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…]
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…]
Frustrated with his inability to make smoked BBQ in his cramped home, one clever Japanese man decided to create a system that directs smoke from his shichirin charcoal grill to the oven vent above his stove.
The apparatus was created using duct tape, a couple of shallow plastic buckets and some aluminum tubing, and has reportedly allowed for an authentic yakiniku dining experience without that pesky carbon monoxide poisoning.
The internet has showered the creator with compliments, although there are clearly some drawbacks like, you know, plastic around fire and whatnot. Check out more pics below. [click to continue…]
Would you like to learn how to play Skyrim (and other games) with a potato? I guarantee that every single one of you has wished for this very thing since you were a child.
What if I told you that this dream could be a reality?
Woah….WOAH! Simmer down. You’re going to have a heart attack. Calmly check out the video below. A surprise awaits. [click to continue…]
Redditor slavicgrip 3D printed this Fallout 4 drink coaster and gave it a sweet paint job.
I would be willing to part with many bottle caps to own one, but those of you with access to a 3D printer can do one better and make it yourself with these free plans on Thingiverse.
Caleb Kraft and the team at Make decided that the world needed a version of Google Cardboard that could be used AND eaten. His only guidelines were that it had to work and every part had to be edible, with the exception of the lenses. With this in mind, he proceeded to create a custom viewer using graham crackers and icing which he then tested and consumed while the camera rolled.
See how it was made in the video below. [click to continue…]
If you attempt one DIY project in your life, make it a cheese ball machine gun. I can’t think of a better use of your time—or of cheese balls.
See how it was done in the video below. [click to continue…]
YouTuber “Tito4re” is giving the world a cookware casting lesson by creating an aluminum skillet using a cast iron example as a mold.
For those unfamiliar with the process, it involves (among other things) a wooden box, sand, more sand, pressure and molten metal. The video below documents the entire process, from creating the impression in compacted sand all the way to cooking an egg.
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Mike Warren (a.k.a. “mikeasaurus”) has created a terrifying super blender that combines the appliance with a gasoline-powered chainsaw and a motorcycle throttle.
The device is said to produce the “most extreme” margaritas, daiquiris, and other blended drinks with 37cc two-stroke power. However, he thankfully opted to replace the chainsaw blade with a conventional bike chain.
Check out the awesome demo/promo video below.
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If you’re interested in smithing, you’ll want to check out the video below that illustrates how to make a propane fueled micro forge using a steel coffee can.
Needless to say, it’s a very budget friendly way to bust into the hobby.
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