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Mushroom Skulls


Because they're so easily carved, there's so much food crafting that you can do with mushrooms. Zachary Kominar made these skulls for a pirate-themed party, but they'd also work well for Halloween.

Link -via Make

Love Halloween and cosplay? Check out our Halloween Blog!

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Beer Can Art

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With the most ordinary of materials, such as the beer cans piled around your feet, Macaon can create art. This is his take on Katsushika Hokusai's Great Wave. You can see Macaon's other works at the link.

Link (Translation) -via Spoon & Tamago

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Super Skyrim Bros.

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In this perfectly crafted Skyrim mod, you fall asleep in a home near Winterhold. When you awake, you're a hero not in Tamriel, but in the magical Mushroom Kingdom. Whatever you ate before you went to bed, you probably shouldn't eat again.

Link -via Technabob

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Steampunk Predator Mask

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By Jove, that fellow is using the trees! But if it bleeds, we can dispatch it. Hand me that Krag. Look for the helmet made by the artisans at Skunkworks Props.

Link -via Fashionably Geek

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How to Steal a Space Shuttle in 7 Easy Steps


Jason Torchinsky realized that although it would be difficult to steal the space shuttle Endeavour from Los Angeles, it was not, technically speaking impossible. The heist will just require some creative thinking, a bit of luck and some money. Read his step-by-step plan at the link.

Link -via VA Viper

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One in a Quarter Million Odds: After Fifty Years, All Members of This High School Rugby Team Are Still Alive

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Fifty years ago, the rugby team of the Portsmouth Grammar School in Hampshire, UK posed for a photo. They went their separate ways, but all sixteen members survived the years and returned to update their picture. The odds were astronomical:

The odds of all of the original first team being alive to meet for the milestone anniversary was worked out at 256,000 to one. [...]

The old boys met the school's current first 15 rugby team and watch them play against Churchers College, from Petersfield, Hants.

In a bid to create a legacy and encourage current teams to stay in touch, the 1962 team presented the current team with a trophy - a rugby ball which they had all signed.

Link | Photo: Portsmouth Grammar School Archive/Solent News

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Chopsticks Holster

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Why? Because you never know when you're going to have to eat for your life. 17-year old Brandon, the man behold Vanguard Armament, made this tacticool accessory. Now go home, strap it on and practice dry firing.

Link -via Everyday, No Days Off

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Animations from MRI Scans of Vegetables

Andy Ellison's freaky cool animated .gifs are essentially compiled cross sections of vegetables. He works at Boston University and has access to an MRI machine, which equips him do cool stuff like this.

Link -via Colossal

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Faucet Changes Color with the Water Temperature


HANSA International's Hansacanyon Faucet has LEDs that light up with different colors based upon the temperature of the water passing through it. Blue is for cold water, violet for lukewarm and red for hot.

Link -via Dornob

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Fussy Baby Calms Down Only for "Gangnam Style"

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Little Benjamin is a man of style. Specifically, Gangnam Style. His father Andrew Tsai learned that the reliable way of getting him to eat when he isn't in the mood to play the video for the child.

A week ago, I showed my kids how to dance Gangnam Style. My two-year old was impressed. My four-year old was so appalled that I had to stop halfway through the video before she started crying.

Clearly I need to practice more.

Link -via Blame It on the Voices

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Exquisite Pistol Knife

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Bruce Bump is a master craftsman of knives, axes and cominbations thereof with guns. His gallery is simply breathtaking. This piece is typical. It has an engraved 3000-layer folding blade and a .22 caliber muzzle loading black powder pistol. The trigger and hammer are gold plated and the handle is pre-ban ivory.

Link -via Underhammer Society | Photo: Sharp by Coop

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The Motocrossboard Is an All-Terrain Motorized Skateboard


And it's designed for more than just recreation. Andy Keel, the inventor of the motocrossboard, sees it as an excellent vehicle for military forces. Keel envisions future soldiers moving rapidly through enemy territory on motorcrossboards while shooting at foes. At the link, you can see more pictures and a video of one man using it to play paintball.

Link | Official Website

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Axe Bookshelves


The good news is that you won't need a hammer and nails to hang this bookcase. Just aim and swing vigorously. Yanik Balzer and Max Kuwertz of the Köln International School of Design made it and other whimsical pieces of household furniture.

Link (Google Translate)

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Homemade Thomas the Tank Engine Bed

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The son of Instructables member raptor23 is now ready to puff around Sodor. Thomas the Tank Engine will take him everywhere in this bed that his father made. If he removes the boiler behind Thomas's face, he can also find many of his toys in a built-in chest.


See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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That's No Pumpkin!


Etsy seller Cricket Willis painted this fake pumpkin with ultraviolet paint that glows under black light. At her shop you can also find a cow vertebra painted with the silhouettes of curvaceous women and hilariously entitled "Baby's Got Back."

Link -via Technabob

Love Halloween and cosplay? Check out our Halloween Blog!

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How to Make a Meatloaf Hand

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Nothing sets the mood for a Halloween party like a severed hand left in the food. But for some of us, acquiring one can difficult. Here's an alternative made by Megan of Not Martha. Onions serve in place of fingernails and wristbones and melted sliced cheese gives the impression of burned human skin. You can find her full recipe at the link.

Link -via Emily Schroeder-Pinegar

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Bob Ross Feeding a Squirrel

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This video will blow out your serenity capacitors, so open the pressure valves before starting it. Here's Bob Ross, the artist famous for his happy little clouds, feeding a squirrel with a bottle.

-via Ace of Spades HQ

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Adventure Time Statue Made of More Than 4,000 1-Inch Wooden Cubes


This pixelated Finn by Evan Henry gives you a thumbs up and an invitation to join him. The sword is removable, but it keeps the sculpture balanced and you'll just make Finn mad anyway.

Link -via ItBit

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Alcoholic Pizza

pizzaIf you want to order the new pizza at Salvatore's, you'll have to show ID to prove that you're at least 21. That's because the Boston eatery is now serving pizza that's cooked with vodka. Chef Victor Paone describes it:

“We got some dried Italian cherries, and we cooked them, and they were too tough,” Paone told the Herald. “Obviously, we had to soak them a little, so I decided to soak them in raspberry vodka.”

The result was Vignola Cherry Pizza, which also is topped with fresh mozzarella, Gorgonzola, prosciutto and orange blossom honey. [...]

Two more 21-plus pies will be added to Salvatore’s menu in mid-October. The Drunken Pig comes with Kahlua-marinated braised pork, ricotta cheese, caramelized Granny Smith apples, mozzarella cheese and spicy hot honey, while Calabria Peach is topped with rum-infused fresh peaches, mascarpone, soppressata picante, fresh mozzarella and basil.

Link -via That's Nerdalicious! | Photo: Ted Fitzgerald

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Runner Falls, Gets Trampled, Stands Up, Starts Running Again and Wins Third Place

Alicia Follmar, a student at Stanford University, fell hard early in a race. Then several runners ran over her. Most people would then quit. But Alicia Follmar is not most people. She stood up and, though bloody, bruised and in great pain, started running again:

As she powered her way from 10th to third over the remaining two laps, she ran into Internet-lauded fame. There's far more to the two-event All-American than that one race, but no pictures of her are anywhere near as memorable.

“I wouldn't say it was as bad as it looks . . . . I can't say it really hurt, there was so much adrenaline,” says Follmar, now a senior. “There was a feeling that I had in my head—like a sensation in my head—so I felt my head with my hand and looked at it, and there was blood on it. At that point, I was already running. I kind of panicked, but I still kept running.” Stanford finished third.

Link -via Say Uncle | Photo: Shawn Price

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The Knitted Boyfriend

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Noortje de Keijzer's My Knitted Boyfriend is a treat. It's the tale of a young woman who wanted a boyfriend, so she knitted one from yarn. He's perfect in every way: funny, kind, romantic and machine washable. The visual effects and set design are a hoot.

Link -via Craft

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Rings Made from Old Billiard Balls

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Eleanor Salazar bored through and shaped billiard balls to make cute rings. They're numbered, so you can use them for an organizational scheme.

Link -via Dude Craft

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Watch a Starfish Digest a Mussel

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If you've watched the nature series Spongebob Squarepants, you may be under the impression that starfish are gentle, harmless creatures. But they're not. Starfish are effective predators against immobile species. Researchers placed a tiny camera inside a mussel. Watch a starfish digest its victim from close range. The starfish pours caustic chemicals into the shell, then injects its own stomach inside the shell to digest the soupy mass that remains.


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Tasty-Looking Treat Is Actually a Nintendo DS Case

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You might want to bite into it, but you'll have to pay a lot of money to a dentist later if you do. Etsy seller TheKawaiiOfficial made this and other cases for the Nintendo DS Lite that look like sweets.

Link -via Walyou

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Vertically Revolving Rifle

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The Porter Revolving Turret Rifle was an experimental firearm from the 1850s. P.W. Porter designed it to fill a demand for repeating rifles during the percussion cap era. It featured multiple chambers that could be cycled vertically before the user needed to reload.

There was a significant design flaw. Chain fire--that is, sparking between chambers--could cause multiple chambers to discharge simultaneously. One of those chambers is pointed at the user's face.

Link | Photos: 19th Century Weapons

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Cold Sore Cupcake

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Eh, I'm sure it's nothing. Go ahead and pucker up. You know, YOLO and all that. Tattoo Cakes made this irresistable concoction.

Link -via Evil Cakes

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Public Prank: Worst Babysitter Ever

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Comedian Tom Mabe got a realistic baby doll, placed it in a baby sling, then went to very baby-inappropriate places and did baby-inappropriate things. Like going to bars and riding skateboards.

-via Daily of the Day

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Washing Machine Drum Coffee Table

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Instructables member msel found a good use for an old washing machine that was ready for the dump. He added some handy features including caster wheels on the bottom and a light in the interior.


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Keyboard Rocking Trojan Horse


Babis Pangiotidis made "Hedonism(y) Trojaner," an enormous rocking horse covered with recycled computer keyboard keys. He offers it to you as a gift. You should download it without fear of malware.

Link -via Junk Culture | Artist's Website

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