Weird Universe Archive

June 2009

June 24, 2009

People Pops

Posted By: Paul - Wed Jun 24, 2009 - Comments (4)
Category: Obscenity, Candy

Fly Air Weird!

Next month sees the launch of a new airline, which in today's economy is weird enough, but this one is only for animals. Pet Airways, America's first animal-only air service, will initially only fly between NY, Denver, LA, Chicago and Baltimore carrying 50 'passengers' at a time in individual pressurized cabins. Private lounges and overnight accommodation for long-haul flights will also be laid on (Dream Dogs).

Clearly this is an idea who's time has come, as Air Canada has also announced this week that it is to carry pets on its planes, as long as they board as hand-luggage. From July, passengers will be able to book the space under their seats as stowage for up to 4 pets in ‘leakproof carriers’, let’s hope no-one thinks that means Tupperware (Telegraph).

And when airlines are not treating pets as luggage, they’re usually treating their customers as cattle. Ryanair, for example, this week announced plans to have the passengers load their own luggage, saving the company an estimated 20 million euros (Belfast Telegraph).

A worse fate greeted passengers on a Thomas Cook charter plane recently when due to a mechanical failure only the front hold could be loaded with baggage, hence passengers were asked to move to the back of plane as ballast, to balance it out. After seeing people disembarking from the service’s previous flight kissing the ground and putting their hands together in prayer, 71 refused and made other travel arrangements (Daily Mail).

Finally, if you think the customers have it bad, spare a thought for the staff of British Airways, which once billed itself as "the World's favorite airline". Times are now so hard for the company it has asked its workforce if they'd mind taking a pay-cut or even working for free for a month, just to tide the company over. BA's chief executive has lead the drive, promising to lead by example and forgo one month of his £735k ($1.2m) salary (Guardian).

(Picture from The Bognor Birdman Event, a semi-serious competition to fly 100 meters from the end of a seaside pier.)

Posted By: Dumbfounded - Wed Jun 24, 2009 - Comments (3)
Category: Animals, Business, Flight, Pets

Don’t Tweet in the Bathtub—Drive Instead

It was bound to happen. Trying to stay connected during a bath, Maria Barbu died after her battery died from a long twitter session. Apparently, she was trying to plug in and the laptop dropped in the water.

Here's the link:

http://www.ncbuy.com/news/2009-06-22/1018060.html

You may be harassed for driving your bathtub in Russia -- here's the link --

http://www.boingboing.net/2008/10/10/russian-cops-hasslin.html

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Posted By: gdanea - Wed Jun 24, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Accidents

June 23, 2009

Wild Turkey Rolls Manure Truck

Well actually the driver rolled the truck, and no, burbon was not involved. Scott Fisher was driving a manure truck in northern New York, near the Canadian border, on Monday. Suddenly a wild turkey flew in the open window of the truck cab. Mr. Fisher attempted to scare the bird back out and lost control of the vehicle. He took out several fence posts, hit a utility pole, and rolled the truck full of manure on it's side in a ditch. Man that's really gotta stink! Read it here- http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20090624/ap_on_fe_st/us_odd_turkey_truck_crash_4

Posted By: patty - Tue Jun 23, 2009 - Comments (3)
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Forgotten and Unseen Electronics Part 22

Back in my first post I showed you the world's first trackball. I have now found the smallest trackball. It was made by a company named Donya (another japanese company). It uses a usb to connect to the computer and then you have to try to use this trackball that's as small as your fingertip to move the arrow. If you can understand Japanese you can buy one here:

http://www.donya.jp/item/10499.html

If you can't understand Japanese here's a translated page:

http://translate.google.com/translate?sourceid=navclient&hl=en-GB&u=http%3a%2f%2fwww.donya.jp%2fitem%2f10499.html



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Posted By: phantomspy1 - Tue Jun 23, 2009 - Comments (3)
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When You Are A Pedestrian

Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 23, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Death, Motor Vehicles, Documentaries, 1940s

Tubapunk!

Visit his homepage here.



Posted By: Paul - Tue Jun 23, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Eccentrics, Geeks, Nerds and Pointdexters, Music

Whamola

This is a strange new musical instrument based on the washtub bass. So far, the only widely recognized musician to play the whamola is Les Claypool. Here he is playing his song "Whamola", on his whamola (which is named Steve).

If you would like a whamola of your own, you can buy one from this guy.

Posted By: fyshstyxx - Tue Jun 23, 2009 - Comments (5)
Category: Crafts, Music

June 22, 2009

Video projector glasses

The designers want these to be used by people who are driving so they can see the GPS directions in the glasses.



I'm guessing this device will be the next thing to be banned for use while driving, since people will be watching videos, texting and reading e-mail on the road. The researcher even suggests reading e-mails during presentations!!

Posted By: gdanea - Mon Jun 22, 2009 - Comments (1)
Category: Technology

Forgotten and Unseen Electronics Part 21

A lot of accessories have been made for the wii since it came out. This is the weirdest one I have found. It's a bowling ball to help you out in Wii Sports or other bowling games. I could see this causing a lot more accidents than the Wii Remote did. You can buy one here:

http://www.ctadigital.com/catalog.asp?menuid=Catalog&display=itemdetail&categoryid=143&groupid=143&id=2500



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Posted By: phantomspy1 - Mon Jun 22, 2009 - Comments (3)
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