The dolophones conifera, better known as the Wrap-around spider, is a species of spider in the family Araneidae indigenous to Australia. What makes it stand out is its ability to flatten and wrap its body around tree limbs as camouflage. During the evening, it stays in webs, while during the day take up their characteristic camouflaged form on tree branches and trunks. They also travel along the ground. Continue reading for more creepy natural phenomena that you might not have seen before.
If you hate washing dishes, there may be a solution, the “Kurasa Wash”. This handheld gadget by Japan-based Thanko features two crab-like arms that start spinning at the push of a button, which means all you need to do is add detergent beforehand, and rinse once all the grime is scrubbed off. When fully charged, you can expect up to 1-hour of continuous use. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
When humans get struck by lightning, a fascinating pattern appears on their skin, better known as a Lichtenberg figure. To be more specific, these are reddish, fern-like patterns that may surface for hours or even days. These lightning flowers are thought to be caused by the rupture of capillaries under the skin due to the passage of the lightning current or the shock wave from the lightning discharge as it flashes over the skin. A lightning strike can also create a large Lichtenberg figure in grass surrounding the point struck. These are sometimes found on golf courses or in grassy meadows. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
The Chernobyl Exclusion Zone is the officially designated exclusion zone around the site of the Chernobyl nuclear reactor disaster. Its purpose is to restrict access to hazardous areas, reduce the spread of radiological contamination and conduct radiological and ecological monitoring activities. Today the Exclusion Zone is one of the most radioactively contaminated areas in the world and draws significant scientific interest for the high levels of radiation exposure in the environment, as well as increasing interest from tourists. Continue reading for more strange places that you may not have known about.
Have stinky shoes, and at least 5-hours to spare? Look no further than the Panasonic MS-DS100 Shoe Deodorizer. Simply plug the device in with the bottom nodes placed over the top of your shoes, and then highly charged ions are used to penetrate through the material, thus dissolving odor-causing particles. If the normal 5-hour mode just isn’t enough, there’s also a 7-hour long mode, which according to the company, is for “when you are especially concerned about smell or pollen.” Continue reading for more pictures and information.
The Autozam AZ-1 is basically a mid-engined sports kei (the Japanese legal category for the smallest and most limited power, highway-legal motor vehicles) car that was designed and manufactured by Suzuki, but sold by Mazda under its Autozam brand. It was available in Siberia Blue or Classic Red from October 1992 to 1994, and most noted for its gullwing doors. Power came from the same Suzuki-sourced 657 cc turbocharged engine used by the Mazda Carol that produced 65 hp at 6500 rpm and 63 lb-ft of torque at 4000 rpm. Continue reading for another test drive video, more pictures and information.
It’s not everyday that you find a modern cell phone with anything less than an 8-megapixel camera, but this bizarre model not only underwhelms with a 0.3-megapixel shooter, but it doubles as a functional shaver as well. That’s right, simply remove the top cover, flip a switch, and you’re ready to groom, but just in case there’s a power outage, a bright LED light ensures that the room stays illuminated. Oh, let’s not forget the phone’s dual SIM card slots for your travels. Continue reading for another hands-on video, more pictures and information.
There’s optical mice, Apple’s Magic Mouse, and now, the RollerMouse Red. Unlike other computer mice, the RollerMouse was designed to be an extension of your keyboard, which essentially consists of a sliding roller that lets you scroll on the Y axis, and slide using the X axis. Though not ideal for gaming, it does work great for digital artists, editing, and just casual use. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Let’s face it, Ferrari has never manufactured any type of sport compact vehicle, but if the automaker were to produce such a model, it might look something like the hatchback above. This vehicle was created by industrial designer Taekang Lee and has just enough room for a twin-turbo 2.9-liter V6 engine from the Alfa Romeo Giulia and Stelvio Quadrifoglio. continue reading for more pictures and information.
If you’ve never heard of this company, Peek Inc. was basically a mobile technology firm headquartered in New York, NY. They were known for their mobile Internet device, an ultra low-cost smartphone that was an email-only mobile handheld device launched in September 2008. TwitterPeek, introduced in November 2009, is a mobile device that allows users to send and receive tweets using Twitter. It is the first Twitter-only mobile device. On February 1, 2012, Peek announced that it had terminated service for all its dedicated hardware in a move to cloud-only service. Continue reading for more failed products that you may not have known existed.