- Zain Meghji at Odd News19 hrs ago
Not since the fictional town of Bomont in the movie " Footloose" lifted its ban on dancing have more people rejoiced in in their freedom of entertainment than in Oakland, California, where just last month an 80-year ban on the public use of pinball machines was removed. Yes, pinball machines.
Back in the 1930s, the Bay Area city laid down the law prohibiting the machines because they were being used for illegal gambling.
Josh Sharpe, the president of the International Flipper Pinball Association, told , "There was this stigma for what pinball was, which stuck around as it evolved into an amusement machine, with electricity and the opportunity to control the ball via flippers."
Now that the pings and clangs of the pinball machines can be heard without repercussion, Radio Shack is hosting a monthlong pinball tournament inside its Oakland location to celebrate. Participants must score 50 million points or more to qualify for the competition, and then the top 16 players will be invited back in September for the finals. The gamers are playing on an " Iron Man"- edition machine, which one lucky winner gets to take home as the grand prize.
- Zain Meghji at Odd News1 day ago
Everyone loves a good makeover, especially with stunning results. Take a look at a new digital technique that allows for dramatic real-time facial redesigns. Artist Nobumichi Asaiworked with a team of CGI designers, photographers, programmers and make-up artists to create a video in which a model gets a series of virtual makeovers. Called O-MOTE, the process uses real-time face-tracking and projection-mapping technology to create visual changes to the physical features of model Yuka Sekimizu. A camera maps her face and then projects digital graphics onto it; these are manipulated and shifted to match the movements of her head. The system is capable of some incredible effects. While Asai has used projection mapping on stationary objects to put CGI onto cars, docks, and buildings, this is the first time he's done it with the more difficult contours of the human face. No word yet on how extensive the movements can be within the limits of the system. How do you think this technology can be put to good use? Let us know in the comments below.
- Zain Meghji at Odd News2 days ago
Meet Jamie and Emily Pharro, newlyweds from Lincolnshire, England. After their nuptials on Aug. 1, the pair handed their keys over to friends to look after their cats while they were on their honeymoon.
Upon their return from a glorious holiday in Italy, the Pharros found that their prankster pals had arranged a — in the way of 14,000 Post-it notes covering the first floor of their house. The sticky pieces of paper covered the entryway, the living room, and the kitchen.
A hidden camera captured the reactions of the new Mr. and Mrs. Pharro.
"Our living room has got glass panels in the door, so we could see as soon as we got inside what they'd done, and then we saw the camera," Emily Pharro, 29, told the Daily Mail. "The notes were all over the living room walls and everything. I think that in a few weeks, we'll still be finding the odd one about!"
It had taken their friends eight hours to pull off the sticky act. As for what mischief-makers had to say about it: They let the notes speak for themselves, with a message left on the television that read, "so sorry."
- Zain Meghji at Odd News5 days ago
No matter how you feel about the Michael Bay "Transformers" movies, most kids — and kids at heart — agree it would be awesome to see one of these giant Autobots in real life.
Thanks to robotics researchers at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass., the idea of multiple automated machines congregating to achieve a common goal is one step .
Meet the kilobots. Yes, like "kill-o-bot," but don't let the name scare you. These little guys are harmless and are made for about $14 each.
They use infrared lights to communicate and vibration to move, but what's really cool is their ability to work together to form basic shapes without direct manipulation.
Researchers input a desired shape, and the kilobots organize themselves into the pattern. But how? Seed bots first move into place to form the core of a shape, sending infrared light blasts to the other kilobots, which one by one move around the outside of the core until they are in place.
While this looks more like an anthill than Optimus Prime and the Autobots, you can imagine how powerful, or just scary, a team of robots working together on their own could be.
- Zain Meghji at Odd News6 days ago
Take a look at the brand-new exit sign on Atlanta's most well-known road, the Downtown Connector.
It looks normal at first, marked exits for Williams Street, World Congress Center, the Georgia Dome, and … hmmm … that's not how you spell aquarium .
The Department Of Transportation is already of addressing the mistake. The extra 'i' was the fault of the sign maker, DOT spokesperson Natalie Dale told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, saying, "We are aware. Vanna, we'd like to return a vowel."
She added that the spelling error should be fixed by rush hour on Thursday. Changing signs on the interstate would likely require lane closures, which the DOT didn't want to do during rush hour. This is most likely what contributed to the delay in a replacement of the sign, which has been up for less than a week.
Since the error was not the fault of the DOT, taxpayers won't be on the hook for fixing it.
The aquarium staff had not commented on the sign's attempt to put some "air" in Aquarium.
- Zain Meghji at Odd News7 days ago
Whether you call it a remote, clicker, or controller, remote controls have enabled us to enjoy television more efficiently, or … you know … more lazily.
We've come to rely on them so much that it's pretty upsetting when they get lost, but we might never have as much sheer admiration for remote controls as the baby seen in a recent viral video.
It's appropriately titled "Silly Baby Boy Goes Crazy Over a Remote Control," even though it could also be called "Silly Parents Antagonize Poor Little Kid Into Sensory Overload."
Unlike the video we shared last week, with the baby freaking out when Katy Perry's "Dark Horse" started playing, this kid's reaction isn't to the Mariah Carey jam playing in the background. Instead, it's in response to seeing the remote control put in his face. Again. And again. And again. Like, seriously — why doesn't this kid pass out or burst into tears? This thing goes on for over a minute and a half.
It's cute to see his reaction, and then it's perplexing to wonder why it's actually happening.
- Zain Meghji at Odd News9 days ago
It was not your average day at the beach for gym teacher Tugrul Metin. The 29-year-old
was splashing in the waves in Izmir, on Turkey's west coast, when a shocking sight washed up onto the sand in front of him. Metin discovered the body of a decease , which measured about a meter (3.28 feet) and was estimated to be about a year old.
Metin told the Turkish Times, "I couldn't take it in at first — I thought my eyes were playing tricks on me." He added that one of the heads' eyes was not fully opened, nor was one of the blowholes.
Police removed the body of the dolphin from the beach, and an associate professor from Ak Deniz University will begin studying it. The professor, Mehmet Gokoglu, told press that he looked forward to analyzing the unique animal: "Such a dolphin is a very rare occurrence — similar to the occurrence of conjoined human twins."
- Zain Meghji at Odd News12 days ago
You probably know someone who is a fan of Pokémon. Since the mid-'90s, popular versions of the game have sold more than 100 million copies to kids of all ages.
An older version is entertaining fans in a new way.
Behold, "Fish Plays Pokémon."
It pretty much works as the title advertises: A Siamese fighting fish named Grayson swims around in a tank, and its up, down, right, and left movements trigger commands for the main character in the first iteration of the Nintendo game, Pokémon Blue.
Having put in over 150 hours, Grayson hasn't accomplished much: He has acquired his first Pokémon (a Charmander) and named it AAAABBK and he has won at least one battle — all of which are impressive, considering he's a fish .
Two students, and , at the University of Chicago and Columbia University, respectively, put together the setup as part of the 2014 fellowship program.
- Zain Meghji at Odd News13 days ago
A ride on a Ferris wheel just screams summer fun — unless you're as unlucky as the Riggs-Long family in Essex, U.K. — and end up screaming for a different reason. Darren Riggs-Long and his wife, Lynzie, along with their three kids, claim that they were traumatized when they were left at the top of the Big Wheel at Adventure Islandin Southend-on-Sea for what they say was a significant amount of time as employees were getting ready to go home. The 38-year-old father said of the ordeal, "We couldn't believe it. We were at the top of the wheel when the lights went out and staff started shutting the lights down on all the rides just before 10 p.m. We were calling out for about 15 minutes before a member of the public spotted us and went to get a staff member." The owners of Adventure Island counter that they apologized to the family but state that the family was stuck on top of the Ferris wheel for only a short time — under three minutes (two minutes and 58 seconds, according to security CCTV). The Big Wheel was refurbished earlier this year at a cost of $336,000. To make up for the incident, the management team offered the family wristbands for entry to the park as well as free meals. How would you react to being stuck at the top of a Ferris wheel? What do you think about the family's reaction? Let us know in the comments below.
- Zain Meghji at Odd News14 days ago
When passersby saw a baby locked in a car in Hoboken, New Jersey, they called 911 out of concern for the child's welfare. Emergency responders showed up and smashed the window to get into the vehicle. Instead of a baby, however, they discovered a life-like doll in a child's car seat. It turns out that the 2-year-old granddaughter of the car owner, Kitty Mieles, had placed the doll in the seat.
Although the act of heroism from fellow members of the Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps, it's still great to see the community jumping into action when it thinks a child is in danger.
Thomas Molta, president of Hoboken Volunteer Ambulance Corps, said, "I saw pictures of the doll, and it looked real. I got 34 years experience in EMS, and I probably would have broken the window, too.
"Seconds are paramount there. That's the difference between a baby breathing, not breathing, pulse, no pulse," Molta continues. "You can replace a window, but you can't replace a life."