A tornado ripped through the Italian township of Cavenago di Brianza, some 15 miles northeast of Milan in 2013, overturning lorries and damaging buildings. "I saw it (the tornado) going in this direction, because there were objects which were flying in front of me in this direction, then I don't know where it went," said one local woman. Continue reading for some more crazy accidents and mishaps captured on video.
There are remote-controlled cars, and then VertiGo, a wall-climbing robot capable of transitioning from the ground to wall modes in seconds. This amazing bot was created in collaboration between Disney Research Zurich and ETH. It sports two tilting propellers that provide thrust onto the wall, and four wheels. One pair of wheels is steerable, and each propeller has two degrees of freedom for adjusting the direction of thrust. The robot is able to traverse over indentations such as masonry, thanks to the propellers providing thrust. "The choice of two propellers rather than one enables a floor-to-wall transition - thrust is applied both towards the wall using the rear propeller, and in an upward direction using the front propeller, resulting in a flip onto the wall," said the team. Click here to view the first image in this week's geek life gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a modern Empire Strikes Back trailer that will want to make you watch it again.
Ever wonder just how much wind a human can withstand without any permanent damage? Well, NASA found out with this crazy wind blast test from 1946. To be more specific: "Test conducted in 1946 where a human subject was exposed to blasts of air. The test was performed at NASA Langley Research Center's 8 ft High Speed Tunnel." Continue reading for another NASA centrifuge gravity simulation test from the 1960s.
Former NFL player Ryan Fowler wasn't satisfied with the numbers his stock Lamborghini Aventador was putting out, so he sent it to Underground Racing for a complete tune. What did he end up with? A race-spec short block with billet connecting rods, custom CP race pistons, a custom clutch, billet flywheel, M1 MoTeC ECU with Underground Racing's custom firmware, billet axles and front / rear differentials to handle the insane power. Continue reading for another video and more information.
At first, it seems like a normal Boeing 777 landing at Frankfurt Airport in Germany, but a few seconds in, and it becomes a scene straight from a Transformers movie. That's right, viewers are greeted with beautiful CGI of the plane turning into a robot as it comes in for a landing. YouTube user Michael Schmidt uploaded the video on December 2, and it's currently sitting at over 2.7-million views. Click here to view some ultra luxurious first class cabins in various Boeing 777 planes used by airlines.
The General Dynamics GAU-22/U Equalizer is a four-barrel 25 mm Gatling-type rotary cannon, designed specifically for use on Lockheed Martin's F-35 Lightning II. The CTOL version of the aircraft will carry the gun internally, while the STOVL and CV versions use it as an external podded gun. The GAU-22/A's major difference is the use of four barrels, rather than the five barrels on the GAU-12/U. The GAU-22/A is lighter, has a reduced rate of fire of 3,300 rounds per minute and an improved accuracy of 1.4 milliradians as compared to the GAU-12. This system is undergoing intensive testing and qualification. The weapon is currently produced by General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Top Fuel drag racing is intense enough, but imagine it taking place on a dirt track, and on motorcycles instead. Introducing "Top Fuel Dirt Drag Shootout". Think of this sport as tractor pull meets nitrous-powered motorcycle dirt track race. Most of the bikes you see here sport Kawasaki KZ1000 and Suzuki GS1000 motors with wicked huge over bores, NOS, and occasionally with a turbocharger or supercharger. Click here to view more pictures. Continue reading for two more videos.
Whether it be parallel parking, or just backing into a spot, things can get a bit tricky if you're not familiar with the location. The former is considered to be one of the hardest skills for new drivers to learn and is a required part of most road tests, while the latter is just a matter of practice. These clips show how not to get the job done, starting with the example above, which involves several motorbikes. Click here to view more parking disasters. Continue reading for the videos.
Antti Pendikainen from Finland, a self-proclaimed 'extreme artist', decided to jump out of a hot air balloon without a parachute. "I woke up this morning and felt like I wasn't going to need my parachute, so fk it. I'm stupid and tough enough to do it without a parachute, I'm not going to need it" said Pendikainen in the video. He jumpd and his friends with parachutes follow him through the clouds. Continue reading for a video of another no-parachute skydiving stunt.
What does a wrecked $4-million hypercar look like? The images you see above show the aftermath after a 26-year-old man from the Chinese city of Chongqing decided to take his Koenigsegg Agera R out for a spin while under the influence of alcohol. From CCTV footage, the accident occurred around midnight on Honghuang Road, in Yubei District of Chongqing, after Mr. Liu lost control and smashed into a sidewalk barrier, hitting its bumper and rear wheels. The driver stayed in the car for 2-hours until crews arrived to tow the vehicle away. Click here for more pictures. Continue reading for two more videos of the Agera R in its functional state.