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Today in “what hands are actually for,” a Dutch man set a new world record by completing a Rubik’s Cube in under five seconds. The Daily Mail reports that 20-year-old Mats Valk deafeated the Cube in 4.74 seconds, making us look ridiculous because, let's face it, we can barely hold on to our phones for five seconds without dropping them and shattering the screen.

Valks took the record last weekend at the Jawa Timur Open 2016 in Blitar, Indonesia, where humanity actually learned that simply opening doors and holding mugs of coffee were the least of what the human hand was capable of. After a brief look at his Rubik’s Cube, Valks picked up the cube and beat the previous record by .16 seconds. Lucas Etter, the previous record holder, is now like the rest of us, wondering what these 10 digits are actually for. Now, everyone look at your own hands and wonder, what have you done for me lately?

Meanwhile, the only one not asking that is this guy:

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Nintendo has never shied away from its history — so much so that a crude stereotype is still their beloved mascot. Now they’re taking their nostalgia to the next level with the NES Classic Edition, a tiny version of their groundbreaking 1985 NES console packed with 30 classic games. Available on November 11, the NES Classic will everyone reminiscing about those late nights, chugging soda, and playing video games until the break of day, as well those times in the 1980s when you played the Nintendo Entertainment System for the first time.

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Now that the system is only a few days from release, CNET has an unboxing video of the console and is playing it for the first time. As they note, there’s much to love about this thing, from the alphabetical ordering of the games in the main menu (which “they didn’t have to do”) to the CRT filter, which means you can make this thing look “even worse.” The video will have to itching to try this puppy out for yourself and disregarding any actual responsibilities you have for the next few days.

Check out CNET’s unboxing above and their full review here.

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While Godzilla vs. the Scarecrow from The Wizard of Oz sounds like the shortest and most boring Godzilla movie ever, one passionate group of Godzilla fans want to even the score. 

This team put together a huge tribute to the fire-breathing lizard known mostly for leveling Japanese cities and expressing post-World War II nuclear anxiety. Built from rice straw by over 150 volunteers, straw Godzilla doesn’t serve as the metaphor for nuclear destruction that its inspiration does, but it is really cool and took about four months to complete. It even has LED eyes, which makes it scary but not as scary as a giant lizard knocking over buildings and reminding us all of the awesome power of nuclear weapons.

Anywho, this Godzilla could totally take the Scarecrow, who serves more as a metaphor for the 19th century American farm worker than nuclear technology. Straw Godzilla just has a major height advantage — plus those cool LED eyes!

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What does it take to get you to vote? Is it civic duty? A profound belief in a candidate? Fear of another candidate?

For almost half the American population, none of these things matter because they don’t vote. In fact, only about 56 percent of Americans voted in 2008. There are no numbers on this, but it’s entirely reasonable to think that maybe more people say “Thanks, Obama” than voted for him.

So what does it take? Money? Would you like money out of a candidate's pocket? Well, that’s not gonna happen, buddy! This is America! We don’t pay for votes here, so take it some place else.

But what about those celebrity videos? Can Stanley Tucci get you to vote? 

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Sorry, Tucc. No. Celebrity videos where they guilt you into voting don’t work because they depend on the old theory of “rational self-interest,” i.e. the idea that people will vote based on heavily-reinforced social norms. People don’t operate based on “rational self interest,” do they? People say that they’re going to vote but, in many cases, don’t actually do it.  

Over on YouTube, The Nerdwriter found something that just might work: shame. That’s right, if shamed into it, people will vote. He offers some different methods for implementing the age-old practice of shame, like a thing on Facebook that says “I Voted” or, the Scarlett Letter of the digital age, “I Didn’t Vote.”

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Check out the video for some more facts about voter turnout. You will sound so smart next time the topic comes up if you do.

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Think your vape pen is safer than smoking a cigarette? Think again.

This young gentleman, probably out for a fun night with friends, thought his choice to join the vape life would be a carefree entry into doing cool vapor tricks and wearing a fedora. Little did he know that his night was about to get explosive.

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This security cam footage shows what we already presumed, a man vaping near a car and looking cool and not at all ridiculous with his e-cigarette that looks like a cross between a Men in Black neuralizer and that Doctor Who wand. Everything’s going fine, until he pops that pen back in his pocket, and, well, it all goes up in smoke after that.

Thankfully, the man appears to dance his way out of it. Next time, he might not be so lucky. 

Let this be a lesson to you: if you’re going to vape, make sure you wear some flame retardant clothes that look like this:

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Celebration of the Day: The Cubs Win the World Series!

Hey, did you hear the sound of millions cheering last night? That's because the Chicago Cubs ended their 100-year losing streak and became World Series Champions last night.

You know who loved that? The Internet.

Here are some of the best reactions to the Cubs win:

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Tired of standing in line at your favorite bakery or morning coffee shop?

Enter the Nissan ProPILOT Chair, which will move forward for you, keeping pace with the other chairs around it.





Using the same technology as the Nissan Pilot, the chair uses "autonomous tech for sitting in line." The chair "automatically moves the next person in line forward when appropriate. It removes the need to stand, even the need to pay attention, for the most part. When someone leaves the queue, the chair automatically moves itself to the back of the line for the next person to sit down."


So read your books, check Facebook, put on your makeup... anything but pay attention in line.




#FREEDOM


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If you're a hipster L.A.-girl who likes to skateboard, then the new Snapchat video sunglasses called "Spectacles," are made just for you.





As Snap's (formerly Snapchat) first product, they take 10-second (up to 30 seconds) of hands-free video clips you can upload to your account. You can now take video as you do your normal, relatable, routine of skateboarding in an empty swimming pool, skateboarding down the beach sidewalk, or even skateboarding while holding hands in a chain with your hipster girlfriends!





For all your skateboarding Snapchat usages, they cost $130 and are being distributed to a select group to hype them at this time. Designed by tech heads, the reviews are mixed as people decide if they actually want to try this one out.





Check out the spec's--ahem--specs here, and tell us in the comments below if you'd buy these.


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It's Officially Fall people, so it's time to get your PSL Latte and eat your body weight in pumpkin noms! Here's a new dump cake recipe to try with your cans of pumpkin.

Well, okay, so maybe not exactly "real pumpkin" in those cans and actually squash, if it's tasty, I won't turn it down!



Let us know in the comments how tasty this bad boy is!


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IF you're wondering what The Rock is cooking for his new Youtube channel, he's apparently got a channel trailer. It's not very illuminating but it is pretty bizarre and entertaining so maybe we can hope for more of the same?

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PewDiePie, is a Youtuber we all know for two things: making loud noises while playing video games and making insane amounts of money from the videos of that. 

People on the internet love to hate him but you can't help but feel a little bad for him now that he's been evicted for making too much noise. The situation would be hilarious (if you're one of the haters) if it weren't for the real reason behind his eviction. 

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sam pepper youtube Internet Denizens Rejoice as Infamous Youtube Prankster Sam Pepper Quits the Internet
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Sam Pepper has become a very controversial figure in the last few years. He is famous for his Youtube pranks and "social experiments" such as the one where he pinched random women's bottoms that led to sexual harassment claims.  You may have heard of him recently due to massive backlash from his "prank" video where he convinced a friend that he killed his other friend "execution style". Now he seems to have disappeared off the face of the internet leaving only a single Tweet on an otherwise barren Twitter account. 


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Some people have questioned his motives with the way he left social media and Youtube so abruptly. 


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But, for the most part, they are just gleefully celebrating his absence. 


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fine bros react trademark Fine Bros. Apologize After the Internet Points Out That Trying to Trademark the Word 'React' is a Bad Idea
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Recently Youtubers the Fine Brothers announced a "React World" program where anyone could use resources they supplied to create their own versions of their famous "React" videos, provided they follow thorugh with the legal requirements to license the use of that "style" of video from them.  When the Fine Brothers announced that they planned to trademark the word "React" and framed it as an action "for the community", that community got pretty upset. They are well known for making their name from reaction videos from Kids, Teens, Elders and an assortment of other groups, which they also applied to trademark reacting to stuff in addition to just "react" in general. 

Youtube is full of 'reaction' videos, as angry Youtubers were quick to point out, pretty much everyone has done it at least once. That's why it could be pretty annoying when one company decides to try to trademark such a general idea for their own use.  

That's probably what began this steady decline in subscribers and a PR disaster. 


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Eventually, they decided to cancel their program and issue an apology on Medium to appease the people:

We realize we built a system that could easily be used for wrong. We are fixing that. The reality that trademarks like these could be used to theoretically give companies (including ours) the power to police and control online video is a valid concern, and though we can assert our intentions are pure, there’s no way to prove them.

We have decided to do the following:

1. Rescind all of our “React” trademarks and applications.*

2. Discontinue the React World program.

3. Release all past Content ID claims.**


Obviously the original video announcement has been taken down but if you didn't get to see it, this video parody will give you a pretty good idea of what it was like: 

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Did you know those re-made 10-year old viral video clips that jumpstarted YouTube's popularity?

Here's the behind-the-scenes look at how YouTube made this year's Rewind.



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For anyone who loathes those horrible YouTube "social experiments," today is a glorious day.

Adrian Gee filmed a "social experiment" where he pretended to be a blind man to see if people would be dishonest when he asked for change. But the video was found to be a total lie when actors who said they were hired to be in the video came forward.

In a delightfully cringe-worthy video above, a journalist from TodayTonight called him out in a TV interview. Gee continued to lie and say the video was real, and then ended the interview abruptly.

But he did have something to say in a lengthy YouTube comment where he basically says that he lied, but it was all to troll TV networks.

I came up with the idea and thought it'd turn out to be an interesting video to shoot IF I could get a just a few people to take my $50. I contemplated on going to a bad area (which could be considered as 'The Hood' for anyone reading from the U.S) to shoot to get the reactions I needed but I took a second thought and thought to myself 'Why risk going out in 'The Hood' to lose some cash when I could just grab a few actors and get the shots that would be needed' So I decided to try it out and put a casting call out for actors to shoot a social experiment. I asked a few actors that applied and asked them if they were down and a majority of them were interested and enthused about the idea.

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After the video was up I have had a majority of the actors involved message me saying they loved the video it wasn't until I accepted invitations from the media for TV interviews that is when all of this went south. I had the top 3 TV networks in Australia basically fighting over me pressing for a TV interview. Initially I wasn't going to do any but then I reconsidered and thought to myself 'Why not?' as most of the stuff they put out to air are all lies what difference will this make. After all this is just a silly YouTube video that's intended to make you think. I basically 'trolled' everyone through the interviews via Channel 7 & Channel 9 (Channel 10 were smart and pretty much knew the video was staged and decided to back out from the interview).

SUUUUUREEEEE...Adrian Gee. How about this?

You were caught in a lie and your other dumb videos are probably fake, too.

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Here we go again...

YouTuber and cut-rate Jenna Marbles, Nicole Arbour, just posted a new video titled "Dear Black People." This will go well.

Arbour is mostly know for her last very offensive video, "Dear Fat People," which launched passionate responses from people all across the Internet who were outraged over her comments about overweight people.

In her latest video, Arbour continues to bring her juvenile humor and shock-for-the-sake-of-shock antics.

"What the KKK do and have done in the history of the world is completely f*cked up not OK. However, they are proof that the white people invented the hoodie."
She does actually hit on some important topics, like the school-to-prison pipeline and unfair incarceration based on minor drug offenses.

But that message gets lost. Because she is Nicole Arbour.

And she is insufferable.