Following on from the Full-size LEGO Car Lego have unveiled a functioning sports car that looks as close to the original supercar from Bugatti as is possible when using more than 1 million Lego Technic parts, more than 2,300 Lego motors, and 4,000 gear wheels in the engine. It’s just about as one-to-one as you can get with building blocks.
According to Lego, the 3,300-pound car can actually take you from point A to B; a former racing driver took it for a test drive and pushed it to 12.4 mph which is amazing for a Lego model. To put it in perspective, a legit Chiron can reach 60 mph in only 2.5 seconds and has a max speed of 260 mph.
The test drive with Andy Wallace took place at the Ehra-Lessien facility in Germany, where the real Chiron was first tested.
The Lego Bugatti took more than 13,000 work-hours to develop and build, and thanks to Lego’s tireless efforts, a driver and passenger can comfortably sit inside the vehicle. There’s even a working brake pedal and speedometer that shows how fast it’s going. The car’s powered by two batteries, an 80-volt for the motor and a 12-volt for the steering and electronics inside the car, so there’s no revving the engine or shifting gears here — but, hey, the lights work.
The life-sized car was built only a few months after Lego showed off its Bugatti Chiron building set earlier this summer. But that tiny replica didn’t generate the 5.3 horsepower of its life-sized big brother — impressive, as long as you don’t compare it to the real Bugatti’s 1,500 horsepower.
I’m not a fan of rollercoasters, let alone bungee jumps, but for those of you who want something more extreme, try this human catapult.
The Nevis Catapult hurls willing participants 150 metres (164 yards) across the Nevis Valley near Queenstown, New Zealand. If you’re up for it, you can experience up to 3g of force, and fly at speeds of almost 100 kilometres per hour (62 miles per hour) in 1.5 seconds. While these are impressive numbers, the video of the whole thing speaks for itself.
Henry van Asch, co-founder of AJ Hackett Bungy New Zealand, revealed the Nevis Catapult after “years of playing around with the idea.” He added “it’s a pretty unique feeling, surprising even. There’s nothing else quite like it”.
The Nevis Catapult was a specially built design, then tested out-of-sight in Christchurch over the last nine months. Testing began with weighted barrels, before moving on to a test dummy phase, and then finally, brave humans.
Like many of these things it’s not cheap, costing NZ$255 (US$176), and you’ll need to be at least 13 years old to participate, plus weigh between 45 to 127 kilograms (99 to 279 lbs).
Poolbowl must be some kind of combination of pool and 10 pin bowling. This video shows us that Jason Belmonte and Florian “Venom” Kohler have a lot of time on their hands, and have used it to perfect some glorious tricks. So what if they have terabytes of outtakes, this compilation video is awesome!
Someone probably should have told this church that there’s more than a few ‘Hail Mary’ carols.
Sadly they choose rapper 2Pac’s version. Not the most suitable lyrics!
The Church in Colombo were hosting their carol service ‘Joy To The World’ last year when this mistake happened. They were meant to be singing a Catholic prayer, also called ‘Hail Mary’, when they spotted the wrong lyrics.
Pictures have since spread on social media, with people sharing those 2Pac’s lyrics. Here’s just a little snippet:
‘I ain’t a killer but don’t push me
Revenge is like the sweetest joy next to getting p*ssy
Picture paragraphs unloaded, wise words being quoted
Peeped the weakness in the rap game and sewed it
Bow down, pray to God hoping that he’s listening
Seeing niggas coming for me, to my diamonds, when they glistening
Now pay attention, rest in peace father
I’m a ghost in these killing fields’
What happens when you ask a bunch of kids to tell the story of Christmas? Enjoy this story of Bethle-ha-ha-ham and the magical star that appeared.
The natural humour of the children of Southland Christian Church describing the nativity story makes this an obvious video to show at your Christmas family service:
Thanks to Trevin Wax
Realising you’ve lost a beloved fluffy toy is an awful feeling. Luckily for one little girl, that toy flew 200 miles to be returned to her.
Four-year-old Summer lives on Orkney, an island off the tip of Scotland. Sadly, when travelling back to Orkney through Edinburgh airport she left poor teddy somewhere and didn’t realise it until after her plane had taken off.
Summer’s mum Donna put word out about the lost bear, contacting the airport lost-and-found as well as posting on a few Orkney-based social media groups.
Luckily Kirsty, one of the cabin crew at Logan Air and herself an Orcadian, spotted the appeal on social media. She asked her colleagues at Logan Air in Edinburgh to have a look for Teddy, and sure enough he was found in lost property.
“As soon as I spotted the plea on social media I thought it would be easy for the airline to try and help,” said Kirsty in an official statement. “It was a heart-warming moment to be there for Summer and Teddy’s reunion, it definitely brought a little tear to my eye.”
On Wednesday evening Teddy caught the 1750 flight on a 34 seat Saab-340 aircraft from Edinburgh to Kirkwall, where he was given his own seat and a complimentary caramel wafer.
And he even got to visit the cockpit.
Soon he was reunited with Summer, and they were very happy to see each other again.
“It was wonderful to see Teddy back in the company of Summer and we’re pleased to have played a role,” said Kay Ryan, Commercial Director at Loganair in an official statement.
We’re all very glad Teddy made it home safe.
You have to wonder how a category like “the most fire-breathing full twist backflips performed in one minute” ever was accepted for the Guinness Book of World Records. He needed eight such backflips for the record, but Australian acrobat Aiden Malacaria managed to do ten of them. Let’s see what that looks like.
You have to wonder whether there was a previous record of seven fire-breathing full twist backflips in one minute, or whether this is new, and they just set eight as a benchmark.
Via Boing Boing
Following through on a big New Year’s resolution may feel overwhelming, but this young girl can help with a few words of advice.
“Keep your resolutions, but go easy on yourself. Will you change? Maybe. But it probably won’t happen in one big moment. It’ll happen in thousands of little moments.”
Listen to this wise-beyond-her-years 4-year-old and give yourself the flexibility to make change with small steps instead of big leaps.