A site that lets you add Bernie Sanders sitting to any location on Google Maps

January 21, 2021

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The internet works inhumanly fast, and less than 24 hours after Bernie Sanders sitting at the Presidential Inauguration became a meme, nick_sawhney put together a site that lets you add Bernie to any location using Google Photos.

Obviously I put in the address of the White House and this was the result:

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It's not as nuanced as some of the Photoshops that have been floating around, but it's pretty effective for something where you just type in an address. Kind of like that creepy stalker private investigator I hired. I just send him an address and he sends me a bunch of that person's used socks. Hey, don't judge. I'm not stealing the socks. I'm only sniffing them.

You can check out the Bernie Sits site here.

Folding a paper samurai from a single sheet of paper

January 20, 2021

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This is a video of Finnish origami artist Juho Könkkölä (his Instagram) folding a single sheet of paper into a samurai. Some people call it origami, I call it magic. I can't even being to imagine how you design something like this. Even with instructions it would be impossible, but to create it from scratch is just, I mean, I can barely even get my paper airplanes right.

Keep going for the full video as well as some process photos of his most recent origami samurai. It has real "rest of the owl" vibes, because it goes from some crinkly paper to a damn samurai and I can't even picture the in-between steps. I'm assuming he buys a samurai figurine and then secretly papier-mâchés it?

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How to make a chicken quesadilla at Taco Bell

January 19, 2021

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Ever wondered how they make a chicken quesadilla at Taco Bell? Of course not, but here it is anyway. There's nothing really surprising going on here because this is a chicken quesadilla, not a Coq au Vin from The French Laundry. I guess the most surprising part is they cut the quesadilla inside the wrapper. Probably to keep the cutter clean but also maybe because they want to maximize the amount of plastic you're eating.

Keep going for the full video that probably got this kid fired because all of these corporations are dumb like that.

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Guy spends $5k on a rough opal and polishes it into something worth way more

January 19, 2021

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This guy spent $5,000 on a piece of rough opal, gambling if it would turn out to be a green-blue stone or be worthless and riddled with sand. Turns out it was actually a 6.42-carat gem black opal worth $36,000.

I can't believe what a wild ride this opal took us on. I went from hopeful about cutting a lovely blue-green stone to absolutely shattered thinking that I paid $5,000 for sand.

After an absolute ripper of a journey, we uncovered a stunning 6.42-carat gem black opal. This gems pattern is unreal with Cats Eye, Chaff, Flagstone and a little glimpse of Script Pattern. The orange came over the whole stone with a beautiful N2 body tone and B5 vivid brightness.

The insane gem uncovered today was a total gamble; blue-green opal rarely turns into a fiery orange, and we were fortunate to witness it. I'm shaking from the emotional rollercoaster this piece just put me through, but I'm so happy you could join me in uncovering this gem black opal.

Anyway, here's a 25 minute video of him polishing the stone and making the discovery. Although at the end of the day, a polished rock is still a rock. It's crazy that somebody might actually end up spending $36,000 on this when they could be spending it on something more worthwhile like cool Fortnite upgrades.

Keep going for the full video. It's long.

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This guy made a bot that turns Reddit arguments into Ace Attorney

January 18, 2021

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User micah made a bot that turns Reddit comments into scenes from the video game Ace Attorney. You can add !objection-bot to any Reddit comment thread and the bot will automatically create a Streamable video with the Ace Attorney results. It's pretty great, and for some reason people having dumb internet arguments becomes much more tolerable when it's in the form of Ace Attorney. Now somebody just needs to somehow apply this to real life, maybe transcribing everything that comes out Washington DC into Ace Attorney scenes.

Keep going for the a video explaining the bot and showing some examples.

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Hamster escapes Portal-themed maze and the cake is not a lie

January 18, 2021

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I submit to you Exhibit A of how you know the pandemic has been going on for too long. This guy built an incredible Portal themed maze for Captain Hamster to escape and it looks like it was built with more care and craftsmanship than my house. Also, it's clear this hamster has better problem solving skills than anybody in my gaming group.

Keep going for the full video. It's as impressive as it is adorable. Also, I guess there's a whole trend on YouTube of people building elaborate mazes for their pet hamsters.

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Finest known copy of Batman No. 1 sells for an insane $2.2 million

January 15, 2021

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The finest known copy of 1940's Batman No. 1 sold for $2.22 million at a Heritage Auction on Thursday.

The issue, the sole copy ever to receive a 9.4 grade from the Certified Guaranty Company, was already a record-setter before the start of Heritage Auctions' four-day Comics and Comic Art event. A week before the Jan. 14-17 auction even began, Batman No. 1 crossed the $1.53-million mark, besting the previous world record set for a Batman title in November when Heritage sold 1939's Detective Comics No. 27 for $1.5 million.

The book shattered estimates and expectations long before it was sold during the first session of the four-day event. It has seen more than two dozen bids since Christmas and accrued tens of thousands of pageviews worldwide; more than 700 Heritage clients also kept close tabs on its progress as it made its way toward the auction block.

This issue of Batman No. 1, featuring the debuts of the Joker and Catwoman, is now the most expensive comic book ever sold by Heritage Auctions.

The current record for a comic book is Action Comics No. 1 (the first appearance of Superman) which sold for $3.2 million on eBay in 2014, so at $2.2 million this issue of Batman is a total bargain. At this price I can only assume the buyer is purchasing it to use as toilet paper since supermarkets have put a limit on how much can be bought.

LEGO has a calming Bonsai Tree set for people who suck at plants

January 14, 2021

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Because LEGO knows I'm both losing my mind and terrible at taking care of plants, they've released a LEGO Bonsai tree as part of their LEGO Botanical collection. The set costs $49.99 and includes 878 pieces. Now all somebody needs to do is design a LEGO therapist for me to talk to. I drew a face on a broom but it's just not cutting it. Mostly because I started dating Broomy and it would be unethical for her to stay my therapist.

Keep going for a video of the LEGO designer Niko explaining his creation. He looks 100% like the kind of guy that would design a LEGO Bonsai Tree. I mean, except that he's not Japanese. So, uh, he looks 100% what you'd expect a white guy who designed a LEGO Bonsai tree to look like. I'm pretty sure if the camera panned down under the table you'd see him kicking a hacky sack.

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