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31 July, 2007

Cosmic Muffin

Unusually shaped yacht called Cosmic MuffinCosmic Muffin, an unusually shaped luxurious yacht, is constructed from a Boeing 307 Stratoliner. Created by Dave Drimmer and Jeff Gibbs, this yacht is capable of hitting 32km/h. More pictures after the jump.

Unusually shaped yacht called Cosmic Muffin
Link & Image: PlaneBoats via Neatorama
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Mustang Made From 5,000 Beer Cans

Ford Mustang made with 5,000 beer cans
Ford Mustang made with 5,000 beer cansJack Kirby created a Ford Mustang with 5,000 beer cans in order to have a go of winning a real Ford Mustang. That’s an awesome piece of art!

Link & Image: Metro
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A Close-Up Photograph Of a Rainbow

Rainbow shot up closeA beautiful shot of a rainbow at Skógar in Iceland. You can find larger versions after the jump.

Image: Nunni Konn / Flickr via Arbroath
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World's Longest Mozzarella

A 783.6-metre-long interlaced mozzarellaA girl runs through a display of a 783.6-metre-long (2,571 ft) interlaced mozzarella (Italian fresh cheese) in the southern Italian village of Frosolone, 100 km (62 miles) east of Naples July 29, 2007. The cheese makers broke the world record last year with a 640-metre-long mozzarella.

A 783.6-metre-long interlaced mozzarella
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Blue Lagoon Island Resort on Sale

Blue Lagoon Island Resort on Sale on eBayThis island with a world class resort development (80% complete) is on sale on eBay for $342,025. Not sure if there is anything wrong with it though since it is sold at such a low price. But one has to admit it is quite a beautiful island.

The 225 acre island is 1 mile long by 1/3 mile wide with 150 foot elevations, surrounded by a 5,000 acre lagoon which completely encircles the island, offering protection from extreme tides and providing the island with calm tranquil waters ideally suited for water sports.

The island has spectacular sugar-white beaches on the east and western sides of the island, with the villa development on the western side to take advantage of the magnificent South Pacific sunsets. The island was an operating coconut plantation in the 19th century leaving the entire island is scattered with swaying coconut palms creating the ultimate tropical ambiance.

Blue Lagoon Island Resort on Sale on eBay
Link & Image: eBay

Update: Towards the bottom of the eBay page, it actually says 25 million euros ($34.14 million). So it's not that cheap after all.

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No Time For Pets? Rent One

A dog for rentA California company has begun offering FlexPetz, a new service for dog-lovers who just don't have the time to care for a pet, or the space.

The "shared dog" service is available in Los Angeles and San Diego. Its founder hopes to open new locations in San Francisco next month, New York in September and London by the end of the year.

Hanging out with man's best friend has a price. The annual fee runs about $100 a year. FlexPetz customers then make a monthly payment of about $50. A per-visit charge runs about $40.

The FlexPetz founder said only dogs with social temperaments are picked for the program. The current 10-dog crew includes Afghan hounds, Labrador retrievers and Boston terriers.

Source: Wgal
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Mysterious Chunks Of Ice Pelt Iowa Town

Large chunk of iceLarge chunks of ice, one of them reportedly about 50 pounds (22.7 kg), fell from the sky in this northeast Iowa city, smashing through a woman's roof and tearing through nearby trees.

Authorities were unsure of the ice's origin but have theorized the chunks either fell from an airplane or naturally accumulated high in the atmosphere -- both rare occurrences.

"It sounded like a bomb!" 78-year-old Jan Kenkel said. She said she was standing in her kitchen when an ice chunk crashed through her roof at about 5:30 a.m. Thursday. "I jumped about a foot!"

She traced the damage to her television room, where she found a messy pile of insulation, bits of ceiling, splintered wood and about 50 pounds (22.7 kg) of solid ice.

Karle and Mary Beth Wigginton, who live a block away, heard a loud "whoosh" coming through the trees. They discovered several large chunks of ice in front of their home and some smaller ones in the yard and in the street.

"I could see where branches were shredded, which told me it was definitely coming out of the sky," Karle Wigginton said.

He estimated the original chunk of ice was the size of a basketball. "It was pure white," he said. "The main parts I picked up were very smooth."

Link & Image: CNN


The Pursuader, a machinegun-shaped handbag

The Pursuader, a machinegun-shaped handbagThis unusual machinegun-shaped handbag comes with a price tag of $289.

For the girl on the move the Pursuader features a handy cell phone compartment in the clip. Constructed by interlocking laser cut leather this handbag has no stitching. This is a combination of old-world craftsmanship and high technology. Create the look no one can refuse.

Link & Image: James Patt via Boing Boing
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Detergentless Washing Machine

Haier WasH2O is a washing machine that doesn't use detergents
The Haier WasH2O washing machine doesn't use any detergents. This washing machine works by breaking water molecules into its OH- and H=+ ions components. OH- acts as the cleaning agent by attracting and retaining stains while the H+ ions sterilizes the clothes. It will be on sale in France for $957 soon.

Source: OhGizmo!
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Angel Kitty USB Keyboard Bra: Every Geek's Dream

Angel Kitty's USB Keyboard Bra
Angel Kitty's USB Keyboard Bra
Steve Levenstein says:

Angel Kitty's USB Keyboard Bra is the answer to every geek's wet dream, combining cybersexual fantasies with the tactile temptations of a REAL GIRL. Alas, you'd have to be a geek of Gatesian proportions - who else could afford to pay any woman to wear the thing? Nevertheless, here it is, thoughtfully backed in soft silicone and trimmed prettily in pink lace. Ooh la la!

Thanks, Steve Levenstein !

Link & Image: Inventorspot
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An Air-Conditioner Or Heater For Your Pet

Komfort Pets CarrierThe Komfort Pets Carrier, billed as the first to offer heating and cooling, is being hyped by its creators as a product as revolutionary as the fax machine or cellphone. If you're a Labrador or a Siamese, maybe it is.

The climate-controlled carrier uses patent-pending conduction/convection technology that turns on cooling when the temperature reaches 72 degrees and warms up when it's below 65. The product has had extensive testing and inspection by veterinarians, according to Bob Inello, chief executive of Komfort Pets, who says the carrier "can provide sanctuary in unheated garages" and is equally useful for homes, cars, boats and RVs.

The smallest carrier (19-by-13), designed for lap dogs or cats, is available in ruby or silver for $399. Medium and large models will be out later this year.

Link & Image: Washington Post via Gizmodo
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Artist draws portraits with people's ashes

AshesA Canadian artist has come up with a new way to memorialise cremated loved ones: a portrait drawn with a pencil created from their ashes.

Lucas Seaward, a portrait artist from Edmonton, Alberta, says he has developed a process for incorporating about a tablespoon of ashes into a type of pencil that can be used for drawing a memorial portrait in shades of grey.

A portrait of the deceased is not cheap. Producing a drawing can take anywhere between 30 and 200 hours and costs start at C$5,000 ($4,730), depending on the size and complexity of the work.

Link & Image: ABC
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Man pulls vehicle for 40 meters using his eyelid!

20 year-old Li Dasheng of Mazhuang village demonstrates his "eyelid power" by pulling a vehicle loaded with 3 guys and 2 girls for a distance of 40 meters with his eyelid!

Mr Li started practicing this incredible skill a couple of years ago, after watching a TV performance of a Shandong man pulling an automobile using only his eyelids. Mr Li also commented that such a skill requires great determination, as only a few people have managed to master it.

Link & Image: CriOnline
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Models Become Walking Canvases at Bodypainting Festival

Naked models were turned into an artistic medium at the fourth German Bodypainting Festival this weekend. Among the creations were futuristic androids and even a "Bavarian extraterrestrial."

Naked women have always played a central role in Western art. For centuries artists have been using nude models as a subject in a quest to hone their skills and pay tribute to the beauty of the human form. Now the latest thing -- at least in the exotic genre of bodypainting -- is to use the models themselves as a medium.

Fifty-five artists from Europe and beyond gathered for the fourth annual German Bodypainting Festival this weekend in the German town of Ingelheim am Rhein -- the "German capital of bodypainting," according to organizers Peter and Jörg Tronser.

The motto of this year's festival was "Exotic Beauty," and models were transformed into fantastic landscapes, futuristic androids and even what was described as a "Bavarian extraterrestrial."

More images after the jump.

Source: Spiegel
Images: NetEase
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Wakeboarding: Russian Style!

Well, if your city has a major drainage problem and it gets flooded every time it rains, why not do some wakeboarding!

Link & Images: Noneno
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Nude female stone carving seats in kneeling position spark controversy in Jilin

Nude female stone carving seats
These eleven naked and shapely feminine seats found in Jilin city have caused much debate recently, as many find such designs to be disrespectful to women, while others find them to be another form of artistic creation.

The naked stone carvings are of the same body size as a real person, lacking only in forehead and arms. A young man explains that people nowadays are more open-minded, and such designs are works of art that beautifully demonstrates a woman's feminine curves.

An old man passing by is however, unimpressed. "This is too immoral. What's most annoying was that fact that they're all kneeling down! Are they imitating Japanese women? Furthermore, these carvings may affect young kids."

Many females argue that while people may accept such designs of an artistic nature, having nude female stone carvings in a kneeling position is clearly a form of discrimination against woman.

Link & Images: Zjol
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30 July, 2007

Man goes nowhere for record

Eddy KonteljA Tasmanian man has battled fatigue, aching limbs and blisters on his bottom to smash the world static cycling record.

Eddy Kontelj passed the previous record of 111 hours, 11 minutes and 11 seconds at 3.12pm in Burnie yesterday and is expected to keep on cycling until at least today to create a formidable target for potential challengers.

He started his mammoth journey on Monday, and is expected to cover more than 2500km before he leaves the saddle.

"It feels fantastic -- we put a lot of hard work into preparing for the event and to finally get there is a great feeling," Mr Kontelj said, still pedalling hard.

Under the terms of the Guinness Book of Records he had to maintain an average speed of 20km/h and was allowed one five-minute break every hour which he accrued for less than three hours sleep.

Link & Image: News.com.au
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Poland's oldest parachutist jumps at 84

Krystyna ZbyszynskaKrystyna Zbyszynska, 84, became Poland's oldest parachutist when she made her first jump with her daughter-in-law.

"I survived World War Two and wasn't afraid, so what's there to be afraid of now?" she said after clambering out of her jumpsuit this weekend.

"Babcia (granny) Krysia is not your ordinary gran," explained one of her teenaged granddaughters.

"She tells me I'm not playing my music loud enough and comes into my room and wants to dance."

Asked whether she planned another jump Zbyszynska, from the northern city of Olsztyn, told the channel: "Yes, the day I turn 100."

Source: Reuters
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Pennsylvania man survives second lightning strike

Don FrickLightning can strike twice. Just ask Don Frick.

Frick said he survived his second lightning strike Friday -- 27 years to the day of his first -- and emerged a bit shaken with only a burned zipper and a hole in the back of his jeans.

"I'm lucky I'm alive," Frick told The Associated Press in a phone interview Sunday night.

Frick was attending Hamlin's Ole Tyme Daz festival on Friday afternoon when a storm came up quickly. He and six others sought refuge in a shed shortly before lightning struck the ground nearby. The strike sent a shock through Frick and four others in the shed.

"It put me up against the wall," said Frick, 68. "When I came to and realized I was alive, the first thing that came to my mind was that I'm pretty lucky. "It burned my zipper off, burned my pockets, but didn't burn me." None of the others in the shed were seriously injured, Frick said.

Twenty-seven years earlier, Frick was driving a tractor-trailer in Lenox, Pa., when the antenna was struck by lightning, he said. He said that his left side was injured in that strike and that he was laid up for 3 to 4 weeks.

Video after the jump.

Video: LiveVideo
Source: Chron
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Longest words in English

Wikipedia has a list of the longest words in English. Here are 4 of them:


The Māori name for an otherwise unremarkable hill, 305 metres high, close to Porangahau, south of Waipukurau in southern Hawke's Bay, New Zealand. The name is often shortened to Taumata by the locals for ease of conversation.


Also spelt Llanfair Pwllgwyngyll and commonly known as Llanfair PG or Llanfairpwll, is a village and community on the island of Anglesey in Wales, situated on the Menai Strait next to Menai Bridge and across the strait from Bangor. The long form of the name is the longest officially recognised place name in the United Kingdom and one of the longest in the world, being 58 letters in length (51 letters in the Welsh alphabet, where "ch" and "ll" count as single letters).


The longest place name in the United States (45 letters). It is a lake in Webster, Massachusetts which means "Englishmen at Manchaug at the Fishing Place at the Boundary" and is sometimes facetiously translated as "you fish your side of the water, I fish my side of the water, nobody fishes the middle". The lake is known to Americans as Webster Lake.


This 1185-letter "word" is the chemical name for "Coat Protein, Tobacco Mosaic Virus, Dahlemense Strain". It is supposedly the longest word in the English language.

More words after the jump.

Source: Wikipedia
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Why slim people dislike the overweight

An old lady at the beachFrom the taunting of the chubby child in the playground to cruel jibes at fat people in work and social settings, few could doubt there is widespread prejudice against the overweight. However, according to research reported in Evolution and Human Behavior some people suffer abuse because being too fat is mistaken by the brain for a sign of disease.

Researchers say the immune system can be triggered into action at the sight of obesity because it doesn't like the look of what it sees, and associates it with infection.

Just as it orchestrates attacks on viruses and bacteria and triggers nausea at the hint of bad food, so it sends out signals of disgust in some people at the sight of an obese body that is designed to encourage avoidance and survival.

They say a behavioural immune system appears to have evolved in humans that is designed to detect body signs that are related to disease, like rashes and lesions. The sight of them triggers disgust as well as negative attitudes and avoidance. The system errs in favour of over-reacting because failure to react to a real danger could be fatal.

Source: The Independent
Image: Twistiti / Flickr
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Demolition Mishap

A construction vehicle was used to demolish a building when it collapses. A lucky escape for the operator of the vehicle!

Video: YouTube via Arbroath
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Albuquerque Restaurant Uses Foldable Motorcycle As Anti-DWI Tool

ScooterThe Barley Room Bar & Grill offers a service in which General Manager Phil Lovato will ride around on a motorcycle that might look at home in a three-ring circus.
As funny as that might sound, it isn't meant to be amusing.

"Our main goal is to make sure people stay safe," Lovato said one day last week as he folded a circus-clown-size motorcycle into a package the size of a large suitcase.

The Northeast Heights restaurant sees the tiny motorcycle as an innovative way to help its patrons get home with their own vehicles and, most important, without driving drunk.

Here's how it works: The motorcycle, once folded, is placed in the trunk of a bar patron's vehicle. A member of the restaurant staff drives customer and car home. Once there, the Barley Room worker unfolds the motorcycle and drives it back to the restaurant.

The customer ends up home safe without driving drunk and the vehicle parked in the driveway rather than at the bar.

The Barley Room, 5200 Eubank Blvd. N.E., charges $20 for the service, which has been available for about a month.

Link & Image: Albuquerque Tribune
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Odd objects placed into the microwave

Microwaving CrayonsWhat happens when various objects such as soap, football, crayons, etc are placed into the microwave oven which is turned on. Hit the jump to find out!

Source: Micromaniac

Fake 'bird-scaring' owl becomes home for family of swallows

Swallows building a nest on a fake owlWhen migrating swallows turned her house and barn into a home from home, Vivien Reynolds thought she had hit upon the ideal deterrent.

She placed a model of a giant eagle owl high up in the barn, hoping the plastic predator's golden eyes and sharp talons would scare off the birds.

Sadly, the swallows had other ideas. After two days eyeing up Ollie, the fake 3ft owl, a pair of the birds settled on its head.

They then built a nest out of mud and twigs - where they are now raising a family of five hungry chicks.

Mrs Reynolds has resigned herself to waiting until the birds leave to reclaim her space.

Link & Image: DailyMail
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Cell phones light up operating room

iPhoneDoes anybody has an iPhone!

The light from the cell phone screens allowed surgeons to complete an emergency appendix operation during a blackout in a city in central Argentina, reports have said.

Leonardo Molina, 29, was on the operating table on July 21, when the power went out in the Policlinico Juan D. Peron, the main hospital in Villa Mercedes, a small city in San Luis province.

"The generator, which should have been working correctly, didn't work," a hospital spokesman, whose name was not given, told TN television news station.

"The surgeons and anaesthetists were in the dark. . . A family member got some cell phones together from people in the hallway and took them in to provide light," he said.

Ricardo Molina, 39, Leonardo's brother, told La Nacion newspaper that the lights were out for an hour and his brother's anaesthesia was wearing off.

Hospital Director Dario Maurer told La Nacion the surgery was without light a maximum of 20 minutes.

Source: Stuff
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Lifesize cut-outs to slow down traffic

Traffic flow along Main street has frightened children for a long time. "The speed limit is 55 MPH just down the street," explained Mike Wood, who lives near the downtown area. "Then over here, it changes to 35 mph so cars come speeding by."

Then Wood put some pictures of his children in his front yard and ever since then, drivers have been slowing down. Some even take the time to call him on the phone. Often, they're yelling.

"At first they're mad because they think, why are these people letting their kids out by the road," he said.

Those pictures are life-size cut-out posters. They're so realistic, that Wood played a joke on his neighbors with the first one he made. He placed it in their front yard, and after several hours and several glances out the window, they called him up.

Link & Image: Wkyc
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City may be hidden beneath Alexandria

AlexandriaAlexander the Great founded Alexandria to immortalize his name on his way to conquer the world, but his may not have been the first city on the famed site on Egypt's Mediterranean coast.

A Smithsonian team has now uncovered first underwater evidence pointing to an urban settlement dating back seven centuries before Alexander showed up in 331 B.C.

The city he founded, Alexandria, has long been a source of intrigue and wonder, renowned for its library, once the largest in the world, and the 396-foot (119 meter) lighthouse at the island of Pharos, one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World.

But little was known about the site in pre-Alexander times, other than that a fishing village by the name of Rhakotis was located there.

Coastal geoarchaeologist Jean-Daniel Stanley of the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History said the work by him and his colleagues suggested there had been a much larger community than had previously been believed.

The discoveries, reported in the August issue of GSA Today, the journal of the Geological Society of America, came by accident when his team drilled underwater in Alexandria's harbor, Stanley said.

Their project was part of a 2007 Smithsonian-funded study of the subsiding Nile Delta and involved extracting three-inch-wide sticks of core sediment some 18 feet long (5.5 meters), from up to 20 feet (6.5 meters) under the seabed. Egypt's antiquities department and a French offshore group were involved in the project.

Source: USA Today
Image: Flickr/Stuck in Customs
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Allergic to cats? Try dander!

CatsPeople who are allergic to cats may not have to get rid of their pets to find relief, if the findings of a new study hold up.

Tolerance to cats can be built up in allergic kids by placing increasing doses of standardized cat dander extract under the tongue, according to Spanish researchers.

In the medical journal Allergy, Dr. Emilio Alvarez-Cuesta of Hospital Ramon y Cajal, Madrid, and colleagues note that a first-line step for people with cat allergy is to remove cats from the home. However, this is often rejected or is not entirely effective, leaving immunotherapy as the only treatment.

In sublingual immunotherapy, or SLIT, the allergen is placed under the tongue, where it is absorbed into the system.

To see whether SLIT using cat dander extract works for cat allergies, the researchers randomly assigned 50 allergic youngsters to get daily SLIT drops with increasing levels of cat allergen or inactive “placebo” drops, for a year.

There were no reports of adverse reactions, and the investigators conclude the results suggest “that the cat SLIT used in this study was able to improve cat allergy based on natural exposure challenge.”

Source: MSNBC
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Using snake skin as a material for painting and calligraphy

Snake skin art
Snake skin art
Shaoyi Xie's invention relates to a technique of tanning snake skins and a material for painting and calligraphy produced from such snake skins processed by the technique, taking snake skins as raw material. The products obtained by means of this technique are of clean and white in nature and having unique liquid penetrant quality, so that perfect material from commercial angle for painting and calligraphy can be manufactured out of these skins.

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29 July, 2007

Tray carrying contest

Tray carrying contest
Tray carrying contestWaiters carrying trays participate in an annual race in Buenos Aires July 28, 2007. The aim is to finish the race without dropping the two bottles and glass of water on the tray. More than 200 waiters and waitresses took part in this year's event.

Source: Yahoo News
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A cake-shaped hot air balloon

Cake-shaped hot air balloonA giant cake-shaped balloon seen at a hot air balloon exhibition in France.

Link & Image: MPInews
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Boy Has Unusual Passion For Vacuums

Kyle Krichbaum is obsessed with vacuumsTo most 12-year-olds, vacuuming is about as appealing as algebra. But to Kyle Krichbaum of Adrian, Mich., it's pure joy.

Kyle tells CBS News correspondent that he likes vacuums better than "everything." Kyle's mom, MaryLynn, says the fire's been burning since before he could say "Hoover."

"When Kyle was a baby in his little baby seat and I'd be vacuuming, he would just be mesmerized by the vacuum and he would just; he'd follow it everywhere," she says.

Kyle got his first vacuum at age 1, dressed up as a Dirt Devil for Halloween at 2, and, as a former teacher recalls, was vacuuming during school recess at age 6.

"It's not that he didn't like recess. He just preferred to stay inside vacuuming," he says. "He would go down and, actually, one day vacuum one side of the room, the next day vacuum the other side. [He'd] also vacuum the principal's office — anywhere he could vacuum."

Today, Kyle has 165 vacuums. He uses almost all of them, vacuuming his own house up to five times a day.

His sweepers fill up almost every room in his house with one exception: his older sister Michelle's.

"He's constantly vacuuming," she says. "That's all I hear. It's always loud in my house. I'm just like why, why, why, why, why, why? I don't understand"

Hartmansays Kyle is intent on creating the first soundless vacuum, something that would be a boon to older sisters everywhere.

Video after the jump.

Video & Source: Wcco
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Bridge used as a musical instrument for music

Musician Joseph Bertolozzi demonstrating the use of a bridge as a musical instrumentNew York musician Joseph Bertolozzi used a Hudson river suspension bridge, in Kingston, New York as a giant musical instrument on Monday.

Bertolozzi is preparing a score for a live concert he hopes to hold on the bridge with 24 other musicians to celebrate the 2009 Quadricentennial of Henry Hudson's voyage up the river.Bureau Report

Bertolozzi gathers sound by using a combination of wooden sticks and rubber and metal mallets he bangs against the cables, railings, spindles and other parts of the bridge.

"In order to play the bridge, we're going to use different kinds of mallets...and just playing it like a large percussion instrument, just like a big xylophone," he said.

The sounds are recorded using microphones that are attached to the surface which are then mixed and recorded on a computer by his sound engineer Ron Kuhnke.

Video after the jump.

Video: Reuters
Source: Zee News
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Hundreds try to create world’s largest ketchup packet

The world's largest packet of ketchupFirst came the world's largest ketchup bottle. Now citizens of this southern Illinois community are after the record for the world's largest ketchup packet.

Collinsville has partnered with the H.J. Heinz Co. to fill an 8-foot tall, 4-foot wide plastic pouch with 1,500 pounds (680 kg) of the tomato goop for a school fundraiser.

"That's a lot of ketchup," said Tracey Parsons, a Heinz spokeswoman.

The company donated 4,000 glass bottles of the condiment that people can buy for $1 and pour into the packet.

Hundreds in the city, which is the home of a 170-foot-tall water tower shaped like a giant ketchup bottle, showed up Saturday to participate in the ketchup filling and other fundraising activities.

Organizers expected the packet to be filled to capacity with 130 gallons by Saturday evening.

The feat is being submitted to the Guinness Book of World Records. If accepted, it will be the world's largest ketchup packet, Parsons said.

Parsons said the ketchup won't ever be eaten.

Video after the jump.

Video: Myfox
Source: The Telegraph & USA Today
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Rubber Gadget Teaches You How to Smile

The Beauty Smile Trainer is a mouthpiece designed to give one a better looking smileDoes one really need this?

The Beauty Smile Trainer is basically a mouthpiece, but it's designed specifically to make your smile wider and more amicable than the one you already have. It's even endorsed by a cosmetic dentist (the woman on the top left.) In addition to improving your smile, the product promises to reduce facial sagging, making your countenance more firm and petite.

Link & Image: TokyoMango

Bowl of tomato soup a day 'boosts fertility'

A bowl of tomato soup lying on the tableA daily bowl of tomato soup may help boost men's fertility, it was claimed yesterday. Scientists have discovered that lycopene, which gives tomatoes their bright red colouring, can turn sperm into super-sperm.

The Portsmouth University researchers studied the effect of lycopene in the diet of six men, with an average age of 42. They each ate a 400 gramme tin of Heinz cream of tomato soup every day for two weeks. Sperm samples taken from them over the duration of the study showed levels of lycopene in their semen rose by up to 12 per cent.

Source: Daily Record
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Scientists breed world’s first mentally ill mouse

MouseScientists have created the world’s first schizophrenic mice in an attempt to gain a better understanding of the illness.

It is believed to be the first time an animal has been genetically engineered to have a mental illness. Until now they have been bred only for research into physical conditions such as heart disease. It will allow researchers to study the disease and develop treatments using a limitless supply of laboratory animals.

Animal rights campaigners have condemned the research, saying that it is morally repugnant to create an animal doomed to mental suffering.

Source: Times Online
Image: Marsavic / Flickr
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Man vs Lions

Man gets face to face with a lion and threatens it with toilet paper!

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Overgenerous ATM gives extra cash

ATMAn ATM at a northwest Louisiana truck stop gave out $20 bills instead of $5 bills, but authorities say they know who used it and plan to pursue the extra $7,000 the machine spit out.

DeSoto Parish sheriff's Lt. Toni Morris said the automated teller machine has records identifying the 26 people who received the extra cash during five days in late June and early July.

Annette Parker, a supervisor at Eagle's Truck Stop, said she unplugged the machine after overhearing conversations about the excess payments.

"The next morning when we had come back in, someone had plugged it back up," she said.

Morris said someone who did not work at the truck stop may have rigged the machine, which keeps records of when money is received and whose card is used.

Morris said charges could be brought against the people who got more money than was debited to their bank accounts.

Source: CNN
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