- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News15 days ago
Now, a love story from a galaxy far, far away. OK, so maybe it's just Pennsylvania. It's a mix of "Star Wars," Legos, and a whole lot of love. Redditor Stephen Dempsey pulled off an epic proposal to his girlfriend Amanda. First, Dempsey put together this Lego model of Darth Vader's Imperial Star Destroyer. He presented it to Amanda, who upon opening it was surprised to find a tiny Lego Darth Vader holding a glimmering engagement ring. According to Dempsey, he told Amanda, "Our love is like this ship … its shields defend from any outside force wanting to get in and destroy us." Luckily for Dempsey, Amanda, who also happens to be a huge fan of the series, said yes. The groom-to-be posted the photos of the proposal to the Imgur site, where fellow "Star Wars" fans and hopeless romantics reveled in the joy and shared away. At their wedding the couple plan to play the opening theme from the original trilogy when they are announced as bride and groom. Needless to say, may the force be with them till death do them part.
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News16 days ago
If you have ever shopped for a new home, you know that it can sometimes seem like a wild roller-coaster ride. Well, the Dutch real estate company Huizen Promoter took that concept quite literally by installing an actual roller coaster throughout the inside and outside of a home on the market.
- Emily Scharnhorst at Odd News17 days ago
The Mothership Space Net Penthouse is like a hammock in your backyard on an extreme amount of steroids. The adrenaline junkie group the Moab Monkeys concocted the spider web-like creation, a 2,000 sq. ft. pentagon-shaped hammock suspended 400 feet above the rocky desert floor of the Moab Desert. The project was part of an annual gathering of thrill seekers that takes place over the Thanksgiving holiday in the Moab Desert. Some amazing photographs and video captured the highliners walking across the five different “legs” of the net, which vary in lengths up to 262 feet long, and the BASE jumpers who leapt from the hole in the middle of the net. The Moab Monkeys are a group that specializes in slacklining, highlining, BASE jumping, and adrenaline-fueled filmmaking. They have done stunts all over the world, including in Rio de Janeiro and the Austrian Alps. This stunt, though, showcases the beauty and extreme environment of their own backyard.
- Emily Scharnhorst at Odd News20 days ago
Is there any better way to say happy holidays to your loved ones than by gifting them a mini version of yourself? Thanks to a new pop-up shop in the hip Marais district of Paris, our family and friends can now have mini-me versions of us to cherish forever and ever. The Le Moimee Store is one of the first boutique shops that offers customers the ability to use 3D printing to make little copies of themselves — for around $285. The 3D figurines are one-twelfth the size of its subjects. Customers can pose however they like and wear whatever they want for the rendering, and the results seem to be pretty accurate.
"We think of it as giving new life to the portrait … You know what you look like in a picture. But the day you see your 'Moimee,' you go, 'Wow, I look like that?'" said Sylvie Roche, the project director of the mini-me venture.
So far, about 15 people have purchased the figurines at the pop-up shop, and we are sure their families will appreciate the pintsize presents.
- Emily Scharnhorst at Odd News21 days ago
Start with red sauce sheets, add a pepperoni-and-cheese duvet, and top it off with a crusty pillowcase, and voilà! You’ve got yourself a pizza bed. The mockup for this delicious linens situation has been floating around the Web for the last few months, but once again, thanks to the power of social media, the Internet is making someone’s pipe dream a reality.
This pizza bed creation, which belongs to Brooklyn-based artist Claire Manganiello, is now gaining momentum on the crowdfunding website Kickstarter. Manganiello says that the idea came to her when she and a friend were talking about "how nice it would be to be able to crawl under the cheese layer on a piece of pizza and then eat your way out." The sheets are going for $100, $125, and $150, depending on the bedding/pizza size, of course.
You won’t be able to eat your way out of bed in the morning, but at least your order will be shipped to you in a pizza box!
- Emily Scharnhorst at Odd News23 days ago
Elevators are about 160 years old now, so it makes sense that someone is trying to give the technology a little lift. Innovations company ThyssenKrupp has introduced a new building transportation system called the Multi Elevator. The idea is that old elevator technology takes up too much space in a building and is confined to only one elevator in a shaft at a time, neither of which is very efficient for our rapidly growing cities. According to the company, as urban environments expand for growing populations we will need to adapt to new designs. As an alternative to current elevator systems, several cabins in the same shaft of the “Multivator” would move vertically and horizontally, permitting buildings to adopt different heights, shapes, and purposes. The company plans to use linear motor technology, similar to what is used in maglev trains, to transform conventional elevator cabins into “vertical metro systems” within buildings. The first Multi Elevator unit is expected to be in tests by 2016.
- Emily Scharnhorst at Odd News23 days ago
Have you ever gotten up early and, halfway through your first cup of coffee while crawling through mind-numbing traffic, thought to yourself, "I wish I could be working now! I'm wasting so much time on the way to the office ... driving!" Well, lazy time-wasting commuters of the world, you're in luck. We can all give a slow round of applause to the design agency IDEO for suggesting the future "office on the go." In a new design-concept video, they show us just how driverless cars have the potential to add two hours of "productivity" to our workday. IDEO says that when driverless cars take over, our commutes will be boring, and a boring commute means that drivers can focus on tackling more interesting problems. The WOW (Work on Wheels) pods will be able to transform into meeting spaces and connect with the nearby cars of co-workers so that you can get a jump-start on your morning meetings! No day at the commuter office would be complete, though, without a happy hour. IDEO suggests that our driverless cars will be able to set the mood as we head to the bar, and they can make sure that we get home safely after sharing some libations with co-workers. That is, if we still feel like spending time with them after our commutes.
- Mia Fitzharris at Odd News25 days ago
Wireless phone commercials hardly ever leave us wanting fried shrimp — that is, until we saw this ad from the Japanese carrier Docomo. The YouTube video features an awesome instant fried shrimp machine! That's right — the shrimp-gun contraption shoots shrimp through the entire cooking process in just under three seconds. The "shrimp cannon" is used to demonstrate the high-speed capabilities of Docomo's new LTE network. Oh OK, there's the connection! You don't need to speak Japanese to be amazed by the commercial. Watch as the shrimp fly through a gauntlet of flour, egg, breading, and flames to produce tasty looking shrimp tempura: The video has gone viral, raking in more than 5 million views from curious foodies. Oddly enough, this isn't the first water creature that we have seen flying through the air this year. Remember the salmon cannon? I wonder if there's a Cyber Monday deal on an instant fried shrimp machine.
- Odd News1 mth ago
Need a unique holiday gift for your child this year? Budsies, a toy manufacturer, will create a custom, handcrafted stuffed animal based on your child's artwork. The Florida-based company can turn basically anything into a plush toy, including doodles and even pictures of actual people. Budsies founder Alex Furmansky said he was inspired to create toys from doodles after watching his younger sister's drawings go from the fridge and kitchen walls to a box and then eventually be thrown away. By turning his little sister's drawings into stuffed animals, Furmansky said it enabled her "quirky childhood artistry to live forever." The first two Budsie dolls were made for Furmansky's sister, Michelle, with the original becoming the company's unofficial mascot. To have your children's artwork come to life, all parents have to do is snap a picture of their kid's drawings and upload or email it to the Budsies website. Because the company prefers to keep its production process a secret for the kids, it explains that the toys are created with "a sprinkle of fairy dust, a pinch of magic, and a wave of the wand." After ordering your Budsie doll, your budding Picasso will have to be patient; the one-of-a-kind toys take at least five weeks to make.
- Odd News1 mth ago
The sad "Charlie Brown" Christmas tree ruining the holiday spirit in a Pennsylvania town will come down after disgruntled residents complained that the tree was too ugly to be on display. During a recent tree lighting, many Reading residents called the 50-foot Norwood spruce "pathetic," "horrible," and even "pitiful." One resident told local news station WFMZ that not even a squirrel would take up residence in the tree. According to the city's Downtown Improvement District, the sad looking spruce was a last-minute replacement taken from a city park. The city had planned to get its tree from a nearby farm, but when the crews went to pick it up, the owner wouldn't let them drive on the wet ground. Following the cries to take the tree down, a group led by City Council President Francis Acosta began raising money to purchase decorations and a new, better-looking tree. "My family will be paying for the tree," Acosta told WFMZ, "The community, business owners, and others will be paying for the decorations." City officials are hoping to have a do-over tree-lighting ceremony once the new pine is in place. As for the poor ugly tree, it will be donated to a local business after the replacement tree arrives.