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Everything else that doesn’t fit any category. Videos, oddities and weird news, for examples.

Marvel Teamed Up NASA, Puts Groot And Rocket On CASIS Mission Patch

Nope. What you see here is not the new emblem for the next Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy comics. It is a custom designed mission patch that will see real world, or rather, space use. It is an official mission patch that will find its way on all payloads heading to the National Laboratory on the International Space Station (ISS). Announced at the San Diego Comic-Con by Center of the Advancement of Science in Space, or CASIS in short, the patch features Marvel’s space dwelling heroes, the perennial plant Groot and the highly intelligent, anthropomorphic raccoon Rocket, against a space blue backdrop decorated with the silhouette of the space station, along with stars which are actually the flame found on the Guardians of the Galaxy shield. Continue reading Marvel Teamed Up NASA, Puts Groot And Rocket On CASIS Mission Patch

Nivea’s Seagull Drone ‘Poops’ Sunscreen Lotion On Kids At The Beach

German skin care product company Beiersdorf AG’s Nivea brand has found an unusual way of campaigning sunscreen targeted at children. The campaign entitled “Care from the Air Bird” uses a seagull drone (read: RC aircraft that looks like a bird) that patrol the sky above the beach, dropping sunscreen on unsuspecting children, much like a real bird does on humans. I know what you are thinking. This is not exactly the most pleasant way of promoting your product, isn’t it? You know, associating sunscreen lotion with bird’s poop and vice versa. Continue reading Nivea’s Seagull Drone ‘Poops’ Sunscreen Lotion On Kids At The Beach

A Short But Interesting Story Of The Origin Of The Power Button Symbol

When you are using electronic gadgets, did it ever occur to you how the power button symbol came about? It is safe to say we are accustomed to the familiar ‘broken circle and vertical stroke’ symbol and we’d forgive ourselves for taking it for granted. However, like most things in life, this humble symbol has a short but no less interesting story. If you look closely, the “broken circle and vertical stroke” symbol is actually a combination of ‘0’ and ‘1’, the binary number system that represents off and on states. Prior to using 0 and 1, which was sometime around WWII, power control switches are labelled ‘On’ and ‘Off’, but as time goes by, engineers began to devise a simpler labelling that would transcend language barriers and hence, the universally recognized 0 and 1 was chosen to represent ‘on’ and ‘off’, which was used on toggle switches (see below). Continue reading A Short But Interesting Story Of The Origin Of The Power Button Symbol

Original Star Trek Starship Enterprise TV Show Model Restored At SNASM

Star Trek Starship Enterprise maybe a fictional spaceship but it was product of creative imagination of movie makers and a mark of mankind’s desire for deep space exploration, which makes the original starship Enterprise model worthy of a place in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. And museum it did head to in 1974 when it was donated to by Paramount Pictures to SNASM. The 11-foot, 200 lbs blow-molded plastic and wood model was displayed in several locations in the museum until 2014, when it was removed for a lengthy and painstaking two-year restoration. Though it is worthy to note that the model was “treated” three times, in 1974, 1984 and 1991, while in museum’s possession, but this was by far, the most extensive one. Continue reading Original Star Trek Starship Enterprise TV Show Model Restored At SNASM

HoverPowered Wants To Turn Balancing Hoverboard Into A Go-kart

The rather infamous and much used Hoverboard, as we all know now, does not quite hovers. It is nothing more than a miniature Segway except that it has no handlebar, but surprisingly, it has quite a following and there are even folks who step out and create accessories for it. We have seen how it can be converted to a self-propelled mobile beach chair and a ski-like electric vehicle, now another outfit wants to turn it into a go-kart. California-based HoverPowered is the startup behind the idea of the Hoverboard go-kart called HoverKart which turns a regular Hoverboard into a go-kart, complete with a swiveling third wheel, an adjustable frame, along with handlebars and slidable “race-inspired seat” to accommodate different ages and sizes. Continue reading HoverPowered Wants To Turn Balancing Hoverboard Into A Go-kart

Twitter’s New #Stickers Is The Visual Version Of The Good’ol Hashtag

You know how Facebook lets you add ‘stickers’ on your uploaded photos? Well, now Twitter has it too, but there’s a particularly useful ’twist’ to it. Dubbed #Stickers, it allows you to ‘stick’ stuff like emojis, props and ‘accessories’ anywhere on the photos, but that’s where the similarity with Facebook’s stops. Tweeted image that has a sticker slapped on it is searchable and discoverable. In other words, the sticker is essentially a visual version of the good’ol hashtag. This means, tapping on a sticker will bring up a series of Tweets by people who happen to use the same sticker. Pretty cool, huh? Basically, #Stickers is a funner way to discover stuff on Twitter. Continue reading Twitter’s New #Stickers Is The Visual Version Of The Good’ol Hashtag

SPRITE Celebrates The Land’s Victory With Limited Edition 16 oz. Can

After 52 years of dry spell, Cleveland Cavaliers, lead by LeBron James, finally took the championship in a 93-89 win over the Golden State Warriors on Sunday night. 52.Freaking.Years. Now, that surely calls for a grand celebration and while the Land and the whole of Cleveland celebrates, SPRITE, a Coca-Cola brand, wasted no time in pushing their own marketing campaign to mark this victory. SPRITE launches a social media campaign called #DapTheKing where it invites fans to perform the handshakes King James did with his teammates throughout the season. Continue reading SPRITE Celebrates The Land’s Victory With Limited Edition 16 oz. Can

Surprise! Alligator Is Not The Number One Man-killer In The U.S.

You may have heard the tragic news about a boy being pulled under by an alligator while at Walt Disney World resort in Orlando, Florida. What puzzled us was, that was manmade lake and so, how the hell did the ally gets in there? Then again, Florida is kind of famous for alligators with some folks encountering the reptile right in the backyards – thanks t us, humans, encroaching into their natural habitat. At this point, alligators have earned themselves a fearsome reputation and this ancient reptile has instilled the same fear in people as sharks do, but here’s a plot twist: alligators, or sharks for that matter, is not the number one man-killer in the U.S. Continue reading Surprise! Alligator Is Not The Number One Man-killer In The U.S.

Robot Escapes Testing Facility, Went On The Run On The Streets Of Russia

In a scene that closely resembles one from sci-fi movies, a robot has escaped its human overlords from its testing facility in Russia and it was on the loose for a good 40 minutes before its onboard battery conked out and came to a halt in the middle of road, causing a minor traffic disruption. No one was harmed in this fiasco, though and do not be alarmed either, it is not scenario of robot revolting against us cos’ this particular robot is not as sophisticated and advanced as Sonny, and it does not have equal level of AI to enable it to harm humans either. The non-human escapee obviously does not have the dexterity to pick lock to enable the dash; its escape was made possible by an engineer who forgot to shut the gate when he made his way to the office. Continue reading Robot Escapes Testing Facility, Went On The Run On The Streets Of Russia

World’s Most Expensive Tires From Z Tyre Cost A Whopping $600,000

Tires are expendables. They get worn and need to be replaced with a new set and hence, it is hard to imagine anyone, or any establishment would consider giving this rubber compound a bling. Then again, sometimes what people and/or company thinks defy logic or sensible considerations and the same goes to the person who paid way over the odds for this set of super luxe-up tyres (tires) from UK tire manufacturer Z Tyre. And how much exactly was it? AED 2,202,000, which works out to be around $600,000, or £420,400, as officially recorded by Guinness World Records last month. That’s one heck of tire, isn’t it? I can’t imagine a tire that cost a thousand bucks each, much less one that commands $150,000 a pop. Now, that’s preposterous. Continue reading World’s Most Expensive Tires From Z Tyre Cost A Whopping $600,000