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Drawing on Instagram Cats with Purrfectly Charming Results

Tuesday 09.17.2013 , Posted by

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We all know that every cat has an exceedingly unique personality. Was your feline friend intended for something greater than leaping great heights or shredding curtains… perhaps being an astronaut or demolition expert? Sometimes these things are obvious, and sometimes we need a little help. Amanda Coffelt and her cat Bob are here for us, setting out to enhance the feline world on Instagram, one picture at a time. Their project idraw_on_cats has seen Bob and many of his friends transformed into their alter egos with just the touch of a pen. [Read more...]

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The Solar Powered GoSun Stove: Cooking From the Future

Monday 09.09.2013 , Posted by

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You know that nauseating feeling when you realize that your ‘new’ computer is already outdated?  Today I feel that way about cooking. This new solar cooking device makes my traditional stovetop look and function like an antique.  The solar powered GoSun Stove simplifies cooking technology to a romantic state of powerless efficiency. This space-age looking oven boasts a meal in 20 minutes, up to three pounds of food, and a max temperature of 550 °F (288 °C). [Read more...]

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Mind Control is Now a Reality: UW Researcher Controls Friend Via an Internet Connection

Friday 08.30.2013 , Posted by

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Okay… as soon as I wrote the title above I thought: “this sounds just like something from the cover of a doomsday supermarket tabloid.” But the thing is, it’s absolutely true. Here’s a rundown of the amazing thing that has happened: Rajesh Rao, a University of Washington professor of computer science and engineering, looked at a computer screen and played a simple video game with his mind. The game required him to fire a cannon at a target, but to do so he had to imagine moving his right hand to hit the fire button. To do all this he wore a fairly amusing cap covered with blue rings that read his brainwaves. Now here’s the amazing part. [Read more...]

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Four Words You Don’t Often Hear Together: Abandoned Underwater Strip Club!

Wednesday 08.28.2013 , Posted by

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Most of the time when you want to explore an abandoned building, you don’t have to don scuba gear to get a closer look… but if said building is an old strip club, things are truly getting bizarre. That seems to be the case here with a “gentleman’s” club just off – and under – the coast of Eilat, Isreal. [Read more...]

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96-year Old Man Writes a Song for his Deceased Wife of 75 Years and Enters It Into a Contest

Tuesday 08.27.2013 , Posted by

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When a 96-year-old man named Fred recently entered a song writing contest, he admitted that he couldn’t sing and had never even played an instrument… but that didn’t stop him from submitting. He simply sent a letter with the song he’d written about his wife of 75 years. Lorraine had passed away just a month before, and Fred couldn’t help but write a fitting tribute to the woman he loved so much. His song is called Oh Sweet Lorraine. [Read more...]

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Beard Magic: When Your Facial Hair Has a Life of Its Own, and Also Gives You Vegetables

Wednesday 08.21.2013 , Posted by

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Beards are awesome, in the old sense of the word. Like when you can hardly breath it is so awesome. Like when you might faint, fall over and land on the dog from the pure awesomeness. Minneapolis-based photographer Ben Garvin knows this and just released an absolutely fantastic and wacky stop-motion video called Magic Beard. He did the whole thing using the iPhone app Stop Motion Studio, and that’s all we’re going to tell you about it… take a safe seat and watch to the end! [Read more...]

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Brilliant Use of Vine App: Guy Uses #Magic to Make Things Disappear, Including His Son

Wednesday 08.14.2013 , Posted by

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Using a mirror, his son and a cell phone, Toronto-based Vine user JehReh is about to make some waves with his series of mirror magic tricks.

Twitter’s Vine app has undoubtedly opened the floodgates for creatives to enjoy a new non-stationary medium to express themselves. Using the ambiance of the mirror and a normal bedroom, JehReh flicks his wrist to make his son appear and disappear. This particular piece of content has already been Tweeted over 3,000 times and has raised some serious awareness to an overall spectacular, must-follow Vine account.

Here’s a look at his son disappearing, as well as some other choice videos from the new-media auteur [Read more...]

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Nail Houses: Lone Chinese Homes, When the Owners Won’t Move for New Development

Wednesday 07.31.2013 , Posted by

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It’s not often that we think of China when it comes to defending human rights, but that’s apparently the case with a unique Chinese phenomenon: the “Nail House.” These are homes where the resident refuses to move in order to make way for new construction. In extreme cases, builders are forced to work around the lone building, leaving single home monoliths standing in the midst of construction zones and even in the growing basements of skyscrapers. [Read more...]

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Real-Life Griswold Family Builds Truckster Station Wagon & Drives to Walt Disney World!

Monday 07.29.2013 , Posted by

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With a name like Griswold, you’re bound to hear a few National Lampoon jokes going around. That was the case for one Georgia family… but they’re having the last laugh. Steve (not Clark) Griswold and his family are now the proud owners of a real-life Wagon Queen Family Truckster, the same amazing wagon from National Lampoon’s Vacation. Their first stop? Instead of hitting up the fictional Walley World, the family headed to Walt Disney World for their first outing. Don’t get stuck under a semi! [Read more...]

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Nicolas Cage Has Become a Disney Princess

Friday 07.26.2013 , Posted by

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Just when you thought Nicolas Cage couldn’t play anything more weird/bizarre/strange/odd, he’s showing up around the web as Disney’s iconic Princesses. What’s better than Nick Cage’s face on Ariel from The Little Mermaid? Nothing. That’s what. He wants to be part of your world. Get over it. [Read more...]

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