Toothpick artist Steven Backman has carved a miniature replica of San Francisco’s landmark, the Golden Gate Bridge, using just a single toothpick! [Hat tip to Artnewsblog and Spluch]

Golden Gate Bridge replica carved from a single toothpick by Steven Backman
Tiny toothpick Golden Gate Bridge replica (Image courtesy of Steven Backman)

Steven is famed for his toothpick sculptures; his famous works include a Golden Gate Bridge replica which used 30,000 toothpicks … contrary to the miniature replica above which used just one toothpick.

Both sculptures seem great to me.


Crown Princess Mary of Denmark has joined military training with the Danish Home Guard.

Danish Crown Princess Mary in military training
Princess Mary in military training (Image courtesy of Kronprinsparret and Steen Brogaard)

Mary, who will celebrate her 36th birthday next month, is following in the footsteps of her husband, heir to the Danish throne Crown Prince Frederik, who has undergone extensive military training.

Frederik, 39, has trained in all three services and remains active in Denmark’s defence force. He is a commander, senior grade, in the navy; a lieutenant colonel in the army and a lieutenant colonel in the air force.

When Mary’s basic training is completed she will be attached to the Army Home Guard in Copenhagen. The weapon she is seen with in the photos is the standard weapon of the Danish Army and Home Guard, an M95 with scope which she will learn how to use, strip and clean.

[SMH and Danish Royal Watchers]

Sir Edmund Hillary, the first climber to scale the world’s highest peak, Mount Everest, has died aged 88.

Sir Edmund’s health had reportedly been in decline since April, when he suffered a fall while visiting Nepal.

He was the first man to climb the 8,850m (29,035ft) peak, with Tenzing Norgay, on 29 May 1953. [BBC]

A 16-year-old boy scout in the Maldives who has been hailed a hero for saving the president’s life has said that he acted “out of instinct”.

The boy scout who saves the Maldive president

Mohammed Jaisham Ibrahim injured his hand while thwarting a man who tried to knife President Maumoon Abdul Gayoom in the north of the islands on Monday.

“It all happened so quickly I didn’t have time to think about it,” he said.

The attacker lunged at the president after he had got off a boat during a visit in the north of the archipelago. [BBC]

Everyone would act out of instinct under that circumstance… some would instinctively run away from the attacker, a few would act like the boy to save the president. He is a hero regardless.

Bill Gates has showed a video of what his last day working full-time at Microsoft might look like at his keynote at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

Watch the video on Gizmodo.

You don’t want this to happen when you become a champion…

Tennis player trophy moment Tennis player trophy moment
Tennis player trophy moment Tennis player trophy moment
I like the face of the man in tie

Got these from a chain mail without much detail. I am pretty sure that he is Russian tennis star Marat Safin… no clue at all about the event though.

British twins Betty Richards and Jenny Pelmore celebrated their 100th birthday on New Year’s Day of 2008.

British oldest twins celebrate 100th birthday on New Year
Betty and Jenny

Born half and hour apart in Manchester on New Year’s Day 1908, the pair have barely been apart since and now live within a mile from each other in Cornwall.

The pair has survived five different monarchs; still both enjoy driving and even took up Spanish lessons at the age of 97 to keep their minds active.

Mrs Pelmore is an accomplished painter whilst her sister only recently stopped keeping bees. [Dailymail]

Congratulations and happy birthday to the ladies.

A 18 year-old Japanese man has set a world record for making 109 full spins on his head in the space of one minute. The Kyoto-based break dancer, known as “Spinboy Aichi” had previously set the world record for 101 spins in a minute last September. [Reuters]

Video from Reuters – Spinboy Aichi breaks record

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