Weird News: Amazon bombs and Googling toilet business

Plus: The world's most nerdy crimes exposed...

This week's more eccentric tech happenings, in association with Asylum.co.uk


Engineer makes a homeland security weapon at home
Sometimes you need to take matters into your own hands. Doing so normally means defending your home against intruders, but can also include taking the time to build replicas of experimental US government weapons in your garage. Prepare to be dazzled…

Goooooo Science!
At our school, academic interests were the polar opposite of popularity. We’re sure it was the same at yours, but then, we didn’t go to this school, where cheerleaders are encouraged to cheer not the sporting heroes of tomorrow, but… science. Yep: These rather attractive ladies are going mad for equations, Bunsen burners and trapped antimatter everywhere…

Track your toilet flushings
Google Maps has opened a lot of doors. Today is apparently World Toilet Day (definitely needed), and to celebrate a new service – Flush Tracker – has opened online to let you track your business as it careens through the UK’s network of sewers. Sounds odd, but you’ll wonder how you ever got by without it.

Harry Potter gets his DVDs on the cheap
Retailers are always trying to get one up on each other when it comes to slashing the big titles’ prices, but Best Buy might have missed the mark with its newest Harry Potter deal. Lucky punters will be able to get the HP Blu-Ray boxset and a Toshiba BD player for just £7… if they can prove that their name is Harry Potter, Hermione Granger or Ron Weasley. The rest of us are plum out of luck.

GT5 Fan outdoes Sony
Get a trailer right and you’ll convince even the hardest of sceptics to buy a game or watch a film, but it’s a precise art. Cue one Gran Turismo 5 fan, who’s spent hours toiling on what is probably the best fanmande game trailer ever. Watch it, and you’ll want GT5 even if GT4 stole your last girlfriend.

Mysterious Amazon package not so mysterious
It’s a simple story, this one: Man finds package on his own doorstep, man worries it’s a bomb, man calls police, policeman spots Amazon logo on package, man concedes to shopping on Amazon. It’s a parable of the modern day that further shows our species to be too stupid to deserve planetary supremacy.

…And finaly

Nerdy crimes exposed
From Darth Vader theft to stolen dinosaurs, here are the best crimes perpetrated by the type of people who probably wouldn’t last 5 minutes in prison.