We people are a creative lot. Our imagination has allowed us to see inspiration and opportunity where there my not have been any. From music to art and invention, we have truly started to master the word which surrounds us. But from time to time the creativity of some people give rather unique results, and we can best describe these as the strangest discoveries, inventions and creations that we have come across.
1 A Man May Have Discovered The Elixir Of Youth
Has this man found the fountain of youth? A Scottish grandfather has managed to turn a genetic disorder into an elixir of youth. Reggie Myles of Clackmannanshire, Scotland was suffering from a rare disease, porphyria cutanea tarda. It is a subtype of porphyritic disease characterised by onycholysis (nails detaching from fingers) and blistering of the skin. In Reggies case the disease was caused by a build up of iron in the liver that laid dormant until middle age.
He was treated with steroids and chemotherapy. The grueling treatment lead to his gray hair falling out and a massive weight loss from 104 kg (230 lb) down to 44 kg (98 lb).
When the treatment was completed his wife noticed his hair was growing back dark. His gray hairs were gone and the treatment also removed his wrinkles.
He says people often get him confused for his sons and think his wife has picked up a much younger toyboy.
2 A Dress That Becomes Transparent Has Been Made
OK, so as a man who enjoys the female figure I can see a huge benefit with this invention, especially for the exhibitionists out there, such as Miley Cyrus. But you really do have to wonder what the purpose of this particular item of clothing is. I mean, it’s a dress that is as concealing as any other dress on the market, but under certain conditions it turns see through.
This dress turns transparent when you are excited. The Intimacy 2.0 will become transparent when you are with a person you find exciting. If you are with someone that is less exciting, it is less revealing. It’s like a technological version or helping hand with flirting.
The idea is to reveal more to a potential love interest. You just have to wonder if anyone would ever want to wear something like this.
3 Sensitive And Damaged Teeth May Soon Be Repaired
Now I have to admit that this is a pretty cool and useful idea. I just wish they would get on with it and roll it out for general sale.
This is a fail on the behalf of evolution. The only body part that can’t repair itself is the tooth. Even though we do get two set, once damaged they can not repair themselves at all. But hopefully science will soon take care of that.
Japanese scientists have created a microscopically thin film that can be applied to individual teeth and help prevent tooth decay. It is made out of hydroxyapatite, the main mineral in tooth enamel. It will help people who suffer from sensitive teeth and poor dental hygiene.
4 The Microwave Was Invented By Accident
This particular invention, or if you prefer, discovery, has revolutionized the in which we live. The humble microwave, the small appliance found in nearly every kitchen around the world was the result of a chance accidental discovery, all thanks to a candy bar.
It was 1945, and a self taught American engineer was working with radars. One day he noticed that his candy bar was melting in his pocket, so decided that it needed some further investigation, believing that the radar waves may have something to do with it. And he was right.
The first food that was purposely cooked in a microwave was popcorn, which actually worked. The second, unfortunately, was an egg, and you can guess what happened there. The egg exploded in the face of one of the workers.
By January 1947 the first microwaves were available for widespread public use.
5 A Man Managed To Trade A Paperclip For A House
So this was actually pretty big news at the time, obviously because of what this young man was able to do. Could you possibly imagine that someone could actually trade a paper clip for a house? It seems pretty far fetched, but it did happen. And the house wasn’t even a derelict abandoned house either.So how did he manage this accomplishment?
The young Canadian man started a website called One red paperclip in 2005. He first traded a paperclip, which was red, for a fish shaped pen. Now most people would have been pretty happy with the pen, but he had a goal damn it.
He then traded the pen for a door knob. The door knob got traded for a camp stove, which came with fuel. Several months later he traded that camp stove for a gasoline generator. So this is looking pretty darn good right now, but he was far from getting a house.
After this trade he had a little set back. His generator was confiscated byt eh fire department. Oh no. But he managed to get it back, and two months after his last trade he swapped it for an instant party.
Three weeks later he traded the instant party for a Ski-doo snowmobile. Within a week he had traded the snowmobile for a trip to Yahk, British Columbia for two people.
One month later, before the booking for the trip had to be taken, he traded one spot for a cube van. About six weeks passed until he made his next trade, which was for a recording contract.
Nearly two months had passed before he made the next trade, and it was with Jody Gnant for a year’s rent in Phoenix, Arizona. Following this big trade he made his next one a couple of weeks later for an afternoon with Alice Cooper, who actually baby sat Keanu Reeves.
One month later he traded the afternoon with Alice Cooper for for a KISS motorized snow globe. That was then traded to Corbin Bernsen for a role in the film Donna on Demand.
Now here is the final amazing trade only a year after he set out on his amazing journey. He traded the movie role for a two-story farmhouse in Kipling, Saskatchewan. So it just goes to show you that you don’t need a mortgage of money to get a house. All you need is determination and imagination.
6 An Orchestra Was Conducted Using Instruments Made Out Of Ice
I have to admit, apart from the cold, of which I am NOT a fan, this would have been pretty cool to see. In 2005 an orchestra in Sweden was conducted in which all of the instruments were made out of ice. It was a novel idea, but had to be abandoned only part way in.
An instrument maker from Pitea had painstakingly carved out functioning violins, flutes and double bass out of ice. But when the flute player started blowing on the flute, it started to melt, bringing the orchestra to an abrupt end.