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?
Buying and selling stuff online can be stressful, since you're always guarding against getting ripped off. Luckily, intermediaries like PayPal are in place to mediate disputes. Which apparently means having your antique violin smashed open to see if it's fake, then not compensating you in any way.
I'm finally jealous of the French. To promote the re-release of The Phantom Menace in THREE DEE, French fast food chain Quick is making a Darth Vader Burger complete with a black bun. A BLACK BUN. On a burger!
Piranhas might have razor sharp teeth and the ability to communicate but I'd rather have them feast on my body than this Pacu Fish. Why? Well, you see, the Pacu Fish has human-like teeth and loves to bite off testicles to ensure you die a slow, ball-less and bleed-full death. Ow.
Old Portsmouth saw a flurry of activity after a 999 call sent the coast guard and police rushing into action to rescue a plastic replica of everyone's favourite childhood alien, ET. Of course neither the caller, nor the emergency services suspected the mysterious disheveled body spotted floating five miles off shore was plastic until they got it back to dry land.
I don't think annoying your brother with a few foot jabs warrants getting slapped across the face with an iPad but hey, boys will be boys. Maybe brother was trying to set a new high score! Or maybe he was Facetiming a cute girl! Who knows! All I know now is that the iPad makes for an awesome slapping device. [YouTube]
I've long been over the ridiculously overpriced-ness of idiotic Vertu phones. 300 grand for a dumbphone? Whatever, the stupid rich who spend that stupidly are beyond saving anyway. But Vertu has hit a new low (or high?) with this one: a £121 Vertu USB cable.
Hey crazy people, don't you ever stop being crazy. Even though I don't understand you, you give me so much joy. Like this guy! Look how happy he is! Happy to have his face covered with a bunch of stick bugs.
Ian Bogost was one of one of FarmVille's biggest critics. So he created a pointless game to parody that pointless game. Then his pointless game became a hit. So Wired wrote about it. Now that's a pointless game too. What?
Just think of the good you could do with £640,000 in disposable cash. You could help charities, be the ultimate Secret Santa, even start your own orphanarium. Of you could buy the Veniamin Human Slinky costume on eBay. Decisions, decisions.
Chalk this up to either utter stupidity, or criminal intent -- a man who won a Lamborghini Murcielago (lime green of course) from a petrol station "Joe Schmo to Lamborghini" competition, managed to smash it up within six hours of getting the keys. But did he crash it on purpose?
Screw ghost riding the whip, forget flash mobs. There's a new internet craze threatening our children: taunting lizards and amphibians with fake food on your smartphone. Sure it's cute when they're crushing virtual insects but it's not so cute when they attack your finger.
The Smurfs made a terrible movie but did one good thing: they're adding more colour to the world. Juzcar, a town in Southern Spain, was painted blue for the movie as a sort of publicity stunt but the residents loved it so much they want to keep their homes all blue everything.
This YouTube video showing a concrete buffer going crazy is a bit slow at first. But give it some time, it soon gets hilariously absurd, with a dozen construction workers trying to stop the beast. Fortunately, there were no injuries. Except for their pride.