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  • David Mitchell’s Practical Take On Climate Change Is Funny And True [Video]

    David Mitchell, star of “That Mitchell and Webb Look” and “Peep Show,” is not just a funny dude, he’s also pretty damn intelligent. With his series of SoapBox videos, he has tackled issues like the outrageous cost of higher education in an intelligent yet entertaining manner. His latest video discusses climate change and the biggest problem with facing it: it’s no fun. We shouldn’t deny that the industrial innovations that cause so much pollution aren’t incredible feats of engineering or that they haven’t benefited mankind greatly just as we should not deny that they are destroying the planet. By admonishing those on both sides, maybe it will be easier to work on a solution.

  • Installing WiFi In A Jet Is Way More Work Than You Thought [Video]

    Louis CK has a famous bit where he is on a flight with WiFi and when it goes down, passengers complain that it’s bullshit. We have become so spoiled that the tiniest inconvenience infuriates us, yet we fail to realize how incredible of an accomplishment it is to be able to sit in a giant piece of metal high above the earth, cruising at 600 mph…while checking Facebook. This video from United shows just how much work goes into equipping a jet for WiFi. If you thought they just needed to plug in a $50 Cisco router, you were sorely mistaken. But seriously, what’s the deal with airline food? Am I right?

  • Millennium Falcon Teaser Featuring…The Batmobile? [Video]

    As much as we’d like to hate on Star Wars for the prequel trilogy and endless reworkings of the originally trilogy, we are still excited for the new movies from JJ Abrams. They could be the worst movies ever made, and we’ll still see them all in the theater just like everyone else in the world. And seeing this teaser video of Han Solo’s Millennium Falcon makes us wish it was December 2015. But it isn’t and we still have more than a year to wait for the finished product. At least we can expect more of these teasers along the way. Hey, is that the Batmobile?

  • A 30-Year-Old Londoner Is Faster than a Speeding Train [Video]

    James Heptonstall has a strange hobby he is calling “Race The Tube.” The idea is really simple. James gets off at one stop on the on London’s “Tube” (their version of the subway) and races to the next stop to beat the train. Telegraph.co.uk has all the details: A commuter has proved that travelling on foot can be just as fast as taking the Tube – and staged a race against a London Underground train to prove his point. James Heptonstall filmed his 380m sprint from London’s Mansion House to Cannon Street station while his friend Noel Carroll took the Circle Line Tube for the same journey. He made it back on to the train with seconds to spare and was applauded by his fellow passengers. The pair created a video of the stunt, which included climbing 75 steps and passing through two ticket barriers, using GoPro cameras and uploaded it to YouTube last month. Mr Heptonstall, 30, an environmental consultant who lives in Hampstead, said they had been inspired by similar challenges in other European cities. He said: “It was just a test project. We had seen some people had done endurance challenges on European transport networks and put more »

  • Kobayashi Vs A Hamster In The Ultimae Hot Dog Eating Contest [Video]

    Every July, when the Nathan’s Coney Island hot dog-eating contest rolls around and Joey Chestnut wins yet again, murmurs can be heard reminiscing about that little Japanese fella who always used to win. Whatever happened to Takeru Kobayashi? Some insist that his contract with Major League Eating (it’s a thing!) barred him from competing in non-sanctioned events. Others believe he exploded after eating 337 wings (he really ate that many; he did not explode). But what really happened is that he grew tired of out-eating his fellow man. Now he takes on the most hungry of beasts…the hamster! Who will win? Take 2 minutes and find out below.

  • Watch The Ninja Turtles Scar These Kids For Life [Video]

    So of you younger folks may not remember, but in the early days of Oprah Winfrey’s talk show career, long before she interviewed a hysterical Tom Cruise or gave away cars to everyone in the audience, she was just as inane and trashy as any other talk show host. To compete with the Neo-Nazi hookers on Sally Jesse Raphael, Oprah needed guests just as gimmicky, so when the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles hit the road on their “Coming Out Of Their Shells” tour, they were the perfect guests. And naturally, the questions would lead to the possibility of sexual relations between April and her turtle buds. Oh yeah, and there were kids in the audience who were suddenly forced to grow up way too soon. For shame, Oprah.

  • 23 YouTubers Unknowingly Come Together For An Epic Song [Video]

    Israeli musician Ophir Kutiel, known as Kutiman, first gained worldwide attention in 2009 when he sampled multiple YouTube videos for his project “ThruYOU,” amassing 10 million views in just 2 weeks. Kutiman has been releasing more videos of his YouTube mixes recently that will be compiled into an album next month, “Thru You Too.” The following video features one of these impressive compositions, “Give It Up,” comprised of an incredible 23 samples of amateur YouTube musicians.

  • Ducktales Theme Sung By Your Favorite Movie Characters [Video]

    This week, everyone has been making a big stink about Disney’s video of a bunch of ducks reenacting the opening sequence to DuckTales. But was the video really that good? The ducks just clumsily walked into chintzy props, there were no Beagle Boys, and, most egregious of all, the ducks didn’t even sing the theme song. This video, featuring classic movie characters like Howard the Duck, Ace Ventura, and Little Nicky, is much more impressive. Although it still suffers a lack of Beagle Boys.

  • Eric Andre Has Directed A Music Video And It’s Amazing

    Comedian Eric Andre is best known for his bizarre, Tim and Eric-produced talk show The Eric Andre Show, which looks like something produced by asylum inmates. Now Andre has turned his twisted eye toward music videos with this video for Thundercat’s “Tron Song.” The VHS-quality and low-budget effects definitely show Tim and Eric’s influence as does the inane content, featuring cats, autoerotic asphyxiation, and even a Mortal Kombat-style “fatality.” Oh, and the song isn’t half bad, either.

  • Groundbreaking Tom Waits Cartoon From 1979 To Be Restored [Video]

    Tom Waits, the gravelly-voiced musician who dresses like a 1930s skid row inhabitant and sings like Rowlf from The Muppets, was the star of a 1979 animated short titled Tom Waits For No One. The cartoon was actually rotoscoped, meaning Tom Waits and a dancer were filmed interacting while he performed “The One That Got Away” from his 1976 album Small Change and then animators drew over the live action footage, resulting in realistic, fluid movement from the characters. This same technique would be employed by Ralph Bakshi in his 1981 hit film American Pop. What makes Tom Waits For No One especially noteworthy is the crew who would go on to become huge stars in the animation world. Director John Lamb went on to win an Academy Award for his innovative Lyon Lamb Video Animation System, which allowed for pre-testing animation art before it’s committed to film, in 1980. Animator David Silverman was the first animator on The Simpsons back when it was still a short on The Tracey Ullman Show. Character designer Keith Newton went to work for Disney, doing character design and backgrounds for Pocahontas. Inker Michael Cressey became a children’s book author and was twice awarded more »

  • Ralph Lauren Brings Holograms To Fashion Week

    To promote his new brand of Polo for Women, Ralph Lauren hosted a typical Fashion Week party with celebrities (Kendall Jenner) and fancy food (lobster rolls), but he also had something special planned—a 4D hologram spectacular on a 60 foot screen in Central Park. Proving that holograms can be used for more than creepy performances from dead pop stars, Lauren’s models appeared to walk on water during the innovative 10-minute show. Some argue that the clothes, at times appearing blurry, were overshadowed by the technology and extravagance of the show, but ultimately such a display is what will garnish the most media attention for the Polo for Women brand. And by the end of the show, featuring a dancing Ralph Lauren, everyone was enjoying themselves. If you’re a New Yorker who wasn’t invited the party, you and the rest of the hoi polloi can check out a public showing of the holographic performance tonight at 9 in Central Park. And if you’d like to see the clothes in person, head over to the new 38,000 square foot Ralph Lauren Polo flagship store on Fifth Avenue.

  • Stunning Time-Lapse Proves California Is The Most Beautiful State In America [Video]

    California, the third largest state in the US, is also the most beautiful. Not only is it home to major cities like Los Angeles, San Diego, and San Francisco, there are also plenty of natural wonders to behold. Containing both the highest and lowest points in the contiguous United States and the second longest coastline, California’s ecology is as diverse as its people. We’ve highlighted our favorite spots in the state with 42 Astounding Natural Wonders of California and now many of those locales can be seen in video form in this time-lapse compilation from photographer Hal Bergman. Bergman sifted through 423 clips created over 4 years to select these 67. On average, they each took 1-3 hours to film and another 3-10 hours to edit. It was an epic undertaking and the result is incredible. You can check out more of Bergman’s photography at Flickr.

  • This Mountain Bike POV Video Will Kill Your Appetite

    Trying to shed a few pounds you put on over summer vacation? Just watch this insanely fast-paced POV video from Hafjell World Championship 2014 in Norway. 21-year-old Welsh downhill mountain bicyclist Manon Carpenter strapped on a GoPro so we could tag along on the nauseatingly bumpy ride. Carpenter’s win at the championship came just weeks after being named World Cup winner after winning 3 of the 7 races at the UCI Mountain Bike World Cup. Good for her, but I feel sore all over just watching this video.

  • Awesome Street Art Mural Time-Lapse [Video]

    Last weekend, the city of Borås in western Sweden hosted No Limit Street Art Borås, a street art event featuring works from many different artists all around the city. One of the most impressive pieces was Natalia Rak’s gigantic “Ophelia” mural. Watch the Polish street artist create her work in this great time-lapse video below then check out more work from Natalia Rak. And for more info on the festival, check out No Limit Borås.

  • John Oliver Has Us Terrified About Student Debt

    John Oliver discusses student debt, which is awful, as well as for-profit colleges, who are awfully good at inflicting debt upon us. People in this country want to get a higher education but for profit schools are ruining people’s financial future. “Student debt is like HPV.  If you go to college, you are almost certainly going to get it.” His 16 minute tirade against student debt will enlighten you.

  • Skydiving With A Spaceship [Video]

    Earlier this week, a photo popped up on Reddit of a skydiver taking an epic selfie while riding on a toy spaceship. It was a badass photo, but what we really wanted to see was the video. And now we can. And thanks to GoPro, we have crystal clear, POV video of the whole adventure.

  • Metallica Enters The Record Books Thanks To This Iconic Concert [Video]

    The Guinness Book of World Records will release their 2015 edition next week including a new entry featuring heavy metal icons Metallica. How did they get into the pages of Guinness? Is it for the hundreds of millions of records they sold? For all the awards they’ve won? For being featured on the t-shirt of the greatest cartoon character of the 90s? Nope. When they played a concert in Antarctica on December 8 for a small crowd of fans and research scientists (and penguins), they became the first band to play all 7 continents. Love ‘em or hate ‘em, there’s no denying that’s a hell of a feat. Watch the entire 10-song set below and download it at Live Metallica.

  • Sacrebleu! The French Have Built A Fire-Breathing Robotic Dragon

    The French have long been the butt of jokes about their cowardice in times of war. Historically speaking, the jokes are without any evidence, but they still continue. Until now. For France has created the ultimate weapon. Some sort of nuclear earthquake bomb? Not even close. A device that delivers hordes of those giant Japanese hornets? Think again, friend. The French have created something far more menacing—a robot dragon. And it breathes fire. Who’s laughing now? Long Ma Jing Shen, or “Spirit of the Dragon Horse,” is the name of the mechanized dragon from animatronic house La Machine.  The dragon is actually a sign of peace, built in recognition of the 50 year anniversary of diplomatic relations between France and China. In fact, the dragon will be in Beijing October 17-19. The Chinese will be wise to keep the French jokes to a minimum during the visit…just in case. For more info on the impressive dragon and other cool projects, check out La Machine on Facebook.

  • Game of Thrones Title Sequence As A 60s TV Show [Video]

    Back in April, YouTube darlings (and all-around incredible performers) Postmodern Jukebox teamed up with sax player Dave Koz to record the “game of Thrones” theme as a smooth, west coast cool jazz song. The result was a hep chart that would make Paul Desmond proud, but it was missing an appropriate title sequence. That time has now arrived. Fix yourself a Manhattan and check out this GOT intro that will have you yearning for the days when you could refer to a woman as a tomato and people would know what the hell you meant by it.

  • This Two-Handed Breaking Bad Drawing Is The Most Impressive Video You’ll Watch Today

    Want to feel bad about your lack of artistic ability? Then just watch this video! Artist Mark Gibson spent 3 hours and 30 minutes creating this drawing of Breaking Bad’s Jesse and Walter using both his left and right hands. At the same time. And if that doesn’t impress you enough, the music track backing the time-lapse video is from a piano concerto written and performed by…Mark Gibson. Apparently, he can do everything while the rest of us struggle with drawing stick figures and playing “Chopsticks” on the piano. If you want to feel even worse about yourself, check out more incredible artwork from Mark Gibson.

  • You’ll Want To Book A Vacation After Watching This Time-lapse Journey Through Greenland [Video]

    Ah yes, Greenland…that large, icy island where…uh…I know nothing about Greenland. Nearby Iceland  is always getting attention for all of its natural beauty while big ol’ Greenland shies away, like the awkward fat kid on the side of the pool, afraid to remove his t-shirt. But just as that fat kid eventually grows a pair, this video removes Greenland’s hypothetical t-shirt, revealing the grandiose pale belly that is its untouched landscape. Travel from Nuuk to Qaqortoq to Kangaatsiaq and other places with names that look like they resulted from a cat running across a keyboard and witness the beauty that is Greenland.

  • We May Not Have Hoverboards, But Hoverbikes Are On The Way

    2015 is almost here and the hoverboards Mattel promised us in Back to the Future II are still nowhere to be found. But while we just sit around feeling sorry for ourselves, a group of innovative Englishmen are working on something even better—a hoverbike. Malloy Aeronautics is currently raising money for their work on the Hoverbike helicopter, the world’s first flying motorcycle. Using four rotors placed in a unique overlapping manner, the Hoverbike offers a smooth ride in a compact package. It will also be able to be controlled remotely, like a traditional drone. And as much as it looks like a fun toy for millionaires, it actually has real applications. MA is hoping that their Hoverbike will replace the Robinson R22 helicopter for everyday one-man operational areas like rounding up cattle and land survey. So far they have a 1/3 scale version completed and you can check out the flight test below. The test flights of the full scale model are coming, but until then you can keep up with the progress and donate a few bucks at Malloy Aeronautics.

  • In 1987, Apple Made A Video Of Their Predictions For 1997. They Were Way Off.

    Apple was king of the computing market in 1987. 3 years earlier, they released the Macintosh to great acclaim and soon enough was dominating the desktop publishing world. CEO John Sculley had recently deposed Steve Jobs and it looked like the company could do no wrong. High on hubris, they produced this video depicting their vision of 1997. But the reality was quite different. In Apple’s vision of 1997, they owned most of the computing market. But what were they really like at the time? Pretty much at the bottom! PCs were dominating and Apple was doing so bad that they actually purchased NeXT, the company Steve Jobs started after he got the boot, and brought back Jobs as an adviser. The next year, Jobs would release the iMac and the company would start the turnaround that led to their current success. Obviously this video is supposed to be comedic, but it’s even funnier looking back at how things actually turned out. But hey, that VistaMac II would have been pretty rad, right? 

  • These Digital Collages Are Funny And Surreal

    Spanish artist Joseba Elorza studied to become a sound technician and while working mornings at a radio station, he began creating collages at night. It was then that he came upon the idea of MiraRuido, a synesthesic portmanteau of the Spanish words for “look” and “noise.” The visual aspect eventually won out and Elorza now makes a living as an artist and illustrator, with his work having appeared in the pages of such publications as Esquire, New Scientist, and Hollywood Reporter. Joseba Elorza’s digital collages combine pastoral vistas with historical photographs and sci-fi twists. The resulting images are bouth thought-provoking and often times humorous. He has recently expanded into the  world of music video’s with his video for Air Review’s “Young,” featuring animated versions of many of his collages. Check out more work at MiraRuido, where you can also purchase prints of your favorites. 

  • Amazing GoPro Video From The Royal Danish Air Force

    GoPro cameras aren’t just for extreme sport enthusiasts. The compact yet high quality cameras are now finding themselves installed all over, including Royal Danish Air Force F-16 cockpits. Check out this footage of low level tests over Greenland. The footage was originally intended for internal RDAF research, but the higher-ups were nice enough to let Major John “STI” Kristensen, Detachement Commander and Lead Pilot on the Greenland F16 Test, to compile this video and share it on social media. The video is a journey from the ice rim east of Kangerlussuaq, to the DYE-2 radar station, over the Ilulissat icefjord, over the HDMS Knud Rasmussen patrol ship, and over the town of Ilussisat where the polar explorer Knud Rasmussen was born.

  • This Brazilian Political Ad Is The Craziest Video You’ll Watch Today

    Paulo Batista is a candidate for state representative in Sao Paulo and if this ad is any indication, he’s not too keen on communism. Watch as he flies over the Earth, shooting communists, portrayed as rabble-rousers and Dragonball-esque alien creatures, with laser beams from his eyes. The ad has been shared thousands of times on Facebook, prompting Batista to declare it his official ad. He has even promised to make another outrageous ad featuring a premise created by voters. American politicians should take a page from Batista’s book. Their inability to accomplish anything while constantly bickering at each other shows they think politics is a farce, so the least they could do is entertain us a little. And with all the money they get from lobbyists, their commercials would have the budget of a Hollywood summer blockbuster.

  • Portugal In Hyperlapse Will Amaze You [Video]

    Ukraine-based filmmaker Kiril Neiezhmakov has made hyperlapse videos of his travels in Moscow and Paris in the past and now he has created an incredible video that presents Portugal like you’ve never seen it before. As opposed to the static placement of the camera in traditional time-lapse productions, hyperlapse involves moving the camera to create a tracking shot. What elevates Kiril’s videos to another level is his transitions between locales. It’s like a sci-fi journey through space and time in glorious HD. After watching the Portugal video, be sure to check out his other hyperlapse creations at Vimeo.

  • 1986 Mets: A Year to Remember [Video]

    Hey Mets fans, remember what it feels like to be proud of your team? With losing records every season since 2008, it may be hard, but there was a time when the Mets were great. In 1986, the classic Mets lineup including Darryl Strawberry, Lenny Dykstra, Gary Carter, Mookie Wilson, and Keith Hernandez beat the Boston Red Sox and won the World Series. It was the greatest moment in the lives of many Mets fans and it was all documented on glorious VHS. If you were a kid in New Jersey or New York at the time, chances are you owned a copy of “1986 Mets: A Year to Remember,” encased in that hard plastic reserved for only the classiest of videos and featuring a photo of Keith Hernandez and his timeless coif. Relive those glory days with these clips that can’t even be ruined with the awfully dated sound of Duran Duran’s “Wild Boys” and Glenn Frey’s saxy “You Belong to the City.” You might even forget that their current record is 59-67. At least they’re ahead of the Phillies!

  • Scientists Program 1000 Robots To Work Together; Forgot To Watch “The Matrix”

    Some eggheads, including Michael Rubenstein, Alejandro Cornejo, and Professor Radhika Nagpal of Harvard’s Self-Organizing Systems Research Group, have released this video illustrating the capabilities of a swarm of Kilobots. The tiny robots, about the size of a penny, cost about $14 each. They are given commands to form two-dimensional shapes and are able to do so on their own, with no human interaction. After the command is given, four robots start off the process. Then the others follow, using infrared sensors to dictate their x- and y-coordinates in the shape. These 2D creations are fine and dandy and make for a decent parlor trick, but the hope is for the robots to next combine in three dimensions. What’s the deal, scientists? Are none of these nerds familiar with The Matrix or the Borg race from Star Trek? Robots coming together ever ends well for us humans. Thank God we have Neo on our side.

  • Watch Korea’s “Miss Sexy Back” Contest…For Science? [Video]

    South Korea, ever on the cutting-edge with its Samsung smartphones and LG televisions, has now shown itself to also be a leader in the sociological aspects of sexuality with a new, though-provoking pageant known as “Miss Sexy Back.” 25 contestants took part, with the winner awarded an ambassadorship…for lingerie company Sexy Cookie. Too many beauty pageants wrongfully focus on the overly made-up faces of young ladies, so Miss Sexy Back, a pageant where the faces of the entrants are concealed, is a breath of fresh air. Let’s hope that this competition spawns more of the same, where we can see past the superficiality of one’s face and instead bask in the glory of their badonkadonk.

  • 45 Years Ago The Apollo 11 Astronauts Were Declared Free Of Moon Germs; Ticker-Tape Parade Held

    When you’re the first country to send men to the moon, there are certain precautions you must take. We’re talking, of course, about moon germs. How would you like to be the nation responsible for most epic accomplishment in human history only to have your astronauts return lousy with lunar bacilli that replicates exponentially in the rich Earth atmosphere and eradicates all of humanity? That would be a total bummer and a real bad PR move. NASA knew this and that’s why when the Apollo 11 crew returned to Earth they were placed in a Mobile Quarantine Facility just in case they had some alien disease. The MQF was a converted Airstream trailer that housed the 3 astronauts along with a doctor and assistant for cooking and cleaning. The trailer had a communications facility (read: telephone) which allowed the crew to meet with their families and President Richard Nixon. After almost 3 weeks in quarantine, it was decided that the astronauts were free of moon germs and they were freed on August 10. On August 13, the crew was officially welcomed home with a ticker-tape parade in New York city. Did NASA give up on quarantining their moonmen? Of course! But more »

 
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