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The Real Santa

The Real Santa

It’s August and triple-digit temperatures outside for some of us, so the idea of watching a Christmas-themed short film seems a little premature. But we couldn’t resist sharing this charming holiday animation about a boy with very special powers. Directed by Philippe Tempelman for the a German supermarket chain Netto.

Spring Coiling Machine

Spring Coiling Machine

This fascinating piece of industrial equipment from WAFIOS takes thick steel wire and turns it into the kind of heavy-duty coil springs you might see wrapped around a shock absorber. It uses a series of rollers to feed the wire and computer-controlled bending wheels to ensure the precise shape and size of the coil.

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Extreme Bubble Blowing Gun

Extreme Bubble Blowing Gun
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The Extreme Bubble Gun will blow away your friends with soap bubbles as your ammunition. This toy blasts out hundreds of bubbles per minute from its 60 holes. Its battery-powered fan runs for about 30 minutes per charge, which should be plenty of time to get your victims soaked with slippery soap.

Trippy Generative Art

Trippy Generative Art

Machine learning technology can produce some fascinating results when asked to create art. TikTok user Recursive Identity used AI tech to create this trippy-as-hell generative art using the work of artist Edward Hopper as its data source. As we fly deeper and deeper into the painting, the images seem to turn in on themselves.

Meyers Manx 2.0 Electric Buggy

Meyers Manx 2.0 Electric Buggy

The fiberglass Meyers Manx is THE classic dune buggy. The original was powered by a VW Beetle engine. The Manx 2.0 rocks a modern electric drivetrain. It will come in a 20kWh and 40kWh versions with 150 and 300 miles of range, respectively. The 40kWh model makes 202 hp and 240 lb-ft. of torque and zips from 0-to-60 in 4.5 sec.

LEGO Technic Table Saw

LEGO Technic Table Saw

It’s possible to make saw blades out of materials other than metal. GazR’s Extreme Brick Machines not only built a saw blade out of LEGO Technic parts, but an entire working table saw. It uses 14 motors to cut through objects and is definitely not something you’d want to stick your finger into. Here it is using a skinnier blade.

Lautie EDC Crane Pocket Tool

Lautie EDC Crane Pocket Tool
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This premium pocket multitool from EDC maker Lautie comes in titanium, copper, and zirconium versions, each with a stainless steel tip. Its tools include a bottle opener, box cutter, pry bar, and a 1/4″ hex bit driver, set into a keychain-compatible wedge shape inspired by the head of a crane bird.

Negative Harmony Covers

Negative Harmony Covers

Musician Steve Cruickshank likes to take classic songs and change them up a bit by replacing the original harmonies with their mirror image. The resulting music is at once familiar and pleasant to the ear but also completely different from what we’re used to. Let’s kick the playlist off with his version of The Sound of Silence.

Full-Scale R/C Airplane

Full-Scale R/C Airplane

We recently saw a tiny remote-controlled airplane that could fit in the palm of your hand. The guys from Tail Happy Productions attempted to do the opposite and built an R/C plane that’s the same size as the real thing. They built the low-budget plane primarily from PVC pipe and styrofoam sheets. But will it even get off the ground?

Horizontal Carry Leather Sheath

Horizontal Carry Leather Sheath
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Most knife sheaths are designed to sit vertically on your belt. This leather sheath from Topstache attaches horizontally, reducing bulk. Its elastic-backed center strap stretches to accommodate most pocket knives or other small tools with a pocket clip. It comes in dark brown, khaki, and black.

MTV 120 Minutes Music Video Archive

MTV 120 Minutes Music Video Archive

1980s and 1990s music fans will remember MTV’s 120 Minutes as the go-to show for the latest in alternative music. Thanks to fan Chris Reynolds, there’s now a YouTube playlist featuring the more than 2500 music videos that ran on the show between 1986 and 2003. We’re assuming he had a little help from this website.

Acebeam Pokelit AA Flashlight

Acebeam Pokelit AA Flashlight
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This palm-size flashlight can run on a single AA battery but outputs up to 550 lumens with the included 14500 rechargeable battery. Its Nichia 219F LED produces a 90+ CRI with a neutral 5000K color temperature. Its 3.73″ long case is CNC machined from aluminum alloy, and IP68 rated waterproof.

Everybody Wants to Rule the Tuba

Everybody Wants to Rule the Tuba

Some songs lend themselves particularly well to being played on brass instruments. Musician Seb Skelly shows us just that with his wonderful arrangement and performance of the Tears for Fears track Everybody Wants to Rule the World, another track which reminds us just how great a decade the 1980s were for music.

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Marvel Comics Library: Avengers. Vol. 1. 1963–1965

Marvel Comics Library: Avengers. Vol. 1. 1963–1965
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This 630-page hardcover book from Taschen compiles pristine copies of the first 20 stories of The Avengers. The anthology features Thor, Ant-Man, The Wasp, Hulk, and Iron Man as they joined forces in 1963. The Famous First Edition will get 5000 numbered copies, while the Collector’s Edition is limited to 1000.

How Matchsticks are Made

How Matchsticks are Made

A matchstick seems like a simple little thing – a piece of wood dipped in flammable chemicals. But this video from Wow Things shows just how many steps it takes to turn timber into thousands of tiny sticks. Pakistan’s Kite Safety Match factory in uses a mix of humans and machines to produce matches and their packaging.

Forging a Copper Damascus Katana

Forging a Copper Damascus Katana

Blacksmith Denis Tyrell of Tyrell Knifeworks shows off the build process for one of the most beautiful bladed weapons we’ve seen. He created this cumai katana with a Damascus blade comprised of twisted layers of steel and copper. He finished it with a copper blade collar and a stingray skin and leather-wrapped wood handle.

Samsara Folding Hammock + Tarp Set

Samsara Folding Hammock + Tarp Set
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This campsite set from Republic of Durable Goods combines their Mock One self-standing hammock with a detachable bug net and lightweight roof structure, providing shelter from the elements while you relax and unwind. The hammock can also be used standalone and includes a sun shade canopy and a cozy sleep quilt.

True Utility FIXR Multitool

True Utility FIXR Multitool
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True Utility’s steel multitool offers 20 functions in a keychain-sized clip. In addition to holding your keys, it has a bottle opener, multiple flat and Phillips screwdrivers. a wire stripper, wrenches, a nail puller, pry bar, box opener, file, cutting blade, spoke wrench, and more. It comes with a form-fitting leather pouch.

Slacklining Over Rotterdam

Slacklining Over Rotterdam

Jaan Roose is one of the world’s best slackliners. On August 8, 2022, he showed off his incredible balance – and balls of steel – by slacklining between two buildings and across Rotterdam’s river Mass. The 2cm (.78″) wide slackline measured nearly 500 feet long, with a 24% grade at its steepest angle.

Carved Wood + Resin Signet Ring

Carved Wood + Resin Signet Ring
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Carved makes these unique rings using the same techniques as their beautiful phone cases and other eyecatching objects. Each one features an inlay of burled wood and colorful resin set into a 316L stainless steel band. They come in five colors and ring sizes from 5 to 12.

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Making a Resin 8-Ball from Scratch

Making a Resin 8-Ball from Scratch

We’ve seen what’s inside of a typical pool ball, and also a cool version made from stainless steel. Now, BensWorx is here to show us how to make a cast resin 8-ball from scratch. He started with a cup full of black resin, which he cured and then turned on a lathe. The trickiest part was creating the numeric insert.

Ultimate Headphone Station

Ultimate Headphone Station
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Audio enthusiasts, Beveled Edge Studios handcrafts this elegant solid wood stand for headphones and personal listening gear. It can hold two pairs of over-the-ear headphones and has six small shelves for DACs, amps, and other small devices. They can also customize the unit to fit your audio equipment’s exact dimensions.

Could These Cargo Bikes Replace Cars?

Could These Cargo Bikes Replace Cars?

Cars aren’t the most efficient way to get around cities. They cause traffic jams, and are bad for the environment. Not Just Bikes takes a look at an alternative mode of transportation called a Bakfiet. These cargo bikes are popular in the Netherlands and offer a fun ride for kids. They come in 2- and 3-wheel varieties as well as eBikes.

PC Audio Volume Slider Controller

PC Audio Volume Slider Controller
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This made-to-order controller from Return to Paradise adds five linear slider controls to your Windows or Linux PC (sorry, no Mac support). It can be used to map volume controls and faders in DJ and gaming software via a USB connection. It works right out of the box with the open-source app deej.

The Canvas of Babel

The Canvas of Babel

Inspired by the story The Library of Babel, the Babel Image Archives has randomly generated every combination of 4096-color dots that can fit into a 640 x 416-pixel canvas. In theory, that should mean the archive should contain an image of everything that ever has, will, or might exist. Solar Sands explains why it doesn’t.

How The Post Office Reads Bad Handwriting

How The Post Office Reads Bad Handwriting

With billions of letters sent each year in the U.S., it’s amazing that most mail gets to its destination. While automated processing equipment handles the majority of the mail, Tom Scott explains how the U.S. Post Office deals with hard-to-read addresses using a mix of technology and people typing on custom computer keyboards.

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