The Way You’ve Been Cutting Cake Is Wrong. Here’s The Best Way To Do It.

Okay, I have some good news and some bad news. The bad news is: you’ve spent your entire life cutting cake the wrong way. The good news is: the right way, which you can learn how to do below, will help keep your cake from getting stale before you’re through enjoying it! Yes, author and mathematics expert Alex Bellos has found a better way and, in an act of generosity that’s deserving of a cake itself, he’s willing to share it with us.

Cake being cut the wrong way. Look familiar?

Cake being cut the right way.

Yep, from the center.

After the middle piece is gone, press the cake back together. This helps keep the inside unexposed and as fresh as it was on the day it was baked.

You may want to use a rubber band to keep the cake together.

Repeat until cake gone.

(H/T BuzzFeed) While you can thank Bellos for teaching us how to keep our cake fresh, the idea to cut the cake from the middle actually comes from a letter from Sir Francis Galton, an English explorer and anthropologist best known for his research in eugenics and human intelligence, to the editor of Nature magazine, which was published all the way back in 1906. Still unsure how to do it? Check out the video.

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These 30 Inventions Will Transform Your Kitchen Into Awesomeness. #14 Though… What The?

When you have extra money to burn, it’s difficult not to spend it on stuff that’s just… cool. Stores like Sky Mall and Brookstone are full of strange gadgets that you’d probably never use, but want just the same. Some of these strange (and sometimes costly) tools could come it handy. However, it’s doubtful you’d use them enough to justify their cost. These are some of the best kitchen gadgets out there that you would never find in your normal kitchen.

1.) Pacman: helping bakers the world over.

2.) Need to store knives and satisfy your need to stab people?

3.) Or want to freak out your guests?

4.) It’s hard to say what this does, but it looks painful.

5.) Separating egg yolks can be creepy…

6.) Or adorable!

7.) Give your toothpicks their very own form of transportation.

8.) Did you know that bananas are heat resistant?

9.) I don’t need no corn on no cobs.

10.) Feel like Wolverine with this finger fork.

11.) When cooking is like an awesome science experiment.

12.) Give your dinner guests nightmares with these gadgets.

13.) This creepy/adorable little guy will help you dice cherries.

14.) Evil robot … or coffee machine?

15.) Peeling potatoes is for fools.

16.) S’MORES!

17.) Cut pizza like a boss.

18.) Crispy microwave bacon? YES.

19.) This mixer tries to be cute, but it’s just evil.

20.) It’s hard to say what this is, aside from terrifying.

21.) Spinning your own fork to eat spaghetti is for losers.

22.) Make your own sauce at home… or grind up things for fun.

23.) Stop mixing like a caveman.

24.) Picking up the jug to pour it is archaic. Use this rocking thing instead.

25.) Want to serve drinks? Use something cool to do so, like this.

26.) Two words: Custom toast.

27.) Chop things like a cool kid.

28.) Save dem bananas.

29.) Crack nuts like Hilary Clinton

30.) Mr. Penguin helps steep your tea the appropriate amount of time.

Even if I’d only use these things once a year, it would be totally worth it to have it in my kitchen. Nothing impresses family and friends like custom toast designs (am I right?). Share these awesome inventions by clicking below!

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Those People Are Sleeping On A Grizzly? Wait. Nope, Just An Awesome Bean Bag.

No, these people aren’t lounging on an actual grizzly bear, but when you find out what it actually is, you’ll want to be sitting down.

The folks in the photos below are doing their best hibernation impressions on a bean bag chair. The Hong Kong-based CHIC SIN DESIGN company is not messing around when it comes to ursine furniture. If you love bears, bean bag chairs, or scary the daylight out of people who dare to interrupt your naps, then you’ll love this piece of furniture. Check it out!  

Okay, THAT’S not a real grizzly bear?

Are you sure?

Well, they must be.

Because everyone who lounging on it looks pretty relaxed.

It’s like learning from the master. Those bears sure know how to sleep.

Kids love it too.

How could they not? Bear or bean bag chair, that’s one cute cushion.

(via CHIC SIN DESIGN, H/T Neatorama)

One of the best things about this bean bag chair is that newcomers to your home will surely be afraid to steal your seat if you decided to get up from your sleeping bear. For more from CHIC SIN DESIGN, take a look at their Etsy shop and Facebook page.

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This Artist’s Sculptures Are Quite Disturbing. This is What Nightmares Look Like.

Monica Piloni is a Brazilian artist whose work might just be the creepiest thing you see all day. Piloni’s sculptures are visceral and shocking in the best sense of the words. Her art is on a whole new level, and she isn’t afraid to push the boundaries of what’s acceptable.

We put together a few of her best pieces for you to check out. Just wait until you get down to #9. It might give you nightmares.

    <p>1.) This piece from 2012 is called "&Oacute;pio," and it's really disturbing.</p>                                                        <img class="articleimg" src="http://images.viralnova.com/000/088/429/desktop-1414690370.jpg" width="650" alt="1.) This piece from 2012 is called &quot;&Oacute;pio,&quot; and it's really disturbing." />                                                                               <a class="social-share"><img src="/images/share.png" alt="share" /> </a>                                    <a href="#" class="facebook addthis_button_facebook" style="float:none"></a>                    <a href="#" class="twitter addthis_button_twitter"></a>                 <a href="#" class="pinterest addthis_button_pinterest_share"></a>                   <a href="#" class="addthis_button_google_plusone google"></a>                                                                                   <a href="http://asylum-art.tumblr.com/post/101251100745" target="_blank">Monica Piloni</a>                                              <p>2.) I'm pretty sure I've had nightmares that look like this.</p>                                                     <img class="articleimg" src="http://images.viralnova.com/000/088/427/desktop-1414690369.jpg" width="650" alt="2.) I'm pretty sure I've had nightmares that look like this." />                                                                              <a class="social-share"><img src="/images/share.png" alt="share" /> </a>                                    <a href="#" class="facebook addthis_button_facebook" style="float:none"></a>                    <a href="#" class="twitter addthis_button_twitter"></a>                 <a href="#" class="pinterest addthis_button_pinterest_share"></a>                   <a href="#" class="addthis_button_google_plusone google"></a>                                                                                   <a href="http://asylum-art.tumblr.com/post/101251100745" target="_blank">Monica Piloni</a>                                              <p>3.) What exactly is supposed to be happening here?</p>                                                       <img class="articleimg" src="http://images.viralnova.com/000/088/426/desktop-1414690369.jpg" width="650" alt="3.) What exactly is supposed to be happening here?" />                                                                                <a class="social-share"><img src="/images/share.png" alt="share" /> </a>                                    <a href="#" class="facebook addthis_button_facebook" style="float:none"></a>                    <a href="#" class="twitter addthis_button_twitter"></a>                 <a href="#" class="pinterest addthis_button_pinterest_share"></a>                   <a href="#" class="addthis_button_google_plusone google"></a>                                                                                   <a href="http://asylum-art.tumblr.com/post/101251100745" target="_blank">Monica Piloni</a>                                                          <p>4.) This piece also incorporates synthetic hair for that extra unsettling touch.</p>                                                     <img class="articleimg" src="http://images.viralnova.com/000/088/424/desktop-1414690368.jpg" width="650" alt="4.) This piece also incorporates synthetic hair for that extra unsettling touch." />                                                                              <a class="social-share"><img src="/images/share.png" alt="share" /> </a>                                    <a href="#" class="facebook addthis_button_facebook" style="float:none"></a>                    <a href="#" class="twitter addthis_button_twitter"></a>                 <a href="#" class="pinterest addthis_button_pinterest_share"></a>                   <a href="#" class="addthis_button_google_plusone google"></a>                                                                                   <a href="http://asylum-art.tumblr.com/post/101251100745" target="_blank">Monica Piloni</a>                                              <p>5.) This is a creation made of bronze from 2006 called "Casal."</p>                                                      <img class="articleimg" src="http://images.viralnova.com/000/088/428/desktop-1414690370.jpg" width="650" alt="5.) This is a creation made of bronze from 2006 called &quot;Casal.&quot;" />                                                                             <a class="social-share"><img src="/images/share.png" alt="share" /> </a>                                    <a href="#" class="facebook addthis_button_facebook" style="float:none"></a>                    <a href="#" class="twitter addthis_button_twitter"></a>                 <a href="#" class="pinterest addthis_button_pinterest_share"></a>                   <a href="#" class="addthis_button_google_plusone google"></a>                                                                                   <a href="http://asylum-art.tumblr.com/post/101251100745" target="_blank">Monica Piloni</a>                                              <p>6.) This is actually a collection of similar, smaller pieces called "Concave&amp;Convex."</p>                                                        <img class="articleimg" src="http://images.viralnova.com/000/088/422/desktop-1414690367.jpg" width="650" alt="6.) This is actually a collection of similar, smaller pieces called &quot;Concave&amp;Convex.&quot;" />                                                                               <a class="social-share"><img src="/images/share.png" alt="share" /> </a>                                    <a href="#" class="facebook addthis_button_facebook" style="float:none"></a>                    <a href="#" class="twitter addthis_button_twitter"></a>                 <a href="#" class="pinterest addthis_button_pinterest_share"></a>                   <a href="#" class="addthis_button_google_plusone google"></a>                                                                                   <a href="http://asylum-art.tumblr.com/post/101251100745" target="_blank">Monica Piloni</a>                                              <p>7.) Well ok...I wish I knew what to make of this one.</p>                                                        <img class="articleimg" src="http://images.viralnova.com/000/088/420/desktop-1414690366.jpg" width="650" alt="7.) Well ok...I wish I knew what to make of this one." />                                                                             <a class="social-share"><img src="/images/share.png" alt="share" /> </a>                                    <a href="#" class="facebook addthis_button_facebook" style="float:none"></a>                    <a href="#" class="twitter addthis_button_twitter"></a>                 <a href="#" class="pinterest addthis_button_pinterest_share"></a>                   <a href="#" class="addthis_button_google_plusone google"></a>                                                                                   <a href="http://asylum-art.tumblr.com/post/101251100745" target="_blank">Monica Piloni</a>                                                          <p>8.) I think this is suppose to be a human head served on some kind of platter. Great.</p>                                                        <img class="articleimg" src="http://images.viralnova.com/000/088/421/desktop-1414690366.jpg" width="650" alt="8.) I think this is suppose to be a human head served on some kind of platter. Great." />                                                                             <a class="social-share"><img src="/images/share.png" alt="share" /> </a>                                    <a href="#" class="facebook addthis_button_facebook" style="float:none"></a>                    <a href="#" class="twitter addthis_button_twitter"></a>                 <a href="#" class="pinterest addthis_button_pinterest_share"></a>                   <a href="#" class="addthis_button_google_plusone google"></a>                                                                                   <a href="http://asylum-art.tumblr.com/post/101251100745" target="_blank">Monica Piloni</a>                                              <p>9.) How about a chair shaped like the human body? This unsettling piece of furniture is called "Cadeira."</p>                                                        <img class="articleimg" src="http://images.viralnova.com/000/088/423/desktop-1414690367.jpg" width="650" alt="9.) How about a chair shaped like the human body? This unsettling piece of furniture is called &quot;Cadeira.&quot;" />                                                                               <a class="social-share"><img src="/images/share.png" alt="share" /> </a>                                    <a href="#" class="facebook addthis_button_facebook" style="float:none"></a>                    <a href="#" class="twitter addthis_button_twitter"></a>                 <a href="#" class="pinterest addthis_button_pinterest_share"></a>                   <a href="#" class="addthis_button_google_plusone google"></a>                                                                                   <a href="http://asylum-art.tumblr.com/post/101251100745" target="_blank">Monica Piloni</a>                                              <p>10.) The detail on the face of this one is amazing...and freaky.</p>                                                     <img class="articleimg" src="http://images.viralnova.com/000/088/425/desktop-1414690368.jpg" width="650" alt="10.) The detail on the face of this one is amazing...and freaky." />                                                                              <a class="social-share"><img src="/images/share.png" alt="share" /> </a>                                    <a href="#" class="facebook addthis_button_facebook" style="float:none"></a>                    <a href="#" class="twitter addthis_button_twitter"></a>                 <a href="#" class="pinterest addthis_button_pinterest_share"></a>                   <a href="#" class="addthis_button_google_plusone google"></a>                                                                                   <a href="http://asylum-art.tumblr.com/post/101251100745" target="_blank">Monica Piloni</a>                                      

I’m not sure whether I should be in awe or be scared. Regardless, you have to admit that Piloni does an amazing job of realizing her vision of art. For more from Monica Piloni, make sure to visit her website.

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Photographer Documents Stark Reality Of People Living In The Woods.

We all feel lonely sometimes, but no matter how bleak things in our lives might seem, we usually aren’t as bad off as we think. Most of us have a foundation of friends or family to help us in times of need, but that’s not the case for the subjects of these photographs.

Russian photographer Daninla Tkachenko sheds light on an isolated population who decided to shed civilization and society completely by living in the woods. With makeshift houses and tattered clothing, the vivid portraits paint a totally different perspective on life. Take a look.

(H/T: My Modern Met.)
You can find more of the Tkachenko’s powerful photography on her website and even purchase them in her book, Escape.

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You’ll Never Believe These Are Just Paintings. This Is Just Incredible.

This is the kind of work that will seriously make you second-guess what you’re seeing.

Gustavo Silva Nuñez is a hyperrealistic painter. He specializes in creating scenes of people floating, swimming, or even just sitting in water. The level of realism in his paintings is pretty darned amazing, but Nuñez likes to take his art a step further.

When he’s finished with his paintings, Nuñez poses with them to create an optical illusion of sorts. The result is that it looks like he’s actually interacting with the people on the canvass. It’s pretty amazing, and works because his paintings are so realistic. Just check them out. 

(Via: What An Art)

Amazing, and just in time for the end of summer. It almost feels like you’re diving into a pool yourself when you see these stunning images.

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Amazing Rube Goldberg Machine Powered By Light And Magnifying Glasses.

To advertise their new fiber optics Internet connection called hikari (which means light in Japanese), Japanese Internet provider au made this really cool ad featuring a Rube Goldberg machine that is powered by nothing but light and magnifying glasses…well and gravity too, of course.

A Rube Goldberg machine is an over-engineered contraption that is designed to perform a very simple task in a complicated way (usually using some kind of chain reaction). You could say that this epic creation works at the speed of light! Very impressive.

(Source: au on YouTube)

The sound design alone in that video was simply amazing. Put on some good headphones and listen to how wide the soundscape is. As an audiophile I was more impressed by that than the video, and that’s saying something because the video was insanely awesome.

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These Family Photo Recreations Are The Best Things You’ll See All Day. What is Going On In #20??

No one knows exactly where it started, but the internet is now teeming with pictures of people recreating their childhood photos as adults. There’s even an entire subreddit for it. While these recreations are usually funny and make great gifts for parents (hint hint), they can also sometimes be a bit creepy. Here are 30 childhood photo recreations showing the best of both worlds.

1.) Dad still looks good in this picture.

2.) Welp, that is certainly some family togetherness.

3.) First best friend.

4.) One for the Xmas cards.

5.) Brothers and sister. Those are some hairy legs.

6.) Spaghetti is still her favorite food.

7.) I wonder if those are the same shoes in both pictures.

8.) Ok, this one is a bit too creepy.

9.) Best wallpaper ever.

10.) Still together 50 years later (with the same car).

11.) Meeting Hulk Hogan again.

12.) They recreated their facial expressions perfectly.

13.) “Am I holding the baby the right way?”

14.) Kinda hard to recreate the Berlin Wall in your photos these days.

15.) Still on that kid diet of burgers and pizza.

16.) So close.

17.) Father and son 60 years apart.

18.) Looking fabulous at any age.

19.) “I got sand in my mouth again!”

20.) Still a badass.

21.) Umm what?

22.) BFFs over here.

23.) Getting comfy in the kitchen.

24.) Family truck photo.

25.) They even got the hand placement just right.

26.) It’s a little less charming as an adult.

27.) How did they fit into those buckets again?

28.) Dad is the calm center of the universe.

29.) “Check out these biceps bro.”

30.) Probably my favorite.

H/T: BoredPanda I think it’s time to get my siblings together for some recreations of our own. Share these photos by clicking below.

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Imagine Running Through The Woods When All Of A Sudden… WHOA! What’s This?

The Socrates Sculpture Park in New York hosts many wonderful works of art. Every year, there is a competition held and the park welcomes “proposals for large-scale projects and installations that explore contemporary interpretations of the architectural folly.” One of the most impressive pieces submitted to the annual folly competition, you won’t be able to see at first glance. That’s because it’s supposed to be invisible. A New York design company named STPMJ created the aptly named entry Invisible Barn. The project is a “visual illusion that blurs the perceptual boundary between the folly and the site, allows the folly to be disappeared and invisible in nature, reconstructing the landscape of the site.”

It would be made of wood and covered in mirror film, which makes the barn become one with nature, reflecting the surrounding trees.

STPMJ

From a distance, the building would be nearly invisible. But as you get closer, you can make out the shape of the barn and the different cut-outs in the wood.

STPMJ

What makes this piece SO beautiful is the fact that it reflects the trees, the season and the beauty of nature.

STPMJ

And nothing can top nature’s majesty.

STPMJ

(H/T My Modern Met) The annual folly competition is organized by the Socrates Sculpture Park and the Architectural League of New York. Even though nothing about the Invisible Barn is natural, it would blend into its surrounding so perfectly. Unfortunately, the barn was never built, but selected as a a notable entry of the competition. Share its incredible beauty with others.

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This May Be The Most Insane Piece Of Machinery Ever Made. Seriously, WOW.

Ships are supposed to float above the water. Right? Well not this one. It spends all of its time just below the water on purpose. Doing a job that we never expected. Because who knew you’d need something like this… until you do. Amazing.

A heavy-lift ship is a vessel designed to move very large loads that cannot be handled by normal ships.

This is the Blue Marlin, a semi-submerging vessels capable of lifting another ship out of the water and transporting it.

Like the USS Cole.

Or, say, a dozen other transport ships.

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