To commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing, a master builders at LEGO spent nearly 300 hours designing and building a life-size model of the lunar module pilot and the iconic A7L spacesuit that he wore on July 20, 1969 at Tranquility Base, using a whopping 44,051-bricks. This life-sized figure made its debut to the public on Thursday (July 18) at the Apollo 50 Festival hosted by the Smithsonian and NASA on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
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One fan of The Predator, an extraterrestrial species featured in the Predator science-fiction franchise, decided to take his fandom to the next level by wearing a full-body costume while riding a custom motorcycle. This alien chopper on a road in Thailand’s Mukdahan province was understandably stopped by Thai police, as the mask probably offers nowhere near the protection a real motorcycle helmet does. Read more for a video and additional information.
John Deere has teamed up with PING to create the world’s largest answer golf putter, or to be more specific, a half-excavator, half-putter that can actually hit putts. The project all bega with Tony Serrano, Senior Design Engineer at Ping, who used CAD (computer aided drafting) to design the putter head, which was originally the traditional size of a putter, but John Deere later blew it up to scale. Next, the putter head was meticulously adorned with the iconic features of Ping’s famous Anser putters, with John Deere tractor-inspired designs inter-weaved throughout. Read more for two additional videos, pictures and information.
Google has been known for Easter eggs, and their latest is a Wimbledon tennis game hidden in its related search results to mark the 2019 Wimbledon tennis championships, whose finals take place on July 13 and 14. How do you find it? Simply go to Google, type in Wimbledon or #Wimbledon, scroll to the right-most edge of the scorecard, cick on the green tennis ball icon, hit play, and you’re ready to game. Read more for a video tutorial and additional information.
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Just when you thought airport hotels were all the same, Haneda Excel Hotel Tokyu decides to change everything with their latest offering. One of the hotel’s rooms has a full-sized Boeing 737-800 flight simulator. How much will it cost you to stay in this room? How about a cool 25,300 yen ($233.07 USD) and / or you can even book a 90-minute flight lesson with a certified instructor for 30,000 yen (around $276.40 USD). Read more for additional pictures and information.
No, this Pokémon card isn’t made of solid gold, but it is however valued at $60,000. Unfortunately, the card, “Trainer No. 3,” sold by eBay user Pokemonplace and insured for $50,000 before being shipped via USPS, went missing while in transit to its new owner. Why is this card so precious? It was an exclusive card gifted to the third-place finisher of a Japanese event in 1999, making it one of the rarest Pokémon cards ever. Pokemonplace is offering a $1,000 reward for anyone who that can successfully locate the card and send it to the original buyer safely. Read more for a video explaining the situation and what may have happened.
The LEGO Apollo 11 Lunar Lander is a magnificent kit with 1,087 pieces, but what could make it even better? Turning it into a short film, complete with NASA sound effects. That’s exactly what aerospace engineer Adam Woodworth did. However, there were some modifications that needed to be made, starting with clearing out the ascent stage for a battery, and then adding a flight controller as well as some rotors. Read more for the video and additional pictures of the build.
The Elago W6 Stand basically turns your Apple Watch into an iPod Classic, in which the company released six generations as well as a spin-off (iPod Photo) that was later re-integrated into the main lineup. This stand’s real-life counterpart used a 1.8-inch hard drive for storage, but unfortunately, this accessory does not double as a music player. However, you can simply place your Apple Watch in the stand to charge it, and if kept near your bed, you’ll have access to all its key functions, like the alarm clock as well as messages. Product page. Read more for additional pictures and information.
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Amateur rocket enthusiasts from Western Canada were celebrating the Apollo 11 anniversary in Alberta, Canada today at the 21st Rock Lake rocket launch. However, there was one particular rocket that stood out among the rest, and it’s called “Kronos Pente”. This scale model of Apollo 11 Saturn V was built specially to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1969 moon landing. “We’ve never seen a rocket like this built and flown in Canada and we wanted to bring that to our community. This project took us about a year and a half to build. It was very challenging. There’s a lot of different or innovative ideas that we put into it,” said Shane Weatherill, Kronos E Project team member. Read more for a video and additional information.
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LEGO fans rejoice! There were several special-edition DeLorean cars produced over the years, and the car is most notably featured as the time machine in the Back to the Future film trilogy. A total of six DeLorean chassis were used during the production, along with one manufactured out of fiberglass for scenes where a full-size DeLorean was needed to “fly” on-screen. Dave Slater decided to pay tribute by building a miniature replica using LEGO parts, complete with a tiny flux capacitor. Read more for additional pictures and information.