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.
You know you should take vitamins, but figuring out what supplements to take is tough when the vitamin aisle offers shelf after shelf of often mysterious substances. Care/of, is taking out the guesswork and endless Goole searches by offering the convenience of personalized supplements delivered to your home. All you have to do is take a quick survey that asks you questions about your diet, exercise, lifestyle, and other habits, and they'll come up with a pack of high-quality vitamins and supplements that meet your needs. Those include everything from the basic Calcium and Vitamin C to Rhodiola or Bacopa, specialty botanical supplements that help with stress and focus. They arrive already sorted in handy, travel-friendly daily packs that can be thrown in your bag or desk, ensuring your vitamins are always on hand. The fact that they also cost less than what you'd pay at the health food store is just a bonus.
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Whether you're closing a deal or cleaning up for a date, Timberland Killington Chukka Boots will keep your feet protected and comfortable this Spring. The upper is made from a combo of full-grain leather and mesh, giving the shoe a rugged/casual look that pairs perfectly with a variety of ensembles covering a multitude of occasions. A cushy insole keeps your feet happy all day long, while the SensorFlex outsole moves with your foot and combines three different layers to deliver additional comfort, support, and outstanding traction on any surface. Available in four handsome colorways.
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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.
With approximately 105,000 nuclear weapons in the world, nukes are all around you — if you live in a nuclear-capable country. These weapons of mass destruction have to be stored and maintained somewhere, and in the United States, that somewhere isn't too far away. Here's a breakdown of how far your house might be from live nuclear stockpiles.
Try as we might, there's just no such thing as an original story. Every character seems to follow the same rhythm and balance of decent and return. Even history's oldest tale of life and death follows this same pattern. Using Dan Harmon's The Story Circle, Will Schoder explains why every story, no matter the medium, is actually the same.
There's plenty of ways to make coffee and expensive equipment to get you the best results. But you can never go wrong with the simplistic pour over method. Although it's already one of the cheaper ways to make your morning brew, HomeMadeModern has a clever way to make your own industrial-style dripper with some iron pipe and a 2x6.
The family gathers around the dinner table and stuffs their faces with turkey and stuffing, then you all fall asleep watching the football game. Everyone blames it on the turkey, but is it the real culprit? After breaking down some of the other foods on the menu, Wired has some theories on what causes your comatose state.
When Swiss mercenaries began coming down with strange, unconnected symptoms in the 17th century, a young doctor wanted to find out why. His research lead him to coin the term nostalgia. Once considered to be an ailment, nostalgia is now considered a good thing — and used by everyone from doctors to advertisers to invoke those warm, fuzzy feelings.
When the Super Soaker debuted in 1990, it completely changed the water gun game. No longer were you struggling to hit someone a few feet away with a low-capacity water pistol. Now you could drench someone with a high-pressure stream of water with a range measured in yards. Naturally, filling a Super Soaker with paint is a logical step. Mark Rober takes on his family with custom-made, paint-loaded soakers, and recruits mad-genius Colin Furze for a revenge shootout.
If an enemy, shady character, or angry spouse ever suggests a trip to Yellowstone, you might want to consider staying home. A 50-square-mile section of the park residing in the state of Idaho has actually be named the "Zone of Death." Due to this region being in the state of Idaho but in a district of Wyoming and home to zero residents, there's no way to be given a trial, meaning you could get away with murder.
In most cases, surviving a horror movie hardly seems like an art form. You can see many of these character casualties coming a mile away. But for those of you lacking the common sense to keep yourself alive, here are five sure-fire ways to avoid death when being terrorized in a slasher film.
Election day is November 8th, and the American people will decided who is going to take the reigns for the next four years. Due to the lack of interest in both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, many voters are considering just staying home. But the presidency isn't the only issue on the ballot. In this animation, Vox explains all of the other things that you can vote for this year that impact our country just as much as picking our Commander-in-chief.
The world is a combination. The future is you. Now is waiting to be appropriated into the future you'll create. And other unintelligible TED-style talk. Capturing the spirit of using lots of words to say nothing, TEDxUP remixes 15 TED talks about remixing into one excellent remix.
Between Instagram and Facebook, upping your DIY photography game is a must. No one wants grainy, out of focus pictures haunting their feeds. In this tutorial, COOPH is giving you all the tricks you need to make sure you perfect everything from making your own macro lens to creating diffused light for a portfolio full of professional-looking photos.