A team of Lego enthusiasts have recreated some of the Beijing olympic buildings including the Bird’s Nest stadium, Water Cube swimming center and the Olympic Village. Lots more photos here.
A man has spent 6 months completing the world's biggest piece jigsaw. The jigsaw consisted of 4 puzzles each containing 6,000 pieces which when put together create one giant 24,000 piece puzzle. You can view images of the puzzle here.
/Film has posted more information about the Tron 2 teaser trailer that I posted yesterday. It appears it wasn't actually a trailer rather it was the product of 6 months of hard work by director Joseph Kosinski who made the 3-minute teaser to convince Disney that a remake was commercially viable.
A secondary school in Thailand's impoverished north-east has three sets of toilets. One for the boys, one for the girls and one for the boys who want to be girls.
The headteacher, Sitisak Sumontha, estimates that in any year between 10% and 20% of his boys consider themselves to be transgender.
The introduction of the new toilets was welcomed by the transgender boys, who must wear boys' uniforms, but can use feminine accessories. [Link w/ video]
The owner of a flooded restaurant in China scrapped plans to close it down - after business picked up.
The heaviest rains in 50 years flooded the restaurant and after word spread quickly, they were struggling to keep up with the orders.
"It's very cool. Not only in temperature, but also for a fun new way of having a meal," said one diner. Link
Zimbabwe will knock 10 zeros off the country's hyper-inflated currency next month, making 10 billion dollars one dollar.
Computers, electronic calculators and automated teller machines at banks have not been able to handle basic transactions in billions and trillions of dollars.
A $500 billion dollar bill was due to be released in circulation on Friday but I'm not sure if this announcement will change that. [via]
Fan created poster
I can still remember getting tickets from FHM to watch an early screening of the movie and being gutted when Drew Barrymore was killed in the opening scene. I watched the movie a year before getting access to the Internet so hadn't read anything about the movie.
An energy drink has gone on sale in Japan that contains eel extracts.
Called "Unagi Nobori," or "Surging Eel," and made by Japan Tobacco Inc, the drink has been released just in time for the eel-eating season.
Many Japanese believe eating eel boosts stamina in hot weather.
The fizzy, yellow-colored drink contains extracts from the head and bones of eel and five vitamins -- A, B1, B2, D and E -- contained in the fish. Link
I learnt about a site today whilst completing a survey on YouGov that is going to allow members of the public to take part in the production of a real movie.
CoProducer.org will allow people to choose the title of the movie, audition for roles, evaluate the script, choose the best trailer, edit the movie, help market it. Basically, people will have a say in every aspect of the movie.
The movie has already been funded so they aren't looking for people to contribute any more money. To reward people who contribute, if you complete between 6 and 12 surveys you will be entitled to receive an equal share of 55% of all profits.
If you want to take part, you need to visit the CoProuducer website and enter your email address before the end of July.
An advert for Snickers featuring Mr T that was taken off the air after receiving just 2 complaints.
The real reason that the advert was taken off the air was because a U.S.lobby group called the Human Rights Campaign the campaign even though it hadn't aired in the States.
The group criticised Mars – which makes Snickers – for condoning ‘the notion that the gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender community is a group of second class citizens and that violence against GLBT people is not only acceptable but humorous’.
This is despite the advert, as well as another featuring Mr T being received positively in the UK. [via]
The world's first ever sand hotel has been made in Dorset and is accepting its first guests for £10 a night.
It took 1,000 tonnes of sand and a team of four sculptors working 14 hours a day for seven days to build the structure on Weymouth beach.
Guests can book to stay in the hotel, which includes beds made out of sand, until the rain washes it away.
Those who checked in today probably should have checked the weather as the hotel has probably washed away.
More photos here.
CNN has an interview with Shigeo Tokunda, a 73-year-old 'porn star' from Japan. Since retiring as a 9 to 5 travel agent, Tokunda (his porn star name) has starred in over 200 adult videos.
Surprisingly his videos are selling well, even to the surprise of the company producing the videos:-
Former 'Googleers' have released a search engine that they think will beat that of their former employers. Cuil (pronounced 'cool') is supposed to index, faster and more cheaply, a far larger portion of the Web than Google - Cuil currently indexes over 120 billion pages, three times more than Google.
I gave it a quick whirl and the first search threw an error but the second one worked. The results by default come back in three columns but you can change to two columns. The layout is awful and confusing. They have included too much information with each result and the multi-column layout is difficult to read.
The results also include images which tend to be unrelated to the website. Like many other startup search engines, Cuil are going got have a hard time trying to convince Googlers to switch to another search engine. [via]
Lately spam emails have been changing. As well as trying to sell you penis enhancement pill/rings (they don't work!), they've been trying to spread viruses by disguising links as news articles. Some are slightly believable but others wouldn't look out of place in the Weekly World News. Here's a selection that I've received over the last few days.
If only the news was this interesting.
Last week I posted about Zimbabwe introducing a $100 billion note. Just a week later the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe are preparing to issue a $500 billion note which is equal to less than 4 U.S. dollars.
But due to cash shortages, Zimbabweans are finding it difficult to get hold of currency to purchase essential goods. At present people are limited to withdrawing $100 billion a day which isn't enough to buy a loaf of bread.
This painting of a Chevy Camaro was created by a British artist who soaked the wheels of remote controlled cars in paint and then drove them around a canvas. He also uses full-size tires to fill in large blocks of colour. He's currently demonstrating his skills at the British International Motor Show. [via]
Now this is what I call a buffet. Check out the 'ceiling booze'.
Update: The restaurant is called the Blue Moon and is located in Lima, Peru. Panoramas.dk has a better 360 taken from a different angle. The restaurant claims to have the second largest bottle collection in the world with 17,500 on display with 5,000 stored away from public view.
I've been meaning to post an update about the Peloop Penis Enlargement ring I've been testing. I've binned it. I wore it for around 2 weeks and besides falling off occasionally when using the toilet, it didn't do a thing. Of course, I wasn't expecting it to. If anyone wants to give it a go, I'll go and retrieve it from the bin ;o)
I-Pilot is a unique game in which you pilot a droplet of water around a kitchen. The water interacts with all objects and just like in real-life, hitting a cloth will mean that your droplet will be absorbed and hitting more water will mean that your droplet increases in size.