1:60 scale model of a Boeing 777-300ER made entirely from manila folders

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Designer Luca Iaconi-Stewart has been working on this 1:60 scale model of a Boeing 777-300ER since 2008. He’s only using manila folders and the results are absolutely astounding. According to Luca:

This project traces its beginnings to an architecture class in high school where we learned to use manila file folders to roughly model our building ideas. The more I worked with paper, the more I fell in love with its versatility. At some point, I got the idea to make a model of an airplane as a way of challenging myself with an unconventional shape. Continue reading

Detroit Agate – The Precious Stone That’s Actually Just Hardened Car Paint

Detroit agate, also known as fordite, looks like a precious stone that has formed in the Earth’s crust over millions of years, but it’s actually a man-made material dating back only a few decades.

Looking very much like a natural agate, the sought after Detroit agate actually consists of layers upon layers of enamel paint from old car painting racks in Motor City factories. Trapped in these layers of paint are decades of automotive history and unique, vibrant colors that we may never see on cars again. For example, the earliest pieces of fordite mainly consist of blacks and browns, the most popular automotive colors of the time, others have gray primer layers between the colorful ones, and some have shiny flakes of metallic paint. Because the hand-painting process has long been replaced by an automated one, Detroit agate is no longer produced, so the pieces that do exist are actually prized as actual jewels especially by automotive history buffs. Continue reading

Couch potato goes parasailing with his sofa and TV

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Turkish YouTuber Hasan Kaval attached a sofa and television to a parachute so that he could maintain his couch potato lifestyle while parasailing. The video is absolutely insane, because I don’t see a harness of any kind. Like he’s literally just sitting on a sofa flying through the air eating potato chips and watching TV. Maybe there’s a secret seat belt somewhere, but if there is it’s extremely well hidden. It’s also possible people in Turkey just don’t care about falling to their death? It really looks like he just gets on a sofa, people push him off a cliff, and then he goes about his life like it’s perfectly normal to be in your pajamas chilling on a sofa while 800 feet off the ground. Continue reading