Gas & oil company Santos teamed up with the University of South Australia to build a 41.42 m (135 ft 10.7 in) long bicycle, or approximately twice the length of a bowling lane, over a period of 9-months. The design includes a metal frame, two wheels and handlebars. Guinness World Records required the constructors to prove that the bike can travel a minimum of 100 meters, without riders touching the ground. Continue reading for more bizarre inventions you won’t believe exist.
A video of several reindeer herds on Russia’s Kola Peninsula, in the Arctic Circle, moving in circular patterns managed to go viral on social media. To be more specific, the video above shows large herds of arctic reindeer walking in circular patterns, and so far, no researchers have been able to pinpoint the reason why. As you can imagine, internet users have come up with several theories, including alien-like crop circles and hidden energy patterns. Continue reading for more strange, yet real, phenomenon.
Laurent Nat from Franc exploded into the Guinness World Record books on June 13, 2014 after launching 642 fireworks from his body. He’s always loved fireworks as a child, so it’s only fitting that would end up working with them. Laurent has been a pyrotechnics artist and performer for 10 years, and this intricate costume is made out of 100% cotton, to reduce the risk of fire spreading. Continue reading for more strange (yet real) world records.
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Pedro Peirone from Argentina allegedly experienced a strange paranormal phenomenon. It all started when a teenage hitchhiker that he picked up from the side of the road suddenly disappeared from the front passenger seat of his truck, leaving behind just a pair of melted shoe marks in the rubber mat. “Finally, he asked me to drop him off at the junction with the road leading to the cemetery, and, as soon as I got there, I sensed an awful burning smell. I stopped to see if something had caught fire, got out to check the back of the truck, and as soon as I turned around, I noticed there was no one inside,” said Peirone. Continue reading for more strange phenomenon from around the world.
British inventor Richard Browning has set a Guinness World Record for recording the fastest speed in a body-controlled jet engine-powered suit by hitting 32.02 mph. The Iron Man-inspired flight suit boasts six kerosene-fuelled micro gas turbines, each with 22 kg of thrust, controlled through body movements alone. “This is real-world aeronautical innovation. We are serious about building a world-changing technology business. We stand at the very beginning of what human propulsion systems will do. It’s at the same point as the mobile phone was in the early to mid 80s or the internet of the early 90s,” said Browning. Continue reading for more world records you probably never knew about.
Get distracted easily while on the computer? You may need a “FocusCap,” which is essentially a cap with a folding visor designed to block out peripheral vision distractions in seconds. “As we are still cavemen or mammals kept in an unnatural environment, I believe that only by reclaiming the normal, stress-free human state through simple tools and techniques we can finally unleash our actual creative potential and create our meaningful work for a brighter future,” said its designer Hannes Greblin. Continue reading for more strange inventions that actually exist.
Spark Therapeutics has created a first-of-its-kind gene therapy treatment for inherited blindness, called Luxturna, and the FDA approved it last month. One caveat: the injections cost $850,000 USD ($425,000 for each eye), making it one of the most expensive treatments in the world. However, it is the first gene therapy that treats an inherited condition, and has proven to be effective for those with a rare form of inherited blindness that is estimated to affect less than 2,000 people in the US. Continue reading for more weird things that actually exist.
Priced at $2699, the Full Body Armors wearable Iron Man Mark 43 (XLIII) Suit could be one of the coolest superhero accessories yet. The basic suit weighs in at 15.4 lbs (7 kg), depending on the add-ons and accessories you select, which range from a motorized face plate / eye lights to a refined chest Arc Reactor light as well as even height increasing shoe pads. Worried about it not fitting? Well, you’ll be happy to know that each suit is handmade to your body measurements. Continue reading for three more cool gadgets that you probably haven’t seen before.
LEGO Technic fans rejoice! Green Gecko Technic Workshop has built a LEGO Technic Pneumatic Hot Rod powered by a working V8 engine. That’s right, in addition to an independent front suspension, pneumatic steering, a full body kit with opening doors, the pneumatic engine runs on compressed air and can rev up to 1500 RPM at 55psi. Continue reading for more geeky LEGO creations you probably haven’t seen before.
The Hacksmith didn’t want to settle for just a movie replica, so he decided to create the world’s heaviest Thor hammer filled with lead. Since the element isn’t readily available for purchase in bulk quantities, so he went to mechanic shops around town and bought as many tire weights as possible to melt down for lead. Unfortunately, the final product didn’t claim the title, but as you can see in the video above, it was more than heavy enough to cause some major damage. Continue reading for three more weird inventions you may not have seen before.