The Ol' Scooter Frontflip, Rider Backflip Scooter Jump

December 14, 2017


This is a video detailing extreme pro scooterer Ryan Williams' journey to conquer the backflip nothing front scooter flip (aka the free Willy), a ramp jump trick where the scooter completes a frontflip while Ryan does a backflip before catching the thing and landing. That's pretty impressive. Maybe not as impressive as the DOUBLE backflip nothing front scooter flip I just performed, but we can't all basically be superheroes. "You fell out of your desk chair and demanded workman's comp." We all live in our own realities.

Keep going for the video, but you can see the successful landing right at the beginning or at 8:45, which you'll want to keep your volume low for because the person filming is a screamer.

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Animator Demonstrates 50 Different Ways To Sit Down In A Chair

December 14, 2017

This is a video of animator Kevin Perry demonstrating fifty different ways to sit down in a chair, to use as computer animation references (previously: his one hundred ways to walk). Man, this guy should really consider giving up animation and pursue a career in walking or sitting, because he's incredible at both. Could you imagine if this guy developed a mime routine and performed outside the subway? I'd never make it home with spare change.

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Pandora Here We Come: Scientists Develop Method To Make Plants Glow

December 14, 2017


Engineers at MIT have successfully developed glowing watercress plants that can emit light for almost four hours, all powered by the plant's own metabolic processes (well, after the plant leaves have been infused with luciferase, the enzyme that makes fireflies glow). Science mumbo-jumbo I tried to understand but failed to because, just like these leaves or the Batcave, I'm not very bright:

Particles releasing luciferin and coenzyme A were designed to accumulate in the extracellular space of the mesophyll, an inner layer of the leaf, while the smaller particles carrying luciferase enter the cells that make up the mesophyll. The PLGA particles gradually release luciferin, which then enters the plant cells, where luciferase performs the chemical reaction that makes luciferin glow.

The light generated by one 10-centimeter watercress seedling is currently about one-thousandth of the amount needed to read by, but the researchers believe they can boost the light emitted, as well as the duration of light, by further optimizing the concentration and release rates of the components.

Are you thinking what I'm thinking? "Salads that make your turds glow?" We need to get on that before any of the big fast-casual salad restaurants beat us to it! We could make a fortune! I should go on Shark Tank. "You should jump in a shark tank." I've tried, I'm banned from the National Aquarium.

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Mesmerizing: Traffic Flow Measured On 30 Different Simulations Of 4-Way Junctions

December 14, 2017

These are 30 different traffic flow simulations constructed in city-building game Cities: Skylines. They start at the most basic, a rather terrifying four-lane intersection with no stoplights and a traffic flow of 191 vehicles per minute, and keep getting increasingly more efficient (for the most part, there is an 8 vehicles per minute basic roundabout), all the way up to a stacked interchange with 2-lane on-ramps and a traffic flow of 1,099 vehicles per minute. I learned a lot by watching it. Mostly, that I was expecting way more accidents and was disappointed when there weren't any. Still, if you were building a city, which intersections would you go with? "Depends on the specific need." I wouldn't go with any, and I'd spend all the money we saved not building dumbass roads to buy every citizen a jetpack. Now doesn't that sound like a place you'd like to live? "Kinda." Awesome, now I just need your help overthrowing a mayor. Preferably somewhere tropical yearround.

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Well That's Nice: Surgeon Admits To Branding Patients' Livers With His Initials

December 14, 2017


Seen here looking exactly like the type of guy I'd expect to sign a liver (possibly before eating it), 53-year old liver, spleen and pancreas surgeon Simon Bramhall has admitted (after previously being investigated) to using an argon laser to brand two patients' livers with his initials during surgery. Jesus, who are you, Picasso?

[Bramhall] was suspended when the branding was discovered by another surgeon.

Liver surgeons use an argon beam to stop livers bleeding, but can also use it to burn the surface of the liver to sketch out the area of an operation.

His actions were carried out "with a disregard for the feelings of unconscious patients", the prosecutor added.

Speaking to the BBC after his suspension he admitted he had made "a mistake".

Admittedly, I do have to admire a surgeon who considers his work so masterfully done that it's art and needs to be signed. Maybe if the surgeon who repaired my broken arm (who will remain nameless but whose initials are Dr. L.P.) had taken himself so seriously it wouldn't always hurt when I type. "It hurts to type?" I pain myself every day for you. "I had no idea." You never asked. "I never cared." But you do now? "No." I should have stopped when I could still pretend you did.

Thanks to n0nentity, who agrees this is exactly why you refuse anything but local anesthesia so you can watch the operation and make sure there's no funny business.

Hiker Captures Rare Snow Tornado On Video

December 14, 2017


Note: Keep your volume low.

This is a video of a rare snownado captured by outdoorsman Michal Nikon while hiking with his fiance in Poland's Tatra National Park. In his own words while I zoom and enhance the footage for any sign of Bigfoot:

"I was on a trip to the mountain hostel Murowaniec in the Tatra National Park and halfway through the trail the weather broke down and began to blow a strong wind rising from the tops of mountains, so I started to record it and then I noticed the snownado. On the one hand, the great phenomenon, on the other felt respect for the mountains and mother nature and I was grateful that it happened several meters from me and not that I stood in its way," he told Reuters.

A snownado forms when a mass of cold air passes over a warmer surface while variable wind speeds and directions in between the two cause the rising air to spin and pick up loose snow.

Are you thinking what I'm thinking? "Yep, add some narwals and you've got Snarwalnado, the latest made-for-television Syfy movie." Exactly, now CGI some into this footage and we'll pitch it to them. I get to be executive producer and gaffer though.

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Move Over Grumpy Cat: Meet Merlin, The Perma-Scowling Ragdoll Cat

December 14, 2017


These are a bunch of shots of Merlin, a permanently scowling Canadian Ragdoll cat. That is one unhappy looking feline wizard (although I suspect headmistress McGonagall is still very much into him). In the photo above it even looks like he's giving the photographer the finger. Cats don't have fingers though, they are ALL TOES. Me? "Let me guess -- all penis?" Come on -- only 98 percent, I do have a tiny little body too.

Keep going for a bunch more shots, but you can follow him on Instagram HERE.

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You Did It Wrong: How Not To Drive Your 4X4 Down A Steep, Muddy Slope

December 13, 2017


This is a video of a couple intrepid adventures demonstrating how not to drive a series 40 Toyota Land Cruiser 4x4 down a steep, muddy slope in Wales. All the guys standing out there telling him how to steer yell 'Straight!' over and over, which in Wales clearly means keep turning right. I'm a world traveler, I know stuff like this. "Really? How long has it been since you last left your apartment?" Depends, what month is it? "December." Damn, and the year?

Keep going for the video. And for the record, no, it doesn't land back on its wheels. I saw another video of them having to wench it back up. Also, please keep your hands and feet in the ride at all times.

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