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Fabric Made from Milk

During World War II, when real wool was scarce, the synthetic fabric Aralac became popular as a substitute. It was made from cheese! Maggie Koerth-Baker at Boing Boing tells us how Aralac is made, and although you don’t see it much anymore, an improved fabric using the technique is still produced by a German company. [...]

The Single Most Important Object in the Global Economy

How much do you know about the pallet, that “humble construction of wood joists and planks”? Unless you are a manufacturer, shipper, supplier, retailer, or logistics worker, you probably don’t know much about them. But as a consumer, you depend on pallets more than you know. As one German article, translated via Google, put it: “How [...]

Fake Science Fair Project: Teddy Bear Birth Defects

What happens when Pure Evil contaminates the drinking water of pregnant teddy bears? Dr. Allison Lonsdale of the Institute for Dangerous Research decided to find out. These were her procedures: 1. A sample of Pure Evil was obtained from the ruins o f an exploded toaster in the south of England. 2. Pure Evil was administered, via [...]

“What’s Opera, Doc?” to a Modern Beat

(Video Link) Eighteen years ago, professional animators voted the classic Bugs Bunny cartoon “What’s Opera, Doc?” the greatest animated film of all time. I would certainly agree that it and “The Rabbit of Seville” are the greatest Bugs Bunny cartoons ever. Here’s dj BC’s quick-paced remix that adds hip hop beats to “What’s Opera, Doc?” -via Boing [...]

Pinstriping Done by Hand

(Video Link) Royal Enfield is an Indian manufacturer of classic British-style motorcycles. Much of the work is done by hand, including painting the iconic pinstripes and logo on the gas tank. This amazing video shows one plant worker — or artist, I should say — adding perfectly formed pinstripes completely freehand. -via Boing Boing | Jay [...]

Goya’s "The Third of May, 1808" Rendered in Staples

Tofi Stoler works extensively with staples as her medium. One of her recent works is a recreation of Francisco de Goya’s “The Third of May 1808″, which depicts a massacre of Spaniards by French troops during the Napoleonic Wars. It’s made entirely with staples and superglue. Link via Boing Boing | Goya image: Metropolitan Museum of [...]

The Typical Vegan is 30 Feet Tall and Radiates Anti-Gravitons

If you think that vegans are just people who avoid animal products, you have a rather incomplete understanding of a complex people with a unique history, culture, and physiology. Did you know that they have horns on their heads from which they emit anti-gravitons? It’s true, as this page from the Essential Official Handbook of [...]

Romania to Tax Witches

Like many countries, Romania is in a recession so it’s doing whatever it can to raise revenue. This year, the Romanian government identified a new source of heretofore untaxed profession: witches! Naturally, the witches aren’t taking this laying down: Queen witch Bratara Buzea, 63, who was imprisoned in 1977 for witchcraft under Ceausescu’s repressive regime, is furious [...]

CES Line

(YouTube link) This is why no one goes to the Consumer Electronics Show anymore -because it’s so crowded! This is the line to get into CES:Unveiled, the first event of the trade show going on now in Las Vegas. -via Boing Boing

What Do Blind People See?

Boing Boing’s Science Question From a Toddler series is fascinating because it provides surprisingly detailed answers to seemingly obvious questions. In this week’s installment, Maggie Koerth-Baker explains what blind people actually see. While most people assume that the blind see the same semi-darkness that we see when we close our eyes, this level of sight loss [...]