29 Interesting Archaeological Discoveries

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What's been going on in the world of archaeology? John Green fills us in on new stuff, big stuff, and fascinating stuff in this week's episode of the mental_floss List Show. To be honest, it's mostly old stuff, though -very, very old stuff, even if it's new to you and me.


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Crystal Flower Proves that Chemistry Can Be Romantic

Ask a chemist for flowers, and he'll likely give you these wonderful crystal flowers!

Chemistry professor Dean Campbell of Bradley University and his team were trying to develop new catalysts by making a solution of copper acetylacetonate in tetrahydrofuran, then soaking slabs of polydimethylsiloxane in the jar. After the experiment, Campbell found wonderful crystals that look like wildflowers forming on the wall of the beaker.

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This Artist is the Fuzziest and Cuddliest Painter Around

Kenny Au knew that his husky was destined for greatness if he just knew how to acheive it -so he and his wife trained Hunter to paint. Well, to be more accurate, they trained their dog to paint after the super smart pup learned everything else it seemed possible to know.

They taught him how to make a simple head movement with a brush in his mouth and the rest, as they say, is history. Now little Hunter loves to paint and even looks at his owners with a longing look in his eyes when he wants to make a little art. 

According to Kenny, having a job like painting keeps Hunter calm -presumably stopping him from going on a destructive rampage like the dog with the caligraphy ink we featured earlier this week.

Hunter's art is now for sale on Etsy for $38.72 a pop and they can even be signed with a paw print stamp (since he doesn't like getting dirty even to sign his own creations). 

You can read more about Hunter on the Huffington Post or see more of his pictures on Instagram.

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This Recipe For Crusty Roasted Fondant Potatoes Will Change Your Food Loving Life

Potatoes are the most versatile vegetable in your kitchen, as they can be used in both sweet and savory dishes, but most will agree the best potato dishes are either buttery or cheesy and easy to prepare.  

Which is why this recipe for Fondant Potatoes has been driving foodies crazy online for the last few years- it uses simple ingredients and takes very little prep time to make crusty, creamy and totally heavenly potatoes.

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See recipe for Fondant Potatoes here

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The 12 Most Dramatic Episodes of Bones

After 12 seasons, the TV series Bones came to an end last night. The show focused on forensic anthropologist "Bones" Brennan and FBI agent Seeley Booth and the crimes they solved together. The series was based on the work of Kathy Reichs, a forensic anthropologist turned crime writer turned TV producer, so it had a sense of authenticity other crime procedurals lack. Fans of Bones will want to check out the list of the most dramatic moment of each season at TVOM. And of you haven't followed the show, it might set you up for binge-watching with home video.


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Zorg ZF-1 - Shoot Now, Ask For Multipass Later


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It can be hard to take down your enemies when you're carrying around all kinds of weapons, and yet any warrior worth their salt knows they need a wide array of arms at their disposal in case things go sideways. So Zorg has created an universal killing device that's sure to live up to any combatant's level of expectation- the ZF-1 Pod Weapon, the all-in-one gun! The ZF-1 shoots bullets, arrows and rockets, it's a flamethrower, a net launcher and looks as cool as Zorg too! Just make sure you actually pay for your Zorg ZF-1 or he may conveniently forget to mention what happens when you push that little red button...

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Celebrities Audition To Become Stephen Hawking's New Voice

Stephen Hawking is a forward thinking fellow, so when he was told his synthesized voice sounds a bit outdated he decided to call up some of his famous friends and let them have a go at becoming his new voice.

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Okay, so the whole thing is just a funny bit by Comic Relief, but if Stephen ever does decide to get a new voice for his speech synthesizer he's got quite a few great voices to choose from!

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Recipes from Artificial Intelligence

Janelle Shane spent some time teaching a neural network how to generate recipes. She set it to learn from 30,000 existing recipes, but learning to cook is hard. After all, it can't taste the results. But even before the recipes are completed, it had a difficult time learning ingredients, measurements, and processes. The results are quite interesting. For example, here are some ingredients the machine suggests.

1 ½ teaspoon chicken brown water
1 teaspoon dry chopped leaves
1/3 cup shallows
10 oz brink custard
¼ cup bread liquid
2 cup chopped pureiped sauce
½ cup baconfroots
¼ teaspoon brown leaves
½ cup vanilla pish and sours
½ cup white pistry sweet craps
1 tablespoon mold water
¼ teaspoon paper
1 cup dried chicken grisser
15 cup dried bottom of peats
¼ teaspoon finely grated ruck

And this is a thing that it came up with repeatedly for some reason, and was quite adamant that I use:

1 cup plaster cheese

Shane also fed recipes into a different neural network that had already been trained on the works of H.P. Lovecraft.

Bake at 350 degrees for 30 to 32 minutes. Test corners to see if done, as center will seem like the next horror of Second House.

Whip ½ pint of heavy cream. Add 4 Tbsp. brandy or rum to possibly open things that will never be wholly reported.

Cook over a hot grill, or over glowing remains of tunnel mouth.

With blender on high speed, add ice cubes, one at a time, making certain each cube is the end.

Dice the pulp of the eggplant and put it in a bowl with the vast stark rocks.

NOTE:  As this is a tart rather than a cheesecake, you should be disturbed.

She later fed her cooking network some text from H.P. Lovecraft to see what would happen. Yeah, that was just as funny. Read an archive of the experiments at Postcards from the Frontiers of Science. -via Metafilter 

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Comedian Ken Jeong Answers Important Medical Questions

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Ken Jeong is best known for his roles in The Hangover and Dr. Ken, but before he was famous, he was actually just a regular old doctor (although undoubtedly a funnier-than-average one). While he may not be a practicing M.D. these days, he still retains his medical knowledge and in this hilarious video, he answers burning medical questions on Twitter in entirely satisfying ways.

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A Cloud That Rains Tequila

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Tequila Cloud is an art installation that is a cloud made of tequila, that rains tequila on command. In case you're thinking of renting one for your next party, there's only one, and it was on display earlier this month in Germany.

The Mexican Tourism Board installed the cloud in Berlin at the Urban Spree compound in an art gallery and said “real tequila was turned into gas to create a floating cloud that rains tequila on command.” The art installation seems to be a cloud with lights to simulate lightening that is filled with tequila gas vapor that then rains down and fills a basin with tequila. If you’re not patient enough to collect your shot from a freakin’ cloud, there’s a handy tap that dispenses them, too.



Lucky visitors got to drink for free. Now, if the relations between the U.S. amd Mexico ever improve, we might get a chance to see it ourselves. See more pictures of the Tequila Cloud at Uproxx.


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Visiting The Anza Borrego Super Bloom

California has record rainfall this year and as a result, the desert is full of flowers and the Anza Borrego Desert outside of San Diego even had more flowers than it had since 2005 -what's known as a super bloom.

Even the second you get out of your car you're hit with flowers everywhere.

They seem to grow in every color -pinks, reds, purples, greens, yellows, blues, whites and more!

And it was amazing how many flowers were growing on some of the plants.

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DIY Horror Movie Makeup Lessons From The 1960s

Dressing up isn't reserved for Halloween night when you're a monster movie fan, and trying to recreate those spooky looks becomes a lifelong mission we undertake so we can feel closer to those creatures of the night.

Back in 1965 Forrest J. Ackerman hired make-up artist Dick Smith to help him create the first tutorial book on recreating those monstrous looks at home- The Do-It Yourself Monster Make-Up Handbook.

It sold for .60 cents and set the standard for all monster makeup tutorials to come, like those featured in magazines like Fangoria, The Monster Times and Forrest's own Famous Monsters Of Filmland.

See Homemade Monsters: DIY Horror Movie Makeup From 1965 here


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Stray Cats and Their Street Games

A Japanese photographer who goes by Nyan Kichi has made friends with a colony of feral cats. He's found that the cats particularly love to play in an area where the street has a lot of drain holes.



They've made a game of jumping into and peeking out of these holes!  



They don't seem to enjoy Nyan Kichi's attempts at a gentle game of Whack-a-Mole, but they don't mind having their pictures taken at all. See a selection of the best pictures at The Dodo, and see all the pictures at Instagram. -via Metafilter

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M.C. Escher Demonstrates His Artistic Process

M.C. Escher was an uniquely gifted artist who had a knack for infusing art with mathematics, even though Escher himself claimed he had "no mathematical ability".

Obsessed with perspective, geometry, and pattern (Escher described tessellation as “a real mania to which I have become addicted”), his images have, by the count of mathematician and Escher scholar Doris Schattschneider, led so far to eleven separate strands of mathematical and scientific research.

In 1971 Dutch filmmaker Han Van Gelder asked Escher to demonstrate his artistic process for a documentary entitled Adventures In Perception, in which we can see Escher creating his final print Snakes.

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Read more about M.C. Escher and "Adventures In Perception" at Open Culture


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Tunnel of Books


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Architect Li Xiang of XL Muse designed this amazing "Tunnel of Books" for the Yangzhou Zhongshuge bookstore in Yangzhou, Jiangsu, China.

The arched bookshelves and the reflective black mirror-finish floor give visitors a sense that they're walking through a tunnel of books into an otherworldly space that book lovers would enjoy.

Take a look:

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An Honest Trailer for Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them

The first movie in the expanded Harry Potter universe is Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, which made over $800 million in 2016. But it doesn't matter how much people love a movie; Screen Junkies will find a way to turn that enthusiasm on its head with an Honest Trailer.

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Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them is set in the 1920s, earlier than the Potter films, and is supposed to set up a series of several movies based on wizards in America. I don't think there's spoilers in this Honest Trailer. I haven't seen the movie, and I still have no idea what the plot entails.  


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Brothers In Red - Two Super Punny Pals


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Wade and Peter are both amazingly tough, they can both wisecrack with the best of them and they both favor the color red. But despite their similarities the two superguys didn't become fast friends, mostly because DP kept doing stuff that the super moral Spider Man didn't approve of, namely killing people and destroying stuff. Once they were able to iron out their differences and found themselves on the same side of the law DP and SM started doing that fist bump thang like total bros, and became a pair of unstoppable super friends!

Get geared up for some superheroic fun with this Brothers In Red t-shirt by OneBluebird Art, and celebrate a friendship forged in battle and reinforced by really bad jokes!

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Three Companies That Offer Paid Time Off for New Puppy Owners

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Adopting a new puppy is a wonderful, nightmarish experience, but it can be a lot more positive if you don't have to go to work every day and leave your pooch either outside, in a crate or with someone else. Just like a new baby, dogs need time to bond with their parents and that's why it pays to have a job that offers paid time off when you adopt a pup -and these three companies featured on Travel and Leisure offer just that (and a few even offer pet bereavement leave).

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"Beat It" by the Bottle Boys

The Bottle Boys (previously at Neatorama) are back with a cover of Michael Jackson's 1982 hot "Beat It." You'd expect the Danish group to be able to play just about anything and make it sound good, but what's really impressive is how they recreate Eddie Van Halen's guitar solo on bottles!

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Yeah, it take two players, maybe three, to pull it off, but the results are tres cool. -via Boing Boing


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Dad to Son: Get Your Grades Up, then You can Come to the Basketball Game

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Now that's tough love. Jeremy Brevard of USA TODAY Sports spotted this dad trolling his son with a funny sign at Friday's Cleveland Cavaliers - Charlotte Hornets basketball game, which said "Thomas get your grades back up and next time you'll be here. Love, Dad"

And he's not done! Here's one more at Sunday's Houston Rockets game:

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Recreating History

When Hollywood does history, they often go to great lengths to portray an iconic moment accurately, especially when there is film or photographs of the original event. They get pretty darn close, as this comparison from Vugar Efendi shows us.

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For most of these, I am more familiar with the actual film or photographs than I am with the movies. I'm impressed at how well they copied the existing archives. Then again, if a movie didn't resemble the real history, it wouldn't have made it into this video. If you have trouble reading the captions, try it in fullscreen mode.  -via Laughing Squid


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It's Impossible to Contain the Cuteness That is 23 Baby Pandas


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Last year, Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding unveiled their latest batch of cuteness: 23 baby pandas making their public debut at the center. Workers tried to arrange the baby pandas according to their sizes on top of a large green podium, but that task proved to be futile.

One baby panda was particularly adventurous and decided to go off stage ...

Bloop!

But don't worry, folks. Fushun, the baby panda that fell off became quite famous. Apparently, he fell off the stage straight into the people's hearts.

There's a YouTube video clip by CCTV of the event:

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Rayna Meets a Robot

A discarded water heater got a few accessories for decoration. The resulting "robot" isn't very talkative, but that doesn't matter here at all.  

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Redditor shadeogreen recorded his daughter Rayna's adorable reaction to the robot. She wuvs that wobot! -via Metafilter

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Experimental Cutlery That Makes Eating An Adventure

When we sit down to enjoy a meal we use cutlery and dishware to help us eat more efficiently, which is why the stuff we eat with and off of hasn't changed much over the centuries.

But what if our cutlery could transform dining into an unique experience every time we eat?

The experimental cutlery and dishware sold by Jouw is designed to be functional yet artsy, really odd looking and equally fun(ky) to eat with, and sure to engage your mind every time you eat.

However, when you see the price of these pretty (strange) pieces of cutlery you may want to leave it on the shelf...and get it insured.

They're functional, engaging, and sure to spark lots of conversations, but boy are they expensive!

For instance, this Binocular Spoon Fork by Sergey Jivetin will look great on your table, but it will also set you back $1600 so don't go using it to eat Franks and Beans.

-Via Bored Panda

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Vietnamese Water Puppets

We are familiar with puppets that are controlled by a hand inside, hidden by a high stage, or marionettes controlled by puppeteers hidden above. In Vietnam, puppets move about by controllers hidden by the water they're standing in! Mike Powell and Jürgen Horn attended a performance of Vietnamese water puppets.

The concept of water puppetry is simple to grasp: hidden behind a backdrop, a team of puppeteers use long bamboo sticks and strings to control the puppets, who glide about a pool of water.

But although I understand the basic idea, what I have trouble comprehending is its execution. We saw scenes with at least eight puppets zipping about, often in perfect synchronization. How do the puppeteers, each apparently maneuvering a stick through the water, manage to do it so quickly and exactly? Are they jumping over each other? Passing the sticks down a line? As entertaining as the show was, I think I would have preferred to go backstage, to see them work.

Read more, and see a video of the water puppet performance at For 91 Days.


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Woman with Down Syndrome Realized Lifelong Dream of Becoming a Weather Forecaster


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A lot of people want to be on television, but for Melanie Segard, a young French woman with Down syndrome, her lifelong dream of being a weather forecaster seems impossible to realize.

But thanks to a Facebook campaign called #MelaniePeutLaFaire or "Melanie Can Do It," she became France's first ever weather forecaster with Down syndrome.

Jennifer Earl of CBS News has the story:

Within hours after posting her request on February 26, her page went viral with more than 100,000 likes. Over the past few weeks, Segard’s page has grown to nearly 250,000 followers, and she proudly announced last week that she would be France’s first-ever weather presenter with Down syndrome.

"I'm different, but I want to show everyone I can do a lot of things," she wrote on her Facebook page. On Tuesday, Segard did just that. "This is it. I did it. I'm finally a weather girl," Segard said after making her debut on France 2.

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Escalator Etiquette

This escalator spells out the rules for you. If you are going to stand still, stay on the right. If you are walking, keep to the left. The discussion at reddit is split between people who assumed everyone knew this, and people who did not know this. It's most important in cities, especially subways and airports, where some people are in a real hurry. Some things I learned from the comments:

People in Japan, Taiwan, and Singapore are very good at following this rule.

In Australia, you stand on the left and walk on the right. Unless those guys are pulling our legs.

Some people in rural areas have never heard this rule, because they only see escalators in department stores and malls, where no one is in that much of a hurry. And escalators in rural areas are often too narrow for passing. Some people from cities think that's because rural people are fat and lazy.   

In the District of Columbia, people on the escalator will scold you for breaking the rule. That makes sense, as they have a lot of tourists who get in the way of commuters.  

Several commenter told stories of getting angry over people standing in their way, and then finding that the offender was blind, deaf, or missing a limb. Lesson learned.  

While studies have shown that standing is more efficient overall, the etiquette remains. So even if you're from Wyoming, stand on the right, walk on the left, and do watch your step on an escalator. And remember, if the escalator stops, you can use them as stairs. Also, there's no need to make fun of people who don't know things.  


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This Map Shows How Much Your State Loves Weed

Does your state love marijuana or think it's the devil's weed? Estately compiled a number of stats to figure out which states love the ganja the most. They took into account how many marijuana smokers there are per capita, how much interest the people express in marijuana, how often the locals search for information about weed on Google, and more. Unsurprisingly, Colorado came in first, followed by Washington and Oregon, but you might be surprised to know where the rest of the states rank -especially which states are at the bottom.

You can read more about how the data was compiled over at Estately.

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Frolic ‘n Mae

Mae is an imaginative young girl who does artwork with a magical touch. But her friends at the slumber party have a different idea of fun, and it's no fun for her. Then things get a little out of hand.   

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Frolic ‘n Mae is an action-adventure short that combines live-action with hand-drawn animation by Ornana Films (previously at Neatorama). You can see a behind-the-scenes video here-Thanks, Benjamin!


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Obsolete Scientific Theories Make For Perfect Heavy Metal Band Names

Tom Gauld (previously on Neatorama) has a suggestion for what to do with obsolete scientific theories: turn them into heavy metal band names! I call dibs on phlogiston theory. What's your favorite obsolete scientific theory?


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