Individual Finger Control 

Friday, December 15th, 2017

Thanks to advances in the science of prosthetics, losing a limb may no longer mean losing the ability to flip the bird.

There’s Very Little Deniability With Initials 

Thursday, December 14th, 2017

This is why graffiti artists use tags.

Security Robots 

Wednesday, December 13th, 2017

Homelessness is a serious problem, particularly in the San Francisco area. Using a $6 an hour robot festooned with animal stickers to chase away the homeless seems like a very poor solution.

Deeply Unsatisfying

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Back in 2012, Irish airline executive Willie Walsh stated his belief that Delta’s purchase of 49% of Virgin Atlantic would cause the Virgin brand to disappear within five years. Virgin founder Richard Branson took offense, and proposed a £1 million bet on the matter. Via public statements, the two ultimately seemed to settle on a “knee-in-the-groin” wager.

When I first wrote about this, I also set a calendar reminder to check in on this come 2017. That time has now arrived, but it appears Walsh is attempting to get out of the whole thing. As Virgin Atlantic is still around, Richard Branson has declared victory, but Walsh views things differently:

Walsh said: “When Richard Branson sold out to Delta five years ago, he said he would never give up control. As everyone knows, he no longer owns or controls the business, a reality confirmed by the decision to sell more of his shares to Air France. He’s lost the bet.”

The whole thing is ridiculous, of course. Still, as far as I can see, Branson is entirely correct. Walsh’s original claim was that the Virgin Atlantic brand would be gone by the end of 2017. Since they’re still flying, Walsh has lost the bet, and his groin should suffer the consequences. Unfortunately, it’s unlikely we’ll get any satisfaction here. Still, we can at least all be aware the Willie Walsh is a weasel.

The Razor and Blades Model, Applied to Mattresses 

Monday, December 11th, 2017

A company called Ace is selling massive mattresses designed for “co-sleeping”, so entire families can sleep together. I can’t speak to the normality of that, but I am fascinated by the economics at work here. Even if you have space for a bed that’s multiple feet wider than a king-size, where the hell would you buy bedding for it? Surprise, surprise, Ace is also happy to sell you oversized bedding.

Overpriced bedding

As you can see, they’ll provide the essentials at a very healthy markup. Perhaps Ace should pull a Gillette, and give the mattresses away entirely for free.

Instantaneous, Painless Bludgeoning 

Friday, December 8th, 2017

If you want to know how not to deal with a mouse you’ve caught, read these horror stories.

The Shed at Dulwich 

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

For almost a fortnight, the top-rated restaurant in London was a non-existent place created by writer Oobah Butler. To top it off, he made it real for one single night.

A Hundred Billion Here, A Hundred Billion There 

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

Apparently, the tax bill passed early Saturday morning by the Senate has some severe flaws. It’s almost like scribbling edits in the margins of a bill and then never reviewing the whole thing before passing it in the middle of the night due to a needlessly rushed self-imposed deadline isn’t a good way to govern.

It’s Difficult to Notarize A Tattooed Signature 

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

Doctors were faced with an unusual dilemma when they needed to choose whether or not to render aid to a man with the words “Do Not Resuscitate” tattooed on his chest. He went so far as to tattoo his signature underneath the words, which seems to have done the trick.

Not Bringing Down the House 

Monday, December 4th, 2017

The city of Detroit has a reputation for toughness, and yesterday, their old football stadium added to the résumé. Despite efforts by a demolition company, the SilverDome simply refused to implode.

Previously in SilverDome-related news: By The Numbers