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11 Incredible Edible Daleks

A dalek is a science fiction character found in the British TV series Doctor Who. They are evil alien mutants who travel inside cyborg shells and try to exterminate other beings. They are also funny-looking, and have inspired many cooks to recreate their appearance in tasty treats!

1. Dalek Oreo Cake Bites

Navaboo made daleks from Oreo cookies, cake, pretzels, almonds, candy, and frosting for a Doctor Who Series 6 kick-off party. The directions are posted at Flickr if you'd like to try these yourself! Image by Flickr user Navaboo.

2. Rice Krispy Dalek

Shawn Musho and Laura made a dalek out of Rice Krispys for a friend's Doctor Who-themed birthday party. The project took

...six boxes of rice krispies, a giant tub of peanut Butter, six bags of mini marshmellows, and tons of butter and corn syrup.

Of course, some of that got eaten along the way, but the end product was a great big tasty dalek! See pictures of the process in this album.

3. Blue Daleks

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These blue dalek cakes were made by Kyle, Raven, and Evan for Raven's birthday. Image by Flickr user hep svadja.

4. Dalek Decoration

Exterminate!

Alicia made cupcakes decorated with black and white daleks to enjoy while watching the Doctor Who season finale in 2008. Yes, the ball bearings are edible! Image by Flickr user ginnerobot.

5. Corinne's Cupcakes

Corinne was inspired to not only try some dalek cupcakes, but also to post pictures and instructions on her blog sparecake. The one on the right aiming way up was named Derp.

6. Dalek Smash Cake

Sarah Slaven made a dalek cake with a surprise inside. The top is a dome of chocolate, laid over two layers of cake decorated with cookies, candy, and marshmallows.

During a Doctor Who-themed birthday party, Eli used a Sonic Screwdriver to smash the dome and reveal the tentacled dalek monster that controls the robotic dalek shell! The process of building this cake is laid out in pictures and instructions.

7. Gingerbread Daleks

Nell at Snacks-acoricofallapatorius hand-cut these gingerbread daleks. And she used edible ball bearings. That takes artistry dedication. The rest of us can just use dalek cookie cutters.

8. Dalek Pie

Once you have the cookie cutters, you can make anything in the shape of a dalek! This photo is from dazmania83, but there is no other information, like what kind of pie it is -but it sure looks good!

9. Birthday Daleks

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Not only dalek cupcakes, but a TARDIS cake to accompany them! These were the centerpiece treats at Gary's birthday party in 2011. Image by Flickr user marence1.

10. The Dalek Jack-o-lantern

This stretches the meaning of "edible" just a bit, but a pumpkin is a fruit, after all! Julian carved this dalek-o-lantern in 2010. See more pictures in this photo album.

11. Dalek Egg

Dalek egg frontal view

Again, stretching the definition of edible just a bit -because while eggs are edible, this project requires the inside of the egg to be blown out. But the shell that's left is pure awesome. Nancy Sims created dalek eggs for a friend's birthday. The Flickr set has the instructions accompanying each picture. The colors were added in a pysanky-style method using dye and wax. The appendages are painted matchsticks. Image by Flickr user PugnoM.
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Why Tiny 'Hedgehog Highways' Are Popping Up Around London
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Hedgehogs as pets have gained popularity in recent years, but in many parts of the world, they're still wild animals. That includes London, where close to a million of the creatures roam streets, parks, and gardens, seeking out wood and vegetation to take refuge in. Now, Atlas Obscura reports that animal activists are transforming the city into a more hospitable environment for hedgehogs.

Barnes Hedgehogs, a group founded by Michel Birkenwald in the London neighborhood of Barnes four years ago, is responsible for drilling tiny "hedgehog highways" through walls around London. The passages are just wide enough for the animals to climb through, making it easier for them to travel from one green space to the next.

London's wild hedgehog population has seen a sharp decline in recent decades. Though it's hard to pin down accurate numbers for the elusive animals, surveys have shown that the British population has dwindled by tens of millions since the 1950s. This is due to factors like human development and habitat destruction by farmers who aren't fond of the unattractive shrubs, hedges, and dead wood that hedgehogs use as their homes.

When such environments are left to grow, they can still be hard for hedgehogs to access. Carving hedgehog highways through the stone partitions and wooden fences bordering parks and gardens is one way Barnes Hedgehogs is making life in the big city a little easier for its most prickly residents.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

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Where Should You Place the Apostrophe in President's Day?
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Happy Presidents’ Day! Or is it President’s Day? Or Presidents Day? What you call the national holiday depends on where you are, who you’re honoring, and how you think we’re celebrating.

Saying "President’s Day" infers that the day belongs to a singular president, such as George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, whose birthdays are the basis for the holiday. On the other hand, referring to it as "Presidents’ Day" means that the day belongs to all of the presidents—that it’s their day collectively. Finally, calling the day "Presidents Day"—plural with no apostrophe—would indicate that we’re honoring all POTUSes past and present (yes, even Andrew Johnson), but that no one president actually owns the day.

You would think that in the nearly 140 years since "Washington’s Birthday" was declared a holiday in 1879, someone would have officially declared a way to spell the day. But in fact, even the White House itself hasn’t chosen a single variation for its style guide. They spelled it “President’s Day” here and “Presidents’ Day” here.


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Maybe that indecision comes from the fact that Presidents Day isn’t even a federal holiday. The federal holiday is technically still called “Washington’s Birthday,” and states can choose to call it whatever they want. Some states, like Iowa, don’t officially acknowledge the day at all. And the location of the punctuation mark is a moot point when individual states choose to call it something else entirely, like “George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day” in Arkansas, or “Birthdays of George Washington/Thomas Jefferson” in Alabama. (Alabama loves to split birthday celebrations, by the way; the third Monday in January celebrates both Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert E. Lee.)

You can look to official grammar sources to declare the right way, but even they don’t agree. The AP Stylebook prefers “Presidents Day,” while Chicago Style uses “Presidents’ Day.”

The bottom line: There’s no rhyme or reason to any of it. Go with what feels right. And even then, if you’re in one of those states that has chosen to spell it “President’s Day”—Washington, for example—and you use one of the grammar book stylings instead, you’re still technically wrong.

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