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Attaching A Scooter To A Carry-On Bag? If That’s Not Genius, What Is?

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It’s been out for a bit, so bear with us. But having seen the Micro Luggage Scootcase for the first time only recently, we were duly impressed and decided to write about it anyway. It’s a hard-shell, cabin-sized luggage with a built-in kickboard scooter! Running late to catch your next flight? Deploy the scooter, roll past everyone and arrive at your gate on time without even breaking a sweat. It’s genius.

It was developed by Micro, a Dutch scooter company, in conjunction with Samsonite over a period of 3 years (no word on why it would take 3 years to develop something like this), so you know you’re not getting some cheap piece of garbage. The scooter is non-detachable so if some overzealous TSA agent takes a power-trippy objection to it, you may have some problem. But we don’t think there’s any regulation against scooters in airports, is there? Better be sure, because as cool as this is, it’s not cheap: €299, or about $390.

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Beautiful Glitzy Sculptures Made By Moth-like Insects

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French artist Hubert Duprat is an exploitative type. Fortunately, he likes to exploit insects, and even more fortunately, he’s not really exploiting them at all. What he is doing however, is conning the Caddisfly to make some sculptures for him. This moth-like insect creates a protective silk case for its pupation state, from which it emerges with wings, like a butterfly. But it likes to decorate this case with things it finds in its environment. These are usually small rocks, sand, pieces of twigs, etc. Hubert used this behaviour and placed Caddisfly larvae in tanks that contained nothing but jewels: gold flakes, pearls, and precious stones. So obviously, the little Caddisfly had no choice but to do its thing with the materials at hand, and built Mr. Duprat some art, which he then displayed, presumably for profit.

There’s a bunch of talk about the artistry behind the work, and probably the meaning of it all. But we’re not going to lie, we don’t really care, we just saw this and thought: neat! So there you have it.

Hit the jump for links and a video of Hubert talking about this, and some insects working hard.

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This Retired LEGO Mold Made 120,000,000 Bricks

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There’s really not much more information on this aside from what’s in the headline. And is there really any need for more?

So let’s sample some of the top comments on the Imgur page on which it was found.

    “Now, he’s living in Boca Raton, got a nice condo, does some volunteer work and he goes Marlin fishing once a month.”
    “It shits bricks.”
    “After years of service finally it just Lego”
    “Pain factory!”

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Watch What Happens When You Forget The Hose Out In The Cold

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Spoiler: you get a lot of cylindrical ice.

You should still watch the video even though you know the plot twist, because it’s like those videos showing a bunch of clowns coming out of a Beetle; it’s just never ending.

And it’s being passed around online so we think it’s worth a quick look.

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Lifehack: Turn Your Hoodie Into A Popcorn Holder

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Wear your hoodie front-side-back and use the hood to hold popcorn right in front of your pie hole. You can also hold other things in there, like chips, or even burritos. Or pie. But we still think you should stick to popcorn, if only because it’s less likely to make a mess.

This is the kind of genius thing we wish we’d thought of ages ago, and which makes you wonder about just how many more such simple life tricks are around.

VIA [ LikeCool ]

House Of The Rising Sun Played On A Pair Of Tesla Coils

I’m home, bored on a Saturday evening, so here’s an oldie but goodie for those of you doing the same and stumbling upon a rare weekend OhGizmo! post in your Interweb meanderings. It’s The Animals’ House Of The Rising Sun played on a pair of Tesla coils. Yes, there’s sparks galore and yes it’s as awesome as it sounds.

As the YouTube comment says: “Dude. Science and sh#t.”

Enjoy.

Heavy Metal Hero: Fan-Made Iron Man Gauntlet Can Shoot Real Lasers

Have you ever felt so passionate about something that you just wanted to break out the tools and make something to that thing you’re so passionate about? Well, I never did, since I’m not really good with the DIY stuff, but Patrick Priebe is–and he’s showing the rest of the world just how awesome he is at it by making this Iron Man gauntlet.

The gauntlet isn’t all for show. It can actually shoot high-powered lasers that have the capacity to burn stuff (ouch!) and pop balloons. He didn’t do any tutorials or post any in-the-making images so you won’t be able to replicate this at home, unless you do so with your own resourcefulness and ingenuity.

Hit the break for a video of the gauntlet in action.

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WANT: Handmade Super Mario Belt

So this Etsy seller and leatherworker, Julia from Montreal, made an awesome belt for her brother that depicted the last level of Super Mario Bros. It’s intricate, delicately pressed and painted, and just looks great. She didn’t put it for sale on the shop, intending for it to be a present to her brother for his birthday. But then, the other brother in the family posted a picture of it to Reddit, where of course it was a hit. So overwhelming was the demand that Julia decided to make new ones like it available on her shop. You can now own the very same belt, or any other depicting similar levels, either in SMB or other side scroller with reasonable proportions. It’s a long process and each belt is handmade, so of course the price is high. She estimates it to be around $395 per belt, but she’ll have a better idea in the first weeks of January and will adjust her price accordingly then. Still, won’t be cheap, but sure as heck is cool.

Hit the jump for a couple more pictures and links.

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Mind Blown: New Species Of Spider Builds A Decoy Of Itself

If you were a spider, with a tiny brain, would you know what you look like? In “damn this is scary” news, a scientist has discovered a potential new species of spider in Peru that creates a decoy of itself, places it on its web, and even wiggles its legs around to make it look alive. Best of all: it’s got eight legs, as spiders should. It’s an anatomically reproduction of itself, one which is made from dead insects, debris and leaves. Discovered by biologist and science educator Phil Torres in the Peruvian amazon, it is thought that the spider could belong to the genus of spiders called Cyclosa. These have been observed in the past building similar decoys, but none that are anatomically correct and certainly none that shake the web to mimic movement. It’s believed they make them to confuse and perhaps scare away their prey. Certainly in this new case, the decoy was much larger than the spider that built it, perhaps with the goal of making prey think that the spider that lives there is larger than it really is.

Torres, fascinated by the find, contacted “arachnologist Linda Rayor of Cornell University who confirmed the find was unusual.” Final confirmation of whether this is a completely new species, or just new previously-unreported behavior from Cyclosa, will require close anatomical observation. Since Torres didn’t have the required permits to take a sample, this will have to wait until January, when he plans to return.

[ Wired ] VIA [ Geekosystem ]