Woody Harrelson's Father Was A Hitman

Woody Harrelson has great range as an actor, able to convincingly play a farmboy from Indiana one minute and a full blown psychopathic killer the next.

They say inspiration often stems from our life experiences, and if Woody had known his father was a hitman it might have helped his acting career.

But Woody's dad left to live the hood life when he was seven years old, and Woody didn’t learn the truth about his dad until many years later, when he heard news on the radio about the murder trial of one Charles V. Harrelson.

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Amazing Skill: Manipulating a Mental Abacus


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What these Indian girls are apparently doing is manipulating in their minds and with gestures an imaginary abacus. This technique helps them keep the numbers in the man's rapid-fire math questions straight. He can barely keep ahead of them with his electronic calculator.

-via Daily of the Day

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Awesome Nibbler Cosplay

This is Sir Francis Bacon. As you can see, he is an adorable little Boston terrier. He is also quite the wonderful Nibbler impersonator. 

While few dogs will be able to pull off this look as well as little Bacon here, you can at least try to mimick the look since his owner was kind enough to add an Instructable on how to make your own.

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The Ultimate Virtual Reality Experience

(Jim Benton)

It’s a fantastic game, but I do have a few complaints: there aren’t enough save points, the respawning function doesn’t work, and you can’t skip the cut scenes. The graphics can be impressive, but the character designs don’t match the packaging at all. Honestly, I’ll give it only 2 out of 5 stars.


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Why Two Men Are Walking Every Block of New York City


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This video by The New Yorker features two New York residents, William Helmreich and Matt Green, who independently decided to embark on projects in which they walk every block of New York City. One is fairly young and one is older, and they both have different backgrounds and reasons for doing what they're doing. But on their separate journeys, both men develop profound and inspiring thoughts around them, the citizens, sights and sounds of the iconic city. Via Laughing Squid


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Top 10 Medieval Butt-Licking Cats

Did you ever imagine that you’d see a “top ten” list like this? It’s not so much that a medieval monk drew a cat in the margins of an illuminated manuscript, but that there are this many of them in a list at Discarding Images, all licking their butts. Why? EmpressCallipygos at Metafilter offers an explanation, which is worth reading in its entirety. Here’s an excerpt:   

So imagine this monk sitting there in a dimly-lit scriptorum, back bent over his work - he's tired, he's achey, grinding the pigment for the paint made him sneeze, and that one other monk with the mole gave him a dirty look and oh for goodness sake how could i help it the stuff got up my NOSE, brother - and he's got a long way to go before he's done illuminating this one page from Revelations, and come to think of it it was the monk with the mole that insisted there be so much blue in the damn thing....

...And in walks his cat, just sort of ambling in. Our monk momentarily glances up, too busy to do much more than notice Puss-Puss walking in. Ah, though, maybe he can watch the cat for just a second, take a little break...

...And he looks up again, just in time to see Puss-Puss plonk down and start to lick his butt, something which always tickles him because dear lord how on earth do they get their legs cocked so far back....

And after a second, our tired, cranky, bored monk switches the blue ink for the gray, and begins drawing.

Cat images may be shared by more people in the modern age, because internet, but laughing at cats and attempting to share that humor has a long history. -via Metafilter


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Why Russian Cosmonauts Pee on a Bus Tire and Other Strange Space Rituals


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The story goes that on April 12, 1961, Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was about to launch into space, becoming the first human being to do so. At the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, Gagarin took a bus to the launch pad. When he arrived, he sensibly decided to relieve his bladder one last time. So he peed on one of the bus's tires.

Specifically, Gagarin peed on the back right tire.

Ever since, Soviet and Russian cosmonauts faithfully peed on the back right tire of the shuttle bus before blasting off into space.

This is one of many unusual traditions that astronauts of the spacefaring nations have picked up. You can read about the rest at Atlas Obscura.


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Bass Heavy Sound System Destroys A Bag Of Chips

If you’re walking home from the convenience store, with a bag of chips for later, and you hear a car with a bass heavy audio system drawing near you’d better clear the sidewalk or risk a bag blowout.

Because this video by Steve Meades Design proves, a booming system can obliterate a bag of chips (and your eardrums) in just a few seconds. (Contains NSFW language)

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Steve created this video to demonstrate the raw bass power of their “Tremendous Bass 118” custom sound system, but it's also a reminder that walking around a city full of booming systems with an unopened bag of chips is dangerous!

-Via Laughing Squid

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What Is It? game 342

Now it's time for our collaboration with the amazing What Is It? Blog! What is this object in the picture? I don't know! The great ting is that you don't have to know the correct answer to win a t-shirt from the NeatoShop!

Place your guess in the comment section below. One guess per comment, please, though you can enter as many as you'd like. You might know the true answer, but we're going to select two winners who come up with the funniest, most outlandish guesses to win a T-shirt from the NeatoShop. However...

This game is limited to those who haven't won a t-shirt in the last month. Please write your T-shirt selection and the artist who designed it alongside your guess. If you don't include a selection, you forfeit the prize, okay? May we suggest the Science T-Shirt, Funny T-Shirt and Artist-Designed T-Shirts?

Let your imagination run wild! Good luck! You can also challenge yourself with plenty of other mystery items at the What Is It? Blog.

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A Lion Mind - A Little Light Reading Before Tyrion Turns In


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The people of Westeros say House Lannister chose a lion because it eats its young, or because they feel like the superior predators in a land full of lambs, but they really chose the lion because lions are regal and not likely to play games. Their position as one of the greatest Houses in Westeros is undisputed, and yet the nobility associated with a lion seems to have completely escaped the family ever since that royal pain Joffrey assumed the Iron Throne...

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Adorable Baby Elephant Chases Birds


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In this footage, a darling elephant calf chases swallows that fly around her as she plays in the roadway. I'm sure I'm projecting my own smile as I watched this, but it almost seems as if the elephant was smiling. She certainly looks like she's having fun, though. Via Uproxx

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William Ellsworth “Dummy" Hoy: Baseball's Greatest Deaf Player

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

Around the turn of the 20th century, in much less PC times, there was an excellent baseball player named William Ellsworth Hoy. Because of the social agreements of the times back then, William was nicknamed “Dummy.” Why? Dummy Hoy was a deaf mute.

In those less enlightened times, many deaf mutes were nicknamed Dummy. And, for the record, William Hoy never minded his nickname, instead embracing it. If anyone ever called him “William,” he would always correct them, asking that they call him “Dummy" instead.

William Ellsworth Hoy was born in Houcktown, Ohio, in 1862. At the age of three, he went deaf from meningitis. He graduated from the Ohio State School for the Deaf and was the class valedictorian.

Hoy opened a shoe repair shop in his hometown and started playing baseball on the weekends. His natural talent was spotted almost immediately and in 1888, Dummy broke into the big leagues with the Washington Nationals. He was to play 14 seasons in the major leagues, playing with several different teams in Washington, Cincinnati, Buffalo, St. Louis, Louisville and Chicago.

Dummy Hoy was a superior baseball player, with a .288 lifetime batting average, while stealing 596 bases (some sources credit him with over 600 stolen bases). Besides being a very good hitter, with over 2,000 hits, Dummy was a superb center fielder. At the time of his retirement in 1902, he had set and held several fielding records for outfielders.

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Ten Things I Am Chris Farley Informs Viewers About Its Subject

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The new documentary 
​based on the life of Saturday Night Live great and comedian Chris Farley begins showing this Friday. Entitled I Am Chris Farley, ​the film is directed by Brent Hodge and consists of interviews with many of Farley's SNL and movie costars as well as his family members. Farley's entire life is covered, from his childhood in Madison, Wisconsin until his death by drug overdose at age 33 in 1997.

The movie is guaranteed to be bittersweet, much like the impression this kind, larger-than-life character left in the minds of his friends and costars. As featured in Esquire, here are ten facts about Farley that are presented in the film. 

 "8. He was surprisingly charitable.

The comedian gave back to his community. Farley was a "true Catholic" and spent a lot of time volunteering at children's hospitals. He believed that any homeless man had the possibility to be Jesus so it was best to help everyone. 'That part of him I don't think people knew,' Lorne Michaels says."


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The Most WTF Inducing Bosses In Video Games

Bosses are generally the most iconic characters in a video game, and whether players succeed in taking them down, or lose a life trying, they’re not likely to forget those foul faces anytime soon.

Games that feature prominent boss battles can sometimes feature the most bizarre character designs for these big baddies, which games like Batman:Arkham Asylum, Final Fantasy X and Silent Hill 2 use to bring the story to a dark and wondrous place.

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PlayStation Access breaks down the 7 Most WTF Bosses In Video Games, including those who scarred our minds (PyramidHead), those who blew our minds (Sin) and those who messed with our minds (Scarecrow). (Contains some NSFW-ish material)

-Via GeekTyrant


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100 Days of Rainbows

Artist Julie Seabrook Ream “never could pick a favorite color.” She started a project at her Instagram account hey_jules_studio called 100 Days of Rainbows. Well, she’s past 100 days, but keeps on creating new rainbows out of various other object: toys. flowers, food, anything that comes in a rainbow selection of colors. Almost all are laid out in Roy G. Biv style. Check out all 121 rainbows so far. Many are available as art prints at her Etsy shop.


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The Impressive Tricks of Rats Named Pepper, Blue and Puffin


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Abby Roeser demonstrates the cool tricks she’s trained her rats Blue, Puffin and Pepper to perform. The rats, who are happy to do the tricks in exchange for rewards like dog treats and dinner leftovers such as peas, are trained using a clicker. Very impressive! Now, hopefully I can remember how smart and cute that rats can be when one steps into the light in front of me as I'm walking around New York or some other large city at night! Via Laughing Squid

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The World’s Largest Ice Cream Cone Has 38 Cubic Feet of Ice Cream, Enough to Feed the Entire Neatorama Staff

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Hennig-Olsen, an ice cream company in Norway, earned a Guinness World Record by building the largest ice cream cone in the world. It’s over 10 feet tall and contains over 38 cubic feet of ice cream, 2 cubic feet of chocolate, and 243 pounds* of waffle cone material. That’s so much that the company had to airlift the ingredients from its factory to Kristiansand in southern Norway for the event.

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Pippi Longstocking Is Back, And This Time She's Dishing Out Crimson Justice

Pippi Longstocking is a redheaded powerhouse in pigtails, and although she looks a bit like the Wendy’s girl her superhuman strength and self sufficiency prove she's not your average nine-year-old.

And yet she has been left by the wayside in the world of pop culture, deemed outdated and unworthy of a reboot in an age when they’re making movies about everything from board games to sharknadoes.

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Thankfully Clint Howard and Funny Or Die heard our pleas for a newfangled Pippi reboot, and he wants to bring Milla Jovovich on board to play a grown up Pippi in Pippi Longstocking: Crimson Justice. Sounds like a worthy reboot to me!

-Via Nerdist


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Burger Chain Replaces Its Buns with 2 Halves of a Giant Tomato

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Mos Burger, a Japanese fast food chain, is now offering this healthy if unusual hamburger alternative. Instead of a bun, you get your patty and condiments sandwiched between the halves of a huge tomato. They’re available at only one outlet in Tokyo and only after 2 PM. The staff of Rocket News 24 visited to test it. Oona McGee reports that the meal, which comes with a cup of salad instead of fries, is tasty and uses quality tomatoes.

What other fruits or vegetables do you think should be used this way?


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An Honest Trailer for the Mission: Impossible Movies

Screen Junkies takes on all four Mission: Impossible movies at once. Considering how alike they all are, this isn’t the most difficult assignment -and they chose to accept it.

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The impression I get from this is that all the movies exist mainly to see Tom Cruise in stunts that should kill any mortal human. Otherwise, it’s Scooby-Doo all over again. -via Tastefully Offensive  


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CURSES! - Super Simian 'Splosion


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There was a time when Mojo was the most powerful simian on the planet, and his evil empire stretched from Townsville to the darkest depths of Katamandoo, but then those meddling Powerpuff Girls came to town. They think they're all special, with their big, adorable eyes and admirable goal to rid their city of evil, but Mojo Jojo says nono. He finds their big heads and childish outfits repulsive, and he spends his days cursing their very existence, chanting "Pop the Bubbles! Stomp on the Blossom! Smash the Buttercup!" Luckily, the Powerpuffs are usually too far away to hear his cries, or else they'd give him something else to cry about...

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100 Beautiful Words From the English Language That We Should Use More

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Words go in and out of fashion, and as they do, sometimes we lose perfectly good ones in our daily barrage of media presentations. Unless one is an avid reader, they may never have seen words that are perfectly apt and have the benefit of having a melodic sound that flows well into other commonly used English words. 

This list of one hundred beautiful English words has some arguably attractive selections that would be great interspersed with our own vocabulary standards, if they aren't already in rotation. The more the merrier, correct? See what words populate the list and share your favorites, if you'd like. My favorites listed here are "bucolic" and "halcyon." 


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Videos Revealing Every Change Made To The Original Star Wars Trilogy

George Lucas caught a lot of flak from fans when he decided to add a bunch of CGI scenes to the original Star Wars trilogy.

He caught even more heat when he decided to do away with the original versions in favor of his updated editions, leaving future generations thinking Jabba looks like this:

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Unless you’ve scrutinized all three versions of the original trilogy you probably didn’t catch all the changes Lucas introduced into each film, because there are so many it's hard to keep track of them all.

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Film fan Marcelo Zuniga has created a set of exhaustive side-by-side comparison videos showing all the changes made to the original trilogy, including the updated Hutt horror.

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See Every Change Ever Made To The Original Star Wars Trilogy here


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The 11 Cultures of America

Colin Woodard’s new book American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures in North America divides North America into districts that have no bearing on state borders, but are identified as unique cultures. Who knew that you could draw a map that puts John Farrier and me into the same category?  

Woodard says that among these 11 nations, Yankeedom and the Deep South exert the most influence and are constantly competing with each other for the hearts and minds of the other nations.

"We are trapped in brinkmanship because there is not a lot of wiggle room between Yankee and Southern Culture," Woodard says. "Those two nations would never see eye to eye on anything besides an external threat."

Woodward also says the regions are becoming more polarized, because humans are mobile and “self-sorting.” That’s not universal. I am still in Kentucky because of relatives and the property I own, not the politics. Read a short history and description of each of these cultures at Business Insider. -via mental_floss

(Image credit: Colin Woodward and Tufts/Brian Stauffer)


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Scare Your Kids Into Learning The ABCs With David Lynch's The Alphabet

Sometimes it’s hard to teach kids their ABCs and make the lesson stick, since they have a hard time remembering all 26 letters of the alphabet much less the rest of that cute little song.

Kids need something to help them visualize each letter, imprinting it in their minds for life, and what better way to leave a permanent mark than with a bit of terror?

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David Lynch created the perfect video tool for teaching your kids the ABCs back in 1968, the appropriately entitled experimental film The Alphabet.

Blending surreal animation with nightmarish visuals and a “catchy soundtrack” that features the sound of David Lynch’s daughter crying, The Alphabet is a visualization of a time when Lynch's wife's niece "was having a bad dream one night and was saying the alphabet in her sleep in a tormented way."

Looks like she was learning her ABCs the Lynch way- through her nightmares!

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Taco Belle

Master costumer Olivia Mears once made a dress out of Taco Bell taco wrappers and, on another occasion, ordered a meal at Taco Bell while cosplaying as the Disney princess Belle from Beauty and the Beast. Now, carrying that theme forward to its spicy conclusion is her Belle dress that makes it look like the mad scientists at Taco Bell have finally gone too far. Her Taco Belle dress is a wonder of satin and dry lettuce.

Bonus item: you can see Mears appear costumed in a Taco Bell commercial here.

-via Tastefully Offensive

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Herman Harband’s Headstone

Herman Harband commissioned his own headstone ahead of time to be placed on his grave when he died. It was ready for him at Beth David Memorial Gardens in Hollywood, Florida. The inscription reads:

My wife Eleanor Arthur of Queens, NY lived like a princess for 20 years traveling the world with the best of everything. When I went blind, she tried to poison me, took all my money, all my medication and left me in the dark alone and sick. It's a miracle I escaped. I won't see her in heaven because she's surely going to hell!

However, Harband remarried. When he died in 2011, his second wife Domnita had him buried in a couple’s plot in Raleigh, North Carolina, with a different stone. See his actual grave. According to Find a Grave:

Herman Harband was not buried at Beth David Memorial Gardens, but he did own a headstone at the cemetery, thus making it a cenotaph, not a grave. The internet-famous headstone is real (confirmed by records and the cemetery director), but it was removed in early 2014 and the plot was sold back to the cemetery at the request of his wife. According to the cemetery directory, the headstone (as of this writing) is in storage at the cemetery.

-via reddit


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A Guide to British Dating Slang Words


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In this, the thirty-fourth episode of Anglophenia, host Kate Arnell explains terms one might experience if they were involved in the British dating scene. While most of us Yanks are familiar with the term "snog," other terms mentioned here may be more of a mystery. What on Earth is copping off? And if some cheeky Brit calls you "bang tidy," is it a compliment or an insult? Kate will set you straight. Via Tastefully Offensive


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The Fish-Propelled Boat and Other Wacky Ideas from the Man Behind Tupperware

Earl S. Tupper gave us Tupperware and thus an extended life on that casserole you don't want to eat. But he did a lot more than just give us a way to forget leftovers in the back of the refrigerator for 6 months. He had lots of ideas. Scholars can find his sketches in the archives of the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. For example, he developed an ice cream cone design with a gutter to prevent leakage. And he put a lot of thought into how women’s corsets should be designed.

But most importantly, Earl S. Tupper came up with a revolutionary form of naval propulsion. The fish-powered boat had a pair of wings that did not greatly slow down the boat, but prevented the fish from diving and escaping—or diving and taking the boat with it. We we don't use these today is beyond me.

You can see more of Tupper’s sketches at Hourzz.

-via Slate Vault


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Sunglasses That Give The Wearer LSD Style Visuals Without The Drugs

It is not advisable to take LSD, as it can have negative effects on the body and the mind, but how are we supposed to get those awesome visuals without taking the drug?

Hungarian designer Bence Agoston has come up with a fun way to induce hallucination-esque effects while stone sober- MOOD, sunglasses for music.

Slip on a pair of these psychedelic specs and the world becomes a trippier place thanks to MOOD's interchangeable lenses, which can be layered and rotated to make every viewing experience unique.

Bence comments on MOOD:

“Because each color filters the incoming lights differently, and the patterns can overlap each other or leave blank fields, the new view is completely random and twisted.” Agoston also has versatility in mind, just in case you need a break from your simulated LSD journey: “Mood can also be used with clear lenses, for everyday living.”

Agoston goes on to describe the suggested use of such “hallucinogenic” sunglasses. “The ideal situation for use is during travel, when people listen to music, just looking out the window and watching the ever-changing sights, in perfect harmony with the music.

-Via Beautiful/Decay


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