We dont know what wed do without our smartphones or our laptops. Theyve become our best friends in this digital age, always there with laughs, jokes, and instant knowledge. But as Devon Johnson of California found out, these best friends can quickly become your worst enemy.
Um, Is It Supposed To Shoot Fire?
It was an otherwise relaxing night. The 18-year-old Johnson was playing videogames with his buddy while his Dell laptop gently charged on the sofa. All of a sudden and all caught on home security his laptop explodes, blasting out a massive fireball from the back and scorching the sofa. The video you are about to see will absolutely shock you.
And It Didnt End There
Shocked and (understandably) a little bit terrified, Johnson rushed to blow the flames out. He then took the laptop outside and put it on a glass table, assuming the worst was over. Wrong! Seconds later, a series of three huge blasts blew apart the laptop and almost caught Johnson in the crossfire.
Devon Johnson isnt the only one to have suffered from exploding technology or as we like to call it, The Rise Of The Machines. The problem is with the highly volatile Lithium-Ion (Li-ion) batteries that power these devices and others like smartphones, digital cameras, and even electric cars. Too hot? Boom. Punctured? Boom. Charged the wrong way? Boom. Manufacturing defe- BOOM.
How Dell Responded
The manufacturer of Johnsons laptop, Dell, has been fully aware of the problem for a decade. In 2006, it was forced to recall over four million at-risk batteries, and had to set up exchange booths in airports when airlines refused to fly passengers with Li-ion powered devices. And as users of the unintentionally deadly Samsung Galaxy Note 7 will know, this is not an isolated case. Yet Dell is still trying to avoid blame for this incident, only saying that it will conduct a complete investigation to validate its origin and understand its full history.
What You Can Do To Avoid It
Since major companies are doing nothing to fix the problem, its time to take some preventative measures yourself. Always charge Li-ion powered devices on a flat, hard surface, so the heat can dissipate properly, and never leave it charging once the battery is full, or overnight. Finally, always treat your laptop and phone very, very carefully. Or, like this insane video shows, your quiet night at home might turn into one very impromptu barbecue party.
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Its likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller.
She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned toand was victorious inprofessional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills also known as Beshine measures at 59-28-36 and says shes the proud owner of the worlds largest fake breasts. And its not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, its difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isnt her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when shes knocked things over with her chest but it appears shes satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Real Life Anime Girl
Its official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we dont stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Todays example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed shes striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasnt enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. Ive never had a problem with having a long tongue, its just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "Id love to be in a movie. Im certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, Id love to meet Adam Sandler, hes my favorite."