Motorized Easy Chair

Chris McIntosh’s first recliner was not your standard La-Z-Boy—it was electric-powered and capable of going 15 mph. After finishing it a year and a half ago, he used it to pull a doughnut on his high school’s front lawn, circle the gym during a pep rally, and rule the street near his home in Orinda, California. Now a freshman at the University of Southern California, McIntosh spent his youth building ad-hoc vehicles (he once made a mini hovercraft out of a leaf blower), so when the chair’s paltry electric motor burned out, he decided it was time for a monster makeover. “I wanted to go fast,” he says. To upgrade the recliner, he removed the electric motor he had installed, the motor’s controller, a pair of batteries, and other parts. He bought a nine-horsepower, four-stroke dirt-bike engine, which fit perfectly in the space beneath the seat, and welded on a fixed rear axle so the engine could power both rear wheels instead of just one, as the electric motor had. Bike engines need to be kick-started, but the recliner’s lever snapped when he tried to use it. He welded on a motorcycle kick-start lever instead.” w/ photos + video

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Wookie Mobile

“This Garfield based Wookie Mobile comes from the lost sketch books of George Lucas. …Ok, it doesn’t. But it’s not too far off. When pushed forward, the wheels and gears of the Wookie Mobile drive it forward and the mint condition Chewy who’s in the driver’s seat is removable. The leg hole in the seat reaches to the bottom of Garfield’s chin, so any action figure can ride inside. It’s an equal opportunity Wookie Mobile. I’ll be sad to let this one go. It’s always hard to mutate a good Garfield.” w/ photos

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Jumping In A Blue Deep Water Hole

“World champion freediver Guillaume Nery special dive at Dean’s Blue Hole, the deepest blue hole in the world filmed entirely on breath hold by the french champion Julie Gautier.”

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Saddest Looking Marsupial On Earth

The hairy-nosed wombat is one of the saddest looking creatures in the world. It’s a marsupial, and one of its unique features is a backwards facing pouch that allows it to dig without getting dirt in its pouch. The hairy-nosed wombat looks like a sad, slow creature but is intensely determined in the defense of itself and its burrow. This wombat is about a meter long and has a tough hide; it has an armor plated backside, even though you can’t see it easily. It also has an incredibly slow metabolism which means it can go long periods without water; its digestion takes 8 days to process a single drop of water.” w/ photos

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