How old fighter planes fired machine guns from behind propellers without hitting blades

April 3, 2014 | No comments

WWI-era planes were outfitted with mechanisms that connected the machine guns to the propeller so that the spinning would trigger the gun once per rotation. This allowed it to time itself correctly and prevented the plane from crashing because of a shot-off blade…

Skydiver nearly struck by a meteorite that he captured on film

April 3, 2014 | 2 comments

Shortly after Anders Helstrup jumped from a small plane in Norway two years ago, he sensed that something strange happened. He wasn’t sure what it was until he checked the film from the helmet camera he’d been wearing and saw a stone hurtling through the air, barely missing him.

Experts soon confirmed that the stone that nearly hit Helstrup was a meteorite — the first meteorite in history that’s been captured on film in mid-air after the light has disappeared from it and it’s in “dark flight.” Helstrup has expressed his own doubts, but meteorite experts who have reviewed the footage remain insistent of the flying stone’s space origins.

Since then, meteorite enthusiasts have spent hours painstakingly searching for the meteorite, but to no avail. They’ve now created a website and released this video in an attempt to generate additional interest and assistance in the search for the valuable meteorite…

Dog follows every instruction to a T… Slows down, crawls, and backs up on command

April 3, 2014 | No comments

Omar von Muller is a professional dog trainer whose canines have had roles in a number of movies. Good behavior should naturally be expected from his dogs, but the obedience demonstrated by this border collie/blue heeler mix is amazing to watch…

A tour of accents across the British Isles performed in a single, unedited take

April 3, 2014 | 11 comments

Professional accent and dialect coach Andrew Jack seamlessly switches between the various accents that are scattered across the UK, demonstrating the subtle distinctions between different varieties of English…

(via Reddit)

80 Amish men lift a house by hand onto its foundation

April 2, 2014 | 3 comments

The Amish are well-known for shunning modern technology, but it’s still surprising to see the method they employ to move an entire house in Spartansburg, Pennsylvania, onto its foundation.

The house is set down at 1:46 and isn’t picked up again until 4:40, in case you want to save 3 minutes of time watching them figure out their next move. Also, a bit of PG-13 language is at 0:38 — from the person filming, not the Amish… :)

(via Daily Picks and Flicks)

World’s tiniest stuffed animals are smaller than your fingernail — and unbelievably detailed

April 2, 2014 | No comments

Etsy has provided a platform for creators all over the world to display and sell their goods. A family from Vietnam opened a shop in 2011 selling something very unique — tiny crocheted animals.

All of these amazing creations are made by five members of the family, whose shop, SuAmi, is named after the youngest family member. The detail in these tiny animals is incredible…

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Incredibly gratifying video shows that this city worker painting streets is a true craftsman

April 2, 2014 | 15 comments

If you had to list everything that fascinates you, it’s safe to say that footage of city workers painting lines on the road wouldn’t make it on the list. But maybe it should…

London designer Tom Williams saw a crew of painters working their way down the road painting various signs on the street. He knew they were going to paint a bus stop sign outside his apartment, so he set up his camera to record their work.

And that work is genuinely amazing. You’d think that street painting would be a pretty basic process requiring little specialized skill or technique, but if this clip is any indication, that is far from the case.

With the help of his assistant, this painter confidently applies perfect yellow lettering onto the street freehand. No stencils and no mistakes…

(via Booooooom)

Best in-flight surprise ever — Cast of “The Lion King” performs “Circle of Life”

April 1, 2014 | 2 comments

After launching their season in Brisbane, the cast of Disney’s Australian musical The Lion King boarded a plane back to Sydney. Excited after a full day, the cast broke into an impromptu performance of “The Circle of Life,” to the surprise and delight of everyone on the Virgin Australia flight…

Ultra-elaborate prank on a waitress…is the best thing that’s ever happened to her

April 1, 2014 | 3 comments

Pranks usually are funny at the expense of the person being pranked. But not this time.

Chelsea Roff was a waitress whose life was recently changed by being pranked with the best shift ever. It started with a thousand-dollar tip and only improved from there…