On yer bike: We are getting one of those bike sharing schemes in Manchester similar to those in China, but there can be a downside as this photo shows. This amazing pattern is made by thousands of bikes dumped by people too lazy to return them in Zhejiang Province.
Filed: Sunday Round-ups
More money than sense: Prada has produced a solid silver paperclip marketed as a money clip but at £145 each you will have fewer notes to keep safe.
More sense than money: While the silver paperclip might be an attractive proposition for some, more attractive is Canada’s glow-in-the-dark coin and at just $2 it is a much cheaper option. Read more ›››
The George Washington effect: Chances are that have never and never will be asked to take a lie-detector test, but if you are there is one sure fire way you can beat the polygraph.
Grand theft avocado: Three men in Southern California have been arrested on charges of grand theft of fruit and vegetables, specifically the unauthorised sale of up $300,000 worth of avocados. Read more ›››
In the dog house: The British company Hecate Verona is marketing a range of luxury ‘dog manors’ for the pampered pooches of the wealthy, including a grand colonial villa, a Roman imperial mansion and a Spanish Palacio, with prices ranging from £30,000 to £160,000.
Burger it: The world’s most expensive burger is on sale in Rotterdam containing ingredients that include Japanese dry-aged Wagyu and Black Angus beef, lobster infused with gin, foie gras, white truffle, Japanese fruit tomatoes and caviar.
Bless you: The town that gave us Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation is now home to the robot priest BlessU-2 that beams light from its hands and can give automated blessings as this video illustrates.
The big cheese: Chris Anderson won all three races at this year’s cheese-rolling contest in Gloucestershire to equal the all-time record – and he doesn’t actually like double Gloucester cheese. Read more ›››
Luxury vending: A dealer in luxury supercars in Singapore has created a fifteen storey high vending machine where you can pick up a Lamborghini, Ferrari or Maserati at the touch of a button.
Shedding a light on eccentricity: The English are rather fond of their garden sheds but some things further than others as the Shed of the Year 2017 finalists demonstrate, like the 1950s police station shed on the left.