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  • World's Tallest Water Slide's First Human Riders

    By Ben on Tue Jul 8 2014 |
    Gear | Video


    Video of the world's tallest waterslide, a 17-story Verrückt slide at Kansas City's Schlitterbahn water park.
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    Major Scale Musical Wine Glass

    By Ben on Tue Jul 8 2014 |
    Gear | Other
    From the website:
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    Featuring a large goblet the size of a classic red wine glass, this innovative glass is big enough to accommodate a full A-major scale, along with your favorite wine or non-alcoholic beverage. Musical notes are labeled with sandblasted fill lines, so just pour to the desired note and run your moistened finger along the rim.
    As it moves around and around the lip of the glass, your finger will alternately slip and stick, much like the motion of a violin bow. This causes the glass to vibrate like a bell and create a crystal-clear note.
    This trick inspired Ben Franklin to create his glass "armonica," a spindle design propelled by a foot pedal.
    Glassware made in Germany, decorated in Reno, Nevada.

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    Set of two: $65.
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    New Extended Trailer for "Guardians of the Galaxy"

    By Ben on Tue Jul 8 2014 |
    Gear | Film
    In the far reaches of space, an American pilot named Peter Quill finds himself the object of a manhunt after stealing an orb coveted by the villainous Ronan.
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    Pneumatic Sponge Ball Accelerator

    By Ben on Tue Jul 8 2014 |
    Pneumatic Sponge Ball Accelerator

    Pneumatic Sponge Ball Accelerator
    Gear | Projects


    The "Pneumatic Sponge Ball Accelerator" is installed at the Tschumi Pavilion in Groningen / The Netherlands. The apparatus contains 1000 black sponge balls, which are sucked through 150m of transparent pneumatic tubes with the power of a normal household vacuum cleaner. Visitors can operate the machine with a touch sensor: They can change the direction of the airflow and watch the balls speed up, slow down and turn around. The balls reach a top speed of about 4m/s.
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    The Football SlingshotLink

    By Ben on Tue Jul 8 2014 |
    Gear | Video
    JoergSprave's  football slingshotLink, Cool
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    The Perfect Daughter

    By Ben on Tue Jul 8 2014 |
    Gear | AD
    The Perfect Daughter
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    Waves of Grain, time-lapse video of wood being planed down

    By Ben on Tue Jul 8 2014 |
    Gear | Video
    Images by Keith Skretch
    Sound by Ennio Morricone, "The Big Gundown"
    To create this strata-cut animation, I planed down a block of wood one layer at a time, photographing it at each pass. The painstaking process revealed a hidden life and motion in the seemingly static grain of the wood, even as the wood itself was reduced to a mound of sawdust.
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    Parking Armor: A bumper for your bumper

    By Ben on Tue Jul 8 2014 |
    Parking Armor A bumper for your bumper
    Car | Other
    You might want Parking Armor, a padded bumper you strap to the center of your bumper. A weird product.
    $69.95.
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    Japanese official apologizes for eating the last donut

    By Ben on Tue Jul 8 2014 |
    Gear | Video
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    Optimus Prime cookie cutter

    By Ben on Tue Jul 8 2014 |
    Optimus Prime cookie cutter
    Gear | Other
    Etsy seller Cookie Prints makes these Optimus Prime Cookie Cutters out of biodegradable PLA. The same seller also does Tinkerbell, Ghostbusters, Superman and more. Prices range from $10-15.
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    Woman's Creativity Lends Charm to the Bathroom Mirror Selfie

    By Ben on Tue Jul 8 2014 |
    Woman s Creativity Lends Charm to the Bathroom Mirror

    Woman s Creativity Lends Charm to the Bathroom Mirror
    Gear | Pic
    Instagram user Mirrorsme creates these whimsical drawings on her bathroom mirror. She writes,
    "I bought my last markers in New York, and the sales person just couldn’t understand why I needed all those acrylic markers to draw on mirrors. Later that night, I drew Brooklyn Bridge on my hotel room mirror in Midtown (it was a nice hotel too, with a huuuge mirror… but I decided to remove the mirror art before I left)...Normally, it takes less than 30 min. to draw, but I can really get lost in the process and enjoy it."
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