Awesome Cardboard Creations From Maker Faire

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Cardboard is truly a maker's best friend because it's cheap, easy to find in large quantities and the perfect medium for making models of your creation.

From pattern making to prototyping to building the project itself, cardboard is an ultimate, and totally eco-friendly, way to bring your ideas to life.

This year's World Maker Faire New York featured some outstanding cardboard creations, including fully functional pinball machines, a really cool dinosaur costume and a giant bear's head for attendees to use as their cubhouse.

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And as if that stuff wasn't cool enough, cardboard sculptor Bartholomew Ting followed up his bear head bunker with a life-size F1 car sculpture, which naturally drove attendees wild!

See more cardboard creations from Maker Faire here

Actors Explain What It’s Like To Die On The Walking Dead

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When a new season of The Walking Dead approaches, AMC runs a marathon of the entire series to get fans excited, and newbies caught up on the story. As I catch someone in my family watching an older episode, I look at the screen and think, “You’re dead, you’re dead, you’re dead, and you’re dead, too.”

But what’s it like for the actors who play those parts? It’s got to be a great day when you find out you’ve landed a part on The Walking Dead, but you also know that you could be killed off anytime. Some are hired knowing their time is short, but even long term major characters kick the bucket. How well you do the job has little to do with how long it lasts. Uproxx spoke with six actors whose characters were killed off about the experience and how it felt. I won’t tell you who, because some folks may be avoiding spoilers even at this late date.

Ridiculous Mayhem: GTA 5 Ramp Truck Mod

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A virtual world that resembles the real world gets boring after a while. I love it when someone comes up with a strange and different mod for the Grand Theft Auto universe. BlackSmoke Billy built a ramp on the front of a big rig tractor to see what would happen.

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Chaos happens, sure, but what if you took that thing into a tunnel? What if you made it cover all the driving lanes? What if you drove it backward? All that happens in this video. -via Geeks Are Sexy  

Brilliant Ways Movies And TV Shows Have Snuck Stuff Past The Censors

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Censorship is supposed to protect viewers from being exposed to things like nudity, gore, explicit language and disturbing situations, basically all the things viewers usually want in movies or TV shows.

That's why creators are constantly battling the censors to keep their shows intact, censor despised content and all, and their struggle sometimes forces creators to flat out lie about what's happening on the screen.

Censors hate blood, and they actively force filmmakers to remove any trace of blood from their trailers, but back in 1980 Stanley Kubrick got away with telling the censors that his iconic blood flood in The Shining was really just "rusty water".

Because of Kubrick's lie the trailer, complete with that disturbing shot of the "rusty water" flooding towards the camera, briefly made it to theaters before being pulled by the MPAA.

Are you wondering why Fonzie was featured in the lead image? Believe it or not, Happy Days also had trouble with the censors about one issue- Fonzie's leather jacket.

The Fonz looked like a total Potsie without his leather jacket, but censors claimed only criminals wear a leather jacket when they're not riding their bike, so show creator Garry Marshall started working a motorcycle into every scene.

Read 6 Brilliant Ways Movies & TV Shows Stuck It To The Censors here (contains NSFW language)

The Gadget Orchestra Plays the Doors

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We’ve enjoyed James Cochrane’s Gadget Orchestra a couple of times before, although it’s been a few years. Now he’s programmed a few gadgets to play “Break On Through” by The Doors.  

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There are two versions in this video. The second has lyrics, with vocals provided by a DECTalk device, which was the first such device Stephen Hawking used, so it sounds like he’s the one singing. (We’ve heard him sing, after all.) The other band members are an HP ScanJet 3C, two Yamaha CX-5M computers, and two hard drives on percussion. -via Metafilter 

Marvel Superhero Firefighter Helmets

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Soon, the Fire Department of New York City will celebrate its 150th anniversary. To mark the occasion, it will display and auction off at the local Comic Con 10 bespoke firefighting helmets that look like Iron Man, Captain America, Black Widow, and other Marvel superheroes. The New York Daily News reports:

Created just for New York Comic Con, the superhero helmets were designed by the industry’s top comic book artists, including Joe Quesada, Marvel’s Chief Creative Officer, Damion Scott, Kaare Andrews and Walt Simonson.

Quesada was also behind “Heroes,” a 2011 comic paying tribute to the victims and heroes of Sept. 11. […]

All proceeds from the sales will go to the FDNY Foundation, which provides awareness and outreach for the public, training and support for the department’s different squads and technology and equipment for stations.

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Scoundrels - The Force Gets All Funny Around These Folks

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Scoundrels by DeepFriedArt

Bugs was planning on going solo until he met the furry behemoth named Gossamer, and together the two scoundrels have taken the stars by storm. They've smuggled everything from golden carrots to coyotes and chickens cast in carbonite, and they've never been caught by the Empire because Bugs always keeps an Instant Hole han-dy. But when you get caught in the middle of an intergalactic war you have to choose sides, and there's no question that Bugs and his pet monster are total Rebels!

Add some cartoon color to your geeky wardrobe with this Scoundrels t-shirt by DeepFriedArt, it's a new way to show love for those classic characters from the worlds of sci-fi and Saturday morning cartoons.

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Ty Cobb and the Strangest Batting Race Ever

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Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

Ty Cobb and Napoleon Lajoie

The 1910 American League batting race would be classified as, unequivocally, the most bizarre in the history of baseball. The race was a two-man battle between two baseball dichotomies. These two divergent hitters were both incredibly talented batsmen and would both end up enshrined in the baseball hall of fame. But, as men, they inhabited two opposite polar extremes.

Napoleon “Nap" Lajoie was a gentle, good-natured, friendly second baseman for the Cleveland team. Because of Lajoie's great popularity and in his honor, the Cleveland team actually changed their name to the Cleveland “Naps". By 1910, Lajoie, besides being beloved by both his teammates and the fans, had already won four batting titles.

On the opposite pole, Ty Cobb, by 1910, was already the most hated and reviled player in all of baseball. A notorious racist, misogynist, bully, bigot, and all around misanthrope, Cobb was hated, not only around the rest of the league, but by many of his own teammates. Nonetheless. Cobb was widely respected as a great hitter, having won the AL batting crown in 1907, '08, and '09.

To spice up the race, Hugh Chalmers of the Chalmers Motor Car Company was offering a brand new Chalmers Model 30 automobile to the eventual winner.

Lajoie had almost a 30 point lead in the race by mid-July and looked like a good bet to win the new auto. But by early September, Cobb had whittled the lead down to eight points.

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Tail-Mounted Sensor Tells You What Your Dog is Feeling

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As previously noted, animal behaviorists have deteremined that the direction of a dog's tail wag indicates emotional mood. This discovery led Yannis Tsampalis and his colleagues to create TailTalk--a device that will read those tail movements and report them to humans. They've founded a company called DogStar Life to develop and market this product. Yahoo News reports:

TailTalk transmits the emotional data to a companion app for iOS and Android via Bluetooth. Ideally, the information will enable owners to emphasize the environments, people, toys and so forth that bring their pets the most happiness, while avoiding stress inducers. […]

“If you know that your dog is really unhappy during the day, it’s probably in the best interest of both of you to have a dog walker or dog sitter come over,” he suggested. “We feel that pet parents are wonderful, but if they had more data, they can probably make better decisions and create a stronger bond between them and their dog.”

-via Marginal Revolution

The Hero's Journey

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Joseph Campbell wrote about the factors that all epic stories have in common, which he called the Monomyth. Part of that is the Hero’s Journey, which ties just about every story, or in the modern world, blockbuster movies, together. Here are the 12 steps in this journey.

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We all have something in common with the hero -stage one. That way, we can put ourselves in his place (or rarely, her place). And since he returns to that place in the end, we can all feel good about ourselves as we go home from the theater. This short film is  Iskander Krayenbosch’s graduation project at University HKU.

Nazi Photos Documenting Belongings Looted from Jewish Homes

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The images seen here are from the recent book Witnessing the Robbing of the Jews by sociologist Sarah Gensburger. Gensburger explains in the text that the items pictured are Nazi-plundered treasures from Jews before and during the second world war.

The catalog was once stored in the German Federal Archives in Koblenz. The collection was organized post war by an art historian hired by the Allies in their attempt to return art stolen from the Jews by the Nazis.

Once taken by Nazi forces, these objects were counted, categorized and stored in Lévitan, a Paris department store. It was there that the Nazi occupiers of Paris prepared to redistribute the stolen goods to German citizens.


This Incredible Athlete Can Rollerblade on His Hands

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He calls it handskating--no, extreme handskating. And it is. Mirko Hanßen possesses extraordinary coordination, balance, and upper body strength. While wearing rollerblades, he can flip over from hands to feet and back again, all while moving at high speed. He can perform jumps, use ramps, and weave through obstacles upside down with skates attached to his hands.

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Life Goals

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A plan like this starts to sound better and better over time, doesn’t it? I have a daughter who thinks this way. She worked hard to make sure we have four cats, and then she moves out. This is the latest from Kangel at Anything About Nothing.

Sunset Silhouette Selfies

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John Marshall lives on Frye Island, Maine, which is a lovely spot in the middle of Sebago Lake. The sunsets on his beach are gorgeous and he takes full advantage of them with his silhouette art. Marshall cuts cardboard props and sits with them as the sun goes down. The results are funny stories of encounters with animals and monsters.

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10 Funniest Death Scenes In Movies

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When someone on a movie screen dies in a ridiculous and unbelievable way, we can’t do anything but laugh, as awful as that sounds. Instead of saying "Wow!" we say "Wait, what?" Screen Rant takes us back to some of the most ridiculous death scenes in cinema history.

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This list is mainly concerned with movies in the past twenty years or so. I would have added Mr. Creosote meeting a wafer-thin mint in the 1983 movie Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life, except by watching it again, I see that he somehow survived that incident.  

How Societies Learn to Count to 10

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The rabbits in the novel Watership Down can count up to four. Any number higher than that is "hrair", which means "more than four" but is often translated as "a thousand."

This is not dissimilar to the way in which many technologically primitive human societies count. Michael Erard writes in the magazine Science:

For some cultures, big numbers just don’t make sense. Take the shepherd who knows that he has the right number of sheep not by counting them one by one but by grasping the gestalt of his flock. That may sound strange to people from other cultures, says Patience Epps, a linguist at the University of Texas, Austin. Indeed, she says she’s often asked by incredulous Americans how people with few numerals know, for instance, how many children they have. When she asks this of the Amazonian tribe she works with, “they look at me like it’s a weird question. They list the names, they count on their fingers, but they don’t go around with a quantity in their heads,” she says.

From her research the Amazon, Epps found that once tribes began regularly trading with each other, higher numbers became a necessity. The tipping point in number formation, linguist Claire Bowern found in her study of a group of Australian languages, is the number five:

Surprisingly, they tended to acquire numerals in bunches, leaping from five numerals to 10 or 20, for example. The numeral five was often the tipping point—once a system reached five, it was likely to add more numerals, up to 20. As a result, numeral systems with five as an upper limit are rare in Pama-Nyungan languages.

“This is surprising, given the predominance of fingers and toes as things to count,” Bowern notes. Adding or losing the numeral four was the most frequent change. (The words for “four” were most often composed out of words for “two,” not by creating or borrowing a new word that means “four,” showing how the numeral systems evolved.)

Bowern thinks that numerals were added in clusters for practical reasons: If you need to count above five, you probably need to go higher than seven or eight as well. And she speculates that perhaps a cognitive shift occurs at about five. “Once you generalize beyond five or so, it becomes easier to generalize to an infinite system.”

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Zack the Golden Retriever Buys His Own Ice Cream

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Youtuber John Hubble's golden retriever Zack is the consummate shopper. Give that pup money and he knows just how to spend it — on ice cream, of course! Hubble hands over the cash and Zack carefully totes it in his mouth over to the ice cream truck, where the ice cream man is happy to oblige and give Zack his goodies. Zack loves the process so much, it's hard to tear him away from the truck! Now that's a canine after my own heart. Via Arbroath

Slimy Mudhole - I Know You Are But What Am I?

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Slimy Mudhole by DC Visual Arts

Living on a planet that's mostly mud and swampland might not seem like a smart idea, but judge him not until you've heard his explanation. For you see Master Yoda has knowledge beyond compare, and although he won't force you to agree with him his logic is hard to dispute. The Empire doesn't usually go waging war on planets that are mostly swampland, and when they do you can hear them coming a mile away. Plus, Yoda never gets lonely because there are all kinds of critters for him to play with on the planet's surface.

Show some love for your favorite sci-fi puppet star with this Slimy Mudhole t-shirt by DC Visual Arts, it's an artsy way to show the world you're a student of the little green master.

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Scientists: Women Who Have Sex More Often Are More Likely to Get Pregnant

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Researchers at Indiana University found that women who have sexual intercourse even while they were not ovulating were more likely to become pregnant than women who had sex only while ovulating. Physiological changes resulting from non-fertile sexual congress increased the likelihood of conception. Eureka Alert quotes lead study author Tierney Lorenz:

"It's a common recommendation that partners trying to have a baby should engage in regular intercourse to increase the woman's changes of getting pregnant -- even during so-called 'non-fertile' periods -- although it's unclear how this works," Lorenz said. "This research is the first to show that the sexual activity may cause the body to promote types of immunity that support conception.

"It's a new answer to an old riddle: How does sex that doesn't happen during the fertile window still improve fertility?"

Women in the study who had regular non-procreative sex were preparing their immune systems to accept conception:

"We're actually seeing the immune system responding to a social behavior: sexual activity," Lorenz said. "The sexually active women's immune systems were preparing in advance to the mere possibility of pregnancy."

Both studies contribute to a growing body of evidence that the immune system isn't a passive system that waits to react to outside threats, but a highly proactive system that changes in response to external cues, such as the physical environment and social behavior.

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Watch The World's Youngest DJ Wow The Crowd

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There are many musicians who claim they were born with a rhythm in their heart and a funky beat in their soul, but none of them can offer actual proof to that effect like 3-year-old DJ Arch Jr.

AJ's performance on South Africa's Got Talent blew the audience away, and even though the little guy hasn't figured out the "smile and say hi to the camera" part of performing he already knows how to rock a party right.

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So where does the world's youngest DJ go from here? Straight to the top of the kindergarten rave scene!

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23 Kitchen Shortcuts

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Get more juice out of lemons by microwaving them for 20 seconds first | Image: Aka

Very few of us wish to spend more time in the kitchen doing prep work, cleaning, or other tedious tasks. If asked, most people would say that they prefer to be at the table with friends and cocktails rather than toiling alone in a hot kitchen. 

The linked article lists a collection of kitchen shortcuts that may make your time spent there a bit easier. From grating mozarella cheese to pre-lining measuring cups to food storage that will stretch your food dollars, these 23 kitchen shortcuts are practical and user friendly.

See all 23 kitchen tips here. 

Grate fresh mozarella without it turning to mush by freezing it first | Image: Shiva Nataraja

Daddy's Home!

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It's the best time of day--when Daddy is back! Baby and puppy can see him drive up. They're so excited and express their joy in nearly identical ways!

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For Depressed Travel, Try Sad Topographies

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Point No Point, Hansville, US #nopoint

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Are you desperate to travel but have no choice other than to do so on a stolen gasoline and bedbug motel budget? Forced to drive Aunt Edna and her hell hound Dinky to Phoenix? Instagram has just the travel itinerary for you. The Sad Topographies Instagram is the TripTik for the Troubled. Close your eyes and point your finger on your monitor. You'll end up with an excursion of ennui every time. Via Laughing Squid

Tragedy Pool, Camballin, Australia #tragedy

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Misery Bay, Michigan, U.S. #misery

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The Top 10 Secret Levels In Video Games

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Discovering a secret level in a video game is like discovering pirate's treasure, only without the monetary gain and cool Captain's curse.

These are the levels that keep gamers talking, the secret spaces that give us a reason to replay a game until we've discovered every pixel of that virtual world.

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WatchMojo put together a nice list of their picks for Top 10 Secret Levels In Video Games to put you in a nostalgiac mood.

From Super Mario World's fabled Star Road to the ridiculous Secret Cow Level in Diablo II, these are levels that "are hidden and must be found by completing certain objectives or searching certain areas of a game", a gamer's ultimate prize for playing.

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The Mutant Genes Behind the Black Death

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Research into the history of the plague reveals how the painstaking drudgery of lab work can eventually lead to amazing findings. Imagine spending a year separating the components of a bacterium and feeding the different parts to fleas to see what happens. That’s part of the work that went into mapping the history of mutations to the bacterium Yersinia pestis, which killed millions of people at a time during historical plague outbreaks.   

The most recent of these studies, published in June, found that the acquisition of a single gene named pla gave Y. pestis the ability to cause pneumonia, causing a form of plague so lethal that it kills essentially all of those infected who don’t receive antibiotics. In addition, it is also among the most infectious bacteria known. “Yersinia pestis is a pretty kick-ass pathogen,” said Paul Keim, a microbiologist at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. “A single bacterium can cause disease in mice. It’s hard to get much more virulent than that.”

The genetic makeover that led to the modern plague is thought to have occurred relatively recently in evolutionary history, anywhere from 1,500 to 20,000 years ago. But last month, a discovery was announced that could extend the history of the plague all the way back to a time before humans. George Poinar Jr., a biologist at Oregon State University in Corvallis, found that a 20-million-year-old flea encased in amber has a plague-like bacterium on its proboscis that could be an ancestor of Y. pestis. While a definitive identification of the bacterium hasn’t been made — and may not even be possible — an ancient ancestor of the Black Death could help reveal the earliest steps in a tortured evolutionary path, and perhaps help pinpoint at what point the most deadly changes occurred.

A change in a single gene -or even a part of a gene- at a time in Y. pestis allowed it to mutate at different points in history to do things like travel in fleas without killing them, cause pneumonia in humans, spread through the human body more efficiently, and spread from person to person. When all these factors were finally in place, we got pandemics. Read what we’ve learned about the evolutionary history of the plague at Quanta Magazine. -via Digg

Kago and Kumbali, the Perfect Pairing of a Puppy and Cheetah Cub

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Staff at the Richmond Zoo quickly took over when two-week-old cheetah Kumbali's mother wasn't producing enough milk for him to thrive. After the keepers' bottle feeding regimen was successful, the cub needed to be socialized. That's when he was introduced to a rescue puppy they named Kago. Kumbali and Kago, now inseparable, have formed a sibling-like bond. Watch this adorable pair romp and play in this footage. Via Uproxx

High Definition Pancake Art

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Daniel Drake is constantly creative. He's the frontman for the band Psych Squared, writes comic books, does graphic design, and makes pancakes that almost look like photos. With a griddle, a spatula, and carefully colored pancake batter, he can compose portraits that go well with syrup, such as this one that looks like Sam Winchester, a character on the TV show Supernatural.

This isn't just cooking, but a performance art. Drake is available to fry his custom pancakes at parties and other entertainment venues.

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Redditors' Photoshop Battle Over Evil Toddler Holding Owl

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When Redditors are presented with an evocative photograph, one that begs for a philosophical explanation or scholarly interpretation, there's no time to be lost. There is one answer, and one answer only to the curious photo conundrum, and that is Photoshop Battle. Stalwart Reddit warriors prepare their trusty weapons, and voila! The original photograph of a little girl planning for world destruction and domination as she holds an owl is transformed.

A few of those transformations appear here. See the rest on this Reddit thread. 

Via Mashable 

 Honey Boo Boo Busts a Move to Safety | Image: webbdesigner3, via Reddit

Mighty Thorkid | Image: Chaosmusic via Reddit

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