Retired astronaut and author Chris Hadfield has lots of experience in space and in fighter jets. He even recorded a music video on the ISS. After offering his opinions on a few space movies, Chris is back to evaluate the realism of a few more, including Guardians of the Galaxy Vol 3, Return of the Jedi, Top Gun: Maverick, and the TV series For All Mankind.
Dan Creator is an expert at making models out of cardboard. After creating an R/C truck out of the stuff, he’s back with another cardboard vehicle – a city bus. He started with an off-the-shelf R/C car, which he cut into pieces, extended its chassis, and then added a detailed interior and body. His pet hamster, Natsu, finally has a ride to work.
WESN’s stubby little pocket knife weighs just 1oz. and measures just 3.75″ long when opened, but its D2 tool steel blade is still super useful for everyday tasks. It has Grade 5 titanium handle scales with optional G10 on one side. It has ceramic bearings, a frame lock, and a thumb flipper for quick and confident deployment.
This trio of JBL Authentics wireless speakers combines 1970s styling with big sound and modern tech, including Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant. The Authentics 200 has four drivers and a 90-watt amp; the Authentics 300 has 100 watts, larger drivers, and 8 hr. playtime, while the Authentics 500 cranks out 270 watts and 3.1 channel sound with Dolby Atmos.
Launching cars quickly on a drag strip depends on horsepower, grip, and driver reaction time. That’s not quite the case in this video from WhistlinDiesel. For his latest bit of automotive jackassery, the car-destroying YouTuber purchased 7000 feet of industrial-strength rubber tubing and used it to see how much boost the slingshot could add.
This upcoming action-comedy from Matthew Vaughn (Kingsman, Kick-Ass) looks like a wild ride. It follows best-selling author (Bryce Dallas Howard) who finds herself pulled into a spy adventure like the ones in her books. Only in her real-world version of the drama, she’s accompanied by her cat and a spy (Sam Rockwell) who’s allergic to them. Drops 2.2.24.
After seeing those egg drop challenge videos, engineer James Bruton was inspired to try the same idea, but with a human instead of an egg. He teamed up with the folks from Kids Invent Stuff to build competing structures that can protect their precious cargo when dropped from a crane. Fortunately, James already built a crash test dummy.
We really dig the dual-layered black and blue construction of Acebeam’s compact aluminum flashlight. The 5″ long light cranks out a max brightness of 4600 lumens in turbo mode, with a throw distance up to 787 feet. It’s rated IP68 dust and waterproof, and its built-in clip can attach to a pocket or backpack strap.
MW Restoration paid 15 euros for a gumball machine that was in terrible shape. The machine was subjected to decades of wind and salt spray by the North Sea in Germany, along with what appears to be fire damage. But MW was undaunted and disassembled, sandblasted, repaired, and powdercoated the machine to make it look as good as new.
This compact, adjustable wrench from Silver Fox Tool is small enough to toss in your pocket. It smoothly adjusts to turn hex-head nuts and bolts up to 15 mm and is made from grade 5 titanium with a knurled brass knob. Pre-orders for the Atom wrench start shipping in November 2023.
No matter how many weird bicycles that The Q comes up with, he never seems to run out of ideas. This time, he created a bike that rolls on slip-on shoes instead of tires. He made each wheel from 16 metal fins, then fitted them with Jake the Dog slippers. It makes an appropriately goofy sound rolling down the road.
And the court will rise, while the pillars all fall. Peter Gabriel has been creating musical masterpieces since the 1960s. The Court comes from his new album i/o. The track explores society’s need for order and the flaws of judicial systems. The video was created by Junie Lau using various AI tech, including Stable Diffusion, ChatGPT, MidJourney, and DALL·E 2.
It’s time to play the music. It’s time to light the lights. Did you know that The Muppet Show had a German version of its famous theme song? Nope? Neither did we. Until today, that is. RoadRunnerCoyote2015 compiled this collection of intros from the German version, Die Muppet Show, for our enjoyment. (Thanks, Rusty!)
These whistles hang on a pendant, keychain, or bag and blast out a loud alert that could save your life in an emergency. A dual-chamber design helps direct sound in every direction and can produce a tone as loud as 130 decibels. They’re made from Ti-6Al-4V titanium alloy and come in short and long versions.
After seeing a video of an artist making string art portraits, engineer Paul Morris Hill wanted to see if he could achieve a similar effect with a machine. This video chronicles some of the trial and error he worked through developing the machine and its software, eventually arriving at a system using a grid of nails. Paul posted a full build log on Medium.
When you’re hiking or enjoying other outdoor activities, packing space can be scarce. Merrell’s Hut Moc 2 slip-on shoes zip together to save space and can hang outside your pack from a removable carabiner clip. They’re made for comfort with a quilted ripstop nylon upper, a lightweight foam midsole, and a grippy outsole.
Open your eyes, look up to the skies, and see… Pokémon! Magik Mike put together this cursed mashup of the Pokémon theme song with Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody. Then Elton John shows up to launch the whole thing into space. Prefer your tracks with more drums? You’re welcome.
The sea was angry that day, my friends… an old man trying to send back soup in a deli. Each time you sip a drink from this unique glass, you’ll put the imaginary passengers on this tiny cruise ship in peril. The handblown borosilicate glass is perfect for sipping colorful cocktails with icebergs made in your freezer.
Jamie’s LEGO Jams created this musical instrument that works sort of like a miniature pipe organ. It’s powered by compressed air stored in plastic soda bottles, which flows through plastic tubes and into a plastic pan flute. The real magic is made by the LEGO keyboard, which manages airflow by crimping and releasing the tubes. It sounds a bit like a calliope.
Nike’s lightweight ACG Watercat+ Gridiron water shoes are built to take you from the trail to the river and back. They’re noteworthy for their breathable upper woven from non-wicking cords. The bold orange and black shoes have integrated drain holes and a grippy lug sole for traversing tricky and slippery surfaces. They’re also available in off-white.
Science fiction books, TV shows, and movies often set their stories in real locations in space. The Overview Effect put together a visualization that charts the relative locations of stories in fictional works like Star Trek and Alien, and Dune, using actual places in the universe to illustrate their distances and relationships.
This unique piece from Japan’s Traveler’s Company provides a cozy home for a pencil in your pocket. Inside its brass outer sleeve and underneath its cap, you’ll find a stubby wooden pencil. Both the pencil and eraser are replaceable with refill packs, and the unplated brass will develop a delightful patina over time.
Bardcore musician Hildegard von Blingin’ is back with another great medieval interpretation of a popular song. This time, we’ve got The Rolling Stones’ 1966 classic Paint It, Black, which works incredibly well with the centuries-old instrumentation and revised Old English lyrics. Just wait for the choir to kick in at the end. You won’t be disappointed.