Mercedes has created a freaky new concept van and we’re not sure if it’s undeniably awesome or disturbingly weird. So while we’re figuring that out, might as well take a look at this thing.
It’s called the VISION Urbanetics. It may never be commercially available, but it seems like the rare concept that points directly to the future of both commercial and consumer transportation.
The big thing? Interchangeable chassis. The Urbanetics chassis rests on an electric base, which can functions like a giant, self-driving hoverboard.
That’s what we mean when referencing commercial and consumer uses. This thing can also easily function as a cargo carrier. A kind of traveling box. It looks like a giant toaster, really.
So if you owned one of these babies you could haul furniture or garbage or bodies by day then switch it up and head out with the family at night. (Don’t haul bodies.)
It’s electric and has autonomous capacity, which appears intended for the cargo function, considering that toasters rarely have windshields.
The VISION Urbanetics is intended to carry up to 12 people—meaning serious potential as the most versatile party van, ever. Mercedes envisions the vehicle with huge screens that can notify pedestrians that it won’t necessarily run them down as they cross the street.
It’s clear that Mercedes-Benz has a vision of this versatile vehicle potentially de-cluttering the roadways. It can run day and night, and has minimal need for a driver at the wheel.
Jokes about the appearance aside, there’s something encouraging about this look at the (possibly near) future. Hopefully more manufacturers will consider following the company’s direction.
A solution to the major traffic tie-ups that plague every major city would save a lot of lives just by preventing anger-induced strokes alone.
This guy deserves to be banned from motorcycle racing for life.
Romano Fenati was fired by his Marinelli Snipers team following an absolutely insane incident where he grabbed rival racer Stefano Manzi’s brake lever at 140 MPH during Sunday’s Moto2 race in San Marino, Italy.
“We can communicate that the Marinelli Snipers Team shall terminate the contract with the rider Romano Fenati, from now on, for his unsporting, dangerous and damaging conduct for the image of all,” read the team statement.
“With extreme regret, we have to note that his irresponsible act endangered the life of another rider and can’t be apologised for in any way. The rider, from this moment, will not participate in any more races with the Marinelli Snipers team.”
But it didn’t end there. Fenati was supposed to race for for MV Agusta in Moto2 (kind of one step down from MotoGP) starting in 2019.
On Monday, that company’s president, Giovanni Castiglioni, shared a post on Instagram that said he’ll do everything he can to stop Fenati from joining the team, calling it the “worst” and “saddest” thing he’d ever seen in a motorcycle race.
Road & Track points out it’s not the first time Fenati has faced criticism for totally unsportsmanlike conduct on the track.
Fenati published a statement apologizing for his action, calling it “a disgraceful gesture” and stating that he’s “always been a just rider” and has “never put someone else’s life in jeopardy.”
But longtime motorcycle racing fans will remember instances where Fenati punched and kicked at fellow racers at speed, including this incident from the Moto3 warm-up in Argentina in 2015 which culminated in Fenati reaching over and hitting the kill switch on Niklas Ajo’s motorcycle, forcing him to withdraw from the warmup event:
Should this guy get yet another second chance, or should be be banned for life?
A day after saying it’s “not my job” to help refs review plays, Texans coach Bill O’Brien says that in hindsight he would have called a timeout to allow for a Rob Gronkowski catch to get a closer look.
If you’ve ever smoked weed before, you don’t need a team of researchers to tell you that everything is better when you’re high. Food tastes better, music sounds better, and, of course, sex definitely feels better.
But even though we know this as an undeniable fact, scientists at Stanford University went ahead and conducted a study to confirm what we already know: Weed takes sex to a whole ‘nother level.
For the study, which was published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine, researchers analyzed data from a massive group of 28,176 women and 22,943 men “to elucidate whether a relation between marijuana use and sexual frequency exists using a nationally representative sample of reproductive-age men and women.”
The study found that “marijuana use is independently associated with increased sexual frequency and does not appear to impair sexual function,” and moreover, it was revealed that people who toke up daily reported having 20 percent more sex than those who don’t smoke weed.
In this survey, researchers polled 133 sexually-active adult women at one particular, academic ObGyn practice, during their annual check-ups. The female patients filled out a lengthy questionnaire regarding marijuana use before sex (hashtag #MUBS).
Thirty-eight women (29%) disclosed consuming cannabis prior to copulation. Of those 38 women, 68 percent reported more pleasurable sex, 16% said it ruined their sexual experience, while the remaining 16% were undecided or unaware.
The same research team later widened the scope of their survey to 289 adult MUBS women, with similar results: 65% decided it enhanced their sexual experience, 23% said it did not matter one way or the other, 9% had no significant feedback and 3% said it sabotaged their sexual experience.
So, in short, researchers reached this simple conclusion: Weed + Sex = Amazing.
However, I would personally like to make note that not all weed is equally great for sex, and some strains might actually make you more catatonic than kinky.
Jim Beam’s latest bottle celebrates 85 years of lawful whiskey making, and we’ll definitely drink to that.
The iconic distillery is launching Jim Beam Repeal Batch, an 86-proof, non-chill filtered version of their Kentucky Straight Bourbon Whiskey that harkens back to full-flavored booze James B. Beam produced following the repeal of the 18th Amendment in 1933, which ended Prohibition in the United States.
Fred Noe, Jim Beam’s seventh generation master distiller, told Maxim exactly how Repeal Batch differs from their flagship bourbon.
“Much like my great-grandfather’s recipe produced after the distillery reopened after Prohibition, Jim Beam Repeal Batch is non-chill filtered to create a fuller mouthfeel,” says Noe.
“The lack of chill filtration, as well as the aging process, contributes to the bourbon’s unique flavor and honors the style of bourbon my family produced back in the ’30s.”
Each dram of Repeal Batch has a “light amber color along with oaky notes with light vanilla and brown spice aroma.”
Sippers can expect “char and caramelized tones with light sweetness and a pleasant finish of sweetness, oak and char.” Sounds about right to us.
Jim Beam Repeal Batch will be available for $17.99 at your local liquor store this September. Visit their website for further details.