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Colorful Handmade Beverage Glassware Featuring Etched and Painted Tentacles Grabbing the Glasses From Below

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Embracing Tentacles Pint Glasses
Embracing Tentacles Pint Glass Gift Set

Tucson, Arizona-based artist and designer Jeffrey Woods of Woodeye Studios has created a beautiful collection of colorful handmade beverage glassware that features etched and painted tentacles grabbing the wide range of glasses from below. Pint glasses, double and espresso shot glasses, and cocktail shakers are available to purchase, with various color and text options, from the woodeyeglass Etsy store.

Embracing Tentacles Shot Glasses
Embracing Tentacles Double Shot Glasses

Embracing Tentacles Espresso Shot Glass
Embracing Tentacles Espresso Shot Glass

Tentacle Cocktail Shaker
Embracing Tentacles Cocktail Shaker

images via woodeyeglass

via That’s Nerdalicious

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‘Game of Thrones’ Actor Hafthor Bjornsson Wins Europe’s Strongest Man Contest for the Second Year in a Row

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Former Iceland basketball player and strongman competitor Hafthor “Thor” Bjornsson, known for playing the part of Gregor Clegane (a.k.a. “The Mountain”) on Game of Thrones, recently defended his Europe’s Strongest Man competition title for the second year in a row. Bjornsson also set a personal best during the contest on the deadlift by pulling up an amazing 991 pounds. That’s quite a lot of weight for a six-foot, nine-inch tall giant to lift.

450g Deadlift

top image via Hafthor Bjornsson

via reddit

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Woodworking Engineer Creates An Endless Moving Set of Wooden Stairs for His Toy Slinky

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Slinky Escalator

Canadian woodworking engineer Matthias Wandel recently built a wonderfully fun hand-cranked moving set of wooden stairs to create an escalator for his toy Slinky. While Wandel did all of the work, he admitted that this started out as someone else’s idea.

This project started with some idle chatter with some guys I used to work with. Eric had this idea for a “slinky machine”, which would essentially become an escalator on which a slinky continuously descends. Years passed and I occasionally teased Eric about it. Eventually, I figured he’d never build it and it was fair game for me to do it.

Once finished, Wandel demonstrated the Slinky was able to perform 140 successful steps in a row.

Slinky Escalator

Slinky Escalator

images via Woodgears

via reddit

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Underwater Videographer Discovers a Enormous Floating Ball of Squid Eggs off the Mediterranean Coast of Turkey

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While diving off the Mediterranean coast of Fethiye, Turkey, underwater photographer and videographer Lutfu Tanriover of Derin Underwater Film discovered an enormous gelatinous mass that he named “The Thing“. Tanriover filmed the mass, set the footage to ethereal music by the band 2002 and created a stunningly beautiful video which he then posted social media. One commenter mentioned that Dr. Mike Vecchione, the Director of the NOAA Fisheries National Systematics Laboratory, had recognized the mass as a “ommastrephid squid egg case” that was “one of the largest he’d seen” in an interview with Deep Sea News.

Dr. Vecchione is an expert on squid, and to him this giant sphere looks like a huge squid egg mass, and it’s the largest he’s ever seen. In fact, egg masses like this may be floating off many major coasts, not just Turkey’s. But what kind of squid, specifically, could produce a mass this big? Dr. Vecchione best guess? A large red flying squid named Ommastrephes bartramii. These animal can grow to around 1.5 meters (~5 feet) in length. As their name suggests, red flying squid can fly, or rather glide, by jetting out of the water and flattening their tentacles and fins to make “wings”. They’ve also got arms packed with suckers complete with “teeth”

via Deep Sea News, The Kid Should See This