"Humanized" Animal Characters From Video Games That Somehow Seem Wrong

Some of our favorite video game franchises feature anthropomorphic animal characters, which creators feel are easier for players to relate to than a normal animal would be.

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But when an animal character is "humanized" they often lose their appeal, and it becomes hard to tell who those human characters are supposed to be, since their animal forms were a big part of what made them recognizable in the first place.

Case in point- Koopalings and Bowser Jr. as humans:

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And then there are those sexy "humanized" versions of animal characters, which are not only less appealing than the original- they're downright creepy if you think about it!

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Who was hoping to see a sexy version of Chica the psychotic animatronic chicken from the Five Nights At Freddy's series? Ummm, maybe you're better off not answering that question...

See 20 Unsettling "Humanized" Versions Of Non-Human Video Game Characters here


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Chinese Sinkhole Swallows Five Pedestrians


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This Associated Press video footage from August 27th, 2015 shows a sinkhole in the northeastern city of Harbin, China opening up as pedestrians walk over it and quickly sucking them into the ground. Out of five pedestrians who fell into the hole, four were injured. The footage was caught on surveillance camera and showed up on Chinese social media soon afterward. Via Yakima Herald


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Murloc Fink - There's Something Fishy About That Driver...

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The goblins have done a lot of dumb things during their species' lifetime on Azeroth, but the dumbest thing by far was teaching the murlocs how to fix their vehicles. Now the murlocs are full blown hot rod fanatics, tearing up the Mirage Raceway with their souped up sleds, which has really messed up the ecosystem. Even during times of war the murlocs could be counted on to hunt down invasive species and protect the wetlands, but now that they're all about crafting instead of hunting the swamps have been overrun by annoying little gnomes!

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Lunchtime Portraits Capture The Sidewalk Scene Of The Late 70s

Bad things to do on your lunch break include- eating a 2000 calorie meal, smoking half a pack of cigarettes, and sleeping in your car.

Good things to do on your lunch break include- buying a homeless person a meal, squeezing in a bit of cardio in the gym, and taking pictures of people milling about on the sidewalks.

If lunchtime portraits become a social media trend then photographer Charles H. Traub deserves credit as an originator of this idea.

Charles hit the sidewalks of Chicago from 1977 to 1980 capturing portraits of people on their lunch breaks for the aptly titled series “Lunch Time”, which is finally going to be released in book form by Damani Press.

"Lunch Time" gives the viewer a candid look at what people were actually wearing in the 70s, from awful to awfully fabulous, and each image really

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Two New Snow Leopard Cubs

The Chicago Zoological Society proudly announced two new arrivals at the Brookfield Zoo yesterday: snow leopard cubs! Well, the announcement was yesterday; the cubs were born on June 16th. Since then, they have been living in seclusion with their mother, 4-year-old Sarani. Their father is 5-year-old Sabu. Both cubs are female, and have no names yet (which sounds like a crowdsourcing project may be coming). Snow leopards are one of earth’s seven "big cats," and are an endangered species. There are only a few thousand left in the wild.

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The new cubs will remain in their own private living quarters until October, when they will be introduced to the public. Meanwhile, you can read more about them at the zoo’s website, and keep up with their progress through Facebook. -via Buzzfeed

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See also: the cubs’ older brother, born in 2013 and now named Everest.

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Illustrator Visualizes Mental Illnesses As Monsters

Dealing with a mental illness means identifying and handling that little monster lurking around inside your mind, a monster waiting for the most inopportune time to make an appearance.

Illustrator Toby Allen decided to deal with his anxieties by imagining how they would look as monsters, visualizing these hard to describe (and even harder to understand) creatures that wreak havoc on our state of mind.

We first featured Toby's artwork here on Neatorama a few years ago, and since then he has reworked his original designs a bit and given more mental illnesses a visual life, along with a very internet appropriate disclaimer:

The artwork is not at all intended to make light of these conditions but instead is intended to give these intangible mental illnesses some substance and make them appear more managable as physical entities.

See more of Toby's mental illness monster illustrations at Bored Panda


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16 Hacks to Make Your Move More Simple

Moving is never easy, but the process can be made more simple when you know what you're doing. Over on Homes and Hues, we put together a few simple, but wonderful moving hacks to help speed up and simplify your next move. 

From getting the boxes to your first night in the new house, these tips cover ever step of the way. Even if you're not moving right now, it's worth bookmarking the tricks so you can save yourself some time and effort later, so don't miss the full list here: 16 Brilliant Moving Hacks


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10 Brilliant Inventions That Can Change Poor People's Lives

Some of the best inventions aren't high tech, but technology adapted to the needs and resources of poor people in developing nations. When on Earth has a list of 10 of them, including these self-adjusting glasses.

The system is called Child ViSion. A pair will fit a child between the ages of 12 and 18 and withstand a lot of punishment. More importantly, they don't require an optometrist. The user can adjust them by twisting the rods on the side, which move the lenses. Once the user can see well, s/he removes the adjusters until it's time to tweak them again.

Read about 9 other great inventions to help the world's poorest at When on Earth.


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LSD: Line, Square, Dot

LSD is a very minimalist physics game. There’s a box. You can draw lines. And a dot falls. Your goal is to get the dot in the box. Simple, huh? All you have to do is draw lines in the right place to bounce the ball into the box. It’s doable, but maddening at times. Inertia is not your friend here- if you get your lines placed just right, that ball will bounce forever. As soon as you think you’re pretty good at it, you’ll be put in your place. -via Metafilter


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The "Scorpion Queen" of Thailand Covers Herself in Scorpions to Amuse Tourists

But that's just for now. If you have the title "Scorpion Queen," then you're morally obligated to become a vicious tyrant.

At the moment, our queen parades in front of visitors to the Tiger Zoo in Pattaya, Thailand. She amazes them by wearing live scorpions on her dress and playing with them as though they were loyal henchmen who will obey her psychic commands. This is a demonstration of her power. She has no fear of something that terrifies everyone else. It is Step 1 to building a base of supporters.

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Murphy’s Take on Moore’s Law

Instead of Moore’s law, the latest comic from CommitStrip appears to be an example of Wirth’s law, named for Niklaus Wirth, who recognized the phenomena back in 1995. It tells us that as hardware becomes faster, software even more rapidly becomes slower.

I’m no technical genius, but even I can tell that what we use computers for becomes more complicated all the time, which means we will never have the speed we want. Twenty years ago, I couldn’t load a video. Ten years ago, I had to buy a new computer just to start a blog. Now we stream full-length movies and live events. What's next? And how much frustrating will it be?  


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8 Photos of Frying Pans and 1 of a Moon of Jupiter

NASA recently released this composite image of 9 round objects. 8 of them are the bottoms of frying pans. 1 of them is Europa, a moon of Jupiter. It was taken by NASA's New Horizons space probe in 2007.

Can you guess which is Europa? Attempt no landing there, but make a guess. Then check it against the answer in the Daily Telegraph.

Did you guess correctly?

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Terrifying Werewolf Dog Muzzle

Want to dress your dog up as a werewolf and possibly draw the attention of authorities? Check out this muzzle you can order from Russian retailer Zveryatam. It comes in five sizes and costs 2 10000 р, whatever that means -plus shipping. 

Russian guitarist Alexey Kurulyov shared a picture of his dog wearing one. I’m sure he’s a bundle of love most of the time, but wearing this muzzle, he’s a hellhound straight out of your nightmares. -via Geeks Are Sexy

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80s Hero - All The Fury Of Kung Without The Stink!


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Dkjaskldfjds didn't start out as a hero, he was just an ordinary martial art cop in Miami, but when he was pushed too far he found himself transformed into the kickass kop Kung Fury. The power had transformed him into a real hero, the kind of badass you see in movies and TV shows who says cool stuff right before obliterating a bad guy, but would this power be enough to stop Hitler? With a little help from his computer whiz buddy Hackerman, the god of thunder Thor and an angry Tyrannosaurus Rex it's a sure bet this grand 80s hero can't lose!

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Forget Microbrews--Have a Nanobrew!


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"Microbrewers can focus on making each bottle taste good. But we can focus on making each sip taste great." The comedy troupe Above Average takes the microbrewing craze to the next level by imagining a brewery that scales down its product to less than a thimble-full per bottle. You will never, ever feel the effects of alcohol, but you will experience microbrew prices.

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10 Fascinating Facts About Blade Runner

Harrison Ford stars in a Ridley Scott film based on a novel by Philip K. Dick. You can’t beat a pedigree like that. The 1982 film Blade Runner couldn’t help but become a classic of the sci-fi genre. Surely you’ll want to know some of the important facts behind the movie. For example: 

4. RIDLEY SCOTT DIDN’T READ THE BOOK ON WHICH IT’S BASED.

Blade Runner is (loosely) based on Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? by legendary sci-fi author Philip K. Dick. (It’s one of over a dozen movies based on his works.) But Scott didn’t read the book before making the movie: “I actually couldn’t get into it. I met Philip K. Dick later, and he said, ‘I understand you couldn’t read the book.’ And I said, ‘You know you’re so dense, mate, by page 32, there’s about 17 storylines.’”

5. PHILIP K. DICK HATED THE SCRIPT (AT FIRST).

Dick passed away before the film was completed, but he kept up with the script as it went through various permutations. He loathed Hampton Fancher’s original draft, saying he was “angry and disgusted” at the way it “cleaned my book up of all the subtleties and of the meaning … It had become a fight between androids and a bounty hunter.” A revised screenplay by David Webb Peoples brought Dick around: “I couldn’t believe what I was reading! ... The whole thing had simply been rejuvenated in a very fundamental way ... [The screenplay and the novel] reinforce each other, so that someone who started with the novel would enjoy the movie and someone who started with the movie would enjoy the novel. I was amazed that Peoples could get some of those scenes to work. It taught me things about writing that I didn’t know.”

Other bits of trivia address the question of whether Rick Deckard is a replicant himself or not. And there’s more about Blade Runner you’ll want to know at mental_floss.


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Overprotective Raccoon "Rescues" His Brother


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Willie and Waylon are raccoons. They're also brothers. Willie is a "hold my beer and watch this" type of raccoon. It's Waylon who has to get him out of his messes. In this case, the insane Willie decides to swim in the pool. Waylon drags him out when he manages to get to the edge.

Willie is alive--for now. Eventually, Waylon won't be there to save him.

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Silly Season in the UK

There have been a few news stories out of the UK that have Americans scratching their heads. This is news? We are used to British newspaper websites being full of stories that would never make the papers here, but lately stories are published that are silly even by British standards. It’s the Silly Season, in which Parliament is on vacation, so there are fewer government news stories to fill space.

The above story made the BBC. A rogue lawn chair attacked a cow at a farm near Boughton, Northamptonshire. You can clearly see the chair has the cow subdued in a headlock. By the time the Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service arrived, the cow had freed itself from the chair. Thank goodness! -via Metafilter
 


Then there was the case of two wheelbarrow planters that had been tipped over in Henley on Thames.

Caroline Langler, a member of the Henley in Bloom committee, who had planted up the two barrows, said: “Obviously it’s annoying someone has knocked it over because I had enormous pleasure doing them both.

“When I was doing them people were stopping to ask about them and telling me how wonderful they were. People really appreciate them.” Mrs Langler, of Queen Street, said she was just thankful the barrow wasn’t pushed into the road.

The story has a happy ending, as Langler picked up the wheelbarrows and replanted them. Whew, that was a close one. -via Arbroath

Can you find a story out of the UK that beats these two?


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The Perfect Breakfast Cocktail Is Cereal, Milk, and Bourbon

What should you drink for breakfast? You can guzzle down coffee. But that gets old after a while and stimulants are not necessarily a good idea in the morning. A better alternative is an invigorating cocktail. Kim Patton-Bragg, a professional mixologist in New Orleans, has a great solution that she calls the Cereal Killer. She describes her recipe in Garden & Gun magazine:

4 cups Honey Smacks cereal
1 gallon whole milk
2½ bottles Rebel Yell bourbon
2 oz. vanilla extract
1 quart simple syrup
Nutmeg, for garnish

The preparation takes a while because the cereal needs to marinate in the milk for at least an hour. I recommend starting that process the night before. Patton-Bragg says that if it's prepared correctly, the Cereal Killer is "an eye-opener."

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17 Actors Impersonating Other Actors


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One amusing side effect of actors spending long hours together while waiting on sets in their down time is that they occasionally become familiar with each other's voice inflection and mannerisms. Being actors, with (hopefully) an existing flair for imitating fellow humans, many become adept at impersonating each other.

Some actors have more of a talent for it than others  for instance, Kevin Spacey is widely acknowledged to be great at practically flawless imitations. But who knew that Bradley Cooper could do a few pretty good ones? His Owen Wilson is good. His Walken isn't bad either. See all seventeen imitations by various actors at Esquire.


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The San Andreas Table

Ricardo Garza Marcos, a Mexican furniture designer, developed this oak coffee table. It's named for the San Andreas fault in California--the site of so many earthquakes in that region. The surface of the table splits in two to reveal storage space inside.


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Grumpy Cat Tolerates Madame Tussauds’ Figure Sculptors

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Grumpy Cat is slated to be enshrined in Madame Tussauds wax museum in San Francisco. That means she had to travel to their studio to be studied, measured, molded, and photographed by the artists who will create her wax doppelgänger. Did Grumpy Cat enjoy the session? Duh.  -via Tastefully Offensive

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Stock Photos Of Real New Yorkers Doing Things

As a rule New Yorkers do things on a daily basis, just like pretty much everyone else in the world, but it's often assumed the things New Yorkers do are strange things, urbane things, utterly New Yorkerly things.

The thing I said about the New Yorkerly things they do is actually true, but that's because New Yorkers have access to things many others don't, like one dollar pizza slices that actually taste good.

On the flip side they also have to deal with everyday things others don't, like mysterious fluids falling from the sky.

New York Public Radio WNYC cast real New Yorkers for a series of 35 stock photos depicting everyday encounters and activities- NYC style, which are free to share and use for non-commercial purposes.

So the next time you need a pic of a guy making people uncomfortable on the subway with his “manspreading” you've got it! Thanks WNYC, we'll put them to good use.

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Removing Bees from a House

Photographer Larry Chen noticed that honeybees were living in a wall of his house. They weren’t coming inside, but who wants bees living in the wall? Instead of calling an exterminator, he contacted a beekeeper named Mike.

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Mike managed to remove an established hive and contain almost all the bees without harm. There was some wall repair to do, but it was a nice squared-off hole, so it shouldn’t have been too difficult. Highlights of the 5-hour process were recorded for your edification and amusement. In other words, this is fascinating. -via reddit


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Goron's Ruby Rock Candy - The Taste Will Knock You Out!


Goron's Ruby Rock Candy by Cory Freeman Design

When the Gorons started making candy everyone was pretty skeptical about how it would taste, but his Ruby Rock candy is actually pretty good! Too bad the pieces only come in large and legendary sizes, so nobody can actually fit those delicious boulders in their mouths. Zelda suggested Link tell the Gorons their candy pieces are too big for Hylians to eat, but Link knew better than to insult those rocky Death Mountain dwellers with a criticism of their candy. Instead, he slipped on his Goron mask and pretended to be one of them...

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The Marmot’s Roar

I always imagined a marmot would sound something like this. So I was as surprised as you will be to hear one actually vocalizing.

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This was recorded on Blackcomb Mountain in British Columbia by the folks at Lone Goat Soap Co. Naturally, YouTubers had to edit this video to “improve” the roar, and to insert the marmot into an opera and a Taylor Swift concert. You can see those at Tastefully Offensive. -via Arbroath


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Marilyn Monroe's 1961 Letter Detailing a Harrowing Psych Ward Stay Against Her Will

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In 1960, during the filming of Marilyn Monroe's last completed film, The Misfits, her life began to fall apart. Monroe's husband at the time, playwright Arthur Miller, had written the screenplay, which was about a troubled woman in love with an older man. By all accounts, the story was Miller's interpretation of his and Monroe's marriage. 

The shoot, filmed in the Nevada desert at temperatures regularly over 100 degrees, was punishing. Monroe watched helplessly as Miller, on set, fell in love with photographer Inge Morath. Mercurial, alcoholic film director John Huston spent most of the time drunk. Clark Gable, Marilyn's costar, died of a heart attack only a week after filming ended. In this horrific set of circumstances, Monroe's remaining stability crumbled and she increasingly abused prescription drugs. In November of 1960, Arthur Miller filed for divorce. 

By the beginning of 1961, a psychiatrist Monroe had seen committed her to Payne Whitney Psychiatric Clinic in New York. What Monroe believed would be a few days rest turned into being locked in a padded cell against her will. Until she was released against the staff's direction with the intervention of former husband Joe DiMaggio, the actress felt trapped and terrified. Read Monroe's six-page letter to another psychiatrist, penned during her psych ward stay, at Letters of Note. Via Open Culture


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Film From The 1940s Showing Women Use Strange Exercise Contraptions

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It's not uncommon to see people hitting treadmills and ellipticals to get in shape, but back in the 1940s an exercise machine called the Streamliner was introduced, and it was supposed to fight the "battle of the bulge" for you

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Something tells me there were more than a few “unfortunate accidents” attributed to the machines in this video, because they look like they were invented by sadists.

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Female Spies and Gender-Bending Soldiers Who Changed the Course of the Civil War

Belle Boyd, teenager, “fast woman,” and Confederate spy.

Karen Abbott grew up in Philadelphia and then moved to Atlanta. She experienced culture shock when suddenly confronted with people who seem to still be fighting the Civil War. It piqued her interest in the conflict, and she wondered how women were involved. There are always women involved in war, even if they don’t make it into textbooks. Abbot became intrigued with the stories of Elizabeth Van Lew, Rose O’Neal Greenhow, Sarah Emma Evelyn Edmondson, and Maria Isabella “Belle” Boyd. The stories of these spies and soldiers intersected with each other, and involved plenty of other women who left fewer accounts behind. They used the misogyny of the time to their own advantage.     

In this climate, women made great spies precisely because of the way 19th-century society underestimated them. During the Civil War, they “were able to take society’s ideas about the weakness of womanhood and brilliantly exploit them,” Abbott says. “Women were always supposed to be the victims of war, not the perpetrators. One of my favorite quotes in the book is from a Lincoln official, who was completely flummoxed when he said, ‘What are we going to do with these fashionable women spies?’ The idea that women are not only capable of treasonous activity, but they are also capable of executing it more deftly than men was something that had never occurred to these men. The women were either above suspicion, in the case of somebody like Elizabeth Van Lew, or below suspicion, in the case of somebody like Mary Jane Bowser. Nobody even knew she could read, and of course, she was probably the smartest one of them all.”

If they were caught, or on the verge of being caught, female spies could play dumb, helpless, or indignant, declaring “How dare you accuse me? I am a defenseless lady!” Abbott says men didn’t know how to handle it. “Another one of my favorite scenes in the book is the hearing where Rose O’Neal Greenhow is being charged with treason against the United States,” she says. “The prosecution is questioning and badgering her, and she’s turning the tables on them and putting them on the defensive brilliantly. Then one of her interrogators says ‘I don’t think you are bent so much on treason as mischief.’ And it’s like, ‘Mischief? I basically won the battle of Manassas for the South, and I’m up to mischief?’ Even when the evidence was clearly laid out right in front of the men, she was just guilty of ‘mischief,’ because what more could a woman be guilty of?”

Abbot’s research resulted in a book titled Liar, Temptress, Soldier, Spy: Four Women Undercover in the Civil War. The book will be available next week, but you can read an overview of those stories at Collectors Weekly.


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History of Cockney Rhyming Slang and How to Correctly Speak It


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In this, the thirty-sixth episode of Anglophenia, host Kate Arnell presents some fascinating facts about Cockney rhyming slang. How did it come into existence?  

"It’s not 100 percent known how cockney rhyming slang — the replacement of a common word with a rhyming phrase — came about, but it’s typically thought that the tricky word play was a type of code amongst groups of people in 19th century London who wanted to speak to each other without others being able to understand (for instance, street merchants who were haggling with customers). The “tricky” part is, in almost all cases, the omission of the secondary rhyming word, making the origin and meaning of the phrase unknown."

Tricky indeed! But very interesting in that it began as sort of a secret language or code, particularly given that some non-Brit English speakers claim to this day to have trouble deciphering it at times. Via Laughing Squid


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