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Résumé Candy Bar


Nick Begley's mouth-watering résumé was completely successful:

Begley created a dozen chocolate bar resumes that he used strategically.

"Some were sent to land me the interview, while others were used as a 'leave behind' after an interview," he said. "I always used it as a supplement to a paper resume or online application since the candy bar was more of a gimmick and didn't provide my work history or credentials." His $30 investment got him the job.

Please submit your résumé via email attachment and include three brownie recipies. Your cover letter should be written with frosting on a sheet cake.

Link -via Foodiggity

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Punk Rock Banana


Just look at, wait, that's not my line.

Scott Young adds punk rock glamour to fruits and vegetables for those of you still stuck in the 70s. Which isn't a bad place to be. You can view more examples at the link.

Link | Artist's Website

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High School Basketball Player Passes Ball to Developmentally Disabled Player on the Other Team

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Mitchell Marcus, the basketball team manager for Coronado High School in El Paso, Texas, is developmentally disabled. He loves the game, but isn't able to play competitively. Nonetheless, Coach Peter Morales decided to put him in a game against Franklin High School.

His teammates wanted to give Mitchell a chance to sink a basket. But even after several attempts, Mitchell was unsuccessful. Franklin High School gained possession of the ball. That's when Franklin High player Jonathan Montanez passed the ball to Mitchell for one more shot. Watch the video to see what happened next.

Link -via Daily of the Day

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Is It Possible to Be Too Beautiful?

PsycheIt's a terrible curse. But we all have our crosses to bear, so I've learned to accept mine. Science journalism tells us the ugly truth about beauty: there's such a thing as too much. James Hamblin writes in The Atlantic:

Yet life for the beautiful is not as perfect as it seems. In one study of job applicants, beautiful women who included a photo with their résumé were 41 percent less likely to land an interview than “plain” women who did the same [6]. When accused of homicide, beautiful women are more likely to be presumed guilty [7]. And attractive people are also more likely to be associated with a number of negative traits, such as conformity and self-promotion [3].

Link | Image: "Psyche" by William-Adolphe Bouguereau

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Boba Fett KitchenAid Mixer

Boba Fett

He's no good to me creamed. Give the bounty hunter what he is due--Captain Solo alive. Tommy Filth refurbished a KitchenAid mixer to look like the infamous Boba Fett. He writes:

[...] I was taking it apart I got some inspiration for the paint job and this is what came out of it, still needs a phase board for speed control and two decals to be applied to the sides but I couldn't wait to share.

Link -via That's Nerdalicious!

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Ad Agency's Office is a Wonderland of Imagination





JWT Amsterdam, an ad agency, just relocated to new offices. The building itself dates back to the Nineteenth Century, but the interiors are completely new. The agency's motto is "Think. Do. Make." and the designers from RJW Elsinga created a setting to facilitate that process. You can view more photos at the link.

Link (Translation) | Designer's Website | Agency Website

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Carved Wooden Hat

carved hat

Redditor Scout776 writes, "This old man came in with this hat. He said that his son had carved it by hand for his birthday." Amazing! Some redditors speculate that it is made of Norway Maple and cut on a lathe.


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Heavy Metal Banjo


Shane Martin, a British artist, makes awesome sculptures using found metal objects. We've previously shown his cobra made from scrap metal. Most recently, he made this 3-foot long banjo with car engine valves, a bicycle gear, an old pair of pliers and strings from a bass guitar.


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Freaky Makeup Art



Swedish artist Sandra Holmbom, AKA "Psycho Sandra", will terrify you with just a glance of her extra eye--an eye that will open and devour you in one gulp. She also makes excellent eyeliner makeup and nail projects, which you can view at her site.

Artist's Website -via MyModernMet

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The Hidden Sculptures of Shan Hur

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Like archaeological treasures, Shan Hur's sculptures have to be excavated from the walls of the galleries where they are displayed. Presumably, the gallery owners are okay with this unique but messy approach to exhibition.

Link | Artist's Website | Photo: Nick Harrison

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Baby Does Amazing Basketball Trick Shots

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Titus Ashby is only two years old, but he can sink one ball after another, often with banked shots or from great distances. His proud father, Joseph Ashby, writes:

This is the trick shot video that makes other trick shot videos look like a bunch of old guys who should have something better to do -- like retire, turn up their pacemakers, or join an assisted living facility. 

Link -via VA Viper

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Medieval Fact: Bears Are Humans' Closest Relatives among Animals

bear and unicorn

I am currently reading The Bear: History of a Fallen King by Michel Pastoureau. It is a history of the bear as a symbol and as a living creature in Europe, especially medieval Europe.

Pastoureau describes how medieval intellectuals classified and described the European brown bear. It was deeply controversial to even contemplate that any animal was related to man, as this conflicted with the belief that man and man alone was made in the image of God. Nonetheless, some people considered three possible animals to be close to humanity: the monkey, the pig and the bear. Pastoureau writes:

For Aristotle and Pliny, the monkey was the closest to humans. This idea found support in some zoological learning in the High Middle Ages, but it considerably troubled Christian values, not only because man had been created in the image of God and any animal of any species was an imperfect creature that could not resemble him, but also because, for medieval sensibilities, the monkey no doubt represented everything that was most ugly, vile, and diabolical; it was an obscene and repugnant creature that it was impossible to associate with the human species [...] Scholasticism finally found a solution in the mid-thirteenth century; the monkey did not resemble man per naturam (by nature) but per imitationem (by imitation); it seemed to resemble man when it really did not resemble him at all. It "simulated," as the word for monkey in Latin indicated: simius. It therefore seemed even more demonic, because it tricked and deceived. [...]

Greek medicine considered the pig the animal closest to man because of its internal organization, notably with regard to the anatomy of the major organs and functioning of the digestive system [...] And medieval Christian medicine, the heir of both, also taught that the pig was "internally" the animal that most resembled man. Moreover, since the Church prohibited the dissection of the human body, at least up to the fourteenth century, human anatomy was often learned through the dissection of a sow or a boar. But that was not done without some reluctance: the pig was in no way an admirable animal. It was an impure creature, an emblem of dirtiness (sorditas) and gluttony (gula), sometimes of laziness (pigritia) and debauchery (luxuria); like the monkey, it found a place in the Devil's bestiary. This is why, although doctors knew that the pig was anatomically a cousin to man, they did not declare the fact too openly and allow clerics to assert that the animal that most resembled humans was neither the pig nor the monkey, but the bear (60-61).

Bears can stand up, grasp and throw objects, climb and dance. When they walk, they plant their entire foot on the ground. Bears are omnivorous. At least one medieval intellectual (William of Auvergne) claimed that bear meat tastes like human flesh. There were also widespread (but inaccurate) beliefs that ursine sexual practices resemble human sexual practices and that humans and bears are interfertile.

Image via Got Medieval

Love trivia? Find more neat trivia over at NeatoFacto

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Netflix for the Library: Hiring a Personal Librarian

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Jeff O'Neal writes:

True story: I bribed a librarian (after a brief conversation about my general reading interests) to constantly stick new/interesting things in my hold queue. Best. Thing. Ever. It’s like Netflix for the library, now!

He's talking about what librarians call readers' advisory. In a readers' advisory reference interview, the librarian asks questions about the patron's reading tastes and suggests books to read based upon the patron's answers.

But O'Neal's librarian went even further. S/he automatically adds relevant reading materials to his hold queue without being specifically requested to do so. Kim Ukura thinks this is a great idea that could be expanded:

I am in love with this idea. How fun would it be to task a well-read person to develop a personally curated queue of books that will arrive for you to borrow intermittently, at no charge, based on what is new or exciting that seems to fit with your general reading tastes? It sounds almost too good to be true!

Most readers already find ways to build their own “librarian” for recommendations, finding friends or bloggers or book reviewers who seem to have similar tastes then seeking out their recommendations. But that system still has an element of choice — this Frankenstein’s monster of a librarian may cobble together a list of books that seem interesting, but you as the reader still end up making the choice of what to buy/borrow/bypass.

Having a real-life personal librarian could be so much better. Once the relationship was built, and with enough feedback about which books were interesting and which books fell flat, you could almost guarantee that your personal librarian would pick out some things that would be of interest to you. And since it’s a queue of library books, the decision about whether to spend money on an unfamiliar book is eliminated, making the barrier to trying something new really low.

Link -via @brainpicker | Photo: radical.librarian

Would you find this kind of readers' advisory service helpful?

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I Wear a Fez Now. Fezzes Are Cool.


Fezzes are cool. Some people doubt it, but they are wrong. Especially if you have a fez that travels through time and space, such as this one made by Coregeek and his daughter. And yes, the lantern on top lights up.

Link -via Technabob

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In the Mountains of Fraggle Rock

Fraggle Rock

Fraggle Rock

The company will need help to get to Moria. Sign on a hobbit? No, they'll need professionals. Licia, a skilled painter who specializes in popular television and movies, imagined an alternate version of The Hobbit.

Artist's Gallery -via Ian Brooks

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Chocolate Dipped Peanut Butter Cup Stuffed Oreos


Brooks made these sugary delights for a baby shower. First split an Oreo, add a peanut butter cup and reassemble the Oreo. Dip the entire thing in liquified chocolate, cool, then add sprinkles. My suggestion: add another Oreo layer, then dip it in chocolate again.

Link -via Foodbeast

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Jabba and Leia Purse Set


You can take the Leia coin purse off its chain, but you'll probably need the chain later to strangle Jabba. Cat Penfold painted these purses and added a decorative zipper to shape Jabba's face.

Link -via Mecha Melissa

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Bubbles Popping in Super Slow Motion

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A bubble doesn't appear to pop instantly when you view it at 18,000 frames per second. The Slow Mo Guys used their Phanton v1610 camera to capture these dazzling moments. What would you like to see them shoot in super slow motion next?

-via It's Okay to Be Smart

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Nuclear Explosions as Units of Measurement


UPDATE 2/24/12: Commenter Chew Bird notes that some scientists commenting at The Atlantic and Wellestein's own blog strongly disagree with him. They argue that a nuclear detonation is a reasonable measurement of energy output.


Last week, a meteor exploded over Russia with, according to some press descriptions "the force of 30 Hiroshima bombs." These were references to the US atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan on 6 August 1945. Atomic historian Alex Wellerstein says that the analogy makes little sense:

"In general," he added, "What I don't like is ... the idea that kiloton or a megaton is just an energy unit, that it's equivalent to so many joules or something. Because you could do that. You could claim that your house runs so many tons of TNT worth of electricity per year, but it sort of trivializes the notion." [...]

But nuclear weapons deliver more than just sheer force; there's also incredible heat, orders of magnitude hotter than a meteor's explosion, (most of the people who died at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, Wellerstein says, died of fire), and, of course, the radiation. The radiation brings sickness, makes land uninhabitable in the long term, and can have residual genetic effects that long outlast the bomb's immediate destruction. "It's sort of the sum of these effects that we think of when we think of what's the problem with nuclear weapons," he says. To only think of an atomic weapon in terms of the kilotons of energy released glosses over the totality of the terror these bombs bring.

It's one thing to use an atomic explosion as a unit for describing a meteor's explosion -- the two are similar in that much of their energy is released as a blast wave -- but the comparison is even worse when applied to other sorts of disasters, Wellerstein contends. "My least favorite is when this sort of thing is applied to literally non-explosive phenomena: tsunamis, earthquakes, tornadoes. These are sometimes talked about in terms of their energy release. And you can always quantify an energy release -- you can just do the conversion to nuclear units and say, 'Oh my God look how much energy this is!' But, you know: An earthquake is a very different release of energy; a tsunami is a very different release of energy. The effects are just not comparable. They're nothing like nuclear weapons."

Link | Photo: US Department of Energy

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Duct Tape Landscape

Duct Tape

Whether he's got toothbrush bristles, bath towels or duct tape, Takahiro Iwasaki can build a landscape out of it. This detailed, delicately carved roll of duct tape is my favorite. You can view more examples of his work at the link.


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Chart: Parenting over Time


Jorge Cham of PHD Comics charts an essential truth: parenting is a long period of anxiety punctuated by moments of sheer terror or joy. When it's all over, which will you remember the most easily?

Link -via Joe Carter

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Letter from the Tooth Fairy

tooth fairy

The Tooth Fairy tried to get the tooth. But Emily's room was a mess, especially the bed. It was covered with toys, blankets and Emily's sister. So she left a note saying that she would come back if Emily cleaned up and made the tooth accessible. Amy, Emily's mom, reports that the child responded favorably and it's likely that the Tooth Fairy will return.

Link -via GeekDad

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Official US Marine Corps Dog Begins Recruit Training


Since 1922, the official mascot of the US Marine Corps has been an English bulldog. Marion F. Sturkey writes:

At the Marine base at Quantico, Virginia, the Marines obtained a registered English Bulldog, King Bulwark. In a formal ceremony on 14 October 1922, Brig. Gen. Smedley D. Butler signed documents enlisting the bulldog, renamed Jiggs, for the ‘term of life.’ Pvt. Jiggs then began his official duties in the U.S. Marine Corps.

In recent decades, the mascot has been named "Chesty" after the legendary Marine Corps General Chesty Puller. After the retirement of the most recent Chesty, a 9-week old old English bulldog puppy was invited to enlist. He did so and is currently in recruit training. Jennifer Harper of the Washington Times writes:

The handsome and distinguished young Chesty will enter obedience school and canine “recruit training,” earn the title of Marine and be named the next Marine Corps mascot on March 29. His official duties include marching in myriad events, including the Friday twilight parades at the facility, looking tough but buff in his own custom dress blues.

Link -via Ace of Spades HQ | Photo: US Marine Corps

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Pac-Man Chairs

Pac-Man chair

Want to feel like a pac-dot on the verge of being devoured? Portuguese designer Bruno Marques has the right chair for you. His polypropylene chair design looks like that great icon of the early 80s.

Link -via Nerd Bastards

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Otter Playing Basketball

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Eddie has an impressive vertical leap. Watch him dunk ball after ball into the basket. This sea otter lives at the Oregon Zoo. At 15, he's quite elderly. As a treatment for his arthritis, veterinarians recommended that he work his elbows. Local humans suggested basketball and Eddie took to it like a pro.

-via Daily of the Day

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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Hobbit Hole Bonsai Tree


It was a bonsai, and that means comfort. Chris Guise's detailed model of Bag End is also a living bonsai tree. At the link, you can see step-by-step photos showing how he made it. Also: a cute wintertime version covered with snow and a featuring a snowman. Er, I mean, a snowhobbit.

Link -via Nerd Approved

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Chemical States

venn diagram

While taking a shower with his periodic table of elements shower curtain, redditor Smashinator came to a shocking realization.

In the comments, compose a conspiracy theory to explain this overlap.

Link -via Blame It on the Voices

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Medieval Manuscript Peed on by a Cat


Cursed cats! They are so fond of disrupting human work, especially medieval manuscript composition. In 1420, a scribe in what is now the Netherlands discovered that a cat had urinated on a page that he had written. He added illustrations of the event and the subsequent damage to the book, as well as provided helpful advice:

Hic non defectus est, sed cattus minxit desuper nocte quadam. Confundatur pessimus cattus qui minxit super librum ostum in nocte Daventrie, et consimiliter omnes alii propter illum. Et cavendum valde ne permittantur libri aperti per noctem uni cattie venire possunt.

When translated into English, that reads:

Here is nothing missing, but a cat urinated on this during a certain night. Cursed be the pesty cat that urinated over this book during the night in Deventer and because of it many others [other cats] too. And beware well not to leave open books at night where cats can come.

Link -via Alexis Madrigal | Photo: Historical Archives of Cologne

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The Magic Carpet

Flying Carpet

These kids can enjoy a flying carpet ride high over Bettona, Italy, thanks to the amazing work of Kurt Wenner. You may remember his 3D depiction of Spider-Man rendered on pavement. You can see even more at his site, but be warned: you'll spend an hour there looking through his whole gallery.

Artist's Website -via Global Street Art

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Knitted Stop Sign Flower

stop sign flower

Bryan, the "Knitting Guy", is a mad yarn bomber who turns stop signs in Clairemont, California into flowers. He's planted, er, crafted at least a hundred of them and has an interactive map at this site so that you can visit them. Last year, Enrique Limon of San Diego City Beat accompanied Bryan on one of his covert missions:

Guiding his buddy as he sewed up the stockinette-stitched sleeve along the stop-sign rod, he recounted the tale of his first stop-sign flower: “I put it up in the middle of the night—it must have been 11:30 or midnight. I wanted to make sure no one saw me doing it, and then chuckled all the way home and waited to see people’s reactions.”

He figured that if it lasted three days, the $10 he spent on yarn would have been worth it. Fourteen months later, it’s still there.

A few more quickly followed.

“I find it lightens people’s mood,” he said, adding that, recently, when he went back to do some maintenance work on that first flower, someone had already rewired its leaves.

Official Site and News Story -via Makin'ology

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