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Before the interstate highway system caused travel services to be clustered around exit ramps, American roadways were a lot kitschier. Anyone with roadside real estate and imagination could compete for tourist dollars just by being strange and different...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Saturday, July 4, 2015
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Apocalyptic Healthcare Companion by Shawn PorterThe time for healing was over, and not because there weren't any more people to heal but rather because Bay's programming had been corrupted, leaving him mad as an immortan. He now insisted people call...
From: Neatorama | By: Zeon Santos | Saturday, July 4, 2015
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Mom's dealing with morning sickness, Dad's facepalming nearby, and their daughter proudly holding a jar of Prego pasta sauce. It can only mean one thing: it's a clever "we're pregnant" announcement made just for the Interwebs (or is it an anti-advertisement...
From: Neatorama | By: Alex Santoso | Saturday, July 4, 2015
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Photo: Jeanne MclauchlanHe's not the ferryman Charon and that isn't the River Styx, but you get the picture.Paddlers on Lake Burley in Canberra, Australia, spotted a man dressed as an undertaker in a stand-up paddle board that looks like a coffin decorated...
From: Neatorama | By: Alex Santoso | Saturday, July 4, 2015
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One of these leaves ain't like the others! Norway-based artist Dino Tomic of Atomic Circus drew a leaf so real that it's hard to distinguish the painting from the real stuff.Can you guess which leaf is a pencil drawing?See if you got the right answer:...
From: Neatorama | By: Alex Santoso | Friday, July 3, 2015
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(Image: Christian Science Monitor)There's a town in eastern Turkey called Batman. It's located in a province named Batman. A river that flows through the province and near the town is called the Batman River.Are the inhabitants die hard fans of Gotham...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Monday, July 6, 2015
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Rob from the What Is It? blog was walking in the park this morning and found a spiderweb that’s a bit unusual. It has a stabilimenta shaped like a person! Wait, what’s a stabilimenta? It’s a decoration that a spider adds to its web, for several...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Monday, July 6, 2015
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There are a lot of fun bath toys out there for kiddos and plenty of fancy, relaxing bath products out there for adults, but it's rare to find something that bridges that gap. FizzyFairyApothecary sells Pokeball bath bombs that are a perfect combination...
From: Neatorama | By: Jill Harness | Monday, July 6, 2015
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The following is a Whodunit by Hy Conrad.  These mysteries are from The Little Giant® Book of Whodunits by Hy Conrad and Matt LaFleur. Can you solve the mystery before you read the solution? (Image credit: Editor at Large) The newspapers dubbed him...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Monday, July 6, 2015
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A banana farmer in Hunan province, China, bought a couple of “good looking pups” from a Vietnamese man. They grew fast and they grew big, and they had voracious appetites, leading them to chase and eat his chickens. Two years later, Wang Kaiyu had...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Monday, July 6, 2015
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(Video Link)Danny Leon is a professional skateboarder in Madrid. He's 21 years old, but with the right makeup, he can look much older. In this promotional video for Red Bull, he's made to look about 80, then sent to a skatepark to try skateboarding for...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Monday, July 6, 2015
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The Harry Potter series is meant to appeal to young adults, introducing teen and preteen readers to the fantasy genre while keeping the story YA friendly, but sometimes real life simply isn’t suitable for a general audience.The world is generally an...
From: Neatorama | By: Zeon Santos | Monday, July 6, 2015
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(Image credit: Flickr userDomenico )Last week, MegaBots, Inc. issued a challenge to Suidobashi Heavy Industry in Japan, with the purpose of pitting each company’s giant robot against each other in a duel. Now Japan has responded.   (YouTube link)Suidobashi...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Monday, July 6, 2015
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YouTube LinkWas Uncle Sam a fictitious person? It turns out he wasn't, and the story this video is not only the truth about the man, it's a story that Congress legally declared the truth! (Insert your own Congress-related dishonesty joke here.) What...
From: Neatorama | By: Lisa Marcus | Monday, July 6, 2015
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Bloodblood by moriARTyLooking to break into the comic book industry as an artist? Then (don't) sign up for the Liefeld school of illustration, where you (won't) learn how to draw like a (failed) boss! The Liefeld school focuses on the five most important...
From: Neatorama | By: Zeon Santos | Monday, July 6, 2015
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The following is an article from the bookUncle John’s Perpetually Pleasing Bathroom Reader.There’s a lot being said about climate change these days. Most people (and most scientists) think it’s happening now; some say it’s a myth. Wherever you...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Monday, July 6, 2015
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It's a bowl of Cap'n Crunch cereal in the most literal sense possible. Amy of the sugar-packed and deep fried food blog Oh, Bite It! made this bowl out of Cap'n Crunch, marshmallows, and butter. It's pretty much Rice Krispie treats (except with Cap'n...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Monday, July 6, 2015
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Cabel Sasser (previously) is back with his yearly highlights of bizarre and funny fireworks packaging, which he has documented since 2007. From the blast that supposedly emulates a bite in the butt to another that could have come from the rear end of...
From: Neatorama | By: Lisa Marcus | Monday, July 6, 2015
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The Japanese writing system contains a syllabary called katakana which “is used for transcription of foreign language words into Japanese”, meaning it’s the syllabic alphabet you use when you want to write an English term in Japanese.So California...
From: Neatorama | By: Zeon Santos | Monday, July 6, 2015
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Robochallenge 2015 in Vienna featured a free-for-all with 18 robots going against each other in the same ring- the last one standing wins! The actual battle begins about 2:30 into the video, but the introduction of each robot first is kinda cute. (YouTube...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Monday, July 6, 2015
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Leonardo Talarico, a designer from Italy, made this chair out of tofu. He dehydrated and then baked the tofu into hard shingles which remain stiff and solid even under heavy weight. It retains the natural colors of the source material. This chair would...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Monday, July 6, 2015
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The idea for Pixar’s franchise Cars makes total sense now, but when the concept was first presented to the animators they weren’t sure what to make of the whole talking car thing.The first problem- how does a car pick stuff up when their only appendage...
From: Neatorama | By: Zeon Santos | Monday, July 6, 2015
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This is Olav the Wolf, a sculpture made from scrap lumber by Copenhagen artist Thomas Dambo (previously at Neatorama). It was commissioned for the Copenhell 2015 music festival. They asked him to make a large, evil wolf, so he made it appear as if it...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Monday, July 6, 2015
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High school students in Leonia, New Jersey noticed that eight ducklings had fallen into a storm drain. Their anxious and agitated mother stood nearby, unable to help. They summoned the police, who blocked off the flow of water, then reached down into...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Monday, July 6, 2015
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(Image Link)Saying Japan is strange nowadays is like saying rain is wet or the sun is warm, because everybody knows Japan loves the bizarre. But how do we further define that particularly Japanese style of strange?(Image Link)While that strangeness may...
From: Neatorama | By: Zeon Santos | Monday, July 6, 2015
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Have You Pet Your Wookiee Today? by JmasciaWookiees are fierce warriors, fearless pilots and faithful comrades-in-arms, but they're also living humanoid beings who need to feel loved. So make your Wookiee pal feel like a star and show them how much you...
From: Neatorama | By: Zeon Santos | Monday, July 6, 2015
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At 8.8 centimeters (3.5 inches) from his top teeth to his bottom teeth, this man has the largest open mouth gape in the world. Bernt Schmidt of Wendlinger, Germany just took the Guinness World Record title away from American J.J. Bittner by a margin...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Monday, July 6, 2015
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Image: mcovington45Puppies are perhaps some of the sleepiest creatures on the planet, and who can complain. Because if there's one thing cuter than a puppy, it's a puppy who has fallen alseep. It also doesn't hurt that when puppies are awake, they're...
From: Neatorama | By: Lisa Marcus | Monday, July 6, 2015
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(Photos: Claire Voon/Hyperallergic)Sculptor Susanna Hesselberg titles her work When My Father Died It Was Like a Whole Library Had Burned Down.The knowledge, experiences, and memories of a lifetime--enough to fill many volumes of books--vanish when a...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Monday, July 6, 2015
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Delivering pizza can be an unrewarding and sometimes dangerous job, and you never know what you’re going to find when you show up to someone’s house with their pie.Bad case scenario- the person opens the door and robs the delivery guy at gunpoint....
From: Neatorama | By: Zeon Santos | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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(Video Link)Air conditioning: it's one of the greatest inventions in the history of humanity. This is especially true on a hot summer day.When he rides with me, my dog likes to get as close as he can to an air vent. This dog, a black Labrador puppy,...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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People have access to the hits and misses from every single decade of 20th century fashion, and yet with all that knowledge at their disposal they still choose to wear some pretty funky outfits.Heck, hipsters have created a whole pseudo-subculture based...
From: Neatorama | By: Zeon Santos | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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(Photo via Tonight I Bake Madness in a Birthday Cake)(Photo via somethingwithanne)(Photo via imgur)Read and follow the instructions provided by the manufacturers of your clothing. They're usually correct. And even if they don't immediately apply to taking...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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Beauty blogger Em Ford of My Pale Skin recently posted some pictures of herself without makeup. Like most young people, she has acne. The reaction to the pictures put her through the wringer, and when she put makeup on to show the difference, commenters...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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Sometimes all you need to create a great piece of art is a jumping off point, some sort of inspiration to get those creative wheels turning.Many artists use reference photos for this exact reason, or come up with thumbnail sketches before they get down...
From: Neatorama | By: Zeon Santos | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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Bird Attack by FathiAlfred had been feeling a bit under the weather since his last run in with the bird flu, so he was confined to bedrest until further notice. One day he woke up from a nap and found some birds sitting on his bed, and as he wiped the...
From: Neatorama | By: Zeon Santos | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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Ooh, look at the steampunk ghostbuster! I’d love to know how long it took to procure and assemble all those parts. Montreal Comic Con happened earlier than usual this year, but that didn’t stop the most dedicated and talented cosplayers from showing...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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Particularly in modern times, the American public has had a keen interest in the lives and lifestyles of their presidents. That includes just about every aspect, including what and how much the presidents eat and drink. The linked article below cites...
From: Neatorama | By: Lisa Marcus | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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Protest art comes in many stylistic flavors, and the artists who create works with a political edge employ many different methods of creation to get their message across.In Japan during the 1950s that message was generally “Go Home, G.I. Joe”, because...
From: Neatorama | By: Zeon Santos | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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Jon Almeda says that he's "a bit of an extremist." He used to make huge pieces on spinning pottery wheels. Now, he's gone all the way in the other direction. He uses tiny wheels to mold and sculpt clay pots using the traditional techniques, just scaled...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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I always consider it a treat when I catch the 1981 movie Stripes on TV. When it hit theaters, it had a very few stars and a bunch of unknowns. Now it is full of stars. The film was born from Ivan Reitman’s concept of “Cheech and Chong join the army”...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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It's hard enough to be around another person for a whole year straight, let alone spend 75 years married to the same person, but for one San Diego couple that was their sweet reality.Jeanette and Alexander Toczko claimed to have been in love since they...
From: Neatorama | By: Zeon Santos | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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YouTube LinkProfessional dancer and choreographer Keith Silva and his four-year-old son Jayden are seen cutting their living room rug together to the Little Einstein's theme song in this entertaining footage. Via Viral Nova...
From: Neatorama | By: Lisa Marcus | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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"Never tell me the odds!" seems to be the apt sci-fi quote to apply in this situation as described by The Gentleman's Armchair.If I remember correctly, that quote was spoken in one of the last seasons of Star Trek by Han Solo, while piloting Serenity...
From: Neatorama | By: Alex Santoso | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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A group of sassy Italian grandmothers, who have cooked all their lives, get a taste of Olive Garden dishes for the first time. (YouTube link)Their opinions are varied… well, they all hated it except for two sisters who were probably pretty hungry at...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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Flickr member MANDUH HUG'n'KISS refinished a coffee table for a Batman fan. It's beautiful! When Justice is having company over for afternoon tea and snacks, this is exactly where they will be served.-Thanks, Clarissa!...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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Dylan Henry recorded a homeless man playing “Come Sail Away” on a piano in Sarasota, Florida. The slightly out of tune piano was on public display as a project of the Sarasota Keys Piano Project from the Arts and Cultural Alliance. It was decorated...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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Tell Me About It, Stud. by PaperpumpkinIsabelle was already the most interesting and appealing character in the town of Animal Crossing, but then she went and watched both Grease one and two and changed her name to Sandy. That summer the critter residents...
From: Neatorama | By: Zeon Santos | Sunday, July 5, 2015
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Swiss photographer Sebastian Magnani was featured previously at Neatorama for these funny portraits of dogs dressed as their humans. Now Magnani is back with a follow-up series called Undercats, in which he has given cats the same human stylings,...
From: Neatorama | By: Lisa Marcus | Saturday, July 4, 2015
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You can file this story under G for “Gee, thanks for sharing”- Hulk Hogan is going to trial with his lawsuit against Gawker Media for posting exerpts of his sex tape, and a judge has ruled he’s allowed “One plain headband”.Phew! That would...
From: Neatorama | By: Zeon Santos | Saturday, July 4, 2015
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