How an Oscillating Fan Works

How an Oscillating Fan Works

Over the years, we’ve broken at least a couple of those oscillating fans, but could never figure out how to fix them. Jared Owen’s insightful 3D animation could have been a big help, as he shows us exactly how its mechanisms work to keep it moving from side to side.

Kolude KD-K1 Keyhub

Kolude KD-K1 Keyhub

This slimline keyboard and docking station is the perfect accessory for laptop owners. It connects to your USB-C port, not only giving you a full-size keyboard, but HDMI, USB-A, USB-C ports, as well as TF and full-size SD card readers. It features a 100% aluminum chassis, high-quality scissor switch keys, and white backlighting.

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Edible Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man

Edible Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man

Ghostbusters fans know that Mr. Stay-Puft could never ever possibly destroy us. But you can do the destroying. This 8-1/2″ tall, edible marshmallow monster weighs in at about 10.5 ounces, and is loaded with sugary goodness. While it looks delicious, 13 bucks is a lot to pay for something that amounts to an oversized Peep.

EverRatchet Keychain Multi-Tool

This keychain tool has a ratcheting 1/4″ hex drive, which makes it easy to turn screws without having to lift and reset it. It also packs a bottle opener, hex wrench, box opener, and more. Available in stainless steel or titanium versions in The Awesomer Shop.

Olight S1R II Baton Flashlight

Olight S1R II Baton Flashlight

Olight’s compact flashlight might be only 2.48″ long, but it kicks out an impressive 1000 lumens at its brightest setting. It’s IPX8 waterproof and submersible to 2m, and recharges using a magnetic charging cable. Available in black or red, as well as limited edition titanium versions that celebrate spring, summer, and fall.

2020 Oscars Honest Trailers

2020 Oscars Honest Trailers

From 1917 to Joker to Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, the 2020 Academy Awards has some pretty solid contenders. But regardless of how good a movie might be, Screen Junkies is always ready to roast it. So without further ado, enjoy their very special Oscars edition of Honest Trailers.

DJI Osmo Action Camera

Drone photography expert DJI takes on GoPro with a powerful standalone action cam. The Osmo Action captures 4K HDR video, offers built-in stabilization, is waterproof to 11m, shoots 8x slow motion, and has screens on both rear and front for shooting selfies. Plus, it’s compatible with GoPro mounts.

Laser-Cut Orrery

Laser-Cut Orrery

Dreipunkt’s flat-pack wood kit lets you build your own orbital model of the Earth, the Sun, and the Moon. As you move its lever, each astronomical body rotates relative to the others, as an arrow indicates the date on which they take up those positions. Available from Laserdeko, who has all kinds of nifty laser-cut stuff in their Etsy shop.

Breaking Bulbs

Breaking Bulbs

These clever 3D-printed lamps look their light bulb has been shattered. Designed by Joakim Christoffersson for Gässling, they appear to have been dropped on the floor, splintered by a bullet, or smashed into a wall. Each is powered by a 6W LED bulb, and measures about 5.5″ across – roughly twice the size of a standard A19 bulb.

The Jesus Rolls (Trailer)

The Jesus Rolls (Trailer)

Fans of The Big Lebowski will be thrilled to see the return of John Turturro’s purple-clad ball licker Jesus Quintana. Turturro wrote and directed this spin-off movie which sends The Jesus a wild journey with a quirky crew of cohorts. The star-studded flick hits theaters and on-demand digital on 3/6/20.

Infrascapes

Infrascapes

We’ve seen more than our share of time-lapse landscape videos, but this is the first one we’ve seen that was shot using an infrared camera. The Phlog used a modified Canon EOS 750D to capture these otherworldly images in stunning 8k resolution.

LEGO: Absolutely Everything

LEGO: Absolutely Everything

The perfect gift for brick fanatics, LEGO: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know features 240 pages packed with facts, figures, and other trivia about the history of LEGO, listings of bricks by category and color, LEGO easter eggs, and much more.

Weird Old Predictions

Weird Old Predictions

While many considered Nikolai Tesla to be a genius, he also had some pretty outlandish ideas, like the notion that we would stop drinking coffee by the 21st century. Mental Floss editor Erin McCarthy explores this and a number of other wacky predictions that have yet to come true, among them, undersea buses propelled by whales.

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High-Tech Citizen Multi-Tool

High-Tech Citizen Multi-Tool

Italian knifemaker Maserin’s pocket tool is substantial and versatile. It starts off with a 2.6″ stainless steel knife blade, and adds to that a tool blade with a can opener, bottle opener, screwdriver, wrenches and more. It’s all set into a handsome body with sturdy G-10 handle scales. Available in black/black, black/silver, blue, or orange.

Making a Kid-Sized Rover

Making a Kid-Sized Rover

Kris Temmerman wanted to learn how to TIG weld. He ended up doing way more than that. Watch him create a small motorized six-wheeled vehicle that resembles the Mars rover (with a seat). It has an aluminum body, six-wheel drive, and four-wheel steering.

Claw Multitool

Claw Multitool

This ridiculously teensy keychain tool pops open bottles, cuts boxes, pries paint can lids, sparks flint, turns flat blade screws, and more. It’s mad from grade 5 titanium, measures 0.7″ long, weighs just 2 grams, and is TSA-safe to travel with.

TV Sitcom Classical Guitar Medley

TV Sitcom Classical Guitar Medley

Do you like sitcoms? Then check out this wonderful medley of theme songs from shows like Friends, Seinfeld, It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, The Big Bang Theory, Parks and Rec, and The Office, performed on acoustic guitar by Nathan Mills of Beyond the Guitar.

Flocking Patterns

Flocking Patterns

The term “sheep” is often used to refer to those who blindly follow others. As this aerial footage of sheep and cows moving in unison in New Zealand shows, flock mentality is truly the order of business in the farm animal kingdom.

CIVIVI Chronic Pocket Knife

CIVIVI Chronic Pocket Knife

We’re digging the minimal styling of CIVIVI’s straight-lined knife. It’s got a 3.22″ clip-point 9Cr18MoV stainless steel blade, with an ambidextrous flipper tab and ball bearing for easy one-handed opening. The G10 scales round out the clean look, with just enough texture to give a reassuring grip. Available in black, blue, or grey.

Macro Food Footage

Macro Food Footage

Photographer Eugene Belsky shows off the kind of incredible close-up images that can be captured with the Venus Laowa 24mm probe lens and a Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera 6k. The razor-sharp 4K footage gets intimate with a variety of edibles, and looks even more spectacular if you’ve got a display that supports HDR.

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Key Key Chain

Key Key Chain

Help your keys go meta with this amusing oversized key keychain. It won’t unlock anything, but will keep your other keys in check. Studio Cult’s laughably large key is made from a lightweight goldtone metal, and measures 4″ in length.

Pressure Washing with Stencils

Pressure Washing with Stencils

Do you have a dirty sidewalk or driveway at your house? Pressure washing is a great way to get the grime off. Craig “Turnah81” Turner shows us how to use brick stencils to make a little bit of temporary art while hosing off his parking pad. Also, we love the Aussie pronunciation of “algae.”

2020 Ford GT

2020 Ford GT

Ford’s fast and sexy supercar gets faster and sexier for 2020, as its EcoBoost V6 gets bumped to 660hp, comes with standard Akrapovič titanium exhaust, and various cooling upgrades. Especially enchanting is the rare Liquid Carbon edition, which shows off the car’s unpainted carbon body underneath a protective clearcoat.

How Wine Corks Are Made

How Wine Corks Are Made

When you pop open a bottle of wine, it’s easy to forget that its stopper comes from a tree. This footage captured by oenophile Jamie Goode at Portugal’s Cork Supply shows us the labor that goes into cutting pieces of cork tree bark, and punching out individual pieces. We wonder what they do with the leftover bark.

Wooden Magic 8-Ball

Wooden Magic 8-Ball

A few years back, we watched an artist craft a beautiful replica of an 8-ball from wood. Now, watch as Oregon woodworker Carl Jacobsen creates a shell for a Magic 8-ball toy, with a cool basketweave pattern on its exterior. Also, we always thought the whole toy was filled with liquid, not just a cylinder in its middle.

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