Cody spotted an unidentified flying object in Twentynine Palms, California, a little after 9.15pm on Monday. This strange UFO can be seen floating in the pitch black night sky to the right of the vehicle. “I guess it’s not really that far, it’s like right here, we’re going to drive right up to it. It’s a long ribbon in the sky, a light ribbon and it shakes. It’s all segmented too,” said the driver. Read more for two videos and additional information.
The bee population has been in decline for quite some time, and according to research, honeybees perform 80% of pollination and 70% of the top human food crops—which supply about 90% of the planet’s nutrition—are pollinated by bees. McDonald’s boasts close to 38,000 locations in over 100 countries, and most certainly has an impact on global food supply and an interest in making sure that bees can keep doing their work for this reason. Sweden’s McDonalds franchisees are experimenting with beehives on top of some restaurants in the country. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Just when you thought deepfakes couldn’t get any creepier (or cooler), new videos have popped up transforming comedian / actor Bill Hader into Al Pacino and Arnold Schwarzenegger. For those who don’t know what a deepfake is, this basically refers to a technique for human image synthesis based on artificial intelligence. It’s used to combine and superimpose existing images and videos onto source images or videos using a machine learning technique called a “generative adversarial network” (GAN). Read more for another video and additional information.
Photo credit: Sebastian Errazuriz
New York-based designer Sebastian Errazuriz has seen numerous Notre-Dame Cathedral proposals and wanted to come up with one a bit more lighthearted as an “act of creative one-upmanship”. What did he come up with? Turning the cathedral into a rocket launch pad. “This is not a serious a proposal for the reconstruction of Notre-Dame. This is an act of creative one-upmanship designed to ridicule every remaining, rapacious architectural firm still circling the carcass of Notre-Dame with an ‘idea’ for a new roof proposal,” said Errazuriz. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Tadas Maksimovas
Created by Tadas Maksimovas, the Emotigun is basically a wireless 12V gatling gun that unloads real-life emojis, such as Facebook likes, instead of traditional ammunition. This wooden sling shot of sorts is capable of firing over ten rounds per second using anti-cold rubber bands. Tadas, its creator, dressed as Mark Zuckerberg, and took over 200 Facebook reactions to the face. Read more for a video, additional pictures and information.
Photo credit: Car Scoops
Nissan’s second-generation 240SX (S14 in Japan) was released in the spring of 1994 as a 1995 model, and unlike its predecessor, both the hatchback and convertible body styles were eliminated, leaving just the coupe. One auto enthusiast decided to convert one of these fine specimens into a bizarre-looking pickup truck, which required chopping most of the roof off and fitting an upright rear window, while adding a functional bed. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Taiwan resident Ben Hsu probably knew Apple’s AirPods were able to withstand some rigorous conditions, but probably not inside his stomach. How did he manage to swallow one of these earbuds? Well, he was missing one after waking up from a nap, so he hit the “Play Sound” option, and discovered that an AirPod was beeping from his stomach region. This lone AirPod either came loose and fell into his mouth or he pulled it out while napping right over his mouth. Read more for a video and additional information.
How about a self-driving car that was designed specifically for blind dates? Introducing the Renault Project XY-2. When the two passengers step in, they’ll only able to communicate vocally through the partition that separates them. As the journey progresses, the seats actually slides backwards towards the rear of the vehicle where the partition is gone, and they’ll be able to communicate properly. Read more for additional pictures and information.
The Razer Toaster, formerly known as Project Breadwinner, is now becoming a reality, says CEO Min-Liang Tan. “I’m going to put together my team of designers and engineers. It will take a few years, but I’ll be sure to share the progress,” said Tan on Facebook. Why? Well, his challenge was for his Facebook page “Give us the Razer Toaster” to reach over 1 million likes, and it’s blown past that. Read more for a hands-on video and additional information.
These skull fire pit gas logs may look creepy, but they’re fully-functional and work quite well to say the least. The two-piece log is made from reinforced steel and produced with lave granules as well as significant heat ceramic refractory. “It is NOT burning. Soot accumulation is part of the chemical reaction when gas/wood burns. ANYTHING that goes into an open fire turns black, gas logs / fire skulls included. Our findings are that with soot accumulation, their appearance becomes more genuine and realistic,” said its creator. More information. Read more for a collection of interesting images from around the web.