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Woman Charged with Stealing $800 Cash Register. There Was Only a Quarter Inside.

A woman in Gainesville, Florida was arrested for participating in the burglary of a bagel shop. She and another person are accused of breaking in and stealing a cash register. Only twenty-five cents was inside:

In Phillips’ version of events, Harrington broke the front door window to get inside the business and then hauled the silver cash register to the car.


Link -via Dave Barry | Photo: Flickr user Deborah Fitchett

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Say "Merry Christmas!" This Year with Blood



Kiseung Lee, a designer who lives in Helsinki, made these stockings to encourage people to give blood. If you do choose to donate blood, make sure that it's yours. Some blood banks are really nit-picky about their petty little rules.

Link -via Nerdcore | Photo: Dezeen

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The Dark Knight in the Style of the Old 1960s Batman


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Harvey Dent revealed as the Batman? Ferry passengers forced to choose between murder and self-preservation? Commissioner Gordon's family in peril? To see the resolution of this story, tune in next week. Same bat-time, same bat-channel!

-via The Mary Sue

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Death from Above



Wildlife photographer Markus Varesvuo snapped this amazing picture of a herring gull attacking an eagle. Gulls often join together to drive predators away from breeding grounds, but sometimes solitary gulls do the dirty work, too. For the greatest impact, they swoop in from above and behind a bird of prey.

Link -via Marginal Revolution | Photographer's Website

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Cartoonist Illustrates Marathon While Running It



As if a marathon isn't brutal enough, New York Times illustrator Christoph Niemann decided to occasionally draw cartoons on the way and then tweet them. Here's one from 16.3 miles. People of all professions should try running a marathon this way. I'll need a very lightweight, compact reference desk.

Link -via The Agitator | Artist's Website

Previously by Christoph Niemann: I LEGO N.Y.

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Tiny Worlds Inside Altoids Tins



The overarching theme of artist Jim Doran is to "put ideas inside of other objects." In keeping with this motif, he illustrates tiny pen and ink scenes and layers them inside storage tins. This one, which has seven layers, is called "Muse Ut Vos Postulo Suus." That means "A Muse When You Need Her." Need inspiration? Reach inside your pocket.

Artist's Website -via Bit Rebels

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Lady Gaga Autographs Urinal, Urinal Now on Sale for $460,000

It was an ordinary urinal, but now it's extraordinary:

The man toilet was used in a Gaga photo shoot for Vogue Homme in Japan, though it’s highly doubtful the pop star actually used it. The Lady donated the urinal to showstudio.com, a fashion website that is trying to hock it for just under half a million dollars.


She's a reasonably talented performer, but I think that it was premature to grant Lady Gaga a peerage. Perhaps she should have received only a knighthood, as in the case of Sir Mix-A-Lot.

Link -via Dave Barry | Photo: Flickr user Peter Cruise

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Mosquito-Repelling Laser Barriers



After one of his college roommates succumbed to the disease during a trip to Africa, Szabolcs Márka became concerned about the impact of malaria on the peoples of that continent. Now a physicist at Columbia University, Márka has been using his expertise to develop a means of combating that plight. He's using lasers to restrict the movements of disease-carrying mosquitoes:

“People concentrate more on studying mosquitoes’ olfactory or chemical sensors, but light or heat seemed like an interesting area,” he says. “Overloading, damaging or confusing this sensory system can prevent mosquitoes from reaching their prey.”

On a recent day in his lab in Pupin Hall, Márka placed mosquitoes in a test chamber through which he and his team shot an infrared light ray. The mosquitoes, unaware of the barrier, flew toward it but stopped and turned back upon reaching it.


Márka hopes that his research will someday lead to the development of an effective laser-based mosquito barrier that can be used in regions of the world heavily afflicted by malaria.

Link (warning: self-starting video) -via Ace of Spades HQ | Image: Columbia University

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Combination Pack Rifle/Fishing Rod Weighs Less Than a Pound




A pack rifle is one that is carried by backpackers for self-defense and emergency hunting. They need to be sturdy, compact, and above all lightweight. This .22-caliber single shot design by a firm called Mountain View Machine & Welding weighs under a pound.

It doubles as a fishing rod. See what the man's left hand is covering? That's where the extending rod comes out. Attach the reel to the grip. Now you're ready to catch supper a different way.

Link -via Say Uncle | Photos: Pack Rifle

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Crocheted Dr. Bunsen Honeydew Glasses Holder



Dr. Bunsen Honeydew of Muppet Labs doesn't actually have eyes, but his glasses are stylin'. Craftster member djonesgirl made this crocheted model of his head so you have a place to put your glasses. You can find her pattern at the link.

Link -via Geek Crafts

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Triscuit Chairs



Gallery O in Boulder, Colorado has only a little space to offer artists: eight by ten feet. So it specializes in miniatures. Recently it exhibited tiny chairs made by different artists, such as these by Tom Lyon made out of Triscuit-brand crackers.

Link -via That's Nerdalicious!

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Let's Play Neatorama Bingo!



We've had a lot of fun in the past few days as people have submitted bingo card squares for our latest NeatoShop contest.

Congratulations to the winners! kkirkpat offered "Mashup Art" and won the Brainier Than the Average Bear t-shirt. Jefferson submitted "International [Something That Doesn't Need a Day] Day and won the Bloody Heart t-shirt.

So let's get playing!

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Towards Thee I Roll, Thou All-Destroying But Unconquering Whale


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Kayakers and a surfer were enjoying a leisurely day off Santa Cruz, California when a humpback whale suddenly surfaced in pursuit of a school of anchovies. Barb Roettger caught this amazing scene on camera.

-via Boing Boing

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Tie Sandwich



Next Father's Day, don't get Pop a tie. He's got a closet full of them anyway. Make him a tie sandwich! Adrian Fiorino of Insanewiches invented a tie-shaped steak sandwich. He has an instructional video at the link.

Link -via That's Nerdalicious!

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3D LEGO Chalk Drawing



This week, Sarasota, Florida is hosting a festival of outdoor chalk art. Artists are welcome to come on Sunday to exhibit their abilities on a section of pavement. Registration and materials are free.

The minifigs in this amazing image made by an artist who is so far unknown to me look like they're about to walk off.

Link and Festival Website -via Nerd Approved

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Lumpy Space Princess Baby Costume



Lumpy Space Princess is, like, this character on the TV show Adventure Time or whatever. Kimmy Bruehl had the right idea by dressing up her daughter Suzanne as the little bundle of soft, floating, sarcastic lumpiness.

Link -via The Uniblog

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Ukraine's School of Underwater Painting



A group of artists in the Ukraine dive into the water of the Black Sea to compose paintings. With scuba gear, they can stay underwater for up to 40 minutes. During that time, they apply paint to canvases under challenging conditions. Watch the video at the link to see the artists at work.

They're all seascapes. Can't they get a model down there for some figure studies? Or maybe some good horse pictures. Those always look good in a home.

Link -via Geekosystem

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Stop-Motion Music Video Made with Jelly Beans


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It took a crew of 30 people 1,357 hours to move 288,000 jelly beans and produce this cute animated music video for Kina Grannis's "In Your Arms." The song itself is quite lovely. If her name is familiar to you, it may be because we featured her break-out video, a tribute to Digg, back in 2007.

-via Blame It on the Voices | Grannis's Website

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Text Message Novels

This literary genre has apparently been developing for a few years, but I've just learned about it today. In 2007, Japanese romance novel writer who goes by the name Yume-Hotaru published one of his stories in short bits -- small enough to fit into text messages. And that's how they spread across the country. Now the keitai shosetsu or cell phone novel is a literary sensation in Japan. Here's a CNN story on the subject from 2009:

As the name suggests, cell phone novels are written entirely on handsets and posted on sites like Maho no i-rando (Magic Island), the first and largest mobile novel portal in Japan. The site has a million titles, 3.5 billion monthly visitors and six million registered users, according to the company. Mobile readers instantly see new chapters as they are added, often adding comments about the direction they think a novel should take.

The diary-like stories are written and read mostly by young women in their teens and 20's. Many authors use pen names and claim their stories are at least partially autobiographical. The novels often center on themes that are rarely discussed aloud in Japanese society -- drugs, sex, pregnancy, abortion, rape and disease.


Link - Thanks, Norma! | Photo: Flickr user .curt

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LEGO Angry Birds



LEGO always brings a lighter tone to gory, violent video games. This display was made by Tony Sava for the LUG Showcase display at a mall in Texas.

Link -Thanks, Christopher Jobson!

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Attend Jet Pack School


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Are the credits transferable? Can I get scholarship money? Who cares?! Sign me up for Eric Scott's jet pack school!

Piloting a jet pack isn't easy. You can't teach yourself safely. Watch the video to see some of the drills that students go through to learn the skill.

Instructor's Website -via Wired

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R2-D2 Ballerina



Leeloo's costume for this year makes me think that the original Star Wars trilogy could make a great ballet. We must see Jabba dance with the outer grace that he hides within.

Link -via Fashionably Geek

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Tactical Baby Stroller



You've got to protect your kids from all harm, but that's not why this stroller has a rifle and a shotgun attached. Competitive practical shooters, particularly those in 3-gun competitions (rifle, shotgun, and handgun) have to transport a lot of gear around. Some have found that it's easier if they modify jogging strollers to carry their equipment. You can see more examples at the link.

Link -via Say Uncle | Photo: Yar

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Just a Casual Afternoon of Sword Dancing


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Ericka Dufour and her friend Kyle dance with a sword and knife. It's a pity that the audio doesn't pick up him saying, "Here, Grandma, hold my beer and watch this."

Link -via Super Punch

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How Much Heavier Is Your E-Reader after You Download a Book?

Granted, it's not a lot. But adding a book to your Kindle does make it heavier, as computer scientist John Kubiatowicz discovered:

Although the electrons were already present, keeping them still rather than allowing them to float around takes up extra energy – about a billionth of a microjoule per bit of data.

Using Einstein's E=mc² formula, which states that energy and mass are directly related, Prof Kubiatowicz calculated that filling a 4GB Kindle to its storage limit would increase its weight by a billionth of a billionth of a gram, or 0.000000000000000001g.

This is roughly equivalent to the weight of a small virus, while the equivalent number of books – about 3,500 – would weigh approximately two tons.


Link -via Marginal Revolution | Photo: Flickr user jimmiehomeschoolmom

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Trippy Old Russian Car Commercial


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Okay, we've got to sell these Ladas. Guys, fall in. You, take this clarinet thing. And you, here's a guitar. It doesn't matter that you don't know how to play. Every sound that we make is going to get dubbed over.

-via Borepatch

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Entrepreneur Lets You Hug an Alligator


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“Gatorman Mike” Sturgill of Naples, Florida, will let you hug one of his alligators for a small fee. Oh, you want it muzzled? Well, Sturgill's got that taken care of, too.

Link -via Oddity Central

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$5 Homemade Wolverine Claws



Let's say that you ride a city bus, and you'd like to get more personal attention. Wear boots, a utilikilt, these claws, and nothing else. Watch all eyes turn on you. Instructables user Jonathan Elwell doesn't say outright that that's what these are for, but it seems to be an obvious application.

Link -via Fashionably Geek

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Police Officer Stops a Plane with His Car


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The smugglers were moving stolen electronics from Paraguay to Brazil. They had a plane. Whatcha going to do, officer? They can fly and you can't.

Well, this Brazilian cop was determined to stop them.

-via Jalopnik

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New System Lets You Check into Foursquare the Same Way that Dogs Check into Fire Hydrants



Let's get right into it, shall we?

Mark Your Territory is a new system that lets individuals check-in to foursquare by physically urinating at the actual location.


Social networking has gone too far. Because, you know, it's just a matter of time before Facebook tries to duplicate this. Then it'll be everywhere.

Please let this be a hoax. Please.

Link -via NotCot

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