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Apr 08, 2011

Famous People and Their Bikes

created at: 12/01/2010

What kind of bike would George Washington ride? One with quarters for wheels, of course! And how about Mr T., Boba Fett, or SpiderMan?

These are the sort of questions that illustrator Mike Joos asks (and answers!) in his latest series of drawings.

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Apr 08, 2011

The 2011 Easter Egg Audit

created at: 04/08/2011

Christopher Niemann imagines what happens when the taxman and the Easter bunny… read more


Apr 07, 2011

Super Weird Photographs Existed Long Before the Internet...

These days, it's nearly impossible to open up your browser, check your Facebook news feed, catch up on your Tweets, open an email, or read your RSS feeds without seeing all sorts of crazy photographs. Striking images have become so prevalent in the internet and Photoshop heavy days of 2011, it's hard to remember that there's always been some craziness captured in photographs.

BlackandWTF offers a glimpse into photography's strangest black and… read more


Apr 07, 2011

The United States...Reduced

The Koalogist offers "the best and only infographic [she's] ever made" dubbed "America in My Book" It is, of course, totally inaccurate, and sometimes… read more


Apr 07, 2011

Crocheted Bike Under the Brooklyn Bridge

Scott knabbed this photo of this amazing crochet-covered bicycle under the Brooklyn Bridge in DUMBO. The artist is Agata Olek, who you might… read more


Apr 06, 2011

Quickly Identify that Typeface with this Handy Bookmarklet

created at: 04/06/2011

Yesterday, designer and developer Jason Santa Maria tweeted this awesome little bookmarklet, and I've already used it a good ten times in less than 24 hours. You just drop WhatFont into your bookmarks bar, then, whenever you're cruising a web page and want to know what type they used, click it and it'll let you know.

HTMLers and other smart guys could probably figure this out with style sheets and their fancy tools, but this is a gem for the rest of us. 

It… read more


Apr 06, 2011

Bea Arthur Mountains Pizza

Every once in a while, there comes along a single subject Tumblr blog so fastidious, so inspired, so freaking-ridiculous-it's-hilarious that it must be shared.

Today, that blog is Bea Arthur Mountains Pizza, the definitive collection of pictures featuring Bea Arthur, mountains, and… read more


Apr 06, 2011

Infographic of the Day: Which Baseball Teams Have the Best Fans?

Last week was opening day in major league baseball, so I'm digging this little graphic gem. Design student Russ Machmeyer created the "Die Hard Index" a visual representation of fan commitment, as determined by cost of ticket vs. income, game attendance, and winning/losing… read more


Apr 06, 2011

Blow My Mindsday: April 05, 2011

created at: 04/17/2013

Each Wednesday, I post some of my favorite can't-miss links, images, and otherwise mindblowing goodies from across the web.

created at: 04/06/2011

A Reddit user asked, "I like big butts and I cannot lie, but is there some evolutionary reason as to why?" The responses are pureread more


Apr 05, 2011

Teaching Woodworking to Youngsters

created at: 04/05/2011

Anyone who's ever used a blazingly sharp-toothed saw or chisel can attest: that's the last place you want tiny little fingers... 

Or is it? 

"Just as legions of Americans in cities and suburbs have discovered the joys of working with their hands — building their own chicken coops or brewing artisanal vinegars — many are now encouraging their children to do the same, by giving them the opportunity to learn how to handle a hammer as well as they useread more


Apr 05, 2011

Dark Side of the Loom

Get it? No The Wizard of Oz required.… read more


Apr 04, 2011

Dangerous x4: Machete-Shooting Rifle Slingshot

Why Chris shouldn't go within a mile of this thing; an argument.

P1) I do not know how to use a machete

P2) I definitely do not know how to through a machete

P3) I only touched a rifle one time, and it scared the crap out of me

P4) I owned a slingshot for one day when I was can imagine what happened.


C: Even I found myself needing to fire machetes, I should not build one these "arguably ill-conceived, but nevertheless impressive"… read more


Apr 04, 2011

Historically Hardcore: Modern Celebs Aren't So Tough

created at: 04/04/2011

Artist Jenny Burrows and ad master Matt Kappler created this series of posters while in design school to add to their portfolios. Originally intended for a certain museum system in Washinton, D.C., they, if you couldn't tell, provide a bit of contrast between historical figures and those that grace the tabloids… read more


Apr 01, 2011

10 Spicy, Cheesy, and Tasty Tex-Mex Recipes

Anyone who regularly reads ManMade knows I have a deep love for regional Mexican cuisine. (It even infilitrates my Thanksgiving).

So, whenever I share this with someone local, they always say "Me too! El Vaquero is awesome." El Vaquero is fine, but it's about as Mexican as biscuits and gravy. (Actually, I had a pretty awesome Latinized biscuits and gravy at Dos Caminos in Manhattan, but you know what I mean.)

Most of the chips-and-salsa serving, combo platter, sombrero-laden restaurants near your local shopping center are better categorized as "Tex-Mex," that is, the north of the border food that uses the flavors of Mexico - masa, fresh and dried chiles, and aromatics.

Which, if it needs said, is delicious! (Well, El Vaquero isn't, but many can be.) It's just Tex-Mex, and most would be sorta unrecognizable to many Mexicans. But, that's okay, 'cause… read more


Apr 01, 2011

Screw You! Portraits Made with Power Tools

created at: 12/01/2010

Look closely at these potraits. Now closer. Closer. No! Closer.

Can you guess on what these portraits are… read more

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