2 Dec 2013


Children from Stoke have been banned from feeding the ducks at their local park after the County council claimed it was encouraging 'intimidating' wildlife. 

The Knitbot, a knitting machine that knits Christmas jumpers using the power of peoples tweets has been unveiled. Using a chip that responds to users on the social network who mention #jumpers4des, the machine will produce bright red pullovers decorated in white snowflakes and Clydesdale horses. FULL ARTICLE

An artist who works for a London based design studio has created photograph frames out of placentas for mothers to display their baby's photo in. FULL ARTICLE 

A battery which uses Brussels sprouts to power Christmas tree lights has been created by a team at The Big Bang UK Young Scientists and Engineers Fair. FULL ARTICLE

A 92 year old war veteran was stopped from buying alcohol from his local shop because he didn't have any identification. FULL ARTICLE

An angry wife from Swansea, South Wales made her cheating husband splutter over his pint after persuading a bar owner to change their shop sign to: “Paul...I am divorcing you.” FULL ARTICLE

After several 'unnerving' sightings of clowns, Norfolk police have issued a statement saying that it isn't against the law to dress up a clown and advised that as no one has been hurt or assaulted people should ignore the clowns so as not to give them the attention they probably wanted. FULL ARTICLE

And finally, probably the most pointless article of the week .....

A poll has concluded that the paperclip is the most essential item of office stationary. FULL ARTICLE

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Bad Alice said...

Ugh. Photo frames made from placentas? That makes me queasy, and they look disgusting, too. Of all the things in the world to recycle...

Kelly said...

Hmmm. That picture frame has to be one of the more bizarre things I've seen in awhile. I don't think I'd want one.

Karen said...

We must protect those 92 year olds from themselves lol

Yvonne @ Fiction Books Reviews said...

Hi Tracy,

I'm with everyone else, those frames made out of placenta actually sound nauseating and I made the mistake of opening the article and seeing the finished thing Ugh! I bet they are popular though .. a bit like the idea of having a loved one's ashes added to paint and included in a 'personalised' painting!!

I am loving the idea of the knitting machine powered by the force of 'tweets'. It's a shame that someone can't come up with an idea for a permanent piece of machinery which makes knits for charity, with the wool being donated by the public, along with their tweets!

An interesting, if slightly over the top selection this week, I am sure that we are becoming more eccentric with time in this country!

Have a great week,


Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I kind of got stuck at placenta frames and got squicked out. :P

Suko said...

These stories are just too much--too much fun, that is! My favorite one is probably the tweet-powered sweater knitter! That is very cool.

Cherie Reich said...

Love hearing these news stories! They're great for a laugh. And I second the poll about the paperclip. :)

Stephanie@Fairday's Blog said...

Knitting done by tweets. Wow!

I guess paperclips are really important- I do use them every day. :)

Also- love the Brussels spout powered lights!

Brian Joseph said...

I actually know someone who claims to have been knocked down by a goose. Whatever the true cause of the incident it resulted in a broken wrist. Watch out for those birds!

Lindsay said...

Another amazing collection of stories, Tracy! Thank you for sharing them all. I love the animation of the ducks! :) I'd heard about all the clowns in Norfolk - bizarre!

Literary Feline said...

The Knitbot idea sounds pretty fun. LOL

That is sad about the ban from feeding the ducks, but I do understand to some extent. The geese especially can be very aggressive.

Love the article about the paperclip. Pointless, yes, but it really is a handy little device. LOL

StarTraci said...

I love the tweeting knitter! That's hilarious.

I would think that any shopkeeper could tell that a 92 yr old was of age -- haha!

Barbara said...

Hi Tracy, that council is barmy – lets all go feed some ducks! I’ve Tweeted #jumpers4des – well it would be rude not too. I would be thrilled to be asked for identity in Tesco’s – but I don’t think it's likely to happen. I have lots of lovely reading to do on your blog now that I’m back from my hols. Thanks for providing so much entertainment. Barbara xx

Masshole Mommy said...

Paper clips are pretty important, though. If you get the colored ones you can make cool paper clip chains out of them to decorate your office :)

Heather said...

having gone through labour and delivery twice, If I am going to take something home, I'll take the baby and leave the placenta.

Betty Manousos said...

another fun collection of stories, tracy!
my favourite one is probably the tweeting knitter. that's too funny!

big hugs~

NRIGirl said...

I am so sorry for my absence from the blog world. Have missed your posts. Glad to catch up now.

Wishing you and yours a very happy new year 2014, Tracy. Stay blessed.