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Who causes more destruction in superhero movies, heroes or villains?

Lost in all those superhero comic book flicks that hijack too many screens in movie theaters is how in preventing a villain from let’s say, world destruction or universe domination, the superhero becomes responsible for a lot of damage to a city. Like seriously, cities get messed up. Imagine being a citizen of a world… » 8/27/15 8:45pm Thursday 8:45pm

The cool science behind how the Lexus hoverboard works

We were teased a hoverboard. We saw a hoverboard. And we even rode the hoverboard. So how does Lexus’ hoverboard actually work? This video breaks down the science behind it and like all things magical in science, it’s the lovely work of magnets. We can see how the polarity of the magnetic track is set up and how the… » 8/26/15 1:02pm Wednesday 1:02pm

Back to the Future's DeLorean was almost a refrigerator--plus 8 other BTTF facts

Back to the Future is basically the perfect movie. But it totally could have been just a bad 80’s movie if a few things went differently. Like if Eric Stoltz never got replaced with Michael J. Fox, if the movie had used a refrigerator as the time machine instead of the DeLorean or if the movie was called Spaceman from… » 8/25/15 9:44am Tuesday 9:44am

How movies break the fourth wall and why they do it

When movies break the fourth wall it’s always a little jarring. Like when you see someone you don’t know try to talk to you and you look behind your shoulder to see if it’s really you they want. But when characters express that awareness of being in their world to you, it can get pretty fun! For comedic purposes and… » 8/25/15 12:40am 8/25/15 12:40am

Seeing a cello get carved from wood and made by hand is so soothing

The cello is a gigantic instrument so it’s really no surprise that it basically takes an entire tree to make. What is impressive about the process of making a cello by hand though is just how long it takes to carve the wood down, to precisely cut out the shape, and to put all the pieces together. With such a big and… » 8/21/15 11:30pm 8/21/15 11:30pm

Watch the ocean's five islands of garbage form over the last 35 years

The ocean is filled with alien-looking creatures, a lot of natural beauty and a crap ton of garbage. There is so much garbage in the ocean that fully formed patches of our filth have spawned. In this fascinating visualization, NASA reveals how the ocean’s 5 islands of garbage came to be. You can see the swirling… » 8/21/15 5:11pm 8/21/15 5:11pm

Map shows the gender breakdown of Ashley Madison users across the world

The hacked data on Ashley Madison revealed that 90% to 95% of Ashley Madison users were male. That’s a lot of husbands! To visualize Ashley Madison’s gender disparity across the world, Malfideleco drew a line in the sand of 85% male users and plotted out which cities and countries have more male users than that and… » 8/21/15 5:27am 8/21/15 5:27am

The process of making shoes from rope is pretty complicated

The sole of an espadrille—a really basic form of shoe—is made from rope. Specifically, jute rope. It’s a rather impressive (though also totally quaint) process as the rope needs to be braided together with different twines and then hand molded and pressed into the shape of a foot. Here’s how they do it. » 8/21/15 1:00am 8/21/15 1:00am

Space makes things that are spinning act completely crazy

Being in zero gravity has to be a never ending amount of fun. Everything that you boringly do in your normal life, all the things you don’t bother to look twice at—they all become instantly more interesting because you have no idea what’s going to happen. Just check this spinning T-handle in zero gravity, it spins one… » 8/20/15 11:00pm 8/20/15 11:00pm

Making a homemade carbon fiber hydrofoil and kiteboard is really impressive

I know next to nothing about kiteboarding and have a negative amount of knowledge when it comes to making your own carbon fiber hydrofoil and board but after watching Mat put together his gear, I felt like I’ve learned everything. There is so much cutting and sanding and drilling and layering the carbon fiber and… » 8/19/15 9:30pm 8/19/15 9:30pm

10 of the most iconic movie endings in film history

Let’s get this out of the way. If you haven’t seen the movies on this list, you’re going to get spoiled. That’s because it’s a list from Watch Mojo that details what they think is the 10 most iconic endings of all time. Luckily though, you should have probably seen all these movies. Or at least know their endings,… » 8/19/15 2:33am 8/19/15 2:33am

Watch a $50 bill get rubbed off to reveal a $10 bill

If all the numbers say it’s a 50 dollar bill and it feels like a 50 dollar bill... it still might not be a 50 dollar bill. This counterfeit $50 is actually hiding its true self: a 10 dollar bill. And it’s doing a good job too! Since it’s likely that most people’s over trusting eyes would just see the 50 and assume… » 8/18/15 11:00pm 8/18/15 11:00pm

8 things you can do with old wine corks

Cork is one of the magic materials of the world which is fitting since its most common use is in wine bottles (wine being one of the magic liquids in the world). But what to do with all the wine corks you have after you finish a bottle of wine? Don’t just toss ‘em out, they can be used as alcohol soaked candles,… » 8/17/15 8:30pm 8/17/15 8:30pm

The crazy simulator where pilots learn how to fly the F-35

How do pilots learn how to fly a fighter jet that cost a trillion dollars to develop (or a $100 million a pop to make)? By hopping in a total bad ass simulator that mimics everything about the F-35 in basically the sickest video game ever. The pilots in the simulator look like they’re flying some space age ship, with… » 8/17/15 5:42pm 8/17/15 5:42pm

Cool chart breaks down how Star Wars influenced other movies and TV shows

Imagine life without Star Wars. It kind of sucks, right? But that’s just because we think about not knowing Darth Vader and R2-D2 and Han Solo and light sabers and Death Stars. But imagine not just not having Star Wars in our pop culture but also not having all the things that Star Wars influenced. All the things we… » 8/12/15 1:10pm 8/12/15 1:10pm

The lovely process of making the most intricate wooden cutting boards

Cutting boards don’t just have to be the thing you put on your kitchen counter and chop meat on, they can be beautiful intricate pieces of art too. Just look at the incredible work and detail it takes to make one of these end grain cutting boards from Larch Wood. In this video by Stereokroma, you get to see how it… » 8/11/15 11:00pm 8/11/15 11:00pm

How people toast their drinks around the world

Each culture has its own customs and each country has its own preferences but people all across the world are united in their desire to drink and have fun with their friends. And it’s that—not language or opposable thumbs—is what makes us humans. But of course, if you’re drinking with people from other cultures, you… » 8/11/15 9:45pm 8/11/15 9:45pm

How the most beautifully complicated watch movements in the world tell time

Tick, tock. Tick, tock. With these watches, telling time is so much more beautiful and intricate and complicated than that. These are some of the most sophisticated watch movements in the world with a ton of complications added to them and just to see all the fancy ways the mechanical engine moves is a delight. It’s a… » 8/11/15 9:15pm 8/11/15 9:15pm

Stunning map visualization shows every nuclear detonation since 1945

The nuclear bomb, that devastatingly powerful world killer of a weapon, has been around for 70 years. The first nuclear bomb—Trinity—was detonated in a test in New Mexico in 1945, a month later the US Army dropped nukes on Hiroshima and Nagasaki and the world was never the same. Here’s an interesting visualization… » 8/11/15 5:53am 8/11/15 5:53am

Video: Making plasma by microwaving a grape is the coolest thing

The Backyard Scientist’s slow motion series is always fun because they’re just quick and easy experiments that show off cool tricks you can do at home (don’t do it at home). This time he makes plasma with a microwave oven transformer (which creates a super cool arc of plasma around the blue bolt of electricity) and… » 8/11/15 3:00am 8/11/15 3:00am