Offbeat

When Potassium Chlorate Meets Gummy Bear

If you’re unfamiliar with potassium chlorate, don’t feel bad. I was too before I heard about this. Potassium chlorate is a strong oxidizing agent that reacts violently with sugar, any sugar, including gummy bears. Man, what is with gummy bears and our apparent hate for them? We’re always doing something to torture our gummy comrades. When potassium chlorate meets gummy ...

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Chilean Miner Rescue: The Video Game

It took a team of engineers and a massive battalion of supporters 69 days to pull 33 Chilean miners from nearly half-a-mile beneath the Earth’s surface. How long will it take you? Chilean design firm Root33 created this flash game adaptation which brings gamers through the process of Plan B. If you understand Spanish, biographical information about every miner is ...

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Nespresso Capsules Used to Create Coffee Powered Batteries

Vienna designers MischerTraxler, also of Automatic Cake Decorator fame, used 700 used Nespresso coffee capsules, coffee grounds, strips of copper and salt water to create these coffee powered batteries. The batteries were used to power clocks at the 2010 Vienna Design Week. Six of the batteries connected together are enough to power a tiny clock. The whole collection of batteries ...

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Eric Stoltz as Marty McFly: The Original Back to the Future Fading Photograph

Over the last few days, original archived footage has been unearthed of the original Marty McFly, actor Eric Stoltz, playing the role before Michael J. Fox was called into replace him five weeks into shooting. Oddly enough, what I find most compelling is this alternative fading photograph shot featuring Stoltz instead of Fox. There’s something oddly surreal about seeing someone ...

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Transformers: The Boring Version

Megatron, such a naughty transformer. I wonder if Michael Bay director of the Transformers Saga would be up to the challenge of creating a literal Transformers movie. Come on, man, there’s definitely an opportunity for some major sparks and explosions, perhaps even some light electrocution. This version of Transformers might not be quite as exciting as the real deal, but ...

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Oven-Baked Tarantulas from ThinkGeek (Yup, They’re Real)

Oven-baked in their native Cambodia, these very real tarantulas are available from ThinkGeek for $24.99 a piece, complete with fangs and hair. They’re ready to be eaten straight out of the package, described as crunchy and a Cambodian delicacy. Baked, not fried like other less-healthy cooked tarantula alternatives, each tarantula is chosen from carefully monitored sources to ensure their preservation ...

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You in Carbonite: Custom Carbonite Sculptures

While Han might have shot first, he certainly didn’t pull off a miracle to keep himself carbonite-free. The Han Solo in Carbonite image has become one of the many iconic images from the Star Wars films. And now, you can be a part of it. Designer Paul Pape creates custom made-to-order Carbonite sculptures, replacing Han Solo with a custom model ...

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Porn Versions of Classic Films

SomethingAwful asked their readers to recreate classic movie posters in the spirit of adult entertainment using the power of Photoshopped images and perversion, two of the most abundant resources on the internet. The results were both vast and insanely funny. Here are a few of our favorites but there are tons more over at the source. Have any ideas of ...

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Scientists Closer to Creating Three-Course Gum la Wonka

Prepare the Juicer! This isn’t your grandfather’s bubblegum. In fact, this isn’t even the flavor-shifting Stride Shift. Scientists are inching closer and closer to creating a gum which offers the experience of a three-course meal, much like the gum seen in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, by using manipulated nanoparticles. Researchers claim that time-release nanostructures within the gum might be ...

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Banksy Directs The Simpsons Opening Couch Gag

Banksy, perhaps the most influential and acclaimed street artist of all-time, has officially made it to the mainstream. Solely responsible for making graffiti a respected art form, the anonymous Banksy directed the iconic opening theme and couch gag for The Simpsons. And it’s a wonder that 20th Century Fox approved it for broadcast. Featuring Banksy’s trademark dark humor and social ...

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