GIRAFFE-NECKED WOMEN (Melissa)
Gone are the days of having animals in circuses jumping through hoops and balancing gymnasts carefully on top while marching through a high-top tent. However, it was not always just the animals that suffered for the art of the circus as these old photographs from the 1930s show. Take a look at these images of one circus that rolled into New York with a variety of humans who were on display as part of a “freak show”. You can even see Burmese women, also known as giraffe neck woman, who wore brass rings around their necks to make them abnormally long, which in turn would entertain hundreds of onlookers.
Running for the… Shoe… Truck? (Gerard)
Think of all those times you’ve been working, needed to go shopping but you just couldn’t gather the energy to trek all the way into town. Imagine how easy life would be if there was a truck driving about that was actually a little shoe shop. This has become a reality in America and Nathan Fleischmann has detailed how he would use it. It’s a dream come true for some people, how would you feel about it.
ULTIMATE PROPOSAL (Aoibhínn)
The power of YouTube never ceases to amaze me. LA student, Jake Davidson asked Model Kate Upton to his high school prom via a hilarious YouTube clip. The confident teen bare’s all in the two minute clip, performing press ups to impress Upton and even taking a shower all while on camera. There was a glimmer of hope last week when Kate herself tweeted “You can call me Katie if you want! How can I turn down that video! I’ll check my schedule ”. Unfortunately, it wasn’t to be for the enthusiastic teen as Upton revealed in an interview with people magazine that she doesn’t think she’ll be able to make it due to her grueling schedule. I’m sure Jake won’t be short of a date or two for the prom after that stunt.
PREDICTING THE RE-OFFENDERS (Aimee)
Like something from the crime predicting precogs of sci-fi movie Minority Report arrives news that scientists have discovered they can predict whether released convicts will strike again. Kind of. Not exaggerating too much, but there aren’t forces swooping down on any criminal asses to prevent the next murder or grocery shop burglary. The science is down to this: there is a correlation between activity in the anterior cingulate cortex of the brain and criminal activity. People not experiencing much activity in the old anterior cingulate cortex were found to be significantly more likely to commit crimes after their release.Fascinating stuff. But don’t expect the criminal masterminds to be basing their policing schedules on these findings yet. Would you agree if they did? Imagine if you, for whatever reason, had been for a leisurely scan and found this area wasn’t up to much. Apparently activity here increases when shown emotional clips, so get greeting your way out the radar.
Inventions We Wish We Had Thought Of (Gerard)
I’m always looking for a new business venture. Anything silly to make my millions and this site shows people 11 inventions that we wish we had thought of. The first example Toastabags are such a genius invention and so simple. There must be something I can think of to rival its success. Any ideas welcome…