Video: In an effort to celebrate Australia Day -- a holiday in which the nation apparently likes to risk life and limb for a little fun -- a bunch of Aussies realised that the ride on a Slip 'N Slide is always way too short. So they built an infinite version where you can keep hurtling around for as long as you can hold on.
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Video: Reddit user Stupot McDoodle made clever software that could turn any GIF into a flip book by turning the frames of a GIF into easy-to-put-together squares that could be printed on paper. It's a fun project -- I mean, turning a bit of the internet into a physical object is weird and silly, but what's even more fun is to turn that video of him flipping through the flip book of a GIF he made into a brand new GIF... so he could turn into another flip book.
Video: If you ever wanted to be a wizard, or just to try your hand at some magic tricks, you should learn the dark art of... static electricity. Yep, with a bit of strategic contact with certain objects, you can easily fool kids and probably even trick your drunk friend into thinking you can control objects through invisible forces.
Video: This immersive laser beam installation seems like the perfect place to stare at some lights, cleanse yourself from sin and, like, maybe even just leave your soul behind. The room is so huge and the lasers come from everywhere that it must be a hell of an experience. Like, you're trapped inside a machine. Or the future. Or another dimension entirely.
Video: Now this is some fun times. The Backyard Scientist strapped a kitchen knife to some homemade sugar rockets, put it on a track sprayed with graphite lubricant so it could cut things while zooming down at 240km/h, and then put various sliceable items on the other end to reach their imminent doom (for our infinite viewing pleasure).
Kaptain Kristian's latest explainer video is a fun one: he explains how the anapestic tetrameter rhyming style of Dr. Seuss helped us better understand language as kids, all while rhyming in the video himself. It's stupid catchy (obviously, because it's done in the style of Dr. Seuss) and so easy to listen to, which is the point because that catchiness and fun is basically a trick Dr. Seuss books used to make us all want to read on our own.
Video: Leave it to the Harlem Globetrotters to come up with new ways to nail trick shots. Though it's not the tallest basketball shot ever made (that award goes to this 180m shot off a dam), the Harlem Globetrotters version might be even more unique because there's this weird, almost reverse arc to the shot. Instead of shooting the basketball up like you normally would (to make the shot follow a parabolic trail), the Globetrotter shoots it downwards. By doing this, the basketball first flies down and then suddenly cuts horizontal, making an almost L-shape toward the bucket. It's pretty awesome.
Video: If you're a map nerd or a history buff or someone who likes to travel or just a person who enjoys learning new things, the latest video from Wendover Productions is an absolute delight to watch. It's a quick tour of all the countries in the world (this is the first part, so exactly half the countries show up) filled with totally random but fun facts about each country.
Video: There's nothing I want to do more in life than to shoot a Tesla coil gun. Seeing those bolts of electricity fly out of that death ray-looking weapon is basically all I've ever dreamed about since I've watched Ghostbusters, and this Tesla coil gun is the closest thing to a real-life Proton Pack that I've ever seen.
Video: I know that it's pretty darn obvious that if you sharpen a knife over and over again, you'll eventually get a razor sharp edge to slice things with. But that doesn't make it any less fun to transform a $1 knife bought from a dollar store into a beast of a blade that destroys everything as if it were descended from the Damascus, Ulfberht and Valyrian steel gods.
Video: Hieronymus Bosch's The Garden of Earthly Delights is one of the most famous paintings in history. The centre panel of the triptych showcases a bunch of naked people enjoying themselves in the most hedonistic ways possible at the time (or I guess, any time). Studio Smack updated the painting a bit with a modern spin and added a whole lot of other kind of weirdness -- cloud cows, tentacle towers, undulating sacs of human faces, a spider made of human legs doing the can-can and giant headless chickens showing signs of leprosy.
Image Cache: This wonderful photo series comparing the size of things by Kevin Wisbith is a really fun way to earn some brain wrinkles, because it gives you a better sense of the true size of random buildings, ships, machines and other objects. You get to see things like the Death Star hover over Florida in space, a B-2 bomber stretch across the width of an entire football field and the Titanic lay out on top of a freaking aircraft carrier.
Video: This clever video by Julian Cianciolo explains how to read sheet music and is actually much more enjoyable to watch than you'd imagine, especially if you're a musician who can read sheet music because you can probably understand all the deadpan explanations, layered in-jokes and trombone quips.
Video: Turns out, dropping a giant concrete block onto a car ends exactly like how you would imagine it would: The car gets completely obliterated and smashed to smithereens. Crash Zone pulled off this incredibly silly stunt and filmed it in slow motion so that you can see the damage in lovely, exacting detail. The concrete block pierces through the metal frame and sends shattered glass flying everywhere.
Video: Every weekend should involve a quick game of wall climbing Pong. That is, a game of Pong that is projected onto a rock climbing wall that tracks your body parts as paddles so that the ball reacts appropriately to each hit. It looks fun because you're actively manoeuvring your body around to smack that ball of light, but also looks so silly because you're hanging off a freaking wall and could, like, fall off at any time.
Every year Paul Borrud builds a massive homebrew Slip N Slide to help celebrate Australia Day. This year's effort measured almost 100.58m long and ended in a billabong that wasn't quite large enough to contain most riders as they came rocketing down the slope. But risking your life is half the fun of a Slip N Slide, isn't it?