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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

Photo credit: Bored Panda
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.

Cheese Printer
The Cheese Printer may sound cool in theory, but in reality, it’s just a clever prank pack. Simply put, they’re gag gift boxes for any occasion, and each one comes complete with 6 panels of jokes, detailed graphics, small nuances and lots more as you can see from the example above. “They’re the boxes for screamingly funny, hilariously awful, but scarily plausible products that don’t really exist. The photography, typography and layout of these boxes are perfect. I mean, they look exactly like the cheesiest products you’d buy from TV infomercials. Anyway, the point is that you put people’s real presents inside the empty Prank Pack boxes. Then, when they unwrap their gifts, you get that delicious moment of watching their faces as they struggle to be tactful. They think you’ve just given them the all-time turkey of presents,” according to the company. Check them all out here. Read more for some of our favorites.

Column Climber

Let’s face it, steel workers probably have one of the most dangerous jobs in the world, and the ladders or lifts found at constructions sites are often safety hazards. Introducing Column Climber. This shoe attachment basically turns a steel column into a ladder, or in other words, it securely grips the flanges of the column, thanks to its high strength 514 steel construction. They’re so strong, that they can hold up to 700 pounds per foot. Unfortunately, they won’t be turning anyone into Spider-Man anytime soon. Read more for another video, additional pictures and information.

Artist Lines Optical Illusions

Photo credit: Katy Ann Gilmore
Los Angeles-based artist Katy Ann Gilmore uses math, physics, and simple lines to created mind-bending optical illusions, not Photoshop. She earned her BA in Mathematics, Art, and Spanish from Greenville College in Greenville, IL as well as an MFA in Visual Art from Azusa Pacific University in Azusa, CA. Many of the organic shapes in her art use geometry and brings them together with nature like a topographic map. Read more for additional pictures and information.

The Other Place Escher Rooms

Photo credit: Studio 10 | Chao Zhang
Studio 10 has just completed its M.C. Escher-inspired “Dream & Maze” guestrooms at “The Other Place” guesthouse in Guilin, China. The “Dream” room features the endless, floating Penrose stairs and several other objects that appear to be straight from the mind of Dutch graphic artist Maurits Cornelis Escher. “Anti-gravitational stairs lead to golden doors, behind which there could be a trail leading to a secret forest – or some other unexpected findings that surprises you,” said the design firm. Read more for additional pictures.

Professional Food Photographer Tricks
Photo credit: Blossom
The world of food photography is more than meets the eye, and while many things look delicious in ads, the things used to make them look that way are not safe for ingestion to say the least. One example would be creating fake champagne, which is actually a combination of soy sauce, Alka Seltzer for the fizz, and then last, but not least, water. Another example is tasty-looking ice cream that’s made from corn syrup, shortening, and food coloring for advertisements. “Blossom” recently created a video showing nine more tricks that professional photographers use to make food look good. Read more to watch the video and for additional information.