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Apr 21, 2014

How to: Make a Folding Secret Door Bookcase

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A secret bookcase door isn't the sort of thing you can just whip up over the weekend: assemble a quick IKEA bookcase, hang it in the doorway, and start stashing your stuff. Instead, it requires planning, creativity, and some clever design features to make it not just look like...well, and IKEA bookcase hanging in a door… read more

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Apr 22, 2014

What's the Deal with the Colored Thread on the Bottom Button of Men's Shirts?

created at: 04/22/2014

If you've worn a button down shirt in, oh, the last 100 years or so, you may have noted an interesting feature: the last button hole and button thread are sewn with a different, contrasting color than the rest, particularly in solid color shirts. Or, you could be like me, and have worn button down shirts thousands of times over your existing decades, only to recently realize the thread color was different, and, once aware, started noticing it everywhere. Or perhaps you just looked down as you were reading this and learned that it is indeed true of the shirt you're wearing right now... Regardless, the question stands:

Why? Why are the bottom hole and button sewn with a different color… read more

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Apr 21, 2014

Site of the Day: The Stupid Trendy Cocktail Bar Name Generator

created at: 04/21/2014

We've all seen them. We're walking around some urban gathering of boutiques, restaurants, and the like, and we stumble across some new bar with an aesthetic that inspires us to say..."Man, that's going to look so 2012 in a couple of years." You know the place: the bartenders arm garters, everything's served in mason jars, and there's probably a meat cleaver in the… read more

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Apr 22, 2014

How to: Make a Super Simple Leather Camera Strap

I've own my current DSLR for nearly five years, and for nearly five years, I've been promising myself I'd upgrade the stock strap. It's functional, sure (my camera is often placed in dangerous predicaments) the bright yellow Nikon logo atop the black webbing is pretty visually… read more

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Apr 23, 2014

Beautiful (?!) Photos of the Bathrooms and Kitchens of America's Bachelors

Photographer Michael Rababy set about capture an interesting subject: the dirtiest rooms in the homes of some of the United States dirtiest people:… read more

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Apr 23, 2014

How to: Make an Outdoor Bar and Grilling Prep Station

Grilling and outdoor entertaining season is well on its way, and there's nothing better than a summer evening spent with friends or special someones eating outdoors. Gathering around a Weber can be fun, but I love the idea of not only cooking food… read more

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