Most spiders prey on other smaller invertebrates like crickets and moths, but once in a while, they like to hunt larger creatures, such as opossums.
“Invertebrates preying on vertebrates is common, but it’s generally not assumed to be an important source of mortality for amphibians and reptiles,” said von May, a biologist at the University of Michigan. His research team captured a giant tarantula preying upon a small opossum in the Peruvian jungle. Read more to see what happened.
Microsoft’s Anechoic Chamber at their Redmond Campus is currently the quietest room on Earth, according to Guinness World Records, and this $1.5-million creation just might drive you crazy if you’re stuck in there for too long. It’s designed to test headphones and other hardware, so even just hearing your constant breathing might be a bit too much after 45-minutes or so. “Some people come in for a minute and want out immediately. People can’t handle it, it rattles their brains, it’s sensory deprivation,” said Hundraj Gopal, Microsoft’s principal human factors engineer, to DailyMail. Read more for a 360° video and additional information.
A 25-year-old woman from Taiwan constantly used her smartphone at maximum screen brightness for two years and managed to do some serious damage to her eyes, including burning 500 small holes into her cornea. Why was her screen brightness set to maximum? She discovered it was much easier to read messages even in bright sunlight, but eventually, it was never turned back, even when watching videos with the light off. After a while, she would often wake up with bloodshot eyes and had blurred vision throughout the day until things got so bad that she finally consulted an ophthalmologist. Read more for the news report and additional information.
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The Fast & Furious franchise has been known for its outlandish vehicles, especially the Toyota Supra that late actor Paul Walker made famous, and that has inspired custom vehicle mashups, like this one. The last place you’d probably expect a Toyota Supra 3.0L inline-six 2JZ-GTE turbo engine is in a “hi-riser,” or in other words, a traditional, full-size, body on frame, V8 powered, rear wheel drive American-built sedan modified by significantly increasing the ground clearance. This 1973 Chevrolet Impala by an auto enthusiast named Craig may look normal at first glance, but it’s much more than meets the eye. Read more for a video showing why.
Always wanted to make plasma at home? You can with just a grape, knife, and a microwave oven that you don’t mind potentially ruining. Simply cut a single grape nearly in half, leaving a bit of skin connecting the halves, then microwave it by itself, and after a few seconds, you’ll be able to view a bright fireball-like plume of plasma, or to be more scientific, a stream of charged particles called ions that leap from one half to the other, then rise upward. Read more for another video explaining why this happens.
Russia-based Caviar has introduced their latest line of luxury iPhone models, and it’s called “The Great Presidents Collection”. Limited to just 99-units each, they’re available in iPhone XS and iPhone XS models since they take 10-days to make, complete with a luxurious black leather box. The handsets feature 24-carat gold plating and shows a portrait of one of the former presidents, with a quote directly from the president underneath their bust. One caveat: prices start at $4,900+. Read more for a hands-on unboxing and additional information.
The Toilet Paper Blaster Skid Shot is not an early April Fools’ Day prank, but a real product that puts the Nerf Fortnite blasters to shame, or at least for some people. Simply put, it’s capable of blasting toilet paper up to 30 feet by transforming real toilet paper into clean spitballs. However, this gadgets uses water, not spit, for hygienic spitballs that are bio-degradable and easy to clean up. According to the manufacturer, you can get approximately 350+ spitballs per roll of 2-ply toilet paper. Product page. Read more for a video review and additional information.
Photographer Victor Huang wanted to test out his new Panasonic Lumix camera while swimming in the waters o Wahine Memorial, Wellington, New Zealand, but little did he know that the large wild octopus he encountered would lead him on a different kind of journey. This octopus snagged the camera from his hands and swam away with it while still recording the movie-worthy chase. Read more to see what happened next.
This bizarre “Thought Box” does not have any groundbreaking technology, as it’s essentially a box that you place over your head. Made in Great Britain, it consists of a cardboard fabric (lycra) box, an adjustable internal plastic helmet, ear plugs, and 5 interchangeable colored fabric filters to suit your mood. Plus, it comes with a Thought Stool made from solid beech. One caveat: this will set you back $640. Read more for additional pictures and information.
Astronomers have spotted a piece of debris as close as 370 miles from the Earth’s surface, and it’s thought to be what is known as an “empty trash bag object” (ETBO), which often orbit in erratic ways given their size and shape. It’s believed they are remnants from a rocket launch, but researchers can’t pinpoint the exact spacecraft it came from, and can stretch several meters across. Read more for a video and additional information.