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The Badass Motorcycle Girl Gangs Of Morocco

Morocco is known for amazing architecture, rich historical roots, and diverse cultural heritage, but I’ve never heard mention of the colorful gangs of motorcycle riding girls who roam the streets in awesome outfits and decked out bikes.

Photographer Hassan Hajjaj captured these wild girls in their native habitat in a series called Kesh Angels, and these badass bikers are sure to capture your heart with their fierce stares and colorful outfits. Each photo is framed by appropriately colored food products, with appropriated symbols present throughout to give these badass bikers some extra street cred.

Hassan's gloriously captivating photo series is being shown through March 7 at the Taymour Grahne Gallery in Manhattan.

-Via Dangerous Minds

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Graphic Designer Creates Font By Shaving Letters Into His Beard

The first graphic designers had a dilemma- how can they create typography when art supplies had yet to be invented? The answer, it turns out, was quite simple- grow some facial hair, then trim it into the shape of each letter in your custom font.

This worked for individual letters, but writing a sentence meant involving all kinds of guys with shaved beards, and since there weren’t any picture etching pterodactyls around to capture each letter individually the whole process was a total pain.

Now we have computers and digital cameras and electric razors, so graphic designer Michael Allen had no problem creating his hairy font Alphabeard Beardface, although Michael does share this thought- "Many beards have been sacrificed for this project." Sacrifice, it seems, is the key to making a successful beard based font. That, and rapid growth.

-Via Nerdcore

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Pixel Art Celebrating Iconic Punch Scenes In Movies And TV

Iconic Punch Scenes from movies and TV shows have been overshadowed for decades by their more likeable siblings the Kiss, the Heroic Monologue and the Speech That Conveniently Ties Up All Loose Ends.

Artist and designer Aled Lewis has created a pixel art series dedicated to these underrated scenes, and it’s about time those “pow, bang straight in the kisser!” moments were given their day in the sun.

The pieces in Aled's series "Pixel Punches" are reminiscent of character designs from classic beat ‘em up video games like Double Dragon and Final Fight, which is an appropriate era reference since many of the scenes are from classic movies like Groundhog Day, Back to the Future, and Ace Ventura, with a Joffrey slapping scene from Game of Thrones mixed in for geek color.

-Via Pleated-Jeans

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A Super Sexy Justice League Valentine's Day

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Valentine’s Day is the most fictional of holidays, made up to help sell greeting cards and as a way to make those who are unlucky in love feel terrible about themselves, so why not celebrate it with some fictional characters? Even better, let’s get cosplayers to dress up like their favorite fictional superfolks and pretend to be under the spell of some nefarious Valentine’s Day magic delivered via cookie.

What, Nerdist has already run with this premise? Well then, let’s share their Super Sexy Justice League Valentine’s Day video with the interwebs! It’s far cheaper than buying flowers and chocolate, way more fun than trying to go out to dinner on V-Day, and you’re guaranteed to get lucky!

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Photos Of People Hanging Out In Trimmed Trees

Viewing images of people hanging out quite comfortably in perfectly manicured trees may fill you with a sense of envy, perhaps even inspire you to seek out your own tree and prepare for a good perching.

We urge you to think twice before doing so, because dwelling in a tree may cause photographer Erwan Fichous to take your picture and include you in his series Miradors, and you don't want to be known as one of those tree dwelling weirdos, do you?

Erwan once mistook a person standing in a tree for a UFO, which prompted him to hire some gardeners, manicure some trees and encourage passers by in Mexico City to stand in them and have their picture taken. But what does it all mean? Only Erwan and the UFOs know...

-Via Beautiful/Decay

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The Music Video Inspired By The Man - The Digital Prophet

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David Shing, the guy who gets paid to be AOL’s “Digital Prophet”, is one strange little fellow who sports anti-gravity hair, painted nails and looks like he’s part vampire. David has the net all a-twitter over his mysterious messages of a future full of defriending and unfollowing, but we’re not here to discuss the enigma/New Wave popstar/digital prophet.

No, we’re here to discuss things being posted to the Net which were influenced by Mr. Shing, like this glorious music video by Jonathan Mann entitled (you guessed it!) The Digital Prophet.

Jonathan has two things in common with David Shing- he’s seen the far flung future, which is full of houses made from AOL discs and robots named Coke, and he’s a fashion forward kind of guy.

-Via BoingBoing

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Air Hockey Playing Robot Created By Hacking 3D Printer

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Do you have enough money to afford a full sized 3D printer for your home yet don’t have any friends or family members to play a game of air hockey with? Tired of playing solitaire when you own a full sized air hockey table? Will you submit willingly to the robotic overlords when the revolution begins?

If you answered yes to all or any of these questions then you really need to check out this video by YouTuber Jose Julio showing his amazing 3D printer hack that turns parts of the printer into a champion air hockey player.

If you can't make friends the old fashioned way put one together out of spare parts and a bit of AI software, but don't be surprised if it turns your major appliances and electronics against you!

-Via Uproxx

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Shoes Are Given A Set Of Teeth In Strange Photo Series

Shoes hang out on your feet, keeping your toes warm and giving your ankles a big hug, but they most definitely do not chew on your feet because they don’t have teeth.

Photo-retouching studio POP. Postproduction felt it was a shame that shoes would never have a chance to smile, or gnaw on someone’s ankle, so they ‘shopped in some choppers and let those loafers get their grin on in a series called "Running Gag".

The type of teeth were chosen based on the owner’s personality, from gap toothed goofball to golden grill loving gangster, and the visual is so effective you’ll be staring your shoes straight in the mouth every time you go to put them on!

-Via DesignTAXI

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A Google Maps Ebook For Kerouac's On The Road

Chances are those who read On The Road as a youngster dreamed of following in Sam Paradise’s footsteps as he crossed the country like one cool cat, but up until now this dream roadtrip would have involved lots of research, investigation and location interpretation.

Now all you have to do is download an ebook by Gregor Weichbrodt called On The Road for 17, 527 Miles, which was created using Google Maps directions, and you can hit the road like Jack did. But don’t expect any Kerouac inspired passages or character development between these 45 pages, because there’s nothing but actual directions in this ebook, however Gregor has made a print copy available in case you need something to pore over at various diners and coffee shops along the way.

-Via AnimalNY

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A Collection Of Creative Print Ads With Bold Visual Appeal

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Ads are often created to evoke a thought or feeling from the viewer, and print ads are meant to capture the target audience’s attention with bold imagery, so when we think of ads as being creative or noteworthy it’s typically because they’ve succeeded on these levels.

The ads that make up Bored Panda’s list of “33 Powerful and Creative Print Ads” are bold, and the messages vary between serious and lighthearted, art and photography, but all are sure to get your attention and deliver their message quite effectively, even if that message is simply “wear a condom” or “get a dog so you can feed them this brand of dog food”.

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Action Packed Fan Film - Batman Evolution

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It’s hard to nail down this fan film entitled Batman Evolution, because it’s equal parts comedic and serious action, it transitions between classic TV show Batman and a sort of Dark Knight type Batdude, and it stars a guy who clearly knows a thing or two about martial arts, yet the choreography is a bit wonky at times which makes some of the fighting scenes laughably bad.

The star of the short Eric Gable studied ninjitsu in Japan years ago, and he wanted to make a film featuring Batman actually doing ninja moves, so this short has been his labor of love for years. But does it do the Batman justice? As far as fan films go it’s really well made, and fun to watch despite the occasional unintentionally comedic moment, so Batman would be proud of Eric's effort.

-Via CBM

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Proof That Cameras Really Do Capture Souls - LOT254

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Creating a good horror short is a tricky thing to do, since filmmakers are usually working with low budgets and very little time to create something that's supposed to elicit a dark response from the viewer.

There are plenty of dark atmospherics in this horror short by Toby Meakins entitled LOT 254, the story of The Camera Collector and The Phantom, but it feels more like the trailer to a full length film than an actual short. Still, if you've got three minutes to spare and like the spooky stuff this future feature length film teaser(?) is worth a viewing, and maybe if we're lucky there's actually a full length version in the works.

-Via GeekTyrant

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The True Story Of The Monuments Men

The special operations group known as the Monuments Men had a very interesting story to tell about their incredible efforts on behalf of arts and antiquity during World War II, a story that has now been made into a feature length film starring George Clooney, John Goodman and Matt Damon.

They were tasked with recovering cultural property by the Roberts Commission during and after WWII, property that was stolen by a Nazi force known as the Kunstschutz, and after the war ended they were sent in to previously occupied territories in hopes of finding these precious works of art and historically significant treasures before they were looted by troops or destroyed. They recovered many important works of art but sadly some, like Raphael's Portrait of a Young Man, have yet to be recovered.

You can read more about the Monuments Men, and see more amazing photos, over at 607Visual.

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McVities Wants You To Taste The Puppy In Their Digestive Biscuits

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There have been ads that claim biting into the sponsored product is like eating a rainbow, a ray of sunshine, a flavor explosion, a taste sensation (whatever that means), and one claims eating the product is like having an orgasm.

They all seem too good to be true (although a few do sound rather appealing), but McVities Digestives compare the experience of eating their cookies to unwrapping a puppy or kitten, cause they make you feel all warm and fluffy inside? Or because you'll be surprised at how much hair comes wrapped up in every pack?

And when you want to get a little crazy you can unwrap one of their Jaffa Cakes and get the full alien-tarsier monkey handling experience, which seems an awful like one of those sensations we mentioned earlier...

Whatever they're putting in those biscuits must be pure magic!

-Via Laughing Squid

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Bobblehead Superhero Photoshops Look About Right

The actors cast in superhero movie roles these days tend to have the biggest heads in the movie biz, that's not to say they have massive egos though that certainly applies in some cases, but overall they just have really big heads.

So when the team at Smashcave saw the cranial girth these guys were lugging around town they came up with a bright idea- increase the size of each head just a bit in Photoshop and voila! (Super) Human bobbleheads!

The Downey Jr., the Jackman, the Hemsworth, the Bale, even the Ledger (may he rest in peace) are all here to take up as much room on the movie poster as possible, and make their co-stars feel even more insignificant to the plot.

Does anyone else see the potential for a Galactus or MODOK movie here?!

-Via Gamma Squad

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Mechanical Taxidermy Creations By Jessica Joslin

When artist Jessica Joslins combines mechanical elements with the skulls and bones of dead animals it’s as if she’s giving them a shiny new life, one full of clicks and whirrs and new fancy metal legs to stand on proudly.

To call her mechanical creations "Steampunk" would be far too easy, because that overused genre is too broad for her pieces to fit in properly. It’s better to say her pieces are mechanical models from an age that never was, so they can retain their elegance and individual charm.

And though they contain the bones of dead animals Jessica’s models look very much alive, some even look like their picture has been taken while they play, happy as a lark despite their lack of flesh.

Jessica currently has a show entitled Animal Alchemy happening until March 1st at the Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.

-Via Hi-Fructose

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23 Signs You're A Grown-Up Gamer

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Diehard gamers don’t grow up, we just need more experience points to gain a level and recover our hit points slower than those younger, lower level players.

But as we get older our hands are more likely to lock up into controller claws, we have to buy bigger televisions so we can read the in-game text, and we are more likely to adjust the audio options so the soundtrack music and sound effects don’t wake up our baby/partner/roommate/neighbors.

Let Tim and Alfredo from IGN show you the 23 signs you’re a grown-up gamer, and don’t worry- AARP video game tournaments are totally tha bomb!

-Via Stuff I Stole From The Internet

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Nerdist Recruits Over 50 Filmmakers To Help Remake Robocop

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It appears that a new mechanical sheriff is in town thanks to the Robocop reboot movie, but everybody knows that, despite the slick CGI graphics and updated storyline, the new movie won’t compare to the 1987 classic starring Peter Weller.

To celebrate the awesomeness of the Robocop that already was Nerdist got 50 or so budding Swede style filmmakers together for a full length remake, and their Robocop remake makes the original film look so much better!

You’ll laugh in all the wrong places, watch lines being read in a very unrehearsed manner, and cheer for what a bunch of geeks with too much time on their hands can accomplish. Yay creativity!

(NSFW due to language, just like the original!)

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Brooks Wheelan Shares His 2013 One Second At A Time

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Comedian Brooks Wheelan had an exciting year that he’d like to share with everyone, one second at a time.

His path from engineer living in Los Angeles to cast member on Saturday Night Live in New York took place over many seconds and minutes and hours during 2013, but he figured people wouldn’t want to watch a hundred plus hour long video.

So he edited the highlights of his year together into a seven and a half minute long short, much easier to watch in one sitting.

You’ll see the true power of that tiniest of time increments, and how much living a man can do in one amazingly busy year. Plus, it's funny!

-Via Laughing Squid

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This Russian Daredevil Looks Like He's Ready For Hollywood

Russian daredevils have been taking to dizzying heights to shoot selfies which they've been sharing with the world via the internet for a few years now, and if you can handle looking at these jaw dropping pics you’ll be left wondering how these guys haven’t killed themselves yet.

They call themselves city climbers, and one of the most daring of these fearless daredevils is named Kirill Oreshkin, and he should consider moving to Hollywood and becoming a stuntman before he slips up and falls to his death.

Kirill likes to hang around by his fingertips from incredible heights, posing like it’s all no big deal despite the obviously fatal distance that lies between where he's hanging and the ground below.

-Via 22 Words

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Artist Shares His Ideas For Cosplaying On A Budget

Lots of artists and designers sketch ideas for future projects when they’re not busy working on their main projects, but not many of them would refer to their ideas as “half assed”, nor would they be willing to share these one cheeked wonders with the internet in hopes that they might be of use to somebody.

But Patrick Dean isn’t like other artists, and through his Tumblr site My Half Assed Cosplay Ideas he’s encouraging others to give his simple costume on a budget ideas a try. And to be honest his ideas aren’t half bad, especially the first appearance Daredevil costume idea, which resembles what Matt Murdock might have worn during his first night out on the streets showing the bad guys that justice is blind.

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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Want Revenge? Hire Nefarious Jobs To Seek Vengeance For You

They say that revenge is a dish best served cold, but all that cliché really means is take some time to cool off before you jump into any hare brained attempt at getting your revenge.

But if you still find yourself burning with the fires of vengeance after you've had time to cool down, and you don’t want to get your own hands dirty, then San Francisco based company Nefarious Jobs will help you get revenge at rates ranging from about 1800 dollars up to ten thousand dollars for what they call "Total Annihilation".

Nefarious Jobs is a shadowy organization, who offers shadowy services you have to email them about for any sort of details, but their website does take Discover so they can't be that shady now can they? *wink*

-Via Geekosystem

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Photos Of Ridiculously Overloaded Vehicles In China

Vehicles piled so high they look like they might tip over at any time are the subject of this odd photo collection by China Foto Press. These vehicles carry goods and waste all over cities in China in an incredible balancing act, crawling from one side of town to the other like insects carrying loads five times their size.

Why are these vehicles piled up so high? Cui Zhongfu, secretary-general of the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing explains:

“Highway and bridge tolls in China are too high for transportation companies. Sometimes, they can account for as much as 20 percent of the total expense. Therefore, many companies carry too much freight to try to make trips more profitable and compete with rivals.”

These overloaded trucks are responsible for causing bridges to collapse, roads to crack and often get into accidents on the roads, and they're becoming a huge problem for local governments who are calling out for stronger regulations. Plus, whenever they drive around people think the circus is in town!

-Via Beautiful/Decay

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Creepy Typeface With Human Skin And Features

Why, for the love of all that is good in this world, did someone make a series of typeface creatures sporting realistic human skin, hair and eyes, and where, oh where, are their mouths?!

These creeped out fleshen font monsters were created by JC Debroize, creative director of graphic design firm Kerozen, who used modeling clay to form the structure of each letter before digitally applying the humanistic features in Photoshop.

The result is a bunch of letters that look like they just escaped from the radioactive section of Sesame Street nobody talks about, and when they stare into your very soul you will know what it’s like to be too scared to read!

-Via DesignTAXI

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Aquarium Feeds Peanut Butter To A Jellyfish

Being an aquarist must be a mentally straining job, because researchers P. Zelda Montoya and Barret L. Christie from the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas have begun to conceive of some rather crackpot experiments.

Case in point: they recently fed peanut butter to a jellyfish just to see if they could (pg. 14), creating the first seafood sandwich to come loaded with peanut flavor straight out of the ocean, although those who like more peanut butter and less jelly will have to look elsewhere.

It may seem like they were just having a bit of punny fun at the expense of their jellyfish, but the search for cheap protein replacements that are also from sustainable sources is of vital importance for many aquariums struggling to stay in business.

And you thought a peanut butter jellyfish was only a shirt in the Neatoshop!

-Via Geekosystem

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Winter Is Just Like Being In A Personal Roleplaying Game

Winter time may seem like a boring, freezing cold and extremely inconvenient exercise in how to stay indoors for months without going stir crazy, but if you think of it as your own personal roleplaying game set in a wintery kingdom full of quests, danger and customizable wardrobe choices the whole thing may become a bit more tolerable.

Gone are the days of punks throwing snowballs at you for no reason- now they're random encounters, and you have to defeat them all to gain experience points. When you're shopping online you're actually visiting the local merchant, who deals in armor, weapons and magic items delivered right to your doorstep.And hot beverages now serve as health potions, and if you go for the triple espresso you're talking speed and healing in one!

-Via Nerd Approved

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Cats Who Look Like Ron Swanson

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Nick Offerman’s character on the hit sitcom Parks & Recreation is a steak loving, moustachioed manly man named Ron Swanson, who loves nothing more than fine whiskey, people not talking to him and making city hall less effective for the citizens of Pawnee.

In real life Nick is far less of a curmudgeon than Ron, but both sides of the man inexplicably resemble famous internet cats. Nick came on Conan to promote his role in the LEGO Movie, but stayed long enough to see some side-by-side comparisons between him and some of the finest kittehs the net has to offer, and man did he have a hard time telling who was who!

Head over to Team Coco if you can't get enough Nick Offerman!

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Pop Culture Characters Created Using Peanuts

Steve Casino, the guy whose name sounds like a Las Vegas hotspot, is apparently in the art business for the peanuts because he has chosen those tasty legumes as his model making canvas.

Steve has created some amazing looking superhero and pop culture character models using an ordinary peanut, one of three he keeps handy in case they break, some limbs made out of modeling clay(?) and an incredible paintjob that can take upwards of ten hours to complete.

The fine detail is what truly sells each piece, but I love the fact that he leaves the backside open, so you can see that it all begins with an unadorned shell and a vision of Mr. Peanut dancing in Steve’s head.

-Via GeekTyrant

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A Refuge Where All The Animals Are One Big Happy Family

There’s something special going on at the Rocky Ridge Refuge in Arkansas, where every kind of critter from big fat ponies to goofy dogs to gentle deer and porcine capybaras all get along like one big animal family.

The good vibes might be due in part to the lack of larger felines in the refuge, or the fact that all the dogs were raised around all sorts of different types of creatures so they don’t see them as a source of anxiety, but whatever they’re doing over there needs to be concentrated and sold in bottles at your local pet store!

-Via Bored Panda

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Slingshot Fish Launcher Is The Fun Way To Feed The Birds

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There are so many conventional ways to deliver fish- by hand, in a cooler on ice, shipped across the sea, smoked then boxed and fried up between two sesame seed buns all immediately spring to mind, but the best way by far has got to be via good, old fashioned fish slingshot.

You might not want to eat a fish which has been launched at you but bald eagles aren’t so discerning, and they find wilderness photographer Ken Kester’s fetish for flinging fish to be a rather convenient way to pick up a bit of fast food.

A resident of Le Claire, Iowa, Ken has become the talk of the town thanks to his cod cannon, and the photographers drawn to the small town each year to photograph rare birds who come for the scenery but stay for the high flying cuisine.

-Via Geekosystem

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