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Amusement Park Facts

Amusement Park Facts

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.

Copyright on YouTube

Copyright on YouTube

Hank Green gives a highly simplified definition of intellectual property rights before focusing on one of its types: copyright. He then goes on to explain how YouTube is trying to empower copyright holders.

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Your Brain Sucks at Video Games

Your Brain Sucks at Video Games

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: Word Trivia

Vsauce: Word Trivia

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.

Shark Week Debunked

Shark Week Debunked

Discovery Channel’s Shark Week used to be enlightening, but now the most we can expect out of it is a funny commercial. Vox summarizes how Discovery has been airing fake viral videos, news and documentaries to attract audiences.

Apis Mellifera: Honey Bee

Apis Mellifera: Honey Bee

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.

Password Hashing 101

Password Hashing 101

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.

5 Cool Physics Tricks

5 Cool Physics Tricks

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.

Fun Facts About Toys

Fun Facts About Toys

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.

Everything About Planet Earth

Everything About Planet Earth

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.

What is the Speed of Dark?

What is the Speed of Dark?

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.

F That’s Delicious Ep. 3

F That’s Delicious Ep. 3

(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.

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

The Truth About Purebred Dogs

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.

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Satoshi Kon: Editing Space & Time

Satoshi Kon: Editing Space & Time

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.

Chankonabe: The Sumo Stew

Chankonabe: The Sumo Stew

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.

Riffstation Play

Riffstation Play

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.

What is Not Random?

What is Not Random?

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.

What is Random?

What is Random?

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.

How Does a Jet Engine Work?

How Does a Jet Engine Work?

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.

41 Facts About Dogs

41 Facts About Dogs

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.

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American Film Industry 101

American Film Industry 101

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.

Henry’s Kitchen

Henry’s Kitchen

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.

Leonardo Da Vinci Was a Loser

Leonardo Da Vinci Was a Loser

…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 Perfect Shave

The Perfect Shave

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.

What is Bayhem?

What is Bayhem?

(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.

Animating with Adam Savage

Animating with Adam Savage

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.

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