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Some Nights: Choir Edition

Some Nights: Choir Edition

The talented vocalists of Stellenbosch University Choir performed this enveloping cover of the 2012 Fun. track Some Nights, giving the song a rich and layered new sound with a hint of South African flair. The performance took place at the Oude Libertas Amphitheatre and was wonderfully arranged by Tom Anderson.

Hot Wheels Rally Crash Slow -Mo

Hot Wheels Rally Crash Slow -Mo

YouTuber Renbricks put together this hypnotic 8-minute compilation of Hot Wheels cars crashing through a miniature rally course. We enjoyed seeing the tiny crowd of spectators as each car whizzed by and came to a crash landing in the dirt.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers: Black Summer

Red Hot Chili Peppers: Black Summer

“It’s been a long time since I made a new friend… waiting on another black summer to end.” The Red Hot Chili Peppers just dropped their first new song in six years. The intro track off their album Unlimited Love also marks the return of producer Rick Rubin and guitarist John Frusciante. The album drops 4.1.22.

The Offer (Trailer)

The Offer (Trailer)

This limited series is based on the story of producer Albert S. Ruddy as he attempted and ultimately succeeded in getting Mario Puzo’s The Godfather turned into a movie. Stars Miles Teller, Matthew Goode, Juno Temple, Giovanni Ribisi, Burn Gorman, Colin Hanks, and Dan Fogler as Francis Ford Coppola. Coming to Paramount+ 4.28.22.

Easy Listening Monster Band

Easy Listening Monster Band

Need to take the edge off of a hard week? Put on your headphones, take a sip of your favorite spirit, and listen to some smooth jams from the Monster Quintet. This series of easy listening musical interludes was produced for the Sesame Place theme parks back in the 1980s and is a must-watch Muppet fans.

LEGO Star Wars Helmets Series 2

LEGO Star Wars Helmets Series 2
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LEGO expands its series of Star Wars mini helmet models with the addition of Luke Skywalker’s Red Five helmet, The Mandalorian’s helmet, and a Dark Trooper helmet. Each helmet measures appx. 7″ tall, and they range from 584 to 693 bricks. The see-through orange goggles on Luke’s Rebel helmet are particularly clever.

F1 Car vs. Motorcycle Ice Driving

F1 Car vs. Motorcycle Ice Driving

Formula 1 World Champion Max Verstappen kicked off 2022 with an icy start. His first F1 drive of the year wasn’t on a regular track but on a snowy GP Ice Race circuit in a race car equipped with special studded tires and chased down speedway racer Franky Zorn on his motorcycle.

Float the Legs

Float the Legs

During a kids’ dance class a breakdancer shows off his insane upper body strength with a series of gravity-defying moves that will have you wondering if his legs are attached to the ceiling by invisible wires. Maybe the guy has prosthetic legs, but that wouldn’t make it any less impressive.

Making Patterns with LEGO Gears

Making Patterns with LEGO Gears

Rapidly spinning objects can result in some cool, Spirograph-like patterns. LEGO mechanical builder Yoshihito Isogawa shows how different arrangements of LEGO Technic gears create different geometric patterns when spun in front of a camera’s lens. It would be interesting to see some larger and more complicated designs.

Tabletopy RPG Soundboard

Tabletopy RPG Soundboard

Do you love tabletop role-playing games? Tabletopy is a Windows PC app that adds a soundtrack to your games for added immersion. The soundboard includes more than 160 ambient soundscapes, music, and sound effects to help set the scene for various locations and actions. Listen to a 5-minute sound sample on Soundcloud.

Frost Playing Cards

Frost Playing Cards

Titas Zanders of RRW Studios created this modern and minimal deck of cards with a chilly winter theme. Limited to just 100 decks, each card features crisp shapes illustrated in gradients of ice blue, white, and grey. Printed on crushed linen with a smooth Air-Cushion finish by Cartamundi.

Assled Wearable Sled

Assled Wearable Sled

With all the snow this winter, it’s a great time for sledding. Don’t have a sled? Snowfeet’s Assled comes to the rescue by strapping a sled to your body. The foldable, aerodynamic snow sled lets you cruise downhill sitting, on your back, stomach, or knees, while you control stopping and turning with your heels.

The Empire Strikes Axe

The Empire Strikes Axe

Star Wars tribute band Galactic Empire bangs out an awesome hard rock cover version of John Williams’ The Imperial March, giving the Empire’s most iconic theme song an appropriately razor-sharp edge to accompany all of their evil deeds. Even Emperor Palpatine approves, and he’s not easy to please.

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Queens of the Stone Age on Slide Guitar

Queens of the Stone Age on Slide Guitar

Dan Dubuque is back with another phenomenal solo slide guitar performance. This time, he takes on on the 2002 Queens of the Stone Age track, Go with the Flow, which also happens to be one of our favorite songs of all time.

Touch Toys Transformers Videos

Touch Toys Transformers Videos

The Color.R Touch-Toys YouTube channel is packed with wonderfully satisfying videos of Transformers and other transforming toys changing shapes. We can’t decide which video is our favorite, but the Medicus First Aid ambulance and the WWII Hot Rod are pretty awesome.

Stormtrooper Bookends

Stormtrooper Bookends
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If there’s one thing we know about Imperial Stormtroopers in Star Wars, it’s that they’re not very good at their jobs. Perhaps they’d be better at holding up your books instead of defending the Empire. This pair of resin bookends features a duo of white-clad soldiers doing their best to keep your books from falling over.

LEGO Technic Motorized Press

LEGO Technic Motorized Press

While it can’t keep up with the Hydraulic Press Channel’s 150-ton industrial press, we’re still quite impressed with this LEGO Technic machine which has enough power to juice an orange or flatten a carrot. GazR’s Extreme Brick Machines built this press using Eight Powered Up L motors, 24 actuators, and two Smart Hubs.

The Godfather References in The Sopranos

The Godfather References in The Sopranos

(PG-13) If you enjoy mob dramas, you’ll want to hit play on this one. Yaron Baruch put together this compilation of scenes from The Sopranos compared with The Godfather trilogy. We always knew that these Puzo and Coppola classics provided inspiration for the HBO drama, but it’s neat to see these scenes side-by-side.

Halo The Series (Trailer)

Halo The Series (Trailer)

Master Chief and the Spartans battle The Covenant again in this big-budget, live-action TV series. Expect lots of familiar weapons, vehicles, aircraft, and enemies in this action-packed show headed to Paramount+ on 3.24.22. Stars Pablo Schreiber, Natascha McElhone, Jen Taylor, and Bokeem Woodbine.

Han Solo Hoth Jacket

Han Solo Hoth Jacket
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Before you go slicing open Tauntauns for warmth, you might want to try this comfy winter jacket based on the one Han Solo wore on Hoth in The Empire Strikes Back. It has a warm, insulated lining, a wampa-friendly faux fur collar, and plenty of pockets. Available in six sizes from X to XXXL.

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Can I Mix You a Drink?

Can I Mix You a Drink?
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T-Pain teamed up with food and beverage expert Maxwell Britten to create this 144-page book filled with cocktails inspired by the musician’s life and career. Each of the 50 drinks has been selected as a reflection of one of his songs, offering a variety of unique and imaginary concoctions sure to please any cocktail connoisseur.

Puzzle in a Micro Puzzle

Puzzle in a Micro Puzzle
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Do you enjoy a challenge? This 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle is sure to test your brain cells (and patience). Featuring a vibrant and detailed image of puzzle pieces, you’ll struggle to figure out where the picture ends, and the actual puzzle pieces begin. To make things even harder, each of its pieces is incredibly tiny.

Metal Wall Scrabble Board

Metal Wall Scrabble Board
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Metal Wall Games sells a variety of popular board games you can mount on your wall. This 32″ x 23″ metal Scrabble board lets you and your friends play the classic crossword game vertically. The set includes 100 magnetic game tiles, a chalkboard for tracking scores, and a burlap tile pouch.

LEGO Minifig Spin Test

LEGO Minifig Spin Test

LEGO machine builder Dr. Engine wanted to see how fast he could spin a Minifigure, so he rigged up multiple Technic motors and gears with a goal of spinning the little guy at up to 10,000 RPM. If Minifigs could lose their LEGO lunch, this here would do it.

Working Halo Rail Gun

Working Halo Rail Gun

Inspired by Halo Infinite, Charles from Hacksmith Industries was enlisted to build a weapon that looks like the game’s MA5 assault rifle. Their real-world version uses electromagnetic coils to accelerate and launch projectiles, much like the U.S. Navy’s railgun system. It’s worth watching just for the coil-winding montage.

Murderville (Trailer)

Murderville (Trailer)

(PG-13) Will Arnett stars in this comedy series that pokes fun at cop dramas. Each episode features a celebrity sidekick who must help detective Terry Seattle solve crimes – without a script. Guests include Conan O’Brien, Ken Jeong, Annie Murphy, Kumail Nanjiani, Sharon Stone, and Marshawn Lynch. Drops 2.3.22 on Netflix.

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