Dutch astronaut Andre Kuipers accidentally called 9-1-1, an American emergency services number, from orbit during his time aboard the International Space Station. The 60-year-old, who spent more than 200 days among the stars over two separate missions in 2004 and 2011, said: “If you’re in space, it’s like you’re making a call via Houston, first you dial the 9 for an outside line and then 011 for an international line. The next day I received an email message: Did you call 911?,” said Kuipers. He quickly hung up, but the call triggered a Mission Control alert in Houston. Read more for an in-depth tour of the ISS given by Kuipers.
A bewildered woman attempted to fill up a Tesla Model S with petrol, and the people behind her vehicle happened to capture the entire ordeal on video. She may have confused this EV for a plug-in hybrid, and after about 45-seconds of searching, the electric charging port opens, which prompted her to slide a credit card into the machine to activate the pump. Read more to watch the video.
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The University of California, Berkley campus have been invaded by KiwiBot autonomous delivery robots, but this past Friday, students found one of the 100+ active robots in flames. Apparently, a “defective battery” that had been accidentally installed in the robot was the cause, according to the company. “One of the batteries for our robot that was idling started smouldering, eventually leading to some smoke and minor flames. A member of the community acted swiftly to extinguish the flames using a nearby fire extinguisher,” the company said in a statement. Read more for another video about the Kiwibot and additional information.
Russia24, a major news channel, touted “Boris” as “the country’s most modern robot,” but all is not as it seems. While it may look similar to Honda’s Asimo, internet users were quick to point out a few irregularities, like how its head seemed to only have LED lights for eyes / mouth, without any noticeable sensors. Or, how it didn’t have any speakers or even a microphone anywhere close to it when speaking, despite a robotic voice booming from the venue’s speakers. Why? Well, the real reason is because the robot is actually the Alesha Robot Costume, which can be purchased for $3,765. Read more for another video and a picture of the actual costume.
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Photoshop guru James Fridman continues to accept photo retouching requests through social media, and the results are as literal as ever. For example, the two brothers above requested to have both wearing the same shirt, and James ended up wrapping them both in one giant garment instead. Other examples include: relocating people, giving someone wings, making a person shorter, and more. Continue reading to see seven of his latest requests.
Google Street View can be used for many things, like visual turn-by-turn directions, or just a virtual vacation, but one Peruvian man discovered much more. He was allegedly searching for the quickest way to reach the Bridge of Sighs, in Barranco, Lima, when he stumbled upon a curly-haired woman sitting on a bench with a not so familiar man. Despite their faces being blurred, he quickly identified the woman as his wife due to her hair and clothes. A divorce ensued shortly after. continue reading for another picture and more information.
Many are familiar with Banksy’s “Girl With Balloon” painting, but did you know it was auctioned by Sotheby’s in London on Friday night for £1.04-million? That’s right, the stencil spray painting showing a girl reaching towards a heart-shaped balloon on canvas suddenly slid through a shredder installed directly in the frame after it was sold. “It appears we just got Banksy-ed,” said Alex Branczik, Sotheby’s senior director and head of contemporary art in Europe. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
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Marvel Studios first began development of the Captain Marvel film as early as May 2013 and officially announced it in October 2014, making it the studio’s first female-led superhero movie. Just this past week, the studio released the first trailer as well as some promotional materials showing its star, Brie Larson. Internet users started complaining about how Marvel characters just don’t smile enough, and so Captain Marvel herself, decided to run a few of the images, like the one you see above, through FaceApp. Continue reading for more.
Anthony Helinski, a 34-year-old teacher from Lawrence, Massachusetts, has been charged with putting his toddler into a BarberCut Lite arcade machine at a New Hampshire shopping mall and using her to steal prizes. He turned himself in Wednesday, five days after witnesses at the Mall at Rockingham Park recorded video of a man encouraging the girl to grab prizes from within the game. Continue reading to watch the video without effects straight from the Salem NH Police Department.
Let’s face it, there are dull moments at every job, and there’s no better way to spice things up than by playing a few harmless jokes, within reason, right? For example, this office decided to prank one of its co-workers who went on vacation by having the art director create a miniature version of their desk, complete with a Microsoft Surface Studio computer. Continue reading for more weird things spotted by people at work.