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Back to the Future, Part 3: The Silent Film


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Because the third movie in the trilogy was set in 1885, the premise works really well. YouTube user techsavvyed's depiction of the train ride scene from the movie fit neatly into the style of Westerns from the silent era.

-via Gizmodo

Previously: Back to the Future Model Train Set

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Skateboard with Tank Tracks


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Rockboard's Descender board is equipped with treads wrapped around heavy rollers. It's built to go over terrain completely impassible for normal skateboards. Would you enjoy riding it?

Link -via DVICE

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Dragon Guitar



Does it play well? Does it matter? Draco, a custom guitar by Emerald Guitars, has a dragon in the body, another on the headstock and three little ones for tuning buttons. You can view a slideshow of it at the link.

Link -via Walyou

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Using a Laser to Light a Firecracker inside a Balloon without Popping the Balloon



Witchcraft! Burn the witch! YouTube user WorldScott does unnatural things with lasers. Watch the damning video at the link.

Video Link -via Geekologie

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A Bun in the Oven



It's so adorable that I don't think I could bring myself to eat it! After many attempts, Donna Currie has perfected her technique for bunny bread. It's a complex task, but she provides helpful instructions at the link.

Link -via Tasteologie

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Three Men in Vancouver Decide to Ride Naked in a Shopping Cart through a High-Pressure Car Wash

Surprisingly, alcohol was involved:

After the three intoxicated twenty year olds went to a car wash with a shopping buggy about midnight last night, Abbotsford police posted a tweet warning that pressure washing yourself will not increase "intelligence or sobriety."

The trio had stripped down - loaded themselves into the cart - and selected either "typhoon" or "super typhoon" and tried to wash themselves and the buggy.

The Abbotsford police were alerted when neighbours heard screaming.


The men made it through okay, although police had a few choice words for them.

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

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Hermit Crab Tries on LEGO Shell


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Harry, a crab who lives at LEGOLAND (it's apparently spelled in all capital letters) in Windsor, Berkshire, UK, decided to see what all the fuss was about. He found a shell crafted from LEGO blocks and slipped right in.

Link (warning: auto-sound) -via Technabob

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The World's Ugliest Buildings



This is the Elephant Building in Bangkok. Is it ugly or an acquired taste?

Yeah, I agree: ugly.

The Daily Telegraph rounded up pictures of twenty-one hideous buildings around the world. What's the ugliest building that you've ever seen?

Link -via Joe Carter | Photo: xophe_g

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Porthole Laundry Chute



I want one.

I don't have a laundry chute, but I would like to have a porthole somewhere. Maybe I could cut one into the fabric of my cubicle?

Allee Willis loves them. Over the years, she's bought several vintage portholes and installed them around her house.

Link -via Claire Long | Photo: Maryanne Bilham

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Driver Attempts Hit and Run, Gets Blocked in By Other Drivers


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On Monday, a teen driver rear-ended a bicyclist in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. He then attempted to flee. A quick-thinking bus driver immediately stopped his bus across both lanes of the road. Another driver cut off any escape to the rear, boxing in the assailant's car.

As I watched this video, I was particularly impressed by the bus driver's skill. He observed an incident from the rear and promptly, but safely, maneuvered his massive vehicle in a completely effective way.

The two drivers, Richard Gubish, Jr. and Judson Smull, have been given the official thanks of the city for preventing this criminal from escaping justice.

Link -via reddit

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The Best Mama and Baby Rainbow Pegacorn Cake You'll See All Day



Heather Sherman, a cake artist, asked her seven-year old daughter what she wanted for a birthday cake. The answer was "Rainbow Unicorn pegasus with a mama and a baby." Challenge accepted. View more pictures at the link.

Link -via Geekologie

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Dew-Soaked Dandelions



When I see these photos by Sharon Johnstone, I imagine wondrous alien cities in the clouds. What do you see? You can find more at the link.

Link -via Colossal

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Italian Mayor Bans Death

Taxes, however, remain certain. Citing a lack of room in the local cemetery, Giulio Cesare Fava, mayor of the Italian town of Falciano del Massico, has banned death in his jurisdiction:

...it is "Forbidden for residents to go beyond the boundaries of earthly life and to go into to the afterlife because the cemetery is running out of room." An expansion had been planned but, to again quote the mayor, "There are no more riches available."


But he apparently lacks a willingness to enforce the edict:

So far two residents have defied the order, to no legal consequence.


Link -Thanks, Larry! | Photo: Flickr user Vector Portal

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The Happy Rizzi House



This beautifully odd building in Brunswick, Germany was designed by Olaf Jäschke and the late American pop artist James Rizzi. The Happy Rizzi House was deeply controversial among residents of that city when it was built. But I want one in my town. Don't you?

Link | Photo: Flickr user temporalata

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Gumball Machine Dress



But it's not a functional gumball machine, which would be cool. Think of that as the future. Who needs flying cars and holodecks? We need gumball machine dresses, and Etsy seller Coyote Peyote has taken the first step toward making that dream a reality.

Link -via Technabob

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You Can Sleep When You're Dead



Strong coffee and Miss Cellania's cattle prod keep me going, post after post. So I endorse this sentiment by artist Stevie Scott of Wild at Heart Tattoo in Brisbane, Australia.

Link -via That's Nerdalicious!

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If Twitter Had Been Invented in the 1980s


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One thing that wouldn't change is that people would still send out messages while drunk. Squirrel Monkey created this video showing Twitter though a DOS environment and painfully glaring colors. At his/her site, you can also find 80s versions of Google, Facebook and Angry Birds.

Link -via Blame It on the Voices

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Beaker the Stormtrooper



Meep! Those were the Muppets we were looking for! Anna Goellner of Comics Alliance spotted this excellent costume at the Emerald City Comicon 2012 in Seattle.

Link -via Fashionably Geek | Photo: Anna Goellner

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Fish Fingers and Custard Plushes



Today is Fish Fingers and Custard Day!

What's that? Well, the last time that the Doctor regenerated, he became ravenously hungry. But also finicky. He wouldn't eat just anything. No, the Doctor insisted on haute cuisine: fish fingers dipped in custard. That episode, "The Eleventh Hour", aired two years ago today. Our friends at The Mary Sue are celebrating with a roundup of fish finger and custard paraphernalia, including these plushes by Etsy seller Anne K.

Link -via The Mary Sue

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You Will Obey the Dalek Relaxation Tape


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You must relax! Your stress will be exterminated! Exterminated! Breathe in and out as this Dalek commands or suffer the consequences. And thank Peter Serafinowicz of BBC 6 Radio for bringing us this gem of a video.

-via Boing Boing | Serafinowicz's Twitter Feed

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Pumpkin Spring, an Arsenic Pool in the Grand Canyon



Pumpkin Spring is a geological oddity is a limestone formation off the Colorado River. Some water spills over the top, but that which remains has a deadly mixture of arsenic, copper, zinc and lead. It's dangerous, but beautiful. View more pictures at the link.

Link | Photo: Flickr user al_hikesaz

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Totoro Piggy Bank



The keeper of the forest can keep your money safe. Flickr user Mariana Rojas added this adorable color scheme to a piggy bank.

Link -via Offbeat Home

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Homemade Automatic Floppy Disk Archiver


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Ozzy Dweller has about 5,000 old 3.5 inch floppy disks. He'd like to back them up, but doing so manually, he found, was just too tedious. So he built a machine that loads them into a computer, copies them, then ejects them onto the floor.

Link -via Walyou

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Chess Voltron Would Be an Awesome TV Show



The element of surprise is a tremendous advantage in battle. Similarly, taking an opponent by surprise can lead to a quick victory in chess. And what would be a greater surprise than for your pieces to combine into a giant fighting robot that sweeps the board in a single move? Cymon of Thingiverse has designed a chess set that will let you do just that.

Link -via Make

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Penguin Poop Can Be Seen from Space



Hey, humans. Yes, you. Get your act together. You've been outdone by penguins of all creatures. NASA’s Landsat 7 satellite spotted the fecal evidence of a penguin colony on Antarctica from space.

And what have you done with your life lately? Show some ambition.

Link -via io9

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Japanese Invention Lets You Kiss a Real Live Girl, Sort of


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Why wasn't this around when I was a teenager?! You kids these days are so spoiled by your newfangled technology. Researchers at Keio University developed an interactive poster of a popular singer that responds (favorably!) when you try to kiss her.

This video was posted on April 1. It could be an April Fools' Day prank. But if so, it's a completely believable one.

-via DVICE

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Cheesecake-Filled Chocolate Easter Eggs with Passion Fruit Yolk



Need a break from those Cadbury creme eggs? You can fill up after about a dozen of them in one sitting. For variety's sake, try these cheesecake eggs made by Steph of Rasberri Cupcakes. You can find her recipe at the link.

Link -via Tasteologie

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Orphaned Baby Manatee Just Wants Hugs



Friends of the Manatee, a Brazilian conservationist group, rescued this 2-month old Amazonian manatee near the body of its mother. Right now, caretakers are keeping it healthy and preparing to return it to the wild. At the link, you can see a photo of this baby being bottle-fed. Content warning: dangerously high level of cuteness.

Link -via Karen Grossman | Photo: Friends of the Manatee

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So You're Paragliding One Day, You Look Up, and See This



The website of the United States Powered Paragliding Association describes what could have happened if the carabiner had slipped just a little more:

This pilot was quite close to a catastrophic situation on two fronts. One, a significant bump that unloaded that riser could have caused the riser to come completely out, leaving the pilot spiraling uncontrollably down on the remaining side. Two, the carabiner has dramatically less strength and a strong updraft could break it.


Here's my question: was this picture taken during or after the flight? If during, then, sir, the people of the Internet thank you for thinking of us first.

Link (scroll down) -via reddit | Photo: Stefan Obenauer

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How to Make a Rainbow with a Shotgun


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It's a twofer -- make a pretty rainbow and reduce the leprechaun infestation on your land. In this heartwarming video, a young lady named Kirsti pours round after round into a creek to create a lovely rainbow. I should remember this trick for the next Valentine's Day.

-via Everyday, No Days Off

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