The Hobbit in 72 Seconds -in LEGO

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You could invest nine hours or so into watching the The Hobbit movies (after waiting for the last one to be released in December), or you could watch the condensed version in this stop-motion LEGO video from BrotherhoodWorkshop. I tried to read The Hobbit about 40 years ago and couldn’t finish it. I haven’t seen any of The Hobbit movies, either. So I watched this and laughed because even at the breakneck speed of the condensed story, there was still time for jokes. Spoilers? I don’t know; I really don’t feel I’ve been spoiled watching this. One who knows mentioned in the YouTube comments that this was more faithful to the book than the Peter Jackson films. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Astronaut Creates Candy Corn Sphere in Space

A few years ago, astronaut and science educator Don Pettit joined the crew of the International Space Station. All astronauts are allowed to bring a few personal items with them. Pettit chose to bring candy corn. He used that candy corn to build a sphere in zero gravity.


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Why? Because Pettit wanted to teach certain principles of chemistry and physics to people back on Earth. He began his experiment by coating the wide ends of the candy corn with oil and inserting them into a drop of water. The oil-coated ends tended to move toward the edge of the sphere, away from the water. This is a demonstration of how soap works.

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Police Hunt Man in Spotty Onesie

Do you know any adult who wears a polka-dot onesie (footed pajamas) and has a friend with pink-purple leggings? A pair wearing this clothing was captured on CCTV footage at the Dewsbury train station in West Yorkshire, England. They were recorded taking a computer monitor from the station on October 6th, and are suspected of taking two others on October 5th. 

“We are releasing their images in that hope that, despite their faces being covered, someone may recognise their distinctive dress.

“We believe they may be able to assist our enquiries into this incident and are investigating whether they are linked to the other two thefts.”

The publicity should also serve as a warning to anyone thinking of attending a Halloween costume party in these getups. It could lead to your arrest. -via Arbroath


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How to Get Rid of the Hiccups

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It's been suggested at Neatorama before that a good way to stop the hiccups is to stretch. In their series answering the ten most popular questions searched for on the Internet, SciShow tackles the age-old question (as well as shedding some light on the success of the stretch technique). The key to answering the question of how to rid yourself of the hiccups? Get to know your diaphragm! Click play for a diaphragm meet and greet. -Via Viral Viral Videos


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Red - My, What A Big Axe You Have!


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Those old fairy tales have Red pegged all wrong- she wasn't a helpless little girl who needed a strong woodsman to save her, in fact she's the one who brings the danger to the forest. Red tamed her first wolf when she was five, learned to fight with a halberd when she was seven, and met her good friend Big Bad when she was ten. The two of them have been inseparable ever since, and it has been nothing but happy endings for the forest's denizens since Red and her furry friend started sniffing out bad guys...

Share the true story behind the fairy tale with this Red t-shirt by Dooomcat, and show the world that little girl in the riding hood means business!

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Beagle Cop, The Canine Detective

And that was the day my dog saved my life. If he had not torn up that pillow and pooped on the floor, I would never have made it hope. Thank you, Beagle Cop, for responding to my dog's emergency so quickly and intelligently.

Lately, cartoonist Jim Benton has been working on a series called Beagle Cop--the dog with a badge. So far, there are three cartoons in the series.

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Have You Ever Seen a Lock Like This?

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Bosnian Bill has found a lock he cannot pick. Just wait until you see why not! This clever mechanism works in a different way from most locks, as it’s not straight. It’s a rare, complicated, and presumably expensive lock for which most locksmiths could not duplicate a key. Lose or break your key, and the whole thing would be rather useless. I'd never let any of my kids near that key. -via reddit


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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dressed As Horror Movie Slashers

The Ninja Turtles are teenagers, and as such they haven’t outgrown the desire to get dressed up and go trick-or-treating on Halloween. 

Even though the 1990s cartoon claimed otherwise the heroes in a half shell always wanted to dress up like horror movie villains, because nothing says scary like a mutant who is also dressed like a slasher!

These awesome horror movie themed TMNT figure mods were created by Dan Polydoris of Chicago Toy Collector using parts from various Playmates Ninja Turtles figures from the 90s. 

Dan's customization process is quite unique, since most toy modders simply paint over the existing figures and add custom accessories, and they're so bloody good they're causing quite a stir with TMNT fans and toy collectors alike.

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Inside a Pneumatic Tube

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If you’ve ever dealt with pneumatic tubes, which are still used at many drive-through bank branches, you’ve probably thought about what it would be like to be inside one. What we have here is the next best thing. A couple of Norwegians YouTubers put a GoPro camera inside a canister and sent it on its way. For the first part of the trip, the camera is pointed out the back end, but the canister eventually reverses itself and we can see where it’s going. Yeah, I believe riding inside one of those would be a pretty dizzying experience. -via Metafilter


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One Ring Pillow Is Precious!

Wait, we can't just destroy it! It's so comfortable. Surely it can't hurt me if I rest my head on it for just a little while, right? Surely Robert and Elsa Evans would not have crafted such an excellent pillow if it wasn't harmeless! 


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X-Men have Vanity Plates

Now we know where Professor X is from, and what sweet ride he has! Redditor funboixero spotted this car in Houston. He saw the driver exit the parking lot in a wheelchair, but hasn’t yet mentioned whether he was bald, which is what everyone wants to know. You can get a closer look at imgur.

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Elegant Cat Struts Across Room


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Geoffrey Henry's cat Twitter walks like an elegant lady in heels. Is that a carpet in an ordinary house? No, it's a high fashion runway in Milan or a sidewalk along the Champs-Élysées. I'll bet that wherever she goes, the tom cats watch her closely.

-via Nothing to Do with Arbroath

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Couple's Dream Home is Built on Neighbor's Property by Mistake


A Missouri couple named Voss who own a real estate and property management company purchased eighteen lots in a gated community in Florida called Ocean Hammock. They hired a Florida company, Keystone Homes, to build the three-story, five-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot house pictured above on one of their lots. But due to a survey error, the entire $680,000 house was constructed to completion on the land of a neighboring lot. The property was supposed to be built on 23 Ocean Ridge Boulevard; it was actually built on 21 Ocean Ridge Boulevard.

That's certainly a costly mistake, one which falls under the responsibility of the construction company. Mark Voss has enlisted the help of a lawyer, but for now, the vice president of Keystone is admitting that the company he contracted to do the building is at fault. Keystone's v.p. said,

“The buck stops with the builder. I have built about 600 homes in Flagler County and this has never happened to me before. It does happen, but it’s rare.” 

Images: Twitter (@jrichardhillco)   | -Via Oddity Central 

 


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Judge Me By My Size, Do You?: A Yoda Hot Air Balloon

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is an event filled with glorious sights, including this majestic Yoda balloon. I highly recommend viewing its entire photo gallery. There you can find a pink elephant, a cactus, a sun, and perhaps best of all . . .

 

. . . a Spider-Pig.


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Interplanetary Unusual Attacking Team

When Guardians of the Galaxy was translated into Chinese, they cut some corners. The title of the movie shown in China is now Interplanetary Unusual Attacking Team. The insults have been changed to endearments, and other lines just make no sense at all. Some examples:

  • Each time a character was meant to insult Rocket by calling him “rodent” or “weasel” it was translated into “small raccoon,” a term of endearment.
  • When Gamora says, “Your ship is filthy,” and Star-Lord responds “She has no idea,” the translation came out to “Your ship stinks” and “No culture is terrible.”
  • Star-Lord calling Ronan “turd blossom” translated to “big face.”
  • Gamora’s “I will not succumb to your pelvic sorcery!” became “I will not succumb to your rhetoric sorcery!”

There’s more at The Mary Sue, and even more criticism of the translation if you can read Chinese.


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The Duckside - Use The Force, Bugs!


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They used to call him Daffy, treating him like a total crackpot and making fun of his speech impediment, but that was before he discovered the duckside and became the star of the show. The duckside gave him force powers beyond toon comprehension- he could drop anvils on his enemies with his mind, create holes in the ground to make a fast getaway, and the helmet kept his face from getting blown off during battle. He was done being seen as a joke, tired of being pushed around by rebellious rabbits, and his first order as duckside warlord was to destroy a certain martian named Marvin...

Bring a touch of the despicable darkside to your geeky wardrobe with this The Duckside t-shirt by Patrol, it's the kind of mashup you'd have to be looney not to like!

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Lemurs Use Community Toilets Like We Use Facebook


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This is a white-footed sportive lemur (Lepilemur leucopus). This primate species lives on the southern tip of Madagascar. They're the lemur equivalent of the people who write graffiti in public restrooms. Usually these lemurs live alone, but they use community latrines. Besides the coventional purpose of a latrine, the lemurs use them to communicate.

Researchers Iris Dröscher and Peter Kappeler spent more than a thousand hours watching these lemurs relieve themselves at these facilities. They determined that the lemurs use the latrines as social networking tools by leaving scent marks directed to not only the entire group, but also specific individuals. From Physorg:

Males visited the latrines more often during nights when an intruder invaded the territory. In addition, the males placed scent marks from their specialized anogenital glands preferentially in latrines. "This indicates that latrine use in this primate species should also be connected to mate defense," says Iris Dröscher, a PhD student at the German Primate Center.

"Scent marks transmit a variety of information such as sexual and individual identity and may function to signal an individual's presence and identity to others," continues Dröscher. "Latrines therefore serve as information exchange centers of individual-specific information."

I'd like to think that somewhere among these latrines, there's a lemur equivalent of Neatorama.

-via Ian Chant


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The Makeup Transformations of Lucia Pittalis



Makeup artist and painter Lucia Pittalis is a chameleon by the virtue of her own talent in makeup application. The way she looks sans makeup disguise is in the photo above. Her incredible transformations from herself to Hollywood and music icons are in the photos below. Can you imagine her lucky children and relatives who get such fantastic makeup jobs for Halloween? The FBI should hire her to aid them in their witness protection program!

See more of Pittalis' fantastic makeup jobs on Instagram and Facebook. -Via Viral Nova




 Keith Richards


Frank Zappa

 Sylvester Stallone

 Angela Lansbury / Murder, She Wrote

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Iconic Movie Scenes Recreated in LEGO

Titanic


The Shining


Breakfast at Tiffany's

This is the neatest thing I've seen all day! Morgan Spence is a 15-year old stop motion animator from Kilbarchan, Scotland. He's loved LEGO since he was a young child. Now he's using it at a highly professional level. This video shows how perfectly he recreates scenes from movies, including Pulp Fiction, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Singing in the Rain, and Life of Pi.


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Express Yourself in Green with Moss Graffiti

  Image: Anna Garforth

These beautiful creations are made of moss. Environmentally friendly and without the lasting property damaging nature of painted graffiti, it's a great little addition to ones artistic "bag o' tricks." Keep it moist and it generally thrives (the "moss only grows on north-facing surfaces" thing is a myth). The ingredients necessary to make such a design are listed below. Find detailed instructions at wikihow. -Via Bored Panda

3 cups of moss (washed, clean of soil)
2 cups of buttermilk or 2 cups of yogurt (should be plain yogurt)
2 cups of water or beer
1/2 tsp of sugar
corn syrup (optional)
a blender (that you probably don’t want to use other than for this)


 
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Misconceptions You Learned in School

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Mental_floss has launched yet another weekly video series, this one called Misconceptions. It’s about things that need to be put straight. In the inaugural episode, host Eliot Morgan goes over some things you may have learned in school that simply aren’t so. Most of these things were never addressed at my school at all. If you like it, watch for a new episode every Friday. -via mental_floss


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Hearse Chases Car Stolen During Funeral

Westhaven Funeral Home employees had just taken the deceased inside the St. Thomas Missionary Baptist Church near Jackson, Mississippi, for the funeral Thursday morning when a funeral director’s car was stolen from the church parking lot.  

"Once the funeral director went inside with the body to set up, he jumped in the car and took off," said Nathaniel Ford of Westhaven Funeral Home.

Westhaven officials, gave chase to their stolen car,

"High speed chase, 100 miles and hour," said Ford. "Our funeral directors jumped in the hearse, and tried to catch him and he was driving 90 miles and hour and the car went off and left him. Then Sheriff's department got in pursuit."

After a high-speed chase down I-20 into Jackson, the car was abandoned, and the car thief fled on foot. Devarous White was arrested later. Investigators say White signed the funeral registry before the car chase, which will be used as evidence against him.  -via Fark 

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The Science of Dreams

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Theoretical physicist and author Dr. Michio Kaku is a professor of theoretical physics at the City College of New York. His most recent book, released in February of this year, is entitled The Future of the Mind: The Scientific Quest to Understand, Enhance, and Empower the Mind

In this video, Dr. Kaku discusses modern scientific research on dreams, including what parts of the brain are active and inactive during dream states, the science of lucid dreaming, Freudian theory and more. As it turns out, Freud isn't completely kooky. -Via Science Dump 


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The London Beer Flood of 1814

It was 200 years ago today that a neighborhood in London, England, was flooded by beer. The Meux and Company Brewery had several large brewing vats on the roof. The largest was a 22-foot-high vat to brew porter. It held 511,920 liters of beer, or enough to fill 20,000 barrels. On October 17, 1814, after fermenting for months, one of the metal hoops holding the porter vat together gave way, and the beer exploded out, causing the surrounding vats to fail as well.

A total of 1,224,000 litres of beer under pressure smashed through the twenty-five foot high brick wall of the building, and gushed out into the surrounding area - the slum of St Giles. Many people lived in crowded conditions here, and some were caught by the waves of beer completely unaware. The torrent flooded through houses, demolishing two in its wake, and the nearby Tavistock Arms pub in Great Russell Street suffered too, its 14-year-old barmaid Eleanor Cooper buried under the rubble. The Times reported on 19 October of the flood:

    The bursting of the brew-house walls, and the fall of heavy timber, materially contributed to aggravate the mischief, by forcing the roofs and walls of the adjoining houses.

Fearful that all the beer should go to waste, though, hundreds of people ran outside carrying pots, pans, and kettles to scoop it up - while some simply stooped low and lapped at the liquid washing through the streets. However, the tide was too strong for many, and as injured people began arriving at the nearby Middlesex Hospital there was almost a riot as other patients demanded to know why they weren't being supplied with beer too - they could smell it on the flood survivors, and were insistent that they were missing out on a party! Calm was quickly restored at the hospital, but out in the streets was a different matter.

At least eight people died from the flood: some drowned, other died of injuries, and one supposedly died several days later of alcohol poisoning, although that story may be apocryphal. Read the rest of the story at h2g2. -via Fark


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Forever Alone: The Cook Book

                 Image Credit:  TBS The Book Service Ltd

Sometimes, you just find something online that reminds you how good you actually have it. It can be a picture of someone going through something terrible, or it can be a video that hits you right in the feels. But in this case, it was something as simple as someone sending me a pic in my email, and BAM, I loved my life again. Why? Because I knew I would never need the book seen above. Microwave For One by Sonia Allison. Yes, it is real, and judging from the price, perhaps a bit of a collector's item.

But let's take a moment for the true sadness of the concept behind this book to sink in. There, do you feel that? Just the thought that this book needed to be written hints at some very lonely lives (filled with unpleasant food). It really is "forever alone", the cook book.

So think about this book next time you are lonely or having a bad day and you just might realize, it could be a lot worse. You could have written Microwave For One.

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Frankenstein Pumpkins

Tony Dighera of Cinagro Farms devoted four years to perfecting his crop of Frankenstein pumpkins. They’re not cobbled together from different individuals like Frankenstein’s monster, but pumpkins grown in molds that have the shape of the monster’s head. Now that’s a fancy jack-o-lantern right there! This year, Dighera brought in a crop of 5500 pumpkins, and sold every one of them at $75 each. Next year, there will be a bigger crop, plus white pumpkins shaped like skulls. Yeah, you’ve seen molded fruit before, but I can tell you from experience, it’s not easy to get them to come out consistently right. See more pictures at Geekologie.

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First Look At Disney's New Animated Short, Feast

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The Paperman was an award winning short film for Disney, which put their short films back on the map a few years ago. The shorts are usually produced by people who work for Disney, but not the main crew that are working on the film the short precedes. The Paperman was a stunning piece of work, and it looks like Disney's next short, Feast, will be no less amazing. It features an adorable hungry dog, and that is about all we know right now.

Also, please note, the cell-shaded animation style is visually stunning, and it is awesome to see Disney stepping outside of their bubble and trying new things.

Keep your eyes peeled for Feast when Big Hero 6 is released on the 6th of November.


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Superhero Origins: Jubilee From X-Men

I can openly admit, I was not a fan of Jubilee when she first appeared in X-men comics in 1989. She was a teenage girl who could shoot fireworks. You wouldn't think she would be a big contender to join the X-Men, but fans realized over time, she was there to inject some youthful, pop culture energy into the band of aging mutants.

So as lame as I initially thought she was, I was very happy to see WatchMojo had thrown together this short and sweet little origin story for the short and sweet little X-Men.

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Still, though, shooting fireworks is mildly impressive at best. Someone had to say it.


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Drunk J. Crew

Have you ever noticed that the models in the J. Crew catalog look drunk? I haven’t either, as I don’t shop for clothing until I have no choice. But someone noticed, and with a few captions that had to come from first-hand experience, created the blog Drunk J. Crew. The blog is only a couple of days old, but I can see it growing because there’s got to be a lot of raw material available. -via Uproxx


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This is What a $93 Million NYC Skyscraper Penthouse Looks Like

Master Bath

One of my favorite places to visit is Manhattan. I'd live there if I could afford to live in a place in which I'd be comfortable. It's safe to say that this $93 million dollar Park Avenue penthouse fits the bill. At 1,396 feet high, the building is the tallest residential structure in the Western hemisphere. The penthouse offers sweeping views of the city from all sides. Building amenities include a private restaurant with outdoor terrace, a swimming pool and spa, a screening room and theatre, climate-controlled wine cellars, a children’s playroom and a board room. Plus, as you can see from these photos, you can bathe, make meals and lie in bed while gazing at the top of the Empire State. Or gazing at any number of tall, iconic buildings that stand in NYC. 

Learn more about these gorgeous digs at the building's website.  -Via Bored Panda

Living Room

Dining Room, with delicious view of the Chrysler Building

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