Archive for June, 2010

We can rebuild him. We have the technology. Introducing the world’s first bionic…kitty?

June 25, 2010

A few more implants and he would take on the combine harvester again... and win

Here’s a story to give you paws for thought: a cat from Jersey has just been given two new bionic feet, after a near miss with a combine harvester left it badly crippled.

Noel Fitzpatrick, a neuro-orthopaedic surgeon, performed the ground-breaking operation. Oscar’s new feet are custom-made implants that “peg” the ankle to the foot. They are bioengineered to mimic the way deer antler bone grows through the skin.

Mike Nolan, Oscar’s owner, commented: “He has taken to his new feet really well. He is jumping about, walking as a cat should, eating, sleeping – it’s phenomenal really.”

Extreme poodles…

June 18, 2010
Regular readers may remember that we updated you a few months ago on some seriously niche magazines

Well, we may have one to top them all. If you’re a poodle owner and you just have to have your pooch looking slicker than the Gulf Coast, then this magazine is for you!

Groomer to Groomer is THE magazine for anyone who wants to groom their poodle almost beyond recognition. Some of these animals look so ridiculous that it’s actually rendered me speechless, so let’s just cut to the pictures –

For the love of all that's good and holy, no!

I mean, really, just get a topiary!

Captain Jack never looked so good...

Five of the best: Futuristic movie weapons

June 4, 2010

Lightsabre (Star Wars)

Recently placing as the number one best movie weapon of all time according to a poll by 20th Century Fox, the lightsabre can only be handled by those strong enough in “the force”. It can chop through anything and severed limbs are a specialty. And who can forget Star Wars kid?

Pulse Rifle (Aliens)

The only solution to your xenomorph problem. The M41-A pulse rifles were created from a Thompson SMG and a Franchi SPAS-12 shotgun. In the movie they allegedly fire 10 millimetre explosive tip caseless standard light armor piercing rounds. Strange that there are quite a few shots with ejecting brass then…

The ZF-1 (The Fifth Element) 

Redefining overkill, the Zorg ZF-1 has a titanium recharger, a 3000 round clip (with “replay button”), a rocket launcher, an arrow launcher with exploding or poisonous gas heads, a net launcher, a flamethrower, and the “Ice Cube System” which seems to be a freeze gun which fires a cloud of liquid nitrogen.

Railgun (Eraser)

A hand-held railgun with an X-ray scope, designed to complement the gun’s ability to penetrate through almost any barrier. In the movie, the EM-1 is said to fire aluminum rounds at close to the speed of light, which is dubious for all manner of reasons…

Sick Stick (Minority Report)

Apparently this weapon has just been invented for real. In the movie, the sick stick instantly makes the opponents vomit and feel sickeningly ill for some amount of time, so that they can be subdued and cuffed.


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