Potato fans rejoice! Now you can actually stay in one, or at least the Big Idaho Potato Hotel, which has been listed on Airbnb. The 6-ton structure isn’t actually made from potatoes, but rather steel, plaster, and concrete, located in a large field with views of the Owyhee Mountains in South Boise, Idaho. Measuring 28 feet long, 12 feet wide, and 11.5 feet tall, the potato sleeps two adults comfortable, boasting one queen bed, a small bathroom, kitchenette, fireplace, and air-conditioning. Read more for a video tour, additional pictures and a link to the listing.
Animal conservation advocate Mike Holston recently posted a video on Instagram of a chimpanzee who seems to be very familiar with how the social media service works, and is very focused on scrolling through his caretaker’s feed. Sure, it may have taken the primate quite some time to learn how to use a smartphone, but as you can see, it has no problem clicking “like” or going through several different photos / videos. Read more for the video and additional information.
Photo credit: Virunga National Park
Two gorillas in Congo were ready to strike a pose for a selfie with a ranger from The Elite AntiPoaching Units and Combat Trackers at Virunga National Park. The female gorillas, named Ndakazi and Ndeze, have resided at an enclosed sanctuary for orphans since they were infants. “Those gorilla gals are always acting cheeky so this was the perfect shot of their true personalities!” said the park. Read more for additional pictures and information.
YouTuber Laplanet Arts like pasta and computers, so what better way to combine the two than by building a functional PC? Meet “LASAGNA PC V.1”. The computer portion is based around an ASUS Transformer tablet, which means he only need to make a computer case out of pasta, as the other hardware components – motherboard, batteries, buttons and ports – were ready to go. Other tools used include: hot glue, electric tape, and paint for added authenticity. Read more for the build video and additional information.
Homeowner Stephen Mckears, 72, was puzzled as to who was tidying up his tools in the garden shed late at night and discovered something bizarre to say the least. He asked his neighbor Rodney Holbrook, 70, to help him solve the mystery. The retired electrician first began noticing plastic clips appearing in an old ice cream tub filled with peanuts which he keeps to feed the birds before more objects began to accumulate. To make sure he wasn’t going crazy, Stephen emptied the tub each night, only to discover the mess had been cleaned by the morning. After weeks of this going on, the duo set up a trail camera to uncover the mystery guest. Read more to see what they discovered.
After years of rumors and speculation, Apple officially announced the first-generation iPhone on January 9, 2007, and it was later released in the United States on June 29, 2007. Featuring quad-band GSM cellular connectivity with GPRS and EDGE support for data transfer. During the first press event, Steve Jobs wanted to show off the Maps function, and thus a prank call to Starbucks ensued. On a side note, did you know that development for this handset dated back to 2005, when Jobs conceived the idea of a device that users could directly interact with the display interface? That’s right, this was further developed upon over the next 2 years in complete secrecy, before being announced in Q1 2007. Read more for a selection of interesting images from the web.
Photo credit: Matty Benedetto via TwistedSifter
There are inventions that solve problems, and then these completely unnecessary ones by designer Matt Benedetto. Before putting any of them into mass production, he shares the inventions on Instagram to see just what social media thinks, starting with the AirPods, chopsticks and earring combo you see above. “AirStick™️ The perfect accessory for your apple AirPods. Enjoy your favorite sushi on the go and never leave your chopsticks behind,” said the designer. Read more for some of our favorites.
When The Master Chief Collection was finally announced for the PC last month, one overtly happy Reddit user made a comment saying they would buy the first responding 343 employee a pizza, in which Brian Jarrard, also known as “ske7ch343,” replied to. One pizza was delivered, and then an avalanche of other orders from random fans started pouring into the 343 Industries office. Halo modder Lord Zedd decided to pay tribute with a strange mod that transforms all of the game’s textures and text into pizza-related items, including sound effects. If you don’t want to hear “It’s Pizza Time!” a million times, we recommend muting the video once it starts. Read more for the mod as well as the video explaining how the meme all got started.
Google may become the champion of April Fools’ Day pranks if they keep this up, as they’ve unveiled yet another product that sounds cool, but will never become a reality. This service can be setting Google Assistant on your phone or the Google Home smart speaker to the English language and saying “Talk to Tulip Translator.” In other words, they can now they communicate with humans when they require assistance, such as water, light or some more space. “Socially, it turns out that plants, and particularly tulips, are very chatty, and make for great friends. Tulips are excellent listeners and when listened to carefully, give sound advice,” said Google. Read more to see it in-action.
Photo credit: Ryan Geraghty
Let’s face it, Apple has tried to keep things minimalist for their latest iPad Pro and MacBook models, but some people would prefer function over form. The Apple Dongle helps you accomplish the latter, with a USB-C port at one end, and a multitude of plugs, including a LAN cable, headphone jack, memory cards, and even the old 30-pin connector for some reason. Read more for additional pictures and information.