Actor Jackie Chan on the set of Chinese Zodiac. One of Jackie Chan's films on Blu-Ray, "  " was converted into a more effective solar panel.
Actor and martial artist Jackie Chan on the set of Chinese Zodiac. One of Jackie Chan’s films on Blu-ray, “Police Story 3: Supercop” was converted into a more effective solar panel. (Dzekijs Chans / Wikimedia Commons)

From a ban on puns to a rocket powered by poop, here are this week’s five crazy headlines!

  1. McDonald’s in a Church Might Just Be the Next Big Thing

Paul di Lucca, a creative director at the church branding agency Lux Dei Design holds the future of churches in his hand. Lucca wants to create a church with an attached McDonald’s franchise.

Lucca’s idea is being crowdfunded by Kickstarter. Out of the expected $1 million he needs to go forward with his plans, Lucca has raised $103.

Backer prizes include T-shirts with the hashtag “#feast4jesus.”

Source: The Stupid News Network

  1. Town Bans Winnie the Pooh for Being Half-Naked

While the cartoon bear was never the most upright moral guide, a Polish town banned the character for his inappropriate dress and “dubious sexuality.”

Polish officials saw Pooh’s lack of pants as troubling, going so far as to label the character a “hermaphrodite” and criticizing Pooh’s creator, author A. A. Milne.

Pooh was apparently adventuring in the Hundred-Acre Wood when the news broke and was therefore unavailable to comment.

Source: Oddity World News

  1. China bans wordplay in attempt at pun control

In a surprisingly Orwellian turn of events, China’s print and broadcast officials have officially outlawed the use of puns in radio and television.

Chinese, especially, has a wealth of puns due to the large number of homophones or similar sounding words in the language. Officials said the ban prevents misleading the public, especially children, and helps promote Chinese cultural heritage.

Most officials probably didn’t think news jokes were very punny, anyway.

Source: The Guardian

  1. Jackie Chan Blu-ray disc boosts solar panel efficiency by a massive 22 percent

Researchers of clean energy at Northwestern University have made a breakthrough discovery when they used the Blu-ray disc for Jackie Chan film “Police Story 3: Supercop” as a solar panel.

The recording medium on the disc was especially effective in trapping incoming light particles, or photons, increasing the efficiency of the solar panel by a shocking 22 percent.

Researchers said any Blu-ray disc would work, though fans of Jackie Chan are doubtful.

Source: Extreme Tech.

  1. Human Poop-Powered Rocket May Fly Man to the Moon in the Future

Researchers from the University of Florida have discovered a creative way to put astronaut waste to good use.

Using solid human waste supplied by NASA, two graduate students at the university demonstrated a way to convert the waste into rocket fuel.

This method could create about 290 liters of fuel per crew member per week. The process can also convert waste into drinkable water and, in a pinch, breathable oxygen.

Source: Tech Times

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