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What Does Driving At 265.7mph Look Like?

On April 2nd of this year, the Hennessy Venom GT may have stripped the ‘World’s Fastest Production Car’ title from Bugatti Veyron Super Sport. The Guinness Book of World Records recently announced that it was taking the title away from the Bugatti because an investigation into its 2010, 267.856mph run revealed that the speed limiter had been deactivated, going against the GBWR’s rules and making the Super Sport no longer qualify as a ‘production vehicle’. This opens the door for the Hennessy Venom GT to take its place as the new speed king, with a VBox-certified run of 265.7mph. However… this was done on a 2 mile runway; the car was still accelerating when they ran out of room, meaning a higher top speed is likely. Considering the Veyron takes 4 miles to achieve its 267mph record, the Venom GT’s achievement is very impressive. The figure hasn’t been officially recognized by the GBWR, but you can see the 413.2kph run in the video above.

If you want a 1,200HP Hennessy Venom GT, you can get your hands on one for the cool sum of $1,000,000,

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Mystery AT-AT Bunkbed

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The interconnected series of tubes otherwise known as the Internet is a strange place, sometimes. Pictures can pop up that make us drool of envy, even as their origins remains shrouded in mystery. Case in point: the above AT-AT bunk bed. All we have is that picture. A reverse image search reveals an Imgur link with a headline that reads “My uncle built an AT-AT bunk bed for his son. So jealous!” So there you have it. Some uncles are better than others. But knowing the image popped online through an Imgur link doesn’t help. What uncle? Where? How do we contact him so he’ll make us one? Why won’t anyone answer these important questions? That’s what we mean by shrouded in mystery; there’s an uncle somewhere, that somehow built something awesome. We don’t know who or how. But we hate him because he’s not our uncle.

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Cool Optical Illusion: Click Image And Blink Fast

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The above optical illusion is in the form of a GIF. Click the image to see it animate, and then blink really fast. You’ll see Mandalas appear all over the place.

Mandalas, incidentally, are shapes of particular spiritual importance in Hindu and Buddhism. Yes, Wikipedia is the Internet citizen’s friend.

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Viral Marketing Done Right: American Eagle Announces Paint-On Skinny Skinny Jeans

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Yes, they’re trolling. But it’s a darn good one. The 30 second advertisement featured below is about a purported new range of skinny jeans from clothing retailer American Eagle. “It’s our skinniest fit yet and is so comfortable you’ll feel like you’re wearing nothing at all,” boats the narrator. And that’s when you realize that the pants are quite literally painted on. The campaign doesn’t end with a simple video however, as they provide you with a link to a special page on their website where you can contemplate buying a can of the spray-on fabric. There is even an option to add the $50 “Limited Edition” set to your shopping cart; pressing the button brings up an “out of stock” warning. Right.

Let’s be clear, this is absolutely a tongue-in-cheek hoax, as confirmed by the company’s vice-president last friday on the Today Show. But it does show the company hitting one out of the park in the field of viral marketing. The video has racked up over a million views in three days and got the Interwebs chatting.

Check out the video, below.

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LEGO Machine Folds Paper Planes and Launches Them

It takes a certain degree of skill and a whole lot of dedication to build what Mindstorms user hknssn13 built: a machine made entirely from LEGO that folds paper into airplanes and then launches them! Granted, it’s a relatively simple thing to do–if you’re doing it with your hands. It’s a completely different story when you’re trying to automate the process with nothing but a LEGO machine.

About 6,000 to 7,000 LEGO bricks were used to build the paper airplane folder and launcher. The moving parts at the bottom required two NXT Intelligent Bricks, five NXT servomotors, four NXT color sensors, and a Touch Sensor Multiplexer.

VIA [ Cnet ]

X-Ray Spray: Makes Envelopes See-Through For 30 Seconds

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Snooping on your neighbour’s mail has never been so easy. Just spray some of this “X-Ray Spray” on the side of a sealed envelope and watch in amazement as the paper becomes semi-transparent. It’s completely temporary, as the product will evaporate after about 30 seconds, leaving the piece of mail looking completely un-tampered with.

We can’t think of any situations where the use of this product wouldn’t be either illegal, or at the very least morally reprehensible. But, hey, we don’t judge. We just think it’s pretty cool something like this even exists. It’s $15.

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Puck-Sized Device Charges Your Phone With The Heat In Your Coffee

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A Stirling Engine is one of the world’s oldest, having been conceived in 1816 as a rival to the steam engine. It uses differences in temperature to drive a piston back and forth, turning a flywheel in the process. It’s this engine, albeit a tiny one, that sits inside the onE Puck you see above, and which allows you to charge your USB-connected device using nothing but the heat of your coffee cup. Or the cold of your iced tea. Just place any sufficiently cold or hot object on top of the onE Puck, and the Stirling engine will kick to life, driving a tiny generator. Obviously the hotter (or colder) the object, the more efficient the onE Puck becomes, but it’s designed to generate 5W of power at a combination of 1,000mA and 5Vdc. That’s standard for a phone charger, but these are clearly ideal conditions. It might generate this much at peak performance, when you’ve placed a piping hot drink, and then slowly lose its charging power. There’s an internal battery which accumulates charge, and delivers it in batches to your connected device, so it may appear as though it’s not charging at times, but it’ll kick in eventually.

It’s slow and steady, rather than fast and efficient, and is more of a novelty than anything else. But as a Kickstarter project, it’s been successful enough to raise $125,000 with 23 days to spare. If you want yours, you’ll have to pledge $115 and expect delivery in one year.

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Lasso Slippers Pack Flat, Assemble In Seconds

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A little bit of ingenuity goes a long way to making us want to part from our money. In this case we have the above slippers, called Lasso, which are made from one piece of wool felt with a leather sole and can be packed completely flat. But run the laces through the holes and as you do so, the slippers take shape. It’s fun, quirky, and if we ever wore slippers around the office, we’d be all over these. But no, it’s barefoot at the OhGizmo! headquarters.

A £27 (about $40) pre-order on the fully funded Kickstarter campaign will buy you a pair, and yes that’s a lot for slippers, but at least you get to pick the color of your laces. Also, cool slippers, bro.

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Attaching A Scooter To A Carry-On Bag? If That’s Not Genius, What Is?

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It’s been out for a bit, so bear with us. But having seen the Micro Luggage Scootcase for the first time only recently, we were duly impressed and decided to write about it anyway. It’s a hard-shell, cabin-sized luggage with a built-in kickboard scooter! Running late to catch your next flight? Deploy the scooter, roll past everyone and arrive at your gate on time without even breaking a sweat. It’s genius.

It was developed by Micro, a Dutch scooter company, in conjunction with Samsonite over a period of 3 years (no word on why it would take 3 years to develop something like this), so you know you’re not getting some cheap piece of garbage. The scooter is non-detachable so if some overzealous TSA agent takes a power-trippy objection to it, you may have some problem. But we don’t think there’s any regulation against scooters in airports, is there? Better be sure, because as cool as this is, it’s not cheap: €299, or about $390.

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