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Currently, aquarium owners are limited to sea creatures that exist in real life. Sure, you can buy a plastic sea dragon to throw into the mix, but it's not going to eat anything, or follow your finger around the tank. 

Japan-based Takara Tomy Arts understands your boredom with traditional aquariums. The company's newest gadget, Picturerium—an aquarium that hooks up to your smartphone—lets you dream up and draw your own fishy friends. All you need to start populating your tank is some drawing materials. 

Users can doodle anything they like—mermaids, sea creatures, dogs with scuba gear—onto the cards provided. Next, the marine artist places a smartphone over his or her tank. The phone works as both a card reader and a projector. Once the aquarium "recognizes" the doodle, the creations will miraculously appear and start to swim around. 

Even more impressive: these doodle creations actually interact with you. Shoving your phone will make them jump in surprise, and, just like real fish, they will follow your finger. (If you want to feed them, just draw food for them to snack on.) 

You can also scan pictures of friends and family into the tank, although it's hard to think of a good reason to virtually imprison your grandmother in an aquarium. 

Right now, this is a Japan-only toy, but we remain optimistic that it will make its way stateside soon. In the meantime, you'll have to settle for taping drawings to the side of your tank. 

[h/t: RocketNews24]

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A Simple Trick For Figuring Out the Day of the Week For Any Given Date
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People typically remember anniversaries in terms of dates and years, not days of the week. If you can’t remember whether you got married on a Saturday or Sunday, or don't know which day of the week you were born on, there’s a simple arithmetic-based math trick to help you figure out sans calendar, according to It's Okay To Be Smart host Joe Hanson.

Mathematician John Conway invented the so-called Doomsday Algorithm to calculate the day of the week for any date in history. It hinges on several sets of rules, including that a handful of certain dates always share the same day of the week, no matter what year it is. (Example: April 4, June 6, August 8, October 10, December 12, and the last day of February all fall on a Wednesday in 2018.) Using this day—called an “anchor day”—among other instructions, you can figure out, step by step, the very day of the week you’re searching for.

Learn more about the Doomsday Algorithm in the video below (and if it’s still stumping you, check out It’s OK to Be Smart’s handy cheat sheet here).

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Pig Island: Sun, Sand, and Swine Await You in the Bahamas
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When most people visit the Bahamas, they’re thinking about a vacation filled with sun, sand, and swimming—not swine. But you can get all four of those things if you visit Big Major Cay.

Big Major Cay, also now known as “Pig Island” for obvious reasons, is part of the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. Exuma includes private islands owned by Johnny Depp, Tyler Perry, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, and David Copperfield. Despite all of the local star power, the real attraction seems to be the family of feral pigs that has established Big Major Cay as their own. It’s hard to say how many are there—some reports say it’s a family of eight, while others say the numbers are up to 40. However big the band of roaming pigs is, none of them are shy: Their chief means of survival seems to be to swim right up to boats and beg for food, which the charmed tourists are happy to provide (although there are guidelines about the best way of feeding the pigs).

No one knows exactly how the pigs got there, but there are plenty of theories. Among them: 1) A nearby resort purposely released them more than a decade ago, hoping to attract tourists. 2) Sailors dropped them off on the island, intending to dine on pork once they were able to dock for a longer of period of time. For one reason or another, the sailors never returned. 3) They’re descendants of domesticated pigs from a nearby island. When residents complained about the original domesticated pigs, their owners solved the problem by dropping them off at Big Major Cay, which was uninhabited. 4) The pigs survived a shipwreck. The ship’s passengers did not.

The purposeful tourist trap theory is probably the least likely—VICE reports that the James Bond movie Thunderball was shot on a neighboring island in the 1960s, and the swimming swine were there then.

Though multiple articles reference how “adorable” the pigs are, don’t be fooled. One captain warns, “They’ll eat anything and everything—including fingers.”

Here they are in action in a video from National Geographic:

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