Shizo Kanakuri disappeared while running the marathon in the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm. He was listed as a missing person in Sweden for 50 years — until a journalist found him living placidly in southern Japan.

Overcome with heat during the race, he had stopped at a garden party to drink orange juice, stayed for an hour, then took a train to a hotel and sailed home the next day, too ashamed to tell anyone he was leaving.

There’s a happy ending: In 1966 Kanakuri accepted an invitation to return to Stockholm and complete his run. His final time was 54 years, 8 months, 6 days, 8 hours, 32 minutes and 20.3 seconds — surely a record that will never be broken.



Poke NY outfitted wildlife animals with GPS tracking devices for the BBC. This way the audience could follow animals that the BBC shot a documentary about during their migration. You could follow a humpback whale as it made its 4000 mile journey around the world. Unfortunately this awesome campaign isn’t running anymore, but POKE was kind enough to leave us with some images. For more info click here.


The Easybloom is a new Gardentool that answers questions like:

  • Can I grow tomatoes on my patio and parsley in my windowsill?
  • How can I get my hibiscus to bloom and my ficus to stop drooping?
  • How can I find new flowers for my yard this year?
  • How can I stop killing plants and wasting money on landscaping that dies?
  • How can I end gardening by trial and error?

After planting the Easybloom it can give you tips and tricks on growing plants in your garden. Pretty smart if you ask me, more info here.


The Joydick is a wearable device to control your Atari console created by SF media labs. Gameplay is based on realtime male-masturbation. If you get tired of the single player mode don’t worry, multiplayer is cuming. The female version of this device is on the way so you can include your girlfriend in some serious gaming. The next time if you’re at a boring diner party, play a game, it will kill the dullness guaranteed!