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Milk Man, The World's Worst Superhero

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Work with the talents that you have; embrace the person that you are. Just like Milk Man has done. Milk powers aren't too bad, as Freddie Wong's latest film demonstrates.

Actually, I encountered the best/worst superhero concept in a role-playing game about ten years ago. This superhero could psychically make opponents lose control of their bowels.

-via The Mary Sue

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Death Star Wedding Cake

My favorite part of this cake from Sweet on Cakes is the wedding dress modeled on stormtrooper armor. Now if you get nervous walking down the aisle at your wedding, just remember Davish Krail's relationship advice: stay on target.

In the comments, borrow and misuse lines from Star Wars to advise the happy couple on marriage.

Bakery Website -via That's Nerdalicious!

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Zamboni Operator Arrested for Drunk Driving

Fear not, for the streets are safe again. Or the ice rink, at least. Police arrested the driver of an ice resurfacer at a rink in Apple Valley, Minnesota after people reported that he drove erratically:

Dornstreich, who coaches the Eastview Hockey Association's PeeWee C team, said he'd noticed that the rink attendant's eyes were red and that he smelled like the energy drink Red Bull before his team took the ice.

"He looked like I do when I have my allergy attacks," Dornstreich said. "I didn't really think anything of it. He didn't slur his words. He was very alert, got me the keys, we set up the music system and I was on my way."

Before the PeeWee C players, ages 11 to 13, took the ice, Dornstreich said he noticed that the rink attendant was "making stripes on the ice." But the driver went back and corrected all his mistakes. After the game it was a different story, though.

While Dornstreich was working with a referee, a parent ran over to say that the rink attendant was "weaving all over, slurring his words."

But he wasn't on a public road. Can he be prosecuted for drunk driving? Under Minnesota law, yes:

People have been arrested in Minnesota for driving under the influence on everything from a souped-up motorized recliner to a farm tractor. State law says a DWI can result from driving any kind of a motorized vehicle, pretty much anywhere -- a forklift driver at work, a Bobcat driver plowing city sidewalks, a riding lawn mower in a yard.

The Minnesota Court of Appeals did, however, say in 2011 that a physically disabled man driving a motorized scooter could not be convicted of drunken driving. The law makes an exception for "an electric personal assistive mobility device" and the court said the scooter was a wheelchair, not a motor vehicle.

Link -via Dave Barry | Photo (unrelated) by Flickr user ejhogbin

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Leaves Made from Human Hair

Jenine Shereos's delicate leaf sculptures look like the real thing from a distance, but they're actually made of hair. She made them by stitching the hairs together on a backing, then dissolving that backing in water.

Link -via Colossal | Photo: Robert Diamante

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Edible Stadium

The Super Bowl is only four days away, so you'd best get ready! Here's a single-serving deli platter shaped like a football stadium. You can view five similar works of food art at the link. Link -via Paul Overton | Previously: Snack Food Stadium | Photo: unknown

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Eggs Baked into Avocados

This clever recipe makes use of the hole left by the pit of an avocado. You'll probably need to bore the hole a bit with a cookie cutter. Then fry the avocado in a skillet, add the egg, cook for two minutes, and serve.

Link -via Tasteologie | Photo: Babble

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Word Balloon Book Shelves

Oscar Nuñez's comic book-inspired bookshelves are a great place to keep your manga. They're made of fiberboard covered with walnut veneer. This is the larger, forty-inch long model for extended dialogue scenes.

Link -via Comics Alliance | Photo: Freshome

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Segway-Like Vehicle for the Disabled

The Chariot is Exmovere's vision for the future of the mobility scooter. Like a Segway PT, it's guided by movements in the hips and lower torso to signal direction and speed. As a result, users have both hands available for other tasks. There are two videos and more pictures at the link.

Link -via DVICE | Photo: Exmovere Holdings

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Anatomical Cross Sections in Paper

Lisa Nilsson used Japanese mulberry tree paper and gilt-edged paper from old books to recreate human anatomical images. It was clever of her to see a similarity between curled paper and human body tissues. View several more works at the link.

Link -via Nerdcore | Previously: Paper Quilled Starry Night

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The Sport of the Future: Bubble Soccer

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Whether you're watching lacrosse, hockey, or golf, body checking always makes a sport more interesting. Here's a Norwegian exhibition of soccer than incorporates this insight.

-via @JessFink

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The Cathedral of Light

This mesmerizing structure is an arrangement on display at the 2012 Light Festival of Ghent, Belgium. The Italian firm Luminarie De Cagna carefully arranged its 55,000 LEDs. The apparent height of the ceiling is no camera trick. It's twenty-eight meters high and visitors can walk right in.

Link -via Colossal | Photo: Stijn Coppens

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Sheep Cyclone Would Actually Be a Pretty Good Horror Movie

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And from that day on, none of them could look at a woolen scarf without breaking out in a cold sweat.

The sheep. They're coming for you.

-via Geekosystem

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Call Center Workers Object to High-Tech Monitoring System That Alerts Supervisors if an Employee Is in the Restroom Longer Than Eight Minutes a Day

Union representatives and government inspectors are looking into complaints that managers at a Norwegian call center forbid employees from spending more than eight minutes a day on, uh, personal business:

Managers are alerted by flashing lights if an employee is away from their desk for a loo break or other "personal activities" beyond the allotted time. [...]

A spokesman added: "Surveying staff to limit lavatory visits, cigarette breaks, personal phone calls and other personal needs to a total of eight minutes per day is highly restrictive and intrusive and must be stopped."

The firm said the aim of the checks was not to measure the breaks taken by individual workers but to assess staffing needs to ensure all calls from customers were answered and it would now be reviewing the policy.

It is the latest example of lavatory rules in Norwegian companies.

Last year the country's workplace ombudsman said one firm was reported for making women workers wear a red bracelet when they were having their period to justify more frequent trips to the loo.

Another company made staff sign a lavatory "visitors book" while a third issued employees with an electronic key card to gain access to the lavatories so they could monitor breaks.

Did you see that, Alex? Employees at other companies are allowed to go to the restroom during their shifts.

Link | Photo: Flickr user John Steven

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Venom Symbiote Caterpillar

I haven't done any actual research, but I think that we should jump to the conclusion that these Brahmaea certhia caterpillars are four feet long and, once having tasted human flesh, become insatiably ravenous for it. Why? Because it's the decent and honorable thing to do.

Artist's deviantART Page -via Geekologie | Photo: Igor Siwanowicz

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Girl Can Say Any Word or Phrase Backwards Immediately

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Say a word or a short phrase to Alyssa. She'll promptly say it backwards. How does she do it? There's no preparation or complex thinking involved. She just reverses the words like she's a machine designed for that purpose. Which is probably what's actually happening.

There. Mystery solved.

-via Dave Barry

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Spicy Vegan Vodka Shots in Chocolate Glasses

We've previously featured Spabettie's scrumptious-looking vegan s'more cocktails. The cups were made out of chocolate using Cool Shooters ice trays, so you can devour them with no clean up concerns.

Now Spabettie is continuing with the same theme, this time using vegan white chocolate. She poured a pepper-infused vodka into the chocolate cups to create a hot Valentine's Day treat.

Link -via Tasteologie

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Flying People in New York City

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The upcoming film Chronicle is a dark story about teenage boys who develop superpowers. To promote it, marketers made RC planes that look like human beings and flew them around New York City.

-via Colossal | Chronicle Movie Trailer

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Double Rainbow Cupcakes

Oh, my God, it's a double rainbow all the way! Woah. It's so bright. What does this mean?

Link -via That's Nerdalicious! | Photo: Megan Seling

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Letter from an Ex-Slave to His Former Master

By August 1865, the American Civil War was over. Many Southerners wanted to restore some semblance of normality -- as they saw it -- in their homes and communities. So Col. P.H. Anderson of Big Spring, Tennessee wrote to one of his former slaves, requesting that he come back and work on the farm for wages. The freedman Jourdan Anderson would have none of that, unless there were serious changes in the way in which the Colonel and his family conducted themselves. He allegedly dictated a letter which was reprinted in many Northern newspapers. Here's the ending:

In answering this letter, please state if there would be any safety for my Milly and Jane, who are now grown up, and both good-looking girls. You know how it was with poor Matilda and Catherine. I would rather stay here and starve—and die, if it come to that—than have my girls brought to shame by the violence and wickedness of their young masters. You will also please state if there has been any schools opened for the colored children in your neighborhood. The great desire of my life now is to give my children an education, and have them form virtuous habits.

Say howdy to George Carter, and thank him for taking the pistol from you when you were shooting at me.

From your old servant,

Jourdon Anderson.

Read the rest at Letters of Note.

Link | Somewhat related photo via the National Park Service

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Hitting Testicles (with Ultrasound Pulses) May Be an Effective Contraceptive

On the left is a normal testicle. On the right is one that has been blasted with ultrasound. The latter has a reduced sperm count, which is why researchers at the University of North Carolina think that they may have discovered an effective male contraceptive:

They found that two, 15-minute doses "significantly reduced" the number of sperm-producing cells and sperm levels. [...]

Lead researcher Dr James Tsuruta said: "Further studies are required to determine how long the contraceptive effect lasts and if it is safe to use multiple times."

The team needs to ensure that the ultrasound produces a reversible effect, contraception not sterilisation, as well as investigate whether there would be cumulative damage from repeated doses.

Link -via Popular Science | Photo: James Tsuruta and Paul Dayton

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Table vs. Step Ladder Wrestling Match

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It's a brutal, no-holds barred contest between the aging champion returning to the ring, step ladder, and the vigorous and young challenger, table. Who will win? The entire match lasted ten minutes, but you can watch this clip of the final take down that crippled one of the fighters.

-via WTF Japan, Seriously

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The Pope's Rifles

Although it might seem odd to see the crossed keys of St. Peter on a gun (well, maybe not), the Popes commanded armies, off and on, until the collapse of the Papal States in 1870. This model, popularly known as the Pontifico, was a variant of the M1867 Remington.

Link -via View from the Porch | Photo: Keith Doyon

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Tyrannosaurus Trying to Use His Little Arms

T-Rex Trying is Hugh Murphy's cartoon collection showing a poor little tyrannosaurus trying and failing to do different things that require longer arms. It's hard to be a t-rex in a brontosaurus world.

Link -via Blame It on the Voices

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Strangely, the Dynasphere Was Never a Commercial Success

We've seen monowheels before, but what made J.H. Purves's design different from the rest was that it could stand up on its own. Allegedly, it could go up to thirty miles an hour. But as you can see from the above photo, it had at least one serious design flaw.

Link -via Retronaut | Photo via Douglas Self

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Fine Art in The Simpsons

The Simpsons has a reputation for clever, subtle references. It occasionally mentions or imitates famous works of art. After twenty-three seasons, that "occasionally" builds up to a lot, and the author of Simpsons Park has compiled a huge list of dozens of works of art that the writers worked into the show. Pictured above is their take on Henri Rousseau's The Dream.

Link -via The Agitator

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The World's Largest Ball of Chewed Medicated Gum

Fifteen years ago, Barry Chappell quit smoking and started chewing nicotine gum. But it was only six years ago that he made a fateful decision to start keeping his old gum. Now, 95,200 pieces later, Chappell possesses a 175-pound ball of used nicotine gum.

Remember Chappell's example, and pursue greatness in your own way.

Link -via Oddity Central | Photo: Art and Coin

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Bat Infestation Under a Tile Roof

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A crew working for Istueta Roofing in Miami, Florida tore up an old tile roof. Below it, they found thousands of bats. It's a good thing that the roofers didn't try this in Gotham City.

-via Blame It on the Voices

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Desert Rivers That Look Like Trees

From a distance, it looks like an illustration of trees, but it's actually an aerial photo of seasonal rivers in Baja California. Adrianafranco Franco submitted the photo to My Shot, the National Geographic's online photography community.

Link -via My Modern Met

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Cocktail: Alien Brain Hemorrhage

If you've ever spent time in an extraterrestrial prison hospital, you know that this is a pretty accurate description for some species. It's made with peach schnapps, Bailey's Irish Cream, blue curacao and grenadine syrup.

Link -via reddit | Photo: Martin Williams

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Ghostly Images with Light Stencils

Light stenciling is like light graffiti, except that it uses stencils for greater control. Wittner Fabrice is a master of the craft and used his skills to create portraits in Vietnam. The people look like phantoms moving through the night.

Link | Artist's Website | How Light Stencils Work

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