Eric Idle, a member of legendary comedy troupe Monty Python, needed a guitar case. He wanted his parlor-size acoustic to be able to travel as carry-on luggage so it wouldn't be risked to loss or baggage handlers. Proving that Twitter isn't completely terrible, Adam Savage answered the call, flying to Los Angeles to meet with Eric, have some tea, and pick up the guitar. Watch Adam build the case in less than eight hours before he catches a plane to New Zealand and Idle flies to Australia.
You probably wear one every day. Maybe you even have one on right now. The basic staple might have a solid spot in your wardrobe but to call it a masterpiece seems like a stretch, unless you're Paola Antonelli. In this episode of TED's Small Thing Big Idea, the design curator goes back 3,000 years to recap the history of the hoodie.
Cemeteries weren't always drab places that were scary at night. For most of human history, the dead weren't necessarily buried, and the places where they were laid to rest were often sites of celebration. TED looks at the history of getting rid of all the bodies, and how it's changed over the millennia.
The stereotypical James Bond-esque spy doesn't need disguises. Disguises almost seem a relic of campy Hollywood B-movies in the post-WWII, tech-laden spy era, but they're used far more often than what we mere mortals would believe. The CIA even has a Chief of Disguise and Jonna Mendez was the Agency's guru. In this interview with WIRED, Mendez explains how the best spy agency in the world uses disguises and how it takes more than makeup to make on effective.
What makes something beautiful is hard to explain — but humans seem to have an innate way to know beauty when they see it. From early stone tools to cave paintings and modern masterpieces, beauty has been a part of humanity since there were humans. But the broader question of why we find things beautiful and how that helped us to survive and evolve is an open one. Kurzgesagt looks at beauty, and the unexpected ways it influences us.
Move over hockey, Mounties, and maple syrup — Canada is about to become known for being even nicer than they already are. On October 17th, 2018, Canada will become one of a handful of countries in the world to legalize cannabis — with the potential to change marijuana's status in other nations around the world.
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Before ninjas were turtles, 80s action movies, or even Kurosawa films, they were spies and assassins that hid in plain sight — not darting from shadow to shadow in black jumpsuits. From the modern Western conception of the ninja starting in the late 50s and early 60s, the stealthy assassin has gained a huge place in American pop culture, and Vox looks at how ninjas became one of Japan's biggest exports.
Only about 40% eligible voters turn out for midterm elections — elections that are arguably more important than presidential ones. NAIL Communications has an important message to share with young people who don't vote because elections don't really matter — don't bother. If you're happy with the status quo, don't change it. Otherwise, you have an important choice to make come November.
The detective story, bizarre Gothic horror, love, grief, and guilt — Edgar Allen Poe's contribution to literature has stood the test of time. His stories still haunt, and the man himself looked like a character from his own tales. This video from TED explains why reading Poe is still necessary, and how the author crafted tales that feel just as terrifying over 150 years later.
You say, or more likely text, "OK" hundreds of times a day. The two-letter word is used worldwide to describe your mood, provide approval, or give acceptance. Taken from the phrase "oll korrect," the history of the expression dates back to 1839 going from a newspaper, to a political campaign, to quite possibly the most used word around the globe.
Zack Freedman has made the most technologically advanced NERF blaster on Earth — the EOX Meta Breaker. Based on the NERF Rapid Strike, the EOX Meta Breaker has OLED screens and an NFC system that keeps track of rounds and magazines and selects the current fire mode by tapping custom cards. The Meta Breaker can fire at speeds up to 20 rounds per second, making it the most advanced weapon on the NERF battlefield.
Most of us never pay attention to those safety videos before every flight. We know where the exits are, how to fasten our seatbelts, and how to properly adjust an oxygen mask in the event of an emergency. Turkish Airlines had a great idea on how to get everyone, adults and kids alike, to watch — just add characters from the LEGO movies. This is something you'll definitely watch, and you might even learn something new.
Last year, Adam Savage launched his first everyday carry bag. The designer/host is following up that project by adding to the collection with the EDC 2. Along with the bag, he is also selling the plans to make your own which he demonstrates himself in his latest One Day Build.
Geography seems like a pretty cut-and-dry subject — until you start breaking it down. New York City, with its cold winters, is roughly on the same latitude as Madrid, Spain, which is renowned for its good weather. RealLifeLore finds this and a lot of other strange quirks of geography in this surprising video.
The result of three years of research and millions of data points, the Casper Wave is a breakthrough in mattress design. Underneath its handsome exterior, you'll find the new, proprietary Natural Geometry System. It uses five layers of foam to mimic the natural contours of your body at 36 specific points, adjusting naturally to your shoulders and hips without sacrificing support, and keeping your spine properly aligned. Like the original, it uses open-cell foams to keep you cool at night. Designed and assembled in the USA.
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Adam Savage's favorite NERF blaster in the Rival. The Rival can fire 100 consecutive shots, but Adam thought he could improve it — and improve it he did. Adam fabbed up a huge banana clip that holds up to 1000 rounds, ensuring that this NERF blaster will outlast whatever competition it faces.
National Geographic has a history of thought-provoking covers but their June issue was one of the most captivating in recent years. The now iconic iceberg made from a grocery bag has everyone talking about plastic. Formerly a natural product, the man-made material now accounts for 18 billion pounds of pollution in our oceans. In line with the launch of their "Planet or Plastic?" campaign, NatGeo has released this video covering the history of the product as well as ways to reduce its waste.
Simone Giertz isn't a professional engineer — or even that good of one. Her mechanical monstrosities are largely failures — and that's important. In this TED talk, Simone explains why building useless things is important and the creativity of failing.
When it was announced that the Transportation Safety Administration had failed to find weapons in 95% of airport tests, the news was shocking. But while the results look bad, there hasn't been a terrorist attack involving airplanes in the US since 9/11. A solution might be the controversial practices of Israel's Ben Gurion airport, probably the most secure airport in the world.
You've mastered portraits and are ready to start taking pictures for a living. You're off to a great start but there's more to changing your photography status from amateur to professional than a dedicated Instagram following and some fancy equipment. There's also finding clients and promoting your work. With a seven-step guide, Cooph is here to coach you along the way to going pro.
Reading is one of the most important shared cultural aspects of American society. Online or off, reading is the primary way we exchange ideas and information — and books play a huge part in this. PBS' The Great American Read need you to vote for your favorite book as they put together a list of the 100 most popular reads in the US.
Adam Savage is a Blade Runner fanatic. He's built numerous replicas of the Blade Runner blaster and even owns an actual prop from the film. In this one-day build, Adam and Norman each make their own take on a blaster that wasn't actually in the films — the Goldberg Arms snub-nosed blaster.
Treasure hunts aren't just for pirates. Kit Williams proved so when with his 1979 book "Masquerade." The puzzle book was filled with clues leading to an 18 karat gold bunny buried in a secret location. It took over two years before the treasure was found by a man named Ken Thomas. This is where the story gets weird — there is no Ken Thomas. Nerdwriter dives into the bizarre tale of this real-life treasure hunt.
Yes, the US government grows weed. In one place. Under strictly controlled circumstances. The University of Mississippi is the only place in the country that has a DEA license to grow marijuana for research purposes, and they've been doing it for 50 years. Mashable sat down with Dr. Chen, Director of the UCLA Cannabis Research Initiative, for the inside story of the government's history of growing pot.
You've probably seen acanthus leaves hundreds of times in your life. Whether you ever noticed them or not, they're just about everywhere. The sculpted plants adorn the tops, or tops if you want to get technical, of Corinthian columns. The design dates back to 550 B.C. and has managed to remain an architectural staple for over a millennium.
Alexa can play your favorite music, dim your lights, and reorder the paper towels. Colin Furze is adding a more sinister task to her resume by giving Amazon's hands-free speaker the power to shoot blasts of fire. With some help from James Bruton, the mad inventor programmed the smart home device and a fire extinguisher to become a voice-activated fire blaster.
You could say John Collins is a paper plane expert. Designing and folding them himself, he turns humble pieces of paper into record-holding flying machines. He's even earned himself the nickname "The Paper Airplane Guy." In this video, he shares his knowledge with the masses by showing how to recreate his World Record-holding plane, Suzanne.
Websites are a band of shady tricksters. Using something called Dark Patterns, companies like Amazon and Facebook keep you forever in their grasps by making simple tasks like deleting your account nearly impossible. In this video, Nerdwriter unveils the secrets behind this sneaky design feature and how to be aware of them.
Usually, you'd use aluminum foil to cook your food but here, the material has been repurposed to take on the prep side. Created by Kiwami Japan, the unconventional knife maker layers sheets of foil and sands it within an inch of its life to create a makeshift blade that MacGyver himself would be proud of.