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Transformers Pistol

Competitive shooting champion Rico Gonzalez Papa owns this magnificent modified handgun. He calls it the "Modified Megatron." I doubt that it transforms into something more awesome than its current form, for such a thing is not possible.

Link -via Sharp as a Marble | Photo: Rico Gonzalez Papa

Special thanks to Paul Erhardt for helping me find information about this photo.

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PlayStation 3 Ad Makes Your Life Somehow Seem Meaningful

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This commercial reminds us that a hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of car you drove, what kind of house you lived in, how much money was in your bank account nor what your clothes looked like. But the world may be a better place because you kicked butt in a video game.

-via Geekologie

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Philipp Igumnov's Surreal Collages

Philipp Igumnov, an artist in Moscow, makes deliciously surreal photographic collages that take place in worlds where the weird is ordinary. My favorite is this one of a boy about to make the ultimate cannonball.

Link -via Colossal | Artist's Blog

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Blind Diver Gets Scuba Certification

Robert Ainsley-Raffel of Hexham, UK, has been blind since birth. But he's determined to achieve the goals that he's set for his life, including becoming a qualified plumber and a certified diver:

Robert passed his dive theory test with a flying 100% mark and is now looking forward to his first open water dives en route to a full Ocean Diver qualification.

Robert – who takes a white stick under water with him, saying that “it stops me banging my head” – is undaunted by his disability. He says: “I haven’t got a problem being blind – it’s other people that aren’t prepared to step outside the box and find a way around problems that I have the biggest trouble working with.”

Link -via Blame It on the Voices | Photo: Journal Live

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Carl from Aqua Teen Hunger Force Cosplay

On the TV show Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Carl Brutananadilewski is the main characters' next-door neighbor. redditor magasjaru made this nearly-perfect costume of him for Halloween last year. A true fan, he even shaved his head. And, I see, added fake body hair. That was a nice touch.

Link | Previously: Remember the Boston Bomb Scare

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Man Gets Plastic Surgery to Look Like Superman

Herbert Chavez of the Philippines loves Superman so much that he's had numerous cosmetic surgeries to make himself look like the Man of Steel (or some popular versions of him). Specifically, he's had chin implants, rhinoplasty, lip injections, and hip implants. Aquaman, for unknown and probably unknowable reasons, never gets this kind of adoration.

Video -via blastr

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Hand Signals Used by Waiters

The staff of the Stork Club, an elegant New York City nightclub that was in business between 1929 and 1965, operated like a well-oiled machine. The owner, Sherman Billingsley, even used hand signals to silently orchestrate their activities. Life magazine did a shoot in 1944 illustrating these motions including my favorite, "Call me to the phone, I want to get away from this table." Billingsley summoned staff to do so by pulling on his ear.

What signals do you think modern wait staff should use?

Link -via Super Punch

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Human Heart Wine Carafe

A bit of wine may be good for your health. Liviana Osti made this cute pair of carafes with that in mind. When the joined together, they form the shape of a heart.

Link -via NotCot

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Pac-Man: The Musical

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Everything about this short film by Random Encounters is great: the claymation, the sound effects, and most of all, the lyrics. I used to be sympathetic to the ghosts. But now, not so much. They get what's coming to them.

-via Nerd Bastards

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Shoelace Sea Serpent

I adore the tiny public sculptures of Slinkachu, like this one called "Fantastic Voyage." The sea monster, I suspect, just wants to be friends.

Link -via Super Punch

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Man Learns the Klingon Language, Finds That It Helps Him Overcome Dyslexia

Jonathan Brown of Milton Keynes, UK, has struggled with dyslexia for many years. But he's found that studying the Klingon language from Star Trek very helpful for coping with it:

He explained how he has always had difficulty with reading and also has what he describes as "name blindness" but while doing this work he realised that he could use a different part of his brain.

"Dyslexia is not something you get over, you live with it. It's not necessarily a hindrance, you just learn different ways to pick things up.

"Working on the translation has helped me understand where I've been having problems all my life with languages, I realised I'd been trying to remember the words in the name part of my brain and because I can't remember names, I can't remember the words.

"With the Klingon language games used on the CD, I tended to put words into a different place and it went into my long term memory.

You can't go wrong by choosing to study Klingon. At one point, just a couple decades ago, it was the fastest growing language in the world!

Link -via blastr | Image: Paramount

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Scrap Metal Ravage from Transformers

Alan Yang's scrap metal Ravage reflects the modern movies. The original Ravage from The Transformers was an audio cassette tape, which isn't quite old enough to be hip and retro. Now a Ravage that turned into a 8-track cassettee -- that, I would like to see!

Link -via Technabob

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Ski Trooper

Finnish photographer Vesa Lehtimäk captures amazing images of Star Wars LEGO minifigs in action. His winter scenes from the planet Hoth are particularly striking because the snow looks so realistic. Don't scoff at the stormtrooper pictured above. Ski troops are useful.

Link -via Walyou (warning: auto-sound)

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Tsunami Survival Pod

The tsunami that hit Japan in March killed 20,000 people, so that nation is now thinking seriously about how to prepare for this type of disaster. A company called Cosmo Power has responded by developing a floating fiberglass pod that people can jump into in a hurry:

Company president Shoji Tanaka says the $3,900 (300,000 yen) capsule can hold four adults, and that it has survived many crash tests. It has a small lookout window and breathing holes on top.

It's called the Noah, in reference to Noah's ark. So far, the company has received 500 orders.

Link -via DVICE (where there's a video) | Photo: Aashi

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Researchers Design Locks that Can be Opened with Certain Hand Gestures

Researchers from Taiwan have developed a machine that reads people's hand gestures and thereby permits them to open doors by waving a few fingers:

"In the future, you won't have to worry about losing or forgetting your keys," said Tsai Yao-pin, who teaches at the Technology and Science Institute of Northern Taiwan.

At the heart of the technology developed by his team is a chip that can detect movement in three dimensions, as used in Nintendo's Wii video game console, he said.

The technology allows users to easily unlock their doors by repeating a gesture preset in the sensor, according to Tsai.

You'll just have to be careful about your body language.

Link -via TechCrunch | Photo by Flickr user Eddi 07 - Free Stock

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John Kricfalusi's Couch Gag for The Simpsons

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John Kricfalusi, the animator for the legendary Ren & Stimpy Show, got a chance to direct the couch gag for last night's episode of The Simpsons. Kricfalusi is not one to hold back his creative vision, even for a children's show (Nickelodeon ultimately fired him). His work in this short is deliciously weird and psychedelic.

-via Boing Boing | Previously: Banksy's Couch Gag

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Wireless Mouse Sandwich with Cheese Flash Drive

It even comes with instructions: "Right click options: Save as snack; Add to meal favorites; Eat source; Export to kitchen table."

Link -via That's Nerdalicious!

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Shaving with a Shovel

Oh, you think that shaving with a straight razor is hardcore? Don't tell that to Alexander Karpenko, a Russian professor who has been shaving with shovels since he was 16. While he was growing up, his grandfather, a veteran of World War II, told him that it could be done. So Karpenko tried it with a very sharp shovel and found that it worked!

Link (Google Translate) -via Oddity Central | Photo:

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Footnote Tattoo

N.B. is a common abbreviation for the Latin phrase nota bene -- "note well". It's an old style of annotation that has sadly passed out of common use. David, the man with this tattoo, says of its meaning "that everything is better with footnotes." This lovely sentiment so totally non-MLA standards compliant.


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Water Calligraphy Machine

Nicholas Hanna is an architect by training, but he's fascinated by Chinese calligraphy. He's invented an ingenious gadget that writes messages in Chinese with water. It's attached to a tricycle and as he rides it, the electronically-controlled machine sprays water onto the pavement.

If you had such a device, what would you write with it?

Link -via Bit Rebels | Artist's Website

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Quick Change Artist Switches Masks in the Blink of an Eye

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This clip from Penn & Teller's Magic and Mystery Tour shows a Chinese performer who can change between ten different masks so quickly that you can't see him switch. He waves his cape in front of his face, and he's a different character in the story!

-via reddit

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Johnny Cash's To-Do List

The Man in Black wanted to keep organized, so he kept a regular to-do list. Very smart. Also, his choices are smart. But is it really necessary to write down #5? Would he have forgotten otherwise?

Link -via Ace of Spades HQ | Image: Julien's Auctions

Previously: The Johnny Cash Project

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Quiet Book

Children are never too young to be properly introduced to Star Trek, and a crafter named Julie Bell is getting her kids off to the right start. She's made a cloth book filled with age-appropriate activities that introduce the Enterprise-D crew and life onboard. Pictured above is a zippered turbolift door that opens to reveal finger puppets of the major characters. You can also do bat'leth training with Worf, reconstruct Picard after he was rescued from Borg assimilation, separate the saucer section, and more. Just go ahead and look at this simply delightful work at the link.

Link -via blastr | Previously by Julie Bell: Star Wars Quiet Book for Kids

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The World Record for Riding a Unicycle Down a Line of Beer Bottles

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Lutz Eichholz has accomplished the impossible. He previously set the world record for riding a unicycle down a line of beer bottles (a highly competitive event) at 7.99 meters. Now he's smashed that record by riding 8.93 meters at the Unicycle Israel Convention in Tel Aviv.

Link -via That's Nerdalicious!

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Company Offers to Invent Fake Girlfriend Who Will Tweet You

It's a common problem: you'd like to have a girlfriend. So you go out and meet women. And that's when it all pretty much goes downhill.

Now there's a solution, brought to you by software engineer Ricky Robinett. His service sends you tweets from an apparently female person who not only tolerates your company, but actually likes you. Customers can receive messages like these:

"I miss you, honey. xoxo. (:",
"When are you going to come see me?!?! I miss you! :0)",
"I'm lonely ;) ;) hehehe",
"Why don't you leave the boys and come hang out with me?",
"I wish I was with you!!! (0:",
"I just need someone to talk to... Call me?",
"Thanks so much for the pics ;) I'll send some soon (:",
"I *3 you. xoxoxoxo. *3 *3 *3 *3",
"Oh hai! (0:",

Link and Company Website -via Gizmodo

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Mexico City Considers Marriage Licenses That Expire after Two Years

Divorces can be messy, so legislators in Mexico City are considering a way to prevent them. They want to allow couples to set expiration dates on their marriages. If a couple decides not to renew, their marriage simply dissolves after as little as two years:

The minimum marriage contract would be for two years and could be renewed if the couple stays happy. The contracts would include provisions on how children and property would be handled if the couple splits.

"The proposal is, when the two-year period is up, if the relationship is not stable or harmonious, the contract simply ends," said Leonel Luna, the Mexico City assemblyman who co-authored the bill.

"You wouldn't have to go through the tortuous process of divorce," said Luna, from the leftist Party of the Democratic Revolution, which has the most seats in the 66-member chamber.

Link -via Dave Barry | Photo by Flickr user habi used under Creative Commons license

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Mid-Car Airbag Inflates to Prevent Passenger-Driver Collisions

GM has developed an airbag that inflates from between the front two seats. It's designed to protect the driver and passenger during side impacts which may drive them into each other, or onto the far side of the car. At the link, you can watch a slow-motion video of one inflating with a crash test dummy.

Link -via DVICE | Photo: GM

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The Secret of Immortality Is to Become a Noun

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Do you want to live forever? You can do that, in a sense, by turning your name into a noun. The French doctor Joseph-Ignace Guillotin invented the guillotine. James Brudenell, the 7th Earl of Cardigan, is known for his now famous sweaters. Jules Léotard lives on in common dancewear. That's the key! You've got to become an object, immortalized forever in the dictionary. Robert Krulwich and Adam Cole explain how it works in this catchy tune.

-via Nag on the Lake

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Rambo Tribute in a Subway

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The genius of many street artists lies in seeing patterns in ordinary objects that other people don't. In a digital display in the Montréal Métro, Robert Hibourassa saw action hero John Rambo.

-via Dude Craft

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Surgical Robot Peels a Grape

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We've seen the revolutionary Da Vinci Surgical System do amazingly precise movements before, including folding paper airplanes and playing Operation. In this video, surgeons at Southmead Hospital in the UK demonstrated its ability to make delicate cuts by peeling a grape. So far, there are only 1,032 Da Vinci robots in service around the world, but that number is steadily increasing as doctors find it useful.

Link -via Popular Science

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