Sunday, August 19, 2018

These Guys Use A Vacuum Cannon To Destroy A Soda Can With A Ping Pong

These Guys Use A Vacuum Cannon To Destroy A Soda Can With A Ping Pong Ball

You may be wondering how it's possible that something as weak and flimsy as a ping pong ball could actually cut right through a metal soda can, but I assure you, it is totally possible.

Zeke Kossover demonstrates how easy it is to make a vacuum cannon, a device that can surely make a ping pong ball destroy an aluminum can. 

Check it out for yourself!

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A representative (Zeke Kossover) from the Exploratorium, an interactive science museum in San Francisco, appeared on an episode of Tested to show off a nifty vacuum cannon.

But, still, how is a ping pong ball able to break through anything? No matter how hard you throw it at someone, it's just not going to do much damage. 

A ping pong ball might be able to break through something like a soft cucumber, but a can?

I don't believe it, let's see.

Zeke explains that one factor that makes it so hard to make ping pong balls fly quickly for long distances is wind resistance.

Ping pong balls almost immediately slow down the second you hit them because they are instantly met with tons of drag. 

One way to get around this is to make a PVC vacuum cannon. 

Zeke demonstrates that first, after putting the ping pong ball into the tube, you have to seal the outer ends of the tube as well. 

Zeke reasons that if air resistance is the thing holding back the speed of a ping pong ball, then air needs to be removed from the tube.

He does this with a vacuum pump, of course. 

Zeke then explains that when the seal at the end of the tube opposite the can is punctured, an enormous amount of air will rush into it, propelling the ball.

He estimates that by the time the ping pong ball reaches the end of the tube, it may be going as fast as 500 mph. To put things into perspective, the speed of sound is roughly 768 mph. Are you ready for the moment of truth?

In this slow motion shot, you can see the ping pong ball fly right through the can. The can never even had a chance!

It's pretty remarkable how powerful air itself can be. No combustion needed. 

Here is the full video for you to watch!

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This '90s Inspired Lip Trend Will Send You Back In Time

This '90s Inspired Lip Trend Will Send You Back In Time

If you grew up in the '90s, then you must know of Lisa Frank. Remember the completely psychedelic stationery, coloring books, and more that featured cute animals and insane patterns? Yes, this is the Lisa Frank I'm referring to. And if you're anything like me, any new trend that reflects back on '90s fads will bring you an instant feeling of joy. So when I heard that holographic lips were apparently now a thing, you can bet your bottom dollar I smiled about it. 

Think Britney Spears circa her first album; those glossy, pastel lip looks that we all tried so hard to replicate. The wild, bright, reflective lip looks remind me of something Lisa Frank would've made a lip gloss line out of, so obviously I'm a supporter of this mesmerizing new trend. Are you brave enough to give holographic lips a go? Keep reading for 12 photos of the holographic lip trend to find out! 

1. This is basically the entire Lisa Frank color palette summarized into one super-glossy lip look. This is practically like staring at a work of art. 

2. I love how this makeup artist chose to leave her top lip plain black to really emphasize the holographic lower lip. The teal and faint copper colors stand out so well against the matte black base color. 

3. What a beautiful, feminine lip look. This baby pink color has the perfect amount of subtle, holographic shimmer. 

4. If mermaids had a signature lip color, this would undoubtedly be it. This blue and purple holographic lip look is seriously out of this world.

5. This is another half-and-half lip look that I'm totally digging. If someone did me the honor of giving me this lip look, it'd be impossible to drag me away from the mirror. 

6. This is a super edgy, unique, and wildly bold lip look. It's one thing to pull off black lips alone, but to rock a black, holographic lip look is a whole other story. 

7. This makeup artist has some intense lip lining skills. Her talent is clearly displayed in the fact that this rose lip liner blends in seamlessly with the holographic gloss. 

8. Paired with her holographic pearl nails and nose ring, this lip look is 100% showstopping. I'm already having visions of my next Halloween costume: Ice Queen. 

9. This purple and gold lip look totally reminds me of Britney Spears's makeup circa the early 2000s. And if Britney would wear it back then, it's inarguably cool now. 

10. This lip look combines all of the hottest trends of this season: burgundy, metallic, and holographic. This is pure talent. 

11. If the holographic lip trend is a little too wild for you, why not try out a more subtle lip look instead? This stunning copper and peach color is courtesy of Sigma Beauty's lip gloss in "Dazzling."

12. I adore how this mainly purple lip gloss looks when the light reflects on it. Those emerald green and copper colors are so eye-catching. 

Rhinestone Eye Makeup Is Beyond Glamorous

Rhinestone Eye Makeup Is Beyond Glamorous

My favorite thing about glitter is that it just shines. Who wouldn't want sparkly eyelids? If you love glitter, then you need to check out something that shines a little bit brighter. So many beauty bloggers have been rocking rhinestones on their eyelids, and it's beyond beautiful. Keep reading to check out these gorgeous rhinestone looks. I'm pretty much obsessed. 

Rhinestones are so much better than glitter. 

They just shine so much brighter. 

This totally reminds me of a mermaid. 

Be jealous, Ariel. 

I love this subtle rhinestone look. 

It just adds so much drama to her makeup.

Forgot wearing eyeshadow, I want to rock rhinestones on my eyelids. 

Love it. 

I really want to try this look out. 


Fit for a queen. 

Would you rock rhinestones? Comment to let us know! 

Saturday, August 18, 2018

This Strong Family Turns Their Loss Into Their New Life Mission

This Strong Family Turns Their Loss Into Their New Life Mission

Losing a child is every parent's worst nightmare. 

It's what keeps us up in the wee hours of the night. It's what feeds our fears when we turn our backs. It's what drives us to overprotect. 

Unfortunately, none of those things can stop fate.

And when we're dealt difficult cards, we still need to play. We still need to move forward, sometime, somehow. 

Let's hear how one family has turned their worst nightmare into a mission to change the world in their late daughter Camille's name. 

When you're done, please SHARE to spread support for this courageous family. 

Their little baby girl Camille was only 14 months old when she climbed out of her high chair and headed outside. 

Tragically, she climbed her way into the backyard spa and drowned. 

As you can imagine, such a hardship devastated the family. 

They struggled to accept what had happened. And then...

On what would have been her second birthday, an idea was born. 

Mom Stephanie realized that something good could come from this terrible loss. 

"Her birthday is one of those days I'm determined to celebrate and not mourn because I got to have her in my life."

This mom appreciates every single second she shared with her late daughter.

Every single year since that second would-be birthday in 2009, the family does something special to pay tribute to their baby girl who was taken way too soon. 

They complete random acts of kindness in her honor. 

They have touched thousands of people's lives so far. The amount of people who've said they are doing random acts of kindness too is incredible! 

Sometimes the random act of kindness comes through baking cakes and hosting a party for the neighborhood; sometimes it's about taking someone to lunch. Other times, it's through releasing balloons. Every single time though, it's all about connection and community. 

I'll leave you with this brave mom's wonderful words regarding their family's mission: "It warms my heart and makes me feel like she still had a purpose here." 

The best part? You can help this family see their mission through by doing your own random act of kindness too! 

I suggest you start with a SHAREon this post so other people can help out too! 

You can hear more about this family's mission to change the world with kindness here:

Don't forget to SHARE!

h/t YouTube / Humankind

Main and collage image via YouTube / Humankind 

Answers To 7 Classic Magic Tricks

Answers To 7 Classic Magic Tricks

The best part about magic tricks is getting to wonder how they do it! However, not everyone loves the thrill of not knowing as much as others, so for those people, there are answers. 

Classic magic tricks from as far back as the early 1800s have been explained and the magic behind them revealed. You might be disappointed with how easily you were tricked once you find out how some of these illusions are done. But as lovely as childlike wonder can be, knowing the answers can be just as fun — especially when you learn how Michael Jackson defied gravity in his dance moves.

1. Levitation

The woman lays on a board which is held up by a metal rod. The magician stands to hide the rod, so where he is standing determines how well the trick is executed. 

2. Cutting A Body In Half

The person in this box has to tuck their body in to give the illusion that their body is being cut into pieces. Fake feet are attached at the end for when the model moves.

3. Zig Zag Girl

This trick is actually quite simple. When the assistant steps into the box, she turns her body sideways so that when the blades go in, they slide right past her body. When the mid section of the box is pushed out, only her hand goes with it, but the black lining of the box gives the illusion that her midsection has completely shifted.

4. Into The Air

This trick is very similar to the other levitation trick but the magician does not stand in front of the support. He then passes a hoop over the assistant only going as far as the support allows which gives the illusion that the body is floating in the air.

5. Floating Man Illusion

The street performer sits on a metal seat that is attached to a rod and that rod is attached to a platform that will be concealed by a carpet.

6. Cut In Half

This is one of the most classic tricks. One assistant is already in the box before the trick starts, her body concealed. When the other assistant gets in the box, the one already inside puts her legs out while the other hides hers, only her upper body showing. When the blades go in and the box separates, we are actually seeing one half of two people.

7. Michael Jackson Dance Trick

This dance move is much simpler than you thought! A groove in the shoes catches on a lift so when you lean beyond your center of gravity, you can return to an upright position without falling over!

8. David Copperfield Makes The Statue Of Liberty Disappear

David Copperfield is known for his incredible disappearing acts and one that has baffled many is when the magician made the Statue of Liberty vanish. How did he do it? The audience and pillars next to the statue were on a rotating platform. The audience was moved so that the statue was out of view but they didn't know they had been moved.

9. Buzz Saw

Similar to cutting a body in half this trick requires two people. The band that secures one person to the table also helps hide the other body. The blade comes down between the two giving the impression it is sawing the one in half.

10. Criss Angel Levitation

Very similar to the floating man trick, Criss Angel used a hidden leg to step onto for his levitation trick. He would step out of his shoe and onto the leg to make it appear he was floating with both feet in the air.

11. The Guillotine

The top of the guillotine is real, even the sharp blade. The lower half is actually a compartment so that when the blade drops, it hits little blocks that keep the person from actually being beheaded. There is a trap door that lets the person's head and shoulders drop and a shell in their coat makes it appear as if the body is still there — without a head.

12. Card Through The Window Trick

David Blaine's card trick has baffled many people. He gets a volunteer to pick a card from a deck, show the audience, then place the card back in the deck. He would then scatter the cards at a window and the selected card would stick — but on the opposite side of the window... 

To achieve this trick, another person stood on the other side of the window with a separate deck of cards and place the chosen card on it while the audience wasn't looking.

13. Walking On Water

Criss Angel can levitate and he can also walk on water...sorta. This trick is made possible with Plexiglas pillars coming up through the pool of water that he steps on. Not so impressive anymore...

14. Bullet Catch

While this trick has evolved over the years, the essence of it remains the same. A bullet is fired through a sheet of glass at a volunteer and they catch it in their teeth. 

The bullet actually drops upon firing and a fake marking is made on the glass. A stage hand duplicates the bullet which the volunteer places in their mouth to show after the gun has been fired.

We're sorry if this ruined some of the magic for you.

Not all tricks have good explanations for them. Some magicians just really are special and can perform illusions and acts that the only answer for how they were done is quite simply, magic.