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Check Out the Michael Mann Movies That The Dark Knight Totally Borrowed Scenes From Check Out the Michael Mann Movies That The Dark Knight Totally Borrowed Scenes From

The Dark Knight is very probably the best superhero movie of all time and that has a lot to do with Joker being the best villain and Christopher Nolan being a fantastic director but it also has to do with... Michael Mann? Here’s a video from Glass Distortion that shows scenes from The Dark Knight next to scenes from…

Mesmerizing Video Captures What It's Like to Stay Indoors for Too Long

The director Oscar Hudson explains that his music video for Bonobo’s song No Reason is a film about staying indoors. I think it’s a magnificent take on that feeling when you’ve stayed indoors for way too long and you suddenly feel trapped and unable to escape because you’ve run out of things to do inside and the walls…

Why Are the Windows on the Boeing 787 Dreamliner So Much Bigger Than Normal Airplanes?

The windows in the Boeing 787 Dreamliner are awesome. You can electronically dim them for five different levels of sunlight and visibility. That’s so much better than the typical airplane window shade option of blinding or blocked out. But the coolest thing about Dreamliner windows are how huge they are, like vertical…

Why Aaron Sorkin's Screenplay for The Social Network Was So Damn Good

The Social Network was a fantastic movie for many reasons: the direction of David Fincher, the music by Trent Reznor, the acting of mostly everyone involved, and, of course, the screenplay by Aaron Sorkin. It’s trademark Sorkin, with dialogue being stacked on top of more dialogue and characters expressing so many…

5 Movie Scenes with Genius Camera Movement

It’s obvious, right? In movies, the camera points us toward what we should look at. We follow the action by following the camera that’s following the action of the scene. But camera movements in films can also make us feel something, too. If the camera pushes in, we’re supposed to look closer. If it pulls out, we…

Making Things From Old Skateboard Decks Turns Recycling into Art

Jerry McNamara’s Day By Day is a short documentary that focuses its lens on artist George Rocha of Iris Skateboards in San Francisco. Rocha takes stacks of old, unrideable skateboard decks, glues them together, grinds ‘em up, and then transforms them into functional objects like furniture, tables, tap handles, and,…

Soothe Yourself With Every Single Oscar Winner for Best Cinematography

Take a deep breath before you watch this collection of every Academy Award winner for Best Cinematography. There are so many wonderful shots and beautiful movies from 1927 to today that you might get lost in them and forget how to live.

Angry Octopus Intimidates Cameraman By Blowing Itself Up Like a Giant Balloon

Don’t interrupt an octopus while it’s eating and don’t you dare point your camera at it because the octopus ain’t having it. In fact, the super villain creature of the ocean will try to intimidate you when you do that because it’ll charge at you, stare you down, and then inflate itself like a giant parachute so it…

Seeing the Explosion Inside a See Through Engine Shows You How Engines Work

This particular engine we’re looking at has four strokes: the intake, the compression, the combustion (or power), and the exhaust. Smarter Every Day visited the guys of 805 Road King and their see through engine to show us exactly what’s going on in an engine when we fire it up and it’s pretty fascinating stuff.

Two Guys Shooting Huge Ass Fireworks at Each Other Somehow Don't Kill Each Other

I’m not going to call these guys total idiots because if I had access to big fireworks, an empty street, and a camera, there’s a non-zero chance that I too would light those fireworks up, blast my friend in an awesomely stupid fireworks fight, and record the whole damn thing so that other people could call me an…

An Actual Blacksmith Explains Why You Should Strike While the Iron Is Hot

You have to strike while the iron is hot. You can’t have too many irons in the fire. It has a nice ring to it. Go at something hammer and tongs. These are all idioms that have origins in blacksmithing, so Scott Wadsworth of Essential Craftsman decided to literally show us what all those idioms look like when…

Watch a Skier Almost Hit People on a Ski Lift While Doing a Double Backflip

I’m not 100% sure the skier in the video didn’t clip his head on the boots of the people sitting on the ski lift but even if he did, he’s still bad ass enough to complete a casual double backflip off a wild jump. I’ve watched the video multiple times and it’s totally nuts because after he completes the first flip he’s…

I Love These Clouds That Airplane Wings Make on Takeoff and Landing

To my eye, the clouds that airplane wings make on takeoff and landing look like some cool ass force field—like, a stealth shroud that envelopes the airplane as its flying around. Reality is less fun though, because the clouds that are rolling over the wings of the airplane are caused by the lift forces that let our…

Strapping a GoPro on a Sword Is the Best Way to Watch a Watermelon Get Slaughtered

Mounting a GoPro onto a sword and then watching it chop the hell out of things is awesome, but it isn’t as easy as I thought. You can’t just tape a camera down on one end of the blade and hope for the best, because the shot will look all wacky. The sword moves too fast so it’s all blurry, the camera angle is capturing…

The Number of People You Can Fit in the World's Biggest Buildings Is Staggering

Real Life Lore asks a question that I’ve never actually considered before: what if everybody in the entire world lived in just one building? How big would the building have to be to be able to fit all 7.4 billion of us? Surprisingly, not that big. That red cube up above would do the trick and it only takes up a few…

Check Out All the Movies That La La Land References

Sara Preciado made a lovely video that places scenes from La La Land right next to other scenes from musicals and movies that La La Land was obviously referencing. It’s fun to watch (and I say that as a person who doesn’t really get into musicals) because it reminds you of all the peppiness and cheeriness that musical…

Compare All the Different Hill Valleys in Back to the Future

There are actually 5 different Hill Valleys in the Back to the Future series. 1985 gets two versions, the one where they start off and the alternate Biff-ruled version, there’s the throwback 1995 one, the awesomely futuristic 2015 version, and the old western 1885. Which one is your favorite? Trick question, it better…

Making a Pair of Prescription Eyeglasses From Scratch Is So Damn Hard

Here’s some free advice if you ever find yourself in a post-apocalyptic world and need glasses: squint. Because after watching How to Make Everything attempt to make a pair of prescription eyeglasses, let me tell you, it’s going to really, really hard for you to actually make a pair yourself. There are just so many…

This Butter Factory Sure Looks Like Heaven

The Jean-Yves Bordier Butter factory in France looks like a wonderful place to get lost in. Mind of a Chef toured the factory with chef Ludo Lefebvre, and just judging from Lefebvre’s pure joy in seeing all that butter get made, it seems like it’s heaven on Earth. Hell, even from just watching the video of the…

Watch This Cheeky Robot Trick a CAPTCHA Into Thinking It's Not a Robot Watch This Cheeky Robot Trick a CAPTCHA Into Thinking It's Not a Robot

When the machines rise up, I’m jumping ship and selling out humanity so fast—we suck, we deserve it. So color me excited to see this cute ol’ robot arm hilariously beat an ‘I’m not a robot’ CAPTCHA (and then let go of the stylus in a perfect mic drop right after). It’s one small step for robots, and one giant leap for…

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