The Biggest Man-Made Hole On Earth

A few weeks ago, we looked at a photo essay on Mir Mine, a 1200m wide mine in Eastern Siberia that’s one of the largest man-made holes on Earth’s surface. It made us wonder: Where the largest hole ever made by humans? As it turns out, it’s in the United States.


The Bat-Chart Of (Nearly) Every Bat-Villain Batman Ever Beat

Batman turns 75 this year, and over that time he’s defeated so many baddies, even Alfred probably has trouble keeping track of them all. ZAP! Here’s a pulp-inspired chart from Pop Chart Lab that chronicles (nearly) every crim banished from the streets of Gotham.


A Day In The Unusual Life Of A Professional Amazon Model

“Amazon Amanda”, who stands 190cm tall, discusses her life and work in a subculture where men will pay to be squished, crushed, wrestled or just be seen in public with a super-sized women. It is an unusual world, but it’s definitely one where underground comic artist Robert Crumb would feel completely happy.

Amanda says that nothing sexual ever happens with her clients, but she does get some unusual requests — including once being asked to crush a terminally ill client to death so that he would die happy.


Nike's Free 5.0 Are So Flexible They Can Fit In Extra Tiny Shoeboxes

The Nike Free 5.0 is billed as the most flexible shoe in the world. To show off the minimalist runners, Nike had a special new box designed, which uses one-third the material of other boxes.


Why No One Bothers Putting Apostrophes In 'Don't Walk' Signs

No one is sure when exactly the first WALK/DONT WALK style signs were installed. Even the Federal Highway Administration isn’t sure, though it is thought that the first such sign was likely installed sometime in the early to mid-1930s.


Wow, All These Rotating White Dots Are Actually Moving In Straight Lines

Video: It looks like the white dots in this optical illusion are all orbiting an imaginary point in space that, at the same time, is orbiting the center of that red circle. They are not. In reality, they are all moving in straight lines going from one side of the red circle to the opposite one.


Northrop Once Built Planes That Were Just Giant Wings

After World War II, the future of commercial air travel was supposed to be fantastic. There were promises that planes like Northrop Grumman’s flying wing would become the norm for civilian flying. These promises were often made to Baby Boomers — young, impressionable kids of the 1950s and ’60s — like in this cutaway drawing by L. Ashwell Wood for the comic book Eagle.


Elastic Bows Make Gift Wrapping Impossibly Easy

Few people dislike giving gifts, but most of us hate the expectation that they need to be properly wrapped first. It’s why gift bags must be a billion dollar industry at this point, and why these simple elastic ribbons could possibly be the greatest to happen to birthdays since cake and frosting.


Here's Woz On A Segway, Filmed By A Drone

The punditry talks a lot about a concept called “convergence”, which can be neatly summarised in the GIF above: Woz, Segway, drone. All things tech and joy, all at once.


Insane Theme Park Ride Cuts The Safety Rope And Sends You Into A 100-Foot Free-Fall

Video: Here’s an insanely scary theme park ride for those who need to feel like they’re close to dying in order to feel like they’re living: the Sky Tower in Tivoli Friheden in Denmark. The ride isn’t a ride at all but actually a fall. That is, the safety rope you’re connected to cuts off and you free fall from a 100 foot tower at 88kph down to the ground. For fun.