In the 1970s, DJ Kool Herc began isolating the break while playing music at block parties in New York's Bronx. That inspired a new genre of dance — breaking. Those 80s images of the b-boys and b-girls breaking on the city sidewalks still happen, but most of the breaking occurs at competitions where cash is king. Vox looks at the origins of breaking and how it evolved over the last 40 years.
Weather. Scenery. Entertainment. These preferences are all personal to each individual when it comes to picking a place to live. But things like safety, happiness, and living the longest life possible are all something we can all agree on. Using these parameters, here's the best place to live on planet Earth.
Someone straddles the handrail during a grind, faceplants during a parkour run, or bites it on a mountain bike. We love to watch people fail. But why do we get so much enjoyment out of other's failures? The answer is Schadenfreude. It's a German term for taking pleasure our of someone else's misfortune. The term even applies to politics. In this video, Evan Puschak explains the reason we take so much pleasure out of other people's pain.
Carpentry is an ancient craft, and Nick Offerman is no master — but he has read a lot of books. Since you can't just call the woodworking hotline for questions about the best joint for drawers, Mr. Offerman and WIRED took to Twitter to answer some questions from fans.
Laying in bed and watching a marathon session of the latest Netflix show is a great time — but not so great for your body. AsapScience looks at the ways one of our more recent pastimes can be bad for our health.
100 million years ago, the Sahara desert was a huge system of rivers and lakes — and home to some of the most vicious predators the planet has seen. Nizar Ibrahim details what the fossil record says about the massive beasts and how the Sahara was radically different from the dry desert we know now.
Just like your mattress, your pillow has a big effect on the quality of your sleep. And just like their comfortable mattress, the Casper Pillow is designed to make sure you rest well. It provides both comfort and support regardless of your sleeping position, with a firm inner core and a softer outer shell. Essentially it's a pillow within a pillow. It also won't pancake or lose shape thanks to the silky fibers it was constructed with, and is finished with breathable percale cotton to keep things cool. Take advantage of the 100 night trial and if you don't love it, Casper will give you a free refund.
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Dedicated to one of the world's most advanced air rescue organizations in Switzerland, the Oris Altimeter Rega Limited Edition Watch is a one-of-a-kind timepiece. Rega uses a fleet of rescue helicopters and air ambulances and this watch is inspired by the needs of those pilots. It features an integrated mechanical barometric altimeter, air pressure and altitude displays, and a standout Rega logo at 9 o'clock on the dial. It comes with a stainless steel case that is coated in anti-reflective gray PVD, along with a gray fabric strap with red leather lining. The case back is embossed with a Rega helicopter and engraved with the limited edition number and only 1,414 pieces will be made.
Japan has an aging problem. With an average age of 46, the population is not only among the oldest in the world, but it's also declining. This means Japan has a massive shortage of unskilled labor — and vending machines have stepped in to fill the gap.
When you're happy, no one cares. When you're miserable, the world wants to know why. With an entire industry dedicated to showing you how to be happy, CGP Grey has seven tips to do just the opposite — maximize your misery.
It took billions of years to get you here, right now. As it stands, we humans are the pinnacle of evolution — which is kind of depressing, depending on how you look at it. AsapScience looks at what it took to get from a molten piece of rock orbiting a star to watching videos on the internet.
Authors love telling the future. Dark dystopias and surreal comedies give a warning to our future selves that we'd be wise to take to heart. But there aren't any clear visions, and some predictions hold up better than others. Blank on Blank looks at interviews with authors Ayn Rand, Kurt Vonnegut and Aldous Huxley to see what they got right — and what they didn't.
It's a sad day when you have to make a video explaining that the world isn't flat. While flat-earthers haven't taken over science, the wonder of the Internet means that lots of half-brained theories have a platform to reach a far larger audience than they should. The selfless crew at Life Noggin took upon themselves to fight the good fight, and offer the scientific proof of our spherical planet.
The dead outnumber the living by about 11 to 1. The current population of Earth is estimated at about 7.5 billion people. So what would happen if those 108 billion dead people were suddenly alive? Real Life Lore answers the biggest questions behind a very interesting thought experiment.
The rules of cannibalism are pretty straightforward. Clean your kill properly, and don't eat the brains, guts, or blood. As for whether or not you would like the taste, you'll have to find that out for yourself. AsapScience looks at what to look out for if you're eating other people.
So you're in the market for a space-faring capital ship capable of planetary bombardment and launching a wing of TIE fighters. You know it can be built, but need a cost estimate. Generation Tech has you covered. They worked up how much it would run you in Earth money to buy that Imperial-Class Star Destroyer, perfect for crushing Rebel scum near you.
You need a new pair of swim trunks this summer, so go with something stylish and well-made instead of something cheap that won't last through August. These Reversible Volley Swim Trunks from Penguin are an excellent choice, and they even give you a reversible option, so it's like you're getting two-for-one. They are solid on one side and feature a sunglasses pattern on the other. They come in a volley fit and are certain to be your go-to choice for plenty of summers to come.
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You could run all over town looking for the best men's accessories around for Dad this Father's Day, or you could just go with a subscription to SprezzaBox. They simplify the shopping experience by shipping you a new box each month with around six new items that help put the finishing touches on a great look and all at a price that won't break the bank. A personal stylist tests out and hand-picks the items like ties, wallets, sunglasses, socks, and watches every month and subscriptions start at just $28 for over $100 in retail value. Quality, professional items are hand selected by an in-house stylist each month and shipped right to your door.
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The world has a lot of history. You might even say that the world has all the history — everything we know human history has happened right here. Bill Wurtz takes all that history and compresses it into one spectacular 20-minute chunk, easily consumable for anyone currently busy making their own history.
Nothing says Christmas like a good old-fashioned brawl in the isles of some big-box store over the latest toy. From the Cabbage Patch scare of the 80s to the heightened tensions of the Tickle-Me-Elmo craze of the 00s, toy trends in America are one of the clearest barometers of our social health — or lack thereof. The latest in must-have useless plastic is the fidget spinner. But where did it come from? What is its history? The Nerdwriter digs deep into the mysterious origins of the newest toy fad.
Synthesized in a lab, accidentally ingested, made illegal, and expanding the minds of people everywhere: LSD has had quite trip. Beyond mind control experiments and conspiracy theories, LSD is making a comeback in research for things like depression and anxiety. AsapScience looks at how new uses are being discovered and what the chemical does to your brain when you trip.
Mobile device customization is a rarity. Manufacturers might offer a few different colors and there are a plethora of cases, but you're probably carrying the same black or white rectangle in your pocket that everyone else is. But if you have a Samsung Galaxy S8, there's a DIY option that is sure to make you stand out in the crowd — JerryRigEverything's tutorial on making the back of the phone totally clear. Although it voids your warranty, it's also a call back to one of the best handheld gaming systems of all time. If you're brave enough to try it yourself, check ou the full walkthrough here.
Going to the Moon takes days. A mission to Mars could be months. As technology improves, spending years in zero gravity could become a possibility. And when you put people together in such close quarters for such long periods of time — things are bound to happen. But for all we know about space and how to survive there, we know practically nothing about sex 200 miles up. Tests with animals and insects make it appear more difficult, but there is almost zero research with humans — and if space really is the final frontier, it's probably time to start finding out.
Vampires have been part of modern pop culture for over a hundred years and began their march into the imagination of Western Europe long before that. But one vampire above all others came to dominate those most romantic undead creatures: Dracula. Springing from the pages of Bram Stoker's novel of the same name and later famously portrayed on the screen by Bela Lugosi, Dracula has name recognition across the globe that can only be matched my a handful of fictional characters. TED looks at the history of vampires and how Dracula came to be the king of them all.
Scientist extraordinaire Bill Nye is here to save Twitter — or at least the part that has questions about science. From the brilliant to the mundane, Nye answers them all, and manages to get only a little frustrated at what passes for basic science education in the United States.
From 200 MPH darts to shooting flames, Peter Sripol has a lock on modding Nerf guns. His latest project adds a built in compressor to significantly up the projectile velocity and can conveniently be re-purposed as a flamethrower. Peter takes you thorugh the modding and testing process step-by-step in his latest video.
With the United Kingdom voting to leave the European Union last year, the future of a unified Continent has become unclear. The benefits of the Union — trade, health care, and travel between member nations — are clear. But the opaque political process and immigrant crisis have outweighed the advantages in recent years. Kurzgesagt looks at the history of the EU, what it was designed to accomplish, and whether keeping it around is worth the headache.
Work or play, dress or casual, jeans are a ubiquitous part of everyone's wardrobe — 96% of Americans own at least one pair. Despite their widespread popularity, the riveted denim jean had a humble beginning as a solution to a specific problem. When California gold miners were wearing out their trousers faster than they could be patched, a young tailor named Jacob Davis had an idea.
We'd all like to create the next viral video and watch those YouTube advertising dollars start rolling in. It seems like a magical process: You create the content, advertisers pay for the ads, YouTube puts the two together, and you start getting checks in your bank account. For those who are a little more curious about exactly how that happens, CGP Grey explains how YouTube's algorithms connect videos, advertisers, and what slice of the pie a content reator can expect to get.
Contrary to what you may believe, the Earth doesn't actually have an infinite amount of water — and no water means no food. Do we have your attention now? Like all of our planet's other problems, humans aren't doing a very good job of conserving what we have, sparking conflict all over the world and causing actually water wars. With seed banks, science is giving us a little reassurance about our future food sources but ultimately the biggest factor in conserving our water supply is us.
He's not quite soaring through the air, faster than the speed of sound — but he's off to a good start. Richard Browning has unveiled his flying suit, powered by miniature kerosene-powered jet engines. Richard hasn't started on the bionic suit of super-human strength yet, but you have to start somewhere.
Humans have been genetically engineering plants and animals for thousands of years through selective breeding. Scientists have been genetically modifying the things we eat for a while too. But when choosing the genes we want went from the farm to the laboratory, it started making people nervous. Kurzgesagt delves into GMOs and whether they're threatening to us and our environment.