Here's one more whilst on the way to the airport. It was <a href="http://www.slashfood.com/2006/08/14/thai-eatery-grills-up-worlds-biggest-burger/">posted</a> on Slashfood a couple of weeks ago but I only read it in the Daily Mirror this morning. The 78.5lb monster burger, which takes 12 hours to cook, was created to honour the King of Thailand's 60 years on the throne. According to the Daily Mirror, the burger costs £210 and I don't think anyone, not even 'Burger Girl' will be able to eat it.
* This was posted from the new mobile TypePad application which is only really designed for posting photos and not composing long posts. I'm hoping that the link works correctly.
As mentioned last week, I'll be taking a break until next Monday as I'm off to Prague for a stag/football weekend. It should be a great time and I'm looking forward to the break. It's the first time I've been abroad in a few years and only the second time I've been to continental Europe (the first time was to Bulgaria in 1990).
My Nokia N80 is in repair so I'll be using my older 6680 to take photos for my Flickr stream. As I haven't got Wi-Fi on the 6680 I won't be able to send any pics to Flickr until I get back.
BTW, you may notice the pic of TigerTiger on my Flickr stream. It was the venue of Ozum's very first networking event. We've realised that we got to get networking in order to get new business. As we're both useless at networking it was quite daunting but the free wine helped us get talking to some people and I'm sure after a few more of these events we'll be good at it.
I have to be up at 4am tomorrow morning so I'd better head to bed. Look after the place when I'm gone!
Pictured above is Will Sharp wearing 121 t-shirts. He wore them as part of a world record attempt for wearing the most t-shirts at the same time. The old record of 107 was set in the UK last year. Sans t-shirts, Will Sharp weighed 210lbs. With t-shirts he weighed 285lbs. Judging by the pictures of him sweating he probably lost a few pounds whilst wearing them. [via]
A 14-year-old Nepali boy who is only 50 centimetres (20 inches) tall has been put forward for a Guinness world record as the world's smallest person, his family and supporters said.
Fourteen-year-old Khagendra Thapa Magar weighs only 4.5 kilograms and will be taken on tour round Nepal to raise money for his upkeep.
The current record is held by a Jordanian boy who is 25.5 inches tall. [via]
'A Cider A Day Keeps The Doctor Away'
A glass of cider might be more effective than an apple a day at keeping the doctor away, scientists believe. Researchers believe chemicals in cider apples can protect against stroke, heart disease and cancer.
Alexis Is New Bog Snorkelling World Champion
Cardiff is celebrating its latest world champion today. Bog snorkelling sensation Alexis Howell fended off competition from around the globe to be crowned the ladies world champion in the 21st annual World Bog Snorkelling Championships, held in the Mid Wales town of Llanwrtyd Wells.
Junk-Mail Tip Postman Faces Sack
A Welsh postman who advised people how to stop junk mail being delivered to their home could lose his job after bosses suspended him for misconduct. Roger Annies composed and circulated a leaflet about the Royal Mail's opt-out clause for unsolicited mail during his rounds in Barry, south Wales.
Thanks to the wonders of the Internet, and YouTube in particular, here's a step-by-step guide to getting the perfect wetshave. Personally I have used an electric shaver for many years due to my lack of wetshaving skills but you never get the same results as you do with a wetshave. A guide like this is just what I need. [via]
Flickr has released a new feature that allows you to geotag your photos. You can either add the long and lat of the photo or you can drag-n-drop the photo onto a map. This is an exciting new way of searching for photos if people are accurate with their locating but I wish they'd use Google Maps instead of Yahoo! Maps as in my part of the world the maps aren't that detailed. Obviously with Flickr being a Yahoo! owned company they would never be able to use Google Maps.
You can go here to start searching the thousands of photos that have already been geotagged.
Microsoft has released an Incan version of Windows. The new Quechua version of the software was released last Friday and doesn't rely on direct translations for replacing the text in the software rather it mixes traditional words with the newer techinical words.
File has become 'kipu' (KEE-poo), which borrows the name of an ancient Inca practice of recording information in an intricate system of knotted strings, Internet has become 'Llika' (LEE-ka), the Quechua word for spider web and Start has beomce Qallariy (KAH-lyah-ree).
Maria Esther de Capovilla, the oldest person on Earth, according to Guinness World Records, has died at 116 years of age, her granddaughter said.
Born on Sept. 14, 1889 -- the same year as Charlie Chaplin and Adolf Hitler -- Capovilla was married in 1917 and widowed in 1949.
Accordign to the Guiness Book of World Records, Elizabeth Bolden, who until recently was the second oldest person, is expected to take the title.
Here's a short video that I took whilst at 'Goosestock 2006' at the Goose & Cuckoo pub in Upper Llanover. The video shows the gorgeous Welsh countryside that's just a short drive away from me. The pub is perched on the side of a mountain that is miles away from civilisation and is so peaceful. A pub has been in this location since the 1700s and used to serve miners coming over the mountain on their way home.
Apparently, in Qingdao, the Chinese city where Tsing Tao is brewed, beer in a bag is a common sight. You can buy beer on the streets of the city from people who sell it directly from kegs. Using a small spring scale, they weigh out the amount of beer you ask for. Then you get a small straw to punch through the side of the bag to drink out of. Here's a picture (scroll down) of a group of students who have just bought some beer in a bag. [via]
A road sign that told drivers that a lane closure was designed to ease congestion has infuriated the drivers that were stuck in the traffic jam that the sign created. One driver, who was stuck in the jam, said: “It stands to reason you can get more cars through on two lanes than one.”
The same happened here in Newport. Newport Bridge was reduced from four lanes to two plus a bus lane. As you'd expect the loss of a lane in each direction caused huge traffic jams and within around a year an extra lane had to be added.
I'm off to watch the World Cup of Pool which is currently being held in Newport. The event is sponsored by PartyPoker has 32 teams from around the world competing for a prize of $60,000. The event is free and I managed to get tickets for the second round (tonight) and the final on Sunday. I'm not sure exactly who is playing tonight but hopefully we will see a showdown between England and Wales. Hopefully I'll be able to post some pictures to Flickr so keep an eye out.
This monster 9-inch long, 2lb Swiss Army 'knife' contains 85 different instruments including seven different knives, a golf shoe spike wrench, a bike chain rivet setter, and a laser pointer with a 300ft range. It's hardly portable though. [via]
Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you...
According to comments on Digg it will take around 24 hours to watch them say thank you a million times.
The first release candidate of Internet Explorer is now available for download. Apparently, Microsoft is confident that developers and designers who optimize their web sites and applications with this build will be compatible with the final version when it is released later this year. I sure hope so because it has been a pain having to develop for IE7 not knowing whether there will be any further changes. [via]
I've just finished watching Dragon's Den* and the successful businessman this week was a guy who has created an MP3 store that allows you to create and download your own mixes.
The site is called MixAlbum.com and uses patented software to mix any two tracks together. The software will not only match the timing and beats, it will also ensure that the tracks finish at the right moment to prevent any clashes.
The aim of the site is to allow aspiring DJ's to mix their favourite tracks together into their own personal mix and to download it. It looks like you can add as many tracks as you like to a mix and each track within that mix costs 89p. According to the site a mix will take approximately 10 minutes to prepare and is downloadable as a single MP3 file. It's not clear how long the file will be made available on the MixAlbum site.
At present only UK customers can purchase mixes from MixAlbum due to restrictions with their payment site. They have worldwide licenses for the music so should be able to sell worldwide soon.
I can see great potential with this site although I do have my reservations. Some tracks just won't mix. I tried mixing Martin Solveig - Everybody (Original Mix) with Narcotic Thrust - I Like It - Original Mix and they didn't go well. This means that it does take a little knowledge of the tracks you are trying to mix. The site does try to alleviate this problem by allowing you to pick any two tracks and let the system mix them before adding them to your mix.
The site is due to launch in about 30 minutes but if you can get in through the back door by clicking here.
If they get a much larger catalogue and a wider variety of styles of dance music then I could see this being a success. The Dragon's thought so too and invested £150,000 in the business.
* Dragon's Den is a BBC programme in which people with new business ideas try to get a group of successful business people to invest in their idea.
Update: The site has gone live but there are some issues with it. Some links are not working on certain pages and it looks like the demo mixer feature is not working. It also looks like at the moment you can't purchase any mixes.
The version of the site that I was able to access earlier appears to be the test site that looks very different to the live site but it still allows you to use the demo mixer. Go here to view the test site and play around with the mixer.
Forbes have compiled a list of America's most drunkest cities. Each city is given a score based on State Laws, Drinkers, Heavy Drinkers, Binge Drinkers and Alcoholism.
The top 10 wasted cities are...
2. Minneapolis-St. Paul (Yeah, Curtis!)
8. Pittsburgh (thanks to Toad, of course)
Man Jailed After Pub Row Over £1 Coin
A man has been jailed after permanently scarring a young father in a fight over a £1 coin.
Welsh Students Are Happier With Their Uni Course Than English Students Are
Research has shown that students in Wales are more satisfied with their courses than their counterparts in England.
Is There Such A Thing As A Welsh Moo?
A top linguistics expert believes that cows in different parts of Britain have different accents. However, Welsh farmers disagree.