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Pizza Muffins

To make Kirbie's delicious-looking muffins, mix mozzarella cheese and pepperoni into the batter. Cook for eighteen minutes, then add more cheese and pepperoni. Pop them in the oven for a few more minutes to encounter a new type of pizza.

Link -via Bit Rebels

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Electric Motor Made out of Buckyballs

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YouTube user graybum devises many simple and ingenious uses for Buckyballs, such as this amazing electric motor. It's just Buckyballs, a wire and a battery. Redditor gloon explains how it works:

When you touch the wire to the side of the magnets, you complete an electric circuit. Current flows out of the battery, through the magnet to the wire, and through the wire to the other end of the battery. The magnetic field from the magnet is oriented through its flat faces, so it is parallel to the magnet's axis of symmetry. Electric current flows through the magnet. If you took physics at some point, it's possible that you'll remember the effect that a magnetic field has on moving electric charges: they experience a force that is perpendicular to both their direction of movement and the magnetic field. Since the field is along the symmetry axis of the magnet and the charges are moving radially outward from that axis, the force (Lorentz force) is in the tangential direction, and so the magnet begins to spin.

-via reddit

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On the Next Episode of Doctor Woof

There's talk that the next regeneration of the Doctor will turn him into a woman. That's just a smokescreen. DeviantART member lisacub has leaked what Steven Moffat is really planning.

Link -via The Uniblogger

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World Record Title Holder of Longest with Bullet in Head Dies

Permit me to unpack that headline. William Lawlis Pace of Turlock, California was accidentally shot in the head when he was 8 years old. He recently died at the age of 103. According to Guinness World Records, he kept a bullet in his head longer than any other person:

Born Feb. 27, 1909, in Wheeler, Texas, Mr. Pace was 8 years old when his brother, Marvin, accidentally shot him in October 1917.

Doctors left the bullet in place, fearing he wouldn't survive surgery to remove it. It didn't stop him from playing baseball and basketball as a boy.

The bullet didn't impair Pace's health. He lived on to become a farmer, a husband for more than seventy years, and a father of two sons.

I would advise against trying to best his Guinness record.

Link -via The Agitator | Photo: Modesto Bee/Joan Barnett Lee

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Rita Hayworth is Stayin' Alive

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I'm not sure why the combination works, but it totally does. Hollywood musical queen Rita Hayworth (1918-1987) dances to the Bee Gees' "Stayin' Alive." The musical rhythm syncs with the dancing, and sometimes the on-screen singing, too.

-via American Digest

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Librarian-Flavored Coffee

You already smell like a library. Now, thanks to the coffee company Intelligensia Coffee, you can taste a librarian without getting slapped:

The Librarian's Blend is named for that person who always told you to keep quiet when you were studying. This blend is representative of the soul of the librarian: steady, reassuring, and always there with that slight edge of eccentricity. It has a bold base with a bit of sparkle. Here's to good reading.

Another flavored offered by the company is "Honey Badger." It's a bit more vigorous.

Link -via Annoyed Librarian | Image: Unshelved

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Soundwave/Cobra Commander Action Figure

I've kept a special place in my heart for Soundwave. He seems...well, competent. Unlike so many other Decepticons. It's jarring that a highly advanced robot transforms into an audio cassette player. But sometimes watching Transformers requires a suspension of disbelief.

So does this excellent action figure by Airmax, which combines Soundwave's intelligence with Cobra Commander's ability to screech "Retreat!"

Link -via Comics Alliance | Artist's Website

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Steve Jobs's Dream to Become Willy Wonka

According to Ken Segall, the author of Insanely Simple: The Obsession that Drives Apple's Success, Steve Jobs devised an outlandish scheme to promote the iMac. Jobs would dress as Willy Wonka from Charlie & The Chocolate Factory and give a lucky winner a tour of Apple's facilities:

Steve's idea was to do a Willy Wonka with it. Just as Wonka did in the movie, Steve wanted to put a golden certificate representing the millionth iMac inside the box of one iMac, and publicize that fact. Whoever opened the lucky iMac box would be refunded the purchase price and be flown to Cupertino, where he or she (and, presumably, the accompanying family) would be taken on a tour of the Apple campus.

Steve had already instructed his internal creative group to design a prototype golden certificate, which he shared with us. But the killer was that Steve wanted to go all out on this. He wanted to meet the lucky winner in full Willy Wonka garb. Yes, complete with top hat and tails.

Link -via Super Punch

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Filthy Luker's Adorably Frightening Street Art

When street artist Filthy Luker goes to work, invisible giants deface walls, tentacled monsters burst out of buildings and trees sprout googly eyes. Luker lives in a mad world, but a fun one.

Link -via Colossal

Previously: 12 Fantastic Architectural Art Installations

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How to Make a Naked Egg

This is a whole, uncooked egg, minus the shell. To make one of your own, soak an egg in vinegar for two days. The acetic acid in the vinegar will break down the shell while hardening the contents.

Link -via TYWKIWDBI | Photo: Flickr user gimsling

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How Much Money You Need To Realistically Recreate The Scrooge McDuck ‘Gold Coin Swim’?

Scrooge McDuck, that great genius of anatine finance, is fond of diving into his vast piles of money. No doubt all of us would like to do likewise. So how much would it cost? Matt Powers, whose qualifications include being "good at making up fake math", crunched the numbers:

Looking at some of the best pictorial evidence of the McDuck vault, it is evident that this large pile of gold on the left appears to be five feet tall. This is deduced under the assumption that the average duck 14 inches tall, which is then used comparatively to quantify the pile (5 ft = 4.3 duck heights). With a little calculus and graph-work, the rough integral can pinpointed to y=-x2-1x+5. This equation puts every “x” and every “y” value at exactly one inch, as seen below.

When the area under the curve is calculated (from x=-3 to x=5), it yields roughly 46 square inches. The assumption will be made here that one cubic inch is roughly one ounce of gold. To convert that into a dome shape the value is simply cubed, which becomes 97,366 ounces. Given that 1 ounce of gold is roughly $5.00, it can extrapolated that each large pile of gold in the vault is worth $486,830.

Link -via Joe Carter | Image: Disney

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Polar Bear Doing a Handstand

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This polar bear does a handstand underwater. Why? Because he can, and the humans watching him probably can't.

-via Marginal Revoloution

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Red Dawn in Real Life

Red Dawn, the story of a Soviet invasion of the United States, begins with Russian airborne troops dropping into a small town in Colorado. Did you think that was a ridiculous idea? Stop laughing, because it's about to come true. The Russians are coming:

Russian soldiers will receive preparatory training in Colorado’s Fort Carson with the US weaponry and equipment they are to use during the operation. The drills include parachuting, operation planning, reconnaissance, assault operations and evacuations by helicopter.

“According to the exercise scenario, soldiers of the two countries will hold a tactical airborne operation, including reconnaissance of an imaginary terrorists' camp and a raid,” Colonel Kucherenko revealed.


Link -via Ace of Spades HQ | Image: MGM

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Jetliners Landing under Extreme Winds

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Winds at an airport in Bilbao, Spain reached 40 MPH. Pilots continued to land their planes even though, as you can see, they were getting shoved sideways across the runway. Officials didn't cancel a single flight.

Link -via reddit

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Artificial Toilet Testing, uh, Material

The people of MaP (Maximum Performance) are devoted to one goal: improving the design of flush toilets. In order to effectively test toilets, they need a material that accurately simulates human-delivered content. Their research led them to create 350 gram segments of soybean paste, which are dropped into a toilet from an appropriate level and location.

Link -via Nerdcore | Photo: MaP

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Space Sheep Invaders Sweater

The French fashion design house Monsieur Lacenaire offers a classy sweater for old school gamers. Space Invaders? Certainly not. That's a copyrighted game and completely different. This is Sheep Invaders, which is also a custom game that you can play at the link.

Link -via Technabob | Photo: Soto

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Working 1:6 Scale Model of a Classic Star Wars Arcade Cabinet

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Le Chuck explained, "Aunt Beru said there was no room on the moisture farm for another full size cabinet so I made one 1:6 scale." It is a marvel. Le Chuck's model is a faithful, detailed reproduction of a full size cabinet from 1983. And it works! Skip ahead to 4:00 to see him playing it.

Link -via DVICE

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Glass Floored Bathroom Built Directly over an Empty Elevator Shaft

Is the glass floor sturdy enough to hold you? Certainly. At no point in the indefinite future, while you are seeking relief, will it suddenly break and let you plummet to your death fifteen stories down. Just relax and tend to your business in this penthouse bathroom in Guadalajara, Mexico. Architect Hernandez Silva probably did some structural analysis and whatnot.

Link -via Geekosystem | Architect's Website

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Vatican City's Latin Language ATMs

"Why Latin? That's not a practical language to study. Choose a different one." Oh, those were foolish words. Sure, the Latin option at the Vatican's ATMs disappeared a year ago. But up until that time, you'd have a good excuse to study it.

Link | Photo: Seth Schoen

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Mosaic Made from 10,000 Cupcakes

It's going to be a tough job, but someone has to tear down this exhibit by the London cupcake shop Crumbs & Doilies. Who's up for the challenge?

This is a mosaic of a cherry blossom tree made out of 10,000 cupcakes. The Japanese television show ItteQ ordered it for a special episode.

Link -via Tasteologie

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Watch 56 Star Trek Episodes Simultaneously

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You know that amazing feeling that tingles through your body when Star Trek is on? Multiply that by 56. YouTube user twilight1138 created this thumbnail video showing episodes from all three seasons, with sound, playing simultaneously. Thank you, good sir.

-via Blastr

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Cow Walks Up to McDonald's Drive Through Window

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Darcy the cow of Brush, Colorado was in a cannibalistic mood (we all get that way sometimes, right?), so she hopped the fence and hoofed it half a mile to a McDonald's. She walked up to the drive through window, to the amusement of the workers. Police informed the owners, who brought her back home.


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The World's Tallest Waterslide Shoots You into a Pool at 65 MPH

The ride lasts only four or five seconds, but you'll never forget it. The Insano at Beach Park in Porto das Dunas, Brazil has a 134 foot drop. It holds the Guinness World Record for the tallest waterslide in the world.

Pro tip: make sure that your swimming suit is firmly secured to your body before taking the plunge.

Link -via American Digest | Photo: Entertainment Designer

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Frog Sits Like a Human

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This bullfrog is just chillaxin' on a bench. No biggie. He can sit like a human easier than you can sit like a frog.

-via Nerdcore

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Abraham Lincoln's Duel

Sadly, you can't challenge people to fight to the death these days without coming across as a weirdo and getting hauled into the editor's office for a lecture about how to resolve workplace conflicts. It was not always so. Early in American history, dueling was an accepted if legally dubious practice.

James Shields, an Illinois politician, once challenged Abraham Lincoln. Lincoln and other people had written pseudonymous letters attacking Shields's policies. Shields then demanded satisfaction:
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Batman-Themed Child's Birthday Party Is Too Dark

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A Batman birthday party? That's a great idea! Little Ronnie loves Batman. Hire an actor to dress as Batman and entertain the kids. But as this sketch from the Cleveland City Chuckle Squad shows, be specific about which Batman you want. The Brave and the Bold is a more age-appropriate choice than The Dark Knight.

-via Comics Alliance | Troupe Website

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Boba Fett and the Sarlacc, A Love Story

In the belly of the Sarlacc, Boba Fett found a new definition of love and tenderness as he was lovingly embraced for over a thousand years. And even now, cartoonist Chris Gugliotti tells us, "A cool breeze across the dunes of Tatooine still [whispers] the name….Fett."

Link -via Distracted by Star Wars

Previously on Neatorama: Sarlacc Throw Pillow

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Hippo Table

Mark Stoddart's "Cool Dudes" tables show hippopotamuses peering out of the water -- at you. Give him your marbles before he comes to take them.

Link -via OhGizmo!

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Hold on Tight

Is this Jörg Sprave's idea of a romantic date? No, it's an art installation by Cornelia Konrads. She creates wonderful art installations in parks that seem to defy the limits of time, gravity and space. You can view several more excellent examples at the link.

Link | Artist's Website (Google Translate)

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Paper-Thin Sheets of Ice Cream

SnoBar, an ice cream shop in West Hollywood, California, creates a product that combines the best of both ice cream and shaved ice. It keeps form right until the moment it enters your mouth. A local blogger tried it and said, "If ice cream could whisper, this is what it would say..."

Link -via Tasteologie | Official Website | Photo: Bonnie Tsang

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