Oddly Enough Blog

News, but not the serious kind

Yeah, and this crazy bartender could only make mojitos…

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Welcome to Roboexotica, an annual event displaying advances in robots technology. If you want a robot to explore space, vacuum your floor or play with your children, you’re in the wrong place.

No, all the robots here are made to hang out in bars – mixing cocktails, serving snacks and, believe it or not, carrying on bar conversation. Somewhere around here is a metal guy programmed to say, “So, your wife doesn’t understand you?” in 72 languages…. Here’s the story by Karin Strohecker, and a video report by Joanna Partridge:

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Artist Robert Martin of Germany adjusts some bottles on his “Robomoji”, one of around 30 robots at Vienna’s annual Roboexotica, December 7, 2006, which showcases how home-built machines deal with the modern pastime of hanging out in bars. REUTERS/Herwig Prammer

Fasten your seatbelt and cross your legs…

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Gosh, just when everybody is talking about what a glamorous, enjoyable experience fllying is these days, it gets even better.

A Chinese airline has calculated that it takes a liter of fuel to flush the toilet at 30,000 feet, so they’re urging passengers to get in the airport bathroom line before they get in the boarding line.  Or,  you might say, “mind your pees and queues.” 

Election campaigning: more bang for your buck…

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Elections are coming up in the Philippines, and that means an increase in business for:

a) guys who make ballot boxes
b) guys who print campaign posters
c) guys who create campaign advertising
d) guys who make guns for intimidating voters

Oh no no no I’m a rocket man….

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Here’s something they don’t hold every day. It’s being billed as a rocketbelt conference, and we have cool video footage of the event, from Niagara Falls.

It’s an exciting new frontier, and you can be part of it if you have a box of very large firecrackers, some charcoal starter, a nice big belt and a Zippo lighter.

Laws of Physics 101…

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If you happen to enjoy odd physical phenomena, you might want to head over to a Segway hangout and just watch what happens for the next few days. 

It turns out, more than 20,000 of those things have been recalled because of a risk that they could unexpectedly apply reverse torque to the wheels. Anybody who’s ever seen a Daffy Duck cartoon knows what happens next.

The celebrated bikini…now just another gadget

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The latest version of the bikini - once the most sizzling little bit of clothing around -  beeps to tell you when you’re brown enough. That’s pretty much the same thing a good oven thermometer will do, it’s just that here the main course is a little more attractive.

I don’t know. A belt with a timer and a meter to measure UV rays – that doesn’t seem like Pamela Anderson – seems more like Batman to me. Robin, to the Rivieramobile!  bikini300.jpg

“I was speeding? Prove it! Oh…”

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Everybody’s big fear, with every leap of technology, is that Big Brother will spy on all that we do.  But it turns out, for the really dumb people, he won’t even have to bother.

I’m not making this up. This doofus takes a photo of the speedometer on his motorbike showing 170 kph (105 mph), and posts it on the Internet.  Pretty soon he gets a visit from the police, who don’t just bust him for speeding – they also can’t help noticing his bike was imported illegally… speedometer.jpg