” A former fighter pilot and Guinness record holder – known as ‘Jetman’ – has performed a new stunt, taking over the skies of the United Arab Emirates. High-flying Swiss national Yves Rossy teamed up with Dubai, flying above the wealth of its land.
” To fly alone is great, but to fly with another guy is greater,” Rossy, who is equipped with a pair of jet-propelled wings, said in a new 4K video, before taking part in a formation flight with Hungarian aerobatics champion Veres Zoltan, conquering the heights in cloudless Dubai.
Rossy and his futuristic jet suit have partnered with Dubai to push yet higher boundaries within the realm of anti-gravity experiences.
Naming his challenge a “culmination of decades of fulfilling a childhood dream through technological innovation, determination, teamwork and courage,” the ex-Swiss Air Force pilot took to the skies of the UAE, celebrating its 43rd National Day, as both he and Sheikh Hamdan – the Crown Prince of Dubai – announced on social media.”
” A rare weather phenomenon at the Grand Canyon had visitors looking out on a sea of thick clouds just below the rim.
The total cloud inversion is expected to hang inside the canyon throughout Thursday.”
” Cory Mottice of the National Weather Service says the weather event happens about once every several years, though the landmark was treated to one last year.
The fog that has been shrouding parts of northern Arizona is courtesy of recent rains. Mottice says the fog is able to stick around and built up in the Grand Canyon overnight when there is no wind.”
” The world’s most expensive photo depicts Arizona’s Antelope Canyon, near Page on the Navajo Reservation.
Landscape Photographer Peter Lik sold his print, titled “Phantom,” for $6.5 million to a private collector in November.
The black-and-white photo depicts an underground cavern inside Arizona’s Antelope Canyon, a slot canyon formed as rainwater eroded the stone into narrow passageways.
The canyon, first opened to the public in 1997, attracts photographers and sightseers to marvel at its uniquely smooth, flowing corridors and arches, Navajo Nation parks officials said.”
” A quick analysis of English dialects shows that there are roughly as many in the British Isles as there are in the whole of North America – including Canada, Bermuda and Native American dialects. The same categorization would, in North America, result in there being about one dialect per 10m people; in the British Isles there would be one for every 1.3m. Britain is highly peculiar in its linguistic variation, and the cultural contours associated with these differences make a small country feel large.
First impressions of unearned features, such as accents, still have an impact on success, in employment, social life and elsewhere. New YouGov research looks at public opinion towards 12 of the main accents of the British Isles, revealing clear winners and losers, at least in terms of what is seen as attractive.
The Birmingham accent, more specifically ‘Brummie’, has lost the battle of appeal. In net terms it scores -53, 20 points below than the second-lowest: ‘Scouse’, the accent of Liverpool, on -33. “
Published on Dec 9, 2014
” Cool gift wrapping hack from Takashimaya Department Store in Japan.”
For those viewers who would prefer to see the method from a more relaxed perspective , BuzzFeed offers screenshot gifs of the wrapping process , step by step .
” Winding down the week with some feel-good stuff: How does making music make you “FEEL?” Look at all these people of different ages, races and cultures getting down and getting emotional about music being made … with just the sounds of humans.”
Published on Dec 1, 2014
” Duff Goldman creates the yule log chocolate tree stump, a visually stunning dessert inspired by the Holiday Baking Championship.
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” We hope you’ll enjoy and share our best video yet as we honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for this nation. Let’s make it a Christmas to remember — and to never forget that our freedom comes at a very high price.
A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this song will be donated to Operation 300 which hosts adventure camps for the children of our fallen heroes. Thank you to all who have served.
Madison Rising: Music With Meaning. “
Published on Dec 2, 2014
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” They say everything’s bigger in America. Bigger, maybe, but not biggest — at least when it comes to Christmas lights. That superlative belongs to Australian lawyer David Richards, who recently assembled a holiday light display featuring more than 1.2 million bulbs at a shopping mall in Canberra.
Richards didn’t hang the entire installation himself; he had plenty of volunteers. The massive Christmas light display was assembled as a way to raise money for SIDS and Kids ACT (Australian Capital Territory), a local charity offering sudden infant death syndrome counseling and support services.
Though visitors to the display will be welcomed free of charge through the New Year, donations will be encouraged. The lights will be powered using electricity donated from a local energy company.
Richards is no stranger to outdoing the competition when it comes to holiday decorations. Last year, he set the Guinness World Record for largest residential Christmas light display, outfitting his house and yard with more than half a million bulbs.
This year, Richards took his talents to a commercial space. “I couldn’t do it again to my neighbours or my family,” he told The Guardian. “
Published on Nov 24, 2014
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At a massive 45 metres high, the world’s biggest Christmas tree lights up in Dortmund, Germany. Report by Sarah Kerr. “
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30 candy corn candies, plus 6 white tips of candy corn
6 chocolate sandwich cookies
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” A 9.75-carat fancy vivid blue diamond from the collection of Mrs. Paul Mellon sold for more than $32.6 million, shattering its high estimate of $15 million at Sotheby’s New York Thursday. The price set a world auction record for any blue diamond; and at more than $3.3 million per carat, it set a world auction record for price-per-carat for any diamond.
The pear-shaped diamond was sought after by seven bidders who competed for 20 minutes for the gem, Sotheby’s said. It ultimately sold to a Hong Kong private collector who named it “The Zoe Diamond.”
“ From the moment I saw this diamond, I knew that it would be one of the most important stones that I will ever have the privilege of presenting at auction,” said Gary Schuler, head of Sotheby’s Jewelry Department in New York. “Mrs Mellon’s diamond absolutely deserves the place in the record books that it achieved tonight.” “
” A California sand artist’s 39-foot-tall sandcastle on a Brazilian beach is being considered for a world record by Guinness officials.
Guinness World Records adjudicators traveled to the Niteroi, Brazil, beach to examine the detailed castle built by Rusty Croft, a sand artist and co-owner of California-based Sand Guys, which has created sculptures for companies including Google and Facebook.
The castle was built using 20 truckloads of sand and was sponsored by Caterpillar Inc. Archie Lionce of Caterpillar said a decision from Guinness is expected within days.
The current Guinness World Record holder for largest sandcastle is Ed Jarrett, who constructed a 37-foot, 10-inch castle in Farmington, Conn., in 2011. “
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” Cinematographers and geeks alike already use DJI drones to shoot some pretty epic aerial photography. Those airborne images and video are about to get a lot better with the company’s newest quadcopter, the Inspire 1, which has a built-in 4k camera. The sleek, streamlined black-and-white drone transforms in mid-air into a V design by lifting its carbon-fiber arms above the camera assembly, allowing the user to shoot unobstructed video in any direction.
The on-board camera can capture 4K video at 24, 25, and 30 fps, and 1080p video at 24, 25, 30, 50, and 60 fps. The Inspire 1 can snap 12-megapixel stills with its 94-degree wide-angle lens — the camera itself rotates a full 360 degrees and can tilt down 125 degrees. It’s also detachable, meaning you can upgrade the camera when a new version comes along.
” We see this as the perfect combination of the Phantom and Spreading Wings series, being able to take off at the touch of a button while simultaneously giving users fine control of the images they capture,” says Frank Wang, DJI CEO and co-founder.
DJI says the drone can fly stable and steady even in strong winds or navigate the indoors without GPS. Inspire 1 uses an optical flow camera that maintains a stereoscopic image of the ground, which helps to prevent it from drifting while you’re trying to record video. “
A beautifully engineered creation , if a little on the pricey side .
Read more at Popular Mechanics
” This fall, at the model air show in Grenchen, Switzerland, the first-ever remote-controlled model of the Airbus A400M debuted in an impressive 3-minute test flight. The detailing and control shown on this model military plane are super impressive. Aviation fans and military geeks, you have got to check this one out!
The action opens as a couple of pit crew members wheel the model Airbus out on the airstrip for its 6th ever flight. The plane looks just as big as the two guys, which might make you wonder how effective it is really going to be in the air. What does it take for a plane that large to be piloted effectively by a remote control?”
” The whir of the plane’s engine is audible over the announcer’s chatter as the plane begins to taxi down the runway. Around the 0:38 mark, the plane lifts off. It curves up and to the right, looping around the air space with grace.”
Read more at The Blanket