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A really sweet ride…chocolate Formula 1 Ferrari

Chocolate Ferrari

A life-size chocolate model of a Ferrari Formula 1 car has been unveiled in Italy.

A life-size F1 car has been made out of chocolate for a Ferrari owners club party in Italy /Europics

Confectioners spent more than a year making the car out of 4,405 lbs of Belgian chocolate.

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February 23, 2008 Posted by | Cars | 2 Comments

Bot-Hawk?

Nature versus Robot

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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…

Reuters

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”

An offer you can’t refuse?

Burial plot

Officials in an Italian town are selling lottery tickets – for places in the local cemetery.

Marano, near Naples, has run out of room at the town’s cemetery and had to create a new “emergency” graveyard containing 48 plots. But they feared people would try to bribe officials to get plots and decided to stage a lottery instead.

The public lottery means families winning places will be guaranteed a grave plot.

February 21, 2008 Posted by | politicians, Strange | Comments Off on An offer you can’t refuse?

Remember this next time you slice one into the rough

Golfer, 12, sinks two holes-in-one

A 12-year-old golfer has been dubbed “Tiny Woods” after sinking two holes in one – in a week. Ben Robinson got his first hole in one at the Vale Golf Club in Pershore, Worcs, last Thursday and then repeated the feat on Sunday, reports the Daily Mail.

The youngster, who has been playing since he was two, is now hot on the heels of his dad Jeremy, a professional golfer who has notched up five holes in one.

February 21, 2008 Posted by | People, Strange | Comments Off on Remember this next time you slice one into the rough

Drip and drive, no waiting

IV while driving

A Chinese driver has been fined for driving with an intravenous drip in his arm. Police in Laishan city stopped a slowly moving car and were surprised to find the driver with an IV bottle hanging from his rear-view mirror and connected to his left arm.

“Only his right hand was free to control the wheel and change gears,” a police spokesman said.

The driver, Mr Sun, told police he had got sick of waiting for treatment at a clinic and decided to drive home.

February 21, 2008 Posted by | Dumb drivers | Comments Off on Drip and drive, no waiting

Drunk driver saves officers a trip

Drunk driver

Police in the western Canadian town of Wetaskiwin didn’t have to do much work when they arrested a drunk driver at the weekend — he had parked his car next to their offices and wandered inside.

Police discovered the man as they drove by early on Saturday morning to respond to an unrelated call. Although the police office was locked, the lobby was open.

February 21, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Crook, People | Comments Off on Drunk driver saves officers a trip

Didn’t anyone have a shoe to smack it?

TV cockroach

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Apparently the biggest news on Turkmenistan’s national TV station recently was the cockroach that ran across the news desk during an evening news broadcast. So many people complained about the roach that “put them off their dinners” that an investigation has been ordered by the Culture Minister. So far thirty people have been fired. Talk about overkill…

February 21, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Bureaucrats | Comments Off on Didn’t anyone have a shoe to smack it?

It Ain’t Your Grandfather’s Gold Fish…

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A savage fish that eats everything it comes across, including people, has been hooked by a British fisherman — sparking fears of a deadly invasion.

The giant snakehead, originating from South-East Asia, has a mouth crammed with teeth. It’s deadly in the water, but it can also “crawl” on land and survive out of water for up to four days.

The discovery of the fish in Linconshire, northern England, has caused widespread panic amongst conservationists and anglers.

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February 20, 2008 Posted by | animals, Monsters | 2 Comments

Swarms Of Starlings

KNTV | San Francisco

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Birdwatchers are being treated to swarms of as many as 500,000 starlings at a time in the skies over Scotland. Hundreds of thousands of the birds have flown to the British Isles to escape the harsh winter weather in Russia and Scandinavia.

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You wouldn’t need to fertilize your lawn after that flock flew over. Your roof might need washing though.

February 20, 2008 Posted by | animals | Comments Off on Swarms Of Starlings

I’m not letting my wife see this…she only has around 1500 LP’s

‘World’s Largest Record Collection’

A physical music collection purported to be the largest in the world is on sale on eBay, with a minimum reserve bid of $3 million. The collection includes more than six million songs on three million records and 300,000 compact discs. If you were to buy it by on iTunes by the song, not that you’d be able to find all of it, the same collection would run you $5,940,000 (in that sense, $3 million is a bargain).

February 19, 2008 Posted by | collections | Comments Off on I’m not letting my wife see this…she only has around 1500 LP’s

Art is in the eye of the beholder

‘Pigcasso’

A pot-bellied pig that paints pictures has become a hit for his canvases of abstract expressionism.

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…Ten-year-old Smithfield, who holds the paintbrush in his mouth, has now become a celebrity across America. He trots out at charity events and has appeared on Oprah Winfreys TV show.

Fran, from Virginia, said: “Smithfield is a very clever pig. He’s done hundreds of paintings.”

Scientists say pigs are colour blind but Fran reckons Smithfield can tell the difference. She added: “He likes blue best. He definitely picks up the blue brush more frequently than any other.”

February 19, 2008 Posted by | animals, pigs | Comments Off on Art is in the eye of the beholder

Einstein’s cat

“I was always astonished by the fact that a cat has the holes in its fur exactly where the eyes are. Kinda creepy, when you think about it as frequently as I do.”

Albert Einstein on cats

February 19, 2008 Posted by | animals | 1 Comment

Never too late to start a new career

Little old lady robber

Police in Manchester are hunting an eldery woman who tried to hold up a Post Office. The pensioner, aged 65 to 70, pulled out a knife, threatened the cashier and demanded money.

But she shuffled off empty handed from the Post Office in Northenden after staff activated the store’s alarm.

She is described as white, about 5ft 2in tall, with dark hair and a purple coat.

February 18, 2008 Posted by | Dumb Crook, People | Comments Off on Never too late to start a new career

How to sell blank CD’s

Silent CD

A song that is inaudible to humans has become a top-selling hit in New Zealand is set to be released worldwide. A Very Silent Night, said to be recorded at a frequency that can be heard only by dogs, was issued as a charity CD by the Royal New Zealand Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals.

To widespread surprise, it rocketed to the top of the charts, reports the Daily Telegraph. Now distributors in the US and Australia are vying for the rights to international sales, the society has announced.

Although dog owners sit through several minutes of silence while the disc spins on the CD player, the dogs they own are reported to wag their tails, prick up their ears, and even dance in delight.

The accompanying video, which has become a popular feature on YouTube, shows Dei Hamo, a New Zealand singer, and two female companions mouthing the words of the song.

The CD was the brainchild of DraftFCB Creative, an Auckland-based advertising agency, which claims the recording was electronically synthesised to achieve the frequencies audible only to dogs.

Some remain unconvinced, however. Since the video appeared on YouTube, several viewers cast doubt on whether there is actually any sound at all. One said: “This is a have. I checked it with an oscilloscope and there is nothing there, it’s just muted video.”

February 18, 2008 Posted by | animals, Dumb Stuff | Comments Off on How to sell blank CD’s

Today’s quote

Don’t worry about people stealing an idea. If it’s original, you will have to ram it down their throats.

Howard Aiken

February 17, 2008 Posted by | People | Comments Off on Today’s quote

Sign of the times…speed camera funnies

the Daily Mail camerasign2.jpgAs protests go, it spells out the sentiments of many motorists. But police have failed to see the funny side after a saboteur started altering ‘Speed Cameras’ signs to read ‘Greed Cameras’.At least ten are believed to have been changed using home-made stickers in Colchester, Essex, over the past two months. The suspect is believed to be someone who has recently been caught by a camera.

February 17, 2008 Posted by | Cars, Odd signs, Pictures | 2 Comments