A Giant Buddha Temple In Thailand With A 17-Story Dragon Wrapped Around It

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This is a short video highlighting the Wat Samphran Buddhist temple (aka The Temple Of The Rising Dragon’) in the Samphran district of Thailand. The hollow temple measures 80 meters tall (a reference to how long Buddha lived, ~263-feet) and has a giant 17-story dragon wrapped around the entire thing. You can even climb stairs to the top and pet the dragon’s beard or climb inside it. Now that is a pretty cool temple. For reference, my body is my temple, so it measures just over six feet tall, is significantly fatter around the middle, and entirely underwhelming in every way.

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Source: Geekologie – A Giant Buddha Temple In Thailand With A 17-Story Dragon Wrapped Around It

It Happens: Mailman Hits Mailbox, Falls Out Of Car, Car Plows Through Homeowner's Yard

This is some home security camera footage from Oklahoma City of a mailman who strikes a mailbox, falls out of his vehicle (possibly getting run over), then tries to chase after it and eats shit again as the truck takes out a tree in a homeowner’s yard. Talk about having a bad day at work. Thankfully, the mailman was not injured. So, if you were wondering why the Christmas present I got you hasn’t arrived yet, this is it. “Plus you didn’t get me anything.” Right, sure, but this is the MAIN reason.

Keep going for the whole video, complete with zoom and enhance at the end.

Source: Geekologie – It Happens: Mailman Hits Mailbox, Falls Out Of Car, Car Plows Through Homeowner’s Yard

Blitzen, A Car Rooftop Beverage Chiller

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This is Blitzen, a coming soon roof-mounted beverage chiller (NOTE: for cold-weather use only, although product also works in the summer as a beverage warmer for those who prefer their beer steaming hot) made to hold a bottle of wine or growler of beer. It attaches to your vehicle’s roof with 100-pound magnets and keeps a bottle secure with a ratchet-style fastener. Of course, with no locking mechanism, that means at the next redlight that your beer = my beer. Now that’s something I can cheers to.

Keep going for what a bottle of wine would look like on your roof.

Source: Geekologie – Blitzen, A Car Rooftop Beverage Chiller

Cat Hiding Behind Laptop Repeatedly Tries To Steal Owner's Bread

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This is a video of Mew Mew (great name) repeatedly trying to steal a piece of Panera bread from her owner Kelley Fultz. It kind of turns into a game of tug o’ war, although Mew Mew loses in the end. Personally, I would have just given her the bread, but that’s just me and I’ve learned if cats don’t get what they want they absolutely will hold it against you and ruin your life. Man — I used to have a good job, car, nice apartment, a girlfriend. “What happened?” Wouldn’t give my cat a meatball.

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Source: Geekologie – Cat Hiding Behind Laptop Repeatedly Tries To Steal Owner’s Bread

An All Electric Guitar Orchestra Performs The Imperial March

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Have you heard — there’s a new Star Wars movie out. And to celebrate that, this is a one-man all-guitar orchestra performing the Imperial March (complete with sick CG special effects). The performance contains “70 guitar tracks. 28 orchestra parts. 11 guitars. 13 shirts.” You sure that’s enough shirts? I mean there must be thousands of different Star Wars shirts, and you only went with 13? “Guitars cost money.” And so does health insurance, but you don’t see me skimping on beer to buy it. “What are you even talking about?” My insides hurt, is it happy hour yet?

Keep going for the performance.

Source: Geekologie – An All Electric Guitar Orchestra Performs The Imperial March

It Is Decidedly So: A Giant Version Magic 8 Ball

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This is the $25 Giant Magic 8 Ball available from ThinkGeek (although I did happen to see it for cheaper on sites that rhyme with Roys R Rus and Bamazon. It’s contains the same Magic 8 Ball answers you’ve used to make all your important life decisions up this point, but is 2.5 times larger for even SERIOUSER decision making. I remember one semester in college I used a Magic 8 Ball to make all my decisions for me. “How’d that work out?” It also turned out to be my last semester in college. “Ouch.” It just kept telling me to keep playing Tony Hawk’s Pro Skater and not go to class!

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Source: Geekologie – It Is Decidedly So: A Giant Version Magic 8 Ball

I Am Into This: A 4-Ton Wrecking Balls Whacking Cars In Ultra Slow Motion

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Seen here destroying my great aunt’s dream car, this is a video of Slow-Mo Guys Gav and Dan smashing vehicles with a 4-ton wrecking ball, filmed at 1,000 frames per second. They start by side-striking a Buick and a Honda Element, then drop the ball from above on a BMW, following by side-striking an RV. I’d have to say my favorite shot was the one at the very end of the video from the camera inside the RV — it gives a real sense of what it would feel like if you were in an RV when it got smacked by a wrecking ball. And that feeling is EXCITEMENT. Plus, okay, I get it, I wasn’t supposed to park here.

Keep going for the video while I sing Miley Cyrus’s ‘Wrecking Ball’ for the rest of the afternoon, and you do too.

Source: Geekologie – I Am Into This: A 4-Ton Wrecking Balls Whacking Cars In Ultra Slow Motion

Interview With A Professional Mountain Unicyclist

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This is a video interview with and extreme footage of professional mountain unicyclist Lutz Eichholz. So, the next time some Debbie Downer tries to tell you that you’ll never grow up to be whatever it is you want to be, you just tell them that professional mountain unicyclists exist, and they can go eat shit.

Imagine shredding down some of the world’s most dangerous peaks–all on one wheel. Lutz Eichholz is a professional mountain unicyclist taking the unicycle to places it’s never been. His passion for downhill riding has taken him around the world, taking on mountains across five continents. For Eichholz, there’s nothing quite as spectacular as seeing the world from the seat of a unicycle.

“There’s nothing quite as spectacular as seeing the world from the seat of a unicycle?” I don’t mean to nitpick, but wouldn’t that be the exact same view from the seat of a bicycle except without the handlebars and streamers? Regardless, you know where I think the most spectacular view of the world would be from? “A space station with your hand hovering over the big red DESTROY button?” You get me, you really do.

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Source: Geekologie – Interview With A Professional Mountain Unicyclist

The Ol' Scooter Frontflip, Rider Backflip Scooter Jump

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This is a video detailing extreme pro scooterer Ryan Williams’ journey to conquer the backflip nothing front scooter flip (aka the free Willy), a ramp jump trick where the scooter completes a frontflip while Ryan does a backflip before catching the thing and landing. That’s pretty impressive. Maybe not as impressive as the DOUBLE backflip nothing front scooter flip I just performed, but we can’t all basically be superheroes. “You fell out of your desk chair and demanded workman’s comp.” We all live in our own realities.

Keep going for the video, but you can see the successful landing right at the beginning or at 8:45, which you’ll want to keep your volume low for because the person filming is a screamer.

Source: Geekologie – The Ol’ Scooter Frontflip, Rider Backflip Scooter Jump

Animator Demonstrates 50 Different Ways To Sit Down In A Chair

This is a video of animator Kevin Perry demonstrating fifty different ways to sit down in a chair, to use as computer animation references (previously: his one hundred ways to walk). Man, this guy should really consider giving up animation and pursue a career in walking or sitting, because he’s incredible at both. Could you imagine if this guy developed a mime routine and performed outside the subway? I’d never make it home with spare change.

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Source: Geekologie – Animator Demonstrates 50 Different Ways To Sit Down In A Chair

Pandora Here We Come: Scientists Develop Method To Make Plants Glow

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Engineers at MIT have successfully developed glowing watercress plants that can emit light for almost four hours, all powered by the plant’s own metabolic processes (well, after the plant leaves have been infused with luciferase, the enzyme that makes fireflies glow). Science mumbo-jumbo I tried to understand but failed to because, just like these leaves or the Batcave, I’m not very bright:

Particles releasing luciferin and coenzyme A were designed to accumulate in the extracellular space of the mesophyll, an inner layer of the leaf, while the smaller particles carrying luciferase enter the cells that make up the mesophyll. The PLGA particles gradually release luciferin, which then enters the plant cells, where luciferase performs the chemical reaction that makes luciferin glow.

The light generated by one 10-centimeter watercress seedling is currently about one-thousandth of the amount needed to read by, but the researchers believe they can boost the light emitted, as well as the duration of light, by further optimizing the concentration and release rates of the components.

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? “Salads that make your turds glow?” We need to get on that before any of the big fast-casual salad restaurants beat us to it! We could make a fortune! I should go on Shark Tank. “You should jump in a shark tank.” I’ve tried, I’m banned from the National Aquarium.

Keep going for a video about the process.

Source: Geekologie – Pandora Here We Come: Scientists Develop Method To Make Plants Glow

Mesmerizing: Traffic Flow Measured On 30 Different Simulations Of 4-Way Junctions

These are 30 different traffic flow simulations constructed in city-building game Cities: Skylines. They start at the most basic, a rather terrifying four-lane intersection with no stoplights and a traffic flow of 191 vehicles per minute, and keep getting increasingly more efficient (for the most part, there is an 8 vehicles per minute basic roundabout), all the way up to a stacked interchange with 2-lane on-ramps and a traffic flow of 1,099 vehicles per minute. I learned a lot by watching it. Mostly, that I was expecting way more accidents and was disappointed when there weren’t any. Still, if you were building a city, which intersections would you go with? “Depends on the specific need.” I wouldn’t go with any, and I’d spend all the money we saved not building dumbass roads to buy every citizen a jetpack. Now doesn’t that sound like a place you’d like to live? “Kinda.” Awesome, now I just need your help overthrowing a mayor. Preferably somewhere tropical yearround.

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Source: Geekologie – Mesmerizing: Traffic Flow Measured On 30 Different Simulations Of 4-Way Junctions

Well That's Nice: Surgeon Admits To Branding Patients' Livers With His Initials

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Seen here looking exactly like the type of guy I’d expect to sign a liver (possibly before eating it), 53-year old liver, spleen and pancreas surgeon Simon Bramhall has admitted to using an argon laser to brand two patients’ livers with his initials during surgery. Jesus, who are you, Picasso?

[Bramhall] was suspended when the branding was discovered by another surgeon.

Liver surgeons use an argon beam to stop livers bleeding, but can also use it to burn the surface of the liver to sketch out the area of an operation.

His actions were carried out “with a disregard for the feelings of unconscious patients”, the prosecutor added.

Speaking to the BBC after his suspension he admitted he had made “a mistake”.

Admittedly, I do have to admire a surgeon who considers his work so masterfully done that it’s art and needs to be signed. Maybe if the surgeon who repaired my broken arm (who will remain nameless but whose initials are Dr. L.P.) had taken himself so seriously it wouldn’t always hurt when I type. “It hurts to type?” I pain myself every day for you. “I had no idea.” You never asked. “I never cared.” But you do now? “No.” I should have stopped when I could still pretend you did.

Thanks to n0nentity, who agrees this is exactly why you refuse anything but local anesthesia so you can watch the operation and make sure there’s no funny business.

Source: Geekologie – Well That’s Nice: Surgeon Admits To Branding Patients’ Livers With His Initials

Hiker Captures Snow Tornado On Film

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Note: Keep your volume low.

This is a video of a rare snownado captured by outdoorsman Michal Nikon while hiking with his fiance in Poland’s Tatra National Park. In his own words while I zoom and enhance the footage for any sign of Bigfoot:

“I was on a trip to the mountain hostel Murowaniec in the Tatra National Park and halfway through the trail the weather broke down and began to blow a strong wind rising from the tops of mountains, so I started to record it and then I noticed the snownado. On the one hand, the great phenomenon, on the other felt respect for the mountains and mother nature and I was grateful that it happened several meters from me and not that I stood in its way,” he told Reuters.

A snownado forms when a mass of cold air passes over a warmer surface while variable wind speeds and directions in between the two cause the rising air to spin and pick up loose snow.

Are you thinking what I’m thinking? “Yep, add some narwals and you’ve got Snarwalnado, the latest made-for-television Syfy movie.” Exactly, now CGI some into this footage and we’ll pitch it to them. I get to be executive producer and gaffer though.

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Source: Geekologie – Hiker Captures Snow Tornado On Film

Move Over Grumpy Cat: Meet Merlin, The Perma-Scowling Ragdoll Cat

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These are a bunch of shots of Merlin, a permanently scowling Canadian Ragdoll cat. That is one unhappy looking feline wizard (although I suspect headmistress McGonagall is still very much into him). In the photo above it even looks like he’s giving the photographer the finger. Cats don’t have fingers though, they are ALL TOES. Me? “Let me guess — all penis?” Come on — only 98 percent, I do have a tiny little body too.

Keep going for a bunch more shots, but you can follow him on Instagram HERE.

Source: Geekologie – Move Over Grumpy Cat: Meet Merlin, The Perma-Scowling Ragdoll Cat

You Did It Wrong: How Not To Drive Your 4X4 Down A Steep, Muddy Slope

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This is a video of a couple intrepid adventures demonstrating how not to drive a series 40 Toyota Land Cruiser 4×4 down a steep, muddy slope in Wales. All the guys standing out there telling him how to steer yell ‘Straight!’ over and over, which in Wales clearly means keep turning right. I’m a world traveler, I know stuff like this. “Really? How long has it been since you last left your apartment?” Depends, what month is it? “December.” Damn, and the year?

Keep going for the video. And for the record, no, it doesn’t land back on its wheels. I saw another video of them having to wench it back up.

Source: Geekologie – You Did It Wrong: How Not To Drive Your 4X4 Down A Steep, Muddy Slope

Awww: Little Brother Races To Rescue Sister During Wrestling Match After Mistaking It For A Real Fight

This is a video of a little boy rushing to his sister’s aid during a wrestling match after mistaking it for a real fight. That’s cute of him. The action is right at the beginning of the video though, so feel free to stop after that unless you’re into very amateur wresting (the gif above is probably good enough already). I don’t have a little brother, but i do have a little sister, and I guarantee if I was in the same situation she’d use the opportunity to join forces with my opponent and hit me with a flying elbow or leg drop. One time I coughed at the dinner table and she smacked me across the back with a chair and claimed she thought I was choking and my parents still let her have dessert.

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Source: Geekologie – Awww: Little Brother Races To Rescue Sister During Wrestling Match After Mistaking It For A Real Fight

Demonic Sounding Guitar Song Of Entirely Tritone Chords (Aka The Devil's Interval)

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This is a video of musician Rob Scallon (previously) performing a song on guitar that consists entirely of tritone chords. What’s a tritone chord? Let me copy/paste that for you while I try to climb into the ceiling above my cubicle for a nap. A drop ceiling can totally support the weight of an adult male, right? *CRASH!* Oh lordy, I can see bone.

For this song I am allowed to play only 2 note tritone chords on the guitar tracks. No single notes.

A tritone is referring to a particular musical interval (how far away two notes are from each other) and is renowned for it’s dissonance and harsh feeling of tension. A tritone name refers to the 3 whole tone distance between the two notes. ..It’s rumored that the tritone was banned in medieval times, that you could be jailed for using it, that people believed it could summon the devil.

Come on, if all you had to do to summon the devil was to play some tritone chords, don’t you think a lot more people would have done it already? I mean, I have this perfectly good soul to sell and it’s just sitting around going to waste. “Perfectly good?” I meant used/acceptable condition. “Acceptable?” Fine, it’s a turd, what’ll you give me for it? Let me see what your mom packed in your lunch.

Keep going for the video while I play the song backwards and see if it gets extra satanic.

Source: Geekologie – Demonic Sounding Guitar Song Of Entirely Tritone Chords (Aka The Devil’s Interval)

So, We've Come To This: Cryptocurrency Ugly Christmas Sweaters

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This is the line of cryptocurrency ugly Christmas sweaters available from Hodlmoon. They’re currently available in Bitcoin, Ethereum, Litecoin, Monero, Neo and Polymath varieties and cost $60 apiece. Alternatively, invest that $60 in some cryptocurrency and this time next year you could be laughing all the way to the bank. Or explaining to your wife why you invested everything you own in a crytocurrency that’s worthless now after she explicitly told you she didn’t trust it. Well, I guess I’m sleeping on the couch tonight! Wait, where’s the couch? Honey? *door slams* You know, in reality that door slammed a long time ago — it’s just neither one of us was ever strong enough to be standing on the other side. “Jesus.” Where’s my jug of wine?

Keep going for shots of all the sweaters individually (although the last three are just renderings).

Source: Geekologie – So, We’ve Come To This: Cryptocurrency Ugly Christmas Sweaters

Water Your Christmas Tree, A Public Service Announcement

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This is a video posted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission demonstrating why it’s so important to keep your Christmas tree watered but igniting two seperate trees: one watered, one dry. They ignite the dry tree a full 30 seconds after the watered tree, and it burns up in a massive fireball immediately. The watered tree still seems relatively fine after a minute. Also, who the hell doesn’t water their tree? It’s literally the ONLY thing you have to do to take care of it. Please tell me you don’t have any pets or children.

Keep going for this video, as well as another of the same experiment conducted by the National Institute Of Standards And Technology (NIST — yay, Gaithersburg, MD).

Source: Geekologie – Water Your Christmas Tree, A Public Service Announcement