Horror movie monster garden 'gnomes'

Garden gnomes are great but, hey, it's October. Doesn't your yard (garden/stoop/desk) deserve something more seasonally appropriate?

Enter Casper and Sadie Revenant's handmade Garden Nightmares. They're kind of like garden gnomes but much scarier. Each one is inspired by famous horror flicks' bad guys.

They're not-officially-licensed creations so they have names like the "Springwood Terror - Nightmare" (read: "Freddy Krueger") or the "Crystal Lake Slasher" (Friday the 13th's "Jason Voorhees") or the "Texas Chainsaw Butcher" ("Leatherface") and so on.

The Garden Nightmare statues stand a foot tall and cost $55 each. They can be ordered from the RevenantFX website or from their Etsy shop.

Previously: Someone put this Jason Voorhees statue under a lake to freak out divers

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Have you seen this giant nose?

A two-foot-tall, 50-lb. nose prop went missing overnight Sunday in Portland, Oregon and its family just wants it back.

The Oregonian:

"We woke up this morning and the nose was gone," Delia Albert said.

Delia Albert said her husband, who works for an advertising agency, rescued the nose out of the trash a year ago. It was a discarded prop from a photo shoot, though she wasn't sure what campaign had used it.

Since last October, it's been sitting on their front porch. The couple's kids, ages 5, 7, and 11, were devastated at the loss of their nose.

"They burst into tears, super upset, couldn't believe somebody would take something that didn't belong to them," Albert said. "We didn't realize how attached they were to it. It really clearly brought them a lot of joy."

...Her 11-year-old son pledged to bolt down the nose if it found its way home. The kids also plan to post missing fliers around the neighborhood with reward money they collected among themselves of $6.27.

Albert said she did file a police report about the nose, at her children's insistence. On the value of the stolen item, she wrote, "priceless."

If YOU'VE seen this oversized nose, contact Albert at deliavalbert@gmail.com with details.

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A working bicycle made of wood

YouTuber The Q spent 200 hours crafting a rideable bicycle out of wood, the glue that holds it together, and a handful of metal pieces like washers.

Why? I don't know, but it's pretty cool.

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High school dance team performs highly choreographed 'Harry Potter' for their pep rally

This is what the kids are up to these days, at least the kids in the dance program at Walden Grove High School in Sahuarita, Arizona.

You may remember last year when they performed a dance version of The Wizard of Oz for their homecoming pep rally. This year, they've performed a dance based on Harry Potter. Good stuff!

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Skateboard shop has a skateable sandwich board

To make it clear that it's run by skateboarders for skateboarders, East Vancouver's Drive Skate Shop put a skateable sign in front of its store.

The two-sided wood veneer "sandwich board" is not only skateable but looks great too.

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Charles Phoenix's outrageous Cherpumple dessert concept will be a parade float

Charles Phoenix's famous Cherpumple concept (stacked CHErry, PUMpkin, apPLE pies baked in a layer of cake) is being made into an epic parade float.

Former Disney Art Directors Kevin Kidney and Jody Daily are crafting a 10-foot-tall Cherpumple wedge -- which Charles, the Ambassador of Americana himself, will be seated on -- for the Anaheim Halloween Parade on October 27. To see it for yourself, the fun starts at 6 PM in downtown Anaheim.

Here's a peek:

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NEW PARADE FLOAT: Oct 27 I’ll be riding in the @anaheimhalloweenparade on this GIANT #Cherpumple slice ... by @kevinandjody ... careful what you wish for in life #dreamcometrue

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This morning's progress on the Cherpumple with some sweet scenic painting by Jody. Looks practically good enough to eat. @_charlesphoenix @anaheimhalloweenparade #cherpumple #cherrypumpkinapplepiecake #paradefloat #plywoodmagic @cityofanaheim

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Wall o'frosting. #scenicpainting @anaheimhalloweenparade @_charlesphoenix #dontlickit

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*"Cherry pie in white cake; a pumpkin pie in yellow cake, and apple pie in spice cake!"

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Fendi accidentally made a 'vulva' scarf

Fendi is taking a beating online after creating a pink scarf that resembles female genitalia, bush and all. Read the rest

Just Be Best: Randy Rainbow sings about Melania

One of the "most bullied" people in the world -- Melania Trump, of course -- gets the Randy Rainbow treatment in "Just Be Best." It's the best.

(Hey! Randy Rainbow is on tour.)

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Douglas Rushkoff's sobering view of Universal Basic Income

In a new essay, Douglas Rushkoff examines Universal Basic Income, writing that it's not a gift but a "scam" and a "tool for our further enslavement."

Here's a snippet:

To the rescue comes UBI. The policy was once thought of as a way of taking extreme poverty off the table. In this new incarnation, however, it merely serves as a way to keep the wealthiest people (and their loyal vassals, the software developers) entrenched at the very top of the economic operating system. Because of course, the cash doled out to citizens by the government will inevitably flow to them.

Think of it: The government prints more money or perhaps — god forbid — it taxes some corporate profits, then it showers the cash down on the people so they can continue to spend. As a result, more and more capital accumulates at the top. And with that capital comes more power to dictate the terms governing human existence.

...As appealing as it may sound, UBI is nothing more than a way for corporations to increase their power over us, all under the pretense of putting us on the payroll. It’s the candy that a creep offers a kid to get into the car or the raise a sleazy employer gives a staff member who they’ve sexually harassed. It’s hush money.

Read: Universal Basic Income Is Silicon Valley’s Latest Scam

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Star Wars scented candles: Yoda's cooking pot, Imperial trash compactor, Wookiee fur

Create your own version of "Smell-O-Vision" by watching one the first three Star Wars films and lighting these officially-licensed candles from Merchoid when the scene coincides with the smell.

List of scents:

A New Hope:

Wookiee: Ever wondered what a walking carpet smells like? Bantha Milk [erroneously spelled 'Banther' on the candle]: Love the smell of bantha milk in the morning? Trash Compactor: Find out what was very nearly the last smell Luke, Leia and Han ever experienced X-wing Cockpit: Perfect for playthroughs of Battlefront's aerial combat Cantina: Eau de scum and villainy Lightsaber Duel: Do you prefer the smell of the dark side or the light side?

The Empire Strikes Back:

Han Solo Carbonite: This smell is all Leia had to remember Han for a long time Millenium Falcon: She may not look much, but she's got it where it counts (the smell) Inside of a Tauntaun: Thought it smelt bad on the outside? You've experienced nothing yet! Yoda's Cooking Pot: Yoda's legendary Force powers are only eclipsed by his cooking skills. Smell it for yourself!

Return Of The Jedi:

Rancor: The only way to smell a Rancor without ending up its lunch Sarlaac Pit: Add a new dimension to your favourite ROTJ scene Jabba's Palace: Admit it, you've always wondered what Jabba smells like Ewok: Do they smell as cute as they look? Let's find out! Death Star Destroyed: The sweet smell of rebellion

The candles are available in sets, starting at $36.99 (one film) and going up to $127.99 (entire trilogy on display board). Read the rest

Ben and Jerry's has a Flavor Graveyard for the 'dearly de-pinted'

There's a plot of land in Vermont where ice cream flavors go when they die. Located next to the Waterbury home of Ben & Jerry's plant and headquarters, the Flavor Graveyard is the final resting place for the company's discontinued flavors such as Wavy Gravy, White Russian, and (32) more.

Travel + Leisure:

“Ben & Jerry’s is known for outrageous, chunky, funky flavors,” said Flavor Guru Eric Fredette in a company press release. “But experimentation comes with risk, and not everybody likes our edgier ideas. Like everything else, ice cream flavors have a beginning and an end.”

This year, visitors who take a Ben & Jerry's factory tour, along with a visit to the Flavor Graveyard, between Oct. 29 and 31 will be treated to a sample of a limited edition pumpkin pie ice cream available only in Waterbury.

You can also visit their virtual burial ground and, if you wish, submit a request to "resurrect" any of the dead flavors. Zombie Schweddy Balls, anyone?

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Teal pumpkins indicate that you have safe, allergy-free goodies to give trick-or-treaters

Today I learned that by placing a teal pumpkin out on Halloween, you are signaling that you are offering non-food (read: non-allergen) treats to children. It's a secret code that you have safe goodies like stickers, stencils, and glow sticks to give out instead of candy. Clever! Read the rest

Japan has made instant ramen that tastes like Pringles

Here's something nobody asked for: Pringles-flavored instant ramen noodles**.

Geekologie:

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Pringles and the 30th anniversary of Super Cup, the two are combining their brands Voltron-style to release two new flavors of Super Cup ramen noodles (Sour Cream and Onion and Jalapeno and Onion) and two new flavors of Pringles chips (Chicken Bone Soy Sauce and Squid Fried Noodles).

A 10-pack of this special ramen costs $24, just a bit more than ordinary instant noodle cups (shipping is $28 though). Available for preorder now through Japan Trend Shop.

**Now, this is not to be confused with ramen-flavored Pringles. That's a whole different junk food beast.

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The humorous story of Donkey Donald's, aka Dunkin' Donuts

I never know where our conversations are going to go when I get together with my friend Mark of Cardhouse. His tastes are more esoteric than the average person and I'm always surprised and amused by what he shares with me.

So, we had lunch Wednesday. Somehow Dunkin' Donuts came up. He asked me if I had remembered when he posted about Donkey Donald's (in 2013). I hadn't. He explained.

He cited a Tumblr written by two NYC concierges in which they shared funny stories about their job. The blog is called how may we hate you? and their "Donkey Donald's" story is as follows:

Then he tells me that, back in 2013, he reworked the Dunkin' Donuts logo to become, of course, the Donkey Donald's logo (lead image).

Then he says when Dunkin' Donuts changed its name to simply Dunkin' recently, he updated his Donkey Donald's logo to simply Donkey (because, of course):

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'Everything is Alive' podcast interviews a bar of soap and other inanimate objects

I've only scratched the surface of former NPR producer Ian Chillag's podcast Everything is Alive but I'm already tickled by it. The premise: serious interviews with inanimate objects.

So far, Louis (a can of cola), Maeve (a lamppost), Dennis (a pillow), Tar (a bar of soap), Ana (an elevator), and Paul (a tooth), have had their time in the limelight. Listen in here.

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An overengineered invention to crack open eggs

Although properly breaking open eggs isn't as hard as they show in the video, people with certain disabilities might find value in The Q's "DIY Simple Egg Opener" (or this one which is already on the market).

This amazing kitchen gadget allows you to open any chicken egg in seconds! No more eggshell in your dish! All you need are plywood, popsicle sticks, 3 springs and small piece of sponge! Don't wait, build your own egg opener and make your morning easier :)

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Couple's 'maternity shoot' turns weird

Some strange things happened to papa-to-be Todd Cameron and his pregnant partner during their maternity photo shoot. It started off harmless enough, a nice couple in a field of pumpkins showing off that baby bump. But then it got weird... fast:

Looks like "baby" isn't going to wait for the delivery room

Oh dear

Baby come back...!

This wasn't the end. See what happens next by checking out their Facebook photo album with all the photos from the shoot.

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