What would inspire you to make a computer from scratch? When Wei Jin-Long wanted to get an iPad for his girlfriend, but couldn't afford it, he decided to build one himself. Jin-Long, who is a student at the Art & Design Department at Northeast Normal University in Changchun, China, said he studied Internet video programs on how to make tablet PCs and then bought a refurbished laptop computer to start with. The old laptop came with a main board, video card, CPU and screen. Jin-Long bought the touch screen and the battery online to complete his masterpiece for a grand total of about $125. He even hand-carved and polished all the holes to give it a more professional look. Completing the custom tablet took him ten days to finish, but he told The China Daily News that it allows its user to "read, download, watch movies, [and] play games by just touching the screen." After receiving her gift,Read More »from Man Makes Homemade iPad to Surprise his Girlfriend, and a Teen in Trouble over Negative Tweet about Kansas Governor
A video of a dog in a small village in China has the web buzzing about his devotion. When 68-year-old Lao Pan died earlier this month, the only surviving member of his family was a small yellow dog that he left behind. His little companion has refused to leave his burial site since his owner's death. When villagers noticed the dog lingering around the grave, they began bringing him food and water since he had not eaten in a week. Some villagers even tried to coax the dog away and back to the village, but he always finds his way back to the grave site. Now villagers are planning to build the dog a kennel near the site where his owner is buried. Social media is loving this dog. People have been tweeting that this story is "heartbreaking," and saying that it made their heart smile and cry simultaneously. The loyal canine is also reminding people of the 19th century's legendary Greyfriar'sRead More »from Heartbroken Dog Refuses to Leave Owner’s Grave, and Facebook Rewrites Six Degrees of Separation
Two videos of Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin attending an ultimate fighting match in Moscow are going viral, and for very different reasons. Putin is known as being a fan of the Japanese mixed martial art of Judo--in fact, he has a black belt in the sport. After witnessing Russian mixed martial Getty Imagesarts fighter Fedor Emelianenko defeat his American opponent Jeff Monson, Putin decided to give an impromptu congratulatory speech. As Putin started speaking, the crowd of 22,000 starting booing and jeering loudly. Putin appeared momentarily stunned by the taunts because he's not used to being booed. In fact, the Russian media says this was the first time Putin was ever publicly booed, because he usually only speaks at tightly-arranged media events. However, people who were watching the story on a state-run Russian TV station may never know the real sequence of events. They only saw a smallRead More »from Russian TV Edits Booed Prime Minister Putin, and Viral Proposal Video Spans Six Years and the Globe
Paleontologists in Chile have made a surprising discovery in the desert. Scientists uncovered what appears to be a massive graveyard of whale bones in AP ImagesCopiapo, more than a half-mile from the ocean. More than 80 whales, including 25 complete skeletons, were found in one of the driest deserts in the world. There is currently a construction project to widen the highway near the Atacama Desert, where the bones were found. Scientists believe the bones could be between 2 million and 7 million years old. So how did the whales make their way from the ocean to the desert and end up so close to one another when they died? Scientists have many theories: Maybe the area was once a lagoon and it dried up, maybe there was a giant wave that flung the whales onto shore, or maybe a giant earthquake sealed them off. Whale bones were not the only find for the paleontologists. A dolphin carcass with walrus-like tusksRead More »from Ancient Whale Bones Discovered in Desert, Parents Outraged by Hooters Waitress’s Visit to Special-Needs School
How do you mend a broken heart? Well, if you ask Eric Smith of Philadelphia, he'd tell you with a Master Chief armor costume from the video game Halo. Heartbroken after his girlfriend left him, Smith wanted nothing to do with the $2,000 canary-yellow diamond engagement ring he'd purchased for her. Eric SmithSmith, who runs the website Geekadelphia, enlisted the help of an artist on the handmade e-commerce site Etsy to create the 40-pound costume made of steel and fiberglass. Smith says he initially was unable to sell the ring in-person to anyone, so he looked to eBay. Smith said the "funds in his PayPal account warmed [his] heart for the most part, but lurked there reminding [him] of what he lost." So he "had to get rid of it." Smith says he'd always wanted the Halo Master Chief armor costume, but the cost of tuition and an engagement ring meant he could not afford it. He insists that the costume was not anRead More »from Man Trades Engagement Ring for Video Game Inspired Costume, Natalie Wood Case Re-Opened 30 Years Later
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