Jonathan Fallon

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If you visit the Hoover Dam and are in the mood for a simple science experiment, grab a bottle of water and try to pour it over the dam. You’ll find that the super strong draft generated by the structure causes the stream to flow upwards, as revealed in the video below. Fun! [click to continue…]

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Jeff Wysaski of Obvious Plant recently became a Johnny Appleseed of false promises by planting fake coupons in his local grocery store.

Among the deals being offered were free hugs, piggyback rides and gentle kisses. Despite being obviously fake, we have to wonder whether anyone attempted to redeem the offers, and whether cashiers were willing to oblige. Whatever the case, any scenario would be awkward. Check out more examples below. [click to continue…]

beer history

If your passions include researching and drinking beer, there could be a job waiting for you at the Smithsonian. The institution is looking to hire “a professional historian / scholar to conduct archival and field research for a new initiative on American brewing history, with special emphasis on the craft industry.”

The three-year appointment will reportedly pay $64k per year and will be funded by the Brewers Association as part of a the Smithsonian Food History project. The position will involve “working to expand the museum’s collections, including artifacts such as archival documents, business records, branding and logo development, label sketches, [and] brewery floor plans”, and will include traveling across the nation.

Ideal applicants for the job will possess an advanced degree in American business, brewing, food, cultural, or similar specialization within history.

You can check out the full details of the job posting here (PDF).

(WJLA and WCP via Eater)

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Chicken and Sons restaurant in Sydney, Australia has devised a new concept item that combines a cup holder, booze and beef into a single burger.

The $22 ($16 US) “Bourbon Burgel” consists of an Angus beef patty, American cheese, pickles, “special sauce,” bourbon-glazed bacon, and jalapeno-bourbon barbecue sauce on a sesame bagel bun. In the middle of the burger is a cutout housing a shot of Bulleit bourbon with even more bacon.

Sounds great, but the best part is going to be nursing that beefy hangover.

(C&S via Eater)

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Just in time for the upcoming release of Jason Bourne, GQ’s Jim Moore met up with Matt Damon to go over the finer points of staging a movie fight – in this case, a movie fight in a bar.

Of course, for film, the moves are all staged and the process is described as more like a dance between partners than an actual fight. As you’ll see, breakaway bottles stand in for the real thing, and perspective is used to hide space between a fist and a face. In fact, everything is fake, including the bar and the martini used for the final toast. Everything is a lie people. Check out the video below. [click to continue…]

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YouTuber “HellthyJunkFood” has recreated a Canadian favorite in the form of Bacon Wrapped Deep Fried Poutine.

For the uninitiated, Poutine consists of French fries and cheese curds topped with a light brown gravy. As the name confirms, this incarnation includes a date with bacon and the fryer and reportedly packs a whopping 1,300 calories.

Check out the mouthwatering video below to see it come together. [click to continue…]

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During Wednesday’s taping of The Tonight Show, Jimmy Fallon was challenged to perform a cannonball live in Rockefeller Center. After some rehearsed trepidation, he “answered the call” and dunked himself in a pool surrounded by throngs of people.

However, what makes this stunt truly special is that the pool was apparently filled with the sugary nostalgia known as Hi-C Ecto Cooler, which recently made a comeback to coincide with the release of the new Ghostbusters film.

No word on whether Jimmy was rushed to an emergency shower to counteract any ill effects from his exposure to massive doses of nuclear green coloring. Check out the stunt in the video below. [click to continue…]

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In the following video Canadian YouTuber AvE demonstrates that Wonder Bread can be transformed into carbon foam – a substance that is said to be similar to the material used to cover the space shuttle.

The process is reportedly the same as making charcoal, and involves putting the bread in a very hot, oxygen-free container until it is blackened. The bread’s tiny holes are retained in the final product, resulting in a type of foam with “incredible insulating properties”.

AvE states that the substance has an exceptionally high electric resistance and can withstand temps of up to 6,600 degrees Celsius (or about 11,900 degrees Fahrenheit) without melting or burning. Instead, it sublimates, or instantly turns into gas.

Scientists working on a recent study for ACS Applied Materials and Interfaces discovered that carbon foam made from bread “is mechanically stiff, can shield against electromagnetic interference and is much less flammable than current carbon foams.”

In other words, this is a cheap and effective way to make a supremely useful material. See how it’s done in the video below. [click to continue…]

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Not surprisingly, Germany is on the cutting edge of sausage technology.

Forschungszentrum Informatik (FZI) is applying robotics to bratwurst in the form of “BratWurst Bot” – a one-armed automated machine that can take orders and prepare and serve sausages without any human intervention.

The device was constructed entirely with off-the-shelf parts, including a Universal Robots UR-10 arm, Schunk PG-70 standard parallel gripper, two RGB cameras and a conventional pair of tongs.

Customers can place custom orders using a tablet that will sync with a tablet carried by the robot. They’re served based on their order in the queue.

Even if you don’t understand all the technical details, you can still be wowed by the demo video below, which is intended to show how the device could benefit the service industry down the road. Sausages are only the beginning people. [click to continue…]

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As a special gift for aptly-named YouTuber “Dr. Pimple Popper”, California-based bakery Blessed by Baking created these vile pimple cupcakes with edible pus-filled cores.

To up to gross factor, the desserts emit bright yellow lemon curd or custard when squeezed, which are bound to make these things extremely difficult to eat, especially if you choose to watch some of Dr. Pimple Popper’s videos beforehand.

See more pictures below if you can handle it. [click to continue…]