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Skateboarding in Zero Gravity

Champion skateboarders Tony Hawk and Aaron "Jaws" Homoki went for a ride in a reduced-gravity aircraft operated by Zero G. They experienced the equivalent of Martian and Lunar gravity before going to zero gravity. Although they appear to defy gravity in their terrestrial stunts, here they got to experience the real thing.


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-via Geekologie


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Artist Turns Old Mattresses into Giant Foods

Recently, French street artist Lor-K has been cutting, shaping, and painting old mattresses so that they look like giant versions of common foods. If you've ever wanted a slice of pizza that's big enough to be a complete meal, she can provide it!

Lor-K calls the project Eat Me.

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These Guys Built a Mechanical Version of Pong

When it came out in 1972, Pong was a marvel of video game design. It's visually simple by today's standards, but it thrilled the first generation of video game players.

You can play it on a computer now. But thanks to Daniel Perdomo and his colleagues, it's also possible to play a physical version in a table-shaped arcade cabinet.


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This video shows how it's put together. Magnets move the paddles and ball back and forth between two sheets of glass. The paddles don't actually hit the ball, but the ball ricochets according to the angles of impact to the paddles. It's an incredible technical achievement.

-via Gizmodo


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Sleek, Modernist Cuckoo Clocks

Pedro Mealha's cuckoo clocks don't look anything like a Swiss mountain chalet! They have modern shapes and forms and often vibrant, eye-popping colors.

But one thing hasn't changed a bit: each one has a cuckoo that chirps like the classic ones.

Mealha studied project and furniture design at Kingston University in London. He started clockmaking with a desk lamp, then decided to build a cuckoo clock. Now he sells them on Etsy. You can see more of his clocks here.

-via Core77


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Even on His 99th Birthday, This Barber Is Still Cutting Hair

(Photo: Joe Warner/NJ Advance Media)

Joe Barca, Sr. of Elmer, New Jersey started cutting hair in 1931. Eight decades later, he's doing it--even last Thursday, when he turned 99 years old. New Jersey Online reports:

He was at his South Main Street barber shop, comb and scissors in hand giving hair cuts.

But his family and friends made sure they marked the special milestone.

An open house was held Thursday at Barca's Barber Shop with many stopping by to offer their well-wishes. There were even balloons and refreshments. The words "Happy Birthday" were stretched across the large mirrors in the shop. […]

"You don't get into this for the money," said Barca in an interview back in 2013. "... the joy comes from meeting all kinds of people — they make it worthwhile."

-via American Digest


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Thief Returns Stolen Goods, Leaves Apology Note

(Image: Franklin County Sheriff)

On Sunday night, a man in Frankfort, Kentucky stole a boat from a marina, as well as items from other boats at the marina, including liquor and a television. He then picked up some friends and had a party before returning the boat and leaving.

Then, on Monday night, the man returned to the marina, left in undamaged condition all of the items he had stolen, and a note apologizing for his crime. CNN quotes the note:

I am very sorry. I do not know why I did it in the first place. It's way out of my character. That is not what kind of person I am. I do not even remember doing it. I am so sorry. I know this does not make it ok, but it is your stuff, not mine. Again, I am very sorry.

-via Ace of Spades HQ


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Meet Rey-punzel

(Photo: York in a Box)

Cosplayer Kathryn Reagan perfectly mashes up Rapunzel from Tangled with Rey from Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens. BB-8 easily evades capture as Pascal the chameleon. No one will be able to keep him and his master locked inside the tower.

-via Elizabeth Rage


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10 Examples of Cat Logic


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Why does your cat refuse to snuggle with you except at the worst possible times? Why does he prefer to use uncomfortable objects as beds instead of, you know, actual cat beds?

Celebrity cats Cole and Marmalade explain with the help of their hapless human, Chris Poole. Cat behavior makes perfect sense once you strip away human dumbth.

-via Tastefully Offensive

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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Police Consider Towing Illegally Parked Flintstones Car

(Photo: City of Key West)

Key West, Florida is a civilized place. You can't act like a caveman. And the owner of this Flintstones-style car found that out when he parked it illegally.

ABC News 10 reports that the city government was searching for the owner before towing it away. On Facebook, the city government states that it has since been able to find the owner. It doesn't describe him, which is a shame, because I always liked watching Fred on TV.

-via Florida Man


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America's Most Misspelled Words

It's spelling bee season! The National Spelling Bee is still going on at the time that I write this. But I'm confident that none of the finalists would have trouble with any of the words on this map.

Google Trends measured searches for "how to spell X" -- the X being a mispelled word. It made this map illustrating its findings. You can see a larger version here.

For Massachusetts, the hardest word is Massachusetts. For Arizona and New Hampshire, it's diarrhea. North Carolina struggles with pneumonia. California, Idaho, Indiana, and Connecticut have trouble with desert.

-via Debby Witt


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Star Wars Vinyl Records Project Holograms

I had no idea this was even possible!

But it's apparently true: you can cut a vinyl record in such a way that, when viewed from the right angle, you can see a hologram hovering over the surface.

Disney is releasing a 2-vinyl record collection of music from Episode VII: The Force Awakens. When you play them on a turntable, you can see either a TIE fighter or the Millennium Falcon

If Disney releases a third record this way, I hope it puts on it the Leia hologram from Episode IV.

-via Geekologie


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Museum Visitors Mistake Glasses on the Floor for Art Exhibit

(Photo: TJ Khayatan)

17-year old TJ Khayatan and his friends recently decided to visit the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art. He tells BuzzFeed that they were largely underwhelmed by what they saw. For example, one of the galleries had on display a stuffed animal on a blanket. How was that art?

So Khayatan and his friends decided to play a prank. They placed a pair of glasses on the floor. Other visitors promptly looked at it in wonder, confusing it for a work of art:

Within seconds of putting the glasses down and walking away, Khayatan said people started gathering around the “exhibit” to view it and take pictures. After a while, more and more people started doing the same, so he decided to take pictures of them admiring his “art.”

-via Atlas Obscura


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What's the Most Bizarre Thing You've Caught Yourself Doing after Your Brain's Autopilot Misfired?

(Meme: Minor Mistake Marvin)

When we're tired and used to doing a particular task, such as driving home or blogging, we may stop thinking about it consciously. Different parts of our brains take over monitoring our activities. Sometimes those parts of the brain make really stupid decisions.

Redditor Kirushi asked the question in the title. How have our autopilot functions let us down? Here are some of the best responses.

Some were harmless, as Derped_my_pants remembers:

Was jogging late at night. A guy reached out his hand in front of me as I passed.

I high-fived him.

Turns out he was hailing a taxi.

Others were possibly dangerous, but nonetheless hilarious. Danseaman6 writes:

When I was in high school and living on the family farm, I used to feed the horses and barn cats every morning. Waking up at 6am for this as a 16 year old guaranteed that I was half asleep. So, I grabbed the cat food like I always did, walked to the table where my cat's bowl was like I always did, and poured some in. My cat always jumped up on the table right away to start eating right away, and one morning as something jumped up in front of me I absentmindedly pet it as usual. The hair felt a little rough so I looked down and instead of my friendly orange cat, there was a skunk. Just chilling there eating the cat food while I pet its back.

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Fruity Pebbles Ice Cream Sandwiches

(Photo: @taylormadefff___)

The Milk Bar in Fountain Valley, California is getting you ready for the day with a healthy breakfast cereal. It offers ice cream sandwiches with your choice of ice cream between two shingles made of Fruity Pebbles. If the shop serves coffee ice cream in these sandwiches, then you've got a meal on the go right here.

-via @donutscookiesandcream

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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This Is the Bus of the Future

(Image: CCTV News)

A company in Beijing, China has devised a radically new approach to mass transportation that, it says, will reduce the notoriously heavy traffic of Chinese cities. What makes the Transit Explore Bus different from conventional buses is that it straddles car lanes, making use of the vertical space above cars.

The huge vehicle stretches over two lanes of traffic, riding along rails on each side. It can travel at up to 38 miles per hour. A single one will be able to replace 50 normal buses. But that's just a hypothetical model. Soon the design will be put to a practical test. The Guardian reports:

A prototype will reportedly be deployed on the streets of Qinhuangdao, a coastal city about 300km east of Beijing, this summer.

The project has been greeted with anticipation in China, where traffic jams have grown as the country overtook the United States to become the largest car market on earth in 2009.

Last year alone 21.1 million passenger cars were sold here.

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Miss Jazminad's Stunningly Beautiful Lip Makeup Art

Instagram member Miss Jazminad is a wizard with a makeup brush. She creates incredibly detailed, vividly colored lip makeup schemes. She can make color fades, patterns, and even complete images, like The Little Mermaid scene above. Her lips sparkle with glitter, stones, and her own vibrant personality.

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How People Treat Mental Illness vs. Physical Illness

Do you struggle with a mental illness? People will tell you to suck it up and keep going. You don't need treatment. You just need some gumption so you don't flake out on your responsibilities.

Other people can't see the pain, so they may not think that it's real. Haejin Park illustrated 7 common responses at BuzzFeed. When you meet people like this, block them out of your life if you want to get better.


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Confused Toddler Can't Find the Fork in His Hand


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The little boy desperately needs a fork so that he can eat his food. But his mommy won't give him one. She keeps telling him to just use the one that she has cunningly hidden in his right hand. She can't expect him to find it there!

-via Tastefully Offensive

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The Most Edited Wikipedia Articles

For the past 15 years, Wikipedia has informed and misinformed* nearly a generation of internet users about history, science, popular culture, and pretty much everything else on Earth. The are articles on broad topics, as well as extremely narrow ones. Some of those are very controversial and the editors debate vigorously over what precisely is the truth and what constitutes objective descriptions of it.

This past January, Five Thirty-Eight, Nate Silver's popular statistics blog, created this chart illustrating the three most heavily edited articles for every year of Wikipedia's existence. Rapidly changing events, like the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and political controversies are obvious picks. But I'm baffled as to why 2009 was a peak year for the Chevrolet Vega and the article on Japanese dissidence during the Shōwa period was revised so often during 2014.

-via Jonah Goldberg

*I'm a college librarian, so I spent way too much time explaining to students why it's not acceptable to use Wikipedia as a source of information in their research assignments.


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How to Make Oreo Cannolis

Chef Josh Elkin helpfully provides a step-by-step instructional video to show you how to make this Oreo that you'll definitely take instead of the gun. First, he separated the Oreo cookies from the creme. Then he powdered the chocolate cookies and added fluor, shortnening, and an egg to make a dough. After shaping the dough around cannoli tubes, he deep fried it to create the shells.

With sugar, vanilla extract, and water, Elkin formed a frosting, which he piped into the cannoli shells. Unless I missed a step, he didn't use the creme filling, so you have something extra to eat after you fix the cannolis. 

-via @mdoughw_eats

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Iron Throne Made of Chicken Wings

"Hunger is coming!" proclaims chef Josh Elkin. He made this replica of the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones. Like the one on the show, it's forged from the chicken wings that Aegon the Conqueror took from the lords of Westeros that he subdued.

Elkin clearly isn't just a chef. He's a veritable architect with food, as we've seen in the past with his breakfast Jenga tower and his Taj Mahal pizza. Let us hope that he someday builds the entire Red Keep out of pickled pigs' feet.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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McDonald's and Liquor Store Get into Hilarious Sign War

A McDonald's restaurant and a liquor store are not natural enemies. In the wild, they usually ignore each other. But a McDonald's and a Sav-Mor in Somerville, Massachusetts are now locked in a joking war against each other, mocking each other with their signs.

It all started when the McDonald's offered a special deal on Egg McMuffins. The Sav-Mor decided to move into McDonald's territory:

Both businesses kept responding to each other. You can read the full exchange (so far) at That's Nerdalicious.

The sign war is escalating. The Boston Globe reports that a Sav-Mor the nearby town of Medford has joined the hostilities.

We've seen this before: it's like the system of alliances that turned the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand into World War I. Someone stop this madness before it kills us all!


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Prankster Leaves Weird Motivational Posters in a Store

Obvious Plant is the ongoing pranking project by Jeff Wysaski. He creates high-quality looking products that are slightly twisted in public venues, like an IKEA store, a library, and a bookstore.

For his latest prank, Wysaski made framed motivational posters, similar to those commonly used to decorate corporate offices cheaply and inoffensively. These encourage employees with platitudes typical of the genre--until you read the fine print. Wysaski placed these posters in housewares store.


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World's Proudest Grandma Has Wallpaper and Fabric Covered with Photos of Her Grandkids

(Photo: Spoonflower)

It's like an otaku room, but for grandparenting.

Spoonflower is a company that produces custom fabrics. If you've got a design, they can produce bolts of it. Carmen Baugh, 66, of Durham, North Carolina made use of that service to decorate for her obsession: her grandchildren. Her philosophy is that a grandma can't have too many photos of her grandkids.

So with fabric covered with pictures of her two grandkids, she made curtains, pillows, clothes, and even wallpaper. Baugh says, "When I stand against the wall, my husband says that I just blend in and disappear. All you can see is my head."

You can see more photos of her extraordinary decor here.

-via Huffington Post


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Funny Robot Automatically Distributes Treats and Pats to Both Dogs and Humans


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T-Bone lives in Toronto with his human, James Cochrane. The latter is fairly clever by human standards. Cochrane built a robot that, with the press of a button, pats T-Bone on the head, then gives him a treat. It's called the IOT Robot People/Pet Affectionator.

The design incentivizes cooperation. On T-Bone's side of the machine is another button. When he presses it, it gives Cochrane a pat on the head, followed by a treat.

It works wonderfully! But it didn't start out that way. In the second half of the video, we see that Cochrane's initial design was dangerous to T-Bone.

-via Laughing Squid


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Which One Is the Doppleganger?

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One is your wife. The other is her evil twin sister, now escaped from an asylum for the criminally insane. They look alike, but only one has learned how to tolerate you for long periods of time. Which one is the right one!?


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Cop Replaces Little Boy's Stolen Pokémon Collection with His Own

(Image: Fox 8 Cleveland)

9-year old Bryce of Cleveland, Ohio has been collecting Pokémon for 3 years. His impressive collection is his pride and joy, carefully purchased and preserved.

Then someone stole it.

Bryce was carrying his collection in a binder to a friend's house. Then another kid robbed him and ran off with the collection.

Bryce's mother called the police. The responding officers were James Grotenrath and Ken Kirk. Grotenrath, at 26 years old, is young enough to have enjoyed Pokémon when it first came out. He had been building his own collection for many years.

But in an incredible act of generosity, Officer Grotenrath gave the whole thing to Bryce. Fox 8 Cleveland (autoplay video) reports:

He returned to his house, and gave up his own Pokemon collection as well as other cards he had stored.

"It's a banned card of Pokeman and there's only about ten of these in the world and I have one of them," explained Bryce.

"It's a priceless item, but it's better to see someone else smile, and in my book, like my partner says, it's just happy to see a citizen smile instead of always frowning upon us and looking the other way," said Grotenrath.

The police were also able to find the thief and return most, but not all, of Bryce's original collection.

-via Nerd Approved


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LEGO Batman vs. Superman


(Lucas Nascimento)

The ordinary LEGO block is the most dangerous weapon on Earth--especially against parents. Even Superman can succumb to its brutality. Here, Batman uses his superior intellect to devise the ultimate means of taking down his rival: the kryptonite LEGO block.


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Rod Serling on Kamikazes, Japanese Taxis, and The Twilight Zone

Blank on Blank is an ongoing video series by PBS that vividly animates the audio tracks of interviews of famous people. In the past, they've done Tom Waits, Bill Murray, Kurt Vonnegut, Dolly Parton, and Jimi Hendrix, among many others.


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For this video, Blank on Blank presents a 1963 interview with Rod Serling in Australia. In in, the creator of The Twilight Zone describes serving as a paratrooper during World War II, riding in the backseat of a Japanese taxi, and growing up with a reputation of dishonesty. Serling says, "Some liars go to prison and others write television shows."

-via Geek Tyrant


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Who Wants to Be a Cat Millionaire?


(Rachel J. Corey)

Mr. Cat has carefully worked his way up from $100 to a $1,000,000 pot. He can walk away with enough money to buy a fresh couch to scratch every day for the rest of his life. But he has to first correctly answer the impossible question for cats and cat owners.

-via Tastefully Offensive


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