Today we’ve got a fun treat for you… two dozen short, offbeat and even educational videos that are just great fun to watch. (You’ll even learn some cool things if you pay attention!)
First up, the amazing “Gallopin’ Gertie” bridge.
This is on-the-scene documentation of the 1940 collapse of the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. Slender, elegant and graceful, the Tacoma Narrows Bridge stretched like a steel ribbon across Puget Sound in 1940. The third longest suspension span in the world opened on July 1st. Only four months later, the great span’s short life ended in disaster. “Galloping Gertie,” collapsed in a windstorm on November 7,1940.
The bridge became famous as “the most dramatic failure in bridge engineering history.” Now, it’s also “one of the world’s largest man-made reefs.” The sunken remains of Galloping Gertie were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1992 to protect her from salvagers.
The story of the failure of the 1940 Narrows Bridge and the success of the Current Narrows Bridge is a great American saga. When Galloping Gertie splashed into Puget Sound, it created ripple effects across the nation and around the world. The event changed forever how engineers design suspension bridges. Gertie’s failure led to the safer suspension spans we use today.
How Doughnuts Are Made
How Drawbridges Work
How Dry Cleaners Work
How A Movie Projector Works
How Water Jets Cut Steel
How Air Conditioning Works
Huge Giant Spider Chases Teenager. Say what?
Here are two great video looks at a breed of goat that has a most interesting (and unexpectedly hilarious) trait. We need a few of these on our farm just for the novelty of it. Enjoy!
How Stuff Works: From Trees to Houses
Here’s a great series of four videos from the Discover Channel’s “How Stuff Works” program showing what it takes to get the wood used to build your house.
Getting the Trees
Trees can grow anywhere. This can sometimes cause a problem for harvesting. Watch how loggers airlift the timber from hard to reach areas.
Learn what wood hookers and widow makers do and also hear about the occupational dangers that exist for these lumber workers.
In order to get the highest yield of the timber harvest, the lumber industry relies on circular saws and laser beams to turn the logs into square boards.
Wood and Nails
The relationship between wood and nail is a very unique one, and most houses are a product of this relationship. Learn more about this special bond in this episode.
Wakko’s 50 State Capitols
Here’s Wakko’s catchy and popular “50 State Capitols” song from the Animaniacs cartoon. Fun!
The Presidents Song
A song to remember the names of all the Presidents of the U.S, set to the tune of Yankee Doodle.
The Science of Summer
Why do we have summertime? Find out in this great National Geographic video!
FAST AND SLOW…
How about some watermelon? Yum!…
(Hey, these look like the bananas on OUR kitchen shelf!)
And finally, here’s a delightful little cartoon about a Kiwi… who is quite intent on fulfilling a dream.