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Strange Jobs And The Workers Who Love Them

Have you ever thought to yourself- "Gee, I wonder if there’s a person who samples dog foods, or dives into golf course ponds for balls, or evaluates human breath odor?" The answer is yes, yes and oh my yes! These are the odd jobs that most people wonder about, never sure whether they actually exist or not.

They’re odd occupations not normally found in your local job listings, and they are all featured in two books of photography by Nancy Rica Schiff entitled Odd Jobs and Odder Jobs. They range from “that’s weird” to “man am I glad I don’t have THAT job!”, and the mere existence of these niche jobs makes for a fun bit of trivia.

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Wolverine Ups The Ante With His Uncanny Epic Split

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First Jean-Claude Van Damme did the Epic Splits stunt in real life between two semi trucks, then an animated Chuck Norris outdid Van Damme with an Epic Splits stunt between two airplanes with a bunch of spec ops guys balanced on his head, Channing Tatum apparently did the splits too but I don't think anybody ever saw that one.

And now we have the only Epic Splits video that actually matters, besides the original that is because Van Damme's stunt was pretty darn cool, featuring some sweet action figure stop motion by Kyle Roberts- here's Wolverine doing the Epic Splits his way, complete with a grumbly little monologue and some Sentinel destruction.

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Eat A Pickled Turnip, Don't Get The Flu

When we think of flu prevention we normally think of shots, vitamins, and washing our hands before we eat. But what if you could make yourself unable to contract the influenza virus simply by eating a pickled turnip? Japanese researchers have discovered this possibility hidden in a commonly eaten food called suguki, a pickled turnip that is thought to be a “superfood” because of its health benefits.

When the Lactobacillus brevis bacteria found inside suguki was fed to mice it kept them from contracting the influenza virus, but the same bacteria has yet to be tested on humans. If it turns out to be a viable way to avoid getting the flu every year I’m sure people will start to appreciate the taste of pickled turnip much more!

Via Geekosystem


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Man Proposes By Building Three Story Tall Transformers Model

When a guy asks a girl to marry him the proposal is usually accompanied by flowers, dinner, champagne and a box with a ring inside. But one Chinese man felt that the only way he could get his geeky girlfriend to say yes was to construct a thirty foot tall model of Optimus Prime.

He built the Autobot leader out of over 40,000 rivets and almost $10,000 worth of iron and stainless steel, working through 400 drawings over the ten months it took him to transform a pile of metal and bolts into one amazing looking metal sculpture.

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A Private Theater Experience For Your Head

Unless you’re in the habit of entertaining lots of guests, or you have a large movie loving family, you probably don’t have a need for a movie theater-sized screen and stadium seating when you sit down to watch your favorite flick.

In fact, those who live alone have probably found themselves wishing for a private viewing experience that completely removes them from all the annoying distractions of the outside world, like friends and family for instance.

According to unfortunately-named Reddit user CertifiedPuppyRapist all you need is a smartphone, a razor blade and a cardboard box big enough to cover your head and you've got a private theater experience that will make you at one with your movie, and forever alone.

Via 22 Words


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The Thirteenth Doctor Has A Silly Little Film Secret

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Any actor who steps into the iconic shoes of sci-fi’s most famous time traveler Doctor Who knows they will have to deal with some far out alien species, strange storylines and as much weirdness as the writers can fit into one hour long episode.

However, it looks like the man who will be playing the thirteenth incarnation of the Doctor, Peter Capaldi, is quite familiar with cinematic strangeness, and he wrote and directed a BBC funded short film entitled Franz Kafka’s It’s A Wonderful Life back in 1995. Take a gander if you dare, and try not to hold this surreal oddity against Peter when he takes over for Matt Smith in 2014.

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Stephen Colbert's Brief Appearance In The Latest Hobbit Film

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Patriot and celebrity conversationalist Stephen Colbert has been very up front about his love of The Lord of the Rings, both the movies made by Peter Jackson and the classic novels by J.R.R. Tolkien, and now his devotion to the series has resulted in a split second cameo in the latest film The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug.

I’m sure Stephen was super jazzed to be included in the film, but his appearance was so short it’s doubtful moviegoers even realized that the briefly appearing vagabond character in Laketown was actually played by Colbert, but now thanks to ScreenSlam you can bask in the momentary glory of Stephen’s Oscar worthy performance in a LOTR themed movie! You’re welcome America!

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A Fun Way To Destroy Your Leftover Christmas Candy

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Do you have a bunch of leftover Christmas candy which are making your New Year’s resolutions hard to keep? Tired of having a sugary Santa Claus staring at you from inside his plastic wrapper? Take a note from YouTube user mist8k and set that candy santa on fire with a little help from science.

Whip out your handy dandy hot plate, a beaker and a bottle of potassium chlorate and you’ve got the makings of a fiery candy explosion. That’s one calorie packed treat that won’t be going straight to your hips!

Don’t try this at home unless you’ve got a scientific background and the proper fire extinguishing materials on hand, but if you’re the neighborhood mad scientist by all means have a ball- of molten candy fire.

Via Gizmodo


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3D Paper Illustrations By Sam Pierpoint

Unless an artist is creating papercraft sculptures artworks made out of paper tend to look pretty flat, but Sam Pierpoint creates a sense of three dimensionality with her imaginative and colorful hybrid works.

Sam’s art draws inspiration from psychedelia, children’s book illustration and graphic design, and there's so much to look at in each piece it may take your eyes a while to make the rounds. She creates her works by photographing various sections of paper sculpture, made out of patterned cardstock and construction paper mostly, then she puts the whole thing together in Photoshop, fine tuning the 3D look of each piece with a touch of digital enhancement.

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A New Japanese Island That Looks Like Snoopy

Many Japanese people are obsessed with pop culture, both from their own country and abroad, but you know their pop mania has reached new heights when an entire Japanese island starts to look like Charles Schulz’s iconic cartoon character Snoopy.

Over 170 miles south of Japan lie the Bonin Islands, and many people think that the aerial view of the island looks like the overly imaginative white beagle Snoopy. The similarity was pointed out by Twitter user @tekken8810 and now those who have seen cannot seem to unsee the cartoon beagle in the island's outline.

Here's the science behind how this Snoopy shaped island came to be:

There, at this very moment, an active volcano is in the process of rather violently creating a new island. Originating very close to Nishi-no-shima (西之島, Western Island), since last month the new land has steadily grown and is now beginning to overlap with Nishi-no-shima, merging the two.

The volcano is still quite active, so the island probably won't remain in its cute beagle shape for long.

Via Kotaku


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Sculptures Of Stuffed Birds Sporting Bizarre Hairstyles

There are so many varieties of birds flitting around planet Earth that it’s nearly impossible for anyone to have seen them all, but I guarantee even the most experienced birdwatcher has never seen birds like these! With their crazy coiffed hair, fashionable adornments and bold colors these otherworldly birds look like they’re ready for either the catwalk or an interstellar moonwalk.

They were created by Karley Feaver using stuffed birds that died of natural causes, wood, gold plate and human hair, and although all of the elements are from the natural world when they’re used together they give each sculpture a truly unnatural look.

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Fan Film Based On Tomb Raider Video Game Series - Croft

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Ever since the first Tomb Raider video game debuted in 1996 people have been going gaga over the smart, sexy and totally badass adventurer named Lara Croft. She’s starred in over a dozen Tomb Raider titles since then, and become a true video game icon in a world sadly lacking in strong female characters.

There have even been a few feature films based on the video game franchise, but none of them have captured the dire circumstances Lara often finds herself in quite like this epic fan film by CanCinema entitled Croft. It’s full of gritty action scenes, beautiful scenery and, of course, Lara Croft kicking some serious tail. (NSFW due to violence)

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Compilation Of The Best News Bloopers Of 2013

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Broadcast news is full of opportunities for anchor related errors, whether they misread the teleprompter, say something because they don’t realize the cameras are rolling, or have their on location report interrupted by a drunken idiot or some guy flashing his full moon.

It’s a wonder news broadcasts make it on the air at all, and when things inevitably do go wrong the internet is waiting to share these bloopers with the world. Here’s a compilation of the best news bloopers of 2013, which range from silly to ribald, honest mistakes to people acting downright dumb. (NSFW due to language)

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Massive Joker's Funhouse LEGO Model

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The Joker loves to play with his toys, and there’s no doubt that if he got his hands on thousands of LEGO bricks he’d begin building some nefarious mass destruction device and have a darn good time combining his passion for toys with his love of mayhem.

This amazing work of LEGO architecture is a fitting homage to the Clown Prince of Crime, and because of its awesome assortment of mechanical details, clever theme and gigantic stature LEGO mastermind Paul Hetherington won Best In Show at Brickcon 2013. The piece took almost 30,000 pieces to build, beating out last year's winner- a 20,000 piece LEGO Batcave.

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Wisconsin Is Using Cheese To Thaw Icy Roads

The state of Wisconsin is known for its cheese, and the Cheeseheads that love it so much they’re willing to wear cheese wedge shaped hats to football games. Now that winter is upon them Wisconsin has discovered yet another use for their beloved dairy product- they’re using cheese brine instead of salt to thaw the icy roads.

Salt tends to bounce off the icy surface, and gets knocked away even more by drivers, but a waste product from the cheese making process called cheese brine helps the salt stick to the ice, and together they melt the ice better than salt alone.

The best cheeses to use are provolone and mozzarella, and when you’re finished you can make some delicious cheese flavored slushies with scrapings from the road! Mmmmmm, road cheese!

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Surreal Short Film - Stanley Pickle

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When the main character of a film has a funny name like Stanley Pickle you kind of suspect odd and hilarious things from them before the film has even begun.

Stanley lives in a wind up world where everything works like clockwork, and everything can be fixed with a simple turn of the key. But when he encounters a feathered femme fatale in the forest outside his house his mechanical view of the world changes forever.

It's surprising how much heart this short film from Vicky Mather et al packs into a quirky storyline about an oddball mechanical family's life and an unexpected romance. And despite the silly title there’s a maturity to both the story and stylistic elements of the film that make it one fun short to watch.

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The Lion King - Cute Kitten Version

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Nothing gets people singing Hakuna Matata quite like a good old fashioned Lion King reference, and when you combine the beloved 90s Disney movie with cute kittens you’ve created a video that’s bound to take the interweb by storm.

The Pet Collective knows how to use cuteness in their videos to maximum effect, and now this Cute Kitten version of The Lion King is about to get them so much viral love!

Just like their previous videos such as Pug Puppy Version of Home Alone and Pug Puppy Version of Elf, this one stars a cuddly cast of young critters (from the People And Cats Together rescue) and a kid narrator to make the whole thing off the charts adorable.

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Man Beats World Record For Largest Video Game Collection

Most gamers keep their games just long enough to beat them, but those archivists of digital entertainment who treat video games like Pokemon and gotta catch em all take their collecting very seriously.

Recently the Guinness World Record for largest video game collection was broken by Michael Thomasson who, according to The Associated Press, has a whopping 10,607 titles in his museum quality collection, beating the previous record holder by nearly 2,000 titles.

The funny thing is Michael never has time to play his games since he’s always so busy with work, and he’s already sold his collection twice in his life- first to pay for a Sega Genesis when it was the new hotness, then later in life to pay for his wedding.

Via Destructoid


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Ridiculously Cute Photos Of High Fashion Dogs

High fashion dog models don’t have as much attitude as their human counterparts, and they don't mind sniffing butts or eating fattening foods whenever they can get their paws on some, but when photographer Sophie Gamand starts snapping shots these doggie divas strike a pose and try their best to look fierce.

Sophie stumbled upon the world of serious dog fashion while she was doing research for a photo series about New York City dogs, discovering a fashion subculture of designers creating garments specifically for dogs that are worth hundreds of dollars, and owners battling to get their little posing pooch into the spotlight.

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Five Desolate Locations Hidden Inside Big Cities

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The title may not be appropriate, since the apocalypse has yet to happen and therefore post apocalyptic wastelands don’t yet exist, but the locations on Cracked’s list of Post Apocalyptic Wastelands Hiding In Busy Cities are appropriately devoid of life, and the fact that they stand silently within the limits of cities teeming with life makes them perfect locations for filming low budget dystopian sci-fi flicks, or spending an afternoon discovering a little known piece of urban history.

Urban explorers take note and gear up- here’s a bunch of sites that would be perfect for your next adventure, and they’re closer to home than you think.


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Side By Side Comparison Of Traditional Film Versus Digital Imaging

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Ever since digital technology took over for those sprocket holed strips of film photographers once knew and loved people have been asking themselves the same question- which one looks better?

At first film still stood a chance, since digital imaging technology couldn’t produce images with the clarity of most films, but now that we’re in the double digit megapixel range, and images both moving and still are striving to become more hi def, digital imaging seems to be taking the lead.

Here’s a side by side comparative video by Joey Shanks that attempts to put the whole debate to bed by displaying images from both mediums in a way which should result in a grand prize winner. Who wins the grand prize? Watch the video and find out!

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Surreal Paintings Inspired By Vintage Vacation Photos

Drawing influence from classic photographs, surrealism and sheer lunacy, artist Paco Pomet paints scenes of dreamlike imagery with an old school appeal. He integrates vintage vacation photos, and other old timey elements, into his oil paintings in a most surreal fashion- turning Dustbowl families into canine packs, making arms and legs elastic in a ridiculous way, and generally messing around with the idea of alternate realities.

Paco’s paintings definitely have a sense of humor about them, and yet they’re staged in such a way that the viewer can imagine the scene actually taking place in some strange alternate version of our past.

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A Short Film About An Ugly Little Fish Named Harley

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Ever since Pixar’s CG animated film Finding Nemo came out everyone expects fishy main characters to look all cartoony and adorable, but this short film entitled Harley shows us that little fishy heroes come in all shapes and sizes, some more hideous to look at than others.

Harley is the name of a poor little bug eyed fish that just can’t seem to find his forever home, and everyone who buys him from the pet store inevitably returns him claiming he’s damaged goods. Poor little Harley, even though he’s CGI he still has feelings, and emotes them quite well in this live action short film by Tom Teller.

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Tricycling Across The South Pole To Beat The Competition

Riding tricycles down your driveway and on sidewalks around town was a lot of fun when you were a kid, but now tricycles have traded in their all plastic construction for steel frames and treaded rubber tires that can survive a trek across the South Pole.

This tricycle isn’t child’s play- it was made by Inspired Cycle Engineering to survive even the toughest conditions and prove it’s durability in a three person race that started on the edge of Antarctica and ends at the South Pole.

35-year-old Maria Leijerstam is braving the elements to show she has what it takes to beat her competition, who are riding standard bikes, and survive the freezing 400 mile ride across the barren landscape on a tricycle built for one.

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Video Game Superstars Battle Mario With His Own Power Ups

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Mario has a colorful arsenal to say the least, and his power ups make him the most powerful plumber in the world of video games aside from his similarly powered brother Luigi. The Mario Brothers are an unstoppable force thanks to their Fire Flowers, Tanooki Suits and mushrooms for every color of the rainbow.

Characters from all over the world of video games are getting mighty jealous of the power being wielded by those blue collar heroes, and three of those envious avatars got their hands on some Mario Bros. specials and are now out to prove their might against Mario himself. But Mario is a master, and he doesn't need swords or fancy guns to kick some digital tail.

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Dog Won't Let Her Owner Take A Drink

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You know you have a drinking problem when your dog has begun to take actions to prevent you from taking another drink. Dogs don’t judge, but when their owner comes home tanked every night even the family dog knows it’s time for an intervention.

The doggie daddy in this video should feel lucky that his best friend cares about his well being enough to raise her paws whenever he tries to booze it up, and it looks like the next problem the Shiba Inu psychologist will be tackling is her owner’s addiction to cigarettes.

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The Unusual Origin Of Iconic Dungeons And Dragons Monsters

When gamers first got their hands on the Monster Manuals for the Dungeons and Dragons roleplaying game they went crazy for the far out menagerie of creatures they would soon be facing in fantasy combat. But many players and dungeon masters found themselves wondering- where did these kooky critters come from?

It turns out some of the most iconic monsters, like the Rust Monster and the Owlbear just to name a few, were based on a toy line made in Hong Kong and sold in discount stores back in the 1970s. Gary Gygax, the creator of D&D, picked up a bag of these funky little rubber monster figures and the rest is rpg history.

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Six Moai Snowmen Stand In A Row

Six moai snowmen stand in a row, watching the sun rise and set like clockwork knowing that their days on this earth are numbered.

Snow is not the ideal medium for constructing moai statues, and considering they originated on Polynesian islands in the warm waters of the Pacific Ocean this comes as no surprise. What is surprising, however, is the fact that these moai men have changed their minds about surfing, and now think of snowboarding as their favorit action sport.

Stoic and chisel jawed, with an icy stare that would freeze the hearts of kinder, gentler snowmen, these moai warn visitors- don't mess with this house or you'll anger the sacred spirits that stand guard.

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A New Anti-Drunk Driving PSA Starring Robocop

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It’s common knowledge that you shouldn’t drive drunk, because bad things can happen to you and your loved ones when a boozy driver gets behind the wheel. We’ve all seen the ads warning us that the cops are watching, waiting to arrest drunk drivers, but they’re generally not very effective.

Those who don’t see it as a big deal keep on driving drunk, but they would think twice if they knew Robocop might be the officer pulling them over. Robocop doesn’t have compassion for criminals, and he can call in ED-209 for backup if the drunk driver in question starts acting belligerently. Do yourself, and the ones you love, a favor- don’t drink and drive this New Years Eve, and thank you for your cooperation.

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Illustration Created With Typed Letters

Sometimes it’s hard to work through a serious case of writer’s block, when you’re clackity-clacking on the keyboard turns into a nerve wracking silence only a librarian could love. What is there to do while you’re sitting at your keyboard, or typewriter, waiting for your creative brain to start clicking again?

Take a hint from artist Pablo Gamboa Santos (no relation) and start stringing those letters together into wordy works of art. Pablo types out overlapping letters which, slowly but surely, take the form of images like Gertie the Dinosaur, the Venus De Milo and the Statue of Liberty, each one standing atop a slowly spreading letter landscape. He calls the series qwerty project.

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