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Gandalf Problem Solving Flowchart

Flowcharts lay out the process for solving problems in a logical, step-by-step manner. According to this flowchart, the wizard Gandalf the Grey uses perfectly logical reasoning, at least according to the folks at the LOTR Project. Link -via Flowing Data

Dog Teaches Puppy How to Go Down Stairs

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Simon, the 6-month-old dog, is happy to teach 8-week-old Daisy how to walk down stairs. That's a helpful dog! -via Tastefully Offensive

Melting Bookcase

Go home, bookcase. You're drunk.

This rubbery-looking bookcase is made from firm oak plywood. It's one of many wonderful, oddly-shaped bookcases made by Scott Blackwell. This Dali-esque piece, Blackwell would like for you to know, comes with a free melting clock.

Link -via Bookshelf

World's Best Sign Flipper

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His job is to grab attention, and he's a master at it! Nonstop (Marquese Scott) collaborated with this sign flipper to bring us a video celebrating their mad skills. -via Holy Kaw!

Russian Icebreaker

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He doesn't know how thin the ice is, and he doesn't care. I don't have any information on this vehicle, but it's apparently a real all-terrain vehicle, with "terrain" including water. Pretty lightweight, with oversized tires that are basically flotation devices. -via Daily Picks and Flicks

Hideous Pokémon

Well, they are monsters, after all. Kelsey Wailes, known across the internet as Eat Toast, reminds us that occasionally anime is unrealistic. I'm jealous: the Pikachu was given away at a Secret Santa event.

Gallery -via Ian Brooks

Care For A Cup of Mom's Robot Oil?

Looking to get your Futurama drink on? Then try chugging some of Mom's Old Fashioned Robot Oil as instructed by The Insatiable Geek. Fortunately, their version shouldn't be so deadly for humans as most real oil as it's just made with dark beer and Jagermeister.


Indiana Jones Trilogy as Maps

Andrew DeGraff, who made illustrated the Star Wars Trilogy with maps, is at it again: this time he explains Indiana Jones with maps. Take a look: Link - via Super Punch

LEGO Big Daddy

The character Big Daddy from the video game Bioshock was rendered in LEGO bricks by  Pate-keetongu. I love his explanation of the build.

There is a lot of SNOT in the torso. Okay, there is lot of it everywhere. But I'm happy with the shapes of the torso, the hunchback look and the suture between the head and the upper torso.
The arms were probably easiest parts to build, save the simple canisters on the back. Ball joint are just so much easier to play with than the clicky joints.

SNOT is a builder's acronym meaning Studs Not On Top. But the picture that line brought up in your mind initially is much funnier! Read the rest at Cyclopic Bricks. Link -via Laughing Squid

A Few Tolkien-rific Facts About the Book Version of The Hobbit

As you might be aware, if you’ve been online or watched any television over the last month, the long-awaited Hobbit movie is finally in theaters and while plenty of people are talking about the movie, we’re here to talk about its inspiration, the classic Tolkien novel, The Hobbit, or There and Back Again. So grab your second breakfast and sit back and relax because there’s plenty to talk about when it comes to this classic children’s book.

Tolkien Started to Create Middle Earth Long Before He Thought Up The Story

While plenty of fantasy authors create mythologies to work with their characters and their plot lines, Tolkien, who had an academic background in Germanic and Norse language and religions, instead started creating a mythology and elven languages in 1917 -long before he ever thought about the characters that would later star in his stories.

He didn’t even start to think about hobbits until the early 1930’s, when a sentence popped into his head as he was grading some tests. He immediately scribbled down the words, “In a hole in the ground lived a hobbit” and within a few years, he finished the story.

He Didn’t Even Send the Manuscript to a Publisher

After finishing The Hobbit, Tolkien sent it to few friends and colleagues to review, including a student named Elaine Griffiths. In 1936, Elaine was talking to Susan Dagnall, who worked for a publishing company, when she recommended that Susan take a look at the manuscript. Susan was impressed with the work and gave it to Stanley Unwin, the head of publishing house George Allen and Unwin. Stanley gave the book to his 10 year-old to review, as he was the target age for the title, and the boy’s positive review led to the publishers deciding to print the book.

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Lobster Claus

The holiday table decoration in Japan was made out of lobster parts. Clever or creepy? Or maybe delicious? Link

Why the Monopoly Playing Pieces Are What They Are

By 1935, the game of Monopoly--including the name--had formed. Two years later, Parker Brothers included die-cast metal player pieces, including a car, a top hat, an iron, a shoe and a thimble, in Monopoly sets. Why? Eddie Deezen asked John Chaneski, an expert on board games:

When Monopoly was first created in the early 1930s, there were no pieces like we know them, so they went to Cracker Jack, which at the time was offering tiny metal tchotchkes, like cars. They used the same molds to make the Monopoly pieces. Game Show sells some antique Cracker Jack prizes and, sure enough, the toy car is exactly the same as the Monopoly car. In fact, there’s also a candlestick, which seems to be the model for the one in Clue. [...]

I think they chose Cracker Jack prizes that symbolize wealth and poverty. The car, top hat, and dog (especially a little terrier like Asta, then famous from “The Thin Man” movie series) were all possessions of the wealthy. The thimble, wheelbarrow, old shoe, and iron were possessions or tools of the poor.

Link -via VA Viper | Photo: therichbrooks

The Power of the Cherry Cordial Compels You

Not only does this cherry cordial chocolate look awesome all concealed like a Death Star, it also looks delicious, being as how it is filled with not one, but three cherries!

Link Via Geeks Are Sexy

The Real Life Totoro Cat Bus

My Neighbor Totoro is a pretty surreal movie, but you probably didn't know is that it is actually based on a real creature, which can be seen above. Personally, I think Yun Yun is even cuter than the one in the cartoon.


Every Movie From 2012: The Supercut

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Sleepy Skunk edited together clips from the movies of 2012 into one supercut. How many of them did you see? Since he used the trailers, even those to be released in December are included. See a list of the films at his site. Link -via Buzzfeed

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