This past Thursday one of the stranger Guinness World Records was broken in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The Huffington post reported that 1,675 people showed up to LaughFest to wear their sunglasses at night, beating out the previous record of 1,642 - Corey Hart would have been proud.
As weird as this world record breaking event is, it pales in comparison to some of the stranger world records in existence today. In January of last year, students at a New Jersey high school set a world record for the most bubble wrap being popped at one time with 366 students reportedly popping 800 yards of bubble wrap; in November of last year, Kenichi Ito broke his own record for being the fastest man on four limbs by running 100 meters in 17.47 seconds; in November of 2012, 28 women stuffed themselves into a Mini Cooper in London to break the record for the most people in one mini car; and in April of 2012, a man in China broke the record for having the most bees on a human body with approximately 331,000 bees. Is Guinness just giving world records away to anyone who can come up with anything strange enough?
Over the years, Guinness has seen such outlandish entries that many strange world record categories have been removed. Many categories relating to the world's heaviest domestic animals have been removed due to ethical dilemmas, since pet owners were purposely overfeeding their animals in order to break records. Similarly, categories like sword swallowing, rally racing on public roads, and consuming massive quantities of alcohol have been removed from Guinness World Records due to human safety concerns. And, those bizarre large foods (like the 1,325 lb. Frito pie or the 2,014 bacon cheeseburger) have a strange (albeit necessary) rule all of their own, stating that they must be entirely edible and be distributed among the public to be considered applicable to the Guinness World Record books.
Last month an elderly man in Oregon called 911 for -of all reasons - a stuck zipper. The absurd call was made to 911 dispatchers in the middle of February after the man's wife became stuck in her jacket because the zipper simply would not budge. The caller had the following hilarious exchange with the 911 operator:
Operator: "911 - Police, Fire, and Medical"
Caller: "Yeah, we got a problem here. My wife is struggling in her jacket and can't get it off. She's struggling in her... In her jacket; I want 911 up here immediately."
Operator: "Okay, is she not breathing, or?"
Caller: "She's alright, she just can't get her ****** jacket off, and I am p***** about it."
Operator: "Ok, so you want the fire department to come?"
Caller: "Somebody to help her! Yeah, yeah."
Operator: "Ok, can you cut it off of her?"
Caller: "No, I don't want to cut it off, it's a nice jacket."
There are gadgets out there for just about any need you can think of. If you are a fan of wine, a new gadget has surfaced that claims to let you make water into wine in your home. The gadget uses technology to speed the wine making process.
The Miracle Machine has a bunch of sensors inside a carafe along with heaters, pumps, and transducers that can make wine quickly. The gadget also promises to be economical. The people behind The Miracle Machine say that you can make a bottle of wine each week in the machine for about $10 per month.
The Miracle Machine itself isn't exactly cheap at $499, but if you want to make your own wine that might not be such a bad price. The ultrasonic sensor in the device is able to speed the flavor development of the wine according to the designers.
Thanks to FOX's reboot of the 1980 PBS series "Cosmos: A Personal Voyage" (now streamlined to "Cosmos"), fans of "Bob's Burgers" will have to adjust to a tuning-in to a new timeslot. The hilarious antics of the Belchers will now be featured in the less-than-glamorous Sunday at 7/6c timeslot on Fox in March, April, and May.
Aside from making their unfortunate timeslot shift known through the catchy sing-along commercial on FOX, two cast members from "Bob's Burgers" also took to Reddit.com to remind fans to tune-in tonight at the new time. Dan Mintz and John Roberts, the voices behind Tina and Linda Belcher, started a stream on Reddit.com to remind fans of the shift, and stayed on for a few hours to chat. The stream attracted a few thousand viewers within the first few hours, and not without good reason.
Mintz and Roberts were nothing short of hilarious in their banter with fans, with Roberts claiming to voice once fan's wife from underneath their bed, and Mintz offering to record the voicemail message of another fan. At some point in the conversation, the show's creator Loren Bouchard even joined in on the conversation, answering fans questions about character inspiration and touting a possible in-show "Archer" parody in response to the "Bob's Burgers" parody featured on "Archer". Although the conversation has run relatively dry, the post is still available to read here.
Like many things today, not all outdoor speakers are created equal. You can take any wireless speaker outside, but whether or not it will survive dust, tumbles, or water depends on how rugged the device is. Braven has unveiled a new portable speaker that is called the BRV-X.
This ultra-rugged speaker can be used inside and out and has the ability to be paired wirelessly with a second unit for stereo sound. The speaker is rugged enough to survive, rain, drops, and other trials that it will see in the outdoors.
Sound comes from custom HD drivers and an omni-directional bass radiator. Braven fits the speaker with an indoor or outdoor switch to change the music to suit the environment. The BRV-X is IPX5 water-resistant and has a USB port for charging devices like smartphones and more.
Low on cash but craving a comic book fix? Marvel has your back. From now until March 15th, Marvel Unlimited is offering a month of their popular digital subscription service for just 99 cents -that's nearly 90% off!
So what do you get for 99 cents? By subscribing to Marvel Unlimited for just 99 cents, users will get access Marvel's digital platform, where they will have access to a massive digital comic library of 15,000 comics. In addition to streaming digital comics, users can also download up to twelve comics at a time for offline viewing. To sweeten the deal, Marvel Unlimited subscribers also receive access to members-only deals on Marvel merchandise and new-release Marvel comics.
Marvel's "Ultimate Sale" on Marvel Unlimited subscriptions is in celebration of SXSW 2014, but it is also a way of bringing traffic to their improved platform. When Marvel Unlimited initially launched, the platform featured an abundance of comics, but the continuity of big name players like Thor and Iron Man were relatively sparse; the reading experience was also less than fluid, with some pages seemingly taking a lifetime to properly load.
Marvel believes they have fully addressed these issues in the newest version of their digital platform. Kristen Vincent, Marvel's Vice President of Digital products claims they heard user complaints loud and clear, and they have created a "smoother reading experience," and have filled in the continuity gaps; Vincent claims Marvel Unlimited now has "every issue of IRON MAN and THOR," and is "very close to having full runs of CAPTAIN AMERICA and AVENGERS as well."
If you like to entertain yourself at the breakfast table by reading the Wheaties' box, then your mornings have just gotten infinitely more entertaining. Last Tuesday, DC Comics announced they will once again be partnering with General Mills Cereal to provide special issue comic books within the boxes of select General Mills Big G cereals. If you miss the feeling of popping open the cereal box and digging out the prize, General Mills has you covered.
Back by popular demand! In 2011 the two companies featured a similar partnership in which General Mills cereals contained four special issue Justice League comic books, each of which featured the first part of a storyline that continued online through the General Mills website. This first partnership moved 12 million comic books -three million of each of the four issues.
Not too long ago some gamers started to report that their copies of the hotly anticipated game Titanfall had started to show up early. That left many gamers wondering if they played the game early if they would face a ban. Titanfall developer Respawn said that as long as the players didn't stream game play or post videos they would not be banned for playing early.
It appears that Respawn is having a bit of a second though, at least for some PC gamers. Respawn head Vince Zampella recently tweeted that some PC gamers may face a ban for playing early. These gamers specifically are ones that are using some sort of workaround on the PC to activate the game.
The workaround was originally posted on reddit. The thread has now been taken down. The announcement came after one gamer tweeted at Zampella asking if using the workaround would result in a ban.
Last Thursday, Team Coco uploaded the newest installment of "Clueless Gamer" to YouTube.com. In this comical installment, TV personality Conan O'Brien reviews "WWE 2K14," a wrestling game based on the popular World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) professional wrestling events. Conan goes head to head with his usual co-star in the segment, Aaron Bleyaert, and surprisingly, Conan's flawless button mashing technique earns him the win.
As usual with Conan's "Clueless Gamer" reviews, the jokes are non-stop, and truly funny. Conan calls "Louis C.K. crossed with Bart Simpson," bashes the "bad writing" of the game, and makes plenty of cracks about the questionable movements of the game's characters, all within the first few minutes of the review. After button mashing Blayaert's character into submission during the first round, Conan unveils his custom-made character, an uncanny (although more lanky) likeness of himself, and the jokes only get better. In the end, Conan gives the game a rating of one chair broken over Aaron Bleyaert's head, or "Pretty good."
Back in February, Panasonic rolled out a new camera called a DSLM, or Digital Single Lens Mirrorless camera called the GH4. The camera promised to deliver the sort of image quality you get from a DSLR along with the ability to shoot 4K resolution video.
We knew the specifications for the camera, but we didn't know exactly when it would launch or how much you would pay. Panasonic has now offered those official details. The camera will launch in early May.
Buyers can get the body of the camera only for $1699.99. If you want the body of the camera along with the video Adapter for cinematography, the camera will set you back $1999.99. For the money, you get the 4K video recording capability, a 16.05MP Digital Live MOS sensor paired with the Venus Engine and more.