After this pandemic is over, we are all going to need sometime to chill and have some fun. What better way then to spend sometime with Nintendo characters and worlds in real life at a new theme park?
Nintendo is planning to open a theme park next year. Originally planned to open this past summer but delayed due to the CV pandemic, Nintendo plans to let fans experience a one of a kind theme park featuring real-life Mario Kart races, Yoshi ride, and a Nintendo themed cafe, News.com.au reported.
Although the theme park won’t open until next year, a Cafe and Store selling exclusive Nintendo snacks and souvenirs will open this month ahead of the 2021 opening.
Among the menu items to be sold will be pancake sandwiches in the shape of Mario’s and Luigi’s hats in a variety of flavors such as strawberry shortcake and grape. There will also be cream sodas and soft drinks in super mushroom cups, along with exclusive Nintendo souvenirs.
Fans of various games series will be able to play Yoshi’s Adventures, a ride that takes passengers along a track with landscapes of the game as well as animatronic exhibitions. Guests will sit in Yoshi-themed cars as they travel throughout the Yoshi and Mario universe including Donkey Kong’s Jungle, and Bowser and Peach’s castles.
There will also be a real-life Mario Kart ride where you can race against all your friends. Athough whether or not there will items you can throw at your friends like bananas isn’t confirmed, and it’s very unlikely that Nintendo would have the ba-bomb or any of the other iconic weapons to use against your fellow racers.
However, something really cool that makes up for that absence is that guests will play Super Mario in real life using “power-up wristbands” and a smartphone app.
The app will show guests of the park where to find coins throughout the park as well as real-life question blocks to power up as well as a feature map showcasing all of the various park attractions.
After creating a profile on the app, those visiting the park can compete against each other.
The bands will track and sync visitor activities while walking around the park, letting guests collect coins and compete with each other. The bands will have six options based on the characters – Mario, Luigi, Princess Peach, Princess Daisy, Toad, and Yoshi, The Verge reported.
The park is developed in collaboration with Universal and Nintendo who have created the ultimate Nintendo real-life experience. Scores can even be sent back to a users’ Nintendo game console to build up for a future visit to the park, Universal Parks and Resorts Chairman and CEO Tom Williams said last year.
Senior vice president and chief creative officer with Universal Creative, Thierry Coup, said the park would give fans the experience of “living the game” in a video uploaded to Youtube.
If you are too far away in the U.S. or can’t travel to Japan you will have to wait as another iteration of the park in Orlando, Florida has been delayed indefinitely, as was recently announced. While the Hollywood, Universal Studios park is being developed and currently in the construction stage with no known expected completion date, BloopBloop reported.
Jeff Bezos Thanks Amazon Workers And Customers For Paying For His Flight To Space
The billionaire space race chalked up one more ignoble milestone on July 20 when the world’s richest man, Jeff Bezos, boarded a reusable rocket his company Blue Origin built and funded, flew to the edge of space for a moment of weightlessness, and came back down to earth.
You can watch the flight and learn more about the journey here.
The Amazon founder has faced withering criticism for accumulating his massive fortune on the backs of an exploited workforce that is subject to harsh working conditions and low pay in warehouses or Fulfillment Centers where staffers must urinate in water bottles in order to meet their quotas.
In his press conference following the launch, Bezos thanked that same workforce for helping him to shoot himself into space in a move that many critics have described as a simple “joyride.”
“I want to thank every Amazon employee and every Amazon customer because you guys paid for this,” he told the crowd, which responded with laughter. “Seriously, for every Amazon customer out there and every employee thank you from the bottom of my heart very much. It’s very appreciated.”
Critics on Twitter responded with derision, noting that Bezos was able to enjoy the trip at the expense of his hard-working employees.
“Thing is, employers are supposed to pay their employees, not the other way around, but that’s basically how Amazon works,” one user tweeted.
While another tweeter asked: “Maybe they’re searching space for signs of a livable wage or a way to pay their fair share of taxes?”
On Tuesday, Bezos blasted off in the sub-orbital New Shepard rocket from Texas. The date for the launch was chosen to coincide with the 52nd anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing.
Members of the crew, which included his brother mark and 82-year-old female astronaut Wally Funk, brought a number of historic items on the flight, including a piece of canvas from the conceptual plane originally flown by the Wright brothers, the goggles Amelia Earhart used to fly across the Atlantic, and a brass medal made from the first hot air balloon which flew in 1783.
Keanu Reeves Praised As Video of Him Offering Seat to Lady in Subway Resurfaces
Keanu Reeves is an actor who has long been loved by audiences —and not necessarily due to his acting skills, but due to how nice the John Wick star is.
And now, Reeves is once again earning praise as a “true gentleman” after resurfaced video footage shows Reeves giving up his seat on the subway.
The clip was shared by Instagram film fan account Cinemonkeys where it has since earned nearly 45,000 likes.
The video footage dates back to 2011, when it was shared on YouTube by a user of the video-sharing platform.
At the time, Reeves was already a superstar riding on the fame he earned from the Matrix, Speed, and a number of other blockbuster hits.
When Reeves notices a woman carrying a heavy bag, he quickly points to his seat and asks if she would like to sit. The woman accepts and Reeves gets up without hesitating to let her take his seat.
Reeves, ever the model citizen, then stands and holds onto a subway pole while carrying his bag.
The video has since been watched over 27 million times and was even cited in a 2019 Time magazine profile of the actor describing Reeves as the “soul mate” of the internet.
The resurfacing of the clip on Instagram once again impressed users of the platform.
“This human being’s soul honestly shines so bright,” wrote one user.
“OMG I love him in every single way,” another person commented.
“His kindness knows no bounds,” commented someone else.
Keanu is set to reprise his role as Neo in the upcoming fourth Matrix film directed and written by Lana Wachowski, who co-directed the earlier trilogy with her sister Lilly. He will also return to the silver screen in John Wick: Chapter 4, which will be released in 2022.
Drunk Man Rescues Injured Baby Bird By Sending It To Animal Shelter… In An Uber
An injured baby bird received a new lease on life after a young man who was inebriated had the good sense to send the little creature to an animal shelter because he and his friends were too drunk to drive.
In the Summer of 2019, a small lesser goldfinch suddenly appeared by itself at the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Northern Utah. The center’s chairman, Buz Marthaler, was notified by a volunteer who sent him a photo.
“It was a picture of this bird, and it had come by Uber,” Marthaler told FOX13. “It was just crazy.”
As it turns out, the tiny bird – which was only two weeks old – indeed rolled up to the site by its lonesome, the sole passenger in an Uber vehicle called by concerned citizens who found the injured creature.
Among those good Samaritans was Tim Crowley, who had been “day drinking” on that Saturday before he and his buddies witnessed the little bird fall from the sky.
“Impromptu, sitting in some camp chairs, hanging out, having a few drinks when we had a visitor fall out of the sky,” he explained.
Crowley then snapped a photo of the bird and sent it to the WRCNU, which instructed him to immediately bring the bird in. However, the group obviously couldn’t drive since they had been guzzling booze all day.
So Crowley decided he’d hail a cab for the creature.
“At first it was a joke, like, ‘Hey, maybe we should just call Uber!’” he said. “Then we were like, ‘No, really. Why not? We’re paying them.’”
As it turns out, the bird – since named “Petey Uber” by staff at the rescue center – likely would have perished if not for Crowley’s quick thinking.
Marthaler remains impressed by Crowley’s move and shared the news on its Facebook page.
“While we feel we’ve seen it all and can’t be amazed by anything, there is always someone out there to prove us wrong,” the shelter’s post read. “Thank you to the rescuer who helped this little one get the care it needed in a timely manner and thank you for keeping yourself safe and others on the road safe as well.”