Watching paper clips being made in slow motion is marvelously mesmerizing

Oct 2, 2014 By Abraham 0

Paper clips are used for one of the simplest possible tasks — holding pieces of paper together — and are themselves extremely simple to make — They’re just bent wire. But the process for bending and snipping the wire that paper clips are cut from is fascinating to see.

At the beginning of this clip, you’ll see the wheel being used to form the clips operating at full speed, which means you won’t be able to see the wire. But then the footage slows down.

So basic and yet so gratifying to watch…

And for those of you who just want to watch it on repeat, the GIF…

Incredible optical illusion makes entire images vanish before your eyes

Sep 29, 2014 By Joey White 1

Everyone loves a good optical illusion. We look at what seems like reality and enjoy discovering that, nope, that’s not reality at all. But usually, the “reveal” doesn’t involve an image completely disappearing.

Thats’s exactly what happens, however, with Troxler’s fading, a phenomena that occurs with certain images when you stare at just one point. As you stare, other parts of the image — sometimes the entirety of the image — completely fade away.

Trick your brain by checking out these examples of this illusion…

Stare at the black cross and the pink dots fade away

A blue-green spot may replace the empty spot in the circle. Moving your eyes away from the image may result in a circle of green spots appearing out of thin air as well…

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Stare in the middle and the entire picture disappears

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Unless you’ve already been the victim of a drone strike, you need to watch this

Sep 29, 2014 By Abraham 0

Drones have some silly, benign uses — like taking aerial wedding photos. But then there are the insanely efficient, deadly uses…

John Oliver looks at the United States’ use of drones and asks questions that it seems like there would be some pretty straightforward answers to. But there aren’t.

Then at the end of the segment, we get to hear from a couple people telling us what it’s like to live under the threat of drone attacks…

10 huge pop songs rewritten as sonnets. “Bohemian Rhapsody” is actually really moving…

Sep 29, 2014 By Abraham 0

Usually, song lyrics don’t stand alone as poems to be simply read aloud without music, let alone read silently from a page. But what if some of our favorite lyrics (or at least some incredibly famous lyrics) were re-imagined as renaissance-era sonnets?

It sounds silly… It is silly. But the genius behind Pop Sonnets has discovered that ridiculous as the idea is, it’s still pretty awesome.

While some of the results are funny, others actually work surprisingly well…

Idina Menzel, “Let It Go”

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Will Smith, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air”

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Prank video parody is a brilliant takedown of using cruel “pranks” as “social experiments”

Sep 26, 2014 By Abraham 0

Lately, a YouTuber named Sam Pepper has been taking major heat for a video he posted as “a social experiment.” The short version is that he sexually harassed women in a “prank” video and then said it was intended to raise awareness about sexual harassment. Yep.

Like most everybody else, YouTuber JusReign was skeptical of Pepper’s explanation and made this parody to get his point across.

Introducing The Murder Prank, because we need to be reminded as a society that murder is bad…