Old Spice has launched a new marketing campaign for its ‘Jungle Wilderness’ scent, featuring a vague parody of manly mascot Isaiah Mustafa. I mean, it’s funny and good but mostly I feel a big ol’ Isaiah Mustafa-shaped vacuum when watching this. Click through, though. Moustaches.
Comprising 244 steps, the Rube Goldberg Machine made by a team from Perdue University in the US has smashed the record for the most complex Rube Goldberg Machine ever made. A Rube Goldberg machine is a contraption that is required to complete a very simple task in the most complicated manner possible. In this case the goal was to water a plant.
In what is not your typical Chinese dog story, hundreds of dogs were spared from being served as the main course in restaurants in China last Friday. Activists managed to stage a 15-hour standoff in order to save them from the dinner table.
British filmmaker and photojournalist, Tim Hetherington, who co-directed the Oscar-nominated documentary on the Afghanistan War, Restrepo, was killed yesterday in Misrata, Libya, following the firing of an RPG at a group of journalists. He was 41 years old. Three other journalists were injured in the attack.
Never one to shy away from saying things that might just come back to bite him, our national rugby coach and orator, Peter de Villiers, has pretty much called Sonny Bill Williams overrated. He’s also said that we’ll have him worked out come the World Cup.
When his two-year-old sister was found floating in their grandmother’s pool on Sunday, Mesa, Arizona boy Tristin Sagh knew exactly what to do, and performed CPR on her, saving her life.
Finally, the average layperson will be able to write and solve invisible ink messages. And not with those funny highlighters that did the rounds in the 90’s either. The CIA has no doubt allowed us all to become privy to this information because they have no need for invisible ink anymore. Data encryption has progressed somewhat.
Jiroemon Kimura is the oldest man on earth, and he celebrated his 114th birthday yesterday. Jiroemon has seven children, of whom five are still alive, 14 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren. Respect!
Today is the 20th of April and I have no idea what that means, but here Riki “Garfunkel” Lindhome and Kate “Oates” Micucci sing about the difficulties involved in trying to of obtain medical marijuana in California, directed by Raul B Fernandez. It’s cute, and enjoyable for regular and chemically-enhanced viewing.
Today is a pretty significant day for those in the marijuana smoking community, as 20 April is totally considered International 420 Day. At 16h20 this afternoon blunts, bongs and blunts (did we say that? Ah well) will be lit all around the globe in celebration of a small-to-medium sized plant.
The Syrian government yesterday passed a bill lifting the country’s decades-old emergency law, some hours after protesters were fired upon by security forces. This follows weeks of pro-reform demonstrations and protests. Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad has at this point not yet signed the bill into legislation.
A number of bloggers have been making reference to a ‘Jasmine Revolution,’ wherein Chinese citizens show discontent for local corruption by walking around crowded public areas on Sunday afternoons. This never happened, but Sunday walks did. Authorities are convinced that the protest is still happening.
One cannot but be amazed and horrified at the actions of Kipp Rusty Walker of Bend, Oregon, who stabbed himself to death on stage, in front of a live audience. Kipp had just finished playing a song called “Sorry For All the Mess”, at an open mike night at Strictly Organic Coffee Co. when he repeatedly stabbed himself in the chest with a six-inch knife.
Five years after their last big push against online gambling, which resulted in PartyGamings jump to German servers, the US Department of Justice is again making inroads – last Friday taking over the URLs for PokerStars, Full Tilt, & Absolute Poker, and seeking US $3 billion in civil penalties.
Our infallible chief of police, General Bheki Cele, has humbly decided to withdraw his statement calling murder suspect, Shrien Dewani, “a monkey”. It has been a mere four months, but Cele decided that in the interest of all concerned, he ought to withdraw his monkey comment, Public Protector Thuli Madonsela said on Monday. And so he did.
On Monday NASA announced it was distributing $269 million to four companies for them to develop spacecraft to take astronauts into orbit. The investment is an Obama administration gamble that will enable commercial companies to get people to and from orbit in quicker time and with less cost.
A prominent US politician, Marilyn Davenport, is in trouble for sending out an email with a photo of chimpanzee parents and their infant. Barack Obama’s face is superimposed on the chimpanzee infant, and the caption reads: “Now you know why no birth certificate.” Her response to the whole matter, however, is even spicier.
The opening of Burberry’s flagship Beijing store was marked by a holographic runway show. Holographic models walked through the virtual images of one another, flickering up and down the catwalk, and disappearing in pyrotechnic bursts. Also, Edie Campbell turned into Jourdan Dunn mid-stride – no spice.
There’s only one kind of person crazier than the lunatic, Charlie Sheen, and that’s the 9/11 conspiracy theorist. So it shouldn’t really come as a surprise that members of “The 9/11 Truth Movement” are saying that the usually vocal Sheen isn’t spouting off nearly as much about the topic as he ought to.
Richard Metzger, television host and author, recently received an email from Facebook letting him know that a photo of his had been taken down for violating “Facebook’s Statement of Rights and Responsibilities,” which prohibits “nudity, or any kind of graphic or sexually suggestive content.” The photo in question was of two men kissing.
We are mere days away from the most important event in human history: the wedding of HRH Prince William to the commoner, Kate Middleton. To celebrate (cash-in on) this wonderful occasion, the Lifetime Network in the US has created “William and Kate”, a sort-of true story of the couple’s romance.
A life-sized, functional, AT-AT Walker. From The Empire Strikes Back. You know – those big walking four-legged suckers. If you’re still reading this I assume you know what I’m talking about, so click through to read about a giant nerd’s awesome plan to crowdsource building this thing.
Following President Vaclav Klaus’ pen theft during a trade ceremony with Chile, a 5 000-strong Facebook campaign has been launched in the Czech Republic to mail pens and stationery to his offices, because, “Mr. president obviously has nothing to write with.” As yet, there is no word on whether these pens are encrusted with semi-precious Chilean stones.
Microsoft has decided to have a real dig at the Google group by launching its own 3D mapping system. The unique selling point thus far – they will be taking numerous precautionary measures to ensure that they don’t fall into the data privacy trap like Google did.
A resident of Temple City, California, is accused of running a fake military recruitment centre, where Chinese would-be-immigrants were made to pay to join a “special forces reserve” unit that would supposedly improve their chances of becoming US citizens. The “unit” is well known in Los Angeles, and was assumed to be genuine.
Classy. Mike Lazaridis, CEO of the Canadian firm behind Blackberry, was interviewed by the BBC yesterday; when asked about the problems they’d had with Indian and Middle East governments, who’d demanded greater access to the security system used by Blackberry, Lazaridis said the question was unfair and walked out on the interview.
The use of the FourSquare application has been popular to say the least. You know, you sign yourself in at a particular place in a brave attempt to make others jealous of where you currently are, it shows up in your various newsfeeds and boom, you are instantly cool. Now there’s FearSquare.
Vaclav Klaus is the president of the Czech Republic. He also seems to be a human magpie. See how he spots a shiny pen on his desk, and then sneakily pockets it. The brazen stylus heist, however, took place in full view of the media (with video cameras) during a ceremony to announce a trade agreement between his country and Chile.
Which puts us behind Iran. The Global Peace Index, put together by the Institute for Economics & Peace, is apparently made up of a couple of factors – including levels of democracy and transparency, education and national wellbeing. Top three are New Zealand, Iceland and Japan, with Iraq coming in last (149th place).
Patting people down for a living must take a special kind of person. To see just how special, check out this video of a 6-year-old girl being searched EVERYWHERE for possible drugs. It is conducted by a Transportation Security Administration (TSA) employee – the people responsible for the safety on board public modes of transport in the US. They clearly take their job very seriously.