Michael Jackson's "Billie Jean" as a spaghetti western theme

The Samurai Guitarist brings some Morricone to Michael.

(via Laughing Squid)

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Wolf chases goat across sheer cliff

In this video, a hungry wolf chases a small goat across the face of a sheer, crumbling cliff. The wolf wins. Read the rest

What happens to a levitating gyroscope in a vacuum?

The Action Lab took a maglev gyroscope and placed it inside a sealed chamber to see what happens to a levitating gyroscope in a vacuum.

A lot of people took issue with the experiment's setup and explanation, but it's interesting nonetheless. He responded to those concerns:

Hi everyone! I see a lot of comments that mention it will stop because of gravity. A lot of people said that in my pendulum video also. But remember that gravity doesn't "slow things down." The only reason we associate gravity with slowing things down is because it pulls things toward the earth and they hit the earth and the friction causes it to stop. So friction is the stopping force, not gravity. But you are right, gravity does play a role here that I didn't mention in the video. That is that it causes precession in the gyroscope. Since it never started out initially straight up, gravity does make the gyroscope tip over eventually. This may be even a larger factor than the magnet friction I talked about.

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Rare video of a white owl swimming through a canyon

Here's something you don't see every day, a swimming owl.

In late 2016 Derrick Zuk and some pals were hiking through a canyon in Lake Powell (between Utah and Arizona) and discovered this great horned owl as it started swimming in the water. Zuk waded behind the white bird to capture this rare footage.

While it looks rather beautiful, National Geographic reports that this behavior is a "last resort" for the bird:

In an email with National Geographic, Geoff LeBaron, the Christmas bird count director at the National Audubon Society, noted that the owl—which still has some of its nestling feathers—is likely a young great horned owl that has only just begun to explore the world beyond its nest.

"I suspect it actually fell out of the nest," said LeBaron. "In the West especially, great horned [owls] do nest on ledges on cliffs, often in raven or other birds' nests that they take over." He suspects the young owl could have also fallen out of its nest or faltered during an early test flight.

"This bird is young enough that the parents were probably still caring for it, so hopefully once the folks go by, the bird dried off and its parents found it," LeBaron offered.

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100 years of bridesmaid dresses

It turns out that back in the 1920s, bridesmaids often wore white to match the bride. Meanwhile, today’s bridal party looks tend to be cohesive but not identical. Read the rest

Artist proves that basic school supplies work fine for making art

YouTuber Peter Draws accepted a viewer challenge and created two lovely sketches using basic school supplies: a standard No. 2 Pencil, a wide ruled composition book, and a manual pencil sharpener. Read the rest

The freaky tricks your memory can play on you

If there’s one thing this video from AsapSCIENCE taught me, it’s that I have a terrible memory. Thankfully (or then again, maybe not), it turns out a lot of other people do too. Read the rest

Turn your fast food budget into cheap homemade meals

Josh Greenfield of Brothers Green Eats proves that fast food isn’t necessarily cheaper than cooking for yourself. As he explains:

I’ve had enough of people telling me that eating fast food is easier and cheaper than cooking yourself. The sole purpose of this video is to debunk that idea. I went to McDonald’s, got three meals worth of food, then went to the market and spent the same amount of money and cooked a ton of delicious food. I ended up making enough food for 3-4 days and didn't even use up everything that I bought. Even if you eat off the dollar menu, cooking at home can save you some green.

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Rope-skipping world record set by Japanese schoolchildren

A group of 14 Japanese schoolchildren from Fuji Municipal Harada Elementary School earned the Guinness World Records title for "most skips over a single rope in one minute by a team."

Each of the 12 skippers leap over the rope more than 18 times, setting incredible new group record of 225 skips.

The kids take the record from rival Japanese students from Hiromi Elementary School, who achieved the earlier total of 217 skips back in 2013.

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If cats ruled the world

AaronsAnimals imagines a world of cat domination. Read the rest

Kushner, unaccustomed as he is to public speaking...

Described by the BBC as "notoriously" reticent to be heard in public, Jared Kushner — President Trump's son-in-law and de facto factotum of his shambolic administration — was finally obliged to impress his voice upon others in a recorded setting at the MAGA Summer Palace in Washington, D.C. The subject was technology; the result was a better understanding of the fact Ivanka didn't marry him for his diction.

Just take a look at the absolute savaging he's getting from the press.

Even The Daily Mail, bastion of international Trumpkinism, merrily deployed the snarky headline "Sounds like he's giving an 8th grade valedictory."

Kushner sounded like the smartest guy in the room - if the room was in middle school.

'It's probably not fair to observe that finally hearing Kushner's voice is a major let-down. Sounds like he's giving an 8th grade valedictory, wrote Darcy Jae.

At least one person thought that Kushner's voice lost out to the hunky Canadian Prime Minister. 'After hearing Jared Kushner's voice, I understand why Ivanka was staring at Justin Trudeau with those hungry eyes,' sniped Daniel Dresden.

Head left and it goes from insult to injury. The Onion's A.V. Club:

It’s a wheedling, blandly competent voice, which is, all things considered, a fine change of aesthetic pace from Donald Trump’s freewheeling, real-time portrait of senility.

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Lady at walk-in clinic demands to see a white doctor

Hitesh Bhardwaj videoed a lady whose son required medical treatment, at a Mississuaga, Ontario clinic — but only from a white doctor.

Extreemly rude and racist woman openly asking to see a white doctor who doesn't have brown teeth, who is born in Canada and who can speak English. Incident happened at around 12:30 PM on June 18, 2017 at Rapid Access to Medical Specialists (Clinic) in Mississauga, Canada

This genre of footage, the indelible record of naked public racism, is the Internet's only gift to the discourse.

Cheryl Teelucksingh, a sociology professor at Ryerson University, sees the incident as an example of the kind of "everyday racism" that is "beginning to resurface" in Canada.

She said some people are pointing to the election of U.S. President Donald Trump making people feel more comfortable saying things they normally wouldn't. But Teelucksingh thinks there's a more important factor: perceived multiculturalism, or the assumption by some Canadians that racial minorities are already treated equally across the country.

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Surf videos of your kid are really easy to make

It is really easy to affix a camera to any foam board these days! This video was quite literally our first wave.

I'm using these stab-through-the-board style GoPro mounts.

Choose a location on top of the board where you want the camera. It is likely far more interesting to have the camera facing you in its default, and most secure position. If you want other angles, You can use the myriad go-pro and tripod mount adaptors to work it out. Remember the mount is designed with foam cutting blades that'll hold it steady in the board while you rush down the faces of awesome waves. Pushing it into place will permanently scar the board, so removing the mount is a bad idea. Installing is a 1-time thing, so get it right.

You'll need a large diameter, Phillips head screwdriver, and a quarter. Again, installing one of these is a breeze if you give it a little bit of thought. Not thinking may result in ruining the board. If your board has a slick, laminated on kevlar/plastic type bottom and not exposed foam in a net style material, make sure to puncture the board THROUGH that layer (in the bottom and out the top,) because puncturing from the other direction will tear that layer loose. You MUST puncture a hole where you want to insert the mount to a) start the process and b) leave a clear channel for screwing the thing together.

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Watch this 91-year-old gymnast's fantastic parallel bars routine

Johanna Quaas, 92, is the "world's oldest gymnast," according to Guinness World Records. Quaas literally wrote the book on gymnastics, a textbook titled Gerätturnen. She still competes regularly as evidenced by this incredible video.

Here's Quaas's fan page.

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Guy on treadmill demonstrates 100 styles of walking

Kevin Parry gets on a treadmill and shows 100 ways of walking: angry, zombie, mad, sneaky, drunk, robot, on vacation, strut, old man, hippy, timid, mime, pushing, in the dark, and so on. Read the rest

Man cleans and sharpens old rusty knife to better than new in very satisfying video

A guy buys an old knife for three bucks that's so rusty it looks like it's been dipped in mud. He then cleans and polishes it until it's as sparkly as a brand new knife. And sharpens it until it's sharper than most knives, new or old. Soooo pleasing to watch. Read the rest

Satellite sets distance record for weird "spooky action" quantum communication

Chinese researchers demonstrated quantum entanglement at a record distance, between a satellite and ground stations 1,200 kilometers apart. When objects are quantum entangled, their quantum states are linked. Measuring the state of one affects the state of the other. It's weird shit. So weird that Einstein called it "spooky action at a distance."

The experiment by physicists at Shanghai's University of Science and Technology of China could eventually lead to highly-secure communications technologies in space and back on Earth.

"I'm personally convinced that the internet of the future will be based on these quantum principles," says Anton Zeilinger, a physicist at the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Vienna who was not involved in the experiment. "China’s quantum satellite achieves ‘spooky action’ at record distance" (Science)

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