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Black Holes

Black Holes

A proof of concept for a weird and wonderful animated series about the misadventures of an astronaut, who ends up with a highly intelligent melon as his partner on a mission to Mars. We expect to see more of Dave the astronaut thanks to a successful Kickstarter project.

Over The Polyphonic Rainbow

Over The Polyphonic Rainbow

Musician Anna-Maria Hefele made a name for herself with her ability to do something called “polyphonic overtone singing. Here, she performs a very, uhm, unusual, interpretation of the classic from The Wizard of Oz. She’s kind of like a human theremin.

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Spooky Scary Animatronics

Spooky Scary Animatronics

Turn away if you’re easily weirded out. Krolo added an appropriate soundtrack to this reel of creepy and scary animatronics by effects master Gustav Hoegen used for visual effects in movies and TV. Seriously, that squirrel freaked us out when it turned around.

MetaLimbs Robotic Limbs

MetaLimbs Robotic Limbs

Researchers from Tokyo University and Keio University designed a pair of robotic arms and hands that are controlled with the user’s legs and feet. Called MetaLimbs, the extra limbs can be modified with different “hands” and even provide haptic feedback. Think Doc Ock IRL.

Sculpting Margarine

Sculpting Margarine

We can’t believe it’s not butter! Unlike the guys at your state fair, chef Devwrat Anand Jategaonkar and his team used margarine as their clay. Their record-breaking sculpture of the Trimurti of Elephanta weighed over 3300 lb and measured more than 8 feet wide by 6 feet high.

Hamster Drawing Machine

Hamster Drawing Machine

Artist Neil Mendoza created a rather silly installation which uses hamster power to perform a single, repetitive task – drawing a picture of a hamster. The machine works its magic by following an outline into a turning piece of turning plywood..

Making Watermelon Bread

Making Watermelon Bread

Do you like watermelon, but can’t be bothered with all the messy seeds and juice running down your chin? Cooking with May Lynn shares a recipe for making a loaf of bread that looks just like a watermelon… if watermelons were rectangular.

Pink Trombone Voice Synthesizer

Pink Trombone Voice Synthesizer

Neil Thapen’s fantastically weird time-waster web app lets you control the the shape of a virtual nose, palate, mouth, lips, tongue, and voicebox, in order to create your own humanoid sounds. With enough practice, you can make it say stuff, sorta.

Jenga-playing Robot

Jenga-playing Robot

It may look a little bit like a sideways stargate, but this robot is designed to carefully position itself around a Jenga stack, methodically pluck out a wooden block, and move it to the top of the stack. We’d be curious to see if it could play an entire game, but we’re guessing not.

Rolling in the WTF

Rolling in the WTF

This guy on a Chinese TV show turns in what is arguably the strangest performance of Adele’s Rolling in the Deep that we’ve ever heard. We don’t know whether to give him a standing ovation, or just stare at the screen like a deer caught in the headlights.

Millington: Being

Millington: Being

(Gross) It’s an age old story of a girl falling in love with her one true soulmate – except in this case, her significant other just happens to be creepy alien creature. Oh Yeah Wow’s video for Millington’s jangly love song starts out silly, and ends like a horror film.

Okja (Teaser)

Okja (Teaser)

Tilda Swinton reteams with Snowpiercer director Bong Joon Ho for this sci-fi drama about a young girl who must protect a mysterious creature from being exploited by a creepy corporation, who genetically engineers foods for fun and profit. On Netflix 6/28/17.

Deeply Artificial Trees

Deeply Artificial Trees

If you think Bob Ross should always be painting happy little trees, you might want to look away from Alexander Reben’s horrifying clip, in which they ran footage from The Joy of Painting through deep-learning audio and video processing software. The brown acid is bad.

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Hushme Phone Silencer

Hushme Phone Silencer

It might look ridiculous, but this mask does serve a useful purpose. The Hushme uses masks your voice during phone calls, letting you make private calls without prying ears listening in. It can also cover up sounds with everything from Darth Vader to a squirrel.

Paradigm (Launch Trailer)

Paradigm (Launch Trailer)

Paradigm is a hilarious point-and-click adventure set in a post-apocalyptic world filled with mutants, including a pug with a mullet, a giant sloth, a human duck, and whatever its eponymous protagonist is supposed to be. PC & Mac demos available here. Drops 4/5/17.

Exploding Rice Cracker Machine

Exploding Rice Cracker Machine

One of the stranger cooking machines we’ve seen – this thing takes in grain, salt, and water, then applies heat and pressure to make rice crackers. The resulting explosion causes them to fly out of its mouth like jet-powered frisbees. Here’s a similar machine.

Computer Cooking

Computer Cooking

We’re thinking this video in which a woman stops what she’s doing at work and turns her PC into an impromptu pancake griddle is sort of like the Chinese equivalent of HowtoBasic. Though the result of her cooking looks far more appealing than that channel’s food stuffs.

Follow the Sun

Follow the Sun

(PG-13) A hilariously weird parody of those “It’s Refreshment Time” shorts they used to play before and between movies at drive-in theaters. It starts out normally enough, but gets dark really quick. Your nightmares send their regards.

Fansformer

Fansformer

Footage of a totally superfluous, but nonetheless cool ceiling fan design which automatically unfurls its blades as it gets up to speed. Looks like its actually a fan called the Fanimation Air Shadow if you want to buy one.

Sync Fu

Sync Fu

YouTube channel Sync Fu was designed with a single purpose – to combine kung fu and action scenes with wildly out of place music. We’re not sure why it works, but it often does. Ouf favorite is Casshern vs. Mr. Roboto, but Lone Wolf and Cub vs. In The Air Tonight is perfect too.

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Spider-Man Homecoming Weird Trailer

Spider-Man Homecoming Weird Trailer

Aldo Jones turns his insane mind towards the trailer for Marvel’s latest Spider-Man flick, filling the new Peter Parker’s universe with talking cats, DC characters, a fart-powered jet suit, and all the wrong Avengers.

Chicken Attack

Chicken Attack

(PG-13: Language) The Gregory Brothers introduce us to vocalist Takeo Ischi, also known as “the greatest Chicken Yodeler the world has ever seen.” We have no idea what we just watched, but we’re pretty sure it was awesome. Also, we found this when researching Ischi.

William Tell Bottle Train

William Tell Bottle Train

Most of us know it better as the opening theme from The Lone Ranger, but whatever you know the finale of Rossini’s energetic William Tell Overture as, you’ve probably never heard it played using a model train and a bunch of bottles. Hi-ho Silver, Away!

Theremin Crazy

Theremin Crazy

Musician Randy George created this clip more than a decade ago, performing the most unusual cover version we’ve ever heard of Gnarls Barkley’s hit tune Crazy – using a theremin in place of the lead vocals. Given the title and subject matter of the song, it’s somehow fitting.

Hot-o Peppa Peepa Pay Poppy

Hot-o Peppa Peepa Pay Poppy

A series of Japanese commercials from 2009 we stumbled across on YouTube, featuring a woman singing about hot peppers as the Peanuts gang jams out in the background. It’s almost as catchy as the Pen-Pineapple-Apple-Pen song. Dance remix here.

The Speaking Piano

The Speaking Piano

Amazing, but simultaneously creepy footage of a piano that was rigged up by artist and composer Peter Ablinger to modulate key presses in such a way that it sounds like it’s speaking. Our overlords have arrived, and they have 88 keys.

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