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Live-Action Pac-Man Game

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It is the duty of all parents to teach their children those essential life skills that are passed down from generation to generation. Fine work, Nathan Glemboski. Someday your son will thank you.

-via Kotaku

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Huge Portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr. Made from 4,242 Rubik's Cubes

It may look like a painting from a distance, but Pete Fecteau's mosaic is actually more than four thousand carefully arranged Rubik's Cubes. His appropriately named "Dream Big" project took a year to complete, but it looks like that was time well-spent.

Link -via DVICE | Photo: Paul L. Newby II

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Baby Wookiee Is Adorable and Creepy

Well, the good news is that this isn't one of those dolls that pees. Though "I changed Chewbacca's diaper" would make a great t-shirt, it's probably not a good experience.

eBay seller eyelovelucy makes realistic (as in semi-human looking) Han, Leia, Luke, and Chewy dolls. You need them to round out your action figure collection.

Link -via Technabob | Previously: Baby Chewbacca

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Man Harasses Crab, Gets What's Coming to Him

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Don't chase crabs. You might catch one. And then he might catch you.

-via Geekosystem

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Play Horrible Pranks on Trick-or-Treaters with This Flamethrowing Jack-o'-Lantern

Lest you think that Instructables user randofo just wanted a creative crafting project, he explicitly says that his button-controlled jack-o'-lantern is designed to deal with the trick-or-treater menace. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Yes.

Link -via Gizmodo

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Skull Cheese

I'm not really one for Halloween -- or at least making decorations like this for a Halloween party. I mean, everyone would expect this sort of thing. To use Martha's skull cheese platter to full effect, it should be brought out when no one expects it, such as at Easter or Grandma's birthday party.

Link -via That's Nerdalicious!

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Massive Spinning Metal Fountain

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Skip ahead about a minute into the video to see this amazing work in action. David Cerny, an artist from the Czech Republic, made this 14-ton sculpture for a business park in Charlotte, North Carolina. Its segments spin, align, and spit out streams of water.

Link -via The Presurfer | Artist's Website (warning: auto-sound)

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Man Reports Date as Burglar When His Girlfriend Comes Home

Well, if you can think of a better idea in about five seconds, then you try it! A man in Colorado Springs, Colorado met a woman online and invited her to his home so that they could have some privacy. That's when his girlfriend showed up. Thinking quickly, he accused his new sweetheart of being a burglar and called the police on her:

When Gaylor's girlfriend came home unexpectedly, Gaylor called police to report the other woman as a "burglary in progress," police said.

Gaylor was cited on suspicion of false reporting to authorities.

And it seemed like such a good idea at the time.

Link -via Stuff | Photo (unrelated) by Flickr user davidsonscott15

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TARDIS Jack-o'-Lantern

Sean Fallon says "I’ve got to say, there was wayyyyyyy more innards in there than I expected. Took forever to clean out." I can't top that line, but I started watching Doctor Who last week, so maybe one day I can.

Link -via Nerd Approved

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The Bushman of San Francisco

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David Johnson is a highly successful street performer ($60K per year) who hides behind a bush on busy sidewalks in San Francisco. When people walk by, he jumps out and surprises them. It works because they never suspect that a man is hiding behind that bush on the sidewalk.


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Wedded Bliss

redditor shifty35 spotted this picture frame at a Target. Should I mention where? No, I really shouldn't.

-via reddit

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Cross Stitch Skillet

To Lithuanian artist Severija Incirauskaite, everything is an appropriate target for her needle. She cross stitches images onto car doors, old shovels, watering cans, and more. She'd probably stitch a pattern on to you if you'd hold still long enough. You can view other works by her and read an interview at the link.

Link -via Colossal | Photo: Don't Panic

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Porsche Engine Cylinders Recycled as Wine Bottle Coolers

Sports car maker Porsche offers wine bottle chillers that are taken out of old 911 G-series air-cooled engines. Can you find one from a '73 Vega? No, which is a pity, because nothing cools like an aluminum engine block.

Link -via Tasteologie | Photo: Porsche

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Burger King in Japan Offers All-You-Can-Stuff-Down-Your-Throat Burgers for Half an Hour

Faster, faster! We're at the 24-minute mark! Don't stop; you can breathe later!

If you order a Whopper set meal, you can order as many extra Whoppers as you can eat within a 30-minute period

The Whopper is Burger King’s symbol all over the world.

Burger King ran this campaign last year as well, and said it was a success, even though it might be likened to a speed-eating contest in the hands of some gluttonous customers.

Link -via Ace of Spades HQ | Photo: Flickr user shinya

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Linguists Crack Mysterious 300-Year Old Coded Manuscript

The Copiale Cipher is a 105-page handwritten document that was composed sometime in the late Eighteenth Century. It has 75,000 characters, both symbols and Roman letters. Until recently, it was indecipherable. But now linguists using translation programs have decoded the first sixteen pages. Here's how they did it:

Eventually they concluded that the Roman letters were so-called nulls, meant to mislead the code breaker, and that the letters represented spaces between words made up of elaborate symbols. Another crucial discovery was that a colon indicated the doubling of the previous consonant.

The researchers used language-translation techniques like expected word frequency to guess what a symbol might equal in German.

“It turned out that we can apply a lot those techniques to code breaking,” Dr. Knight said.

The translated text reveals details for a ritual by a secret society.

Link -via Nerdcore | Photo: New York Times

Previously: The Code the CIA Can't Crack

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Japan's Ear-Cleaning Parlors

So walk into one of these establishments, lay your head down on the lap of a woman, and let her massage and clean your ears. It's a meticulous process conducted by professionals who are maintaining a long and rich tradition in Japanese society:

Beatific's basic ear este service takes 70 minutes and costs ¥8,400 (about US$100). It begins with an ear wash, followed by massage of the ears, neck and shoulders. Then comes a meticulous ear cleaning, followed by more massage.

Other services include additional massage, facial, shave and "ear fortune telling," in which, by looking at an ear's unique characteristics, Takahashi claims to be able to divine a person's past and personality in order to advise them about the future. [....]

Some Japanese are lucky enough to have their own in-house ear cleaner: among a Japanese mother's many duties, keeping her children's and husband's ears clean is common.

Some unmarried women perform the task for their beaus, a few of whom may even return the favor.

Link -via Oddity Central | Photo: Beatific

Previously: Scrape Those Ears Clean!

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Quentin Tarantino's ThunderCats

Andy Hunter hints at it in his poster inspired by one for Reservoir Dogs, but let me say it plainly: Panthro is Mr. Orange. He can't be trusted.

Link -via The Uniblog | Artist's Website

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Lincoln Town Car Convertible Limo Is Ready for Off-Roading

But there's no winch or roll bar. Those used to come standard with the 80s era Lincoln Town Car (the last full size rear-wheel drive V8 sedan made by an American company and therefore, arguably, the last truly American car). I have no idea why this modder took them off.

Link -via Jalopnik

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The $130 Check That Sold the Rights to Superman

In 1938, writers Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster sold the rights to one of their characters -- some guy by the name of Superman. DC wrote them a check for various services, $130 of which was for Superman. Siegel and Shuster split the profits between them. Not bad for a day's work, eh?

That check, pictured above, be auctioned in November. And hopefully for more than its original value.

Link | Photo: Gerry Duggan

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Papercraft Babushka

Three years ago, we featured some of the amazing papercraft works of Yulia Brodskaya. Since that time, she's honed her craft to an astonishing degree. This image is, believe it or not, just strips of paper attached to a base.

Link | Artist's Website

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A Culture, Not a Costume

A group of Ohio University students urges you to be sensitive in your costuming decisions this Halloween. Don't generate cheap laughs at the expense of other cultures, including vampires, My Little Ponies, mimes, and the cast of Jersey Shore. You're better than that.

Link -via Boing Boing

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Viewfinder Bracelet

Etsy seller Beth Tastic took photographs and coated them with resin to produce this gorgeous bracelet. It'd be a fine way to preserve special memories.

Link -via Dude Craft

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Dandelion Ceiling

Regine Ramseier apparently sprayed 2,000 blooming dandelions with some substance which caused them to retain their seeds. Then she stuck them in straws and attached them to panels, which she hung from the ceiling of a room. Click on the link to see more photos of this gorgeous installation.

Link (Google Translate) -via Colossal

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Lucky Charms Sifter Gets Rid of All of that Unnecessary Cereal

Since 1964, General Mills has sold Lucky Charms cereal, padding the weight with toasted oat bits. Why? No idea. All they do is get in the way of the marshmallows, which contain all of the good luck (toasted oats are not good luck). Thankfully, Tom Lombardi warmed up his 3d printer and came up with this sieve to solve that problem.

Link -via That's Nerdalicious!

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Tank Dog Costume

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YouTube user darkbluedrew no doubt deserved to win first prize at a dog costume competition. Her pooch can comfortably walk around in a rolling thank. Be sure to watch the other video, which shows the gun in action.

Another Video -via Craft

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Waterfall Nebula Spills out the Heavens

This unusual nebula, officially and rather dully named HH-222, stretches across ten light years of space. What caused its shape to form? NASA officials say, "One hypothesis is that the gas filament results from the wind from a young star impacting a nearby molecular cloud."

Link | Photo: Zoltan G. Levay, NASA

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Man Juggles Two Rubik's Cubes While Solving a Third

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Sure, David Calvo can solve a Rubik's Cube under these somewhat challenging conditions. But can he do it when, say, the three cubes are on fire? That I would like to see.

-via Geekosystem | Calvo's Website

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Keep Alaska Weird

Which caliber for a flying eye laser beam-shooting grizzly bear? Bag limit of two per season.

I haven't been able to track down the artist responsible, but some people think that this is an illustration for a 90s era RPG called The World of Synnibarr.

-via The Uniblog

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Batman and The Thing on an AT-AT

These action figures are dismounting an AT-AT, having ridden it into battle. Conan's there, too. The Barbarian, not the comedian, although Conan O'Brien would be a good addition to this lamp by Etsy seller Zygmunt Jarzembowski.

Link -via @itscolossal

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Prehistoric Product Development Focus Group Examines the "Wheel" Concept

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Yes, it's round, which doesn't sell well with male customers, but we can make it work! We just have to pitch it the right way. Click on the link to submit your own design idea, and then watch it be brutally rejected.

Link (warning: auto-sound) -via Miss Cellania

Previously: The Stop Sign, If It Were Designed by Committee

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