Your Daily Dose of Ships Crashing

shipsSome days are just the worst. Maybe you didn’t get enough sleep. Maybe you forgot to get gas the night before so now you have to stop on the way to work. Maybe you turned on the wrong burner and cooked an oven mitt instead of your eggs. One way or another you just know you’re not going to have a good day.

I wonder how the day started out for the two captains of these giant-freaking-ships that crashed into each other in the Suez Canal a while back? I’m gonna guess it was a late night of walking dead mixed with a large dose of what-is-this-crazy-language-everyone-is-speaking.

Luckily for us someone on shore took out their camera and caught the result:

The German-flagged MV Colombo Express and the Singaporean-flagged MV Maersk Tanjong collided at the mouth of the canal, knocking three containers from the Colombo Express into the sea, the sources said.

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Docile Deer with a Doughnut

DeerIn one of those stories that can only happen to someone else YouTuber Ben Lzicar was fishing in the Snake River in Idaho when a deer approached the water for a drink. Fortunately for us this wasn’t your average deer. This one was quite docile and was wearing a powdered doughnut on it’s antler.

Lzicar was able to approach the deer and remove the doughnut from the antler and offer it to the deer. Apparently he didn’t want it though. Which sucks because the world needs more deer with powdered sugar mustaches.

Anyway, the video is well worth a watch. Even if some people still can’t remember to film in landscape mode.

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Brilliant: Dad Creates Wonder Woman’s Invisible Jet Lego Set

invisible-jet-editHave you ever wondered how any one thing could be the most simple thing in the world and the most difficult at the same time? I did until I started offering technical support over the phone. One brilliant dad had an idea that did both.

Animator John Wray is setting the bar high when it comes to being a dad and a Lego fan with the photos he recently shared on Reddit.

Wray detailed the hard work and dedication that went into building the new Ultimate Collector’s Series Invisible Jet and took us all along for the ride.

Ha, how genius is that? An invisible Lego set would be so easy because who’s gonna know when you screw up. But then when you get to building and obsessing and you realize that you’ve lost one invisible piece and you can’t make the wings even and there is just no consoling you for the rest of the evening. Or maybe that’s just me.

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Oh Please Yes: Make Pluto A Planet Again

PlutoRemember when Pluto used to be a planet. Did you realize that this was 8 years ago? In 2006 the International Space Union decided that Pluto wasn’t a planet anymore. That means there are kids in Second grade who have never known the joy of nine planets.

I always kind of figured that once you reached planet-hood you were just set for life. When that turned out to not be the case I decided to change my life goal and start eating more healthy. Totally hasn’t helped.


The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics recently decided to revisit the IAU’s ruling by hosting a discussion on the definition of a planet.Three experts chimed in on the controversy: Dr. Owen Gingerich, chair the IAU planet definition committee; Dr. Gareth Williams, associate director of the Minor Planet Center; and Dr. Dimitar Sasselov, director of the Harvard Origins of Life Initiative.

They ended up voting 2-1 to make Pluto a planet again. Does that really change anything? No. But it’s a step in the right direction. Someday I’m hoping to see Pluto added back to the list so that the science textbooks I couldn’t sell back can be correct again. Who’s with me?

Bedazzling: Mecedes Covered in Swarovski Crystals

potd-mercedes_3047699bSome people just have more money than they know what to do with. Someday I want to be one of those people. Actually, I take that back. I want to be one of those people today.

Take this guy for example, he covered his Mercedes CLS 350 in £20,000 worth of Swarovski Crystals. For those who use the world’s favorite currency that comes to about $32,679.

Daria Radionova, 21, originally from Russia but lives in England now.

The business student, had a million crystals applied to her car. Why? I’ll tell you why.

“I wanted to have something unique and do something special,” she told Mail Online.

“The people who did it came over from Russia and worked for 12 hours a day for two months on the car.”

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Hooray for Science: New Insight on King Richard III’s Death

cidlfmyhchswgsmv3nuwSo King Richard III. You remember him right? You spent like 4 seconds glazing over him in that European history class you took your sophomore year because you thought it would be good to learn about the wars and weapons. Only to find out the class was actually just some tenured professor complaining for 4 months about people spelling Medieval wrong and calling it the dark ages. No, just me? Well lucky you.

Well let me fill you in:

Richard III was the last king of England to die in battle. But as a new forensic analysis of his remains shows, he didn’t just die in battle — he had the living tar beat out of him. Here’s how this king met his maker on that fateful day in 1485.

As you may recall, Richard III’s remains were discovered in 2012 under a parking lot by archaeologists from the University of Leicester.

A forensic imaging team, working with the Forensic Pathology Unit and the Department of Engineering at the University of Leicester, used whole body CT scans and micro-CT imaging of Richard’s preserved bones to analyse trauma to the skeleton, and to figure out which of his wounds were fatal. In addition, the team analysed tool marks on bone to identify the types of medieval weapons used during the attack.

It appears that the King sustained no less than 11 distinct wounds at or near the time of his death. Nine of them were to the skull, likely inflicted during the battle.

Isn’t science great? Now I want to see the episode of Bones that the writers make up to go with this story.

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We’re All Gonna Die: Bus’ Steering Wheel Comes Off in Drivers Hands

steeringwheelIt’s happened to everyone, you’re driving around and your vehicle starts to do something strange. Like every other person on the planet without a huge bank account you just ignore it and hope that the problem stops soon. Then the problem just gets worse, because of course it does.

Here is a bus driver in Malta having exactly that problem. I’ll break it down for you. He’s driving along and his steering wheel is wobbly. Wobbly enough for a passenger to notice and start filming, because that’s what you do when you’re about to die.

Eventually the steering wheel comes right off. Luckily for everyone on board the bus is not currently driving through a school zone or off of a bridge. So in the end it comes out as just funny. And there was much rejoicing.

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Would Ride into Battle: New World’s Largest Dinosaur

bigRemember when you were a kid and the biggest dinosaur out there was the Brontosaurus. Then you learned at about 19 years old that no such dinosaur ever existed. And you were crushed. Well here’s a new one for you.

The latest dinosaur to be discovered was 26 metres long and seven times as heavy as Tyrannosaurus rex . Named Dreadnoughtus schrani by the team who found it, the bones belonged to the largest known land animal whose size can be reliably calculated. And it wasn’t even fully grown.

The 77-million-year-old Dreadnoughtus skeleton was found in south-west Patagonia, Argentina, in 2005

Ok, Dreadnoughtus is a pretty bad ass name but I move that we name this one the Brontosaurus and save the Dreadnought-name for the next huge one that comes around. Who’s with me?

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Scented Duck Tape: For the Discerning Kidnapper

whqvnbguds5ywgqwyrwq zotc7c68aec7aw65pexrIf you haven’t seen it yet Duck Tape now comes in different smells. Yes Duck Tape, read the pictures.

For a few years now you’ve been able to buy tape of varying colors, patterns, and qualities but it has all had the same neutral smell. Until now when you can get it in 6 different scents.

No word on how long the smell sticks around or why 8 yards costs $6.50 but I guess if you want the kidnappee to enjoy having tape over their mouth I guess it’s worth it.

I think when I’m flush with cash I’ll buy a couple dozen rolls and cover the walls in it. I wonder if it tastes as good as it smells. You know, the same way that the snozzberries taste like snozzberries.

Finally: Photos of Schrödinger’s Cat

catIf you know what Schrödinger’s cat is then you’ll be happy to hear that his photo has now reached the Internet. Seeing that the Internet was created to house cat photos I find it surprising that it’s taken so long. Of course people are hesitant to post pictures of dead animals, or maybe dead animals. I’m not sure where Schrödinger’s cat lands on that line. But I guess that’s the point.

Schrödinger’s cat is the poster child for quantum weirdness. Now it has been immortalised in a portrait created by one of the theory’s strangest consequences: quantum entanglement.

These images were generated using a cat stencil and entangled photons. The really spooky part is that the photons used to generate the image never interacted with the stencil, while the photons that illuminated the stencil were never seen by the camera.

I think it’s time we give Schrödinger’s cat a name. I vote for Chester. He feels like a Chester to me. Let me know what you think. Maybe you think he’s a she.