While the bread and butter of Gizmodo UK is in the bits and bytes of technology, we have a lot of fun in the off-topic areas, with many of the stories being filed in the WTF category. Bookmark this page for the sillier stories, from ridiculous examples of body-art, to... sausages made of skittles?

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By Sam Gibbs on at

Dead Plant Booze-Fuel Could Replace Petrol

We’ve been making leaps and bounds on using ethanol as a replacement fuel to petrol, but it’s always been a bit pricey to produce. A brand new enzyme means we might finally be able to stick pure-booze created from dead plants in our tanks and it won’t cost a bomb.

Today's Transfixing Google Doodle Celebrates the Magic of Waves

By Mario Aguilar on at

Blame Google if you find yourself staring at your screen, unable to remember what you were about to search for on the internet. Today's Google Doodle celebrates the 155th birthday of German physicist Heinrich Hertz whose experiments with electromagnetic waves paved the way for the radio — and everything wireless you've ever used.

The Neuroscience of Magic

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Despite having a background in science, I am remarkably susceptible to magic tricks: there's something about them that draws me in. But there's more to it than me being stupid, as this video about the neuroscience of magic explains.

Cows Can Now Booty Call Their Farmers

By Jamie Condliffe on at

Farming cows is a thankless task; keeping track of their fertility sounds funny, but it's what keeps meat in your burger and milk on your cereal. Fortunately, mobile technology means that cows can now drop their farmers an SMS when they're feeling frisky. That's right. Bovine sexting has arrived.

Will People Ever Evolve Out of Craving Unhealthy Food?

By PopSci on at

Maybe, but it's going to take a long time. For the past 200,000 years or so, fatty and sugary foods were hard for humans to come by and well worth gorging on. Fats help maintain body temperature, sugars provide energy, and craving such food is hardwired: Eating fats and sugars activates reward centers in the brain.

This Is What Life on Mars Would Look Like

By Jamie Condliffe on at

The idea of life on Mars never gets old, but while we know it would never involve little green men, we've never really known what we might find. When a Mars training mission recently unearthed a thriving world of microbes below the Atacama desert in Chile, however, we got a much better idea.

Volcanoes May Erupt On the Moon In the Future

By Jesus Diaz on at

Imagine looking up to the sky every night just to see the Halloween orange and chimney red glow from dozens of volcanoes on the surface of the Moon. According to new research paper just published in Nature Geosciences, humans could be able to enjoy such a show in the future.