Looking for a gift for the geek who has everything? How about this – a detailed 1:18 scale model of the Delorean from the Back to the Future movies, which is also a 500GB hard drive? The $250 car-shaped hard drive features gull wing doors an opening bonnet and even a replica of the reactor needed for time travel. It simply plugs into your PC’s USB socket and you can utilise the Seagate storage hidden within. Dave Hersch of US company Flash Rods says: “After four years of engineering, it’s finally out and worth the wait. This is one of the coolest hard drive cars we have ever made. It would be hard to have more fun than this rolling around your desk top.”
NYU photography professor Wafaa Bilal displays the digital camera attached to the mount implanted in the back of his head. The concept of the project, titled “The 3rd I”, is based on the idea of capturing things without the interference of a viewfinder, according to Bilal. For the next year, images from the camera will be streamed over the internet and at a museum in Qatar which commissioned this project.
An employee loads packages containing live hairy crabs into a vending machine at a main subway station in Nanjing, Jiangsu province, China. The crabs cost from 10 yuan (96p) to 50 yuan (£4.80), depending on size and gender, and customers are promised a compensation of three live crabs if their purchase is dead.
People look at Gold to go vending machine, which dispenses gold bars and coins, in Boca Raton, Florida, America.
This is the Doughnut To-Go, a lockable, colorful plastic case to protect your doughnut – there is even a handle to make carrying it around easy. The £7.50 Doughnut-To-Go is available online. We imagine Homer Simpson must have several of them for his packed lunch.
A model wears Triumph International’s “Grow Your Own Rice bra” in Tokyo. The bra, which transforms into a rice-growing kit, allows the wearer to cultivate rice anytime, anywhere. It was created in hopes that more people will become familiar with farming and develop awareness of the importance of agriculture, the lingerie maker said.
A model wears the “Welcome to Japan Bra” made by Triumph Lingerie. The bra features a uniform-like dark blue bustier with three gold buttons and a wraparound skirt with a Japanese map. With a push of each button, the message “Welcome to Japan” will play in three languages: English, Chinese and Korean.
Giant USB cables have been spotted in Australia. With one stretching almost two kilometers long, the bizarre sight can only fully be appreciated by satellite. But these are not part of God’s computer set-up; they are in fact dirt tracks leading to foundations for a wind turbine project in a rural area of Australia.
The Dark Knight’s Bat Cave may have been discovered on Google Maps. An eagle-eyed web user has spotted Batman’s logo clearly daubed on a hangar at a US Air Force base in Japan. The symbol has been painted in white on one of the hangars used for housing the fighter aircraft of America’s 18th Wing squadrons. But rather than being the Far East hideaway of the Caped Crusader, the logo most likely references the bat emblem of the 44th Squadron which is based at the Kadena Air Base in Okinawa.
A Chinese farmer received two watermelons for the price of one after harvesting a double fruit from his field in Wuhan, central China’s Hubei province. 25-year-old Xiong Wei said: “It’s the first time for me to see such a weird shaped watermelon.” (Although we had seen another one just two weeks earlier…)
A man holds conjoined watermelons at a supermarket in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, China.
Wang Ming holds up a carrot discovered in her mother’s field in Jilin City, northeastern China’s Jilin Province that looks just like a hand.
Here’s a presidential action figure with a six-pack. The 12-inch high doll, created by Hong Kong Company Hot Toys, has detachable muscles for those who prefer to see him less pumped up. The packaging does not mention Barack Obama by name and calls him simply an African American. But there’s no doubt that the doll has the look of the US President.
XOS-2 test engineer Rex Jameson does push-ups during a demonstration at the Raytheon Sarcos research facility in Salt Lake City, Utah. The Raytheon second generation Exoskeleton (XOS 2) makes any wearer a real life ‘Iron Man’. Developed by Salt Lake City based Raytheon Sarcos, the suit was designed to be used by the US military to allow one soldier to do the work of two or three, lifting heavy munitions, with an eye one day on bringing a field version for infantry into action.
Some 2,175 students make the largest simultaneous Coke fountain, during a Guinness World Records attempt in Changchun, Jilin province of China.
Barbecue chef Ted Reader holds a bottle of champagne to celebrate the finish of a giant hamburger, weighing 590lb, in Toronto, Canada.
A mouse in a loaf of Hovis Best of Both bread which was bought by Stephen Forse, from Kidlington, Oxfordshire, purchased online from Tesco, through a store in Bicester. Mr Forse was sickened when he found a dead mouse in his loaf of bread while making sandwiches for his children. The father-of-two thought the bread was just discoloured but on closer inspection saw the object was covered in fur.
A contestant in a beard championship presents himself to the jury at Gasthof Werdenfelser Hof in Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Germany.
A dancer inserts a fork into his nose during the filming of a music video by Cuban director Arturo Santana in Havana.
A street performer named Chayne Hultgren (aka The Space Cowboy), re-enacts his 18-sword swallowing attempt for a Guinness World Record in front of the Sydney Opera House.
A youth named Chaman demonstrates how he can blow cigarette smoke through his ears, in New Delhi, India.
A man had to be rescued by firefighters after getting his hand stuck down the toilet while trying to retrieve a bottle of shampoo. Wang Xuekui explains: “I wanted to wash my hair, but accidentally dropped the shampoo bottle into the toilet hole.” He put his hand down the hole in an effort to fish the bottle out. “I touched the bottle but when I was going to pull it out my arm was suddenly sucked in.” Wang shouted to wake his wife and the couple spent half an hour trying to free him before admitting defeat and calling for help. Firefighters first tried to free Wang’s arm by covering it in soapy water and then cooking oil, but it was stuck fast. Eventually they had to resort to more desperate measures, entering the flat below and sawing open the pipe Wang’s hand was stuck in and then enlarging the hole in his bathroom floor. Eventually, five hours after he first got stuck, Wang was freed.
A six-year-old Chinese boy was the subject of a dramatic rescue after getting his head stuck between two window bars – leaving him dangling over an eight storey drop. Passers-by in Yichang, Hubei Province were alerted to Ming Ming’s predicament when they heard his screams. The only thing stopping him from plunging to the ground below was the fact his head was trapped between two window bars, and his ears were holding him up.
She may only be two years old but Pang Ya already tips the scales at 41.5kg (6.5st). This means that the toddler already weighs the same as an average fully grown, adult Chinese woman. Her worried family is now seeking assistance to help their obese daught.
Amazonian wrestler Lindsay Hayward, 23, aka Isis, poses with a local market stall worker in Chinatown in New York City. Lindsay is a six-foot-nine wrestler and model. “I have a rule that I never date anyone below 6ft 4ins at least. Normally I eat about 3lbs of rare steak a day. I’m always hungry. I need a lot of food,” she said. She reached six foot tall by the age of nine and reached her full height by the time she was 13.
A Guinness World Records official hands over a certificate to the world’s shortest man, Khagendra Thapa Magar in Pokhara, some 200 kms west of Kathmandu. The Nepalese teenager whose tiny stature has made him a celebrity in his homeland entered the record books as the world’s shortest man at 67.08 cm or 26.4 inches according to new measurements by Guinness, as he celebrated his 18th birthday. He takes the title from Colombia’s Edward Niño Hernandez, whose record stood for just five weeks. Khagendra measures 2 ft 2.41 in (67.08 cm) tall, nearly 2 inches shorter than his predecessor.
The world’s tallest man, Sultan Kosen, standing at 8 ft 1 in (246.5 cm), poses with He Pingping who was the shortest man in the world before he died on March 13, 2010, standing at 2 ft 5.37 in (74.61 cm).