Archive for September, 2010

New Species Could Be Elephant Or Shrew

Friday, September 17th, 2010


Elephant? Or shrew? Shrelephant? Elephew?

The mystery rages on in wild Kenya.

[Live Science]

BATMAN Is The Soldier Of The Future

Friday, September 17th, 2010

We’ve long been a proponent of geek cultures vast importance over other pop culture products for one reason: geeks make things. Geeks see Star Trek communicators and build cell phones to look like them. Geeks see Star Wars light sabers and build real destructive lasers with awesome handles that receive cease and desist letters (since rescinded) from Lucasfilm.


And finally, geeks read about the super light, highly technological armor of Batman and build it for the Air Force.

Grappling hooks attached to siphon electricity from low-hanging power lines. Computers mounted onto a commando’s chest plate. Communications gadgets small enough to fit into gear pouches worn around the waist. The Air Force is actually preparing its special operators to act (and outfit themselves) more like the Batman.

Since 2004, the Air Force has worked to reduce the physical load of gear carried by its Special Operations Forces — the superheroes who seize hostile airfields and rescue captured troops behind enemy lines. Those airmen are often weighed down on these missions, lugging as much as 160 pounds worth of stuff. Since much of the bulk comes from their communications gear, the Air Force opted to cut out heavy batteries to power it, fueling the gear through methanol fuel cells that get lighter as the charge dies. That allows elite airmen to essentially wear their gear like a scaffold, a concept the Air Force calls a “Human Chassis.”

They even shoe-horned in a clumsy acronym to complete it! It’s officially called The Battlefield Air Targeting Man-Aided kNowledge.



Kirk Cameron Eaten By Crocoduck! [WeirdThingsTV]

Friday, September 17th, 2010

Huge thanks to vlogger Ashley Paramore for helping me out with this clip. We talk a little more in-depth about Crocoduck on her channel here. Follow her @HealthyAddict on Twitter.

Dude… Two Bros And A Brooklyn Tornado

Friday, September 17th, 2010

In a video that could well be this month’s Double Rainbow two Brooklyn ‘bros’ marvel as a tornado passes in front of their apartment window. Dude. Look at it… It’s funneling. Oh my god, Dude.

How long until Autotune The News gets their hands on this remains to be seen.

New Artificial Skin Could Allow Robots To Feel

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

Researchers at Stanford University have developed a flexible semiconductor which may yield new breakthroughs in robotics and artificial limbs. These semiconductors are covered in rubber and infused with air pockets that push back against pressure, allowing it to detect the presence of an object as light as a butterfly. While this will allow a robot to hug you without crushing you they still lack the power to love (for now).

Fossil Of Terrifyingly Toothy Bird Found

Thursday, September 16th, 2010


The figure of pure terror you see before you is not the mascot of an arena league football team. Rather, it’s the artist rendering of an ancient seabird which once roamed modern-day Chile. Fossils of the creature were recently discovered just in time for nightmares to begin.

Thanks to Weird Things reader Darcy for the tip.

[Nat Geo]

Botched Burial At Sea Inspires Murder Investigation

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010


Daniel Scott Lasky final wish was to be buried at sea. Unfortunately he accidentally set of a murder investigation when those hired to lay him to rest in a watery grave did not properly weigh down his corpse.

…Lasky’s body resurfaced Saturday. About 9:30 that morning, a fisherman reported a man’s body floating about four miles offshore. Its wrappings had come undone. Sheriff’s marine deputies raced to the scene, along with the Coast Guard. Homicide detectives waited onshore.

Investigators later found Lasky’s intended resting place in his obituary in the Hickory Daily Record: “Burial will be at sea.”

No word yet on if burial regulations were followed.


Do NOT Watch This Video If You’re Afraid Of Heights

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010

A POV trip for a engineer working on a 1,768 foot high transmission tower.

Thanks to Weird Things reader Alan for passing this along.

The Ol’ Snake Living In The Wall Trick

Wednesday, September 15th, 2010


Here’s one to tell the kids.

BELL GARDENS — A family in Bell Gardens has kicked out an unexpected house guest — a snake that bit a sleeping boy and was apparently living inside the walls.

The shocking find was reported just after midnight inside an apartment in the 6600 block of Ajax Ave. near Loveland St.

A few nights ago, a 15-year-old boy who lives inside the home said he awoke to the feeling of something biting him on the arm. It happened again Monday night.

That’s when they discovered the 2-to-3-foot snake slithering around inside a wall heater.

Sleep tight.


Mysterious “Bearded” Antelope Found In Africa

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010


On the left, the mysterious “bearded” antelope photographed in Kenya. On the right, Editor of this site Justin Robert Young.

Weird Things officially has no comment.


Police Say ‘Beware of Pedobear!’

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

Looks like the San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department has finally got an internet connection, and what they’ve found has creeped them out. According to the police, the Internet darling known as ‘Pedobear’ is a secret symbol used by those who would prey on underage children. While they’ve got the basic gist of the meme they have completely missed the point of the character, which is trotted out in Internet discussions to point out when a story or post is unintentionally creepy.

Unfortunately this means if you are among the with it and hip who have a Pedobear t-shirt or sticker odds are if you make your way to California you might just draw the attention of the authorities.

How Admiral Ackbar Almost Became The Mascot Of Ole Miss

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010

ESPN put together a well-done summary of how Admiral Ackbar of Star Wars fame almost came to replace the long-deposed Colonel Reb as mascot for The University of Mississippi.

Your Best Cryptozoological Lede Of The Year Is…

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010


William Allen Barnes is a man on a mission. His journey to find and track the creature known as Bigfoot (although he is loathe to use that particular term) began on a fateful night camping in California.

But his story, begins with the best lede we’ve ever read while editing this site:

On a warm summer night in 1997, local Bigfoot researcher and part-time gold-mining enthusiast William Allen Barnes was plunged headlong into the world of cryptozoology.

His story is well worth reading. Including this incredible line:

“After it left, the adrenaline hit me and I just sat there and shook,” Barnes said. “I got up the next morning and left. It took me four years to go back out there into the canyon by myself, and my gun got bigger every year.”

A part-time gold-mining enthusiast rolling through the Cali campgrounds strapped like Duke Nukem? Hail to the king.

[The Union]

NASA Contemplates System To Chuck Shuttles Into Space Horizontally

Tuesday, September 14th, 2010


Launching gigantic shuttles into orbit (although awesome) is costly. So what if we just threw that bad boy as hard as we could like a paper airplane and then fitted it with some super sweet rockets to blast that sucker into the cosmos?

An early proposal calls for a wedge-shaped aircraft with scramjets to be launched horizontally on an electrified (magnetic levitation) track or gas-powered sled. The aircraft would fly up to Mach 10, using the scramjets and wings to lift it to the upper reaches of the atmosphere, where a small payload canister or capsule similar to a rocket’s second stage would fire off the back of the aircraft and into orbit.

Engineers also contend the system, with its advanced technologies, will benefit the nation’s high-tech industry by perfecting technologies that would make more efficient commuter rail systems, better batteries for cars and trucks, and numerous other spinoffs.

So we get a reusable solution for shuttle launches and the latest monorail technology? Well that’s good enough for me to link this song!


Dude Sticking Entire Hand Into Liquid Nitrogen!!!! [Video]

Monday, September 13th, 2010

Pretty hardcore. Granted, the publisher of this site, Andrew Mayne has been known to gargle the stuff but this is awesome just the same.

Get way more detail on why this works at the man’s blog, including one of the most bad assed pictures you will see today.

Thank to Weird Things reader Mitzula for the tip.

[Pop Sci]

The Mystery Of The Lake Travis Photo Monster

Monday, September 13th, 2010


This picture was taken in 2007 by a college biology professor simply trying to test the flash during a research project near Lake Travis, TX. The professor and his student wrapped up their business near the creepy lake and left.

It was only after he noticed two points of light that he thought was an animal in the distance. He light blasted the snaps and eventually revealed the lumbering monster you see above.

What could it be? Bigfoot? Ghost? Old Man Withers who wants to scare everyone off the lake so he can buy the land cheap and build an amusement park?

Thanks to Weird Things reader Mike for passing this along.