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Five Fortunes Found at Thrift Shops

If you shop at thrift stores, then you already know that there are many great deals available to help you deck out your home, or some affordable outfits, but for some people, minor thrift store purchases have left them with some major profits.

The Declaration of Independence: $477,650

Michael Sparks visited a thrift store near his home one day to purchase a few items for his house. He ended up buying a candleholder, some salt and pepper shakers and what he thought was a reprint of the Declaration of Independence priced at $2.48.

After looking at his purchase for a few days, he thought the print might actually be a little older than he originally thought, but it was only after researching the issue on the net that he learned he was actually holding one of the original 200 authentic copies of the document –even rarer because there are only 36 copies known to exist today. When he got it appraised, he was told it would probably be worth about $250,000. Amazingly, the actual auction price ended up going for almost twice that –an amazing $477,650.

Sources: USA Today and Mental Floss

A 360 Year Old Painting: $190,000

A little while ago, an 81 year-old Massachusetts man named Leroy was shopping at his local Goodwill when a framed painting caught his eye. Leroy used to be an antique dealer so he was able to estimate that the fame was from the 1800s and worth around $50 and that the painting was probably from around the same period and worth maybe $150, so he took the $3 artwork home.

A year later, his daughter-in-law brought the painting to the Antiques Roadshow where it was appraised for around $25,000. They told him that the painting was from a Flemish school in Amsterdam and was painted around 1650. Leroy was right about the frame though, Flemish artwork was big in the 1800s and the painting was framed around that period.

When the painting went to auction a short while after that, the appraisal value was shattered when the painting sold for a whopping $190,000. Leroy said he plans to share the money with his son and daughter-in-law, since they were the ones who thought to bring it to the Antiques Roadshow.

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An Original, Signed Picasso Poster: $7,000

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Felted Adventure Time Toys

Ever have the urge to make up your own Adventure Time stories? Well then, you might follow in the footsteps of Flickr user michelleness and make your own adorable felted creations from the series. She not only created these four, but also a long-legged Jake and Fionna and Cake. Maybe it's just me, but I think she should put these on Etsy so everyone can get their hands on the set.

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Nothing Like A Nice Relaxing Bowl of Curry

It's kind of like mixing a bento box with a nice, relaxing bath. You know what would make this really great? If you actually ate this while taking a bath yourself. Of course, in this weather, you'd probably want to make it a nice cool bath.

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If The Avengers Were In The Olympics

Yes, the Olympics are wrapping up this weekend, but we still have enough time to squeeze in DeviantArt user scargeear's take on what would happen if The Avengers competed in the games. Black Widow seems like she'd be great at gymnastics and there's no doubt that Captain America would be great at discus, but I can't imagine Loki's helmet would be very advantageous for pole vaulting.

Link Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Enjoy A Sip of the Galaxy

This cocktail isn't imaginary. In fact, with a blacklight and the right ingredients, you can actually make your own Aurora Jungle Juice at home.

If you're wondering how it looks so amazing, that's because tonic water glows blue and the Roses Mojito Passion glows pink under a blacklight. Just make sure you don't mix them together too soon before serving.

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Because Everyone Could Afford To Cool Down In This Heat

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Just because you're short and fuzzy doesn't mean you can't appriciate a water park just as much as the rest of us. I don't know about you guys, but I would love to splash around with this cutie.

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Lebowski Is Coming

We've written a lot about the art exhibits at LA's Gallery 1988 -particularly their Crazy 4 Cult shows, and with the sixth annual show, now all you New Yorkers will have a chance to check out the great geek artwork by over 200 artists starting tonight at 64 Gansevoort St. -including this great peice titled "The Dude of Thrones." Good times!

Link Via The Mary Sue


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Wearing Your Jabba On Your Sleeve

Jabba may not be very chic while alive, but if you skin him and turn him into a purse, he actually makes quite the stylish fashion accessory. Who knew?

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It Just Won't Fit In My Mouth

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Everyone loves apples, but when your little beak just can't get a hold of them, you're gonna have a little bit of trouble -as this fellow will gladly attest to.

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I Didn't Remember Reading Rainbow's Song Rocking So Hard

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Somehow the song is actually perfectly suited to The Doors' music style. Who knew it would take Jimmy Fallon to let the world realize that?

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Blown Glass Hermit Crab Shells

Back in my day, hermit crabs had one kind of shell -natural. These days, kids have the choice of painted shells, bejeweled shells, MakerBot shells, LEGO shells and now they can even show off their bodies with these gorgeous blown glass shells by Artist Robert DuGrenier.

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Mmmmm...Tastes Like Lamb Chops

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Sure, it looks like they're cuddly little best friends, but really her hoofed companion is just covered with his mother's milk and the cat is a sucker for goat's milk.

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Sweet Geek Fashions Based On Classic Video Games

Back in May, artist Amanda Hemmons came up with a ton of great women's fashions based on The Avengers. Big Fish Games was so impressed by the design that they asked her to try her hand at designing women's fashions based on classic video games. You can see her Sonic look above and her Link look below.

While some of the looks are a little over the top, I'd wear the Sonic one. What about you other ladies?

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Even More Gorgeous Pop Culture Makeup

You've seen Avenger's eye shadow and movie scenes depicted in makeup, but if you just can't get enough beautiful eye shadow styles, then don't miss this great gallery over at The Mary Sue.

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How Do Sharks Keep Their Teeth So Clean?

Yes, sharks do have extra teeth for those that they lose, but you might not know they never lose teeth due to cavities. As it turns out, the exterior of their teeth are actually made of flouride -meaning those chompers stay pearly white until the day they fall out.

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The Sarcastic Rover Isn't Happy About His Mission

If you're bored of following @BronxZoosCobra ever since he was rediscovered and put back in the Reptile House than perhaps you'd enjoy the new goofy Twitter of the day @SarcasticRover. The tweets are particularly great for those who just couldn't get enough of Marvin The Paranoid Android from Douglas Adam's universe.

My favorite Tweet? The one about George Lucas' artistic integrity.

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Scooting Our Bottoms Down The Stairs Together...Yay!

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What do you do when your dog is scared to go down the stairs? You carry him, of course...when he's to big to carry though, you might need to come up with a more novel solution -like the one these two have turned to.

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Matching Drinks to What You're Listening To

Drinkify is a new online tool that matches cocktails to what you happen to be currently listening to. Some of the selections seem a little random, but given that "The Iggy Pop" happens to be 12 oz of moonshine, it seems there is at least some kind of method to their choices.

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A Fistful of Rupees

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Sure there are plenty of video games that are set in the Old West, but how many westerns incorporate video games? Well here's an awesome film that does and it really warrants a full 90 minute film.

Via Geekosystem


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Famous Clothing From Classic Films

Want a fun way to test your film knowledge? Then see if you can identify the movies based on the clothing worn by the leading man.

While the link is in French, most of the answers still contain enough information to tip you off as to whether or not you got the right clue -or, just go to Flavorwire where all the answers are in English.

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Looking For A $16 Burger That's Actually Worth $16?

Earlier, Alex posted that Amtrack's burgers cost $16 -and from what I can tell, they aren't even very good. If you want to shell out $16 for a burger that's actually worth the cost (and happen to live in Japan), then you might want to head over to Wendy's.

Sure, their stateside burgers might not be all that great (at least, the ones near me certainly aren't), but the chain's Japanese offerings are totally classy. Take, for example, the surf and turf burger that features lobster or the caviar and lobster sandwich served without beef.

Would you pay $16 for a Wendy's sandwich if it had lobster on it?

Link Via The Consumerist


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7 Amazing Natural Landmarks

Still sizing up your summer travel plans? Well, if you’re looking to enjoy some of the most fascinating locations ever created by Mother Nature, then you might want to check out one of these gorgeous and strange natural landmarks.

Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

The title of “world’s largest salt flat” might not sound all that exciting, but when you actually see pictures of these gorgeous 4,000 miles of flatlands, you’ll immediately see why they are so special. The entire salar is covered with a salt crust that becomes a giant mirror when it gets rained on. The mirror-like planes offer such a strong reflection that satellites even use the salar to recalibrate their systems. As if that weren’t a cool enough sight, the area is also a major breeding ground for flamingos who feed on the brine shrimp and red algae that thrive in the shallow water. Vacationing in the salt flats is a unique experience, as you not only get to enjoy the beauty of the landmark, but you will most likely stay in a hotel built from the only available natural resource in the area –blocks of salt. At many of these local hotels, even the furniture is made from salt!

Source Image Via fresh888 [Flickr]

Pamukkale, Turkey

When you see the pictures of these natural hot springs, consisting of a multitude of natural mineral terraces, you’ll see why the ancient Turks called it “cotton castle,” and why the area was named a World Heritage Site. The terraces are made from travertine, a sedimentary rock that is created from jelly-like calcium deposits in the hot springs themselves. Of course, while people come to see the terraces, they stay for the stunning hot springs, which range in temperature from nice and warm at 95 degrees to nice and deadly at 212 degrees. While bathing in the pools has been a popular attraction for millennia, these days, it is illegal to wear shoes in the water in order to protect the mineral deposits from damage.

Source Image Via LePendu [Flickr]

Dallol, Ethiopia

 

The salt and sulfur formations at Dallol look more like a set on a sci fi film than a real place on Earth, but these gorgeous hot springs, formed in a volcanic crater, are very real –and very dangerous. Unlike the hot springs of Pamukkale, the springs and geysers here release brine and toxic fumes, the very reason Dallol has such a fascinating color scheme. And the water’s still not safe once it’s on the surface, the pools of green water are dangerously acidic, hence the area’s name, which translates to “disintegration” in the local tongue. As if all that weren’t enough to keep you away, Dallol is one of the hottest places on earth, with an average yearly temperature of 93 degrees –keep in mind that means that it can get much, much hotter throughout the year. This is definitely one of those landmarks that is better seen in pictures than in person.

Source Image Via Pierre Coste[Flickr]

Jellyfish Lake, Palau

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Let Sleeping Puppies Lie

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That's the same noise my pup makes when he barks in his sleep. Fellow dog owners, are you familiar with these adorable sleeping sounds?

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But Do They Have Any Nuka Cola?

Looks like they're fresh out of Nuka Cola, but you'll probably take in less RADs if you try an Espresso Royale or an Italian soda.

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Can These Kicks Help You Traverse Through Space & Time?

Yes, I know, bigger on the inside...but silly TARDIS joke aside, these shoes are seriously awesome -especially in how simple the design is. You can actually get your own over on Etsy -if you've got an extra $100 for some Chucks.

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This Pup Just Got Scarlett Lettered

Sometimes a bop on the nose just isn't enough, sometimes you must just punish them emotionally through embarassment.

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If Salvador Dali Took On Batman

Have you ever wondered what Salvador Dali's art would look like if he were inspired by the Dark Knight? Mike Capp has the answer you're looking for as well as an image of what Boba Fett would look like if he was painted by Picasso and more.

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Get Down Little Porcupine



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Talk about a party animal, this little guy not only has some sweet moves, he even has his own theme song.

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Why Hemingway Used to Dress As A Girl



It sounds almost slanderous to accuse someone as manly as Ernest Hemingway to have ever worn women's clothing, but it's true -even if it wasn't actually his choice. You see, Ernest's mother always wanted to have twins, so when Ernest was born only 18 months after his older sister, mummy dearest decided that was close enough:
Submitting to her twin fantasies, she started dressing Ernest up in Marcelline’s old clothes, despite the fact that they were little girl’s clothes—lacey white dresses with pink bows and the like. Soon his mom was buying two of everything and dressing her children in identical pink gowns and flowered hats. She would refer to the kids as her “sweet Dutch dollies” and actually tell strangers that they were her twin girls. To perpetuate the twin fantasy, Grace even held Marcelline back a year in school so that she and Ernest would be in the same grade together. Oh, and his mother so treasured the fantasy of Ernest being a little girl that she sometimes referred to him as “Ernestine.”

If you've ever wondered why the author placed such an importance on masculinity, hopefully that bit of trivia will help answer your question.

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What Happens When You Electrify Plants?



If you're photographer Robert Buelteman, you get absolutely gorgeous works of art. Of course, it's not just a matter of hooking a plant up to a battery. Buelteman shocks the plants with 80,000 volts of electricity and then uses a fiber optic wire to light paint the image, making it look even more shockingly beautiful.

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