London Garden

This is a really interesting concept that I trawled out of the Internet one day: a portion of London with no cars.

There are buses and public bikes but that’s it. The buses are really cool, being predominantly see-through and futuristic, but the really good stuff has to do with the bike. It consists of two hub-less wheels connected to a generator/pedals/handles bit in the center. More on the generator in a bit.

The wheels fold in across the bike on either side, turning it into an easily stored disc. The folded bikes can be put in a public bike repository that’s shaped like a tree (bikes in branches) to prevent vandalism.

The generator serves a very cool purpose – it replaces a bus fee. If you charge up the generator sufficiently by using the bike normally, you can fold the bike, hop on a bus, dock the bike in a special hole in the floor and the bus uses the electricity as your fare.

The bus stops are designed to take renewable energy from as many different sources as possible. The aforementioned ‘bike tree’ forms a part of the stop and harvests energy from the moving of the ‘branches’ in the wind. A roof over the bus stop has solar panels embedded in it, and it is funneled inwards to harvest energy from water.

I’m not too sure how the last function works, but I think it’s similar to the little water-powered clocks you can buy as kits, only on a larger scale. All of this is put into London’s power grid and used by other things.

This concept recently won the Seymour Powell award as part of their ‘Future City Mobility’ competition. This is really well designed and these people deserved their prize. Pictures below.

LolCats

The scourge has finally overcome the walls of IHCTOAT and infested this blog. I have succumbed to LolCats, and made my own picture:

Literal Music Videos

This is a trend that is sweeping (or has swept, I’m not very up-to-date) YouTube: literal music videos. The concept is is that you remove the lyrics of terrible music videos and sing whatever’s happening to the song. There’s Penny Lane, Total Eclipse Of The Heart and Never Gonna Let You Down (The infamous RickRoll video). See some of the videos below.

EDIT: The videos don’t seem to want to embed, to the URLS are below

Total Eclipse Of The Heart –
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lj-x9ygQEGA

Never Gonna Let You Down –
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kr2jlCyCJBI

Official Sport Of Slurping

These people seem to be genuinely serious. The Official Sport Of Slurping (OSOS) lobby is a well-organized group whose agenda is to have national slurpee drinking in the Olympics by 2020. OSOS have already sent (as of this writing) approx. 30171 petitions to various officials worldwide. There are T-shirts and website banners and all kinds of merchandise, not least of which is an official OSOS slurpee cup. Slurpee drinking is where you (and/or other people) must drink a slurpee as fast as possible. Add to that the fact that slurpees are frozen and can cause brain freeze, and you have the world’s most stupid sport. In a good way. There are already rules and regulations drawn up, from cup size to temperature. Looks like this is something to watch out for.

Chk-Chk Boom!

Recently a woman was interviewed after a shooting in the King’s Cross district in Sydney, a notorious area for violence and drugs. When asked for an account of what happened, she had this to say:

“The fatter wog said to the skinnier wog: ‘Oi bro, you slept with my cousin’. And the other one said: ‘Nah man, I didn’t for shit, eh’ and the other one goes: ‘I will call on my fully sick boys, eh’. And then pulled out a gun and went chk-chk boom!”

Yes. Hm. Wonder what her blood chemistry was like at that moment. There’s a music remix of the video as well at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RDt4q2cDRlQ. And in the true spirit if the Internet, there’s coffee mugs, T-shirts and beer steins of various kinds.

Insults In Foreign Languages

I found this while randomly trawling a forum for fun stuff to talk about and I found a link to this, a list of strange insults in foreign languages from around the globe. Please note that being insults, not all of the content is appropriate and viewer discretion is advised.

Museum of Bad Art

This was found on the front page of Wikipedia, and it immediately caught my eye. It is an institution dedicated to the preserving and showcasing of truly bad art, often scavenged from the rubbish. They have many works for display, a couple of which have even been stolen from the MoBA and then returned because they were so awful. The official website has many of their pieces up for free viewing, and you can sign up to give your opinion of any and all paintings.

(Not an April Fool’s)