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Done spritzing on your deodorant? Now spray on your t-shirt and trousers. Spanish fashion designer Manel Torres has invented the world’s first clothes-spray, which forms a durable, elastic material when it hits the skin.
Made from tiny cotton fibres suspended in plastic, the spray creates clothes that can be removed easily, then – unbelievably – washed and worn again. When you’ve had enough of your new t-shirt, you can even dissolve the material and respray it to suit your next outfit.
It’s not hard to see how it could revolutionise the world of fashion (at least your clothes would always be a perfect fit). But Torres also has plans to branch into the medical industry, creating instant, ready-sterilised bandages that stay in place without a safety pin in sight.
Good old Coca-Cola are spreading happiness once again – this time in the form of an ATM machine in Spain that dispensed 100 free euros before people even put in their cards. ‘The ATM of Happiness’ dispensed free cash to those who interacted with it, with the sole condition that they share their good fortune with others.
The Happiness ATM was part of the Coca-Cola’s ongoing ‘Share Happiness’ campaign, and resulted in participants buying basketballs for local kids, buying and sharing food with passers by, leaving presents on people’s doorsteps and even arranging a surprise visit from a group of musicians. Very enlightening!
As part of its National Reading Plan, the Catalan Government Railways has teamed up with Random House publishers to get more passengers into a good book.
On ten services, posters on the outside of middle carriages encourage commuters to join the ‘reading train’. Once inside, posters offer a selection of first chapters from 40 popular novels, which can be downloaded with a QR code.
Authors on the list include Spanish language writers such as Ildefonso Falcones, Jorge Luis Borges and Gabriel Garcia Marquez, as well as translated works by John Le Carré and Umberto Eco. The scheme is set to run for two months and will be repeated three times a year until 2016, with hopes to expand to include works from other publishing houses.
The scheme publicises books while entertaining and improving the literacy of passengers at the same time.