Tag: Offbeat

IKEA Shoppers Enjoy Surprise Sleep-Over When Massive Snowstorm Shuts Down Part of Denmark

Six customers and about two-dozen IKEA employees had an unexpected “sleepover,” when a massive snowstorm hit Northern Denmark and shut down part of the country, according to published reports. On Wednesday, stranded shoppers spent the night on the numerous beds and sofas that were located in the showroom of the Swedish furniture store, located near the […]

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Michelin-Starred Chef Dishes Out Over $117,000 for a Single Rare 1.8-Pound White Truffle

Would you spend $117,260.25 or 103K Euro on a mushroom? That’s how much the winner of an Italian auction paid for a 1.8-pound white truffle. Michelin-starred chef Umberto Bombana purchased the over-the-top ingredient at the annual Alba White Truffle Fair.  Six figures for a member of the mushroom family that is basically used as a seasoning. Truffles’ […]

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Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade Returns With New Balloons, Including Baby Yoda and Pikachu

After a two-year pause because of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is returning.  This weekend there was a private event to test some of the balloons, called BalloonFest, showcasing one of the newest balloons – Grogu or “baby Yoda” from The Mandalorian.   “It’s sort of the culmination of our balloon development process. […]

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Activists Dressed as ‘Squid Game’ Characters Target Samsung Chairman Over Coal Investments at COP26

Netflix’s “Squid Game” puts characters in life or death situations. And protestors say climate change is a life or death situation. “The world is burning,” Joo-Jin Kim from Solutions For Our Climate states. “The world is definitely burning. We must finish coal power within 2030.” A demonstration on the banks of the River Clyde in Glasgow, […]

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Curbing computing’s environmental footprint requires efficient algorithms

This article was contributed by Neil Thompson, a research scientist at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab and the Initiative on the Digital Economy.  As computing applications become more complex and data sets grow, the environmental impact of computing is escalating. Historically, this wasn’t much of an issue because growing computational needs were offset […]

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Brazil Designer Makes Upcycled Skateboards by Melting Collected Bottle Caps in Pizza Ovens

A man in Brazil is churning out new skateboards from not-so-new materials. “It’s made 100% from recycling plastic that is collected, recycled, and fabricated here in Rocinha,” Arian Rayegani from Na Laje Designs explained. And that plastic he’s using is from bottle caps. The project is the brainchild of Canadian Arian Rayegani, who moved to Rio de […]

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