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Nebula Ellipse Sculpture

Nebula Ellipse Sculpture

Artist Ivan Black shows off an amazing kinetic sculpture which works like a giant-sized, light-up Lollipopter. As it spins, its illuminated aluminum bars create hypnotic, mathematically-inspired patterns. Read more about Ivan’s work on Colossal.

BEL-AIR

BEL-AIR

Now this is a story all about how… my life got flipped turned upside down. Filmmaker Morgan Cooper presents a modern take on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, in which Will Smith’s character is subject to 21st century problems as he adjusts from life in Philly to Souther Cali.

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Toy Car Door Indicator

Toy Car Door Indicator

DIYer mathisox made door ajar indicators for his old van that keep the vehicle’s retro charm. He attached switches to the van’s doors that activate motors attached to a toy car. If a door on the van is open, the corresponding door would also be open on the toy.

Samsung Galaxy Fold: ’90s Edition

Samsung Galaxy Fold: ’90s Edition

There’s much buzz these days about the upcoming barrage of foldable smartphones, like the Samsung Galaxy Fold and Huawei Mate X. Squirrel Monkey’s latest retro tech video imagines what these phones might have been like some 20 years ago.

A Shoeshine Champion at Work

A Shoeshine Champion at Work

Tokyo-based shoe cleaning and repair shop The Way Things Go claims that its employee Naoki Terashima is “the winner of all Japan shoeshine championship 2019.” Watch him do his thing in this relaxing video. We await his anime biopic.

How Freight Trains Connect the World

How Freight Trains Connect the World

In the world’s top economies, passenger trains have expensive tickets. Freight trains, on the other hand, move cargo at incredibly cheap rates. Wendover Productions explains why trains are more efficient than cargo trucks at moving goods across the Earth.

Ghost Vocals Explained

Ghost Vocals Explained

We always assumed that the phantom vocal sounds we hear in some songs were intentionally placed there, but You Can’t Unhear This‘ explains how that’s not always the case, and how sometimes they’re simply a remnant of old school studio recording.

Making Capt. Marvel’s Helmet

Making Capt. Marvel’s Helmet

Odin Makes created a wearable replica of the badass mask and helmet from the fantastic Captain Marvel movie. As usual, he made most of it with craft foam. He put LEDs inside thin polyethylene sheets to make the glowing mohawk.

How Speech Synthesizers Work

How Speech Synthesizers Work

From Siri, to Google, to Alexa, voice based systems are pretty much ubiquitous these days. But how can a computer speak so many different words so well? The 8-Bit Guy looks back at the early days of digital speech synthesis, and how that led us to today’s innovations.

How a Gumball Machine Works

How a Gumball Machine Works

It’s a requisite stop for every kid with change in their pocket. But have you ever wondered how dropping a coin into a gumball machine makes it dispense a chewy treat? Animator and explainer of things Jared Owen gives us a detailed breakdown of its mechanism.

Misery was

Misery was

(PG-13: Language) Exurb1a rushes through evolution and genetics to share a thought: if mental illnesses can be genetically edited out of us, should we do it? It’s hard to say without knowing the consequences, but a world where misery is extinct certainly sounds wonderful.

O’hene Savant: Rap Opera

O’hene Savant: Rap Opera

(PG-13: Language) Musician and producer O’hene Savànt just dropped what might be the most epic rap ever released, a 30-minute long autobiographical song comprised of “scenes” about a man whose love of music drives his life, and the struggles he faces along his path.

DJ Cummerbund: Happy with Jesus

DJ Cummerbund: Happy with Jesus

Remix magician DJ Cummerbund is back with another mashup that shouldn’t work, but does. He tossed Depeche Mode, The Turtles, Britney Spears, Gunhild Carling, King Kong Bundy, and Randy “Macho Man” Savage into a blender to create his latest amalgamation.

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Zeppelin Ski Drop

Zeppelin Ski Drop

While helicopter skiing has become quite popular, this is the first time we’ve ever seen skiers dropped from a zeppelin. In this clip, adrenaline junkies Stefan Ager, Andreas Gumpenberger, and Fabian Lentsch each rappelled from a snow white blimp over the German Alps to kick off their run.

Repairing a Wondergram

Repairing a Wondergram

Retro gadget expert Techmoan fixes up a wonderful gizmo from the 1950s, a turntable about the size of a book, known as the Wondergram. It doesn’t sound great, and clearly isn’t good for vinyl, but it’s a nifty bit of engineering for its time.

LWT: Robocalls

LWT: Robocalls

(PG-13: Language) John Oliver takes on those irritating automated calls that fill our phones on a daily basis. From political campaigns to tax scams, technology has made it cheap and easy for just about anyone to flood phones with junk calls, and to spoof caller ID info.

Pasta Shredder Photo Trick

Pasta Shredder Photo Trick

Photographer Kensuke Koike shows off a neat trick you can do with any image on heavy paper and a pasta maker. By shredding the picture into strips, the image can be duplicated into progressively lower resolution versions of itself.

The Quest for the Grail

The Quest for the Grail

Monty Python and the Holy Grail is one of the best and most absurd comedies of all time. But to prove that the way a movie’s trailer is edited can dramatically change the tone of a film, Testudo Aubreii turned the Python’s flick into a serious, and action-filled period piece.

FREIGHT

FREIGHT

Sava Zivkovic’s computer animated short film follows an alien creature who must deliver a mysterious object back to its home. The story only scratches the surface of the mystery, but the mood it sets is incredibly captivating. Go behind the scenes with its creators here.

A Film of Flags

A Film of Flags

Filmmaker Daniel McKee selected over 2,000 flags from throughout the ages, and painstakingly arranged and edited them so they not only blend between related colors and imagery, but so they lined up perfectly with the music of Beethoven.

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Firestarter: A Tribute

Firestarter: A Tribute

Resident metalhead Leo Moracchioli pays tribute to the The Prodigy lead singer Keith Flint in the best way possible, with a perfectly amped-up cover version of their 1997 hit track Firestarter, loaded with intense vocals and powerful guitar riffs. Rest in peace, Keith.

Tetris: Big Band Cover

Tetris: Big Band Cover

The 8-Bit Big Band is back with another phenomenal cover of a classic video game tune. This time, they take on block-stacking fun of Tetris, adding a bit of swing and a cinematic flair to the Soviet-era sounds of the theme song.

Alternate Versions of Captain Marvel

Alternate Versions of Captain Marvel

Captain Marvel is shaping up to be a blockbuster. Variant Comics jumps in on the movie’s hype by sharing the most notable versions of the hero/heroine. That includes the original version, one who defeated and then restored Death itself, and even a villain.

Screw the Box

Screw the Box

Stig Pryds was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis in 2008. It cost him his business and more. But 5 years into the pain and drug dependency, he went cold turkey and sought alternative ways of fighting his ailment. Daan Verhoeven’s short film is a true inspiration.

The Chemical Brothers: We’ve Got to Try

The Chemical Brothers: We’ve Got to Try
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The latest track from The Chemical Brothers‘ album No Geography features the intense, driving electronic beats we’ve come to expect, accompanied by inspiring vocals, and a music video about a dog who first learns to drive race cars, then pilot a rocket ship.

Laws Broken: Jurassic Park

Laws Broken: Jurassic Park

“The bottom line is… that expenses were spared.” After explaining the ways in which Willy Wonka broke the law, LegalEagle is back with another bit of film analysis, exploring the many OSHA violations and other failings of the infamous dinosaur-filled theme park.

How to Use Reddit

How to Use Reddit

Reddit newbie MaggieePearl asked her boyfriend Jason Velasquez for advice on how to best interact with the unforgiving world of the link-sharing platform, and rather than just walk her through a few tips on Reddit etiquette, he made this video instead.

Making SNES Music

Making SNES Music

While the Super Nintendo system provided us with countless hours of memorable gaming, it turns out that making music for its games was extremely difficult given the system’s memory limitations. The Nerdwriter explores some of the clever workarounds composers employed.

Playing Riffs Where They Belong

Playing Riffs Where They Belong

From Metallica’s Fuel played at a gas station, to RHCP’s Under the Bridge performed under a bridge, musician Danilo Vicari’s compilation video provides some overly literal context to familiar bass and guitar riffs. We were hoping he would play Def Leppard’s Rocket.

Visit Earth

Visit Earth

Created by Wieden Kennedy Amsterdam for Russia’s S7 Airlines, Mackenzie Sheppard’s series is “the first travel show for aliens,” encouraging strangers from distant worlds to come visit our home planet for their next vacation. Watch all six episodes here.

Building a Drone-proof Drone

Building a Drone-proof Drone

Maker Peter Sripol plans on participating in DroneClash – a sort of BattleBots for drones. In this clip, he shows off the design and work that went into his ultra-sturdy machine that looks more like flying pizza box than a drone, but should do a great job fending off enemies.

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