If you liked David Neevel’s Oreo Separator Machine, we’ve got a treat for you. MTV and its connected content lab, MTV Other, have a new web series starring the quirky physicist.

The new project, Practically Useful, premieres today — watch the debut episode above. It centers on Neevel as he attempts to tackle some of life’s greatest challenges, like applying deodorant and opening bottles.

The physicist, both the star and the creator of the show, stepped into the Internet spotlight after videos of his Oreo splitter and email-writing guitar went viral (watch both below).


Using his engineering skills, Neevel taps commonplace electronics to make “practically useful” inventions — ones that are not only simple, but also simple-minded — to improve our everyday lives. After all, if his brainchilds only work in theory, they’re not “practically useful.”

MTV Other also serves as the home of shows Late Night Munchies, Inside Joke, Showbiz and Rock Stories. The digital studio’s content is currently accessible via the MTV app on iOS and on its standalone site. Apps are also in the works for Android and Xbox users.

What do you think of the first episode of Neevel’s show? Let us know in the comments below.

Image courtesy of MTV Other

Read more: http://mashable.com/2013/06/27/mtv-other-practically-useful/


Jay Z and Beyonce in a scene from the fake film trailer, ‘Run.’
Video: YouTube, JAY Z's Life+Times

Some things are just too good to be true.

That’s how fans felt after watching the trailer for Jay Z and Beyoncé’s Run. The duo released a star-studded movie trailer as a promotion for their upcoming joint tour. The short clip features famous actors, including Don Cheadle, Jake Gyllenhaal, Sean Penn, Emmy Rossum, Rashida Jones and Blake Lively.

But when it was over, the message “Coming Never” blared across the screen. That’s right — all of that money and detail just went into making one incredible, fake trailer.

Fake film trailers run rampant in the entertainment industry, used to promote other pieces of art or just for purely comedic purposes.

Here are 11 other fake trailers we wish promoted real movies.

If you jump a mile the next time you unexpectedly cross paths with a cat, don’t feel bad — everyone from demon hunters to FBI agents can be spooked by a kitty.

Slacktory assembled a supercut of TV and film’s action heroes and horror victims freaking out when they stumble upon cats in unexpected places. They even included a clip of Community poking fun at the surprising cats.

While most of these cats don’t warrant terrified shrieks, Mrs. Summers of Buffy the Vampire Slayer (at 2:05) should be startled by that particular feline, considering it recently rose from the dead.

BONUS: 15 Best Cat Memes Ever

If Wayne Rooney wasn’t a footballer, he’d probably be a fisherman. But the only way he wouldn’t be a footballer is if the clones took over.

Nike’s latest ad, “The Last Game,” in support of World Cup fever takes on a similar premise to the latest dystopian sci-fi movie. It pits man vs. the “perfect” clone — a soccer player that performs like a machine and is, supposedly, unbeatable. But they’re missing one thing: heart (or, as Nike puts it, the willingness to take risks). It’s sort of like a Gattaca that substitutes soccer for space travel.

The best players unite to challenge the clones. We won’t spoil the ending, but lets just say it’s clear is Nike is reminding you that winning players are willing to take risks. Risk makes the game worth watching. Yay risk.

All the 2014 World Cup action starts up on Thursday, June 12.

If you regularly spend more than 10 minutes on the Internet each day, you know that the Internet has a long-standing love affair with cats. Kitten pictures, videos, GIFs — we can’t get enough.

Giggle with joy at the cutest clips of kittens crawling up and slipping down slides in this adorable new video from CrazyFunnyStuffCFS.

Check it out above for your daily dose of adorable kitten footage.

BONUS: 15 Best Cat Memes Ever [MEOW]


The 2012 U.S. presidential election, fittingly dubbed the first meme election by some people, came to end this week when Americans re-elected Barack Obama.

While his victory messages went viral across Facebook and Twitter, other candid moments and political parodies caught people’s attention on the web (watch the video).

Never ones to stray away from attention, cats also clawed their way into the spotlight, as did Angry Birds.

BONUS: Speaking of Cats …

It’s not just the superheroes who wear the masks.

Marvel cover artist Mr. Garcin, who is known for his stunning collages, wears a face mask when he is in public. The mysterious artist has crafted covers for The Amazing Spiderman, Daredevil and Iron Man.

As part of his appearance at London Comic-Con 2014, Garcin created a time-lapse video with camera manufacturer Autographer to show how he creates his work.

“I really wanted to share with my fans how exactly it’s done. […] I really enjoyed the challenge, actually. My work normally takes days or weeks to complete, but to make the video work, I had to do it in hours,” Garcin told Mashable.


Image: Mr. Garcin


Image: Mr. Garcin

More of Garcin’s work can be found on his official Facebook page.