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For years, I've been suggesting that what you see in this video may be the true, unseen reality of our existence. The sketch comedy troupe Caution: May Contain Nuts shows was real adventuring is like. Warning: foul language.

Official Website -via The Uniblog

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Sold on eBay for almost $100,000: A Van Vandalized by Kurt Kobain



If I understand it correctly, this 1972 Dodge van was used by the Melvins, a grunge band that has been active since 1983. In the days before his commercial success, Kurt Cobain had a relationship with this band and drew the KISS logo on the side with markers that he shoplifted from a grocery store in Montesano, Washington. So, obviously, this van is of tremendous artistic and musical significance. Also: a hot ride. It sold on eBay today for $99,999.99.

Link -via Jalopnik

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Interacting with a Woman Can Leave a Man "Cognitively Impaired"

Guys, has a woman ever left you tongue-tied by her mere presence? There may be a scientific reason. Researchers at Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands performed the Stroop test -- a classic test of cognitive performance -- on men and women. The experimental groups were told that they were being observed by either male or female observers during the test. Men, when told that a woman was observing them, did poorly:

Once again, women’s performance on the test did not differ, regardless of whether they were expecting a man or woman to observe them. But men who had been told a woman would observe them ended up doing much worse on the second Stroop task. Thus, simply anticipating the opposite sex interaction was enough to interfere with men’s cognitive functioning.


Link | Photo: Flickr user Osamu Uchida

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The Subwing Lets You Fly Underwater


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While sailing in the Mediterranean, Simon Sivertson wondered what it would be like to be dragged behind a boat. This activity is not new, but the device that Sivertson developed in response allows the user to stay underwater and have greater control over his/her movement. The Subwing has two hinged diving planes that adjust pitch and spin. This video shows a diver using one.

Company Website (warning: auto-sound) -via Dude Craft

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Björn Hurri's Steampunk Star Wars



Björn Hurri used a series of illustrations to imagine Star Wars as a product of the 1870s instead of the 1970s. Here's Yoda in a hookah bar on Dagobah. At the link, you can find others showing Chewbacca, Han Solo, Princess Leia, C-3PO and more. Jabba the Hutt is shockingly human and naked.

Link -via Dejan Mauzer

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Batman Nails

To the Batpolish, Robin! deviantArt user Kayleigh0C is ready to patrol the Gotham night with her minimalist but impressive nails. Link -via Geekologie


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Specially Designed Chair Jams the Door, Just Like in the Movies



Miss Cellania is coming! Quickly, block the door! Unlike in the movies, that's actually possible with Daniel Ballou's Who's There Chair. A notch in the backrest fits around a doornob. The back is made of steel and has rubberized leveling feet to hold the door in place.

Link -via Gizmodo

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Ondrej Pakan's Dew Covered Insects



Ondrej Pakan's portfolio of dampened insects look like scenes from an alien world. Perhaps a seaside resort version of Klendathu.

Link -via Colossal

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"What's Opera, Doc?" to a Modern Beat


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Eighteen years ago, professional animators voted the classic Bugs Bunny cartoon "What's Opera, Doc?" the greatest animated film of all time. I would certainly agree that it and "The Rabbit of Seville" are the greatest Bugs Bunny cartoons ever. Here's dj BC's quick-paced remix that adds hip hop beats to "What's Opera, Doc?"

-via Boing Boing | dj BC's Website

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Dunkin' Donuts Will Sell Pork Donuts



I feel like the freed prisoner in Plato's allegory of the cave. I know of donuts; I know of pork. But these were only shadows on the wall. They just reflect the higher, true form: pork donuts. They exist. Now that I know it, I cannot un-know it, nor do I wish to. I must follow the pursuit of this truth -- even if I must travel to China, where Dunkin' Donuts is marketing these wonders.

Link -via Geekosystem | Photo: Food Beast

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Back to the Future II Quadrocoptor


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YouTube user native118's amazing custom quadrocopter looks exactly like Doc Brown's DeLorean DMC-12. It even has a Mr. Fusion machine! Presumably this is a fully functional time machine, and native118 has simply chosen not to highlight that ability.

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Game of Thrones Amigurumi



Kati's cute collection of crocheted Starks have already sold, so I can't find much information about it. Is Ned's head detachable? That would be an appropriate feature.

Etsy Shop -via Nerd Approved

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How Leela and 9 Other Cartoon Characters Got Their Names

There's a lot of intellectual depth to Futurama -- and not just in the math and physics. Even the names are subtle references, such as Leela's:

Leela’s full name, “Turanga Leela,” is a reference to Olivier Messiaen’s famous orchestral piece, the Turangalîla-Symphonie. Because — well, that 1948 symphony screams “purple-haired sexy cyclops chick,” don’t you think?


Jennifer Lewis researched the origins of the names of nine popular cartoon characters, including Scooby-Doo, Jon Arbuckle and Winnie the Pooh. Find out about these and others at the link.

Link -via Ace of Spades HQ | Image: 20th Century Fox

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Car with an Airbag for Pedestrians


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It's not yet safe to play real life Grand Theft Auto, but Volvo's V40 comes with a feature that may reduce pedestrian fatalities during accidents. When a pedestrian impacts the front, an airbag deploys out of hood to partially shield that person from the rest of the car. Do you think that it will work?

Link -via The Presurfer

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Egg Onion Rings



This ingeniously simple recipe by Donna at Apron Strings requires only eggs and onions for an eye-popping breakfast. These would be great if you're already slicing onions for omelets.

Link -via reddit

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Double Barreled Handgun Is Both Awesome and Ridiculous



Take this double .45-caliber handgun to the range to attract great scorn and admiration simultaneously. To commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of John Moses Browning's model 1911, Italian gunmaker Arsenal Firearms produced a functional movie prop. Watch a video of it at the link.

Link | Photo: Arsenal Firearms

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How Big Is a Neutron Star Compared to New York City?

A neutron star is the compact, collapsed remnant of a star after a supernova. By stellar standards, they're tiny. As you can see from this image provided by NASA, a neutron star can be as small as ten to fifteen miles across.

Link -via Gizmodo

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Norman Rockwell's Star Wars



James Hance is a machine that manufactures awesomeness. He does so in both high quality and massive quantity. He does so by making many mashups of Star Wars, often pairing the science fiction franchise with Winnie the Pooh. But recently, he recreated a classic Norman Rockwell illustration called "Boy and Girl Gazing at the Moon."

Wait...shouldn't that be Luke instead of Han?

Link -via Nerdcore

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Bakery Layout Makes Me Both Dizzy and Hungry



The lovely wood and shifting forms of this bakery effectively imitate the color and shape of bread. March Studio, an architecture firm in Melbourne, Australia designed this interior for a bakery in the nearby suburb of Carlton.

Link (Google Translate) | Architects' Website

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Women Who Have Just Finished Ovulating are the Best at Spotting Snakes

Now you know. Now you can be prepared -- all thanks to a study by researchers at Kyoto University. They examined the speed at which women at different stages in the menstrual cycle spotted snakes in pictures:

The fastest women were those who were in the so-called luteal phase of their menstrual cycle, or the stage that immediately follows ovulation.

The study strengthens theories that we have a "fear reflex," or an innate response to threat signals such as potentially poisonous snakes, Masataka believes. [...]

Among women, the reflex seems to be influenced by hormone levels at a stage when they could be pregnant and thus be more protective towards their foetus, the study suggests.

"It could contribute to women's ability to increase their vigilance towards biologically relevant threatening stimuli around themselves during this period of possible pregnancy," it says.


Link -via Dave Barry | Photo: Flickr user Charles & Clint

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Rainbow Cake in a Jar



You'll need three one-pint canning jars, vanilla frosting, sprinkles and one fresh medium-sized Nyan Cat. Follow Brooke McLay's recipe at the link and you'll have gorgeous rainbow jar cakes like this one.

Link -via Karyn Regnerus

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1:1 Scale LEGO Anesthesia Machine



GE Healthcare wanted LEGO artist Eric Harshbarger to create this model. He resisted the idea and insisted on having a real one in his studio to use as a model. GE didn't hesitate and delivered one to his door.

Admit it: his work is so good that if you weren't told otherwise, you'd assume that this was a picture of a real anesthesia machine.

Link -via Technabob

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Watch a Hermit Crab Try on a Bottle


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Here's a video that shows two hermit crabs looking for new homes. One tries a new pad and finds that it isn't to his liking. The other is interested in a hip and trendy glass bottle, but learns that although it's pretty, it's hard to live in.

-via The Mary Sue

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Jawa Bento Box



The sands of Tatooine are made of despair, pita bread and white beans. But mostly despair. Food artist Rena contributed this snack to a Star Wars bento box challenge three years ago.

Link -via That's Nerdalicious!

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Tracked Hunting Wheelchair



When Tim Swenson's sixteen-year old son was paralyzed in a car accident, he lost the ability to move through the woods and fully enjoy his outdoor lifestyle. So Swenson developed a heavy duty tracked wheelchair that can go over almost any terrain. Some models sold by his company come with accessories for hunters, such as built-in rifle rests.

Link -via Geekologie | Photo: Action Trackchair

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How to FedEx a Horse

Many horses will travel to London this summer to participate in the Olympics. But owners can't just book extra seats on commercial airliners. So when horse owners need to move their steeds over great distances, they turn to Tim Dutta, the owner of a company that specializes in that complex task. When Dutta flies a horse, he does so in a purpose-built stall that fits inside a cargo plane. This year, he's using Federal Express MD-11 jets:

"The horses are flown in jet stalls, which are proprietary stalls," Dutta says. "All of the horses that will be going to the Games will be flying two in a pallet, meaning they'll be sharing the container with another horse."

That gives them more space, he says — the pallets can accommodate as many as three horses. As for an inflight beverage and snack service, the horses will get hay, along with apple juice mixed with water. They'll also get Gatorade, to help them stay hydrated, Dutta says, "and of course, carrots."

His staff will use what Dutta calls "mood lighting" — dimming the lights to keep the horses serene. And if one does start to fret, "we'll have a groom stand with them and talk," Dutta says.


Link -via Marginal Revolution | Photo: Flickr user Alaskan Dude

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Illegal Parkting

A criminal mastermind in Hoboken, New Jersey was caught when his forged parking permit fell prey to an unusually observant enforcer:

The 24-year-old man's fake permit spelled it "parkting," a dead giveway for an eagle-eyed parking utility worker who noticed the Acura TSX sedan parked at 225 Monroe St. at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday.

The parking utility towed the vehicle because of the fake document and when the owner arrived to get his vehicle and identified himself, the parking utility called police, reports said.


Link -via Dave Barry | Photo: jeffk

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Beachgoers Haul Thirty Stranded Dolphins Back into the Water


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People enjoying a pleasant morning on the shore of Arraial do Cabo, Brazil last Monday noticed that about thirty dolphins were trapped in the surf and unable to swim back out to sea. So they spontaneously waded in, grabbed the dolphins by their tails, and pulled them into deeper water. Go Team Humanity!

Link -via reddit

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Microwave Case Mod



Don't starve! Don't leave the computer, either! The kitchen is fifteen feet away, and nothing there is worth that much trouble. Get this case mod which was on display at the 2003 Consumer Electronics Show. Spoiler: the lasagna inside isn't real. It's just wallpaper. Repeatedly stabbing at it with a fork will accomplish nothing.

Link -via Technabob | Photo: Directron

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Massive Hammock Tent Is a Portable Treehouse



Tentsile has taken the hammock tent concept and pushed it to an extreme. The picture above doesn't do it full justice. There's a third segment projecting out the back. The entire assembly can house five to eight people. And Tensile's website suggests that they're working on a twelve-person tent.

Is it a good choice for backpacking? Probably not.

Link -via Gizmodo

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