ODDS AND ENDS: Unloyal sex robots and other offbeat offerings

This photo taken on February 1, 2018 shows an engineer holding a silicon face against the head of a robot at a lab of a doll factory of EXDOLL, a firm based in the northeastern Chinese port city of Dalian. With China facing a massive gender gap and a greying population, a company wants to hook up lonely men and retirees with a new kind of companion: "Smart" sex dolls that can talk, play music and turn on dishwashers. FRED DUFOUR / AFP/Getty Images


The last thing a lonely person needs is for their sex robot to turn on them.

Sex doll enthusiast Brick Dollbanger (likely not his real name) told the Daily Star he fears something as simple as a coding error could turn robot love slaves into violent machines capable of hitting or strangling their human owners.

“It scares me to death, it’s a machine and it’s always going to be a machine,” said Dollbanger, who has worked closely with manufacturers Realbotix and Abyss.

The man believes sex doll robots can look very real such as those in the film Ex-Machina, which features a life-like intelligent humanoid robot.

Dollbanger said the robots aren’t going to be beings that “you can hit with a pipe and it’s going to fall apart” but it’s possible the machines are going to be much stronger than normal humans.

A foul code in a robot could trigger the device to do some “serious damage” to its owner, he warned.

The Daily Star notes sex robot tech is advancing at a fast pace, with companies such as Realbotix creating sexbots with vision and walking abilities in the future.

This iPhone charger is made to resemble an umbilical cord. (Etsy)


While an umbilical cord gives a fetus nourishment, a mechanical simulation now provides iPhones with much-needed juice.

The Japanese are known for their wacky and strange cellphone accessories. Cellphone cases have been modelled after anything from human hands and fried chicken to ramen noodles and crustaceans.

Would you use an iPhone charger cable shaped like an umbilical cord?  Selling on Etsy for $7,674, the charger is made from silicone and pulsates and moves.


When one thinks of the Amish, technology isn’t something that usually comes to mind.

That’s why when police in Ohio recently pulled over an Amish buggy, they were shocked to find the horse-drawn vehicle was furnished with a large stereo system.


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According to news outlet WKBN, cops in Trumbull County pulled over the buggy driven by two Amish men. Upon further inspection, officers found a 12-pack of beer on top of the vehicle with several uncapped bottles inside, along with a large stereo speaker sticking out of the back.

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The two Amish men quickly bailed out of the buggy — likely headed back to their community where alcohol and technology are frowned upon — leaving the horse to continue pulling the vehicle down the street.

The horse eventually stopped and cops towed the carriage.

Trumbull County chief deputy Joe Dragovich told FOX8 it was a rite of passage for young members of the Amish community to try out things from the outside world. Regardless, drunk driving laws still apply to them.

Cops are still working to identify and find the modern Amish suspects.

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Cops in Norway, Maine, made a grisly discovery buried in the backyard of 83-year-old Vernelle Jackson.

This past Tuesday, Maine State Police showed up to Jackson’s home on a welfare check for someone who had been reportedly staying with her. Jackson didn’t appear too worried about letting authorities into her home.

Police say they discovered the remains of a woman believed to be in her 80s buried in Jackson’s backyard. While the cause of death is undetermined, cops say the woman died more than a year prior.

When pressed about the discovery, Jackson admitted to burying her pal of 20 years in a shallow grave because it was her dying wish. The woman said she wasn’t aware that she needed a permit to do so.

“She begged me when she passed away that she didn’t have enough insurance to bury her, and I don’t have it. And she said, ‘Will you promise me to bury me in your yard so I’ll be close,’” Jackson told news outlet WMTV.

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