'Turned myself into an animated stencil!'

That is very clever.

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11-year-old skateboarder lands first 1080 on a vertical ramp

Twenty years after Tony Hawk set a skateboarding world record by landing a 900 degree aerial spin on a vertical ramp, the record has been broken. Over the weekend, Gui Khury, age 11, landed a 1080 using only a vert ramp. So fucking rad. From The Guardian:

“The isolation for the coronavirus helped because he had a life that was about school and he didn’t have a lot of time to train, when he got home from school he was tired,” the skater’s father Ricardo Khury Filho told Reuters.

“So now he is at home more, he eats better and he has more time to train and can focus more on the training so that has helped. He has an opportunity to train here, if he didn’t have [the skate facilities] ... he would be stuck at home like everyone else and unable to do sport. So the isolation helped him focus.“

During lockdown, Khury’s family make the 20-minute journey to his grandmother’s house on most days to deliver food and drop him off so that he can train on the vertical ramp, bowl and street course they had built in her back garden. It was on that ramp that he completed the historic feat.

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One mundane trick to organize nails

In this viral footage, shot on a potato and video-compressed with a radish, the best method of organizing nails is revealed. I'm happy to take questions about the thermodynamics of all this, and I'm sure someone will eventually be along to answer them.

Some suspect that the footage is reversed; a commenter on Reddit demonstrated otherwise by actually reversing it (embedded below).

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An escape room where you have to remove your booby-trapped pants before they explode

Pants//Off is a mobile escape room based on the concept that you're a secret agent who tried on cutting edge pants only to discover they've been sabotaged and rigged to explode. Can you get them off within 10 minutes?

After getting locked into the pants, the player has to solve all sorts of puzzles using the odd array of tools stuffed in their pockets.

Here's a glimpse of the action:

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Motorcyclist shows off until the moment he'd prefer nobody was watching

As Bruce Lee once said, "Showing off is the fool's idea of glory." Read the rest

Magic ball and vase is a trick that kids actually enjoy

I keep this ball and vase trick around because kids like it.

Sure, you are brilliant. We get that know how it works. You can also read this post. While little kids often find card and coins tricks to be a yawn, they love even a lamely presented magic ball and vase!

After you fool them with the trick a few times, sneak the ball insert out and let the kids play with the empty vase.

It is as much fun as fooling your cat with a laser pointer.

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How to cheat a coin flip

Brian Brushwood of Scam Nation invited Rick Smith Jr. to come on his show and teach people how to toss a coin and control which side it lands on.

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Bartender magic that's impressive even if you're sober

Belly up to the bar for Stephen Molloy's cocktail shaker take on the classic cups and balls magic routine:

I was asked to share my handling here. Hope you guys enjoy :) (Instagram molloy894) from r/Damnthatsinteresting

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Impressive video of frozen flipped pants sticking the landing

Forget bottle flipping. Frozen pants flipping is the new hotness (coolness?).

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This hat trick saves your hair from static in the winter

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Watch this amazing standing double backflip

Esteemed tricker Nick Fry lands his first amazing standing double backflip.

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Modern-day samurai fools Penn & Teller with "impossible" coin trick

According to his website, Ryan Hayashi is the "world's most famous samurai entertainer." He's also a helluva magician, as evidenced by this video. In it, he performs a mind-blowing coin trick act (at times one handed!) that leaves both Penn and Teller left wondering what they just watched. The best part of the video might be when Hayashi, a fan of the magic duo since he was a boy, is given the big F.U. award at the end. I don't think he can believe that his childhood heroes have just acknowledged his skill.

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Tony Hawk at 50 performing 50 tricks from his youth

Spliced with footage of him skating in his youth, here's a video of skate legend Tony Hawk showing what he can still do at age 50. A lot, as it turns out.

He writes:

I never imagined being able to skate into my adult life, or that anyone would still care if I did. To celebrate, I did 50 tricks that I've created (and/or pioneered on vert). Thanks to all of you that made this dream possible. It's been an unreal ride, but I'm not done yet.

Previously: Watch Tony Hawk's awesome 900 at age 48

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Driver stuck at red light figures out clever trick to make them go green

I came for one weird trick; I stayed for the laughter. Read the rest

Watch a martial artist throw a needle through a pane of glass

The Slow Mo Guys invited three Shaolin monks on to throw a needle through a piece of glass in super slow mo, and it's quite interesting to watch at that speed. Read the rest

Watch an incredible demonstration of Slinky tricks

And yet I can barely get mine to walk down the stairs. (KumaFilms via Kottke)

And if you're not hip to the fantastic story of the Slinky's invention:

In 1943, Richard James, a naval mechanical engineer stationed at the William Cramp and Sons shipyards in Philadelphia, was developing springs that could support and stabilize sensitive instruments aboard ships in rough seas. James accidentally knocked one of the springs from a shelf, and watched as the spring "stepped" in a series of arcs to a stack of books, to a tabletop, and to the floor, where it re-coiled itself and stood upright. James's wife Betty later recalled, "He came home and said, 'I think if I got the right property of steel and the right tension; I could make it walk.'" James experimented with different types of steel wire over the next year, and finally found a spring that would walk. Betty was dubious at first, but changed her mind after the toy was fine-tuned and neighborhood children expressed an excited interest in it. She dubbed the toy Slinky (meaning "sleek and graceful"), after finding the word in a dictionary, and deciding that the word aptly described the sound of a metal spring expanding and collapsing.

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Watch a new World Yo-Yo Champion in action

Shu Takada, 20, is the 2017 2A (Two Handed Looping style) World Yo-Yo Champion. He took the title last week at the global tournament in Reykjavic, Iceland.

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