Everybody Needs A Hobby of the Day: Looking back on it now, the taxidermied badger theremin was really just an obvious idea waiting for someone to think it.
Luckily, for it and us, electronic artist and sculptor David Cranmer did just that.
Cranmer, who apparently was in possession of a dead badger looking for a purpose, stuffed the stuffed weasel with a fully functional PAiA Theremax theremin to create the mythical hybrid known as “Badgermin.”
Listen to its siren call below. Mass production is undoubtedly forthcoming.
Everybody Needs A Hobby of the Day: In court today, a Portland couple pled guilty to disorderly conduct a day after they were arrested for playing a kidnapping-themed sex game.
Police responded to reports of a naked woman bound with duct tape spotted in the back seat of a car, only to learn from the driver, 31-year-old Nikolas Alexander Harbar that he and his girlfriend, 26-year-old Stephanie Morgan Pelzner, were merely engaging in some harmless role-play.
“He said ‘yeah, that’s my girlfriend we’re role playing for Valentine’s Day,’” Sgt. Pete Simpsons told KGW. “And she was in the back naked tied up. And she confirmed it was all part of a role play.”
Despite the consensual nature of the mock-kidnapping, police arrested the two, and charged them with disorderly conduct. They have accepted the charge, and agreed to perform 16 hours of community service.
An informal survey on KGW’s website finds that most people feel the couple committed no crime. 57% of respondents say that the Harbar and Pelzner “chose poorly,” but should not have been charged with disorderly conduct, while 26% disagree.
17% don’t care either way.
Everybody Needs A Hobby of the Day: Meanwhile, down at the ol’ swimmin’ hole, the boys found a giant tire and decided to roll it down the hill.
Everybody Needs A Hobby of the Day: The Miniatur Wunderland model exhibition in Hamburg, Germany, features both the world’s largest and most intricate model railway and, since May, the world’s largest model airport as well.
Scores of staff members have spent years constructing the expansive miniature sections with a mind-boggling attention to detail.
And they are far from finished: According to attraction’s latest promo, the 260 Wunderland employees plan to keep adding new sections to the sprawling exhibit until such time as science perfects the shrink-ray technology necessary for them to finally join their diminutive brothers and sisters in the Little Utopia.
Everybody Needs a Hobby of the Day: Not fast enough says aaccelerated accordionist Peter Grigorov, who performs “Flight of the Bumblebee” at a record-setting 20.3 notes per second.
Everybody Needs A Hobby of the Day: 61-year-old taxi driver Alan Billis of Torquay, Devon, passed away earlier this year of lung cancer. His dying wish was rather uncommon.
In fact, it was Tutankhamun: Billis wanted his body to be donated to an experiment involving mummification.
That’s right: Mr. Billis has become the first person in three millennia to be mummified. “I won’t be Tutankhamun, I’ll be Tutanalan,” Billis said prior to his death. “[T]he grandkids will be able to tell their friends their grandad’s a mummy.”
The experiment was conducted by a team of scientists lead by forensic pathologist Professor Peter Vanezis. It was carried out at Sheffield’s Medico Legal Centre using many of the same techniques employed by ancient Egyptians in the mummification of pharaohs.
Billis’s organs were removed from his body, and his corpse was sterilized and packed with bags of linen. It was then coated with oil and beeswax and left to soak in a salt bath for a month before being dried out in a humidor set to mimic the conditions of Egypt. Finally, it was wrapped in traditional linen bandages and left to dry.
“It’s just the sort of thing you’d expect him to do,” said Billis’s wife Jan. “He said, ‘When I’m dead, I’m dead, it doesn’t make any difference what they do to me. Besides, what they find out might do someone else some good’.”
Mummifying Alan: Egypt’s Last Secret, a special Channel 4 documentary on the process, is set to air this coming Monday at 9PM. Check out details and previews, including an interview with Alan and Jan Billis, on the Channel 4 website.
Everybody Needs A Hobby of the Day: Talk about cheap: A woman named Ma Jei told tourists visiting China’s Zhonghau Castle that she scaled its 70-foot wall to avoid paying the 4 dollar admission fee.
The 48-year-old, who stormed the castle without so much as a safety harness, says she has climbed the wall many times in the past, having grown up in the area.
According to reports, several tourists who attempted to mimic Ms. Jei were either injured in the process or had to be rescued by police. “She ran up the wall like a goat and made it look easy,” said an onlooker. “But when people tried it for themselves they saw it wasn’t quite as simple as they thought.”
Everybody Needs A Hobby of the Day: Well-known marijuana legalization advocate Robert Edward Forchion, Jr. was recently denied his request to change his name to NJWeedman.com — the domain name of a website he runs “which discusses his efforts to legalize the drug.”
Forchion, who also runs a Rastafarian temple and a medical marijuana dispensary in Los Angeles, is facing drug charges in New Jersey stemming from an April 2010 arrest.
But that isn’t why he was turned down. In its rejection of Forchion’s request, the California court noted that his domain name may be lost at some point and purchased by someone else, creating confusion.
In addition, people who met “NJWeedman.com” might be tempted to visit his website, which promoted illegal activities. Lastly, a court in New Jersey, Forchion’s home state, had already denied a similar request.
I’m sure Forchion isn’t too disappointed with the court’s decision, considering its more than likely he’s already forgotten all about his request.
Everybody Needs A Hobby of the Day: Ron Broomfield, who goes by Ron the Gnome (natch), is a retired British window cleaner who also happens to be the world’s foremost gnome collector.
Mr. The Gnome currently has in his possession over 1,600 model gnomes as well as both seasons of The World of David the Gnome on Blu-ray and DVD.