Drunk Man United Fan Dials 999 Asking for Fergie

Greater Manchester Police had to issue a statement via their Facebook page last night advising on the proper time to call 999 after a drunken man phoned the emergency number demanding to speak to Sir Alex Ferguson after Manchester United's defeat to Sunderland. Read More >>

This Tiny Mask Provides 5 Minutes of Filtered Air For Emergency Escapes

In primary school we were all taught to get as low to the ground as possible during a fire, to avoid excessive smoke inhalation. But a fire can also quickly create a dangerous mix of toxic gases hindering a safe escape. A fire fighter's mask and oxygen tank provides a constant supply of fresh air, and that's what the 5aver promises on a smaller scale giving someone five minutes to escape a burning building. Read More >>

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This Gigantic 5 MW Battery Can Power a Village

Wiring everyone up to a single power grid is all well and good—until there's an power outage. But what if we could mitigate outages by supplementing the one big grid with lots of smaller ones powered by renewable energy? The Pacific Northwest Smart Grid Demonstration Project aims to find out. Read More >>

This Case Turns Your iPhone Into a Satellite Phone

When people call Apple's iPhone a "global device" it's really something of a misnomer. Can it work on a desolate, high peak? Or in the middle of the ocean? No, it's limited to a network of ground-based antenna. This simple case frees the iPhone from those shackles, and lets it work pretty much anywhere in the whole wide world. Read More >>

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Make an Emergency Flash Drive and Take it With You Whenever You Travel

You lost your wallet in Jakarta. You got hit by a car in Paris. You need to get online in a sketchy internet cafe in Reno. Read More >>

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Hungary's Red Sludge Disaster Zone Still Looks Apocalyptic Two Years Later

In 2010, a lake of caustic, poison mud from an aluminium manufacturing operation spilled out and destroyed a nearby town, along with much of the native life. Humans were killed and burned, property destroyed. And it still looks like Mars. Read More >>

This Man Had a Taser Dart Stuck In His Brain and Didn't Even Realise

Sometimes, academic journals have the best stories. Like last week's issue of Forensic Science International, which describes how a man had a a drunken confrontation with the police and ended up with a taser dart stuck in his brain. Read More >>

"This Country Has Been Attacked With Nuclear Weapons"

This is the horrifying script the BBC was planning to broadcast to the nation in the event of a nuclear attack on the country, back in the '70s. If your radio or TV still worked, and if your ears hadn't been melted off your head, this is what you would've heard: Read More >>

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Watch This Snowboarder Survive an Avalanche By Floating On an Airbag

Meesh Hytner was doing typical pro-snowboarder things, participating in an informal backcountry competition in Colorado, when suddenly she found herself in a class-3 avalanche. Lucky for her, she was wearing an emergency airbag system, and lucky for you, there's video. Read More >>

An Emergency Phone With a 15-Year Standby Time Is Definitely Going In My Car's Boot

Your car's broken down. Your phone's out of battery. Hell, it's always out of battery these days. What do you do? Well, if Xpal Power has anything to do with it you'll just pick up your Spare One. Read More >>

All Emergency Telephone Numbers in (Most of) The World

3! That's all you dial if you want the police in Turkmenistan. In Algeria it's 17, unless it's a fire, then you dial 14. Which country has the least memorable emergency number of them all? Probably the Ethiopian fire brigade's, which is 99193. [Chartsbin] Read More >>

New Eneloops Keep Their Charge for Over Five Years

Since the earthquake and subsequent tsunami, Japanese companies have been focusing their efforts on creating products that can be useful in an emergency. And since batteries can be vital when a power grid's been knocked out, Sanyo has been working to improve their shelf life. Read More >>


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