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LEGO Machine Folds Paper Planes and Launches Them

It takes a certain degree of skill and a whole lot of dedication to build what Mindstorms user hknssn13 built: a machine made entirely from LEGO that folds paper into airplanes and then launches them! Granted, it’s a relatively simple thing to do–if you’re doing it with your hands. It’s a completely different story when you’re trying to automate the process with nothing but a LEGO machine.

About 6,000 to 7,000 LEGO bricks were used to build the paper airplane folder and launcher. The moving parts at the bottom required two NXT Intelligent Bricks, five NXT servomotors, four NXT color sensors, and a Touch Sensor Multiplexer.

VIA [ Cnet ]

Reddit Keeps Things Simple With their New Webseries ‘Explain Like I’m Five’

Concepts like Friederich Nietzsche and his philosophy of existentialism can be difficult to understand. Reddit knows this, which is why they’re explaining what it’s all about in the simplest terms and ways possible in the first episode of their new web series called ‘Explain Like I’m Five.’ I think it’s clear what they intend to do from the title of the series itself.

If you frequent the site, there’s a subreddit of the same name that exists with the same concept as the series. Essentially, complex topics are tackled and discussed in such a way that even five-year-olds could understand. At least, that’s what they hope to do, in theory.

VIA [ Laughing Squid ]

Super Slow-Mo Of A DSLR’s Shutter

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Ever wonder what it looks like inside an Nikon D4 as it’s shooting at 10 frames per second? Our puny little eyes would be hard pressed to discern anything at all, but the Phantom camera set at a leisurely (for a Phantom) pace of 1,920fps reveals a fascinating ballet of mechanical parts performing their dance at dizzying speeds.

For each photo, the mirror flips up and the first curtain drops, exposing the image sensor for 1/200th of a second. Then, the second shutter drops to complete the exposure.

Seeing this action in a GIF is fine, but to get a better sense of the speeds involved, you should hit the jump and check out the video with sound.

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Man Shields His Car from Hail With His Body, Looks Ridiculously Stupid In the Process

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When the hail starts falling, you know what to do: run into the house or seek shelter elsewhere because those hails of hail are painful when they hit. Apparently, this man from Argentina missed the circular and values his car more than his well-being. Because when the pellets of frozen rain began to fall, he jumped right on the roof of a car (that’s presumably his) in order to protect it from the unforgiving hail.

He also makes a complete fool of himself in the process. Hit the break to check out the video and see for yourself.

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Pure Win: Michael Jackson Rocks Your World Again…In LEGO

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Michael Jackson rocked my world in my teenage years, and he still does to this day. Controversies set aside, MJ was a compassionate human being and he really touched a lot of people with his music. Even though he no longer moonwalks on this earth like the rest of us, he’s still very much alive in the hearts and minds of his fans, where he will live on and his memory kept alive by his music.

MJ isn’t just known for his beautiful voice; he’s also widely regarded for his jaw-dropping dance moves and suaveness. Highlighting this great talent of his and immortalizing his signature dance moves in LEGO is Berlin-based animator Annette Jung of Talking Animals.

Check it out after the break. It’s nothing short of awesome.

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Google Ass: Strap It to Your Butt–Because That’s How Conan Likes It

Conan O’Brien is back with more of his hilarious antics, and this time, he’s got Google Glass in his sights. In case you haven’t heard of it yet (although it’s highly probably that you already have, considering how much media attention it’s gotten lately), Google Glass is a revolutionary piece of eyewear that integrates camera, maps, translator, messenger, and Siri-like functionalities into a compact and wearable accessory. Just think of it as the glasses you’ve always wanted to have, but, well, never did.

Because he’s bitter that he wasn’t chosen to be an Explorer (that’s Google-speak for beta tester), he’s come up with a parody product called Google Ass that you’re supposed to strap to your butt. Nah, I’m just kidding… Conan came up with this fake product because it’s funny, and after watching his short clip featuring his faux revolutionary ass-wear, you’ll be nodding in agreement.

VIA [ Cnet ]

Because Laughter is the Best Medicine: Two Whole Minutes of People Falling Off Segways

If you carry your Monday blues through to Tuesday, then here’s a hilarious clip that’ll chase them away, at least for the next two minutes. To some people, the Segway is a godsend, a transportation device that takes them where they want to go while making good time. To others, it’s a nightmare just waiting to happen (or rather, just waiting to run them over, in the case of the kid at the 0:15 mark.)

Personally, I have nothing against Segways, although I think they should carry a warning advising people who have absolutely no balance or coordination to not get them because they’ll only be setting themselves up for ridicule, embarrassment, and a whole lot of bruises.

VIA [ Gizmodo ]

This Is How ‘The Hobbit’ Should Have Ended

The thing about trilogies is that they’re often made to leave you hanging, at least in the case of the first two movies. One of the most excruciating trilogies to wait for a conclusion to was The Lord of the Rings, and it looks like Peter Jackson is putting us all through that same agony once more with The Hobbit. We already know how it’s going to end, since it’s the prequel and all, but seeing the events play out on the big screen is a different experience altogether.

Without going into the debate on whether The Hobbit should or shouldn’t have been made into a trilogy, we present to you this hilarious video of How the Hobbit Should Have Ended. I won’t spoil anything, but all I’m saying is that if this had happened, then there would be no need for LOTR either. Enjoy!

Give Your Christmas Tree the Old Heave-Ho to Outer Space

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Christmas has passed and we’re well into the first week of the new year. It’s time to take down the holiday decorations, finish the leftovers from various family dinners, and get back to work. The biggest holiday clean-up hassle of all, though, is the tree. It’s huge, it’s bulky, and it’s probably the most tedious to take care of.

Several folks probably felt the same way, so they did something you probably wanted to do but never did with your tree: send it to outer space.

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