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Crowd-Birthing: The Trend of Getting Everyone inside the Delivery Room

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Not too long ago in the US, it was normal for fathers to wait outside the delivery room for the birth of their children. The mother, along with a doctor and nurses, would handle the delivery alone. Later, the father was allowed to be present.

The Daily Telegraph reports that increasingly, more people are present in the delivery room: family, friends, and anyone accessible through WiFi. When it comes to childbirth, there’s no such thing as “too much information”:

For women in their teens and twenties, an average of eight people are now present at some point during the birth, according to a survey by video blogging site Channel Mum.

And the results also showed that childbirth is becoming increasingly public, with almost a quarter of mums sharing the experience through social media.

Siobhan Freegard, founder of Channel Mum said: "The younger generation share are used to sharing every aspect of their lives, so why not birth? Many women feel it is their biggest achievement and so want to share the moment with all of those closest to them.

We did not crowd-birth for our kids. But our first child was born in a teaching hospital. There was a seemingly non-stop parade of medical students and interns interested in seeing more than we wanted them to see. I eventually shooed them out.

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This Hermit Crab Lives in a LEGO Brick

YouTube user Albizu Garcia visited a beach in Puerto Rico and found that a hermit crab had discarded a conventional shell for a stylish and functional LEGO brick. This should give him the ability to join with other LEGO crabs to create a larger structure. You can see the video here. Make sure that you don’t step on this crab, which is now a double threat to your feet.

-via Incredible Things

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Darth Vader Adopts a Highway

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People and organizations often adopt stretches of road, promising to keep them clean and free of litter. This is a great way to contribute to the well-being of local communities and possibly get some good publicity from it.

So it’s no surprise that Lord Vader, who always wants to maintain the good reputation of our loyal Imperial forces, has pitched in to help. He’s adopted a section of US Highway 460 in Blacksburg, Virginia.

Occasionally standing in for him will be Henry Wakley, a local resident and loyal supporter of the Emperor. He wears a copy of Lord Vader’s helmet while picking up trash. News 10 reports:

Wakley had to pass several standard guidelines, including two highway clean ups, before VDOT would agree to the sign. He convinced the agency the sign was not a joke, and he intended to take care of the highway and draw attention to the adopt a highway program.

“We’d love to have more people follow Mr. Vader’s example and help us keep the highways clean,” Clarke professed.

Drivers could soon see more than just a sign. Wakley plans to clean up his portion of the highway in his Darth Vader costume later this month.

Wakley is an example to us all to stand together so that we may crush the rebellion and restore order in the galaxy.

-via Tor


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Family Builds Real-Life Version of The Station Wagon from National Lampoon’s Vacation, Takes it on Road Trips

1983 saw the premier of a classic American film: National Lampoon’s Vacation. In it, the Griswolds, a typical American suburban middle class family, journeys across the country on a road trip vacation. At the beginning of the movie, patriarch Clark Griswold, played by Chevy Chase, buys a huge and hideous station wagon for the journey.

That car was called a Wagon Queen Family Truckster, which did not exist in real life but was typical of the great land yachts which sailed across American highways in the 80s. The movie production studio built the Truckster from a 1979 Ford LTD Country Squire.

The movie has inspired Steve and Lisa Griswold—yes, that’s their real last name—to build a replica of the Truckster out of a 1984 Ford LTD Country Squire, then take it on road trips. They modified the car in precise and exhaustive detail, even going to far as to install a fake gas cap hatch where it was in the movie. You read more about the car conversion and see photos here.

-via Core77


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Face of Edgar Allan Poe Appears on a Caterpillar

Robert Palmer of Toule, Washington recently spotted an unusual caterpillar. It seemed to have a human face colored on its back. Who does it look like? My first thought was Edgar Allan Poe. Others have seen Teddy Roosevelt, Marlon Brando, and Robin Williams.

Palmer insists that it's not a Photoshop job--he wouldn't even know how to do that. KATU quotes him:

"I sent a picture to my grandson, he said 'nice photo-shop grandpa'. I said I can't even use my smart phone half the time, much less do some special computer effects. I had to have the girls at the Shell station send the picture to KATU. He knows I wouldn't lie about this," said Palmer

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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Mechanical Wrist Will Take Robot Surgery Deeper Inside the Body Than Ever Before

Researchers led by Dr. Robert Webster of Vanderbilt University's Medical Engineering and Discovery Laboratory have developed a new type of wrist joint for surgical robots. It's only 2 millimeters wide, which permits it to get inside extremely narrow spots in the body, then turn a corner.

The team made the joint by cutting out portions of the arm. A wire inside that arm constricts and releases, activating and deactivating the joint.

According to a press release by Vanderbilt, Webster suggests that the first use of the wrist will be transnasal brain surgery. Accessing the brain through the nose will be easier on the patient than cutting into the skull.

-via Gizmodo


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6 Pug Puppies Sleeping in a Row

Six freshly baked loaves of Pug lie next to each other, cooling on a blanket. They need just a brief nap before they're ready to play again. As they dream, their little bodies twitch. What do Pugs dream about?


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-via Gifsboom

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Woman Gets a Tattoo of a Dinosaur That She Discovered and Was Named in Her Honor

(Photo: Wendy Sloboda)

Wendy Sloboda is a professional photographer in Alberta. For 30 years, she's been finding and photographing thousands of fossils, leading to the classification of many previously unknown dinosaur species.

She's a crack dinosaur hunter, so it's only appropriate that she gets one of her own! The Wendiceratops pinhornensis was a hippopotamus-sized horned dinosaur related to the triceratops. It lived about 75 to 79 million years ago. Sloboda, who found a fossilized one 5 years ago, was so delighted by the honor that she had an artist's recreation of the dinosaur tattooed on her arm. The CBC describes her remarkable gift for sniffing out fossils:

The paleontologists dig at sites discovered the previous year — often by Sloboda, Evans says.

"We often joke that we're Wendy's cleanup crew because Wendy runs around the badlands and finds all this cool stuff and we basically come in afterwards and do the digging," he added. "She just has a sixth sense for finding good specimens."

Sloboda drives out to other areas and hikes with a small group, usually students, to go "prospecting" — looking for rocks sticking out of the dirt that she recognizes as fossils from their unusual colour, texture or shininess.

"It's really hard to explain," she said.

-via Marilyn Terrell


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The Sport of Fowling Combines Bowling with Football


(Photo: Fowling Warehouse)

Two players stand across from each other, 48 feet apart. Each has a football and a set of 10 bowling pins standing upright. The object of the game is to knock your opponent's pins down before he takes out yours. 

This is fowling, a game invented by Chris Hutt of Detroit. He's recently converted a 34,000 square foot industrial building into the Fowling Warehouse--a 20-lane fowling facility. The AP reports that it's thriving:

Hutt's business, which also has a 175-seat beer garden and a stage for live music, has drawn big crowds on weekend nights. Some take advantage of a deal that allows unlimited play for $10 until closing at 2 a.m. Others reserve lanes for group play, up to 10 players per lane, in two-hour increments.

-via Weird Universe


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What Disney Princesses Would Be Like as Moms


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The Disney princesses are young. When they grow up, they may get married and have kids. What sort of moms would they be like? Mike Spohr of BuzzFeed has a few ideas based on their personalities. Ariel gets married at the end of The Little Mermaid. Much later, she'll be the mother of teenagers:

Her mom life: Ariel is constantly battling her husband over how much freedom they should give their teenager. “Are you kidding, Eric?” she often says. “When I was her age I thought a fork was a comb and practically sold my soul to a witch to get a boyfriend! There is no way she’s going to the fair alone!”


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Helen Mirren's Clever Approach to Packing for a Trip


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As a famous actress in high demand, Helen Mirren travels a lot. She has a neat travel tip that is not only practical, but also generous. Mirren doesn't pack any clothes except for underwear. After she flies into the airport of her destination city, she hires a taxi to take her to a thrift shop. There she buys the clothes that she needs. On her way back to the airport, she donates those clothes back to the shop. The Sunday Express quotes her:

I love a good charity shop, especially when I'm travelling. When I'm going to cold places, I take nothing - just underwear. On my way from the airport, I ask the driver to take me to a good charity shop, and I buy boots, socks, trousers, jumpers, sweaters, hats and scarves - usually for £30. . . On the way back to the airport, I have it all in a big bag and drop it off at another charity shop.

-via TYWKIWDBI


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This House Has Little Stairs for Small Dogs

Dogs can have trouble with stairs built for humans, especially if they are small and as they get older. That's why the architecture firm 07Beach designed this staircase for a home renovation in Vietnam. The regular staircase is paired with a narrow model that has half-sized stairs. They're just the right size for little dogs. You can see more photos at The Contemporist.

-via Nag on the Lake


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Airbnb Lets You Stay in a Van down by the River

In a classic Saturday Night Live sketch, Chris Farley plays Matt Foley, a motivational speaker who is basically a failure in life. By his own admission, he qualifies because he's 35, divorced, and lives in a van down by the river. He threatens wayward teens that if they don't get their lives turned around, they'll end up like him, living in a van down by the river.


(Photo: Airbnb)

Now you can live that way, too! Airbnb renter Jonathan has converted a few vans in New York City into little campers. They're parked as normal vehicles, so visitors can get the full experience of urban van-dwelling life. $35 per night can get you a bed that sleeps 2 near New York's scenic East River.

-via Jalopnik


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28 Facts You Might Not Know about The Munsters

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Pay a visit to the family that lives at 1313 Mockingbird Lane. You'll meet the Munsters, a delightful group that isn't monstrous--once you get to know them.

Though The Munsters lasted only 2 seasons from 1964-1966, it remains a popular show and an icon of American television. Here are a few tidbits of trivia about the show that you might enjoy.

(Image: CBS)

1. The original unaired 1964 pilot episode was shot in color. Joan Marshall played the mother role, then named Phoebe. David Derman played Eddie Munster.

2. Although the first pilot episode was shot in color, the rest of the series was shot in black and white to save money. It certainly adds to the horror ambiance, don’t you think?

(Image: MGM)

3. Bert Lahr, who played the Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, was offered the role of Grandpa Munster.

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Strange Product Mascots from Old Advertisements

A living padlock who wears a suit. An air freshener superhero. A Phillips screw dressed in a kilt. In the postwar advertising boom of the 40s through the 80s, products sold when they were living objects who cared about you!

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There's a Breaking Bad-Themed Coffee Shop in Turkey

"Jessie, you asked me if I was in the meth business or the money business. Neither. I'm in the coffee business."

Yes, Walter and Jessie have now put their hard-won skills to use at a cafe in Istanbul. Inside and out, Walter's Coffee Roastery is decorated with images, symbols, and words from Breaking Bad.

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Louie the Dog Swims with the Dolphins


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Louie and his human spotted a pod of dolphins swimming by their spot on the beach. Naturally, Louie wanted to join them. In fact, he almost swam away and joined their pod!

Silly puppy! You're still a dog and dolphins can't stay your packmates for long.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath

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Shimmering Kinetic Sculpture Made from Thousands of Eyeglasses

This is sea/see/saw, a kinetic sculpture by Caitlind r.c. Brown and Wayne Garrett. The two artists from Calgary, Alberta used 14,000 lenses from discarded eyeglasses to make this massive, shimmering display at the front of the Pera Museum in Istanbul. It's designed to mimic the way the light dances on the surface of the Golden Horn, the waterway that for nearly two millennia has brought riches into that city.

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Artist Paints Mind-Bending Optical Illusions on His Hands

Luca Luce is makeup artist who's got a knack for creating 3d images on both paper and the human body. Luce's own hands become gateways to other worlds in startling optical illusions that display portals, living characters, and intersections with the real world.

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Dog's Toy Is in the Forbidden Zone, Just Beyond His Reach


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The Labrador Retriever wants his toy. Nay, he needs it. But he is not allowed to go past the rug. His only chance for survival is to rest his hind paws on the very edge of the rug and stretch over the Forbidden Zone to reach his toy. Then, technically speaking, he isn't breaking the rule.

-via Huffington Post


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Swimming with 12 Golden Retrievers


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How many Golden Retrievers do you need to enjoy a nice swim? More. This man has 'em. A dozen dogs happily jump in to join their human in Samut Songkhram, Thailand. As natural water dogs, the Goldens take up the task joyfully.

-via Tastefully Offensive

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It's Too Late to Wash These Jeans. They're Standing up by Themselves.

It's been a long time since you've washed the laundry. This is the horrifying result. Thislexik, a design studio in Brooklyn, calls it the Worn Stool. It consists of 2 pairs of jeans held in place with resin. There are no hidden supports. It's all denim, resin, and inadequate housekeeping.

-via NotCot


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This Kentucky Distillery Blasts Music to Flavor Its Brandy


(Photo: Ashlie Stevens/Munchies)

Joe Heron, the owner of the Copper and Kings distillery, calls it the "sonic aging process." All day and every day, music blasts out of speakers in the distillery's aging room. Sometimes it's David Bowie. At other times, it's Bruce Springsteen, Jimi Hendrix, or Lenny Kravitz.

It is never Katy Perry, though. Heron is firm about that.

Cooper and King's aging process takes two years. During that time, the barrels are carefully rotated and exposed to different forms of music in order to infuse the brandy with a medley of flavors:

This aging process with brandy is a delicate one. Heron describes aging brandy as “promiscuous,” in that it will take on whatever flavors surround it.

“Grain spirits you have to really punch into shape,” Heron said. “Brandy you coax, which explains a bit behind the sonic aging process. The sonic aging process is actually really integral to who we are as a company as well; Copper and Kings is meant to sound like a band, like the Kings of Leon.”

You can read more about the distillery's sonic aging and the contributing music at Munchies.

-via Clarkhat


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Dreaming People Embroidered into Pillows

Maryam Ashkanian, an Iranian artist living the UK, presents the Sleep Series, a collection of pillows with the images of sleeping people sewed directly into the surface. It is an expression of the mysteries of the dream world. Ashkanian explains:

Dream is such a window open to a board universe. In dreaming we are observes who stare into the farthest most terrible wonderful and coming back to the real world achieving exclusive experiences. Images of us in dreams are revealed in the right truest evidence; an original icon which introduces us to the peripheral world wildly. Pillow is a metonymy of a dream; as a canvas embraces the next of body.

-via Lustik


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Let's visit the Cave of Hanging Snakes!


(Photo: Kantemo Serpientes Colgantes)

Near the village of Kantemo, Quintana Roo, Mexico, there's a cave. It's a popular tourist attraction--and for good reason! Snakes like to hang down from holes in the ceiling of the cave. It's a handy place for humans who want to get on eye level with snakes.

But there's more! If you're not into snakes, then you can also see the many, many bats that live in the cave. That's what the hanging snakes usually prey upon. E. Alvarado Reyes writes for Atlas Obscura:

The Cave of the Hanging Snakes is actually known as the "Bat Cave" by the locals of the nearby village of Kantemo. This is because the cave is home to swarms of small bats that can often as thick as a frantic leathery cloud. In order to take advantage of this delicious flying rodent population, a population of snakes has taken to living in the ceiling and high up on the walls of the cave. From their cracks and crevasses, they wait until the bats swarm as they enter or leave the cavern and then they dangle down and catch bats in their mouths. The snakes catch bats extremely quickly while they are flying through the air. They do not seem to be put off by the increasing groups of visitors who come to the cave to see their weird behavior.


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If Cinderella Had Been Smart . . .

(Pie Comic/John McNamee)

Princes leave. Horses get old. Mice run away. But money is forever. If Cinderella had been smart, she would have turned her rapidly depreciating assets into a more stable and liquid investment.


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Magicians Photobomb Reporter, Give Performance


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Ashish Joshi, a Sky News reporter, stands before the Palace at Westminster in London and gives a report on Prime Minister David Cameron's proposed reforms of the UK's National Health Service. In the background, two professional magicians named Young & Strange move into the camera view and perform an elaborate trick.

Sky News has confirmed that the entire incident was staged and that the video never actually aired, which is a shame. They should have done this live.

-via 22 Words


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Toddler and Lion Cub at Play

A toddler visiting the Cincinnati Zoo made a new friend! There are three lion cubs at that zoo. They're named Huruma, Kya, and Willa. One of those cubs likes this little human.


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-via Daily Telegraph (warning: auto-sound)

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Florida Man Gets into Fight with Bus, Loses

A man riding a bus in Winter Haven, Florida was distressed when the driver told him that it would cost an additional $2 to travel to his desired stop. He left the bus, then decided that it needed some physical persuasion in order to see his point of view.

He headbutted the bus.

The glass of the bus doors broke, but the blow also knocked the man unconscious. He rose again and fled the scene before police could arrive.


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-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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Dad Catches Daughter in Toy Car, Drinking and Driving


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The officer/father found the girl run off the road, unable to extract her Cozy Coupe from the snowbank. She was disoriented and non-responsive. And once you see the sippy cup in her right hand, you understand why. She's awfully young to have this charge on her record, but she deserves it.

-via Blame It on the Voices

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