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The History of Whistling

In their latest three-minute medley, cdza (short for Collective Cadenza) pays tribute to the art of whistling.

While the other band members, Evan Shinners and Michael Thurber, play the keys and strings, Eric Rivera whistles through 26 songs, starting off in early 1914 with Lieutenant F. J. Ricketts’ popular marching tune. Other highlights along the way include Ennio Morricone’s “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, The Bangles’ 1986 hit “Walk Like An Egyptian”, and Foster The People’s “Pumped Up Kicks”.

Have a listen to the History of Whistling over the past 98 years.

Find the full set list after the jump.

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Cartoon Character Skeletons

South Korean artist Hyungkoo Lee (may have forgotten to pay his hosting fees) assumes the roles of an osteologist in his series of sculptures where he imagines what may lie beneath the skins of famous cartoon characters.

In Animatus, Lee uses a combination of real animal bones and synthetic ones to create anatomical structures of Bugs Bunny, Donald Duck, Goofy, Roadrunner, Wile E. Coyote, and others. The skeletal remains of the characters are surprisingly easy to identify, have a look at them after the jump.

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Melvin the Travelling Rube Goldberg Machine

While it may not be as complex as some other Rube Goldberg machines, Melvin the Mini Machine is at least portable.

Created by Eindhoven design studio HEYHEYHEY, Melvin extends across two suitcases and was built to rubber-stamp a friendly message onto a postcard and affix a postage stamp so that the postcard is ready to send. Watch as Melvin uses a bow a tie, a smoking pipe, a mouse trap, a choo choo train, and ever so tiny porcelain clogs to make the simple task necessarily complex and thoroughly amusing.

[via This is Colossal]

This Aperture Sentry Turret Wishes it Were a Core

It’s a thankless job being a sentry at the Aperture Science facility. One such turret wants a better life and uses its strangely melodic voice to express its dreams. Have a listen as it sings in the style of Beyoncé in If I Were A Core.

The music video was created by Portal fan and graphics designer Harry Callaghan. His other musical experiments include a witty introduction to Aperture and a song by everyone’s favorite personality core, Wheatley. See those two music videos after the jump.

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Avengers Eye Shadow Art is Marvellous

Just like Katie Alves, Jangsara has a deft hand when it comes to applying eye shadow. With Joss Whedon’s rollicking superhero blockbuster The Avengers fresh in her mind, the makeup artist from Finland applies eye shadow using the basic colours of each character’s costume. Have a look at her minimalist Avengers eye makeup after the jump.

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Just How Small is an Atom?

The interactive Scale of the Universe shows us how minuscule and gargantuan elements in our universe can be. We know that atoms, the basic unit of matter, are small but just how small are we talking about?

Scientist and teacher Jonathan Bergmann answers that question in this quick animated chemistry lesson using blueberries, grapefruits, and football stadiums as metaphors.

You can find many more educational videos at TED-Ed.

[via @blahsum]

Go Right: A Moving Tribute to 2D Platform Games

In this wonderful montage, YouTuber user RockyPlanetesimal captured footage from a slew of 2D side-scrolling platform games from past and present. Accompanied by “A Wild and Distant Shore” by Michael Nyman, Go Right pays homage to that old video gaming trope, when all else fails, go right.

[via Ufunk]

The Winners of Our CS:GO Giveaway Are…

We’ve received many brave soldiers volunteers. We thank you for the sacrifice you are about to make. But, sadly, only three brave souls will be going on the mission. The Randomizer.org has spoken, and our victims winners are:

Wayne Bossenger

Ruann Swart

Chris Rojo

Congratulations! Your commanding officer will be in touch shortly to issue you with your weapons, cyanide pills, and mission dossiers. Thanks go, once again, to MWEB GameZone for the prizes! Hooah!

Dazzling Eye Shadow Panoramas

You may remember Paige Thompson’s cute animal-ipsticks. Artist Katie Alves from Canada also paints her face but in a more dazzling fashion. Using her eyelids as the canvas, she paints a panorama that stretches from one eyelid to the other.

From glimpses of the Cheshire Cat to the road of yellow brick to carpets flying across the desert, Alves captures the essence of a variety of movies (mostly Disney). Have a look her eye shadow panoramas after the jump.

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We Review: StarDrone Extreme

Hot on the heels of StarDrone for the PS3, indie developers Alexey Menshikov of Beatshapers and Andriy Sharanevych from Orb Games bring their colourful top-down physics puzzler to the PS Vita. Does StarDrone Extreme play to the strengths of the handheld console? Or is it just another watered down version? Let’s find out.

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