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With the help of footage from researchers, ZeFrank provides his lighthearted insights on the Odontomachus, a genus of ants with jaws that can open 180-degrees, then shut like a bear trap. In addition to grabbing prey, they can use their mandibles to eject unwanted intruders or extract themselves quickly from a threat.
(PG-13) Self-proclaimed professional idiot Steve-O returns to Hot Ones for another round of butt-burning sauces. For the season 14 (yep, that’s right) finale, the daredevil and comedian is back to outdo himself while he talks about his most ill-advised stunts, his love for skateboarding, and immortalizing his exploits on video.
When we think of how trains get their locomotion, it’s typically from diesel engines, electric motors, or maybe steam power. But there was a time when train builders thought they could make railroad cars go faster by fitting them with airplane engines. Curious Droid has the story behind these forgotten relics.
“Weird Al” Yankovic narrates this film about the enigmatic and entertaining showman known as Tiny Tim. Known by most for his falsetto voice and ambiguous appearance, Tim brought joy to millions with his ukulele and Tip Toe Through the Tulips, but also helped pave the way for other performers who refused to be pidgeonholed.
When is a candle not really a candle? When it’s a high-voltage plasma flame like the one shown here. The Action Lab shows how an ultra high-frequency solid state tesla coil can produce an intensely hot flame that can’t be blown out and that can even melt steel.
Techmoan examines an unusual bit of retro gadgetry which lets users see the precise arrangement of magnetic particles on tape recordings. You can find a modern-day version of the tape viewer from Arnold Magnetics. It’s basically a round version of those Wooly Willy toys.
Welcome to the apocalypse, Las Vegas-style. Zack Snyder is the mind behind this zombie action flick. Dave Bautista leads a group of mercenaries into the heart of the undead infestation to steal $200 million in a vault beneath a casino… and the government plans on nuking the city in 32 hours. Premieres 5.21.2021 on Netflix.
Those little felt-covered things that strike the strings in piano are known as hammers, but they definitely couldn’t drive a nail. Musician Mattias Krantz wanted to see what would happen if he replaced all 88 of the piano hammers with real metal hand tools. The resulting sound is surprisingly pleasant and melodic.
Musician Ichika Nito got his hands on an unusual guitar made by 10S guitars. The 14-string instrument has a super-wide neck with diagonally-positioned frets, and produces some truly enchanting harmonics in the hands of a talented guitar player. Check out the video of 10S building a similar guitar.
Blowing up a real submarine would be costly and impractical, so Gav from The Slow Mo Guys did the next best thing. He took a scale model of a sub, placed it inside a fish tank, and set off mini depth charges. The exterior shots were done with Phantom cameras, but the underwater shots were done with a GoPro Hero9 Black.
Flicking a cigarette lighter takes a fraction of a second. But there’s actually quite a bit going on as the flint sparks up and ignites the butane fuel. This 7,600 fps slow-motion clip shows exactly what is happening as the flame emerges from the lighter. Here’s a similar clip at 20,000 fps.
We’ve seen some incredible but brief close-up footage of the Fagradalsfjall volcano eruption. Now watch 18 days of volcanic activity condensed down to five minutes in this time-lapse video that stebbigu created from the Icelandic National Broadcasting Service’s live streams of the eruption.
In many parts of the world, using salt and pepper to season foods is as ubiquitous as the duo of ketchup and mustard. But how did this pairing of two very different seasonings rise to such popularity? BBC Ideas series Edible Histories provides a brief backgrounder on the flavorful combo.
Like many of us, engineer Mark Rober has a backyard bird feeder. He also faces the common problem of squirrels pilfering bird seed. So what did he do? He and his buddy created an overly-complicated solution to the problem, frustrating fluffy-tailed rodents with an American Squirrel Warrior obstacle course.
If you put a bunch of metronomes on a wobbly platform, they will eventually sync up. But given the nature of the universe to tend toward disorder, why do some things seem to defy this basic law of physics? Veritasium explores the science at work when things work their way into synchronized patterns.
Did you know that the sunlight you’re looking at now is 8-minutes old? Or that the most common maps completely distort the relative size of countries? Mental Floss Editor-in-Chief Erin McCarthy digs into these and plethora of other facts about our planet in this extensive trivia video.
There are thousands of islands around the globe in a plethora of shapes, terrains, and climates. MetaBallStudios takes a look at the relative sizes of these varied locations, all of which all have one thing in common – they’re surrounded on all sides by water. Raise your hand if you knew that Long Island was bigger than Manhattan.
UsefulCharts takes a look back at the 4000+ year history of Modern Latin Script, the letterforms and alphabet used today in English and many other languages. Along the way, you’ll learn about other forms of written communication which don’t use an alphabet. The chart is available as a 24″ x 36″ poster print.
Siphonophores are deep-sea colonies of organisms that link together to work as one. Each section provides a different function, including buoyancy, propulsion, feeding, reproduction, and defense. Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute take us deep beneath the ocean to witness some of these unique creatures.
Since 2018, Bernie Bergan has lived with a spinal injury that limits mobility in his legs. But that doesn’t stop the Norwegian from carrying out his job as a professional truck driver. In this video, Bernie shows how he gets into the cab of his 18-wheeler like a boss. He controls the truck’s gas and brakes with hand controls.
Keep your knives and bladed tools as sharp as the day you bought them with this versatile sharpener. Instead of a one-size-fits-all approach, it has sharpeners optimized for different blade angles from 13º to 21º. Its three-stage system includes honing, sharpening, and new edge stations and includes an angle gauge.
Taika Waititi, Ricky Gervais, Zac Efron, Olivia Munn, Pom Klementieff, Rodrigo Santoro, and Tricia Helfer lent their voices to this animated short film that shines a light on the horrific practice of testing cosmetics on animals. Created for The Humane Society of the United States. Written and directed by Spencer Susser.
It’s been a while since we’ve heard the warm and captivating vocal stylings of Smooth McGroove. The singer was dealing with some health issues, but is back and feeling much better. We’re happy to hear him back on his game with this wonderful a cappella version of the Overworld theme from New Super Mario Bros.
“This is gonna be a quick race, folks.” YouTuber Steve Wilkins and his young sidekicks Tyler and Dylan have been posting a series of videos in which he races toy cars on his treadmill. In this clip, they put 100 cars on the belt, then cranked up the speed, resulting in a chaotic start that quickly culls the field.
Hamburg, Germany’s Miniatur Wonderland is one of the most incredible places we’ve ever seen, with amazing scale models that go on for days. The attraction has now set a world’s record for the longest melody played by a model train. Sit back and enjoy a medley of classical tunes as a miniature train taps on water-filled glasses.