Once a year, engineers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California take a break from building robots that explore the solar system to building over-engineered jack-o’-lanterns.
from NASA JPL’s 2016 pumpkin carving contest
Now in its seventh year, the unofficial pumpkin carving contest gives engineers a chance to flex their creative muscles and bond as a team. The rules are simple: no planning, carving or competing during work hours.
Below you will find some highlights from this year’s contest as well as some interesting entries from years past. You can see the full album on NASA JPL’s Flickr page.
9 Photography Tricks Advertisers Use to Make Food Look More Delicious
Wednesday November 28, 2018
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Things Native English Speakers Know, But Don’t Know..
Thursday November 29, 2018
via truckzebra on reddit I thought this was an interesting tidbit recently shared on reddit. It purports that native English speakers subconsciously order adjectives without even realizing they’re doing it. However for those learning English as a second language this order is often …
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A pumpkin flies, after being engineered by Mike Meacham and his JPL team in the 2017 contest
JPL engineers created a spinning pumpkin carousel in the 2016 Halloween contest.