Articles and the such that I’ve meant to post about in the last few weeks but kept closing the window before finishing
Mon, 27 Apr 2009
Man Cuts Off, Microwaves His Own Hand
HAYDEN, Idaho (AP) – A man who believed he bore the “mark of the beast” used a circular saw to cut off one hand, then he cooked it in the microwave and called 911, authorities said. [full article]
It took 90 minutes for Daily News to ‘steal’ the Empire State Building
In one of the biggest heists in American history, the Daily News “stole” the $2 billion Empire State Building. And it wasn’t that hard. [full article]
Galaxy’s centre tastes of raspberries and smells of rum, say astronomers
In the latest survey, astronomers sifted through thousands of signals from Sagittarius B2, a vast dust cloud at the centre of our galaxy. While they failed to find evidence for amino acids, they did find a substance called ethyl formate, the chemical responsible for the flavour of raspberries. [full article]
Sewing machine hoax hits S Arabia
Saudi police say they are investigating a hoax that has seen people rushing to buy old-fashioned sewing machines for up to $50,000 (£33,500).
The Singer sewing machines are said to contain traces of red mercury, a substance that may not exist.
But it is widely thought that it can be used to find treasure, ward off evil spirits or even make nuclear bombs. [full article]