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17 Apr 18:18

Inflatable Jurassic World Costumes Put You Inside a Dinosaur Without Being Eaten

by Andrew Liszewski

Lots of fans walk out of superhero movies wishing they were Wonder Woman or Iron Man, but does the same thing happen with the dinosaurs in Jurassic Park or Jurassic World? Dino cosplay is apparently live, well, and not at all concerned with anatomical accuracy, as these new inflatable thunder lizard costumes reveal.

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17 Apr 18:17

Water Bags Glass Sculptures by Dylan Martinez

by Alex Santoso


Image: Dylan Martinez

A bunch of plastic bags filled with water? Tricked ya! Those are actually hollow and solid glass sculptures by Dylan Martinez titled "H20/SiO2." Gorgeous!

17 Apr 18:16

Surreal Photography of Erik Johansson

by Alex Santoso


Image: Erik Johansson

We've featured some of Erik Johansson's surreal photography before on Neatorama, but I just came across this 2010 interview of the Swedish photographer by Matilda Battersby of The Independent, so it's a great excuse to show you another one of his masterpieces.

Find out many, many more excellent surreal photographs over at Erik's website and Instagram.

This one above is called "Full Moon Service" and you can find the Behind the Scenes video clip below:

16 Apr 12:01

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11 Apr 12:45

Anatomy of More TV Shows

by Alex Santoso


Image: John Atkinson / Wrong Hands

It's been nearly four years since John Atkinson's last Anatomy of TV Shows comic panel, but hey, you can't rush genius. A TV crime show that starts with a grisly scene, supermodel in the lab, and "enhance"? I think I saw that!

11 Apr 12:41

History

HISTORIANS: We've decided to trim the past down to make things more manageable. Using BCE/CE, would you rather we lose the odd-numbered or even-numbered years?
09 Apr 17:48

Congressional Testimony

James Cameron's Terminator 3 was the REALLY prophetic one. That's why Skynet sent a robot back to the 1990s to prevent him from ever making it, ultimately handing the franchise over to other directors.
05 Apr 19:08

Guy Gets Bitten By Black Mamba Snake Four Times To Prove He's Developed Immunity

snake-venom-man.jpg Seen here looking like the exact sort of man I'd expect to purposefully get bitten by venomous snakes, this is a video of Wisconsinite and snake venom connoisseur Tim Friede getting bitten four times by a black mamba (which they state can kill a human in 20 minutes but Wikipedia says can cause a human to collapse in 45 minutes with death in 7 - 15 hours) to prove that he's developed an immunity by shooting up snake venom over the past 16 years. WTF! Fascinating, crazy shit:
For the past 16 years, Tim Friede has been boosted over 700 times with snake venom, including over 200 snake bites from live venomous snakes. Over the course of these boosts, he has developed a remarkable immunity to snakes that would be ordinarily lethal, including cobras, taipans, black mambas, diamondback rattlers, and many others. He is resistant to a genetically diverse panel of snakes spanning the Americas, Asia, Australia, Africa and Europe, indicating that he has affinity matured broadly neutralizing antibodies that can recognize and neutralize all snake venoms. Backed by Jacob Glanville who is a world expert in in high-throughput sequencing and antibody display bioengineering technologies capable of rapidly recovering the genetic instructions for antibodies developed from live immunizations. Research on his blood have identified extremely elevated IgG4 anti-sera against snake venoms and a generally elevated IgG. Tim's blood contains the instructions for a universal, fully human antivenom.
Wow, over 700 boosts of snake venom -- that's pretty hardcore. This dude is nuts. I actually did learn a lot watching the video though. But mostly, if you're ever bitten by a venomous snake in the future, the first thing you're going to want to do is find Tim Friede and drink his blood. Keep going for the video (which was equal parts weird and weirder) while I speculate whether it's all the snake venom that's made his face look like a zombie's.
04 Apr 20:56

Friendly Questions

Just tell me everything you're thinking about in order from most important to last, and then we'll be friends and we can eat apples together.
02 Apr 14:56

Conversational Dynamics

"You should make it so people can search for and jump into hundreds of conversations at once if they want." "Ooh, good idea! I imagine only the most well-informed people with the most critical information to share will use that feature."
27 Mar 19:01

Man Transforms Roll Of Aluminum Foil Into Incredibly Sharp Knife

aluminum-foil-knife.jpg Move over, folded steel, because this is a video of knifesmith and Youtuber Kiwami Japan forging an incredibly sharp knife out of a roll of aluminum foil. How about that! I found the whole process incredibly satisfying to watch, especially half awake and mindlessly eating mini donuts. *shrug* It's how I live my life. "But are you really living?" Don't be jealous. Keep going for the video while I seductively lick a candy cane into an eye gouger. Also, would it have killed him to add a little more cutting demonstration at the end of the video? I spent ten minutes of my life watching him make this thing and he only cuts a cucumber. I might leave a Youtube comment.
23 Mar 12:13

Game Of Thrones Characters In The Style Of Disney

disney-game-of-thrones-1.jpg These are a bunch of illustrations by artists Fernando Mendonça and Anderson Mahanski of Combo Estudio imagining Game Of Thrones characters in the style of Disney animated movies (a few of their first one previously seen HERE). As far as things like this go, I felt like these were all very well executed (particularly when viewed in higher resolution like the ones HERE). Maybe you disagree. Maybe I don't care. You know I do though, I just want us to get along and like the same stuff. God, would it kill you to hold my hand and take me to the movies sometime? "Um, what?" Why do you hate me? "You sound like a Tinder date from hell." I don't do Tinder, I invented a new dating app called Marinate for relatively low-grade meats mates with rough exteriors who take a lot of time and effort for someone to really learn how to love. It's worth it in the end though because the relationship is that much more flavorful. "Is it though?" I've never matched with anyone. Keep going for ten more.
23 Mar 12:10

Personal Data

Do I just leave money in my mailbox? How much? How much money do they need, anyway? I guess it probably depends how the economy is doing. If stocks go up, should I leave more money in my mailbox or less?
23 Mar 12:08

'Alien' Mummy Found in Atacama Desert Is Actually a Tiny, Mutated Human

by George Dvorsky on Gizmodo, shared by Jill Pantozzi to io9

Back in 2003, a strange skeleton was discovered in a deserted Chilean town in the Atacama Desert. Featuring an elongated skull, sunken eye sockets, and an impossibly tiny body, some suggested it was of extraterrestrial origin. An updated genetic analysis confirms the skeleton as being human—but with an unprecedented…

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19 Mar 17:10

Artista italiana recria ilustrações em miniatura da cultura pop!

by Ary Nicéia

Quando se trata de desenhos e ilustrações, cada artista possui seu traço, seu estilo, sua marca e técnica. Com Claudia Maccechini não é diferente, ela recria personagens da cultura nerd em miniatura. Sim, miniatura! Muito talento em desenhos pequenininhos. Segundo ela “há um mundo inteiro em pequenas coisas”.

Artista italiana recria ilustrações em miniatura da cultura pop!

Claudia além de desenhista italiana, é também cantora. Para conferir e prestigiar mais de seu trabalho, a artista possui uma lojinha no site Etsy – você pode clicar aqui para conferir -, contabilizando um total de 93 miniaturas (até o momento) à venda. Seus preços variam em torno de €12,00 à €100,00; que em reais seria equivalente a R$ 48,00 à R$ 402,00 aproximadamente.

Você também podem encontrar Macchechini nas redes sociais, instagram e facebook.

















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19 Mar 12:09

Stranger Things: Onde está Will Byers?

by Mayara Torres

Criada por Martin Handford em 1987, a série inglesa de livros infanto-juvenis “Onde está Wally?” desafiava os seus leitores a encontrarem o personagem com camisa e gorro listrados em vermelho e branco e usando seus óculos redondos.

Stranger Things: Onde está Will Byers?

Wally ficava camuflado no meio de tantas pessoas, ações, objetos e visitava vários lugares no mundo. Dada a quantidade de referências em apenas uma imagem, logo ele virou um queridinho da cultura pop tendo diversos artistas recriando a obra e aglomerando referências sob temas como super-heróis, personagens da Disney, princesas e entre outros.




A ilustradora norte-americana Brenna Thummler criou uma versão de Stranger Things para os fãs da série não só terem a chance de procurarem por Will Byers, como também se deliciarem com as inúmeras referências da série.

Clique aqui para ver a imagem em alta resolução

Para quem curte um easter egg vai gastar um tempinho procurando todos os personagens e elementos da série, não é mesmo? :)

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19 Mar 12:08

The World's Most Expensive Eggs

by Miss Cellania

(Image credit: Stan Shebs)

The following article is from Uncle John’s Factastic Bathroom Reader.

Unless you happen to be a Russian history buff, you probably don’t know much about Czar Alexander III. But if you’re a fan of Fabergé eggs, you have him (and Carl Fabergé, of course) to thank for them.

HOW EGGS-CITING

In 1885 the emperor, or czar, of Russia, Alexander III, placed an order with his jeweler for a decorative Easter egg for his wife, the czarina Marie Feodorovna. Alexander had given his wife jeweled Easter eggs before: Easter was the most important holiday on the Russian Orthodox calendar, and eggs were traditionally given as gifts. But this year’s egg would be different, because Alexander placed his order with a new jeweler: 38-year-old Carl Fabergé.

Fabergé differed from other jewelers who served the Imperial court in that he was more interested in clever design and exquisite craftsmanship than in merely festooning his creations with gold and precious gems (though his eggs would have plenty of those) without showing much imagination. “Expensive things interest me little if the value is merely in so many diamonds and pearls,” he said.

NEST EGG

That first Imperial Easter egg was very plain indeed, but only on the surface: known today simply as the 1885 Hen Egg, it was 2½ inches long and made of gold but had a plain white enamel shell to give it the appearance of an ordinary duck egg. When the two halves of the egg were pulled apart, they revealed a golden yolk that in turn opened to reveal a golden hen “surprise” sitting on a nest of golden straw. The hen was hinged at its tail feathers and split open to reveal a small golden replica of the Imperial crown; hanging from the crown was a tiny ruby pendant that Marie Feodorovna could wear around her neck on a gold chain that came with the egg.

(Image credit: Михаил Овчинников)

Marie Feodorovna loved the egg, and for the rest of his life, Czar Alexander bought all of her Easter eggs from Fabergé. Alexander gave the jeweler great latitude in designing the eggs and set only three requirements: 1) the eggs had to be egg-shaped; 2) they had to contain a surprise; and 3) Fabergé’s designs could not repeat themselves. Those three requirements aside, Fabergé was free to do whatever he wanted. The jeweler made a point of not revealing anything to Alexander about each egg until he delivered it a few days before Easter so that the czar could enjoy the suspense as well. “Your Majesty will be content,” was all he’d say.

BY THE DOZEN

Not much is known about the second egg, Hen with Sapphire Pendant, which Fabergé made for 1886; it disappeared in 1922. For his third egg, in 1887 Fabergé made a golden egg not much larger than a hen’s egg. It sat on a gold pedestal with three lion’s paw feet. Pressing a diamond on the front of the egg caused its lid to pop open, revealing a ladies’ watch face inside. The watch was mounted on a hinge and could be tilted upright, allowing the egg to be used as a clock.

In the years that followed, the eggs produced in Fabergé’s workshop became larger and more elaborate as teams of craftsmen worked the entire year, sometimes longer, to complete the eggs. The Danish Palaces Egg for 1890 contained a folding screen comprising 10 miniature paintings of the palaces and royal yachts that Marie Feodorovna, a Danish princess, remembered from her childhood. The 1891 Memory of Azov Egg contained a gold and platinum model of an Imperial Navy ship of the same name, which had taken the future czar Nicholas II and his brother George on a tour of the Far East in 1890. The egg was carved from solid bloodstone (green quartz speckled with red), and the model inside was an exact replica of the Memory of Azov and floated on a blue sea of aquamarine. The ship was accurate down to its diamond portholes, movable deck guns, and tiny gold anchor chain.

TWO OF A KIND

If Fabergé feared losing his best customer when Alexander III died in 1894 at the age of 49, he needn’t have worried. When Alexander’s son Nicholas II came to the throne in November 1894, he doubled the order to two eggs each year: one for his mother, Marie Feodorovna, and one for his wife, the czarina Alexandra. He bought them every year except 1904 and 1905, when the purchases were suspended during the Russo-Japanese War.

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Nicholas didn’t let the outbreak of World War I in 1914 stop him from buying Easter eggs, though the wartime eggs were more modest and subdued in design. Both eggs for 1915, for example, had Red Cross themes. He bought two each year until he was forced to abdicate his throne during the Russian Revolution of 1917. By then Fabergé’s workshop had produced 50 Easter eggs for the two czarinas (plus another 15 for other wealthy customers, including England’s Duchess of Marlborough and the Rothschild banking family).

SCRAMBLED

Czarina Marie Feodorovna managed to escape to England, but Nicholas, Alexandra, and their children were not as lucky. They were executed by revolutionaries in the summer of 1918. Carl Fabergé escaped to Switzerland, where he died in 1920. In the chaos of the revolution and the civil war that followed, the royal palaces were ransacked, and any property not looted by mobs was seized by the provisional government and, when it fell, by the Bolsheviks led by Vladimir Lenin. The Fabergé eggs disappeared in the turmoil, some of them never to be seen again.

In 1922 about 40 of the eggs were rediscovered in a government warehouse in Moscow. At the time the government of what had become the Soviet Union needed to raise foreign currency, and over the next decade, all but 10 of the eggs were sold abroad.

CRACKED

(Image credit: diaper)

Considering how much Fabergé eggs sell for today, it’s remarkable how little they fetched when they first hit the market. But in an age when people like Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse were stirring up artistic revolutions of their own, the eggs were seen as gaudy, old-fashioned, and vulgar. Museums and most “serious” collectors weren’t interested in them, and for this reason, the earliest buyers were able to snap them up for very little money—in some cases paying only a fraction of what it had cost Fabergé to make them in the first place.

Alexander Schaffer, an American dealer of prerevolutionary Russian artwork, bought the 1903 Peter the Great Egg (a gift from Nicholas II to his wife, Alexandra) from the U.S. Customs Service for about $1,000 ($13,500 today), after the original buyer balked at having to pay import duties. Other dealers thought Schaffer was nuts to pay even that much. In 1930 American businessman Armand Hammer bought 10 eggs for prices ranging from $240 ($3,200) for the 1915 Red Cross Egg to $3,900 ($53,000) for the 1912 Czarevich Egg, both gifts from Nicholas II to Alexandra.

EGG-CEPTIONAL COLLECTIONS

If Hammer hoped to sell his eggs for a quick profit, he was soon disappointed. It took him more than a decade to sell them all, though he did make a bundle. He, Schaffer, and other dealers unloaded their wares on nouveau riche collectors with more money than taste- people like Lillian Thomas Pratt, the wife of a General Motors executive, who bought the first of five Fabergé eggs in 1933. She probably would have bought even more than that had her husband not threatened Armand Hammer with a lawsuit if he sold her any more.

The Post breakfast cereal heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post bought two Fabergé eggs: the 1896 Alexander III Portraits Egg and the 1914 Catherine the Great Egg, both of which were gifts from Nicholas II to his mother. In the 1950s, the Swingline stapler tycoons, Jack and Belle Linsky, amassed a huge collection of Fabergé objects that included the 1893 Caucasus Egg and the 1894 Renaissance Egg, both gifts from Czar Alexander III to his wife, Marie Feodorovna. But when the Linskys showed their prized collection to the director of New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, he dismissed the objects as “turn of the century trinkets” and suggested that the couple direct their energy toward “more serious collecting.” The Linskys took his advice and sold every piece of Fabergé they owned.

I AM THE EGG MAN

That the Linskys and other early collectors would come to regret selling their Fabergé eggs too soon and for too little money was due almost entirely to the buying habits of one man: Forbes magazine publisher Malcolm Forbes. He bought his first Fabergé egg, the 1902 Pink Serpent Clock Egg, in 1965. (The egg, then thought to have been one of the Russian Imperial eggs, is now understood to have been commissioned by the Duchess of Marlborough, Consuelo Vanderbilt.) Forbes paid $50,000 for the egg, triple the preauction estimate and a record for a Fabergé egg. He bought his second egg, the 1894 Renaissance Egg, later that same afternoon. In the 15 years that followed, just about every time a Fabergé egg came up for sale, Forbes paid whatever was necessary to add it to his collection. By 1985 he’d pushed the price to nearly $2 million per egg, when he paid $1.7 million for the 1900 Cuckoo Clock Egg.

EGGING ON

In February 1990, Forbes died from a heart attack at the age of 70. By then he’d acquired nine Russian Imperial eggs plus three eggs that Fabergé made for other wealthy clients, along with another 180 smaller objects produced in Fabergé’s workshop. The publisher’s death raised an interesting question: Would the eggs hold their value now that he wasn’t there to outbid every other buyer?

(Image credit: shakko)

In 1992 Forbes’s children passed on the chance to add a tenth Russian Imperial egg to the family collection when the 1907 Love Trophies Egg came up for auction and they didn’t even bid on it. The egg sold for $3.2 million anyway. When the 1913 Winter Egg came up for auction in 1996, they passed again. It sold for $5.6 million… and then for $9.6 million when the new owner put it up for auction in 2002. When the Forbes children decided to auction off their father’s Fabergé collection at Sotheby’s in 2004, a Russian billionaire named Victor Vekselberg swooped in before the auction could be held and bought the entire collection for an undisclosed price estimated to be well over $100 million, pushing the price per egg to around $10 million. Could the value possibly go any higher? Of course. When a Fabergé egg made for the Rothschild banking family went up for auction in 2007, it sold for $18.5 million.

EGG-STRAORDINARY

As of 2015, 43 of the 50 Russian Imperial Easter eggs have been found; the other seven are missing. Some may be casualties of either the Russian Revolution, the civil war that followed, or World War II. But others are almost certainly out there. The Third Imperial Egg of 1887, for example, only surfaced in 2004, when a scrap dealer in the American Midwest bought it at an antique sale. Nearly a decade passed before he even realized what it was.

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The article above is reprinted with permission from Uncle John’s Factastic Bathroom Reader. The 28th volume of the series is chock-full of fascinating stories and facts, and comes in both the Kindle version and paper with a classy cloth cover.

Since 1988, the Bathroom Reader Institute had published a series of popular books containing irresistible bits of trivia and obscure yet fascinating facts. If you like Neatorama, you'll love the Bathroom Reader Institute's books - go ahead and check 'em out!

13 Mar 12:17

Pokémon: Bandai lança pelúcia gigante do Lapras

by Natalia Rigos

A Bandai Nanco lançou uma pelúcia gigante do Lapas! O Lapras é um Pokémon marinho do tipo água e gelo, muito gentil, prefere carregar as pessoas do que participar de batalhas.




Essa pelúcia fantastica que esgotou na pré-venda, só vende no Japão e tem simplesmente 1,2 metros de altura e 2 de comprimento pesando 16 quilos, é feita de poliéster, algodão e PVC.

Pokémon: Bandai lança pelúcia gigante do Lapras

Já da para se imaginar tirando um cochilo nele e sonhando ir até o Arquipélago das Ilhas Laranja para batalhar na liga ou só tirar umas férias. Mas se você é apaixonado pelo Lapras não importando o tamanho a Pokémon Center vende pelúcias igualmente fofas.

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09 Mar 12:33

So Long, and Thanks for All the Bricks!

by Miss Cellania

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the premiere of a radio series called The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy. Written by Douglas Adams, it first aired on March 8, 1978 on BBC Radio 4. In an era when radio plays were long gone, it became an enduring hit. Adams soon wrote a best-selling novel based on the radio series, and it eventually became a TV series -plus comics, video games, and stage productions. In honor of the anniversary, LEGO artist Ochre Jelly (Iain Heath) built a LEGO tribute featuring Arthur Dent, Ford Prefect, and various memorable icons of the series.

This LEGO diorama was unveiled at Emerald City Comic Con last week, and will be presented at various LEGO conventions this year including Bricks Cascade in Portland and BrickCan in Vancouver.    

This diorama includes the briefly-existent whale, petunias, Deep Thought, and more. See all the images in a larger size in Ochre Jelly's Flickr album. -Thanks, Iain!

08 Mar 14:52

Choose Your Poison

by Miss Cellania

How much enlightenment can one person take? The desire for mind-expanding drugs is limited when all those drugs do is strip away the false veneer of reality. That false veneer of reality is the reason we buy the tickets and the popcorn! Not to mention the years we spent practicing our suspension of disbelief so we can overlook the shortcuts in special effects. Nah, I'll just stick with the ibuprofen. I don't want to think about how this fantasy will end in two hours, now that you've talked me into fantasizing about actually going to the movies. This is the latest comic from Tree Lobsters.

28 Feb 20:50

Interaction

[They do not move.]
27 Feb 11:56

Vince Gilligan quer retratar Jesse Pinkman depois dos acontecimentos em Breaking Bad

by Tayná Garcia
23 Feb 12:08

The Simpsons

In-universe, Bart Simpson and Harry Potter were the same age in 1990. Bart is perpetually 10 years old because of a spell put on his town by someone trying to keep him from getting his Hogwarts letter.
21 Feb 12:10

Self-Driving Issues

If most people turn into muderers all of a sudden, we'll need to push out a firmware update or something.
20 Feb 12:09

Stars Wars: Ilustrador cria personagens versão Tim Burton

by Panmela Fernandes

Que todo mundo ama Star Wars não é novidade; e ninguém esconde a paixão pela peculiaridade do diretor Tim Burton! Então, porque não combinar esses dois amores?! Foi isso que o artista russo Andrew Tarusov fez. Seu estilo é, principalmente, vintage, pin-ups e quadrinhos; além disso já fez parcerias com Rolling Stone, Fox, Cosmopolitan e, até mesmo, com a Disney!




Stars Wars: Ilustrador cria personagens versão Tim Burton









E ae? Curtiu ou achou que não combinou?Eu particularmente achei o Chewie um charme. Se você ficou interessado no artista você pode conferir mais sobre ele aqui! Além disso, já falamos desse artista aquando ele fez a versão Tim Burton de Game of Thrones!

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19 Feb 12:07

2018 CVE List

CVE-2018-?????: It turns out Bruce Schneier is just two mischevious kids in a trenchcoat.
14 Feb 19:16

The History of Unicode

2048: "Great news for Maine—we're once again an independent state!!! Thanks, @unicode, for ruling in our favor and sending troops to end New Hampshire's annexation. 🙏🚁🎖️"
14 Feb 14:59

Fotos interessantes e as histórias por trás delas (Parte 118)

by ONEberto

Confira outra sequência de fotos interessantes e suas histórias.

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O esqueleto de uma tartaruga

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Esta é uma foto que a NASA tirou de um ônibus espacial saindo da nossa atmosfera

 
 
 
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O interior de um violão

 
 
 

lado-03

Tijolos sendo colocados numa rua na Holanda

 
 
 





 

lado-05

O lado oposto de uma planta

 
 
 

lado-06

O outro lado de um teatro

 
 
 

lado-07

Vasos sanguíneos de uma mão

 
 
 

lado-08

Como parece um navio moderno sem água ao redor

 
 
 

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Baleia azul

 
 





 

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Um embrião humano precoce na ponta de uma agulha

 
 
 

lado-11

Este é o topo do Everest

 
 
 

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Scanner tomografia computadorizada sem a cobertura

 
 
 

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Globo ocular após transplante de córnea

 
 
 

lado-14

É assim que instalam grandes torres de linhas de energia elétrica

 
 





 

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Uma bateria de 9 volts nada mais é do que 6 pilhas AAA juntas

 
 
 

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O interior de uma bola de boliche

 
 
 

lado-17

É assim que geralmente ficam as pernas de um ciclista depois do Tour de France

 
 
 

08 Feb 11:22

O caso da macabra aparição no armário

by Joe

Bem bolada, bem bolada, não esperava esse plot twist.

Deve ser loco ter gêmeos em casa, você tem que marcar um X na testa daquele que você xingou pra poder lembrar depois…

06 Feb 18:39

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