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Kurstin + Grohl: Copacabana

Kurstin + Grohl: Copacabana

Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin’s 2021 Hanukkah Sessions continue to entertain us throughout the holiday. On the third night, they performed a faithful cover version of Barry Manilow’s 1978 hit Copacabana complete with a disco ball, shimmer curtains, and a cheesy lens flare filter. (Thanks, Harriet!)

David

David

(PG-13: Language) Despite the comedic chops of its actors and creator, Zach Woods’ short film is surprisingly serious. It follows the story of a severely depressed man whose emergency therapy session is interrupted by another pressing situation. Stars Will Ferrell, William Jackson Harper, and Fred Hechinger. (Thanks, Rob!)

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Tesla Model S Plaid with a Minigun

Tesla Model S Plaid with a Minigun

When it comes to car acceleration, you can’t get much quicker than a Tesla Model S Plaid. FullMag equipped a Model S Plaid with a working M134 Minigun that just might be enough to convince slower cars to get out of the left lane. A second video shows a test firing with blanks and a night vision drive. (Thanks, Chris!)

LEGO Winter Train Ride

LEGO Winter Train Ride

Half-Asleep Chris created this wonderful LEGO railroad which winds through a snowy winter scene. The indoor-outdoor ride takes the tiny train through a gingerbread village, an ice cave, a spinning storybook tunnel, and a giant snow globe made from a geodesic dome. The journey starts around the 7-minute mark.

We’re Not Gonna Take Mariah Carey Anymore

We’re Not Gonna Take Mariah Carey Anymore

There I Ruined It wants to Un-Ruin a Christmas by donating the proceeds from their holiday fundraiser to Toys for Tots. All you have to do is listen to their new and improved version of Mariah Carey’s All I Want for Christmas as performed by Dee Snider, then open up your wallet and give.

Glowing Pendulum Waves

Glowing Pendulum Waves

Science guy NightHawkInLight takes a popular pendulum physics demonstration and amps it up. He starts out with a large pendulum made from metal nuts and varying lengths of strings for the bright shots, then covers them with tape and fluorescent paint to make them glow brightly under UV light.

A Very Tuba Christmas

A Very Tuba Christmas

Start celebrating the holidays with this festive medley of Christmas classics performed entirely on brass instruments. Musician Scott Sutherland put together this warm dose of holiday cheer along with 229 tuba and euphonium players from 21 countries around the globe.

Super Violin Bros.

Super Violin Bros.

This isn’t the first time we’ve heard the Super Mario Bros. theme performed on violin, but musician Teppei Okada’s version adds all the appropriate sound effects to a few different levels of the classic Nintendo platformer. He’s done the same for F-ZERO and Super Mario Kart among others.

World’s Tallest Buildings Compared

World’s Tallest Buildings Compared

In 1971, the 1,250 foot-tall Empire State Building was the tallest building on Earth. Today, the Burj Khalifa, is more than twice that height, at 2,717 feet. MetaBallStudios offers up a visual comparison of the tallest skyscrapers along with some planned and conceptual future projects which could tower over the Burj.

Drill Team Razzle-Dazzle

Drill Team Razzle-Dazzle

As part of a promotional event, members of the U.S. Air Force Honor Guard strutted their stuff in New York’s Times Square. Among their routines was this impressively choreographed sequence in which a sergeant marches through a line of soldiers spinning and tossing bayonet-tipped rifles.

Evolve: Drone FPV Freestyle Flight

Evolve: Drone FPV Freestyle Flight

Drone pilot Captain Vanover takes us on a thrilling acrobatic flight through the woods of Oregon with the Portland FPV crew. Be aware, though – the tumbles, rolls, and spins through the trees might make you dizzy. Watch in 4K if you can.

Inside the Mind of LEGO Master Builder

Inside the Mind of LEGO Master Builder

WIRED introduces us to LEGO Master Model Builder PJ Catalano. Since 2013, he’s has been building incredible LEGO structures at LEGOLAND California. In this episode of Obsessed, PJ talks about the basics of LEGO construction, how to make letters with bricks, and how his creations come to life. Also, we need those LEGO pliers.

Animation vs. Arcade Games

Animation vs. Arcade Games

Alan Becker revisits his Animation vs. series yet again. This time, his stick figure characters attempt to play classic arcade games on a MAME cabinet. As they fight over the joystick, things go off the rails and they crawl inside the machine in an attempt to debug the system.

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Real Skifi: Winter Wonderland

Real Skifi: Winter Wonderland

Skiers Verneri Hannula, Ilkka Hannula, and Juho Kilkki headed to Finland’s Havumäki Ranch, where they found heaps of fluffy powder and shushed through acres of snow-capped evergreens. Real Skifi’s short film is equal parts ski film and dreamy winter postcard. Filmed by Janne Korpela and Anton Geier. Edited by Juho Kilkki.

Dune Bad Lip Reading

Dune Bad Lip Reading

With terminology like Bene Gesserit, Gom Jabbar, and Kwisatz Haderach, the dialogue in Dune already sounds a bit like gibberish. But that didn’t stop Bad Lip Reading from putting their comedic spin on Denis Villeneuve’s Dune. Be sure to check out the full music video for Heaven Drips.

Twisted Christmas Tree

Twisted Christmas Tree

Looking for a unique idea for a Christmas tree? Woodworker TyeMadeIt shows off a tree he made by cutting 288 wooden stakes to different lengths then stacked them on a pole and twisted them. Since making the one shown in the video, he’s been commissioned to make custom ones for clients. Build video here.

Banjo on Bass

Banjo on Bass

A banjo has a distinctive twang often played at a speedy tempo. Musician Charles Berthoud shows how a simliar playing style can be applied to a slap bass, giving bluegrass musicians a backup instrument in case they break a string on their banjo.

Pouring Hot Rubber on Gloves

Pouring Hot Rubber on Gloves

We’ve seen the strange but fascinating way that rubber gloves are made. Now watch a less efficient but equally satisfying method that involves pouring streams of molten rubber over spinning hand molds until they’re evenly coated. It also looks like a great way to take down a villain in an action movie.

One Sheet Flipbook Animation

One Sheet Flipbook Animation

dP Art Drawing has made some pretty sweet flipbook animations. While these typically require hundreds of sheets of paper, he wanted to see what would be possible with a single sheet of paper. Over the course of 52 days, he drew 211 frames of art, erasing and redrawing portions of each image to create this animation.

Making an Unrideable Bicycle

Making an Unrideable Bicycle

A bicycle is a fairly simple vehicle, but the physics involved in keeping it from falling over are more complex than you might think. But as Veritasium demonstrates, get one critical mechanism wrong, and you end up with a bike that’s nearly impossible to keep upright – especially when turning.

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Kurstin + Grohl: Stay

Kurstin + Grohl: Stay

Dave Grohl and Greg Kurstin are back with a new series of Hanukkah Sessions for 2021. The kicked things off right with this very special performance of Lisa Loeb’s Stay. While it starts with the same folksy charm as the original, things escalate quickly as it turns into death metal. (Thanks Harriet!)

The Fragility of Complexity

The Fragility of Complexity

Illustrating just how interdependent the world has become, artist Neil Mendoza built The Fragility of Complexity, a motorized, kinetic art installation composed of a row of hammers that rotate perilously close to a series of moving light bulbs. Neil says only a single light bulb was broken during its construction.

World’s Largest NERF Gun 2021

World’s Largest NERF Gun 2021

A while back, we saw what was then the largest NERF gun on record. Not one to be outdone, Michael Pick aka The Casual Engineer created an even bigger dart-flinging toy – measuring 12 ft. 6 in. long. Based on the NERF N-Strike Elite Longshot CS-6, Michael’s weapon can fire jumbo darts up to 250 ft. at speeds up to 50 mph.

Treetop Hot Wheels Track

Treetop Hot Wheels Track

Backyard Racing takes us on a glorious Hot Wheels ride through the colorful fall foliage. The treetop track took a month to build and incorporates jumps, loops, tunnels, a motorized gondola, boosters, and a water feature complete with a car-eating shark.

Casting a Metal Fence

Casting a Metal Fence

Iron fences are typically made by shaping and welding together multiple pieces of metal. But this factory uses a technique where entire fence sections are cast in large molds, with multiple workers pouring in molten metal to fill in the complete pattern at once.

Giant Quarry Saws

Giant Quarry Saws

These gigantic circular saws riding on rails and kicking up dust look like something out of a dystopian science fiction movie. In fact, these massive cutting tools are used today to cut blocks of stone in a quarry in China. Here’s a closer look at one of the saws in action.

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