Canada Is Building the World's Fastest, Tallest, and Longest Dive Roller Coaster

Canada's Wonderland
Canada's Wonderland

If regular roller coasters aren't thrilling enough for you, perhaps you'll be excited by the Yukon Striker coming to Canada's Wonderland theme park in 2019. According to CNN Travel, the ride will feature a straight, vertical drop, and it will move riders higher, faster, and farther than any coaster of its kind.

Dive coasters are known for their 90° drops, which plunge riders into a temporary free-fall. Like an inverted roller coaster, the seats on Yukon Gold will be floorless—the major difference being that cars will move above the track rather than beneath it. When riders reach the top of the hill, they'll be suspended for a heart-stopping three seconds before making their descent.

Yukon Gold will best the dive coasters that came before it in nearly every category. It's set to be the fastest dive coaster ever, reaching maximum speeds of 80 mph, the tallest (with a peak of 245 feet), and the longest (covering 3625 feet of track). In addition to the stomach-turning drop at the beginning, the ride will feature four inversions (a.k.a twists and loops).

In case you're visiting Canada's Wonderland as a tourist to the Great White North, you'll even get to learn a bit of Canadian history when you ride the Yukon Striker. The ride is inspired by the Klondike Gold Rush, which led to a population boom in the northwestern part of the country at the end of the 19th century.

Riders will get to experience the Yukon Striker when the theme park opens for the 2019 season next April.

[h/t CNN Travel]

Missing the Days of Clippy? There’s an App That Will Bring Him Back

The Science Elf, YouTube
The Science Elf, YouTube

Some Microsoft Office users might still brace for the appearance of a certain nosy, wide-eyed paper clip whenever they type Dear at the top of a fresh Word document. After all, Clippy was the anthropomorphic pet we never asked for, yet tolerated through several formative years of computer technology.

Though Clippy—short for Clippit—may have been on the receiving end of an industry-wide eye roll in the late 1990s, it’s hard to ignore how much he seems like an early, distant ancestor to applications like Alexa and Siri, upon whom society has developed a pretty significant reliance. Whether you think about the injustice against Clippy every day or you’re just a normal person who likes any excuse to indulge in ‘90s nostalgia, we have news for you: You can rescue him from the void and host him on your very own Mac desktop.

According to Lifehacker, the app was created by a developer named Devran “Cosmo” Uenal, who debuted the program on Github earlier this month. This rather chilled-out Clippy won’t burst into your Word document and offer unsolicited advice on how to write letters, but he’ll still entertain you with animated performances if you right-click on him and choose “Animate!”

As you can see in Uenal’s Twitter video, he might don a pair of oversized headphones and mime a music jam sessions, or he might transform into a googly-eyed, heavy-eyebrowed checkmark.

To download the paperclip pal for yourself, scroll down to the “First start” section on the Github page and click “Download Clippy for macOS,” which should trigger an automatic download. Click on that installation file, and then follow the rest of the directions in the “First start” section to open Clippy on your desktop. From there, the fun is endless.

And, if you’re hungry for more history about the world’s most hated virtual assistant, you can read more about his tragic life here.

[h/t Lifehacker]

The World's Spiciest Chip Is Sold Only One to a Customer


If you’ve ever wondered what it would be like to get pepper-sprayed directly in your mouth, Paqui Chips has something you can’t afford to miss. Following the success of their Carolina Reaper Madness One Chip Challenges back in 2016 and 2017, Food & Wine reports that the company has re-released the sadistic snack. Continuing their part-marketing gimmick, part-public safety effort, the Reaper chip won’t be sold in bags. You just get one chip.

That’s because Paqui dusts its chips with the Carolina Reaper Pepper, considered the world’s hottest, and most (attempted) consumers of the chip report being unable to finish even one. To drive home the point of how hot this chip is—it’s really, extremely, punishingly hot—the chip is sold in a tiny coffin-shaped box

Peppers like the Carolina Reaper are loaded with capsaicin, a compound that triggers messages of heat and pain and fiery consumption; your body can respond by vomiting or having shortness of breath. While eating the chip is not the same as consuming the bare, whole pepper, it’s still going to be a very uncomfortable experience. For a profanity-filled example, you can check out this video:

The chip will be sold only on Paqui’s website for $6.99 per chip or $59.90 for a 10-pack. The company also encourages pepper aficionados to upload photos or video of their attempts to finish the chip. If it becomes too much, try eating yogurt, honey, or milk to dampen the effects.