World's Smallest Man & Woman Meet

Geekologie – Gadgets, Gizmos, and Awesome Love Is In The Air!: World’s Smallest Man & Woman Meet

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The world’s smallest man and woman recently met for a Guinness Book of World Records photo shoot, and my goodness would they make a cute couple. You smell that? Love is in the air. No — you can’t smell it? Well you have to get real low, like knee-height. Pretend your house is on fire and you’re crawling under the smoke on all fours — you should be able to smell it then. Also, if there’s a lingering fart down there it was the dog, I swear.

Hit the jump for a video of the two.

http://www.geekologie.com/2012/08/love-is-in-the-air-worlds-smallest-man-w.php

Six cups of coffee a day could cut the risk of bowel cancer by 40 per cent

Home | Mail Online Six cups of coffee a day could cut the risk of bowel cancer by 40 per cent

  • Those who drank four cups of coffee a day saw their risk of a tumour drop by about 15 per cent
  • Tea lovers did not see any reduction in risk

By Pat Hagan

10:51 EST, 28 August 2012 | 10:51 EST, 28 August 2012

Drinking several cups of coffee every day can significantly reduce the risk of bowel cancer, new research shows.

Volunteers who downed four cups a day saw their risk of a tumour drop by about 15 per cent.

But those who got through six or more were up to 40 per cent less likely to fall victim to the disease.

Previous studies have hinted coffee could have a protective effect against bowel cancer, although the findings have been inconclusive

Previous studies have hinted coffee could have a protective effect against bowel cancer, although the findings have been inconclusive

Tea lovers, however, did not see any reduction in risk, scientists said.
More than 40,000 people a year in the UK are diagnosed with bowel cancer.

The disease has a high mortality rate – around 16,000 a year – because many victims ignore early warning signs and only seek medical help once the cancer has advanced.

Diets high in fat and red meat, as well as lack of exercise, are thought to be among the main risk factors.

Some previous studies have hinted coffee could have a protective effect, although the findings have been inconclusive.

In the latest investigation, researchers at the US National Cancer Institute in Rockville, Maryland, looked at nearly 490,000 men and women who took part in a diet and health study from the mid-nineties onwards.

They analysed their eating and drinking habits and compared bowel cancer rates among coffee drinkers and non-drinkers.

The results, published in the latest American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, showed a small but significant fall in tumour risk among those on four to five cups a day. But the greatest benefits were seen when consumption topped half-a-dozen cups a day, with the risk plummeting by almost 40 per cent for certain types of tumour.

Previous studies have suggested five cups of coffee or tea every day could slash the risk of a brain tumour by around 40 per cent.

And Japanese scientists found just one cup a day could nearly halve the risk of dangerous cancers affecting the mouth and gullet.

Dr Euan Paul, Executive Director of the British Coffee Association, said: ‘It is particularly encouraging to see that coffee consumption may lower the risk of bowel cancer given that over 40,000 men and women are diagnosed with it in the UK every year, making it the third most common cancer.’

But he stressed that pregnant women should follow NHS advice to moderate their intake of caffeine to 200mg per day from all sources, as it can increase the risk of miscarriage in high doses.

Caffeine can increase anxiety in some people and can alter your sleep patterns so you are not fully rested. Those suffering these symptoms are recommended to cut down their intake.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-2194793/Six-cups-coffee-day-cut-risk-bowel-cancer-40-cent.html?ITO=1490

Turning on PC speakers whenever there is music playing

Hack a Day Turning on PC speakers whenever there is music playing

If you’re like a lot of people, most of the time your computer speakers are on without actually playing any music. This wastes a bit of power, and [Bogdan] thought he could create a circuit to cut down on that wasted electricity. The result is a very tiny auto-on circuit able fit inside a pair of speakers.

The circuit is built around the ATtiny13, very nearly the smallest microcontroller available with an on-board ADC. When music is played on the computer, the ATtiny senses a bit of voltage in the audio line and switches a relay to power the speaker.

Of course, there is always the problem of music with a high dynamic range; if the sound played from the computer has too low of a volume, the ATtiny might turn the speakers off even if music is playing. [Bogdan] solved this problem by adding a timer to his code; if nothing is detected by the ADC for three minutes, the speakers turn off.

http://hackaday.com/2012/08/28/turning-on-pc-speakers-whenever-there-is-music-playing/

 

Fifty Shades Of Grey blamed for theft of shackles and chains from Blackpool Tower Dungeons

Home | Mail Online Fifty Shades Of Grey blamed for theft of shackles and chains from Blackpool Tower DungeonsBy Bianca London

12:50 EST, 28 August 2012 | 12:57 EST, 28 August 2012

From enhanced sex lives to increased books sales, the fastest-selling erotic ‘mummy porn’ novel has had a positive effect on almost everything since its release.

But one tourist attraction is far from reaping the rewards as fans of the novel are being blamed for the theft of shackles and chains from Blackpool Tower’s dungeon.

Medieval-style props have disappeared from the horror tourist attraction in the last three weeks.

Fifty Shades Of Grey fans are being blamed for the theft of shackles and chains from Blackpool Tower's dungeon

Fifty Shades Of Grey fans are being blamed for the theft of shackles and chains from Blackpool Tower’s dungeon

Bosses believe women are helping themselves to items after reading the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey and attempting to emulate the adventurous sex life of domineering Christian Grey and Anastacia Steele.

Blackpool Tower Dungeon general manager Garry Blackadder said: ‘We have noticed an increase in the number of females visiting to see the torture show over the last few weeks.

‘And there seems to have been much more pointing and giggling at the props than previously.

Medieval-style props have disappeared from the horror tourist attraction in the last three weeks

Medieval-style props have disappeared from the horror tourist attraction in the last three weeks

Bosses believe women are helping themselves to items after reading the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey

Bosses believe women are helping themselves to items after reading the erotic novel Fifty Shades of Grey

‘We just assumed that the Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon was giving the show a rather more “adult” appeal than before.

‘The Fifty Shades effect is clearly boosting our visitor numbers right now especially among groups of middle aged women.’

Dungeon chiefs first noticed something was amiss when a pair of shackles from the torture show went missing three weeks ago.

A large chain hanging on a wall as a prop inside the torture show area has also gone missing.

The team of actors, who bring the grisly history of the torture chamber to life for guests, have been given extra training on how to move customers on politely once they have seen the show, to avoid further thefts.

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Man Attempting Bigfoot Hoax On Side Of Road Gets Hit By Two Cars, Dies

Geekologie – Gadgets, Gizmos, and Awesome Somebody Get This Guy A Darwin Award: Man Attempting Bigfoot Hoax On Side Of Road Gets Hit By Two Cars, Dies

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A man believed to be drunk and dressed in a Ghillie camouflage suit to look like Bigfoot or a forest monster was struck by two cars while OOGA BOOGA-ing on the side of a dark Montana highway Sunday night and killed. I’M TRYING REALLY HARD TO FEEL BAD.

[State Trooper Jim] Schneider told Daily InterLake.com that troopers learned of Tenley’s Bigfoot prank when they interviewed his friends, who were waiting nearby when the stunt turned tragic.

“He was trying to make people think he was Sasquatch, so people would call in a Sasquatch sighting,” Schneider said told the news website. “You can’t make it up. I haven’t seen or heard of anything like this before.”

“Obviously, his suit made it difficult for people to see him,” Schneider said. “Alcohol may have been a factor.”

Now listen: if your Sunday Fundays have spiraled to the point you’re running out of the woods on the side of the road pretending to be Sasquatch YOU NEED TO GET THE F*** OUT OF MONTANA. Move — anywhere. Florida is cheap. Just sit on the beach and drink beer like a normal redneck.

Thanks to David B., who claims he dressed up like Bigfoot for a lover once. And to outspire, T8RO, Jeremy and Chris, who didn’t mention doing anything like that abut I have my suspicions.

http://www.geekologie.com/2012/08/somebody-get-this-guy-a-darwin-award-man.php

Short Film ‘Sight’ Adds New Vision to Augmented Reality

August 25, 2012 by Nina Frazier

A new film called Sight successfully tackles the subject of augmented reality, commenting on the potential impact of this rising technology.

In the short futuristic film by Eran May-raz and Daniel Lazo, we find out what it means to live in a virtual reality, where everything from the art hanging on the walls to the reactions of the date sitting across the table are displayed in a contact lens-like device for our own eyes only.

May-raz and Lazo created the film as a graduation project, while attending Bezaleal Academy of Arts in Jerusalem. The high production value of the short HD film displays a skillful restraint and flow often reserved for the silver screen.

We are introduced to protagonist Patrick, as he lies prone on the floor of his nearly barren apartment, playing a game only he can see. Next, we follow him into the kitchen, where he scores points for uniformly chopping cucumber slices in a virtual-reality version of Fruit Ninja.

The seven-minute film eventually shows us just how complicated virtual reality can get, as we watch Patrick struggle to relate to his date, Daphne, in the real world. We’re taken from a computer-enhanced environment of convenience to more complicated and murkier reality, showing us what it might be like if apps and cellphones weren’t just handheld devices, but embedded into our minds, bodies and culture.

Sight from Sight Systems on Vimeo.

via Short Film ‘Sight’ Adds New Vision to Augmented Reality.

Aerofex – Awsome hover bike

Taking Flight

Aerofex is taking flight in an innovative direction.

We are creating exciting technology that will change the way people perceive and utilize flight. We are developing manned craft and unmanned aerial vehicles that have real utility.

Our goal is to break the barriers that limit access to the benefits of flight.

Follow us on the journey.

via Aerofex – Taking Flight.

Man stopped at customs for carrying hundreds of dead black caterpillars eats his way through them

Home | Mail Online EuroAirport: Man stopped at customs for carrying hundreds of dead black caterpillars eats his way through them

By Daily Mail Reporter

09:35 EST, 25 August 2012 | 10:55 EST, 25 August 2012

To most of us, the thought of munching through this festering mound of dried dead caterpillars would be the stuff of stomach churning nightmares.

But one man was so determined that his rare but banned ‘delicacy’ would not be taken off him, he stuffed his mouth full and chomped through hundreds of the crunchy larvae in front of stunned airport border guards, who had discovered the haul in his luggage at Switzerland’s EuroAirport outside Basel.

African Adrian Onobanjo, 47, had more than 15 kilos of dead black caterpillars in plastic bags hidden in his luggage when he was stopped and searched after arriving on a plane from Togo.
Hundreds of black caterpillars were found in the traveller's suitcase before he started to munch his way through the mound, some of which were still moving

Hundreds of black caterpillars were found in the traveller’s suitcase before he started to munch his way through the mound, some of which were still moving

Border guard spokesman Patrick Gantenbein said the foul smelling mound of creatures was still moving as some were still alive.
Hundreds of black caterpillars were found in the traveller's suitcase before he started to munch his way through the mound, some of which were still moving

The large black caterpillars are considered a delicacy in some parts of Africa

He said: ‘Even border guards hardened by the bizarre things we have had to deal with were shocked by this particular case.

‘The man obviously knew he shouldn’t have been trying to bring them into the country as they were hidden under a false bottom in his suitcase and only discovered with an x-ray.

‘He tried to tell us that it was a special type of root, but some of them were still moving.’

Border Guard section chief Martin Leuenberger who was on duty at the time told the Austrian Times the smell from the caterpillars that were mostly dead was ‘pretty unbearable’.

When they told the man the caterpillars would be kept and destroyed the stunned guards said he grabbed as many as he could and started munching them.

The remainder of the caterpillars were stored in a sealed container in the fridge overnight and were later destroyed.

Mr Gantenbein said the man had told him the caterpillars were for personal use and that he should be allowed to keep them and eat them as a snack as he was ‘addicted to them’.

Caterpillars are considered a delicacy in parts of Africa.

After harvesting the caterpillars which sit on trees, the guts are removed by squeezing.

The sausage like left overs are then boiled and left for a day to dry out in the sun and once dried are used for cooking.

When cooked the worms are said to be juicy and salty or if eaten dried have a dry, gritty texture and slightly meaty taste.
A caterpillar similar to those found stashed in a secret suitcase compartment

A caterpillar similar to those found stashed in a secret suitcase compartment

The heaving mass of larvae was discovered in luggage by border guards at Switzerland's EuroAirport outside Basel (above)

The heaving mass of larvae was discovered in luggage by border guards at Switzerland’s EuroAirport outside Basel (above)

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Designers create sports car-inspired design

Home | Mail Online The 21st century hovercraft: Designers create sports car-inspired designBy Daily Mail Reporter

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Two designers are attempting to bring hovercrafts into the 21st century with a sleek, sports car-inspired creation.

Produced in the 1950s, hovercrafts never took off but cousins Michael Mercier and Chris Jones are eager to change that.

The Mercier-Jones Hovercraft will employ state-of-the-art materials and components from the marine, automotive, and aerospace industries but will be marketed as a vehicle that the general public can purchase and enjoy.

Radical: Produced in the 1950s, hovercrafts never took off but cousins Michael Mercier and Chris Jones are eager to change that with their sports car-inspires design

Radical: Produced in the 1950s, hovercrafts never took off but cousins Michael Mercier and Chris Jones are eager to change that with their sports car-inspires design

Modern: The Mercier-Jones Hovercraft will employ state-of-the-art materials and components from the marine, automotive, and aerospace industries

Modern: The Mercier-Jones Hovercraft will employ state-of-the-art materials and components from the marine, automotive, and aerospace industries

The pair reached out to investors for $50,000 on crowd-funding website IndieGogo to help make the project a reality.

They only raised $4,000 – a mere eight per cent of their target – but the duo are not letting that deter them from their mission to revolutionize the hovercraft.

‘The automotive industry is filled with futuristic concept cars that inspire and intrigue us, but we never actually get to drive them because they are never manufactured,’ the pair said on their now-expired IndieGogo page.

‘The technology of a hovercraft is both futuristic and intriguing, but the designs of current production models don’t inspire the way they should.

Investment: The pair only managed to raise $4,000 of their $50,000 target on crowd-funding website IndieGogo to make their design a reality

Investment: The pair only managed to raise $4,000 of their $50,000 target on crowd-funding website IndieGogo to make their design a reality

Stylish: The Mercier-Jones Hovercraft will not only look like a high-end sports vehicle, the pair say, but it will perform like one too

Stylish: The Mercier-Jones Hovercraft will not only look like a high-end sports vehicle, the pair say, but it will perform like one too

‘We are here to change that. Our concepts are the future of personal hovercraft, and it’s time to start building them to make you the next pilot.’

The Mercier-Jones Hovercraft will not only look like a high-end sports vehicle, but it will perform like one too, the pair say.

‘The core technology of hovercraft has been around for over 50 years, and it’s time for an upgrade. We are pioneering the development of hovercraft that are quieter, easier to maneuver, and more environmentally friendly,’ the duo said.

‘Mercier-Jones hovercraft will allow you to hover without the need for earplugs, will offer steering and braking ability similar to a car, and fly-by-wire control on a gas-electric hybrid power train to unlock design potential.

‘Our patent pending hovercraft directional control system allows fine tuned control in the forward, lateral and reverse directions. Independent control over each side of the thrust system enables advanced maneuvering for the pilot.’

Their goal is to produce entry-level hovercrafts for $20,000, but, at the moment, they are still looking for funding from backers and investors.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2193562/The-21st-century-hovercraft-Designers-create-sports-car-inspired-design.html?ITO=149

The horrifying injuries inflicted on a pensioner, 80, by a CAT while she tended her garden

Home | Mail Online Pictured: The horrifying injuries inflicted on a pensioner, 80, by a CAT while she tended her garden By Kerry Mcdermott

05:57 EST, 24 August 2012 | 07:00 EST, 24 August 2012

Wild cat: Nora Scott, 80, pictured after being mauled by a household cat

Injured: Nora Scott, 80, pictured after being mauled by a household cat

Bruised and bloodied, this vulnerable pensioner looks as though she has been the victim of a savage mugging.

In fact Nora Scott’s injuries were inflicted by an ordinary household cat.

The 80-year-old is now calling for laws to protect people from dangerous cats after being mauled by a neighbour’s pet while she tended her garden at her home in Staffordshire.

Mrs Scott was left with two black eyes and painful scratches after the cat clawed at her face, and had to go to hospital to get antibiotics.

‘It jumped up and clawed my face out of nowhere,’ she said.

‘There was blood everywhere and the thing could have had my eye out if I didn’t have my glasses on.’

Mrs Scott, who has lived at her terraced house in Tunstall for 26 years, has said she is so terrified of the black cat she has even considered moving, but decided to stay put.
Savage: An ordinary domestic cat like the one pictured above was behind Mrs Scott's startling injuries

Savage: An ordinary domestic cat like the one pictured above was behind Mrs Scott’s startling injuries (file photo)

‘I’ve thought about moving but I’ve lived here 26 years and can’t see why I should move because of a cat,’ she said.

However the elderly woman’s fear of the vicious moggy, which is named Rnia, means she has had to sacrifice her beloved garden flowers.

‘I love my garden but I’ve had to cut all my flowers back so I can see if the cat is there,’ she told the Sun.

Mrs Scott said she had spoken to police about the incident, but claims she was told there is nothing they can do.

The pensioner – who now carries a water spray with her when she leaves her house – has called for a law governing dangerous cats, similar to those protecting people from attacks by dangerous dogs.

Mrs Scott said the cat’s owners had apologised to her after the attack, and told her they would have it rehomed.
Terrified: Mrs Scott has said she is afraid to leave her house on her own in case she has another run in with the vicious feline

Terrified: Mrs Scott has said she is afraid to leave her house on her own in case she has another run in with the vicious feline

Her daughter Lynne Sams, 62, was visiting her mother when the cat struck.

She said: ‘Nobody is willing to do anything, but it would be a different story if a rottweiler had gotten hold of her leg.’

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