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Angry Birds Star Wars Cookies


The Chicago-based baker Jill Wagner makes custom cookies for every occasion and theme. Her gallery includes Tom & Jerry, The Lorax, Family Guy and Toy Story cookies. Four of these birds are ready to slingshot themselves at the Death Star.

Gallery -via Between the Pages

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3D Printed Toys Made from Children's Drawings

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We've seen children's drawings turned into plush toys before, but Bernat Cuni goes even further. His project entitled Crayon Creatures does the same thing using a 3D printer to produce the final result in sandstone.

Link -via Nerdcore

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John Wilkes Booth Dressed as Marc Antony

John Wilkes Booth and his brothers

A year before he assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, John Wilkes Booth (left) played Marc Antony in a production of Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. His brother Junius (right) played Caesar and his other brother Edwin (center), played the traitor Brutus. This production on November 25, 1864 was the only time all three acting brothers starred together in a play.


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The Massive Murals of Przemek Blejzyk

Lodz mural

Przemek Blejzyk, an artist based in Lodz, Poland, works in various media and genres, but I'm especially taken with his enormous murals. This one, which I think is entitled "Spring," is on the Urban Forms Gallery in Lodz.

Gallery -via Comics Alliance

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Dog-Powered Sewing Machine

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Pup, you've got to earn your kibble. In the Nineteenth Century, inventors thought of ways to use dogs to power machinery. Peter Maniate, a professional dog trainer who specializes in training cart-pulling dogs, described the history of these efforts:

Of course some sort of platform was needed to provide rotating or reciprocating energy from a dog walking to a form that could be used by the machine as modified by the gearing. There were three types used: treadmills, wheels and carousel like platforms. Most popular was the treadmill and these were often angled to provide more power as it was the weight of the dog that actually was supposed to be providing the energy. The wheels or drums were like giant hamster cage wheels while the carousel platforms resembled a small merry go-round floor.

Besides the bellows, lathes and butter churns, dogs also pumped water from wells, powered water sprinklers, washed clothes, separated cream from milk, ran sewing machines, grind stones, fanning mills and corn shellers.

You can see pictures of other dog-powered machines at the link.

Link -via Althouse

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Chocolate Kiwifruit Popsicles

chocolate kiwi fruit popsicles

To make this delicious concoction, peel and slice kiwifruits into rounds one inch thick. Dip them in a mixture of chocolate and coconut oil, allow the chocolate to cool, then freeze them. They look amazing!

Link -via Foodbeast

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Fire Escape Bookshelves

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Chiasso's charming Urban Shelf design looks like a fire escape. Yes, two of the shelves aren't very useful, but that may be why Chiasso calls it "Urban Shelf" instead of "Urban Shelves."

Link -via Bookshelf

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Father Hires In-Game Assassins To Kill His Lazy Son's Video Game Characters

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23-year old Xiao Feng doesn't want to get a job. He'd rather spend his time playing video games. To discourage this activity, Feng's father hired players to hunt down and slay his son's characters:

Unhappy with his son not finding a job, Feng decided to hire players in his son's favorite online games to hunt down Xiao Feng. It is unknown where or how Feng found the in-game assassins—every one of the players he hired were stronger and higher leveled than Xiao Feng. Feng's idea was that his son would get bored of playing games if he was killed every time he logged on, and that he would start putting more effort into getting a job.

Now that's creative parenting!

Link | Photo: adactio

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A Sewing Machine Planter and Lifestyle Behind It

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Robyn, Jarrid and their company, The Poor Porker, have a fascinating story and philosophy. The pair arrived in Lakeland, Florida broke. But they believed that it's possible to make "something from nothing," or at least beautiful things with limited resources.

So they set up a food stand and began selling beignets regularly. The Poor Porker, as they called their stand, attracted a following and developed what one customer calls "a vibe." Now, in addition to selling fresh pastries on the street, they find great new uses for what other people have thown out as junk, such as this sewing machine.

Link -via Recyclart

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Carved Eggshells


Beth Ann Magnuson engraves hollow eggs with lace patterns. The video of her at work is impressive: first she sketches a pattern with a pencil, then she cuts the egg with an electric engraving tool. It's amazing that she's able to do this with something as fragile as an egg.

Link and Video -via Designboom

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Look Who's Coming to Breakfast!

Giraffe Manor

There are only a few hundred Rothschild giraffes alive today. Several of them live at Giraffe Manor, a resort in Kenya. There, guests can get a close look at them--and vice versa. The resident giraffes are comfortable sticking their heads through open windows to see what guests are doing. You can view more photos of them at the link.

Link and Official Website | Photo: Tamimi

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A casual stroll through Gorky Park in Moscow ended awkwardly. The street artist Slinkachu arranged this accident--at least, that's what I suspect really happened. He writes:

Over the past couple of years I have travelled to many other cities around the world, abandoning my little people on the way, and what struck me most is how similar modern cities are, no matter where they are or what their size. You can stand on the street corner of modern Beijing and if it weren’t for the signs, you could be in Moscow or London or Paris. And as cities become more similar and the world becomes smaller, our problems become the same too.

Link and Interview -via Super Punch

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Transparent Eel


You can see right through the whitespotted conger larva. This flat-shaped fish found in the waters around Japan is about six inches long now. But when fully grown, it will lose its transparency and be up to three feet long.

Link (Translation) -via Twisted Sifter | Photo: Mie Prefecture Fisheries Research Institute

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Professor X at His School

Patrick Stewart

Patrick Stewart--Professor Charles Xavier in the X-Men movies--visited a school with a familiar name. He writes, "This was taken a while ago but hearing best student Logan is officially on board, it now seems a good time to share."

Link -via Nerd Approved

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Captain Kirk Sends Message into Space, Gets a Response

Commander Chris Hadfield, a Canadian astronaut, is currently on the International Space Station. He got a tweet from James T. Kirk, the actor who played William Shatner on Star Trek. Hadfield showed the captain the respect due to him by rank and reputation.

Link -via io9

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Adventure Time and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter Nutcrackers

Instructables member tstan1136's scratch made nutcrackers resemble Jake from Adventure Time and Lincoln from Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. He turned the main body parts on a lathe and laser cut the accents. Both are ready for action. A crossover episode, please!


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Sixteenth Century Frenchman Devises Craiglist

Michel de MontaigneWant to sell an old scythe? Need to hire a swineherd? These days, you'd use Craigslist. But five hundred years ago, that wasn't an option. Nonetheless, the idea behind Craiglist was present. Michel de Montaigne (1533-1592), a prominent French philosopher and writer, wrote about the business model that Craig Newmark would eventually develop:

My late father, a man of a decidedly clear judgement, based though it was only on his natural gifts and his own experience, said to me once that he had wished to set a plan in motion leading to the designation of a place in our cities where those who were in need of anything could go and have their requirements registered by a duly appointed official; for example: “I want to sell some pearls”; or “I want to buy some pearls.” “So-and-so wants to make up a group to travel to Paris”; ‘”So-and-so wants a servant with the following qualifications”; “So-and-so seeks an employer”; “So-and-so wants a workman”; each stating his wishes according to his needs.

It does seem that this means of mutual advertising would bring no slight advantage to our public dealings; for at every turn there are bargains seeking each other but, because they cannot find each other, men are left in extreme want.

Link | Image: Kelson

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The Pony with a Thousand Faces: My Little Pony and the Hero's Journey

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In The Hero with a Thousand Faces, anthropologist Joseph Campbell summarized myths and literature from cultures around the world as a "monomyth"--a literary pattern that forms the basis for thousands of different stories about heroes. Campbell's work has had a tremendous influence on modern day storytellers, including Richard Adams and George Lucas.

The hero is called to adventure. S/he is tested and subjected to suffering but ultimately overcomes his/her enemies. Now transformed, the hero bestows boons upon his/her community. This archetypical hero's journey, YouTube user chowdahrogansoraaa argues, is found in the cartoon My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic, particularly in the two-part episode "The Return of Harmony."

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The Remembrance Coffee Table Looks Like a Photo Album

Do you have photo albums of your family on your coffee table? During the Christmas season, it's fun to sit and go through them with your family and remember old times. Mitch Steinmetz's Remembrance table reflects this activity. It takes the form of an enormous photo album.

Link and Video -via NMU Salone Satellite

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Hotel Comes with a Bed Made in an Antique Beer Barrel

Beer Barrel Bed

There's a dream bed for beer lovers at a hotel in Ostbevern, Germany. The Landhotel Hof Beverland took a Nineteenth Century beer barrel that remained in use until 1995 and remodeled it as a bed.

Link -via Inhabitat

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Fireworks in Reverse

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What do fireworks look like when you see them backwards? Simply beautiful. Julian Tay recorded the New Year's Day fireworks display in Melbourne, Australia and reversed the image.

Link -via Colossal 

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Clifford the Big Red Dog

Clifford the Big Red Dog by Sandara

There are big dogs and there are red dogs, but Emily Elizabeth has the biggest, reddest dog on her street. In fact, the biggest on Birdwell Island. Sandara, an artist in Singapore, imagined a realistic--and somewhat frightening--Clifford.

Link -via Walyou (content warning: NSFWish)

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Gingerbread Amplifier Circuit

Gingerbread amplifier circuit

Have you ever looked at a piece of circuitry and said to yourself, 'Hey, I want to eat that'? Well, then, Dean Segovis has pioneered a way for you to do so safely. He's created a scale model (left) of a basic amplifier circuit (upper right) out of gingerbread, frosting and candy.


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Gingerbread Star Trek Communicator


Somehow I have lived the past few years without having ever heard of Food Replicator, a Star Trek-themed food blog. Especially noteworthy is the author's attention to the delicacies of Ferenginar, such as jellied gree-worms. Yummy!

Above you can see a gingerbread version of the standard Starfleet communicators used during the original series. Here's how the author made it:

I cut out the pattern pieces on thick card paper and then used that to cut out the cookie pieces. I froze the dough before cooking as this helps it keep its shape.

I used royal icing (1 egg white, add icing sugar until the desired consistency is reached) for all decorations, as well as for gluing the pieces together.

Toothpicks and scrunched up pieces of plastic wrap are both very useful to use as prop-ups while waiting for the royal icing to dry when gluing the pieces together.

Link -via GeekDad

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Game of Thrones Paper Snowflake

House Stark sigil snowflake

Winter is coming, so let's get crafting! Victoria Remelius made this beautiful paper snowflake modeled on House Stark's direwolf sigil.

Link -via Popped Culture

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Human Hands Evolved for Punching

man punchingAccording to the recently published results of a study by biologist David Carrier, the human hand, when formed into a fist, was an evolutionary advantage for early humans:

For this latest study, he and co-author Michael Morgan, a medical student, conducted three experiments. First, they analyzed what happened when men, aged from 22 to 50, hit a punching bag as hard as they could. The peak stress delivered to the bag -- the force per area -- was 1.7 to 3 times greater with a fist strike compared with a slap.

"Because you have higher pressure when hitting with a fist, you are more likely to cause injury to tissue, bones, teeth, eyes and the jaw," Carrier said. [...]

In terms of the size and shape of hand anatomy, the scientists point out that humans could have evolved manual dexterity with longer thumbs, but without the fingers and palms getting shorter.

Gorilla hands are closer in proportion to human hands than are other apes' hands, but they and no other ape -- aside from us -- hits with a clenched fist.

Link -via Ace of Spades HQ | Photo: Adam Merton

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Painted Spider Webs

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Anthony Michael Simon, an artist in South Korea, has a little help in his studio. His eight-legged assistants produce webs, which Simon then treats and colors:

The artist sprays a protective coating on the fragile webs, holding the network of fine threads together and adding color. The multihued netted structures are each held up by plastic rods, allowing the spectator to view the intricacies of each piece's intersecting lines. The fluorescent colors also add an otherworldly pop.

Link -via It's Okay to Be Smart

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My Little Beatles

The Beatles

Not pictured in Mari Kasurinen's set of custom ponies: Yoko Pony. Here are the Fab Four in their uniforms for the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. From left to right: Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.


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Champagne Cork Chandelier


Alkesh Parmar's Celebration Chandelier provides both an antique and a modern ambiance. He recovered bottle corks from campagne bars, hollowed them out, then placed LEDs inside. Think of how much fun it could be to have one if it the lights were progammable!

Link | Designer's Website

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Nautilus Reading Nook

Alicia Bastian

Alicia Bastian's Nautilus reading area provides a bit of privacy for a healthy escape into literature. Its segments unfold into a wavy line or can be closed off in a compact space. You can view more photos at the link.

Link -via Dornob

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