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How VTOL Airplanes Work

How VTOL Airplanes Work

Airplanes that can lift off vertically, then fly horizontally are quite fascinating, doing away with the need for long and tactically-vulnerable runways. Real Engineering takes a look at the history of Vertical Take Off and Landing (VTOL) aircraft and how they work.

10 Obsolete Letters

10 Obsolete Letters

Austin McConnell talks about 10 letters that have been cut out of the English alphabet. Learn about the somewhat familiar æ, the ampersand – which apparently was a letter – and a bombshell: the “ye” in “ye olde…” is actually pronounced “the.”

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Hidden Purposes of Object Design

Hidden Purposes of Object Design

There are lots of everyday objects with features we didn’t know served a purpose. The Infographics Show explains a few of these simple, but useful design traits and what they’re for. We always figured the blue jeans pocket was for a condom.

The Story of Timbaland

The Story of Timbaland

With his natural beatboxing skills, godly knack for hooks, and the people he grew up with, it was almost impossible for Timbaland to not blow up. But he also fell into the trappings of success. He sat down with Complex to look back on his career.

Could You Fart Through Space?

Could You Fart Through Space?

It’s a question that literally none of us were asking, but the guys at PBS Space Time decided to put the concept to the test anyhow: If your spacesuit had a butt porthole – could you move yourself through space using only your flatulence as propulsion?

The History of Shrinking People

The History of Shrinking People

The movie Downsizing might have come up a little short in both its reviews and box office take, but it did succeed in the VFX department. Here, the film’s effects supervisor Jamie Price walks us through the history of shrinking people down on the big screen.

Arcade Scam Science

Arcade Scam Science

After using science and math to point out all the ways in which the decks are stacked against you at carnival games, engineer Mark Rober is back to show us how coin-operated arcade prize games aren’t any better.

Why Cartoons Make Great Satire

Why Cartoons Make Great Satire

There was a time when cartoons were created mostly for kids, but these days, some of the best satire out there turns up in animation. Video essayist Will Schoder opines on why it’s often easier to poke fun at society’s foibles in cartoon form rather than live action.

How to Record Slow Motion Sounds

How to Record Slow Motion Sounds

We’ve featured many slow-mo videos, and while most of them were dubbed with music, some attempt to replicate the sounds of the object being recorded. SmarterEveryDay explains how they create these noises and match them up to the otherwise silent footage.

What Your Name Decides about Your Life

What Your Name Decides about Your Life

Half as Interesting shares an apparent paradox about names. Studies have shown that we can match names to strangers 30% of the time, which means we look like our names. But since we’re named before we even plan our lives, it seems that we live up to our names.

Kurzgesagt: Life & Size Pt. 2

Kurzgesagt: Life & Size Pt. 2

Kurzgesagt wraps up 2017 with a follow up to its fascinating clip about the relationship between an organism’s size and the way it evolves. This time out, we learn how we might actually explode if we weren’t the size we were meant to be. Say, was that Barb at 1:30?

Grammarly Keyboard App

Grammarly Keyboard App

You can now take advantage of Grammarly’s helpful grammar- and spell-checking features on iOS and Android devices, thanks to the free Grammarly keyboard. Grammarly Premium users will also be able to see suggestions for style and vocabulary enhancements.

The Most Difficult Piece of Music

The Most Difficult Piece of Music

While you might automatically say something like “Flight of the Bumblebee,” the notion of what music is the most challenging to perform is really a subjective concept, and must be contextualized to the skillset of its performer, as music essayist Adam Neely explains.

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The Philosophy of Archer

The Philosophy of Archer

(PG-13) On the surface, the eponymous star of FXX’s Archer may seem like a hyperbolic version of James Bond. But as Wisecrack points out, much of the show’s humor actually lies on turning 007’s escapist maverick image on its head.

The Case for Jackson Pollock

The Case for Jackson Pollock

“No chaos dammit.” The Art Assignment made this great overview of Jackson Pollock and his divisive drip paintings. He wasn’t the first to do it, nor will he be the last. But the timing and coverage of his short-lived peak marked a new level for abstract expressionism.

How to Be a Sneaker Designer

How to Be a Sneaker Designer

(PG-13: Language) Complex’s new show Jobs Unlisted is about uncommon professions. In its first episode, host Speedy Morman visited Pensole Footwear Design Academy to learn about designing sneakers. Eustace stayed up all night for you Speedy. Show some gratitude.

6 Brilliant Movie Shots

6 Brilliant Movie Shots

Video cameras move in six basic ways: pan, tilt, roll, push (or pull), track and crane. They can be combined, performed at different speeds, and cut into each other. But each one is rich enough on its own. CineFix presents its picks for the best use of each basic movement.

Universal Basic Income Explained

Universal Basic Income Explained

There is growing evidence that giving citizens (or at least the poor) a stipend will make people healthier and happier without tanking the economy or productivity. But it can also be abused – not just by lazy or entitled individuals, but by governments and businesses as well.

21 Things that Turned 21 in 2017

21 Things that Turned 21 in 2017

The older you get, the more the years coalesce into one blob we call “the past.” But Mental Floss wants us to know exactly how ancient we’ve become with this list of things that happened or started 21 years ago, including Google, Space Jam, and A Song of Ice and Fire.

The Primate Tier List

The Primate Tier List

TierZoo finally gets around to the kings of the current meta. Primates prove that to reign supreme, you shouldn’t max one skill. Instead, you should have lots of great skills and traits. You know who’s at the top of the game. At least until the next expansion.

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Learning to Break Glass with Your Voice

Learning to Break Glass with Your Voice

Serial learner Mike Boyd decided to take on a silly but tough to acquire skill: learning to break glass with one’s voice. Step 1: get something made out of crystal glass. Step 2: protect your eyes. Step 3: WUUUUEEEE

Aladdin: How Can We Be Free?

Aladdin: How Can We Be Free?

“But oh, to be free… to be my own master.” ScreenPrism argues that Aladdin has a nice message about freedom. The heroes each have different kinds of freedom. In the end, they learn that to maximize their own freedom, they should help others be more free as well.

Why Is Glacier Ice Blue?

Why Is Glacier Ice Blue?

If you’ve ever seen a glacier up close and personal, you know they’re a beautiful blue-green color that’s unlike just about any ice or water you’ve ever witnessed. It’s Okay to Be Smart reveals the science behind what we see, then gives us a 360º view inside an ice cave.

Why Can’t We Live on the Moon?

Why Can’t We Live on the Moon?

While there have long been promises by space agencies that they would build a manned base on the moon, it has never come to pass. Life Noggin explains why the Earth-orbiting satellite that we first landed on in the 1960s has proven so difficult to colonize and sustain life.

How to Make Instant Ramen Broth

How to Make Instant Ramen Broth

Alex French Guy Cooking is addicted to instant ramen. He thought of four different ways to have instant ramen broth on hand, either as a powdered mixture or as a cube. Two of the recipes take only 5 minutes or less, while the other two take several hours.

Japan’s Love for Public Baths

Japan’s Love for Public Baths

Life Where I’m From created a brief history of Japan’s public baths. He also talked about why they remain popular despite bathtubs becoming commonplace, and an overview of onsens and other kinds of public baths that you might want to check out when you visit Japan.

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