The gadget marketplace is littered with useless contraptions
that are gobbled up by unwitting, tech-starved consumers despite having an utter lack of practical applications. While it may seem like those ridiculous devices
typically reside in the USB category
, a designer by the handle of SaskView has created a stand-alone box that just may be the most useless machine ever built
Drawing his inspiration from Claude Shannon's 'Ultimate Machine' of the '50s, SaskView built a wooden box
which houses a disembodied hand. Once the machine is turned on, the lonely hermit hand performs only one menial switch-flipping task: immediately turning itself off again (video after the break). The incredibly creepy and reclusive action does resonate, though
, because, in the words of Arthur C. Clarke, "there is something unspeakably sinister about a machine that does nothing -- absolutely nothing -- except turn itself off." Well, unless that nefarious machine actually steals your hard-earned money first
. [From: Make
Top Optical Illusions on the Web
Facebook is a great venue for humiliating oneself with ranting and raving, but, like most things, people can take things too far. Give someone a soapbox (or in this case, a Facebook group) and there are sure to be others crazy enough to follow them. Here are some examples of Facebook groups that crossed the line and were banned from the site.
Assasinate Evo Morales
Here's a good way to get your group banned -- call for the assassination of a political leader. Titled 'Global Collection to Hire a Sharpshooter to Liquidate Evo Morales' was taken down by Facebook since it bans threatening violence. No surprises here.
Surrey, BC Terrorist Group
A Facebook group supporting the International Sikh Youth Federation, a banned terrorist organization, was taken down by Canadian Police. Authorities were tipped off to the group because its page depicted a young person holding a prohibited gun, which was eventually traced back to 49-year old Bahadur Sandhur. Police seized it and two others when they investigated his home.
Dead Babies Group
Facebook took down a group called 'Dead Babies Make Me Laugh' after the UK Sun was flooded with outraged calls and emails. A running joke on campuses, the group included fake anecdotes about killing babies, but mothers weren't laughing even though the group was created and classified as being "just for fun."
I Need Sex Group
Laura Michaels of Bristol, England, created a Facebook group called 'I Need Sex.' According to the UK Sun, the group had more than 100 members after being up for only one hour. Michaels claims to have ended up sleeping with 50 of the group's members -- literally half of the group. Facebook opposes this type of personals-ad use, so the group was taken down.
Facebook recently shut down a group called the 'Isle of Man KKK.' The group called for the elimination of newcomers from the UK island and featured a picture of a hooded Ku Klux Klan member. Thankfully, Facebook's terms of service prohibits content that is hateful or threatening.