Category: Cool Stuff


Watch A Semi-Truck’s World-Record Jump Over A Lotus F1 Car

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Wanna see a world-record stunt? Something crazy and mind-blowing and death-defying? How does a tractor-trailer breaking the Guinness World Record for jump length tickle you? Oh, and for good measure, a Lotus Formula 1 car. Yeah, that’ll do.

  So here’s the setup: Mike Ryan, the guy who can race a big rig up Pikes Peak or drift it around a racetrack as if he was driving a normal-size car, designed the stunt and is the wheelman in the truck. Martin Ivanov pilots the F1 car. Both guys have extensive experience as stunt drivers in various Bond, Bourne, and Fast and Furious movies. In other words: these are very experienced professionals, so definitely don’t try this at home. “

 

Car & Driver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bunny Mellon’s Blue Diamond Sells For More Than $32.6 Million, Sets Two World Auction Records

 

 

 

 

 

 

” 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.” “

 

Forbes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The 21 Best Android Apps You Should Download Right Now

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Whether you’re a smartphone novice or a master of custom ROMs, these are the apps that every Android user needs to check out. “

Popular Mechanics has them all 

Group Of Birds Fly Simultaneously Away

 

 

 

 

A Novel Tree Swing From Unilad

 

 

 

Start your weekend with a smile … 

Amazing Timelapse Video Tour Of UK Airspace

 

 

 

 

Published on Nov 19, 2014

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This timelapse video of flights in and out of the UK provided by National Air Traffic Services shows just how busy the skies above the country are during an average 24 hour period.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2016 Ford Mustang Shelby GT350 Debuts With Flat-Crank V-8 And MagneRide Shocks!

 

 

 

 

 

” The GT350 is back, baby. The last factory Ford Mustang to wear the vaunted badge disappeared nearly a half-century ago; based on the Mustang GT, it was a street-legal track weapon produced in partnership with Carroll Shelby. Ol’ Shel may now be gone, but the ties between his name and Ford’s pony car are as strong as ever. And the new GT350, which picks up where the original GT350 and the 2013 Boss 302 left off, may be the best-ever example of the breed.”

 

 

 

 

” The outgoing GT500, the most recent Mustang with a Shelby badge, was all about violent, face-flattening velocity, teaming 662 bombastic, supercharged horses with a solid rear axle. Ford’s newest Shelby takes an entirely different approach. For starters, it’s based on the latest “S550” Mustang chassis, which packs a fully independent rear suspension. The GT350 builds on that with Ford’s first suspension with magnetorheological dampers, unique bodywork that’s shaped for aerodynamics first and everything else second, and a naturally aspirated 5.2-liter V-8 with a flat-plane crankshaft. It’s a thoroughly modern pony built for racetracks with apexes instead of those with burnout boxes. (Ford isn’t abandoning that niche, however, as a new GT500 is in the works.) “

 

Car & Driver

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

39-Foot Sandcastle In Brazil May Be World Record

 

 

 

 

 

 

” 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. “

 

Thanks to UPI Odd News

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

DJI’s New Inspire 1 Quadcopter Lifts Its Arms To Shoot Stunning 4K Video

 

 

 

 

 

 

” 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The RC Airbus A400M Is The King Of Fully Functional Scaled Military Aircraft

 

 

 

 

” 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?”

 

 

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” 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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Atlas Robot Tries To Do The Karate Kid “Crane” Stance

 

 

 

 

 

” If robots of the future start trying to become our new overlords, we could probably trace it back to this day. Well, sort of. Florida Institute for Human and Machine Cognition (IMHC) is teaching its Atlas robot a few kickass moves. Or at least is trying to. The latest stunt this humanoid contraption is trying to pull off is that iconic stance from 1984′s Karate Kid, popularly known as “The Crane”. But while it seems to have its arm movements down to a T, it still needs a lot of work on its legs.

  OK, the Atlas won’t be kicking enemies, humans or robots, any time soon. Flapping your arms up and down is relatively easy. Jumping from a single foot to the other is easier said than done, especially for a robot that weighs 150 kg, almost thrice as much as Daniel-san back in the days. But smooth karate moves isn’t actually the point of this exercise, but more about the extremely difficult task of keeping a robot of that weight and mass balanced on one foot a top a few concrete blocks, with its arms moving around. And yes, at least one of its legs does try to make a kick. “

 

Slash Gear

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The First Photograph Of A Human Being

 

 

 

 

 

 

” This picture, the earliest known photograph to include a recognizable human form, was taken in Paris, France, in 1838 by Louis Daguerre. The human in question is standing in the bottom-left of the photograph, on the pavement by the curve in the road.  He is having his boots shined.  

  The exposure time for the image was around seven minutes, and although the street would have been busy with traffic and pedestrians, it appears deserted. Everything moving was too fast to register on the plate.

  The exception is the man at the lower-left who sat still long enough to appear in the photograph. The person cleaning his boots is also visible, although not as distinctly.

  It has been speculated that instead of a shoeshine boy, the man stood at a a pump. However, comparison with another image taken by Daguerre of the same spot at noon reveals boxes used to hold brushes and polishes.

  Like every Daguerreotype — the first publicly announced photographic process, and named after Daguerre — the photograph was a mirror image.  Here is the image reversed back to show the view as Daguerre saw it: “

 

Mashable

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Device Detects Nearby Cops, Officers Not Happy With Product

 

 

 

 

 

 

” A new car device called “Target Blu Eye,” developed and sold by the Dutch company Target Automotive, advertises the ability to warn drivers of nearby police officers, and cops are upset about this.

  The device is marketed as a way to warn drivers of nearby emergency vehicles which have not turned on their emergency lights or sirens, signalling their proximity to the driver.

  Blu Eye works by monitoring frequencies used by various emergency vehicles, including ambulances, firetrucks, and police cars, and then alerts the driver to the presence of such vehicles.  According to the Free Thought Project, the monitor also works when radars and other equipment used by police even when the equipment is turned off.  Even a turned off police radio on a foot-patrol is reportedly detected by the device.

  Dan Bizley, chief engineer for Blu Eye, said, though it warns people of nearby emergency vehicles, it cannot distinguish between the type of emergency vehicle.  “As it does not distinguish between a police car, ambulance or fire engine responding to an emergency,” said Bizley, “this particular device is sadly just as likely to be bought by a minority of motorists who wish to evade being caught behaving illegally.”

  Because Blu Eye does not distinguish or  interfere with the signals and frequencies used by emergency vehicles, there is no legal precedent to make the device illegal, at least in parts of Europe where the device is sold.”

 

Ben Swann

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The World Just Got A New, Entirely 3D-Printed Metal Gun

 

 

 

” Just under a year ago, Solid Concepts gave the world its very first look at what a 3D-printed metal gun could do. And to everyone’s surprise, the thing actually worked. Now, the metal 3D-printing firm have put out the 1911′s fancier successor—complete with Declaration of Independence inscription and all.”

” The original 1911 made waves when Solid Concepts released a video in which they successfully fired the pet project over 50 times. And this newest offering, dubbed the Reason, looks a hell of a lot more solid.”

   Here is a video from Solid Concepts that explains the manufacturing process used in the fabrication of the “Reason” and a wide array of other goods:

” More than anything, the added detail and inscriptions are a testament to how far the company’s sintering tech has come. Using a technique called direct metal laser sintering, Solid Concepts is able to 3D print the gun by melting metal powder with a laser. In other words, these things take far more know-how than the plastic versions that came before them. “

   … and here is a video of the predecessor of the “Reason” , Solid Concept’s , and the world’s , first all-metal 3D printed gun , the DMLS 1911 being test fired .

Read more at Gizmodo and here , here and here . Bring it on .

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      Watch these amazing illusions performed by Indian magician Kannan Thrissur on the Turkish TV program , Oye! It’s Friday .

Someone Strapped A GoPro Camera To A Whiskey Bottle At A Wedding, And The Result Is Magical

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Look, if #EBOLA is going to make the leap from “thing everyone is freaking out about” to “thing everyone is freaking out about for good reason,” it needs to find a new method of transportation. Something with more scope than sterile hospital rooms and guarded medical workers. Something like… a bottle of delicious Fireball Cinnamon Whisky at a wedding. “

 

Uproxx

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grande-Bretagne : Les Stratégies de la Publicité

 

 

 

 

   Not being a French speaker I cannot tell you much about this video except that the stunts pulled here are absolutely “incroyable” . I don’t know what they’re selling but their method is certainly memorable … The elevator scenes will take your breath away … LOL

Watch it and enjoy … 

What Would Be Your Top Rank In A Militia?

 

 

What Rank Militia

 

 

” Find Out How Far Your Mental & Physical Capabilities Would Take You In A Militia.”

 

 

 

 

What Warrior Are You?

 

What Warrior Are You

 

 

” What warrior from history are you?”

 

 

    Take these two fun quizzes from PlayBuzz to see where you stand with your inner warrior … We received a “General” ranking in the militia and a ‘spec ops” MOS in the warrior version . LOL … It’s all in good fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Brought To You By The Commemorative Air Force Minnesota Wing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

” We mounted a GoPro camera to the gun barrels on our top gun turret.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Creepy Clown Sightings Go Nationwide

 

 

 

 

 

 

” The rash of creepy clown sightings in California appears to have spread nationwide, with reported en-clown-ters in Florida, Indiana and New Mexico.

  The Wasco Clown, a California photography project by a husband-and-wife team who said they wish to remain anonymous, appears to have inspired copycats that have been photographed and videotaped in Albuquerque, N.M.; Fishers, Ind.; and Jacksonville, Fla.”

 

 

 

 

 

 

” Jacksonville residents said people dressed in creepy clown costumes have been appearing in security camera footage. One recording shows a clown walking up to a resident’s porch, tearing apart a pumpkin and staring directly into the camera before walking away.”

 

UPI 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot

 

 

 

 

Published on Oct 6, 2014

” The Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot is by far the biggest, baddest and boldest celebration of machine guns in America. Here’s a sweeping look at the events.

For more, check out We The People Book by Ben Philippi here:https://www.facebook.com/wethepeoplebook

And for more gun news and reviews, check out http://www.guns.com “

Knob Creek Machine Gun Shoot October 2014

 

 

Machine Gun Action at Knob Creek

 

 

KNOB CREEK GUN RANGE MACHINE GUN SHOOT 10/11/14

 

 

 

Courtesy Of BBC News

 

 

 

 

 

 

Published on Oct 14, 2014

” A group of American base jumpers in Kuala Lumpur have launched themselves off one skyscraper to land at a pool party on the top of another. One at a time, the extreme sports enthusiasts jumped off the 330m-high Kuala Lumpur tower and parachuted towards a nearby skyscraper rooftop. The daredevils landed in the pool where they were met by cheers from fellow extreme sports enthusiasts.
John Van Horne, who filmed the stunt, spoke to the BBC’s Rico Hizon. “

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Barefoot Waterskiing Behind A Plane With Chicks In Bikinis – This Video Is The Best Thing You’ll Watch Today!

 

 

 

” Barefoot waterskiing is a pretty impressive feat in itself. Add a plane into the mix and have the riders popping press-ups with one foot holding onto the tow line, and you’ve got a vid that’s enough to blow skurfing’ fan Kelly Slater‘s socks off.

It’s pretty much as close to walking on water as you’re going to get without being Jesus.”

Fisherman’s Heaven: Viking Yacht’s 92′ Enclosed Bridge

 

 

The new Viking 92 EB

 

 

 

 

” There have been countless milestones in the 50 plus year history of the Viking Yacht Company, and among them is the launch of the new flagship, our 92 Enclosed Bridge Convertible. Beyond its impeccable style and thunderous performance, the largest Viking afloat today is truly the sum of its numbers.”

 

 

The new Viking 92 EB

 

 

 

” 6 spacious staterooms, each with a separate head and shower including a full-beam master suite “

 

 

The new Viking 92 EB

 

 

 

” 37 the overall length in feet of the enclosed bridge, which is longer than the first all fiberglass boat Viking built in 1971, the 33 Convertible

55 the length in feet of the Rupp outriggers

81 ft. 10 in.  waterline length

93 ft. 3 in.  length overall

238 square feet of the cockpit “
Learn all about this awesome fishing machine at Viking Yachts
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