This is a video from the University of Miami's Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and The University Of New England of researchers capturing a 12.5-foot tiger shark and giving it a sonogram. The sonogram reveals that the mother-to-be has almost 20 baby sharks inside, already toothy and ready to start devastating local fish families. 'They ate my parents! Maybe. I can't remember.' -- Dorie. The screenshot above shows the sonogram with outlines and color added to make the sharks easier to see, that's not what the sonogram actually looks like. Disappointing, I know, but that's life -- disappointment is all around. You think somebody is cool and then you see them only leave a $4 tip on a $76 bar tab. How could you, Brian? I guess I thought we were more similar than we are.
Keep going for the video while I delete some numbers out of my phone.
This is the dress first grade teacher Chris-ShaRee Castlebury let her students draw on for the last day of school (presumably not while being worn). Chris-ShaRee teaches at Pat Henry Elementary in Lawton, Oklahoma and thought the dress would be a nice creative exercise for the kids, as well as provide her with a beautiful keepsake to remember her students by. How sweet. I still remember my first grade teacher: Mrs. Eberly. She was so wonderful. So was my kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Dickerson. And my second and third grade teachers, Mrs. Hindman and Mrs. Cox. I have such fond memories of them all. My God, if they only knew how I turned out.
This is Rihanna's trippy music video for Sledgehammer (not to be confused with Peter Gabriel's Sledgehammer, which is way trippier by at least 100X), the official song of the new Star Trek movie, Star Trek: Space And Stuff. It was the first music video shot entirely in IMAX. I bet it looks pretty good in IMAX, but it did not look that great on my netbook at 240p. It was just like, 12 big colorful squares. Highlights: outerspace, Rihanna dressed up like an alien, little spaceships, and the Starship Enterprise scene at the very end. My favorite part by far though was when the song was over.
This is a video demonstration of the Liddiard Omni-Directional Wheels designed and built by William Liddiard. They can move a car in any direction except up or down because, and I don't know if you could tell or not, but this isn't a hovercar, it's a Toyota Echo. In William's words while I fix a flat on my own car because that curb came out of nowhere I swear:
Unlike other omni capable wheels, my wheels do not require the vehicle to be built around them. This is a world first bolt-on application for anything with wheels. Designed to be used in all weather and road conditions. They are stronger, faster, and more accurately controlled than prior wheels. They can take a beating. The tires can have the same build characteristics (siping, grooves, rubber compounds etc.) as regular tires. Now you can drive in all directions, and turn on the spot, when needed. These are proof of concept prototypes to show that they work. Finished wheels will be refined to target application requirements.
Setup on this car has an incredible 24,000 pounds of torque directly on the tires!
No CGI here (I did not want the tires to move too fast at road speeds so I used a high gear ratio. I now know I should have used a lower ratio). Fast speeds are definitely possible. Now ANYTHING with wheels can be omni capable (not just cars).
Impressive. I want a set of these on my car so I can turn my car around in my driveway so I don't have to back out into traffic. That's dangerous. People honk at me. And not a friendly toot toot either, a real lay on the horn honk and usually the finger and few choice derogatory words. I usually yell back at them about their mom or girlfriend which makes it extra scary because now all these people know where I live.
Because Japan will never stop being Japan, the people of the world's weirdest nation are recording themselves vacuuming harmonicas. Does everybody in Japan own a harmonica? Beats me. You know what else beats me? The bridge troll that lives between my cave and the nearest village. It's either pay him two fish or take a beating, and I always choose the beating because I can't fish for shit. I can catch frogs like nobody's business, but he doesn't want frogs, he wants fish. One time I found a dead fish washed up on the riverbank and I gave him that and he let me pass with just a dirty look. Usually I get a beating though. One day I'm going to blow up that bridge and crush his f***ing skull.
Keep going for the video that started it all as well as the Billy Joel Piano Man remix because this is the internet where amazing things happen.
This is the View Of Our Planets stamp set available from the United States Postal Service. The 16 stamp set includes every planet in the solar system TWICE. Pissed there's no Pluto? Well relax, Pluto got its own stamp set (picture after the jump) because it's special and has diehard fans like myself who stand up for it like a big brother who won't step aside and watch their little bro get pummeled unless I'm mad at him that day in which case let me get a kick in. Thankfully, the stamps are all stickers so there's no need to lick Uranus to send your aunt a thank-you letter for whatever the hell she got you for your last birthday.
These are the Game Of Thrones house sigil cookie cutters available from (you probably guessed it!) ThinkGeek. The $15 set includes Baratheon, Greyjoy, Lannister, Stark, Targaryen, and Tyrell and is perfect for people who want to make cookies that look like Game Of Thrones house sigils but will turn out looking like shitty lumps because that is way too much detail for anything but the lamest of sugar cookies. If you can't put chocolate or butterscotch chips or peanut butter or caramel or coconut in a cookie it isn't worth eating. Keep going for two more shots, one of some cookies cut but not baked, and one of the cookies baked but expertly decorated so you can't even see what's underneath. How convenient.
Vine user Auctioneer Beats adds rap beats to short Vine videos of livestock auctioneers doing their thing. It's pretty incredible and I'm more than a lot ashamed that I didn't think of this first because then I could die knowing I actually made the world a better place, no matter in how small a way even though this is very clearly a big way. Somebody get whoever is making these things a Nobel peace prize or one of those genius grants or something, shit. *puts detective pipe in mouth, does some internet sleuthing* Okay well it appears at least one person came up with this same idea over two years ago. You know what that means, don't you? "They stole the idea?" Yep, that or time travel is possible and people are using it to go back and make Youtube videos. Or maybe two people came up with the same idea independently but that's just what people say when they steal other people's ideas everybody knows that.
Keep going for a video compilation of the raps, I think the guys at 0:21 and 0:48 are my favorites.