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?
An anonymous reader sent me this crazy video taken two weeks ago: a truck out of control almost smashes a car on a snowy road in Russia. Fortunately, these guys got extremely lucky and Death got distracted at the very last second.
Earlier this year a man lost a £36 million jackpot when a casino alleged a "software glitch" on the slot machine. Well, that's nothing compared to the backlog of £6 billion in unprocessed payments that happened in Japan on March.
There aren't many things more dull than watching the proverbial paint dry -- so why not turn it into an endurance competition? Watching paint dry will be the everyman's sport; weedy, short, fat or just plain inferior, it will matter not as long as you can fix your gaze and stay the distance.
If there was ever such a thing as a country run by Grinches, North Korea would be that country. Why? Well, according to the BBC, North Korea has warned neighboring South Korea of "unexpected consequences" if South Korea decides to light up Christmas trees near their border.
Have you ever imagined how would it feel to hit a £36 million jackpot in a casino's slot machine? Must be amazing. Now, what would you do if the casino wanted to avoid paying you because of a "software glitch"?
I don't throw the term genius around a lot, but whoever created these knitted ear caps must be an enlightened individual. They're the perfect way to keep extra warm while reminding everyone of just how damn hip you are.
Believe it or not, Norway is out of butter. Like seriously. According to Reuters, they've got none. Zero. Zilch. Null. Hilariously, it's all because of a fad diet that demands people eat more fat. You can't make this stuff up!
Can you imagine anything else in the world more annoying than 'beacons that emit a high-frequency sound that'll immediately trigger an advertisement on your phone'? I can't think of a single thing I want less than that. Okay, cancer. I want cancer less than I want this insanely silly automatic advertising.
These luxury residential towers, set to be completed in Seoul in 2015, are supposed to be evocative of a pixelated cloud floating overhead. But to be honest, the only thing they remind me of are September 11. How did no one cry foul?
Android phone naming schemes have gone a little off-the-deep-end. While we're shielded from it a bit in the UK, the US certainly isn't. My personal favourite longest, what-were-you-thinking, name is Samsung's Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch. But now you too can come up with some incredible, world-beating names with just a single click of the Android Phone Name Generator.
It's funny, when I was a kid there was a huge move away from realistic toy guns — and playing "guns" in general. Now apparently the pendulum has swung back: you can buy your kid a 15-plus-inch toy baton and handcuffs for playing "FBI."
James Byrne was doing some carpentry work when he cut off his left thumb. Doctors tried to unsuccessfully re-attach it, so they proposed an alternative: "Why don't we use your dominant left toe instead?" He said yes.
I have no idea what Fujifilm is trying to sell me in this creepy Japanese ad for their X10 point and shoot. Maybe the camera has a secret mode that can see inside my head and photograph my chilling nightmares?