News Corp. photographer Brett Costello was robbed of a carry-on luggage case full of expensive equipment - $40,000 worth to be exact - on the busy cafe district on Ipanema Beach in the middle of the day. As you can see in the CCTV footage, the brazen theft at Kraft Cafe reveals that Costello was targeted by a three-person gang of thieves. There were two men in business clothes and a blonde woman who scoped Costello out earlier in the day as he took photos. Continue reading to see what happened when the photographer spotted one of the thieves.
Gareth Clear, a 36-year-old cyclist from Bondi Beach, New South Wales, Australia, has experienced riding injuries before, but the last thing he expected while mountain biking was a severe burn from an exploding phone. It all started when he was riding around Manly Dam on Sunday afternoon when he fell from his bike, landing on his iPhone 6. Just seconds later, smoke and searing heat caught his attention before hearing an explosion as the phone ignited, melting through his shorts and two layers of skin on his upper right thigh. Continue reading for a video news report and more information.
Skydiving is already an extremely dangerous sport, but imagine jumping from an airplane at 25,000-feet without a parachute? Daredevil Luke Aikins will attempt this very stunt tomorrow, and without a wingsuit. He'll have just one chance to land in a safety net the size of a 1/3 the size of a football field while descending at speeds up to 120mph. The total free fall time will be approximately 126-seconds, giving him enough time to maneuver towards the net. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Chinese migrant worker Yu Jianchun has no mathematics background nor a college degree, but he's currently being hailed as a real-life version of Will Hunting, the Matt Damon's character in the 1997 Oscar-winning film "Good Will Hunting", after discovering an alternative method to verify Carmichael numbers. What are Carmichael numbers? They're also called "pseudo primes", or large numbers that only appear to be prime numbers, which are only divisible by one and themselves. "I made my discoveries through intuition. I would write down what I thought when inspiration struck about the Carmichael," said Yu. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Norway has its own share of bridges, but they plan on spending $25-billion to build the world's first "submerged floating bridge" that shortens travel times between Kristiansand and Trondheim from 21-hours down to less than 11-hours. It will consist of two 4,000-foot long concrete tubes - braced to each other with trusses and bedrock - one for each direction. Since they're underwater, inclement weather above the surface will not affect them, and depth is controlled by a series of pontoons floated on the surface of the fjord. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny work pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of an interesting Hoover Dam water bottle experiment.
Don't need all the amenities of a luxury resort, and just want to relax with some fresh air? The Null Stern Hotel is a perfect getaway. Conceptualized by hoteliers Frank and Patrick Riklin, it's located in the Swiss town of Graubunden. You won't find any walls, a ceiling, bathroom, or any type of structure, just a double bed, a nightstand, as well as a lamp. Continue reading for another video and more information.
There are tomato trees, and this mutant-like creation, discovered by Yong Huang, manager of agricultural science at The Land pavilion at Epcot, Walt Disney World Resort, in Beijing China. He brought a few seeds back to the resort, planted them, and proceeded to set a record harvest from a single plant consisting of 32,000 tomatoes with a total weight 1,150-pounds. Continue reading for a video and more information.
The Lowline is the world's first underground park in the New York City borough of Manhattan that would be located under the eastbound roadway of Delancey Street on the Lower East Side, adjacent to the Essex Street station. Light collectors would be placed at ground level or on surrounding rooftops, with suggested locations, including the median on Delancey Street. Artificial lighting would be used to supplement the redirected sunlight on cloudy days and at night. Continue reading for another video, more pictures and additional information.
Always wanted a piece of a real Soviet spy satellite and have $18,500 burning a hole in your pocket? If so, then look no further than this fine specimen, which USSRPhoto says was once used on the Yantar 4K2 satellite. This 348-pound lens measures 4.36-feet long, has a diameter of 1.54-feet at its widest point, and was mounted to a Zhemchug-18 film camera. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Many dream, or have dreamed, about visiting a Disney theme park, and for five lucky kids, it's as simple as visiting their grandfather in Fullerton, California. Sixty-eight-year-old Steve Dobbs, a former Boeing engineer, says his grandchildren were easily bored with normal toys, so he decided to build several Disney-themed attractions from scratch. You'll find "Small World", "Finding Nemo", and even a "Matterhorn" roller coaster. Continue reading for a video of the coaster and more information.