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SkinFare is a small company out of Western North Carolina that makes an organic body care coconut oil stick in biodegradable paper packaging. They’re also on a mission to get rid of single use plastic in the personal care industry. In a short time, they’ve created a thriving business that provides a living wage for a growing group of employees, while also replacing nearly 20,000 plastic packaged products with their biodegradable tubes.

Happy Earth Day.






fodderMascotBrackt2012HeaderEngauge Fodder presents the second annual Mascot Bracket. The seeds and school names have been removed to focus on the aesthetic aspect each team’s mascot brings to the table. Even if you want to keep with your tried and true bracket methods, add this wild-card system to the mix for an interesting approach to the madness.



What are the chances of a hippo and a sparrow finding love? A sparrow and a duck? A frog and an octopus? For Valentine’s Day, Google has a nifty, quirky, and interactive game that allows visitors to pair up ‘lovers’ from the animal kingdom to see how their relationship pans out. You might be surprised to see that a love affair between a horse and a tiger actually works.
Thanks to Jorge Torneria for today’s fodder.
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SimonBeckHeaderArtist Simon Beck is not afraid of the cold. Armed with snowshoes and a short sleeve t-shirt the French hiker spends his days plodding across the frozen lakes of Savoie, France. Working for 5-9 hours a day, Beck creates sensational patterns of snow art,  each final piece is typically the size of three soccer fields. The geometric forms range in mathematical patterns and shapes that create stunning, sometimes 3D, designs when viewed from higher levels. Read the rest of this entry »

Pumpktris combines the average Halloween Jack-O-Lantern with the NES legend Tetris, delivering real gameplay. Using the stem as a joystick, you are able to guide and stack the familiar bricks right on the face of the pumpkin. However,  it does seem like a lot of work for something the neighborhood kids are just going to smash in the driveway later.

If you are interested in stepping up your pumpkin carving game for next year, you can read about the whole build process here.

Artist Ray Villafane has garnered much acclaim for his intricate pumpkin carvings. His works of art will reportedly be on display at supermodel Heidi Klum’s Las Vegas Halloween party. Villafane’s secret is that he carves a pumpkin “like it is a piece of clay as opposed to a large vegetable.”

Thanks to Brian Hankerson for today’s fodder.

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Ray Villafane is a former elementary school Art teacher and pumpkin sculptor from Michigan. Pumpkin sculpting began as a hobby, but after years of custom-carved pumpkins for students’ parents the word of his talents spread. In 2008 and again in 2010 he competed on the Food Network program Outrageous Pumpkin Challenge where he competed against other sculptors. On both occasions Ray took home the Grand Prize. Click the link below to check out his other works.

Thank to Justin Flagg for today’s submission.