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Fight Against Maturity


Nature versus Robot

This could just be the first of many battles to come between natural flying predators, and man-made flyers inspired by nature.

Robotic dragonfly toys made by WowWee Robotics are being snatched by birds of prey. One boy had his grabbed by a Red-tailed hawk not long after unwrapping one on Christmas day…Engadget reports that WowWee has been contacted by 45 people about the same issue in the past two months.

February 22, 2008 Posted by | animals, Robots | 1 Comment

Blood money…sort of

Taxmen demand blood

Polish taxmen are offering Poles the chance to pay their tax bills in blood. Every donation to the local blood banks will allow Poles to write £30 off their tax bill.

Donors have to get a certificate from the hospital for every litre donated that can then be sent to the taxman and written off against their final tax demand.

February 22, 2008 Posted by | People | Comments Off on Blood money…sort of

Apparently all the weirdos aren’t in the US…


A Japanese man was arrested for trespassing this week after turning up at a high school dressed in a girl’s uniform and a long wig, local police said. Thirty-nine-year-old Tetsunori Nanpei told police he had bought the uniform over the Internet and put it on to take a stroll near the school in Saitama, north of Tokyo, on Wednesday, the daily Asahi Shimbun said.

When students standing outside the gates started to scream at the sight of him, he dashed inside the school grounds, hoping to blend in with the crowds of teenagers, the paper said. They also screamed, forcing the man to flee, losing his wig in the process. A school clerk pursued him and stopped him at a nearby riverbank, the paper said.

Police confirmed the arrest of the man in school uniform and wig but declined to give further details.

February 22, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Crook, Dumb Stuff, People | Comments Off on Apparently all the weirdos aren’t in the US…

Beware the phantom alien dog groomer…

pooch dognapped by aliens?

bennet.jpg Bennett the dog is an excitable character who often goes running off when he is taken for a walk on Newbold Comyn. But after one such disappearance on Sunday he returned in a state which shocked owner Sue Mountford, of Braemar Road, Lillington.

She had last seen her pet “covered in mud and earth – as ever”. But Bennett mysteriously reappeared in pristine condition. In fact, he had not only had a bath, but appeared to have been blow-dried and styled.

An intrigued Mrs Mountford, was left pondering whether her Jack Russell had been dognapped by aliens or fallen foul of “a secret dog shampoo army at work in Newbold Comyn”.

February 22, 2008 Posted by | animals | Comments Off on Beware the phantom alien dog groomer…

Silly Headline of the Day: “Sat-navs harm railway bridges”

Sat-navs ‘harm railway bridges’

“Millions of pounds worth of damage is being caused to Britain’s railway infrastructure by lorry drivers following satellite navigation devices.”

Guess what, guys, it isn’t the GPS units that are the problem. It’s the silly drivers that blindly follow them. According to Network Rail some 2000 bridges are hit each year by drivers blundering along and slavishly following the GPS instructions.

The resulting damage to bridges too-narrow for big rig trucks is estimated at £10 million pounds a year, not to mention 5000 hours of delays. Network Rail thinks it might be a good idea for the drivers to pay some attention to the hazard road signs.

A spokesman told BBC Radio Five Live, “Sat-navs are a great tool but they are not an alternative for keeping your wits about you and obeying the rules of the road.”

Good point.

February 22, 2008 Posted by | People | Comments Off on Silly Headline of the Day: “Sat-navs harm railway bridges”