If you spun a jump rope fast enough, would it be possible to shield yourself from the rain? I did a thing wanted to know the answer, so he did some math and got to work building a terrifying-looking machine intending to spin a rope fast enough to stay dry under its arc.
We love using hot sauce to add a kick to many foods. Chili flavored sauces have been around for thousands of years, and Mental Floss‘ Food History explains where these spicy condiments likely originated as well as some of their varieties. Along the way, you’ll learn why peppers are spicy in the first place.
The Kiffness remixed another internet video, this time starting with a clip of workers in Thailand doing manual pile driving while singing a song. Kiff’s take on the track adds just the right amount of drum, bass, and tamborine, along with appropriate lyrics. Gotta get that pole in the ground!
Engineer Matt Ferraro came up with an innovative method to hide images in clear acrylic. At first glance, the tile appears to be completely transparent, but when light passes through it onto a surface, an image is revealed. The technique relies on caustic patterns which cast shadows and transmit light at varying intensities.
There I Ruined It continues to achieve their goal of destroying popular music by changing it to the entirely wrong genre. This time, they took Gwen Stefani’s Hollaback Girl and turning it into a jaunty early 1900s ragtime tune in the style of Scott Joplin. This sh*t is bananas.
A group of soldiers escorts a scientist to a mysterious anomaly when he starts to experience a strange sensation. But are the terrors he sees and hears real or imagined? Writer-director Sava Zivkovic’s short science fiction film leaves us asking many questions with its unsettling vibe from start to finish.
For us mere mortals, a 3x3x3 Rubik’s Cube poses a challenge. But Corenpuzzle is a bit more ambitious with his puzzles. His Atlasminx is a 19-layer dodecahedron with 4,863 moving pieces. It’s made from 3D-printed pieces that rotate around a circular core. He used colored plastic to avoid having to apply thousands of stickers.
YouTube channel Brick Bending specializes in creating unexpected geometries using LEGO bricks. This satisfying video shows how they built an oversize wheel using three kinds of hinged components in a repeating pattern. We imagine you could use this method to build a wheel as large as you want, given enough bricks.
Normally the only hole on a soap bubble is the one that you blow through to fill it with air. But science vlogger and teacher Steve Mould shows us how it’s easy to make a perfectly circular hole in a film of soap using a loop of thread. He goes on to explain how it’s a useful metaphor for the way cell membranes work.
If there’s one thing we don’t miss about computers, it’s having to install software and operating systems from dozens of floppy disks. Nobel Tech condensed hours upon hours of footage into a 6-minute time-lapse showing the time-consuming installation process of every major version of Microsoft Windows, from 1.01 to 11.
Toronto Blue Jays player turned artist Blake McFarland of BM Sculptures shows how he made an awesome sculpture of a bear by assembling various hardwood sticks and coated them clear epoxy resin. He used a chainsaw to cut the rough shapes and then smoothed out the design using a variety of handheld grinders and sanding tools.
The Brick Experiment Channel follows up its video of LEGO vehicles climbing over things with a series of more challenging obstacles. The new vehicle design includes a second adjustable joint, which allows it to climb objects and surfaces that look like they should be impossible to traverse.
Robinson Foundry crafted this useful brass kitchen gadget using a 3D printed measuring cube as a starting point. Like some of his other creations, he used the “Lost PLA” method to create a ceramic mold around the 3D print and then melted away the plastic. We wonder how accurate it is compared to the original.
Because absolutely nobody asked for it, The Critters created a Rube Goldberg machine that plays the main theme from Jurassic Park using precisely placed rubber chickens and bowling balls. Yes, we know they almost certainly did it with CGI, but it’s still hilariously weird.
Artist Olivier Gomis paid tribute to The Lord of the Rings by creating a larger-than-life replica of The One Ring. He started by assembling wedges of wood into circles and smoothed them on a lathe. He then carved its engravings and added curly maple veneers so its lettering only appears when its hidden LED lights are switched on.
The tilt-shift lens technique is known for making real-world locations look like miniatures. Flurdeh applies the same effect to video games, offering up tilt-shift takes on Fallout: New Vegas, Bioshock Infinite, CyberPunk 2077, and Skyrim and more. We loved watching tiny street fights break out in Batman: Arkham Knight.
Costume armorer David Guyton shows us how it’s possible to sculpt a sheet of aluminum into the shape of a human face. It’s a time-consuming process to stretch and bend the metal, but with enough practice and the right tools, you could make one too. He also posted a tutorial on how to make a matching Roman helmet.
Ever wonder how they get all the nails in a box to lay in the same direction? In this all-too-short and all-too-silent video clip, they show how a pile of randomly grabbed nails immediately point in the proper direction when dropped between a pair of electromagnets. Here’s another machine that does it without human intervention.
Hong Kong is loaded with tall and colorful apartment buildings like the ones we saw in The Block Tower. Artist Max Hattler created this experimental animation by taking thousands of individual building photos and sequencing them to create vertical and horizontal movements.
The Michelin Man, aka “Bibendum,” is one of the most iconic advertising mascots of all time. Awesome Restorations, got their hands on an antique metal sculpture of the rotund character and sandblasted away years of rust, then repainted it, restoring its former glory. He looked like a toasted marshmallow man before his makeover.
The sounds that Jimi Hendrix made with his electric guitar were unreal. Using a modified Hohner Clavinet D6 keyboard with a whammy bar, Aussie musician Lachy Doley rocked the house with a powerfully expressive performance of Voodoo Child. Doley and his band killed it with their cover of Steve Winwood’s I’m a Man too.
Gnuk Animations has an obsession with LEGO trains, and likes to see what it will take to stop one from rolling down the tracks. On their TikTok channel, you’ll find videos of a LEGO train taking on spaghetti, Q-tips, Pokémon cards, paper straws, tin foil, and more.
How might we experience time if everything slowed down to 1/3600th of its current speed? With the help of a Phantom TMX 7510 high-speed camera, Gav from The Slow Mo Guys gives us a small taste of what life might be like at 90,000 frames per second. Want more? Here’s a guy falling into a pool for an hour.
Russian firefighter Artur Prosport shared video of a competition where participants show off their speed climbing a building. Each player must run to the wall carrying a one-story ladder, then use it to ascend three floors as quickly as possible. We imagine this would be much slower if they were wearing their firefighting gear.
If you’re going to commit crimes, you probably should be in pretty good shape. This silly video from Vlog Creations imagines how burglars, purse-snatchers, bank robbers, and other thieves might get their reps in at the gym. The staircase sneak was our favorite exercise.