Inventor and crazy man Colin Furze has built himself a dual-rotor hovercraft out of two gas engines and a couple of fans. It has no seat, no steering, and no brakes, but it flies! Do I have to add that you shouldn’t try this at home?
Why doesn’t it have those things? They couldn’t add an ounce more weight, or it wouldn’t have been able to take off. You can see his plans in this video and some of the early tests in this one. -via Digg
A few different sets of photos taken in North Korea have been shared online lately, and these rare pics are shaping the way we see life in that mysterious country we know so little about.
And even though we're inclined to believe photos taken in North Korea will be full of horror and suffering the pics show a country functioning much like any other.
Pyongyang even has a metro system which Kim Jong-Un will occasionally talk about with pride, an underground railway which few foreigners have ever seen until Elliott Davies shared his photos online.
Elliott begins his photographic tour of the Pyongyang metro with this video showing what it's like to enter the station and ride the 110 meter long escalator down into the nuclear bunker/subway station.
A lamb born without fleece at a farm in Chilton Foliat in Wiltshire, UK, was rejected by his mother. It was just too odd. Farmhand Sally-Ann Fisher says they named the lamb Skippy because he looks like a kangaroo. He’s now being hand-raised by humans.
Ms Fisher, who farms with her partner near Ramsbury, said the lamb had been born 10 days ago but they were "not aware" that its lack of wool was a condition or a "health problem".
"He's just unlucky, but he's doing great," she said.
There’s a lot going on here. This is the Sink-Wall, a pivoting room divider (also called a “door”) made from 20 stainless steel kitchen sinks. Each sink also serves as a storage her display unit for books or other objects. Lot-ek Architects designed and built two of these units for Edizioni Press in Chelsea, New York City. The users no doubt learned that you can’t pivot a bookcase quickly, or you’ll have to pick up books from the floor. This is just one example of recycling odd castaways into new furniture. See more of them in the post Five Incredible Pieces of Furniture Made from Recycled Parts.
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It's funny to think that all we have to do to render something we see every day unrecognizable is zoom in real close to the object with a macro lens.
We're not used to seeing foods, toiletries and other things hanging around our house from a bug's point of view, but when you see that everyday object from way too close it becomes an awesome alien world.
Experimental artist Pyanek has been exploring the worlds we can only see with the help of a macro lens in his series Amazing Worlds Within Our World, see if you can guess which everyday items are featured in the video.
The rest of the gang were a bit hesitant about the merger, but Miss Piggy was really looking forward to linking up with the big D for one reason and one reason only- the opportunity to star in her favorite sci-fi movie series. She'd been doing Pigs In Space on the Muppet Show for years, but the premises were never about wars or powerful women with psychic powers so she felt like her acting abilities were being underused. But when Kermit came to her all worried about the new corporate merger Piggy got stars in her eyes and forced Kermit to sign the paperwork immediately!
Show the world the fleecy side of the SW universe with this The Pork Awakens t-shirt by Kenny Durkin, it's spicier than a kissing scene with Link Hogthrob and sure to earn you more than a few fans!
A group of Kansas City, Missouri, police officers found themselves stuck in an elevator. We can only speculate how long they sat there discussing their situation before they broke down and called emergency services. The Kansas City Fire Department responded, and couldn’t resist snapping a picture of the rescue. This picture will no doubt be on the wall of every firehouse in the midwest. If Kansas City puts out a fireman’s calendar, it will be on that, too. -via reddit
When pop culture characters become a part of our lives we wish they were real so we can hang out with them, knowing full well they'll never make the leap into our real 3D world.
But imagination is what brought these characters to life, so perhaps a bit of imaginative thinking is all it takes to bring them out of the land of 2D, well, that and a little digital image compositing.
A bunch of Russian artists have been contributing amazing composite images to a community page called 2D Among Us, and their creations are nothing short of spectacular.
Their shared images run the full gamut of fandom, including live action movies, video games and, of course, classic 2D animation, all of which looks right at home in the real world.
A desert fox only wants to devote his time looking for something to eat, like most wild creatures do, but this annoying young fennec fox kit named Nibbles wants to be buddies or something. What’s a fox to do?
Laura Keeble, a British artist, takes stained glass from old churches and turns it into everyday objects. This McDonald's Happy Meal becomes a symbol of the Eucharist titled The Glass Supper. In other pieces, memorial church glass becomes a security camera and a phone booth becomes a confessional.
Making your bed every morning is the most dumb, useless waste of five minutes ever created. You should stop right now because you’re wasting your time.
It’s one of the most annoying possible tasks out there—a chore with limited value that gets undone every single night. Unlike tying your shoes, making your bed doesn’t protect you or significantly improve your life. It’s an aesthetic task at best. Yet, for some reason, we as a society value this form of busywork way too freaking much. There are people who swear by folding their blanket over two sets of sheets, perfectly creasing the top sheet under the mattress, but I’m not one of those people. And by the end of this piece, I hope that you too will leave your comforter lumped in a pile on top of your bed, just as disorganized as you left it the night before. I’m like the Howard Beale of bedding over here.
Who Needs a Bed?
“I realize it might seem crazy for a thirty-year-old to exist without a bed, but I just can’t get myself to buy one; it never seems worth it, because all I would use it for is sleeping (and once I’m unconscious, what do I care where I’m lying?). I get by fine with my ‘Sleeping Machine,’ sort of a self-styled nest in the corner of my bedroom.”
— Author Chuck Klosterman, discussing his sleeping habits at the time of the writing of his breakout book Sex, Drugs, and Cocoa Puffs. Klosterman’s rebellious screed against sleeping in traditional beds came up in a section of the book where he highlighted the requirement that, in The Sims, the characters must own a bed. Klosterman eventually admitted that he changed his sleeping habits, telling a Redditor in a 2014 IAmA session, “I have a bed now. You can’t be married while still sleeping in a sleep machine.”
When gamers discover Easter Eggs hidden in their favorite video games they expect to find homages to pop culture, self referential jokes the game's developers put in for hardcore fans to find and perhaps a punny joke or two.
However, finding perverted Easter Eggs just doesn't seem possible in a game like Pokemon or Legend Of Zelda, you know, games that are almost always rated E for everyone.
But some game designers try sneak naughty stuff into any game they can, which is why they made young trainers battle the Pokemon equivalent of human genitalia in HeartGold And SoulSilver and included hippo boobs in the Japanese and European versions of LOZ: Link's Awakening.
Of course, including dirty content in a game rated T for teen doesn't make it any less wrong as Final Fantasy VII proved with a scene that finds Cloud stuck in a bathhouse dressed like a woman and surrounded by perverts.
My guess is that the bank is not going to get the money.
Sheila Henderson of Chicago Heights, Illinois recently examined the bank account of her mother, who died last month. Was there any money in it that she could use to pay for funeral expenses? No, not at all. In fact, the bank informed her, the account was greatly in arrears. ABC 7 News reports:
"Your checking account has a balance of $99,999,999,545.90," an automated message can be heard saying.
When Henderson heard that mind-boggling number Wednesday, she said she almost had a heart attack.
"I was in shocked. I couldn't even speak. I called it again," Henderson said. […]
"I called my brother to listen to it and the first thing he said, 'You have been hiding all this money from me. Why did you do this? Come on. Let's go.' I was like, 'No, it says it is a negative amount on it," Henderson said.
Chase Bank says that it is investigating the issue.
This dramatic video shows the angst and desperation of a helpless cat trapped in a hexagon taped to the floor. He cannot escape on his own, but needs a little help from a friend. Together, they create an opening in the infernal trap and allow escape. Yay! -via Boing Boing
You get the Hobie Mirage Eclipse. The premise for this product by the Hobie Cat Company (which makes watercraft, not cats) is that paddleboarding can be a vigorous form of exercise when users pedal stairs that flap fins on the bottom to provide locomotion. You steer it by squeezing handlebar-mounted levers, which control the rudder. It comes with an optional crate that straps onto the back end for storing snacks or fishing gear.
Unlike a conventional stairclimber, the Mirage Eclipse offers more adventure than a stationary device inside a gym.
He's the most incredible force for good on the planet, a diminutive looking man who can take down the biggest and baddest with but one punch. But ask him what kind of hero he is and he'll reply "An OK one" because he never gets the chance to really live out his heroic dreams. Life in City Z was boring before the creatures came in to tear the place down and destroy any semblance of normalcy, and somehow Saitama thought the boringness would end when the fighting began. He punched and prayed for an exciting new phase to come, but all the killing of kaiju with just one punch proved is that he's doomed to be bored with life until he dies....probably due to boredom...
Keep calm and bring home this OK Hero t-shirt by Yiannis, it's the understated way to show love for your new favorite anime series and might just make your life feel a bit more heroic.
You know what’s even more cold and heartless than the universe? Someone trying to correct you when you express your sadness and need. She could have just told him to quit whining. That way, he’d just be depressed and angry, instead of depressed, angry, and baffled. This is the latest from John McNamee at Pie Comic.
After pulling out the nail, the mechanic builds a fire in a can. Then he puts a piece of rubber beneath the can and mashes the can inside the tire with a clamp. The heat melts the rubber enough so that it seals the hole.
Now it's time to refill the tire. I'm not sure what the truck tire is for. Perhaps he's siphoning it for compressed air. In either event, he's able to refill the tire and get the van moving again.
In case you didn’t know, there’s a new Baywatch movie now in production, starring the Rock and Zac Efron. You might have seen some well-staged publicity stills, but Zac Efron posted an outtake as well. It seems he was messing up the less-to-more-clothing progression, and tripped while trying to quickly get in the right spot. I think the second picture would easily bring more people to the movie, but this scene probably didn’t end up in the movie this way. -via reddit
Recently, in the office, while passing by a co-worker, I held up my hand for the purpose of exchanging a high five. He ignored me and kept walking.
This was a dark and traumatic moment.
And it's one that I could have escaped if only I had Albert Cohen's patented apparatus for simulating a high five. It is made specifically for solitary people in need of some high five action. Cohen writes in his 1993 patent paperwork that his machine is designed for sporting events, but it's clearly applicable in all of the other many high five events that constitute the typical adult's day.
3D printing is slowly but surely being integrated into our tech heavy lives, and it's easy to imagine everyone having a 3D printer or three in their homes to help them do all sorts of fun and useful stuff.
But before the 3D printer can become like every other printer in our home we should take a few minutes to learn how they work with this fun demonstration video by ElectroBOOM engineer Mehdi Sadaghdar.
The 1979 movie Alien launched a franchise that now has five movies and another on the way, and that’s not even counting the two Alien vs. Predator movies. Why so many sequels? Because the second movie, Aliens, was so good that it rivaled, or even eclipsed, the first one. James Cameron directed the 1986 sequel, which brought back Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley, who has to battle the xenomorph once again. None of the later movies could compare. Let’s learn what went on behind the scenes of Aliens.
1. CONAN THE DESTROYER HELPED IT GET MADE.
The movie, not the guy. Based on the strength of his script for The Terminator (then in pre-production), James Cameron was approached by 20th Century Fox to write an Alien sequel. But the outline he came up with for Alien II got a lukewarm reaction at Fox, and the idea was put on hold for the time being. Then, as luck would have it, the start date for The Terminator was pushed back nine months so that Arnold Schwarzenegger could make Conan the Destroyer, the sequel to his 1982 hit (in which Conan had been merely a Barbarian). This extra three-quarters of a year gave Cameron time to write three-quarters of a full screenplay for Alien II, not just an outline. (He also co-wrote Rambo: First Blood Part II during this time, by the way.) The Fox bosses liked what they read. Cameron was told that if The Terminator proved successful, he could write and direct the Alien sequel.
6. THE SET WHERE THE ALIEN NEST IS FOUND SHOWED UP IN TIM BURTON’S BATMAN.
It was a defunct power station, called Acton Lane, and it had the right atmosphere for Aliens. It later appeared as Axis Chemicals, which is where Jack Napier falls into some acid and becomes Joker-fied in 1989's Batman. Parts of the alien hive were still there when Burton and his crew came in, which must have freaked them out a little.
The Bomb consists of the uncooked (or at least partially uncooked) pizza ingredients inside a bubble of dough. The server pours oil over the top and lights it on fire. The dough burns. When the fire goes out, the server cuts open the bubble with a pair of scissors and slices the bottom half.
Cities are looking for ways to make themselves cleaner, greener, and more sustainable. So cities here and there are trying out pilot projects and even have permanent installations that other cities should seriously look at, like installing solar panels in places you wouldn’t think of otherwise.
Cycling is a popular hobby in the Netherlands. As such several companies combined forces for the installation of bike pathways that can collect harvest solar power to go back into the grid. The project consists of concrete panels topped with glass; there are silicon solar cells between the glass and concrete designed to trap energy of over fifty kilowatts annually per square meter. Although it doesn’t appear to be much, eventually the paths could cover over a hundred and thirty seven kilometers of the pathway.
Other projects include solar-powered markets that can set up anywhere, architectural designs that employ passive cooling and water collection, wind farms, and capturing storm water. Read about all of them at Housely.
Here's Peter Yarrow of the 60s folk group Peter, Paul, and Mary. What does he want? The answer is blowing in the wind, my friend: he wants you to get a colonoscopy. His was a very positive experience, for his "colon took first prize," as he recounts in this funny song.
Tea is the most popular beverage in the world -besides water. It sure is at my house! My husband goes through about a gallon of sweet tea a day, and I drink hot tea all afternoon and evening after one pot of coffee these days. It’s like that all over the world. Brew some leaves, have a nice drink. Or, if you're in the US, make it hot to brew it, put ice in to make it cold, then put in sugar to make it sweet, and lemon to make it sour -while the rest of the world shakes their heads. John Green gives us a lot more trivia about tea in the latest episode of the mental_floss List Show.
It should have been the easiest quest of Link's life, but something about the Shadow Temple was spooky, and we're not just talking about its name. Link was forever volunteering for jobs others made mad rupees to complete, and he still hadn't learned that it's a good idea to ask what the job entails before you take it. Still, five nights in a dark and spooky temple for a few heart containers wasn't a bad gig, that is, until the statues started coming to life and stalking Link the guard like a feral predator stalks its prey...
Tell a different kind of video game inspired legend with this Five Nights At Shadow Temple t-shirt by Guiganoide, it's sure to scare up smiles from your fellow Legend of Zelda fanatics!