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You'll Need a Microscope to View All of the Information on This Business Card

Is this clever, aggravating, or both? The employees of Ebolaindustries, an Italian ad agency, go by pseudonyms (e.g. Mrs. Grey) on their business cards. If you want to learn their real names, you'll have get out a microscope.

Link -via Super Punch

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Baby Leopard Loves Cuddles

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A caretaker found just the right scratching spot to induce bliss in a baby leopard. This little one lives at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington.

-via The Uniblog

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Extreme Alarm Clock Simply Will Not Permit You to Snooze

You have to get out of bed. Oh, no, this clock isn't going to lure you out with freshly-cooked bacon. Nor will it slap you in the face or toss you on to the floor. But you will have to leave your bedroom and show some basic cognition:

There is no snooze button. If you unplug it, a battery takes over. As wake-up time approaches, you cannot reset the alarm time.

It could be the world's most exasperating alarm clock.

Once it goes off, to stop it you must get out of bed, go into the kitchen or bathroom, and punch the day's date into a telephone-style keypad. That's the only way to stop the loud 'ding-ding,' designed to sound like a customer angrily banging on a concierge bell at a hotel.

My suggestion for a heavy-duty version: the user must solve a basic algebra problem before the alarm turns off.

Link -via Marginal Revolution | Official Website | Photo: AP

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Roach, R.I.P.

He was a fine bug: a devoted family man with over two hundred children. His loss was a shock to us all.

The Carmichael Collective in Minneapolis marked the passing of this roach by setting up a little memorial to him where they found his body on the sidewalk. It's one of several bug memorials that they made. You can find more photos at the link.

Link -via Bit Rebels

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The Little Mermaid's Brother

Since 1913, Edvard Eriksen's statute of the titular character from the tale "The Little Mermaid" has watched over the harbor of Copenhagen, Denmark. To mark her upcoming hundredth birthday, artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset made this male version. Thanks to machinery inside, the stainless steel merman blinks every half hour.

Link -via My Modern Met | Photo: Art Daily

Previously: Skeleton Replaces Copenhagen Mermaid

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Amazing: LEGO Star Wars Barrel Organ

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This is the awesomest thing you will see all day. Okay, it's a barrel organ that plays Star Wars music, but it's so much more than that. The surface is made of LEGO pieces, arranged as scenes from Hoth, Endor and Tatooine. The LEGO pieces trip levers that press organ keys, so the scenes play music. The studio Builders of Sound made this marvel, and it deserves a standing ovation right now.

Link -via DVICE

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Storm Kong

Aren't you a little tall for a stormtrooper? Still, I won't argue with Fabian Gonzalez's re-imagining of the 1933 film.

Link -via Distracted by Star Wars | Previously by Fabian Gonzalez

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French Hotel Lets You Live Like a Hamster, Because That's Clearly What You've Always Wanted to Do

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If you've long fantasized about living as a hamster, then have I got a hotel for you! The Hamster Villa in Nantes, France simulates the full hamster experience. Guests get furry hats and tails, an exercise wheel, a bed of hay and water from a fountain.

Link -via The Presurfer

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R2-D2 Turntable

Party droid R2-D2 is ready to get down this weekend, thanks to a few modifications by Tex Nasty and Ed Hubbs. You can also hire him for weddings and bar mitzvahs.

Link | Photo: Jessica Walker

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Insurance Scam Caught on a Dashboard Camera

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Remember the scammers who reversed their car into another? A similar thief is at work here. He walks into a stopped car, then acts like the car hit him. Watch until the end, when you see him nurse a leg, feigning injury -- and it's the wrong leg!

-via reddit

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5 Myths about the Titanic Spread by Movies

You may have gotten over the shock of discovering that the sinking of the Titanic was a real historical event. Now brace yourselves: not everything that the movies tell you about it is accurate. Some of what people think to be true about the Titanic isn't at all, such as that the owners claimed that the ship was unsinkable:

But this is perhaps the biggest myth surrounding the Titanic, says Richard Howells, from Kings College London.

"It is not true that everyone thought this. It's a retrospective myth, and it makes a better story. If a man in his pride builds an unsinkable ship like Prometheus stealing the fire from the gods... it makes perfect mythical sense that God would be so angry at such an affront that he would sink the ship on its maiden outing."

Contrary to the popular interpretation the White Star Line never made any substantive claims that the Titanic was unsinkable - and nobody really talked about the ship's unsinkability until after the event, argues Howells.

Link -via Joe Carter | Image: Paramount

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Corgi Being Vacuumed

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That a dog would tolerate this treatment so readily seems weird until you learn the dog's name: Corbin Dallas Multipass.

That's a Fifth Element reference. Two of them, in fact.

Anyone with a name that awesome would have such confidence that nothing could perturb him.

Link -via Super Punch

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Sock Portrait

Coffee, a basketball...and now socks! Hong Yi makes portraits using materials you'd never think of.

Her latest work is a rendering of Chinese filmmaker Yimou Zhang in socks. She was inspired by the most ordinary of sights in Shanghai: socks hanging out to dry on bamboo rods. "To me," she writes, "that was incredibly beautiful."

Link -via Oddity Central

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Knife Typography

Iranian artist Farhad Moshiri gets right to the point: life is beautiful. He expressed this sentiment in 2009 by driving hundreds of knives into a gallery wall.

Link -via NotCot | Photos: Guillaume Ziccarelli

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Hockey Stick Lamp

When Anthony Regole was a freshman in high school, he built an Adirondack chair out of old hockey sticks for a school project. This launched his woodworking career. He does more than just hockey stick projects, but these remain his signature pieces. This lamp would work well in a man cave, don't you think?

Builder's Website -via Ann Toler

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Krispy Kreme Donut S'Mores

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Ingredients: 2 Krispy Kreme donuts, 1 huge marshmallow, and 1 Reese's Peanut Butter Cup. Nate Smith compared the joyful experience of biting into this wonder with the birth of his own son:

I'm so happy!...This is similar to how it feels when I had my son...This is the greatest thing in the world.

He's not modest. Nor should he be.

Link -via Geekosystem

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George Washington and Adolf Hitler Riding Dinosaurs: The Combat Game

Jurassic President. It's a game that doesn't exist yet, but let us hope that some prudent entertainment company takes Jude Buffum's concept and brings it into existence. Other scenarios include Teddy Roosevelt vs. Joseph Stalin and Abraham Lincoln vs. Kaiser Wilhelm II. They're Buffum's contributions to the funny art show So You Created a Wormhole: The Time Traveler's Guide to Time Travel.

Link -via The Uniblog | Exhibit Website

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Are Octopuses Intelligent? It Depends on How You Define Intelligence

If you're going to evaluate the intelligence of an animal, it's not enough to measure the size of its brain. Researchers are convinced that octopuses have an intelligence so sophisticated that they can display emotions and individual personalities. But it's a different sort of intelligence that has to be assessed in a different way:

Octopuses have the largest brains of any invertebrate. Athena's is the size of a walnut -- as big as the brain of the famous African gray parrot, Alex, who learned to use more than one hundred spoken words meaningfully. That's proportionally bigger than the brains of most of the largest dinosaurs.

Another measure of intelligence: you can count neurons. The common octopus has about 130 million of them in its brain. A human has 100 billion. But this is where things get weird. Three-fifths of an octopus's neurons are not in the brain; they're in its arms.

"It is as if each arm has a mind of its own," says Peter Godfrey-Smith, a diver, professor of philosophy at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, and an admirer of octopuses. For example, researchers who cut off an octopus's arm (which the octopus can regrow) discovered that not only does the arm crawl away on its own, but if the arm meets a food item, it seizes it -- and tries to pass it to where the mouth would be if the arm were still connected to its body.

"Meeting an octopus," writes Godfrey-Smith, "is like meeting an intelligent alien."

Link -via Kottke | Photo: maureen lunn

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An Igloo for Book Lovers

Miler Lagos's installation at the MagnanMetz Gallery in New York City is entitled simply "Home". After he finished it, the dome was completely enclosed and self-supporting. Just imagine if you had one of these, consisting entirely of the books that you have read over the course of your life.

Link -via Colossal

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Rowing a Boat with an Excavator

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Paddle down the Saigon River in Vietnam. You don't need a boat engine. You don't need a propeller. You don't even need oars. All you need is an excavator.

-via Gizmodo

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Halloween Costume for a Tall Guy: A Short Man on Stilts

The idea was a long shot, but it worked. Redditor firstclass_scamp, who is seven feet tall, altered a pair of pants so that he looks like a short man standing on top of a pair of stilts.


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Cheesecake-Stuffed Strawberries

To maintain a healthy diet, you need to eat five servings of fruit or vegetables a day. Strawberries are a fruit. Ergo, these wonderful bite-sized delights are a healthy choice. You can find the recipe by Natalie of The Sweets Life at the link.

Link -via Briannah Munoz

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Teacup Chandelier

Chris of La Petite Nymphéa spotted this chandelier in a shop in Valencia, Spain. It would look absolutely charming in a parlor.

Link (Google Translate) -via Offbeat Home

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Gun Safe/Bed

With room for 35 rifles and 70 handguns, the BedBunker can hold a substantial portion of your gun collection. The vault replaces a set of box springs, so it doesn't take up a lot of room in your house. When you need a gun, just push the mattress off and open the door.

Product Page -via DVICE (where there's a video)

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How to Peel a Potato in Ten Seconds

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Let a boiled potato cool to 112°F. Drench it in 45° ice water. Wait five seconds, then yank the skin off. Do you think that this trick will work?

-via Bit Rebels

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The Creator of The Simpsons Reveals the Location of Springfield

Where is Springfield? In our hearts. Also, a specific state in the union. There are many Springfields in the United States. In which one resides the Simpson family? Matt Groening finally revealed the truth:

Springfield was named after Springfield, Oregon. The only reason is that when I was a kid, the TV show "Father Knows Best" took place in the town of Springfield, and I was thrilled because I imagined that it was the town next to Portland, my hometown. When I grew up, I realized it was just a fictitious name. I also figured out that Springfield was one of the most common names for a city in the U.S. In anticipation of the success of the show, I thought, "This will be cool; everyone will think it’s their Springfield." And they do. [...]

I don’t want to ruin it for people, you know? Whenever people say it’s Springfield, Ohio, or Springfield, Massachusetts, or Springfield, wherever, I always go, “"Yup, that’s right."

Link -via Nerd Bastards | Image: Fox

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The All Seeing Pizza Eye

The Illuminati have really let themselves go. They watch over all, but mostly just through grainy security cameras while munching on pizza. Joel Leblanc of Hell or High Water Tattoos in Moncton, New Brunswick, Canada, made this not quite ominous tattoo.

Link -via That's Nerdalicious!

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Coke Machine Dispenses Sodas for Hugs

The Coke machine just wants to be loved. Is that so wrong?

The ad agency Ogilvy & Mather rigged this soda vending machine in Singapore to respond to hugs by dispensing free cans of soda. The idea is to encourage people to embrace Coca-Cola, in this case, literally.

What other products do you think should be sold this way?

Link -via DVICE | Photo: Ogilvy & Mather

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Mario Kart Car Console

A customer at a car dealership traded in his Volkswagen. He had modified it just a bit for racing. Good idea? No, a bad one. As one commenter prudently warns "Aftermarket upgrades can nullify your warranty."

Link -via Nerd Approved

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Patriotic Sunglasses


Still, Jeremy Scott's USA Sunglasses need Alaska and Hawaii. I suggest that they be added on thin metal rods, scaled to the map.

Link -via Boing Boing

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