Light Show Projects a Ghost Ship onto Water

(Photos: Janus Van Den Eijnden)

This spectral image was a display at the Amsterdam Light Show by VisualSKIN, a Romanian art collective. Hoses sprayed water at angles, creating planes that that could be used as projection screens. Lights created the mysterious image of a Seventeenth Century sailing vessel. You can see more photos at Design Boom.

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Mr. Night Owl - One Heroic Hooter


Mr. Night Owl by Dann Matthews

How many licks does it take to get to the bottom of a superheroic murder case? That depends on whether anybody is watching you eat that sweet mystery layer by layer, or if you can get tough and chomp down on the clues all at once, getting straight to the bubblegum center of the problem in one bite. Mr. Night Owl knows you can't just watch the action- real men, and male owls, go in and take their lickings with a smiley face, like a roadhouse comedian. What does the murder of a superhero taste like? It's soft like silk, blue like the sky over Manhattan, and as mysterious as a Rorschach test, but much like a spectre it has no taste...

Who will watch you when you wear this Mr. Night Owl t-shirt by Dann Matthews? Only the coolest folks on the planet, namely those who enjoy amazing graphic novels and animated owls, that's who!

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How NORAD Began Tracking Santa

Remember when you were growing up, on Christmas Eve you could hear radio reports of how U.S. military radar picked up a mysterious object flying away from the North Pole? Those reports, called NORAD Tracks Santa, began in 1955, when a Sears store in Colorado Springs invited kids to call Santa Claus, and a typo in the phone number led children to a high-security line at the Continental Air Defense Command. Colonel Harry Shoup was the man who answered the hotline. StoryCorps recently talked to Shoup’s three children about how that first phone call.

His children remember Shoup as straight-laced and disciplined, and he was annoyed and upset by the call and thought it was a joke — but then, Terri says, the little voice started crying.

"And Dad realized that it wasn't a joke," her sister says. "So he talked to him, ho-ho-ho'd and asked if he had been a good boy and, 'May I talk to your mother?' And the mother got on and said, 'You haven't seen the paper yet? There's a phone number to call Santa. It's in the Sears ad.' Dad looked it up, and there it was, his red phone number. And they had children calling one after another, so he put a couple of airmen on the phones to act like Santa Claus."

The phone calls were only the beginning. Read (or listen) to the story of what Shoup did on Christmas Eve that same year that started the tradition and led him to be called “Santa Colonel” for the rest of his life, at NPR. -Thanks, Daniel Kim!

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Ninja Cat's Sneak Attack

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You have to hand it to this cat. He's devised the perfect plan for a sneak attack on his dog housemate. Sure, the dog couldn't care less, but that's no reflection on your smooth moves, kitty. Keep trying. -Via Tastefully Offensive

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Amazing Video: Parasite Leaving Its Host

A horsehair worm leaves its home, the body of a mantis. It's an astonishingly long creature. How did it all fit up inside its host?


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It's entirely possible that you have a horsehair worm in you, too. Do you feel a slight itching sensation? That could be the worm twisting and churning inside of you.

-via Gizmodo, which also provided the .gif


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Gingerbread Enterprise

Look at the detail on this model USS Enterprise made of gingerbread! It’s mounted on a tractor beam made of candy canes hovering over a rocky terrain of cookies and mints. The starship was made by, and on display at, Blackmarket Bakery in California. See it from all angles in an imgur gallery of enlargeable pictures. Set phasers to yum! -via Boing Boing

If this meets up with the gingerbread Borg cube, things could get interesting.


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Don't Eat That, John! -- Pickled Pigs' Feet Cupcakes

I want to leave my mark on the world--to do something significant that will leave an impact on others for generations to come. And, to the best of my knowledge, no one has ever made cupcakes flavored with pickled pigs' feet.

Last year, I told you about 10 wonderful ways to eat pigs' feet. Among them are pickled pigs' feet. These are a Southern delicacy. To my great fortune, my parents are from the Deep South, so I was raised on this marvel of pork flesh and vinegar.

When I grew up, we ate them straight out of the jar with a knife and fork. They are fine this way, but they can also be a dessert. These cupcakes have pickled pigs' feet inside, both in the cake and the frosting. They're my latest contribution to our Don't Eat That, John! gourmet dining series.

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The Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2014

This year a stunning breakthrough in reproductive health occurred: a woman was able to give birth with a transplanted uterus. The 36-year-old Swedish woman was born without a uterus, a condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome. She was one of nine Swedish women who had uterine transplants from 2012-2013. The uterus was donated by a 61-year-old family friend of the patient. The birth gives hope to mothers without uteruses or those with damaged uteruses who desire to carry children.

Read more about the birth here. This story is only one of numerous astounding scientific breakthroughs in 2014. Read about others here. 

Image: The Lancet


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The Most Radioactive Places on Earth

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We hear plenty about the remaining radioactivity near the failed Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine, but what about other places? Dereck Muller of Veritasium takes us on a tour of other historically radioactive sites such as Fukushima, Hiroshima, Marie Curie’s office, the Trinity test site, a uranium mine, and the basement of Pripyat’s hospital. The amount of radiation is presented in bananas as a visualization device to keep track of which place is more dangerous. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Batman Hobo Nickel

A "hobo nickel" is a nickel that has been inscribed with appealing images. During the Great Depression, poor people sometimes made them to sell, which is how the folk art form got its name.

Shaun Hughes is an artist who makes hobo nickels professionally. We've previously featured some of his pop culture nickels, which include Spider-Man and stormtroopers. For this nickel, Hughes changed the Indian head on a Buffalo nickel to Batman.


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McVitie’s Victoria

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This is a silly bugt strangely charming Christmas ad for cookies, which are called biscuits in the UK. It features cute but somewhat uncanny baby animals singing a song I like but can’t place my finger on. There’s a surprise baby animal you would never expect to see… but you’ll have to watch for that one yourself. -via Metafilter


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Ice Formations on a Slovenian Mountain Top



Photographer Marko Korosec climbed Mount Javornik in eastern Slovenia after a storm and found this icy, wind-swept wonderland at the site of a ski center. Korosec estimated the ice spikes seen here to be over 3 feet in length. View all photos from this shoot at Korosec's 500px page. 

Images: Marko Korosec | Via Colossal





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The Heroes Of Ooo - Two Awesome Bros, One Big Adventure


The Heroes Of Ooo by Tom Trager

When the sun sets on the Land of Ooo the citizens, whether candy, critter or mutant, feel a bit safer knowing that Finn and Jake are out there spanking bad guy buns and making everything totally awesome again. They're the Heroes of Ooo, but they weren't always the totally mathematical bros you see before you. Once upon a time they were nothing but a pair of dweebs who got picked on by the local toughies, usually guys with really big muscles and equally big moustaches, but with a little training, some luck and a lot of heart they're becoming the big time heroes they've always wanted to be.

Keep your closet full of animated adventures with this The Heroes Of Ooo t-shirt by Tom Trager, isn't it about time you brought some heroic fantasy to your geeky wardrobe?

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39 Dishes from the First Christmas Menu, Published in 1660

If you want to try something new for Christmas dinner, you might try something very old. However, you’ll need to have a particularly carnivorous guest list.

The first known suggested menu for Christmas dinner was from 1660 book The Accomplisht Cook by Robert May. May was a chef to the nobility, so let’s assume this menu is supposed to feed a lot of people. It’s a list of 39 dishes, in which 35 or so of them are meat. Then there’s salad, quince pie, and custard. There's also something called “Made dish in puff paste,” whatever that is (probably meat). Otherwise it’s a flock of geese, chickens, swans, ducks, turkeys, pheasants, and other birds, plus venison, mutton, rabbit, pork, beef, and fish -and a few other animals. Read the list, with some information about some of the more obscure recipes, at mental_floss. In case you were wondering, there are partridges on the menu, and pears, although not in the same dish.

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Geeky Vinyl Record Clocks

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Greg Durt makes clocks inspired by pop culture. His source material consists of old vinyl records, which he has cut precisely to reveal scenes from Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, and other franchises. I've seen vinyl record sculptures before, but none cut so perfectly!

Bob's Burgers

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Virgil the Poodle vs. the Electric Toothbrush

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Virgil the standard poodle must be a major fan of oral hygiene via the electric toothbrush. Every time the brush is switched on, Virgil shows his teeth. Surely he's baring his teeth because he's ready for a good brushing, and not because he wants to attack the brush. We'll give you the benefit of the doubt, Virgil!

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The Best Literal LOLS in Cake Wrecks History

A “literal LOL” happens when a bake shop clerk writes down instructions for a custom cake, and then the decorator takes them a bit too literally -as in writing the instructions on the cake in icing. Jenn Yates at Cake Wrecks went through her archives and has posted a two-part list of the best instances that have appeared at Cake Wrecks. See them in part one and part two.



And if you’re a 12-year-old boy at heart, you might also want to check out Cake Wrecks' Top 12 Unintentionally Erotic Cakes.

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A Complete Ranking of Every Adaptation of A Christmas Carol

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Charles Dickens's novella A Christmas Carol has captivated audiences for over 170 years. It has inspired many film adaptations and special episodes of television shows. Leah Schnelbach of Tor has ranked 11 of them, which probably does not constitute "every," but I'm going with her headline. They include a Muppet version, a Beavis and Butthead version, and a Quantum Leap version.

I had forgotten about Blackadder's Christmas Carol. It taught an important moral lesson often neglected by Christmas films: if you are kind and generous, people will take advantage of you. Keep it up and eventually you will look like the gentleman on the left.


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The Mundane and the Weird: British News Headlines

We are always looking for weird news stories to pass along to you. It’s an easy shortcut to check British news sites for that sort of thing -yet you have to sift through the many local stories that leave you with a feeling of “That’s it?” because no matter how small a British paper or it’s accompanying website is, they go with stories that would be passed over as "not news" in the U.S. The website UsVsTh3m looked at extremely mundane stories that make the papers, with a few truly bizarre stories thrown in to keep us looking -just like it happens when I surf the net. I still have to wonder if these headlines are really posted on sidewalk signs, or if there’s a British news sign generator somewhere. -via b3ta


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Crappy Winter Wonderland Forced To Close After Just One Day

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When families go out looking for a place that evokes that old time Christmas feeling, chances are they’re looking for something far better than the so-called Magical Winterland in Harrogate, UK, the attraction that was so bad it was forced to close after just one day.

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The Magical Winterland suckered people into buying presale tickets with promises of holiday fun for the whole family, including a Frozen singalong and photo-op with Olaf, but when guests arrived at the showground they found the saddest displays ever, all leading to the saddest live reindeer ever.

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And what about a meet-and-greet with Olaf? It seems Olaf would rather melt than be associated with the crappy winter wonderland!

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The company responsible for this Christmastime blunder of Grinchian proportions has since gone bankrupt, and they're currently under investigation by the North Yorkshire Trading Standards pending the forced closure.

I dunno- seems like a pretty accurate depiction of the holiday season to me!

-Via Dangerous Minds  (Images via Ross Parry)


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1782: The American Plot to Kidnap the Future King of England


(Painting of King William IV by Sir Martin Arthur Shee)

Prince William Henry was the son of George III, the King of Great Britain and Ireland and the man whom the United States Declaration of Independence called a tyrant who was "unfit to be the ruler of a free people."

At the time that the Continental Congress proclaimed those words, Prince William Henry was 10 years old. When he was 13, he became a midshipman in the Royal Navy. Accounts at the time note that he was good at that demanding job.

In September 1781, General George Washington was marching most of his army away from New York City, which had been under British occupation since 1776, to a great victory the following month at Yorktown, Virginia. At the same time, Prince William Henry's ship sailed into the harbor of New York City on HMS Prince George, the flagship of Admiral Robert Digby.

This was the cause of great excitement, as it was the first time that a member of the British royal family had ever visited America. Prince William could have become the center of the New York social scene, but instead he kept quietly on his ship or in his quarters in Hanover Square in lower Manhattan, which he shared with Commodore Edmund Affleck. 

Colonel Matthias Ogden, an American spy, watched and listened carefully for a few months. He learned that the prince was lightly guarded. This was a great opportunity. If the Americans could capture Prince William, they could improve their position at peace talks. So he pitched the idea to General Washington. Washington wrote back with his approval on March 28, 1782:

Sir,

The spirit of enterprise so conspicuous in your plan for surprising in their quarters, & bringing off the Prince-William Henry & Admiral Digby, merits applause; and you have my authority to make the attempt in any manner, & at such a time as your own judgment shall direct.

I am fully perswaded, that it is unnecessary to caution you against offering insult or indignity to the persons of the Prince, or Admiral should you be so fortunate as to capture them; but it may not be amiss to press the propriety of a proper line of conduct upon the party you command.

In case of success, you will, as soon as you get them to a place of safety, treat them with all possible respect, but you are to delay no time in conveying them to Congress, & reporting your proceedings with a copy of these orders.

Given at Morristown this 28th day of March 1782.

Go: Washington

Note Take care not to touch upon the ground w[hi]ch is agreed to be Neutral – viz from Raway to Newark & four miles back.

Colonel Ogden drew up a detailed plan, including the numbers and skills of the men needed, the equipment they would carry, the precise order of their actions, and the ideal weather conditions desired. This was an amphibious raid deep inside enemy territory, so everything would have to work perfectly.

Unfortunately for Ogden, General Sir Henry Clinton, the British commander in New York City, learned of the plot--or something like it. He immediately increased the number of guards around Prince William, Admiral Digby, and himself. As a result, Ogden never got the chance to attempt his scheme.

Shortly thereafter, the prince sailed away with his shipmates. He ascended to the British throne in 1830 with the name of King William IV. He reigned for 7 years before dying at the age of 71.


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Wooden Calvin & Hobbes Snowmen

Here’s a way to have some really cool snowmen even if you don’t have snow! Etsy artist Sean Daigle spent Thanksgiving alone, but kept busy by building a wooden cutout lawn ornament that recreates one of the famous snowman scenes from calvin & Hobbes. Then he made another, and another, until there were seven pieces in all. See more pictures at Daigle’s Instagram page.

Incidentally, if you're driving around Austin, Texas, it won't be too hard to figure out which house is Daigle's. -via The Daily Dot


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Gingerbread Borg Cube

Resistance is futile. You will be decorated. We will add your gastronomical and decorative distinctiveness to our own. Jenn Fujikawa of Nerdist will contribute to the Borg conquest of all life with this cookie assembly made of gingerbread. She used a square cookie cutter with Borg designs to make the 6 sides, then glued them together. There's a hoop on the top, so I'd guess that she plans to use it as a Christmas tree ornament.

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Over 9000 - The Battle For Bananas


Over 9000 by Donnie

The minions were all involved in an epic dragon ball fighter storyline which had gone super saiyan, and one little minion was said to have the highest banana fueled strength score in the compound. Scans confirmed that spiky haired Gomiku had a strength score of over 9000, a fact which caused his fellow fighters to give up the game! Gru, however, wasn't told anything about the dragon fighter game his little minions were playing, and he made the fatal mistake of raising his voice at Gomiku, whose little yellow body was now crackling with banana scented energy...

Minions and anime fighters collide on this Over 9000 t-shirt by Donnie, it's the perfect thing to wear when you fly into battle or while you're watching your favorite anime series.

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The Craziest Fast Food Creations Of 2014

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2014 was a good year for adventurous eaters, especially those who don’t snub offerings from fast food restaurants.

The fast food inventions created in 2014 were quite unique, with original hybrid tastes we've never seen before delivered to our tastebuds by cross branded creations worthy of waiting in that long drive thru line.

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We were introduced to a breakfast food idea we can actually create at home- The Waffle Taco, and we got to see what a taco would look like on a bun thanks to Del Taco:

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Those of us lucky enough to have Australian stomachs got to try Pizza Hut’s Doritos Crust pizza and KFC’s Popcorn Chicken Nacho Box:

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A Day in the Life of a Cartoonist

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To be an artist is to commune with the collective unconscious, giving to and sharing from the universal body of narrative which flows through the human experience. To reduce the viscosity of that flow, add coffee. It speeds up the communing process. You'll need that if you're going to make that afternoon appointment. Joel Watson, a webcomic artist, explains how he works.


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The Paper Mache Creations of Dan Reeder



Dan Reeder (featured previously at Neatorama for a Maleficent wall mounted piece) is an artist from Seattle who has been making these detailed paper mache characters for 40 years. His technique, shown in the video below, blends a structure of paper mache with a painted, cloth "skin." Reeder has authored several books on his craft, his latest being Paper Mache Dragons: Making Dragons & Trophies Using Paper & Cloth Mache, which is available on Amazon

See more photos of Reeder's paper mache pieces here. 

 

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Greatest Jenga Move Ever

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Well, maybe the greatest human Jenga move ever. It’s hard to beat the video of a cat playing Jenga. Still, this young lady deserved 15 minutes of fame for this gutsy move that paid off. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Bizarre Hanukkah Gifts Found On Etsy

Hanukkah is in full swing, and that means it’s time for merchandisers and retailers to cash in on yet another religious holiday by peddling some cheap quality crap! But how can someone who doesn't agree with the commercialization of a religious holiday fight back?

By buying some totally unique, handmade Hanukkah crap on Etsy, like this amazing Raptor Menorah created by The Vanilla Studio:  

They make all kinds of different dinosaur menorahs, from the mighty T-Rex to the mighty large Brontosaurus, and each one is unique, hand made and costs less than a hundred bucks.

Looking to take Hanukkah back to the old school, but not so far back you see dinosaurs spinning dreidels? You need the new hot look for winter- the Jew Chainz Star Of David sweatshirt from wethouse, for that new jack swing bling.

But what kinda card does a straight up gangsta give out on Hanukkah, yo? How about one with a famous Jewish celebrity on it- the Drake Happy Hanukkah card by Instagrandmaw, which will make the giftee go "oh no he or she didn't!"

But what about something for the older folks, something with less street cred and more cute?

These adorable Terrier Hanukkah ornaments from Stanley and Stewart have got you covered, and they even make one which you can customize with a photo of your own pet, for that personalized touch of kitsch.

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Rejected Christmas Card Design

Killhouse was asked to design a Christmas card for his office. They nixed his first idea, despite the fact that it goes above and beyond to be all-inclusive and offend no one. He said,

This is the second, cleaned up, version so anyone can use it if they want to, so my hard effort doesn't go to waste.

They had me draw a Santa hat beside some cookies and a glass of milk instead. It was pretty boring.

I’m sure that your clients will enjoy a card with a Santa hat and cookies… while the internet enjoys the Bumble and his nonsensical holiday greeting.


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