Happy Saturday friends! It's been a long week, now it's time to kick back. Let's take a look back at our best stories this week, including a review of a muscular gaming laptop, a look at the best beginner motorcycle, and more. Say, have you checked out our new subdomain, Factually? It's pretty great.
Facebook cover photos aren't just a banner at the top of your profile page; they're an art form. We were impressed when we saw these masterworks from Libby Cooper. And apparently so was Nikki, who took them as inspiration to make an awesome batch of her own.
For about a billion people across the world, nothing is more fundamental to food than fresh, delicious roti. So it's unfortunate that a batch of five can take half an hour or more to make. But all that's about to be a thing of the past, thanks to the Rotimatic: The first fully-automated appliance that can churn out one roti every minute—and Gizmodo recently got to see it in action.
The world's tallest water slide is located at the Schlitterbahn water park in Kansas City, and alsoin my nightmares. It's called Verrückt—which means "insane" in German—with good reason: At 168 feet and 7 inches, it's taller than the Statue of Liberty, Niagara Falls, and 23 Shaquille O'Neals stacked on top of each other. We recently gave one of the madmen who designed it a chance to explain himself.
I've never been able to hear well. As a child, I was in and out of the hospital as doctors struggled to treat chronic ear infections that left me in throbbing pain and, eventually, relative silence. By the time I went to college, I had only one half-functioning ear drum and no hope of regaining the hearing I'd lost after years of damage. Surgery was too risky, the doctors said. This year, I decided to take the risk, and the results were extraordinary.
Late last week, amidst an agonizingly slow pre-holiday news cycle, CNET introduced the world to Zack Danger Brown, a Columbus, Ohio native who wanted to crowdfund the making of his very first potato salad on Kickstarter. He wanted $10. He got over $15,000 (and counting). And here, because this is the world we have created, is your Kickstarter potato salad guy think piece. The thought: Kickstarter potato salad guy rules.
Apple, Trapper Keeper, and Reebok: Three of the most well-known brands of the 1980s, and three companies that used the same futuristic-looking typeface to do it. So why isn't the typeface a classic like other period pieces *cough*Helvetica*cough*? Fate is a funny thing.
Razer's badass Blade gaming laptop is back with a screen that's insane, and the power to push some serious pixels. But that doesn't do you much good when getting by day-to-day is a little bit of a struggle.
Buzz Aldrin was the second man to ever set foot on the moon, and he has some opinions about how things should go down when humans first set foot on Mars. Namely that they shouldn't come home. Ever.
Shopping for your very first motorcycle? Start here. The 2015 Honda CB300F promises to be fun to ride, affordable and incredibly cheap to run. It's the perfect learning tool for new riders.
Yesterday we learned that London-based architect Zaha Hadid had rethought her design for Tokyo's Olympic Stadium, after widespread protests and a major budget cut put the original design in jeopardy. Dezeen has the new images of the redesigned stadium, and it's... pretty damn similar, despite a $1.3 billion budget cut.