Zita and Rafael of Zurich-based animation studio Crictor love to make super-short videos with the goal of making people smile. Previously, they used a blow torch to pop a single kernel of popcorn; now they’re celebrating the new year by blowing streamers into the air with a hairdryer.
Awesome Funny Stuff
Likely inspired by the binary solo at the end of Flight of the Conchords’ classic Robots, the guys from Auralnauts re-recorded the Boston Dynamics robot dance video with more appropriate lyrics. If you’re not fluent in binary, it translates to: “Dance sets us free. Join us. Humans are doomed.”
From freehand shaving to using a ruler or trimming guide, there are lots of ways to shave a beard. But we’ve never seen this clever hack, which involves using a funnel as a guide for cutting a perfect goatee from a full beard. Big Clive demonstrates the technique not once, but twice.
Now that you’ve got that dumpster fire figure, round out your 2020 toy collection with the official Funko POP! version of KC Green’s nonchalant This Is Fine dog, complete with his coffee mug and flames licking at his chair. Find more This Is Fine goodies over on Topatoco.
Let’s face it. 2020 will go down in the history books as one of the worst years in modern history. While it’s too soon to turn the year into a big-screen adaptation, Screen Junkies created a trailer for it anyhow, with a little help from guest narrator Patton Oswalt.
To celebrate the end of 2020 and to ring in a happier 2021, robotics company Boston Dynamics programmed their ATLAS, SPOT, and HANDLE robots to perform a little dance routine to The Contours classic Do You Love Me? Everything you see here was filmed in-camera with real robots, and with no CGI or visual effects.
Aidy Bryant created this trainwreck of a salad in a ridiculous SNL sketch earlier in 2020. Now Binging with Babish is here to close out the year with his interpretation of this mayo-, raisin-, and root-beer-filled nightmare meal. Can he remake it into something that’s actually edible?
We’re not sure if the switches that are used to launch real missiles look like this, but the ones in movies have flip-up red covers to keep people from accidentally starting a war. This mod from Rapid3DProductions transforms any regular light switch into a missile launcher switch, so you’ll think twice before you flip that switch.
Microsoft Windows has a long history of throwing annoying and cryptic error messages at us. Video artist 4096 decided to memorialize some of the operating system’s various foibles over the years with a fun-filled electronic music remix inspired by this Japanese video. MacOS even gets into the game at 1:24.
It’s always fun to watch stuff tossed into an industrial shredder. In this clip by Gojzer, they load up a machine with all kinds of satisfying stuff, including ping pong balls, squeaky toys, light bulbs, and popcorn, and gooey blocks of gelatin. Those Coke bottles weren’t going down without a fight.
Sprice Machines enjoys building overly-complicated machines to perform simple tasks. In this case, he created a machine that takes nearly 3 minutes to toss a toy basketball through a hoop. Like most Rube Goldberg machines, this one took a bit of trial and error. If the NBA played this slowly, games would end with scores like 8-6.
“It’s going to take a bit of work for you to truly understand the depths of the stupidity…” Shane from Stuff Made Here decided his first attempt at a robot that gave haircuts wasn’t good enough, so he went back to the drawing board. The new version is a bit more versatile, accurate, and can carve patterns, sorta.
What happens when you let artificial intelligence write a Christmas song? Musician Chase Holfelder wanted to find out, so he turned to the Jukebox neural network to create the lyrics, chord progression, and vocal melody of this tune, titled “Rudolph, the All-Gracious King.”
2020 was a very strange year. So why not end it with a very strange video? For apparently no other reason than to prove it could be done, ljameswalters and VFX artist Chris Ume made it look like Lord of the Rings’ slimy Gollum is singing the Sinead O’Connor / Prince track Nothing Compares 2 U – with slightly revised lyrics.
Whiskers on kittens aren’t the only attribute felines share with humans. Gerrard Gethings’ animal portraits make the case. For the memory card game Do You Look Like Your Cat? Gethings found 25 people and their furry lookalikes. Just place the cards face down and collect pawsome matching pairs.
There I Ruined It wishes us a happy holiday season with a Christmas version of Billy Idol’s 1985 hit track Dancing with Myself sprinkled with a cheerful dash of Jingle Bells. It’s perfect in every way, except we would have called it “Dancing with My Elf.”
Google Arts and Culture and David Li present an experimental plaything that lets anyone create their own opera masterpiece. Blob Opera uses machine learning tech to create operatic sounds as you play with four blobby creatures that produce bass, tenor, mezzo-soprano, and soprano vocals. Sing and share!
Is your cat bored with the laser pointer? It’s time for you to step up your game. After all, it’s your job to keep your demanding kitty entertained. Do as Cat Navi Desk did and take a few hours out of your day to set up a bunch of dominoes just so your cat can knock them all over.
As 2020 draws to a close, let’s say good riddance to one of the worst years on record with a ceremonial holiday fire. But instead of lighting bonfires to guide Santa’s way, the folks at AM/FM hooked us up with a solid hour of stuff being burned in a dumpster, the honorary mascot of 2020.
Looking for something fun to do today? Why not visit with a giraffe, a zebra, or maybe a penguin? Thanks to Google, you can enjoy the company of 50 new animals using augmented reality tech on your phone. Using the Google mobile app, search for an animal, then tap “View in 3D” to invite these virtual pets into your world.
You’ve seen the memes, now see the whole collection of Steven Rhodes’ parody children’s book covers. My Little Occult Book Club features the funniest of his paranormal fakes – including Caring for Your Hell Hound and Necromancy for Beginners – characterized by deviously cheerful illustrations with a 1970s vibe.
What’s a schmegoogle? “A person so insignificant that if you Google his name, nothing comes up,” jokes Daniel Klein, author of Schmegoogle: Yiddish Words for Modern Times. Klein updates 200 Yiddish words to hilariously kvetch about contemporary life from tech to weed. Corny Jewish humor has rarely felt this fresh.