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?
Paul Lazarro has one of the weirdest gigs I've ever heard of: he milks black widow spiders for their silk. Yeap! The venomous, red dotted, eight-legged, creature killing black widow is knocked out and then handled for its super strong silk. All in the name of dangerous research.
The male orb-web spider has a dangerous natural imperative. He—the little one on the left—has to have sex with the behemoth on the right. And she wants to eat him. What's a guy to do? Use his detachable penis to keep her satisfied while he scurries off, of course.
Man gets out of the cockpit. Man walks the wing. Man hangs onto the wing's edge. Aircraft rolls. Man jumps off the plane. I really don't have anything to add to this video filmed over Iceland. I'll just keep replaying it for a bit. [Thanks Jorge!]
Everyone who drives a car eventually comes into a close encounter with a lamp post. Backing up, trying to parallel park, hey, it happens to all of us. And that's totally okay. What's NOT okay is if you're a pilot and you crash your freaking plane into a lamp post. How does that even happen?
Last week, in the south west of England, the world started to fall in on itself. As little blue balls of sticky gel fell from the sky, Steve Hornsby feared the worst: the end was surely nigh. But, phew, it's all OK. A florist from a nearby town has sorted it out.
When landing a helicopter, I guess there are a few basic rules to follow. Make sure you don't land on people likely comes first, but a close second is probably to avoid landing near things that stand a good chance of getting blown away. This pilot didn't remember that part.
Bungee jumping is already the scariest thing in the world, so how does one make it EVEN SCARIER? By going the homemade, DIY-route. These guys just tied a few knots, used a few carabiners and then just jumped off a freaking bridge. That's it. Watch it, you'll be stunned at how flimsy the entire set up looks.
Don't worry, you can watch the video because no one was hurt in this freak accident. It's crazy, a youth hockey team in Slovakia was actually practicing in the hockey rink as the arena's roof came crashing down.
Unlike the world's biggest bugs, these Partula snails are so small they look like little ants wearing a Halloween snail costume. And even though I usually hate bugs, when you miniaturise them, they look kind of cute!
Colour me sceptical, but reports are coming out of China that a boy called Nong Youhui who has “bright blue eyes just like westerners”, can apparently see in the dark like a cat. He proved his prowess by taking a series of tests in near darkness, which had onlookers and reporters alike convinced. His eyes apparently reflect light like a cat’s do.
That gigantic yellow stained ball of goopness? It's made from 95,200 piece of chewed Nicorette gum. It's the love creation of Barry Chappell, who started rolling his chewed gum into a ball back in 2006. Six years later, it's now 62 inches in circumference and weighs 175 pounds of rubber, saliva and nastiness. People are crazy.
From the Annals of Otology, Rhinology, and Laryngology comes news that fashioning a strip of cured pork into a nasal tampon will help prevent nosebleeds for those suffering from chronic episodes. More specifically, it was used in the "treatment of [a] life-threatening hemorrhage."
If you thought that Apple's attempts to make a wild west-inspired skin for the iPhone was horrific, think again. What we have here is Sharp's attempt to woo their Japanese market with, uh, a chocolate-themed phone.