Ravi Hongal, a 49-year-old photography fanatic from Belgaum, India, decided to combine his passions into a three-story house. Little did he know that it would become the latest attraction in the city. Why? Well, from afar, it looks like a giant camera with a Nikon lens, Canon flash, and an Epson printer. How much did all this cost? So far, he’s put in $95,000 USD. Read more for a video tour and additional information.
Video game collectors have been known to pay exorbitant amounts for pristine examples of sealed games, and this graded copy of Super Mario Bros. just set a new record. Not only is this an original black box release, but it’s a rare sealed with hangtab variant. The previous record was $100,150 for a copy of the same game in similar condition, but someone decided to shell out $114,000 this one. Read more to see its appearance on Pawn Stars and additional information.
Paragliding refers to the adventure sport of flying lightweight, free-flying, foot-launched glider aircraft with no rigid primary structure. A pilot typically sits in a harness suspended below a fabric wing, while the wing shape is maintained by the suspension lines. The pressure of air entering vents in the front of the wing, and the aerodynamic forces of the air flowing over the outside, but Turkish man Hasan Kaval had other ideas. Read more to see a real flying couch potato.
The Great Pyramid of Giza is the oldest and largest of the three pyramids in the Giza pyramid complex bordering present-day Giza in Greater Cairo, Egypt. It’s also the oldest of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World, but due to the pandemic, many people have not been able to visit this year. A couple, Andrey and Victoria Vakhrushev, from Istinka, Russia, used modern tools to build a miniature concrete replica in their backyard. Read more for two videos and additional information.
Photo credit: Alireza Zamani | University of Turku via DailyMail
Scientists have discovered a new velvet spider species that wears a vibrant red-and-white pattern on its back reminiscent of the grin worn by Joaquin Phoenix, who played the Joker, Batman’s long-standing nemesis. It’s officially called “Loureedia phoenixi”, and it’s the first Loureedia spider to be identified outside the Mediterranean region. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Vintage Everyday
The 1939-40 New York World’s Fair was held at Flushing Meadows–Corona Park in Queens and the second most expensive American world’s fair of all time. Many countries around the world exhibited, and over 44-million people attended the festivities in two seasons. Why? Well, it was the first exposition to showcase future technologies and “the world of tomorrow”. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information about the Pontiac ghost car that was at the show.
Headed to SEMA 2021 (Nov. 2-5) in Las Vegas is Highway Star, a mashup of vehicles being built by Wisconsin-based tuners Hemi Autoworks and Ellsworth Racing. This vehicle is based on a Dodge Viper chassis, but has the body of a 1970 Dodge Challenger. The chassis was extended by 13-inches to accommodate the Challenger body, while fender flares were added to make room for the 19-inch wheels and ultra wide tires. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Stephan Laforge
Located just two miles from the Las Vegas strip, this home may look normal at first, but it’s just a cover for the 15,000-square-foot doomsday bunker that lies beneath. At $18-million, the fallout shelter includes a 5,000-square-foot home with a 1970s style design, complete with five bedrooms, six bathrooms, a pool, as well as a small guesthouse located above ground. Read more for two video tours, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Comune di Negrar di Valpolicella
The last thing archaeologists expected to find in Verona, Italy while conducing excavations at a vineyard in Verona was a well-preserved mosaic floor dating back to the third century A.D. The first traces of this ancient residence was discovered in a hilly area above the town of Negrar di Valpolicella, near Verona, in 1922, but it took a team from the Superintendent of Archaeology, Fine Arts and Landscape of Verona to uncover the stunning find. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Burger King wants to ensure that its customers in Germany are socially distancing themselves to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and to promote this, they’ve debuted “social-distance crowns”. These are specially designed to keep customers exactly 6-feet apart as restaurants reopen dine-in service. Read more for a video of the new “Social Distancing Whopper” that goes along with these giant crowns.