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HOWTO make a flaming uke inspired by Max Max's Doof Warrior

Make editor Caleb Kraft shows you how to build an "incredibly dangerous" flame-shooting ukulele for your Mad Max Fury Road LARPing adventures, inspired by the Doof Warrior bungee-lashed flaming guitar-playing character.

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Mermaid tail enthusiasts express displeasure over swimming pool ban

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Members of the species Homo aquaticus are unhappy about a recent ban on mermaid tails in public pools in Edmonton, Canada. Krista Visinski, a 24-year-old mother and mermaid tail enthusiast, delivered a petition to the city with nearly 600 signatures protesting the decision.

A City of Edmonton spokesman says there is concern the tails promote holding one's breath under water for long periods of time and can lead to blackouts and drowning. Christopher Webster says the Edmonton has no plans to lift its ban, but may allow for an exception so Visinski can continue her tail training.

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Star Trek TNG ties


Give Dad the red one: $30, also comes in gold and blue.

Don't come to your court-date in a lime-green Batman costume

Honestly, it should go without saying.

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WATCH: 3D Printed Alien Xenomorph costume

James Bruton at XRobots uses 3D printing to create cool cosplay outfits of his own design. He's been working on an amazing Alien xenomorph and posting regular updates on his progress.

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Kickstarting single-use unlubricated monocles

From comic genius/Choose Your Own Adventure maven/Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal purveyor Zach Weinersmith comes the single-use, unlubricated monocle, in a package with a see-through back (so you can show it off without removing it and ruining the gag).

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Mermaid convention photographs by Arthur Drooker

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Cool Hunting continues its wonderful Conventional Wisdom series by following photographer Arthur Drooker to Merfest, a mermaid convention in North Carolina.

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Detailed Snowtrooper armor


A mere $2000 gets you this suit of Imperial Snowtrooper couture armor, suitable for fighting asymmetric warfare on Hoth or chilling at a con.

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Caterpillar cosplay/cyberpunk braces


From Ukrainian leatherworker/fetishwear-purveyor/steampunk/fashion designer Bob Basset, a pair of "Caterpillar" arm braces made from "Natural leather, steel furniture."

Documentary about former Ren & Stimpy artist, William Wray

I'm a longtime admirer of painter William Wray, who I first learned about from his great art in Ren & Stimpy. In recent years Wray has focused on fine art, and Loic Zimmermann's documentary about Wray is a work of art itself.

After his first encounter with William Wray during an art opening in Los Angeles in May 2013, French visual artist Loic Zimmermann felt the need to follow the California based painter and document his artistic process. This inspiring year long journey of an uncompromising artist, takes us from historical downtown LA to the abandoned towns of Salton-Sea and back to the Artists light filled loft in the LA foothills. The filmmaker explores the artists connections with the superhero impersonators he's portraying for his recent series "Fortress of Delusion" as well as technique he uses to achieve his masterful paintings. It is a film that captures the moments of an Artists thoughts, his motivations, and his understanding of the mechanics behind the bridge between representational and abstract imagery within the painted canvas. It is a moving document of a great american painter.

Plush, hooded superhero bathrobes


If the fleece hooded Captain America bathrobe wasn't to your taste, perhaps you'd prefer Batman, Harley Quinn, or Deadpool? $50 each from Thinkgeek.

Halloween in Japan

pnhead A fantastic selection of photos from Japan Times.

Plate armor hoodie


Thinkgeek's $80 Medieval Knight Hoodie lets you stay warm and stylish by simulating a suit of plate armor. The spaulders and visor snap on and off, and the sleeves are pulled into shape by thumb cuffs.

Tortoise Tardis cosplay


Photographed by Punkpixzsticks at the Minnesota Ren Faire: Angus, a tortoise dressed as a Tardis (Angus has lots of other costumes). (via Neatorama).

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Dragoncon cosplayers team up with EFF to fight for anonymity


It's called "Project Secret Identity," and it's a joint effort with Southeastern Browncoats, ; the Harry Potter Alliance, the Baker Street Babes, Wattpad, , Organization for Transformative Works, and IO9.

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Replica Axe-Cop cosplay axe

$20, made from real plastic, and a fitting tribute to one of the most delightfully weird comics in the universe.

The Dummies' Guide To Cosplay Photography in 2014

Andy Ihnatko's golden rule about photographing cosplayers: You must never do anything that makes the cosplayer wish you hadn't taken that photo.Read the rest