Boring world

The Swiss │ Swiss
The converted second-hand iPhone sold for 550,000 yuan
Second-hand electronic products are often sold at a big discount. But one guy in Switzerland has sold a second-hand iPhone for nearly 100 times its original price.
While Type-C interface is becoming more and more common today, only iPhone still stubbornly uses Lightning interface. So KenPillonel, a robotics student at the Swiss federal institute of technology, came up with the idea of building his own iPhone with a typec port. Ken found a new 9.9-model iPhoneX on the Internet at a low price as a “lab mouse”. His plan is to design a port that can reverse link the Type-C mother port like the LightningToType-C adapter, so that it can be inserted into the iPhone to simulate the input and output of the Type-C port.
The plan is good, the reality is skinny. It was not easy to complete the design of the converter independently, and it was also difficult to bypass the limitations of the internal components of the phone, so Ken’s design was stuck. However, after being prompted by a kind Internet user, Ken finally purchased a suitable port and attached it to his own circuit board, completing the assembly of the whole modified port. The modified iPhone uses a Type-C cable to not only charge but also transmit data.
Ken made a video of the whole process and revealed the details of the modified iPhone. He then put the modified iPhoneX up for auction on eBay, where it sold for $86,001, or 550,000 yuan. It seems that second-hand products in the support of science and technology, can also become “waste” treasure!
South Korea │ Chesapeake
Busan is expected to become a floating city by 2025
Today, global warming is increasingly serious, and coastal residents are chronically threatened by rising sea levels. In response, construction engineers have been discussing the construction of groundbreaking integrated cities on the sea for years.
In November 2021, the City of Busan, South Korea, signed an agreement with architecture firm OCEANIX and the United Nations Habitat Program to build the world’s first sustainable floating city in Busan, which is expected to be completed in 2025.
The floating city is planned to cover 75 hectares and accommodate 10,000 residents. The city consists of several triangular floating islands, which together form a large group of hexagonal islands. When completed, the floating city will rise in line with the sea level, provide flood protection, and produce clean energy, fresh water and food.
Over time, a floating city can grow organically, adapt to become more habitable, and expand to meet people’s needs. The floating city will also create an affordable lifestyle for young people, with leasing costs relatively low compared to land space, which is in short supply in South Korea.
In addition to Busan, OCEANIX, the construction company, is in talks with 10 other cities to build floating cities. It may be implemented in more cities in the future, bringing new life possibilities to people in coastal areas.
Japan │ Japan
Become Japan’s number one ninja in a fun way
Although there are no professional ninjas in Japan now, the fun of the annual competition is still going on. A total of 84 contestants competed for the title of “Japan’s First Ninja” at the 38th All Japan Ninja Player Rights Conference held in Kaga city, Shiga Prefecture.
Different from the imagined ninja competition, “All Japan Ninja Player Rights Conference” has no bloody, high-risk events, and even the entry threshold is very low, the only requirement is that participants can only be high school students or above. With participants ranging in age from 16 to 62, it is a competition that brings together the old, the young and the middle-aged.
Players participating in the clothing is not strict requirements, so the people who participate in the competition painting all kinds of strange: there are wearing kimonos, there are cos mask superman, there are dressed like an outing…
Each ninja Tournament has a different content and difficulty level. There are five events, including throwing swords, climbing, wall climbing, water floating and water spider, which combine the traditional skills of ninjas with some modifications. These events may seem simple, but they require a lot of skill, endurance, jumping, balance and so on. In the end, only two people — a man from Hyogo and a woman from Shiga — finished all the races.
It is not hard to see that the ninja competition is closer to the offline games with ninja elements and spirit. Although there are no ninjas today, ninja culture still exists.
The British │ U.K.
Stray dogs are admitted to the fire brigade
Bailey is a stray Labrador. He was lucky enough to be taken to the Loughborough Trust home in England, but he did not adapt well to shelter life. Bailey’s long wanderings have left her unruly, unsociable, rude and stubborn, causing the staff a headache.
But Bailey’s time with the dog proved to be one of his best qualities — he was quick to find hidden toys. So Bailey was taken to Essex County Fire and Rescue to see if she had potential as a search and rescue dog.
Labradors are often voracious and easily distracted by food, so their handlers rarely use them for search-and-rescue training. Bailey, however, defied all expectations and passed her initial test without incident. Trainer Graham describes him as “a natural finder” and “very agile.” In addition to initial search-and-rescue tests, Bailey was given a tennis ball toss to see if she was aggressive to humans and other dogs. Bailey excelled in all her tests and became a fire Dog reserve.
After six weeks of training, Bailey’s mentality and personality became calm. Once Bailey completes more specialized training, she will be able to officially become a search and rescue dog. It seems that the phrase “born to be useful” also applies to dogs.
A single potato chip brought in a $20,000
A bag of Doritos costs less than 10 yuan, but 20,000 Australian dollars (90,000 yuan) for a single chip? Don’t be surprised, this is a real thing that happened to Rylee.
Rylee is a 13-year-old schoolboy living in Queensland, Australia. Recently, Rylee opened a bag of Doritos and was eating when she came across something different: Normally Doritos chips are flat, but this one was bulging and perfectly bulging, with no sticky lining at all.
Rylee didn’t think much of it, just thought it was a special chip. But as she was about to eat it, a thought flashed through her mind: “Could such perfect chips be worth something I don’t know about?” So Rylee took a video of the chips and uploaded it to Tiktok. To her surprise, the video went viral overnight, with more than 11 million views and 1.6 million likes.

Rylee was pleasantly surprised by the value of the chips. On the advice of Internet users, she decided to put the chips up for auction on eBay with a starting bid of 99 cents. It was supposed to be just a trial run, but two hours later, this particular chip went for a $5,000. A few days later, the bidding increased to more than A $20,000.
Rylee didn’t really want to auction the potato chip and later pulled it off eBay, but the famous chip still turned out to be a hit: A few weeks later, Doritos’ public relations department contacted Rylee and offered her a $20,000 reward to celebrate her bold business spirit and thank her and her family for their love and support of Doritos.
China │ China
Shenzhen will build a huge underground city
Remember the massive dungeons that humans build in The Wandering Earth? Such dungeons will go from science fiction to reality. In November 2021, shenzhen’s land planning department announced a draft plan to demarcate 45 underground Spaces in Shenzhen in 2035, and build a large-scale underground city in an all-round way.
Covering an area of 6.6 million square meters, the underground city not only connects 18 underground transportation hubs, but also uses underground space in a hierarchical design, which has been divided into six levels according to depth. In the future, commercial, sports, factory, station, community life service center and other facilities will be built here. At the same time, a comprehensive urban disaster defense system with complementary functions of ground and underground facilities will be built, and cutting-edge areas such as comprehensive utilization of caves, underground intelligent logistics system, underground science laboratory and underground medical treatment will be explored.
At present, shenzhen has built a lot of underground cities, such as “Liancheng Xintiandi” located in the core of futian CBD, gathered convenience stores, catering chain, digital department stores, entertainment and leisure business. This “underground life” gives people unlimited space for imagination, and will also bring more choices to people’s life. As the ground space becomes more and more crowded, developing underground space may be the wave of the future.
The United States │ U.S.A.
The first living robot that can reproduce itself
Over billions of years, organisms have evolved many ways to reproduce in order to continue life. A team of researchers from the university of vermont and tufts university in the us have discovered a new way of biological reproduction and used this discovery to create the first-ever living robot that can reproduce itself, Xenobots3.0.
Previously, the team created the world’s first living robots, “Xenobots,” using skin and heart cells from early xenopus embryos. The new Xenobots3.0, which is only millimeters in size, is neither a traditional robot nor an animal, but a living, programmable organism.
How exactly does the robot reproduce itself? The researchers found that if enough Xenobots were placed in petri dishes, they would assemble and stack other individual stem cells floating in the solution, using their Pac-Man-like mouths to assemble stem cells into baby Xenobots. After a few days, the new Xenobots will look and act like the mother, and then the new Xenobots will go out to find the stem cells and build their own copies.
While researchers say they are controllable and have been vetted by ethics experts at all levels, it remains unclear whether they pose a threat to human life in some areas.
Spain │ –
Bid farewell to mobile phones, will be “outdoor chat” world Heritage
Nowadays, mobile phones have become the most important communication tool for people. It seems to shorten the distance between us, but it makes us communicate less in reality. Fortunately, there is one place that insists on “face to face chat”.
Algar, a small village in southern Spain in the Andalusia autonomous Region, has a population of just 1,400. The village of Argyal has a steep street with 124 steps.
When the sun goes down, residents bring out their chairs and sit on the steps to chat and play games. To dinner time and then go home to eat, eat out to continue to chat, stay until midnight.
This “outdoor chatting” is a Mediterranean custom that was also practiced in southern Italy and Greece. But with the rise of apartment buildings, this custom was gradually forgotten, as people got used to having their doors closed and gradually stopped coming out to chat with their neighbors.
In fact, spending time outdoors not only saves energy, it also creates a greater sense of community by sharing the day’s news and gossip with neighbors. In addition, it is a kind of spiritual release.
With the popularity of mobile phones and the Internet, fewer and fewer people are willing to insist on chatting face to face. So Algar’s mayor, Jose Sanchez, decided to apply for UNESCO World Heritage status for his town’s “outdoor chatting” custom to encourage people who spend their days on mobile phones to get out and talk to other people.
After the news of applying for world Heritage was spread online, it caused a strong response. A lot of attention has been paid to the previously unknown village. The world Heritage process may take years, but by now everyone knows there is a town in the world where outdoor chatting is a tradition.

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