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How to Build a Backyard Roller Coaster

How to Build a Backyard Roller Coaster

We’ve seen some pretty awesome backyard rollercoaster builds over the years. Now learn about the physics and complexities of building one, courtesy of NightHawkInLight and engineer Paul Gregg, who shows how to create a gravity-powered thrill ride for less than $500. We also recommend checking out Gregg’s books on the subject.

Slow-Mo Magnet Smashes

Slow-Mo Magnet Smashes

Magnets and destruction. What’s not to like? Magnetic Games rigged up a variety of fragile panels in front of a powerful neodymium magnet, then launched a steel sphere in its direction, and captured the smashy goodness in slow motion. Don’t try this at home without proper eye and face protection.

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Movie Reel Side Table

Movie Reel Side Table

The perfect side table for any home theater is made using vintage Goldberg Brothers 35mm film reels. Its center pedestal is made from poly plastic, painted to match the reels in silver, gold, or bronze, and the 20″ glass top provides a smooth surface. Stands 24″ tall, and requires some basic assembly.

Honest Trailer: The Lion King (2019)

Honest Trailer: The Lion King (2019)

“It’s a meaningless line of indifference.” Let’s face it. An all-CGI remake of the animated classic The Lion King was a bad idea from the moment it was born in some executive boardroom. As expected, Screen Junkies simply annihilates this soulless showcase for uncannily realistic singing animals. Disney, please stop the madness.

Nike Air Max Tailwind IV Camping

Nike Air Max Tailwind IV Camping

Nike gives its ’90s inspired walking shoe a rich and rugged colorway that looks great for outdoor living. Its earthy olive drab main body is accented by a woven canvas inlay with shiny red accents, all riding atop a cushioned air pocket sole. Expect the design to hit stores and Nike.com before the end of 2019.

True Facts: Leafhoppers & Friends

True Facts: Leafhoppers & Friends

Nature show host Ze Frank takes on some of the most varied and strange looking bugs out there. These planthoppers like to hang around on leaves and branches, sometimes mimicking other insects, other times standing out like a sore thumb. Most of the incredible macro images featured are by Dr. Andreas Kay.

ZeroLemon Bluetooth Speaker

Toss an extra speaker into your bag with ZeroLemon’s loud, but compact AmazingSound Bluetooth speaker. It fits just about anywhere, has a 4-watt output rating, and can play for up to six hours on a charge. Its IPX4 rating means it’s splashproof too. Save 20% in The Awesomer Shop.

Double-Insulated Touchscreen Gloves

Double-Insulated Touchscreen Gloves

Winter gloves are not ideal for texting. Dutch accessories-maker Mujjo changes that with Double-Insulated Touchscreen Gloves, engineered to withstand cold with touch capabilities on all five fingers and the palm. Micro Pique makes the shell wind-resistant, while three layers of Micro Fleece and 3M Thinsulate add warmth.

Food Packaging Sculptures

Food Packaging Sculptures

Japanese designer Harukiru has an impressive papercrafting skill. He loves to take packaging from food and drinks and turn it into miniature sculptures. Check out some of his favorites in this clip, then watch him in action as he transforms a Pringles can into a Pringles man.

Rubik’s Cube for the Blind

Rubik’s Cube for the Blind

People with visual impairments could soon join in the fun and frustration of solving a Rubik’s Cube. Puzzle fanatic Bondarenkoyt peeled off the stickers of a standard cube, then created textured squares that could be felt with fingertips. To prove that it’s usable, he solved it blindfolded. Now someone should put this into production.

Filling a Pringles Can with Cans

Filling a Pringles Can with Cans

If you crushed them down flat, just how many aluminum soda cans could you fit inside of a Pringles can? Well, the Hydraulic Press Channel is here to answer another question that nobody was asking, and used a special cylindrical tool to smush down as many cans as possible. It took them more than 2 hours to crush them all.

How to Send Smoke Signals…

How to Send Smoke Signals…

Build your survival skills with Michael Powell’s useful, but lighthearted instruction manual How to Send Smoke Signals, Pluck a Chicken & Build an Igloo. It packs more than 75 short, but useful guides on how to improve your chances when you’re lost in the woods, or when the inevitable zombie apocalypse hits.

Life-size Godzilla

Life-size Godzilla

This permanent “life-sized” replica of Godzilla is coming to Japan’s Nijigen no Mori anime theme park on Awaji Island in 2020. A massive lizard measuring 65′ x 82′ x 180′ will dominate Godzilla Interception Operation, which will feature several “missions” including a shooting game and a zipline that rides into the monster’s mouth.

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Ford Bronco R Baja Racer

Ford Bronco R Baja Racer

We might have to wait until Spring 2020 to see the new Ford Bronco, but the Bronco R is a hell of a tease. This awesome looking 4×4 from Ford Performance will compete in the Baja 1000 to celebrate Rod Hall and Larry Minor’s legendary 1969 win. It has 14″ of wheel travel in front, 18″ in rear, and is powered by a twin-turbo EcoBoost engine.

How Heat Sinks Are Made

How Heat Sinks Are Made

Take an up-close look at the surprising process that goes into making the stacked fins of a heat sink. Rather than casting the aluminum cooling device, they’re made by shaving the fins out of a solid block of metal, and bending them into place.

Sweet Curious

Sweet Curious

Filmmaker Patrick Pierson created this eye-popping visual travelogue that features wild transitions to transport us seamlessly around the globe. He pulled off the trick by replicating the same camera movements wherever his travels took him, including New Zealand, Prague, Paris, Venice, Copenhagen, and many other destinations.

Sensel Morph Controller

Sensel Morph Controller

Sensel’s versatile multi-touch panel can be used as a custom controller for just about any creative tool. Swap out tactile overlays for musical performance, video editing, music production, typing, and more – or create your own custom interfaces using the bundled software. Sold with one overlay, or in a special musician’s bundle.

Flop It

Flop It

Digital musician Paweł Zadrożniak continues to step up his stepper motor game, this time turning his Floppotron orchestra loose on Michael Jackson’s 1982 mega-hit Beat It. We love how he used the hard drive heads to do those clicky rhythms at the beginning.

ICON FJ40 Roadster

ICON FJ40 Roadster

ICON 4×4 has introduced a stripped-down version of its hand-built Toyota truck tribute. The FJ40 Roadster Edition is all about purity of experience. To trim weight, it has no doors, a fabric roof, and no A/C. But it still rocks a 6.2-liter GM V8 that makes 430hp, and a rugged, lifted suspension that’s ready to dominate any terrain.

Making a 100-Layer Dip

Making a 100-Layer Dip

Hah. You and your nine-layer dip. Tasty host Alvin Zhou and his guest Kelsey Impicciche have you beat by an 11.1-to-1 ratio. Watch as they assemble this insane party snack which seems like it would be impossible to dig into without a shovel. And yes folks, every layer has a different ingredient. The layering fun starts at 4:04.

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Creepers Black Trade Carry On

Creepers Black Trade Carry On

Small in size, but big on style, Herschel Supply’s Trade Carry On in “Creepers Black” is your TSA-approved way to bring snakes on a plane. And centipedes. Measuring 21.5″ x 14″ x 9″, the four-wheel ABS hard-shell luggage has a retractable handle, neoprene padded handles, two-way zipper, and black-and-white striped fabric liner.

How Many Cans Do We Use?

How Many Cans Do We Use?

Do you know how many aluminum cans are used every year? MetaBallStudios created a visual representation to put things into perspective, so they stacked up 200 Billion virtual cans alongside some other objects for comparison. At least aluminum is sustainable. Now think about the 182.5 Billion plastic straws we can’t recycle.

A Die Hard Christmas

A Die Hard Christmas

“John fled from Karl and Hans but alas! He had to run barefoot over sharp, broken glass.” Celebrate a great holiday classic with Doogie Horner and J.J. Harrison’s illustrated version of Bruce Willis and Alan Rickman’s 1988 action flick, done up in a sort of Golden Books style.

Cursed Words

Cursed Words

(Gore) Joe and Lloyd Stas’ horrific short film fully embraces the grindhouse genre, as a man visiting a countryside pub finds a mysterious letter in his coat pocket, and then all hell breaks loose when he reads its contents. This is definitely not one for the kiddies or the faint of heart.

Riding The Best Line

Riding The Best Line

Take a ride along the skinniest line possible with mountain biker “Dangerous Dave” Herr. Watch as he negotiates wooden paths, some of which are roughly the width of his forks in this award-winning clip in the Pinkbike GoPro of the World Best Line contest. Watch from a different perspective here.

LG G8X ThinQ Smartphone

LG G8X ThinQ Smartphone

LG’s versatile Android smartphone comes with a hinged case with a second screen, allowing not only for more content to be displayed, but the ability to use it as a keyboard or gamepad. It’s not as slick as a flexible screen, but it’s much cheaper, and likely to be more durable. Available now from AT&T and coming to Sprint.

Readitfor.me

Want to grow your business knowledge, but never have the time to study? Readitfor.me offers audio summaries of hundreds of the most useful books, digesting the most important points so you can gain skills without digging through page after page. Get a deal on a 1-year, 5-year, or lifetime membership in The Awesomer Shop.

Matchstick Jet Engines

Matchstick Jet Engines

YouTuber The S loves to make stuff from cardboard, and often incorporates matchsticks into his designs. In this clip, he compiles four builds which incorporate jet engines powered by numerous lit matches. While they don’t travel that fast, the fiery launches are quite the spectacle.

Smallrig Folding Screwdriver

Smallrig Folding Screwdriver

Designed for photographers, but useful for just about everyone, Smallrig’s pocket tool packs in seven drivers, including flat, phillips, allen wrenches and Torx T25 drivers. The frequently-used flat blade retracts from its center, while the other blades flip out like a pocket knife. It also has threaded holes for storing screws.

Royal Caribbean Ultimate Abyss Slide

Royal Caribbean Ultimate Abyss Slide

Think cruises are a snooze? You’ve never ridden Royal Caribbean’s 10-story tubular slide. Billed as the “tallest slide at sea,” the Ultimate Abyss takes thrillseekers on a 13-second, LED-lit ride with a 420-degree corkscrew and 360-degree turns. Free aboard the Harmony of the Seas, Symphony of the Seas, and Oasis of the Seas.

Hennessy V.S x Felipe Pantone

Hennessy V.S x Felipe Pantone

A very special, limited-edition Hennessy V.S cognac, designed in collaboration with pop artist Filipe Pantone. Its white carafe stands in its center, nestled among a grid of multicolored rods which can be moved and interchanged by the observer to camouflage or reveal its spirit for sipping.

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