Jonathan Trappe has a simple goal: fly across the Atlantic. Something that happens dozens of times per day by multiple airlines might not seem like a big deal, but Trappe wants to do it alone and in a boat lifted only by balloons. He’s a professional Cluster Balloonist, similar to Carl Fredricksen in Pixar’s Up. Recently, just for fun, Trappe duplicated Carl’s feat by taking a small house up in the air tethered only by balloons. That might sound impressive, but his previous trips across the English Channel and the Alps are slightly better.
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Posted on Monday, October 29th, 2012 by Angie Han
The horror genre is obviously great for instilling lifelong phobias in little kids or giving your date an excuse to snuggle in closer during the scary bits. But did you know that all that terror can also do wonders for your waistline? So claims one recent study, which found that 90 minutes of a scary movie could burn as many calories as a half-hour walk.
I can’t promise you that the research is scientifically sound and peer reviewed and all that stuff, so you should take the results with a grain of salt. As far as excuses to go to skip the gym and catch up on American Horror Story instead, though, you could do way worse. Hit the jump to read more and find out exactly which titles offer the best non-workouts.
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Posted on Thursday, September 13th, 2012 by Angie Han
And here we thought the Alamo Drafthouse was zealous about rooting out cell phone use in theaters. But even their strongly worded PSAs and strict ushers seem downright passive compared to what one theater in London’s Leicester Square is doing.
The Prince Charles Cinema is said to be employing volunteer “ninjas” to regulate good behavior among the audience. The term “ninja” is being used loosely here — they’re really more like glorified ushers in black skintight bodysuits — but whatever you want to call them, it’s certainly an interesting way to keep the peace. More afer the jump.
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Comic fans all know that Superman‘s Earthly origin began in Smallville. It’s there that his ship, sent from the planet Krypton, landed and was discovered by Ma and Pa Kent. The story is over half a century old and, like most comic book origins, completely fictional. Smallville doesn’t exist and while stories in the ’80s revealed its location as Kansas, Superman fans don’t have an official tourist attraction to visit and pay homage.
One Kansas resident is trying to change that. Comic book artist Christopher Wietrick has begun a campaign to have his hometown, Hutchinson, legally renamed Smallvile. He has several reasons why and after the jump, you can read more about it. Read More »
Unfortunately, in the year 2012 humans are still firmly planted on the ground. Cars have tires, sneakers have treads, and the only way to travel in the air is a very expensive ticket. Hoverboards are nowhere to be found and flying cars are still mostly science fiction. An amalgamation of the two, though? It’s closer than you think.
A California based company called Aerofex has solved a design issue inventors had in the 1960s and have now, yes, created a machine that is basically a bulky and slow but real-life version of a speeder bike from Return of the Jedi. Check out images and video below. Read More »
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Posted on Friday, August 3rd, 2012 by Angie Han
Clive Palmer wouldn’t be the first person to wish he could live in a James Cameron or Steven Spielberg flick long after the credits roll. As a billionaire businessman, however, he may be one of the few with the funds to actually make that dream a reality. The noted eccentric revealed earlier this year that he was working on a replica of the RMS Titanic, to set sail in 2016 as a floating casino, and now rumor has it he’s got his sights set on a real-life Jurassic Park.
How realistic his aspirations actually are, or whether the story’s even true, remains up for debate. But if Palmer didn’t have plans before, perhaps he should pursue them now that the idea’s been floated. Sure, it seems like a really extravagant way of courting death — but again, this is the same guy who wanted a do-over on the Titanic. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, July 25th, 2012 by Angie Han
When Hugo opened late last year, critics and audiences were bowled over by its masterful use of 3D. But it’s doubtful even the most diehard Martin Scorsese fan was as impressed as neuroscientist Bruce Bridgeman, who quite literally saw the world differently after watching the movie.
The 67-year-old man had lived his entire life “stereoblind,” or unable to perceive depth correctly. In the first moments of watching Hugo in 3D, however, something clicked. Bridgeman was surprised to notice the characters leaping out from the screen, in a way he’d never seen before. And better yet, the effect stayed with him long after he walked out of the theater. Read on after the jump.
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Here are two pieces of news that would have raised an eyebrow on April Fools Day but, after some research, actually appear to be true.
First up, Carnival Cruise Line is hosting a cruise themed around the Saw movies. That’s not a misspelling or a mistake. Yes, the violent, brutal horror film series that invented the phrase “torture porn” is the theme of a cruise that’ll leave New York City in August, travel around Canada and along the way, have Saw themed parties, screenings, events, signings and much more.
Second, James Cameron is among a select group of investors who will be revealing next week what’s being described as “a new space venture with a mission to help ensure humanity’s prosperity.” The company will combine space exploration and natural resources to create an entire new industry. Of course he is.
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Posted on Monday, March 19th, 2012 by Angie Han
Daniel Radcliffe‘s days wearing Harry Potter’s world-famous round specs may be over, but in one of his first post-Hogwarts roles, he’s donning another iconic pair. Specifically, Radcliffe’s put on Beat poet Allen Ginsberg‘s tortoiseshell glasses for John Krokidas‘ Kill Your Darlings, a fact-based drama about the early days of the Beat Generation. With filming now underway, the first photos of Radcliffe and co-star Dane DeHaan in costume have hit the web. Hit the jump to get a glimpse.
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