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The Petrifying Well of Knaresborough

There is a natural well with a waterfall in North Yorkshire, near Knaresborough in the UK, that was once considered cursed by the devil. Objects that came in contact with the water turned to stone! Of course, no one wanted to touch the water, lest they be turned to stone, too. Although there were plenty of supernatural legends associated with the well and nearby Mother Shipton’s Cave, the part about turning to stone was true. Not people, obviously, but anything left in the water stream for some time became petrified. More adventurous people began hanging objects at the fountain deliberately.    

Eventually, scientific analysis of the water revealed the magic behind the petrification process. The water has high mineral content that precipitates over objects creating a hard shell of mineral over it in much the same way as stalactites and stalagmites form in a cave. What’s amazing, however, is the speed at which petrification occurred. Rather than centuries, small toys like teddy bears can petrify in just three to five months. Teddy bears are popular because they are porous which allows water to soak in and petrify the toy inside out. Other have left personal items such as rings and clothing, kitchen utensils, and even a bicycle.

King Charles I sold the well to a private owner in 1630, who opened it as a tourist attraction and charged for guided tours. Almost 400 years later, it’s still operated as a tourist attraction, part of Mother Shipton’s Park. Read the legend behind the park and see more pictures of the Petrifying Well at Amusing Planet. Yes, even the bicycle. -via Ralph Roberts

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This Bridge is Rebuilt by Hand Every Year

The Q'eswachaka Bridge spans the Apurimac River Canyon in Peru, and links two communities. Every year, the communities come together to replace last year’s rope bridge with a new one made of strong, new grass. They’ve done this for hundreds of years, from the time of the Inka, with the process handed down through generations. Watch how they do it.

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Noonday Films made this video for the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., specifically for the exhibit “The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire.” The exhibit opened in June and will be on display until June of 2018. -via Twisted Sifter

Also, a note on the spelling on Inka.

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Did You Win This Tokyoflash Watch?

The Real Platform
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Fight Like a Girl
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Attack on Titan Bauklotze
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Recently, we held two giveaways for Neatorama readers and NeatoMail subscribers. Here are the winners, as picked by the random number generator over at

First, there was the NeatoShop August Back to School T-Shirt Giveaway. Congratulations to JanetP who won The Real Platform T-shirt by Tinkerpen, luckylooloo who won Attack on Titan Bauklotze by Coconut_Design, and Catherine T. who won Fight Like a Girl by Doodle-Heads.

Mini Theory
by Donnie
PhD in Shopping
by Boggs Nicolas
Bender UFO
by Firebeard

Then, we've got our super neat Tokyoflash Treasure Hunt (answer page here). Congratulations to PinoyEggHead who won the Mini Theory T-Shirt by Donnie, gracieog who won PhD in Shopping T-Shirt by Boggs Nicolas, and Casey LaCaze who won Bender UFO by Firebeard.

Tokyoflash's Kisai Blade Wood Link LED Watch

And (drum roll, please!) the grand prize winner is Jason Castick who won the Kisai Blade Wood Link LED Watch courtesy of our pal Tokyoflash. Congrats, Jason!

We continue to have awesome giveaways exclusive to NeatoMail subscribers. Join in on the fun by entering your email address below (We won't disclose your email info to anyone - we hate spam ourselves!)

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What Time Do You See in the Rorschach Clock?

This is Ferrolic--a clock displays the time by manipulating magnetic fluids. The figures are somewhat vague and soft, like the inkblots of Hermann Rorschach's famous psychological test. Appropriately, Zelf Koelman of the Eindhoven University of Technology designed the clock to be adjustable by the user:

The software behind these electromagnets, and thus the shapes and information displayed, can be edited. Ferrolic is controlled by an intelligent internal system that is accessible trough a web-browser. In this way users can assign “the creatures” to display time, text, shapes and transitions. Experienced users can create animations from their own custom shapes.

-via Fast Co Design

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The Owl Is Calm. Trust Us.

Nelly is an owl.

Nelly has seen things.

Nelly has seen terrible things.

Nelly is calm. You must believe this to be true.

Nelly appeared on an Australian TV news segment. A newscaster mentioned that she seemed very calm--right before she turned to the camera and revealed to millions of viewers a tiny glimpse into her inner horror.

-via Gifsboom

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10 Awesomely Cool Clock Designs

Clocks may have less relevance now that everyone is constantly glancing at their phones and cable boxes that have built-in time keepers, but that doesn't mean they aren't still useful -especially when it comes to adding a little style to your home.

That's why we decided to round up some of the most beautiful, creative and just downright cool clocks ever in our newest Homes and Hues article.

From clocks that look at you to those you can look through, these cool clocks are sure to make a statement even in an age where few people actually care to check the time anywhere but their phone screen.

So don't miss our round up of great timepieces over at Homes and Hues: 10 Crazy Cool Clock Designs

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Star Trek and Star Wars Disco

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The 70s were . . . different. They're over, which is probably a good thing. But that era remains fascinating to observe from a distance.

Science fiction was becoming a mainstream phenomenon. Musicians of the era remixed the sci-fi compositions of the time, such as this dance reworking of the Star Trek theme by The Universal Robot Band.

It's 1 of 7 disco-era musical variants of science fiction rounded up by Uproxx. They include the cantina band theme from Star Wars and an Italian synthpop song about Jabba the Hutt.

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Sculptor Converts Hoarder Trash Into Art Treasure

Living with a hoarder can be hard, but it's hardest on the children who don’t know why their parents are hoarding, or how to get them to stop.

You wake up every day surrounded by trash and/or junk wondering “what the heck am I going to do with all this stuff?”, feeling helpless among the heaps.

Artist Stephanie Calvert grew up in a hoarder household, and she came up with a clever way to put that trash to use while working past the discomfort of having hoarder parents- she creates sculptures with their hoarded trash.

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Stephanie’s Shame To Pride project is just as much about making great art out of recycled materials as it is about helping her move past the scars of childhood by turning the trash that made her life hell into something heavenly for the world to admire.

-Via Beautiful/Decay

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Ring Bearer Steals the Show

The ring bearer enters the wedding procession with the flower girl. Her job is more fun than his, so he joins in scattering flower petals, with the aim of emptying the basket as quickly and efficiently as possible. He considers it a competition.

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Success! All the petals are gone and we’re only half way there! He knows how to celebrate, too, with a jump and holler and a few high fives for strangers in the crowd. -via Daily Picks and Flicks

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Museum Allows Street Artists To Paint On Their Walls

Before street art gained acceptance it was seen as merely vandalism, which to be fair some works being passed off as street art actually are.

But then there are those amazing murals that make the cityscape a little less drab- they’re works of urban art put up outside for people to freely enjoy, but some street art works really belong in a museum.

The Long Beach Museum of Art felt it was time to bring some street art works indoors, and let some traditional painters try their hand at street styles, so they let a bunch of artists paint the walls of their museum.

Results varied in degree of awesomeness, from “hey, that’s pretty cool!” to “ZOMG Wowee Zowee Kapowee!”, and the exhibition proved that letting a bunch of street artists paint the walls inside your museum is a great idea!

See more from this awesome street art exhibition here

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Medieval Medical Experiments

There is a myth that medical science did not progress during the Middle Ages. Maybe it was because the  early Middle Ages were sometimes called the Dark Ages, although that was really more about our lack of information about the period between the fall of the Roman Empire and the Renaissance than it was about its history and culture. Anyway, some believe that medieval physicians only relied on ancient knowledge passed down from Galen, but in reality, they were experimenting with medical treatments, testing drugs, and studying human bodies through dissection.  

Dissection was still rare in the Middle Ages, as few people would be willing to have their deceased family members used as a cadaver. The most likely source of bodies came from condemned criminals. The Byzantine historian Theophanes (752–818) records how “an apostate from the Christian faith and leader of the Scamari, was captured. They cut off his hands and feet on the Mole of St Thomas, brought in physicians, and dissected him from his pubic region to his chest while he was alive. This they did with a view to understanding the structure of man. In this condition they gave him over to the flames.”

Meanwhile, in 1319 four medical students at Bologna were caught trying to exhume the grave of a criminal who was executed earlier that day so they could perform a dissection on him.By the later Middle Ages, those interested in anatomy would also look for the poor and elderly who had no family to give them a burial. Leonardo da Vinci himself performed more than 30 dissections, including that of a 100-year-old man he had met a Florentine hospital and befriended.

While many of the cures that medieval doctors came up were terrifying and often useless, it was the best they could do with what they had. Medical knowledge did advance in some ways. Read more about the medical experiments of the Middle Ages at Medievalist. -via Everlasting Blort

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My Life

This is a beautiful and touching animation of a woman’s life, by Junichi Yamamoto, a freelance video director and artist.

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The machine translation of the video description from Japanese made little sense, but I believe this is an ad for a job placement service. -via Digg

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Codex Gigas: Inside the Mysterious ‘Devil’s Bible’

The bible shown here is three feet tall and weighs 165 pounds. It’s made of the skins of 160 animals. The handwriting throughout the Codex Gigas is consistent, leading experts to believe it was hand written by a single 13th century Benedictine monk, including the illustrations. That feat would have taken 30 years, even if he worked every day. But this book is called the “Devil’s Bible” for a reason. Read about the Codex Gigas and the legend that grew up around the mysterious text at Urban Ghosts. 

(Image credit: Kungl. biblioteket)

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Some Of The Best Burns From The Batman Universe

You know you’ve delivered a good burn line when the burn victim is at a loss for words and you’re left feeling like the smile is going to fly right off your face!

You try to keep your cool, making the burn that much more effective, but inside you feel like having a Joker laughathon at the burn victim’s expense.

Those red hot witty retorts are the stuff legends are made of, and sure to get a verbal reshare from all who witnessed the burn in action, but it takes decades of practice to burn ‘em like Batman.

He’s got a comeback for everything, and victims of his burns are often individuals with super powers so you know that burn has got to be heroic to get through their defenses!

See 11 Of The Sickest Burns From The Batman Universe at Dorkly

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The Top Posts of Neatorama's First Ten Years

The year 2005 was when the number of blogs on the internet exploded, with around 50 million people deciding that they could do that. Ten years later, most of those blogs have been taken down or abandoned, while millions more took their place. The ones that survived required real dedication to make it this far. On August 9th of that year, Alex Santoso launched his blog Neatorama, with a pledge to himself to post at least five items a day. Ten years later, a half-dozen writers post a couple dozen items a day plus exclusive features. We have a shop to support the blog, where artists from all over the internet display their creative t-shirt designs. We have an active presence on social media, plus partners, friends, and contributors. This all came about not only because of Alex’s hard work, also but because he always believed in sharing, promoting, and encouraging bloggers, artists, writers, and content creators. That generosity made Neatorama stand out from the crowd.  

For the occasion of Neatorama’s tenth anniversary, I decided to go back and find the biggest posts ever. These are the ones people loved, shared, and remembered, and many of them are still popular years later. They are extreme standouts; a post had to have at least a quarter-million views just to be considered for this list. That said, I can’t vouch for its complete accuracy. The metrics we use to tally views weren’t instituted until 2012, so posts that went viral before that are seriously undercounted. I gave extra weight to some of those older posts, but other articles that deserve to be on this list may have been so undercounted that we overlooked them. You know, it really says something about an article from, say, 2007, when half a million people read it after it was five years old!  

I sifted through more than 80,000 posts to compile this list, so I hope you take some time to check out the links you are interested in, especially if you haven’t been hanging around Neatorama for the entire past ten years. If you have, or even if you’ve joined us recently, you’re invited to share your favorite posts, memories, questions, kudos, complaints, and suggestions with us. 

20. Top 15 Amazingly Fat Cats

The fat cats list was Alex's first big viral feature, in May of 2006. It should probably rank higher, since we don't know how many views it garnered before 2012. Posting about cats was a genius move at the time. The term LOLcat wasn't even coined until the next month, but we were LOL-ing already. The post was later added as an external reading link at Wikipedia.

19. 13 Photographs That Changed the World 

Unless you were a youngster, you were already familiar with the photographs. They are the ones we want to see again. And the stories of how each affected the world were fascinating. 

18. 10 Kick Ass Facts About Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee was the little guy who could plaster the wall with Chuck Norris's body parts, and look good doing it. He was even more interesting off screen, as we learned in Alex's trivia post from 2007.

17. 33 Pictures Taken at Just the Right Moment

This post from only a year ago is still steadily racking up views. It came in second in the end-of-the-year list in 2014.

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Edward Scissorhands’ Neighborhood, 25 Years Later

Andrew Cremeans grew up in Tampa, Florida, in the neighborhood that was used as the setting of the 1990 film Edward Scissorhands. In the movie, the area seemed eerily fresh and suburban, with houses painted pastel colors and, eventually, custom topiary shrubbery in every yard. Twenty-five years later, Cremeans returned to the neighborhood to see how it had changed. And took pictures. He talked to Mashable about his project.

I couldn't believe how small of a section the neighborhood was used, it seemed so huge in the movie. It feels especially small when you are standing and looking down the street to the cul de sac the castle was on. It really just felt like any old Tampa neighborhood. I caught myself wondering many times if all these people know that their house was in the movie. If it were my house, I'd have a huge framed poster of my screenshot of the movie in my living room.

The trees that have grown up over a quarter-century make a huge difference. What I really want to know is how they managed to demolish that huge mountain in the background. See all of Cremeans’ photos paired with screenshots from the movie at imgur. -via mental_floss

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The 11 Strangest Public Clocks in the World

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Believe it or not, the object in this photo is a clock. It's called the Mengenlehreur and can be found in Berlin. The yellow light at the top blinks, showing the seconds. The top row shows the hours. The bottom row shows the minutes.

This is 1 of 11 unusual clocks in public places rounded up by Atlas Obscura. They include a sandglass that takes a full year to flow and an animatronic clock in Dubai designed 900 years ago.

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Incredibly Cool Crashed Star Destroyer LEGO Diorama

Did you ever build a ship out of LEGO bricks and then try to make it look like it actually crashed by dropping it on the floor? I tried that technique a time or two, but LEGO bricks fit together so well that it never really worked out the way I wanted it to.

But where I failed to crash a LEGO vehicle the right way Brickster KevFett2011 succeeded in style by using a whopping 12,000 bricks to build this impressive crashed Star Destroyer scene from Star Wars Episode VII.

KevFett2011’s Star Wars Episode VII The Force Awakens Apoca Star Destroyer On Jakku LEGO model is one super square work of art, and it totally would have made childhood me go squee!

-Via Super Punch

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Neatorama's 10th Anniversary

Time flies when you're having fun! Today is Neatorama's 10th anniversary (that'll make this blog a fourth grader, right?) and I'd like to take a moment to reflect and give thanks.

It all started ten years ago in a spare bedroom in my house with this very first post (and the link is still good). Some 80,000 posts, 250 million visits, 155 million unique visitors and nearly 400 million pageviews later, we're still at it!

I'd like to thank Neatorama's wonderful team - Miss C, John, Jill, Zeon, Lisa, Rommel, Brian, Jen, Anthony, and my lovely wife Tiffany, and to all of you Neatoramanauts for making it a fun journey so far.

We've been working hard on the shop-side (have you checked out the NeatoShop lately? We'll do something fun there soon to celebrate!) We've also got a few neat things planned for the blog as well.

I can't wait to see what the next ten years will bring us :)

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Tank Joke - Who Will Stop His Hilarious Rampage?

Tank Joke by Fishmas

The streets of Gotham were all abuzz with rumors of Mr. J's disappearance, but those rumors were greatly exaggerated. Truth is, that Joker had gone to see a gal pal of his about some heavy artillery, something big enough to do more than wing the Bat, and boy did that girl deliver. The Clown Prince was now the proud owner of one garishly painted tank, complete with cannon and top mounted sprayer which would enable him to cover the city in Joker Juice, turning everyone and everything into a clown white pile of goo...

Boys and girls and Batfans of all kinds are sure to enjoy this Tank Joke t-shirt by Fishmas, and they'll be grinning like goons when they see you sporting this comic masterpiece!

Visit Fishmas's Facebook fan page and Tumblr, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more delightfully geeky designs:

Za Warudo Vault Imperator Go Slimemon! Fear The Old Blood

View more designs by Fishmas | More Comic T-shirts | New T-Shirts

Are you a professional illustrator or T-shirt designer? Let's chat! Sell your designs on the NeatoShop and get featured in front of tons of potential new fans on Neatorama!

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What 11 Famous Voice Actors Look Like, from Scooby Doo to Siri

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Some of the most frequently heard voices on television, film and others we experience in our everyday lives courtesy of advertising, customer service recordings or electronic devices belong to people we'd not recognize if we saw them on the subway. This article links to videos of the faces behind popular and often heard voices, from those of airport announcements and movie trailers to that of Siri, Dora the Explorer, SpongeBob, Mario, a beloved Muppet and more.

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The Faces Of Cyberpunk

The Cyberpunk subgenre isn’t just about mankind losing touch with our humanity thanks to an (often biological) link with machines, it’s also about discovering how we can remain human as tech overruns our lives, and an individual as the mega-corps take over the planet.

This search for humanism in a world where tech is fully integrated into our lives is what comes to mind as I look at these simply wonderful images by Adrian Dadich, a concept artist from Australia.

Adrian's illustrations capture the Cyberpunk aesthetic perfectly, demonstrating how people will look when tech is integrated into their bodies and how these “upgrades” will forever change the standard of beauty.

You can see many more amazing Cyberpunk illustrations by Adrian Dadich at Kotaku

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3-Month Old Baby Subpoenaed to Testify in Court

Redditor aquatinne03 has an absolutely fascinating story. She says that her infant daughter has been issued a subpoena by her local district attorney’s office to testify in court on a certain date. Here’s a selection from her description of the problem:

I called the number on it to explain how it must be a mistake because my daughter is not even 3 months old yet but I was told there was no mistake and my daughter is required to appear as a witness to testify on the date shown on the subpoena. I went in person with my daughter to the DA’s office and was told the same thing. […]

My daughter has a rare and uncommon first, middle and last name, so it is very doubtful that there someone else with her exact name. When I called the number on the subpoena and went to the DA’s office I was told both times that if she doesn’t show up for court a warrant will be issued for her arrest. Would the police actually arrest a baby for not showing up in court?

-via Popehat

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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This Kid Dancing at Public Poolside is Several Moves Short of Off Broadway

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Lazarin Delgado Oviedo's ten-year-old nephew Guillermo Gael Delgado Garcia performed his rendition of "Cuban Pete" public poolside in Monterrey, Mexico. I'm not sure where that kid is going, but he's going somewhere. Someone give him a juicy theater role or variety show! Via Tastefully Offensive

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Tourbillon Will Turn You Every Which Way But Loose

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Would you be interested in a thrill ride like this? It looks a bit like Jodie Foster’s space vehicle in the movie Contact. The new ride is called called Tourbillon, and it’s in operation in Switzerland. No word yet on whether riders end up traveling through a wormhole. I think I’ll pass, but that’s only because I pass on all thrill rides these days. Then again, if the wormhole thing works, you might be able to talk me into it. -via Geeks Are Sexy

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Awesome Images Of Pop Culture Icons Created Using Stock Photos

Photoshopped art pieces generally fall into two different categories- addition and subtraction. Either something is added to the original image or subtracted from it, which generally makes spotting a Photoshopped image quite easy.

But the digital artworks created by Jeff Chapman aren’t so easy to categorize, and the way Jeff creates these amazing looking images of iconic characters from pop culture is quite complicated.

Jeff uses various pieces from stock photographs, with some additional digital painting and visual effects, to create highly detailed images of strong and sexy pop culture superstars. Here's a glimpse into the making of this striking portrait of Elsa from Frozen:

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See more of Jeff Chapman's amazing digital artwork over at Dorkly

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There’s a Fish Hidden in This Video

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Can you see it? It’s right there in the still image of the video. This ninja of the sea is almost upon you, but it remains hidden. And it’s not limited to water, I’ll bet. Right now, it could be sneaking up on you, even in the alleged safety of your home. It’s right there next to you!

-via Geekologie

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The Ultimate Star Wars Troll

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"Mesa so popular" -Jar Jar Binks

Yes, that's right one intrepid editor took the initiative to correct the new Star Wars trailer so that every scene contains everyone's favorite character from the franchise -Jar Jar Binks. It's about darn time they resurrect ths beloved creature.

Via Geekologie

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Awesome Home Design Illusions

Last week, Rusty found some amazing 3D-looking floors that could seriously terrify certain guests. That charming flooring inspired us to look up some more interior designs that incorporate optical illusions and what we found was pretty much incredible. That's why we did a full round up of these impressive, mind-bending creations over on Homes and Hues.

From warping wallpaper to impossible-looking bookcases, these designs are sure to keep your guests on their toes while they wonder at the illusions hidden in your home. 

Don't miss the full list at Homes and Hues: 10 Cool Home Design Illusions

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A Cross Bladed Axe Splits Wood Faster Than Ever Before

Instructables member KH4 isn't sure whether he should call his invention the cross bladed axe or the crossed blade axe. He cut an axe blade in half, then welded those pieces to opposing sides of another axe blade. Now when he splits a log, it breaks into four pieces instead of just two:

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