Watch an impressive series of crashes avoided by autonomous vehicles

Some of these near-misses would probably have been catastrophic and unavoidable without predictive autopilot. Read the rest

Terrifying explosion demonstrates great examples of of stabilization technologies

Onlookers were not expecting a massive gas fire to explode, sending a huge metal tank hurtling toward them. One person filming got bits and pieces of the near miss, which prompted talented video stabilizers to take a crack at making the footage more stable. Here's the original as a gif: Read the rest

This short film gives a sense of how terrifying sleep paralysis can be

Paralys reenacts the moment a young woman falls asleep while watching a game show, only to experience sleep paralysis. Read the rest

Man allegedly drugged on "Cloud 9" repeatedly headbutts a bus window

Whatever this guy is on, it's not good. He looks and behave exactly like a movie zombie trying to get to people inside a bus by ramming the bus's window with his head.

Here's a Forbes article about the stuff the man is allegedly on, Cloud 9:

“Cloud 9 is not a drug,” says Rusty Payne, a spokesman for the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA). “It’s a name.” Some accounts describe Cloud 9 as a marijuana substitute, similar to products such as Spice or K2. Other accounts, including 2013 testimony by Joseph Rannazzisi, who runs the DEA’s Office of Diversion Control, identify Cloud 9 as a methamphetamine or cocaine substitute in the same family as products sold as “bath salts.” So which is it? A synthetic cannabinoid or a synthetic stimulant? “It could be anything,” Payne says. “It could be all of those things.” As John Yang noted in his NBC report, the bottles of Cloud 9 sold in southeastern Michigan have “just the name on the label, no other writing. It doesn’t say who made it, where it’s from, or what’s in it.”

Stories in the local press do not shed much light on that last question. In a May 21 story headlined “Cloud 9 Rains Misery on Family,” Lisa Roose-Church, a reporter for Michigan’s Livingston County Press, calls Cloud 9 “a synthetic cannabinoid” marketed as “hookah-related incense or oil.” But she also says “it has been sold as bath salts” and quotes the website of Sober Living by the Sea, a chain of California drug treatment centers, as saying Cloud 9 “gives users a euphoric ecstasy-like sensation, with an amphetamine-like high.” Roose-Church adds that “product ingredients vary, but typically include stimulant compounds such as methylenedioxypyrovalerone (MDPV) or 4-methylmethcathinone, also known as mephedrone.” Those are both stimulants, not cannabinoids, and they are banned by name under federal law, which makes NBC’s claim that Cloud 9 is legal rather puzzling.

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Melting hand-candles that bleed and leave behind skeletal fingers

The $35 Bleeding Hand Candle from Etsy seller Creepy Candles is a life-sized candle whose fingers blaze, melt red wax blood, and leave behind a full-sized metal skeleton hand when they've burned up. Read the rest

You won't be able to unsee this Tickle Me Elmo skinned alive

The Canada Science and Technology Museum had the best worst idea of all time: they stripped the fur off a Tickle Me Elmo to show kids how it works.

Bonus video: a classic of the little robot demon afire:

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Watch a model dangle off a skyscraper for a photo shoot

This video featuring Viktoria Odintsova is probably not adhering to local occupational safety regs. If the photo below gets your palms sweating, you may want to skip the video above.

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Trump Executive Order Generator

Are Trump's increasingly unconstitutional executive orders getting more and more ludicrous? Now you can make your own with the Trump Executive Order Generator. Read the rest

Spectacular SUV crash through comic store

Customers and employees at Deep Comics & Games in Huntsville, Alabama got quite a surprise when an out-of-control SUV smashed through their store. Luckily, no one was injured, and the driver was taken to the hospital for observation after having an apparent seizure. Read the rest

Slenderman documentary

Beware the Slenderman is a forthcoming HBO documentary about the latest incarnation of the bogeyman, including the 2014 story of the two 12-year-old girls who attempted to stab their friend to death as proxies of the faceless, lanky humanoid monster. First manifested on the Internet (and memetically spread into young peoples' nightmares) around 2011, Slendy is also set to star in his own horror film produced by Sony's Screen Gems division. (via The Daily Grail)

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When a freight ship loses control of its anchor, bad things happen

This video appears to be a freighter's anchor being lost as it is dropped. The situation just gets worse and worse as the chain's momentum increases and whatever braking mechanisms exist fail. Soon, metal is on fire, and it seems clear that it is now time to back away from the gigantic runaway anchor chain whose back end components are likely to go places unknown when they emerge from the ship. Yet our intrepid shooter keeps filming!

I see no gloves, goggles, hard hats or fear, and thereby suspect this involves Russians.

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Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark: a film about the classic horror kids book

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a 1981 collection of creeptastic tales for kids penned by Alvin Schwartz and originally (and fantastically) illustrated by Stephen Gammell. It was also widely challenged at public libraries around the country and even banned at many school libraries. Why were they so controversial and what was their allure for a generation? Filmmakers Cody Merck and David Thomas investigate in their forthcoming documentary Scary Tales.

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Whoa, someone replicated the spooky hallway from P.T. in Unity

Calgary-based aspiring game developer Farhan Qureshi has meticulously modeled and recreated P.T's hallway using the low-impact Unity tool. It's an amazing technical achievement, and a chance for some edition of that iconic space to exist in a fashion everyone can visit.

Usbdriveby: horrifying proof-of-concept USB attack

Samy Kamkar has a proof-of-concept attack through which he plugs a small USB stick into an unlocked Mac OS X machine and then quickly and thoroughly compromises the machine, giving him total, stealthy control over the system in seconds, even reprogramming the built-in firewall to blind it to its actions. Read the rest

Here's that relaxation video you were looking for (nightmare fuel)

Jordan Wolfson's "Female Figure" (2014): a dancing animatronic that wants to help. Read the rest

Devil Baby Attack: scary prank viral marketing video

Funny viral video of a scary prank in NYC promoting the new horror film Devil's Due. (Thanks, Kelly Sparks!) Read the rest

Soaky Santa Toy

Bathtime Santa looks up to no good, what with the mischievous wink and thumbtacks. (Via Mostly Forbidden Zone) Read the rest

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