- Rainbow Brite Body Cozy
- Construction Paper Superhero Art By Doctor Sonic
- Empire State Building Light Show
- Candle-Powered Electric Candle
- Celebrating the Christmas of the Past
- Your Bike Is Back from the Repair Shop
- The Great Beaver Drop
- <i>Walden</i> in the Twenty-First Century
- The Elevator Horror
- Painting with Penicillin
- Fooled by ‘The Onion’
- Hello Kitty Sweet 'Staches
- Keyboard Plate
- Angry Birds Macaroons
- Cotton Candy Fudge
- I Am Bitterly, Bitterly Disappointed
- Piano Duet with Elephant
- The Oatmeal on Internet Speed
- He's Got A Lot On His Mind
- New Christmas Cocktail
- Alternate Book Titles
- Crossing The Atlantic
- Adventure Time Jake Bow Tie
- A Phylogeny and Evolutionary History of the Pokémon
- After Winning the Nobel Prize in Physics, Niels Bohr Was Given a Perpetual Supply of Beer Piped Directly into His House
- She's Got the Whole World On Her Nails -Make That the Whole Universe
- Nine Ways To Bide Your Time Waiting for The Hobbit
- Caviar Vending Machine
- Cheetahs in Slow Motion
- Deer Attacks Two Men, Steals Their Cigarettes
Posted: 28 Nov 2012 04:00 AM PST
Rainbow Brite Body Cozy - $24.95
Do you need a little light and happiness to help you get through these dreary fall and winter months? Schedule in some me time with the Rainbow Brite Body Cozy from the NeatoShop. This adorable fleece blanket with sleeves will make you look like your favorite cartoon character. Cuddling up with this blanket is like being bathed in sunshine. Can't you just feel the joy?
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Winterwear!
Posted: 28 Nov 2012 04:00 AM PST
Doctor Sonic is an artist and crafstman who enjoys cutting construction paper into eye pleasing shapes, like Spider Woman's bodacious bod, and his Tumblr site advertises his works as "all paper; no ink".
His art is reminiscent of the poster works of Niagara, or the minimalist construction paper animation of South Park, and the retro style of the characters is totally groovy!
Posted: 28 Nov 2012 03:00 AM PST
The Empire State Building has a new LED light system. They inaugurated it Monday night with a light show set to "Girl on Fire" and "Empire State of Mind" by Alicia Keys, who also got to throw the switch. The music was broadcast on several radio stations. This video was shot from Hoboken. Link -via The Daily What
Posted: 28 Nov 2012 02:00 AM PST
Instructables member randofo, inventor of the flame-throwing jack-o'-lantern, wants to be ready for a longterm power outage. He has a lot of tea candles. But what if he needs light? Randofo found a way to use candles to produce it. He used a Peltier heat sink to transfer the energy of the flame into electricity--enough to power a small candle-shaped lamp. Brilliant!
Posted: 28 Nov 2012 01:00 AM PST
English Heritage has some tips for celebrating Christmas in the Tudor and Victorian styles, if you want to be more traditional than everyone around you. For example, a Tudor-style Christmas would start with putting one person in charge of Christmas and all its parties.
During Victorian times, families would play Snapdragon.
Posted: 28 Nov 2012 12:00 AM PST
Don't think of this as a means of transportation, but a work of art. At least, that's probably what Victor Sonna has in mind for his series of bikes built out of scavenged parts. He writes:
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 11:00 PM PST
In 1948, the Idaho Fish and Game Department hatched a scheme to relocate beavers by airdropping them into “generally inaccessible wilderness” areas. Before they could perform such a strange task, they had to test their methods and equipment to determine the optimum dropping altitude.
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In 1928, British biologist Alexander Fleming discovered the antibiotic properties of penicillin. That discovery has led to millions of human lives saved. But to Fleming, penicillin was more than a biological wonder. It was also an artistic medium:
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 07:00 PM PST
The satirical website The Onion announced that North Korean leader King Jong-un had been named the Sexiest Man Alive. The story was picked up and reported in earnest in China's largest newspaper, The People's Daily. It was also republished in The Korea Times. However, it was far from the first time that Onion stories were mistaken as fact. The Daily Beast runs down nine stories of the same thing happening to various politicians, ESPN, and even the New York Times. Link
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 06:00 PM PST
Hello Kitty Sweet 'Staches - $3.95 (sold individually)
Christmas is coming. Are you on the prowl for the purr-fect stocking stuffer for your favorite Hello Kitty fan? You need the Hello Kitty Sweet 'Staches from the NeatoShop. This sweet treat comes in a collectible embossed tin of Hello Kitty. They are available in 3 yummy flavors: Cotton Candy, Vanilla, and Candy Cane. Buy all 3 and make it a fabulous set.
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 06:00 PM PST
Lunchbreak? What's that? There's no time to stop working. This design concept by Hella Jongerius offers a great way to work right through breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I'd better talk to my library director because obviously these keyboards should be installed on all of our public access computers.
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 05:00 PM PST
Do you like chocolate? How about mint chocolate? And what is your opinion of Angry Birds? If you like any / all of those so you may love this recipe for Angry Birds Macaroons. Just looking at his cute little piggy face makes me want to eat him whole, maybe nibble on the ears a little first.
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 04:00 PM PST
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 03:00 PM PST
Nick Crews (pictured left, Photo: SWNS) has become a cult hero and a viral sensation- particularly in Great Britain. Why? Because of a leaked email he sent to his kids explaining just how (brutally) disappointed he is with them. It starts with "Dear All Three" and goes pretty downhill from there.
Ouch. You can read the rest here. While Crews may be taking shots at his own kids, people are celebrating him as someone with the guts to stand up to his own overprivileged slackers, something that "just happens to be a burning subtext to Europe's monumental blahs."
Are you with or against Crews? While I think it is tough to say one way or the other without good context of the children, I do feel like I know a few too many people my own age with a false sense of entitlement.
Via The Week
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 02:00 PM PST
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There are those who think that only fuzzy critters can be cute. To those prejudiced persons, I'd just like to ask you to look this frog in his eyes and try to tell him he isn't cute. If you're able to do that, you're not only wrong about cuteness, you're also a cruel monster.
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 12:30 PM PST
I love pretty much every Holiday based on the food that it's associated with. Christmas? I love my Eggnog Cherry cake. Oh man oh man. You aren't living if you haven't had it. Well, okay, that may be a bit of an exaggeration but whatever. Beyond the cake though, I have never been that big a fan of Eggnog; I just don't get it, it's milky and thick and gross. The problem then arises that I don't have a go-to Christmas drink. Looks like this year I may be starting a new tradition, thanks Cozy Walls.
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 12:00 PM PST
Plenty of books have alternate titles. Sometimes they are working titles that got changed just before publication. Sometimes they are known in other countries by other names. And sometimes they get retitled when they are reissued. Today's Lunchtime Quiz at mental_floss will test how well you can match famous books to their alternate titles. Good luck! Link
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 11:30 AM PST
Maybe it's because I just saw the movie The Life of Pi, or maybe it's because I sailed as a kid- but I think this needs to be a bigger story. Today, November 27th (the day of my birth, but keep that on the down-low as no one at the office is aware of it) a miniature boat was launched in hopes of being the first unmanned craft to (intentionally) cross the Atlantic. Robin Lovelock is a retired NATO scientist and the creator of this project. He believes the vessel will have to navigate 6,000 miles via GPS to make it from the coastal village Barton on Sea, England.
I guess maybe because I am a hobbyist at heart, and I love seeing other's passions - but I think this is great. Keep it up Mr. Lovelock!
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 11:00 AM PST
Adventure Time Jake Bow Tie - $6.95
Are the adventurous type when it comes to your choice of fashion accessories? Just in time for holiday parties, photos, and New Year's Eve we present to you the fabulous Adventure Time Jake Bow Tie from the NeatoShop. This amazing adult-sized bow tie features Jake, Finn's loyal companion and best friend. Whatever your plans this holiday season you are sure to make statement by wearing this bow tie.
Looking for a more classic bow tie? Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Bow Tie also available.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more fantastic Apparel & Accessories.
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 11:00 AM PST
The following is an article from the Annals of Improbable Research.
by Matan Shelomi1, Andrew Richards1, Ivana Li1, and Yukinari Okido2
This paper represents the first attempt to create a quantitative phylogeny of the Pokémon, using the underlying assumption that Pokémon evolved via natural selection independently from the animals and plants more familiar to Western zoologists. The goal was to apply modern evolutionary theory and techniques to a field previously limited to pre- Darwinian methods of inquiry.
Figure 1 (left). The phylogeny of all the known Pokémon families. Sexually dimorphic species are labeled with a *. Taxon pairs that represent two possible metamorphosis endpoints for a single species (Ex: Slowpoke can become a Slowbro or a Slowking) are labeled with a **, and if they also represent sexual dimorphisms are labeled with ***. Enlarge the graph here.
This article is republished with permission from the July-August 2012 issue of the Annals of Improbable Research. You can download or purchase back issues of the magazine, or subscribe to receive future issues. Or get a subscription for someone as a gift!
Visit their website for more research that makes people LAUGH and then THINK.
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 10:30 AM PST
The people of Denmark were justifiably proud when one of their own, Niels Bohr, won the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1922. The famous Carlsberg brewery marked the occasion by giving him a house and piping fresh beer into it continuously, straight from the brewery. Inevitably, this inebriation led to ever greater discoveries by Bohr.
Skip ahead in the video to 2:55. And remember: when studying physics, use a designated driver.
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 10:00 AM PST
Not only are they pretty and sparkly, but the gorgeous variety of backgrounds make these nails resemble a variety of space images showing galaxies from far, far away.
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 09:30 AM PST
The first film of The Hobbit trilogy hits theaters on December 14th. Lord of the Rings fans have been waiting for years to get their Tolkien movie fix, and some of them are getting pretty antsy at this point. Geeks Are Sexy, the folks who know how hard it is to wait for your favorite films, have some suggestion for making it through the next three weeks. Some look like a lot of fun!
There are nine activities in all. Link
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 09:00 AM PST
You'll need a lot of quarters when using this vending machine. It and others like it in the Burbank, California area offer caviar and other luxury foods:
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 08:30 AM PST
At 1200 frames per second, the first minute of this video only covers one second of the cheetah's run! Greg Wilson shot high-speed footage of five cheetahs from the Cincinnati Zoo, including the world-speed-record-holder Sarah, over three days to get this video. They ran at up to 60 miles per hour, so I would imagine the most difficult part would be keeping the cat toy ahead of them. Read more about cheetahs at National Geographic. Link -via Metafilter
Posted: 27 Nov 2012 08:00 AM PST
Don't approach wild deer, as these two men in East Texas did. Deer are wild animals. Especially when they're going through nicotine withdrawal:
Don't get in between a deer and his smokes.
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