In case you did not know, here is a little bit of horse head scene-related trivia for you. The horse’s head was, obviously, real – and its use got animal rights groups in a tizzy, but no animals were harmed in the course of the production of the movie. The head in question, according to Francis Ford Coppola, came from a dog food company.
If you have a tiny apartment that you don’t want taken up by seating, then this origami couch that folds into a mat could be the way to go.
The couch seems to be made of high-density foam, with a nylon exterior – with its folds providing the structural integrity that is needed to support the weight of a fully-grown human. At this stage, it seems that the couch is only a concept, but it definitely seems like something that could be made into reality.
This is something that I definitely would have appreciated in my tiny apartment days. Throw a thin futon on the mat and you have yourself a very comfortable sleeping platform. Folding and unfolding the thing every day would probably be too much of a chore, but most people would be prepared to do it when they need to entertain.
While Amazon’s drone delivery service plans might not be feasible for regular deliveries, there may well prove to be a niche for the short-distance transportation of high-value goods – case-in-point a recently foiled plot to smuggle drugs and a cell phone into a maximum security Australian prison.
Police in Melbourne, Australia allege that a man attempted to use a drone to smuggle drugs and a cell phone into the Metropolitan Remand Centre in Ravenhall.
Police and Air Wing were said to have been called to the prison at 4:30 p.m after reports of a drone hovering over the facility. Police have charged a man found in a car near the scene of the alleged crime with undisclosed offenses in relation to the attempted drone delivery. He has since made bail.
Watch as “artist” Wyatt Burns burns down and smokes a hundred cigarettes at once. To be fair, he doesn’t stay in his contraption for long enough to actually smoke all of the cigarettes and I suspect that he held his breath during his “performance” – but who cares? It’s “art” for art’s sake.
If you detect a hint of sarcasm from all of the quotation mark overuse, it is because I am of the mind that the performance of stupid stunts should not be elevated to the status of art. Burns near-asphyxiation is amusing and might have roused a chuckle from yours truly, but I fail to see any artistic merit whatsoever. Moreover, I would go as far as saying that anyone who does is more than likely pretentious, misguided or both.
Popcorn tastes awesome, but did you know why it pops? Heat and pressure cause the starchy center of the popcorn kernel to liquify, which causes the kernel to explode – and then, absent the pressure of the surrounding kernel, solidify into a delicious snack that has been eaten for thousands of years.
Find out everything that you would ever wish to know about popcorn from this short, informative video from NPR.
If you have ever suffered a barbecue failure due to an empty propane tank then the Refuel smart propane tank monitor is one way to go about shielding yourself from the possibility of future humiliation.
The tank uses a waterproof scale to track your propane levels, which are automagically transmitted to a phone-based app. It also includes a wired indicator that attaches magnetically to your grill in case you don’t want to check your phone to find out your gas level. All things considered it is probably overkill but would make a worthy gift for the man (or woman) who has everything. Alternatively, you could just fill up your gas bottle before important barbecues or… figure out how much your tank weighs when it is empty and keeep a luggage scale with your grill.
At any rate, it is a clever idea and $18 is a small price to pay for wireless propane supply monitoring.
If you feel that your tactical firearm doesn’t quite have what it takes to strike terror into the hearts of would-be enemies, perhaps it is because it cannot double as an axe. The 1065 carbon steel (RC 52) axe head is modeled on a Viking bearded axe and can be mounted on any picatinny rail.
It would make the perfect gift for anyone obsessed with preparing for Ragnarök, a zombie apocalypse or a similar end-times-related scenario.
If you’re a dreamer, weirdo, conspiracy theorist, or all or any of the aforementioned, then seeing the movie Inception was a total mind-f***. There were so many intricacies to the plot; so many twists, turns, and what-ifs. That’s why designers Bruno Gervasi and Reid Cuddy thought it would be a brilliant idea to make it into a board game. Needless to say, you already have the spinner.
They call it “Inceptor,” and the plot is as such: the board is meant to represent a dreamer’s mind, otherwise known as “A Mark.” As the designers put it the goal is to “plant an idea in the Mark’s dream, hoping that when he wakes, he will carry out their chosen task.” Seems pretty cool, and probably as confusing as the movie that inspired it. The game is currently a Kickstarter project, that you can learn about and/or contribute to by clicking here. Perhaps if you do so you can help to make this game a reality…..or a dream…..
Scrape off all of the hoopla and the Boeing Black secure smartphone comes across as a rather underwhelming piece of communications hardware. It seems to beg the question: is this the best that the great minds at the defense behemoth could manage?
Aside from the much-touted self-destruct mechanism, and some fancy module options, this phone could be a lot better. How to fix it? Where to start?
Let’s start with the appearance. I know that Boeing was probably going with the “hide in plain sight” aesthetic – people are less likely to try to mess with a fancy government phone if it looks unexciting. This, however, is from Boeing – I am sure that I am not the only person that thinks that it should look like it can take a tamperer’s hand off quicker than they can blurt, “depleted uranium.” The Black phone ought to look like it can survive a nuclear blast, or at the very least a drop or two.
The next bone of contention is the battery. Why, oh why, did Boeing opt for a 1590 mAh battery? While they might be forgiven for taking the “less is more” approach with the phone’s styling, more is more when it comes to battery. Granted, 1590 mAh is adequate, but nothing more – it seems like the battery was an afterthought. If I was in line for a Boeing Black, I would be feeling a little bit let down. They should have added a little bulk to it and given it some staying power.
The phone does have a few cool features: dual cellular network support (for government and civilian networks), onboard hardware-based storage encryption, and a satellite communications “trusted module.” The phone will support other modules as well, presumably, thanks to Boeing incorporating a “modular expansion port”
While the anti-tamper features are very cool, the coolest feature (the data-wipe) would seem to be battery-dependent:
The Boeing Black phone is manufactured as a sealed device both with epoxy around the casing and with screws, the heads of which are covered with tamper proof covering to identify attempted disassembly. Any attempt to break open the casing of the device would trigger functions that would delete the data and software contained within the device and make the device inoperable.
To cut a long story short, the Boeing Black is an interesting phone, but we cannot help but wish that they had set the bar a little higher.
The Tiny Inconspicuous Handcuff Key is, as the name implies, a handcuff key that is both “tiny” and “inconspicuous.” The key, which will open standard “peerless” cuffs, is small enough to be inconspicuously moved about your person as you are being restrained.
Why does it exist? The stated purpose for the Tiny Inconspicuous Handcuff Key is to help law enforcement personnel that have been easily restrained. If you use it when you are being lawfully restrained then you almost certainly risk being tased, beaten, and/or shot – and not necessarily in that order… so be smart.
If you drive, chances are you’ve been there. You come back to your car to find that the garbage bag tied around the parking meter was not done so by the police, but rather a drunk dude-bro on his way home from a night of hammering shots of Jaegermeister. So sorry, pal, the meter worked just fine and you just didn’t put in any money.
Could you have beaten this ticket? Probably not, but what if in fact you could have gotten justice for the reasonable doubt created by the bag that was covering the meter screen? Now there’s an iPhone app called Fixed that takes the guessing out of this type of scenario, and helps you to beat potentially unjust parking tickets.
It works by opening the app and taking a picture of the ticket in question,, and they “take care of the rest.” If you win, you only pay them 25% of the parking fine, and if not, you owe them nothing. If this goes as planned, it sounds pretty awesome, no? Currently the app is in the early stages, but keep an eye out for it’s development. You can check it out here.