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ARTIST WANTS TOTO SONG TO PLAY FOREVER IN NANBIB DESERT

“It’s gonna take a lot to take me away from you.”

The immortal words from Toto’s famed song Africa can get stuck in your head. One artist hopes it gets stuck there permanently when you visit his installation … in the desert.

Nambian-German artist Max Siedentopf has created an art installation in the Nambi coastal desert featuring six speakers that are attached to an MP3 player. The speakers sit on top of six pillars and they will be blaring American band Toto’s famed 1981 song, Africa.

One would think the music player will eventually run out of juice, right? Wrong. The MP3 player will run on solar battles so visitors to the installation can enjoy the song forever.

That’s Siedentopf’s goal, actually. On his website, the artist stated he hoped rock tune would keep “going for all eternity.”

Africa is the third single off of Toto’s fourth studio album, Toto IV. With more than 442 million views on YouTube, the tune was once dubbed the “Internet’s favourite song.”

Siedentopf told The Guardian any reaction to the installation — positive or negative — is a compliment to him.

“If no one hates it, no one will love it,” Siedentopf said. “I think having the worst sound installation is more interesting than just a mediocre installation.”


(Natural History Museum/Twitter)

WHAT THE DUCK? MUSEUMS CRY FOWL OVER ONLINE TROLLING

It all started with a simple challenge.

Then it grew into one big ducking trolling session between two British institutions.

On Jan. 4, The Museum of English Rural Life’s Twitter account issued a simple request to London’s Natural History Museum.

“Hey @britishmuseum give us your best duck,” the tweet stated.

Naturally, the challenge was answered by the Natural History Museum.

“Can’t. They gave them all to us,” the museum responded with an illustration of four ducks.

While it seemed like some friendly poking between two institutions, others wanted to join in on the fun, including Felicity Myrone, the lead curator of Western Prints and Drawings and the British Library.

“Ahem. We still have quite a few,” Myrone tweeted alongside two illustrations of the bird from medieval manuscripts.

The Natural History Museum replied to Myrone, “Yeah but,” just before the Royal Academy of Arts posted an animated gif of a duck laying an egg.

“It lays,” tweeted the Academy.

Thinking they had the best response, Britain’s National Railway Museum tweeted a picture of one of its trains, the aptly named Mallard.

“Bet it’s not as fast as our duck, Mallard,” responded the railway museum.

Other museums and institutions from across the world joined in. Even Toronto’s Spadina House Museum tweeted with four paintings of dead ducks.

“You want ducks? We’ve got ducks. But they’re all, er…resting,” tweeted Spadina Museum.

The Museum of English Rural Life had the last laugh at the expense of Spadina House, effectively ending the conversation.

“Look at the kind dog taking their friend for a walk,” the museum tweeted, responding to a painting of a dog with a dead duck in its mouth.


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MAN HIGH ON AMBIEN DOESN’T REMEMBER PROPOSING TO GIRLFRIEND

You would think a marriage proposal would be a monumental life event one would remember, right?

In a posting under Reddit’s subreddit page, Dear Reddit, Today, I F—– Up, an unnamed man confessed on Monday that he proposed to his girlfriend while under the influence of sleep medication, Ambien.

The man claimed he had trouble sleeping as of late and ingested 40 milligrams of the drug — which is four times the recommended dosage.

What happened next was a total daze.

“I had an engagement ring in my drawer that I traded for some other jewelry … anyways, long story short, I woke up and she was wearing the ring on her finger and had explained what happened,” the man wrote. “(I) was just shook because (I couldn’t) remember s—.”

It gets better.

The man claims he even updated his Facebook relationship status to engaged during his Ambien-induced episode. He said he hadn’t planned on proposing to his girlfriend for another year-and-a-half and likely would’ve gotten a better ring, “but Ambien sped up the process 10-fold.”

It’s not the first time the sleep drug has made people do strange things. Reddit itself has a subreddit where people have listed the strange things they’ve done while under the influence of Ambien.

Some other Ambien-induced activities have included going on a walrus hunt, sending strange text messages and building a cabinet.


Melvin Stubbs. (Monroe County Sheriff’s Office)

FLORIDA MAN CHARGED FOR EATING COP CAR SEAT

One could say Melvin Stubbs took a bite out of crime.

Key West, Fla., cops arrested the 37-year-old man last Thursday after finding more than 40 grams of cocaine in his possession during a routine traffic stop.

It wasn’t easy for cops to catch Stubbs, however, as the man ran away soon after the traffic stop. The suspect didn’t get far as an officer used a stun gun to bring him down.

After finding 41.1 grams of cocaine on his possession, cops threw Stubbs in the back of a cruiser. That’s when he became unruly, kicking the passenger side door of the vehicle with his feet.

But that wasn’t enough. Stubbs reportedly took a huge chunk out of the side of one of the car’s seats with his teeth, causing $1,000 in damage, Newsweek reported.

The man with an apparent appetite for car seats was further restrained at his feet and taken to hospital for behavioural observation. Once he was cleared by doctors, Stubbs was whisked away to jail, where he was charged with cocaine trafficking and resisting arrest.

 



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