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Facebook Is Developing Virtual Reality That Lets You Play Ping Pong in Space

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After acquiring the virtual reality startup Oculus for $2 billion last year, Facebook is ready to put the technology to good use. First up: virtual space ping pong with friends. 

At this week's Facebook Townhall Q&A, founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg expanded on virtual reality’s role in the future of the interconnected online experience. In addition to championing concepts like virtual photos and videos, he mentioned a demo the company has been developing that would allow users to play zero-gravity ping pong with their friends.

“You can hit a button and make it seem like you’re underwater,” Zuckerberg explained. “Then you press another button and now we’re playing ping pong in outer space.”

Like pre-existing game apps, this would allow users to play with friends anywhere in the world, but on a much more immersive level. Unfortunately, there's no word yet on when, or if, this specific application will be made available to the public.

Zuckerberg also expressed excitement about using the technology to transport Facebook users into real-life scenes, like "visiting" friends when they're vacationing on a different continent. Though after spending enough time playing ping pong in space, such earthly activities may seem dull in comparison. 

[h/t: Business Insider]

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You Can Now Order Food Through Facebook
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After a bit of controversy over its way of aggregating news feeds and some questionable content censoring policies, it’s nice to have Facebook roll out a feature everyone can agree on: allowing you to order food without leaving the social media site.

According to a press release, Facebook says that the company decided to begin offering food delivery options after realizing that many of its users come to the social media hub to rate and discuss local eateries. Rather than hop from Facebook to the restaurant or a delivery service, you’ll be able to stay within the app and select from a menu of food choices. Just click “Order Food” from the Explore menu on a desktop interface or under the “More” option on Android or iOS devices. There, you’ll be presented with options that will accept takeout or delivery orders, as well as businesses participating with services like Delivery.com or EatStreet.

If you need to sign up and create an account with Delivery.com or Jimmy John’s, for example, you can do that without leaving Facebook. The feature is expected to be available nationally, effective immediately.

[h/t Forbes]

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The Seemingly Simple ‘Math’ Problem That Stumped the Internet
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If you’re a regular Mental Floss reader, you know that we love a good brain teaser. And the one below, which originated on Facebook and has been shared more than 150,000 times, is a great one to test just how sharp you are on a Friday evening at the end of a long workweek.

It’s a seemingly simple enough task: spot the error. Your time starts now…

We’ll give you a minute …

And a little space for you to scroll down to find the answer …

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Did you figure it out?

The “mistake” is that the word “mistake” is misspelled on the instruction sheet on the left. If you missed that completely, you’re not alone: the grid of numbers is what immediately grabs your attention.

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