Indiana’s oldest state employee retiring at 102

'I got good lungs'

Ice fishing in Kazakhstan is the wholesome content we need right now

I did not know how much joy ice fishing in Kazakhstan could possibly bring me until I watched this video of an amazing and talented fisherman in the icy-cold former Soviet republic fish through the ice like a damn boss. Read the rest

Students build pyramid from 27,434 toilet paper rolls (VIDEO)

A group of high school students in Michigan made good use of their holiday break: they built a toilet paper pyramid. Read the rest

Interactive online tour of Antarctica's microworld from science hacker Ariel Waldman

BB contributor and DIY science hacker Ariel Waldman recently went on a research expedition to Antarctica to study microscopic extremophiles under the ice. She made a great video series about it and has now created a wonderful interactive tour of this hidden world called "Life Under the Ice." It's damn cool. (Get it? Get it?!) From Ariel's project description:

Typically when we think about Antarctica, we think of a place that's barren and lifeless... except for a few penguins. But Antarctica should instead be known as a polar oasis of life, host to countless creatures that are utterly fascinating. They’ve just been invisible to us – until now. Life Under the Ice enables anyone to delve into the microscopic world of Antarctica as an explorer; as if you had been shrunk down and were wading through one large petri dish of curiosities...

The collected Antarctic microbes were found living within glaciers, under the sea ice, next to frozen lakes, and in subglacial ponds. Microbes from under the sea ice were discovered in the Southern Ocean’s McMurdo Sound near McMurdo Station and the Erebus Glacier Tongue. Microbes from glaciers and frozen lakes were discovered in the McMurdo Dry Valleys at Lake Bonney and Lake Hoare.

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This firm gave $10 million in holiday bonus cash to 198 employees

I have but one question. Are they hiring? Sounds like a great place to work. Read the rest

Listen to the sound of one screw falling into a turbine engine

This is super neat. Read the rest

This rebar-tying video is weirdly calming

I'm not an engineer, but I can't stop watching this hypnotic and oddly satisfying video of tying rebar. Read the rest

Hand-making 1,000 pencils from pallet wood

Pallet wood pencils. Genius! Read the rest

DIY: Feral cat Shelters from coolers

Oh, I am seriously here for this DIY-maker-recycling project that's all about giving street kitties safe homes. Wow this is cool.

Making feral cat shelters from an old cooler.

Says IMGURian @petsncharge, “Cat Tested and Approved Shelters.”

We designed and built these durable cat shelters-Donating to the many Rescues that need them for the Homeless Cats they care for...TomTom Tests each new Design

So cool. Watch the whole video.

Cat Tested and Approved Shelters

This is the QA tester!

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Awesome 'Dark Souls' game-inspired embroidery project

Seriously impressive game-inspired stitching project right here. Read the rest

Embed images in adorable ASCII laptops

laptop.css provides "laptop CSS for the modern world," which is to say, GIFs playing inside of monospace-typed drawings of laptops. There are three sizes: sm, classic, and lg.

Use laptop.css to automatically wrap an html img with an ASCII art laptop.

And they say there is no beauty in the world! Creator jjkaufman also has somewiggly divs for you.

P.S. if you want some high-quality images of "blank" gadgets such as laptops, phones and smartwatches, Facebook of all places has a set for download. Read the rest

Epic DIY medieval castle playroom/bedroom built for grandkids

What an amazing DIY castle playroom-bedroom for some seriously lucky grandkids. Read the rest

'Ghost Apples' of ice form after freezing rain in Michigan [PHOTOS]

Aren't they beautiful? Here's how 'ghost apples' formed on this apple tree in West Michigan. Read the rest

Watch this craft brewery canning machine can some beer

There it goes, making little cans of adorable fizzy beverages! Read the rest

This Iowa bridge trail has a remarkable nighttime lighting effect

The High Trestle Trail Bridge in Madrid, Iowa is quite lovely by day, but at night it's even cooler, when a lighting effect makes a bike ride a futuristic journey into a vortex. Read the rest

The story of 'cool'

Etymology is fascinating! Follow the journey of the slang word "cool" from its early days to now in this whiteboard video by linguistics expert Arika Okrent.

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Crazy-cool vintage Aloha shirt: Tikis wearing Shriner fezzes

Check out this sweet mid-century Aloha shirt. It's got tikis wearing red Shriner fezzes. I bet it would have some stories to tell, if it could.

If you look closely at the fabric, you'll see the acronym of "aaonms." That stands for the "Ancient Arabic Order of the Nobles of the Mystic Shrine," the official name of the Shriners.

Looking this sharp comes with a price. This particular Hawaiian shirt, size unknown, is selling for $225 at Etsy shop vintagedame. An XXL one goes for $485 at the Hana Shirt Company. They report it is a "Hawaii Shriners Convention" shirt. Read the rest

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