When it comes to photo opportunities, being at the right place and time is more important than the kind of camera you have. These people (Spider-Man in particular) seem to be having a little too much fun with statues and were captured at the perfect angle to make it appear as if the statue is attacking them. One a related note, did you know that The Lion man from the Swabian Alps in Germany is the oldest known statue in the world? It dates back to 30,000-40,000 years ago. Continue reading for more.
Yes, engineers have already devised an extremely simple machine that can make better versions of itself. To be more specific, Reaper on DamnInteresting.com says it's "a processor which can 're-carve' its communication pathways on-the-fly was given random arrangements and charged with executing a program that identified tones, and the most successful arrangements were combined over and over until a nearly 100% success rate was achieved." Continue reading for more fascinating facts.
California Civil Code Section 1749.5 makes it illegal to sell a gift certificate that contains an expiration date. Any gift certificate sold after Jan. 1, 1997 is redeemable in cash for its cash value, or subject to replacement with a new gift certificate at no cost to the purchaser or holder, and any gift certificate with a cash value of $10 or less is redeemable in cash for its cash value. On a related note, did you know that the first gift card using a payments infrastructure was introduced by Blockbuster Entertainment in the fall of 1994 in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida? Blockbuster gift cards replaced gift certificates that were being counterfeited with recently introduced color copiers and color printers. This was later followed by a card by Neiman Marcus, and the Mobil gas card which initially offered prepaid phone value provided by MCI. Continue reading for more useful tips.
Let's face it, finding an honest seller on Craigslist isn't the easiest of tasks, and sometimes, you'll have people who are out to purely waste your time. For example, this person posted a "wanted" ad on Craigslist to score a multi-disc changer, but ended up with much more of a headache than he bargained for. As you can see, the seller had no intention of off-loading his device, or at least in one piece. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the ultimate nail gun weapon for the zombie apocalypse.
Here's another look at Bagger 288, built by the German company Krupp, for the energy and mining firm Rheinbraun. This bucket-wheel excavator or mobile strip mining machine (removing overburden prior to coal mining) is currently the world's largest land vehicle, superseding NASA's Crawler-Transporter, which was used to carry the Space Shuttle and Apollo Saturn V launch vehicle. It measures 311 feet (95 meters) tall, 705 feet (215 meters) long and weighs 45,500 tons. It took approximately five years to design and manufacture and another five years to assemble. It's capable of excavating 240,000 tons of coal or 240,000 cubic metres of overburden daily. Continue reading for more interesting images.
There are some people who should probably stay offline, and the person above, is one of them. On a side note, did you know that prior to Facebook's homepage redesign back in 2007, the front page used to feature a mystery man's face that was partly obscured behind a cloud of binary code? Well, the "Facebook guy," was actually a manipulated photo of Al Pacino created by a friend and classmate of Mark Zuckerberg. Continue reading for more.
Both Facebook and Instagram went down Tuesday for unknown reasons, with the former saying it's working on fixing the issue: "Sorry, something went wrong. We're working on it and we'll get it fixed as soon as we can." Users across the US as well as countries in Asia and Europe reported that they were unable to log on to the website and mobile apps. The anonymous hacker group, called "Lizard Squad", apparently has taken responsibility for the downtime. They were the ones who brought down the Malaysian Airlines website, along with Xbox Live and PSN on Christmas Day. Continue reading to see some of the Tweets abut this Facebook outage.
Even before the free burrito promotion started, social media was already chattering about the 1-day-only (Jan. 26) sofritas deal Chipotle is offering. The fast food chain first introduced Sofritas - the chain's vegan, braised tofu option - early in 2013, but it really hasn't taken off, until now. For those who've never tried braised tofu, think of it as tasting like scrambled eggs. Promo page. If you're on the west coast, order online now to skip the lines, since many locations are open until 10pm. Continue reading for a video review and how to get one if your local store has run out of sofritas
Philippe Ramette of Auxerre, France, is a conceptual artist known best for his series of gravity-defying images. He partnered with his photographer, Marc Domage, to come up with an ingenious solution to make the impossible poses you see, possible, and without the use of Photoshop. Simply put, there's a a support hidden inside his clothing and securely anchored into whatever they were shooting on. Continue reading for more interesting images that look digitally-altered, but aren't.
Apple, Amazon and Google all have products named after the classical elements: "Air", "Fire", and "Earth" respectively. Wouldn't it make sense for Microsoft to come out with something named "Water"? Whether it be a next-generation portable gaming system based on the Xbox or a super light laptop, this might be just what Microsoft needs to become popular in the gadget / computing world again - besides the recently announced HoloLens. Continue reading for more funny and geeky shower thoughts that actually make sense.