0 The Year in Review: 2012

See how the world searched, and what they listened to. It's the year 2012 in review, courtesy of Google Zeitgeist and Pop Danthology.

0 How to Bake the Perfect Batch of Cookies [Video]

chocolate chip cookies
There's nothing better than warm, freshly-baked chocolate chip cookies on a rainy Saturday afternoon like today.

Here's a simple step-by-step guide to making that dream come true. Sort of.

(via Pleated Jeans)

0 Posting #900!

spaghetti, sophia loren
Image credit: Buzzfeed

Jenny's Noodle has hit a milestone — WELCOME TO POSTING #900!

Thank you to all of my loyal readers.

1 How the New York Times Crossword Puzzle is Made

new york times crossword puzzle, will shortz
The New York Times just recently launched a redesign of its online Crossword Puzzles for the first time in a decade. While a subscription is still necessary to access/solve the daily crosswords, there are samples available for free (she typed excitedly, as she waved goodbye to productivity for the remainder of the evening).

[Tip: If you're new, start with Monday puzzles. The crosswords get more difficult as the week goes on.]

As part of the launch, there are also new crossword-related videos posted for all of us puzzle geeks to enjoy. Here's one entitled "How a Crossword is Made," starring my hero, NYT crossword editor Will Shortz.

0 Google Type

Jenny's Noodle, Google Type

Google Type uses random Google images as characters for a typeface.

The image above is what Jenny's Noodle looks like using the Google Type font. Try it for yourself at www.google-type.com.

(via Presurfer)

0 The Art of Ironing

philips russia, the art of ironing

What can you create using only a white sheet and an iron? If your answer is burn holes, then watch this commercial for Philips Russia and be amazed. An artist demonstrates his ironing skills by recreating masterpieces including Vermeer's "The Girl with a Pearl Earring," Van Gogh's "Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear," and Rembrandt's "Self Portrait with Beret and Turned-Up Collar."

(via My Modern Met)

0 Guy Fieri Responds to Restaurant Critic in Unaired 'SNL' Skit

Guy Fieri, American Kitchen & Bar logo
Last week, a New York Times restaurant critic wrote this humorously scathing review of Guy Fieri's American Kitchen & Bar in Times Square.

In a series of rhetorical questions, the critic addresses Fieri directly, asking things like: "Hey, did you try that blue drink, the one that glows like nuclear waste? The watermelon margarita? Any idea why it tastes like some combination of radiator fluid and formaldehyde?" and "Why is one of the few things on your menu that can be eaten without fear or regret — a lunch-only sandwich of chopped soy-glazed pork with coleslaw and cucumbers — called a Roasted Pork Bahn Mi, when it resembles that item about as much as you resemble Emily Dickinson?"

Needless to say, the critic was less than impressed with his ride to Flavor Town.

This week, "Saturday Night Live" posted an unaired video of Fieri's response to the critic. Watch:

0 RIP Hostess

Hostess Twinkies never forget
Photo credit: Buzzfeed
I can't even remember the last time I ate a Twinkie, but after today's news, it's suddenly all I can think about. Same goes for Ho Ho's, Ding Dongs, Donettes, Sno Balls, Wonder Bread, etc.

Maybe they weren't always the healthiest snack options, but everyone deserves a treat once in a while. School lunches and after school snack times will never be the same.
Hostess Brands Inc. today announced that it is winding down operations and has filed a motion with the U.S. Bankruptcy Court seeking permission to close its business and sell its assets, including its iconic brands and facilities.

“We deeply regret the necessity of today’s decision, but we do not have the financial resources to weather an extended nationwide strike,” said Gregory F. Rayburn, chief executive officer. “Hostess Brands will move promptly to lay off most of its 18,500-member workforce and focus on selling its assets to the highest bidders.”

The wind down means the closure of 33 bakeries, 565 distribution centers, approximately 5,500 delivery routes and 570 bakery outlet stores throughout the United States.
In memoriam, here's an inside look at how Sno Balls are were made, courtesy of Food Network.

0 'Dumb Ways to Die' is the Cutest PSA Ever

Until today, pretty much nobody paid any real attention to Metro Trains Melbourne — I'm presuming. But now their new PSA, "Dumb Ways to Die," is making its way around the web, and it's the cutest video about death that you'll ever see.

(via Buzzfeed)

0 The 'Law & Order' Verdicts, a Chart

Ever watch an all day "Law & Hour" marathon and think to yourself, "Damn that Jack McCoy is good. Does he ever lose a case?" Turns out he does. But not very often.

Some dudes at Overthinking It over-analyzed all 456 episodes of the show and compiled the verdicts into this useless super handy chart.

Here are their findings. Doink, doink.

Law and Order verdicts
click image to view larger

(via Buzzfeed)

0 10 More Bets That You'll Never Lose

Quirkology is back with 10 more bets that you'll always win. Watch and impress your friends.

> Previously: 10 Bets You Will Never Lose

0 The Making of: Sweet Potato with Torched Marshmallows Ice Cream

After watching this video I want to A: dive into a vat of marshmallow fluff (see 1:10), and 2: eat this delicious concoction immediately. I'm not familiar with Jeni's Splendid Ice Creams — although I do appreciate the name, obvi reasons — but apparently it's being sold just down the street at my local market. YES!

(via HuffPost Taste)

0 Cute of the Day: Bond Chicks

Bond chicks
(via Cute Overload)

0 Puzzle: Four Men in Hats

four men in hats logic puzzle
Can you solve this logic puzzle without peeking at the answer? There is no trick to this—just use logic and your noodle!
Four Men in Hats
Shown above are four men buried up to their necks in the ground. They cannot move, so they can only look forward. Between A and B is a brick wall which cannot be seen through. They all know that between them they are wearing four hats—two black and two white—but they do not know what color they are wearing. Each of them know where the other three men are buried.

In order to avoid being shot, one of them must call out to the executioner the color of their hat. If they get it wrong, everyone will be shot. They are not allowed to talk to each other and have 10 minutes to fathom it out. After one minute, one of them calls out.

Question: Which one of them calls out? Why is he 100% certain of the color of his hat?

This is not a trick question. There are no outside influences nor other ways of communicating. They cannot move and are buried in a straight line; A and B can only see their respective sides of the wall, C can see B, and D can see B and C.
Answer (highlight the white text below):
C calls out that he is wearing a black hat.

Why is he 100% certain of the color of his hat? After a while, C comes to the realization that he must answer. This is because D can't answer, and neither can A or B.

D can see C and B, but can't determine his own hat color. B can't see anyone and also can't determine his own hat color. A is in the same situation as B, where he can't see anyone and can't determine his own hat color. Since A, B, and D are silent, that leaves C. C knows he is wearing a black hat because if D saw that both B and C were wearing white hats, then he would have answered. But since D is silent, C knows that he must be wearing a black hat as he can see that B is wearing a white hat.

Did you get it?

(via Neatorama)

0 Hilarious Misheard Song Lyrics

Warning: If you watch this, you will never unhear these.

(via Pleated Jeans)

0 IMDB's Top 250+ Movies in 2.5 Minutes

Clips from the Internet Movie Database’s Top 250 list, plus 33 additional top-ranked movies are mashed up into this 2.5 minute montage.

The scenes flash by pretty quickly, but can you name them all? How many of these top movies have you seen?

(via YouTube)

0 60 Years of 'Charlotte's Web'

charlotte's web 60th anniversary
One of my favorite childhood books is celebrating a milestone this week.

Via NPR:
Sixty years ago, the book "Charlotte's Web" first appeared in print. This children's classic is often seen as a story of a spider and a pig. But when E.B. White recorded a narration of the book, he said something different:

"This is a story of the barn. I wrote it for children, and to amuse myself."

That's "some pig" tale!

> Buy the 60th Anniversary Edition of "Charlotte's Web"

0 The Definitive Guide to Trading Candy

"The Guide to Trading Candy" provides many useful Halloween trick-or-treating tips, including:

If you like Necco wafers, the original candy wafer — yeah that's a category that really took off — there's no need to watch this video. You're going to get screwed no matter what. Same goes if you like those nasty little orange and black candies. Save yourself some time, don't go trick-or-treating, just eat random crap you find on the floor.
(via Buzzfeed)

0 Emergency Compliment Generator

emergency compliment generator

The Emergency Compliment website generates various affirmations "to be used at a time of great insecurity or to be displayed as a constant reminder of awesomeness." Click the link to feel better about yourself immediately.

(via BuzzFeed)

0 Halloween Trick-or-Treat Cookies

halloween trick-or-treat cookies

Trick-or-Treat cookies have a surprise inside — either a treat, like mini chocolate candies, or a trick, such as small sugar ants.

(Although if you really want to be evil, you could fill them with something terribly inedible and/or poisonous. MWAHAHAHA)

halloween trick-or-treat cookies

These cute Halloween cookies are the creation of Megan at Not Martha. The secret is to stack three cookies, with the middle layer hollowed out, and "glue" them all together with icing.

> Learn how to make Trick-or-Treat cookies

(via Laughing Squid)

0 Halloween Light Show, 'Gangnam Style'

Here's your excuse to listen to this song. One. More. Time.

Created by someone with too much free time and irate neighbors.

(via THD)

0 Bruno Mars Impresses as a Pandora Intern on 'SNL'

Bruno Mars was both the host and musical guest on "Saturday Night Live" this week, proving that he's not only talented but that the show can sometimes still be funny. The pop star showed off his ability to impersonate various famous musicians in a skit featuring him as a Pandora intern named Devin. His performance of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" (at 5:35) is THE highlight.

(Note: I realize now that if Pandora happens to crash in reality, it would be a struggle to make it through a work day. It's hard enough having to wait through the intermittent ads and time outs. #FirstWorldProblems)

(via eBaum's World)

0 The Sadness of Pain au Chocolat

the sadness of pain au chocolat
Pain au chocolat est triste. Fin.

(via Serious Eats)

0 The $595 Damien Hirst Polka-Dotted Trash Can

damien hirst, vipp trash can, spot painting
"I’ve always loved colour, playing with colour, moving colours around.
Designing a Vipp bin using spots makes the Vipp bin joyful." –Damien Hirst

Cute and stylish? Yes. Practical? Not really.

Artist Damien Hirst, of formaldehyde preserved shark fame, has created a limited edition of Vipp trash cans in the style of his popular spot paintings.

Available in limited quantity from the Astrup Fearnley Museet, each can is just $595. That's right — almost $600 for a garbage can. The place where you throw used tissues and banana peels.

Seems like a perfect spot in which to waste one's disposable income.

(via Incredible Things)

0 Halloween Cartoon of the Day: A Pumpkin's Life Choices

halloween, jack o' lanter, pumpkin life choices, cartoon
(via TO)

0 Spooky Ghost Pizza

halloween, spooky ghost pizza
Nothing says Halloween fun like Spooky Ghost Pizza, with mozzarella and black olive ghosts, and spiders made from green olives and rosemary (which can easily be picked off and discarded, because green olives - ew!).

> Get the Spooky Ghost Pizza recipe

(via Laughing Squid)

0 Halloween Cartoon of the Day: Surprise Me

halloween, barber, pumpkin
(via TDW)

0 Family Circle's 2012 Presidential Cookie Bake-Off

It's First Lady Michelle Obama vs. Ann Romney for Best Cookie recipe! 

family circle's 2012 presidential cookie bake-off, michelle obama, ann romney
Sponsored by Family Circle, the sixth quadrennial presidential cookie contest is heating up online. Now through August 15, Americans are being asked to bake, taste and vote for their favorite recipe.

Will voters choose Michelle Obama's Mama Kaye’s White and Dark Chocolate Chip Cookies or Ann Romney’s M&M’s Cookies?

Baking and tasting these cookies is your patriotic duty, people. (Seems like a legit excuse.)

> Vote now at www.familycircle.com/cookievote 

*** UPDATE *** 

The 2012 contest votes are in! And the winner is...

(Drum roll please...)

Michelle Obama!

With the smallest victory margin ever, the First Lady captured 51.5 percent of the vote for her chocolate chip cookie recipe claiming the win over Ann Romney, who captured 48.5 percent of the vote for her M&M cookies; only 287 votes separated the two women’s recipes. 

> Get the winning recipe

0 Iconic Photo 'Lunch Atop a Skyscraper' Turns 80

Today, the most dangerous thing about lunch is deciding whether to heat up a frozen meal, which could easily explode all over the microwave, or to risk eating out, where unhealthy options prevail. Back in 1932, for a group of steel workers in New York City, lunch involved attempting to eat a sandwich without falling off a beam situated 800-feet above ground.

Eighty years ago, the iconic photo "Lunch Atop a Skyscraper" was taken on 69th floor of the RCA Building in Rockefeller Center (later renamed the GE Building). Ever since the photograph was published anonymously in the New York Herald Tribune on October 2, 1932, the identities of the 11 men at lunch have remained a mystery. Archivists are now certain, however, that the photo was actually a staged publicity stunt to help promote the skyscraper.

A new documentary film “Men at Lunch” explores the story behind the iconic photograph.

(via NYTimes; The Independent)

0 Paris vs New York, a Minimalist Video

From the makers of the previously featured blog, Paris vs. New York, a tally of two cities.

(via Explore)

0 Happy 30th Birthday, Emoticon :-)

On September 19, 1982 at 11:44 am, Professor Scott Fahlman of Pittsburgh's Carnegie Mellon University sent the following email to a colleague.

professor scott fahlman, emoticon
And thus, the emoticon (a portmanteau of the words emotion + icon) was born.

"This was a little bit of silliness that I tossed into a discussion about physics," Fahlman said. "It was ten minutes of my life. I expected my note might amuse a few of my friends, and that would be the end of it." Boy was he wrong. =(

(via The Independent)

0 Talk Like a Pirate Day ARRRRRt Tutorial

talk like a pirate day, andertoons, art tutorial
Ahoy, mateys! September 12, 2012 marks the 10th anniversary of Talk Like a Pirate Day. But if talkin' like a pirate ain't yer thing, ye landlubbers should try drawin' one.

> Click here for the easy 12-Step ARRRRRt Tutorial

0 Spaghetti IN Meatballs

spaghetti in meatballs
I thought I'd seen it all when it comes to spaghetti. But no. Behold Spaghetti IN Meatballs: Parmesan-covered meatballs filled with mozzarella cheese and angel hair pasta atop a bed of tomato sauce...YES!

> Learn how to make Spaghetti IN Meatballs

(via Laughing Squid)

0 'A Christmas Story 2' Trailer - Official Sequel

I think we can all collectively agree that we'd rather shoot our eyes out than sit through any part of this sequel.

Years after realizing his childhood dream of getting a Red Ryder BB gun for Christmas, 16-year-old Ralphie (Braeden Lemasters) sets his bespectacled sights on a gift of the four-wheeled variety in this belated sequel to Bob Clark's beloved 1983 classic "A Christmas Story." As the snow begins to fall and the carolers start to sing, Ralphie dreams of waking up on Christmas morning to find the keys to a 1938 Hupmobile Skyline Convertible dangling from the tree, and embracing a whole new world of freedom as he cruises the streets of Hohman, Indiana in style. "Home Alone" alumni Daniel Stern takes over for the late Darren McGavin as The Old Man, with Stacey Travis, David Buehrle, David W. Thompson, and Valin Shinyei sounding out the supporting cast as Mrs. Parker, Schwartz, Flick, and Randy respectively.
Don't worry — it's heading straight to Blu-Ray/DVD.

(via MovieWeb)

0 Introducing Candy Corn Oreos

candy corn oreos, halloween cookies
Oreos = delicious; candy corn = possibly THE most disgusting candy in existence.

Hence, this could go either way.

Candy Corn Oreos will be sold exclusively at Target starting Monday, September 10. The limited-edition cookies will only be offered during the Halloween season.

These would be festive treats for holiday parties, so hopefully they taste like traditional Oreos.

(via Foodbeast)

0 Vote for America's Best Restroom

Vanity Nightclub, Las Vegas, America's Best Restroom, Cintas
The bathroom in Vanity Nightclub - Hard Rock Hotel, Las Vegas
Public bathrooms are important resources, especially when traveling. The best of the best are now being celebrated as finalists in the 11th annual America's Best Restroom Contest, sponsored by Cintas.

Last year's winner was the Field Museum in Chicago, IL. After scrolling through this year's finalists, it seems to me the bathroom in the Hard Rock Hotel's Vanity Nightclub looks like a nice place to take care of business.
Situated in the heart of the Vegas strip this lavish lair spans 2,000 square feet and features eleven stalls and six sinks. But it’s the individual vanity stations, each separately lighted and paired with red-velvet cushioned seats that really get the gals talking! The porcelain palace is also flush with gold plated faucets, gold laced curtains and finished off with a custom-designed $40,000 chandelier made from 70 hand-blown glass globes. With a cocktail waitress making rounds in the restroom, we might just argue the life of the party is in this lounge's loo.
> See all 10 finalists and vote for your favorite

(via Boing Boing)

0 Warhol-Inspired Campbell's Soup Cans Available at Target

Campbell's Tomato Soup, Andy Warhol, Target
Even if you're not an eater of Campbell's soup, these cans would be tasteful display items for any kitchen pantry/cupboard.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Andy Warhol’s 1962 famed work, "32 Campbell’s Soup Cans," Campbell Soup Company is introducing limited-edition cans of Campbell’s Tomato soup with labels derived from original Warhol artwork.

Beginning Sunday, Sept. 2, the cans will be exclusively available at most Target locations nationwide for $.75 per 10.75-ounce can, while supplies last.
(via Grocery Headquarters)

0 How To: Separate Egg Yolks Using a Plastic Water Bottle

Here's a neat kitchen tip for the next time you're whipping up an egg white omelet or lemon meringue pie.

Did you know? An empty plastic water bottle can be used to easily separate egg yolks from the whites. All you have to do is slightly squeeze the bottle, hold it over the yolk and it will magically suck up into the bottle.

I must try this immediately. As soon as I stop replaying this video.

(via GITK)

0 Amusing Amazon Reviews: Banana Slicer

amazon reviews, victorio kitchen products 571b banana slicer
Sometimes Amazon reviews are extremely helpful. Other times they're just amusing. Such is the case for Victorio Kitchen Products 571B Banana Slicer.

What's so entertaining about a simple kitchen tool that evenly slices bananas? Nothing at all. Which is why reviewers are having a little fun with the product. (Truthfully, I kind of want to buy one now.)

Here are a couple of the better ones thus far:
5.0 out of 5 starsNo More Hard Work! August 19, 2012
No longer do I have to get out a ruler to make sure I slice the banana in to equal pieces. Every time I am a centimeter off I would have to throw away the whole banana and start over! I spent an average of $1.00 a week on banana because of this. Thanks to this amazing invention I can save so much time and money now!
5.0 out of 5 starsNo more winning for you, Mr. Banana! March 3, 2011

For decades I have been trying to come up with an ideal way to slice a banana. "Use a knife!" they say. Well...my parole officer won't allow me to be around knives. "Shoot it with a gun!" Background check...HELLO! I had to resort to carefully attempt to slice those bananas with my bare hands. 99.9% of the time, I would get so frustrated that I just ended up squishing the fruit in my hands and throwing it against the wall in anger. Then, after a fit of banana-induced rage, my parole officer introduced me to this kitchen marvel and my life was changed. No longer consumed by seething anger and animosity towards thick-skinned yellow fruit, I was able to concentrate on my love of theatre and am writing a musical play about two lovers from rival gangs that just try to make it in the world. I think I'll call it South Side Story.

Banana slicer...thanks to you, I see greatness on the horizon.
> Read many more reviews and/or buy your own slicer here

(via Neatorama)

0 Cartoon of the Day: Curiosity Rover's Greatest Discovery Yet

Mars, Curiosity, NASA, cartoon
Image credit: Jerry King
(via Mashable)

0 'Oh My Dayum': The Gregory Brothers Songify a Five Guys Burgers and Fries Review

"Oh my goodness, oh my DAYUM!" Hide yo' ketchup, hide yo' fries — The Gregory Brothers have done it again. (And I'm not even a Five Guys gal, however this video is 5-star.)

Here's the original video that inspired this work of genius.

> Previously, in humorous restaurant reviews

0 Cure Homesickness with Canned Air

Etsy, Canned Air
Know anyone who's homesick? Luckily, there's a new cure: Canned Air. For just $9.99 you can purchase a tin can filled with air collected from various cities like Paris, New York City and Singapore.

Here's the AIR from PARIS description, for example:
The "AIR from PARIS" is a middle-sized can filled with the spirit of the city, a piece of world heritage. The can is 88 mm (3,46 in) high and 86mm (3,38 in) in diameter.

We have established a direct contact to a supplier in Paris, France. Each week we receive a few hundreds of gallons of fresh air from Paris. The Air Formula is:

20% The Louvre
20% Notre Dame
25% Eiffel Tower
15% Musée d'Orsay
10% Champs-Elysées
10% Sacre Coeur

ATTENTION! May contain traces of liberté, égalité and fraternité.

The product is 100% bio. Fresh air from Paris relieves stress, cures homesickness
 and helps fighting nostalgia.
I'm not exactly sure how Detroit would "smell," nor am I really sure whether I'd actually want to know. But air from various other cities is currently being canned, so perhaps we'll soon find out. 

(via Etsy)

0 24th Annual 'National Geographic Traveler' Photo Contest Winners

National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest 2012
Merit Winner: "Looking into Another World"
"This is the great Japanese maple tree in the Portland Japanese Gardens. I tried to bring a
different perspective of this frequently photographed tree." —Fred An, Photographer
National Geographic Traveler has announced the winners of its 24th annual photo contest. This year, the magazine received more than 12,000 images from 6,615 photographers in 152 countries around the globe.

As the winning images exhibit, Instagram is a revolutionary tool, but it can only bring amateur photos so far. There's still something to be said for a keen eye and the ability to design an interesting composition with unique perspective.

> View all of the stunning NatGeo contest photos here

0 Brussels' Giant Carpet of Flowers 2012

Grand Palace, Brussels, flower carpet
Photos: EPA/Julien Warnan
Every two years, since 1971, the Grand Place of Brussels is transformed by thousands of locally-grown begonias.

The flowers are intricately arranged into the famous Tapis de Fleurs (or "carpet of flowers").

This week, more than 120 volunteers painstakingly laid 600,000 flowers across the Belgian capital's square. The theme of the 2012 carpet was a tribute to African tapestry weavers.

(via HuffPo)

0 Julia Child's 100th Birthday 'Keep On Cooking' Remix

"What makes a great chef? Well... training and technique of course,
plus a great love of food, a generous personality and the ability to invent
Hot Chocolate Truffles."
—JULIA CHILD (Aug. 15, 1912 – Aug. 13, 2004)

Julia Child's 100th Birthday, #CookForJulia, PBS
PBS is going all out to celebrate Julia Child's 100th Birthday because, in their words, "Julia Child was a beloved American icon who pioneered an entire genre of cooking shows and taught a generation of food lovers that cooking can be easy and enjoyable."

The best part of their #CookForJulia celebration may just be this "Keep On Cooking" remix, from the same folks who brought us Bob Ross "Happy Little Clouds."

Warning: Do not watch while under the influence of hunger. 

0 Coming Soon from Cinnabon: The Pizzabon

Pizzabon Cinnabon
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution broke major food news yesterday:
Cinnabon is broadening its menu, and metro Atlantans will be the first to have a taste.

The Atlanta-based company has created a bakery-cafe at its Cumberland Mall location that will be used as a test kitchen for new products, said Cinnabon president Kat Cole. They include a new croissant, an apple danish, cupcakes, breakfast sandwiches and iced coffees.
...and the Pizzabon. It's constructed like a cinnamon roll, but made with cheese, pepperoni and tomato sauce. Speaking of over-sized buns, airplane seats may need enlarging if this actually becomes a reality, as being at the airport with limited food resources is the only time it's semi-excusable to patronize Cinnabon. At least that's what I tell myself.

(via Eater)

0 'Ball,' a Short Film

"Ball" by Everynone is bouncing its way around the web. The film is a simple, well-constructed montage of results compiled mostly from a Google Images Search.

(via Flavorwire)

0 100 Greatest Maniacal Movie Laughs

It's just another maniacal Monday. This will either make you laugh... or cry. Or maybe a little bit of both. Mwahahahaha.

(via Mashable)

0 LEGO Turns 80

LEGO 80th birthday
All of us have built things with LEGO toys, and most of us have experienced stepping on LEGO bricks while barefoot, but how familiar are you with the LEGO company's unique history?

On August 10, 1932, Danish toymaker Ole Kirk Christiansen founded LEGO company in the city of Bellund, Denmark. The LEGO brand name itself emerged later, in 1934, from an abbreviation of the Danish phrase "LEG GODT," meaning "Play Well." According to LEGO, "the bricks can be combined in an endless variety of combinations in continuously new ways." For example, "For six bricks of the same color with 2 X 4 studs alone, there are 915 million combination possibilities. The imagination has therefore no boundaries."

Watch this cute animated video created for LEGO's 80th birthday to learn more:

(via LEGO)

0 Photo of the Day: Bolt Crossing the Finish Line

Olympics, Usain Bolt
Yeah, not that Bolt.

(via Buzzfeed)

0 Oreo's 'Curiosity' Cookie

Oreo/Nabisco is cleverly milking the Mars rover landing. Those smart cookies.

Note: The red creme is currently unavailable. Photoshop, folks.

(via Daily Twist)

0 Happy Birthday, Andy Warhol

andy warhol, six self-portraits
"Six Self-Portraits" (1986), Andy Warhol
“Don’t think about making art, just get it done.
Let everyone else decide if it’s good or bad, whether they love it or hate it.
While they are deciding, make even more art.”
Andy Warhol (August 6, 1928 – February 22, 1987)

> More: A Fan Letter for Warhol's Birthday

0 Keep Calm and Eat Pasta

Barilla pasta meme

Wise words to live by.

(via Barilla)

0 The Most Interesting Man in the World

Welcome, my friends.

the most interesting man in the world, jenny's noodle

0 How Many of These Breakfast Cereal Mascots Can You Identify?

breakfast cereal mascots
Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Frosted Flakes and Lucky Charms filled my cereal bowl once in a while as a kid, but for the most part I was a non-sugar cereal girl — Kix, mostly. But that doesn't mean I don't know my cereal mascots. How many can you identify?

Answer Key:
King Ayummayumma (Fruit Islands), Boo Berry, Cap'n Crunch, Dig 'Em (Honey Smacks), Eet (Kellogg's Eet and Ern), Frankenberry, Sir Grapefellow, Honey Nut Cheerios' Buzz Bee, Ice Cream Jones (Ice Cream Cones), Jean LaFoote (Cinnamon Crunch), King Vitaman, L.C. Leprechaun (Lucky Charms), Mr. Mini-Wheat (Mini-Wheats), Newton Owl (Cocoa Hoots), Officer Krum (Cookie Crisp), Pop (Rice Krispies), Quisp, Trix Rabbit, Toucan Sam (Froot Loops), Tony the Tiger (Frosted Flakes), Undercover Bears (Undercover Bears Instant Oatmeal), Baron Von Redberry, Wendell (Cinnamon Toast Crunch), Extreme Creme Taste Oreo's mascot, Yummy Mummy, Zuco Bear (Nestle Snow Flakes / Zucosos)  

(via Mike BaBoon)

0 Subway's Avocado Graph Decoded

Subway avocado commercial
Image credit: Subway
NBC is playing the you-know-what out of Olympics commercials, like this one for Subway.

Aside from Olympian speed skater Apolo Yoko Ohno, the ad features an informative bar graph showing the "super food" avocado and how it compares to... you know, how it relates to... well, something to do with avocados and some sort of growth of some other factor over time. Nobody can quite figure it out.

Luckily, Gawker decided to investigate this very pressing matter; Subway provided an official response:

Given the sports science nature of the spot, the graph was designed to draw the eye upward in trend - a trait we typically perceive as positive. In this case, we thought of the upward (positive) trend as related to taste, as in Avocado increasing the taste factor of said sandwich.

In other words, the x-axis = avocado and the y-axis = taste factor. Makes sense.

The slope of knowing > a good night's sleep = tonight.

0 World Middle Finger Day

Today is World Middle Finger Day: "A global day to celebrate the freedom to object, using the most universal gesture of discontent or protest: The Middle Finger."

A very happy F U to all!

(via The Atlantic)

0 Tumblr of the Day: Kors' Metaphors

michael kors metaphors
Even if you don't watch "Project Runway" (who does anymore?), the honest critiques spewed out by designer/judge Michael Kors are completely fantastic. They're like the opposite of "wallpaper and curtains at a really tacky catering hall."

> Many more gems at Kors' Metaphors

(via Buzzfeed)

0 Actors Dramatically Reading Yelp Reviews: Tamarind of London

Back in May, "Nathan A." posted an informative Yelp review of Tamarind of London, an Indian restaurant located in Newport Beach, California. "This meal was delectable, exotic, and incinerated everything in my intestines," he wrote. "My morning was an unforgettable thrill ride."

A new video series features various professional actors dramatically reading insightful Yelp reviews like Nathan's.

(via Buzzfeed)

0 Mr. Bean at the Olympics Opening Ceremony

In my opinion, Mr. Bean's performance was the highlight of last night's Oscars Opening Ceremony. Oh and also when the people representing the country of Eritrea walked in during the Parade of Nations.

Seriously? As if that's even a real location. Alright, fine then. As long as we're accepting the presence of pretend countries, I'm relocating to the People's Democratic Republic of Snuggaroon.

(via LondonOlympics12)

0 Olympic Torch Cupcakes

olympic torch cupcakes
Quick! You've still got a few minutes to whip these up in time for the Olympic Games Opening Ceremony.

Note: That is not bacon on top of the cupcakes; it's shards of sugar. But it could be bacon if you wanted it to be.

> Get the recipe at Stasty

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0 Spaghetti & Meatballs Ice Cream

spaghetti and meatballs ice cream, Indiana State Fair
Credit: Gannett
This may look like a standard bowl of spaghetti and meatballs, but think again.

The Indiana State Fair has a new entry in the informal weird food competition that occurs every summer across the country: spaghetti and meatballs ice cream. The meatless concoction — made with gelato noodles, strawberry tomato sauce, shredded white chocolate cheese and chocolate meatballs — took best in show to become the state fair's signature food...

I'd definitely give this a try. It has to taste better than deep-fried Oreos or Kool-Aid pickles.

(via USA Today)

0 Cartoon of the Day: Support Bras

cartoon, support bras
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0 The Science of Olympic Torches

The Ontario Science Centre explores the technology behind the Olympic torches - past and present.

(via Explore)

0 Bob Ross 'Happy Little Clouds' Remix

I believe, Bob! I believe!

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(via PBS)

0 Van Gogh 'Wheat Field with Cypresses' Cake

There's an old culinary proverb that says "you first eat with your eyes." If that's true, this cake (after Vincent van Gogh's "Wheat Field with Cypresses") tastes delicious!

(via Reddit)

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