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R2-D2 Toddler Dress

Excuse me, sir, but that toddler is in prime condition--a real bargain. And she'll look supremely adorable in this dress that Etsy seller Seamingly Prudence made for the recent Star Wars Celebration Convention.

Link -via Fashionably Geek

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18-Round Pepperbox Pistol



Gilles Mariette, a Nineteenth Century Belgian gunmaker, designed pepperbox pistols. Working from the principle that you can never have too much ammunition, he designed handguns with increasingly large numbers of barrels. This double action percussion cap model contained 18, but Mariette appears to have gone as high as 24.

More Information | Photos: Horst Held

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Caterpillar Almost Forces Itself Down Frog's Throat

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This caterpillar is determined to be eaten by a frog--one that seems decidedly unmotivated to do so. Which will prevail?

-via Blame It on the Voices

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Sriracha Cheddar Pepper Jack Swirl Bread


How much Sriracha do you need? The correct answer is "more." Try this recipe by Lisa of Parsley, Sage & Sweet which mixes it with cheddar and pepper jack cheeses.

-via Tasteologie

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Exhaustive RGB Colorspace Atlas


How many colors are there? A lot, as this atlas by Tauba Aurebach illustrates:

american artist tauba auerbach presents the 8 x 8 x 8-inch hard-back cubes illustrating the RGB color scheme in a page-by-page medium. a digital offset print on paper with airbrushed cloth cover and book edges create a colorful reference volume of all the colors in existence. 

Link -via Nerdcore | Artist's Website

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Monstrous Cupcake Cones

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It must be a delight to hang out in the kitchen belonging to Jill of Kitchen Fun with My 3 Sons. Every week, there's a new wonder to consume. Most recently, she made cupcake cones shaped like four monsters. From left to right: the Bride of Frankenstein's monster, Frankenstein's monster, the Wolfman and Dracula.


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1:1 Scale Crocheted Pokémon


Ruthanne Wilson's life-sized Pokémon are, at a distance, almost indistinguishable from the real creatures. This Turtwig is about 54 cm tall. You can find seven other life-sized models in her shop at the link.

Link -via The Mary Sue

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12-Shot Repeating Flintlock Rifle



This unusual weapon was designed by Isaiah Jennings of New York in 1821. Unlike most rifles of the time, the user didn't have to reload after each shot:

The multi-shot rifle illustrated takes twelve individual, superposed loads of powder and ball, one on top of each other, and is fitted with twelve individual touchholes, each with a swivel cover which also act to position and align the lock as it slides from its forward position towards the rear to align the shots in reverse order.

Auction Link and Information Link -via Say Uncle | Photos: Neal Auction Company

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My Little Pony Wedding Cake Toppers


Rainbow Dash and Big Macintosh? Never in a million years would I have thought those two would get together. Now Big Mac and Fluttershy--that I can see.

Well, I hope the couple is happy together. This cake topper by Diana K. Torres will certainly contribute to a grand wedding.

Link -via My Little Pony Crafts

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Circuit Chess Set


Here's how Mark Wilson arranged the pieces on perfboard:

Pawn: Resistors
Rook: Ferrite Chokes
Knight: Metallised Polyester Capacitors
Bishop: LEDs
King & Queen: Electrolytic Capacitors

Link -via Make | Wilson's Photostream | Wilson's Website

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Beautifully Sculpted Portal Gun

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Duncan Shirah makes amazing sculptures, usually out of wood and metal. This 1:1 scale Portal gun is perfect for steampunk adventures.

Be sure to check out Shirah's website, where there's also a heroic Adventure Time bronze sculpture.

Link | Artist's Website

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Pac Man

Waka waka waka. Pauline Acalin sculpted this Pac-Man shaped guacamole pile. What does he eat as power pellets?


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Wound Man

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Wound Man, as he is known among the archivists at the Wellcome Library, has had a hard life. His superpower is apparently getting wounded in many, many different ways. But this medieval manuscript illustration of him was useful for training doctors. Just don't touch the sides of his wounds with your tweezers.

Link -via Nag on the Lake

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Wallets Made from Old Baseball Gloves


The fashion company Coach recently released a line of men's leather products, including wallets made from old baseball gloves. It will release only 200 of these wallets, each of which will be assembled from about one and a half gloves.

Story Link and Official Website -via Recylart

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The Cupcakes of Bag End

Oh, good! The UK bakery Love Is Cake made these delicious cupcakes and cake just in time for elevensies!

The cupcakes feature the Eye of Sauron, the One Ring, the White Tree of Gondor, Legolas’ Bow and Arrow, Lorien Leaves, and the Sword of Aragorn.

Link -via That's Nerdalicious!

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Man Builds Lamborghini Replica for Under $10,000

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There are only 21 Lamborghini Reventóns in the world and each costs about $1.6 million. That was beyond the price range of Wang Jian of Jiangsu province, China. So he took an old Nissan van, a Volkswagen sedan and sheet metal and built a slightly low-end replica.

Link -via American Digest

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Elmo Floor Rug


Yup. I got Elmo back in '05 on the second day of Muppet season. A single .30-30 round from about 80 yards.

Well, no. I can't claim credit. The wife of redditor Wizzer2801 has been making macabre crafts with classic cartoon creations, including a Kermit dissection kit and an Abominable Snow Man rug.


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Remembering Mom and Dad


A thoughtful young lady acquired these tattoos to remember her late parents:

I got these a couple months ago for my parents who passed away when I was in high school. Its exact copies of their handwriting from birthday cards. I absolutely love them

Link -Thanks, wifey!

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7-Shot Repeating Flintlock Pistol

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This amazing handgun is a masterpiece of Seventeenth Century engineering and metalworking. The Lorenzoni pistol can, hypothetically, fire seven shots before reloading. Watch the video to see how this magnificently machined device cycled.


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Pasta Art


Given the right noodles and enough time, Sergey Pakhomov can build anything out of pasta:

Sergey made his first pasta car five years ago. "It all started with my work on an advertising campaign for a macaroni making factory. The campaign developed into a hobby," he said. It took the man three years to build his pasta town.

Link -via Oddity Central | Photo: Pravda

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Hobbit-Style Chicken Coop


Got geeky chickens? This coop, inspired by traditional Hobbit architecture, is the proper home for them:

Collecting eggs is as easy as convincing Hobbits to partake in Second Breakfast, with convenient outdoor access via the external hinged lid of the next box. These latch via hook and eye to provide security against invaders like raccoons--if a group of Oliphaunt war-beasts shows up, however, you may wish to call upon your contacts within the Rohirrim for further assistance.

Link -via Nerd Approved | Photo: My Pet Chicken

P.S. Just curious: what do Hobbits taste like?

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Peanut Butter and Jelly Hotdog


It's so simple that even I could make it! Except that, I gather, you have to Instagram it before eating and I don't have the Instagram app.


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The World's Shortest Scheduled Airline Flight is Just 2 Minutes Long

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The captain has turned off the fasten seatbelts light. You are now free to move about the cabin for the next five seconds. Then we'll begin our descent. Thank you for flying Loginair from Westray to Papa Westray in the Orkney Islands.


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Man Shoves Firecracker up His Bottom at Darwin Party


What? No, the party took place in Darwin, Austraila. It wasn't a Darwin Award-themed party. Although Alex Bowden, pictured above, did his best to win one:

The drunken antics unfolded during a party at a house on Rossiter St, Rapid Creek.

Mr Bowden, a fitter and turner, could not be reached for comment yesterday.

From his hospital bed last month, he told the NT News the lads were up from Queensland and he wanted to show them a Territory good time.

Link -via Dave Barry | Photo: Facebook

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Fungus-Infected Toenail Cookies


Why do these bloody toes taste so good? Because they're actually cookies! Natasha Collins made these cookies as well as severed ear cakepops. Good news, couples: she also does wedding cakes!

Link -via Laughing Squid | Artist's Website

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The Fastest Wookiee Alive


And even if he's not, let him win the race. Wookiees, artist Ming Doyle would remind us, tend to pull people's legs out of their sockets when they loose.

Artist's Website -via Comics Alliance

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Augmented Reality Chestburster T-Shirt

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In the near future, you'll be able to terrify other people who are just a few years behind the technological curve. Case in point: a shirt developed by Fingerfunk that erupts with the chestburster from Alien.

The future is going to be awesome.

-via Nerdcore

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3D Ms. Pac-Man

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Keita Takahashi, the inventor of Katamari Damacy, had a brilliant idea. New York's Museum of Art and Design made it happen. They filled an entire room--walls and ceiling--with a playable Ms. Pac-Man game. You can watch gameplay at the link.


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Enormous Human Slingshot/Slip 'n Slide

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It was magnificient. And yet it was also a failure, for not a single person cleared the entire lake to land safely on the ground.

-via Geekologie

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For Valentine's Day: Chocolate Weapons


Let's play a game of word association. Ready? Okay.

"Valentine's Day."

You're thinking about grenades, right? Taiwanese artist Tu Wei-Chang understands. That's why he made chocolate versions of military-grade weaponry for an installation called Happy Valentine's Day.

Link -via Tasteologie | Artist's Website (Google Translate)

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