Category Archives: General Oddness

Star Trek Computer

Hey Trekkies! Jon Mitchell of reports that the new version of Google’s Search app for iOS is available in the App Store, and it’s a good thing, too. This app now offers Google’s version of the Star Trek computer. Just speak a question in natural language, and Google will reply immediately with the answer.

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Interactive Urinal Communicators

Before getting behind the wheel after a night at the bar, you might want to listen to your urinal.

Officials in Michigan are deploying 400 talking urinal cakes to 200 restaurants and watering holes across the state as part of a stepped up anti-drunk driving campaign for the Fourth of July, the Detroit News reported

Once “activated,” a recorded message will play reminding men who step up to the urinal to call a cab or a friend, if needed, to get home safely, according to The Associated Press.

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Woman wins same lottery twice.

A woman in Virginia said she’s still in shock after winning $1 million in a lottery drawing twice in the same day.
Virginia Fike, of Berryville, said she picked up the two Powerball tickets a few weeks ago at an area truck stop, and actually made a mistake in the process. Instead of buying one ticket for Powerball and MegaMillions, she purchased two Powerball tickets with the same set of numbers: 5-13-17-20-30.
“I picked numbers based on my parents’ anniversary and their ages at that time, divided by the year they were married,” Fike told lottery officials. “I just love the jackpot games, and I play when I can afford it.”
After the winning Powerball numbers were drawn on April 7, Fike said she was sitting in a hospital room, keeping her mother company when they saw news that there were two $1 million winners.

Source: RTV6 News – Indianapolis

Vader requests land

An Odessite dressed as the Star Wars villain visited the mayor’s office this week to claim a free land plot citing Ukrainian legislation which grants every citizen the right to own 1,000 square meters of land.

His visit followed a decision by city authorities to grant attractive land plots along the sea coast to a group of people for free, prompting public concerns about corruption, according to local media.

The mayor’s office has since said the move was a mistake but has not yet canceled it, according to local news website

“I am Darth Vader, the right hand of Emperor Palpatine,” the man introduced himself to amused policemen, as seen in a video posted on YouTube (here) and accompanied by the Imperial March music.

Read more at: Reuters