Monday, September 28, 2009

Man Marries 4 Brides at same Ceremony


It is reported that a South African man recently married four women at the same marriage ceremony. Milton Mbhele, the 44-year-old groom, showed up for his wedding in Weenen, near Ladysmith, in a white limousine - with four brides. The brides wore white gowns, and each received rings and a kiss from the groom at a ceremony attended by hundreds of people.



Ever heard of something like this? Though it sounds strange, in South Africa polygamous marriages are common among several tribes. In fact, the South African law permits polygamous marriages.


Milton Mbhele, who is a municipal manager in Indaka, said the joint celebration saved money by combining the festivities. Interestingly, he has already been married to Thobile Vilakazi for 12 years and has 11 children. Now his wives are planning to live separately and he will visit them in rotation!


via Daily Telegraph

Friday, September 25, 2009

World's Largest Paintbrush


Chinese artist He Wenjun recently built a record breaking 12 ft long paintbrush create traditional calligraphy in a special exhibition in Nanchong, southern China. Take a look at the picture.


Wenjun built the massive 115lb paintbrush himself using hair from the tails of 300 horses. It took Wenjun a year to build the record breaking painbrush and nearly another year to learn how to control it. The paintbrush is so massive that it can soak up more than 100lbs of ink.


"I am very proud to be the new Guinness record holder," Wenjun said.


Wenjun recently showed off his mastery of the giant paintbrush by successfully creating a giant 'dragon' character on a huge sheet of cloth.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Chubby : The Two-and-a-half Stone Cat


A Chinese man believes his two-and-a-half stone (more than 15 kg) cat could be the heaviest in the world. Xu Jirong, of Qingdao, in northern China's Shandong province, says the cat, named Chubby, has a 27ins waist and gains more than two pounds every year.



Chubby prefers pork to fish and can swallow down four or five pieces of raw pork within minutes. That is probably the secret of her above normal weight gain. What you say? Take a look at her picture.

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Farmer's home-made helicopter


Take a look at the picture. This is a real, hand made helicopter, created by a Chinese farmer out of wood.
Wu Zhongyuan, the 20 years old man, of Luoyang, in central China's Henan province, took nearly three months to complete his home-made aircraft.
He says he used his memories of middle school physics lessons to make the machine which he claims can fly up to a height of 800 metres.
"I didn't have a design," he said. "The only source for me to get relevant knowledge was surfing the internet via my mobile phone."
The blades are made from an elm tree, the engine is from a motorcycle and the frame is reinforced with steel pipes, reports Dahe Daily.
Wu, who lives in a mountain village, said: "I had this dream from childhood of not needing to climb mountains anymore. I wanted to go to school in my own flying machine."
His father, Wu Xizhao, said his son had spent less than £1,000 on developing the helicopter which is due to make its maiden flight later this week.
"He loves machines. At one time or another, he has taken apart and put back together every gadget in the house," he said.

Saturday, July 18, 2009

Willow - Dog that can Read!


Dog That Can Read

According to news reports, New York animal trainer Lyssa Rosenberg has taught her terrier 'Willow' to obey simple written commands. How? For example, Willow plays dead when she sees the word 'bang', stretches a paw in the air when she sees 'wave' and gets up on her back feet to beg when she sees the words 'sit up'. So, like humans dogs can also read words?

How it started? Ms Rosenberg has the experience of training dogs to appear in TV adverts and pose on photo shoots. Once, for a bet she told a friend that she would teach Willow to read. The friend challenged the bet and promised a free trip to Mexico if she could do it. So, Ms Rosenberg started to train Willow and within six weeks the terrier was ready with the ability to recognize words and react to written commands. Ms Rosenberg won the bet and Willow went on a trip to Mexico with her!

Willow has her own pet passport and regularly flies transatlantic to visit Ms Rosenberg's husband Gareth Howells, in Guildford, Surrey. She was also the second witness at the couple's wedding at New York City Hall in March - signing the marriage certificate with an inky paw print.