Saturday, 28 March 2015

Weird News Stories Of The Week: Top Five Strange Stories

There was a lot of news you may have missed this week, so we thought we'd round up some of the stranger stuff for you. Here's the five weirdest articles we published: 1. Disability summit slammed for not being wheelchair accessible An events company booked to organise the Australian National Disability Summit in Melbourne made a fairly critical mistake - they forget to make it disabled-friendly.One mobility-impaired speaker had to be carried to the stage because no ramp had been provided and she was unable to traverse the four large steps to the podium, and an accessible toilet was being used to store chairs. As if that wasn't bad enough, they only had enough space for seven disabled visitors to the annual conference, and food was served on a table too high for wheelchair users to reach. 2. Woman charged for allegedly squirting breastmilk at police officer A woman from Calista, Perth, was being strip searched by a female officer at a police station when she supposedly reached for her breast and squirted milk at the officer. She was charged with assault after dousing the officer's forehead, arms and clothing. 3. People in a village in Kazakhstan are falling asleep for days and no one knows why For a full year people in the remote village of Kalachi have been falling into a deep sleep for no apparent reason, sometimes for as long as six days.READ MORE -

This weird giant shrimp-like predator prowled our oceans long before the dinosaurs arrived

Long before the first dinosaur or even this giant killer newt, a weird shrimp-like creature prowled the oceans with unusual toothed claws. It resembles an enormous silverfish - wingless household insects that feed on clothing and wallpaper - and sheds light on the origins of spiders, crabs and beetles. It's called the Yawunik kootenayi and lived more than 500 million years ago. The weird predator, measuring several inches, had long frontal appendages resembling the antennae of modern beetles or shrimps, but which bore toothed claws.Researcher Cedric Aria, from the University of Toronto, Canada, said: "This creature is expanding our perspective on the anatomy and predatory habits of the first arthropods, the group to which spiders and lobsters belong. "It has the signature features of an arthropod with its external skeleton, segmented body and jointed appendages, but lacks certain advanced traits present in groups that survived until the present day. We say that it belongs to the 'stem' of arthropods." Yawunik was able to move its claws backwards and forwards, spreading them out for an attack and then retracting them under its body when swimming.READ MORE - kootenayi

Cross your fingers and swear: weird ways to end pain

scientists have discovered that crossing your fingers isn’t just for good luck, but can help alleviate pain. A UCL study published in the science journal Current Biology found that feelings of a pain in the finger disappeared when one digit was crossed over another, suggesting that the simple action can confuse the way the brain processes sensation. Just as optical illusions can trick the mind into misreading an image, there are various techniques that create sensory illusions and help reduce perceptions of pain. Here are a few other surprising methods to end pain.Swear Bad language is a remarkably good at easing pain, according to a study published in the journal NeuroReport. Researchers tested how long college students could keep their hands immersed in cold water, with some students repeating a neutral word and others repeatedly swearing. The volunteers reported less pain while swearing and kept their hand submerged for an average 40 seconds longer. "Swearing is such a common response to pain that there has to be an underlying reason why we do it," says psychologist Richard Stephens of Keele University, who led the study. "I would advise people, if they hurt themselves, to swear.”-READ MORE-

Saturday, 21 March 2015

Weird science: The Apple Watch may already be killing you!

You should see the Macalope's biceps right now. He's totally ripped from all the tables he had to flip because of this piece in the New York Times by Nick Bilton. "The Health Concerns in Wearable Tech" Well, Macalope, you say, that's not so bad. What's the problem with noting the health concerns of wearable tech? Yeah, well, here's the original headline: "Could Wearable Computers Be as Harmful as Cigarettes?" AAAAAAAGH! [runs and jumps out of window to save self from deadly lung-cancer-causing wristwatch] Come on, New York Times. We prefer our scare-mongering, link-baiting headlines to come from Forbes or Business Insider. In other words, places where we can safely isolate unrepentant the goofballs and jerkweeds who write these things so they can not affect the population at large with their bizarre fringe theories. Bilton opens by ominously mentioning how the tobacco industry used to use doctors to advertise their products around the middle of the previous century. We all know that's wrong now, right? Well, it's kind of awesome in its audacity, but completely wrong in its cavalier attitude toward, oh, killing millions of people by -READ MORE-

Saturday, 14 March 2015


If you use a dustbin in MUMBAI,INDIA you may get a shock.Manly if the bin is a mobile robotic dustbin  ,1,500 pounds,move around and ask people if they have anything want to throw away.


In BRAZIL capital BRASILIA 31 elite solders-presidential guard-are recovering after being struck by lighting.

The Weird Things Actors Do In EVERY Movie

Have you ever noticed how Jason Statham strips to the waist in every movie he makes? You can’t blame him, the Stath looks good with his top off and he knows it. He’s not the only actor with a predictable trademark though. Mark Strong always wears a wig, Hugh Jackman rarely uses his native accent, and Sylvester Stallone invariably ends up punching someone in every film he’s in. - Disney In-Jokes That Will Blow You Away - Highest-Paid Comic Book Actors Ever - Things That Were Only Cool In The Matrix However, some actors have unusual acting tics that you probably never noticed… until now.READ MORE AND SEE VIDEOS AND PHOTOS-

Apocalypse Weird brings authors and fans a shared world of pain

Writing can be hard – not hard like mining diamonds in Zimbabwe or making cheap clothes for westerners in Bangladesh, of course, but anyone in the 21st-century knowledge economy who wants to write a novel must have some kind of masochistic streak. Word processors have taken some of the strain out of editing and publishing, but there’s no app to automate the hard slog of getting 100,000 words down on paper in something resembling a coherent narrative. And the work doesn’t stop there for SFF writers, who have to construct an entire fictional world to support their stories. Enter the Apocalypse Weird, stage right. If any group of authors can find a way to collaborate on telling stories it’s those rebellious indie authors, authors who have already broken all the rules of publishing by stealing the ebook market out from under the industry. While writers may not be able to collaborate on individual books, they can work together to create the fictional “shared world” those books happen within, the world of Apocalypse Weird. Think of an apocalypse, and Apocalypse Weird has it covered. Zombies? Yes of course. There’ s clearly a little inspiration from The Walking Dead here, but Apocalypse Weird takes things much further. Cannibal hordes, cities sinking beneath the waves, genetic mutants, electric fog, frozen arctic winds and gojira-READ MORE- Weird ebook titles artwork

Sunday, 8 March 2015

Why I stopped all the clocks in Swansea

A week ago, 72-year-old David Mitchell clocked off from the only job he has ever known. As usual, he drove between Swansea’s grand old municipal buildings, scaling up ladders with the dexterity of a man half his age, and setting the time on the clock faces which residents of Wales’s second city have for centuries set their watches by. The last stop – as always – was the imposing Portland stone tower of the city’s Guildhall. When he finished, he slipped quietly out of the door and drove home to his wife. It was around 7pm, but the clock said midnight. Time has stood still ever since. The man whose family have proudly been the official clock-watchers of Swansea for the past 60 years has now become responsible for turning them off. For the past seven days, every landmark clock in the city has stayed stuck at midnight or midday – depending on which way you look at it. In an exclusive interview with the Telegraph, after what he admits has been a week of “madness”, Mr Mitchell says he felt forced to make his stand against council cutbacks threatening Swansea’s heritage. As a result, the former Rotary Club president with the bling gold jewellery and British Horological Institute pin in his -READ MORE-