1. The European Space Agency plans to build a village on the Moon.
Our futures have not exactly lived up to the hover boards-and-double-necktie promises of Back to the Future Part II, but it’s getting a little cooler every single day. Case in point: The European Space Agency has announced plans to construct a manned lunar outpost, designed as a stopping-off point for astronauts on their way to Mars. And it’s even more sci-fi than that: The ESA will send robots to the Moon within the next decade that will start building the funky looking village using giant 3D printers and local resources. Local as in…from the Moon. This is getting real, people.
2. Twitter is considering drastically expanding tweet length.
Oh, Twitter. Don’t you get it? The reason you’re so popular is because you force people to be concise. But CEO Jack Dorsey is talking about doing away with the platform’s 140-character limit in favor of a whopping 10,000-character limit. That’s TOO MUCH, Jack. Dorsey admitted that the 140 length has “become a beautiful constraint,” but didn’t want to be limited by it. We argue that we don’t want to be scrolling through giant text blocks; we can already do that on Facebook just fine.
3. Channing Tatum and Beyoncé outdid Lip Sync Battle.
Spike’s seemingly throwaway series Lip Sync Battle has already produced some pretty epic performances (The Rock on “Shake It Off,” Anne Hathaway on “Wrecking Ball” ), but they were all outdone by beefcake Channing Tatum in a fully committed performance of Beyoncé’s “Run the World (Girls),” done in full, glorious drag. The only thing better than Tatum’s sick moves and glorious wig? Queen Bey herself showed up at the end. Check out the video below.
4. A Brooklyn restaurant sold a $100 gold-and-champagne donut.
Yes, real gold and real champagne. Meet the Golden Cristal Ube Donut. The latest in ridiculously extravagant culinary objects is made by a restaurant called the Manila Social Club, located in none other than Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The very, very shiny donut is topped with a 24-karat gold leaf and made with Cristal champagne. At $100 a pop, you’d think people would go light on these things, but the restaurants’ owners claim that a lot of people have been ordering them by the dozen—at 12 for $1,000. What a deal!
5. Three shipwrecks were uncovered in Virginia and Alaska.
It’s been one hell of a week for vengeful pirate ghosts to be released from their water tombs. In Alexandria, Virginia, construction workers breaking ground on a new luxury hotel found the remains of an 18th-century ship buried in the dirt, which probably was part of the city’s process of building out the waterfront back in the day. Meanwhile in Alaska, archaeologists found the wrecks of not one, but two, 19th-century whaling vessels in the Chukchi Sea off the northern coast. The ships are believed to have gotten stuck in the ice in 1871, in the fading years of the American whaling industry. But the creepy part is that researchers probably couldn’t have found them if not for melting permafrost. Thanks, global warming? We guess?