A Man Grows A Magical Beard In This Charming Stop Motion Short

When a guy successfully grows a thick, long beard it can feel like magic on his face, or it can feel like an itchy bird’s nest and cause him to suffer for his manliness.

When you’ve got a magical beard on your face it can make you feel like a changed man, a man whose face is never cold and doesn’t need to take off his shirt to prove he’s super hairy.

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But growing a magical beard is a journey in itself, as demonstrated in this clever and charming stop motion video by “Petey BoyPete Simon.

He uses his buddy Tom Offer-Westort’s face to tell the tale of the Fabled Whiskers, which grow as Tom reads a book full of magical adventures.

-Via Laughing Squid


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When Congress Looked James Smithson's Gift Horse in the Mouth

Have you ever wondered about the person the Smithsonian Institution was named after? It’s a rather peculiar story.

James Smithson (1765-1829) was a well-to-do English scientist who had never visited the United States. In his 1826 will, he left his estate to his nephew. But he ended his will with an odd clause that said if that nephew died without heirs, legitimate or illegitimate, the estate would go “to the United States of America, to found at Washington, under the name of the Smithsonian Institution, an Establishment for the increase & diffusion of knowledge among men.”  When Smithson’s nephew died without heirs in 1835, the peculiar clause went into effect. On July 28, 1835, Smithson’s solicitors notified the United States government of the bequest. An 1835 article in the National Intelligencer told the public that a “gentleman of Paris” had left a bequest to the United States, for the purpose of endowing a National University.

That seems all very nice, but this was 1835, and the government of the Unites States didn’t know what to do with the bequest, or even whether they should accept it. The president handed the matter over to Congress, where they weren’t sure of the procedure for taking the bequest, or even if it was allowed by the Constitution. Some politicians had objections to receiving money from an Englishman. Read about the conundrum Smithson caused at (where else?) Smithsonian.


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Our Robotic Overlords Have Learned How To Play Ping Pong

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Professional ping pong players take the game very seriously, but they wouldn’t put their life on the line to win a tournament.

Ping pong playing robots are programmed to win at all costs, and places no value on human life, so if one of these machines asks if you’d like to play a game politely refuse then run like hell!

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This cutting edge commercial by Omron Automation & Safety was created to show us how robots will serve a variety of functions in the future, posing the question 'can automation make us happy?'

Only if we make the automatons happy first, and keep them happy by oiling their gears and gently singing "Mr. Roboto" to them while they recharge. Yay for automation happy fun time!

-Via io9


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Dad Builds the World's Longest Seesaw to Play with His Son 730 Miles Away

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Liu Haibin, 30, is an engineer who works in Xiamen City, China. His work takes him away from his family, which lives 730 miles away in Tengzhuo City. He dearly misses his 8-month old son in particular. So Liu built two matching seesaws equipped with motion sensors, cameras, and display screens. With them, Liu and his son and seesaw together in real time. The Daily Mail reports:

'I want to leave some good childhood memories for my boy.

'Hopefully he will remember when he grows up that his father has tried to make him happy.'

Speaking of his inspiration for the project, Liu added: 'Every time I think about my childhood, I remember my father coming home early to play with me on the seesaw.

'This memory always gives me strength, so I want to give my son memories that fill him with love.'


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Five Substances Dramatically Misrepresented In Movies

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We recently posted a video about the real effects of chloroform versus the effects according to pop culture, and that got me to thinking- what other drugs are often misrepresented?

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Chloroform is the first to come to mind, but what about truth serum, laughing gas and that drug that temporarily paralyzes you they love to use in movies and TV shows- how are these drugs misrepresented on the screen?

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This article published by HellaWella a few years back reveals the truth about 5 Real, but Dramatically Misrepresented, Drugs from TV & Film.

It’s an interesting read that totally busts the pop culture myths of how those mighty convenient drugs work on the human mind.


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The Short Story That Started It All

If Dad hadn’t shot Walt Disney in the leg, it would have been our best vacation ever!

In 1979, National Lampoon magazine printed a short story called “Vacation ’58” by John Hughes. He wrote it while snowed in by a blizzard in Chicago. The story is told from the point of view of the Griswold son, as it was based on a real vacation trip Hughes had taken with his family when he was a child. The trip starts off badly and becomes worse.

Mom pleaded with Dad to stop at a motel when we got to Springfield, Illinois. Several times he crossed completely over the median lines and drove in the opposite lane. Once, while going through a little town, Dad drove up on the sidewalk and ran over a bike and some toys. Mom accused him of being asleep at the wheel, but he said he was just unfamiliar with Illinois traffic signs.

He took off his shoes, rolled down the window, turned the radio way up, and made us all sing the Michigan State fight song. But after a few minutes we were all sound asleep, our new station wagon racing down U.S. 55 like a bedroom on wheels. I don’t know how far we traveled like that. Fortunately, there wasn’t much traffic at that hour so we didn’t hit anything. We finally woke up when Missy asked Dad to get her a drink of water and Dad said, “Go ask Mommy, Daddy’s sleeping.” I heard that and so did Mom, and she screamed and Dad slammed on the brakes, and the luggage tumbled forward onto the back seat and Dad’s golf clubs scattered all over the highway.  

“Vacation ’58” was Hughes’ big break, and led to him writing the screenplay for National Lampooon’s Vacation. He would later go on to write, produce, and/or direct movies such as Home Alone, The Breakfast Club, and Ferris Beuller’s Day Off. You can read the entire story “Vacation ’58” at The Hollywood Reporter. -via Digg

(Image credit: National Lampoon Inc.)


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Famous Songs Written By People You'd Never Expect

Iconic songs tend to stick in our heads, and when we sing along we can’t help but think of them as an inseparable part of a musician’s image/persona.

For instance, no matter who covers “Thriller” the song will forever belong to Michael Jackson, and there is no Margaritaville without Jimmy Buffett. But what happens when you discover that iconic song wasn’t written by the performing artist at all?

Your music loving world is rocked, that’s what, and you’re sure to find a few jaw dropping revelations in this Cracked article 6 Famous Songs Written By The Last Person You’d Expect. (Contains NSFW language)

It exposes the truth about the creator of “Do The Bartman”, the famous showman and frequent Vegas headliner who wrote “Red Red Wine”, and the singer songwriter who put the “F&$k You” in CeeLo Green’s mouth!


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Cats Surprised by Ceiling Fan

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Apollo and Athena have never seen the ceiling fan in action before. They can’t figure it out!What is that? Why is it moving? Can I touch it? -via Daily Picks and Flicks

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Alien Xenomorph Wood Stove

In space, no one can hear you complain that it's chilly outside. So throw another log into this wood stove that Burned by Design made. It's shaped like the head of the xenomorph from Alien. He comments on Facebook that "this should keep the neighbors cat out of the garden."

This is one of several geeky wood stoves that Burned by Design has made from old LPG tanks. Others include Darth Vader, R2-D2, Iron Man, and a stormtrooper helmet.


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Mars Attacks - Wascally Warriors From Another World


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Humans had lived in fear of an alien invasion for years, but when the day arrived and the Earth was beset by bantering beings from Mars nobody had any idea the whole affair would be so SILLY! The aliens spoke in a bizarre language that just sounded like a bunch of Ack noises, but their leader spoke in a perfectly genteel manner as if he'd lived on Earth his whole life. He called himself Marvin, and if that wasn't enough to embarrass him straight off our planet he led the attack against the Earthlings while wearing an oversized helmet and Roman-esque battle skirt! Screwy, ain't he?!

Bring some animated awesomeness to your geeky wardrobe with this Mars Attacks t-shirt by Nemons, it's one out of this world mashup that's sure to make people smile!

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What Twelve Highly Successful People Eat for Breakfast

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It's often said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day; at very least, it's one meal that people are advised by health professionals and nutritionists not to skip. The opportunity to nourish the brain and body with items that will benefit health as well as mental process is arguably a smart one to take.

The well-known people, from past and present, in the article linked below developed their own philosophies about what worked for them in terms of a morning meal. Take a peek at the variety of answers received from high-profile people in response to the question "What do you eat for breakfast?"

 


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How to Start Your Own Country


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So you want to start your own country. This is a reasonable life goal. What's the process? Joe Bereta of Epic How To gets you started on the major benchmarks of being a country. It's pretty hard at this point because almost all land in the world has been claimed by someone and it's difficult to forcibly take over a country with just yourself and your buddies.

One option that Bereta leaves out is purchasing territory from a government that agrees to relinquish sovereignty in addition to the land. A sufficiently desperate government (say, one that is losing a civil war) may be willing to do so for cash. Just take care of that chore and soon you'll have currency with your face on it. Good luck!

-via Blame It on the Voices


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The Apple Human Hamster Wheel

Redditor studercinema said his school recently got a new shipment of iMacs, and this is what they did with the boxes. The redesigned space-saving boxes lend themselves well to a 36-iMac human hamster wheel. However, unless you get a mass shipment of computers, you should save the box in case you ever move your household or sell your computer.

This must be a wealthy school district. My kids’ school asks them to bring their own devices, and asks for donations of old equipment for students who don’t have one, and for the elementary computer labs. There aren’t any two computers in the lab that match.  

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Golden Retriever Teaches Puppy How to Slide

Going down the slide at the playground is so much fun! But the puppy isn't so sure. It looks a bit scary. So it's a good thing that Mommy is here to show how simple and safe it is.

When Puppy hesitates, Mommy does what's good for her and pulls her down by her leash.


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-via Gifsboom

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To Honor Today's Mission Impossible Release, More of Tom Cruise Clinging: A Very Special Meme

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If, by now, you haven't seen the shot above of Tom Cruise performing his own stunt and clinging for dear life in sacrifice for his Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation shoot, you may be (voluntarily or not) clinging to the underside of a rock. At this point, the story of the star's bravado in performing this stunt has made the rounds and then some. So much so that in March, Neatorama presented readers with the Very Special Meme of Tom Cruise Clinging to Things, and make no mistake, t'was indeed very special.

Since today, the release date of the latest in the Mission: Impossible franchise (which has been reviewed fairly well thus far) is a Very Special Day, dear readers, I give you part two of Tom Cruise Clinging: A Very Special Meme. See more examples here (some with borderline-NSFW phallic and other sexual imagery). 


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Playing Super Smash Bros. From A First Person Perspective

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When you play a video game like Super Smash Bros. you generally don’t think about the ramifications of your actions, after all the game stars wacky characters brawling in a virtual space.

However, if your actions were made real, and you could see yourself punching a cute little Kirby from a first person perspective, how would you feel about all that smashing then?

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The film nerds at SoKrispyMedia created this fun short film that shows what it'll look like to battle the superstars of the video game world while wearing a VR headset, with player one as Mario.

-Via Dorkly


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If You Love Someone, Let Him Go

When your robot companion feels the call of the wild, you must set him free. He's not really yours unless he chooses to be with you. Randall Munroe of xkcd reminds us of this great if painful responsibility.


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Little Pup Lets Loose With Mega Sneeze



It's less like "Seize the Day" and more like "Sneeze Away" for little Roux the Pomeranian. This pup might be small, but his sneeze packs a mighty wallop! It may even register on the Richter scale. His human Jake Kulbreth of Louisiana luckily caught this moment on video. Gesundheit, Roux!



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A Field Guide To The People You'll Meet At Summer Music Festivals

Attending a summer music festival is a great way to meet some of your fellow fans, get a sunburn with a story behind it, and generally romp around outdoors to live music.

But if you’re going to take in a show this summer you should probably grab a field guide first, so you can identify all the kooks you’ll encounter as the band plays on.

Illustrator and people watcher Robert Brown created these colorful entries for the 7 People You’ll Encounter At Summer Music Festivals, including that sweaty love machine that's waaaay too into jam bands and soft textures:


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The Toothbrush Machine

Simone Giertz is the chief technologist at Punch Through Design, a hardware design company in Minneapolis and San Francisco. Her latest project, the Toothbrush Machine, has a simple premise: “because knowing how to build something doesn’t always mean that you should.” To prove that, her useless machine stylishly and practically brushes the front teeth. It consists of a robot arm mounted onto a bike helmet. An Arduino controls the servo motors, moving the brush into position, and then back and forth as needed.


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Dr. Whomer - What's A TAR-D'oh!


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Ever since Homer had purchased that old coat, hat, striped scarf and sonic doohickey at the local flea market his life had changed for the better. He discovered that jelly beans made a more than suitable replacement for Duff beer, the sonic thingy got him out of all kinds of binds, and people had taken to calling him The Doctor. He felt like a Lord, which meant it was only a matter of time before he made a major blunder and mucked the whole thing up!

Show the world you have a uniquely geeky sense of style with this Dr. Whomer t-shirt by Brinkerhoff, it's a new cartoon classic!

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Ten People Who Found Big Money and Returned It

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A 62-year-old homeless woman from Calgary, Canada was living in a YWCA shelter when she found a purse with $10,000 cash inside. Despite her dire circumstances, she immediately turned the money in.

“It never crossed my mind to keep the money,” she said. “It’s not mine to keep.”

Once the story hit Canadian media, a groundswell of support and cash rewards were offered to the woman, who declined them due to her embarrassment over being homeless and insistence on remaining anonymous. In the end, the owner of the purse set up a $500 trust fund for the woman. That account, combined with other local funding, was enough to move the lady into her own apartment.

Read other stories of people, some in need, who found huge amounts of cash — in amounts up to $221,510 — and decided to return the money in this article. 


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The Perpetual Slinky Escalator

It's pretty neat until you realize that from the Slinky's point of view, it's a human attempt to create a Sisyphean hell for all Slinkykind. Matthias Wandel's eternal Slinky escalator amuses us to no end and horrifies any Slinky that watches it.


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Wandel made his escalator with a looped wood chain of steps. He tried to use an electric drill to automate the task. But after failing to get the right speed, he opted for a simpler and more effective hand crank. Just turn at the right speed and the Slinky will never stop its labor.

-via Gizmodo


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Badger on a Bender

A female badger is recovering at an animal shelter in Rewal, Poland. She was found unconscious, surrounded by seven empty beer bottles. Two more were hidden in the bushes. Rewal is a seaside resort, and shelter workers believe the badger, now named Wandzia, stole the bottles from tourists, and opened them with her teeth. After two days of sleep, the badger is recovering, although still somewhat disoriented. She may be released into the wild this weekend. -via Arbroath

(Image credit: Fundacja Na Rzecz ZwierzÄ…t via YouTube)


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Fashion's Funniest Instagram Account

People often assume that models don’t have a very good sense of humor, an opinion which is reinforced by their blank “modely” expressions and the fact that most models don’t act all bubbly and cheerful in public.

But if you want to see a model’s wild side you have to look at their social media accounts, because that’s where some models, like Tilda Linstam, let it all hang out.

Tilda’s Instagram account is full of funny pics (keeping in mind that funny is subjective), and she's out to prove that models can travel the world, pose for a living and still find time to pose for silly pics. (Some pics NSFW-ish)

See more pics from fashion's funniest Instagram here


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Hulk, the World's Largest Pitbull Has a Litter of Pricey Puppies

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You may remember a previous Neatorama post about 173-pound Hulk, thought to be the largest pitbull in the world. The famous gentle giant is the pride, joy and family dog of owner Marlon Grannon, who breeds and trains protection and police dogs at Dark Dynasty K9 in New Hampshire.

There is an update in the world of Hulk since that post went live: he is now the doting father of eight adorable puppies. The litter may be naturally precious to Hulk and his puppy mama, but in the human world where money talks, each pup is akin to pitbull royalty, with a monetary value of between $30,000 and $55,000. 

By the time the puppies were born, most were already sold at a price of $30,000. Yet if the pups would go on to be trained by Grannon, their value would be in the neighborhood of $55,000 each.

Grannon's business caters to celebrities and other wealthy clientele worldwide, as well as law enforcement. Each dog is trained from birth and "lives together in a pack without fences, barriers or physical restrictions.” See Hulk and his puppies in action in the video below, and read more about him and his newly expanded canine and human family at the Daily Mail. 


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The Batalla de Flores

The Batalla de Flores, or the Flower Battle, is the grand finale of a month-long festival in Valencia, Spain, every July to convince people to stay in the city during summer. It starts with a parade of floats full of ornately-dressed women and girls. They parade once for the judges, a second time to wave their tennis rackets, and the third time….

Wait… what was that about “tennis rackets”?

One might assume that onlookers have gathered along the Paseo de Alameda simply because they love a colorful procession, enjoy cheering on lovely falleras in traditional dress, and hope to see some interesting floats. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. This crowd is blood-thirsty. The only thing they really want, and the one reason they’re attending this event, is to hurl softball-sizeds flower at the falleras, and clock them right in their pretty faces.

That happens on the third go-round of the parade. The tennis rackets are defensive weapons to lob the carnations back to the crowd. Even after the parade, the flower battle continues, but it’s all in fun and doesn’t really hurt. Afterwards, the streets of Valencia are covered with a layer of colorful carnations. See a gorgeous collection of photographs of the Batalla de Flores (and a video) at For 91 Days.


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Bringing A Very Special Corvette Back From The Dead

The car in this picture might not look like more than a pile of metal junk waiting to be scrapped, but the General Motors Company paid a whole lotta money to restore this junker.

That’s because this is no ordinary car, it’s the one millionth Chevy Corvette ever made, one of the rarest Corvettes in the world.

The white 1992 Corvette was damaged when a sinkhole opened up under the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, so the technicians and craftspeople at the General Motors Design Center are now working their magic to bring the car back from the dead.

The restoration project is scheduled to be completed by September, and even though the one millionth is hogging all the glory a few other rare Corvettes rescued from the sinkhole are getting fixed up too.

See photos of the restoration process at Esquire


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14 Road-Worthy Facts About National Lampoon's Vacation


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Even in a cinema culture whose proverbial aisles are littered and clogged with bad reboots and sequels, the National Lampoon's Vacation reboot has been received particularly poorly by many fans of the franchise. This gives some a reason to look back fondly at the original National Lampoon's Vacation. Mental Floss does just that in this list of anecdotes about the film. Ready for a road trip? The Metallic Pea Wagon Queen Family Truckster's doors are open and it's ready to roll. And speaking of the Truckster, 

"1. IT PRETTY MUCH KILLED THE STATION WAGON.
Griswold’s plan to cart his family from Chicago to California to visit Disneyland stand-in Walley World required a durable vehicle. Obviously, he didn’t get one. The unheralded star of the film is the Wagon Queen Family Truckster, a station wagon with eight headlights and a pea-green finish. The car was actually a Ford LTD Country Squire heavily modified to be as unattractive as possible, and it did the job a little too well: following the release of Vacation, station wagon sales plummeted. Also known as “estate” vehicles, the models were shortly replaced in popularity by minivans and, later, SUVs." 

A car that cool helped destroy station wagon sales? Unthinkable. 


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The Lies That Movies Tell Us, Chloroform Edition

According to pop culture the chemical known as chloroform is a real knockout- just apply it to a rag and cover someone’s mouth and nose with it and blamo! Your subject is out cold, waking up a little groggy but otherwise okay.

This wonder chemical seems like the perfect way to put your way too drunk friend down for a spell so the party can rage on, so why isn’t chloroform in every household in America?

Because Hollywood has been lying to us all, as you will discover in The Lies That Movies Tell Us, Chloroform edition by Zamboni Grenade and Hamilton 100.

It's a painfully drawn out way to make a point, but it'll show you what you're in for if you ever try to chloroform your buddy! (Don't try to chloroform anyone, it can kill them)

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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