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January 18, 2018 Edition

40,000 people spent Christmas Eve watching a video game designer do nothing
Tristram Fane Saunders / 25 DECEMBER 2017

A top video game designer spent 10 hours sat silently in front of a crackling fire yesterday – while being watched by an audience of around 40,000 people.

Thousands visited the online streaming video platform Twitch to watch the broadcast from Jeff Kaplan, head designer of the popular game Overwatch.

In a video which recalled the Scandanavian “slow TV” trend, Kaplan sat in complete silence for most of the day, staring placidly into the middle distance – except for a moment when a boom microphone bumped into his head, knocking off his glasses.

At one point, he answered a phone-call. “I’m really sorry, I can’t take a call from a telemarketer right now,” he said. “I’m doing this thing where I sit in front of a fire for 10 hours. It’s kind of hard to explain. I’m going to have to call you back.”

Later, he ate a chocolate chip cookie sprinkled with salt, telling the camera, “That’s delicious! I could eat this all day long.”

Surprisingly, this uneventful video has become extraordinarily popular. One fan said they had “zero regrets” after watching Kaplan for three straight hours, while another wrote: “Jeff Kaplan sitting by a fireplace is the mood I want to have for the entirety of 2018.”

Kaplan, 45, has previously worked on the best-selling World of Warcraft game series. His enigmatic video put several viewers in a philosophical frame of mind.

Yesterday morning, the website Gamespot reported that at its peak the video was being watch by an audience of 39,434 simultaneous viewers. As of noon on Christmas Day, more than 250,000 people had watched at least part of it.

Any patient readers with no other plans for Christmas Day can watch the entirety of Kaplan’s 10-hour broadcast below.

WOEFULTOURIST says, “That’s right, if you missed Mr. Kaplan doing nothing for 10 hours Christmas Eve, you had the option of watching a re-broadcast of the whole thing on Christmas day.


Driver mistook monkey’s red backside for traffic light
By Ben Hooper | Dec. 28, 2017

Dec. 28 (UPI) — A woman was rear-ended at an intersection in China when she stopped for an unusual reason — she mistook an escaped circus monkey’s butt for a red light.

The woman was quoted by Sin Chew Daily as saying she glanced at the pole over the intersection in Zunyi City, Guizhou Province, and slammed on her brakes when she saw a flash of red that she mistook for a red stop light.

The abrupt stop led the woman’s car to be rear-ended by the car behind her.

The woman said she looked back at the pole after the crash and realized the red she had seen was actually the rear end of a golden monkey perched next to the light.

Police discovered the monkey had escaped from a nearby circus. A circus manager agreed to pay for the cost of the damage to the vehicles involved in the minor crash.

WOEFULTOURIST says, “Too bad the circus did not have any green-butted monkeys in their menagerie.”



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