Sugar in the gas tank is one of those staples of miserable things you always heard that awful people do to other, often similarly awful people's cars. While nobody thinks sweeting your car's gas is a good idea, the actual results of putting sugar in a gas tank isn't all that well known. That's why it's nice to see someone actually give it a try, and evaluate exactly what happens.
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There's nothing more satisfying than experiencing something that feels like it was engineered with a distinct, desired purpose. Naturally, you want as much of that feeling as possible with your car, and installing racing seats is a decently inexpensive and super effective way to improve safety and driving experience in any sort of car.
Making your own sailor's hat out of newspaper? Easy. Crafting a 90mm f/2.8 lens from nothing except the raw parts? OK, that might register a bit higher on the difficulty scale. Evidently, Mats Wernersson decided it wasn't beyond his abilities and thankfully for us, he documented his build and uploaded the video.
Video: The next time you complain about spending thousands of dollars on a precision camera lens, stop and think about all the all hard work that went into its design and creation. As camera maker Mats Wernersson reveals, were you to make a lens yourself, you'd be spending days ensuring every last component was flawless.
There's something about combining LEGO and old Macintosh computers that is just irresistible for hobbyists. The latest edition to the canon is a cute little version of the Macintosh Classic from 1990 that uses a Raspberry Pi and an e-ink display to make it partially function. Best of all, you can have one on your desk because its creator has detailed how he built it.
Video: What's even more unnerving than an artificially intelligent Big Mouth Billy Bass telling you about the weather? That's easy. It's an artificially intelligent animatronic skull telling you about the weather through a set of clacking teeth. The roving eyeballs are the creepiest part.
The most dangerous object in your home isn't the stove, the clothes iron, or that chainsaw in your garage. It's your alarm clock's snooze button that makes it so easy to go back to bed each morning. Silencing that alarm shouldn't be so easy, so Christopher Guichet built an alarm clock that can only be deactivated with a perfect shot from a Nerf blaster.
The Nintendo Switch is all the rage right now, sure, but let's not forget the company's classic portable gaming device — the Game Boy. Admittedly, it's so long in the tooth you could open tanks with its incisors, but it can still bring the fun, especially if someone decided to mod the crap out of it to make it the ultimate take-with-you device. Like, tiny.
Video: Already one of the more popular characters from the original Guardians of the Galaxy movie, the sequel introduces a baby version of Groot so cute he might as well have been engineered in a lab as the perfect toy-selling tool. So why not build your own, like Caleb Kraft, who now has a tiny animated baby Groot puppet perched on his shoulder while he works?
With some 30 years of video gaming history now behind us, there's never been a greater choice of retro games to dig back into, whether it's on your smartphone or a classic console rebooted for modern times. For the more serious seekers of gaming nostalgia, there are plenty of hands-on projects you can attempt yourself, and these are some of the best we've found. So prep your wallet, brush up on your coding and handyman skills, and get ready to build.
We've all been there: Building a scale model of the Death Star in our basement and thinking, "I just wish this had a tractor beam to grab onto my tiny Styrofoam Millennium Falcon." Now, thanks to a team of scientists, you can put the finishing touches on that model with your very own sonic tractor beam. OK, maybe we haven't all been there, but I'm sure someone has been there.
Video: I don't think it's possible to make anything cooler with your own two hands than this homemade multicolour fire tornado that spins around and weaves itself together with absolutely no moving parts. The only thing you need to do is cut up a glass cylinder and then offset the half-cylinders a little bit to let air flow do its thing to create the fire vortex.