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Fossilized Copulating Turtle Couple Discovered In Germany

These shell backed lovers were fossilized while doing the nasty around 47 million years ago, and now have the distinction of being the only vertebrate fossils ever found frozen in the act of making love.

The mating couple were found in a German quarry called the Messel Pit, where five more pairs of copulating turtle couples were found, making this site the new home for paleontologist jokes and one liners about mating turtles.

Anybody have a good turtle joke they'd like to share?


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Massive Mayan Temple Sculpture Made Out Of Chocolate

This amazing chocolate sculpture was created by pastry chef Francois Mellet, who broke a Guinness world record by using over nine tons of the sweet brown stuff to build this awesome Mayan temple.

The subject is Kukulkan pyramid from Chichen Itza, Mexico, and Francois was very particular about making this piece perfect:
Extensive planning and research set the groundwork to accurately capture the details and intricacies of an authentic Mayan temple down to the exact number of steps and panels representing numbers significant to the Mayan calendar. Built proportionally to the ancient temple’s true size, the solid chocolate pyramid is six feet tall and its base measures 10 feet by 10 feet – exactly one-thirtieth the size. The sculpture’s base alone weighs more than 3,000 pounds.

I imagine it would be hard for a chocoholic like myself to become a chocolate sculptor, because we'd be too busy eating the medium to get any work done!

Link  --via Laughing Squid

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The Hippest Hamster Band In All The Land

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These cute little fuzzballs deliver one heck of a musical performance, once they get past the urge to chew on their instruments.

They lay down some tasty grooves like a well polished jazz quartet, and if they ever go on tour you can bet they'll be playing for peanuts!

--via Geeks Are Sexy

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Thought Provoking Sculptures And Illustrations By Nishio Yasuyuki

Nishio Yasuyuki is an artist and sculptor whose works have a compelling story to tell, and bring to mind images of a dark, wondrous place born out of our collective subconscious.

Despite being massive in scale, Nishio's sculptures are full of fine naturalistic details which may take the viewer a moment to fully realize.

His illustrations are equally detailed, like a strange naturalistic stream of thought, with my fave of the bunch being "Fight The Cause Of Justice".

Link  --via Hi-Fructose

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Beautiful Lifelike Crepe Paper Birds

This gorgeous collection of crepe paper birds was crafted by lover of all things avian Aimee Baldwin, who refers to her works as Vegan Taxidermy.

They're full of fine detail, wonderfully rich colors and a realism that will make you wonder how they're able to breathe underneath that glass dome!

Her beautiful birdies are available for purchase at the Etsy link below, in case you have a couple grand to spare and want to bring one of these feathered friends home.

Link  --via Booooooom!

(previously on Neatorama-- Vegan Taxidermy)

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7 Futurama Gadgets That May Become A Reality

The gadgets and inventions featured on the animated TV show Futurama may seem pretty far out, but you might be surprised to find that some of these scifi gadgets may soon become a reality.

We've already seen holograms appear which allowed Tupac to perform from beyond the grave at Coachella, and Smell-o-vision became a noxious reality back in the 60s, although we're a long way from being able to smell other planets.

So what sort of fancy gadgets should we expect to see next? I really hope it's the Holophonor, or else I just blew a bunch of money learning how to play the Grumpy Snail!


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Harry Potter Theme Played On Wine Glasses

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The guy featured in this video is extremely adept at playing the rims of wine glasses, and probably prefers to drink his vino straight out of the bottle.

Watch as he plays the Harry Potter theme song, infusing it with an alcoholic charm and maintaining his wicked finger callouses. It's a magical rendition, especially if you're already a few glasses deep!

--via Geekologie

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A World With No Math

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In a world without formulas, measurements or rhythm everything will fall apart and people will start freaking out.

At least that's what John Oliver, Julie Bowen, Simon Helberg and Michael Boatman are claiming with this hilarious PSA for the serious Save The Children  campaign. It brings the funny to a worthy cause, count me in!

--via TDW

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An Unusual Way To Create A Character

Artist David Habben has an unusual creative process behind his whimsical illustrations-he creates a basic outline/shape then fills the interior with detail.

He twists and contorts his characters to fit within the space created by the outline, forcing them to conform in a way which actually aids creativity, even though it seems like a hindrance.

David's works may be the shape of things to come in the world of illustration, and for the rest of us the idea makes for a pretty nifty form of drawing exercise.

Link  --via BuzzFeed

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DryBath - Waterless Bath In A Bottle

22 year old South African college student Ludwich Marishane has invented a substance which allows you to take a bath without a drop of water.

It's called DryBath, and it's a Purell like substance which kills 99.9% of bacteria on the skin, leaves the user smelling good and feeling clean and has a price tag which people across the globe can actually afford (about fifty cents per bottle).

Take note humanity, now you no longer have an excuse for stinking up the joint!

Link  --via Gizmodo

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Comedy Video - Hughes The Force

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Hughes The Force is a geeky fanmade video with lots of heart. It's a loving tribute to Star Wars, geekdom and the films of John Hughes (mostly Weird Science).

It comes to you courtesy of Kevin Smith's YouTube channel, and it's hosted by Kevin's pal Jason Mewes, but it seems rather tame by their standards. Nevertheless, it's a fun way to waste half an hour!

--via Geeks Are Sexy

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A Where's Waldo Style Poster For Diablo III

This fun and figure packed poster captures the character searching fun of Where's Waldo with a Diablo related theme, because the guy you're searching for in this pic is the director of Diablo III Jay Wilson.

It looks like a confusing mass of miniscule details at this size, so make sure you hit the jump if you really want to search for Jay and see just what the heck's going on down there!


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Literary Journeys On The BART

The BART (Bay Area Rapid Transport) is the most popular form of public transportation in San Francisco and surrounding cities, and many commuters enjoy reading a book to pass the time on the ride home.

This new series of art posters by Owen Smith illustrate the commuter's imagination running wild, as they read books by authors linked to the Bay Area such as the author of The Maltese Falcon Dashiell Hammett. Owen's posters are currently posted in BART stations all over the Bay Area.

Link  --via Laughing Squid

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India's Answer To Pixar's Brave

Pixar's upcoming movie Brave looks pretty freakin' sweet, and is sure to fill lots of theater seats this summer. The Indian knockoff, on the other hand, looks ridiculously bad and went straight to DVD well before Brave's opening night.

Normally, these cheesy knockoffs time their DVD releases so that they coincide with the official version, so people are tricked into renting the knockoff. I guess the people behind Kiara The Brave weren't aware of the protocol behind ripping off a major studio release.

Hit the link if you want to see the trailer for this sad copycat, it's worthy of a sarcastic chuckle.

--via Cartoon Brew

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Dragon Statue Made Out Of CD Shards

This dragon statue has a real sharp look about it, and it was once able to hold many megabytes of information, so it's (somewhat) useful!

It's an opalescent dragon for the information age, and the many sharp edges will make you feel alive again...with pain! 136 blank CDs were harmed in the making of this dragon statue...

Link  --via Obvious Winner

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Mickey Mouse Rising On Mercury

Is this photographic proof that the Disney corporation have begun branding other planets, or are the extraterrestrial beings that live on the surface of Mercury big fans of Mickey Mouse?

The sad truth is many people are so conditioned to thinking of the iconic three circle silhouette as a representation of Mickey that whenever they see anything that looks remotely like it they can't help but think of the Mouse that Disney built!


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Seth The International Street Artist

The extremely colorful street artist known only as Seth has a global mission in mind-cover every continent with street art containing characters which look like the native people.

Seth's works can be found all over the world, and his characters look like local people rather than idealized super beings. And they're so cute and colorful it's no wonder people across the globe love seeing Seth's work adorning their neighborhood walls!

Link  --via Beautiful/Decay

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Sinister Versions Of Classic Disney Characters

There's a Serbian illustrator known as Testosteronman who was tired of the cute, cuddly nature of the iconic Disney characters like Mickey, Minnie and Pluto, so he sat down at the drawing board and gave these characters a sinister makeover.

You wouldn't want to meet these twisted toons in a dark alley, and if a sequel to Who Framed Roger Rabbit is made they should cast these dark Disney characters as the antagonists!

Link  --via DesignTAXI

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The Power Of A Booming System

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This video demonstrates the power of bass in your face, and shows how much force is behind that bass heavy system found in cars that drive by with the booming system.

Obligatory Yakov Smirnoff joke- In Russia, people who cannot afford blow dryer use car stereo to dry hair! My apologies for the bad joke...

(NSFW? I can't quite make out the lyrics of the song...)

--via Stuff I Stole From The Internet

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Inside The Sketchbook Of Madeline Von Foerster

Artist Madeline Von Foerster is known for infusing her works with strange symbolism and metaphorical representations of problems experienced by the modern world, all wrapped up in a style reminiscent of classical Renaissance art.

Take a rare peek inside Madeline's sketchbook, where the ideas for her fantastic paintings begin to take shape, and read a fascinating interview with the artist herself at the Hi Fructose link below.

Link  --via Hi Fructose

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This Jet Powered Go Kart Looks Like Deadly Fun

This jet powered go kart looks like a good idea on paper that can go horribly wrong when you actually get behind the wheel.

Built by daredevil/airplane parts salesman Seth Kettleman, this is the perfect vehicle for the YOLO generation, and is guaranteed to burn your face off if you stand too close!

Link  --via Gamma Squad

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Awesome Robot Night Lights

These charming robot night lights were created by artist and craftsman Tal Avitzur from Santa Barbara, California. Tal uses unwanted junk to construct each piece, which gives them their distinctive junkbot flair.

They have a warm retro style, and each character has a lot of personality, so they're sure to drive robot collectors wild! Hit the link if you want to find out what kind of parts Tal used to create each robot, I found some of the components quite surprising.

Link  --via JazJaz

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Animated Series Pilot-Isle Of Spagg

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This is by far the coolest work of animated awesomeness I've seen on the interwebs, and that's saying a lot considering how much cool stuff is out there!

It's the pilot episode for an animated TV series called The Isle Of Spagg, and it was created by the Brothers McLeod who have won both BAFTA and Webby awards for their animation.

So, sit back and enjoy half an hour of pure nautical themed cartoon delight, I promise it will be time well wasted.

--via Cartoon Brew

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Photos Of Faces Pressed Against Glass

Animals, and babies, look really cute...until their faces are pressed against glass!

This fun gallery of creepy glass pressed faces features 29 images of facial smooshing which transforms these otherwise darling little mugs into utter creepsville.


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Blade Runner-The Watercolor Edition

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The dreamlike quality of Ridley Scott's classic scifi film Blade Runner has been captured in a most painterly manner by Anders Ramsell, who reproduced thirteen minutes of the film (so far!) via 3600 watercolor paintings.

He plans on making over the entire film in this colorfully abstract manner, and I for one can't wait to see the rest!

--via Topless Robot

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Awesome 3D Pac-Man Street Art

This mind blowing work of 3d street art makes me want to walka-walka-walka on the other side of the street so I don't get lost in the maze!

Painted, and subsequently, photographed by Leon Keer in Venlo, the Netherlands, this cute and colorful work illustrates the world's undying love of video games.

Link  --via Obvious Winner

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Vintage Photo Booth Portraits

Archival site These Americans has some amazing photo sets for you to peruse and admire, like this series of vintage photo booth shots that take a fun look back at the county fair and boardwalk days of yore.

The pics range from hilarious to subtly disturbing, much like a trip to the carnival, and they really capture the look and feel of the past despite the lack of props or background reference.

Enjoy looking through the nostalgic lens of the photo booth camera!


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World Map Aquarium

Let your fishies tour the globe from the comfort of your home with this world map aquarium.

No guarantees that your finned friends will appreciate being world travelers, but you'll appreciate the fun to be had pretending your little fishies are pirates and merchant ships battling it out on the high seas.

Even better than the playtime potential is the fact that this world map aquarium is also a coffee table! No wonder designer Takuro Yamamoto won a TIFF Award for this cleverly designed fish cage.

Link  --via Gizmodo

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Tintin Meets The Cthulhu Mythos

Intrepid newspaper reporter Tintin has come up against some tough opponents in his time, but facing off against the Great Old Ones might be too much for his incredible mind to handle!

This fun "what if?" scenario comes to you courtesy of graphic designer Muzski, who shows us how cool a collaboration between H.P. Lovecraft and Herge could have been. Check out the rest of the Tintin X Cthulhu Mythos covers at the link below, if you dare...

Link  --via Geek Tyrant

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Stop Motion Short - Perfect Holiday

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Perfect Holiday is the kind of surf video that your toys will enjoy, a stop motion surfstravaganza and a fun way to kick off the summer.

You can sit down and watch this fun animated short with your kids while you're planning your summer vacation, and it might inspire them to find fun new ways to play with their toys and let their imaginations run wild.

I hope all the dads out there had a perfect holiday weekend!

--via Videogum

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