(Loud) In what might be the dumbest stunt yet from the guys at How Ridiculous, they winched an old single-engine airplane to the top of a tower and dropped it nearly 150 feet onto the world’s strongest trampoline. You can sit through 14+ minutes of shouting and smaller drops, or just skip to the money shot.
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(PG-13: Language) A group of conspiracy theorists convene on a cruise ship to meet one of their most steadfast believers. But as his crackpot theories start to show their cracks, something unexpected happens aboard the ship. Brad Abrahams fantastic short film has great performances and the perfect amount of dramatic tension.
Among the many memorable scenes in Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory was the one where Charlie and Grandpa Joe steal Fizzy Lifting Drinks. While it’s impossible that sipping a little soda could lift a human, Kyle Hill of Because Science figured out how much gas it would have actually taken to send Charlie sky high.
From teensy tree frogs to the massive goliath bullfrog, there are way more species of these amphibians than we thought. TierZoo jumps in and explores the frog’s relatively low place in the animal meta, along with some of their special abilities that give them a little better chance of survival.
This unique waffle maker is ideal for both kids and adults who love their wheels. Instead of cranking out ordinary waffle-shaped waffles, it makes seven edible cars, trucks, and buses. We can’t quite figure out their makes and models, but they’re all just as delicious as they crash into your mouth. (Thanks, Linda!)
Have you ever wondered where our moon came from? Melodysheep’s captivating short film explores some of most noteworthy theories of its origin, each hypothesized because of similarities between lunar rocks and elements found here on Earth. Narrated by planetary scientist Dr. Sarah T. Stewart.
As we stay home to reduce the spread of COVID-19, we find ourselves in a familiar, but now strange place… our homes now transformed into the place where we work, teach, sleep, eat, exercise, and unwind. CGP Grey provides some tips on remaining productive and sane at home, in hopes of emerging stronger than before.
(PG-13: Language) A while back, Joel Creates built a dangerously literal weapon that actually fires hot glue as projectiles. He’s since gone back to the drawing board, revamping its design so it fires a stream of molten glue, and making it a lot cooler to look at.
(PG-13: Language) Here in America, shopping malls are a dying breed. But what happened to these symbols of capitalism that were once the gathering place for teens as they sipped on Orange Juliuses and perused the black light illuminated aisles of Spencer Gifts? Ordinary Things explores the demise of the mall.
Vilros‘ compact computer system comes with everything you need to assemble an awesome emulator for retro arcade and console gaming. It runs on a Raspberry Pi 4 Model B board, ensuring smooth gameplay, crisp video, and clean audio. We love the SNES-inspired case and controllers.
In a scene that plays out like the end of Terminator 2, watch as these disused aluminum car rims are melted down in a hot furnace, so they can be reincarnated into other products. We kept waiting for some screaming heads to start bursting out of the molten metal.
The idea of a pork patty “restructured” into the shape of ribs is just wrong to us, but that didn’t stop McDonald’s from doing it, nor did it stop millions from craving this boneless fast food oddity. Weird History dives into the origins of the McRib sandwich in this lighthearted lesson.
Thanks to MetaBallStudios, we know how big starships and robots are relative to one another. Now, we can see how earthbound vehicles stack up in this comparison video, which looks at the sizes of everything from Ant-Man’s microscopic van to the wheeled city of London in Mortal Engines. We had no idea that an AT-AT was bigger than Gundam.
Corian is a durable polymer typically used for sinks and kitchen countertops. But in the hands of maker Tim Sway, it’s the body for an electric bass guitar. He used his Avid CNC router to carve both the neck and body out of some reclaimed pieces. Given the material’s stone-like qualities, he went with an ancient Greek motif.
If there’s one universal experience we’ve all shared during the coronavirus lockdown, it’s that grocery stores can’t keep high demand and essential items in stock. This hilarious fake commercial from SNL invites customers to buy some of the items that they can count on being in stock.
We all know Chewbacca. But we don’t all know about his upbringing, why he carries a bowcaster, or how old he is. Looper delves into our Wookiee pal’s background and attempts to fill in some blanks about his life story – assuming you can count the Star Wars Holiday Special as canon.
Dr. James O’Donoghue posts all kinds of informative motion graphics on his YouTube channel. Here, he stacked slices of the Solar System’s planets to show how their rotational speeds vary. You can view it flat, or projected onto a sphere. He’s also got a version that accounts for for differences in rotational direction.
Real laser beams don’t behave like they do in science fiction. Instead of firing in short blasts, they appear as a single coherent beam of light. The Action Lab shows a simple way to achieve the sci-fi effect in camera using a spinning fan blade and by taking advantage of a digital camera’s rolling shutter effect.
Watch in awe as this unnamed artist works some serious black magic. She first paints what seem to be abstract shapes inside of rice bowls, but they come together to form a detailed portrait. Then the real trick happens when the camera flips to the other side of the room. Two images are based on characters from The Untamed.
Researchers in London, England used a fascinating method to view the aerodynamic properties of flight. Using helium-filled soap bubbles, they were able to visualize the vortices created by birds’ wings, and made interesting observations about the role their tail feathers play in flight. Details here.
LEGO builder Slekk024 is hoping to get his creepy crawly model of an emperor scorpion put into production. The brick-built sculpture is based on a real creature that grows as large as 9″ long, and glows under UV light. The model is made from 694 parts, and has around fifty articulated joints, including legs, pincers, and tail.
(PG-13: Language) While they’re not the most fashionable things, face masks are a must in public places these days. Ordinary Things dives into the origins of face coverings, from the earliest ceremonial masks, to costumes, to their use as protective gear. Can you imagine walking around in those plague doctor masks?
Watching remote-controlled planes take to the skies is a great pastime. But one thing all R/C flyers know is that there’s always a risk that their aircraft could crash if something goes wrong. YouTuber XJet has witnessed many such catastrophes first-hand, and has compiled them together into an extensive 33-minute reel.
Reebok follows up their awesome Alien Stompers with another futuristic shoe. This mid-top is ready to kick xenomorph butt with its military color scheme and camo graphics. They’ve got a full-grain leather upper, a comfy molded sockliner, and quick access strap closures. Drops 4.25.20 @11pm CDT, just in time for Alien Day.
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