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11 Clever and Creative Gingerbread Structures

A gingerbread house is a delightful combination of food and art. Some bakers go way beyond the call of duty in their holiday creations and deserve to be seen even years after the gingerbread is dismantled (or eaten). In this list you'll see houses, mansions, skyscrapers, pop culture recreations, and even math!

1. Falling Water

This gingerbread replica of Frank Lloyd Wright's Fallingwater was an entry in Ritz-Carlton Half Moon Bay’s Gingerbread House Contest in 2007. Another 2007 version of the same house comes with pictures of the building process linked here. Yet another gingerbread Fallingwater was spotted at a Utah competition this year. Image by Flickr user Coley Cheng.

2. Hogwarts

Britta built this beautiful gingerbread castle that houses the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry from the Harry Potter series. See more pictures in her gallery. DeviantART member redblueworld made a gingerbread Hogwarts with more candy and icing and posted a gallery of pictures and instructions as well.

3. Grand Floridian Resort

The Grand Floridian Resort at Walt Disney World has completed their 12th annual giant gingerbread house. The house is actually a store for baked goods -if you can't go there, you can use Disney's recipe for gingerbread cookies. Or watch a time-lapse video of the 2009 gingerbread house construction.

4. Biltmore House

The Grove Park Inn in Asheville, North Carolina hosts the National Gingerbread House Competition & Display every year. Last year, one spectacular entry modeled the famed Biltmore House estate perched atop a storybook.

5. The Kremlin

Callison Architecture entered this structure, called "A Very Kremlin Christmas" in a Seattle gingerbread competition in 2007.

6. Menger Sponge

Here's a delicious project for a hands-on lesson in geometry! Instructables user fungus amungus build this fractal gingerbread structure in the shape of a Menger sponge. Best of all, the directions are detailed so you can build one, too.

7. Gingerbread Trailer Park

The Krewe of the Grateful Gluttons are holding their annual Gingerbread Trailer Park competition this Saturday night in Atlanta. The entries are judged on their creativity and “Christmas-iness”. Gingerbread is not required, but entries must be made of at least 90% edible materials. Looking through the photos of last year’s competition, I see that includes broccoli, snack cakes, pretzels, Jell-o, and donuts.

8. TARDIS

Doctor Who's time machine has been enshrined in gingerbread! This TARDIS was crafted by therru and pnr in 2006. They later posted an instruction post so you can try one yourself.

9. Chicago Botanic Garden

The annual Wonderland Express exhibit is now open at the Chicago Botanic Garden. A miniature railway runs through a gingerbread city that features prominent Chicago landmarks and, of course, plenty of botanical specimens. This picture is from 2008, but you can already see a video of this year's exhibit. Image by Flickr user Andrew Nicolle.

10. Empire State Building

New York pastry chef Mark Tasker built this replica of the Empire State Building from gingerbread for the 2007 Christmas display at the New York Botanical Garden. Image by Flickr user Wally Gobetz.

11. AT-AT

Adrienne made this huge gingerbread AT-AT from the Star Wars universe for Christmas in 2006. See more Star Wars gingerbread creations at Geekologie.

See also: 13 Weird and Wonderful Gingerbread Houses. Thanks to those who commented on the post for steering me in the directions of some of these artworks!

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Netflix is making way for loads of laughs in its library in May, with a handful of original comedy specials (Steve Martin, Martin Short, Carol Burnett, Tig Notaro, and John Mulvaney will all be there), plus the long-awaited return of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Here’s every new movie, TV series, and special making its way to Netflix in May.

MAY 1

27: Gone Too Soon

A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana

Amelie

Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Season 1

Beautiful Girls

Darc

God's Own Country

Hachi: A Dog's Tale

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous Live at Radio City

Mr. Woodcock

My Perfect Romance

Pocoyo & Cars

Pocoyo & The Space Circus

Queens of Comedy: Season 1

Reasonable Doubt

Red Dragon

Scream 2

Shrek

Simon: Season 1

Sliding Doors

Sometimes

The Bourne Ultimatum

The Carter Effect

The Clapper

The Reaping

The Strange Name Movie

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V: Season 2

MAY 2

Jailbreak

MAY 4

A Little Help with Carol Burnett

Anon

Busted!: Season 1

Dear White People: Volume 2

End Game

Forgive Us Our Debts

Kong: King of the Apes: Season 2

Manhunt

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Tina Fey

No Estoy Loca

The Rain: Season 1

MAY 5

Faces Places

MAY 6

The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale

MAY 8

Desolation

Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives

MAY 9

Dirty Girl

MAY 11

Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 3

Evil Genius: the True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist

Spirit Riding Free: Season 5

The Kissing Booth

The Who Was? Show: Season 1

MAY 13

Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife

MAY 14

The Phantom of the Opera

MAY 15

Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce: Season 4

Grand Designs: Seasons 13 - 14

Only God Forgives

The Game 365: Seasons 15 - 16

MAY 16

89

Mamma Mia!

The 40-Year-Old Virgin

The Kingdom

Wanted

MAY 18

Cargo

Catching Feelings

Inspector Gadget: Season 4

MAY 19

Bridge to Terabithia

Disney’s Scandal: Season 7

Small Town Crime

MAY 20

Some Kind of Beautiful

MAY 21

Señora Acero: Season 4

MAY 22

Mob Psycho 100: Season 1

Shooter: Season 2

Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 2

Tig Notaro Happy To Be Here

MAY 23

Explained

MAY 24

Fauda: Season 2

Survivors Guide to Prison

MAY 25

Ibiza

Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life

The Toys That Made Us: Season 2

Trollhunters: Part 3

MAY 26

Sara's Notebook

MAY 27

The Break with Michelle Wolf

MAY 29

Disney·Pixar's Coco

MAY 30

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4

MAY 31

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Howard Stern

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The First-Ever Troop of Homeless Girl Scouts Just Crushed Their Cookie Sales Goal
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Selling 32,500 boxes of cookies in a single week would be noteworthy for any team of Girl Scouts, but it's an especially sweet achievement for Troop 6000: The New York City-based chapter is the first-ever Girl Scout troop composed entirely of children living in homeless shelters.

According to NBC News, this season marked the first time the troop took part in the organization's annual cookie sale tradition. In early April, they received exclusive permission to set up shop inside the Kellogg's Café in Union Square. They kicked off their inaugural stand sale aiming to sell at least 6000 boxes of cookies: At the end of six days, they had sold more than 32,500.

Some customers waited in line an hour to purchase boxes from the history-making young women. Others gave their money directly to the troop, collectively donating over $15,000 to fund trips and activities. After purchasing their cookies, customers could also buy special Girl Scout cookie-inspired menu items from the Kellogg's store, with all proceeds going to Troop 6000.

The troop formed in 2016 as a collaboration between the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Mayor de Blasio, and the city Department of Homeless Services. Meetings are held in shelters across the city, and many of the troop leaders, often mothers of the scouts, are homeless women themselves. About 40 percent of New York's homeless population are children, and Troop 6000 had to expand last summer to accommodate a flood of new recruits. Today, there are about 300 girls enrolled in the program.

[h/t NBC News]

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