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Mantis Shrimp vs. Octopus

Mantis Shrimp vs. Octopus

Octopi thrive on shellfish and other small sea creatures. But when an octopus thinks it can gobble down a mantis shrimp, it gets quite the surprise from the powerful crustacean. Nat Geo WILD captured this amazing footage of the terrifying shrimp as it protects itself and delivers blow after blow on its eight-legged foe.

Leslie Speaker Guitar

Leslie Speaker Guitar

Look Mum No Computer adds to his collection of unusual musical instruments with a custom guitar that has a Leslie Speaker as its body. These vintage performance speakers had a motorized baffle which created a unique analog warble. In a second video, he added a Perspex enclosure and a Doppler effect.

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Killing James Bond

Killing James Bond

(Gore) Since the 1950s, James Bond has been portrayed by eight different actors. Unlike Doctor Who, there’s no regeneration sequence to explain the change. The VFX experts from Corridor Crew fixed that by doctoring scenes of 007, showing him die and rise from the grave to serve His Majesty’s Secret Service once more.

Making Lava without a Volcano

Making Lava without a Volcano

While geologists can study how lava flows by visiting volcanoes, science experiments are generally easier to perform in a controlled environment. Science geek Kyle Hill visited Syracuse University’s Lava Project for a look at how they melt rock in their custom crucible and turn it red hot goo at over 2700ºF.

Zology Camping Chair Cooler

Zology Camping Chair Cooler
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This folding chair gives you a place to sit when camping, hiking, fishing, or waiting in long lines. Under its seat is a cooler bag that holds snacks and drinks, along with pockets for a water bottle and small accessories. The chair holds up to 331 lb. and can be carried backpack style. It folds up to just 1.2″ thick when not in use.

Robot Sets Up 100,000 Dominoes

Robot Sets Up 100,000 Dominoes

Setting up dominoes can be time-consuming and requires a steady hand. We’ve seen robots that can stand one domino at a time. Mark Rober and his engineering pals presents DOM – a custom-built robot that can set up 300 dominoes at a time. The robot arm and Hot Wheels track loading system is equally awesome.

Driveway Turntable

Driveway Turntable

Backing into traffic from a driveway or parking pad can be challenging and downright dangerous with fast-moving vehicles. Irish company Driveway Turntables solves this problem with their in-ground turntable system, which can automatically turn a car around, so it’s facing forward on your way out.

The Tomato Gun

The Tomato Gun

For some reason, makers Michael Reeves and Integza both hate tomatoes. To help them fight against their edible nemesis, Joel Creates set off on a mission to build the ultimate tomato-destroying weapon. The finished TED3 tomato gun works its magic by firing cherry tomatoes at bigger tomatoes.

Self-Standing Dominoes

Self-Standing Dominoes

Normally, when you knock over dominoes, they stay down. But is it possible to create a domino that stands itself back up using the energy that toppled it? The Action Lab explores this very possibility with some unique 3D-printed dominoes. You can grab the 3D models on Thingiverse if you want to play with them for yourself.

Joe Dante’s Battle with Hollywood

Joe Dante’s Battle with Hollywood

Joe Dante is the moviemaker behind 1980s classics like Innerspace, Gremlins, and The Howling. As Dante delved deeper into the Hollywood system, the battle for creative control escalated. The Royal Ocean Film Society explores the filmmaker’s tumultuous relationship with the studios. Also, go watch Gremlins 2 right now.

Learn EDM Music Production

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Are you the next Diplo or Deadmau5? Learn to make electronic music and perform digital DJ sets with this expansive library of online training. Courses include electronic music theory, music production, and live performance.

The Coldest City on Earth

The Coldest City on Earth

We’re based in Chicago, so we know a thing or two about cold winters. But we’ve never experienced anything like Yakutsk, Siberia, which has recorded a low temperature of -96°F (71°C). Discover With Cenet takes us on a trip to this frigid city, which is home to over 300,000 residents, and contends with some unique challenges due to the cold.

How Balloons Are Made

How Balloons Are Made

It doesn’t seem like something that would be particularly complicated to make, but as How It’s Made shows us, creating party balloons requires lots of industrial equipment, including electrically-charged vats of liquid latex, balloon-shaped molds, and spinning brushes to create the openings we blow into.

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Ronald McDonald: A Life

Ronald McDonald: A Life

(PG-13: Language) For decades, Ronald McDonald was one of the world’s most recognized brand mascots. But something happened when 2016 hit, and the once-ubiquitous character all but vanished from the scene. Ordinary Things recalls the history of the burger clown, from his creepy early beginnings to his eventual downfall.

Giant Plasma Cannon

Giant Plasma Cannon

If you’ve never seen one, a plasma popper is an awesome-looking device that directs a ball of propane gas through a series of twisted tubes. Charles over at Hacksmith Industries was asked to build a plasma popper, then leveled up the challenge with bigger and bigger versions, culminating with a massive fireball maker.

Making Fuel from Grass

Making Fuel from Grass

Fossil fuels come from decomposing plants and animals found in the earth’s crust. But is it possible to make your own gasoline from the grass in your backyard? Andy from How to Make Everything and CuriosityStream conducted an experiment using grass clippings to see if he could power a lawnmower with the fuel he made.

AnySharp CHEF Pro Sharpener + Smart Scissors Set

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Keep all your knives, scissors, and other bladed tools sharp with this tabletop tungsten carbide sharpener. The bundle includes a pair of versatile curved-edge scissors that can cut through everything from blister packs to chicken bones. Save $14 with code SHARP14 at checkout in The Awesomer Shop.

Surviving a Shot to the Face

Surviving a Shot to the Face

Committing crimes can get you into a world of trouble. Take, for example, this man, a career criminal who got into an altercation that resulted in multiple gunshot wounds, including one straight to the face. LADbible sat down with him to hear the story of his exceedingly rough life and his road to recovery. (Thanks, Rob!)

The Secret of Kermit the Frog

The Secret of Kermit the Frog

Not only was Kermit the Frog one of the first Muppets, but he’s also their de facto leader. We know a lot about how the character came to be, but there’s one feature of Kermie that has eluded fans in terms of its origin. Puppeteer Adam Kreutinger dives deep in a quest to find the origin of the frog’s familiar eyes.

Magnetic Flywheel Generator

Magnetic Flywheel Generator

Aerospace engineer Tom Stanton has a thing for flywheels. Here, he first shows us how to build a flywheel that spins smoothly thanks to magnetic levitation, then how that spinning action can be used to generate a small amount of electricity and capture it via copper induction coils.

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Shooting an Apple Off Your Own Head

Shooting an Apple Off Your Own Head

Shooting an apple off of someone else’s head with an arrow is a classic archery trick. But this crazy sequence is the first time we’ve ever seen someone shoot an apple off her own head. The clip comes from a 2015 episode of America’s Got Talent, and the woman behind the crossbow is Silvia Silvia.

This Isn’t a 7-Eleven

This Isn’t a 7-Eleven

You might think you were looking at an ordinary 7-Eleven store, but it’s actually a miniature. artist and director Justin Poulsen created this model of the store that’s accurate down to every detail, including the motorized doors. And there’s a surprise waiting inside – a pair of custom-made 7-Eleven Nike Dunks.

Inside an Ice Cream Factory

Inside an Ice Cream Factory

YouTuber popaspartacus offers up a tour of the factory line at Aticream Company, in Transylvania, Romania. If you’re like us, you’ll work up an appetite as a mechanical ballet of vanilla bars skinny dip into a chocolate bath, and a carousel of sundae cups gets filled with festive flavors.

Scotch Ness Monster Whiskey Chilling Stone

Scotch Ness Monster Whiskey Chilling Stone
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Both the Loch Ness Monster and some of the world’s best whiskeys hail from Scotland. This stainless steel Nessie swims in your rocks glass and keeps scotch or other spirits cool without watering them down. The little dude rides atop a food-safe silicone suction cup to keep him upright and peeking out of his boozy lake.

Planetary Escape Velocities

Planetary Escape Velocities

Now that we know how slowly objects fall on various planets, learn how fast you’d need to be moving to escape those same planets in a rocket. Dr. James O’Donoghue’s animated infographic might seem counterintuitive at first, but you can escape planets with larger masses faster because your velocity would be higher.

Aerial Ropeway Ride-Along

Aerial Ropeway Ride-Along

Tom Scott recently showed us the UK’s last remaining gravity-fed aerial ropeway. While he was at the facility, he strapped a GoPro to one of its buckets, which captured the perspective of the shale on its rainy 19-minute journey from the quarry to the Forterra brickworks. It’s basically the world’s slowest and muddiest ski lift.

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