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30 April, 2007

Dog welcomes shoppers

Dog dressed in jeans and t-shirtA Chinese store owner is dressing up her pet dog in jeans and a t-shirt to welcome and attract customers. The dog, wearing his distinctive outfit, sits on the front step of the leather goods shop in Suzhou city.

"He is very polite. When a customer comes in, he will smile, and bark in welcome," the owner says. "And when a customer is leaving, he will bow, expressing thanks."

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Indian groom too drunk to wed, so brother steps in

MarriedVillagers at a wedding in eastern India decided the groom had arrived too drunk to get married, and so the bride married the groom's more sober brother instead, police said on Monday.

"The groom was drunk and had reportedly misbehaved with guests when the bride's family and local villagers chased him away," Madho Singh, a senior police officer told Reuters after Sunday's marriage in a village in Bihar state's Arwal district.

The younger brother readily agreed to take the groom's place beside the teenage bride at her family's invitation, witnesses said.

"The groom apologised for his behaviour, but has been crying that word will spread and he will never get a bride again," Singh said by phone.

Source: Javno
Image: Truebluetitan / Flickr
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Blind pilot flies from London to Sydney

Miles Hilton-BarberA blind British adventurer touched down in Sydney Monday to end an epic 13,500-mile (21,726 km) flight by microlight aircraft from London.

Miles Hilton-Barber braved snowstorms, freezing temperatures and torrential downpours during his 59-day journey under the supervision of sighted co-pilot Richard Meredith-Hardy.

"It's the fulfillment of an amazing dream," Hilton-Barber, 58, told reporters at Sydney's Bankstown airport. "I've wanted to be a pilot since I was a kid. Now I'm totally blind and I've had the privilege of flying more than halfway around the world."

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Girl, two, comes to the rescue after mother passes out

GabriellaA two-year-old girl saved her mother after she collapsed by telling the emergency operator their name and address and tending to the woman as they waited for an ambulance.

The girl's mother, Carla Imbrenea, managed to dial 999 before suffering severe chest pains and shortness of breath. As she drifted in and out of consciousness, she heard her daughter, Gabriella, calmly telling the operator her mother's name and address.

Gabriella even followed the operator's instructions and placed a wet flannel on her mother's head and fetched her a drink.

When the ambulance arrived at the house in Bournemouth, Dorset, the girl carried her stool to the front door but could not reach the handle. She went back to her mother and helped to pull her up that she could let the paramedics in.

Ms Imbrenea, who recovered after being treated for a severe panic attack, added: "I have never spoken to Gabriella about what to do in an emergency, but she was so calm. Perhaps she will grow up to be a nurse."

Source: Guardian via Arbroath
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Short mom gives birth to baby girl

Christianne RayNewborn Krysten Elise Ray may not have to work very hard to grow taller than her mother, Christianne Ray, who stands 2-feet-nine-inches (0.84 meters) tall, and became perhaps the smallest mom in Washington when she gave birth this week.

Krysten Elise was 14-inches long and weighed 4 pounds and 8 ounces when she was born Tuesday via Caesarian section at the University of Washington Medical School, hospital spokeswoman Clare Hagerty said Friday.

Health problems put the baby in the neo-natal intensive care unit, where she will stay for weeks before she can go home, the hospital confirmed. The 19 year old mother, who was 35 weeks pregnant when the baby was born, was being discharged Friday, Hagerty said.

Source: Examiner
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Tanker fire melts freeway

Destroyed BridgeHuge leaping flames from an exploding gasoline tanker melted the steel underbelly of a highway overpass in the East Bay's MacArthur Maze in the US causing it to collapse onto the roadway below and virtually ensuring major traffic problems for weeks to come.

The elevated roadway that fell draped like a blanket over a roadway below that also was severely damaged.

The single-vehicle crash occurred on the lower roadway when the tanker, loaded with 8,600 gallons of unleaded gasoline hit a guardrail at 3:41 a.m.

Engineers said the green steel frame of the I-580 overpass and the bolts holding the frame together began to melt and bend in the intense heat -- and that movement pulled the roadbed off its supports.

California Highway Patrol spokesman Trent Cross said the driver of the tanker, James Mosqueda, 51, of Woodland (Yolo County), was traveling too fast in a 50 mph zone when his truck overturned and burst into flames.

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Airbus A380 evacuation


This video shows the complete evacuation of an Airbus A380 in total darkness. With 853 passengers and 20 crew and only 8 of the 16 exits used, taking up just 77 seconds for the full evacuation do is an impressive feat. This event took place in Hamburg, Germany.

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Sword vs bullet


This video shows what happens when a bullet fired from a handgun hits a katana sword. The answer may surprise you.


Now, watch what happens when the same sword is pitted against a machine gun.

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Robots that transform into shoes and earphones!

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Takara Tomy has released new robots, i.e. the good old Transformers, that can transform into a shoe or earphone! The earphone transformer even has a nifty name - Transformers Music Label Frenzy & Rumble!

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Play and learn about your heart!

3D Heart tutorial
Holomatix 3D provides a cool tutorial with a 3D heart which you can rotate, zoom in and play around with.

This tutorial aims to help people understand the structure and function of anatomical components and take charge of Cardiac health by explaining the risks, complications and providing guidelines for living with surgeries, conditions and procedures.

Link & Image: Holomatix 3D
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Yummy bags!

Beef BagIf you're always feeling hungry, here's some bags that may help you feel better - shredded beef, cheese and pork. Just make sure that it doesn't get snatched off by your pets!

Update: These are just ads and not actual bags!

Two more images after the jump.

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Link & Images: Amazing Design World
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29 April, 2007

Trainer performs wrestling with lions!

On April 27, a lion trainer performs wrestling with the king of beasts - a lion! Other unique performances by Haicang Wildlife Zoo, China include a Tiger pulling a car and bears riding on bikes have attracted a large number of visitors to the zoo, as many parents are bringing their children to watch such performances.

I wouldn't try my luck in wrestling with the lion, as beasts in captivity are still wild, hence you never know what's going to happen next!

Two more images after the jump.



Source: Qingdao News
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Hair growing rock!

Stone with white hair
This unusual rock has "white hair" growing out of it, as it has a very thin layer of scalp tissue connecting the “hair” to the rock. The hair grows quite naturally from the top of the rock and looks similar to an old man's white hair.

The white hair is actually a kind of marine life that had previously attached itself to the stone, and after million years of evolution, it has gradually started to extend upwards till its current state!

A staff demonstrated to visitors that by burning on end of the "white hair", some mysterious smoke can be seen at the other end of the rock!

This "hair-growing rock" is estimated to be around 10 million Yuan (approximately USD 1.3 million).

Source: CRIOnline
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Newly developed patch to measure pet's stress

PuppyThere's a lot of talk about stressed out humans, and now a company in Japan reportedly claims it has a product that can tell if Tabby or Fido are wound a little to tightly.

The Nikkei (nee-kay) Weekly reports the firm, Medical Life Care Giken, has developed a paw patch that it says detects excessive sweat secretion, which is believed to be a sign of stress.

The round, pin-sized patch is applied to the center pad of the animal's paw and changes color depending on how sweaty the pet is.

Source: Fox21
Image: Monkeycat / Flickr
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A peanut-shaped egg

Peanut-shaped eggOn Apr 27th, a hen in Zhuzhou city, China, produced a peanut-shaped egg after going through a “difficult labor” for 3 to 4 hours. Upon breaking this 3cm long egg, it was discovered that similar to an ordinary egg, it contains an egg yolk and egg white. The only difference is that the egg yolk is also shaped like a miniature peanut with a size equivalent to that of a soybean.

The owner of this hen also owns several dogs. As a result of close contacts with the dogs and being frightened by them on numerous occasions, this is the result.

Link & Image: Rednet
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Baby crying contest

Baby-cry Sumo contestSome 70 babies less than a year old took part in the annual "Baby-cry Sumo" in Tokyo today, where their wailing skills were pitted against one another in a contest thought to bring good health.

More pictures after the jump.

Image Gallery: News.com.au
Source: The Sunday Telegraph
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London recreated in food

London recreated in foodRed pepper buses, gingerbread roads and a Buckingham Palace made out of fudge: the ultimate al fresco meal comes to Trafalgar Square with passers-by invited to eat the city on a first-come, first-served basis...

A variant form of street theatre, Eat London has been created by international food artist Alicia Rios and architect Barbara Ortiz.

The project involves scaling down a map of the city centre from Hyde Park to Tower Bridge and Oxford Street to Elephant and Castle, complete with major buildings and landmarks. This 3-D version of the capital, covering 60 square metres, is divided into sections which are cooked and built out of food by 14 diverse community groups across east and south-east London.

London recreated in food
Fudge and other sweets were chosen for Buckingham Palace, while the Treasury will be a dish of vegetable curry and Westminster Abbey represented by chapatis stuffed with rice and okra.

Elsewhere, visitors will find an Imperial War Museum rendered in dim sum and a Lloyd's building consisting of rye bagels filled with salmon and cream cheese.

This event was held on the 28 April 2007.

London recreated in food
Source: BBC & Tiscali
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Chihuahua may be world's smallest dog

DancerMeet tiny Dancer, a rust-colored, long-haired Chihuahua that may just be the world's smallest dog, weighing 18 ounces and standing not much more than 4 inches tall. Dancer's owner, Jenny Gomes, said the diminutive Lake County canine may be on his way to being named the world's smallest living dog by Guinness World Records.

A neighbor of Gomes, who lives in Okahumpka, abandoned a female Chihuahua a year ago. Emaciated and near death when found, the dog was pregnant.

"We rescued her, and two weeks later she gave birth," Gomes said. The first puppy was a normal-sized female. "But about two hours later came Dancer," Gomes said. "He was about a quarter the size of his sister. He was about as big as my thumb."

Dancer eats every three or four hours because of his size. His only health problem is low blood sugar.

More images after the jump.

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Source: Orlando Sentinel via Cute Overload
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Fish swims around after being served for dinner


This chef cuts up part of the fish to serve as sashimi and dropped the remains right back into the fish tank. The fish is very much alive as it can be seen swimming around towards the end of the video. A really cruel thing to do! This is also known as ikizukuri in Japan. Here is a translation of the conversations found in the video from Digg:

First he was asking if they have a type of fish. Then, he was asking for a "swimming sashimi" (sashimi = raw fish). Usually this means a fish that has been cut up and is on the plate live. All that happened here was that instead of the fish being live on the plate, it was live in the water. This is pretty common in Japan (live on the plate, not common for it to be in the water). The announcer said something like "he took a single fish, grated some fresh wasabi, this place is pretty famous for its good service." Anyway, he was surprised when he saw it because it wasn't live on the plate, and questioned its authenticity, until he saw it in the tank. In the crazy negative flash scene the announcer said, "and what the heck is that in front of him!?" Then he shouts "It's swimming!" The chef said that he got the idea from a manga that he read when he was a kid.

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The woman who needs a veil of protection from modern life

Sarah DacreNo, she's not a beekeeper. This woman believes that her bizarre headgear can save her from the dangerous electrosmog all around us. Can she possibly be right?

She can venture into built-up areas only if she is swathed in a net-and-hat ensemble made from a special "shielding fabric" that makes her look like a bee-keeper. "I'm sure people laugh," she says, "but I don't mind as long as it keeps me well."

Sarah, 51, is one of a growing band of people who claim to be experiencing extreme - and incapacitating - sensitivity to electrical appliances, as well as to certain frequencies of electromagnetic waves.

"Wi-Fi, or wireless broadband networks, seem to be the worst thing," she says. "Closely followed by mobile phones - particularly if they're being used in an enclosed space - the base stations of cordless telephones and mobile phone masts.

"I have to restrict the amount of time I spend on the computer or watching television, and make sure I don't have too many household appliances on at once, because that sets me off as well."

This may sound bizarre, but there is no doubt that Sarah's symptoms are real. To date, they include hair loss, sickness, high blood-pressure, digestive and memory problems, severe headaches and dizziness.

In one "provocation" study, a number of people who claimed to have electrical sensitivity were placed in a room with a mobile phone and not told whether or not it was switched on.

Asked by a researcher how they felt, they failed to establish any link between physical symptoms and the alleged trigger.

Sarah Dacre believes that this is because the tests were carried out in an area with high background electrosmog. "Once you are sensitised," she says, "that's it.

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Cat falls from 28 Storeys Building and hits passer-by

Cat hits womanA live cat fell from a 28 storey building and hit the head of a 56 year-old passer-by.

After she was struck by the "flying assasin", Madam Tang Mei Rong felt giddy for a couple of minutes. Upon recovering her senses, she saw a dead cat covered with blood that was about 3 meters away from her, and realized that the cat was the item that struck her head. Witnesses said that the cat twitched several times before it died.

She then called the police using her mobile phone and was sent to the hospital for a checkup. No major injuries were found and hence she returned home to rest.

Madam Tang is now trying to locate the cat owner, and if that fails, she will be suing over 200 households that might be the cat owner!

Link & Image: QQ
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Girl born with heart located at abdominal area

Heart located at abdominal area
As seen from the X-Ray, unlike most of us, this 11 year-old girl's heart is located somewhere near the abdominal area - she has 2/3 of her heart in the abdominal cavity, and 1/3 of it is between the chest cavity and abdominal cavity.

Since birth, little Xin Xin from China can only envy and watch others play, as her heart is not able to within any pressure caused by vigorous activities. After her birth, doctors had to suture up her belly as it had only a very thin film protecting it, and hence even her intestines can be seen.

Xin Xin medical case was tricky as her heart was located near the abdominal area, and after 11 years, many of her organs may have shifted and to make matters worse, due to her condition, her heart was oddly-shaped and damaged in certain areas.

Luckily for her, the doctors who operated on her succeeded in repairing and putting her heart back into the chest cavity. Under normal circumstances, the success rate of such operations are only high if the surgery is performed within 24 hours after a child is born.

Link & Image: CCTV
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Solar System Desk Clock!

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Solar System Desk Clock
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Unlike a traditional clock, this cool solar system clock uses small metal "planets" as its time indicators that orbit along the metal rings!

Link & Image: Qihoo
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28 April, 2007

Believe it or not - Palm sized T-Shirt expands to actual T-Shirt size using cold water!

Expandable T-Shirt
Expandable T-Shirt

I'm not really sure whether this is true, but apparently this palm-sized T-shirt is able to expand to an actual T-shirt size just by soaking it in cold water! But it does look rather thick, doesn't it?

View the process after the jump.

Expandable T-Shirt
Expandable T-Shirt
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Expandable T-Shirt

Source: QQ
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Parasites that infect humans

TapewormsNot So Boring Life has compiled a list of the 5 most common parasites that infect humans along with the symptoms and cures. Here’s one on tapeworms:

Tapeworms are the mack daddy of parasites that can measure upwards of 20 FEET long! Keep an eye on your dung heaps because these guys are so long they tend to break off. As long as the head remains attached in the intestine they will continue to grow. Humans are generally infected by tapeworms through cattle. Tapeworms will bore through the intestinal wall of the cow and lodge themselves in the muscle where you ingest them (I’ll take my steak well done, please). Symptoms are similar to the others including abdominal discomfort, diarrhea, and constipation. If you’re looking to lose a couple pounds you might consider letting a couple tapeworms take up residence in your intestines. It is rumored that tapeworms were a core ingredient of some diet pills.

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Source: Not So Boring Life
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Plane pulling contest

Plane pulling contestThis video shows a plane pulling contest between a group of 44 little people and an elephant. Who will win? Watch the video to find out after the jump.

Video: Xpock
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Hello Kitty banana cover

Hello Kitty banana coverThis is a Hello Kitty banana cover. Yes, you are hearing it right. And a really cute one too!

Link & Image: Hello Kitty Hell
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Flying dog

EliEli, an Australian cattle dog leaps off the back of his owner Josh Mumme while chasing a disc at a park in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Link & Image: Metro
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Real-life spider-men? Italian researcher says it's possible

SpidermanAn Italian researcher is working on a project that could lead to the development of a real-life 'spider-man' suit.

Nicola Pugno, a 35-year-old researcher at the Polytechnic University of Turin, says he has spent the past 10 years working on a form of adhesion based on the feet of gecko lizards.

"It's a field that can have very interesting applications in science, like in space, for example," Mr Pugno said. "An astronaut could use a suit with a suction-cup adhesion system."

Feet of gecko lizards
He estimates the suit could be constructed in another 10 years.

The gecko's feet are covered with tiny hairs called setae that allow for strong adhesion to different types of surfaces. Mr Pugno is seeking to mimic the effect of the setae, though several problems remain to be worked through. His suit, he said, is to include extremely fine, sticky filament.

Source: ABC
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Italian Sports Car beds for your dog!

Car Bed
Car Bed
Your beloved dog will simply love these car beds, but note that its driving license is not included.

Thanks, Raluca !

Link & Image: PCNews
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The pelicans that got married

PelicansIf you've never believed in love at first sight, prepare to suspend that disbelief.

For from the second they laid their beady eyes on one another, it was clear that these two pelicans were meant to be.

These photos capture the moment Pangpang the pelican met his new lover Yuanyuan - on their wedding day.

Pangpang, according to reports, had been depressed after the loss of his mate in an accident three years ago.

His keepers at the National Forest Park in Fuzhou, in southeast China's Fujian province, were so concerned by his distress that they felt compelled to splash out and buy Yuanyuan.

A lady of the south - Sanya in southern China's Hainan province, to be exact - Yuanyuan met Pangpang at their new home on their wedding day.

It's enough to make the most confirmed cynic give a grudging smile.

Link & Image: DailyMail
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Art Car Parade!

Car Art Parade
How far will one go to modify his or her car? From bold paint jobs depicting just about every conceivable theme to the addition of scale models, shells, buildings, and propellers, this Art Car Parade tells it all!

More images after the jump.

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