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Hot Wheels Enthusiast Shows Off His $1 Million Collection

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Bruce Pascal is one toy enthusiast who never outgrew his love of Hot Wheels—and his passion has paid off. Today, the collection of 3500 toy cars Pascal has amassed since age 7 is worth over $1 million.

In the below video from Barcroft TV, Pascal shows off a home office that would make many kids jealous. The tiny toy cars are kept in cases lining the walls and life-sized versions of Hot Wheels's iconic orange tracks curve up toward the ceiling. One piece in his collection, a rare pink Volkswagen Bus from 1969, is worth more than most actual cars at $150,000. According to Pascal it’s the most valuable Hot Wheels toy ever made.

Even if you didn’t start collecting Hot Wheels until the 1990s, there might still be some hidden gems buried in your closet. Cars from 1995’s Treasure Hunt line are hot ticket items today, with original box sets selling for up to $1550.

[h/t Sploid]

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The World’s First Minecraft Play Debuts in Northern Ireland
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There are a lot of replicas of real-world locations in Minecraft, but there are few replicas of real-life performances. The latest show to premiere at the Playhouse Theatre in Derry/Londonderry, Northern Ireland, though, takes place both on stage and online. In what the theater is billing as the world’s first live play inside Minecraft, actors will perform both in real life and through digital avatars.

Playcraft Live is adapted from a series of young adult sci-fi novels called TimeRiders, which follows a group of teens as they work to stop future time travelers from changing history—in the case of this story, in the Neolithic Age. While the play was written by TimeRiders author Alex Scarrow, Minecraft users were involved in producing it, helping professional video game designers build out one of the virtual sets as part of a Minecraft buildathon in late September.

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The performance will be split between the actors live on stage and puppeteers controlling the avatars in the game. “Audiences within the theater, and online, will experience the production as a single live-stream, and neither audience needs to own Minecraft in order to view the stream,” according to a press release from the theater.

The play debuts on October 14 in Northern Ireland, and you can also watch it online via livestream.

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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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