on a cat he has been fitted with new prosthetic ones. They are attached to his ankle in both his back paws allowing him to walk naturally. However, the new limbs are not suitable for outdoor use so Oscar whilst still alive will now have to be a house cat.

posted on Friday, July 02, 2010 8:57:54 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, June 26, 2010

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This is an interesting idea its a vending machine which will offer prescriptions 24 hours a day. The machines which will initially be put into five hospitals will hold up to 330 different types of drugs. Each pack will include a microchip so that the machine will indentify it. The patient will then insert their prescription into the machine and speak to a pharmacists via a video link where they will check the medicine has been properly prescribed before authorising the transactions. The prescription can be paid for by inserting cash or a debit or credit card. The patient will then receive their prescription along with a leaflet on how the drugs should be taken.

posted on Saturday, June 26, 2010 10:16:52 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, June 19, 2010

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If you have a spare £17 million burning a hole in your pocket then you might be interested in this yacht. The 122ft state of the art super yacht comes with a free super car. The yacht has a plush Art Deco interior with four large double rooms, a reception area and salon. It has 52 inch LED TVs and state of the art sounds systems in every room. The ship has a top speed of 43 knots and the supercar can reach speeds of 233mph. The yacht has its own garage located at the stern of the ship so you can park the car on board. If you want one you will have to be quick as only six models will be made.

posted on Saturday, June 19, 2010 11:58:34 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, June 15, 2010

article-1282890-09D495A6000005DC-862_634x303 This lovely looking creature is the caterpillar of a the Spicebush Swallowtail butterfly. The caterpillar is only a few inches long but uses it’s unusual markings to make itself look like a snake and thus deter predators. This picture was taken in the US by wildlife biologist Jonathan Mays.

posted on Tuesday, June 15, 2010 8:47:01 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, June 14, 2010

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This is interesting it’s a sign in North Carolina which not only has a picture of the beef it is advertising but also includes the smell. The large sign shows a black pepper and charcoal steak but also includes cartridges with fragranced oil. The aroma is spread with the help of a fan at the bottom of the billboard. The smell is pumped out six hours a day from from 7am to 10am and 4pm to 7pm. Interesting idea but I wouldn’t want to live next door to it.

posted on Monday, June 14, 2010 9:28:21 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, June 13, 2010

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According to this article this could be the oldest leather shoe. It was discovered by archaeologists in a cave in Armenia. It is 5,500 years old and made of a single piece of leather shaped to fit the wearers foot. The shoe would have been quite small about a UK women’s size 5 but it could have worn by either a man or woman. It would have been preserved due to the cool and dry conditions in the cave and the fact that it was covered by a thick layer of sheep dung which acted as a solid seal preserving it over the millennia.

posted on Sunday, June 13, 2010 11:42:42 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, June 10, 2010

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According to this article this could be Britain’s biggest wasps nest. The size of a double mattress it was found in the attic of a pub in Southampton. It measured 6ft by 5ft and was around 15 times bigger than the UK average. Apparently it would house up to half a million wasps. The nest was removed by a pest controller who cracked open the top and squirted the colony with a powerful insecticide.

posted on Thursday, June 10, 2010 8:56:11 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, June 09, 2010

_47974016_footballshirt2 An England fan is trying to create the world’s largest football shirt. Justin Walley has been appealing to fans, players and clubs to donate football shirts which will all be stitched together to form one giant shirt. So far he has sewn together over 600 shirts but he is still appealing for more.

posted on Wednesday, June 09, 2010 9:53:31 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, June 01, 2010

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This is interesting its a new device which is expected to be popular this summer. Previously launched in the US is will soon be available in the UK. The device allows you to make home made ice lollies in just 7 minutes. Called the Zoku it costs £40 and allows you to pour fruit juice into moulds and produce lollies in 7 minutes.

posted on Tuesday, June 01, 2010 10:53:27 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A rare wild flower will be protected by police patrols and CCTV to prevent it being stolen. The flower is a Lady’s Slipper Orchid and is thought to be so rare that only one flowering plant example exists in the UK. Located at Sliverdale Golf Course in Carnforth, Lancashire the plant is due to flower later this month. Efforts to re-introduce the flower in other areas have so far failed and with cuttings from the plants selling to collectors for anything up to £5,000, this is one very special plant. The orchid is protected by the by the Wildlife and Countryside Act 1981 and is coded with a security mark so that anyone who tries to sell a cutting of it can be caught.

posted on Tuesday, May 11, 2010 9:11:41 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, May 09, 2010

beaver_1629011cThis is interesting it’s a beaver dam so big that it can be seen from space. The dam is 2,790ft, that’s more than twice the length of the Hoover dam.  The dam is located in Wood Buffalo National Park in Northern Alberta, Canada. It is thought that it has been created by several beaver families which have joined forces to create the huge dam. It contains thousands of tress and would have taken them months to create it.

posted on Sunday, May 09, 2010 10:29:26 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, May 04, 2010

_47746858_009193754-1This replica wine fountain has recently been unveiled at Hampton Court Palace. It is similar to those that would have been used by Henry V111 and has been created after the remains of a 16th century fountain were found at a archaeological dig at the palace in 2008. It stands 13ft high and is made of timber, lead, bronze and gold leaf. The best thing about it, however, is that it is a working replica. At weekends and bank holidays it will serve red and white wine priced at £3.50 a glass. I like the idea of a wine fountain I wonder if I can convince my husband to build one.

posted on Tuesday, May 04, 2010 9:48:40 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, May 01, 2010

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This plane is thought to be the world’s biggest model aircraft. Built by Tony Nijhuis in his garage the aircraft is a scale version of a Boeing B-50 Superfortress. It has a 20ft wingspan and weighs about seven stone. It took two years to make plane and cost around £8,000. The aircraft has 96 batteries that power four electric motors. It can manage around 8 minutes in the air before it needs to be recharged.

posted on Saturday, May 01, 2010 2:08:21 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, April 13, 2010

_47594883_new.species.photo.comp.josephbrownThis interesting looking creature is a new species of giant monitor lizard that has recently been discovered. Despite measuring 2 metres long the lizard has escaped notice up to now. It lives in the forests which cover the Sierra Madre mountains in the north of the Philippines. Despite looking quite scary it survives on a diet of fruit. It is thought it has remained undiscovered for so long because it is a highly secretive animal that never leaves the forest or crosses open country. It is, however, known to the local people who regularly hunt it for food.

posted on Tuesday, April 13, 2010 9:30:56 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, April 09, 2010

A chilli grown in Grantham in Lincolnshire has been named the hottest in the world. The Infinity chilli is hotter than the Bhut Jolokia chilli which previously held the record. Tests by Warwick University have found that the Infinity chilli has a rating of 1,067,286 on the Scoville Scale which is used to measure the heat of peppers. In comparison the Bhut Jolokia measures 1,041,427.

posted on Friday, April 09, 2010 7:58:58 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, April 08, 2010

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This is  Darius a Continental Giant rabbit that is thought to be the world’s largest. At 13 months old he weighs three and a half stone. He eats 12 carrots, two bowls of rabbit food, three apples and a cabbage every day. He may still grow bigger as he is not yet full grown.

posted on Thursday, April 08, 2010 10:03:25 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, April 07, 2010

article-1262550-08F1CED0000005DC-104_634x387 A new butterfly exhibition has recently opened at the natural History Museum. Called the Butterfly Explorers’ exhibition it is designed to show school children the various stages in the life of a butterfly. Visitors will be able to experience various different environments where butterflies live such as the Amazon rainforest. They will be able to see two hatchery windows where they can watch butterflies emerging from the pupae as well as seeing the butterflies up close. The exhibition runs from the 8th of April to 26th of September. It looks like a great day out.

posted on Wednesday, April 07, 2010 9:45:58 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, April 03, 2010

article-1260192-08D85D3B000005DC-702_468x412 According to this article a dung beetle is the world’s strongest insect. It has been found that the male horned dung beetle is able to pull 1,141 times its own body weight. That’s the equivalent to a person dragging six fully loaded double decker buses. The strength of the insects was tested by sticking threads to their backs with superglue and placing them in artificial tunnels. The end of the thread was then attached to a pot, hung off a pulley and water was slowly dripped into the pot until the beetle could withstand the weight no longer.

posted on Saturday, April 03, 2010 11:52:38 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, April 02, 2010

Scientists have discovered that common toads are able to predict earthquakes. Researchers at the Open University made the discovery when studying a population of common toads in L’Aquila in central Italy just before it was hit by an earthquake. Although it was the toads breeding season 96% of the male toads abandoned the area five days before the earthquake struck. In addition to this the number of paired toads at the breeding site dropped to zero three days before the earthquake and no fresh spawn was found at the site from that date to the date of the last aftershock. Toads would usually stay at the breeding from the moment the breeding activity begins until the end of spawning so it seems the behaviour is unusual and is directly related to the earthquake. It is thought that just before an earthquake hits radon gas and gravity waves are released from the earth and that these are reflected back by the atmosphere and picked up by the toads.

posted on Friday, April 02, 2010 10:38:31 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, March 23, 2010

This article is interesting, it suggests that in bee colonies there are certain bees that use their bodies to provide heat for the colony. The bees have been dubbed “heater bees” due to the function they perform. Thermal imaging research for a TV series found that heater bees maintain the temperature in the hive where the young bees grow. The young bees called pupae are sealed inside wax cells whilst they grow into adults. Heater bees keep the temperature at 35C for those pupae which will become forager bees and 34C for bees that will be house keepers. The heater bees creep into empty wax cells and transmit heat to around 70 pupae at any time. In this way they can ensure that there are always enough of each type of bee to maintain the hive.

posted on Tuesday, March 23, 2010 9:18:12 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, March 21, 2010

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This new design for the British plug has recently won the Brit Insurance Design of the Year Award for 2010. It was designed by British student Min-Kyu Choi. It measures just 1cm thick compared with the standard size of 4.5cm and has a fold away design. The two bottom pins of the plug can rotate 90 degrees whilst the top pin remains static meaning it can be easily collapsed to fit inside a laptop case.

posted on Sunday, March 21, 2010 11:39:02 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, February 27, 2010

If you have ever been in a dark bathroom at night struggling to find the toilet roll then this glow in the dark toilet roll might be just what you need. It looks like regular toilet roll but gives off a florescent glow when the lights are turned off. It costs £4.99 for a roll so is not cheap but could be useful if you are planning a camping trip or simply going somewhere really dark.

posted on Saturday, February 27, 2010 12:24:47 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, February 23, 2010

A 90 year old man is waiting for confirmation from Guinness Wolrd Records to see whether he is the world’s oldest paperboy. Ted Ingram has been a paperboy for 68 years and claims he has delivered more than 500,000 papers on his round in Winterborne Monkton near Dorchester. Ted has only ever missed his round twice due to snow, despite the fact that he now has a hip replacement. He continues to do the round despite the fact that he no longer makes any money from it because he now has to take the car.

posted on Tuesday, February 23, 2010 10:32:23 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, February 17, 2010

A dermatologist has developed a application for the iPhone which he claims can get rid of wrinkles and acne whilst you talk on the phone. Called AcneApp The application costs $1.99 and uses blue and red light to help kill bacteria and promote collagen growth. There is some scepticism over whether the product actually works as it is yet to undergo clinical study but its an interesting idea.

posted on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 10:24:17 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, February 08, 2010

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This is interesting, its a machine that supposedly turns waste paper from the office into toilet roll. Called the “White Goat” the machine could not be described as portable, it is 6ft tall and weighs in at 94st. It can create a new toilet roll from 40 sheets of A4 paper in around 30 minutes. Waste paper is fed into a shredder, untangled and then dissolved in a pulper. The wet paper is then thinned out and dried before being wound into toilet paper.

posted on Monday, February 08, 2010 10:58:14 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, February 05, 2010

_47210118_-17 This coin which was found in the village of Hallaton in Leicestershire is thought to be the oldest piece of Roman money found in Britain. The coin was found in 2000 with around 5,000 other coins, a helmet and a decorated bowl. It has since been dated to 221BC and has been put on display at the Harbrough Museum. The other coins excavated at the Iron Age shrine of the Corieltavi tribe have been dated to the first century AD. It is not known how a Roman coin might have come into the possession of the local tribe but it is thought that they might have been traded before the Roman conquest in 43AD.

posted on Friday, February 05, 2010 12:01:00 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, January 29, 2010

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This is Missy the world’s first cat to receive a knee replacement. She was close to death after being run over by a car but after receiving pioneering surgery to rebuild her limbs and being fitted with a metal joint she is now recovering nicely. To repair her leg a collagen mesh made from a pigs bladder was used to re-grow tissue and cover the bone. The bones were then placed in a device called a spider which held them in place until the bone and tissue had healed. The implant itself was custom made to fit Missy’s measurements. It was made out of stainless steel and bonded to the thigh bone and shin bone using cement. The new implant should allow Missy to walk, run and jump around as normal.

posted on Friday, January 29, 2010 10:07:00 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, January 13, 2010

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According to this article this is the world’s largest TV. Recently unveiled by Panasonic it measures 152 inches. If you want one it is likely to have a fairly hefty price tag and you will need a large living room as you need to be seated between 25ft and 38ft away from it to enjoy optimum viewing.

posted on Wednesday, January 13, 2010 10:02:06 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, December 30, 2009

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Weighing in at 3,682lbs this is The Field Marshall a bull who has recently been named Britain’s biggest bullock. The bull eats more than 17lbs of feed every day and at the age of  8 is only a teenager so is likely to grow bigger yet.

posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2009 3:39:19 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, December 08, 2009

_46823229_phonebox_queue This is one of the country’s smallest libraries. The phone box was brought from BT for £1 under a National scheme that allows communities to adopt a phone box. Villages in the local area of Westbury-sub-Mendip can use the library, selecting books, DVDs and CDs. They simply have to leave a book they have read and take one that they would like to read. The idea was thought up by a resident when the village lost both its phone box and its mobile library in quick succession.

posted on Tuesday, December 08, 2009 1:14:37 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, November 26, 2009

According to this article a whisky company is preparing an expedition to try and locate two crates of 100 years whisky. The whisky was shipped to the Antarctic by British polar explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton during his 1909 expedition. It is now thought to be frozen inside in the icecap. The company that now owns McKinlay and Co who made the whisky are hoping that they will be able to conduct tests on the bottles with a view to re-launching the Scotch. One thing is for sure it will certainly be nicely chilled.

posted on Thursday, November 26, 2009 11:30:23 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, November 22, 2009

According to this article thousands of microscopic worms have been sent into space. The worms which were collected from a rubbish tip in Bristol have boarded the Atlantis space shuttle for a mission to the international space station. It is hoped that studying the worms will help scientists explain how astronauts build and lose muscle as they circle the earth. The worms will be exposed to conditions in space for four days before being frozen and returned to the laboratory where they can be studied.

posted on Sunday, November 22, 2009 11:36:27 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, November 07, 2009

Our cat Oliver is notorious for being very timid, he usually hides when we get any visitors and get beaten up by our other cats. Bearing this in mind we were very surprised when a large fox wandered into the garden and approached him. Oliver and the fox regarded each other for a while before the fox rolled on the ground. It was obvious to us that the fox wanted to play but Oliver seemed to miss the point and chased him away. You can see pictures below of the encounter, click on the images for a bigger version.

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# Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Untitled-1_1504728c These pumpkins were carved by a gardener is Essex. He has carved many different famous faces into pumpkins such as Barack Obama, Michael Jackson, Wayne Rooney, Amy Winehouse and Cheryl Cole. The carvings take around three hours to complete but only last a few days as the pumpkins start to contort after that amount of time.

posted on Tuesday, October 27, 2009 9:13:49 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, October 12, 2009

article-0-06A3E51A000005DC-912_634x394 These realistic looking creatures are made by origami expert Sipho Mabona. Despite the intricate designs surprisingly they are each made from just a single sheet of paper. Each piece takes around 20 hours to fold and can take more than six months to design so it doesn’t come as a surprise article-0-06A3E22F000005DC-933_634x385 to find that they sell for around £1,500 each. The preying mantis and stag beetle are just two of his many designs with others including grasshoppers, tigers and fish.

posted on Monday, October 12, 2009 11:55:01 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, October 01, 2009

article-0-0685B5E6000005DC-979_634x766 These gargoyles are made out of toilet roll tubes. French artist Junior Fritz Jacquet makes the faces by moulding the toilet roll tube to create the sculpture. He starts off by constructing the eyes and then creates the nose, mouth and the rest of the face. When finished the face is coated in different coloured pigments and fitted to a metal stalk so it can be displayed.

posted on Thursday, October 01, 2009 11:11:27 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, September 30, 2009

article-1215295-0689F313000005DC-81_634x374 I have come across many cool hedge shapes in the past such as the hedge whale, the hedge sea monster and the hedge elephants but this is the first time I have seen a hedge car. The 11ft car is made up of six plants and there are also some 6ft high mechanics which are made from two plants each. The plants have been carefully trained over a wire frame to create the shape and are then trimmed.

posted on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 1:30:22 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, September 28, 2009

article-0-06790DE7000005DC-507_468x321 This is interesting its a watch that contains a satellite positioning system which can locate the wearer to within ten feet. Aimed at parents who want to keep an eye on their children, the brightly coloured watch costs £149.99. Parents will be able to see their child’s location on Google maps by texting a special number. They will also be able to set up safe zones in which the children can play and receive an alert when the children go outside the area. The device is made by a company called Lok8u. I’m not sure how practical it is for children as they would soon learn to take it off but I would be interested in getting one of these for cats. Having emailed the company that makes these I have found out that a cat version is due to be released in the new year.

posted on Monday, September 28, 2009 12:09:07 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, September 26, 2009

article-0-06688C4D000005DC-146_634x520 This is interesting its a man who makes famous landmarks from toothpicks. He has spent six years building the structures and in that time has used over six million toothpicks and more than 170 million litres of glue. The picture to the left shows him working on a structure of the Cambodian temple of Angkor Wat  and the second picture shows his version of the Taj Mahal.

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posted on Saturday, September 26, 2009 8:35:13 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, September 19, 2009

article-1213851-0674DE3C000005DC-372_634x366 This is interesting its some pictures taken by a man in Surrey of bats flying over his garden pond. To get the pictures he rigged up this rather elaborate set up using a digital camera that listens for ultrasonic squeaks and an infrared beam to trigger flash  lamps when a bat flew near the water. The first picture shows how he set up his equipment and the second is one of the pictures that he took.

 

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posted on Saturday, September 19, 2009 1:14:38 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I have read a few articles about silent disco in the past but was surprised to learn that it appears to be becoming very popular. According to this article it is becoming popular at weddings and private parties. Silent discos work much the same as regular discos except people dance to music played through personal headphones rather than through speakers. There are several different channels to choose from so people at the same party can choose their own type of music. The article highlights one example where a couple had a silent disco at their wedding reception and chose to have Motown on one channel for older guests and current hits on another for the younger ones. It’s an interesting idea and has the advantage that you can party all night without upsetting the neighbours.

posted on Saturday, September 19, 2009 10:47:42 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, September 16, 2009

These pictures have been created using various light sources shone directly into a camera lens. The pictures have been created using things like flash lights, bike lights and LED and are shot with long exposure cameras using a slow shutter  speed in the dark. They are quite amazing, especially as they are created from a single photo that has not undergone any computer enhancement. The camera used is a 21.1 megapixel Canon EOS 5D Mark II .





posted on Wednesday, September 16, 2009 9:35:19 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, September 13, 2009

article-1207758-061B6A87000005DC-548_634x491 These interesting looking sandwiches were created by Mark Northeast in an attempt to get his son Oscar to eat his vegetables. Fed up of his son not eating his meals Mark started to make them a little more interesting. His creation include a caterpillar and a crocodile (pictured) as well as Spongebob Squarepants and a piano. They are certainly more exciting than most sandwiches I have seen.

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posted on Sunday, September 13, 2009 11:20:42 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, September 12, 2009

spider_1453834c If you are scared of spiders you might have an excuse if you are a girl. According to this article girls could have a natural fear of spiders. Researchers came to the conclusion after conducting an experiment on a group of children. They showed pictures of spiders to 20 children, 10 girls and 10 boys who were 11 months old. The boys didn’t seem bothered by the pictures but the girls already associated spiders with being afraid. Based on the findings it is thought that girls are genetically more susceptible to fearing potentially dangerous animals.

posted on Saturday, September 12, 2009 11:32:44 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, September 11, 2009

article-1212333-065BB883000005DC-172_468x305 Staff at a computer company in South Africa are using pigeons to transfer data between offices because it it quicker than broadband. They say that it takes six hours to transfer four gigabytes of encrypted data from Durban to their call centre 50 miles away. In contrast it takes a pigeon with a memory card attached to its leg, just an hour to make the journey. The pigeons do face some problems, however, such as getting eaten by predators on route.

posted on Friday, September 11, 2009 8:02:47 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, September 08, 2009
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article-0-0615DE2D000005DC-935_634x333 This is unusual, its 3D sculptures carved out of old phone books. They are made by Alex Queral an artist from Philadelphia. He produces two new pieces a month and has been working in this way for 14  years. He starts off by sketching a picture and then places it over the phonebook to use as template before using a scalpel to cut away at the pages to create the finished sculpture. You can see a work in progress above and a finished image of Obama to the right.

posted on Tuesday, September 08, 2009 9:10:52 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, September 07, 2009

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This giant Lego house is being built in Dorking in Surrey. So far it contains over two million Lego bricks. It comes complete with a Lego toilet, bath and bed. Once it is finished Top Gear presenter James May intends to stay in it for several days or until it falls down.

posted on Monday, September 07, 2009 9:07:53 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, September 03, 2009

newt2 This is unusual its a newt that is able to push its ribs through its skin to use them as weapons. The Spanish ribbed newt is able to force its bones through its skin when it is threatened. Surprisingly this does not appear to cause the newt any harm but it is quite an extreme method of protection.

posted on Thursday, September 03, 2009 8:51:13 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, August 30, 2009

article-1206035-0608F7C5000005DC-713_634x379 This is unusual, its artwork created on dirty cars. The work is done by artist Scott Wade who creates these impressive pictures simply out of the dirt on car windows. They range from more traditional pieces based on famous works of art like this Mona Lisa he created in the back of a mini to more unusual works like the one below of a family inside a car.

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posted on Sunday, August 30, 2009 12:46:52 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, August 28, 2009

article-1207076-061688D2000005DC-439_306x564 This scary looking plant has recently been discovered in the Philippines. The plant which has been named after Sir David Attenborough grows more than 4ft long. It is able to eat prey such as mice and rats which it traps by secreting nectar. Once close enough the animals fall into a large pitcher within the plant. Unable to get out they then drown and acids in the fluid break down the remains.

posted on Friday, August 28, 2009 9:48:06 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, August 03, 2009

article-1202491-05DB08D1000005DC-449_964x628This is interesting its a piece of artwork created by sand artist Andres Amador. He creates these patterns in the sand some of which span over 500 feet. The work involves raking the sand into intricate patterns. Andres first works on the designs in his notebook before working with the sand. The work has to be completed quickly before the sea washes the design away so the effect is only temporary. After all his hard work the artist is left with just a snapshot of each piece of work. Still its fairly impressive stuff.

posted on Monday, August 03, 2009 12:13:44 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, July 15, 2009

This seems like a really good job. Its a position for a witch at Wookey Hole caves in Somerset. The job which pays £50,000 a year includes accommodation as the witch is expected to live in the caves. The applicant must be able to teach witchcraft and magic. Other than that they must live in the cave and simply do the things that witches do. Both men and women can apply, although it is a requirement that they must be able to cackle and cannot be allergic to cats. The job is open because the previous witch has retired.

posted on Wednesday, July 15, 2009 12:26:26 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, July 01, 2009

If you are unemployed and are able to leave the country for a while then this job might be for you. Described as a Globe Trotter it is the opportunity to travel around the world for a year and have it all paid for. The job is being offered by lastminute.com and all of the £20,000 travel expenses will be covered. The successful applicant needs no specific qualifications but they will need to write reviews on the hotels, restaurants and attractions that they visit. They will not receive a salary but the entire cost of the trip will be covered. If you want to apply you have until the 15th of July and need to send a photo of yourself having a good time on holiday and a 200 word review describing your experience.

posted on Wednesday, July 01, 2009 9:29:04 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, June 29, 2009

article-1194481-056C0C3E000005DC-443_468x328_popup This is interesting its an idea for laser guided cars that do all the driving for you. The cars would allow the driver to do something else whilst still being behind the wheel meaning you could sleep, read or perhaps catch up on some work. They would work using sensors and wireless technology which would lock the cars together in a convoy with each vehicle following the one ahead. The car at the very front would be manned by a professional driver and all the other cars would simply follow. Drivers would pay a subscription for the service and would need to book ahead in order to secure a place in the convoy. They would then join the end of the convoy at the allotted time via a slip road and when they choose to leave their car would be guided off onto their chosen slip road. I’m not sure I fancy it, it seems to bring back memories off getting stuck behind a tractor for some strange reason.

posted on Monday, June 29, 2009 7:46:26 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, June 26, 2009

This is interesting its one woman's project to wear the same dress for a year. Its a year long fundraising project devised by Akanksha Foundation to raise money for uniforms and other expenses for slum children in India. For a year Akanksha will wear the same dress but will reinvent it every day by adding different accessories. She actually has 7 of the same dress, I guess having just the one would make keeping it clean rather difficult but it is still an interesting project. So far she is two months into the project and has come up with lots of different combinations. I’m not sure I could be so imaginative, I would probably run out of ideas after the first few days.

posted on Friday, June 26, 2009 8:32:41 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, April 29, 2009

article-0-049EDFC4000005DC-436_634x395 This is probably one of the most unusual hotel rooms I have come across. It is made to look like a crashed airliner and is situated in the jungle in Costa Rica (pictured left). Whilst it looks like a plane in fact the inside is every bit as nice as a luxury hotel room and it is being marketed as the most exclusive hotel suite in Costa Rica.

article-0-049EE1E6000005DC-939_634x420The two bedroom suite is inside the fuselage of a 1965 Boeing 727. It includes two  wood panelled bedrooms (pictured right), a kitchenette, dining room (pictured below), living area and two bathrooms. It also has the advantage of offering spectacular views of the jungle from the balcony on the planes right wing. Apparently it is the perfect height to observe wildlife such as sloths, toucans and monkeys.

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It certainly an interesting idea. If you fancy staying there it costs between £200 and £250 per night.

posted on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 9:43:12 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, April 25, 2009

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This is an interesting idea its a machine that can  print any book out for you in minutes. It has been launched by Blackwell who are hoping it will remove the need to order a hard to find or out of print book. The idea is that you will be able to browse a catalogue of available books. Select the one you want and choose print book. The machine which can print around 105 pages minute will then print and bind your chose book. The books are likely to cost about the same you would expect to pay for a regular book. It will also be possible for authors to take in a CD of their work and have a professionally printed book produced in just minutes. There are currently 400,000 books available but it is hoped that one million will be available by the summer. I  remember being at university and having to wait for copies of a book to become available or searching old bookshops in the hope to find an obscure out of print title. If this machine works as it says, then it could put an end to this, although knowing my luck the book I wanted wouldn’t be available.

posted on Saturday, April 25, 2009 10:11:15 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, April 16, 2009

catdoor1-medium This is interesting its a Tweeting cat door (pictured left) that has been made by a programmer to track his cats. The cats each have a RFID tag attached to their collars. When they go near the cat door the RFID reader reads the tag and if the cat is authorised a servo unlocks the cat door. Each time there is a cat door event a Twitter message is sent as well as a picture of the cat that has activated the flap. You can check out the updates at the following link.

posted on Thursday, April 16, 2009 9:11:04 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, March 30, 2009

This is interesting its some pictures that have been taken by artist Alan Sailer of everyday objects being hit by pellets. He used an air rifle, a camera and a home made flash to create the shots which are quite amazing. He took them by using a laser to trigger the Nikon D40’s shutter and used a special flash to film the action in slow motion. To pinpoint the exact moment to take the perfect shot must have taken ages which makes the results all the more spectacular. Some of the picture are shown below.

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posted on Monday, March 30, 2009 8:42:59 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, March 26, 2009

article-1162910-03F7E159000005DC-254_634x407 This is cool its the Terrafugia Transition a car that flies. The car works like a conventional car but has the added bonus of being able to fly with the help of some fold away wings. It runs on unleaded petrol and can fly 400 miles on a single tank of gas. It does look a little odd and at £139,000 its certainly not cheap but I think there are times we have all wished we had a flying car.

posted on Thursday, March 26, 2009 10:08:02 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Pizza_1368845aThis is an interesting idea, its a pizza vending machine. The machine called Let’s Pizza has been invented by Claudio Torghele and has recently been launched in Italy. It can make a pizza from scratch in just three minutes whipping the flour into dough, squashing in into a disc and adding the topping before cooking it and serving it in a cardboard box. The machine includes clear plastic windows so that customers can watch the ingredients being mixed and cooked. It costs 3.50 Euros, approx £3.30 for a pizza which is about half what you would expect to pay in a restaurant. The inventor hopes that in the current difficult economic times his three minute pizzas will grab a share of the takeaway market. However, traditional Italian pizza makers are far from impressed with the head of the Association of Italian Pizzerias saying "Pizza that comes out of an automatic machine has nothing to do with Italian pizza."

posted on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 9:24:10 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, March 12, 2009

article-1159142-03BD37B3000005DC-399_224x406 This is interesting, its a swimming costume that repels water meaning that it dries minutes after you leave the water. Called the Sun Dry Swimsuit, it is made from a special fabric so water passes through the fabric rather than being absorbed into it. The swimsuits also have the advantage of being chorine resistant and having a SPF 50 rating to keep out UV rays. If you want one they are made by Solestrom International and cost between £20 and £60.

posted on Thursday, March 12, 2009 9:51:35 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, February 27, 2009

article-0-03AD21E6000005DC-395_468x648 This is great its an office space that comes complete with its own helter skelter slide. The feature is part of the Electric Works office complex in Sheffield which opens on Monday. The slide inside is part of one of the office suites, it is made of steel and plastic and is 87ft with a 40ft drop. The slide takes you from the third floor right down to the ground floor reception in just seven seconds so it could be a great way of getting rid of annoying clients very quickly.

posted on Friday, February 27, 2009 10:30:03 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Pancake Tower This is apparently the world's tallest pancake stack. It stands 29.5 inches (75cm) high and beat the previous record by 0.4 inches. To make this amount of pancakes took 100 eggs, 17 pints of milk, 11lbs of flour and 6.6lbs of butter. The stack includes 672 pancakes and took 22 hours to build, that's a lot of pancakes.

posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2009 1:45:56 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, February 16, 2009

CornerForest3 This is interesting its some artwork from Yuken Teruya who turns everyday objects such as pizza boxes, toilet rolls and bags into art. This is one of the projects featured on the website. Its called Corner Forest and includes lots of individual toilet rolls which are hung to create a forest.

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posted on Monday, February 16, 2009 11:15:31 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, February 11, 2009

This is interesting its a project to help raise awareness about breast cancer. It called Artful Bras and the idea is that members of the Quilters of South Caroliner have created a one of a kind bra. The results will be part of a touring exhibit and when the exhibit ends in October will be auctioned off with the proceeds being donated to the Best Chance Network. Here are just a few of the designs but you can see the rest at the website here.

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posted on Wednesday, February 11, 2009 11:11:39 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, February 07, 2009

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This is rather strange its a cardboard PC. It is made from 12 cardboard panels which are stuck together using non toxic adhesive. When the PC reaches the end of its life the cardboard body can be taken apart and recycled and the internal components are designed to be easily dismantled. I wonder how hot this thing gets, it does have a dedicated internal venting chamber but I'm not entirely sure putting a flammable material around a PC is such a good idea.

posted on Saturday, February 07, 2009 10:53:35 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, February 06, 2009

This article from the National Geographic is quite interesting, it suggests that early humans were able to crack nuts with their teeth. Unlike us the Australopithecus africanus had strong chewing apparatus which was able to handle hard foods such as nuts and seeds when other food was not available. They also had well muscled heads that could withstand high forces such as the teeth of canines. I wish I could crack nuts with my teeth.

posted on Friday, February 06, 2009 10:28:55 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, February 04, 2009

article-1131947-033A73CB000005DC-384_468x325 I came across this picture of a cool hedge whale today. It was created by Nicki Leggatt who decided she wanted to do something a little different with the hedge in her front garden. I have a large hedge in my garden I wonder if my husband will let me turn it into a whale.

posted on Wednesday, February 04, 2009 1:04:01 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, January 15, 2009

Gallery-Snowflakes-A-12-S-007This is quite interesting, its an article about Professor Kenneth Libbrecht who has spent many years studying snowflakes. He has used a specially designed photo microscope to photograph snowflakes often in sub zero temperatures and has now published a book with some of his findings.  According to Libbrecht: "Each snowfall is a photographic adventure because each brings different crystals. And it's true - no two are exactly alike."

posted on Thursday, January 15, 2009 12:52:07 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, December 22, 2008

Xmas-tree_449620a This is quite cool its actually three parts of a tree that appear to look like one big tree from outside the house. Greig Howe cut a 35ft Christmas tree into three parts and put one part in his sitting room, another in a bedroom and the last part on the roof. It took  several people two days to put the tree in place and some of the branches are so big that the windows of the house need to be kept open. The tree is decorated with 160 baubles and 2,000 lights.

posted on Monday, December 22, 2008 7:26:18 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, December 15, 2008

The lightsabre used by Luke Skywalker in Star Wars has recently sold at auction for £133,000. The prop was sold at an auction of Hollywood props and memorabilia. Other items for sale included an original section of the Death Star which sold for £13,300 and C-3PO's helmet which fetched £66,444. My husband was love a lightsabre but I think I might have to look around for something a little cheaper.

posted on Monday, December 15, 2008 2:03:15 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, October 30, 2008

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This is strange, its a cat that glows in the dark. The cat named Mr Green Genes has been genetically modified as part of an experiment which could lead to a treatment for cystic fibrosis. He looks like any normal cat until he is exposed to ultraviolet light, then he glows. Researchers made him so they could learn whether a gene could be introduced harmlessly into the feline's genetic sequence to create what is formally known as a transgenic cat. That's all very interesting but my main thought on reading the article was "cool a glowing cat".

posted on Thursday, October 30, 2008 1:24:28 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, October 12, 2008
I came across this article about a house in Japan that has been customised for cats. The house features cat walkways that criss cross around the walls and run overhead and cat stairs that allow the cats access to the walkways. The cats in the pictures certainly look very happy but I don't think I will be following suit with our house. Our four cats already act like they own the house, only last night we had all four sprawled across the sofa using all of the cushions and they look most indignant when you ask them to move.


posted on Sunday, October 12, 2008 12:58:17 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, October 04, 2008

This is interesting its a solar powered bicycle. The device operates like a normal pedal cycle but has a canopy lined with solar cells overhead. As the user pedals along in the sunshine the rays charge a battery that powers a small electric motor in the back wheel. The battery can then power the bike forward at speeds of up to 15mph as well as lowering the resistance in peddling so that it is easier to cycle up hills. When the sun isn't shining the bike can be charged by plugging it into the mains. It is currently still only in the concept stage but the inventor hopes to find a manufacturer and mass produce it.

posted on Saturday, October 04, 2008 11:40:07 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, September 27, 2008

article-1057589-02B442D800000578-751_468x344 This is interesting, its a firm that allows companies to produce pictures of their advertising in space. What the company called JP Aerospace does, is launch a billboard into space that contains the advertisers logo and message and then take pictures of it. They use specially constructed balloons to send the billboard 20 miles into the air. Then they take hundreds of pictures of it and return it to Earth by parachute. The result is something like the picture on the left.

posted on Saturday, September 27, 2008 1:15:41 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, September 19, 2008

For those who have always wanted to become a Jedi (lets face it, we all want to) you might want to check out this new course offered by Queen's University Belfast. The course starts in November and the organisers are hoping to attract Star Wars fans and introduce them to open learning. The course in entitled Feel the Force: How to Train in the Jedi Way and teaches the "real-life psychological techniques behind Jedi mind tricks". No prior qualifications are needed for the course but unfortunately it does not appear to include light sabre training. The course lasts one day and costs £23. It all sounded great until I read the part about no light sabres.

posted on Friday, September 19, 2008 1:06:52 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, August 20, 2008

catplay-fireI came across this website today that has that has these interesting new cat toys. They are made out of cardboard and come flat packed. When assembled, however, they become cool fire engines, planes and tanks. As you can see by the pictures from the site the models have holes for the cats to crawl inside and play. They start at £15.00 each and look like they will be great fun for playful moggies. One word of caution the website does say that cats may need your help to assemble the models.

 

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posted on Wednesday, August 20, 2008 3:09:18 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, August 18, 2008

This article suggests that the effects of alcohol do make people appear more attractive. Researchers found that as little as a pint and a half of beer is enough to make everyone seem more desirable. Men are worst affected with the effect lasting as long as 24 hours after a heavy drinking session. The results were based on a study done at Bristol University where male and female volunteers were randomly allocated a drink of vodka and lime or a similar tasting soft drink. There were then asked to rate the attractiveness of 20 male and 20 female faces on a seven point scale. Those who had been drinking alcohol scored the faces 10% higher than those who had not. The following day both sexes were tested again, this time the men who had been drinking the previous day scored the picture more highly than the non drinkers. The researchers concluded: 'Alcohol consumption increases ratings of attractiveness of facial stimuli.'

posted on Monday, August 18, 2008 8:45:10 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, August 16, 2008

If you believe this article the invisibility cloak could soon be a reality. Researchers at the University of California have developed a material that can bend light around an object making it disappear. Obviously the item doesn't actually disappear it is simply no longer visible. The effect is based upon reversing refraction and the result is that only white light behind the object can be seen giving it a cloaking effect. The team involved have said that the principle could be scaled up to make one day make a cloak large enough to hide people. Interesting. Now what would I do with an invisibility cloak?

posted on Saturday, August 16, 2008 10:23:02 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, August 09, 2008

Sandal Shoes This is an interesting idea, its a pair of shoes that are also sandals. As you can see from the picture the top part of the shoe unzips to reveal a sandal inside the sole. They are made by Nat-2 design and cost £59.99. There are currently over 20 different designs available and you can also mix and match the soles with different top part. Currently the only place to buy them in the UK is Wild Goose in Twickenham. They seem like a great idea for the unpredictable UK weather.

posted on Saturday, August 09, 2008 11:38:27 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, August 05, 2008

This is an interesting idea, a solar powered handbag. The bag uses solar panels to absorb the suns rays and turn them into electricity. The bag uses laminated solar panels made of photovoltaic film to convert sunlight into electricity. It then transmits the power to a circuit connected to two batteries in the lining of the bag and to a USB port. It can be used to charge most small devices such as mobile phones, cameras and ipods. It does, however, require two hours of full sunlight to charge a mobile phone battery. If you want one, they cost £150. 

posted on Tuesday, August 05, 2008 2:22:25 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, August 01, 2008

article-1040187-0220637A00000578-970_634x500 I always loved going to the doctors surgery when I was younger because it was one of the few places around that had a rocking horse. This gadget has been described as a rocking horse for the wealthy. It is in fact a simulator which lets people ride in their own home. The virtual reality riding machine includes a mechanical horse with electronic sensors and a screen. It allows users to trot, canter and perform various dressage manoeuvres but unlike a real horse produces no mess and does not require feeding. Its an interesting concept but personally I think the real thing is much better. For me part of the joy of riding was building up a mutual relationship with my horse and of course the fact that you can never predict what a real horse will do, no matter how well you know it. Its an interesting variation on the rocking horse, though but not cheap at just under £40,000.

posted on Friday, August 01, 2008 7:06:16 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, July 30, 2008

article-0-020E82F100000578-116_468x286 This luxury yacht has been designed by a company called Wally. It is big enough to include a garden and a full sized swimming pool. It can sleep up to 40 crew and 24 guests and would have a gaming room, library, cinema, gym, spa and sauna. The yacht would measure 325 foot long and is fully customisable. It is still to be built and the price tag has not been set but I'm guessing it will be very very expensive, I wonder what sort of person would be able to afford one?

posted on Wednesday, July 30, 2008 9:39:02 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, July 02, 2008

This is quite interesting, its a revolving skyscraper. It has been created by an Italian architect who wanted to create what he calls dynamic towers. In the towers each of the floors can fully rotate up to once an hours. The rotating floors will be made from prefabricated apartments that spin around a concrete floor and owners who buy an entire floor will be able to activate the rotation with voice commands to change their view. The towers will also generate enough electricity to power themselves and other nearby buildings because they will be fitted with solar panels and wind turbines. Two of the buildings will be built in Dubai and Moscow by the end of 2010. It all sounds very interesting except that the architect has never built a skyscraper before. I wonder whether it will work.

posted on Wednesday, July 02, 2008 12:14:07 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, June 27, 2008

I had a very unproductive weekend last week because I have been revisiting some of my old computer games that I have never got around to completing. The main reason for doing this is because I am feeling a little poor at the moment so rather than spending money on new movies or box office films I thought I would make use of what I have already. That said, my husband is obviously not feeling poor because another box arrived today with a Playstation 3 inside. I'm not sure where he managed to find it because its one of the 60GB versions which will also play Playstation 2 games (yes I have already tried it, even though I am meant to be working). I expect there will soon be more details on Rory's blog shortly as well as a more technical view of my new laptop. I see another unproductive weekend ahead.

posted on Friday, June 27, 2008 4:09:57 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, June 26, 2008

It was our wedding anniversary a few days ago and I was surprised to receive a parcel from my husband. I was even more surprised to find that it contained a new laptop from Dell. Its a Dell Inspiron and it makes my old laptop look very inferior. I am currently busy installing everything, so am still mainly working on my old machine for now. So far I am very pleased with the new one, its certainly a lot faster and it has the advantage that it doesn't constantly overheat and of course its nice and new and shiny.

posted on Thursday, June 26, 2008 3:09:08 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, June 17, 2008

article-0-0194471B00000578-676_468x339 This is BMW's latest concept car and surprisingly it is made of cloth. The cars skin is made of an expansion resistant textile which stretches across movable metal wires controlled by hydraulics. The car is more flexible than a car with a metal skin and it is able to change shape at a touch of a button to suit the owners mood.

posted on Tuesday, June 17, 2008 2:48:47 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Saturday, June 14, 2008

This is quite interesting, its an advert for Doritos that was made for just £6.50. The advert was the winner in a competition to find a "consumer generated" TV advert for the brand. It was made by two 25 years old using stop motion filming and cost just the price of two packets of Doritos, two pots of salsa and some Blu-Tack. The advert will run in a peak advertising slot during the Euro 2008 coverage on Sunday and the makers of the ad are splitting the prize money of £20,000 between them. You can see it here, it just goes to show that you don't need a huge budget to create a TV advert.

posted on Saturday, June 14, 2008 1:26:48 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, June 12, 2008

This is an interesting idea, its a greetings card that has seeds impregnated into the paper. When you have read the card instead of throwing it away, you plant it. The card should then grow and you should be rewarded with some flowers. The cards start at just £1.99 each so are about the same price as a normal greetings card. I might get my Christmas cards from here next time.

posted on Thursday, June 12, 2008 12:30:47 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, June 03, 2008

This is an interesting idea, a pair of pants that keep a check on the wearers blood pressure. The pants called "smart pants" contain sensors in the waistband that pick up information on how fast blood is flowing through the arteries, this can give vital clues about the condition of the artery walls and act as an early warning system to pick up any problems. They are still in the experimental stage but Phillips has recently applied for a patent for the idea so they might well be in the shops soon.

posted on Tuesday, June 03, 2008 9:45:34 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, May 29, 2008

Huge Shed We always find that no matter how many times we clear out the shed it always becomes full again very quickly. I think I have finally found the answer this huge shed. It costs £13,000 and is available from Argos. The only problem is, its just a little bit too big for our garden.

posted on Thursday, May 29, 2008 3:13:42 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Sky ceiling This is an interesting idea, its a ceiling that recreates the effect of a sunny day indoors. Called a SkyCeiling the ceiling creates the illusion that you are underneath a sunny sky and can be used to brighten up a room even it has no windows. It works by using high resolution photographs of the sky and overhanging trees which are suspended from the ceiling to create a 3 D effect. The photos are produced on transparent tiles and are lit from behind with high powered fluorescent lights. The system can be programmed to mimic the time of the day and different seasons. It is expected to be popular with offices and hospitals where it could be used to reduce stress and boost feelings of well being.

posted on Wednesday, May 28, 2008 4:41:57 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, May 14, 2008

girlcontroller_450x250 This is a giant NES controller that has been made by an Australian gamer. It is fully functioning although it takes two people to operate it properly. It also doubles as a coffee table and a storage unit.

posted on Wednesday, May 14, 2008 7:38:25 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Naturalists have discovered that orangutans can not only swim but that they also know how to fish. The orangutans in Borneo were previously thought to be non swimmers but they have learnt how to swim across the river to get to the best fruits. They have also learnt how to use a tree branch as a spear in order to catch a fish after watching fishermen using rods. However, they have also worked out that it is less work to steal fish from unattended fishing lines rather than going to the effort of catching the fish themselves. At this rate they will quickly be overtaking some of the lesser intelligent human individuals among us.

posted on Wednesday, April 30, 2008 7:27:14 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, April 27, 2008

This is an interesting idea, a suit that can be worn and washed in the shower. It is made from fast drying Australian merino wool and is designed for the Asian market. It is aimed primarily at businessmen who are required to wear a suit in the humidity of an Asian summer. At the end of the day all you need to do is hose the suit down in the shower and hang it up to dry. It regains its shape and is ready to wear again the next morning without the need for dry cleaning.

posted on Sunday, April 27, 2008 3:03:10 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, April 25, 2008

a20357d1-a319-4f46-908f-dcefc292b9fbPierre the penguin had a problem with his feathers leaving him with bald patches. Unfortunately, penguins need their waterproof fathers to keep warm whilst in the water. This meant Pierre would sit on the side of the penguin tank shivering whilst the other penguins played in the water. Pierre now has a special penguin wetsuit which is designed to keep him warm but has openings for his flippers so he can still swim. It also allows his feathers to grow back at the same time and he can play happily with the other penguins.

posted on Friday, April 25, 2008 1:38:18 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

This is an interesting idea, children's shoes that can extend as the child grows. The shoes are called inchworm shoes and they can extend by as much as one full shoe size. All you need to do is adjust the shoe to fit by pressing a button and pulling the toe out to the required length as shown below. They are available in child sizes only and cost £48.

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posted on Friday, April 25, 2008 1:27:14 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, April 11, 2008
This is an interesting idea, a restaurant with no waiters. The idea comes from Germany and includes a touch screen TV for customers to browse the menu and choose what they want to order. Once you have placed the order you just wait for your food to come out of the kitchen along the rails that go around the restaurant. Perhaps the best bit is you don’t have to leave a tip.

posted on Friday, April 11, 2008 3:50:38 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
This is quite interesting, it’s a way to keep food cool that doesn’t require electricity. It involves taking a small clay pot and putting it inside a larger one. The space between the two pots is then filled with wet sand the food is placed inside the smaller pot and the top is covered with a wet cloth. As the water evaporates it draws the heat out keeping the inside cold and the food fresh for up to three weeks. The system is now being used by farmers in northern Nigeria who previously has problems storing fruit and vegetables because they had no electricity in their villages. They can now store an eggplant for 27 days instead of it spoiling after 3 and spinach lasts 12 days rather than 1 meaning that farmers no longer have to sell their produce in a hurry. In addition the revival of the pot industry is helping to reduce unemployment in the region. It’s amazing how sometimes very simple ideas can make a real difference.

posted on Friday, April 11, 2008 11:21:10 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, April 10, 2008
This is rather strange, an elephant in a bubble. Fan Yang who is the star of New York’s Gazzillion Bubble Show now holds the World Record of capturing the largest land mammal in a bubble after he created the giant bubble around Tai the elephant. Not something you see every day.

posted on Thursday, April 10, 2008 1:17:18 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, April 08, 2008
This is quite cool, a man called Jeremy Reid built a rollercoaster in his back yard. Firstly you obviously need a very large garden so I guess it helps to live in Oklahoma and secondly quite a lot of wood. Apparently it has a top speed of 20 mph and stands 17 feet high. I need a bigger garden.

posted on Tuesday, April 08, 2008 4:14:57 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, April 07, 2008
Sheep are being used to cut the grass in Turin. The sheep are kept in fenced off areas and moved around in order to keep the grass trim in the cities municipal parks. Not only does this idea save around £24,000 in gardeners fees, it also saves the shepherd money because it means he does not have to rent fields to graze his sheep. What a good idea.

posted on Monday, April 07, 2008 6:55:52 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, April 05, 2008
A man has advertised for a drinking companion for his father because he is worried he might be lonely. The successful applicant will be paid £7 an hour. The job involves accompanying 88 year old Jack Hammond to the pub and drinking. Any one interested should be interested in talking about engineering and golf. This looks like a great job.

posted on Saturday, April 05, 2008 11:48:13 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, March 28, 2008
Personally if I won the lottery the first thing I would do is give up work, or at least pay people to run my businesses for me. One man who won the lottery, however, missed his job at McDonalds’s so much that despite quitting, he asked to go back. Despite the fact that he is £1.3 million richer after his lottery win Luke Pittard still gets up every morning and goes to his £5.85 per hour job where he spends his time flipping burgers. Surprisingly he earns more money in interest on his winnings per week than he does from his job. He must really love his work.

posted on Friday, March 28, 2008 10:45:15 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, March 25, 2008
This article suggests that solar powered clothing could be coming to the shops soon. Fujitsu Siemens are working on incorporating flexible solar cells into items of clothing and say the device could only take a year to perfect. The solar cells would work by converting light into energy which would then be used to power devices such as mobile phones or MP3 players. It sounds interesting although as sunlight is required, it might not work so well here in the UK, after all we don’t see the sun very often. It could be a good device to take on holiday though.

posted on Tuesday, March 25, 2008 6:01:47 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, March 21, 2008
This is quite cool. It is called the Tardis House and is probably Cornwall’s smallest office. It measures just 7ft by 6ft so there is barely enough room for a table and chair and not much else. In fact it is so small that you can stand inside with your arms outstretched and touch the walls. The building which was originally built as a toilet has recently gone on the market for a surprising £19,950.

posted on Friday, March 21, 2008 12:20:33 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, March 19, 2008
The Sat Nav trolley could soon be coming to Britain. The device will help shoppers by guiding them around the store to the items they want to buy. It will also suggest recipe ideas based on the food that you put into them. The trolley is made by Media Cart in conjunction with Microsoft and could be in UK supermarkets by 2009. It will also be able to download your shopping list and plot the quickest route around the store, depending on what you want to purchase. The trolleys are fitted with a location device so they know where in the store, they can they work out what the best route is from the current location to the product the customer requires. It seems like an interesting idea, I wonder how well they work in practice.

posted on Wednesday, March 19, 2008 12:53:42 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, March 17, 2008
These rather strange looking glasses can help you find things. You just need to tell them what you are looking for and they will play a video to show you the last time you saw the item. The built in camera takes a constant record of everything the user sees, with the display inside identifying the items scanned. It’s an interesting idea but obviously this experimental model is a little bulky for everyday use.

posted on Monday, March 17, 2008 10:13:21 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, March 16, 2008

This is quite an interesting article showing images of how the world would look if human life ceased to exist. This picture shows how parts of London would rot and how flood waters would enter the city, as without power to the Thames Barrier central London would be mostly underwater. Other pictures show impressions of how Buckingham Palace and Tower Bridge would decay. The pictures are based on both scientific expertise and an understanding of history to predict what would happen. Within a few weeks the planet would be plunged into darkness and within six months areas would start to be repopulated by animals including domestic pets. Within 40 to 50 years modern buildings would start to collapse and within 100 years cars would have rotted away. The more aggressive predators would become dominant with livestock being mainly wiped out. What a cheerful article.


posted on Sunday, March 16, 2008 4:14:54 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, March 13, 2008
This is an interesting idea, a mobile phone that also helps to keep you fit. It is called miCoach and is being marketed as the latest “must have” accessory for your mobile phone. Basically it monitors your heart rate, tells you how fast you are running and how many calories you are burning during your workout. The device allows you to find your own fitness level and a goal to generate a series of workouts. It also has helpful motivational comments to let you know how you are doing and lets you customise a music playlist to match your workout.

posted on Thursday, March 13, 2008 8:08:41 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, March 07, 2008
If you find it hard to keep track of exactly how beers you have had, you might want to try this beer counting bottle opener. The gadget is called the Beer Tracker and records the number of times it is used to lift the lid on a bottle. It keeps track of the number of beers opened with a digital display, unfortunately though it only seems practical for the beers you drink at home, so won’t help for trips to the pub.

posted on Friday, March 07, 2008 2:35:42 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, March 03, 2008
I thought I was seeing things when I came across the headline “Tony Blair launches artistic career”. It gets much stranger than that, however, when you learn that the Tony Blair to whom the article refers, is a rat. The artistic rat has been causing quite a stir in art circles with his masterpiece which is made entirely out of avocado. The rat has also produced another piece which features a gnawed four leaf clover which he calls “Am I still Lucky?” Tony’s owner says "I first noticed his creative potential when he walked across some clay tiles and left his paw prints and it went from there." I must see whether any of my cats are hiding an artistic talent.

posted on Monday, March 03, 2008 5:47:11 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, February 27, 2008
PC2Paper, the website that allows you to send real letters from the internet has just launched a new and easier way to use their service. It is called the PC2Paper Virtual Printer and basically allows you to print your letters as you would do to a normal desktop printer. The letters are then passed to PC2Paper who print and mail them for you. To use the service you need to have a PC2Paper account with credit in it. Then you simply download the PC2Paper printer from the website and install the driver. When you have a document that you want to mail, you just select the PC2Paper printer from the list of printers on your computer. Then just enter what sort of paper you require, what class of postage and what printing station you want it mailed from. You will then be asked for your PC2Paper user name and password. Once you input these, the letter is passed to the PC2Paper printing station and they take care of the rest for you. It has currently only been launched as a beta but it seems like a really good idea. There is more detail on how to use it on their blog.

posted on Wednesday, February 27, 2008 4:30:42 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Weather balloons could be used to provide mobile phone and broadband services to rural Britain. An American company called Space Data has already used small phone masts attached to balloons to provide wireless internet access to remote areas. The group has supplied military and commercial clients for four years but is now preparing to link with broadband companies to offer services to residential customers. Space Data has patented the service in 41 countries and is now considering the US as a potential market. The service uses a small transceiver attached to a balloon which then rises to an altitude of 30,500m after it has been released. The company says that one balloon can beam a signal to an area equivalent to 80 mobile phone towers. The service does have one drawback, the balloons only last for 24 hours before bursting which means a constant supply has to be released to maintain the connection and the radio equipment on the burst balloon has to be retrieved by a team using location devices.

posted on Tuesday, February 26, 2008 9:13:07 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, February 25, 2008
A restaurant owner in Michigan has created what could be the world’s biggest hamburger. The burger weighs 60.9kg (134 pounds) and contains beef, bacon and cheese. It took around 12 hours to make and takes three men to flip it. If you want to order one it would cost $350 (£178) and the restaurant requires that you give them 24 hours notice. That’s a lot of meat.

posted on Monday, February 25, 2008 1:49:29 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, February 24, 2008
Spurs beat Chelsea by 2 goals to 1 today to win the Carling Cup. As a long time Spurs supporter I must admit that my expectations were not really that high. Although I thought there might be a slim chance of winning I did think that Chelsea would prove to be the better team. This coupled with the fact that Spurs have not won a major trophy since 1999 made me think our chances were not that great. However, I am pleasantly surprised and although it has been a long time coming, it really is a good day for Spurs. And for all you Chelsea supporters out there, let me just say “TWO ONE”. He he.

posted on Sunday, February 24, 2008 6:56:49 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, February 15, 2008
My phone comes with a GPS system but what I find slightly irritating is it is like most systems geared towards drivers. I have used it on several occasions to try and find my way when I have been walking somewhere and although it does usually get me there it doesn’t always chose the best route when you are on foot. I read with interest this article that Nokia are introducing a digital map system for its phones that gives real time walking directions. The system will be available on its Series 60 and Series 40 phones and according to Nokia is the first pedestrian navigation system on a mobile phone. It will be interesting to see how popular it proves to be and whether other companies will start providing a similar service.

posted on Friday, February 15, 2008 3:20:06 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, February 07, 2008
Looking back on some old posts I noticed that my blog is one year old today. I think I have done quite well in the past year as I have managed to write a post nearly every day. I wonder whether I will manage to post so frequently in the next year.

posted on Thursday, February 07, 2008 6:04:48 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, February 05, 2008
A Malaysian burglar was caught after he took time out from robbing a house to help himself to some cookies. As we all know, after eating cookies you really need a good nap and that’s just what the burglar did next. Needless to say when the family who owned the house arrived home the burglar was quickly discovered and was arrested for trespassing.

posted on Tuesday, February 05, 2008 6:50:25 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, February 01, 2008
Sometimes I come across something really strange and unexpected, like this surfing cat for example. Although the cat doesn’t look very happy it appears to be able to surf by grabbing onto the edge of the surfboard. I wonder whether any of my cats can surf.

posted on Friday, February 01, 2008 6:18:43 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, January 21, 2008
I read this article about a horse called Digger who is thought to be Britain’s biggest horse. He stands 19 hands high (that’s 6ft 5 ins) and he is still growing. Digger is only four years old so he could grow even bigger and perhaps be a contender for the title of world’s biggest horse. He already eats four times as much as an ordinary sized horse and drinks 20-25 gallons of water a day.

posted on Monday, January 21, 2008 5:20:32 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Friday, January 11, 2008
I got a new phone for Christmas a MDA Vario III on a contract with T-Mobile and have been learning how to use it. It has lots of cool features such as mobile versions Outlook, Internet Explorer, Word and Excel as well as a tilting qwerty keyboard. It also has Bluetooth and a 3 mega pixel camera. So far I have found the phone very easy to use and it’s great to be able to see all of my email whilst I’m away from my computer. It certainly makes it a lot easier to keep track of everything and I can use time that would usually be wasted to catch up on a bit of work. Another advantage is that as a new customer and having my phone on a web and walk contract I now get free access to over 1,200 WiFi hotspots, that’s according to this article.

posted on Friday, January 11, 2008 2:59:56 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, December 30, 2007
I came across this article about a multibird roast that costs £665 and feeds up to 125 people. It is made up of 12 birds making it one of the biggest multibird meals in the country. It consists of a turkey on the outside, goose, chicken, pheasant, three ducks, poussin, guinea fowl, partridge, pigeon squab and quail and is so heavy it takes two people to lift it. The roast would take around 10 hours to cook. It looks very nice but it might be a little too big to fit into my oven.

posted on Sunday, December 30, 2007 4:19:23 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, December 27, 2007
I read this article about a website that has been set up to reunite people with their lost gloves. The website was set up by Jennifer Gooch and so far has reunited four gloves with their owners. She is now working on four similar sites for other cities as well as a book which will show the gloves she has found.

posted on Thursday, December 27, 2007 5:37:11 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, December 14, 2007
Scientists in South Korea have cloned a cat that glows. The cat glows red when exposed to ultraviolet rays. Three Turkish Angora cats were born in January through cloning with a gene that produces a red fluorescent protein that makes them glow in the dark. Although one died at birth the other two survived. It is thought they could be used to develop cures for human diseases. That’s all very good but how cool is a glowing cat?

posted on Friday, December 14, 2007 7:45:48 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, December 03, 2007
A very large truffle has sold for £165,000 at an auction. The truffle weighs 1.5 kg and was discovered last week near Pisa, Italy. The price paid for this truffle makes it not only the biggest truffle of the century but also the most expensive.

posted on Monday, December 03, 2007 5:14:31 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [2] Trackback
# Sunday, December 02, 2007
My husband came home with a Tom Tom yesterday which he had purchased as an early Christmas present for himself. We tried it out on a short journey from Egham to Maidenhead and found it performed quite well. You can read more about it here on my husband’s blog. Personally I found the best feature of the device was that it warns you where all the speed cameras are before you reach them which is really useful and could stop you getting any fines.

posted on Sunday, December 02, 2007 3:20:04 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, November 29, 2007
In another chocolate related story I read this article about an artist who has created a Christmas grotto out of chocolate, icing sugar and biscuits. It uses £1,000 worth of chocolate and features a Christmas tree, fireplace, furniture, chandelier and a Christmas dinner. Yum.

posted on Thursday, November 29, 2007 3:52:27 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, November 27, 2007
I was reading this article where Johannes Hjorth decided to try and grow cress in a keyboard. This is the result, how cool is that?

posted on Tuesday, November 27, 2007 11:40:27 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, November 24, 2007
The Wii zapper has just been released in the US. It costs $20 and comes with a free game, Link’s Crossbow Training. The gun basically houses the Wii remote and nunchuk as shown in the picture. It looks quite interesting, although without trying it, I can’t quite figure out how the controls would work. This review however, gives it quite a favourable write up. I may get one when its released in the UK, watch this space.

posted on Saturday, November 24, 2007 1:19:53 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, November 23, 2007
A man sized sea scorpion claw has been found in a German quarry. The fossilised claw measures 46cm long and it is estimated the creature would have been bigger than the average human. The size of the claw suggests that spiders, crabs and other insects were much larger in the past. How scary, I think today’s spiders are big enough.

posted on Friday, November 23, 2007 12:01:42 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, November 17, 2007
It appears the ability to strike is not just limited to humans, in a study conducted by scientists, monkeys refused to perform tasks when they felt unfairly treated. A group of monkeys were given a task and presented with a reward for completing it. Some of the monkeys were given a better reward than others. For example one monkey would receive a piece of cucumber whilst the other might receive a grape. When the other monkeys noticed that their partners received better rewards for the same task, they refused to perform the task again and often became upset refusing to eat the cucumber and instead throwing it at the human researchers.

posted on Saturday, November 17, 2007 12:27:55 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, November 11, 2007
A chocolate sundae served by a New York restaurant has been declared the world’s most expensive dessert with a price tag of £12,500. The dessert is infused with edible 23 carat gold and served in a gold lined goblet with a box of Knipschildt chocolate which retail at £1,300. It also includes an 18 carat gold and diamond bracelet on the goblets base which you can take home. I would think so at that price.

posted on Sunday, November 11, 2007 5:14:16 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, November 09, 2007
I read this interesting article on the National Geographic website about these fish that can actually live outside of the water for months at the time. The fish is a mangrove rivulus or mangrove killifish and as its name suggests it lives in the swampy mangrove forests. When the mangrove swamps dry up during dry periods the fish simply lives in logs under piles of damp leaves. It can do this for around 66 days breathing air through its skin whilst still retaining its gills. Amazing.

posted on Friday, November 09, 2007 11:44:13 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, November 06, 2007
I found this website the other day where people have created extreme pumpkins. We all know how to create the average Halloween pumpkin; after all it doesn’t take much skill to create an evil looking face. These pumpkins however are amazing.

posted on Tuesday, November 06, 2007 3:21:56 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, November 05, 2007
A clam found off the coast of Iceland is thought to be the longest-lived animal discovered to date. The clam is aged between 405 and 410 years. Its age was calculated by counting the rings on its shell. Previously the longest-lived animal was another clam that was 374 years old.

posted on Monday, November 05, 2007 2:55:42 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [2] Trackback
# Friday, November 02, 2007
Fiona Griggs has become the first national conker champion of Scotland. The championship took place for the first time last Sunday. The event was split into three age categories and also had and event where competitors could bring their own conker. The organisers were pleased with the success of the event and hope to stage it every year.

posted on Friday, November 02, 2007 10:39:46 AM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, October 31, 2007
The Post Office is due to launch a broadband service. The service is aimed mainly at first time users and will be targeted at home phone customers. The service will be launched with a £10m advertising campaign featuring Westlife. The Post Office currently has around 400,000 home phone customers and makes around 10% of its earnings from this side of the business. It will be interesting to see whether this takes off.

posted on Wednesday, October 31, 2007 11:55:56 PM (GMT Standard Time, UTC+00:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, October 25, 2007
A New Zealand brewery is offering a reward to anyone who can help them find a stolen laptop. The laptop was stolen from their Croucher Brewing Company and contains financial information, contact details and designs. They are offering a lifetime supply of free beer to anyone who can name the thief. I bet they will have no shortage of leads on this case.

posted on Thursday, October 25, 2007 6:15:17 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, October 19, 2007
My husband came home with an XBOX 360 and a few games the other day. So far the only one I have tried out is Gears of War. Needless to say I have only played it once so far and am hooked. We played in two player mode, which is quite good. You get a split screen action and can help out your buddy by reviving him when he gets shot. At first with the game I went at it, like I usually do, by that I mean just running at all monsters with all my guns firing. Now, after many deaths I have become a bit more cautious preferring to hide behind a wall or a rock and gradually sneak up on things until I can kill them. The only downside is my husband keeps getting himself shot, so I spend most of the game having to leave my strategic sniper hideout and running across the battle zone to revive him usually getting myself shot in the process.

posted on Friday, October 19, 2007 6:16:57 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, October 14, 2007
This cool new electric car made by Nissan is able to squeeze easily into tight parking spots. For people like me, who generally have problems parking in small spaces it should be great. The wheels can turn 90 degrees and the cabin can rotate in a complete circle meaning that drivers can turn to face any direction they want. This means you can pull up beside a parking space, then simply turn the wheels and drive in. The bad news is it’s likely to be sometime before they are available for commercial sale.

posted on Sunday, October 14, 2007 10:27:09 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, October 13, 2007
Ikea has started selling flat-pack homes. The homes are on sale at their Gateshead store. They have a timber frame and come with their own plot of land. The concept started in Sweden in the 1990s with around 1,000 flat-pack homes being sold every year. The homes are called BoKlok and are made using renewable materials and featuring solar panels so are eco-friendly. The properties will all be south-facing in order to catch as much sunlight as possible to help warm the house. An area of land has been set aside near Gateshead for an estate of 90 homes. The homes cost between £100,000 and £125,000 for a flat, £132,500-£139,500 for a two bedroom house and £150,000 for a three bedroom house. First time buyers on low incomes will be given priority in the allocation process. If the project is successful Ikea will expand to 12 more sites over the next 18 months. The homes are provided ready assembled, which seems a shame, half of the fun of Ikea’s products is building them.

posted on Saturday, October 13, 2007 12:37:02 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, October 05, 2007
Villages across the north of England have been receiving carved stone heads. The heads are thought to be carved by local man. So far 13 of the stone heads have been left in various locations including outside the post office in Braithwell. The heads appeared in the middle of the night and although there is CCT footage of a man leaving them there, so far no one knows why. My guess is someone looking for some publicity for their sculptures. I quite like them and wouldn't mind having one for my garden.

posted on Friday, October 05, 2007 3:47:02 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, October 04, 2007
Eleven new species have been found in a remote region of Vietnam, called the Green Corridor. They include a snake, two species of butterfly, five orchids and three other new plants. The new snake called the white-lipped keelback is covered with red spots and has a yellow strip on its head. The new orchids are particularly interesting because they have no leaves and contain no chlorophyll. Instead of relying on the suns energy they live on decaying matter.

posted on Thursday, October 04, 2007 2:49:18 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, September 22, 2007
Google is offering $30m prize pot to the first private firms that manage to land a robot rover on the moon. In order the win the money the robot must first reach the moons surface. It must then perform several tasks including shooting a video and roaming for a certain distance. The competition is open until 2012. The top prize of $20m will go to the firm that lands a rover and completes the objectives. There will be a second prize of $5m for the firm that comes second and $5m of bonuses are on offer if the rovers go further than expected. Rovers taking part must be fitted with high-definition video and still cameras. It seems like a good excuse to build a cool robot, but I’m not sure my skills are quite up to the task.

posted on Saturday, September 22, 2007 12:28:25 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Ahoy there! Today is Talk Like A Pirate Day. Talk Like A Pirate Day was started in 1995 when two friends decided it was great to talk like a pirate and there should be a day when you can do just that. Yarrrr! If you need some tips on how to talk like a pirate you can visit the website for some tips. If on the other hand you would rather look like a pirate, you can head down to The Joke Shop for all things pirate-like Arrr!

posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2007 3:22:14 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, September 05, 2007
A farm in Wales is offering people who stable their horses their, a webcam service so they can check on them. The system will include a night vision camera so that worried owners can be sure their prized ponies are ok twenty four hours a day. Each horse owner will be given a password to access their particular webcam, so they can check up on the horses from anywhere where they have an internet connection.

posted on Wednesday, September 05, 2007 4:44:37 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, August 30, 2007
I read this article today about a giant spider web that has appeared in a park in Texas. Scientists think the web was created by social cobweb spiders which work together. I don't think I would be going anywhere near it.

posted on Thursday, August 30, 2007 4:06:59 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, August 16, 2007
An ancient forest of cypress trees has been discovered in Hungary. The trees are around eight million years old and were found in an open coal mine. It is thought they were preserved by sand while the rest of the forest turned to coal around them. Scientists are now trying to find a way to preserve them before the trees turn to dust.

posted on Thursday, August 16, 2007 4:39:15 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, August 15, 2007
I read this article about a double nosed dog that has been found in Boliva. The dog is a rare breed and due to its heightened sense of smell could be used to sniff out land mines or narcotics. This dog called Xingu is smaller than other dogs but makes up for it by being rather aggressive. There are also other double nosed dogs living in the area.

posted on Wednesday, August 15, 2007 7:09:08 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, August 14, 2007
I was checking out some new phones because mine is getting a bit old. Having had good experiences with Nokia handsets in the past I was looking at the Nokia N95. The phone has a 5 megapixel camera, GPRS and a PDA and is one of the few phones to support a 4GB memory card. The N95 Memory Card can be used for storing music, pictures and movies which is useful. For me by far the most important feature of this phone is that I can set it up to access my email when not able to access my computer. The GPRS function should also come in useful.

posted on Tuesday, August 14, 2007 5:45:29 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, August 06, 2007

The lifeguards are a bit hairier than usual on Italy’s beaches this summer. Newfoundland and Labrador dogs have been drafted in to help on some of the busiest beaches. The dogs are trained to jump out of helicopters and boats to rescue struggling swimmers and have already saved several lives by towing people to safety.

posted on Monday, August 06, 2007 10:44:35 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, August 05, 2007

Jack Kirby has made a 1965 Ford Mustang out of 5,000 Budweiser cans. How cool is that?

posted on Sunday, August 05, 2007 10:56:28 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, July 26, 2007

Farmers in Macedonia have found some cognac which dates back to the First World War. The batches of cognac were buried in trenches used by French soldiers and recently several cases have been found. They are expected to fetch around £3,360 each.

posted on Thursday, July 26, 2007 12:38:54 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, July 24, 2007

A glue has been produced that can attach equally well to both to both wet and dry surfaces. It was inspired by sticky geckos that can climb using their sticky feet. The glue is similar in structure to a gecko’s foot and also contains a polymer that mimics the glue a mussel uses. It is likely to be used for adhesive tapes and water resistant adhesives for bandages.

posted on Tuesday, July 24, 2007 1:42:51 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, July 20, 2007

A seagull in Aberdeen has developed a taste for cheese Doritos. The seagull has been nicknamed Sam. He walks into the newsagents when the door is open and steals the crisps but only seems to like the cheese flavoured Doritos. Once he is outside he rips the bag open and is joined by other birds that help him eat them.

posted on Friday, July 20, 2007 7:45:39 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

An owl shaped maze has been created into a farmer’s field to mark the lance of the latest Harry Potter book. The maze is 600ft/ 193m long. Amazing.

posted on Friday, July 20, 2007 7:15:34 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I read this interesting article about how Britain became an island. The evidence shows that Britain was split from France hundreds of thousand years ago by a huge flood. The evidence is based upon high resolution sonar images of the English Channel that show a deep scar in the limestone rock caused by a huge torrent of water. Its an interesting read and makes me wonder hoe different Britain would be today if it were still joined to France

posted on Friday, July 20, 2007 5:36:02 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, July 17, 2007

A sighting of the Loch Ness monster in Wales turned out to be a float built for a festival. The “monster” was actually a raft with a head at one end and a tail at the other. Coastguards were amused by the findings.

posted on Tuesday, July 17, 2007 9:55:09 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, July 16, 2007

Parts of London are to get free Wi-Fi as part of a new scheme. The scheme will cover most of London from Millbank in central London to Greenwich. To use the service for free users will need to agree to view a paid advert every 15 minutes whilst they are using it. If they don't want to view the adverts then the service will charged an an hourly rate.

posted on Monday, July 16, 2007 7:26:12 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

The world's largest telescope in the Canary Islands is to be used to scan the sky for planets. The telescope should be able to penetrate molecular clouds and see the most distant objects in the universe, so if there are other planets like Earth out there, there are high hopes of finding them.

posted on Monday, July 16, 2007 1:21:18 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, July 14, 2007

I found this interesting quiz on technology. Apparently it's designed to see how useful you would be if you went back in time and tried to invent some of today's technology. The questions are quite hard, but I managed a fairly respectable six out of ten.

posted on Saturday, July 14, 2007 3:48:38 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

This was the moment when the world's tallest man met the world's shortest man. Bao Xishun is 7.9 feet tall as opposed to He Pingping who is only 2.4 feet tall.

posted on Saturday, July 14, 2007 12:06:32 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Snailwell is holding its seventh Grand Championship Snail Race today. Around 400 people are expected to attend the race. Entrants pay £5 to back a painted snail with the champion receiving a crystal snail and a bottle of wine.

posted on Saturday, July 14, 2007 11:28:09 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Nine artists have been creating sand sculptures on a beach in Somerset. The sculptures show scenes from fairy tales including Sleeping Beauty and Hansel and Gretal.

posted on Saturday, July 14, 2007 10:50:53 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, July 13, 2007

PC World is going to start selling mini robots. The robots can record images and sound from their surroundings, so make effective remote-controlled spying devices. They will also be able to transmit messages back to their owners over wireless broadband.

posted on Friday, July 13, 2007 6:30:15 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

A man in Herefordshire has been building a dome in his garden made out of wine bottles. He has used 3,000 empty bottles already and needs around 2,000 more to complete the structure which stands 11ft high.

posted on Friday, July 13, 2007 10:22:58 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback

A giant mushroom has been found in a forest in Mexico. The mushroom weighs more than 40lb.

posted on Friday, July 13, 2007 10:00:02 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, July 12, 2007

I came across this useful tip on how to quickly chill a warm beer, or any other drink for that matter, really quickly. Basically you put the beer in a pot full of ice cubes, fill the pot with water and add a couple of cups of table salt. Then put it in the freezer for about three minutes and you have cold beer. Magic.

posted on Thursday, July 12, 2007 12:10:06 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, July 09, 2007

I found this on Crooked Brains. Its a hotel made completely out of ice, how cool is that? No pun intended...

posted on Monday, July 09, 2007 8:38:52 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Friday, July 06, 2007

This cool cave home is literally carved out of the limestone cliffs; it has a sitting room and a front door but no water and electricity. That didn't stop it from fetching a cool £100,000 when it was auctioned a couple of days ago.

posted on Friday, July 06, 2007 6:36:09 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, July 02, 2007

This viking ship has set sail for Dublin from the Danish post of Roskilde. A team of volunteers will travel on the ship as they attempt to recreate the voyages undertaken by the early Norsemen. The ship is a replica of a viking ship and was made with 300 oak trees and 7,000 nails and rivets.

posted on Monday, July 02, 2007 10:23:19 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

If you want a home with a difference then this could be for you. Bran Castle in Translyvania is now up for sale. Legend has it that Prince Vlad stayed at the castle and it has been used in many movies.

posted on Monday, July 02, 2007 6:53:12 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, June 15, 2007

A student has come up with an interesting idea for lolly sticks. His Plant Me Ice Lollies have a seed at one end of the stick, so when you have eaten the lolly, you just plant the stick. The seeds he uses are different types of herbs.

posted on Friday, June 15, 2007 10:31:58 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, June 14, 2007

I read this article about a guy who caught a blue lobster. Apparently lobsters can turn blue when they produce excessive amount of protein. If you cook them they turn red like regular lobsters though.

posted on Thursday, June 14, 2007 10:51:53 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, June 13, 2007

An interesting article here from the BBC. There are 20 short clips of people smiling, all you have to do is tell whether they are fake or real. I got 18 out of 20.

posted on Wednesday, June 13, 2007 8:53:46 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, June 10, 2007

I read this article about people that have managed to grow unusual plants in their gardens. A lady in Essex managed to grow a pineapple by putting the top part of a pineapple fruit in water and then planting it when it grew roots. I'm off to Tesco next week to buy myself a pineapple to try growing one myself.

posted on Sunday, June 10, 2007 1:11:43 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, June 04, 2007

I found this interesting website where a guy has managed to attach a camera to his cat. The camera is set to take a picture every two minutes so by the end of the day he has a picture diary of what the cat has been up to during the day. Very interesting I must try this with my cats.

posted on Monday, June 04, 2007 11:28:51 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I came across this article about a cat that has apparently grown wings. I'm not sure how authentic the picture is but it's still quite cool.

posted on Monday, June 04, 2007 11:03:42 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, June 01, 2007

We all get the stage when we need a bit more living space. For one man in India that should never be a problem. Mukesh Ambani India's richest man is building a 60 storey palace which will include a helipad, health club, a home theatre and six floors of car parking. The palace will house his 600 full time staff and his family.

posted on Friday, June 01, 2007 11:28:59 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Tiger.jpgI read this article about Odin the tiger (pictured) who has learnt to swim. It includes a video showing Odin in action as he chases lumps of meat thrown into the water.

posted on Tuesday, May 29, 2007 12:40:06 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, May 28, 2007

This weekend saw the annual cheese rolling contest held at Cooper's Hill near Gloucester. Basically the contestants chase a seven pound Double Gloucester cheese down a steep hill. The winner gets to keep the cheese.

posted on Monday, May 28, 2007 2:58:14 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, May 27, 2007

I found this odd looking pear in my fruit bowl. I named him Peter the Pear.

posted on Sunday, May 27, 2007 10:46:41 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I found this interesting article on the BBC website about how ants work together for the common good of the colony. Apparently when out foraging ants use their own bodies to plug holes so that their fellow workers can walk across them. They even go as far as to choose which ant is the best size to fit the hole so they can plug it more effectively. The ants can stay in place for hours at a time, staying motionless until all the other ants have crossed the hole. Basically these techniques allow the ants to create faster ways of bringing their food back thus benefiting the whole colony. How cool is that.

posted on Sunday, May 27, 2007 12:39:23 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, May 19, 2007

I am writing this from a bar in Ireland after connecting to BT Openzone. You simply pick up the local wireless network and purchase a voucher from BT for the time you want to spend on the internet. A great tool for geeks everywhere.

posted on Saturday, May 19, 2007 2:28:50 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, May 18, 2007

Back in March I came across this gale proof umbrella and I decided to purchase one. Surprisingly I have managed to get through two months without having the need to use an umbrella. Today the umbrella was finally put to the test. I did use it in a fairly strong wind, although I'm not sure whether it was quite gale force 10 and the umbrella stood up quite well keeping its shape and keeping me dry, whereas my friends using conventional umbrellas ended up considerably wetter due to the fact theirs collapsed in the wind.

posted on Friday, May 18, 2007 2:22:03 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Saturday, May 12, 2007

I found this article about a rare white alligator that lives at a zoo in Knoxville. The 12 year old alligator is kept in a special enclosure with a heat lamp, as she would burn if she went out in the sun.

posted on Saturday, May 12, 2007 12:27:00 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, May 09, 2007

I found this cool hedge monster on the BBC website. Apparently it has taken John Dobson 17 years to perfect it.

posted on Wednesday, May 09, 2007 11:29:11 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, April 30, 2007

I came across this balloon game. Just hold down the mouse button and choose what direction you want the monkey to fire his arrows.

posted on Monday, April 30, 2007 11:29:31 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, April 24, 2007

I found this interesting website. It requires you to log in but once you do, you can view the birds in the forest and move the camera around to view different areas.

posted on Tuesday, April 24, 2007 2:49:21 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, April 22, 2007

Do you need your daily dose of caffeine in the morning but don't always have time to make a cup of coffee? You need this caffeinated soap. The caffeine is absorbed into the system and provides the equivalent of two cups of coffee enough to keep you awake for four hours.

posted on Sunday, April 22, 2007 12:58:12 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Monday, April 16, 2007

I read this interesting article on The Daily Mail website. A British amateur inventor working in his garden has invented a flying saucer. The contraption is actually a cross between a helicopter and a hovercraft and although it is not large enough to carry people, it has already been brought by the US army who are considering adapting it to be used as a search and rescue device.

posted on Monday, April 16, 2007 10:35:36 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Sunday, April 15, 2007

I found this article about a solar powered bikini. Apparently it provides enough energy to charge your mobile phone, ipod and camera and even comes with a USB drinks cooler. How Bizarre.

posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 2:12:53 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback

I found this interesting collection of cloud photos. It’s hard to tell whether they are all genuine. Still genuine or Photoshopped it’s a nice collection of photos.

posted on Sunday, April 15, 2007 12:01:46 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Tuesday, April 10, 2007

This underwater restaurant is in the Maldives. I'm not sure why it makes me think of Jaws, something to do with all that glass maybe.

posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 4:44:37 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback
# Monday, April 02, 2007

Do you have a spare £130,000? If the answer is yes then you could spend it on one of these cool rocket packs. Called Rocket Belts they can reach speeds of up to 60mph and can launch you as high as 300ft into the air. So, the only thing about this product that is not cool is the price tag. I think I have a bit of saving to do before I can afford one.

posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 12:13:41 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback