The Red Bull Soapbox Race is known for its madcap mix of creative, over-engineered, and downright oddball gravity-powered cars. In this video, the catalog seven of the worst designed vehicles, which were destined to fail spectacularly on race day. Who in their right mind thought rear-wheel steering was a good idea?
(PG-13: Language) Hydro-dipping is the process of adhering a film to the surface of an object by floating it in a bath of water and adding an activation agent. We’ve seen it done to shoes, guitars, and helmets, but the guys at Russia’s Garage 54 tried to dip an entire car. Unfortunately, even the best-laid plans can go very wrong.
Modern cars are made up of thousands of individual parts, and the result of millions of hours of engineering and design. While there are lots of checks and balances to ensure safety and reliability, sometimes mistakes slip through. Donut Media looks at nine automotive engineering mistakes, from the ridiculous to downright deadly.
Launching rockets – even small ones – requires lots of precision math, engineering smarts, and attention to detail. So we appreciate this clip from BPS.space which shows off some of the many ways in which they screwed up, not the least of which being those first few launches in populous locations.
“The Soup Robot is as if the Beer Robot got the Breakfast Machine really drunk, and then they had a child.” For her latest build, the Queen of Sh*tty Robots Simone Giertz created a machine that’s designed to lift up a bowl of soup, and spoonfeed her. Naturally, it sucks.
We’ve all laughed at fail videos, but why is it that we get pleasure from watching the misfortune of others? Nerdwriter1 explores the nature of schadenfreude, the psychology that drives humans to bask in the glow of other’s foibles, and thoughts on where to draw the line.
People are Awesome put together this hilarious “wins vs. fails” compilation which compares some praiseworthy human feats against their groanworthy counterparts from FailArmy. We’re giving the official booby prize to the guy with the broomstick on the trampoline.
Ever ride one of those tilting, spinning amusement park rides? Now imagine the same idea without seats or harnesses. The Tagada not only look horribly unsafe, we can only imagine that its riders leave with bruises, broken bones, and their lunch anywhere but in their stomachs.
It took Marek Baczynski and his friend Sven an entire day, and two different drones, but they eventually managed to use a drone to unscrew a light bulb, then screw a fresh bulb into the empty socket. And they only needed nine light bulbs, a broom, and a dustpan to do it!
If you’ve ever considered diving in a shark cage, you might rethink that after watching this video, in which a great white swam right through the bars, with a diver inside. Incredibly, the guy wasn’t injured, but we can imagine his wetsuit is a few shades more brown now.
Ernie Els is a golf hall of famer who’s won four major championships. But Murphy’s Law hit him hard on the first hole of the 2016 Masters. He ended up putting six times from 3ft, scoring a 9 on the par-4 hole. Slate’s got your Happy Gilmore mashup covered.
Footage from a Discovery program which documented the Piasecki PA97 Helistat, an experimental logging blimp, which used an ungainly configuration of four helicopters to lift it off the ground. Just looking at the thing, it seemed like a bad idea… and it was.