- Odd News15 hrs ago
Have you ever dreamed of living inside of a shopping mall? Well, now is your chance! Rhode Island's Arcade Providence, built in 1928 and considered to be the world's oldest indoor shopping center, has been converted into housing with a twist: 38 micro-apartments.
The building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976, but due to a lack of maintenance, it continued to fall apart. That is, until developer Evan Granoff bought the building in 2008 with the idea of introducing tiny-space living to the city. He thought the historical revival would serve as both a preservation effort and a chance to create affordable housing in the financial district of Providence. With rents starting at $550 a month, the teeny-weeny pads range from 225 to 300 square feet and include a bedroom, a bathroom, a living room, built-in storage, and an ovenless kitchen. There are coffee shops and retail stores on the building's first level, but sound from the commercial spaces is buffered by large bay windows, an idea inspired by old-ship construction.
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News3 days ago
The Annals of Improbable Research Magazine announced the IG Nobel Prize winners at Harvard University on Thursday and seen on a live webcast. According to the magazine, the prizes are awarded for people who have done something to make people laugh, then think. The theme this year was food. Among the many categories, these made us laugh then think:
For physics, four people from Japan won from measuring the amount of friction between a shoe and a banana skin and between a banana and the floor when a person steps on it.
For neuroscience, the winners in China tried to understand what happens in the brain of people who see the face of Jesus in a piece of toast.
For medicine, the prize was given out to several smarties from the U.S. and India who were able to treat uncontrollable nosebleeds using cured pork as nasal packing strips.
And then there was the category for arctic science. The winners are from Norway and Germany. They won for testing how reindeer react to seeing humans who are disguised as polar bears.
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News4 days ago
Detecting a home that houses multiple cats is sometimes very easy, but none have as much cat-itude as Greg Krueger's home in St. James, Minn. The 49-year-old has been constructing the perfect (read: purrrfect) habitat over the last 15 years for his four cat friends/roommates. The house features about 100 yards of overhead catwalks, elaborate staircases, and secret hideouts that feature comfortable padding and soft lighting. Some of the openings in the walls are shaped like cats, and one is in the shape of a bird.
His reason for building the feline palace is a combination of his passions. He says, "I just love trails and paths, and cats, of course, and so I've just linked those passions together." But there may be a more scientific reason for why Krueger spends hours thinking of new designs for his cat home. Last year, he was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger syndrome. He says of his diagnosis, "Obviously, my house would not be like this if I didn't have Asperger's. If it takes a long time, I don't care, because if I like what I'm doing, then I almost don't want to finish what I'm doing."
- Henry Baker at Odd News5 days ago
Takeru Kobayashi has destroyed heaping amounts of food and numerous challengers over the years as a competitive eater. He once ate 110 hot dogs in 10 minutes. He smashed a world record when he ate 97 hamburgers in 94 seconds. The burgers were slider-sized, but still, it's impressive. Even though it has been a few years since he in competitive eating's largest event, Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest, he's still getting his name out there in the gustatory world. His newest challenger is the hungriest — — yet.
Tiny Hamster is the star of a few insanely viral videos, in which he has been seen first eating tiny burritos then transitioning to birthday cake. Though he may be small, this rodent is no slouch when it comes to wolfing down minifoods. In a YouTube video uploaded on Tuesday, Kobayashi and the Hamster go belly-to-belly eating "hot dogs," or in the hamster's case, a mixture of apple, grape, and carrot cut into tiny pieces, and stuffed into bread. Each competitor in the video holds his own.
- Henry Baker at Odd News6 days ago
Who doesn't love a good dip in the dead of summer? Well, for one family, that love of poolside fun extends to ursine visitors as well. at a family's home in Sierra Madre, California, and proceeded to enjoy the cool relaxation of the outdoor pool for 15 minutes before wandering off.
One of the house's owners, Thomas See, caught the visit on tape. It's hard to blame the bear — weekend temperatures in the area were in the triple digits. See mentioned that bears had been seen in the area scrounging for trash but that one had not visited his pool before.
The video is already the stuff of viral gold, with a ton of fans. Viewers feel for the bear, citing the "unBEARable" (sorry) heat. The population of black bears in California is about 25,000 to 30,000, though most of them live north and east of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Luckily, they rarely attack, with the last recorded interaction being with a hiker who was injured in 2003.
Of course, this isn't the only news we have of bears interacting with humans. Over in Jellystone Park, and its young companion stealing picnic baskets have picked up this summer.
- Henry Baker at Odd News7 days ago
While most dogs are content to cover, at most, a couple thousand feet on a walk, Riley the dachshund is gaining international fame for traversing 13,000 — vertically. Riley's owner, Nathan Batiste, is a photographer from San Francisco, Calif., who has some experience with skydiving. He has more than 400 jumps under his belt, but he had always wanted to bring the dachshund he and his girlfriend adopted in 2009 along for one of them.
The two frequently brought Riley to the drop zone for walks, and he became fast friends with many of the frequent skydivers. Recently, Nathan made Riley's first jump a reality. He had a friend craft a special harness and "doggles" for the 4-year-old dachshund, and all that was left was to take to the sky.
- Richard Cazeau at Odd News10 days ago
Sampling commercial products comes in many forms, from tasting new foods and drinks or test-driving cars to trying out the latest video games. How about sampling your own funeral and getting a taste of your last goodbye before you're placed six feet under or cremated, depending on your preference. Whether you think it's cool or creepy, it's happening. And it's big in Japan.
in Tokyo is a popular annual festival dedicated to the preparation and personalization of funerals. Shukatsu in Japanese means "preparing for one's end." The event attracts more than 5,000 people every August, and with Japan's aging population, it has seen a spike in attendance. For a third year in a row, the country has held the title for having the world's oldest population. Residents age 65 and older make up one-quarter of the population.
- Richard Cazeau at Odd News11 days ago
Typically, fine dining establishments earn their reputations by creating and serving delicious meals for discriminating customers, but have you ever heard of a café for the dogs? Whole Pet Kitchen in Manila, Philippines, is a one-stop dining experience that caters to patrons furrier than your average restaurant customer. The '"barkery'" serves all kinds of pets but focuses mostly on canine consumers. Owner Giannina Gonzalez says dog diets are just as important as those of their loving owners. If you can stand to eat at the same table as your pooch, this might be the hot spot for you, airfare not included. And pricing is reasonable, with baked goods, such as muffins, costing as little as $4. The Kitchen is run just like any restaurant for people, and the chefs use healthy fare in their dishes, like organic extra-virgin coconut oil, turmeric, and carefully selected meats. But just because the café caters to doggies, that doesn't mean that it's an "anything goes" venue. Health and safety standards are in play, and all ingredients are properly controlled. For example, the signature lasagna doesn't include tomato sauce, because nightshade fruits and vegetables, including tomatoes, are hazardous to dogs. It's one thing to fall in love with a new dining experience, but if your pup starts loving the menu more than you had imagined, you may be in trouble. Your personal dining budget could eventually go to the dogs.
- Richard Cazeau at Odd News13 days ago
While the United States has plenty of clever criminals, there's no shortage of stupid crooks with a big plan. Some of those offenders seem to ignore the finer details in creating their very own lottery win. Some will even employ all kinds of creative methods and tools to steal things. But making off with a piece of construction equipment valued at $135,000 — to break into an ATM — would be a new low.
Early Monday morning in Jacksonville, Florida, employees at a Synovus Bank branch arrived to discover a bizarre scene. A 10,000-pound variable reach forklift was lodged in the building's drive-through ATM. Apparently the ATM had sustained damage overnight from repeated attempts to crash it open.
The forklift in question had come from a nearby construction site. Jacksonville police dusted for prints on another vehicle in the lot. They are also reviewing the bank's surveillance footage.
- Richard Cazeau at Odd News14 days ago
It's no secret that the city of Detroit has been suffering through financial tough times for decades with ongoing budget cuts and debt. It's the largest city in the United States to ever declare bankruptcy, with legal proceedings still continuing.
Those affected by those cuts include city service-workers such as the Detroit Fire Department firefighters, who have been using unusual, creative, to deal with the lack of resources and technology. In fact, things have gotten so bad that unlike most modern fire stations across America, which have computerized alert systems for emergencies, many Detroit stations use soda cans filled with metal screws, or sometimes pocket change, and fax machines. When an emergency call comes in, an antiquated fax expels a sheet of paper, knocking a cola can off the top of the machine — that's it, that's all. And it's strangely efficient.
Now this isn't how all the stations operate, but it's not far off. Some stations have rigged their fax machines to wiring connected to standard firehouse bells.