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Women Find Men with Long Ring Fingers Attractive

The length of a man's ring finger has been tied to success at financial trading, and its length in relation to the index finger is an indicator of exposure to testosterone in utero. Now a recent study suggests that men with long ring fingers are more likely to be considered attractive by women. Camille Ferdenzi of the University of Geneva explained:

"The aim was to understand what makes a man attractive," and whether at least some of those qualities "were in part conditioned by the foetal environment," Ferdenzi said in an interview.

For the visual test, the results were unambiguous. "The longer the ring finger compared to the index -- that is, the greater the exposure to testosterone -- the more attractive the face was rated," she said by phone.

Link via Glenn Reynolds | Photo by Flickr user used under Creative Commons license

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This is a Courier Bike Used by a Fertility Clinic in Copenhagen

A fertility clinic in Copenhagen wanted an easy way to transport biological materials in insulated storage through the city, and so commissioned the construction of the Sperm Bullitt:

The Sperm Bike is, like the company's sperm donations, a Danish product and constructed around the Danish Bullitt cargo bike from Larry vs Harry.

Producing the Sperm Bike was no easy task. It was constructed by the Danish company 10 Tons - who specialise in zoological and botanical models as well as paleontologic reconstructions, including full-size whales and dinosaurs.

With the tail, the bike is 2.9 metres long and fully-loaded with... um... sperm... it weighs 50 kg. About the same as my cargo bike with two kids and a bag of groceries.

If you scroll to the bottom of the linked article, you can find links to images of other unique custom cargo bikes built by the same company.

Link via Marginal Revolution | Photo: Copenhagenize

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Dungeons & Dragons-Themed Perfumes

Would you like to smell like an orc? You're most of the way already, but let's finish you off with this new scent from Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs. The company describes it as "Field grey courgette musk, roughly cured leather, and vetiver." It's one of several scents based on D&D races, character classes, and alignments. Oh, they don't call it D&D, of course, but that's the obvious inspiration.

Link via Atomic Nerds | Previously: Play-Doh Cologne

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Man Tries and Fails to Rob Convenience Store Using a PlayStation Controller

This doesn't seem like a good plan for a robbery. According to a local news report, the suspect:

[...] hid the game controller in his pocket and pretended it was a gun as he tried to rob the Sun Food Store on 62nd Avenue S.

He was arrested by a police officer who walked into the store in the middle of the robbery, police said.

Talk about bad luck! If only he brought a caulk gun instead, it might have worked.

Link via Say Uncle | Photo by Flickr user aldrin_muya used under Creative Commons license

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Two Bullets That Hit Each Other Head-On

There's not much evidence to support the claim, but allegedly, this is a picture of two bullets that collided with each other, head-on, from opposite directions. One is French and the other is Russian, and the two met in 1854 during the Crimean War.

Link via The Firearm Blog | Photo: Odd Russia

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81-Year Old Beats Armed Home Invader Insensible with Frying Pan, Pitchfork

An armed robber entered the home of 81-year old Bobby Smith. That made Mr. Smith angry, and you don't want to make Mr. Smith angry:

The man told Smith to "gimme what you got" before shoving him to the ground and taking his wallet, according to the police report. That didn't stop Smith, who said he "went back after him." He grabbed the nearest weapon, while Sones grabbed for something else to give him.

"I grabbed the frying pan and hit him upside the head. I knocked his teeth out ... and he went to the floor," Smith said. "There was a pitchfork about six feet away. ... I stuck him."

Police soon caught the robber nearby. There's a video at the link.

Link via Say Uncle | Photo: Kelly Jordan/Times-Union

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Steampunk Howl's Moving Castle

Instructables user lizzomarek made an amazing model of the castle from the anime movie Howl's Moving Castle. It's made in the Japanese pottery tradition of raku-yaki and given a steampunk flair. There's a really neat video about halfway down the page at the link showing the castle, still glowing red hot, coming out of the kiln.

Link via Make

Previously: Two models of Howl's Moving Castle in paper

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Yoda in Stained Glass

Etsy seller Donna Terraza doesn't specialize in Star Wars scenes, and that's a real shame because it's a medium that, like everything else, can only benefit by more Star Wars content. Terraza has, however, produced two fine works showing Yoda and a stormtrooper, respectively, at the links.

Link and Link via Walyou

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Extreme Ironing on a Freeway

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Extreme ironing is a sport in which people take an iron, an ironing board, and clothing to extreme locations, such as mountaintops or erupting volcanoes. Participants then proceed to neatly iron the items of clothing. Security camera footage in the UK caught one man ironing in the middle of a freeway. That section had been temporarily closed, so there wasn't much risk. Still, it's a good start, and the bathrobe was certainly an appropriate costume.

Link via Geekosystem

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Spock Matzoh

Passover begins today, so, naturally, Phillip Torrone used a laser to etch an image of Spock into a matzoh wafer. This is especially amusing since Leonard Nimoy is Jewish and the Vulcan salute is derived from a Jewish tradition.

Link via blastr

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Star Wars Parody of Rebecca Black's "Friday"

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Last year, Teddie Films produced an excellent Star Wars parody of Ke$ha's "Tik Tok" which got a lot of attention on the Internet. That crew is back, now lampooning Rebecca Black's song "Friday". "Prime Day" is narrated by Princess Leia, and she's taking the rebellion a little less seriously. Here's a selection from the lyrics, available in full at the video link:

7am, waking up in the morning
Gotta be fresh, gotta do my hair
Gotta roll my buns, gotta have blue milk
Force in everything, light saber's glowin'
Attack is goin on, everybody's fightin'
Meeting at bay nine-ty-four
Gotta find Kenobi, I see my friends

Solo in the front seat
Luke is in the back seat
Gotta make my mind up
Which one is my mate?

via Nerd Bastards | Previously: Rebecca Black's "Friday" as Radical Text

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Bake It in a Cake

We often post about inventive cakes and cupcakes, especially those made with other delicious foods inside, such as Oreos and Cadbury Creme Eggs. Now it's no longer necessary to scrounge around for such confections. Thanks to the specializing tendency of the Internet, there's a blog devoted entirely to baking foods inside cakes and cupcakes. Pictured above is on example from Bake It in a Cake -- a banana cupcake with a Reese's Peanut Butter Cup inside and topped with chocolate buttercream and chocolate chips.

Link via The Breda Fallacy

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How to Win a Wheelbarrow Race

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So much time is lost when switching partners. These two boys have got it all figured out!

via Joe Carter

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Ape Hanger Handlebars on This Motorcycle Are Ridiculous, Awesome

A Jalopnik reader sent in this photo of a custom motorcycle with dangerously high ape hanger handlebars:

The high handlebars — "ape hangers" in chopper speak — rank among the tallest in the world, and far exceed the 15-inch height above the seat allowed by Missouri state law. We'd guess the tassels are there for both fashion and safety; they give the bike that backstage-at-Altamont vibe and can be used as grips when the rider inevitably loses control after all the blood drains from his arms.


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Maxime Ansiau's Conjoined Plates

Maxime Ansiau, an artist based in Amsterdam, has made four sets of conjoined porcelain plates showing very tall or very wide buildings. I have no idea how she does it, but I'm most curious.

Link via Colossal

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Miniature Crossbow Fires Flaming Bolts

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YouTube user T. Shamir, who made the excellent tiny cannon that we featured last year, has machined a crossbow from gold, silver, and steel. It comes with a tiny aperture sight and a pull of 5.9 pounds. The above video shows the impressive capabilities of this little crossbow and the various bolts that Shamir made. Among them, toward the end, is a flaming bolt that sets its target on fire.

via Geekologie

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The New Headquarters of Lucasfilm Looks Like a Sandcrawler

The Lucasfilm Animation building in Singapore looks rather like a sandcrawler, don't you think? This is just an artist's conception, as groundbreaking occurred only this week.

Link via CrunchGear | Images: FuriousFanboys, CrunchGear, Lucasfilm

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Tree Has Far Too Much Pollen

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This tree in Lewisburg, Tennessee has a lot of pollen. A gentle shake reveals how much.

via Geekosystem

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Wood-Burning El Camino

We've posted about wood gas burning cars before, but those were cars not inherently cool, namely a Yugo and an old Citroën. An El Camino, on the other hand, is awesome even if it can't run. This one, however, dubbed the El Kamina, works quite well on a wood-burning engine:

Juhas Sipilä’s 1987 El Camino, affectionately dubbed “El Kamina” (The Stove), features a very steampunk-like woodgas generator taking up about half of the truckbed. El Kamina’s 400 Chevy engine can take the 4,400 pound truck about 125 miles on 175 pounds of biomass, or about 1.4 pounds of biomass-per-mile. The truck itself can carry enough fuel for around 800 total miles of travel.

Video at the link.

Link via Glenn Reynolds | Photo: Juha Sipilä

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Cadbury Creme Egg inside a Chocolate Cupcake

Melissa Smith of Zoey Cakes has made what may be the ultimate Cadbury Creme Egg creation. It's baked with an egg inside, covered with vanilla buttercream frosting, and then topped with a mini egg.

Link via Craft | Zoey Cakes

Previously: Giant Cadbury Egg

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Axe Guns

It's hard to find much information about this type of firearm. Steve of The Firearm Blog suspects that these weapons were decorative rather than practical. There are apparently a couple examples on display in the armory at Castle Eltz in western Germany.

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Philosophical Debate Referee Signals

This handy chart was created by Landon Schurtz, a graduate student in philosophy at the University of Oklahoma. I'm curious about what would constitute a personal foul in debate.

via Marginal Revolution

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Book Bed

Now you can literally curl up in the pages of a good book! Yusuke Suzuki made this bed with sheets forming the pages and pillows serving as bookmarks.

Link via Doobybrain | Designer's Website | Photo: Fubiz

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Armenia Makes Chess A Mandatory Subject in School

Chess is very popular in Armenia. In a move to become globally known for prowess in the game, the government of Armenia has made the study of it mandatory for school children:

The authorities led by President Serzh Sarkisian, an enthusiastic supporter of the game, have committed around $1.43 million to the scheme - a large sum in the impoverished but chess-mad country.

Children from the age of six will learn chess as a separate subject on the curriculum for two hours a week.

Aivazian said the lessons, which start later this year, would "foster schoolchildren's intellectual development" and teach them to "think flexibly and wisely".

Do you think that the children will benefit from this time spent studying chess?

Link via reddit | Photo (unrelated) by Flickr user Andréia used under Creative Commons license

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Default Facebook Avatars

Paris-based photographer Thomas M. made a set of pictures showing people as the default Facebook profile image. He writes "The aim of this project is to humanize the Facebook default avatar provided at the first login." Mission accomplished.

Link via Walyou | Artist's Website

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Measuring Tape Stiletto Heels

If you want to say 'I'm a practical person' while still wearing high heeled shoes, these stilettos by Christian Louboutin should do the trick. It's just a pity that they're only in metric.

Link via Craft | Photo: Christian Loutoubin

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How to Make Bacon Roses

Modern love is best expressed with bacon, but for the traditionalist, there are always bacon roses. Instructables user kaptaink_cg explains how to make them. You'll need a broiling pan, a mini muffin pan, marbles, and a drill. It'll be necessary to actually destroy the muffin pan, but it'll be worth it.

Link via Geekosystem

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Motorcycle Models Made out of Watch Parts

deviantART user dkart71 doesn't offer a lot of verbal detail about this work, but his level of artistic detail is impressive. His gallery is filled with similar pieces, including choppers and trikes.


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This Civil War Reenactment Seems Completely Plausible

Yes, the Ghostbusters were there at the Second Battle of Dantooine. Check your history reference books if you're skeptical.

Link via Popped Culture | Photo: Columbus Dispatch/Jeff Hinckley

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Just in Time for Easter: Chocolate Cthulhu

There are some minor differences between the activities of the Easter Bunny and the Easter Cthulhu, but both make the holiday memorable for children. Jason McKittrick made these chocolate Cthulhu figurines to mark the occasion.

Link via Boing Boing

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