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Cat Plays Dead When Shot with Finger Gun

Carmine Migliaccio, a comedian in Italy, has trained his cat to drop dead when shot with a finger. With a single bang, he  whimpers and crumples to the ground. Don't worry! He'll be up and playing with the keys in a moment.


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-via Laughing Squid

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The Ladder Dancer


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His name is Uzeyer Novruzov. He's the Ladder Dancer. Give him a ladder and a tune, and he'll dance up a storm.

Novruzov recently appeared on America's Got Talent and danced to Al Hirt's Green Hornet theme. His act begins at the 1:44 mark, but I suggest watching the entire video because his awkward pre-performance shtick is hilarious.

-via Miss Cellania


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Star Wars Woodblock Prints Made in the Traditional Japanese Style

These aren't just prints made to look like art from Edo Japan. They're actually made in both the antique style and technique, using old printing methods.

Lucasfilm commissioned artist Masami Ishikawa and a traditional printer to develop several amazing images, lifting scenes from all six movies and reproducing them in a novel way. You can see more prints and a production video at Kotaku.


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The Time R2-D2 and C-3PO Had a Pro Wrestling Match


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It was the 1970s. As anyone who lived through it can testify, it was a weird time to be alive (oh, the stories that Miss Cellania can tell!).

Specifically, it was 1979. The scene: a professional wrestling arena in Japan. Two men enter the ring, both dressed in sleek full body suits. One looks like R2-D2. The other looks like C-3PO. Yes, the droids who captured the world's attention just 2 years previously in Star Wars need cash, so they're taking a chance in the world of wrestling.


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So much depends upon this unique tag team match that, unfortunately, is not paired with Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin in appropriate leotards. But it's still a thrilling fight even without special effects.

-via Uproxx


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Brothers Exchange the Same Birthday Card for over 40 Years

Greeting cards are absurdly expensive. So when your brother of all people expects one, send him a cheap one. And then re-use it, just as the instructions say. Brothers Ron and Jeff have been doing that with this Peanuts card since approximately 1973. They’ve probably saved at least $100 this way. Good work!

-via Geekologie


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Kitten and Owl Napping Together

(Photo: Hukulou Coffee)

Hukulou Coffee in Osaka, Japan is an owl café. That’s like a cat café, but with owls. But sometimes other animals visit, such a rabbit and this cat. One of the resident owls has already made friends with the kitten. Together, they’ve become darlings of the internet. You can see more photos of this supremely adorable couple at Rocket News 24.

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Crow Rides on the Back of an Eagle

Photographer Phoo Chan spotted this incredible scene in Seabrook, Washington. A crow landed on the back of a bald eagle in mid-flight and rode there briefly. The eagle did not seem to object and the crow flew away after a short time. You can see more photos of this encounter at the Daily Mail.

-via The Soul Is Bone

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Venus de Milo Action Figure, Now with Arms

The famous Venus de Milo, discovered in the soil of the Greek island of Melos in 1820, has captivated artistic and popular attention for nearly 200 years. She is a mystery—in particular, her arms. They were never found, so it’s uncertain how they were arranged.

Now you can make your own decisions about her arms. Japanese toymaker Figma offers a posable 6-inch plastic Venus de Milo action figure. She has her arms back, which you can arrange to taste.

-via Geek Art Gallery


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The Ice Cream Juggler


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Visit this Cold Stone Creamery in Doha, Qatar, and you’ll get a tasty treat and a show! Watch the server flick a scoop of ice cream around like he’s telekinetic. I’ll take a double scoop of chocolate, please.

-via 22 Words

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Woman Gets Lost in Woods, Gives Birth, Fights off Bees, and Survives on Apples for 3 Days

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Amber Pangborn of Oroville, California got lost while driving through a forest in northern California. She was 9 and a half months pregnant. After her car ran out of gas, Pangborn went into labor. She then gave birth alone in the woods.

Pangborn named her daughter Marisa.

Pangborn was then promptly attacked by bees who, she says, wanted her placenta. They stung her badly. In an attempt to signal for help, she tried to start a fire. She was successful. In fact, she started a wildfire that grew into a quarter acre blaze before being spotted by a US Forest Service helicopter crew.

The helicopter took them to a hospital, where the child is reported to be in good condition. The Los Angeles Times reports:

Pangborn’s mother, Dianna Williams, told the L.A. Times that her nine-months-pregnant daughter went to a casino on Wednesday to visit a friend and get a respite from the hot temperatures. Pangborn, she said, was also hoping to induce labor.

Well, her plan worked.


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RIP Sir Nicholas Winton, Who Saved 669 Children during the Holocaust

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Nicholas Winton was a 29-year old British stockbroker working in Prague, Czechoslovakia in 1938 during the gradual conquest of that nation by Nazi Germany. He was aware that the Jews there were in great danger. He wanted to save as many as possible, especially the children. So Winton and his colleagues arranged for host families in Britain and Sweden to take the children. They made phone calls, sent letters, scrounged up money, and arranged the logistics for this massive undertaking—all while holding down his day job as a stockbroker. He helped 669 children escape from the Holocaust in occupied Europe.

Then Winton returned to Britain as that nation and Germany went to war in 1939. He drove an ambulance and later joined the Royal Air Force. After the war, he worked in various positions, including co-owning a popsicle factory.

Winton didn’t talk about the rescue, not even to his wife. The Washington Post reports:

In the late 1980s, Mr. Winton’s wife, the former Grete Gjelstrup, was rooting through the attic when she came upon a scrapbook containing documents related to the wartime rescue effort. He had never mentioned it to her. […]

The scrapbook made its way to Elisabeth Maxwell , the Holocaust scholar and wife of newspaper magnate Robert Maxwell. Soon, Mr. Winton found himself featured in British newspapers and on the BBC television program “That’s Life!”


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Here is an incredible scene from that program. You should watch it right now.

Sir Nicholas Winton died today at the age of 106.

-via Jonah Goldberg


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Rusty Wraps Disguise a Brand New Van

Ugh! What a piece of junk! No thief could consider stealing that wreck. I doubt that it will last more than a few more miles before falling apart.

Or maybe not! It's actually a brand new Volkswagen T5 Transporter Sportline in perfect condition. But the owner wanted car thieves to suspect otherwise. So he hired Clyde Wraps, a car graphics company in Glasgow, Scotland, to design and wrap the van in custom vinyl sheets that make it look like a rust bucket. The Clyde Wraps blog describes the process:

Once we had completed the artwork – which is not mirror imaged for either side too – we printed in full colour digital vinyl and finished in a Matt Laminate to further dull the colours used. It goes without saying the van stands out in a crowd and our customer had great pleasure in telling us later that it only took 3 days for the police to pull him over to ask what was going on with all the rust…

-via Pee-wee Herman


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Historically Accurate Civil War Uniforms for Dogs

(Photo: Dogs of Gettysburg)

Well, technically speaking, dogs on either side usually did not wear regulation uniforms. But if you want your pooch to look like a Union or Confederate soldier with the precision that a Civil War reenactor would appreciate, then Stephanie Honodel can outfit your dog.

Honodel has been making custom pet clothing for 15 years. About 5 years ago, a Civil War reenactor asked her to make a Confederate general’s uniform for his miniature pinscher. Word about her work spread and she’s since made hundreds of Civil War dog costumes. To accommodate her business, she’s just opened a shop called the Dogs of Gettysburg, which is helpfully located near the battlefield site.

If you don’t have a dog, you can still throw your pet back in time. Honodel also makes costumes for cats, pigs, tortoises, and snakes. You can read more about her work at the Huffington Post.

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An All-American Pie-Cake for the Fourth of July

A cherpumple is a cherry pie, a pumpkin pie, and an apple pie all baked separately, then baked into cake layers, which are then stacked and iced. It is a thing of glory sometimes attributed to American humorist and chef Charles Phoenix.

We most recently saw Phoenix unveil to the world his Uncle Watermelon party game and snack. He’s already getting prepared for the holiday weekend with a special cherpumple called the Cheruble. This recipe replaced the pumpkin pie with a blueberry pie, then seals the three pies inside red, white, and blue cakes in reflection of the colors of the US flag.

If you’re French, then you can use the same design for the upcoming Bastille Day. Just alter the order of the layers to match the French revolutionary flag.

-via Foodiggity

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Deterrence against a First-Strike Nuclear Attack


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One of the greatest problems with nuclear war strategy is that nuclear attacks require very little time to carry out. At the height of the Cold War, annihilation was, hypothetically, only a few minutes away (as illustrated metaphorically by the famous Doomsday Clock on the cover of the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists.) This inspired fear by both sides that the other would launch a pre-emptive strike in order to avoid a surprise attack. The winner (or the side that would lose less badly if everything worked) would be whoever struck first.

In these tense moments, it would be essential to have national leaders who were sufficiently calm that they could make rational decisions. To a degree, they must hesitate to kill. In a 1981 issue of the Bulletin, Roger Fisher made a suggestion for how to create that condition. It’s quoted at the Nuclear Secrecy Blog:

There is a young man, probably a Navy officer, who accompanies the President. This young man has a black attaché case which contains the codes that are needed to fire nuclear weapons. I could see the President at a staff meeting considering nuclear war as an abstract question. He might conclude: “On SIOP Plan One, the decision is affirmative, Communicate the Alpha line XYZ.” Such jargon holds what is involved at a distance.

My suggestion was quite simple: Put that needed code number in a little capsule, and then implant that capsule right next to the heart of a volunteer. The volunteer would carry with him a big, heavy butcher knife as he accompanied the President. If ever the President wanted to fire nuclear weapons, the only way he could do so would be for him first, with his own hands, to kill one human being. The President says, “George, I’m sorry but tens of millions must die.” He has to look at someone and realize what death is—what an innocent death is. Blood on the White House carpet. It’s reality brought home.

When I suggested this to friends in the Pentagon they said, “My God, that’s terrible. Having to kill someone would distort the President’s judgment. He might never push the button.

And so this proposal was never put into practice (as far as we know).

What do you think? Would Fisher’s suggestion have been a good idea?

-via TYWKWIDBI


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High Fashion Food

Gretchen Röehrs, a fashion designer in San Frrancisco, says that she “still plays with her food.” She inks female bodies around fresh fruits, bread, and oyster shells. The results are designs that look like they’re ready to parade down the catwalk at a fashion show.

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Man Breaks World Record for the Longest Drag Behind a Galloping Horse While on Fire

(Image: The Local/Owen Kilgour)

Now I shall ask the obvious question: why is this not an Olympic sport? Getting dragged behind a galloping horse while on fire is a fantastic recreational activity. It should have a role in youth sports programs, training these specialized athletes from a young age. After a generation or two of this, we could see athletes halving Joe Tödtling’s record.


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Tödling, a stuntman from Austria, wore a special protective suit (which, in my opinion, takes some of the fun out of it) while being dragged by a horse for a full 500 yards. He did this on fire, thus breaking the previous Guinness Word record of 472.8 meters. Tödling then immediately turned around and was dragged by an ATV 582 meters, also while on fire.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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Leggy Tables Strut in Style

Vick Vanlian, a furniture and interiors designer from Lebanon, developed the BFF Console Tables line. They’re painted in bright colors and supported by one or two pairs of feminine legs in high heels. They’re an homage to pop artists Jeff Koons and Takashi Murakami, as well as a reflection of Vanlian’s “love for fashion and women’s beauty.”

-via Home Crux


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Horrible Accident between Van and Pedestrian


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Stay safe out there. That’s hard to do, as this dashcam footage reveals. A man is walking along a sidewalk, tending to his own business, when a van veered straight for him at high speed. He’s lucky to have made it out alive.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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Man Tries to Cut Watermelon with a Sword, Fails Spectacularly


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Like all men of quality, Ali has a sword. It’s a heavy scimitar appropriate for slicing open head-sized round objects, such as watermelons. He did not anticipate the outcome, but nonetheless considers it to be something of a victory because the watermelon tasted good.

On reddit, Ali admits that he “didn’t quite think it through.” I disagree. The watermelon is safely placed in the center of a cutting board. Ali did just fine.

-via That’s Nerdalicious!


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The Funniest Way to Wash Your Dog

It's called the Woof Washer 360. This As Seen on TV product is a clever approach to washing a dog. I want one, but to use on my kids. It would make bath time so much faster!


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The Woof Washer 360 is a perforated garden hose that sprays water from the interior of a circle. You can channel soapy water through it, as well as clean water for rinsing.

One woman in the video says that it's helpful for washing "parts you don't want to touch." Sorry, but I think that's not actually optional, even with this handy tool.

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Disney’s Two-Face: A Split Cinderella/Belle Cosplay

(Photo: Girl Gone Geek)

Before Harvey Dent terrorized Gotham City, the world of Disney had to face the menace of CinderBelle. Charles Battersby cosplayed as both princesses at the recent FlameCon in New York City. The costuming is perfect! But if he tries to flip a coin, start running.

-via Cosplay America


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Milk Pitcher Design Brings You Back to the Barn

It’s an udderly delightful design! 5.5 Design Studio in Paris developed the Vache à Lait—a unique approach to serving milk. The studio made it for CNIEL, a French dairy organization. CNIEL hopes to market unpasteurized milk in a way that reminds you of its origin. Just squeeze a teat to get some milk into a cup, each of which looks like a little milk bucket. Farmers could use the Vache à Lait to sell fresh milk right from their homes to passersby.


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This Trailer Is the TARDIS of Campers


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The Conqueror is much bigger on the inside than it looks from the outside. As this tour video shows, even when you think that you've reached the end, there's always one more option that unfolds. It's got a complete kitchen, a bedroom with a heater, fan, and TV. There's storage space for fishing rods, a hot water heater, and a grill. What impresses me the most are the solar panels, which could be handy for roaming through the wilderness for extended periods of time.

-via Nag on the Lake


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The Thing about Depression Is It Hides Behind Corners

DeviantART member DestinyBlue illustrates her experience with mental illness in this piece titled Depression. She explains that unlike physical wounds, mental injuries hide from view. People with them may put on masks of well-being, but turn the corner and you'll see the truth. She writes:

Depression is so disgusting because it erodes the you-ness of you, the qualities you like in yourself are taken over, even the things you enjoy doing you have to do in the tar. It is not your fault, though it can feel like it is, and others may think it is. I hate that some people think it shows weakness. It shows no more weakness than walking up a mountain with a broken leg shows weakness. Your brain's broken and you must get on -despite- that, doing the washing can be a huge victory, higher than climbing a mountain with a broken leg, and a lot more sensible. People congratulate me for creating a piece of art, or running my own business. No one congratulated me when I did my washing. But really, in my darkest time, it was one of my greatest achievements. And, on some future day where I'm feeling bad, putting another load of washing on will be a big achievement again.

-via Geek Art Gallery


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Why Do the Players at Wimbledon Have to Wear White?

(Photo: Rakkhi Samarasekera)

White became the color of tennis uniforms as a result of the Championships at Wimbledon, UK. It is a tradition that dates back to the 1800s, when tennis was one of the few sports available to women. Sweaty clothes might create the impression that women perspire, which is, of course, something that must be concealed from public view. So the All-England Club mandated white clothes for the players. A 2014 article in the New York Times explains:

In his memoir “Sixty Years in Tennis,” Tinling recalled the uproar caused by a similar dress he made for Betty Hilton the next year when she played in the Wightman Cup, a team competition held at Wimbledon. Hazel Wightman, the namesake of the event and a matriarchal figure in American tennis in that era, objected to the intrusion of color and even suggested that Hilton had lost because she was “self-conscious about the color on her dress.”

The next day, Wightman asked the Wimbledon committee to ban the dresses, and in 1949 there were signs in the Wimbledon dressing rooms saying, “Competitors are required to wear all-white clothing.”

Although Wimbledon officials have occasionally deviated from this standard over the years, recently, they've enforced it rather strictly. Business Insider describes the current rules:

Last year, the Club issued 10-part "decree" included in the competitor's guide all players must follow. Included in the decree are new rules revolving around the wearing of white, including stipulations like:

  • "White does not include off-white or cream."
  • There can only be “a single trim of color no wider than one centimeter.”
  • "Any [colored] undergarments that either are or can be visible during play (including due to perspiration)” are not allowed. 

-via The Presurfer


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Cop Gets Stuck in Car Window

Passersby filmed an officer of the Texas Highway Patrol near Edinburg, Texas stuck inside the driver side window of his patrol car. He was bent over backwards with his legs flailing out. There was no clear indication what he was trying to do and whether he was succeeding at it.


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The Texas Department of Public Safety did not respond to the San Antonio Express-News's request for comment on the incident.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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The Tape Measure Master

His superpower is wielding a steel tape measure. With it, he can flip switches from across the room, snatch objects, or use a Porta-Potty. He could probably even cure a rainy day and resolve buried childhood anxieties. He's Tape Measure Man! 


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-via Tastefully Offensive

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This Strawberry Looks Like a Chicken


(Photo: Grove Farm)

Reuben and April Welch of Grove Farm in Bonnyrig, Scotland grow strawberries. While harvesting their crop this summer, they spotted this unusual fruit. The strawberry looks like a plump chicken, especially after placing a bit of leaf on one side to serve as a beak. They quipped, "Going to have to eat this chicken as it hasn't laid a single bloody egg yet."

-via Boing Boing

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Meet the Hijab Lolita


(Photo: Alyssa Salazar)

Lolita is a fashion style originating in Japan. It features frilly, brightly-colored outfits that look like they might belong on a little girl from the Victorian Era. There are several subsets of this fashion school, including Gothic, Punk, Wa, Pirate, and Witch.

Alyssa Salazar, who lives in southern California, is a fan of Lolita fashion and wears it frequently. She's also a Muslim who wears a hijab, so calls herself The Hijab Lolita. Vice magazine interviewed Salazar about how she blends these two traditions:

Do you ever get creepy comments from men when you're dressed in Lolita?

Actually, no, I haven't yet. I'm waiting for it, though, because I will pepper-spray them. Sometimes people will lift up my friends' skirts to see what's holding it up. My friends told me that this has happened to them. The creepiest thing a guy has said to me is, "Little Bo Peep, where's your sheep?" But it's mostly women, who might say, "That's cute," or try and snap pictures without my permission.

You must get more comments about your scarf then.

I get drive-by haters that say, "Take it off, it's not Iraq." But when I'm in Lolita, it's different. People think it's a costume.

-via Cosplay America


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