What better way for Santa Claus to power slide out of 2020 than in a rally car? That’s exactly what happened here, and in a classic BMW E36 M3 to boot. The modification list wasn’t provided, but it’s definitely winter road ready, complete with 400 hp and an open exhaust. As for grip on the snowy roads, the car has a set of studded rally-spec snow tires to keep it planted on the ground. These tires literally have metal studs embedded within the tread that are designed to dig into ice. Read more for the video, a bonus, and additional information.
Alberta police drove by a 20-year-old man who was apparently asleep behind the wheel of his 2019 Tesla Model S while the electric vehicle was speeding down the highway on autopilot. They were alerted to the scene by a caller who noted that both of the front seats were fully reclined with no visible driver. When the officer arrived, the vehicle was traveling at approximately 87mph in a zone with a speed limit of 68mph. Both driver and passenger appeared to be dormant. Read more for the news report and additional information.
A flight instructor from the Sling Pilot Academy might have captured the elusive jetpack man that pilots reported seeing while flying into LAX months ago. This sighting was captured at around 3,000 feet near Palos Verdes, south of Los Angeles, with Catalina Island clearly visible in the background. It was reported to the FAA promtply, but an official report was not filed due to a lack of details other than the footage you’re about to see. Read more for the video and additional information.
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Another day, another strange thing that starts trending on social media. This time, it’s a limited edition Oreo-Spam burger at select McDonalds China locations. Fortunately (or unfortunately), this salty and sweet concoction will be limited to just 400,000 sandwiches when it becomes available starting tomorrow, December 21. Spam was first introduced by Hormel on July 5, 1937 and was originally intended to increase the sale of pork shoulder, which was not a very popular cut at the time. Read more for additional pictures and information.
It’s true, Mazda actually made a ‘suitcase car’ in 1991. This is essentially a fully-functional car built into a piece of luggage and designed specifically for the company’s ‘Fantasyard’ event, an inter-departmental contest to see which group of employees could come up with the most innovative and creative solution to producing a ‘moving machine’. During the early 1990s, Mazda had already successfully reinvented the roadster with the MX-5 Miata and won Le Mans with the rotary-powered 787B racer, so it was the perfect time to build a car into a suitcase. Read more for a video of it in-action, additional pictures and information.
Despite dropping his iPhone 6S from a plane flying 2,000-feet in the air, Brazilian documentary filmmaker Ernesto Galiotto managed to recover the device and its entire fall. Galiotto recently uploaded a video where he could be seen flying over a beach in Brazil in the passenger seat of a small plane. He captured photos using his larger DSLR camera for a while, before switching to his iPhone. Unfortunately, sticking the device out the window with just one hand wasn’t the best idea. Read more to see what happened.
Former NASA and Apple engineer is back with the third iteration of his infamous Glitterbomb. This third-generation model now uses the world’s finest biodegradable glitter that sprays thieves as soon as the package is opened. That’s not all, some thieves won’t care about a little glitter being pumped out on them, and that’s why Mark decided to install a can of ultra potent “fart spray” and a skunk musk, all the while playing tunes from “Home Alone.” Read more for a video and additional information.
Blue Sky Rescue, a volunteer group that conducts search and rescue and other emergency work, teamed up with villagers in Zhong county near the city of Chongqing, to convert a drone into a flying flamethrower to burn down over 100 wasp nests. In all, they raised $12,200 to purchase the drone, equip it with a gasoline tank and then an arm-length nozzle. This most definitely is a commercial grade flying machine that you probably won’t easily find online. Read more for a video of it in-action and additional information.
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A vocal synthesizer is basically an electronic device that combines basic sounds to imitate the speech of a person, but you’ve probably seen nothing like Love Hulten’s VOC-25. This conceptual vocal synthesizer is based on the Axoloti Core and utilizes 25 sets of plastic teeth, with each one representing a unique note on the keyboard. The three-part wooden setup draws inspiration from the classic desktop computer including monitor, main console and keyboard. Read more for a video and additional information.
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Wanted to visit a place that is far away from anyone else, while still retaining some creature comforts? Then you might want to add Elliðaey, the most northeastern of the Westman Islands, located south of Iceland, to your bucket list. The island itself spans 110 acres, making it the third-largest island in the archipelago, and not home to much wildlife except for an abundance of puffins. However, the main attraction is the lone hunting lodge built by the Elliðaey Hunting Association. Read more for a fascinating look inside this place.