Friday, April 28, 2006

Insane Flying Man

Loic Jean Albert (Top Men think that's French for "I want to die") likes to strap on a wing suit, jump out of a helicopter and fly down mountain slopes.

Here is the YouTube link.
Here is a QuickTime movie.

Previous related Wohba links:
Learning to Fly

Thursday, April 27, 2006

Victoria On The Horizon

Oddly enough, exactly one year ago Top Men expressed their desire to see the Mars rover Opportunity make it to the massive Victoria crater. And yesterday and today we're picking up on the first apparent images of Victoria in the distance. It's all educated speculation by the teeming masses at this point - nothing official -but Top Men are feeling optimistic.

Let's review...

Eagle Crater (22 meters wide)
Endurance Crater (132 meters wide)
Victoria Crater (600 meters wide)

There are still plenty of things that could go wrong. Only one day after last year's Wohba post about Victoria Crater, the rover got stuck for a couple months in deep sand while crossing a dune. NASA is driving smarter these days, but the rover is a couple years past its 90 day warranty period.

Top Men are hoping for just another month or two.

Previous related Wohba links:
Where is Opportunity
Opportunity is Out
Jinxed Opportunity
Will Opportunity Make It...

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

Bosnian Pyramid Update

Now this is amazing stuff. Excavation work has begun in Bosnia in and around the mysterious first pyramid in Europe. (See update below)

Here's the story...

A centuries old legend claims that an old woman living at the base of Visocica hill (in what is now Bosnia) kept fourteenth century Turkish invaders away from an ancient walled city, high on the hill. She claimed that no one could enter the city on the hill unless they would pledge to guard the secret beneath it with their life. She even claimed that two layers covered the secret - one layer of earth, and one layer of egg shell. If the layers were removed and the contents disturbed, bad luck would follow for the people of the valley below.

Centuries passed. Rumors of tunnels beneath the hill passed from generation to generation. Children were said to have played in passages and pathways beneath the hill. Even recently some children have claimed to have been inside the pyramid itself. Stone blocks with strange inscriptions were occasionally found while building was taking place in the town that grew up beneath the hill.

In recent times locals have claimed that their are actually three pyramids in the area all connected by tunnels. There are even stories of local children climbing into holes in a smaller pyramid across the river and emerging near the top of the large pyramid near a wall that guarded the city on the hill. Locals claim that sounds travel through the hill, reverberating and echoing on the other side.

In 2005, during a visit to the town of Visoko, Bosnian born Semir Osmanagic, a self-described independent explorer, found the unusually geometric shape of the hills puzzling. He quickly discovered that the sides of the hills corresponded to the cardinal points and made plans to further investigate. In August 2005, he found cut stone and evidence of manmade structures. He now believes that there may be as many as five pyramids in the area dating as far back as the ice age.

Ten days ago (April 14, 2006) excavation began. Reportedly, ventilated tunnels have been found along with twenty meter long blocks of rock and a paved entrance plateau. Top Men wish they could be there (to make sure somebody is not pulling one over on us.) (See update below)

Here are links to some of the more interesting photos (and more)...

Town of Visoko and the Pyramid of the Sun
Valley with Three Pyramids
Collection of Recent Photos
MSNBC Article
Google Earth Link to Pyramid of the Sun

UPDATE (5/1): Top Men should have been there - looks like this could all be a fanciful scam by Mr. Osmanagic. Here's the scoop by the Archaeological Institute of America. (Thanks Brice.)

Previous related Wohba links:
Europes First Pyramid
Mayan Mural

Monday, April 24, 2006

Space Station Sightings

It's sweeps week for ISS (Internation Space Station) viewing. This week there are numerous opportunities to watch the Station blaze across the sky - sometimes three times in one evening. The ISS is the brightest star in the sky (well... okay... second brightest, and the ISS is not really a star, if you want to get technical - but you knew what we meant - stop being so argumentative. Wohba!) It moves fast - moving from west to east in roughly ten minutes.

The trick for knowing when to look, and where to look is NASA's J-Pass. Enter your Zip Code and J-Pass spits out a nice little graphic with everything you need to know.

Make sure you pay attention to detail so you're not standing there wondering why you don't see anything. Common mistakes include AM and PM confusion, mixing up RISE and SET directions, and accidently looking for a dimmer satellite instead of the ISS which is referred to as STATION. (Not that Top Men have ever done any of those things.)

Previous related Wohba links:
Space Film
Station Identification
Alka Seltzer in Space
J-Track - Ring of Power
Zero-G Research

Friday, April 21, 2006


Time for a deep cleansing breath. Ahhhhhhh...

Previous related Wohba links:
Rainbow and Tornado
Rainbow and Lightning

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Ugliest Dog Vote

The word wohba can express a variety of feelings. And Top Men uttered the phrase loud and clear when viewing the photos of these ugly dogs.

Previous related Wohba links:
Last Year's Ugly Dog

Tuesday, April 18, 2006

Disappearing Rabbit Trick

Top Men don't know if this is a real photo. It certainly tells a story. Talk amongst yourselves.

Saturday, April 15, 2006

Slow Motion Smorgasbord

Top Men call to your attention this veritable cornucopia of slow-motion videos. There are almost 250 different video clips including such favorites as Jello Cube Drop, Wine Bottle Crushed by Hammer and BB Shot Into Chest.

Here are a few fun ones...

Paintball Shot Into Back
Jello Cube Drop
Forearm Slam
Water Balloon on Face
BB Shot Into Chest

And from another slow-mo site comes this oddity...

Flapping Lips

Previous related Wohba links:
Dihydrogen-Monoxide Balloon

Friday, April 14, 2006

Marvelous Machines

Top Men have seen Rube Goldberg creations, but never this many in one place. This video last for over nine twelve minutes and it's worth watching from start to finish (although after a minute or so the sound doesn't add much).

(Thanks Wandering Nomad)

Thursday, April 13, 2006

Balloons and Cornstarch

Top Men, always on the lookout for things to make you say "wohba!" manage to dig up some fairly obscure stuff. This post would fall into that category. Mix balloons, cornstarch, needles, bullets, and shutter triggers and this is what you get...

Gallery One
Gallery Two
Previous related Wohba links:
Wonder of Corn (starch)
Dihydrogen-Monoxide Balloon
Zero Gravity Water Balloon

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Blazing Laces

And now for something completely different...

The Ian Knot for shoelaces.