I’ve never heard of a transporter bridge before. The Newport Transporter Bridge has served those who cross the River Usk in Wales for a hundred years now. It’s like a ferry, but it’s a bridge instead of a boat. In other words, you ride across in a cable car, sort of. Why?
Tom Scott (previously at Neatorama) explains the reasons the bridge was built this way, and the reasons they don’t make bridges like this anymore. He also walked across it, which you can see here. -via Digg
It is now time to begin obsessively following the work of Lou Lou P, a baker in Leeds, UK. Very recently, she introduced us to the Cat Loaf and the Pug Loaf. Lou Lou is not done. She keeps knocking out hits, day after day. You want a burger with unicorn meat? She can't supply it. But this unicorn burger bun is just as good--and she's just getting started!
The normal life cycle of a vehicle is to run as long as it can, then be stripped for usable parts, then the leftover scrap metal is recycled. But sometimes it doesn’t happen that way. Someone puts those vehicles aside with plans to do something or other and it never happens. Dust settles in, then rust, and sometimes even moss and trees grow up around them. One of those places is the Kaufdorf car graveyard in Switzerland.
A former junkyard owned by one Mr Walter Messerli, the cemetery began as far back as 1933. At the time, Mr Messerli was interested mainly in the money he could get from scrap parts. However, he also seemed to have a strange affinity for the vehicles themselves. Rather than doing as others in his business did and scrapping the abandoned cars entirely, Mr Messerli carefully preserved their shells, secreting them away on his vast and overgrown lot.
It was to become an obsession. By the time he was ready to retire, Mr Messerli had a collection of hundreds of cars spanning five decades. But the vehicle cemetery wasn’t finished yet. After he took over the business, his son continued to add to the collection until it contained some 1,500 vehicles, dating from 1930 right the way to the early 2000s.
In 2008, the cars were removed and scrapped, but we still have plenty of pictures. In a list at Urban Ghosts, you’ll also see ten abandoned vehicle graveyards populated by particular types, such as Reliant Robins, trolley cars, ambulances, and even rickshaws.
During his prolific writing career, Stephen King has created a wealth of unforgettable scenarios and characters, both horrific and dramatic. Many have been brought to the screen by now, with varying degrees of success. As such, and in this cinematic climate of sequels and reboots, a number of television and movie productions based on King's writings are in the works. One of them is his unusual story of kinky sex gone wrong, Gerald's Game.
As the story goes, a married couple into bondage leave home to vacation in an isolated cabin in the woods, with intent to play their favorite sex games in secluded privacy. But when something goes wrong during their sex play, things turn horrific in an instant. Given a great cast and talented director, a lot could be done with the premise.
Read all of the Stephen King movies and television shows in development here.Are you looking forward or hopefully optimistic about any of them? Weigh in with your comments.
The Arlanda Airport in Stockholm, Sweden offers a new travel experience that builds anticipation and helps passengers acclimate to their destination cities. The Climate Portal consists of 3 rooms that simulate the temperature, wind speed, and barometric pressure of Hong Kong, Dubai, and Kiruna, which is Sweden's northernmost town. Participants are also surrounded with photos of these cities, giving them a very realistic impression of where they're going.
An ad firm had asked Larry Weiss to come up with a way to make children’s underwear more appealing. He had a great idea -make them look like superhero costumes! Weiss knew it was a blockbuster concept, and he knew blockbusters, because he was the one who came up with the idea for Fruity Pebbles.
Weiss was confident it had appeal. But Hanes had passed on the idea. So did the Scott Paper Company, which spent a year in development before senior executives got cold feet. Though he began working on the project at the urging of an ad firm, Weiss had taken on the financial burden of licensing Marvel, DC, and other characters himself. When Scott backed out, Weiss had gotten them to agree to pay for the next year’s merchandising rights to Batman, Superman, Spider-Man, and all the rest.
The money could buy another year of shopping the idea—but Weiss was broke. “I had my own $64,000 question,” he says. “I was poor at the time. I get a check from Scott. I could take it and say, ‘Well, bad idea, but at least I got a little money,’ or I could move forward.”
Weiss used the money to keep pushing his underwear idea, and Underoos debuted in 1977. You know they were a success, but just how successful they were is part of the story of Underoos that you can read at mental_floss.
Doctor Applestein had seen a lot of scary and strange things during his career as a produce general practitioner, but when Harvey Appleson came in with a severe stomach ache the Doc's life changed forever. It seems that Harvey had caught a parasite while out touring Granny Smith's garden, and the hungry fiend was slowly eating its way out of his core...
Bring a fresh sense of humor to your geeky wardrobe with this Is It Serious Doctor? t-shirt by Wirdou, it's sure to appeal to those who enjoy a crisp apple joke every now and then.
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Monday is typically the day that most people find themselves dreaming of their bed at some point during the day. Yet for some sleep worshippers, the day of the week makes no difference: bed is the place to be, and if they can't be there, they daydream about its comfort.
The Lingvistov brand of illustrated items is the brainchild of two Russian teachers Asia and Landysh, who were educated in linguistics and initially taught language. Their simple graphics that make the most of a mix of illustration and words are a delight. See all of their odes to sleep here, and check out the website, Facebook and Instagram of the illustrators to keep up with their works.
But I can offer this little bug close competition. Only my appreciation for half-and-half prevents me from claiming the title as well.
The coffee berry borer beetle eats coffee beans. It doesn't have a lot of competition because most animals, including other insects, find the caffeine in coffee beans too toxic to consume directly. And now scientists know why. Ed Yong writes for National Geographic that researchers found that the coffee berry borer beetle's unique digestive tract can detoxify caffeine:
Javier Ceja-Navarro from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory has discovered its secret: it has bacteria in its guts that can detoxify caffeine.
When he fed the beetles with coffee beans and analysed their faeces for traces of caffeine, he couldn’t find any. None. Something in their gut had completely destroyed the would-be poison. Bacteria seemed like the obvious candidates, so Ceja-Navarro fed the beetles with antibiotics. This time, when they ate coffee beans, their poo was laden with caffeine. And when they got a chance to breed, they utterly failed. Most of their eggs and larvae died outright, and none of the survivors made it to adulthood. Without their microbes, they couldn’t handle their caffeine.
Does it bother you when your significant other squeezes the toothpaste tube wrong, or puts the toilet paper on the roll wrong? You tell yourself those are little things that shouldn’t matter, but it still gets under your skin.
Artist Meryl Smith made a real t-shirt. Er, I mean, tea shirt. It's complete with actual tea inside and a tag labeled with her name and a design reminiscent of the Lipton logo. It reflects Smith's visual puns, such as a dog bag that looks like a dog.
His name is Ben and he’s only three weeks old. Sure, he can still get milk from his mommy, but he’s ahead of the game. He just doesn’t have all the skills yet. Curiosity gave the kitty a drink! -via Daily Picks and Flicks
On the grounds of a hotel in Scotland, there's an enormous outdoor map of that country, covering every part of its rich contours at a 1:10,000 scale.
The project was the brainchild of Jan Tomasik, a Polish soldier during World War II. He was a member of a Polish Army unit that escaped to France and then to Britain after Nazi Germany's conquest of his nation. While in the UK, Tomasik was stationed in Scotland. He fell in love with the country. After the Communists conquered Poland in 1945, he decided to settle in Scotland. Tomasik became a prosperous businessman, managing and owning hotels and pubs, among other enterprises.
Tomasik wanted to express his appreciation for the UK and Scotland in particular for giving him and his fellow Poles a place of refuge during the Nazi and Communist occupations of Poland. In 1968, he bought Barony Castle, an old manor home converted into a hotel. In 1972, he began construction of an enormous scale relief map of Scotland on its grounds. When it was completed in 1979, it offered visitors a spectacular presentation of Scottish geography in a beautifully pastoral setting.
The Barony Castle Hotel closed in 1985 and Tomasik died in 1991. The enormous map, which became known as Mapa Scotland, fell into disrepair. But now there is a volunteer effort to restore the map at the hotel, which has since reopened. You can read more at the official Mapa Scotland site.
It was 8:50 P.M. and Jules Marigold was closing up shop. The antique dealer wound all the clocks while his employees tallied up the receipts. When Marigold tried setting the alarm, he was annoyed to find it out of order. "Oh, well," he sighed. "I suppose one night without an alarm won't kill me." He was wrong.
Around midnight, when the Downtown Citizens' Patrol shone their flashlights through the storefront window, they saw a chaotic mess. Lying in the middle of the mess was the bludgeoned body of Jules Marigold.
Marigold lived above his shop. The police theorized that he'd heard a burglar breaking in and that the two men had fought. Among the wreckage was a toppled, broken grandfather clock. The hands had stopped at 11:09. "I guess that sets the time of the murder."
Instructables member Berto Aussems designed the WeDangle, a hanging, swinging seat built into a set of clothes. The pants and jacket contain soft supports that wrap around the body. Cords attach to these supports with carabiners. A fabric strap and aluminum tube wrapped around a tree branch hold the cords, permitting the user to recline and gently rock. The tube breaks down into four sections, which are easily pocketed in the jacket.
It doesn't look pretty, but Aussems envisions this as a proof of concept, rather than a final design. He hopes to refine the WeDangle so that it can be a piece of everyday clothing that lets people relax outdoors without bringing any extra equipment.
This summer of 2013 video is still making rounds online, and for good reason. Created by students from De Montfort University, the 3D rendering of London before the Great Fire of 1666 is incredibly well done. According to Londonist,
“Although most of the buildings are conjectural, the students used a realistic street pattern and even included the hanging signs of genuine inns and businesses mentioned in Samuel Pepys' diary.”
To learn more about the source material and making of the animation, visit the project's blog.
It's not enough to just pick up a can. It could be contaminated. That's why smart grocers wrap each can in a plastic container with shrink wrap over the top. Rocket News 24 reports that this image was snapped in a grocery store in Hong Kong.
The man they call JoJo has been on some truly bizarre adventures in his young life, and yet he has never felt afraid or worried for his life because of the Stand energy residing within him. He knows that when the time comes to battle his, or somebody else's, inner demons he will Stand and deliver with drop dead style and a furious force...
Add some dark anime adventure to your geeky wardrobe with this Jotaro t-shirt by Batsukiro, it's one far out way to show love for your favorite classic anime character!
As humans, we tend to focus on the world we can see -that which is hidden underground is often forgotten about all together, but this great Travel and Leisure article shows the beauty and wonder that often hides right under our feet.
From salt mines to underground rivers and from crystals taller than some homes to crypts adorned with human remains, the article shows how fascinating the world below us is.
It won't be enough to absentmindedly stroll up and down the stairs. You'll have to think about where you're placing your feet or you'll tumble down. JSa Architecture, a firm in Mexico City and Lima, designed these stairs, although it's not clear why.
Dr. David Smith of McMaster University and Dr. Frauke Zeller and Ryerson University created hitchBOT, a cute robot that hitchhikes. It started its “life” in Port Credit, Ontario, and traveled across Canada by itself, relying on the kindness (and curiosity) of strangers. It also traveled across Germany and the Netherlands, and had plenty of adventures along the way, all the time communicating via Facebook and Twitter. See how that works in this video.
I'm laying down a marker here: the Face Mask Hotness Hoodie is the future of menswear. This design by Andew Christian Laurel Cross has everything that a man needs to be comfortable and cool at the same time. And if it gets a bit chilly, all the wearer must do is pull on his hoodie and face mask.
This one is a mixture of cotton and polyester, which will be standard evening wear. For business settings, men will wear velour versions to look professional.
Visitors to the Maldives can have a unique, underwater dining experience in high style at Subsix restaurant. To get to the destination, diners take a speedboat ride over a reef to a location less than 2000 feet offshore. Upon arrival, they descend a three-tier staircase lit with Italian chandeliers and surrounded by elaborate cabinetry and mirrors.
The décor of Subsix is themed around the reef setting, complete with chairs designed to look like anemones, capiz shells draped from the ceiling and chandeliers reminiscent of coral. Diners sit near large windows that allow them to feast their eyes on 90 coral reef species and a vast array of marine life as they feast on their cuisine inside. Regular sights include parrotfish, moray eels, grouper, butterflyfish, damselfish and a Hawksbill turtle.
This amazing video shows motorcycle daredevil Robbie Maddison, who once set a world record for the longest motorcycle jump, riding his bike out on the water like it is a surfboard.
My first thought was that he was riding a motorized surfboard rigged to look like a dirt bike.
That's a completely functional dirt bike. You can see that at the beginning of the video, during which Maddison rides the bike over land, right into the water. He's equipped it with outriggers that make it amphibious.
In this promotional video for DC Shoes, Maddison surfs his bike off the coast of Tahiti. Surfer magazine asked Maddison how he came up with this idea. He responded:
Well, I grew up surfing, and my wife is a big-time wakeboard champion, so every time we’re home in Australia we’re in boats, on the water, etc. I guess the idea originally came from—well I mean I’m obviously a motorcycle guy—but I was on the back of a boat and we were cruising along the river and I’m looking at the wake coming up the back, watching her wakeboard, and something clicked in my head. I fantasized putting skis on a bike and riding on water. It was a stupid vision at the time, but I kept toying with it, playing with designs and concepts, and eventually it became a reality.
Here’s the story of how two ordinary guys discovered an extraordinary cave and, vowing to protect it, kept it a secret for 14 years.
One Saturday in 1974, two young men affiliated with Southern Arizona Grotto, a spelunking, or “caving,” group based in Tuscon, Arizona, were out exploring, looking for new caves near the Whetsone Mountains. Randy Tufts and Gary Tenen traveled about an hour outside of Tucson, where they were roommates at the University of Arizona. As they often did, Tufts and Tenen carried only the minimum amount of caving equipment they needed: two miners’ hard hats with gas carbine lanterns affixed to the top, some rope, hammers and chisels, and snacks.
Tufts had been introduced to spelunking by an uncle, and on this day he wanted to explore an area he’d first seen seven years earlier, when he was still in high school. He recalled a large sinkhole with a narrow crack descending into bedrock. On a recent walk, he’d rediscovered the sinkhole and also noticed that the U-shaped hill next to the sinkhole had what appeared to be a collapsed cave entrance. He wondered whether there was something interesting under the hill.
Tufts and Tenen found the spot and lowered themselves into the 15-foot-deep sinkhole, a dry and dusty space with a skull and crossbones carved in one wall. They found footprints, a couple of broken stalactites (mineral formations, or “dripstones,” that hang like icicles from the ceiling of a cave), and a 10-inch-wide crack. But most important, they noticed a breeze moving through the crack— a moist, warm breeze that carried the smell of bats, a sure sign of an interesting cave.
Can you believe this place? The customer service at this Subway is so pathetic that they won't even look at a robber standing right in front of the staff, demanding money.
The inadequate customer service training came in handy a few days ago. A man walked into a Subway sandwich shop in Coventry, Rhode Island. He was wearing a plastic shopping bag over his face as a mask. He walked up to the counter and told the lackadaisical teenagers "working" there to hand over their money.
Kiango the baby giraffe was born on June 14, 2015 at The Fort Wayne Children's Zoo in Indiana. Staff members captured this sweet footage of Kiango dreaming giraffe calf dreams in his downtime. According to his zookeepers, adult giraffes typically sleep in a standing position, perhaps lying down briefly on occasion. Babies, however, generally do their sleeping lying down. Sweet dreams, Kiango. Via Fort Wayne Children's Zoo Facebook page
YouTube member dondrapersayswhat has worked his magic once again to bring us a supercut of movie characters singing a pop tune. I cannot imagine the work that goes into finding all these clips, much less stringing them together in proper sequence and rhythm.
They came together as the oddest quartet ever formed in the history of rock and roll, but when they let their voices unravel the rhapsody the entire galaxy came along for the ride. Even though Gordon and Xeno had a checkered past their musical talent made the universe cry for their forgiveness, and even those who lost a limb or a furry family member while fighting them in an intergalactic war loved their music. Their shows were extraterrestrial extravaganzas, until a Hutt took over as their manager and made ALF the star of the show...
Rock or rock not, there is no try with this Bohemian Aliens t-shirt by Burgernator covering your torso, it'll turn you into a funny force to be reckoned with!