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Arcangelo, a woodworker from Italy, does amazing fantasy-inspired work. We've previously featured his pipe that looks like that of Thorin Oakenshield, a character in The Hobbit movies. He's made more Lord of the Rings pipes, such as this one called...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Monday, December 22, 2014
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YouTube LinkSix-year-old Sadie Adam has been hearing impaired since birth. In previous years, when Sadia visited Santa, any communication she had with him required a sign language interpreter. This year, however, Westminster, Massachusetts Police Chief...
From: Neatorama | By: Lisa Marcus | Monday, December 22, 2014
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In Poynter’s annual roundup of the funniest, weirdest, and most egregious errors and corrections, the top prize went to an incident in which a satirical website was quoted as real. That happens more often than you’d think. That’s just one type...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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We often think that the image of Santa Claus as we know him came from Thomas Nast’s illustrations or the description in Clement Moore’s “A Visit from St. Nicholas.” Some people will tell you that Santa achieved his modern form thanks to the Coca...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Remember when you were growing up, on Christmas Eve you could hear radio reports of how U.S. military radar picked up a mysterious object flying away from the North Pole? Those reports, called NORAD Tracks Santa, began in 1955, when a Sears store in...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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(YouTube link)This is a silly bugt strangely charming Christmas ad for cookies, which are called biscuits in the UK. It features cute but somewhat uncanny baby animals singing a song I like but can’t place my finger on. There’s a surprise baby animal...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Roxy's Dream is a maker of custom pet furniture--especially geeky pet custom furniture. The company is named for the owner's late cat, Roxy. It produced this cat bed that looks like a high mileage landspeeder. You can see process photos here. Roxy's...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Monday, December 22, 2014
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And now, for something ridiculously cute. This three-week-old greater one-horned rhino calf (the largest of the rhino species) is already a big boy. He requires a lot of nourishment. When the calf was not gaining as much weight as expected while living...
From: Neatorama | By: Lisa Marcus | Monday, December 22, 2014
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There are those who say that the online life is an empty one--that relationships that are mediated by an internet connection aren't real. A recent event on Final Fantasy XIV, an online role-playing game, evidences otherwise.The player behind Codex Vahlda,...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Monday, December 22, 2014
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A court case involving Sandra, a 29-year-old orangutan in Argentina may have ramifications for other apes, or even other non-primates. An animal rights group filed a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of Sandra, alleging that her rights were being violated...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Monday, December 22, 2014
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General George S. Patton (1885-1945) was a great American general who led armies to victory in north Africa, Sicily, France, and Germany during World War II. He had a larger than life personality and was, at times, as controversial as he was successful....
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Monday, December 22, 2014
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Those who work for tips are at the mercy of their customers. Sometimes, particularly during slumps in the economy, it pays to do whatever you possibly can to put the public in the mood to part with their hard-earned money. The people who made these signs...
From: Neatorama | By: Lisa Marcus | Monday, December 22, 2014
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What Do You Want To Do Tonight? by WirdouDoctor Horrible Brain is cursed, which doesn't seem surprising considering he chose to become a supervillain rather than finding honest work as a lab rat or trash picker, but his curse doesn't stem from his career...
From: Neatorama | By: Zeon Santos | Monday, December 22, 2014
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What in the world is this? It’s a watermelon, terrified because he is falling, no doubt thinking about the big mess his splat will leave on the floor. It’s a glass Christmas tree ornament available at eBay, and just one of a collection of 16 inexplicable,...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Monday, December 22, 2014
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(Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal/Zach Weinersmith)O Ghost of Christmas Future! I shall heed your kind counsel. Please continue to instruct me in the ways of generosity. May I suggest sending me a year's worth of issues of The Times from 1845? I could...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Monday, December 22, 2014
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Canadian couple Steve Jenkins and Derek Walter adopted what they thought was a pygmy piglet and brought her to live with them. They named their pet Esther. Within two years, Esther grew to be a whopping 667 pounds! It was obvious that Esther wasn't a...
From: Neatorama | By: Lisa Marcus | Monday, December 22, 2014
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There are quite a few places where early Americans left their marks, but did not leave us any explanations. European explorers had never seen anything like them, and local people said they’d always been there for reasons lost to time. Many of these...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Monday, December 22, 2014
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This is Charlie, the star of a YouTube channel maintained by Kluna Tik. His owner feeds him and dresses him on camera. Charlie lives a wild, adventurous life. In this video, he dons a Santa Claus costume.In another video, Charlie smokes a cigarette.Perhaps...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Monday, December 22, 2014
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YouTube LinkWe've seen Rambro the angry ram smash a noisy quadcopter drone that got too close up in his biz. Here's new footage of what looks to be a mama kangaroo with her joey who wasn't going to take any chances with some annoying buzzy thing getting...
From: Neatorama | By: Lisa Marcus | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Ever since Photoshop came to town photos have become much less believable overall, because anybody can now erase, shape, edit, airbrush, color correct, clone stamp, warp, filter, soften via blur and add to any and all photos whenever they want.Addition...
From: Neatorama | By: Zeon Santos | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Merry Cthulhumas! by Captain RibManThat Great Old One with the squid for a face used to be a real sourpuss, hell bent on subjugating and eliminating mankind, but then he met a man named Santa who changed his entire outlook on human life. Now Cthulhu...
From: Neatorama | By: Zeon Santos | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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YouTube LinkFlavorwire has assembled their end-of-year selections for the best films of 2014. They list 25 titles, one of which is the fascinating documentary Finding Vivian Meier, about a nanny who secretly was a prolific photographer. Her staggering...
From: Neatorama | By: Lisa Marcus | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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(YouTube link)Parenting can be a lot of fun when you’re not stressed out about daycare and bills and what Timmy just ate. Here, a husky mom discovers that when herpuppies learn to get around, she suddenly has a whole slew of playmates! “Look, kids,...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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(Photo: Matt)Are you funny? Your jokes on open mike night at the local comedy club may not make the audience laugh, but an official college degree in comedy probably will. Emerson College, a private college in Boston and Jay Leno's alma mater, now offers...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Chris P. Bacon When injuries cause the loss of a functioning body part, the results are the same in animals as well as people. There is a sense of profound loss and a period of grief and depression as a result of such a loss. Then comes a time of adjustment,...
From: Neatorama | By: Lisa Marcus | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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A string quartet plays inside a subway station in New York City. That's awesome. But then, at the 2:07 mark in the video below, it gets awesomer. A group of ballet dancers pass by. They join in the fun, adding to the beautiful music with beautiful dancing.(Video...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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YouTube LinkHere's a recipe that is so easy it's a perfect activity to do with the kids. If you count bread mix as one ingredient, it's a three-ingredient recipe, made with egg whites, Nutella and bread dough. It not only looks tasty, but its star shape...
From: Neatorama | By: Lisa Marcus | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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(YouTube link)British television personality Adam Buxton had a conversation with his 5-year-old daughter about Leia Organa’s slave costume in the movie Return of the Jedi. It’s both refreshing and enlightening to hear the fashion opinion of a child...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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The ol' visualizing 200 calories treatment is applied to typical Christmas food and drink here. To those familiar with counting calories, this shouldn't be much of a surprise. It does do well to illustrate how many calories can be ingested by partaking...
From: Neatorama | By: Lisa Marcus | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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(Photos: Janus Van Den Eijnden)This spectral image was a display at the Amsterdam Light Show by VisualSKIN, a Romanian art collective. Hoses sprayed water at angles, creating planes that that could be used as projection screens. Lights created the mysterious...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Sunday, December 21, 2014
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Mr. Night Owl by Dann MatthewsHow many licks does it take to get to the bottom of a superheroic murder case? That depends on whether anybody is watching you eat that sweet mystery layer by layer, or if you can get tough and chomp down on the clues all...
From: Neatorama | By: Zeon Santos | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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YouTube LinkYou have to hand it to this cat. He's devised the perfect plan for a sneak attack on his dog housemate. Sure, the dog couldn't care less, but that's no reflection on your smooth moves, kitty. Keep trying. -Via Tastefully Offensive...
From: Neatorama | By: Lisa Marcus | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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A horsehair worm leaves its home, the body of a mantis. It's an astonishingly long creature. How did it all fit up inside its host?(Video Link)It's entirely possible that you have a horsehair worm in you, too. Do you feel a slight itching sensation?...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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I want to leave my mark on the world--to do something significant that will leave an impact on others for generations to come. And, to the best of my knowledge, no one has ever made cupcakes flavored with pickled pigs' feet.Last year, I told you about...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Look at the detail on this model USS Enterprise made of gingerbread! It’s mounted on a tractor beam made of candy canes hovering over a rocky terrain of cookies and mints. The starship was made by, and on display at, Blackmarket Bakery in California....
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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(YouTube link)We hear plenty about the remaining radioactivity near the failed Chernobyl nuclear plant in Ukraine, but what about other places? Dereck Muller of Veritasium takes us on a tour of other historically radioactive sites such as Fukushima,...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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This year a stunning breakthrough in reproductive health occurred: a woman was able to give birth with a transplanted uterus. The 36-year-old Swedish woman was born without a uterus, a condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome. She was...
From: Neatorama | By: Lisa Marcus | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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A "hobo nickel" is a nickel that has been inscribed with appealing images. During the Great Depression, poor people sometimes made them to sell, which is how the folk art form got its name.Shaun Hughes is an artist who makes hobo nickels professionally....
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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The Heroes Of Ooo by Tom TragerWhen the sun sets on the Land of Ooo the citizens, whether candy, critter or mutant, feel a bit safer knowing that Finn and Jake are out there spanking bad guy buns and making everything totally awesome again. They're the...
From: Neatorama | By: Zeon Santos | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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If you want to try something new for Christmas dinner, you might try something very old. However, you’ll need to have a particularly carnivorous guest list.The first known suggested menu for Christmas dinner was from 1660 book The Accomplisht Cook...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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Photographer Marko Korosec climbed Mount Javornik in eastern Slovenia after a storm and found this icy, wind-swept wonderland at the site of a ski center. Korosec estimated the ice spikes seen here to be over 3 feet in length. View all photos from...
From: Neatorama | By: Lisa Marcus | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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The HobbitGreg Durt makes clocks inspired by pop culture. His source material consists of old vinyl records, which he has cut precisely to reveal scenes from Doctor Who, The Walking Dead, and other franchises. I've seen vinyl record sculptures before,...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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YouTube LinkVirgil the standard poodle must be a major fan of oral hygiene via the electric toothbrush. Every time the brush is switched on, Virgil shows his teeth. Surely he's baring his teeth because he's ready for a good brushing, and not because...
From: Neatorama | By: Lisa Marcus | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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(Image: BBC)Charles Dickens's novella A Christmas Carol has captivated audiences for over 170 years. It has inspired many film adaptations and special episodes of television shows. Leah Schnelbach of Tor has ranked 11 of them, which probably does not...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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A “literal LOL” happens when a bake shop clerk writes down instructions for a custom cake, and then the decorator takes them a bit too literally -as in writing the instructions on the cake in icing. Jenn Yates at Cake Wrecks went through her archives...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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We are always looking for weird news stories to pass along to you. It’s an easy shortcut to check British news sites for that sort of thing -yet you have to sift through the many local stories that leave you with a feeling of “That’s it?” because...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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(Image Link)When families go out looking for a place that evokes that old time Christmas feeling, chances are they’re looking for something far better than the so-called Magical Winterland in Harrogate, UK, the attraction that was so bad it was forced...
From: Neatorama | By: Zeon Santos | Saturday, December 20, 2014
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New 6ft long #calvinandhobbes #melting snowmen for my porch. Been real lazy lately with #painting stuff, so this week Im gonna try to step up my game and be real productive starting with the last snowmen piece Im in the process of finishing right now...
From: Neatorama | By: Miss Cellania | Friday, December 19, 2014
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(Painting of King William IV by Sir Martin Arthur Shee)Prince William Henry was the son of George III, the King of Great Britain and Ireland and the man whom the United States Declaration of Independence called a tyrant who was "unfit to be the ruler...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Friday, December 19, 2014
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Resistance is futile. You will be decorated. We will add your gastronomical and decorative distinctiveness to our own. Jenn Fujikawa of Nerdist will contribute to the Borg conquest of all life with this cookie assembly made of gingerbread. She used a...
From: Neatorama | By: John Farrier | Friday, December 19, 2014
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