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Engraved Tools

Hand woodworking tools are classy by themselves, but engraving artist Catharine Kennedy takes them a step further. The delicately carved surfaces of her planes are simply gorgeous. Obviously, they will cut better afterward.

Link -via Make

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In Its Defense, The Chewbacca Burger Is Accurate

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The Darth Vader burger is black, so it makes sense that the Chewbacca burger is hairy. It may be unpleasant to eat, but it's important that we stick to a faithful presentation of the Star Wars franchise.

-via That's Nerdalicious!

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Amazing 3D Paintings of Goldfish Created with Resin

What's astonishing is that this is not a photograph of goldfish in a tank. Japanese artist Riusuke Fukahori creates three dimensional images of goldfish by painting them, layer by layer, separated by very thin sheets of resin. You can look at them from any angle and they look just like fish. Watch a video at the link demonstrating how Fukahori does it.

Link | Artist's Website (Google Translate) | Photo: Dominic Alves

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Accused Drug Trafficker Shows up to Court Wearing Jacket Featuring Recipe for Crack Cocaine

When you go to court, dress professionally. Well, maybe not if you're a professional drug dealer:

A man accused of drug trafficking showed up for court Friday in Fort Lauderdale sporting a jacket that bore a cartoon-style recipe for cooking crack cocaine. [...]

The man's white jacket looked like a how-to guide for making crack cocaine, with a series of little pictures of a white substance with a spoon, a carton of baking soda and a little pot over a fire. The end product was a "rock," slang for the drug.

The finishing touch was the slogan "stack paper say nothing" — make money and hold onto it, in the vernacular.

Witnesses, including the man's attorney Joshua Rydell, would not reveal the name of the man, who did not get into trouble for his threads.

Rydell said his clients still surprise him by wearing drug-related attire to court.

"Giant marijuana leaves on their T-shirts..." Rydell said. "It's so common that I routinely advise clients, 'No drug-related clothes when you come to court.'"

Link -via Dave Barry | Photo: Michael D. Weinstein

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The Lord of the Rings Pin-Up Style Tattoo

I've only read through Fellowship and halfway through Two Towers, so I assume that this scene takes place later in the trilogy. But then why wasn't it featured in the movies?

Link -via Fashionably Geek

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Portal 2 Cocktails

If you drink enough of these, the physics will start to make sense. The Drunken Moogle, teacher of many geeky cocktail recipes, brings us the perfect Portal 2 drink. It was developed by James Dance. You'll need blue curacao, vodka, lemonade, cointreau, rum and Orangina.

Link -via Technabob | Photo: James Dance

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Sculptures from Antique Guns

Krystopher Sapp takes antique gun parts and reassembles them into fanciful sculptures. This is "The Privateer," and it looks the part. It's made from the remains of a Savage, a M1 Garand, an '03 Springfield, an AR-16 and a M-16. His exhibit, "When a Good Man Goes to War," is on display at La Luz de Jesus Gallery in Los Angeles until January 29.

Link -via My Modern Met

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Star Wars Van Is Ideal for the Kessel Run

This 1979 Dodge Ram Van, for sale on eBay, is a discreet, unobtrusive way of conveying your support for the Rebel Alliance. The interior isn't equipped for the full Star Wars experience, but think of that as a project that you can work on. The exterior is enough to give you the lifestyle that you crave:

Kids point, mouths gape, even had a cop turn around and pull over to have his picture made with it. I have owned many awesome cars over the years and this one has been the MOST fun. People actually hang out of their car taking pictures as you drive down the INTERSTATE! This van was one of those life experience check offs. "Owned an amazing custom star wars van-CHECK". Whoever buys her, you are buying not just a van, but a LIFE EXPERIENCE. Are you a minor celebrity? Well, get ready.

Link -via Walyou (warning: auto-sound)

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Doctor Who Music from an Orchestra

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In 2010, the BBC Proms included a concert devoted to the music of Doctor Who. It included a grand stage show, with appearances by Cybermen, Daleks and more. Surprisingly, there were no fatalities among the humans in attendance. You can find all six parts of the concert embedded at the link.


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Frank Fazetta's Promotional Artwork for Battlestar Galactica

Famed fantasy artist Frank Frazetta contributed work to ABC's advertising drive for Battlestar Galactica in 1978. One of the images at the second link seems particularly inspired by barbarian fantasy, rather than science fiction. Still, as Christopher Mills writes, "...they capture the epic scale that Glen Larson and his crew were trying so hard to accomplish on their television budget."

Link and Link -via blastr

Previously: When Frank Frazetta Worked for Disney

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Tree Hotel

The Treehotel is a group of unusual tree houses in northern Sweden that guests can rent. All six sides of this one are mirrored, creating beautiful images as the sky and trees reflect on the surface. Others look like a bird's nest and a flying saucer.

Link -via My Modern Met | Official Website | Photo: Peter Lundstrom

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Chocolate Solar System

I'm not entirely sure because the website is in Japanese, but it appears that a chocolatier called L’éclat offers chocolate versions of the planets of our solar system. Sadly, they're not to scale, or else I'd call dibs on Jupiter!

Link (Google Translate) -via Nerdcore

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Vacant Earth: What Would You Do?

MetaFilter member Dudley Storey poses a fascinating question:

So you wake up tomorrow morning to find almost everyone on Earth missing. The Internet will continue to work for a few hours: what information could you download to ensure your survival and rebuild civilization?

Mr. Storey has a few suggestions, which you can read at the link. How would you answer the question?

Link -via Super Punch | Image: Random House

Previously: A Monument of Post-Apocalyptic Instructions

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Muppet Album Covers

Dr. Bunsen Honeydew has finally driven Beaker so completely insane that he's indistinguishable from Iron Maiden's iconic Eddie the Head. Brian Snoddy made this altered cover. At the link, you can find one of Gonzo as Ted Nugent.

Link | Artist's Website

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Hirezake: The Poisonous Cocktail

Make sure that your bartender knows what he's doing, or else you'll die. The hirezake is a mixture of warm rice wine and a fried fugu fish. That's the same fish that is poisonous if not expertly prepared. So if your bartender looks a little sloshed, just ask for the Shirley Temple instead.

At the link, you can find many more strange, unusual, or possibly disgusting drinks from around the world. Among them is one that requires a severed human toe.

Link -via NotVentures | Photo: Flickr user Grilled Ahi

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Piston Clock

Etsy seller Steven Shaver turns old car parts into cufflinks, belt buckles and clocks. Here's a desk clock that is built into a piston from an old Volvo engine. Don't worry -- you won't have to change the oil in this clock.

Link -via Recyclart

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Boil Water Inside a Paper Pot

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The Hexa Pot is a collapsible cooking pot made from biodegradable paper.The idea is that you don't need to lug around an metal pot when you go camping. Just take one of these. If you need to boil water to make it potable, such as during a natural disaster, whip this out of your bug-out bag and start heating up the water. You can bring the pot to a full boil, even though it's made out of paper.

Link -via Tech Crunch

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Alien vs. Predator Chess Set

Ah, Alien vs. Predator! Perhaps the greatest of all date movies. deviantART member Joker-laugh has captured the essence of that film with this custom chess set.

Link -via I Heart Choas

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This May Look Like an Ink Drawing, But It's Actually a Photograph

The late Don Hong-Oa was born in China and lived in Vietnam and the United States. He practiced a particular form of photography that realistically mimicked traditional Chinese ink drawings. It's like the inverse of photorealisic painting.

Link -via Gizmodo | Photo Credit

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Why Didn't Tolkien Win the Nobel Prize?

I'm not a fan of The Lord of the Rings, but I have wondered how such a monumentally influential author was overlooked for a Nobel Prize in literature. C.S. Lewis nominated J.R.R. Tolkien in 1961. The governing committee considered him, but ultimately awarded the prize to the Yugoslavian writer Ivo Andric. Why? Recently declassified documents explain the committee's reasoning:
Swedish reporter Andreas Ekström delved into 1961's previously classified documents on their release this week, to find the jury passed over names including Lawrence Durrell, Robert Frost, Graham Greene, EM Forster and Tolkien to come up with their eventual winner, Yugoslavian writer Ivo Andri?. [...]

The prose of Tolkien – who was nominated by his friend and fellow fantasy author CS Lewis – "has not in any way measured up to storytelling of the highest quality", wrote jury member Anders Österling. Frost, on the other hand, was dismissed because of his "advanced age" – he was 86 at the time – with the jury deciding the American poet's years were "a fundamental obstacle, which the committee regretfully found it necessary to state". Forster was also ruled out for his age – a consideration that no longer bothers the jury, which awarded the prize to the 87-year-old Doris Lessing in 2007 – with Österling calling the author "a shadow of his former self, with long lost spiritual health".

Durrell, meanwhile, "gives a dubious aftertaste … because of [his] monomaniacal preoccupation with erotic complications", while Italian novelist Alberto Moravia "suffers from … a general monotony".

Greene, who never won the Nobel, was 1961's runner-up, with Danish writer Karen Blixen, author of Out of Africa, coming in third.

Do you agree with the Nobel committee?

Link -via blastr | Photo: Biography Channel

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Taiwan's Musical Garbage Trucks

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Oddity Central reports that Taiwan's garbage trucks commonly play music in order to alert people of their arrival in a neighborhood. Among the more popular tunes is Beethoven's "Für Elise." They often switch to thematic songs during Christmas and the Chinese New Year. Which songs do you think would be ideal for garbage trucks?


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Edible Cuckoo Clock Has Gingerbread Gears

You may remember Instructables user mezcraft from her amazing Harry Potter-themed gingerbread house. Believe it or not, she's actually topped that achievement. Mezcraft's cuckoo clock isn't just gingerbread on the outside. The gears are gingerbread, too! Mind you, it doesn't actually function as a clock. But gingerbread engineering has advanced so rapidly in the past few years that surely such a clock will be available in the near future.

Link -via Craft

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Gallery of Bomber Jacket Art

For a year and a half, the 401st Air Expeditionary Group of the United States Army Air Force wreaked havoc on Nazi Germany. You may know that these brave men often decorated the noses of their bombers with cartoonish or saucy images. But they also personalized their jackets with similar works of art, often marking down individual bombing runs. You can find a gallery of pictures of these jackets at the link. Content warning: some NSFW images.

Link -via American Digest

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Solar Heater Made from Can Lids Will Boil a Jar of Water

It takes two hours on a sunny day, but this solar heater built by engineering students at Humboldt State University in California works. It's made from waste materials, specifically can lids. These are held together by vines from Himalaya blackberry plants, which are an invasive species in their area. You can find in-process photos and descriptions at the link.

Link -via Make

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New Nike Ad Will Either Amuse or Infuriate You

The word below the swoosh is "run". Annie Chiu designed this and other unconventional street advertisements to encourage you to purchase Nike running gear.

Link -via Blame It on the Voices

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Princess Leia Vapor Hologram Is Our Only Hope

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Chris Weisbart's hologram is actually light projected from the rear onto a thin sheet of water vapor. Although Weisbart does effects like this professionally, this unit is built from old scrap parts, including a children's humidifier and drinking straws.

Link -via Technabob

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Spider-Man Themed Bathroom

We've all been in a situation when a bathroom experience would only be enhanced if there were realistic representations of supervillains trying to break through the wall and kill us. Probably daily. So rileyreplicas, a forum user at The PF, made one for a friend's husband. The site is currently down, so I can make no guarantee about what you'll find at the link. But you can also visit Geekologie to see more pictures. That's a good idea, because this one photo doesn't do justice to the extensive modifications to the entire bathroom.

Link -via Geekologie

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Bat House

The Spanish art collective Estres would like to remind you that your cuddly neighborhood chiropterans need a place to live, too. So they turned a birdhouse upside down!

Link -via Super Punch

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Aquarium Sink

This classy, if a tad expensive ($4,500!) sink doesn't come with fish, but it does offer a habitat for them. There's a light in the back as well as access ports on the top. The producer recommends that you get a professional plumber to install it.

Link -via My Modern Met

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Bat-Signal Papasan Chair

Traveling all the way from Wayne Manor to the Gotham City Police Department headquarters takes the wind out of a crimefighter. Sit down and rest a bit before taking on the next case. Instructables user Orvis has just what an aging Dark Knight needs.


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