On some level, it makes sense: Clothing made out of fabric is expensive. Clothing made out of paper is cheap and, after you're tired of wearing it, you can just throw is away. Genius, right?
At several points during the 20th century, fashion designers thought so too. In 1920, importers of German goods reportedly came to London, via Holland, to hawk their new line of paper suits to English clothiers. The "ready-made" suits, which could be cut to English styles, were to be sold for... READ ON
Linda Rodriguez is reporting from London with more on the G20 and how it's progressing both inside and out. We'll let her take it from here.Â
So, What's going on... READ ON
No fewer than three different news reports concerned farm animals giving their owners the slip this past weekend:
1. Slaughterhouse Cow Makes a Dash for... READ ON
This week's G20 summit meeting has put London on alert. City workers have been told to stay home or dress more casually to avoid being targeted by protestors, while police prepare for the thousands of G20 demonstrators expected to flood London's Canary Wharf. If you're seeing shades of the 1999 World Trade Organization protests in Seattle, where days of rioting resulted in more than 500 arrests and $2.5 million in damages to the city, so are the cops.
What Exactly is the G20?
The... READ ON
Sporting toxic saliva and shark-like razor sharp teeth, the Komodo dragon is one fierce predator. But they rarely attack humans. Which is why the recent fatal Komodo dragon attack on a fruit picker is big news. It's also why we've decided to cover a few other attacks by rare animals. Or rare attacks involving animals. Or just weird encounters with animals.
1. Paris Hilton... READ ON
Today's insomnia cures are slightly more scientific than the back in the day. But they're also less interesting, which is why we've rounded up some of the weirder insomnia treatments handed down through the ages. From what to rub on your feet, to what to line your belly with, here are 6 bizarre prescriptions for when you're tired of counting sheep.
1. Rub Your Feet in Dormouse Fat
In Elizabethan England, people who couldn't sleep would often rub dormouse fat onto the soles of their feet.... READ ON
Wallace and Gromit are national heroes in the U.K. The cheery, if absent-minded inventor/baker/pest control expert and his faithful Dostoyevsky-reading canine companion have starred in some of the most fun and inventive adventures in stop-motion ever committed to film. And now, British fans of the Plasticine pair will get the chance to wander around a life-size version of their 62 West Wallaby Street home, at the London Science Museum's latest exhibition, Wallace & Gromit present A World of Cracking... READ ON
They're a lot like Robocop "“ except instead of patrolling the mean streets of Detroit in a fictional future, they could be patrolling the mean waters of the Thames. Researchers at the University of Essex at Colchester, working with a Â£2.5 million grant from the EU, are currently developing pollution-sniffing robofish to help detect harmful chemicals in the Thames and other bodies of water.
The robofish are each armed with internal GPS systems, artificial intelligence software, and... READ ON
If you're a girl who likes programming, who are your role models? Too few and far between, says UK-based freelance software consultant and tech blogger, Suw Charman-Anderson. Which is why she's named March 24, 2009, Ada Lovelace Day, the first of what could become an annual Internet event.
Ada Lovelace Day is meant to be an international day of blogging to highlight women in technology "“ more than 1000 people have pledged to write a blog post today focusing on women and their... READ ON
I recently moved to England, and animal husbandry is big news in this country "“ literally, in the case of this story.
Despite the fact that he looks like he could keep a family of four in lamb chops for a week, Bruno, a 21-pound lamb born at a Worcestershire farm last Monday, will not become an Easter roast. Instead, the farm where he was born is planning on keeping him around, as a pet and future stud ram, and to see just how big this massive lamb is going to get.
To put Bruno's birth... READ ON
Carly Simon’s dad is the Simon of Simon and Schuster.