Fall 2015 is Going to be the Season of the Donald Trumpkin
This is going to be the fall of the Donald Trumpkin! The folks over at Mashable noticed his likeness, and really it does make a lot of sense. His name mashes well with “pumpkin” and he sort of has a pumpkin-shaped head, so naturally the internet would combine the two.
Dutch artist and designer Daan Roosegaarde has created a beautiful and innovative glowing bike path that, when illuminated at night by glowing pebbles and LEDs, looks like Van Gogh’s famous Starry Night painting.
The kilometer-long bike path, which was created using both glow-in-the-dark technology and solar-powered LEDs, is located in Brabant, the Dutch county where Van Gogh was born and raised. The swirling, glowing forms on the path’s surface will help bicyclists stay on track when they ride at night.
We’ve seen similar glowing paths before in the U.K. We can only hope that more artists and innovators join forces to create such beautiful and environmentally friendly paths!
Everything is awesome about this Lego replica of the Vatican
Reposted from: http://abc7chicago.com
Signs Pope Francis’ upcoming visit to the United States can be seen all over the city of Philadelphia, but this might be the most fun take yet on his visit — a model of the Vatican built entirely of Legos on display at The Franklin Institute.
The Rev. Bob Simon spent about 10 months constructing the mini St. Peter’s Basilica out of a half-million Legos. His architectural feat includes a Lego pope on a balcony overlooking St. Peter’s Square, which itself is made up of about 44,000 Lego pieces resembling cobblestones.
“It was daunting,” Simon told the Associated Press. “It was an exercise in patience, and I was thrilled with the way everything came out.”
Since St. Peter’s Square is rarely empty, Simon filled the piazza with all sorts of Lego characters, including a miniature figure of himself and even a nun with a selfie stick.
Simon’s creation is being displayed alongside “The Art of the Brick,” an exhibit of Lego sculptures, and “Vatican Splendors,” at The Franklin Institute. While there are no plans for Pope Francis to visit the miniature Vatican, Simon hopes to see the pope at the papal Mass on Sept. 27.
The Associated Press and ABC News contributed to this report.
The characters come free with shopping but are being sold for as much as £3 online as collectors try to complete sets
Stikeez, the latest playground craze
Welcome to the latest craze sweeping Wales’ playgrounds – sticky plastic toys that are being given away free in Lidl.
Shoppers are being given the Stikeez when they spend £10 or more at the supermarket or you can buy them for 29p, but they are now fetching as much as £3 online.
The bid to collect all 24 of the one-inch characters is pushing the price up and some stores are running out.
They were brought to UK stores after being successfully introduced into shops across other parts of Europe.
The promotion ends on September 23, leaving parents very little time to complete the set. Adults have even taken to swapping the characters online with their friends. Lidl has said that it will restock sold-out stores.
Remember the Cake Walk? It’s time to put your dancing shoes on!
The American English term “cakewalk” was used as early as 1863 to indicate something that is very easy or effortless, although this metaphor may refer to the carnival game of the same name in referring to the fact that the latter’s winners obtain their prize by doing no more than walking around in a circle. Though the dance itself could be physically demanding, it was generally considered a fun, recreational pastime. The phrase “takes the cake” also comes from this practice as could “piece of cake”.
One version of the cakewalk is sometimes taught, performed included in competitions within the Scottish-inspired Highland dance community, especially in the southern United States. 
Have your in-laws ever offered you some old night stands or a side table? Or maybe you saw a chair on the side of the road? Don’t dismiss this stuff as junk. You may have a perfect candidate for upcycling. And with some imagination and elbow grease, your kids will have incredible toys for imaginative play.
If you’re a fan of physicist, cosmologist and author Stephen Hawking – and if you like LEGO – you are going to love this! Several years ago, a LEGO version of Stephen Hawking was spotted online. It was a fantastic build that looked incredibly lifelike.
The original creator of this build from back in 2007 is The Living Brick, but the pictures below came from Travelin’ Librarian‘s flicker photostream. Stephen Hawking, who is now 73, has inspired an entire generation of geeks, and it seems many people want to recreate him in LEGO bricks.
The Stephen Hawking LEGO kit came with instructions (see the picture below) so you would know how to put all those tiny pieces together. It sold for $40. It is now unavailable – only 100 were produced, but you can always try to make this on your own if you’ve got the bricks. The step-by-step directions (to make Stephen Hawking and his wheelchair) are illustrated in a beautiful graphic here Eurobricks.
We often feature huge LEGO kits and builds with thousands of pieces, but it’s small yet instantly recognizable builds like this that are the most inspiring ones to me. It would be so much fun to build Stephen Hawking and then let him sit on my desk. It would be a constant reminder that the universe may not always be what it seems, and anything is truly possible in this complex world we live in. I still can’t get over how much this looks just like him, or at least like our perception of him.
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