In this brief clip from ViralVideoLab, they show off a simple way to make a paper airplane remain airborne for a very long time. The trick requires just the right kind of plane, and a series of small fans to keep it circling in the air. You can find folding instructions for the plane here.
In some cultures, and even more so in certain households, it’s drilled into our heads that in order to be successful in life, that you MUST be the absolute best. The School of Life is here to remind us that living life well isn’t equated with such lofty goals, and how the pressures of achievement often make our lives worse.
Ever wonder how images get printed on things like phone and tablet cases? UV inkjet printers can print on just about any surface, and can even create textures. Strange Parts takes us inside of the Besjet factory, where they make these industrial wonders, and offers a look at how they’re made, as well as their capabilities.
For those of us living in big cities, scenic roads are a bit hard to come by, but once you hit the open road, America has plenty of great drives. Expedia shares five of their faves, reimagined as pixel art from a late 1980s arcade game. We just love Oregon’s Columbia Highway.
The Pursuit of Wonder presents a fictitious story about a man who loses his dog, and how that event triggered a sequence of events that shape the course of his life. It’s a fascinating exploration at the nature of random occurrences, and whether they could alternatively be looked at as fate.
Diamondback Bicycles worked with Juicy Studios director Mike Hopkins and cinematographer Scott Secco to create this awesome ad spot to promote its new Mission Carbon bike. The clip takes us on a wild ride down the side of a mountain as the director himself, Micayla Gatto, and Reilly Horan put the badass bike to the test.
Film essayist Now You See It looks back at the end of the 20th century, and how many of the movies of 1999 seemed to have a consistent theme running through many of them. He dubbed it “The Year of the Cubicle Movie,” with films like Office Space, Fight Club, and The Matrix leading up his theory.
Scary Pockets turns in another wonderfully funky cover of a classic tune, this time taking on Derek and The Dominos’ 1970 track Layla. Though this time, they left the comfort of their studio and recorded the performance live at DC’s Union Stage. That’s Jacob Luttrell kicking out the soulful lead vocals and keys.
Untitled Film Works’ short about one artist’s creative process becomes a film about three artists. At once, it’s a glimpse inside the mind of fine art photographer David Yarrow as he seeks the perfect shot in South Georgia, while showcasing the vision of directors and cinematographers Abraham Joffe ACS and Dom West.
You have a better chance of being struck by lightning multiple times than winning a big lottery these days. But a couple of decades back, Stefan Mandel figured out that depending on the size of a lottery’s jackpot, if you bought every single combination, you’d be guaranteed a win. He just had to figure out how to buy them all.
Charlie Stewart’s beautifully minimal animated short film takes us on a journey to a far-off planet, where two scientists have been left to explore, and two AI-powered digital assistants who strike up a conversation as they wonder where their human masters have gone.
Zack Nelson of JerryRigEverything is engaged to Cambry Kaylor, who suffered a tragic horseback accident when she was 18, leaving her partially paralyzed. To improve her mobility in their home, he ripped a hole through the second floor, and installed a Stiltz Lifts elevator for her to get up and downstairs with ease.
Magician and puzzle fanatic Chris Ramsay shows off an incredibly complicated “Level 10” puzzle by designer Rainer Popp. The beautifully-crafted T11 Popplock weighs in at about 5 pounds, and requires a sequence of 13 tricky steps to unlock it. The only clue provided is to use the key in the keyhole – but there is no keyhole.
Ford is currently working on a pure-electric version of its wildly popular F-150 pickup. To prove that its drivetrain is just as capable as ever, they set about towing 10 train cars with its prototype, and then filled the train with 42 more F-150s, for a total weight over 1.25 million pounds.
Camera technology has come a very long way since World War I, though a lens is generally still just a lens. Photographerr Mathieu Stern decided to see what kind of video he could capture with a lens he snatched from a 100-year-old Eastman Kodak camera. The footage is quite good, with a dreamy and warm quality to it.
That expanding spray foam insulation can be really useful for filling gaps and cracks, but it’s also really nasty stuff. The King of Random decided to see if they could use a bunch of cans of Great Stuff to make usable (and really ugly) furniture. Somebody should try and build a house out of this goo.
We love a bowl of sweet and crunchy breakfast cereal as much as the next guy, but as Ordinary Things points out, this high-carb, low-nutritional value day-starter isn’t exactly good for you, despite what the marketing might tell us. The Stuff You Should Know episode on the Kellogg brothers is worth a listen too.
In this clip from Science Channel’s How It’s Made, they take us inside a factory that makes ridiculously small and precise drill bits – the kind that might be used by a dentist to put holes in your teeth. The flutes on the bits are so small that a microscope must be used to view them.
Classical pianist Martin Leung dropped by the University of Michigan’s Britton Recital Hall to perform a medley of tracks from the world of Mario Bros., kicking things off with the classic Super Mario Bros. theme – and just to show off, he did that first bit blindfolded. If it seems familiar, he first performed the medley back in 2007.
Have you ever wondered what happens to a pill once you swallow it? In this video from photographer Ben Ouaniche of Macro Room, we get an incredible close-up look at medications as they dissolve in a bath of water. It appears the imagery was sped up for added effect.
There’s nothing quite like the delicious flavor of grilled, seared, or smoked meats. But the way you cook and handle meats after cooking can dramatically improve its quality. SciShow explains tips for making the perfect BBQ meal and the scientific reasons that these techniques improve flavor and texture.