Sometimes the things we see in action movies are real. No, really! Check out these actual military forces like a flying saucer prototype, the supersonic F35C Lightning II stealth fighter and a nano air vehicle modeled after a hummingbird.
Todays' Break Moments covers the hilarious results of self-inflicted pain, or why people don't stop doing things with thumbtacks even if their brains are screaming for them to stop. You know what's even worse? Self-injecting your beautiful face with a giant bagel made out of saline injection.
Yeah, I'm not a fan of crazy body modification stuff because everyone should do whatever floats their boat, but injecting gross salt solutions under your skin to create temporary body bubbles is just weird and unnatural. Nature created your soft smooth skin to mold perfectly to your high-tech skeleton. Modern medical technology was not intended to make your forehead look like it just swallowed a sesame bagel whole. Why the heck would you want to disfigure your face to look like mushy space aliens!?
Today's Sneakerheads segment features shoes that I never thought I'd see, like Tecmo Bowl themed kicks. Likewise, I've crafted a list of the coolest sneakers you will never see anywhere. Oddly enough, they'd sell like crazy if they ever made it to Foot Locker.
Kid Icarus Sandals - Made of fine, hand-stitched Corinthian leather, these Greco-Roman era throwbacks were set to make a splash until P.E.T.A. caught wind that the feathers sown into the heels were plucked from the wings of Pegasus. Neither Pit's arrows nor the shoemaker's lawyers could stop the onslaught of bad publicity. The shoes were dumped into a landfill, but magically floated away before they could be buried. The company that produced them was later sued for violating international pollution laws when the magic sandals plummeted into the Aegean Sea after flying too close to the sun.
Scrooge McDucks- The Scrooge McDucks weren't any different from regular tennis shoes, except that they were made of 24 karat gold and had 18 karat gold chain laces. The glimmering moccasins appealed to the extremely rich and impoverished alike, but ironically found no purchase with anyone, simply because they were impractical as footwear. Although the McDucks were all eventually smelted, knockoffs have been seen sighted from Brooklyn to Taipei. Said knockoffs have been reported to turn from gold to green when exposed to water.
Tekken Force Ones - The kicks were fly, the buzz was good and the cross promotion between Namco and Nike showed promise in several major markets. However, not long after the shoes hit the streets, some overzealous grade school kid in Alvord, Iowa kicked one of his classmates in the face after yelling, "I'm Lei Wulong." The Tekken footwear was blamed in newspapers across the state and a recall was issued.
Today's Military Tech segment on Attack of the Show covered the extremely advanced and high tech micro air vehicles loaded with special mini sensors and payloads to help carry out surveillance, target tracking and other various missions, all while mimicking the shape and movement of insects.
Sounds fancy, right? Basically, our government has been building mini robot bugs in the name of freedom and all I know right now is that I WANT ONE.
Alas, a high-tech weapon-wielding robot bug isn't in my budget, but there's always the battery powered HexBugs to satiate my insect robot appetite. Strap a little firecracker or mousetrap to one of these suckers and voila! You've got a micro crawling vehicle of your very own!
The only problem is that these robotic critters react to any touch or sound, so they probably wouldn't be very useful in an ongoing war with your cubiclemate.
But as soon as the US Air Force Research Lab puts their robot bugs on the market, I'll be first in line!
Many of the world's experts are brainstorming new ways to power our planet's exponentially growing need for electricity in the face of apparent climate change.
Some of these ideas such as attaching wind turbines to tall buildings have already been put in place and are fighting the good clean, green fight in saving money and resources. However, many of these ideas are completely impractical or just don't make economic sense. But if we're going to think outside the box as a race, let's really think outside the box. Let's burn the stupid box and cook with the fire.
Here now is our list of alternative alternative energy alternatives that we think could solve a lot of these problems without creating any new ones.
This week's edition of Green Tech; Personal Solutions.
The Bed Mat
A thin layer of conductive metal is lain under the fitted sheet on a user's bed and wired to a central battery or spliced directly into the home's power station. When the user is in the bed, the heat created when sleeping or shifting in the bed is conducted through the metal sheet and harnessed.
UPTAKE: According to our calculations, it would take 130,000 sleeping residents at an average of 8 hours of sleep a night for one week to power one average half of a duplex with no more than 900 sq. ft. for 30 seconds.
BONUS: Every time you have sex, your lights get brighter.
A few years ago before Facebook was widely available to everyone and still confined to students, MySpace was the king of this burgeoning new world of online social networking. My friends and I were first understanding the idea of what having a version of yourself on the internet that anyone could see at any time really meant, when one of the more social among us died suddenly.
It was a traumatic and tragic way that he died but the ever-present geek in me eventually wondered about his MySpace profile. I checked it out. The comments section was jammed full of condolences and "I miss you"s, the most interesting of which were messages from family members and friends who had lost touch. I knew these commenters weren't that connected to him in real life, and it was powerful to see them reach out in a public forum and proclaim their regret and grief over losing someone not yet clear of their twenties. It must have had some therapeutic value for them, like going to a grave and leaving flowers or some other significant object as a gesture of love. Eventually, his profile disappeared.
More recently, a friend of a friend died under similarly tragic circumstances and the same thing happened. His MySpace profile was bombarded with well wishes and for a while an almost daily reminder from his sister, stating how much she loved and missed him. Being curious and slightly removed from the situation, having never met him, I checked the profile every day to see how things unfolded. Eventually I stopped checking as people posted less and less, their grief apparently dwindling and sealing up. Recently, I went to check out the profile and found nothing there. An empty internet void we're all too familiar with when there are no search results. A huge white space where a friend of a friend used to be. My search "did not match any documents."
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