The amazingly difficult landings of the U-2 Dragon Lady spy plane

The Lockheed U-2 Dragon Lady is a beautiful spy plane that flies at high altitudes (70,000 feet in the air) to provide reconnaissance for the military. It’s also a pain in the ass to land too, requiring an actual chase car on the ground to tell the pilot how far the U-2 is from the ground. Here’s a Sploid video… »10/09/15 1:10pmYesterday 1:10pm

Infographic: The evolution of the Batmobile

What’s your favorite Batmobile? They all have their own charm, don’t they? The Tumbler was brute force bicep flexing whilst kissing bad ass. The 60’s Batmobile was fanciful and fun and totally goofy but cool in all the right ways. But my favorite is probably the Batmobile from the Tim Burton movies. It’s slick and… »10/07/15 8:50pmWednesday 8:50pm

Making a clay bottle from dirt you find on the ground is messy fun

In continuing his really awesome hand made series, Andy George of How to Make Everything learns how clay pots and bottles are made from the very beginning (dirt!) to the beautiful end (ceramics). In between, you see him show us every step of the process like digging up the dirt, filtering out the crap in the dirt,… »10/05/15 11:00pmMonday 11:00pm

The 7 dark original stories that inspired 7 popular Disney movies

Disney movies almost always have happy endings but in order to get to the living happily ever after part, some pretty dark things usually have to happen. But they’re not as dark as the original stories the movies are based on. Those are basically horrific tales of torture that have been cleverly repurposed to… »10/05/15 9:30pmMonday 9:30pm

The fascinating people and stories behind making Scotch whisky

We love whiskey, we drink whiskey, we’ve seen whiskey get made. But what’s cool about this latest episode of Raw Craft with Anthony Bourdain is how we meet the people behind the alcohol we all love. It’s combining generations of knowledge with unique skills and a real passion to just make good things. Thankfully,… »10/04/15 4:00pmSunday 4:00pm

A movie's first and last scene, compared side-by-side (NSFW)

We’ve seen film editor Jacob T. Swinney juxtapose the first and last shot of a movie before. Now he’s back again, comparing how 70 more movies open and close. Obviously there may be some vague-ish spoilers in some of the closing shots and a few of the scenes in this cut are NSFW but it’s really interesting just to see… »10/01/15 12:00am10/01/15 12:00am

Hand making a suit at home takes $4000, 10 months, cotton picking and a lot of animal shearing

What does it take to truly make a handmade suit? If you want to do every step of the process on your own, it takes a lot and a lot and a lot of work. Think about the materials that go into a suit: the cotton, the wool, the knitting, the silk and more. You have to pick the cotton, you have to shear the sheep, you have… »9/29/15 4:48pm9/29/15 4:48pm

Why fighting wildfires makes wildfires even crazier and harder to fight

Here’s an interesting argument from MinuteEarth saying that we should stop fighting wildfires so vigilantly because we’re actually making wildfires even worse and harder to stop. Why? Because by stopping fires it allows trees to grow closer to each other which makes the forest denser and more flammable and the next… »9/28/15 8:45pm9/28/15 8:45pm

How can these people finish a video game in minutes while it takes you hours?

Speedrunners play video games as a race against time. It’s not about getting the highest score or beating another person in the game but rather it’s about beating everyone by getting the fastest time. Kotaku talked to some gamers who seem to see things quicker and faster (or is it slower?) than the rest of us normal… »9/27/15 3:00pm9/27/15 3:00pm

These are the ingredients and additives inside your favorite foods

Eating a bag of chips? Delicious right! Great snack. But what you’re really eating are all these weird powders and difficult to pronounce additives and manufactured colors and sticky glue goop. This photo series for the book Ingredients by Dwight Eschliman and Steve Ettlinger reveals what’s inside your favorite foods… »9/23/15 4:05pm9/23/15 4:05pm

The history of the treadmill reveals that it was basically a torture device

The treadmill is a time stopping torture machine that was made to remind us all of how we’ll never be in as good a shape as we want to be and how we’ll never be even half way good at estimating how many minutes have passed. And it’s okay because treadmills were basically made to exploit and torture prisoners into… »9/22/15 9:30pm9/22/15 9:30pm

How many gun shots and what caliber of bullet does it take to actually bust open a lock?

We see it in movies all the time, somebody needs to get passed a locked door? Shoot up that pad lock with your gun and boom, you’re clear on the other side. But does that actually work in real life? Demolition Ranch attempted to find out with different guns and different bullet calibers and a whole lot of shooting to… »9/21/15 8:58pm9/21/15 8:58pm

Here are 5 alternate movie endings that would have totally been more bad ass

Sometimes movies change their original, director intended endings because the audience gets too attached to characters or studios want to leave room open for sequels or we all just want a teeny bit of happiness after we sit in a dark room for two hours. But some endings shouldn’t change because the alternate endings… »9/16/15 12:33am9/16/15 12:33am

Watch the scary power of a microwave oven make plasma and burn things

Yowza. Here’s a crazy rigged contraption that uses microwave energy from cavity magnetron to generate plasma and burn the heck out of things faster than you can warm a Hot Pocket. We can see it squeeze out plasma in a lightbulb, shatter glass and make basically anything burn. It’s a neat exercise to show how powerful… »9/14/15 8:45pm9/14/15 8:45pm

Video: The process of hand making a book the old fashioned way is a lost magical art

Anthony Bourdain’s Raw Craft takes a look at Arion Press in San Francisco in its latest episode and examines how this tiny printing shop carries on the legacy of printers of the past. It’s almost astonishing to see how much work gets put into each book. From the typesetting to the proofreading (which is done aloud) to… »9/11/15 11:30pm9/11/15 11:30pm

How visually similar Indiana Jones 4 was to the original movies

Very few people enjoyed Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Actually, I’m not sure if there was a single person who ever watched an Indiana Jones movie before who liked the movie. But as Pablo Fernandez Eyre points out in this video comparison, there were a lot of similarities between the last Indiana… »9/11/15 10:00pm9/11/15 10:00pm

Watch bare skin get tasered in painful super slow motion

This is a little bit gross but if you were ever curious as to how a taser works, just watch it shoot out in super slow motion. The electrical cartridge jumps out of the gun in an explosion of confetti (the confetti has a unique serial number), breaking down the door and then swimming through the air to latch onto the… »9/11/15 9:33pm9/11/15 9:33pm

Do animals have their own language and can they talk to each other?

Can animals understand each other? And if they do, do they communicate through language? Is their language sophisticated enough to combine sounds into meaning in some grammatical sense? And can they talk about things that aren’t right in front of them? A lot of them can do some of those things! »9/11/15 5:12am9/11/15 5:12am