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20 Oct 16:50

An Animated Instructional Video About How to Prepare for Second Puberty

by Glen Tickle

CollegeHumor prepares young adults for second puberty with an instructional video animated in the style of an educational film reel about the physical changes experienced by people in their thirties.

21 Oct 16:23

HENDO, A Real-Life Hoverboard That Uses Magnetic Fields to Levitate an Inch Above the Ground

by Brian Heater
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OMG HOVERBOARDS FOR REAL

Hendo Hover of Los Gatos, California has created HENDO, a real-life hoverboard that uses magnetic fields to hover one inch off the ground above special surfaces. The company has also launched a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign to build development kits for the board and help create areas to ride them. While the project invokes a certain iconic 1980s film sequel, HENDO is careful not to mention that project by name.

Yep, there was a movie. However, our attorneys have told us not to go there. So this is as far as we’ll take it.

Hendo

Hendo

Hendo

images via HENDO Hover

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21 Oct 17:56

‘Law & Order: KFC’, A Stop-Motion Animated Short by ‘Robot Chicken’ That Pokes Fun at ‘Law & Order’ Spin-Offs

by Rollin Bishop

“Law & Order: KFC” is a stop-motion animated short by Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim show Robot Chicken that pokes fun at the slew of spin-offs from the Law & Order television series. It certainly appears that these chickens mean business.

21 Oct 19:18

‘Star Goats’, A Yelling Goats Version of ‘The Imperial March’ Theme Song From ‘Star Wars’

by Justin Page

Marca Blanca has created “Star Goats,” a yelling goats version of “The Imperial March” theme song by John Williams from Star Wars. We previously wrote about Marca’s yelling goats version of the Game of Thrones theme song.

21 Oct 20:35

‘Cat Circles’, The Amazing Phenomenon In Which a Cat Will Always Sit Inside a Circle on the Floor

by Lori Dorn

Cat in Wire Circle

Cat circles“, the amazing phenomenon in which a cat will deliberately sit in a circle on the floor, has been a subject of discussion on a thread on reddit. The original thread, started by admancb featured photos by guremike, who lays out the process very simply with his own cat as the subject.

Empty Tape Circle
Make a circle on the floor

Cat Entering Tape CircleThe cat zeroes in on the circle

Cat in Tape Circle
The cat sits down

Et voilá, a cat circle is made. Here are some other examples from around the world.

Black Cat in Circle

Orange Tabby in Hoop

Calico Tortie Circle

via reddit, Bored Panda

20 Oct 16:27

homemade harissa

by deb

homemade harissa

One of my secret food shames is that I don’t love spicy foods as much as would probably make me cool these days. I’ve got no Thai chile-eating bravado, no Sichuan peppercorn count to throw around, and I never even once in college went to one of those Buffalo wings places where they make you sign a waiver (such as the delightfully named, late Cluck U Chicken near Rutgers University) and lived to brag about it, the way others might boast about how much they bench press or how fast they run a mile (nope, nothing to swagger about there either). My ideal hot sauce can’t be found among my husband’s collection of Tapatio, Cholula and Sriracha, but in this Mild Sauce for Hot People, one of the few little orange bottles that I feel really understands my appreciation of heat in food, but not so much that it overwhelms everything. I accept that this makes me culinarily a wuss.

the chiles I used
boiling water to soften dried chiles

Yet I adore harissa, a Northwest African chile pepper paste with red peppers and spices and herbs such as garlic, coriander, caraway. Of course, when a condiment is used everywhere from Tunisia and Libya to Algeria and Morocco, you’re bound to find as many versions of it as there likely are people who make it, so there are recipes with cumin, lemon juice or even smoked chiles. There’s no one correct way to make it.

a very roasted red pepper

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20 Oct 15:00

The 10 Commandments of a Clutter-Free Life

by Nancy Mitchell
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let's keep trying to be more like this?

Maybe you see beautiful, clutter-free spaces in magazines or on the web, and think: my home could never look like that. But it can! Freeing your space — and your life — from overwhelmingly huge amounts of stuff doesn't take superhuman effort. All you need is a little commitment to some basic principles.

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21 Oct 23:43

Unlock A Secret Borderlands Boss By... Calling Someone A 'Dick'

by Nathan Grayson

Unlock A Secret Borderlands Boss By... Calling Someone A 'Dick'

We might just have a new contender for the title of most Borderlands boss in the history of Borderlands bosses.

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19 Oct 23:00

Fall Of Gods, A Norse Mythology Picture Book, Looks Terrific

by Luke Plunkett
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DO WANT

Fall Of Gods, A Norse Mythology Picture Book, Looks Terrific

Fall of Gods is an "illustrated book" that tells the story of a Norse warrior who, having lost his wife, sets out on an epic journey to get her back. By fighting a ton of monsters.

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20 Oct 10:00

Let This Man Explain What Makes Half-Life So Great

by András Neltz

Let This Man Explain What Makes Half-Life So Great

Half-Life turns sixteen this year. It's likely older than some of you. Yet, aged graphics aside, it's still one of the best games—or rather, one of the best experiences—the PC has to offer. There's a couple reasons why.

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20 Oct 23:00

Sleater-Kinney: Bury Our Friends

by Mario Aguilar

Holy shit new Sleater-Kinney music for the first time in a decade. Today, Sleater-Kinney released "Bury Our Friends" and announced a new record, No Cities to Love, to be released in January. Oh and a tour. I'm so excited that I'm actually considering going to see their show at Terminal 5, New York's most loathsome club, just to get my ears exploded again.

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13 Oct 15:33

Richard Wiseman Shares Even More Amazing Bets You Will Always Win

by Justin Page

British psychology professor, author, and performer Richard Wiseman of Quirkology recently shared a new 10 Bets You Will Always Win in episode 12 of his ongoing series. Wiseman shows how to place an inflated balloon on an upturned thumbtack without popping it, trick friends into saying the number “7”, and more.

15 Oct 18:01

RiffTrax Adds Sarcastic Commentary to the Classic Animated Halloween Special ‘It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown’

by Justin Page

Mashable teamed up with RiffTrax, the original group of writers and performers from Mystery Science Theater 3000, to add their sarcastic commentary to a few scenes from the classic animated Halloween Peanuts special It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown. The full television special will air tonight October 15th at 8PM ET on ABC in the United States.

16 Oct 16:37

Puddles Pity Party Performs a Moving Rendition of Leonard Cohen’s ‘Hallelujah’ Live in San Francisco

by Glen Tickle

Puddles Pity Party (see previously) recently performed a moving rendition of the classic Leonard Cohen song “Hallelujah” live at the Regency Lodge Ballroom in San Francisco. The video was directed by Gary Yost and features the performance as well as a behind-the-scenes look at Puddles applying his makeup and costume.

Cohen performing the song, for the sake of comparison:

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17 Oct 12:44

‘The Imperial March’ Theme Song From ‘Star Wars’ Played on Eight Floppy Drives

by Justin Page

Anand Jain (see previously) — known also as “MrSolidSnake745” — has created a wonderful version of “The Imperial March” theme song by John Williams from Star Wars using eight floppy drives.

17 Oct 16:35

‘Lessons From a Dog’, A Book Featuring Simple Life Lessons Told Through the Natural Wisdom of Dogs

by Lori Dorn

Lessons From a Dog“, an online comic about simple life lessons that humans can gain from dogs created by illustrator Patrick Moberg (see previously), has been made into a book of the same name. A few examples of such natural and beautiful wisdom include “Protect the Ones You Love“, “Revere Nature“, “Your Presence Can Help a Friend” and “Cuddle“.

The book will be available for purchase on October 28, 2014.

Cuddle

Revere Nature

Protect the Ones You Love

Presence of a Friend

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17 Oct 12:45

A Human-Sized Hamster Wheel Desk — Instructables

by Elizabeth Giorgi
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OMG that is awesome.

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The Human Hamster Wheel may be the most insane standing desk created to date. Is it crazy or genius? You decide:

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17 Oct 15:00

10 Posh Ideas for Pumpkin Decorating

by Kimber Watson
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Let face it. Some of us — perhaps those without wee ones running around influencing our every holiday decorating move — just aren't into traditional jack-o'-lantern pumpkin carving. I'm even having a hard time embracing orange these days, what with all the chic white and robins egg blue pumpkins gracing the blogosphere. If you are ready to step up the wow factor, try your hand at one of these glam pumpkin decorating ideas.

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17 Oct 20:00

Better Together: The Power of Collections

by Lauren Hufnagl

When I was a kid, I had a huge keychain collection. Why on Earth I felt I needed so many keychains, or why I decided to start collecting them in the first place is absolutely beyond me, but nevertheless I loved that jingly ball of metal. I'm starting to find that my own daughter is beginning to gather collections of her own — shiny rocks, plastic princesses, and sticks, to name a few.

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12 Oct 08:30

flyartproductions: Princess Tarakanova, in a swimming pool...



flyartproductions:

Princess Tarakanova, in a swimming pool (drank)

Princess Tarakanova, in the Peter and Paul Fortress at the Time of the Flood (1864), Konstantin Flavitsky / Swimming Pools (Drank), Kendrick Lamar

15 Oct 16:00

Anti-Union, Low-Wage States Spend More On Safety-Net Help

by Dave Johnson
chapinc

Duh.

Anti-Union, Low-Wage States Spend More On Safety-Net Help

A study from Labor and Employment Relations professor Robert Bruno of the University of Illinois-Urbana and policy director of the Illinois Economic Policy Institute Frank Manzo IV showed that states with anti-union "right-to-work" laws have lower tax revenue, and have to spend more on government assistance to the poor as a result.

The study, titled, "Free-Rider States," found that legislation supporting workers' right to organize increases wages and reduces income inequality. As a result, collective bargaining states have higher incomes and less inequality. States with "right-to-work" laws have lower wages. These lower wages mean lower state income tax revenue, a slower economy in those states, and higher demand for government "safety-net" services.

Our study found that right-to-work laws weaken state economies and strain public budgets. Right-to-work laws not only sap government revenue in the form of reduced tax receipts, but they also increase government spending in outlays for food stamps and the earned income tax credit.”

The study found that right-to-work laws:

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13 Oct 17:00

The Very Best Cosplay From New York Comic-Con 2014

by Meredith Woerner on io9, shared by Tina Amini to Kotaku

The Very Best Cosplay From New York Comic-Con 2014

New York Comic-Con cosplayers, you did a hell of a job this weekend. This convention had some seriously legendary cosplay, along with a whole lotta Saga and Guardians of the Galaxy awesomeness. Here is a collection of the best of the best cosplay that we spied at NYCC.

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16 Oct 01:30

Dark Magic Brings Video Game Weapons Into The Real World

by Luke Plunkett

Dark Magic Brings Video Game Weapons Into The Real World

Because video game items are made using 3D models, turns out it's not that hard to rip them out of a game and get them working with a 3D printer. And from there, bring something that previously only existed on the screen into the real world.

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14 Oct 10:00

Testing Out the New Nintendo 3DS's Head Tracking

by Brian Ashcraft
chapinc

WHOA.

Testing Out the New Nintendo 3DS's Head Tracking

One of the New Nintendo 3DS 's most welcomed added functions is head tracking. Its purpose is to help make the 3D effect more stable, and you know what, so far, the function seems to work pretty well.

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13 Oct 20:00

Ikea's New Mirror Will Compliment You Every Morning — The Gloss

by Elizabeth Licata
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A well-timed compliment can make a person's morning and set them up with a positive outlook for the whole day. Now Ikea has taken the randomness out of the equation and created a mirror that delivers personalized compliments just when you need them most.

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11 Oct 13:00

Here it is: Your official all-singing, all-dancing Baby Groot Toy!

by James Whitbrook on Toybox, shared by Mike Fahey to Kotaku

Here it is: Your official all-singing, all-dancing Baby Groot Toy!

Guardians of the Galaxy fans, long have we waited for a potted, groovin' Groot of our very own, and now the wait is almost over. Marvel have finally lifted the lid on their version of Dancing Groot - and he'll be out by Christmas!

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12 Oct 13:00

Make an Extra Seat! 9 DIY Modern Stool Projects

by Adrienne Breaux
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We could make one of the rolling storage-y ones! I like those.

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Always seem to need an extra surface for sitting or setting (things) in your home? With the holiday months fast approaching, it might be smart to consider a few extra stools for your space. And if you want to add in personality to your home while you add in stools, consider a DIY project! We've rounded up nine from around the web we love.

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07 Oct 12:45

LEGO: The Most Awesome Cable Management Ever

by Elizabeth Giorgi
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yessss

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Fun Fact: A standard LEGO minifigure hand is the perfect size for holding most small electronics cables. This might be the most awesome thing to ever happen to cable management.

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07 Oct 13:52

A Built-In Color Picker Lets You Tint This Lamp To Any Shade You Want

by Andrew Liszewski
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HOLY CRAP WE LIVE IN THE FUTURE

A Built-In Color Picker Lets You Tint This Lamp To Any Shade You Want

Now that a trio of red, blue, and green LEDs can reproduce almost any color you can imagine, tinted mood lighting has become a hot trend. But why settle for manually dialing in a specific shade when this ColorUp lamp includes a built-in color picker that can sample and reproduce any color you so desire?

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07 Oct 15:34

Fantasy Maps of Real United States Cities Drawn in the Style of J.R.R. Tolkien

by Justin Page
chapinc

I'm a map, I'm a map, I'm a map

Cleveland Map

Pittsburgh-based geographer Stentor Danielson has drawn an incredible series of fantasy maps of real United States cities in the style of J.R.R. Tolkien. Large posters and small prints are available to purchase online from his Etsy store, Mapsburgh.

Boston Map

Washington Map

Phil Map

images via Mapsburgh

via FlowingData