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How To : Watch the 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards Online

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards take place this Sunday, January 16th, 2011 between the hours of 5 and 8 PM PST — that's 8 & 11 PM for those of you on the East Coast (and Somewhere in the Middle for those of you Somewhere in the Middle). Can't make it to the Beverly Hilton ...more

How To : Solve a Rubik's Cube puzzle with Dan Brown

Erno Rubik's Magic Cube is a puzzle that's been frustrating people since its release in the early seventies. Erno's mystifying three-dimensional puzzle cube consists of 6 faces, 26 cubes and 54 stickers of solid colors (traditionally white, red, blue, orange, green, and yellow ...more

How To : Make a realistic Fallout 3 dart gun prop

One of the many reasons for the Fallout series enduring popularity is the wide variety of creative and retro-futuristic weapons available for the player to lay waste with. Most of them are not real, but by gumption this girl has made one of them so! This video will show you ho ...more

How To : Fold a jumping jack origami paper toy

Paper. It's usually just for writing, but for origamists, there's no lead or ink involved. It's all about the precision of the hand, the delicate touch. It's origami, not hunting with buckshot. If you're a beginner origami maker, then plain old folding instructions aren't goi ...more

How To : Find the Best Black Friday Weekend Sales Online

Yesterday was the biggest shopping event of the year— Black Friday— the day after Thanksgiving. Most waiting in huge lines, getting swallowed up by commercialism on its biggest profit-turning day, and there's still tons of shopping to be had on Saturday and Sunday, with many s ...more

How To : Plan a kid safe, very green baby shower

Julie Auclair introduces authors of a book called "Celebrate Green." This book shows you how to throw a baby shower the "green" way. Guests do not realize that some of the gifts they give can be harmful, toxic, or not recyclable. You start with the three "R's", reduce, reuse a ...more

How To : Create and animate a stop motion LEGO brickfilm

Create and animate a stop motion LEGO brickfilm! Yes, that's right... you can make your very own animated brickfilm, but wait... what exactly is a brickfilm? Brickfilms are animated films using LEGO, Mega Bloks, or other plastic construction building block toys. Most are stop ...more

How To : Build a DIY laser cutter gas containment chamber

If you are the proud owner of a laser cutter, you had better be careful with your expensive new toy. Some materials can damage the optics in your laser or produce poisonous gas when you cut them, so you need to make a gas containment chamber to work in. Watch this video to fin ...more

How To : Have and properly take care of your pet rat

Though rodents may have a bad reputation, a rat can make a great pet for kids. Rats need a good sized cage, lots of toys and regular trips to the vet to maintain their teeth and make sure they don't get sick. Follow these tips to keep your new pet happy and healthy!

How To : Origami a tessellation hexagon twist

Regular hexagons are so blah, so amp up the tried and true geometric shape (and kindergarten building blocks toy) by adding a whole new dimension! Make your hexagons go 3D wih this tutorial on how to create a hexagon twist. It is a technique that is often used in origami tess ...more

How To : Use a hula hoop

You might know that the best way to learn something is from a professional. But you might not have known that there are pro hoola hoopists. There are. And Marawa the Amazing, star of the La Clique cabaret show is one of them. In this hoola-hooping how-to, she'll show you how t ...more

How To : Do the monorail/gondola yo-yo trick

This video tutorial shows you how to do the monorail/gondola yo-yo trick. The yo-yo is one of the oldest living toys around, and the modern yo-yo of today was born is Santa Barbara, California. There's a gazillion yoyo tricks that you can put in your hobby arsenal, so pay atte ...more

How To : Do the one drop project yo-yo trick

This video tutorial shows you how to do the one drop project yo-yo trick. The yo-yo is one of the oldest living toys around, and the modern yo-yo of today was born is Santa Barbara, California. There's a gazillion yoyo tricks that you can put in your hobby arsenal, so pay atte ...more

How To : Do the Yukki Spencer yo-yo trick

This video tutorial shows you how to do the Yukki Spencer yo-yo trick from the 2007 World Finals. The yo-yo is one of the oldest living toys around, and the modern yo-yo of today was born is Santa Barbara, California. There's a gazillion yoyo tricks that you can put in your ho ...more

How To : Solve the Rubik's Cube faster with shortcuts

As the best-selling toy of all time, the odds of you once playing with a Rubik's Cube are pretty high. And if you're like me, or even the cube's inventor Erno Rubik, your first attempts likely ended in futility. Every twist, every turn, the cube just gets more and more mixed u ...more

How To : Play Randy Newman's "You've Got a Friend in Me"

Want to play Randy Newman's "You've Got a Friend in Me" from Disney/Pixar's Toy Story on your ukulele? Learn how with this free video ukulele lesson from Ukulele Mike, which presents a complete breakdown of the song and its chords. Whether you play the ukulele or bass kazoo, t ...more

How To : Fold an origami magic ball by Kade Chan

The origami magic ball is a very popular but few tutorials show you how to make one in greater detail than this four part series. This complicated paper design takes a little while to create but is worth it in the end when you have a totally unique, fluffy new toy to play with ...more

How To : Rip 3-D character models from Nintendo 64 games

With paper crafting you can build intricate paper models of your favorite characters, from Jack Sparrow to Nintendo's own Toad. This video tutorial shows you how to rip 3-D characters from your favorite Nintendo 64 games for the purposes of paper crafting. It will take some ed ...more

How To : Fold and fly a paper hang glider

Hang gliders are exciting, but if you can't fly in the sky, free as a bird, then try the next best thing-- making a paper version that you can make soar through the air. This four-part series from Science Toy Maker will show you exactly how to fold and fly an origami paper air ...more

How To : Do bind variations yo-yo tricks

This video tutorial shows you how to do bind variations yo-yo tricks. The yo-yo is one of the oldest living toys around, and the modern yo-yo of today was born is Santa Barbara, California. There's a gazillion yoyo tricks that you can put in your hobby arsenal, so pay attentio ...more

How To : Do the Kamikaze yo-yo trick

This yo-yo tutorial demonstrates the Kamikaze. The yo-yo is a toy that dates all the way back to 500 B.C. The manufacture of the modern yo-yo as we know it began in 1928 in Santa Barbara, CA. Today, the international Yo-Yo Open is the biggest yo-yo contest in the world. It is ...more

How To : Do the chopsticks thumb mount yo-yo trick

This yo-yo tutorial demonstrates the chopsticks thumb mount. The yo-yo is a toy that dates all the way back to 500 B.C. The manufacture of the modern yo-yo as we know it began in 1928 in Santa Barbara, CA. Today, the international Yo-Yo Open is the biggest yo-yo contest in th ...more

How To : Do yo-yo whips

This yo-yo tutorial demonstrates the whip technique. The yo-yo is a toy that dates all the way back to 500 B.C. The manufacture of the modern yo-yo as we know it began in 1928 in Santa Barbara, CA. Today, the international Yo-Yo Open is the biggest yo-yo contest in the world. ...more

How To : Do the Magic Drop yo-yo trick

This yo-yo tutorial demonstrates the Magic Drop. The yo-yo is a toy that dates all the way back to 500 B.C. The manufacture of the modern yo-yo as we know it began in 1928 in Santa Barbara, CA. Today, the international Yo-Yo Open is the biggest yo-yo contest in the world. It ...more

How To : Do The Rancid Milk yo-yo trick

This yo-yo tutorial demonstrates the Rancid Milk. The yo-yo is a toy that dates all the way back to 500 B.C. The manufacture of the modern yo-yo as we know it began in 1928 in Santa Barbara, CA. Today, the international Yo-Yo Open is the biggest yo-yo contest in the world. It ...more

How To : Make an advent calendar for the Christmas

Sure, you can buy one, but making an Advent calendar is a nice family project—and you can use better treats! You will need: a large piece of cardboard or poster board 24 small containers such as cardboard boxes and envelopes art supplies to decorate your calender (markers, pa ...more

How To : Snorkel

Why the Love? Every one has a reason for loving something. Mine was that it was the only thing I had. That one sure thing. I loved it because I had nothing, and it cost me nothing. At times I had no idea what was going to happen to me, or where I was going to be. The shore is ...more

How To : Train your kittens tricks very easily

Dr. Yin will show viewers how to properly train kittens simple behavior. The wrong way to train a cat is by putting a collar on it and then attach a chain and yank on it. Instead, you will reward them with good behavior when they occur and never when bad behavior is exhibited. ...more

News : Bad mood helps us focus more, recall better

People grumbling their way through the grimness of winter have better recall than those enjoying a carefree, sunny day, Australian researchers have found. The University of New South Wales team used a Sydney news agency to test whether people's moods had an impact on their ab ...more

How To : Make homemade playdough

Playdough is one of the best types of toys that any kid can play with. Not only is it flexible, but it's also non-toxic. In this video tutorial, you'll find out the recipe for making your own homemade Playdough from scratch. It's easy to do and will save you money. Good luck!

How To : Have a Successful Garage Sale

Junk, junk, junk or so you might think. Remember the saying, your junk can be someone else's treasure! This article is going to guide you through a successful garage sale. With the economy the way it is, more and more people are going to garage sales. They are fun to have and ...more

News : 4 Years of Spectacularly Pointless Marble Machines

So very pointless, yet unquestionably spectacular. The best kind of "art" performs no other function than to delight the viewer, and Japanese YouTube user Denha's complex marble machines do just that. But are marble machines art? You can call them that—or toys, scientific cont ...more

News : Afrigadget

Yankee ingenuity is a trait we hold in the highest regard here at Wonderhowto. So imagine our delight in sharing Afrigadget, whose tagline is: "solving everyday problems with African ingenuity". Bending scrap wire into clever and functional toys is but one hallmark of any res ...more

How To : Find the best deals at the dollar store

Not everything at the dollar store is a bargain, or even safe to use. Learn to spot the difference between an item that's cheap, and a cheap item. Step 1 Make sure the item really is just $1. Some so-called dollar stores sell items for a lot more as well, which you may not re ...more

How To : Organize a basement

It's not too uncommon for your basement to become extraordinarily messy, as that is where unused items tend to migate. Has your basement become the catch-all place for stuff you don’t know what to do with? Take a deep breath, go downstairs, and get the clutter under control o ...more

News : Great Books for The Balloon Artist and Entertainer

Below are a number of balloon artist related books that I have collected over the years. If you do not see a book that you own listed here, please feel free to let me know about it as I would love to add it to my collection. Additionally, I would be more than happy to share in ...more

Ni no Kuni (Another World) : From Studio Ghibli

Ni no Kuni is a gorgeous hand drawn and animated game coming to the PS3 and Nintendo DS. The story is about Oliver, a 13 year old who has lost his mother. Wishing for her to come back, a magical toy tells him that this might be possible and they set off on a journey in a paral ...more

News : Name your price for 5 games

Name your price for 5 indie games!http://www.wolfire.com/humble This event will run for a week and the money raised will go towards two charities. The Humble Indie bundle is a collection of five indie games where you can set your price! Want to buy the whole package (worth $80 ...more

How To : Cope when a pet dies

Learn how to cope when a pet dies. Few will ever love you as unconditionally as your pet does. So when you lose them, it's can be hard to move on. Here is some help. You Will Need * Time * Loved ones Step 1. Allow yourself to grieve Don’t be embarrassed that you’re so upse ...more

How To : Teach a dog to shake hands

From housebreaking to traveling, crate training a puppy or dog can have long-term rewards for both owners and pets. Watch this how to video to learn how to teach a dog to shake hands. You Will Need * A crate * A screwdriver * A soft towel or blanket * Two dog toys * 1/2 gal P ...more

How To : Reform a spoiled brat

Is your child a gimme monster? Put a lid on demands and tantrums with these tips. You Will Need * Time to spend with your child * Limits * A chore list * Self-examination Step 1: Set an example Be a good role model. If you moan and whine when things don’t go your way, it won ...more

How To : Care For a hookbill bird

Hook-billed birds are the ones in the parrot family—from petite parakeets to massive macaws. Here’s some stuff you should know if there’s going to be a hookbill in the house. You Will Need * A hook-billed bird * A birdcage * Bowls or dishes * Toys * Perches * At least one bir ...more

Toy Challenge : Lego Dinosaur

Check out iPhone app, LEGO Photo. It converts any photo to look like it's built from Legos. Best of all, it's free. I used a photo of a dinosaur I submitted to a previous challenge in Giveaway Tuesdays. See the original here. Taken at the Dinosaur Wall @ the Museum of Natural ...more

News : Making Art on Your iOS Device, Part 5: Photography

There are seemingly endless photography apps for the iPhone—it is perhaps one of the most popular arenas for application developers. We've covered a few in Giveaway Tuesdays, but nothing comprehensive. We would be remiss to omit the two most popular frontrunners—Hipstamatic ( ...more

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