For the past two years we’ve shared the awesome Easter Egg Trees created by German pensioner Volker Kraft and family in Saalfeld, Germany. In keeping with the tradition he started back in 1965, this year’s tree is the most splendid yet, featuring the family’s ever-growing collection of beautifully hand-painted blown eggs, which now numbers 10,000 . That many eggs means that, depending on the weather, the family begins hanging them up between late February and late March. The spectacular tree attracts thousands of visitors each year, some of whom bring their own hand-decorate eggs to donate to the collection. After Easter the eggs are carefully removed, before the leaves grow on the tree, and then stored in cartons for next year.

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After breaking a bone and getting stuck with an itchy cast for six weeks, some people make the best of it by decorating that cast. mental_floss assembled a great collection of examples of people turning an unfortunate occurrence into an awesome opportunity for self-expression.

Nicholas Frausto decorated his mother’s cast with Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night. Artist Zak Kinsella used the Doctor’s TARDIS to transform his friend Laura Keeney’s cast into one capable of traveling through time and space. J. Giz Patterson used spray paint, paint pens and metal spikes to turn his cast into a punked out x-ray. And, perhaps best of all, Katie of Love Paper Paint helped turn her injured son into his Iron Man, his favourite superhero.

Visit mental_floss to check out more fantastically decorated casts.

Here’s another great way to celebrate International Bacon Day: cover your car in mouthwatering bacon graphics. Ford Motor Company just announced that they’re offering custom bacon graphics for the 2014 Ford Fiesta. Wrap your car in 12 succulent rashers of bacon or just add a few slick bacon racing strips or side strips. If those options feel a bit ostentatious for your taste, you can also order mini strips as a subtler way to tout your love of cured pork. Mmm… Bacon.

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What a lovely princess of kitsch! This awesome Kentucky Derby Hat, sporting not one, but two fabulous pink flamingos and wreathed in huge roses was photographed by Jeff Haynes.
The folks over at Buzzfeed assembled a great collection of outrageous Kentucky Derby headgear. This one was our favourite. Click here to view the rest.
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What a lovely princess of kitsch! This awesome Kentucky Derby Hat, sporting not one, but two fabulous pink flamingos and wreathed in huge roses was photographed by Jeff Haynes.

The folks over at Buzzfeed assembled a great collection of outrageous Kentucky Derby headgear. This one was our favourite. Click here to view the rest.

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If you ask us (and we’re so glad you did), there’s no such thing as a home decked out with too many tentacles. The “Octo-Labra" and the Octopus Punch Bowl, both offered by The Source Collection, seem like they would add the sort of of high-end natural elegance that you just can’t get by asking a live octopus to hold your candles or your punch. We know they’re intelligent creatures, but that doesn’t mean we’d trust them not to wander off with our lights and beverages. In fact, they might actually do it on purpose just to save themselves a trip to the store.

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For a series entitled Bottom Feeders, New York-based ceramic artist Mary O’Malley created a variety of wonderful porcelain teacups, saucers, teapots, and vases adorned with and inhabited by a variety of “porcelain crustaceans.” Mary’s pieces don’t appear to be made by hand. Instead  they look as though they spent ages on the ocean floor where they were overtaken and inhabited by all sorts of undersea creatures before being brought to the surface for display.

If you head over to Mary O’Malley Etsy shop you’ll find many original pieces from the Bottom Feeders series available for purchase. They’re perfect for your next underwater-themed high tea or a meeting of your local Lovecraftian cult book club.

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Someone played a cruel trick on the Easter Bunny. He thought he was decorating a big, beautiful egg. It’s a perfectly harmless thing for a bunny to do. That is, assuming the egg wasn’t laid by a Xenomorph. A good day for a freshly hatched facehugger is a bad day for pretty much anyone else.
We aren’t sure who created this gruesome Easter masterpiece. If you know who is responsible for producing such awesomeness, please let us know.
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Someone played a cruel trick on the Easter Bunny. He thought he was decorating a big, beautiful egg. It’s a perfectly harmless thing for a bunny to do. That is, assuming the egg wasn’t laid by a Xenomorph. A good day for a freshly hatched facehugger is a bad day for pretty much anyone else.

We aren’t sure who created this gruesome Easter masterpiece. If you know who is responsible for producing such awesomeness, please let us know.

[via The Huffington Post]

Last year we featured Christa and Volker Kraft’s incredibly awesome tradition of decorating a tree in their garden in Saalfeld, Germany with 10,000 Easter eggs.

The couple has been decorating their tree in this fashion for over 40 years now and, as you can see in the photos above, this year the Easter tree is looking more splendid than ever. 

Photos by Jens Meyer

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