A Homemade Semi-Automatic Nail Launcher Made From Scrap Parts That Shoots Nine-Inch Nails

Odyssey of Oddities host Ivan Owen created an intimidating semi-automatic nail launcher from spare parts, including a bicycle, a lawnmower, a ventilation fan and scrap metal in preparation for the apocalypse. Owen demonstrates how the gun launches nine-inch nails and explains his conscious decision to avoid the obvious industrial music punnery.

I thought about calling it the “Trent Reznor Special,” but worried that the puns might spiral out of control.

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‘Music Jail Pt 1 & 2′, A New They Might Be Giants Dial-a-Song Track and Delightful Animated Music Video

For week four of their on-going 2015 Dial-a-Song project (previously), Brooklyn-based nerd rockers They Might Giants return with the jaunty two-part song “Music Jail” and an accompanying delightfully weird animated music video by artists David Cowles, Jeremy Galante and Dave Plunkert.

In this music crowd I’m alone, I’m alone
Just one call allowed. No one’s home. No one’s home
I am getting pale. Who could post my bail?

Vsauce Discusses Whether All Is Actually Fair in Love and War

In the latest episode of Vsauce, host Michael Stevens breaks down the old proverb, “All is fair in love and war,” exploring how the concept of fairness actually applies to the battlefield and matters of the heart.

In video games, if the bad guys really wanted to stop you, why do they walk around in such predictable patterns? Wouldn’t their chances be better if they just came right at you? There’s a great term for this: “mook chivalry.” It’s as if there’s a sort of unwritten Geneva Convention that applies to fictional baddies.

Bond, An Online Gift Service Where Automated Robots With Pens Imitate Human Handwriting and Send Handwritten Notes

Bond is a fantastic online gift-giving service that uses automated robots with ink pens to imitate actual human handwriting and send handwritten notes to whomever. Since our first post about Bond back in 2013, the service has moved online to be used on the web rather than on iOS devices. After choosing one of many stationery styles from their online store, users can then choose between using a ready-made handwriting style or having the Bond robot learn their own personal handwriting style for a fee. They then type out theirr message, which is then transcribed by their letter-writing robot, and finally mailed out to the recipient.

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photos via Bond

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‘Transcendence’, A New Reference Guide About Overcoming Human Limitations Through Science and Technology

Transcendence

Transcendence: The Disinformation Encyclopedia of Transhumanism and the Singularity is a new reference guide by futurist authors R.U. Sirius and Jay Cornell that explores the field of Transhumanism, in which science and technology are harnessed to overcome the limitations of the human experience.

In nearly ninety A-Z entries, Transcendence provides a multilayered look at the accelerating advances in artificial intelligence, cognitive science, genomics, information technology, nanotechnology, neuroscience, space exploration, synthetic biology, robotics, and virtual worlds that are making transhumanism a reality.

The duo discussed the book in a recent interview with publisher, Disinformation.

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The Yankee Candle Company Releases Girl Scout Cookie-Scented Candles and Air Fresheners

Yankee Candle Collection

The Yankee Candle Company has released a limited edition line of scented candles and air fresheners that smell like Girl Scout cookies. The company is offering four different scents inspired by the cookie varieties Coconut Caramel Stripes, Thin Mints, Trefoils, and Chocolate Peanut Butter.

Yankee Candle Coconut Caramel

Yankee Candle Girl Scout

photos via The Yankee Candle Company

via Food and Wine, Foodiggity

smrtGRiPS, Connected Bike Handlebars With Built-In Navigation, Tracking, and Haptic Feedback Notifications

smrtGRiPS are a new bicycle accessory by Montreal-based company Boréal Bikes that slip onto handlebars bringing an array of smartphone-connected functionality, including GPS navigation, the ability to track lost bikes, and haptic feedback notification when connected to the iOS and Android app.

smrtGRiPS Connect strives to transform your bike into that dependable attentive friend that helps you know what’s coming through a subtle nudge or – when you really need to pay attention – a forceful shake.

The project is currently seeking funding through Indiegogo.

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images via smrtGRiPS

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Facts About the Sci-Fi Action Film ‘The Matrix’ That You May Not Have Known

To celebrate The Wachowskis‘ new space opera film Jupiter Ascending releasing in theaters next week, CineFix has created a video where they highlight seven interesting facts (previously) about The Wachowskis’ classic 1999 sci-fi action film The Matrix that you may not have known.

A Variety of Coffee Recipes From Around the World

BuzzFeedBlue demonstrates how to prepare a variety of coffee recipes from around the world in a recent video. The recipes in the video include mazagran from Portugal, eiskaffee from Germany, and even the egg-based kaisermelange from Austria, among others.

Southern California Home Builder Turns His House Into an Amazing Playland for His 15 Rescued Cats

“The cats make the house feel alive.”

Peter Cohen, a Santa Barbara, California home builder and the co-owner of Trillium Enterprises, has created an amazing feline wonderland within the environs of his home, using overhead catwalks, spiral staircases, and specially designed odor-free closets to house the 22 litter boxes for his 15 rescued cats. Cohen explains how this all came about in an interview with Houzz TV.

When we bought this house in 1988, it came with two outdoor feral cats. And then one of them was killed when he was hit by a car and then the second one was hit by a car…So we made her an indoor cat and then to get her company, because the other one had been killed, we went to the shelter and adopted a couple of cats and that just started down the road. …The catwalks, the first catwalk I built was in 1995…for the walks, just the walks I’ve spent $40,000 or $50,000, and they can be done a lot cheaper, but the catwalks are for the cats but they’re also for me. They’re architecturally interesting to me – the colors and we always try to do something interesting with the shapes.

photos via Houzz

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