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Notes from Chris

Comedian Todd Lamb often posts odd signs from a fictitious person named Chris on lamp posts in New York City. They form an ongoing story about the life of an eccentric man who wants to meet other people like him. The Village Voice interviewed Lamb about the project:

Tell me about the Chris character.

I feel like a lot of New Yorkers are in their own little world, whatever that world is. I wanted to see if I could break them out of that. For Chris, all he wants to do is meet up with people, because he's not busy. He's the opposite of all these New Yorkers who are booked solid throughout the day, and even if they had free time, they wouldn't want to meet up with you.

Chris has lots of time and is wiling to meet you for the most mundane things. And no one wants to do those things except Chris. Like, Chris wants to eat some Fritos and move a mattress. He just wants soda, snacks, and your time.

Link via Super Punch | Interview

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Cthulhu/Monopoly Tattoo

+1 for originality. This tattoo mashes up Cthulhu and Rich Uncle Pennybags, the mascot from the board game Monopoly.


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Surely There Could Be No Negative, Unintended Consequences with Teaching a Robot to Punch Humans

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I know the skeptics among you probably think that this is a bad idea, but you also scoffed when they made a robot that could feed off human flesh. And that's turned out okay so far, right?

So: no worries. The Punching Pro is designed to help human users learn how to box. That's all.

Product Site via Geekologie | Previously: Robot Trained to Repeatedly Punch Humans

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Crocheted Viking Costume

Veronica Knight made a full-length crocheted Viking costume. It served as her entry into tomorrow's mustache and beard competition in Detroit. We ought to do something similar among Neatoramanauts, but with an original twist. Perhaps a back hair competition.

Link | Competition Website

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This gem comes courtesy of redditor ultimobranchialbody. Adherence is mandatory.

Link via Geekosystem

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Mosaics Made from Jigsaw Puzzle Pieces

Gerhard Mayer makes enormous mosaics using old jigsaw puzzle pieces as his building material. Some are abstract and fanciful -- fairytale castles and space epic scenes -- but I found this skyscape to be especially captivating.

Link via Colossal

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Punt Guns

Punt guns were enormous shotguns used to hunt waterfowl in the 19th and early 20th Centuries. They were so heavy that they were normally attached to small boats called punts and the boats were then pointed as birds resting on the water's surface:

Punt guns were usually custom-designed and so varied widely, but could have bore diameters exceeding 2 inches (51 mm) and fire over a pound (0.5 kilos) of shot at a time.

A single shot could kill over 50 waterfowl resting on the water's surface. They were too big to hold and the recoil so large that they were mounted directly on the punts used for hunting, hence their name. Hunters would maneuver their punts quietly into line and range of the flock using poles or oars to avoid startling them.

Generally the gun was fixed to the punt; thus the hunter would maneuver the entire boat in order to aim the gun. The guns were sufficiently powerful, and the punts themselves sufficiently small, that firing the gun often propelled the punt backwards several inches or more. To improve efficiency, hunters could work in fleets of up to around ten punts.

The practice faded as wild waterfowl stocks were depleted. It was eventually banned in the United States, though I gather it is still legal in the United Kingdom.

Link via The Firearm Blog | Photo: The Underhammer Society

Previously: World's Largest Shotgun

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Paper Record Player Wedding Invitation

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Designer Kelli Anderson made this wedding invitation for her friends, Mike Tarantino and Karen Sandler. Although it's made of paper, it folds into a semi-functional record player which plays a song composed by the couple. Anderson writes:

The resulting booklet is comprised of a cover, two inner pages, a letterpressed band (with instructions and a tear-off RSVP postcard), and a flexdisc on a screwpost. The recipient bends the second page of the booklet back to create a tented “arm.” With the needle placed, they then carefully spin the flexidisc at 45 RPM (ish) to hear the song. The sewing needle travels the length of the song and produces the sound. Its vibrations are amplified by the thin, snappy paper to which it is adhered. To keep the needle down on the record, we reinforced the back of the “tent” with a spray-mounted half page of heavier cardstock. To reduce friction between the acetate flexidisc and the backing cover, we had the inside of the booklet laminated to be slick and conducive to hand-spinning.

Link via Walyou

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The Last Fiesta

Chris Parks painted and arranged twelve skateboards that depict Jesus and his disciples from Da Vinci's The Last Supper as Mexican wrestlers. Naturally, the Eucharistic elements are a taco and a Corona beer. You can see several detailed photos at the link.

Link via Nerdcore

If you liked this, be sure to check out Jeremy Barker's massive repository of pop culture Last Suppers.

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Man Decides to Take Two Bumper Cars for a Drive

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For unambitious people like you and me, it might be enough to drive one bumper car down the streets of a city. But not for this fellow. No, he insisted on driving two bumper cars at the same time. That's a resume builder if I ever saw one.

via Geekosystem

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WiFi Password Sampler

Craftster user Omega Chicken made this sampler as a simple way to remember her WiFi password:

My housemate got the idea from when friends come over with laptops and mobile devices and always need to connect to her wifi. It was a hassle looking at the router every time and she doesn't know how to change the password to something memorable and whenever she wrote it down on something, it'd get lost. So here it is to be framed and hung on the wall.

Link via Geek Crafts

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Enormous Sand Mural Marriage Proposal

Early in their relationship, Kelly Riplinger and Jason Fordley encountered Andres Amador at work on a beach in San Francisco. It was a special memory for both of them, so when it was time for Jason to propose to Kelly, he commissioned Amador to create a mural doing just that:

Three years later, Jason tracked down the artist via the Internet and asked him to create a wedding proposal sand mural on February 12. The artist conceptualized the design and directed a handful of the couple's friends in raking it into Ocean Beach. It took them, according to Amador, about an hour and a half to get the job done; then everyone took cover on the sidewalk above the rocks.

Meanwhile, Jason was luring Kelly back to the picnic spot. "As we walked down the beach, we talked about the mural we'd seen years ago," Kelly says. "When we came upon the patterns in the sand, I couldn't believe the artist was back!"

Because the design was so large, Kelly couldn't read the message until she climbed up on the rocks (which took some coaxing). The waves were just starting to erase the edges of the mural when Jason pointed out the words and got on his knee. "I was in total shock," says Kelly. "I mean, after five years I was getting a bit impatient, but I had no idea he would do anything like that! He told me that he'd made me wait so long, he knew he had to make it really good."

And, as I said at the beginning, she said "yes." Jason slipped the ring he'd designed on her finger, their friends (and the small band of onlookers) cheered and the champagne started flowing by a fire pit on the beach.

Link via Craft | Photo: 7x7SF

Previously by Andres Amador: Sand Circles

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The Fourth One is My Favorite

Neatorama's own Adam Koford made this delightful mashup of Doctor Who and Peanuts. The Sopwith Camel could be a major advantage to a species that struggles with stairs.

Link via Super Punch | Adam's Website

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Guillotine Divorce Ring

Kest Schwartzman of Vagabond Jewelry made this cheerful wedding ring. If you want to end the marriage, there's a price to be paid.

Link | Vagabond Jewelry

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Hand Stitched Vogue Covers

Print journalism is dying, but perhaps not stitch journalism! Inge Jacobsen recreated two Vogue covers in thread. You can see the other one at the first link.

Link and Link via Flavorwire

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This Is the Gun That Soviet Cosmonauts Took with Them into Space

Unlike their American counterparts, Soviet cosmonauts went into space armed. Specifically, they carried the TP-82, pictured above. It had three barrels, the top two which fired approximately 40 gauge shotgun rounds. The lower barrel was chambered for the 5.45x39mm rifle round. If that didn't do the job, there was a machete built into the stock -- just in case....

Why did the cosmonauts carry this gun? It wasn't to fight off aliens, but protect themselves from human threats if they landed in unfriendly territory at the end of their missions.

This gun was used until 2006, when it was replaced with a standard semi-automatic handgun.

Link | Image: mpopeneker

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Ty Karnitz: Bring Back the Codpiece!

At The Art of Manliness, Ty Karnitz makes the case for reviving the codpiece as a modern, manly fashion:

Any man boldly sporting a codpiece as he walks into a room will instantly gain everyone’s full attention. But remember, the codpiece is supposed to accentuate and not dominate, so even though everyone is likely to be staring at you, keep the focus on them. Maintain eye contact and talk about others. Following those simple rules will also help draw a lady’s attention.

Karnitz includes pictures of modern codpieces. What do you think? Does the codpiece deserve another chance as a popular fashion?

Link | Photo by Flickr user alphaxion used under Creative Commons license

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The Catcher in the Rye, Starring Robin

Holden Caulfied, the Boy Wonder of Gotham City, has a lot of growing up to do. And it doesn't look that Batman is going to help him much. Read the whole piece at Andrew Makes Comics.

Link via Atomic Nerds

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Little Girl Gladly Submits to the Dark Side

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Sarah Gallejo knows a winner when she sees one. This young girl was chosen out of the audience at Disneyland's Jedi Academy to participate in a stage show. She went off script and, rather than fighting Darth Vader, joined him.

via Super Punch

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Human Curling

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Certainly adding an additional human element to curling could make it even more exciting, as this commercial by the Buzzman agency suggests. The speedos, would, probably and unfortunately, be necessary.

Link via Colossal

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Michael Paul Smith's Amazing Miniatures

What a lovely photograph from yesteryear, eh? Not quite.

It's a model. Specifically, it's one of the astoundingly detailed models of 1950s American homes, cars, and street scenes made by Michael Paul Smith. His work is being compiled into a new book called Elgin Park, the name of a fictitious Pleasantville-like town which his models and photographs depict.

Link and Smith's Flickr Photostream via reddit

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Sorting Algorithm Explained with a Hungarian Folk Dance

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Sapientia University has created a series of online videos that illustrate different sorting algorithms using folk dances:

What you have to do is just check that they are in fact implementing the algorithm correctly. The dancers have numbers stuck on their front and they do seem to look down and examine the value on another dancer before performing the dance routine dictated by the algorithm.

Embedded above is the bubble sort, as explained by a troupe performing the Hungarian "Csángó" dance.

Link via Slashdot

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Man Discovers That The Old Cup That He's Been Using as a Plinking Target Is Worth $99,000

When he was a boy, John Weber, 70, was given an old cup by his grandfather. He assumed that it was just a worthless piece of brass and occasionally used it for target practice with his air rifle. Eventually, Weber decided to have it appraised, and experts concluded that it was a 2,300-year old Persian gold cup of enormous value. It sold at auction for £50,000 in 2008.

Link via Say Uncle | Photo: Duke's Auctions

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Austin Kleon's Tea Stain Drawings

Austin Kleon, who calls himself "a writer who draws", leaves wet tea bags on sheets of paper and draws cartoons using the shapes that they make. He explained his creation process in an interview by saying:

“Not-knowing what image will show up is part of the game,” said Kleon. “You get to let your subconscious take over. It’s like a Rorschach inkblot test. You could show the tea stain to 100 different people, and they’d see 100 different images.”

Link via Althouse

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Denny's Offers Bacon Sundaes

The Denny's restaurant chain understands that everything can be improved upon with the proper application of bacon. That's why its chefs are now offering maple syrup sundaes with bacon bits sprinkled on top and between the layers:

Bacon makes a classic ice cream sundae even more awesome. We start with maple-flavored syrup, and a scoop of rich, creamy vanilla ice cream and then a generous sprinkle of our diced hickory-smoked bacon. Add another sweet layer of syrup and vanilla ice cream topped with even more bacon and a drizzle of syrup.

Be sure to look for other bacon-y goodies in our Bacon Store. Question: do you think that "Bacon" would make a good baby name?

Link via SnarkyBytes | Photo: Denny's

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Saudi Arabia Plans to Build Mile-High Building

Saudi Arabia's proposed Kingdom Tower will rise to 5,280 feet. That's a full mile. If completed, this building in Jeddah will cost $30 billion to build and will contain apartments, hotel rooms, and offices in its 12 million cubic feet of space. The above graphic compares the structure to the Petronis Tower (center) in Malaysia and the Empire State Building (left) in the US. Currently, the tallest building in the world is the Burj Khalifa, which is 2,700 feet tall.

Link via Gizmodo | Image: The Daily

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Periodic Table of Storytelling

deviantART user ComputerSherpa created a periodic table as a means of organizing the major tropes that can be found in popular stories. Pictured above is one small selection. When ComputerSherpa offered this to his classmates for critique, one cleverly suggested that it be used as a dartboard.


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Creative Commons Haircut

Flickr user George Kelly spotted this fellow at the recent SXSW conference in Austin promoting Creative Commons. In the spirit of that organization, he was glad to have his photo taken so as long as it was properly licensed.

Link via Walyou

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Cat and Dolphins Playing Together

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This is astoundingly adorable! The cat and the dolphins seem to genuinely enjoy each others' company.

via Super Punch

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Crafter Moxie does a lot of great work, but this felted critter grabbed my attention and made me laugh. It's part of an ongoing series called "Hungry", featuring odd monsters finishing off human meals.

Link via Craftzine

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