Does this device look familiar? If so, that’s because it was featured in the Guardians of the Galaxy movies. That’s right, Sony’s metal-cased blue-and-silver Walkman TPS-L2 is the world’s first low-cost portable stereo, and went on sale in Japan on July 1, 1979, priced at around ¥39,433.58 (or $150.00), or ¥57,109.02 (or $498.66) adjusted for inflation. The company predicted it would sell about 5,000 units a month, but actually sold more than 50,000 in the first two months. Read more for more cool facts.
If you’ve never heard of Hot Wheels, it’s basically a brand of 1:64, 1:43, 1:18 and 1:50 scale die-cast toy cars introduced by toy maker Mattel in 1968. The original Hot Wheels were made by Elliot Handler, and conceived to be more like “hot rod” cars, as compared to Matchbox cars which were more like small-scale models of production cars. Mattel Inc. wanted to enter the record books, so they built the longest Hot Wheels track, measuring a massive 560.30 m (1,838 ft 3.05 in) in length – making it longer than the height of New York’s Empire State Building. Read more for various geeky Guinness World Records you probably never knew existed.
Before the Nintendo Wii, there was the Game Boy Player, which enables Game Boy, Game Boy Color, or Game Boy Advance cartridges to be played on a GameCube. It was the very last Game Boy-based add-on for a Nintendo console, and connected via the high-speed parallel port at the bottom of the GameCube console. Unfortunately, it required the use of a boot disc to access the hardware, but on the bright side, it doesn’t use software emulation, instead relying on physical hardware nearly identical to that of a Game Boy Advance. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.
The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is the officially designated exclusion zone around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster. Its purpose is to restrict access to hazardous areas, reduce the spread of radiological contamination and conduct radiological and ecological monitoring activities. Today the Exclusion Zone is one of the most radioactively contaminated areas in the world and draws significant scientific interest for the high levels of radiation exposure in the environment, as well as increasing interest from tourists. Continue reading for more strange places that you may not have known about.
Poncho the police dog of the Madrid Municipal Police recently became a social media star after a video began circulating of the pup demonstrating his life-saving skills. As you can see in the video above, as soon as his human partner collapses to the ground, Poncho springs into action, performing CPR, while also laying his head on the man’s mouth to check his breathing. Continue reading for more strange, yet true, stories from around the world to kick off your weekend.
The Domus Aurea was basically a vast landscaped palace built by the Emperor Nero in the heart of ancient Rome after the great fire in 64 AD had destroyed a large part of the city and the aristocratic villas on the Palatine Hill. Architects designed two of the principal dining rooms to flank an octagonal court, surmounted by a dome with a giant central oculus to let in light. Only fragments have survived, but that technique was to be copied extensively, eventually ending up as a fundamental feature of Christian art: the apse mosaics that decorate so many churches in Rome, Ravenna, Sicily and Constantinople. Continue reading to see more historical ruins reconstructed back to their former glory.
Azubuike, a man from Nigeria, had recently lost his father to old age and decided to bury him in a luxury car rather than a casket. So, he spent approximately $90,000 USD on a new BMW X5, placed his father’s body inside, and then buried it in an extra-large, six-foot-deep grave near his village. Continue reading for five more strange, yet true, things, including a cryptocurrency scavenger hunt on Mount Everest.
The school in China has made a facial recognition system that scans the student�s behaviour in the classroom.
Posted by Mr. Raymond on Saturday, May 26, 2018
Facial recognition technology isn’t something new, but students at the No. 11 Middle School in Hangzhou, China, have their faces every 30 seconds to make sure they are paying attention. It’s officially called a “smart classroom behavior management system,” and consists of three cameras positioned above the blackboard that constantly feed information to an AI-powered software, which then analyzes the students’ facial expressions to see if they are paying attention. Continue reading for five more bizarre, yet true, things.
Developed by Omron Corporation, the FORPHEUS (Future Omron Robotics Technology for Exploring Possibility of Harmonized aUtomation with Sinic Theoretics) has taken the Guinness World Records title for being the “first robot table tennis tutor for its unique technological intelligence and educational capabilities.” It’s capable of acting as a human coach by utilizing cutting edge vision and motion sensors to gauge movement during a match, paired with an array of cameras that are situated above the ping pong table. All of these tools monitors the position of the ball at an impressive rate of 80 times per second. Continue reading for three more crazy records you probably never heard of.
Delta 4×4, a German tuner, has revealed the Tesla Model X Off-Road Edition, and while it doesn’t offer a power increase, the electric SUV can now tackle just about any kind of terrain. This comes courtesy of four sleek 20″ matte black Delta rims, wrapped in beefy all-terrain tires. The wheel kit itself will set you back $4,593, and there’s no word yet on if the company has any other off-road parts in store. Continue reading for more electric vehicles you probably never knew existed.