Los Angeles continued to spread out, particularly with the development of the San Fernando Valley and the building of the freeways launched in the 1940s. When the local street car system went out of business, Los Angeles became a city built around the automobile, with all the social, health and political problems that this dependence produces. The famed urban sprawl of Los Angeles became a notable feature of the town, and the pace of the growth accelerated in the first decades of the 20th century. Keven McAlester created a perfectly synced short film showing that time period with today. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny video game pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a man who sliding off a water slide and into a rocky cliff - David Salmon broke his arm and some ribs but is expected to be OK. He said he's "too dang old to be going down water slides."
French photographer Mathieu Stern wanted to try something new for his "Weird Lens Experiment", so he acquired a 136-year-old lens from a large format camera - one of the first to have a mechanical iris aperture system - and mounted it onto a Sony a7 II. "After mounting it with some cardboard pieces to keep it tightly blocked in a M42 macro tube, I then screwed it on different macro M42 tubes and to a M42 helicoidal ring that was screwed to a M42 to NEX Adaptor ring, then to the Sony A7II. Thus, the lens was able to focus," said Stern. Click here to view the first image this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video explaining how SpaceX will get us to Mars.
Ever wonder how they make those giant manholes? Well, it's probably with the HS-57 Manhole Saw II from Coneqtec-Universal. This heavy-duty skid-steer attachment that removes the collar and surrounding area of concrete and asphalt encasing manhole covers. It includes heavy-duty hydraulic motors, a hydraulic-powered breakout feature, and 45 carbide-tipped picks to cut through concrete, asphalt and brick at blistering speeds. A self-aligning hydraulic clamp securely attaches to the collar. It provides a 57-inch-diameter hole cut, and lifts the collar and surrounding layers of concrete/asphalt when the cut is finished. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of T-Rex tackling an American Ninja Warrior obstacle course.
The TR-3B Aurora is supposedly a classified military aircraft that can not only exceed Mach 10, but also travel into space. SecureTeam10 on YouTube provides images of what appears to be a triangular craft moving on the moon. "While video imaging the moon in this area I caught a craft flying above the moon surface. At first the object is nearly impossible to spot amid the bumps and lumps of the moon's surface in the hazy video but when Steve zooms in the triangular entity becomes clearer. Tyler, in his commentary of the video states that it could well be a massive triangle or a formation of objects - 'not uncommon with our military jets here on earth," said Steve, director of a major Texas-based corporate jet fleet. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a man who goes about his daily life in a suit of armor.
Golfer Charlie Helms managed to capture an enormous 15-foot, 800-pound gator strolling near the third hole of Buffalo Creek Golf Club in Palmetto, Florida. "I was stunned and silent. I didn't know if we were being punked or something. [It could've been] two guys in an alligator suit," said Helms. In just two days, the video above has received over 4.6-million views. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of ballistic gel being zapped by 100,000-volts of electricity.
Professor Ningyu Liu of the Florida Institute of Technology's Geospace Physics Laboratory used a high-speed camera to capture lightning strikes over Melbourne, Florida at 7,000 frames per second. About 70% of lightning occurs over land in the tropics where atmospheric convection is the greatest. This occurs from both the mixture of warmer and colder air masses, as well as differences in moisture concentrations, and it generally happens at the boundaries between them. Continue reading for another video showing amazing upwards lightning.
Cockroaches are one of the few creatures that could possibly survive a nuclear apocalypse, but a team of Japanese researchers wanted to find a less destructive solution to ridding homes of these pests. So, the team at Earth Chemicals created a "mega cockroach trap", or in other words, a platform covered in a highly sticky substance. To test its effectiveness, they filmed a lab coat, an athlete, and a sumo wrestler's fruitless attempts to cross it. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of seemingly gravity-defying jumpers.
Sitting on a platform outside a flying helicopter sounds scary enough, but imaging working on live high-voltage power lines while doing so. This video shows the insane world of live line inspectors, some of whom use hot sticks. These enable them to work while remaining at a specified distance from the live parts and carry out the work by means of an insulating stick. Tools can be attached to the stick, allowing work to be performed with the worker himself safely away from the live conductors. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a hypnotic egg cracking machine.
Alexey Zakharov, an artist from Moscow, specializes in creating animations using real historic photos. He describes this technique as traveling "back in time with a little steampunk time machine." You'll see famous sights such as Central Park, Bethlehem-Fairfield Shipyards, and more. "I came up with the idea for a full retro-photoanimation project after visiting the Shorpy site. This is astonishing place with tons of reconstructed hi-resolution photos. I spent many hours there. First I made only one animation shot used a single photo. Then, a year later, I decided to make something more complete. A picture, cut into layers is projected on the geometry created by 3D software. I use this geometry to set city backgrounds, buildings and other static elements. The second stage is creating full computer graphics of characters people, animals, vehicles etc.," he told TheDailyMail.com. Click here to view the first image in this week's things that look like other things gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of two daredevils climbing Lotte World Tower, the tallest structure in South Korea.
Comedy duo Hamish and Andy of 104.1FM decided to rent an ultra-realistic dinosaur costume for the day to prank unsuspecting guests at a car park. While these prehistoric beasts may not be exact replicas, it did catch everyone off guard. "With fully animated movement, a performer controls the head, mouth, eyes and sounds utilizing a special - simple to control internal steering wheel. Clear sight is possible through the Built in Camera System, and the actor stay cool through the use of several built in Fans," according to the costume maker. Continue reading for another video and more information.