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Dec 13, 2010

The Hierarchy of Beards

created at: 12/13/2010

Dude, everyone knows the Queen's Brigade isn't as awesome as the Flapwings.

Oh, you didn't? Then you, my friend, need to get a copy of "The Hierarchy of Beards."

Beards have been part of humanity's hairy history… read more

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Dec 13, 2010

Getting Lost in [a Tower of] Good Books

created at: 12/13/2010

While you're checking out some of the best reads from 2010, have a look at these stunning photos of a twisty tower of books in Tel Aviv.

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Dec 10, 2010

How to Make 3D Paper Snowflakes

created at: 12/10/2010

Three or four years ago, these 3D paper snowflakes exploded all over the how-to and home decor blogosphere, and they've been an essential part of my holiday season ever since. I love the methodical tape slicing and paper cutting that perfectly matches a viewing of Christmas Vacation or Scrooged. This year, there's a total of sixteen hanging all over my home, and in case you haven't seen this how-to somewhere, I thought I'd… read more

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Dec 10, 2010

How To: Make an Omelette Inside an Eggshell

created at: 12/10/2010

They say you can't make an omelette without breaking a few eggs.

True, but you can get pretty close.

The Evil Mad Scientists have figured out a way to create an omelette inside the egg's shell with just a single tiny hole, or, as they say, "a culinary equivalent of the ship in a… read more

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Dec 10, 2010

Steve Kamb's Epic Quest of Awesome

created at: 12/10/2010

Steve Kamb has created quite a to-do list for himself. Besides managing the regular-guy health site Nerd Fitness (duly subscribed), he's created the Epic Quest of Awesomeness, a nine-level improvement plan that doesn't focus on making tons of money, sexual conquests, or other BS men's magazine goals, but on simply being healthy and doing cool things to make Steve and the world a better place. The Nintendo-inspired 'level-up' terminology he uses is pretty apt: each accomplishment is like a four-line Tetris, or a Fire Power flower.

He says, "Welcome to my Epic Quest of Awesome! I’m traveling all over the world, going on… read more

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Dec 09, 2010

How To: Make an Amorphous Vase from a Styrofoam Cup

created at: 12/09/2010

These days, I rarely run into a styrofoam cup. And I'm quite thankful, as extruded polystyrene foam does not biodegrade for hundreds of years, and the its manufacturing process produces a whole buncha junk that no one wants in the air. So, when you come across one, what is there to do but sink your teeth around the rim?

Why, make these fancy shaped vases, of… read more

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Dec 09, 2010

A Gift Guide for Guys

created at: 12/09/2010

This year, I promised myself I wouldn't make an official ManMade gift guide for guys. Not because I don't know about all kinds of cool stuff that a fellow might want this Christmas, but because presuming that you can suggest what to buy someone based on their gender goes against the reason ManMade exists in the first place.

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Dec 09, 2010

How To: Tie a Tie

created at: 12/09/2010

Just in case you were wondering...

 

Oh, you actually wanna know how to tie a… read more

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Dec 09, 2010

2010: The Year in Books

created at: 12/09/2010

Sports fans remember the year in wins, music fans in what records were released, and for avid readers, the year is measured in books.

But in the midst of the "Best ofs" and "Top Tens" for 2010, a great read is still a great read, regardless of what the New York Times says or when it was released. So "might it also be an opportunity to look back, reflect, and share? We hope so, and so, for a seventh year, The Millions has reached out to some of our favorite writers, thinkers, and readers to name, from all the books they read this year, the one(s) that meant the most to them, regardless of publication date. Grouped together, these ruminations, cheers, squibs, and essays will be a chronicle of reading and good books from every era. We hope you find in them seeds that will help make your year in reading in 2011 a… read more

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Dec 08, 2010

Make a Melted Army Men Bowl

created at: 12/08/2010

Ever now and again, Dominic Wilcox's clever War Bowls cross my path. I spied them online eight or so years ago, then two years later, one was on display at my local contemporary art museum, then I read an interview with Wilcox in a magazine, and on and on. 

When I recently ran into them again, it occurred to me..."Maybe I should make one?" Then, as we all do when we have a light bulb moment, I… read more

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