Having a visual impairment can affect life in ways you might not think about. For instance, telling the difference between paper currencies can be challenging since U.S. bills are indistinguishable to the touch. Blind on the Move shows off a simple but ingenious device that can imprint braille onto bills based on denomination.
If there is a higher power controlling things on Earth, we like to imagine they reach down with their giant hands to move things around while we’re not looking. Filmmaker Erik Schmitt’s forced perspective illusion of a hand moving cars on a ferry is pretty much what we’ve envisioned. His TikTok channel has lots more visual tomfoolery.
This short science fiction film from anime director Akihiko Orikasa follows the story of an astronaut exploring the surface of Mars who stumbles onto the wreckage of a long-lost commercial vessel. While searching the site for survivors, he encounters something unexpected. Will he let his fears get the best of him?
Radiohead is one of our favorite bands of all time. While some of their music can be a bit esoteric, they’ve produced an equal number of sharp and memorable guitar-driven melodies. Guitarist Bloxsy claims he’s no Radiohead expert, but we think he sells himself short with this excellent medley of classic riffs.
There’s a lot of crazy and negative stuff going on in the world these days, but is it really the end times? Kurzgesagt asks the hypothetical question of when the last human might be born by examining population growth, birth rates, and animal extinction rates. But human ingenuity, technology, and space travel are serious wildcards.
The climb to the top of the hill at the Goodwood Festival of Speed is one of the world’s most famous time trials. At the 2022 hill climb, a tiny experimental EV called the McMurtry Spéirling set a record of 39.08 seconds, in part due to the car’s innovative design, which uses fans to generate massive amounts of downforce.
Skateboarder Lance Lynn is an expert at riding on Freeskates, an unusual kind of roller skate that’s like a tiny skateboard for each foot. The have no foot straps, so he can take his feet off of them while riding to pull off some sweet tricks. More tiny Freeskating action here and here.
Over the years, Gav and Dan from The Slow Mo Guys have produced a number of videos which involve doing silly things with giant water balloons. This time, they sandwiched Dan between two of the heavy balloons and then popped them to capture a new perspective on the water-soaked action.
(PG-13: Language) After a bit of a hiatus, exurb1a is back with another fascinating story. This time, it’s a fable about a frog and a scorpion, but is actually so much more, taking on the very fabric of society and people’s unwillingness to look past their own belief systems.
After impressing us by restoring a vintage pinball machine, Old Things Never Die is back with another project video. This time, they took an antique coin-operated lottery game that tumbled tiny balls inside a metal sphere, then dropped one behind a window at its bottom. The color of the selected ball corresponds to a prize.
If you’ve ever asked, “What if the Infinity Stones were made from meth?” we now have our answer. This video from Alternative Cuts perfectly combines footage from Breaking Bad’s bonkers Tuco Salamanca testing some colorful product in front of a typically humorless Thanos.
Flying through the air is one of the most common powers wielded by superheroes and supervillains. Insider takes a look at the history of flying characters in TV and movies, and how improvements in special effects and stunt techniques have led to more and more believable flight on screen.
In 1916, French and German armies battled each other in one of the bloodiest fights of the first World War. JD Brick Productions reenacted a portion of this lengthy and grueling confrontation using LEGO bricks and minifigures in one of the most epic stop-motion shorts of all time.
This insane video from China features a slab of raw pork belly that turns into a snake, a bee that turns into a fly, a hand that turns into a butcher’s knife, and a woman who defies the laws of physics. And if none of that makes any sense, hit play for the best instructional cooking video you’ll watch today.
A lot of stuff happens here on Earth. Some good, some bad, and some downright weird. Some of us humans believe there’s a all-seeing higher power guiding our destiny. Joel Haver and Trent Lenkarski think it’s something a little less impressive pulling the strings.
Now that we know about the history of mustard, it’s time to learn about one of its companion foods. Mental Floss’ Food History is here to explain where the first pretzels came from, how they evolved from a religious food into the popular snack we know and love today, and why we have both soft and hard versions.
NERF weapons are normally made from plastic with a few springs and maybe a motor. DanCreator made a working replica of a NERF Elite 2.0 blaster mostly out of cardboard. It has a slide-action mechanism that reloads darts into the chamber from a spring-loaded magazine.
Meanwhile in the Garage took an ordinary gas-powered scooter and transformed it into a three-wheeled vehicle that looks like something from the set of a sci-fi movie. He initially had built a cockpit that kept it as a two-wheeler, but later grafted on the front of an ATV for its final appearance.
If you thought that each of the moons in our solar system were similar in size, you’d be very wrong. Like they did before with stars, MetaBallStudios compares the relative sizes of the natural satellites orbiting around planets, from the tiny rocks zooming around Saturn, to Jupiter’s massive Titan and Ganymede.
After showing off his jaundice-skinned realistic LEGO minifigure, Adam from North of the Border is back with another disturbing sculpt. This time he took the blocky character Steve from MineCraft, and gave him humanoid features. This version looks like a swole, steroid-infused gym bro.
Paul Jackman often makes things from reclaimed pallet wood. This time, he used the wood to craft 100 screwdrivers for his sponsor ISOTunes. He first milled the pieces down into sticks, cut and milled them into hexagons, then shaped them into their final form on a lathe. He also put a hidden compartment into each handle.
A typical belt sander spins around 1500 to 3000 RPM. But JohnnyQ90’s custom-built power tool hits rotational speeds of 11,500 RPM or more thanks to its unusual engine. You see, Johnny equipped his belt sander with a modified Toyan FS S100G, a 4-stroke engine designed for large RC vehicles, and fueled it with nitromethane.
From 2010 to 2017, The Onion’s A.V. Club invited musicians to cover songs from a list of diminishing choices as the season went on. This amazing collection vanished a few years back, but has resurfaced on the YouTube channel Alvin Untercover. Bands include TMBG, GWAR, Punch Brothers, and more. Watch ’em before they’re gone again!
If you split a wheel in half, you shouldn’t still be able to ride on it, right? Well, watch this video from The Q, in which he cut two bike wheels and tires down the middle, connected them with a long chain and positioned them so one half is always touching the ground. Miraculously, the bike rides just fine.
(PG-13: Language) Anyone who has had dealings in the real estate industry knows that there are a fair share of A-holes and D-bags in the business. Aunty Donna’s hilariously profane sketch is reserved especially for those real estate agents who have risen to the level of the C-word.