Sunday, July 20, 2014

Don't Vodka in the Morning

There obviously is a reason there are so many dashcams in use in Russia.

On the morning of July 1st 2014, in the Russian city of Yaroslavl, a dashcam caught this crazy footage.

What IS going on?

The traffic camera helps make some sense out of the situation.

Apparently the van driver was a former employee of a hotel, who had just stolen one of the hotel's vans (a GAZelle). He was not seriously injured in the accident, but he was (obviously) arrested, and did show signs of intoxication.


Sunday, July 13, 2014

NBA Players: When Did You Know It Was Over?

Retired NBA players Grant Hill, Brent Barry, Steve Smith, Dennis Scott, Isiah Thomas, Kenny Smith and Steve Kerr talk to NBA TV's Open Court host Ernie Johnson describing the moment each of them realized they're too old for this s*it their careers were over.

More interesting and entertaining than you might think (starts around 0:31).


Saturday, July 12, 2014

Girl Voice

Actor Matt Bittner does a really good girl voice (and I'm sure he's a good actor too, but that is not the subject of this post).

His friend Ryan Clark recorded him doing the girl voice and uploaded it on Youtube (apparently against his wishes).

It (fairly) rapidly went viral (2.5 million views in three days).

So here's Matt having another go at it, while forgiving his friend for uploading it on Youtube.

Very impressive.

One might suspect that he could be lip-syncing to a real woman's voice (albeit perfectly), but he looks like a stand up guy, so I choose to believe.


Sunday, July 6, 2014

Formula 1 Then and Now

I admit I am not a big Formula 1 fan (I appreciate it, just not enough to follow it meticulously), but I found a couple of videos that are worth putting here.

First, the speed at which pit stops are made these days (compared to 1950) is pretty impressive.

Also, there has been a change in regulation concerning the engines between seasons 2013 and 2014. As a result, the sound/noise they make now isn't as... magestic, however it seems it was done in order to push engineers into making more fuel-efficient engines. Technology that could be transferred to... regular cars in the near future.

Update: Here are the changes made to Formula 1 explained by drivers Daniel Ricciardo and Sebastian Vettel. Thanks to dedicated blog reader Ksp (aka PJK) for this!

Saturday, July 5, 2014

The World Cup of Arm-Folding

Something novel that has been happening during the ongoing World Cup involves the small segment before the start of each match where they show the starting line-ups.

In the past, a face photo was the best you would get as each player's name was shown.

This year, you get short clips of each player above the waist, turning towards the camera and folding his arms. But amazingly, something so simple goes awkwardly wrong so many times.

I'll let this video by Slate show what I mean (and make sure to read the hilarious article as well, you won't regret it).  

Didn't they have time to attempt a few more takes? Looks sloppy.

Here, you can generate your own annoyed football player.

Even Jimmy Kimmel made fun of it.


Sunday, June 29, 2014

Guy Trapped Naked Outside His Hotel Room

In this viral hit from a couple of years ago, a hotel guest is too lazy to put on clothes to go out to the hallway to leave his tray.

Instead, he checks, and decides to come out naked.

And the door locks behind him...


But also, ha, ha, hilarious!

Quite a predicament.

I wouldn't wish this to my worst enemy (OK, I might).

But why doesn't he ask the two guys passing by to contact reception?
Or at least give him a towel to cover himself?


Because unfortunately (or fortunately)...
I'll let the following video explain.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

When Monkeys Are Paid Unequally...

This is an excerpt from a TED talk by Frans de Waal, a Dutch primatologist and ethologist working mostly in the United States. The subject of the talk was "Moral Behavior in Animals".

Two capuchin monkeys were paid unequally for doing the exact same job.
Watch what happens when the lower paid one realizes the injustice.

Monday, June 23, 2014

The Most Complex Borders in the World

If you're a geography junkie like me, you'll find the next video fascinating for sure.

Come on India and Bangladesh! Just sit down and figure this thing out.

And also Turkey. Give back what you stole. Obey international rules for once.

Saturday, June 21, 2014

First Moon Party

This video has reached 11million+ views in just four days and justifiably so.
It's hilarious.

High quality acting, high quality production right there.
Going viral? They're doing it right.

The Cannikin Bomb

The Cannikin bomb was the largest thermonuclear bomb ever detonated underground by the United States.

From the Youtube video:

Cannikin was detonated on November 6th, 1971 on Amchitka island, Alaska. The announced yield was 5Mt. The explosive force, almost 400 times that of the bomb dropped on Hiroshima, lifted the ground by 6m. The explosion caused a seismic shock of 7.0 on the Richter scale. 

It is extremely unnerving that already 40 to 50 years ago humans could create bombs that could unleash such energy. With today's 30 minute delivery and weapon miniaturization one can only hope that calm and sane men control the important buttons.

For similar material check out this previous post.

Monday, June 16, 2014

News Reporting Fails

Some NSFW language ahead. Nothing too much.

1. Punctuation. You're doing it wrong.

2. You're doing punctuation wrong too.

3. Ouch!

4. Keep your eye on the game mate!

5. ESPN reporter's grasp of the Champions League is... cringeworthy

6. Unexpected

7. Seriously lady...

8. Repeat offender

9. Watch out behind you!

10. Face of shock

Saturday, June 14, 2014

When Will The Bass Drop?

This post can be considered a sequel to the "What DJs Really Do These Days..." post.

The Lonely Island team very accurately satirize modern DJs and their beat dropping.

Finder's credit goes to Ksp (an avid supporter of this blog!).

Sunday, May 18, 2014

Traffic Regulates Itself in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia

Look ma, no traffic lights!

Entertaining, but at the same time depressing, considering that this is a central square in the capital of a country with more than 90 million inhabitants, and which is above average in terms of development compared to other African countries.

Africa has a long way to go (don't worry, I'm not judging just based on this video).