Your Daily Video Timesuck, Courtesy WonderHowTo.com

March 27, 2008
Look no further for a way to whittle down the work day with "car-related research." Click right over to WonderHowTo.com, and guaranteed, that Excel spreadsheet will stay as bare as a Joe Francis hot-tub party.

WonderHowTo.com is one of the Web's first hand-aggregated video sites, with snippets from every crevice of the Internet. The brains behind it is Stephen Chao, known for his work as an executive and a programmer at Fox Television (and for getting fired for hiring a male stripper for a Fox meeting that included Rupert Murdoch and Dick Cheney -- our kind of guy).

A community-driven, Web 2.0-lovin' affair, WonderHowTo.com holds around 100,000 links of videos all of different subjects and genres. The site does not actually host any videos, but instead collects them from other sites (such as YouTube, 5Min, Brightcove, and tons of others) and then places the video in an external link. Users are given the ability to rate and comment on the videos. The videos are set up systematically to allow the users to scan through videos and find one of subject and quality they would like -- and WonderHowTo.com’s staff grades the quality of the videos from A+ to an F.

The automotive and motorcycle section of the site contain more than 700 videos on its own. There are different sub-sections of videos, too. For instance, the automotive and motorcycle videos contains groups such as car customizing, driving & safety, maintenance, repairs, and installation videos.

Of the car videos, popular ones include videos teaching you how to double your gas mileage, and also how to fix dents through various measures. There are also instructional videos that could come in handy, such as how to install stereo systems, neon lighting, and sidecars. And then there are the “how to get out of a ticket” videos that could help in case you're 85-in' down I-85.

Out of all the car videos on the site, one of the best is simply titled “Build a Redneck Roller Coaster." There are two videos on the subject, the first on how to actually install a “redneck roller coaster” and the second is a video of the “coaster” actually being put to use. Don't try it at home? Hell, don't even try it anywhere near our house:

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