Mountain biker Sam Pilgrim took the five-wheeled Street Surfer for a ride on a variety of urban freeriding locations, including skateparks, stairs, and a pump track. The unusual bike has four small wheels in place of a single front wheel and both front and rear suspension. It’s all about the lean.
Hooded seals have one of the strangest mating rituals we’ve ever seen. The males have inflatable noses, which they blow up when it’s time to attract a mate. Their big honkers are used not only to attract females but to intimidate rivals. BBC’s Frozen Planet II gets us up close and personal with their unusual snouts.
A year before Sesame Street debuted, Jim Henson’s Muppets turned up on The Ed Sullivan Show. The fuzzy, smoke-blowing aliens repeated the phrase “Sclrap Flyapp!” while hunting an elusive snail creature whose only utterance was “Merp.” Yes, it’s as silly as it sounds.
When it comes to pedal-powered vehicles, weight is your enemy. But that didn’t stop Play to DIY from making this fully functional bicycle (and matching helmet) by casting concrete. The slow-moving bike weighs in at a whopping 134.5 kg – or about 296 lb. We’re surprised that it moves and balances as well as it does.
All we could think of was the 7-1/2 floor from Being John Malkovich while we watched this bizarre video of a woman walking through a half-height apartment building and serving up a gigantic hamburger. The Chinese cover of Vanessa Carlton’s A Thousand Miles seals the deal.
One of the many memorable images in My Neighbor Totoro is Catbus. Studson Studios thought it would be fun to redesign the walking bus as if it was Garfield. It’s not an original idea, but the first time we’ve seen the orange Catbus brought to life as a 3-dimensional object. We imagine it’s powered by lasagna, not gasoline.
You’re Saying It Wrong podcast hosts Kathryn and Ross Petras authored this quirky book for trivia, history, and anatomy buffs. Told in chronological order, it explores milestones in history tied closely to human body parts, from Cleopatra’s nose to Ann Bolyeyn’s heart to George Washington’s fake teeth.
Musician Steve Cruickshank likes to take classic songs and change them up a bit by replacing the original harmonies with their mirror image. The resulting music is at once familiar and pleasant to the ear but also completely different from what we’re used to. Let’s kick the playlist off with his version of The Sound of Silence.
Taking a page out of Back to the Future II, Hawaii’s Holomua Kitchen makes and sells skinny slices of freeze-dried pepperoni pizza, packed in an airtight bag. We haven’t tasted this crispy, crunchy snack food yet, but the 5-star reviews on Etsy sound quite promising.
Do you like your coffee with sugar and bad dreams? Stoned and Fired Pottery creates these delightfully creepy mugs in the shape of a baby’s head. The vacant eyes and empty skull make them all the more unsettling. Each one is handmade from ceramic stoneware and holds up to 22 oz. of your beverage of choice.
Defunctland creator Kevin Perjurer delves deep into the history of a strange Garfield-themed theme park ride. Garfield’s Nightmare operated as an overlay on an old Tunnel of Love ride at Kennywood’s Old Mill in Mifflin, PA. There’s lots of backstory before Garfield shows up, but it’s a fascinating watch for theme park fans.
Adam from North of the Border turns his attention from making creepy-looking cartoon characters to making creepy-looking food. Inspired by JackJack’s killer cheeseburger sculpt, Adam’s bowl is filled with toothy fruit that looks like it was harvested from the Upside Down.
Restaurants like Showbiz and Chuck E. Cheese’s were staples of suburban childhood in the ’80s and ’90s. Beyond the arcades and mediocre pizza, these places also featured audio-animatronic musicians. Snellby Reviews looks back at the history of these restaurants, and their sad fate in the 2000s. Part two here.
Redditor Youknowimtheman says their brother is learning how to use the 3D animation program Blender. His short film, “Necromorphosis,” is anything but standard-issue CGI and is one of the strangest things we’ve seen in a while. And if we had to watch it, so do you.
Here, kitty kitty! What’s that you say? Meow’ll be back? Get to the catnip? Littlebigdaddy redubbed a series of cat videos, replacing the the meows with an exaggerated impression of Arnold Schwarzenegger. The result is internet gold… at least until it gets really annoying.
“Girls with blue whiskers tied up with noodles… These are a few of my favorite things.” Sound collage artists Negativland’s deranged edit of My Favorite Things from The Sound of Music dates back a decade but was too hilarious to pass up. Their take on There’s No Business Like Show Business is similarly bonkers.
Osman from Os Bushcraft and Survival recently showed us how to build a shelter using rolls of plastic wrap. Now she’s back with another tree tent made from an unusual material – aluminum foil. To give the shelter strength, she rolled the foil into thick ropes, which she wove into netting and a structure for its spherical shell.
When you think of pop music, it’s usually pretty upbeat stuff, but back in the 1960s, a strange trend emerged – pop songs about tragic accidents and death. Yesterday’s Papers offers an intriguing look back at this unusual fad and some of most popular “splatter platters”. It’s worth watching for Wayne Cochran’s epic hair helmet alone.
A properly sharpened kitchen knife can slice through just about any food, but a dull blade can’t even get through a tomato. Experimental Fun created a unique kitchen knife that uses replaceable utility blades instead of its own blade edge. Is it really necessary? No? But it certainly is unique.
This insane video from China features a slab of raw pork belly that turns into a snake, a bee that turns into a fly, a hand that turns into a butcher’s knife, and a woman who defies the laws of physics. And if none of that makes any sense, hit play for the best instructional cooking video you’ll watch today.
Artificial intelligence technology is getting really good at certain things, especially things like writing and replicating voices. This video from Speaking of AI combines both of those skills to create a convincing Jerry Seinfeld standup routine that he neither wrote nor performed in real life.
We’ve seen guitars made from foods before, including jawbreakers, ramen noodles, and coffee beans. ArtMayer brought his junk food game with a custom Les-Paul style guitar with a body made from McDonald’s french fries. The fries probably came from a fake McDonald’s because Art is located in Moscow.
Justin Roiland’s Squanch Games is showing off its FPS High on Life. The game’s plot revolves around alien drug cartels who figure out that humans contain the strongest drug in the cosmos. It’s your job to stop these deadly beings, with the help of the Gatlians, a race of living guns. That’s two games with talking guns in a week.
Ever wonder what a LEGO Minifigure might look like if it was a living, organic creature? Well, wonder no longer. Adam from North of the Border sculpted this character with a dad bod, clamp hands, a flattened scalp and jawline, beady black eyeballs, and the look of perpetual ennui.
Some of the most creative costumes are made from unusual materials. Take, for instance, this crazy armor that kitbash artist Kami Robo Yasui crafted from a 24 traffic cones. The red thermoplastic material is unlikely to protect him from weapons, but it should keep cars from running him over.