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Get Nerdily Festive With These Scientist Paper Snowflakes

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Anyone can use scissors to turn paper into snowflakes, but if you really want to show your science love, try your hand at making these awesome patterns for Albert Einstein, Marie Curie, and Erwin Schrödinger (with some cats, naturally). To make these flakes, which were created by Symmetry magazine, all you'll need is a printer, some paper, an X-acto knife, and a cutting board or mat. Once you've printed out the template, fold it according to the instructions and cut out all of the gray areas. Unfold for a delightfully nerdy snowflake. There's even a fun instructional video:

These aren't the only delightfully nerdy paper snowflakes. There are tons of other nerdy pop culture options out there, including these excellent Star Wars snowflakes created by Anthony Herrera (see 2012's set here, and 2013's here); this creepily-festive zombie flake by Buz Carter; the Game of Thrones houses as snowflakes by Krystal Higgins; and these superhero snowflakes. Make Cut-Out Snowflakes Day is December 27, so get to planning!

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Here's How to Turn an IKEA Box Into a Spaceship
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Since IKEA boxes are designed to contain entire furniture items, they could probably fit a small child once they’re emptied of any flat-packed component pieces. This means they have great potential as makeshift forts—or even as play spaceships, according to one of the Swedish furniture brand’s print ads, which was spotted by Design Taxi.

First highlighted by Ads of the World, the advertisement—which was created by Miami Ad School, New York—shows that IKEA is helping customers transform used boxes into build-it-yourself “SPÄCE SHIPS” for children. The company provides play kits, which come with both an instruction manual and cardboard "tools" for tiny builders to wield during the construction process.

As for the furniture boxes themselves, they're emblazoned with the words “You see a box, they see a spaceship." As if you won't be climbing into the completed product along with the kids …

Check out the ad below:

[h/t Design Taxi]

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The Best Cupcake in All 50 States
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We’re going to sugarcoat it. Twelve years after the advent of the cupcake-only bakery (the California-launched chain Sprinkles is credited with opening the first in 2005), there are a lot of options. We rounded up 50 of the best decadent desserts across the country. So go out, have your (cup)cake—and eat it, too.

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