Because there has to be a Guinness World Record for every possible thing, Chang Yu-Te blew an impressive 783 individual soap bubbles into the middle of one larger soap bubble before it eventually popped. This is one record to which we say, “DO try this at home” – just be sure to wipe down the floor with a towel afterward.
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It’s hard enough to hold your breath underwater for a long time, let alone walk while you’re doing it. Freediver Boris Milosic set the Guinness World Record for the feat, walking back and forth along the bottom of a pool while wearing a weighted belt. He walked for almost 4 minutes and covered 315 feet on a single breath.
Most wind instruments are made from wood or brass. But it turns out that a plastic straw can be modified to make music too. This video shows how late Danish musician Peter Bastian was adept at performing on a drinking straw with holes cut in it. Flutist Naveen Kumar shows how you can make your own here.
When you think of figure skating, Metallica isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But Team USA ice dancers Oona and Gage Brown dispel that notion with this exceptionally precise performance choreographed to Nothing Else Matters, combining Metallica’s original metal ballad with a cover version by Marlisa.
When you’ve turned your enthusiasm for hockey into a career, you need to practice all the time. In this short clip, stick-handling expert Pavel Barber shows off how he trains using an extra-wide treadmill at The Skating Lab while his buddy off camera feeds him practice cones, pucks, and a few unexpected items to dodge.
It’s tricky enough to stack Jenga blocks normally. But there are some folks out there who go far beyond the ordinary block stacking and use the wooden planks to create complex structures. Jenga expert stacker Captain Noodles managed to stack 518 planks, all balanced atop a single vertical plank. Time-lapse video here.
Italo Vegliante is an actor and musician who starred in Italian B-movies back in the 1980s. More recently, he’s used his talents to a create unique style that incorporates whistling, mouth sounds, and acoustic guitar. Here’s his fun tribute to the master of Wild West soundtracks, Ennio Morricone. He also created this piece of Internet gold.
Musician Ichika Nito loves to test out unusual guitar tunings. In this case, he came up with a set of notes that sound completely off-key when strummed, but he manages to still make sound good when playing. His EEEEEE and FFFFFF tunes are worth a listen too. (Thanks Craig!)
You would think that juggling balls when they’re attached to fishing line was kind of cheating. But juggler Daniel Rosenfeldt quickly proves us wrong with the precision choreography (and lack of tangled strings) in his orbit juggling routine. While he calls his routine “Starcatcher,” the light-up spheres kind of look like giant fireflies.
We’re not too sure about the physics at work here, but somehow this guy manages to perfectly stack a tall column of dice by wiggling a tube back and forth across a smooth tabletop. Of course, it’s possible the whole video might have just been played in reverse.
On the UK game show Taskmasters, contestants were asked to record videos of them performing an activity that would make them look much more talented when played in reverse. We can’t decide if the guy pulling the van or the Tree Wizard was our favorite. Just one question: How long until there’s a US remake of this show?
Does your dog shed a lot? Now that we’ve seen this video, we know what to do with all that hair that comes off when you brush them. Simply gather up some fur, activate your inner artist, and get to crafting a fuzzy replica of your pup like this impressive needle-felted doppelgänger.
In February 2020, 13-year-old Joshua Inda stopped showing off his incredible beatboxing skills while shopping in a department store in Manila in the Philippines. The talented kid shows off a variety of techniques in a medley that shifts rapidly between rhythms and vocals.
Gymnast and freestyle bike rider Viola Brand shows off her insane balancing skills, as she uses her bicycle in ways never designed by its manufacturer and dances around the ballroom standing on the handlebars, seat, and pedals of her 2-wheeler. Can’t get enough? Check out more of Viola’s bike tricks.
Watch and listen in awe as violinist Dmitry Rotkin lets his fingers do the talking in this far too short pizzicato jazz improvisation, inspired by Duke Ellington’s It Don’t Mean a Thing (If It Ain’t Got That Swing). His arrangement of The Beatles’ Come Together is pretty incredible as well.
Combining bowed, keyed, and mechanical elements, the hurdy-gurdy is definitely one of the stranger musical instruments. Enjoy as musician Michalina Malisz shows off her hurdy-gurdy skills with a little medley of System of a Down riffs. If you haven’t heard it before, her guitar riffs compilation is worth a listen too.
Playing Dick Dale’s track Misirlou already requires some fast fingers. But guitarist Alexandr Misko amped things up to 11 as he performed the track using a fingerstyle technique. He somehow managed to retain the vibrato surf rock sound, despite his dramatically different playing style.
If you’re unfamiliar with the richly-layered sounds of traditional Native American pow wow singing, you’ll want to check out this footage of Antoine Edwards and a trio of talented vocalists as they perform a song in the traditional chanted style, but with lyrics in English.
When you want to show off how fast you can play, the go-to choice for many musicians is Flight of the Bumblebee. We’ve heard the tune played on all kinds of instruments, but never on a toy piano. Listen as Hayato “Cateen” Sumino lets his fingers fly across the tiny ivories, gradually increasing his speed to an insane 250 BPM.
While showing off his moves, cardistry expert notseano decided to flick a card behind his back, nailing the trajectory just right so it boomerangs perfectly back to the deck in his left hand. He says he was surprised, but the confident look on his face says otherwise.
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