Grandmother invents foolproof sewing needle
A grandmother has solved one of life’s most fiddly domestic tasks by inventing a sewing needle that can be thread by the clumsiest of hands.
Pam Turner’s invention, the Spiral Eye needle Photo: NEWSTEAM
Pam Turner needle making Photo: NEWSTEAM
Rather than having to painstakingly wet the end of the thread and pass it through the eye, Pam Turner’s design is foolproof for even the most inept of seamstresses.
Her Spiral Eye invention is a stainless steel needle with a gap in the metal on one side of the eye.
A loop of thread is draped over the needle and then pulled into the eye before being secured in the normal way.
The 55-year said she was inspired to redesign the sewing needle, which has seen little change over the centuries, after watching her mother struggle threading the traditional style implement.
She claims that her needle, which costs £3.69, allows users to get sewing within a matter of seconds and can be thread with your eyes closed.
Mrs Turner, from Minnesota, said: “I remember laughing as my mum struggled to thread a needle. Glasses resting on her nose, she trimmed the end of the thread, sucked on it, failed to get it through the eye of the needle and re-trimmed it.
“Sometimes she would curse, ‘Why can’t someone invent a better needle? We’ve been to the Moon for goodness sake’.
“Eventually she would break down and ask one of us kids to thread it for her.
“Then, just a few years ago, I realised it was now me that couldn’t get a limp piece of thread through a hole I couldn’t see.
“Obviously no one was ever going to invent a better needle. I decided it was up to me. So I did I for mum.”
The mother of two, who has become a keen seamstress thanks to her invention, said that when she first came up with the idea it was like a “flash”.
She has refused to disclose her secret about how she made the needle, but admits that it takes more specialised equipment than the traditional needle-making process.
Rat man banned from taking live animals on trains
A man who carried a rat on his shoulder as he ”caused misery” on the railway has been banned from taking live animals on trains.
Allan Page who carried a rat on his shoulder was banned from taking live animals on to trains:
Known locally as ”rat man”, Allan Page, 39, was jailed for two years after pleading guilty to a racially aggravated public order offence against a member of rail staff at Peterborough station, and to two counts of witness intimidation.
He was also handed a five-year anti-social behaviour order at Luton Crown Court, preventing him from carrying live animals on any train or at any station.
Page, from Arlesey, Bedfordshire, was often seen travelling in and around the Arlesey, Peterborough and Biggleswade areas with his white pet rat, called Rizla.
Pc Chris Thompson-Chambers, of the BTP, said: ”With a white rat on his shoulder, Allan Page has become somewhat of a well-known local personality.
”The more important fact is that he has been responsible for committing a large number of offences on the railway that have caused misery to others.”
Golden retriever in the doghouse after eating £12,000 diamond
A New York jeweller’s golden retriever was in the doghouse after eating a $20,000 (£12,000) diamond.
Sollie, the New York jeweller’s golden retriever that ate the 3-carat diamond Photo: AP
A 3-carat diamond, similar to that eaten by Sollie, valued at $20,000 Photo: AP
George Kaufmann brings his pet, Sollie, to his jewellery shop, Robert Bernard Jewellers, in Rockville, Maryland, every day.
Mr Kaufmann and his business partner, Robert Rosin, were meeting a diamond dealer in late January and perusing his gems when disaster struck.
The three men were looking at a 3-carat diamond, valued at $20,000, when the stone suddenly fell to the floor – landing right next to Sollie. Before anyone could retrieve it, the dog ate the gem.
They rushed the animal to a vet, who said nature would have to take its course, so they spent three anxious days waiting to see if the gem would turn up in the dog’s stool.
"When we took a walk in the morning and evening I collected and went through everything," Mr Kaufmann said.
"It wasn’t glamorous, but you gotta do what you gotta do," Mr Kaufmann told Fox News.
Eventually, his patience paid off, and Mr Kaufmann found the diamond – which he cleaned and returned to the dealer.
Woman, 130, Wants Age-Old Guinness Record
A woman from Georgia is staking a claim to be the oldest person in the world.
Related content Officials say Antisa Khvichava, who lives in a remote mountain village, will be 130 on July 8.
The Georgian authorities have petitioned the Guinness Book of Records to include her as the oldest person.
"Antisa Khvichava was born in the 19th century, and she is amazing," said Giorgi Vashadze, head of Georgia’s Civil Registry Agency.
"We have the necessary documents to prove it."
The authorities have Ms Khvichava’s Soviet-era passport registration, which shows her date of birth, and her pension book issued in the 1960s.
Although she was born in 1880, the pensioner only retired in 1965.
She was shown on TV two days ago – on International Women’s Day – being congratulated by her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and enjoying a glass of wine.
The matriarch, a resident of the Tsalenjikhi region, remains in good health, according to reports, and still plays backgammon and drinks vodka.
If Mrs Khvichava is accepted for the Guinness Book of Records, she will take the title from a 114-year-old who lives in Japan.
Korean couple let baby starve to death while caring for virtual child
An internet-obsessed Korean couple allegedly allowed their infant daughter to starve to death while they cared for their virtual child, police said on Friday.
Published: 2:23PM GMT 05 Mar 2010
The couple had become obsessed with the online game Prius
Kim Yoo-chul, 41, and his partner Choi Mi-sun, 25, fed their three-month-old baby only on visits home between 12-hour sessions at a neighbourhood internet cafe, where they were raising an avatar daughter in a Second-Life-style game called Prius online, police said.
Leaving their real daughter at their home in a suburb of Seoul to fend for herself, the pair, who were unemployed, spent hours role-playing in the virtual reality game, which allows users to choose a career and friends, granting them offspring as a reward for passing a certain level.
The pair became obsessed with nurturing their virtual daughter, called Anima, but neglected their real daughter, who was not named.
Eventually, the couple returned home after one 12-hour session in September to find the child dead and called police. The pair were arrested on Friday after an autopsy showed that the baby died from prolonged malnutrition.
"The couple seemed to have lost their will to live a normal life, because they didn’t have jobs and gave birth to a premature baby," Chung Jin-won, a police officer in Suwon, the Seoul suburb, told the Yonhap news agency.
"They indulged themselves in the online game of raising a virtual character so as to escape from reality, which led to the death of their real baby."
From the – http://www.telegraph.co.uk
Latest weapon in fight against terrorism – the human nose
Scientists have discovered an unlikely new weapon in the fight against international terrorism – the human nose.
New technology designed to read the unique shapes of each nose could be used to identify Illegal immigrants, terrorists and criminals, experts claim.
The nose is more reliable that fingerprints or irises as a means of identification because it is harder to conceal, they say.
A new scanner, known as the PhotoFace, takes four flash-lit photographs lit in rapid succession from several different angles.
The nasal images are then analysed according to six main shapes – Roman, Greek, Nubian, Hawk, Snub and Turn-up.
Each nose is then further tested by computer software to analyse its profile, the tip, and the nasion – the top of the nose where it meets the eye line.
Dr Adrian Evans, who conducted the research behind the technology at the University of Bath, said scanning noses could be an easier way to verify an identity than iris and fingerprint scans.
”There’s no one magic biometric – irises are a powerful biometric, but can be difficult to capture accurately and can easily be obscured by eyelids or glasses,” he said.
”Noses, however, are much easier to photograph and are harder to conceal, so a system that recognises noses would work better with an uncooperative subject or for covert surveillance.”
The human nose By Heidi Blake – www.telegraph.co.uk