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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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Chris Pratt recently tried making a Donald Duck pancake for his three-year-old son, Jack. As you’ll see in the video below, Jack was quick to point out that his Dad needs a little bit of practice with his pancakes. He was being nice—the creature above is an abomination.

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I’ve been living in the US now for almost a decade and I think it’s safe to say that American Harry Potter fans (or “Potterheads”, as they’ve elected to call themselves with, I hope, some degree of irony) are absolutely bloody bonkers.

I love it. I love the passion, the affection that Americans have for these books. It’s no surprise the country is home to two – two! – Potter theme parks.

But it looks like someone from my homeland might’ve snatched the crown back from America – the Kyriakou family in Bayston Hill, Shropshire (that’s in England, about 10 miles east of the Welsh border) decided to drop a small fortune converting their dining room into the Great Hall at Hogwarts.

A lot of care and, of course, money has gone into making the room look as authentic as possible. A suit of armor and that gorgeous wooden table act as the focal point of the room. Oh, and there are some actual film props in there, too. The wooden wall panelling completes the look of the room, and was custom-made by Mr. Kyriakou himself.

Its pretty bloody impressive. You can check out a video tour of the room in the video below. [click to continue…]

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We’ve seen edible Dragon Balls before, but this Jell-O version is easy enough for anyone to make.

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

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When is pancake flipping better than pancake eating? When the flipping is done by “Mike D” of the Nipomo Firefighters Association. At their recent community pancake breakfast, Mike demonstrated his skills with precision and pomp, which included bagpipe accompaniment.

Check out the video below. [click to continue…]

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Cheese fanatics have no doubt already heard about, and possibly eaten, Burger King’s Mac ‘n’ Cheetos, which is essentially mac n’ cheese covered with Cheetos dust.

Now, HellthyJunkFood is offering their own twist on the concoction, combining hand-shredded sharp cheddar, Velveeta, mascarpone and macaroni with two flavors of Cheetos, which is then dropped in a deep fryer.

The result, dubbed “Deep Fried Mac & Cheddar Mascarpone Velveeta Extra Flaming Hot Cheetos” packs a bigger name and bigger calorie count, but no doubt bigger taste as well.

Watch the creative process in the video below. [click to continue…]

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The creative use for drones has spread to grilling thanks to YouTuber “Viva Frei”, who suspended a steak from a drone and carefully cooked it over a grill.

As you’ll see in the video below, the process required some skillful flying, especially when it came to flipping. It also resulted in some joyful memories and victorious eating. [click to continue…]

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Over a 1,000 hour period, 69-year-old Peter Browne and his friend Mervyn Huggett crafted a Wallace and Gromit-style “Sunday Morning Breakfast Making Machine”.

Although created mainly for laughs, the device reportedly prepares “perfect” soft-boiled eggs, toast, tea and coffee and will also clear the table once the meal is complete.

Check out the video below to learn more and see the machine in action. [click to continue…]