Satisfying Videos Of A Water Jet Cutting Through Tough Stuff

We recently shared styropro's dazzling laser bazooka, which can burn a hole right through a computer case, but do you know what's way better at cutting stuff than his homemade laser beam?

A water jet spraying at 60,000 PSI, which is so powerful it easily bisects a bowling ball, camera, spare tire, and more tough stuff you'd never expect water and sand to slice right through.

The Waterjet Channel features all kinds of wet and wild videos that demonstrate the power of water under pressure, but my favorite is the one where they cut an SLR camera in half because it's so revealing.

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Blooper Reels That Will Change the Way You See Horror Movies

When you see a scary movie, you tell yourself, "It's only a movie, it's only a movie." but you're still frightened. There's nothing that will kill that mood like seeing the production reels with actors falling into giggles when they're supposed to dying in some gruesome way. Production crews archive bloopers as a matter of course these days, but it may be years before the public sees them. Check out blooper reels from the horror movies The Descent, Scream, Scream 4, House of Wax, Halloween, Jennifer's Body, The Witch, Shaun of the Dead, and Silence of the Lambs at TVOM. You can assume that all blooper reels will contains some NSFW language.


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These Restaurants Hook Customers With Their Hilarious Names

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Restaurateurs can get customers to eat at their restaurants by mailing out menus and coupons, making food so good that Yelp reviews and word of mouth bring in the eaters, or they can use a gimmick.

And the most popular gimmick is also the most effective- the funny name.

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Name your restaurant something forgettable like "burger barn" or "chicken shack" and you won't be remembered, but name your Thai restaurant "Thai Tanic" and people will line up to go on a culinary cruise!

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And when a funny name isn't enough capitalize on a pop culture trend, like Hammontree did with their Star Wars-themed grilled cheese sandwich food truck the Grillenium Falcon. If only they'd served up sandwiches shaped like the Millennium Falcon they might still be in business...

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See 17 Of The Most Hilarious Restaurant Names here

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The Movie Date That Solidified J.R.R. Tolkien’s Dislike of Walt Disney

J.R.R. Tolkien and C.S. Lewis were friends and carried on epic literary and religious discussions. They also went to see Disney's first animated feature film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, together in 1938 or '39. They hated it. Tolkien was particularly repulsed by how Disney portrayed dwarves.

Years later, in a 1964 letter to a Miss J.L. Curry at Stanford University, likely spurred on by the controversy surrounding Disney’s treatment of Mary Poppins, Tolkien further laid bare his true feelings on Disney’s work. He described Disney’s talent as “hopelessly corrupted,” writing, “Though in most of the ‘pictures’ proceeding from his studios there are admirable or charming passages, the effect of all of them is to me disgusting. Some have given me nausea…” He goes on to call Disney a “cheat,” noting that while he too had a profit motive behind his work, he wouldn’t stoop to working with Disney.

Read the particulars of Tolkien's and Lewis' criticism of Disney at Atlas Obscura. 


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This Pizza Dress is Anything But Cheesy

Believe it or not, costume designer Olivia Mears didn't make this incredible pizza dress as the most incredible prom dress in history. Instead, it was her incredibly impressive contribution to the Domino's Piece of the Pie contest. 

As you can see, she even went so far as to  create a special pizza box throne to rule over her minioins once she wins the contest -at least she's going to stay humble.

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The Day Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis Teamed Up

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis were introduced on a New York street in March of 1945. Dean was born Dino Paul Crocetti in Steubenville, Ohio, on June 7, 1917. Jerry was born Jerome Levitch in Newark, New Jersey, on March 16, 1926.
 
They were introduced that fateful day by a mutual friend, an Italian singer named Sonny King. At the time, Dean was a semi-successful singer, performing around the East Coast in nightclubs and on his own radio show. Jerry was eking out a living doing a "record act," where he would mime to records by famous singers, all the while mugging outrageously.

According to one later interview, their initial reactions to each other reflected the fact that neither was very impressed. Jerry thought Dean was "conceited, snooty and stand-offish," Dean thought Jerry was "a young wise guy." Despite these initial opinions, the two soon became friends.

Staying in the same hotel, as well as being chronically out of work, Jerry would babysit Dean's kids for him. Soon, by pure coincidence, the two would sometimes be booked at the same clubs. Jerry and Dean would sometimes goof around onstage together, heckling each other, doing imitations and cracking jokes. The audiences ate it up, the boys had fun, but nothing more came of it.

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Mushroom Skull - 1-UP Or Die!


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Mushrooms are often beautiful looking, with rich coloring and an eye pleasing shape that makes both humans and elves happy, but they're also some of the deadliest life on Earth. That's the real reason why Princess Peach's great great grandfather Lord Tangerine Poppyseed named his kingdom Mushroom- as a warning to those who would dare cross him or try to invade his kingdom. The mushrooms that grew there at the time were extremely poisonous, and used as a weapon rather than a power up, but it wasn't long before genetic engineering via magic mushrooms that heal and boost rather than kill were created....but so were the Goombas....

You don't have to hit the pipe to find this Mushroom Skull t-shirt by c0y0te7 appealing, it's a super dark and smudgy design made for the toughest bros and women in the kingdom- and Mario too!

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Minoule

Minoule is an urban cat who discovers that there's a canary living in the building across the street. He takes grave risks to get that bird, and along the way, a lot of other things are going on in the city.

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The canary and a guitar-playing cat on the roof provide a fine soundtrack to this wordless French production by Nicolas Bianco-Levrin. -via The Kid Should See This


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Would You Like Some Black Ice Cream?

If a Unicorn Frappuccino doesn't turn you on, maybe you'd prefer some Goth ice cream from Little Damage Ice Cream Shop in Los Angeles. It's charcoal-almond flavored soft serve ice cream with the black provided by activated charcoal. The cone is black, too. People at Instagram seem to love it, but whether that's because of the flavor or the look isn't quite clear. Go to SomeEcards to see more pictures of the ice cream and what it does to your teeth. -via Boing Boing

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31 Explosive Facts about Volcanoes

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Volcanoes are cool, except when you're in danger of being killed by one. Well, maybe cool isn't the right word, because they're hot. John Green tells us all kinds of neat things about volcanoes in the latest episode of the mental_floss List Show.


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Sneaky Snake

@SssnakeySci is a snake biologist. A friend sent her this picture and swears there's a copperhead in it. Can you find it? I looked for a while and then gave up. Snakes are sneaky; he's probably underneath the leaves. But no. Once you give up, see the answer outlined here. Now, I looked at the answer, and then still had trouble finding it in the original photo! Like my mother used to tell me when I didn't see something in plain sight, "If it were a snake, it would have bit you." -via Geeks Are Sexy


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If Credit Card Commercials Were Honest

Roger Horton is back with another Honest Ad from Cracked. The truth about credit cards is that they work well if you use them perfectly. But the credit companies make bank on the fact that people do not use them optimally. Human nature doesn't work that way.

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Are there really credit cards that charge 25% interest? I thought mine was usurious at $17%, since my mortgage is 2.5%. Sure, if you have the discipline to never use a credit card for something you wouldn't buy anyway, you'll be okay and rack up a good credit score. And then you'll have credit for emergencies. But it's so easy to get yourself into a debt spiral otherwise. And no one is perfect. 


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A Dark Comic Series Created To Ruin Your Childhood

When we start adulting we're told to leave the trappings of our youth behind, but for some of us our inner child grows stronger instead of weaker as we strive to make our childhood dreams come true.

But comic artist Hugo Tamzarian seems hell bent on wounding, if not outright destroying, our inner children with his series Gone Into Rapture, and no silly willy nilly symbol of our childhood is safe.

Gone Into Rapture deals with controversial subjects like dinosaurs, animals, Disney characters,  social politics and cats- those sneaky little furballs who have infiltrated our homes and now run the show.

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Cat Does Trust Fall

It's completely against a cat's instincts to fall backwards without trying to twist and catch himself. But this is Didga (previously at Neatorama) who can skateboard, surf, and lead a pack of dogs. Her human Robert Dollwet trained her to trust him so much that she will fall without looking and let him catch her.

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Is there anything that Didga can't do? -via Tastefully Offensive

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Fun Facts About Carrie Fisher

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Carrie Fisher may have garnered most of her fan base by playing Princess Leia, but her film career began years earlier with studies at the Central School of Speech and Drama in London and a role in Shampoo at age 17.

She was taught how to make it in Hollywood by her mom, the prolific actress Debbie Reynolds, who had the star power to call up George Lucas and rag on him for making her daughter fly coach:

Surprisingly, the budget for the Stars Wars films was so low that the American cast and crew had to fly to England in economy class. When her mother, actress Debbie Reynolds, called George Lucas to complain, he handed the phone to Carrie who told her, “Mother, I want to fly coach, will you f**k off?!” and then hung up.

Carrie had no problem speaking her mind, but she struggled during her scenes with Peter Cushing as Grand Moff Tarkin because he was so nice to her on the set she had a hard time being mean to him.

In fact, Carrie got along really well with pretty much everyone on the set of Star Wars, but she really took a shine to Harrison Ford for obvious reasons:

Carrie once joked about drinking alcohol on the set of Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back. She stated, “Mark Hamill was off on Dagobah while Harrison Ford and I were were getting drunk in Cloud City.”

While Carrie certainly had lots of memories from the set and filming of the Star Wars trilogy, her fondest of that era may come as a surprise. She was on the record as having said that her favorite moments were during her scenes when she was arguing with Harrison Ford.

See 24 Facts About Carrie Fisher That You Probably Didn't Know here


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Motivation

Before you decide what you want, maybe you should consider that desire from all angles. Why does your employer pay you to be there? Because he/she can't get anyone to do it for free. If the work were that pleasant, it would be a hobby. This is the latest from Jeff Lovfers at Don't Hit Save.


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Amazing Sailor Moon Themed Figure Skating Routine

I must confess that Sailor Moon was never really my cup of tea as far as anime goes, but the fans have such an infectious energy and the costumes are so cheerful I can't help but smile when I say "Sailor Moon".

And while I'm not interested in the show I can't stop watching this Sailor Moon inspired figure skating routine performed by Evgenia Medvedeva at the World Team Trophy 2017 exhibition in Tokyo. It's more enchanting than a Tuxedo Mask entrance!

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Slayer Chemtrails - Seasons In The Abyss That Is The Internet


Slayer Chemtrails by DeepFriedArt

There's one strange word that will immediately let you know where someone stands on the issues of conspiracy and government control when it pops up in conversation- chemtrails. It's an intriguing word that may or may not mean what those people who drop it during conversations think it means, and it is one of those theories that people either find totally far fetched or utterly believable. But whether you believe the government is spraying chemicals on the populace to keep them in line or you think this is a really out there conspiracy theory proposed by the same people who brought us Pizzagate and the Illuminati there's one thing for sure- the word looks totally rad on a tee!

Warn the world about the dangers of chemicals in the air and conspiracies spread online with this Slayer Chemtrails t-shirt by DeepFriedArt, it's the rockin' way to start a debate everywhere you go!

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26 Interesting Facts about the Movie Alien

The 1979 movie Alien broke new ground in science fiction and horror. The slow reveal of the xenomorph and the slow reveal of who the real hero of the story was combined to make a darn good story -if you saw it in a theater. But if you saw it much later, after both became well-known, it was still a thrill. The production was not simple at all. There was a lot of technical stuff that didn't go as smoothly as planned, and weird things going on off-camera.



Read lots more trivia about the production of Alien at TVOM.


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These Clever Illustrations Describe The Icelandic Language One Word At A Time

Icelandic is a northern Germanic language descended from the Old West Norse dialect, so it is similar in some ways to Danish, Swedish and Norwegian.

But Icelandic is considered the "old language" of the North, making it the most difficult Norse language to learn, so students may need a little help putting words together in their minds.

Mynd (picture) + Band (string) = Myndband (video)

A post shared by Every Single Word In Icelandic (@everysinglewordinicelandic) on Feb 20, 2017 at 11:39am PST

Artist Eunsan Huh has come up with a clean and simple way to help students learn Icelandic by visualizing the combination of words used to create compound words.

Her Instagram account Every Single Word In Icelandic is becoming an invaluable resource for anyone interested in learning Icelandic, because her posts also include a spoken version of each word.

Eunsan on why she started this project:

Every Single Word In Icelandic is a pictographic exploration of the Icelandic language. I find an interesting compound word, then deconstruct and illustrate it as icons. The goal is to express how Icelandic can be deadpan literal and unexpectedly poetic at the same time.

Remember the word for earth, jörð, from yesterday? If you add the word for berry to the end you get jarðarber, meaning strawberry

A post shared by Every Single Word In Icelandic (@everysinglewordinicelandic) on Apr 23, 2017 at 9:18am PDT

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John Boyega Pranks Star Wars Fans

In order to promote the Star Wars Force for Change charity sweepstakes, John Boyega did surprise photobombs at Star Wars Celebration earlier this month. Avid fans posing for pictures with a couple of stormtroopers and BB-8 were first shocked and then delighted to find Finn in their finished photo.

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Star Wars Force for Change benefits the UnNICEF and the Starlight Foundation. You can enter the drawing at Omaze.


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Tom Hardy Stopped A Motorcycle Robbery In London Like A Total Badass

It should be pretty obvious by now that Tom Hardy isn't acting like a badass in movies like Mad Max and The Dark Knight Rises- he's a real life badass who also happens to be a really good actor.

So when he's in London and some punks try to make off with a stolen motorcycle Tom doesn't just stand and watch, he switches into action hero mode and helps apprehend the perps.

Cops in Richmond, south-west London report Tom helped nab two teens who crashed the bike they stole into a car, and “He looked as mad as he does on telly" while wrapping up the perps:

The two suspected thieves were 16 years old and crashed the bike into a car, apparently earning the attention of Hardy according to The Independent and The Sun.

The Hollywood star looked like he “switched into superhero mode” as he collared the man before checking him for weapons after the chase near his home in Richmond, south-west London, an onlooker told The Sun.

According to the newspaper, Hardy explained “I caught the c***t” shortly after finding the man.

The BBC quotes witness Arun Pullen in their take on the events, providing a clearer picture of how things went down:

“Tom must have been walking down the road.

“He went off like a shot in pursuit and looked furious.

“I asked Tom what happened and he told me he chased him through my back garden and caught him around the block – but the route was like an assault course.”

“Tom Hardy’s clearly not a man you’d mess with,” Pullen continued. “I think he even checked the kid’s ID before cops took over . . . If the kid had been dumb enough to resist I reckon Tom would have given him a good hiding.”

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Austin's Serial Axe Murderer

Between December 1884 and December 1885, Austin, Texas, had eight axe murders. Six women, an 11-year-old girl, and a man who was with another victim were all killed in horrific ways, and several were also raped. Only the first three were domestic workers, but the unknown perpetrator was dubbed the "Servant Girl Annihilator." The murders did not stop because the killer was caught; they just stopped.

Though around 400 men were arrested in 1885 under suspicion of being the Annihilator, none were ever successfully tried. The list included Walter Spencer (the boyfriend of the first victim—acquitted after a two-day trial), “two suspicious-looking white brothers found with blood on their clothes,” Eula’s husband Jimmy Phillips, and Susan’s husband Moses Hancock. Phillips, the prosecutors claimed, was a copycat killer before the term existed, using the murders of Austin’s black working class as an excuse to kill his unfaithful and beautiful wife. Initially sentenced to seven years, Phillips’s conviction was overturned within six months; Hancock’s trial resulted in a hung jury. The Annihilator was still out there, but what was he—or they—doing?

As time passed, suspicion fell on men who left Austin at the time the murders stopped. More than one of those went to England, and coincidentally or not, that's when the Jack the Ripper murders began. Read what we know -and don't know- about the Servant Girl Annihilator and his victims at mental_floss.


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Cat City

A cat decides to run away from home and live on his own in the city. His adventure is lots of fun at first, but turns out to be less than hunky-dory after a while, as young people often find on their first foray into the real world.

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Still, the fact that he's a cat doing all this is just goofy, in a good way, in this animation from Victoria Vincent. -via Laughing Squid


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A Warped Mindset

Neatorama is proud to bring you a guest post from Ernie Smith, the editor of Tedium, a twice-weekly newsletter that hunts for the end of the long tail. In another life, he ran ShortFormBlog.

How the Nintendo Times, a Nintendo fan site, is covering the release of the NES in real time—three decades after its original release.

What if we reported on the past like it was happening in the present day—not reflecting on it nostalgically like I do at Tedium, but literally trying to cover the past as if you had no knowledge of the future?

It sounds like an odd thought exercise, but in reality, it’s a whole lot of fun, based on the website Nintendo Times. Since 2015, the writer and blogger Craig Majaski, who cut his teeth at the long-running gaming site Gaming Age, has been editing and putting together a site in which 30-year-old discussions and interviews about the early days of the Nintendo Entertainment System are published as if they’re happening in real time.

For example, this post about a Nintendo press announcement at the Consumer Electronics Show has a publish date of January 11, 1987—as well as forward-thinking statements like “Nintendo is going to continue its aggressive marketing campaign for 1987.”

So how does one come up with an approach like this? Majaski cites an interest in preservation, one shared with other folks like historians Steve Lin and Frank Cifaldi, the two principals of the Video Game History Foundation who he cites as being very helpful to his cause.

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Thug Notes Summary and Analysis of Where the Wild Things Are

Who doesn't love the book Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak? It was still a new book when I learned to read, and now it's a classic. So of course everyone will want to know what Sparky Sweets, PhD. thinks of it. This video, like all Thug Notes, contains NSFW language.  

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This is like having the story read to you all over again, except adult-style. The discussion at YouTube reveals that quite a few high school teachers are using Thug Notes (among other sources) to teach literary criticism.  -via Tastefully Offensive


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Mad Scientist Builds A 200-Watt Laser Bazooka That Can Shoot Through A Computer Case

If you mess with science you may find yourself on the wrong end of a laser beam designed to burn right through whatever gets in its way and powerful enough to shoot through a computer case.

So be nice to Drake Anthony (aka styropro) if you ever meet him, because he built a 200-watt laser bazooka out of "scrap metal, a pile of broken ‘hybrid’ DLP projectors, and runs on a stack of lithium polymer batteries" and he ain't afraid to use it.

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The True Adventures Of Bill Hitler

Hitler's older half-brother, Alois, lived in England in 1911, where he produced a son named William Hitler. By the time William was grown, the Hitler name was well-known, and Alois had abandoned his British family to return to Germany.

Left without his father, William and his mother struggled back in England. Any job opportunities he could find seemed to vanish into thin air the moment people found out his last name. But there was one place where being a Hitler was your ticket to success: Nazi Germany. So William said goodbye to his mother, left his conscience in his old bedroom, and went over to Uncle Adolf's lair to mooch. Not wanting him to crash on the Eagle's Nest couch, his bestest best uncle eventually got him a gig at the German national bank. That was only his day job, though. By the 1930s, Willy Hitler had found his true calling: professional name-dropper.

William Hitler's dealings with his Nazi uncle is the reason the article's headline refers to him as "Hitler's Idiot Nephew," but after a weird interlude of trying to cash in on his name, he apparently grew up and learned better in his later years. Read the story of William Hitler at Cracked, in the colorful language they are known for.  


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Masters Of The Universe - Do You Still Have The Power?


Masters of the Universe by Russ Jericho

Nowadays He-Man is considered "so retro", but to 80s kids that cartoon show was like nothing we'd seen before, and it represented our pop culture loving future. Watching Masters of the Universe made our sci-fi and fantasy loving minds explode with inspiration at the possibilities offered by such a hybrid, and beyond the influence on our taste it was just a really well drawn, great looking cartoon. The show was a work of art, whether kids these days "get it" or not, and it will always be an important and colorful part of the history of animation.

Add some old school flavor to your geeky wardrobe with this Masters Of The Universe t-shirt by Russ Jericho, it's a killer way to declare your love of MOTU 'til death do you part!

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The Rise of Slime Videos

Videos of people playing with slime is a definite trend on Instagram. The prettier the slime is, the better. You can make slime fairly easily with Elmer's glue, borax, and water. You may have called it Oobleck when you were young. Now it comes in all colors, with textures from beads and glitter, and teenagers are selling it through Etsy to their Instagram followers. What's the allure?

“I just love it for some odd reason,” says Carlie, a 12-year-old slime fan who recently started making her own slime. She did specify that for her, the appeal was “the sound and feeling of it.” For Donna Boyd, a 17-year-old from Harrisburg, Virginia, slime is therapeutic. She’s never purchased slime, or made it herself. She just watches hundreds of videos from her five favorite accounts over and over again. “It honestly just makes me happy and de-stresses me,” Donna told me. “I suffer from anxiety, and slime videos help me a lot during panic attacks.” She says she gets lost in them after watching a few, going into a kind of meditative state. One teen I spoke to, Rachel M., told me she spends “at least 15 hours a week” just watching slime videos and playing with slime. She has only bought two slimes herself, but she loves them and says, “I need them.”

It appears to be this generation's version of birdwatching. Read about the business and hobby of slime videos (and see quite a few) at New York magazine. -via TYWKIWDBI
 
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