Lots of people probably wish they could just sit around and do nothing but watch TV. But what if that binge watching came at the expense of other important tasks such as, say, sleep? Tech Insider reports that’s what Alejandro “AJ” Fragoso and two of his friends recently did as they tried to break the world record for binge watching TV by doing so for 94 straight hours. Put simply, your brain and body are not designed to stay awake for that long, no matter how much you love the shows you’re watching. More →
Here’s a life tip you probably don’t need to be told: You should really avoid having your name put on the government’s drone strike “kill list.” A kill list target named Malik Jalal believes that he’s been wrongfully placed in the government’s crosshairs and he’s written a piece for The Independent describing what it’s like to have predator drones hunting you and potentially firing missiles at you when you least expect it.
Spoiler alert: It’s not a lot of fun. More →
Although rarely as exciting as an Apple keynote or even Microsoft’s Build Developer Conference (on a good year), Facebook’s F8 event is when users of the most popular social network on the planet have a chance to see what features and updates the company plans to bring to the platform in the coming months.
Many people who have tried lysergic acid diethylamide — better known as LSD — have reported a sensation called “ego death” in which they no longer feel like an individual but part of a greater fabric. It turns out, there’s a scientific explanation for why this happens.
Reuters directs our attention to a new study published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) journal that describes what happened when scientists at Imperial College London scanned the brains of people who had just taken LSD. In short, it looks like LSD breaks down your brain’s ability to compartmentalize and brings you to a state of mind that’s similar to being a baby. More →
Those kids these days with their iPhones and their Twitter and their Facebook… why can’t they be obedient and polite like they used to be? That’s the question that one mother recently asked when she decided to deliver a brutal cure to her kids’ social media addiction by first shooting and then sledgehammering their iPhone. And yes, it was all caught on video. More →
This has been a very good week for Elon Musk. In addition to seeing the Tesla Model 3 total more than 325,000 reservations, his other company SpaceX just successfully landed one of its Falcon 9 rockets on a floating barge in the middle of the ocean. This is the first time that SpaceX has successfully landed a rocket on an ocean platform, although last December it successfully landed a rocket on solid ground. More →
A Barbie doll sits innocently atop a workbench, unaware of the 100 tons of terror that are about to close in on it. Off camera, we hear a man with a Finnish accent say ominously that the doll is “beautiful… but [for] how long?” A motor starts whirring up and within seconds a hydraulic press closes in on the iconic toy and then… SQUISH.
This is the kind of wanton destruction that occurs on a regular basis at the Hydraulic Press Channel, a YouTube channel that popped up last year and has since become a smash hit on social media sites like Reddit. As of this writing, the channel has more than 450,000 subscribers and its videos have been watched collectively more than 36 million times.
This week, BGR talked with the channel’s founder Lauri Vuohensilta about his newfound Internet fame and his ambitions to take crushing things with hydraulic presses to a whole new level. More →
I try not to form stereotypes about other cultures but… well, there’s no denying Japan produces some really, really weird popular culture. Japan’s penchant for weirdness was out in full force this week when Japanese heavy metal girl group Babymetal went on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert this week and ripped into their new single “Gimme Chocolate.” The result was as bizarre as you’d expect. More →
Here at BGR, we love flamethrowers. We’re also big fans of Britons Gav and Dan (a.k.a., The Slow Mo Guys), who have made a name for themselves posting incredible 4K slow-motion videos of all kinds of crazy phenomena. So when I saw that the Slow Mo Guys put out a new video on Wednesday that dealt with flamethrowers, I could not click on it fast enough.
It really doesn’t get much better than this. More →
Do you remember the mysterious dress where some people saw it as white and gold, while others saw it as blue and black? Well there’s a similarly puzzling image that’s making the rounds on the internet these days — a red dot that contains a hidden image that only some people can see. This image comes to us via PlayBuzz and it really does contain the outline of a horse… but there’s a good chance you won’t be able to see it. More →
Even though Taco Bell these days is known for experimenting with crazy new food concepts, the fast food chain used to have some really solid staples including its soft tacos, its burritos and its chalupas. The two guys who run the Brothers Green Eats YouTube channel recently decided to remind us of Taco Bell’s glory days by showing us how to make every item on Taco Bell’s classic menu right in our own home kitchens. If you’re having guests over and are looking for something quick and easy to serve them, you’ll want to bookmark these videos. More →
Plenty of guys out there have the hots for Scarlett Johansson, but most of them haven’t taken their obsessions to a level that’s this unhealthy. Mirror.co.uk brings us the story of Ricky Ma, a 42-year-old product designer from Hong Kong who spent $50,000 to create a creepily lifelike robot that looks like actress Scarlett Johansson.
Yes, this is real and it’s a wee bit disturbing.