Don't count disabled seven-year-old dachshund, Anderson Pooper, out in the annual Wiener Dog Races at Emerald Downs in Washington State. Her hind legs were left paralyzed after a freak accident and her owners had a wheelchair custom made for her. Though some may feel sorry for Anderson Pooper, Dave and Brenda Sizer from Seattle says she is 'as happy as she could be.' Continue reading for one more video (wheelchair view) and more information.
Located at the Tivoli Friheden theme park in Denmark, Sky Tower is essentially a free fall ride without a tether. That's right, riders plunge from the top of a 130-foot tower onto a net 100 feet below. The park says that you'll experience "4G sensations as your plummeting body hits a top speed of 55 mph." Continue reading for the video and more information.
JJ Abrams has just posted a new video straight from the Star Wars Episode VII movie set, and it shows off the redesigned X-Wing Fighter. These 45 leaked photos from the Abu Dhabi set showed an incomplete Millennium Falcon, along with a vehicle that appears to be a Z-95 Headhunter, "a forerunner of the Incom-designed X-Wing that has appeared in Star Wars video games," according to The Verge. Continue reading for the video.
From the pictures and afar (if you're fortunate enough to visit in person), this looks to be a place straight from Middle Earth, but it's actually the Magic Mountain Lodge at the Huilo-Huilo Biological Reserve in northern Chile's Patagonia. To get inside, visitors need to cross a suspended rope bridge and then greeted by a cascade of water coming down from waterfall volcano. Continue reading for a video, additional pictures and more information.
In 1979, a teenager named Jadav "Molai" Payeng started planting trees along a barren sandbar near his birthplace in India's Assam region. Floods during that time washed a number of snakes onto the sandbar. When 16-year-old Payeng found them, they had all died. So he alerted the forest department and asked they grow trees there, but they insisted that nothing would grow there. More than 30-years-later, that once-barren sandbar is a sprawling 1,360 acre forest that several thousands of varieties of trees and wildlife, including birds, deer, apes, rhino, elephants and even tigers, call home. Continue reading for more pictures and a documentary.
You'd think that a scorching hot summer day with temperatures reaching 37C (98.6F) would mean lots of sunshine, but not for this Siberian beach. A freak hailstorm suddenly occurred and one sunbather said: "It was like being hit by raining bullets from the sky." While another woman noted, "My husband was protecting my young daughter but his back was exposed to the hailstones and he has bruising all over it." Continue reading for the video.
What happens when you combine an old ship and a truck? The UHAC of course, which stands for Ultra Heavy-Lift Amphibious Connector. Built to succeed hovercrafts, the final production UHAC will feature 2,500 square feet of parking space on the deck and be capable of carrying 150 tons of gear - 190 tons if modified with special upfitting. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Before reading any further, if you suffer from photosensitive epilepsy or are sensitive to flashing lights, we highly recommend not watching this video. With that said, this mind-bending trick, known as 'motion aftereffects', makes viewers see movement in objects that are in fact stationary. Here's how it works, according to The Daily Mail: "When watching a waterfall, or the strobe illusion, the brain cells that detect motion in one direction become tired. When the eyes look away, the cells that detect motion in the other direction are more active and a stationary object appears to be moving." Continue reading to watch - make sure you click the icon in the bottom right for full screen mode.
If you guessed "fake", you're definitely right, but this clip had to be doing something right to get over 4-million views in just a week. Frank Wunderlich's version of the upcoming film shows Frankfurt International Airport as a staging area for the Galactic Empire, starting with Tie Fighters escorting an Imperial transport to the Galactic Starport in Germany. Continue reading for the clip.
Schlitterbahn water parks out of Kansas City have just released footage of Verruckt's - the world's tallest waterslide - first launch with human riders. Measuring a towering 168 feet and 7 inches high, it's taller than the Statue of Liberty and Niagara Falls. Approximately 264 steps will take riders 17 stories in the air before they make their journey down the slide. Continue reading for the video and more information.