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Autoline Design Handbook

Autoline Design Handbook

Autoline’s Design Handbook is a series of short but informative videos that tackle specific aspects of car design. A great show for vets and newbie gearheads alike. This clip talks about the history of a popular trend in cars: big wheels.

How Evolution Works

How Evolution Works

This entertaining and easy to understand video will remind you of the basics of evolution. It could also make you want to play Pokémon. Designed by Phillipp Dettmer and animated by Jacques Alomo.

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38 Sweet Facts About Candy

38 Sweet Facts About Candy

Looking forward to that bucket of sweets you’re forcing your kid brother and sister collect for you this Halloween? Why not find out some of the truths behind those sugary treats before you pop ’em all down your gullet.

How Cats See

How Cats See

Artist Nickolay Lamm looked at facts and theories about the eyesight of cats and used them to visualize the difference between human and cat vision. It’s a pale and blurry world for cats, but it’s also way less dark.

How to Speak with a British Accent

How to Speak with a British Accent

Want to know how to speak like they do in jolly old England? Listen well to drama professor and voice coach David Ley’s tips, which he gamely demonstrates on the fly. His ability to switch accents in a split second is amazing.

23 Unusual Animals

23 Unusual Animals

Why do you need to go to school when you’ve got Mental Floss? Guest host Emily Grasile from The Brain Scoop fills our noggins with numerous animals we’re pretty sure you’ve never heard of. Dugongs? Huh? Gerenuks? Wha?

Life Hacks Debunked

Life Hacks Debunked

John Green of Mental Floss teaches us that not everything you read on the Internet can be trusted. He puts 30 “life hacks” to the test, many of which fail to live up to expectations. Though he didn’t test this one, which works brilliantly.

The Origins of 42 Idioms

The Origins of 42 Idioms

Mental Floss takes a look at how some of the most popular idioms in the English language came to be. You might already know some of them, but many have surprising origins. We hope they feature foreign idioms as well.

Stephen Hawking’s Big Ideas

Stephen Hawking’s Big Ideas

A beginner’s guide to the major theories of physicist Stephen Hawking. He continued his pursuit for knowledge despite his extreme physical limitations, and in doing so elevated not just himself but the whole human race.

What If You Stopped Sleeping?

What If You Stopped Sleeping?

ASAPScience explores the sort of weird and unpleasant things that start to happen to our bodies and minds if we’re deprived of sleep. There’s not a lot of conclusive data, since the longest anyone’s ever stayed awake is 11 days.

Airlines: Flight Safety

Airlines: Flight Safety

An informative safety video which ensures you’ll know exactly what to do when an emergency strikes. Just remember to stow all cats under the seat in front of you. Don’t let any actual airlines see this – they might actually install feedbags.

True Facts About the Frog

True Facts About the Frog

(NSFW: Language, Gore) “Imagine sneezing, but through your whole body. That is how a frog do.” Once again, ZeFrank saves his nastiest True Facts episodes for the common fauna. Seriously, this video is not for the squeamish.

The Art of Misdirection

The Art of Misdirection

Theatrical pickpocket Apollo Robbins shares the foundation of his tricks – “attention is a limited resource” – and backs it up with another suave display. The fun starts at 4:45. Be sure to catch his last trick.

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How to Start up a Boeing 737

How to Start up a Boeing 737

YouTuber golfcharlie232 pieced together several videos to simulate the standard procedure for firing up a Boeing 737 airliner. Needless to say, it involves fiddling with dozens of cryptic switches, knobs, buttons and more.

Ricky Gervais Learns to Write

Ricky Gervais Learns to Write

(NSFW: Language) “Being honest is what counts.” Award-winning funnyman and creator Ricky Gervais turns serious for a couple of minutes to share a moment from his childhood that defined his style of writing.

There’s a Term for That?! (Part 2)

There’s a Term for That?! (Part 2)

Mental Floss picks up where BuzzFeed left off and stuffs our brain tanks with more fairly unknown names for common things and events. Like their cars, the German language is engineered for precision.

Iodine Clock Reaction

Iodine Clock Reaction

YouTube’s famous illusionist brusspup shares a mixture that suddenly changes its color. But it’s no trick. It’s called the iodine clock reaction, a chain reaction where the slow first step is followed by one or two speedy reaction(s).

If You Stopped Going Outside…

If You Stopped Going Outside…

So if you’re watching this, chances are you’re sitting indoors. AsapSCIENCE explores what might happen to us if we no longer went outside. Maybe we should start selling vitamin D supplements and stand-up desks.

6 Second Science

6 Second Science

A compilation of some of the best six second videos and animations submitted by Vine users to GE’s 6SecondScienceFair. Some are too brief to be informative or even comprehensible, but many of the clips are awesome.

Why Do We Clap?

Why Do We Clap?

Vsauce Michael explores the history and psychology of clapping. It appears that we clap both to remain anonymous and to conform in public settings. So if we no longer convene, will there still be any reason to clap?

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Kevin Spacey on the Future of TV

Kevin Spacey on the Future of TV

“The audience wants the control. They want the freedom.” Kevin Spacey spent part of his lecture at the Edinburgh International Film Festival encouraging his colleagues to embrace digital distribution. Full lecture here. Transcript here.

28 Foods Named After People

28 Foods Named After People

Mental Floss lists some of the popular foods that are named after people, although not necessarily after their inventors. Find out the origins of nachos, Eggs Benedict, sandwiches and more. Plus a bonus pun fact.

Garbage Doesn’t Lie

Garbage Doesn’t Lie

You may think you don’t have a skeleton in your closet, but Minute Earth reminds us that we all have dirt in our garbage cans. Turns out waste isn’t really waste, because today’s trash heap is tomorrow’s midden.

The Secret Story of Toys

The Secret Story of Toys

A brief profile on a group of toy sculptors. Jason Frailey, Adrienne Smith and their colleagues make prototypes and molds of action figures, bobbleheads, busts and other toys and collectibles. Filmed by Anthony Ladesich.

Elements 4D Blocks

Elements 4D Blocks

Each face on these wood blocks shows the name of an element, but when viewed through an augmented reality app, they come to life, showing how they interact. We only wish they had the whole periodic table in block form.

How Old Are Your Ears?

How Old Are Your Ears?

ASAP Science prepared this quick and informal test that you can take to see how healthy your ears are. Watch in 1080p and with headphones. But disregard the 19,000Hz part; it was lost due to YouTube’s compression.

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