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LEGO Great Ball Contraption

Lots of LEGOs to make a giant Rube Goldberg style machine--what could be better? :-)

LEGO Great Ball Contraption

Material value of Olympic medals

So you see one of the athletes at the Olympic games hold a huge gold medal and you think: "That thing must be priceless", right? Wrong! The gold medals aren't solid gold, but are made mostly of silver and copper, and contain only 6 grams of gold. The value if you'd melt one down? About $600. The silver medal is pretty much the same thing as the gold medal, except that it misses the 6 grams of gold. It has a value of about $300. The bronze medal is pretty much worthless when it comes to its material value. It is made of copper, tin and zinc and is worth about $5. It is pretty much a very large penny.
So there you go. I doubt that any of the athletes will be tempted to melt their medals down, since what they represent is much more valuable than their material value.

Slit-scan video

Want to see something really weird? Take a look at this!



Slit-scan photography used to be a mechanical process, but this one is generated by software. Wonderfully weird stuff!

What you see is NOT what you get

I've been waiting for someone to do a comparison like this.

The picture shows the big, juicy and tasty looking ad for a whopper next to the flat, gooey, sad reality.
The ad whopper versus the sad whopper


There are many more images comparing fast food ads with their real counterparts where I found this one. Be sure to check them out!

Page turning Rube Goldberg machine

I love how the machine uses many normal looking parts of the reader's environment. The trained Guinea Pig is great too. :-)



Check out the site of kinetic artist Joseph Herscher for more!

Weird traffic sign

This must be one of the weirdest traffic signs ever.

The sign shows a weight limit of 12 tons, but under the main sign there are 12 small signs with exceptions.
Weird road sign with 12 instructions in Gdansk


This sign in Gdansk, Poland, sets a 12 ton load limit to cross a bridge, except... well there are twelve different exceptions to this, including farm vehicles can cross no matter how much they weigh and the same is true for vehicles of a local firm. The sign has caused considerable confusion and has brought traffic to a halt as truckers have been trying to figure out if they were allowed to cross or not.

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