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Should You Get a Dog or a Kid?

You need another living creature to fill the hole in your life or relationship. Should it be a dog or a child? Rob Fee of Mandatory runs through the differences in the two experiences. You could also get both. Eventually the child will be able to walk the dog. But for some reason, people will flip if you appoint the dog as babysitter.

-via How to Be a Dad

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Tortoise Gets 3D Printed Shell

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Cleopatra, a leopard tortoise in Golden, Colorado, suffers from pyramiding. This means that the scrutes of her shell did not grow evenly, but pushed up, forming pyramid-like structures. The pyramids make her vulnerable to other tortoises, as well as make it difficult for her to right herself if she gets flipped over. Holes that formed along the borders also make her susceptible to infections.

Roger Henry, a design student at Colorado Technical University, responded by building her a protective outer shell. He spent about 600 hours developing a design that would fit precisely over her shell. Then he built it with a 3d printer. Cleopatra has adapted to it well and is enjoying a healthier lifestyle as a result.

(Photo: Gary Stefanski)

-via Huffington Post

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Rabbit King Munches on His Iron Throne

Aegon Targaryen--Aegon the Fluffy, the call him--subdued all the warrens of Westeros. Then all of the Chief Rabbits of the land surrendered their carrots. He used them to erect the enormous Carrot Throne.

Wallace the rabbit once delivered beer to members of the court using a purpose-built cart. But no longer. He played the game and played it well. Now he sits in the Carrot Throne. And occasionally snacks on it, too.


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Deep Fried Nachos on a Stick

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In the United States, professional sports are highly competitive. But designing the foods served at games may be even more competitive. Stadiums and ballparks across the country strive to offer extreme, one-of-a-kind foods to fans. These foods served at the concession stands include calorically gifted delights, such as horse collar sausages, bratwurst lollipops, and bacon donut hot dogs.

The current champion in this ever-shifting field is the deep fried nacho stick. Miller Park in Wisconsin, home of the Milwaukee Brewers, offers Inside the Park Nachos. This delicious concoction consists of a stick of beef covered with refried beans, rolled in crunched Doritos, then deep fried and covered with sour cream and cheese.

It’s a practical food to eat while watching a game because you can eat it one-handed. It’s considerably less messy than handling a tray of nachos. You can read more about the Inside the Park Nachos at ESPN (warning: auto-start video).

-via That’s Nerdalicious!

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It’s So Relaxing to Watch This Capybara and Ducklings Take a Bath


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JoeJoe the capybara lives like a human household pet. He even rides through pet stores in a shopping cart. He epitomizes the chill lifestyle. This is well-demonstrated in this video of him relaxing in a tub of water while baby ducks play on his back.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath

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How to Wash Your Bald Head in Space


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Either Nature has blessed you with an unadorned head or you have removed those unsightly follicles from your pate. No matter how you came to live the bald lifestyle, you’ll need to wash your head. That’s a bit tricky in the very low gravity that astronauts on the International Space Station contend with.

Luca Parmitano, an Italian astronaut, shows us how he cleans his head without spraying water everywhere. Enormous globs of water adhere to his bare dome and remain in place until he wipes them away with a towel.

-via Twisted Sifter


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New Exercise Craze: Getting Chased by Wild Wolves

It’s a prank by the great Obvious Plant, who obviously planted this flyer at his local 24 Hour Fitness gym. It’s 1 of 3 that he’s played on the impressively patient gym staff. Trainer Chuck M. has a brilliant idea for staying in shape. Humans didn’t evolve to sit at desks or ride bikes. Our primitive ancestors didn’t have crossover machines. They got their exercise in everyday life by chasing and being chased by wild animals. So get in shape the natural way.

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What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

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Have we learned nothing from Spider-Man? When humanity’s knowledge outstrips its wisdom, we end up with superheroes or supervillains, both of which are trouble. Move the spider farm someplace else. Here, there’s a vacant lot next to the old chemical weapons dump. That'll be fine.

-via reddit

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The Remarkable Story of the First Corned Beef Sandwich in Space


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This is not the actual sandwich. This corned beef sandwich sealed in acrylic is a memorial to a particular incident on the Gemini 3 spaceflight. 50 years ago this past Monday, pilot John Young snuck a corned beef sandwich onto the spacecraft, which was then launched into Earth orbit. This was contraband, but Young as a practical joker.

This joke, though, was a bad idea. When he bit into the sandwich, Young learned something important: corned beef sandwiches fall apart easily--especially in zero gravity. Crumbs floated around the cabin. It got him into trouble. Discovery reports:

"A couple of congressmen became upset, thinking that, by smuggling in the sandwich and eating part of it, Gus and I had ignored the actual space food that we were up there to evaluate, costing the country millions of dollars," Young wrote in his 2012 memoirs, "Forever Young."

Nonetheless, Young got to claim the title of having eaten the first corned beef sandwich in space. He also got to eat corned beef in space again when he commanded the first Space Shuttle mission in 1981. This time, he ate it in the form of cubes.

-via First We Feast


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After 11 Years, Martian Rover Completes a Full Marathon

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Clocking in at 11 years and 2 months, it's a truly awful marathon time. But it's the first marathon ever completed on the surface of another world. On Tuesday, NASA's Opportunity rover crossed the 26.219 mile mark during its sojourn across the red planet.

The previous record was held by the Soviet Union's lunar rover Lunokhod 2, which traveled 23 miles in 1973. 

Opportunity landed on Mars on January 25, 2004. It's spent the past 4 years crossing the 14-mile wide Endeavour crater. NASA planned to use it for at least 3 months. Despite breakdowns, Opportunity continues to explore Mars and relay data back to Earth.

-via Jeff Zentner


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This Man Turned His Birthmark into a Map of an Imaginary World

Redditor Mneneon has a birthmark covering his entire right hand. In a brilliant and beautiful use of it, Mneneon added geographical lines to turn it into an entire fictional world. He toys with the idea of using it to build a world for a fantasy novel, but doesn't see himself as a writer. That hasn't stopped other redditors from coming up with story ideas, such as this one by the appropriately named that_gave_me_an_idea:

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New Car Tech Reads Speed Limit Signs, Automatically Slows Down Car

The Ford Motor Company’s European division has developed a system that monitors changes in speed limits as you drive. When a driver activates the Intelligent Speed Limiter on his car, he chooses a maximum speed. When the car exceeds that limit, it alerts the driver.

It also scans the road for speed limit signs. When it determines that the car is going over the speed limit in a particular area, it alerts the driver and stops accelerating. It doesn’t apply the brakes—it just takes its virtual foot off the gas. A driver can override the limiter by pressing on the gas pedal.


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-via Gizmodo


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Soldier Saved by Instructor after Accidentally Dropping Grenade


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This footage from Guangdong province, China, shows an army recruit learning how to throw a grenade. Summation: he sucks at it.

Instead of throwing the grenade over a protective wall, he drops it just a few feet away from where he and his instructor are standing.

The instructor, noting the problem, dives for a trench, pulling the recruit in with him. They both survive, apparently unharmed.

-via Daily Telegraph (warning: auto-start video)


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Hedgehogs in a Cupcake Pan

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Tumblr user fatpeoplemakemehappy points out that “the one on the bottom right  is trying real hard to be a good cupcake.” Good for him! He gets extra treats. The one in the center back, though, will need extra frosting when he’s done.

-via Tastefully Offensive

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How the Internet Works

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Think of Neatorama as the chubby penguin of the internet, although, technically speaking, only a third of the contributors are penguins.

The internet will charm and horrify you. It accentuates the extremes of humanity. Go ahead and read about the President hunting people for sport. Just make sure that you keep a kitten supply handy.


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This River in a German City Is a Popular Surfing Destination

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Munich, a city in southern Germany, is a few hundred miles from the sea. But it’s a great place to go surfing. That’s because a fast-moving river offers ideal conditions for wave riding. The Eisbach, a 2-km channel of the Isar River, has been used by surfers since the 1970s. It’s been legal since only 2010, so the local surfers had to be discreet. They also have to use boards that are optimal for river surfing. A 2013 report from the BBC explained:

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HuskMitNavn’s Folded Paper Doodles

HuskMitNavn (which apparently means “Remember My Name” in Danish) is an artist in Copenhagen. He does a lot of professional mind-bending, optical illusion art. But some of his most amusing works are common doodles on pieces of paper that he carefully folds, rolls, or tears to add to the story.

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Extremely Rare Cow Quadruplets Born

(Photo: AP/Jimmy Barling)

The odds of the live birth of 4 calves in one pregnancy are 1 in 11.2 million. It’s extremely rare, but it happened to Dora Rumsey-Barling, the owner of these 4 calves in rural northeastern Texas. She’s named them Eeny, Meeny, Miny, and Moo. They’re three bulls and one heifer. It’s such a rare event that Rumsey-Barling will have DNA tests taken on all four calves to prove that they’re quadruplets.

The mother cow can’t nurse all four calves, so Moo is staying with her while the three other calves are spending time with other caretakers. 


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OK Go’s Trippy Commercial for a Furniture Store


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The band OK Go is noted for its extraordinarily elaborate music videos that demonstrate fantastic creativity and precision. The people who makes these videos are true masters of the medium.

So when they turned to producing a commercial for a Chinese furniture store, they brought those skills into a furniture ad. Like a good horror movie, you can’t tell what is up and what is down; what is real and what is fake.

-via Blame It on the Voices


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Which Mad Scientist Is the Best?

If I consistently needed a mad scientist in my employment, I’d go for Princess Bubblegum. She’s smart, resourceful, multidisciplinary, and reasonably ethical. But as Sanjay Kulkarni pointed out, most “mad scientists” are actually just mad engineers.

Chloe Cole and Tristan Cooper of Dorkly made this chart. Are there other mad scientists that belong on it?


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This Incredible Contortionist Can Rotate His Head 180 Degrees


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This is Jaspreet Singh Kalra, 15, from Ludhiana, Punjab, India. They call him Rubber Man. He can rotate his head 180⁰, his arms 360⁰, and can dislocate both of his shoulders—then put them back into place! His body really does appear to be made of rubber because he can contort it into seemingly inhuman positions.

Jaspreet has been studying yoga since a young age. When he as 11, his family noticed that he seemed unusually talented. Jaspreet is so good that he thinks that he has a shot at the Guinness World Record title of the most flexible person in the world, which is currently held by Daniel Browning Smith.

-via Laughing Squid


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Ben & Jerry’s Offers a Passover-Themed Ice Cream

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Charoset is a mixture of fruit, wine, and spices. It’s a traditional part of the Seder meal eaten during Passover. The American ice cream company Ben & Jerry’s makes ice cream that is flavored like it. It's kosher, too! The company is rolling it out for this year’s Passover, which begins on April 3.

-via Blazenfluff

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Watch This Dog Adorably Fail at Catching Food, Over and Over Again

Poor Fritz! This Golden Retriever just wants to learn how to catch food when it's thrown to him. But his eye-mouth coordination is terrible. He's a klutz.


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Maybe he'll get better. His human is certainly giving him motivation. Fritz gets only the best: a whole steak, a slice of pizza, a donut, a chimichanga, and more. Keep trying, Fritz!

-via Huffington Post

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These Bathroom Tiles Look Like a Giraffe

(Photo: Norbert van Onna)

De Bever Architects designed this bathroom for a home in Eindoven, The Netherlands. When viewed from a distance, the tilework on the bathroom walls turns into the hide of a giraffe. Anything that suggests an African safari is, of course, ideal for a visit to the toilet.

-via Contemporist

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The 10 Craziest Things Ever Shoved inside an Airplane

(Photo: 109th Air Wing)

It looks like a snake unhinging its jaw to eat something that is just too big. But, yes, that’s a military cargo plane inside another military cargo plane. It’s the fuselage of a C-130 from the Rhode Island National Guard being fitted inside the belly of a C-5 Galaxy from the New York Air National Guard. The Rhode Islanders, no longer needing the C-130, offered it to the New Yorkers—provided that they could transport it. With careful planning and special equipment that they built, the loadmasters were able to slide the C-130 inside. The 109th Air Wing Public Affairs unit describes the effort:

The most challenging part of the process Sergeant Preece faced was obtaining a certification letter from Wright Patterson Air Force Base, Ohio. He needed to prove that transporting the C-130 would be possible.

"I explained to them about the hydraulic unit we installed to lower the nose gear to prove that we could raise the mains and deflate the struts to get it to sit low enough," he said. "And then we had to build a shoring kit which was monstrous.

Building the shoring kit took about three weeks, and Tech. Sgt. Brian Irvin, another 139th AS loadmaster, helped figure out how they would build the kit.

"I would estimate that the entire shoring kit weighs about 22,000 pounds," Sergeant Irvin said. "The shoring kit angles and how we stepped it up was a lot of math and mental work. We had to get the fuselage approaching the C-5 at approximately the same angle as the C-5 floor. With such small clearance, if you're going in off-angle it's not going to work. It had to be very precise. We got copies of the flight manuals of the C-5 and we built the shoring kit to match that."

Sergeant Preece received the OK from Wright-Pat and all the hard work and preparation was finally tested Sept. 8 when the crew went down to Rhode Island to load the training fuselage.

"It went very smoothly loading the plane," Sergeant Preece said. "They gave us an eight-hour timeframe, and I think we did the whole thing in four hours."

"There was a lot of planning, I think we did a very good job anticipating as much as we could possibly ahead of time," Sergeant Irvin said. "Any time you are loading something that big with a couple inches to spare in clearance, there are going to be things you didn't think of.

This is 1 of 10 crazy things put inside airplanes rounded up by Jalopnik, including a live whale, a nuclear reactor, and 200,000 pounds of dog food flavoring.


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McDonald’s French Fries Gloves

The Dallas-based ad agency Moroch developed these gloves for McDonald’s. To make them look like French fries, press them into your face—which is what you should do with fries, too.

-via Foodiggity


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A Tiny, Functional, Occupied House in the Middle of a Parking Lot

(Photo: Martin Cooper)

It's called Fantasia. It looks like a human-sized dollhouse that fits into a single slot in a parking lot in the seaside town of Aldeburgh, Suffolk, UK. You can find it on Google Street View here. A local travel information website says Fantasia has a kitchen, a bedroom, and a bathroom. 

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The Science of Why Stepping on a LEGO Makes You Want to Die


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LEGO is fun--until you step on one barefoot. It's a deeply painful experience felt by anyone who has been a parent. Your kids' LEGO will try to kill you one day. Why are they so painful? Sonali Kohli of Quartz explains:

The sharp corners also exacerbate the pain, New York University physics professor Tycho Sleator tells Quartz via email. Pressure is equal to the amount of force divided by the area to which that force is applied, he explains. “When you step on something with a sharp corner, the force from the corner is concentrated over a very small region of your foot.  This would result in a very high pressure on that small region of your foot.”

That also means that Lego encounters probably hurt you more than they do your lighter-weight kid, because the surface of the Lego matches the amount of pressure bearing down on it. When walking, that isn’t just the pressure of gravity: Movement multiplies your standing weight. For example, you might be exerting pressure of up to twice your body weight with each step just by walking, and running produces pressure of up to nine times your weight.

-via Jeremy Barker


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Photo: A Yacht Crossing a Highway


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Feadship is a Dutch yachtbuilding company. It recently sent this massive ship out of its shipyard. At 333 feet long, Symphony is the largest yacht Feadship has ever built. Here it is traveling down the Gouwe canal, which crosses over the A12 road from Arnhem to The Hague.

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Bunny Feet Deviled Eggs

Beth Jackson Klosterboer has a great food craft that takes advantage of the natural shape of hard boiled chicken eggs when sliced vertically. I had never thought of it before, but now I won't be able to look at one without seeing tiny rabbit paw prints.

For these Easter-themed eggs, Klosterboer made a paste consisting of the boiled egg yolks, mayonnaise, Dijon mustard, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, paprika, and pink food coloring. She pressed the paste through a fine sieve to give it a smooth texture. Finally, Klosterboer used a plastic bag as a pastry bag to squirt the paste into just the right shapes for adorable bunny feet.

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