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Eurovision’s sign language interpreters are just as sassy as its performers

If you thought you’d been as entertained as you possibly could be by the Eurovision song contest, just wait until you see the sign language interpretations…

The Danish broadcaster DR hired some particularly expressive signers to recreate some of this year’s entries for deaf audiences.

Here are our two favourites:

1. Donatan & Cleo - My Słowianie (We Are Slavic)

2. Conchita Wurst - Rise Like A Phoenix

Truly magical.

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The amazing, retro-futuristic adventures of Space Cat, the CAT who goes to SPACE

Long before Nyan Cat took to the stars, Space Cat was jetting off to the moon in this pre-Space Age series of children’s books

The hero, Flyball, is adopted by a SPACE CAPTAIN, who irresponsibly decides it’s a brilliant idea to take his pet feline into space with him.

Thankfully, instead of crapping everywhere, or chewing through important SPACE WIRES and such, Flyball has EXCITING ADVENTURES.

This should never have been allowed to happen.

Throughout the series, Flyball visits the Moon, Venus, Mars and… has space kittens. Somehow

The books, which have been out of print for decades, are now collectors items - so sadly you’ll need to drop a few hundred quid to get in on the Space Cat action.

Space Cat’s author, Ruthven Todd, had a career that can best be described as ‘rangey’

Non-Space Cat related work included:

  1. Writing a satirical novel about fascism
  2. Editing collections of William Blake poetry
  3. Conscientiously objecting to the Second World War
  4. Keeping Ezra Pound awake whilst Wyndham Lewis painted his portrait

KIDS: do not attempt to launch your cat into space. It probably won’t like it.

Via Retronaut

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Someone managed to grow Van Gogh’s ear back! Shame it’s 126 years too late

A Dutch artist has used some of Vincent van Gogh’s genetic material to grow a replica ear

Yes, really.

It’s now on display at the Center for Art and Media Karlsruhe, a museum in Germany

Artist Diemut Strebe took living cells from Lieuwe van Gogh: the great-great-grandson of Vincent’s brother, Theo. The museum says Lieuwe and Vincent share 1/16th of the same genes, including the Y-chromosome that is passed down the male lineage.

Van Gogh lost his ear in 1888. It’s still unclear whether he cut it off himself in a fit of lunacy, or if it was cut off by his friend, the French artist Paul Gauguin, during a fight they were having.

(Image credit Van Gogh Gallery(

Strebe said she came up with the idea to grow the ear because she wanted to combine art and science, and she plans to display it in New York next year.

You h-EAR-d it h-EAR first!

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LEGO has let their girl people out of the beauty salon and into the lab

When LEGO was hit with criticism for being a ‘boy’s toy’, they released new sets specifically for girls under a theme called “Friends

But LEGO fans were quick to notice how these new (almost completely pink) sets didn’t give girls much to play with beyond homemaking, dressing up, performing pop songs or giving animals beauty treatments in a pet salon.

7 year old Charlotte Benjamin famously wrote to LEGO to complain that girl LEGO people don’t get to go on enough adventures.

So, LEGO has sorted its shit out, and is launching a new set to honour women scientists

You can get your hands on your own mini female scientist figurines from this August.

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Politicians will always look stupid when they pull pints to try and seem like normals

So why on earth do they keep insisting on doing it?

Seeing awkward pictures of Nick Clegg and Vince Cable pulling pints during their trip to the pub yesterday got us thinking: how many other politicians have tried this contrived publicity stunt?

As it turns out, loads of them.

Here are our some of our favourites:

1. Nigel Farage

Pulling a pint of ‘Proper Job’ as he meets locals and party officials in Yarm last month.

(Via International Business Times)

2. Boris Johnson

On a visit to London brewery Fullers in 2011.

(Via Beer Today)

3. Tony Blair

Pulling pint of Castle Eden Ale at the Trimdon Club, where he announced both his decision to stand for party leader in 1994, and his resignation as PM in 2007.

(Via Daily Mail)

4. The Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall

Behind the bar at The Bell in Purleigh, Essex, earlier this year.

(Via ITV)

Yes, Prince Charles isn’t actually a politician but, as far as we can tell, nobody seems to have told him that.

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On this momentous day of the 2014 Queen’s Speech, let’s think back to the time Her Maj photobombed the BBC

Everybody (well, mostly the BBC) majorly freaked out when the Queen visited the BBC

The thing that got people most excited was when Her Majesty photobombed the BBC News studios while they were live on air.

(Picture via @nikgoodman)

Zoom and enhance:

However, we can’t help but feel that everyone was missing the really excellent photobomb of the photobomb, by the two guys on the right, who looked like they were about to passionately kiss each other.