Captured by the Hubble Space Telescope’s Wide Field Camera 3 (WFC3) in the constellation Leo Minor, galaxy clusters SDSS J0952+3434 appear as a giant smiley face, grinning at us from 4-billion light years away. Ha, I’d be smiling too if I were that far away from the dirtbags on earth. The mouth of the face, which I’m fairly certain is ‘The More You Know’ star traveling in reverse, is actually light from galaxies behind the two eye clusters, with the cluster’s incredible gravity actually bending light towards them. Damn, now that’s some gravity! Also that galaxy cluster looks like it just ate a nebula of mushrooms and can see music now.
Because scientists are determined to make DNA hacking the way of the future whether you refuse to eat GMO corn or not, ‘synthetic biology startup’ Light Bio has created Firefly Petunias, flowers infused with the DNA of bioluminescent mushrooms so they glow in the dark. And the USDA has just approved their sale, so you can grow your own glowing flowers ($29). Next stop, TRON gardens! And while glowing plants are cool and all, let’s not lose sight of the real goal of DNA hacking: me with wings.
This is a video of Robert “Crazy Rocketman” Maddox (previously) riding the Rocket Board, a homemade rocket-powered skateboard he constructed. It’s pretty glorious. Also I love how he trusts his invention enough to not wear a helmet while one-handing the controls so he can selfie-stick himself with the other. Clearly, this is a man who has conversed with God, and God agreed he should live forever.
This is a video of the gun-lovers at Kentucky Ballistics firing a 7 bore (internal muzzle diameter, 0.873″) blunderbuss. God, I feel the high seas calling my name just looking at it. But I told myself my life of piracy is over — I’ve settled down now. I do miss it though, and often remove my cutlass from its scabbard and daydream of my former life as a pirate captain while sitting at my desk in between video conferences. Sailing the seven seas, singing pirate shanties with my crew, hunting for buried treasure… Admittedly, I have a lot of regrets. Mostly about none of this fantasy being real except the video conferences.
Because the power of the internet offers us an unbridled look into other people’s lives that we otherwise wouldn’t (and probably shouldn’t) have, these are several videos from Youtuber MrPanFace featuring anthropomorphic crepes with googly eyes lip-syncing to songs on the stove. Admittedly, I did not expect much, and was pleasantly surprised with the professionalism of these crepes. I can only imagine karaoke at this house is, as my own stove often is, on fire.
To celebrate Valentine’s Day the only way I know how (with an underwhelming blog post), this is a map of the U.S. detailing each state’s favorite rom-com movie according to Google Trends data (see below for a much better breakdown). What’s your state’s favorite? I was more than a little disappointed to discover not a single state shared my own personal favorite rom-com. “Die Hard is not a rom-com.” John McClane is hilarious and doing it all for love!