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  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Far-Out Space Colony Concept Art From the 1970s

    Back in the 1970s, when our government actually encouraged innovation and gave money to scientific endeavors, NASA conducted three space colony summer studies at NASA Ames. These artistic renderings were the result, illustrating toroidal colonies and Bernal spheres containing populations of 10,000 and cylindrical colonies housing over 1 million. It’s easy to dismiss these works as fantastic notions of science fiction, but ideas need to start somewhere. And it’s a refreshing reminder that our government is capable of inspiring such innovation, or at least was capable not too long ago. Learn more about space settlements at NASA.

  • 2014 Social Media Trends and Facts

    The internet is used by 2,7 billion people worldwide, that’s nearly half the population on earth, including 191,4 million in the US. An attendance that increases with the number of social networks. This video shows an indepth look at the social trajectory of social networks in 2014. Did you know that of Twitter’s 750,000,000 accounts roughly 40% have never tweeted? Or that 80% of Pintrests 20,000,000 users are women? This video made by 24 Motion Design, looks at the main key facts of Instagram, Snapchat, Vine, Facebook, Twitter. A 2D movie with a lot of motion graphic. 10 social media facts and statistics in USA you should know in 2014 from 24motiondesign on Vimeo.

  • Who Invented the Internet? It’s Not What You Think.

    We live in an age of information. An age of answers at the tip of our fingers that are at our disposal as quick as we can type them, but even with all these archives, the origins of the platform that made it all possible are still a bit fuzzy. The origins of the internet are like a mythological creature living in a lagoon in Scotland or a Sasquatch living the in the forests of Washington or Al Gore claiming he was the catalyst for the world wide web as we know it, there’s a story for everyone. There is, however, one bit of history that digs deep into the mid 20th century which unravels a great portion of the internet as we know it. And it’s not what you think.

  • Fascinating Footage of the Effects of Viper Venom on Human Blood

    Snakes. You hate them. Indiana Jones hates them. Who doesn’t hate them. Even though only about 15% of snakes have dangerous venom, in fact only around 30/2,700 species of snakes pose any real threat to humans. Vipers are one of them. The venom from a bit causes skin and muscle near the bite can begin to turn necrotic, also disseminated intravascular coagulation or blood clots can occur and cause failure of the kidneys and other organs, and may ultimately result in death. This video shows what a single drop of viper venom can do when dropped on human blood.

  • Three Students transformed a 3-D Printer into a Tattoo Machine

    Three French design students participating in a workshophosted by ENSCI les Ateliers, a famous design school in Paris, were invited paricipants to spend eight hours transforming something in the public domain into another use entirely. They opted to take a 3-D printer and make it into a tattoo artist. The brilliant out-of-the-box thinking is just once of many feats 3-D printers will be capable of in the future. Think of it, perfect geometric shapes and circles could be the future of body ink. 3D PRINTER X TATTOO MACHINE / EP 02 from appropriate audiences on Vimeo.

  • NBA Logos Of The Pokemon Universe

    What would your favorite NBA team look like in the Pokemon universe? These logos popped up on Imgur this morning and we haven’t been able to track down a source yet, but whoever made them did a pretty good job. Some are obvious, such as the Team Rocket/Houston Rockets mashup. The most inspired has to be the Orlando Magikarps. Not only does Magikarp sound similar to Magic, the team looks like a bunch of fish out of water hopelessly flailing up and down the court (it’s okay, I lived in Orlando for ten years and rooted for those perennial losers). If you have any info on the source, let us know so we can give the artist some attention.

  • Punk Legend John Joseph Gives Juicing Tips [Video]

    Even punk rockers get old. It’s hard to believe that John Joseph, of the legendary Cro-Mags, is 51, and it’s even harder to believe that he is now giving tips on how to make juices and smoothies. He’s traded hard drugs for red chard and algae, but he’s as entertaining as ever in this video form Munchies. Also, if you like John Joseph’s no-nonsense, straight-talk style in this video, be sure to check out his NYC walking tour when it starts back up in May. For more info and tickets, head over to Rocks Off.

  • 10 Must Have Items From Bonhams Space History Sale

    New York auction house Bonhams is having a space history sale today with incredible artifacts from US and Soviet space missions. With the ever dwindling budgets of space exploration programs, these items could be the closest you ever get to space. For just $30,000 or so, you could even own a stowage strap encrusted with actual lunar dust! Check out Bonhams for the entire catalog and watch as these awesome artifacts get snatched up for more money than you could ever afford.

  • When Life Gives You Lemons, Feed Them To Babies [Video]

    Directors April Maciborka and David Wile bring you “Pucker,” a heart-wrenching tale where unknowing babies are force-fed lemons to the delight of their adult captors. Filmed in slow motion, the expressions of pain, disgust, and anguish are enhanced by the macabre score, featuring Edvard Grieg’s “In The Hall of the Mountain King.” This tale of voyeuristic Schadenfreude is a rib-tickling romp, sure to delight any YouTube goer.

  • The Hottest Pictures On…eBay? [10 Photos]

    The secret of selling on eBay revealed! Other motorcycle part sellers hate him. What does “babenotincluded” do to make a ton of money on the auction site? It’s simple, really. All you need to be a successful seller is competitive pricing, accurate and detailed descriptions, pictures of the product from various angles, and barely-clothed babes handling your wares. And it really works! I don’t even own a motorcycle or know what any of this stuff is, but I’ve been ordering all morning. By the end of the day I’ll have enough stuff to open my own eBay store. Now I just need to get some models. Check out more great deals on motorcycle parts (and photos, if that’s you’re thing, you dirty devil you) at eBay.

  • Skydiver Nearly Gets Hit by a Meteor

    It was business as usual for Nowegian Anders Helstrup, jumping out of a plane, soaring through the air until he released his parachute. Helstrup was enjoying the air up there, when a basketball sized rock flew past him. A meteor soared past the skydiver at 300km/hr which in MPH is about a million we think. Around 500 meteorites reach the Earth’s surface each year, with many thousands more burning up before reaching the ground, so the chances of a skydiver seeing a meteor at this close of a proximity is about one in a quadrillion percent.

  • 12 Rappers As 17th Century Paintings

    Ever wonder what your favorite rapper would look like as a 17th century painting? Probably not. That would be a weird thing to ponder. Luckily, London-based artist Amar Stewart happens to be weird enough to think of such things and then execute the idea. New York folks might recognize his name from the theft at his debut solo show in NYC last month. Check out more of Amar Stewart’s work on his website and keep up with him on Facebook. You can also purchase his work in all sorts of different forms at his shop.

  • Russian Team Builds Functional Replica WW2 Tank [22 Photos and Video]

    What’s that? You once put a radiator in a 1985 Oldsmobile Delta 88? That’s cool. These Russian dudes just got together one time and rebuilt a World War II German VI Tiger tank. But your mechanical skills are impressive, too, I guess. The functional 1:1 replica tank was built in 2011 for a movie for Russia’s Mosfilm studio. The entire set of over 60 photos can be found on Imgur. Also, check out the video of the initial test drive at the end of the photostream. 

  • You Can Order Manny Pacquiao to Collect All Your March Madness Office Pool Debts

    March Madness office pools are inevitable and you know you just have to play them, if for any reason to make water cooler conversation or just to get your degenerate gambling rocks off. Now you’ll never have to worry about collecting your office debts ever again. Chasing co-workers around for money is never fun and can be a headache and make things at the office awkward. but fortunately there’s a new service that can handle situations like this for you. Hire Manny Pacquiao as your official office pool debt collector. He’ll make all your problems go away… for a 10 count.

  • This Korean Coffeehouse Is Shaped Like A Retro Camera [10 Photos]

    A former helicopter pilot has opened a two-story coffeehouse and camera museum just outside Seoul, South Korea. The best part is that the building itself looks just like a Rolleiflex camera. It’s the perfect spot for photographers to grab a coffee, look at some vintage cameras, then capture some shots of the fantastic vistas around the property. For more information, check out their Facebook and blog, but be warned, it’s all in Korean. Good thing Chrome has that auto-translate feature.

  • New York Public Library Releases 20,000 High-Quality Maps For Free Download

    The New York Public Library has released more than 20,000 high-quality maps for free download through their Map Warper tool. All that’s needed is a free account then download access is granted to all sorts of maps, including 1,100 of the mid-Atlantic states from the 16th to 19th centuries; 700 topographic maps of the Austro-Hungarian empire created between 1877 and 1914; 2,800 maps from state, county and city atlases; 10,300 maps from property, zoning, topographic, and fire insurance atlases of New York City dating from 1852 to 1922; and  more than 1,000 maps of New York City, its boroughs and neighborhoods, dating from 1660 to 1922, which detail transportation, vice, real estate development, urban renewal, industrial development and much more. All they ask is that if used, credit for the maps is given as follows: ”From The Lionel Pincus & Princess Firyal Map Division, The New York Public Library.” For more info on the project, check out the NYPL blog.

  • Google Kicks Off April Fools’ Day With A Photo Themed Prank

    As the world wide web turns so do the quality of April Fools’ pranks. This year Google is taking it to another level by implementing a clever prank into their Auto Awesome  tool, turning April Fools’ Day on it’s head. Auto Awesome will introduce a (faux) feature that makes celebrities photo-bomb your uploaded photos. With celeb-bombing becoming a cheeky part of (internet) culture these days, Google’s joke will have your favorite celebs crashing your party, or selfie or pet photo or creepy secret photo you take of a celebrity in Trader Joe’s (which would then be classified as celeb-ception). Here’s how to prank your friends; Go to Auto Backup on Google+, upload a photo to Google+ or snap a photo on your phone and select “Auto Backup” in settings on the Google+ app (iPhone and Android). What you’ll find is a cheeky surprise from a famous friend. You can also have some fun making GIFs and portrait style stitches on Auto-Awesome whenever you want, but for a full day you can get bombed.

  • Illustrated Guide to the Cyclists of New York

    Illustrator Kurt McRobert has created a guide of NYC’s cyclists which includes 12 types of cyclists you will 100% see if you walk a block in any direction. Whether one “has no time for bs,” or another who is “the newest hazard to everyone on the road,” each illustration is highlighted with clever descriptions.

  • Sculptor Spends 2 Years Constructing Globe Out Of Matches [16 Photos]

    New York-based sculptor Andy Yoder has spent the last two years constructing a giant globe out of thousands and thousands of matches. According to his son, who shared these photos on Reddit, the 42″ diameter globe has a frame of foam and cardboard inside a plywood skeleton. Each hand-painted match was then glued into place using wood glue. Then the entire globe was covered with flame retardant. The detail of the finished product is incredible, especially the inclusion of Hurricane Sandy. Title “Early One Morning,” the globe will be exhibited at by Winkleman Gallery at the New York Contemporary Art Fair May 8-11, 2014. For more info and other work, check out Andy Yoder and the Winkleman Gallery. 

  • Cleaning the Glass Under the Grand Canyon’s Skywalk is a Job For the Clinically Insane

    Jutting out nearly 70 feet from the cliffs of the Hualapai reservation, outside the boundaries of Grand Canyon National Park is The Skywalk, a massive horse shoe shaped walk way with glass flooring for tourists to look down below 400-foot drop that offers stunning views of the Colorado River. With that said that view below The Skywalk gets pretty dusty with dry minerals and desert dust constantly blowing through the Canyon. Daredevil technicians from Abseilon USA take on the challenge of cleaning and polishing more than 40 panes of glass underneath the walk, hanging underneath for hours on end. Abseilon USA vice president Kenneth Piposar said the company’s work has also included rappelling down into the Grand Canyon to retrieve water bottles, hats and other trash.    

  • Andrew McCutchen and Pirates from Seton Hall, ECU and Tampa Bay Plunder SportsCenter

    In the newest addition of “This is SportsCenter” John Anderson’s morning breakfast meeting doesn’t go as planned when pirates barge in and plunder everything in the room. Andrew McCutchen leads a group of scallywags from Seton Hall, East Carolina and Tampa Bay to invade the conference and take everything including Anderson’s pie chart and especially the lox.

  • Chinese Man Builds Mini Electric Lamborghini For His Grandson [12 Photos]

    A 50-year-old man in China has built a mini electric Lamborghini that runs on five batteries to drive his grandson to school in. The car took about six months to build and cost just $825. It can reach a top speed of 26 mph and the batteries last long enough for a trip to the grandson’s school and back. The mini car features a working horn, stereo, and electric operated rain canopy and even has a hitch to hook up a trailer. The first car was so popular, two more have already been built for other family members. Jeez, my parents wouldn’t even buy me a Power Wheels. Why couldn’t I be born in central China? 

  • Michael Jackson Invented Anti-Gravity Shoes

    Everyone knows of Michael Jackson as the “King of Pop” whose singing and dancing made him the greatest entertainer in the world. But did you know he was also an inventor? When Jackson released the epic video for “Smooth Criminal” as part of his “Moonwalker” anthology film, his gravity-defying lean on the dance floor took the world by storm. Being a video, the stunt was done using wires but what if Jackson wanted to perform the extreme lean live on stage? Ever the consummate entertainer, Jackson, along with two designers, developed special footwear that dancers could lock into the stage to perform the signature lean. The patent, seen below, is now on display at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. as part of the “Making Their Mark: Stories Through Signatures” exhibit. So the next time your performing a gravity-defying lean on-stage, give a little thanks to the man who made it all possible, Michael Jackson.

  • Negatives From Scott’s Antarctic Expedition May Go To Auction [14 Photos]

    113 photographic negatives taken by Captain Robert Falcon Scott between September and December of 1911 during his failed Antarctic expedition may go up for auction. The recently rediscovered negatives are currently held at the Scott Polar Research Institute at the University of Cambridge, but if the institute can’t raise £275,000 (about $455,000) soon, the negatives will go up for auction. The photos offer an unprecedented look at the ill-fated journey and the SPRI is hoping to be able to keep them with the help of donations. Whoever ends up owning the negatives will be in possession of a collection of exceptional historical significance. If they go to auction, I’ve got $20 to chip in.

  • Norwegians Construct World’s Largest Pallet Tower Then Burn It Down [7 Photos + GIF]

    The people of Alesund, Norway have an interesting way of celebrating summer. 30 or so townspeople come together to construct a giant tower made from stacked wood pallets, marvel at their creation for a bit, then burn it all down. And it burns from the top, meaning some poor soul has to get up there, light it, and pray nothing goes wrong. In 2010, they set the world record for biggest bonfire with their 132 foot tower. What’s really crazy is how close people are standing to the fire. I’ve been to backyard bonfires with just a few burning pallets and though my face was going to melt off. That viking blood of theirs must help cool them down.

  • Casey Neistat Bangs Out Another Travel Supercut. This time for J. Crew

    Casey Neistat, best known for staring and directing in a handful of YouTube mega-sensations caught the attention of Nike before the launch of their FuelBand and was contracted to direct a short for their new Fuel Band campaign. He took the money and ran. Literally running around the world using Fuel Band capabilities to gauge his activity. Well world traveled faster than Casey in the video, and now after a few independently successful videos like NYC Bike Lanes and Snowboading in the NYC streets Casey is back with a branded video, partnering up with J. Crew promoting their Ludlow suit. Neistat has managed to find a business model that works for him and is tolerable for the viewer, because he takes them on a journey filled with global travel, clever cuts and camera angles, synced to fun and energetic music and keeps it raw. No doubt Neistat ultimately strives to be the king of cool, showing off his skateboarding, snowboarding and surfing talents all in one video (Oh and he rides a motorcycle, too), but also shows hints of an awkward side, getting stuck between the doors of an elevator and tinkering with the engine of a motorcycle. Neistat has a more »

  • Tom Hanks’ Best Role Yet: Rap Superstar [Video]

    Rap geniuses Buckwheat Groats have teamed up with everyone’s favorite actor, Tom Hanks, for their newest video. Sort of. Well, they rap about Tom Hanks and they superimposed his face, so it’s almost looks like he’s making it rain in the club and drinking Hennessy. What about the lyrics? Well, any song that shouts out “Sleepless in Seattle” director Nora Ephron gets props from us. It’s just too bad that Tom’s own rapper son Chet Haze didn’t come up with the idea first. Maybe Chet can start a feud with Buckwheat Groats.

 
 
 
 
 
 

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