I just love this house. It's like Dr. Seuss meets Willy Wonka. Designed by architect Javier Senosiain, from Mexico, the home is named "Nautilus House" and was built in 2006 in Naucalpan. I think it's a stunning building, both inside and out, but you be judge.
Some young people in Australia are getting their excitement challenging alligators even more aggressively than Steve Irwin was known to bait crocodiles. It started with pictures on Facebook of people standing atop alligator traps and now pictures of of two guys inside a trap with one guy on top of it have been posted. Wildlife officials are up in arms about this dangerous activity. They state it won't be tolerated and if caught the men will face a large fine and a possible five years jail time. Although, if these guys continue their behavior they may end up paying a bigger price yet. Interestingly, Manton Dam, where this took place is about 50 miles from a town called Darwin.
Posted By: patty - Sun Dec 27, 2009 -
When I saw this all I could think of was- this is the coolest dad in the world! He mounted a camera on a remote control plane and let the kids try to shoot it down with fireworks. The kids must have had a blast!
Posted By: patty - Sun Dec 27, 2009 -
This is definitely one of those "why hasn't someone thought of this before?" type inventions. Back in March of 1985, Josh Silver, a physics professor at Oxford University, had a conversation with a colleague about optical lenses and the sort of specialized equipment needed to adjust them. And in that moment, he had an idea that will affect the lives of billions - a pair of glasses that can be almost instantly adjusted by the person wearing them. No visits to the eye-doctor. No money spent. The concept relies on the principle that the fatter a lens is, the more powerful it becomes. (Remember the kid in fourth-grade who had glasses thick enough to be from the bottom of a coke bottle?) These glasses consist of hollow plastic lenses, inside which are two clear sacs filled with fluid. Using a small syringe, the person wearing the glasses can add or remove fluid, thus changing the power of the lens. Silver's team has already started to distribute the spectacles. You can read more about these amazing glasses, and the man behind them, here.
In the northern German town of Reinfield the police got a surprise when they pulled over an excavator driving down a city street yesterday. The driver immediately pulled over and excited the vehicle he even admitted he did not have a drivers licence. The licence thing was obvious due to the driver being a seven year old boy. When asked why he was driving the 11.5 foot tall machine the boy stated that his dad had complained about road conditions so he, the boy, used the machine to clear the road. In fact the young man was on his way back to his parents place of business to park the excavator when he was stopped. The police collected the keys and returned them and the boy home.
If you are going to a snowball fight any time soon, remember your kevlar vest. A group of 20 and 30-somethings were invited on Twitter to a snowball fight at 14th and U Street in Washington D.C. this Monday just past. Everyone was enjoying themselves, no fist fights or anything, just the occasional car getting hit by an errant snowball. Then an off duty police officer's personal vehicle, a Hummer, was hit by a some snow.. The Detective jumped out, drew his gun, and threatened some of the fun seekers. End of fun. The D.C. police department, after first denying a gun was draw, admitted the fact when faced with video of the incident. Don't you just hate it when that happens! Now the department is looking at whether it was excessive for a gun to have been drawn. Ya think?!
Next we have Denbighshire in the U.K. Wednesday night at 10:30 G.M.T. a 20 year old was stabbed to death during a snowball fight. A 19 year old man was arrested for shoving a kitchen knife into the victim who later died of shock and blood loss. So, safety first, if you see a neighborhood snowball fight lock your doors and hide!
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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