Two Chinese high wire walkers have set a record after crossing on a single wire more than 850ft above ground.
Adili, vice-chairman of the China Acrobatic Artists Association, and his apprentice, Ya Gebu, 19, completed the stunt without safety wires or nets.
The Traveller's Notebook has a fascinating guide to travelling by cargo ship. I didn't realise that it was possible to travel by cargo ship, at least comfortably. It's not cheap though. It can cost between $80-$140 a day.
And if you are feeling adventurous you can travel around the world. The trip takes between 110-120 days and takes you to Papeete in Tahiti, various sparsely populated and unspoiled islands in the South Pacific, New Zealand, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Singapore then via the Suez Canal, before returning to Europe. There isn't a price listed on the website but it's probably not cheap.
Just today I listened to all 3 parts of the BBC Radio series 'The Definitive History of UK Dance Music' which went back to the early 1960's, but it wasn't until the late 1980's that music like Delia's track appeared. [via]
With inflation spiralling out of control, Zimbabwe has introduced a $100 billion note (CNN has a photo of a $500 million note). $100 billion is the equivalent to one U.S. dollar and is enough to buy four oranges.
The official inflation rate is currently at official inflation rate now at 2.2 million percent although it is likely to be a lot higher.
According to Wikipedia, Hungary suffered the highest rate of hyperinflation ever recorded shortly after the Second World War. The value of the Pengő was doubling every 15 hours and in mid-1946 the 100,000,000,000,000,000,000* (100 quintillion) Pengő banknote was issued - the highest denomination banknote ever issued. a one sextillion Pengő was also printed but was never issued.
100,000,000,000,000,000,000 (100 quintillion) Pengő
By the end of July 1946 one U.S. dollar was worth 460 octillion Pengő (460 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000 000)! To stabilise the economy a new currency was introduced - the Forint. One Forint was worth 400 octillion Pengő.
Related: Other examples of hyperinflation.
* - This is a quintillion as defined by the US (also used by the UN). A British quintillion would be 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000
A list of 51 things you are note allowed to see on Google Maps.
I'm a bit of a Nokia fanboy and have been purchasing a few accessories for my phones over the past few weeks. For anyone that's interested I'll be posting some reviews of them. First up is the DC-8 Extra Power charger.
The Nokia DC-8 charger is a lipstick-sized charger that you can use to boost or recharge your Nokia phone on the go. The DC-8 uses AA batteries as the source of power which means that you if you run out of power you can buy a pack of regular batteries to recharge your phone.
The Food Pornographer lives in Perth, Western Australia and simply loves taking photos of food, including this mouth-watering burger.
She takes her camera everywhere with her. Her workmates have grown accustomed to their lunches being photographed.
She makes no claims of being a professional photographer, but she really enjoys taking pictures. [via]
Popular Mechanics has obtained some exclusive photos of the B-2 Stealth Bomber that crashed in Guam back in February. It's amazing to think that there's over a billion dollars worth of plane sat smouldering on a runway.
The main reasons for buying an Asus Eee PC 1000H was to have a portable laptop/netbook that I could take on holiday or carry around in my camera bag. The spec didn't need to be that fantastic so I the 1GB of RAM, 80GB HD and 1.6GHz Atom processor were more than enough. All I would want to do is browse the web and blog, transfer photos from my camera to the HD and maybe watch some movies.
After using the netbook for a just under a week, here are my thoughts.
Scientists have discovered a chameleon species that spends a good two-thirds of its life inside an egg: Furcifer labordi lives about 8-9 months as an embryo, and has a post-hatching lifespan of just 4-5 months. As far as the scientists know, this strange life history is unique among all land vertebrates, and may help researchers better understand how certain ecological and hormonal factors influence life history evolution. Link
Image via The Times
Two villagers in the Söse valley of Germany have discovered their great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great-great grandparents — give or take a generation or two.
Using DNA testing of well-preserved Bronze Age bones, Manfred Hucht-hausen, 58, a teacher, and 48-year-old surveyor Uwe Lang can claim to have the longest proven family tree in the world. Mr Lange can already trace his family name to 1550 and can now go back 120 generations.
They have also discovered that their long-lost ancestors may have grilled and eaten other members of their clan. Link
/Film has posted some information about how the 20 minutes of The Dark Knight was shot with 70mm IMAX cameras. They have also posted the above image which shows how much more you get to see compared to the standard 35mm widescreen version.
The IMAX cinema that was fairly close to where I live has closed but luckily the IMAX in London, which has the largest screen in Britain, will still be showing TDK when I visit there in August.
Well, it's been a week wearing the Peloop penis enlargement ring and the old purple headed womb broom has grown.... 0 inches. I haven't been wearing it permanently but fairly often.
I wasn't expecting anything results from wearing it but at least I've got a few laughs from friends who are surprised that I've actually worn it.
Come back next week for another update.
This method of demolishing a building may be more environmentally friendly but it's hardly any fun. [Gizmodo has more info]
Chevrolet attracted scroungers with its 20-foot billboard advert made entirely from one-pence coins in London’s New Oxford Street. The billboard installed last week, consisted of 20,000 pennies was created to advertise the 769,500p (£7,695) Aveo. In just 30 minutes, Londoners had stripped the billboard clean. [More photos here]
Argentinian scientists have strapped plastic tanks to the back of cows in a bid to understand the impact of the wind produced by cows on global warming. The researchers discovered methane from cows accounts for more than 30 per cent of the country's total greenhouse emissions. Link