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The Flying Train (1902)

The Flying Train (1902)

MoMA posted this mutoscope footage of Wuppertal, Germany’s Schwebebahn, a suspension railway that opened way back in 1901. The train line has changed over the years, but still is in operation. The juxtaposition of the overhead rail cars and the horse-drawn carriages below is like something out of a Jules Verne story.

What Was Starlite?.. and How to Make It

What Was Starlite?.. and How to Make It

Back in the 1980s, hairdresser and inventor Maurice Ward came up with a substance that was apparently incredibly resistant to heat and fire. NightHawkinLight explores the history of the material known as Starlite, what happened to it, and then makes his own version of the compound.

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The Brick Road Factory

The Brick Road Factory

LEGO Technics expert The Brick Wall is back with another impressive build. This time he arranged a series of multiple machines, which work in sequence to pave a brick road for other LEGO vehicles to drive on. It even lays a gravel foundation and smooths it before neatly placing the bricks.

Lord Vinheteiro’s Truck Concert

Lord Vinheteiro’s Truck Concert

Lord Vinheteiro has always impressed us with his piano playing (and deadpan staring) abilities. But can he maintain his composure as he plays a concert of classics from Debussy, Mozart, Beethoven, and others while his piano sits in the back of a moving pickup truck?

Water-powered R/C Airplane

Water-powered R/C Airplane

It’s pretty easy to build a primitive rocket using a bottle of pressurized water. The guys at FliteTest wanted to see if they could take the idea to the next level by making a water-powered glider they could steer via remote control once it was airborne.

SpaceX Rocket Hop

SpaceX Rocket Hop

Among its projects, SpaceX is working on Starship, a rocket which may someday help colonize Mars. In this test of Starship’s can-shaped SN5 test vehicle, the rocket launched from one pad, hovered at 500 feet, then landed on another, a process which could allow for quick exploration of distant sites across the red planet.

Nitecore NTP31 Pen

Nitecore NTP31 Pen

Nitecore’s tactical pen features a bidirectional bolt-action mechanism. Flip it one way to expose the writing tip, and the other direction to reveal a self-defense / glass breaker tool. Its body is made from CNC-machined aluminum alloy in a black finish, while its tool tip is made from tungsten steel.

Tallest Bowling Ball Stack

Tallest Bowling Ball Stack

We didn’t know it was physically possible to stack even a single bowling ball on top of another, so our minds were blown when we saw that Shen Xiaoshi managed to balance TEN of the heavy spheres in a column, setting a Guinness World Record along the way. We love his zen-like calm as he assesses the situation.

Jet-powered Canoe

Jet-powered Canoe

Paddling along in a canoe can be a quiet and relaxing pastime. But the guys at The Hacksmith are having none of that. So they took a couple of jet engines from a past project and mounted them to the back of their boat. The finished canoe is crazy loud, quick, and looks dangerously flippable.

Looney Tunes Cartoons 2020

Looney Tunes Cartoons 2020

Elmer Fudd and Yosemite Sam might have lost their guns, but everything else about these all-new Looney Tunes cartoons captures the style and slapstick comedy spirit of the classics. Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Tweety Bird, Road Runner, and all your faves are here. Now streaming on HBO Max. Catch the first episode here.

What Do Aliens Look Like?

What Do Aliens Look Like?

We prefer the title “What MIGHT Aliens Look Like?” for Kurgezagt’s video, in which they explore the possibilities of alien life forms, and attempt to explain how they might appear, using something called The Kardashev Scale, which estimates a civilization’s potential for technology based on the availability of energy.

How a Tank Works

How a Tank Works

Jared Owen always does a great job explaining how things work by creating 3D animations of their inner workings. This time, he walks us through the caterpillar-tracked M1A2 Abrams tank, which weighs in at an incredible 68 tons, and can cross just about any terrain. We had no idea these things were powered by jet fuel.

The Biggest Numbers

The Biggest Numbers

Millions, billions, trillions, quadrillions, septillions… these kind of large numbers are really hard to wrap your mind around. The guys at Riddle attempt to put some of these numbers in perspective using real world examples of things that occur in such quantities.

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Inside a Rolling Car Tire

Inside a Rolling Car Tire

Ever wondered what it would be like inside of a car tire as it rolled down the road? We now have the answer, thanks to Warped Perception, who mounted a GoPro and lights inside a wheel before mounting a tire on it. Since the camera can’t see the outside world, all we see is the rubber deforming as it rolls over bumps.

Wood-burning Lawnmower

Wood-burning Lawnmower

Colin Furze has made so much insane stuff over the years, we’ve lost count. His latest build is a lawnmower that’s powered by wood. It converts the vapors produced by burning timber into fuel for a regular engine through a process called gasification. It’s impractical and over-engineered, but that’s why we love Colin.

Sellful All-in-One Business Software

Wrangling all of the tools you need to run a small business be complicated and expensive. Sellful aims to solve that problem, combining a website builder, appointment scheduler, invoicing, CRM, marketing, point-of-sale, and more in one solution. Grab this great deal on lifetime access through The Awesomer Shop.

16 Ways to Hold a Guitar

16 Ways to Hold a Guitar

There are lots of different ways to play the guitar, and musician Lucas Brar wants us to know there are just as many ways to hold the instrument while playing. Here, he demonstrates a variety of playing positions, from classical, to rock and roll, to downright silly.

Mozart Fingerstyle

Mozart Fingerstyle

Musician Luca Stricagnoli proves once again that guitars know no genre bounds. Listen and watch as his fingers fly across the fretboard as he performs an acoustic cover of Mozart’s “Rondo Alla Turca” (Turkish March), a tune typically performed on a piano, harpsichord, or clavichord.

Descent

Descent

If you’ve lived with anxiety, you can probably relate to this short film from director Helen Takken, in which a young woman experiences a severe panic that can only be described as the sensation of drowning. The visual metaphor is brilliantly executed, and reminds us to keep an eye on the people around us.

Can Musicians Play Together Online?

Can Musicians Play Together Online?

With so many people staying at home and live concerts canceled all over the world, is it possible for musicians in remote locations to play in sync with each while in different locations? NPR’s Jazz Night in America explores this question and the physical and technological challenges that come with it.

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Make Me a Sandwich

Make Me a Sandwich

(PG-13) After years of abuse and humiliation from her horrible husband, a woman has has enough of his demands, and decides to do something about it. This short from Deformed Lunchbox has its share of gross-out moments, and is the perfect bite-sized horror film.

Mechanical Prosthetic Hand

Mechanical Prosthetic Hand

Ian Davis needed a prosthetic to replace four fingers on his left hand. Rather than purchase a commercial model, he engineered an awesome metal hand that looks like something out of The Terminator. It’s capable of opening, closing, and the unique ability to splay its fingers, and makes satisfying sounds as it flexes.

Maratac Domed Strobe Flashlight

Maratac Domed Strobe Flashlight

Need to be seen in the dark? This 3.25″ long pocket flashlight light features a domed diffuser and a bright LED source that runs on a single AA battery. In strobe and high output modes it pushes out 350 lumens of brightness. Its case is made from aluminum with knurled grips, and has a removable, reversible pocket clip.

E.T. Honest Trailer

E.T. Honest Trailer

As the number of new movies in theaters is temporarily low, Screen Junkies continues to turn to the past for inspiration, this time setting fire to the 1982 Spielberg classic “E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial” with a roast that smells like melting Reese’s Pieces. Though the knock-off “Mac and Me” actually got the brunt of the criticism.

Metal Supergroup Covers RUSH

Metal Supergroup Covers RUSH

Two Minutes to Late Night’s Mutoid Man managed to gather members of Coheed and Cambria, Mastodon, Primus, and Tool to record a totally badass work from home cover of the 1975 RUSH track Anthem, layered thick with guitar distortion, power bass, and impassioned vocals that would make Geddy Lee proud.

Firing a Bent Barrel Gun

Firing a Bent Barrel Gun

Perhaps on a mission to one-up the MythBusters, the guys at Demolition Ranch customized the barrel of a rifle to see what would happen if it were bent all the way back towards the shooter. Will it shoot backwards? Will it destroy the gun? Or will the bullet get stuck? The answer starts around the 13:21 mark.

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