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Category Archives: Unusual

This Ferris Wheel/Tube Ride Has To Be The Most Amazing Thing I’ve Seen All Week

This is the Slidewheel. Developed by a German company, it’s a strange theme park ride that has riders on a 4-person tube going through a long bending tube that rotates like a Ferris wheel. The way it works is that it rotates its maze-like structure to let gravity propel tube riders forward.

It can accommodate 720 riders in an hour, and reaches a top speed of 25 mph. Though the riders are constantly ‘stuck’ momentarily, as they wait for ride to rotate enough for them to proceed. But let’s be honest this looks like the coolest thing ever invented and will be worth the 7-hour wait in line.

It’s still undergoing tests in Europe, which might result in some delays as every inspector who sees the structure mutters ‘What the f–k’ under their breath before fainting.

Hit the jump for an animated x-ray video of the ride to see how it actually works.

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This Hunger Games Theme Park in Dubai Doesn’t Really Get The Irony

The Hall of Heroes (Not Pictured: All the dead kids who were forced to fight each other)

The Motiongate Dubai theme park, has recently debuted their newest addition, a Hunger Games themed section. The section features a “Capitol Bullet Train” rollercoaster, the Hall of Heroes, and the Panem Aerial Tour multimedia experience.

I think they don’t quite understand the irony in having Hunger Games themed attractions, as the franchise revolves around a dystopian future where only rich residents enjoy a high standard of living and nearly everyone else suffers from poverty and starvation. There’s also that little detail where they make kids fight to the death annually for their amusement.

Honestly, if they’re going all in with Hunger Games attractions, they could do a little better. How about park staff dressed like Panem Officers who confiscate the food you just bought, flash mobs that every hour, pretend to riot to protest the wealthy. Of course, the main attraction would be the Hunger Games Experience where kids between the ages of 12 to 17 fight in mock version of the actual games. The losers are kicked out of the park, no refunds, while the winners get a $5 gift card.

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Toothpick Crossbow Looks Fun/Super Dangerous

If you ever wanted to launch toothpicks up to 80 feet, that’s oddly specific, but the Ace Sniper might be for you. It’s a tiny metal crossbow that launches toothpicks like a medieval sniper.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, “That sounds dangerous” well, it is. It’s 3 ounces of stainless steel retina-piercing fun. Use it at the office for lunchtime wars until someone receive an unintentional tracheotomy. It can even store additional injury-causing toothpicks in the chamber to maximize damage, I mean fun!

It’s available for $60. It’s seems pricey, but that build quality really makes sure that your ludicrously dangerous toy won’t break on you before you accidentally give your buddy some new piercings.

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This Book Features The Worst Comic Book Supervillains of All-Time

What’s the best aspect of old 60’s and 70’s comic books, it’s not the campy writing, identical art styles, or bright colors, it’s the terrible superpowered characters with no originality or creatively at all (I thought everyone was doing acid?).

Well, now’s your chance to own some of comic history’s most unforgettable forgettable supervillains! Featuring such villains as Doctor Voodoo, The Horrible Hand, and Bloor, who could forget Bloor! The book also features some of comic’s most obvious and awful knockoff characters such as The Clown, Cat Girl, and my favorite, BrickBat, a knockoff of Batman that uses bricks to solve his problems. I smell a movie franchise, oh wait, the cat box needs changing.

It’s available now on Amazon for $16, and would make a perfect gift for that friend who thinks old comics are the best ones.

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This Fork Will Block Out The Sound of Loud Ramen Slurpers…Kinda

Ramen company Nissin is releasing a limited edition fork that deals with loud ramen slurpers. By the company’s own video, the fork is called ‘noise cancelling’ and goes into detail about how they took numerous samples of people slurping noodles to gauge the sound. So, with all that information, I assumed it would work like noise-cancelling headphones. Boy, was I wrong.

What actually happens is, when you slurp with the fork, the microphone picks it up and tells your phone to play an even louder noise, which sounds almost like an engine. That’s hilarious, it just drowns out the slurping noise with a louder turbine noise. It’s like shooting yourself in the leg to drown out the pain of stubbing your toe.

Maybe we should try that with other things. Next time you’re in a movie and the people in front of you won’t be quiet, just start yodeling at the top of your lungs. Hey, you won’t hear them talking anymore.

It’s a silly product, but I’m not hating on it. Although it is limited to 5,000 and will cost $130, and that’s the real crime.

Click for a video about the fork. [ Eater ]

Krispy Kreme Flavored Jelly Beans Are Probably Not For The Health Conscious

If you’ve ever dumped an entire pack of jelly beans down your food-hole and were worried it might still be tiny bit healthy, than don’t worry, Jelly Belly has teamed up with Krispy Kreme to bring an assortment of 5 flavors which taste like different donuts, each one guaranteed to make your doctor to cry out in agony.

The flavors include Original Glazed, Cinnamon Apple Filled, Strawberry Iced, Glazed Blueberry Cake and Chocolate Iced with Sprinkles. Here’s a joke: Why don’t they make jelly beans that taste like healthy foods? Because eating healthy foods is miserable. Sorry, that’s more of a fact.

Anyway, you can buy a box for $7, which sounds like a good deal, but be aware that each Krispy Kreme flavored jelly bean that you eat removes 45 min off of your life expectancy. So each bag is actually costing around 3 days, still not as bad as Oreo Churros though.

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You Can Now Rent A Jet By The Hour To Look Rich On Instagram

If you ever wanted people to be incredibly envious of your life you could always make good friends, have a rewarding career, live a healthy lifestyle and keep good relationships with loved ones. For everyone else, you can now rent a jet to trick people into thinking you’re rich. Yep, that’ll do it.

Private Jet Studio, a company based in Moscow, does as the name suggests and lets customers rent a Gulfstream 650 for 2 hours at the low price of $244, which includes a professional photographer, because of course it does. You can then post those pictures online and show everyone that you have $244 and no shame a private jet.

Renting a private jet to convince strangers online that you are rich is the most 2017 story I think I’ve ever read. Soon we’ll have models quoting prices to be in pictures as your photogenic friend, and one day you’ll even be able to hire tech writers to write your Tinder bio.

My rates start at $19 plus $.10 a word and $4 for an up-to-date pop culture reference that’ll have people think you’re quirky. That’s the Lynx Effect.

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CozyPhones Have Flat Speakers So You Can Use Them When Laying in Bed

Have you ever tried popping in some headphones to listen to some music or a podcast when laying in bed? If so, you may have realized how super uncomfortable it is. Regardless of what type of headphones you use, the hard plastic housing gets jammed into your ear canal making them painful to wear.

Well, one company is trying to change that with headphones that have super thin speakers held in place by a mesh headband. The mesh ensure that no plastic parts will try and impale you and the headband design keeps the headphones in place, even when you’re tossing and turning.

Sometimes I just like to shut my eyes and listen to a podcast without using giant studio monitors. Do they look cool? No. Do they have the best sound? Probably not. But these fit a very specific purpose, and at $22, you can’t really go wrong. They’re like the Crocs of headphones.

Finally, I can fall asleep listening to Slayer.

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PetChatz is a Videophone for Keeping in Touch With Pets

How many times have you gone out to spend the weekend in the Poconos with some family and wondered if your Border Collie, Tyrion, was lonely? For years, you’d have to have to spend the entire vacation worrying whether your furry friend would even remember you by the time you got back.

Well worry no longer, because PetChatz is a wall mounted video calling solution for people to keep in touch with their pets. The device uses an app which connects with your smartphone and allows you to place video calls to it from any in the world. It can even dispense little treats at the touch of a button.

The device also comes with a host of modern features, such as recording for later playback, a microphone and speaker for further communication, and can even be linked to stream DogTV, a video channel service for dogs. But be aware that by picking one of these up, you have to accept having your friends see you as that person. You know, the one with the mini TV/phone for their dog.

It’s $379, which is a small price to pay for anyone who loves their pets enough to video chat with them, though at that price it might just be cheaper to buy them an iPhone. Not a new one of course, but at least a refurbished 5S, Tyrion’s worth that much.

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