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Good Grief! Rejected Peanuts Specials


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The comic strip Peanuts was made into several feature films that are regularly aired on American television--even today. Most prominent among them are A Charlie Brown Christmas and A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving. Over nearly 50 years, ABC, CBS, and Fox made more than two dozen Peanuts specials. Some proposals for others were, though, rejected.

#rejectedpeanutsspecials is a funny hashtag currently trending on Twitter. It’s filled with ideas for Charlie Brown stories that were, thankfully, never put into production. Here are a few examples:

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Vending Machine and Mailbox Halloween Costumes

Redditor MoobyTheGoldenCalf is a generous and crafty parent. S/he writes, “So last year my kid wanted to be a mailbox for Halloween. This year, he wanted to be a vending machine. Here are the results.” They are impressive costumes--possibly enough to fool the inattentive.


The vending machine has a plastic sheet in the front “so that kids don’t run up to him and steal the chips.” Smart thinking, that. The candy deposit slot is on the right. There’s a light on the inside and a mirror film that lets the boy see out, but other people won’t be able to see in.


The mailbox is made of cardboard and foam. There are stated collection times on the front: trick-or-treating takes place between 5-7 PM.

-via Technabob

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A French Soldier’s Room Unchanged 96 Years After His Death in World War I


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Hubert Rochereau dutifully marched off to war from his home in the village of Bélâbre, France. He served as a second lieutenant in the 15th Dragoons. Rochereau died of his wounds sustained in battle against the Germans in Loker, Belgium on April 26, 1918. For his courage under fire and his sacrifice, France bestowed on him the Croix de Guerre and the Legion of Honor.

Rochereau’s parents were heartbroken. They kept his room in their house the way that he had left it. When they moved in 1935, their stipulated in the sales contract that his room must remain as it was for at least 500 years.

The requirement was legally dubious, but the new owners respected the wishes of the mourning couple. So did current owner, who inherited the house from her grandparents. It is a unique look into the past. Anne Penketh writes for The Guardian:

The room contains the spurs of the cavalry officer, his sword and a fencing helmet, and a collection of pistols. A flag is propped up beside the wall. His pipes are on his desk and the stale smell of English tobacco comes from a cigarette packet. […]

On Rochereau’s desk is a vial on which, in keeping with tradition, a label records that it contains “the soil of Flanders on which our dear child fell and which has kept his remains for four years”.

-via Nag on the Lake


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Flamin' Hot Cheetos Bagels


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Flamin' Hot Cheetos and bagels! Like pickled pigs' feet and jelly-filled donuts, they're two foods that naturally belong together. Now they are finally united, thanks to Allison Ewing of the BreadHive bakery in Buffalo, New York. Or perhaps the credit properly belongs to a 10-year old who proposed it while hanging out in the bakery. Andrew Z. Galarneau writes for the Buffalo News:

“She was supervising, and asking questions, and eating Flamin' Hot Cheetos,” said BreadHive’s Allison Ewing. "She said, 'You should put these on a bagel.' ” […]

They crushed a bag of the alarmingly crimson processed snacks, and dipped the ready-to bake bagels in them, instead of using organic garlic or one of the usual toppings. They found that the crumbs stay crispy for a few hours, and crisp up again if you toast the bagel.


(Photo: Calgary Reviews)

-via First We Feast

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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This Table Looks Like a Naturally-Formed Sheet of Ice

Zaha Hadid and Patrik Schumacher designed this beautiful table which they call the Liquid Glacial Table. The transparent acrylic is carefully molded to have a flat surface for practical use, but a rippled interior to create the impression that it's a sheet of ice supported by icicles.

Hadid and Schumacher made a coffee table and a dining table version. The latter splits into two tables with a combined length of 17.5 feet. It would be ideal for Elsa's ice palace.

-via Fubiz


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Choose Your Priorities

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This chart is a bit inaccurate. If you choose children, then you don't get time or money. Or at least I didn't. And I wouldn't change my decision for anything.

The artist adds this caveat:

Exceptions to the rule include, but are not limited to, robbing a bank, building a time machine, or having imaginary children.


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113-Year Old Woman Fakes Her Age to Get on Facebook


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It's been a while since Anna Stoehr, 113, of Plainview, Minnesota has been carded. Just shy of 114, she decided to sign up for Facebook. That's when she ran into problems.

You have to be at least 13 to be on Facebook. But the maximum age Facebook accepts is 99. So Ms. Stroehr lied about her age and claimed to be 14 years younger than she really is in order to sign up. A Verizon salesman helped her get set up:

Joseph Ramireza was selling an iPhone to Stoehr's 85-year-old son, who started talking about his mother. Ramireza said he had to meet her.

"She's become something of a kindred spirit," Ramireza told KARE.

He's helped her use FaceTime to video chat with friends on an iPad and has been teaching her to use email and Google search.

-via Dave Barry


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Carol Milne’s Knitted Glass

Carol Milne, an artist in Seattle, knits glass.

Let’s just reflect on that accomplishment for a moment.

These incredible sculptures have every appearance of being translucent yarn wrapped around knitting needles. How does Milne do it? Christopher Jobson of Colossal summarizes her technique:

First, a model of the sculpture is made from wax which is then encased by a refractory mold material that can withstand extremely high temperatures. Next, hot steam is used to melt the wax, leaving behind an empty cavity in the shape of the artwork. Pieces of room temperature glass are then placed inside the mold which is then heated to 1,400-1,600 degrees Fahrenheit depending on the type of glass. Afterward, the piece is slowly cooled over a period of several weeks, followed by a careful excavation process, where Milne delicately chips away like an archaeologist to reveal the final piece.

-via Lustik


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Woodkopf: The New Czech Sport of Board Dueling


(Photo: Unie Woodkopf)

You have a wooden board balanced on your head. So does your opponent. Your task is to knock his board off without losing your own. You may do so only by hitting his board with your own.


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So do you have what it takes to be a woodkopf champion? This sport, which is named “wood head,” began in 1992 at a cultural festival in Prague. It’s now an emerging sport with regulation boards that measure 200x16x2 centimeters and weigh between 3 and 4 kilograms. If you knock down your opponent’s board twice, then you win the match.


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Sheet Music for Jeff Goldblum Laughing

Actor Jeff Goldblum has a . . . let’s say unique laugh. Is it playable? You can try it out on this sheet music. Be sure to play it on your bagpipes con brio, which apparently means “vigorously.”


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Is it faithful to the original? Here’s a sample of Goldblum’s laughter.

-via Tastefully Offensive | Image: unknown


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Cunning Football Play Tricks Opposing Team


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Hebron High School of Carrollton, Texas faced off against Allen High School of Allen, Texas. Hebron pulled off an elaborate trick play. Like a good stage magician, the team distracted its opponents by drawing their attention to the center of the field.

Meanwhile, one player ambled over to the sideline, apparently to talk to a coach. But he remained inbound and thus still in play. Hebron kicked the ball down the field, which was recovered by the player near the sideline.

Referees called the play an illegal shift, so it wasn’t accepted. But it was a commendably clever attempt.

-via 22 Words


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Photos of the Largest Ship Ever Built, Now Under Construction

When it is completed, the first ship in Maersk Triple E series will be the largest ever built in human history. Photographer Alastair Philip Wiper got the chance to crawl around it for a few hours while the hulk, still under construction, passed through Copenhagen last year. You can see his photo set of this amazing machine here.

The Maersk shipping line plans to build 20 of these marvels, each of which is 59 meters wide and can carry 18,000 shipping containers. When the first one is complete, it will have a crew of 15 who can enjoy on board amenities, including a swimming pool and a movie theater. This ship is the pride of Opko, South Korea, where its construction now take place.

-via Ka-ching!

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Dad and Kids Build Massive LEGO Version of Wonder Woman's Invisible Jet

Wonder Woman has long flown an invisible jet. Recently, LEGO produced a massive, 3,200-piece version of it. Since John Wray and his kids love LEGO, they spent a day carefully assembling this incredibly complex model of the plane. You can see more photos here.

I'm really impressed with the level of detail that LEGO put into this set. The model looks almost like the real thing!

-via Kotaku


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These Are Photos of a Sumo Wrestling School

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Why are these men not wearing shirts? Maybe it's hot, but they're actually in uniform. This is a classroom at a school for sumo, a traditional Japanese sport. Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku has a roundup of more photos and a description of student life there. The Sumo Training School in Tokyo has a 6-month curriculum that includes 2 hours a day inside a classroom. There, the students learn etiquette, calligraphy, and singing, among other subjects.


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Cat Tracks Down Former Owner at Nursing Home


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Having advanced in years and become infirm, Nancy Cowen of Westcott, Surrey, UK, had to move into a nursing home. It was necessary for her to part with her beloved cat, Cleo. She sent Cleo to live with her former neighbors.

But Cleo was having none of that.

Nursing home staff noticed that two weeks after Ms. Cowen moved in, a cat began hanging around outside, sleeping on the benches. Ms. Cowen and her sister saw the cat and confirmed that it was Cleo. Jennifer Hardwick writes for the Dorkling and Leatherhead Advertiser:

The happy pair have now been officially reunited, with Bramley House able to cater for the contented feline and keep her in her beloved owner's company.

The pet-friendly facility has also pledged to give Cleo a home for as long as she needs one in the future.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath

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Prescient Postcards from 1899 Accurately Predict Life in the Year 2000

In about 1899 or 1900, the German chocolate company Hildebrands published postcards that showed what life would be like a century hence in the year 2000. What is remarkable about them is that so many of these predictions were completely accurate--as though the artists really could see into the future.

For example, this postcard shows people traveling over the water on personal boatwheels and footboats while supported by helium-filled balloons. It's hard to think that there was a time when this wasn't normal.

The combination steamship/locomotive is now how many people in coastal regions make daily commutes to work and school.

Do you want to control the weather? Until just 50 years ago, it was impossible to set your personal weather preferences. If it was raining, you just had to carry an "umbrella"--or actually get wet!

Other predictions were less foresighted. The artists also imagined being able to electronically transmit theater performances to viewers far away or travel on airships to the North Pole. Still, the accuracy rate of these postcards is really impressive. You can view them all here.

-via Visual News


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A Royal Doghouse Built for Marie Antoinette

Marie Antoinette, Queen of France from 1774-1792, was fond of her dogs and could afford to buy them luxurious homes far beyond what the average human could afford to live in. This is a doghouse made for her by the famous French furniture builder Jean-Baptiste-Claude Sené. It's currently at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. It's made of beech and pine wood covered with gold and cushioned by silk and velvet.

-via Messy Nessy Chic


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The Big Mac 'n Cheese

Nick Chipman is the executive chef of DudeFoods, a site filled with the most manly and nutritionally dubious foods in the world. We've featured his work extensively.

He recently made a hamburger that had compressed macaroni and cheese for buns. One of his readers pointed out that he could make a mac and cheese burger even more mac-y by building a Big Mac with mac and cheese buns. This beautiful meal is the result.

Chipman says that it's hard to eat because it's so tall. But:

On the plus side, there’s a really simple solution to the problem — deep fry the entire thing and serve it on a stick!

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South Korean Artist Turns Starbucks Cups into Elaborate Dioramas and Images

We've seen Starbucks cups with doodles, but we've never before seen Starbucks cups like this! South Korean artist Soo Min Kim takes Starbucks cups and makes them into wonders fit for any art gallery.

Sometimes he changes the siren into different characters or places her in other settings. Recently, he's been cutting out portions of the cups and illuminating them with tea lights to provide a visual depth to the scenes. You can view more of his work at Rocket News 24.

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This 12-Year Old's Hobby Is Making Incredible Trick Shots with Ping Pong Balls

Many 12-year olds like to spend their free time playing video games. But Mikey has no interest in them. He has a more low-tech hobby: throwing ping pong balls. And he is a master of it!

Mikey throws the balls against hard objects, bouncing them off to land in cups. Sometimes he throws a few balls off several objects and lands all of them right on target.


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As the video progresses, Mikey's shots get more complicated. The final minute is astounding.

-via 22 Words

Check out more amazing talents over at our Mad Skills blog

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Amazing Football Scene: Quarterback Jumps Over Another Player


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On Saturday, Morrisville State College of Morrisville, New York beat Kean University with a score of 37 to 31. Morrisville quarterback Lemar Johnson greatly contributed to that victory. In one incredible moment, Johnson jumped over a Kean player trying to block him and ran the final few feet to the end zone. This video shows that moment at normal speed, then in slow motion. 

-via Huffington Post


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Paintings of Nick Cage as Pokémon

In a live action Pokémon movie, who should play Snorlax? Nick Cage, of course. And Bulbasaur? Nick Cage, again. He should play all of the roles because he is Nick Cage--the everyman, er everypokémon, of our generation.

Jess Bellamy, an artist in Los Angeles, paints images of Nicholas Cage as various Pokémon. Hopefully, she will continue until she collects all 649 of them. 

-via Technabob


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Adorable Husky Puppy Struggles to Escape Bowl


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The little Siberian husky hears the call of the wild and is ready to heed it. But first, he must escape from this confounded bowl! Out of his way, plastic. The wolf within must run!

-via Daily of the Day

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The Surreal Sculptures of Too Dim

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There is little information available about DeviantART member Too Dim. The madness expressed in the online journal doesn't clarify the art. But it is clear that Too Dim is a gifted and inventive artist who works in a wide variety of media, assembling objects in combinations you'd never expect and shaping them with refined skill.

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Write or Die: A Word Processing Program That Compels You to Keep Writing

I'm not a writer in the conventional sense of the term. But writing is an important component of my work. I need to come up with clear, crisp, and hopefully entertaining prose quickly. When I'm trying to think of a joke, I can sit at my keyboard for far too long, staring at the screen. So the word processing program Write or Die might be just the tool I need.

Write or Die is designed to compel people to get over writer's block. If you stop typing, after a while, the program begins to delete what you've already written. Like running on a treadmill over a lava pit, you have to keep moving or lose everything.


(Image: Amazon)

David Nicholls wrote the novel Us on Write or Die:

“I was convinced that there was a novel in me and I had to just spew it out on to the page,” Nicholls told an audience at the Cheltenham Literary festival. “I produced huge piles of paper and I saw it was all rubbish. It was as if I was writing with a gun to my head.”

Nicholls threw away his 35,000-word manuscript. But it gave him a great premise for a novel. He rewrote it and published the manuscript. The resulting novel, Us, was nominated for the Man Booker Prize.

-via Marginal Revolution


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Good News: You Can Now Take Your Fecal Transplant Orally


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Healthy bacteria within the colon are essential to fighting off infections of the bacterium Clostridium difficile. If you don't have the proper bacteria in your colon to do so, then it may be necessary for doctors to perform a fecal transplant. That means that the doctors take fecal matter from one person and, by means of a colonscopy, tranfer that fecal matter inside your own colon.

A colonoscopy is rather invasive and uncomfortable--or so I've heard. Thankfully, a study led by Dr. Elizabeth Hohmann of the Massachusetts General Hospital Infectious Diseases Division may have found an alternative approach. Dr. Hohmann and her colleagues took fecal donations from healthy people and turned them into pills that patients can swallow. Rachel Feltman writes for the Washington Post:

The process starts the same way as usual, Hohmann said: "Sort of gross, but pretty simple." Exceptionally healthy young people — those that pass all requirements for blood donation, as well as being screened for other health factors — provide stool samples, which are then blended with medical-grade saline and filtered.

But instead of that uniform liquid being pumped into a patient, it's concentrated into a single capsule. Another layer of capsule goes on top, and the whole thing is kept frozen. A single treatment requires a gulp-worthy 30 pills — 15 on the first day and 15 on the second. But don't knock it: In a trial of 20 patients, it brought normal bowel health and function to 18 — which is the same rate of success seen in more invasive methods.

Plus it's cheaper. Hohmann estimates that the entire course would cost $500 — one sixth the price of either a colonoscopy or a standard course of antibiotics.

-via Dave Barry


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In Zero Gravity, A Drop of Water Becomes a Fisheye Lens

Commander Reid Wiseman (USN) is one of the astronauts currently on board the International Space Station. He loves to post amusing and informative Vines that show us unique views from low Earth orbit. For example, a few months ago, he showed this mesmerizing video of a thunderstorm from the other side of the clouds.

Reid informs us that in very low gravity, water forms a sphere and turns into "the ultimate fisheye lens."

-via Daily of the Day


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Ronald McThor


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Aren't you lovin' it? This cosplayer at the New York City Comic Con wields a wonderfully greasy Mjölnir. You can hold it, too--if you are worthy. With it, Ronald McThor shall destroy his greatest enemy: Burger Loki.

-via The Geek Twins


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Delicate Sculptures Made of Human Hair

Imhathai Suwatthanasilp is an artist and a student at Silpakorn University in Bangkok. Among other projects, she makes sculptures from her own hair. Hair has a special meaning to her. Suwatthanasilp’s father once cut his own hair and gave it to her and her three sisters. This symbolic act was important because hair is a:

[…] key medium that reflects love and union between family members. Having been the representative of the whole family as the symbol of the family’s blood and soul, the hair that were weaved together also serves as a diary that keeps reminding her of the memorable experiences and the relationship that have been transferred from generation to generation

Suwatthanasil recently exhibited her work at the NumThong Gallery in Bangkok.

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Rodafino Is the Most Amazing Musical Performance I've Ever Seen


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There is little information available in English, but I gather that this group known as Factoria Circular performs in a spinning vehicle called the Rodafino. It can spin on both horizontal and vertical axes as well as move in any direction, propelled by the band members. The show that they put on is unlike anything else I've ever seen. Be sure to watch this video:


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-via The Presurfer


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