Weird News: Hamster powers submarine

It’s Friday yet again, which means it’s time to take a quick look over the more eccentric side of tech’s last seven days. Here's what won't be on the front pages...

We have another look at some of the weirder stories that graced the internet over the past 7 days that you probably didn’t see.

iPad-wielding Orangutans
Apple have expanded their market as Orangutans continue to play with iPads and soon they could be video-calling other apes across the globe. Is this the start of The Planet of the Apes? Or should we be more worried about cold-calling primates? (*Insert own joke about cold-callers being primates already*)

Congo ban text messaging
It’s a pain when a text message fails to deliver, so imagine life without them. The Democratic Republic of Congo has banned all text messaging in a bid to restore public order. Although a drastic measure, would the London riots have been so successful if text messaging was banned?

Steve Jobs action figure
It was only a matter of time before the Apple man was resurrected in toy form and now Apple fans can buy their own Steve Jobs figure. Complete with miniature iPad and iPhone the model, dressed in his characteristic black turtleneck and blue jeans, can be bought for $100. This ‘action’ figure is certainly one of the oddest we've seen and has resulted, unsurprisingly, in Apple trying to get it banned.

iPad passport
Nothing is worse than the sinking feeling you get when you realise you’ve forgotten your passport. However a scanned copy on an iPad could be your saving grace. Canadian Martin Reisch used this method to cross into the US from Montreal in a mission to deliver Christmas presents to his family (Ahhhh). How long before we’re flashing our phones to get into clubs?

Russian Transformer Bicycle
Is that the coolest title ever? Anyway, a new bike that heightens the rider on request has been seen in Russia. The mechanism alleviates the cyclist so that they have better vision and can travel around heavy traffic. Whether or not it provides more safety is unknown and the bike remains to be for entertainment purposes only. Although wouldn’t it be great to see Boris Johnson’s blond mop bobbing up and down around London?

Wookie hoodie
Ever wanted to look like Chewbacca without having to go to a fancy dress party? Well now you can get your hands (or paws) on a Wookie hoodie that isn’t a costume but an item of clothing. Made from 100% polyester and featuring a printed bandolier across the chest this item has caused a stir in the fashion world. Despite narrowly missing out on Paris Fashion Week, the Chewbacca Furry Zip is still available online for $73.50.

Motorised skates
The lazy man’s roller-skates are here to propel you around up to speeds of 10mph. Are they needed? Probably not. Do they look a lot of fun? Yes. They could become the next step (or should that be roll?) in travelling or they could remain a novelty item. Probably the latter. The hand controlled skates can be picked up for $375 a pair.

And finally...

It's a hamster, in a hamster Submarine.

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