- Richard Cazeau at Odd News12 hrs ago
I'm sure many men have dreamed of an island completely populated by exotic women. Of course, fantasy is fantasy, but what if it were reality? In a certain regard, it is — in Noiva do Cordeiro, Brazil.
It's a scenic rural town in the hills outside of Belo Horizante with one big quirk, or perk, depending on whom you talk to. This Brazilian town is inhabited and governed almost entirely by women, its population consisting of more than 600 mostly single women aged 20 to 25. Sons are sent away at 18, and spouses are banned from the town except on weekends.
Now the women have made an appeal to bring more single men to the town. But there's one caveat: Men have to follow their rules. OK, that shouldn't be too hard to do. But the truth is that any incoming men have to follow all the guidelines that the women created, from town planning to farming, religion, and more.
- Richard Cazeau at Odd News1 day ago
Human beings love self-expression, and photography is one of the greatest mediums to do it with. But who knew that the selfie could become a form of not just self-expression, but self-indulgence? Now, taking the selfie to a whole new level, and brand new heights, is a group of students in Hong Kong who have gone the distance to capture a selfie unlike any other. Watch the video — it's slightly unsettling, but then again, this team seems a little bananas to begin with. The trio of Daniel Lau, Andrew Tso and A.S. are shown looking fearless and comfy atop Hong Kong's fifth tallest building, the Centre, which towers at 1,135 feet against the Chinese city's skyline. How'd they get the money shot? These photo enthusiasts used a wide angle lens and a selfie stick. And yes, that's what it's called. To celebrate the breathtaking view, they consumed some bananas. This isn't the first time we've seen a daring and deadly self-portrait. Back in June, photographer Lee Thomson climbed to the top of the Christ The Redeemer statue in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil for his once- in-a-lifetime snapshot. These two international feats just might be the beginning of a new, possibly ill-advised selfie trend.
- Odd News2 days ago
Let me start by saying that I'm pleased that musical cats are no longer the measure of "cuteness" when it comes to viral Internet videos. In fact, hamsters were the original cute little animals roaming amid miniature furniture and vehicles courtesy of a 1960s British-Canadian children's show called "Tales of the Riverbank," which featured rodents such as Hammy Hamster and G.P. the Guinea Pig.
But there's nothing wrong with spinning an old idea in a new way. Back in April, we showed you a video of a tiny hamster eating bite-sized burritos, courtesy of Hello Denizen. That clip has had more than 8 million views on YouTube and continues to entertain.
But this hamster delves into miniature pizzas and even through a mini birthday party. And the whole affair goes on as the little whiskers get new digs, namely a mini mansion made for a new mini Internet star. Living in the lap of luxury, this rodent gets up late, eats, eats again and again, and takes a trip in a mini grocery-hauler.
With the ticker showing more than 260,000 views so far, maybe this little guy is really the newest "fat cat."
- Zain Meghji at Odd News5 days ago
Gibraltar, at the entrance of the Mediterranean Sea, is one of the most densely populated areas of the world and includes a couple hundred very special that make up the only group of wild monkeys in Europe.
The Barbary macaques are friendly with locals, and amuse tourists — but alas, for a few of them, their free reign may be over. Though they usually stay put at the top of the Rock of Gibraltar, the macaques have been venturing down into the city center in search of a meal and are becoming a nuisance. One local told BBC News, "In the past three months, we’ve had whole packs of monkeys coming down — with a [male] leader," adding that some are aggressive and threatening.
There was a cull to reduce the macaque population a few years ago, but that is not seen as the solution now. This time around, 30 of the most daring of these primates will be captured, cared for by vets, and eventually sent to a safari park elsewhere.
- Zain Meghji at Odd News6 days ago
Though it might be a common response, one Tennessee high school student claims that her "Bless you" got her sent to in-school suspension. Kendra Turner, 17, took to her Facebook page to describe the scenario at Dyer County High School, posting:
According to , Assistant Principal Lynn Garner explained, "The child was not punished," and that the school suspension is simply a supervised area in the main office for students when an issue needs to be looked into. He said there are still discrepancies between what social media has put out and what happened and that he has spoken to the teacher. "It was a class disruption, not a religious issue, that the school is dealing with."
Last night, posting to Facebook, Turner remained resolute that this was persecution, writing,
- Zain Meghji at Odd News7 days ago
Not since the fictional town of Bomont in the movie " Footloose" lifted its ban on dancing have more people rejoiced in in their freedom of entertainment than in Oakland, California, where just last month an 80-year ban on the public use of pinball machines was removed. Yes, pinball machines.
Back in the 1930s, the Bay Area city laid down the law prohibiting the machines because they were being used for illegal gambling.
Josh Sharpe, the president of the International Flipper Pinball Association, told , "There was this stigma for what pinball was, which stuck around as it evolved into an amusement machine, with electricity and the opportunity to control the ball via flippers."
Now that the pings and clangs of the pinball machines can be heard without repercussion, Radio Shack is hosting a monthlong pinball tournament inside its Oakland location to celebrate. Participants must score 50 million points or more to qualify for the competition, and then the top 16 players will be invited back in September for the finals. The gamers are playing on an " Iron Man"- edition machine, which one lucky winner gets to take home as the grand prize.
- Zain Meghji at Odd News8 days ago
Everyone loves a good makeover, especially with stunning results. Take a look at a new digital technique that allows for dramatic real-time facial redesigns. Artist Nobumichi Asaiworked with a team of CGI designers, photographers, programmers and make-up artists to create a video in which a model gets a series of virtual makeovers. Called O-MOTE, the process uses real-time face-tracking and projection-mapping technology to create visual changes to the physical features of model Yuka Sekimizu. A camera maps her face and then projects digital graphics onto it; these are manipulated and shifted to match the movements of her head. The system is capable of some incredible effects. While Asai has used projection mapping on stationary objects to put CGI onto cars, docks, and buildings, this is the first time he's done it with the more difficult contours of the human face. No word yet on how extensive the movements can be within the limits of the system. How do you think this technology can be put to good use? Let us know in the comments below.
- Zain Meghji at Odd News9 days ago
Meet Jamie and Emily Pharro, newlyweds from Lincolnshire, England. After their nuptials on Aug. 1, the pair handed their keys over to friends to look after their cats while they were on their honeymoon.
Upon their return from a glorious holiday in Italy, the Pharros found that their prankster pals had arranged a — in the way of 14,000 Post-it notes covering the first floor of their house. The sticky pieces of paper covered the entryway, the living room, and the kitchen.
A hidden camera captured the reactions of the new Mr. and Mrs. Pharro.
"Our living room has got glass panels in the door, so we could see as soon as we got inside what they'd done, and then we saw the camera," Emily Pharro, 29, told the Daily Mail. "The notes were all over the living room walls and everything. I think that in a few weeks, we'll still be finding the odd one about!"
It had taken their friends eight hours to pull off the sticky act. As for what mischief-makers had to say about it: They let the notes speak for themselves, with a message left on the television that read, "so sorry."
- Zain Meghji at Odd News12 days ago
No matter how you feel about the Michael Bay "Transformers" movies, most kids — and kids at heart — agree it would be awesome to see one of these giant Autobots in real life.
Thanks to robotics researchers at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., the idea of multiple automated machines congregating to achieve a common goal is one step .
Meet the kilobots. Yes, like "kill-o-bot," but don't let the name scare you. These little guys are harmless and are made for about $14 each.
They use infrared lights to communicate and vibration to move, but what's really cool is their ability to work together to form basic shapes without direct manipulation.
Researchers input a desired shape, and the kilobots organize themselves into the pattern. But how? Seed bots first move into place to form the core of a shape, sending infrared light blasts to the other kilobots, which one by one move around the outside of the core until they are in place.
While this looks more like an anthill than Optimus Prime and the Autobots, you can imagine how powerful, or just scary, a team of robots working together on their own could be.
- Zain Meghji at Odd News13 days ago
Take a look at the brand-new exit sign on Atlanta's most well-known road, the Downtown Connector.
It looks normal at first, marked exits for Williams Street, World Congress Center, the Georgia Dome, and … hmmm … that's not how you spell aquarium .
The Department Of Transportation is already of addressing the mistake. The extra 'i' was the fault of the sign maker, DOT spokesperson Natalie Dale told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, saying, "We are aware. Vanna, we'd like to return a vowel."
She added that the spelling error should be fixed by rush hour on Thursday. Changing signs on the interstate would likely require lane closures, which the DOT didn't want to do during rush hour. This is most likely what contributed to the delay in a replacement of the sign, which has been up for less than a week.
Since the error was not the fault of the DOT, taxpayers won't be on the hook for fixing it.
The aquarium staff had not commented on the sign's attempt to put some "air" in Aquarium.