In the latest episode of the yummy video series “How to Cake It“, talented baker Yolanda Gampp demonstrated how to make a double cheeseburger cake. Gampp cleverly used vanilla cake for the bun, chocolate for the burger patties, buttercream for the mustard and candy for the relish. And of course, Gampp made a side of sugar cookie fries with ketchup also made out of buttercream.
There is nothing more satisfying than a burger and fries. Delicious, fulfilling and topped just the way you like it. I occasionally like to treat myself to this meal. But a sweet version of a burger and fries? Now, that’s a real treat! …I wanted to make the patty out of something other than chocolate cake and fondant this time. So I made it out of cocoa rice puffs, chocolate and marshmallow. It really gives this cake added texture and crunch. Topped with modeling chocolate cheese, candy relish and some fun gumpaste garnishes – this burger cake is sure to satisfy.
images via How to Cake It With Yolanda
In “Could You Survive a Fallout?” Vsauce3 host Jake Roper takes a close look at the longterm aftermath of a nuclear explosion while walking through a world very similar to that of the recently released video game Fallout 4. The video explains the historic context of the Castle Bravo explosion, as well as the dangers posed hundreds and even thousands of miles away from a blast.
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A few weeks ago, in honor of National Beer Day, skilled guitar-builder and maker Jimmy DiResta demonstrated via time-lapse video how to make ten different bottle openers out of random items found in his toolbox plus the use of his amazing assortment of power tools.
In honor of National American Beer Day, I made ten bottle openers the old fashioned way…using my hands and whatever I could find in my toolbox.
Linguist Arika Okrent and illustrator Sean O’Neill verbally and visually explain the fascinating history of why Germany has so many different names in what seems to be just as many different languages.
Why Are There So Many Different Names for Germany? Germany. Allemagne. Tyskland. Saksa. Niemcy. Deutschland. So many names for one country. So many names that are all so different from each other. How did this happen? The first name for the region was Germania and was given by the Romans. They named it after a fierce tribe they fought against near the Rhine river there called the Germani. The Romans managed to eventually conquer most of western Europe, but they never had control over Germania. The Latin language spread through the Empire, but the tribes in Germania kept on speaking in Germanic ways.
Daniel Riley of Stratus Productions has built an intensely bright 1,000W LED flashlight capable of putting out 90,000 lumens. Riley posted a video explaining how he built the light and included a number of impressive examples of his light compared to other light sources like a commercial flashlight and car headlights.
High speed footage shot by Nao Ota of Hokkaido University captured the incredible sight of a blue-capped cordon-bleu performing a lightning-quick courtship tap dance that is invisible to the naked eye. The dance was discovered during a study performed by Nao Ota, Manfred Gahr and Masayo Soma at the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology
The blue-capped cordon-bleu (Uraeginthus cyanocephalus), a socially monogamous songbird, is one of the few species in which both sexes perform courtship displays. During these displays, they hold a piece of nesting material, then bob up and down and sing. Notably, the courtship bobbing produces rhythmical sounds. Here, we analysed the audio-visual displays of the blue-capped cordon-bleu in detail using high-speed video-camera recordings. As a result, we discovered that their visual courtship display includes quite rapid step-dancing during bobbing. This specific “tap-dance” like behaviour has never been reported in songbirds and presumably produces non-vocal sounds and/or vibrations in addition to song.
images via Nao Ota
Filmmakers Niko Pueringer and Sam Gorski of Corridor Digital recently teamed up with Andrew McMurry of AndrewMFilms to created “Wizard Cops,” an amusing live-action special effects video about two wizard police officers who patrol the streets and use their magic to bust any questionable Wiccan thugs that get in their way.