Astrophysical Toothpick Sculptures

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A new twist on the old toothpick.

Artist Franceska McCullough makes toothpick sculptures that are inspired by geometric forms and astrophysical patterns. Pictured above is “Ganymede and Callisto Pod”, in reference to the two largest moons of Jupiter:

This is Ganymede Callisto Pod – or more directly the orbital pattern of the two largest moons of Jupiter…

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The Toothpick Model of San Francisco That Took 34 Years to Make

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Picks of destiny?

More than three decades ago, Scott Weaver began building a model of San Francisco out of 100,000 toothpicks. He began the fragile project at the age of fifteen, which has survived four homes, an earthquake, and a destructive dog. In The San Francisco Gate, Janny Hu writes:

“Rolling Through the Bay” is 9 feet tall, 7 feet wide and 2 feet deep. It sports four pingpong ball tracks with more than a dozen entry points…. (Pics)

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Don’t Leave Home Without It!

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Who Wouldda Thought?

Discovery News features a “tiny gold combined toothpick and earwax spoon, believed to be more than 385 years old, found during the search for a shipwrecked Spanish galleon off the Florida Keys.” Don’t laugh. If you were going halfway across the known world to a place with no gold earwax spoons that would also function as toothpicks, you’d find a place for this in your baggage too.

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