Things We Saw Today: Watch Neil DeGrasse Tyson and Pharrell Freak Out As David Blaine Performs His Ice Pick Trick
This might be really wrong of me, but there's nothing more fun than watching seemingly together, serious, grown-ass adults completely freak out like babies.Read More
Mining. In. Spaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaace!
Currently, due to international treaties, no nation can own things in space like asteroids or the Moon (despite us flying up there and putting our flag on it). However, with private spaceflight becoming more and more of a pressing reality, congress has passed a bill granting ownership of resources that corporations bring back from space.Read More
It's drone season! Rabbit season! Drone season! Rabbit season!
Last year, we heard about a proposal in Deer Trail, Colorado that would allow residents to shoot down drones flying overhead in exchange for a bounty. A vote yesterday shot down the proposal and got rid of the town's mayor, who supported the plan. It looks like drone season will have to wait for another day.Read More
Fortune tellers in the country no longer have to live under the threat of being put in the stocks for plying their trade
Scrying the future just got a lot safer for New Zealand-based practitioners of the occult. The island nation has announced plans to repeal laws against fortune telling and "witchcraft" in general which have been on the books since 1735 and could send modern day sorcerers to jail for up to a year -- with some of that time spent in the stockades.Read More
For reasons unknown, the so-called "Mr. Zhang" decided that since he had nothing better to do that day, he would drive around China in two bumper cars. At the same time. He can be seen here, straddling the two fair-ground roadsters, and tooling around amiably without a care in the world. Eventually, he was stopped by police, which Metro reports resulted in little punishment for Mr. Zhang.
Officer Xiao said: 'Traffic regulations say that bumper cars are not engine vehicles, so they can't drive onto street.' However, because the law doesn't stipulate what punishment a bumper car driver should receive Zhang just got a warning.So let's recap on the subject of China, shall we? You can't freely search the internet, you can't have time-travel plots in TV shows, but driving two bumper cars through busy traffic is no big deal. (via Autoblog) Read More
A new law being proposed in the African nation of Malawi would ban farting. If enacted, president Bingu wa Mutharika's government will be faced with the odorous task of determining if who smelled it did was the person who, in fact, dealt it. From The Daily Mail:
But locals fear that pinning responsibility on the crime will be difficult - and may lead to miscarriages of justice as 'criminals' attempt to blame others for their offence.Of course, this new law is not only about farting. It will also ban several other behaviors that, while not all as loopy as the headlining law, certainly do make up quite the mixed bag of offenses. Again, from the Mail:
These include insulting the modesty of a woman, challenging to fight a duel, and trespassing on a burial place. It also outlaws pretending to be a fortune teller, according to local press in the country.Should the law pass, Malawi will join the ranks of other lands that have sought refuge from the terrors of the human digestive system. Places like Florida. (via The Daily Mail, image via Wikipedia) Read More