Did You Not Read The Warnings On The Package?: Exploding Batteries In Slow Motion

February 23, 2017

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This is a video of the Slow-Mo Guys using a blowtorch to blow up a variety of batteries in slow motion. Some of the AA's even take off like little missiles! Now I know they say you shouldn't try these things at home, so I'm gonna come over to your place and we'll try it there. Do you have a fireplace? "No." That's fine, we'll just start a grease fire in the kitchen. What's your address again? Hello? HELLO? Man, and I thought you knew how to science.

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Freaky Deaky: Ultra Close-Up Video Of A Person's Fingertip Sweating

February 23, 2017

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This is a macro video from Youtuber Timelapse Vision featuring an ultra close-up view of a person's fingertip sweating. Wow, so this is what used to happen to my fingers whenever I'd watch one of those videos of that idiot who was always jumping off of rooftops into pools. Biology, isn't it amazing? Hey -- what's this?! "That's your penis." What's it used for? "In your case, nothing, it's like having a second appendix." Let's see if my doctor can remove it!

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Tigers Knock Drone Out Of Sky, Proceed To Eat It

February 23, 2017

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This is a video from China of a group of tigers knocking a video drone out of the sky and proceeding to chew on it until it starts smoking and they decide they've inhaled enough cancer for one day. If I was a tiger I would be eating drones all the time. Plus fruits and berries. "No meat?" I mean, maybe if another tiger gave me some, I just don't know if I could kill something with my mouth, I feel like that's a little too hardcore for me. I still ask my mom to cut up my hot dogs.

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A Lightweight, Origami Inspired Bulletproof Shield

February 23, 2017

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This is the origami inspired Kevlar ballistics shield created by mechanical engineering professors Larry Howell and Terri Bateman with the help of their colleagues at Brigham Young University. It's constructed of 14 layers of Kevlar with an aluminum core, weighs about half as much as a traditional shield (55-pounds vs 90+), can be deployed in less than five seconds, has a greater angle of protection than a traditional shield (and cover up to three people), folds down to a quarter of its size when not in use, and was proven to successfully stop 9mm, .357 and .44 Magnum bullets. Unfortunately, it will not stop a cannonball though so it's practically useless against pirates.

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Princess Leia Choking Out Jabba The Hutt Recreated In LEGO

February 23, 2017

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This is the Princess Leia choking Jabba The Hutt LEGO build created by LEGOmaniac Orche Jelly (aka Iain Heath). He did a great job, and I love the use of croissants for her bikini top. Speaking of -- why isn't anybody making real croissant bikini tops? I'm going to bake one and convince my girlfriend to wear it the next time we go to the beach. I'll let you know how it goes. *three months later* "Well?" Man...those seagulls.

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McDonald's Reinvents The Drinking Straw For Shakes

February 23, 2017

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To help advertise the return of the Shamrock Shake (I've already had almost thirty), McDonald's employed a team of engineers to design a new straw for maximum shake drinkability. And this is what they came up with: the STRAW (Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal). Wait -- are you being serious right now?

The redesigned STRAW...is meant to alleviate the most basic of problems: having to wait for your shake to melt a bit before you can get the perfect mix of chocolate and mint flavors. While a conventional straw will only slurp up one part of the shake at a time, engineers from JACE Engineering and NK Labs carefully engineered the STRAW's J-shaped snorkel design and side openings to suck in both layers at once. According to McDonald's, their new tubular sipping device required some fairly complex computational fluid dynamics simulations to get the flow right and make sure it works just as well at the bottom of your shake as it did on the first sip.

McDonald's is giving away 2,000 of the snorkel straws and you can check out their website in the coming weeks to see if your local McDonald's will have any so you can go get one and sell it on eBay. Me? I don't need a special straw to drink milkshakes, I use the old fashioned method: wait till it's almost completely melted then chug the whole thing at once like a monster. I...have a lot of health problems.

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All The Rage: A Projection Mapped Wedding Cake

February 23, 2017

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This is a projection mapped box-tier wedding cake created by UK pastry chefs Angie Scott Cakes. It has fire effects, Pac-Man and Angry Birds displays, and even has a Disney castle inspired video. It's basically the exact same as this projection mapped cake created by Disney for their wedding packages back in 2014. Still, you know what they say -- imitation is the sincerest form of trying to profit from other people's ideas. Not that everybody shouldn't be able to projection map wedding cakes, I'm just bitter my wedding planner convinced me to go with pies instead. I don't even like rhubarb. "I love it." I know you do, DAD.

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Star Wars A New Hope Edited With A Talking R2-D2

February 23, 2017

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This is a 14-minute video edited by Youtuber Auralnauts featuring all the scenes from Star Wars: A New Hope with R2-D2, except this time he actually talks instead of just beeping and booping. It was fine. Thing is, it was never R2-D2 not talking that was the problem, it was his buddy C-3PO bitching and moaning all the time. While this video was certainly watchable (okay, skip-aroundable), I would have preferred to have seen 'C-3PO gets a massive bravery upgrade and talks like a lumberjack.'

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