Connect with us

Bizzare & Odd

Someone’s Selling a Functional 15-Ton Battle Mech on eBay

Battle Mech

What would you buy for $51,000? A midsized luxury sedan? A down payment on a condo?

Or maybe we could interest you in a 15-ton battlemech robot straight out of “Pacific Rim.” Spotted by Motherboard, the massive hunk of metal named Eagle Prime is going for a chill $51,500 on eBay at the time of writing — after going on sale for a single dollar.

USA vs. Japan

The battle mech was built by MegaBots, Inc., the business that challenged Japan to the famous USA vs. Japan Giant Robot Duel, which took place in October 2017 and was streamed live on YouTube.

The fight went on for three rounds and involved each of the two robots slowly tipping each other over — arguably a limp show after all the buildup. America took home the win when Japan’s mech stopped dead in its tracks.

Fearsome Weaponry

The intimidating 11.5 feet tall robot is powered by a 430 horsepower Corvette V8 engine and cost about $2.5 million to develop. It features a giant claw, a massive chainsaw, and the ability to shoot three pound projectiles at speeds of over 130 mph.

“I’m feeling good about the sale and really proud of how far we’ve come,” Megabots co-founder Matt Oehrlein told Motherboard in an email. “I’ll just be happy if we can prevent Eagle Prime from going into a junkyard.”

READ MORE: You Can’t Afford to Not Buy This $50,000 2-Story-Tall Battle Mech on eBay [Motherboard]

Source link

Advertisement
Comments

Bizzare & Odd

The Dani cannibal tribe and their smoky dead ancestors

In the Baliem Valley, West Papua Province in Indonesia, lives a weirdly primitive tribe called the Dani People.

A few decades ago, Dani actively practiced ritual cannibalism. It is now reported that this tradition has been discontinued.

In their recent macabre history, there is no less a frightening tradition of smoked dried carcasses of their dead relatives over a fire. And also cutting off the phalanges of women’s fingers.

The phalanges were cut with a stone axe. This procedure is performed for those women who have lost a male relative: husband, son, brother or nephew, to emphasise the pain of loss and to appease the dead’s spirit.

The surgery was primitive and rough, but the wounds on the hands of the women healed well and fairly quickly.

Photo: Mediadrum images / Gianluca Chiodini

Recently, Italian photographer Gianluca Chiodini visited the village of Dani People and made unique color photographs.

Gianluca Chiodini

Chiodini wandered in the jungle for days trying to find the tribe and finally he was lucky.

The photographer shares:

“The natives greeted me warmly and did not even try to eat me.”

Gianluca was shocked to see the 250-year-old corpses of the dead, Dani’s “eternal” ancestors, completely black from smoking for a long time.

Photo: Mediadrum images / Gianluca Chiodini

The guide told the Italian that seven smoked mummies are stored in the village, but only two of them are allowed to be shown to strangers. The rest are taboos, and if the photographer tries to find them himself and photographs them, the natives could kill him.

Photo: Mediadrum images / Gianluca Chiodini

To prevent mummies from decomposing, they are removed daily and carefully smeared with ointment of herbs and lard. Then they are hung over the fire so that the smoke can penetrate well into the body. All this has been happening daily for 250 years.

Photo: Mediadrum images / Gianluca Chiodini

Dani people stopped eating their relatives only after 1990, at least officially. Now the meat they eat is mostly pork.

Photo: Mediadrum images / Gianluca Chiodini

The natives hunt wild pigs with bows and arrows. After being captured and killed, the pigs are wrapped in palm leaves and allowed to be smoked by fire, like the mummies of their ancestors.

When the meat is hot, it is considered ready. Men are the first to eat, and women and children eat what is left behind.

Photo: Mediadrum images / Gianluca Chiodini

Many women in the tribe have their fingers cut off, meaning they have lost many male relatives.

Photo: Mediadrum images / Gianluca Chiodini

Whether these deaths were in battle with neighboring tribes or through illness, history is silent …

Photo: Mediadrumimages / Gianluca Chiodini

Now, finger-cutting is also considered a forbidden procedure and in young women the fingers are already intact but you can still see the amputated hands of the older women.

Continue Reading

Bizzare & Odd

Shri Karni Mata – Mysterious Temple in India

Deep in the Thar desert, a temple crawling with thousands of holy rats. 

The theme of the emergence of the embryos of civilization on our planet is relentlessly raised in the world. Some are convinced that aliens contributed to this, adherents of Darwinism insist on a different point of view. However, if we consider the first version, there are suggestions that humanity is obliged to rats, which aliens experimented with, in the hope of inventing man. Indeed, the rat and man really have a lot in common, including the genome.

In fact, in the world there is even a temple dedicated to rats. It is located in the Indian city of Deshnok. The name of this temple comes from the name of the mysterious Indian woman – Karni Mata, who was lucky enough to live for more than 150 years. There is a legend according to which this woman was an influential person in the politics and spiritual life of the country, then she suddenly disappeared right in front of her followers. This happened in March 1538. Also, the legend says that Karni is a real embodiment of the goddess Durga.

The temple of rats was built precisely during the life of this divine woman, and its inhabitants (rats) inhabited this temple as the followers of the mysterious Karni Mata disappeared from the face of the earth. According to legend, after death, each student of Karni’s mother turned into a rat and came to a place of concentration of spiritual forces. At the moment, the family of these animals in the temple has about 25 thousand individuals.

There is a belief that if you eat and drink with these rats from one vessel, a person will be able to get rid of all his illnesses and hardships, and also be reborn into such a beast after death.

That is why thousands of pilgrims flock to this temple from all over India and all over the world.

As eyewitnesses testify, rats there really feel quite freely and behave in a businesslike manner. They even have about five hundred families from the human race who bring them offerings, put things in order and organize the rules for visiting the temple with tourists. There is an indestructible rule that if any of the temple visitors accidentally do fatal harm to a rat, he will be required to replace it with a silver or gold figurine.

Despite all the oddities of what is happening in the Sri Karni Mata temple, the question still remains open: why, out of the many sacred animals existing in India, did mother Karni give preference to rats? After all, cats are worthy, and dogs are faithful, and cows are so pure and peaceful. Why are rats honored to have their own temple? Is it because this is one of the wisest and most unusual creatures on earth?

Continue Reading

Bizzare & Odd

Chinese geneticists create huge super-pigs

In the last few years, due to the deadly African swine fever (ASF), there has been a significant shortage of pork in China.

More than one million sick and potentially sick animals have been killed in an effort to stem the epidemic.

Experts predict that by 2020, the country will face a shortage of pork of 10.8 million tonnes.

In an attempt to overcome this situation, geneticists are involved who, through DNA editing, are trying to create “super-pigs” that will be more resistant to disease. They will grow much faster and will be much larger in size than regular pigs.

According to media reports, experimental animals have already been bred and kept on research farms. But, photos have not yet been released to the press.

Pigs. Themed photo

Scientists at the Institute of Zoology at the Chinese Academy of Sciences are working on the experiments. In addition to the size and disease resistance, they also try to make pork tastier.

Zhao Zhango, a leading researcher, said that a major priority for him and his colleagues was to create a pig resistant to the African plague.

Journalists were able to find that giant pigs that had DNA edited would grow faster and gain more meat, not fat. They will weigh more than 500 kg and will be nearly the size of a polar bear. Currently, the average Chinese pig weighs 175-200 kg.

Obviously, these monstrous pigs will resemble the famous Belgian muscle cattle.

African swine fever is not dangerous to humans but extremely contagious and deadly to pigs. In 2018, there have been outbreaks of plague in many Asian countries, not just China.

Therefore, the price of pork there has almost doubled.

Continue Reading

Recent Comments

Trending