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X-Men-Loving Inventor Builds Homemade Magneto Boots And A Pyro Flamethrower

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PyroA few weeks ago we brought you the story about hyperactive British inventor Colin Furze, who combined his love of the X-Men with his knack for figuring out how to translate fiction into reality. The result? A truly badass set of retractable Wolverine claws. (No, they don’t retract into his actual arm, but it’s still pretty damn impressive.) Nor did he take the safe path and keep the blades dull — over the course of the video, he demonstrates their sharp edge on some cardboard, a watermelon, and an inflatable Mystique sex doll. Just stuff he had lying around, in other words.

Well, it turns out the Wolverine claws aren’t his only mutant-inspired invention. After all, Marvel’s merry mutants just returned to the big screen with gusto in the epic X-Men: Days of Future Past. So where do you go after “Wolverine claws?” The answer, it seems, is Magneto shoes. Now, Magneto can actually control metal in all sorts of ways, which is pretty hard to replicate I’m guessing. So instead Furze opted for one singularly impressive display of magnetic mastering: walking upside down on the ceiling with magnetic shoes.

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Magnetism May Determine Your Dog’s Pooping Habits

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PoopLast year, scientists found that dung beetles use the Milky Way to navigate and that crow poop contains antibiotic-resistant genes, so it’s not like this is our first post about poop. This may also be the strangest feces-related story yet, but I suppose that’s science for you. What I want to know is how someone first came up with a theory that Earth’s magnetic field might determine where dogs like to dump.

It’s true that dogs exhibit seemingly random behavior when they sniff, scratch, squat, get up and sniff some more, squat again, etc. It always seems like they’re pickiest when it’s freezing cold or raining outside, so you’re standing there wondering what the hell they’re looking for. Are they after the most comfortable place to hover? Are they trying to mark territory? Are they trying to cover up some previous leavings? Researchers from the Czech University of Life Sciences published a study in the Frontiers of Zoology that details their findings that all that maneuvering may be about aligning a dog’s poop with Earth’s magnetic field. My first instinct was to call bullshit, but then I kept reading and…well, judge this one for yourself.

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Eat Dinner Off Of A Levitating Table

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Due to conflicting schedules from all involved, my family never really did the “dinner around the dinner table” thing, and that was fine by me. I never really like when people can watch me eat anyway. But it’s a tradition that my wife’s family has stuck with for many years, and I’m not against carrying that on with my own family. And if I get my way, this is the table we’ll be using.

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