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Rub-A-Dub Dub, A race in a tub

About 200 people recently partipated in the 54th annual tube race floating in tubs and paddling with rice paddles. Video at the link.

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July 13, 2010 Posted by | Fun stuff, games | | Comments Off on Rub-A-Dub Dub, A race in a tub

Lego my wall. (Thanks, Geoff.)

German-born artist Jan Vormann, 27, has spent the past three years travelling the world repairing crumbling walls and monuments with Lego. And he wants you to do the same.

His “Dispatchwork” began in 2007 in the small village of Bocchignano, Italy, as part of the contemporary art festival 20 Eventi. Developing the work in situ, he became intrigued by the makeshift repairs that had been made to the crumbling walls. The approach favoured function over appearance, reminding Vormann of the haphazard Lego designs created by children.

via Lego: Patching up a wall near you.

July 13, 2010 Posted by | lego art | Comments Off on Lego my wall. (Thanks, Geoff.)

How do you smoke bird brains?

One of Africa’s largest birds of prey is being threatened by gamblers who believe smoking its brains gives them powers to predict World Cup results.

Mark Anderson, of BirdLife South Africa, said he feared that belief in ‘muti’ magic would accelerate the decline in rare Cape vultures, reports the Daily Telegraph.

via World Cup gamblers threaten vultures | Orange UK.

July 13, 2010 Posted by | animals, bird | | Comments Off on How do you smoke bird brains?

Nobody ever said art gallery owners are smart

Art gallery owners in Poland are facing jail over a giant poster of a naked Minnie Mouse sprawled on a huge Nazi swastika.

The billboard – advertising an art exhibition – has infuriated locals as it is plastered next to a synagogue in Poznan.

“For me it is quite shocking, and even more so for people who remember the Second World War, and especially for people who suffered during it,” said local councillor Norbert Napieraj.

via Row over Nazi naked Minnie Mouse | Orange UK.

July 13, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Stuff | , | Comments Off on Nobody ever said art gallery owners are smart

Swimming in Austria? Keep your mouth shut.

Swimmers are being asked to keep their mouths shut at public pools in Austria in a bid to save money.

An estimated 5,000 litres of water per day is thought to be swallowed by visitors to Vienna’s 18 baths, reports the Metro.

Officials say the cost of replacing it is high, especially because swimmers are flocking to pools in the current heatwave.

via ‘Stop drinking our water!’ | Orange UK.

July 13, 2010 Posted by | Dumb Bureaucrats, Strange | , | Comments Off on Swimming in Austria? Keep your mouth shut.

Crocodile, serious wound. Why, yes, alcohol was involved. (Thanks, Naomi.)

A drunken Australian man, just previously thrown out of a pub for being too drunk, climbed the fence in a crocodile enclosure and attempted to sit on a 16 foot, 1800 pound crocodile. The croc took offense and clamped down on the man’s leg “tearing chunks of flesh from him as he straddled the reptile.”

The man was treated at a hospital for serious wounds. Officials said he was lucky to survive and probably did only because it was a cool night and the croc was sluggish.

via BBC News – Australian drunk survives attempt to ride crocodile.

July 13, 2010 Posted by | animals, Dumb Stuff | 1 Comment