Why is there suddenly a plethora (I love that word) of three star rated questions? Answered

If you look on page 2 of Answers, there are only 2 or 3 questions on the page that haven't been rated.  Not that I really care one way or the other, it just struck me as strange that it seems to have suddenly started and piqued my curiosity. **Note: Actually, there are times when I wish I could pick more than one answer as Best.  Several of you would have gotten one here. As it is now, I'm going to give this one to Re-design, because I really like his suggestion and I think it is worthy of consideration by Instructables management.

Asked by Burf 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago

What Weird Food Have You Made?

I love weird food and constantly make new things that have never been concieved. What do you make? Here's my brain-shaped cake pops for halloween time.

Posted by lstephens5 6 years ago | last reply 3 years ago

What this tool is used for?

Does anyone know what this tool is used for?

Asked by emiliofhg 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago

Um, uh, OK.....

Uh, what? Look at billy is alive, The time?

Posted by ry25920 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago

Challenge: find a weirder mouse

I challenge you to find a weirder mouse than this beastie (the mouse mouse doesn't count, I've seen that)From Engadget

Posted by Jayefuu 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago

Not right GIF

You have probably all seen this before but, that's just not right... I can't stop looking at it. Not a bad loop sequence. Certainly confuses the brain.

Posted by Lftndbt 10 years ago | last reply 8 years ago

What the...

? I googled instructables forum and found this https://www.janeapplebottom.instructables.com/forum?&limit;=20&sort;=datewhat the heck ? it s exactly like the real instructables forum but the wrong address

Posted by iman 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago

An Odd Walk

Me, my brother, my dad, and my uncle are going to Alaska in my uncle's RV. We stopped at an RV park today that has some trails nearby. They're really just dirt ATV tracks, and I'm not sure how far the RV park people meant for them to go, but I followed them quite a ways (a mile? two miles?) to a recently paved path four or five feet wide. It looked like something fairly major, so I followed it a couple miles. It had benches along it and must have taken a lot of effort to make, so I was surprised that I never saw anyone else on it. Eventually I saw something off behind a hill that looked like well (if that's what you call it) for a uranium mine. As I got closer I saw two sheds, a picnic table, some things that looked like small sandbags hanging from metal frames, something big and wood on the side of hill that vaguely made me think of a catapult without it's throwing arm, and some other stuff I didn't get close enough to describe because a hawk started to look very annoyed with me. I walked back to camp, wondering the whole time what in the world all that stuff was. I never actually saw either end of the paved trail, although I saw that it did continue past all the stuff. I also never saw anyone else on it. ??? What the heck is all that?

Posted by yourcat 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago

wanna see something weird?

I can turn my hand all the way around! Yay!

Posted by nerfer192 11 years ago | last reply 10 years ago

I received a weird knex motor with some knex on ebay. Has anyone seen this before? Answered

Hi! I bought a huge lot of knex a few months ago and it included a weird little orange thing that looks like a motor. I have no idea what it is or what it does. Does anyone know what it is? Thanks.

Asked by Tornado96 8 years ago | last reply 6 years ago

Weird and Wonderful- I'm looking for unusual and yummy ice cream recipes. Answered

Looking for a good recipe for goat cheese Ice cream. Looking for recipes for unusual flavors and ethnic ice cream flavors as well.

Asked by Chef_Paullett 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago

what the...

I just dont know....

Asked by BIGHAIRYDUDE 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago

Negative Instructables?

For some reason, my profile says I have -2 instructables. What's the deal?

Posted by Argool 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago


Just a place to discuss paradoxes (an immpossible statement) like The statement to the left is false the statement to the left is true

Posted by E-R-IC 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago

What's Weirdest Dream You've Ever Had?

Tell me the weirdest thing you've dreamed of before?

Posted by lil larry 7 years ago | last reply 3 years ago

A Bike With No Seat Or Pedals!

I thought this was very cool!  Weird 'Flintstones' Bike Has No Pedals or Seat 7 hours ago - 2:28 German engineering students have created a new way of getting around, and it's called The Fliz. The new James Dyson Award-nominated form of transportation is powered the old fashioned way: by your feet, Fred Flintstone style. With no pedals or seat, will this new form of transportation actually take off? Only a panel of experts bankrolled by the expensive vacuum cleaner salesman can decide! Also, Lady Gaga's meat dress is now a painted beef jerky dress, and will be on display in a Washington, DC mu. http://screen.yahoo.com/weird-flintstones-bike-has-no-pedals-or-seat-30522431.html?pb_list=23dce613-c500-43f0-9134-70e58b73187a

Posted by sunshiine 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago

What is This?

I know what this is, but do you? If you think you know, just reply in a comment. (Sorry, you won't win anything ;( ) I look forward to seeing your guesses.

Posted by qwertyboy 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago

What causes these strange characters �� to appear in a post? Answered

Ï¿½ï¿½ I hope they translate here so someone can translate the problem.  Thanks in advance!

Asked by bajablue 6 years ago | last reply 1 year ago

Weirdest thing you have ever bought off of Ebay or Craigslist etc.

I ask this question because I bought a dog off Craigslist, which was the weirdest thing I have ever bought online. Post yours.

Posted by Thornburg 10 years ago | last reply 7 years ago

Did/Does anyone have kids like this on your bus

Ok, theres this kid on my bus, isaac, and i swear he is possessed by the devil. i just wanna know if anyone else has weirdos like this, or knows them. just a video i made of him...

Posted by bumpus 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago

Can I make a portable electromagnet that will support my body weight? Answered

I would like to make a couple of electromagnets that will support my body weight, I'm about 75kg, the idea is climbing along underneath bridges ;) Is it possible? What sort of batteries would I need? I hope you can get what I mean. Thanks Jamie

Asked by frazzlemydrive 9 years ago | last reply 8 years ago

BUG: Keeps changing log-ins

OK, a weird bug - Roger-X was editing his first instructable, and when he changed steps it suddenly changed from being logged in as him, to being logged in as me. No strange messages or useful screen-shots - it was just the bit at the top that changed. The page also locked, so that in the end we had to shut down Firefox and re-start it. Later, when I was looking at my comments, the login suddenly jumed back to Roger-X's. Again, no odd messages, and this time it didn't lock - I could access all his account quite easily. Additionally - we are experiencing problems logging in and out - if one of us logs out, the other can't log in until we shut down FF and re-start (yes, we've tried flushing the cookies etc). We type in our username and password, and it just jumps back to the login option. It's bleedin' annoying, folks.

Posted by Kiteman 9 years ago | last reply 9 years ago

Links to Instructable's. External.

I've noticed many odd pages such as..... www.janeapplebottom.instructables.com/ id/My-Completeables/ They creep me out... can't figure out the purpose... If there were extra google ads etc added making them profit, that would explain it... Yet the page appears exactly the same as if it was through instructables.... do you believe they get web hits or something? I seem to be getting more and more of these.

Posted by Lftndbt 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago

What is this??? Answered

I found this in a box of misc. wires yesterday at a thrift store looks like a toy for a computer game maybe. It has a speaker up top and an adjustable microphone at the bottom. I know that speaker and microphone are self explanatory, but I was curious to know what exactly it may have been used with. It has a place in the middle to put in three AA batteries and it has a removable clip to attach it to something. When I put in the batteries it appeared to work or the little red light indicator  came on and the speaker was on with a real low fuzz sound. I have not plugged it into anything yet , I wanted some input first.Thank you in advance to anyone with help.

Asked by ViolentaniousA 2 years ago | last reply 2 years ago

Logging in bug

Hi guys, I've noticed that this happens a lot when you try to log in via mobile devices, such as iPad. As you know, when you click "sign in", in the panel that pops up, there is a picture with a link saying upgrade to premium or something similar. What happens is that when you click the first line to enter your username, that page suddenly glitches, and scrolls down, so you end up hitting upgrade to premium. This is very annoying, especially if you are viewing an I'ble or forum topic and you want to reply or comment on it, as you have to find it again. I hope that this will be fixed soon, maybe by removing the big "upgrade to premium" or whatever is there. thx in advance super_me

Posted by NebulaIX 1 year ago | last reply 1 year ago


In recent contests I  have noticed a trend of seriously weird judging. At first I thought perhaps it's a one off. But now I see that it is consistant and it is seriously worrying, and makes me wonder if there is any point in these contests other than the one with a fan club winning!   Let's start with the Grand prize winner of Valentines contest. Seriously is that the best? It's a basic card. Granted it's nice. But nothing unusual. There are other entries that are way better. Cards and also entries that are not cards. And finalists? ? How can a tea bag get in when some entries that didn't make the finalists are so much well thought of! The same Tea bag is in Pinterest.it is slightly adjusted. Again is it the followers just voting for their favorite fan irrespective of the quality of the instructable.   Moving on to the papercraft contest. This I'm happy to say the grand prize winner is well deserved. The first place was also good!The rest? Let's see; Decopage flooring over a lamp?No way.Lamp deserves the 2nd prize.   A book sculpture where the instructions are pretty basic. Infact there are no documentation of the process of all the main components except for one, where the formation of the tree is shown. For all we know the author could have taken the already made pieces from a bought sculpture and just add it. While simply writing the instructions below. Sorry but I don't think that deserve a prize too (especially the explorer). The Origami Dragon was much better! With propper instructions. The swirly flowers? Again not second prize, perhaps runner up?This persons most projects end up  winning prizes only through her followers votes.I am sorry to say this ,but thats the reality according to my judgement.   Let's see the runner ups! How in the world 2 book binding and a card and the birdcage made it?I don't know! Lets see. Bird cage,loads of precut motives just assebled beautifully. Book binding? Isn't that like so basic compared to some amazing quilling techniques shown in some entries?  The doctor who card? Well I guess there has to be something of doctor who as everyone is so crazy about it!   Now the latest crazy judging.  The Pie decorating contest! That is definitely not deserving for decorating!  Read the comments! Not one comment about the beauty of the decoration! ! Just the recipe. Perhaps you should change the the prize name and make it 2 Grand Prize for recipe.  It is obvious which should win the decoration prize as it stands out! That is what decoration is about. Perhaps the judjes don't understand. This latest madness in the pie contest has forced me to write this.   I think sometimes giving the judging to be done by members might seriously damage the fairness of judging.  What if the judges are devote followers of the finalist? Perhsps then it's an automatic 10? Instead of a yuk   Employees of instuctables please take note of these. It will be so sad if the integrity of the contests are suspect now.There should be impatial judgement.

Posted by HRISH 4 years ago | last reply 4 years ago

Weird Acoustics - Sand and Salt

I found this video and wanted to know your reactions.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IuyQSZX8HMI&NR;=1any1 knoow if it is real?

Posted by LinuxH4x0r 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago

Whats this weird looking Component?(pic included)?

And yes,Tell me what it does. I have never seen such a thing,It came from some speaker box that had knobs to controll the tweeter and woofer(it was in the trash) Edit:Also The woofer and mid speakers where blown I could have taken the speaker,for its coil but i did not.

Asked by ReCreate 9 years ago | last reply 7 years ago

weird inlogging "bug"

  Hello. Almost whenever I try to log in on this site, there comes up  a screen that says: ''Sorry, we can't find that account, or your password didn't match. Please try again!" If I click somewhere else, I'm still logged in, and can do everything normally. What causes this, and what can I change to prevent this? Greets, Mike / Dr. richtofen

Posted by dr. richtofen 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago

Has this happened to anyone?

I accidentally opened a link while uploading images and working on an 'Ible in the new editor. After pressing the back button I ended up with this. Messing with it produced some weird things. Your thoughts?

Posted by Firebert010 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago

What happened to Mrballeng?

Is it only me or is Mrballeng's profile gone kind of crazy?: https://www.instructables.com/member/Mrballeng/ Been like that for the past few days...

Posted by Yonatan24 1 year ago | last reply 1 year ago

Not your grandma's crochet

I just discovered the artwork of Patricia Waller. She seems to mostly make stuffed crocheted items, but despite the bright cheerfulness of the first glimpse, the content is weird, spooky, gruesome, or otherwise unexpected. These are no lace doilies!Some of my favorites are the hermit fairy, man-eating tiger complete with bleeding arm, and the slightly annoyed-looking roasted pig. There are lots more. I can't decide whether I'm more impressed with the bizarre subject matter or the remarkable detail.

Posted by rachel 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago

What are these(Allen wrench like thingies)? Answered

I found these in an old toolbox. They are hexagonal like an Allen wrench, but have a smaller diameter round protrusion on one end. They are all the same size in "diameter". That's a standard size Sharpie marker there for reference.

Asked by jrh065 7 years ago | last reply 7 years ago

Unusual Cupcake Icings?

I was just wondering if there was any unusual cupcake icings I could make as my cupcakes are a bit boring- buttercream, 'water icing' etc. So if you have any ideas can you let me know! Thanks!

Posted by TeganJovanka 5 years ago | last reply 4 years ago

How to wire this thing?

Hey Guys, Recently I bought a toy taser. After opening it and carefully observing it i accidentaly broke some of the connections. Can any one guide me on how to wire this capacitor/toroid or whatever this thing is? And will supplying 9v instead of 6v make the output higher?

Asked by SA-DIY 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago

Is there any way to make a file into a folder under Windows?

I know you're thinking I could just rename it to .tar and untar it, but is there any way to rename the file, change the registry or ownership to make Windows treat it as a folder? And would changing it back work the same way?

Asked by Nofew 9 years ago | last reply 5 years ago

The Sliding Rocks of the Racetrack Playa Mystery

"One of the most interesting mysteries of Death Valley National Park is the sliding rocks at Racetrack Playa (a playa is a dry lake bed). These rocks can be found on the floor of the playa with long trails behind them. Somehow these rocks slide across the playa, cutting a furrow in the sediment as they move. "The Question remains: "How do they move?"LINK

Posted by bumpus 10 years ago | last reply 7 years ago

what is this worm???

Hi. I am about once a month finding a tiny wormlike thing that is white and moves its head. That's all it does. I've found them inside logs, even on *me* this morning! It's kind of gross and it would be nice to know what it is. It's about an inch long and maybe half a mm thick. Really tiny, but still easily visible. If you want me to ad a photo, tell me in the comments. Thanks in advance!! Thanks for the sarcasm.

Asked by www139 3 years ago | last reply 3 years ago

i've been playing with the idea of moulding my family's heads and affixing antlers, anyone got suggestion?

Instead of sending a family portrait to my nan, I've been thinking a trophy of my family's heads would be pretty sweet. I wanted to get a mould of our head and put giant antlers on top, you know like an elk or deer. Has anyone got suggestions as to the best way to go about this?

Asked by R1Ch0 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago

It's all about the pentiums!

LOL! 100 Gig ram...40 inch flatscreen monitor...Personal tech support from Bill Gates...T1 line for internet access...What an awesome system!I recognized many people in this song-from the ones who are running this one, to the ones who are running a 286...From 1:05 to 1:45 reminds me of several people I know, and the rest of it totally applies to me!Grrr...video embed dosen't work for me...

Posted by Lithium Rain 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago

Instructables in the Telegraph -- Weird and wonderful inventions

The Telegraph ran a great article featuring online DIY culture and Instructables. Weird and wonderful inventions by Chris StevensMeet the DIY enthusiasts using the internet in their fight against throwaway society.The internet has spawned a new breed of extreme DIY enthusiasts. They build jet engines in their garages using instructions downloaded from forums, and they upload videos of the explosive results. They weld together rollercoasters out of scrap materials and household items. They teach themselves taxidermy to build "The Mouse Mouse", a real mouse with electrical innards. Or, like 17-year-old Thiago Olson, who built a fusion reactor in his house, they're scouting for parts in their local B & Q. The online DIYers are rebelling against a consumer society that has convinced many of us that everything is bought, not made. "It's a reaction against a mass-produced culture," says Eric Wilhelm, founder of Instructables.com. "People want to express themselves and show their individuality - building something cool that you can't buy and showing how you did it is a great way to express yourself."While the traditional DIYer is overjoyed to have put up a set of shelves without losing a finger, the extreme online DIYer spends the weekend with an angle-grinder turning a supermarket trolley into an armchair, or building a Guitar Hero game controller from scratch. Online projects show you how to make your own USB charger, extend the battery life of your laptop, or use a Mont Blanc refill to transform a £1 pen."People are passionate about all sorts of things," says Wilhelm. "From the wacky, far-out jet engines and taxidermy to the everyday stuff like how to tie your shoes or manage washing your laundry most efficiently."The projects are uploaded by users, who offer each other step-by-step advice on everything from the sinister to the charming. The extreme DIYers dare each other to create increasingly elaborate projects, posting photos and videos of near-misses and successes. The internet is perfect for this kind of experimentation; it's a place where inquisitive geeks meet friends with power-tools. All these projects have gorgeous colour photos to go with them, and the strength of interest in these extreme-DIY sites has led communities to meet offline. This year, Makezine.com held a fair in the US attended by 45,000 "makers"."Besides the skill of building and the exchange of ideas, it's a lot of fun," says Phillip Torrone, senior editor of Make magazine. "We seem to be in an era of thinking more about the things we buy, make, consume and cherish. The result of that is people making things - it's more gratifying." Scandals over rip-offs, such as the recent study that showed ink-jet printer cartridges wilfully waste more than 50 per cent of the ink (tinyurl.com/2957jw), make Torrone's DIY ethos all the more appealing.If you're the sort of clumsy oaf that regularly snaps USB keys off in their sockets, these DIY sites also offer advice on repairing consumer electronics. Wilhem's favourite DIY project is the dachshund wheelchair (tinyurl.com/ytc6bb). The DIYer who made it explains: "Our dachshund hurt his back, so for rehab we made him swim a lot, and I built this chair until he could use his back legs again."Online DIYers have an enthusiasm for science and exploration, and many are simply reacting to the low-quality of mass-produced goods, especially consumer electronics. They object to our modern throw-away culture. The DIYers also upstage technology manufacturers by demonstrating easy ways to fix what would otherwise be thrown away. "It's really more about problem-solving with more people", says Torrone.More news articles about Instructables here.

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago | last reply 11 years ago

A suggestion:

Hey, I was wondering if you could bring back more formatting for us non pro users. Bulleting would be really nice, and make me make better 'ibles. As a long time member and contributer, since September '06, racking in 65,000+ views, I feel that I had earned those features, and having them taken away is kind of a let down... Don't get me wrong, I do not want to sound ungrateful, instructables is one of my favorite websites, perhaps you could add a few other features instead of taking others away? For example: A new features feed, alongside featured and popular, PRO activity. A quick glance at the recent feed shows that they are less common than featured... I'd pay for some extra publicity! Higher quality resolution images uploads Stock images: Pictures of common items maybe? Would save you some bandwidth as well. I'm thinking tea kettles, pots, pans, soldering irons, sewing needles, etc. Pro members could submit their own photos(, and if they pass through moderation,) every say, 10 images nets them another patch to give out! This makes it easier to make instructables, eliminating alot of the materials step potentially, and letting users access good, clear images with greater ease. These are just a few ideas, and replacing the standard features to the every day member. One more thing, God forbid, you take these ideas while retaining the standard features: I may just quit :P All in all, I am an instructables lover, just these new changes are slightly irksome. -- Jeremy

Posted by vanpaun 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago

Weird-o Dream-o

Wow! I've been experiencing a chain of weird, almost scary dreams lately involving instructables...... It was a normal Sunday afternoon, I go to I'bles, and I read my comment tracker. I can actually read the comments I will get later on in the real world. I kept having these dreams for about a week. Meh, Strange stuff..... Do you have weird dreams of your own? if so, post it here! UPDATE!!!! Another very weird dream! It was a normal afternoon. I read comics. Then, suddenly, strangers started saying gibberish. This was repeated for about 6 times, then I wake up. The first thing I realized is now my penis is " modded " by my parents... I screamed because of the intense pain......

Posted by Camisado 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago

Hypothethical question: When facts become Wrong

I had this weird thought awhile ago. IT seems that alot of people's ideas that were considered OK and accepted are later found out wrong and disproven. Do you think that in a few hundred years alot of what we are thinking are not true?

Posted by beehard44 8 years ago | last reply 7 years ago

Server Error... with monkeys.

I clicked on the link to watch "Detective Mittens: The Crime Solving Cat" on YouTube, and this is what I got.

Posted by NYPA 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago

Newsletter {help}

Hi, I changed emails about a month or 2 ago. I did change my instructable newsletter email to the new one, but for some reason I'm not getting them. It's weird, the newsletters and my password requests are being sent to my old email even tho I changed it in my personal settings. If it helps, my old email was Yahoo! And I switched to Gmail. Maybe I'm getting the newsletters at both emails and gmail thinks they're spam..no clue. thanks P.s. This might be in the wrong forum section...sorry

Posted by Waffles Will Rule 10 years ago | last reply 10 years ago

How does the rating system work?

I completely don't understand how the rating system on instructables works. When I click 5 stars on an instructable that has never been rated, it rates it 3.09. How does this work?

Posted by kcls 8 years ago | last reply 8 years ago

i had this really weird dream with the person i like? Answered

Just to start it off, it was a really fudged up dream, and I'm not sure what it's supposed to mean. I've been looking around and i think i know dreams are like your subconscience regurgitating everything you see, hear, and well just everything but this is just...something else. So basically the dream starts of with me walking out of the subway and for some weird reason I feel that some guy, lets call him bob for now, is following me, few minutes later when i walk out of the road i see the guy thats following me (like in third person) so i start running, then I see the girl i like randomly in the streets and I for some reason I brought her with me cause we were in danger or something. Then out of no where bob decides to randomly pop out in front of me so we ran up this construction building. Then again out of nowhere, i randomly have this master person protecting me and hes trying to shoot bob but bob shot him and he was like "carry on it would be safer for you" so we went down the construction site building thingy, and theres some weird ritual that makes some random other guy, lets call him ben, control your mind. Then the girl like contributed in the dance ritual thingy and i was like "noo don't we need to go" then bob comes back so i tried to bring her with me but she slapped me (lol) so i ran and ended up in the middle of an intersection and randomly 4 bobs popped out of nowhere surrounding me and they were like getting closer then i woke up. i had this exact dream 3 times in one night and woke up 3 times as well, well i did sleep for a really long time (11 hours) if that has anything to do with it. So I am just really lost on what this means, if it even means anything..

Asked by thebrownpancake 6 years ago | last reply 5 years ago

Radios emitting constant hum? Answered

I have a set of walkie-talkie radios that I keep stored in their charging base, the base is unplugged and the wire is coiled, there are no headsets attached to the radios, and they are always off, they are motorola 23-mile range radios, this information might be relevant, but here's where it gets weird. For two days one of them would emit a constant hum for about 2 minutes, then stop, then it would start again about 30 seconds later. The hum got slightly louder as you got closer, but seemed to be coming from everywhere, making it very hard to track down,  . Remember, there was no power to either radio, and the power switches were off. Does anyone know how on earth this might have occured?Because this might make a fun prank if I can figure out how it happened

Asked by inspectorgadget895 6 years ago | last reply 6 years ago