Would you be interested in a thrill ride like this? It looks a bit like Jodie Foster’s space vehicle in the movie Contact. The new ride is called called Tourbillon, and it’s in operation in Switzerland. No word yet on whether riders end up traveling through a wormhole. I think I’ll pass, but that’s only because I pass on all thrill rides these days. Then again, if the wormhole thing works, you might be able to talk me into it. -via Geeks Are Sexy
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Photoshopped art pieces generally fall into two different categories- addition and subtraction. Either something is added to the original image or subtracted from it, which generally makes spotting a Photoshopped image quite easy.
But the digital artworks created by Jeff Chapman aren’t so easy to categorize, and the way Jeff creates these amazing looking images of iconic characters from pop culture is quite complicated.
Jeff uses various pieces from stock photographs, with some additional digital painting and visual effects, to create highly detailed images of strong and sexy pop culture superstars. Here's a glimpse into the making of this striking portrait of Elsa from Frozen:
Can you see it? It’s right there in the still image of the video. This ninja of the sea is almost upon you, but it remains hidden. And it’s not limited to water, I’ll bet. Right now, it could be sneaking up on you, even in the alleged safety of your home. It’s right there next to you!
"Mesa so popular" -Jar Jar Binks
Yes, that's right one intrepid editor took the initiative to correct the new Star Wars trailer so that every scene contains everyone's favorite character from the franchise -Jar Jar Binks. It's about darn time they resurrect ths beloved creature.
Last week, Rusty found some amazing 3D-looking floors that could seriously terrify certain guests. That charming flooring inspired us to look up some more interior designs that incorporate optical illusions and what we found was pretty much incredible. That's why we did a full round up of these impressive, mind-bending creations over on Homes and Hues.
From warping wallpaper to impossible-looking bookcases, these designs are sure to keep your guests on their toes while they wonder at the illusions hidden in your home.
Don't miss the full list at Homes and Hues: 10 Cool Home Design Illusions
Instructables member KH4 isn't sure whether he should call his invention the cross bladed axe or the crossed blade axe. He cut an axe blade in half, then welded those pieces to opposing sides of another axe blade. Now when he splits a log, it breaks into four pieces instead of just two:
There’s no argument that the MPAA ratings system for movies has wandered far afield of what was intended when it was first introduced in 1968. At the time, most movies were rated G and the whole family went to see them. Now, a G-rated movie is pretty much aimed at young children, and PG is almost there. The rating modern movies want is PG-13, the new rating introduced in 1984, so the lucrative teenage market can get into the theater and know they will see the the maximum adult content allowed for them.
Mark Hamill and Harrison Ford sit in the control room of the Millennium Falcon. Their destination, Alderaan, is nothing but radioactive debris. They’re not in costume nor on a proper set. They’re just sitting in chairs and convincingly performing a selection from an early draft of Episode IV. At the 4:01 mark, you can hear George Lucas voicing his approval. Obviously Hamill is the right man to save the galaxy and revive the Jedi Order.
This is a film by Jenny van Sommers using jellies made by Bompas & Parr.
“Jellies all have distinct personalities and everybody relates to a different one,” says van Sommers of the appeal of each delectable that marks her first foray into film. “The one on the bottom right is a bit of a shoe-gazer (like me). Then there's the super-extrovert on the top right-hand side. The orange jelly is the person who is always in a good mood. And the brown one is the person at the disco who is standing there and then suddenly gets a burst of energy and really goes for it, then gets embarrassed and stops dancing. He's a bit of a weirdo."
The song is “Let Go of Letting Go” by Social Skills. -via Everlasting Blort
Three-year-old Adam Wynne of Ireland is a snooker prodigy who can school just about anyone on the game. Adam started playing snooker (similar to pool) when he was one. The footage above shows him at three making practically every shot he attempts. This kid looks destined to be a championship winner. Via Elite Daily
Aniko Koleshnikova is an artist from Latvia. She can create amazing sculptures using polymer clay, which she shapes and colors into vibrant and enchanting depictions of animals, both real and fantastic. Koleshnikova often uses her skills to decorate the covers of personal journals. Each cover suggests that the inner life of the owner is a mysterious land of depth and complexity. You can see more of her work at Bored Panda.
The force is strong with this fourth day of May, and this year we have something amazing to look forward to in our fan future- a new sequel, aka episode VII!
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May the fourth is a special day
A day created by fans, for fans
A day when we celebrate our favorite sci-fi characters
And the war they wage among the stars of a long, long time ago
The first Mortal Kombat arcade game debuted in arcades back in 1992, when those who are considered senior citizens nowadays were full grown adults.
That means many of them don’t get the appeal of video games, much less a video game where you finish your opponent by ripping their spine out or tearing their still beating heart from their chest.
The latest entry in the series Mortal Kombat X features the goriest and most depraved fatalities yet, so what will elders who already don’t get the appeal of gaming think about this stepped up level of violence?
Surprisingly, some of them seem to really get into the gore in the latest video by REACT, and even though they couldn't pull off any fatalities their competitive natures make them call out for the blood of their opponents!
Batman has taken a dark and gritty turn over the years, evolving into the Dark Knight we all know (and many of us love) today, but even when he has a bad attitude Bats can be a bit of a goofball.
He often relies on his gadgets too much to truly call himself a superhero, and those gadgets are like the comic book equivalent of pulling a rabbit out of his cowl, in other words way too convenient.
Need a spray that keeps female super villains away? Batman's got a can full of Bat-Female-Villain-Repellant on his utility belt for just such an occasion:
Maybe he'll whip up a special kryptonite based spray formula for Supes in the upcoming film?
Like non-celebrities, famous men sometimes go bald. That's just a fact of life, but have you ever wondered how certain celebrities famous for their bald hairstyles would actually look with hair?
If so, you're in luck because Buzzfeed has exactly what you're looking for, complete with a fun sliding bar so you can compare how the celebrity really looks to how they would look with these Photoshopped locks.
Interestingly, some of the stars actually look a lot better bald, but I'll leave that up to you to decide which ones.
The 2013 Superman movie Man of Steel was in color, alright, but it was muted and dark, trying to emulate the look of The Dark Knight. But what works for Batman doesn’t necessarily work for Superman. VideoLab adjusted the colors to look more like the real world, which makes a real difference, don’t you think? At least its much easier for someone with less-than-optimal eyesight to follow. -via b3ta
YouTube member carsandwater continues to drop his Red Hot Ball of Nickel on random things to see what happens, this time on a large jawbreaker. He's found a volatile combination here. What you get is a volcano, complete with tremors, smoke, steam, and a lava flow of hot, sticky sugar! That’s going to be a mess to clean up. -via Viral Viral Videos
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Dan McPharlin, featured previously on Neatorama for his papercraft of miniature retro analog electronics, is back for the feature of his stunning collection of retro sci fi landscapes and album cover art. The Australian artist answered an interview question from Sci-fi-O-Rama about the visual style he most identified with the following:
"Surrealism has always been an influence and I suppose my work also draws heavily on what I consider the ‘golden age’ of sci-fi art. The artwork that is the most exciting to me was what I grew up with; lavish paperback covers, record sleeves and game boxes by Roger Dean, illustrated speculative fiction like the Terran Trade series, art books published by Dragon’s Dream, Paper Tiger (exactly the kind of thing you feature on Sci-fi-O-Rama in fact!) I remember a handful of tattered school library books that I would borrow over and over. I think there was one called Space Wars that I just kept re-borrowing for a whole year; my name was probably the only one on the library slip!
A lot of the newer genres I know very little about. While I find a lot of contemporary work technically impressive, I often have a hard time connecting to it emotionally. For me mood and atmosphere always trumps technical verisimilitude so thats what I try to bring to my work."
That retro surrealist quality is certainly evident in these striking artworks. Additionally, interviewer Kieran bonded with McPharlin over their heavy use of the Commodore Amiga back in the day. You can take the boy out of the retro...
See more pieces by McPharlin here as well as at his website.
Amrit Grewal is a wedding photographer in Vancouver. Working with a bridal gallery that specializes in Indian couture, he created scenes of 9 Disney princesses for South Asian Bride Magazine. The result is a beautiful mixture of Disney imagery and Indian styles. You can see more photos in the series at BuzzFeed, including pictures of Belle, Cinderella, Ariel, and Jasmine.
There are a lot of twists on Mario cosplay characters, but I totally love this great punk take on Princess Peach. She was one of a whole group of punk Super Mario characters cosplaying at Ichibancon. This lovely cosplayer is Amanda Finley and the photo is by Double Stomp Productions.
If this look seems a little familiar to you, it's probably not because you've seen a similar cosplay before, but because Nevermind the Blocks is a popular NeatoShop tee that we've featured on the main blog before.
Via Fashionably Geek
Photos: Jeffrey Vanhoutte
Is your coffee creamer so good it makes you wanna dance? Belgian photographer Jeffrey Vanhoutte shot these wonderful photos of an acrobat dancing in a cloud of milk powder in this ad campaign for FrieslandCampina Kievit's new creamer.
I made this campaign for Norvell Jefferson whose client is Dutch company Campina Friesland Kievit, makers of powdered milk. Based upon the agency’s concept, I formed the shoot together with the Creative Director. We used lighting from Broncolor -- “really fast flash duration so it could freeze the particles of the powder.” The model was a professional acrobatic dancer, and “the movement that she did and the powder together, we were all amazed that it was perfect from the start! First she had some powder in her hands and she put it in the air . . . every time the same movement, five or six or ten times, and then she was completely full of powder and had to start again. It was a messy process for the camera. We had to put plastic around the camera to protect it. It was one whole day from early morning until the evening to do this job and to clean up it took longer.
We now officially live in that far off future age presented by that most radical of 80s sci-fi flicks Back To The Future Part II, and yet the reality of 2015 looks a bit boring when compared to a future full of self tying Nikes and Mattel hoverboards.
Well, if you think our world is boring compared to the film wait 'til you get a load of the futuristic Hill Valley tech that didn’t make it into the film.
The film's "future consultant" Tim Flattery and concept artist Edward Eyth came up with all kinds of crazy cool gear, robotic technology and far out vehicles for possible use in the film, most of which stayed tucked away in Edward's sketchbooks.
Some of the concepts are a bit silly as you'd expect from the comedic tone of the film, but a Mobile Automated Hot Dog Vending Unit? Now that's just putting robo-technology to good use!
Children are born curious, and as soon as they discover that taboo subject called “sex” they can’t help but wonder why it is kept hidden from them and what it’s all about. However, they’re not always ready for the answers they receive, and when things get a bit too raw for young minds those curious kids get totally grossed out!
This extremely entertaining vid by Cut Video shows the raw reactions of kids being told about the birds and the bees for the first time by their parents, proving that curiosity will lead to the death of your childhood innocence every time!
-Via Dangerous Minds
I spent the last ten years of my radio career playing country music, and I have to say that this is a pretty good song. The problem is that it’s supposed to be six different songs, all released by different artists in 2012, 2013, and 2014. But once you start mashing them up, you see they are completely interchangeable. The songs are:
"Sure Be Cool If You Did"- Blake Shelton
"Drunk on You"- Luke Bryan
"Chillin' It"- Cole Swindell
"Close Your Eyes"- Parmalee
"This is How We Roll"- Florida Georgia Line
"Ready, Set, Roll"- Chase Rice
I swore off country music when I retired from the business, so I’m not familiar with any of them. But if I were, I’d be tempted to do exactly this. The mashup is from Gregory Todd, an aspiring songwriter in Nashville. I think he’s found the tune that will make him a success. -via Digg
While out on a snowy walk, a man with a camera is approached by a playful fox. The fox is probably looking for a handout, which he gets in the form of something resembling a Slim Jim. A good time was had by all. But wait a minute, where is this? This delightful little walk happened in Pripyat, Ukraine, which you might recall is the town where the Chernobyl nuclear power plant suffered a meltdown a few years back. Now we have to wonder what this fox would do to a Geiger counter. -via Tastefully Offensive
Batdog and Robin are, respectively, Crusoe the Celebrity Dachshund and some other dog. Really, who can keep track of the Robins? They die or retire so quickly. So let's focus on Batdog. In this 15-second adventure, Batdog and his partner catch and overpower a burglar. They're adorably menacing!
According to internet rumor, this strange looking antique car is actually a fire truck. It's a 1941 Horch 853 Sport Cabriolet purchased in November 1945 by a firefighting team in Brno, Czechoslovakia. Car modders altered it so that it could deliver 6 people and hoses quickly to the scene of a fire. You can read more at Strange Replay (content warning: main site NSFW). I have been unable to verify its claims independently.
-via Nag on the Lake
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