French-Canadian musician Damien Robitaille takes on the 1990 Technotronic dance track Pump Up the Jam with an endearing one-man-band performance. As he tickles the ivories with one hand, shakes a samba shaker with the other, and plays the drums with his feet, his Akita dog Suki looks on in wonder.
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Bob Clark’s A Christmas Story has become a staple of holiday movie watching since it hit screens in 1983. But Screen Junkies points out that the quotable classic is way less upbeat than you thought it was, glorifying materialism, gun violence, family dysfunction, and stereotypes. But we’re still watching it this Christmas.
Bobby Duke Arts takes a page out of Toy Story 4 and digs his latest art project out of the trash. In this clip, he shows us how he melted down and manipulated pieces of plastic cutlery and turned them into a dragonfly and a praying mantis. He calls the video a tutorial, but you’re gonna need some serious skills to follow along.
Ever wanted to know what a torpedo sees when it’s launched from a submarine? Now’s your chance. While this particular projectile doesn’t have explosives on board, it’s still cool to see its perspective as it speeds through the water. If you freeze-frame at 1:11 you can catch a glimpse of the sub in the rear-view shot.
The Matterhorn is one of Disneyland’s most iconic attractions. Sadly, the park is closed due to COVID-19 at present. So, the guys from Magictecture decided to build their own backyard tribute to the ride, called “Matterhorn: Alpine Escape.” It may not be as tall or snowy as the original, but it’s still the best homebrew roller coaster ever.
Medicom presents one of the toughest takes on Batman, inspired by the armored bat-suit in Frank Miller’s The Dark Knight Returns. It features an aging Bruce Wayne beneath the hood, ready to beat down the most violent Gotham City criminals. The 6.3″ tall figure includes three heads, interchangeable hands, and a cloth cape.
The 2020 GMC Sierra 3500 HD Denali is one badass pickup, and this tricked-out heavy-duty truck could be yours. With a Duramax diesel making 445 hp and 910 lb-ft. of torque, it’s ready to haul anything and does it in style. One lucky entrant will win this truck while helping to support charities. Plus, Awesomer readers get double entries.
The idea that anyone spent 11 years creating a Line Rider course seems ludicrous to us, but after we read David Lu’s story about his Omniverse II project, we have a little better understanding of why it took so long to build this insanely-complex track. It doesn’t hurt that he took a 7-year break in the middle.
Audi presents a new sport trim for its TT 2-seaters. With a 2.0-liter turbo engine that makes 315 hp and 295 lb-ft. of torque, the Coupé launches from 0-to-62 mph in 4.5 sec, and the Roadster in 4.8 sec. The cars get LED headlights, gloss black 20″ wheels, red brake calipers, black trim, Nappa leather, a 12.3″ virtual cockpit, and more.
Until LockPickingLawyer gets his hands on this lock, we’re not going to call it infallible, but Shane from Stuff Made Here put an impressive amount engineering effort into this deadbolt that managed to stump a professional locksmith. Along the way, he offers a great explanation of how lock pins and cylinders work.
The music video for UK alt-rockers Dry Cleaning’s track Scratchcard Lanyard takes place in the world’s smallest nightclub. It’s an incredibly creative video that proves you don’t need a big budget to pull off something truly memorable. The human smoke machine was our favorite bit.
We’ve seen lots of optical illusions over the years, so we’re always excited when we come across one we haven’t seen before. Twitter user jagarikin posted this mindbender, which makes it appear that the spinning circles are moving around, despite being stationary. Don’t believe that the circles aren’t moving? Check this out.
Superplastic presents a limited-edition vinyl figure set based on the cartoon members of Gorillaz. The set include bandmates 2D, Noodle, Murdoc, and Russel, along with a detailed guitar, bass, and drum kit. Pre-orders drop 2.2021 and include a set of 1.5″ enamel pins. A must-have for any hardcore Gorillaz fan.
With just the right amount of compressed air, it’s possible to spin an apple in the air. But there’s only so many RPMs a fruit can take, and eventually, the apple gives up. Gav from The Slow Mo Guys put this physics experiment to the test in front of a high-speed camera so we can see exactly what happens when it disintegrates.
The Mars Curiosity Rover has been roaming the surface of Mars since 2012. Using AI tech, Curiosityandbeyond upscaled and colorized a series of images captured by the rover over the course of a year. We can’t wait to see what kind of images and data the Perseverence Rover sends home after it lands in early 2021.
When we were six-years-old, the only instruments we were playing came from Fisher-Price. Hailing from Nanjing, China, MiuMiu shows us how it’s really done, as she performs the 1950s track I Wish You Love on her acoustic guitar, with charming vocals that remind us of The Cardigans. Her cover of Fly Me to the Moon is lovely too.
Luxury automaker Genesis continues to step up their game with the 2021 G80. Their mid-size executive sedan is new from top to bottom, with even more sophisticated styling, top-notch materials, powerful drivetrains, deluxe materials, and tech for days. This elegant and comfy ride made us feel like royalty behind the wheel.
While it’s nowhere nearly as large as the world’s largest penguin, the 16″ long, 10-pound frog known as Beelzebufo was still an impressive creature. PBS Eons explains the few things we know about this giant, blobby amphibian that was native to Madagascar.
Ready to learn a new language? Babbel will help you go from zero to language hero with its bite-sized lessons, which cover real-life conversational topics in 14 different languages. This discounted lifetime subscription is a great deal at 50% off the regular price.
The electronic squeals of dial-up modems were truly unpleasant, but also brought us our earliest internet memories. If you’ve ever wondered what those sounds might look like on a graph, you’re in luck. Scotty H generated a spectrogram that shows the frequencies being generated during a moden’s handshake phase.
This Korean action-fantasy follows the story of a young woman who dreams of being an action movie star. When working as a stand-in on an action film, she’s transported to a parallel dimension where everyone thinks she’s the “Soul Slayer” and must save her village from evil foes. We’re hoping for a U.S. release in 2021.
The Q shows off a goopy compound they made from wood glue, nail varnish, and match sulfur that lets homemade matches burn even when fully submerged in water. This is definitely one you shouldn’t try at home, given the risks of both fire and the unknown consequences of breathing the vapors the chemicals produce.
This BBC Earth nature series explores how our planet provides the ideal habitat for life to flourish, from volcanoes forming land to the endless movement of oceans to the importance of weather and climate. But as host David Attenborough explains, humans have disrupted that fragile balance and need to take action.
A while back, YouTuber Mr. Michal showed off a simple railway he built from coils of wire, batteries, and magnets. Now, he’s back with a much longer and more complex train set that still operates on the same electromagnetic principles. This time, the track measures in at over 20 meters long, or about 66 feet.
Tents are usually made from nylon. For a longer-lasting shelter, there’s a material that combines fabric and concrete and allows for semi-permanent structures to be erected in minutes. Wonder World shows us how pre-sewn Concrete Canvas can be inflated then sprayed with water to harden into shape.
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