Some Cities Use Urine Detectors In Their Elevators

If you were ever on a drunken night out and decided to urinate in an elevator, well you may wake up to a hefty fine in the mail. Now numerous cities are taking a stance against public indecency and installing urine detectors in their elevators. This means the number of places where you can pee in public is going down rapidly.

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These urine detection devices or UDDs for short, are being installed all over public elevators such as car parks and subways. And these sorts of systems allow the police to act tough on enforcing public indecency laws. Cities such as Atlanta and Singapore have been using these devices for years, but now we are seeing major cities worldwide following their footsteps.

And this means that soon you may find elevators no longer have that urine stink in them and you can safely ride public elevators without having to throw away your shoes afterward. Still, it does mean that people who have been relieving themselves in elevators may be finding a hefty fine in the mail. And this is only a positive thing, after all, they have committed a crime.

Residents in Atlanta have championed their UDDs systems for years, advising that it was a terrible experience having to ride the elevators whenever you decided to take the subway. Many residents had complained that before the installation of this system you had to hold your breath when entering an elevator.

These detectors do not come cheap though, with a full city setup looking at putting the local government back a good $1,000,000 USD. Once a sensor picks up on a splash of urine, the alarm will go off and this will trigger an automatic police intervention. As the police will come and arrest the perpetrator and since there is also a closed circuit camera that records everything going on – anyone caught is surely to be charged.

Singapore which has strict laws against public urination has had this system in place since the 90s with extremely positive results, which appears to be why now the world is catching up.

The World’s First Cyborg Artist

Neil Harbisson is the world’s first cyborg that is an artist, thanks to an antenna that has been implanted into his skull. Harbisson is able to paint sounds and hear images due to this antenna. This allows him to make statements such as ringtones are green and that a certain artist may be red or pink.

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Neil Harbisson also states that he can have phone calls in his own head, the antenna dangles over the top of his forehead curving behind his head over the back of his skull. This device is known as the Eyeborg and allows Harbisson to interface with Bluetooth devices or even connect to the internet. Harbisson can connect his mind with the internet or any device that is close by, which essentially means he is a cyborg that can connect to anything in the world.

Harbisson spends most of his time working with Moon Ribas, another artist that has a device implanted in her. Ribas has a sensor implanted in her left arm which will vibrate when an earthquake occurs, she feels this allows her to be connected directly to the Earth and provide a better dance performance. Ribas implant is hardly noticeable which is nothing like Harbisson own antenna which hovers above his head – you just can’t miss it.

The change in his lifestyle came about because Harbisson truly believes that humans have a duty to use technology to reach new senses. He has stated numerous times that this is not just a life decision, it is an artistic statement of using his body and brain as a canvas. The antenna he has inserted in his brain is a type of sensor that translates color into a sound. It is a device that can detect the hue in a light and converts them to a frequency of sound that humans can hear.

Originally the device was created to help Harbisson cope with a rare form of blindness that causes patients to see the world in greys. Though he still sees the world in greyscale, he can now hear the vivid colors which let him transform the way he sees the world. The first prototypes needed him to wear headphones, but later the University of Plymouth’s cybernetics department placed a vibrating chip inside his skull. This invention meant that Harbisson became the first cyborg artist.

The Micro-particles That Allow You To Live Without Breathing

Scientists at the Boston Children’s Hospital have made a medical breakthrough that may enable people to stay underwater for over twenty minutes or more. This is the type of medical breakthrough that could reshape the whole world of surfing. Surfers would be much safer knowing that if they run into difficulty they would be able to survive underwater for over 20 minutes.

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The team has actually invented a micro-particle that once you inject into your bloodstream is able to continually and quickly provide the user with oxygenated blood. This means that the person can be kept alive without breathing for up to thirty minutes, even without taking a single breath.

This groundbreaking invention came about when Dr. John Kheir became inspired while studying cases of extreme pneumonia. One of his patients went into cardiac arrest because there was just so much blood in her lungs it was stopping her from breathing. This caused her to be unable to breathe for over twenty-five minutes: which led to severe brain damage.

These micro-particles can stop patients from suffering the same fate, they are extremely small between two and four micrometers in length. However, the main difference is that they over four times the amount of oxygen content compared to the original regular red blood cells. Which allows a surfer, for example, to stay underwater for over twenty minutes.

But the really cool part is it could help people who had been under too long or without oxygen for too long. If these injections are made available in hospitals and ambulances, patients can be saved by directly restoring their oxygen levels back to normal almost immediately.

This means that doctors could instantly save the patient from an eventual heart attack or even life-threatening brain damage. Although it may sound like some sort of science fiction movie where people can suddenly breathe underwater with some sort of magical air in a bottle. The reality is this new invention is pushing the boundaries of how we breathe underwater and providing new safety measures for the dangers of surfing.

Figs Are Actually Considered An Animal Product

When it comes to the list of foods that are non-vegan, the list can actually be a lot larger than you may think. Some fruits and vegetables even end up on the non-vegan list. Vegans always have to be on the lookout for products that they may mistakenly think are safe and accidentally end up eating an animal.

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For example, there are certain beers that will use fish bladders as a filter. Or candies that are colored red will most likely contain a dye which is produced from beetles. And if you are unlucky your favorite burrito may be using beans that are fried in lard. But the most unlikely contender in the list is actually figs.

You may think that figs have no business at all of being on the list of non-vegan foods because they are so naturally non-animal. I mean they grow on a tree. Beer, candy or refried beans are not that surprising, we can all understand that when things are processed in a factory they may come in contact with meat or animal products. But figs, are pulled off a tree and are not usually processed before ending up on your plate. So where do they come into contact with an animal product?

You see the actual answer is that all figs can contain an animal product before you even pull it off the tree. The issue comes from the possibility of a female dead wasp being inside the fruit. While it is true that figs can always contain a dead female wasp, there is an enzyme in the fruit that breaks down the carcass completely so there is never a chance of actually finding a dead wasp in the fruit.

It is kind of like how bees pollinate flowers, figs digest the wasp for pollination reasons. This is why certain vegans will refuse to eat figs. It is kind of personal preference, at the end of the day, even though the wasp could be inside the fig – it has happened all following natural steps of mother nature.

A Museum Of Non Visible Art

In an art project that looks as ridiculous as it sounds, the museum of non-visible art seems to be bringing over people from all over the world. For anyone looking at it from a logical point of view, it looks like an elaborate internet scam. In fact, selling fresh air sounds like the type of thing you may read about in a scammer’s spam email from a fake Nigerian prince.

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Yet James Franco’s art project is actually real. Partnered with Praxis an art duo from New York, they created MONA or the Museum of Non-Visible Art. And this museum has everyone wondering if it is a real thing, a joke or an extremely shallow con.

Apparently, the art project is a way to promote artwork that is simply imagined by the artist. This has even led to people such as media producer Aimee Davison shelling out $10000 for a piece of non-visible artwork. Sounds crazy, doesn’t it? All she really got was a little card to hang on her wall that described a piece of art that did not even exist.

Davison has gone on record stating she bought the piece titled Fresh Air because it spoke to her as a media producer and that she identifies to its aspects. She felt the ideology of the project was closely aligned to how she worked on social media and represented the struggles artist find when creating and selling their art online.

It seems very odd that someone could pay what many people would refer to as a large sum of money. Just to essentially hand a little card on the wall, you will simply be staring at a blank wall if you were trying to appreciate the artwork.

Anyone who buys art from MONA does simply receive a description of the art piece, that once again: does not exist! The buyers do not receive a sculpture or a painting, this really is just paying for some words on a piece of paper.

Still, you have to tip your hat off to James Franco who seems to have figured out a way to sell invisible art for real money.

Lebanon And The Massive Bowl Of Hummus

The inventor of hummus has long been disputed and a cause for angry debates. Everyone from Lebanese to the Turks to the Syrians have all tried to lay claim to being the inventors of hummus. And since it is quite simple to make the variations really depend on how it is served. Afterall it is simply chickpeas, tahini, garlic, and lemon.

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If it should be smooth or lumpy, or a little heavier on the tahini or on the chickpeas comes down to who is making it. And also what do you serve on the side? Chips or pickles, or maybe falafel. And though everyone loves eating hummus, it is indeed beloved all over the world, it is actually a source of tension over who invented the dish.

Everyone from the Lebanese to the Turks to the Syrians has tried to lay claim to the great hummus, but there is very little evidence to support their theories and claims. For example, all the ingredients have been available for many years and the chickpea dates back over 10,000 years in Turkey. Most historians believe it is one of the earliest vegetables ever to be cultivated in the Middle East.

The actual combination of these ingredients that make hummus and where it came from is really hard to pin down. Some say it is a Jewish food due to it being mentioned in their bible over 3,500 years ago. But in the Hebrew Bible, though it does mention “hometz” most linguistics now believe this means vinegar and not hummus. And other historians will tell you it first appeared in Nepal or Northern Indian – some believe this debate is just a little silly, but for many, the Hummus Wars is a real fight.

Starting in 2008, Lebanon accused Israel of cashing in and stealing their legacy, publicity, and money by claiming that Hummus was invented in Israel. The Lebanese government then petitioned for the EU to officially recognize hummus as being Lebanese and then tried to sue Israel for infringement of food-copyright. Both attempts proved fruitless.

So the minister of tourism in 2009, Fadi Abboud, decided the way they would settle this would be by making a plate of hummus so big they would be featured in the Guinness Book of World Records. And this goal was achieved, they made a record plate of 2,000kg of hummus.

Israel retaliated by producing a 4,000kg dish of hummus! And then Lebanon created a monster dish of 10,452kg of the dip – holding the record since 2010.

Guinea Pig Became A Father To Over 400 After Breaking Into A Female Only Area

In 2014, a male guinea pig broke into a female only enclosure at Hatton Adventure World in Warwick. And suddenly there were hundreds of pregnant guinea pigs everywhere.

Staff at Hatton Country World in Warwickshire, United Kingdom was lost and stupefied when suddenly a female only enclosure had 100s of pregnant guinea pigs running around. Which is when they realized one of the male rodents had been able to escape his enclosure and break into the female zone.

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As you can imagine the male rodent, now nicknamed Randy, was found exhausted and had lost quite a bit of weight. But they really didn’t understand why he was losing weight until the staff checked and figured out Randy was a male. This meant that Randy was in the wrong pen.

The animal park which already had an over 300 male and female guinea pigs, had to quickly adapt to be ready for the extreme population boom that was about to happen. Manager Richard Craddock announced that one of the male guinea pigs had made his way into the female enclosure and definitely had a good time.

The theory is possibly a child put him back down in the wrong pen after stroking him, or that Randy really did plan his escape simply to get to the females. It is thought that the male Randy guinea pig was able to impregnate over 100 female guinea pigs.

Given that females generally have litters of around four, this meant that Hatton park was in for quite the baby boom. They believe Randy was probably in the enclosure for a couple of weeks given the number of females that are pregnant.

The park had to build an extension to accommodate all of Randy’s children. He has now safely been reunited with his male friends and may have a lot of bragging to do.

Cyborg Mini Dragonflies Are Flying Through The Skies

There is now a live dragonfly, that wears a micro backpack that turns them into a cyborg, a dragonfly with optical implants. Known as the DragonflEye, a cybernetic micro air vehicle being created by at Draper.

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These modified dragonflies carry little backpacks filled with mini electronics. And these backpacks interface directly with the dragonfly’s nervous system to control it. To makes things even better these cyborg dragonflies are eco-friendly, being powered by the sun. Carrying around little tiny solar panels that will harvest enough energy to power itself, thus not needing any batteries at all.

And this is not science fiction, Draper already has moving prototypes that work. They have been testing this technology since 2017, which means it is nearly ready to really spring into action. You can imagine the possibilities and advantages that come with an army of stealth cyborg dragonflies.

The really unique part of DragonflEye’s setup is that they do not spoof any insect sensors or try to control their muscles. They actually use optical electrodes to inject different commands directly into their nervous systems. And these dragonflies have been genetically tweaked to accept the commands. The result is a cyborg insect that can fly wherever you want, without losing any of the airborne and flight skills of a real dragonfly. Something many micro air robots lack completely.

Common dragonflies weigh only around 600 milligrams and are known to naturally fly great distances at high speeds. So far any mechanical fliers have been far less efficient or effective at flight. The main problem that if you are creating a micro robot, then your robot will only have a very small power supply for its power source, meaning its flight time will be very low. However these half dragonfly half robots do not have this problem at all.

So far the research at Draper has been moving along at a tremendous rate. The electronics and hardware interface are all completely ready, and the testing phases have begun. It may still be some time before you see cyborg dragonflies zipping around your neighborhood, but at least you know it is actually an upcoming reality.

Bobby Leach A Crazy Niagara Falls Stuntman

Bobby Leach already had a massive reputation as an English circus stuntman. And he was gaining even more attention by announcing his intention of being the first stuntman to ever complete the triple challenge. The triple challenge was three intense and insane stunts that used the Niagara Falls.

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First, you would make a barrel triple through the rapids to the whirlpool and then go over the Falls in said barrel. And once you completed those tasks, you would parachute off the Upper Steel Arch Bridge into the upstream rapids of the river. Though you didn’t really have to do the tasks in any order, so on July 1st, 1908, Leach parachuted off the Upper Steel Arch Bridge being just the 4th person to do so.

During 1910, Bobby Leach returned to the Niagara Falls area with every intention of completing the barrel challenges. He wanted to test his barrel going through the Great George Rapids, and even attended an anchor to it so he could keep a steady path through the Whirlpool. It looked like his idea had worked, but the anchor was cut off by a rock and he quickly became stuck. Luckily a friend William Hill swam out and saved him – risking his own life in the process.

During that same summer though Leach was able to complete three successful trips down the famous Whirlpool Rapids in a barrel. And he even tried to swim across the Niagara River from the American Falls, attempting it two times, but alas he had to abort on both tries.

And on July 25th, 1911, Bobby Leach was ready to defeat the ultimate challenge: to go down the Niagara Falls in a barrel. He climbed into his 2.4-meter long steel drum at Navy Island. Because at this particular location the current will bring you towards the Canadian Shore, where the Falls are located. He was released at 2:55 PM and it took just 18 minutes for the barrel to reach and go over the Horseshoe Falls. The drum became stuck at the base of the river and it took 22 minutes for them to retrieve Leach. Luckily he survived, with a broken jaw and a shattered kneecap: but he had done it, the first man to complete the triple challenge!

If that challenge was not enough, Leach then returned to Niagara Falls in 1920 and parachuted out of a plane to land in the Niagara River. However, on both attempts, he was not able to land exactly in the Niagara Falls, only managing to land in some corn fields closeby – still he was a crazy stuntman that is for sure!

Come Sleep In A Giant Potato In Idaho United States of America

There is one Airbnb rental that is becoming strikingly internet famous, and that is a giant potato in Idaho, United States of America. This potato is so huge it could be turned into hundreds of french fries, though it appears the owner decided to turn it into a home.

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Potatoes undoubtedly do make great comfort food, in fact, they probably are one of the world’s favorite: from french fries to country fries to tatter totters. But one Airbnb owner is turning that saying on its head by creating a comfortable home out of our favorite comfort food.

Potentially one of the strangest Airbnb listings in the world, the 6-ton spud has been turned into a tiny home that anyone can rent overnight. The 28 foot long and 12 foot wide, 11.5-foot tall potato structure is standing strong as a promotional tool build for Idaho Potato Commission. It is helping them promote their Big Idaho Potato Tour and has even been bolted to a trailer to travel across 48 states. Though now it rests in its birthplace of South Boise, Idaho – ready to host adventurers or simply carb lovers.

Though actually, it isn’t even a real potato! What a letdown. In fact, the structure has been built out of steel, plaster, and concrete – no real veggies in it at all. Kristie Wolf is the mastermind behind the potato theme tiny home. She is an experienced tiny home builder who created a little hobbit hole in Washington state, another quirky Airbnb listing. Wolf has been featured many times in tiny home magazines such as TODAY Home, though her potato tiny home is one of her favorites.

As World was part of the Big Idaho Potato Truck Tour and an official team member, she was traveling around the country with this giant potato on a truck to promote their business. Then it hit her to turn the potato into a tiny home.

Wolf being a native Idahoan has loved potatoes for generations, and wanted to do everything she could to promote the state’s number one agricultural commodity.

The Crocodile And Man Who Became Best Friends

Crocodiles are not exactly known for being friendly fluffy pets that one may keep around the house. But there is actually one story that circulates the internet with many videos on Youtube. It is the story of Pocho and Chito, the crocodile and man who became best friends.

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Nearly 20 years ago, Chito came across a severely injured five-meter long crocodile who was laying on the bank of the Parasmina River in Costa Rica. The crocodile had been shot by a farmer, but luckily for the crocodile, Chito was too kind and couldn’t let it die. So Chito ended up rescuing the croc, which he decided to name Pocho. And he successfully nursed Pocho back to health.

It appears this great act of kindness had an immediate effect on the croc, who became very attached to Chito. Chito later claimed that he just wanted the croc to feel loved and to know that not all humans are bad people. Chito was an animal lover and had always nursed injured animals back to health.

Once he released Pocho back into the wild, the crocodile didn’t want to be left behind. In fact, he ended up following Chito home – which required a special permit from the Minister for Environment. With the help of a vet, Chito ended up looking after Pocho for two decades.

And their bond only strengthened and grew over the years. Chito and Pocho grew to trust each other so well that they would spend hours swimming together and playing. In fact, the crocodile was quite gentle and would respond to his name.

Thousands of people, even animal experts would flock to see Chito and Pocho playing. And after many years of friendship, Pocho died of natural causes at the age of 50. His funeral even saw hundreds of people attend. Chito was pretty sad about his friend’s death but continues to this day to share the story of the gentle croc.