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12 Fighter Planes, Buried Underground in 1945, May Soon Be Recovered

During her finest hour, the United Kingdom's Supermarine Spitfire fighters saved her from doom. Sadly, only thirty-five survive in flying condition. That number may increase, thanks to the discovery of twelve that were buried underground in packing crates in Burma in 1945.

After hearing veterans mention burying them, David Cundall spent fifteen years searching for the Spitfires. He's now located them. The great news is that it may be possible to dig them up and restore them:

Mr Cundall said: “We sent a borehole down and used a camera to look at the crates. They seemed to be in good condition.”


And why were they buried in the first place?

“In 1945, Spitfires were ten a penny. Jets were coming into service. Spitfires were struck off charge, unwanted. Lots of Spitfires were just pushed off the back of aircraft carriers into the sea.

“On land, you couldn’t leave them for the locals – they might have ended up being used against you. It was a typical British solution: 'Let’s bury them lads.’ They might have planned to come back and dig them up again. They never did.”


Link -via Ace of Spades HQ | Photo: Bonhams

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Naked Vermont Governor Almost Eaten by Bears

As you might expect, Gov. Peter Shumlin was naked:

“Real Vermont boys don’t wear pajamas,” he said — meaning he was naked. He told WDEV radio host Mark Johnson he was wearing as much as the bears were.


He saw four bears looting his bird feeders. Naturally, he ran outside to challenge them. They backed off, and Shumlin took down the bird feeders to bring them inside. That's when the bears charged him:

He went back outside to get the other two feeders. The bears appeared unhappy to have their food source taken away. This was especially true of the largest bear, Shumlin said. “He just booked it for the porch,” Shumlin recalled.

The governor took the two feeders and made a beeline for his door, with what Shumlin called the papa bear in hot pursuit.

“When I opened the door, he was on the porch and five feet from the door,” Shumlin said. “I screamed through that door. I didn’t know if the bear was coming through.”


Why did the bears attack? A wildlife warden explained:

The sow might have been aggressive because it perceived the governor as a threat to her cubs.


To be fair, if a naked man yelled at my kids, I'd get upset, too.

Link -via Lowering the Bar | Photo (unrelated) via Flickr user dalliedee

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Lost in Space Cake



Danger! Danger, Will Robinson! This cake has been drugged by Dr. Smith! But it was made by Cakes with Character, a bakery in Hicksville, New York.

Bakery Facebook Page -via Nerdcore

Previously: 12 Fun Facts about Lost in Space

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Heartbreaking Song Says Goodbye to Nachos


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Sometimes it feels so right. But you know that she's bad for you, man. You know that this relationship isn't healthy. It's time to break up...with nachos.

It wasn't an easy decision, but Jumoke Hill has done the right thing.

-via That's Nerdalicious!

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How Hats Are Made



Sorenson-Grundy Milliners of London specializes in hats for theater, television and movies. You may have seen their creations in Pirates of the Caribbean and Tomb Raider. But how do they do it? Only recently did the owners reveal who really makes their hats.

Link | Official Website

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The Fastest Man on All Fours


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The Patas monkey can reach 34 MPH, making it the fastest primate in the world. Inspired by its example, Kenichi Ito of Tokyo has trained himself for over eight years to run on his hands and feet. He can clear 100 meters in under 20 seconds. What's your best time?

Link -via Oddity Central

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Vegetable Skeleton



Here's a great entertaining idea by Laura of Feeding Frenzy. Arrange vegetables into the shape of a skeleton and use a bowl of dip for a skull.

Link -via Lori

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Father Adorably Slams Baby with Hadouken


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A world class fighter begins training as young as possible. So YouTube user 420invzim is already teaching his son Ryder all of the Street Fighter moves that he'll need to triumph.

-via Kotaku

Previously:
Fish Hadouken
Hadouken Attack on Chicago

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Waffle Iron Makes Edible Dollhouse Furniture



If you're searching for a way to furnish your gingerbread house, look no further. Ryosuke Fukusada and Rui Pereira designed an mold for making castella -- a Japanese-Portuguese cake -- that produces edible pieces of furniture.

Link -via Gizmodo

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Stunningly Cute Egg-Shaped Treehouse


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Joel Allen, a software engineer, hoped to retire at 26. That plan fell through. But he did build a little place to retreat to, which is a good compromise. The HemLoft is a cabin that he made in British Columbia over a few summers. It's a thing of beauty: simple colors, graceful curves, and just enough space for his needs.

Link -via The Hairpin

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The Fresh Prince of Eternia



Adam got in just one little fight and was sent off to live at Castle Grayskull.

Since the last time that we featured his wonderful mashups, Marco D'Alfonso has been busy combining Sesame Street with DC Comics, Transformers with Norman Rockwell, and more. Go forth and explore his hilarious gallery.

Link -via Comics Alliance

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Real Life Frogger


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If you're a hardcore Frogger fan, you'll run into busy streets and try to dodge cars. Hence the proverb, "There are old Frogger fans and bold Frogger fans, but no old, bold Frogger fans."

So Tyler DeAngelo, Ranjit Bhatnagar and Renee Lee made this alternative. 5th Avenue Frogger tracks traffic across one point of 5th Avenue in New York City and projects it into a game in an old Frogger arcade cabinet.

Link -via Make

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Salvador Dali Star Wars Tattoo



What would Star Wars have been like if it had been directed by Salvador Dali? This tattoo designed by deviantART member graynd brings us the persistence of empire by blending Star Wars and The Temptation of St. Anthony.

Link -via Geekologie

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Hamburger with 1,050 Strips of Bacon



RocketNews24 writes, "This is all your fault, America." I wish. If only we could claim credit for this culinary marvel!

Alas, that honor goes to a Burger King in Japan. It recently began offering customers fifteen strips of bacon on their Whoppers for 100 yen. The enterprising (and appropriately reverent) Mr. Sato saw an opportunity. He ordered a bit more.

Link -via Kotaku

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Electric Pizza Delivery Scooters Come with Sound Effects


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The electric scooters that deliver from Domino's Pizza in the Netherlands are almost silent. That makes them potentially dangerous because, like ninjas, you can't hear them coming. So speakers on the scooters emit appropriate, if delightfully amateurish sound effects.

-via The Presurfer

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Cell Phone Case Designed to Withstand a .50 BMG Bullet



Marudai claims that its heavy steel cell phone case will protect your beloved from all but the largest of small arms rounds. What caliber is your phone case rated to? If you don't know, then you need to experiment and find out.

Link (Google Translate) -via The Firearms Blog

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Join Now!



Come to the Dark side -- we have cookies! The Jedi can offer us nothing but honor and broccoli, as this recruitment poster by Scott Davidson reminds us.

Link -via That's Nerdalicious!

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Carved Alien Guitar



Gig Goldstein's carved guitar is close enough to H.R. Giger's original design to be scary. He's been carving for about twelve years and has gotten really good at it. You can see Goldstein's other guitars at his YouTube channel.

Link -via Walyou | Goldstein's YouTube Channel

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Amazing Wire Mesh Portraits



At first glance, you might think that this is a charcoal drawing hanging in a gallery. But it's actually a carefully trimmed and arranged assortment of wire mesh panels. Korean artist Seung Mo Park is responsible for this astonishing piece and other similar ones that you can view at the link.

Link -via Colossal (where there are videos)

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Cow Moos, Llama Laughs in Response


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Oh, Cow! She's just a barrel of laughs. Cow is cracking jokes and Llama can't help but laugh out loud.

In the comments, offer your translation.

-via Blame It on the Voices

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Barbie and Ken in Real Life



Charming or creepy? Photographer Hayden Wood used human models to bring Barbie and Ken to stiff, awkward life in series called Living Dolls. View five more images at the link.

Link | Photographer's Website

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TARDIS Suit



His fashion sense is a bit wibbly-wobbly, but this cosplayer at the recent Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo will impress any Whovian. Who would like to be his next companion?

Link -via Fashionably Geek | Photo: adorkablekate

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Hot Water Beach: The Beach on a Hot Spring



I really want to visit New Zealand, a land that seems filled with wonders. There's a beach on the North Island where geothermal energy heats the sand. It can get as hot as 147° F, so visitors often dig hot tubs into the beach. View more pictures and a video at the link.

Link | Photo: Flickr user Anke L

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Amputee Plans to Climb Mount Everest with a Prosthetic Ice Axe Arm

Jaco van Gass, a British soldier from South Africa, lost an arm in Afghanistan. That's not slowing him down a bit. He plans to climb Mount Everest, making use of a prosthetic arm that he helped design himself:

He said: "I came up with the idea to attach an ice axe to one of my prosthetics, so I kind of challenged the guys at Headley Court to see how we could get this done."

Van Gass bought a regular ice axe and staff at the centre sawed off the double-sided head, then welded and bolted it to a specially adapted prosthetic made of carbon fibre and plastic.


Link -via Gizmodo | Photo: David Cheskin/Press Association

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TARDIS Lockers



Will you be able to fit all of your books inside? Yes, definitely. Madison decorated three lockers at Pinawa Secondary School in Pinawa, Manitoba, Canada.

Link -via Nerd Approved

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Olympics Organizers Invite Keith Moon (1946-1978) to Perform at the 2012 Games

When Keith Moon, the legendary drummer for the British rock band The Who, died in 1978, it was too much for some people to accept. Apparently that includes the organizers for the 2012 Olympics in London. According to the manager for The Who, officials requested Moon's presence during an upcoming performance:

The band's manager, Bill Curbishley, told the Sunday Times he had been approached to see if Moon "would be available" to play with the surviving members this summer.

"I emailed back saying Keith now resides in Golders Green crematorium, having lived up to the Who's anthemic line 'I hope I die before I get old'," came the excellent reply.

"If they have a round table, some glasses and candles, we might contact him."


Link -via Jammie Wearing Fools | Photo: Fruno Buland

Previously: Goodnight Keith Moon

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Cinnamon Bun Waffles



Canned cinnamon bun dough can double as waffle batter. Who knew? Suzie Ridler opened a can of Pillsbury brand cinnamon buns, slapped the segments on her waffle iron, then poured the packet of icing on top when they were done cooking. Yummy!

Link -via Tasteologie

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Doctor Whooves


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The Doctor has regenerated again. He's not a ginger, but he is a chestnut. There have been a few other anatomical changes in this Doctor Who/My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic crossover by Michael Kirspel.

-via The Mary Sue

Previously: My Little Dalek: Extermination Is Magic

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Interactive Population Density Map



Derek Watkins created a fun interactive map showing population density across the world. You can use a sliding bar to change the display. The above screenshot shows the parts of the world with more than five people per square mile. Slide the bar up to five hundred people per square mile and watch the world almost vanish.

Link -via Gizmodo

Previously by Derek Watkins: Generic Names for Streams

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Britons Declare Washington Britain's Greatest Battlefield Foe

British respect for George Washington runs deep. In 1814, while on its way to burn the city named in his honor, a British fleet tolled a salute to Washington as it passed by Mount Vernon. So it comes as no surprise that a debate hosted by the UK's National Army Museum selected Washington as the greatest foe to ever lead an army against Britain:

At the event, each contender had their case made by a historian giving a 40 minute presentation. The audience, who had paid to attend the day, then voted in a secret ballot after all five presentations had been made. [...]

Stephen Brumwell, author and specialist on eighteenth century North America, said: "Washington scores highly as an enemy of Britain on three key grounds: the immense scale of damage he inflicts upon Britain's Army and Empire – the most jarring defeat that either endured; his ability to not only provide inspirational battlefield leadership but to work with civilians who were crucial to sustain the war-effort; and the kind of man he was. As British officers conceded, he was a worthy opponent.


The other choices were Michael Collins, Napoleon Bonaparte, Erwin Rommel and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. Who else do you think deserved consideration?

Link -via Ace of Spades HQ | Image: Smithsonian Institution

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