According to a team of researchers from, appropriately enough, Copenhagen University, a single mutation which arose as recently as 6-10,000 years ago was responsible for all the blue eyed people alive on Earth today. Link
The nice people at Hotel Chocolat have been kind enough to send me a box of 'Secret & Desire' chocolate to sample. Here's what I thought of them (well think of them - the box is huge and it'll take me a while to get through all the chocolate).
The Secrets & Desires box of chocolates is impressively packaged with the 'different levels' of chocolate individually wrapped in paper and the champagne truffles (alcoholic chocolates are always good) and satin blindfold (didn't get to use) individually boxed. There is also an expensive looking glossy guide to the different chocolates.
The levels of chocolate are beginner (white and fruity), Curious (smooth & milky), Daring (spicy & spirited) and Hardcore (dark & dangerous). Each level contained two different slabs of chocolate.
White chocolate is my favourite so choosing where to start was easy and kept things in order. The chocolate contains swirls of strawberry which actually tastes fruity. The way the chocolate is made means that you can either have pure white chocolate, pure strawberry chocolate or a mix.
Next up was the milk chocolate made with 38% and 48% South American cocoa. According to the guide the chocolate is full of red fruit flavours and a refined smoky finish. My chocolate tasting skills haven't been perfected yet so I couldn't pick up either of these tastes but the chocolate still tasted great.
I was a little bit cautious of tasting the next level of chocolate. The first was a single origin chocolate that had a tasted of red berry fruits and the second was a chilli recipe. I had seen Lindt chilli chocolate before and had avoided it but decided to try this one. I was pleasantly surprised by its taste. The chilli taste was very subtle and helped it give it a more robust and long lasting taste. You don't taste it at first but after several seconds you begin to taste the chilli and it lingers long after swallowing the chocolate. If you haven't already tried chilli chocolate I recommend giving it a shot.
The final level, hardcore, contains dark chocolate made from 75% Tanzanian cocoa and 85% Ghanaian cocoa. I'm not a huge fan of very dark chocolate and I think these are about my limit. I have tried 99% dark chocolate from Lindt which tasted disgusting but these weren't that bitter. If you love dark chocolates you'll like these.
The new Dramatic Chipmunk?
This 6.5m homemade limo is for sale on eBay Germany and can carry around a dozen people. Here's a video of it in action. [via]
The 2008 Web Trend Map contains almost 300 of the most influential and successful websites in the form of the greater Tokyo-area train map. The map is currently available as a PDF but will be sold as a giant A0 poster.
I came across this photo today in work whilst looking for some images for a website I'm developing (it's a regular business site honest!). It was taken in a car park in California and after a quick search it appears that the owner of the car does happen to have the unfortunate name of Lolita Hunter (aka Lolita Monroe-Hunter).
"[These images] were taken during the battle for the Liberian capital, Monrovia, where local custom dictates that the use of a weapons sights is strictly prohibited. Also prohibited are aiming, assuming a supported firing position - in fact anything that might resemble anything that might constitute marksmanship. Hip hop / rappa / gangsta poses are mandatory."
This powerful 4100 lumen torch is being considered by the Guinness Book of Records mainly because it's so powerful it can ignite paper, light cigarettes, melt plastic, and even fry an egg. It's not much use though, you can only get 15 minutes of use out of it. [via]
Did the driver survive? Click to find out. [via]
You just know that this is going to taste like crap. [via]
As with everything in Dubai, even the underground is extravagant. More photos here.
A man who calls himself a tantric master broke his own world record by standing engulfed in ice for 72 minutes.
Wim Hof, 48, stood on a Manhattan street in a clear container filled with ice for an hour and 12 minutes Saturday. Hof said he survives by controlling his body temperature through tantric meditation. Link
Hardly surprising that there are only blokes stealing the beer. [via]
An on-duty policeman provoked fury when he spent 20 minutes in a travel agents chatting to staff while his car was parked on a footpath.
A mum with a tot in a pushchair was forced to swerve around his car as he was inside discussing train journeys.
His bosses insisted he did not book a holiday but admitted he became "distracted" and will face disciplinary action.
Before his attention wandered, he was supposed to be investigating reports of a broken window at the Thomas Cook branch in Gateshead, Tyneside.
Once inside the store he seems to have decided to join customers in taking a seat in front of the travel agent's computer.
With his police car in the middle of the pavement he spent 20 minutes in the shop chatting to staff, last Friday morning. Link
I know it's childish but I could help but laugh.
Happened during yesterday's FA Cup match between Man City and Sheff Utd. Man City conceded the goal and subsequently lost the match. Here's a photo of goalkeeper Joe Hart taking out his anger on the balloons.
A traffic warden in Manchester was stunned when she was greeted with raptuous applause when she stuck a parking ticket on a £1million Bugatti Veyron.
Crowds of shoppers clapped and whooped as the female warden placed a £60 fine world's most expensive and fastest street legal car, which had been parked illegally in Manchester city centre over the weekend.
The rich owner, wearing jeans, trainers and a Gio Goi hooded top, returned to his car to find an audience watching and sheepishly took the ticket off his window and drove off.
Click for more pictures including one of the owner.
For nine years, Jerome Bartens had to cope with the handicap of being half deaf.
Ever since he was a toddler, the 11-year-old had been unable to hear anything on his right side and doctors said they were unable to help.
Then suddenly the reason for his problems became clear - when the end of a cotton bud popped out of his ear.
His family believe that he must have poked the bud in the ear at the age of two and the tip must have broken off the plastic stem. Link
It's probably photoshopped or a time-lapse photo but it's still freaky, especially the cat in the car. [via]
It's surprising how well some of these line up.
Take a tour around the offices of web 2.0 companies such as Twitter, Facebook, Reddit and Digg.
Judging by the blood on this guy's t-shirt in the photo here, I would say he's just a little bit crazy.
YouTube has broadened it mobile services to include most of its video library and upload capabilities to a majority of mobile devices with streaming ability and 3G access. Up until now, the YouTube mobile website (http://m.youtube.com) had featured only a limited number of videos and didn't have any of the extra features of YouTube such as uploading and rating (apart from the iPhone and Helio mobile versions).
YouTube has also released a Java client (currently only available on a limited number of phones) which offers a richer viewing experience and allows you to access your own videos, subscriptions and favourites as well as uploading videos directly from your phone.
Up until now I have been using emTube which has allowed full access to YouTube but hasn't offered anything beyond viewing the videos. The application is slick and makes great use of the accelerometer in the Nokia N95/N82. The official YouTube is also slick (perhaps slicker than emTube) and does appear to load quicker than emTube but the quality doesn't appear as good. I think the official client has the edge based on the fact that you can access your own account and upload videos directly from your phone rather than emailing them.
It's not the fastest way of solving a Rubik cube but it's still impressive. [Thanks Russ]
Which? has compiled a report highlighting the nutritional value of coffees and snacks at Starbucks, Caffe Nero and Costa Coffee.
I rarely drink coffee but on the rare occasion that I visit Starbuck I either have an espresso or a large white chocolate mocha. Not anymore. Well, I'll have the espresso but not the large white chocolate mocha. If you have one with whole milk and whip it weighs in at 628 calories - more than a quarter of your daily recommended calorie intake.
This bizarre looking goat appears to be genuine and there are two more photos here. Anyone know what kind of goat it is? [via]
AnyTV is a standalone Windows application that provides quick access to the hundreds of TV and radio streams around the world. The application is easy to use and is much better than visiting one of the hundreds of websites that are littered with adverts and popups.