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.
Paris-Plages is an annual event by the mayor that creates temporary artificial beaches each summer along the river Seine in the city center of Paris. Officially called “Cinéma sur l’Eau (translated as cinema on water)”, this free event will allow attendees to enjoy the 2018 film Le Grand Bain while riding in one of 38 electric boats available for the occasion. Plus, 150 deckchairs will also be available in case you don’t fancy being on the water. Read more to see the official poster and a previous occasion where people in Paris watched a movie on water.
Photo credit: Poot Prop
In the anime / manga world, RX-78-2 Gundam is a fictional mecha robot and a prototype weapon for the Earth Federation when it falls into the hands of Amuro Ray, who goes pilots it in the war against the Principality of Zeon. Thailand-based prop maker Poot Padee may not have created the entire suit, but his Gundam-inspired face mask will definitely make you look twice. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Erin Sullivan
Los Angeles-based photographer Erin Sullivan wanted to make the best of stay-at-home orders these past few months,and that’s when the idea of these miniature nature photos came to mind. She discovered that normal objects, like broccoli, combined with toy figurines, can create some seemingly interesting photos, thus her “nature photography” series was created. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Secret passages, or hidden routes used for stealthy travel, escape, or movement of people and goods, are commonly seen in movies, especially ones that involve James Bond. However, this clever engineer decided to build a hidden entry to their basement directly into the floor of the patio deck. This would most certainly come in handy if your have a horde of zombies chasing after you, or just want quick access to a secure location. Read more for a video.
Photo credit: MMM Design via Design Boom
South Korea-based MMM Design Studio has come up with an innovative solution for those who can’t seem to find face shields or masks in stores. It’s called the ‘ANYTHING’ face shield, and it consists of a 3D-printed frame that can be made at home, cut out and then fastened together. The design allows you to use off-the-shelf things in place of traditional plexiglass, like a gummy bear bag, etc. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.