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19 Pepsi Flavors You Might Not Be Familiar With



I don't know about you, but I love me some Pepsi, and I usually give any new flavor that comes out a try before going back to the tried and true original. But some of the flavors on this list sound delicious, and I really wish I could get my hands on a sixer! *soda addiction alert*

From ice cream to cucumber to apple, it's too bad that most of these flavors wouldn't sell very well here in the U.S. because I have got a craving as fierce as a caged tiger and I need to get my hands on some, unless we're talking about Crystal Pepsi, which I think would have made a better suntan lotion than a can of pop.

And the idea of a hot cinnamon soda really burns my behind for some reason, and the holiday spice can falalalala off the shelves for all eternity as far as I'm concerned. But I don't think I could ever get my fill of the rest of the flavors on this list.

Why does it cost so much to ship cases of soda here from Japan? *grits teeth*

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Abandoned Cars Reclaimed By Nature



The poor old cars in this series of photographs by Peter Lippmann, entitled Paradise Parking, are seemingly being reclaimed by forces of nature, one branch at a time.

It's a dark and horrifying series if you're a classic car lover like me, and I feel like these pictures should be posted on car restoration enthusiast forums as a plea for help.

They would make great backgrounds for a post-apocalyptic photo shoot, or scenes from a horror movie about zombie cars coming back for revenge against their negligent owners. But, like the cameraman shooting a nature video, I can't help but wonder if Peter had to fight the urge to cut these classic beauties free after he got the perfect shot.

Link  --via i09

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Chupa Chups Advertising Isn't Just For Suckers


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Advertising campaigns usually rely on suckers to buy their products, but this campaign for Chupa Chups candy is trying to get you to buy suckers and prove you're not just some sucker at the same time.

Created by BBH Singapore, the spot is called "R4V3N: Never Not Winning" and it features a rather unique use for their suckers-a lollipop controlled joystick that will help you become an online gaming champion.

It's a clever way to advertise their product and their new online promo game at the same time, and R4V3N's ridiculous style is what's truly never not winning about this spot.

--via DesignTAXI


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Test Your Trivia Skills Against Hitchcock, Ninjas And Jack Nicholson

 



This screenshot of a Jack Nicholson style character looking rather jaundiced comes from an kooky Japanese video game called Quiz Daisousa Sen-The Last Count Down.

It came out in the arcades in 1991 and featured a cast of celebrity characters, including: Bruce Willis, Alfred Hitchcock, Mike Tyson, Jack Nicholson, Jackie Chan and Bruce Lee, among other less famous enemies like ninjas, cyborgs and a girl that looks like Regan from The Exorcist.

This rather unique game looks like it would be fun to play, especially while sitting at the bar with a pint of stout in my hand. Too bad the uniquely Japanese sense of humor (probably) kept it from being translated and released in the U.S. If you're interested you can check out a bunch of screenshots from the game at the link below, the pixelated celebrity caricatures are worth a peek.

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This Radio Will Look Right At Home In Your Fallout Shelter



This custom radio-like device was made by Autuin from Free Geek Vancouver, who didn't want to be restricted to creating useful devices, so he made this funky little custom number. Here's a bit about it:

The different pieces of this Frankenstein’s monster came together over a period of years. Autuin bought the machine’s shell, an old dead radio, years ago and then was sparked to finally do something with it after purchasing an old Coleman Multifunctional TV Lantern. Ripping the CRT out from one peice of antiquated equipment and plugging it into the corpse of another, Autuin managed to create a seriously awesome retro-futuristic display, and then had to figure out what to put on it.

Ultimately, Autuin settled on using a Markov algorithm to project theoretical (and somewhat garbled) quotes from R. Buckminster Fuller, father of the geodesic dome.


In case of apocalypse, this CRT radio thingy might not help keep you alive, but it should make your time in the fallout shelter feel a bit less lonesome. Or it will drive you insane and you'll become some sort of shelter dwelling madman, either way you can't go wrong when the sky is falling.

Link  --via Geekosystem

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Listen To These Posters Playing A Pretty Tune


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Indie band Dry The River came up with an extremely unique way to advertise the release of their debut album "Shallow Bed"-they hung up string art posters all over London that can be listened to via attached can, like a schoolyard string phone with a band on the other end of the line.

The posters are a great fusion of high tech and simplicity, and they look quite cool to boot. Watch the video and you'll see how these minimalist marvels were constructed, with each one taking about 20 hours to complete. Now that's doing self promotion like a boss!

--via Super Punch

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A Turntable That Plays Pieces Of Wood



German artist Bartholomaus Traubeck has created one tripped out piece of tech-a turntable that plays pieces of wood instead of records. Here's how it works:

Traubeck has modified a turntable’s needle by replacing it with a digital camera and light that scans the wood for thickness, growth rate, texture and overall color tone.

A computer then interprets the data and maps it into a musical scale, which is then played back using piano sounds.

What results are hauntingly beautiful melodies that differ based on the tree’s age.

It's an eerily fascinating way to hear what the trees have to say, but I'm guessing that it all comes out sounding like "you cut me down for this?"  or "what have you done with the rest of my body?" And, at this point should we still call Mr. Traubeck an artist, or some sort of mad scientist with a penchant for creating strange electronic devices?

Link  --via DesignTAXI

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20th Century Styles, According To 1893



The illustrations in this gallery are from a Strand Magazine article from 1893 that was supposed to be a sneak peek of what fashion will look like in the 20th century. The writer even goes so far as to claim that he got these designs from a man who found a book dated 1993 that was full of fashion designs from the 20th century. Looks like Biff Tannen (from Back To The Future) got his hands on the Delorean and decided to blow some 19th century minds.

The designs look more like a gallery of science fiction gear and wild outfits for a far out costume party than, say, a mid-20th century Montgomery Ward catalog, but I think the hippies would have been way cooler if they'd dressed like swashbuckling Asian pirates, and I'm sad that we missed out on wearing giant tasseled sombreros and carrying swords.

Now these off-the-wall designs are just going to end up in Lady Gaga's wardrobe, unless they decide to make a version of The Three Musketeers that takes place on Mars.

--via i09

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Learn About Windows 95 With The Cast Of Friends


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Who would make the ideal hosts for a promotional video about Windows 95? Why, Matthew Perry and Jennifer Aniston, stars of the wildly popular TV show Friends, of course!

The casting choice seems a bit odd, but it makes sense in terms of the show's popularity at the time. And, although it seems like a celebrity marketing scheme gone wrong, Windows 95 went large for Microsoft so maybe they were on to something with the Friends connection.

Extra Credit: See if you can sit through the entire ten minute video without wanting to gouge out your eyes and/or jam ballpoint pens into your ears!

--via Buzzfeed

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Hit 'Rock Bottom' With This Animated Short


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Here's a goofy little gem of a cartoon for your amusement, a sitcom spoof that takes place at the bottom of the ocean and lasts about a minute. Oh, and there are lots of bad oceanic puns, and a duck wearing a top hat.

If you can look past the misspelling of existential in the opening theme song then you'll find that it's a fun waste of time!

--via The Daily What

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10 Gadgets Inspired By 1980s Style



The gadgets in this gallery were inspired by 80s tech, and they range from silly to seriously cool in both style and function. From a rotary phone style handset that plugs into your smartphone to a walkman shaped hip flask, they're fun and functional without downgrading your compatible device or your retro style.

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Scary Cool Female Skeletor Cosplay



The classic 80s cartoon He-Man and the Masters of the Universe features characters that are, shall we say, extremely physically fit, like bodybuilder fit, even the evil Skeletor was cut like a professional wrestler (except for the fact that he had no skin on his face).

Well, I have to admit that I like this female version of Skeletor way more than the original, if only for the fact that she looks like some sort of deranged cultist, with her face painted all scary green skull, which would make for a much more terrifying arch-nemesis in my opinion.

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Anatomical Diagrams Of Japanese Monsters



The nerdy medical-style illustrations in this gallery reveal what makes these Japanese Yokai (mythological monsters) and Daikaiju (movie monsters) tick.

From their grumbly tummies to their rather large bones, study them well because knowing your enemy inside and out can help even the odds if one of these hungry critters comes to your town looking for lunch.

Note: You may remember some of these cool illustrations first appeared on Neatorama back in 2009, when Miss C posted this article (link). She added an edit that the drawings are "from An Anatomical Guide to Monsters by Shoji Otomo with illustrations by Shogo Endo, from 1967".

What's cool about this new gallery link is that it features critters that weren't in the original gallery, specifically Yokai monsters, so take a gander and get a new lesson in creature anatomy!

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Even Superheroes Aren't Recession Proof



The sad truth discovered by most superfolks is that saving the world doesn't exactly pay the bills, and you're left looking far less than heroic when you lose your day job due to the recession or a twist of fate.

This photo series by Bechet Benjamin finds some spandex-clad superfolks and Disney characters at the lowest points in their lives, working hard for their money and loathing every minute of it, just like us regular folks.

That being said, I can't help but wonder why Batman is pumping gas for a living? Isn't Bruce Wayne a billionaire industrialist? Things must not be going very well at Wayne Enterprises, or else he's just putting in work for his community service sentence.

Link  --via DesignTAXI

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What Plushies Look Like Turned Inside Out



Anyone who grew up with older siblings, especially older brothers, might already be familiar with the concept behind this series of photographs by Samuel Coendet and Lea Gerber of the design group Atelier Volvox-stuffed animals look weird, completely different, disturbing even, when they're cut open and turned inside out.

I am an older brother, and I will admit to some Barbie decapitations and other doll oriented mishaps, but I never had the heart to cut open my kid sister's beloved plushy pets. To her, these things were like a pet that didn't make noise and needed very little care, and yet somehow she loved them like they were living creatures, at least until middle school.

I think that's what intrigues me about this series, the fact that some people will have a visceral reaction to seeing plushies treated this way, coupled with the fact that it will evoke childhood memories from the same and others, makes this series a study in surreal nostalgia, which is how I felt when I was a kid. How about you?

Link  --via Dezeen

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You Shall Not Pass Stamp For Geeky Teachers



Show your students some geek love with this clever custom made "You Shall Not Pass" stamp, which features a mini-Gandalf icon next to the words, just in case they're unsure about the origin of this quote.

It's a fun way to bring a little levity to the classroom, even if it takes a failing grade to "earn" the stamp . You can pick up this cute stamper at the seller's Etsy store starting March 5th.

Link  --via Super Punch

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Adorable Baby Gets Jiggy With It


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Just because Will Smith's music career is a thing of the past, and he left us with nothing but less talented mini Smiths, doesn't mean that future generations can't get jiggy with his classic jams. This adorable dancing baby boogies like he spent nine months practicing this dance routine in the womb!

--via Videogum

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A Twin-Lens Reflex Camera Made Out Of LEGO Bricks



In an exercise to prove how easy it is to build a camera, photographer Carl-Frederic Salicath has built a twin-lens reflex camera out of LEGO bricks and a pair of binoculars. Here's how it was done:

While the body is made up of LEGO bricks, the camera’s lens came from an old pair of binoculars.

For the viewfinder, Salicath has used a mirror and a matte ground glass and as for the shutter and aperture, he built plates (single technic-pieces).

Lastly, Salicath employed brackets and rods from a technic kit to build the film chamber that also has a rewind mechanism.

Salicath has included instructions on how to build one for yourself (LINK), you know, in case Ebay is down and you need a twin-lens reflex camera for a photo shoot that afternoon.

This is perfect for a post-apocalyptic photographer who is stuck with a box of LEGO bricks, some binoculars, and a ton of 120 film. For the rest of us, it's probably cheaper and easier to just pick up an old used reflex camera at this point, but if you're the type that enjoys LEGO AND a challenge, then have fun building and let us know how it turns out!

Link  --via DesignTAXI

 

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Lucy Lawless Helps Hijack An Oil Drilling Ship For Greenpeace



Proving that she's still every bit the warrior she was when she played Xena Warrior Princess on the popular TV show, Lucy Lawless and fellow Greenpeace activists took control of an oil drilling ship off the coast of New Zealand yesterday to stop them from drilling in the Arctic and potentially causing environmental damage. Here's what the brave and beautiful Ms. Lawless had to say about the incident via live-tweet:

…The world has been putting fossil fuels in the air and the scientists have been screaming from the rooftops. The fact that now the major oil companies are spearheading this mad oil dash to the Arctic, one of the most pristine environments left on the planet, it’s the definition of madness. They think the melting ice caps is not a warning to humanity about climate change—they think it’s an invitation. This is unacceptable. We cannot allow our grandchildren to grow up with a terrible burden. That’s what we’re doing here today. Hands off the Arctic!

I bet the crew on board the oil drilling ship were glad that she didn't bring any Chakram (razor discs) with her, but wearing her battle armor during the hijacking would have been a nice touch!

--via The Mary Sue

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Scenes From Oscar Nominees Recreated With A Baby



The silly images that make up this series show what this year's Oscar nominees would look like if they were recast with adorable babies. They already look like little stars to me, since they really seem to capture the mood of each film.

There's The Artist looking all silent and moustachioed as he hangs out with his doggy pal at breakfast, War Horse looking pinker and puffier than I remember from the movie, and a really sad baby girl who has been cast in The Help.

I have a feeling some of these movies would have been better off if a baby had played the lead role!

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Photographer Captures Images Of Her Super Baby In Mid Flight



What's the best thing to do when you discover that your adorable infant has super powers, specifically the power of flight? Why, shoot a ton of pics and share them on the interwebs, of course!

Photographer Rachel Hulin aims to show the world just how super her baby Henry can be, whether he's floating over a mountain, inside a ghostly manor or dangerously close to the edge of the stairs. Rachel's photos show us that no obstacle is too large to overcome when you use the power of imagination.

Link  --via DesignTAXI

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You Have Woken Up In A Dark Room-What Do You Do?


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This ridiculous video by YouTuber ThatsMrRobertson pays homage to the old Choose Your Own Adventure book phenomenon of the 1980s but adds a modern twist-viewers get to choose their video fate via link choices, which he has updated three times this month alone!

It's a fun waste of time, a few of the choices are NSFW though, and overall it's pretty cool for what it is-a fun way to have an interactive video experience on YouTube. Good luck making it out of the dark room!

--via Topless Robot

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Video Game Characters Visit The Dog Park


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This cute animated short shows what video game characters and their pet sidekicks are like when they get together at their local dog park.

Some of the critters are just glad to be outside, while others lament their current station in life, all in classic retro gaming style. Just don't try to pick up those brown bricks with your bare hands!

--via Dorkly

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The Simpsons 500th Episode Intro In Slo-Mo


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Thanks to YouTuber acjlarsen08 (and The Daily What by proxy) we who are without DVRs can now do what we wanted to do so badly when the 500th episode of The Simpsons aired last Sunday-watch the awesome flipbook style intro in slow motion. Now you can take it all in at your leisure, one ridiculous couch gag at a time.

--via TDW

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Soap Shaped Like Nintendo Cartridges



Imagine the look of horror on your friend's face when you take that copy of Chrono Trigger he's been looking for all these years and proceed to wash your hands with it, the cartridge literally melting away before his eyes!

These cleverly designed Nintendo cartridge shaped soaps are for guests only, and they're not meant for insertion into any slots, console or personal or otherwise, so please don't get any sick ideas about playing human gaming console in the shower!

Link  --via BuzzFeed

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Dangerous Looking Sculptures Made Out Of Pencil Parts



I don't think we have to worry about these sculptures made out of pencil parts being stolen, because if someone did try to abscond with one you could easily track the thief by following the trail of blood.

Artist Jennifer Maestre clearly didn't feel the need to win every school yard pencil fight as a child, because win or lose she took home all the bits and pieces to use in her deadly beautiful sculptures. I got a case of lead poisoning just looking at all the sharp, and incredibly cool, sculptures in this gallery!

Link  --via Juxtapoz

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Androgynous Baby Aardvark Is Ugly Cute


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If you've got a serious case of the winter blahs like I do then you'll appreciate this baby aardvark video for the cuteness and innocent warmth it will bring to your dark gray skies.

If you're wondering why I included the word "androgynous" in the title, that's because the zoologists at Chicago's Brookfield Zoo aren't sure if this wrinkly little baby is male or female yet, because aardvarks don't develop visible genitalia until they're around a year old.

So, whether this little critter grows a second trunk or not, we can enjoy watching it do what little baby animals do best-stumble around looking cute. *insert appropriately sappy music*

--via i09

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Some Good Advice For Mrs. Clark



Kids have a knack for cutting through the BS and telling it like it is, especially when it comes to handing out advice. The brilliant 6 year old that wrote up this note for Mrs. Clark has some really sound advice about a shortcut to feeling better-just go poop!

This is good advice for us all, and I'm glad the note's author decided to include illustrated examples to walk us through the process. Everybody poops, and sometimes it's adorable!

Link  --via Obvious Winner

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Video Of 16-Bit Legend Of Zelda PC Case Being Built From Scratch


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Building a custom case for your desktop computer is a fun hobby with an impressive end result, and the fact that the computer retains full functionality tends to blow the minds of those who only see the case as an impressive work of art.

This video by Richard Clinton is fun to watch, and seeing the entire process in time lapse video can be quite informative, whether you want to make your own custom case or you're just wondering how they put it all together so it still functions as a desktop computer.

Join him, from a mostly overhead POV, as he builds a 16-bit Legend Of Zelda themed Link PC case, block by tiny little wooden block.

--via Kotaku

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Pokemon Love Song For The Geek At Heart


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Want to show the Pokemon obsessed love of your life how you feel? Then play them this video by YouTuber HelloIamDanica and watch them swoon. Or, better yet, memorize this song for yourself (lyrics posted at YouTube link), serenade them like a good little Jigglypuff and they'll be yours forever. Human sized Pokeball not included.

--via Dorkly

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