Month: February 2014

Man tries to pay Valentine’s Day restaurant bill with ‘trillion dollar’ note

Man tries to pay Valentine’s Day restaurant bill with ‘trillion dollar’ note

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Man tries to pay Valentine’s Day restaurant bill with ‘trillion dollar’ note hare on Facebook Share on Twitter Michael Williams ‘tried to pay with a trillion dollar bill’ (Picture: Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center)We doubt there’s a place in the world that could break a ‘trillion dollar bill’ but that didn’t stop this man from reportedly trying to pay with one. Michael Williams, from Sumter, South Carolina, offered to pay his restaurant bill with the high value currency after his debit card was rejected on February 14, according to The State. But unsurprisingly the staff at the Applebee’s outlet did not think the note was legitimate and promptly rang police. The 53-year-old was arrested at the restaurant but not in relation to the bill. The authorities decided to ig
Video: There is so much snow in Minnesota you can swim in it

Video: There is so much snow in Minnesota you can swim in it

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Video: There is so much snow in Minnesota you can swim in it If you thought the Winter Olympics were over, then think again.Two bored friends in the city of Duluth, Minnesota, had so much snow outside their door they decided to ‘swim’ in it.In the video above, the pair, only dressed in swim shorts and caps, enthusiastically scream at the camera ‘snow swimming!’ before leaping into the white stuff. They are filmed waving their arms and legs around in the snow, while letting out a mixture of screams and laughter, before running back indoors.
Meet the student who eats 75kg of tomato ketchup every year

Meet the student who eats 75kg of tomato ketchup every year

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Meet the student who eats 75kg of tomato ketchup every year The student’s love for tomato sauce is so strong she has left restaurants because they had ran out (Picture: Caters)Many of us love a dollop of ketchup with dinner sometimes. But few of us would go to the lengths of tomato sauce addict Melissa Ibbitson, who eats 75kg (12st) of the condiment a year. The student insists on ketchup with almost every meal, even on salads and roast dinners. Turning to the bottle: Melissa Ibbitson, 19, takes a swig of ketchup (Picture: Caters)Because her love for tomato sauce is so well known, she has been given ketchup-themed presents and birthday cakes. The 19-year-old, from Lincoln, said: ‘My friends get really embarrassed when I ask for 12 sachets for my meals. ‘I eat s
Nasa’s new space robot moves like tumbleweed

Nasa’s new space robot moves like tumbleweed

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Nasa's new space robot moves like tumbleweed Space-bound robots tend to look like tanks and are about as flexible as the Tin Man after a rainstorm. Don't get me wrong, the robots Nasa sends to, say, Mars are very very smart. But their forms present some limitations; namely, snail-paced research, lumbering motions and proneness to injury. Just imagine then, if there was a robot that had the brains of Curiosity but the nimbleness of a tumbleweed. That's exactly what a group of scientists at Nasa are looking to create with the Super Ball Bot, a tangle of rods and motors that could revolutionise the way robots work in space and here on Earth. The Super Ball Bot, currently deep in the research phase in Nasa's Innovative Advanced Concepts programme, looks nothing like its robotic predeces...
Valve hands devs the keys to Steam sales

Valve hands devs the keys to Steam sales

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Valve hands devs the keys to Steam sales Valve has added a function to Steam which lets developers create discounts on their own games. As per an announcement in the Steamworks Development Forums, developers will be able to choose the percentage and duration of the discount, or choose to add it to one of Valve's own weeklong deals having selected the desired percentage reduction. "As with the addition of the 'Recently Updated' section to Steam, this is another effort to shorten the distance between developers and customers," said Alden Kroll, a UI and interaction designer at Valve. "This new Steamworks tool allows developers to configure discounts for their own products, on their own schedules. They can define custom sale periods or opt in to regularly scheduled sales. This will ...
Nintendo Finishing off online play for DS and Wii

Nintendo Finishing off online play for DS and Wii

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Nintendo Finishing off online play for DS and Wii Nintendo is terminating "certain online functionality" for the Wii, DS and DSi including online play, matchmaking and leaderboards for many of its games. The functionality is offered via the Nintendo Wi-Fi Connection feature and its removal on 20 May will affect games includingMario Kart DS, Mario Kart Wii, and Pokémon Black and White. Also closing are Wii Speak and the Wii Speak channel, and the Wii mode on the Wii U console will no longer be functional. DON'T MISS: This JRPG actually teaches you Japanese The offline functionality for the games won't be affected and Nintendo says things like access to the Wii Shop channel, the DSi shop and the video-on-demand services won't be affected. Not yet, anyway. Nintendo's annou
Nasa confirms 715 new worlds

Nasa confirms 715 new worlds

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Nasa confirms 715 new worlds Nasa has verified the existence of 715 new planets in multi-planet solar systems, orbiting 305 stars. The discoveries are based on data captured by Nasa's Kepler Space Telescope which searched for planets around over 150,000 stars between 2009 and 2013. Nearly 95 percent of the planets are smaller than Neptune. "The Kepler team continues to amaze and excite us with their planet hunting results," said John Grunsfeld, associate administrator for Nasa's Science Mission Directorate, in a statement. "That these new planets and solar systems look somewhat like our own, portends a great future when we have the James Webb Space Telescope in space to characterise the new worlds." The revelation of these new planets was made after researchers, led by Jack Lissa
Food for thought: devouring brains with neuroscientists

Food for thought: devouring brains with neuroscientists

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Food for thought: devouring brains with neuroscientists Before me is a horse's brain. It's pretty tiny. In fact, the dog's brain next to it on the table is almost as big. "Well, think of their foreheads, they don't have one," points out Ben Graham of brain injury charity Headway East London. "Their head slopes straight back so they don't have much room." So, size isn't everything. "Whale brains are huge though," inserts Daniel Margulies from Germany's Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive & Brain Sciences. "Its motor sensory region is huge -- think of how much matter they have to move." Like the calves brains on our plates, talking about brain injuries and disabilities remains fairly taboo in our society It's a lot of brain talk to digest when you're also staring at a quarter