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The Whole World in a Drop of Water



Did anyone else think of The Little Prince when first seeing this picture? Marcus Reugels, whose work we've featured previously, doesn't describe the meaning of his water drop visions, but they are mesmerizing. And working Batman and Spider-Man into the collection was a great idea.

Link -via Geekologie | Artist's Website

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A True Land Yacht



"Why doesn't every car have a flybridge?" That was a question posed to custom carmaker Randy Grubb. You'll ask it, too, after taking a spin in the Decoliner -- Grubb's monument to the majesty of both the Art Deco era and the open road. You can steer it from the roof, which is built like a motorboat console. Or you can peek inside and witness what a craftsman of vision and dedication can accomplish.

Link -via Jalopnik (where there's a video)

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Pooled Oil Paintings



Matthew Davis creates gorgeous paintings by carefully dripping paint over his canvas, adding layers to form images. His technique is particularly effective for water scenes, like the one above. They remind me of the work of another artist we've featured recently who also doesn't use a paintbrush.

Artist's Website -via Colossal

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Jello Origami



With the right mixture, you can actually create durable sheets of gelatin and then fold them. My Jello Americans, a blog hosted by gelatin artists with impressive abilities, has a video that shows you how. Even if you don't want to make it, be sure to check out their main page to see some amazing works.

Link -via That's Nerdalicious!

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Prius Camper Conversion Kit



According to the inventor, Camp-Inn, this camper can sleep four people. Judging from the interior photos at the link, I'd say that's a plausible claim. Owners can probably modify it to have a toilet and a galley, but it'd take creative thinking.

Link -via Glenn Reynolds | Photo: Camp-Inn

Previously: Prius Stretch Limo

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New Zealand Farmers Want Sheep Shearing to Be an Olympic Sport

This is a sport that has no place for the sheepish among you. You've got to be tough, fast, and precise with the clippers. That's why shearing is a competitive event in New Zealand, and some people there want the Olympic Games to host it as a demonstration sport:

Maxwell said men’s and women’s world record-holders, Ivan Scott of Ireland and Kerri-Jo Te Huia of New Zealand, showed the athleticism necessary to reach the top of world shearing.

“Ivan regained his world eight-hour solo lamb title by shearing 749 lambs, seven more than the previous world record,” she said.

“Kerri-Jo smashed the women’s eight-hour solo lamb shearing world record by shearing 507 lambs, 37 more than the previous record.”

To be accepted on the Olympic program, a sport first must be recognized by the International Olympic Committee by being widely practiced around the world and administered by an international federation that ensures that the sport’s activities follow the Olympic Charter.


Link -via MetaFilter | Photo: Flickr user NatalieMaynor

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Would You Like to Wear These Crocs?



I've never worn crocs, but I've heard that they're comfortable. Now I'm not sure why. This pair was made by an Amsterdam-based artist who goes by the name "Sit."

Link -via My Modern Met | Photo: Jonathan LeVine Gallery

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The Only Dogsled Special Forces Unit in the World



Denmark is responsible for the defense of Greenland. To serve this role over such a vast and harsh land, the Royal Danish Navy maintains Sirius, the only special forces unit in the world that travels primarily by dogsled. Photographer Fritz Hoffman joined one team on its patrol into the frozen wilderness, snapping pictures of the amazing men and dogs who keep the peace there. You can view several more at the link.

Link -via Marilyn Terrell | Fritz Hoffman's Website

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Meteorites from Mars Rain Down on Earth

Didn't Starship Troopers feature aliens hitting the Earth with rocks? Well, I'm sure that it's nothing. Anyway, we're getting hit by meteorites of Martian origin:

Scientists are confirming that 15 pounds of rock collected recently in Morocco fell to Earth from Mars during a meteorite shower last July.

This is only the fifth time in history scientists have chemically confirmed Martian meteorites that people witnessed falling. The fireball was spotted in the sky six months ago, but the rocks weren't discovered on the ground in North Africa until the end of December. [...]

Astronomers think millions of years ago something big smashed into Mars and sent rocks hurtling through the solar system. After a long journey through space, one of those rocks plunged through Earth's atmosphere, breaking into smaller pieces.

Most other Martian meteorite samples sat around on Earth for millions of years — or at the very least, decades — before they were discovered, which makes them tainted with Earth materials and life. These new rocks, while still probably contaminated because they have been on Earth for months, are purer.

The last time a Martian meteorite fell and was found fresh was in 1962. All the known Martian rocks on Earth add up to less than 240 pounds.


Link -via io9 | Photo: Darryl Pitt

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Adult Corvette Towing a Baby Corvette



The cute little fella even has his own trailer! Oh, they grow up so fast. Enjoy these years while you can.

Link -via Jalopink | Photo: Twitter user LedsKat

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Digital Rug Changes as You Walk over It


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I can't find much information about this video, other than that the people are speaking Dutch. They're obviously having a good time. But if you have to rake those leaves, it's like a Sisyphean hell.

-via The Presurfer

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Paper Vader



This beautiful papercraft Darth Vader imitates the Christian icons of Byzantine art. It was made by the Spanish designer Lubolo. The best part of the project is the video at the link which shows how Lubolo made it. If you've ever wondered how three-dimensional papercraft images are made, the video will give you a great demonstration.

Link -via Technabob

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Drunk History: The Exploration of Antarctica


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The famed Norwegian polar explorer Roald Amundsen had a nose ring. It's true! This video shot and produced in Antarctica by people living there (Antarcticans?) proves it! Take an intoxicated journey into the early history of Antarctic exploration in the style of Derek Waters's Drunk History series. Content warning: foul language.

-- Thanks to Laura Omdahl on Ross Island!

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Dog Has Rebel Alliance Logo Cut into His Fur



But what's not obvious is that the dog isn't working for the Alliance. He's a spy for the Empire. The hairy emblem is part of a false flag operation. Do not trust this dog owned by a friend of Geekologie reader Joe.

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Teddy Bear Skin Rugs



No, Fuzzy, noooooo! Yes, unfortunately. Fuzzy took the trapper's bait and is now decorating a floor. Agustina Woodgate reminisced on her own childhood by making rugs from many stuffed animals. You can find more pictures and a video at the link.

Link -via Nerdcore | Artist's Website | Photo by the artist

Previously by this artist: Castle Models Made from Human Hair

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A Professor Snape-Inspired Office



Logospilgrim is just a bit interested in the character of Severus Snape from Harry Potter. She has Snape tattoos, dresses like Snape, and has written two books about him. Her home office is a shrine packed with objects and decorations that would please him, including potion bottles that are presumably empty. You can view several more pictures at the link.

Link | Logospilgrim's Website

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Atari 2600 iPhone Dock



Etsy seller Daniel McLeod writes "I had an old Atari 2600 that had stopped working and I couldn't just get rid of it." Well, of course not! That'd be like getting rid of your own mother because she got old. Classic Ataris should be cherished and repurposed, and that's what he did. McLeod's is now an audio dock.

Link -via Technabob

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Chocolate-Covered Strawberry Footballs



The Super Bowl is less than three weeks away, so you'd better start making plans. These strawberry treats are hardcore football fan food. Jackie Dodd of Domestic Fits provides a simple recipe at the link.

Link -via Tasteologie

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This Car is a Regulation Pool Table



Big Daddy Vini, the legendary car customizer, build this portable billiard hall onto an old Chevrolet Monte Carlo chassis. When it's on site, levels make sure that the table is properly balanced. The cab features a refrigerator and a television set for all of your hustling needs. View more pictures and videos at the link.

Link -via Jalopnik

Previously: Volkswagen Hippie Van Pool Table

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Supercut Video of Lionel Richie's "Hello."






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It's like all of cinematic history has been a grand conspiracy to express the lyrics of Lionel Richie's song "Hello." Thankfully, Matthijs Vlot has uncovered the truth. -via Nerdcore | Vlot's Website


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Knitted Tapestry Reveals the Mona Lisa When Viewed from the Right Angle


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Mathematical crafters Pat Ashforth and Steve Plummer have lately been exploring ways to knit optical illusions. The results are amazing! They have other knitted illusions at the link, including ones showing characters from Doctor Who, Twilight, and Harry Potter.

Link -via Craft

Previously by these artists: Knitted Napier's Bones

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This Breakfast Is the Right Way to Start, and Finish the Day



If you eat everything, it's free and you get a t-shirt and your picture posted on the hall of fame. Despite this motivation, only one person has finished the Winkinator Challenge from Mary Jane's Cafe in Warrensburg, Missouri:

The breakfast challenge consists of a MASSIVE 17? diameter x 1/2? thick pancake, 12 eggs, 8 pieces of sausage, 12 strips of bacon, & 2 large glasses of chocolate milk. The platter weighs just over 5 Lbs.


Link -via That's Nerdalicious!

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Don't Scratch Your Face While Driving Mercedes-Benz's Gesture-Controlled Car


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The Dynamic & Intuitive Control Experience (DICE) is an experimental system that could allow people to control cars by moving their hands in front of sensors. It also has options to access social media and entertainment options while driving. What could possibly go wrong?

Link -via DVICE

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Rate My Rat: The Photo Contest for New York City Subway Rats



Hot or not? Cast your vote! A union of subway workers in New York City found an ingenious way of drawing attention to the rat problem that its members have to deal with every day. It's holding a contest that encourages people to submit photos of rats found in the tunnels and rate them on a scale of one to five.

Link -via Oddity Central

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Beyond the Borders of Postage Stamps



Molly Rausch takes classic postage stamps and imagines the scenes that lay beyond their limited scope. She begins by pasting the stamp on paper and then adding watercolors and gouaches. Rausch does no research on the stamps, so her works are exercises in pure speculation (as the flying saucer over the White House suggests).

Link -via Colossal

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The Handbag Designed by Leonardo da Vinci



For the ultimate retro look, get Leonardo da Vinci's handbag. It's a modern leather purse from the fashion house Ghrardini that is based on a design sketched by Leonardo in the Codex Atlanticus, a collection of his notes and drawings. At the link, you can watch a video of an artisan assembling one.

Link -via American Digest | Photo: Museo Ideale Leonardo Da Vinci

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Head of Anne Frank Carved into a Copy of Her Book



To promote an upcoming celebration of Dutch literature, the ad agency Van Wantern Etcetera carved portraits of four Dutch writers into copies of their autobiographical and biographical works. At the link, you can find other book sculptures in the series depicting Vincent van Gogh, Louis van Gaal and Kader Abdolah.

Link -via NotCot | Agency Website

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High Tech Car Seat Includes Butt Recognition System

Science fiction movies such as Demolition Man inform us that the future of locksmithing lies in biometric recognition technology, like retinal scans. They were partially right. Locks will scan users' body parts, but not always the eyes. Researchers at the Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology have developed a car seat that measures and evaluates the body shape of the person sitting in it:

The trick is that the system measures the pressure people apply on the seat through a set of 360 sensors.

Each sensor is measuring pressure by its own and sends the information to a laptop, which aggregates the information to show key data like the highest value of pressure, area of contact on the seat (see below), and other factors. According to its makers, the system was able to identify drivers with 98% accuracy during experiments.


For every lock, there's a lockpick. How do you think thieves will crack this system?

Link -via Technabob | Photo: Advanced Institute of Industrial Technology

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The Coffee Shop Where Customers Pay for Each Others' Drinks

Two years ago, a woman walked into the Corner Perk coffee shop in Bluffton, South Carolina and paid for a cup of coffee with a hundred dollar bill. She asked the barista to use the change to pay for other people's orders as they came in. This surprising act of generosity to strangers spun into a cycle of giving:

"People will come in and say, “What do you mean? I don't understand. Are you trying to buy me a coffee today?” And I say,” No, somebody came in 30 minutes ago and left money to pay for drinks until it runs out,” The Corner Perk owner Josh Cooke said.

It kicked off two years ago with an average-joe customer who left the first one hundred dollar bill.

"It's someone that just has a kind heart and wants that to generate in this area,’ Cooke said of the anonymous donor.

She got what she wanted -- not just customers, but strangers who heard what was happening started paying for people who follow.

"He said I want to do that, too. He just gave me the hundred dollars and left. He didn't even get anything,” Corner Perk’s Sara Clemmons said.

None leaves their name, only their money and a feeling of inspiration jolting this community.


Link -via Adrienne Crezo | Photo (unrelated) by Flickr user The Marmot | Cafe Website

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Man in Gorilla Suit Watches House Fire

What is going on in this photo that briefly appeared on the website of The New Hampshire Union-Leader? Thanks to a screenshot grabbed by Jason Linkins of The Huffington Post, we know that the caption read:

Firefighters wrap up the scene at a fire at 15 M. St. in Hampton this morning, where a home was gutted by two fires this morning. Right, Wayne McGowen, who was sleeping in the basement of the house when it caught fire, watches firefighters at the scene along with neighbor Kali Burns, who was dressed a a gorilla.


Linkins refers to this image and its caption by reporter Jason Shreiber as a great moment in photojournalism. I couldn't agree more.

Link -via The Agitator

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