Foot-Tall Posable LEGO Minifigs Carved From Wood

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These are the posable wooden LEGO minifigs crafted by Etsy shop MoreCowsThanPeople, which is exactly how cannibals hate their burgers. The not-so-minifigs each measure about a foot tall and are carved from solid maple or cherry. Unfortunately for someone like me who wants one, they cost $495 apiece, which is a little out of my wooden minifig budget right now. “How much do you have?” I’m watching the bank tow my car even as I type this. “So….nothing?” Less than nothing, I’m actually thinking about harvesting and selling my own organs. But not before I sell my roommate’s first to make sure the buyer can be trusted. Is a kidney still worth something even if you accidentally poked a couple holes in it?

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Source: Geekologie – Foot-Tall Posable LEGO Minifigs Carved From Wood

Guy Spends Five Years Landing All These Crazy Scooter Tricks, Making This Video

This is a five minute compilation of hardcore scooterer Ryan Williams performing his most daring tricks. Apparently the video was five years in the making, because that’s how long it took Ryan to learn and perfect all these moves. There are all sorts of flips, rotations, barrel rolls — you name it. It almost made want to get into extreme scootering myself, before my mom reminded me that I’ve already broken my arm twice and the doctor said the next time he’ll have to amputate it after-hours because “this isn’t proof of insurance, it’s an old Blockbuster card” and “I’m only doing this because you’re a friend of the family.” Full disclosure: Not his family — just the family that promised not to sue after he almost killed them all reading their charts upside-down.

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Source: Geekologie – Guy Spends Five Years Landing All These Crazy Scooter Tricks, Making This Video

First Person POV Of A Gravity Powered LEGO Train Roller Coaster At The Beach

This is the video of the gravity-powered LEGO roller coaster built by Robert Carlson and friends at a beach in the Outer Banks of North Carolina (previously: something very similar done with Hot Wheels cars). The first person point of view was particularly fun — I felt like I was right there roller coastering along the beach. Now my boss is yelling at me for daydreaming on the job. Or is that still part of the dream? Oh, no, it’s real, and apparently I forgot to do something important at work today. *yelling continues* Alright, alright, make sure to put my pants back on before leaving the restroom, I’ve got it.

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Source: Geekologie – First Person POV Of A Gravity Powered LEGO Train Roller Coaster At The Beach

What Sorcery Is This?: Video Demonstration And Explanation Of Hydrodynamic Levitation

This is a video of a ball (and an even more impressive disk at the end) levitating in a vertical stream of water thanks to hydrodynamic levitation. What the hell is hydrodynamic levitation? MAGIC. Of course this video would have you believe it’s actually science, which I’m fairly certain it is not. I wish I could levitate. *focusing really hard* Am I doing it?! “You’re standing on your tippy toes.” And you’re not impressed? This is as close as you can get to levitating before you’re actually doing it.

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Source: Geekologie – What Sorcery Is This?: Video Demonstration And Explanation Of Hydrodynamic Levitation

Oscar Meyer Expands Wiener Vehicle Fleet With Weinermini, Weinerrover, Weinercycle And Weinerdrone

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To celebrate a change to producing all their hotdogs with a new, artificial preservative-free recipe (oh God what have I been eating?), Oscar Meyer is adding four new vehicles to it’s Wienermobile fleet to help get the word out and deliver dogs. The new additions include the Weinermini, a Weinermobile built on a Mini Cooper, the Weinerrover, a smaller R/C Weinermobile, the Wienercycle, a motorcycle with sidecar, and the Wienerdrone, a flying wiener delivery vehicle. Obviously, I plan on having my photo taken in front of all of them, with the caption “#1 Wiener Lover”. If anyone deserves the title, it’s me — I used to eat two cold dogs straight from the package for breakfast every morning. Then the rest of the package for lunch, followed by beans and weenies for dinner. At least until my doctor told me they were going to kill me. “When was that?” He hasn’t yet, I’ve been avoiding him.

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Source: Geekologie – Oscar Meyer Expands Wiener Vehicle Fleet With Weinermini, Weinerrover, Weinercycle And Weinerdrone

Programmer Writes Script To Call IRS Phone Scammers 28 Times/Sec To Tie Up Their Lines

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Note: Colorful language.

This is a video from a computer programmer who was targeted by fake IRS phone scammers in an attempt to collect money from him (“or you’ll never be able to use money again”). He decided to get revenge by writing a script that calls the scammers back 28 times a second, which causes a denial of phone service and prevents them from trying to call anybody else. I wish I was that smart. Whenever these people get me on the line I panic and give them all my bank account info, then tell them if there’s anything left over maybe they could put me in touch with some Nigerian princes who could use my help too.

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Source: Geekologie – Programmer Writes Script To Call IRS Phone Scammers 28 Times/Sec To Tie Up Their Lines

Little Kid Picks Up Leaf Blower, Instantly Transforms Into Supervillain

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This is a short video of a little boy who picks up his dad’s leaf blower and is instantly transformed into a maniacal wind-controlling supervillain. I feel like this kid is on the bad end of the ‘with great power comes great responsibility’ spectrum. Man, I remember the first time I got my hands on a leaf blower. I’d charge neighborhood kids a quarter each to watch me blow my cheeks up like a chipmunk, which is right around when my dad started locking the garage.

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Source: Geekologie – Little Kid Picks Up Leaf Blower, Instantly Transforms Into Supervillain

Nope: Plane Shakes Like Washing Machine After Engine Failure

This is a short video from inside the cabin of an AirAsia flight from Perth, Australia to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia after one of the engines lost a turbine blade and the plane began to shake like a washing machine. The pilot decided to turn around and return to Perth, where he successfully landed the 359 passenger flight. I’m genuinely surprised and impressed how calm everybody is in the video. I feel like it would have been pandaemonium. People screaming, everybody pushing the stewardess call button to try to get a refund on the movie they just rented, or threatening to sue if they die. And the kid sitting behind me still kicking the back of my seat as hard as he can.

Keep going for a couple videos of the shaking. Also, apparently the pilot told passengers to pray for a safe return multiple times during the flight, which would have sent me out of an emergency exit with my carry-on as a parachute.

Source: Geekologie – Nope: Plane Shakes Like Washing Machine After Engine Failure

A Treat-Holding Smartphone Attachment To Get Your Pets To Look At The Camera For Photos

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This is the Kickstarter for Flexy Paw, a molded plastic smartphone attachment that can hold a treat so your pet looks at the camera for photos (previously: an attachment that held tennis balls for the same reason). You can contribute $16 to the Kickstarter campaign to get one when they ship, provided they reach their crowdfunding goal. Alternatively, use your other hand to hold the treat. Or buy one of my significantly less expensive pet-attention phone attachments. “That’s a piece of duct tape.” And? “And about an inch of a Slim Jim.” I ate the rest and I think there was a piece of bone in it.

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Source: Geekologie – A Treat-Holding Smartphone Attachment To Get Your Pets To Look At The Camera For Photos

Cat Pulls Out Ninja Move On Another Kitty

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This is a short Instagram video captured by cat enthusiast Sara Jorden of one of her cats pulling out some sort of advanced ninja move while playing with another kitty. It appeared to be some sort of handstand to 360-degree jump. I’m not familiar with that particular move, but I’m also not a cat. “What are you?” I’m a pretty lady. “What?” I’m an eagle. “Seriously?” No, I was just trained by Master Splinter and he doesn’t teach cat moves.

Keep going for the video while I try to replicate the move in the hallway by my cubicle and eventually get called by HR to come have a little chat.

Source: Geekologie – Cat Pulls Out Ninja Move On Another Kitty

Beautiful Cutaway Of Jake And Finn's Treehouse From Adventure Time

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Note: Larger version HERE, but some worthwhile closeups after the jump.

This is a cutaway of Jake and Finn’s treehouse from Adventure Time as drawn by Russian artist Max Degtyarev. I wouldn’t mind a poster of it. And by poster I mean life-size physical recreation in my backyard, which is technically my apartment building’s parking lot, which floods when it rains, which thankfully isn’t that often because it soaks into my upholstery and makes my car smell, which already smells bad enough on account of all fast food bags of rotting leftovers in the backseat. I’m what most people would refer to as a disgusting monster, as evidenced by all the 1-star reviews and ‘disgusting monster’ comments I’ve gotten driving Uber. I also don’t obey stop signs, stop lights, or GPS directions.

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Source: Geekologie – Beautiful Cutaway Of Jake And Finn’s Treehouse From Adventure Time

Nintendo Announces SNES Classic Loaded With 21 Games

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After the huge success of its NES Classic Edition Console, Nintendo has just announced an $80 SNES Classic Edition due out this September 29th, just in time to pay 3X retail in order to secure one before Christmas. A full list of the 21 games that come preloaded (including the previously unreleased Star Fox 2):

Contra III: The Alien Wars™

Donkey Kong Country™
EarthBound™
Final Fantasy III
F-ZERO™
Kirby™ Super Star
Kirby’s Dream Course™
The Legend of Zelda™: A Link to the Past™
Mega Man® X
Secret of Mana
Star Fox™
Star Fox™ 2
Street Fighter® II Turbo: Hyper Fighting
Super Castlevania IV™
Super Ghouls ‘n Ghosts®
Super Mario Kart™
Super Mario RPG: Legend of the Seven Stars™
Super Mario World™
Super Metroid™
Super Punch-Out!! ™
Yoshi’s Island™

Admittedly, that’s a pretty solid lineup. I could spend some serious hours replaying all those games. Then doing it all over again. And again. I do want to get my money’s worth, after all. “You’re the kind of person who steals the artificial sweetener packets at restaurants, aren’t you?” Haha, what? Noooooooo. Keep an eye out I want to take the creamer too.

Thanks to Andrew S and hairless, at least one of whom better save me one of the tens of these things they buy to resell on eBay.

Source: Geekologie – Nintendo Announces SNES Classic Loaded With 21 Games

Pizza Flavored Ice Cream Served On A Slice Of Pizza

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The Frankford Ave. Taco consists of a scoop of pizza flavored ice cream, served on a hot slice of pizza. The pizza on pizza mashup is a collaboration between Little Baby’s Ice Cream shop in Philadelphia, and their next door neighbor, Pizza Brain. The ice cream is also available served in a regular sugar cone for people who aren’t feeling that adventurous, like if you happened to bring your parents. I could probably convince my mom to try a bite of pizza ice cream, but not on top of a slice of pizza. That’s just too much for some people. One time I stuffed a Choco Taco inside a Taco Bell chalupa, and all my friends were too afraid to try it so I had to eat it myself. “How did that work out for you?” I had the runs for three days. “So…amazing?” I can’t wait to try it again with more hot sauce.

Keep going for a couple shots of people showing off their pizzas, as well as one of a guy actually eating his.

Source: Geekologie – Pizza Flavored Ice Cream Served On A Slice Of Pizza

Irish Weatherman With Umbrella Almost Gets Blown Away By A Gust Of Wind

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Seen here doing an absolutely horrible Mary Poppins impression, this is a video of Ireland AM weatherman Deric Ó h’Artagáin almost getting blown away by a particularly strong gust of wind. I’m pretty sure that umbrella did not survive the incident. Still, the video did make me want to move to Ireland. And not just to pick up a cool accent like this guy to drive women wild, but actually that’s mostly it, yes. Plus clobbering a leprechaun and stealing his hat and gold.

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Source: Geekologie – Irish Weatherman With Umbrella Almost Gets Blown Away By A Gust Of Wind

Burger King Releases Froot Loop And Lucky Charm Shakes

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Because I’m just going to assume it was opposite day when my doctor told me I need to lose weight, Burger King has just introduced two new milkshakes: Fruit Loop and Lucky Charms. A brief description of each while I pick all the marshmallows out my box of Lucky Charms and prepare for an enema. “Wait, what?” Nothing — nothing.

Introducing the FROOT LOOPS® Shake. Velvety Vanilla-flavored Soft Serve. FROOT LOOPS® Cereal pieces and sweet sauce are hand spun to perfection to create our twist on one of America’s classic breakfast cereals.

Velvety vanilla-flavored soft serve, LUCKY CHARMS® oat cereal with marshmallows, and sweet sauce are hand spun to perfection; to create our twist on one of America’s classic breakfast cereals.

So what exactly is this sweet sauce they’re talking about? “I’ve got some sweet sauce for you right here, GW.” I’m sure you do. And why does the Lucky Charms shake have pieces of the actual oat cereal in it? Nobody wants that. The Froot Loops shake is 720 calories, and the Lucky Charms shake 740, so they’re best left for your cheat day from the gym. Or for just admitting you’ve given up. I prefer the lying to myself thing though.

Thanks to Rani, who agrees the shake machine is just going to be broken every time you try to order one anyways, so why bother.

Source: Geekologie – Burger King Releases Froot Loop And Lucky Charm Shakes

Rogue Wave Sends Bodyboarder 20 Feet Into The Air

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This is a video of pro bodyboarder Jack Baker getting pitted (so pitted) in a wave when another wave (backwash?) traveling in the opposite direction sends him flying 20 feet into the air. It looks like he was double-bounced on a trampoline. Jack managed to walk (limp) away from the incident, but suffered a burst lung, which he’s recovering from. Me? I’m trying to recover from a burst heart. “What happened?” You didn’t come to my party. As a matter of fact, nobody came to my party. “Yeah, the invitations you sent out said it’s next Saturday.” You do love me! “I’m still not coming.” You hate me.

Keep going for the video while I sell my bodyboard on Craigslist.

Source: Geekologie – Rogue Wave Sends Bodyboarder 20 Feet Into The Air

Dear God: SpongeBob And Patrick Imagined In Real Life

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These are some renderings created by artist Miguel Vasquez imagining SpongeBob and Patrick as real life terrifying beings. Those faces…my God. After seeing these I’m not sure I’ll ever be able to watch the cartoon the same way again. “How did you watch the cartoon?” Naked as the– “Day you were born?” No, as the day I was arrested the second time — socks only.

Keep going for some closeups of each and a couple more prom photos. More of Miguel’s work on his Instagrams HERE.

Source: Geekologie – Dear God: SpongeBob And Patrick Imagined In Real Life

Cool: Man Uses Augmented Reality To Recreate The Moon Landing In His Kitchen

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This is a video from Youtube Tomás García who used Unity and Apple’s augment reality development kit ARkit to recreate an entirely-not-to-scale 1969 Apollo 11 moon landing in his kitchen, presumably much to the delight of his portrait of Sir Batman. Lowlights include NEVER ACTUALLY ZOOMING IN ON THE LUNAR LANDING MODULE — WHAT THE HELL, TOMAS? You had one job. Although, now that I think about it, you actually have two jobs. “What’s my second job?” Well you are in the kitchen, aren’t you? “Yes…” Well that is where sandwiches come from, right?

Keep going for the video of what I assumed at first was the Death Star.

Source: Geekologie – Cool: Man Uses Augmented Reality To Recreate The Moon Landing In His Kitchen

Dutch Motorcycle Cop Chases Suspect Through Grocery Store

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This is a short video from a Dutch market’s surveillance camera of a motorcycle policeman chasing a suspect through the front of the store after he found him driving a moped without a license. Is that even worth running from? Highlights include the suspect losing his Adidas sandal, and the look on the faces of the two passing women. I know, I was really hoping the perp would make a turn down the cereal aisle too, but it didn’t happen. I guess it’s true what they say: you can’t always get what you want. “But if you try sometimes, you might find you get what you need?” What? No, I never get what I need either everything hurts and I’m dying.

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Source: Geekologie – Dutch Motorcycle Cop Chases Suspect Through Grocery Store

Oh Wow: Folding Origami Paper Cranes The Size Of A LEGO Brick Stud

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These are several shots and a timelapse video of the paper cranes that origami crane enthusiast David Kawai folds. He starts with a teensy piece of paper 5mm square, and, 45 minutes later, ends up with a paper crane about the size of a LEGO brick stud. Not only that, he somehow manages to do all the folding with his fingers, not tweezers like I would have imagined. In his own words while I try to make a rose out of a napkin to leave with my tip because waitresses don’t find that creepy at all, right?

For the most part, I use my fingertips to roll and press the paper into position, which requires sight and touch sensitivity in combination. Then, to make the folds sharper, I use a surface like a table and my fingernails. When folding, at times, I’m holding the paper with just my fingernails.

The most important thing is to be very precise when laying the initial folds. Even half a millimetre of inaccuracy can affect the end result dramatically. Also, don’t handle the paper too much, especially with moist or sweaty hands, or the paper will get mushy and the folds won’t react properly. I often let the paper rest and dry for 30 minutes after making the first 16 folds. Though it can be exhausting and time-consuming, I find the process meditative, challenging and super satisfying.

Impressive work, David. Of course I’ve already been folding similarly sized paper cranes for quite some time now. I already have a ton of them. The best part is they don’t take up very much space. Here, hold out your finger and check this on out. “Is this — did you just wipe a booger on me?” You can eat it if you want, I’ve already had a bunch.

Keep going for a couple more shots and a timelapse video of a tiny crane being folded.

Source: Geekologie – Oh Wow: Folding Origami Paper Cranes The Size Of A LEGO Brick Stud