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The Quadratic Formula as a Tax Form



In a way, this actually makes it simpler. But I'll probably end up using tax preparation software anyway.

-via Glenn Reynolds | Image: Daniel J. Velleman

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Hammock Boat



I can't find any information about this marvelous invention other than that it was spotted at the University of California at Davis. It does not appear to be a commercially-available product, but a one-off structure. I know one thing with certainty: I want one.

Link -via reddit

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Jedi Kittens Trench Run


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The Jedi Kittens are back! This time, there's a frantic chase through a trench on the surface of the Death Star (or something approximate) followed by a lightsaber duel.

-via Nerd Bastards

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Portal Custom Pistol Grips



Calguns forum user mossy loves the Portal video game franchise, so he had these custom grips made for his 1911 handguns. They're made of walnut wood, mother of pearl, brass, and silver. The text reads "The cake is a lie." If the reference is unfamiliar, the always handy Know Your Meme will bring you up to speed.

Link -via Everyday, No Days Off

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Weaponized Nyan Cat in a Video Game


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Scott Coxhead, a video game modder, has made Nyan Cat into a usable weapon in the first-person shooter game Unreal Tournament 3. The animation and music quality are outstanding. It also looks like a very useful weapon, as Nyan Cat can be fired around corners.

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Wim Delvoye's Carved Tires



Belgian artist Wim Delvoye is known for pushing the boundaries of art. In the past, he's made a machine that produces excrement and has tattooed pigs. More recently, he's been engraving beautiful and intricate patterns into car tires.

Link -via Dude Craft

Previously: Tire Art by Betsabeé Romero

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Maru Cat Costume



Maru, the web celebrity cat from Japan, loves to crawl in and out of boxes. A young lady in Edinburgh named Rachel made this excellent costume in imitation of him. We need a video. Nay, we need impersonating Maru to become a major Internet meme.

Link -via Craft | Photo: That in Black Ink

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Bacon, Egg, and Pancake Cupcakes



Katalina of TheYouFinder bought a bag of gummi eggs and looked for a creative way to use them. After exploring her options, she decided to make these gorgeous cupcakes that come from a modified buttermilk pancake recipe but completely real bacon.

Link -via Tasteologie

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Urban Survival Vest


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Are you prepared to shelter in place for a few weeks? Are you ready to get out of your area quickly with all of the equipment that you need? What disaster scenarios are you ready for?

Like the Boy Scouts say, be prepared. This man is and he will tell you how to be ready to face hard living in an urban environment.

-via Everyday, No Days Off

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Fishbowl with Mountains



The design firm Aruliden produced this two and a half gallon fishbowl. It has mountain-like protrusions blown directly into the glass.

Link -via Boing Boing | Firm Website | Photo: Moco

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13 Dogs Jumping Rope at the Same Time


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Uchida Geinousha of Japan holds the Guinness World Record for having the most dogs jump rope at the same time. She's trained thirteen dogs to leap at just the right moment.

Link -via Christopher Jobson

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Bear with Chainsaw Arms



In gratitude for the attention that redditors had given to his work, the artist Zac Max let them decide what should be the subject of his next sculpture. Appropriately, they chose a bear with chainsaws for arms.

There's a lot of money being spent on research for prosthetic arms. Perhaps an easier solution would be to give people chainsaw arms. Oh, on some occasions chainsaw arms would not be practical. But at other times, they would be essential.

Link -via reddit

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R2-D2, c. 1921




Jordan Thomas is an artist who creates amusing and imaginative steampunk robot sculptures. His other works include characters from BioShock, The Wizard of Oz, and WALL-E. My favorite, though, is his R2 unit.

Flickr Photostream and Website -via Kicking Ewoks for Fun

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A Chopstick in Your Mouth Will Teach You How to Smile



Some firms in China train their customer service staff members to smile with a chopstick. Keep it between your teeth. Don't touch it with your lips. And above all, don't drop it. You. Will. Smile. Understood?

Link -via American Digest | Photo: Asianews

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Cat Vanishes from Colorado, Appears Five Years Later in New York City

Willow, a calico cat belonging to the Squires family of Boulder, Colorado, disappeared five years ago. Because she was microchipped, animal control authorities were able to identify her when she was found on a street in Manhattan:

How she got to New York, nearly 1,800 miles away, and the kind of life she lived in the city are mysteries.

But thanks to a microchip implanted when she was a kitten, Willow will be reunited in Colorado with her owners, who had long ago given up hope.[...]

Squires and her husband, Chris, were "shocked and astounded" when they got a call Wednesday from Animal Care & Control, which runs New York City's animal rescue and shelter system.

Willow had been found on East 20th Street by a man who took her to a shelter.


Link -via Popular Science | Photo: AP

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Tea Server is Master of Tea Serving


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This video of unknown origin shows a waiter gathering cups of tea. He needs a serving tray. No, strike that. You and I need a serving tray; this man does not. He stacks and pours fifteen cups of steaming hot tea in his hands without spilling a drop.

-via Blame It on the Voices

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Football Pancakes



We've previously featured the works of Jim Belosic of Jim's Pancakes, including his dinosaur pancakes, Tetris pancakes, and pancakes in the shape of a crane. Recently he made these dandy football pancakes. Does this remind anyone else of childhood games of paper football?

Link -via Nerdalicious

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Embroidered School Supplies



These Sharpies aren't functional, but you won't stain your clothes with them, either. Megan Whitmarsh made convincing plush replicas of office supplies, including a composition book, erasers, and notebook paper.

Link -via Flavorwire | Artist's Website

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Stormtrooper Helmet Made from Sneakers



The artist Freehand Profit made a stormtrooper helmet out of Star Wars-branded Adidas sneakers. It's his contribution to Star Wars Remix, a totally awesome Star Wars arts and crafts blog.

Link -via Nerd Bastards

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Star Wars Totem Pole Tattoo



I'm not sure what it means, but I like the idea of Star Wars characters on a totem pole. This tattoo by an artist named Chris 51 won best of show at the Norwich Body Art Festival in the UK.

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1:1 Model of a '69 Mustang. Each Part Has Been Duplicated in Paper.



Jonathan Brand's latest work is One Piece at a Time, a full scale replica of a 1969 Ford Mustang in paper. And that's not just the exterior. He duplicated in paper every single part -- even the internal components of the engine. It'll be on display at the Hosfelt Gallery in New York City from Sept. 20-29.

Link | Artist's Website | Exhibit Website | Photo: Ex-Chamber Museum

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Edible Harry Potter Wands



BrittLiv, the crafting maestro who brought us the dead Kenny doorstop and the pixelated trashcan, is now making edible art. She's created wands like those in the Harry Potter movies, but these are made out of fondant and flavored with chocolate. Yummy!

Link -via Craft

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Lamborghini Model Costs 12 Times More than the Real Thing



Robert Gülpen, a model maker from Germany, made a 1:8 model of the Lamborghini Aventador that's worth more than twelve times the value of the real car. This platinum and gold mockup studded with precious stones will be auctioned in December with a starting price of $4,789,000.

Link -via OhGizmo! | Photo: Chiemgau Online

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If Kermit and Miss Piggy Had a Child



An artist with the moniker J-RYU refers to this piece as "Forbidden Love Child." Well, forbidden only in the eyes of some people. If you're in Los Angeles on Friday, you can see it at the Toy Art Gallery's "Brain Evolution" show.

Link -via Super Punch | Gallery Website

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Living with the Consequences: Safe Driving PSA


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If you drive just 5 MPH slower, you can shave 100 feet off your stopping distance. But are you willing to accept the consequences of doing so? This funny PSA from The Midnight Show explains to you in blunt imagery the price you'll have to pay for your thoughtful, careful driving.

-via Joe Carter | Official Website

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Man Rigs His Windows to Close Automatically When Trains Pass by


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Ed Rogers likes to keep the windows of his bedroom open. But he lives next to active railroad tracks, which makes his bedroom very noisy at times. So he assembled a machine that closes the windows automatically when a motion sensor detects a train on the tracks. The windows don't close quickly, but once they are shut, there is a noticeable decrease in noise.

-via DVICE

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Flying Spaghetti Monster Cosplay



Nancy Dorsner snapped a photo of this cosplayer at Dragon*Con. But...I thought that the FSM was...masculine? I'm confused. Or has the attribution of masculinity to the FSM just been a sexist tradition not grounded in proper theology?

Link -via Super Punch

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43,000-Piece LEGO Star Destroyer



Six years ago, we posted about the Rebel Alliance attack cruiser that Erik Varszegi made with 35,000 LEGO pieces. He's now topped that with a 8-foot long, 43,000-piece Venator-class Star Destroyer.

Link -via Geekosystem (where there's a video)

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Nyan Cat Cosplay


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Craftster user shdwstrm won at Teh Internets by making this awesome Nyan Cat costume for a convention in Toronto. The pop-tart body is, however, not edible, which is a disappointment. Presumably she's working on a second version that is.

Link -via Craft

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Manhattan in Marble



Yutaka Sone, an artist originally trained in architecture, carved a nine-foot long model of Manhattan into a block of marble. To gather information for the project, he used photos, Google Earth, and a few helicopter rides over the city. If you're in New York City, you can see it at his solo show starting on September 20 at the David Zwirner gallery.

Link | Photo: David Zwirner

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