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6-Year Old Limbo Skates under 39 Cars

When he was 3 years old, Gagan Satish's parents gave him a pair of roller skates. He showed remarkable proficiency with them. They approached a professional skating trainer and asked for his help. Soon Gagan was mastering the art of limbo skating. That's skating very low to the ground.

Gagan can split so far that he can skate while rising no higher than 7 inches off the ground. Recently, Gagan, now 6 years old, tried to break a Guinness World Record for limbo skating under cars. He skated under 39 cars for a total of about 230 feet in 29.8 seconds!

Guinness has yet to confirm his new record, but it appears to break the current record of 158 feet.


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-via Gizmodo

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Calming Tea Bag Designs Turn Stress into Relaxation

The ad agency M+C Saatchi Malaysia designed these tea bags for the Boh tea brand. They're bags of chamomile tea with the tea shaped into symbols of stress. When you put the tea bag into hot water, the shape changes. An erupting volcano becomes a scenic mountain. An enraged wild bear becomes a happy teddy bear. A storm cloud becomes a puffy cloud.

The message of the new designs is that a nice cup of tea is just what you need to calm down from the stress that you face in your daily life.


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Dog Born without Legs Gets New Ones Made from Toys

Turbo is a Chihuahua puppy who was born without front legs. His owners brought him to a veterinary office in Indianapolis, Indiana when he was a month old. They had tried to care for him, but it was proving impossible for Turbo to feed with his littermates. The owners didn't want euthanize him, so they handed him over to the clinic.

The staff at The Downtown Veterinarian has been caring for him ever since. Since a dog can't be fitted for a wheeled cart until he's at least 6 months old, the staff has been improvising. They've taken toys apart and used them to make substitute legs. His first set was originally from a Fisher Price helicopter. The staff is making new carts for Turbo as he grows.

-via Huffington Post

(Photos: Turbo/Roo)

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Deer Fill the Street in a Japanese Town

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About 1,000 deer live in the roughly 1,200 acres that constitute Nara Park in Nara, Japan. The deer are wild, but used to humans. In fact, they're known to bow respectfully to visitors and walk across crosswalks only when permitted.

But in a quiet show of force, many of them have left the park and begun camping out on a sidewalk and street in the town. Some are going so far as to lie down in the road and impede vehicular traffic.

The rising has begun. The Day of the Deer is at hand.


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Human Error

Human Error is a fascinating ongoing image series by Victoria Siemer, a graphic designer in Brooklyn also known as Witchoria. Each image takes the form of a Polaroid snapshot--a memory--of emotional pain and turmoil. Witchoria presents these moments as computer hardware and software errors. It's a narrative of broken love as the user finds and loses trust and experiences aging and anxiety. 

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Ping Pong Table Shaped Like Easter Island

Do you have $3,995.95? Now discounted from an original price of $12,000 is this one-of-a-kind ping pong table by artist Cyprien Chabert. It's shaped like Rapa Nui, the south Pacific isle also known as Easter Island. You know--the one with the giant stone statues. It's a commentary on the birdman ritual of the aboriginal inhabitants and the island's ecological history. It's for sale at Anthropologie, which comments:

Artist Cyprien Chabert is haunted by the idea of lost paradise – forgotten and fantasized about. He recreates these worlds through his work, like this show-stopping table, carved from an erstwhile ping pong table. Chabert was inspired by the Polynesian island of Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, and its birdman ritual, an annual event in which competitors would swim through shark-infested waters to a nearby islet to collect the season¿s first eggs of the Sooty Tern and return it to their sponsor on the island. The winner was crowned birdman for one year; the ritual died out in the late 19th century. Chabert uses the exotic symbolism of Easter Island to represent the complex nature of man’s relationship with nature and the ecological challenges faced by modern societies and cultures.

This product description inspired some funny commentary by blogger Nancy French, who writes:

My favorite part of that description is the Anthropologie product description writer’s use of the word “erstwhile.” I’ve had a lot of tough writing assignments, but I’ve never faced a task like that poor guy.  I can only imagine his face when he was assigned this one.

“We’re selling a ping pong table,” his boss must’ve said.

Great! the writer may have thought.  A retro addition to any family room!

“Well, you can’t actually use it, because it was created to complex nature of man’s relationship with nature and the ecological challenges faced by modern societies and cultures.”

Blank look.

“Say something about sharks.  And birdmen.”

“What’s a birdman?”

“You’re missing the point.”

“And the point is…?”

“$15,000..”

I found this table via BuzzFeed, which has included it on a list of 19 ridiculously expensive items for sale at Anthropologie.


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Superheroes in the Shower

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"Bruce, you stink. You really need to shower."

"I'm not Bruce. I'm The Batman."

"Yes, we know. But you can take off the Batsuit every now and then. And now would be a good time. Because you're starting to smell pretty bad."

"I can't take off the suit. I am The Batman. The suit and cowl are who I am."

"Yes, we know that. And perhaps wild bats smell a bit. But superheroes who want to stay in the Hall of Justice need to smell fresh."

"But I--"

"Dousing yourself with Axe body spray isn't enough!"

-via Pleated Jeans


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Funnel Cake Hamburger

Behold, the next great burger design! This is a high-end hamburger with bacon, brown sugar, arugula, taleggio cheese, and a strawberry/rhubarb ketchup. These ingredients are unusual, but not unknown (though the ketchup is a unique recipe).

What sets this burger apart is that the bun is composed of funnel cake. No, not spaghetti, French fries, ramen, macaroni and cheese, Twinkies, or Rice Krispie treats, but freshly fried funnel cake. A bit of powdered sugar gives it the authentic fair food look.

You can find the complete recipe by Josh, the Bro-Down chef, here.

-via That's Nerdalicious!

P.S. Josh does more than just cook awesome food. Among his services are emotional validation, haiku writing ($35), punching him in the face, and spoken word performances on post-colonial feminism.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Queen Elizabeth Photobombs a Selfie

Glasgow, Scotland is hosting the 2014 Commonwealth Games, which are taking place now. Queen Elizabeth II made a surprise visit to a women's field hockey game between Australia and Malaysia. Australian player Jayde Taylor took a selfie with a teammate. And who slipped into the background? The Queen herself!

Taylor admits that she planned the photo:

“Brooke [Peris] and I planned it so that when she came out the door she would be behind us. And then she came out and smiled at the camera. We were in the right spot at the right time.”

Later, they got to meet the Queen:

“The security guard led us all round and we got to meet her.

“She asked us a bit about the pitch, how we were going and told us to enjoy our time here. She was lovely, really, really lovely.”

-Thanks, Wifey!

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Rock Formation in Japan Looks Just Like Godzilla

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Utoro is a small port town in Hokkaido, the northern island of Japan. Looking over the harbor are the fearsome Godzilla Rocks, so named for their resemblance to that monster. My question: is Godzilla guarding the town--or waiting for the right moment to crush it?


(Image: Toho)

-via Kuriositas

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No Time to Go to the Game? Send a Robot to Take Your Place

If you're a sports fan, you'd probably love to go to the stadium and cheer your favorite team on to victory whenever they play. But you might not have time. That's why one company in South Korea invented the Fanbot. It's a robot that fulfills your duties as a fan. When it's time to cheer, the Fanbot will lift up a lighted sign with an appropriate message.

It's an ingenious concept that should be expanded. Consider the possibilities. If you don't have time to watch that new hit TV show, you can have a robot servant do that for you. Want to go on a date, but can't fit it into your schedule? No time for the family? Just delegate those tasks to the robot so that you can get back to work.


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-via Marginal Revolution


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Bunny Sends Email


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Cadbury the rabbit isn't up-to-date on social media, but she can now send email. Instructables member JackANDJude built an electronic trigger that sends an email whenever Cadbury presses the lever. 

She used a CloudBit controller, a roller switch, and a chopstick. It's placed on the outside of the cage to protect the wiring from rabbit teeth (bunnies love to chew on wires).

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Spider-Man Strawberries

With great deliciousness comes great responsibility. Fortunately, Dácil is up to the task. She made these strawberry treats by painting lines with white and dark chocolate. 

-via That's Nerdalicious!


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Fox Tries to Eat Camera


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YouTube member TheOpenLens went to Round Island, Alaska to film local wildlife. He and his companions were taking pictures of sea lions when they saw a fox approach. TheOpenLens put his GoPro camera on the ground and in the hope that the fox would approach it. He was successful--more than he should have been! The fox ran off with his camera. It took him 8 minutes of searching before he found it again.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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The Smallest Restaurants in the World

(Photo: Solo per Due)

Solo per Due is a luxurious restaurant in a villa in Vacone, Italy. It serves only the finest cuisine and wine for discriminating palates. If you eat there, you won't have to worry about it being crowded. There are only two dining seats in the entire restaurant.

For a bit more cash, you and your dining companion can have a firework display and personalized flower arrangements. That's why you must have a reservation to eat at the Solo per Due. The gates won't even open until your appointed time.

This is one of eight tiny restaurants described in Honest Cooking. Some of them offer less refined cuisine, but all of them have limited floor space.

-via Nag on the Lake


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Brilliant Excavator Driver Loads onto a Truck without a Ramp


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A top excavator driver is a surgeon with his equipment. A complex machine like a digger becomes an extension of his own body. With it, he can push a truck, paddle a boat, or light a cigarette.

In this video, a driver in Omalloor, Pathanamthitta, Kerala, India loads his excavator into the back of a truck. A ramp? No, only amateurs use ramps. Experts do this.

-via Jalopnik

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The Handfish Walks on Its Fins

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Pictured above is the Spotted Handfish (Brachionichthys hirsutus). It's one of several related species which have fins that look like hands or feet. The Spotted Handfish lives in the estuary of the River Derwent, which flows from the interior of Tasmania into the Pacific Ocean. These fish live on the sea floor, gently pushing themselves around with their foot-like fins.


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The Spotted Handfish is an endangered species. Unfortunately for them, Spotted Handfish prefer to lay their eggs on Sea Tulips. The Northern Pacific Sea Star hunts these Sea Tulips, which gives the Spotted Handfish fewer places to lay their eggs.

To help them breed more prolifically, conservationists have stuck plastic tubes into the sea floor. The Spotted Handfish have responded by laying their eggs on these tubes as acceptable substitutes for Sea Tulips.

-via It's Okay to Be Smart


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Elephants Surround Baby So It Doesn't Get Swept away by the River


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A river runs through the Elephant Nature Park in northern Thailand. When it's time for this baby elephant to take a bath, all the nannies escort him into the river. They form a wall with their bodies so that he can wash and play without any worry of being swept away by the fast current.

As we've seen before, elephants take care of kids in their herd, even if the kids aren't their own children.

-via 22 Words

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Deep Fried Tarantula

(Photo: The Bug Chef)

Get that roach out of your mouth! It hasn't been properly cooked yet. For that, you need to go to The Bug Chef. That's David George Gordon, a professional chef who specializes in preparing insects.

Gordon thinks that humanity's culinary future lies with the insect world. If your goal is to produce a large quantity of meat, then livestock insects, such as crickets, are much cheaper than pigs or cattle. They require less food, water, and land. They're also nutritious. KPLU explains:

Crickets are high in calcium, said Gordon. Termites? Rich in iron. Grasshoppers? About as much protein (by weight, dried) as beef. Bugs are really pretty good for you. The U.N. report notes that bugs have high proportions of omega-3 fatty acids, comparable to those in fish (and much better than beef or pork).

And most bugs are good protein sources. Scorpions, for instance, have lots of edible muscle tissue. “I like their tails and claws,” said Gordon. “There’s the equivalent of crabmeat in there.” Just take out the stinger first, folks.

Best of all, Gordon argues, bugs are delicious. He's published a cookbook of 40 recipes that you can use to make your insect preparation tasty. For example, you can deep fry tarantulas. Here's Gordon's recipe. It's coated in a tempura batter and accented with smoked paprika. Yummy! 

-via Super Punch

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Mint on Card

(Bizarro Comics/Dan Piraro)

See this rubber mouse? It's autographed by the artist. And the toy parakeet is a limited edition with a variant beak. They made only 100 of them.

Sometimes my human servant ties to take them, but a good scratch usually deters him.


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Saturday Morning with Kids vs. Saturday Morning without Kids

"You hear laughter, which is almost more terrifying than crying." Yes. Or you hear nothing. You know that your kids are (probably) still in the house, but you don't hear them. That's when you should really worry.

Rob Fee of Mandatory describes life after you become a parent. Perhaps you used to sleep in on Saturday. But those days are over.

In my home, Saturday morning is my turn to get up with my kids. I'm always exhausted, they always wake up early, and I wouldn't trade them for anything in the world.

-via Pleated Jeans


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Neckties Are Stupid


I could not agree with Doghouse Diaries more emphatically. Neckties serve no productive purpose whatsoever and are uncomfortable. They're like corsets for your throat.

I do, occasionally, wear a necktie at work. It's a My Little Pony tie with a Rainbow Dash theme. Does it give the best impression? Well, let's just say that it gives an accurate impression.


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The Purge: Canadian Edition

The movie The Purge is a dystopia set in 2022. In this alternate future, all laws are suspended in the United States for a 12-hour period every year. During this time, people can commit any crime without fear of legal repercussions.

In this Vine film by Julien Sigouin, Canada has adopted this legal change, too. For those 12 hours, the innate barbarism and bloodthirstiness of the Canadian soul breaks free in an orgy of violence. So, you know: viewer advisory.

-via Huffington Post


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Cyclist Gets Hit by Car, Flies through the Air, But Somehow Lands on His Feet


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YouTube member CycleJack was pedaling through Romford, Essex, UK on a wet day. He was traveling about 22 MPH. A car cut across his path and he hit the fender. CycleJack flew over the car, head over heels, but landed neatly on his feet. It was an impressive bit of unintentional acrobatics caught on camera.

And it's a good thing that CycleJack was wearing a camera. The driver tried to dispute that she was at fault. The video footage took care of that problem:

Safe to say the video has saved me a lot of hassle and 3 weeks later the cheque has already arrived from the insurance company.

Content warning: CycleJack uses a bit of foul language when the car hits. But who can blame him?

-via Gawker


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Inside the Real Krusty Krab Restaraunt

Last month, we told you about the real SpongeBob SquarePants restaurant in Ramallah, Palestine. Photos posted on its official Facebook page show that construction is coming along nicely. Here you can see the counter, which looks just like the one that Squidward runs.

It looks like Mr. Krabs already has a functional office. He even has a safe installed where he allegedly keeps the secret recipe for the Krabby Patty.

There's plenty of room for any fish who wants one of those delicious burgers. Just pull up a barrel!

-via That's Nerdalicious!


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Batman Jumping the General Lee over a Canyon

In this Dukes of Hazzard mashup by David Branstetter, the Dark Knight has found the ultimate Batmobile. It's sturdier than the Lincoln Futura and prettier than the Tumbler. The Gotham PD will never catch up with him and the Joker will never escape him now. But he should probably change the horn from  playing"Dixie" to something more daunting.

This image was Brandstetter's contribution to Comic Book Resources' celebration of Batman's 75th anniversary. You can see contributions from other artists here.

-via Geek Tyrant


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The Biology of the Sarlacc According to a Real Biologist

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Today, several scientists and science journalists published in-world scientific descriptions of Tatooine, the homeworld of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars.

Joe Hanson holds a doctorate in biology and hosts the PBS show It's Okay to Be Smart. For his contribution, Hanson examined the cutest creature on the planet: the Sarlacc. He describes his expedition, during which he was accompanied by a terrified C-3P0. Hanson writes about the likely morphology of the creature:

At its posterior end, deep beneath the sand, extend many feeding tentacles, drawing and storing nutrients from the surrounding soil like a taproot. To my knowledge, this hybridized organ arrangement, both plant and animal in nature, has never before been reported. Reports of sarlacc longevity extend to 50,000 years, although isotopic analysis has yet to verify these claims due to the extreme danger involved in collecting even the smallest tissue sample.

Despite that, the sarlacc’s supposed longevity and plant-like external morphology are reminiscent of Earth’s 2,000+ year-old Welwitschia, a desert-dwelling plant whose tentacle-like leaf extensions attach to a deep central taproot core, owing to its longevity in Earth’s own harsh desert environments.

The complete absence of subterranean waste in local soil and groundwater samples suggests that the sarlacc may lack an anus, and combined with the observed anterior mouth morphology and radial body symmetry, the closest terrestrial species useful for anatomical comparison might be the sea anemone, suggesting that the sarlacc either shares a common ancestor, or displays a convergent body plan with the terrestrial phylum Cnidaria.

Here are other articles in the series about the science of Tatooine:

Why a Bunch of Science Writers Are Writing About a Fictional Planet – Matt Shipman

Tatooine Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change – David Ng

Functional Anatomy of Tatooine Megafauna (Hyperspace Transmission Received) – John Hutchinson

Science of Tatooine: Water – Adrienne Roehrich

Cascading planetary-wide ecosystem effects of the extirpation of apex predatory Krayt dragons on Tatooine — David Shiffman

The Limits of Animal Life on Tatooine — Maggie Koerth-Baker

Tatooine’s tangled bank – plants evolve in a galaxy far, far away — Malcolm Campbell


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Bear with a Batman Logo on His Chest


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He's the bear we deserve, but not the bear we need right now because it's just too hot. Rescuers saved this bear, who is named Georges when he does not wear the cowl of the bat, from bear bile farmers.

(Apparently bear bile is an ingredient in the traditional medical practices of certain East Asian cultures.)

Georges has escaped that awful fate. He's now trying to beat the summer heat in a rescue facility in Vĩnh Phúc, Vietnam.

-via The Mary Sue

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Great Moments in Science--If Twitter Existed at the Time

Sweet, delightful Twitter--where the raw emotions and unformed thoughts of humanity are made available to the entire world. It has been in existence since only 2006, so few of the greatest minds have had access to it. But what if, instead, scientists across history had used it. What Twitter conversations would they have had?

Dean Burnett of The Guardian recreated 12 great moments from scientific history as Twitter conversations, including Erwin Schrödinger's short-lived cat kenneling service and Jonas Salk's development of a polio vaccine.

-via The Presurfer


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105-Year Old Woman Throws out the First Pitch at a Baseball Game


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Agnes McKee, 105, of Oceanside, California threw out the first pitch on a game last Sunday between the San Diego Padres and the New York Mets. She says that "It is such an honor," but it's far from the greatest adventure that she's had. McKee grew up on a farm in Indiana. She and her late husband traveled to every state in the union and more than 30 countries.

She's still very active. Although McKee lives in an assisted living facility now, she does ballroom dancing every week and plays Wii bowling. She walks a mile every day and hopes to wean herself off her walker.


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McKee has spent months practicing, training her pitching arm for this event. As you can see, she did pretty well. The Washington Post notes that she did better than many younger, more physically fit celebrities, such as Olympian Carl Lewis.

-via VA Viper


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