Today the Department of Phenomenally Fancy Antennae found its new mascot: this amazing little male beetle from the family Phengodidae, also known as glowworm beetles. Their larvae are known as glowworms. Male glowworm beetles use their fancy-schmancy, feather-like antennae to detect and follow pheromones produced by female beetles.
This extravagant creature was found and photographed by Project Noah contributor LuisaMarinaLópezArias in Manizales, Caldas, Colombia.
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Today the Department of Phenomenally Fancy Antennae found its new mascot: this amazing little male beetle from the family Phengodidae, also known as glowworm beetles. Their larvae are known as glowworms. Male glowworm beetles use their fancy-schmancy, feather-like antennae to detect and follow pheromones produced by female beetles.

This extravagant creature was found and photographed by Project Noah contributor LuisaMarinaLópezArias in Manizales, Caldas, Colombia.

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Meet Kiba The Cosplaying Corgi! Since cosplay is already awesome, our scientific calculations have determined that this adorable cosplaying Pembroke Welsh Corgi is Super Awesome. When Kiba lives in Peoria, AZ-based and when he isn’t charming fellow cosplayers, he likes to play, bark and work as a therapy dog.

Visit Kiba’s Facebook page for many more photos.

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Last month we shared a fantastic Cyberman Cake created by Welsh bespoke bakery Happy Occasions Cakes. Just in time for the triumphant return of the Doctor, Happy Occasions is back with to challenge our Whovian survival instinct anew with this terrifyingly awesome Dalek cake, complete with a light-up eyestalk and illuminated base. It’s sure to exterminate your appetite and, if you keep on eating, perhaps blast a few cavities into your teeth as well.

Visit the Happy Occasions Cakes Facebook Page to check out more of their amazing custom cakes.

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New York City-based artist Zoë Williams creates awesomely strange felted wool sculptures of spectral creatures that look like species you’d encounter if you were magically dropped into one of Hayao Miyazaki's films such as Spirited Away or Princess Mononoke. Most of Williams’ sculptures are created using white wool, which heightens their otherworldly feel. She speaks to this on her website with an apposite quotation from Melleville’s Moby Dick:

"Symbolize whatever grand or gracious thing he will by whiteness, no man can deny that in its profoundest idealized significance it calls up a peculiar apparition to the soul."

Williams has been creating her singular sculptures for over seven years now, so the pieces pictured here barely scratch the surface of her unearthly oeuvre. Be sure to visit Zoë Williams’ website, Flickr page or Instagram account to check out more of her fantastic felt creatures. Although most of her work is shown in gallery exhibitions, she also has an Etsy shop where she sometimes makes her pieces available for purchase.

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Less talk, more awesome monkey selfies!

A few years ago we featured an unforgettable photo of a Black-crested macaque in in North Sulawesi, Indonesia who snapped her very own beaming self-portrait using photographer David Slater’s camera.

Shapeways member Pete Rossdale just created this fantastic 3D-printed sandstone sculpture based on the famous monkey selfie. Available here.

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In Japan you can enjoy your favorite anime, cartoon and video game characters as more than simply visual entertainment. They’re also available as sweet treats. These kawaii confections are a form of wagashi (和菓子) called nerikiri (練り切り). Made from white bean paste and rice-based dough, nerikiri are often tinted and molded similar to how marzipan is prepared in Western desserts.

These pop culture-inspired nerikiri were all made by Japanese Twitter user Otakumi at a wagashi shop called Kuramoto Hinode, which is located in the Tokushima Prefecture of Japan’s Shikoku island.

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You can also try your hand at making your very own nerikiri. Click here for the recipe.

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We’ve all become locked into staring contests with these awesome paintings by Taiwanese artist Chang Chia-Ying. Really, we can’t look away.

"Her Russian doll-like portraits of animals and chubby children stare into the distance with hollow, glazed over expressions on their faces. Likewise, the viewer is invited to look through them; their torsos are a window into an alternate reality. They are surrounded by mysterious fairytale gardens, inspired by the cartoons Chia-Ying watched as a child."

Less talk, more staring contests with mesmerizing painted monkeys! You may need to come help us look away or at least bring over some snacks and join in. If enough of us stare back at these beguiling characters, one of them is sure to blink soon. Right?

Visit Chang Chia-Ying’s website to check out more of her dreamy, hypnotic paintings.

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Million Dollar Idea Napkin Sketchbook - The best ideas are written on cocktail napkins at the end of an evening, so why not write all your ideas on napkins? This Million Dollar Idea Napkin Sketchbook will increase the chances of your big idea turning profits and, as an added bonus, your business plan will be absorbent. Each 5-1/8” x 4-3/4” sketchbook is filled with thirty blank napkins (120 pages) for you to jot down product ideas or invent the next big social media network (or both).

Buy one here

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Cammi Upton is an artist and self-proclaimed “cryptofluffologist” who creates awesomely detailed hand-embroidered movie monsters. Her process is incredibly painstaking, but the fantastically ghastly results she achieves groan growl howl speak for themselves.

I start by blocking out the piece in a few different colors of felt and then I cover the entire piece in stitches with sewing and embroidery thread. It’s an extremely time consuming process since I do it all by hand. I bring them with me everywhere in the hopes that I’ll get a chance to work on them!

Head over to Cammi Upton’s website or follow her Instagram account to check out more of her monstrous art and other works of Cryptofluff.

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Since 2010 New York City-based photographer Sophie Gamand has been using her photography to explore the unique relationship between dogs and people. For an ongoing series entitled Dog Pageant Gamand has been documenting the lives of New York’s “Doggie Moms,” women and men alike who own small dogs and “the dog-oriented events that their lives revolve around.”

The “Doggie moms” are women (and sometimes men) carrying dressed up toy dogs in purses everywhere they go. Through their dogs, they meet regularly, often for animal-related charity events, and for each occasion have their dog wear hundreds of dollars in bedazzled outfits. Pet fashion designers and Pet stylists have emerged, to provide this crowd with always more garments and accessories. It is a thriving business where designers compete, and the Doggie Moms, sometimes acting like Stage Moms, would do anything to see their dogs in the spotlight. Many of these dogs even have their own Facebook page.

In 2013 New York City began hosting an annual charity dog beauty pageant, The NYC Doggies and Tiaras Pageant. The canine contestants compete categories such as talent, active wear and evening wear while attendants raise money for animal charities. That’s where Sophie Gamand took these fabulous portraits of the glamorous dogs and their devoted humans.

Visit Sophie Gamand’s website and Instagram account to check out more of her captivating canine photos, including more photos from her Dog Pageant series.

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