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Bike Hackers Get Whimsical With Two-Wheelers

The Graffiti Research Lab is known for its off-the-wall hacks, but the Mobile Broadcast Unit, or MBU, is the group's most ambitious yet. The $10,000 multimedia tricycle is used to project videos and on-the-fly artwork onto buildings several stories high.



New Star trek movie heads toward warp drive

Major roles filled for 11th Star Trek celluloid outing.

Comment: The word in the Trekkie world is that William Shatner will, also, have a cameo role.

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Couple Make Burglar Clean Up at Gunpoint

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - A burglar in Montgomery chose the wrong family to mess with, literally. Adrian and Tiffany McKinnon returned home on Tuesday after a week away to find that thieves had emptied almost everything the family of five owned, Tiffany McKinnon said through tears.


Ukulele revival edging out school recorder

The humble school recorder lesson which for generations has filled corridors with shrill whistles and squeaks is being challenged by the newfound popularity of the ukulele. Previously associated with George Formby's comic songs, the ukulele is becoming a firm favourite among budding primary school musicians across the country.

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Truthiness!: Stephen Colbert to Run for President

Stephen Colbert has announced his candidacy for president on "The Colbert Report," tossing his satirical hat into the ring of an already crowded race.

"I shall seek the office of the president of the United States," Colbert said Tuesday on his Comedy Central show as red, white and blue balloons fell around him.


Naked chocolate Jesus rises again in New York

A life-size chocolate sculpture of a naked Jesus will finally be displayed in New York starting in late October, seven months after an outcry by Roman Catholics forced a different gallery to cancel its exhibition.

The chocolate Jesus will be joined by sculptures of several fully clothed saints, but the Catholic League for Religious and Civil Rights said it will not protest because, unlike before, there are no plans to put the "anatomically correct" Jesus in public view during Holy Week.


Israeli Father of 67 Kids Seeks 9th Wife

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Israeli Bedouin Shahadeh Abu Arar stands with some of his 67 children outside his home in the town of Emek Hefer, Israel.

EMEK HEFER, Israel - With eight wives and 67 children, Shahadeh Abu Arrar has given new meaning to the term "family man." Abu Arrar, 58, is a member of Israel's impoverished Bedouin Arab community. But even in a traditional society where men commonly have several wives and many children, Abu Arrar is exceptional.


Great news! They're stealing our books!

The Frankfurt Book Fair has an indicator to help publishers gauge public interest in the new offerings presented at the annual exhibition -- the unofficial "most stolen book" index.

Bild am Sonntag and Germany's ZDF television have come up with lists of titles most stolen from 15 leading German publishers' stands set up in the Frankfurt trade fair grounds.

"The most-stolen books are usually the most-sold later on," Claudia Hanssen of the Goldmann Verlag publishing house told Bild am Sonntag newspaper, which published a list of the 10 most stolen German-language books this year.


UK: Fined for putting rubbish in bin

A Lincolnshire pensioner was fined £75 for putting a bag of rubbish - in a bin.

John Richards, 84, left a neatly parcelled carrier bag in a lamp-post bin rather than wait ten days for his fortnightly waste collection.

But council officials tracked him down and accused him of fly-tipping, reports The Sun.


Oh, he's walking the plank in his undies again..

An Australian man, clad only in underwear, fell nine stories while trying to build a makeshift plank bridge into a neighbor's flat, but lived to tell the tale.

The bridge collapsed just after midnight Tuesday sending the 35-year-old man plummeting into a building structure below, police in Western Australia state said.