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Wego Kite Tube.

This looks like lots of fun:

Take flight with the WEGO KITE TUBE! The next generation of action towable is here, taking you to a whole new level of excitement! Whip across the water like a deck tube, or fly through the air like a bird! Experience the thrill of flight as you rise above the water, reaching incredible heights, leaving nothing but adrenaline in your wake! The level of extreme sport has been raised with the WEGO KITE TUBE.

Link - via gizmag

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Lumenlab's DIY Projection System.

Grayson Sigler's company Lumenlab sells DIY projector kits that you can put on a buggy - perfect for playing movies in your backyard theater!

PopSci Article | Lumenlab website

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Mysterious Urban "Tonybee" Sign.

More than 100 mysterious plaques, which read "TOyNBEE IDEA IN KUbricK's 2001 RESURRECT DEAD ON PLANET JUPiTER", has been found in dozens of cities in the US and in some South American countries.

But what does it mean?

Some have called the markers the urban equivalent of crop circles. Others say they're just quirky underground graffiti, some done by copycats.

No one has ever been caught or taken credit for this caper that dates back to at least the 1980s.

Link | Articles: CBC News | NY Times - Thanks Sahan!

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Smiling/Frowning President on Dollar Bills.

An old trick with dollar bills, but quite fun if you haven't seen it before: how to make George Washington on the dollar bill smile or frown.

Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] | Steve Spangler Article - Thanks Thiffany!

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Church Sign Generator.

Now you can make your own church sign - well, at least digitally: Link - Thanks Cary Groneveldt!

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Gum Art: Chew By Numbers.

Chances are we can't do bubble gum art like Jason Kronenwald can, but it doesn't mean that we can't try: behold the ChewByNumbers Kits, which according to the website:

... allow kids to create vibrant artwork by chewing tasty wads of gum and spreading the chewed gum onto the ChewByNumbers art board. Each kit teaches project planning skills and helps develop fine motor skills, concentration, and creativity. Meanwhile, kids enjoy every step of the artistic process. Art has never tasted this good.

Link - Thanks Jason!

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Urs Lehni's In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country.

Urs Lehni designed this piece, called In a Beautiful Place Out in the Country, for the "Wenn Roboter Zeichnen" (When Robots Draw) in the Kunstmuseum Solothurn, Switzerland in 2004.

The automated grafitti sprayer is called Hektor, built by Jürg Lehni and Uli Franke:

Hektor consists of a suitcase which contains two electric motors, a spray-can holder, toothed belts, cables, a strong battery and a circuit board which is connected to a laptop and controls the machine. The motors that are mounted onto the wall suspend the can holder through the toothed belts and define its position by changing the length of these belts.

Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] | Hektor website | In a Beautiful ... article - Thanks gigz!

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Lindsay Obermeyer's Red Thread Project.

Neatorama reader Lindsay Obermeyer wrote:

The Red Thread Project was started by me two years ago as a community art project. It grows and takes on the nuances of each city I have taken it. On June 30th I will be connecting 500 or so people to a 1/3 mile long red thread to symbolize the connections between all of us. All the hats are handmade, most by the residents of Grand Rapids. So, thought the project was started by me, it is about the creative imagination of the residents of the city. After the performance and display of the connected hats, the hats will be donated to two cancer charities.

Link (Thanks Lindsay!)

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Ford F650 Super Truck XUV.

If this looks a little extreme, that's because it is: you're looking at the F650 Super Truck XUV (Xtreme Utility Vehicle). Some even comes with 300HP Caterpillar with 900 lbs of torque. Starting price? $94,000.

Link - via eBaum's World, Thanks Tim Wells!

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Crescent Neptune and Triton.

Voyager 2 Spacecraft snapped this photo of the planet Neptune and its moon Triton together in crescent phase in 1989. Link

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Lighthouse Swallowed by Sand.

In 1899, the Danes set out to build the Rubjerg Knude Lighthouse [wiki] on the North Sea shores in Jutland, Denmark. The lighthouse was built on top of a cliff and towers about 66 yards above sea level. Light was sent 26 miles out over the sea.

But sanddrift caused a built up of sand around it. In 1968, the sand dune had grown so high that the light couldn't be seen any longer. The lighthouse ceased operation and was turned into a museum. But the sands weren't done: they kept on coming. By 2002, the structure was completely abandoned to the sands.


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Cybermen Are Making a Comeback.

Cybermen [wiki], the enemies of Doctor Who, are making a comeback (and a makeover, apparently!):

Producer, Phil Collinson says: "The villainous Cybermen are as much a part of Doctor Who heritage as the Daleks and so it's a huge personal thrill to see them back. I hope that the evil silver giants will terrify a whole new generation of viewers as they confront the tenth Time Lord."

The sinister breed of monsters; second only to the Daleks in their infamy made their first appearance in 1966 and haven't darkened our screens since 1988. Next year will mark their 40th anniversary.

Link - via Master Li (with pics of the original ones)

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Spaghetti Ice Cream.

No, there's no spaghetti in spaghetti ice cream, it just looks like that.

Spaghetti Ice Cream is a fun look-a-like that you, your friends and family will love to make and eat. There is no spaghetti in Spaghetti Ice Cream, just vanilla ice cream (the spaghetti), blended strawberries (the sauce) and grated white chocolate and grated almonds. (the cheese).

The company also makes Lasagna ice cream and asparagus ice cream!


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Camouflaged Outdoor Urinal in World War I.

This photo is interesting in many ways:

  1. It's a photo taken of a soldier peeing outdoors (most likely without his knowledge)
  2. It's a *color* photo taken in World War I (French army's HQ)
  3. The urinal is painted in camouflage!

Other WWI Color Photos (plenty of destroyed buildings photos): Link

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Nyein Chan Su's Energy of Lightness.

For this installation art, Burmese artist Nyein Chan Su wrote:

A heavy, solid, spiny and dangerous object hangs over the fragile balloons below. When the rope is released, the object will fall and crush the balloons. Or, perhaps the balloons will disperse and escape the impact of the spiny object.

We will never know:

Unfortunately, the installation "Energy of Lightness" could not be turned into a performance, as planned, due to certain circumstances.

Link - via Ioan

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Fish Girl Optical Illusion.

Is it a fish or a girl? Tilt your head to the left: the word even changes from "Fish" to "Girl".

Link - via Starspirit

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Joan Fontcuberta's Miracle of Cephalopodization.

From the website:

The cephalopods, formless, tentacled animals, are a significant incarnation of the monsters that tend to symbolize the spirits of the infernal regions. Their ink represents darkness. But used as a culinary ingredient, the fluid also makes for a magnificent sauce used in flavouring paellas and other rice dishes. The Nootka Indians of Vancouver believe that the squid was the first to possess the secret of fire. As the lore goes, several Nootka warriors stole this secret from the creature; the squid subsequently took legal action, but the judicial system was exasperatingly slow and the squid turned into a jellyfish, or medusa. In all known cosmogonies the medusa has bared a negative reputation; it is antisocial, aggressive, and goes hysterical whenever someone enters its den. With its head ringed of serpents, the mere sight of the Gorgon was enough to turn an enemy to stone. The jellyfish provided H. R. Geiger with the inspiration for his Alien, and Vilém Flusser for his Vampiroteutus Infernalis.

Hm.... Link - via KingBoy

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Watch Out for Sitting Hippos.

I hope this is just a clever photoshop job ... Found at Bits & Pieces.

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Shumidor Gets Rid of Shoe Odors.

Michael Kurtzer designed an "ionic" shoe deodorizer that keep your shoes dry and clean, thus preventing odor-causing bacteria from growing - he called it the Shumidor. We like the name!

Link - via Gizmodo

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Wesley Fleming's Glass Insects.

Glass sculptor Wesley Fleming made very life-like insects from glass. This one above is a Hercules Beetle.

Link: Wesley's Gallery

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Chinese Death Van.

Remember a previous post on Neatorama on mobile gallows in Africa? Well, China took it one step further. Executions there are carried out in a more modern fashion: in a mobile execution chamber inside a "death van" that shuttles from town to town.

Makers of the death vans say the vehicles and injections are a civilized alternative to the firing squad, ending the life of the condemned more quickly, clinically and safely. The switch from gunshots to injections is a sign that China "promotes human rights now," says Kang Zhongwen, who designed the Jinguan Automobile death van ...

From the outside, the vans resemble the police vehicles seen daily on China's roads. A look inside reveals their function.

"I'm most proud of the bed. It's very humane, like an ambulance," Kang says. He points to the power-driven metal stretcher that glides out at an incline. "It's too brutal to haul a person aboard," he says. "This makes it convenient for the criminal and the guards."


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One-Legged Man is a DDR Machine!

One Leg Dance Dance Revolution. This you have to see: a one-legged man playing DDR with jaw-dropping dexterity.

Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] - via VideoSift

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Peacock Tried to Woo Gas Pump.

For the past three years during mating seasons, a peacock named Mr. P has been strutting his stuff at a gas station in Brierly, southwest England, courting a gas pump!

Ornithologists reckon he is attracted by the clicking sound of the pumps, which resemble the mating calls of a broody peahen, The Times said.

His owner Shirley Horsman said: "In spring he gets his tail feathers and he gets frisky. Then he goes looking for love.

"He gets very amorous and the clicking of the petrol pumps makes the same noise as a peahen crying, 'Come on, I'm ready!'. Every time he hears someone filling up, he thinks he's on to a good thing.

"It must be so hard for him listening to these pumps giving him the come-on all day long but with no way of relieving that pent-up frustration."

His two brothers are similarly dim-witted when it comes to love. One appears to have a crush on a cat while the other has been spotted attempting to mate with a garden light.

Link | Telegraph Article | Times Article

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Art Judge Mistook Wood Support for Art.

David Hensel's laughing head sculpture was supposed to be displayed at the UK Royal Academy of Arts. When he went to the display, however, he only found a piece of wood used to support the head:

Mr Hensel assumed staff had accidentally left the sculpture in the basement where it was being stored.

But, it turns out that:

The Academy said the judging panel assumed the two pieces were separate and decided the support was better.

Link - via Boing Boing

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World's Biggest Sperm Belongs to a Tiny Fly.

In what's got to be one of the funniest ironies of nature, the world's biggest sperm belongs to a teeny, tiny fruit fly named Drosophila bifurca.

That's 1,000 times longer than an average human sperm.

"To put that into perspective, if humans made sperm that long and you took a six-foot man and stood him on the goal line of a football field, his sperm would stretch out to the 40-yard line," said Adam Bjork, a Ph.D. student at Syracuse University in New York.

Why? Turns out that it's the female fly's fault:

Even after a male has successfully inseminated a female, there's still a long way to go before fertilization can take place. That's because the female bodies of many species are not passive arenas within which sperm compete, but more like obstacle courses, with hurdles and defenses in place to weed out weakling sperm.

In D. bifurca, the female reproductive tract is just slightly longer than the sperm that swim through it.

"It looks like a giant slinky filling her abdomen," Bjork told LiveScience.

The researchers think that it is this exceptionally long reproductive tract that drives the evolution of the giant sperm.


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Bacon-Flavored Water.

Molli's Choice non-carbonated water is pure, free of fluoride and chlorine, and is fortified with vitamin and nutrients for your pets. OK, so far, nothing special.

Here's the kicker: the water is flavored like bacon, chicken, beef tenderloin or turkey!

Link - via J-Walk Blog

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Liquid Armor.

Norman Wagner at the University of Delaware and Eric Wetzel at the US Army Research Lab in Aberdeen, MD, have invented a liquid armor that may soon lead to light, flexible full-body armor.

The liquid - called shear thickening fluid is actually a mixture of hard nanoparticles and nonevaporating liquid. It flows normally under low-energy conditions, but when agitated or hit with an impact it stiffens and behaves like a solid. This temporary stiffening occurs less than a millisecond after impact, and is caused by the nanoparticles forming tiny clusters inside the fluid. "The particles jam up forming a log jam structure that prevents things from penetrating through them," Wagner explains.


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Configurable T-Shirt.

The idea is simple: buy a shirt with blank pixels and configure your own design with a black marker.

"Depending on the type of pen you use, it may wash off after a few times in the laundry. Call this a feature and not a bug: unlimited rewrites!"


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Artificial Compound Eye Lens.

Luke P. Lee at UC Berkeley (my alma mater, yay!) built an artificial compound eye with 8,700 hexagonal microlenses. He modeled it after the eyes of dragonflies and regular flies.

They are the first hemispherical, three-dimensional optical systems to integrate microlens arrays - thousands of tiny lenses packed side by side - with self-aligned, self-written waveguides, that is, light-conducting channels that themselves have been created by beams of light, said Lee, the Lloyd Distinguished Professor of Bioengineering at UC Berkeley.


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Duane Flatmo's Kinetic Sculpture: Extreme Makeover.

Duane Flatmo built this awesome looking machine (bicycle?) that goes on both land and water for the Kinetic Sculpture Race.

Link | CNET Article

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