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28 February, 2007

Maximum Typing

Similar to the game QWERTY Warriors which I posted earlier, Maximum Typing is a game brought to you by Pepsi Nex where you will need to type as fast as you can to destroy the approaching ice blocks. This game is kind of funny and addictive at the same time. Hit the jump to start punching and kicking.

Link: Pepsi Nex 2: Maximum Typing
Previously: Pepsi Nex Game
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Shoes with minature soccer players

ShoeCurrently on display at a shoe exhibition in Valencia, Spain, this shoe sports a soccer field with miniature players playing soccer above it. Cool!

Link & Image: Eastday
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Miracle baby comes back from the dead

Woody LanderAfter trying for 30 minutes to bring two-week-old Woody Lander back to life, doctors decided there was nothing more they could do and called in his parents to say their tearful farewells.

A nurse passed Woody to his heartbroken father and gently pulled a tube from his mouth so they could kiss him goodbye.

It was then that the miracle happened. The lifeless baby suddenly coughed and moved. Nurses immediately grabbed Woody back, re-attached the tubes and lifesaving equipment and he came back to life in front of his astonished parents.

No one has been able to explain why Woody, who had suffered a massive heart attack, was able to return from the brink. And despite being starved of oxygen for so long, he appears to have suffered no permanent brain damage.

Now 14 months old, Woody is a happy-go-lucky youngster who should be able to lead a normal life. His parents Jon, 34, and Karen Lander, 32, still can't believe what they went through.

The doctors said they had never heard of anyone coming round after 30 minutes of apparent lifelessness, let alone a baby.

Link & Image: DailyMail
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Ship Designed to Capsize

FLIPThis ship with a length of 108 meters is capable of flipping from a horizontal to a vertical position while at sea. Known as the Floating Instrument Platform (FLIP), it is designed to study wave height, acoustic signals, water temperature and density, and for the collection of meteorological data. The most fascinating aspect of it is that the bridge, galley, crew quarters and scientific laboratory and bathroom are designed to be operable in both the vertical and horizontal position. In addition, it is the only ship in the world that is capable of flipping to a horizontal position. This video shows the FLIP in action. More info and pictures can be found after the jump.


Source: Fogonazos
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Scientists Control Pigeons

Chinese scientists have succeeded in implanting electrodes in the brain of a pigeon to remotely control the bird's flight, state media said.

The scientists at the Robot Engineering Technology Research Center at Shandong University of Science and Technology in eastern China used the micro electrodes to command the bird to fly right or left, and up or down.

The implants stimulated different areas of the pigeon's brain according to electronic signals sent by the scientists via computer, mirroring natural signals generated by the brain.

It was the first such successful experiment on a pigeon in the world.

Source: Physorg
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World's Oldest Blogger

Olive RileyA 107 year old lady has started a blog called The Life of Riley. She must be the oldest blogger ever. Here is a snippet from her first post:

Good Morning everyone. My name is Olive Riley. I live in Australia near Sydney. I was born in Broken Hill on Oct. 20th 1899.Broken Hill is a mining town, far away in the centre of Australia. My Friend, Mike, has arranged this blog for me. He is doing the typing and I am telling the stories. He thinks it’s a good idea to tell what’s going on. He already made a film about me a few years back and people liked that, so they might like this blog too, he says. We’ll see.

Link & Image: The Life of Riley
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Storing digital data in bacteria

Bacillus subtilis bacteriaFor people who want to ensure their words last for their progeny, Japanese scientists have found a way to literally put a message into genes.

A research team said it had developed a technology for storing digital data in the DNA of bacteria, which unlike most living organisms can survive for millennia in the right conditions.

Each hay bacillus bacterium can store two megabits -- the equivalent of 1.6 million Roman letters. The scientists can take out the microscopic implants in a laboratory and read them so they appear as ordinary text.

The team at Keio University's Institute for Advanced Biosciences said the technology needs to be perfected but that it was optimistic about its future uses.

Link & Image: Yahoo News
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Veniamin’s Human Slinky


This video shows Veniamin’s Human Slinky performance at the Sea World Amusement Park. An unusual and creative performance!

Source: Arbroath
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Cooking with Tools

Grilled cheese sandwich made with a steam ironMental Floss has a list of tools which can also be used to cook your food. Some examples include poaching Salmon in a dishwasher, cooking chicken with a volcano and making stew with a car engine. Here is one which makes use of a steam iron to make a grilled cheese sandwich.

We preheated the iron to the wool setting while spreading a smaller quantity of butter on both slices of bread. The sandwich browned more thoroughly and more quickly, in approximately 20 seconds per side.

Link & Image: Mental Floss via Bits & Pieces
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Abandoning a baby in the safest way

An orderly, Stefano Lorenzi, shows how to place an infant through a hatch into a heated crib.A snippet from New York Times:
A foundling wheel at the Ospedale degli Innocenti orphanage in Florence.In the Middle Ages, new mothers in Rome could abandon their unwanted babies in a “foundling wheel” (left image) — a revolving wooden barrel lodged in a wall, often in a convent, that allowed women to deposit their offspring without being seen.

Now a Rome hospital, the Casilino Polyclinic, has introduced a technologically advanced version of the foundling wheel — not at all a wheel but very much like an A.T.M. booth. For the first time a new mother left her baby there on Saturday night, and on Monday the child, a boy about 3 months old, was doing well, said Dr. Piermichele Paolillo, who directs the neonatal unit at the hospital.

The baby was deposited in a small structure (top image) equipped with a heated cradle and lifesaving instruments, including a respirator. The moment the child is abandoned an alarm goes off in the hospital’s emergency room, ensuring that the baby receives immediate first aid from a team of specialists.

I am not sure if this is a good idea. On one hand, this will allow abandoned babies to get immediate medical care but on the other hand, this will encourage more women to abandon babies.

Link & Image: New York Times
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Geeky stool

Command SitThe Command Sit is a geeky stool that is shaped just like the keys of a keyboard. It is stackable and comes in generic computer beige and black. It is manufactured by a Japanese company called Duende. If one can customize the wordings on this stool, it would be perfect.

Thanks, Ramesh !

Link & Image: Duende via A-be-ce-darian
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DIY Fuel Cell Car and Experiment Kit

DIY Fuel Cell Car and Experiment Kit
DIY Fuel Cell Car and Experiment Kit
Kids can’t help but get excited about saving the planet when they see their own model car zoom across the floor powered by nothing but water! Fuel-cell technology is the environmentally friendly wave of the future.

The water becomes fuel before kids’ eyes as electrolysis (powered by a solar cell) breaks it into its separate components of hydrogen and oxygen, creating a gas that is then stored for use by the fuel cell when it’s time for the car to get going.

During the building process, children from age twelve can use the included 96-page Experiment Manual as a guide to performing thirty experiments on such subjects as the effects of direct and indirect radiation, the characteristics of a solar module, constructing and loading a reversible fuel cell, and decomposition of water in the fuel cell, plus they can design experiments of their own. The kit contains everything children need to build and experiment with their fuel cell and car (except 1 quart of distilled water).

Thanks, Raluca !

Link & Image: Amazon via PCNews
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27 February, 2007

Did Jesus actually get married?

TombA tomb that once held the remains of Jesus of Nazareth—and those of his wife and son—has been found in a suburb of Jerusalem, said the makers of a controversial film in a press conference today.

The filmmakers base their claims on the study of ten ossuaries—stone boxes used to hold the bones of the dead—that were unearthed at an Israeli construction site in 1980.

Inscriptions on the boxes, in addition to DNA tests of tiny bits of tissue found inside, suggest that the cave was the final resting place of Jesus, his disciple Mary Magdalene, and their son, the filmmakers said.

The claims, if verified, could threaten key tenets of the Christian faith, most notably that Jesus never married or had children and that he was resurrected three days after his death.

"The evidence is compelling," said Jane Root, president of Discovery Channel, which will air the film on Sunday. "The consequences are enormous."

Link & Image: National Geographic
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$16,311 on a canvas proves too tempting for art thieves

Relative ValueA Norwegian painting featuring 16,311 dollars (12,400 euros) of banknotes glued to a canvas proved too tempting to thieves, who made off with it at the weekend, the gallery that displayed it said Monday.

Some 100,000 bills of 1,000 kroner each were glued to Norwegian artist Jan Christensen's two-by-four-metre (6.5-by-13-foot) canvas, entitled "Relative Value", said the MGM Gallery in Oslo.

The robbers broke into the gallery overnight Saturday to Sunday by smashing a window. Then, proceeding methodically, they cut each bill off the canvas individually and left the cumbersome frame behind.

The thieves then left the building. When the security people arrived a couple of minutes later they were gone.

Link & Image: Yahoo News
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Underwater ice hockey

Underwater ice hockeyThe first ever World Cup in the new extreme sport of underwater ice hockey has been staged in the frozen White Sea lake in Austria.

Eight nations battled it out in the freezing water under a thick ice covering - without oxygen.

The no oxygen rule meant that players had to resurface frequently through special holes drilled in the ice so they could get air.

Finland won in the final beating Austria 7:4.

Link & Image: Ananova
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Eccentric fashion designers defy parody

Eccentric fashionEccentric fashion for those who love to be in the spotlight?

Viktor & Rolf creation : Jessica Stam presents a creation by Dutch designers Viktor & Rolf during the Autumn/Winter 2007/2008 ready-to-wear collection show in Paris.

Dutch duo Viktor & Rolf started from the premise that each model should be a self-contained fashion show, so they made them carry individual metal cages rigged with spotlights and speakers piping out a different tune for each dress.

The skirt of a floral-patterned dress was pinned to its metal frame to show off a tasseled hem lined with electric lights. Huge collars were draped across the cages to create a picturesque frame for the face.


More pictures after the jump. Click on the pictures for a larger view.

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Source: Yahoo News
Images: Yahoo News & XinHua
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Drag & Draw Technology


This is a cool technology that is just excellent for kids who love to draw.

Drag and Draw is a set of digital drawing tools. It consists of a multicolor 'Brush', an 'Eraser', and a 'Magic Wand' to bring their drawings to life and a 'Bucket' to project the virtual drawings onto the wall.

Source: YouTube
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Musically instrument made entirely from matchsticks

UkuleleThis fully functional musical instrument known as the ukulele was made entirely from matchsticks.

Jack Hall from England, U.K. proved that a ukulele didn't need to be made with conventional tools or from the finest materials to play well, sound good and be beautiful to look at.

This one-of-a- kind 1984 ukulele was made entirely from used wooden matchsticks...10,000 of them painstakingly glued together with 2 lbs of hide glue.

Construction was completed in four hundred hours...working five hours per day.

The ukulele is in the book of Guinness World Records, 2003 Edition. Abbreviated text says, "Tony Hall (UK) owns 10 playable musical instruments made entirely from 106,000 used wooden matchsticks." The professional musician who performed with the ukulele said, " The tone and sound is great and it is a pleasure to handle and play."

More images after the jump.

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Link & Image: Catfish1952
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what does your sleeping position actually say about you?

Sleeping PostureScientists say that the sleeping posture of a person says something about the kind of person they are. A snippet from Flat Seats on the Foetus position:

Those who curl up in the foetus position are described as tough on the outside but sensitive at heart. They may be shy when they first meet somebody, but soon relax. This is the most common sleeping position, adopted by 41% of the 1,000 people who took part in the survey. More than twice as many women as men tend to adopt this position.

Hit the jump for the other sleeping positions.

Source: Flat Seats
Previously: What your sleeping style says about your marriage
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Backlit Extravaganza

Backlit CatThis backlit kitten looks more dramatic than she should. Excellent shot!

Source: Cute Overload
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Airline Loses Passenger's Two-Legged Dog

FaithFaith, the dog best known for walking on two legs, was lost for several hours at the Orlando International Airport on Wednesday.

Faith’s owner, Jude Stringfellow, said the airline put her dog on the wrong flight. But there were howls of happiness as Faith and Stringfellow were reunited.

Faith is a celebrity famous for walking on two legs. She’s the world's most photographed dog.

Watch the video after the jump.

Video: Woai
Source: Woai via BoingBoing
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Breakfast Food Pillows

Breakfast food has never been so much fun. Calorie free cotton and certain to last for years. The complete breakfast food pillow set consists of a toast, fried egg, pan cake and coffee bean. It is still missing out on bacon and baked beans though. Each of these pillows cost between $39.99 and $69.99. More pictures after the jump.

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EggFried Egg


Coffee BeanCoffee Beans


Link & Image: Sofa Garden via Blog on a Toothpick
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26 February, 2007

Walrus falling in love with a human!

SmooshiIt's a love story of a different kind.

Marineland's Smooshi, a 365 kilogram female walrus, is completely enamoured with trainer Phil Demers. Her devotion to Demers surprises marine biologists and veterinarians and defies the norms of the animal/human relationship.
"There has never been a bond like this," Demers says.

"She will follow me anywhere. In marine biology you're in a stimulus-controlled setting where the primary reinforcement in training is the use of fish. That's not the case with Smooshi. She responds to me by sight, smell and voice. If she hears me in the building she barks until I attend."

Smooshi's attraction to Demers is so great that he is able to take her into the park for walks. It's an eye-catcher that draws and amazes large crowds.

"It's unheard of," says Demers. "It would take forever to train an animal to do that and you'd have to have a pouch of fish and be leading it all the way. Smooshi won't leave my side in a totally uncontrolled environment. I will even go so far as to say if I was standing beside the ocean she would not leave my side.


More Videos: MySpace
Image Gallery: Slide
Source: Newsvine & CBCNews
Previously: Pelican falling in love with a human!
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How does David Copperfield fly

David CopperfieldThe first video is a computer animation that explains in detail how David Copperfield did the trick of flying in the air. The second video shows the actual illusion. Watch these fascinating videos after the jump.






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Pregnant 14-year-old says having a baby is 'fashionable'

Kizzy Neal
Kizzy Neal, a pregnant 14-year-old, has told how having a baby is now regarded as "fashionable" among schoolgirls.

The teen, from Torbay in Devon, said: "When my friends see my bump they say they wish they could have a baby, then three weeks later they're pregnant and don't know what to do.

"Teenage girls think babies are cute, but they forget the physical side of being pregnant, then having to give up your own childhood to look after a baby. "It seems to be fashionable to get pregnant."

Family campaigners said her comments showed how the Government's sex education policy had left teens with the "ridiculous but extremely worrying" misconception that having a child was no different to getting a new handbag.

This is indeed a worrying trend.

Link & Image: DailyMail via Arbroath
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Redneck Rollercoaster

Redneck RollercoasterThis car, dubbed the Redneck Rollercoaster, had its seats and controls built high above the front bumper. It’s a really crazy modification. Watch what happens when it breaks after the jump.




Source: Autoblog
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Elephant in a Pink Thong

Creative AdvertisementThis is a creative advertisement located at Beams in Harajuku, Japan. Cute!

Source: Sanchome / Flickr via Shurebit
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Massive sinkhole

Giant SinkholeSeveral houses and at least one lorry have been swallowed by a giant sinkhole in a poor district of Guatemala City.

The hole is said to be more than 100m (330ft) deep. Residents said they had felt the earth shaking and heard loud noises before the houses collapsed.

Officials said the sinkhole had probably been caused by a saturated sewer main.

"I was in my house and I started to hear booming and I heard the earth shaking, and then I realised the houses had collapsed [into the sinkhole]," neighbour Maria Rivas was quoted by the Associated Press as saying.

Giant Sinkhole

Source: BBC
Images: Cellar
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Real Life Spiderman

Alain Robert'Spider-man' Alain Robert made it to the top of Abu Dhabi's tallest building, the 185m Investment Authority, without safety gear. The 44-year-old, who suffers from vertigo, used tiny slots in the concrete for purchase. He has climbed more than 70 giant structures around the world.

Click on image for a larger view.

Link & Image: Metro
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25 February, 2007

ASCII Art Generator

ASCII Art
This little program from GlassGiant converts your picture to ASCII text art - a jumble of letters, numbers and symbols that do not appear to have any significance until you step back and look at the whole picture. It has no practical purpose, other than the neat factor.

Have fun creating your own ASCII text!

Source: GlassGiant
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The Poshest Gas Station in Los Angeles

LA Gas Station
LA Gas Station
What had once been a decaying, dingy, low-rent gas station and more recently a white-tented behemoth was today unsheathed to reveal a slick, brand new, stunningly designed gas station!

Link & Image: Laist
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Food we don't see

Cute VegetablesHere's some cute foodstuff that's different from our daily ones!

More cuteness after the jump.

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