Space Adventures Ltd. is offering space flight tours around the far-side of the moon to private citizens. The Soyuz craft you’re in will fly within 100km of the moon’s surface, you’ll see the illuminated far-side of the moon, watch the Earth rise and then make your way back to our pale blue dot.

Back in 2001 Space Adventures is the company that launched Dennis Tito, “the first space tourist”, into space where he spent nearly eight days in orbit as a crew member of ISS EP-1, a visiting mission to the International Space Station. That mission was flown by Soyuz craft as well.

Some of the highlights of the trip:

  • Join the greatest private expedition of our time
  • Fly to within 100km of the Moon’s surface
  • Become one of the first people to leave low-Earth orbit in over 40 years

According to their website they expect to be offering official Circumlunar navigation tours by 2018.

Using flight proven Russian space vehicles we will fly two private citizens and one professional cosmonaut on a free return trajectory around the far-side of the Moon. They will come to within 100km of the Moon’s surface. If you chose to join this mission you will see the illuminated far-side of the Moon, and then witness the amazing sight of the Earth rising above the surface of the Moon.

According to their website the cost of the mission “depends on the vehicle you choose, the timing and the exact mission profile”. I mean, who wants to go to the moon in the winter right? To give you an idea of the cost however, another company in Russia is offering a two-week trip up into space that will simply put you in orbit for two weeks. The price tag on that, much simpler mission, is around $45-50 million (US).

So, here’s the real question, if money were no object, would you go on a space tour around the moon?

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YouTuber WheezyWaiter has over 500,000 subscribers on his YouTube channel where he talks about “coffee, beards, clones, news, weirdness, normalness, and things that you’re not sure are weird or normal”. He posted his 1,000th video today simply titled, “?”.

Why is the title a question mark? WheezyWaiter planned ahead and used his 1,000th video to do something incredibly cool, luckily it worked out for him.

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If you’ve ever been so bored (a.k.a. high) that you’ve actually wondered what a deep fried KitKat grilled cheese sandwich would look like you’re in luck. As for tasting it, well, you’re on your own on that. My advice would be to dial 9-1, take a bite and just wait.

It’s not bad enough that we actually deep fry candy, now we’re adding cheese to it.

We can thank Dude Foods for coming up with this unholy concoction:

Deep fried candy bars are obviously nothing new, but as far as I know no one — until now — has actually used two of them along with a couple slices of cheese to create a sandwich.

Now, I’m sure there are a couple reasons behind why no one has done this before, the first being that it just don’t sound very appealing. Honestly, looking back at it right now it doesn’t even look that appetizing, but let me tell you, it was pretty damn good!

Ok, dude, we’ll just take your word for it!

It’s no secret that Roger Goodell has completely bungled the Ray Rice situation since the beginning. After seeing the video of Rice dragging his unconscious fiancée out of an elevator Goodell chose to suspend Rice for only two games.

The backlash of such a light punishment for such an egregious act was so severe that Goodell issued a statement admitting that he had made a mistake and subsequently completely overhauled the NFL’s rules on how players involved with domestic violence would be punished. He didn’t however change Rice’s two-game suspension.

The very next day the infamous video of Rice actually punching his fiancée, not once but twice, was released and all hell broke loose. The Baltimore Ravens almost immediately terminated Rice’s contract and about 20 minutes later the NFL changed Rice’s two-game suspension to being suspended from the NFL indefinitely.

It wasn’t the video that did Rice in, it was the public’s reaction to it. Goodell claims that no one at the NFL saw the video inside the elevator, a claim that has been disputed by law enforcement officials. The mind boggling issue is why it took that video coming out for Goodell to do the right thing. Even if they hadn’t seen the video of the punch, which is incredibly hard to believe, they did see the video of Rice dragging his completely lifeless fiancée out of the elevator and dropping her to the ground. Did they think he tickled her unconscious?

The National Organization for Women have called for Goodell’s resignation with their #ResignGoodell campaign. That along with the #GoodellMustGo backlash making the social media rounds it seems obvious that Goodell has little to no public support left.

The bottom line is that when he had an opportunity to be a real leader, to standup and do the right thing rather than just being a Yes Man to the NFL owners, he made misstep after misstep and his inability to handle this situation is showing no sign of letting up.

Roger Goodell has one more chance to do the right thing. Goodell needs to admit that he has completely mishandled this situation, acknowledge his many mistakes and resign his position effective immediately. NFL players can’t be the only ones held accountable for their actions. In fact, the commissioner should be held to an even higher standard and hold himself responsible for his own actions, or inaction as the case may be.

As part of Columbia College President Dr. Scott Dalrymple’s inauguration festivities, the college will host a fierce, no-holds-barred video game challenge, featuring Madden 25. The winner will advance to a championship bout with the president, a formidable gamer in his own right.

If you manage to pull off an upset for the ages, Dr. Dalrymple will buy your textbooks for the entire academic year!

I think we’ve officially found the most badass college president in the country. This guy is hilarious and, although I won’t give it away, has one of the best burns ever in his Madden NFL challenge video. The best part is he’s playing as the Buffalo Bills so there’s a good chance that this could be the biggest win in the Bills franchise history.

These amazing photographs were taken by German photographer Thomas Herbrich, they are the results of a painstaking process which took Herbrich three months to complete. It could be called Herbrich’s study in smoke.

It’s also a study in a phenomenon called Pareidolia.

Pareidolia is a psychological phenomenon involving a vague and random stimulus (often an image or sound) being perceived as significant. Common examples include seeing images of animals or faces in clouds, the man in the moon or the Moon rabbit, and hearing hidden messages on records when played in reverse.

Out of the 100,000 photographs that Herbrich took he chose just 20 to display. You can see the rest of them here on his website.

I was very surprised by how extremely quickly smoke move. It’s easier to photograph a racing car!

The rising of cigarette-smoke is actually so quick that conventional flash equipment is too slow, as is the photographer – only a few milliseconds pass between recognition of the subject and the taking of the shot, a length of time in which the smoke has already changed again.

I therefore used a quick flash with a flash duration of 1/10000 sec. or faster – and took more than 100,000 digital photos in three months (which killed one camera). The “poor” photos were immediately separated out on the laptop and rejected. Only 20 or so of the photos actually made the shortlist.

h/t petapixel

I’ve always been fascinated by neutron stars since the first time I learned that they existed. They’re basically these things out there that we know exist but have very little understanding as to how they exist. With atoms the size of mountains, gravity so dense that it compacts the mass of three of our suns into an object 15 miles wide and a magnetic field so strong it bends atoms I think it’s a safe bet to say that neutron stars are some of the coolest objects in our Universe.

This video lays out everything we know about neutron stars.

is1eHXnAccording to Alexa, Reddit is the 44th most trafficked website in the world. It often only gets mainstream media coverage when “bad” things like “the fappening” take place, but there is a ton of good stuff that takes place on reddit, between users, everyday that never gets mentioned.

Sometime on Saturday Reddit user LASunFun put up a post in r/LosAngeles saying that his Father was missing and asking fellow Redditor/Angelinos to help locate him.

My apologies if this goes against any admin rules, but I know Reddit does wonderful things.

My father, Jin S. Kang was last seen leaving my sister’s apartment (his temporary residence) near the 400 block of Occidental, between 3rd St. and 6th St in Koreatown, LA on Friday, September 5th at around 11 am.

Most recent photograph: http://imgur.com/is1eHXn,SzVmpSX#1%5B1%5D During better times: http://imgur.com/is1eHXn,SzVmpSX#0%5B2%5D

Height: 5’9″ Weight: 142 lbs Age: 70 Distinctive features: “H” tattoo on his left right finger, “G-J” tattoo on his right shoulder

Missing persons report has been filed: Rampart LAPD: 213.484.3403 Case number: 140217024

Reward will be offered for any information that will help the police and my family track him down.

It’s been over 35 hours since he left home. He didn’t take his wallet, cell phone, or the house keys so we have no way of tracking him. He just moved to LA a few months ago for hospital treatment.

Thank you

That was it. A simple post to a Los Angeles based subreddit about his missing Father. Less than 24 hours later Reddit user 2days posted this comment:

Hey man I found your grandfather on Fairfax I’m standing right next to him right now the cops are on their way you can PM me the details and I’ll send you my phone number if you want to talk on the phone thanks

Not long after that he updated it with this:

EDIT: The Grandpa/Father is safe I called the cops and he is safe. Talked to the family they are good to go.

2Days posted a few more updates and then answered the question that seemed to be on most everyone’s mind. Just how in the hell did he find a random man in the middle of Los Angeles. 2Days’ fifth update was this:

EDIT 5: Ok since a lot of people keep asking me about how it happened here goes, I had read the story just like a lot of people this morning. I was running around doing Sunday errands and left my last stop when I noticed an old man sitting on a stoop. Bells in my head rang and said check it since he seemed lost. I reversed my car since nobody was behind and pulled into a spot. I asked him which way KoreaTown was and he gave me a confused answer. I parked the car and stepped out, I started to ask him questions but i couldn’t receive a solid answer since his english was broken and I couldn’t tell if he was confused. I pulled up the post and noticed that in the description of the man they said he had an H tattoo on his left hand. I noticed the tattoo and made the call to the cops as well as make a post and PM /u/LASunFun[2] . Everything worked out and the family came and got him :D I just saw something and said something I wasn’t 100% sure he was who he was until I saw the tattoo.

Be right right back, going to get an “H” tattooed on my “left right finger” so I can be easily tracked down when I start wandering around NYC in my old age.

We all have those orphaned batteries lying around and we can’t for the life of us remember whether we stuck them there because they were still good and we can use them later or we stuck them there because they’re dead and planned on throwing them away at some later point.

Luckily there’s a simple test that lets you determine within seconds whether or not you can toss those batteries in the bin.

Testing an alkaline battery

Find a hard surface, drop the battery, negative side down, and if it bounces it’s dead. If it absorbs the energy from the drop and doesn’t bounce the battery is still good. The video does a good job and goes into some depth explaining why exactly this happens but I don’t want to give away the ending so I’ll let you watch for yourselves.

Was anyone aware of this test? I’m definitely going to be going through my junk drawers later and testing the batteries to get rid of all the dead ones.

h/t Reddit