We love the bright colors and heady aroma of Fruity Pebbles. In this classic episode of Unwrapped, they take us inside Post’s factory that churns out more than 55 million boxes of the cereal a year. The process includes dying long-grain rice, smushing the grains into flat pieces, then coating them with sugar and flavoring.
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The guys at Hacksmith Industries have been building out a collection of replica armor and props inspired by The Mandalorian. Among them is a version of Grogu’s floating cradle. The trick to making it hover is that it’s basically a lightweight aluminum drone with a vinyl skin.
While taking a road trip across America, maker Xyla Foxlin was inspired to collect a piece of wood that was grown and milled in each state she visited. While she didn’t manage to drive through every state, her fans helped her out so she could complete this beautiful and unique piece of wall art.
Mathematician mc2 shows off a neat digital simulation that shows how a string with 32 balls hung from it might behave when swung like a pendulum. It starts out smoothly enough, but as they slow down, chaotic movements bring the orbs closer to the fulcrum. We’d love to see how this looks in the real world.
During their 28 years together, Daft Punk used lots of synthesizers and electronic equipment to make their music. But as far as we recall, tesla coils were not in their arsenal. Thankfully, we have Franzoli Electronics, who used his high-voltage noise-makers to play an awesome cover version of Around the World.
Despite their lack of wings, spiders can actually take flight. This video from the University of Bristol video explains a process called ballooning, in which spiders take advantage of static electrical charges and wind currents to carry silk – and their bodies – through the air.
If you think jumping down a flight of 16 stairs on a skateboard sounds like madness, you’d be right. But that didn’t stop this guy who goes by the name “Slim” from attempting the feat over and over again. We’re amazed he didn’t break any bones pulling this stunt for Thrasher Magazine.
Producers Phil Lord and Chris Miller (The LEGO Movie) are behind this fun-looking animated feature about a wacky and dysfunctional family who find themselves in the midst of a robot apocalypse. Naturally, they end up becoming humanity’s only hope for survival. Coming to Netflix 4.30.2021.
Aviation enthusiast Viktor built a custom machine that can make identical copies of paramotor propellers. Area28 shared this video that shows how it works by the form of the original, much like one of those machines they use to copy keys. Skip to 6:10 for the money shot.
Among its many services, European auto club ADAC performs car safety testing. In this video, they took a break from crash-testing real-world cars to see how a LEGO Technic Porsche 911 GT3 RS would hold up in a T-bone crash with a Bugatti Chiron. The narration is in German, but it’s easy to tell you wouldn’t want to be in either car.
After taking on the 1980s with aplomb, The Hood Internet has completed the cycle for the 1990s. Hit play and enjoy this 35-minute playlist of classic hits from nineties hitmakers like Deee-Lite, DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince, No Doubt, Alanis Morissette, Everclear, and Missy Elliott.
Reindeer have been known to walk together in a circular formation in order to fend off predators and to protect their herd. This incredible aerial footage of hundreds of swirling deer was captured by filmmaker Andrei Golovnev on Russia’s Kola Peninsula in the Arctic Circle.
Michalina Malisz has made a name for herself by performing rock and metal songs on a hurdy-gurdy. In this video, she performs a medley of riffs Muse tracks, including Pressure, Supermassive Black Hole, and Hysteria, which sounds super cool on the instrument. Need more? How about some Rammstein or Black Sabbath?
Mirror artist Nicky Alice created this captivating and hypnotic sculpture which looks like a series of infinitely-floating cubes. The trick to the illusion is the precisely-cut mirrors and the built-in LED illumination. His mirrored pyramid design is also really awesome.
Jason Shron is so obsessed with railroads that he built a full-size train car inside his house. He’s also got a sweet HO-scale model train that he rigged a camera inside of to give us a passenger’s perspective. We honestly thought the view out of the window was from a real train.
How It’s Made takes us inside the factory for WEGA, makers of high-end commercial espresso machines. There, industrial machines transform sheets of steel into parts, then skilled workers assemble dozens of components, including a large copper and brass boiler that sits at the center of each machine.
MyloTheCat chopped up old Super Friends cartoons and made the Legion of Doom rap Wu-Tang Clan’s Uzi (Pinky Ring). Stars Sinestro as U-God, The Riddler as Raekwon, Scarecrow as Ghostface Killah, Lex Luthor as The RZA, Captain Cold as Method Man, Bizarro as Inspectah Deck, Black Manta as Masta Killa, and Brainiac as the GZA.
Musician Stefano Barone performs a unique cover version of Daft Punk’s Robot Rock, with the main rhythm being provided by his acoustic guitar. He rounds out the one-man show with a combination of looping, voice processing, and other effects. A studio version of the track is available on Apple Music.
A useless machine is a contraption that’s designed to automatically flip its own switch off as soon as you flip it on. Fornax built a pair of 8-switch useless machines, then linked them up to flip each other’s switches, resulting in a perpetual battle for switch-flipping supremacy.
Nurse and musician Manani Ito tragically lost her arm in a car accident back in 2004. Despite the challenges, she has figured out a way to continue playing the violin, using a custom prosthetic that attaches to her shoulder, and lets her control the bow’s movement.
Generic Woodworking has built some pretty amazing mechanical wooden models, including a drill-powered wooden car, complete with a working engine, transmission, and steering. He recently upgraded the car with a functional odometer, which can track the distance that its wheels have traveled. See it in action at 10:55.
The Pacific Pinball Museum is home to thousands of vintage pinball machines. Video producer Eddie Codel toured their warehouse and shot some awesome aerial stills and videos of the collection. Some machines are kept for archival purposes, while others will be repaired and placed in the museum for the public to enjoy.
(Gore) You never want to stand directly in front of a jet engine, as its powerful vortex could suck you right into it. CG animator atomic marvel used a physics simulation to toss a particle-based digital body into an Airbus jet engine. We’re not sure about its accuracy, but the results are much like those Will It Blend? videos.
“Jumps over everything, even King Kong.” Aesop Rock’s wonderfully lighthearted hip-hop track Long Legged Larry celebrates the life and legend of a heroic bullfrog. Rob Shaw’s music video and Jeremy Fish’s character design bring Larry to life with a beard and a sweatband. Long Legged Larry for Mayor!