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A chemistry teacher demonstrates a really cool property of liquid methane by pouring the rapidly-extinguishing substance onto the floor while afire. We’re not sure how safe this is, but it sure looks cool. Original video here.
This incredible machine is the Plasser & Theurer RU 800 S, and what it’s doing is building a railway line by laying rock, beams, and track with minimal human intervention – a once monumental task if you’ve ever seen an episode of Hell on Wheels.
RISD film and video professor Dennis Hlynsky recorded this mesmerizing footage of hundreds of starlings as they move from power line to power line. Using a high-speed camera, he was able to record the flight path of each individual bird.
A BMW dealer in New Zealand took out an ad that looked like an April Fools Day prank, promising a brand new BMW to the first person who brought in any old car on 4/1 and “Ask for Tom.” Turns out it wasn’t a prank.
Just when you think you’ve heard every possible musical genre, someone comes around to shake things up. Mongolian throat singer Zorigoo performs this unique rap track, accompanied by Zaya. The closest thing we can think of is Shaggy.
This watch won’t help you tell time at all, but you’ll still have the coolest watch on the block – since yours will be a fully-functional (though very small) ant colony. Comes with sand, a feeding dropper, tweezers, and of course, five live ants.
Woodworker Izzy Swan of Think Woodworks created this ingenious portable dining set which folds up into a 20″ x 20″ x 30″ block for transport, but pops open to provide a dining table and chairs for four. Buy the plans here.
By replicating the form of a power drill using a 3D printed model, engineer Lance Abernethy created a tiny drill that measures just 0.67″ long, and holds an spins a tiny 0.5mm drill bit. He’s already working on a smaller version.
Ion Productions Team is readying what they’re calling the commercially-available handheld flamethrower. It’s meant for clearing snow and ice, ridding pavement of weeds, starting bonfires, or just showing off.
Textile artist and sculptor Shauna Richardson has created an amazing series of realistic, life-sized taxidermied animals which have been handmade using crocheted wool, mohair, glass eyes, fake teeth and claws.
To promote the partnership between British luxury outfitters Hackett and Williams Martini Racing, they dressed the team’s pit crew in Hackett’s finest formal suits and then had them change some tires. (Thanks Rory!)
This insane variant of air hockey subjects players to a barrage of pucks instead of just a single one. Much like multiball mode on pinball, most of them will drain quickly, but the longer you can hang on, the more you score. For 2 or 4 players.
The international airport in Saint Martin is known for having its runway insanely close to the beach. Here, world traveler Paul Luning captured one of the landings in slow-motion, and it’s visual that’s so unreal that you’d think it was a VFX shot.
The dangerous tradition of Dashuhua has been practiced by blacksmiths as part of the Lantern festival for over 500 years. It involves throwing scraps of molten iron towards the bricks of the city gate, resulting in a fiery visual spectacle.
Hydrographics or water transfer printing lets you apply graphics on objects in one go (if you’re good enough!), down to the nooks and crannies. Spending 14 minutes watching a dude decorate rims – just another day on the Internet.
Dizzying footage from the launch of the Team GoFast’s rocket, which last year broke the world’s record for the highest and fastest launch of an amateur rocket, reaching a height of 385,800 feet (73.1 miles) at a top speed of 3,580 mph.
This flyover of Russia’s Central Air Force Museum provides a unique perspective on these retired Russian airplanes and helicopters parked in the snow. The Concorde’s cousin Tupolev Tu-144 on the far left side is our favorite.
Build tiny, intricate urban landscapes with these full-color 3D printed blocks, inspired by architecture from major cities around the world. They snap into a special baseplate which can even house LED illumination for their windows.
A group of sculptors recently recreated the iconic UK construction outside of Lake Mills, Wisconsin. Sadly, they were taken down due to warm temperatures and safety concerns. Awe-inspiring photos by Eli Wedel. Buy some prints here.
This incredible looking car is powered by tightly-wound elastic bands, can go up to 500 feet at up to 30mph, and can be steered via remote control. The 3D-printed car cost its makers $500, so don’t expect to find it in a toy store any time soon.
This incredibly detailed model of the Space Shuttle Atlantis resides at Minimundus, a theme park in Klagenfurt, Austria. The model isn’t just static – the shuttle has a full countdown sequence and actually “lifts off,” without leaving the ground.
Isosine created this unlikely, yet absolutely brilliant remix of Taylor Swift’s pop hit Shake it Off and Nine Inch Nails’ dark soliloquy The Perfect Drug. It’s the musical equivalent of Black Swan. Download the MP3 here.
Jonathan Gordon was taken aback while snorkeling in the caribbean, as he stumbled onto this octopus and its amazing innate abilities to blend into its surroundings. It’s exactly like the plot of Octodad, but not.
SAAB’s incredible “soft armour” material is capable of withstanding numerous rounds of armor piercing rifle ammunition, fully absorbing them and allowing no penetration or ricocheting. It can be used on walls or even on vehicles.
Based on the Helicarrier from The Avengers, this 2,996 pc., 31″ long LEGO set is insanely detailed, and includes tiny jets, trucks, and both minifigs and scale microfigures. Its rotors turn and can be upgraded with motors. Available March 2015.
MelodySheep pays tribute to the Internet’s salad days, and goes back to the ’90s with this awesome auto-tuned track which will have you singing “Just click, click, click!” by the time it’s all over. Did we really look this dorky back then?
The Bloodhound SSC team is building a car that can go 1000mph. Along the way, they had to test out the communication system and make sure it will work at high speeds. We think it was just an excuse to play with Jaguars, a helicopter and a jet.
LAIKA, the brilliant animators behind films like Coraline, ParaNorman and The Boxtrolls are auctioning off screen-used puppets and props from their films. A portion of the proceeds benefit The Art of Elysium, a non-profit arts organization.
LEGO tinkerer Kleinraum42 pitches his idea for a set which encourages builders to create fun interactive machines using marbles and LEGO dominoes (LEGOminoes?) Head to LEGO Ideas and vote to help make it a reality.
Hikers in the High Tatras Mountains in Slovakia came across a crystal clear lake that was frozen solid. Walking out on the slippery, transparent surface was a surreal experience which must be seen to be appreciated.
Chris McVeigh’s latest LEGO creations include these nifty 2.75″ tall retro arcade machines. He’s provided diagrams for the DIY build here. Chris offers kits of his many fine creations in his shop as well.