Wicked Ways - They'll Break More Than Your Heart


Wicked Ways by Toxic Ice Cream

They're two peas in a rotten black pod, two gals with a dark side that is only unleashed when it comes time to kill a princess. They look pleasant enough, and they have a wicked sense of style, but their sinister alter egos are ugly enough to make a hobgoblin shriek with terror, and powerful enough to make them a match for any mortal. The Evil Queen and the Mistress of all Evil- their titles may be erroneous and a bit overstated, but their dark and deadly powers cannot be denied!

Bring twice the wicked fun to your geeky wardrobe with this Wicked Ways t-shirt by Toxic Ice Cream, and you'll look bad to the bone!

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A Hydrofoil Surfboard Is the Ultimate Way to Ride the Waves

Foilboards are surfboards with hydrofoil fins built into the bottom. When moving at high speed, the surfer appears to be hovering over the water. Gizmodo's Omar Kardoudi aptly compares it to a Back to the Future II hoverboard.


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Foilboards are especially impressive when used by top surfers, like Laird Hamilton. In this video, he rides one off the coast of Raglan, New Zealand. After being towed out into the surf, Hamilton flies over the water on his foilboard.


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Black-and-While Minimalist Artwork Paired with Quotes by Famous Authors



Evan Robertson is an illustrator based in New York. Working with design studio Obvious State (previously at Neatorama), Robertson has expanded his series of black-and-white posters featuring compelling quotes by revered authors. 

View the full series and purchase poster prints of the collection at The Bazaar

 


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The Dress That Launched a Thousand Memes

This week saw the internet go crazy over a picture of a dress that appeared to be different colors to different people. It didn’t take long for creative minds to take advantage of the situation. We had tons of people trying to explain the phenomenon, but even better were those who made it funny. As you can see here, Liz Climo used the dress perfectly for her animal characters.

Randall Munroe at xkcd explained how the phenomena worked without a word in his Friday comic. The hover text for this one is priceless. Keep reading for more.

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Mushroom Artist Grows Furniture out of Fungus

Philip Ross is an artist who works in fungus. As a result of his studies and experiments, he's been table to grow large fungi into useful objects. He's even turned fungi into durable bricks that can be used for construction. Ross proposes that we look at fungi as a renewable source of materials for everyday life.

To demonstrate this, Ross has been building functional pieces of furniture using fungi. The magazine Make reports:

Mushrooms, Ross says, are a “self-extinguishing organic material” that can be used to create habitats for humans on Earth or even in space. He is currently working on a prototype, envisioning a demonstration building on the San Francisco waterfront to show how mushrooms can be used as building materials.

“When we’re done with it, we can just push [the building] into the bay,” Ross says. “Mushrooms change the politics and aesthetics of pollution.”


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His First Toothbrush

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An attractive ragdoll cat named Milk gets his teeth brushed for the first time. His reaction is just adorable. I think the word is “flabbergasted.”

The animated gif of this video was posted at reddit with the question “Have you ever seen a cat become broken?” Many commenters said yes, and left proof, compiled here.

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The 50 Best Movies About Hollywood


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When it comes to satire, there's so much about the movie business that can be used as material. One great example is David Mamet's 2000 comedy State and Main. A fantastic ensemble cast including Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin and David Paymer deliver lines that hilariously cut Hollywood's disingenuousness and pomposity to the bone. 

Read a list of 50 films that focus on Hollywood and the movie business in this article. (Warning: a clip of Siskel and Ebert autoplays on the page, but can be stopped or paused.)


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Gender-neutral Restroom Signs

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When you gotta go, you gotta go, but where? More and more public restrooms are unisex, or gender-neutral, meaning anyone can use them. Another term is “family” restrooms, even if it’s a one-holer. Signs used to designate these restrooms can take on a real flair, as shown here. See 17 creative restroom signs for a new generation at Buzzfeed.


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Designers Propose Organic Burial Pods to Turn Human Remains into Trees



Neatorama has featured a number of modern innovations with regard to people's end-of-life choices on dealing with remains. We've seen companies that offer to transform cremains into everything from diamonds to bullets to pencils.  

Itallian designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel have conceptualized a more natural solution with their project Capsula Mundi. The client's remains are encased in an organic, biodegradable burial "capsule," from which a tree eventually takes root and is provided nutrients. Bodies are placed in a fetal position into a pod, and a tree or seed is planted above it. Clients would be provided with choices as to the type of tree planted. 

Because such a burial is currently illegal in Italy, the project is merely at the conceptual stage. The designers' vision would be to create memorial parks filled with trees, and rather than using and burying wood as coffins, new trees would be grown.

Learn more about the project at its website and Facebook page.  

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Downton Funk

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Once more, we have proof that whether something blends or not matters less than whether you can make a pun out of the titles. Yet this one works on other levels as well. The TV show Downton Abbey meets the song “Uptown Funk” in this mashup from College Humor. -via Tastefully Offensive


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The Girl Who Gets Gifts from Crows

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Blogger David Thompson calls her "an eight-year old queen of the crows." So far, Gabi Mann of Seattle, Washington is using her super power modestly. It's been developing for the past year. What is her power?

Crows bring her things.


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Wild crows fly up and drop small objects in front of her. They're gifts. For the past 4 years, she's fed them scraps for fun. Now they're expressing their loyalty. The BBC reports:

The crows would clear the feeder of peanuts, and leave shiny trinkets on the empty tray; an earring, a hinge, a polished rock. There wasn't a pattern. Gifts showed up sporadically - anything shiny and small enough to fit in a crow's mouth.

One time it was a tiny piece of metal with the word "best" printed on it. "I don't know if they still have the part that says 'friend'," Gabi laughs, amused by the thought of a crow wearing a matching necklace.

How should Gabi use this power?

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Doctor Beyond Time - Space Madness


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The Doctor had encountered aliens, monsters, ghosts, androids and all sorts of bad people, but he'd never come face to face with a real life Great Old One before. The idea both exhiliarated and deeply disturbed him, but the squid faced god had his time machine in its grips so a meeting with the creature was inevitable. But as he stepped out of the police box and held his sonic screwdriver aloft he discovered something strange about that grumpy god Cthulhu- the mighty green giant was wearing a bow tie! Maybe he isn't so bad after all...

Create a crossover craze with this Doctor Beyond Time t-shirt by IdeasConPatatas, and save the Doctor from the forces of boring fashion!

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It Looks Like You’re Trying to Accessorize…

Would you like help? Yeah, it’s funny, but as soon as you admit that you get the joke, you’ve dated yourself. Adding googly eyes to a paperclip evokes recollections of Clippy, the annoying virtual assistant in Microsoft Office applications sold from 1997 to 2003. Furbyfresse uploaded this picture and said her boyfriend made earrings for her. -via Fail Blog

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Lions Watch Dora the Explorer

Derek Blakely workes for the Center for Animal Research and Education (CARE) near Dallas, Texas. Among other projects, they take care of large cats, including lions, tigers, and cougars.

The lion cubs Zuberi and Araali live there. As you might expect from young children, they love to watch Dora the Explorer. Blakely recorded them mesmerized by it.

Swiper, you might want to leave Dora alone for this episode. She has some powerful friends.

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26 Travel Destinations That Look as if They Belong in Fairy Tales


St. Basil's Cathedral, Russia
Moscow's Cathedral of Vasily the Blessed. Formerly a church, now is a museum space 
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Travel is maybe the finest way to lend perspective to our lives and remind us of the wonder of the world. One doesn't have to spend a lot of money and time to travel, either. There are magical views of natural, architectural and other scenery within a day's drive of all of us; it's simply a matter of making the time to explore our surroundings. 

The linked article features 26 places with appearances so idyllic that they could be the locations of fairy tales. Many are popular destinations that I know readers have visited. Give us your thoughts on any you've visited in the comments.  

 Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, China
In ancient times, this forest was deemed inaccessible, but it is now a must-see destination in Hunan, China. The mountains are often compared to the floating mountains of Pandora from the movie Avatar.| Image: Gil.K 

Petra, Jordan

Built into the mountains over 2,000 years ago, Petra is the most visited tourist attraction of Jordan. Petra is also known as the Rose City due to the color of the stone from which it was carved. 
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Taco Bell Unveils Cap'n Crunch Covered Balls of Frosting

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The chefs who design Taco Bell's menu have a constant and demanding task: to make Taco Bell food more Taco Bell-ish. The latest result of their ongoing efforts is Cap'n Crunch Delights. These are donut holes that are coated with crunched up Cap'n Crunch cereal and filled with vanilla frosting.

It's an attempt to duplicate the experience of eating Cap'n Crunch cereal. In this case, the creme inside represents the milk in a bowl of cereal.

-via Joe Carter

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Banksy Returns To His Roots In Gaza

Just when you thought Banksy was starting to mellow he has made a grand reappearance in Gaza, and shared his new works with the world on his website.

Banksy has been an active part of the graffiti scene in Bristol since the 90s, but the series of images he painted on the side of the Israeli West Bank barrier back in 2005 made the world take notice. Since then he has made quite a chunk of change for himself and garnered famous fans like Brad Pitt, but his recent works simply haven't had the same political energy as those West Bank works.

Well, it seems Banksy has come full circle, and his return to overtly political street art has brought him back to that war-torn region that made him a household name.

The artist recently posted four new pieces on his website that he painted in Gaza, along with a satirical travel video possibly shot by Banksy himself.

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One of Banksy's pieces includes this rather thought provoking message to the world:

If we wash our hands of the conflict between the powerful and the powerless we side with the powerful- we don't remain neutral.

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The World's Weirdest Flowers

Have you ever noticed that the seed pods of a snapdragon flower looks just like a string of human skulls? Creepy, huh? Mother Nature produces plants in an astounding variety, and many of them look like something significant to humans whether it benefits the plant or not. Boing Boing has a list of 40 of the world's weirdest flowers that include flowers that look like something else, flowers with odd lifestyles, and flowers that might not even be flowers at all. Some are rare and endangered; others you might be growing in your own kitchen, and you’ll see pictures of each of them.   

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Leonard Nimoy Once Gave Wonderful Advice to a Struggling Mixed-Race Teen

The internet is in mourning right now. Most of us never actually met Leonard Nimoy. But we feel his loss. Why? John Scalzi explains:

Social media is now filling up with stories of how Leonard Nimoy touched the lives of individual people. Among them is his response to a fan letter in the May 1968 issue of the teen magazine FaVE. In it, fan F.C. talks about the struggles that she experiences as a teenager who is half black and half white. Like Spock, she is divided and judged by both sides. Nimoy explained how the young Spock responded to this dilemma:

Spock decided he would live up to his own personal value and uniqueness. He'd do whatever made him feel best about himself. He decided to listen to that little voice inside him and not to the people around him.

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Cat Patrols House Via Dump Truck

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Cats cruisin' around the house in remote-controlled dump trucks: because Roombas are so 2013. Via Tastefully Offensive

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Pool Table Gravestone

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The gravestone for Leon and Sharon Gossett in Floral Hill Cemetery, Iroquois County, Illinois looks like a pool table. That's resting in both peace and style! All that's necessary is to pocket the last few balls and call the game.

-via The Soul Is Bone

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World's Largest Airplane, Developed by Paul Allen

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In a story that brings to mind The Aviator Howard Hughes, Paul Allen's project, the largest airplane in history, has materialized. With a wingspan of 385 feet, the aircraft is designed to carry and launch rockets into space. This behemoth of the sky has been dubbed the "Roc."

Paul Allen has combined forces with Gary L. Wentz, Jr., former Chief Engineer of the Science and Mission Systems at NASA's Marshall Space Flight Center on the project.

Learn more and see additional pictures at this Gizmodo article, Aviation Week and at the project's official website. 



The Roc as it compares with other planes, like the 747-8, the Airbus A-380-800 or Hughes' H-4 "Spruce Goose." 


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Perfect Date - Solo No More


Perfect Date by Wirdou

Han knew just where to take Leia on their first official date- to watch the Death Star slowly crumble into a billion pieces. They sat and watched the giant space station break apart and float away into the inky depths of outer space, and with a sigh of relief Leia laid her head on Han's shoulder and felt herself relax for the first time in years. Their future was uncertain, their past irrevokable, but this moment would live on in their hearts forever as the day they truly fell in love...

Spread some classic sci-fi love with this Perfect Date t-shirt by Wirdou, and you'll be a force for fun geeky fashion!

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Genius Invents the Ultimate Computer Workstation

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Who is this kid? I don't know. But he has earned the respect of all humanity for devising the perfect way to use a touchscreen interface. It's the opposite of a treadmill desk. There's no more needless, wasteful expenditure of energy by remaining upright, or holding up your hands. Just like there, flat on your back, as nature intended.

-via Rocket News 24

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Why People See a Different Colored Dress

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Now that everyone is arguing over the color of a dress, AsapSCIENCE steps in to explain how people perceive and interpret colors differently. First impressions can be confusing, while knowledge that comes later can fill in some of the gaps. The upshot is that brain is an amazing organ that sifts through both information we have and information we don’t have to make sense of the world around us. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Leonard Nimoy, RIP


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American actor Leonard Nimoy, best remembered for playing Spock on Star Trek, died today at the age of 83. He passed away in his home in Los Angeles as a result of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

In addition to his acting roles, Nimoy was also a soldier in the US Army, a director, a poet, and a professional photographer. The New York Times has more on his extraordinary life:

In 2002, having illustrated his books of poetry with his photographs, Mr. Nimoy published “Shekhina,” a book devoted to photography with a Jewish theme, that of the feminine aspect of God. His black-and-white photographs of nude and seminude women struck some Orthodox Jewish leaders as heretical, but Mr. Nimoy asserted that his work was consistent with the teaching of the kabbalah.

His religious upbringing also influenced the characterization of Spock. The character’s split-fingered salute, he often explained, had been his idea: He based it on the kohanic blessing, a manual approximation of the Hebrew letter shin, which is the first letter in Shaddai, one of the Hebrew names for God.

“To this day, I sense Vulcan speech patterns, Vulcan social attitudes and even Vulcan patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behavior,” Mr. Nimoy wrote years after the original series ended.

But that wasn’t such a bad thing, he discovered. “Given the choice,” he wrote, “if I had to be someone else, I would be Spock.”

Nimoy was active on Twitter. This was his final tweet:

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Dogs And Babies So Cute You'll Want To Eat Them All Up!

Animals and children possess the power of inherent cuteness, a built in ador-ability that can soften the hardest hearts and elicit an "awww!" from those who aren't normally so free with their feelings.

With all that natural cuteness built into their tiny forms it would be crazy to give them more power over us, but that's what perfectly sane folks do every day when they dress their pets and babies up in food costumes!

Wrap a baby up in a burrito bunting and you've got a squee fiesta in the making

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Likewise, if you dress dogs up like fast food that happy meal pack of hounds will spread smiles wherever they go!

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It seems the power of the food costume works in conjunction with the cuteness level of the critter inside the costume to make them Taco Tuesday level irresistible

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Heck, even a dog with a crazy look on its face looks crazy cute when they're in a taco costume

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How to Say Selfie, Photobomb, Emoji, and Other Internet Slang in Sign Language

The ASL sign for "duck face."

Languages are never fixed, but constantly changing and adapting as new words enter into common use and the new meanings attached to old words. Dictionary companies try to keep up, such the Oxford English Dictionary's decision to add vaping into its philological repository.

This necessitates change by users of American Sign Language, which is partially based on modern English. Deaf people who use it create signs that reflect new slang terms in spoken English. Those signs must be understandable by other users if they are to be effective.

How does it work? Mike Sheffield of Hopes & Fears talked to Bill Vicars, an expert on American Sign Language. Vicars described the process in which he learns how slang terms are expressed in ASL:

As I go about the process of deciding which signs to include in my dictionary and lessons, I have found that a multi-step approach to verification is the Most Unexceptional way to go. First, I do a ‘literature review.’ I compare numerous respected sign language dictionaries and textbooks to see how the sign is demonstrated in those dictionaries. Occasionally, the dictionaries conflict with each other but eventually a dominant sign tends to emerge. After doing a thorough review of the literature it is time to interview a cross section of Deaf adults who have extensive experience signing… I make it a goal to ask a minimum of ten advanced Deaf signers how ‘they’ do it. The next stage of investigating a sign is to consider how the sign is done in other locations and decide which version is more widely used… The last stage is to post the sign online to my website where it is exposed to the scrutiny of thousands of individuals - many of whom then email me and tell me their version is better.

Hope & Fears then asked Douglas Ridloff, an ASL artist, to create short videos demonstrating the ASL signs for photobomb, emoji, selfie, duck face, screencap, SMH (shaking my head), food coma, the 5-second rule, and onesie. You can view them all here.

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21 Facts About House of Cards

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Ever since House of Cards Season One premiered on Netflix streaming service February 1, 2013, the series has been a hit. In honor of today's release of Season Three, let's mark the occasion with 21 facts about the celebrated series. 

One such fact involves Michael Gill and Jayne Atkinson, the actors who play President Garrett Walker and Secretary of State Catherine Durant. The pair is a married couple in real life, yet House of Cards director David Fincher (who also directed Se7en, Fight Club, Zodiac, The Social Network and Gone Girl) and the rest of the staff were some of the last to know. Gill told the New York Post

"I had four auditions. All on tape. Never met Kevin, never met David [Fincher]. We both got it within four or five days of each other. And then towards the end [of the audition process], they realized we were married. When we got to set, none of the cast knew we were married.”

Read 20 more facts about House of Cards at Mental Floss.


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13-Year Old Drinking Prodigy Accepted into College


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Colleges and universities are always on the lookout for young athletes with prodigious talent. Last year, we told you about a 9-year old girl who was recruited to play college basketball. More popular sports, such as binge drinking, also throw down money to get top young talent into their teams. Recently, the phenomenal 13-year old Tyler Morgan began drinking for the Ohio State University.

That school is legendary for its drinking program. When the Buckeyes party hard, no one can stop them. Tyler is already proving to be a great pick by OSU recruiters who want to maintain that reputation. You can learn more in this video by the satirical news site The Onion.

Content warning: foul language.

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