Man to launch himself in homemade steam-powered rocket to show the Earth is flat

November 23, 2017 by  
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This weekend, one man plans to launch himself 1,800 feet into the air in a steam-powered rocket he made himself from salvaged parts out of his garage – in a quest to prove Earth isn’t round, but flat. “Mad” Mike Hughes , a 61-year-old limousine driver, describes himself on his website as “the only man to in history to design, build, and launch himself in a rocket.” His ultimate goal is to launch several miles above our planet to capture photographic evidence we live on a disc. Hughes, a self-styled daredevil who set a Guinness World Record in 2002 for a limousine jump, did fly a homemade rocket a quarter mile over Arizona back in 2014. The flight ended with him dragged from the rocket, and he had to use a walker for two weeks due to his injuries. But now Hughes plans to soar again – this time with the backing of the flat-Earth community. Related: Man hits 162 mph on homemade rocket trike propelled by rainwater One of his sponsors is a group called Research Flat Earth. Online outlet The Daily Plane launched a GoFundMe page for Hughes, saying, “Knowing that NASA doesn’t send anyone to space , Mad Mike could be one of the only people up in the air in a rocket.” People have contributed over $7,000 to the page. Hughes thinks a conspiracy of astronauts created the image of Earth as a globe. But The Washington Post said Hughes is a recent flat-Earth convert. He didn’t raise much money for a follow-up to his 2014 flight; a Kickstarter campaign with two backers didn’t mention the flat Earth idea. But Hughes said after months of research, he’s now a believer. Hughes told the Associated Press , “I don’t believe in science . I know about aerodynamics and fluid dynamics and how things move through the air, about the certain size of rocket nozzles, and thrust. But that’s not science, that’s just a formula. There’s no difference between science and science fiction.” Hughes plans to launch on November 25 over California’s Amboy Ghost Town. He plans to travel around a mile at a speed of around 500 miles per hour. + Mad Mike Hughes Via The Washington Post and the Associated Press Images via Mad Mike Hughes Facebook and Mad Mike Hughes website

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The gorgeous Roadhaus RV soaks up sunlight with a glass-enclosed roof

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From the Wyoming-based company Wheelhaus comes the amazing Roadhaus – a tiny house/RV hybrid that measures 10.5 feet wide and 38 feet long, but feels a lot larger. Wheelhaus wrapped the roof of the wedge-shaped home in glass, so the interior is open, airy and gets plenty of sunlight – something many small houses lack. The Roadhaus wedge, which comes with a price tag of $76,000, is certified as an RV, meaning it can be towed and parked in any RV park or campground. Its compact size of only 400 square feet provides the option of traveling the world in this beautiful tiny home on wheels. Related: Solar-powered Tesla Tiny House hits the road in Australia The little wedge is filled with some seriously smooth design features, namely the use of glass to open up the interior space. The living area, as well as the rest of the home, is flooded with natural light thanks to a spectacular raised roof that is part glass and part wood panels. In fact, the strip of wood panels that run the length of the home seems to float over the interior space. The tiny home has a comfy living room on one side and a bedroom with sufficient space for a queen-sized bed on the other. The kitchen is a beautiful space-efficient design with a sink and small stovetop, and plenty of crafty storage options. A gleaming bathroom is covered in silver tiles, adding a touch of bright modernity to the home. The entrance to the home is completely wrapped in glass, including the large door that leads out to a wooden deck jutting out from the interior. + Wheelhaus Via Treehugger Images via Wheelhaus

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"The stuff nightmares are made of:" thousands of bluebottles on Australian beach

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A couple happened upon an astounding sight recently while strolling on the beach in Australia . At Barlings Beach in New South Wales, Brett Wallensky and partner Claudia came across thousands of bluebottles, or Portuguese man o’wars, washed up on land. Such a freaky sight could be more common as climate change impacts our world. The couple came across the horde of Portuguese man o’wars in late October. Brett Wallensky, who said he’d been stung multiple times by bluebottles as a boy, said, “There must have been thousands of them beached and they were all alive and wriggling. It was the stuff nightmares are made of…If you fell in there and got that any stings all over you I can’t imagine you would survive…The color of them was just amazing, it is so bright – almost alien.” He said he’d never seen so many bluebottles together in his life. Related: Thousands of mysterious gelatinous creatures washed up in California According to The Sydney Morning Herald , each year in Australia over 10,000 people report bluebottle stingings. The venomous creatures deliver painful stings, and according to marine biologist Christie Wilcox of the University of Hawai’i at M?noa, the stinging cells can still be active for weeks after they’re beached, so even dead bluebottles can cause pain. Wilcox recommended a vinegar rinse and the application of heat to treat a sting. Wilcox told Gizmodo mass beachings can occur when conditions are right, and that there doesn’t seem to be anything special about this specific stranding. But there’s some question of whether climate change will allow Portuguese man o’wars to thrive. According to marine biologist Lisa-ann Gershin, warmer waters amp up jellyfish metabolism, and the creatures live longer and breed more. Bluebottles could benefit from climate change like jellyfish, according to Gizmodo , and beachings could occur more often. Via Gizmodo , The Sydney Morning Herald , and StoryTrender Images via Caters Clips on YouTube and Depositphotos

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