After the collapse of the Soviet Union in the late 1980s, Cuba found itself in a very difficult position. The flow of goods was abruptly cut off, leaving the island nation isolated and in need of basic supplies. Cubans turned to their own ingenuity and bicycles en masse — leading to creative solutions to a variety of problems. BMX rider Frank Gonzalez describes how he progressed in BMX riding, despite a lack of parts and government restrictions.
Coffee is finally entering the 21st century. Scientists have sequenced the genome of the geisha coffee plant, renowned for its aroma, complex flavors, and sky-high price tag — about $300 for a half-pound. The genome of the geisha has been made public, and the information promises to be a boon to growers and coffee fanatics the world over.
A lot goes into choosing the right beer, and that unique lever behind the bar may play a bigger role than you think. From Budweiser to microbrews, AJS Tap Handles has been crafting unique works of art for 30 years. All of their pieces are made in the U.S. at their Random Lake, Wisconsin shop and include over 30,000 unique tap handles, ranging from snow globe-topped grains of wheat to intricate hand-painted kings.
Syracuse University was looking to revamp their brand and enlisted the help of Pentagram. After finding a historical connection between the college's School of Journalism and famed type designer Frederic Goudy, the firm decided to start with a font he created in 1910 for publisher Fredrick Sherman. Using Sherman as a base, Brooklyn type designer Chester Jenkins revived the century-old typeface to live in the 21st century.
This project has all the makings of a great skate film — cool tricks, good location — but this one is just a little more unique than others. Filmmaker Philip Evans took Jak Pietryga and Chris Jones' London skate session and turned it into a work of art by printing the entire thing on paper. You can check out how all of the magic happened with some behind-the-scenes shots on his Instagram.
At the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards, Stranger Things was a winner. The cast took home the statue for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, which was overshadowed by David Harbour's acceptance speech. In these black-and-white times of extreme polarization, Harbour made an impassioned plea to come together to find a gray area of common ground.
We spend about a third of our life sleeping, so the mattress you sleep on every night is incredibly important. Make sure you get the right one by trying out a Casper. This USA-made mattress is made up of multiple layers of foam, including one for support and pressure relief, and one to make sure you don't get too hot. It's all wrapped up in a durable woven cover, and shipped right to your door in a box that's easy to maneuver into even the smallest abodes. You get 100 nights to try it out, can return it for free if you're not satisfied, but if you are (and you probably will be), you can upgrade even further by grabbing some of the company's soft Supima cotton sheets and dual-layer pillows.
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Just a kid from Omaha, Warren Buffett is now worth over $70 billion. But beyond the piles of cash, the master investor is also one of the most generous philanthropists in history, having pledged away 99 percent of his fortune to various charities. This HBO documentary goes behind the billions to chronicle the life and success of one of the richest men in the world. Premieres January 30, 2017 at 10 PM.
In 2017, the city of Houston, Texas will be hosting one of the biggest sporting events in the world — Superbowl LI. Houston, Scotland, will not be hosting the Superbowl, but former Seahawks running back Marshawn Lynch wanted to make sure they knew what was going on in their sister city. Lynch took to the streets to talk to the locals about American football and handed out some treats to go with the big game.
Nestled in the Sierra Nevada mountains of Northern California, Hill Valley may have changed a lot over the years, but it's still a nice place to live. Marty McFly's hometown has a long history, most of which Marty got see on his time travels with Doc. Lost in the Movies took scenes from all the Back to the Future films to show all the little details that went into creating the fictional town and a sense of continuity between the past, present, and future.
Winter is in full force at the moment, but that doesn't mean we can't dream of summer. This Australia Day contraption helps us to do just that. Using a motorized clothes line, participants are dragged in an infinite loop around a tarp waterslide. The only way to get off the ride is to let go and hope for the best.
What started as a stunt to get the Foo Fighters to play a concert in Cesena, Italy, has become the biggest band in the world. 1,000 musicians — singers, guitar players, bassists, drummers — got back together in July of 2016 for a concert of their own. Here is this gigantic rock band playing Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit".
For the Superbowl, companies are willing for pull out the big guns for their commercials, and none are bigger than The Coen Brothers. The directing duo lends their talents to Mercedes to revive Peter Fonda's Easy Rider character. But instead of a Harley-Davidson chopper, they put Captain America behind the wheel of the AMG GT Roadster for one more wild ride.
Everyone has a nose, but not all of them are finely-tuned instruments that produce flavors and aromas that sell millions or billions of dollars of product. The nose on Per Hermansson's face is exactly that. Hermansson's sensory skills have launched international bestsellers like Kahlua, Malibu, and Absolut Vodka. As the director of sensory design at The Absolut Company, Hermansson is charged with the task of developing new flavors of vodka that bring back sales that have sagged with younger consumers.
Charlie and Dawn Trevor are the owners and operators of Equus Leather in County Durham, United Kingdom. Charlie has been producing leather products for over 22 years, inspired by a leather suitcase that his grandmother used to travel around the world. The Lloyd coat wallet is based on a 1950s wallet carried by Charlie's grandfather, updated for modern life with things like slots for credit cards. As with all of Equus Leather's products, the construction of the Lloyd wallet shows the painstaking handmade process and fine materials that are the company's hallmark.
The Doomsday Clock is at its closest to midnight since the detonation of the first hydrogen bomb by the United States. While the threat of a nuclear war has been a distant concern for many of us living today, brushing up on what happens when a nuclear weapon is detonated is never a bad idea. AsapSCIENCE shows you the science of a nuclear blast and how they effect humans.
The Oscar nominees are out, so now it's time to start focusing on what 2017 has to offer — and that's Batman running, Batman building, and Batman saving the city. In this Behind the Bricks look at the upcoming The Lego Batman Movie, we get to hear straight from The Joker, Robin, Alfred, and Bruce Wayne's roommate about what to expect from the upcoming film, which is coming to theaters February 10, 2017.
Red Bull pays tribute to the people that pushed skiing so far that it became its own discipline: freeskiing. A combination of archival footage and today's top freeskiers shows the evolution of the sport over the last 50 years, from outerwear to tricks that have gotten bigger and bigger air. Watch the entire 30-minute documentary at the official Red Bull site.
Arrival, Fences, Hacksaw Ridge, Hell or High Water, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Lion, Manchester by the Sea, Moonlight. What do all of these films have in common? They're all Best Picture nominees for the 89th Academy Awards. Jacob T. Swinney makes them all feel like winners with this beautiful tribute.
Fingerboarding is the smaller, less extreme little brother to skateboarding. Other than the small chance of stubbing a finger or breaking a nail, the sport is hardly dangerous. But in this short by Sebastian Linda, the filmmaker uses the power of cinema — some slick angles and slow-mo footage — to turn the tiny tricks into a hardcore skate film.
The horror — the horror. Apocalypse Now, the surreal Vietnam dystopia by director Francis Ford Coppola, could be coming to a PC near you. Besides the blessing of the director himself, the Kickstarter page lists a roster of gaming industry veterans, all of whom have shipped AAA titles. This pre-alpha tech demo gives you a glimpse of what a journey into Coppola's Heart of Darkness might look like.
Not everything has to end with a galactic rebellion, epic lightsaber duel, and killing your own dad. Sometimes you can just settle the matter with a game of chess. When Luke Skywalker defeats Darth Vader, Darth does what anyone would do if they lost control of the galaxy: Take their Death Star and go home.
Let the games begin. This blockbuster alliance has Marvel and Final Fantasy creator Square Enix joining forces to create a series of games based on the Marvel Cinematic Universe. First in the lineup will be a game based on The Avengers, with teasers hinting that Iron Man and Captain America will make an appearance. Be prepared to wait, as nothing looks to be coming from the two studios until at least 2018.
This is it: the last season of the best show on TV you probably haven't watched. Kevin and the rest of the residents of Mapleton, NY are looking for signs of the end of purgatory on earth, and closure is definitely near. HBO's The Leftovers wraps up its third season on April 16, 2017.
The process of making suo noodles dates back hundreds of years, originating in the Nanshan Village of China. For over 30 years, Lin Fagan and his family have kept the ancient tradition alive. They hand-pull the nine foot thread-like noodles every day in their home, taking 16 hours to make a single batch. With the town's senior resident holding the secret to these delicate noodles, the practice may soon become only a memory.
Four years from now, the Trump administration will make a great sitcom — if it doesn't become the most depressing chapter in American history. Brandon Smith took the theme from NBC's version of The Office over clips Trump and his cabinet. While The Office was a comedy, this mashup feels more like a tragedy.
La La Land recently notched 14 Oscar nominations, tying All About Eve and Titanic for most by a single film. The movie pays homage to the great musicals from the Golden Age of Hollywood, and references a few of those classics throughout. Sara Perciado put together this edit of La La Land and scenes form the musicals it pays tribute to.
The folks at Bad Lip Reading are here to try to make you smile again for the first time since November 7th. Using clips from the recent Inauguration, they finally make our current President Donald Trump amusing by adding their signature gibberish over his otherwise outrageous statements. But it doesn't stop there. Everyone in attendance was fair game, including Barack and Michelle Obama, former President George Bush, and Hillary Clinton.
Father John Misty recently released the single "Pure Comedy" from his latest album, his first new music since 2015's I Love You, Honeybear. He's followed that up with a 25-minute short film about making the new record, showing Josh Tillman playing new songs in the studio and driving around a burning Los Angeles. Pure Comedy is out April 7, 2017 on the Subpop label.