A Fantastic Montage of a Fire Slap and Other Slow-Motion Stunts by Kuma Films

A bearded fellow endures a “fire slap,” eggs are eviscerated by a sword, and a baseball bat meets Santa Claus in this montage of slow-motion footage by Kuma Films. The video was created in collaboration with Darren Dyk of Beyond Slow Motion and Ryan Chann.

Colorful Pencil Shaving Art of Animals and Pop Culture Characters

Pencil Shaving Art

Artist Meghan Maconochie uses pencil shavings to create colorful depictions of animals, cartoon characters, and other pop culture references. Her illustrations are part of an ongoing 365-day art project.

Pencil Shaving Art

Pencil Shaving Art

Pencil Shaving Art

Pencil Shaving Art

photos by Meghan Maconochie

via Bored Panda

A Short History of Unusual Duels, An Animated Series by Atlas Obscura

A Short History of Unusual Duels is a four-part series of animated shorts by Atlas Obscura that examines some of history’s strangest duels. Among the duels recounted: a topless duel between a countess and princess in the late 19th century, and a duel between rival billiard players in which the chosen weapon was billiard balls.

Obscura Day 2015, A Global Celebration of Unusual and Hidden Places

Atlas Obscura Day 2015

The 2015 Obscura Day (previously), a worldwide celebration of the “world’s most curious and awe-inspiring places,” takes place May 30. This year’s celebration includes 150 events across 20 countries, including a ride on the Death Valley train in California, and a tour of the ghost cities of Chernobyl.

image via Atlas Obscura

via Atlas Obscura

Boing Boing’s Weekend of Wonder, A Three-Day Festival of Hands-On Activities in Riverside, California

Boing Boing’s Weekend of Wonder

Boing Boing’s Weekend of Wonder, a new three-day festival of creative workshops, tech demonstrations, performances, and more, takes place September 18 to 20, 2015, at the Mission Inn Hotel & Spa in Riverside, California. The festival will include special guest Adam Savage and the Room Escape Adventure reality game. The festival is produced by Boing Boing and Baby Tattoo.

Boing Boing’s Weekend of Wonder in association with Baby Tattoo is a three-day festival where you will learn about exciting new DIY technologies, make cool stuff, immerse yourself in an alternate reality adventure, hang out with nerd superstars, and be surprised by cool special events you’ll never forget.

photo via Boing Boing

submitted via Laughing Squid Tips

Photorealistic 3D Illusion Flooring by Imperial Interiors

Photorealistic 3D Illusion Flooring

Among the luxury interior design offerings of Dubai-based design firm Imperial Interiors is “3D Liquid Flooring,” a technique that allows the company to install permanent color images on floors. The images–printed with a special photo printer–are covered in protective epoxy and lacquer. The technique is particularly well suited to creating photorealistic 3D illusions–because who wouldn’t want a pair of life-size dolphins leaping out of their bathroom floor?

Photorealistic 3D Illusion Flooring

Photorealistic 3D Illusion Flooring

Photorealistic 3D Illusion Flooring

Photorealistic 3D Illusion Flooring

photos via Imperial Interiors

via topDreamer, Aplus, DeMilked, Archie McPhee’s Endless Geyser of Awesome

Freightliner Introduces a Prototype Commercial Semi-Trailer Truck That Can Drive Autonomously on the Highway

First Self-Driving Big Rig Truck

Yesterday Freightliner introduced the Inspiration Truck, a prototype commercial semi-trailer truck that is capable of operating autonomously on public highways. Furthermore the truck is the first vehicle of its kind to receive a license to operate autonomously on an open public highway in the United States. The license, granted by the state of Nevada, allows the truck to drive autonomously on highways in the state with a couple of restrictions: it can only operate in daylight and in good weather, and driver must be in the vehicle to take over in certain circumstances.

First Self-Driving Big Rig Truck

First Self-Driving Big Rig Truck

First Self-Driving Big Rig Truck

photos via Freightliner

via IEEE Spectrum

Fantastic Cut Paper Portraits and Illustrations by Marina Adamova

Cut Paper Portraits and Illustration by Marina Adamova

Moscow-based artist Marina Adamova creates wonderful portraits and illustrations out of cut paper. Adamova’s subject matter ranges from celebrities to nature to commercial work. She can be followed on Instagram and Behance.

Cut Paper Portraits and Illustration by Marina Adamova

Cut Paper Portraits and Illustration by Marina Adamova

Cut Paper Portraits and Illustration by Marina Adamova

Cut Paper Portraits and Illustration by Marina Adamova

images via Marina Adamova

via All Things Paper, My Modern Metropolis

Wonderfully Ghoulish Cakes by Annabel de Vetten

Ghoulish Cakes by Annabel de Vetten

Food artist Annabel de Vetten–also known as “Annabel Lecter” (previously)–harnesses her background in fine art sculpture to create ghoulish cakes. The cakes combine unsettling realism with subjects ranging from creepy zombie babies to skulls.

Ghoulish Cakes by Annabel de Vetten

Ghoulish Cakes by Annabel de Vetten

Ghoulish Cakes by Annabel de Vetten

Ghoulish Cakes by Annabel de Vetten

photos via Annabel de Vetten

via Vice, Beautiful Decay