Magnetic man: Georgian man breaks record for sticking spoons to his body
A Georgian man has set a new record for magnetic body attraction. The 41-year-old sports coach balanced 53 spoons on his chest and back, breaking his own world record after previously balancing 50 spoons in 2011. He was even able to walk around without any of the spoons falling off.
It’s not just spoons which stick to his body either. He can also attract metal sheets to his chest and pull along a car.
But he doesn’t plan to stop there. When the time comes, I’m going to move airplanes, then empty train carriages, something like this. I won’t play all my cards at once.
The kickboxing trainer only discovered he had the ability to stick metal objects to his skin a couple of years ago, and it’s not known how or why his body is able to do it.
China’s circular building “Jade Disc” is finally completed
This unusually shaped building in southern China has finally been completed. It’s the latest innovation of architect Joseph di Pasquale and is inspired by an ancient jade coin.
John Ma the manager of an architecture firm said a jade disc isn’t just beautiful, but it also represents power, wealth and fantasy in traditional Chinese culture.
The reflection of the building forms a figure eight, a lucky number in China. Furthermore,
the squares inside the building also references the impossibility of putting a circle inside a square. Not everyone likes the new construction though, and it’s been criticised for being a crass symbol of wealth and nicknamed the “Copper Coin”.
A local resident said he thinks the building is only for flashy rich people. The Jade Disc will house the Guangdong Plastics exchange, where nearly 50 billion dollars worth of raw plastic materials and goods are traded annually.
Crop circles in California: Giant circles appear in Salinas Valley, California, USA
You go to sleep with a plush green field out your window and you wake up to this! That’s what happened to one farmer in California over the weekend.
The circles were reported by two friends who claimed to have seen two bursts of light before dawn on Sunday morning.
People who popped down to have a look couldn’t get close enough as security guards prevented people from touring the fields.
So just how did the circles get there? Is it the work of kids or from a force above?! We’ll let you decide.
Flying cars: Is this the future of transport?
Welcome to the future. This might look like a plane, but what you’re seeing is a car which can sprout wings and take to the skies. In this studio in Slovakia, Stefan Klein has made his childhood dream a reality, producing a real life flying car, called the Aeromobil.
This isn’t the final prototype, but as you can see the entire object is made out of very simple materials and its design is identical to the original look. We already tested it downtown, its parking skills and driving on the highway. On the highway it reaches up to 130 kilometres per hour without any problem.
But on the highway the Aeromobil’s distinctive look is likely to turn heads.
This is the transformation when the wings open within a few seconds. This is the key moment when the angle of the wing inclination is changed. A part of them tilts which simulates the rotation of the plane body.
Stefan hopes the car could help cut down on the time spent waiting for planes at airports or even be used in places where airports don’t exist at all, but of course he doesn’t expect to solve the problems of global transportation. The latest Aeromobil model will be produced next year and then, it’s hoped, the flying car will finally be available for customers to buy.
CCTV: Gunmen shoot 11 times at shop workers in Italy
A drive-by shooting shattered the peace and quiet in this small Italian town, when two armed men on a scooter fired 11 bullets at two grocery shop workers.
CCTV footage has now been released which shows two men pull up outside the store and begin firing.
In total, eleven calibre nine bullets were shot at their victims.
The video shows one of the men run off down the street, while the other hides in the shop.
When they have finished, the shooters race off after the man who ran away.
It has taken almost two years for police in Reggio Calabria to make arrests over the shooting, but they have now charged two men with attempted murder.
It’s thought one of the victims owed one of his attackers a few thousand euros after buying a second-hand motorbike from him, and this may be the motive behind the attack.
Officers say it was only due to bad aim and faulty weapons that the two victims walked away unhurt.
World War II bomb explodes at a Germany construction site, killing digger driver
This is all that’s left of a mechanical digger, which set off what is thought to be a World War II bomb buried beneath a construction site in Germany. The driver of the digger was killed in the blast, which injured ten others and blew out the windows and doors of nearby buildings.
The operator of a digger hit a bomb from the World War during excavation work in the industrial area here. The bomb exploded and the digger operator was killed. Several other people near the digger were also injured. There are two seriously injured and eight lightly wounded.
Several private homes and stores in the surrounding area were also damaged in the explosion, which happened in the North Rhine-Westphalia region.
During the war, the area was a favourite target for Allied Forces to bomb as it was a major industrial centre. Hundreds of explosives are still discovered every year across Germany. While most are successfully defused, sadly this driver was not so lucky.
It is thought his digger dislodged the bomb, causing it to go off. Experts are now looking into whether it really was a relic left over from the war, or whether it may have been something else.
Three tons of crystal meth seized in China drugs raid
If you thought Breaking Bad was impressive, wait until you see this. Police in south China’s Guangdong province announced that they had seized three tons of crystal meth during raids on a village notorious for drug production.
In an operation between provincial paramilitary forces and police 109 raids were launched across four cities. In the village of Boshe a total of 182 suspects from 18 drug production and trafficking rings were taken in and around 23 tons of raw materials for drug production were seized.
Twenty percent of households in the village are directly or indirectly involved in drug production. Drug production is managed by families, between brothers, sisters and other relatives, and has been industrialized in the village. Worse still, the criminals committed crimes, avoided investigations and violated the law with violence under the protection of village leaders and the local police.
Prior to the raids, Boshe had been said to be responsible for one-third of the crystal meth production in China.
Guangdong police started what they are calling Thunder Operations against drug crimes in July last year and say that they have detained 10,836 suspected traffickers and seized 8.1 tons of drugs since the campaign began.
Ice Festival preparations hot up in Harbin, China
If the winter cold is getting you down, then the city of Harbin in northern China just might have a way to warm your spirits using ice.
Over 7,000 artists and workers in the city are currently working around the clock putting the finishing touches to the annual ice festival grounds.
Now in its 30th year, the ice festival features huge sculptures of famous buildings, a gigantic 240-metre-long ice slide and even a loving tribute to Dutch artist Florentikn Hofman’s globe trotting Rubber Duck.
According to the festival’s organiser over 180,000 square metres of ice and 150,000 square metres of snow have been used in constructing this winter wonderland. To coincide with the 30th anniversary, the festival is on a much larger scale than previous years, and features sponsorship from big name companies like Samsung.
Over one million visitors are expected to attend the festival which officially opens on Sunday.
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