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Cat Horror Movie

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Two apples lie on the bed. Filius the Cat finds himself trapped in this nightmare, dramatically scored with music from Jerry Goldsmith and Elliot Goldenthal. -via The Breda Fallacy

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Doctor Who Travel Posters

If you can easily travel through time and space, why not use that ability to save on vacation expenses? Andrew Le made three travel posters that feature the TARDIS discreetly in the background. Link -via Super Punch

Previously by Andrew Le: Why Love Is Like Pi

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Magical Unicorn Pug Hat

Etsy seller Nathaniel Baker crochets hats for his pug, including ones that transform the dog into Shrek, a Purple People Eater, a Viking warrior, and a lop-eared bunny. Now your pooch can impress all the other dogs at the dogpark. Link -via Uniblog

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LEGO AT-AT Ice Cream Truck

On a brisk day on Hoth, you might enjoy an ice cream treat -- if the ice cream truck can make it to your Wampa cave. LEGO artist Louis K. has the right idea about what sort of transportation would be necessary. Link -via reddit

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"Paint It Black" Played One Note at a Time on Eight Pianos in Sequence

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This clever piece of video editing by Abandoned Rugs shows eight people playing "Paint it Black" by The Rolling Stones. Each player is on a different piano and is responsible for only one note. The shots flick back and forth between the different players as each note of the song is played. -via The Mary Sue

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How Much Does It Cost to Attend Hogwarts?

Even Hogwarts isn't immune from rising education costs. Centives, an economics blog hosted by Lehigh University, ran some calculations and figured out how much it costs for a student to attend:

The total cost for the first year at Hogwarts comes out to £26,816 or US$42,752 at today’s exchange rates. This of course is the bare minimum and doesn’t consider the cost of pets, Quidditch robes and other incidentals that every student invariably faces. Nor does this analysis account for the premium paid for magical items.

Link -via Marginal Revolution | Image credit unknown, via Diary of a Death Starlette

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Get it? A steampunk pug. Robin Latkovich made this picture. He's considering turning it into a t-shirt design.

Question: are people born steampunk, or is it a lifestyle choice?

Link -via Uniblog

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Huge Fluorite Skull

I will admit that I feel quite envious whenever I see the human brain in a jar of formaldehyde that Alex keeps on his desk here at the office. But this huge fluorite skull, weighing 145 pounds and measuring 16.9 inches across, may compensate for it. Even better: the advertising for the company (which seems to specialize in skull manufacturing) indicates that if I purchase one of their products, beautiful women will find me attractive. Link -via Geekosystem | Company Website

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Shop Manual for the Millennium Falcon

At the worst moments, the hyperdrive on your YT-1300 can go out, so you'd better be ready. Haynes, the UK publisher of hundreds of shop manuals, now offers this 104-page color maintenance and repair guide. Link -via OhGizmo!

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Pencil Shaving Portraits

Kyle Bean made portraits of the contributors to Wallpaper* Handmade, an annual design exhibition in Milan. You can view four more at the link.

Link -via Dude Craft | Wallpaper Handmade

Previously by Kyle Bean:
Chicken Sculpture Made out of Eggshells
Nesting Cell Phones

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Swamp Ass PSA

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Do you spend hours, if not days at a time playing video games without leaving your seat? If so, you're running the risk of acquiring Swamp Ass. Nathan Fillion, AKA "The Captain", is here to warn you of its effects. Don't let Swamp Ass happen to you or someone you love. -via reddit

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Legal Problem: North Dakota Might Not Actually Be a State

Article VI of the US Constitution includes this passage:

The Senators and Representatives before mentioned, and the Members of the several State Legislatures, and all executive and judicial Officers, both of the United States and of the several States, shall be bound by Oath or Affirmation, to support this Constitution [...]

But the North Dakota Constitution does not require that the Governor and other executive officers take such an oath. John Rolczynski, 82, of Grand Forks, spotted this problem sixteen years ago. Since that time, he's argued that North Dakota's 1889 admission into the union is invalid. It remains a territory, not a state:

Finally, somebody listened. State Senator Tim Mathern introduced a bill fixing the mistake that will be put to voters this spring. The happy historian, now confined to a nursing home with Parkinson's disease, told the local news team Valley News Live that he was "glad that I was able to see this thing corrected."

Link -via The Adventures of Roberta X | Photo:

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Human Swallows Pill. Mosquito Bites Human. Mosquito Dies.

Medical researchers have discovered that an inexpensive deworming pill that has been used in Africa for more than 25 years can kill mosquitoes. The medicine, known as ivermectin, is effective for only a month. So it's necessary for everyone in a region to take it at the same time. But when administered that way, the incidence of malaria can drop by 80%:
They vacuumed mosquitoes from the walls of huts in three villages whose inhabitants had recently been given ivermectin and three whose had not, and tested to see how many mosquitoes contained malaria parasites.

The ivermectin villages had almost 80 percent fewer.

The drug was shortening the mosquitoes’ lives, explained the lead author, Brian D. Foy, a Colorado State mosquito expert. Only older insects transmit malaria, since they must get it from humans first.

Link -via Glenn Reynolds | Photo by Flickr user wild_turkey5300 used under Creative Commons license

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Photo: Father and Son Witnessing the First and the Last Space Shuttle Launches

Chris Bray and his father were able to watch the launch of both the first and the last space shuttle missions, thirty years apart. For the last one, they decided to recreate their poses from 1981. Link -via DVICE | Photo used under Creative Commons license

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Tiny Confessions

Christopher Rozzi's Tiny Confessions is sort of like Post Secret for monsters, pets, and pop culture icons. Check out his cartoons for Frankenstein's monster, the beast from The Creature from the Black Lagoon, and a fortune cookie. Link -via Flavorwire

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Jell-O Cartridges

The annual Jell-O Mold Competition was held in Brooklyn about a week ago, and the winning works are even more impressive than those from the 2010 competition. Take a look at amazing gelatinous versions of dentures, cups of espresso, a pancake breakfast, and more. Link -via New Jovian Thunderbolt | Photo: Francesca Signori

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In Sweden, an Appreciation for Heavy Metal Music Is Considered a Disability

Roger Tullgren of Hässleholm, Sweden needs to listen to heavy metal music while he works. Mind you, that's not wants to, but needs to. It's such an essential part of his life that it's been classified as a disability, entitling him to special dispensation by employers:

The ageing rocker claims to have attended almost three hundred shows last year, often skipping work in the process.

Eventually his last employer tired of his absences and Tullgren was left jobless and reliant on welfare handouts.

But his sessions with the occupational psychologists led to a solution of sorts: Tullgren signed a piece of paper on which his heavy metal lifestyle was classified as a disability, an assessment that entitles him to a wage supplement from the job centre.

"I signed a form saying: 'Roger feels compelled to show his heavy metal style. This puts him in a difficult situation on the labour market. Therefore he needs extra financial help'. So now I can turn up at a job interview dressed in my normal clothes and just hand the interviewers this piece of paper," he said.

The manager at his new workplace allows him to go to concerts as long as he makes up for lost time at a later point. He is also allowed to dress as he likes and listen to heavy metal while washing up.

Link -via Marginal Revolution | Photo (unrelated) by Flickr user AnnieGreenSprings used under Creative Commons license

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Ink Surfing

That's not modeling clay. The LEGO minifig is surfing on a cloud of ink in water, captured in a moment by photographer Alberto Seveso. His series entitled Ink Riders includes several other examples, which you can view at the link. Link -via Colossal

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Chemical Wine Label

Educated Guess, a wine produced by Roots Run Deep Winery in California, summarizes the wine making process on its label. Running clockwise from the top-right corner, you see sucrose conversion, sulfide production, bleaching with sulfur dioxide, its relationship to wine quality, and the formation of acetylaldehyde.

Chemistry Information and Winery Link -via Diary of a Death Starlette | Photo: GeekFeed

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Man Forced to Sell Camaro on eBay, Offers Lengthy Comparison of Car and Soon-to-Be Ex-Wife

wyliewalcyzkracing doesn't go into much detail, but he links the loss of his beloved Chevrolet Camaro with his upcoming divorce. This is tragic because the car, he asserts, has superior features and performance to his wife. He goes into great detail on this point:

Read the rest of his comparison at the link. Link -via MArooned

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Man Connects to the Internet with a 1964 Modem

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In 1989, YouTube user phreakmonkey acquired a 1964 Livermore Data Systems Model A Acoustic Coupler Modem. It was one of the first modems ever made. Watch him use it to load Wikipedia on his laptop! The video begins with some historical and technical information. You can skip ahead to about five minutes into the video to see him login.

via reddit | Phreak Monkey's Website

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Hadouken Attack on Chicago

Everything that you know about natural disasters is wrong. Every calamity, from earthquakes to hurricanes, is actually caused by giant Street Fighter characters in the sky.

Link -via Geekosystem | Image credit: unknown

Previously: Fish Hadouken

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Flatbread Tosser Has Mastered Flatbread Tossing

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I don't have any information about this video, but it clearly show a man who's mastered his trade. He flattens pieces of dough and throws them about twenty feet away to a co-worker, never missing the target at which he never even directs a glance. -via Ace of Spades HQ

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Broadband Internet Installed by Horse

Vermont will soon have statewide broadband Internet access, in part due to the labors of a horse delivering cable to remote areas. Fred and his human Claude Desmarais have lately been working seven days a week on the project:

As Desmarais murmured a signal, Fred tugged a length of cable from a mammoth truck-mounted reel. With a pull, the cable rose to a lineman, who looped it through a "lasher," or a device that slides along the aerial line. By this method, the new cable was linked up to it as Fred ambled along.

The Belgian horse was outfitted with an old-fashioned draft harness and, attached behind that, an iron whippletree, which is a mechanism used for pulling.

Link -via Boing Boing | Photo: Reuters/Brian Snyder

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Key Guns

Imagine that you're a jailer in the Nineteenth Century. You have to open an occupied cell, perhaps to transfer a prisoner or deliver a meal. To open the cell, you need your hands free. But that would leave you unarmed. The solution is a key gun: a gadget that opens the cell while the jailer remains armed. You can view five more examples at the link. Link -via Gizmodo | Photo: David Galbraith

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World's Largest Smiley Face Made of People

2,226 people assembled at a park in Mahwah, New Jersey, to form the largest smiley face composed of human bodies. This is nearly triple the current record, which was set earlier this year in Croatia:

Though officials from the Guinness Book of World Records were not on site, photos and counts from the night will be submitted to the record-keeping agency, and the record will be declared official after the counts are verified, Mahwah Police Chief James Batelli told Patch.

Link -via Geekosystem | Photo: Chris Costa

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Winnie the Pooh and Tigger

Gallery 1988 in Los Angeles is hosting an exhibition that includes the work of Robert Brandenburg. This artist buys cheap paintings at garage sales and adds details here and there. Take a guess about what he added to the picture above. Link -via Super Punch | Artist's Website

Previously: Artist Buys Cheap Landscapes, Adds Monsters

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Jewelry Made from Human Hair

Kerry Howley, an art student at Middlesex University, put together a jewelry collection made from human hair. In reference to how people think about hair, she's entitled it "Attraction/Aversion". Howley writes:

The necklaces are made of human hair, a material we are familiar with and take pride in. However once off of the body it becomes an innate source of aversion. I wanted to see if I could make discarded hair attractive again.

Link -via Nerdcore | Artist's Website

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Frank Herbert's Dune in Candy

When you take your stand along the gummy worm's path, you must remain utterly still. You must think like a patch of yellow sprinkles.

Crafted from a 2-foot-long gummy worm, Haribo gummy bears, black licorice string, yellow sprinkles, and rock candy crystals! A scene from the great science fiction novel Dune by Frank Herbert. Here we see the giant gummy worm on the desert planet of Arrakis.

This piece was commissioned by Candy Warehouse, an online candy retailer.

Link -via io9 | Company Website

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The Art of Fire

The Combustion Institute, an organization of scientists and engineers who study fire, hosts an annual art competition for photographers of fire. You can view the five winning selections, including this one by Nelson Akafuah and Kozo Saito:

[...]this fire whirl was created by igniting benzene, a simple petrochemical, then mirroring and rotating the resultant image to produce a distinctive "S" shape.

Link -via Make

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