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Mech Warrior Costume

For many years, Ryan Bowen had the idea of creating a life-sized MechWarrior BattleMech suit, a game he used to play during high school. Within this game, players take control of a single BattleMech and combat other BattleMechs, tanks, infantry, and more, from within the cockpit of their machine. Fast forward to this year, approximately 2-months before his son Geraint was born, he began work on the costume you see above. As you can see, things turned out quite nicely for the now 6-month-old. Continue reading for a video and more pictures.

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Skull Camera

With Halloween just being days away, what better time to create a fully-functional camera fashioned from a real human skull, than now? That's exactly what Tuscon-based geek and photographer Wayne Martin Belger has done. He's known for making one-of-a-kind cameras to capture a variety of subjects. However, he's best known for his collection of real human skulls, in which many are re-purposed into jewel-encrusted, pinhole cameras. Continue reading for more pictures.

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World Beard & Mustache Championships

The World Beard and Moustache Championships is basically a biennial competition hosted by the World Beard and Moustache Association (WBMA) in which men with beards and moustaches display lengthy, highly styled facial hair. There are 3 brackets of facial hair: Moustache, Partial Beard and Full Beard. Each bracket is broken into individual categories. There are usually 17 categories but there were 18 different categories for the 2009 championships. Continue reading to see some of the craziest entrants from this year's competition.

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Zombie Cabin

Priced from $145,000 USD, this Zombie Fortification Cabin is not a concept, but a real structure being offered by a British shed manufacturer. It includes an escape hatch, an interior garden, weapons storage and a 360-degree vantage point, all with a ten-year anti-zombie guarantee. Want even more protection? Add a little extra money for a flamethrower and water cannon. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Ice Cube Maker Candy

Photo credit: Deric Peace / Reddit

Reddit user Deric Peace never really used his refrigerator's built-in automatic ice maker, but he has now discovered a new use for it: dispensing candy. To test it out, he purchased $40 worth of candy, loaded up the ice tray / bucket with miniature Reese's cups, M&M's, and Starbursts. It turns out that those candies can be perfectly dispensed, without getting backed up. Continue reading for a video showing what the candy looks like when switched over to the "crushed" setting.

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Comic Sans Typewriter

Microsoft designer Vincent Connare began work on Comic Sans in October 1994. He completed the face too late for inclusion in MS Bob, but the programmers of Microsoft 3D Movie Maker, which also used cartoon guides and speech bubbles, began to use it. The typeface later shipped with the Windows 95 Plus! Pack, and became a standard font for the OEM version of Windows 95. Now, Pittsburgh-based artist Jesse England has created Sincerity Machine, a typewriter that uses this font exclusively. Click here to view the first image in this week's demotivational poster gallery. Continue reading for a viral video of a golf thug.

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Rock Town

Setenil de las Bodegas is a town (pueblo) of 3,016 inhabitants in the province of Cadiz, Spain, best known for its dwellings built into rock overhangs above the Rio Trejo. This small town (pueblo) is located 157 kilometres (98 mi) northeast of Cadiz. It has a distinctive setting along a narrow river gorge. The town extends along the course of the Rio Trejo with some houses being built into the rock walls of the gorge itself, created by enlarging natural caves or overhangs and adding an external wall. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

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Wolf Spider Babies

Bobby Brown, a former student from Northwest Missouri State University, recently captured a gigantic wolf spider on camera, which he says measures around four inches (10cm) in diameter when its legs were fully extended. Unlike other spiders, female wolf spiders carry their eggs by attaching a spherical silk egg sac to their spinnerets at the end of their abdomens, to allow them to carry their unborn young with them. They are great mothers because immediately after the spiderlings emerge from the egg sac, a mother will allow them to clamber up her legs and live on her abdomen where they are safely camouflaged from predators for the best chance of survival. Continue reading for the video - not safe for work language.

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Bleeding Tooth Fungus

Officially called Hydnellum peckii, this non-toxic fungus produces spores on the surface of vertical spines or tooth-like projections that hang from the undersurface of the fruit bodies. Young fruit bodies can "bleed" a bright red fluid that contains a pigment known to have anticoagulant properties similar to heparin. The unusual appearance of the young fruit bodies has earned the species several descriptive common names, including strawberries and cream, the bleeding Hydnellum, the bleeding tooth fungus, the red-juice tooth, and the Devil's tooth. Continue reading for more.

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TSA Items

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) - established November 19, 2001 - is best known an agency of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security that exercises authority over the security of the traveling public in the United States. They're granted the power to screen both people and property. Sometimes, they come across things that are puzzling to say the least, like a costume watch (prop) that looks like it's made to detonate a bomb. Continue reading for more.

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