According to third-hand news reports, a company in China offered a special bonus to employees who performed exceptionally well: brand-new coffins!
It may be a pun in Chinese. The word for coffin in that language is a homonym for "wealthy official," so the coffins may be trophies rather than a practical gifts. The president of the company allegedly suggested that employees donate their coffins to the poor if they elect not to use them.
Olivia Mears is an artist known for her inventive costumes, such as her dress inspired by the website Imgur. You may also remember that Mears once went to Taco Bell dressed as the Disney princess Belle. Now she's taken her love for that restaurant even further.
The dress pictured above was her entry for a contest held by Taco Bell. It's made of 130 taco wrappers and 12 sauce packets from that restaurant. It's lovely! May I suggest accessorizing it with a hat that looks like a bottle of Pepto-Bismol?
In internet speak, a "banhammer" refers to the power of a website administrator to ban a user from posting on or even accessing that website. Neatorama's banhammer is rarely used because Neatoramanauts are, generally speaking, polite, kind and (let's not be overly modest) good-looking.
Reddit, though, sometimes has a few difficulties with trolls. So the site commissioned the creation of two actual, physical banhammers--one each for the New York and San Francisco offices. They gave the job to Brian Timmons, a woodworker in Texas who had posted some of his work on their /r/woodworking forum.
They are a matching pair made of wood, leather and copper studs. That's not a metal head. So, mods, you'll want to be careful when bringing it down on a wayward redditor.
Why is the Buddha naked? Why are there two of them? Why are they climbing a building? We have no idea. Eric Jou, Kotaku's correspondent in Beijing, reports that these two sculptures are a mysterious art installation in Jinan, Shandong province.
Contrary to the perceptions of many tourists, haggis is not a wild animal. Haggis is the heart, liver and lungs of a sheep ground up, then boiled inside the sheep's stomach. It's a delicacy from Scotland enjoyed throughout the world by all right-thinking people and even people who aren't of Scottish descent.
Pictured above is a fairly standard haggis. Let's look at some of the more unusual varieties.
1. Haggis Ice Cream. Haggis is so good that you may be tempted to save it for dessert. Now you can have both haggis and a traditional dessert at the same time. Morelli's, an ice cream shop in Harrods, a department store in London, offers haggis-flavored ice cream.
2. Haggis-Spiced Chocolate Truffles. Nadia Ellingham, the owner of Thinking Chocolate in Edinburgh, made chocolate truffles flavored with the spices usually included in haggis, such as nutmeg, black pepper and mace. Sadly, there is no actual mutton in these treats.
We've previously seen a radio controlled Enterprisesubmarine and airplane (both the 1701-A). Although I can't speak for the world under the sea, the United Federation of Planets no longer rules the sky. Now the Klingons have taken to the air, thanks to this battlecruiser built by SG-Ideas. Today is a good day to fly.
We’ve seen off-roading wheelchairs before, but the Ziesel off-road vehicle appears to be even more extraordinary. Although this $30,000 wheelchair by the Austrian company Mattro won’t have any problems navigating city streets, it’s through terrain that would challenge walking people that it really shines.
The Ziesel is a 460-pound tracked vehicle that can run up to 4-5 hours on battery and reach speeds of 22 miles per hour. It’s controlled through one joystick, which would probably be helpful to people with control over only one arm.
There was oleic acid in my breakfast! Should I rush to the hospital?
Probably not. Graphic designer and chemistry teacher James Kennedy warns against what he calls "chemophobia"--the fear of harmless if not beneficial chemicals. A lot of the ingredients in completely natural, healthy foods sound frightening.
Kennedy created ingredient lists for several other foods, including passion fruit, blueberries and chicken eggs. You can view them here.
A flysch is a sedimentary rock formation consisting of mostly sandstones and marls near the sea and adjacent to mountains. There’s a particularly lovely one near the town of Zumaia on the northern coast of Spain.
It was formed over the past 100 million years. The sea has eroded the softer layers (clay) slower than it has the harder layers (sandstone) leaving deep ridges in the earth from the cliffs down to the water. It’s as if Slartibartfast from The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy had dragged a giant comb through the land.
If you decide not to have children, then there's a good chance that you'll have more time and money and, consequently, more beer. Just note that if you get a dog as an alternative, then you'll still have to clean up poop and other messes. Lunarbaboon left that part out.
It began as an illegal campfire. Then it got out of control and burned 1,863 acres of land near Glendora, California. Firefighters think that they may be able to contain the Colby Fire today, but their effort is requiring a lot of work from firefighting resources throughout the Los Angeles area.
We've previously seen a firefighting helicopter scooping water out of a swimming pool in Portugal. In the above video, 2 firefighting fixed-wing aircraft are doing similar work in California. Watch them land in the reservoir behind the Santa Fe Dam to gather up water to dump on the fire.
Maja Wronska, an architecture student Poland, paints striking watercolor images of cities around the world. I especially like the depiction of Brussels, which shows a nice contrast between sharp forms at the top with vague ones at the bottom offset by the bright red umbrellas.
In an interview about her work, Wronska described how her architectural studies inspired her art:
My drawings are strictly connected with the architecture so, for sure, architecture is my inspiration. I started to draw ‘seriously’ during the drawing course on my studies. It was the way I spent my weekends and evenings at high school. When I started to study I gave drawing a miss. Then I realized that I had missed it very much.
While wandering through the ruins of a city destroyed during the Mushroom War, Simon Petrikov discovered a stuffed animal. He gave it to his young ward, the vampire Marceline. She named it Hambo.
Marceline lived on for centuries, long after Simon had descended into madness. Hambo remained Marceline's most precious possession. It was a fragment of innocence from a childhood largely bereft of it.
Have you ever had pasta for breakfast? Well, if you're as lazy in the kitchen as I am, then of course you have. But leftover macaroni and cheese doesn't really count.
This is more of a sophisticated pasta breakfast. Claudia of the food blog Breakfast Drama Queen specializes in scrumptious breakfasts. She calls this dish chocolate and cinnamon conchiglioni. These large pasta shells (conchiglioni) may be most often cooked with meat and cheese. But Claudia filled hers with a mixture of Nutella, cinnamon, yoghurt, ricotta cheese and a few other incredients. She then sprinkled jimmies, nuts and chocolate chips on the top.
Jeggings are skin-tight leggings made to resemble jeans, hence the 'j' in the name. But the design concept has generally moved beyond the appearance of denim. Women often wear jeggings that resemble many different fabrics.
And now men can, too! Guys, have you been waiting to squeeze into a pair of jeggings? Have people in your life encouraged you to try some on? Now you'll get a chance. Adam Freck and Andrew Volk, fashion designers in Chicago, have unveiled "meggings"--jeggings for men.
They come in a variety of colors and fabrics, such as the subdued and classy metallic gold meggings pictured above. How many pairs can I sign you up for?
Redditor EmpressK researched the ages of the cast members of every Star Trek series at the time that they were launched. You can view them all here. Redditor gildedheart did some number crunching to come up with the average age of members on each of the different shows:
The original series - 36 The Next Generation - 33 Deep Space Nine - 36 Voyager - 35 Enterprise - 34 The 2009 reboot - 32
EmpressK did make one mistake: she identifies Cirroc Lofton (Jake Sisko) as 18 when he was actually 14 when the series Deep Space Nine premiered. He was the youngest cast member of any series. The oldest was René Auberjonois, who played Odo on Deep Space Nine.
The mother of redditor lkd10019312 made this fantastic stitchwork map of the continent of Westeros from Game of Thrones. It's very detailed and makes good use of buttons to imitate the animated map sequence in the introduction. It took her five months of work.
How do you dig a 6-foot deep grave when the ground is frozen? You use this device: a grave defroster.
Dakota City, Nebraska recently purchased the one you see pictured above. Kurt Peterson, the Maintenance Manager for the city, is squatting next to it. He explained to the Dakota County Star that before he had this device, exhuming graves during the winter required the use of a backhoe and a jackhammer as well as 4-5 hours of labor.
Now digging up a grave is a simpler process. The grave defroster is a double-walled steel chamber. Fill it with charcoal and burn it for a full day. The ground will then be thawed enough for digging.
If you want one for your own personal use, it will cost about $1100-1200. So start saving your pennies.
VA Viper calls these shoes "crazy cat lady high heels." You wouldn't have to be crazy to find these shoes appealing. These are the Miao shoes by Kobi Levi, an Israeli fashion designer. They look like stretching cats. The bells and collars are nice accents.
That's the Ninety-Eighth Rule of Acquisition. The Two Hundred Sixty-Third is also relevant to this scene. It says, "Never allow doubt to tarnish your lust for latinum." The enterprising business owner in this cartoon may have harbored doubts about the location of her retail outlet. But her hunger for wealth pushed her forward. Excellent choice!
The Chinese zodiac moves in a 12-year cycle. Each year is represented by a different animal. On January 31, it will be the Year of the Horse.
Some artists are interpreting "horse" a bit loosely to include the Earth ponies, pegasi, unicorns and alicorns of My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. That's why our pony friends are appearing in displays atChinese shopping malls.
There's no sign of the Hasbro logo, so it's entirely possible that these are unlicensed uses of the characters.
Artist Eric Proctor has been gradually working the internet's famous Grumpy Cat into Disney's animated movies. We've previously featured several of works showing Tard as Disney princesses. Recently, Proctor placed Tard in other roles, including the Blue Fairy in Pinocchio and Lilo in Lilo and Stitch.
It's not just the fabric inspired by the original Star Trek that makes this pet bed perfect. The mid-century modern furniture design makes this bed look like it was just taken out of prop storage from the 1960s. It's ideal for the space dog from the episode "The Enemy Within."
It's not a restoration of a vintage pet bed. Kat and Cam of Our Nerd Home made this bedframe from scratch. The fabric comes from Spoonflower.
This is a screenshot from Sightsmap, a new heat map made by Google. It merges Google Maps with Panoramio, Google's photo hosting site with geographic markers. The map ranks the 15,000 most photographed locations on earth. The brighter the color, the more photographed it is.
You can find it here. As you click on locations, you'll see Panoramio and Street View photos from that area as well as links to information.
I'm currently building a wooden cabinet that looks like Pinkie Pie. It has a lot of curves and tight angles, so I looked at bandsaws a few months ago. They were all too expensive. I've made do with a jigsaw instead.
But none of the bandsaws at the hardware store looked like anything like this! Core77 has the rundown on this amazing power tool from MD Dario, an Italian company that specializes in bandsaws for wood and marble.
It can cut through large blocks of wood and/or fingers from just about any angle you want. So it overcomes all of the space limitations of table-mounted bandsaws. It also has a template function so that you can trace the blade movement along a pre-existing model.
Toddlewood, a photo studio in New York City, has come up with an ingenious way to promote itself. Photographer Tricia Messeroux dressed children to look like celebrities who attended the Golden Globes Awards ceremony a few days ago.
They're very realistic! Pictured above (right) are Chiwetel Ejiofor and Sari Mercer. Ejiofor starred in the movie 12 Years a Slave. Mercer is his girlfriend.
Okay, I'll stop. But first, some details: these loaves were made by Josey, a baker in San Francisco. He makes a lot of special and unusual breads at his shop known as The Mill. Did he sell these gently-used shoes after wearing them?