On July 2, 2007, Scott Showalter climbed into a manure pit on his Virginia farm to clear a blocked pipe. Moments later, he fainted and died. An employee of his went in to save him but was quickly overcome as well. One by one, his two daughters and wife followed, only to die trying to save the people who went before them.
Follow these step-by-step instructions to light up your Easter eggs:
1. Cut a half-inch diameter hole in one end of an egg.
2. Empty the contents of the egg, and dry the inside of the shell.
3.Tape three LEDs of the same color to a lithium coin battery.
4. Put a few pieces of cotton into the shell to diffuse the light and to keep the LEDs inside. Put the LEDs and the battery into the shell. Dim the room lights to get the full effect.
By John HerrmanPosted 03.10.2011 at 11:02 am 0 Comments
Android phones have surpassed iPhones as the market’s fastest-growing handheld devices. Users have found that phones and tablets with google’s software are powerful, easy to operate and to a far greater degree than other mobile platforms—highly customizable. Here are a few tricks and hacks to make your Android phone or tablet look, act, and perform exactly the way you want it to.
One day late last year, Bill Rulien decided he’d had enough of people boasting about how they had modified their golf carts with hotrod paint jobs or monster-truck tires. “I thought, I’m gonna build something that will say, ‘Well, top this.’ ”
Why would a man construct a dining-room table that can cruise down a racetrack at 130 miles an hour and shoot flames into the air? Sheer competitiveness. A record for the world’s fastest furniture existed—92 mph on a sofa—and Perry Watkins wanted to beat it.
By Andrew RosenblumPosted 02.21.2011 at 10:37 am 2 Comments
Gambling just to win silver coins can get boring. Instead, play for a perfectly crafted cocktail. The BarBot was built by a team from the hacker collective NYC Resistor as part of a hacking competition co-sponsored by the videocontent company VIMBY and the carmaker Scion. The group started by buying a decommissioned slot machine from Japan on Craigslist. They added graphics to give it a Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas theme, figuring that would be the perfect way to tie together gambling and booze.
Follow these step by step instructions to make a cover for your Kindle or other E-reader out of an old hardcover book:
1. Cut out the pages from a large book, and glue a strip of felt to the inside of its spine.
2. Cut two pieces of cardboard to the size of the book’s covers. Snip off the corners of the cardboard, and glue pieces of felt over the cardboard pieces.
The hosts of Food Jammers show how to make a version of a multimillion-dollar commercial grain puffer for about 50 bucks. See the video inside
By Micah Donovan, Christopher Martin, Nobu AdilmanPosted 02.15.2011 at 10:59 am 1 Comment
The machinery that snack and cereal companies use to transform rice and other foods into puffed snacks is expensive and operates at extreme pressures and temperatures. Since you can buy the resulting cheese puffs, rice cakes and toasty oat cereals anywhere, why try to make them ourselves? Because we were curious whether we could figure out a cheap way to crack the code of puffing technology. Plus, we like to build elaborate machines and to blow things up, even if it's only spelt grains and millet cakes.
By Rena Marie PacellaPosted 02.10.2011 at 1:41 pm 0 Comments
According to some estimates, smartphones—packed with personal data, always connected, and largely unsecured—are now being infected with viruses at twice the rate of PCs. Malware disguised as a legitimate app can steal account information and direct your phone to call or text expensive premium-rate numbers or to send spam texts to your contacts. Links, which are often cut off in phone browsers (making suspicious ones hard to spot), can send users to sites embedded with malware.
Laptop stands keep your computer cool, ventilated, and at a comfortable angle for typing, but they often seem expensive for what's essentially a bent piece of metal. Here's how to make your own easy and inexpensive stand from a metallic document holder, requiring only a few steps.