Friday, October 26, 2012

Friday Fun

Over here in the UK, Autumn has fallen rather spectacularly...and quickly. But who cares when you have such interesting and fun things to warm the heart.

First up are the videos from good old Aunty Beeb.

In Brazil, one artist has created an art-house out of an ordinary home with some rather extravagant decor, while in Poland, the world's thinnest house has been built for a writer.

One of the best stories of the week is about an Egyptian orchestra whose members are blind, and another tells us 3D printers could enable people to walk again.

More music comes a from a seven year old who's composed an opera, and other musicians are creating instruments using 3D printers.  Still on the subject of music, Gangnam style has now hit the UN with its General Secretary, Ban Ki-moon, joining Psy in the dance.

Some good news from Afghanistan now, with their first National Park opening, while in Pakistan they've set a new record for the largest human flag and a Canadian mother has struck a blow against messy kids by going on strike.

Next Wednesday it's Halloween and in New York they've got Zombie Pumpkins.

In other news, a lorry got stuck under a historic bridge in York, Glenelgs in Scotland has been twinned with its namesake on Mars, and the Dutch are planning to introduce heated cycle lanes for the winter to encourage people to cycle...and all the cats to lie down in the road.

There are many uses for a tablet computer, some of which are anatomically painful, but art is one that people are experimenting with and are producing some good results.

In the world of science, Flossie has been rebuilt. A 70's computer that starred in the Bond movie The Man With The Golden Gun, and out acted Roger Moore and Britt Ekland, it's been restored with the aim of being preserved as a working computer so part of computing history can be seen by generations of kids.

In other scientific research, they've recreated an early human in all his glory, and after that, you can read about the young graduate who made the voyager missions possible with some clever maths.

Remember Alien? Remember the tag line, 'In space no one can hear you scream'? Well, Cambridge University students are going to try and find out if this is true by recording people scream and then broadcasting it from a satellite. Alternatively they could send a few bankers up there, drop them towards Earth and see how loud they screamed.

And finally...remember last week's piece about aggressive Wi-Fi names? Well, the BBC web readership have shared some more, including FBI-Surveillance Team, and did you know that petrol can produced from thick air? That and nine other things I bet you didn't know last week.

Without further ado, it's picture time.

And three Hallloween pictures to put you in the mood.

On that note I bid you adieu and I'll see you on Monday.  Have a great weekend.


Dana said...

Love these (as usual)!

Okay, going back to bed now. LOL

Martin Willoughby said...

Dana: Sleep well.

Rena said...

I love these, and that amphibian totally looks like he's dancing to MJ's Thriller....

Victoria Lindstrom said...

Thanks again for my "friday fix" of humor and wit, Martin! I so appreciate the quirky updates from around the world, and the photos are hilarious. Have a great weekend!

Martin Willoughby said...

Rena: It's one cool pic.

Victoria: Thankyou young lady. Have a great one yourself.

Fran said...

Your posts are like a little smorgasbord of bizarreness (is that a word?). My favourite clip was the thin house for the writer. Brilliant. Not many distractions there or excuses for not writing (oh .. I just need to hoover round ... [20 seconds later] ... er, finished that. Now what else?'

Lisa Shafer said...

Thank you for making me smile. Again. :D

Martin Willoughby said...

Fran: It's a word now.

Lisa: A smile is the most beautiful thing anyone can wear.