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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 days.

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 perspective.

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 chest

But don't be disappointed when you see them. Because they are only X-rays.

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.


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