Soya no Sohi, also known as Azusa Gakuyuki on Twitter, gained thousands of fans on social media platforms as a young motorcycle enthusiast traveling the scenic roadways of northern Japan. This social media influencer traversed through mountains, beaches and the countryside on Yamaha sport bikes. What most did not know is that Soya was actually Yasuo Nakajima, a 50-year-old man who used the AI-powered FaceApp to transform his face in every shot. Read more for a video and additional information.
The Tail Company introduces their latest creation, the miTail, an app-controlled animatronic tail that can be worn just about anywhere, from cosplay conventions to films. It features a removable cover that can be customized to your liking, a no-phone mode, USB-C charging, and over-the-air updates beamed directly to the tail. This model is 20% lighter than its predecessor and even easier to wear, thanks to a new D-Clip design. Read more for a video and additional information.
Developed by the MA Corporation, the Katsugyo Bag has nothing to do with the handbags that people carry around, but is rather a portable aquarium of sorts. It’s properly equipped to transport live fish, whether it be from the market or your home, while an small gauge on top shows the water’s oxygen saturation. This device is separated into two body sections, enabling you to remove the aquarium, store the fish, and then connect it to the main section before turning on the power. Read more for a video and additional information.
Auto enthusiast and mechanic Ernie Adams specializes in transforming old fridges into tiny dwarf cars for his museum in Maricopa, Arizona. Each one of these vehicles is hand built and takes up to 4,000-hours to finish. To date, he’s completed hundreds of these tiny vehicles, including several race cars to miniature replicas of classics such as a 1939 Chevy, all of which are street legal. Read more for a video and additional information.
A bicycle frame is essentially what holds everything together, including the wheels and other components. The typical design for an upright bicycle is designed for safety, with two triangles – a main one and a paired rear – forming a diamond frame. These are required to be strong, stiff and light, which various bicycles do by combining different materials and shapes, depending on their use. Read more to see what happens when an engineer uses chains and spare parts to build one.
Inventor Henry Hanson wanted to create a trumpet unlike any other, and what he came up with was a block of concrete, literally. This fully-functional musical instrument was handcrafted from a single block of concrete, but the building process included several technologies that many are familiar with, including creating a virtual model and a 3D printer. Once a prototype was complete, finishing touches were added with wood and concrete. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Guangxi Beibu Gulf Airlines was forced to cancel a flight after a man threw six coins into the plane’s engine for good luck. Fortunately, the airport workers noticed coins on the floor under the engine in a pre-takeoff inspection. Around 150 passengers were escorted off flight GX8814 from Weifang to Haikou, in the Chinese provinces of Shandong and Hainan, for further inspection as well as their safety. Read more for a news segment and additional information.
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Ever since the original Fast & Furious movie was released back on June 22, 2001, modified Honda Civics are nothing special, but this one spotted on a local Facebook group definitely stands out, and probably not for the reasons you think. Priced at $2,700 USD, this sixth-generation Civic appears to have been chopped in half and had a pickup bed spliced onto the rear. Unfortunately, this was not completed in the hands of a professional, so it’s quite rough around the edges. Read more to see why.
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Let’s face it, some people just need a semi-truck for either work or personal reasons, but here’s what you shouldn’t do. One person decided to take a Ford Explorer, remove its wheels, and then set the body on a Freightliner semi-truck chassis. We’re not sure how well it drives, but this vehicle does have considerably more storage space than a standard SUV, especially with the large bed in the rear. One caveat, aside from its looks: double parking is inevitable. Read more for another image.
Remember the 2 Fast 2 Furious bridge jump scene where Devon Aoki in her S2000 jumped over the South Miami Avenue Bridge, where South Miami Avenue crosses the Miami River between 3rd and 6th Streets? Well, one driver from Daytona Beach decided to try the stunt, albeit on a smaller scale, as they smashed through a traffic arm in front of the Main Street bridge Monday and crossed as the drawbridge was opening. Read more for the footage and additional information.