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These 22 Amazing Inventions Were Created By Ordinary Chinese Citizens.

We are used to seeing things that are “Made In China,” but these industrious individuals from the Asian country took that idea to a new level.

Clever Chinese citizens have taken to creating their own vehicles, aircrafts, submarines, and robots. Some seem kind of bizarre, but you can’t deny the impressive skill behind these inventors.

1.) Wooden Electric Car

1.) Wooden Electric Car

Liu Fulong created the vehicle, which can reach up to 20 miles per hour.

2.) Mobile Suitcase

2.) Mobile Suitcase

It took He Liang 10 years to perfect this suitcase-scooter hybrid. It’s capable of speed of up to 12 miles per hour and can travel 30-40 miles per full charge.

3.) Musical Comb

3.) Musical Comb

Han Yuzi’s invention can give you sweet tunes after it’s done giving you sweet style.

4.) Giant Motorcycle

4.) Giant Motorcycle

This 600 lb mammoth motorcycle only took $1,300 to create. Despite its impressive look, it can only reach speeds of about 25 miles per hour.

5.) Unusual Unicycle

5.) Unusual Unicycle

Invented several years ago by cyclist Li Yongli, this gives a new spin on unicycles.

6.) Broom Tractor

6.) Broom Tractor

Twelve brooms cycle at the back of this tractor to sweep up the streets of Mohe.

7.) DIY Submarine

7.) DIY Submarine

The farmer spent five months creative the submarine, which he successfully submerged in 30 feet of water.

8.) Suction Submarine

8.) Suction Submarine

Zhang Wuyi uses this submarine to collect sea cucumbers in Wuhan.

9.) Homemade Helicopter

9.) Homemade Helicopter

Young farmer Wu Zhongyuan sets off his helicopter propellers in Jiuxian county.

10.) Walking Robot

10.) Walking Robot

Farmer Wu Yulu created this walking robot to pull his rickshaw without getting tired.

11.) “Noah’s Ark of China”

11.) "Noah's Ark of China"

Yang Zongfu created this 6-ton cylinder which protects anyone inside from external heat, water, and impact.

12.) Prosthetic Arms

12.) Prosthetic Arms

Sun Jifa lost his arms in an explosive fishing accident over 30 years ago. He couldn’t afford expensive prosthetics, so he spent two years guiding his nephews to build these out of scrap metal.

13.) DIY Aircraft

13.) DIY Aircraft

This motorcycle/aircraft hybrid was invented by Zhang Xuelin from Jinan.

14.) Scrap Metal Robot

14.) Scrap Metal Robot

Self-taught inventor Tao Xiangli bought the scrap materials for $49,037 from a second-hand market. There’s only one flaw: it’s too big to fit through his front door.

15.) Giant Bicycle

15.) Giant Bicycle

No engine necessary for this bad boy made by Zhang Yali and friends.

16.) Hovercraft

16.) Hovercraft

Created by farmer Shu Mansheng from the Dashu village.

17.) DIY Plane

17.) DIY Plane

Created by automobile mechanic Ding Shilu from Shenyang.

18.) Water Bicycle

18.) Water Bicycle

Created by Liu Wanyong, the bike is held up by two large floating tubes.

19.) Floating Bicycle

19.) Floating Bicycle

This more compact version is photographed being ridden here by Lei Zhiqian across the Hanjiang River.

20.) Mini Submarine

20.) Mini Submarine

Local farmer Zhang Wuyi uses this workshop to create various scientific inventions like this submarine.

21.) Homemade Canon

21.) Homemade Canon

Hopefully this doesn’t have to come in handy, but farmer Yang Youde seems pleased with his invention.

22.) Homemade Submarine

22.) Homemade Submarine

Tao Xiangli tests his submarine in the waters outside Beijing.

These are just a handful of the amazing things crafted over the years in China. Last year, over 200,000 inventions were reported. Looks like we need to step up our game, America.


How To Recharge Batteries With Just A Playing Card And The Sun

Rechargeable batteries save money and reduce hazardous waste. IF you remember to charge them, that is. Reaching for a battery only to find out it needs to spend 4 hours in the charger is a real bummer.

Frustrated by this problem, Instructables user Shawn Frayne decided to invent a battery charger that works anywhere there’s sunlight–no outlet required.

“I wanted a cheap and fast way to make battery chargers that I can keep on my desk, so that I could have an armada of charged batteries at all times,” Frayne writes. (Don’t we all?)

“I didn’t want to take up more outlets and have more wire spaghetti with plug-in chargers, so I settled on a solar charger.” Smart man.

Step 1: Gather Your Materials

A roll of Copper tape with adhesive backing (available at most electronic component stores)

Super glue (the thin stuff, also known as cyanoacrylate)

Playing cards

4 NdFeB magnets between 1/4″ – 1/2″ diameter, 1/32″  – 1/8″ thick, any grade N42 – N52 (available lots of places, including

4-8 small pieces of raw lasercut PV silicon cells (aka “solettes”)

Several AA rechargeable batteries

“This project works best with NiMH AA and AAA batteries, but can also work with NiCads (which are not the most environmentally benign battery in the world, so best to avoid buying these if you don’t own them already),” Frayne points out.

Step 2: Fold the Playing Card and Apply Copper Tape

Bend the short edges of the card over so that it looks like two-legged table.

Then add a couple pieces of copper tape. Make sure to wrap the copper around the entire width of each flap. These will be the “wires” that connect the energy generated by the solar cells to your AA battery (via the magnets).

Step 3: Attach 2 Magnets to the Underside of the Card

The magnets are the terminals that connect your solar charger to an AA battery. You can also add a magnet to each side of the card (for a total of four), and they’ll hold themselves in place without glue.

“When the magnets grab onto a AA battery, current can flow through the copper tape, through/on the surface of the magnets, and then into the AA battery,” writes Fayne.

Step 4: Place the Solar Panels

In order to generate enough power, the solettes must be stacked in series with a shingling technique. This is where your superglue comes in.

“The (+) output is the grey underbelly of the first solette in your shingled fan-stack. The (-) output…can be accessed either at the bus bar or white silver ink runners on the blue top surface of the final solette in your stack,” Frayne explains.

(More about this in the video at the end)

Step 5: Coat the Top Layer of the Card with Epoxy

Mix up some 5-minute, two part epoxy. Then, pour it onto the top of your the card charger, covering the solettes and magnets.

Do NOT get any epoxy on the inside magnets, since it will prevent them from carrying current to your battery.

Frayne recommends putting your new charger on some popsicle sticks so that the epoxy can drip off the sides of the card.

Step 6: Wait five minutes for the epoxy to dry and…voila! You’ve got a AA battery charger that’s powered by the sun.

Meet Frayne (his mustache is awesome) and learn more about how the project works in this video.

Project and images courtesy of Instructables user sfrayne.

(VIDEO) Man Jumps Onto A Dead Whale Being Eaten By Great White Sharks



Even the parents of this Perth, Australia, man who jumped onto a whale circled by hungry sharks say their son is an idiot.

Harrison Williams, of Quinns Rock, north of Perth, was videotaped jumping from his friend’s boat and swimming across to the dead whale, because one of his mates said “it would be pretty funny to surf the whale.”

Seven News footage showed several large great white sharks circling and feeding on the other side of the whale.

The 26-year-old said he knew they “busy chomping on the whale,” but told Seven News he knew it was a stupid thing to do once he was on top of the whale.



30 Clever Innovations That Totally Need To Be Everywhere Already

Movie theaters with screens in the bathroom so you don’t miss anything.


And the ultimate outlet would also have extension cords built into the wall.


Small tiles you can attach to your keys, wallet, computer, or pretty much anything. If you lose anything, you can then look up their location on your smartphone.

26 Stylish Sinks It Would Be An Honor To Wash My Hands Inside

Move the ball to change the temperature and color

Ocean Atlas: Massive Underwater Statue Of Girl Carrying The Ocean On Her Shoulders

Jason deCaires Taylor is in the business of creating surreal and dream-like spaces, and his latest underwater sculpture is no exception. His latest project, called “Ocean Atlas,” saw him submerge an 18-foot-tall, 60-tonne statue of a girl in the seas off the coast of Nassau in the Bahamas. It is currently the largest underwater statue in the world.

The girl in the piece seems to struggle underneath a heavy burden, which is appropriate given that she was named after Atlas, the Greek god responsible for bearing the heavens on his shoulders.

As with the rest of Taylor’s numerous underwater sculptures, this one was made from a special pH-neutral cement that will allow reef organisms to thrive on its surface. His statues allow new reefs to grow where none existed before and draw tourists away from over-worked diving hotspots. This one is no exception – it was commissioned by the Bahamas Reef Educational Foundation to honor their founder.


114 Buildings Around The World Shattering All The Conventions Of Traditional Architecture

75. Stamp House (Cape Tribulation, Australia)

78. School of Design OCAD Building (Toronto, Canada)

Unique Furniture Created From Debris Help Typhoon Victims

Furniture designer Bernardo Urbina from Costa Rica turns wood scraps to one-of-a-kind pieces of furniture. He has created a new furniture line and started a project Tacloban Prevails.

His pieces are more than a simple furniture line. They are a system that grants a second life not only to scraps and debris, specifically those left in the wake of Typhoon Haiyan, but an income for the people affected by it. 10 percent of the final sales goes back to the families from whom they bought the debris.

More info:

Fancisko Estupin: Wine Glass Rack

Debris – cart
Owner – Francisko Estupin
Now – a wine glass rack

Marianita Epil: Cheese Platters

Debris – pile
Owner – Marianita Epil
Now – cheese platters or hot pods

Melvin Ludhko: Coffee Table

Debris – big root
Owner – Melvin Ludhko
Now – a unique coffee table

Nestor Abilado: Coffee Table

Debris – ladder
Owner – Nestor Abilado
Now – a coffee table

Wilson Pinaloza: Console Table

Debris – broken boat
Owner – Wilson Pinaloza
Now – a console table

Village in Tacloban

One of the villages that were visited by Bernardo Urbina while looking for the debris to pick up. boredpanda

18 Of The Weirdest Smuggling Schemes Ever Caught By Customs

We imagine that the day-to-day work of a customs agent at a busy airport can probably get a bit monotonous, but sometimes, we hear about the discovery of some extraordinarily bizarre or hare-brained scheme that smugglers tried to use to smuggle contraband. An imgur user collected a list of some of the weirdest customs finds ever made. Though they didn’t make it, you’ve got to give them a hand for their creativity.

Our readers in the U.S. may immediately associate customs agents with national security or the war on drugs, customs agents around the world also have to deal with the endangered animal black market.

(h/t: chaosundivided)

Money In Bread

Image credits: Reuters

Cocaine In Breast Implants

Image credits: Reuters

Cocaine In Candy Eggs

Image credits: Reuters

Weed In The Shape Of A Donkey

Image credits: Reuters

Geckos In A Book

Image credits: Reuters

Ecstasy Inside Mr. Potato Head

Image credits: Reuters

Wooden Door Filled With Cocaine

Image credits: Reuters

The Base Of This “Plant” Is Compressed Ephedrine

Image credits: Reuters

Frogs In A Film Canister

Image credits: Reuters

Steroids In Lube Oil Bottles

Image credits: Reuters

Cats Filled With Opium

Image credits: AP

Snake Inside A Clay Pot

Image credits: Reuters

Clams, Each Filled With 10g Of Cocaine And Glued Shut

Image credits: CORBIS

Methamphetamine Covered In Chocolate

Image credits: Reuters

Dead Bugs Stuffed With Cocaine

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Cigarettes In A Soccer Ball

Image credits: Reuters

Pistol Hidden In A Stuffed Animal

Image credits: Reuters

Avocado Filled With Cocaine

Image credits: Stuart Clarke/REX


Check Out These Awful ‘Ads’ With ‘Unnecessary’ Quotes

via Business Insider: 

Something about sign writing causes people to use quotes inappropriately. 

Writers think they’re drawing attention to a word by using quotes liberally. But if you’re a formal English usage maven, it probably drives you nuts.

As a refresher, quotes are used to denote direct words from someone’s mouth, to showcase a word as a word (like using “this” instead of “those”) and to point out that something isn’t real.

So scare-quotes suggest the sign might be lying — as in this handwritten notice for “fresh” guavas from “Mexico.”

We got these “hilarious” examples from the Unnecessary Quotes blog.


Not real bees…

You will have to pay to see a fake Santa.

YOU will love this one.

So, so wrong.

Don’t want to know how much they paid for this.

Not so cheap.

Over mis-quoting.

These are not fresh or from Mexico.

Now is a debatable time.

So is everyday.

Who needs beer when you have “beer”?

As opposed to “old” hours.

They meant “soda.” Proper quote use.

They’re “delicious.” Ew.

You pick your price?