‘MythBusters’ to Tackle the Classic Video Game Franchise ‘Doom’

Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman of MythBusters are set to tackle the classic video game franchise Doom on a special video games-themed episode of the show. Tim Willits of id Software, the developer behind the franchise, will also be helping the duo explore questions as well as creating a level of Doom in real life.

In this special episode dedicated to the hobby near and dear to our hearts, we’re excited that id Software’s own Tim Willits will be helping Adam and Jamie dig into an often-discussed topic of FPS games: Is it really possible for someone to carry all those health packs, guns, and even a chainsaw? Using the DOOM universe and DOOM 3 BFG Edition for reference, Tim helps the team recreate a DOOM level in real life.

The episode is scheduled to air on Saturday, January 31, 2015 at 9 PM ET.

The Laugh Track Jacket, A Blazer With Speakers Sewn in That Provide Laughter With the Press of a Button

Becky Stern (previously), the Director of Wearable Electronics at Adafruit Industries, demonstrates how to create the Laugh Track Jacket, a blazer with built-in speakers that provide instant laughter with the press of a button.

Wear your punchlines inside your sleeves.

Laugh Track Jacket

Laugh Track Jacket

Laugh Track Jacket

images via Adafruit

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How to Create a Makeshift Laser Microscope at Home Using a Laser Pointer and a Syringe

At-Bristol hosts Robbie Kornitschky and Will Davies present a simple method for creating a makeshift laser microscope by directing a laser pointer at a droplet of water in a syringe.

The light hits the droplet of water, refracts through it and spreads out onto the screen.

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A Short Documentary Takes a Look Inside the Wilson Football Factory, Where the Official Footballs of the NFL Are Made

Inside a Wilson Football Factory” is a short documentary produced by Vijai Singh and Ashley Maas for The New York Times that takes a look inside the Wilson Football factory, which produces the official football of the NFL. The documentary focuses on Jane Helser, who worked at the factory sewing footballs for nearly 50 years.

While the video focuses on how to properly construct a football, it does not address how to properly inflate one, or how to maintain proper inflation during championship games.

What Disney Princesses Might Look Like if They Had Realistic Hair

Ariel Ariel
ArielThe Little Mermaid (1989)

New York City-based writer and artist Loryn Brantz of BuzzFeed has digitally modified a series of images that imagine what animated Disney Princesses would look like if they had realistic hair. Ariel pops up out of the water with an actual soaked head of hair in The Little Mermaid, Cinderella rolls out of bed with actual bed head in Cinderella (1950), and more.

Elsa Elsa
ElsaFrozen (2013)

Cinderella Cinderella
CinderellaCinderella (1950)

Snow White Snow White
Snow WhiteSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

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The Oxford Electric Bell, An Electric Bell That Has Been Running on the Same Battery for 175 Years

The Oxford Electric Bell is an electric bell housed at the Oxford University Claredon Laboratory that has been quietly running on the same dry pile electric battery for 175 years, for a total of around 10 billion rings. Contrary to some reports, the long-running battery does not constitute perpetual motion.

Some published reports of the Pile unfortunately refer to it as an example of perpetual motion but the Guinness Book of Records has it under the “worlds most durable battery” delivering “ceaseless tintinnabulation”.

Oxford Bell

Oxford Bell

images via Wikipedia

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‘The Art of Letterpress’, A Documentary Short About Master Typesetter and Printer Stan Lane


“The Art of Letterpress”
is a documentary short by The Folio Society that explores the work of master typesetter and printer Stan Lane, who has been working with the London book publisher for a quarter century, creating beautiful volumes like the Letterpress Shakespeare series. Lane discusses the beauty of the labor-intensive process.

Feeling print on paper — you can actually feel it. You know someone has been there. It’s not just laid on the top of paper.

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‘Lost Dog’, A Touching Budweiser Super Bowl XLIX Ad That Features a Lost Puppy Trying to Find His Way Home

Lost Dog” is a surprisingly touching Super Bowl XLIX commercial from Budweiser that features a tiny puppy who accidentally gets lost and the challenges he encounters before his finally finds his way home. The soundtrack, a slow tempo version of The Proclaimers 1988 song “I’m Gonna Be (500 miles)” and performed by Sleeping At Last, perfectly suits the story without being too heavy handed. The ad was directed by Jake Scott, who also directed Budweiser’s 2014 commercial.

Budweiser has also released several behind-the-scenes videos about the making of the commercial.

A Striking Photo of the Boston Marathon Finish Line Shoveled Out During Winter Storm Juno

Boston Marathon

Philip L. Hillman captured a rather striking photo of a freshly shoveled Boston Marathon finish line shot during Winter Storm Juno, which battered the New England city with more than two feet of snow, its sixth heaviest snowstorm on record.

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‘Visual Guide to Marvel Character Movie Rights’, An Infographic Showing What Movie Studios Own Which Characters

Visual Guide to Marvel Character Movie Rights
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Artist and writer Maurice Mitchell of The Geek Twins has created “Visual Guide to Marvel Character Movie Rights,” a great infographic that shows exactly what movie studios own which characters. A full text-based list of what character belongs to which studio is available to view online.

Who owns the movie rights for the Fantastic Four? Who owns the rights to Spider-Man? Will Spider-Man join the Avengers? Can Namor fight Thor? Will Daredevil fight vampires? As a side note, unless otherwise indicated, all characters’ rights are based on the ownership of the main character. So, for example, 20th Century Fox owns the rights to any mutants (X-Men) while Marvel owns the rights to any vampires (Blade).

image via The Geek Twins

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