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5 Prefab Shipping Container Tiny Homes You'll Love

Living in Boston it's easy to see living space is at a premium. It's made me in love with the idea of living in a tiny home, & these 5 great shipping container homes featured on Curbed are perfect.

Made from the thousands of surplus containers worldwide, these beautiful homes are an eco-friendly alternative to traditional building materials, and super durable to boot.

Containers typically come in 2 sizes, either 20' x 8' or 40' x 10', where the small of the two equals 160' square feet of living space & the larger features 320'.

Read more about each of these models at Curbed.

(Image Credit Backcountry Containers)


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The Only Man Buried on the Moon

If the name Eugene Shoemaker means anything to you, it's probably because he, along with his wife Carolyn Shoemaker and David Levy, discovered the comet that was later named Shoemaker-Levy 9, which crashed into Jupiter in 1994. That was only one part of Shoemaker's scientific career.  

Shoemaker enjoyed a celebrated career combining his main discipline of geology with more astronomical applications, helping to create the field of planetary science. He studied a number of craters here on Earth, and in the early 1960s, he founded the Astrogeology Research Program within the United States Geological Survey. Shoemaker used his knowledge to train a number of Apollo mission astronauts about what they could expect to find on the surface of the Moon, in terms of terrain.

His fascinating life came to an abrupt end on July 18, 1997, when he died in a car crash while exploring a meteor crater in Australia. But even in death, as it turned out, his journey was far from over.

Shoemaker wanted to be an astronaut, but was eliminated from the NASA flight program over medical concerns. Still, he went to the moon, or at least his earthly remains did. Read how Eugene Shoemaker became the only man buried on the moon at Atlas Obscura.

(Image credit: NASA)


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Woman Drinks 150 Margaritas in 3 Days - Lives To Tell The Tale

An amazing woman named Janelle Lassalle recently had an epic vacation in Cancun, where upon finding her hotel offered a menu featuring 150 margaritas, decided she would try each one of them over the course of the trip - meaning sh would need to drink 50 each day, a feat she somehow thought would be possible.

The part that makes me want to visit is that each margarita there has it's own small pipette, so you can taste the tequila on it's own before mixing. And now I almost have to try to make a Romerita margarita - a rosemary lemon-based cocktail with smoked rosemary sea salt.

Read more on Munchies


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Miniature Chalk Carvings of Thomas Jacob

When Thomas Jacob was 10 years old, he was taught writing with an ink pen at school. At that time, ink pens leaked a lot and students were given small pieces of chalk to blot up the ink. That's when Jacob discovered that he could carve his small piece of chalk into a sculpture.

Today, Jacob is a "micro artist" who creates fascinating sculptures and artwork with sticks of chalk, grains of rice and and pencil lead.

Take a look at more of Jacob's chalk sculptures over at his website, Thomasartworld - via Crookedbrains


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These Shoes by Tom Sachs Are Out of This World!

Leave it to New York-based artist Tom Sachs to bring us a pair of sneakers that are out of this world. Behold, the Nike Mars Yard Overshoe.

From Dezeen:

Sachs initially designed the shoe for a mechanical engineer at NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab, which created the airbags used in the Mars Exploration Rover missions.
The shoe was later updated in 2017 to include a polyester meshing, instead of the previous Vectran, a material used to make these airbags.


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This is How a Dandelion Seed Can Fly Great Distances

How a dandelion seed can fly far away - often a kilometer or more - with its parachute-shaped bundle of bristles, was a mystery ... until now.

Here's what scientists from the University of Edinburgh found:

Their study revealed that a ring-shaped air bubble forms as air moves through the bristles, enhancing the drag that slows each seed's descent to the ground.
This newly found form of air bubble - which the scientists have named the separated vortex ring - is physically detached from the bristles and is stabilised by air flowing through it.
The amount of air flowing through, which is critical for keeping the bubble stable and directly above the seed in flight, is precisely controlled by the spacing of the bristles.

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Butterfly Wings by Chris Perani

Butterflies are gorgeous ... down to their chitinous wings!

From Colossal:

To photograph with such precision, the photographer uses a 10x microscope objective attached to a 200mm lens, which presents an almost non-existent depth of field. “The lens must be moved no more than 3 microns per photo to achieve focus across the thickness of the subject which can be up to 8 millimeters,” Perani explains to Colossal. “This yields 350 exposures, each with a sliver in focus, that must be composited together.” In total this accounts for 2,100 separate exposures combined into a single image.

Check out more over at Perani's website.


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Stylisth Pringles Mascot Made from an Empty Pringles Can

We've never seen the Pringles Guy (actually, he has a name: "Julius Pringles") look this good before!

Japanese papercraft enthusiast named Haruki turned an empty can of Pringles into a 3D mascot - via grapee


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Durian Pizza

Those of you who've visited Southeast Asian countries may have come across the spiky and stinky fruit called the durian.

And if so, then you'd either be intrigued with or absolutely disgusted by this latest culinary creation: durian pizza!

Coconuts.co has the story:

“Destroy all the rules of deliciousness with the brand new pizza made with real ‘Monthong’ [a type of durian] durian” bodes the perhaps-overly energetic voiceover that accompanies The Pizza Company’s new TV commercial.
Yeah, durian pizza. Let that sit for a second.

So what do you think? Would you try it?


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Cop's Gun Jammed, So He Mimicked the Sound of Gunfire to Scare Criminals

When his gun jammed when chasing criminals, this Indian policeman in Uttar Pradesh didn't get scared. Instead, he shouted "thain, thain" to mimick the sound of gunfire and scare the criminals.

Sort of like yelling "pew, pew," I suppose!

via Tribune India


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Go Glamping in Jordan's Wadi Rum Desert

Camping in a geodesic dome in the Wadi Rum deserts red sands is the closest many of us are going to come to staying on Mars.

Each Martian Dome, their most high end accommodations, is equipped with a private bathroom & shower, A/C, a private terrace, mini-fridge, closet, bathrobes, slippers, bottled water, cotton sheets, fresh juice, & a complimentary fruit basket.

And while you're there you can take part in awesome activities like hiking, jeep tours through the dunes, hot air balloons, and camel rides through the desert.

Read more about the Sun City Camp on Curbed.com

Images Credit: Sun City Camp


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This Corn Has a Little Twin

... or is it just happy to see you?

Thanks Tiffany!


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The Geektastic Cosplay of Quebec Comiccon

Quebec Comiccon was held in Quebec City over the weekend, and there were superheroes, Vikings, aliens, villains, and fantasy characters galore in attendance. Our friends at Geeks Are Sexy were there to record the best costumes to make you wish you'd been there.



See them all in a gallery of enlargeable photographs, part one and part two.


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For Sale: The Entire Contents of a Colorado Theme Park

Heritage Square Amusement Park in Golden, Colorado, operated continuously from 1971 to 2018. Built on the theme of the area's prospecting history, it includes a miniature town, an Old West train, an Alpine slide, and plenty of rides. But the park closed for good in June, and now the contents are up for auction. It's your chance to purchase your very own roller coaster!

According to Norton Auctioneers’ brochure, bidders at next week’s sale of a “COMPLETE AMUSEMENT PARK,” can buy rides built as far back as 1963, along with a 1980 “space shuttle,” a 1993 spinning teacup ride, and nine swan paddle boats—eight white, one black. And in true arcade game fashion, it’s wise to have a solid wad of cash to play, as the auction prefers cash paid in full on the day of. But don’t worry: buyers of the park’s largest items will have additional time to transport their casual new Ferris wheel away in something other than a sedan.

If you’d like a piece of the park but can’t quite incorporate a swan boat or two into your lifestyle, the auction also boasts the sale of a chili cheese dispenser, soft-serve machines, metal gazebos, cash registers, round (or square) trash cans, and a 36-hole mini golf set up for your backyard.

Read the story of Heritage Square at Atlas Obscura, and see what will be on the auction block in this brochure.

(Image credit: Xnatedawgx)


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The Disgusting Food Museum

Malmo, Sweden, is welcoming a new museum opening at the end of this month. The Disgusting Food Museum will highlight recipes from around the world that make some folks salivate and others feel a bit queasy. Museum founder and organizational psychologist Dr. Samuel West is most known for opening the Museum of Failure last year.    

There has been some criticism of the Disgusting Food Museum as an exercise in othering—deeming the food of some cultures to be normal and delicious, and the aromas, flavors, and ingredients of others to be weird and off-putting. Just as the Museum of Failure does more than just poke fun at the idea of Hot Road, the Harley Davidson perfume (the larger purpose is to explore the relationship between failure and innovation), the Disgusting Food Museum paints a more complicated picture of why we eat certain things and push others away in revulsion.

The items features on the museum’s website fall into roughly three, often overlapping categories: unfamiliar creatures (bats, dog, insects) or parts (penis, intestines, heads); very strong flavors, textures, and aromas (durian, natto, root beer); and items that violate certain religious or moral beliefs (pork, meat, jell-o salad).

Read more about the Disgusting Food Museum at Quartz. -via Nag on the Lake

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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How to Survive the Longest Flight in the World

The longest non-stop flight in the world is the 18-hour hop from Newark to Singapore. That's a terrifying amount of time to ride in a jet, but it beats a slow boat. The good news is that the amenities on an overseas flight are always better than domestic flights. Scott McCartney of the Wall Street Journal does a lot of traveling, so he has some tips to pass along for making a long-haul flight more comfortable than it would be otherwise. Some tips are also good for just a few hours in the air. -via Laughing Squid


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The 2018 Squishing of the Squash

As they do every year, the Oregon Zoo put on a show when they let their elephants loose on a truckload of giant pumpkins! The Squishing of the Squash took place Friday morning in front of an appreciative crowd. Champion giant pumpkin grower Larry Nelson of Albany, Oregon, supplied the pumpkins. The pachyderms had fun kicking, smashing, and eating the pumpkins, and one might imagine they were putting some extra mustard on for the spectators. A good time was had by all. -via Tastefully Offensive


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The Holdouts: Dry Towns in Otherwise Wet States

Drinking laws in the United States are a patchwork of state and local ordinances. There are some places where you can buy liquor inside the city limits, not not outside the limits. Then there are towns inside "wet" states that prohibit alcohol sales within the city limits. The reasons for these towns to hold out against alcohol sales vary greatly. In Panaca, Nevada, it was a matter of geography.

If you want to find the Nevada town that is the most opposite of Las Vegas, check out Panaca, which allows no drinking and no gambling (though their town market does have a nice selection of local honey, so they’ve got that going for them). Founded in 1864 as a Mormon colony, Panaca was originally part of Utah, but congressional redrawing in 1866 pushed the town into Nevada. Still a Mormon community today, Panaca has never allowed drinking, meaning it’s now the only teetotaling town in Nevada. (Interestingly, in Utah, despite the dense Mormon population, no town is dry because no local law can conflict with a state law, so alcohol is permitted everywhere.)

Mel magazine looks at eight towns (of about 500 in the US) with interesting stories behind their dryness. -via Digg

(Image credit: Flickr user Ken Lund)


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This Instagram Photographer Pets His Dog Everywhere

If you're tired of the #FollowMe I.G. posts, & you love dogs (who doesn't?) you'll love photographer Honza Řeháček from Czechia, & these awesome photographs.

He's always trying to take advantage of the fog & mist to create dramatic scenes with the help of his faithful hiking buddy Sitka. We think every one of his shots is amazing.

See more on BoredPanda

More info: Instagram | Website

Image Credit: Honza Řeháček


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A Peeking Damselfly

Photographer Alberto Ghizzi Panizza took this neat photo of a damselfly with huge eyes peeking from behind a small twig. Or maybe it was trying to hide, but its eyes were too wide!


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The Roles of Tom Hanks in Halloween Costumes

Every year (except 2017), redditor aubra_cadabra and her friends do a group costume for Halloween, focusing on the roles of one versatile actor. They've done Bill Murray, Robin Williams, Will Ferrell, Jim Carey, and Johnny Depp. This year, they chose Tom Hanks. The movies represented are, from the left, Toy Story, Castaway, Apollo 13, Forrest Gump, Big, David S. Pumpkins from Saturday Night Live, and A League of Their Own.

You can see a gallery of all the costumes from from 2012 to 2018 at Imgur, plus a chart to show each costume with its inspiration, and a picture of all the friends in regular clothing. -via reddit

Love Halloween and cosplay? Check out our Halloween Blog!

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A Russian Mail-Order Bride and a Jaw-Dropping Twist

Wes Hurley and his mother Elena Hurley tell us how they lived through the fall of the Soviet Union and then immigrated to America. There's a lot more that happens after that. Read more of the story behind the film Little Potato at the Atlantic.


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The Wildlife Photographer of the Year Awards 2018

The Natural History Museum has announced its Wildlife Photographer of the Year Award winners, and the top award goes to Marsel van Oosten for the picture above called The Golden Couple, taken in Shaanxi Province, China.

As the group of Qinling golden snub-nosed monkeys jumped from tree to tree, Marsel struggled to keep up, slipping and stumbling over logs. Gradually he learned to predict their behaviour, and captured this male and female resting. With the Sun filtering through the canopy, they are bathed in a magical light, their golden hair glowing against the fresh greens of the forest.

The title of Young Photographer of the Year went to Skye Meaker of South Africa for this close-up called Lounging Leopard.



Look through the gallery of award winners in the adult division and the youth division. You may find it easier to peruse the pictures and descriptions at a user-ranked listing at Bored Panda. Some images may be disturbing.  -via Metafilter


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100 Websites That Shaped the Internet as We Know It

The editors of Gizmodo put together a list of the 100 websites that made the internet what it is today. The 100 sites include the big ones, like Google, YouTube, and Twitter, but also long-gone pioneers like Geocities and Hamsterdance, and some of your favorites like TV Tropes, The Onion, and xkcd. It also includes some awful sites you'd never want to visit. But the list isn't ranking the best sites, just those that made their mark and showed us what the internet could do. Really, where would be be today if we didn't have resources like Wikipedia, Urban Dictionary, and Snopes? Not to mention how we've been dependent on Netflix and Amazon! Read about all 100 at Gizmodo.


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Twitterpated Humans



It can happen to humans, too. HydrogenGreen (Austin Green) recreated the memorable scene from the movie Bambi in which Thumper becomes twitterpated. It's adorable. -via Laughing Squid


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Piano + LED is like Playing Guitar Hero

Musician and YouTuber Rousseau connected some LEDs to his piano and filmed himself playing. The results look like he's playing piano a la Guitar Hero at expert level!

Here's Rousseau playing Beethoven's Moonlight Sonata (3rd movement):

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Rare Chinese Mountain Cat and Cubs

One of the most mysterious cats on earth is the Chinese mountain cat (Felis bieti). These wild cats live in the high elevations of the northeast Tibetan plane. The first photograph of a Chinese mountain cat in the wild was taken in 2007. Before that, all we had was a few zoo specimens and some old pelts. But in September, a bird researcher from the ShanShui Conservation Center discovered a den with a mother and two cubs, and set up a camera trap. You can see the footage and some still pictures at Birding Beijing. Not only are they rare, but they are adorably rowdy, too.  -via Metafilter 

(Image credit: ShanShui Conservation Center)


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This Artist Helped Catch More than 500 Criminals

“My art is the only kind that does not need to be beautiful,” forensic artist Lois Gibson said to Colors Magazine. “It’s ugly and sloppy and sketchy – but if it saves lives, it becomes beautiful and perfect.”

If there's an artist whose art has tremendous impact in real life, then Lois Gibson would be it: in her 30-year stint as a forensic artist, her artwork has helped the police identify more than 500 criminals.

Read more about it over at Colors (Photo: Scott Dalton)


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NASA Named Gamma-Ray Constellations After Pop Culture Characters

To celebrate its tenth year anniversary, NASA's Fermi Gamma-ray Space Telescope released a new constellation map with 21 gamma-ray constellations, named after famous landmarks and characters from pop culture, including Godzilla, Hulk, the Little Prince.

Best of all, you can explore the gamma-ray constellations in this interactive website over at NASA.


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Miss Atomic Bomb

In the 1950s, people in the United States were enthralled by the power and potential of nuclear energy. Nuclear optimism and the atom bomb fever was in full swing, and President Harry S. Truman authorized a nuclear test site just 65 miles northwest of Las Vegas, Nevada.

Indeed, mushroom clouds from the 100 nuclear blast tests were visible from the hotels in downtown Las Vegas and those tests themselves became tourist attractions.

So naturally, Las Vegas decided to combine that with another one of its major attractions - showgirls - and the Miss Atomic Bomb was born.

There were four Miss Atomic Bombs ever crowned. This one above was in 1955, where multiple delays of Operation Cue due to high winds got Linda Lawson crowned with as "Miss Cue." Her tiara was in the shape of a mushroom cloud!

Photo: University of Nevada/Las Vegas Libraries


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