Because some people firmly believe that taunting death is the only way to avoid it, this is a video of Joe Sherman racing his namesake Veteran Sherman Max against a 75MPH train to see how long he can stay ahead of it from a stop. There’s also a vide of him cruising around town at speeds that pass cars on the road. The Veteran Sherman Max is an electric unicycle powered by a 2,800 watt motor, capable of pushing over 45MPH. Just to be clear, that’s entirely too fast to be riding on an electric unicycle. Or any unicycle. One wheel just wasn’t made for those speeds. I wasn’t either, and would have made a great turtle.
This is a short video from Youtuber Rescue & Restore, demonstrating the functionality of a 19th century candle snuffer, a device that automatically extinguishes a candle after it’s burned down to a certain point. Pretty clever. And here I thought the only way to extinguish candles was to wait for the fire department to show up after they’ve started a proper house fire. Were were these at my last place and the one before that?
This is Noam Oxman’s ‘Sympawny no.4 (Chubby Cat)’, a piece of sheet music dedicated to the memory of his pet, Chubby Cat. The symphony, arranged for ten different instruments and in the shape of a sleeping Chubby Cat, is truly is a delight to listen to. In Noam’s own words: “Chubby Cat was sweet and playful and the perfect cuddle buddy. With a sprinkle of playful piccolo, a touch of warm strings, and a sweet harmony progression – hopefully, the music sounds just a little bit like him. Rest in peace sweet Chubby Cat.” Wow, did anybody else just get allergic to cats all of a sudden? Because my eyes are WATERY. We should probably all take some Benadryl and the rest of the day off.
This is a video from WIRED highlighting the life and skills of Josh Jacobs, a man who’s taken Slinky manipulation to the next level. Some of the tricks he’s able to perform with a Slinky are most impressive. Me? I have no interest in manipulating Slinkys, only friends and coworkers. “It’s borderline sociopathic.” Honey! “Thank God he isn’t half as smart or slick as he thinks he is.” I’M RIGHT HERE.
This is a video from the Tokay Stakes 2023 in Nagoya, Japan of Number 5 horse Vanyar losing its jockey right at the starting gate, running the whole race by itself, and winning. Unfortunately for Vanyar, horses that finish jockeyless are disqualified, so 2nd place (normally the first loser) took home the blue ribbon instead. That’s a shame. “Stupid humans, who needs them or their rules,” I imagine Vanyar thinking to himself before peeing like six gallons.
Because anything is possible with enough time spent staring at a computer monitor, Youtuber on4word recreated the entirety of Radiohead’s 2007 album ‘In Rainbows’ using only sound effects from Super Mario 64 (also available on Bandcamp HERE). Wow — this guy must really love Super Mario AND Radiohead. It would be even harder-core though if he actually hated both and this project drove him to madness.