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  • The Gentleman’s Handshake: How To Perfect The Choreographed Hand-Dance

    Giving a handshake is easy, right? Wrong. How would you know anyway? Never has anybody given you feedback on your handshake. And if they have, you’re doing it wrong. “That’s a firm handshake you’ve got there, son” is not a compliment. It’s someone telling you you’re gripping too hard. It might seem simple, but the perfect, gentleman’s handshake is something of a well-choreographed hand-dance.

  • Amazing Photos Recreate Pan Am flight Experience Down To Every Detail [14 Photos]

    Michael Kelley is a photographer who also happens to be an aviation geek. Anthony Toth is the pinnacle of aviation geeks, whose love of Pan Am led him to construct a replica of the interior of a 747 inside a 3000-square-foot warehouse. When these two men got together, this incredible photography project happened. With Kelley’s photography skills and Toth’s detailed set (even the silverware is authentic Pan Am), these photos really look like they were taken in the 70s. After looking through the pictures, be sure to read Kelley’s extremely interesting article at Fstoppers detailing how the project came about along with all the technical aspects. There’s also a great behind-the-scenes video to watch.

  • Helgray Watches (Watch Wednesday)

    Helgray watches are one of the newest watch brands who just get it. Each one of their watches are simple yet distinguishable enough to want to collect all four models they offer. Each watch features  modern Swiss Movement from Ronda and a basic military style design in a 42mm case of 316L stainless steel. The Field Officer, The California, the GMT and The Skyfighter are each a perfect blend of classic meets modern in their own right. Helgray Watches    

  • Transform Your Old Stereo Into A WiFi System For Just $49 With Rocki

    Remember when those little cassette tapes with the wire that plugged into a portable CD player made it so that you didn’t have to update your car’s stereo system in the 90s? Well the Rocki Play cheaply and easily converts your car stereo, or any speakers with a 3.5mm or RCA port, into a WiFi system. Originally launched as a Kickstarter project that raised over $200,000, the Rocki Play is now available for just $49 and comes with 7 different colored skins so you can choose one that best matches your decor. How does it work? Just plug the device into the audio jack of your stereo and set it up using the Rocki app on your android phone. An iOS version is also in the works, but for now Apple users can use the Rocki via AirPlay. Order yours today at Rocki.

  • The Distinguished Drinkeries of New York City

    The lovable visual-nerd-genius’ over at Pop-Chart Labs have gone and done it again. This time creating a street by street guide to the finest drinking establishments in New York City. A multicolored plotting of metropolitan pour-houses, this carefully crafted and curated map features over 200 artisanal cocktail lounges, wine bars, biergartens, tequila bars, whiskey joints, and other first-rate drinking institutions across the greater New York City area. From The Tippler, a hidden basement hideaway in Meatpacking to a beer drinkers paradise in The Ginger Man the chart breaks down each type of drinkery by color code. Throw it on your wall, fridge, corkboard, chalkboard, whiteboard, ceiling or laminate it and throw it in your shower. That last one isn’t a bad idea. The Distinguished Drinkeries of New York City $29

  • You’ll Never Guess What These Star Wars Portraits Are Made From [6 Photos]

    New York City-based artist James Haggerty is an award winning painter and printmaker whose paintings of architecture have been exhibited throughout the country. However, his talent isn’t just limited to his brilliant cityscapes. He also creates these portraits of Star Wars characters using a most unlikely medium—staples! That’s right, these portraits of Darth Vader, Greedo, and C-3PO are actually mosaics made from colored staples. Darth Vader is comprised of 10,496 staples (7,696 Silver, 2,800 Red), Greedo is 21,458 staples, and detailed C-3PO is an incredible 33,580 staples. Check out more of his phenomenal work on the Official Website of James Haggerty and Facebook.

  • Amphicruiser

    Finally the car/boat of your dreams is a reality. The Amphicruiser is a Dutch off-roader brought to you by Amfibious Transport, a company that specializes in creating the prefect vehicle for the land-sea transition. The cruiser is built from around a Toyota Land Cruiser body and engine with an onboard water jet with capabilities of cruising at 8MPH. Amphicruiser $180,000-250,000  

  • Audi TT Offroad Concept Gets 124 MPG [7 Photos]

    At the Shanghai Auto Show, Audi showed off its newest concept vehicle just to toy with us. The TT Offroad is a compact SUV with a hybrid drivetrain. Its 12 kilowatt-hour lithium-ion battery has an all-electric range of 31 miles, but its inductive charging system allows it to be charged by parking on an inductive mat—no wire necessary. The TT Offroad can reach 60 miles an hour in 5.2 seconds and in the all-electric EV mode, can reach about 80 mph. The two motors mean that in Hybrid mode, the front motor is often used to charge the battery, much like the Chevy Volt. Best of all, the concept features a 1:8 scale radio controlled version stashed in the trunk. Unfortunately, the TT Offroad is just a concept car and Audi estimates at least 2 years until a similar production car exists. That is, if they even decide to go in that direction.

  • Build Your Own Secret Door Bookcase For $500

    Have you ever wanted a bookcase that doubled as a secret door to your own personal Batcave? Or panic room? Or place to watch “The Notebook” and cry without people judging you? For about $500 Canadian, which is basically nothing in real, US dollars, you can build your secret door bookcase—but that’s not all! This Instructable also includes instructions on creating a faux-book that acts as a locking mechanism and, best of all, plays the “discovered secret” sound from the Zelda games. Well, you could have it play a different sound, but why would you want to?  So, what are you waiting for? Head over to Instructables and start building. I’m going to work on convincing everyone here at RSVLTS HQ that we need one, too.

  • 11 Things You Didn’t Know About Wrigley Field [Link]

    The first game at Wrigley Field, originally called Weeghman Park, took place 100 years ago on April 23, 1914. But it wasn’t Cubs who took to the field that day. They played at the West Side Grounds back then. The stadium was actually built for the Chicago Federals, later called the Whales, of the short-lived Federal League. Learn more about early Wrigley Field history for the centennial at Parade.

  • French Duo BASE-Jumps From Tallest Building in the World

    Daredevil BASE-jumpers, Vince Reffet and Fred Fugen broke the Guinness record on Monday after completing two base jumps from the top of Burj Khalifa, the tallest building in the world located in Downtown Dubai. The duo rocked yellow jumpsuits with inflatable pressurized nylon cells that act as wings to help jumpers glide in the air like birds along with red smoke releases for flair leaving behind a trail of red where they soared through the sky. “We feel happy for breaking the world record, but it wasn’t the main goal. We’ve been dreaming about base jumping from this special place, this unique place for three years now,” Fugen, 34, who has done 600 base jumps since 2003, told Gulf News.

  • Travel Through Time With Google Maps

    Have you ever wished you were like Sherman and could travel through time with a WABAC machine? A new feature in Google Maps for desktop allows you to see street views from different moments in time and you don’t even need a smug, talking dog like Mr. Peabody picking on you the whole time. Using images from as far back as 2007, you can now use Google Maps to view the construction of epic edifices, such as New York City’s One World Trade Center, or the destructive forces of nature, such as Christchurch, New Zealand after the 2011 earthquake. You can even use it just to get an idea of seasonal weather when planning a vacation. If nothing else, it’s another way to spend hours looking at Google Maps and dreaming of the world outside your dismal cubicle. You know what a 2007 Street View of your office would like? The exact same, except you would look a tad more fit. Head over to Google Maps for more info then start planning your escape.

  • Forbes 2014 Billionaire Facts & Figures (Infographic)

    This year there are over 1,600 billionaires worldwide with a total networth of over $6.4 Trillion. To calculate this year’s list an extensive amount of research was completed by dozens of Forbes researchers worldwide. They aimed to value the individual’s assets, including equity in public and private companies, real estate, yachts, art, cash, and they also took debt into account. They then attempt to vet the numbers with the billionaires themselves. Some cooperate, while others don’t.

  • RSVLTS Visit The New York World’s Fair 50 Years Later [37 HQ Photos]

    50 years ago today, the New York World’s Fair opened, running for two six-month seasons from 1964-65. Anyone who’s been to a Mets game knows that you can still find reminders of the exposition around Flushing Meadows-Corona Park in Queens, such as the iconic Unisphere. But the highlight of the fair, the New York State Pavilion, has sat unused and off limits to park visitors. Designed by architect Philip Johnson, the New York State Pavilion consists of three sections: the observation towers, the Theaterama, and the “Tent of Tomorrow.” To celebrate the 50 year anniversary, the “Tent of Tomorrow” was opened to visitors just for the day for the first time in years. Thousands showed up, including the RSVLTS, and waited in line for over 4 hours for the chance to see inside. Over the past few years the New York State Pavilion Paint Project has taken over the site and has been working hard at repainting and restoring the Tent of Tomorrow to its former glory. For more info on the project and future plans for the site, visit New York State Pavilion Paint Project.

  • These Are Not Your Average Sand Castles [13 Photos]

    Award winning sand sculptors from across the globe descended on Weston-Super-Mare, England for this year’s “Once Upon a Time” themed annual Weston-super-Mare Sand Sculpture festival. THis year’s theme was influenced by fairy tales and fables but that also include some current television and cinema blockbuster hits such as The Hunger Games, Game of Thrones and The Hobbit.

  • Them Eyes: 15 Photos Of Powerful Peepers

    Photojournalist Steve McCurry is best known for his photo “Afghan Girl,” which appeared on the cover of National Geographic in June, 1985. The photo is known for the girl’s powerful glare directly at the camera. Today McCurry has a blog where he groups his iconic photographs into categories. “Eloquence of the Eye” is one such collection, featuring “Afghan Girl” and many other portraits he’s taken all over the world. View the rest of the series and many other great photos at Steve McCurry’s Blog.

  • Newsman Brian Williams “Sings” Gin And Juice [Video]

    Jimmy Fallon previously revealed the hidden hip-hop messages in Brian Williams’ news broadcasts with his video for “Rapper’s Delight.” Apparently that wasn’t the only classic hip-hop song Brian Williams has been dropping lyrics from throughout his news delivery. Watch Williams and the rest of the NBC news crew perform “Gin and Juice” in this new video from the Tonight Show. Now that I think about it, I often get the urge to drink some Seagram’s gin while watching the news. I always figured I was just a raging alcoholic, but now I know it’s some sort of subliminal message. Now excuse me while I go in search of some bubonic chronic. I suddenly got an urge…

  • These Insane Speed Riding Stunts Will Wake You Up [Video]

    For those who don’t know, speed flying is an air sport where you fly a small fabric wing down a steep slope. Strong winds can keep you flying the whole way down. Strap some skis to your feet, and now you’re speed riding. Valentin Delluc is a master of the sport, as illustrated by this video. He even grinds the chairlift cable! Check out more of of Valentin Delluc’s insanity on Facebook.

  • This Tiny House Is Only 84 Square Feet [7 Photos]

    Ten years ago, after a trip to Guatemala and some health problems, Dee Williams reexamined her life and made some drastic changes. She sold her three-bedroom house in Portland, Oregon, built an 84-square-foot home on a trailer, and drove it to her friends’ yard in Olympia, Washington. She has just 305 possessions in her tiny home. There is no refrigerator or oven or even running water. She has a sink and a toilet but no shower. There are lights that run on solar power and a propane stove with one burner. The upstairs is a loft with just enough room for a bed. Over the last decade, Williams has become a big voice in the world of tiny house living and has published a book about her life. It looks like it could be a neat way to live for a little while, but could you do it permanently? Read more about Dee Williams at the New York Times.

  • The Ladies Of The 1964 New York World’s Fair [26 Photos]

    On April 22, 1964, the New York World’s Fair opened in Flushing Meadows Corona Park in Queens. The fair was not actually sanctioned by the Bureau of International Expositions because rental fees were charged for exhibitors and because it ran twice as long as is allowed, but who cares? This is America, and we do what we want. Over 51 million people visited over the two six-month operating seasons, including the ladies you see below. Be careful with your ogling, though—these ladies could be your grandmother!

  • 22 Before And After Shots Reveal How Much Of Your Favorite Movies Are CGI

    When you’re watching a movie, you expect monsters and spaceships, and all manner of things that don’t actually exist to be computer generated. However, with the quality of contemporary visual effects, filmmakers are relying on computers more and more and real life less and less. Thanks to computer generated images, a director realize his exact vision for every scene. Buildings, trees, weather—all can be manipulated with computers and blended in seamlessly. Pretty soon, we won’t even need actors. Won’t be so smug then, will you George Clooney? Check out more photos at Business Insider.

  • Lisalla Montenegro Is The Most Dominant WAG In MLB [18 Photos]

    Lisalla Montenegro is easily in the 1% of hotness on planet Earth but that fact that she married to Los Angeles Angels ace C.J. Wilson in December 2013 elevates her game to another stratosphere. Since his breakout year in 2010 Wilson has been an unstoppable force in the American League and we like to think Montenegro has something to do with that. Aerie recently named her to be the face of their summer 2014 line and the photos below prove that she and C.J. will be a force to be reckon with for the next few years.

  • The Sensory Overload Of Times Square Captured In GIF Form [17 GIFs]

    What do you do when you find yourself wandering around Times Square in the early morning hours of Easter Sunday? In the good old days, you could stumble into an adult movie theater, get a box of Jujubes (they last long!), and sit back and enjoy the show. Alas, those days of wine and roses are long gone. Now Times Square is nothing but 24 hours of nonstop advertising, with gigantic video screens promoting Guy Fieri and flashing signs pointing the way to Guy Fieri’s restaurant. With nary a peep show in sight, I had to make my own fun when I found myself in New York’s sense-shattering wonderland at 5 AM. Luckily I was armed with a Samsung Galaxy S5. I had tried taking animated photos before but the results were usually less than stellar, with parts of my subject stationary while other random bits flailed around like a whirling dervish. However, the usually annoying flashing lights of all the signs and video screens made a much better subject. These GIFs have been optimized for the web, but know that the quality of the original files is even more incredible. But due to the S5′s awesome camera, the file more »

  • Saudi Arabia’s Kingdom Tower Will Be The World’s Tallest Building in 5 Years

    Saudi Arabia is expected to break ground on the largest building the world has ever seen next week. The Kingdom Tower is the name for the 3,280 ft cloud-scraper that will trump the current tallest building in the world, Dubai’s Burj Khalifa by 568 ft. The sheer height of the Kingdom Tower will be double the size of the Empire State Building by it’s completion. The goal of this project was to create a building that’s one kilometer high, but with that comes great cost. The building will need an estimated 5.7 million sq-ft of concrete and 80,000 tons of steel for completion and should cost around $1.23 bullion to complete over the next half decade.

  • Who Dies on Everest—and Where, and Why [Link]

    Last Friday’s avalanche on Mount Everest claimed the lives of 16 climbers, making it the deadliest day in the mountain’s history. That one day has also already made the 2014 climbing season the deadliest season. And the 16 killed were not adventurous explorers looking to reach the peak. They were the sherpas who go up early in the season to make sure its safe for the adventure-seekers. This tragedy is just the latest to illustrate the vast difference in the two classes who climb Mount Everest: those who pay for the experience and those who are paid to make sure it happens.

  • Beautiful Aerial Photography of Civilization

    Photographer Alex MacLean has quite the obsession with people and their environment. Alex has been leaning out of plane windows to capture his shots ever since being awarded his pilot’s license in the 1970s, and he hopes that his photographs will encourage viewers to consider the impact of pollution and resource extraction on the environment. His photos focus on aerial shots from around the globe taken from a plane. MacLeans photos show an organic pattern of sorts giving them a mesmerizing effect.

  • Power Ranking The 2014 NBA Playoffs with Leanna Decker [16 Photos]

    Back in January we teamed up with Leanna Decker, one of the internet’s rapidly rising stars, for an NBA themed shoot featured in the second issue of RSVLTS Magazine. The behind-the-scenes photos took the internet by storm and judging by the popularity (and the fact that the 2014 NBA Playoffs are here) we thought this would be the perfect time to showcase the playoff picture in the best way possible.


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