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Archive for August, 2009

British Isles made Sweet Eye Candy

This map is a real piece of eye candy – a model of the British Isles made completely from sweets. Artist Paul Baker turned the UK into Sweet Britain using more than 4,000 sweets in a painstaking model that even includes iconic British landmarks such as Stonehenge and Tower Bridge. The two-metre-long creation, which took two months [...]

Saddam’s Military Planes Found in Serbia

Iraq’s missing Air Force jets have been traced to Serbia, where they are mostly in pieces. They have been cannibalized, parted out, or left to deteriorate over he past twenty years. Iraqi officials said they found the planes in the process of trying to trace what Saddam, the former dictator, did with the country’s military assets. [...]

Saved from The Cutting Room Floor

Rambo, Mr. Spock, The Joker. One thing they all have in common is that the characters were almost discarded before they had a chance. Read the stories of 7 Iconic Characters They Saved from The Cutting Room Floor and the people who believed in them. This article from Cracked is worth a read just for [...]

New Breathalyzer Can Detect Lung Cancer

Israeli scientists have invented a breathalyzer-type device that can detect chemical markers for lung cancer in a patient’s breaths. The sensor relies on a film of gold nanoparticles, which conducts electricity, layered over a carbon-based substrate. When a patient breathes into the device, particulates in the breath accumulate on the carbon layer and the sensor swells [...]

Universe at Play: Two Must-Read Novels of the Fantastic

SF SITE UPDATE: This week over at SF.DRB site: Two Must-Read Recent Novels of the Fantastic -> Avi Abrams reviews “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union” by Michael Chabon and “Cloud Atlas” by David Mitchell - “Just when you thought science fiction had safely settled into predictability and conventional form – along come two books that turn all those conventions [...]

Quantum Man by Julian Voss-Andreae

Quantum Man is a modern sculpture created by Julian Voss-Andreae, which is located in the City of Moses Lake, Washington. Drawing inspiration from Voss-Andreae’s background in physics[2], “Quantum Man” is the image of a walking man seen as a quantum object. Made up of over a hundred vertically oriented steel sheets, the 8’ (2.50 m) tall [...]

Underwater Pinewood Studios films display

Underwater photos from some of Pinewood Studios’ most famous films are to go on display for the first time. The photographs offer a rare glimpse into life behind the scenes at the studio’s world famous underwater stage. They feature stars such as Keira Knightley, Myleene Klass, Sharon Stone and Matt Lucas, who have all swum in the [...]

The Late Movies: the Weirdest Partners in Buddy-Cop Movie History

It’s the subgenre that won’t die: in the movies, hardened cops are forever being teamed up with unconventional, patience-testing partners in what studios seem to feel certain is a sure-fire recipe for comedy gold. While these movies might still get laughs today, I doubt it’s the kind of laughs the writers were hoping for. You [...]

The 12 Least Appropriate Smurf Figurines

Blogger Kevin J. Guhl has a list of twelve Smurf figurines that probably shouldn’t have been marketed to children, including scenes of intoxication, gambling, murderous rage, and wardobe malfunctions. Pictured above is a Smurf soon be drunk off his Smurf, if not Smurfed from alcohol poisoning. All images are courtesy of Smurfs über-site Blue Buddies. Link

A Tower Made from Human Teeth

(YouTube Video) This dentist no doubt inspires confidence in his patients with his tower made from 28,000 teeth from previous patients: This 8ft tower of teeth is foul, and the summit of 15 years work by Yu Qian, a Chinese dentist who is trying to raise awareness about dental hygiene by word of mouth. Or, as it [...]