The dulcimer usually is associated with the kind of music you’d hear at a renaissance festival. But musician Sam Edelston believes the stringed instrument is “among the world’s coolest.” Listen up as he plays some truly rockin’ cover versions from the Ramones, Black Sabbath, and David Bowie.
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This playful pair of books from Flipboku is packed with fun drawing activities. The first book, Dots, has dot-to-dot puzzles which form six professionally-illustrated cartoon animations when complete. The second book, Lines, offers up six brain-bending animated optical illusions.
We’re surprised that LEGO machine expert JK Brickworks has never built a Great Ball Contraption module before, but his first one definitely lives up to his standards. Watch as four tiny LEGO robots work along an assembly line, each passing a ball to the next to move it down the line. It also appears to work as a hypnosis device.
Written by retired Navy SEAL Clint Emerson, this book is packed with illustrated tips and solutions for taking control in dangerous situations, including self defense, escape, and evasion techniques. The tips include low-tech/no-tech methods to help you improvise when things go South. Be sure to check out the Survival Edition as well.
Throw me the idol, I throw you the brick! BenBuildsLego’s sweet design celebrates the three original Indiana Jones movies. The 650-piece set features dioramas of The Temple of Doom, The Well of Souls, and Temple of the Sun, each a location where Indy recovered a rare historical artifact. Show your support on LEGO Ideas.
Ghostbusters fans know that Mr. Stay-Puft could never ever possibly destroy us. But you can do the destroying. This 8-1/2″ tall, edible marshmallow monster weighs in at about 10.5 ounces, and is loaded with sugary goodness. While it looks delicious, 13 bucks is a lot to pay for something that amounts to an oversized Peep.
Dreipunkt’s flat-pack wood kit lets you build your own orbital model of the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon. As you move its lever, each astronomical body rotates relative to the others, as an arrow indicates the date on which they take up those positions. Available from Laserdeko, who has all kinds of nifty laser-cut stuff in their Etsy shop.
Fans of The Big Lebowski will be thrilled to see the return of John Turturro’s purple-clad ball licker Jesus Quintana. Turturro wrote and directed this spin-off movie which sends The Jesus a wild journey with a quirky crew of cohorts. The star-studded flick hits theaters and on-demand digital on 3/6/20.
Do you like sitcoms? Then check out this wonderful medley of theme songs from shows like Friends, Seinfeld, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Big Bang Theory, Parks and Rec, and The Office, performed on acoustic guitar by Nathan Mills of Beyond the Guitar.
A few years back, we watched an artist craft a beautiful replica of an 8-ball from wood. Now, watch as Oregon woodworker Carl Jacobsen creates a shell for a Magic 8-ball toy, with a cool basketweave pattern on its exterior. Also, we always thought the whole toy was filled with liquid, not just a cylinder in its middle.
Motocross freeriders Robbie Maddison and Tyler Bereman avoid Los Angeles traffic by hopping onto their dirt bikes, and heading off of the freeway, popping wheelies through the city, and pulling impressive stunts through its iconic viaducts. The apex being an epic 46-foot jump into the L.A. River from the 1st Street Bridge.
Keep your fingers occupied with this different kind of fidget toy. This pocket-sized plaything is made up of multiple metal cylinders which spin around a central ring. Roll its center around the palm of your hand, or play with its individual rollers between your fingertips. Available in four sizes, from 1″ to 1.75″ diameter.
Way back when, there was a Tom and Jerry cartoon that featured Tom cat attempting to to play a concert while Jerry mouse tried to nap inside of his piano. CANACANA pays tribute to Hanna Barbera’s melding of music and animation by performing Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No.2 synced up perfectly with the cartoon.
This quirky platform puzzle game has two interesting constructs: 1) you can only jump twice in each level; and 2) you break one leg each time you jump. Azaan Lambkin’s submission to itch.io’s Finally Finish Something 2020 contest ironically has a bug that keeps some players from seeing the game’s ending.
Set a course for winds of fortune. Resident metalhead Leo Moracchioli teamed up with fellow musician Truls Haugen to perform this very well executed cover version of the Kansas prog rock classic, Carry On Wayward Son, donning ridiculous long hair, beards and mustaches to go with the ’70s sounds.
Racer and stunt driver Ken Block shared this in-car footage from his first-ever time racing in the Dakar Rally. His vehicle? The prototype Extreme E Odyssey 21, a badass all-electric rally car that makes 550 hp and 679 lb-ft. of torque. It might be quiet, but it’s deceptively quick.
Andymation spent over 35 days over the course of 3 months creating this insanely-thick flipbook. The 658-page anime-style sequence only takes about 50 seconds to watch, but it’s a serious testament to the artist’s illustration skill and dedication. Skip to 15:07 for the money shot.
This modular system gives you everything you need to enjoy your campsite day or night. It includes a tent with an integrated quilt and self-inflating mattress, and a removable fly sheet and bug mesh. Its parts can be used as a picnic blanket and a hammock, and you can combine multiple tents to make a larger shelter.
In a quest for straight-line supremacy, MotorTrend gathered a dozen of the fastest sports cars money can buy. With cars like the McLaren Senna, Porsche 911 Carrera S, Jaguar XE SV Project 8, and Aston Martin DBS Superleggera, it’s gonna be a tough competition down the runway – first in a 1/4-mile, then in a 1/2-mile drag race.
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