A man is on trial for second-degree conspiracy and criminal solicitation, both felonies, for trying to set up the murder of the man he thought helped police convict him.
Whilst in jail, Donald Bryant met a man who agreed to help him out with the murder. Unfortunately for Bryant, the man was not only working for the police but was also the original informant that Bryant was after! Oh the irony! Link
A British pilot has become the first blind aviator to make the 13,500-mile trip from London to Sydney in a microlight.
Miles Hilton-Barber, who uses a specially adapted craft, ended the last stage of his trip with sighted co-pilot Richard Meredith-Hardy.
He said: "I wasn't frightened but having said that, we were in some life-threatening situations.
"We flew through a tropical storm. It was like flying through a waterfall.
"We also flew through a snow storm. My flying suit was covered in lumps of ice." Link
This is the moment that a plane came close to disaster when two herons flew into one of the engines.
Fascinating images of weird deep sea creatures taken from a new book called The Deep: The Extraordinary Creatures of the Abyss.
This penny covered Mini was created as part of a promotion for the launch of The Beatle's Penny Lane single in 1967. It is covered in 14,000 pennies and is one of least two. It was put on auction at Bonham's today and had an estimate of £6,000-£8,000.
Faced with rising costs of apartments in Tokyo, poorer workers are turning to restaurants such as McDonald's for their accommodation.
Link [Thanks Kent]
A variant form of street theatre, Eat London has been created by international food artist Alicia Rios and architect Barbara Ortiz.
The project involves scaling down a map of the city centre from Hyde Park to Tower Bridge and Oxford Street to Elephant and Castle, complete with major buildings and landmarks.
Gingerbread was used for the roads, red peppers for the buses and Westminster Abbey was represented by chapatis stuffed with rice and okra.
A baker has been ordered to rename her novelty pig tarts - because they don't contain any pork.
She has also been told her popular Paradise Slice has to be reclassified as it does not come from paradise and because her robin tarts do not contain the red-breasted birds, they must also be renamed.
She must now rename them all “novelty cakes” in case customers are “confused”. Link
The Sea Organ in Zadar, Croatia, is the world’s first pipe organ that is played by the sea. Carved in the stone quayside, the movement of the sea pushes air through, and – depending on the size and velocity of the wave – musical chords are played. The waves create random harmonic sounds. Along with more pictures, this site has a sound file of the organ in action and it sounds surprisingly good.
Babies, held by amateur sumo wrestlers, cry loudly during a baby-crying contest at Sensoji temple in Tokyo April 28, 2007. Eighty-four babies born in 2006 took part in the event, which is held to pray for the babies' health and growth. The winner of the contest is the baby who cries the loudest. More pics here.
They're not going to catch many joyriders on that thing. [via]
Whilst look at the pictures associated with an article in SF Gate about living in a 96 sq/ft house I noticed that either the person who the house belongs to likes buying two copies of books or has been doing a little
Photoshopping image enhancement using Adobe® Photoshop® software. If you look at the picture above you will notice that in two different locations of the house there are exactly the same books on the shelves but in reverse order. Here are the originals.
Take a ride on a motorbike as it crashes into a car. [via]
Japanese scienticians have broken the Internet speed record by sending 9.08Gbps along the Internet 2 network.
The University of Tokyo used standard communications protocols to reach speeds of more than 7Gbps and then they tinkered with the protocols and broke the record again by sending data over the same 20,000-mile path at 9.08 Gbps. It is close to Internet 2's current theoretical speed limit of 10Gbps.
The age old question of who can pull a plane quicker, an elephant or a bunch of midgets has finally been answered.
I wouldn't walk along that path let along do wheelies along it! [via]
The Borneo rhino is one of the most rarest species on Earth with maybe as few as 25 left in the wild and until last year hadn't been caught on camera. A video camera installed by the WWF has now recorded one moving through the Borneo jungle. One of the biggest threats to the species is both disturbance to their habitat and poaching but another problem is that due to their lack of numbers, they may not come across other rhinos in order to mate. [via]
I bet they haven't seen their carpet in years! [via]
86 PCs in a row! [via]
According to People magazine, Drew Barrymore is the world’s most beautiful woman of 2007. Readers of AWV will probably know that I have a soft spot for Drew so I agree with People's choice. The readers of FHM don't share the same opinion. In their annual 100 Sexiest Women in the World list, readers have voted Jessica Alba as the the top totty for this year.
In an interview with People, Drew said...
It'll never fly but this BMW designed Boeing 787 is easily the ultimate aeroplane.
It was unveiled at the Hamburg Aircraft Interior Expo 2007 and Boeing had approached BMW to design a plane for an affluent Russian client in his mid-thirties.
BMW says it designed it's interior to "cater for an owner who spends a significant amount of time travelling across the globe and needs an aircraft that can function as a second home with luxuries providing “for the enjoyment of life”." [via]
Almost 85 percent of Chinese people share just 100 surnames. Wang, which literally means "king" is the most popular with 93 million people sharing the name.
The next popular names are Li and Zhang, with 92 and 88 million people sharing the name respectively. Another seven common names -- including Chen, Zhou and Lin -- have at last 20 million members each.
A company in West Wales wants to build a factory that will convert oil from fast food restaurants such as Burger King and McDonald's into bio-diesel and electricity.
A photo released by police shows a horse standing next to a sleeping man in the foyer of a bank in the east German village of Wiesenburg. The drunken man tried to rest with his horse in the bank's entrance, when passers-by called the police who could convince the man and horse to leave the bank. Link
A few days ago I posted a link to an article from 1900 that tried to predict what life in the year 2000 would be like. Here are some postcards from around the same period that depict what a German chocolate manufacturer thinks how the world will be in the year 2000. Sadly we can't move our houses on trains, control the weather or move around on 'slidewalks'. [via]
The BBC takes a look inside Industrial Light & Magic's mammoth Letterman Digital Arts Center, in San Francisco. Interesting facts from the article include...
# A capactiy of 11.38 terabits per second
# All servers are called Death Stars and have an imperial logo silk screened onto them
# Currently there are 250 terabytes of storage
# 10 terabytes of data is generated each day
# The data centre uses 2.4 megawatts of power
Have you Googled your other half? This woman's glad that she did.
Matt Groening and James L. Brooks talk to Entertainment Weekly about the upcoming Simpsons movie. [Thanks Dragun]
On 5/5/07, Flickr wants to capture what happens around the world in a day. To join in, simply submit your best images from the day to the 24 Hours Of Flickr group. The best images will then be published in a book and used at Flickr events over the summer.