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10 Awesomely Geeky Birthday Cakes

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1. Dungeons and Dragons

Get your 20-sided dice ready because this massive cake is a feat of artistic cake magic. It was made for a birthday boy that plays in a group of D&D fanatics. The edible sculpture was created by Mike’s Amazing Cakes. If you have time, be sure to check out their website as well, because their gallery is, indeed, awesome.

2. World of Warcraft

Speaking of geektastic cakes based on role playing games, this Horde World of Warcraft cake may not look quite as professional as the D&D cake, but the details on the shield, particularly the wood grain, are pretty impressive nonetheless. From what I can gather, the creator, who made it for her boyfriend’s birthday, only does this as a hobby, not a job. It sounds like she might want to consider changing careers to do this for a living.

3. Super Mario

Here’s another amazing video game cake, starring everyone’s favorite plumber, Mario. This link is definitely worth a look, as the creator, Su Yin, actually details all the work that went into planning and creating the cake, including a step-by-step photo gallery. The work involved in a project like this is pretty incredible.

4. Zombie Girl

I don’t know what’s cooler, the fantastic zombie girl on this cake or the eight-year-old little girl that requested it. While the cake is pretty amazing, made by Barbarann Garrard from rice cereal treats and fondant, how cool is it that a girl that age would prefer a cake showing something crawling from the grave instead of a pony or Barbie?

5. Tom Selleck

What’s scarier than a little girl obsessed with zombies? Naked Tom Selleck. I have to respect the artist who created this bit of wonderment though, it’s pretty cool that she was able to make Mr. Selleck resemble a hunky Disney prince.

6. Indiana Jones

The only things missing from this great golden idol cake by Clever Cake Studio are an Indiana Jones Ken doll and a giant marzipan boulder. Even so, the fact that you can actually switch out the bag for the golden idol allows you to play the role of Doctor Jones without having to worry about death by rock.

7. Dalek

While any Dalek cake would be cool in my book, it’s a whole new level of awesome when you find one that’s over two feet tall and 44 pounds. If you eat it all at once, you’re sure to help the Dalek meet its primary goal to “exterminate!” The site has an incredibly detailed look at the cake’s construction if you’re interested in knowing how something so awesome was actually created.

8. R2-KT

Of course, you can’t talk about geeky anything without mentioning Star Wars. This amazingly realistic R2-KT cake by Mark Joseph Cakes features a ton of cake surrounded by fondant and its legs are made from rice cereal treats.  This site details the creation process, which is pretty intense thanks to the detailed paint job and assembly process.

9. Yoda

This Yoda cake is so realistic that I would be afraid to cut it for fear of suddenly being stunned by the force and beaten up by the little green man. The cake was created by Debbie Goard of Debbie Does Cakes for a seven-year-old’s birthday party. This has to be one of the most delicious of all the cakes here, as his head is made from rice treats, while the body features strawberry cake with Barvarian custard filling.

10. Storm Trooper On The Toilet

What’s nerdier than a regular Star Wars cake? One that also features bathroom humor.  While it makes sense that this was made for a six-year-old, there’s no doubt that many internet geeks will get even more pleasure out of the idea of a stormtrooper going to the bathroom than the child the cake was meant to impress. If you’re interested in getting your own Star Wars potty humor cake, better get on the phone with Aurora Cakes, the company that made this masterpiece.

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A Hairy Situation: Meet the Winners of the 2017 World Beard and Moustache Championships
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From long and thick to coiled or curly, every type of mustache, beard, and goatee under the Sun (and barber's pole) seemed to be present at the 2017 World Beard and Moustache Championships. The biannual competition—held in Austin, Texas in early September, according to Laughing Squid—brings together hairy rivals from around the globe, who come before a panel of judges to see whose facial hair is the most coiffed and creative.

Participants compete across 17 traditional categories in three main groups: mustaches, partial beards, and full beards. Awards are granted to individuals with the best Salvador Dalí–inspired mustache; the best "goatee freestyle," or short beards styled into elaborate arrangements; and the best natural full beard, among other looks.

Held in Leogang, Austria, the 2015 World Beard and Moustache Championships had just 317 competitors, Bryan Nelson—who helped organize this year's event along with the Austin Facial Hair Clubtells Mental Floss. But the 2017 Championships attracted a staggering 738 participants from 33 countries.

Nelson believes that the Austin Facial Hair Club pulled off history's largest facial hair competition (the group is awaiting validation from Guinness World Records), and also says that the tournament was the first of its kind to include craft-based categories for women.

"We had Creative Moustache and Realistic Moustache, Creative Beard and Realistic Beard," Nelson says. For the realistic categories, female participants used either real or fake tresses to create authentic-looking facial hair (which they attached to their faces), and for the creative categories, "they were all over the place and could be made from whatever," Nelson explains. "Seashells, bacon, bones … it's such a creative event."

You can check out a handful of 2017's winners—who were captured in all their hairy glory by Las Vegas-based photographer Greg Anderson—below, or view even more hilarious looks on his Instagram.

[h/t Laughing Squid]

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The Funniest Word in the English Language? 'Booty,' According to New Survey
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Some words, regardless of their meaning, are simply more chuckle-worthy than others. To determine which expressions in the English language are truly the most comical, Smithsonian reports that psychologists at the University of Warwick in the UK conducted a survey in which they asked people to rate the “humor value” of a sampling of chosen words. They recently published their findings in the journal Behavior Research Methods.

The researchers selected nearly 5000 words, and then used Amazon’s online crowdsourcing tool Mechanical Turk to ask more than 800 individuals to rank the humor value of 211 randomly chosen words from the list, on a scale from 1 (humorless) to 5 (humorous). Likely not surprising to anyone with younger siblings, the funniest word ended up being “booty,” with an average ranking of 4.32. In descending order, the remaining top 12 words—which all received a score of 3.9 or higher—were “tit,” “booby,” “hooter,” “nitwit,” “twit,” “waddle,” “tinkle,” “bebop,” “egghead,” “ass,” and “twerp.”

Why these words are so funny remains fuzzy. But when they analyzed their findings according to age and gender, the researchers did find that sexually suggestive words like “orgy” and “bondage” tended to tickle the funny bones of men, as did the words “birthmark,” “brand,” “chauffeur,” “doze,” “buzzard,” “czar,” “weld,” “prod,” “corn,” and “raccoon.”

Meanwhile, women tended to laugh at the words “giggle,” “beast,” “circus,” “grand,” “juju,” “humbug,” “slicker,” “sweat,” “ennui,” “holder,” “momma,” and “sod.” As for people under the age of 32, they were amused by “goatee,” “joint,” and “gangster,” while older participants liked “squint,” “jingle,” “burlesque,” and “pong.” Across the board, all parties were least amused by words like “rape,” “torture,” and “torment.”

Although humor is complex and dependent on elements like syntax and delivery, the study's researchers say that breaking comedy down to single-word units could demystify its essence.

“The research initially came about as a result of our curiosity,” said Tomas Engelthaler, the study’s lead author, in a press release. “We were wondering if certain words are perceived as funnier, even when read on their own. It turns out that indeed is the case. Humor is an everyday aspects of our lives and we hope this publicly available dataset allows future researchers to better understand its foundations.”

[h/t Smithsonian]

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