Let Mental Floss amuse you with trivia about amusement parks, including an establishment that missed the point of bumper cars, the crazy cost of the Jurassic Park ride and more. Also the infamous Action Park is back in business.
Why? Because it’s great at real life. Anthony Carboni explains how the brain’s limitations, coping mechanisms and other tricks that help us stay alive and sane could also be the reason why we make mistakes in video games.
Vsauce didn’t bother pretending it had a central topic this time, launching straight into a semester’s worth of English and language trivia. The funny thing is, Michael still manages to ramble completely off-topic at the end.
Discovery Channel’s Shark Week used to be enlightening, but now the most we can expect out of it is a funnycommercial. Vox summarizes how Discovery has been airing fake viral videos, news and documentaries to attract audiences.
Photographer Michael Sutton used high-speed cameras to capture honey bees at work. For some reason he shot the video without using a protective outfit or sunscreen. Perhaps he was empathizing with the hardworking animals.
When you forget your password, some websites ask you to make a new one instead of just telling you what your current one is. Why? Because they don’t actually know what your password is. Tom Scott explains why that’s a good thing.
Veritasium challenges you to explain five physics-related phenomena, including water bending, magnetic cereal and a flying tea bag. You can check out the discussions on YouTube or wait until the next episode for the answers.
Did you know that Mr. Potato Head used to be a more useful Pet Rock? Speaking of which, the Pet Rock made its “inventor” a millionaire, even though rocks are, you know, free. All that and more in Mental Floss’ list of toy facts.
If you didn’t have the time to watch COSMOS, animated infographic experts Kurzgesagt created this short film which does its best to condense everything need to know about the composition of the Earth in just 7 minutes.
Once again, Vsauce alternately blows and deflates our minds with really-but-not-really scenarios as he discusses shadows, nighttime and darkness made by light, then somehow ends up talking about intellectual darkness.
(NSFW: Language) Bronsolino travels to England to sample the Barry Bonds of pork buns, the Michael Jackson of lamb grilling, the white trash bruschetta and Nigerian home cooking. Then he makes chicken wings and coleslaw.
CollegeHumor reminds us that keeping a dog’s breed pure often causes their descendants to be more prone to health problems, all so that we could keep or exaggerate the traits that we like about that breed.
Film critic Tony Zhou looks at the editing style of the late Satoshi Kon (Paprika, Millennium Actress). His obsession with our multiple realities – social circles, memories, the Internet – led to his disorientating cuts and transitions.
Munchies’ new series Fuel looks at the food that athletes eat. For its first episode, they enlisted the help of former Sumo World champion Byamba Ulambayar to talk about Chankonabe, a high protein Japanese stew.
Currently in beta, Riffstation Play is a free web-based app that figures out a song’s chords by analyzing its YouTube video. The chords can be laid out for a guitar, ukelele or piano. The desktop version lets you load any song.
Vsauce and Veritasium teamed up to look at the concept of randomness. For his part, Derek explains that perhaps everything that’s not pure information is not random, but ultimately, we live in an unpredictable universe.
Vsauce and Veritasium teamed up to look at the concept of randomness. Michael explains how most of the things we describe as random are in fact predictable, but at the same time true randomness could actually be everywhere.
Suck, squeeze, bang, blow. Get your mind out of the gutter. These four simple terms are an easy way to understand how jet engines work. Learn more in GE’s Masterclass series, which breaks down complex tech into layman’s terms.
Mental Floss fills us in on some unusual factoids about man’s best friend, including how an airedale terrier once sat on the U.S. Cabinet, and how crazy people leave money to their dogs. Also, we want dog-powered appliances.
CineFix debuts its Film School’d series with a brief history of American filmmaking. From the ancient Romans to Netflix and YouTube, this fascinating tale is propelled by technology, accidents, greed and creativity.
One of YouTube’s hidden gems, Henry’s Kitchen sees Henry Phillips portray a lonely and temperamental klutz whose cooking talent is muddled by his awful video editing. Hang in there Henry. We need that complete recipe.
…and so were other successful people. To remind us that practice makes perfect, Delve points us to the multitalented Leonardo da Vinci, who at age 30 was a poor schmuck who drew dead criminals for a living. Watch part two here.
The Nomad Barber demos what he describes as the perfect shave, using the methods and tools he learned from his trips to barber shops around the world. Educational and relaxing. BRB, growing stubble so we can have it shaved.
(NSFW: Language) Believe it or not, there is a method to Michael Bay’s madness. The problem is, it takes a sharp mind and inhuman fortitude to watch Bay’s flicks and break them down. Part of Tony Zhou’s soul died to give you this.
Adam Savage and Tested invited illustrator Marty Cooper – the man behind Aug(De)Mented Reality – to ask him how he makes his viral doodles and stop-motion short films. Then they make one clip, which you can see at 6:45.