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Take a virtual hipster vacation to Iceland with this time-lapse photography

What do you get when you condense 40,000 gorgeous time-lapse photos of Iceland into a three-minute video? A moody, atmospheric trip to the hipster vacation destination du jour, only without the costly plane ticket and carbon emissions.

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SPCA promotes pet condoms for when Fido’s in heat

Have you talked to your cat about sex? Because maybe you should. In fact, the SPCA of San Francisco thinks you should stock up on pet condoms before Fluffy goes into heat.

No glove, no puppy love.
PetCondoms.org
No glove, no puppy love.

The organization launched petcondoms.org to make sure you put a rubber on Rover spread awareness about spaying and neutering. Alas, the pet condoms are not actually being produced -- they're just a consciousness-raising tool. But the site has a valuable message, and it's hilarious. It mimics what you’d see on Planned Parenthood or Cosmo, with headlines like “How to Put On a Pet Condom” and this, the best one ever:

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Bread perfume “Eau de Toast” is making us hungry

I love it when you get crumbs in the sheets.
Bakers Federation
I love it when you get crumbs in the sheets.

Mmm, fresh bread. If only we all smelled that good. Well, if you attended London Fashion Week, YOU CAN:

For London Fashion Week, the Federation of Bakers offered a limited edition scent called Eau de Toast “to challenge the fashion for bread-free diets” and “to remind women who skip breakfast just what they’re missing out on.” Sample bottles of perfume were offered online but have now sold out.

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Gross alert: This guy has eaten only raw meat for the past five years

Derek Nance
Vice
Derek Nance.

If you slide waaaay down from the Paleo diet on the weird scale, you find Derek Nance. Dude’s been solely subsisting on raw meat for almost six years and, according to Vice, has “never been healthier”:

Five years ago, Derek had some mystery illness that killed his appetite and brought up anything he ate. The doctors suspected it was an allergy thing so Derek changed his diet.

He went gluten-free and dairy-free, ate only fish and veggies, and even went vegan. Nothing helped.

Finally a guy who’d had similar symptoms recommended a carnivorous version of the Palaeolithic diet. With nothing to lose, Derek gave raw meat a try. That was five years ago and he now goes so far as to brush his teeth with animal fat.

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Hate eating? Join the DIY Soylent community and make your own nutritional mush

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Soylent.me

We’ve all been there: You’re exhausted and starving, but you don’t wanna cook. For some, that means making nachos from stale chips and spray cheez. But for a growing online community, it means a glass of homemade Soylent.

If you’re behind on liquid-food trends, Soylent is the people-free creation of Rob Rhinehart, a software engineer (of course) who wanted to make a nutritious, inexpensive meal replacement powder. “Rhinehart says he’s lived off Soylent for months,” writes The Verge. It’s been touted as everything from a fast, cheap, and easy way to feed yourself to (get your side-eye ready) a solution to world hunger.

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SeaWorld is working on inventing killer whale treadmills

Now do 50 pushups.
Cindy Schultz
Now do 50 pushups.

Update: KSB told us that although they created 3D simulations for SeaWorld, "SeaWorld has not built the treadmill and isn’t planning on doing so."

Poor SeaWorld. Its biggest killer whale killed three people, and that became the subject of a documentary, as if animal rights activists weren’t unhappy enough already. To stir up some good press, someone decided the whale version of a hamster wheel might be a good idea. According to theme park site Mice Chat:

SeaWorld has been working with KSB Pumps, which normally builds attractions for Surf Parks, to potentially construct what they are calling a Killer Whale Treadmill. Feasibility studies and 3D modeling were conducted for a device which would create water flow speeds up to 30 miles per hour, essentially simulating the sensation of endless swimming.

Two reactions: “This is bullshit” and “Hey, that’s kind of a nice way to give whales more exercise.” The blog Earth in Transition quotes David Kirby to explain why you might feel conflicted, if you care about whales:

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These sea sponges look just like a Muppet

Life imitates art -- at least if Sesame Street counts as art -- in this bizarre trio of sea sponges, which fused together to form the spitting image of Cookie Monster:

ME WANT COOKIE.
Mauricio Handler
ME WANT COOKIE.

How this happen? The L.A. Times explains:

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This cardboard stool could be the last seating you ever buy

stooldio

Remember the stool boom we were promised in Waiting for Guffman? The one that would make you hock your jewels and use the money for stools? It’s finally here (maybe).

Mangosteen Lab has invented the Stooldio, an eco-friendly, recyclable, chemical-free stool that its inventors claim could last a century. JUST THINK: It could be the last stool your bum ever rests on. It’s made of super-strong cardboard -- specifically, high density, corrugated fiberboard. That doesn’t SOUND very strong, but somehow it manages to hold up a truck (see 1:19):

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The week in GIFs: Smelly farts and smelly air

Maybe just don't breathe for a while. (Last week: disgusting beverages.)

Cow farts are stinking up the climate:

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Wish Katy Perry sang about insects? You’re in luck

If you’ve ever heard Katy Perry sing, “Baby, you’re a firework!” and thought, “Um, NO, I am clearly not a firework, I am a LARGE BUG,” has zoologist Lucas Miller got a song for YOU:

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