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Illustrator Adds Funny Cartoons to Stranger’s Instagram Photos

Friday 12.26.2014 , Posted by
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London-based, Brazilian-born illustrator Lucas Levitan has a humorous ongoing project. He’s been grabbing stranger’s images off Instagram and adding his own characters with funny and awkward results. His additions often transform rather benign photographs into something altogether ridiculous and unexpected – like beachgoers being vacuumed up by a gigantic woman, or a man playing harp with the cables on a bridge. [Read more…]

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Somabar: A Robotic Countertop Bartender That Mixes Cocktails As Directed By Your Smartphone

Friday 12.26.2014 , Posted by
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How badly do you want this at your New Year’s party? Somabar is a robotic cocktail mixing appliance that connects to your smartphone via Wi-Fi and precisely mixes drinks on your kitchen counter – and it does it in under 5 seconds. Forget cocktail shakers and careful measuring to produce the perfect drink, this libation delivering servant does it right, every time. [Read more…]

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This Cat is the Most Beautiful We’ve Seen… But It’s Just Been Named “Most Awful Sleeping Face” in Japan

Thursday 12.25.2014 , Posted by
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With gigantic blue eyes and a snow-white coat, this Japanese cat named Setsu-Chan might be the most beautiful feline we’ve ever seen… that is, until she takes a cat nap.

After gaining a substantial following on Twitter, she has recently been dubbed “Most Awful Sleeping Face” by a number of Japanese publications, and it’s not hard to see why. This looks like the most relaxed cat in history. As soon as she nods off, her tongue pops out, her eyes roll back (but don’t quite close). If we didn’t see the before and after shots, we’d think she wasn’t gonna make it. [Read more…]

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Beard Grooming Acrobatics by ‘Incredibeard’

Tuesday 12.23.2014 , Posted by
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Isaiah Webb is the owner of an incredible beard. Sometimes it’s stylish, and others times it’s crazy… but it’s always incredible. From wrapping it up into a fab bow tie, to coiling it into a bowl for some hot ramen noodles, his beard is nearly as dexterous as his imagination.

Webb got his start beard sculpting in September 2012 when he posted a photo on Instagram featuring his facial hair splayed out into a fuzzy ‘Lorax beard.’ The photo went viral, and so did his newly groomed persona ‘Incredibeard.’ [Read more…]

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Every Year for Christmas, This Photographer Dresses Up His Dog

Tuesday 12.23.2014 , Posted by
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20 years ago, photographer Peter Thorpe started a wonderful Christmas tradition. For his annual holiday card he enlists the help of his dog, using elaborate costumes to transform him into different animals. It’s hilarious fun, and very, very clever. [Read more…]

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The “Mothership Space Net Penthouse”: A Base Jumping Hammock 400 Feet in the Air

Monday 12.22.2014 , Posted by
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It’s a thrill-seekers dream come true. Combining the relaxation of a hammock with the sports of highline walking and base jumping, this intrepid crew spent their Thanksgiving holiday jumping through the hole in the middle of the “Mothership Space Net Penthouse.” That’s the grand name behind their creation, slung 400 feet above the Moab desert floor in Utah. [Read more…]

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Iconic Western Stories & Fairy Tales Get an Eastern Makeover

Friday 12.19.2014 , Posted by
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South Korean illustrator Na Young Wu has been re-imagining western characters and fairy tales in a delightfully eastern fashion. From the Little Mermaid to Little Red Riding Hood, you’ve never seen the classics like this before. Using the Korean “manhwa” style, she gives each iconic story a makeover using traditional Korean costumes, hairstyles and themes. [Read more…]

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PrintSnap: A Home-Built Camera That Prints on Receipt Paper (and Almost for Free)

Thursday 12.18.2014 , Posted by
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Holding a physical photograph is a rarity in this age of digital photography, but Seattle-based electrical engineer Michael Ciuffo has come up with an unusual way to put lots of images on paper for very, very little cash. He’s using an ordinary roll of receipt paper as his instant film. [Read more…]

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Now Derby the Dog Can Run With 3D Printed Legs

Thursday 12.18.2014 , Posted by
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Derby the dog was born with significantly deformed front legs, but that never stopped him from having a happy attitude or the tenacity to move around in the world. Until recently, that meant uncomfortably hobbling around on his short front legs, or using an awkward cart that limited his mobility. That was until Tara Anderson, director of 3D Systems came to the rescue. Using their ProJet 5500X, the team has created a set of custom tailored prosthetic legs perfectly suited to Derby’s condition. Just look how he gets around now [Read more…]

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Bridges on Euro Banknotes Were Fictional, But This Dutch Designer Built Them Anyway

Wednesday 12.17.2014 , Posted by
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In designing the new Euro banknotes released in 2002, Austrian designer Robert Kalina purposely created fictitious bridges to represent architectural styles through European history. It was deemed a good idea to keep things generic and not show favoritism for any member country in the EU’s newly formed Eurozone. Now, Dutch designer Robin Stam has turned that idea on its head.

“The European Bank didn’t want to use real bridges so I thought it would be funny to claim the bridges and make them real [Read more…]

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