An Arlington, TX police officer recently discovered a teen smoking weed on public property outside a local movie theater. Since the boy was respectful, the cop gave the boy a choice – either he could get arrested or do 200 push-ups as his punishment. He chose the latter. Afterwards, Officer Eric Ball reportedly went and found the kid’s mother, who reportedly thanked him and told him she would’ve made him do even more push-ups.
A Melbourne, Australia industrial designer has created a firefighter exoskeleton design to help rescue works carry the enormous weights associated with fire fighting apparatus. Such gear can weigh anywhere from 50 to 125 pounds depending on the circumstances and type of fire being fought, and emergency incidents could require climbing flights of stairs or running through uneven terrain (think outdoor wildfires). Although the design has yet to be manufactured as a working prototype, it would weigh 50 pounds while allowing a firefighter to carry up to 200 pounds with minimal effort. The exoskeleton is also meant to fit over standard firefighting gear but can quickly be disengaged and fall off with one pull in the event of malfunction. The designer has reportedly explained he was motivated to create his design after reading about a 2010 Shanghai fire that killed 58 people in a high-rise apartment building. He found that high-rise buildings can contain thousands of people above the reach of fire department aerial devices, and once the fire is above the reach of ladders, the chance of rescuing victims is nearly zero. Stairwells would then be the only option to reach victims, and his exoskeleton would make the climb up far easier.
Firefighter Exoskeleton To The Rescue [via Discovery]
Massachusetts police are currently looking for a thief who walked out of a Weymouth, MA restaurant with a 250 lb. safe on Sunday night. Restaurant surveillance video showed how the man simply walked in through the back entrance and went downstairs, before walking back up and then out – while carrying a large object wrapped in a trash bag. The restaurant owner has not said how much money was in the safe, but he has put up a $2,500 reward for information leading to the thief’s arrest. The owner has since also installed an even heavier safe – and bolted it to the concrete floor.
Man Grabs, Steals 250-Pound Safe At Weymouth Restaurant [via CBS News]
Okay, so this is just about the coolest thing we’ve seen in a while. (If you’re at work, turn your speakers down as there is accompanying music).
Continuing a year of work, entrepreneur Isabel Hoffman is developing a new device that can scan food dishes in order to determine their caloric content as well as ingredients, in order to help those wanting to eat better and get into maximum physical condition, as well as to avoid certain ingredients due to allergies. The device is called TellSpec and is being funded via crowd funding website Indiegogo, where it far exceeded its $100,000 goal, receiving over $386,000. A mass spectrometer of sorts, it beams a low-powered laser to the food item in question and measures the photons which are reflected back to the device. Based on the wavelengths of the reflected photons, TellSpec then determines what chemical compounds the dish consists of. The device is expected to be available to the general public in August 2014 with an expected price tag of $350-$400, though Hoffman would like to see the cost go down to $50 within a few years so TellSpec is more accessible to the everyday (but very health-conscious) consumer.
Smaller Than Your Phone, This Device Could Keep You Healthy
Below is a video of fitness buff Ahmed “Iron Monkey” Kerigo (he has an explanation on how he got that nickname on his Facebook page linked before) performing a 4.5-foot high flying push up, which is apparently a world record. Definitely one strong dude!
Though it cannot be see in the commercial, Van Damme, 53, was wearing safety equipment to prevent him from actually falling onto the pavement in the event the trucks veered further away from each other than anticipated. The ad was created to show off Volvo’s Dynamic Steering, and it was filmed in one take.
How Volvo Created the Jean-Claude Van Damme ‘Epic Split’ Video [via The Wall Street Journal]
Snake Venom by Brewmeister is now the world’s strongest beer, at a supreme hangover-delivering 67.5 percent ABV. It reportedly also costs £50 (approx. $80) for a 9-ounce bottle. The funniest part is that there is a warning on the label that says one should not drink more than 1 ounce of the brew in a single sitting.
According to the company’s website: “The alcohol is very strong but the beer still tastes like a beer rather than a spirit. It’s hoppy, malty, and very pleasant.”
Yeah, we’ll just have to take your word on that, buddy.
Remember Tom Hardy from Inception? How hard was it to believe that this same guy transformed himself into the character of Bane in The Dark Knight Rises? And a transformation it was. This good article gives an outline as to how Hardy changed his body not once but several times for his various roles, from playing the part of jailhouse fighter Bronson, to a lean and muscular MMA fighter in Warrior, to the Batman’s arch nemesis in the final flick of the trilogy. For both Bronson and Warrior, Hardy worked out daily, but one important difference was in diet: to prepare for Bronson, Hardy ate practically whatever he wanted, from chicken and rice to pizza and ice cream, all to help gain weight. For the shredded look of an MMA fighter, however, Hardy survived on chicken and broccoli all day, which allowed him to get strong but lose fat. And finally, to play the part of Bane, although Hardy has not publicly released his diet/training regimen, many believe he followed a relatively simple, yet challenging 5×5 training regimen concentrating on the core lifts: bench press, deadlift, and squat.
Tom Hardy Workout [via Men’s Health]
A new take on a classic exercise machine. Depending on the model and company you buy from, they’re available in standalone or wall-mounted (!) varieties. The angle can also be changed from a straight vertical climb to a more angled traverse, and the holds can be taken off and moved to prevent the workout from getting routine over time.