Cognitive scientist Donald Hoffman believes that our reality is just an illusion being generated in real-time, similar to The Matrix, but far more complex. "Neuroscientists tell us that they are creating, in real time, all the shapes, objects, colors, and motions that we see. It feels like we're just taking a snapshot of this room the way it is, but in fact, we're constructing everything that we see. We don't construct the whole world at once. We construct what we need in the moment," said Hoffman during a TED Talk. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Alexander Stupkin, a 30-year-old auto enthusiast from Odessa, Ukraine, spent two years transforming a 2003 Mitsubishi Eclipse into a Lamborghini Reventon replica. He's always been a fan of supercars, and with the help of friends as well as family, his dream of owning one became true, sort of. It may not look exactly alike, nor perform similarly, but at the very least, the kit car has taken home some local car show awards. Continue reading to see a Lamborghini Reventon replica limousine.
You've probably seen the films, but did you know that Buzz Lightyear's name was inspired by Apollo 11 astronaut Buzz Aldrin, the second person to walk on the Moon? That's right, Aldrin acknowledged the tribute when he pulled a Buzz Lightyear doll out during a speech at NASA, to rapturous cheers. However, he did not receive any endorsement fees for the use of his first name. His creator, John Lasseter, is said he wanted to create an action figure in the line of G.I. Joe for Toy Story and decided upon a spaceman figure, attributing the design to Apollo astronaut's clear helmets, skullcaps, communication devices and white suits. Continue reading for more images showing what cartoon characters would look like in real-life. Click here for a few bonus characters.
At first glance, this may look like a theme park attraction, but it's just the futuristic "Modern Pyramid House" by architect Juan Carlos Ramos. In front, a sliding panel opens up to reveal the garage, while large glass panes envelope the first level, flooding the dining area and living room with natural light. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
This is not a horror movie, just pictures from The Land of Oz, a now-defunct amusement park located in the resort town of Beech Mountain, North Carolina, USA. Grover Robbins opened its doors in 1970, and the costumes of the actors were based more on the book descriptions until later on in the park's history when they were changed to look more like the film. Visitors could take a walk down the Yellow Brick Road, "experience" the tornado which struck Dorothy's house, and visit with the Scarecrow, Tin Woodman, the Cowardly Lion and the Wicked Witch of the West. The Yellow Brick Road led to a show at the Emerald City where the characters met with the Wizard. An artificial balloon ride, a specially modified ski lift installed by Goforth Brothers, allowed visitors to get a bird's-eye view of the park and mountain scenery before leaving Oz. Continue reading for more pictures, a video and additional information.
Mysterious structures - two long pointed buildings surrounded by mysterious circles - have been spotted in the desert of Egypt's capital Cairo. Some claim it has links to UFO research due to its futuristic look, while others say it's just a secret military installation. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Here's another look at Goose Creek Tower, better known as the real-life Dr. Seuss house, by attorney Phillip Weidner. Standing 185-feet tall in the Alaskan wilderness, this odd-looking home boasts plenty of staircases and ladders inside connecting each floor, while the windows off 360° views of the landscape. At the basement level, there's a hidden escape tunnel that leads to a safe room. Click here for more pictures of Goose Creek Tower. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Before this April Fools' weekend ends, we'd like to finish it off with ThinkGeek's "Useless Light Switch", yet another interesting product that may become a reality sooner than later. Based on The Useless Box, this interesting switch ensures that nobody will ever leave the lights on again by accident. Simply put, once you flip the lights on, a lever comes out of the top screw hole in the switch plate to turn the lights right back off for no good reason. That's all it does, period. Best of all, it's easy to install, and there's no need to worry about electrical connections, since the switch oes doesn't use wall power for operation. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a bowling ball being crushed by a hydraulic press.
The Satanic Leaf Tailed Gecko may look like a Pokemon character, but it's actually a real species of gecko, native only to the island of Madagascar. It was first described in 1888 by George Albert Boulenger. They appear to be just a dead leaf at first glace, as its veins are visible, and look just like the ones found on a leaf. The gecko's also looks like it has been rotted or nibbled by insects. Continue reading for another video and more information.
There are summer, winter, all-season, and now, Jeep Adventure Tires, which looks to be just a bunch of giant rocks. "Inspired by nature, engineered by Jeep Natural rock formations connected with the latest tire technology lead to an unprecedented driving experience. Perfectly tailored to the needs of the adventure deprivation suffering, urban Jeep driver," said the company. Continue reading for up-close shots of the tire itself.