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May 05, 2015

How to: Make a Secret Door Bookcase

created at: 05/05/2015

Oh, you know the kind. Where you pull a particular book and the whole case opens to reveal a secret passageway and all kinds of mysterious and surreptitious doings and goods behind?

If you've got the space (and the secrets), you can have one, too.    

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Apr 21, 2015

Cardistry: A Look at "the Elegant, Mesmerizing Subculture of Card Juggling"

Have you ever heard of card juggling? You know, it's like in the old timey cowboy movies, where the rowdy grizzled guys are sitting in a salon, and they invite the new young gun to gamble with them, thinking they'll take all his money, but then he sits down and takes the deal and starts flipping cards left and right, thereby showing them and the audience that he's actually really good at poker and is about to school these dudes. Right. Like that.   

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Feb 04, 2015

How They Made It: The French Connection's Infamous Car Chase Was "Dangerous," "Life-Threatening," and Filmed Entirely Without Permits

The French Connection The classic scene is a cinematic tour de force as hardened detective Jimmy Doyle (Gene Hackman) manically steers his 1971 Pontiac LeMans through crowded New York City streets in pursuit of a bad guy on the run in an elevated train above him. Unlike today's filming methods, much was left to chance as pedestrians were poorly controlled (though thankfully unhurt) and the scene even features at least one unplanned car crash (2:41 in the video below).   

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Jan 29, 2015

Manly Skills: Archery Like You've Never Seen

created at: 01/29/2015

I've worked on and off for the past decade as a theatrical fight director and stunt coordinator and so I've spent a lot of time investigating historical uses of weaponry. Lars Andersen has spent years investigating and perfecting his period archery skills to attain an unparalleled level of greatness.   

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Jan 20, 2015

Taking Tree Forts to a New Level

Blue Forest The majority of the injuries I sustained as a boy (and they were many) came from jumping (or falling) out of trees and poorly-constructed tree forts. If you were ever a tree fort lover, this post is for you.   

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Dec 11, 2014

How to Shoot Fireballs From Your Hands

created at: 12/08/2014 Okay, so this is less of a "how-to" and more of a "buy-this-contraption-and-shoot-fireballs-from-your-wrists" kind of post. Behold PYRO, whose actual tagline is "Shoot Fireballs From Your Empty Hand"...    

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Sep 18, 2014

Clever: Beer Labels Matched to Corresponding Pantone Colors

Spanish creative agency Txaber created a series of beer cans and bottles where the labels match the brew's actual color and corresponding Pantone number. The picture kinda sums it up, really.     

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Jun 20, 2014

The (Mostly) Official Drink of Every World Cup Nation

The gathering of nations for the 2014 World Cup has many, as often only international sports competitions actually can, learning about the cultural traditions of other nations.   

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Jun 19, 2014

How Not to Die: 20 Survival Tips You Must Know...Sort Of

created at: 06/19/2014

Popular Mechanics takes on accidental death, and how to avoid it. Interestingly, the majority of the tips don't presume mountain isolation or post-apocalyptic bug outs, but a variety of outdoor activities, from mowing the lawn to attending a baseball game to drinking too much water. 

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Feb 26, 2014

Blow My Mindsday: February 26, 2014

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: 02/26/2014
This is an interactive graph based on some serious math that proves: it's always a better financial decision to get the bigger pizza. Always.    

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Feb 21, 2014

A Giant Inflatable String Jungle Gym...For Adults!

Croatian-Austrian collective Numen/For Use have created "String Prototype," a fully-functioning massive inflatable jungle gym-like structure made up of a grid of strong cables. 

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Nov 20, 2013

Guy Creates Homemade Camera Rig to Capture These Amazing DIY Macro Snowflake Photos

Russian photographer Alexey Kljatov created a surprisingly simple homemade macro photography rig, with which he was able to shoot these incredible images of intricate snowflakes. The setup involves a basic point and shoot camera, a piece of scrap wood, some black tape,

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Oct 17, 2013

Why Do We Eat Popcorn at the Movies?

created at: 10/17/2013

They seem to go hand-in-hand. Whether on the couch with your latest Netflix mailing and a bowl, or a buttered bucket at the multiplex, popcorn and movies are...well, as classic of a combo as peanut butter and jelly. 

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Oct 15, 2013

Paint Bouncing on an Audio Speaker in Super Slow Motion

created at: 10/15/2013

I've admitted it on ManMade before: I'm a total sucker for liquids sloshing around in slow motion, especially thick, colorful ones like paint. And, I'm never not amazed by 

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Sep 16, 2013

How 500 Years of Weird Condiment History Designed the Heinz Ketchup Bottle

created at: 09/16/2013

The ketchup bottle, that eight or so inches of clear glass and familiar logo that sits on every formica diner table across the U.S., serves as a prime example of invisible design: most of us don't even notice it, but when it becomes time to use it, its put into play and works exactly as intended. 

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Aug 30, 2013

This is What the World's Biggest Food Fight Looks Like

Earlier this week, some 20,000 people gathered in the small town of Bunol near Valencia, Spain, to engage in "La Tomatina." The festival

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Aug 28, 2013

Hank Bought a Bus (and Then Made It Totally Awesome and Is Driving It Around the Country)

As a final project for his master's degree in architecture, Hank Butitta bought an old school bus on Craigslist for $3000. Spending about twice that, he converted it into a functioning live/work space complete with a kitchen, bathroom, bedroom, and seating/office. 

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Aug 12, 2013

The Subtle Mysteries of Dinosaur Sex

Look...I'm totally willing to admit that this has nothing to do with crafting...or men...or DIY stuff. But, it's one of the more fascinating things that's captured my attention in a long while, and I think you'll enjoy it too.

The question is: If dinosaurs ruled the earth for 130 million years, they had to reproduce. And since they have some of the least babymaking features, how, exactly, did they do it?    

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Aug 07, 2013

Blow My Mindsday: August 7, 2013

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.

 

A look at how much caffeine is actually in a storebought cup. Apparently, "the milligrams of caffeine per ounce vary from chain to chain as

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Jun 10, 2013

A Self-Sustaining Tree House Community in Costa Rica

Inside the rain forests of Costa Rica, there's an entire "neighborhood" of tree houses... a full community complete with a cafe, community center, and, oh yeah: a network of zip lines, which residents use to move among the tree top properties.    

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