Blog Posts by Henry Baker

  • Man Makes Remote-Control Flying Ghost with Quadcopter

    It's nearly Halloween, so that means it's time for people to decorate their houses with ghoulish displays of terrifying monsters or just put some pumpkins and other assorted gourds out on the lawn. If you are of the mind that your house should freak out as many neighborhood children as possible, you might want to take a look at Alton Porter's creation— a remote-controlled flying ghost. Aside from a quadcopter, it's actually pretty easy to construct. Porter took his own quadcopter; added some white fabric, a skull, and red LEDs; and voilà: a ghost able to sneak up on targets with the push of a button.Just think of the potential terror this thing could inflict. Heck, you could even take it for a walk — or float, so to speak. People on YouTube are huge fans of the video, with Porter himself writing, "Can't wait for Halloween."

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  • Norway Town with No Sunlight in Winter Installs Mirrors to Brighten Its Days

    As the popular "Game of Thrones" meme goes, winter is coming. In theNorthern Hemisphere, for some towns, that means a literally gloomy five to six months with no direct sunlight is on its way. But like one town before it, Rjukan, Norway, is adapting to the lack of light with a novel workaround — giant mirrors to reflect the sun into its town square. Viganella, Italy, began an experiment with mirror sunlight in 2006, setting up 430 square feet of giant mirrors on a hilltop that moved via robotic control along with the sun all day long. Like Viganella, Rjukan sits at the bottom of a deep valley, with the same sunlight problems. They used helicopters to install the mirrors recently and just tested the system last week. And voilà, the small town was suddenly alight with thousands of square feet of direct sunlight per day, much better than the permanent shadow that winter provided previously. That's one way to shed some light on a longtime problem.

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  • Dash Cam Captures Scary Footage from Bush Fires in Australia

    Bush fires have been raging in Australia since October 17th, laying waste to everything in their path. One dash cam caught just how badly, and quickly, the flames can spread, on the Old Hume Highway near Yanberra in New South Wales. The video comes courtesty of the Bargo Volunteer Rural Fire Brigade, who must be doing some seriously difficult work out there, as well as Storyful.

  • This Man is Probably the Biggest Fan of Hamburgers in the World

    Ahh, the hamburger. A mainstay of Americana, whether it is a simple bun and patty or dressed up with foie gras and gold leaf, the hamburgerhas a lot of fans. But we all probably have nothing on Harry Sperl, a.k.a. Hamburger Harry. For the past 23 years, Sperl has been collecting burger memorabilia the world over, mostly from flea markets and garage sales. In addition to knickknacks such as hamburger lamps, display cases, rugs, and posters, he has crafted his own hamburger waterbed and a hamburger motor trike, with pickle handlebars and ketchup shock absorbers. He has admittedly devoted his life to hamburgers. His house in Daytona Beach, Florida, is known as the world's only hamburger museum. Though Sperl is from Germany, he has always loved the American way of life and fell in love with burgers because they are such a quintessentially American food. Unfortunately, because of cholesterol problems, Sperl has had to cut down on his favorite food, but he still fits a burger in here and

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  • Girl Adorably Makes Up Own Tap Dance to 'Broadway Baby'

    Look, there's no doubt about it: Tap dancing is hard. It's basically playing drums with different parts of your feet. So maybe that is why the almost unbearably cute preschooler in a recent viral video decided to just make up her own dance during a recital, in a video called "Dance Factory Preschool Tap." Not much is known about the girl besides her obvious talent, but commenters on the video were smitten. People wrote things like, "I need to be more like this girl." It now has had more than 400,000 views on YouTube, for good reason. That's what you get when you march to the beat of a different drummer. And for those wondering, she is belting out the tune to "Broadway Baby," from "Follies." Way to go.

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  • Ohio State Marching Band's Michael Jackson Medley Was 'Bad'

    The Ohio State University has a top-class Marching Band, and if you need any proof, just take a look at its performance during the halftime of the OSU-Iowa game from this past Saturday. The video is an 11-minute tribute to the music of Michael Jackson, but that's not all. It also pays tribute to some of the iconography, and most amazingly, some of Jackson's most famous dance moves. The band seamlessly transitions from depictions of the 'Bad' album cover, to the King of Pop himself doing his trademark lean, and even a moonwalk. This kind of thing just makes me wonder, "how do they do that?"

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  • Will Ferrell Leads USC Marching Band

    Will Ferrell has a habit of showing up in bizarre places. Aside from his film and television career, he's been on tape at such bizarre events as minor league baseball games and a string of beer commercials that only showed in one regional market. But we've never seen him lead a band. That's what he did though, for the USC Trojan Marching Band, playing the role of Tommy Trojan a few days ago. The event was to benefit the charity, 'Cancer for College,' which gives scholarships to students with cancer. So now we know he can lead a band, but can he really play jazz flute?

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  • Twelve days ago, family and friends of Carl Peyton Williams III worried that he would never be able to marry his love, Ruth Ann Terry. Williams had been diagnosed with terminal lung cancer and was told he did not have long to live. But thanks to his family and the Marietta, Georgia, community at large, the two were wed — albeit in an unusual venue: the back of an ambulance.

    Hospice workers arranged for the Puckett ambulance to take Williams to just outside the Cobb County Courthouse so that those near and dear to the couple could witness the nuptials. Chaplin Ron Daniel had met the couple the day before and told WSB Radio, "Everything just went beautifully. We just made it as quick and easy as we could for them."

    Terry and Williams met seven years ago online and had been planning on getting married in the future, but the diagnosis inspired them to make it official sooner. Williams' family noted that in his previous career as a law enforcement officer, he had seen some of the worst of

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  • Furbys Take the Spotlight on Album Covers

    Furbys are cute, creepy alien beings with a desire to chitchat and a propensity for scaring people (maybe just me) when they suddenly start speaking even after being stored in a closet for years. But Swedish artist and Tumblr user William Kallback Winter found a different use for them-- standing in for famous musicians on album and song cover art. His Tumblr Furby Living chronicles Furby adventures as Lady Gaga, Adele, and David Bowie, among others, and the image altering that goes into them is impressive, if not just a little bit horrifying. The album covers even feature Furby-language versions of the actual titles.

    He says of his work, "I first set up simple lighting and take the photos I need — of the Furby's face, feet, ears, wigs, depending on what I need. The rest is just heavy Photoshopping." Each post on his blog is a huge hit, garnering thousands of repostings each. So if you were looking for that perfect picture of a Furby pretending to be on the cover of Miley

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  • Man Got Over Fear of Flying by Skydiving, and Got It All on Tape

    Using skydiving to get rid of a fear of flying seems like going completely overboard, but it seems to have helped Dan Clunn. As part of a personal project to overcome his fears, Clunn's wife bought him a skydive over British Columbia. And luckily for us, he caught the entire thing on video. Clunn captures everything from the climb to more than 10,000 feet, to the anticipation before the jump, to the death-defying fall itself. By the end of it, Clunn changes from being nervous, to blissful. It looks like a lot of fun, and also totally scary.

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