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Today we learned that the reindeer in Finland are magical creatures with luminous antlers. We’re still waiting on confirmation that they can also fly.

Okay, maybe not, but the truth is still pretty awesome. The Finnish Reindeer Herders’ Association is testing a reflective spray on the antlers of 20 reindeer in hopes of preventing their caribou from being struck by motorists at night. Roughly 200,000 reindeer roam the wilds of Lapland. So far reflective tape and road signs have been ineffective in preventing the road deaths of thousands of the animals, so the herders are hoping this spray will be much more effective.

But first they have to see how the animals react to it and find out if it can withstand the harsh Arctic climate. Produced by Swedish company Albedo 100, it’s made of transparent glue and “reflective microspheres”.

"The goal is specifically to prevent road accidents, "Anne Ollila, the association’s executive director, told YLE, the country’s public broadcaster. “The spray is being tried on their fur, but it is maybe more effective on their antlers because the reflection can be seen in every direction.”

We hope it this radiant experiment is a success. Or, failing that, that the reindeer really do learn how to fly.

[via Chris Hauk, CKOM and Strombo]

Finnish photographer Vesa Lehtimäki, aka Avanaut, used LEGO bricks, minifigs, baking powder and a masterful ability to manipulate perspective in order to create an awesome series of Star Wars scenes that appear to take place on the snowy planet Hoth.

Head over to the Avanaut Flickr stream to check out many more of Vesa Lehtimäki’s geekstastic series of Star Wars scenes depicted using LEGO pieces.

[via Laughing Squid]

"Soon the hunt will begin."
We’re no strangers to great cosplay here at the Geyser of Awesome and this incredible Female Predator has got to be one of the best we’ve seen yet. It’s all the work of Finnish cosplayer Noora Nevalainen, who, with the exception of the leggings, made this entire jaw-droppingly awesome costume by hand:

"I made the mask from upholstery foam, liquid latex and acrylic paints. Most of the leather parts are made by my dear dad, all leather is real second hand leather. Animal skull is a fox skull I found from a forest, and collar bones are ordinary chicken bones."

Noora won first place for her fearsome costume at Ropecon XX, Finland’s massive annual role-playing convention.
Photos by Marko Saari.
[via Obvious Winner]

"Soon the hunt will begin."

We’re no strangers to great cosplay here at the Geyser of Awesome and this incredible Female Predator has got to be one of the best we’ve seen yet. It’s all the work of Finnish cosplayer Noora Nevalainen, who, with the exception of the leggings, made this entire jaw-droppingly awesome costume by hand:

"I made the mask from upholstery foam, liquid latex and acrylic paints. Most of the leather parts are made by my dear dad, all leather is real second hand leather. Animal skull is a fox skull I found from a forest, and collar bones are ordinary chicken bones."

Noora won first place for her fearsome costume at Ropecon XX, Finland’s massive annual role-playing convention.

Photos by Marko Saari.

[via Obvious Winner]

Finnish artist Jonna Pohjalainen first got the awesome idea for turning long aspen logs into giant colour pencils during an environmental art workshop in Pedvale, Latvia. 

She arrived there supply-less, but with an open mind. Every day, she would sit quietly, taking in the rural landscape, sharpening her pencils and watching the sunset. It was during those quiet moments that she got the brilliant idea to transform the gray aspen logs that surrounded her into gigantic color pencils.”

What a wonderfully playful idea. We’ll never look at skinny trees the same way again.

[via My Modern Metropolis and Mr. Kate]

This awesome video, entitled Fishing Under Ice, was filmed underwater at Saarijärvi in Vaala, Finland, where the stars stood upside-down on the underwater surface of the ice and mimicked fishing while cleverly using air in place of water. Watch the video and you’ll see what we mean. 

According to a commenter on reddit, the divers were able to do this by wearing drysuits, which are insulated with air. That way their buoyancy became the analogue to gravity and they just oriented themselves to stand on the ice.

The video is absolutely beautiful and it feels as though you’re watching something taking place on a different world, particularly when you see their exhalations fall downwards. They clearly had a lot of fun filming this. 

[via Geekosystem]

From the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders comes this impressive geological formation - an enormous rock perfectly balanced atop a smooth mound. Located deep inside the forests of Finland, the balancing rock is called Kummakivi:

"There is still no scientific explanation for how the rock, whose given name translates as ‘strange rock’ in Finnish, has wound up in such a perplexing position."

However it happened, it’s a pretty awesome sight. But we don’t recommend standing under it for too long.

[via My Modern Metropolis]