Friday, January 28, 2011

Friday's Odds and Ends

Well, actually, just odds. These are some unusual news items I found on the Web.


A McDonald's in the United Kingdom is refusing to serve teens who are wearing sports gear after 7pm. According to the manager, the restaurant has experienced a lot of anti-social behavior from groups of youths. "It's almost gang-style fighting at the weekend.  My staff have been threatened and been told they will be stabbed when they finish work. The local police are working with us at the moment and their advice is to take a zero tolerance approach.''

A man known as 'Spider Dan’ has been convicted for climbing San Francisco’s 60-story Millennium Tower. Daniel Goodwin spent about four hours  in September  scaling the residential high-rise, aided by suction cups. He ignored authorities’ repeated commands to come down. Goodwin testified that he wanted to call attention to what he sees as a national lack of preparedness to fight skyscraper fires.

Research suggests that the terrifying visions that haunted composer Chopin and convinced him that strange creatures were crawling out of his piano were caused by epilepsy.

Sheffield University PhD students Alex Baker and Chris Rose launched a video camera into space for less than the price of a second hand car.

Juan Manuel Barrientos, a  young chef from Colombia, has created two fully edible wedding gowns and showcased them during the Colombiatex fashion show in Medellin. Wedding dresses are usually just something pretty for people to look at, so Juan Manuel Barrieto decided  to give them a whole new purpose. Instead of just eye-candy for the wedding guests, his beautiful creations are real candy for the groom to enjoy on his wedding night. The original wedding dresses are made of 2,000 sugar-glazed rose petals and champagne clothe and come with edible accessories such as bracelets, earrings, necklaces and rings made of candy, and a bouquet made of edible flowers.

5 comments:

Stephen Tremp said...

I've seen Spider Dan on the news. This isn't the first time he's done something like this. Or was that Spider Dave?

Terry Odell said...

Guess there's no handing down of that wedding dress. Both my daughters wore mine.

Terry
Terry's Place
Romance with a Twist--of Mystery

Laura Eno said...

I'm trying to picture how one would walk in that wedding dress...

Jemi Fraser said...

I'm not sure I'd want to wear anything edible - what happens in the heat???

Maryann Miller said...

I wasn't crazy about the edible wedding dress, either. I think the edible clothes are silly.

Stephen, you are right about Spider Dan. He was arrested previously for the same thing.

Sorry I wasn't back Fri or Sat to respond to visitors. I was sick most of last week and finally said I just need to take some time to rest. It did help, so maybe we should listen to our bodies. LOL