Cookie Hardliner Takes Serious Stance Against Creme, Builds “Oreo Separator”

The device severely divides each cookie in half and scrapes off the creme with extreme prejudice. A hatchet is involved.

(via Co.CREATE)

Human-powered helicopter breaks record with 50-second flight

The newest version of the craft weighs only 71 pounds, 30 less than the previous one, which stayed aloft for 11 seconds in 2011. Gamera II harvests power from arm movements as well as pedals, transmitting more power to the four large rotors.

(via NBC News)

Tastes like ketchup soda

Michael Grant Smith doesn’t think tomato juice should ever taste fizzy. Experts agree.

Recently, in a storefront laboratory in Chinatown, Piper Kristensen, a bartender and occasional lab assistant who works for the avant-garde bar Booker and Dax in the East Village, studied a SodaStream Penguin. It had arrived fitted with a new feature, a device that was preventing him from carbonating the clear tomato juice he had purified in a centrifuge. He probed the carbonator’s dispensing valve, figured out that its plastic collar had to be raised, and twisted on a rubber band. In short order, he poured a fizzy cocktail of tomato juice, vodka and sugar into elegant cordial glasses.

He handed one to his boss, Dave Arnold, formerly the director of culinary technology at the International Culinary Center as well as an owner of Booker and Dax. Mr. Arnold sipped. “It tastes like ketchup soda,” he said. “Maybe you should go back to the egg cream.”

Peugeot Citroen’s new air-powered car: Batteries not included

Peugeot Citroen C3 VTi 82 Air Hybrid

PSA Peugeot Citroen says its new C3 VTi 82 hatchback–which it unveils at a motor show next month–will go 81 miles [per gallon], in optimum conditions. That’s compared to the Toyota Prius’s roughly 45 mile performance. And there’s no need for expensive, and heavy, lithium batteries.

(via Co.EXIST)

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Eden: A Hacker Brand For Remaking Your iPhone With Wood


Creating Eden, as the line is called, involved tackling an unusual challenge: figuring out how to package a warranty-voiding, specialty-screwdriver-requiring process as something an average person would feel comfortable tackling.

(via Co.DESIGN)

The Anti-Loneliness Ramen Bowl

Anti Loneliness Ramen Bowl

Never eat alone again.

(via Co.Exist)

Topiary the Efficient Modern Way

Six hundred topiary balls an hour. At least. Just imagine!

And there’s more — at Alexander Trevi’s Pruned:

In case you were wondering, they [Dutch company Gebroeders Ezendam] also have a GPS-propelled pruning machine. Give it a LIDAR scanning system, so it can build a 3D field map for better navigation and precision grooming. Give it extra processing power, and it can achieve full autonomy. And then some more, and keep on doing so until they reach sentience. At night after work, they’ll escape to their secret topiary gardens in the forests and perhaps in the cities, too, where they transgress from globules and Christmas trees to vegetal phantasmagoria.

News stories I didn’t read

Iran sends monkey into space

(via The Telegraph)

Plastic sneeuwstormbeschermer

snow protection

Plastic face protection from snowstorms. Canada, Montreal, 1939. (Nationaal Archief of the Netherlands. Spaarnestad Photo. Het Leven.)

“Modernism provides face protection from snowstorms.” (@alienated)


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With David Bowie’s “Star Man”. Et cetera. 2007.

“I’m David Bowie!”

“Yeah! Me, too!”

Please do me this one favor and watch all of this and you’ll be glad that you did.

Monsters! I’m David Bowie!

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