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Cousin of Velociraptor Discovered – Yikes!

Dinosaur news now (or as we’ve decided to term it, “TyranNEWSaurus Rex”), and a new species has been discovered – a close cousin of the Velociraptor (BBC). Science chaps have named it Linheraptor Exquisitus, which seems a little too flattering. Just because you’ve given it a cool name doesn’t mean it won’t bite your arm off, Science chaps!

Anyway, here’s a picture of the fossilised skeleton they found in Inner Mongolia (you don’t hear much about Outer Mongolia any more, do you?):

Doesn't look so scary...

Which is obviously all well and good, but a little digging around the internet led us to the blog of the person that took this photo and, in particular, his interesting article about how the press have seemingly misinterpreted the whole thing and gotten their facts wrong. “Newspapers in poor research shocker”, you might glibly remark. Still, worth a read. Also, kudos on possibly the most niche blog title in the world – Dave Hone’s Archosaur Musings?! I, for one, can’t name anyone that has even heard the word ‘Archosaur’, let alone anyone who would have a differing opinion to Dave Hone and make his name a necessary part of the title.

This is all by the by, of course, because we know that no matter what dinosaurs are subsequently discovered, nothing will match the majesty of this:

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Wish I'd Thought of That: Folding Plug Wins Design Award

New Boffin on the Block Min-Kyu Choi has won the highest accolade a this year’s Brit Insurance Design Awards (do you think that sometimes they just call them The Brit Awards to try and make themselves sound cooler? I do).

Anyway, Choi has cleverly managed to design a plug that will not cause intense pain if you step on it upturned. Which is a tremendous bonus. Speaking of plug-based injuries, I’ve got a scar above my left eye from when I bent down to unplug something and smacked my head on the corner of a table. I was about 6. I’ve hated plugs ever since. Can’t trust ’em.

Anyway, as this video shows, it really is a miniature marvel:

Naturally, this is the most annoying, facepalm-inducing inventions in the world because we didn’t think of it. Damn. See the full story (featuring Janet Street Porter!) at the Beeb, here.

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Win Free Tickets to Underground Rebel Bingo this Saturday

Underground Rebel Bingo have nabbed some freebie prizes from IWOOT in the past (see here for an earlier blog post), so we thought it was only fair if we got something in return – which is good news for you, loyal readers. We’ve managed to blag two free tickets and £20-worth of free drinks for this Saturday (20th March) for one lucky person who tweets the following:

RT @iwootblog 2 Free Rebel Bingo tickets + drinks for exclusive underground London Gig this Saturday http://bit.ly/cGN9iL

We’ll pick a winner at random after the competition closes at 12pm on Friday. The winner will be put on the VIP Guest List and, as well as those drinks, will have the chance to win a stack of IWOOT goodies – always a bonus. Rebel Bingo is one of London’s best nights out, holding their events in secret locations under the auspices of things like “London Antiques Fair” or “Residents Association Meeting”. Crafty, eh? You can find more info and pictures of young people having fun and spending too much here.

Remember – the more you tweet, the more likely you are to win.

Here are some thoroughly entertaining Ts and Cs:

• The competition closes at 12pm on the 19th March 2010.
• The winner will be picked by a random generator on the 19th of March 2010.
• There is only one prize of 2 x Underground Rebel Bingo Tickets and £20 tab behind the bar on the night.
• The winner will be notified via twitter so make sure you check it on Friday afternoon. IWOOT reserves the right to randomly select another winner at 3pm Friday 19th March if you have not responded. In light of this, please check twitter!
• You can enter the competition as many times as you like. The more you tweet the more likely you are to win.
• This competition is completely free to enter, no purchase is necessary.
• Employees of I Want One of Those their immediate families and anyone professionally connected with the promotion are not eligible to enter this competition
• No responsibility will be accepted for entries that are not received.
• IWOOT reserves the right to disqualify any entrant.
• The prize is a 2 x Underground Rebel Bingo Tickets for the 20th March 2010 in London. They are non transferable and there is no cash alternative.
• The judges’ decision is final.
• This competition is open to UK residents only.

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Amazing Celebrity Caricatures

If caricatures unearth memories of traipsing through picturesque tourist traps while batty chaps in berets attempt to make you sit down while thy scratch an insulting impression of you into a pad and charge you as much as your ticket home, then prepare to be amazed. (True fact: when I was tramping around Montmartre, one such artist attempted to accost me by saying “oh go on, I’ll do it for free!” – probably should’ve taken him up on that one.)

The splendidly-named Anthony Geoffroy (now there’s a portmanteau we can get on board with) appears to be possessive of a very unique talent – his celebrity caricatures are radiant, occasionally brutal and never less than captivating – have a look for yourselves:

JD from Scrubs

Robert DeNiro

Visit Geoffroy’s website here for more caricatures and other such cleverness. Via Robot vs Badger.

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Oh crikey, there's a video of the jetpack…

Good news! After the amazing news that someone has finally made a Jetpack that both works and you can buy, the Telegraph comes up trumps and finds some footage of it in action.

Of course, you’d be better off soundtracking this sort of thing yourself. The ambient guff they’ve selected is just not exciting enough – Spotify users amongst you should click here for a more appropriate aural accompaniment.

WANT WANT WANT:

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JETPACK. That's right, JETPACK.

At last, after many years of speculation and failed attempts (and probably some loss of life and/or limb), a clever person has made a Jetpack that actually works and, best of all, you can actually buy it. About time too.

The bona-fide geniuses from New Zealand’s Martin Aircraft have finally perfected their version of the Jetpack we all wish we could nip to the shops in. Of course, making it commercially available is a similar gesture as taking bookings for the first space shuttle flight – only the excessively rich and frivolous will have a chance of owning one any time soon (and maybe that guy from N*Sync). If you do want one, it’ll set you back a total of $86,000 – and that’s before it even gets built. Still, with plans to co-ordinate airspace to accommodate the casual aeronaut in process (amazing!), things are looking good for a distinctly more Bond-esque future.

Here are some pictures of the marvel itself:

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jetpack-2

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Via the oddly-titled Gizmag.

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Bizarre German Show Makes Child Put Star Wars Lego in Mouth

If that’s not a headline to get you clicking through, I don’t know what is. After thoroughly terrifying us with their equally bizarre dinosaur ballet (which we featured here), further confirmation that German variety television is a truly unhinged affair can be found in the below video. I’m no linguist, but it seems that this particular segment follows a You Bet!-style format of challenging someone to complete a task that literally only they would have a chance of completing. I mean, do you know anyone that could identify Star Wars Lego characters just by how they felt in their mouth?

Favourite bits: the spooky version of the Star Wars theme in the background, the spittoon-style pot that the poor child has to plop the figurines into, and the bit where the obviously confused host makes up the names of Boba Fett’s parents. “Mama Fett, Papa Fett?”

Genius. Though you have to wonder about the home life of a child that can actually complete this task with 80% accuracy. Furthermore, could this same challenge be carried out with these?

Via Geekologie.

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Unbelievable Star Wars Lego Fight

Lego = great.

Star Wars = great.

Lego X Star Wars = great squared.

I’m no mathematician, but that’s a fact. With that in mind, why not geek out for a Friday afternoon and marvel at this incredible Lego animation?

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Clive Sinclair doesn't even use a computer!

IWOOT Blog hero Sir Clive Sinclair, the inventor of the Sinclair C5 amongst several other things, has admitted that he doesn’t use a computer. At all. Despite creating a whole load of them in the 80s. Surprising, eh? Take a look at this little exchange between Sinclair and a Guardian interviewer:

“I don’t use a computer at all. The company does.”

“So you don’t do email?”

“No. I’ve got people to do it for me.”

“If friends and family want to communicate?”

“They can do that. We’ve got a computer in the front office, but I get someone to do it for me.”

“That seems odd to me. Why is that?”

“Sheer laziness I think. I can’t be bothered.”

“Do you not know how to operate it?”

“I do know how to, but I don’t.”

“Sorry to press, but it seems the simplest thing in the world to do your own emails.”

“Well I find them annoying. I’d much prefer someone would telephone me if they want to communicate. No, it’s not sheer laziness – I just don’t want to be distracted by the whole process. Nightmare.”

Fair enough, but this little nugget of info got us thinking – what seemingly everyday devices do you not use? Are you like Sir Clive and have a league of helpers to do your emails? Do you point-blank refuse to watch the telly? Or can you not stomach the thought of hopping in the car? Let us know below…

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February's Review of the Month Winners

Though February is a short month, it seems to have had no effect on your reviewing capabilities – once again, we’ve been flooded. It takes the best part of a morning to wade through the written reviews alone, so next month we want to see it upped to a whole day. Come on, make DannyWoot’s working life as difficult as possible!

So, without any further prattle, here are this month’s lucky winners of a whole heap of IWOOT Vouchers:

LizzyMac wins a not-to-be-looked-at-with-scorn £50 IWOOT Voucher for her written review of the Terrorist Teapot:

“Hilarious, and fast!
I am incredibly impressed. Being disorganised I left my Valentine’s shopping until the Friday afternoon (Sunday being Valentine’s Day) and finally decided on this little fella. Not an appropriate V Day gift some of you might say? Well you don’t know my boyfriend! He is a tea fiend, absolutely obsessed with tea I tell you! To my utmost surprise (after warning said tea fiend that his present wouldn’t arrive until Monday) we were woken at 10am on Saturday by the postie… with a lovely IWOOT box in his hands. Needless to say, I had no chance of getting the prezzie and keeping it until the Sunday – the boyf had it open in 30 seconds flat! He was giddy with excitement, and proceeded to brew up some tea there and then (chai in case you were interested)! The teapot has been proclaimed “a good ‘un” and works just as well as a normal teapot, only better looking! He is thoroughly happy with his Valentine’s Day present! And what did I get? Flowers and chocolates…”

Stephyj1 is awarded an actually-I-can-do-quite-a-bit-with-that £75 IWOOT Voucher for this picture of the Snug Rug in (non) action:

We're assuming this was sent in with the subject's consent...

And finally, the winner of our crikey-I-just-did-a-double-take-without-a-trace-of-irony £150 IWOOT Voucher is Raggy, who nips around department stores and turns televisions off with our delightful Telly Terminate. Why he feels the need to titter incessantly over the top of this fine slice of guerilla-lite action is beyond us, but what an effort.

I’d have the same reaction if Loose Women was on. If you fancy winning yourself a lovely voucher to call your own and joining the ranks of hallowed past winners, then all you need to do is enter a review of something you’ve bought from IWOOT, be it written, snapped or videoed. See you next month!

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