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Spilled Coffee Art

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Giulia Bernardelli, a 27-year-old artist from Bologna, Italy, takes spilled coffee and turns the liquid into art masterpieces. She received a bachelor's degree from the Academic of Fine Arts of Bologna, and is currently a museum guide for children. Bernadelli said: "I decided to replace the brush by what nature has to offer, such as leaves, fruit peels, or just the food. I never plan my work in advance...For example, when I drink coffee, I reflect on the nuances that I could create if I turned it over on the table." Continue reading for more.

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Ice Cream Hack

Summer is finally here, and for food geeks who love ice cream, these nifty life hacks will definitely come in handy. Starting off, the image above shows the best way to split a pint, or cutting one down the middle with a butcher's knife and using half as your personal bowl. Others include: making the perfect ice cream sandwich, making rock hard ice cream easier to scoop and lots more. Continue reading to see them all.

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Walking Radish

Humans tend to see things in random objects, like clouds, or fruits and vegetables in this case. Pareidolia is the official term, and it's the psychological phenomenon involving a stimulus (an image or a sound) which is perceived as significant. It's the audiovisual form of apophenia, which is the perception of patterns within random data. Combined with apophenia and hierophany (manifestation of the sacred), pareidolia may have helped ancient societies organize chaos and make the world intelligible. Continue reading for more.

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LiquiGlide

Developed by MIT Researchers, LiquiGlide is basically a "super slippery" coating made up of nontoxic materials that can be applied to all sorts of food packaging. MIT PhD candidate Dave Smith says LiquiGlide is a unique surface because it's "kind of a structured liquid - it's rigid like a solid, but it's lubricated like a liquid." The coating works with many types of packaging- glass, plastic - and can be applied in any number of ways, including spraying the coating onto the inside of bottles. Continue reading for three videos and more information.

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LEGO Cake

Sure, many bakers can personalize a cake, but these custom creatives take creativity to the next level, starting with the two LEGO examples you see above. On a related note, did you know that during Roman times, eggs and butter were often added to basic bread to give a consistency that we would recognize as cake-like? That's right, and honey was used as a sweetener to boot. The distinction between Roman concepts of cake and bread was therefore very blurred. Continue reading for more.

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Homemade Wood Fired Pizza Oven

There's Cuizen's Pizza Box Oven, and then this amazing homemade wood-fired oven. As you're about to see, it started as a hole in the ground, and after some framing, concrete as well as bricks, things began to shape up. Despite not having any high-tech electronics or specially designed components, the oven hit 800° F, hot enough to cook an entire pizza in minutes. Anyone who has the skills to build such an oven as a hobby might want to consider either making ovens and / or pizzas for a living. Continue reading to see the entire build process from start to finish.

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DestapaBanana Banana Injector

The DestapaBanana, invented by an Argentine man, lets you quickly and easily inject banana still in their peel with sweet Dulce de leche, chocolate in there or even pineapple juice / slush if you so desire. You can even cork the hole you created and take the banana with you to fill during a lunch break and what not. Get it here now. Click here to view the first image in this week's funny autocorrect texts gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of dog that just doesn't understand coconut crabs.

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Pizza Box Smartphone Projector

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Pizza Hut Hong Kong wanted a unique way to promote their 'double pizza' promotion, so they hired Ogilvy & Mather to create a special box that doubles as a functional projector. To use, simply remove the pizzas, punch out the projection hole, turn up the screen brightness and place your phone on the included stand before closing the box. That's not all, scan a special QR code and you'll get access to a host of free movies. Continue reading for a video of it in-action as well as an interesting fact about the very first store.

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Edible LEGO Bricks

Take a LEGO mold, Jell-O or gelatin, along with some corn syrup, combine them together and you'll have some edible bricks that can also be used to build things. To be more specific: mix water and corn syrup until your liquid solution is clear; pour the liquid into a pan without turning on the heat; add two packets of gelatin or Jell-O into the pan; heat the mixture on a medium-low heat for 10-minutes while stirring regularly; pour syrup into the silicone mold; leave to set for 5-hours. Continue reading for a video tutorial and a few tricks you can try.

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Handpresso Auto

The Handpresso Auto is basically a portable espresso machine for your car, fitting nicely in any normal-sized cup holder. Powered by your car's 12V cigarette lighter, this gadget simply requires water and E.S.E. coffee pods to start brewing. Once your drink is ready, you'll hear three audible beeps, so you won't have to take your eyes off the road. Get one here now. Continue reading for two videos showing exactly how it works and more information.

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