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Amazing Stick Balancing Act

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I'm having trouble finding any information about this video. It appears to show a performer balancing sticks, one on top of another, without dropping a single one. At the very end, he must balance the entire assembly on one remaining, upright stick. How does he do it?

via reddit

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Renaissance Paintings of Hockey

No, the NHL isn't that old, but Alexandr Reut is fond of suggesting that it is. He's composed several works showing hockey in a style reminiscent of the Italian Renaissance. This one depicts the Washington Capitals winning the Stanley Cup. If the players are unfamiliar to you, the legend at the article link identifies each one.

eBay Link and Article Link via Copyranter

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Road Signs Turned into Furniture

Tim Delger has made some nifty tables and chairs from old road signs, such as the coffee table above. I'd love to see what he could do with a Bucket of Blood Street sign.

Link via Dude Craft

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Zombie-Proof House

The architectural firm KWK Promes takes security very seriously. Its "Safe House" design, at the push of a button, drops steel shutters, swings concrete slabs over windows, and lifts a drawbridge. For those of you who think that this is silly (because zombies, unlike vampires and werewolves, aren't real), just remember:

If you’re prepared for the zombie apocalypse, a hurricane is just a storm.

Link via Geekologie | Photos: KWK Promes

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Cartridge Chess Set

Etsy seller OldWorldCC made a complete chess set which uses .223 caliber cartridges as playing pieces:

The pieces are made using .223 caliber bullet shell casings, decorated with cuts, slashes, curls and bends. The light side pieces are set on red oak mounts, using steel cased shells and the dark side pieces are mounted on black walnut, using brass cased shells.

Link via Born Rich

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A Sex Ed Class by H.P. Lovecraft

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It's time for Ms. Lovecraft's seventh grade sex ed class. The mysteries of sex unfold upon the narrator, driving him mad -- and he embraces the madness. Craig Macneill and Clay McLeod made this magnificent short film, which is well worth your time.

via Boing Boing

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Pinhole Camera Egg

Francesco Capponi turned eggs into single-use pinhole cameras. The resulting images (if I understand him correctly), were imprinted on the inside of the eggs when they were cracked open. He provides step-by-step instructions on how you can do the same.

Photos (warning: some nudes) and Instructions via Make

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Steampunk Nerf Gun

Professor CaT Pardus took a Nerf Maverick revolver and made it all steampunk-y. Despite the heavy modifications, the "Dreameater" remains fully functional for all your Nerf defensive needs.

I really like the little details that Pardus included, particularly the dials on the side and the curled work in the trigger. You can view several more pictures and a video at the link.

Link via Walyou

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Best/Worst Name for a Street

Yes, Bucket of Blood Street in Holbrook, Arizona, is completely real. There appear to be Google Street View images available, but I'm afraid to look at them.

Google Maps Link via reddit via Super Punch

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When It Floods, Fire Ants Link Together to Form Huge Rafts

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David Hu and Nathan J. Mlot of the Georgia Institute of Technology investigated claims that when flooded out, fire ants will link together to form effective rafts:

"They'll gather up all the eggs in the colony and will make their way up through the underground network of tunnels, and when the flood waters rise above the ground, they'll link up together in these massive rafts," Mlot said. Together with Georgia Tech systems-engineering professor Craig Tovey, the scientists collected fire ants and dunked clumps of them in water to see what would happen.

In less than two minutes the ants had linked "hands" to form a floating structure that kept all the insects safe. Even the ants down below can survive this way, thanks to tiny hairs on the ants' bodies that trap a thin layer of air.

"Even when they're on the bottom of the raft, they never technically become submerged," Mlot said.

As the above video shows, the rafts stay together even under substantial pressure.

Link via Geekosystem

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Warship Shoe

Artist Phil Noto made this shoe for a custom sneaker art show at the Bold Hype Gallery in New York City. I'd hazard a guess that the number 27 refers to a specific vessel, but it's hard to know precisely which one.

Link via Everyday, No Days Off | Artist's Website | Photo by the artist

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If Star Wars Had Been Written by Jean-Paul Sartre

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Philosophical debates are really a lot more interesting when resolved by lightsaber duels, which is why OneMinuteGalactica rewrote the script to Episode IV with quotations from French existentalist philosopher Jean-Paul Sartre. The producers include these handy viewing instructions:

And obviously this will make no sense if you understand French. If you do know it, hit yourself in the head repeatedly before watching this. And then hit yourself repeatedly when you're done watching.

via Nerdcore

Previously by OneMinuteGalactica:
What to Do on a Space Date
Spock Learns about Anger Management

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Baby Geese Swimming in Dog's Water Bowl

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They'd prefer a pond. But this will have to do for now. The dog seems rather mellow about it.

via Ace of Spades HQ

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Infographics in Real Life

Jose Duarte, a graphic designer, has lately been presenting information using physical objects. These balloons, for example, represent the number of Internet users in (from left to right) China, the EU, India, Brazil, Mexico, and Portugal.

Link via Urlesque

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Stuffed Animal Dress

New Orleans-based crafter Miss Malaprop made a dress covered with stuffed animals for the most recent Mardi Gras. She accidentally sewed through her finger with a sewing machine needle while making it, but "Either way, I’m happy with the way it turned out, it was very fun to wear and very SOFT!"

Link via Craft

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Snow White Tattoo

The whole Snow White story -- well, the Disney version, anyway -- is told in this lovely back tattoo. I'm not completely sure who's responsible, but it's been attributed to an artist named Ping who lives in Taiwan.

via Caramel, Carmel

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Sauna Pants

Saunas are great, but they're not very portable. Here's a gadget that tries to solve that problem. The sauna pants wrap around your nether regions and give them the Finnish treatment.

Link via DVICE | Image:

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A Travel Trailer Light Enough to Be Hauled by a Mobility Scooter

The Environmental Transport Association (UK) developed the QTvan -- a travel trailer that can serve as a shelter for users of mobility scooters. It contains a bed, a 19" television screen, and a kettle. Available options include a satellite dish, a gaming console, and a heater. You can watch a video of it at the link.

Link via OhGizmo! | Photo: ETA

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Gatling Gun Slingshot

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Garage genius Jörg Sprave, who invented the machete-firing crossbow, has made a multi-shot slingshot that repeats like a Gatling gun:

The Slingshot Channel took the challenge to design a rubber powered version of Mr. Gatling's great invention. And here it is: Eight 20 mm balls, on their way to the target in less than half a second. The theoretical firing rate is 960 rounds per minute, slightly faster than the popular M16 assault rifle.

via Geekosystem | Sprave's Blog

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Rules for Playing Golf During an Air Raid

Italian journalist Luigi Barzini once said that imperturbability was the quintessential British quality. They certainly wouldn't let German air raids disrupt a good round of golf. Just make a few changes to the rules, keep calm, and carry on.

Link via Ace of Spades HQ

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Eye of Sauron in the Morning Sun

redditor lulalai snapped this shot this morning. It reminds me (as well as a lot of other redditors) of the Eye of Saruon presented in the LOTR movies. Do you agree?


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Ray Charles' Personal Stationery

Allegedly, this is a photo of the personal stationery used by musician Ray Charles in 1990. Musical staff would be a wonderful medium for letter composition, don't you think?

via Doobybrain

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China Knuckles

Juliet Ames of The Broken Plate Pendant Company made this knuckleduster out of china:

I pity the fool who messes with me in a dark alley. *SMASH* Only drawback is that I bet they can only be used once.


Link via Craft

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Ad Becomes Visible Only When Wet

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The ad agency Fresh Green Ads, which emphasizes eco-friendly marketing solutions, made this ad in Scheveningen, the Netherlands. It becomes visible only when wet. The Dutch phrase means "never lets you go."

Agency Website via Super Punch

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ICC Judge: No More Wigs!

The International Criminal Court is currently addressing, among other issues, Kenya's 2007 presidential election. A judge politely suggested that attorneys stop wearing the wigs traditionally worn in Britain and its former colonies:

Justice Ekaterina Trendafilova paused briefly at the end of the hearing to pass a hair-raising judgment.

"This is not the dress code of this institution," she said.

"In this quite warm weather maybe it will be more convenient to be without wigs," she added with a smile.

It is unusual for lawyers to appear at the International Criminal Court in wigs, but not unheard of. At least three lawyers wore wigs during the initial appearance of three Kenyan suspects on April 8, without Justice Trendafilova issuing any dress code guidelines.

Link | Photo (unrelated) via Flickr user Steve Punter used under Creative Commons license

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Jar Jar Head, Stuffed and Mounted

We can assume that Jar Jar is so despised that trophy such hunting is legal even on Naboo. This tattoo has been attributed to Wes at Darkside Tattoo in White House, Tennessee.

via Look at This Frakking Geekster

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Prom Dress Made out of Starburst Wrappers

For six years, Tara Frey of River Falls, Wisconsin, has been preparing for prom. She's carefully made a dress, vest, bracelets, earrings, headbands, and shoes out of Starburst wrappers:

Tara's mother would buy 20 bags of Starburst at a time to get the huge amount of wrappers needed to make the dress and the accessories. "The whole community gave us wrappers…My mom hand [Starburst] out to people and ask for the wrappers back, and don't rip them!"

Miss Frey's costume fit nicely into the Candyland theme for this year's prom at her school.

Link (warning: auto-sound) via Urlesque | Photo: ABC News

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A Boy and His Dog

This image made me laugh the moment that I saw it. deviantART user Hillary White's gallery is filled with all sorts of hilarious juxtapositions, like Voltron dancing in a Monet painting and Brainy Smurf getting assassinated during the French Revolution.

Link via Nerd Bastards

Previously: Cutting Open an Animal and Crawling Inside to Survive During a Storm in the Wild

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Rubber Chicken Launcher

I can't find much information about the contraption pictured above, but I gather that an artist in Asheville, North Carolina made a machine that launches rubber chickens a considerable distance using a motorcycle engine. The video shows him firing the chickens at what appears to be a sculpture made of boxing gloves.

Image Link, Image Link, Image Link and Video Link via The Firearm Blog | Image: The Firearm Blog

UPDATE 4.23.11: Commenter Ashevilleisawesome lets us now that the artist is named Sean Pace, and you can read an excellent article about his work (including the Chicken Shooter) here. Thanks!

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Dogs Playing with a Tiger

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The end of this video shows the homeowners' rather emphatic 'no trespassing' signs. I would imagine that if the tiger is allowed to play outside on a regular basis, they don't have a problem with solicitors.

via Doobybrain

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