Oddly Enough Blog

Flying cars not a total success…

September 14, 2007

ranch-180.jpgMany of you have heard of the German highway where there is practically no speed limit and you can drive as fast as you want, called the autobahn – not to be mistaken for John James Audubon, that bird artist whose name sounds kind of similar.

Sorry Mona, you’re not smiling enough…

September 6, 2007

From the “Now they’ve gone too far” department comes news of “smile-checker” software that can tell if people are smiling. By analyzing facial features such as wrinkles and the space between the lips, this program can spot a smile in less than a tenth of a second.

Quick, Robin! To the gyrocopter!

August 24, 2007

The real caption on this news photo tells us this gizmo is “less expensive than a conventional helicopter,” and by conventional helicopter I believe they mean real helicopter.

Watch out for that rex, Becks!

August 22, 2007

Remember when you were a kid, arguing about who would win in a fight between Wonder Woman and Batman, and stuff like that? Well, hold on to your hat, because scientists have just revealed that the Tyrannosaurus rex could outrun today’s athletes. I’m not making this up.

Give me that Uzi, Susie, it’s my turn!

July 25, 2007

It’s time again for another installment of our very popular feature, “Truth, or Spoof?” in which readers have to guess whether a story is real news, or very clever satire.

Cover girl for “Modern Wheelbarrow” magazine?

June 22, 2007

Did you hear the one about the Bavarian farmer’s daughter who posed for a calendar? No, really, she did. Every year a bunch of farm chicks pose for a Young Farmers’ calendar, which is an immediate sell-out.

My date with the Rockefeller Center Xmas Tree

June 7, 2007

It is dramatic, I’ll give it that. Models in Tokyo today showed off dresses equipped with light-emitting diodes, for women who enjoy that chic lightning bug look. These will be available commercially in the fall, but… Here is what we’ve already reported about electrified fashions, and here are some additional risks:

If the Three Stooges made toilets…

April 18, 2007

It’s one thing if a car company produces autos with gas tanks that explode, or a pharmaceutical firm sells medication with grotesque side effects, but this time, big business has gone too far. 

Comrade, come visit a U.S. supermarket…

March 22, 2007

Now and then it’s good to be reminded that technology isn’t advancing at the same speed everywhere in the world.

Gotta go? Relief is in sight, literally…

March 6, 2007

This is a new outdoor urinal being used in China, and it seems like one tiny step up from having nothing at all. No fancy frills like doors, which are for sissies. Just a thin band between you and the rest of the world.