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What The Avengers Actors Looked Like as Kids

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Avengers, assemble! Specifically, assemble in a line by the classroom door. Black Widow is the line leader today. Proceed to the lunchroom to hear an announcement by Principal Fury.

These photos allegedly show what the actors who play the Avengers looked like when they were kids. I suggest that in the next movie in the franchise, the villain reverse-ages the characters so that they are all 6 years old. We need a Marvel version of the Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "Rascals.' 

-via Geek Tyrant


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Boxes Make a Kitty Maze

Cats are so easily entertained! If it fits, they sits. And in this video, they sits in an arrangement of open boxes. It's a labyrinth filled with play opportunities. Watch the Japanese cat Taro and his friends enjoy what ordinary boxes can offer.


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-via Tastefully Offensive

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Human Claw Machine

Claw arcade game machines are good for only one thing: eating children. They rarely pick up any prizes because the claws are too weak to hold any object heavier than a feather.

This variation, though, looks more profitable. It requires a human child for operation. Go get one. I'm not going to ask where you got it. Just get one and come back.


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Once you have the child, strap it into the harness. The child's arms, though weak compared to an adult's, are strong enough to grasp a large amount of loot.

-via Geekologie


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Bear Cubs Wrestling

In 2011, photographer Jeff Molyneaux recorded two bear cubs roughhousing at Yosemite National Park. This Vine is a clip from a longer video.

We must maximize the bear cub cuteness by giving them bubble blowers and Nerf bats.

-via Ace of Spades HQ

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Art Takes Over Real Life

Lorenzo Castellini calls his series Art Lies. It's all about "great masters having great times." The subjects of famous paintings, such as Picasso's The Young Ladies of Avignon, invade real life, which is the only place where they can relax and party. Castellini made his images by carefully cutting out paper copies of people and objects in these classic paintings, then juxtaposing them over people that he meets in public. The resulting photographic collages can be both funny and alarming.

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Dating in 2015

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Dating--it's a meat market out there. And you've got to meet someone. That's why four students at Leiden University in the Netherlands invented Tender. This art installation comments on the modern dating scene by showing a slab of meat continuously swiping through simulated profiles on the Tinder dating app.


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Cors Brinkman, Jeroen van Oorschot, Marcello Maureira, and Matei Szabo made the sculpture for a class project. It will be on display at Radion Amsterdam this Saturday.

-via Daily of the Day


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Hugging Avocado Couple Is Totally Adorbs

Hanna Dovhan, an artist in Kharkiv, Ukraine, makes wool sculptures that make the ordinary extraordinarily cute. This avocado sculpture has already captured the attention of the internet. Two halves make a romantically adorable couple!

Hold them together to kiss!

May you find an avocado half for your life, too.


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The Nuclear War Fun Book

Kids, are you bored? Try nuclear war. You'll have a blast! In 1982, back when a global nuclear war seemed highly possible, if not likely, Victor Langer, Walter Thomas, and Brent Richardson published this fun activity book for kids. It's a tongue-in-cheek guide to life after the end of the world that features games like Mark the Mutant and Radioactive Tag. There are fashion tips and bomb shelter supply lists that all of us 80s kids knew well. You can see more pages at Flashbak.

Content warning: a tiny bit of artistic nudity.


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Shark Sniffs Photographer's Camera


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Filmmaker Dave Riggs is getting ready for the Discovery Channel's Shark Week (auto-start video). While getting footage off the coast of South Australia, a 13.5 foot long female Great White Shark approached him. Curious, she examined him. Discovery News quotes Riggs:

“Of course, great whites don’t have hands, so she was researching the area in the only way she knows how -– and that’s with her mouth,” Riggs said.

So when a Great White Shark mouths you, it's like a dog smelling you. Try to be friendly in response.

-via Daily of the Day

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Chess Pieces for Modern Times

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The Annoying Friend and the Hummer need to get together. But they'd be able to work well together only if Annoying Friend has a space large enough to park the Hummer.

The most irritating chess piece is the one that doesn't move, but expects everyone on the board to move around him.


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Clutch of Robin Eggs Hatch in Engine Compartment of a Moving Car

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Dave Marchant of Henley, Somerset, UK drove his Toyota Land Cruiser about 250 miles, then checked the oil level. Under the hood he found six robin chicks. Their mother had departed, but her babies remained.

Marchant says that he won't drive the car until the robins have grown up and left the nest of their own will. It looks like they're already making progress in that task.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath

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Legend of Korra Flapper Cosplay

Korra and Asami, the lead characters from The Legend of Korra, are decked out for a fun evening in a speakeasy in this cosplay. Photographer David Ngo snapped this shot of the couple at FanimeCon in San Jose, California.


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Anna Foucher's Geeky Driftwood Sculptures

Anna Foucher, an artist in Nantes, France, collects driftwood and uses its natural forms to create human figures. She often works with characters from pop culture, including Batman, Robin, the Joker, and Darth Vader. Her gallery includes photos showing how, step by step, her found pieces turn into funny-looking people.

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Florence Henderson Reveals What Happened to Carol Brady's First Husband

The 70s sitcom The Brady Bunch begins with widower Mike Brady marrying a woman named Carol and their two families blending into one. What happened to Carol Brady's first husband? Was she divorced or widowed as well? That was never made clear.


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Florence Henderson, the actress who played Carol Brady on the show, recently revealed the truth on The Huffpost Show: Carol was a widow--and by her own hand. Carol Brady killed her first husband.

-via Jonah Goldberg


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Stretch Limo Scooter

This glorious custom scooter is precisely the ride that I want. It's beautifully painted, including alll along the elongated trunk. The very low ground clearance gives it a lowrider's elegance. It could be improved only with a chopper front end and ape hanger handlebars.

You can see more photos at Kinisoku (translation).

-via Rocket News 24

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12 Fun Facts about Pac-Man on the 35th Birthday of the Game


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The classic video game Pac-Man premiered in Japan 35 years ago today. To mark the occasion, Uproxx rounded up 12 fascinating bits of information in the surprisingly complex history of that game. For example, game designer Toru Iwatani created it in order to appeal to women:

Iwatani wasn’t a fan of ’70s arcades. He thought they were dirty and smelly and figured they’d be much nicer places to visit if somebody other than teenage guys hung out there, so he specifically set out to create a game that would appeal to women and couples.

Iwatani based his design on a deep and comprehensive knowledge of female psychology:

In his mind, girls really liked to eat, particularly sweets and desserts, so he decided to make a game based around eating. I’m not sure that chomping desserts is specifically a girl thing, but it worked out well for Iwatani, so maybe I’m the one who doesn’t know what he’s talking about.

You may laugh at that, but Iwatani was successful in reaching out to women (well, at least professionally):

Iwatani’s gambit worked. While hardened Space Invaders fans turned their noses up at Pac-Man (yes, the hardcore vs. casual gamer divide already existed in 1980) kids, women and older gamers gravitated toward the unique, less stressful charms of Pac-Man. Quickly Pac-Man became the title less obsessive gamers sought out when they were dragged to the arcade, and soon even the hardcore types started to come around.


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This Hoodie Has a Built-in Cat Pocket

All jackets should have cat pockets. Yet, sadly, most do not. The Mewgaroo Hoodie from the Japanese pet supply company Unihabitat has cat ears a big pocket in the front. You can put a cat inside (any cat will do) and engage in hands-free cat transportation. The sleeves end with fingerless gloves with paw pads. So when you're loaded up, you look like a cat carrying a cat. Now you're ready for that job interview. Good luck!

-via Trenf


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10 Camouflaged Cats


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A cat is hiding somewhere in this photo. Can you find it?

Cats, the ninjas of the animal world, are good at hiding in plain sight. You can see photos of 9 other camouflaged cats at Tastefully Offensive.

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The World’s Smallest Park Is Only 2 Feet Wide

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That’s it—the entire park.  It’s just a small tree surrounded by a bit of grass. In 1946, Dick Fagan, a journalist in Portland, Oregon, noticed that there was a hole in the median of a street where a lamppost used to stand. He decided to put it to good use by building a park there. Fagan named it Mills End Park after the title of his regular newspaper column, Mills End. The City of Portland acquired it in 1976, so it’s an official city park. Parks and Recreation workers tend to it carefully, according to Oregon Live:

Mill Ends is weeded, watered, planted and maintained like every other park in our National Gold Medal-winning system," Mike Abbaté, director of Portland Parks & Recreation, wrote to the challenger.

As of 2013, Mills End Park held the Guinness World Record for the smallest park in the world.

-via Amusing Planet


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Spock Van Gogh and Captain James T. Ross

Chilean artist Fab Ciraolo mixes images from pop culture to “highlight the conflict between extravagance and rebellion.” His recent works include Vincent Van Gogh as Spock toting an antique phaser rifle and Bob Ross as Captain Kirk. As you might expect, he’s not wearing pants.

The series also includes a Starfleet red shirt who I am unable to identify. He may not survive the episode, but he won’t die easily.

-via Popped Culture


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Staying at the New LEGO Hotel Is Like Walking into a Toy Box


(Photos: LEGOland Florida/Elaine Litherland)

From the outside, the hotel really looks like it’s made of LEGO bricks!

And from the inside, too. The new LEGOland Hotel in Winter Haven, Florida offers 152 rooms with LEGO designs inspired by real toy sets and LEGO movies and video games. Guests can’t alter the structure of the building, but otherwise it’s a fully immersive LEGO experience.

The Los Angeles Times describes what it’s like to stay at the newest LEGO resort:

The hotel also will offer kids and their families a chance to take a Master Model Builder Workshop in the hotel every day. Guests can work alongside professional model makers on Lego projects. […]

Every room comes with Lego models and a scavenger hunt kids can complete to unlock an in-room treasure chest. Stays at the Legoland Hotel come with free daily breakfast, access to Lego play areas, entertainment and other extras.

Question: is it safe to walk around the hotel with bare feet?

-via Fubiz


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Photographer Follows His Girlfriend Through the Wonders of India

Photographer Murad Osmann and his girlfriend Natalie Zakharova love to travel around the world. Once, while in Barcelona, she wearied of him taking pictures of everything. So she grabbed his hand and dragged him along. This launched a project that made him famous: photos of his girlfriend leading him everywhere.

The results are beautiful and have only gotten better since they journeyed to India. Zakharova wore traditional Indian clothing and pulled Osmann through scenic parts of that country, including famous landmarks such as the Taj Mahal and the Jama Masjid mosque.

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How to Make Functional LEGO Brick Candies

They look just like plastic LEGO bricks.

And they’re usable in that capacity, too!

Grant Thompson, the “King of Random” at Instructables, explains how to make them. You can buy a pre-made silicone LEGO brick mold or make your own. Thompson prefers the latter option and describes how to do that. It takes precise work to produce bricks as clear and well-formed as these, but the results are worth it.

Hopefully he can scale this process up to large Duplo blocks. We could build enormous gummy structures with sufficiently large bricks.

-via Geekologie


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Study: Popular Song Lyrics Are Written at a Third Grade Reading Level—And Are Dropping

Are you more literate than a third grader? If your vocabulary is limited to the most popular songs on the Billboard charts for the past 10 years, then that’s in doubt.

Andrew Powell-Morse of the data blog SeatSmart compiled the lyrics from 225 of the most popular songs in the pop, country, rock, and hip-hop genres. He analyzed them with the Flesch-Kincaid grade index to generate reading level scores. On average, songs that were popular over the past 10 years were written at the third grade level, but that’s been steadily dropping over time. You can see more charts here, including ones that show gender and genre differences, as well as the grade levels of specific singers, such as Kanye West and Justin Timberlake.

-via BuzzFeed


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This Building Looks Like the Enterprise from Star Trek

These are the voyages of the office building NetDragon. Or, rather the flagship offices for the Chinese gaming company NetDragon Websoft. Liu DeJian, the chairman of the company, is allegedly a die-hard Trekkie who got an official license from CBS to design this building to look like the Enterprise. It includes automatic sliding glass doors that hopefully do this:


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-via Nerd Approved | Images: Hacktron, CBS


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Like Bike Lanes? We Also Need Duck Lanes

(Photo: Canal & River Trust)

Life along the Regents Canal in London is a delightful experience. You can ride bikes or jog along rows of galleries and cafes. Tourists are fond of seeing it while riding on boats.

Humans enjoy it, but so do ducks. Yet the little birds are a bit more vulnerable to collisions with people and bicycles. So the Canal & River Trust has set aside the inner stretch of pavement along the canal as a designated zone for ducks. They’re marked it with painted silhouettes of ducks. Cassie Werber writes for Quartz:

It’s unlikely, of course, that ducks will stick to the lanes, which serve a largely symbolic function. They’re a visual reminder that we’re all on this path together, and to get pedestrians, joggers, and cyclists to chill out and slow down.

The Canal & River Trust says it is “calling for the reintroduction of old-fashioned manners to preserve the peace.”

-via Lustik


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Heartwarming PSA about a Dog’s Love


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It’s a story about a man and his dog. They share a special life together. It carries on.

It’s not clear until the end what this Argentinian public service announcement wishes to express. But by the end, it does so powerfully. Keep tissues handy as you watch it.

-via TYWKIWDBI


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Game of Thrones Novel Covers in Japan Are Awesome in a Manga Style

The Japanese publishing house Hakayawa commissioned artist Norko Meguro to design cover images for George R.R. Martin’s A Song of Ice and Fire. The resulting style is immediately recognizable for anime and manga fans. The covers offer fresh takes on characters that fans of both the novels and TV show have grown to love and hate. Pictured above is the Mother of Dragons, Daenerys Targaryen.

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Yoyo Masters Dance with Incredible Dexterity


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Kuma Films calls them the "Dynamic Diabolic Duo." They're a pair of yoyo masters in Taipei who have amazing control over their instruments. The yoyos fly through the air flawlessly, moving exactly where these men want them to.

Check out more amazing talents over at our Mad Skills blog

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RIP Alan Sanford, The Man Who Fired the First US Shots of World War II


(Photo: Madeline Marshall/Wall Street Journal)

Early on the morning of December 7, 1941, Seaman First Class Alan Sanford, 18, was on board the destroyer USS Ward. That ship guarded the entrance to Pearl Harbor. Lookouts spotted a strange, cylindrical object in the water. It was a Japanese mini-submarine.

The captain, woken from sleep, ordered the ship to speed and prepare to ram the sub. Seaman Sanford was among a gun crew getting ready to fire at the object. 

On the opening day of the war, 75 minutes before Japanese warplanes swarmed over the anchored fleet at Pearl Harbor, Seaman Sanford and his colleagues opened fire at the submarine. These were the first American shots of the war. The Wall Street Journal describes the encounter:

Mr. Sanford and the other crewmen on the bow gun fired at a range of about 100 yards. He watched the round leave the barrel and barely miss the conning tower. “I thought if it had another coat of paint on the sub, it might have activated the graze fuze,” which detonates when a shell suddenly slows down, Mr. Sanford said in the park service interview. “That’s how close I think we came.”

A second gun crew on the Ward fired next, punching a four-inch hole in the starboard side of the conning tower as the destroyer steamed past the sub at a range of about 50 yards. The destroyer followed up with four depth charges. Sea water poured in through the shell hole, the submarine rolled to starboard, and sank in 1,200 feet of water, according to the captain’s report and historians.

The captain of the Ward reported the battle to his superiors via radio, but nothing came of it. Researchers found the sunken mini-sub in 2002.

Seaman Sanford served through the end of the war. Then he studied mechanical engineering and later worked on the Apollo space program. He died in January at the age of 91 and was buried on Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery.

-via Jonah Goldberg


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