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Shoplifter Betrayed by Hot Peppers

Marcus Banwell learned the hard way that if you steal hot peppers, you should wait until you are away from the store before you eat them. Banwell had apparently ingested at least one Scotch Bonnet pepper from the Singh Store in Bristol, England. The store owner heard a commotion as Barnwell doubled over and became [...]

On the Gradual Diminution of the Human Head

by F.F. Tuckett and Dr. Beddoe, F.R.S. [Originally published in Proceedings of the Bristol Naturalists’ Society, New Series, vol. 3, part 3, 1882. Thanks to Desmond T. Donovan for bringing it to our attention.] Mr. Tuckett’s attention had first been directed to the subject of his communication by a remark made to him some time ago by [...]

Urban Dinosaurs by Andy Council

Did I see trafficjamosaurus there somewhere? Designer Andy Council of Bristol, England, created a series of urban dinosaurs in which he imagined prehistoric creatures arising from the urban landscape of skyscrapers and highways. Link | [...]

Bizarre Items Left at Travelodge Hotels

Did you leave your phone at the hotel? Don’t feel bad, because that ain’t nothing compared to what some people left behind at Travelodge hotels! The list of lost-and-found items compiled by the budget hotel chain include [...]

Alternate Alternative Fuel for Robots of the Future

In what seems like the perfect solution to everything (or an episode of What Could Possibly Go Wrong?!), a pair of prototypes hint at a future in which robots eat bugs for fuel. Forget charging batteries or docking in your very own R2D2 — these autonomous, self-feeding droids could easily run along happily without us. [...]

Nic Cage in 1870

An eBay seller has this photograph up for the “buy it now” price of a million dollars. It looks suspiciously like the star of Raising Arizona and Leaving Las Vegas. Original c.1870 carte de visite showing a man who looks exactly like Nick Cage. Personally, I believe it’s him and that he is some sort of walking undead [...]

Magic Chair

How does Peter Bristol’s Cut Chair work? The secret is that the one solid leg is firmly anchored to a steel plate beneath the carpet: A plate concealed by a thick carpet allows a robust cantilevered seat. Three well placed leg “stumps” and the chair looks as though it has just been magically sliced apart. Bristol hopes [...]

Bike Produced On A Printer

Believe it or not the lightweight bicycle pictured above was printed out on a computer. Designed by scientists in Bristol, England, it is created by building up layers of nylon powder through a process known as Additive Layer Manufacturing. The computer-aided design is sent to a printer filled with the powdered material. A computer splits the 3D [...]

Innovative New Bovine Rectal Simulator Enhances Veterinary Training

Veterinary students at the University of Bristol (UK) have using their new “Breed’n Betsy” — a machine that simulates parts of a cow’s body and replaces the use of live animals for this part of veterinary training: The metal frame simulators allow students to diagnose pregnancies, and carry out artificial insemination and embryo transfer. Students can also [...]

Couple Uses the Same Valentine’s Day Card for 70 Years

Harry Ward got to know Doris in a bomb shelter in Bristol, UK, during an air raid in November, 1940. Three months later, he gave his sweetheart a card on Valentine’s Day as he left town to go to war. They married the next year, then had children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. They still use the [...]