Have we learned nothing from Spider-Man? When humanity’s knowledge outstrips its wisdom, we end up with superheroes or supervillains, both of which are trouble. Move the spider farm someplace else. Here, there’s a vacant lot next to the old chemical weapons dump. That'll be fine.
This is not the actual sandwich. This corned beef sandwich sealed in acrylic is a memorial to a particular incident on the Gemini 3 spaceflight. 50 years ago this past Monday, pilot John Young snuck a corned beef sandwich onto the spacecraft, which was then launched into Earth orbit. This was contraband, but Young as a practical joker.
This joke, though, was a bad idea. When he bit into the sandwich, Young learned something important: corned beef sandwiches fall apart easily--especially in zero gravity. Crumbs floated around the cabin. It got him into trouble. Discovery reports:
"A couple of congressmen became upset, thinking that, by smuggling in the sandwich and eating part of it, Gus and I had ignored the actual space food that we were up there to evaluate, costing the country millions of dollars," Young wrote in his 2012 memoirs, "Forever Young."
Nonetheless, Young got to claim the title of having eaten the first corned beef sandwich in space. He also got to eat corned beef in space again when he commanded the first Space Shuttle mission in 1981. This time, he ate it in the form of cubes.
The previous record was held by the Soviet Union's lunar rover Lunokhod 2, which traveled 23 miles in 1973.
Opportunity landed on Mars on January 25, 2004. It's spent the past 4 years crossing the 14-mile wide Endeavour crater. NASA planned to use it for at least 3 months. Despite breakdowns, Opportunity continues to explore Mars and relay data back to Earth.
Redditor Mneneon has a birthmark covering his entire right hand. In a brilliant and beautiful use of it, Mneneon added geographical lines to turn it into an entire fictional world. He toys with the idea of using it to build a world for a fantasy novel, but doesn't see himself as a writer. That hasn't stopped other redditors from coming up with story ideas, such as this one by the appropriately named that_gave_me_an_idea:
The Ford Motor Company’s European division has developed a system that monitors changes in speed limits as you drive. When a driver activates the Intelligent Speed Limiter on his car, he chooses a maximum speed. When the car exceeds that limit, it alerts the driver.
It also scans the road for speed limit signs. When it determines that the car is going over the speed limit in a particular area, it alerts the driver and stops accelerating. It doesn’t apply the brakes—it just takes its virtual foot off the gas. A driver can override the limiter by pressing on the gas pedal.
Tumblr user fatpeoplemakemehappy points out that “the one on the bottom right is trying real hard to be a good cupcake.” Good for him! He gets extra treats. The one in the center back, though, will need extra frosting when he’s done.
Munich, a city in southern Germany, is a few hundred miles from the sea. But it’s a great place to go surfing. That’s because a fast-moving river offers ideal conditions for wave riding. The Eisbach, a 2-km channel of the Isar River, has been used by surfers since the 1970s. It’s been legal since only 2010, so the local surfers had to be discreet. They also have to use boards that are optimal for river surfing. A 2013 report from the BBC explained:
HuskMitNavn (which apparently means “Remember My Name” in Danish) is an artist in Copenhagen. He does a lot of professional mind-bending, optical illusion art. But some of his most amusing works are common doodles on pieces of paper that he carefully folds, rolls, or tears to add to the story.
The odds of the live birth of 4 calves in one pregnancy are 1 in 11.2 million. It’s extremely rare, but it happened to Dora Rumsey-Barling, the owner of these 4 calves in rural northeastern Texas. She’s named them Eeny, Meeny, Miny, and Moo. They’re three bulls and one heifer. It’s such a rare event that Rumsey-Barling will have DNA tests taken on all four calves to prove that they’re quadruplets.
The mother cow can’t nurse all four calves, so Moo is staying with her while the three other calves are spending time with other caretakers.
The band OK Go is noted for its extraordinarilyelaboratemusicvideos that demonstrate fantastic creativity and precision. The people who makes these videos are true masters of the medium.
So when they turned to producing a commercial for a Chinese furniture store, they brought those skills into a furniture ad. Like a good horror movie, you can’t tell what is up and what is down; what is real and what is fake.
If I consistently needed a mad scientist in my employment, I’d go for Princess Bubblegum. She’s smart, resourceful, multidisciplinary, and reasonably ethical. But as Sanjay Kulkarni pointed out, most “mad scientists” are actually just mad engineers.
This is Jaspreet Singh Kalra, 15, from Ludhiana, Punjab, India. They call him Rubber Man. He can rotate his head 180⁰, his arms 360⁰, and can dislocate both of his shoulders—then put them back into place! His body really does appear to be made of rubber because he can contort it into seemingly inhuman positions.
Jaspreet has been studying yoga since a young age. When he as 11, his family noticed that he seemed unusually talented. Jaspreet is so good that he thinks that he has a shot at the Guinness World Record title of the most flexible person in the world, which is currently held by Daniel Browning Smith.
Charoset is a mixture of fruit, wine, and spices. It’s a traditional part of the Seder meal eaten during Passover. The American ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s makes ice cream that is flavored like it. It's kosher, too! The company is rolling it out for this year’s Passover, which begins on April 3.
De Bever Architects designed this bathroom for a home in Eindoven, The Netherlands. When viewed from a distance, the tilework on the bathroom walls turns into the hide of a giraffe. Anything that suggests an African safari is, of course, ideal for a visit to the toilet.
It looks like a snake unhinging its jaw to eat something that is just too big. But, yes, that’s a military cargo plane inside another military cargo plane. It’s the fuselage of a C-130 from the Rhode Island National Guard being fitted inside the belly of a C-5 Galaxy from the New York Air National Guard. The Rhode Islanders, no longer needing the C-130, offered it to the New Yorkers—provided that they could transport it. With careful planning and special equipment that they built, the loadmasters were able to slide the C-130 inside. The 109th Air Wing Public Affairs unit describes the effort:
The most challenging part of the process Sergeant Preece faced was obtaining a certification letter from Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He needed to prove that transporting the C-130 would be possible.
"I explained to them about the hydraulic unit we installed to lower the nose gear to prove that we could raise the mains and deflate the struts to get it to sit low enough," he said. "And then we had to build a shoring kit which was monstrous.
Building the shoring kit took about three weeks, and Tech. Sgt. Brian Irvin, another 139th AS loadmaster, helped figure out how they would build the kit.
"I would estimate that the entire shoring kit weighs about 22,000 pounds," Sergeant Irvin said. "The shoring kit angles and how we stepped it up was a lot of math and mental work. We had to get the fuselage approaching the C-5 at approximately the same angle as the C-5 floor. With such small clearance, if you're going in off-angle it's not going to work. It had to be very precise. We got copies of the flight manuals of the C-5 and we built the shoring kit to match that."
Sergeant Preece received the OK from Wright-Pat and all the hard work and preparation was finally tested Sept. 8 when the crew went down to Rhode Island to load the training fuselage.
"It went very smoothly loading the plane," Sergeant Preece said. "They gave us an eight-hour timeframe, and I think we did the whole thing in four hours."
"There was a lot of planning, I think we did a very good job anticipating as much as we could possibly ahead of time," Sergeant Irvin said. "Any time you are loading something that big with a couple inches to spare in clearance, there are going to be things you didn't think of.
It's called Fantasia. It looks like a human-sized dollhouse that fits into a single slot in a parking lot in the seaside town of Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK. You can find it on Google Street View here. A local travel information website says Fantasia has a kitchen, a bedroom, and a bathroom.
LEGO is fun--until you step on one barefoot. It's a deeply painful experience felt by anyone who has been a parent. Your kids' LEGO will try to kill you one day. Why are they so painful? Sonali Kohli of Quartz explains:
The sharp corners also exacerbate the pain, New York University physics professor Tycho Sleator tells Quartz via email. Pressure is equal to the amount of force divided by the area to which that force is applied, he explains. “When you step on something with a sharp corner, the force from the corner is concentrated over a very small region of your foot. This would result in a very high pressure on that small region of your foot.”
That also means that Lego encounters probably hurt you more than they do your lighter-weight kid, because the surface of the Lego matches the amount of pressure bearing down on it. When walking, that isn’t just the pressure of gravity: Movement multiplies your standing weight. For example, you might be exerting pressure of up to twice your body weight with each step just by walking, and running produces pressure of up to nine times your weight.
Feadship is a Dutch yachtbuilding company. It recently sent this massive ship out of its shipyard. At 333 feet long, Symphony is the largest yacht Feadship has ever built. Here it is traveling down the Gouwe canal, which crosses over the A12 road from Arnhem to The Hague.
Beth Jackson Klosterboer has a great food craft that takes advantage of the natural shape of hard boiled chicken eggs when sliced vertically. I had never thought of it before, but now I won't be able to look at one without seeing tiny rabbit paw prints.
For these Easter-themed eggs, Klosterboer made a paste consisting of the boiled egg yolks, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, and pink food coloring. She pressed the paste through a fine sieve to give it a smooth texture. Finally, Klosterboer used a plastic bag as a pastry bag to squirt the paste into just the right shapes for adorable bunny feet.
Erika Zorzi and Matteo Sangalli of Matherly Studio call it the Josie Chair. They take their inspiration from the 1999 romantic comedy movie Never Been Kissed. The main character of that film, Josie Geller, had a terrible high school experience. She was socially ostracized, had no friends, and was always sitting alone at parties. Sitting in a solitary chair was a symbol of defeat.
Zorzi and Sangalli wanted sitting down to instead be a celebratory and victorious act. So they built this beechwood chair. The seat is held up in the back by strings. Sitting down pulls the strings out of pressurized confetti containers, which then spray up over the sitter.
Asia Ford of Louisville, Kentucky has always struggled with her weight. At her heaviest, she weighed 474 pounds. When her then-husband lost a limb to diabetes, she knew that she had take action to avoid a similar fate. So she began exercising vigorously and losing weight. To motivate herself, Ford set a goal: she would complete the Rodes City Run, a 10-kilometer race that was held yesterday.
Even though she had lost an impressive 217 pounds, the race was a great struggle for her. Thankfully, her son Terrance and a police officer that Ford describes as her "angel" intervened to encourage her. Wave 3 News reports:
"He was like my angel," said Ford. "He came at the moment I really needed him."
Ford said Lt. Gregory shared stories of his mother and her struggle with diabetes. Step after step, Ford realized Lt. Gregory had kept her mind off the pain - and on the goal. Hand in hand, Asia, Lt. Gregory and Asia's son Terrance crossed the finish line.
"Watching her cross the finish line," said Lt. Gregory, "I felt it all over. it was great moment and I'm glad she let me be a part of it."
Asia's son Terrance calls her a hero.
"Looking at her and how she used to be, it's inspirational and makes me push harder to do the things I want to do in life," said Terrance.
Hand in hand, the three crossed the finish line together.
Sybille Paulsen, an artist in Berlin, calls her project Tangible Truths. Cancer patients often lose their hair as a result of chemotherapy. Rather than surrendering their hair through gradual loss, Paulsen gives them a different way to wear their hair. Locks of hair become woven pieces of jewelry that patients can wear even after recovery. Pictured above is Mary Beth, her first client in the project and now a friend, wearing her hair as a necklace.
C-SPAN, the American cable television network that broadcasts government events and holds political discussions, hosts the show Washington Journal. This show invites viewers to call in and share their opinions. One recurring caller, known only as "Jack Strickland," uses the opportunity to play pranks. On Tuesday, Strickland called in and, in a serious tone, read from the lyrics of the opening song to the sitcom The Fresh Prince of Bel Air.
Chocolate Easter Bunnies are traditionally hollow. This is to teach children at an early age how to be disappointed with life. But Amy of the food blog Oh, Bite It! discovered another purpose: a decapitated chocolate bunny can serve as a cup!
In a step-by-step tutorial, Amy shows you how to saw off the heads of chocolate bunnies, then convert them into completely edible jello shots. She used strawberry Jell-o, vodka, sprinkles, and whipped cream. Once assembled, re-attach the top of the rabbit's skull and serve.
These mesmerizing beauties are called Big Poppa Tart donuts. They're the latest creation of Santiago Campa, the owner of the Donut Bar, a small donut shop chain in southern California. Each of the Big Poppa Tart donuts has a whole Pop-Tart stuffed inside. It's 2 inches tall and weighs about 1 pound. ABC7 describes how Campa developed it:
Campa says his son helped him come up with the idea of using Pop Tarts.
"I laughed for about ten seconds and then I said, 'Well, actually you might be on to something,'" Campa said.
That was six months ago. Since then, the "Poppa Tart Donut" has become popular through social media. What was supposed to be a one week special is now permanently on the menu.
"It tastes like heaven," says Orange County resident Andrew Biggins after trying the doughnut for the first time. "It's like a Pop Tart on steroids."
The store also sells a second flavor that uses S'mores Pop Tarts. It has a huge toasted homemade marshmallow on top and is dipped in fudge chocolate.