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Tank Bookmobile Is a Weapon of Mass Instruction

Raul Lemesoff converted a 1979 Ford Falcon into an open air bookmobile. He drives it around Buenos Aires, offering books to anyone who wants them. The Weapon of Mass Instruction, as Lemesoff calls it, promotes "peace through literature." Lemesoff has already driven it to remote regions of Argentina and hopes to expand the project into other nations.

Video Link -via reddit | Photo by the artist

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In Case of Fire, Please Calmly Exit the Building Down the Alligator

The street artist ROA ! made this enormous mural on a building in Atlanta, Georgia. It was his contribution to the Living Walls Conference, a street art symposium.

Link -via My Modern Met | Conference Website

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Where's Waldo? -- The Movie

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He's the best agent they had. They called him out of retirement for one last mission. It's the last mistake they'll ever make. Don't ask "Where's Waldo?"

And pray that he never finds you.

-via Fashionably Geek

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Ad for a Nose Hair Trimmer

Hair trimmer? Dude, you need a machete for that forest. Publicis, an advertising agency in Germany, made this ad to promote a small body hair trimmer. It and a similar ad that you can find at the link make use of wild vines.

Link -via Blame It on the Voices | Photo: Mertphoto

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Choose Your Own Adventure: A Day at the Office

This is, by a wide margin, the funniest thing you will see on the Internet today. The great cartoonist Caldwell Tanner has made a Choose Your Own Adventure Novel for those of you who dream of the excitement of office life. The Boss wants his document yesterday. Why haven't you printed it? There are thirty pages and six possible endings to this story. See if you can survive.

Link -via Super Punch

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QR Code Die Lets You Roll Multiple Dice without Even Picking It up

A needle felted die is pretty cool. One with QR codes is even better. But one on which each code represents a number of dice is totally neat-o-rama! Scanning a side of Shannon Henry's needle felted die pulls up's six-sided dice generator. The red pips tells you how many dice you're rolling, so you can roll up to six six-sided dice just by scanning the correct side.

Link -via Geek Crafts

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Quadcopter Robots Playing the James Bond Theme

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They're not quite up to the level of the Chuck E. Cheese band, but these quadcopters from the University of Pennsylvania's General Robotics, Automation, Sensing and Perception (GRASP) Lab are off to a good start. Sign them for a single contract, set up a ten-city tour, and see what they can do.

Link -via Dude Craft

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Letter from an Ex-Slave to His Former Master: I'm Coming to Get You

Spotswood Rice had been born a slave. But by September of 1864, he was a free man and a soldier in the U.S. Army. His daughter was still enslaved in Missouri. Rice had work to do in the South, but he wanted his former mistress, Katherine Diggs, to know that he would return after the war to collect his daughter. So he sent Diggs a letter stating his intentions, and swearing vengeance if she harmed her:

I want you to understand kittey diggs that where ever you and I meets we are enmays to each orthere I offered once to pay you forty dollers for my own Child but I am glad now that you did not accept it Just hold on now as long as you can and the worse it will be for you you never in you life befor I came down hear did you give Children any thing not eny thing whatever not even a dollers worth of expencs now you call my children your pro[per]ty not so with me my Children is my own and I expect to get them and when I get ready to come after mary I will have bout a powrer and autherity to bring hear away and to exacute vengencens on them that holds my Child

There's serious doubt about the authenticity of Jourdan Anderson's similar letter. But Spotswood Rice's is real.

Link | Photo (unrelated) via Rocky Grove High School

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The World's First Cupcake ATM

Humans have not walked on the moon since 1972. To some cynics, this means that the human will to build great, revolutionary technologies has faded.

The cynics are wrong. Behold the 24-hour cupcake ATM, developed by the best and the brightest at the Sprinkles bakery in Los Angeles. It stays continuously stocked with freshly-baked cupcakes.

Link -via DVICE | Photo: Sprinkles

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Cat Watching Star Wars for the First Time

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There's something special about watching a person experience Star Wars for the first time. The expressions of wonder, excitement, sadness, and joy -- it's like experiencing them for yourself all over again. Here's a cat, sitting like a human, watching the Battle of Yavin from Episode IV. As the action heats up, about a minute into the video, he gets agitated.

-via Blame It on the Voices

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Novelty Driver's License

A few months ago, I considered growing mutton chops. My wife said "Absolutely not." I proposed a compromise that would meet her halfway: just one mutton chop. This, too, was unacceptable. It's a pity, because I missed out on a great driver's license photo, like that of redditor adambard.

Link -via reddit

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Bank Robber Gets Caught When He Goes Back inside the Bank to Withdraw Money for Cab Fare

The German general Helmuth von Moltke the Elder once said, "No plan of battle survives first contact with the enemy." This is often true: no matter how carefully you plan an undertaking, something will go wrong. Take, for example, the cunning plan of an accused bank robber in Atlanta, Georgia. He demanded money from a teller, who refused and hid behind bullet-proof glass. The suspect was unable to get past the barrier, so he left the bank without any money. This meant that he had no money to pay for the taxi, which was his getaway vehicle:

According to Chamblee police, the taxi driver said she picked up the passenger at the Chamblee MARTA station and transported him round trip to the Wells Fargo.

Upon their return to the MARTA station, the man told the driver he needed to go to the station parking lot to get money out of his car to pay for the trip.

The driver, concerned her passenger was going to skip out without paying, blocked his car with the taxi and got the attention of a MARTA officer. The officer didn't know about the bank robbery and talked Gladston into going back to the bank to withdraw money to pay for the cab ride.

When the suspect went back into the bank to get money to pay for his taxi ride, bank employees informed police officers (who had by then arrived) that he was the robber. Police then arrested the suspect.

Link -via Stuff | Photo (unrelated) via Flickr user theycallmetelly

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Inventor Proposes Levitating Buildings on Air Cushions During Earthquakes

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Those of us who merely watched the devastating 2011 Tohoku earthquake on screens got to witness something amazing: the resiliency and resourcefulness of the Japanese people. And we're still seeing it as Japan prepares for future earthquakes. Here's one example. Youichi Sakamoto invented a foundation structure that raises buildings on air pockets as soon as an earthquake starts:

1. A sensor detects the rumblings of an earthquake.

2. Within .5 to 1 second an air tank pushes air in-between an artificial foundation and the actual structure of the home, lifting it as high as 3cm off the ground.

3. While the earth below violently shakes, the levitating home quietly and patiently waits, returning back to the ground once the tectonic plates have settled.

Link -via Marginal Revolution

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Indiana Jones Cupcake

Cupcakes. Why'd it have to be cupcakes? Kati Peck's Indiana Jones captures the whole movie franchise with a whip, a hat and lots of sugar. Visit her photostream to see cupcakes with Lost, True Blood, and Watchmen themes.

Link -via That's Nerdalicious! | Photostream

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"Who Do You Think You Are? I Am!"

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In this video, Pete Weber clinched his victory in the Professional Bowlers Association's U.S. Open. It's Weber's fifth U.S. Open title, and he seems rather pleased, doesn't he?

I think that I'll mimic this routine after publishing each post for the next day.

Link -via @itscolossal

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"Duck Season. Fire!"

Wabbit season. Duck season. Wabbit season. Duck season. Fire! Elmer Fudd's duck-faced prey is out of season, but does anyone mind?

Image by Christian Kalczewski.

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Grandma's Handy Computer/Life Tips

Graphic designer Chacho Puebla posed his grandmother with signs offering prudent advice about using computers and social media. What is unstated in this one is that women leave their Excel husbands for Illustrator lovers.

Link -via Nerdcore

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Dinner Will Be Ready in Half an Hour

redditor ihatepants writes "My Vietnamese mom had these in the freezer to scare me. It worked." Fine, then, hand me your portion.

Other redditors identify these cute little fellows as Giant Water Bugs and note that their aggressive behavior. In some parts of the world, they're called "Toe Biters."


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Baked Potato Beanbag Chair Needs More Shredded Cheese

Art student Brook Abboud, inventor of the pizza slice sleeping bag, knows how to make comfort food. Here's her beanbag chair featuring a satin pillow shaped like a pat of butter. Coat yourself with sour cream before sitting down for the complete experience.

Link -via That's Nerdalicious!

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Jetliner inside a Light Bulb

A Polish modelmaker named Rafal Z made a tiny paper model of the Airbus A330 inside a light bulb. Oh, he didn't make it entirely inside. But he did add the wings. You can view more pictures at the link.

Link -via Technabob

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Bib Fortuna Tattoo

He worked as a court functionary for Jabba the Hutt in Star Wars, but Bib Fortuna was better known as a a great sage. Don't you grasp his wisdom? Here, watch a ten-minute continuous loop of his most famous statement. It'll make more sense afterwards.

Link -via Fashionably Geek

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Wonder Woman Soup

This cute fruit soup of watermelon, raspberries and strawberries is topped with mango sliced into the shape of Wonder Woman's crest. Make it for the wonder-inspiring women in your family. You can find a simple recipe at the link.

Link -via Tasteologie

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Wyoming Considers Acquiring an Aircraft Carrier

Wyoming's legislature is considering a bill that would establish a commission to draw up a plan to prepare the state for the collapse of the United States government. Should that event ever occur, Wyoming's government would need to act as a national government by sustaining a currency, ensuring international commerce and providing military defense among other tasks. One provision of the bill would instruct the task force to examine:

[...] conditions under which the state of Wyoming should implement a draft, raise a standing army, marine corps, navy and air force and acquire strike aircraft and an aircraft carrier.

Wait, an aircraft carrier? It's not a completely ridiculous proposition, argues Kevin Underhill:

The state does not have a whole hell of a lot of water, to be honest. It appears that its largest lake is Yellowstone Lake, which on average is about 140 feet deep. (Yes, it's in a national park now, but that wouldn't matter, would it?) The draft of a Midway-class carrier, which you can probably find on eBay for cheap, was only 33 feet; even the biggest carrier available (Nimitz-class) only needs about 40 feet of water to float. So yes, assuming they could find one and figure out a way to get it in there, the people of Wyoming could potentially have their own aircraft carrier. It might not have much room to putt around in, but still.


P.S. Don't dismiss the notion just because Wyoming is landlocked -- it wouldn't be the first landlocked nation to have a navy.

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Stained Glass TARDIS

For an art class project, Alexandria made this stained glass TARDIS. The top comes off, so she plans to use it to store candy. Keep an eye out for her future projects, which Alexandria says will have Doctor Who and Star Trek themes.

Link -via Geek Crafts

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Karate Chopsticks Ad

This clever ad by the Grey Group in Tokyo lets you split wood before you even enter the dojo for the first time. Also: chopping of your own leg at the same time. But no pain, no gain.

Link -via That's Nerdalicious!

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Banana and Peanut Butter Sushi Roll

That would be disgusting, except that there's no fish in this concoction. It just looks like a sushi roll. Katelyn of Domestic Charm devised a simple recipe that uses only bananas, tortillas, honey, raisins, peanut butter and cinnamon. Roll them together for breakfast or an afternoon snack.

Link -via Cathy Grande

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Rejected Star Wars Promotional Merchandise

Yes, your soda is just fine. In fact, it's in perfect hibernation. This refrigerator is one of many rejected Star Wars/Pepsi merchandising concepts by Jason Geyer including Bantha slippers, an AT-AT chair caddy and a Jedi mood ring.

Link -via blastr

P.S. You can find real Star Wars merchandise at the NeatoShop.

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The Funeral for the Last American Veteran of the War of 1812

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Though he was only fourteen years old, Hiram Cronk enlisted in the United States Army when British forces threatened Upstate New York. He participated in the defense of Sackets Harbor on Lake Ontario, serving for three months. Then he went home, became a shoemaker, got married and had children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Cronk died in 1905 at the age of 105. He was the last American veteran of the War of 1812, so his funeral was a major public event in New York City. Watch the funeral procession, featuring veterans from the Civil War and Spanish-American War, move through Brooklyn.

Link -via American Digest | Photo of Cronk's Grave

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Dog Steals Baguette, Not Sure What to Do with It

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The bread loaf fits through the hallway, but not through the narrow entrance to her crate. Now what? Watch this dog think through the problem.

-via Blame It on the Voices

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cups inspired by Fringe

BraveTart writes "I don’t know if I should feel ashamed or proud that I’ve written the world’s first and only Fringe/Reese's Cup fan fiction." I'm voting for "proud" because there's no such thing as too weird.

Recipe and Story -via Tasteologie

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