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New Year's Eve Google Doodle

New Year’s Eve is celebrated around the world, and it’s been an annual Google tradition to release a special animated doodle on this date. For New Year’s Eve 2018, it’s two animated purple elephants in party outfits, with the one on the left blowing balloons while a second is seen throwing popcorn into its mouth. There’s a clock on top that is just about to hit midnight, and if you click through the doodle, you’ll get search results for the places where people across the world are waiting to ring in the new year. Read more for an actual Google Doodle short film about Mister Rogers as well as a picture of the very first doodle.

Stan Lee 96th Birthday

Photo credit: Jun Chiu
Stan Lee would have turned 96-years-old today, and Marvel honored the late comic book legend with a Tweet that read: “Happy Birthday, Stan. Thank you for everything.” Despite stepping away from regular duties at Marvel in the 1990s, he teamed up with Peter Paul in 1998 to start a new Internet-based superhero creation, production, and marketing studio, called Stan Lee Media. After that, Lee, Gill Champion, and Arthur Lieberman formed POW! (Purveyors of Wonder) Entertainment in 2001 to develop film, television and video game properties. Read more for more Stan Lee fan tributes.

Product Packaging Art Sculptures

Photo credit: Twitter via Bored Panda
A Japanese artist who goes by “02ESyRaez4VhR2l” on Twitter specializes in transforming product packaging, like Pringles cans, into anime-inspired sculptures, and has gained quite the following on the social media service. On a related note, did you know that the consistent saddle shape of Pringles chips are mathematically known as a hyperbolic paraboloid? That’s right, their designers allegedly used supercomputers to ensure that the chips’ aerodynamics would keep them in place during packaging. They were originally known as “Pringles Newfangled Potato Chips”, but other snack manufacturers objected, saying they failed to meet the definition of a potato “chip”. So, the FDA ruled in 1975 that Pringles could only use the word “chip” in their product name within the following phrase: “potato chips made from dried potatoes”. Read more for more examples of product packaging turned art.

Tree Chainsaw Giant Octopus
Photo credit: JMS Wood Sculpture
It started as a piece from a redwood tree from Redwood Burl, but after lots of painstaking work, it became this stunning giant octopus, thanks to chainsaw artist Jeffrey Michael Samudosky. He’s a self-taught artist who started JMS Wood Sculpture back in 1998, and has since been featured on numerous television shows, including the Discovery Channel, as well as carving competitions worldwide. Read more for additional pictures and information.

Longest Hot Wheels Track

If you’ve never heard of Hot Wheels, it’s basically a brand of 1:64, 1:43, 1:18 and 1:50 scale die-cast toy cars introduced by toy maker Mattel in 1968. The original Hot Wheels were made by Elliot Handler, and conceived to be more like “hot rod” cars, as compared to Matchbox cars which were more like small-scale models of production cars. Mattel Inc. wanted to enter the record books, so they built the longest Hot Wheels track, measuring a massive 560.30 m (1,838 ft 3.05 in) in length – making it longer than the height of New York’s Empire State Building. Read more for various geeky Guinness World Records you probably never knew existed.

Cats Turned Anime Characters
Photo credit: Xuedaixun via Bored Panda
Let’s face it, many social media users go on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, etc. to look at animal pictures, but China-based artist “Xuedaixun” does so for an entirely different reason. This person grabs the most popular photos on these networks and transforms them into anime-inspired human characters, both cats and dogs. For the most part, the poses are kept, and in some cases, even the hairstyle. Read more to see some of the artist’s most popular works.

NASA Expedition Poster

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Did you know that NASA has createed expedition posters for every ISS mission since 2000? The one you see above was for Expedition 45, in which astronauts Scott Kelly and Mikhail Korniyenko transferred from Expedition 44 as part of their year-long stay aboard the ISS. Expedition 45 began with the arrival of Soyuz TMA-18M at the ISS on September 11, 2015, and concluded with the departure of Soyuz TMA-17M on December 11, 2015. Read more to see additional posters.

Glitter Bomb Trap
Mark Rober, a former NASA engineer-turned-YouTube star, has designed a booby trap to deter doorstep delivery thieves. That’s right, he spent six months combining GPS tracking, cameras, fart spray and glitter, all into one elaborate and amusing mechanism after discovering thieves had stolen an Amazon delivery from his doorstep. To be more specific, he connected four phones to a GPS-connected circuit board inside an Apple box, and once the package was removed from a home by a would-be thief, the geo-tracking would alert Rober while also triggering the phones to begin recording and uploading footage to the cloud. “If anyone was going to make a revenge…package and over-engineer the crap out of it, it was going to be me,” said Rober, who spent nine years with NASA. Read more for the video to see the chaos that ensued.

Cardboard Iron Man

Kai-Xiang Zhong, a 24-year-old self-taught artist from Taiwan, first gained fame back in 2013 for the incredible Iron Man sculpture you see above, which earned him the nickname “Tony Stark of Cardboard”. Since then, he’s continued to make incredible life-sized sculptures exclusively out of corrugated cardboard, and his collection now features life-sized animals, mythical creatures, and even “It”‘s Pennywise. Read more to see some of his latest work.

Game of Thrones Direwolf Snow Art
If you follow Game of Thrones, direwolves are nothing new, but for those who don’t, it’s basically a variant of wolf that is extremely rare in Westeros, and it’s also the sigil of House Stark. More specifically, they’re a larger cousin to the standard wolf and commonly grey / black with fur, though an albino has white fur. English land artist Simon Beck, known for his extraordinary snow art, has carved an astonishing mural in a snowy mountainside yet again. Armed with snowshoes and ski poles, he managed to etch out a chilling, large-scale rendition of one of these direwolves, complete with the iconic Stark motto, ‘Winter Is Coming’ in the Game of Thrones font. Read more for the video and additional information.