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The Dog Goldberg Machine Is the Best Rube Goldberg Machine

David Smothers July 3, 2013

This might be an ad for Beneful dog food, but who cares. The Dog Goldberg Machine is just the greatest, most adorable pup-powered kibble and ball distributor ever. This video actually fulfills a fantasy of mine where my dog lets herself in and out of our fifth-floor apartment through an elaborate pulley system. Too bad… Continue Reading »

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What Does 200 Calories Look Like?

David Smothers June 24, 2013

The answer to the question of how much can you eat of different foods before you hit 200 calories varies, depending what you’re consuming. Two hundred calories is a whole lot of apples, but less than half of a Big Mac. It’s a plate full of broccoli, but more like a spoonful of peanut butter…. Continue Reading »

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Dave Chappelle to Headline Coast-to-Coast Comedy Tour

David Smothers June 17, 2013

Fans of Dave Chappelle will no longer need to wait by their iPhone’s Twitter app for the chance to catch the elusive comedian at one of his instantly legendary impromptu shows. Funny or Die announced this morning that Chappelle, who has been infamously difficult to track down since he abruptly left his widely acclaimed Comedy… Continue Reading »

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The Final Man of Steel Trailer Is Pretty Epic

David Smothers June 6, 2013

Warner Bros. latest attempt at resurrecting the Superman franchise, Man of Steel, will be released on June 14th and today the last official trailer has made its way to the Internet. You should watch it. It’s sponsored by Nokia and has more new footage of Zach Snyder’s hopefully-not-an-abomination-like-the-last-one, including what looks like Krypton and a… Continue Reading »

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How Tech Made the Boston Bombing Manhunt Possible

David Smothers June 1, 2013

The chaos of the Boston Marathon bombing is a few months behind us now, but the mechanics of the high-tech manhunt it inspired are no less awe-inspiring than they were the day they happened. PBS’s fantastic NOVA series took a deep dive into the technology that went into tracking down the suspects, and it’s now… Continue Reading »

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Watch a Scorpion Sting a Guy in Painful Slow Motion

David Smothers May 31, 2013

The beauty of slow motion is that it lets you see and analyze every detail of anything in a much more digestible package. Explosions become a dance, athletic achievements become more thoughtful, life becomes even more interesting and idiotic behavior gets more hilarious. Watching a guy get stung by a scorpion in slow motion? Yeah,… Continue Reading »

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This Insane Homemade Lightsaber Burns Straight Through Things

David Smothers May 28, 2013

OK, so this should be labelled with extreme hazard warnings or something. A crazy laser enthusiast actually built his own lightsaber capable of burning straight through things. The monster 3W laser, made from a diode taken out of a DLP projector bolted to two high-power lithium ion laptop batteries, is capable of burning straight through… Continue Reading »

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Newt Gingrich Can’t Work Out What His Phone Is

David Smothers May 13, 2013

“Here at Gingrich Productions, we’ve spent weeks figuring out,” ponders Newt Gingrich. “What do you call this?” It’s a phone, Newt. “But think about it. If it’s taking pictures, it’s not a cellphone. If you can get Wikipedia or go to Google, that’s not a cellphone.” Sigh. Newt is clearly puzzled by the shiny black… Continue Reading »

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How Slot Machines Use Psychology and Design to Keep You Coming Back

David Smothers May 9, 2013

Anyone who has ever walked into a casino has felt the lure of the slot machine. The bright lights, inviting little stools, and the promise of hitting the elusive jackpot are ever-present. It’s hard to avoid, no matter what logic tells you about the terrible odds. This Cool Hunting video shows just how involved the… Continue Reading »

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The Futuristic Biology Tech at the Center of Iron Man 3

David Smothers April 24, 2013

Do you know what Extremis is? Unless you’re an Iron Man nerd, probably not. But in the Marvel Universe, it’s basically the biggest biological breakthrough ever, and a huge part of Iron Man 3. Light spoilers ahead, obviously. In the comics, Extremis first appeared in Warren Ellis’s 2005 Iron Man story “Extremis” (seriously, read this)…. Continue Reading »

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