If this six-inch blade truly is the notorious murder weapon of the famed “Jack The Ripper”, than you can expect to see it fetch a pretty penny on auction. The knife was found in a stack of possessions belonging to Sir John Williams, the surgeon thought to be the infamous killer. A surgeon, with a surgeon’s knife? Never!
Every now and then, we come across a concoction of sorts, one that is so outlandish, so preposterous and so crazy sounding that it may just be amazing. How does Marmite, leather, pickle and beer grab you?
I’m almost certain that when Jeff Hindman found the 50-kilo exact toy replica, floating in knee-deep water he probably thought someone had spiked his sun cream with liquid acid. Fortunately, it was just part of a creepy Dutch artist’s experiment, for what I’m not exactly sure.
If you’re still searching for a costume, in the hopes that you’ll win that bartab for best dressed this Halloween, you’d better hope this guy doesn’t rock up to the same party. Not only does it look like a DSLR, it’s fully functional as well. It actually snaps a photo, accompanied by a flash, and displays the image at the back.
When reversing genetics in an attempt to create a real, live, man-eating dinosaur, it pays to know what the consequences may be. In this case, being the paleontologist who advised Steven Spielberg on the making of four Jurassic Park movies and decades of children’s nightmares about killer lizards should just about cover it.
It’s good to know that somewhere, someone is still celebrating in true World Cup style. Unfortunately for Toni Nicholson, she took things a little too far. Her neighbours’ complaints include all night parties, hurtling of things off balconies and the fact that they haven’t slept in a year. Good thing they weren’t anywhere near Cape Town in 2010 then.
A group of four copycats told police they used techniques from his recent movie, “The Town”, after they were arrested for a string of 62 small time, New York robberies. In the film, a group of four friends rob a string of banks and always douse the scene with bleach, destroying any DNA evidence that may have been left behind.
Being rich is hard. Especially when it comes to road trips. It’s always an issue of “The Ferrari’s too small”, or “I wish my mansion had wheels”. Enter, the Elemment Palazzo. This bad boy not only brings an element of average American retiree to your life, it also has 40” TVs, a rainfall shower and a fireplace in it.
A 100-year-old British runner has become the oldest person to complete a marathon – earning him a spot in the latest Guinness World Book of Records. He finished the 42km Toronto Waterfront Marathon in Canada on Sunday. My favourite part of the story, however, is the fact that he didn’t even finish last!
The latest in a series of phenomenally creative, Hollywood movie style smuggling stories involves false-bottomed cars, parking meters and a total of 16 tunnels. Of course no one was caught in the act, but if you guessed that the tunnels were supposed to be filled with drugs and some very naughty Mexicans, you’d be correct.
This shitcrazy group of extreme jacuzziers have just made your Friday. The group, who are members of the organisation, jacuzzi.ch, suspended themselves 153 metres in the air from the Gueuroz Bridge in Switzerland, with naught but cables and ropes keeping them up. They then proceeded to set up a special platform where they chilled, ate cake and drank champagne in a mid-air jacuzzi. Definitely bucket list material.
In another case of “Why didn’t I think of that?”, a Belgian record label that goes by the name of SonicAngel, identifies future stars by tracking trends on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube. Not only that, they also allow fans to invest in the artists’ success, with a six monthly return on their initial investment. Brilliant.
One can understand the anger of Dan Castellaneta (Homer Simpson), Julia Kavner (Marge) and Nancy Cartwright (Bart) when Fox Television explained that they would be receiving a 45% pay cut. The broadcasting network claims they can’t afford production costs and, if the actors won’t budge, they’ll pull the plug. I think I speak for everyone when I say: Fox you, Fox.
With another Oktoberfest coming to a close in Munich on Monday, the hung-over locals deserve to start boasting about their accomplishments. 7,9 million litres of beer were consumed by festival goers, despite this year’s price per litre rising to 9 Euros (R96, 00). Beeeeer.
The Indian game show, Bigg Boss, is comprised of celebrity contestants, and uses roughly the same mechanic as Big Brother. You know, with the “Wizard of OZ pay-no-attention-the-man-behind-the-curtain” voice. Because that happens in reality. Jonty is reportedly pretty keen, because his stint in the fifth show in the series means he gets to see model, Poonam Pandey.
The Ahrlac (Advanced High Performance Reconnaissance Light Aircraft) will have a number of uses, including border patrol and surveillance. But, just in case, they’ve also equipped it with a 20mm canon. At a cool R79,59 million each, these badboys aren’t exactly recession friendly. But who cares? Who needs money when you have guns?
If you didn’t believe in gingers before my friends, here is proof. Proof that when not striking fear into the hearts of normal folk or hosting confidence boosting rallys, the gene is out jumping the species barrier on the Russian islands, in the Caspian Sea. Rescued by Photographer Anatoly Strakhov, this ‘rare’ seal pup was born with blue eyes and reddish brown fur.
A limited-edition 18-carat gold phone aimed at Moscow’s fashion-forward elite has just been designed by Danish retailer, Aesir. It’s price tag? $57,400. The phone, which took three years to develop, doesn’t boast email, games, a camera or even GPS, it only boasts solid goldness. Or does that not satisfy you? The company founder, Thomas Jensen, subtly calls it ‘not a play thing’.
As far as extreme sports go this is far from ‘just another jump’. Not only did it take these guys ten years to get a permit to pull this off, but they will be joined by Timeslive photographer, Marianne Schwankhart. Oh, and the mountain they’re about to jump off of, is 5895m high. If you’ve only done Lion’s Head, start hyperventilating now.
OK, so, this is a pretty horrific story, but it has a happy ending. After a 14-year battle, these Chimpanzees have been set free from captivity after being taken from their mothers shortly after their births. They’d been kept in a research facility in Austria, undergone medical testing, been injected with HIV and hepatitis. But, at least they’re happy now.
The Texas State Fair: a place where families can come together, play games, and eat some deep fried shit. Know this, Justin Martinez’s strange creation isn’t actually bubblegum, it’s a concoction of marshmallows and pink bubblegum extract topped with blue icing and Chiclets (bubblegum). It might sound lethal, but hey, he still won the prize for most creative food at the fair.
The Swedish are developing a new defence system that can make a tank not only disappear in front of its enemies, but look like something else. The system, known as ‘Adaptiv’ is being developed by Bae Systems and can actually blend in with its surroundings, when viewed in infrared. So, essentially, they could make an army vehicle look like a station wagon if they wanted to.
You can imagine the New Mexico police chief was shocked when a security video of the officer and the woman surfaced. The irony here is that the officer, known only as ‘Lopez’, was recently given the title of 2009’s police officer of the year. He was also awarded a ‘challenge’ coin for going over and above the call of duty. That’s what she said.
Behold the inspirational power of a double dip recession! Except this is actually awesome. This guy has built a luxury home in an American dumpster complete with granite counters, a toilet and hardwood floors. The ‘home’ will make its debut at the 2011 San Francisco Fringe Festival, which runs September 7-18.
And in good news: researchers at the University of Cambridge re-examined the results of seven existing studies and concluded that high levels of chocolate consumption might be associated with a reduction in the risk of developing heart disease. The research was presented at Europe’s biggest medical meeting in Paris yesterday.
Dan Aykroyd recently announced the release of the third installment in the Ghostbusters series. But, without a definite yes from Bill Murray, how could it ever be the same? As far as the storyline goes he has dropped a few hints, with one of them being the assembly of a new, younger team, under the supervision of the overweight, handicapped old one.
46-year-old Swiss stuntman Freddy Nock is a bigger bad-ass than you are. And he proved it by tight-rope walking. He scaled Germany’s highest mountain — the Zugspitze, which stands 2962 metres above sea level — by walking along its kilometer-long cable car cable. Without a balancing pole.
As holy as us South Africans are about our rugby, there is one reason why we should all be keeping an eye on American football. Ladies (who like ladies) and gentlemen, I give you the next reason to invite your buddies over to pretend to have a braai.
Google has begun to map parts of the Amazon and Rio Negro Rivers, as well as small areas of northwestern Brazil, in an attempt to capture panoramic images of the remote region and its communities for the world to see. Google enlisted the help of locals and will use camera-equipped tricycles as well as boats to capture the imagery.
This is, once again, one of those things that should, but probably won’t shock many of you. Paris, France’s Orly airport has been experimenting with 2-D avatar hosts. Travelers will apparently be able to communicate with them as they show them to their boarding gates, and the best part is they won’t strike or take breaks.