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Peek Inside YouTube Star Simone Giertz’s Robotics Lab

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Simone Giertz's inventions aren't particularly useful, but they're brilliant—and hilarious—all the same. For the uninitiated, the Swedish robotics enthusiast is nicknamed the "Queen of Sh*tty Robots," since she constructs automated devices that perform mundane (or simply pointless) tasks and demonstrates them on YouTube. Giertz's bizarre creations include a tooth-brushing helmet, a hair-washing robot, a popcorn-feeding machine, and even an alarm clock that wakes up self-hating sleepers with a slap in the face.

In WIRED's video below, you can tour Giertz's San Francisco lab, where she builds and tests her purposely mediocre machines.

[h/t Wired]

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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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