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  • What Really Happened to Michael Rockefeller [Link]

    Michael Rockefeller, youngest son of New York Governor turned US Vice President Nelson Rockefeller, was only 23 years old when he disappeared seven months into an expedition in the Asmat region of Netherlands New Guinea in 1961. His pontoon boat had overturned and after drifting for some time, he told his Dutch guide he was going to attempt to swim to shore, an estimated 12 miles away. His guide was rescued the next day but Rockefeller was never seen again and was presumed to have drowned. Now a recent expedition by author Carl Hoffman has shed new light on what really happened.

  • Google Unveils Project Tango Smartphone To 3D Map Your World [Video]

    Our eventual tech overlords at Google have unveiled the next step in their plan to bring about the singularity. Named Project Tango, Google revealed their new smartphone technology capable of 3D mapping your surroundings in real time. With Tango, directions from Google maps will no longer stop once you reach the building of your destination. You’ll be able to find your way through labyrinthian corridors in even the biggest, most confusing complexes. The tech will also aid the visually impaired when they find themselves in unfamiliar surroundings. There are also gaming opportunities, as Tango would add more realism to augmented reality games. Now put on your tinfoil hat and consider that this will also give Google a real time, 3D map of where you are at all times. When they become Skynet and send out Terminators, there will be nowhere safe to hide. Unless you don’t have your phone on you every second of the day. But then how will you see if your friends liked the filters on the picture of your eggplant parm sandwich that you Instagrammed earlier?

  • What Was Lost is Now Found: The Nokia Treasure Tag

    Nokia’s recent merger with Microsoft Windows Phone was about the last thing keeping the brand relevant in the states, which is surprising considering the beautiful quality of photos and clean operating system, but lately they’re blowing the lid off of innovation, specifically with a new app called Treasure Tag. The Treasure Tag uses your phone’s Bluetooth/NFC radius to locate an item, and once it strays from that range, it will keep track of the last place it was seen on radar before it went out of range. If only there was an app I could embed in my brain to find my phone to then find my keys to so I can let my child out of the car.

  • Kurt Cobain Honored In Hometown With Hideous Statue

    February 20 would have been Nirvana front man Kurt Cobain’s 47th birthday and to mark the occasion, his hometown of Aberdeen, Washington celebrated “Kurt Cobain Day.” The high point of the day was the unveiling of a statue in his likeness. Or at least, it was supposed to be. Instead onlookers were greeted by what looks more like a crying Jesus playing guitar (left handed, of course). It’s only fitting that the town Cobain expressed so much hate for would honor him with a half-assed statue. Of course, it’s not fair to blame the artist, as a tip we received here at RSVLTS HQ revealed her to be none other than the blind girl who made the Lionel Richie bust in the “Hello” video.

  • The 5 Greatest Moments In 50 Years of Sports Illustrated Swimsuit

    Sports Illustrated’s Swimsuit Issue has stood the test of time, made us rethink the bikini, inspired the careers of supermodels like Christie Brinkley and Tyra Banks, and has, since its launch half a century ago, caused conservatives globally to panic. But what this publication has accomplished in its 50 years is quite extraordinary. It began as a small insert in the Jan. 20, 1964 edition of Sports Illustrated in order to fill the slow winter months for sports news and is now the powerhouse of the Sports Illustrated franchise. The Swimsuit Issue now has its own television show, just published a book in 2013 called Sports Illustrated Swimsuit: 50 Years of Beautiful, revealing unpublished photographs and inside stories, and even has a television special for the 50th anniversary available on DirecTV. So, to celebrate, let’s take a look at the top 5 moments from the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue’s history.

  • The Awful Story Of Rainbow Man Rock ‘n’ Rollen Stewart

    February 23 marks the 70th birthday of one of the biggest fans the world of sports has ever seen, Rollen Stewart, better known as Rainbow Man and Rock ‘n’ Rollen. Just in case the photo didn’t jog your memory, Stewart was often seen at sporting events, both at home in the US and abroad, wearing a rainbow afro wig and holding a a sign that read “John 3:16.” His wacky appearance transformed him from a spectator to a celebrity but there was a lot more going on with the seemingly happy-go-lucky superfan. 

  • Old Toys Find New Life As Sculptures [17 Photos]

    Australia-based artist Freya Jobbins creates incredible sculptures using plastic toys. Many of her subjects are celebrities, such as Whoopi Goldberg and Arnold Schwarzenegger, or TV/film characters, such as Bart Simpson and Darth Vader. What’s really cool is that the Darth Vader is made up of Darth Vader toys and the Bart Simpson sculpture is made up mostly of toys of Bart and fellow Simpsons characters. Some of the anatomical figures border on creepy, with random baby doll heads staring at you, but the fact that they’re made up of toys keeps it fun. This is only a small sample of her work, too. Check out more on her Facebook and at Freya Jobbins.

  • 1950s Concept Cars Were Amazing [20 Photos]

    The 1950s America was an exciting time. With the rest of the world in ruins after World War II, the US economy experienced unprecedented growth. As the population gained more wealth, people needed to blow money on something to drive on the new interstate highway system being built. Car companies enticed folks with these awesome concept cars loaded with bubble domes and front ends reminiscent of those torpedo bras that were so popular back then. Which one would you want to drive?

  • Google Street View Time Lapse Shows Gentrification of NYC

    Justin Blinder, an artist, programmer, and designer based in Brooklyn, has used Google Street View to create “Vacated”, a web-based project that shows progress on the urban landscape over a period of time. The project uses areas in Brooklyn and Manhattan to find buildings constructed in the past four years using NYC Department of City Planning’s PLUTO dataset, while leveraging Google Street view to catalogue visual progress from empty lot to modern structure. The project aims to not implement a mindset, but raises a question to the reader to on the matter of urban widespread gentrification. Because of the frequency of Googles Street view updates on the urban landscape, Justin was able to create a before and after effect in GIF format. 91-93 Bowery Street, New York, NY 253 Eckford Street, Brooklyn, NY 11 2nd Avenue, New York, NY

  • In Atlanta, Two Stadiums Collide With Dreams of a New Downtown [Link]

    With the Braves leaving Atlanta for nearby Cobby County after the 2016 season and the Falcons moving to a new $1 billion stadium in 2017, the direction of the city’s future growth is in the balance. Atlanta’s mayor is stuck in the middle, taking heat from those angry about the Braves’ departure and also those who don’t like the city putting in at least $200 million for the new Falcons stadium. This isn’t the first time Atlanta has faced such issues, either. The current battle is another chapter in the continuing saga of Atlanta’s suburbs versus the city’s downtown. 

  • Mexico’s National Pyrotechnic Festival [15 Photos]

    Each year in the city of Tultepec, Mexico, more than 100,000 people gather for the National Pyrotechnic Festival. Celebrated in March to honor St. John of God, the patron saint of firework makers (of course that’s a thing), the festival is held in Tultepec where more than half of the country’s fireworks are produced. There are different pyrotechnic events, syncing the fireworks to music and what have you, but the main attraction is the pamplonada. Named after Pamplona’s running of the bulls, the pamplonada involves wood or paper mache “bulls,” ranging in size up to 3 meters, stuffed with fireworks that are paraded through town while they set off fireworks for up to 7 hours. Photographer Thomas Prior was on hand for last year’s festivities and captured these amazing photos. With the 2014 celebration coming up, perhaps a RSVLTS trip is in order…

  • PEP Keeps The Fun Coming With “I Met A Boy” [Video]

    Brooklyn’s PEP, who won us over last month with their video “Stephen,” has already released their second video. Director Avery McCarthy, whose previous work includes the Starlight Girls’ “7×3″, directed the candy-colored video that’s a perfect complement to the bubblegum song. “I Met a Boy” is another 50s pop hit for the 2010s that brightens our day just in time for spring. If you like what you hear (how could you not?), PEP’s EP is now available on 7″ vinyl for $10, including a digital download, or you can get just the digital version with a tin of PEPpermints for $4, both from Bandcamp.

  • The Gentleman’s Guide To Wearing A Suit (infographic)

    You’re wearing your suit all wrong. Well, not entirely wrong, but you could be doing a better job. ‘The Gentleman’s Guide To Wearing A Suit’ infographic shows fellows how to wear a jacket, fold a pocket square, choose the right size pants and shirts based on their build and even choosing the right pair of shoes. UK based retail shop Psyche created this useful infographic to help you along the way to proper manhood.

  • See How Fast You’re Charging With Practical Meter

    Does it seem like your devices charge at different speeds depending on what cables or charging source you use? Well that’s because they are, dummy. And now you can test any USB charger and see how hard its working. The Practical Meter features an LED meter that lets you know how much power you’re getting, from 1-10 watts, lit up in 1watt increments. Also included is a fast-charge 3-in-1 adapter for any Mini-USB, Micro-USB, or Apple 30-pin device. The meter is not just for nerds who need to collect every iota of data on every device they own, either. It’s important for everyone to know what amperage their charger is pulling. Some devices may get damaged or won’t charge at all if the amperage is different than what they require. You may have even seen those “Incorrect charger detected” type messages before. With the Practical Meter, you won’t have to worry about that anymore and you know your devices will be safe. Available now from Grand St. for $25.  

  • Man Vs. Robot: The Ultimate Ping Pong Duel

    Timo Boll, German table tennis star, is the new brand ambassador for KUKA Robotics in China. The collaboration celebrates the inherent speed, precision, and flexibility of KUKA’s industrial robots in tandem with Boll’s electrifying and tactical prowess in competition. To celebrate the new KUKA Robotics factory in Shanghai, the two giants will battle to the end on March 11th 2014. The 20,000 sq. meter space will produce the KR QUANTEC series robot as well as the KRC4 universal controller for the Asian market. As a market leader in China, KUKA aims to further develop automation in the country while providing a modern and employee-friendly working environment.

  • Telecom Companies are Already Slowing Down Your Netflix

    Has Netflix seemed a little sluggish as of late? Not surprising after a federal court in D.C. disemboweled net neutrality last month. At the time, an uproar of concern was had by all steaming service advocates, fearing telecom giants would force companies like Netflix to stream content at top dollar and beyond. And you know what that means, higher fees for Netflix will ultimately hike up prices for their customers. Verizon and Netflix have been at each others throats as of late, tugging the rope back and fourth in a heated debate over just how much broadband content could be streamed without paying additional fees. Well it looks as though Verizon has made a decision. Netflix has reported on it’s recent drop in service speed provided by Verizon and it doesn’t look good for subscribers using the streaming service under the Fios umbrella. Netflix reports “its average prime-time speeds dropped by 14% last month.” and it’s on a serious decline. Netflix is standing by it’s word refusing to pay more, when companies like Microsoft and Facebook have already given in to higher prices for quicker access to their site. Verizon’s argument, while blatently greedy makes a fair amount of sense. Sites more »

  • The Newest Trailer for ’22 Jump Street’ is Everything College Should be

    Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum have moved on from the high school life and graduated to college. The premise of “22 Jump Street” is basically the same, students are selling a high grade drug and the new synamic duo have to go under cover to get to the bottom of it. Sex, drugs and witty drawn out banter is sure to be had, which made ’21 Jump Street” such a success. Ice Cube and Nick Offerman provide some supporting roles and we’ve already seen Rob Riggle and Lil’ Franco make cameos in the last trailer. Directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller and set to hit theaters June 13.

  • Bonnaroo 2014 Lineup Announced

    The Bonnaroo lineup for 2014 was announced last night via a frenetic video featuring Taran Killam and Hannibal Buress. Many of the artists are no huge surprise, such as Kanye, The Flaming Lips, and CHVRCHES, but there are a few you don’t usually see on the festival circuit. Elton John, Lionel Richie, and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds are some of the more interesting acts to perform at the festival, held in Manchester, Tennessee June 12-15. Somewhat surprisingly, this may be one of the only festivals without the newly reunited Outkast. If that’s not a deal breaker, be sure to get ready to scoop up tickets when they go on sale Saturday at noon. For more info, check out Bonnaroo.

  • A striking before & after photo of Kiev’s Independence Square, Ukraine

    Violence escalated on Tuesday in Kiev when Independence Square in Ukraine. Demonstrators and police have recently gotten violent pushing back and fourth against each other in the square where protestors have been camping since November. This week police announced through loudspeakers that “anti-terror operations” were about to take place which caused an uproar that ultimately led to 25 deaths and hundreds injured.

  • Pomplamoose’s Pharrell Mashup [Video]

    Pomplamoose, the musical duo made up of Jack Conte and Nataly Dawn, has released their newest YouTube video featuring a mashup of Pharell hits “Get Lucky” and “Happy.” Musically, they’ve managed to transform the already catchy Pharrell songs into an infectious amalgam, and the visuals are equally impressive. Conte makes use of the same projection mapping techniques seen in his Aviici remix in October followed by the Pomplamoose Lorde/Beck mashup in November, while showing major progress on his already commendable skills. The fact that the video was shot in one take with no edits is even more amazing.

  • Riots In Kiev Continue: 6 Things You Need To Know About Maidan Protests In Ukraine [Link]

    It has been three months since protesters first gathered in the Ukrainian capital of Kiev, a demonstration that has since transformed into violent riots. There is no end in sight to the clash between the people and the government, with dozens now dead from the fighting. But what started all this and why is it continuing? Here are 6 facts to get you up to speed on the crisis in Ukraine. 

  • 32 Reasons Why Nina Agdal’s 2014 SI Swimsuit Shoot Is Better In GIF Form

    As we’ve been predicting since 2011 Nina Agdal landed the cover of Sports Illustrated’s 2014 Swimsuit issue alongside veteran Chrissy Teigen and rookie Lily Aldridge, all three of which are married to or dating extremely famous musicians. Nina’s behind the scenes videos are all over the web today so we decided to give them the Better In GIF Form treatment they deserve.

  • Scientists Develop An App That Can Give You Super Human Eyesight

    Can you really improve your vision with an app? According to neuroscientist Aaron Seitz, UltimEyes, the app he developed, will do just that. 20/7.5 vision Through a program of exercises that focus training on the visual cortex, the part of the brain that controls vision, UltimEyes claims that users can read two more lines on the standard eye chart than they could before beginning the system. Obviously, the app will do nothing to help those with poor eyesight caused by physical problems, but through neuroplasticity, those who see already have good eyesight may see improvement. The system involves 4 25-minute sessions a week for 8 weeks, which should then result in better night vision, expanded peripheral vision, and sharper vision. UltimEyes is currently available for the iPad for $5.99. For more info on how it works and to get your copy, check out UltimEyes.

  • Epic Ski Jumps In The 80s [Video and GIFs]

    Ski jumping is a pretty crazy sport. To someone who has never done it and most certainly never will, it seems to involve flying off a ramp, leaning forward, and praying you don’t die. This video from the 80s shows the horrible crashes that occur when your prayers aren’t answer. Even the jumpers who landed safely seem to have panic filled moments in the air, flailing about in one last attempt to not die. An Imgur user was also kind enough to create animated GIFs out of some of the best bits of the video.

  • Inspiring Story Of An Elementary School Employee Who Worked His Way Up From Janitor To Principal

    Back in 1981 Joseph Sonnier began his career as a janitor at Port Barre Elementary in Port Barre, Louisiana. After receiving a little encouragement, Sonnier began studying education full time and still worked his custodian job. Sonnier earned his teaching degree, and soon after, his first teaching job. In 2012 he earned his master’s degree in education and now is the principal of the school he used to clean.

  • 6 Drastic Room Makeovers That You Can Learn Something From

    I’ve heard it many times before. You’re absolutely sure that your space won’t look good, no matter what you do. Or you just don’t have the eye for it. Well it can be a challenge, yes. But I’m here to tell you that you can make any space look good – and I have examples to prove it.

  • Destined For Success: The First Trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy

    Marvel films have basically become the Pixar of superhero movies (with the exception of one two large green disasters). With the profound success of the Avengers, Spiderman and Iron man fanchises, Marvel sought out to try their luck with a lesser known comic book team of heroes, called “The Guardians Of The Galaxy”. Chris Pratt (Moneyball, Parks & Rec) carries the team in what is undoubtedly going to be a household franchise before it’s release.

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