Master woodworker and Latvia native Rihards Vidzickis has a passion for creating things from man's most-used material. Rihards is a sculptor as well as a carpenter, crafting a park of wooden sculptures and classically-styled furniture. Here, Rihards months-long process for creating a traditional dugout canoe using mostly hand tools is detailed, starting with stripping the bark from the tree to finally launching the completed canoe.
Projectiles have been traveling faster than the speed of sound for hundreds of years. Giaco Whatever decided it's time for NERF darts to have their chance. His DIY compressed air-powered NERF gun successfully fired a dart at over Mach 2.3 — or over 2,587 feet per second.
Bad typography has been plaguing award shows, beauty pageants, elections, and even your prescriptions for years. These poor design choices have not only caused embarrassment for hosts like Steve Harvey and Warren Beatty, but could change the course of history like in the 2000 election. It even causes over 500,000 cases of prescription drug misuse in the U.S. every year. Although some consequences hold a greater weight than others, it's still time to make good design a priority.
Cubans are back, or at least a little more legal than they used to be. They definitely haven't gotten any cheaper, so be sure you're smoking the real thing. Cigar Obsession has some solid tips to make sure you're getting what you pay for.
A wave of fcial hair seems to be covering the U.S., with nearly 20 percent of men rocking beards. So have we reached peak beard? Author and professor Stephen Mihm takes a look back at history to see if your rugged man stubble is on the way out.
If you're feeling tired, you do two things: Drink coffee, or take a nap. But science shows that combining the two is more effective than either alone. While it sounds like coffee and naps wouldn't go together, Vox explains how caffeine works — and why it works with a nap to increase its effectiveness.
To celebrate the Spring season, the team at Todd Snyder are lightening things up with this abbreviated version of the signature Pocket Sweatshirt. The Todd Snyder Fleece Cutoff Sweatshirt arrives minus the sleeves and finished with a merrow edge to prevent unraveling. Each one is crafted on vintage flat-lock machines in a family-owned factory is Toronto, where each chest pocket is hand-cut and hand-pressed using a special mold before application. Part of the Foundation Collection, it's the perfect choice for a lazy weekend around the house or a quick morning jog as temperatures slowly rise to acceptable levels again.
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Protein bars usually contain as much sugar as a doughnut and have an ingredient list that requires a doctorate to pronounce. RXBARs are different. With no more than eight ingredients, each bar contains only real, whole foods and delivers 12g of quality protein without any added sugar. At the core of every bar is a mixture of egg whites, fruits, and nuts — which they print right on the front of the package — and each of their nine flavors are gluten-, soy-, and dairy-free. Our favorites are Chocolate Sea Salt, Blueberry, and Peanut Butter, but we recommend starting with the sample pack, which lets you try all the flavors. Keep a few of these in your gym bag, office drawer, and kitchen pantry for when you need a snack and resist the urge to scarf a candy bar.
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From gold caps to diamond encrusted fronts, grillz have become the ultimate status symbol. But this extravagant mouth bling goes back farther than Flavor Flav. The custom of bedazzled teeth dates back as far as the ancient Mayans and has been popping up throughout history ever since.
It's two-and-a-half minutes to midnight. Do you know where your nuclear apocalypse is? The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists does. Since 1947, the Bulletin has updated the hands of the clock to estimate the threat of human annihilation. The clock now sits closer to midnight than it has at any time since 1953, when the United States and the former Soviet Union detonated the first hydrogen bombs. But how do scientists actually calculate the time? Vox explains how the hands of the are moved.
Whether you're working on your jumpshot or learning a new instrument, pactice makes perfect. But how exactly does it work? Annie Bosler and Don Greene give an animated explanation for how to get the most out of your practice and what all those repetitions do to your brain to help you master that next great skill.
Even if you don't realize it, you've probably seen the font Futura many times. The sharp, geometrical typeface has become a favorite among directors Stanley Kubrick and Wes Anderson, as well as artist Barbra Kruger. But the German-born type had a pretty rough beginning. Designed by Paul Renner in 1927, the font was first attacked by Hitler and the Nazi regime after its creator was arrested and exiled for his anti-Nazi essay. After the war, the typeface of the future earned world-wide attention when it was used on Apollo 11 to go where no man had gone before.
A lethal NERF gun sounds like a fantastic idea. So fantastic that Giaco Whatever built one. Giaco's compressed air-powered prototype shot a NERF dart through a Red Bull can like it was paper. Now that the prototype has been successfully tested, Giaco is ready to aim it at bigger and stronger materials.
A funny thing happens when a lot of money falls into your lap — you don't stay happy for very long. Termed the Hedonic Treadmill, it describes the tendency for people to return to a baseline of happiness after major positive or negative events. This TED talk uses studies of lottery winners — and a cutthroat game of Monopoly — to show that you really can't buy happiness. At least not for very long.
John Collins is the brain behind the design for the world record-holding paper airplane flight for distance. He stopped by Harvard University for a presentation to students in the master's in design engineering program, and afterwords showed them how to fold his record-breaking airplane. Check out more of John's airplane designs, with instructions on how to fold your own.
One very lucky person got a great secret Santa gift this year — a Nerf rifle customized by none other than prop master and DIY wizard Adam Savage. Starting with Nerf's Long Strike rifle, Adam broke it down, gave it a weathered paint job, and replaced the mechanicals for an extended range and more powerful shot. Imgur user Andy Johnson was the recipient of this one-off Savage masterpiece, and lost no time putting it to good use.
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.
Great photographs can take a lot of fancy and expensive equipment. Or an assortment of things that are probably already in your pocket. Photographer Peter McKinnon runs though eight camera hacks that will save you when you're on location and forgot your hood or are in need of a light flare, all under 90 seconds.
Fake news is nothing new — just check the rack at the checkout next time you're at the grocery store. What is new is media juggernaut Facebook and algorithms making decisions on advertising. And while this brave new world of fake news and machine decision making is distressing, it isn't quite the scapegoat many people would like you to believe. Vox looks at the impact of fake news in the 2016 election, and learns that the mainstream media's influence is as much to blame as Hillary Clinton's adopted alien baby.
Two of the best-loved toys in the modern era — LEGOs and Nerf guns — finally come together. The Nerf Maverick Rev-6 is recreated in bricks, and unlike many of the LEGO guns you'll find on the web, this one is fully functional.
Nevermind that it's a fully-functioning, completely automatic paper airplane gun that launches perfectly folded paper airplanes. Just check out these specs: uses widely available A5-sized paper, has a fully gear-driven roller mechanism for reliability, and it's capable of launching up to 120 airplanes a minute. Every office needs to have one of these.
Living in Western Massachusetts where snowfall can average around 60 inches a year, this guy has had plenty of practice shoveling snow. That's why he's sharing his secret to a clean driveway, no chiropractor required. There's no expensive device or special kind of shovel. All you need is an average shovel and a piece of rope.
If you're going to spend Rolex money, make sure it's a real Rolex on your wrist. Wrist watch expert Ben Clymer of Hodinkee is the watch advisor to the stars, with clients from pro athletes to Jay-Z. Ben has three simple ways anyone can tell the genuine article from a fake, with no expertise required.
Whether it's an alien invasion, zombie virus, or Trump's latest tweetstorm — when you have to go, you want to be ready. WIRED's Brent Rose gives you his take on the bug-out bag and everything you need in it in an emergency. Because being prepared is never a bad idea.
One of the most potent symbols of the might of the Empire, the AT-AT strikes fear into the cowardly hearts of Rebel scum everywhere. Colin Furze began construction of a massive, although not life-sized, replica for a lucky fan. After the AT-AT is complete, it will be moved to the site of the winner, guaranteeing them the biggest yard decoration on the block.
You've seen magician David Blaine seemingly regurgitate frogs at will — making Dave Chapelle, Drake, Steph Curry, and Jimmy Fallon cringe with amazement. The trick isn't new. People have been regurgitating water, small animals, coins, and other foreign objects for hundreds of years. Vox pulls the curtain back on the magic man to reveal how the trick is performed, and the most amazing part is that there isn't really any trick at all.
The checked bag fee is a relatively new phenomenon in air travel. Conceived to offset the massive increase in fuel costs in 2008, fuel has since dropped, but the baggage fees haven't. Vox looks at why most airlines are still charging for checked bags, and that hurts — and even helps — the consumer.
The way our calendar influences our thinking about the history of humanity needs to change. The Gregorian calendar is a Western-focused way of marking human history, which excludes many of the important events that marked the progress of civilization outside of Europe. A new proposal suggests adding 10,000 years to our current calendar, making year zero the accepted date of an important shift in the way humans began to organize themselves and their societies.
In the 16th century, Gerardus Mercator created the Mercator projection map. The projection is great for navigating sailing ships using simple tools like a compass, but it fails hard when it comes to representing size — the island of Greenland is nowhere close to being as big as Africa. Vox looks at the difficulties in making a sphere into a flat plane, and why making an accurate map is mathematically impossible.
This is as close as you can get to a real-life Ghostbusters proton pack. Smarter Every Day got together with Cameron Prince and his Tesla gun, a self-contained unit that turns a Tesla coil into a point and shoot electricity geyser. Of course, the natural thing to do is capture the electrical arc in slow-motion.