Archive for the ‘ODD NEWS’ Category

The eco machine that can magic water out of thin air

In ODD NEWS, WATER on 25/11/2008 at 2:07 PM

Water, Water, everywhere; nor any drop to drink. The plight of the Ancient Mariner is about to be alleviated thanks to a firm of eco-inventors from Canada who claim to have found the solution to the world’s worsening water shortages by drawing the liquid of life from an unlimited and untapped source – the air. The company, Element Four, has developed a machine that it hopes will become the first mainstream household appliance to have been invented since the microwave. Their creation, the WaterMill, uses the electricity of about three light bulbs to condense moisture from the air and purify it into clean drinking water… The Guardian


Mystery piano in woods perplexes police

In AMERICA, ARTS, ODD NEWS on 25/11/2008 at 12:18 PM

Was it a theft? A prank? A roundabout effort to bring some holiday cheer to the police? Authorities in Harwich, Massachusetts, are probing the mysterious appearance of a piano, in good working condition, in the middle of the woods. Discovered by a woman who was walking a trail, the Baldwin Acrosonic piano, model number 987, is intact – and, apparently, in tune. Sgt. Adam Hutton of the Harwich Police Department said information has been broadcast to all the other police departments in the Cape Cod area in hopes of drumming up a clue, however minor it may be. But so far, the investigation is flat…
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Lords: Give green light to Segways


Picture courtesy of Radicali Milano
SCOOTERS known as Segways should be allowed on the roads, peers said yesterday. The electric two-wheeler got the backing after peers tried them out. ‘They can go on pavements, cycle routes and roads,’ Labour’s Lord Berkeley said. ‘Why are we out of tune with the rest of Europe?’ Segways are used by police and the public in parts of Europe along with the US. There have been concerns here about safety. But Lib Dem Lord Redesdale said: ‘I drove one straight at Earl Attlee and failed to do him any damage at all.’

Police in Congo have arrested 13 suspected sorcerers…

In AFRICA, ODD NEWS, SEX on 25/04/2008 at 2:33 PM

…accused of using black magic to steal or shrink men’s penises after a wave of panic and attempted lynchings triggered by the alleged witchcraft. Reports of so-called penis snatching are not uncommon in West Africa, where belief in traditional religions and witchcraft remains widespread, and where ritual killings to obtain blood or body parts still occur. Rumors of penis theft began circulating last week in Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of Congo’s sprawling capital of some 8 million inhabitants. They quickly dominated radio call-in shows, with listeners advised to beware of fellow passengers in communal taxis wearing gold rings. Purported victims, 14 of whom were also detained by police, claimed that sorcerers simply touched them to make their genitals shrink or disappear, in what some residents said was an attempt to extort cash with the promise of a cure… “I’m tempted to say it’s one huge joke,” [police chief Jean-Dieudonne] Oleko said. “But when you try to tell the victims that their penises are still there, they tell you that it’s become tiny or that they’ve become impotent. To that I tell them, ‘How do you know if you haven’t gone home and tried it’,” he said.