Let’s face it, there’s no good way to pronounce the name of the animals featured in ZeFrank’s latest nature video. But the Japanese macaque is a unique and interesting primate nonetheless. Learn about the so-called “snow monkey,” its love for cold weather, hot springs, and why it has hair everywhere but its butt.
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Behind the Curtain takes us inside the organized chaos that goes into the making of the Adult Swim hit Rick and Morty. Combining interview clips from creators Justin Roiland and Dan Harmon, you’ll learn about how they come up with ideas for characters, stories, and scripts, then how the animation process is intertwined.
The guys from Russian car-hacking channel Garage 54 are back with another crazy build. This time, they took a page from Theo Janssen’s Strandbeests and attempted to give their hunk of junk Lada legs in place of its rear tires. Though its slow amble is more of a crawl than a walk.
The last time we got a new Portal game was all the way back in 2011, but we still keep hoping that Valve will give us Portal 3 someday. For now, this Portal-inspired machinima parody of Simon and Garfunkel’s The Sound of Silence from Harry101UK and lyricist Greg Holgate will have to suffice.
The Muppets regulars Statler and Waldorf are here to heckle all of your other action figures. Diamond Select Toys’ set includes both of the grumpy old men, along with a balcony for them to hang out in while they look down their noses at the rest of the world. Figures stand 3″ to 5″ tall.
Back in the 1990s, the way for people to easily build their own websites was with services like GeoCities. But Squirrel Monkey is here to imagine that a graphical web-building tool like Wix was also around to give Yahoo!’s service a run for its money, complete with MIDI sounds, background textures, and “Under Construction” GIFs.
New Zealand artist Glenn Jones of Glennz is known for his silly illustrations of objects in outlandish and sometimes punny situations. Here, he envisions a place where a Slinky can enjoy perpetual motion, thanks to an Escher-esque impossible staircase. Of course, there’s already a real world solution to this problem.
(PG-13: Language, Violence) With a little editing and the addition of a laugh track, Little White Lies turned the classic “Funny How?” scene from Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas into a scene straight out of Friends. We always thought the scene where Pesci talks about the painting with his mother was pretty damned funny.
After landing on a deserted planet, an astronaut finds himself stuck on the surface with no way back into his spaceship. Rok Andic’s animated short reminds us of the slapstick comedy of Wile E. Coyote and Road Runner, while Rossini’s The Thieving Magpie is the perfect score as Ben attempts to reboard his ship.
“Follow me, while we go inside behind the tiger.” While your average house cat might not be an expert predator, felines do have some pretty impressive skills when left in the wild. ZeFrank’s nature video explains how cats have evolved to be so good at hunting down their prey.
(PG-13) Andrea Vinciguerra’s darkly humorous animated short has a simple message: “If you choose to dance. Please dance responsibly.” It teaches the importance of this rule through a series of vignettes where people blindly follow the choreography of other people who may or may not actually be dancing.
We’re already quite familiar with the evolution of Windows sounds. Now listen to a variety of Windows startup, shutdown, and error sounds played on piano, courtesy of Bored Piano, where you can also check out digital piano covers of familiar game console startup sounds. More on his Japanese language channel.
Given all of the horrible news and doomscrolling these days, it’s our pleasure to bring you something a little more cheerful here on The Awesomer, like this guy who sits in the forest dressed like sasquatch, and plays cover songs on the saxophone. We’ve assembled a video playlist of a few of our favorite tunes.
Kevin James’ Sound Guy character has been a favorite since he first came on the scene. In this clip the oblivious film crew member takes a little lunch break on the set of There Will Be Blood, and of course he has to share his milkshake with Daniel Day-Lewis. Bonus points for the Paul Thomas Anderson voice cameo.
Oo-ohh, here he comes… Remixer DJ Cummerbund presents a love letter to Danny Devito’s “Man-Cheetah” from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia with a track that manages to blend Hall and Oates, The Strokes, The White Stripes, and Chris Isaak into a deliciously spicy bowl of musical gumbo.
Flatulation is one of those rare forces of nature that’s both essential and the source of endless giggles. From the first fart joke ever told to the composition of your flatus, Mental Floss editor Erin McCarthy is here to school us on the finer points of our bodies’ gaseous emissions.
Cats and birds aren’t supposed to get along, but in the world of Aaron’s Animals, resident kitty Prince Michael has been raising a bunch of ducklings. But when one of the fuzzy little guys struggles to be accepted by his brothers, he makes a break for it, and falls in with a bad crowd. Best watched with Closed Captions on.
Imagine if you will, that the 2002 Star Wars prequel Attack of the Clones was actually a buddy movie about a pair of P.I.s who use their Jedi powers to investigate crimes in the seedy underbelly of Coruscant. That’s what you’ve got here, courtesy of trailer editor Imperator Cuts in a playful nod to Shane Black’s The Nice Guys.
(Gore) The guys from Cardboard Movie Co. love to do low-budget remakes of popular movies. We’re particularly impressed with their redo of Ridley Scott’s science fiction horror classic, Alien, which somehow manages to balance on the thin line between quality filmmaking and ridiculously low budget effects.
A couple finds themselves having difficulty connecting while quarantined apart, as they struggle to figure out if it’s their relationship that’s falling apart, or just their internet connection. Dogfood’s sketch offers a humorous look at one of the many challenges of dating in today’s world.
Typewriters have gone the way of the dinosaur, rarely used by anyone but the most hipster of writers these days. But the Boston Typewriter Orchestra continues to get use out of these mechanical office relics, even when forced to work from home due to their in-person concerts being canceled.
Animator Junyi Xiao’s short film The Last Man on Earth Sat Alone in a Room has quite the warped sense of humor. It tells the story of a lonely man who spends his days sitting in front of his computer, and who makes quick work off an alien who comes seeking friendship at his door. But as they often say “karma’s a bitch.”
If you like to sip your whiskey neat, or maybe with a single ice cube, you want it to be quality stuff. Meriwether’s simply embellished 11 oz. rocks glass serves as a reminder and a pronouncement that you only drink classy spirits, and would never reach for the bottom shelf.
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