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Watch: Artist Creates Purr-Fect Mural

When a person loves something with all their being, they tend to show that off. This is especially true for cat lovers and they can be the worst. Cats on their clothes (no, we don’t mean the hair), cats on their jewelry, cats on their eye glasses, even on their walls!

What is great about that is it can be a form of art that will stay with you forever. Some like it painted on a canvas and framed in a delicate, ornate frame. Others like it as a mural, directly on the wall.

One such mural was painted by freelance illustrator and graphic designer Stephanie Ho. The Temasek Polytechnic graduate worked as an in-house designer with two different companies before heading out on her own path, so that she can design things like this big little project.

A cat-loving couple from Singapore commissioned a mural from Stephanie that will demonstrate just how much they love cats. Armed with Nippon Odorless All-in-One paint, Stephanie took a total of six hours to draw a meowtain of cats next to a big window in their Build-to-Order apartment.

The couple had one special requirement for the meowtain though – that it would include the Labrador from the husband’s family and the Shih Tzu that the wife used to have.

Stephanie took due diligence to record her creative process as she begins drawing the cats from the ground up. Each cat has her own personality, just like in real life! We think it’s meowvellous, and looks completely worth the S$1,000 the couple paid for it!

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Get Smart With St. Patty’s Day Facts

With March being Irish Heritage month, it’s time to put your knowledge to the test.  How many of these St. Patrick’s Day facts did you already know?

St. Patrick’s Day was founded as a religious holiday:  The holiday honored St. Patrick, a fifth-century saint who brought Christianity to the Emerald Isle.

There have been parades for a long time:  On March 17, 1762, New York City threw the first recorded St. Patrick’s Day parade.  The parade was for Irish soldiers who had served in the English military.

Presidents enjoy a parade: President Harry S. Truman attended the St. Patrick’s Day parade in 1948.

March is Irish-American Heritage Month: Congress began recognizing March as American-Irish Heritage month in 1991.  The month highlights the contributions and achievements of the Irish in America.

Lots Of Irish-Americans

Large percentages of Irish Americans:  In 2014, Massachusetts claimed an Irish-American residency of 21.5%.  Following closely behind Massachusetts is New Hampshire, claiming 20.9%.

The total number of reported residents of Irish ancestry in the US is 10.4%, just over 33.1 million.  In America, this is the second highest percentage of ancestry, topped only by German Americans.

More educated:  Those claiming Irish heritage have a high rate of college and high school completion.  In fact, 93.7% of Irish Americans have high school diplomas and 35.6% of those over 25 have a bachelor’s degree.

Overall in America, only 86.9% have high school diplomas, while only 30.1% hold a bachelor’s degree.

Higher paying jobs:  Irish American households report median incomes of over $62k while the average overall salary in America is just under $54k, according to a 2014 study.

Homeowners:  Irish Americans are more likely to own their homes, with just over 68% homeowners compared to the national average of 63.1% of Americans claiming home ownership.

Find an Irish classic at a restaurant near you:  A survey taken in 2014 revealed that on St. Patrick’s Day, 235,701 restaurants offered the classic corned beef and cabbage, while just over 41,580 bars served up drinks for St. Patrick’s Day.

Many places across the United States honor the Irish: Oklahoma, Minnesota, Nebraska, Texas, and Missouri all have towns named after the shamrock and there are 16 towns named after the capital of Ireland, Dublin. Illinois, Pennsylvania, Minnesota and South Carolina all boast towns named Clover, and Minnesota also features the city of Cloverleaf.

Stocking up for St. Patrick’s Day:  In 2014, a survey revealed that 2.2 billion pounds of cabbage and 40.3 billion pounds of beef were provided farmers across the United States.

Make Your Own Irish Stew

If you want to enjoy an easy recipe for corned beef and cabbage this St. Patrick’s Day, it doesn’t mean hours over a hot stove.  Here is the best way to make this Irish classic using your crock pot:

  • Fill the slow cooker with water
  • Add the corned beef and seasonings (pickling spices)
  • Cook meat all day
  • Cut up cabbage and cook over the stove for ten to fifteen minutes

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You’ll Love This 101-Year-Old Mom Playing In The Snow

When you think of sledding, snowmen and snowball fights, you most likely picture kids in mittens and knit caps.  What you may not be expecting is that one of the kids playing in the snow is anything but; she is 101 years young and full of appreciation, spunk, and a wicked snow ball throwing arm.

Armand Foisy took his 101-year-old mother for a day trip in Lillooet, British Columbia.  When Armand was going to turn around and avoid the snow, his mother begged him to take her straight to the heart of the snowfall.  Armand may have been curious, but he couldn’t have predicted Albini’s next move.

When he pulled over for a view of the peaceful snowfall, Albini had something else in mind altogether.  She left the warm, snug car and bounded outside to frolic in the fluffy snow.  Luckily for all of us, Armand had his camera ready and captured this adorable footage of his 101-year-old mother playing in the snow like a jubilant child.

Armand uploaded his footage to Facebook with the caption “Here’s proof that if you find pure joy in the simple things you can live 100 years.”

Let Your Inner Child Come Out

The holiday season brings out the youth in all of us, no matter how old we are.  Albini proves that aging gracefully means staying in touch with your inner child and carrying a spirit of youth with you throughout your life.  She is living proof that people can find joy, no matter what their age.

While kids are the ones we usually see building snow forts and having snowball battles while the adults shiver in cold misery,  Albini reminds us that we can still enjoy winter no matter our age and revel in its beauty like the kids we all should still be at heart.

We are so lucky that Armand had his camera and was able to capture this inspiring footage of Albini as she frolicked happily through the cold, wet snow like any kid, perfecting her skills making snowballs.

We may consider ourselves to be cool and hip adults, but one thing’s for sure; until you’ve played in the snow while being just over a century in age, you’ll never be quite as cool as the joyful, sweet and fun-loving Albini.

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Parade Costumes: Rio’s Dress Code For Carnival

The Rio carnivals are the largest spectacles of their kind anywhere in the world.  It’s a nationwide gathering of dancing, partying, parades, and positively jaw-dropping costumes.

While the costumes may seem just another part of the festivities, each with its own meaning and no connection to the next, they are actually a very important part of the parades and have to follow very strict guidelines.

The Sambodromo is the hub of the Rio De Janeiro parades, with flashy floats and costumes as well as partygoers packed like sardines in a can.  Shrove Tuesday is the ultimate peak of the event, when the top 14 samba schools give their presentations for the judges, each school hoping to be crowned the best in the carnival.

This crucial performance is the showcase of the costumes.  Each costume plays to the chosen theme of its school.  Once the school has chosen its theme, it needs to fashion the costumes to match.  The costumes are generally handmade, with sequins, feathers, and other details carefully chosen and attached by hand to each costume.

These complicated costumes will be equipped with gaudy accessories and an elaborate headdress.  While the rules forbid outright nudity in the competition, many of the revelers are scantily clad, wearing carefully placed, tiny bejeweled bikinis.

The parade splits the school’s performances into wings.  Each wing plays a specific role and wears a specific costume.  The musicians and dancers that surround the moving float are called the Ground Wing.  The Ground Wing welcomes tourists to purchase costumes and join the parade with them, thrusting them fully into the experience.

The next wing is called the Float Wing, which is the float and the performers dancing on it.  The samba schools take the Float Wing seriously as this is the portion of their performances that are judged.  The performers will have dedicated many hours to rehearsing, and these costumes can cost anywhere from $9,000 to $10,000 USD.

Street Parties


Surrounding the parades are street parties.  Lots and lots of parades.  These street parties are all about fun costumes, with no costume requirements.  The street partygoers can dress however they want, although pirates, Indian, sailors, police, and cowgirl costumes are the most popular.

Street parties are generally hot because of the Rio De Janeiro temperatures and the huge crowds.  Some partygoers may opt to not wear costumes, but at the least they will be sporting bright accessories, vibrant colors, and face paint.

The Rio carnivals are the largest spectacles of their kind anywhere in the world.  It’s a nationwide gathering of dancing, partying, parades, and positively jaw-dropping costumes.

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Must See: Viral Dramatic Dog Photos

Known for their ability to see things outside of the box, photographers tend to be among the most creative people around. They often see an opportunity to create a very cool picture and take it with both hands. One photographer who has found herself going viral recently, though, is that of Jess Bell.

The Canadian has been around for three years and often gets rave reviews for her work, with her specialty being artistic imagery involving animals.

Desiring to make a big impact with her next shoot, though, Bell decided to get some dogs together that belonged to her friends. The idea was to get the dogs in natural, normal poses – such as catching a Frisbee.

Before they would go for the big jump, though, she would cover the dog with colorful powder and watch as art became nature. The results are pretty incredible, which you can see for yourself below.

The images are pretty incredible, showing just how easy it is to blend together nature with some added color and zest. By picking colors which would immediately create a positive contrast with the dog itself, each shot would show the dogs standing out amid the chromatic explosion of dust all around them.

Jess, a loving dog owner and trainer, decided to go for this approach as it would offer something totally different. It also helped to show just how unique dogs can be: when we see a couple of dogs jumping, we just see two dogs. With the help of this photo shoot, we can see far more than that: we get to see the unique shape and form of each of the dogs come to life in stunning fashion.

An Explosion Of Color

Given her love of dogs and her ability to train them so well, you can rest assured that these creative displays would never hurt or risk the health of the dogs in any way, shape or form.

By using non-toxic color sets, and with ample ventilation, each shot would only produce a stunning image, with no health risk or challenge put to the dogs – and also ensuring that the dogs would never inhale the powder by ensuring it stayed clear of their airwaves.

Part of the inspiration for this shot came from Andrea Zachrau, a specialist in horse photography who used a similar approach to make horses stand out in stunning style. After taking a look at her photos, it’s easy to see where the inspiration would have come from for Jess.

However, she made her shot well and truly her own, with some pretty spectacular results coming along the way. Take a look yourself; if you are a photographer, you might get some pretty outstanding inspiration!

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Going, Going, Gone! Moon Rocks Sold For 600K!

Most of us will never experience exploring outer space to discover it’s many mysteries. Outer space and the oceans, now known as the “Blue Planet”, are the only two true final frontiers.

There are those of great wealth who are trying to make plans for commercial space flights which only goes to show how very enticing outer space really is.

A Piece Of The Moon

This brings us to the subject of this post.  What if you could actually have a piece of space in your hand?  Moon rocks have become a very strong attraction and people will pay almost anything to own one.  Well, just recently, a moon rock sold at auction in Boston for 600K!!

You might wonder why it sold for such a huge price tag.  Well, the average meteorite will be the size of a golf ball or a walnut. They are really small after entering our atmosphere because they are traveling so fast and are burned up in the process.

These meteorites are not exactly plentiful so you don’t have a lot of options for getting your hands on one. This particular lunar meteorite came in at an amazing 12 pounds which is extremely rare!

This 12-pound meteorite was put up for auction by RR Auction in Boston, MA and sold for $612,500 to someone representing the Tam Chuc Pagoda complex, located in the Ha Nam Province in Vietnam.

Where Was This Moon Rock Found?

You might think it was brought back to earth from the moon by an astronaut but you’d be wrong.  When astronauts collect and bring back rocks from the moon, these rocks become government property.

As it’s impossible for you to jump on a flight to the moon, the only way you could possibly come into possession would be right here on Earth.

This particular rock was found by Aerolite Meteorites in a remote region in Northwest Africa. It’s believed this meteorite landed on Earth thousands of years ago.

Paraphrasing Geoff Notkin, CEO of Aerolite Meteorites, they knew the minute they saw this rock it was extraordinarily unusual and about as close to a once-in-a-lifetime find as you can get.

Now Known As The Moon Puzzle

Even though the original meteorite weighed 12 pounds, it’s actually broken up into 6 different pieces with the largest weighing 6 pounds. That’s how it got its nickname the Moon Puzzle because the pieces all fit together just like pieces of a puzzle.

Robert Livingston, president of RR Auctions, said he was so proud to have the meteorite at the auction and believes this Moon Puzzle will be a great inspiration for all students interested in science for generations to come.

Another unique quality of this meteorite, it has a partial fusion crust which simply means as it entered Earth’s orbit, it burned.  In most cases, people will not usually pay 600K for an object that is burned and broken but then again, there are not a lot of meteorites available for the public.

I would have to ask myself if I had that kind of money, would I spend it on a damaged moon rock? Maybe I would do just that!

In the meantime, all we can do, for now, is fantasize and try to imagine what it would be like to travel to outer space.  We can only wonder if reincarnation really exists and come back as Captain Kirk and Spock traveling at the speed of light on the Starship Enterprise!!

Most of us will never experience exploring outer space to discover it’s many mysteries. Outer space and the oceans, now known as the “Blue Planet”, are the only two true final frontiers.

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Watch: People Have Panic Attacks Because Of This Bridge

If you want to experience what a real roller coaster feels like, then the bridge of Eshima Ohashi is ready to provide you with such an opportunity. Although there is no “dead loop”, it will be scary to drive up to it even on the steep-climbing SUV.

Eshima Ohashi is a concrete two-lane road bridge that connects Matsue City in Shimane Prefecture with Sakaiminato in Tottori Prefecture. With a length of 1.7 km and a width of 11.3 meters, it is the largest concrete bridge in Japan and the third largest in the world.

The bridge unexpectedly became famous, as it was used in the advertisement of the Tanto minivan from Daihatsu Motor Co. The commercial was shot from such an angle that exaggerates the slope of the bridge. Special compression with a telephoto lens makes the viewer believe that the bridge is extremely steep.

Daihatsu Motor thus decided to show the strength and power of their car. In fact, the bridge has a rather convenient angle of inclination of 6.1% on the side of Shimane Prefecture and 5.1% on the side of Tottori Prefecture, which is easily overcome for any car.

Some websites report that a bridge trip can be compared to a “roller coaster ride”, although, in reality, it does not have anything to do with reality.

The Eshima Bridge is also called Betabomizak, which essentially means “pressing the pedal to the floor” – this name is due to the fact that you will not be able to get on a steep bridge unless you push the gas pedal to the floor.

But in fact, if you go to the bridge, you will realize that this is quite an ordinary bridge – the bridge surprises only if you look at it from afar.

If you look from the driver’s or passenger’s seat, nothing remarkable can be noticed – a concrete path on stilts passing over Lake Nakaumi from the city of Matsue to the city of Sakaiminato. Such a descent-climb can be overcome by any machine.

In the advertisement, the bridge is shown in such a way that the entrance to it seems incredibly steep. The compression of the perspective by the telephoto lens makes the viewer believe that the bridge is extremely steep.

“Daihatsu Motor” wants you to believe that the bridge is frighteningly steep to demonstrate the power of your car. According to some sites, a trip across the bridge is similar to “roller coaster”, which is an exaggeration of the media.

Ti is often presented as “Terrifying: Eshima Ohashi Bridge in Japan looks more like a rollercoaster than a bridge.”, or described as “The terrifying rollercoaster bridge” which forces drivers to navigate down a steep descent so ships can pass underneath.

These are some facts about the Eshima Ohashi bridge: it is 1,446 meters long; a 250 meters of continuous concrete in the center (the third longest Ramen bridge in the world!); there is a 6.1% grade slope on the Shimane Prefecture side; there is a 5.1% grade slope on the Tottori side; the bridge needed to be high in the center to allow large ships to pass under; from the Shimane side, you can get the optical illusion view at the end of the street by the sea.

If you want to take a photo of the bridge to see the famous “rise to the sky”, then it is recommended to photograph from the side of Matsue. From JR Sakaiminato station, you can reach the bridge in 10 minutes. On the high-speed road, you can reach the bridge in 45 minutes: you reach the junction of “Jonago” – from there to the bridge.

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People Cutting Soap – An Oddly Satisfying Trend

You may be thinking that the only reason for getting a bar of soap is to shower; surprisingly, there’s more. Bar soaps have generated a lot of social media buzz. A new trend called “soap cutting” has been introduced by social media users on Instagram and YouTube.

Here, users make videos of themselves while they cut a bar of soap. This sounds crazy, but as with every other trend, there is a purpose for this.

Introducing ASMR Videos

Recently, Instagram and YouTube users have introduced a new trend known as ASMR (autonomous sensory meridian response) videos. These videos are aimed at helping viewers relax their senses, and helps to gently put them to sleep.

The trend features videos of someone eating crunchy foods, carving candles, playing with sticky slime, ruining their makeup, scooping ice cream, and cutting a large piece of bar soap.

ASMR Soap Queen

These videos bring with them a feeling that is unusual but pleasing. Different users try to be more engaging by using soaps of different colors. And considering the large audience that ASMR is getting, and the popularity that it has gained, it doesn’t seem like something that would go away anytime soon.

A Full-Time Job

Quite a number of users have turned this trend to an opportunity to earn some cash; and for some, it has become a full-time job. Nazish, known on Instagram as @asmr.crackle, has gained about 80,000 followers from her very excellent soap cutting videos. She also uploads soap cutting videos on YouTube and gets paid per video.

ASMR Crackle

However, it doesn’t seem like Nazish would stop her soap cutting soon. She makes videos on a daily basis. In as much as more people keep buying into the trend, she’ll keep cutting several bars of soap. “My account is a personal form of art therapy to relieve my own anxiety and insomnia,” she went on to say that is was another form of white noise.

As stated earlier, ASMR comes in different forms, and there’s one for everyone. You may like watching someone eat food, cut soap, or play with slime. There’s a wide range of over 11 million ASMR videos to select from.

Viewers of these videos described their experiences, and claim that they bring about a tingling feeling on their scalp and spine, coupled with an almost trancelike state of relaxation.”

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6 Ordinary People Who Hit Viral Stardom In 2018

This time last year, you never heard of the eye-roll student or jumped out of a car to dance to a Drake song. However, people such as Harriet Ellis and comedian Shiggy have been part of 12 months filled with memes and viral content that has kept the public laughing all year.

Social media would have been a more somber place without them. For most of them, it was a brief moment in the spotlight, but for others, it led to a career boost. Here’s how viral fame positively affected some of the biggest stars of social media in 2018.

The Student Who Rolled Her Eyes All The Way To Stardom

Harriet Ellis reportedly had marriage proposals, was spotted by fans in supermarkets, and even had a stranger offer to send her money (which she declined) after her fifteen minutes of fame. How did it happen, she was caught on camera rolling her eyes behind ex-UKIP leader Nigel Farage during a TV political debate.

“It was something that was genuinely, truly me and there’s no better reason to go viral than by being yourself,” she told BBC Radio 1 Newsbeat. “I wasn’t being mean or doing anything embarrassing.”

Harriet noted the only real change to her life was that she got more followers on Twitter. But the 21-year-old says her days of rolling her eyes at former politicians behind their backs are behind her as she heads in a new direction with her future. “I don’t want to get involved in politics again, I want to live a quiet life. I’m going to be a teacher next year, I just want to change the world through teaching, rather than through politics.”

The Singer Whose Ye Is Different To Your Ye

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It’s is nothing short of astonishing where one Instagram post can get you. For singer Osh, he somehow Instagrammed his way to a record deal with Sony Music. He posted a video of himself singing his track “My Ye Is Different“, which later went viral and was even made into a meme.

“At the time I didn’t imagine it would do what it’s done,” he told BBC Newsbeat. “But now that it has happened I’m not surprised because I realized that this song is good.”

Osh later released a full version of his track – complete with a music video – at the end of November. The singer said he wanted people to “laugh and smile” when they heard the song, but he had no intention of stopping the hard work now that he’d found fame. “If it’s meant to be then it will be but if not then not. Just keep grinding,” he said.

The Tweet That May Have Changed Your Chips

Have you tried chips from KFC recently? If you have and were satisfied with the flavor, then Charlie Burness’s tweet from 2014 might be responsible for it. KFC found Charlie’s tweet – which said its fries were so bad, the only reason people liked its food was for its chicken – and cleverly used it to promote its new chip recipe.

“Life is too short for bad food,” Charlie told BBC Newsbeat in November. “Everyone knows they’ve got a reputation for not delivering on the fries. They’re kind of soggy like they’ve been reheated as soon as you get them.”

KFC’s new chips are nowadays made from spuds with the skin left on and are chunkier. In December Charlie said she’d actually not tasted the new ones yet.

The Club Couple Who Launched A Thousand Memes

Club photographers have an eye for capturing the best (and worst) of nightlife, however, when David Wilkinson took a photo of Lucia Gorman in Milk nightclub in Edinburgh she just looked a bit, well, bored. “When I took the picture, it was just a quick snap before I left to go home,” he told BBC Newsbeat in September.

“I don’t like just taking pictures of people smiling. I like to notice the little details, so when I saw it I thought this definitely needs to go up. The day that it blew up it was my birthday, but I actually got more messages about the picture than I did about my birthday so it was quite weird.”

Lucia said she was most likely ready to go home when the photo was taken, by which point she would “nod at anything”. And Patrick, the young man in the photo, said he just regretted wearing that shirt.

The Man Who Banged His Head And Became A UK Icon

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Who’d have thought you could make thousands by from getting hit by a cyclist? Well, not everyone gets hit like Ferdi Coming Fast. Ferdi went viral after he growled at a stranger who crashed into him on a pavement while he was changing a tire on a car.

He reportedly confirmed to Reece Parkinson on 1Xtra that he’d earned more than £10,000 since the clip went viral – although he’s still working as a framer. Ferdi even released a single in which he not only tackled the problem of speeding cyclists but also recommended people forget the other pressing British issue – Brexit.

The Comedian Who Danced His Way Into A Drake Video

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Alright, we understand US comedian Shiggy isn’t technically an ordinary person, however, we couldn’t help but give him a shout out. Now cast your mind back to the summer of 2018 and you may recall people jumping out of their cars to dance to Drake’s “In My Feelings“.

Well, the viral sensation all started with Shiggy who posted a video of himself dancing to the Drake song and asked others to get involved. Soon, including Will Smith, took on the #InMyFeelingsChallenge and the craze went viral.

“It was honestly 100% spontaneous,” he told BBC Newsbeat at the time. “It wasn’t even meant to be this big or get to the level it’s at where everybody is doing it.”

Shiggy admitted seeing his mum do the dance he created was the highlight of the experience at the time. After the dance went viral, Shiggy eventually appeared in Drake’s official video for the song.

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Watch: World Record Hand-skating!

The good people who we share this world with are capable of truly horrible things. For every act of barbarity that we see which reminds us we’re no better than or predecessors, though, we get to see someone proving the amazing limits we can take our bodies to. Take Mirko Hanßen of Germany.

He managed to enter the Guinness World Books of Records by achieving a whopping 50m worth of hand skating in a mere 8.55 seconds!

Caught in the act in Bocholt, Germany, on 17th November 2017, Hanßen used a K2 Mach 100 set of skates to achieve the amazing feat. Working with the city as well as family and friends, he set up two light sensors to work as the start and end point. He also used the classic stopwatch and tape measure, of course. Appearing in the 2019 edition of the GWBOR, Hanßen said: “After I was part of some TV shows I want to make the next step and be part of the famous Guinness World Records book.

“With a lot of tough training, I learned more and more, for example, to skate on one hand and to jump over a ramp.”

With immense physicality needed to pull off such a feat, it’s no surprise that this is a record which has taken a long time to match. For Mirko, the immense physical requirements needed to get the job done would be hard to fathom.

Thanks to his dedication to his craft and his ability to train on his balance quality, though, Mirko has made sure that he stands out for all of the right reasons. This amazing feat might take some time before someone even gets close to beating it – 50m in just 8.55 seconds, amazing!

This will likely be one of the headline records for 2019, so be sure to take a quick watch at the video and see for yourself why so many people love to take on this kind of daring experiment. Scary? Almost certainly. Worth it? Just look how happy Mirko looks, and that should answer your question!

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Watch: Nissan Breaks Record in Desert

As humans, it’s pretty easy to give ourselves a hard time – all the time. We see things about our species and just cringe with embarrassment. It’s easy to get lost in just how utterly uncaring we can be to our planet. Sometimes, though, we do some pretty cool stuff that reminds you, behind the bluster, we can (sometimes) be pretty cool and creative. This was recently shown in pretty fine detail by those who took on a rather awesome 180-car Nissan parade.

Doing so out in the desert of Dubai, the 180 cars all combined together to create the shape of a falcon. From afar, it looks absolutely amazing. As you might imagine, such daring managed to snare the cars who took part to the Guinness World Book of Records. It was a very impressive image, and was part of a wider ‘car dance’ that definitely got people talking and record books breaking.

This won the award of being the ‘Largest synchronized car dance’ when they took part at the Dubai Rugby 7s stadium. Indeed, this didn’t break the old record more than it cleaved it into two pieces. This broke the previous record by a whopping 3 cars!

It’s a pretty impressive record in itself, and it was all led by Axcil Jefferies. Two lines of cars made up the whole routine, and it’s very impressive to see as the cars move around in what looks like more or less perfect harmony.

Despite numerous cars being of different sizes, shapes and colors, it all blends together in a very impressive image indeed. It’s thanks to this that the Nissan NMEF parade is one of the best around as well as definitively the biggest.

An impressive feat


Indeed, the award was noticed by Nissan Marketing and Sales Regional Vice President and Nissan Middle East President, Kalyana Siagnanam. They stated: “At Nissan we are committed to bringing our customers ‘innovation that excites’, and we are thrilled to have broken yet another Guinness World Records title with the Nissan Patrol.

“The Patrol family holds a unique and special place in the hearts of people in the Middle East, and we have seen highly encouraging year-on-year sales increases across the entire range.

“We believe the launches of the Patrol Falcon, Gazelle and Gazelle-X will continue the car’s proud legacy as one of the only true all-terrain vehicles of its time, and this new Guinness World Records title will further cement the Patrol’s legendary status in the region.”

While records like this can often sound a little odd, it’s clearly beaten all of the previous competition. With some of the previous moves being equally impressive, too, it’s fair to say that this has been a bit of a battle to get the record won outright. Now, though, it’s easy to see why so many people were impressed: this truly has been a remarkable piece of choreography, and more than certainly is worth the recognition that it’s been bringing in.

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Student Finds World Class Car in Grandmothers Garage

When living the life of a student, you need to find money – and fast. Money is hard to come by in the hours after studying, but you’ve gotta pay for the weekend somehow, right? That’s why cleaning out at your grandparents is always a decent way to get money for a few beers. However, it’s not often that when you go along to help out with your grandmother that you find something of genuine value during cleaning.

From an old vinyl to some wartime memorabilia, you might something cool. At best, you might help make a few bucks for your grandparents – and they might help you in on the reward. However, how often do you walk into the garage of a grandmother and find an untouched Lamborghini!?

That’s what happened to Eriegin, who took on the task of cleaning out her grandmother’ garage. Her grandfather had sadly passed on, and cleaning out a garage with the best part of 20 years of clutter was going to be a challenging starting point. However, she did have an inkling that they might find some good value to put light on what is obviously a tragic circumstance. What she did find, though, was quite different to what anyone might have expected.

Finding the time to do something special

While we described at the top that many students help out for money, it’s clear that Eriegin was doing this to be kind. Her grandfather had passed on, leaving her grandmother in need of a lot of help. Reading over documents and looking at the financial situation of her grandparents made her feel worried: without a material change in circumstance, her grandmother might not be able to stay at home forever.

So, she got to work, hoping to both help get the place tidied up and hoping to find something that would be worth a few bucks. Pulling back a big section of tarp, she stood, amazed, at what was at in front of her – a fresh, untouched Lamborghini.

This was among the rarest cars on the planet, too – a 1982 LP500S Lamborghini Countach!

Undriven, in good (though by no means perfect) condition and also totally ready to be sold on, this was a tremendous find. And better yet? There was a Ferrari 308 next to it!

Instead of selling these rare cars back in the day, it was clear that her grandfather had held on to them with good reason. In a flash, their financial fears were put away into the distance, with offers made on both vehicles despite their condition issues.

While in perfect condition they could probably make you close to a millionaire, these amazing strokes of luck turned the tragedy of loss and the worry of financial deprivation into a feel-good story that, at the very last, had a happy ending after the loss of what was clearly a very intelligent, caring man.

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BlizzCon 2018 Produces Dazzling Cosplay Again

Every year, gaming giant Blizzard puts on their conference to show off their latest and upcoming releases. This year, at BlizzCon 2018, fans turned out in their droves to take part in the way they always do: by dressing up as their beloved heroes from series such as Warcraft, Diablo and StarCraft.

Blizzard is one of the biggest names in gaming and easily rank among the most influential names in the entertainment as a whole. When they come to town you’ll notice a wonderful upsurge in marines, Zerg, mages, warlocks, paladins and even Tauren to be wandering around. That’s when you know that Blizzard is in town.

And this year, they announced some awesome stuff. The likes of a full remaster for Warcraft III was huge, and made up for the damp squib that was the Diablo mobile release. Despite the bad PR that release got, it’s a shame to see the developers look so lost on stage. The whole announcement was kind of hard to watch, and it just kind of sucks that the organizers left the people on stage announcing what was obviously something that wasn’t going to raise the roof to deal with the sour atmosphere afterward.

Still, fans obviously enjoyed themselves – some of the customers this year were simply breathtaking as you can see here.

From people cutting around as Jim Raynor to people dressed up in some of the Epic World of Warcraft loot from across the years, there was plenty to admire about the cosplay this year. Some of the dress-up was outrageous, with everything from takes on the like of Tracer from Overwatch to the Lord of Terror, Diablo, himself!

People love to go wild at these events, and it’s easy to see everything from proud Protoss to noble Night Elves standing around various stalls together, laughing and talking away. Oh, if only their respective in-game universes could be so harmonious…

From people roaming around as Illidan to those going for a strictly Halloween vibe, this kind of event always bring out the most wacky and wonderful fans of the Blizzard major franchises. Whether you are hugely into Blizzard games or want to just find out what all the fuss is about, you should go along next time: you’ll meet some wonderfully creative people who love to look absolutely outstanding for the occasion!

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Incredible Star Wars Inspired Robot Up And Running

While the concept of building robotic platforms might be the thought process of evil masterminds, such technology is an exciting prospect. One man appears to have taken his sci-fi childhood inspirations to the next level, however. Hampshire-based Matt Denton has put together an absolutely incredible 2-tonne robot that has been awarded the Guinness World Book of Records award for “Largest Rideable Hexapod Robot” – while we aren’t sure on what competition may exist, it’s still a damn impressive accolade.

An incredible 9ft 2” by 16ft 4”, this incredible beast is easily one of the most enjoyable pieces of mechanical innovation we’ve seen for some time. It was apparently inspired by the famous AT-AT robot of Star Wars fame, especially from the Hoth battle in The Empire Strikes Back. This unique animatronics creation is instantly one of the coolest things we’ve seen, though it does strike a momentary realization that this is perhaps just a touch too similar to Doctor Octopus of Spider-Man fame.

Denton, then, makes the Guinness World Book of Records for 2019, with this incredible robot coming to life after a long-term construction process. Running access on its own HexEngine software, ‘Mantis’ is capable of moving at the comical speed of 0.6mph. That’s not too bad, though: the concept of one of these things being faster than a man is just not worth thinking about at present!

A technological marvel

Looking at the Mantis, it’s pretty damn hard not to be wowed by the work that has gone into its creation. The building of it began in 2009, close to a decade ago. With similar machines in the past built by Denton, albeit much smaller, he laid out the groundwork for what would be needed.

Working alongside Jason Lee, who worked on the Harry Potter films they managed to turn one of his old hexapods into a robot turtle …. With six legs.

By gaining the investment needed to get into building his hexapod for use underwater, Denton got to work. A 1.9 tonne version was built, with the aim being to try and get a similar understanding of the problems that would come with the eventual 200-tonne edition that was requested.

This version, Mark II, is just the first improvement after the chall

enging first Mark. Mentioning that he had “to become an expert in many areas!”, Denton spent much of his time reading up on what he needed to know to eventually make this work as he had intended

A childhood lover of machine creation, Matt said: “When I got to the age of 13, I was always taking them apart and rebuilding the and making Frankenstein toys out of two things, trying to make them faster or better or bigger!”

Working at places like Space Precinct, the TV show, and also at Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, Matt was able to make some huge career moves: including being involved in the creation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens!

This amazing story is just getting started, but we’re sure that we’ll hear a lot more about Matt Henson and the Mantis as the years and decades go by. Keep him in mind though: he could be one of the great minds of his generation!

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Watch: Rocket-Powered Bike Sets New Record

This video was taken on September 9, 2018, on the Santa Pod Raceway, in England, UK.

This is what the maker of the video has to say about the ongoings: “Eric Teboul was on his rocket-powered bike and set a new world’s best terminal speed of 286mph from a standing start 1/4 mile. The video was taken from the commentary box at Santa Pod Raceway, England during the FIA European Finals on Sunday 9th September. The commentary box rocks in the wake of the bike. Eric ran out of drag-strip and ended up 200’ into the field at the end of the track, which was perfectly okay. He’s totally mad.”

However, this is not the first feat, but only one of many in Eric’s portfolio. The Haltech Manufacturers Cup Finals at the Bradenton Motorsports Park in Florida saw Eric Teboul doing what he does best: riding his rocket engine-powered motorcycle with insane speed, this time on US ground.

Eric Teboul was on his rocket-powered bike and set a new world’s best terminal speed of 286mph from a standing start 1/4 mile. The video was taken from the commentary box at Santa Pod Raceway, England during the FIA European Finals on Sunday, September 9th.

Teboul ran the quarter mile in 5.2 seconds and was clocked with a speed of 264.39 mph (425.403 km/h). His hydrogen peroxide-fueled motorcycle kind of shocked the younger audience, as such machines haven’t been racing in the US for the last 25 years or so.

A constant presence in similar land speed events in the 70’s and 80’s, rocket-powered motorcycle racing went out of business because of safety reasons and the lack of high-grade rocket fuel.

Eric Teboul blew the former record to smithereens: Peter Svensson had a 5.7s run which stood until now, also done in the US. However, according to Dragzine, Teboul’s top speed aboard his rocket bike is 281.47 mph (452.885 km/h), dating from November of 2011 at the Santa Pod Raceway in England.

This video was taken on September 9, 2018, on the Santa Pod Raceway, in England, UK.
This is what the maker of the video has to say about the ongoings: “Eric Teboul was on his rocket-powered bike and set a new world’s best terminal speed of 286mph...