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Bull Born with the Number 7 on His Head


(Photo: Vale Wood Farms)

This is Baby Ben, a calf born at Vale Woods Farm in Loretto, Pennsylvania. He’s named after Ben Roethlisberger, a quarterback with the Pittsburgh Steelers. Roethlisberger wears the #7 jersey on that football team. It’s this bull’s lucky number!

Carissa Itle-Westrick, one of the farm’s managers, says that’s it’s not the first time they've had an animal born with a stylish mark. They once had a cow that sported a Nike swoosh on her shoulder.

-via Ace of Spades HQ

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Photo: Firefighter Reviving a Baby Hamster

Firefighters in Lacey, Washington extinguished a fire in a mobile home on Friday. Inside, they found five hamsters in a cage: Oreo, Madonna, and three unnamed baby hamsters.

They quickly consulted a pocket guide that they keep on hand for animal emergencies. They found suitable instructions, then administered oxygen to the five hamsters. Thankfully, four of animals survived.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath | Photo: Lacey Fire District 3

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The Pizza Cake Is Now a Reality

A few months ago, the Canadian pizzeria chain Boston Pizza hosted a contest which invited customers to vote on an outrageous pizza innovation that it could make. Among them was a pizza cake. I'm fairly sure that the pizza cake image shown on the contest page was actually a photoshop.

This cake, however, is real. Shawn Syphus of Pillsbury set her wits to work designing and constructing this marvel of dough, cheese, tomato sauce, and pepperoni. It is a complex build that requires a 6-inch deep cake pan. But it looks quite do-able and certainly worth the effort. I mean, it's a pizza cake! The opportunity is easily worth the effort.

-via BuzzFeed

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31 Great Group Costumes for You to Try This Halloween

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(Stock photos of women laughing while eating salad alone by Lindsay Weber et al.)

If you've got a group of people heading to a Halloween party this year, you can have one giant theme costume among yourselves. And it doesn't have to be the Seven Dwarfs or the Four Horsemen. There are lots of creative opportunities this year. Alanna Okun of BuzzFeed rounded up photos of 31 group Halloween costumes that will make you the life of the party, provided that you don't end up just eating salad by yourself in the corner.

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Urban Furniture Encourages You to Exercise Downtown

You're in the heart of a densely-packed city. But that doesn't mean that you can't exercise. No, I don't mean the elliptical trainer in the corner. You can actually get outside and play sports while surrounded by skyscrapers.

JC Deceaux, Florian Brillet, and Nicholas Lelievre created an interactive art installation called Mens Sana in Corpore Sano (Translation), which is Latin for “A sound mind in a sound body.” It consists of sporting equipment built into street signposts. The three artists are doing this to encourage people to get fit at times when it seems like there are limited opportunities to do so.

-via Design Boom


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With 75 Blades, This Knife Was the Ultimate Multi Tool of 1851

Through the Eighteenth and Ninteenth Centuries, the John Rodgers firm of Sheffield, UK rose in prominence, developing a reputation for building the finest knives in Europe. In 1821, the company was appointed the official cutler for the British Royal Family. In 1851, Rodgers exhibited this marvel at The Great Exhibition, an international trade show in London.

The Norfolk Knife was named for Norfolk Street, the location of the Rodgers factory in Sheffield. It's both a tool and a work of art. The knife has 75 blades and measures 22 inches thick and 34 inches long. There are etchings of Queen Victoria and the White House on it. It's now on display at Cutlers' Hall in Sheffield.

-via Nag on the Lake | Photo: Eggington Group


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The Eject-A-Bed Tosses Your Sleepy Teenager on the Floor When It's Time to Get up


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No, is actually time to get up and go to school. You will miss the bus if you don't get up now. And you will get up now.

It is a speech familiar to many parents. Thanks to Jamie Dixon, you won't have to give it often. He invented the Eject-A-Bed. It gently (but not too gently!) moves the child from the comfort of the warm bed to the cold, hard floor.

We've previously seen a bed like this that uses an air compressor. Dixon's is a modified hospital bed that uses a built-in electric motor to accomplish the same feat. You can find his specifications here so that you can make your own.

-via Technabob


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This Man Just Set the New World Record for Running a Marathon: 2 Hours, 2 Minutes, 57 Seconds

(Photo: AP/Rainer Jensen)

This photo shows Dennis Kimetto at great moment of victory. As the 30-year old Kenyan runner crossed the finish line at a marathon in Berlin, he set a new world record for that event.

The new record, which is 2 hours, 2 minutes, and 57 seconds, is 26 seconds faster than previous record established by Wilson Kipsang last year.

The race was tight to the end, when Kimetto broke away from fellow Kenyan champion marathoner Emmanuel Mutai:

Kimetto was running more smoothly but Mutai kept challenging, reminding the Chicago marathon champion that he was still there.

Kimetto put a couple of seconds on his training partner with an injection of pace in the 39th kilometer, and he used it as the springboard for the seventh world record to be set on Berlin's flat course, the 10th including women's races.

-via Twitchy


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Dog Is Convinced That the Glass Door Is Actually Closed


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No, really, puppy: the door is actually open. You don't have to stand outside. You can step right in.

At 0:45, a human does what is hilariously necessary to persuade the dog.

-via 22 Words

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If Marvel Can Never Fail, Then It Can Make a Movie about Anything and Earn Millions

Honestly, I had never heard of the Guardians of the Galaxy comic book franchise before Marvel Studios turned it into a movie that has earned more than half a billion dollars.

I'm a DC man, but I'll admit the obvious truth: Marvel knows how to make movies that bring in money--lots of money. The X-Men, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and Avengers movies have been hugely successful.

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Chris Pratt, one of the stars of Guardians of the Galaxy, hosted this weekend's new episode of Saturday Night Live. In one video sequence, SNL arrives at a reasonable conclusion: Marvel cannot fail. Every movie that Marvel can make, no matter how weirdly conceived, will draw in audiences and their money.

-via Uproxx


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Restaurant Offers 25% Discount for 1-Star Yelp Reviews and the Results Are Hilarious

Botto Bistro is an Italian restaurant in Richmond, California. If you use the review website Yelp to preview restaurants before eating, then you probably won't visit it. Its average rating is only 1 star out of 5. But that's exactly what the owner, David Cerretini, wants.

Cerretini explains to Adweek that his plan is a response to what he sees as blackmail by Yelp:

Cerretini claims Yelp called him 20 times a week asking him to advertise. He did, to the tune of $270 for six months. But when he stopped advertising, he claims his reviews turned negative and one of his best reviews even vanished. That, according to Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco, is something Yelp is legally entitled to do.

So, Cerretini hatched his 1-star plan. Next to a sassy sign explaining how much it charges for extra marinara sauce ($3 for just a splash, $4 if you want some to smell), Botto Bistro lists its various offenses—from charging for bread to lacking ranch dressing—and suggests patrons give it a 1-star Yelp review in return for 25 percent off a pizza.

Beyond press, it has generated some of the best Amazon-esque reviews on Yelp. The site sent Botto Bistro a threatening little letter, but Cerretini refuses to back down, claiming he's attracting higher-paying customers who are quite loyal. Not to mention, damn funny.

In his site's delightfully sassy FAQ section, Cerretini explains that he's trying to negate the power of Yelp over businesses. So far, his plan appears to be working.

-via That's Nerdalicous!


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Belgian City Will Build an Underground Beer Pipeline


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You can transport beer by hand, horse cart, or truck. Or, even better, in your belly. But these are not efficient means of transporting large quantities of beer.

This has become a problem for the De Halve Maan brewery in Bruges, Belgium. For five hundred years, it has produced beer at its brewery in the center of town. It uses a fleet of trucks to move its beer 3 miles to a distribution facility. That's a problem because the trucks clog up traffic on the city's cobblestone streets.

In response, De Halve Maan has acquired permission to build a 1.8-mile underground pipeline that will move the beer quickly and efficiently. When complete, the plastic pipeline will move about 1,585 gallons of beer per hour.

-via Marginal Revolution


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Wedding Photo Shoot Interrupted by Charging Bull


(Photo: Finishing Image Photography)

If any of you can show just cause why they may not lawfully be married, speak now; or else for ever hold your peace.

Well, the bull had something to say. Rachel Deane of Finishing Image Photography shot a wedding in Tamworth, Australia. A bull wandered into the scene and charged at the couple.

Brian, the groom, rose to the occasion. He charged right back at the much larger bull, chasing it away. You can see more photos of the encounter at the Huffington Post.

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Woman Narrowly Avoids Paying $38 Billion for 2 Airline Tickets

Marion Sessions of Derbyshire, UK, and her husband wanted to visit the seaside Portuguese town of Faro for a relaxing weekend. She tried to purchase two tickets online, so she did a Google search for cheap aline tickets. That took her to eDreams, an online third-party ticket seller with a shady reputation.

Sessions went through the steps of buying the tickets and was about to confirm her purchase when she noticed the price. That's always a good thing to check before making any sort of purchase. But it was especially helpful to Sessions because the price was £23,659,382,125.95. That's about $38,435,849,190.56 USD.

Sessions decided that the price was a bit too much, so she declined to complete the transaction. Sky News reports:

"I shudder to think what may have happened had I agreed... I tried to contact them but there was an out-of-hours message."

A spokeswoman for Spain-based eDreams told Sky News: "eDreams would like to apologise to Mrs Sessions for any inconvenience caused.

"We are continuing to investigate, however it appears to be an isolated incident that we have been unable to replicate.  If it is a bug, we will find it and make every effort to fix it immediately.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath | Image: Tom's Barn


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The Internet's Greatest Supervillain

The supervillain known as The Troll is now locked up and unable to harm anyone. But there's always one more person succumbing to the allure of internet courage and anonymity, as illustrated by Farley Kitz in The New Yorker.

Web Commenter Man didn't start out bad. He was just an average person who, to his shock, found someone wrong on the internet. He responded. Then he kept arguing with this mysterious enemy. Thus belong a long, dark slide into textual depravity.

-via Meg Gardiner


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The 16 Types of People That You See on Facebook

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Who do you see on Facebook? Mom is there, liking everything you post. She loves you, you know. There's also that exciting couple that lives an amazingly fortunate life. They're so irritating, what with their happiness and such.

The person that you don't see is the Lurker. But she's there, watching carefully. Maybe even taking screenshots.

I don't see myself in particular on this chart, so I'll just assume that I'm "That Guy." I think that's how people refer to me anyway, usually while rolling their eyes.


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This Exercise Machine Moves Like a Surf Board

This is the RipSurfer X, an exercise machine made by SurfSET Fitness. It's a strength training machine that simulates the movements of a surfer out on the waves. 


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Nick Hartwick, a professional hockey player, invented it after he retired from the NHL. He enjoyed surfing while off-season, but found that he lost his surfing physique while he was occupied with hockey for several months. Men's Fitness quotes him:

“I would quickly bulk up and lose the lean and toned physique that surfing gave me—no other workout could compare. Then it hit me,” says Hartwick. “I’ll design a machine to mimic the workout that I got while surfing. It might not be as awesome as hitting waves but it will keep me in peak physical condition and I will still see all of the benefits to my body.”

The result of his efforts was this unique piece of exercise equipment.

-via Dude I Want That | Photo: SurfSET Fitness


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Mom Makes Amazing Bento For Her Kids

Spider-Man

Despicable Me

Hello Kitty

Singaporean mother Li Ming is a master artist in the kitchen. She started developing her craft to entertain her sons. Now she makes wonders that are no doubt tasty--if you can bring yourself to bite into one of these works of art.

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Hop on the Yarn Bus for a Crafting Adventure

The Yarn Bus is a custom van owned and operated by Flying Fingers, a crafting supply store in Tarrytown, New York. The Yarn Bus is a shuttle that ferries people from New York City to the store and back. If you'd like to visit but don't own a car, this is a great option. Prototype Source, a California-based maker of custom promotional vehicles ("More Than Just Weiners"), built it.

-via Makin'ology | Photo: Flying Fingers


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Traffic Jam Turns into the Best Party Ever

If there's a traffic jam, then break out the steel drums because it's time for traffic jamming!

Justin Berk is a TV meteorologist. On September 20, he got stuck in a horrendous traffic jam on Interstate 76 outside of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. All of the eastbound vehicles were at a dead stop as first responders addressed a bus accident ahead of him.

After half an hour, some people go out of their cars to chat. Berk did, too. He met two musicians: David Gettes and Paul Downie, who perform with Trinidad North Steel Drums. Berk persuaded them to get out their instruments and play them for the travelers.


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Before the accident was cleared, the motorists had danced the limbo and the conga. Beck calls it "the best traffic jam I've ever been in."

-via Dave Barry


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These Medical Researchers Are Competing to See Who Can Quote Bob Dylan in the Most Scientific Articles


(Photo: Gustav Mårtensson)

The men pictured above are researchers at Karolinska Institutet, a medical school in Sweden. For a decade, they've been locked in a fierce competition with each other. Their goal is to quote the singer Bob Dylan more times than any other in their published scientific articles.


(Photo: Xavier Badosa)

It all began 17 years ago when researchers Jon Lundberg and Eddie Weitzberg published an article entitled "Nitric Oxide and Inflammation: The Answer Is Blowing in the Wind." The last phrase is from one of Dylan's most famous songs.

A few years later, Jonas Frisén and Konstantinos Meletis published an article called "Blood on the Tracks: A Simple Twist of Fate" -- a double reference to Dylan. The text of the article also included Dylan lines.

Then the competition was on at full speed! The researchers determined that whoever published the most number of articles with Dylan quotes before they retired would win lunch at the expense of the others.

Why Bob Dylan of all singers? Because he represents something important in medical research:

Eddie Weitzberg thinks he merits a Nobel prize for Literature while Kenneth Chien compares him to a modern Shakespeare, though in music. But the researchers also draw parallels between Bob Dylan’s music and the world of research.

“A musician who merely continues down the same highway for 30 years is not one who many want to listen to. Good music is innovative, like Bob Dylan’s. And the same thing applies to good research. A researcher must also try to find new and different paths,” says Konstantinos Meletis.

-via Ian Chant


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Dental Mannequins Are Terrifying

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They're not completely human, but not completely non-human. These dental mannequins lie in the uncanny valley between the two. Dental students use these monstrous simulators to practice their craft.


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Some mannequins are even more eerie. This hyperrealistic robot from Japan has a silicone mouth that looks and feels almost like the real thing. It can autonomously turn its head, sneeze, cough, blink, and simulate choking. The robot has speech recognition capability and can hold conversations with dental students.

-via David Thompson

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Why Is Aluminum Foil Shiny on One Side But Not the Other?


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If you examine a typical roll of aluminum foil, you'll notice that one side is shiny, but the other is not. Why is that? Melissa of Today I Found Out explains that the way that it's manufactured makes this necessary:

In what is called the Bayer Process, after pure molten aluminum is obtained from aluminum oxide, it is placed in furnaces with a small amount of other elements (typically the final product will be between 99.8% and 99.9% aluminum). This liquid is then poured into “chill casting devices where it cools into large slabs called ‘ingots.’” Next the ingot is treated with heat (annealed), and then rolled between heavy rollers.

This initial foil is sent through still more rollers, several times, until it reaches the desired thinness. For the type of foil that is bright on one side and matte on the other, it is so thin that during some of the last rollings, two sheets of the thin foil must be placed together lest they tear or crimp during the final rolling of the sheets.

One consequence of this is that while the sides that touch the highly polished rollers are burnished to a bright finish, the inner sides that touch the other aluminum foil remain matte.

-via American Digest


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The Squeaking Caterpillar


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This is Rhodinia fugax, an animal sometimes called the Squeaking Silkmoth. That's because when you give it a gentle squeeze, it will sqeak adorably.


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It's a sign that the larvae will emit whenever they're agitated. Here's one squeaking while spinning its cocoon.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath

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Klingon Stormtrooper Ballerina Princesses

Today is a good day . . . to dance! Feel the music course through your veins, for the blood of Kahless moves like a happy bumblebee or a graceful swan. Ashley Eckstein snapped this photo at what Amy Ratcliffe suspects to be Dragon Con.

-via Fashionably Geek


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20 Men Dressed as Female Characters from Pop Culture

On the right, you see the supervillain Mystique as played by Rebecca Romijn in the X-Men movies. On the left, you see a man cosplaying as her. And, I'll add, quite effectively. Both Romijn and the cosplayer have chosen to rely on minimal attire and body paint to convey their characters.

This is one of 20 pictures of men cosplaying as female characters rounded up by Pleated Jeans. Others include a hunky Misty, a bearded Sailor Moon, and a Catwoman(man) in a skin tight rubber suit.

(Images: unknown, Marvel Entertainment)


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Amazing 5-Year Old Can Do 20 90-Degree Push-Ups


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Claudio Stroe and his older brother Giuliano are gymnasts and bodybuilders in Romania. They've been training since they were very young, so they've built up an amazing amount of strength.

Claudio can perform 90° push-ups, which means that he remains balanced on his hands while pushing his entire body upright over his head. In fact, he can do it 20 times!

In contrast, I can do 0 90° push-ups (I tried).

-via 22 Words

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College Ranking by Billionaire Alumni

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Do you have what it takes to acquire at least one billion dollars? Maybe you didn't go to Evil Medical School, but there are alternatives. Statistically speaking, your chances are better at these schools. Paul Caron, a law professor at Pepperdine University, compiled the following ranking of colleges by the number of billionaires that they have produced:

Did you attend any of these schools? Are you a billionaire yet? Why not? Why have you failed in life?

-via Marginal Revolution


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Rowan Atkinson Inserted into Famous Paintings

Rowan Atkinson is a British actor best known for his comedic characters of Mr. Bean and Blackadder. He has been present throughout all of history (especially as Edmund Blackadder). Rodney Pike, a caricature artist, used his photoshopping skills to demonstrate this. Pike's collection shows Atkinson appearing through the brushes of Gilbert Stuart, William Adolphe Bouguereau, Hans Holbein, and other artists.

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Groomers Make a Dragon-Cat and a Bee-Dog

We all want a pet dragon, but we also don't want to die. This presents a conundrum, unless you can visit Dara Gotz's animal salon in Yekaterinburg, Russia. She dyes and trims cats and dogs to look like other animals. The dyes remain in place for several months, so you'll have plenty of time to embarrass your pets.


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The cat pictured is supposed to look like a dragon, but I see shades of Battle Cat from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

-via Geekologie

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