Who knew that watching a box get made by hand could be so captivating?

It’s a box. Like, really. It’s just a box. But there’s just something about seeing things get put together with a person’s hands that I will always enjoy watching. Even if it’s something as plain and simple as a box. There are so many steps into making these boxes that they should be considered more than a box, even… » 5/22/15 10:08am Today 10:08am

Video: Chopping down a giant tree in an urban area is like an opera 

This is basically watching a ballet of wood chopping. This video shows Seattle’s largest elm tree get carefully cut down piece by piece in an urban area with perfect placement of ropes and the expert use of a crane and the daring knowhow of climbers. There is so much to consider when taking down a giant and they… » 5/22/15 9:07am Today 9:07am

A map showing each state's most unique favorite food

Foursquare tracked people’s tastes across America to come up with a very interesting way to determine the uniqueness of taste: they mined their user data to figure out which food or drink was disproportionately popular in each state. So this map doesn’t show what’s the most popular item in each state, but what item is… » 5/21/15 2:14pm Yesterday 2:14pm

Video: This machine robot peels an orange so fast

Of course by letting a machine do your fruit peeling for you, you lose a good amount of the orange and don’t get that fresh citrus scent on your hands but you do get an orange that’s ready to eat in seconds! I have to say though, I’d love to see this machine tackle more miserable fruits that aren’t even meant to be… » 5/21/15 1:18pm Yesterday 1:18pm

These eerie millipedes glow in the dark because of stress

We all have our own different coping mechanisms when it comes to stress. A nice walk outside. A cold beer. A punching bag. Blowing up at your friends. And glowing in the dark. What? Scientists believe that these millipedes evolved to glow in the dark to deal with stress (and to let predators now that they’re packing… » 5/18/15 10:25am Monday 10:25am

Video: The powerful final scenes of 33 different movies

Spoiler alert, I guess? Lorenzo Antico made this montage of the dramatic final scenes of 33 different movies. You should recognize a lot of them, as his selection seems to veer toward recent films like Birdman and Her, along with classics like Rocky and others. I almost feel like I watched the entire movie when I see… » 5/15/15 11:26am 5/15/15 11:26am

The Avengers reimagined as dark fantasy characters is scary great

Artist Daniel Kamarudin made these excellent illustrations that reimagines The Avengers characters as you know it. He took what we saw in the Marvel movies and turned them darker and added more of a fantasy flair to them. His depictions are great, I wouldn’t mind reading a story illustrated in this way. » 5/15/15 9:13am 5/15/15 9:13am

Watch a master optician work at his craft

A master optician sounds like some form of wizardry but that’s basically what Peter Thelin, master optician at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory, is. He can make telescopes and microscopes and pretty much turn and shape and hand-polish any and all optical materials in his lab. It’s fun to hear him talk about his… » 5/14/15 6:35pm 5/14/15 6:35pm

The violent and bloody scenes of Quentin Tarantino movies

No one uses blood and gore and violence in movies like Quentin Tarantino does. Though it certainly drips and probably soaks through a lot of his movies, his scenes with blood can almost be balletic. Well, an excessive ballet, at least. Here’s a collection of some of the bloodiest scenes. NSFW and all that, naturally. » 5/14/15 9:08am 5/14/15 9:08am

Short film: A tragic story told from a unique view entirely up above

Billy Lumby’s God View is a short film about a tragic day in the life of Philip, a mentally unwell man. It’s filmed very uniquely, from entirely up above him. Like you’re seeing him move around in the real world in a top down video game or looking down on him live his life as God would. The perspective is visually… » 5/13/15 10:39am 5/13/15 10:39am

Hiding a GoPro in 21 weird places is quite fun to see

Just because you have a GoPro doesn’t mean your life will automatically turn extreme and make you start hearing a dubstep soundtrack everywhere you walk. You have to get creative with the thing! Here’s a simple and fun way to have fun with your GoPro: stick it in totally random places to get a whole new perspective. » 5/12/15 10:11am 5/12/15 10:11am

Seeing 1.3 million particles get thrown in a bowl is weirdly satisfying

Maybe it’s because they look like cheese puffs? I don’t know. But seeing this visual simulation of 1.3 million orange cheese puffy-ish particles get thrown into a bowl and the cascading physics that results because of that thought experiment basically stole my eyeballs for much longer than it should have. » 5/11/15 1:32pm 5/11/15 1:32pm

A chilling look at close-up shots in films by Jonathan Demme

Director of movies like The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia and others, Jonathan Demme has mastered the use of the close-up shots. Pretty much every director of every film has put their camera right in front of their actors but Demme is able to bring out more emotion in the shot by creating his own style. » 5/05/15 10:19am 5/05/15 10:19am

Short film: The daily struggle of living in a city that's too crowded

I never feel more at peace with life than when I’m in a crowded city that always has people on top of me and below me and around me and suffocating me and making me wonder if humans are meant to live in cities. This short film by Tim Divall examines the pains of living in a crowded city in such a hilarious exaggerated… » 5/04/15 2:54pm 5/04/15 2:54pm

Old school top down view of Grand Theft Auto recreated in real life

There are so many videos showing real life being imitated in Grand Theft Auto that it’s about time we see GTA get recreated in real life. This recreation is especially cool because it takes the classic GTA top down view of the old video game and stages scene with real people and real cars and real streets. » 5/04/15 1:46pm 5/04/15 1:46pm

Simple robot arm is hilariously efficient at packing up bolts in a box

This robot is so dumb and goofy but also very, very decent at its very, very simple job: it packs up bolts in such perfect alternating orientation that it would make any factory worker jealous. In fact, with the soundtrack that the video is set to, I almost wish that I will come back as this robot arm in my next life. » 4/24/15 6:29pm 4/24/15 6:29pm

Awesome video shows what it must be like to control and break gravity

Can you imagine if you had a knob you can turn to sway gravity whichever way you like it? Clemen Wirth’s imaginative experimental video, Gravity, just does that. Water can be poured upwards, paint can drip sideways, flying balloons can fly down and the whole world can be bent in any shape you want. It’d be such a… » 4/20/15 9:50pm 4/20/15 9:50pm