Cats Stealing Stuff

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Cats have a firm sense of private property, but it only pertains to themselves. A cat sees something, it will take something. "I found it, it's mine now!" You know, like the seagulls in Finding Nemo, just quieter. Enjoy this compilation of all kinds of cats taking all kinds of things for themselves. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Artist Turns Old Snow Shovel Heads Into Whimsical Winter Scenes

When tools get old and rusty they end up sitting in the back of our garage or tool shed for years before they're thrown out like trash, but where some see rust and decay artist Cindy Chinn sees character.

So Cindy uses these discarded old tools as an artistic medium, using a plasma torch to hand cut fun winter scenes into rusty shovel heads and a little light welding to put the whole scene together.

Cindy's tool-based sculptures aren't limited to snow shovel heads, she's also known for creating artwork out of saw blades, rakes and trowel heads, and the scenes on each one match the medium.

But seeing as how it's winter, and some people are becoming mighty tired of clearing snow right about now, these wintery snow shovel scenes seems like the most appropriate series for the season!

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Why Is It So Hard to Fall Asleep?

You might think you're weird because you have trouble falling asleep, but insomnia is way too common. To know how to fix it, you have to know what's causing the problem. And to understand the problem, we need to learn something about sleep itself.

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You already knew about caffeine, but who knew that bacon and eggs for a late super could interfere with sleep? taking time to wind down is a problem for me. When it's already the wee hours of the morning when I finish work, and I know I'll be back up at five, who wants to take time to wind down? That's because I don't have trouble falling asleep; I just having trouble finding time for sleep. -via Laughing Squid


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Special Snowflakes

We all want to feel special, and we also long for others to acknowledge how special we are and recognize the qualities that make us unique in the world, in other words acknowledge what makes us one-of-a-kind.

You know what else is unique and one-of-a-kind? A snowflake, and even though some people have tried to use snowflake as a derogatory term we know it's really a compliment and an acknowledgement of our unique beauty.

And there's something else you should know about "snowflakes"- we can be ice cold as needed, and if you try to diminish our specialness we'll cut ya! Figuratively speaking, of course...*wink*

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Guess What Creature This Is

The picture may not be any help, but you can see the video of this creature at Imgur. The moving picture will eventually reveal the type of animal to you, but try out your detective skills by guessing what it is during the first ten seconds or so. Were you correct? Me, neither. -via TYWKIWDBI

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What's Inside A Heated Jacket?

The idea of wearing a heated jacket used to fill me with dread, since wearing one seems like a good way to end up electrocuted or killed by a flaming jacket.

But heated jackets are completely safe to wear, and people who live in extremely cold areas swear by them, claiming they're like wearing a warm hug all day long.

Host of What's Inside? and fun dad Dan Markham loves his heated jacket, and yet he was willing to slash it open and show us how it works for the sake of science, and Dan convinced me they're not so dangerous after all.

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Porg Bento

Did Chewbacca really become a vegetarian because the porgs are so cute? We may never know, but if you want to chow down on the little critters without the fishy taste, then check out this bento box version made completely of rice! Yeah, it's more art than food, but it will make a decent lunch for some Star Wars fan.

This Porg doesn’t require contemplating the roasting of Ahch-To’s cutest critters, and instead requires artfully shaping together heaping piles of delicious sushi rice—before presumably admiring your artistic talents for a few seconds and proceeding to devour it.

Watch how it's made at io9. -via Everlasting Blort

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Meet The "FredHeads"

Most people who watch the A Nightmare On Elm Street films see Freddy Krueger for what he is- an evil bastard who enjoys killing innocent people and turning life in Springwood into hell on Earth.

But some twisted fans see Freddy as a dream come true, a guy worthy of worship and the inspiration for a legion of fans who call themselves "Fredheads".

They have good dreams about Freddy, dress up like him at Cons and idolize him, and now these Freddy superfans are the focus of an upcoming documentary by Venn Pictures and Northgate Pictures called FredHeads: The Documentary.

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FredHeads is a pet project of director Paige Troxell, who wanted to show her fellow Freddy fans they're not alone:

“In my darkest times I have turned to Elm Street. It is a survival story, it is my best friend, it is my comfort, and it is my home,” gushes Troxell. “I knew that there were others out there who saw this film for more than just the typical slasher. It is my goal to bring to life each and every story; to show the world that this community stands together, that we are a support team for each other.”

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9 Photographs That Have Made History

Pioneering journalist Eliza Scidmore was the magazine's first official female writer, photographer, and board member. In the 1890s, the organization that is now the Smithsonian Institution gave Scidmore a Kodak camera to document her travels across India, Japan, China, and the Indonesian island of Java.

In celebration of the magazine's 130th anniversary, National Geographic posted a gallery of photographs that broke new ground from the span of its publication history. Check out images from the first successful expedition to the North Pole, their first wildlife photo, their first camera trap photo, through a "first" from 2017.


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Dartfield The Stranger Thing - He Hates Fridays


Dartfield the Stranger Thing by TopNotchy 

Everything is stranger in the Upside Down- pets walk people on leashes, the sky poops on birds, and Dartfield the cat-beast doesn't eat lasagna- he eats guys named Jon! It's a wild, wacky world over there, and yet Garfield and Dartfield have one key thing in common- they're so lazy they almost never leave the house, not even for a Double Jon supreme pizza. But if that kid Dustin should ever take a trip to the dark side he would probably be able to lure Dartfield out of his den with a candy bar, because as different as things are between our two dimensions candy is candy no matter where you are - and it's always delicious!

Blow people's minds wherever you go with this Dartfield The Stranger Thing t-shirt by TopNotchy, it's the hilarious way to show love for everyone's favorite cartoon cat and your fav retro sci-fi show at the same time!

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Sad Facts About Beloved Characters, As Proven By Fans

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When we fall in love with pop culture characters like The Simpsons, Jack Bauer of 24 or the Belcher family from Bob's Burgers our crush makes us overlook the bad stuff about them and their show.

We stop paying attention to how many people Jack Bauer kills and all the smokers in Springfield, and those wacky Belchers do a great job of distracting us from how broke they are, even when it's the plot of an episode.

So now you're probably asking yourself "how broke are the Belchers?", a question which dedicated fans have answered:

According to one study, Bob's Burgers LLC is probably bringing in a little less than $70,000 a year, while only actually taking home about $43,000 in true annual profit. Given that the average cost for an apartment like the Belcher's runs at about $20,000 a year, the Belchers are left with a paltry $23,000 (before taxes). And that, according to the state of New Jersey, puts the Belchers at about 50 percent less than the maximum to receive food stamps.

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As for Jack Bauer's scorecard, the guy killed 309 people in about nine days!:

Over the course of eight days, plus the two hours of 24: Redemption and the half-day of Live Another Day, Jack Bauer kills 309 people. 309. That rounds out to 1.5 guys an hour, for a whopping 36 guys a day. It's not evenly spread, either; Bauer started the first day only killing ten guys, but really took the gloves off during Day Six, with 52 individual murders. By contrast, the Korean War killed about 31 Americans soldiers a day. On some days, that was Bauer's quota before he let himself take lunch.

And how many smokers live in Springfield? At least two per episode:

In 400 reviewed episodes, there were 795 unique instances of characters riding the nicotine dragon. Around the 2002-2004 era of the show, Springfieldians were averaging some five smoking characters per episode. And while the show typically only focuses on a few characters at a time, Springfield only has an estimated 60,000 residents, which means the percentage of smokers in the town must be incredibly high. Writers presumably drew the line at the episode in which Apu personally lit the cigarettes of a dozen fifth-graders that wandered into his store, preferring instead to leave it implied.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Black Swan

The 2010 film Black Swan is about ballerinas, played by Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis, competing for the lead role in a New York City ballet company production of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake. It is not only a dance movie, but a look into the psyche of a performing artist reaching for perfection in a cutthroat world. It's also been described as a horror film. Black Swan was a box office hit, and was nominated for five Academy Awards. Natalie Portman won for Best Actress. Some amazing things went on behind the scenes, too.

10. Natalie Portman is a big reason why this film was made.

Portman trained for a year in ballet and did so in the hope that this movie would be made. She even paid for the lessons out of her own pocket.

5. Portman suffered an injury during filming.

She dislocated a rib during a lift and had to give up her trailer in order to pay for the treatment she needed. It took a while to recover and they lifted her from the armpits afterward.

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When Quackery on the Radio Was a Public Health Crisis

Medical cure-alls and scams are nothing new. The traveling medicine show was a popular way to advertise snake oil and other quack cures in the 19th century, and then there were radium treatments for everything in the early 20th century. Many of us recall copper bracelets, Laetrile, and other "alternative medicines." There's a long tradition of getting rich by taking advantage of the gullible. In the 1920s and '30s, these marketers took advantage of a wonderful new medium to reach consumers: radio.

In 1932, the Federal Radio Commission (later supplanted by the Federal Communications Commission), banished from the airwaves fortune-tellers, mystics, seers, and other people peddling dubious claims, but concern remained about what was fit to air and how to enforce rules about truth in advertising. A 1936 edition of Hygeia, a publication of the AMA, lamented that “no adequate and prompt measures are as yet available to curb venal radio stations from selling ‘time’ to anyone who pays the price.”

And when regulators did catch up with fraudsters, enterprising quacks got creative. By setting up towers and transmitters in small towns south of the United States/Mexico border, a phalanx of fabulists launched their own stations, beyond the reach of many regulations.

These Mexican radio stations broadcast with up to a million watts of power, reaching across the US and beyond. That's how John R. Brinkley advertised his surgery to implant goat gonads in humans, and made a fortune. Of course, the marketing of dubious quick cures continues on the internet. Read about the era of quack cures on the radio at Atlas Obscura.


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The Elephant in the Room

The old story about the blind men who touched an elephant is a way of teaching us how we should look at the big picture instead of the individual parts. You have to wonder why they didn't just ask a sighted person to settle their argument for them. At least that was my question. The elephant has a completely different take on the tale. Or tail, as the case may be. This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal. The moral of this story is, always ask permission before you touch someone. Especially if that someone is an elephant in therapy.  


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Trouble in Tossing the Christmas Tree

David Graham of Charleston, South Carolina, was simply trying to discard the Christmas tree. His plan was to dump it over the backyard fence into the woods. His wife Erin wondered why it was taking so long, so she peeked out the window and then had to grab her camera.  

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Their two dogs weren't making things easy at all! Did they consider it a game of tug-of-war? Or were they just upset that the wonderful tree was going away? I would bet the former, as the dogs seem to be having a great time. David, not so much.  -via Tastefully Offensive

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When Did People Start Making Bread?

The following is an article from Uncle John's Triumphant 20th Anniversary Bathroom Reader.

We hope you get a rise out of this story—it cost us a lot of dough to put it together, but it was the yeast we could do!

RISE AND SHINE

Did you eat a sandwich today? Did you have an English muffin this morning or a slice of pizza last night? Americans eat 34 million loaves of bread per day, not to mention rolls, baguettes, bagels, croissants, pitas, doughnuts, and dozens of other kinds of bread. Bread is thought to be the first processed food in human history, and it’s still the world’s largest single food category—more people eat some form of bread on a daily basis than any other food product.

Most bread falls into one of two groups: leavened, which rises with the help of an ingredient (yeast is the most common leavening agent) and unleavened, which is basically flat. Many flat varieties—for example, Mexican tortillas, Jewish matzo, Norwegian flatbrød, or Indian chapati—have remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years. But the history of bread is really about the flatbreads that did change—and evolved into the leavened loaves we know today.

TIMELINE

The history of bread begins with wild grain. Around 11000 B.C. huge fields of grain appeared in southwest Asia as the glaciers began to retreat. Nomadic people ate the raw seeds (in addition to whatever else they could gather).

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Wise Quacks: A History of the Rubber Duck

If you still have any of your early childhood toys, the odds favor that it may be a yellow duck. The ubiquitous bath toy is not only classic, but fairly indestructible. And they've been around longer than you think -almost as long as rubber itself.

The ducks had their origins in the mid-1800s, when rubber manufacturing began to gain ground. Out of the many animals crafted, they were the most native to water and broke away from the pack. Families who used to make bathing a weekly event prior to Sunday church sessions would entice children to submerge themselves in the murky tubs with a duck, some of which didn’t float. They were intended as chew toys.

Anything that makes bathing a child easier is bound to be popular. The improvements in the rubber duck came because it was popular, which made it a user-driven design. Read what else happened to the classic rubber duck on its way to your bathroom at Mental Floss. 


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Cyanide & Happiness Presents Growing Up

Even though I'm enjoying every minute of my son's infanthood I also can't wait to watch him grow up and become an awesome little kid, and I hope I live long enough to watch him grow old and gray...but I probably won't because of my poor diet and lack of exercise...plus the booze ain't helpin...*sniff* I miss him already! (NSFW)

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This Cyanide & Happiness short has stirred up all kinds of feelings inside me, so if you'll excuse me I need to go hug and kiss my son!


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Car Crashes into Second Floor

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A speeding car hit the median and launched into the second floor of a building in Santa Ana, California, early Sunday morning. The vehicle caught fire, and the driver was dangling out of it for a few minutes until police moved underneath to catch him. The driver, who admitted being under the influence of drugs, sustained minor injuries, as did a passenger. The building is a dental office, and was unoccupied when the crash occurred. After sunrise, the car was removed by a fire department crane.

-via Uproxx

UPDATE: There is some surveillance video of the crash.


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One In A Million Coincidences Caught On Camera

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We remark "what are the odds?!" when certain seemingly coincidental things happen in our lives, but despite what we say we know these occurrences aren't that unusual, uncommon or even worthy of remembering.

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But when you actually manage to capture that one in a million moment on camera you've taken a pic of a crazy rare coincidence you'll remember forever.

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Of course, some coincidental moments are rarer and more memorable than others, but it's still fun to snap a pic of those sillier moments too, so you can share that special sighting with your social circle.

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Say No To Sports - Call An Audible Against Stupid Sports Fans


Say no to Sports by Steven Rhodes

Fall and winter are the seasons of sports, with lots of fans out there rooting for their favorite teams and using sporting events as an excuse to get drunk and act like idiots, which is why it's time for the rest of us to rebel. Where is it written that we must all love sports? It honestly seems way cooler to say no to sports, especially when everyone around you is swept up in baseball, football or hockey fever, and the only way those drunken sports fans who are a plague on civilized society will ever learn to stop obsessing about a pastime they can't possibly do themselves is if we teach them why sports are stupid!

Rebel against the rabid sports fans ruining the world by wearing this Say No To Sports t-shirt by Steven Rhodes, it's a great way to take a knee against those who think sports are something we should all give a crap about.

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Four Common Career Distortions

This is why I am reluctant to tell people what I do for a living. It sounds like a hobby, something that people fill their time with, but don't necessarily make money from. Even the IRS has a hard time with the word "blogger." Reposting cat pictures is a legitimate career -believe me, believe me! But if I try to deflect by saying I'm a writer, no one believes that, either. This comic is from Poorly Drawn Lines. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Geeks Who Are Putting Their 3D Printer To Good Use

(Fallout T45-d Power Armor Helmet by Daniel Lilygreen)

As soon as 3D printers went from costing thousands of dollars to hundreds people started bringing them home so they could get busy creating cool stuff.

But where most people used their 3D printers to print out practical items or printable stuff they found online the geeks got busy creating replicas of their favorite props, weapons and armor so they could live out their nerdy dreams.

(BATTLE MOPS Cosplay Weapons by Marco Antonio)

However, they soon ran in to one big problem- the stuff they wanted to print was too big to print as one solid piece.

So they used their creative minds to figure out a way to print their props in pieces, and now when it comes to how big the prop they create with a 3D printer can be the sky's the limit!

(Soul Edge Sword by Ricardo Salomao)

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Why Your Body Fat Is Where It Is

You can use liposuction to move body fat from your belly to your butt, but that won't change the way your body works. Sooner or later, it will start replenishing its fat storage in the areas it did that to begin with. That's due to your hormones -or lack of them.

Specifically, your sex hormones. Testosterone and estrogen are two of the biggest drivers of fat storage—they’re the whole reason that men and women tend to have different body shapes when it comes to chub. Biologically female bodies stash the stuff in thighs and butts, whereas male bodies tend to pack pounds onto the stomach. This is also partly why men tend to have more cardiovascular problems. Abdominal fat exacerbates metabolic issues and triggers all kinds of metabolic changes that have a negative impact on your cardiovascular system.

The way your body does this is way more complicated than just that. For example, too little testosterone has the same effect as too much testosterone! To learn the effects of hormones on body fat, scientists study the ways hormones change, specifically, at puberty and menopause, during gender reassignment therapy, and under abnormal genetic conditions. Read about the role of hormones in distributing your body fat at Popular Science. -via Digg

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A Handy Etiquette Lesson On What Not To Do While Visiting Japan

Visiting Japan requires a bit of preparation if you don't want to come off as a rude tourist, because the Japanese people have a lot of customs and traditions they expect visitors to respect or they bust out the dreaded "stare of disapproval".

Do you like to chow down on a burger or taco while walking around in a public area? Better not eat in public in Japan or you'll get the dreaded stare, unless you're in front of a convenience store, food stand or vending machine, because they like to keep the streets clean so they only eat in select areas.

And that's lesson one in this informative episode of Chris Broad's Abroad In Japan, created so Chris can share some of the most important lessons he has learned while living in Japan for the last five years.

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Dine at Los Pollos Hermanos in Albuquerque

If you happen to be in Albuquerque on January 20th, you'll be able to dine at Los Pollos Hermanos, the notorious restaurant featured in the TV series Breaking Bad. Twisters Burgers and Burritos will be transformed for one day only to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the TV show, which premiered on January 20, 2008.

Super fans Edward Candelaria and Marq Smith, of Albuquerque, are paying to transform a Twisters Burgers and Burritos restaurant, 4257 Isleta Blvd., into the iconic Los Pollos Hermanos as it appeared during filming years ago. The outside will be updated with a Los Pollos Hermanos sign and the two already made the employee uniforms.

“We’re going to look like Los Pollos Hermanos. We’ll have the sign. All the cashiers will be wearing yellow shirts, the aprons and hats,” general manager Reuben Zaragoza said.

Breaking Bad fans will want to visit, but Candelaria and Smith would really like the cast and crew of Better Call Saul, who are now filming in the city, to show up. They'll get a free burrito if they do. -via Uproxx


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Bruce Lee with Lightsabers

Bruce Lee was the most badass martial arts movie star ever. How could you possibly make his moves any cooler? Maybe with a lightsaber! Inspired by a digital artwork by DeviantART member Ameeeeba, Patrick Nan altered a scene from the 1972 movie Fist of Fury to include lasers in dangerous places- like nunchucks.  

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Yeah, that could leave you with some serious armpit burns, but it looks good. -via Tastefully Offensive 


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The Contentious Burial of Bo-Bo, the Blenheim Spaniel of Civil War Hero General Daniel E. Sickles

General Daniel E. Sickles (previously at Neatorama) led a remarkable life. He was a murderer (he shot Philip Barton Key, the son of Francis Scott Key), a Civil War hero, an amputee, a New York City alderman, and a Congressman. He was also devoted to his purebred Blenheim spaniel named Bo-Bo, who lived from 1902 to 1905.

Following Bo-Bo’s death, General Sickles was inconsolable. For two days, he sat beside his companion, refusing to leave the dead dog’s side. During this time, he made plans to give Bo-Bo a burial fit for a king. He  ordered a magnificent wood coffin lined with tufted satin, which he topped with a small American flag and numerous roses and cut flowers. For several days, Bo-Bo lay in state in the front parlor at 23 Fifth Avenue.

Bo-Bo’s burial was originally scheduled for August 24, but the general had to postpone it because it took him some time to find a cemetery to accept his dog. He first approached the trustees at the Beechwoods Cemetery in New Rochelle, New York, where his father had purchased a family crypt prior to his death in 1887. They turned him down. He looked into several other cemeteries, but no one wanted to accept the general’s beloved dog.

The Beechwoods Cemetery eventually relented and allowed Bo-Bo to be buried in the family plot. That's when the trouble started. The other plot owners objected, and Sickles' family members threatened to sue. Read the story of the dog buried in General Sickles' family plot at The Hatching Cat.


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Thala-Siren Milkshakes

We know milk does a body good, especially the green milk of the thala-sirens of Ahch-To. In any real universe, it would taste a bit fishy, but in this recipe, it's sweet with a hint of vanilla and almonds. And you don't have to milk a sea sow- just buy some at your local grocer.

To make a thala-siren milkshake, you'll need to make your own green ice cream, which involves freezer time. Since you'll also need fancy silver sugar, you might want to file this recipe away for your next Star Wars party or film festival. May would be a good time for that, since it has both Star Wars Day (May the fourth) and the release of the movie Solo: A Star Wars Story (May 25). Get the recipe for thala-siren milkshakes here.

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Artist Carves Avocado Pits Into Magical Figurines

It always seems like a shame to throw out avocado pits, especially given how easy it is to grow an avocado tree from a pit, and yet if you eat avocados like I do then you're bound to end up buried in pits if you save them all.

But now that I've seen the amazing avocado pit sculptures created by Jan Campbell I'm thinking it's time to whip out the old carving knives and sculpt those "stones" into scary monster faces.

Jan is an Irish artisan with a healthy love of Celtic mythology, so she doesn't carve the stones (what she calls the pits) to look like scary monsters- she turns them into figurines of forest spirits, mythic beings and the occasional Venus of Willendorf.

Jan sells her amazing pit carvings through her Etsy shop and her website Avocado Stone Faces, and she posts her latest creations via Instagram in case you want to see what she comes up with next.

I find Jan's sculptures to be truly inspirational and a great excuse to eat more avocados!

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