Former NASA Engineer Builds Farting Glitter Bomb to Teach Porch Pirates a Lesson

Mark Rober, YouTube
Mark Rober, YouTube

If you’re looking to exact revenge on the porch pirate who stole your Amazon package, look no further than YouTuber Mark Rober’s clever tactic. As The Verge reports, the former NASA engineer disguised a seemingly ordinary package as a “glitter bomb” and planted it on his porch. Then he sat back and waited for someone to take the bait. You can see the hilarious results in the video below.

It all started when Rober’s security cameras captured someone stealing a package from his porch, but the police told him an official investigation wouldn't be worth their time. So he decided to opt for some vigilante justice instead.

He had technical know-how on his side, having previously constructed things like a hot tub filled with liquid sand and a dart board that moves to ensure you'll always get a bullseye.

This time around, he decided to celebrate the thief’s “choice of profession” with a “cloud of glitter.” While Rober admits he could have just used a simple spring-loading mechanism for the task, also wanted to capture the thief's reaction on camera.

He spent six months working on the design and outfitted the box with motion sensors, a GPS tracker, and four cell phones with wide-angle cameras. All of this would ensure that the thief was caught on camera, no matter which angle they opened the box from.

The technology inside the box is probably worth more than your average Amazon order, so he also installed some fart spray for good measure. It continues to release five sprays of the foul-smelling stuff every 30 seconds, practically guaranteeing that any thief would throw away the package before they realized what it contained. (Spoiler alert: That's exactly what happened.) Then, using the GPS trackers, Rober could recover it and reuse the device.

Even if he didn't get his package back, it's designed to automatically upload the footage to the cloud, where Rober could watch it.

The whole package is designed to look like an Apple HomePod. And, because Rober was having fun with the little details, he slapped a fake delivery label on the box. The sender? Kevin McCallister of Home Alone fame, who inspired the project, Rober says.

He had the chance to test it out on a few unsuspecting thieves, and you can watch their hilarious reactions in the video below.

[h/t The Verge]

Watch the Game of Thrones Title Sequence Recreated With Paper Sculptures

moleskineart via YouTube
moleskineart via YouTube

Before every episode of Game of Thrones, viewers are given an aerial tour of Westeros in an animation created by Angus Wall and the designers at Elastic. In 2016, to promote four new notebook designs inspired by the show and its characters, Moleskine worked with Dadomani Studios to recreate the King's Landing section of the animation, using paper and stop motion animation instead of 3D computer graphics to present a unique take on the already memorable opening.

According to a behind-the-scenes video shared by FastCoDesign, the model was made using over 7600 pieces of paper and took about 160 hours to complete. The creators are shown painstakingly cutting and gluing each tiny piece together to build the gears and other architectural features of the capital. More than 700 photos were taken of the handmade towers and houses, which were then animated to form the 40-second video (above).

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Updated for 2019.

Watch 174,373 Game of Thrones Deaths in 23 Minutes

HBO
HBO

Valar morghulis, indeed. While Game of Thrones is known for its complex plot lines, epic battles, and countless characters, the show would be nothing without its love of gore. Between its major murders and full-scale, fan-favorite clashes like the Battle of the Bastards, there have been seemingly innumerable killings since the show premiered in 2011. It's hard to imagine recounting all the deaths on the show, but thanks to YouTube channel Leon Andrew Razon Compilations, you can watch more than 170,000 of them in just over 20 minutes.

This YouTube video attempts to document each and every death from Game of Thrones's first seven seasons, with a body count totaling a whopping 174,373.

While the video is a bit quick, you can see the scenes of some of the most famous Game of Thrones deaths ever, including those of Joffrey Baratheon and Robb Stark. And even the smallest of deaths are counted, including Melisandre's leeches and the Freys' crow. No person or animal (RIP, Lady) is left out. Battle scenes obviously rack up the most bodies and the tally rises sharply as the seasons progress.

With the upcoming final battle for the Iron Throne and the conclusion of the eighth and final season, we're sure many more names will be added to this list of the dead. We're just hoping our favorite characters can avoid it.

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