It could be the question to surpass even cheesy pick-up lines in bars, clubs, and pubs, if Mötorhead fans have their way. The death of Mötorhead frontman, founder and bassist, Lemmy Kilmister has left many music fans reeling. Since not everyone can hope to master the art of the friendly mutton chops, the next best thing apparently, was for fans to turn to online petitions. One Mötorhead fan is petitioning on Change, with the following: A Jack Daniels and Coke will forever be associated with Ian Fraser “Lemmy” Kilmister, the iconic founder of Motorhead. To celebrate and remember one of Rock and Roll’s true legends, I petition everyone to henceforth and hereafter refer to the combination of Jack Daniels Whiskey and Coca-Cola as a “Lemmy”. Let it be so. With the campaign to rename a Jack and Coke a Lemmy having gathered over 30,000 signatures thus far, it just might ...Read More »
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Being left in a hot car has claimed the life of one of two dogs in Cairns, Australia. One dog, the male, had to be euthanased. The second dog, the female, is presently under municipal care. The incident occurred yesterday on Wharf Street in Cairns, Australia, while the owner of the car, Graham John Oakes was in a Queensland court. He will now face criminal charges over the incident. Charged with two counts of animal cruelty, Oakes is scheduled to appear in the Cairns Magistrates Court on 22 January. Bystanders gave the dogs water through the partially opened car window in an attempt to save them, but it wasn’t enough. At this time of year in the near 40 degree heat of Cairns, Queensland, and with the dogs spending over two hours locked in the hot car, by the time council arrived to extract the dogs, the male dog was ...Read More »
“Would you like a shirt and shoes with that?” McDonald’s and its newish Create Your Taste menu in Australia may be as claimed as being “very un McDonald’s” and possibly more than a bit la-di-da. However, when it comes to the McDonald’s Oak Park restaurant in Melbourne, Victoria, imposing a dress code on its customers, it’s a bit like the notorious pickle: Some want it kept in, others would rather throw it out. Although it is not standard practice, or McDonald’s corporate policy, to implement a dress code across the McDonald’s stores in Australia, the Oak Park McDonald’s restaurant in Melbourne initially displayed the following sign: No shirt. No shoes. No service. Making it not so much a case of supersize me, as a case of refine me. Sartorially speaking, that is. Ignore the menu for the moment. The Oak Park restaurant is located nearby the Oak Park Aquatic Centre, ...Read More »
Ever wanted to be like Willy Wonka, but less disturbing and not exploit the Oompa Loompas? That’s not the easiest wish to grant. And a golden ticket probably isn’t going to help either. However, German candy company Katjes may be offering the next best thing: The Magic Candy Factory So back to the fantastical printed stories of Roald Dahl then? Not quite. It’s very much reality, and all the printing actually occurs in 3D in the Magic Candy Factory. Yes, that’s right. The Magic Candy Factory is a fully functioning 3D printer for gum candy, and is said to be the first-ever 3D food printer available to the public. Consumers rejoice for lollies have discovered the hypothetical z-axis or third dimension. Was it mentioned that the Magic Candy Factory 3D prints in gummy? At last it’s possible for Gummi artisans, who work exclusively in the medium of Gummi, to make ...Read More »
Dismaland, while perhaps not the unhappiest place on earth, is a Bemusement Park instead. Dismaland is part of a dystopian and satirised vision of the world, done artistically. Or at least done by artists. It’s part of the dark and suitably pseudonymous work of the artist Banksy in collaboration with others. Located on the seafront of Weston-super-Mare in Somerset, England, Banksy’s Dismaland runs this year from 22 August to 27 September. The less than subtle nods to Disneyland, are likely an antidote for those who’ve choked on too many of the Panglossian viewpoints. Spoon-fed medicine that has been taken with too much sugar to make it all go down. It’s about Dismaland’s attractions harmlessly indulging in some dark thoughts which have crossed the minds of more than a few at some point in time. Though such thoughts may have actually been closer to the original stories than their Disney animated ...Read More »
In the great Australian tradition that is the bogan, what better way to celebrate real Aussie pride in a town than to create a Big Bogan statue for it? Because that’s exactly what the town of Nyngan in the middle of NSW, Australia, is planning on doing. The Bogan Shire Council, approved the idea several months back, believing that it’ll bring tourists into Nyngan and the general area. And the Big Bogan statue could be unveiled as soon as late September this year. Now, if some are wondering about the appropriateness of celebrating the bogan, or thinking that maybe having a Big Bogan statue in the middle of town may have a negative impact on the perception of the Nyngan community, these concerns have already been voiced. But the Big Bogan statue is moving ahead like a V8 Holden ute filled with beer and a Southern Cross paintjob on dole ...Read More »
Dogs. Love them or loathe them, somewhere people are likely to be walking them. Leashed or unleashed, is less of the point here. Because no matter how well trained, at some point dogs are going to want to go to the toilet. Maybe the dog is well trained and simply got caught short. Maybe it’s none of the above. The number one variety doesn’t seem to matter too much to people. Whether it’s for labelling or something else. When you’ve got to go, you’ve got to go. Even in dog-terms. And it should drain away easily enough if outside. While Tarō Gomi assured us in his book that Everyone Poops (or by another title Everyone Eats and …), the author didn’t specifically mention that dogs poop. So that may explain some of the confusion and taboo, but dogs do poop. The question of where dogs poo, can be of importance ...Read More »
The advanced robotics company Boston Dynamics aims change the idea of what robots can do. Outside of science fiction, getting robots to move in a naturalistic manner has proven extremely challenging. But that challenge is being risen to. Traditionally, Boston Dynamics has stuck to robots of the four-legged (quadrupedal) variety, but it has also been working away on the two-legged (bipedal) variety as well. Called Atlas, the agile anthropomorphic robot is very much a humanoid. Two arms, two legs, and a head. In the past, Atlas has been confined to indoors testing environments. The ability to provide a controlled environment is crucial in the early testing phases. Now though, whilst Atlas may not be quite ready to shoulder the weight of the world, the robot has been unleashed to take its first steps walking about in the outside world. Unleashed may not be a wholly accurate description. Because Atlas is ...Read More »
Many are familiar with the phrase “wife beater” but what it means exactly, can vary considerably by demographics. Not that it’s an endorsement domestic violence, but that it’s often used as a colloquial phrase to refer to an item of clothing. Some refer to flannelette shirts as “wife beaters” while others use the phrase as a reference to blue singlets. It’s with respect to the latter, that the This Is Not A Wife Beater campaign in Australia is seeking to make a difference. Challenging how people refer to the item of clothing. Part of this has been to take the blue singlet and relabel them as “respecters” with writing on the navy blue singlets as shown below: Image Credit: thisisnawb The campaign has its origins back in 2013 at the Australian National University (ANU) women’s department in Canberra, ACT, Australia. Alisa Draskovic, speaking to 666 ABC Canberra said about the ...Read More »
Virtual reality (VR) has been a long time coming. Attempts have been made at it. Like Nintendo’s ill-fated Virtual Boy back in 1995, but as the red and black graphics demonstrated, the technology really wasn’t ready yet. Skip forward about two decades, and the distance has delivered better technology and various lateral thoughts on the VR matter. Movies have dabbled with 3D, and it has been a mixed bag. The glasses don’t exactly endear themselves to a lot of people, and the visual experience doesn’t always work. At times giving the sense of 3D films being the lovechild of a bad pop-up book and Mode 7 graphics from the 90s. Nintendo made the attempt to do away with the glasses entirely and still give the 3D experience, with its handheld 3DS. Of course the viewing area is tiny compared to the cinema screen. Others such as the Oculus Rift, have ...Read More »