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Singaporean mother Li Ming is a master artist in the kitchen. She started developing her craft to entertain her sons. Now she makes wonders that are no doubt tasty--if you can bring yourself to bite into one of these works of art.

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Hop on the Yarn Bus for a Crafting Adventure

The Yarn Bus is a custom van owned and operated by Flying Fingers, a crafting supply store in Tarrytown, New York. The Yarn Bus is a shuttle that ferries people from New York City to the store and back. If you'd like to visit but don't own a car, this is a great option. Prototype Source, a California-based maker of custom promotional vehicles ("More Than Just Weiners"), built it.

-via Makin'ology | Photo: Flying Fingers


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Traffic Jam Turns into the Best Party Ever

If there's a traffic jam, then break out the steel drums because it's time for traffic jamming!

Justin Berk is a TV meteorologist. On September 20, he got stuck in a horrendous traffic jam on Interstate 76 outside of King of Prussia, Pennsylvania. All of the eastbound vehicles were at a dead stop as first responders addressed a bus accident ahead of him.

After half an hour, some people go out of their cars to chat. Berk did, too. He met two musicians: David Gettes and Paul Downie, who perform with Trinidad North Steel Drums. Berk persuaded them to get out their instruments and play them for the travelers.


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Before the accident was cleared, the motorists had danced the limbo and the conga. Beck calls it "the best traffic jam I've ever been in."

-via Dave Barry


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These Medical Researchers Are Competing to See Who Can Quote Bob Dylan in the Most Scientific Articles


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The men pictured above are researchers at Karolinska Institutet, a medical school in Sweden. For a decade, they've been locked in a fierce competition with each other. Their goal is to quote the singer Bob Dylan more times than any other in their published scientific articles.


(Photo: Xavier Badosa)

It all began 17 years ago when researchers Jon Lundberg and Eddie Weitzberg published an article entitled "Nitric Oxide and Inflammation: The Answer Is Blowing in the Wind." The last phrase is from one of Dylan's most famous songs.

A few years later, Jonas Frisén and Konstantinos Meletis published an article called "Blood on the Tracks: A Simple Twist of Fate" -- a double reference to Dylan. The text of the article also included Dylan lines.

Then the competition was on at full speed! The researchers determined that whoever published the most number of articles with Dylan quotes before they retired would win lunch at the expense of the others.

Why Bob Dylan of all singers? Because he represents something important in medical research:

Eddie Weitzberg thinks he merits a Nobel prize for Literature while Kenneth Chien compares him to a modern Shakespeare, though in music. But the researchers also draw parallels between Bob Dylan’s music and the world of research.

“A musician who merely continues down the same highway for 30 years is not one who many want to listen to. Good music is innovative, like Bob Dylan’s. And the same thing applies to good research. A researcher must also try to find new and different paths,” says Konstantinos Meletis.

-via Ian Chant


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Dental Mannequins Are Terrifying

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They're not completely human, but not completely non-human. These dental mannequins lie in the uncanny valley between the two. Dental students use these monstrous simulators to practice their craft.


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Some mannequins are even more eerie. This hyperrealistic robot from Japan has a silicone mouth that looks and feels almost like the real thing. It can autonomously turn its head, sneeze, cough, blink, and simulate choking. The robot has speech recognition capability and can hold conversations with dental students.

-via David Thompson

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Why Is Aluminum Foil Shiny on One Side But Not the Other?


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If you examine a typical roll of aluminum foil, you'll notice that one side is shiny, but the other is not. Why is that? Melissa of Today I Found Out explains that the way that it's manufactured makes this necessary:

In what is called the Bayer Process, after pure molten aluminum is obtained from aluminum oxide, it is placed in furnaces with a small amount of other elements (typically the final product will be between 99.8% and 99.9% aluminum). This liquid is then poured into “chill casting devices where it cools into large slabs called ‘ingots.’” Next the ingot is treated with heat (annealed), and then rolled between heavy rollers.

This initial foil is sent through still more rollers, several times, until it reaches the desired thinness. For the type of foil that is bright on one side and matte on the other, it is so thin that during some of the last rollings, two sheets of the thin foil must be placed together lest they tear or crimp during the final rolling of the sheets.

One consequence of this is that while the sides that touch the highly polished rollers are burnished to a bright finish, the inner sides that touch the other aluminum foil remain matte.

-via American Digest


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The Squeaking Caterpillar


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This is Rhodinia fugax, an animal sometimes called the Squeaking Silkmoth. That's because when you give it a gentle squeeze, it will sqeak adorably.


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It's a sign that the larvae will emit whenever they're agitated. Here's one squeaking while spinning its cocoon.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath

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Klingon Stormtrooper Ballerina Princesses

Today is a good day . . . to dance! Feel the music course through your veins, for the blood of Kahless moves like a happy bumblebee or a graceful swan. Ashley Eckstein snapped this photo at what Amy Ratcliffe suspects to be Dragon Con.

-via Fashionably Geek


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20 Men Dressed as Female Characters from Pop Culture

On the right, you see the supervillain Mystique as played by Rebecca Romijn in the X-Men movies. On the left, you see a man cosplaying as her. And, I'll add, quite effectively. Both Romijn and the cosplayer have chosen to rely on minimal attire and body paint to convey their characters.

This is one of 20 pictures of men cosplaying as female characters rounded up by Pleated Jeans. Others include a hunky Misty, a bearded Sailor Moon, and a Catwoman(man) in a skin tight rubber suit.

(Images: unknown, Marvel Entertainment)


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Amazing 5-Year Old Can Do 20 90-Degree Push-Ups


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Claudio Stroe and his older brother Giuliano are gymnasts and bodybuilders in Romania. They've been training since they were very young, so they've built up an amazing amount of strength.

Claudio can perform 90° push-ups, which means that he remains balanced on his hands while pushing his entire body upright over his head. In fact, he can do it 20 times!

In contrast, I can do 0 90° push-ups (I tried).

-via 22 Words

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College Ranking by Billionaire Alumni

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Do you have what it takes to acquire at least one billion dollars? Maybe you didn't go to Evil Medical School, but there are alternatives. Statistically speaking, your chances are better at these schools. Paul Caron, a law professor at Pepperdine University, compiled the following ranking of colleges by the number of billionaires that they have produced:

Did you attend any of these schools? Are you a billionaire yet? Why not? Why have you failed in life?

-via Marginal Revolution


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Rowan Atkinson Inserted into Famous Paintings

Rowan Atkinson is a British actor best known for his comedic characters of Mr. Bean and Blackadder. He has been present throughout all of history (especially as Edmund Blackadder). Rodney Pike, a caricature artist, used his photoshopping skills to demonstrate this. Pike's collection shows Atkinson appearing through the brushes of Gilbert Stuart, William Adolphe Bouguereau, Hans Holbein, and other artists.

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Groomers Make a Dragon-Cat and a Bee-Dog

We all want a pet dragon, but we also don't want to die. This presents a conundrum, unless you can visit Dara Gotz's animal salon in Yekaterinburg, Russia. She dyes and trims cats and dogs to look like other animals. The dyes remain in place for several months, so you'll have plenty of time to embarrass your pets.


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The cat pictured is supposed to look like a dragon, but I see shades of Battle Cat from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.

-via Geekologie

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The 21 Funniest Pregnancy Announcements

How would you let people in your life know that you're pregnant? You can be straightforward, but then you'll miss a great chance to crack jokes. Take full advantage of the opportunity because it doesn't happen often.

Andy of How to Be a Dad rounded up 21 of the funniest ways that couples have announced that they're having a baby, including an eviction notice, a computer code script, and many groan-worthy puns.

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How to Make a Pancake Flute

Nathan Shields, our favorite pancake artist, has already mastered frying pancakes that look like creatures and using stencils to decorate pancakes. Now he's tackling a new challenge: making functional musical instruments with that great breakfast food.


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Shields made a pancake with holes in the middle, then wrapped that pancake around a cylindrical mold. He sealed it with additional pancake batter and then placed a recorder mouthpiece in one end. Now it's a playable flute that his kids clearly love.

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Hospital Design Looks Like a Ship

It's a sleek, elegant clipper pulling up to the shore. But this one is permanently docked, since it's a hospital building. Architect Vasily Klyukin designed this hospital and spa complex for an economic development zone on the coast of Tunisia.

It's called White Sails. Klyukin conceives of it as a hospital that people would be glad to visit because it's beautiful and you go there when you're healthy.

That's because it's also a spa. Klyukin thinks that integrating rest, relaxation, and wellness activities into White Sails will encourage people to use its facilities happily and willingly.

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Badass Mongoose Fights off 4 Lions


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The lions should consider themselves lucky. The mongoose let them live.

In 2011, wildlife photographer Jérôme Guillaumot was in the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya. He captured this incredible encounter. 4 young lions thought that the much smaller mongoose would make a good snack. But the mongoose's sheer savagery was frightening to them. It retreated into its den safely.

But that didn't end the encounter.

The mongoose wasn't satisfied to let the lions prowl around the surface. So it came out of its den and chased them away!

-via Twisted Sifter


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Dog Joyfully Plays in a Fountain


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Martha Bellingham was going to work in London when she encountered this dog playing in a fountain. The dog bounds back and forth through the streams, taking full bliss in the simple act of running through the water.

May we all be as happy as this dog.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath

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Mailman Declines to Deliver Mail to House with a Bear

(Unrelated photo by Shimelle Lane)

Meanwhile, in British Columbia, Twitter user @IamFane was waiting for the Canada Post to deliver a package to him. When he returned home after an excursion, he found this notice at his mailbox. The mail delivery person let him know that he had decided not to take the package to the front door. He had a good excuse:

-via Twitchy


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Disney Princesses Imagined as Piles of Rocks

Call me cynical, but I'm beginning to suspect that the "Disney Princesses as..." meme may be played out. That's the point that Artist Kevin Bolk appears to be making with these six illustrations. He writes:

You’ve never seen them like this before. Mind blown!

I can think of a few other directions artists could take the meme. Artists could draw the Disney Princesses as:

  • philosophical abstractions
  • Sixteenth Century theologians
  • elderly Hugh Heffners
  • subatomic particles

-via Travis Falligant


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I'll Have Two Scoops of Chocolate on Pine, Please.

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I admire this ice cream parlor for offering a different take on cones. Maybe it could also offer retinal, volcanic, and traffic. Now place your order.

-via Tastefully Offensive

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Leave Your Mark

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Communication at work or home would be very different for us if we took the canine approach. I'm not sure that it would be better. But I'm certain that blog comments would be even more interesting to experience.


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Clever Improvised Comic Book Made by 26 Different Artists

(Photo: Portland Superheroes Coalition)

Kirk Damato of BuzzFeed had a brilliant idea. He recently attended the Rose City Comic Con in Portland, Oregon. While there, he asked artists to participate in a game that would result in a comic book story.

The process were simple: an artist drew on the whiteboard. Damato then gave the whiteboard to the next artist, who erased it and added his or her own content. As a result, each artist saw only the previous panel, resulting in a bizarre but amusing story:

(Image: Aubrey Aiese)

(Image: Wook Jin Clark)

(Photo: Zachary Sterling)

(Image: Kel McDonald)

You can read the other 22 panels at BuzzFeed.

-via Walyou


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Pineapple Hair


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Now I have a new goal in life. It is to be cooler than this guy. I'm not sure how I'll pull it off. But it has to be more awesome than having a haircut that makes your head look like a pineapple.


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Here's a video that shows how this man pictured above--or possibly someone else--got his pineapple hairstyle. Jamie Jay Car Videos recorded Wayne Marshall visiting Kube Barbers in Clearwater, Florida to get pineappled.

If the photo shows someone other than Mr. Marshall getting a pineapple head, then there are at least two such gentlemen in the world, making my new life ambition even more challenging.

-via Flavorwire

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Where Does a Woman Go to Get Effective Armor in This Town?

How exactly is this armor supposed to protect a woman embarking on a dangerous quest in a fantasy universe? Well, you're missing the point. It is supposed to be, uh, a fantasy. It's not realistic, as Jeremy Whitley and M. Goodwin point out in this selection from Princeless Book 1: Save Yourself.

In this graphic novel series, Princess Adrienne plans to rescue herself instead of waiting for someone to save her. So she needs to be properly equipped for any contingency.

But she has no need to fear this armorer's wares. Stjepan Sejic has already explained how chainmail bikinis work.

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Researchers Use Twitter to Analyze Each State’s Most-Talked about Food

It’s not necessarily the most popular food, but it’s the food that more people in that state are tweeting about than any other. In Texas, we talk about brisket because, well, brisket is awesome. Miss Cellania’s Kentucky is tacoland. In Wyoming, people want to share their thoughts about watercress.

The Twitter4Food research team at the University of Arizona published an online paper and a set of interactive data visualizations to share the results of their study of 3.5 million tweets published between October 2013 and May 2014.

You can search the United States to see who has an interest in particular foods, such as sheep brains (a traditional Southern delicacy).


You can also create heat maps for the entire world to see what regions are tweeting about foods, such as this map showing tweets about Scotch eggs.

-via First We Feast


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This Clock Tells Correct Time Even Though the Numbers Are Out of Order

Andy Clark saw a clock like this on a children’s television show and decided to build one. His Topsy Turvy Clock has stepper motors connected to two plastic gears which are guided by a microcontroller hooked into an electronic clock. When the Topsy Turvy Clock is turned on, the motors reset the time according to the electronic clock.


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-via Hack A Day


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This Is a Beard Beard

Beardmaster James Myrick is an artist with his own facial hair. We’ve previously seen several of his truly beardly acts of beardism. Most recently, he inscribed the word “beard” into his beard, resulting in a beard beard. This inspired me to pose to him an even more beardly challenge:


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Kanye West Is Now a College Professor

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Rapper Kanye West is already the subject of a college course. Now he's teaching one. In March, he was sentenced to serve 250 hours of community service for beating a paparazzi photographer. To serve that time, he's chosen to teach a course on fashion at the Los Angeles Trade Technical College, a community college.

Professor West is discreet about his teaching, revealing little about his activities at the college. But a few photos from his students have leaked out.

-via College Insurrection


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Perfectly Timed Photo Shows a Basketball Solar Eclipse

Redditor MDPPatrick snapped this photograph at just the right moment. His brother tossed the basketball into the air. When the camera shutter opened, the ball was blocking out the sun, creating the impression of a solar eclipse.

-via Twisted Sifter

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