The Big Issue : Edition 440
THe Big issue 30 Aug – 12 sep 2013 11 “I never really know how to start. Which is probably because I run off Windows 8.” The opening joke by Robothespian, a humanoid robot who recently did a stand-up gig in London. Another joke that went down well with the audience on Robothespian’s big night was a Star Wars-themed gag: “R2-D2 swears all the time.” From New Scientist (UK). “Sadly, we found the shocks so aversive, we removed the device pretty quickly after installing it. Anecdotally, however, I did notice a significant, though temporary, reduction in my Facebook usage.” MIT student Dan McDuff on a device, called Pavlov Poke, which he and a fellow student invented that delivers an electric shock if a user spends too much time on Facebook. From The Inquisitr (US). “No wonder they still send me fruit baskets...they are hoping that I will spend six figures in a year on Etsy again... I was ordering like everything on Etsy. Everything! Like ferrets dressed as Edwardian nannies. Crazy shit.” Controversial grunge poster girl, Courtney Love, 49, on her addiction to buying stuff on handmade arts and crafts website, Etsy. Lol, Edwardian! From Vanity Fair (US). “They bite because they’re hungry, and testicles sit nicely in their mouth. And its mouth is not so big, so of course it normally eats nuts, fruit, and small fish, but human testicles are just a natural target.” Henrik Carl, a fish expert at the Natural History Museum in Denmark, on the pacu fish, which has been found in waters around Sweden. Men have been warned to avoid nude bathing due to the pacu’s fondness for biting testicles – or ‘Swedish meatballs’, as the fish call them. Update: Rask Møller from the University of Copenhagen says the fish experts were just having a laugh; there is no genuine threat to Swedish meatballs. From The Local (Sweden) and National Geographic (US). “Nothing to do with the search engine but a sneaky type of slow delivery where the ball is tossed from the back of the bowler’s hand and then spins wickedly when it hits the pitch to confuse (or ‘google’) the batsman.” Pippa Middleton, owner of a celebrity bottom and royal relatives, tries to explain what a googly is to Americans. It must be said, a good googly from Warnie always did leave the batsman searching. From Vanity Fair (US). » Frequently overhear tantalising tidbits? Don’t waste them on your friends – share them with the world at email@example.com.