They pedal their own bus to school
How did you send your child to school in the morning? Did you or your
wife take him? Did he take the bus? Or did he ride a bike? Being the
crazy bicycle fanatics that they are, it comes as no surprise that the
Dutch have created the world's first pedal-powered school bus, capable
of taking 12 children to school, solely on their own steam.
Built by Tolkamp Metaalspecials, and sold by the De Cafe Racer
company, the bicycle school bus (BCO in Dutch) is powered entirely by
children and the one adult driver (although there is an electric motor
for tough hills). Its design is brilliantly simple - it has eight sets
of pedals for the children (4 to 12), a driver seat for the adult, and
three bench seats for free-loaders.
The top speed is about 10 miles per hour, and there is even a sound
system so you can listen to music on the way to school. Raining? No
problem! There's a canvas awning to take care of that.
Thomas Tolkamp, who built the BCO said: "I had already made other big
bikes (like the Beer-bikes) and a few years ago someone mailed me with
the question if I could develop a bike especially for transporting kids.
So for that other company (a child care) I made the first bicycle. Some
other companies were also interested, so I began to produce more
bicycles and have improved the bike."
According to Tolkamp they have already sold around 25 bikes. They are
still all in use, except for the very first one, which was a prototype
and it costs around $15,000. He also added that they had exported some
bikes to Belgium and Germany, but and have received frequent requests
for information about the bike from all around the world (North America,
South America, Europe).
Now these Dutch school children can now put their seemingly endless
energy to good use, by powering their own school bus. The bright yellow
bus is designed for riders aged 4 to 12, and its stability and high
visibility provide a safe, early introduction to cycle community in a
country where cycling is a way of life and 95 percent teenagers bike to
school at least some of the time.
The bus has a base speed of 10 miles per hour, and a motor for backup
if the students are too tired to pedal or need help with hills. Other
features include a music player and a canvas cover for shelter on rainy
A topsy turvy world due to rare brain condition
If you have to keep your television upside down to see what is
happening in the world it would be a topsy turvy world. Everything will
look upside down and every one will say you are crazy!
Bojana Danilovic views everything the
wrong way up because of a rare condition
But for Bojana Danilovic, 28, of Uzice town in Serbia it is a normal
condition. When we see it upside down she sees it in the correct
She views everything the wrong way up because of a problem in the way
her brain processes images and she has to read papers from the bottom
up, uses an upside down computer screen and needs to work with topsy
turvy forms in her job.
Speaking to local news outlets, she said: "It may look incredible to
other people but to me it's completely normal.
"I was born that way. It's just the way I see the world."
The economics graduate from Serbia, who has suffered from the
condition since birth, relaxes at home by watching one TV balanced on
its top while the rest of the family watch another.
Experts from Harvard University and at the Massachusetts Institute of
Technology say she is suffering from 'spatial orientation phenomenon.'
Ms Danilovic, who works as council worker, in the Serbian town of
Uzice, said, "They say my eyes see the images the right way up but my
brain changes them.
"But they don't really seem to know exactly how it happens, just that
it does and where it happens in my brain.
"They told me they've seen the case histories of some people who
write the way I see, but never someone quite like me."
Marilyn Monroe X-rays sell for $51,650
How would like to own the chest and the pelvis of Marilyn Monroe!
MM ‘s X-ray of her
But don't be disappointed when you see them. Because they are only
Three X-rays of Marilyn Monroe's chest and pelvis taken during a
hospital visit have sold for $US45,000 ($51,650) - more than 10 times
their pre-sale estimates.
The sale was part of an auction of Hollywood legends memorabilia
which took place at the Planet Hollywood resort and casino in Las Vegas
at the weekend.
Auction house Julien's said, the X-rays were expected to go for
$US800 to $US1,200 each.
They came from a 1954 visit by Monroe to the Cedars of Lebanon
Hospital. The actress died in August 1962 at the age of 36.
Other items also sold at the auction included a chair from Monroe's
last photo-shoot that went for $US35,000, Christopher Reeves' Superman
VI costume which sold for $US32,500 and a dress worn by Audrey Hepburn
in Funny Face which went for $US56,250.