You may have encountered street performers that are seemingly ‘levitating’ in mid-air, almost as if they were sitting on an invisible chair. Supernatural powers are definitely not in use, just a clever contraption. Simply put, it consists of three sections made of steel rods / plates: the seat, shaft, and a base plate. In this case, “The Q” made a custom leg brace capable of holding up his entire body’s weight hidden underneath his jeans. Read more for a video showing exactly how it works.
Doom II was originally released for MS-DOS computers in 1994 and Macintosh computers in 1995. For those who still remember, id Software did not go the shareware and mail order route this time, unlike the original game. It was such a success that a Master Levels expansion pack with 21 new levels made its way to stores on December 26, 1995. Gamer Bill Thrope spent 9-months recreating this FPS using cardboard and countless hours of editing. Read more for the video, which includes an appearance by none other than John Romero,
To see Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night in person, you’ll have to visit the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. This oil on canvas painting by Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh was painted in June 1889 and shows the view from the east-facing window of his asylum room at Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, just before sunrise. One fan of this artwork decided to recreate it with LEGO and managed to get 10,000 votes for their set to become a reality. Read more for additional pictures and information.
A young couple from Lithuania have been fascinated with the Ferrari LaFerrari ever since it was introduced in 2013, but since then, its price tag has only skyrocketed. So, they decided to sculpt their own life-sized replica using snow, complete with red paint and other iconic touches. How long did it take? Just two-days with household tools, including a spatula and environmentally friendly paint. Unfortunately, it doesn’t have a mild-hybrid powertrain like its real-life counterpart. Read more for a video and additional information.
At first glance, this may appear to be a 3D-printed samurai warrior, but it’s actually just the work of origami artist Juho Könkkölä from Finland. All it took was 50-hours of painstaking folding and a single sheet of 68cm x 68cm Wenzhou paper. In the end, he ended up with a picture perfect sculpture that stands around 8-inches tall. For those who don’t know, normal copy paper with weights of 70–90 g/m2 (19–24 lb) can be used for basic folds, such as the crane. Read more for the video and additional information.
Many people were stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, but one Disneyland fan from Napa, California, decided to make the best of it. Since most theme parks have not yet reopened, graduate student Sean LaRochelle decided to create a miniature version of the Matterhorn roller coaster in his backyard, complete with a yeti. The two-story coaster project began at the end of March, and was finished in July. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Photo credit: Yasuhiro Suzuki
Artist Yasuhiro Suzuki from Japan created what could best be described as a giant zipper-shaped ship, called the “Zip-Fastener Ship”. It boasts a chrome body, bridge and puller that make up the three parts of an actual zipper. He got the inspiration for this project when looking down at Tokyo Bay from an airplane and seeing a ship making its way across the Sumida River, unzipping the water as you could say. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Pizza Hut partnered with Ogilvy to launch a limited-edition pizza box that doubles as a functional foosball table. It was created to celebrate the start of the Europa League on October 22nd, and as you might have already guessed, most people will not be able to get their hands on these, since just five of them are available. To get your chance at winning one, you’ll have to download the Pizza Hut app, join the 12th Player Club, and then leave a comment on the company’s Facebook page. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Anthony Dickens’ Circle Guitar is an electric guitar unlike any other, thanks to its built-in mechanical step sequencer capable of generating sounds, textures and rhythms that would be impossible with a conventional instrument. Its central mechanism, the motor driven circle that strikes the strings, can hit speeds of up to 250BPM. However, to program the sequence requires placing five different color-coded of plectrum in any of its 128 holes. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Catamaran boat designer Kurt Hughes has always been fascinated by the NASA Apollo lunar landers, so what better tribute than by building a tiny home shaped like one? That’s exactly what he did for his personal vacation home on the banks of the Columbia River. Since he designs and builds boats for a living, he managed to avoid nail framing by creating his own carbon-fiber structural insulated panels (SIPs) using “Ziploc Space Bags”. Read more for a video and additional information.