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Happy Sleepy Head Day!
Technically, this funny holiday is celebrated in Finland every July 27. Traditionally on this day, the last person in the house (also dubbed as the “laziest”) to wake up is woken up using water, either by being thrown into a lake or the sea, or by having water thrown on them!
Think this is a holiday that we should bring over to the States?
Jersey Allows You To Feel What Your Favorite Athlete Feels In the Game
Australian telecommunications company Foxtel has created a shirt that allows you to experience some of the physical sensations that athletes on the field are having. Sensations include pressure (to mimic a thumping heart), impact, despair (“the sinking feeling of every costly mistake”), exhaustion and adrenalin.
The data is transmitted via Bluetooth from a smartphone app, and the shirt is powered by a lithium polymer cell battery.
Foxtel developed the shirt in partnership with Wearable Experiments.
Would you be interested in one for your favorite sports team?
JCPenney has created a window display featuring mannequins that are inspired by the diverse body types of real people:
- Dawna Callahan uses a wheelchair due to incomplete paralysis.
- Ricardo Gil has dwarfism.
- Desiree Hunter is a 6’5″ female basketball player.
- Beth Ridgeway is a plus-sized mom.
- Neil Duncan lost parts of both legs fighting for freedom in Afghanistan.
These five real people were the inspiration for the five mannequins that were put on display in JCPenney’s Manhattan Mall storefront. The mannequins were designed to better represent the various body types of real customers.
The store display is the third phase of the new ‘When it fits, you feel it’ campaign.
The real people-inspired mannequins were produced by Fusion Specialties, Inc., and will be on display in the New York City location throughout August.
Do you appreciate the steps that JC Penney is trying to make as a brand?
pd.id is a battery-powered date rape drug detector that can tell the user if his or her drink has been effected within a matter of seconds. The reusable device just has to be dipped into a drink before an LED light goes off. A green light means the drink is clear, and a red light signals that the drink has been affected by a date rape drug.
The device is not yet available and will not be on the market until its developers can raise enough funds. The product needs to raise $100,000 before it can go on sale at an individual retail price of $75 per device, with a goal for mass production by April 2015.
Batman turns 75 today! Here are some interesting facts to celebrate:
1. Christian Bale refused to play Batman if Robin appeared anywhere in the Trilogy. – Source
2. “Batman” was created not just by Bob Kane, but also a partner, Bill Finger, who was never credited for anything Batman related until recently. He is responsible for the original ideas of the Batman’s persona, costume, Gotham, characters, etc. – Source
3. In 2011, two teenagers in Vancouver, Canada lured multiple pedophiles online by posing as a 15 year old girl, only to show up at the meeting spot as Batman and the Flash to record them. – Source
4. The settlement that became Melbourne, Australia was founded by a guy named John Batman. Places named after him include Batman’s Hill, Batman Bridge, and Batman Park – Source
5. Also, Melbourne was originally called Batmania and its founding document is called “Batman’s Treaty”
6. The backgrounds of Batman: The Animated Series were drawn on black paper instead of white to show a darker tone. – Source
7. There was a planned sequel to the 1997 Batman & Robin, with radio talk show host Howard stern considered to play Scarecrow. – Source
8. Batman creator Bob Kane said in a Cinescape interview that of all the actors to have played Batman up to that point (before the series was rebooted in 2005), he felt Val Kilmer had given the best interpretation. –Source
9. In 2008, the Mayor of Batman, Turkey, wanted to sue Warner Brothers and Nolan for using the city’s name without permission. – Source
10. In Batman Begins, Christian Bale suffered from crippling headaches and severe claustrophobia due to the original Batsuit. Later, a more flexible Batsuit was constructed from 200 pieces of fiber glass, rubber, and nylon, so Bale could have more mobility. – Source
11. While filming Batman Begins, someone crashed into the Batmobile in a state of panic thinking it was an invading alien spacecraft. – Source
12. In The Machinist, Bale was about 120lbs (54kg) before he began working on Batman Begins. Nolan told him to be “as big as you could be” and after six months, he was at 220, too large to play the Batman Nolan wanted. He then dropped 20-30 lbs. – Source
13. The University of Victoria in Canada offers a course in the science of Batman. – Source
14. In 2011, two guys from the UK changed their names to Emperor Spiderman Gandalf Wolverine Skywalker Optimus Prime Goku Sonic Xavier Ryu Cloud Superman HeMan Batman Thrash – Source
15. The infamous Batman’s growl in The Dark Knight is not Bale’s fault but Nolan’s. The real voice during filming was more toned down and then heightened to a rougher, grittier vibe during post-production under the decision of director Christopher Nolan. – Source
16. In a limited series crossover published by both DC and Marvel comics, Batman and Wolverine were merged into one character called Dark Claw. – Source
17. Batman could exist in real life, but only for a few years. This is due to the incredible physical demands being Batman requires. – Source
18. There is another version of Batman where Bruce Wayne dies and his father becomes Batman and his mother becomes the Joker. – Source
19. The Lamborghini driven by Bruce Wayne in Christopher Nolan’s Batman trilogy is a Murciélago. Murciélago is Spanish for “bat.” – Source
20. Batman was created as a combination of Zorro, Dracula, and the Shadow – Source
21. A man named Chris Weir built his own epic Batman-themed mancave, completed with $150,000 and two-and-half years of hard work. He has 2K comic books, a full batsuit, and a secret entrance to the “cave.” – Source
22. When Batman and Superman were rebooted in 2005 and 2006, Superman Returns made more money globally than Batman Begins. – Source
23. Christopher Nolan offered Heath Ledger the part of Batman in Batman Begins. Heath told him “I would never take part in a super hero film.” – Source
24. It would cost over $300 million to be a real-life Batman. – Source
25. There was a unit of mass named batman, equal to roughly 16lbs. It was later divided into two units, the ‘great batman’ and the ‘lesser batman’. – Source
Calorie Counter Analyzes Food’s Contents in Real-time
GE’s biologists and collaborators at Baylor University are developing a calorie counting device. The new device uses microwaves and scales to measure food, giving users a quick and easy way to see how much energy is in the food they are about to eat.
The Calorie Counter measures the food’s weight, fat, and water content. You place the dome shaped device over their meal, and with a push of a button, its contents would be analyzed to produce an instant estimation of caloric content.
The Calorie Counter is in an early prototype stage and can measure the caloric content of simple mixtures of oil, water and sugar. Out of the 40-50 tests that have been conducted, every result has been with 5-10% of the actual calorie count.
Would this revolutionize the way you track what you eat?
Anonymously Communicate with Anyone Within 140 Feet of You
Slight is a new way to communicate anonymously to those around you, where messages are only viewable when users are within a forty-meter radius of the sender.
The app was developed by artist Jon Nash and developer Michael Petruzzo, a developer. Nash himself birthed the idea for Slight when he was sitting through a “dreadful presentation” and wondering if the people around him might be thinking the same thing. Slight allows us to express ourselves while the anonymity protects us from being accountable for all our statements.
Unfortunately of course, the problem with such a new app is that there’s probably a pretty limited pool of people in your Slight area so download the app now and see what your neighbors have to say!
- It takes 12 lbs. of milk to make just one gallon of ice cream. How do they fit all of that in one carton?
-The U.S. enjoys an average of 48 pints of ice cream per person, per year, more than any other country. Maybe we should make ice cream the fifth food group!
-It takes an average of 50 licks to polish off a single-scoop ice cream cone.
-The biggest ice cream sundae in history was made in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in 1988, and weighed in at over 24 tons.
-In 2003, Portland, Oregon bought more ice cream per person than any other U.S. city. Looks like everyone else has a lot of catching up to do!
- The invention of the ice cream cone is linked to the 1904 World’s Fair in St. Louis. An ice cream vendor reportedly didn’t have enough dishes to keep up with the demand, so he teamed up with a waffle vendor who rolled his waffles into cones!
Celebrity Tabloids are Hugely Popular — Here’s a More Realistic Look
This is a creative campaign from Woodgreen Community Services, one of the largest social service agencies in Toronto. The goal is to give “real” stories get the kind of attention the pointless celebrity ones do.
Domestic Violence is the subject of a new UNICEF billboard. It uses a small cutout figure to enlighten the public about the effects of domestic violence against children.
According to Child Help, each year there are more than three-million child abuse cases reported in the United States, involving more than six-million children. The incidents result in four-to-seven fatalities a day.
By day, the UNICEF billboard shows a child hunched over in the left-hand corner covering her face. And unless you’re right in front of the billboard ,you probably won’ty see the miniature cutout of a human silhouette at the bottom right.
By evening, the cutout casts a shadow making it appear as if an oppressor has a hand raised towards the child.
It’s a simple creative advertisement that makes a huge statement.
Google’s Art Project was launched three years ago and documents the storied halls and famous works of over 250 cultural institutions worldwide. With it’s robots, it’s captured the occasional robot ‘selfie,’ showing the roughly human-sized devices caught in the act.
The ‘selfies’ have been documented by Spanish artist Mario Martínez Santamaría and displayed in a Tumblr called “The Camera in the Mirror.”
Collapsible Coffee Cup for Travel and Sustainability
The Smash Cup is a portable coffee cup now raising money on Kickstarter. It folds down into a disc just slightly taller than a lid, and leak-proof, diswasher safe, BPA-free, glue-free, made of silicone and plastic.
Would this be convenient enough for you to consider carrying around to help reduce waste from traditional disposable coffee cups?
UpRight is a wearable device designed to help users attain perfect posture as well as prevent future back pain.
It attaches to your lower back with a hypoallergenic adhesive and monitors the user’s posture with gentle vibrations to alert you to sit or stand upright when you start to slouch. Users will start using the device for 15 minutes each day and, as their back muscles strengthen, they can use the device for longer periods.
The device works using an accelerometer, multi sensors and an advanced algorithm that processes the user’s data. It reminds me of the LumoBack.
UpRight has already exceeded its $70,000 goal onIndiegogo, raising more than $138,000 with a few days left to go in the campaign.
Something you’d consider to help you with your back pain?