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Uri Geller: 'Mental forces' cause iPhone 6 bending

Uri Geller: 'Mental forces' cause iPhone 6 bending | One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers | Scoop.it

26 Sep 2014

"Either the device is extremely thin so that it bends when even a weak force is implied on it -- which is hard to believe for Apple has been conducting many tests and experiments -- or the energy and excitement of the millions of consumers stirred up their mental forces causing the iPhone to bend," Geller told MarketWatch.

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▶ A test of endurance for hundreds of lawnmower racers

Published on Aug 13, 2014

It's an endurance race like no other. Hundreds of competitors from all over Europe gathered in the English countryside this week to fight it out for some of the most sought-after trophies in motor sport.

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World's oldest eel dies in Swedish well - The Local

World's oldest eel dies in Swedish well - The Local | One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers | Scoop.it
The world's oldest European eel just died in its home, a well in a southern Swedish fishing town, aged 155.
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Hackers made Iran's nuclear computers blast AC/DC | The Verge

Hackers made Iran's nuclear computers blast AC/DC | The Verge | One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers | Scoop.it

Between 2009 and 2010, Iran's nuclear program was the target of a devastating cyber attack. A virus, reportedly developed by the American and Israeli governments and known as Stuxnet, took control of centrifuge controls in facilities across the country, causing thousands of machines to break. But apparently the attackers weren't content with just crippling the country's nuclear efforts — they wanted to show their control in another way. To do that, they reportedly hijacked the facilities' workstations and used them to play AC/DC.

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Finally, a chair that replicates the look, feel, and smell of human flesh

Finally, a chair that replicates the look, feel, and smell of human flesh | One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers | Scoop.it

Gigi Barker, a London-based designer, has designed a leather chair with a pheromone-impregnated silicone base that makes it feel (and smell!) like you’re lounging in the fleshy, comforting folds of a man’s belly. Barker spent two years perfecting the disturbingly realistic texture and color, which is pink and lightly mottled.

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Americans like Jar Jar Binks more than Congress

Americans like Jar Jar Binks more than Congress | One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers | Scoop.it

Congress has hit a new approval rating low -- representatives are now hated even more than the Star Wars' character Jar Jar Binks.

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▶ The world's smallest nation - Sealand - YouTube

Strange but true, this is the story of the world's smallest nation.

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Good: Espresso machine in SPAAAACE. Bad: Full of URINE

Good: Espresso machine in SPAAAACE. Bad: Full of URINE | One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers | Scoop.it

A critical issue standing between humanity and its manifest future - that is to say, the availability of decent coffee in space - has been solved with the invention of an espresso machine which it's planned to send up to the International Space Station (ISS), groan-inducingly dubbed the ISSpresso.

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Pentagon document lays out battle plan against zombies

Pentagon document lays out battle plan against zombies | One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers | Scoop.it

In an unclassified document titled "CONOP 8888," officials from U.S. Strategic Command used the specter of a planet-wide attack by the walking dead as a training template for how to plan for real-life, large-scale operations, emergencies and catastrophes.

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South Korea introduces women-only parking spaces

South Korea introduces women-only parking spaces | One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers | Scoop.it

Room for one careful lady driver... South Korea introduces women-only parking spaces which are longer and wider (but says it's for safety, not because of their reversing skills)

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Canadian Man Faces Fines For Patching Up Potholes

Canadian Man Faces Fines For Patching Up Potholes | One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers | Scoop.it
“Pothole vigilante” Mike Defazio of New Brunswick, Canada, may have to pay fines to the city for patching up the potholes that his city couldn’t be bothered to fix. Defazio, who owns Defazio Autobody in Saint John, said he was sick of the damage that the potholes caused his car. One day one even popped his tire.
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That's not my pot; I stole the car, says Jay man

That's not my pot; I stole the car, says Jay man | One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers | Scoop.it

LIVERMORE FALLS — Police said a Jay man was adamant that the marijuana police found in the car he was driving was not his because he had just stolen the car.

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Leader's haircut for N Korea students

Leader's haircut for N Korea students | One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers | Scoop.it

Male university students in North Korea are now required to get the same haircut as their leader Kim Jong-un, it is reported.

The state-sanctioned guideline was introduced in the capital Pyongyang about two weeks ago, Radio Free Asia reports. It is now being rolled out across the country - although some people have expressed reservations about getting the look.

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Bolivia turns back the clock in bid to rediscover identity and 'southernness'

Bolivia turns back the clock in bid to rediscover identity and 'southernness' | One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers | Scoop.it

25 June 2014

In the latest – and by far the most literal – sign that times are changing in Bolivia, the numerals on the clock that adorns the congress building in La Paz have been reversed and the hands set to run anticlockwise in proud affirmation of the Andean nation's "southernness".

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Wikipedia refuses to delete photo as 'monkey owns it' - Telegraph

Wikipedia refuses to delete photo as 'monkey owns it' - Telegraph | One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers | Scoop.it

Wikimedia, the non-profit organisation behind Wikipedia, has refused a photographer’s repeated requests to stop distributing his most famous shot for free – because a monkey pressed the shutter button and should own the copyright.

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Taxidermy: The New Hipster Hobby?

Taxidermy: The New Hipster Hobby? | One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers | Scoop.it

A new wave of taxidermists, mostly women, is moving away from the traditional hunter-style pieces and into creative compositions like fashion accessories or what’s called “rogue taxidermy” — the creation of fantasy animals, like rats with wings.

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Russia Regains Control of Gecko Zero-G Sex Satellite

Russia Regains Control of Gecko Zero-G Sex Satellite | One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers | Scoop.it

Russia's space agency says it's restored full contact with an orbiting satellite containing biological experiments, including one designed to see how geckos have sex and reproduce in zero gravity. The geckos are apparently OK.

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Restaurant hires girls to walk crabs | Orange UK

Restaurant hires girls to walk crabs | Orange UK | One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers | Scoop.it

A Chinese restaurant has been slammed after hiring teenage girls to walk live crabs on leads to drum up trade.

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Flavoured Hipster Toothpicks

Flavoured Hipster Toothpicks | One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers | Scoop.it

A kickstarter by Canadian brand Phood Station aims to get artisan flavoured toothpicks into the marketplace. They're larger than your normal toothpick, and come in ten different flavour combinations - one on the tip, and one on the barrel - including habanero & honey, dill pickle & mustard, raspberry & wasabi, marshmallow & smoke and, of course, kumquat & beet.

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Harvard Scientists Send the First Transatlantic Smell via iPhone

Harvard Scientists Send the First Transatlantic Smell via iPhone | One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers | Scoop.it

Harvard professor and oNote co-inventor David Edwards shares the scent with a member of the audience. Harvard scientists successfully transferred the first scent from Paris to New York on Tuesday morning via an iPhone app. These smells — which range in category from “Paris Afternoon” to “Plantation” — are transferred via a pipe-like smelling station called an oPhone Duo and are controlled by an iPhone app called oSnap.

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Mariachi band follows head teacher for the whole day in hilarious high school prank

Mariachi band follows head teacher for the whole day in hilarious high school prank | One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers | Scoop.it

Seniors at a school in Santa Barbara, California, concocted a genius scheme to drive their head teacher insane when they organised a Mariachi band to follow him throughout the day. Three musicians playfully stalked the staff member while strumming away loudly on their instruments.

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Brain implant turned man into passionate Johnny Cash fan

Brain implant turned man into passionate Johnny Cash fan | One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers | Scoop.it

Researchers say they were left shocked after a man being treated for severe obsessive-compulsive disorder became a passionate Johnny Cash fan after having a stimulation device planted in his head.

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'Rock Snot' Gets Slimy Boost from Global Warming

'Rock Snot' Gets Slimy Boost from Global Warming | One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers | Scoop.it

A type of freshwater algae, known as "rock snot," that infiltrates river bottoms and clumps on rocks is not an invasive species introduced into waterways by humans, a new study finds. The organism has actually been native to much of the world for thousands of years.

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Hair salon visited over N Korea ad

Hair salon visited over N Korea ad | One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers | Scoop.it

North Korean officials paid a visit to a London hair salon to question why it had used their leader Kim Jong-un's picture in a poster offering haircuts.

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The most Canadian police chase ever: Alberta Mounties bum ride on snowmobile to chase stolen John Deere tractor

The most Canadian police chase ever: Alberta Mounties bum ride on snowmobile to chase stolen John Deere tractor | One-armed man applauds the kindness of strangers | Scoop.it

Alberta Mounties had to bum a ride with a snowmobiler to chase a stolen tractor through snowy fields east of Red Deer.

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