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"Impossible" Japanese Puzzle Solved After 10 Years!

Makers of "impossible" puzzles must get a kick out of watching people struggle to solve their creation, sitting there all smug with that "I know something you don't know" face on as the person flounders.

And yet these puzzles captivate certain people, frustrating and beffudling as they are, and these obsessed puzzlers will spend years trying to solve the puzzle even if they never get anywhere.

The older Japanese gentleman in this video has been trying to solve an "impossible" puzzle for a decade, and after the solution to the puzzle is revealed to him it becomes clear he should have chosen a different hobby!

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Greatest Secrets Of The Nintendo Entertainment System

I remember the first time I named my save game ZELDA in The Legend Of Zelda and started my game on the second quest, with a completely different map layout, which totally blew my young mind back in '88.

Then came the mighty Contra code, the Track & Field pencil trick and the Duck Hunt brightness trick, which allowed players to hit the duck every time by tweaking the TV's brightness level until it zonked the zapper.

These secrets were shared by word of mouth or through Nintendo Power magazine, so many of them remained undiscovered by gamers, which is a shame because knowing them really would have helped.

For example- I really wish I'd known about Merlin's Mystery Shop in River City Ransom, which sold epic level weapons that would have made beating the game so much easier! Instead I got beat into submission and gave up...*sigh*

See Greatest Secrets Of The NES You Never Knew here

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This French Bulldog Sounds Just Like A Race Car

Some Bulldogs have really bad breathing problems, and both English and French Bulldogs have been known to snore louder than humans due to their respiratory system issues.

These breathing problems cause them to make really funny noises, making them sound like a snuffling pig or a honking goose, but Chibs the French Bulldog tops them all- because he sounds like a furry little race car.

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Abby Russell lives with the adorable Mr. Chibs and the equally adorable Pumpkin, and she shared these videos of Chibs teaching Pumpkin how to "sing" for her dinner, so they can open a doggy dinner theater in Vegas.

-Via Daily Treat

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Fisherman Finds Bizarre Surprise Inside A Largemouth Bass

Fishermen enjoy posting pics of their catches online so they can brag about their haul and provide proof to their skeptical friends, pics that don't look like much unless you're a fisherman or big time fish fan.

But 22-year-old fisherman Monroe MacKinney posted a pic of his catch that everyone will enjoy- because the largemouth bass he caught had a dead mole in its gullet that looked like it was trying to climb out.

-Via Motherboard

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Relics From The Horse-Powered City That Are Still Around

The transition between horse drawn carriages and automobiles was abrupt, and it took some people decades to realize horse based transportation was not going to come back because cars were here to stay.

This transition was so abrupt in fact that relics from the horse-powered city still exist in cities across the globe, which people walk by (or on) every day without a clue what it is or why it's there.

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The large doors found alongside the entrances to homes in places like Greenwich Village, New York are called "horse walks"- interior passageways made so urban horses can safely go from the street to the stable.

And those staircases with the short yet wide stairs are known as a "riders' staircase", and they're found primarily in old European cities where they're part of the city's infrastructure forever more.

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Also integrated into the infrastructure (hopefully forever more) are the metal tethering rings and hitching posts that add a bit of horsey historical flavor to the cityscape.

See 10 Relics From The Horse-Powered City at Mental Floss


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The Tragic Tale Of Balloonfest '86

When I first came across articles discussing "The Balloonfest tragedy in Cleveland" I assumed the reports were referring to something involving hot air balloon mishaps and people dying.

But Balloonfest '86 had nothing to do with hot air balloons- it was a fundraising event for United Way of Cleveland, Ohio, where 1.5 million balloons were launched to set the world record for most balloons launched in a single day.

Adverse weather conditions caused most of the balloons to drift back down to earth, with many landing in Lake Erie where they impeded the Coast Guard's search for two fishermen who disappeared during a subsequent storm. They were later found drowned, and the balloons from the event were blamed for the Coast Guard's failure to find them in time.

This tragic tale of a fundraising stunt gone wrong is well told in Nathan Truesdell's short documentary "Balloonfest":

Balloonfest from Topic on Vimeo.

-Via Laughing Squid


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The Yearbook Photos Of Famous Funny People

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Celebrities often look nothing like their former selves after becoming famous, the Hollywood makeover leaving them looking like a much more "perfect" and polished version of a human.

But comedians aren't like mainstream actors- they don't care about looking perfect or hiding their nerdy side, so they still look recognizable in their high school yearbook photos.

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Donald Glover is playing young Lando Calrissian in the upcoming Han Solo movie, which is obviously a dream role for him since he was wearing a Star Wars tee in his yearbook photo.

Tom Hanks bridged the gap between mainstream acting and comedy and has therefore undergone the Hollywood makeover, but watch his early movies and TV show appearances and you'll see this goofy kid on your screen.

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And who knew Matt LeBlanc and Louis C.K. attended the same junior high and high school in the 80s? Well, Matt LeBlanc and Louis C.K. did, obviously!

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See 13 Famous Funny People's Amazing Yearbook Photos here


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The Story Of Your Friendly Neighborhood Accountant John Spiderman

Spider-Man earned his "friendly neighborhood" nickname by helping his fellow citizens live safer and more peaceful lives, but his services are pretty much limited to doing whatever a spider can.

John Spiderman, on the other hand, earned his "friendly neighborhood CPA" nickname by providing citizens with low cost accounting services, tax filing and a friendly smile...which you can't see since he's wearing a mask.

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This ridiculous video by The Warp Zone may not give Spider Man: Homecoming a run for its money, but it does present an alternate version of Spider-Man Marvel hasn't thought of yet, and that's something, ain't it?

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Little Girl Mistakes Bride For Princess From The Book She's Holding

Some little girls become so obsessed with princesses they start dressing like them, acting like them and telling everyone who will listen that they want to be a princess when they grow up.

They may even mistake real life people for princesses from fairy tales, like this little girl did when she came across a bride named Shandace Robertson decked out in her wedding dress.

In the little girls mind the beautiful white dress she wore made Shandace look just like her favorite princess from The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins, a book she was carrying around when she met the bride.

This happy coincidence was captured by photographer Stephanie Cristalli, who was busy shooting post-wedding pics of the bride and groom on a sidewalk in Seattle when the little girl and her mom Kelsey Edwards approached the "princess".

Now that little girl can live happily ever after since she got to hang out with a princess in Seattle, and the bride has an extra heartwarming element to add to the tale of her wedding day.

And BTW- The Woman In White is not exactly what I would call a kid's book, but maybe the little girl is a really advanced reader?

-Via Bored Panda

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Vintage Film Shows What Homes Should Have Looked Like In The Year 1999 A.D.

Folks had funny ideas about what the home of the future would look like back in the 20th century, and for some reason they saw the Year 2000 as a far off futuristic age full of technological wonders.

As we all know the actual 21st century has not lived up to expectations, which is why it's so fun to take a look back at what those kooky post-war/post-modern minds thought we'd have in our homes today.

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This vision of the future comes to you courtesy of the Philco-Ford Corporation, who released this speculative short film entitled Year 1999 A.D. back in 1967 to show homeowners what their company had planned for the future.


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The Symbiotic Relationship Between Ants And Carnivorous Pitcher Plants

Carnivorous plants are seen as the ultimate bug eating machines, but their entice, entrap and devour technique only works on some bugs, and those who are immune to their tricks feed on them instead.

But even weirder than the eaters of carnivorous plants are those industrious insects who develop a symbiotic relationship with the killer plant- like the Camponotus schmitzi ants that live on the Bornean pitcher plant:

An insect-eating pitcher plant teams up with ants to prevent mosquito larvae from stealing its nutrients, according to research published May 22 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Mathias Scharmann and colleagues from the University of Cambridge and the University Brunei Darussalam.

The unusual relationship between insect-eating pitcher plants and ants that live exclusively on them has long puzzled scientists. The Camponotus schmitzi ants live only on one species of Bornean pitcher plants (Nepenthes bicalcarata), where they walk across slippery pitcher traps, swim and dive in the plant's digestive fluids and consume nectar and prey that fall into the trap. Though the benefits to the ants are obvious, it has been harder to tell what exactly the plants gain. However, plants that harbor the insects grow larger than those that do not, suggesting a mutualistic relationship exists between the two.

Here's a related video from AntsCanada showing what happened when he introduced pitcher plants to a terrarium teeming with yellow ants. He thought it would help thin the population, but the colony had other ideas...

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-Via Boing Boing


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No Context WikiHow Illustrations Raise A Lot Of Questions

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WikiHow became "the world's most popular how-to website" by being a treasure trove full of useful illustrated tutorials, but it does have one major problem- the images make no sense without descriptive text.

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That's why the images are often turned into memes, using the expression on the character's face to tell a tale of heartbreak and/or heartburn we can all relate to.

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Looking through a collection of WikiHow illustrations without context quickly becomes a fun game of "WTF is this drawing trying to teach me?", with the occasional "WTF is this dog thinking?" for good measure.

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See 10 No Context WikiHow Illustrations That Raise A Lot Of Questions here


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A Far Out Animated Short About Whales In Space

Whales look (and sound) totally cool when they're cruising around under the sea, but they look even cooler when they're cruising around on an alien planet IN OUTER SPACE! Of course, even whale poop looks cooler on an alien planet so that's not saying much.

But can you imagine how cool it would be to come across a whale while exploring the surface of an alien planet?

Don't spend too long thinking about it, space out on the surreal and beautiful short PANACEE by Jules BOULAIN-ADENIS, aka NALEB, and watch the space whales soar!

PANACÉE from NALEB on Vimeo.

-Via The Mary Sue


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The Smell Of A Grill

Eddie Cochran claimed there "ain't no cure for the summertime blues", but poor Eddie died before he could spend much time doing the one thing that cures my summertime blues- grillin' stuff.

Whether I'm grilling meat, veggies or an apple fritter it all comes out tasting so deliciously smoky I can't help but get happy when I eat some BBQ, like Scooby Doo after a Scooby Snack happy.

But, as this Jake Likes Onions comic shows, my cereal eating neighbors don't appreciate my love of BBQ as much as I do, which may have something to do with my favorite grilling attire...*wink*

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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An Up Close Look At The Costumes From Marvel's Black Panther

We've finally been treated to a fantastic trailer for Black Panther, and even though many casual comic book fans didn't have a clue who Black Panther was before Captain America: Civil War they're all on board the train to Wakanda now!

So to help get everyone hyped about Black Panther, which is slated to be released in February, 2018, here's a look at the amazing costumes designer Ruth E. Carter created for the film.

Gizmodo's Germain Lussier took these up close pics of Ruth's costumes at D23, giving us a glimpse of what the characters Shuri (Letitia Wright) and Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Zuri (Forest Whitaker), as well as Black Panther's updated costume with his cool new mask/cowl.

See Up Close With The Gorgeous Costumes of Black Panther here


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Meet Baddiewinkle- The Rebel Instagrandma With Over 3 Million Followers

The next time an older person tells you they don't understand social media or the internet, claiming it's strictly for young people, you should show them Baddiewinkle's Instagram account and shut them up for good.

Baddiewinkle is the alternate identity of 88-year-old great grandmother Helen Ruth van Winkle, who has amassed over 3 million followers since posting to Instagram for the first time back in 2014.

Peace and Love

A post shared by badddiiie (@baddiewinkle) on Apr 9, 2014 at 10:03pm PDT

The creation of Baddiewinkle has made a very positive impact on Helen's life, and she even has a new book out called Baddiewinkle's Guide To Life, but internet fame hasn't changed the Instagrandma one bit:

Before she became famous, Baddiewinkle lead a pretty normal life in Waco, Ky. "I had a little 6-acre farm. I took care of it by myself for 15 years," she says. "I did everything that you're supposed to do: mowed, trimmed, had a little garden. I kept busy at all times."

Then one day her great-granddaughter saw her in a pair of cut-off shorts and a tie-dye shirt and said, "Let's make a picture, Grandma, you look awful cute today."

"So I said, 'OK!' " Baddiewinkle recalls. "But from there, you know, it went viral and I was so surprised."

What did people see in that photo? "I think they saw a great-grandmother that didn't care what anybody thought about her," Baddiewinkle says. " 'Here's a rebel. We like her.' "

Read more about Instagrandma Baddiewinkle Says She's 'Always Been A Rebel' at NPR


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D&D Players Reveal The Worst Things They've Ever Done In-Game

The great thing about roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons is the freedom you have to imagine your character doing whatever you want, but this freedom is also the terrible thing about RPGs.

Absolute freedom means figuring out all the nasty things your character can do "just because", and when some people let their imagination run wild it heads straight for the darkest part of the fantasy forest.

Redditor Gate4043 asked the fine people of Ask Reddit "D&D Players, what's the most screwed up thing you've ever done in a game?" (NSFW) and suffice it to say their responses were darker than the darkest Grimdark novel- and much more comical!

See 12 D&D Players Admit the Most Twisted Thing They've Done In-Game here (NSFW language)


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Are The Rich Kids Of Snapchat Actual Spoiled Brats Or Social Media Trolls?

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Not every rich person is an obnoxious, self obsessed egotist, and those who earn their wealth through hard work tend to be pretty humble, but based on their social media posts kids who grow up rich are spoiled brats.

The Rich Kids might be playing it up to earn new followers, or they could be trolling us all by pretending to be the young, rich and greedy when they're actually broke kids with a healthy love of ironic humor.

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But whatever the story behind the "Rich Kids" accounts on Instagram and Snapchat their excess spending is sure to make those of us who work hard for the money excessively angry!

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Cool Looking Castles In And Around Los Angeles

The castles of Los Angeles aren't limited to Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland (which is actually in Anaheim, not L.A.) or Hogwarts Castle at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter inside Universal Studios Hollywood.

There's also Hearst Castle and the Houdini Estate (above), both of which are more epic mansion than castle, and then there's the Magic Castle, which is the home base for the Academy of Magic Arts and definitely looks like a castle.

Now if you're looking for a bona fide castle in L.A. you're looking for the Chateau Elysee, a seven story castle "built in 1927 as a replica of a 17th Century Normandy Castle" which offers Sunday brunch and free guided tours.

The Elysee's 77 rooms were rented out to guests in the 30s and 40s, and Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart all stayed there, but now it's the Church of Scientology Celebrity Center so if they ask you to stay over say NO.

See 10 Castles In And Around Los Angeles That Are Too Beautiful To Miss here


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Cat Has A Hilarious Reaction To His Owner Telling Him It's Time To Go Home

Develop a close bond with your pet and you'll swear they understand the words coming out of your mouth, as if they learn human languages simply by living amongst us.

And as they develop a deeper understanding of our speech patterns they start to take notice of certain bits they like and bits they don't like.

Food related words make them come running, praise makes them purr, and direct orders are seen as a threat to their freedom, which causes them to switch into rebel mode as demonstrated by Luigi the cat.

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-Via AWM

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The Best Strategy For Surviving A Grenade Blast

Every type of gun imaginable can be found in homes across North America, but explosive ordnance like rockets and grenades are hardly ever seen, much less used, outside of the battlefield.

So the odds you'll ever need to know how to survive a grenade blast are slim to none, however the odds all the curious minds out there are now dying to know how to survive a grenade blast "just because" are great.

So here's the answer backed by science and demonstrated by Mark Rober and TheBackyardScientist:

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Didn't feel like watching the entire video for answers? Here's the strategy in a nutshell:

As they explain above, the shrapnel (or fragments) from the grenade is the most dangerous part, not the blast itself. So, if you see one fall to the ground near you, it’s time to hit the deck. Turn and face away from the grenade, get at least 15 feet away, then lay on your stomach with the flat parts of your feet pointing toward the grenade. That will significantly reduce the chance of shrapnel hitting you, and if it does, there’s a chance it will hit the soles of your shoes, not your flesh. Also, if you see one fall into the water you’re swimming in, get out—don’t dive deeper. In that case, the shrapnel won’t get you, but the pressure created by the blast will compress your lungs and do some serious damage.

-Via Lifehacker


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How To Make A Year-Old Edible Sandwich

Everybody knows sandwiches are best eaten fresh, but sometimes we get distracted, fill up on other foods or forget we made dinner plans with someone from our Improv group and our sandwich ends up neglected and uneaten.

Then when we try to eat it anyway we discover it's dry (or soggy) and tastes like crap, so imagine what a sandwich eaten a year later would taste like...*barf*

Despite the disgusting nature of this premise Andy George of How To Make Everything felt he needed to know what it would take to make a sandwich edible after a year.

So he spoke to an expert on what makes food rot, then set about pickling, smoking, dehydrating and salt curing the makings of a year-old sandwich.

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-Via Geeks Are Sexy

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Twitter Account Shares Correct Names For Everyday Objects

Humans love to name stuff, rename stuff and give stuff cute little nicknames, and the more loved or hated the stuff the more nicknames it earns.

I'm always on the lookout for fresh new nicknames for stuff,  and the Twitter account @CorrectNames has proven to be a treasure trove of alternate names for stuff like milk (cereal sauce), water (snowman blood) and manatees (marshmallow seals).

So stop using the same old boring nicknames for stuff and find new names for the same old stuff at @CorrectNames, and you'll have a bright future full of fun new names for stuff!

See This Twitter Account Is Exposing The Real Names For Everyday Objects And It's Mindblowing here


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Jack Black Perfectly Lip Syncs To Iron Maiden, Talking Heads And More!

Jack Black is no stranger to the music scene, and even though he's more commonly known for his screen time in movies and TV shows his band Tenacious D proves he's truly a star of both stage and screen.

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So what's next for the veteran actor/musician/comedian? According to the videos he has been posting on Instagram lately Jack is ready to conquer the world of Lip Sync Karaoke, which is to singing as mime is to clowning- silent.

#TalkingHeads #PsychoKiller #RadOnes

A post shared by Jack Black (@jackblack) on Jul 9, 2017 at 2:19pm PDT

Jack has posted many more really rad lip sync videos to his Instagram, including Sabbath's The Wizard, Little Room by The White Stripes and this rousing rendition of PJ Harvey's Dress.

@pjharveyofficial #Dress #RadOnes

A post shared by Jack Black (@jackblack) on Jun 16, 2017 at 11:22am PDT

-Via Dangerous Minds


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"Historically Accurate" Burger King

The Burger King who stars in the fast food chain's commercials gives people the creeps, and he has been known to act like a creep when he's hopped up on Whopper Sauce and Chicken Fries.

But, as much as he dresses like a pimp and acts like a greedy pig, at least the Burger King has never demanded Prima Nocta privileges from newlywed customers, and water is free and available any time in his restaurants.

So before you dismiss the Burger King as a creep watch this minimal animation short by AOK and see how bad the King of Burgers could be if he acted more "kingly"! (NSFW language)

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Transforming A Game Boy Camera Into A Tool For Astrophotography

It's surprising how many electronic devices considered toys contain components so high tech they can be used for purposes well beyond playtime, and some can even be used for the advancement of science.

Take the Game Boy camera for instance- this "monochrome, 2bit, 128×112 pixel CMOS camera" was released in 1998 for use with the Nintendo Game Boy, and back in those pre-smartphone camera days it was considered pretty decent.

Twenty years later a master's student in Astronomy and Instrumentation at Leiden University named Alex Pietrow figured out a way to use the Game Boy camera to photograph celestial objects:

Pietrow gives tours of the Leiden University’s Old Observatory in the Netherlands, which was in use from 1860 to the 1970s and still houses its original telescopes. One perk of this job is that he can use the antique telescopes there for personal observation. Naturally, he set to work attaching his Game Boy Advance SP, along with its camera to an antique telescope, built in 1838.

Physically attaching the Game Boy to the scope was the biggest challenge of the build, since the camera doesn’t have a standard shape to fit into an eyepiece or normal photographic equipment, much less something built nearly 200 years ago. To compensate for this mismatch of parts, he squeezed the GameBoy into a mount meant to hold a phone, and lined it up after quite a bit of trial and error.

As seen in the photos above, the results are low-resolution, but spectacular for what they are. Due to a cloudy sky, the setup was first tested on a nearby church tower’s clock, which can be seen below next to a modern photo of it. In later photos he was able to photograph Earth’s moon, complete with craters.

Another photo seen here even allowed him was even able to pick out two of Jupiter’s moons, pointed out via red arrows in one of the images. The other dots in that photo are due to photographic noise caused by light pollution, which is a factor in any city.

Read Transforming A Game Boy Camera Into A Tool For Astrophotography here


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Castles Made Of Sand Were Built To Be Destroyed

When children build castles in the sand their construction is often accompanied by a story telling where the structure is from, who lives there and what's happening inside the sand structure.

It's a tradition among sandcastle builders that dates back thousands of years, and yet these stories of warfare, death and destruction sadly never change, because if the waves don't destroy the castle the crabs surely will.

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This amazing looking CGI short entitled "Chateau de Sable" was created by students Quentin DELEAU Lucie FONCELLE, GOUDAL Maxime Julien PARIS and Sylvain ROBERT from ESMA.


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Clever Superhero Room Ideas You'll Want To Steal

People are adding geeky themes to their homes more than ever before, with superhero motifs being the most popular by far, but along with the trend comes repetition and boredom since many DIYers lack imagination.

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Which is why you should take a look at lists like BuzzFeed's 19 Superhero Room Ideas Guaranteed To Make You The Coolest before you renovate, so you can create a heroic space both you and your inner child will be proud of.

This tutorial from DudeMom shows how to add fabric panels and a new paint job to an old dresser and make it look totally super, or if you'd rather buy than DIY the Super Hero Ceiling Fan Blades seen at the top of the post may be more your speed.

And while you're at it you may want to add these adorable prints to the kid's room and remind them that "Even Superman Eats His Vegetables".

See more Beyond Clever Superhero Room Ideas You'll Want To Steal here


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Cancelled Military Operations That Would Have Changed Everything

When military leaders draw up plans for operations meant to help them win a battle, if not the war, their plans are ideally designed to have maximum impact on the enemy with minimal friendly casualties.

However, these operations have a lot of factors involved that need to come together perfectly for the plan to succeed, so if there's a question of failure or repercussions they're likely to pull the plug.

The Nazi invasion of Switzerland seemed inevitable during World War II, and Switzerland even raised the draft age to 60 just to make sure they could defend against a Nazi invasion.

But in the end Hitler clearly felt the backlash from the German people for attacking a neutral country would be too great, and the rest is history!

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This info packed video from Top Tenz discusses potentially impactful military operations that were scrapped at the last minute, revealing how wartime military operations can shape history whether set into motion or not.


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This Is The Last Slave Leia Cosplay We'll Ever Need

I thought Slave Leia costumes had been done to death until I saw this extra sexy version by Bearded Leia cosplay, which features the shaggy dog of the gender swap world and his handler.

The best part about this cosplay isn't the beard, or the fact that Bearded Leia is comfortable enough with his body that he's down to wear a golden bikini at a Con. No, the best part by far is that totally tubular Jabba the Hutt balloon sculpture!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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