On July 16, 1969, the most powerful rocket ever built and the only launch vehicle to carry humans out of low Earth orbit blasted off from the Kennedy Space Center with a three-person crew. The destination was the moon, and five days later on July 21, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin would be the first humans to set foot on our nearest celestial neighbor. 50 years later, CBS has released its four-hour broadcast of the Apollo 11 launch, giving us a window into what it was like to watch the historic moment unfold on live TV.
In 1978, Action Park opened in Vernon, New Jersey. Shortly after, the amusement park became known for its dangerous rides, sending five to ten people to the emergency room every day and earning the nickname "Accident Park." Although it's been closed for over 20 years, its deadly reputation lives on.
Wherever they are, knives need sharpening. For Thierry Coursier, this was his dream job — not the desk he sat behind as a logistics worker. So Thierry gave it up to chase his dream, traveling around Paris to make sure no knife is dull.
In 1986, Vancouver, British Columbia, hosted the World Exposition on Transportation and Communication, or commonly known as Expo 86. With transportation being one of the themes, McDonald's got in on the event with a floating restaurant called the Friendship 500. But a combination of local government, budgets, and too-big dreams lead to the McBarge being one of the most unique abandoned spaces in North America. Abandoned looks at the history and many attempted redemptions of the McBarge and its current state of decay.
If you think the Earth has it bad when it comes to meteorite impacts, be glad it isn't the Moon. January 21, 2019 saw a lunar eclipse across the night sky, and one very lucky photographer captured the moment a meteor slammed into the moon, made even more visible by the eclipse.
In 2019, Disney Theme Parks is set to open a new Star Wars experience. Inspired by the galaxy far, far away, the attraction will offer two rides, Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run and Star Wars: Rise of the Resistance which is being helmed as the biggest and most immersive attraction any Disney Park has ever seen. Galaxy's Edge is set to open this coming summer at California's Disneyland, followed by a fall debut at Walt Disney World in Florida.
Made from resilient Japanese warp-knit fabric, Kinetic pants combine classic looks with the feel of something you'd wear to a workout. Each pair provides unrivaled mobility and stretch thanks to Primeflex polyester that has the feel and structure of a woven but bends and stretches like a knit. The pants are also water-repellent, moisture-wicking, and wrinkle-free, and are perfect for travel and daily wear, where they respond to your movement and always bounce back.
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Protecting your property shouldn't involve drilling holes and running wires. The Simplisafe Home Security System requires none of the above, and is easy to install yourself. It starts with a base station that connects to their service via WiFi with a backup cellular connection for emergencies. You can arm and disarm it from the keypad, with a key fob, or with your phone. Add on as many entry, motion, smoke, glass break, and CO sensors as you need — the system is easily expandable to fit your needs, and comes with the assurance of 24/7 monitoring.
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Paris has been one of the world centers of education and culture since the 17th century. The City of Lights is home to some of the best of Medieval and modern architecture and the city's reputation as the center of art and fashion is second to none. This footage from the late 1800s and early 1900s shows Paris as it was, and creator Guy Jones has done some excellent work dubbing in sound to bring this black and white film to life.
One of the most successful businessmen in history, Pablo Escobar made billions bringing cocaine to the United States and the world. In Colombia, Escobar had a huge estate that was park home and part theme park, with exotic animals brought in from around the world. When Escobar was killed by Colombian authorities, the state seized the estate and distributed the animals to various zoos and reserves — except for the hippos, and now they're a problem.
Imad Khachan, owner of Chess Forum in New York City, didn't intend to run a chess shop — the last one in New York. He intended to get a Ph.D. in American literature and teach or write, but what we set out to do and what actually happens are rarely the same. A Lebanese refugee, Imad recalls coming to America, what it means to him, and what his store means to the community he calls home.
If you've ever wanted to get behind the controls of the best bucket of bolts in the galaxy and see if you can beat Han Solo's record-setting Kessel Run, you won't have to wait long to get your chance. Disney is bringing a new ride to its massive Star Wars: Galaxy's Edge theme park expansion called Millennium Falcon: Smugglers Run. You and three others will get to man the Falcon in three different flight crew positions when it opens at Disneyland and Disney World in 2019.
Zombies, a nuclear apocalypse, environmental disaster, robot revolt — There are few safer places to spend the end of the world than a former ICBM silo. Somewhere in Kansas, a developer purchased a bunker that housed some of the most powerful nuclear weapons in the US arsenal. The concrete reinforced structures were made to withstand a nuclear attack and fire back, along with equipment to keep the soldiers stationed there alive. Now redeveloped into luxury doomsday bunkers, take a look at how the other half would live if the world as we know it came to an end.
Argentina boasts some of the most beautiful, rugged terrain in the world. The New York Times T Brand Studio flew to the South American country to visit three places that exemplify the culture and diverse landscapes of Argentina. Jujuy, the Iguazu National Park, and the capital city of Buenos Aires give a taste of Argentina from the outdoors to a blend of the traditional and modern.
The flight from Newark, New Jersey, to Singapore is the longest nonstop flight in the world. Spending 18 hours on a plane sounds like a nightmare — unless you have some handy tips to keep you fresh. The Wall Street Journal's travel correspondent Scott McCartney took the flight and has a load of suggestions that will help flying, even if it's not a day and a half.
Only a few countries in the world allow citizens to legally use marijuana — and Canada is joining the exclusive club. On October 17, 2018, marijuana will no longer be criminal, and a lot of people couldn't be happier. The Fire & Flower Cannabis Co. put together this little promo video to celebrate the occasion and what's sure to be a boom in business.
Created in Solingen, Germany, using a single piece of stainless steel, this chef's knife is ready to be the most important tool in your kitchen. Taking visual cues from the world of traditional metal tools, Veark makes each knife using a drop forging process that leaves the CK01 with a unique pattern on the handle, so no two are alike — while the ergonomic open handle design allows you to hold the knife right at the balance point for an ideal grip. It also has an impressive 58 Rockwell hardness — allowing it to be sharper than most of its competitors, so it's equipped to handle just about any kitchen task you throw its way.
Blade Length: 7.9" / Overall Length: 12.6" / Weight: 7 oz.
Formulated by a team of nutritionists, scientists, and trainers for LeBron James, Ladder Plant Protein breaks down the limitations of your body to unlock higher performance. Ladder Plant Protein uses pea and organic pumpkin protein for an almost-identical amino acid profile to whey protein, but without the side effects of dairy. The cleaner, more effective protein uses no artificial sweeteners or flavors and is dairy, soy, and gluten-free. It's best immediately before or after your workout. Mix in 8-12 oz of water, milk, or your favorite smoothie.
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Currently, to travel along Norway's coast you'll have to take the E39 highway. The 683-mile route runs from Kristiansand in the south to Trondheim and with its seven different ferry connections, takes about 21 hours to complete. In an attempt to cut the travel in half, the Norwegian government plans to eliminate the need for ferries with increased tunnels and bridges while improving current roadway conditions. The project is estimated to cost 40 billion dollars making it the largest infrastructure project in the country's history.
K2 on the border of China and Pakistan is the second-tallest mountain in the world and one of the most dangerous — around one in every four of the people who reach the summit don't make it back. Polish skier Andrzej Bargiel successfully summited K2, and then skied back down over 28,000 feet, making him the first person in the world to do so.
At Minitaur Wunderland in Hamburg, Germany, you can visit 40 countries without going anywhere — along with the world's largest train set. Miniatur Wunderland has over 50,000 feet of track, a fully functioning international airport with planes that taxi, take off, and land, and dioramas of famous cities like Venice. Watch how an entire team keeps the trains running on time, from the model builders to mission control.
When you think of surfing destinations, you think California, Hawaii, Australia — not NYC's East River. But sometimes you can't get away to a surfer's paradise and just have to use what you got. Casey Neistat did just that when he got a group of friends together for some Independence Day powerboarding on one of the smelliest rivers in the US.
In Poland, the tallest, fastest roller coaster on the European Continent is open to the public. The Hyperion has a 262-foot, 85 degree drop into a tunnel, a splash zone, and hits a top speed of 87 MPH. If you want to catch it, swing by the Energylandia theme park.
Forget wine and beer — if you really want the taste of Budapest, there are three drinks you have to try — palinka, unicum and soda water. Palinka, known as firewater, is a fruit distillate developed to help the king through a bout of gout. Unicum is a liqueur made from a secret blend of over forty herbs and spices. And last, but not least, is the humble soda water — a staple of the city since the 1830s.
The flight from London-Heathrow Airport to San Fransico usually takes about 11 hours. Now you can experience the whole flight in under four minutes. Captain Dave Wallsworth and his British Airways crew fly an Airbus A380 nearly a quarter way around the world, chasing the sunrise from the UK to the United States.
In 1865, a Cuban cigar factory owner came up with the idea to have someone read to his workers as they rolled cigars, as an in-house education program. The idea caught on with other factories, and the tradition continues to this day.
You might be thinking this is the latest Studio Ghibli film but It's actually the new tourism video for Travel Oregon. Created by Wieden + Kennedy with animation from Psyop and Sun Creature Studio, the short film "Only Slightly Exaggerated" gives the state's most recognizable landmarks and events the anime treatment. The dreamy scenario is completed with a score performed by the Oregon Symphony.
It's the only continent on Earth that isn't naturally inhabited. A massive, brutal island, Antarctica didn't even see it's first human foot until the late 1800's. But now it boasts a population in the thousands and is claimed by several countries — although these claims aren' widely recognized. Wendover Productions looks at the politics of keeping humans alive in the harshest climate on Earth.
The 2018 winter has been one for the ages in the northeastern US. With temperatures regularly in the negative for weeks at a time, if it can freeze, it's frozen. Off the coast of North Falmouth, Massachusetts, something unexpected froze — a huge swath of the Atlantic Ocean.
It can't be detected, but this hum has driven people from being mildly annoyed to attempting suicide. In Taos, New Mexico, a small percentage of people hear what's come to be called the Taos Hum. Described as a low-frequency humming, the sound comes from nowhere and is often attributed to hearing disorders. But local legend has it the sound has a far more frightening source.
The Old Forge is just off the beaten path — way off. It holds the title of Britain's most remote pub and getting there is half the fun. By plane, boat, car, and train, Great Big Story shows what it takes to get the most far-off pint in the mainland UK.
The European Space Agency took a group of disabled children from five countries for the ride of their life. A converted Airbus A310 produces several seconds of true weightlessness during a serious of parabolic maneuvers. Along with the kids, several disabled adults got to ride along as well.