TIME Bizarre

Here’s What Happens When You Set an iPhone 6 on Fire

"It looks beautiful," he says of the finished product

The tech blogger “Techrax”— known on YouTube for boiling an iPhone 6 in Coca-Cola and baking one inside a turkey — has released a new video of himself igniting an iPhone 6 with an acetylene torch (typically used to cut or wield metal).

“So yeah, this thing is pretty much done,” he says in the clip. “You can still press the home button, buttons still work. It won’t power on though.”

After opening up the phone to explore the extent of the damage to its insides, he proceeds to smash it repeatedly over a cinder block until the inner pieces fall out and only the exterior of the phone is left.

“It looks beautiful,” he says of the mutilated phone. “It is a sculpture, indeed.”

TIME Bizarre

Swedish Police Raid Apartment After Mistaking 21st Birthday Party Balloons for ISIS Initials

"Extremism should always be taken seriously"

Police swooped on a Swedish student’s flat this week after mistaking balloons celebrating her 21st birthday party as propaganda for the Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS), otherwise known simply as the Islamic State. (Read backwards, the rounded numerals resembled the initials “IS.”)

Sarah Ericsson and her boyfriend Fabian Akesson adorned windows with celebratory balloons for her birthday bash in the southern city Karlskrona. Akesson said police cars arrived Monday after a passer-by had reported a window display featuring ISIS propaganda, reports UPI.

“We understand why someone would report it if they thought it looked like IS-propaganda, although everyone else just thought it looked like the number ’12’ from outside,” Ericsson told Swedish media.

The couple removed the balloons, with the birthday girl saying that “extremism should always be taken seriously.”

“I laughed about it and they showed me a photo that they had taken where from their perspective, it did almost look like the letters IS,” Akesson said.

“I’m so surprised at all the attention,” Ericsson added. “I will never forget my 21st birthday.”

[UPI]

TIME Bizarre

Man Falls 600 Ft. Down Mountain, Almost Lands on Rescue Team

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polarisandy—Flickr/Getty Helvellyn in winter

And uses up his store of good luck for quite some time

While climbing a mountain Sunday in England’s rugged Lake District, a British man tumbled 600 ft. down a snow-covered slope — only to land in the path of a rescue team.

David Spain, 28, suffered minor injuries — a dislocated shoulder, cuts and bruises — after falling down the 3,200-ft. peak of Helvellyn mountain, which has killed three people this year. He was propelled downward by a gust of wind during a blizzard that started midclimb, according to the Manchester Evening News.

He ended up near a rescue team conducting a training exercise. “I shouted and shouted until they saw me … I was really lucky,” said Spain, who is currently recuperating with his fiancée until his wedding in May.

“This is one lucky chap — he should buy a lottery ticket,” said rescue official Mike Blakey.

[Manchester Evening News]

TIME Food & Drink

See Why ‘Kawaii Cooking’ Has Become the Hottest Food Trend

Stop everything you are doing and look at these tiny dishes!

It’s the cutest culinary trend ever: videos of tiny meals are exploding online.

Old collectible miniature stoves, pots, pans and other cooking utensils, that wouldn’t be out of place in a Victorian dollhouse, are used to create mini edible cuisine, in an art form known as kawaii cooking. (Kawaii is the Japanese word for cute.)

The recipes use real-life ingredients and are cooked over a small candle or flame so you can actually eat them.

The craze started in Japan but has caught on worldwide, with thousands of followers posting videos of their creations and a host of YouTube channels dedicated to the pastime.

It won’t fill you up, but it sure is satisfying to watch.

[Daily Dot]

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TIME World

A Mini Auschwitz Display at a U.K. Kids’ Attraction Has Been Slammed as ‘Bizarre’

Trains of Holocaust victims shown next to displays of London in the Swinging 60s

A tourist attraction geared at families and children in Birmingham, England has drawn flak for its “Railways in Wartime” Auschwitz display, depicting model trains shepherding Holocaust victims to their death in Nazi concentration camps.

“The Holocaust was only possible because of trains,” Wonderful World of Trains and Planes managing director Peter Smith told the Birmingham Mail. He said that he had received no complaints.

A sign by the display — which lies incongruously next to models of seaside Britain in the 1930s and London in the Swinging 60s — reads: “On each train about 3,000 men, women and children were herded into cattle wagons and moved hundreds of miles to the death camps – Bergen-Belsen, Auschwitz, Treblinka and others.”

Matt Lawson, a lecturer at Edge Hill University, has called the display “bizarre.”

“It’s a step too far and I really don’t understand the thought process,” Lawson told the Mail. “Did someone wake-up one morning and say, ‘You know what this place needs’…”

Mala Tribich, a survivor of Ravensbruck and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps who lectures on her experiences, said “Wonderful World’s Auschwitz is a useless tool in educating children about the Holocaust.”

[Birmingham Mail]

TIME Bizarre

Indonesian Police Want To Stop Sales of Children’s Shirts Showing Pandas Mating

Giant Pandas Tian Tian And Yang Guang Ahead Of The 2014 Breeding Season
Jeff J Mitchell—Getty Images Tian Tian the female panda at Edinburgh zoo sits inside her enclosure on April 4, 2014

But it seems as if the "obscene" apparel might be a hoax

According to the Indonesian police, pandas mid-coitus is not an appropriate design for children’s t-shirts.

The public relations division of the force issued a Facebook appeal Wednesday asking anyone who knew about the circulation of these “obscene” shirts to report it to their nearest police station immediately. The post was accompanied by the following picture:

But, as local blog Coconuts Jakarta points out, the police may have been had. The photo the police posted reads “9gag.com” in the corner — a website that is famous for memes and photoshopped illustrations. Considering how often The Onion has fooled reporters and politicians alike, this wouldn’t be entirely out of the ordinary.

But, regardless, pandas engaging in the Kama Sutra probably isn’t something you’d want your children to wear

TIME Bizarre

Kentucky Police Blame Cold Weather On … Elsa From Frozen

Frozen
Disney

"Suspect is a blonde female last seen wearing a long blue dress and is known to burst into song 'Let it Go!'"

Cold weather hasn’t stopped a Kentucky police department from showing its sense of humor.

The Harlan City Police Department posted on its Facebook page Wednesday that it blamed poor weather on Elsa from Frozen, and that it had taken out a warrant for the snow princess’ arrest.

For the uninitiated, Elsa possesses the magical power to create snow and ice.

Shortly after, the Harlan police posted another message warning residents that, joking aside, the weather was still serious business.

While we might not be able to blame Elsa for the weather, how about issuing an arrest warrant for getting “Let It Go” stuck in our heads for the past year and a half?

TIME Bizarre

Pizza Hut Just Released a Very Exclusive Line of Nail Polish

The dream we never knew we had

Pizza Hut Australia has proved to be the best Valentine in the southern hemisphere if not, well, the entire universe.

As a part of a holiday promotion, the chain created limited-edition pizza-themed nail polish to bestow upon 30 people who wrote the best pizza-themed poetry. It’s the dream you never knew you had.

Colors include “Meat Me After Midnight,” “Dough You Need Me” and more pedestrian options like “Say Cheese.” Combined, these colors can create incredible nail art like this:

The only thing that could make this better was if the polish was scented. And, you know, available for purchase by the general public. Pizza Hut announced winners — and their cheesy poems — Monday:

 

TIME Bizarre

This Guy Made a Snow Plow He Can Use While Sitting on the Toilet

Genius idea or loo-ney idea?

A hardware store in Bethesda, Md., demonstrated a novel way to plow snow on the street Tuesday morning after a winter storm pummeled the Washington D.C. area.

David Goldberg of Union Hardware whizzed down the street on this motorized toilet with a snow plow attached — nicknamed “Loo-cy” (it has also gone by “Loo-Cille”). He told WUSA 9 he made the contraption for the local pride parade last summer and just tacked on the snow plow recently.

No word on whether this snow plow is heading up to Boston.

 

TIME Bizarre

A Man Is Listening to 168 Hours of Nickelback for Charity

Celebrities Visit SiriusXM Studios - November 20, 2014
Monica Schipper—Getty Images Nickelback musicians, from left, Mike Kroeger, Daniel Adair, Chad Kroeger and Ryan Peake visit SiriusXM Studios in New York City on Nov. 20, 2014

Give generously

People are willing to do all sorts of humiliating, torturous and even downright dangerous things for a good cause.

Take podcaster Jesse Carey.

On Monday, Carey, from Relevant magazine’s podcast, began a self-imposed “ultimate test of endurance” when he started listening to the entire Nickelback catalog, on repeat, for the entire week — amounting to a total of 168 hours.

With the help of an organization called Charity: Water, Carey wanted to raise $10,000 to build a well in one of the developing nations supported by the group. The campaign has already topped $17,000.

“$10,000 is an incredible amount of money to raise. I mean it’s amazing, our average campaign raises about $1,000,” said Kaitlyn Jankowski, supporter-experience manager for Charity: Water, on last Friday’s podcast.

While the primary goal is to build the well, Carey thinks his endeavor may produce other positive side effects.

“I want someone who’s going through a hard time next week to be like, ‘Huh, I’m really down and out, life’s really got me down, but right now there’s a guy who’s been listening to Nickelback for days straight,’” he said on the podcast.

Right now it has been two days, and Carey is already showing signs of fatigue. Let’s hope he can power through:

“If you’ve got a better idea, I would have loved to have heard it two weeks ago,” he told his listeners last Friday.

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