It’s the thought that counts

May 2, 2016 at 11:51 am | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment

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THE NEWS

Odd news from around the world

A huge boat inspired by Noah’s ark is heading for America: “A DUTCH carpenter inspired by a dream to build a massive replica of Noah’s Ark has a new and equally daunting vision — to bring the 125m vessel to the Americas in time for the Olympic Games in Brazil. Johan Huibers’ impressive boat, built at a cost of nearly $5.24 million, is currently moored in Dordrecht, south of Amsterdam. A popular tourist attraction drawing as many as 3000 visitors a day, the ark is an interactive museum and event centre. Hauling it across the ocean in time to reach an international audience would cost an estimated $1.97 million, according to a California non-profit recently established to help Huibers realise his latest dream. “If we are able to purchase a barge, that will make taking it to every port in South and North America a very real possibility,” David Rivera, of The Ark of Noah Foundation, told FoxNews.com”

Google file patent for a computer which can be injected straight into people’s eyeballs: “THIS sounds like something out of a sci-fi film — tech giant Google is creating a computer which can be injected straight into people’s eyeballs. The company have already filed a patent for the invention, which has several uses. As well as improving sight, it will apparently also give people super powers. Well, that might be taking things a little far — let’s be honest, we’re not talking about invisibility or Hulk-like strength. Instead, people would be able to process information via the implant. No word on exactly what that means at the moment. Light would bounce onto the implant, which would help it improve any issues with sight people had. According to the patent, the tiny computer would also have some storage in it and a radio”

Chinese cooks for hire: “WANT to invite your friends around for dinner but don’t know how to cook? Imagine if you could whip out your phone, connect with a local chef and have them come around and prepare you a restaurant-quality, home-cooked meal. That’s the concept behind Chinese start-up Hao Chushi, which translates to “Good Cook”. The app launched in late 2014 and has attracted nearly $8 million in funding from hungry e-commerce investors. The app has six pricing tiers, ranging from 99 yuan ($20) for a meal for four, 139 yuan ($28) for a family of six, 229 yuan ($46) for eight to 10 people, all the way up to 689 yuan ($140) for a high-end dinner for 17 guests. Those prices don’t include the cost of ingredients, users are expected to have the required utensils in their kitchen — and the chef doesn’t do the washing up afterwards. Chefs arrive kitted out, similar to Uber Black drivers, in aprons, shoes and chef’s hat”

Warren Buffett, 85, credits fudge, peanut brittle and Coke for his health and happiness: “Warren Buffett believes Coke, fudge and peanut brittle have kept him happy for 85 years – and has no intention of switching to a healthier diet. The billionaire investor bragged about his junk food habit during the annual shareholders’ meeting of his company, Berkshire Hathaway, on Saturday. He told reporters in Omaha, Nebraska, that he got about a quarter of his calories from Coke every day. Buffett, who is currently worth $68.5 billion, was responding to a question about his company’s nine per cent stake in Coca-Cola, which makes it the biggest shareholder. New York Times reporter Andrew Sorkin asked Buffett why Berkshire Hathaway shareholders should be proud to own Coke. Buffett mentioned his own diet, saying he’s probably happier because he’s consumed so much Coke, fudge and peanut brittle in his life. He said he hadn’t seen any evidence convincing him that he’d live longer if he drank water and ate broccoli instead.

Boat made from CARDBOARD sets sail on the Thames (and it doesn’t sink): “A cardboard houseboat made its maiden journey on a stretch of the River Thames – and remarkably it didn’t sink. The makeshift boat, which is believed to be the first of its kind, was designed by Harry Dwyer and Charlie Waller, who built it with recycled material thrown away by businesses. The boat, which has been named This Way Up, was used to escort television presenter and designer Kevin McCloud to Grand Designs Live. The boat took just one week to build and features two bunks, a table, portholes, a wine rack and even a flag made from bubble wrap. Mr Dwyer and Mr Waller, who run Aircraft Workshop, a company which makes products from waste materials, first designed the boat on a computer, before creating a prototype. The full-scale boat was then waterproofed with varnish before being fitted with a motor. The unusual vessel was able to carry both its creators and the TV presenter comfortably across the water.

And don’t forget to catch up with all the Strange Justice before you go.

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