A company called Anybots is coming out with a workplace robot for the office. An employee, or the boss, can remotely control the robot from home with a laptop. Wi Fi is the only necessity for operation. The robot sends video and audio to the user and verbally communicates the users words. The CEO of Anybots uses one to work from home already. Not even safe when the boss doesn't come in anymore!
Bonus: There is a link in the story that takes you to a neat video of QB (the robot).
Link provided by danny53, thanks Dan.
There has been some discussion in the DC area about a snazzier nick name than 'the nation's Capitol' for it. Some are using DMV for DC/Maryland/Virginia but I felt we here at WU could come up with some better ideas. Ideas more in line with California's 'home of the fruits and nuts' than NY's 'The big apple". Whadda ya say WUvians?
While it might be fairly common for couples to get a divorce in the United States these days, it's certainly not easy. There are questions of support, custody issues if there are children involved, and bitter arguments over who gets to keep what; all of which can drag a divorce into months of stress. But what is it like in other cultures and in other times? In centuries past, in China, a divorce could be granted for any number of reasons, so long as the bride's family agreed to take her back. Aborigine women in Australia can convince their husbands to grant a divorce but if that's not working, then all they need to do is elope with someone else. The ancient Athenians and modern-day Eskimos share an extremely simple divorce process - live separately as though they were never married. In the UK, a man tired of his wife could slip a halter around her neck, lead her into town to the cattle market, and sell her to the highest bidder. Japan had a much more advanced view, however. Marriage was not sacred and divorce was not immoral - it was merely a mismatch between families. Women's dowrys were returned in the hopes of encouraging re-marriage. You can read more on Purple Slinky, and on Hope's Blog, and in this review.
An Austrian beer that includes cheese as an ingredient is supposed to positively affect sexual performance. After a night of the cheese infused ale men are still able to perform, unlike what often happens when a guy has too much regular beer or other drink. At least that is the brew maker's claim.
Paul Di Filippo
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