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Kristen Bell Plays Mary Poppins Perfectly In Parody Video

Mary Poppins is not being paid nearly enough tuppence as the magical nanny for the Banks family, and has decided to quit. At least, that’s the premise of this Funny Or Die video starring my future wife Kristen Bell as Mary Poppins. Bell not only looks eerily similar to the famous Julie Andrews …

16 Easter Eggs Hidden in Apple Products

Apple designers and programmers have hidden some fun Easter eggs—you just need to know where to look.<p>1. PLAY MINI GAMES<p>You have the ability to play a …

How I Transformed Sewage Into Fresh Water [Video]

A little DIY distilling<p>Say the apocalypse happens tomorrow. The good news: You survive! No more credit card debt or miserable commutes. The bad news? Infrastructure has collapsed and there’s no clean drinking water. Most people can’t last a few days without it, so what we need is a reliable way to …

DIY

Hair Dryer Cooking: From S'mores To Crispy Duck

Have a hankering for s'mores but not near a fire? Grab your hair dryer. Credit: Morgan Walker/NPR<p>This past year, we've introduced you to some wacky cooking methods. We've made an entire lunch in a coffee maker and even poached salmon and pears in the dishwasher.<p>But a few weeks ago, we stumbled upon …

Radiation Physicist Beautifully Colorizes X-Ray Images of Nature

<b>Hanging Begonia, Chameleon</b><p>In late October, at the TEDx event in Groningen, Netherlands, one man stood on the stage and gave a fascinating talk about how his life's work had taken him on a journey to becoming an artist. Arie van't Riet studied radiation physics at Delft University of Technology and …

Painting

The Observer's 20 photographs of the week

The best photography in news, culture and sport from around the world this week

'Duck Dynasty' star used anti-gay comments in 2010 speech

"Duck Dynasty" family members say they are considering withdrawing from the series over A&E's suspension of patriarch Phil Robertson for anti-gay comments, joining many conservatives leaping to his defense.<p>Robertson, the patriarch of the backwater Louisiana clan on the reality show about hunting, …

Gramercy Tavern's Amazing Ice Cream Sandwich Doesn't Have Any Ice Cream

If you want to visit <b>Gramercy Tavern</b> during the holidays, there are two ways to go about it: 1) You can plan ahead and be prepared to drop some serious coin or 2) Visit Gramercy's really nice-but-more casual front room called the "Tavern" (isn't it all a Tavern?). It has its own menu of small …

7 Things You Need to Know About Made-From-Scratch Barbecue Rubs

Stumped on what to buy that barbecue fanatic on your holiday list? Why not skip the shopping madness entirely and make the gift yourself? You get to show off your creativity (and generous spirit), and you don't have to fight the mall crowds. The gift I have in mind is a made-from-scratch barbecue …

Easy Brownie-Ice Cream Cake Anyone Can Make

Everything in life should include a layer of brownie pieces.<p>The first thing you might be tempted to buy to save time are the ice creams, but that Ghirardelli brownie mix is pretty darn good, so don't discount it. If you only make one thing from scratch, let it be the chocolate sauce — this Magic …

Dessert

Google Glass: Surgery Tool Of The Future?

A surgeon transmitted the first Google Glass video of a live surgery to colleagues and med students across town.<p>We've been waiting for a while to figure out what practical uses will come out of Google Glass, besides, of course, making dudes look silly. And aha! A surgeon at The Ohio State …