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Archive for September, 2009

Nothing Says It’s Over Like Fried Goldfish

A woman in Texas was so angry at her former common-law husband that she decided to fry and eat his pet goldfish. The not-so-lucky 7 gold fish were bought by the couple during happier days. Police say it’s a civil not a criminal matter and left the couple to work out the issue. I guess [...]

Powered Exoskeleton Can Lift 220 Pounds

(YouTube Link) Panasonic subsidiary Activelink is developing the “Dual Arm Amplification Robot” — an exoskeleton that allows the user to lift heavy weights. It hopes to have to have a working model by 2015, which can then be used for disaster relief or industrial assembly. It is equipped with direct force feedback, which allows the user [...]

This Little Piggy Gets Warm

Farmer Richard Johnson in Humberside, England, has an effective solution for chilly piglets who can’t grab a spot next to mom … Hit play or go to Link [YouTube]

Dwarf Village is a Theme Park

120 little people live in a village near Kunming, China. The village was set up to protect the dwarves from discrimination. You can’t live there if you are over 4 feet 3 inches tall. Now the group has turned itself into a tourist attraction by building mushroom houses and living and dressing like fairy tale characters. “As [...]

Video Game Questions Your Ethical Standards While Deleting Files from Your Computer

(Video Link) Zach Gage says that he created the free video game Lose/Lose to make people question their ethical assumptions. The game is similar to Space Invaders, but every time you kill an alien, the game deletes a randomly-selected file from your hard drive: Lose/Lose is a video-game with real life consequences. Each alien in the game [...]

What Causes Brain Freeze?

Reader Susann writes in to ask, “What exactly is the cause of a brain freeze?” You may know brain freeze by one of its other names: an ice cream headache, a cold-stimulus headache or sphenopalatine ganglioneuralgia (“nerve pain of the sphenopalatine ganglion”), but no matter what you call it, it hurts like hell. Brain freeze is brought [...]

Man Buried in SPARCstation Case

After he “left for the great data bank in the sky,” Alan was memorialized by his family in the most dignified manner possible: inside a 1990s-era SPARCstation CPU case inscribed with his name, the years of his life, and the phrase “Beam me up Scotty, I’m done here.” Those who attended the funeral said goodbye [...]

Fat Skunk Put on Diet

A skunk named Mr. Bumble was turned over to the RSPCA when his owners could no longer handle him. The skunk, who loves bacon sandwiches, weighed in at 14 pounds! Mr. Bumble is now at Tropiquaria Animal Park in Watchet, England and is on a weight-loss regimen. Park owner Chris Noisier told the BBC: “We’re now [...]

Rube Goldberg Breakfast Machine

Photo: Design Boom The Breakfast Machine is an art installation by Yuri Suzuki and Masa Kimura that makes a full breakfast for users through an elaborate series of Rube Goldberg-like devices. Pictured above is the section that prepares orange juice from scratch. It was featured at the Dutch Design Double design fair in Amsterdam. Video (in [...]