Universal Orlando has completed the revamped Incredible Hulk Coaster track, and just revealed the new Hulk Smash-inspired train. A newly released video gives us a look at these extreme ride vehicles that are Hulk green, but more sharp-edged than the original version.
"We really wanted to go with an angular, aggressive and thrilling approach to it," said Gregory Hall, attraction designer. Continue reading for a video of the track and more information.
Students in Thailand were caught cheating during a medical college entrance exams, using an elaborate connected system of devices. School officials found normal-looking glasses equipped with cameras on the side, all of which were connected to smartwatches. To pull it off, they used the cameras to send images of questions to people on the outside, who then transmitted the answers back in text message form to smartwatches. Continue reading for pictures of the other two smartwatches.
William Gadoury, a 15-year-old high school student from Quebec, has discovered an ancient lost Mayan city in Mexico's Yucatan jungle. Officially named K'aak Chi (Mouth of Fire) by the teen, he proposed that the Mayans built towns based on their constellations, lining up cities with stars, and during his research, one city was missing, which lead to its discovery. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Cedar Point's newest attraction, the Valravn (a supernatural raven that eats dead bodies in Danish folklore), has opened after a year of anticipation. At 3,415 feet, it's currently the world's tallest, longest and fastest diver coaster. Up to twenty-four riders get a heart pounding birds-eye view of Lake Erie at the top, for about 4-seconds, before they plunge down a 90°, 214 foot dive. Since there's no floor, you can look down as the world zooms up to meet you, while traveling at 75 miles per hour. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny school pictures gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of the Crazy Russian Hacker making liquid nitrogen ice cream.
Mysterious structures - two long pointed buildings surrounded by mysterious circles - have been spotted in the desert of Egypt's capital Cairo. Some claim it has links to UFO research due to its futuristic look, while others say it's just a secret military installation. Continue reading for a video and more information.
Seattle "businessman" Benjamin Rogovy made millions of dollars by offering online prayers between 2011-2015. He led people to believe that ministers and religious leaders would pray for them if they paid between $9 and $35 for the service via several websites. This was convincing enough for hundreds of thousands of people to participate in the scam, netting approximately $7.8-million in the process. However, all was not as it seems, since Rogovy posed as Pastor John Carlson, complete with a LinkedIn profile. Testimonials included being able to avoid home foreclosures, wining lottery jackpots, and even being cured of terminal illnesses. Continue reading for a video news report and more information.
The Svalbard Global Seed Vault, better known as the Doomsday Seed Vault, is basically a secure seed bank on the Norwegian island of Spitsbergen near Longyearbyen in the remote Arctic Svalbard archipelago, 810-miles from the North Pole. Approximately 1.5 million distinct seed samples of agricultural crops are thought to exist. The variety and volume of seeds stored will depend on the number of countries participating - the facility has a capacity to conserve 4.5 million. The first seeds arrived in January 2008. Five percent of the seeds in the vault, about 18,000 samples with 500 seeds each, come from the Centre for Genetic Resources of the Netherlands (CGN), part of Wageningen University, Netherlands. By 2013, approximately one-third of the genera diversity stored in gene banks globally was represented at the Seed Vault. Click here to view more pictures of the Doomsday Seed Vault. Continue reading for two more videos and additional information.
Anna Crail flying to Honolulu on Alaskan Air for spring break, and decided to watch The Martian when her smartphone suddenly caught on fire. She immediately dropped the handset and it went underneath a seat while passengers scrambled to the aisles before flight attendants extinguished the fire. "All of the sudden there was like 8-inch flames coming out of my phone. And I flipped it off onto the ground and it got under someone's seat, and the flames were just getting higher and a bunch of people stood up," said Crail. 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 Sonic the Hedgehog music being played on an electronic clarinet.
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.
Six Flags partnered with Samsung to unveil a virtual reality roller coaster experience at nine Six Flags amusement parks around the nation, including Six Flags Magic Mountain. Riders basically don Oculus-powered Samsung Gear VR headsets while riding coasters to experience them in an entirely new way. "This remarkable technology is a definite game-changer for theme park rides and represents everything our brand stands for - delivering the most thrilling and innovative rides and attractions in the world. With the addition of these virtual reality coasters, Six Flags will be introducing more than double the number of new coasters and rides than we did in 2015, and more than any year in the last decade. Innovation is part of our DNA, and news in every park every year is driving higher guest satisfaction and building strong momentum for our company," said John Duffey, Six Flags President and CEO. Continue reading for a video showing the first person view of what you see with the glasses on.