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Man Poses for Mug Shot in a T-Shirt with a Photo of His Old Mug Shot

In June, Robert Burt of Pittsfield, Maine was arrested for drunk driving and driving without a license. He pled guilty and was sentenced to two days in jail. A friend of his printed him a t-shirt with his original mug shot and a caption that included "sponsored by Bud Light and Somerset County Sheriff."

When Burt reported to the jail to serve his time, he wore that shirt. So when deputies took his intake mug shot, he was wearing a shirt showing his previous mug shot.

What should he do next? Perhaps Burt should take this photo, print it on another shirt, and go get arrested again. It's time to take this to the next level.

-via Dave Barry


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Laura Jenkinson's Lip Makeup Characters

Laura Jenkinson is a makeup artist in London. She can do a lot more than make you look pretty. She also shapes cartoon characters around her mouth--and presumably yours, too. Which characters would you like to see her make next?

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Family Struggles to Fit Sofa inside Tiny Car


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The sofa is nearly as big as the car. But that doesn't stop this enterprising family from trying to force it in. The Daily Telegraph (warning: auto-start video) describes the incident:

Graeme Longden, 44, was in his upstairs bedroom in Sheffield, Yorkshire, on Sunday when he spotted the amusing scene and filmed it on his phone.

"On Sunday my neighbours put the sofa on their drive and on Monday afternoon I saw these people trying to put it in the car," he explained.

"I thought there is no was they are going to get that in, so I started filming. I had to stifle my laughter as I watched them trying to wedge it in.

Longden reports that they were eventually successful. I'd like to see what the car looked like then.

Of course, it would have been easier if they had just strapped it to the hood--excuse me, bonnet--of the car and then driven wherever they needed in reverse. Probably safer, too.


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9 Parenting Practices That Haven't Caught on in the United States


(Photo: Trees for the Future)

Japanese children as young as 4 ride the subway by themselves. Vietnamese mothers teach their babies to pee on command. These are 2 of 9 parenting practices from around the world that aren't practiced--or at least widely practiced--in the United States. For example, the Kisii people of Kenya avoid eye contact with their babies:

Kisii, or Gussii, moms in Kenya carry their babies everywhere, but they don't indulge a baby's cooing. Rather, when their babies start babbling, moms avert their eyes.

It's likely to sound harsh to a Western sensibility, but within the context of Kisii culture, it makes more sense. Eye contact is an act bestowed with a lot of power. It's like saying, "You're in charge," which isn't the message parents want to send their kids. Researchers say Kisii kids are less attention-seeking as a result.

You can read the entire list at NPR. Do you see any that you think that American parents should adopt?

-via Nag on the Lake

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Old Fashioned Modern Computers

Are you in the market for a gearless thinking device? They're the latest electric wonders from Mr. Edison's laboratory. DeviantART member woodguy 32 is your local distributor. He builds modern computers, phone docks, drawing tables, tablet stands, and speakers using his mastery of woodworking.

He often uses antique furniture as bases for computer equipment, such as this White brand treadle sewing machine. You can view more works in his online gallery.


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Godzilla on His Downtime

When he’s not busy destroying cities, Godzilla lets his hair, er, scales down by hanging with friends or chillaxing around the home. Gigablog documents our favorite monster’s off-the-clock moments. As you can see, he’s just like any of us.



-via Nerd Approved


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Michael Bay’s Up


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It’s a non-stop thrill ride of explosions and anger. You can feel the tension rip out of the screen as Carl Fredricksen takes on the world and finds triumph through hardship and grief. Be sure to watch to the end of this great trailer by YouTube user MrStratman7.

-via Pleated Jeans


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The Earth Burger


(Photo: @yu1116ko)

Are you hungry enough to eat a planet? Then this is the burger for you. Orbi Yokohama, a science museum in Japan, sells burgers with Earth-like buns. Show the planet how much you care by chomping away at it.


(Photo: @s_takenaka0821)

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Driving in Japan: A Unique Point of Etiquette


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As a Texan, it pains me to say this, but the most polite drivers that I've encountered were in Ohio. I lived there for a few years and found that it was common for people to give a thank you wave when you let them in. It's more rare here down south.

The Japan Channel, a YouTube channel about life in Japan, reports that Japanese drivers do something similar. If you let one in, s/he will signal thanks. But Japanese drivers do this by briefly flashing their hazard lights.

That's a pretty good idea, especially since it could be seen at night. What do you think? Should drivers in other countries adopt this practice?

-via 22 Words


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Watch a Heroic Truck Driver Save a Baby and Her Grandma from a Fiery Explosion


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David Fredericksen is a professional truck driver. While taking his big rig through southern Mississippi on interstate highway I-10, he saw a huge explosion in front of him. The video above is a selection from his dashboard camera recording of the incident. A car had hit another tractor trailer, causing a fuel tank on the tractor trailer to explode.

As a result, the car promptly caught on fire. Fredericksen, followed by his co-driver, rushed into action. They and other drivers pushed through the smoke and flames to pull out the occupants: a one-year old baby and her grandmother. Michael Ballaban of Jalopnik reports:

As he approached the Lincoln, he saw the driver desperately trying to kick out the door, despite her broken leg. David, who is not a small guy, yanked open the door, only to find the baby girl in the back seat. Her carseat had actually been launched from one side of the car to the other, which miraculously also cleared her from the immediate danger of the flames.

His co-driver, who jumped out after him, grabbed the girl from the seat after David pulled her out.

"She was the cutest little thing, too," he said. "She was hugging him so tight she was choking him."

The woman broke her leg in accident. Otherwise, no one was seriously injured or killed.



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Adorable Kids' Eleventh Doctor and K-9 Cosplay

Jen of Epbot attended the recent Tampa Bay Comic Con. With her camera in hand, she documented at great length the excellent works of cosplay on display. We've previously mentioned a gem from her first cosplay post: hipster versions of Anna and Elsa from Frozen.

Jen also posted part 2 and part 3 of her photo collection. My favorite from the latter are these two girls dressed as the Eleventh Doctor and K-9, the Doctor's robotic dog.


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The Vicious Circle of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

You think that Leo, Mikey, Ralph, and Donnie are cool? You're wrong. Oh, sure, it starts out with good intentions. But as Twisted Doodles points out, that only leads to an increase in mutant turtles--not all of whom are ninjas. Yes, they could all become heroic ninjas. The trend certainly produces enough turtles for source material. But there remains only one Splinter.

Is your kid getting into The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles? Then do the right thing and change the channel.

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-via Tastefully Offensive


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Deep Fried Tequila Shots

Amy of the food blog Oh, Bite It goes by the motto "a kitchen sink is the sign of a great day!" If you're lucky enough to attend one of her parties, you'll have a great time eating, drinking, or this case, both at the same time.

She made deep fried tequila shots by cubing pieces of angel food cake, dipping them into tequila, then deep frying the cubes until they were golden brown. To simulate the traditional salt, she dusted the shots with powdered sugar.

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Stunning 3D LEGO Street Art

Leon Keer is a Dutch street artist noted for his amazing three-dimensional artworks that appear to leap off the pavement. We've previously seen a Pac-Man piece that he did. Recently, he brought his skills to a Legoland amusement park. When people stand on footprints and are viewed from a designated point, they appear to be standing next to LEGO minifigs on either side.

-via Street Art Utopia


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Man Claims to Have Tamed a Japanese Giant Hornet, Keeps It on a Leash

Japanese Giant Hornets (Vespa mandarinia japonica) are as scary as the name sounds. At two inches long, they're huge by hornet standards. They're aggressive and have killed people. You do not want them around you.

Unless you're Twitter user @mikuru625. He claims that he's tamed one enough that it willingly wears a leash.

He says that the hornet has occasionally bitten him, but never stung him.

-via Dave Barry


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Stylist Cuts Hair for the Homeless Because "Every Human Life Is Worth the Same."

Climbing out of homelessness is the pursuit of human dignity. Society at large may express that homeless people are worthless or at least worth less. But Mark Bustos doesn't think so. He wants to restore the dignity of homeless people in New York City.

Bustos is a professional hair stylist at Three Squares Studio, a high-end salon. Every Sunday, he takes a kit of hair cutting tools and seeks out homeless people who need a haircut. He approaches prospective clients and says, "I want to do something nice for you today."

Afterward, when his clients look better, they feel better about themselves. 

-via Huffington Post


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Sneaky Mom Creates App That Prevents Her Teens from Using Their Phones Until They Call Her

Do you need to get in touch with your kids? There's an app for that.

One day, Texas mom* Sharon Standifird tried to call her teenage children who were gallivanting about away from home. They ignored her calls and texts. Stanifird became worried. Although her kids were okay, she had no reason to think that.

When her kids got back home, Stanifird decided to put an end to this problem. She worked with app developers to build an app that would lock her kids' phones until they called her and got a password from her verbally. They can call 911 and they can call her. But that's it.

The app is called Ignore No More. It's available for Android devices. Is it any good? Stanifird's son, Bradley, likes the idea--in theory:

Um, well I thought it was a good idea, but for other people, not me.

-via Gizmodo | Images: Phandroid

*After blogging for a few years, I've learned that Texas Mom is the opposite of Florida Man. Texas Mom news stories are always great.


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Smartphone Notification Trolling

This wouldn't work with me. I keep my cellphone on silent all of the time. People who really need to contact me can, well, go away, I guess.

So at most, Manfred Hanberg would be able to confuse me. He' a great impersonator. Watch him troll a friend by mimicking the notification tones perfectly.

-via 22 Words


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I Made a Taco Pizza

Because we have been married for 10 years, she did not even look at me funny when I proposed the idea.

Perhaps my saintly wife has come to understand me. Perhaps I've worn her down. In either case, I am a lucky man.

For you see, my taco pizza made with 3 whole Taco Bell tacos required her assistance to make. She makes perfect pizza dough, so I asked her to make me a batch.

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Mom Goes to Elementary School to Register Her Son, Promptly Gives Birth in the School Office


(Photo of Vanessa DeLeon and her family by Malini Basu)

"At first I was like, oh my God. I can't believe I'm one of those ladies that has baby at one of those weird random places," said Vanessa DeLeon.

Yet this was Ms. DeLeon's fate. She is similar to the elementary school teacher who gave birth in her own classroom. But the mother in this story from Pasadena, Texas didn't work at the school. She went there to register her son Alexis for pre-kindergarten. While doing so, she went into labor.

Fortunately, the school nurse, Ashleigh Morris, was present. She was on her second day on the job. KHOU describes the event:

"This is our makeshift labor and delivery room for the day," said Moore. "She layed down right here. She was screaming."

With the help of the principal and school officer, they delivered the baby. Minutes later, little Geovani came into the world. They used a string to cut the umbilical cord.

With no towels or blankets in school, they needed something to wrap the baby in.

"Ashleigh is over there and she is saying I need t-shirts, we are just grabbing them and throwing to her," said Principal Libby Escalante.

Mommy and baby are healthy.

And Alexis even got a spot in pre-K.

-Thanks, Wifey!


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Summer Camp in a State Prison


(Photo: Shereen Marisol Meraji/NPR)

When a child's father is sent to prison, it may be years before the child gets to see that man again. Traveling great distances for visits can be expensive. That's why Hope House was founded in 1998. It's an organization that conducts summer camps for the children of inmates. They do fun outdoor activities and crafts. And every day, they visit and reconnect with their fathers behind the prison walls.


(Photo: Shereen Marisol Meraji/NPR)

Hope House operates two camps in Maryland, one in North Carolina, and partners with similar programs in California, Texas, and New Hampshire. Inmates can apply to participate after a year of good behavior and completing a parenting class.

Shereen Marisol of National Public Radio visited one of these camps in Maryland. You can listen to audio of her interviews with children and program directors here.

-via Lawrence E. Forbes


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This Terrifying Worm Leaps at You out of the Ocean Floor

This is the Eunice aphroditois, a worm found in the depths of warm ocean waters across the world. It lives at depths of about 10 to 40 meters. The Eunice aphroditois burrows into the ocean floor, where it lies in wait for prey to swim by. Five antennas poke out from the anterior, sensing passing movement.


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When the worm detects prey--a fish or another worm--it leaps from its burrow, seizing the prey with sharp mandibles.

Most of these worms are about 1 meter long, but they have been found as long as 3 meters. Although they can't consume an entire human body, they have been known to bite as people who stray too close.


(Photo: Jenny Huang)

-via io9


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Drivers Claimed That They Didn't See the Giant Safety Cone Crossing the Street

(Photo: Riverside County Sheriff)

Police in Riverside County, California, would to remind drivers that they should stop when pedestrians are crossing the crosswalk. It's the law and an essential safety procedure.

To illustrate the importance of this traffic law, one undercover officer dressed in a huge orange safety cone costume. They pulled over and ticketed drivers who drove through the crosswalk without stopping while the cone was crossing. Some of the drivers they cited claimed that they never saw the giant walking safety cone.

This was not the first time that police performed a sting operation like this. The safety cone costume is, though, a new addition:

Officers had specifically selected a high-profile outfit because motorists cited in past operations complained the undercover officer was not visible.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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Patriotic Cat Stands for National Anthem


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When the Russian national anthem begins playing on the phone, this cat knows exactly what to do. He stands erect on his back paws and remains respectfully still.

-via Jonah Goldberg

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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Sleepy Bird


(Photo: Molaire & Tentacules)

At the end of a long day, the topiary laid back and slept.

I'm having trouble determining the origin of this bush, but I gather that it is located in Le Jardin de Plantes, a botanical garden in Paris. It may have been inspired by the work of the children's book illustrator Claude Ponti.

-via Lustik

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This Lamp Looks Like a Giant Pencil

This is the HB Lamp by Michael & George, a design team in London. It looks like a sharp pencil. But don't worry that someone will mark all over your floor and walls. The line is just a 33-foot long power cord. That's enough to plug in from a great distance or let you draw a lot.

Michael & George will display their lamp at the London Design Festival on September 12.

-via Khool


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20 Delightfully Weird Forms of Sushi

Good sushi prepared fresh by a skilled chef is a mouth-watering treat. Usually you're eating variations of fish, rice, and seaweed. But you're not limited to just those ingredients. For example, you can try these tiny sushi cheeseburgers.

Or if you'd like something sweet for breakfast, then try Dan's waffle breakfast sushi rolls. They're made of pizzelles filled with strawberries, bananas, pineapple, and cream cheese.

If it's St. Patrick's Day, then make Irish sushi. Joy of the food blog The Cooking of Joy (clever title) made hers with cabbage leaves wrapped around mashed potatoes and corned beef.

These are just 3 meals from a list of 20 unusual takes on sushi rounded up at Rocket News 24. I'd like to try them all!

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Adorable Doghouses Look Like Camping Trailers

Your dog may not be ready to hit the open road, but you can get him ready for camping with a doghouse from Straight Line Designs (warning: auto-play video). Judson Beaumont is the designer responsible. We've previously seen his clever and funny human furniture designs. Now he's turning the same sense of whimsy to man's best friend.

Beaumont came up with the concept when his daughter asked him to build a doghouse. Now he offers a line of 4 trailer designs for dogs that weigh up to 20 pounds. Each doghouse costs about $800.

-via My Modern Met

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Hilarious Twitter Feed Gives Awkward Captions to Renaissance Paintings

This is the funniest thing I've seen all week!

WTF Renaissance is a Twitter feed that shows Renaissance (and Baroque and Academic) paintings and fills in the backstories that may not be obvious.

Content warning: occasional foul language and racy humor.

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Incredible Musician Plays with PVC Pipes and Flip-Flops


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This is Jake Clarke, AKA "The Pipe Guy." He's a percussionist in Australia who performs on an arrangement of PVC pipes. The longer the pipe, the deeper the note. He slaps the open ends with flip-flops to produce sounds. Clarke built his instrument after watching Blue Man Group use something similar. Watch him perform techno and house music on it before an amazed crowd at the Rundle Mall in Adelaide, South Australia. 

-via Geekologie


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