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Rebel Scum Makes Bamboo Death Star, Puts Plans on YouTube

YouTube // frank howarth
YouTube // frank howarth

Frank Howarth is a woodworker and filmmaker. He is also apparently a traitor to the Galactic Empire!

On May 4, 2016, Howarth posted this video detailing the plans for a wood turned bamboo Death Star, complete with superlaser dish and trench. Now, lest you think this is just a woodworking video (which would be fine), tune in for the Star Wars in-jokes, including a fancy CGI Death Star hologram (around 2:40). This is incredible. Behold:

Best YouTube comment: "You've turned wood to the dark side. The emperor will be pleased."

* = May the 4th be with you.

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Listen to What Darth Vader Sounded Like On the Star Wars Set
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The voice of Darth Vader, provided by James Earl Jones, is one of the most iconic aspects of the original Star Wars movies. But James Earl Jones wasn't the actor wearing that outfit—it was British actor David Prowse, who was cast in part because he was huge (reportedly 6'5" and a former body-building champion).

George Lucas always intended to replace Prowse's voice, but it's still a bit of a shock to hear a muffled British voice coming out of Darth Vader's helmet. Here's video showing what Darth Vader sounded like on the set before James Earl Jones re-recorded the dialogue.

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How to Perform the Star Wars Theme—On Calculators
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The iconic Star Wars theme has been recreated with glass harps, theremins, and even cat meows. Now, Laughing Squid reports that the team over at YouTube channel It’s a small world have created a version that can be played on calculators.

The channel’s math-related music videos feature covers of popular songs like Luis Fonsi’s "Despacito," Ed Sheeran’s "Shape of You," and the Pirates of the Caribbean theme, all of which are performed on two or more calculators. The Star Wars theme, though, is played across five devices, positioned together into a makeshift keyboard of sorts.

The video begins with a math-musician who transcribes number combinations into notes. Then, they break into an elaborate practice chord sequence on two, and then four, calculators. Once they’re all warmed up, they begin playing the epic opening song we all know and love, which you can hear for yourself in all its electronic glory below.

[h/t Laughing Squid]

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