Backflipping Robot from Boston Dynamics

  • Boston Dynamics is back with updates to Atlas, its humanoid robot. Now, Atlas can do a backflip. 
  • Google sold Boston Dynamics to Softbank earlier this year. 
  • Boston Dynamics’ robots are both cool and creepy.

Boston Dynamics may have switched owners from Google to Softbank a few months ago, but development of its creepy-but-cool robots continues apace.

For instance, here’s a new video of Boston Dynamics’ human-like Atlas, which can now do a backflip. But don’t worry, that’s definitely not something we mere humans should be scared about.

Check it out:

It’s so close to lifelike — and yet not.

It seems like Boston Dynamics is ready to show a little bit more about what it’s been working on. Earlier this week, the company demonstrated the newest version of its SpotMini robot dog in a video that shot to the top of the YouTube charts.

And because we’re getting closer to the holiday season, here’s Boston Dynamics’ 2015 Christmas card, in which older versions of SpotMini take “Santa” on a ride.

Everything is fine.

This Guy Won’t Be Getting Out Anytime Soon

Thai fraudster sentenced to 13,275 years in prison


A Thai court has sentenced a fraudster to more than 13,000 years in prison.

Pudit Kittithradilok, 34, admitted running a Ponzi scheme whereby he promised investors artificially high financial returns.

About 40,000 people were persuaded to pour more than $160m (£120m) into his companies.

The court found he engaged in illicit lending and some 2,653 counts of fraud. Thanks to his confession, it halved his sentence to 6,637 years and six months.

Prosecutors told the court that Pudit organised seminars where attendees were encouraged to invest in what he said were businesses linked to property development, beauty, used cars and exports, among other things.


According to the Bangkok Post, investors were promised generous returns, plus incentives to bring new members on board.

As with any pyramid scheme, these new cash injections would then be used to pay off the earlier backers.

Pudit had been held in Bangkok Remand Prison since his arrest in August, when he was denied bail.

The court fined his two companies the equivalent of $20m each. Pudit and the firms were ordered to repay around $17m to the 2,653 identified victims, with 7.5% yearly interest.

Sumo Wrestler in Bar Fight: Harumafuji admitted punching him hitting him with a karaoke remote control but denied using a beer bottle in the attack.


The 33-year-old wrestler from Mongolia has already apologised and stepped down over the incident.

He is facing a summary indictment, which means he is expected to be fined rather than tried in court.

Japan’s sumo world has been hit by scandals involving violence, mafia links and match fixing in recent years.

Harumafuji’s assault on fellow Mongolian Takanoiwa happened while they were out drinking with other wrestlers in a bar in the western city of Tottori in October.

The grand champion is reported to have been angered that his countryman was checking his phone while being given advice. The latter was admitted to hospital with concussion and a fractured skull.

Harumafuji admitted punching him hitting him with a karaoke remote control but denied using a beer bottle in the attack.

“I’m truly sorry for hurting Takanoiwa mentally and physically,” Harumafuji told police, according to Jiji Press.

Harumafuji started his career in Japan at the age of 16 and was promoted to grand champion or yokozuna – sumo’s highest rank – in 2012.

The Japan Sumo Association (JSA) also recommended that its director Takanohana be demoted for failing to report the incident quickly enough, Kyodo news agency said.

Takanohana is a former sumo champion himself and the JSA is expected to finalise its decision in early January, according to Kyodo.



Ten Strange International Hangover Cures

We’ve all been there. You wake up, and it feels like someone has been up all night using your brain as a trampoline. A ray of light shoots into your eyes from a crack in the curtain, slicing straight through to your soul. The headache intensifies, and what feels like the viscous ghost of Jack the Ripper himself rages about inside your stomach. You’re hungover, brutally, and you can’t believe you let it happen again.

You know you’ve got to sleep, but your aching brain won’t let you. So what then? Well – we’ve scoured the murky depths of the internet to find out what people around the world have done in their post-boozy moments of desperation. Here’s our rundown of the 10 weirdest hangover cures from around the world.

Bull Penis Jerky – Italy


It’s funny – it sounds absolutely revolting, but we all know that moment where you’d try absolutely anything to feel better. If we lived on a farm in Italy and we woke up with a blistering hangover, and all there was left in the fridge was a bit of dry, old bull penis – heck, even we’d give it a try!

Ground Rhino Horn – Vietnam


So you’ve cruelly poached a rhino, forcibly removed it’s horn, but then discovered that rhino horns aren’t made of ivory. What do you do now with this useless lump of keratin? Peddle it as a miracle hangover cure to desperate sufferers. Obviously, it doesn’t work – so come on guys, please don’t kill any more rhinos for useless horn dust.

Umeboshi (Ultra-pickled Japanese Apricot) – Japan


This pickled cure from Japan is a ludicrous combination of ultra-salty and ultra-sour, and supposedly it’s been used for years to treat hangovers – we’re guessing that it only works because it instantly makes you throw up, improving your condition slightly.

Bottle Revenge – Haiti


Ask a Haitian Voodoo Shaman how to cure your soul-sapping hangover, and he’ll tell you to stick pins in the cork of the wine bottle that cursed you. The funny thing is – this probably does make you feel better, in a purely emotional kind of way.

Poutine – Canada


Rich, meaty gravy and gooey cheese curds poured over skin on fries – now THAT’s a hangover cure we can all get on board with.

Fertilised Duck Embryo – Phillipines


There seems to be a bit of a theme here – it seems that some countries apply the logic that if you eat something more repulsive than a hangover, the hangover will improve. We’re not convinced.

Pickled Sheep’s Eyeballs in Tomato Juice – Mongolia


See what we mean? Seriously – whoever was the first guy in Mongolia to suggest this, you should kick him out. He’s not helping anyone.

Irn-Bru Sausage – Scotland


We all know Red Bull gives you wings, but apparently Irn Bru cures hangovers (only if cooked up with our favourite cylindrical cut of reconstituted meat, of course!).

Buffalo Milk – Namibia


No – it’s not real buffalo milk (surprisingly, considering the other approaches we’ve seen so far), but it’s the name for a very boozy concoction of rum and double cream which is a Namibian cure for the hangover. Essentially, this is a cream-wrapped hair of the dog then.

Hangover Heaven – USA


In Las Vegas, there’s a company called Hangover Heaven who will pick you up and drive you around on their bus for an hour whilst you’re cured by an IV drip, which injects a chemical solution continuously that ACTUALLY fixes your hangover. Weird, but unlike most things on this list, effective.

Of course…

… we could tell you that a Double Bourbon Bad Boy burger at Revolution is the only cure you’ll ever need – but that would be a little biased of us, right? Then again –

Bourbon Bad Boy 3

Just look at that bad boy. What more could your body need when it’s feeling rough?

Rock Island Football Pitch

The Henningsvær Idrettslag Stadion in the small fishing village of Henningsvær, located on two small islands off Lofoten, in Norway, can hardly be called a stadium; it has got no stands—just a couple of meters of asphalt poured around the field—and is used only for amateur football. But its location is majestic.

The stadium is located on a rocky islet surrounded by stunning views consisting of dramatic mountains and jagged peaks, open sea and sheltered bays. The football pitch was laid by leveling the solid bedrock of the southernmost part of the Hellandsøya island, resulting in a very rough landscape, decorated by overwhelming number of racks for drying cod. Around the perimeter of the field is a strip of asphalt that serves both as the crowd stand and as car parking. The stadium’s tiny capacity seems sufficient since the village of Henningsvær has only about 500 inhabitants.


The stadium itself has an artificial turf that is mostly used by members of the amateur club Henningsvær IL to train local kids. It has floodlights for evening games.


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Fish drying racks surrounding the stadium. Photo credit: unknown