The world’s largest video game controller is unveiled at London’s Liverpool Street Station to celebrate the launch of the new Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition book.
Created by British engineering student Ben Allen, the fully functional joypad is 30 times the size of a standard NES controller, measuring 12ft x 5ft 3in x 1ft 8in.
Via: Daily Telegraph 
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The world’s largest video game controller is unveiled at London’s Liverpool Street Station to celebrate the launch of the new Guinness World Records 2012 Gamer’s Edition book.

Created by British engineering student Ben Allen, the fully functional joypad is 30 times the size of a standard NES controller, measuring 12ft x 5ft 3in x 1ft 8in.

Via: Daily Telegraph

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To celebrate the start of the Creme Egg season, Cadburys covered The Only Way is Essex star Lydia Bright in creme egg goo – spoofing Stylist’s Nigella Lawson issue.
via: Stylist
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To celebrate the start of the Creme Egg season, Cadburys covered The Only Way is Essex star Lydia Bright in creme egg goo – spoofing Stylist’s Nigella Lawson issue.

via: Stylist

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A British sprinter who offered himself for sponsorship via an online eBay auction has finally secured a deal to pursue his Olympic dreams.
James Ellington resorted to the unconventional method of attracting a sponsor on a site after he missed out on fundraising opportunities due to injury.
The athlete - a 100m, 200m and relay sprinter - went up for auction in December with a £30,000 reserve.  When the 10-day auction closed on December 17 the highest bidder had offered £32,500, but it turned out to be a hoax.
Ellington’s dreams of winning a medal seemed severely jeopardised until the founder of global brand King of Shaves, Will King, stepped in yesterday and offered him a genuine deal.
via Mail Online
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A British sprinter who offered himself for sponsorship via an online eBay auction has finally secured a deal to pursue his Olympic dreams.

James Ellington resorted to the unconventional method of attracting a sponsor on a site after he missed out on fundraising opportunities due to injury.

The athlete - a 100m, 200m and relay sprinter - went up for auction in December with a £30,000 reserve. When the 10-day auction closed on December 17 the highest bidder had offered £32,500, but it turned out to be a hoax.

Ellington’s dreams of winning a medal seemed severely jeopardised until the founder of global brand King of Shaves, Will King, stepped in yesterday and offered him a genuine deal.

via Mail Online

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Who said books were boring?  Clever animation brings a bookstore to life to promote Type Books in Toronto.

After several sleepless nights of animating with a crew of over 20 people, the Joy of Books was born. Music composed especially for the short by Grayson Matthews.

Source:http://www.thisiscolossal.com

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Protesters ready igloos to Occupy Davos ahead of the Global Economic Forum.
When fully erected, Camp Igloo will include two heated teepees and a field kitchen alongside the ice houses to sleep about 50 people in sub-zero temperatures, activists said.  Davos, which brings together politicians, central bankers and business leaders, has become a byword for globalisation.
Credit: Arnd Wiegman/Reuters
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Protesters ready igloos to Occupy Davos ahead of the Global Economic Forum.

When fully erected, Camp Igloo will include two heated teepees and a field kitchen alongside the ice houses to sleep about 50 people in sub-zero temperatures, activists said. Davos, which brings together politicians, central bankers and business leaders, has become a byword for globalisation.

Credit: Arnd Wiegman/Reuters

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Wimpy (South Africa) wanted to let visually impaired people know that they offered braille menus in all of their restaurants. To spread the word they created braille burgers that blind people could actually read.

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Barbie has been an astronaut, an architect, a NASCAR driver, and a news anchor.Now, there’s an online movement to get her to attempt what could be her biggest feat yet: going bald to fight cancer.A   Facebook page titled “Beautiful and Bald Barbie! Let’s see if we can   get it made” was started a few days before Christmas. By Wednesday   afternoon, the page had more than 16,000 fans. The goal is to get toy   maker Mattel Inc. to create a bald Barbie in support of children with   cancer.
Source: Republican American
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Barbie has been an astronaut, an architect, a NASCAR driver, and a news anchor.

Now, there’s an online movement to get her to attempt what could be her biggest feat yet: going bald to fight cancer.

A Facebook page titled “Beautiful and Bald Barbie! Let’s see if we can get it made” was started a few days before Christmas. By Wednesday afternoon, the page had more than 16,000 fans. The goal is to get toy maker Mattel Inc. to create a bald Barbie in support of children with cancer.

Source: Republican American

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Huffington Post reports that Paris’ Musee d’Orsay are threatening legal action after French lingerie company Etam sent three models to strip off to their underwear in the art gallery for a viral.

In the video, which has picked up 500,000 views, the models walk into the gallery in coats and stilettos before revealing their lingerie. The girls nervously walk up and down the gallery before running out of the museum.

The museum want the video taking down from Etam’s webpage but there are already several clones of the film indexed on YouTube.

Doubtless Etam will be delighted at the fresh round of interest in the stunt.

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An organic sheep farmer, a priest and a Bosnian immigrant are among those who have helped double Sweden’s Twitter followers in the past month, reports BBC News.
As part of what the country is calling “the world’s most democratic Twitter experiment”, a different Swede takes sole control of the nation’s official Twitter account each week, sharing their daily experiences and opinions and recommending things to do and see where they live. 
Since the project started, @sweden’s follower count has shot up to almost 17,000 from about 8,000 in early December. 
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An organic sheep farmer, a priest and a Bosnian immigrant are among those who have helped double Sweden’s Twitter followers in the past month, reports BBC News.

As part of what the country is calling “the world’s most democratic Twitter experiment”, a different Swede takes sole control of the nation’s official Twitter account each week, sharing their daily experiences and opinions and recommending things to do and see where they live. 

Since the project started, @sweden’s follower count has shot up to almost 17,000 from about 8,000 in early December. 

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Milwaukee Public Library created three witty billboards with the goal of winning some readers back.
The signs play off of three ubiquitous, popular social website logos: Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.
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Milwaukee Public Library created three witty billboards with the goal of winning some readers back.

The signs play off of three ubiquitous, popular social website logos: Facebook, YouTube, and Twitter.

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Activists from Rainforest Action Network and The New Bottom Line affixed non-adhesive protest stickers to some 85 Bank Of America cashpoints throughout San Francisco.
Transaction options include ‘Fund Executive Bonuses’ and ‘Foreclose on America’s Homes.’
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Activists from Rainforest Action Network and The New Bottom Line affixed non-adhesive protest stickers to some 85 Bank Of America cashpoints throughout San Francisco.

Transaction options include ‘Fund Executive Bonuses’ and ‘Foreclose on America’s Homes.’

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Zambia’s tourism minister makes a bungee jump as a reassurance of the sport’s safety after a 22 year old Australian woman’s bungee cord snapped during a jump over the Zambesi River on the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia.

via Channel 4 News

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Waterstone’s announces it is phasing out the apostrophe in its logo because it is no longer ‘practical’ in the age of the internet and email addresses.
But, reports The Daily Mail, the move sparked outrage among customers and punctuation experts who insist that the apostrophe should remain.
John Richards, chairman of the Apostrophe Protection Society said: ‘It’s just plain wrong. It’s grammatically incorrect.’
In other Waterstones news - we’re loving this new Twitter feed from Waterstones Oxford Street - with a stream of excellent lit-wit like this.
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Waterstone’s announces it is phasing out the apostrophe in its logo because it is no longer ‘practical’ in the age of the internet and email addresses.

But, reports The Daily Mail, the move sparked outrage among customers and punctuation experts who insist that the apostrophe should remain.

John Richards, chairman of the Apostrophe Protection Society said: ‘It’s just plain wrong. It’s grammatically incorrect.’

In other Waterstones news - we’re loving this new Twitter feed from Waterstones Oxford Street - with a stream of excellent lit-wit like this.

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McDonald’s are hoping to score some points with parents by replacing the usual plastic toy in a Happy Meal with a book.
The burger chain will give out 9 million Mudpuddle Farm books, written by Michael Morpurgo, over the next four weeks, having signed a tie-up with publisher Harper Collins.
The Daily Telegraph reports that this “is the latest attempt by McDonald’s to improve its reputation, following the decision to sell only organic milk, print calories on its menu boards, and refurbish all of its outlets.”
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McDonald’s are hoping to score some points with parents by replacing the usual plastic toy in a Happy Meal with a book.

The burger chain will give out 9 million Mudpuddle Farm books, written by Michael Morpurgo, over the next four weeks, having signed a tie-up with publisher Harper Collins.

The Daily Telegraph reports that this “is the latest attempt by McDonald’s to improve its reputation, following the decision to sell only organic milk, print calories on its menu boards, and refurbish all of its outlets.”

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