You might've started baking bread during the pandemic, but one Canadian used the lockdown to invent propeller-powered ice skates. With the device strapped to his back, Brydon Gibson can coast across the iced-over Ottawa River at speeds of up to 25 mph. The gas-powered contraption is powered by a weed whacker engine, but has few safety features and no real brakes. The only way Gibson can stop himself is with a kill switch he describes as'finicky.' Currently, the pack requires a second person to start the propeller by hand, 'like they did on the old planes.'
The Pittsburgh Steelers (9-5) won't find the AFC North crown sitting under their Christmas trees, but they can win one of their most prized gifts if they manage to beat the rival Baltimore Ravens (8-6) in Week 16 Sunday night at Heinz Field. Owning a one-game lead in the division with two contests remaining, Pittsburgh can even up the season series with Baltimore after Week 9's 21-14 disappointing road loss, deny the Ravens a shot at the division and send them back to AFC's Wild Card race. But a victory on the Steelers home turf, where they snapped a two-game losing streak last year behind kicker Justin Tucker's 42-yard field goal in regulation to tie and 52-yard bomb to win 23-20 in overtime, would put the Ravens at 5-0 in the division and let them overtake the AFC North lead. The Steelers extended their winning streak to five games last week thanks to kicker Chris Boswell's six field goals to beat Cincinnati 24-20 on the road. Ben Roethlisberger fired off his 26th touchdown pass of the season and running back Le'Veon Bell tallied 93 rushing yards off 23 attempts, helping Pittsburgh claim a fourth straight road victory and keep up with New England for the league's current longest winning streak.
Before Facebook, there was Echo. Stacy Horn thought of it back in 1988. Back then, there were no VCs throwing money at dotcoms, because the Web as we know it didn't exist. You could use it to chat in real-time, send emails to friends, and debate in threads about everything from politics to music. There was no slick interface, photos, or even colors -- it was text only.