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Hot Glue Web Shooter

Hot Glue Web Shooter

The stuff in Spider-Man’s web-shooters is strong enough to hold his body weight as he swings from building to building. While we wouldn’t trust hot glue to do the same, we still wouldn’t want to be a criminal on the business end of Joel Creates‘ web-slinger, which can even be worn while pulling off Spidey’s acrobatics.

Best Stocking Stuffer Gifts 2020

Best Stocking Stuffer Gifts 2020

Looking to fill up those stockings with some fun, funny, and sometimes functional little items? We’ve got you covered, with a bunch of great gift ideas that all cost under $25 and are small enough to stuff into those oversize socks you’ve got hanging over the fireplace.

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Interesting Acronyms & Initialisms

Interesting Acronyms & Initialisms

Let’s kick things off with a brief language lesson. An acronym is made up of parts of the phrase it stands for and pronounced as a word, while an initialism is a kind of acronym pronounced as its individual letters. With that cleared up, Mental Floss is here with 25 of the abbreviated phrases from “CAPTCHA” to “WD-40.”

Building a Giant Trebuchet

Building a Giant Trebuchet

If there’s one thing that we can say about maker Colin Furze is that he’s ambitious. For his latest build, he and his friends made an enormous trebuchet that can barely fit inside the workshop where they assembled it. Fortunately, it has wheels so they can tow it out of there. We’ll have to wait to see it in action though.

Daniel Radcliffe vs. Hot Wings

Daniel Radcliffe vs. Hot Wings

Hot Ones wraps up its 13th (yes, 13th) season with the charming Daniel Radcliffe. The star of Harry Potter and many other films, TV shows, and Broadway talks about his latest film Escape from Pretoria, his love for quiz shows, dealing with paparazzi, and playing Swiss Army Man, all while taking the increasing heat in stride.

Daði Freyr: Every Moment Is Christmas with You

Daði Freyr: Every Moment Is Christmas with You

“We sit together watching Home Alone for the hundredth time.” We’ve got a new Christmas tune for you, and it comes to us from the smooth and soulful voice of Iceland’s breakout pop star Daði Freyr. It’s sweet, sentimental, catchy, and accompanied by a silly music video. Add this one to your holiday playlist!

If Earth Got Kicked out of the Solar System

If Earth Got Kicked out of the Solar System

Pretty much every living thing on our planet depends on the sun in one way or another. But what might happen if the Earth didn’t have our solar system to count on and was left out on its own? Kurzgesagt explores the horrible things that might happen to us if a star got too close and knocked Earth out of its orbit.

Woodford Reserve Very Fine Rare Bourbon

Woodford Reserve Very Fine Rare Bourbon

Nothing makes a good impression like a bottle from the top shelf. Wow ‘em with Woodford Reserve Very Fine Rare Bourbon. The limited-edition 17-year is the Kentucky distillery’s oldest Masters Collection release yet, aging gracefully ever since Chris Morris became the seventh Master Distiller in Woodford’s 150-year history.

One Man Pumps up the Jam

One Man Pumps up the Jam

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.

A Christmas Story Honest Trailer

A Christmas Story Honest Trailer

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.

Plastic Cutlery Praying Mantis

Plastic Cutlery Praying Mantis

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.

Torpedo POV

Torpedo POV

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.

Backyard Matterhorn

Backyard Matterhorn

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.

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MAFEX Armored Batman Figure

MAFEX Armored Batman Figure

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.

Insane Line Rider Course

Insane Line Rider Course

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.

2021 Audi TTS Competition Plus

2021 Audi TTS Competition Plus

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.

Making a (Possibly) Unpickable Lock

Making a (Possibly) Unpickable Lock

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.

Dry Cleaning: Scratchcard Lanyard

Dry Cleaning: Scratchcard Lanyard

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.

Stationary Circle Optical Illusion

Stationary Circle Optical Illusion

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 x Gorillaz Song Machine Band Vinyl Figures

Superplastic x Gorillaz Song Machine Band Vinyl Figures

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.

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Floating Exploding Apple

Floating Exploding Apple

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.

One Year on Mars

One Year on Mars

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.

Bossa Nova Kid

Bossa Nova Kid

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.

Driven: 2021 Genesis G80 3.5T

Driven: 2021 Genesis G80 3.5T

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.

Visualizing Modem Sounds

Visualizing Modem Sounds

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.

Slate (Trailer)

Slate (Trailer)

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.

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