SYDNEY — Your trusty old thongs (translation: flip flops) may go years without a blow-out, but then always seem to break at the most inappropriate of times.
— CJ Australia (@CJ_Australia) January 26, 2014
Many have tried and failed at solving the serious problem.
— Daniel Payne (@dpayn285) January 21, 2014
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Suffered a fatal thong blowout on the way to the coffee shop and had to improvise pic.twitter.com/3zt6xCwmvR
Here’s a selfie video that’s hard to hate.
Starting in 2007 and spanning 6 years, Rebecca Brown’s photo project is much more than a collection of selfies. Her stationary eyes stare back at you as you watch her surroundings and hairstyles change in a time lapse. As the years progress, annotations begin to pop up, coinciding with Brown’s life events
You begin to notice Brown’s physical appearance worsen. Blemishes on her face fade in and out and the annotation “GSCE Exam Period, Lost Half My Hair” pops up on the left side of the screen. Read more…Read More →
Even the smallest compliment can brighten someone’s day, especially if it’s delivered by a complete stranger.
Blake Grigsby’s second installment of Drive-By Compliments takes the inspiring act to the streets, surprising Chicagoans with words of kindness as he passes them in his car.
Watching people’s faces shift from confusion to flattery is almost as uplifting as receiving a compliment yourself, and serves as a gentle reminder to commit more random act of kindness.Read More →
When life hands you lemons….
We all know how the saying ends. That’s exactly why 7-year-old Quinn Callender of Maple Ridge, British Columbia, made lemonade when he found out that his friend Brayden Grozdanich, who has cerebral palsy, needed an expensive surgery to help him walk.
Armed with a bucket full of lemons, Callender and Grozdanich set up a lemonade stand outside a local grocery store on Sunday to raise money for the surgery.
But with help from his parents, Callender also organized a crowdfunding campaign, which at the time of this writing has raised more than $49,000 CAD (more than $46,000 USD), surpassing the page’s initial $20,000 goal. Read more…Read More →
After almost 30 years in a zombie-like state, NASA’s International Sun-Earth Explorer 3 probe (a.k.a. ISEE-3), is back up and running thanks to a private team and its crowdfunding campaign.
ISEE was retired in 1997 after it was launched into space in 1978. Its original purpose was to study how solar wind interacts with Earth’s magnetic field, but in 1983 it was repurposed to take a closer look at two comets. It has been inactive since 1987, but with a little financial help, a group of volunteers changed that.
The group, comprised of engineers, programmers and scientists, worked with NASA to turn on ISEE’s engines on July 2 . The crowdfunding campaign soared past its goal of $125,000 to help fire up the ISEE-3’s engines once again.
According to the RocketHub campaign, the team intends for ISEE to “resume its original mission,” and if all goes well, perhaps even chase a few more comets.
But ISEE’s mission is a bit more complicated. In order for the probe to be useful, its devices must work, not just turn on. In 1999, when last checked, 12 of 13 instruments were working.
As of now, the team knows at least the magnetometer, an instrument that measures Earth’s magnetic field, still works.
— ISEE3 Reboot Project (@ISEE3Reboot)
“In the near future, the operational plan is to acquire data from the other ISEE experiments, have the scientists assess their performance and participate once more in making scientific measurements,” ISEE’s original principal investigator explained on the team’s blog.
The next step will be to change the spacecraft’s trajectory, which will likely happen on Tuesday.Read More →
The donations from 105,855 backers will be used to bring Burton’s cult TV classic, Reading Rainbow, to a new generation of readers by building a web version for families at home, creating a classroom version for teachers and providing free access to it for schools in need.
Burton had huge help moving the final total to $5,408,815 in the final days thanks to comedian Seth MacFarlane, who promised to match every dollar pledged from the $4 million mark to the $5 million mark — but only if the campaign reached $5 million Read more…Read More →
WASHINGTON — A student-led mission aims to send a time capsule to Mars, using a new, more compact kind of propulsion system.
The Time Capsule to Mars mission is designed to bring three tiny “cubesats” containing photos, videos and other media provided by people around the world to the Red Planet, using “ion-electrospray technology.” This new kind of propulsion system could deliver the cubesats to Mars in as few as four months, the mission’s organizers say.
A student-led project aims to send a time capsule of life on Earth to Mars in the form of a cubesat (pictured). The spacecraft will potentially use a new kind of propulsion.Read More →
It’s time to kickstart your dad’s foray into the crowdfunding world
Kickstarter, the popular site that helps people raise money for a variety of creative projects, is actually home to some cool products dads just might love.
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There are all kinds of useful creations, from bags that charge your phone to tools that help you brew lager. All of the products we rounded up have successfully reached their goals, but most still have some time to kill on the site.
That means you still have time to get in on the pledging process. However, note that some of these products will ship later than Father’s Day on June 15 — so, make sure your dad knows he can expect a stellar gift later in the year. Read more…Read More →
A gory death at the hands of Game of Thrones mastermind George R.R. Martin can be yours for the one-time price of $20,000. The death will, of course, be of the text-only variety.
The honor is reserved for a top-tier donator on Martin’s Prizeo crowdfunding campaign, raising money to support the Wild Spirit Wolf Sanctuary and Food Depot in Martin’s adopted hometown of Santa Fé, New Mexico. The winner will choose their character’s position in the fictional world (lordling, maester, peasant, whore, etc.) and meet a grisly death that could rival the Red Viper’s head-squashing end.Read More →
After reaching the $1 million mark Wednesday on the campaign’s first day, supporters continued to flood the crowdfunding website with donations. Around 4 p.m. ET Thursday, the campaign hit $2 million, with 33 days remaining for people to contribute.Read More →