# Tuesday, April 17, 2007

No seriously. 600 people on spacehoppers hopped together on the millennium bridge to beat the previous record of only 551 people on spcaehoppers hopping together. Strange.

posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 10:07:38 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I found these pictures of a really useless cat who appears to be afraid of mice, Being the owner of four useless cats I found them quite funny.

posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 8:51:55 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I came across this post about a magnetic clothes hanger. It seems like an interesting idea for light weight clothes but I find it difficult to see how it would handle heavy items such as outdoor coats or jeans. I also find it easy with conventional coat hangers to slide the items along the rail, presumably with this device you would need to detach the device and then reattach it in its new position. Interesting idea but not for me.

posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 8:47:31 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Further to my post about Wii Sports being used as part of an exercise regime it appears that playing the game for too long can result in cases of what is now being dubbed as "Wii Elbow". This article on The Times website higjlights cases where people have suffered aching backs, sore shoulders and elbows after playing the game. It suggests that the game needs to be treated as a real workout and that you should warm up before playing it. The following warm up exercises come from the same article and are suggested by the British Chiropractic Association.


1 Shoulder shrug — slowly shrug your shoulders towards your ears. Hold for two to three seconds, then relax. Repeat three times. Because it is easier to relax a muscle after you have tightened it, you will relax the muscles in the shoulder and allow the blood to flow into the arms.

2 Wrist stretch — slowly stretch the wrist backwards, hold for two to three seconds, then slowly stretch it forwards and hold for two to three seconds. Repeat three times. This exercise prevents tightening of the wrists.

3 Make a fist — hold the arm at right angles from the elbow. Make a fist and tense it, and the whole of your arm. Hold for two to three seconds, then relax and let the arm flop to your side. Repeat three times. This will help the blood flow and tone the muscles.

4 Neck muscle stretch — try to make a double chin, to stretch the muscles at the base of the neck. Hold this position for two to three seconds and repeat three times. Always stretch very slowly.

5 Lower back loosen — standing with your feet a shoulder-width apart, slowly circle your hips five revolutions to the right and then five revolutions to your left.

posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 5:57:11 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I came across a strange fruit the other day that I hadn’t tried before. The main reason I tried it was because it was only 49p on a promotion in Tesco and being curious I picked one up. Called a pomelo it looks and smells a bit like a large grapefruit. The instructions suggest slicing the top off of the fruit and then removing the outside peel. However it’s more effective to simply slice the fruit in half and cut it into segments. Once you have done this you can remove the white pith from the outside of the fruit and the hard parts from between the segments. The fruit itself tastes a bit like a grapefruit only sweeter and has more of the texture of an orange. After trying it I found out that the grapefruit is actually a hybrid of the grapefruit and the orange, hence why the pomelo retains characteristics of each. If you want to try something interesting then give a go.

posted on Tuesday, April 17, 2007 8:00:28 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Monday, April 16, 2007

I came across this article showing a variety of server down pages from some of the more well known companies. I quite like the following example from YouTube although the others are well worth a look too.

posted on Monday, April 16, 2007 8:58:37 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I came across this interesting website thegreatturtlerace.com. It charts the progress of 11 turtles, each of which has been fitted with a transmitter on their journey from Costa Rica to the Galapagos Islands. Every day the site shows how far the turtles have travelled and which turtle is in the lead. The aim of the project is too raise awareness about how few of these turtles there are left in the wild.

posted on Monday, April 16, 2007 2:41:37 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

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
# Saturday, April 14, 2007

I constantly come across articles about creatures I never knew existed. These cow nosed rays live at Scarborough Sea Life centre. Apparently they create so much waste that their tank needs to mucked out on a daily basis. A bit messier than your average fish.

posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 12:49:11 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Do you have problems using chopsticks? Then you need the chork. Basically it’s a meant to be a cross between a pair of chopsticks and a fork. Personally I can’t see why its hailed as a new idea, its really a large pair of tweezers.

 

posted on Saturday, April 14, 2007 12:42:13 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Friday, April 13, 2007

I saw this article on The Independents website about packaging on food. The article suggests that consumers are annoyed about the amount of packaging used by supermarkets and that if the supermarkets were to cut down on packaging it would increase customer loyalty and satisfaction. Personally I find excess packaging really irritating. Everything you buy in the supermarket seems to include plastic wrapping and as there is no way of recycling this, it all goes straight in the bin. We remove from our waste all the items to be recycled and all the waste that can be composted. The remaining waste is made up almost entirely of plastic packaging from the Supermarket.

posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 1:46:37 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

An interesting article on Quasi Fictional about the word "geek". The article looks at the origins of the word and asks why we use the term "geek girl" but not "geek boy". On reading the article I have concluded that sadly I must be a geek.

posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 1:32:51 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback

An illustrated guide to shopping trolleys has won the booker international prize for oddest title of the year. Unfortunately the guide currently only covers trolleys in North America, so won’t be much help to those keen trolley spotters out there. Perhaps someone will release a UK version soon.

posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 1:13:16 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

An illegal beaver has finally been apprehended in Perthshire. He was tracked down after trees began disappearing in the nearby area. It is not known whether there are more beavers still on the loose.

posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 11:06:10 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Driving a lorry can be tricky at the best of times but driving a lorry whilst three times over the legal alcohol limit and cooking sausages, well that’s a challenge. One German lorry driver did just that and managed to set fire to his lorry when the gas hob he was using fell over. 

posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 10:40:45 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Have you ever wondered what a Tyrannosaurus Rex would taste like? Well the chance is it would taste like chicken. Scientific analysis of a fossilised T Rex thigh bone showed that it was very similar to chicken protein suggesting a T Rex would have a similar taste. That’s a whole lot of meat.

posted on Friday, April 13, 2007 10:35:32 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Thursday, April 12, 2007

Want to make a shiny ball out of mud? Well now you can, a Professor has come up with a way to make the perfect shiny mud ball such as the one below. It involves a long process of packing the mud into a ball shape and polishing it for several hours. You can see the full instructions here and before long you too could have a mud ball of your own.

posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 5:02:07 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Orangutans at a zoo in Atlanta have a touch screen monitor on which they can draw pictures and play games. The games are part of a study to see how they process information and could help scientists to better understand them, so they can do more to conserve the dwindling numbers of orangutans left in the wild.

posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 4:55:11 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Pierrepoint the cat had a lucky escape after she crept into a vans engine. She was spotted after the van had travelled 15 miles and although she was suffering from shock had no other injuries.

posted on Thursday, April 12, 2007 10:00:06 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback
# Wednesday, April 11, 2007

I found this humorous article entitled 8 important lessons learnt from 80's cartoons. It includes such gems as "communism works" learnt from The Smurfs and "trust no one" as we all learnt from watching Scooby Doo.

posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 3:33:34 PM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

Pippa the cockatoo has been trying to hatch a bowl of Cadbury's cream eggs. After two weeks there is still no sign of any chicks.

posted on Wednesday, April 11, 2007 11:18:00 AM (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

Why put penguins on a treadmill? To monitor their heart rate of course. As part of an experiment to see how much energy penguins use to find food a group of scientists first monitored ten penguins progress on a treadmill, so that their heart rates could be calculated. The penguins were then released complete with monitors so they could be studied in the wild. I feel sorry for the penguins, they don't look very happy.

posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 11:56:45 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [1] Trackback

How many Post-It Notes does it take to recreate a scene from Donkey Kong? 6400 apparently as these students found out.

posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 11:47:09 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

An interesting article here about why George Bush is actually a genius. Among the reasons are that he has contributed more new words to the English language then anyone since William Shakespeare. We really shouldn't "misunderestimate" him.

posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 11:41:30 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback

I came across this interesting article where a guy tries using Wii Sports as part of a fitness programme. After 6 weeks of using the Wii as his only form of exercise he has now managed to lose 16 pounds. This seems like a good excuse to play more computer games.

posted on Tuesday, April 10, 2007 11:35:11 AM (GMT Daylight Time, UTC+01:00)  #    Comments [0] Trackback