Toothpick Portraits

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Mar 132011
 

It’s not a joke, it’s a toothpick, Tuco. Now I want you to get up there and make art out of them toothpicks. Well, toothpick artist Steven J. Backman has turned The Good, the Bad and the Ugly into something quite beautiful with only 55 toothpicks and some glue.

See more over at Steven’s official website or a gallery of toothpick portraits over at Oddity Central – via BuzzFeed and Incredible Things

She Doesn’t Care

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Mar 132011
 

Now that Continental Oil Company (now Conoco) has your attention with the naughty thing their research chemists (Belt over lab coat? Craaaazy!) do on their summer break, it smoothly segues into the benefits of motor oil.

Remember that sex sells, future Madison Ave execs, it even sells motor oil. Modern Mechanix has the larger pic: Link

Queen Mary Ocean Liner Made Out of Toothpicks

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Mar 132011
 

This is fantastic: Wayne Kusy created a 25-foot model of the 1936 Queen Mary made entirely out of 814,000 toothpicks and 19 gallons of wood glue. It took him 8 years to build.

And the most surprising fact of all? Wayne has never been on the Queen Mary.

Hit play or go to Link [YouTube] – via Daily Mail

Why Your Skin Turns Pruny But Doesn’t Dissolve After Soaking in Water

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Mar 132011
 

Everyone knows that if you swim or soak in a tub for a long time, your skin turn all pruny but have you ever considered how the skin doesn’t simply dissolve? It’s all in the keratin:

After a period in water the outer layer of the skin (the stratum corneum) expands, producing prune-like wrinkles. Earlier researchers suggested the stratum corneum expands as it absorbs water, but no one had yet explained why skin doesn’t fall apart when it has expanded.

Keratin is known to prevent evaporation from the skin and to absorb water to help keep the skin hydrated. The stratum corneum layer also gives the skin its stretchy properties and the ability to spring back.

Using computer modeling Evans approached the question from a geometric point of view to try to explain why skin maintains its structural rigidity after long exposure to water. She said the outer layer of skin contains a three-dimensional pattern of keratin fibers woven together to form a structure capable of acting like a sponge.

The fibers are helical when dry but straighten out as water is absorbed, which allows the network to hold a greater volume of water. All the contacts between the keratin fibers remain intact throughout the expansion, and this makes the material structurally stable, Evans said.

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Sixteen Ways to Use Your Wrist Now That Watches Are Obsolete

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Mar 132011
 

Still wear wristwatches? You’re in the minority. Well, now that watches are killed off by cell phones, what do you wear on your wrist?

Tobias Lunchbreath, one my favorite cartoonists on the Web today, explains the "Sixteen Ways to Use Your Wrist Now That Watches Are Obsolete" over at CoreToon: Link | Different format of the cartoon over at Flickr

Cat Dreams

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Mar 132011
 

Theresa Knudson was inspired by Jan von Hollenben’s Dreams of Flying photographs and created dream photos of her cat by arranging various backgrounds. Fluffy is a trusting and patient cat! See more pictures at Pawesome. Link

(Image credit: Flickr user Theresa Knudson)

LEGO Alphabet Spaceships

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Mar 132011
 

Mark Anderson of Andertoons set out to make a Lego spaceship that resembled each of the 26 letters of the alphabet. It took two years to accomplish this goal, but he did it! Now all those spaceships are posted for your enjoyment. Link -Thanks, Mark!

House with a Waterslide Directly from the Bedroom Closet

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Mar 132011
 

This is just the right way to start the day! Look at the top of the picture. The bedroom is on the other side of the glass. Roll out of bed, drop into the waterslide, and head into the pool. This luxury home (for sale!) in Bowdon, UK, has everything one could ask for.

Link via Super Punch | Photo: Country Life

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