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Boozy Brits fall over due to crazy Spanish paving

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British tourists on the popular Costa Blanca now have a new excuse for falling over after a night on the Spanish lager.

A new patterned pavement in Alicante is reported to have caused “nausea and confusion”, with boozed-up Brits abroad being the most affected demographic.

The design, set in rows of diamonds at 90 degrees to each other, creates the optical illusion that the pavement is stepped when in fact it is flat.

Metro reports how the design has been confusing British tourists on their way home from the pub, causing some to fall over and others to suffer nausea.

Ex-pat Rich Poolton, 46, said: “After you’ve had a few drinks it definitely affects you.

“It confuses the eyes enough when you’re sober.  When you’ve been out it has, shall we say, a strong effect on your stomach.”

Image via Wikimedia

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Scottish man solves Rubik’s Cube in less than 10 seconds

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Breandan Vallance from Beith, Ayrshire, solved the Rubik’s Cube in a staggering 9.21 seconds at the UK’s Open Speedcubing Championship.

The 18-year-old from Scotland was crowned UK champion on Saturday after more than 50 masters of the iconic six-sided puzzle descended on Bristol’s Armada conference centre from all over the world.

The Rubik’s Cube, invented by Hungarian professor Erno Rubik in 1974 and licensed to Ideal Toys in 1980, celebrated its 30th anniversary this year.

More than 350 million cubes have been sold, and last year Prof Rubik unveiled his latest puzzling creation – the 3-D Rubik’s 360, bringing the popular into the 21st century.

Hat tip to Metro.  Image by Derek Hatfield.

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Brain takes less than a second to fall in love

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Are you one of those romantic dreamers who believes in love at first sight?

If so, your beliefs are accurate, according to a recent study revealing the brain takes less than a second to fall in love.

The study conducted by Syracuse University, which used functional magnetic resonance imaging to see how “love” affects the brain, discovered that it affected it pretty quickly – in one-fifth of a second to be precise.

The findings showed that 12 areas of the brain work together during the love process, releasing euphoria-inducing chemicals like dopamine, oxytocin, adrenaline and vasopressin.

What’s more, love’s high has been likened to a cocaine’s rush, and flies in the face of common belief that falling in love requires intimacy and six months of romantic dinners.

Hat tip to Alltop.  Image via Picasa.

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Nurse removes tooth – and 33 years of pain – from man’s ear

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A man who endured 33 years of chronic earache and partial deafness had cause for celebration Monday – after a nurse removed a tooth from his ear canal.

Stephen Hirst, 47, had suffered infections in his right ear since he was a teenager, along with pain and deafness due to a disintegrated eardrum.

But a nurse at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield got to the root of the problem, removing the tooth while simultaneously returning Mr Hirst’s hearing and swiftly ending his pain.

Mr Hirst, a former miner, told the Sheffield Star:

She didn’t say anything at first. Then she asked me: ‘Have you lost any teeth lately?’ I said I’d not had any teeth in my head for years.  Once I also fell and broke my two front teeth, or maybe I pushed it in when I was a kid or something. I am intrigued as to how it got there.

Hat tip to Discovery Online.  Image via Wikimedia Commons.

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Thief returns stolen laptop contents to owner on USB stick

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A university professor whose laptop was stolen has had the entire contents of the machine returned to him on a USB memory stick.

The unnamed professor, who teaches at Umeå University in northern Sweden, left his bag behind a door in his apartment stairwell while he went into the laundry room.

But he was dismayed to discover a thief had made off with the bag containing his laptop and other personal items.  It was returned a short time later minus the computer.

“It is my life. I have documented everything in it that has happened in the last 10 years and beyond,” said the professor.

But in an incredible twist, the contents of his laptop were posted to him a week later on a USB stick, which must have taken several hours to download. The professor added:

“I am very happy.  This story makes me feel hope for humanity.”

Hat tip to the Telegraph.  Image by Oxyman, via Wikimedia.

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