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Candy Cats Trying to Catch Candy Goldfish

Caroline from Japan makes little sweets that look like cats. Sometimes they nap in pancakes. Other times, they curl up around eclairs. But they're always cute and delicious. For this project, they're struggling to get at the fish trapped inside the gelatin (translation) --all the while ignoring a more convenient mouse.

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Famous Actors in Forgotten Roles


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Elijah Wood was in Back to the Future II. Denzel Washington was an uncredited criminal in Death Wish. Samuel L. Jackson was in Goodfellas. You may not have noticed them because they weren't famous yet. Screen Junkies brings us up to speed with this compilation of actors just getting started in film, often taking very minor roles.

One role that didn't make the cut is Liam Neeson in the underappreciated 1983 fantasy movie Krull. Neeson plays Kegan, a criminal who joins King Colwyn's quest to defeat the Slayers and liberate his planet.

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Street Brawl Ends in Hugs


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On the mean streets of the City of Brotherly Love, you'd better come prepared to handle yourself in any rough situation. That means hugging.

Rocco Avallone's security cameras captured this footage late on Thursday night in Philadelphia. Two men who are just possibly intoxicated get into a fist-fight.

Then they hug it out.

This is a lesson for us all. Tonight, go outside and hug someone.

-via Daily of the Day


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The Empire Strikes Back Trailer in the Style of The Force Awakens


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The trailers for the upcoming Star Wars movie The Force Awakens have a unique style noted for varied pacing and dramatic narration. They inspired Dan Flesher to edit scenes from The Empire Strikes Back into a new trailer. They make that movie look fresh, even at 35 years old. Compare it to this original trailer for Episode V.

-via Daily of the Day


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What Everyone Needs: A Nutella Lock

Is your personal Nutella supply slowly decreasing without an explanation? You might have a thief in your midst. Take precautions with this lock designed specifically for sealing away jars of Nutella. Daniel Schlobloch, a German furniture designer, says that he developed it as a joke. But I don't see anything funny in taking my Nutella, Jill. Neither do other people, who have so far ordered 279 of them.

-via That's Nerdalicious!


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Kitten Pro Westling


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Although it looks cute, I've long suspected that kitten wrestling is fake. The way that they paw at each other with no one getting seriously injured or gaining lasting advantage of the other . . . that's got to be scripted.

-via Laughing Squid

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Alzheimer's-Friendly Tableware Set

Sha Yao is an industrial designer in San Francisco. When her grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, she noticed that the illness made it very difficult to feed herself. In response, Yao developed Eatwell, a tableware set designed with the limitations of Alzheimer's Disease in mind.

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10 Brilliant Inventions That Can Change Poor People's Lives

Some of the best inventions aren't high tech, but technology adapted to the needs and resources of poor people in developing nations. When on Earth has a list of 10 of them, including these self-adjusting glasses.

The system is called Child ViSion. A pair will fit a child between the ages of 12 and 18 and withstand a lot of punishment. More importantly, they don't require an optometrist. The user can adjust them by twisting the rods on the side, which move the lenses. Once the user can see well, s/he removes the adjusters until it's time to tweak them again.

Read about 9 other great inventions to help the world's poorest at When on Earth.


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8 Photos of Frying Pans and 1 of a Moon of Jupiter

NASA recently released this composite image of 9 round objects. 8 of them are the bottoms of frying pans. 1 of them is Europa, a moon of Jupiter. It was taken by NASA's New Horizons space probe in 2007.

Can you guess which is Europa? Attempt no landing there, but make a guess. Then check it against the answer in the Daily Telegraph.

Did you guess correctly?

-via David Thompson


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The "Scorpion Queen" of Thailand Covers Herself in Scorpions to Amuse Tourists

But that's just for now. If you have the title "Scorpion Queen," then you're morally obligated to become a vicious tyrant.

At the moment, our queen parades in front of visitors to the Tiger Zoo in Pattaya, Thailand. She amazes them by wearing live scorpions on her dress and playing with them as though they were loyal henchmen who will obey her psychic commands. This is a demonstration of her power. She has no fear of something that terrifies everyone else. It is Step 1 to building a base of supporters.

-via The Soul Is Bone


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Forget Microbrews--Have a Nanobrew!


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"Microbrewers can focus on making each bottle taste good. But we can focus on making each sip taste great." The comedy troupe Above Average takes the microbrewing craze to the next level by imagining a brewery that scales down its product to less than a thimble-full per bottle. You will never, ever feel the effects of alcohol, but you will experience microbrew prices.

-via The Presurfer


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Overprotective Raccoon "Rescues" His Brother


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Willie and Waylon are raccoons. They're also brothers. Willie is a "hold my beer and watch this" type of raccoon. It's Waylon who has to get him out of his messes. In this case, the insane Willie decides to swim in the pool. Waylon drags him out when he manages to get to the edge.

Willie is alive--for now. Eventually, Waylon won't be there to save him.

-via Tastefully Offensive

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The Perfect Breakfast Cocktail Is Cereal, Milk, and Bourbon

What should you drink for breakfast? You can guzzle down coffee. But that gets old after a while and stimulants are not necessarily a good idea in the morning. A better alternative is an invigorating cocktail. Kim Patton-Bragg, a professional mixologist in New Orleans, has a great solution that she calls the Cereal Killer. She describes her recipe in Garden & Gun magazine:

4 cups Honey Smacks cereal
1 gallon whole milk
2½ bottles Rebel Yell bourbon
2 oz. vanilla extract
1 quart simple syrup
Nutmeg, for garnish

The preparation takes a while because the cereal needs to marinate in the milk for at least an hour. I recommend starting that process the night before. Patton-Bragg says that if it's prepared correctly, the Cereal Killer is "an eye-opener."

-via Robb Allen | Photo: Margaret Houston


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The Egg Map

Dénes Sátor, a Hungarian designer, envisions the Egg Map as a playful navigation device for tourists to use while exploring a new city. It's a compromise between enormous folding paper maps and handheld devices. To zoom, just squeeze the egg. Each quarter has a different color to help you find out where you are. Standardized symbols show visitors how to find important spots, like restaurants and public transportation.

-via Fubiz


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How to Make Squid Piglets

Aren't they adorable? They look just like cartoon versions of little pigs. But these delicious entrées aren't made of pork.

They're made of squid! Rocket News 24 followed a recipe by a Russian YouTube user to craft fresh whole squids into artistic piglets ripe for eating. They're hollow squid cores with spicy stuffing inside. You can see more process photos here.

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If Star Wars Planets Were States

It may have been a long time ago, but Star Wars wasn't necessarily in a galaxy far, far away. If you live in the US, then the events of that great story may have taken place right around the corner. Bryam Dayley of Geek Tyrant argues that the major worlds depicted in the series are analogous to US states. For example, Endor is basically Oregon:

Besides Oregon's geographical similarity to Endor, it also has a cultural similarity. Specifically Portland's culture. Its inhabitants are furry little people completely out of touch with the rest of the galaxy. Sound familiar? Ewoks are just hipsters. Bearded people who want to get in tune with retro styles and the old ways.  They believe in natural remedies, grow organic plants, and irritate the hell out of a lot of people.  I honestly wouldn't be surprised if I went to Portland and a group of hipsters tied me up and planned to sacrifice me to some girl they worship as a goddess. Friggin Ewoks, man. Love 'em to death, but if I had to sit through The Ewok Adventure again, I think I'd kill myself.


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The San Andreas Table

Ricardo Garza Marcos, a Mexican furniture designer, developed this oak coffee table. It's named for the San Andreas fault in California--the site of so many earthquakes in that region. The surface of the table splits in two to reveal storage space inside.


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Gourmet Cuisine at a Remote Antarctic Base

This isn't McMurdo Station, which can house over a thousand residents, but the tiny Palmer Station. Only about two dozen people live there. It is, by Antarctic standards, out in the boonies. But that doesn't stop Mike Heller, the station chef, from developing impressive meals with limited ingredients that arrive only every three months.

Sometimes it's hot dog soup, which is precisely what it sounds like. But Heller can also get creative and whip up some impressive deserts. Pictured above is his mocha semifreddo. Sky Moret explored Palmer Station cuisine in a fascinating article in Roads & Kingdoms. She writes:

“I would challenge you to buy three months of produce at your grocery store … and then not go shopping again for three more months,” he tells me, pointing to 50 large cans of tomatoes stacked in his dry-goods storage room that he’ll transform into roasted tomato bisque, spicy pizza sauce, and black bean chili. […]

To add some variety, our science support crew makes exotic dishes as well. On the other U.S. Antarctic ship, the Nathaniel B. Palmer, I enjoy making liquid nitrogen–cooled ice cream with our excess supply. Scientists clad in cryogenic gloves and safety glasses stir cream, milk, sugar, and flavoring in large stainless steel bowls while I pour the super-cooled liquid into each, and a midday treat is served.

-via Marilyn Terrell

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What Big Bird Would Look Like without Feathers

You've always wondered and now you know: Big Bird would look like a freshly-plucked chicken. Dan Meth explained in a helpful interactive visual tool. Next up: a 3d model of what Big Bird looks like inside.


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Fashion Trend: Wearing Sprouts in Your Hair

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It's the latest fashion advance from China and is especially popular in Beijing, the capital city. People wear in their hair fake plants made of plastic. They're usually young plants, such as flower buds and bean sprouts. The origin and meaning are unclear, but the trend may originate with a character in a popular cartoon called Pleasant Goat and Big Bad Wolf. You can see more photos at Shanghaiist.

-via Kotaku


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Magician Proposes to His Girlfriend with a Magic Trick


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Neil Henry, a magician in London, wants his seemingly magical relationship with his girlfriend to become permanent. So he performed a magic trick in which he ate a can of alphabet pasta, then pulled letters out of his mouth that spell words.

For this performance of that trick, he asked for a volunteer from the audience, then volunteered his girlfriend, Charlie Gardner. When it came time to pull the letters out of his mouth, they spelled "Marry me?"

Content warning: a bit of foul language from the future bride when she realizes what's happening.

-via Tastefully Offensive


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Storytime Rocking Chair

When Hal Taylor's third child was born, he was left with a dilemma: he didn't have enough lap space to read books to all of his kids at once. Since he was a woodworker who made rocking chairs, he designed the StoryTime Rocking Chair as a solution. Now he sells them, too. He makes each one by hand. They're priced at $7,000-7,500.

-via reddit

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The World's First Beer Jelly

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When she ran out of fruit to make into jelly, Nancy Warner of Vermont decided to make beer jelly. To her knowledge, she's the only person to develop and method to make sweet jellies from beer. Each flavor from Potlicker Kitchen is made from just three ingredients: beer, cane sugar, and citrus pectin. Warner spoke to the tabloid The Mirror:

“I set about making a jelly with all beer, no fruit. I have made all of my own recipes and can find no record of anyone else make a pure beer jelly before I did.

“I make beer jelly much the way I would make fruit jelly, but instead of kid juice (like fruit juice), I use adult juice.

“Each jar of jelly is approximately half full of beer or wine, but, for better or worse, the jelly is non alcoholic.

“The alcohol is removed during cooking and by dilution of sugar.

“There are only three ingredients - beer, cane sugar and citrus pectin. Because there is no added fruit or flavours, it tastes like a sweet version of the beer it is made with.

“You can actually taste the hop and malt characteristics of each flavour of jelly.

-via Oddity Central

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The Swiss Army Machete: A Zombie Defense Multi-Tool

Over the years, Instructables member seamster has brought us many playful toys, such as a Where the Wild Things Are headpiece, a model duck made of duct tape, and a homemade pinball machine. But he's done playing around. He can't afford to. When the dead rise, he will be ready for them. No matter where he goes, he'll be prepared to fight the undead with this massive custom Swiss Army-type knife. It has a machete, an adjustable wrench, a pipe wrench, an auger, and a hatchet. 

Strangely missing: a toothpick. That's commonly available on Swiss Army knives and always helpful.


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Check Out This Amazing Transforming Optimus Prime Cake

Russell Munro's son asked for a Transformers cake for his birthday. Munro went much, much further. This Optimus Prime cake transforms accurately from vehicle to biped mode while quoting a famous line from the 1986 Transformers movie. This video shows how it works internally. A 3d printed frame for the cake moves on servos with the touch of a button.


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-via Gizmodo


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Engineers Determine How to Win at Poohsticks

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In the original Winnie the Pooh stories, Pooh and Christopher Robin like to play a game that they call "Poohsticks." This consists of standing on a bridge and dropping sticks over the upstream side. The person whose stick emerges on the downstream side the first wins.

This is an actual sport that people play.

If you play, it would be a good idea to master the physics of the game in order to optimize your performance. Experts at the Royal Academy of Engineering have figured that out. Ideally, a Poohstick is covered with bark, fairly heavy, and dense. The Daily Telegraph reports:

The main variables that need to be considered are cross sectional area, density, buoyancy, and drag.

Usually large objects are slowed down by drag but in water the large size will allow it to be swept along more quickly by the water.

“When it comes to Poohsticks the tubbier the better,” said Dr Rhys Morgan, Director of Engineering and Education at the Royal Academy of Engineering. “If more water is able to influence the trajectory of the stick, it will accelerate more quickly.

“Generally, a rough stick will create more drag than a smooth stick, so in general, bark is good.”


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Cat Joins Her Dog Friend in His Cone of Shame

She could just tease him about his post-surgical collar. But instead, redditor kelldog24's kitty decided to hang out with her buddy. She crawled into his cone of shame to provide a snuggle.

-via Incredible Things

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Sliced Deadpool Table

Instructables member Britt Michelsen is a chemical engineer specializing in computational fluid dynamics. She's also a fangirl with incredible crafting skills. In the past, we've seen her edible Harry Potter wands, pixelated trashcan, and dead Kenny doorstop. Now she presents to the world a table that looks like it's levitating. Deadpool has cut straight through 2 legs, but it's still standing. In fact, an adult can sit on it without difficulty. That's because the 2 cut legs are decorative. The table stays up because the other legs have metal reinforcements that connect to a plate beneath the rug.


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Darth Punk: The Funk Awakens

On the mean streets of Coruscant, people can hear a revolutionary new sound. It is sweeping away the old order. Secretly, the electronic music duo of Darth Vader and Boba Fett are luring people over to the Punk Side of the Force. In this vibrant video by Infectious Design, they challenge a Jedi gang to a dance-off.


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-via Fashionably Geek


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Get Intimate with the Kiss Coffee Cup Lid

Sweet, sweet coffee. You love other people. But, truly, only coffee loves you back. Coffee alone fully responds to your morning inquiries. Coffee alone provides the stimulation that you crave. That's why South Korean designer Jang Wooseok developed a coffee cup lid that looks like a pair of human lips. It's disposable--not something interested in a serious relationship.

-via Design Boom


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