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Peep Out These Totally Charming Artworks Made From Peeps

We've featured Peep dioramas in the past, but the Carroll County Arts Council's Peep Show takes things beyond mere dioramas (though they still have a few of those too). Their delightful display transcends a variety of art forms, including sculptures made from Peeps and paintings based on our favorite overly-sweet Easter treats.

If you live in the area, you can still make it to the show, but hurry because tomorrow is its last day. You can eve buy some of the artworks if you so please. As for the rest of us, we'll just have to settle for this slideshow from Refinery 29 featuring a few art pieces in the current exhibit and the Carroll Arts Center's Flickr that features many of the Peeps creations from past years.

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A Quick History of Cadbury Eggs

If you're among the many, many people out there who recently gulped down the sugary filling from a Cadbury Egg today, chances are you probably didn't think for a second about how that particular Easter confection got its start. But the story of the Cadbury Egg is surprisingly interesting. 

It all started in 1824, when John Cadbury opened up a shop in Birmingham, England. No, it wasn't a candy shop -it was a cafe. In 1831, he and his brother decided to open a factory to produce better drinking chocolate for the cafe. It wasn't until much later that Cadbury even started working on making moldable chocolate and his famous egg wasn't born until 1875. The eggs we eat today weren't created until almost 100 years later though. 

Read the whole story at The Kitchn

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These Rats Are Beyond Adorable

Did you know yesterday was World Rat Day? I sure didn't but I'm glad that I found out even if it was a little late. So what is World Rat Day and why do rats need their own holiday?

Because rats get a bum rap, but they actually make pretty great pets. Rats are smart, friendly and surprisingly cuddly. World Rat Day aims to educate people about rat ownership and to help spread the good word about these adorable little friends.

To celebrate World Rat Day, Bored Panda started an open list of adorable rat pictures. It started with 18, but since they allowed users to submit their own, there are now over 150. Even if you missed the big day, you can still enjoy these precious pics.

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These Elements Sure Know How to Party

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The interaction of elements is a fascinating field as they make up the building blocks of life, but unless you're a chemist, you might not remember how certain elements react to one another. Fortunately for you, this delightful video by the European Commission European Research Area is here to illustrate these interactions.


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Travel the High Seas With Your Fellow Geeks!

If you've been thinking about going on a cruise but have been waiting until you found one that was best suited to your geeky interests, then I have good news for you -you now have two different nerdtastic options. Option #1 is this year's Comic Con At Sea, which will be taking place in June. This floating convention will offer guests from Star Trek, Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Battlestar Galactica, Stargate, Justified and more as it arrives to an array of famous European destinations including Rome, Barcelona and Naples. 

For those who prefer their travel to have a little more levity, Musician Jonathan Coulton has just announced plans for his sixth annual JoCo Cruise. This Caribbean cruise will depart next February and while most guests have yet to be announced, travelers are promised a bevy of comedic, musical and geeky entertainment -including a 24-hour tabletop gaming room. Via Laughing Squid

So my nerdy travellers, which one would you prefer to board?


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Make Your Own Galaxy Easter Eggs

Earlier this week I wrote a list of 10 cool ways to decorate your eggs this Easter, but if none of those seemed up your alley, perhaps you're looking for something a little more... heavenly. Well then these eggs from Dream A Little Bigger are sure to help. These beautifully spacy eggs are filled with stars, nebulas and more.

The process is surprisingly simple -though quite messy, and the results are absolutely striking.

Via Laughing Squid


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Peeps Skillet S'mores Make Easter Droolworthy

There are a lot of people out there who find Peeps just too sugary with no depth of flavor. These Peeps peanutbutter chocolate skillet s'mores featured on How Sweet It Is offer a wonderful way to fix that problem. 

Not only is the sugary-sweetness of the Peeps slightly negated by the other ingredients, but the pure sugar on the outside of the marshmallows is given a chance to break down and caramelize, making the Peeps themselves more complex and delicious. Whether you love Peeps or hate them, if you like s'mores, you'd probably love this recipe. I know I'm going to run out and buy some Peeps right now.

Via That's Nerdalicious


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14 Fantastic and Simple Ways to Spruce Up Your House

Let's face it. Most of us know our houses could afford a little improvement, but few of us want to spend the money or time to completely redo our interiors. That's why we love the idea of sprucing things up without having to redo everything and that's why we decided to round up some of the best ideas to make your home shine without doing all kinds of work.

From designer-looking pillows to wall-mounted gardens, you can make your house look modern, beautiful and serene.

Don't miss the full list of ideas at Homes and Hues: 14 Simple Ways to Spruce Up Your Decor


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A Collection of Photos Of Cops Being Awesome

No matter how you feel about the police system in general, it's hard to deny that it can be hard to be a cop. Whether it's getting in the middle of a domestic violence dispute, witnessing a horrific crime scene or dealing with the painful monotomy of a small town with practically no crime, police have to deal with a lot.

Of course, some police have a sense of humor (and a soft spot) too and these great pictures on Mashable prove it.


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The Best April Fool's Day Pranks of 2015

Yes, April Fool's Day is over and you're a jerk if you're still trying to pull any pranks on your friends or co-workers. But it's still not to late to enjoy some of the greatest April Fool's pranks performed by some of the biggest companies on the net.

Quite a few of the pranks revolve around making prouducts for pets, which is pretty typical of the internet. But I still kind of wish Groupon's transportation service that uses feline drivers was a real thing.

That being said, there were far too many "pranks" that seem more like things that will exist in a short period of time -like the KINDLR dating service that will match you based on the books you like or the muscle business shirt above. Perhaps most depressingly is Twitter's selfie stick that promises to auto-post your selfies to Twitter -I think every teen I've seen over the last year would love that.


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Inventions That Make Hair In A Can Seem Brilliant

They say necessity of the mother of invention and while it certainly plays a role in most good creations, there are others inventions that must have been borne from madness, arogance or just plain stupidity. TopTenz has compiled an excellent list of just such creations ranging from the car spittoon (above) to a Razr phone that is actually equipped with a working electric razor.

Of course, not everything that seems to be an immediate failure is actually worthless. TNT is on the list not because the invention was a failure, but because it was not very good at its initial purpose, which was to work as a yellow dye. Personally, I'm glad that didn't work out as I'd hate to be wearing a tee shirt that could explode at any given time.


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When Bats Go Bananas, We All Win

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Contrary to popular belief, bats can be absolutely adorable. We at Neatorama have proven this time and time again with cute videos and photos of baby bats. And here's another one! Just look at little Frank here trying to eat a banana bigger than his head and you'll see why we're batty over bats.

If you too have gone bananas over these adorable little batties, then head over to their Facebook or main webpage to learn how you can help the little critters.

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Forget Futons, These Are More Like Cute-ons

I don't know about you guys, but ever since watching Despicable Me, I've dreamed of having a Minion of my own. I don't mean a traditional minion that helps me acheive my evil goals -(though that would be nice too), but a cute yellow Minion that loves bananas and talks in non-sensical gibberish. While that may be an impossibility for now, at least I can settle for the next best thing thanks to Etsy seller SleepingPalace, who makes full-sized minion beds for geeks like me to snuggle in.

For those that instead have a soft spot for a certain friendly neighbor, SleepingPalace also offers Totoro beds for you to cuddle up with. As for me, I think I'll take one of each.

Via Nerd Approved


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10 DIY Ways to Decorate Your Easter Eggs

Easter is almost here and if you're tired of simple rainbow colored eggs but don't have the skills to turn your own eggs into works of art, then you're in luck. We've rounded up some of the coolest DIY Easter egg directions so you can make something truly unique this holiday no matter what your skill level.

Simple Patterns

These beautiful eggs look like they took forever to color, but in actuality, they just took a short bath in boiling water and vinegar while wrapped up in a silk tie. The tie releases an array of colors that make your eggs look like works of art. Our Best Bites has the full tutorial.

Felted Easter Eggs

Felting eggs isn't particularly easy, but this tutorial by MakeZine shows it is much easier than it looks. In fact, you'll be amazed how quickly you can master the skill and create beautiful decorations you can use year after year.

Shabby Chic

This tutorial on Sylwia Serwin isn't in English, but it has so many images that you could probably replicate the process without even turning on Google translate. Essentially, you use a dremel, 3D paint, sandpaper and Mod Podge to make a simple egg look like an antique Easter decoration.

Chalkboard Eggs

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Finally R2-D2 Gets A Chance to Kick Butt

Poor little R2. Not only are his words eternally censored, he's also stuck rolling around on some wheeled legs that are useless in the heat of battle. Now, thanks to Yamaguchi Katuhisa, he can finally live out his fantasies of being the butt-kicking machine he always wanted to be.

It's about time the little droid got to express himself and defend his friends! Of course, leave it to c-3P0 to turn a little robot's dreams into something mildly distrubing.

Via Nerd Approved


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Cute Cosplay Kimonos by Darling Amy

We love cosplay, but let's face it -sometimes you just want to dress up girly without applying a ton of uncomfortable accessories. For those occassions, may I suggest Darling Amy's absolutely adorable cosplay kimonos.

These lolita-style dresses are all decked out in with some of our favorite geek character's iconic looks. They're the perfect blend of comfy and cute.

Not a big kimono fan, don't worry, Amy has plenty of other styles available on her site, including a few we've already featured here.

Via Geek Girls


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Han Burgundy is My New Hero

I'm not sure if you guys know this or not, but Han Burgundy, aka Ron Solo, is kind of a big deal. People know him. He's smuggled many leather-bound books and his ship smells of space mohogany. 

Who would have guessed that my favorite smuggler and my favorite anchorman could work so darn well together? Only Spaceboycomics, I guess. 


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What Happens When You Plate Junk Food Like Gourmet Meals

Opinions on junk food vary greatly, but few people argue that most of them look particularly tasty in their native environments. When junk food is in the hands of chef Jacques Lamerde though, it becomes just as beautiful as the most gourmet meal. 

His descriptions take things a step further, making the plates sound like something you'd see on a fine dining restaurant's menu, not just simple Pop Tarts or Hot Pockets.

For example the image at top reads, "HAY BAKED HOT POCKETS W/ HIDDEN VALLEY BACON RANCH SPHERES AND A PUREE OF ZOODLES (WHOLE WHEAT)." The middle image is "“RASPBERRY POPTART PARFAIT W/ VANILLA SNACKPACK + GRAPE CRUSH SCENTED GEL AND ENHANCED W/ MIKE N IKES, CRY BABIES AND FRUITY MENTOS.” And finally the last one, "DUNKIN MUNCHKINS, BIRTHDAY CAKE OREO SOIL, SNICKERS HACHÉ, SHAMROCK SHAKE FLUID GEL!!!"

Via That's Nerdalicious

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One-Two-Three-Four I Declare A Star Thumb War

Thumb wars are fun and all, but sometimes they just aren't enough. When you want to really up your thumb game, it's time to bring out the Star Wars Lightsaber Thumb Wrestling Kit. Now even your fingers can weild a lightsaber and even experience the sights of various Star Wars settings. Just don't tell your other fingers -they're bound to get jealous.


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Henry Lizard Lover Lives Up To His Name

A lot of people like Lizards, but few people love them as much as Henry Lizardlover -who loves them enough to even change his last name to reflect that fact. 

Henry has quite a way with the reptiles and can even get them to relax in lounge chairs and mini beds, which makes Henry quite the lizard photographer. Henry even lives with the lizards loose in his home -refusing to cage his great friends. But hey, if we all saw lizards through Henry's eyes, we might just do the same. 

For more great photos from Henry Lizardlover, be sure to follow his Flickr stream or his website.

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Interesting Facts About Butterflies

We all know butterflies are beautiful, but they're also totally fascinating. To celebrate their butterfly exhibit, the San Diego Zoo has created a great list of 19 cool butterfly facts all accompanied by beautiful pictures of the amazing insects.

For example, did you know that butterflies taste with their feet? Or that a group of butterflies is a "flutter?" Find out more at the link!

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Neat Facts About Easter

What the heck does "Easter" mean? Why do we celebrate a bunny that hides multi-colored Easter eggs? And why do we eat ham for Easter? There are so many strange questions around this spring holiday, but you can find the answers to them all in this fascinating TopTenz article filled with fascinating facts about Easter -including some truly unique ways to celebrate.


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12 Great Easter Crafts You Can Do With Your Kiddos

Easter Sunday is almost here and that means it's time to get decorating. While we covered some easy and classy decorations on Homes and Hues last year, that article overlooked one of the greatest parts of the holiday -spending time with your children.

That's why this year's Easter decorating article focuses on kid-friendly crafts that you can do together. From simple foam window decorations to beautiful flower displays that can teach kids a little bit about botany, we're sure you'll find some kind of children's activity that you and your little ones can enjoy together.

So don't miss the whole list over at Homes and Hues: 12 Fun Easter Crafts You Can Do With Your Kids

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Say "Hello" to the World's Most Photographed Tarantula

Pandora is a tarantula. She is also a model. Those two factors aren't coincidence. Pandora's owner was once afraid of spiders but eventually not only overcame her fear, but also came to love the creatures and adopt dozens of them as pets.

In an effort to get others to overcome their fear of spiders and hopefully come to love the creatures, she started taking pictures of her pets. She soon discovered that Pandora was a perfect model and in the process started posting delightful photos of her baby on Facebook and Tumblr.

Of course, if you're terrified of spiders, it's hard to say if some of her horror-themed shoots will really help, but at least they'll let you see the creatures in an entirely new light.

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Everyone Needs A Hair Octopus

John has previously shown us what happens when we turn hair into horses, but what happens when you top it with an octopus? Amazingness. Yes, that's right. Amazingness is what happens when you top your hair with a fancy fancinator that looks like hair that is shaped just like an octopus. That sounds confusing. Just look at the pictures on DeviantArt and know you can get them on Etsy.

 Via Incredible Things


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Dogs Look Surprisingly Beautiful With Hair Buns

As someone with hair down to her waist, I pretty much live with my hair in a bun. That being said, I don't think I could ever even begin to compete with the gorgeous hairstyles on these precious pups -particularly that one up at the top there who could easily be a model for the perfect donut bun.

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13 Animals Grumpier Than Grumpy Cat

Some animals, like the Quokkas and red pandas, couldn't look grumpy if they tried. While we love them for making us smile, sometimes you need a Grumpy Cat to remind you that everyone has bad days and only idiots smile all the time. Of course, when you're really having a bad day, just one grumpy cat still isn't enough.

That's where this great article from the San Diego Zoo comes in -giving you even more grumpy critters to make your frown into more of a scowling smirk. Granted, some of these animals might not actually look quite as grumpy as the legendary Grumpy Cat herself, but they're still in a bad enough mood to make me feel better.

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Tattooed Senior Citizens Show What Happens As Tattoos Age

The people who hate tattoos are frequently heard asking those with ink, "but what will it look like when you're older?" It's a smug argument that hopes to illicit worry from body art fans who worry about their looks. Thanks to Hefty though, tattoo fans can finally answer that question with an equally smug "hopefully as good as these senior citizen's ink."

Indeed, all 16 of the senior citizens featured in the article have wonderful body art that seems no less impressive despite their aged skin. Of course, I'm sure your results may vary based on how well you take care of your skin, but that's the case with or without tattoos.


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The Ultimate Mod Skyrim Game

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A few years back, I wrote a Neatorama article featuring some of the weirdest and coolest video game mods out there. Many of the best mods were on Skyrim, which continues to be one of the best selling (and most epic) games of all time, but at the time, it seemed unlikely that anyone would be mad enoug to combine all of these outrageous mods to make Skyrim into an outrageous and hilarious world of mayhem. This video shows what happens when someone does just that. Be prepared for Thomas the Tank, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, Master Cheif, Sonic the Hedgehog and more madness. 

Warning: Language is definately NSFW, but the commentary is utterly hilarious, so leave it on if you can get away with listening to that many curse words.

Via Nerd Approved


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This Lost Cat Traveled Across America Before Being Returned Home

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Kevin is an orange tabby that disappeared from his South Carolina home back in 2013. What makes Kevin different from the hundreds of other kitties that go missing isn't just that he was found two years later, but also that he was discovered on the California/Arizona border.

Somehow this frisky feline managed to travel most of the country before hiding in a truck trailer that was subject to a food and agriculture check on the state border. The inspector at the border asked the driver to open his trailer and only then were Kevin's muffled meows heard. 

Two non-profit agencies have pitched in to help send Kevin back home to Southern Carolina where his shocked owner is happy to have him back after thinking she'd never see him again.

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