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The Wallace Leaping Tank

The Wallace Leaping Tank

The idea of a tank that hops around on one leg seems like something a little kid might come up with. But as Found and Explained shows us, the hopping tank was a concept designed by an actual engineer. This unusual military vehicle was shaped like a giant pill, could pogo in any direction, and had six turrets. While it was never produced, the design was patented.

Drift Trike vs. Wall of Death

Drift Trike vs. Wall of Death

The first big build video Colin Furze posted was a stunt in which he rode his scooter on a sketchy wooden “wall of death.” Now, he’s revisited that build with a bigger budget, more construction experience, and a new vehicle. He built the wall indoors this time and worked out some of the kinks to make its walls smooth enough for his electric drift trike to ride on it.

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The 80s: Official Movie

The 80s: Official Movie

Filmmaker HR Pao created a fantastic documentary of life in the 1980s. The video collage was made from bits of movies, TV, music videos, and other sound bites. Now he’s hoping to make a feature length version of his “Docu-Musical” by raising funds on Kickstarter to secure licensing rights to the music and to pitch it to streaming services.

Yoppaman: Happy Grits Training Video

Yoppaman: Happy Grits Training Video

After securing an entry-level job at the local Happy Grits franchise, the protagonist of this animated short is forced to watch a training video. Along the way he’ll learn how to deal with disgruntled customers and the true nature of his co-workers. We love the offbeat anime style and character design from artists Zack Fox and Chibu Okere. (Thanks, Rob!)

Fatboy Slim: Role Model

Fatboy Slim: Role Model

I’m a drinker, I’m a smoker, I’m a loser, I’m a poet… yeah I got some bad habits and I think you should know it. Fatboy Slim’s disco-backed collab with Dan Diamond and Luca Guerrieri speaks volumes about how just being a celebrity doesn’t make you a role model for others. The music video features questionable deepfakes of celebs singing the lyrics.

Building a Wooden Car Based on an AI Design

Building a Wooden Car Based on an AI Design

ND Woodworking Art is back with another amazing handcrafted wooden vehicle. But rather than starting with a real-world sports car or truck for inspiration, he built this one based on an AI-generated design. The curvy and fanciful ride looks like something Willy Wonka might drive around his chocolate factory.

Summit

Summit

After a long and arduous climb, a man finally reaches his goal – the top of the mountain. But one thing stands in his way of stepping onto the summit – a big, fluffy sheep. The latest animated short film from Birdbox Studio is cute, cuddly, charming, and has a clever punchline.

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A Day with a Japanese Game Center Worker

A Day with a Japanese Game Center Worker

Paolo from Tokyo followed Mai as she went about her job as a game center employee in Tokyo. Mai works at a branch of Taito Game Station, one of the largest arcade chains in Japan. It’s a fascinating look not just behind the scenes, but at how much the staff help customers win and get prizes. And yes, Frieren deserves all that fame and more.

Throwing Pots on a Car Wheel

Throwing Pots on a Car Wheel

Usually, when you want to throw a pot, you put clay on a potter’s wheel that sits parallel to the ground. Ceramicist Ilya Kalashnikov decided to see what would happen if you turned the potter’s wheel on its side and attempted to create a vase from clay stuck to a spinning car wheel. It starts better than we thought it would, but gravity always wins.

The Insane Engineering of the F-117 Nighthawk

The Insane Engineering of the F-117 Nighthawk

Real Engineering traces the interesting origin of the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk, the first functional stealth aircraft. Ironically, its iconic diamond shape and faceted design came from a Soviet mathematician’s paper. But the engineers at Lockheed also did their part, coming up with more unorthodox solutions for the unusual plane’s radar-defying needs.

Are You an NPC?

Are You an NPC?

Kurzgesagt simplifies the arguments for and against humans having free will. On one hand, some argue that we don’t have free will because, according to physics, everything is either deterministic or random. On the other hand, others say that such a perspective misses the point: that we are greater than the sum of our parts, whether those be deterministic or random.

A Compilation of 1950s Factory Films

A Compilation of 1950s Factory Films

We love watching how factories make things. Archive film company British Pathé compiled this reel of vintage factory footage dating back to the 1950s. Along the way, you’ll see how they made jukeboxes, candies, model aircrafts, and more. It would be interesting to compare modern manufacturing processes to these to see how much they have changed.

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LEGO AI Pixel Art Drawing Robot

LEGO AI Pixel Art Drawing Robot

Creative Mindstorms built a LEGO machine that creates pixel art portraits based on text instructions. He used DALL-E 3 to generate an image and wrote custom Python code to transform it into pixels and control a machine that picks and places 1×1 pixels on a 32×32 baseplate. It needs frequent pixel refills, but that could be fixed with bigger storage bays.

Marcin + Tim Henson: Classical Dragon

Marcin + Tim Henson: Classical Dragon

Guitarist Marcin Patrzalek teamed up with another of the world’s greatest guitar players, Polyphia’s Tim Henson, for the first single off of Marcin’s debut album, Dragon in HarmonyThe warm and enveloping track isn’t just a demonstration of their tremendous skills but their passion for playing.

Making a Bronze Guitar from Copper Wire

Making a Bronze Guitar from Copper Wire

Burls Art is back with another unusual handcrafted guitar. For his latest build, he melted 50 pounds of braided copper wire and tin, then poured the molten metal into Petrobond molds to cast its neck and body. He made a mistake with the first casting, but fortunately, metal is easily recycled, and a do-over was possible. The finished guitar weighs nearly 40 pounds.

World’s Tallest Rideable Bicycle

World’s Tallest Rideable Bicycle

Nicolas Barrioz and David Peyrou set the Guinness World Record for the tallest rideable bicycle. Their unwieldy Starbike is 25 feet 5 inches tall, giving its rider a higher vantage point than standing on the roof of a two-story house. The steel- and wood-framed bike requires a full pit crew and a crane to stand it up, though.

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