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Golfer Wins His Weight in Ham

For hitting a hole-in-one on the third hole at a Spanish golf tournament, 235-pound Scottish golfer Elliot Saltman walked away with his body weight in ham:

Saltman made the shot from the par-3 third hole at El Encin Golf Hotel. Heavily cured and salted ham is a Spanish delicacy.

"I've been trying to lose weight, but now I'm thinking I should have just kept it," Saltman said.

Ham was the prize offered for a hole-in-one at the third -- prizes on other holes included a car and a watch.


Ah, pork. Now there's an incentive (hint, hint, Alex)!

Link -via Geekosystem | Photo: Julian Finney/Getty Images

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10x Scale Rubik's Cube is Both a Puzzle and a Chest of Drawers



Instructables user makendo built this magnificent Rubik's Cube for his kids. The three horizontal layers rotate on a vertical axis. If you can figure out where the hidden locks are, you can open the drawers. So this is definitely not the place to store the fire extinguisher.

Watch a video of the cube at the link.

Link -via Make

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World's Weirdest Van Isn't Creepy at All. No, Not a Bit.


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Extremo the Clown is a Portland, Oregon-based artist who has created what he calls the city's strangest van. It's covered with what appear to be bronze sculptures and symbols. I can only guess about their meaning.

Extremo's Blog -via The Uniblog

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Hawaiian Dollars



Immediately after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, US officials were worried about a Japanese invasion and occupation of those islands. One particular concern was the disposition of US currency in banks in Hawaii. They could not allow that money to fall into Japanese hands. So the military governor of Hawaii found a clever solution:

In January of 1942, the military governor of Hawaii (the territory was under the military's control after the Pearl Harbor bombing) recalled most of the currency in the future state, with some allowances as to not pull all of the cash out of the islands' economy. Five months later, bills like the one pictured -- called "Hawaii overprint notes" -- were issued. The theory was simple: if Hawaii fell into Japanese hands, these bills would no longer be legal tender in the United States. This contingency plan never came into play.

In total, over 65 million Hawaii overprint notes were created (totalling over $300 million), in four denominations -- $1, $5, $10, and $20, with the $5 note pictured above the rarest of the quartet. On October 21, 1944, ten months before Victory over Japan Day, the required use of these bills ceased.


It's a pity that they didn't put Lincoln in a Hawaiian shirt. He always looked good in Hawaiian shirts.

Link | Image: Coins & Banknotes

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Shark-Infested Golf Course



Hey caddy, my ball went into the water. Be a good sport and go in and get it, would you?

Well, maybe not at the Carbrook Golf Club in Brisbane, Australia, where half a dozen bullsharks live in the lake. They took up residence a few years ago when a nearby river flooded, and have been breeding since then. Some of the sharks are up to ten feet long. They've become quite an attraction, so groundskeepers feed them to encourage them to come near the shore. Watch a video of the sharks at the link.

Link -via Dave Barry

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Horton Hears The Call of Cthulhu



Before your little tyke rolls his first insanity check, he needs to know what he's getting into. Thankfully, Dr. Seuss (or deviantART user DrFaustusAU) made a shortened version of H.P. Lovecraft's "The Call of Cthulhu" for younger minds.

Link -via Fanboy

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Edible Licorice Pencil



You may be most familiar with licorice as a food flavor, but it's also a plant. Italian designer Cecilia Felli realized that it could provide a tasty alternative for people who like to chew on pencils. So chow down!

Link -via Oddity Central | Photo: Foodiction

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Judge Judy Would Like You to Get to the Point



And while you're at it, use proper diction. Emily and Matt Fitzpatrick of Steotch, who also made the Locutus of Borg Serenity Prayer sampler, created this Judge Judy-themed cross stitch.

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When They Got Back from the Moon, Apollo 11 Astronauts Went through Customs



NASA has confirmed that Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Michael Collins went through customs upon their return to Earth and the United States. They filled out the above form, declaring their travel itinerary and that they had brought back moon rocks, dust, and samples through the US border. They did not mention the whiskey smuggled inside Aldrin's suitcase.

Link -via Geekosystem

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AT-AT Dog Costume



Geek cred is obviously very important to dogs these days. Katie Mello made this AT-AT costume for her dog so that he'll be the coolest dog going trick-or-treating this year.

Link -via Super Punch | Previously: A Real AT-AT Dog

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Dumbbell Cutlery Turns Eating into Exercise



The Irish design firm Cheeky Shop came up this this great way to get into shape. Step 1: acquire a cheesecake. Step 2: get out this cutlery set. Step 3: eat!

The knife and fork weigh 1 kilogram each and the spoon 2 kilograms.

Link -via The Presurfer

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Beautiful Wooden Revolver Model




There's little information available at the Japanese-language website about this model. But from the pictures, it's clear that this is a precise model of the Nagant M1895 revolver, a handgun produced in vast numbers by Tsarist Russia and the Soviet Union. Other pictures at the link show that it's articulated at several joints and can be loaded with wooden cartridges.

Link (Google Translate) -via The Firearms Blog

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Back to the Future Model Train Set


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YouTube user troopertrent made a model DeLorean like the one featured in Back to the Future Part III. In that movie Marty McFly and Doc Brown had to push the time machine with a steam engine train to get it up to 88 MPH. troopertrent pushes his model DeLorean with a model train. As you can see at the end of the video, he went all-out on this production, because this is a completely functional model DeLorean time machine.

-via Nerd Bastards

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Laughing Stone



Yes, the stones have been laughing at you. No one else believes you, but I do. Look, that one is doing it right now!

Link -via Spoon & Tamago | Sculpture and photo by Hirotoshi Ito

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Extreme Jacuzzing



Are you serious about using your jacuzzi? Are you ready to take it to the max, or do you just use it to relax? If the latter, then you're definitely not ready to participate in the sport of extreme jacuzzing, which involves sitting in a jacuzzi in the most extreme environments. In the past, this band of daredevils has warmed up in a jacuzzi at the top of an Alpine peak. For their latest stunt, they suspended a jacuzzi 39 meters below a bridge in Switzerland.

Link and Official Website (Google Translate) -via Bit Rebels | Photo: Jaccuzzi.ch

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The Cast of The Princess Bride Reunites

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The movie The Princess Bride is twenty-four year old, but it endures in pop culture, which often makes use of its more famous scenes and lines. In the above segment from the TV show Good Morning America, six cast members come together to talk about the making of the movie and how fans continue to remember them for it.

-via The Mary Sue | Previously: Princess Bride Trivia

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Miniature Tire Swing



Phil Jones got playful when he saw this little tree. It needed a tire swing for outdoor fun, so he took one off of a toy car.

Link -via Boing Boing | Photo: Alexis Jones

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Watermelon Brain



redditor TheHerferd made this excellent watermelon carving. Using a potato peeler and a bird's beaked paring knife, he completed the project in under an hour.

Link -via Blame It on the Voices

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India Builds $35 Tablet Computers

India lags behind many other countries in computer technology. Only half of the colleges in that nation have access to the Internet. To broaden computer and especially Internet access, the Indian government is now selling a simple tablet computer called the Aakash at a subsidized rate of $35 each:

The 13-ounce touch-screen device can handle basic computing, including email, social networking, surfing, online banking, instant messaging and multimedia. The stripped-down system uses Google's Android 2.2 operating system and comes with headphones, Wi-Fi access, two USB slots, 256 megabytes of internal memory and a 7-inch screen. It is not considered on the same level of the more advanced tablets available to consumers.

"This will allow basic computing beyond the mobile phone," said Vishal Tripathi, an analyst with Gartner, a high-tech research firm.


Although the tablets were designed in the UK, they're being assembled in India in the hope of spurring domestic production of computer hardware.

Link -via Geekologie | Photo: Gurinder Osan/AP

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Prairie Dogs Riding a Roomba


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Wheeee! These domesticated prairie dogs have got it all figured out. The buzzing machine is a vehicle of some sort.

-via I Heart Chaos

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Photos from Inside the Mouth



One of Justin Quinell's recent projects was to photograph the world with a camera in his mouth. His new book, Mouthpiece, shows the results. You can see a slideshow of examples from that book at the link.

My idea: shoot a short horror film from this perspective.

Link -via Flavorwire | Amazon Link

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Star Wars Disco Dancing


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This video, which shows multiple C-3POs dancing with multiple Darth Vaders to disco versions of Star Wars theme music, is allegedly from an 80s French TV show. I'm not sure if it's fortunate or tragic that the original trilogy didn't take advantage of disco music's popularity.

-via Comics Alliance

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Animals Hidden in Bowls



Geraldine De Beco, a French designer, made three bowls that look fairly ordinary when empty. But when filled with liquid, they reveal animal shapes! She's made them to show either a bird, a wolf, or a cat.

Link | Photo: Bernardaud

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Vespa in a Skate Park


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I once considering buying a classic 150cc Vespa and trying to ride it from Barrow, Alaska to Tierra del Fuego. It seemed like a fine challenge for that Italian icon. Thankfully, common sense (and a lack of money) intervened before I made any serious plans.

This video shows a riding challenge that is shorter, but still demanding. A man named Boulon treats his modern-style Vespa like a stunt bike and maneuvers it through a skate park in Marseilles, France.

-via Doobybrain

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Transformers Pistol



Competitive shooting champion Rico Gonzalez Papa owns this magnificent modified handgun. He calls it the "Modified Megatron." I doubt that it transforms into something more awesome than its current form, for such a thing is not possible.

Link -via Sharp as a Marble | Photo: Rico Gonzalez Papa

Special thanks to Paul Erhardt for helping me find information about this photo.

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PlayStation 3 Ad Makes Your Life Somehow Seem Meaningful


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This commercial reminds us that a hundred years from now it will not matter what kind of car you drove, what kind of house you lived in, how much money was in your bank account nor what your clothes looked like. But the world may be a better place because you kicked butt in a video game.

-via Geekologie

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Philipp Igumnov's Surreal Collages



Philipp Igumnov, an artist in Moscow, makes deliciously surreal photographic collages that take place in worlds where the weird is ordinary. My favorite is this one of a boy about to make the ultimate cannonball.

Link -via Colossal | Artist's Blog

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Blind Diver Gets Scuba Certification

Robert Ainsley-Raffel of Hexham, UK, has been blind since birth. But he's determined to achieve the goals that he's set for his life, including becoming a qualified plumber and a certified diver:

Robert passed his dive theory test with a flying 100% mark and is now looking forward to his first open water dives en route to a full Ocean Diver qualification.

Robert – who takes a white stick under water with him, saying that “it stops me banging my head” – is undaunted by his disability. He says: “I haven’t got a problem being blind – it’s other people that aren’t prepared to step outside the box and find a way around problems that I have the biggest trouble working with.”


Link -via Blame It on the Voices | Photo: Journal Live

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Carl from Aqua Teen Hunger Force Cosplay




On the TV show Aqua Teen Hunger Force, Carl Brutananadilewski is the main characters' next-door neighbor. redditor magasjaru made this nearly-perfect costume of him for Halloween last year. A true fan, he even shaved his head. And, I see, added fake body hair. That was a nice touch.

Link | Previously: Remember the Boston Bomb Scare

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Man Gets Plastic Surgery to Look Like Superman



Herbert Chavez of the Philippines loves Superman so much that he's had numerous cosmetic surgeries to make himself look like the Man of Steel (or some popular versions of him). Specifically, he's had chin implants, rhinoplasty, lip injections, and hip implants. Aquaman, for unknown and probably unknowable reasons, never gets this kind of adoration.

Video -via blastr

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