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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
“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!
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.