The last thing you’d probably expect to see while sailing your catamaran towards Fiji in the Pacific Ocean is a 150-square-kilometer pumice island drifting towards Australia, but that’s exactly what one couple encountered. How did this bizarre phenomenon happen? Researchers are saying it was due to an underwater volcanic eruption near the island of Tonga. This pumice island reportedly spans the size of over 20,000 football fields and is several inches thick. Read more for a video and additional information.
No, this isn’t a roller coaster, just a pedal-powered attraction located at the Washuzan Highland amusement park in Okayama, Japan. It’s called the SkyCycle, and the ride consists of tandem bikes attached to a metal rail situated 50-feet above ground. The ride itself, aside from the height, isn’t very terrifying, but there are no safety rails, so should there be any emergencies, you’ll be required to hold on for dear life, literally. Read more for a video and additional information.
Here’s an oldie, but goodie of a real Japanese samurai using a katana sword to slice a baseball in half. Just for reference, it takes a major league baseball player around .380-seconds to react to a pitched ball thrown at 100 mph from 60-feet away. Isao Machii is standing just 30 feet away from a pitching machine yet still manages to slice a baseball in half. Read more for the video and additional information.
Sure, the Googleplex in Mountain View, California has been featured in its very own movie (The Internship), but Amazon may take the crown for one of the world’s coolest office spaces. Officially called “The Spheres,” this $4-billion project basically consists of three large glass domes that sit amid Amazon’s business center, designed to serve as a space for employees to work and collaborate with their colleagues in a rainforest-like atmosphere. Read more for a video tour and additional information.
In Supreme’s fall / winter 2019 catalog, you’ll find a “burner phone” manufactured by Blu. It drops on August 22nd, and unfortunately, there’s no smart functions at all on the device. This 3G only mobile phone features a 2.4-inch screen, 128MB of internal storage, a 16GB memory card, and yes, there’s even a built-in camera. Read more for another picture and additional information.
Vollebak’s Black Squid Jacket is inspired by the ability of a squid to rapidly change color, and to achieve this effect, the surface was coated in resin with 2 billion laser-embedded black glass microspheres, or 40,000 per square centimeter of material. In less optimal light conditions, the light reflects off the exterior, giving the jacket an “oily” appearance, while bright sunlight gives it an iridescent sheen. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Would you rather spend $5-million on a mansion, or the world’s first and only Learjet limo? If it’s the latter, you’ll be glad to know that this limousine not only looks like a private jet, but seats up to eight people, complete with illuminated plexiglass panels on the roof, a large television, lots of speakers, an LED infinity floor and of course, plenty of mood lighting. Read more for a video tour and additional information.
When you spot a vehicle stopped on the side of the road, engine problems and / or a punctured tire usually come to mind, but that’s not that Sgt. Kyle Smith of the Washington State Patrol discovered. He saw a driver parked on the shoulder of eastbound Highway 518 in Burien near Seattle-Tacoma International Airport on Tuesday evening, but as he got close to the window to talk to the driver, eight smartphones, all playing Pokemon Go, were spotted. Read more for the Tweet and additional information.
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The last thing you’d expect as a diver is for a great white shark to breach your cage while you’re still inside, but that’s exactly what happened here off the coast of Mexico. What exactly happened? Well, as it lunged for a piece of bait, the shark hits the side of the cage where it thrashed around, breaking through the bars and into the shark cage. Read more for a video and additional information.
There are many ways to unlock a Tesla Model 3, with one of them being a key card. One owner decided to implant the RFID chip from that card directly into her arm, so she’ll never be locked out should the keyfob or app be inaccessible. Since she already has one RFID chip implanted in her hand, her initial plan was to simply transfer the key card information over, but Tesla’s security measures prevented that. Read more for a video and additional information.