Learn How to Make 40 Different Paper Airplanes With This Instructional Website

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iStock/Halfpoint

Making the perfect paper airplane is no easy task. Unless you’re a professional, you probably picked up a few tricks in elementary school—then promptly forgot them. Or, you’ve found one tried-and-true plane design, but have never been able to create another model that will fly straight.

Whatever your paper airplane skill level is, the Fold ’n Fly online database probably has a few designs you’ve never even heard of. The website, which we spotted through Laura Olin's eponymous email newsletter, contains instructions for 40 different paper airplane designs, sorted by both difficulty and the goal you want your airplane to achieve, whether that’s maximum distance, extra time aloft, acrobatic stunts, or just looking pretty.

The step-by-step illustrated instructions can teach you how to make a basic airplane like the ones you likely tried to assemble in school (maximizing time aloft) or something more complicated like the stunt plane, which spins through the air when you throw it. You could also embrace a more origami-style approach, creating intricate designs like a folded white dove that barely flies, but will look great on your desk.

If the written instructions are a bit too hard to follow, there are also links to YouTube video instructions and downloadable pages with marked fold guidelines.

Now there’s no excuse for making a bad paper airplane. Explore the database for yourself here.

[h/t Laura Olin]

This Vincent Van Gogh Action Figure Comes Complete with Removable Ears

Today Is Art Day, Amazon
Today Is Art Day, Amazon

Historians still don’t know how Vincent van Gogh lost his left ear, or for that matter, how much of it was actually lopped off. However, as Bored Panda reports, Today Is Art Day decided to take historic liberties in the name of nerdy fun and created a mini van Gogh action figure, complete with two completely detachable ears.

Today Is Art Day developed a prototype of the 5-inch PVC figurine back in 2017, and to bring it to the art-loving masses, they launched a Kickstarter campaign. Backers who contributed $28 Canadian dollars (around $21 USD) scored their own van Gogh action figure.

A van Gogh action figure next to a miniature 'Starry Night' painting
Today Is Art Day, Amazon

A boxed Vincent van Gogh action figure
Today Is Art Day, Amazon

Fans who missed out on the Kickstarter the first time around can buy one on Amazon now for $24. He even comes in a box decorated with miniature, cut-out replicas of his Sunflowers (1888) and The Starry Night (1889).

Today Is Art Day has since branched out to produce a whole host of other figurines based on famous icons, from other artists like Frida Kahlo and Gustav Klimt to scientific luminaries like Nikola Tesla and Albert Einstein.

[h/t Bored Panda]

A version of this article first ran in 2017. It has been updated to reflect current availability.

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