Podcast: Solar Road to Nowhere

Posted by Josh on May 25th, 2014

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Brian’s daughter reviews Godzilla. The Boys take down the idea of solar roads. Are we defending science or scoring touchdowns? You decide! Also, did a cat shut down LAX?

 

 

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Picks:

Brian:

Traveling in Space

Andrew:

Game of Thrones Pop Up Book

Justin:

X-Men Days of Future Past


Podcast: Simulated Torture

Posted by Josh on May 19th, 2014

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Andrew prepares to get dragged through a lake of blood. But he might not be alone. The largest dinosaur ever ID’d. This giant mammal will blow your brain off your head. The amazing Fritz Zwicky explains the universe. A new board member might reshape the way corporations are run.

Andrew will be at Book Expo in New York City at the end of May!

 

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Picks:

Brian:

Lucky Planet

Andrew:

Godzilla

Justin:

Third Eye Crime


Podcast: Baffling Boy Swallowing Holes

Posted by Josh on May 12th, 2014

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Sinkholes are swallowing boys! UFOs are attacking the Taliban!
Correlation will never be the same after you realize what the marriage rate in Arkansas is causing. It’s all part of a new Weird Things!

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Picks:

Brian:

Rick and Morty

Andrew:

Defiance

Justin:

Silicon Valley


Paranormal Activity Star Claims She’s Had Sex…with a Ghost!

Posted by Tony on May 9th, 2014

Natasha Blasick, an actress from Paranormal Activity 2, is claiming she’s shacked up with a being from the afterlife.

Nope. Really.

This isn’t tabloid fodder, kids. It’s right up there in that video. Straight from the horse’s mouth.

What’s even more interesting is that this isn’t her first romantic encounter with a ghostly lover.

Nope. It’s the SECOND time this has happened to her.

“I felt something entered the room. I couldn’t see anybody. Suddenly I could feel that somebody touching me. Their hands were pushing me against my will and then I could feel the weight of their body on top of me but I couldn’t see anybody. At first I was very confused then I decided to relax and it was really pleasurable, I really enjoyed it. You don’t see anybody but it’s very pleasant and it made me feel warm and fuzzy. …It gave me comfort and support and love, and it did answer questions for me that there is something else out there.”

This will make for one of the weirdest paternity test episodes Maury Povich has ever had.

[Entertainment Tonight Online]


Hiker Shoots Video of Lone Figure – Possible Bigfoot

Posted by Tony on May 6th, 2014

A video shot almost two years ago by hikers and recently posted to YouTube is rapidly going viral as the usual debate of another poor quality video-sighting of an alleged Bigfoot hits the internet.

This time everybody’s favorite cryptid is roaming the Squamish mountains of British Columbia.

While the interested parties of the internet sling mud at one another, the one thing you can’t deny about the mysterious figure is that it really is in the middle of nowhere, by itself and covering a lot of ground in a very short amount of time. So fast that the hikers continually comment on its animal-like ability to jaunt through the deep snow.

As the comments section of the video continues to grow exponentially with arguments for and against, the mysterious and lonely figure moving through the isolated mountains will be the only one to ever provide a definite answer…

[New York Daily News]


Book’s Pages Make Contaminated Water Drinkable

Posted by Tony on May 6th, 2014

Using nanotechnology, a chemist has created an incredible book that straddles the line between magic and science.

[DesignBoom]


Chimpanzee Builds Fire and Roasts Marshmallows – Casually Signals End of Human Dominance

Posted by Tony on May 6th, 2014

With Dawn of the Planet of the Apes just around the corner, this couldn’t be a more timely reminder of how things can change.

Remember how dramatic of a moment it was when Caesar from Rise of the Planet of the Apes stands up and yells “NO!” to the treatment of his kind and then mankind gets whipped into submission by their primal cousins?

That moment has already happened in a much more relaxed and quiet way.

Kanzi, a famous Bonobo who’s met Oprah and communicates very comfortably with humans via sign language, has quietly signaled the clock is ticking not by tossing us out by windows or spearing us with broken broom handles. Nope.

He’s roasting marshmallows…

And flipping burgers.

No. Really. He flips burgers too.

[Gawker]


Drowning Simulator Teaches Players a Lesson

Posted by Tony on May 4th, 2014

If you asked around what peoples’ greatest fears are there’s a good chance that one or two would pop up more than the others…

Fear of deep water and the fear of drowning.

Thanks to the ‘magic’ that’s the internet and a company trying to drive home the message that everyone who takes to the ocean should be sporting the proper safety gear, namely a life-jacket, you can experience both in a “game”.

Created by an interactive design company and a yacht-wear manufacturer, the site that hosts the game wants to use those fears to get you to make a simple purchase that could save the life of anyone at sea.

What starts out as an ideal jaunt in a boat on a beautiful day does exactly what you’d expect it to…

It goes horribly wrong.

We won’t spoil anything with how this whole “game” plays out, so we’ll just suggest that you go give it a spin.

Two things are going to happen…

You’re going to have an even greater fear of the ocean and drowning and the first thing you’ll ask if you, for whatever reason, find yourself heading out to sea is, “Where are the life-jackets?”

[Sortie En Mer]


Mysterious Figure Caught on Camera During Game!

Posted by Tony on April 28th, 2014

Video of a weird figure quickly traveling through the stands during a game at the Hernando Siles Stadium in La Paz, Bolivia has hit the internet in the last couple of days.

Quickly going viral, the clip has split viewers. Some, like many of the commentators who witnessed it in-camera, believe it’s some kind of apparition and have openly admitted to being a little freaked out. Skeptics are claiming it’s a reflection of some kind.

There’s no doubt that some weird figure is rapidly moving through the stadium. But what is it?

Post your theories below.

[Telegraph UK]


Town of Dolls is Just as Eerie as You Think It Is!

Posted by Tony on April 27th, 2014

Valley of Dolls from Fritz Schumann on Vimeo.

There’s something unsettling about a small village in Nagaro, Japan. The village, located about 90 minutes from anything resembling civilization is like something out of a Twilight Zone episode.

Over 350 motionless dolls resembling people no longer living populate the small village.

Created by Ayano Tsukimi, the dolls were something that she just started doing one day.

Now the entire town is populated by dolls in various places and enacting the daily activities of the once bustling little village.

While Tsukimi’s intentions are innocently endearing, there’s something quietly frightening about walking into the now deserted school (where it looks like everyone just got up and walked out mid-day leaving EVERYTHING behind and where it was when they walked) and finding students with button eyes and stitched mouths blankly staring ahead at their just-as-creepy teacher waiting for a lesson that is never going to happen…

Unless they all freeze when the sun comes out and wait for the night to continue their ‘lesson’…

[AwesomeRobo]


World’s Smallest Magazine Cover Sets Record – Blows Minds!

Posted by Tony on April 27th, 2014

To help demonstrate a a new nano-scale technology, a group of scientists at IBM have recreated a Kids’ NatGeo magazine cover…

So small that it would take 2,000 of them to cover a single grain of sand.

Just keep staring blankly straight ahead because we’re all doing that now.

And it hurts.

[Gizmag Emerging]


Podcast: Space Roar

Posted by Josh on April 21st, 2014

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Easter surprise under the deck for one woman, SpaceX launches a massive rocket, was it a success? Religion is discussed. Hold on to your butts.

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Picks:

Brian:

The Martian

Andrew:

Harry Potter Wizard’s Collection

Justin:

FSL Tonight — Season 4, Kickstarter


Terrifying Insects Back From Edge of Extinction

Posted by Tony on April 10th, 2014

There are a LOT of animals being saved from extinction…rhinos, cheetahs, snow leopards, etc,. Most of them are regal or furry or cute or just plain huggable.

The Weta Punga are not ANY of those things.

Weta Punga literally means “God of Ugly Things”.

Nailed it.

The Weta are squirrel-sized insects that can only be described as terrifying. But that’s not stopping a group of animal lovers from bringing the animal back from the edge of extinction. Once the weta flourished in and around the islands of New Zealand. Invasive and non-native species took care of that until only small numbers of the giant insect remained.

Researchers in Auckland began a breeding program to…uh…yay…bring back the populations of weta that once roamed the islands.

Between this year and last almost 400 of these creepers were released into the wild to bring back nightmares to anyone visiting the islands.

[Stuff.co.nz Auckland]


Strange Floating Sphere Records Us as it Wanders

Posted by Tony on April 10th, 2014

Created by a couple of artists who were interested in the ‘unobserved’ moments of sound that go on in places like stairwells, hallways and, unfortunately for commuters witnessing the bizarre sight of this freaking thing, subways.

Filled with a mixture that is half oxygen, half helium (“balloonium”), the weirdly unsettling, 3 foot nylon sphere floats around recording ambient audio which it then replays on a delay of about twenty minutes.

Although it was meant to be a completely innocent object you can’t shake the feeling watching it cruise around that this thing is part of some Cronenbergian horror film and that the ‘innocent’ floating black sphere wandering the world whispering ghost-like conversations of the past is about to shed its nylon skin and reveal its real purpose.

Says one of its creators:

“A lot of people do interpret it as this sinister moving presence that’s following people around.”

Might be because of all the design choices that could’ve happened like a cute kitten or a doe-eyed baby animal or even the Teenage Mutant Turtles in an awesome group shot you chose a creepy, opaque ball that slowly floats around whispering voices.

[WIRED]


Podcast: The G Word

Posted by Editor on April 7th, 2014

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Chupacabra captured but is it what we think it is? Blue Origin mysteries revealed? Can they get us to space? Another Goblin outbreak sweeps Africa and only the Weird Things gang can solve it.

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Picks:

Brian:

Star Wars: Allegiance

Andrew:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Justin:

Captain America: The Winter Soldier


Disney Develops Robotic ‘Pixelbots’

Posted by Tony on April 6th, 2014

Disney is continually developing things that will make us hand over a substantial amount of cash to play in their parks.

Recently the Disney Research Hub’s YouTube Channel dropped a video showing something called PixelBots.

As entertainment in the real world becomes more interactive due to the public’s insatiable appetite for new experiences, companies like Disney continue to push into new areas of the interactive experience.

What will Disney be using these lemming-like little ‘bots for? Hard to say.

We’ll let you all role-play the part of an Imagineer in the comments.

[DisneyResearchHub YouTube Channel]