Finger-Painting, All Grown Up

Iris Scott’s oil paintings elevate the childhood practice of using fingers instead of brushes to a higher form of art. Her grown-up finger-painting technique results in vibrant, uniquely textured works that would do her inner child proud.

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Thank goodness April showers have given way to May flowers, because “Presidents look like doofuses in the rain.”

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Details from Silvio Berlusconi’s “bunga bunga” trials have grown increasingly bizarre as the case nears its close, with reports that the former Prime Minister of Italy had women perform for him dressed as nuns and President Barack Obama.

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This Arrested Development party crammed in dozens of jokes from the series, from Bluth’s Original Frozen Banana Stand to the stair car to goodie bags labeled “Dead Dove, Do Not Eat.” Hot Cops made an appearance, and guests feasted on Hot Ham Water and fresh cornballs.

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The Office may have spent nearly a decade making a mockery of the corporate workplace, but Michael Scott and coworkers shared some genuine insight into how to survive the 9-5 drudgery.

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An enterprising movie theater manager in Missouri thought it would be a clever promotional stunt to hire actors in body armor, fully armed with plastic weapons, to storm a midnight premiere of Iron Man 3. Needless to say, he thought wrong.

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These pets riding Roombas make spring cleaning look fun.

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There’s a growing threat to relationship bliss: Netflix adultery, wherein one partner watches ahead on a TV show without the other. In an informal survey, 12% of participants admitted to this shameful infidelity. Watch your queues.

Disney’s Steamboat Willie Has Been Immortalized in LEGO

LEGO
LEGO

Mickey Mouse recently turned 90 years old, and soon, you’ll be able to celebrate with LEGO. Steamboat Willie, the classic Disney short film that introduced Mickey Mouse to the world in 1928, has now been recreated in a LEGO set that will be released on April 1.

The 751-piece LEGO version of the S.S. Willie features grayscale bricks that recreate the original black-and-white aesthetic of the original film. The 10-inch-long LEGO boat features moving steam pipes and paddle wheels and comes with new Mickey and Minnie minifigures. It’s also equipped with a ship’s wheel, a life buoy, a buildable bell, and a working crane that can lift the vessel’s potato-bin cargo.

LEGO's Steamboat Willie set
LEGO

The Steamboat Willie set was born out of the company’s fan-generated LEGO Ideas initiative several years ago. Creator Máté Szabó submitted the idea to LEGO in June 2016, then LEGO designers John Ho and Crystal Marie Fontan worked to adapt the set for retail sale, creating decorative elements and the new Mickey and Minnie Mouse minifigures.

LEGO's Steamboat Willie set
LEGO

Buy the kit on the LEGO Store website for $90 starting April 1. If you can't wait to get your LEGO fix, check out the company's other Mickey Mouse-themed products here.

Start Your Morning Right With the Alarm Clock That Makes You Coffee

For those who can't function in the morning, a cup of coffee is key. For those who can't even function enough to make that cup of coffee, there's the Barisieur. This innovative alarm clock (now available at Urban Outfitters) awakens the sleeper with the smell of coffee and the gentle rattle of stainless steel ball bearings as the water boils.

Take sugar or milk? There's a special compartment for milk so the liquid stays fresh and cool until you're ready to use it in the morning. On the front, there's a drawer for sugar. The whole tray can even be removed for easy cleaning.

Not a coffee fan? The Barisieur also brews loose-leaf tea.

The milk vessel of the coffee alarm clock
Barisieur, Urban Outfitters

The gadget also has an actual alarm that can be set to sound before or during the coffee making process. 

This invention was thought up by product designer Joshua Renouf as part of his studies at Nottingham Trent University in the UK. Though the idea started as just a prototype for class back in 2015, Renouf managed to make it a reality, and you can now buy one of your very own.

At $445, the alarm clock is quite an investment, but for coffee lovers who have trouble forcing themselves out of bed, it might be more than worth it. Go ahead, picture waking up slowly to the smell of roasted coffee beans and only having to sit up in bed and enjoy.

Buy it at one of the retailers below:

[h/t: Design-Milk.com]

A version of this article first ran in 2015. It has been updated to reflect the product's current availability.

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