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Star Wars Mosaics Made of Tens of Thousands of Staples

James Haggerty is an artist who works in many different media. Among his more inventive projects are large mosaics of Star Wars characters that use tens of thousands of individual staples.

Isn't that amazing? I've never thought of using staples for art, but I can see how they would work well.

You can see more of his work at Nerd Approved, including an image of C-3PO consisting of 33,580 staples.


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A Mercedes El Camino

Ah, the 70s! It was a weird time to be alive. It was a decade in which you could wander through American society and constantly ask yourself, "What the heck is going on here?"

The Chevrolet El Camino is an icon of that era. You don't often see them on the road anymore. But back in the day, riding in one of these half coupe/half truck oddities was the way to express that you understood fashion.

That's probably the motivation behind this custom car which consists of a 1979 Mercedes Benz 300 series sedan which was converted into a El Camino-style truck. It's currently on sale on eBay.

-via Jalopnik


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Machias Seal Island--An Ongoing Border Dispute Between the United States and Canada

(Maps: Google Maps)

This is Machias Seal Island, a 20-acre island in the Bay of Fundy.

You can't see it? Let's zoom in.

Hmm. That doesn't help much. Let's zoom in some more.

There it is! It's a speck of land that barely appears on the map.


(Photo: Albnd)

You can see the lighthouse in the photo above. The island is inhabited by 2 human lighthouse keepers, a few seals...


(Photo: Thomas O'Neil)

...and lots and lots of puffins.

The ownership of Machias Seal Island is disputed by the United States and Canada. Canada is in physical possession of it, but the United States has not formally dropped its claim to the island.

I've previously written several posts about the development of the US-Canadian border, which includes weird exclaves. Ambiguity about the border even led to the creation of 2 short-lived nations.

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I Made This My Little Pony Cabinet

It took me several months, off and on, but my latest carpentry project is finally complete! It's a hanging cupboard that looks like Pinkie Pie from My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic.

The door is made of 0.25 inch birch plywood. The body is made of 0.5 inch birch plywood. The box has exterior measurements of 12.5 inches high, 10.5 inches wide, and 4.5 inches deep. The door is, at its furthest extent, 20 inches across and 19 inches tall.

The box is held together with 16 0-gauge wood biscuits. The door is attached to the box by hinges to a 1x1 inch strip of pine which is glued to the door. The door is held in place with a magnetic clasp.

I used this image by DeviantART member Vexorb as a template for Pinkie Pie’s head. I painted it on with acrylic craft paint, then applied a clear matte spray paint as a protective coating. I used a latex house paint for the back of the door and the box.

Overall, I am pleased with the results. But there were some difficulties. For one, the box fitting is imprecise. Although I've used my plate joiner on 3 other projects, this is the first time that I've used it on anything other than 0.75 inch wood. It's built to slice evenly into this thickness, so I had to improvise to cut into 0.5 inch wood.

I select my carpentry projects in order to teach myself new skills. This is the most demanding painting job that I've had and the only artistic work that I've done since high school.

The door turned out well. A bandsaw would have been ideal, but I have only a jigsaw. It was surprisingly adequate. The hardest sawing task was the eyelashes. I managed to smooth out the spaces between the eyelashes (where the jigsaw couldn't reach) by slicing narrow strips of sandpaper (about 0.25 inches across) and flossing them back and forth until the eyelashes were shaped properly. I was worried that the eyelashes would break off, but they're actually quite sturdy.

This and my other carpentry projects are a part of an ongoing, deliberate effort to teach myself practical building and repair skills. I live in an apartment, so there is a limit to what I can do. I've mostly been building wood furniture. As a result, I've learned a lot about carpentry that is applicable beyond cabinetmaking.

(Image: Ninja High School/Ben Dunn)

Now it's time for me to tackle an electrical project. I have almost no experience with electrical work, so it's a skill void that I should fill. I haven't settled on a firm idea, but I'm thinking about building from scratch an 8-way variable lamp. Since I'm a fanboy, I may design it to reflect the art of my favorite comic book series, Ninja High School.


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Grand Theft Frozen

In this mod of Grand Theft Auto 4, you play Princess Anna from Frozen. She sings a foul-mouthed version of her sister’s song “Let It Go” while going on a murderous rampage around Liberty City. Anna may not have Elsa’s powers or responsibilities, but she’s definitely ready to:

It’s time to see what I can do
To test the limits and break through
No right, no wrong, no rules for me
I’m free

Of course, you don’t have to slaughter random people in boblester122’s mod. It’s not mandatory. But that’s what people do in GTA, right?


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I found this video at Kotaku, where you can also find a video of a spree-killing Elsa.

Content warning on the video: foul language.


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Cinderella’s Pizza Dress is a Fairy Tale Come True

With the help of her Fairy Godchef, Cinderella’s dress turns into a marvel of cheese and pepperoni. The result is much tastier than the fabric original. Just make sure that it’s delivered before midnight or the next dress is free.


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This .gif was made by Animation Domination High-Def, the animation team responsible for Axe Cop.

-via That’s Nerdalicious!


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Psychological Study: Coffee Helps You Stay Honest

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Caffeine--it's nature's wonder drug! And it's best consumed with coffee, often by spooning the grounds directly from the can into your mouth at 3 AM as a deadline nears.

It also makes you more honest. Well, kind of. Michael Christian, a professor of organizational behavior at the University of North Carolina, studied 171 sleep deprived nurses. Those who had some sweet, sweet caffeine flowing through their veins tended to be more honest than those who didn't. Anne Fisher of Forbes reports:

For this study -- which, by the way, wasn't sponsored by Starbucks -- volunteers who had been kept awake all night were divided into two groups. All were asked to chew gum in the morning, but one group got a plain wintergreen placebo, while the other chomped on gum laced with 200 milligrams of caffeine, or about the same amount that's in two cups of black coffee.

The participants were then put in situations where researchers "encouraged them to go along with a lie in order to earn some extra money," Christian says. "We tried to replicate a situation where a boss or a peer was pressuring them to cut ethical corners at work."

The results: Those who got the extra boost of caffeine consistently balked when researchers urged them to cheat, while those who were just exhausted -- and had chewed the non-caffeinated gum -- showed a marked willingness to cast conscience aside and go along with the deception.

Employers who want to reduce the likelihood of misbehavior should make sure people aren't putting in too many long hours without a break and "avoid scheduling tasks that require a great deal of self-control when looming deadlines make long hours unavoidable," the study concludes. Two other suggestions: Put in nap rooms at the office and don't skimp on the free coffee.

-via The Hairpin


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X-Wing Lamp Lights up the Night

Benjamin Rice, a designer in Manchester, UK, made this lamp for SPIN London, an urban bicycling show. Appropriately, he made it from old Raleigh Grifter children's bikes. In this darkened setting, the X-wing looks like it's making the trench run.

-via Geek Art Gallery


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The Tiny Creek That Connects the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans

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There's a natural spring in Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming that flows in 2 directions. One ultimately connects to the Mississippi River, which flows into the Gulf of Mexico. The other connects to the Columbia River, which flows into the Pacific Ocean. It's a natural wonder called the Parting of the Waters.

(Image: Google Maps)

(Photo: USPS)

You can reach the spot after a 15-mile hike from a trailhead in the park. A sign points to the flow of both oceans.

(Photo: Actroterion)

But there's more! The Parting of the Waters isn't the only water connection in the United States between the Atlantic and the Pacific. Just a few miles away is Isa Lake, which also divides its two outlets between the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. But Isa Lake does it backwards. The western outlet loops around and flows to the Gulf of Mexico. The eastern outlet also loops around and heads toward the Pacific.

-via 22 Words


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Earth Cake with Rock Candy Core

This Tuesday, April 22, is Earth Day. To mark the occasion, Beth Klosterboer made a spherical cake. She used 2 hemispheric pans to form the body of the cake, then hollowed out the core. She frosted blue icing around the outside and then filled the core with rock candy. After assembling the components, she then used green frosting to show the continents.

It's not only beautiful, but a masterpiece of cake craftsmanship. You can see step-by-step photos of her build process here.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Convicted Terrorist Sentenced to Read Malcolm Gladwell Book


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Malcolm Gladwell is a public intellectual famous for his broad-scope psychological and sociological books, such as The Tipping Point, Outliers, and Blink. His most recent book is entitled David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants. It's a study of how disadvantages can make people stronger. A US federal court recently sentenced Rebecca Rubin, a convicted terrorist, to read it as part of her punishment.

Between 1997 and 2001, she committed several acts of arson on behalf of environmental causes. US District Judge Ann Aiken sentenced Rubin to 5 years in prison, so she'll have plenty of time to get through the book.  Judge Aiken hopes that by reading the Gladwell book, "Rubin could learn non-violent means to protesting systems she perceives as unjust."

What books do you think would serve as effective criminal punishments?

-via Jessica Reed


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Barbecued Crawfish-Stuffed Whole Alligator

This beautiful looking (and probably tasting) dish is a skinned 5-foot alligator filled with a crawfish-based stuffing. It's the creation of the BBQ Pit Boys, a barbecuing federation that teaches members how to cook food properly. The alligator was the centerpiece of a full Cajun gourmet meal that also included poboys, stuffed red snapper, and deep fried oysters.

I've had barbecued pork, chicken, turkey, and beef, but never alligator. The narrator says that it has the consistency of pork and the taste of chicken. That squares with my experience of baked alligator.


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-via I Own the World

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Princess Peach Wrecking Ball

Like Miley Cyrus, Princess Peach came in like a wrecking ball--right through the walls of Mushroom City. That's how Donald Kennedy, the internet's Kody Koala, depicts her in this sculpture. It's about 8 inches tall. He used an anime figure for the body and added a custom head for Princess Peach.

Kody Koala is offering this gem in a contest. You can learn about how to enter the contest here.

-via Crunchyroll

P.S. Be sure to check out other work by Kody Koala that we've featured previously.


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My Neighbor Totoro Easter Egg

Swedish artist Roberth Fearon painted an egg to look like Totoro. It's a great idea because Totoro's body is egg-shaped.

But why, dear Totoro, are you wearing your umbrella? It's not raining and the Catbus will be here soon.


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The Funny Street Art of Luke Hollingworth

Competitive shed building is a serious sport in the UK. Luke Hollingworth is among its top contenders. His backyard shed is an award-winning masterpiece of manly comforts. Yes, it has a bar and a ceiling painted to resemble the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel. But most importantly, it has a painting of a badger waving a gun around. That alone secures its awesomeness.

A true Renaissance man, Hollingworth does more than build a great shed. He is also a skilled street artist. He has decorated the walls of Malmsbury, Wiltshire with extraordinary creatures. You can view more of his work here.

-via Lustik


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This Frozen/Game of Thrones Mashup Is So Good It Should Be a Feature-Length Musical


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We've seen mashups of the Frozen song "Let It Go" before, but never with such high production values. Loot Crate made this music video for their song "Westeros." Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, and Joffrey Baratheon sing about the positive impact they will have on the world by being true to themselves. The lyrics, singing, costuming, and staging are excellent. This could be the starting point of a great musical.

Buffy the Vampire slayer had an excellent musical episode. Game of Thrones should, too!

-via Nerd Approved


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This Model Stargate Spins, Lights Up, Kills Anyone Standing Too Close to It


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That's basic stargate safety protocol. You stand at least 40 feet away from the event horizon so that the unstable vortex doesn't annihilate you. It does not scale down, so follow the same rule on this miniature stargate made by YouTube user TheEnchantedBeer. S/he is working on this project with a colleague 9400 kilometers away. They hope to transport something between their stargates:

This is an international collaboration of friends located about 9400km apart, so a device for transporting across vast distances seems perfect. Unfortunately, I cannot yet generate wormholes at will, so we will have to settle for transporting information via the internet.

The project consists of a small(19cm diameter), SG-1 variety stargate with dialing computer. It will move and light up just like the version in SG-1. When a proper address is dialed, a connection will be opened up via the internet to a corresponding device or computer. Exactly what will be transmitted has not yet been decided. The hardware/internet interface will be via arduino.

This is one of several Stargate-related entries in Hack A Day's Sci-Fi Contest. The contest ends on April 29, so unless you can build a time machine, you'd better get cracking.

*In reality, 20 feet is fine. But, you know--lawyers. So our rule is 40 feet.


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A Miniature World Inside an Easter Egg

Jane Smith, a miniature maker, created this incredibly detailed diorama inside a cracked egg. She offers no information about her creative process, but I would hazard a guess that she engaged in some impressive needle felting.


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These Colorful Moths Are Gorgeous

(Photo: Svdmolen)

This beautiful insect is the rosy maple moth (Dryocampa rubicunda). It is native to North America and most frequently found in southern Canada from Ontario to Nova Scotia. It lives in deciduous forests, hence its association with maple trees. Adult males often have vivid colors, mostly pink and yellow. 

(Photo: Rhododendrites)


(Photo: Ezra S F)

-via It's Okay to Be Smart


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Sharing Is Caring


(Image: Lunarbaboon)

Of course we'll share everything! That's what families do.

By the way: did the family pay for that pizza? Or did I?

That's right: I did. Get your paws off it.


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Adventure Time's BMO Becomes a Reality


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BMO is a character on the cartoon Adventure Time. S/he/it (BMO's gender is either undetermined, non-existent, or non-binary depending on the fan theory you subscribe to) is an electronic console that serves as a VCR, a computer game platform, a toaster, and more. Most importantly, BMO is a dear friend to Finn and Jake.

Bob H. build a remarkably accurate electronic representation of BMO. It really does look and sound like the real thing. You can see build photos and a technical description here.

-via Nerd Approved


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Super Mario Bros. Drum Kit

SJC Custom Drums is a drum-making business in Massachusetts. Its artisans made these drums for Frank DeSantis, the drummer of One Fell Swoop, a punk band in New York City. They measure 8x12, 14x16, and 20x22 inches. They're gorgeous!

Be sure to check out SJC's Facebook gallery for more photos of beautiful custom drums.

-via Technabob


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American Gotham

Batman is as American as apple pie and Grant Wood's American Gothic.

The Batman depicted in Dan Piraro's Bizarro Comics is clearly that of Adam West. But perhaps the Robin is Carrie Kelley.


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Finally! Shopping Center Introduces Passing Lane

(Photo: Meadowhall)

I'm a fast walker. When I'm moving around, I'm trying to get at my destination, not enjoy the scenery. So shopping can be a frustrating experience when I get stuck behind someone waddling down the middle of a walkway at 1 MPH. This problem is especially aggravating when shopping carts are involved.

A mall in Sheffield, UK is now taking a bold stand against the human speed bumps that cause so much frustration for good and decent people in the world. After reading a complaint letter by 10-year old Chloe Nash-Lowe (who deserves some sort of Nobel Prize for her efforts), the managers of the Meadowhall Shopping Centre have created a passing lane. When you want to get around traffic clogs, get into the fast lane.

Now let's spread this great idea to sidewalks, grocery stores, and hallways everywhere. Forward!

-via Dave Barry


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An Up Dollhouse

For the past few weeks, artist James Hance (a Neatorama favorite) has been working on a dollhouse for his daughter Maddy. When she wakes up on Easter morning tomorrow, she'll find this amazingly detailed recreation of the house from the Pixar movie Up. I hope that James has ballasted it properly so that it doesn't float away.

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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This Pile of Spaghetti and Meatballs Is Actually a Cake

Ann Reardon is the baker responsible for the Twitter and Instagram logo cakes. She made this birthday cake for her husband. It is not, I stress, a mound of fondant, as so many artistic "cakes" are these days. It's actually a carrot cake covered with frosting squirted on to resemble spaghetti. The meatballs are Ferrero Rocher chocolate candies. The spaghetti sauce consists of a mixture of raspberries, lemon juice, white chocolate, and pieces of carrot cake. You can find her how-to video embedded below.


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Pharrell Williams's "Happy" Created with 6-Second Vine Videos


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Last month, we saw a clever trombone player use sampling and looping playback to perform Pharrell Williams's hit song "Happy" by himself. Rob Scallon used Vine to create something similar. He noticed that one measure of "Happy" was precisely 6 seconds long--which is the length of a Vine video. By looping and staggering out pieces of the song, he was able to recreate it.

-via 22 Words


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Deathbed Confession


(Image: Chris Hallbeck/Maximumble)

The thing about final confessions is that you've got to be sure that you're actually going to die. It is not the time to encourage someone to finish you off.


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Cop Posed as Amish Woman for 2 Months to Catch a Pervert

(Photo: Pulaski Township Police)

There's an Amish community in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. Police say that recently, an unknown man was driving by Amish children, getting out of his car, and masturbating in front of them. So Sergeant Chad Adams of the Pulaski Township Police dressed as an Amish woman in the hope of luring in the pervert. Now that their investigation is complete, the police posted this image and information about the investigation on their Facebook page.

They aren't giving many details, but the police say that they identified the person they think is responsible. They lacked sufficient evidence to arrest him, but they think that it's a man who is currently under house arrest for similar charges in a neighboring county.

-via Dave Barry


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Charcoal Cheese Is Made of (Guess What) Charcoal

(Photo: Manor Farm Shop)

It's not just a name referring to the color. The Michael Lee Fine Cheeses Company in West Yorkshire, UK, really makes cheese made with charcoal. The company describes it as a "creamy, mature cheddar blended with charcoal." It won the Best New Idea award at the 2014 Farm Shop & Deli Show.

Amy Birkin, a representative of the company, told the Sleaford Target that it wanted to make a black cheese to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the 1984 miners' strike in Britain.

-via Weird Universe

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