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The Cutest Cats in Kimonos

In Japan, the nation that gave the world cat cafes, felines are cherished and pampered pets--as they should be! They're often photographed in kimonos, which are most likely put on by their human servants. Rocket News 24 has a roundup of the cutest kimono-wearing cats you'll ever see. Now I want to get a cat just so I can put it in a kimono!

(Photo: Yuria)

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Hacked Typewriter Plays Typewriter Music

In 1950, composer Leroy Anderson wrote "The Typeriter"--a short and funny orchestral piece that uses a typewriter as a musical instrument. You can watch a performance of it here. And you should because it's really amusing.


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In that version, a professional percussionist played a mechanical typewriter. Chris Gregg and Bruce Molay, however, programmed an electrical typewriter to do the same thing and type a specific, coherent message in the process! Hack A Day describes how it works:

An Arduino Uno converts serial over USB output to a bit stream ready to clock into the shift registers. On the computer side, [Chris] wrote up a basic CUPS driver which allows him to print from his Macbook. The perfect demo for this project turned out to be musical. Click past the break to see The Smith Corona perform “The Typewriter Symphony”, by Leroy Anderson. This may be the first time this particular piece of music has been performed with actual words being typed, rather than random keys.


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Hyperrealistic Pancake Art


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Pancake art has become such a refined art form that it's now possible to create images in pancake batter that are nearly photographic in their degree of realism. YouTube member Tiger Tomato demonstrates this by recreating cartoon characters, such as Rainbow Dash, Pikachu, Sonic the Hedgehog, and Finn the Human.

It's a father and son team in Melbourne, Australia. Together, they carefully outline the images in reverse, fill them in with layered colors, then flip the pancakes over to reveal the completed pictures. You can see more at their YouTube channel.

-via Incredible Things

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That Time Superman Gained the Ability to Shoot Mini-Supermen out of His Hands

Now before you get too upset about this seemingly bizarre superpower: this was 1958. Back then, it was not very unusual for ordinary people to have this ability (atomic testing, you know). So it makes sense that the writers of Superman #125 would endow the Man of Steel with it, too.

Jerry Coleman, Wayne Boring, and Stan Kaye titled their story "Superman's New Power!" In it, Superman faced several challenges that required that he be greatly reduced in size or be in multiple locations simultaneously. This necessitated the Mini-Me Superman. You can see several pages from this freaky issue at Comic Book Resources.

-via The Geek Twins


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16 Great Works of Snow White Cosplay

(Photo: Andy Rae)

The Evil Queen, jealous of Snow White's beauty, ordered the Huntsman to slay her. Snow White responded by stabbing the Evil Queen through the chest. The end.

It would have made for a very short, but certainly compelling movie. This costume worn by cosplayer Andy Rae might have been selected for the 1937 Disney movie. It's one of many great cosplays inspired by the classic Disney princess film. Let's look at others:

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Bull Gets a New Ball

Herbie the bull is very excited about getting a new ball to play with. But his human thinks that he's actually frustrated and says, "Do you need a girlfriend, Herbie?" Well, then, help him out, lady. Get him set up on Plenty of Cows.


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-via Gifsboom

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Transforming, Spinning Cocktail Cabinet

(Image: Yard Sale Project)

It's called the Cubrick. Does the name remind you of filmmaker Stanely Kubrick? It should. This cocktail cabinet design is inspired by his film 2001: A Space Odyssey. It's supposed to look like a monolith, except that it's red and filled with alcohol.

Ian Spencer and Cairn Young of the design firm Yard Sale Project in London conceive of it as "luxury furniture with a sense of theater." It smoothly opens, unfolds, and spins with a touch, moving much like the mystical flight scenes in the movie. It's priced starting at $7,300.


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Deep Fried Big Mac

The recipe is simplicity itself: make scrambled eggs, then add bread crumbs, and mix. Dip the whole Big Mac hamburger into the breading, then deep fry it. The food blog Peep My Eats has a great idea that can work at home. But, ideally, McDonald's restaurants will offer this service on site.

Here's a time-lapse video of the preparation process.

-via That's Nerdalicious!

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In This Mexican Village, Women Fistfight to Summon Rain

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It is an ancient ceremony of mysterious origin. Every May, farmers in La Esperanza, Guerrero, Mexico, plant crops. The seeds need water to grow, so the villagers perform rituals that encourage rain.

This means collecting human blood in buckets and plowing it into the ground. The blood is the result of fistfights that the women have for the occasion. Rodrigo Cruz of Vice reports:

The villagers quickly began arriving in their dozens, forming a human perimeter while they waited for their out-of-town adversaries to reach the makeshift battlefield. Once the neighboring communities began to show up, women immediately started seeking out opponents and challenging them to a fight. The mothers and grandmothers, many of whom had been warriors in the past, got busy urging the younger generation of girls to get out in the ring, to split some skulls and spill some blood.

Once they were set on an opponent, the women faced each other, tying their hair up and removing rings or anything else that might get in their way. Then, often with their eyes closed, they threw the first punch. Occasionally they'd grab a handful of dirt to dry the sweat on their hands, or ask for a time-out to clean their bloodied noses, but they'd always carry on relentlessly tearing into each other, with cries of support resounding from all sides of the fight pit.

-via Oddity Central (warning: auto-start video)


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Mama Duck Goes Shopping, Takes Her Ducklings with Her

Lawson is a convenience store chain in Japan. Recently, a mother duck and her babies waddled into a Lawson outlet in Akashi City, Hyogo Prefecture. They eventually wandered out. And though Japan's convenience stores are legendary for having anything you could want, they didn't buy anything.

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Mama Raccoon Teaches Baby How to Climb a Tree


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Baby raccoon needs to climb, but he isn't born knowing how. Mama raccoon will teach him, though. She lifts him up by her forepaws, encouraging him to grasp the bark of the tree. It's working!

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath

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The Most Terrifying Music Video about a Living Pile of Potato Chips

This is "The Potato Chip Man." It is a song and music video by the Norwegian comedy duo Erlend & Steinjo. It consists of repetitions of a simple lyric:

Do you have more Potatochips?
No, we have not.


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He is a golem created out of potato chips in order to serve humanity's base drive for food. Yet he was also created with a soul that yearns for a deeper meaning for himself. The two men go on a quest for that meaning and additional potato chips.

-via Dave Barry


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Fashion Trend for Men: Merman Hair

(Photo: Thomas Bird)

Mad Men is over, so you can put away your suits and fedoras. Now, if you want to look good, the cool thing to do is dye your hair (face or scalp--wherever it appears on your body) vibrant, pastel colors. It's a fashion called merman hair. Check it out:

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Cross Stitch Tattoos

Eva Krbdk, a tattoo artist in Turkey, makes cross stitch-like patterns that create vivid impressions of their subjects. The stitch marks are clear, crisp, and perfectly arranged. It's like wearing a framed sampler on your skin! 

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Cthulhu Fhtagn! Tentacle Shoes for Every Occasion

Kermit Tesoro, a fashion designer, calls this shoe design Polypodis. If you've ever wanted to feel like you're been caught in the tentacles of a creature eager to devour you, then these are for you. I'd like to see Brandon Cohen repeat his experiment and try to spend an entire day in these. But he'd probably have to fail a sanity check to even consider it.

-via Laughing Squid


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"I Left a Pizza Boy and Came Back a Pizza Man": Delivery Driver Saves Customer's Life

It is a great calling. Few people can do what pizza delivery drivers do: bring hot, delicious pizza to your doorstep. Perhaps more than anyone else, pizza delivery drivers consistently bring joy into everyday life.

Anson Lemmer, 19, is a member of that honored profession in Glenwood, Colorado. Recently, by his own admission, he became a pizza man when he used CPR to save the life of a customer. The Post Independent reports on one delivery run that became extraordinary:

Instead, when he arrived at the address on Valley View Road with a hot pizza, he saw a man turning blue outside of the house. Two other people were with the man — one attempting CPR and one on the phone calling it in.

“When I pulled up there, I knew something was wrong, and I had to act. They asked me right away if I knew CPR,” Lemmer said. “I jumped in right away to do those chest compressions.”

EMTs arrived 10-15 minutes later and took the man to the hospital. Lemmer says that the people at the address didn't want the pizza. But he's glad that he came anyway.

-via reddit | Photo: Post Independent


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Nature Documentary with Explosions, Lasers, and Lightsabers

Nature is amazing!

This BBC documentary shows a swamp in Australia. Bats are hungry for prey in the water. Crocodiles are hungry for the bats themselves.  This video, which has been lightly edited by YouTube member Blackhawk, shows how these natural enemies battle for scarce resources. In the savagery of the swamp, they hold nothing back, bringing lasers, lightsabers, and air-dropped bombs into action.


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YOLO Juliet: Shakespeare Translated into Textspeak and Emojis

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A neurological study found that reading Shakespeare enhances your ability to think. This is your shortcut to that advantage. YOLO Juliet is a textspeak and emoji-filled retelling of Shakespeare's most famous play. It's part of the OMG Shakespeare series of translations, including srsly Hamlet, A Midsummer Night #nofilter, and Macbeth #killingit. The books are marketed specifically at the teen and young adult reading market in the hope of making Shakespeare's classics accessible to them. Here's what a typical page looks like:

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Baby Chameleon Doesn't Know That He's Already Hatched from His Egg

(Photo: Canvas Chameleons/Nick Henn)

Nick Henn is the owner of Canvas Chameleons, a chameleon supply company in Reading, Pennsylvania. He recently had a baby panther chameleon hatch out of its egg. The baby was struggling, so Henn cut at its eggshell with little scissors. He found inside the shell this adorable dime-sized ball of chameleon. National Geographic describes the process:

Under Henn's close watch, the panther chameleon eggs grow in their leathery shells for seven to eight months. When the big day arrives, the chameleon uses a special "egg tooth" on its upper jaw to slit the egg's inner membrane, which then contracts. 

It's "like a swimmer peeling off a wet bathing suit," says Robin Andrews, a biologist at Virginia Tech.

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Study: Kangaroos are Left-Handed


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For the first time, scientists have discovered that a species other than humans has a handed dominance. Just as humans are mostly right-handed, kangaroo species are mostly left-handed. Lead researcher Yegor Malashichev and his colleagues found this tendency among eastern grey kangaroos, red kangaroos, and red-necked wallabies. The researchers think that handedness may result from a species evolving into an upright posture and walking on the hind legs. BBC News reports:

In terms of handedness, Dr Malashichev said this confirmed for the first time that "we are not alone in the Universe; we are two - humans and kangaroos".

He and his colleagues suggest that their discovery is an example of "parallel evolution". This is because handedness seems to have appeared in primates, which belong in the group of placental mammals, as well as the marsupials in the new study, but not in related animals across these two branches of the evolutionary tree.

-via National Geographic


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Impatient Toddler Shoves Little Girl into Swimming Pool

In 15 years, this little boy will be the guy behind you who honks as soon as the stoplight turns green. He's been waiting in line long enough--all of 5 seconds!--and is ready for traffic to keep moving.


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-via Tastefully Offensive

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Popcorn Popper Lamp

Etsy seller Patrick Hoesterey came up with a great, original idea for a household lamp. He built it into an old popcorn popper. He replaced the internal components with a lamp receptacle that powers a 25 watt bulb. Hoesterey selected an orange bulb which, when paired with acrylic chunks, creates the impression that it's about to spill out real popcorn.

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The Newest Luxury: Caviar-Coated Twinkies

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Chicken Charlie calls himself the “Deep Fry King of California.” When he sets his wits to work to devise the most extreme fair foods, no one can top him. The results at this year’s Orange County Fair include Charlie’s caviar-covered Twinkie. It costs $125. That’s a lot, but most Twinkies are worth it.

And if that’s not enough for you, Charlie also offers deep fried Slim Fast bars, deep fried cherry KoolAid, and a deep fried Sharpie marker.

-via First We Feast

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Baseball Fan Makes Impossible Catch While Holding a Baby


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Adrian Gonzalez, a first baseman for the Dodgers, leaned over the railing to catch a ball as it arced toward the stands. He almost got it. But spectator Keith Hartley snatched it barehanded right above Gonzalez’s glove. He did this while leaning over a railing and holding and bottle-feeding his 7-month old son.

Like a boss.

The batter was ruled out due to fan interference and the Cubs went on to beat the Dodgers 1-0.

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You Can Now Climb El Capitan in Google Street View

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El Capitan is a nearly vertical rock face in Yosemite National Park in California. Climbing it is a 3,000-foot journey that has been completed in as short a time as 19 days. That’s by elite climbers. You and I, though can go faster by using Google Street View.

That service, which provides photos to accompany Google Maps, which has explored the oceans, Loch Ness, the Grand Canyon, and the open sands of the Sahara, now takes you straight up El Capitan. It’s a tough, brutal climb, but keep clicking and eventually you’ll reach the summit. You can read more about the journey here.

-via Tech Crunch


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Watermelon Bread

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You’ve seen watermelons grown as cubes. The next step would obviously be to bake bread that looks like one of those watermelons, inside and out. Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku reports that this kind of bread is a popular trend in Taiwan. It started at a bakery called Jimmy’s Bakery, but has spread widely. You can even make your own at home. Slice it open and eat it plan, or wrap two slices around real watermelon for a watermelon sandwich.

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Teenagers Invent a Condom That Changes Color When It Contacts an STD

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Muaz Nawaz, Daanyaal Ali, and Chirag Shah are 13, 14, and 14 years old, respectively. Though they’re young, they’ve already developed a sophisticated and helpful invention: an STD-detecting condom. The material is embedded with bacteria that turn green when they contact chlamydia, blue when encountering syphilis, and yellow when detecting herpes.

The three inventors are students at Isaac Newton Academy in Ilford, Essex, UK. The condom, which they cleverly call the S.T.EYE, earned them a £1,000 prize and a trip to Buckingham Palace in the TeenTech invention contest.

-via Geekologie


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Boom! Headshot!

What are brothers for, but for antagonizing? This young lady found the perfect way to do it: she shot her straw wrapper off by blowing through the straw. The wrapper not only hit the little boy, but lodged firmly in his ear. She’s the Robin Hood of the diner!


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-via Tastefully Offensive


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Toddler Rides a Skateboard on a Custom Sidecar

(Photo: Braden Boards)

Jared of the skateboard company Braden Boards has a little boy who loves to ride as much as his daddy does. Jett, who is now 1 and 1/2, has been riding with his father since he was just 6 months old. This sidecar-like attachment helps him do it. As this video demonstrates, the sidecar keeps the boy secure while bending and flexing with the movement of Jared's longboard.

-via Laughing Squid

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Hundreds of Vintage Sea Flags Hidden away in a Museum

This flag had nothing to do with Nazi Germany or any other Nazi organization. The swastika long predates the Nazi use of that symbol and remains in use in India.

In this case, the swastika is part of the house flag of the Scindia Steam Navigation Company operating out of Bombay, India. That shipping company operated from 1919 until the 1980s. This flag was made in about 1951. It’s one of hundreds of maritime flags owned by the Royal Museums in Greenwich, UK. You can find other notable selections at Messy Nessy Chic.

-via Sarah Troop


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