LEGO sets are nothing new, but sometimes, you're left with a bunch of a extra pieces. Before throwing them out, or selling the lot, consider turning at least a few of the pieces into functional key holders. All you'll need is: a base plate, selection of bricks / plates, adhesive putty or pads, a spirit level, and keys on a keyring or chain. Continue reading for more creative ways to use everyday things. Click here for a few bonus life hacks.
Hollow Spy Coins are designed to hold items such as miniSD cards, or other sensitive information, and look exactly like real currency. These are exact replicas of the real spy coins that CIA and KGB agents used during the Cold War, including matching the "real" weight. Once closed, they are absolutely indistinguishable from regular coins to the naked eye, and can be handled normally without any chance of an accidental opening. A special device is supplied with each covert coin, without which it's next to impossible to open up the coin. Get them here now. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video showing why shark cages are a lie.
Following up on the original Hoonicorn, based on a 1965 Ford Mustang RTR powered by an 845 horsepower V8 engine, Ken Block reveals Hoonicorn V2. "We got approval for a new video concept using the Hoonicorn, but I needed more power for what I needed it to do. So, I developed the concept for the general idea of what I wanted - two turbos sticking out the hood - and handed that over to my team. They came back with a functional way to make that happen and added methanol to get the setup to produce the power that I wanted. We ended up with 1,400 horsepower! Ha, so they may have over delivered a bit - and I'm happy about that," said Block. Continue reading for a video of Gymkhana 7 and more pictures.
LEGO sets exist for just about anything you can imagine, including a real-life figurine. Created by designers Simon Higby and Clara Prior, with the help of Danish design company MOEF, 3D scanning was used to replicate a hair style found on a real minifig, but in larger dimensions. "Every fifth hour a child sustains a serious head injury while riding a bike, and research revealed that 44% of children do not wear a helmet. the final product, painted in the same color as the original hair, creates a clearly recognizable wearable that children would voluntary use," said its creators. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the new Rogue One trailer with an appearance by none other than Darth Vader.
Using the Star Wars logo is bad enough, but one Chinese toy company decided to create fantasy names for all of the characters, starting with Anakin Skywalker as "Little Girl". "We acquired this stock in a bulk lot, and as a big Star Wars fan myself I had high hopes for these figures, especially considering how popular they are with children and collectors alike. The first disappointment came when we realized they were exclusively Episode One characters, as this is arguably the weakest of the six films. The second disappointment came when we realized that these were very unconvincing fakes," said Mr Baxter's company, Poole-based Wholesale Clearance UK Ltd, who received boxes of these bootleg toys. Continue reading for more.
At first, this may appear to be a Wild West movie set, but it's actually "Western Village", a now closed theme park in Nikko, a city about 70 miles north of the capital Tokyo. Abandoned since 2007, and unfortunately demolished, the buildings seemingly belong in Westworld, a horror film where robots have taken over a theme park. It originally opened in the 1970s, and as recent as 1995, the owners added a new $25-million expansion section, which included a giant Mount Rushmore replica. That's not all, the developers even imported a church from California, piece by piece. Continue reading for two more videos, pictures and information. Click here for a few bonus images.
Finally, after years of anticipation, a few lucky consumers who headed to the Nike+ Clubhouse located on 45 Grand in SoHo, NYC, were able to try these futuristic shoes on. No technical details on the self-lacing technology have been revealed, but you do hear a representative say that embedded sensors detect when your feet are placed inside the shoes. "We started creating something for fiction and we turned it into fact, inventing a new technology that will benefit all athletes," said President and CEO of Nike Mark Parker. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of Disney's one-legged hopping robot.
Nara Dreamland, inspired by Disneyland in California, was a popular theme park near Nara, Japan, when it first opened in 1961. Unfortunately, on August 29, 2006, the theme park closed permanently because of low visitor numbers, possibly due to the popularity of Universal Studios Japan, which opened in nearby Osaka, and it's been abandoned ever since. Continue reading for five cool facts you probably didn't know about Nara Dreamland. Click here for a few more bonus images of the abandoned theme park.
First class suites sound nice, but air travel has come a long way since the 1950s - 1970s, and some even consider this period the Golden Age. With commercial flights being a new market, airlines struggled to top each other by offering the fanciest of meals, such as TWA's "full meal" to be served in-flight: soup, meat, salad, vegetables and dessert, complete with real glassware as well as a main lobster entree. Flying was so rare that passengers were given postcards during boarding with pictures of the plane or in-flight meal, to show their loved ones what the experience was like. "The tradition at the time was that you would use your in-flight time to write people you knew on the ground, describing your flight," said historian Guillaume de Syon. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery.
Terrariums are basically sealable glass containers that can be opened for maintenance and to access the plants inside. Texas-based artist Lauren has created Pokeball versions of these sealable glass containers, complete with Pokemon toy characters inside them. "Sorry if they are all sold out - I cant can't keep up with the demand. I sell out instantly right after uploading them," said Lauren. Continue reading to see more. Click here for a few bonus Pokeball terrariums.