Feeds

Man builds Viking longboat from 15 million lolly sticks

All good charitable fun

Internet Security Threat Report 2014

Captain Bob and helpersIn a truly laudable piece of silliness, a former stuntman from Jacksonville, Florida, yesterday launched a 15m replica Viking longship constructed entirely from 15 million ice cream sticks.

"It's a dream come true. It's truly worth all the hard work," a delighted Rob McDonald told Reuters after the maiden voyage in Amsterdam which saw 20 intrepid seafarers take tentatively to the water.

It took McDonald and two mates a couple of years to knock together the vessel, which now faces an Atlantic crossing in aid of Rob's Seaheart Foundation - founded by the ice cream mariner to bring fun to hospitalised kids worldwide.

As the foundation's blurb explains:

When 'Captain Rob' was a little boy he spent a substantial part of his childhood in hospital after a gas explosion at his home. Doctors told 'Captain Rob' that he would never be able to use his arm again but his determination to overcome this difficult challenge has inspired him to go on and achieve all sorts of incredible records to draw attention to good causes.

Good show, Capt'n, and the best of British luck with your transatlantic attempt. ®

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

More from The Register

next story
WRISTJOB LOVE BONANZA: justWatch sex app promises blind date hookups
Mankind shuffles into the future, five fingers at a time
Every billionaire needs a PANZER TANK, right? STOP THERE, Paul Allen
Angry Microsoftie hauls auctioneers to court over stalled Pzkw. IV 'deal'
Apple's Mr Havisham: Tim Cook says dead Steve Jobs' office has remained untouched
'I literally think about him every day' says biz baron's old friend
Cops apologise for leaving EXPLOSIVES in suitcase at airport
'Canine training exercise' SNAFU sees woman take home booming baggage
Oi, London thief. We KNOW what you're doing - our PRECRIME system warned us
Aye, shipmate, it be just like that Minority Report
Flaming drone batteries ground commercial flight before takeoff
Passenger had Something To Declare, instead fiddled while plane burned
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
WIN a very cool portable ZX Spectrum
Win a one-off portable Spectrum built by legendary hardware hacker Ben Heck
Saudi Petroleum chooses Tegile storage solution
A storage solution that addresses company growth and performance for business-critical applications of caseware archive and search along with other key operational systems.
Protecting users from Firesheep and other Sidejacking attacks with SSL
Discussing the vulnerabilities inherent in Wi-Fi networks, and how using TLS/SSL for your entire site will assure security.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.