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Doppler

Doppler

Video artist and motion designer Theo Tagholm came up with a cool new technique that involves layering repeated images onto each other to create a sort of video echo effect. The ambient soundtrack is by musician Thanasis Christodoulou.

A Decade of Sun

A Decade of Sun

Since 2010, NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO) has captured more than 425 million images of the Sun, with a still recorded once every 0.75 seconds. By grabbing one of these pictures from each hour, this time-lapse video condenses 10 years of footage down to just 61 minutes. Put on your sunglasses, sit back, and relax.

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How Flying Snakes Glide

How Flying Snakes Glide

We’ve always had it in our minds that snakes stuck to the ground. But it turns out that some of these reptiles can climb trees and actually glide through the air. Nature Video offers a look at this unusual behavior and how a tree snakes’s undulating movement improves its aerodynamics.

Black Ice

Black Ice

Photographer Christopher Dormoy created this hypnotic and indescribable montage of macro imagery using a combination of ice, oil, paint, soap, and flowers. Blow it up full screen, and you’ll feel like the temperature in your room dropped by 30 degrees by the time you’re done watching.

18 Forbidden Places

18 Forbidden Places

From the vault that holds Coca-Cola’s secret recipe to the Brazilian island covered with venomous snakes, there are some places where humans just aren’t supposed to go. In this episode of Mental Floss‘ List Show, editor Erin McCarthy explores through some of these unusual places that you can never visit.

Arthur: Synthwave Edition

Arthur: Synthwave Edition

Hey! What a wonderful kind of day! Hot Dad turns the theme song from the PBS Kids show Arthur on its ear, replacing the warm reggae riddims of Ziggy Marley and the Melody Makers’ original with a moody 1980s synthwave sound. It shouldn’t work, but somehow it does.

What’s Inside Mount Rushmore?

What’s Inside Mount Rushmore?

The What’s Inside channel is usually slicing objects open to see their innards. But in this clip, they don’t do any damage, instead just taking us on an exclusive tour of the presidential heads at South Dakota’s Mount Rushmore National Memorial, along with the secret vault that was supposed to store important historical documents.

Meet Bimpson

Meet Bimpson

While stuck at home under quarantine, Dylan Woodley decided to put the time to good use and teach himself how to create 3D computer animation. The result of his efforts is a ridiculously primitive, anatomically-incorrect, but somehow still charming character named “Bimpson.”

Waterjet Lathe

Waterjet Lathe

We’ve always enjoyed watching videos of wood being turned on a lathe. However, the carving part is usually done with metal tools. The guys from the Waterjet Channel wanted to see if the powerful high-pressure cutting tip of their waterjet could be used to smoothly sculpt a spinning piece of wood in the same way.

Closer to Funkytown

Closer to Funkytown

(PG-13: Language) If Trent Reznor was making music during the 1970s, it might have sounded something like this industrial-disco smashup by editor William Maranci, who once again proves that there are no two genres that can’t be combined as Lipps, Inc’s Funkytown and Nine Inch Nails Closer become one.

Everything is a Remix: Reality

Everything is a Remix: Reality

“How can we prevent ourselves from getting lost in the funhouse?” Filmmaker and speaker Kirby Ferguson looks at how the barrage of social media and other information sources can affect our perception of what is real, and how you can use your instincts and critical thinking to reduce your chances of being manipulated.

Making a Wooden Vise Grip

Making a Wooden Vise Grip

Clamps are usually made from metal for a good reason. After all, they need to be able to withstand a decent amount of stress as they’re tightened. While it might not be the most practical of workbench tools, we do love the craft and engineering of this plywood vise grip clamp built by carpenter John Heisz.

Making a Stitch-Free Leather Bag

Making a Stitch-Free Leather Bag

Most of the time when you see a leather bag, it’s stitched and maybe glued together. But builder Jimmy Diresta is used to working with more substantial hardware than that, so he set about handcrafting a rugged, squared-off bag using metal rivets to hold it together.

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Popping Nested Balloons in Slow-Mo

Popping Nested Balloons in Slow-Mo

The guys from The King of Random teamed up with Todd Robins from Kuma Films to capture slow-motion video footage of what happens when you burst a bunch of balloons that have been inflated inside of each other. It took an 11,000 fps camera to really show off the split-second explosions.

Metal Peaches

Metal Peaches

Peaches come in a can. They were put there by a man, in a factory downtown. Leo Moracchioli dusts of the 1995 Presidents of the U.S.A. hit Peaches, replacing the twangy alt-pop sounds of the original with angry electric guitar, and energetic screams about nature’s candy and some not-so-thinly-veiled sexual innuendo.

The Extreme Vespas of Indonesia

The Extreme Vespas of Indonesia

In most of the world, Vespas are just simple city scooters with a retro flair. But on the roads of Indonesia, they can be seen zooming around with some insane modifications. Great Big Story takes us on a spin to the Asian island nation for a ride-along with some of the scooter’s most passionate fans.

The Baroque Theorbo

The Baroque Theorbo

Here’s an unusual musical instrument we never heard of before now. Created in the 17th century, the enormous baroque theorbo is basically a lute on steroids. Orchestra of the Age of Enlightenment and lutenist Elizabeth Kenny explain the history of the theorbo, and provide a sampling of the sounds that it produces.

Why Green Screen Is Tricky

Why Green Screen Is Tricky

TV news channels, YouTubers, and even blockbuster movies us green screens to place people in alternative locations by removing their background and replacing it with another. Tom Scott explains why it’s challenging to get a really convincing background swap, and how the effect is really easy to spot when done badly.

Forging the Lothric Knight Sword

Forging the Lothric Knight Sword

The swordsmiths of That Works take on another great video game inspired build, this time crafting the Lothric Knight Sword from Dark Souls III. Rather than an over-the-top fantasy weapon, this impressive and strong straight blade is as practical as a real world sword that could have been wielded by an actual knight.

Large LEGO Pizza

Large LEGO Pizza

A while back, Bebop made a stop-motion animation of a pizza made of LEGO bricks. But what’s better than a LEGO pizza? An extra large LEGO pizza like the one in this delicious looking follow-up video. We’re just looking forward to all of the cold plastic leftovers tomorrow.

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How to Create Blinding Lights

How to Create Blinding Lights

Musician and blank-starer Seth Everman is an expert at deconstructing songs and figuring out how to replicate them. This time out, he shows us his method for playing The Weeknd’s hit Blinding Lights using his couch, a toilet, and various other things around his house. Naturally, he still needed his keyboard for the ’80s synth bits.

Rob Zombie Aerobics

Rob Zombie Aerobics

Aerobics videos were one of the hallmarks of 1980s cheese. And while they might have been incredibly campy when set to Olivia Newton-John music, this video shows how they can be improved upon when the choreography lines up with Rob Zombie’s Dragula. It also works well with Superbeast.

The Rise and Fall of Blockbuster

The Rise and Fall of Blockbuster

’80s and ’90s kids surely remember how Blockbuster dominated the home video rental landscape before Netflix and streaming took over. This animated infographic from V1 Analytics shows the rise and fall of the business as its stores popped up and vanished across the nation between 1986 and 2019.

Rainbow Connection Live

Rainbow Connection Live

Every time we hear the song Rainbow Connection from The Muppet Movie, it gives us the feels. While Jim Henson set the bar high with his original performance, 13-year-old puppeteer Kai and his dad Kelbe Schrank did the song and its creators proud during an event at Aubrey, Texas’ Fortunata Winery.

Building a Model High Rise

Building a Model High Rise

Model railroad builder Luke Towan shows off one of the coolest miniatures we’ve seen – a 32″ tall HO-scale model of an art deco apartment building. The 450+ piece laser-cut acrylic Majestic Towers kit is made by Custom Model Railroads. Luke’s painting, added 3D-printed details, and interior lighting really bring it to life.

Insanely Difficult William Tell Overture

Insanely Difficult William Tell Overture

Jacob Koller goes by the nickname “The Mad Arranger” because he loves to take relatively straightforward pieces of music and amp up the difficulty to 9000. Here, he takes Rossini’s familiar William Tell Overture and turns it into a supremely tricky jazz version. His arrangement of Mission Impossible is worth a listen too.

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