Historia Civilis is packed with excellent history lessons. While researching, they sometimes stumble across random knowledge that don’t fit into their normal flow. Here are three such strange tales. If nothing else, it’s worth listening to for dog name ideas.
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Bowling pins look so smooth and perfect that you’d think they were made by casting them. But this clip from the UK edition of How It’s Made shows how each one is made by gluing together wood boards and turning them on a lathe before coating them in a plastic shell.
Brighten your tree this coming holiday season with this set of six officially-licensed ornaments based on characters from Star Wars Episode IV. The set of 3″ dia. tin baubles includes cartoon images of R2-D2, C-3PO, Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, Luke Skywalker, and Princess Leia.
Table saws were designed for ripping straight through pieces of wood or other building materials. But maker Izzy Swan decided to see if he could do something unconventional with his saw. With the help of a custom jig, he managed to create turned wood spindles on his.
The Slow Mo Guys have previously fired off some very big guns to see every detail of how they work. This time, they went to the opposite extreme, shooting a teensy, 2″ long pinfire gun at 12,500 fps to observe the mini weapon at work. That poor Minifig is like a mini Buster.
Now that individual humans don’t need to forage or hunt for food, or build their own shelter, we really don’t need to do much to survive. Casually Explained goes over modern humankind’s general lack of motivation, along with some of our other wonderful traits.
Rough night? You can make your day a little better with the Morning Recovery Drink. Based on “morning after” drinks that have been popular in Korea for years, this vegan, caffeine-free, lactose-free, soy-free, nut-free drink is packed with nutrients to take the edge off.
Standing here at our fancy height-adjustable desk, researching stories and typing away most of the day, we’re feeling a bit deflated after Adam Conover’s latest bubble-burster, in which he explains how the health benefits of standing while working may have been exaggerated.
With words like “though,” “cough,” “rough,” and “thought” all pronounced very differently, it’s a wonder anyone can speak English. Aaron Alon’s video talks about the strange nature of our language, then he starts speaking in a very strange way indeed.
A wonderfully satisfying bit of engineering porn showing off a slick modular tooling machine. The Bihler Leantool system is used in factories to form and cut wire and rolled metal into precisely bent shapes, such as chain links, hooks, and other small, high volume parts.
If you have any doubts that flying drone near aircraft was a bad idea, watch this footage from the University of Dayton Research Institute, who recently conducted a test to see just how much damage a drone could do to an airplane wing at even a relatively slow flight speed.
We spent a day off-roading in Toyota’s latest Tacoma, Tundra, and 4Runner TRD Pro series. All three now ride on rugged FOX shocks and are ready to take on just about any terrain you can throw at ’em. Check out our running footage, then read on for more.
At first glance, this might look like a sheet of discarded plastic floating around the ocean, but what you’re looking at is a Leptocephalus, a young eel that is transparent when in its larval stage. The footage was captured by HRF Underwater Productions off the coast of Bali.
Has your car been in a fender bender? Adam’s Life Hacks shows us how to remove dents by dousing the surface with boiling water, then pulling on the area with a plunger or suction cup. The hack works best on sheet metal or plastic panels, so it won’t work in all cases.
Today I Found Out explores one of life’s many imponderables (and a question Jerry Seinfeld asked first) – why is there a cereal called “Grape-Nuts” that contains neither grapes, nor nuts. Simon Whistler goes on to give us a few more facts about Post’s long-running cereal.
Getting rid of weeds is a pain. Pluck them, and they come back. Kill them with chemicals, and the ground is poisoned for other plants. These organic corn farmers demonstrate a much more reliable, chemical-free, and downright spectacular method to clear the ground – FIRE!
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(PG-13: Language) We’ve seen Superbad at least a dozen times, and it doesn’t get old. The Cosmonaut Variety Hour provides his take on why he thinks the 2007 film is the greatest teen comedy of all time. It’s a great coming-of-age story disguised as a horny teen sex comedy.
Getting spaceships and satellites into orbit requires powerful rockets and all of the challenges that come with them. But would it be possible to use a giant cannon of sorts to shoot these objects safely into orbit instead? Curious Droid explores the possibilities.
Meat is delicious and packed with proteins and fats, but it’s being produced in quantities that are far greater than what nature intended. With a nod to Bob’s Burgers, Kurzgesagt explores the impact of mass-producing livestock to fill our bellies. We’re having salad for lunch.