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Extremely Bloody Mary

Bloody Mary

At the Anvil Pub in Dallas, you can find cocktail scientists hard at work developing the most extreme Bloody Marys ever imagined. They've previously turned that classic drink into a light meal. Now they've pushed even further, turning the bloody mary into a full meal that includes a (yummy!) crawfish.

Link -via Foodiggity

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Balloon Dalek Costume

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I thought that Daleks were supposed to be heavily armored. They don't look so tough to me! Let's exterminate them back, starting with this balloon Dalek costume created by Patricia Balloonia.

Link -via Nerd Bastards


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Armchair Features Automatic Beer Dispenser

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Do you remember GrinOn's magical beer dispenser? The Bottoms Up beer delivery system pushes beer up through a perforated hole on the bottom of the cup. A magnet on the bottom of the cup seals the hole when you're done filling it. Wonderfully awesome, right? But it gets better!

Now GrinOn has built its system into a recliner. Just sit down to watch My Little Pony football. Whenever you set your cup down on the armrest, fresh beer will pump in.

Official Website -via That's Nerdalicious! (where there's a video)


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Super Mario Bros. Sculptures Made of Paperclips

Super Mario Bros.

Italian artist Pietro D'Angelo attaches paperclips to wire frames, making enormous, often life-size sculptures. Normally, he shows ordinary people or reproductions of classic works of art, but he's also made these friends from the Mushroom Kingdom.

Artist's Website -via GearFuse


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How to Build an Emergency Phone Charger

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Is your power is out, your phone will be good for only a few hours of Angry Birds. You'll have to MacGyver a solution. The King of Random developed this tool to do the job. That's a salad fork threaded into a mixing beater inserted into a cordless drill. Connect your phone's charging cable to the battery terminals inside the drill. Then start turning the fork.

It may take a while. Suggestion: livetweet the experience to relieve your boredom.

Link -via Walyou


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PineVader

Darth Vader

Well, now I can't unsee it. Whenever I pass by Lord Vader in the hallway, I'll be tempted to crack open his helmet and make a Hawaiian salad. Ludo, a French street artist, composed this image in Paris.

LinkArtist's Website


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Crocheted Bane Mask

crocheted Bane mask

"We will crochet Gotham and then, when it is done, when Gotham is in stitches, then you have my permission to die."

Bane is hardcore about his crafting, which is why he wears this mask crocheted by Rose Pope.

Link -via Geek Crafts


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Stylish New Cafe Is Located in an Old Public Restroom

The Attendant

You can take a sandwich into a public restroom in London, but you normally can't order one there. That's changed, thanks to the owners of a new restaurant called The Attendant. It's built inside an old public restroom and features many of the old furnishings:

Though subterranean, the café is hard to miss as it announces its presence on Foley Street in West London with a dramatic, cast iron, Victorian entrance.

What was formerly a public lavatory underwent an industrial cleaning, but elements of its heritage are preserved, including 19th century Doulton & Co. urinals which remind customers that they're having coffee where other indelicate procedures once took place.

News Story and Official Website -via Weird Universe | Photo: The Attendant


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What Flattened This Humvee?

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According to redditor caudice, this Humvee--a military vehicle used by the United States, among other nations--was dropped out of an airplane in Afghanistan about 800 feet above the ground. The parachute failed to open.

Link -via Jalopnik


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How to Make a Drunken S'More

s'more

It's not just the ingredients, but the presentation that makes Charisma Madarang's s'more cocktail appealing. She dipped the rim in chocolate syrup, to which she then added crushed graham crackers. The drink itself consists of s'more flavored vodka, Starbucks Frappucino Chilled Coffee Drink and marshmallows.

Link

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Watch This Amazing Artist Make Adventure Time Pancakes


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Rogelio, a pancake artist in Mexico City, is a master of his craft. Watch him create edible versions of Jake and Finn from the cartoon Adventure Time. Some art school should get him on its faculty immediately.

- Thanks, Christopher Jobson!

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The Shadow of Surface Tension

surface tension

But..there's nothing to cause the shadow! What's going on here? Biologist Joe Hanson explains:

An insect like a wasp or a water strider can rest atop the water, held up by surface tension. This means that the cohesive force of the water molecules sticking to each other is stronger than the force of the bug being pushed down by gravity. This works because it spreads its weight out over a large surface area (like snowshoes).

That creates a slight indentation in the top of the water, changing the direction that the light coming down is refracted and re-directing it slightly sideways (that’s where the bright halos around the dark areas come from). And what’s the absence of light? 

A shadow! You can see Hanson's illustrative diagrams at the link.

Link | Photo: unknown


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How to Pass Traffic in Russia


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The driver of this Subaru Impreza does a nice spin. Hopefully he'll also do a flip the next time he needs to pass slower moving traffic.

-via Jalopnik


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Batman Drops off Criminal at Police Station

Batman

The Caped Crusader swooped down on Bradford, UK last week, capturing a criminal suspect and delivering him to a police station:

A man dressed as the caped crusader Batman has handed over a wanted man at a Bradford police station before disappearing into the night.

Police said the costumed crime-fighter marched the 27-year-old man into Trafalgar House Police Station in the early hours of 25 February.

The man was charged with handling stolen goods and fraud offences.

Police said: "The person who brought the man in was dressed in a full Batman outfit. His identity remains unknown."

As you can see from the photo, Mr. Wayne has let himself go physically, but his dedication to fighting crime remains unabated.

Link -via Geekosystem


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Sponge Maps

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sponge

Don't throw out that old kitchen sponge! We still need to make Alaska and Hawaii. Jeffrey Allen Price turns used kitchen sponges into map pieces:

 “I started accumulating them and have had the idea for many years to make a U.S. map out of used sponges." Jeffrey says, "It was a kind of metaphor for American being used up and dirty. I wanted every sponge to be different. When I go to the grocery store to replenish my sponges I look for different colors, patterns, textures that once I’ve finished using would become my latest creation.”

Artist's Website -via Junkculture


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Monsieur Yoda

Yoda

The street art collective Combo pastes fun all over Paris. A thought: maybe Episode VIII should be a European art film shot in black and white.

Link and Official Website -via Street Art News


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Why Coders Should Do Quilting and Origami

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Code monkeys who attended the Waza 2013 conference in San Francisco had opportunities to learn how to do traditional crafts, such as quilting, origami and computer-controlled Zen gardening. The event organizers argued that these activities make people better coders:

At the quilting station instructor Maura Grace Ambrose encouraged participants to use their needles in different ways to get different stitches, teaching that one tool can produce different results based on your technique.

Teich believes those small lessons add up to make everyone better at their own craft, whether that’s coding or anything else. “If you’re just working with what you know, you have a very narrow view of the world, but if you can look at origami or printmaking, you’re going to be a better programmer.”

Link -via Glenn Reynolds | Photo: Alex Washburn/Wired

Do you think that crafting makes people better coders?



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Knitted Alien Facehugger

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It's a pity that I didn't see this in time for Valentine's Day. Nothing expresses the I-can't-let-go-of-you kind of love quite like the facehuggers from the Alien movie franchise. Craftster member loudxmouse knitted this for a woman who wanted to give it to her boyfriend. Aww, how sweet!

Link -via Geek Crafts


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You Can Sit in the DRM Chair Only 8 Times before It Collapses

DRM Chair

The acronym DRM stands for Digital Rights Management. That term refers to technologies that permit copyright holders to prevent the copying or misuse digital content, such as ebooks, music files or software.

Some ebooks purchased by libraries from publishers will self destruct after a certain number of checkouts. Then the library must purchase another copy to again circulate that book. The DRM Chair, designed by Les Sugus at the University of Art and Design at Lusanne, Switzerland, works on the same concept. After the chair has been sat upon 8 times, electrical wires burn through the wax at the joints, causing the structure to fall over.

Link -via Hack A Day


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A Swedish Breakfast

Swedish Breakfast

And it's free! So I'll have the Swedish Breakfast.

Is that too harsh for you? Redditor LyingPervert writes, "You guys are missing out. In Canada, we have aspirin with a glass of maple syrup."

Link -via Daily of the Day


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Jawesome!

Jawesome

Is Jawesome on my side? Let's just say that I'm on whatever side he's on. Mike Corriero painted this image of a character from the graphic novel Last Man Standing, which is being made into a live action film.

Link -via Ian Brooks


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Blueberry Pie Panini

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Amy's panino* almost certainly tastes even better than it looks. She made it very easily. She just spread vanilla yoghurt on bread, added blueberries, then heated it inside a panini press. I want to try the same thing, but using a slice of blueberry cheesecake between the pieces of bread.

Link -via Tasteologie

*Today I learned that "panino" is singular and "panini" is plural.

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Bunnies Blamed for the Extinction of Neanderthals

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Why did Neanderthals die out while other hominids survived? In an article published in the Journal of Human Evolution, John E. Fa and colleagues argue that it may be because Neanderthals were unable to adapt their hunting techniques to small game, such as rabbits:

Fa and his colleagues counted up the skeletons of animals found in three excavation sites in Spain and southern France. Up until 30,000 years ago, the remains of large animals such as deer were abundant in caves. But around that time, coinciding with the disappearance of Neanderthals, rabbit remains became more prevalent. The authors postulate that humans were more successful at switching to catching and eating rabbits.

It's not clear why Neanderthals would have had more trouble changing prey, says Fa. They may have been less able to cooperate. Rather than using spears, early humans probably surrounded a warren and flushed out rabbits with fire, smoke or dogs. But Bruce Hardy of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio, says Fa takes the interpretation too far. Humans may have eaten more rabbits than Neanderthals, but neither would have exclusively eaten meat, he says.

Link -via VA Viper | Photo: daveroast


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The First and Last Tribble to Join Starfleet

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Crewman Fripple was intelligent, friendly and diligent. He was an excellent security guard on the Enterprise. Alas, he was killed in the line of duty while accompanying Captain Kirk, Mr. Spock and Dr. McCoy on a planetside mission.

Michal Wright-Ward made this adorable ball of fluff. It was his contribution to a Star Trek-themed art show at QPOP in Los Angeles. You can see other excellent contributions at the link.

Link -via Super Punch


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Sign Language Interpreters for Rock Concerts

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Why is Barbie Parker having such a good time? Because she loves to sign and loves music. She's a professional sign language interpreter who specializes in providing her services at musical concerts:

At live music shows, Ms. Parker, 45, does not just sign lyrics — she communicates the entire musical experience. She mouths the words. She plays air guitar and air drums. She jams along with the bands.

“Music is such a large part of who I am,” she said. “I want to be able to open up that experience.” [...]

The number of deaf and hard of hearing music fans taking advantage of interpretation at free shows held at Auditorium Shores as part of SXSW has risen noticeably in the past few years, Frank Schaefer, the officer manager for the festival, said in an e-mail. The increase can be attributed, at least in part, to a growing number of interpreters who specialize in that kind of work.

Link -via Marginal Revolution | Photo: Barbie Parker


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Dr. Seuss Birthday Pancake

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Nathan Shields, a master of the art of the pancake, celebrated the 109th birthday of Theodor Geisel. Whenever Mr. Shields has pancake fun, so do his kids. At the link, you can view one of them eating a Lorax pancake.

Link

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Steampunk Leather Top Hat with a Zoetrope Inside

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R.R. Martin, maker of steampunk and Victorian-themed headgear, has the most impressive zoetrope hat I've ever seen, as well as the only one. He writes:

This is a leather top hat with an illuminated motorized praxinoscope. The praxinoscope was the next generation in moving picture technology after the zoetrope. It features six mirrored surfaces reflecting six images on a revolving cylinder that appear to move when the cylinder is set in motion. The switch in the bottom of the hat powers a battery operated motor that turns the cylinder and illumines two bulbs. 

Click on Continue reading to see a video of the zoetrope in action.

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Knitted Rickshaw

rickshaw

rickshaw

Samantha Morshed is a knitting professional who lives and works in Dhaka, the capital of Bangladesh. She and her assistants, Nasima and Taslima, knitted this colorful cover for a rickshaw. Maybe it's destined for exhibition, for Morshed first had to take it around the city. Passersby were greatly impressed.

Link -via Makin'ology


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African Shadow Art

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No Photoshop here. Redditor itwvet instead molded clay letters to spell "Africa." After placing a light behind them in the hut, he then refined the shapes of the letters so that they form a convincing elephant shadow.

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Iceland Tests Meat Pies for Horsemeat, Finds No Meat of Any Kind

horsemeat

Go ahead and swallow the red pill. You'll find that your whole life--or at least everything important in it--has been a lie:

When officials in Iceland began hearing about horsemeat being secreted into beef products around Europe, they decided to run tests to ensure the same thing wasn't happening in Iceland.

Icelandic meat inspector Kjartan Hreinsson says his team didn't find any horsemeat, but one brand of locally produced beef pie left it stumped: it contained no meat at all. [...]

Hreinsson said it appeared to be some kind of vegetable matter. He said the mystery pie was traced to a firm in western Iceland and the case had been handed to municipal authorities.

Link -via Dave Barry | Photo (unrelated): joyosity

P.S. So far, Alex has not explicitly stated that NeatoShop t-shirts contain no horsemeat. Just putting that out there.

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