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Godzilla Christmas Tree

Allegedly, this is a picture of a Godzilla-shaped Christmas tree that appeared in the Aqua City Odaiba shopping mall. Within minutes, it destroyed the mall. So, in retrospect, it was a really bad idea.

Link -via blastr | Photo credit: unknown

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Hello Kitty R2-D2 Tattoo

As Chewbacca once put it "Grrraaaaawhh wahhr!" Combining these two characters increases their cuteness exponentially. Fashionably Geek reader Jodi chose her design well.

Link | Previously: Hello Kitty Darth Vader Tattoo

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World's Gaudiest Car Has Rubies on Its Wheel Lug Nuts

Ueli Anlicker of Switzerland loves luxury cars so much that he's built a museum to house his collection. This Mercedes-Benz SLR McLaren dubbed the Red Gold Dream is the fairest beauty in his harem -- and it can be yours for just $11 million dollars. The car is covered with gold and rubies, inside and out.

Link | Photo: Ueli Anliker

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Marathon in Antarctica

The marathon is brutal enough as it is normally conducted. Remember that Pheidippides, the first marathon runner, died at the end. Now imagine completing one in sub-zero temperatures through the snow. That's what thirty-six runners did at the Union Glacier Antarctic base camp. The winner, Clément Thévenet, finished the race in three hours and forty-seven minutes.

Link (warning: auto-sound) | Previously: North Pole Marathon

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How to Make a Terrarium Christmas Ornament

You can make a terrarium in a light bulb, so why not a glass sphere Christmas tree ornament? It's a cute way of showing vibrant life in the middle of winter. Yuka Yoneda of Inhabitat provides step-by-step instructions at the link.

Link -via NotCot

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Jetpack for the Water Lets You Jump and Dive Like a Dolphin

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Water skiing champion Franky Zapata developed this amazing jetpack that permits pilots to perform amazing stunts, including complete loops and quick jumps in and out of the water. Rent one for your child's next birthday party!

Link -via Gizmodo

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The Difference between Spider-Man and Santa Claus Is Very Small

Stephen Wildish's Venn diagram illustrates that if Santa wanted to become a major league superhero -- or, more frighteningly, a supervillain -- he would be immensely powerful. He already has something of a Fortress of Solitude set up.

Link -via Jeremy Barker | Designer's Website

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Library Patron Pick-Up Lines

The Tumblr blog Library Hey Girl is some anonymous librarian's fantasy involving actor Ryan Gosling and what are probably the best possible pick-up lines that you could use on a librarian. Flirting across the reference desk happens a lot. Well, to female librarians, at least.

Link -via The Breda Fallacy

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Orson Welles Was George Lucas's First Pick to Voice Darth Vader

James Earl Jones provided the voice of Darth Vader in the original trilogy. In an interview with BBC News, Jones asserted that George Lucas's first choice for that role was Orson Welles. But Lucas reasoned that Welles's voice was too well-known.

The tragedy is that Bobcat Goldthwait was too young provide his voice. Surely he would have been the ideal Vader.

What other actors do you think would have been good in the role of Darth Vader?

Link (warning: auto-sound) -via blastr | Images: BBC, IMDb

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Animated Christmas Lights Play Slayer

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The best part, aside from the sign of the horns, is that the snowman is singing the lyrics to this Slayer song. YouTube user lacycute20's neighbors must love him. There are more videos of other songs at the link.

Can any Neatoramanaut identify the title of the song?


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Monstrous Christmas Tree Ornaments

Etsy seller Michelle Scrimpsher makes Christmas tree ornaments that will delightfully darken your holiday cheer. This particular one pictured above has been sold, but you can find other monstrous ornaments in the NeatoShop.

Link -via Super Punch

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Sculptures of Extinct Birds Made with Discarded Chicken Bones

It reads like the plot for a great horror movie, but so far this is just an art exhibit. Christy Rupp takes chicken bones from fast food restaurants and assembles them into now-extinct birds. These are Carolina Parakeets, which were last seen in the wild in 1913. They're back, and they want revenge.

There you go, Hollywood. Work with the idea. Report back to me when you have a script.

Link -via Bit Rebels

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Transformers Ukulele

Paul Celantano can make a stringed instrument in any shape, even a cupcake. This ukulele with the Autobot logo transformers into...well, nothing. Still, I hope that he posts a video of himself playing the Transformers theme on it!

Link -via Technabob

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A Machine to Cook Potatoes with Human Body Heat

And while you're at it, whip me up some eggs to go with the hash browns. Surely this imagined future of cooking from a 1930 issue of Modern Mechanix is finally achievable in our time.

Link -via Boing Boing

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The Future of Staffing: Virtual Employees is an information website for older women. Its editorial director, Susan Lee Ward, works hard and produces a lot of the content herself. But she doesn't exist. She's a profile under which the other site authors publish. Susan Lee Ward is "a summation of what our members tell us about themselves", so she serves as the embodiment of the site's target market.

Virtual employees could be everywhere on the web, even here. For example, if Alex Santoso, the "owner" of Neatorama, didn't exist -- if he was just a virtual construct -- how would you know?

As workplaces move increasingly online, expect more of this practice.

Article Link and Vibrant Nation Staff Page -via Glenn Reynolds

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Doctor Who Chess Set

The rules get a bit wibby-wobbly timey-wimey, but the basic principles of Doctor Who chess are comprehensible by humans. deviantART user Eldalin Skywalker made this set with polymer clay pieces ranging between three and seven centimeters tall. Do you agree with her character choices?

Link -via Geekosystem

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Squirrel Ballerina

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A ground squirrel named Richardson loves to slip into his tutu and dance to Bach's Third Brandenburg Concerto. And he's proud enough of his abilities to show them off on YouTube.

-via WTF Japan Seriously

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Ventilated Bullets

The Comp Bullet is a intriguing invention by an Italian firm of the same name. The bullet feature vents that, the company claims, increase velocity and reduce noise. Steve at The Firearms Blog writes:

According to the company, these vents reduce friction by allowing gas to lubricate the bullet as it passes through the barrel and then act as a muzzle brake as the bullet exits the barrel. They apparently also reduce smoke, increase velocity (a rocket effect as they leave the barrel) and reduce muzzle flash. In other words, they are miracle bullets. [...]

As for the muzzle brake and "rocket" effect claim, the physics is beyond me. I cannot work out how gas venting out of the bullet for a brief moment in time would have any effect on recoil. Surely because the bullet is not fixed to the gun any muzzle brake effect would slow down the bullet not the recoil of the gun?

Do you think they would work?

Link | Company Website

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A Beer Holder That Blocks Incriminating Facebook Photos

We've all -- and by 'we' I mean my more inebriated co-bloggers at last year's Christmas party -- would like to avoid being photographed while relaxing in public. So this beer holder developed by the Argentine ad agency Del Campo Nazca Saatchi & Saatchi could come in handy. When a sensor built into this beer chiller detects a flash, it emits its own flash in order to overexpose any photograph:

The agency says the device, which has so far only been planted in regional bars, is a real product that has been field tested and actually works. “We placed several beer coolers in different bars in the North of Argentina,” says Maxi Itzkoff, executive creative director at Del Campo. “People took lots of photos that ended up being blurry beyond recognition and then uploaded them to social media anyway."

Link -via Glenn Reynolds

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Stipple Portrait Composed of 3.2 Million Dots

A long time ago when I actually created artwork, stipple compositions with fine point pens were among my favorite media. But I never created anything remotely resembling the scale that Miguel Endara does. He duplicated a photocopier portrait of his father with 3.2 million dots. Watch a video of the process at the link.

Link | Artist's Website

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Brain Food

Sara Asnaghi made nine life-size human brains from different foods. This one is made from ground chili peppers, which is good, because having chili on your mind constantly is a respectable state of affairs.

Link -via The Mary Sue

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McDonald's Billboard Projects French Fry-Like Beams of Light into the Sky

The ad agency Leo Burnett, maker of clever campaigns like landmine stickers and human billboards, designed this glorious billboard. It is shaped like a fry box. Yellow lights projecting upwards like a pillar of fire guide the hungry forward from up to three miles away.

Link -via That's Nerdalicious! | Photo: Leo Burnett

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After the Earthquake

Russian industrial designer Tembolat Gugkeav has some quirky furniture designs, such as this piece entitled Tectonic Bookcase. It's perfect for people who keep messy desks.

Link -via Dornob

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Competitive Snowball Fighting

In Japan, snowball fighting isn't just a pleasant winter pastime. It's a serious competitive sport known as Yukigassen or "snow battle." Two teams square off on a field about the size of a hockey rink. Victory comes through annihilating the other team or capturing its flag. See more photos and a video at the link. This particular photo, I should note, is from a match in Alaska, not Japan.

Link | Photo: Roy Neese, Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau

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Dragon Sculpture Transforms into Ring of Flowers

This lovely sculpture by artist Tomoo Yamaji changes from a dragon to a ring of flowers without removing any parts. He presents it as a spiritual companion:

When we are threatened by evil, "it" will appear before us in the form of the dragon and prevent the evil with its fierce face and roar then bring peace to us. After that, "it" will transform into the form of the flower to continue quietly watching our peaceful life. However, we must remember that "it" will not always be on our side. Once we will be evil and bring the disaster, "it" will transform from flower into dragon and mercilessly attack us with its overwhelming power to prevent us.

Link (Google Translate) -via Super Punch | Photo: Henge

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Some Buses in China Have Emergency Bricks

Stop playing with that brick! It's not a toy, but a tool. Buses in Xian and Harbin, China come equipped with brightly painted bricks that can be used by passengers to smash open windows in the event of an emergency. But if you think about it, there are so many possible uses for emergency bricks elsewhere in everyday life.

Link -via OhGizmo! | Photo: Wagnerweb

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Rainbow Fringe

Grover Schrayer snapped this shot of tiny particles of wax floating away from a snuffed candle. At just the right angle, they displayed the visible spectrum. This was one of a set of close-up photos of extinguished candles.

Link and Flickr Set -via My Modern Met

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Astoundingly Lifelike Horse Puppet

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The Handspring Puppet Company of South Africa made this amazing life-size puppet. Three puppeteers control the beast in such a way that it looks, acts, and sounds just like a horse. It's a wonder of both design and choreography.

-via The Presurfer | Troupe Website

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Gingerbread Starship Enterprise

redditor nem8 made the USS Xmas, affectionately known as the Gingerprise. There is an argument in the comment thread about whether the registry number is correct. This is why we Trekkies are awesome.

N.B. The joke "Bake it so!" is better used for a different ship, namely the Xmas-D.


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The Chromatic Typewriter

Tyree Callahan modified a classic 1937 Underwood Standard typewriter by removing the letters with paint-soaked pads. When he types the right combinations, he can compose paintings. You can see a few landscapes that he's made with it at the link.

Link -via Nag on the Lake

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