Oddly Enough Blog

News, but not the serious kind

Gotta go? Relief is in sight, literally…

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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.

Would you use one of these? It’s easy to say no, but after a big lunch with three cups of tea and a couple of Tsingtao beers in you, your priorities may change. Especially if the alternative is that bar where the urinal was recently stolen for a souvenir.

Let us know what you think of these things via Post a Comment, before they show up in a city near you.

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A man uses a controversial outdoor toilet in southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality, February 23, 2007. REUTERS/China Daily

Amid darkness, a light motif is the leitmotif

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Rise and shine, Jonas, the sun is up, and it’s time to…whoops, it’s dark again…

Welcome to a part of the world where, as that saying goes, “the sun don’t shine,” and where residents are understandably preoccupied with light. As Sarah Edmonds and Johan Sennero report, the Swedes use both tradition and technology to banish the darkness. sweden360.jpg

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:

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.

“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