Farmer Raymundo Corona from Mexico built a 22-foot Aztec pyramid in the desert, 74 km from the Mexico-US border, because an alien, who allegedly visited him 30-years-ago, instructed him to. This extraterrestrial, named Herulayka, was described as a tall man with honey-colored eyes and white hair. Herulayka originated from a planet called Nefilin, which is claimed to be 20-times the size of Earth, located in the Orion constellation. "He told me to build the temple in the form of a pyramid. When I asked him why it had to be in the form of a pyramid, he said it was because it should be like my faith, something that winds and storms couldn't move and was always pointing upwards," said Corona. Continue reading for a video and more information.
A mysterious 13-foot-long sea creature washed ashore on Bonfil Beach, in the city of Acapulco, in the south-west Mexican state of Guerrero, and it's baffling researchers. Civil Guard and Fire Brigade, Rosa Camacho, reports that the animal appears that it has just died, but oddly started to rapidly decay. "We have no idea what type of animal this is, but I do know that it does not smell bad or have a fetid aroma. It is four meters long and was found on Bonfil Beach," said Camacho. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a fascinating viral video of magnetic fields visualized.
Flying saucer-shaped homes are nothing new, but this one, by Razvan Barsan + Partners, has inner areas that are organized along a spiraling path of varying heights and materials. You'll find a mix of concrete, glass, metal as well as plaster inside the structure, following the organic form of the entire building. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here for bonus pictures of more cool homes and interiors.
Introverts rejoice! Anna Salonen and Yuki Abe of Finland's MottoWasabi have created Tomako, a real bizarre-looking, noise-insulating device that is perfect for when you just don't feel like conversing. While it may look like Marvin the Martian's helmet, this creation can also be used as a privacy shield for your computer when seated. "[It] helps you to create an immediate territory of your own by eliminating elements that interfere with your concentration, such as noise or visual distractions. At the same time, it signals to others that you are not to be disturbed," said Yuki Abe. Continue reading for more pictures and information. Click here to view some more cool and unusual gadgets from around the world.
NASA's Cassini spacecraft has been detecting intense radio emissions from Saturn's aurorae, where magnetic field lines thread the polar regions. These signals have been shifted into the range of human hearing and compressed in time. The complex radio spectrum with rising and falling tones, is very similar to Earth's auroral radio emissions. These structures indicate that there are numerous small radio sources moving along magnetic field lines threading the auroral region. Time on this recording has been compressed, so that 73 seconds corresponds to 27 minutes. Since the frequencies of these emissions are well above the audio frequency range, we have shifted them downward by a factor of 44. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the giant machine they used to drill those sewer holes in the middle of streets.
Anyone who lives in a small apartment or dorm probably has to deal with self-serve laundromats, but soon, you may be able to get a workout in, while washing your clothes, thanks to the B.W.M. Called the "Bike Washing Machine", this nifty contraption, created by design students at Dalian Nationalities University in China, has a washing machine drum integrated directly into the stationary bike. "When you ride this bike, the pedaling motion causes the drum of the washing machine to rotate," said the students. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny demotivational posters gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of molten copper being poured on a giant jawbreaker.
Digital artist Brian Pollett tried a new drug (or mix of drugs) every day for 20-days and started painting shortly after each dosage. "[I] wanted to create opportunities to educate, whether related to psychedelics or art. Imagine the past, future, and linear time are gone. You can just focus on your existence in the present. The idea of tomorrow is laughable. I can create art without concern of outsider judgment, without over analyzing my process, and intuitively enjoy creating the most honest work," said Pollett. Continue reading to see his paintings over the twenty days.
Artist Heather Dewey-Hagborg embarked on a project unlike any other. She set out to create life-like 3D-printed portraits of people using DNA collected from chewed gum and old cigarettes. Once this trash was located, she ran them through a DNA sequencing system and then-3D printed the results with a face-generating program. Continue reading for another video and more information. Click here for a few bonus images.
Minnesota-based photographer Dawn LaPointe captured the strange 'ice stacking' phenomena at Lake Superior, in which large sheets of thin ice are broken into shards as they hit the shoreline. "While shooting in Canal Park, I noticed the ice had pulled away from shore and felt the breeze at my back. I anticipated there would be some ice stacking as the massive sheets of ice met the rugged shorelines, so I headed to Brighton Beach. The big lake did not disappoint! The seemingly endless ice sheets broke into large plates and stacked on shore, sounding much like breaking glass," said LaPointe. Continue reading for another video and more information.
It may look like titanium pipes at first, but the Gittler Guitar is a real musical instrument. It has six strings. Each string has its own pickup. Later versions have a plastic body. The steel frets, consisting of stainless steel bars pressure fitted into the stainless steel neck, give the instrument a sitar-like feel, as it is possible to bend the strings downward past where a wooden fretboard would prohibit the movement in a conventional guitar. Click here for more pictures of the guitar. Continue reading for another hands-on demo.