Harper and an accomplice were stealing copper wire (naturally) from the station. To get at the wires, they had drained the insulating oil from around the fixtures. Oil, of course, catches on fire when a moron pees on a transformer and sends sparks flying around.
Harper was “permanently disfigured” by the explosion and sentenced to a year in jail, where, with any luck, he’ll pee on the electrified fence in the yard. [Gizmodo via Leicester Mercury via News.com.au via Fark]
Completely forgetting that today is supposed to be about romance, Minute Physics asks if it’s really possible for the Milk Man superhero, featured in Freddie Wong’s video, to fly by spewing milk from his mouth.
The unsettling answer is of course yes, but the vast quantities of highly dense milk required to get someone off the ground unfortunately make this dream unattainable for the common man—but not Milk Man. And if you have no idea what I or Minute Physics is talking about, you’ll want to check out Freddie Wong’s original video which I’ve included.
The California Roll House is a futuristic concept design for a prefabricated house that Christopher Daniel of Violent Volumes has created. The house was designed with a desert setting in mind with its exterior wrapped in an energy-efficient material that reflects heat from the sun. The house appears rolled to form a tube-like shape with glass on either end that is controlled electronically to change the transparency for privacy and light control. The modular nature of the design makes for easy assembly and disassembly on site.
To maximize space, doors are hydraulically powered and curtains provide privacy as a space divider in the bedroom.
The interior design is fairly minimal which allows for open, light-filled spaces.
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Zombie-Slayer Family Photos [Gallery]
via Geeks are Sexy Technology News
When someone asks you what you want for your birthday, take a cue from ChainCrafts ‘ wife and say “a Post-Apocalypse/Zombie Slaying family photo shoot!” Then go make some armor and weapons and hire the super-talented Langley West of Bakan Photography to do a shoot of you and your entire family fending off zombies in a decrepit building.
These are too awesome. ChainCrafts has a Craftster post with some details about the shoot and his handmade armor if you’d like to know more. [ boing boing ]
Discovered by accident, the naturally-occurring bisin preservative could be injected into our foodstuffs as soon as it gets the thumb’s up from regulators. And then, there’d be no need to throw food out, as shelf-life is prolonged by years.
It sounds like scary stuff—and the exact opposite of the organic revolution that’s swept through supermarkets and grocery stores. Now patented, Bisin was discovered by microbiologists at the University of Minnesota, and is apparently safe to consume. Unlike that week-old pot of yoghurt that’s been going blue in the corner of your fridge. But if bisin really does have a place in our future—in our stomachs!—then there’s no fear of eating food which has expired its shelf life, as it reportedly kills bacteria and prevents E.coli, salmonella and listeria from growing.
This could be good news for pregnant women and newborns, as listeria, while rare, is particularly deadly with around 500 people dying each year in the US alone. Found in dairy and meat products, it’s also one of the reasons pregnant women are told to avoid eating soft cheese.
There are obvious reasons why this preservative sounds so attractive. We’d have to buy less food, thus saving money, and the risk of contracting illnesses would be lessened. But why does it leave me feeling so cold? Nothing beats fresh food, and I doubt anyone would be able to get over the mental block of drinking milk that’s been in the fridge for three months. But as it’s expected to be used commercially by food makers within the next three years, we’ve got plenty of time to work up a taste for synthetic food, I suppose.