The Olympic Committee may not have any plans to allow robots into the 2012 Summer Games as of yet. But if they have a change of heart, we know at least one robot who will be prepared.
Robot NO.8 Kovacs is a small Japanese robot who has the type of skills on the high bar that even the best gymnasts would envy. While he does need a little help getting onto the bar, once he’s up there, his moves can’t be beat. Watch your back, Shawn Johnson.
Tricycle racing is the most fun you can have on three wheels. It’s also an easy way to ruin a perfectly good pair of shoes. Filmed in Powder Mountain, Utah by Devin Graham (the same guy who brought the internet the human slingshot), the custom-modified tricycles in this video were equipped with speedometers that recorded the trikes reaching speeds of up to 55 miles per hour.
When it comes to traditional forms of bike racing, staying on the bike is rule number one. With Cyclocross on the other hand, dismounting and dodging obstacles is par for the course. While we’re sure Cyclocross is tons of fun, from the looks of this video, it can also be pretty painful if, like Joey, you don’t see an upcoming hurdle and take a spill on the track.
These days cars come with some pretty sophisticated add-ons: rearview cameras that show what’s behind you, driver alert systems that wake you if you’re dozing off. These optional features are all well and good, but none of them hold a candle to the Honda Motocompo, a tiny, folding scooter that was sold as a trunk-sized accessory for the Honda City and the Honda Today from 1981 to 1983.
When it comes to taking the subway, most people just want to relax. But while some are content to simply spend their commute reading a good book or listening to music, the flexy-bendy folks in this video felt the need to take it further when they performed an acrobatic ‘yoga’ demo in the middle of a crowded, moving, New York City subway car.
Firefighting isn’t just a job — it’s also a sport. Firematic Racing involves firefighters competing against the clock to complete tasks like assembling and climbing a ladder or fitting and shooting a hose. Though the sport is most popular in New York, its reach extends across the pond to Europe, too.
If people who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones, then what about people who live in sandcastles? After all, glass is just melted sand, right? Maybe they shouldn’t throw magma. Who knows?
The point is, it takes a special kind of sandcastle to inspire this line of questioning. The artistry, the scale and the craftsmanship all have to be second to none. You’re about to see 10 of these epic sand sculptures, so there’s no telling what you might start to think by the end of it.
Before they made their millions, many celebrities settled for minimum wage. Though it’s hard to imagine it now, what with their expensive houses, cars and vacations, people like Amy Adams, Gwen Stefani and Brad Pitt actually worked at restaurants, salons and, in the case of ‘Law & Order: SVU’ star Christopher Meloni, the morgue.
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