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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.

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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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Our shirt store is full of nerdy designs from the best independent artists and they’re all on sale for just $14! But that’s not all:

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a_song_of_blue_and_red__lannister_by_sketch_bgi-da5331fArtist Kaleb Leigh has reimagined the various Houses of the Game of Thrones series as Pokémon, because if you want long enough someone’ll inevitably combine two things into one marginally cooler thing.

The series, cleverly named “A Song of Blue and Red”, takes each House and imagines what a Pokémon based on that House might look like. Not a bad idea, and it’s executed pretty well. Certainly better than most recent Pokémon designs anyway.

Check out the full gallery on Nerd Approved

download-1-3Artist Hannah Alexander did a gorgeous set of art nouveau Disney princess illustrations. Enter cosplayer Ginny Di who organized a fantastic group of ladies who created this gorgeous cosplay based on Alexander’s designs.

See more on Fashionably Geek

dark-horse-coloring-booksColoring books for adults are huge right now, and Dark Horse is jumping on the bandwagon in a big way with a new series that kicks off with Serenity, Avatar: The Last Airbender and Bait: Off Color Stories For You To Color by Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk.

See more on Nerd Approved

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A 2,000-year-old, 22lb blob of butter was recently discovered in Co Meath, Ireland and is believed to be an ancient offering to the gods.

Apparently, the gods are lactose intolerant.

Another fun fact is that they prefer the tangy zip of Miracle Whip on their sandwiches, which proves that they have no taste.

Speaking of gross spreadables, the butter has been described as “theoretically… still edible” despite its age and the fact that it was found caked with dirt at the bottom of Emlagh bog. Its remarkable preservation is due to the environment’s cold, low-oxygen environment and it reportedly still smells like a dairy product (a strong cheese), and has a crumbly texture.

The discovery will be preserved in a refrigerated case in the Cavan County Museum.

(Irish Times via Atlas Obscura via Giz)

trex-warriorWonder Woman made quick work of the American Ninja Warrior course, but how will a T-Rex do with those tiny little arms?

Better than you would expect.

Find out how it played out in the video on Nerd Approved

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Our shirt store is full of nerdy designs from the best independent artists and they’re all on sale for just $14 this week! But that’s not all:

  • T-Shirts – $14
  • Mens V-Neck – $18
  • Tanks – $18
  • Zip Up Hoodie – $38
  • Hoodies – $35
  • Crew necks – $30
  • BaseBall Tees – $17
  • LongSleeve Tees – $15
  • Scoop Neck – $21
  • Infant Onesie – $15
  • Kids Tees – $14
  • Prints and Canvas 25% Off

Head on over to the store and grab your favorite designs at a discount while you still can!

princess-photo-callAfter living with her foster family since March 2014, 5-year-old Danielle and another little girl – 1-year-old Neveah – were formally adopted on June 8th by Sarah and Jim Koning.

To celebrate the moment, Danielle’s case worker asked one of her coworkers at Samaritas Foster Care Program and Child and Family services to dress up as Cinderella, since Danielle loves Disney princesses. The idea spread and, by the time of the hearing, eight Disney princesses and one Prince Charming were on hand for the hearing –– and the judge even dressed like Snow White!

Yay for happy endings! Check out the video on Fashionably Geek