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Acrobatic Little Boy Climbs a Refrigerator, Then Tops That Feat


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This little boy easily climbs up on top of the refrigerator. He's proud of his accomplishment. But once he's done that a few times, he's ready for a new challenge. At about the 0:32 mark, does something astounding.

Next, I suspect he'll try to walk along the ceiling.

-via 22 Words

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The Wicked Witch of the West Accepts the Ice Bucket Challenge

The Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz is actually a kind-hearted person. She has now topped every other participant in the Ice Bucket Challenge from the ALS Foundation.

-via Tastefully Offensive

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Incredible Dragon Body Painted in a Single Brush Stroke

For four generations, artists at the Kousyuuya studio in Nikko, Japan have developed and mastered an amazing creative process. The artists make stylized dragon images in a practice called Hitofude Ryuu.

The artists make details to the head using several small strokes. But the long, curving, multi-colored body is just one--one!--brush stroke.


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You can see more videos about this process at Colossal.


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Little Girl and Huge Dog Are Best Friends


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Prepare for a cuteness overdose! Simba, a Tibetan Mastiff, is a loving packleader with his human puppy, Weiwei. He gladly serves as her personal Clifford the Big Red Dog. Weiwei climbs all over him, bothering Simba not a bit.

-via Huffington Post

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Every Day, This 99 Year Old Woman Sews a Dress for a Needy Child

This is Lillian Weber of Scott County, Illinois. She's 99 years old but still very active. Every day, she sews a dress for Little Dresses for Africa, a charity that sends clothing to impoverished children in Africa. She gets up in the morning, starts to work on a dress, takes a break, then finishes in the afternoon. For the past 2 years, she repeated this routine daily, producing 840 dresses. Ms. Weber plans to make 150 more by next May when she will turn 100 years old.

(Images: WQAD8)

Ms. Weber works from a standard pattern, but she personalizes each dress by combining different fabrics and trims. A child who wears one of her dresses isn't getting a copy of a mass-produced dress, but an original.

-via Huffington Post


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Kentucky Fried Chicken Haircut Earns Man Free KFC Food for Life

Miguel Rosas isn’t just a barber. He’s an artist with your hair. From the New Style Barbershop in Moline, Illinois, he carves highly realistic images into hair. With a splash of paint, he can also put in some color.

Recently, Rosas gave one of his clients this KFC logo haircut. Afterward, he and the client went to a local Kentucky Fried Chicken to eat. WQAD describes the reaction:

“When we went inside everybody pretty much just stopped working,” Rosas said, while shaving a flame design into a client’s head. “All the employees came up to us and started taking pictures of the design.”

Just a few hours later, a KFC district manager called Rosas and asked to see the haircut:

“He told me that they wanted to possibly get my work on the KFC website and possibly use it on a commercial,” Rosas said.

The manager also gave Rosas vouchers for free food. He said that when he ran out of vouchers, he could just call and get more.

Here are some other amazing hair designs that Rosas has made.

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Warning: Wardrobe Does Not Lead to Narnia

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Sorry, shoppers. Although the easy-to-assemble cabinet smells fresh from cedar wood and will keep your clothing sorted properly, it does not lead to a magical world. There is no hidden door in the back, unlike some others.

-via Nerd Bastards

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For Sale: Chocolate Toilets, Bidets, Sinks, and Bath Tubs

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Bathrooms.com is an online retailer of bathroom fixtures, such as fiberglass sinks and toilets. For that company, this chocolate bathroom was a simple response to evidence that there is a market for chocolate bathroom fixtures:

We understand design, functionality, what a shower tray actually does, all of that sort of stuff. Our area of expertise has not historically been confectionary! Nevertheless, of the millions of Google searches for sweet related terms each month, a number of these come to our web site. Why? Because people are regularly searching for "bathroom sweets".

Were people looking to find loo-specific treats, or was this just a simple case of bad spelling?

The answer is pretty obvious. Clearly people wanted bathroom suites, and they just got it a bit wrong. But that got us thinking: just how do bad spelling, a love of confectionery and bathrooms come together like that?

The company's response was to build a bathroom made of chocolate. Choccywoccydoodah, a British chocolatier, provided rich Belgian chocolate for the task.

All the chocolate objects that you see here are on sale. That bidet costs $11,656 (USD) and contains 210,000 calories. The entire set costs $133,196 and will add 9.4 million calories to your diet, should you choose to eat it.

The company claims that the chocolate fixtures will remain solid for 6 months if kept at room temperature. But let's be honest: you're going to eat it all long before them. 

-via That's Nerdalicious!


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A Pink Grasshopper


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It's a lovely shade of pink, which is not what you might expect from a grasshopper. Though rare, pink grasshoppers are occasionally spotted. Tim Parkinson found this one in Norfolk, UK.

What causes pink grasshoppers? Victoria Hillman, a wildlife biologist and photographer, explained a year ago in National Geographic. It's the result of a genetic mutation similar to albinism:

It is called erythrism an unusual and little-understood genetic mutation caused by a recessive gene similar to that which affects albino animals. This mutation results in one of two things happening or even a combination of the two; a reduce or even absence of the normal pigment and/or the excessive production of other pigments, in this case red which results in pink morphs. Although it was first discovered in 1887 in a katydid species, it is extremely rare to see these pink morphs so you can imagine our delight at finding so many in one area and they probably all have the same parents both carrying the recessive gene. All the individuals we found were nymphs and a couple of things can now happen if they make it to adulthood, they can lose the pink colouring altogether, they may stay pink or even be a variation between the two! We will be checking back on these individuals throughout the coming weeks and months to see what happens.

-via Kotaku

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LEGO Offices Make You Feel Like You're a Minifig

OSO Architecture designed a new office suite in Istanbul for LEGO's Turkey division. 23 people will work in this space decorated in bright colors and images of minifigs. Circles on the walls and ceilings are reminiscent of LEGO blocks, giving workers and visitors the impression that they've jumped into a LEGO universe. There are no blocks on the floor for people to accidentally step on barefoot, but presumably those can be added later.

You can see more photos at Design Boom.


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Gilbert Gottfried Reads the Independence Day Speech


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In the 1996 movie Independence Day, aliens invade the Earth, intent on exterminating the human race and devouring the planet's resources. The aliens slaughter human military forces wherever they encounter resistance. But on July the Fourth, America leads a great worldwide counterattack that ends in victory.

That counterattack begins with President Thomas Whitmore, played by Bill Pullman, giving an impassioned speech to military forces gathered at Area 51. That speech is embedded below. Gilbert Gottfried, a comedian noted for his commanding and stentorian voice, recently read that speech.

In retrospect, it is clear that Gottfried should have played that role, not Pullman.


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-via Uproxx


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Completely Rational Sentences You Could Say Today That Would Sound Crazy 20 Years Ago


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At Ask Reddit, nepat1248 asks:

What is a completely rational sentence you could speak today, that if you said 20 years ago, people would think you were insane?

This is a fun question! Many people offered references to how technology has changed our daily lives. AI0 writes:

I store my contacts in the cloud.

Saintarium comments on the dystopian horror that we currently live in:

"I can't wait for Disney to finish making the next Avengers and Star Wars movies!"

Who could have predicted that Facebook would exist? Not sp0rk_walker:

All those people from high school you never thought you would see again? Well you still won't talk to them but you will see pictures of their kids every day.

Bkvm96 is ready to lead a cult:

"I have 2000 followers!"

GalaxyAwesome clicked on the wrong button:

Aw man, I accidentally liked her photo.

TheMobHasSpoken points out that, culturally speaking, we've advanced in some ways:

"You know what really transcends the age and gender demographic it was designed for? My Little Pony."

What confusing sentences can you write?


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The Ice Cream Cloud and Other Great Photos by Emily Blincoe

The Instagram profile of Emily Blincoe is filled with gems, but these two are particularly outstanding. At the top, you can see a colorful arrangement of fallen ice cream cones. She writes the caption, "FORECAST: cloudy with a chance of ice cream." Below that you can see dog Eleanor haloed in flowers. Good dogs certainly are.

Blincoe is an Austin native who, if I understand correctly, currently lives in Nashville. She has a real gift for arranging objects in photos. You can see this strongly in her color-coded candy series.

-via Lustik


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Today I Learned: Canadians Don't Use Money

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I read it in a webcomic, so it must be true. Just be sure to exchange all of your compliments before crossing back over the border because American businesses usually won't take them as currency. But I understand that Alex may give a discount at the NeatoShop if you notice after he has had his hair done without him dropping a hint. 


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If Cereal Mascots Had Their Own Action Figures

Artist Phil Postma has a great eye for remixing pop culture. We've previously seen him create Pixar-style superheroes, Pixar versions of classic pulp filmsThunderCats characters from other cultures, and superhero-branded cereals.

For a recent project, Postma returned to his interest in classic kids' cereal brands by creating action figures for mascots and placing them in blister packs. Look, this one is mint on card!

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Woman Sends Text Messages to Thief Who Stole Her Minivan, Convinces Him to Give It Back


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Megan Bratten of Independence, Missouri walked out of the K-Mart and found that her minivan was gone. She's a single mother of five kids, so money is tight. The loss of the van appeared to be a devastating blow.

Then Bratten remembered that there was a phone in the van. So she sent a text message to it, hoping that the thief would respond. He did and they had a conversation. After she sent a total of five texts, the thief agreed to give up the van. He gave her step-by-step directions to its location. Bratten found the van in good condition.

In fact, it was in even better condition. She had mentioned that the van had a bad transmission. When Bratten found the van, there was an empty bottle of transmission fluid in it. The thief had refilled the reservoir.

-via I Own the World


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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


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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

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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.



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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.

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The Earth Burger


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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)

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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.

Brought you by Neatorama LLC. Because we care.

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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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