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New Halloween Decoration, Pumpkinsteins.

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pumpkinsteins3-550x550Tony Dighera, a California famer is growing and selling his own organic ‘pumpkinsteins’ this Halloween. Tony came about the idea after experimenting with square watermelons. The Frankenpumpkins are a bit pricey however, selling for $75 a gourd. Tony was worried at first that the price was too high but the pumpkins are flying off the shelves. He said he had to price them that high due to the high cost of equipment used to make the plastic molds the pumpkins are grown in, as well as the time and effort he has to put in to make sure that each pumpkin grows to it’s full potential. Tony plans on trying heart shaped watermelons for this coming Valentine’s day as well as skull shaped white pumpkins for next Halloween.

The Facekini is the way to Beat the UV Rays in China

The “Facekini” is a mask made from the same material as a swimsuit. They are used to block harmful UV rays, as shield from jellyfish stings while swimming, and due to the fact that white skin is considered a sign of beauty in Chinese culture. The come in many different colors and patterns and are becoming quite popular with the Chinese beach going crowd. Gotta protect yourself in this summer sunshine!

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Hitchbot the Hitchhiking Robot set to Travel Across Canada

His name is Hitchbot, and he’s equipped with a GPS, 3G wireless connectivity, a camera, and a built-in child booster seat, he will soon try to catch rides all the way across Canada.

Hitchbot will be on his own starting July 27th, he will take pictures and post videos of his journeys across Canada. Hitchbot is immobile with the exception of his hitchhiking arm. I am really interested to see how this experiment goes.

Hitchbot waits for a test ride

Hitchbot waits for a test ride

Hitchbot is made of a cooler with a cake saver for a head. He is powered by solar panels and can be charged in a car lighter port.

Hitchbot is made of a cooler with a cake saver for a head. He is powered by solar panels and can be charged in a car lighter port.

 

Ad Selling “Vegetarian Water” Surfaces in India

“Pure vegetarian water? Must be an advertising gimmick!” the ad states. And then it gives reasons why it isn’t a gimmick. “Most purifiers claim to kill all viruses, bacteria and germs,” the ad reads. “But the chemically killed microorganisms remain in the water, making it safe, but effectively non-vegetarian.” Consuming dead creatures in your water, which they imply, is against the principles of vegetarianism. Seems like a somewhat sneaky way to play on peoples beliefs in order to make some sales.

Could Vegetarian Water be the New Fad?

Could Vegetarian Water be the New Fad?

Meat Rushmore Monument Unveiled for National Beef Jerky day

In order to celebrate National Jerky Day, the company “Jack Link’s” decided to unveil Meat Rushmore.

The meat sculpture took 1,400 hours to assemble – it is covered in over 1,600 pounds of beef, pork and turkey jerky. If you were to lay out all the meat used in a single line, you’d end up with a little over 6 miles of jerky. The core of the sculpture was hand carved using foam, and then each layer of jerky was individually applied over it.

It was eventually returned to the Jack Link's plant. I wonder what became of all that jerky?

It was eventually returned to the Jack Link’s plant. I wonder what became of all that jerky?

This really shows the size of the Jerky Monument

This really shows the size of the Jerky Monument

Luxury Ice Cubes

Glace is a new brand of luxury ice cube being sold. They are supposedly the “healthy” alternative to normal ice cubes. Glace ice cubes are made with pure water and hand carved into cubes. One bag of 50 cubes will set you back around $325. I think I will stick with the ice cube tray.

They are very interesting looking.

They are very interesting looking.

I suppose there is a decent market for luxury ice cubes these days.

I suppose there is a decent market for luxury ice cubes these days.

25 Year Old Japanese Master Woodworker Carves Life Like Lobster from Boxwood

Amazing hand carved spiny lobster, carved using boxwood by a 25 year old Japanese master woodworker. The lobster is articulated and has moving joints. The amount of work and time put into this is absolutely amazing!

I can't believe this is a hand carved wooden animal.

I can’t believe this is a hand carved wooden animal.

I would think it was just a regular lobster if I didn't know any better.

I would think it was just a regular lobster if I didn’t know any better.

This really shows the dedication to detail.

This really shows the dedication to detail.

French Concept Vehicle The Microjoule gets 9,400 Mpg

The Microjoule is the idea of a group of French students at the La Joliverie College in Nantes, western France for a Eco-Marathon contest sponsored by Shell.

The judges at the contest tested the car calculated that the car could do 2,072 miles per liter of fuel or 9,400 miles per gallon. Which means that driving the Microjoule once around the world would only cost about $26.

I would love to have a vehicle that only took pennies out of my wallet to drive!

I would love to have a vehicle that only took pennies out of my wallet to drive!

This picture really shows the small size of the vehicle.

This picture really shows the small size of the vehicle.

The sleek shape of the car gives it very little wind resistance.

The sleek shape of the car gives it very little wind resistance.

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

We now have to chance to stare at Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers’ Hypnotic Eye.  The band has unveiled the cover art for their latest studio album, which will be released on July 29.

The cover features an abstract multicolored image that resembles a bar code, along with a list of all of the songs that appear on the album.  Among the tracks are “American Dream Plan B,” “Sins of My Youth,” “U Get Me High,” and “Shadow People.”

Petty and his band will launch a North American tour in support of Hypnotic Eye on August 3 in San Diego.  The trek, which will feature Steve Winwood as the opening act, currently runs through an October 10 show in Los Angeles and includes a total of 30 dates.

Here’s the full track list for Hypnotic Eye:

“American Dream Plan B”
“Fault Lines”
“Red River”
“Full Grown Boy”
“All You Can Carry”
“Power Drunk”
“Forgotten Man”
“Sins of My Youth”
“U Get Me High”
“Burnt Out Town”
“Shadow People”

 

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Justin Timberlake’s New Video

Less than two weeks ago, Justin Timberlake invited his fans to share their love stories with him on social media for his “Not a Bad Thing” fan video. On Monday, he debuted the clip.

The video begins with a short intro from JT. He tells the camera, “Guys, thank you for sharing all your love stories and showing me a million reasons why love is not a bad thing.”

The video then mixes footage of Justin performing “Not a Bad Thing” in concert with the photos, videos and comments uploaded by fans online, using the hashtag #NotABadLoveStory.

“Not a Bad Thing” is the latest single off Justin’s most recent album, The 20/20 Experience

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Parfait Heaven

Great treats for a hot summer afternoon!

WOW! I have never seen an ice cream treat so large.

WOW! I have never seen an ice cream treat so large.

I really like the inclusion of smaller ice cream cones in the dessert.

I would definitely enjoy something like this.

One of the extra long spoons used to eat the extra tall parfait.

One of the extra long spoons used to eat the extra tall parfait.

Aretha Franklin Receives Honorary Doctorate

Now there’s even more reason to r-e-s-p-e-c-t Aretha Franklin.  The Queen of Soul received an honorary degree from Harvard University, along with former president George H.W. Bush, ex-New York City mayor Michael Bloomberg, and five other luminaries at the school’s spring commencement ceremony Thursday.

Franklin was presented with a Doctor of Arts degree for her lifetime contributions as a music artist.  During the event, she belted out a heartfelt and soulful version of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” accompanying herself on piano.

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Interesting Yard Decoration. Man Turns Hedge into Gigantic Dragon.

John Brooker decided on day that his hedge was boring and it needed some spicing up. He decided to turn the hedge into a 150 foot long, 20 foot tall dragon. Brooker says, “I was standing at my kitchen sink one day and thought the hedge was boring so decided to do something with it. I think the dragon came from my days in the Army. I did two tours in Malaysia so the dragon must have been in my subconscious.”

The hedge requires 3 or 4 trimmings every two weeks.

The hedge requires 3 or 4 trimmings every two weeks.

Every year Brooker adds a few new aspects to the hedge dragon.

Every year Brooker adds a few new aspects to the hedge dragon.

Today I Learned the Same Person has Played the Part of Big Bird for 45 Years

Caroll Spinney has played the part of Big Bird from Sesame Street since the characters introduction in 1969. Caroll Spinney is 80 years old now and still plays the part. I found an interesting diagram of how the Big Bird suit works.

1. Spinney uses his right hand to operate the mouth.

2. There is a small LED light that Spinney can position any way he wants.

3. A fishing line is run through an opening in the neck so Spinney can move the right hand of Big Bird.

4. Big Birds script is pinned where Spinney can see it.

5. Spinney has a 1.5″ screen strapped to his chest that shows exactly what is shown on the Television.

Really neat how the suit works.

Really neat how the suit works.

Chinese Monk Prays Up To 1,000 Times a Day for the Past 20 Years, Leaves Footprints Ingrained in Wooden Floor

The Monk, Named HuaChi, has kneeled and prayed in the same spot around 1,000 times a day for the past 20 years. HuaChi says that he used to make the trip to the temple to pray more often when he was younger, around 2,000 to 3,ooo times a day. The dedication to prayer is truly remarkable.

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Today I Learned About the Fried Chicken Corsage

The picture pretty much says it all. I really can’t believe this is a thing. I guess that sometimes your prom date just wants some chicken!

I still don't know why this is a thing...

I still don’t know why this exists…

Amazing Miniature Frigate Ship Built with Coins

29 Year old Ukrainian builds amazing miniature frigate ship using over 17,000 coins and some bank notes. I suppose if he sold it the amount of money in it alone would bring in a good price!

The level of detail is really good considering he was using glued together coins.

The level of detail is really good considering he was using glued together coins.

I am not sure what that is being used to show scale but I think it is a pack of cigarettes.

I am not sure what that is being used to show scale but I think it is a pack of cigarettes.

Absolutely amazing to think of the amount of time it took to put this together.

Absolutely amazing to think of the amount of time it took to put this together.

Artist Makes Amazing Star Wars Inspired Pictures Using Staples

Artist James Haggerty produces amazing art using only stapes and black cloth. I would buy one of these, but I want a storm trooper.

A C-3PO portrait made with gold colored staples.

A C-3PO portrait made with gold colored staples.

This picture gives you an idea of how in depth these pictures are.

This picture gives you an idea of how in depth these pictures are.

A Darth Vader Portrait made entirely from staples.

A Darth Vader Portrait made entirely from staples.

South Korean Relaxation Prisons

Prison Inside Me is the brainchild of 47-year-old Kwon Yong-seok. “I didn’t know how to stop working back then,” he said. “I felt like I was being swept away against my will, and it seemed I couldn’t control my own life.” He asked his old acquaintance – a prison governor – if he could spend a week locked up in jail. Although he said it was for ‘therapeutic reasons’, his request was rejected. So Kwon decided to take matters into his own hands, and began to make plans for his  prison-like spiritual center.

Even though the rooms are small, they do look very nice and clean.

Even though the rooms are small, they do look very nice and clean.

Small rooms with minimal items.

Small rooms with minimal items.

Happy Relaxed Prisoners.

Happy Relaxed Prisoners.

Children’s Inflatable Bounce House Flies 50 Feet Into the Air

Recently a children’s inflatable bounce house got caught by a massive gust of wind and became airborne. The bounce house flew 50 feet into the sky with 3 children playing in it, the children fell out at 15 feet. Luckily the children were not seriously harmed.

I almost couldn't believe that something like this was possible until I saw the news report.

I almost couldn’t believe that something like this was possible until I saw the news report.