Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Bill Gates offers N15.8 million for ‘magic' condom


Bill Gates has offered $100,000 (about N15.8m) for anyone to come up with “next generation condom that significantly preserves or enhances pleasure, in order to improve uptake and regular use.”

Last year, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (BMGF) selected a reinvention of the toilet that functions as a solar-powered wastewater treatment system. Now, Gates is challenging inventors to use improvements in materials science to develop a condom that feels good.

The idea is that, as reliable and easy-to-use as condoms are, men supposedly experience more pleasure having bareback sex than they do using a condom. The challenge asks:

Is it possible to develop a product without this stigma, or better, one that is felt to enhance pleasure? If so, would such a product lead to substantial benefits for global health, both in terms of reducing the incidence of unplanned pregnancies and in prevention of infection with HIV or other STIs?

The challenge states that condoms have been in use for around 400 years, and have not improved in the past 50 years. However, the scientific advances made in the past 50 years, the initiative reads, have not been applied to this important area:

Material science and our understanding of neurobiology has undergone revolutionary transformation in the last decade yet that knowledge has not been applied to improve the product attributes of one of the most ubiquitous and potentially underutilized products on earth.

A better feeling condom could go a long way to convincing some men that they might as well roll one on before sex, if only for their own safety.

Nigerian behind Kim Kardashian’s fake tweet unmasked

Kim Kardashian

Many so called citizen journalists who helped spread the fake Kim Kardashian's tweet will be ashamed to learn that a mischievous young man orchestrated it all.

I’m not about to make him more popular than he is because, apparently, that is his only goal. So, I won’t publish his Twitter handle. I might send it to you via email if you ask.

A few Nigerians have traced the original tweet to him and his Twitter timeline is full of invectives from angry Nigerians who had initially fallen for the hoax.

It is also clear he is not repentant, as his TL is full of tweets savouring the global success of his latest hoax and boasts about what he will do when he gets his ‘black belt in Photoshop’. 

There are also loads of congratulatory tweets from pals, a few of whom are apparently awed by the global success of the hoax.

Seriously, we should be afraid. From getting global acclaim for advance fee frauds, Nigeria is moving to a stage where our youths are getting  sheer kicks out of deception and getting global recognition for faking celebrity twitter handles.

We are growing a young and vibrant column of 419 junkies, people who receive immense gratification akin to orgasm from successfully deceiving or fooling others. To them it is all harmless fun, but really it's far more; only if they knew.

Nigerians need to learn to interrogate their news sources. And to all the gullible bloggers, Twitter and Facebook journalists out there, learn to conduct basic investigations before rushing to your laptop, tablet or mobile devices.

Since the first 419ner got his mugu or maga decades ago, the world has ceased to exist in pure black and white. Develop a critical mind. Ask questions and accept nothing unless you have tried to ascertain its veracity.

God help us.


Some of his tweets:



Lmaooooo RT @TheBlackHer***t: LMAOO RT @Tidij*: Lmao omg please. Gullible is not even the adjective to describe you guys anymore.


I hear it has gotten to BBM lol. I love you guys



Once I get my black belt at photoshop you niggas won't be able to tell what's real and what's not


One of his awed pals tweeted:

@*huckic**** bad-fucking-ass. My twitter idol!


Another tweeted:

gracias “@Sas**_Ij: RT @*anmust***: Man you a legend. RESPECT @*huckic****



Choirmaster with a fantastic organ!

Hannah Okurabe after the assault. Image: Punch

I once had a funny colleague who was a choirmaster in a prominent church in a famous town in Ogun State. Highly dexterous on the church organ, major church services could not start without him being present.

Like most choirmasters are known to be, this colleague was very popular with the ladies. In his mischievous moments, he would often exclaim that women could not resist his fantastic organ.

I remembered this colleague when I read the story of three ladies who viciously fought and wounded each other over a choirmaster, one Joseph Unuigbe, who incidentally, is married.

Temitope Abigeal and Temitope Remi were on Tuesday arraigned before a Chief Magistrate’s Court in Ebute Meta on a three count charge of conspiracy, assault and causing grievous harm.

Abigeal (26) and Remi (28), both choristers at a Cherubim and Seraphim church at Progressive Road, Ebute Meta, were said to have assaulted Hannah Okurabe (18) with razor blades at Abule Nla junction, a few metres away from the church.

A father of two, Unuigbe is married to Folashade, who is also a member of the same church.

But the fact that the lover boy is married did not seem to matter to the duo of Abigeal and Remi who on March 17 allegedly accosted Okurabe and cut her on her cheek, eyelid, left ear and back of her neck.

Although the Magistrate, Mrs. M. O. Tanimola, admitted the suspects to bail in the sum of N200, 000 each in like sum the two women are currently cooling their heels at the Kirikiri Minimum Prison because they could not immediately perfect the terms of their bail.

They are to produce two responsible sureties who are gainfully employed and with evidence of tax payments to the state government in the last three years. The sureties are also required to be relatives of the defendants and their addresses are to be verified.

Just how fantastic is this choirmaster’s organ to warrant all this trouble?


Friday, March 08, 2013

World's youngest richest man


How does it feel to have a billion dollar in your bank account? Here's the world's youngest billionaire, according to Fortune Magazine.
He is only 28 years old. But he has a total net worth of over $3.8 billion. His name is Moskovitz, Mark Zuckerberg's former roommate. He co-founded Facebook, the social networking giant, but no longer works there.

In spite of his formidable fortunes, Moskovitz leads a simple life. He bikes to work, flies commercial airlines and pitches his own tent at Burning Man, the annual arts community gathering in Nevada, US.