• The IRS Star Trek Parody Is Even Worse Than You’d Think [Video]

    Last June, the IRS was in hot water with Congress when it was discovered that the agency of nerdy accountants held a $4.1 million conference in 2010 featuring a Star Trek parody that cost $60,000 to produce. Faris Fink, the unfortunately-named IRS commissioner who portrays Spock in the awful video below, was forced to apologize to Congress for making the video. What’s really sad is that the video is aims to show that without tax collectors, anarchy results, but if I had to choose between anarchy or self-indulgent nerds, anarchy wins out every time.

  • Scottish Aladdin Is The Funniest Video you’ll See Today

    Have you ever wondered what Aladdin would be like if Aladdin and Jasmine talked like the cast of Trainspotting? Probably not, but it’s a good thing somebody did! This video shows what the Disney classic would be like if voiced by foul-mouthed Scots. And it’s incredible.

  • Ray & Remora’s Catchy Take On Pavement’s “Gold Soundz” [Video]

    In 1994, Pavement released their second album, “Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain,” featuring their biggest hit, “Cut Your Hair.” The second single from the album, “Gold Soundz,” did not perform as well on the charts but was a critical success. In 2010, Pitchfork honored it with the number one slot in their 200 Greatest Songs of the 90s. To celebrate the incredible year in music that was 1994, synthpop duo Ray & Remora have released a 6-song EP titled “1994” that features covers from that year. Check out their video for “Gold Soundz,” featuring appearances from Sonic youth’s Kim Gordon, actor Jeff Goldblum, and Pavement frontman Stephen Malkmus, then watch the original Pavement video below.

  • Incredible Music Video Animated With Embroidery

    Earlier this year, London-based animators Nicos Livesey and Tom Bunker took to Kickstarter to raise money for a unique video idea: an animated music video where each frame was embroidered. They easily surpassed their goal and recently delivered the finished video. With music by Livesey’s band Throne, the video finds the band members traveling to Mars and making the planet hospitable for human life by nuking everything. The plan goes awry, and the band’s ghosts end up haunting the planet. Livesey came up with the idea from the patches of all of his favorite metal bands that he’d purchase growing up. Even if you’re not into the music, there’s no denying that it’s one of the greatest videos ever imagined.

  • How To Communicate In Binary Using Heavy Metal Riffs [Video]

    Looks like our parents were right all along: heavy metal DOES contain secret messages. But the messages are hidden satanic incantations that are only revealed when the record is played backwards like in “The Gate.” Apparently, metalheads have been using alternating open fret and first fret riffs to communicate with each other in binary. This would explain why so many computer nerds seem to listen to metal. Now all you have to do is learn binary and the next time you listen to a metal album, you’ll soon be chanting “I want to kill everyone. Satan is good. Satan is our pal.”

  • How To Make The Best Of Being Stuck In An Airport Overnight [Video]

    Richard Dunn recently found himself stuck in the Las Vegas airport all alone over night. Rather than playing Candy Crush on his phone for hours, he decided to shoot a music video. Luckily, he was smart enough to ask an employee for a roll of luggage tape before they left for the night. He then taped his iPhone to a wheelchair and placed the wheelchair on moving walkways for dolly shots. He also used an escalator for a crane shot. The result is an impressive video, shot by one man, on an iPhone. This proves that you never have an excuse for being bored.

  • Live On Air Videobomb At LA Pride [Video]

    Why do local news producers constantly send reporters out to cover live events where they are surrounded by countless drunks? Because things like this happen, getting tons of publicity, and the producers can just shrug their shoulders and act blameless. Instead of the usual drunken bro shenanigans that these videobombs usually entail, this one is bit different, with a gentleman telling KTLA reporter Christina Pascucci how attractive she is.

  • Unscripted Reactions To Laphroaig Scotch [Video]

    To Scotch drinkers, Laphroaig distillery offers a line of Islay single malts that are some of the tastiest and most complex of whiskys. But, as I’ve found when offering a dram to friends, the strong, smoky flavor is not for everyone. For those who don’t normally drink Scotch, Laphroaig can come off as smelling and tasting like pine tar or an old leather baseball glove. Laphroaig assembled a group of people not familiar with their 10-year single malt and filmed their reactions. Not everyone enjoyed the drink, and Laphroaig is okay with that.

  • Psy And Snoop Team Up For “Hangover” [Video]

    Korean superstar Psy first gained worldwide attention a couple summers ago with his bizarre hit “Gangnam Style.” In less than 2 years, the video has become the most watched on YouTube, with over 2 billion views. Let that sink in for a moment. 2 billion. His latest video, “Hangover,” features the smooth rhymes of Snoop and lots of frenetic editing to ensure a seizure while viewing. Only time will tell if it will be as big a hit as “Gangnam Style,” but with over 6 million views a day after its release, it’s on the right path.

  • Every Showreel Cliche In One Epic Showreel [Video]

    Fed up art director Peter Quinn has created this showreel of every showreel cliche that will make everyone who watches cringe, knowing they are guilty of at least some, if not all, of them. Unfortunately, there are bound to be viewers who will miss the point, and instead find something to include on their next reel. But, srsly, dat sweet cloth tho.

  • Star Wars With Alphabetized Dialogue Is The Craziest Video You’ll See Today

    alphabetized? an be Could do drive every Get hard how How idea if imagine insane. it it long put read something that think this to to together? took video was will with word would you you you That is to say, Could you imagine how hard it would be to read something if every word was alphabetized? Get an idea with this video that will drive you insane. How long do you think it took to put together?

  • Informative Science Video Asks: Are You Alone?

    Thanks to celebrity scientists, such as Bill Nye and Neil deGrasse Tyson, who make their fields ever approachable to dummies like us, there has been an increasing demand for knowledge. But sometimes, the information we’re provided is too dry or academic, and it becomes meaningless. Luckily, there are clever designers out there who are able to take boring facts and figures and turn them into fun and educational cartoons that are much easier to digest. This latest video from Kurzgesagt accomplishes just that, but it’s not all they have to offer. Be sure to check out their Tumblr for more videos explaining technology, astronomy, nature and plenty of other science topics.

  • Otters Play Keyboard At National Zoo, #BetterThanSkrillex

    Asian small-clawed otters at Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, DC were provided with a Casio keyboard as part of the #ZooEnrichment program. Some of the otters really got into it, and although no great works were produced by the animals, the music was still better than whatever the kids are listening to these days. Am I right? Rabble, rabble, rabble.

  • Comedian H Jon Benjamin Voices 2001’s HAL Computer. Hilarity Ensues [Video]

    Comedian H Jon Benjamin, best known for voice work as Bob on “Bob’s Burgers” and Sterling Archer on “Archer,” recently stopped by Late Night Basement at Pine Box Rock Shop in Brooklyn where he was asked to lend his voice to HAL, the evil computer in Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey.” Benjamin, who basically only does one voice, transformed HAL from a cold, creepy, emotionless computer to Bob. Or Archer. Or Carl, the convenience store clerk on “Family Guy.” Whichever character you associate with that voice, it’s makes for a very different film.

  • Skype Translator Will Translate Speech Instantly [Video]

    The translator used by Captain Kirk and Spock on Star Trek that enabled them to speak to aliens will no longer be a sci-fi fantasy. By the end of the year, Microsoft aims to enable real-time translation in its Skype software. This means that people with no common language will be able to converse with their words being translated accurately and grammatically correct into each other’s native tongues. This will undoubtedly be huge for global businesses, but will diplomacy be handle through Skype in the future? An international incident caused by a computer mistranslation sounds like the makings of a fantastic film!

  • DIY Mini Crossbow [Video]

    Have you been looking for a manly project to work on but lacking in tools, materials, and skill? Well then this is the perfect project for you! Learn how to build your very own mini crossbow, capable of shooting matches over 30 feet, with just popsicle sticks, hair clips, and thread. The whole thing only takes minutes to assemble and will be sure to provide you with at least as many minutes of fun!

  • Novak Djokovic Is The Coolest Tennis Player In The World [Video]

    Novak Djokovic is one of the best tennis players in the world. He’s also proving that he’s one of the nicest. Last week he donated $750,000 to flood victims in his native Serbia. At this weekend’s French Open, he invited a ball boy to sit with him under an umbrella while the match was halted due to rain. And being a nice dude paid off. Djokovic went on to win the match.

  • Tony Hawk Jumps Moving Mini [Video]

    Remember when Tony Hawk jumped a Lexus LFA a couple years ago? Probably not, because it was so damn boring. The car was parked sideways, for crying out loud! I saw a slow-witted, skateboarding marmot do the same thing one time and the marmot wasn’t even impressed by his own talent. But now Tony has brought his A game in this video where he jumps over a Mini that’s in motion. Next stop: Springfield Gorge.

  • Steven Tyler Howls Along To Street Performance Of “Crazy” [Video]

    Steven Tyler, or an old woman doing her best Steven Tyler impression, sang along to a street performance of Aerosmith’s “Crazy” a couple days ago. He never actually sings any lyrics, but does the scat from the end of the song (albeit in some otherworldly key). One would think that it’s sad to see him like this and he must be all washed up, but Aerosmith is actually on tour in Europe and the poor old fella is probably just worn out from partying or doesn’t want to give a free performance. No matter what, as a street performer it must be awesome to have Steven Tyler howl alongside you, and the accordion and violin sound great.

  • NYC As Seen Through 50 Nokia Lumia 1020 Phones [Video]

    Since Microsoft acquired Nokia’s smartphone business, the tech giant has been on a mission to to convince the public that Nokia phones are not just the indestructible bricks hanging off the belt of dad’s khaki shorts. Powered by Windows 8, the Nokia Lumia 1020 features an insane 41-megapixel camera and has been out for about 9 months but lack of apps and other problems have kept its market share down. A new campaign aims to change that. Microsoft teamed with filmmaker Paul Trillo to create a Lumia “Arc of Wonder” out of 50 Lumia 1020 devices. The result is a unique video that showcases the awesome camera on the smartphone. Now Microsoft needs to prove the rest of the hardware and software can keep up. Watch the video and making of below and see for yourself how far Windows phones and Nokia have come along.

  • “Back To The Future” Theme Played On Floppy Disk Drives Is The Nerdiest Thing You’ll Hear Today [Video]

    Many years ago, before the age of thumb drives, or even USB, we had floppy disk drives and disks that held 1.44 MB. It was more than enough space for our school papers, poorly composed MIDIs of 90s hit songs, and naked pics of Ginger Spice. But these days, kids only know of floppy disks as the “save” icon. What has happened to the floppy disk drives that broke down at the most inopportune times, asking us to abort, retry, fail? They’ve been repurposed as music instruments by the nerdiest of nerds. Behold this masterpiece orchestration of the “Back to the Future” theme and be glad that those noisy monsters will never again destroy your book report.

  • Check Her Out! With Dr. Steve Brule [Video]

    We thought we were done with all the parody trailers for Spike Jonze’s “Her.” We were wrong. This late-comer to the game was well worth the wait. “Check Her Out!” features the voice of John C. Reilly’s “Tim and Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!” character Dr. Steve Brule. Witness how the mood of the film changes thanks to Dr. Brule’s repeated use of the word “dingus.” In fact, after viewing this, it seems like just about every movie could be improved with the voice of Steve Brule and copious dinguses. Or is it dingi?

  • China’s Bizarre Obsession With a Kenny G Song

    China has many cultural quirks that baffle the rest of us, such as those frightening “facekinis” that women wear to the beach to keep their faces pale or the “virgin boy eggs” boiled in urine and ingested as a springtime treat, but by far the most bizarre aspect to daily life in China is the obsession with Kenny G’s “Going Home.” The song, originally recorded in 1989, sounds like any other Kenny G song, or any other smooth jazz song for that matter, but something about that one particular song has struck a chord with the Chinese people. As the New York Times recently reported, the song has become the de facto anthem signifying that it’s time to go home. The song is played at schools, libraries, shopping malls, and even out on the street as a polite way to say “get the hell out of here.” One shopkeeper interviewed said she’s been using the song since 2000 but doesn’t know when it first became popular or why. In fact, nobody seems to know the origin of the song’s status as the unofficial closing time anthem. It just sort of appeared and billions of people accepted it. “Going Home” has even conditioned more »

  • The Best Part Of Eurovision That No One Is Talking About [Video + GIFs]

    Since 1956, the Eurovision Song Contest has unified European nations without the need for a fascist ideology. Apparently it’s broadcast in The United States but since we don’t compete, we don’t really care. However, this year the contest has been making headlines all over the world after drag queen Conchita Wurst was declared the winner over the weekend. It’s great that she won, she did a fine job and her beard is much better looking than anything we could grow. But with that being said, we here at RSVLTS HQ feel that other performers have been overshadowed by the media attention given to Conchita Wurst. For instance, the Polish duo Donatan & Cleo performed “We Are Slavic” and once the butter churning and vigorous laundering began, we could feel our Slavic pride swell. And we’re not even Slavic!

  • 3 Year Epic Selfie Wins The Internet [Video]

    Adventure rider, public speaker, professional photographer, videographer and presenter Alex Chacon is on the biggest celebrities in the motorcycle adventure world. He has traveled the world on his bike, most famously on a 500-day solo trip from Alaska to Argentina, and has written about and photographed his travels extensively. This video features GoPro “selfies” from Alex’s journeys in more than 36 countries. For more info on Alex and to keep up with his adventures, check out The Modern Motorcycle Diaries.

  • Slow Motion Tattoos Are Incredibly Interesting. And Painful. [Video]

    This slow motion, close-up video of the tattoo process is incredible to watch. It’s also a tad painful. Anyone who has been tattooed will say that it doesn’t hurt all that much, but watching this video and seeing the flesh wobble like Jello with each piercing of the tattoo needle makes the process look excruciating. Check out more work from Guet, the artist in the video, on Instagram.

  • How To Open A Champagne Bottle With A Sword [Video]

    Alton Brown, smartypants host of the Food Network’s “Good Eats,” uses his entertaining and highly informative style to teach the fine art of opening champagne with a saber. Now if you ever find yourself celebrating a calvary victory, you’ll know just what to do without losing face in front of your men. Of course, as Alton tells us again and again, we’re not allowed to try this at home, so we’ll just have to live vicariously through this video. Sure. Now does anyone know where I can get a saber for a totally unrelated reason?

  • Live HD Stream From The ISS Is Amazing [Video]

    Last month, 4 high-definition cameras were delivered to the International Space Station. The cameras were mounted on the outside of the ISS and live video feed has been streaming since April 30. Aside from offering an incredible view of Earth like you’ve never seen before, the program also tests the viability of commercial cameras for future space missions. If these HD cameras prove successful, millions can be saved by forgoing expensive, custom-designed space cameras. With governments cutting back on space programs, every dollar counts. Check out the live feed below and get more info on the High Definition Earth Viewing program at NASA.