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.
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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.
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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.
Google Maps’ Snake game may have been an early April Fools’ Day prank, but the company has followed up with a “Screen Cleaner” for your smartphone that’s supposedly hidden in their Files App. Simply put, this software has a secret feature that eliminates the need to manually wipe the screen display, whether it be dislodging dust, smudges, or other residue. Supposedly, this is made possible through the API that can identify imperfections on the surface of the screen. Once detected, they’re shaken off by smartly targeted micro movements using the phone’s vibrating motor and haptic controls to generate micro vibrations to create a non-stick shield that further keeps your handset clean. Read more to see it in-action.
Photo credit: Costică Acsinte via Peta Pixel
Photoshop enthusiast Shawn Pollock came across a damaged photo taken by 20th-century Romanian war photographer Costică Acsintehas and decided to sharpen his colorizing skills on it. Before computers, this was accomplished through the use of watercolors, oils, crayons or pastels, and other paints or dyes applied directly to the image surface using brushes, fingers, cotton swabs or airbrushes. Read more to see the before and after result.
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Long before internet memes, there was Morris the Cat, the mascot for 9Lives brand cat food, who has appeared on its packaging and in many of its television commercials. This particular appearance was on a 1986 calendar titled “Morris, A Cat For Our Times” that featured several pieces of technology. Did you know that three different cats have played Morris the Cat? That’s right, the original was discovered in 1968, at the Hinsdale Humane Society, a Chicago-area animal shelter. Read more for additional pictures.
National Mario Day is here, and if you’ve ever wondered why it’s celebrated, wonder no more. This geeky occasion is celebrated on March 10 because Mar 10 resembles the name MARIO, and it’s been officially recognized by Nintendo since 2016. While they do not hold any massive worldwide events, they do have plenty of Mario game sales going on. Level UP has created a version of Pong with Super Mario Bros. physics, or what it could have been like if Nintendo released their own version back in the day. Read more to see how it plays.