Satisfying end to a $28 million hand of high-stakes poker

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With nearly $28 million in the pot, the eight minutes of "speech play" between Will Kassouf and Griffin Benger came to a very satisfying end. Everyone is debating which of the two players crossed the line. Read the rest

The day an amateur rocket climbed 23 miles in one minute

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Five years ago, Derek Deville launched an amateur rocket into the stratosphere in less than a minute. It still stands as a remarkable achievement, and the onboard camera gives a dizzying sense of the speed and height. Read the rest

Watch BBC's Planet Earth II trailer

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Ten years after the original series, BBC's widely-acclaimed Planet Earth returns to television in the UK in November and in the US in January 2017.

The first episode, Islands, looks at how animals can become very large or very small in those conditions. This adorable swimming sloth looks worth watching the series all the way through:

Bonus video: extended trailer:

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Terrific takedown of fake DIY phone charger tutorial

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The fakers at ADDYOLOGY posted a scam video purporting to create a homemade wireless smartphone charger that is both dangerous and useless. The always-entertaining ElectroBOOM did this epic takedown and electronics tutorial. Read the rest

Mind-blowing conceptual animation: Prayer.9

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Pierre Michel-Estival created this fabulous short film Prayer.9 "Your subconscious is not an intimate possession anymore." Read the rest

Halloween safety video from 1977

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Centron Corp. was good enough to prepare this helpful safety video for pre-helicopter parenting days. Oh, for the days when you'd send your kids out for a night of trick-or-treating at strangers' houses with nary an adult in sight, all the time wearing sight-restricting masks and dark clothes. Read the rest

Makeup artist transforms herself into Han Solo

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Italian makeup artist Lucia Pittalis transforms herself into Han Solo and others in this charming video. It's a follow-up on her remarkable self-transformations into The Blues Brothers, Iggy Pop and more: Read the rest

Beautiful light sculptures installed in remote locations

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German artists Tarek Mawad and Friedrich van Schoor, aka 3hund, create beautiful works that juxtapose light forms with nature. Their latest, Lucid, is a hypnotic journey to remote places. All effects were done in-camera and not added in post: Read the rest

Hiker timelapse wearing out shoes hiking from Mexico to Canada

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Andrew Holzschuh took a photo of his shoes every day as he hiked the Pacific Coast Trail, then made a fun timelapse of his shoes' daily wear and tear.

Many hikers forgo hiking boots for trail runners on a well-marked trail like this. Eagle-eyed viewers who know the trail picked up on a detour, to which Andrew replied:

We were forced to skip like 15 miles of trail at crater lake because of forest fires (because it would have been illegal and stupid to walk a section of trail that's on fire) we also had to backtrack here and there for random reasons. to be honest I dont know how many miles we actually walked. but I think it might have ended up being more than the 2663.5

Bonus video: he also grew an impressive beard.

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Great post-mortem on The Inbetweeners USA vs. UK

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The Inbetweeners is a great British comedy series that bombed when remade for an American audience. How can the same characters, plot lines, and jokes work so well in one case and fail in the other? YouTuber JackWolf dissects some examples, brilliantly explaining the essence of good comedic directing and editing. Read the rest

Skateboarding in an abandoned nuclear missile silo

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Skateboarder Rick McCrank hosts Abandoned, a series from Vice where he explores abandoned malls, amusement parks, racetracks, and even nuclear missile silos. Many of these are excellent places to skate. Read the rest

Tesla announces full self-driving hardware on all models

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Tesla released a video of a commute from home to office, including parking as a demonstration of its fully self-driving hardware. "The person in the driver's seat is only there for legal reasons. He is not doing anything. The car is driving itself."

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Watch traditional Cook Islands tattooing techniques

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Croc Coulter works with an apprentice to revive the lost art of tātatau, traditional tattooing done with sticks and bone. So that's how they made such straight lines in geometric tattoos! Read the rest

HyperNormalisation takes a deep dive into our post-truth world

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Adam Curtis' latest mind-blowing project just dropped a trailer, and it's a doozy. HyperNormalisation uses a tale of two cities (New York City and Damascus) to trace how we got to Trump, among other post-truths. He goes in on everybody, with a special focus on bankers. Read the rest

How a child math prodigy sees numbers as shapes

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When 60 Minutes profiled child math whiz Jacob Barnett, he demonstrated how he imagined numbers as shapes. Numberphile's Simon Pampena analyzed Jacob's thought process. Read the rest

Bright lights, big drones: new frontiers in night-lit aerial filming

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The state of the art for drone-based lighting options continues to improve rapidly. Check out some of the great footage rctestflight got with a drone-mounted 1000-watt LED light bar. Read the rest

Data and Picard: Star Trek megamix medley

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Not only is the song catchy, but this delightful homage by Pogo has fantastic production values, to boot! Warning: you may be singing this the rest of the day. Read the rest

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