You haven't experienced a water slide, until you've tried SkyCaliber, set to open next year. According to Adrian Duke, CEO of Avalanche Waterslides Inc,, who manufactured the ride: "It is a 100ft tower, the rider is launched from 90ft down a completely vertical free fall that leads into a 30 foot tall vertical loop. It reaches speeds over 50 miles per hour and over 5Gs." Continue reading for the video and more information.
GoPro fans rejoice! Now here's something else you can do with the action cam, fly it into Hang Son Doong on a DJI Phantom 2 Drone. As of 2009, it's the biggest known cave in the world, and is located near the Laos-Vietnam border. Inside is a large, fast-flowing underground river, formed in Carboniferous / Permian limestone. The whistling sound of wind and roar of a fiery stream in the cave heard through the entrance as well as the steep descent prevented the local people from entering the cave. Only in 2009 did the cave become internationally known after a group of scientists from the British Cave Research Association, led by Howard and Deb Limbert, conducted a survey in Phong Nha-Ke Bang from April 10-14, 2009.
Aogashima is a volcanic Japanese island that some consider the real-life Jurassic Park, in the Philippine Sea. It's administered by Tokyo and located approximately 222-miles south of Tokyo and 40-miles south of Hachijo-jima. In addition to being a potential dinosaur theme park, it would be a great hideout if a zombie apocalypse should ever occur, as it's the southernmost and most isolated inhabited island of the Izu archipelago. Continue reading for more.
Solar Impulse 2 is attempting to fly around the world powered entirely by solar energy. It successfully took off yesterday from Abu Dhabi, and is piloted by the project co-founders Andre Borschberg, along with Bertrand Piccard. This ultra-lightweight aircraft (5,070-pounds) will cover 12 stops across the globe to illustrate the power of renewable energy and green technology, over the next five months. On the technical side, the plane boasts 17,000 solar cells that, when paired with the on-board batteries, allow it to fly day and night. If all goes as planned, Solar Impulse 2 will land in India, Myanmar, and China, before crossing the Pacific Ocean to make appearances in three US cities. Click here to view the first image in today's viral picture gallery. Continue reading to see the five most popular viral videos of today including "Superhero Soccer".
Many museums do not want visitors taking pictures near the exhibits either for preservation reasons, or just so people don't start blocking the walkways. Art In Island museum in Manila, Philippines, encourages visitors to take pictures and even interact with the artwork. The museum's secretary, Blyth Cambaya, says: "Art paintings are not complete if you are not with them, if you don't take pictures with them." Continue reading for a video and more pictures.
In 1964, Aussie javelin thrower Reg Spiers visited Great Britain to recover from an injury that interrupted his athletics career. When he realized he would not make the 1964 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, he decided to work at a local airport to earn some money to fly home. Unfortunately, things went downhill from there...Click here to view the first image in this week's WINS gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of baby otters reacting to the return of their favorite trainer.
People flock to Maho Beach in Saint Martin for up-close encounters with airplanes. This particular jet might have gotten a little too close as it approached Princess Juliana International Airport. If you're wondering why aircraft are forced to land so close to the beach, it's to touch down near the start of the short Runway 10, which is 2,300 meters in length. Continue reading for more crazy and dangerous airports.
Takhini Hot Springs, located in Canada's Yukon territory, is known for its annual International Hair Freezing Contest, held every year during the month of February. To have a shot at the $150 prize, entrants are required to dunk their heads in the 40° C hot springs, wait a few seconds for the -30° C air to freeze their hair, take a snapshot, and then post to their Facebook page. Milena Georgeault (above) and her friends were this year's winners. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.
Teton Gravity Research, a company that specializes in aerial cinema, has released the first ultra HD footage of the Himalayas above 20,000-feet, captured with GSS's C520 system, the world's most advanced gyro-stabilized camera system. It was filmed a helicopter crew flying in from Kathmandu at 4,600-feet climbing to 24,000-feet on supplemental oxygen. As you are about to see, these shots are some of the most stable, crisp, clear aerial views of the mountains shot yet - including Mt. Everest, Ama Dablam, and Lhotse. Continue reading for the clip.
Fury 325 is claimed to be the "world's tallest & fastest giga coaster (a roller-coaster with a height or drop ranging from 300 ft to 399 ft and completes a full circuit). Manufactured by Bolliger & Mabillard, it reaches a maximum height of 325 feet (99 m), and throughout the 3-minute, 25-second ride, riders will reach speeds up to 95 miles per hour (153 km/h), go through high-speed curves, and pass over and under the park's main entrance. Continue reading for a video and more information.