Swiss chocolate manufacturer Barry Callebaut, who supply such companies as Cadburys and Nestlé, think they may be on to a winner after secretly developing a type of chocolate with 10% of the calories of the ordinary kind, and which melts at nearly twice its temperature. The company hopes the new chocolate, codenamed "Vulcano", will appeal both to health-conscious Western markets and to Asian and African consumers who have traditionally shunned chocolate because it melts too readily in the local climate. The new recipe stays hard up to 55°C (130°F) and has crispy, light texture according to Barry Callebaut food engineer Simone Cantz (The Guardian).
FYI: Chocolate was, as everyone knows, invented/discovered by the Aztecs. But what is less well known is that they did so at least 3000 years ago, and were probably trying to make beer. Anthropologists John Henderson, of Cornell University, and Rosemary Joyce, of University of California, discovered cacao residues on pottery vessels dating back to 1000 BCE that are believed to be from a drink formed by fermenting the pulp and seeds (PNAS).
Here's a man after our own hearts here on WU. Pete Simson found a delightfully weird way to propose to his beloved, Hannah McDonagh. Telling her they were going to see a French film, he took her to Watershed Theater. But the film was really one of Pete, in various pairs of underwear, at local outdoor sites. He was lipsincing to Daniel Bedingfield's 'If You're Not The One'. Pete's roommates helped him make the short film over three evenings. The theater had employees and willing customers pose as fellow movie goers and even ran pre-film advertisements. Hannah watched, stunned and bemused to the end of the film. Next a spotlight shone on Pete and he asked Hannah to marry him. She accepted to a round of applause. Read the story and check out pictures from the film here- http://www.metro.co.uk/weird/article.html?Pants_man_proposes_in_spoof_Bedingfield_film&in_article_id=703348&in_page_id=2
If your normal computer mouse is making your hands hurt you can get the Roller Mouse. Instead of always using your hand to move it you slide your arm over it to make the arrow move. You can buy one here:
There have been alot of complaints lately about the price of cigarettes. What with the tax increase, smokers get hit pretty hard. But one smoker really got sticker shock recently. Josh Museynski of Manchester, New Hampshire stopped at the gas station to pick up a pack of smokes earlier this week. Later when checking his account online he was appalled to discover a debit for 23 quadrillion dollars. That's 23 followed by 15 zeros. Upon calling the bank he was reassured that it was a mistake (ya think?) and would be corrected (I should hope so!). Makes you wonder, did he swear off smoking or double his consumption from nerves? Oh and the most amazing part of the story, the bank overdraft fee was $15. Don't believe me? Check it out here- http://www.wmur.com/money/20057331/detail.html
It seems we have had a number of Germans posted about on WU lately, here's another. A forty-five year old Duesseldorf man attempted to fix his air mattress and instead blew up his apartment. He used tire repair solvent to plug the mattress. The next day he attempted to blow it up and succeeded but not in the way he intended. The electric air pump sparked the tire solvent and KABOOM! The apartment building, as well as a neighboring one, were evacuated so firefighters could make sure the building where the explosion occured was safe. Understandable precaution since the living room wall of the man's apartment was blown into the stairwell. If you are exploding with curiosity read the rest here- http://ca.news.yahoo.com/s/reuters/090715/odds/odd_us_mattress_odd
Well, the Swiss have done it and it's been verified by Guinness World Records. The world's smallest gun measures no more then 5.5 cm long and fires 2.34 mm caliber ammunition. It's a double action revolver that functions just like it's bigger siblings. Unfortunately for you American gun collectors out there the SwissMiniGun is not available in the U.S. and cannot be imported, but it's fun to look at. For those of you who may be able to purchase one, they are available in either steel or gold and can apparently be tricked out with diamonds. SwissMiniGun
Paul Di Filippo
Paul has been paid to put weird ideas into fictional form for over thirty years, in his career as a noted science fiction writer. He has recently begun blogging on many curious topics with three fellow writers at The Inferior 4+1.
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