Weird Tech: Internet bride dead in suitcase

Turns out the new husband of James Blunt's sister, millionaire Guy Harrison, is also a Fathers4Justice campaigner. Just in case the story needed to be any weirder

It's not everyday you see gadgets, death, Fathers 4 Justice and tech-savvy owls all in one place. But it's standard fare for Weird Tech, a breeding ground for tales of the weird, wonderful and just plain odd...

An American man is being held by police after his internet bride, who had been reported missing in Peru, turned up dead in a suitcase. Police in the area are considering William Trickett Smith Jr. to be a suspect - and with a name like that, why wouldn't they? - after the luggage was fished out of the sea. The blue case, which was tied with ropes and weighted down, only surfaced after the area was hit by an earthquake.

Thanks to a new discovery, Scientists are now able to talk to owls using mobile phones. "Apparently the birds do not give much of a conversation," the Register reported, "and are fairly useless at sending texts". Nevertheless, the birds seem enthusiastic about the breakthrough and have been using the phones to screech back responses to hoots from the scientists.

And apparently social networking websites like Facebook are costing UK firms a whopping £130 million per day in lost man hours. But that's nothing - if you want to see some extreme procrastination in action, check out what firemen get up to instead of saving lives. Now that's cool.

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Don't have a car but find the weekly shop too heavy to carry by bike? Enter: The Shopping Bike Cart. Half bike, half trolley, it's the answer to your food-transportation prayers.

Which is more than can be said for Cooltone's ' Mini-Fridge, CD-player, iPod/MP3 Digital Radio' (it's all in the name) atrocity. Or for Dr. Whippy, an ice cream machine that measures your portion depending on your level of sadness: the more unhappy you are, the more ice cream you need. Hmmm, so you get to be miserable and fat. Great idea.

Here's a good one though - no, really - The Wall-Mounted Digital Scale And Clock. Not only is it a wall-mounted clock (how good is that) - it also functions as removable kitchen scales thereby saving you valuable kitchen storage space. And did we mention it tells the temperature as well? Marvellous.

And finally

It was with the usual disdain that we read James Blunt's latest ploy to claw his way back into the public eye. After admitting to a "mild addiction" to eBay in the past, he told this month's GQ: "The stupidest thing I've ever sold is my sister". That crazy kid.

Apparently, after learning his sister couldn't get back to Ireland in time for a funeral, he "whacked" her up on eBay with a request for help to get her to Ireland. The guy who won had a helicopter (rather fortunately) and flew her to the funeral. Now, three years on, they're getting married. Doesn't it just warm the cockles of your heart.

Julia Sagar
Content director, special projects

Julia specialises in ecommerce at Future. For the last four years, she’s split her time between leading TechRadar’s crack team of deal editors - covering all the biggest sales of the year including Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Amazon Prime Day - and helping the audiences of Future’s consumer tech and lifestyle brands (TechRadar, Tom's Guide, T3, Marie Claire, Woman & Home and more) find the best products and services for their needs and budget.

A former editor of global design website Creative Bloq, she has over 15 years’ experience in online and print journalism, and was part of the team that launched TechRadar way back in the day. When she isn't reviewing mattresses (she’s tested more than she cares to remember), or sharing tips on how to save money in the latest sales, she can usually be found writing about anything from green energy to graphic design.