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How Perfect are these Iconic Bands Made With LEGOs?

Thursday 03.20.2014 , Posted by
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For LEGO and music lovers, these images are a match made in… well, LEGO actually. Malaysian Adly Syairi Ramly has been building iconic bands out of tiny LEGO figures – and the results are surprisingly recognizable. Yes, the Beatles rendition above is easy to identify, but just check out how pitch-perfect he’s gotten less obvious bands like Pearl Jam and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. I almost wish the titles weren’t there so we could play ‘guess the band’. [Read more...]

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10 Famous World Locations… Zoomed Out

Wednesday 03.19.2014 , Posted by
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We’ve all seen the postcards. Picturesque scenes from around the world highlighting many of the “7 wonders” in all their glory… it all looks so incredible. But what if you step back a few thousand steps? Redditor thepobv recently pulled together a truly eye-opening collection of images from many of the worlds most famous sites… then added images from far back off the tourist trail. The results are enlightening. [Read more...]

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Forget Expensive Costumes: Here’s Some Low Cost Cosplay

Monday 03.17.2014 , Posted by
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So here’s the situation: you badly want to hit up Comic-Con, but you’re a few bucks short of a fully molded, hyper-real Ironman costume… like, $3200 short. The truth is, that’s not even a problem! Enter Thai cosplay enthusiast Anucha “Cha” Saengchart and his Facebook page Low Cost Cosplay.

You’ve got a bath towel and a pillow? Mirror mirror, now you’re the Evil Queen from Snow White. [Read more...]

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5 Great Reasons To Read Hunter S. Thompson

Friday 03.14.2014 , Posted by
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I have loved Hunter Thompson’s writing ever since, in high school, the film of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas starring Johnny Depp turned me on to the book of the same name. You don’t forget a sentence like, “We were somewhere around Barstow when the drugs began to take hold.”

And you shouldn’t dismiss him, as some critics have, as a sloppy, self-indulgent, drug-ingesting hack. He took a lot of drugs, drank too much, loved guns and women (and excess in general) – he was a bit of a maniac to be sure, an imperfect character if there ever was one… and it is unfortunate that these facts obscure his real talent. Here are some of the best reasons why you should read his books and take him seriously. [Read more...]

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Every Human has a Pantone Color, and Angelica Dass is Finding All of Them

Tuesday 03.11.2014 , Posted by
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Black and white? We know humanity is far more diverse than that. Brazilian photographer Angelica Dass’ ongoing series Humanae has the lofty goal of recording and cataloging all possible human skin tones. From her many samples so far, we see an incredible spectrum – one which places us far closer to one another than we’re often led to see. [Read more...]

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We Talk to Nick Pedersen About Ultima, His Fantastically Detailed Vision of the Future

Wednesday 03.05.2014 , Posted by
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Nick Pedersen has a vision of the future, and he’s revealing it to us through vast landscapes of a world after the “peak” of human civilization. His stunningly detailed works see humans in a not so distant time, surrounded by the ruins of society as we know it.

Here is a world filled with nuclear power plants long dormant; the rusting hulks of cruise ships that no longer sail; and even the remnant scribbles of street art no longer speaking. It’s not all bleak however – because despite the cold, nature has come back with abundance. [Read more...]

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Dear Viral Marketing Company Behind ‘Real’ Hoverboards: Stop Playing With My Emotions!

Tuesday 03.04.2014 , Posted by
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When Back to the Future II launched in 1989 there were a load of people convinced that Hoverboards were real. I was one of them. As I thumbed through the back of magazines like Popular Science, desperate for news about when they’d be released, my enthusiastic young mind saw me hovering through the park and even shooting across water – I’d have POWWAHH of course! Now a group calling themselves HUVrTech are saying they’ve created REAL hoverboards, and they’ve got Christopher Lloyd (yes, Doc Brown), Moby and even Tony Hawk (yes, TONY HAWK) backing them up [Read more...]

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Oscar Nominees Posing On the Runway… with Younger Versions of Themselves

Sunday 03.02.2014 , Posted by
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As the stars hit the red carpet for the 2014 Oscars, it’s time to reflect on where they’ve been before… right there on the red carpet. There are a surprising number of nominees this year who have already walked the carpet, and a number who have won before too. This collection of doctored photographs plays on that theme, putting famous stars right next to their younger, but already famous, selves. [Read more...]

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We’ve Got You Covered: People Matching Their Bodies to Book Covers

Thursday 02.27.2014 , Posted by
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For anyone who adores books, this is one way to get far closer to those literary loves. Working a Thursday night at Skylight Books in LA, Emily Pullen grabbed a book and matched her body to the figure on the cover. Her friends and co-workers joined in, matching each of their bodies more or less perfectly with those on the books – everything from faces and eyeballs, to punching fists and flexing muscle men. It was addictive. [Read more...]

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This Guy Recreated Famous Movie Romance Scenes With His Boss’s Dog

Wednesday 02.26.2014 , Posted by
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Chris Naka has been reenacting famous romance movies with his boss’s dog. Yeah, we know that sounds suspect… but the results are hilarious, and hilariously awkward.

“My boss brings her dog Wrigley to work every day, and for the past month we’ve been reenacting romance scenes from movies. It all started with a stupid Titanic photo, but things escalated quickly…”

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