Fantastic short documentary on movie sound effect artists


Director Daniel Jewel invites us into the magical and world of foley artist Pete Burgis and Sue Harding who create sound effects using techniques that look odd when you see them but sound spot on when paired with the right visual.

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Watch this man catch a foul ball while holding his resting child


Nice catch! (And doubly lucky it didn't hit her!)

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A golf club you can pee in

"The UroClub is the discrete, sanitary way for your urgent relief. Created by a Board Certified Urologist, it looks like an ordinary golf club, but contains a reservoir built into the grip to relieve yourself. The UroClub is leak proof, easy to clean and no more embarrassing moments." Read the rest

Man with mastication prothesis draws stares at fast food restaurant


Takehito Etani made a beeping artistic contraption called The Masticator that tracks his food chewing. In 2005, he used it at an Arby's, drawing funny looks from from fellow restaurant patrons. Read the rest

12 year old makes devastating video about anti-vaxxers, gets doxxed

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Marco Arturo's brilliant 2-minute movie about the anti-vaccine movement starts with the 12-year-old promising to show all the evidence supporting the link between autism and vaccination, after which he holds up a succession of blank pages. Read the rest

'Jupiter: Into the Unknown', a NASA Juno Mission Trailer

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“Get some popcorn. This July 4, we're going to Jupiter.”

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Vets find hardened mass inside dog who ate bottle of Gorilla Glue

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A dog ate a bottle of Gorilla Glue. Gross!

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Strong wind sends two planes aloft

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Illustration of a microburst The air moves in a downward motion until it hits ground level. It then spreads outward in all directions. The wind regime in a microburst is opposite to that of a tornado.

According to Wikipedia, a microburst is a "small downdraft that moves in a way opposite of a tornado." This video shows a microburst causing two small glider planes to spontaneously take to the air, causing the fellows in the air traffic control tower to use naughty words. I wish I could find out more information about the incident. Read the rest

Dizzying footage of a drone chasing an RC plane


At Joe Nall Week last month, Mr Steele flew his FPV drone inches from Giant Scale remote control planes as their operators did some fantastic stunts, with remarkable results.

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Adam Savage announces the White House's upcoming National Week of Making


In a new video, Adam Savage celebrates the upcoming National Week of Making that the White House is hosting again this year. To kick off his week in the sort of unique way that only Adam Savage can, he has been asking his social media followers to tag pictures of their personal workspaces, the happy places where they go to create something from nothing.

In the video above, he shows off a number of these wonderfully diverse shops (see a few below) and talks passionately about the joys of making and how we should all yield to the hands-on imperative.

The National Week of Making kicks off on Friday and includes the second annual National Maker Faire, which will take place on Saturday and Sunday at the UDC-Van Ness campus in the District of Columbia. This is one of Maker Media's full-blown flagship events, joining the long-running Maker Faire Bay Area and World Maker Faire in New York. Unlike those events, the National Maker Faire is free to the public.

You can find out more about the National Week of Making and how to get involved on the event's official website.

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World's fastest talking man sings Michael Jackson's BAD in 20 seconds


From 1987, John Moschitta, Jr., Guiness Book of World Records certified fastest talking man sings Michael Jackson's BAD in 20 seconds. Read the rest

Chicks hatched without eggshells are cool, but not new


A video making the rounds shows fertilized chicken eggs incubated outside their shells. It's fascinating, but not a first. Read the rest

Anderson Cooper outs anti-gay Florida Attorney General as hypocrite


Wow! Watch Anderson Cooper grill, er, I mean interview Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi, who for years has fought tooth and nail to ban same sex marriage and adoption by gay couples, but who is now acting like an LGBT advocate after the Orlando shooting.

Cooper actually calls her a hypocrite, and then goes on to say, "You were arguing that if there was same sex marriage...that would do harm to the people of Florida.”

Bondi squirms. "Of course not. Of course not. I’ve never said that. Those words have never come out of my mouth."

"But that is specifically what you were arguing in court," Cooper counters.

The interview goes on for over five minutes, every bit of it as cringe-worthy as the next. Towards the end Cooper says, "Had there been no gay do realize that there would be no spouces, that boyfriends and girlfriends of the dead would not be able to get information and would probably not be able to visit in the hospital here. Isn’t there a sick irony in that?" Read the rest

Kickstarting a pair of goth cookbooks featuring drawings of Morrissey and Nick Cave


Elly from Microcosm Publishing writes, "Artist Automne Zingg started drawing pictures of Nick Cave gorging on comfort foods and Morrissey hoarding treats a few years ago to get over a breakup and it turned into an obsession. We got rockstar chef Joshua Ploeg to write lyrics-inspired vegan recipes to go with the books, and the result is... magic." Read the rest

Exploding soda cans with electromagnets in slow motion


Joe Hanson from It’s Okay to be Smart and Dianna Cowern from Physics Girl met up with Joe DiPrima of Arc Attack to sear aluminum cans apart with a powerful electromagnet.

Watch a soda can rip itself apart in a fiery explosion at 11,000fps with a Phantom high speed camera. Running a current through a coil, produces an electromagnet. Turn up the voltage in this experiment, and make that current strong enough, and your electromagnet can rip a soda can in half. Or rather, make the can rip itself in half!

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Video of 15 sorting algorithms, with "audibilization"

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It's fascinating to see and hear the distinctive personalities of the different sorting algorithms in this 5-minute video. My favorite is the bogo sort at the end, which sounds the best but seems to do a poor job of sorting

Visualization and "audibilization" of 15 Sorting Algorithms in 6 Minutes.

Sorts random shuffles of integers, with both speed and the number of items adapted to each algorithm's complexity.

The algorithms are: selection sort, insertion sort, quick sort, merge sort, heap sort, radix sort (LSD), radix sort (MSD), std::sort (intro sort), std::stable_sort (adaptive merge sort), shell sort, bubble sort, cocktail shaker sort, gnome sort, bitonic sort and bogo sort (30 seconds of it).

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What famous person do you look like?

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“We ask strangers on the street which celebrities they've been told they look like.” Another fun piece from our friend and collaborator Joe Sabia, for Vanity Fair.

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