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Ramen Noodle Guitar

Ramen Noodle Guitar

Guitar maker Artem Mayer of Copper Guitars created this crazy custom instrument using 36 packs of instant ramen noodles. After casting them in polyester resin – and adding some delicious seasoning packets – he shaped the body and added a maple wood neck, hardware, and strings.

What Is Intelligence?

What Is Intelligence?

While humans might make some really stupid decisions, we’re still considered intelligent beings. Kurzgesagt explores what attributes make a living creature intelligent. While some basic organisms demonstrate capabilities that appear to be thoughtful, more complex brains are required for complex problem solving.

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Bowling Ball Pendulum Wave

Bowling Ball Pendulum Wave

We’ve seen some pretty cool pendulum wave demonstrations before, but never one at this scale. Back in 2012, Appalachian State University teacher Jeff Goodman built this oversize physics demo rig using 16 bowling balls, and a series of chimes which play sounds as the balls brush across.

Dirty Machines: The End of History

Dirty Machines: The End of History

(PG-13: Language) Future Garbage presents an excellent short film about a time traveler who visits the exact location and time at which time travel itself was discovered. But will his trip disrupt the fabric of the universe and create a paradox? Written, directed, produced by and starring David Matthew Olson.

How the Walrus Got Its Tusks

How the Walrus Got Its Tusks

It’s a story 20 million years in the making. PBS Eons looks back at the ancient history of walruses, and what might have caused them to develop tusks, much like elephants and hippos. Despite them basically being gigantic teeth, tusks appear to have nothing to do with their diet.

Semi-Auto Potato Cannon

Semi-Auto Potato Cannon

Now that Colin Furze has built himself an awesome amphibious screw tank, it’s time for him to outfit it with weaponry. First on his upgrade list: a potato cannon on steroids, capable of loading, priming, and firing spuds via a remote trigger.

Ancient Bulletproof Vest

Ancient Bulletproof Vest

How to Make Everything used traditional techniques to construct a set of realistic ancient Greek armor using a fabric made from flower stems, along with cow leather. After testing how well it protected from period weaponry, they decided to see if it could also stop a bullet.

Apollo 16 @ 60fps

Apollo 16 @ 60fps

The 16mm footage that astronauts shot on the moon back in the early 1970s was only 12 frames per second, resulting in jittery images. Using modern technology, Dutch Steam Machine interpolated frames to 60 frames per second, resulting in smooth video that’s likely more representative of what the astronauts saw.

Which Planet is Closest?

Which Planet is Closest?

We all learned the positions of the planets from some chart on the wall in grade school. But as CGP Grey reminds us, planets rotate in elliptical orbits at varying speeds around the sun, meaning that the answer isn’t quite as simple as you thought – depending on the question you’re actually asking.

Forlorn: Part I

Forlorn: Part I

Created by Alex St. Pierre using Unreal Engine, Forlorn will tell the story of a treasure hunter who explores an ancient city, only to encounter something mysterious and unexpected. The first episode merely teases the mood of what’s to come, including a super creepy plant/creature hybrid.

Smallifying an Axe

Smallifying an Axe

So you’ve got a rusty old hatchet lying around. What do you do with it? You could remove the rust and polish it up, or you could do what Bobby Duke Arts did, and cut it up into smaller pieces and make a shiny new battle axe – albeit one designed for the world’s tiny warrior.

Rocket Fuel Tank Explosion

Rocket Fuel Tank Explosion

As NASA engineers work on the Space Launch System (SLS) it will use for its Artemis lunar missions, they must perform extreme tests to determine its structural limits. In this short video, they intentionally squeezed this liquid oxygen tank with millions of pounds of force until it burst, sending water everywhere.

Nomura Marvel Variant Figures

Nomura Marvel Variant Figures

Final Fantasy game artist Tetsuya Nomura offers his unique take on Marvel’s superheroes. Our favorite is the creepy crawly spider leg backpack for Spider-Man, but Iron Man’s wing blades, and Captain America’s chiseled look are also great. Pre-order now from the Square Enix Store and save 10% on the 12.2020 release.

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Cardboard Zenitsu’s Nichirin Sword

Cardboard Zenitsu’s Nichirin Sword

Crafty Transformer loves to build replica weapons out of cardboard. He’s recently been on a Demon Slayer kick, having built several swords from the manga. Our favorite is Zenitsu’s Nichirin blade, with an intricate hilt design, and a glow-in-the-dark lightning pattern on its blade. Inosuke’s cardboard swords look pretty sweet too.

Otherware Pebble Dining Kit

Otherware Pebble Dining Kit

Pharrell Williams and Pentatonic teamed up to create a reusable tool kit for eating. Inside of The Pebble, you’ll find a flip-out fork, spoon, and knife, a collapsible drinking straw, and chopsticks. The case is made from recycled CDs, the handles come from recycled packaging, and the tips are made from titanium-coated steel.

Most Satisfying Shredder

Most Satisfying Shredder

It’s always fun to watch stuff tossed into an industrial shredder. In this clip by Gojzer, they load up a machine with all kinds of satisfying stuff, including ping pong balls, squeaky toys, light bulbs, and popcorn, and gooey blocks of gelatin. Those Coke bottles weren’t going down without a fight.

The Superhuman Bundle

This bundle of five self-improvement apps and online services offers tools for mind, body, and soul. Learn new languages with uTalk, improve your focus with MindFi, read faster with 7 Speed Reading, tune-up your fitness and diet with Fitterclub, and grow your job skills with Integrity Training. All five subscriptions include lifetime access.

An American Pickle (Trailer)

An American Pickle (Trailer)

Seth Rogen stars in this heartwarming fish-out-of-water comedy about a man who immigrated to American in the 1920s, only to succumb to a tragic accident at his job. But it turns out that the pickle vat he fell into actually preserved him, and he emerges 100 years later to meet his great-grandson. Coming to HBO Max 8.6.20.

Couch Potato Paragliding

Couch Potato Paragliding

Paragliding can be lots of fun, but it’s usually done with a special harness that you wear around your body. Not so for daredevil Hasan Kaval, who rigged up a loveseat and a TV set to his parachute, then took to the skies for a relaxing flight. He’s got a table lamp there, so why doesn’t he do it at night?

Dog Tag Tool Kit

Dog Tag Tool Kit

Grim Workshop makes this set of 15 stainless steel tools and survival items, each of which can be loaded into a silencer tag for everyday carry. The dog tags include a bottle/can opener, fishing hooks, arrow, saw, lock picks, wrenches, sewing needles, signal mirror/glow tag, and more. Individual tags available here.

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Making Giant Spinning Fireworks

Making Giant Spinning Fireworks

Independence Day is nearly upon us, so it’s time to amp up the fireworks beyond the nightly booms of cherry bombs and M80s to something a little more spectacular. Maker Peter Sripol decided to see if he and his pal Sam could build oversize versions of two kinds of spinning fireworks displays, each powered by model rocket motors.

Why Are You Alive?

Why Are You Alive?

Even when you’re sound asleep, there are billions of processes going on inside of your body. Kurzgesagt explores the forces, energy sources, and organic compounds at work that keep us alive and ticking, despite the universe’s tendency towards entropy.

Twinkie Wiener Sandwich

Twinkie Wiener Sandwich

Binging with Babish specializes in replicating, then improving upon meals that appear in TV shows and movies. In this episode, he digs into the comedy vault for Weird Al’s 1989 cult classic UHF, and serves up a dish that sounds way more disgusting than it actually tastes. Grab the recipe for Babish’s version here.

LEGO Art Series

LEGO Art Series

LEGO takes a page from the builder community by releasing a series of pixelated portraits you can assemble yourself. The initial series will include images from Andy Warhol, Star Wars, Marvel, and The Beatles. Each set offers multiple build options for different faces. Available 9.1.20.

How Flying Snakes Glide

How Flying Snakes Glide

We’ve always had it in our minds that snakes stuck to the ground. But it turns out that some of these reptiles can climb trees and actually glide through the air. Nature Video offers a look at this unusual behavior and how a tree snakes’s undulating movement improves its aerodynamics.

18 Forbidden Places

18 Forbidden Places

From the vault that holds Coca-Cola’s secret recipe to the Brazilian island covered with venomous snakes, there are some places where humans just aren’t supposed to go. In this episode of Mental Floss‘ List Show, editor Erin McCarthy explores through some of these unusual places that you can never visit.

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