Superstar Limo: The story of Disney's "worst attraction ever"

We can all take some comfort that even Disney, with all its money and creative resources, can fail.

Take for instance, Disney's epic failure, a long-gone ride called Superstar Limo. The dark ride, that was once in California Adventure's Hollywood Pictures Backlot area, took guests in a sparkly purple limousine through a distorted version of Hollywood and Los Angeles. It was open just under a year and was later (and as you'll see in the video, hilariously) repurposed as the Monsters, Inc. ride.

Kevin Perjurer of the YouTube channel Defunctland describes it as their "worst attraction ever" and offers this critical history of it. His video is 20 minutes long but worth a watch, as his research goes deep and this "Superstar Limo" truly has to be seen to be believed. Be sure to stay to the end to see the reactions of the cast of The Drew Carey Show and Rosie O'Donnell when they all took a whirl in it together.

Also, in case you're curious, here's a look at the ride without commentary:

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How to use a rotary dial telephone (1927)

In 1927, folks in the Fresno, California area went down to the local cinema to learn how to use those new-fangled dial telephones that everybody was talking about. This is the charming footage, a combo of live action and cartoons, created by the American Telephone and Telegraph Co. (AT&T) that they saw 91 years ago.

The AT&T Archives writes:

In 1922, New York City was introduced to dial. The first popularized dial telephone was a desk set candlestick model; the smaller, more familiar desk set came later.

It took decades for dial to sweep the entire Bell System. The last holdout was Catalina Island, off the coast of California, which finally converted to dial in 1978. In Camp Shohola, Pennsylvania, an internal automatic switch system still connects campers with the outside world, it's the oldest functioning Strowger switch in the world.

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Watch this guy solve a 17x17x17 Rubik's Cube in under 5 hours

Russian speed-cuber Evgeny Bondarenko decided to tackle the biggest challenge on the market today: solving the 17x17x17 Rubik's Cube. Talk about concentration! Read the rest

Listen to noted perv Bob Crane improv an ad for "Man, Oh Manischewitz"

"Red Coke," aka Riunite on Ice, was largely inspired by the 1940s "Man, Oh Manischewitz" ads. Here, voiceover genius Bob Crane does several impressions for that Robitussin-adjacent wine beloved by middle-class boomers both Jewish and gentile. Read the rest

Turns out that python eggs stick to each other for a bunch of good reasons

YouTuber Retic over at Prehistoric Pets TV has a huge collection of pythons and other ancient creatures. Here he shows how and why a clutch of python eggs can be lifted up in giant sticky clumps. Read the rest

What makes a woman? New documentary seeks answers

Transgender model and activist Munroe Bergdorf hosts the new Channel 4 documentary What Makes a Woman? Science and society are grappling with the complex and contentious topics of sex, sexuality, and gender. New research and evidence demonstrate that simplistic binaries are more complicated than previously believed. Read the rest

Underoos were not any more fun than other underwear, seriously

Underoos were always treated more as pajama than underwear, but occasionally some Super Kid would wear them to school and the jokes would fly!

Sometimes that kid was me.

I had the Spiderman Underoos. Thank Moses they didn't make Hong Kong Fooey Underoos, I still have a permanent divot in my head from diving into a filing cabinet as a child.

Underoos are still for sale, but seems to have lost whatever charm they had.

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Drone's-eye view of how solar farms clean all those panels

Clifford Burgoni wanted to sell his system for cleaning 86,000 solar panels, so he made a cool drone video of the gear in operation. Read the rest

Watch how organic farmers use tractor-mounted flamethrowers on weeds and pests

Flame weeding involves strapping a tank of propane to the back of a tractor and running specialized equipment down rows of crops, burning any non-crop stuff that gets in the way. Read the rest

Gentlemen mod a car with shopping-cart style caster wheels

Crazy Carts are souped-up electric go-karts with rear wheels like the ones on the front of shopping carts. Some goofballs decided to turn a real car into a Crazy Cart by replacing the rear tires with caster wheels. Read the rest

Cat kicks oncoming Roomba like a boss

You might think you're smooth. But you'll never be as smooth as this black cat redirecting a robotic vacuum with its back leg WHILE continuing to aggressively stare down another cat. I mean, it doesn't even move its head as the vacuum approaches. So good.

Previously: If you watch one cat video this year, let it be this one

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I don't care what scientists say: drinking your Guinness from a Martini glass is a heresy

Tech Insider, I break with thee. Science, I break with thee. None of this is OK. It will never be OK. Read the rest

Dad puts a John C. Reilly filter on his baby's face, then does impression

This is fun.

Using his phone, a dad in Boston put a digital filter on his daughter's face. It made the poor thing look like a little John C. Reilly in a pink fleece onesie.

Baby Reilly's dad, Joe Gaudet of Boston, then did a great impression of the real Reilly.

(What service had John C. Reilly as a filter option?)

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Watch this delightful 3D zoetrope system with swappable animations

4-Mation is a product being developed by Kevin Holmes, Jonathan Scoon, and Charlie Round-Turner that features a spinner that accommodates different 3D-printed animations, like the leaping frogs above.

They also have this cute fish loop:

They plan to offer three models, from basic to deluxe:

4-Mation is a modular 3D Zoetrope kit that will be available in 3 models. It’s powered by 24 3Watt RGB LED strobes, precision timed by a microcontroller linked to an encoder motor. RPM(Strobe-rate), brightness, colour are all controlled from a phone app. The Android app (4-Mation) is already in the play store, iPhone app is in progress. Assemble the kit in about 1/2 hour then download and print one of our free animations – or design your own.Animations can be swapped in a minute.

They took it to a local school, where the response was tremendous:

Sign up at their site to find out when the crowdfunding campaign launches.

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Riunite advertising was something out of another universe

Riunite. On ice. Who were they trying to sell this wine? These ads had me cracking up as a child. Were yodelers, robots, and folks with made-up but pretty racist accents really lacking the right choice in pink wine?

Wine on ice is a thing I rarely see, but when I do the people drinking it are generally on an airplane and headed to a good time. The 1980s jingle is the one that seems to come to mind with my contemporaries.

Evidently the Box Wine Revolution did not kill Riunite. They have a website and show some fairly recent awards from San Diego! San Diego is a city revered for their ComicCon, large warships, and proximity to Tijuana, Mexico! So, lets drink up! Read the rest

Bill Gates suggests these five books for summer reading

For your summer reading pleasure, Bill Gates recommends:

• “Leonardo da Vinci” by Walter Isaacson

• “Everything Happens for a Reason and Other Lies I’ve Loved” by Kate Bowler

• “Lincoln in the Bardo” by George Saunders

• “Origin Story: A Big History of Everything” by David Christian

• “Factfulness” by Hans Rosling with Ola Rosling and Anna Rosling Ronnlund

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Listen to Weezer cover Toto (but not the song you think)

For six months, a Weezer fan named Mary (@weezerafrica) has been rallying support for her request that Weezer cover Toto's "Africa." It started as a joke but now is now very, very serious. (Kinda. Not really.) Anyway, Weezer finally responded by covering Toto's... "Rosaanna."

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