Stefan A. Slater

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Though Martian soil contains a hefty dose of toxic metals like lead and arsenic, Dutch scientists with Wageningen University have recently announced that rye, tomatoes, peas and radishes grown in Martian soil are actually safe to consume.

The scientists have been growing crops in simulated red planet soil since 2013, and while they actually haven’t tasted any of the produce yet, they note that these four can be grown safely on Mars without absorbing dangerous amounts of heavy metals. The researchers are testing other crops (yes, potatoes is among them), and they’re currently working to raise funds for this red-planet-veggie project.

Check out more pics below. [click to continue…]

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Jenn Aguilar is definitely a shoe-in for the “Punniest” Mom of the Year award. Since last fall, Aguilar has been drawing up these cute and extremely pun-packed lunchbag cartoons for her children: Konner, 12, and Kale, 14. She told BuzzFeed that, at first, her kids were a little embarrassed by the “punny” bags. But, she said, “I stopped doing them for a little bit and they were like, ‘Where are the bags?’”

It takes Aguilar roughly 20 to 25 minutes to draw up the bags every night. Though she comes up with a lot of the puns on her own, she sometimes uses Google for inspiration. Before she doodled puns, she used to put little notes in her boys’ lunches–but most of the time they either lost the notes or didn’t read them. So, she set about to create something that was a little more “impactful.”

“I definitely think they enjoy the bags, even if they don’t want to admit it,” she said. Check out more examples below. [click to continue…]

Pillsbury recently partnered with Girl Scouts of the USA on a line of baking mixes. Yep, you read that right.

These baking mixes feature come in Thin Mints and Caramel and Coconut flavors, and they’re perfect for whipping up brownies, blondies, and cupcakes.

They’re currently available at grocery stores nationwide. They could be sitting on the shelf just waiting for you at this very moment.

(via USAToday)

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Getting a little bored with your basic cocktail? Well, you should consider adding a few bubbles into the mix to liven things up. That’s right—you can actually turn your preferred adult beverage into bubbles with this kit.

It comes in a pack of 6 bottles, each containing 25ml of bubble solution with space remaining in the bottle to add ANY beverage you fancy – lemonade, cola, cold-press coffee, gin, tequila – anything (well, not thick liquids like milk). Screw the lid back on, give the bottle a gentle rock and just like that, your favourite drink has been transformed into bubbly deliciousness, ready to be blown all over the place with the included wands.

Think of the fun you could have at parties! It’s like apple bobbing for drunken adults. Just make sure to leave your dignity at home.

Bubble Lick Edible Bubbles: ($19.09)

(via Gizmodo)

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Japanese katanas are known for being deadly but beautiful weapons. As an homage to these legendary swords, Kotobukiya released this set of four katana handguard coasters. Each coaster is inspired by a significant figure from Japan’s feudal era.

Check out the entire series below. [click to continue…]

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The founder of the blog Life of Dad started a fun cereal-inspired challenge recently, and it’s taken the Internet by storm.

The #CheerioChallenge began when Life of Dad shared a pic of a napping baby with five Cheerios balanced on its nose. The caption for the photo read, “Can you top 5??? Prove it when you do.” And with that, the challenge was on. Parents across the Web have been posting pics of their efforts to balance Cheerios on their kids’ faces. As you’ll see below, the results are highly amusing. [click to continue…]

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Artist and sculptor Shinri Tezuka specializes in a unique medium: he transforms candy into stunning works of art. In the past, we’ve featured his stunning lollipop animals.

As you can see above, his latest creation for the summer season is lollipops that are designed to resemble uchiwa fans. If you’d like to pick up one of these artistic treats, your best bet is to head to Tokyo and visit one of his stores between now and the end of August. [click to continue…]

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Instagram user Melaquino has been crafting latte art for the last four years, and judging by her photos and videos, you can tell that she’s already mastered the medium.

See Also: More Delicious Latte Art

Check out more examples of her work below. [click to continue…]

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The mad mixologists at Above Average recently whipped up a slew of summery cocktails that all feature one very cheesy ingredient: Kraft Macaroni and Cheese. These cocktails look slightly horrific, but funny enough, I’m actually craving mac and cheese right now. Check out more examples below…

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About 16-years ago, Burger King made Game Boy Color toys that played cute analog games. Fast forward to 2016 where a Raspberry Pi Zero can be employed to transform the toy into a working Game Boy Color emulator.

Apparently, ChaseLambeth was trying to create one of these modernized Game Boy Color toys when he found an Instagram user who’d already created three functioning models. The Instagramer sold one to Chase for $250, and the Redditor showed off his new purchase online. In addition to the Raspberry Pi Zero, it was also upgraded with a two-inch LCD screen and a RetroPie emulator. And the best part? It plays Game Boy Color and Game Boy Advance games! [click to continue…]