- Montserrat: The Modern Pompeii
- Painted Spider Webs
- An Apt Description
- Champagne Cork Chandelier
- Home with Dada
- My Little Beatles
- Creepy Hyper Realistic Baby Mask
- The Beatles Yellow Submarine Jigsaw Puzzle
- Cut A Pepper And Watch It Scream
- Mechanical Pencil Lead Refills Sculptures by Peter Trevelyan
- Nautilus Reading Nook
- Swedish New Year Fireworks
- The 160 Million Dollar Bride
- Atari 2600 Cake
- New Year, New Oddball Laws
- What Does a "New Year" Really Mean?
- Potentially Ominous Wedding Ring
- New Year Resolutions Illustrated by Cats
- Wine Moleskine Journal
- 366 Days, 366 Books: How Jeff Ryan Read One Book Per Day in 2012
- Census Dotmap
- Grumpy Octopus Coffee Cup Cozy
- The Meatiest Snowman Around
- The Finnjet Is the Ultimate in Automotive Design
- Lego Golf Course
- Star Trails Down Under
- The Penguin and the Piper
- Parrots Hate Electronic Music
- Clumsy Kittens Compilation
Posted: 02 Jan 2013 04:00 AM PST
The island of Montserrat is a British territory in the Caribbean. In 1995, a volcano that had been dormant for centuries erupted and has been active ever since! A 1997 eruption buried half the island, including the capital city of Plymouth, under 40 feet of mud, ash, and rocks. Visitors are still banned from the "exclusion zone," as the latest eruption was in 2010. Read more about Montserrat and see pictures of what's left at Kuriositas. Link -via the Presurfer
Posted: 02 Jan 2013 03:00 AM PST
Anthony Michael Simon, an artist in South Korea, has a little help in his studio. His eight-legged assistants produce webs, which Simon then treats and colors:
Posted: 02 Jan 2013 02:00 AM PST
I guess that's one way of looking at the story. Are we sure this movie is okay for children to watch? -via Criggo
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Not pictured in Mari Kasurinen's set of custom ponies: Yoko Pony. Here are the Fab Four in their uniforms for the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. From left to right: Ringo Starr, John Lennon, Paul McCartney and George Harrison.
Posted: 01 Jan 2013 10:00 PM PST
These two cubs at the San Diego Safari Park sure look like they have a good time together. What I wouldn't give to join in on the fun before they get so big that they'd accidentally tear my face off during play time.
Posted: 01 Jan 2013 09:00 PM PST
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Attention The Beatles fans! Are you looking for a fun way to beat the winter blues? Try passing the time with The Beatles yellow Submarine Jigsaw Puzzle from the NeatoShop. This colorful and funtastic 1,000 piece jigsaw puzzle is a great way to pass the time when you are stuck indoors.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more amazing The Beatles items.
Posted: 01 Jan 2013 08:00 PM PST
Some vegetables are content with being cut up and made into various soups or stews, but not this creepy pepper.
He'd rather scream until his spicy brethren come to his rescue, preferably before he hits the pot of bubbling sauce!
Posted: 01 Jan 2013 07:00 PM PST
Look at these intricate sculptures by New Zealand artist Peter Trevelyan and weep: the geometric structures are made with 0.5 mm lead refills for mechanical pencils! I can't even reload my mechanical pencils without snapping a few of these graphite sticks ...
Posted: 01 Jan 2013 06:00 PM PST
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Sanna Dullaway had some bad shrimp and suffered from a case of food poisoning on New Year's Eve, but still managed to go out on his balcony in Nynäshamn, Sweden to shoot photographs of the fireworks. He used a DSLR camera and stitched the images together to make a beautiful panorama. Only a portion is shown here, but you can see the long view at imgur or the panorama at Dermander. Link -via reddit
Posted: 01 Jan 2013 04:00 PM PST
The age of giving heads of cattle as dowry may have come and gone, but the replacement may not be better: a Chinese tycoon has set a record by giving a dowry of more than 1 billion yuan ($160 million) to marry off his daughter!
Posted: 01 Jan 2013 03:00 PM PST
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New year, new laws. When the ball dropped on midnight, January 1st, we not only rang in the new year, but also a slew of oddball laws from around the country.
Good Morning America has a few examples:
Read more over at ABC News: Link
Posted: 01 Jan 2013 01:30 PM PST
Today is New Year's Day, which simply means the earth has completed another journey around the sun. But how in the world do we know how long that takes? To answer the question, Phil Plat has "taken a simple concept like 'years' and turned it into a horrifying nightmare of nerdery and math."
And that's only the beginning of the explanation of where we get the concepts and the measurements for a "day" and a "year." Read the rest at Bad Astronomy. Link
Posted: 01 Jan 2013 01:00 PM PST
Etsy seller Anama doesn't actually market this ring as a wedding ring. But if someone proposed to you with this ring, could you consider it to be a good or a bad sign?
Posted: 01 Jan 2013 12:30 PM PST
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Does one of your New Year's resolutions include becoming a real wine connoisseur? You need the Wine Moleskine Journal from the NeatoShop. The journal includes 6 themed sections, wine glossary, measures and conversions, and much more. Now you can keep detailed notes about all your new wine drinking experiences.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Office & Desk items.
Posted: 01 Jan 2013 12:00 PM PST
Jeff Ryan, like a lot of professional writers, spends a lot of time reading. He made a demanding resolution for last year: to read an average of one book per day. Since 2012 was a leap year, that meant 366 books. Ryan was appareantly successful--and not by reading only very short books. Here's how:
Here's his reading list. Read more about Ryan's methods at the link.
My favorite read of 2012 was the memoirs of Ulysses S. Grant. What was your favorite book to read last year?
Posted: 01 Jan 2013 11:30 AM PST
Brandon Martin-Anderson created a map of the United States made only of dots. There are 308,450,225 dots, one for every person counted in the 2010 US Census! The map is zoomable at the site, in case you want to zoom in and see your dot. Good luck, as there are no state or city boundaries, roads, or natural landmarks. Link -via Holy Kaw!
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The Finnjet, built by Antti Rahko, a Finnish immigrant to the United States, is everything that you could want in a car. It's made from two Mercedes station wagons and many, many other parts that Rahko has added continuously over twelve years:
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In 1904, William Speirs Bruce led the second voyage of the Scottish National Antarctic Expedition to the frozen continent. The ship, the Scotia, was trapped in ice for four days along the route. While the expedition was stuck, they continued to take geographical and meteorological observations and measurements. But the ship's bagpiper, Gilbert Kerr, took the time to pose for a photograph on the ice as he serenaded an Emperor penguin. According to the Royal Scottish Geographical Society, the penguin was tied to a cooking pot to hold him in place. The photograph was sent as a postcard from Antarctica. Piper Kerr was no doubt as full of Scottish pride as Bruce himself, but deserves extra points for wearing a kilt on an Antarctic icepack. Link
Posted: 01 Jan 2013 08:00 AM PST
A new study involved exposing parrots to different types of music to see what they enjoyed. They all bobbed their head in sync with folk and rock music and one seemed particularly fond of pop music, but they all had one thing in common as well -they all absolutely hated electronic music. Researchers noted that they looked particularly "distressed" when they played groups such as Prodigy and The Chemical Brothers.
While many humans can relate to this feeling, it's a little surprising considering how fond some parrots seem to be of sucking on the beads on their hoodies, like this guy. Doesn't he look like he's ready to rave?
Posted: 01 Jan 2013 07:30 AM PST
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