IKEA may be known for its build-it-yourself furniture, but did you know they offer a wide variety of other products too, including plush toys? One of their most famous characters is BLAHAJ, a plush toy shark, who has become a big social media star. “Big and safe to have at your side if you want to discover the world underneath the sea. The blue shark can swim very far, dive really deep and hear your heart beating from far away,” according to the product description. Continue reading for more pictures.
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Halloween is next week, and what better way to kick off the celebrations than by showcasing some of the geekiest decorations that internet users have spotted for 2018? Starting off, we have the “Monster House” by Christine McConell. During the day, it looks like normal decals, but when it gets dark out, the entire house lights up. Continue reading for more.
Boston Dynamics has just released a new video of its SpotMini robot dog, and not only can it perform basic tasks around the house, but also groove to your favorite tunes, like “Uptown Funk”. For those who haven’t seen this robotic wonder, it’s all-electricm weighs 66-pounds, and can run for 90-minutes straight on a single charge. The robot’s 17 joints and slightly creepy arm with five degrees of freedom enable it to move smoothly. Continue reading for another video and more information.
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.
Developed by researchers at RMIT University in Melbourne, Australia, Sans Forgetica is designed to help boost your memory, and based on a font called Albion. How does it work? The substantial modifications basically force readers to spend more time reading each word, allowing the brain to engage in deeper cognitive processing. “Sans Forgetica lies at a sweet spot where just enough obstruction has been added to create that memory retention,” said the researchers. Continue reading for a video on the science behind it 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.
Sydney-based filmmaker Taiyo Masuda recently went on a kayaking trip with his friend Kyle Mulinder when he unexpectedly captured a wildlife encounter unlike any other with a GoPro Hero 7 Black: a seal swam up to Mulinder and slapped him in the face with an octopus, or possibly providing him with a gift. “We were kayaking in the winter NZ Kaikoura, beautiful day, seals were swimming and enjoying the sun on the rocks. Right around lunchtime, several seals started to swim around. We just thought they were refreshing their body, yet apparently they were seeking more of food,” said Masuda to Peta Pixel. Continue reading to see more footage from Taiyo’s adventures.
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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.
If you watched James Franco’s “The Disaster Artist,” and have always wanted the original, now is your chance. Tommy Wiseau has uploaded the full “The Room” movie onto YouTube for your viewing pleasure, without requiring payment of any sort. For those who have not seen either, just know that a number of publications have labeled “The Room” one of the worst films ever made, but one that has become a cult classic. Continue reading to watch the movie in its entirety.
This is not an early April Fools’ Day joke, Jaguar Land Rover has fitted their intelligent pods with virtual eyes for the sole reason of having the vehicle communicate with pedestrians. They are designed to look at pedestrians using the crosswalk, acknowledge their presence, and hopefully making them feel more comfortable crossing the road in front of driverless cars. Continue reading for another video about these pods by Aurrigo and more information.