According to urban legend, a massive stockpile of Atari gear — including truckloads of the notoriously awful game E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial — has laid buried in a New Mexico landfill for over thirty years. Today, that story is no longer a myth. Construction crews have uncovered copies of the Atari 2600 game at a landfill deep in the New Mexico desert, near the city of Alamogordo.
Back during the so-called video game crash of 1983, a struggling Atari was stuck with truckloads of the game and other unsold hardware. With little recourse and a crashing interest in video games in North America, the company decided to dump its excess merchandize into a landfill, according to reports at the time. The story was never confirmed, however, and it’s carried on as a legendary tale from a time when video games were near worthless. It reportedly cost Atari millions to get the rights to produce a video game tie-in to the incredibly successful Steven Spielberg film, but the resulting E.T. game was a massive flop and it’s considered one of the worst titles of all time.
Today’s dig became a reality thanks to an upcoming documentary, produced by Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios. The documentary, which will focus on the changing landscape of the video game industry, is expected to come out next year, and is part of a broader push by Microsoft to produce original video content for Xbox 360 and Xbox One owners. Its biggest project is a live-action Halo TV series connected to Steven Spielberg.
The tallest waterfall on earth is not Angel Falls, but a 2.2 miles high underwater waterfall called Denmark Strait Cataract located in the Atlantic ocean between Greenland and Iceland.
And its not just waterfalls; there are huge secret rivers, complete with rapids and islands that flow down the sea shelves out into the desertic abyssal plains creating river banks and flood plains. These saltier-than-sea-water rivers carry sediments and ingredients much like our terrestrial rivers and could be vital in sustaining life in the deep hostile plains. The world’s sixth largest river (by volume) is below the Black Sea. It is 350 times larger than Thames and 150 feet deep at places. The following is a picture of the river Cenote Angelita under the sea of Mexico.
- NASA says humans can survive in space without equipment for about 30 seconds.
- Astronauts can see cosmic lightning when they close their eyes in space.
- There’s a radio signal known as the ‘space roar’ that no one can explain!
- A neutron star was spotted moving 5 million mph.
- If we put a giant mirror 10 light years away from Earth and looked at it through a telescope, theoretically we’d see 20 years into the past.
- Most of the stars you see in the night sky have already died
- Space smells like seared steak.
- It takes the Solar System about 240 million years to complete one orbit of the Galaxy.
- Earth is the only place in the Solar System where water can be present in its three states: solid, liquid and vapor.
- The density of a Neutron Star is so high that a teaspoon of this matter equals to 900 times the mass of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
- Pluto never made a full orbit around the sun from the time it was discovered to when it was declassified as a planet.
- Summer on Neptune lasts for 40 years.
- A day on Mercury is the equivalent to about 59 days on planet Earth.
- Pluto is smaller than Russia.
- The full moon always rises at sunset. The new moon always rises at sunrise. The first quarter rises at noon. And the last quarter at midnight.