Straws are more useful than you think, and this video proves it. Did you know that straws can used for much more than drinking, like for sealing a chip bag without a clip? Well, did you know that, Cliff? Or were you gonna just let this bag of Tostitos go stale?
Sorry. This dude, Cliff, has been living on my couch for weeks and is not helping out around the house. It’s hard to not think about it.
Ok. Moving on. This video from HouseholdHacker does a great job showing you all the great uses for drinking straws, like it can help make a single serving honey dispenser for tea or a soda tap for your bar. Not that I would know. Cliff drank all my La Croix and didn’t replace it, like he said he would, so we can’t try this out.
Again, sorry. He’s just really annoying. He doesn’t even pay rent, but we grew up together, so you know.
Anyway, straws. The video also shows a really fun trick for kids at parties. If you tie a bunch of straws together and dip them in dish detergent, you’ve got a makeshift bubble gun. You know what else dish detergent can be used for, Cliff? Doing dishes. That mac and cheese isn’t going to clean itself.
Ugh. This is getting in the way of work. Look, I don’t care if we used to read Encyclopedia Brown together, it’s time I get this guy out of my house. But first, I’m going to watch some more Straw Hacks, and you should too.
Check out the video.
Macklemore is a tricky beast. On the one hand, he’s a Grammy Award-winning artist, and on the other, he has that haircut.
In that spirit, the folks over at HQG Studios put together a really cool version of Macklemore’s breakthrough “Thrift Shop” video out of a bunch of gifs and typography. That means there are appearances by Back to the Future's Doc Brown, Sesame Street's Bert, some viral stars, and standup comedy legend Alan Shemper.
HQG Studios is a collective of 21 members from Reddit and Imgur. In the past they have updated Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” and got nearly half a million views on YouTube.
Check out the video and a list of credits here.
If you punch someone in the face at a charity event, does that mean you punched someone in the face for charity?
That’s probably not the question on the mind of country-music star Luke Bryan, who decked a fan at charity concert last night. Bryan was performing at the Charlie Daniels’ 80th Birthday Volunteer Jam, a benefit show for veterans, when he popped some rude dude with a bad 'tude in the front row.
Why did Bryan hit this guy for charity?
According to Taste of Country, the man was making “crude hand gestures,” which questioned Bryan’s honor and the honor of the vets. Without a white glove with which to challenge the heckler to a duel, the musician smacked the man in the face and continued his song. What a bro, er, pro. PRO!
A rep for the musician elaborated, "It was insulting not only to him, but more importantly to the men, women and families sitting around him who were there to support and celebrate Charlie Daniels and the efforts of raising money for the military veterans — some of whom were in the audience. The concert security personnel saw the man’s disruptive actions of the event and he was escorted out.”
Best to just let the musicians play and save your comments for the web, dude.
Have you heard of this musical Hamilton that’s lighting up Broadway? Have you heard of Broadway, the Great White Way?
Have you seen this thing? Heard the soundtrack? Boycotted it? Actively ignored it? Whatever it is, people love it, and at long last, there’s more Hamilton. Sort of.
At midnight last night, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton’s creator and star, dropped The Hamilton Mixtape, a new album of rappers and pop-stars reinterpreting the songs from Hamilton. And surprise, people are losing it.
Check out some of the best reactions to the mixtape while listening to it here.
As we’ve heard over the past few days, that billionaire reality TV game show host who won the presidency last month, Donald Trump, will soon bring us to complete dystopia: He can mass text all of America at once.
When your dad learns how to make a group message with you and your siblings pic.twitter.com/nD4A1zf1P4— Areana (@areanaa_g) October 17, 2015
Through the FCC’s Wireless Emergency Alerts, Trump can text all of America at the same time, probably to schedule New Year’s Eve plans that take a month to coordinate but go no where. The system is devised for emergencies, according to New York Magazine, but as we know, Trump is very trigger happy when it comes to his phone. We all look forward to seeing 300 million messages all reading “How do I get out of this group text” and “New phone who dis?”
Luckily, Stephen Colbert is already on it over at The Late Show, delivering a hilarious monologue about the president elect’s new found phone privileges. Check it out.
Here’s, um, something from the Internet. We’re not totally sure what it is, but we’re pretty sure that it’s weird and cool.
These beautiful/horrible images come from users of the Russian website “Ostagram," using an art technique known as “Inceptionism.” Inceptionism is where “images are combined using neural networks to generate a singe mind-bending picture,” says Bored Panda.
Now, if that doesn’t totally make sense, you’re not alone. Bored Panda goes on to explain a little bit of this process, which is, admittedly, totally weird images:
“A neural network is a computational model based on the structure of a biological neural network. In other words, it works like a human brain. Conventional software operates within strict parameters but artificial neural networks have the ability to "learn" by being fed more and more data over time.
“The images are possible thanks to DeepDream software, which finds and enhances patterns in images by a process known as algorithmic pareidolia. It was pioneered by Google and was originally code-named Inception after the film of the same name. And looking at these pictures, it’s easy to see why.”
Check out some the craziest pictures below, and if you’re still hungry for more, check out Ostagram.
Lots of people have their own interpretation of heaven, but we can all agree that most of them look like Dubai’s inflatable waterpark, right?
The German manufacturer Wibit Sports installed the new waterpark “dubaiTAG” on Jumeriah Beach in September, and now that we’ve seen this video, we’re trying to get there ASAP. The water jungle gym is “composed of almost 100 modular components that have been arranged into the word D-U-B-A-I to create a giant water park.” In total, the structure, which sits on heavy PVC floating materials, is over 250 feet long and 114 feet wide.
That park can hold 200 people at a time, is attracting tourists and locals, and calls my name.
Check it out.