- Henry Baker at Odd News1 day ago
Hot-air balloons are known for floating gracefully into the wild blue yonder and giving passengers a spectacular view of the horizon unfolding beneath them. This picturesque tradition is what makes Austrian Ivan Trifonov's balloon exploit such a head scratcher.
Rather than vault into the air, Trifonov took his balloon, complete with custom-made seat, into the . In a feat of aerial precision, Trifonov slowly descended into the Mamet Cave in Croatia, which is 675 feet deep. Video of the event, filmed on Sept. 18, was taken from all angles and looks stunning if claustrophobia-inducing.
The trip is being reviewed by Guinness World Records to verify that it is a new record (Trifonov figures it is). Of course, the boundaries of this cave are very difficult to maneuver for just about any pilot, so if verified, this world record will probably stand for quite a while.
- Henry Baker at Odd News2 days ago
Some would say that a wedding day is the peak of happiness in a relationship, but very few can use that word literally. Jamie and David Lamb are two people who can, having climbed 2,300 feet up a rock face to say, "I do." The two climbed the Stawamus Chief, a summit in British Columbia near the city of Squamish. The couple had seen a video their friends had made of a mock mountain-climbing wedding and decided to do the real thing.
The bride, Jamie, said of that she had never wanted a traditional wedding, adding, "What we really wanted was to enjoy a day without all of the other drama that comes with weddings."
They may have missed out on the kind of drama that didn't involve hanging thousands of feet in the air by ropes, but the day still cost a pretty penny (as most weddings do). The roughly $11,000 price tag included a wedding dress made for climbing. After an exciting climb to the top, the two exchanged vows and popped the cork on a bottle of champagne. Photos and video of the event are romantic, if not vertigo-inducing.
Let's hope the newlyweds keep taking their love to new heights.
Social Experiment Shows What Happens When A Tinder Date Shows Up Looking Different than Their PictureEmily Scharnhorst at Odd News4 days ago
Increasingly the appeal of online dating has become mainstream. However, the fear of the unknown when meeting a complete stranger from the Internet remains. A social media experiment that plays on those fears, especially your date lying about his or her identity, has gone viral and caused an uproar.
The prank group Simple Pickup, known for sending actors out to use outlandish pickup lines on strangers, stooped a little lower in its newest video posted to YouTube this week.This time, the group set up a Tinder account for an attractive woman named Sarah. Her pictures were quickly liked by a number of men on the dating website, where swiping to the right on a profile picture demonstrates interest. After agreeing to meet up, she and her suitors set up a date on Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, a city where looks reign supreme.
- Emily Scharnhorst at Odd News5 days ago
Say goodbye to the lazy river. Salmon now have a cannon! Sounds fishy, but it's true. Whooshh Innovations, a Bellevue, Wash.-based company, has developed a product called the Fish Passage. Nicknamed the "salmon cannon," it is used to move salmon upstream much more quickly and safely than the fish are normally able to travel. The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has recently adopted the device to move Chinook salmon up the Washougal River about 120 feet in five seconds to a nearby truck, which then transports the fish to a hatchery. The salmon cannon doesn't actually shoot the fish, but rather fish are placed in a tube that propels them quickly through. This is much easier and less traumatic for the fish than traditional handling and transport methods. Previously, fish were moved using a forklift and a tote container. The Whooshh website explains the need for such fancy fish transportation: "Fish species are affected by the development and operation of dams. Dams without adequate fish passage systems block migrating upstream adults from reaching critical habitat. For downstream juveniles, a substantial proportion can be killed while migrating through dams, both directly through collisions with structures and abrupt pressure changes during passage through turbines and spillways, and indirectly, through non-fatal injury and disorientation." If you are looking to upgrade your own fish transportation, you are going to have to shell out about $150,000. Until then, check out the cannon from the salmon's point of view: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQt70Vru_f0
- Odd News6 days ago
The blog Women Against Feminism has been receiving a lot of backlash lately, but it's also a sign that gender equality has yet to be achieved.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Tina Fey are some celebrities who have used their fame to speak up for gender equality. And this week, "Harry Potter" star Emma Watson spoke at the United Nations as part of the HeForShe campaign, saying, "If not me, who, if not now, when."
Joining the fight against the objectification of women who are simply walking down the street is 22-year-old-photographer Caroline Tompkins. Her photo series, titled "Hey Baby," documents the faces of the catcallers and hecklers who usually are able to shout harassment with anonymity and without repercussion.
- Odd News8 days ago
Cops and doughnuts. Doughnuts and cops. The two seem to be about as intertwined in our minds as jelly is to a bear claw. Unfortunately, one of South Jersey's finest has taken that stereotype a little too far after crashing his police SUV into the storefront of a Dunkin' Donuts at 11 a.m. last Friday.
Few details have been released about the cause of the incident. The local NBC Philadelphia affiliate reported shortly after the crash that the officer had collided with another vehicle, which caused him to veer off of the road and into the restaurant.
The breakfast eatery was open at the time of the incident. However, no employees or customers were injured. The building has some structural damage, and the police officer suffered minor injuries. Still no word on how many Munchkins were injured.
- Odd News8 days ago
Have you ever dreamed of living inside of a shopping mall? Well, now is your chance! Rhode Island's Arcade Providence, built in 1928 and considered to be the world's oldest indoor shopping center, has been converted into housing with a twist: 38 micro-apartments.
The building was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1976, but due to a lack of maintenance, it continued to fall apart. That is, until developer Evan Granoff bought the building in 2008 with the idea of introducing tiny-space living to the city. He thought the historical revival would serve as both a preservation effort and a chance to create affordable housing in the financial district of Providence. With rents starting at $550 a month, the teeny-weeny pads range from 225 to 300 square feet and include a bedroom, a bathroom, a living room, built-in storage, and an ovenless kitchen. There are coffee shops and retail stores on the building's first level, but sound from the commercial spaces is buffered by large bay windows, an idea inspired by old-ship construction.
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News11 days ago
The Annals of Improbable Research Magazine announced the IG Nobel Prize winners at Harvard University on Thursday and seen on a live webcast. According to the magazine, the prizes are awarded for people who have done something to make people laugh, then think. The theme this year was food. Among the many categories, these made us laugh then think:
For physics, four people from Japan won from measuring the amount of friction between a shoe and a banana skin and between a banana and the floor when a person steps on it.
For neuroscience, the winners in China tried to understand what happens in the brain of people who see the face of Jesus in a piece of toast.
For medicine, the prize was given out to several smarties from the U.S. and India who were able to treat uncontrollable nosebleeds using cured pork as nasal packing strips.
And then there was the category for arctic science. The winners are from Norway and Germany. They won for testing how reindeer react to seeing humans who are disguised as polar bears.
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News12 days ago
Detecting a home that houses multiple cats is sometimes very easy, but none have as much cat-itude as Greg Krueger's home in St. James, Minn. The 49-year-old has been constructing the perfect (read: purrrfect) habitat over the last 15 years for his four cat friends/roommates. The house features about 100 yards of overhead catwalks, elaborate staircases, and secret hideouts that feature comfortable padding and soft lighting. Some of the openings in the walls are shaped like cats, and one is in the shape of a bird.
His reason for building the feline palace is a combination of his passions. He says, "I just love trails and paths, and cats, of course, and so I've just linked those passions together." But there may be a more scientific reason for why Krueger spends hours thinking of new designs for his cat home. Last year, he was diagnosed with a form of autism called Asperger syndrome. He says of his diagnosis, "Obviously, my house would not be like this if I didn't have Asperger's. If it takes a long time, I don't care, because if I like what I'm doing, then I almost don't want to finish what I'm doing."
- Henry Baker at Odd News14 days ago
Takeru Kobayashi has destroyed heaping amounts of food and numerous challengers over the years as a competitive eater. He once ate 110 hot dogs in 10 minutes. He smashed a world record when he ate 97 hamburgers in 94 seconds. The burgers were slider-sized, but still, it's impressive. Even though it has been a few years since he in competitive eating's largest event, Nathan's International Hot Dog Eating Contest, he's still getting his name out there in the gustatory world. His newest challenger is the hungriest — — yet.
Tiny Hamster is the star of a few insanely viral videos, in which he has been seen first eating tiny burritos then transitioning to birthday cake. Though he may be small, this rodent is no slouch when it comes to wolfing down minifoods. In a YouTube video uploaded on Tuesday, Kobayashi and the Hamster go belly-to-belly eating "hot dogs," or in the hamster's case, a mixture of apple, grape, and carrot cut into tiny pieces, and stuffed into bread. Each competitor in the video holds his own.