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Wearable shocks users to keep them awake while driving
short by Pragya Swastik / on 22 Jul 2017,Saturday
Latvian startup Creative Mode has made a ₹15,000 wearable 'Steer' that gives shocks to the users to keep them awake when they're driving. Packed with 16 sensors, the wearable constantly measures the wearer's heart rate and skin conductance. It compares the tracked data with the normal, and sends a strong vibration to alert the users if the data doesn't match.
short by Pragya Swastik / 09:29 am on 22 Jul
Ford hires 18 'golden noses' to remove 'new car smells'
short by Vani Vivek / on 21 Jul 2017,Friday
Ford has deployed 18 'golden nose' experts to smell all materials that go inside cars to be sold in China to remove 'new car smells'. Car seats are stored in cloth bags to ventilate them and avoid the 'new' smell. "China's distaste for chemical smells comes from a society that has grown paranoid about air pollution," said a parts manufacturer.
short by Vani Vivek / 06:02 pm on 21 Jul
Italian bank robbers wear Donald Trump masks for heists
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
Italian police on Monday said they had arrested two brothers suspected of robbing dozens of cash machines while wearing masks of United States President Donald Trump. The brothers were inspired by the 1997 film 'The Jackal' and had painted their white Mercedes black, the police added. CCTV footage showed one of them planting an explosive in a bank's cash dispenser.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 03:48 pm on 25 Jul
Tomatoes get armed guards in Indore amid increasing prices
short by Niharika Prabhakar / on 23 Jul 2017,Sunday
Tomatoes are reportedly being protected by armed guards in Indore after prices soared due to a shortage. Farmers in Madhya Pradesh had dumped tomatoes on the roads earlier this year after a bumper production brought its price down, which then led to the shortage. Marketplace officials reportedly appointed six armed guards for protecting tomatoes after receiving requests from businessmen.
short by Niharika Prabhakar / 11:41 pm on 23 Jul
Ex-White House Press Secy stole fridge from juniors: Report
short by Deepali Aggarwal / on 24 Jul 2017,Monday
A Wall Street Journal report has claimed that ex-White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, who recently resigned, stole a mini-fridge from junior staffers during his tenure. The staffers refused to give up the fridge after Spicer inquired, reports said. Later, Spicer was reportedly spotted carrying the fridge across the White House driveway in the night.
short by Deepali Aggarwal / 09:00 am on 24 Jul
Girl fined ₹12k for lemonade stand gets dozens of job offers
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 24 Jul 2017,Monday
A five-year-old girl who was fined £150 (₹12,500) for running a homemade lemonade stall in London has received dozens of offers to set up stalls at festivals and events. The girl had cried after a council of enforcement officers accused her of trading without a licence. However, the council later apologised and cancelled the fine.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 03:52 pm on 24 Jul
Ivanka Trump trolled for tweet misquoting Albert Einstein
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka has been trolled for a 2013 tweet which quoted Albert Einstein as saying, "If the facts don't fit the theory, change the facts." After the tweet resurfaced, his estate clarified, "Einstein never said this quote," and suggested she purchase a book on his quotes. Meanwhile, a user tweeted, "Behold! It's the 2013 birthplace of #alternativefacts!"
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 03:59 pm on 25 Jul
Office asks staff to wrap poop in paper, leave it on desks
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
A London office asked employees to wrap their poop in newspapers and leave it on their desks for a cleaner after the toilet became clogged. A notice said, "Brenda will come round with her trolley and collect them at 5:30pm." It also suggested employees use nearby public toilets, adding, "any stools passed out of business hours are your own responsibility."
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 09:50 am on 26 Jul
Bengaluru patient plays guitar during brain surgery
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 21 Jul 2017,Friday
A 37-year-old patient played the guitar while undergoing a seven-hour brain surgery at a private hospital in Bengaluru. The patient was suffering from Musician's Dystonia, a neurological muscle disorder causing involuntary muscle contractions. He played the guitar to help doctors target the problem area, as he suffered from the condition only while playing the guitar.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 01:46 pm on 21 Jul
Five-year-old girl fined ₹12,500 for running lemonade stall
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 22 Jul 2017,Saturday
A five-year-old girl was fined £150 (₹12,500) for running a homemade lemonade stall in London last week, her father said. He said she cried after an enforcement officer "launched into a legalistic script" and accused her of trading without a licence after approaching them. The council later cancelled the fine, saying, "We expect our enforcement officers to show common sense."
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 12:53 pm on 22 Jul
'Anti-pervert' flame-throwers for sale in China
short by Daisy Mowke / on 23 Jul 2017,Sunday
'Anti-pervert' hand-held flame-throwers are being sold as a self-defense tool against sexual attackers in China. While some of them emit small flames, others hurl fire for 50 centimetre with temperatures of up to 1,800 degrees Celsius. A vendor said they can "leave a permanent scar, but are a...non-lethal tool". However, Chinese police have warned the devices are against the law.
short by Daisy Mowke / 05:01 pm on 23 Jul
Pak taxi app offers rides with matchmaker 'rishta aunty'
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 21 Jul 2017,Friday
Careem, an app-based taxi service in Pakistan, on Wednesday offered passengers a chance to share their ride with a "rishta aunty" or marriage matchmaker. Careem said, "people can tell the aunty their preferences and the aunty will later get in touch with them with a suitable rishta." It earlier launched "Careem Doctor," offering to bring medical professionals to users' doorsteps.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 02:18 pm on 21 Jul
10-yr-old German boy runs off to Switzerland over bad grade
short by Ankush Verma / on 24 Jul 2017,Monday
A 10-year-old boy from northern Germany ran away to the Swiss city of Basel after receiving his school report card, German media reported. The boy was reportedly afraid of showing his marks to his parents. Train personnel had notified the federal police about a boy travelling to Switzerland all by himself.
short by Ankush Verma / 12:39 am on 24 Jul
Mumbai local trains delayed by banana peels, biscuit packets
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
The Mumbai Suburban Railway cannot be blamed for disrupted train services caused by commuters throwing banana peels, chips and biscuit packets, railway official Ravinder Goyal has said. Commuters often throw waste from foot overbridges, which falls on the overhead equipment and causes sparks. Following this, authorities have to fix the problem before the trains can run again, officials added.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 11:52 am on 25 Jul
Groom trolls airline for losing his luggage
short by Daisy Mowke / on 23 Jul 2017,Sunday
A groom trolled Delta Airlines for losing his luggage, which included his wedding suit, on the way to his wedding in Iceland. In one of the wedding photos, shared on Reddit, he's wearing a T-shirt which says 'This wedding suit courtesy of Delta Airlines'. A user commented he should've carried his wedding suit with him instead of checking it in.
short by Daisy Mowke / 05:51 pm on 23 Jul
Cat which was elected mayor of US town dies aged 20
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 24 Jul 2017,Monday
Stubbs, the cat which was elected as the honorary mayor of Alaska's town Talkeetna, passed away on Thursday night at the age of 20. Talkeetna, which is a town which has no human mayor, elected Stubbs in 1997. The cat, which liked drinking water and catnip from margarita glasses, was a tourist attraction in the town of around 900 residents.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 11:29 am on 24 Jul
3,700-year-old piece of pottery with smiley face discovered
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 24 Jul 2017,Monday
Archaeologists have discovered a smiley face painted on a 3,700-year-old piece of pottery in the remains of an ancient city in modern-day Turkey near the Syrian border. An expert said the pitcher, which dates back to 1700 BC, was probably used to drink sherbet. Vases, pots, and metal goods were also found among the ruins.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 03:41 pm on 24 Jul
Starbucks diner hits robber on head with chair, stops theft
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 24 Jul 2017,Monday
A Starbucks customer stopped an armed robbery, hitting the suspect over the head with a chair and stabbing him with his own knife. The robber stabbed 58-year-old Cregg Jerri before the latter grabbed hold of his knife. Jerri is recovering, while the suspect, who was wearing a Transformers mask while carrying a knife and an imitation gun, has been identified.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 04:08 pm on 24 Jul
Delhi Police share Bollywood-inspired memes on social issues
short by Parmeet Kaur / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
Delhi Police have been using Bollywood-inspired memes to spread awareness about social issues on Twitter. "Memes are helpful in establishing a connect with young people and they also popularise our on-ground campaigns to counter drug addiction, ragging and cyber crimes," police said. Hashtags like #Drugskadanda, #Drugskapanchnama and #Jabwearrest were also used in the campaign.
short by Parmeet Kaur / 12:17 am on 25 Jul
Student who graded ex-girlfriend's apology avoids suspension
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 21 Jul 2017,Friday
A college student facing suspension for two semesters after "grading" a letter by his ex-girlfriend was cleared of all charges on Thursday. Nick Lutz had graded the letter a D- and posted it on Twitter, where it went viral. Following this, his ex-girlfriend complained of cyberbullying to his college and he was suspended on charges of breaking its honour code.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 10:31 am on 21 Jul
New York hosts annual Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 21 Jul 2017,Friday
A toilet paper wedding dress with 1,500 hand-cut butterflies and a six-foot train won the $10,000 first prize in a New York fashion competition on Thursday. Submitted by Kari Curletto, it was one of the 1,517 entries for the 13th Toilet Paper Wedding Dress Contest. The finalists were judged on originality, creativity and the use of toilet paper.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 03:53 pm on 21 Jul
Salvador Dalí's moustache intact three decades after death
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 22 Jul 2017,Saturday
Experts who exhumed late artist Salvador Dalí's body have revealed his moustache remains intact, nearly three decades after his death. Narcís Bardalet said, "His moustache is still intact, (like clock hands at) 10 past 10, just as he liked it." His body was exhumed to settle a paternity case, wherein a woman claimed her mother and Dali had an affair.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 03:44 pm on 22 Jul
German man swims to work instead of driving to avoid traffic
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 25 Jul 2017,Tuesday
A German man swims 2 km to work every day to avoid traffic, packing his laptop and suit into a waterproof bag. Benjamin David, who swims along the Isar river in Munich, said his commute is faster than driving in traffic. He added, "the traffic on the road next to the Isar is so wild that it is no fun."
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 04:15 pm on 25 Jul
Russian pranksters dupe US official to talk about pig manure
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / on 26 Jul 2017,Wednesday
Russian pranksters fooled US Energy Secretary Rick Perry into believing he was discussing American coal exports and pig manure with Ukrainian PM Volodymyr Groysman. The pranksters convinced Perry that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had invented a new biofuel made using pig manure and home-brewed alcohol. Perry called the idea "interesting," saying he looked forward to meeting Poroshenko.
short by Aarushi Maheshwari / 01:47 pm on 26 Jul
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