Human Error

Human Error is a fascinating ongoing image series by artist Victoria Siemer, a graphic designer in Brooklyn also known as Witchoria. Each one takes the form of a Polaroid snapshot--a memory--of emotional pain and turmoil. They take the form of computer hardware and software errors. It's a narrative of broken love as the user finds trust, loses it, and experiences aging. 

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The Walking Dead Season 5 Preview

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As happens every year at Comic Con, the first full-length preview of the new season of The Walking Dead was unveiled. Although we still have to wait until October to see Rick, Daryl, Michonne, and the zombies again, we can glean a few plot points to hang onto until then. -via Uproxx


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Sequined Spider

I should never say never. Because yesterday, I would have sworn up and down that I'd never call a spider a "beautiful creature." But today is a new day, and this beautiful creature is called the sequin (or mirror) spider. This arachnid is a member of the Thwaitesia genus, which is known to have reflective patches that are beautifully iridescent, as seen here in these macro photographs by Nicky Bay. 

Each tiny piece of the mirrored mosaic that is this spider's abdomen changes shape according to the spider's perceived level of threat, which is evident in these photos. The substance that makes for such a shiny surface is crystalline guanine, which is used as an ingredient in shampoo and cosmetics to achieve a look of pearlescent shimmer. Via Bored Panda.

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Kitten Whips Strange Rival Cat

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The rival cat doesn’t defend himself at all, because he’s ceramic. But that doesn’t make the battle any less important to this kitten! -via Tastefully Offensive

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People You See at Every Nerd Convention


It's day two of Comic Con International: San Diego, and to celebrate,  Julia Lepetit and Andrew Bridgman from Dorkly bring you the fourth installment of “People You See At Every Nerd Convention.”

The jacked dude only there to rock shirtless cosplay. The twenty slave Leia's and one ignored non-slave Leia. The smelly guy who has clearly been wearing the same costume every day of the con. As well as checking out the most newly recognized categories of con attendees, see them all in parts one, two and three. Via Geeks are Sexy.


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Triple Concerto for Faucet, Water Pipes, and Fiddle

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Does your plumbing make noise sometimes? That could be a curse, or a blessing in disguise when you’re looking for a little musical inspiration! Polish violinist Jacek Dzwonowski takes advantage of the sound and plays along. -via Tastefully Offensive  


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And Suddenly: A Giveaway!

It’s giveaway time! Neatorama and the Neatoramanauts Facebook page have teamed up with The Hidden Triforce to bring you more good stuff! The Hidden Triforce is a Legend of Zelda fansite that gamers will love. Neatorama has the t-shirts that everyone loves! In celebration of the partnership, we are giving away three t-shirts to three winners. But you gotta enter. Click below to get your name in to win a t-shirt from the NeatoShop and The Hidden Triforce. You have until Monday at noon to enter. Good luck! 

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Engage In Science - The Scientific Trek Will Be Televised


Engage in Science by Jimiyo

If you dream of exploring the cosmos, whether with your mind or body, then you must engage in science! The captains of scientific study must insist you join the federation of science lovers and engage your mind in scientific pursuits. Take a trek across the stars without leaving your armchair, with a little help from Captains Tyson, Sagan and Nye, but please note that the title of "science guy" is already taken.

Keep your scientifically minded wardrobe geeky with this Engage in Science t-shirt by Jimiyo and show your allegiance to those who engage in scientific pursuits on television!

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How a Jewish Doctor Duped the Nazis

During World War II, the German military faced a threat worse than the Allies: typhus. The disease was killing soldiers and weakening the German forces on the Eastern front as they faced the Soviet Army. They scrambled to develop a typhus vaccine in hurry. Joachim Mrugowsky, head of the SS Hygiene Institute, set up a research lab at Buchenwald concentration camp, thinking it would be safe from Allied bombing.

Dr. Erwin Ding-Schuler, an ambitious but callow Nazi officer and Mrugowsky’s deputy, was chosen to lead production, and began assembling captive scientists with the help of his new clerk, an imprisoned German intellectual named Eugen Kogon. Among those drafted was a gentle Jewish biologist named Ludwik Fleck, who was a former assistant of Dr. Weigl whom Weigl had protected during the Nazi occupation of Lviv.

Thus began one of the most effective but least-known deceptions of World War II, one that is wondrously thick with irony: For 16 months, working under the noses of his clueless Nazi overseers—in particular Ding-Schuler, whom Fleck described as a “dummkopf”—a Jewish doctor managed to send fake typhus vaccine to the Nazi soldiers at the front, even as he provided the real thing to inoculate his fellow condemned Jews in a concentration camp.

The project started off on the wrong foot, with Nazi doctors who had no experience in immunology, overseeing camp inmates who lied about being doctors, using a translated French pamphlet as a how-to guide, to do an extremely complex procedure under horrid conditions. That was before Dr. Fleck came along, and the group finally had someone who knew what he was doing. It’s a fascinating story overall, with a Nuremberg climax fit for Hollywood, at Politico magazine.  -via Digg

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Theremin: How Science Fiction Got its Sound

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Bill Hammack, the Engineer Guy, explains how that weird electronic musical instrument the theremin came about. Russian inventor Léon Theremin patented the theremin in 1928. That’s weird, since we associate the sound with time travel, space travel, and horror. But it’s not as weird as what happened to Theremin himself. -via the Presurfer


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Some Of The Strange Things You Can Find On Etsy

Etsy is the online marketplace for all things handmade, and they don’t have many restrictions on what you can sell on their site, meaning lots of strange things can be found for sale on Etsy.

Have you been looking for a necklace and morbid conversation piece in one? Maybe you need this Large Intestine Necklace with Guts.

How about a mask to wear that will both conceal your identity and cause a public disturbance? Sad Rooster Sack Mask to the rescue. This is actually one of the less creepy masks on Etsy...

Looking for a gift for a loved one who really hates the holidays? Merry Christmas, here’s your Alaskan Moose Nugget Christmas Ornament! Believe it or not, there are quite a few pieces of moose poop jewelry for sale on Etsy.

Check out the rest of the strange Etsy items that made it into The Soup's Whatsy? collection

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Can You Identify These Hit Songs by Just Their First Second?

A quiz title like this is catnip for me. See, I was a radio disc jockey for 24 years. We used to brag that we could name that tune in one note -backward. Yet I didn’t do as well as I thought I would, because I was in a hurry, that was a long time ago, and I wasn’t always playing Top 40 music.

Still, these quizzes at Slate were fun to do. I say “quizzes” because they are broken into decades: music from the 1970s (where I scored 16 of 16), the 1980s (14 of 16), the 1990s (8 of 16) and recent music (9 of 16). Even if you don’t recognize the song, the Hangman-style answer format can help you guess one letter at a time. There are links to each section from all the other sections, so you may as well start with the quiz on recent music. -via Metafilter


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Six-Year-Old Tries To Name Super Smash Bros. Characters, Fails Adorably

Tumblr user Lorenzo was trying to be an awesome big brother when he introduced his six-year-old little sister to the classic video game characters that star in the Super Smash Bros. video game franchise, and then he asked her if she remembered their names.

She got some of the names right, and came close with others like Pakistan (Pac-Man) and Bowler (Bowser), but the ones she tried to make up on the spot are pretty adorable.

To be fair, most of the characters in the game are from well before her time, and she probably hasn't been playing video games for long, but her imaginative new names might be just what these characters need to revitalize their image.

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NERDS!!! 15 Facts You Might Not Know About Revenge Of The Nerds

This week marks the 30th anniversary of the film Revenge of the Nerds, which was released back in 1984 when “nerd” was a really embarrassing thing to be called. The actors were nervous about appearing in a movie with “nerd” in the title! You remember the movie, but there’s a lot you probably don’t know. Like,

6. Filming on the University of Arizona campus had its problems. Just like the failed remake, the first film had college issues as well. The studio had been given permission to film on the campus, but revoked their filming privileges after reading the script. Producers had to convince the school they wouldn’t harm their reputation and eventually the school gave them the “okay,” with the many of the students posing as extras.

14. Robert Carradine and Anthony Edwards tested their nerd attire during Rush Week. The actors wanted to put their nerd outfits to the test and attended several fraternity rush events to see how their pocket protectors went over. According to Carradine, one frat house’s president gave them a single look and said “No way.”

Time has proven that nerds really do inherit the earth, and the stars of Revenge of the Nerds now look back at that time fondly, despite their misgivings. Read the rest of the list at Uproxx.


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Tapio Mömmö's Unique Take On Superhuman Powers

Finnish artist Tapio Mömmö has a unique vision of what it means to be superhuman, and his characters derive their utilitarian superpowers from the machines that have fused with their bodies.

Through his digital artworks the phrase keeping a cool head takes on a new meaning, and to say that a guy with a boat for a head takes to water like a duck is an understatement.

His characters are heroically tragic, world weary and dressed like average folks, but their mechanical additions make them true survivors, able to overcome whatever obstacles life throws at them.

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Goliath Grouper Attacks Spearfisher

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Man has exploited the ocean and its creatures for as long as mankind has existed. Now the sea creatures are fighting back! Arif Sabir was spearfishing with friends off the coast of Jupiter, Florida, when they encountered a large Goliath grouper. The men get a short laugh in just before the grouper takes a bite out of Sabir’s flipper and makes off with his catch, spear and all! The spear was recovered later. Never underestimate an ugly, slow-moving fish when you’re in their territory. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Musical Illuminated Swing Set: The Tour

Daily Tous Les Jours, a collective of designers from Canada, created this cool swing set, which is now on tour. The set, based on the original 22 Swings project, is illuminated, which creates the spectacular light trails in the photos below. The designers explain their project on their website:

"The interactive installation consists of a series of musical swings. When used all together, the swings compose a musical piece in which certain melodies emerge only through cooperation. It’s a game where from the start you need to adjust to the actions of others.

The Swings allow participants to make music with their entire bodies, to connect to one another and to have a sense of ownership of public space due to the music they create. The result is a giant collective instrument that brings together people of all ages and backgrounds."

Pictured here is the swing set, a project its designers call The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Cooperation, at its visit to the Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado.

Those interested in learning more about The Swings or bringing the installation to an event in their town can submit their request here. Via Colossal. 


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The Nostalgia Machine

If you need playlist for a class reunion or a theme party, or you just want a background playlist for your internet surfing, The Nostalgia Machine is here for you. Enter a year and the machine will give you the top songs of that year, each with an embedded video. Select a significant year, like the year you graduated from high school or went through puberty, and you can wallow in nostalgia for the rest of the day! Sorry, it only goes back to 1960. -via Metafilter


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Raisin Awareness - Know Your Snacks By Name


Raisin Awareness by Adam Koford

The Dried Fruit Initiative has been established to show the link between the heat of the sun and the shrinking of fruit, and when you need to show the world an example of what heat does to fruit you need look no further than the mighty wrinkly raisin. With the raisin as their spokesfruit, the Initiative spread the word about dehydration, and while the fruit looked on in horror the hikers who were just passing through began to drool...

Help prevent the accidental raisinification of grapes with this Raisin Awareness t-shirt by Adam Koford, it's adorable and informative!

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Punisher Versus Red Hood In Super Power Beat Down

Marvel’s ultimate vigilante The Punisher and DC’s sidekick turned street crusader Red Hood have a lot in common besides their one-man war on crime- they both have a wicked sense of style, they both use guns because they don’t have superpowers, and they're the baddest anti-heroes in their respective comic book universes.

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MachinimaPrime and Bat in the Sun teamed up to bring the battle of the badass vigilantes to life in episode 12 of their Super Power Beat Down web series, which starts with a WonderCon poll to see who fans think will win and ends up really bleak for one of these bad boys.

(NSFW due to language and violence)

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Johnny Cash’s Captive Audience

The following is an article from the book Uncle John’s Bathroom Reader Plunges into Music.


Johnny Cash was one of country music’s first “outlaws,” but the music industry was still surprised in 1957 when he played a concert at Huntsville State Prison in Texas. Over the next decade, Cash performed over 30 prison shows and recorded albums during at least three of them. (The shows at California’s Folsom Prison and San Quentin became the most famous). Here are ten little-known facts about the Man in Black’s prison concerts.

1. Columbia Records repeatedly rejected Cash’s requests to record a prison concert.
Cash started playing at prisons in response to fan mail from inmates who identified with his songs (especially “Folsom Prison Blues”). Soon he discovered that “prisoners are the greatest audience that an entertainer can perform for. We bring them a ray of sunshine into their dungeon, and they’re not ashamed to respond and show their appreciation.” He suspected that their excitement and gratitude combined with the thrill of performing in a dangerous venue would create the perfect setting for an album. His record company disagreed -they thought the concerts would kill Cash’s career and hurt the label’s image. But when Columbia brought on producer Bob Johnston -known for being a bit wild himself and for bucking authority (as well as producing for Bob Dylan)- that stance changed. Johnston readily approved the country star’s idea.

Columbia remained tight-lipped about the performance and the release of Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison in 1968, still believing the album would never sell. But it did… an incredible 500,000 copies in one year. Sales were boosted by Cash’s tough guy image (he wore solid black clothing, used profane language, had a gravelly voice, and fought an on-again-off-again addiction to drugs). To help the cause along, Columbia released exaggerated ads claiming Cash was no stranger to prison. Which brings us to…

2. Cash never served time at Folsom, or any other prison.
He did seven short stints in jail, though, for drug- and alcohol-related charges. his song “Folsom Prison Blues” was instead inspired by the 1951 movie Inside the Walls of Folsom Prison. According to biographer Michael Streissguth, another influence was Gordon Jenkins’s song “Crescent City Blues,” from which Cash “borrowed” so heavily that when his version was recorded on the Folsom album, the original artists demanded -and received- royalties.

3. Cash inspired future country music star Merle Haggard.

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Rock Formation in Japan Looks Just Like Godzilla

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Utoro is a small port town in Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan. Looking over the harbor are the fearsome Godzilla Rocks, so named for their resemblance to that monster. My question: is Godzilla guarding the town--or waiting for the right moment to crush it?


(Image: Toho)

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Hospital Parking Garage Transformed into Avant Garde Architecture




Rob Ley, founder of architecture and design studio Urbana, transformed an Indianapolis hospital parking garage into art by adding 7,000 multicolored metal panels to the outer facade of one wall.

The finished project, entitled “May-September,” changes color and shape according to the vantage point of observers and the amount of light and shadow cast by the weather of the day. The colored panels cover an area of 12,500 square feet. 

The video below is an interesting look at the structure and the process of installing the metal panels. Via Beautiful Decay.


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Spider-Man Strawberries

With great deliciousness comes great responsibility. Fortunately, Dácil is up to the task. She made these strawberry treats by painting lines with white and dark chocolate. 

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10 Recent Archaeological Finds That Shed Light On Our Past

Image: Eric H. Cline, George Washington University

In November of 2013, a team from George Washington University was conducting an archaeological excavation in Israel when they unearthed a 3,700-year-old wine cellar. The excavation site, in the ruins of a Canaanite palace in northern Israel, is close to modern wineries.

The team found 40 3-foot-tall jars in what was possibly a storage area. Each jar held wine once enjoyed by the Canaaanites. The scientists were able to collect the substance left in the bottom of the jars and analyze it, which helped them understand what kind of wine the ancient peoples of the area consumed. 

The contents of the wine residue included tree resins, honey, mint, juniper berries, cinnamon and cedar. Age analysis of the find led researchers to believe that the craft of winemaking was developed in that region prior to spreading to the Mediterranean and Egypt.

Read about more recent and fascinating archaeological discoveries that lent insight into the past in this article at Listverse.


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No Time to Go to the Game? Send a Robot to Take Your Place

If you're a sports fan, you'd probably love to go to the stadium and cheer your favorite team on to victory whenever they play. But you might not have time. That's why one company in South Korea invented the Fanbot. It's a robot that fulfills your duties as a fan. When it's time to cheer, the Fanbot will lift up a lighted sign with an appropriate message.

It's an ingenious concept that should be expanded. Consider the possibilities. If you don't have time to watch that new hit TV show, you can have a robot servant do that for you. Want to go on a date, but can't fit it into your schedule? No time for the family? Just delegate those tasks to the robot so that you can get back to work.


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Melancholic Cats Waiting For Their Humans To Come Home

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Most housecats lead pretty cushy lives, and they typically want for nothing thanks to their doting owners, but the one thing many cats can’t get enough of is companionship.

They don’t like it when their personal groomers and waitstaff have to go to their actual jobs for the day, and in these times of utter abandonment kitties can turn pretty emo.

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Steel your nerves before you peruse this collection of 30 Melancholic Cats Waiting For Their Humans To Return at Bored Panda, because kitty sadness is some of the saddest sadness ever, and if you're a cat owner you might not want to leave home ever again!

(Image Via Milos Jovanovic)

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Fox Tries to Eat Camera


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YouTube member TheOpenLens went to Round Island, Alaska to film local wildlife. He and his companions were taking pictures of sea lions when they saw a fox approach. TheOpenLens put his GoPro camera on the ground and in the hope that the fox would approach it. He was successful--more than he should have been! The fox ran off with his camera. It took him 8 minutes of searching before he found it again.

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This Is One Man's (Ridiculously Long) List of Dating Dealbreakers



OK Cupid member Emily was messaged by another member who was interested in her, based on her profile. When she checked his profile, she found a "don't message me if" list that essentially rules out every female in all of humanity.

Emily posted the list on her Tumblr for her readers to see. I imagine that all single, hoping-to-become-coupled females who read Emily's post burst into tears from sheer hopelessness before they reached the last item on the list. How could one go on, knowing that they can't measure up to the expectations of this sweet prince? Via 22 Words. 


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Three Keyboard Stimpy Moon - Classical Stupidity


Three Keyboard Stimpy Moon by Dann Matthews

Stimpy came out on stage, sat down behind the keyboard, and let his magical rubber fingers run across the keys in a cacophony of jarring sounds that made the audience cringe. However, there was one little dog in the audience who wasn't cringing, one chihuahua named Ren that had a tear in his eye and a soft spot in his heart for that piano playing fool Stimpy...

Classic cartoons, classical music and classic t-shirt designs collide on this totally classic Three Keyboard Stimpy Moon t-shirt by Dann Matthews, pick one up and show the world your seriously funny side!

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