The Late Movies: Ridiculous Instructional Videos

Note: This post originally appeared last year. Ransom Riggs is on book leave.

Our friends over at everythingisterrible have been busy combing through dusty piles of VHS tapes, looking for bizarre gems that time forgot. Many, many of them turn out to be from instructional how-to videos, which appear to be semi-homemade (or at least self-funded). Here are some of our favorites. (Note: everythingisterrible edits their videos to highlight the most ridiculous bits. Do not adjust your set!)

Whip Cracking Made Easy

Confident Public Speaking

As explained by the world's worst prop comedian.

THE WORST PROP COMEDIAN EVER! from Everything Is Terrible on Vimeo.

Predicting the Weather for Pilots

Crazy eyes make me not trust you, pilot man!

Well, hello fellow pilots... from Everything Is Terrible on Vimeo.

Let's Go (Web) Surfing!

But wait: first you'll need at least 4 megabytes of RAM!

Get A New Girlfriend -- With Math!

I don't remember doing my homework ever being this fun.

How to Make Turkey Calls with Your Mouth

The video box reads: "Hunting the North American Wild Turkey provides the ultimate challenge to even seasoned hunters. Learn how to outsmart these cagey birds from professional hunter and award-winning turkey caller, Jerry Antley."

Moms Hate Bedwetters

"This short informative video was made in 1999 by the Rhone-Poulenc pharmaceutical company to tell kids all about DDAVP tablets in a hip way that kids would understand." The opening reenactment of an actual bed-wetting/mom-hating incident is priceless.

A Woman's Guide to Watching Football

"It's just a big jumble of bodies, and I don't get it!!" Help is on the way, Lois.

Pumpkin Carving Made Easy!

This man has carved more than 4,000 pumpkins in eight years. That is insane.

THE PUNKIN MAN! from Everything Is Terrible on Vimeo.

The 3 Keys to Successful Conduit Bending

The computer animations are especially nice here.


Bone Broth 101

Whether you drink it on its own or use it as stock, bone broth is the perfect recipe to master this winter. Special thanks to the Institute of Culinary Education

Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?

If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

Learn more about parrot speech below (after you're done jamming out to Hatebeak).


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