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Pip & Ebby

11 Tasty Geek Pizzas

Pip & Ebby
Pip & Ebby

Pizza is popular around the world, and while it may be a great way to show off your favorite flavor combinations, it hasn’t exactly been a great means of artistic expression—until now.

1. A Variety of Geeky Goodness

Redditor Cat_Water shared these pizzas on the site and deservedly received almost 900 upvotes. To thank the community for their support, he not only posted a picture of the Santa and Spongebob pizzas after they were baked, but also made a special Reddit pizza.

Fittingly, while the alien looks cute, the fact that he’s made almost entirely from onion sort of makes him a pizza-topping troll.

2. Spongebob Square Pants

Pasadena pizza place Brothers Pies N’ Fries has this great picture on their Yelp page. I don’t know about you guys, but that immediately makes me want to go there and order the pizza that lives in a pineapple under the sea.

3. Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

If you know anything about the TMNT, you know those turtles love pizza. That’s precisely why FooGos’ TMNT logo made from pizza is just so perfect.

4. Dalek

As Redditor kirbyfood points out, this Dalek pizza might just be the most dangerous pizza in all the universe. Fortunately, it still looks pretty tasty, so if The Doctor defeats this Dalek, he gets a nice snack afterwards.

5. Jack Skellington

The best thing about this pizza by Instructables user dadalibrarian is that rather than just put some olives on the nose, eyes and mouth and calling it a day, the creator actually took the time to sculpt out Jack’s teeth and boney eyes and nose, giving the pizza details that made the end result so much more impressive.

6. Angry Birds

I suggest always using pork pepperoni in this creation; it seems fitting that the Angry Bird be made from the remnants of his sworn piggy enemies. You can make your own thanks to this tutorial by Pip and Ebby.

7. House Sigils

Geekologie reader 4lbatroz celebrated the second season premiere of Game of Thrones with these fantastic house sigil pizzas. No word if he made them himself or actually found a pizza place that was awesome enough to do this for him, but either way, that’s one heck of a way to cater a premiere party.

8. Iron Man

Redditor endrbn made this masterpiece with nothing but pepperoni, cheese, olives, and onion. If you’re wondering what the black lines are made from—those are olive puree.  I only wish we could see the cooked final product.

9. Ms. Pac-Man

While iD Tech Camps’ Ms. Pac-Man looks like she’s just covered in American cheese, the topping is a lot more complex and arguably tastier, since it’s really alfredo sauce with a few drops of food coloring. With roasted red peppers, tomatoes, and olives for the details, she’s both stylish and tasty.

10. Pokeball

When you think about it, pizza is a lot like Pokemon. Everyone has their favorite, but a true fan knows you’ve gotta catch them all—although after catching them, let’s hope you only eat the pizza, not the Pokemon.  That’s why this Pokeball pizza ordered by DeviantArt user rawrlz is so great—that and the fact that it’s certainly the coolest way ever to order half cheese and half pepperoni.

11. Octopus

Granted, it’s not a pop culture reference like many of the others, but if you’re into nature then you know just how amazingly awesome octopi truly are. Besides, it’s hard to ignore the simple fact that by creating doughy arms and pepperoni tentacles, this might just be the most amazing piece of pizza art on this list. Best of all, if you want to make your own, Instructables user donedirtcheap documented every step to creating this tasty tentacle treat.

I’m more into decorating traditional pies than pizza pies, because I’m big on having nicely distributed toppings on pizza. What about you guys? Have any of you ever made fun creations with your pizza?

University of York
Stones, Bones, and Wrecks
UK Archaeologists Have Found One of the World’s Oldest 'Crayons'
University of York
University of York

A prehistoric chunk of pigment found near an ancient lake in England may be one of the world's oldest crayons, Colossal reports. The small object made of red ochre was discovered during an archaeological excavation near Lake Flixton, a prehistoric lake that has since become a peat wetland but was once occupied by Mesolithic hunter-gatherers. Though it’s hard to date the crayon itself, it was found in a layer of earth dating back to the 7th millennium BCE, according to a recent study by University of York archaeologists.

Measuring less than an inch long, the piece of pigment is sharpened at one end, and its shape indicates that it was modified by a person and used extensively as a tool, not shaped by nature. The piece "looks exactly like a crayon," study author Andy Needham of the University of York said in a press release.

A pebble of red ochre thought to be a prehistoric crayon
University of York

The fine grooves and striations on the crayon suggest that it was used as a drawing tool, and indicate that it might have been rubbed against a granular surface (like a rock). Other research has found that ochre was collected and used widely by prehistoric hunter-gatherers like the ones who lived near Lake Flixton, bolstering the theory that it was used as a tool.

The researchers also found another, pebble-shaped fragment of red ochre at a nearby site, which was scraped so heavily that it became concave, indicating that it might have been used to extract the pigment as a red powder.

"The pebble and crayon were located in an area already rich in art," Needham said. "It is possible there could have been an artistic use for these objects, perhaps for coloring animal skins or for use in decorative artwork."

[h/t Colossal]

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Tour the National Museum of Scotland From Home With Google Street View
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Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Google's Street View technology can be used to view some amazing art, whether it's behind the walls of the Palace of Versailles in France or the Guggenheim Museum in New York. As the BBC reports, the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh is the latest institution to receive the virtual treatment.

The museum contains items tracing the history of the world and humanity. In the Natural World galleries, visitors will find a hulking Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton and a panorama of wildlife. In the World Cultures galleries, there are centuries' worth of art and innovation to see. The museum's permanent galleries and the 20,000 objects on display can all be viewed from home thanks to the new online experience.

Users can navigate the virtual museum as they would a regular location on Street View. Just click the area you wish to explore and drag your cursor for full 365-degree views. If there's a particular piece that catches your interest, you may be able to learn more about it from Google Arts & Culture. The site has added 1000 items from the National Museum of Scotland to its database, complete with high-resolution photos and detailed descriptions.

The Street View tour is a convenient option for art lovers outside the UK, but the museum is also worth visiting in person: Like its virtual counterpart, admission to the institution is free.

[h/t BBC]


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