Shakespearean-trained actor Patrick Stewart puts his chops to the test reading negative reviews of famous world monuments.
The Slow Mo Guys (Gavin Free and Daniel Gruchy) blatantly disregard safety warnings and turn a blowtorch on some batteries to film the fiery results. Free and Gruchy filmed the batteries exploding and firing off like rockets in both 28,500fps and 70,000fps slow motion.
Gav and Dan once again prove warning labels right. Don’t try this at home. The bits of battery might dent your face and the gas that comes out might dent your lungs.
Lucie Thomas and Thibault Zimmermann of the French design studio Zim & Zou have created “Forest Folks,” stunningly intricate and colorful papercraft village installations that were put on display in the windows of a new Hermès store in Dubai. Their full collection of installation photos are available to view on Instagram, Facebook, Behance, and the Zim & Zou website.
images via Zim & Zou
Wisecrack takes a a fascinating look at the multi-faceted philosophy of the acclaimed HBO series Westworld, paying particular attention to the how the characters embodied the ancient argument pitting predestination against free will in a place without the benefit of consequence.
Welcome to this special Wisecrack Edition on the Philosophy of Westworld, exploring how the show draws on one of humanity’s oldest stories to explore how free will shapes our understanding of good and evil. Through the lens of the show’s incredible cast of characters (Ford, William, The Man in Black, Arnold, Dolores, Bernard, and Maeve), we dive into themes of predestination, ethics, consciousness, and more, reflecting on how Westworld makes us think about the choices we make and how we live our own lives.
WaterTower Music has released the joyful music video for the catchy track “Friends Are Family” by Oh, Hush! that played during the end-credits of The Lego Batman Movie. The music video, featuring vocals by Will Arnett and Jeff Lewis, has all of the characters from the Lego film breaking out into dance and looking glamorous while doing so.
20th Century Fox has released a prologue trailer for Alien: Covenant, the upcoming sci-fi horror film directed by Ridley Scott and written by John Logan. The trailer introduces us to the covenant crew and features them enjoying their “last supper” before entering cryosleep. Alien: Covenant, the sixth installment in the Alien film series and sequel to Prometheus, is scheduled to attack theaters on May 19th, 2017.
Ridley Scott returns to the universe he created, with ALIEN: COVENANT, a new chapter in his groundbreaking ALIEN franchise. The crew of the colony ship Covenant, bound for a remote planet on the far side of the galaxy, discovers what they think is an uncharted paradise, but is actually a dark, dangerous world. When they uncover a threat beyond their imagination, they must attempt a harrowing escape.
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TED-Ed writer Alex Gendler explains how to solve what he calls the “hardest logic puzzle ever,” the three gods riddle. An astronaut is stranded on an alien world, and to get home they have to correctly identify three alien overlords using only yes-no questions, but without knowing which alien word means “yes” and which means “no.”
You and your team have crash-landed on an ancient planet. Can you appease the three alien overlords who rule it and get your team safely home? Created by logician Raymond Smullyan, and popularized by his colleague George Boolos, this riddle has been called the hardest logic puzzle ever. Alex Gendler shows how to solve it.
Great Big Story visited with Ken Butler of Hybrid Visions, an extremely talented Brooklyn artist and musician who creates amazing instruments from everyday objects he finds on the street. His first project was an axe he transformed into a violin. Since that time, he has created over 400 hybrid instruments using anything he can find.
If I go walking around the neighborhood, everywhere you look you see such amazing conglomerations of potential culture. There’s crutches and tennis rackets, parts of furniture. Boom, I’m right there with that. You know when I build stringed instruments, I really just need three things – the head the neck and the body – spoon has that parameter, a key looks like a guitar.