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.
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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.
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.
“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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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’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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
(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.
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’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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.