Meet The New World’s Fattest Man

Lying in his reinforced bed, 812lb Keith Martin yesterday defended the estimated $66,178 a year he costs the taxpayer – by comparing himself to others who receive help, such as smokers or injured rock climbers. Believed to be the world’s fattest man, the bed-bound 42-year-old cannot even roll over on his own. He is visited by seven carers a day, who wash and change him in two shifts, plus two nurses every other day who tend to his bed sores. Despite the huge drain on public funds, Mr Martin, who has been unable to work for more than a decade, said: ‘It’s either that or I would end up dead. Until people have lived like it, they can’t judge. Some people need help. Smokers get help, rock climbers get help if they get injured. Some people have bigger problems than others. ‘I am trying to get my weight down. Hopefully it won’t be too long.” w/ photos

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Chinese Waterfall Entombed In Ice

These magnificent pictures beautifully capture the fast flowing waters of the Hukou Waterfalls in China slowly being enveloped by ice. A long winter in which the mercury rarely rose above freezing has tamed the usually roaring rapids of the largest waterfall on China’s Yellow River. Temperatures this week were a bone-chilling -10C across the Xijie County region, helping the steady march of the ice. But there was still enough force in the river to send a mist into the air and create a magical rainbow.” w/ photos

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Outdoor Hockey

“Former and current hockey players and NHL members look back on memories of playing hockey on outdoor ponds.” — NatGeo

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The Pet Companion Robot

“Jordan’s a developer on the Microsoft Robotics Team and recently built a remotely operated robot for interacting and playing with his pet over the internet. It has two way audio and video through Skype, a ball launcher, treat dispenser, ball recovery arm and a pan & tilt camera.” — msrobotics

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Lady Boots Automaton

“The automaton is actually called an Autoperipatetikos. It dates from around 1890 and was made in Paris. The walking action is remarkably stable… and one in the eye for modern robot designers whose little men fall over.” — 69mechanik

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