People do some strange things when they run out of stuff to do. Take, for example, this annual festival which takes place in San Juan de la Vega, Mexico. The sole objective is for participants to hit things with a sledgehammer packed with explosives so it blows up. Todd Hata takes us inside this wild and loud celebration.
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On the UK game show Taskmasters, contestants were asked to record videos of them performing an activity that would make them look much more talented when played in reverse. We can’t decide if the guy pulling the van or the Tree Wizard was our favorite. Just one question: How long until there’s a US remake of this show?
After building a retractable blade lightsaber, The Hacksmith is back to show off what this impressive plasma weapon can do. Watch in awe as it burns right through a Stormtrooper, slashes through walls, and melts metal and glass like butter. It’s not as quick at cutting as the ones in the movies, but just as awesome.
If you’ve used Photoshop’s content-aware fill, you know that it’s gotten easier to remove objects from still images. Doing the same in video is much trickier, but as Two Minute Papers explains, there’s new AI-based tech that’s really good at removing objects from moving images. It can also expand content into missing areas.
You’ve gotta fight… for your right… to beach party! If The Beastie Boys sang like The Beach Boys, it might sound something like Kevin Miller’s clever rework of Fight for Your Right set to the tune of I Get Around. We can totally imagine a video with the Beasties riding the waves on surf boards.
Does your dog shed a lot? Now that we’ve seen this video, we know what to do with all that hair that comes off when you brush them. Simply gather up some fur, activate your inner artist, and get to crafting a fuzzy replica of your pup like this impressive needle-felted doppelgänger.
“Although they look noticeably different from the other sea-dwelling animals, they’re doing their best to fit in.” Morgan Freeman narrates this documentary short film which about a terrifying undersea killer that is 100% man-made. Created by Hot Fuss Films for the sustainable living organization The Global Goals.
“You’ve literally just brought home a random bear.” The live-action/CGI movie Paddington tells the story of a family who offers a place to stay to a bear in need. But with a little help from YouTuber Scuffed Asian, Paddington’s visit just became a whole lot more ominous.
Around the globe, there are numerous decommissioned nuclear power plants. In the case of this plant that never opened along the German-Dutch border, it’s now home to an amusement park that includes a vertical swing ride inside of its cooling tower. A scenic mural on its outside helps it blend into its surroundings.
Danil Krivoruchko and a group of talented artists around the world collaborated on this fantastic fan film inspired by Peter Watts’ science fiction novel of the same name. It tells just a sliver of the original story from the perspective of a man waking up from cryosleep, as he recalls a first-contact mission with a alien species.
We’ve seen lots of videos where virtual objects have been synced up to perfectly match with music. But 5MadMovieMakers managed to do it in real life by building an elongated marble track and perfectly timing the speed of the ball rolling so it lines up with song lyrics. The track is “Take Your Time” by EmCee.
Who ya gonna call? The Beastie Boys, that’s who! For his Halloween 2020 mashup, remixer William Maranci managed to combine Ray Parker, Jr.’s Ghostbusters theme with Mike D, MCA, and Ad-Rock’s hit Intergalactic. We can totally see them wearing proton packs with their white and yellow uniforms.
Wonder World shows us an unusual guitar that uses a motorized wheel to strum its strings, so the person playing it only needs to worry about the frets. Anthony Dickens‘ unique instrument has a other interesting innovations like the ability to output sounds one string at a time with the push of a button.
LaughsMicroscopically uses a scanning electron microscope to take us deeper and deeper inside of a series of integrated circuits dating from 1989 to 2001. These now “vintage” circuits are far less dense than today’s designs, but are still an amazing marvel of engineering viewed in this way.
(PG-13: Language) Freestyle rapper Harry Mack likes to hang out on video chat platform Omegle, where he asks the people it pairs him up with to give him three words to incorporate into his rap. This clip includes a few of his sessions, but if you’re short on time, skip to 12:36.
“Suddenly, I’m not half the man I used to be.” UK rapper slowthai’s smooth and emotive ballad borrows a line from The Beatles’ Yesterday, but its accompanying one-shot music video by Oscar Hudson is anything but derivative, as it follows the story of a man experiencing one very strange fever dream.
We’re used to seeing our solar system illustrated in concentric rings. This helps us to understand their positions, but this animation by Dr. James O’Donoghue provides a different perspective, showing the relative sizes, rotational speeds, and axial tilts of everything from the dwarf planet Ceres to our mighty Sun.
The speed of light is pretty darned fast, but given just how far the Earth is away from the Sun, its light doesn’t get here instantly. It’s Okay to Be Smart teaches us how it’s not just a simple math equation, but complex astrophysics explain how sunlight is much older than you’d think.
Harrison Ford is known for his numerous roles in action movies and thrillers, as well as his real-world heroics. But we didn’t realize that he was such a foodie until we saw Owenergy’s compilation video, which solely features scenes of the dashing Mr. Ford as he chows down for some finger-licking good meals.
While it’s far from a comprehensive test, and they only tested for compressive strength, it’s still fun to see what happens to different types of tree trunks when they’re crushed in a powerful hydraulic press. Which kind of wood do you think will be the most durable?
Butter is one of those food staples that we often take for granted. But at Le Beurre Bordier, every pat of the creamy dairy product is a handmade work of art. Food Insider introduces us to this French shop dedicated to preserving 19th-century techniques, including the use of a spinning wooden wheel to knead the butter.
As we move more and more towards digital downloads and streaming, there’s less need for packaging. Ahoy looks back at the days when computer games mostly came in oversize packages with bold box art, and started to standardize on a form factor back in the early 1990s. Despite the dry subject matter, Ahoy makes it interesting.
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