Tricked Out Backhoe Sets a World Record By Hitting 70 Miles Per Hour on a Racetrack

A 1,300 horsepower backhoe tricked out by heavy machinery manufacturer JCB captured the world record for fastest backhoe loader by hitting speeds of 70 miles per hour on an Australian racetrack during a run on October 21st, 2014.

A supercharged 572 big block Chevrolet V8 is responsible for hurling this monster down the racing track, and it sends all 1300 of its horses into those massive deep-tread tractor tires.

via Farming Life, Jalopnik

A Hauntingly Beautiful Cover of ‘Across the Universe’ by The Beatles Using Audio of Comet 67P

Musician Andrew Huang (previously) used audio of comet 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko taken by the European Space Agency’s Rosetta mission (previously) to create a hauntingly beautiful cover of the song “Across the Universe” by The Beatles. The Rosetta mission was the first to successfully soft-land a spacecraft on the surface of a comet.

Here are the unaltered recording of the comet taken by the Rosetta mission, and the original version of “Across the Universe” for comparison.

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A Pair of Human Wall Climbing Pads Inspired by the Adhesive Quality of Gecko Fingers

A Stanford University engineering team including PhD candidate Elliot Hawkes has created a pair of pads inspired by the adhesive properties of gecko fingers that make it possible for their wearers to scale the side of a building. The so-called “gecko gloves” have 24 independent adhesive tiles on each pad, helping to better distribute the climber’s weight.

Furthermore, we found that the synthetic adhesion system does not fail catastrophically when a simulated failure is induced on a portion of the adhesive.

Gecko Gloves

image via Elliot Hawkes

via Popular Mechanics

A Frosty Compilation of Great Snow-Related News Bloopers

News Be Funny has created a frosty compilation video (previously) featuring all sorts of great snow-related news bloopers. There are plenty of people keeping the news interesting by slipping on ice, tripping into mounds of snow, and pegging reporters with snowballs.

Chatty Amazon Parrots Have a Lively Conversation With Each Other at Parrot Mountain in Tennessee

Two charmingly chatty Amazon Parrots have a very lively conversation with each other in front of onlookers at Parrot Mountain and Gardens, an interactive bird sanctuary in Sevierville, Tennessee near Gatlinburg.

via reddit, Daily Picks and Flicks

Photographer Captures the Incredible Beauty of Wild Fox In Remote Area of Northeast Russia

Fox in Snow and Heather

Ivan Kislov, a photographer based out of Magadan, Russia, has put together a gorgeous photo series that visually captures the the incredible and complicated beauty of the wild red fox that live in the remote Chukotka Peninsula in the north-eastern area of Russia. Ivan first came to Chukotka as a mining engineer and found that his hobby of photography and his fondness for “inaccessible places, raftings, just walking tours” gave him the perfect opportunity to shoot the wildlife in the area. In an interview with Bored Panda, Ivan explained why he focused mostly on foxes.

Though he takes pictures of everything from bears and reindeer to wolves and stoats, Kislov says the foxes are often very willing models: “Foxes are curious and can come very close, and I shoot with wide angle and telephoto lenses.”

Close Up Fox

2 Foxes

Adolescent Foxes

Baby Fox

Do Not Wake

Lisa Climbing Up

Profile in Snow

Yawning Fox

photos by Ivan Kislove

via Bored Panda

Daring Ferret Falls Short on Making a Successful Jump From the Desk to the Ironing Board

An adorably daring ferret, clad in a glow stick bracelet, fell very short on making a successful jump from the desk to the ironing board and landed safely on the floor with only her pride slightly injured. According to her human, Marek Riha, the desk was a bit slippery, the ferret put the bracelet on herself and he feels bad about laughing at her fall.

I didn’t realize, it’s slippery. She tried to get to the window. When she got on the table I saw
that trying to jump on the window. (distance about 1metr) so I moved closer the ironing board. The rest of the story you already know. That shining bracelet, she put on herself. Such kind of crashes is for ferret well known. People may think I behave badly to this ferret but who knows ferrets knows what’s going on. But I have to apologize for my sadistic laughter ;)

While her dignity may have been bruised, the little ferret didn’t appear to lose any sleep whatsoever.

via Daily Picks and Flicks