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Zombie Princess Leia and Stormtrooper

Luke had better be careful kissing his sweetheart/sister! Flickr user vill4no snapped these two cosplayers (presumably) at MegaCon 2012, a convention in Orlando, Florida that ended yesterday.

Link -via reddit

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Coffee Cup Stain Art

Hong Yi's subject matter is fairly conventional: portraiture. But her methods are extraordinary. We've previously watched her compose a portrait of a famous basketball player using just a basketball and paint. More recently, she spilled coffee into a saucer and planted the cup repeatedly on paper until she composed a picture of actor Jay Chou. At the link, you can watch a video showing how she did it.

Link -via Fubiz

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A Braille-Like Texting App

Researchers at Georgia Tech have designed a smart phone app that allows users to type in an alphabet similar to Braille. It can't display messages in Braille, but it does enable users to send text messages without having to see the interface:

The app uses a gesture-based solution by turning the iPhone's touchscreen into a soft-touch keyboard programmed for Braille and requiring only six keys, making it a practical solution for the limited screen real estate on smartphones.

The key feature of the BrailleTouch technology is the use of the six-key configuration so that the keyboard fits on the screen and users keep their fingers in a relatively fixed position while texting. This design allows users to hold their device with the screen facing away from them cradling the device with their palms or pinkies and thumbs – and to type with a majority of their fingers, identical to typing Braille on a standard keyboard.

At the link, you can watch a video demonstrating how the app works.

Link -via Glenn Reynolds | Photo: Georgia Tech

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GalaFilc's felted coin purses are adorable! This purple one has a matching brown friend. GalaFilc also felts scarves, stoles and collars.

GalaFilc's Photostream and Etsy Shop -via Geek Crafts

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Slinky Walking on a Treadmill

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It's hypnotic. If were put into a continuous loop, like the Enterprise ambient engine noise video, I could watch this all day.

-via Blame It on the Voices

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The Blue Family

For more than two centuries, the Fugate family has lived near Troublesome Creek in eastern Kentucky. Many of them, in the past, were blue. Yes, blue. As a result of inbreeding, the combination of a recessive trait caused them to be born with methemoglobinemia, a rare genetic disorder that turns the skin blue. Read more about this unique family known as "the blue Fugates" at Now I Know.

Link | Image: unknown

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Stained Glass Twenty-Sided Dice

You can't afford a critical fumble when you're playing with these dice. Instructables user Casey Borders provides instructions on how to make your own stained glass d20s at the link. You'll need an icosahedron jig, a interesting tool that I never heard of before.

Link -via Technabob

Previously: Stained Glass d20

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Garfield Cupcakes

Bakerella, a fan of Garfield comics for decades, made these fondant wonders. I suspect that turning into a cupcake would be Garfield's worst nightmare.

Link -via Flavorwire

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Pokémon in the Little Golden Books Style

Imagine in a world in which Pokémon emerged in the 1940s instead of the 1990s, and in the United States instead of Japan. That's what Becky Dreisdadt had in mind when she devised 151 Pokémon in the style of the Little Golden Books. Each Pokémon comes with a description of its savage combat abilities. Here's what a Jumpalope can do in battle:

Often sighted by weary travellers, the Jumpalope was once considered to be a mythical creature. This behorned lagamorph thrives in the desert as it can store a week’s worth of water in its cactus tail. To provide camouflage, its ears change colour with the leaves of the seasons.

Link -via io9

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A Visit to Point Roberts, Washington

Point Roberts is a promontory of the Tsawwassen Peninsula that sticks out just south of the 49th parallel that forms the US-Canadian border. It's a little piece of America geographically attached to Canada. Nate Berg of The Atlantic visited the tiny community that lives there and learned about how it endures, politically and economically. Moving people and goods to Point Roberts can be a great struggle, but in some ways that's beneficial: perhaps 50 of the town's 1,300 residents are in the US Marshals' witness protection program.

Read more about Berg's visit at the link, including why he describes Point Roberts as "the foreskin of America."

Link -via Glenn Reynolds | Image: Google

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Burglar Unwisely Shoots 90-Year Old Man in the Head

All this accomplished was to enrage the homeowner, 90-year old Jay Leone of Greenbrae, California. Leone then returned fire:

"To tell you the truth, I never felt a thing," said Leone, 90, of Greenbrae. "I said, 'F—- you, you son of a bitch, now it's my turn.'"

Whereupon he shot five bullets at the suspect from his .38-caliber Smith & Wesson snubnose revolver, hitting the burglar three times in the abdomen. A scuffle ensued between the wounded men.

The suspect then fled the scene. He eventually sought medical treatment for his wounds, leading to his arrest. Leone summoned the police and told them how he was able to get to one of his guns while the burglar ransacked his house:

Leone said he concocted a plan: He said he needed to use the bathroom, which is where his five guns were hidden. When the burglar refused, Leone pulled his pants down and said he would defecate on the spot.

The burglar let him leave for the bathroom but would not let him close the door, Leone said.

"I said, 'Do you like to watch people take a s—-?'" Leone testified. The burglar let him close the door, and Leone went for his Smith & Wesson snubnose.

Link -via Sharp as a Marble | Photo: Marin Independent Journal

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Life inside a Time Capsule

In 1964, Lina Diacono furnished and decorated her new home in Sydney, Australia. She liked her work and decided to keep it. For forty-eight years, she's kept all of the original furniture and appliances -- and in excellent condition. Touring her house is like visiting a Mad Men set. At the link, you can find a photo gallery, as well as a neat feature that layers old photographs of the home with new ones taken from the same perspective.

Link -via Ace of Spades HQ

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Meter Monster

Meter Monster wants your quarters and fingers. Hanasaurusrex left this yarn bomb on a parking meter in Honolulu, Hawaii.

Link -via Booooooom! | Crafter's Website

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Animals Sculptures from Shattered CDs

It's been a long time since you've listened to those Sir Mix-a-Lot CDs. Why not put them to some good use? Sean Avery takes CDs, breaks them into fragments, and then creates amazing animal sculptures.

Link -via Bit Rebels

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ASUS Computer Warranty Voided if Your Computer Is Damaged During a Space Invasion

I have bad news for you. You're not getting a free new monitor from ASUS. That company's lawyers cleverly phrased the warranty to make it useless to most customers:

Exclusions from your ASUS Warranty Extension Program including the WEP On-Site NBD Limited Hardware Warranty Service

• There is damage caused by natural disaster, intentional or unintentional misuse, acts of war, space invasions, abuse, neglect, improper maintenance, or use under abnormal conditions

Link -via The Presurfer | Image: 20th Century Fox

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Goats Have Accents

Can you saw "maaaaaa" with a Tennessee twang? A goat might be able to. According to a recent study, pygmy goats in groups develop unique ways of bleating:

They found that a goats' "accent' changed as they grew older and moved in different groups, disproving claims that their voices were entirely genetic. [...]

"We found that genetically related kids produced similar calls, which is not that surprising," said Dr Elodie Briefer, who led the study.

"But the calls of kids raised in the same social groups were also similar to each other, and became more similar as the kids grew older.

"This suggests that goat kids modify their calls according their social surroundings, developing similar 'accents'."

Humans, elephants and dolphins also have accented vocalizations.

Link -via Gizmodo | Photo: Flickr user ralph and jenny

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Bicycle-Mounted Chainsaw

Yes, you might be able to fight zombies with this weapon. But I think it's better suited for neighborhood jousting. Who can afford a horse and and armor? Those things are expensive. Just strap your chainsaw onto your bike and charge.

-via DVICE | Photo: unknown

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Cure for Baldness: Tattooed Hair

Dignity? It's overrated. You need hair, and you need it now. So Skin N Beyond offers you the next best thing: a tattoo pattern that makes it look like you shave your head. Ian Watson developed this treatment after asking his sister-in-law to cover his head with dots a fine tip pen. The obvious next step was to make it permanent.

Link | Photo: Skin N Beyond

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Oreo Martini

No, it is not acceptable to serve Manhattans at a child's birthday party. That's a completely inappropriate cocktail. Now Oreo and vodka martinis -- that's different.

Link -via Tasteologie | Photo: Daydreamer Desserts

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Trippy Interactive Light Display Follows You

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Annica Cuppetelli and Cristobal Mendoza's Nervous Structure does anything but make me nervous. 144 lines projected on the wall move, bend and twist as people approach and play with them.

-via Dude Craft | Artists' Website

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Weird German-Language 1958 Science Fiction Musical

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Mir Ist so Langweilig, which Google Translate renders as I'm so Bored, has potential, unless you prefer your science fiction hard boiled. Battlestar Galactica it is not. What do you think is happening in the story?

-via blastr

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Pizza Box with Built-in Paper Plates

Yu Kyung Ha, Won Min Jung and Kwon Young Hee won a Red Dot design award for this simple and clever pizza box insert. It breaks into single-slice pizza plates with overhanging sides to make it easier to grip the crust.

Link -via Gizmodo

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LED Snowboarding

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After a busy day, there's something very soothing and calming about Jacob Sutton's video. The snowboarder, covered with lights, glides through the darkness. The frost parts before him without resistance, as though he was born for this movement.

Link (warning: auto-sound) -via Colossal | Sutton's Website

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The Coffee Cycle

Here at Neatorama we promote scientific literacy, not only because we need it to make informed decisions, but also because it opens our minds to the wonders of the natural world. This is the Coffee Cycle, one of the great driving forces of life on Earth. Follow this substance as it moves through the Earth, the air and you.

Link -via That's Nerdalicious! | Image: Grant Snider

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Picture of a Google Street View Car Taking a Picture of a Man Taking a Picture of a Google Street View Car

redditor kerbyderwood was bicycling near Moss Landing, California when he saw a Google Street View car. He took a picture of it just as it took a picture of him. Then the universe collapsed in on itself.

Link -via Blame It on the Voices

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Dr. Zaius Performing Mark Twain

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Actor/comedian/statesman John Hodgman searched the Internet to find a video of Dr. Zaius from Planet of the Apes impersonating Mark Twain. He was rightfully appalled to find that no such video yet existed.

Hodgman held us, the people of the Internet, responsible for this grievous omission. But in his mercy, he has forgiven us and brought the video into being. Let us be thankful for Hodgman's work, and that of Dana Gould who girded the armor of Zaius in this video.

-via Nerd Bastards

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Man Buys Old Safe for $122.93 on eBay, Finds $26,000 Inside

James Labrecque of California had an old safe, but no combination for it. He thought that it was empty, so he decided to sell it on eBay for scrap. A man in Bartlett, Tennessee bought it and took it to a welder. Inside the safe was $26,000 in cash:

"I feel like the stupidest idiot in the world," said Labrecque. "I told my friend, I won the stupidest idiot in the world award the other day, you know. I gave away a safe with $26,000 in it."

In a contentious e-mail chain Labrecque provided to Action News 5, he asked for a cut of the cash. The buyer declined, citing Labrecque's seller policy that states, "What you see is what you get, no returns, and no money back."

The buyer did, however, give Labrecque a positive review on eBay.

Link -via The Agitator | Image: WMCTV

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Pizza with a Hot Dog Crust

It's a time and labor-intensive recipe -- which almost belies the purpose of both hot dogs and pizzas -- but it'll be worth it. Great deeds require great efforts.

Link -via That's Nerdalicious!

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President Kennedy Riding a Robot Unicorn with a Lightsaber Horn While on the Moon Hunting Aliens

Jason Heuser, one of the great artists of our age, creates heroic images of US Presidents, including Teddy Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. Roosevelt and Lincoln used guns against their foes, but Kennedy preferred cold steel. Here he is, at his finest, doing cleanup work on the moon. Link -via blastr

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