Steve Wozniak Had To Submit His Tetris Scores To Nintendo Power Secretly
Apart from being a known technical wizard, having helped found Apple, Steve Wozniak is also apparently a pretty amazing Tetris player. He used to play Tetris on the original Game Boy and has in the past let loose that he did use to submit his scores to Nintendo Power.
Nintendo Power was a video game news and strategy podcast for the United States and Canada, where they also printed game high scores. The magazine started originally in August 1988 as Nintendo’s official print magazine and lasted for 24 years of production, making it one of the longest ever run gaming magazines in North America.
The final issue was released on December 11, 2012, and that looked like the end of Nintendo Power, however, in 2017 it returned as an online podcast.
Well, Steve Wozniak was an amazing Tetris player, potentially one of the best ever. From 1988 onwards he was always ranked #1 in their high score section. In fact, he was ranked #1 so much that Nintendo Power told him they would no longer print his name in the magazine. But Wozniak had a plan, he couldn’t lose his number one spot like this! So he decided to spell his name backwards and submitted it along with a photo of his high score: Evets Kainzow.
He even changed his city to Saratoga instead of Los Gatos, and then he forgot about the joke. On the next issue of the magazine, he initially thought a foreign kid had broken his record! Then he remembered that he had submitted his name backwards. Wozniak released this information during an interview with Gizmodo, which had most of the internet calling out his bluff.
But Reddit users quickly responded with photos of the actual Nintendo Power issue, and it did indeed have Evets Kainzow on the #1 high score spot for Tetris. His score? 546,145 points. Today’s world records are in the millions, but at the time this was considered an extremely high score.
The Astronaut Who Landed On The Moon And Decided To Crack A Joke
If the crew from Apollo 12 were nervous, they did not really show it much at all. In fact, Commander Pete Conrad spent most of his time cracking jokes and having fun with his crew during their space mission to the moon.
This may have been due to the fact that they knew they would not sink into the moon’s surface. Which was at the time of the first moon mission, a real concern. Several physicists and NASA consultants believed Neil Armstrong would sink into the moon’s sands like quicksand and be swallowed up by its grounds. This theory was largely mocked, but you can’t help but think it was in the back of Neil’s mind when he jumped off his spacecraft.
Of course, that never happened and Neil was able to land and make his famous quote: “That’s one small step for a man, one giant leap for mankind.” which he has always adamantly claimed it was a statement that was not planned at all. Yet it captured the minds of the whole world and put the entire NASA mission into a new focus.
Pete Conrad’s first words on stepping onto the moon, were of course as you may have guessed it a joke. You see leading up to this mission an Italian journalist by the name of Oriana Fallaci wrote a piece claiming that the government or NASA told the astronauts what they had to say on landing. Conrad, of course, wanted to prove her wrong, so made a bet for $500 that he would say a joke upon stepping onto the moon’s surface. And he told her exactly what he was going to say.
“Whoopie! Man, that may have been a small one for Neil, but that’s a long one for me.”
Conrad was after all only 5’6” so was considerably smaller than Neil. And at that moment he won the wager, with his joke, the first time humans were mocking themselves in outer space. But according to Conrad, he never saw that $500 – Oriana would not pay up!
These Things Make Japan One of the Most Unique Countries on the Planet
Japan is an incredibly interesting country that should be on your bucket list to visit if you haven’t already.
They are ahead of the curve in technology compared to most of the world, and have a fascinating culture that is unique in many ways. So you’re bound to find things in the Land of The Rising Sun that you wouldn’t find elsewhere on the planet.
Most of these things might seem bizarre at first, but then you’ll start wondering: why don’t they have this everywhere?! Okay, maybe not for all of them…
Every year tens of thousands of ideas are turned into inventions. There are the ones that change how people live their lives and ones that offer a minor convenience. Then are the utterly useless ones; the ones that make you wonder, “Why would anyone want this?”
Despite their uselessness, some of these ideas have ended up succeeding while others are only good for a laugh. Whether they did or not, here are some of the most useless creations and ideas to ever exist.
In 2009, that was the situation one poor 60-year-old woman found herself. A hostage for ten whole hours being held up by a Sega Light Phaser. The man was apparently looking to collect on a debt, so decided the best option was to break into her house in the Brazil Federal District. And demand payment by threatening to shoot with his Light Phaser.
The plan, as you can imagine, was not thought out very well at all. You see most people in Brazil would have recognized Sega’s famous Light Phaser. The lady that was being held up, though definitely a scary circumstance to be in, may even have laughed in his face. If someone ran into your place of work with an XBOX controller as a weapon, would you be able to take them seriously?
The accessory that was shipped with the Sega Master System was extremely common in Brazil. In fact, when released in 1989, Brazil became one of Sega’s strongest markets.
The Master System was a home video game console based on the Sega Mark III that was released in Japan in 1985. This was a groundbreaking 16-bit console at the time, but could not really breakthrough Nintendo’s big market share in North America and Europe. But due to its extremely high popularity in Brazil, Sega still produces some of the consoles today. They also had some cool 3D glasses that could work with some specially coded games. Luckily for the police, the attacker forgot to wear his 3D glasses so was not able to see them coming.
After ten hours of negotiating with the police, he released the hostage unharmed. Which was a lucky outcome for this situation because it seemed the robber was also holding a very real pair of sharp knives. But we really have to ask the question, what in the world was he was thinking of doing with the light blaster? As according to reports, it was not even plugged into the console!
A Catfishing Story With An Unbelievable Happy Ending
The term “catfishing” is an unfortunate byproduct of the social media age, and has become so widely-known that both Merriam Webster and the Oxford English Dictionary added it to their official lists in 2014. The countless stories of identity misrepresentation usually end in horror and heartbreak, but not for Emma Perrier.
The 33-year old French woman living outside London was the victim of a catfishing scheme that turned into an unbelievable happy ending, but her story has an ironic twist. She didn’t fall in love with her catfisher; she fell in love with the person her catfisher was impersonating…
3D Printing Saves Life: Turtle Gets Its Shell Back
While many people would refer to the applications of 3D printing lying in the fields of manufacturing, product testing, and others, the fact a group of people who fancy calling them the ‘Animal Avengers’ managed to save the life of a tortoise named Freddie.
To state the obvious: the shell of a tortoise is one of the most prominent and important parts of it’s anatomy. Not only does it provide a place to sleep, it’s also useful to duck under and sustain damage which tortoises usually do as they are not predominantly the hunting ones nor can they travel very fast. But, when a bush fire burned this very shell of Freddie, the chances of her survival were starting to fade as there was no possible way to treat the injury.
Then, the animal avengers decided to come to the rescue, a group consisting of a dental surgeon, four veterinarians and a 3D designer. Being aware of the merits of 3D printing, the animal avengers decided to try and replicate Freddie’s shell with a 3D printer by taking details photos of freddy and examining the shape and size of the shell that she had.
After that, it was just a matter of waiting and hoping that it works. Fortunately, not only did it work, but there were no complications or tradeoffs when putting the replacement shell as it was a perfect fit. There was still but one teeny tiny problem: since 3D printers usually print the end product as white, it wouldn’t do justice to freddie.
And this is where the animal avengers needed some help: they called for someone volunteering to paint the shell of Freddie, and they found one. Not only did he manage to paint freddie’s shell, he did it with such accuracy and perfection that it’s hard to distinguish between them and the real shell.
And as expected, freddie the tortoise really liked her new shell, and while we gaze at her new shell, we can’t help but wonder if there are more applications of 3D printing than we’ve thought of?