The secret engine technology that made the SR-71 the fastest plane ever

On December 17, 1903, the Wright brothers flew the first airplane ever at 6.8 mph (10.9 km/h). Only 61 years and five days later, the Lockheed SR-71 Blackbird took off. It's still the world's fastest airplane with a speed of 2,193 mph (3,530 km/h.) This fascinating video reveals how its top secret engine technology… » 12/20/14 7:22am Today 7:22am

An extreme case of how some people use social media to get attention

Remember Me is a typical boy-cheats-on-girl story that turns into a surprising tale of someone so narcissistic that he would do anything to get attention. Add Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube to the mix, and things get crazy fast. It's exaggerated, yes, but I'm sure you know people like this online—and in real life too. » 12/19/14 11:44pm Yesterday 11:44pm

You will love this short on the guy who told you how logos are made

Aaron Draplin is the guy who told the internet how profesional designers create their logos with a passion that made me want to spend an entire day with him. I wanted to hear a lot more, so here's a short documentary which offers a fascinating look into his mind, obsessions, and creative process.
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A 30-year-old man did all the stunts for Macaulay Culkin in Home Alone

There's a lot of dangerous hijinks in Home Alone, so it makes sense to use a stuntman to get 9-year-old Macaulay Culkin out of harm's way. But it's not like they could use another child for those wild stunts, instead the movie used a 30-year-old man who was roughly the same size as Macaulay Culkin. » 12/17/14 9:56pm Wednesday 9:56pm

A must-watch 4-minute explainer of the entire Tolkien universe

J. R. R. Tolkien's posthumous The Silmarillion describes the universe where The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings take place. It has all the secrets of Middle Earth, from individual characters to the genesis of wizards, elves, orcs, or men. This must-watch short explainer reveals its crucial elements in four minutes. » 12/17/14 8:20pm Wednesday 8:20pm

Behind the scenes video shows how 7 scenes are filmed in 1 take

Johnnie Walker has a pretty neat commercial on air these days that covers 7 different backgrounds in just one long take. It's a well choreographed and perfectly timed spot, a man is at a bar and starts walking. As he moves along, the scenery changes along with him to give him a wild journey until he's back at the bar. » 12/17/14 12:04am Wednesday 12:04am

One day we will end up living inside computers but it will really suck

Consciousness uploading to a computer network at the time of death. It is a great idea. It will happen. People will be able to live forever, roam the universe, experience the unimaginable. Or perhaps it will all get ruined by corporations, as this video—which can be the plot for a Black Mirror episode—shows. » 12/16/14 7:35pm Tuesday 7:35pm

Top 20 popular sites since 1996

Not long ago sites like Netscape or Altavista were the kings of that new thing called the internet. That thing has evolved to the point that I can't believe there was a time when Facebook and Goolgle didn't even exist. This infographic shows that evolution listing the 20 most popular sites from 1996 to 2013. » 12/16/14 10:09am Tuesday 10:09am

120 days of apartment renovation in a single time-lapse video

I've always liked watching home improvement shows because the idea of rebuilding and renovating and creating with your own hands is so interesting to me. But this time lapse of an apartment being completely remodeled is better than any of those TV shows because it scrunches 120 days of work into one video. » 12/15/14 11:39pm Monday 11:39pm

The cute rolling ball droid in the new Star Wars is a real robot not CGI

Perhaps the best part about the new Star Wars trailer was seeing BB-8, the adorable rolling ball robot in the new Star Wars movie, bounce and roll itself across the screen. It looked so familiar and so cute and so perfect as the new movie's answer to R2-D2. And the best thing about it? BB-8 is a real robot and not CGI. » 12/15/14 8:22pm Monday 8:22pm

Terrifying documentary on the fire bombs roaming America's railroads

Boom is a terrifying documentary on a problem that you may not be aware of: America has been invaded by hundred of thousands of moving fire bombs—freight trains with old, cheap tanker cars designed to transport corn oil filled with dangerous flammable oil. Logically, accidents are happening, people are dying, and oil… » 12/15/14 8:06am Monday 8:06am

Maps show which body parts in porn are the most popular across the world

Pornhub's always wonderful statistical analysis crack team looked at their glorious search data to answer one of life's greatest questions: are you a boobs or a butt person. After finding out which states and which countries like which part, they mapped it all out for the world to see. America, we're a butt country. » 12/13/14 12:41am 12/13/14 12:41am

Magic ultrasonic cutting machine perfectly slices sandwiches in half

It never occurred to me to wonder who or what cuts those soul crushing pre-packaged sandwiches that I always find myself eating at an airport, but now I know: it's one of these magic machines. The cutting arm seeks out whole sandwiches and positions its slicer perfectly with ultrasound to deliver the optimal cut. » 12/12/14 12:33am 12/12/14 12:33am

Can Santa Claus exist according to the laws of physics?

I love this cool visualization of Santa Claus' Christmas Eve trip as seen from space but, with the current laws of physics, we know he wouldn't be able do it. Or would he? Can Santa be real and deliver on his promises? The question is tricky, as this scientific debate shows. Let the classic scientific fight begin once… » 12/11/14 3:48pm 12/11/14 3:48pm