Strange furniture – but interesting

I’m obliged to Mary K. for sending me a couple of e-mails giving details of some rather odd-looking furniture designs that are nonetheless interesting. From Animi Causa we have the ‘Feel seating system’, as they call it. It’s 120 soft round balls, covered with an elastic material, which can be positioned in any way one can imagine them. Click the picture for a larger image. The next is a rocking bed from Private Cloud, a German company. Strange-looking, but again, interesting. I don’t know how safe it would be to get too energetic on or in it, though! I’m neither

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The great eccentrics

I’ve always enjoyed reading about eccentrics and their dotty ways. An article in the Daily Mail is chock-full of spicy details about them. A few examples: Where would we be without Jonas Hanway, the 18th-century philanthropist who first dared to walk the streets of London while holding a wooden stick which supported a canopy of oiled silk over his head? Oblivious to the ridicule of passing coachmen, Hanway persisted and soon his invention, the umbrella, was jeopardising the livelihoods of those very coachmen who had mocked him. . . . Charles Hamilton of Painshill Park in Surrey was one of

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Children will learn by ‘downloading’ information???

I’m intrigued by the vision of Chris Parry, chief executive of the Independent Schools Council in Britain. Children will learn by downloading information directly into their brains within 30 years, an education expert has predicted. Chris Parry, the new chief executive of the Independent Schools Council, said “Matrix-style” technology would render traditional lessons obsolete. He said: “It’s a very short route from wireless technology to actually getting the electrical connections in your brain to absorb that knowledge.” Mr Parry, a former Rear Admiral, spent three years determining the future strategic context for the military in a senior role at the

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Doofus Of The Day #29

I love it when doofus crooks get what they deserve! A pizza delivery driver’s quick defensive maneuver kept him from being a victim of theft and turned the tables on his would-be attacker. Tim Vaughn, who works for Papa John’s, was sitting in his delivery car at a stop sign on Indianapolis’ east side early Tuesday morning when someone stuck a knife through his window and held it to his throat, telling him to get out of his car, 6 News’ Rick Hightower reported. In a split-second, Vaughn decided he didn’t want to be injured or worse and took an

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One of history’s worst-timed decisions

Back in 1967, King Hussein of Jordan was not very popular with his hard-line Arab neighbor states. President Nasser of Egypt called him an ‘imperialist lackey’ for his tepid support of Arab nationalism. Nasser, you will recall, had kicked the UN peacekeeping force out of the Sinai Peninsula, closed the Straits of Tiran to Israeli shipping, and announced: “Our basic objective will be the destruction of Israel. The Arab people want to fight.” Israel, nobody’s fool, had listened to Nasser’s comments. Their as-yet-unspoken reaction was, “Oh, yeah?” They would give voice to that reaction in spectacularly effective fashion in the

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Want!

Every so often, someone comes up with a gadget that makes my brain go into buy-it-NOW mode, telling me, “You gotta get this!” Here’s the latest. A toaster with a built-in egg steamer has gone on the market to ensure that clock-watching commuters can tuck in without missing their train. The Toast n Egg from Tefal poaches the eggs while the bread toasts alongside. It follows the firm’s ActiFry fryer, which makes enough chips to feed a family of four with one spoonful of oil, and the QuickCup hot-water dispenser. The toaster and egg-steamer inone costs £39 and Tefal claims

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Doofus Of The Day #28

Our doofus today is an unknown gentleman guy from Florida. A nude maid cleaned up good at a Florida man’s home. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office says the maid stole more than $40,000 from a Cheval home despite not wearing any clothes. The 50-year-old man hired the maid from the Internet on Friday to clean his suburban Tampa home. Authorities say the woman arrived at the home in a one-piece, light colored dress. She took off the dress and cleaned the house for $100-per-hour. Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Debbie Carter says the man told deputies he left the maid alone in

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55 years ago . . .

. . . on May 29th, 1953, Hillary and Tenzing conquered Mount Everest for the first time. The New Zealander Edmund Hillary, and the Nepalese Sherpa Tenzing Norgay, have become the first to reach the summit of Mount Everest on the Nepal-Tibet border. They reached the top of the world at 1130 local time after a gruelling climb up the southern face. The two men hugged each other with relief and joy but only stayed on the summit for 15 minutes because they were low on oxygen. Mr Hillary took several photographs of the scenery and of Sherpa Tenzing waving

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Who says the Civil War is over?

While researching a property covenant issue for a friend, I ran across the case of Mr. Henry E. Ingram Jr. of South Carolina. This dates back to 2006. It seems that Mr. Ingram had no love for ‘Yankees’. He accordingly imposed covenants upon some land he sold. The property shall never be leased, sold, bequeathed, devised or otherwise transferred, permanently or temporarily, to any person or entity that may be described as being part of the Yankee race. “Yankee” … shall mean any person or entity born or formed north of the Mason-Dixon line, or any person or entity who

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Wrongful conviction – and a belated pardon for a wrongful execution

Two stories of wrongful conviction hit the news today. In Chicago, a man convicted of rape fourteen years ago has been cleared by DNA evidence. DNA tests have exonerated a South Side man who has served nearly 14 years in prison in the sexual assault of a 15-year-old girl who was attacked in the fall of 1994 as she walked to school, the inmate’s lawyer said Tuesday. Dean Cage, 41, was convicted by a jury and sentenced to 40 years in prison despite his assertions that he was innocent and was home at the time of the attack. “I have

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