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"When You Realize What You Are Looking At You Will Be Blown Away"

Twenty Seven pieces of artwork that defy comprehension; not because of the quality of work, which is amazing, but for the quality of work performed in the mediums used. [more inside]
posted by quin on Apr 13, 2014 - 52 comments

The Miracle of Bali: Music from the Village of Pliatan (1969)

David Attenborough introduces a half hour performance of Balinese Gamelan music.
posted by Len on Apr 9, 2014 - 9 comments

Say, Mr. Producer. I'm talking to you, sir.

Dance Factory preschool tap (SLYT)
posted by roomthreeseventeen on Oct 20, 2013 - 17 comments

Absolute power! Bzzz Bzzz.

2000V through a plasma television. [slyt]
posted by Lutoslawski on Oct 9, 2013 - 26 comments

The Whiteman Cometh

A full hour-long musical based on Breaking Bad and inspired by Andrew Lloyd Webber, as performed last month at the Upright Citizens Brigade theater in Los Angeles: Walter White And The Amazing Blue Crytal Meth.
posted by mannequito on Sep 6, 2013 - 137 comments

If You Can't Buy One, Build One

Ken Imhoff wanted a Lamborghini Countach, but didn't have the money to buy one. So, over the next 17 years, he built one in his basement.
posted by reenum on Jun 10, 2013 - 73 comments

A Building Full of Ice

Before thawing out their former cold-storage facility, Fulton Market Cold Storage (now Hasak Cold Storage) invited nature photographer Gary Jensen to document their abandoned building full of ice. (Via.) [more inside]
posted by Snarl Furillo on Feb 10, 2013 - 12 comments

People Are Awesome 2013

Here's a compilation of video clips of people doing ridiculously amazing things. [slyt]
posted by quin on Feb 9, 2013 - 57 comments

Like Lazarus with a triple bypass

Amazing Stories, "the World's First Science Fiction Magazine", founded by Hugo Gernsback in 1926 and cancelled in 1995, and resurrected in 1998 and again in 2004 before being cancelled again by Paizo Publishing in 2006, is back -- again. Amazing is now a website, claiming to have "more than 50 bloggers covering the field from more than 50 different perspectives". The idea is to develop an online following and release a print version. Bonus cover galleries from the Golden Age
posted by Mezentian on Jan 22, 2013 - 13 comments

The Improbable is the New Normal

Every minute a new impossible thing is uploaded to the internet and that improbable event becomes just one of hundreds of extraordinary events that we'll see or hear about today. The internet is like a lens which focuses the extraordinary into a beam, and that beam has become our illumination
posted by growabrain on Jan 9, 2013 - 26 comments

Capturing a scene at trillion frames per second

Imaging at a Trillion Frames Per Second.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Aug 18, 2012 - 29 comments

Look At How Many Fake Followers The Most Popular People On Twitter Have

We decided to have a little fun with the app and see how many fake followers vocal celebrities on Twitter have. "Earlier this week we discovered Status Group's new app that allows users to find out how many fake Twitter followers you and your friends have. We decided to have a little fun with the app and see how many fake followers vocal celebrities on Twitter have."
posted by adrianspiegel on Aug 18, 2012 - 40 comments

I got 3000 miles to go now...and my feet are hurtin' mighty bad

Jamie Summerlin is running across America. He started in Sunset Bay, OR on March 26th. He'll finish on July 4th in Annapolis, MD. Right now, he's somewhere in Missouri. If you're doing the math, it will take him 100 days to go from coast to coast. If you're still doing the math, you'll realize the former Marine is running more than a marathon a day for 100 straight days for Wounded Warriors. News coverage here, here and here.
posted by tallthinone on May 29, 2012 - 25 comments

Pucking Fantastic

SLYT: Brenda Hewlett: 5'3", 59 years old, has never held a hockey stick before. At an Akwesasne Warriors hockey game, however, she finally did hold a hockey stick in an attempt to win a new Ford truck by shooting a puck at a goal from 114 feet away. You probably see where this is going. [more inside]
posted by schleppo on Dec 27, 2011 - 65 comments

Amazing! Yakity-Yak Talking Teeth

It started because of an odd ad for denture containers, Tooth Garage (for sanitary, safe parking of false teeth), and became one of the gags in Marvin Glass' collection of novelty products (whose gags would include fake vomit [prev], Rock ’Em Sock ’Em Robots, and more [prev] ); usually an inexpensive prank item or toy, but valuable when used as a promotional item for The Rolling Stones: Yakity-yak Talking Teeth, the history.
posted by filthy light thief on Oct 26, 2011 - 2 comments

Your garlic-related life will be forever changed

How to easily peel a whole bulb of garlic in ten seconds [single-link vimeo]
posted by DoctorFedora on Sep 28, 2011 - 216 comments

Oh my gosh

21 year old Brandon Wright found himself trapped under a burning BMW after his motorcycle collided with it on a highway outside Salt Lake City. What happened next has to be seen to be believed.
posted by scalefree on Sep 14, 2011 - 183 comments

Have a stroke of its mane, it turns into a plane

Amazing Horse: The Musical. [more inside]
posted by SomeTrickPony on Mar 28, 2011 - 13 comments

I've Got a Good Feeling About This

Caitlin Burke solved a 27 letter puzzle having seen only one letter revealed on the November 5 episode of Wheel of Fortune. Many are saying it was a miracle or dumb luck, but could it have been the work of a master puzzle solver?
posted by reenum on Nov 10, 2010 - 140 comments

Learning to see via an iPhone

A blind man uses a mobile phone to "see":
I have never experienced this before in my life. I can see some light and color, but just in blurs, and objects don’t really have a color, just light sources...I went outside. I looked at the sky. I heard colors such as “Horizon,” “Outer Space,” and many shades of blue and gray. I used color queues to find my pumpkin plants, by looking for the green among the brown and stone. I spent ten minutes looking at my pumpkin plants, with their leaves of green and lemon-ginger. I then roamed my yard, and saw a blue flower. I then found the brown shed, and returned to the gray house.

posted by nomadicink on Sep 19, 2010 - 45 comments

Gee, dad, that was my pony.

OK, sweetie, here's your pony. Love ya. I know this is not only a first post but a single link "news" post to a story with a video. But given the pony mystique, and the general level of hysteria we have attained, I thought I'd take the chance. vis FelixSalmon
posted by carping demon on Sep 10, 2010 - 33 comments

Galileo would be so proud.

Earlier today, NASA released the first photos taken by the Hubble Space Telescope since it was refurbished last May - and the results are absolutely stunning.
posted by Lutoslawski on Sep 9, 2009 - 29 comments

Tree People!

Amazing Pooktre Sculptures. A gallery of living art. Previously. (with bonus extra Previouslies inside!)
posted by hippybear on Jun 27, 2009 - 10 comments

I'll cross that bridge when -- HOLY CRAP!

Nine amazing bridges. (Via.)
posted by Astro Zombie on Aug 27, 2008 - 40 comments

The City So Nice They Named It Twice

Thirty New York city residents pooled their strength yesterday and hoisted a wrecked school bus into the air to rescue a pregnant traffic warden trapped beneath the five-ton vehicle. Donnette Sanz, the victim of yesterday's accident, could not be saved, but her son was delivered safely at a nearby hospital. [more inside]
posted by WCityMike on Aug 16, 2008 - 23 comments

homemade film

Do-it-yourself film manufacturing. "Can't buy the film you want any more? Just make the stuff! In this set you will find random photos and information on a project a friend has undertaken - a machine to make his own camera film. Plastic and goop go in one end, and camera film comes out the other end. This is not a trivial undertaking."
posted by ethel on May 9, 2008 - 14 comments

Don't Stop Believin'

Who knew when Arnel Pineda, lead singer of a Journey cover band called "The Zoo," posted videos of his band on YouTube that he'd grab the attention of Journey itself and be invited to be its new lead singer? (via) [more inside]
posted by flatluigi on Feb 22, 2008 - 70 comments

Skillz or Fake. You Decide!

Fans of Futbol (Links to futbol vids) should enjoy this short vid of some amazing skillz. [more inside]
posted by snsranch on Feb 19, 2008 - 8 comments

Dog Plus Pony

Calculated to amaze. [more inside]
posted by brownpau on Feb 8, 2008 - 88 comments

Céline Dion is amazing! (For certain values of the word "amazing").

She has made at least one indie music lover reconsider his antipathy for her music. She may be partially responsible for Obama's recent electoral successes. She is an international force for good. (For certain values of the word "good"). What else can you say? Céline Dion is amazing!. (That last YouTube link has a bit of NSFW language. I can't tell you whether or not Céline herself is NSF anything around you. Your call.)
posted by maudlin on Jan 7, 2008 - 87 comments

Eddie Van Who?

Flamenco guitarists on YouTube: Paco de Lucia, Vicente Amigo, Sabicas, Niño Ricardo, Manolo Sanlucar, Serranito, Tomatito, Paco Peña, Carlos Montoya, Gerardo Nuñez, Diego Del Gastor, and of course, the legendary Segovia.
posted by malocchio on Jul 4, 2007 - 13 comments

That's a lotta time on Photoshop...

Remember Lasse Gjertsen? Now he's helping cellist Giovanni Solima, and has created an awe-inspiring multi-armed, multi-location music video for his piece, 'DayDream'. (video links youtube)
posted by Happy Dave on May 12, 2007 - 17 comments

Willard Wigen, microsculptor

Willard Wigan The smallest sculptures can only be measured in thousandths of an inch which is why they can sit, very delicately, on a human hair three thousandths of an inch thick. When working on this scale [Willard Wigan] slows his heartbeat and his breathing dramatically through meditation and attempts to harmonise his mind, body and soul with the Creator. He then sculpts or paints at the centrepoint between heartbeats for total stillness of hand. He likens this process to "trying to pass a pin through a bubble without bursting it." His concentration is intense when working like this and he feels mentally and physically drained at the end of it. (previously)
posted by pmbuko on Jan 25, 2007 - 25 comments

Carving Watermelons

Watermelon Carving Creations with some instruction on how to carve your own swan. From whimsical to celebratory to just plain awesome. I bet this one took a really long time to carve while this one was funnier and faster. In the end, if you can think it, it can be carved into a watermelon. Yes, even that (NSFW, sound).Previously
posted by fenriq on Jan 7, 2007 - 11 comments

Look Ma, No Hands!

Fixing a Flat Tire without Hands
A series of photos of a man, who cannot use his hands, patching, repairing and reseating a bicycle inner tube. Why? Apparently its his job.
Somehow my little problems don't seem so insurmountable anymore.
posted by fenriq on Dec 22, 2006 - 27 comments

Bi-Pedal Dog

The World's Most Amazing Dog (YouTube) A clip from Montel Williams' show about a dog born without front legs. The owner has trained it to walk upright. As my boyfriend said, "After watching this, I'll never complain about anything in my life again."
posted by ArsncHeart on Jul 7, 2006 - 57 comments

espectaculares!

Jugadas Espectaculares WorldCupfilter: clipshow of some staggeringly fancy footwork. Even non-fans should love this. (youtube)
posted by CunningLinguist on Jun 8, 2006 - 25 comments

Amazing Hole-In-One

How the hell did Fuzzy sink this hole-in-one?! It hangs for looooong seconds in the rough, then accelerates directly to the hole. I swear, there were magnets involved! Quite possibly the most amazing hole-in-one ever.
posted by five fresh fish on Jun 4, 2006 - 54 comments

An Embarassment of Musical Riches

You desire new music? How fortuitous! Look what your fellow mefites have been up to:

- The 23rd Century, addictive psychedelic pop from tcobretti (via Projects)
- Both Ends of a Gun, a shotgun-produced country album by Miko (via Projects)
- Congratulations to the Young Men of Nelson, creepy tortured music-toy electronica by nylon (via Projects)
- MAXX KLAXON, ass-bumping orwello-euro electropop by Artifice_Eternity (via Projects)
- Inter[mediate], an electronic EP by phylum sinter (via Projects)
- Vector Trio, atmospheric jazzers, and just one client of turtlegirl's Scully Sound production outfit (via Projects)
- Fractures EP, some lush electronic stuff by nthdegx (via Projects)
- The Earl Stoner Band, countrified tunes by xowie (via Projects)
- Red On Strike, XX-fronted punk rock by InfidelZombie (via Projects)
- The Scarring Party, foot-stomping old-timey tunes by drezdn (via Projects)
- Soplerflo Archives, sundry musical noises by soplerflo (via...wait for it...waaaaaait for iiiiit...Projects!)

Viva la Projects!
posted by cortex on Apr 15, 2006 - 97 comments

The future from the past

Fabio Feminò has an enormous collection of science fiction magazines to share with us. AWESOME!
posted by tellurian on Apr 4, 2006 - 5 comments

The inside of my dollhouse is finished at last!

Fantastically obsessive & detailed recreation of Bag End (Bilbo's home from The Hobbit) in dollhouse scale. Pictures from the start of the project here.
posted by jonson on Jan 15, 2006 - 14 comments

Life in the Undergrowth

Mating Leopard Slugs entwine - one of the untold wonders of the animal kingdom captured on video.... The BBC gets up close and personal with Life in the Undergrowth in their new wildlife documentary. A must see for any animal, insect or David Attenborough fan... (If the main vid link doesn't work for you try it from here - realplayer needed)
posted by 0bvious on Nov 23, 2005 - 32 comments

amazing stories cover archive

Amazing Stories... every cover of this seminal sci-fi pulp magazine, from 1926 to 1967, plus.
posted by crunchland on Oct 23, 2005 - 7 comments

Young Boy and the Sea

Big Fish! 14 year old Bobby Capri Jr. catches a 52 pound striped bass in a kayak off the Atlantic City shore. But he's not the first kid to reel in a big fish. The adult world record for striped bass was also caught in New Jersey. So, who here has the best fish story?
posted by MsVader on Jun 30, 2004 - 20 comments

Puppetry of the Penis: Tackle Happy (2001)

Puppetry of the Penis: Tackle Happy (2001) Any Australian Metafilterians care to explain this? I found a rave review of this DVD on Amazon.com's Future Bestseller's list. "Organ Origami", "The Fine Art of Genital Manipulation" and "Performances with Road Companies at Major Festivals Throughout The World"? I think the world's citizen's are owed an explanation.
posted by dgeiser13 on May 30, 2002 - 10 comments

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