Blog Posts by Jordana Divon

  • Makeshift Thor’s hammer spits out actual lightning

    If you can’t be an actual superhero, at the very least you can fashion a superhero’s mighty, impressive weaponry.

    Builder Caleb Kraft has done this so well he’s going to have to use his perfectly constructed Thor hammer to fend off the ladies.

    [ Related: Fan-built Iron Man costume impresses social media ]

    Good thing his makeshift Mjolnir spits out an impressive 80,000 volts of electricity thanks to the portable Tesla coil he inserted in the hammer’s body.

    So while it can’t help him fly through the cosmos and the foam hammer head probably exacts as much bodily impact as a stuffed animal, Kraft’s Thunder God weapon can spit out mini-lightning like the world’s most awesome stun gun. Stun gun manufacturers: you may want to get on this.

    On second thought, don't.

    The Missouri resident explains how he achieved this feat of electrical engineering in a video that is arguably more entertaining than the recent Thor remake (Chris Hemsworth’s Thor biceps notwithstanding.)

    He collaborated with circuit

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  • Rapid Realty gives raise to employees who get company logo tattoo

    Some employees at Rapid Realty are getting logos inked on. Rapid Realty's Twitter photo
    A New York City real estate company has definitively answered the question: “How badly do you want that raise?”

    While working longer hours, showing initiative and bringing in higher returns may not bump up your salary at Rapid Realty, a trip to the local tattoo parlour will.

    As CBS News notes, 40 employees of Rapid Realty have permanently inked themselves with the company logo in order to receive a 15 per cent pay raise.

    This means that for an additional 15 per cent per year, 40 individuals underwent a painful procedure whereby insoluble ink was injected via sharp needle in the top layers of their epidermis so that they can now become walking human billboards for their place of employment.

    In a company of 800, that means there are still 760 workers potentially mulling this idea.

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    Company owner Anthony Lolli says the idea generated from a lone employee who got the tattoo out of his sheer enthusiasm for selling Manhattan real

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  • Office manager accused of performing cosmetic surgery without a license

    Patterson stands accused of treating one of her brother’s patients in his absence.When you work the desk for long enough in a doctor’s office, interacting with your boss and co-workers, handling patients and taking their information, you may have occasionally entertained this thought: “Hey, I’ve been doing this so long I bet I could even perform that person’s rhinoplasty.”

    Then you chuckle because you’re a smart person and you know that you’re not actually certified to perform rhinoplasty on human beings. Or animals for that matter, because that would just be weird.

    This tiny detail appears to have escaped Christine Patterson.

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    As the Herald-Tribune reports, Patterson, an office manager at her brother’s Sarasota, Fla. plastic surgery clinic, stands accused of treating one of her brother’s patients in his absence.

    The patient reportedly came in for a post-op follow-up the day after her surgery in April 2011. With her brother out of town, Patterson allegedly examined the patient, rewrapped her

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  • Fight breaks out at top of Mount Everest between Sherpas, climbers

    Mount Everest (C), the world highest peak, and other peaks of the Himalayan range are seen from air during a mountain flight from Kathmandu April 24, 2010.Not that getting into a bloody, nose-smashing, fist-flying brawl is anything we’d ever encourage here at Yahoo! Canada, but if you are going to beat the crap out of someone, certain places make better impromptu battlefields than others.

    For instance the top of Mount Everest: Not a good place. For so very many reasons. Not the least of which is the possibility of rolling off the world’s highest mountain while entangled in an angry bear hug. And then there’s the whole oxygen thing. And the possibility of getting seriously injured many, many miles away from a hospital.

    But in the remote likelihood that you do find yourself rolling up your sleeves and yelling, “How do you like me now?” whilst scaling the upper reaches of Everest, whatever you do, make sure you’re not threatening the person responsible for safely guiding you down the mountain.

    [ Related: Nepal officials vow to ensure security on Everest after fight ]

    Because according to AFP, police are currently investigating an alleged fight

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  • Woman wins, accidentally swallows $5k diamond at charity event

    The potential for disaster was staggering. Event organizers must have known this.

    But the Tampa Women’s Club Charity went ahead full steam with their idea to put 399 cubic zirconia stones in an equal number of champagne flutes. In the 400th flute they placed a $5,000 diamond donated by a local diamond wholesaler.

    The lucky individual who received the one-carat rock in her glass would get to keep it.

    Miriam Tucker, one of the evening’s attendees, has graced the planet for 80 years. It’s fair to say that in all that time she’s seen many things. But one thing she didn’t see was just how close the diamond in her glass actually sat in relation to her mouth and soon enough the pricy gem was hurtling toward her digestive tract.

    [ Related: Diamond breaks world record for price per carat ]

    o far into the glass," Tucker told the Tampa Bay Times (via USA Today). "We were laughing and talking when I realized I swallowed it."

    "I thought I'd drink a bit of champagne so I didn't have to stick my finger sIn

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  • Awesome job opportunity: General manager of Stonehenge

    If “Druid priest” appears on your shortlist of past lives, have we got the job opportunity for you.

    Stonehenge, the impenetrably mysterious prehistoric rock formation in Wiltshire, England, is primed for a new general manager and English Heritage is willing to pay someone nearly $100,000 per year for the privilege.

    Duties will include coordinating a team of 180 staff and volunteers, making sure the million or so tourists who mill through the standing stone ring are having a proper good time and also solving a puzzle that has perplexed history’s brightest minds for thousands of years.

    OK, so maybe not the last bit, but just imagine the Christmas bonus opportunities if you succeed.

    “Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world, a monument of the same iconic status as the Pyramids, the Taj Mahal and the Eiffel Tower,” Tim Reeve, English Heritage’s Historic Properties Director, wrote in a statement.

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    “We are looking for a dynamic and

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  • 14-year-old McDonald’s 'zombie' hamburger still looks good enough to eat

    The closest documented proof we have to the existence of zombies on earth may lie underneath a pair of golden arches.

    We can thank David Whipple for this discovery. The Utah man purchased a pair of McDonald’s burgers in 1999 and, as an experiment in biological decay, decided to keep one of the burgers out for 30 days.

    Fourteen years later it remains in the exact same condition, a meat-and-bun version of the living dead. McZombie’s.

    [ Related: New Zealand cat recovering from year-long McDonald’s diet ]

    “"I was showing some people how enzymes work and I thought a hamburger would be a good idea,” he said on a recent episode of The Doctors (via Daily Mail). “And I used it for a month and then I forgot about it. It ended up in a paper sack with the receipt in my coat pocket tossed in the back of my truck and it sat there for, I don't know, two or three months."

    “My wife didn’t discover it until at least a year or two after that. And we pulled it out and said ‘oh my gosh. I can’t believe it looks

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  • ‘Tuna Melt’ music video gets inspiration from Rube Goldberg machine

    Sorry A-Trak, but OK Go had the best Rube Goldberg machine music video of all time.

    That’s not to say “Tuna Melt,” the recent collaboration between the Canadian DJ and his Australian counterpart, Tommy Trash, is anything to sniff at. On the contrary: it’s pretty damn spectacular.

    To the uninitiated, a Rube Goldberg machine is a virtual obstacle course of simple, unrelated objects designed to create a chain reaction.

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    A favourite pastime of highly intelligent children and adults who get a kick out of time-consuming micro-level precision, successful Rube Goldberg machines tend to kick off with a single trigger, like a domino, that spirals into a complex feat of engineering-in-motion.

    According to MTV, the musical duo hired director Ryan Staake and Lunatim Rex, aka the Kinetic King, a man best known for making “stick bombs,” to help put the ambitious project together.

    A behind-the-scenes video shows just how much

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  • Hidden camera records package’s journey through post office labyrinth

    Have you ever plunked down a significant chunk of cash to ship a fragile, valuable item, perhaps an item of great sentimental value, only to have it arrive at its destination looking like the postal service used it to play a game of pickup rugby?

    It’s one of those life situations that makes you grow as a person because you recognize that, while unjust, there’s not much you can do about it. Also, it figures pretty low on the hierarchy of global calamities. Like, maybe even in the negative integers.

    [ Related: Grammatical victory celebrated as English town drops apostrophe ban ]

    But what if you could plant a hidden camera to record the package’s journey from start to finish?

    One enterprising London designer decided to do just that. Ruben van der Vleuten stuck a small camera in a box, cut a tiny hole to allow it to see, and mailed the box to himself.

    As Popsci notes, he programmed the camera with a controller to grab three-second video intervals every minute and longer recordings whenever

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  • World’s oldest man rings in an impressive 116 years on the planet

    The world’s oldest person, Jiroemon Kimura, just rang in his 116th birthday with a big celebration (but not too big a celebration because… 116).
    For those glued to their laptops or TV screens in need a little levity here’s a two-minute dose of something nice.

    The world’s oldest person, Jiroemon Kimura, just rang in his 116th birthday with a big
    celebration (but not too big a celebration because… 116).

    As Reuters reports, Kimura catapulted very, very gently to the top of the age charts this past December after previous title holder, Dina Manfredini of Iowa, shuffled off to the great bingo hall in the sky.

    Surrounded by family and friends, the resident of Kyotango, a city in the Kyoto prefecture of Japan accepted the good wishes of impressed people from around the world.

    "I truly congratulate you on your 116th birthday," Japanese Prime Minister Shenzo Abe expressed in a video message.

    [ Related: World's oldest person celebrates his 116th birthday in Japan ]

    "I'm 58 years old, still a young man at only half your age. Thanks to your generation's efforts, Japan could overcome several difficult times and achieve the prosperity we

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