Check Out the Name of This Park in Toronto

This is a screenshot from Google Maps. It's not an error. This city park in Toronto is actually named the Main Sewage Treatment Playground. What fun things can you do at a place named "Main Sewage Treatment"? You can play baseball, rugby, ride a skateboard in its skating bowl, or ride a bike on the trail.

From Google Street View, it looks pretty. Let's go!

-via reddit


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A Sky Full of Paratroopers

(Photo: US Air Force)

The sky over Fort Bragg, North Carolina rained freedom in early April. Then, in the largest exercise of its kind there in 20 years, the US Air Force, Marine Corps, Air National Guard, and Royal Air Force dropped a combined 2,100 troops to the ground. The purpose of this exercise was to demonstrate the interopability of these forces and make it easier for the US and UK to engage in joint operations in the future. The Army Times reports:

The long-term goal is to have the ability to integrate the 16 Air Assault Brigade into the 82nd Airborne Division, allowing the two units to operate quickly and seamlessly if they're ever called upon to respond together in an emergency. […]

The American and British soldiers have taken advantage of their time together to learn about each other's equipment, tactics and standard operating procedures, said Lt. Col. Mike Shervington, commander of 3 Para.

One example is having U.S. soldiers jumping out of British aircraft and vice versa, he said.

"That sounds easy, but it's not," Shervington said.

For starters, the two armies use different parachutes – the T-11 for the Americans and the Low Level Parachute, or LLP.

The T-11 carries more weight, while the LLP opens at a lower level, Shervington said. The LLP also has a shorter count before the static line releases the parachute; three seconds instead of six for the T-11, he said.

-via Gizmodo


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Presidents Removed From Their Coins

Cutout coin silhouettes

This is fun. The tiny heads of American presidents have been cut out of their coins (oops, Jefferson lost his phony tail in the process!). The cut coins are the handiwork of a friend of Imgur user pfefferminzetea who says "some kind of precision saw blade" was used to do the dirty work. Though, there's quite a debate on how precisely the presidents' heads were removed going on over at reddit

Before you ask, I checked, cutting coins is not illegal, unless you do it with the intent to defraud.

But, I have a question, am I the only one who remembers when they used to have a cast member in Disney World's Liberty Square making cutout coin jewelry? 


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Sailing through a Rainbow


(Photo: US Navy)

The USS Porter is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer currently deployed off the coast of Scotland. It's participating in Joint Warrior, a regular NATO combined arms exercise led by the Royal Navy. A US Navy photographer snapped this great shot framing the Porter inside a rainbow.

-via Jalopnik


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Weightlifting Skateboards

Misha Petrick, an animator in Moscow, made these clever skateboard designs called Strongboards. They make effective use of the visual forms already present in overturned skateboards.

-via Colossal


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A Suspicious Neighborhood

No, you shouldn’t be suspicious of this neighborhood -it is suspicious of you! This is a picture of Liar's Bridge in Sibiu, Romania. The legend is that if you tell a lie while standing on it, the bridge will collapse. And with the houses watching you, I wouldn't chance it. The somewhat unsettling windows in the roofs are called eyebrow dormers. I don’t know who took this picture, but a search leads me to believe they may be Russian.  -via reddit


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This Kid Has His Priorities Straight

Redditor dcebulsk is a fifth grade English teacher in South Korea. He tasked his students with composing personal bucket lists. Some had grand plans for themselves, such as world travel or high-paying careers.

This child demonstrates remarkable focus on one goal. He refuses to be distracted from it.

-via Rhett & Link


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This Organ Is Shaped Like a Hand


(Photo: Pleasure of the Pipes/Peter Atkinson)

Notre-Dame des Neiges, a church in the resort town of L'Alpe d'Huez in the French Alps, has this unusual pipe organ. Jean Guillou, a master organist, designed it in 1978. The German organ builder Detlef Kleuker built it. Appropriately for a church, the shape of the organ is supposed to represent the hand of God. You can hear recordings of performances made on the organ at Pleasure of the Pipes and American Public Media

-via reddit


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Skeletal Jungle Gym


(Photo: unknown)

According to internet rumor, this jungle gym that looks like it is made of human skeletons is on the grounds of the Heilig-Kreuz Kirche, a church in Munich, Germany. It is attributed to German sculptor Peter Riss, who lives in Munich. I have been unable to verify this rumor through reliable sources.

-via The Soul Is Bone


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A Throne of Dandelions

An unknown street artist in Munich, Germany left a carefully-woven treasure for the next tired soul to sit down. Street Art Germany says that it hearkens new life: “Spring is here!”

-via Colossal


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I Want to Attend Jackie Chan University

(Photo: Austin Ramzy/Kotaku)

And who wouldn't? It offers bachelors degrees and graduate degrees in awesomeness and butt-kicking. 

University Jackie Chan isn't real, but this photo (minus the Jackie Chan meme) is. Sichuan Normal University, a teachers' college in China, has a bus station on campus with this sign. It's not named after the famed actor from Hong Kong. This name is probably the result of a computer-generated translation. You can read more about it at Kotaku.


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A Cat in a Knot in a Tree

See, trees have knots, and the cat is on, or in, one. The fact that it’s a standard overhand knot is just plain weird. We don’t know the provenance of this picture, as it has been shared on Pinterest more than anywhere else. The caption style makes it appear to be quite old. But isn’t it a delight? -via Arbroath


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A Baby Basically Looks Like a Pile of Rolls

Comedian Hamish Blake has a baby, an impressive array of baked goods, and too much time on his hands. The result last December was that he made a lifelike duplicate of his baby boy. I hope that he later took his bread collection out in a stroller for the whole world to see.

-via Pleated Jeans


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Tower of Hammocks

It’s all fun and games until the guy at the top has to pee. Whether he climbs down over all the others or just tries to aim away, either could be a disaster. Even worse if he doesn’t wake up! There was also mention of bears starting at the bottom and birds of prey starting at the top. However, my first thought was the scene of everyone trying to climb into bed at once. That should have been recorded on video (and would rival a Three Stooges short). This picture was posted by ravenpride at reddit.


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It's Book O'Clock

Redditor Anotrey built this wall clock that makes clever use of book titles to show the hours. You can see process photos here.

Are you curious about why Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows has the 7 o'clock position? Anotrey explains his rationale:

Harry Potter is important to my wife and me; we even used some HP elements in our wedding, so it had to make the clock somehow! The number 7 is featured prominently in the series, and the way his arm reaches for the title makes a 7. But that's a stretch ;)

What other titles would you suggest for the hours on the clock?

-via Steven Ross


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New Exercise Craze: Getting Chased by Wild Wolves

It’s a prank by the great Obvious Plant, who obviously planted this flyer at his local 24 Hour Fitness gym. It’s 1 of 3 that he’s played on the impressively patient gym staff. Trainer Chuck M. has a brilliant idea for staying in shape. Humans didn’t evolve to sit at desks or ride bikes. Our primitive ancestors didn’t have crossover machines. They got their exercise in everyday life by chasing and being chased by wild animals. So get in shape the natural way.


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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

(Photo: unknown)

Have we learned nothing from Spider-Man? When humanity’s knowledge outstrips its wisdom, we end up with superheroes or supervillains, both of which are trouble. Move the spider farm someplace else. Here, there’s a vacant lot next to the old chemical weapons dump. That'll be fine.

-via reddit


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That is a Long Cat

Longcat is back! Redditor FallenCoffee took a picture of his cat with a panoramic camera. And this was a day that kitty did not want to sit still for his picture, so now he is a centipede. This may remind you of Cyriak Harris’ Kitty City. Cats can be surreal even when they aren't trying to be.


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Hedgehogs in a Cupcake Pan

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Tumblr user fatpeoplemakemehappy points out that “the one on the bottom right  is trying real hard to be a good cupcake.” Good for him! He gets extra treats. The one in the center back, though, will need extra frosting when he’s done.

-via Tastefully Offensive


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Car Crushed by Falling Safe

Looks like Wile E. Coyote has been up to his old tricks again! Who else would drop a vintage safe from some height right onto a parked car? You’d be forgiven if you thought this must be an art installation, and you’d be right, too. It’s a promotional gimmick on the streets of Limerick, Ireland, for Grandmother’s Giant Journey, a performance that is part of the Giant Saga by the French art company Royal de Luxe (previously at Neatorama). Grandmother will arrive in Limerick September 5th to stay through the 7th. Well, according to the legend, she will actually fall from the sky, but I wouldn't worry about any cars being crushed -at least none accidentally. -via reddit


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These Bathroom Tiles Look Like a Giraffe

(Photo: Norbert van Onna)

De Bever Architects designed this bathroom for a home in Eindoven, The Netherlands. When viewed from a distance, the tilework on the bathroom walls turns into the hide of a giraffe. Anything that suggests an African safari is, of course, ideal for a visit to the toilet.

-via Contemporist


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X-Ray Lamp Shade


(Photo: unknown)

This clever lamp shade design makes good use of old x-ray radiographs. The craftsmanship looks precise. It would be ideal for macabre settings, such as a preschool classroom or a wedding chapel.

-via Recyclart


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Beer Barrel Motorcycle Sidecar


(Photo: BBC)

It's called The Beer Engine. The Hogs Back Brewery in Tongham, Surrey, UK commissioned this custom motorcycle. As you can see, the sidecar is a beer keg, spigot and all. The gear shift lever is a beer engine pull. The owners use the motorcycle to draw the attention of crowds at festivals and other public events.

-via Recyclart


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Yoga Drinking Straws

Leo Burnett designed this promotional item for the Yoga+ Yoga Center in Shanghai. Can you bend that far? I mean the straw.

-via Toxel


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Oh, the Humanities!

This is what happens when you don't obey the librarian and she has to shush you one too many times. The UT Dallas McDermott Library had an incident yesterday. No one was injured, but it ended up being a lot of work.

We'd call this a minor setback. Some of our shelves collapsed today during our renovation. Boy was it fun picking up all those books.
 

The Facebook post has a couple more pictures of the carnage. Found at reddit, where I also got the post title. They’ve got every book and library pun possible in the comments.


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What Do You Get When You Cross a Cow and an Octopus?

Biology grad students, make a note to yourself not to cross an octopus with a cow. As if that would ever be remotely possible. This is from a Buzzfeed list called 15 Jokes That Only Biologists Will Fully Understand. That’s not quite true; you don’t have to be a biologist to understand them, really, you just have to know some biology terms. Most are puns, but this one made me laugh out loud. Check them out and let me know if you have any better ones.  


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Horse Hair


(Photo: unknown)

Ride like the wind. You are a master horseman traversing the plains on a majestic steed. People will look at you with respect and honor if you style your hair like this.

-via Rocket News 24


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How Astronauts Travel These Days

NASA astronauts who live and work on the International Space Station get there and back by hitching rides with the Russians. You have to wonder what Kennedy and Khrushchev would think of that. On Thursday morning, cosmonauts Alexander Samokutyaev and Elena Serova, and NASA astronaut Barry Wilmore (commander of Expedition 42) came home to Earth in a Soyuz spacecraft, floating down with the aid of an enormous parachute, to land in Kazakhstan. This picture of the golden parachute (which is actually red and white) was captured by NASA photographer Bill Ingalls. See more pictures from the successful landing at National Geographic. Get more technical details about the return at NASA.

(Image credit: Bill Ingalls/NASA)


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How to Make a Captain America Fan

Here's a crafting project that makes clever use of what a fan looks like when it's turned on. Just apply paint in the right spots and you have a Captain America shield. You can throw it at your enemies, but first make sure that you have a long extension cord attached.

-via Pleated Jeans


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Choose Wisely


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You turn the blue spigot--the story ends. You wake up with cold water splashing all over your bed. You turn the red spigot--you stay in Wonderland and I show you how scalding hot the rabbit hole is.

Remember: all I'm offering is water. Nothing more.


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-via Tastefully Offensive


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