This 10-second audio illusion doesn’t seem like a big deal…until you replay it

August 25, 2014 | 1 comment

You can’t always trust what you see, but what you hear is less deceiving, right?

Maybe not.

Named for cognitive scientist Roger Shepard, a Shepard tone has ten sine waves with frequencies that are separated by octaves. When played in a sequence the tones comprise the Shepard scale and produce an effect that is like an audio version of the infinitely rising spiral of a barbershop pole.

The Shepard scale in this video is just 10 seconds long but when you replay the video, you’ll hear the intriguing and seemingly impossible illusion…

(The video will replay automatically.)

Related… These astounding audio illusions prove that you can’t trust your ears

How to get right up in a stranger’s face and take their picture even if you’re shy

August 25, 2014 | No comments

Street photography results in some of the most intriguing photos that exist. And sometimes you’re left wondering how a photographer was able to get away with snapping photos of strangers like that. It seems like it could be really awkward as soon as someone realized they’re being documented without their permission.

But here’s a simple trick to get rid of all the potential discomfort of simply pointing your camera at a stranger and snapping their picture…

Now, no matter how shy you are, you too can be a total creep…I mean street photographer.

Waffle iron reheats pizza perfectly…so let’s try EVERY other fast food in there, too

August 24, 2014 | No comments

The guys at Foodbeast heard that folding pizza over and sticking it in a waffle iron makes for excellent leftovers. After testing and confirming, they decided…why not try this with all other fast foods, too…

The brilliant and insanely simple anti-theft device used by Japanese convenience stores

August 22, 2014 | 7 comments

When visiting a Japanese bank, convenience store, or post office, you’ll notice a curious ball on the counter. It isn’t for sale and you really shouldn’t touch it.

Though it looks like nothing more than a child’s toy, the fluorescent balls are used to deter would-be thieves.

This short video explains…

This tribute to Robin Williams (featuring him singing and rapping) will get stuck in your head

August 22, 2014 | No comments

Taking some of Robin Williams’ best moments, musician Melodysheep tastefully but thouroughly applied autotune and turned them into a catchy pop song, complete with a hip-hop bridge…

(All proceeds from our “Robin Williams” posts are going to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.)

Laugh and cry with David Letterman as he remembers Robin Williams a week after his death

August 20, 2014 | No comments

Letterman talks about how scared he was of Robin Williams when they first met and how amazing it was through the years to have him as a nearly constant visitor.

Then at the end of the segment Letterman shares a montage of moments from the nearly 50 visits Williams made to Letterman’s show. Try not to tear up…

(All proceeds from our “Robin Williams” posts are going to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.)