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Folding Stunt Airplanes

Folding Stunt Airplanes

Want to fold some awesome paper airplanes? Learn from the best. John Collins aka “The Paper Airplane Guy” got together with WIRED to show off some of his stunt flyers, and how to fold your own. Be sure to check out the second video for more detailed folding instructions.

If You Could Clone Yourself

If You Could Clone Yourself

In theory, a clone should be an exact copy. But the reality is even if we chose to create engineered copies of humans, every little variable in their environment would make them a very different person from their genetic doppelgänger. Life Noggin explains.

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Making a Wooden Pizza

Making a Wooden Pizza

While we prefer pizzas that we can actually eat, we still enjoyed watching woodworker Kyle Toth as he created a pizza that only a termite or carpenter ant could enjoy. The pepperoni is made from bloodwood, the cheese is yellowheart, and the crust is hickory.

Rolling Stones Gather Moss

Rolling Stones Gather Moss

The Rolling Stones are definitely getting up there in age, so it’s easy to forget what they were like in their youth. This 1964 newsreel is a perfect time capsule of the early days of the band. Is it just us, or was their entire audience 10 years-old?

Cardboard Manual Transmission

Cardboard Manual Transmission

Using not much more than cardboard, ball bearings, popsicle sticks, and glue, V. Idea created a working model of a manual transmission. While its not likely to drive a Corvette, its offers seven forward gears, and one reverse gear, just like the current generation of Chevy’s sports car.

Making Giant Scissors

Making Giant Scissors

(PG-13: Language) “I like making big versions of small things… and I like sharp objects.” Simone Giertz and her pals built a gigantic pair of scissors just because she felt like it. They’re made from sturdy sheet metal, and just sharp enough to cut paper.

Making a Cotton Candy Flower

Making a Cotton Candy Flower

Here in the US, cotton candy is typically just a big fluffy pillow of spun sugar, but in China, it’s often turned into amazing works of edible art by street vendors. Watch as this candy chef in Chongqing, China turns sugar into an intricate multi-color flower. Oh the humanity at 8:11!

The Breakfast Cap

The Breakfast Cap

This hilarious vintage newsreel footage features “Professor I.M. Nuts” showing off his invention, a cap designed to protect you from getting squirted in the face when eating grapefruit. We’re surprised this thing hasn’t turned up on Kickstarter or Indiegogo yet.

New Order: 1933 Style

New Order: 1933 Style

The New Order tune Blue Monday isn’t exactly contemporary – it’s over 35 years old, in fact. BBC Arts’ Orkestra Obselete took it back even further, envisioning what it might have sounded like had it been recorded in 1933, using instruments that were in favor at the time.

FITNESS Z0NE

FITNESS Z0NE

Jack Sachs created this silly animated fitness tape featuring a variety of special exercise moves which are guaranteed to help you shed pounds, give you more energy, and melt inches off your waist! Advance! Now, Embrace the Void!

Howard the Duck Honest Trailer

Howard the Duck Honest Trailer

While we’re not sure how many of you have actually seen Howard the Duck, we have. While it was definitely weird, perhaps audiences just weren’t ready for it. Screen Junkies offers their scathingly funny take on the 1986 Marvel comic book flick that went from box-office bomb to cult classic.

Alexander Mills: Crash Into Me

Alexander Mills: Crash Into Me

Crank up your headphones and enjoy as musician Alexander Mills turns in an absolutely fantastic cover version of Dave Matthews Band’s 1996 classic Crash Into Me. This is why we truly love the Internet – discovering incredibly talented people we wouldn’t have otherwise heard of.

Marble Machine X Work in Progress

Marble Machine X Work in Progress

Martin Molin is known for his amazing Wintergatan music-making marble machine. He’s been working on an even more complicated machine for years, and has been documenting the build. This conveyor belt assembly is one of the more enthralling parts he’s completed so far.

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The Roll-Ka

The Roll-Ka

Car hacker Master Milo decided to take an old Ford Ka and give it new life as a thrill ride. By slicing it up, adding a roll cage, and setting it into a set of round tracks, he transformed the subcompact car into a dizzying ride for two. Check out Milo’s original video here.

iPad LEGO Spirograph

iPad LEGO Spirograph

LEGO Technic expert Yoshihito ISOGAWA created a couple of neat little drawing machines, which spin around while holding an Apple Pencil, resulting in Spirograph-style drawings on an iPad screen. He also made a rig that does pointilist drawings.

Making Jelly Beans from Beans

Making Jelly Beans from Beans

We’ve seen how jelly beans are made, and they’re not made from beans. Still, How to Make Everything figured it was possible to make the candy from actual beans such as mung beans, peanuts, coffee and chocolate that he either grew or picked himself.

Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Car Ride

Spider-Man: Homecoming’s Car Ride

Lessons from the Screenplay joins YouTube creators in doing breakdowns of Marvel movie scenes. His pick is the wonderfully intense car ride scene from Spider-Man: Homecoming, in which Adrian discovers Peter’s secret.

Jawbreaker Guitar

Jawbreaker Guitar

Jawbreaker candies are known for their toughness, so Burls Art decided to work with them much like any other building material, sawing and sanding them, then coating them in resin to create a truly sweet “flying V” guitar like no other.

Using Pennies as Floor Tiles

Using Pennies as Floor Tiles

Matt Giles shows off a really nifty way to dress up a room – instead of going with traditional floor tiles, he laid down 27,000 individual pennies (just $270 plus labor) for an amazingly cool look. It’s a time-consuming project, but with enough patience, anyone can do it.

Weaving a Carbon Fiber Rocket Tank

Weaving a Carbon Fiber Rocket Tank

Hypnotic video footage of a rocket propellant tank being made by wrapping and weaving layers of carbon composite filament around an aluminum form. The custom-built machine and software were engineered by the literal rocket scientists at Interorbital Systems.

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Inside a Hollywood Prop Warehouse

Inside a Hollywood Prop Warehouse

Ever wonder what happens to all the props, costumes, cars, and other items seen in movies go when filming ends? Insider takes us on a trip to the Warner Brothers Corporate Archive, an extensive warehouse where many older props get stored.

Old-Timey Medical Cures

Old-Timey Medical Cures

Mental Floss lists some of the hilarious, gross, ineffective and outright counterproductive cures that were prescribed or probably made up in old times. The list includes cigarettes, cocaine, morphine, and even dead bodies.

Sailor Rations in the 18th Century

Sailor Rations in the 18th Century

“A frothing, bubbling, cooking mess.” Townsends reads passages from an 18th century British sailor’s memoir that lists some of the things that they ate, and cooks one simple item from the list. It’s burgoo – boiled ground oatmeal served with molasses. Or pork and beef fat.

Bottle-flipping Robots

Bottle-flipping Robots

During Japan’s RoboCon 2018, high school students presented their designs for single-purpose robots made specifically to toss bottles filled with liquid, and land them perfectly with way more consistency than most humans could. There’s bottle-flipping action here.

Unshredding Money

Unshredding Money

Think you’re good at solving jigsaw puzzles? Check this out. In this time-lapse clip, artist Martin John Callanan painstakingly reconstructs a misprinted British Five Pound note that was shredded into thousands of tiny bits, piecing it back together using a pair of tweezers.

The Evolution of Console Controllers

The Evolution of Console Controllers

Cheddar shares the origins of the controllers of the N64, and the Xbox and PlayStation series to point out how their designs were not based on ergonomics alone. Sometimes, management or technological constraints led to these familiar forms.

Light Zoetrope

Light Zoetrope

Artist Akinori Goto came up with a truly wonderful take on the zoetrope. He uses 3D printing to turn 2D frames into a donut-shaped object. It looks like an abstract sculpture, but it reveals its animation when hit with a narrow beam of light.

Sesame Street x HBO

Sesame Street x HBO

Sesame Street asks us to be more respectful of one another with a duo of amusing parodies of HBO dramas, featuring the actual stars and sets from the shows. While the Game of Thrones one has gone viral, we think the Westworld one is even better in our opinion.

EverBlock Building Blocks

EverBlock Building Blocks
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EverBlock’s interlocking plastic blocks are like giant size LEGO bricks, but are sturdy enough to create temporary or semi-permanent partitions, walls, and furniture. They’re also perfect for building playhouses for kids and pets. Play with their online 3D builder here.

Jimmy Page’s ’59 Telecaster

Jimmy Page’s ’59 Telecaster

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was once bequeathed a 1959 Fender Telecaster guitar. With a little help from Page himself, the animators at Nexus Studios share the mystical story of this illustrious and iconic instrument. Fender sells a replica of the psychedelic dragon guitar here.

DIY Paper Shredder

DIY Paper Shredder

You can pick up a cheap paper shredder for about 20 bucks, but what fun is that when you can build your own? The Q shows off a homebrew shredder that does the trick using sharpened metal discs. It’s missing the safety mechanisms that production shredders offer, so DIY at your own risk.

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