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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.
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Always wanted to paddle through bioluminescent waters in a clear kayak? Then you might want to head on over to Florida’s Space Coast. This phenomenon normally occurs during the summer months and turns the area’s rivers and lagoons into a glowing scene straight from a fantasy movie that travelers can actually kayak and paddleboard through. It occurs in Florida due to a chemical reaction that causes Cone Jellyfish and Dinoflagellates to light up anytime the water is disturbed. Read more for another video and additional information.
NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston is celebrating the reopening of Mission Control, the command post that helped astronaut Neil Armstrong become the first human to set foot on the moon, after a three-year, multimillion-dollar renovation. During the Apollo era, Mission Control was one of the most famous and important rooms on Earth, but sadly, it fell into disrepair. “This is a place where we battled to achieve the high ground of space. Carpeting was held together with yellow duct tape. I’d walk into the consoles, pieces were missing,” said legendary flight director Gene Kranz. Read more to see the completed renovation.
Designer Kenneth Cobonpue teamed with Lucasfilm LTD to create a Star Wars-inspired furniture line that just might be the geekiest yet. You’ll find everything from an Imperial TIE Fighter Wings Easy Armchair Imperial TIE Fighter Wings End Tables, a Darth Sidious Easy Arm Chair, a Chewie Rocking Stool, hanging / floor Jedi Lamps and a Darth Vader Covered Computer Easy Chair. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Nissan’s Aigamo may not be the first robot duck, but the task it was designed to perform most certainly stands out. Simply put, it keeps farmers’ rice paddies healthy by destroying weeds, eating bugs and fertilizing crops without using harmful chemicals. That’s right, it specializes in muddying the water to prevent weeds from growing by blocking sunlight, thanks to GPS, a WiFi connection and solar power. Read more for this week’s selection of fascinating images from around the web.