The World’s Fastest Roller Coaster Travels Nearly 150 mph

On November 4, 2010, Formula Rossa, the world’s fastest roller coaster, opened in Abu Dhabi’s Ferrari World—the first Ferrari-themed amusement park in the world to be dedicated to the Italian sports car. The steel coaster hits 4.8 Gs (for context, NASA astronauts experienced up to 3Gs during launch in the space shuttle), stands at 170.6 feet (52 meters), and stretches to 1.4 miles in length.

Once launched, Formula Rossa goes from 0 to 149 mph—the top speed—in 4.9 seconds. It’s so fast that riders must wear safety goggles during the one-minute long ride.

Formula Rossa is what’s known as a launched coaster; it uses a hydraulic launch method similar to an aircraft carrier. According to ESFStream.com, “Engineers had to develop and produce its motors, pistons, and pumps in every train to pump the speed up by a lot. There is a deflecting roller on the bottom of the train inside the train track that gives the train better curve control at extreme speed.”

The coaster car itself looks like a red Ferrari Formula 1 vehicle, and in 2014, actual Formula One drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Fernando Alonso tested the coaster. While Alonso seemed to enjoy it, the Daily Mail reported Raikkonen appeared bored.

Though Formula Rossa has held the world’s fastest title for almost a decade, it faces stiff competition. In 2023, Six Flags plans to open an amusement park in Saudi Arabia, and if all goes well, its coaster, Falcon’s Flight will not only be the “world’s most extreme roller coaster in the world” but also the world's longest, tallest, and fastest roller coaster ride.

Can You Spot the Dog Hiding Among the Polar Bears?

Here’s a delightful fun fact for you: a group of bears is called a sleuth! Can you sleuth out the dog hiding among these polar bears? Challenge yourself with this puzzle from Canine Cottages, a travel website for dog-friendly properties.

If you’ve ever wondered why you can’t seem to get enough of these frustrating games, scientists have an answer. It’s all about the challenge, computer scientist Paul Schrater told Scientific American. According to Schrater, humans are inherently goal-seeking. The process of working toward a goal may be unenjoyable or even downright irritating, but the satisfaction of achieving a goal—and subsequently being able to release it—more than makes up for the frustration.

But if you want to get even faster at finding hidden objects in images, there are some strategies you can use. Family Games Guide recommends that you follow your first instincts when searching for out-of-place oddities. Some researchers have even gone so far as to create algorithms that map out the best searching strategies. Where’s Waldo, one of the most famous hidden object search games, has been the subject of several of these experiments. According to one experiment, you should check first in the bottom left part of the image and then move to the bottom right if you haven’t found Waldo by then. But does that strategy hold up for non-Waldo-related search games? You be the judge.

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Wrap Yourself in the Sweet Smell of Bacon (or Coffee or Pine) With These Scented T-Shirts

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At one point or another, you’ve probably used perfume, cologne, body spray, or another product meant to make you smell like a flower, food, or something else. But what if you could cut out the middleman and just purchase scented clothing?

Candy Couture California’s (CCC) answer to that is “You can!” The lifestyle brand offers a collection of graphic T-shirts featuring scents like bacon, coffee, pine tree, strawberry, and motor oil. If you have more traditional olfactory predilections, there are several options for you, too, including rose, lavender, and lemongrass. There’s even a signature Candy Couture California scent, which is an intoxicating blend of coconut, strawberry, and vanilla.

candy couture california bacon shirt
Candy Couture California

According to the website, CCC founder Sara Kissing came up with the idea in 2011 while working in the e-commerce fashion industry, and her personal experience with aromatherapy led her to investigate developing clothing that harnessed some of those same benefits. The T-shirts are created with scent-infused gel, which “gives off a delicate, mild smell—just enough to boost your mood.”

So you don’t have to worry about your bacon shirt making the whole office smell like a breakfast sandwich, but you yourself will definitely be able to enjoy its subtle, meaty aroma whenever you wear it. The shirts are also designed to match their scents—the chocolate shirt, for example, features chocolatey baked goods, while the coffee shirt displays steaming mugs of coffee.

candy couture california chocolate shirt
Candy Couture California

The fragrances don’t last forever, but they’ll stay strong through 15 to 20 washes before they start to fade. CCC recommends using unscented detergent so as not to conflict with the shirt’s aroma, and you can further prolong its life if you’re willing to wash it by hand.

Prices start at $79, and you can shop the full collection here.

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