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How much helium does it take to lift a person?
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The Aéroplume, in France, is a helium blimp sized for one person. €60 gets you half an hour's flight. I had to try it. ■ More about Aéroplume: aeroplume.fr ■ This isn't sponsored: I paid for my flight at the normal price, I was the one to contact them asking permission, and Aéroplume had no editorial control. I am, however, amazed that in the ten years this has been going, no-one's ever told me...
This is the most interesting roof in London.
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The @Royal Albert Hall is 150 years old; the roof is 600 tonnes of glass and steel. And it turns out that there's a terrifying technicians' trampoline, acoustic-dampening mushrooms, and a complete lack of connections. Thanks to everyone at the Royal Albert Hall: www.royalalberthall.com/ Camera by Jamie MacLeod www.jamiemacleod.co.uk/ Aerial operations by Phil Conrad and Freddie Conrad from Phot...
This massive truck makes artificial earthquakes
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The "T-Rex" is the University of Texas' large mobile shaker, and I got to see it in action. ■ More about the shakers: utexas.designsafe-ci.org/ I'm at tomscott.com on Twitter at tomscott on Facebook at tomscott and on Instagram as tomscottgo
Why the US Army electrifies this water
Visualizações 13 miMês atrás
The Chicago and Sanitary Ship Canal is the path that invasive carp would take to reach the Great Lakes. So to stop them, the US Army Corps of Engineers has installed an electric barrier. Although for obvious reasons, I didn't get to see it close up. [The interviewee is project manager Jeff Zuercher, whose name caption got missed out! Apologies, Jeff.] Sources, apart from the interview and the t...
Delivering mail by jumping from a moving boat
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On Lake Geneva, Wisconsin, there's a summer tradition: "mail jumping". It's a bit dangerous, a bit ridiculous, and would never be allowed to start today. But it's a tradition. ■ Thanks to the Lake Geneva Cruise Line: www.cruiselakegeneva.com/ Edited by Michelle Martin mrsmmartin I'm at tomscott.com on Twitter at tomscott on Facebook at tomscott and on Instag...
How the US Postal Service reads terrible handwriting
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At the Remote Encoding Center in Salt Lake City, keyers process 1.2 billion images of mail every year. It's a more difficult job than I thought. Edited by Michelle Martin: mrsmmartin Thanks to Zack from JerryRigEverything for being the camera op: brclip.com/user/jerryrigeverything I'm at tomscott.com on Twitter at tomscott on Facebook at tomscott and on Inst...
A geyser that shoots sparkling mineral water
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In Soda Springs, Idaho, there's a geyser that fires carbonated water into the air, on the hour, every hour. I paid a visit. ■ Thanks to all the folks from Soda Springs who helped with this video! Edited by Michelle Martin mrsmmartin Camera by Mason Scharf, Terry Gilbert, and Gregg Haney, each of whom happened to be in the right place at the right time for a different eruption: thank...
A 400-year-old festival has the world's largest walking robot
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Tradinno weighs 11 tonnes, has a 12-metre wingspan, and breathes fire. And every year, someone has to stab it with a spear. ■ More information: www.bayerischer-wald.de/attraktion/die-drachenhoehle-41ad70b6b8 Location camera: Moritz Janisch Producer: Marcel Fenchel www.fenchel-janisch.com/ Editor: Michelle Martin mrsmmartin I'm at tomscott.com on Twitter at tomscott on Fa...
I visited the Yellowstone Zone of Death
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I feel like there are other BRclip channels that would take a different approach here. ▪ With thanks to Professor Brian Kalt: his original article is here: papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=691642 any inaccuracies that have slipped in are mine alone, and this is, obviously, not legal advice! To save you doing the research, my location while recording this was approximately 44.14 N, 11...
Flying here is (surprisingly) legal
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The Hudson River Special Flight Rules Area is an incredible thing: unrestricted airspace right next to Manhattan. We flew it. ■ Thanks to John De Groot, and to Century Air (who mostly provide pilot training, so I'm grateful that they took the time to arrange this!): centuryair.com/ - this is not sponsored, I paid for my flight and their time. The flight and radio procedures in this video have b...
A working flight simulator, no computers necessary
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There are only a few working Link Trainers left in the world: but before microprocessors, before display screnes, half a million pilots learned the basics of instrument flying inside one. More: www.most.org/explore/link-flight-trainer/ Edited by Michelle Martin, mrsmmartin I'm at tomscott.com on Twitter at tomscott on Facebook at tomscott and on Instagram as...
This clock was famous, but the internet ruined it.
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It feels like no-one's told the world about this yet. ■ AD: 👨‍💻 NordVPN's best deal is here: nordvpn.com/tomscott - with a 30-day money-back guarantee! ■ More: Royal FloraHolland's flower auction in Aalsmeer had a famous clock: a literal Dutch auction where the first person to press their button would win. But it's no more, and that's down to the internet. www.royalfloraholland.com/en/about-us/...
Can you really drive while facing backwards?
Visualizações 1,4 mi3 meses atrás
The team at Sparkmate (Spkm.co/Build) asked if I had any ideas for things to build. And I realised that, yes, I had a question to answer: and it all goes back to an old kids' television show called "Captain Scarlet and the Mysterons"... This isn't an advert for Sparkmate. I've not been paid, and they had no control over the edit, the story, or whether it was published at all. However, they've o...
It's a pile of mining waste. Want to go skiing on it?
Visualizações 1,4 mi3 meses atrás
Monte Kaolino, in Bavaria, Germany, is 35 million tonnes of quartz sand, piled up over the years from a nearby kaolin mine. In the 1960s, one guy just turned up with skis, and now half a century later it's a theme-park destination for sandboarders and skiiers. ■ More: www.montekaolino.eu/ Location camera: Moritz Janisch Producer: Marcel Fenchel www.fenchel-janisch.com/ Editor: Dave Stevenson da...
Maybe rich people should build weird fountains again
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Maybe rich people should build weird fountains again
I rode a giant mechanical elephant. You can too.
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I rode a giant mechanical elephant. You can too.
The massive Fatigue Carousel helps keep roads safe
Visualizações 3,5 mi4 meses atrás
The massive Fatigue Carousel helps keep roads safe
I flew with birds. You can too.
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I flew with birds. You can too.
You're not allowed in this cave. But there's a copy.
Visualizações 1,9 mi4 meses atrás
You're not allowed in this cave. But there's a copy.
Europe's toughest airport landing used to be a lot harder
Visualizações 1,9 mi4 meses atrás
Europe's toughest airport landing used to be a lot harder
Downhill, on a couch, on public roads.
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Downhill, on a couch, on public roads.
The bridge that must legally wobble
Visualizações 3 mi5 meses atrás
The bridge that must legally wobble
My robot double sells out (so I don't have to)
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My robot double sells out (so I don't have to)
How does Britain know what time it is?
Visualizações 1,4 mi5 meses atrás
How does Britain know what time it is?
The giant archive hidden under the British countryside
Visualizações 1,4 mi5 meses atrás
The giant archive hidden under the British countryside
Reopening an airport terminal is harder than you might think
Visualizações 1,5 mi6 meses atrás
Reopening an airport terminal is harder than you might think
14 science fiction stories in under 6 minutes
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14 science fiction stories in under 6 minutes
After 140 years, this old technology still keeps trains safe
Visualizações 2,2 mi6 meses atrás
After 140 years, this old technology still keeps trains safe
The Elie Chainwalk is safe, as long as you follow the signs
Visualizações 1,2 mi6 meses atrás
The Elie Chainwalk is safe, as long as you follow the signs
We Sent Garlic Bread to the Edge of Space, Then Ate It
Visualizações 60 mi4 anos atrás
We Sent Garlic Bread to the Edge of Space, Then Ate It
This Video Has 59,447,604 Views
Visualizações 59 mi2 anos atrás
This Video Has 59,447,604 Views
Why California's Musical Road Sounds Terrible
Visualizações 17 mi4 anos atrás
Why California's Musical Road Sounds Terrible
Ten Illegal Things To Do In London
Visualizações 15 mi9 anos atrás
Ten Illegal Things To Do In London
G-Force, Jerk, and Passing Out In A Centrifuge
Visualizações 14 mi4 anos atrás
G-Force, Jerk, and Passing Out In A Centrifuge
Why the US Army electrifies this water
Visualizações 13 miMês atrás
The Chicago and Sanitary Ship Canal is the path that invasive carp would take to reach the Great Lakes. So to stop them, the US Army Corps of Engineers has installed an electric barrier. Although for obvious reasons, I didn't get to see it close up. [The interviewee is project manager Jeff Zuercher, whose name caption got missed out! Apologies, Jeff.] Sources, apart from the interview and the t...
If Educational Videos Were Filmed Like Music Videos
Visualizações 12 mi3 anos atrás
If Educational Videos Were Filmed Like Music Videos
Two Drums and a Cymbal Fall off a Cliff
Visualizações 12 mi13 anos atrás
Two Drums and a Cymbal Fall off a Cliff
Why You Can't Buy Dasani Water in Britain
Visualizações 9 mi2 anos atrás
Why You Can't Buy Dasani Water in Britain
Do The Numbers On Toaster Dials Mean Minutes?
Visualizações 9 mi7 anos atrás
Do The Numbers On Toaster Dials Mean Minutes?
Ten years ago, I predicted 2022. Did I get it right?
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Ten years ago, I predicted 2022. Did I get it right?
Will YouTube Ever Run Out Of Video IDs?
Visualizações 8 mi6 anos atrás
Will BRclip Ever Run Out Of Video IDs?
I Can't Show You How Pink This Pink Is
Visualizações 8 mi5 anos atrás
I Can't Show You How Pink This Pink Is
Why Snow and Confetti Ruin YouTube Video Quality
Visualizações 8 mi6 anos atrás
Why Snow and Confetti Ruin BRclip Video Quality
Sinking Ship Simulator: The Royal Navy's Damage Repair Instructional Unit
Visualizações 8 mi7 anos atrás
Sinking Ship Simulator: The Royal Navy's Damage Repair Instructional Unit
YouTubers have to declare ads. Why doesn't anyone else?
Visualizações 8 miAnos atrás
BRcliprs have to declare ads. Why doesn't anyone else?
YouTube's Copyright System Isn't Broken. The World's Is.
Visualizações 7 mi2 anos atrás
BRclip's Copyright System Isn't Broken. The World's Is.
This Video Is 2D And 3D Simultaneously: the Pulfrich Effect
Visualizações 7 mi4 anos atrás
This Video Is 2D And 3D Simultaneously: the Pulfrich Effect
A Million Dollars vs A Billion Dollars, Visualized: A Road Trip
Visualizações 7 mi2 anos atrás
A Million Dollars vs A Billion Dollars, Visualized: A Road Trip
The Little-Known Patterns on British Streets
Visualizações 7 mi5 anos atrás
The Little-Known Patterns on British Streets
2½ Hours of Unedited Garlic Bread Flight Footage
Visualizações 7 mi4 anos atrás
2½ Hours of Unedited Garlic Bread Flight Footage
Why 1/1/1970 Bricks Your iPhone
Visualizações 7 mi6 anos atrás
Why 1/1/1970 Bricks Your iPhone
British Plugs Are Better Than All Other Plugs, And Here's Why
Visualizações 7 mi8 anos atrás
British Plugs Are Better Than All Other Plugs, And Here's Why
The Language Sounds That Could Exist, But Don't
Visualizações 7 mi3 anos atrás
The Language Sounds That Could Exist, But Don't
The shooting range where you fire over a busy road
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The shooting range where you fire over a busy road
Why You Can't Name A File CON In Windows
Visualizações 6 mi2 anos atrás
Why You Can't Name A File CON In Windows
Why I Can't Show You The H******** S***
Visualizações 6 mi6 anos atrás
Why I Can't Show You The H S
I promise this story about microwaves is interesting.
Visualizações 6 miAnos atrás
I promise this story about microwaves is interesting.
The Most Dangerous Stretch of Water in the World: The Strid at Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire
Visualizações 6 mi6 anos atrás
The Most Dangerous Stretch of Water in the World: The Strid at Bolton Abbey, Yorkshire
Why You Can Spot Bad Green Screen
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Why You Can Spot Bad Green Screen