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That's One Big Daddy of A Wallet

Unfortunately, Sova Leatherworks has already sold off this amazing wallet, but you can request a custommade one or you can buy one of their premade geeky wallets on their Etsy shop.

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The Batcave Movie Theater

This is the best place to watch all the old Batman movies while you wait for the Dark Knight Rises to to come out on DVD. The best thing is that it actually looks like something Bruce Wayne would have.

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A Game of Thrones Cocktails

You'll have to make your own drinking game for the show, but whatever the rules, these cocktails are sure to be a great addition to your next viewing party.

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Perfect Nails for Any Dexter Fan


These nails would be really easy to do yourself -just splatter a little red polish on your nails and then have a boyfriend or someone without painted nails use polish remover to get the mess off of your fingers. They would be perfect for a Dexter viewing party or for all kinds of Halloween costumes.

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Timey Wimey Jell-O in A Jar


Nothing like a little Doctor Who Jell-O to get you pumped up for the next episode. If you you want to make your own galaxy in a jar, Bakingdom has the recipe.

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That's One Fussy Little Pup



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Bently needs something, but it's hard to tell what with all that frisky business going on. This little noisy puppy sure is cute though!

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The Nicholas Cage Couch


No matter where you go he'll always have his eyes on you. I don't care how much you like Nicholas Cage, it would still be horrendously creepy to sit on this thing.

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Game On Little Doggies!


It's football season and even those of us who aren't excited for the game can still enjoy these adorable dogs who are all geared up to watch their favorite teams.

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Happy National Play-Doh Day!

Did you know today is National Play-Doh Day? While most of us without kids might not have any of the clay on hand to celebrate, we certainly can remember the great times we had with it as youngsters and honor the wonderful product by taking a look at its fascinating history.

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Thank Kroger’s Dirty Wallpaper

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Kutol Products started as a soap manufacturer in 1912. By 1927, the company was already facing forclosure, so Cleo McVicker hired his brother, Noah W. McVicker, to help manage the plant. The moved helped a lot as it allowed Cleo to serve as the company’s salesman –which is what he was good at, and Noah was great at developing new products.

In 1933, Cleo convinced Kroger to let Kutol manufacture a special wallpaper cleaner just for their company to use in their grocery stores on the condition that if he failed to provide them with fifteen thousand cases of cleaner on time –then Kutol would have to pay them $5000 in fines. It was a risky move –not only had the company never made a wallpaper cleaner before, but if the they failed to deliver on time, the fines would bankrupt them. Fortunately, Noah was one heck of an inventor and was able to create a non-toxic cleaner mostly made from flour, water, and boric acid and the company was able to ship it out on time.

One Brilliant Family

Unfortunately, as easily-cleaned vinyl wallpaper started to catch on and dirty coal power was phased out, the Kutol wallpaper cleaner became obsolete and the company once again started to face financial ruin. To make matters worse, Cleo died in a plane crash in 1949. In a last ditch attempt to save the company, his widow hired her son, Joseph –and soon enough, he did. In fact, while Kutol no longer sells their famous wallpaper cleaner, the soap company is still in business today.

While most people credit Joseph for saving the company, much of the credit belongs to his sister, a school teacher who, in 1955, asked him if the company could maybe come up with a safe substitute for modeling clay, which is too hard for many youngsters to manipulate. Joseph immediately thought of the company’s non-toxic wallpaper cleaner and sent her a sample. When she told him that her kids loved it, he reached out to all the schools in Cincinnati and offered them a free supply of the clay substitute. When kids all over the town were raving about the product, he presented the new toy, which he and Noah dubbed “Play-Doh,” at a national education convention where it sparked the interest of a number of major department store chains who all started carrying the product.

Play-Doh is Born

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Only a year after the wallpaper cleaner became a hit with kids, the McVickers pulled Play-Doh from the Kutol line of products and started the Rainbow Crafts Company to make and sell the new toy. When they first started selling the product, it only came in an off-white color and was sold in one and a half pound blocks. Rainbow Crafts quickly improved their new product by offering it in seven-ounce cans that came in three packs featuring the primary colors. They soon started advertising on popular kid’s shows like Captain Kangaroo, Ding Dong School and Romper Room.

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How to Make A Pumpkin Keg

It would take a prize-winning pumpkin to hold enough beer for a party with my friends. Even so, I can't help but love this great pumpking keg tutorial on Celebrations.com and it would certainly enhance the flavor of a few Octoberfest ales.

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Amazing Nightmare Before Christmas Costumes

I've seen a few Nightmare Before Christmas couple's costumes before, but this is the first one I've ever seen that accounts for Sally and Jack's height differences. Of course, if you want to follow in their footsteps, you'd better be able to walk on stilts.

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A Fantastic Ood Pumpkin

This amazing painted Ood pumpkin was created for a charity auction at the Orange County High School of the Arts. While I can't tell you how they made the whole thing, I can tell you the dangly bits are painted plastic snakes.

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It Still Beats A Sponge Bath

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Sure it's a touch too small for him, but when you think about it, that makes it just the right size for us to watch him be adorable.

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The Truth About Daleks

What a horrible misunderstanding. It turns out that all this time, the Daleks just wanted to bake us some tasty treats, not kill us. Even the TARDIS' universal language translator can't put translations in their proper context.

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Apparently Some Big Cats Enjoy Marmite

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Mice are one thing, but I still thought that big cats had better taste than this -evidently some of them even enjoy Marmite. Blech!

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A Horrific Cake Perfect for Halloween

I'm sure you wouldn't expect polycistic kidney disease to be pretty, but seeing what it actually looks like is still pretty shocking -especially when you find out that the image in question is actually a cake. I don't know about you guys, but I'd have a hard time trying to get this one down.

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A Homemade ED-E Replica

Geekologie reader Will Brown made this incredible replica of ED-E from Fallout: New Vegas. He photographed the steps so crafters might even be able to make their own at home.

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Halloween Decorations You Can Keep Up For Months

Hate putting up Halloween decorations only to take them down again just to put up Christmas decorations? Then maybe you should try putting up some Nightmare Before Christmas decorations since you can leave them up all the way until January. Flickr user slcjeeper even put up photos of how he created all these great decorations.

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Time to Cut the Ca....Exterminate!!!!

Reddit user eclaire4186 had some of the greatest wedding cakes I've ever seen. These wedding cakes you have to cut before it's too late!

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His Parents Suck At Petting

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But who said sucking is always a bad thing? I guess it's really not all that bad when it helps your shedding and scares away the fleas.

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The Mario Baby Nursery

"Rock-a-bye baby on the piranha plant, when the wind blows the koopa will rock" -let's face it, with a nursery like this, you'd have to change the lyrics to your favorite lullabies so they fit in as well as all the accessories.

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Delightful Behind The Scenes Photos of Godzilla

It's sometimes fun to watch Godzilla, but no matter how much you enjoy the movie, you still aren't having nearly as much fun as the people who worked on it and these behind-the-scenes photos from the movie prove it.

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Meet The Realistic Flintstones

Have you ever wondered what Fred and Dino would look like if they weren't Hanna Barbera cartoons, but something more realistic? Well, DeviantArt user arvalis knows and her idea seems pretty spot on.

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Corsets For Sexy Geek Gals

We've featured plenty of geek lingerie before, but this is the first time I've seen so many great geeky corsets in one place. From clever uses of logos and colors like this one to designs incorporating licensed fabric patterns, Castle Corsetry has some of the greatest waist cinchers out there for us geek gals.

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Well, It Looks Just Like Her

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What happens to a poor spotted lamb that has been abandoned by its mother? Well, if there happens to be a female dalmatian around, you might just see if she'll adopt it as though it were her own pup.

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The Goriest Pet Costumes Out There

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Zombie Paws is crowd sourcing a new line of Halloween costumes for dogs all intended to be gory and dark alternatives to the cutesy ones you normally see in the Halloween stores (although we do have some pretty awesome geek ones in the Neatoshop).

By donating, you can even get an early version of the three flagship costumes (zombie, robot and terror bug) and they should hopefully get there in time for Halloween. Who knows, maybe by next year the guys will have the funding they need to become a full-time manufacturer and the Neatoshop will even be carrying Zombie Paws costumes.

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Somebody Play The Doom Song!

Curse you small mouth hole that provides vision!

DeviantArt user -sedra60 made this great InvaderZim costume for Halloween last year. The dementions and color are perfect, now all she needs is a Gir.

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Fus Dog Rah Is Out To Fight Dragon Cats

You know what would make this an even more amazing Halloween costume? If you actually went as a dragon so it was up to your dog to slay you...who knows, maybe your dog's bark actually is a  shout and you've just never noticed before.

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25 Great Deep Fried Foods From The Texas State Fair

Club salads aren't the healthiest snacks out there thanks to all the meat and cheese, but when you deep fry them you're ensuring that they'll do more harm to your body than good. Even so, it's still probably the healthiest option on this list of foods from the Texas State Fair.

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8 Animals Who Have Tried Their Paws & Hooves At Politics

Election time is coming soon and it won’t be long soon before the candidates really start showing their teeth as they try to rip one another to shreds. Of course, if you think most politicians act like animals, well wait until you hear about these eight literal political animals.

Stubbs

One of the most famous animals with a political office is Stubbs the Cat, who has served as mayor of Talkeetna, Alaska for the past 15 years. When he was just a kitten, Stubbs won by write-in vote beating out a number human candidates whom the majority of the town’s 900 residents found to be undesirable mayoral-candidates.

The mayor might not have much power as Talkeetna is a historical district, but he has brought in a lot of tourist and his constituents seem to be happy with him, "He doesn't raise our taxes -- we have no sales tax. He doesn't interfere with business. He's honest," said Lauri Stec, manager of Nagley's General Store, which doubles as the mayor's office.

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Junior Cochran

A black lab named Junior Cochran was elected mayor in Rabbit Hash, Kentucky back in 2004. He received over 3,000 votes. Interestingly, there was a dog elected mayor of the town once before that, although I can’t find any information on the previous mayor. Junior was quite popular in the town and even starred in an Animal Planet documentary called “Mayor Dog.”

Unfortunately, he died only four years into his term at the tender old age of 12. "He was a great mayor. The kids all liked him the best and they would do Old Timers Day, Labor Day weekend was the biggest day he could come down and kids just loved it," said Rabbit Hash resident Suzanne Hobbs in memory of her town’s great leader.

Sources: Rabbit Hash, Fox 19, Geekosystem

Lucy Lou

Rabbit Hash wasn’t about to just give up on Junior’s legacy that easily. Shortly after his death an election was held to find a new mayor. The race was ruthless, including 10 dogs, a cat, an opossum, a mule –and one outmatched human who conceded early on election day. In the end though, the office went to the dogs –or at least, one specific dog, Lucy Lou, a red-and-white border collie who garnered over 8,000 votes.

Lucy Lou is still in office six years later and she’s maintained her policies on feline and canine accessability in the General Store. She is also very active in local fundraising events.

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