What A Party!
You know that your birthday party's gone well when you go to sleep in some random place on your way home, and the sound of an express train going over you doesn't wake you up...
This happened to a 32 year old woman from Belarus. She lay down on the ground to have a little sleep, since she was feeling the effects of a boozy night. She didn't realise that she had lain down between some train tracks.
If she'd woken up and tried to sit up then she wouldn't have survived as the train rattled past above her at 90 mph.
All of which makes me wonder what kind of birthday celebrations she's planning for next year...
The Breath-Test Car
I'm sure this isn't a new idea, but it was on the TV last night. This is the car that has a built in breathalyser. You blow into it, and it only starts if you're not over the legal limit.
There are clearly so many problems with this idea that I won't bother to list them. But I did wonder about similar applications:
- Mobile Disco Detector : The engine is automatically cut off when the car's stereo system reaches a certain decibel level
- Intelligent Parking : After two failed attempts to get into the same space, the car parks itself (I need this!)
- Flat Cap Detector : If the driver is wearing a flat cap, the car will move at twice the speed displayed on the speedo.
- Road Pacifier : Detects high outputs of adrenaline, indicating that the driver is suffering from road rage, at which point the horn is disabled, all windows and doors locked, and a soothing medley of dolphin mating calls is played on the stereo.