A bucket list staple for intrepid travelers, Hawaii’s Haiku Stairs attract hundreds of adventurers every year.
This hiking trail on the island of O’ahu is made up of almost 4,000 steps, and it provides climbers with unbeatable views from atop the Ko’olau mountain range. The only catch? Sadly, it’s been illegal to use the trail since 1987, and a storm rendered the stairs totally unsafe in 2015.
And if you know anything whatsoever about humans, you know that plenty of people go right ahead and ignore all of that nonsense on a daily basis.
In fact, one search on Yelp yields hundreds of reviews written by daredevils who decided to climb the Haiku Stairs anyway.
One such daredevil built a swing alongside the trail because that doesn’t sound like a terrible idea at all.
As you might imagine, young people have taken it upon themselves to say, “You know what? I’m going to swing on it because who even values human life, am I right?”
Ah, youths. They’re so artistic and definitely not stupid at all.
Needless to say, authorities were nice and angry when they realized that they’d most likely been duped by teens with some rope and a wooden plank. Here’s some news coverage read by adults with functioning brains.
I’m willing to bet any amount of money that the people behind this swing set it up for Instagram.
After all, if you don’t constantly provide total strangers with proof of your life experiences, they didn’t even happen! Science. To learn more about this story of pure, unadulterated stupidity, check this out.
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You know what’s really cool? Rustic furniture. You know what’s not so cool? Rustic furniture with life-ruining, wallet-crushing price tags.
We’ve all been there, strolling through the aisles of Crate and Barrel wondering why everything hurts. The pieces are beautiful, and they’ll never make it into our living rooms because they cost all of the dollars.
Luckily for all of humankind, however, Redditor FromDustToGlory successfully flipped the script on all that nonsense by creating a stunning rustic table for less than it costs to get an oil change.
If you want to stick it to the interior design man by creating one of these beauties, here’s how it’s done!
First, she used a compound miter saw to cut all of the wood pieces she’d need to create the base (and she was kind enough to write out all of the measurements).
Next, she used a Kreg Mini Jig to connect them.
These pieces made up the sides of the X-frame base.
The longer two were just over 17 inches, and the shorter two were just under 14 inches. (You can check that handy size guide above for more details!)
Using the two longest remaining boards, she built the central support.
After that, she drilled two pocket holes in the side braces and fastened both base sections together.
The rest of the pieces were used to create supports for the concrete tabletop.
Mixing concrete might seem scary to the average crafter, but the blogger assures us that it’s not as hard as it looks!
The key is to get a big ol’ bucket and combine water and concrete in small amounts until the mixture reaches the desired consistency. Once that was done, she cut aluminum flashing into an 88-inch piece and formed it into a circle. That served as the mold. All she had to do from there was pour in the concrete and smooth the top!
Before it began to harden, she placed her base in the concrete and used a level on each leg to make sure everything was even. All she could do from there was play the waiting game.
And the waiting game lasted about three days. In the meantime, she stained the base to give it a polished, expensive look. Last but not least, she unwrapped the flashing and revealed this stunning piece!
Seriously. How amazing is that?
I don’t have any DIY skills to speak of, but I really might try this. Mama needs a new end table! If you’d like to join me, check out the talented crafter’s original post for more details.
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If you weren’t questioning your place in the world already, you probably will be when you see how these high school students just stepped into uncharted scientific territory with an egg and a plastic cup.
While we’re over here just doing our thing and getting by, these three students from Japan went ahead and hatched a chicken egg…without the actual egg.
As their teacher Mr. Tahara explained, “Through a clear container, we’ll be able to see everything from the first signs of life to the hatching.” They suspended a raw egg inside a clear cup with plastic wrap and placed it in an incubator, and in the end, they were left with an adorable little chick!
Their research has been published in scientific journals around the world, and the rest of us are worthless.
Look at that little nugget go!
Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/cup-incubator/