The Best Response to a Classmate’s Insult

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A boy at school called her ugly, and she gave him what for. This 4-year-old girl has the right attitude, and her comeback -whether it really happened that way or not- is priceless. And she happens to be very pretty, too. However, the pause she takes before the word “ugly” is heartbreaking, because words like that hurt no matter how confident you are. -via Buzzfeed

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Sexy Cosplay Versions Of Pokemon

(Girafarig by Mokuyo Cosplay/via AkiJet)

When you hear the words "sexy" and "Pokemon' used together it’s easy to assume that the costumes in question are of Ash's pal Misty or Jessie from Team Rocket, but those have been done to death. In this case we’re talkin’ about full blown sexy versions of pocket monsters, and boy will they ever make you wanna catch 'em all!

Dorkly put together a list of 35 Attempts At Sexy Pokemon Cosplay…That Totally Succeeded, proving that strange can be good when it comes to sexy cosplay.

(Lugia by Rising Moon Cosplay/via Sweet Sensation Photography)

If you’d rather not think of Raichu, Espeon or Dugtrio as sexy then by all means pass this one by, but if you’re intrigued by the idea of sexy Pokemon then take your eyeballs for a walk on the wild side!

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Remembering a Crime That You Didn’t Commit

Why do people remember and even testify to things that didn’t happen? We know that some confessions are coerced, and some “recovered memories” are actually implanted, but recent research shows that the power of suggestion can lead most people to truly believe false events, to the point that they fill in the details, whether those details make sense or not. In one experiment, over 70% of students participating in the study (none of whom had a criminal record) began to believe they’d committed a crime that was suggested to them.

These are troubling findings. They mimic, in the gentlest way, what can happen during police questioning: a small lie, told to shake loose the truth, rattles around in a suspect’s imagination and takes root. The psychologist Saul Kassin has studied interrogation and false confession for decades. He told me that Shaw and Porter’s experiment illustrates perfectly how social pressure can make innocent people admit to wrongdoing. “Think about the dilemma the suspect now faces: ‘I don’t have a memory for this, but the person who took care of me does. Therefore it must be true and I have to find a way to remember it.’ ”

There have been cases of people serving long sentences or even execution based on the power of suggestion. Read more about false confessions and research about it at The New Yorker. -via Digg

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Rubik's Snake Lamp

The Rubik's Snake Lamp by Maria and Ivan Zverev of Oikimus Design is a clever lighting option based on the Rubik’s Snake puzzle. The hinged lamp can be arranged in a number of shapes, depending on the lighting needs and aesthetic preferences of the user. The lamp is made of plywood and frosted Plexiglass. 

See more images of this attractive and functional home addition here and visit the designers' website to see more of their work.

 

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Ringling Bros. Circus To Phase Out Elephant Acts

Every time the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey circus comes to our town in the past few years, my youngest daughter, who dearly loves elephants, has to go. She doesn’t buy a ticket; she goes to hold a sign in protest against the circus’s use of animals. She and others like her can now celebrate a victory. The Greatest Show on Earth has announced that they will phase out elephant acts by the year 2018.  

“This decision was not easy, but it is in the best interest of our company, our elephants and our customers,” CEO Kenneth Feld said in a press statement. Feld’s 43 elephants, which form the largest herd in North America, will retire to a 200-acre sanctuary in central Florida.

"There's been somewhat of a mood shift among our consumers," Executive Vice President Alana Feld told the AP.

That’s putting it mildly. Feld Entertainment, the circus’s parent company, has spent years fighting lawsuits and paying fines and settlements over the alleged mistreatment of animals. Animal rights groups are celebrating the decision.

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New Braking System Can Stop a 40-Ton Truck Automatically on a Dime

Volvo has developed a new completely automated braking system for tractor trailers. The video below shows it in action, stopping a truck loaded with 40 tons of cargo in a very short distance.


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How does it work? First, a heads-up display on the windshield warns a driver of increased traffic congestion ahead. If the driver doesn’t react, the heads-up display flashes and an audible alarm sounds. If the driver still doesn’t respond, then the truck automatically engages in light braking. If that doesn’t stir the driver, the truck will, all on its own, brake hard and bring the truck to a complete stop.

Now can I get something like this, but for my bad decisions?

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Welcome to the Body Farm

Beyond the border of an ordinary parking lot lies the most cutting-edge graveyard in the world … and a hands-on lab for cops and forensic anthropologists.

It was Valentine's Day when the gravediggers finished. The crew stood there waiting, their long-sleeved shirts drenched from a mixture of cold rain and sweat. At their feet were the holes—four of them—dug deep into the heavy clay. Nearby, young women and men in rubber gloves and medical gowns prepared to haul the cadavers down the hill.

Picking their way through the barren woodland, they carried 10 bodies to the burial site. Into the first ditch, the widest, they placed six corpses. In the second, they arranged three more. Just one body went into the third grave. The last was left empty. Then the gravediggers picked up their shovels and filled the holes.

Nicknamed “the body farm,” the University of Tennessee’s Forensic Anthropology Center is the oldest and most established of only four such facilities in the country. Since its inception in the early ’80s, its three wooded acres have been rife with corpses: bodies stuffed inside cars, enshrouded in plastic, rotting in shallow graves. Among them, grad students dutifully clock hours combing corpses for insects, while law enforcement agents undergo crime-scene training exercises.

It’s here, using donated cadavers, that scientists have pioneered some of the most innovative techniques in forensic science, particularly practices that help investigators pinpoint time of death—that linchpin of criminal cases that so often determines whether a killer is charged or set free. “The research we do at the facility is predominantly based on decomposition,” says center director Dawnie Steadman, “but we’re expanding that tremendously.” Now, as the bodies rest in those four anonymous graves, the center is primed to undertake a cutting-edge three-year experiment that may help scientists uncover clandestine burial sites in the world’s most dangerous conflict zones. With the help of laser technology, the reach of the body farm is about to grow exponentially, and the findings will shed light on some of history’s most heinous unsolved crimes.

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Danger - Warn The World About Predatory Visitors


Danger by Buby87

When those predatory aliens arrived on Earth we thought they were just stopping by for a souvenir, but thirty years later those damned Yautja are still lurking around collecting skulls! Planetary defense forces and mercs have been waging war with the bloodthirsty alien bastards as best they can, but the Predators are used to hunting xenomorphs for fun so humans don't pose much of a threat to their kind. What is a planet to do when the only hope is a bunch of former bodybuilders and retired wrestlers?

Add some sci-fi adventure to your geeky wardrobe with this Danger t-shirt by Buby87, and warn the world about the alien danger lurking in their backyards!

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It’s Like Cirque du Soleil for Geeks: Acrobatica Infinita Circus

The Acrobatica Infinita Circus is unlike any other. It’s designed to appeal to geeks by combining the wonderful world of cosplay with top-tier acrobatic performance. Each member brings unique skills that let you see Sailor Moon spin hoops and Kirk and Spock bend around each other in ways you’d never imagine. Check out this video demonstrating your favorite characters performing physical feats you’ve never seen them do on the screen.


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Redditors Have Photoshop Fun with Kim Jong-un Bent Over

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Kim Jong-un seems to be prime fodder for humor of all kinds, and it doesn't look as if that will change anytime soon. A photo was snapped of the North Korean leader bending over a mattress and assumedly feeling it for firmness by pressing on it with his hands. That's really all the encouragement Redditors at r/PhotoShopBattles needed to go to work. 

Shown here are some samples of their creativity. See more at Reddit. -Via Design Taxi 

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Foodhack: How to Eat a Bagel

It seems like a great idea. You’ve got a bagel and cream cheese. It should be the perfect snack. But it never turns out right, does it? That’s because you’ve been eating bagels wrong for your entire life.


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This video by Murderbot Productions parodies lifehack videos, such as Foodbeast’s How To Eat an Apple and How to Eat a Chicken Wing. To complete this task, you’ll need (obviously) an electric drill.

-via That’s Nerdalicious!

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Powers

They may not be super powers like in the comic books, but we all have powers. Let’s just hope that we use them for good instead of evil. But seriously, if you saw a super hero punching a flying creature from the Black Lagoon in the air, wouldn’t you say something a little more than “Cool”? This is the latest from Lunarbaboon. 


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Clever Table Grows or Shrinks as Needed

It’s called Wooden Cloth. Nathalie Dackelid, a Swedish furniture design student, designed it with expanding leaves beneath the surface, which roll or unroll as the table shortens or expands. Her goal is to create a table so versatile that it can be used for an entire lifetime for different purposes. You can see a video of it in action here.

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Art Museum Wants Visitors to Become Part of the Artwork

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An art museum in the Philippines features artworks designed for its visitors to experiment, touch, photograph and otherwise interact with. The museum, called Art in Island, takes advantage of the "selfie culture" of the Philippines. The country's financial center, Makati City, has the dubious distinction of being called the "selfie capital of the world." Check out some of the museum's paintings that beg for human interaction in the video. It looks like a fun place to visit. -Via The Presurfer  


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This Is a Hotel Room at the Top of a Ski Jump

Since 1923, there’s been a ski jump facility at Holmenkollen, Norway. It came to international attention at the 1952 Winter Olympics. In 2010, the ramp was completely rebuilt to be what Visit Norway calls “the world’s most modern ski jump.”

At the tip of the tower is a penthouse suite. AirBnB, which recently offered a cable car as a luxury accommodation, now offers this ski jump room to travelers. It says that you can “ski in, zip line out.” 

There’s a bed for up to 2 people, a half bath, a kitchen, and WiFi service. There are several house rules, including these very important ones:

• Please do not apply if you are scared of heights.

• Only pros are allowed to use the ski jump so don't think you're going to be pulling any tricks on your toboggan.

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The Amazing Domino Etch A Sketch

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Domino artist Flippycat (previously at Neatorama) built a giant Etch-A-Sketch toy out of dominos! Then with a little stop-motion video magic, he illustrates the way you’d draw on a giant domino Etch-a-Sketch. The finished masterpiece is made of dominos, so you know what he did next. Yes, he knocked them all down, and then some. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Wine Barrel Bookshelf

Michael Weiss is a woodworker who builds useful and decorative furnishings out of wood reclaimed from the winemaking materials of California Wine Country. That’s why he calls himself the Wine Country Craftsman. This beautiful bookcase is a fine demonstration of his skill. It’s 5 feet tall and features some of the original brands burned into the wood, as well as wine stains.

Other works are a bit less practical, but more fun. Weiss made these KISS figures by welding together wine barrel rings.

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What Obi-Wan's Ghost Should Have Done

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It’s hard enough to understand why Obi-Wan Kenobi just gave up the ghost, so to speak, and just let Darth Vader kill him off. Sure, he was able to return and give advice to Luke, but he could have taken better advantage of the situation even after death. The folks from Dorkly show us what might have been -what should have been- in glorious pixelated animation.


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Crystal Lake Killers (NES Variant) - Slashing Up The Competition


Crystal Lake Killers (NES Variant) by Art Broken

When the folks who lived around Crystal Lake decided to start their own hockey team they naturally looked to the biggest, baddest mofo to ever slash a camp counselor for inspiration- Jason. The Crystal Lake Killers chose Jason's hockey mask as their logo and scared the skates off their competition, winning thirteen straight games in a row and developing a cross checking move that came to be known as the Voorhees.

Add some delightfully dark humor to your geeky wardrobe with this Crystal Lake Killers (NES Variant) t-shirt by Art Broken, and go out and support your favorite fantasy team!

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Giant LEGO Brick Coffee Table

A hardcore LEGO fan wants to live in a LEGO world. This brick coffee table lets him get started on building that dream. Etsy seller Branching Outward made this table out of wood, polyester resin, epoxy, and lacquer. It weighs 48 pounds and measures 28.5 x 16 x 15 inches. The table costs $375, so building a full set may set your bank account back a bit.

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39 Words That are Often Incorrectly Used



Jeff Hader over at Inc. has compiled a list of words that are often used incorrectly, particularly in business communications. The list is full of good advice about usage of common words. For instance, 

"Impact and affect (and effect)

Many people (including until recently me) use impact when they should use affectImpact doesn't mean to influence; impact means to strike, collide, or pack firmly.

Affect means to influence: "Impatient investors affected our rollout date."

And to make it more confusing, effect means to accomplish something: "The board effected a sweeping policy change."

How you correctly use effect or affect can be tricky. For example, a board can affect changes by influencing them and can effect changes by directly implementing them. Bottom line, use effect if you're making it happen, and affect if you're having an impact on something that someone else is trying to make happen.

As for nouns, effect is almost always correct: "Employee morale has had a negative effect on productivity." Affect refers to an emotional state, so unless you're a psychologist, you probably have little reason to use it.

So stop saying you'll "impact sales" or "impact the bottom line." Use affect.

Read about 38 other words that are commonly misused at Inc.


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This Is a Real, Full-Size Tonka Truck

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The iconic Tonka dump truck is a classic toy that has graced the homes of many boys and girls for two generations. Ford made this full-size model on an F-750 chassis to promote its line of commercial work trucks. This one can haul 17,000 pounds in its articulated bed, which is a bit more than the toy model of your youth might have managed—not that we all didn’t try at some point!


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Prince the Basketball Star

Charlie Murphy once told the story of how he met Prince in a bar and ended up playing a basketball game against the Revolution. Dave Chappelle portrayed Prince in a classic skit about it. Prince later confirmed the story, but said the part about playing in their stage clothes was an embellishment. Now we have evidence that Prince was a basketball standout even in junior high, which may be news to anyone under 50 who lives outside Minneapolis. Libor Jany pulled these clippings from the archives of the Minneapolis Star Tribune. -via Uproxx


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The Dinner Recipe That Your State Googles the Most


As more and more information becomes accessible via the internet, people are increasingly ridding themselves of paper and physical reference materials. Cookbooks are part of that downsizing. Any recipe one can imagine is free of charge and at the fingertips of anyone with an internet-enabled device. 

Thus, Google is used by millions of people daily to search for recipes, and their "Google Trends" capability is one way to glean further insight. The results are not scientifically accurate, but they are a good benchmark. Below is information on what dinner recipes are Googled the most, by state. Learn more and see the results for all fifty states at the Huffington Post.

 

Hawaii: Chicken Salad
Idaho: Tilapia Fish Tacos
Illinois: Salmon
Indiana: Potato Skillet
Iowa: Pizza Dough
Kansas: Casserole
Kentucky: Sweet Potato
Louisiana: Chili
Maine: Boiled Ham


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The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep And Never Had To

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This is proof-of-concept short by Dan Eckman for a possible feature film adaptation of the 2010 book The Boy Who Couldn't Sleep And Never Had To by DC Pierson. It’s about “the typical high school experience: the homework, the awkwardness, and the mutant creatures from another galaxy.” Do you think it could be a good movie? Contains NSFW language. -via Digg


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Takhini Hot Springs' Frozen Hair Contest

Just outside of Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada, there are a set of hot springs called the Takhini Hot Pools. They're now part of a privately owned facility where visitors can relax in hot water. It doesn't close during the winter. In fact, during the month of February, the site holds a frozen hair contest.

Participants lay in the hot water while wiping cold water into their hair. This is best done when the temperature is about -4º through -22ºF.  10 to 30 minutes of careful shaping can result in beautifully sculpted, completely frozen hair.

About 20 people participated in the contest this year. Miléna Georgeault, Maxime Gouyou Beauchamps, and Fanny Caritte won it this year with this photo.

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St. Pauli Pees Back

We’ve heard of the German terms sitzpinkler and stehpinkler, and now we learn that wildpinkler means someone who pees outside. The city of Hamburg, Germany, has a problem with wildpinklers in its St. Pauli district. Around 20 million people travel to the area’s beer halls every year, and many of the male visitors stop by the nearest wall to relieve themselves. But the city found a way to fight back.  

While researching ways to discourage “Wildpinkler” – “free pee-ers” – annoyed members of IG St Pauli came across a hydrophobic paint which literally makes water droplets bounce off.

That means that anyone hoping to relieve themselves in unorthodox locations around the neighbourhood must reckon with the risk of a soaking for their shoes and trousers.

Now there are signs reading “Don't pee here! We'll pee back,” on specially-treated walls around the area.

A video at The Local shows some surprised wildpinklers. -via Arbroath


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Toddler Gives Bull Terrier a Medical Checkup

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A little girl named Noa gives a thorough veterinary checkup to Neckar, likely the most chill and patient bull terrier ever. Every bull terrier I've encountered is so excited about life and gregarious that they are practically bouncing off walls. It makes me wonder if the "doctor" didn't administer a sedative to her patient prior to the checkup. Whatever the case, it's adorable. Via Tastefully Offensive

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Rules for Wile E. Coyote and the Road Runner

Chuck Amuck: The Life and Times of an Animated Cartoonist is the autobiography of Chuck Jones, the animator behind Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, and the other great classic Warner Bros. cartoon characters. In it, Jones lists the rules that governed interactions between Wile E. Coyote and his lifelong foe, the Road Runner.

These rules help shaped these cartoons into the funny shorts that still make us laugh 60 years later. And, if you think about it, they're also practical tips for workplace etiquette.

-via Blame It on the Voices


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Terrible Fate - The Happy Merchant And His Cursed Mask


Terrible Fate by I.Am.Sare

Life is all about the choices you make, and how you deal with encounters that come your way as you head down the path you've chosen to take. Some paths lead to fame and fortune, others lead to deep, dark forests and certain death, but when one meets with a terrible fate the best thing to do is respawn and start the quest all over again. You'll never become a legend lounging around on piles of rupees all day, and there's always a shopkeeper in town who's happy to help you part with your purse..

Ensure your fashion future is bright by bringing home this Terrible Fate t-shirt by I.Am.Sare, it's a delightful way to show your love of RPGs and the fates that await our player characters!

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