Couch potato goes parasailing with his sofa and TV

July 3, 2020

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Turkish YouTuber Hasan Kaval attached a sofa and television to a parachute so that he could maintain his couch potato lifestyle while parasailing. The video is absolutely insane, because I don't see a harness of any kind. Like he's literally just sitting on a sofa flying through the air eating potato chips and watching TV. Maybe there's a secret seat belt somewhere, but if there is it's extremely well hidden. It's also possible people in Turkey just don't care about falling to their death? It really looks like he just gets on a sofa, people push him off a cliff, and then he goes about his life like it's perfectly normal to be in your pajamas chilling on a sofa while 800 feet off the ground.

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Guy tests out different treadmill speeds by riding them

July 3, 2020

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Twitter user @TheoShantonas put his quarantine to use by riding on a treadmill at increasing speeds. These are the kinds of sacrifices that must be made in the name of science. It's just too bad he stopped at 9mph, because I know most of them go up to 12mph and the super elite ones for athletes can go up to 25mph. Is this my roundabout way of saying I really wish I watched a man get launched through a wall at 25mph? Look, it's for science. Anything is okay for science.

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'Fallout' themed Nintendo Switch Pip-Boy case

July 2, 2020

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Reddit user TheApropalypse modded a Nintendo Switch console to look like a Pip-Boy, the wrist computer your character wears in Fallout. It's mostly a bunch of 3D printed parts painted and assembled, but the result looks pretty great. And who cares that it essentially triples the size of the Switch. As long as you can carry it it's still technically portable. Plus if I spend a decade or so working out at the gym and drinking raw eggs I'll probably eventually get my arm thick enough to actually wear this on my wrist. Right now I get sore if I wear my friendship bracelet for too long. Just kidding, I don't have any friends.

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LEGO continuous loop marble run

July 2, 2020

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LEGO artist Jason Allemann has built this continuous loop LEGO marble run. It expands on one of his previous designs to include an elevator so that it can run continuously as well as an alternator module, which splits incoming balls in alternating directions. It's a neat design and very interesting and all that, but I can't get over his LEGO storage room. That's the stuff dreams are made of. Six year old me would've planned a Mission Impossible style heist just to get in there and steal it. In unrelated news, I need to run to the store to buy a ski mask, a harness, and some rope.

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Weirdly perfect commercial for the Murphy Ladder

July 2, 2020

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This is a commercial for the Murphy Ladder and it's perfect. I don't even care that it's advertising a product, because it's so amazingly well done I actually watched the entire thing. That's three and a half minutes of my life I chose to spend watching a commercial for a ladder. A ladder. And I have zero regrets. I don't even need a ladder, but I know if I was going to buy one it would be the Murphy Ladder. If it's even half as good as the commercial it'll be the best purchase I ever made. Who needs health insurance when I can just spend all my money on ladders?

Keep going for the full video and no, this isn't a sponsored post. Although I wouldn't mind seeing some of that sweet Murphy Ladder money. Ya know, so I can buy some more ladders.

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'Inside Edition' discovers sheets weren't changed at some hotels during COVD-19

July 2, 2020

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As restrictions begin lifting and people start staying at hotels again, Inside Edition ran an undercover investigation to see just how serious hotels are taking cleanliness in the age of COVID-19. They checked into several New York City hotel rooms and used a harmless, washable spray to apply a logo only visible under UV light to the pillows, bed sheets and bath towels and then re-checked into the room under a different name to see if the rooms had been properly cleaned.

The fact there's even anything to report should already tell you that the results were horrifying. Spoiler alert: apparently hotels don't change bed sheets or pillow cases?! Even if we weren't living with COVID-19 that's super disgusting. I know what I do in hotel rooms and for them to not sanitize the room afterwards must violate the Geneva Convention. And before you ask what I'm doing in hotel rooms, let's just say it involves some yogurt and a bag of hot dogs and that's already saying too much.

Keep going for the full video that should probably make you rethink any travel plans you have for the next, oh, I dunno, forever.

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An original spacesuit from '2001: A Space Odyssey' is up for auction

July 1, 2020

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Julien's Auctions has an original "nearly complete spacesuit" from 2001: A Space Odyssey up for auction. The starting bid is $50,000 and they expect it to go up to as high as $300,000. From the auction listing:

The spacesuit is an amalgamation of components worn by different actors and in many scenes throughout the film. This is highlighted by a helmet featuring four distinct layers of paint (a base of color of white, then green, then yellow, and lastly in its present color of white), indicating that it was used in different scenes by multiple actors and representing a number of characters . This nearly complete costume is of the lunar type in its present state (silver body suit, blue back pack, white helmet). This suit appears to be original in silver (never repainted). However, due to the layering of paint, the helmet appears to have been employed as a lunar type, then two of the four Discovery types (green and then yellow; the other colors/types being red and blue), then as a lunar type again. This helmet has a textured strip of tape inside with "HELMET A" written across in red.

Most notably, the base green layer of paint seen in chips, cracks, and green overspray throughout the helmet surface suggest that it may have been the very helmet worn by Keir Dullea, who portrayed Dr. Dave Bowman (the lead astronaut on the film's Discovery mission to Jupiter) in the sequence in which he reenters antechamber of the Discovery surrounded by banks of circuit breakers leading to the "brain room" and logic center to "kill" HAL in one of the most famous science fiction scenes of all time ("Stop Dave. Stop Dave. I am afraid. I am afraid Dave.").

$300,000 seems like a lot to be spending on a Halloween costume, but I'm all about authenticity. And yeah, maybe I went into crippling debt to get my Mr. Rogers costume just right last year, but I had the last laugh when my sweater was the perfect shade of red even though people just assumed I hadn't dressed up at all.

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Wheee: The multi-terrain off-road 'Not-a-Wheelchair'

July 1, 2020

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An entrepreneurial YouTuber has designed an off-road "wheelchair" with his partner that he's calling Not-a-Wheelchair. It's fully electric and can reach 12mph with a range of about 10-20 miles and starts at $4,750.

Cambry and I decided to put our heads together, and build our own off road wheelchair. Something that's quick and light with a super long range.

It looks capable enough to handle a mild hiking trail, but probably not much beyond that. And if anybody is wondering why they're branding it as "Not-a-Wheelchair" it's because wheelchairs have to be regulated by the FDA and I'm assuming that's something they want to avoid. They probably don't want to be sued when I inevitably try to take it up Everest and die.

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