You may have encountered street performers that are seemingly ‘levitating’ in mid-air, almost as if they were sitting on an invisible chair. Supernatural powers are definitely not in use, just a clever contraption. Simply put, it consists of three sections made of steel rods / plates: the seat, shaft, and a base plate. In this case, “The Q” made a custom leg brace capable of holding up his entire body’s weight hidden underneath his jeans. Read more for a video showing exactly how it works.
Doom II was originally released for MS-DOS computers in 1994 and Macintosh computers in 1995. For those who still remember, id Software did not go the shareware and mail order route this time, unlike the original game. It was such a success that a Master Levels expansion pack with 21 new levels made its way to stores on December 26, 1995. Gamer Bill Thrope spent 9-months recreating this FPS using cardboard and countless hours of editing. Read more for the video, which includes an appearance by none other than John Romero,
If you’ve browsed YouTube in the past 2-years, ASMR video might have randomly shown up in your feed. These refer to autonomous sensory meridian response (ASMR), or a tingling sensation that typically begins on the scalp and moves down the back of the neck and upper spine. The triggers for these sensations are commonly auditory / visual, and may be encountered through the interpersonal interactions of daily life. Spotify partnered with The LEGO Group to bring you an entire playlist of brick-filled goodness. Read more for a preview and additional information.
Anyone who used Microsoft Windows throughout the early 2000s probably remember the many sounds of these operating systems. One place you probably don’t expect to hear them is from an a capella group. Whether it be the Windows XP Home Edition shutdown, Windows Vista startup theme, recycle bin, “USB In” / “USB Out”, the MayTree group from Korea has them covered, without the use of a computer. What could be next? Possibly some Mac OS sounds if there are any notable sounds worth recreating. Read more for the video and additional information.
Ever wish you could relive the Toys ‘R’ Us experience from the 1990s? If so, this recently uncovered video from From the day before Thanksgiving in 1991, shot at a New York City Toys ‘R’ Us store, should do the trick. This particular Herald Square location, located at 34th Street and 6th Avenue in Manhattan, was shuttered in the late 90s in response to the Times Square flagship store opening a few years later. Whether it be customers browsing the video game section for brand new Nintendo Game Boy consoles or classic Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles action figures, you’ll see it here. Read more for the video and additional pictures.
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Can a real F1 car generate enough downforce to drive upside down? Engineering After Hours set out to discover if it’s a possibility with his latest project. So, he started with one of his existing remote-controlled cars and then 3D-printed a few parts to generate downforce equal to three times the weight of the vehicle. Unfortunately, its underbody wasn’t able to get a good seal with the racing surface while moving. Read more to see what he had to do to get it working.
In the US, the Pokemon Trading Card Game (TCG) was originally published by Wizards of the Coast, but what many don’t know is that in the beginning, they actually test printed two cards to show Nintendo. That’s right, only two Pokémon Blastoise #009/165R Commissioned Presentation Galaxy Star Hologram cards were ever printed by Cartamundi for Wizards of the Coast, with this one being certified and graded by CGC to ensure its authenticity. Read more to for a video of the ultra rare $360,000 USD card in detail.
Ever wonder how some LEGO sets come about? If so, many start out as LEGO Ideas, an online contest of sorts that lets fans vote on custom-built sets. If a particular set gets enough votes, LEGO will consider making it a real one, and “Metroid: Samus Aran’s Gunship” by L-DI-EGO, is one of the latest submissions to get some attention. Consisting of a total of 1,1590-pieces, it’s modeled after the bounty hunter’s iconic vessel and has many extras to go along with it. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Many are used to seeing amazing LEGO creations, but Tyler Bower wanted to show just what is possible with K’NEX and your imagination. So, he built a functional 7.5-foot-tall pinball machine with automatic scoring. How does it recreate the pinball experience? It utilizes three motors, a corded power drill for all 10 chain lifts, a secondary motor to power the moving ramp / multiball door / mini door / spinner, and then a third motor to open / close the blue trapdoor when activated. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.
For those who remember the SGH-E700 clamshell mobile phone from 2003 or the SGH-T100 in 2001, these geeky Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro cases may look familiar. Not much detail has been revealed about them except that they’re only available in South Korea until January 31st. The screens on the lids may work and could show time, but more than likely, these are just decals. Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro wireless earbuds were unveiled earlier this week at the company’s Unpacked event. Read more for more pictures of the case and a video review of the earbuds.