Many things seem like a good idea as long as you don't actually put much thought into them. These adorable hamster cup accessories certainly fit into that category. After all, hamsters are simply precious and watching one climb into a cup is cute as all heck -but that doesn't mean you want to drink out of a glass adorned with a rodent. If the deeper concept doesn't bother you and you simply must have the cute, they can be yours for a very reasonable $2.50 each -though shipping from Japan can add up quickly.
The Rijksmuseum, a museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam, wanted people to be inspired by its online collection, the Rijksstudio, so they started a design competition. To enter, you simply had to create a new design using something found in the Rijksstudio and enter it in their "Make your own Masterpiece" contest.
The winners of the 2015 Rijksstudio Award for "Make your own Masterpiece" are Lyske Gais and Lia Duinker. They created this amazing Rembrandt Book Bracelet which is inspired by De steniging van Stefanus, a circa 1635 artwork of Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn.
Dolly Shivani Cherukuri recently broke a national archery record in India. At the age of 2, she became the youngest person in the country to earn at least 200 points at an archery competition. She's definitely ready to join Team Arrow!
Dolly comes from a family of archers. Her father runs an archery school and trains her in that art for 2 to 3 hours a day. It's already paid off. The Daily Telegraph reports:
Dolly scored a total of 388 points. She began by firing 36 arrows at a target 15 feet away, then shot 36 more, this time from 21 feet.
The young record-breaker was being set up for bow and arrow stardom “when she was in the womb itself,” Cherukuri Satyanarayana, Dolly’s father, told AFP. Light carbon arrows were made so she wouldn't struggle with their weight when training.
-via The Mary Sue
Carson Dean has quite the skill -he can dance even when the floor is moving underneath him! Watch him get down to “Uptown Funk” without losing his balance even the slightest bit. Don’t believe me? Just watch! If that were me, I'd have my frontward and backward confused in no time at all. That would look more like this. -via Viral Viral Videos
Taiwanese performer Su Chung Tai (蘇仲太) is a master at the art of soap bubbles. In fact, he entertains crowds with his show called Be Fantasy, and is known as the “Bubble Performance Master.” There probably isn’t a lot of competition for the title. The show is mesmerizing, as he constructs complicated yet ephemeral bubble configurations, with bubbles inside bubbles, bubbles moving in strange ways, and bubbles changing as he pleases. Mr. Su has broken three Guinness World Records, although his website doesn’t say what exactly those records are, or whether he broke any of his own records. -via Viral Viral Videos
Benny the Bull is the mascot of the Chicago Bulls basketball team. He was named the top sports mascot in America by Forbes magazine in 2013.
Inside the suit is Barry Anderson, who earned the position after embodying Monte for the University of Montana. In his job, you’ve got to be a dancer, actor, acrobatic, basketball player, and comedian -all at the same time while wearing a hot and heavy suit that obscures the vision. Enjoy this montage of Benny the Bull’s highlights of the 2013-14 season. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
They call him Khaki Shorts. No one knows his real name, for he is a creature of the night. Also the arcade. With both hands, he throws one basketball after another into the hoop. Smoothly, the balls slide through the net, much faster and more accurately than his two competitors.
Having played with this child's toy long enough, Khaki Shorts aims for the basket on a different console! He banks the shots, sending the basketballs through the net.
Then Khaki Shorts strides off casually, disappearing into the sunset. He shall return again when we need him the most.
-via Rocket News 24
How do you take ballet into a new dimension? Do it while freefalling! An alternate but more likely question behind this stunt is “How do we raise the difficulty level of our skydiving?” Watch two Russian skydivers, identified only as Aleksander and Mikhael in this GoPro ad, dance as they descend over the beautiful backdrop of Dubai. The cameraman is not identified at all, but deserves a pat on the back for capturing the performance. -via Buzzfeed
You could call them insanely good. This combination extreme sport and art form is called Xpogo, and it looks terrifying. At least these guys are wearing helmets. That only makes sense, as the best practitioners are well aware of how many falls it takes to achieve this level of competence (otherwise they'd be dead). This compilation is brought to you by the folks who do the People Are Awesome series. -Thanks, Dan!
Like the bricklaying video I posted a couple years ago, there's something calming and appealing about watching someone become, through practice, the master of a skill you might not think of. This employee of the Golden Gate Bridge Transportation District can plug pylons into holes made for them along the Golden Gate Bridge. He does so while the truck he's travelling on is moving at considerable speed.
He never misses a single hole throughout the video.
-via David Thompson
Lars Andersen, the fastest archer in the world, is back with a mesmerizing video showing his apparently superhuman abilities with a bow and arrow. He has revived centuries-old techniques in positioning, such a holding the arrow along the right rather than the left side of the bow. Andersen describes them at length in the notes to the YouTube video below.
He can jump, catch an arrow, and shoot it while in midair.
He can shoot down an arrow flying through the air.
He can catch an arrow shot at him and shoot it back.
-via Boing Boing
French professional skier Candide Thovex (previously) gives us his point of view as he jumps, flips, and schusses down Le Clusaz mountain at terrifying speeds. Do NOT try this, at home or anywhere else. The video shoot was meticulously planned, staged, and edited. A normal skier trying this would at least be banned from the slope, if he didn’t die or break every bone in his body. If you’re wondering about the title, the previous video is here. -via Metafilter
Marisa Inda is pretty fit. She also has a style that seems to defy gravity, and this video was not recorded in outer space. It’s not magic, it’s muscles. Pullups are just about the most difficult thing for even a strong, fit woman to do in the gym, but for Inda, it’s an opportunity to dance. -via Uproxx
British stuntman and freerunner Damien Walters has astonished us before with his skills, but he is always working on new stunts. His latest video is a compilation of clips from his entire career, so you may remember seeing some of them before, but you’ll cringe just the same -and get ready for a lot you haven’t seen, too. Of course, there are no disasters, but the back of your mind expects one any second. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
The latest in the People Are Awesome series has clips from videos uploaded in 2014. These people are doing awesome things, dangerous things, things that made me cringe. I’m a Mom, after all. Don’t try this at home. Well, try watching the video. No one gets hurt in it, although there were probably lots of injuries getting to point of perfection. -via Tastefully Offensive
Zapatou (Luc Bergeron) is back with another mesmerizing compilation of the crazy, scary, and amazing things that people (and animals) do, culled from 233 viral videos of 2014. It’s not only the action that amazing, it’s also the new way we get to see them, as this collection is heavy on POV and mounted cameras, so we are extremely close to the action and can even put our feet in someone else’s shoes. Take that as a warning that some these clips may induce vertigo. You’ll recognize a lot of them. Zapatou has a list of the source videos here. -via Time
See also: more from Zapatou.
Wherever this man wants his slinky to go, it goes. It's not telekinesis (presumably), but the work of a master juggler. He can move his slinky so quickly that his performance looks like a special effects light show.
In contrast, Dr. Zoidberg from Futurama needs to practice his routine a bit more.
Some people say the definition of insanity is repeatedly taking the same action time and time again, expecting a different outcome. After seeing this video, I think there may be a new definition. This clip is from the new film Days of My Youth, which follows skiers and their love of the sport. In the clip, professional skier Cody Townsend skis the narrow, nearly vertical drop that made Powder magazine's "Line of the Year." -Via Gizmodo
Ma Yan Yan performs on the talent show Amazing Chinese 2014. You think she’s going to dance, and she does, but as it turns out, this is mainly a magic show. Oh, you know some sleight-of-hand tricks? Can you do them en pointe? Can you even do them without sleeves? It’s a weird combination of skills for an act, but I’m impressed. -via Bits and Pieces
Eric Hunter got a Cyr wheel, which looks like a lot of fun. But you have to learn to use it: stay in contact with the wheel at all times, control your center of gravity, don’t fall, and whatever you do, don’t roll over your fingers! All it takes is practice. You know and I know that putting in that practice, every day, without fail, can be exhausting -but it’s the only way to become good at something. And he did just that! -via Digg
(Photo: Barcroft Media)
He's hurtling toward death, but he is at peace within himself. This is Gugulotu Lachiram, 40, of Khammam, India. Barcroft Media reports that he’s found a unique way to get attention. He's long enjoyed yoga and riding motorcycles. 6 years ago, after watching daredevils perform stunts on television, Lachiram decided to combine his two passions.
Lachiram hopes to take his local show on a national level, traveling and performing these stunts for at least another 10-15 years.
The Copenhagen musical group The Bottle Boys play us a tune we all know and love, and let us in on one of their secrets to making bottle music look so easy -when we all know it’s not. From the YouTube page:
Sometimes people say, that it’s impossible to play that fast on bottles when they see our videos, because they are looking at just one persons head movements. But if you look closer you will see, that we share all the melodies by two persons. So if Philipp plays one part of the lead melody, Kaspar plays the other half, which combined gives you the complete melodic part that you all recognize:-)
We decided to shoot this video in our own studio, since it’s too cold outside here in Denmark and since we wanted it to have a more cosy look, without too much else going on in the frame. In that way you can really focus on what’s being played. We chose to play Y.M.C.A because it has some fast melodic parts and some really cool secondary melody lines.
Rocky Byun, a wizard and performance artist, can balance any object on any other object. In performances, he commonly balances heavy objects precariously on rocks, such as a washing machine on a corner or a motorbike on the tip of its kickstand.
Sometimes, to make his tasks even more demanding, Byun balances objects while wearing rollerblades! How is this possible?
Hunn isn’t sure why he’s able to burp louder than anyone else. But he does have a couple tips on how you can improve your burps. Surprisingly, you should not eat before you need to burp. But you should breathe in and swallow as much air as you can.
So start practicing. You could be the next Burper King.
Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, offered $10,000 in tuition for performing an amazing basketball stunt: sink a layup, free throw, three-pointer, and a half-court shot, all within 30 seconds. Gustavo Angel Tamayo, a soccer player for the Lions, won the opportunity to try it. Tamayo grew up in England, and never played on a basketball team. Watch him rush through all four shots, ending with a Hail Mary toss from half court -and the crowd goes wild!
"It's just football [soccer], that's all I do," he said. "And I had a broken finger on my left hand."
Tamayo is a senior and his tuition is already paid, so he will take the prize money in cash. -via Daily Picks and Flicks