Roadside Museum Houses the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things

4. World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things Traveling Roadside Attraction and Museum

No cross-country road trip is complete without making a pit stop at the world's largest version of some random object. But if you don't have time to swing by the World's Largest Baked Potato in Idaho or the World's Largest Badger in Wisconsin, you can see them both at once at this Lucas, Kansas attraction, Atlas Obscura reports, albeit on a much smaller scale.

The World's Largest Collection of the World's Smallest Versions of the World's Largest Things is a museum dedicated to showcasing miniaturized replicas of America's kitschiest roadside landmarks. The smallest version of the World's Largest Ball of Gum made by chewing mini chicklets is on display, as is a recreation of the World's Largest Ball of Rubber Bands featuring tiny orthodontist's versions.

The attraction was born out of founder and curator Erika Nelson's passion for the gaudy behemoths that line our country's highways. She travels all over the U.S. looking for World's Largest Objects to document, and once she finds them, a pint-sized model is produced and added to the museum's collection. If she can, Nelson then returns to the original site to snap a meta-picture of the giant attractions with their mini doppelgängers. You can check out photos of the tiny replicas and their larger-than-life inspirations below.

World's Largest Ball of Gum with WSVoWL Ball of Gum, Lucas KS

big and little albert

World's Largest Badger, Birnamwood WI

lil badger

Randy's Donuts, Inglewood CA

World's Smallest Version of Randy's Donuts, Inglewood CA

Claude Bell's Dinosaurs, Cabazon CA

World's Smallest Version of the World's Largest Dinos, Cabazon CA

World's Smallest Version of the World's Largest Bottle of Catsup, Collinsville IL, with meta-photo

MetaPhoto:  WSVoWL Otter visits the WL Otter, Fergus Falls MN

MetaPhoto: World's Smallest Version of the World's Largest Talking Cow visits the World's Largest Talking Cow, Neillsville WI

World's Smallest Version of Carhenge visiting Carhenge, Alliance NE

World's Largest Artichoke, Castroville CA

World's Smallest Version of the World's Largest Artichoke, Castroville CA

Images courtesy of Erika Nelson via Flickr.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

Turn Your LEGO Bricks Into a Drone With the Flybrix Drone Kit


Now more than ever, it’s important to have a good hobby. Of course, a lot of people—maybe even you—have been obsessed with learning TikTok dances and baking sourdough bread for the last few months, but those hobbies can wear out their welcome pretty fast. So if you or someone you love is looking for something that’s a little more intellectually stimulating, you need to check out the Flybrix LEGO drone kit from Fat Brain Toys.

What is a Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit?

The Flybrix drone kit lets you build your own drones out of LEGO bricks and fly them around your house using your smartphone as a remote control (via Bluetooth). The kit itself comes with absolutely everything you need to start flying almost immediately, including a bag of 56-plus LEGO bricks, a LEGO figure pilot, eight quick-connect motors, eight propellers, a propeller wrench, a pre-programmed Flybrix flight board PCB, a USB data cord, a LiPo battery, and a USB LiPo battery charger. All you’ll have to do is download the Flybrix Configuration Software, the Bluetooth Flight Control App, and access online instructions and tutorials.

Experiment with your own designs.

The Flybrix LEGO drone kit is specifically designed to promote exploration and experimentation. All the components are tough and can totally withstand a few crash landings, so you can build and rebuild your own drones until you come up with the perfect design. Then you can do it all again. Try different motor arrangements, add your own LEGO bricks, experiment with different shapes—this kit is a wannabe engineer’s dream.

For the more advanced STEM learners out there, Flybrix lets you experiment with coding and block-based coding. It uses an arduino-based hackable circuit board, and the Flybrix app has advanced features that let you try your hand at software design.

Who is the Flybrix LEGO Drone Kit for?

Flybrix is a really fun way to introduce a number of core STEM concepts, which makes it ideal for kids—and technically, that’s who it was designed for. But because engineering and coding can get a little complicated, the recommended age for independent experimentation is 13 and up. However, kids younger than 13 can certainly work on Flybrix drones with the help of their parents. In fact, it actually makes a fantastic family hobby.

Ready to start building your own LEGO drones? Click here to order your Flybrix kit today for $198.

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How to Brew Your Own Fluorescent Beer at Home

The Odin
The Odin

If you're one of the many people who made their own sourdough starter in quarantine, you already know yeast is a living thing. That means its biological makeup can be tweaked using genetic engineering. As Gizmodo reports, that's exactly what a former NASA biologist has done to create his new fluorescent yeast kits.

A few years ago, Josiah Zayner left his job as a synthetic biologist for NASA to found The Odin, a company that lets anyone experiment with genetic science at home. His recently launched yeast kit accomplishes this in an eye-catching way. Thanks to a fluorescent protein from jellyfish, yeast that's been genetically modified with the kit glows green under a black or blue light.

Despite looking like a prop from a sci-fi film, the yeast is still yeast. That means it can be used in home-brewing projects if you want to take the science experiment a step further. According to Eater, yeast made with the kit ferments and fluoresces when added to honey and water. If you brew a batch of beer with the right amount of yeast, the final product will emit an otherworldly glow when viewed under a blacklight. The kit hasn't been FDA approved, but the company states the materials are nontoxic and nonallergenic, and beer made with it will still taste like beer.

You can purchase a fluorescent yeast kit from The Odin's online shop for $169. If you're looking for more ways to experiment with genetic technology at home, the company also sells kits that let you play with frog and bacteria DNA.

[h/t Gizmodo]