Encrypted Marauder’s Map
For my cryptology course final I made the Marauder’s Map. I used maze construct theory to design the interior, and the variations of the interior, then scrambled the different versions on folding tabs so that unless they are folded in precisely the correct sequence of left or right the map is confusing and useless. The sequence for reavealing the correct map is the binary code for a hash function of “I solemnly swear that I am up to no good’.

College. Heh.






Having previously experienced the joy of Dirds (Dog-birds), today the Department of Awesome Animal Hybrids would like to introduce you to the wonderful world of Meowls, fearsome yet adorable kitty-owls. They sleep a lot more than purebred owls and are equally fond of live and catnip-stuffed mice.

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I thought these were all normal photos and was half way through before I realised, “Hang on, gryphons aren’t real!”

Oh, my God.

This makes me really uncomfortable



The Department of Miniature Marvels is thrilled to discover that they can add gardening to their list of work-related hobbies. A recent trend in Japan has people raising itty-bitty bonsai plants less than 3cm in height. Called cho-mini bonsai, or ultra-small bonsai, they’re the perfect green hobby for people who don’t have much gardening space or simply love exquisitely teeny-tiny things. The completely kawaii pots, wee gardening supplies and mini display shelves that are made for cultivating cho-mini bonsai are almost as awesome as the tiny plants and trees themselves.

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