Blog Posts by Jordana Divon

  • Chicago couple glues 60,000 pennies onto new bedroom floor

    There are just a few weeks left to use up all those extra pennies before they become cash register currency non grata. And while they will eventually become a collector’s item, it may take a while to ratchet up any sort of real value while there are technically still millions of them floating around.

    So if you’re looking for an interesting way to convert your one-cent coins into something useful (a way that doesn’t involve melting them down for steel and nickel, that is), you may consider taking a decorating page from Ryan Lange and Emily Belden.

    [ Related: With one-cent coin to retire early next month, is nickel next to go? ]

    As MSN reports, the Chicago couple painstakingly laid down 59,670 pennies to convert the shiny (and not-so-shiny) coins into a new bedroom floor.

    "We'd been looking up options and were thinking about being green when I said we should just tile the floor in pennies," Lange told the news network, explaining that he received inspiration from similar projects he saw

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  • Man arrested during home invasion wearing nothing but trench coat, socks

    Come for the valuables, stay for a little steam therapy?

    A San Andreas, California, home proved an irresistible draw to an alleged burglar for its combination of luxury items and relaxing sauna facilities. According to the Associated Press, when police arrested Robert London outside the property he was charged with robbing last week, the 49-year-old man reportedly had nothing on but a trench coat and a pair of socks, park-flasher style.

    This couldn’t have been a comfortable situation for the homeowner, who told police he found the intruder rummaging through his kitchen cabinets before he chased him out the door and held the half-naked man down on the driveway until police arrived.

    The suspect later told police he “thought the house was vacant” and had made a habit of using the sauna, though he did not explain why this abandoned house was full of nice things, including a working sauna.

    London may want to commiserate with Daniel Bedard, another would-be home invader who was interrupted

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  • Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee loot includes a llama, Antarctica and Olympic medals

    Britain's Queen Elizabeth REUTERS/Alastair Grant/poolIf the British monarchy gets you riled up (and not in the celebratory way) you may want to stop reading now.

    Because Buckingham Palace has just released a list of gifts bestowed upon Queen Elizabeth II in honour of her Diamond Jubilee and even if you combined every holiday bounty received by every person in your neighbourhood over an entire lifespan it would not even come close to a fraction of the Queen’s loot.

    Here’s why there will never be a “Royals: They’re Just Like Us!” section of Us Weekly:

    For starters, someone gave the Queen a live baby llama. Since it’s not a corgi it’s doubtful she will keep the poor creature at Buckingham Palace, but if anyone in the U.K. has a sudden need for a domesticated South American camelid, you now have an additional option.

    [ Related: Antarctica and a llama for UK queen in jubilee year ]

    Something she may keep in the palace: a knitted tea cozy that someone commissioned of her beloved canines. And to compliment this thoughtful gift, another

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  • Scalpel? … Scalpel? Surgeons leave 16 items in patient’s body

    A German man needed two additional surgeries to remove all the surgical items left in his body after a routine procedure.

    Surgery is terrifying enough without the additional fear of leaving the operating table with a steel implement in your lower intestinal tract, so when University of Washington surgeons were found to have left five surgical instruments in their patients over a five-year period back in 2001, it’s understandable that patients may have been a little more nervous than usual.

    Those loose-fingered doctors may want to apply for work at hospital in Germany where surgeons allegedly left 16 pieces of medical equipment – including gauze, a needle, a six-inch roll of bandages and a fragment of a surgical mask – in the body of a 74-year-old man. They’d look like models of efficiency in comparison.

    As the Huffington Post notes, Dirk Schroeder went in for “routine surgery” for prostate cancer in 2009. Doctors told him the surgery had gone “well” and expected that it would add another six years to his life.

    [ Related: UK doctors accidentally leave surgical tool inside patient ]

    Except for the

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  • ‘Back to the Future’-style DeLorean hoverboat created by California grad student

    The date Doc Brown plugged into Back to the Future’s iconic DeLorean is still more than two years away.

    That tiny detail hasn’t stopped Matthew Riese from taking his refurbished DeLorean hovercraft – a cross between a DeLorean and a hoverboard – out for a few preliminary, head-turning spins.

    As Uproxx reports, the San Francisco grad student has spent the last few years crafting the impressive vehicle after he received $5,644 in donations on Kickstarter to complete his project.

    While the DeLorean looks like a car, it’s actually registered as a boat and only uses the shell of a ride immortalized by the 1985 Hollywood classic.

    It’s also a bit slower than the original, reaching a maximum speed of 45 miles per hour, meaning it will probably only get you to the 2019 vicinity.

    The good news is you’ll look this cool while you try:

    Now if he can make a flying DeLorean out of an old Cessna 120, we’re that much closer to living out our mid-80s fantasies. Riese still has until October 21,

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  • Cleaning lady steals train in Sweden, crashes it into apartment

    And here’s reason No. 3,215 not to steal a train: You don’t know how to drive one.

    A joyriding cleaning lady reportedly hijacked an empty commuter train from a depot early Monday and sent it careening at high speed into a suburban Stockholm building.

    As Reuters reports, the 20-year-old woman allegedly gained access to the key required to access the locomotive and drove the four-car train approximately 1.6 km to the end of the railway line.

    Stolen train crashes into residential buildingA cleaning lady is seriously injured and under arrest after driving a train at high speed past station barriers and into an apartment building in Stockholm, Sweden. Lindsey Parietti reports.

    That’s when she may or may not have had an “Oh crap!” moment. Because Russia Today notes that instead of coming to a halt, the train careened off the track and slammed into a three-storey residential building in Saltsjoebaden, Sweden, where five sleeping occupants received the most terrifying wake-up call of

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  • Rare, unpublished photo of young Lady Diana goes up for auction

    A photo depicting an intimate moment with Lady Diana will be sold to the highest bidder.

    There seems to be a bizarre fascination with the Royal Family, both past and present, and this fascination tends to get most bizarre when it comes to public interest in the minutiae of the Royal Family’s day-to-day existence.

    So it should come as no surprise that a rare photo of a young Lady Diana is currently causing a stir within the auction world.

    As ABC News notes, the photo is part of a collection that formerly belonged to the Daily Mirror, a major British tabloid.

    Dated Feb. 26, 1981, the snapshot shows Diana curled up on a bed looking at the camera. An unnamed man sits behind her, his attention focused on what appears to be a book. There’s a bottle of Johnny Walker on the windowsill.

    [ Related: Queen's Christmas message urges serving others ]

    The feature that sets it apart, however, is four words scrawled in grease pencil around the central image, an editor’s decision that the photo was “Not to be Published.”

    As you can imagine, this is a designation given to media photos

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  • Filmmaker captures, reverses Aussie New Year’s Eve fireworks

    While many use the New Year as an opportunity to move forward, one aspiring filmmaker has put himself on the map by placing the first moments of 2013 in reverse.

    Using a Canon 600d/T3i camera with an 18-55mm kit lens, Julian Tay captured footage of the New Year's Eve fireworks display at the Docklands in Melbourne, Australia.

    Thanks to the magic of another man-made wonder – digital editing software – Tay flipped the footage to run backwards, creating a truly mesmerizing display and a fresh way to see something we’ve already watched countless times.

    [ Related: The world welcomes 2013 with fireworks and more ]

    A good ear for soundtrack didn’t hurt. Colourful pyrotechnics imploding to "Moon Behind the Tree" by Serphonic makes for one beautiful way to kick things off in January. Enjoy!

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  • Maybe baby: Creepy, hyper-realistic infant masks turn heads

    It’s certainly an effective way to attract attention.

    So for people who enjoy getting a strong reaction out of other people, a series of hyper-realistic latex baby masks could be the items missing from your attention-seeking wardrobe.

    Just check out this video for visual proof of the stir you and your family could cause just by walking down a busy city street:

    And if that doesn’t sufficiently stir up the creepy factor, this video of grandma and giant, fussy baby playing at the park should finish the job:

    It will certainly cost you a pretty penny, though. At $350 a pop, each mask is handmade and designed by Denver-based artist Landon Meier.

    Meier, a talented sculptor who appears to be drawn to the macabre, crafts the masks out of extra thick latex and signs each one for authenticity.

    [ More Buzz: Elderly woman spends New Year's trapped in a supermarket ]

    On his website, he offers three different baby head looks: Happy baby, Cry baby and Disgusted baby, a trio of expressions he managed

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  • Dog and baby teach lesson in loving co-existence for the new year

    With 2012 already a distant memory, let’s welcome 2013 with this video of a Great Dane and a baby teaching a lesson in co-existence or, on the new media must-watch chart, the headline equivalent of a home run with bases loaded.

    The video, uploaded in October by YouTube user tmell08, shows a beautiful pooch named Scooby snuggling lovingly with little Cabe, the youngest member of the dog’s immediate family. Dog and baby are pretty much in their own private universe of “awwww!” as Scooby gives Cabe a little face cleaning and a gentle canine hug.

    If we can express half the love depicted here toward other humans, we’re already in better shape than last year.

    Want the latest buzz before it goes viral? Follow @ydailybuzz on Twitter!

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