You'd think the President of the United States has more important worries than a house fly. Apparently PETA doesn't though. During an interview on Tuesday President Obama swatted and killed a pesky fly. Like most people would do, but not those bug lovin' PETA people. A spoksman for the group said the act shows the President isn't perfect even though his Senate record shows him voting for animal rights often. They are sending a 'humane' catch and release fly trap to the White House. Maybe one Secret Service Agent could be designated fly catcher for the President. Catch the whole story here- http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/31422688/ns/us_news-weird_news/
For those of you that decided to do a candle lit dinner and then noticed you can't see anything, you can now get this fork with a light built inside of it. I can't find a site that is selling it so if you want to buy it you'll have to find it yourself.
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According to the AP/AOL news, A man in Salem, Massachusetts found himself quite "comfortable" after being locked in the bar's bathroom overnight. Why employees didn't check the bathroom before locking it up is mystery, but why would you lock a bathroom door like that to begin with?
I know you're sitting there thinking "what can we do to make it more energy efficient to drive our cars rather than riding our bikes or walking." You're thinking that because you're lazy and don't want to give up the luxury of automated transportation. Oh. You weren't thinking that? That was just me? Figures. But there's some good news for me. Britain's Environmental Transport Association may have come up with a solution. Piezoelectric crystals. The idea is to embed a stretch of highway with the crystals, then each car that drives over a crystal contributes a tiny bit of energy, such that a single kilometer of roadway could generate 400-kilowatts of energy. That energy could then be collected, stored and used for any number of functions. But will it work? Absolutely. A Sainsbury's supermarket in Gloucester, UK has already put it into use, powering their checkout lanes.
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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