It's got dinosaur attacks, kung fu Nazis, robotic transforming arcade cabinets, primitive video games, and beautiful women dressed in animal skins. Therefore it is perfect.
David Hasselhoff's new music video "True Survivor" takes the form of an action movie in which our hero confidently takes on the world. The special effects and combat scenes are gloriously over-the-top. It's precisely what you would hope for from The Hoff--the man who made the 1980s so 1980s-ish.
You've had a long day. But the house is a mess, so it's time to get to work. Eventually, you promise yourself, the work will be done. There will be a last dish. Then you can pop a beer and watch Daredevil.
But there's always one more dish. Oh, you think that you've found the last one? You're wrong.
The investment company Arton Capital created a world passport index. It shows the covers of what appears to be every legally recognized passport in the world, from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. You can sort them by location, alphabetical order, or color.
The site also includes a ranking of passports by “power.” This means the number of countries that a passport permits a bearer to travel to without special authorization. The United States and United Kingdom rest at the top with 147. The bottom tier is a tie between South Sudan, the Solomon Islands, the Palestinian territories, Sao Tome and Principe, and Myanmar at 28.
All pets need exercise, so it's prudent that this man takes his African spurred tortoise out on walks through the streets of Tokyo. There's little concrete information about the pair, but Rocket News 24 informs us that they've been spotted and photographed through the Tsukishima and Ginza neighborhoods. The tortoise sometimes wears a cute dress, but is always, sadly, off-leash.
Although the rule has not always been enforced, in general, Jedi aren't supposed to be married. They're supposed to live celibate lives of contemplation and service. This came as dismal news to 7-year old Colin Gilpatric. He wants to become a Jedi, but he'd also like to get married and have kids.
So Colin wrote to George Lucas and asked him to alter the Star Wars universe so that Jedi can get married. Lucas responded:
Today, US Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas was attending a meeting of the Senate Finance Committee. The committee was addressing a weighty issue of trade policy, but Sen. Roberts just wanted to "Let It Go."
His phone rang. The ringtone revealed his love for the Disney movie Frozen. But the Senator's spokeswoman insists that he selected it for his grandchildren.
If you're a parent, you're familiar with this challenge: children outgrow shoes very quickly. That can become a serious problem for whole communities that are too poor to afford to replace children's shoes often. That's why Kenton Lee invented The Shoe That Grows.
It's a sandal that comes with snaps in the front, back, and sides. It can expand to 5 shoe sizes. The shoes comes in small and large varieties, so two pairs of shoes can meet a child's footwear needs from the ages of 5 to 15.
Because International, the charity which distributes these shoes, has a motto: practical compassion. It appears that they've found a way to exercise precisely that.
Etsy seller David Mueller of Leipzig, Germany designs and builds furniture that looks like it belongs in Tim Burton's classic film The Nightmare before Christmas. The pieces, such as this bookshelf made to look like a bat cave, are built with birch plywood. They're perfect for an offbeat home. You can see more pieces here, including mirrors, cabinets, and coat racks.
George Takei played Lt. Hikaru Sulu on the original Star Trek television series. He recently sat down with Neil deGrasse Tyson, a celebrity physicist and host of the Star Talk radio show. In their conversation, Takei described his audition for Star Trek and meeting Gene Roddenberry, the creator of the show, for the first time. He shares a funny story about how he responded when Roddenberry mispronounced his name.
Robotic hands need to be able to securely grasp and move objects with different shapes without breaking them. Festo, a German automation and controls company, has developed a new type of device to do so. The FlexShapeGripper has a silicone cap on the tip that can be sucked in or released. It's inspired by the amazing natural grappling capacity of a chameleon's tongue.
This video shows the FlexShapeGripper in action, picking up objects of different sizes and shapes, including glasses, car keys, and ball bearings. Festo envisions it as useful for industrial robots that can be used for different tasks without requiring complex mechanical alterations.
Jenn of Epbot attended MegaCon this past weekend in Orlando. There, she spotted these great cosplayers who mixed two gems from the 60s: Star Trek and Gilligan's Island. The three hour tour has turned into a five year mission for the Skipper, Gilligan, and Ginger. They've equipped themselves appropriately with the boat's radio as a tricorder, a clamshell communicator, and bamboo phasers. You can see more of Jenn's cosplay photos here.
The 1997 hit song "Barbie Girl" by Aqua imagined life inside the Barbie universe, complete with plastic houses and endless parties. That's pretty much life in the Russian Army, as these troops testify. They march to the steady cadence of the old pop song, singing:
I'm a Barbie girl, in a Barbie world Life in plastic, it's fantastic. You can brush my hair, undress me everywhere. Imagination, life is your creation. Come on Barbie, let's go party!
This is great! It's easy to get trapped in an airport for a few hours longer than you anticipated. You could read a book on your mobile device. But if you're bored of that, then you can go to a Dungeons & Dragons stand. A professional Dungeon Master (this is a career that exists) would have pre-generated characters and quick, one-shot adventures ready.
It's the perfect way to kill time. It's fun, interactive, and interpersonal. I suspect that during peak hours, a large airport would have plenty of bored gamers looking for a role-playing game and willing to pay for it.
The Scarlet Knight is the mascot of Rutgers University in New Jersey. The red-plated knight rides a horse at college football games. Lord Nelson, a horse that carried that knight for many years, passed away on Sunday at the age of 42.
Lord Nelson began his career as a police horse, joining the mounted unit of the university police in 1978. After many years on patrol duty there, he began to carry the Scarlet Knight at football games. At a 1994 football game against West Point, Lord Nelson broke loose and dashed across the field. A referee penalized him for unsportsmanlike conduct. This is the only time that a horse has received such a dishonor.
Marie Hunt of Spring Green, Wisconsin was supposed to graduate from high school in 1928. But she had to drop out of school after the eighth grade in order to take care of her younger siblings. Later, she worked as a store clerk, a childcare provider, and owned a business with her husband.
In 1892, Lord Frederick Stanley, the 16th Earl of Derby, donated a great silver cup the best hockey team in Canada. It has been ever since a treasured prize in that sport. But the shortsighted Lord Stanley did not anticipate that future generations of hockey fans would look toward trophies as a food source.
Bruce Thomson is an industrial design professor at Humber College in Toronto. He assigned his senior students to design a distinctively Canadian car. Dimitri Timtchenko responded with not a poutine-fueled truck, but a snowmobile. In Canada’s far north, people of the First Nations often depend on snowmobiles for daily transportation. Those who are confined to wheelchairs are largely out of luck. So Timtchenko designed a snowmobile that is wheelchair-accessible. Jalopnik quotes him:
"I just started brainstorming about how recreational vehicles could be useful in some way, and it trickled down to the fact in the Arctic regions, the Inuit there just can't function if they're in a wheelchair."
"What usually happens is you're sent down to a warmer village—you just can't live up there. So I wanted to design a vehicle to allow these people to function within these villages."
Texas-style barbecue is, of course, the finest in the world. The best of this emerges from my father-in-law’s backyard pit.
But other barbecue methods, with the exception of Memphis-style, are edible, if not enjoyable. Among them is the asado style of the southern cone of South America. Barbecue dinners in this style, When on Earth informs us:
. . . consist of embutidos (chorizos, black puddings, and the like) and varieties of meat grilled over charcoal made of native trees. The meat cooked for asado is not marinated but only salted.
Margaret Seabrook is 75. Eileen Mason is 92. They live in Swindon, Wiltshire, UK. Both of them use mobility scooters. The two ladies were returning home from a lunch club meeting when a mugger tried to grab Seabrook’s possessions in the basket of her scooter.
Ms. Mason said, “Oh, no you don’t,” throttled her mobility scooter, and rammed the mugger as hard as she could. The Daily Telegraph reports what happened next:
The would-be thief was knocked to the ground before the great-grandmothers, both of Swindon, Wiltshire, sped off. […]
"Something in me just told me to turn so I squeezed the accelerator and turned and he went flying. He was so evil looking. We go to the lunch club every week on our scooters and nothing like this has ever happened before.
"We went through the war and all the bombings. We won't let a weasel like that hold us back. I would stand up for myself again if I needed to, but hopefully I won't need to. We will carry on as normal though - he hasn't put us off."
Once, dogs lived in peace. They slept at the feet of their humans, ate from the tables of humans, and enjoyed belly rubs on demand. It was a golden age for all canine kind.
But then the robots came: bizarre things that flew in the air, hovering menacingly over dogs. They were not normal featheries. No, these creatures were not alive like you and I. But still they moved as though they were.
In 1957, the United States began secretly developing a new type of aircraft. This was the Atomic Age, when nuclear energy seemed to offer unlimited energy in numerous ways. Nuclear reactors provide enormous potential, which is why America put them into submarines and aircraft carriers at this time. It seemed only reasonable to apply this power to aircraft.
Scientists envisioned the Supersonic Low Altitude Missile as a drone that would travel at 2,500 miles per hour over the Earth, dropping multiple hydrogen bombs over the Soviet Union. It would not need to refuel, as conventional aircraft do.
The US had already experimented with putting a nuclear reactor inside a modified B-36 bomber. But the shielding necessary to protect the crew from radiation created weight problems. So developers went in a different direction: a nuclear-powered drone aircraft. Steve Weintz writes for Medium:
While the nuclear aircraft program wrestled with complicated plumbing and tons of shielding, the SLAM project dispensed with the crew and pursued a simple but scary idea—the nuclear ramjet.
A ramjet is a jet engine that moves so fast, the air entering its combustion chamber becomes hot and dense enough to ignite fuel. The resulting explosion of hot gas pushes the ramjet—and its attached vehicle—to supersonic or even hypersonic speeds.
Though simple in design, a ramjet is tough to build and operate. Rockets and conventional turbojet engines must first accelerate a ramjet-powered aircraft fast enough before the ramjet can kick in. Ramjets also require special materials to resist intense heat and pressure. And they gulp fuel like a drag racer.
But if made small, light and tough enough, a nuclear reactor could solve the fuel consumption problem and give a ramjet-powered vehicle enormous range.
It's a great idea. Unless, of course, the nuclear reactor explodes:
Suppose the guidance system failed and a missile roared over friendly territory? If the range-safety officer destroyed it in flight, you still had a supersonic nuclear mess on your hands.
Even if the missile worked as designed, it also violated the recently-signed Atmospheric Test Ban Treaty. An open-cycle engine like the nuclear ramjet exhales radioactive air and dust-sized bits of nuclear fuel as it roars along, and no technology available then or now could clean it up.
Though one scientist who worked on the project described it as "like zany science fiction," the nuclear ramjet soon became obsolete. New intercontinental ballistic missiles could accurately deliver their payloads within minutes--a much shorter period of time than the nuclear ramjet drone offer.
YouTube user TexasGirly1979 has a rabbit, a Pit Bull, and a baby. They're the best of friends, despite the bunny's naughty thievery. At the 1:13 mark in the video below, the bunny steals a cracker from the baby. The baby gets another cracker. And the bunny does it again!
The wife of Zhu Qinghua, a rice farmer in Jiangxi, China, has kidney stones. She has already lost one kidney, so it is imperative to keep the other one healthy.
Her doctor said that she should stand on her head periodically in order to dislodge the stones. To make that easier, Zhu designed and built this bed, which holds a patient at different angles. It has a driving wheel from a tractor which vibrates the bed as his wife lies in it. This is supposed to shake the kidney stones loose.
Zhu has patented his invention and hopes to soon begin mass producing it.
Trevor Hotchkiss of Litchfield, Connecticut wished to go to the prom with Aziza Radwan. Naturally, he needed a cow to make his request. Thankfully, he had one at home. He placed the cow in a trailer and brought it to the Wamogo Regional High School. There, in the parking lot, he presented his inscribed cow to Radwan, who agreed to go to the prom with him.
The twelve-wired bird-of-paradise is a bird in New Guinea. The male is noted for having twelve wire-like filaments on his hindquarters. The male waves his wiry rear at females of his species in an effort to attract their attention. It is a successful technique.
Remy Munasifi, who recently sang about hummus, and Josh Sundquist, a cosplayer who makes clever use of his one leg, do not have successful techniques for attracting females of their species. So they have attempted adopt that of the twelve-wired bird-of-paradise as their own. They attached 12 wire ties to their bottoms and went out into the world in search of girlfriends. This video is their chronicle of the adventure.
We all know someone like Ingrown Toenail. The best that you can hope for is that he’ll just stay still and not break anything. But that never happens. Then you have to spend the rest of the day fixing his mess.
Pictured above are Bob Steel and John Barnitt of mouldCAM, a boat building company in Bristol, Rhode Island. They are standing next to the two halves of what will be the largest surfboard in the world.
It will be 42 feet long and 11 feet wide. It will be able to hold up to 62 people at the same time. To secure a world record, the board will have to hold those 62 people on a wave for at least 10 seconds.
Barnitt and Steel plan to complete their board and take out on the water at Huntington Beach, California—AKA “Surf City”—in June.
Cheese balls are more than just a breakfast food or a dessert topping. Nick Chipman of DudeFoods proves that they can make a great pizza crust, too! He made a pizza with themas a base by using a large amount of cheese (the ideal quantity of cheese on any occasion is always a variation of the word “large”) to link the cheese balls together.
This is Adrian Alarcon, a photographer and art director in Sao Paulo, Brazil. One of his recent projects is called the Fifty Fifty Selfie Barber Shop. For it, he grew a beard for 4 months. Then he shaved off half of it. Now he fills in that vacant space with other objects, such as toy bugs, popcorn, and puzzle pieces. You can see more photos at his Instagram page.