The Ames Window illusion from the 1940s still boggles minds today, and it’s basically an image on a flat piece of cardboard that seems to be a rectangular window but is, in fact, a trapezoid, with both sides of the piece of cardboard have the same image. The cardboard is hung vertically from a wire so it can rotate around continuously, or is attached to a vertical mechanically rotating axis for continuous rotation. When the rotation of the window is observed, the window appears to rotate through less than 180 degrees, though the exact amount of travel that is perceived varies with the dimensions of the trapezoid. It seems that the rotation stops momentarily and reverses its direction. It is therefore not perceived to be rotating continuously in one direction but instead is mis-perceived to be oscillating. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
Why would anyone try to set fire to a tire like this when you could just use an air tank or tire mounting machine? Well, for starters, the latter doesn’t make for a good viral video. The former is a process that involves spraying ether or another flammable substance around the area between the lip of an unmounted tire and the rim before lighting it on fire. When ignited, the explosion expands the air around the rim and inside the tire, thus making the opening wide enough to set around the rim. Continue reading for another video and more information.
The Nokia 9 will be the company’s new flagship smartphone when it’s released, and so far, we’ve seen plenty of leaks to confirm a penta lens camera setup. Other features of this smartphone, codenamed A1 Plus or A1 Plus Euro, include: 6GB of RAM, 128GB of internal storage, an LG-sourced 5.7″ P-OLED display, and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 845 processor. Continue reading for more pictures and information.
Tesla CEO Elon Musk recently teamed up with Youtube tech star Marques Brownlee, better known as MKBHD, to give the internet an up-close look at what goes on behind-the-scenes at the company’s Fremont factory. He may not be the first, as owners, VIPs, and the media, often get to tour the grounds, but this is one of the first starring a social media star. Currently, there are about 10,000 employees working at the Fremont factory to produce vehicles at a rate of about 7,000 units per week. Continue reading for MKBHD’s video interview with Elon Musk.
The Nikon D850, a high-end DSLR, features 45.7 megapixels of extraordinary resolution, outstanding dynamic range with virtually no risk of moire, while offering up to 9 fps of continuous shooting at full resolution with full AF performance and 4K time-lapse movies. That may sound like a lot of technology, but this camera is more durable than you may think. Nikon researchers test the camera in harsh environments to ensure that it can withstand most drops, impacts, vibrations, extreme temperatures, and humidity. Continue reading for another weather sealing test video and more information.
The U-2 is a single-jet engine, ultra-high altitude reconnaissance aircraft operated by the United States Air Force (USAF) and previously flown by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), used to provides high-altitude (70,000 feet), all-weather intelligence gathering. WSJ journalist Michael Phillips was fortunate enough to tour both the U-2 as well as the film processing lab at Beale Air Force Base in California. Any photos, which are shot on 250-pound rolls containing 10,500 feet of 6-inch-wide film, captured with the wet-plate camera onboard is transported by FedEx back to the base in California to be developed. Continue reading for another video and more information.
Great dashcams can be picked up the the price of a decent meal these days, but sometimes, they capture more than the driver bargained for. It’s no surprise that one would want to drive an E46 BMW M3 to its limits, but that should definitely be saved for the track, or else you may end up risking your life, as well as others, on the highway. This driver shows why, as he isn’t even wearing a safety belt while speeding, and thankfuly the vehicle bounced off the guardrail and back onto the second lane, instead of causing a multi-car accident. Continue reading for a few more crazy dash cam videos.
Wild animal parks are not really that dangerous, that is unless…you pull a stunt like this French family who decided to approach a group of cheetahs after stepping out of their car to take photos at Beekse Bergen safari park in Hilvarenbeek, Netherlands. How did it all begin? Well, after stepping out to take photos, the family got back in and drove to a nearby hill, where the first group of cheetahs approached and began threatening the family. Continue reading to see what happened next.
The Kilauea Volcano has been erupting for several days now, and lava, up to 10-feet deep, has now made its way to the nearby neighborhood of Leilani Estates. In addition to the 26 homes that the lava has destroyed, it has also swallowed a fourth-generation Ford Mustang whole, which was parked seemingly safely on the side of the road. Continue reading for two more videos and information.
Artificial intelligence can be found in robotics, computers, and now, in videos. You read that right, Buzzfeed partnered with Jordan Peele to create a video showing how AI can use celebrities to deliver fake news, and quite convincingly. The team used Adobe After Effects and the AI face-swapping tool FakeApp for most of the effects you see above. Fortunately, scientists are developing tools that can spot AI fakes with near 100% accuracy. Click here to view the first image in today’s viral picture gallery. Continue reading for the five most popular viral videos today, including one showing what you actually get inside those mystery eBay boxes.