Man Eventually Calls for Help after Huge Snake Spends 5 Days on the Dashboard of His Car

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One morning, a man in Toonumbar, New South Wales, Australia went to his SUV to drive to work. He found a 9-foot long python sunning itself on the dashboard. Since he had another vehicle, he left the car doors open, hoping that the snake would move on. But when he got back home, he found that the snake was still there. So he left the doors open overnight.

After 5 days, the snake still had not moved out. So the owner called WIRES, an Australian wildlife rescue organization, to remove it. They evicted the snake, which WIRES described as "a bit cranky about being disturbed."

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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Bricknado: a Tribute to Sharknado 2: The Second One

The Brothers Brick held a contest for LEGO builders to pay homage to the SyFy movie Sharknado 2: The Second One (which airs tonight). The response has been great, with silly, scary, and creative LEGO Sharknado scenes of all kinds entered. You can browse through the entries at Flickr. My favorites are the one with a shark on a talk show and the one where the subway tunnel floods. The winners will be announced later today, but before the movie airs. -Thanks, Ochre Jelly!


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S'Mores Chicken Wings

Once again, Nick Chipman of DudeFoods invents a food product that becomes instantly indispensible. Now that you know that these things exist, you feel an overwhelming urge to eat them, right? Of course, you do!

They're simple to make at home. First, bake unbreaded chicken wings. Then dip them in melted marshmallows, sprinkle with graham cracker crumbles, and pour on chocolate sauce. Yummy!

-via That's Nerdalicious!

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Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition!

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Monty Python has started releasing clips from the recent reunion show, Monty Python Live (Mostly) starting with “The Spanish Inquisition,” starring Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, and Michael Palin, with Carol Cleveland. They will release another clip every week, or you can preorder the entire show on home video. -via Laughing Squid


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Sleeve Tattoos That Look More Like Murals

 
Niki Norberg is a tattoo artist working out of Gothenburg, Sweden. He's been working in the field since 2001. His flair for realism and fine detail has gained him wild popularity on Facebook and Instagram, with 171,000 and 256,000 followers respectively. Niki also has a great eye for what works in black ink, able to paint full black sleeves, as seen here, without the finished product looking exceedingly dark and simplistic. 

See more work from this talented artist and keep up with him on social media at Instagram and Facebook. Via Twisted Sifter.  




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Cat Countries and Dog Countries

Although people love both dogs and cats, when you take statistics into account, some countries lean more toward dogs, while others lean more toward cats. A glance at this map compiled with statistics from Euromonitor tells us what we already knew: the U.S. and Russia love cats. Which of the United States are cat states and which are dog states? As a rule, Americans love both dogs and cats, and many households have both.

Here in the U.S., slightly more households own dogs than own cats. But Euromonitor’s numbers show that in terms of raw population, cats outnumber dogs to the tune of 2 million (the number is closer to 4 million, by the American Veterinary Medical Association's estimate). Why? One simple explanation is that cats are more compact. You can fit more cats in a house than you can, say, golden retrievers.

Like I always knew, once you have a cat, you'll want another. Besides, two cats keep each other from being lonely, while two dogs can tear the house apart. The map above was compiled with data from the American Veterinary Medical Association. The Washington Post has the top dog states and top cats states ranked, and more information on how other countries like their pets. -via the Presurfer
 

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The Turboencabulator--A Classic Engineering Joke


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For a number of years now, work has been proceeding in order to bring perfection to the crudely conceived idea of a transmission that would not only supply inverse reactive current for use in unilateral phase detractors, but would also be capable of automatically synchronizing cardinal grammeters. Such an instrument is the turbo-encabulator.

Do you understand? If not, just nod you head and pretend that you do because it's vital that no one else grasps how little you understand about the world. That is the premise of the turboencabulator (or turbo-encabulator or turbo encabulator), a classic joke in the engineering world. Rebecca Linke of Computerworld offers a history of this gag that has been running since at least 1944. It's a long string of total gibberish that sounds right to the uninformed. In short, it's technobabble so good that even Geordi La Forge would approve.

John Hellins Quick, a graduate student, published about the turboencabulator in a 1944 issue of the British Institution of Electrical Engineers Student’s Quarterly Journal. It was republished in the US in a 1946 issue of Time magazine. In 1962, the Instrument Department of General Electric published a professional-looking datasheet on the turboencabulator, complete with a list of accessories, specifications, and ratings. Several companies produced training videos, including the hilarious one embedded above.

-via American Digest and Ka-ching!


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Maisie Williams Reveals How She Stayed Undercover At Comic-Con

Most celebs love to get dressed up, whether in formal wear or a fun costume, so it’s only natural that celebs who attend San Diego Comic-Con each year enjoy channeling their inner cosplayer on the main floor of the convention.

However, celebs generally don’t enjoy getting mobbed by fans, and if they are easily recognizable even in costume they could wind up being the subject of an unwanted fan frenzy.

That’s why celebs are choosing to go to Comic-Con incognito these days, wearing outfits that obscure their identity and allow them the anonymous freedom to roam the floor as they please.

Maisie Williams decided to attend Comic-Con 2014 while wearing simple disguises that kept people from catching Game of Thrones mania and freaking out on the Con floor.

As you can see from her Instagram photo people didn't seem to think twice about the weird little fangirl wearing the Guy Fawkes or Spider-Man mask, and she was able to enjoy the convention without inciting hysteria!

-Via Fashionably Geek


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Pro Tip: Don't Take a Selfie While a Bull Is Charging at You


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Bayonne is a city in southern France. Like Pamplona, Spain, there is a festival in which bulls chase runners through the streets. This is 2014, so it’s no longer enough for participants to just enjoy the thrill of angry bulls pursuing them. Now these moments must be immortalized on social media.

In Pamplona, this is actually illegal and police are searching for a man who snapped a photo of himself while a bull was just inches behind him. Police in Houston, Texas are not trying to find another man who made a video of himself while being chased because, thankfully, this is Texas.

Neither of those men appear to have been trampled. But YouTube user lexflex freeman shot this video of a man in Bayonne getting too distracted by his phone. It looks like he escaped with no injuries to his body—only his pride.

-via Daily Telegraph (warning: auto-play)


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The Easiest, Fastest Way To Cut A Watermelon

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I’ve cut up two watermelons in the past week to pack in my kids’ lunches for band camp. I was using the “cut the rind away first” method, but since seedless watermelons became common, there are plenty of watermelon-chopping techniques that work well. I may have to try this one, but with a slight change. I would do his horizontal cutting (almost but not all the way through) before slicing the melon in half. That would eliminate having to cut towards your hand with a wobbly end down, and instead cut down toward the board with the wobbly (whole) melon down. Oh, and make sure you have a really sharp knife. -via Viral Viral Videos

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How to Play Airplane Peekaboo

Long plane rides are so booooooooring. Here's a traditional game that helps you pass the time. Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal gives us a primer on the rules. It's really straightforward. Now the man on the toilet must tag his playmate back.


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Note that on some planes, the sign flips up rather than down.


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Geek Furniture That's Great For Gamers

A lot of games require a lot of space and many tables just don't cut it for the really elaborate table games. Over at Geek Chic though, you can be sure to find something just right for your favorite games. The tables all feature a "game vault" playing area and most offer a rail system along the side of the table where you can hook in accessories like cup holders, writing spaces and areas for you to roll your dice. Many of them also offer storage spacce for your games when they aren't in use. 

We've got a lot more details about the tables and tons more pictures of them over at Homes and Hues: Game in Great Style With Geek Chic


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26 Odd But True Comic Book Facts

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

* Elvis Presley loved reading comic books as a boy. His favorite hero was Captain Marvel, Jr. It is reputed he got the original inspiration for his jet black hair with the curl hanging down in the middle of his forehead was inspired by Captain Marvel, Jr.

* Michael Jackson wanted to play Spider-Man in a movie so badly, he tried to buy Marvel Comics in the 1990's.

* The Incredible Hulk was originally gray, but Marvel changed him to green after problems with ink in their presses.

* When Joe DiMaggio was playing with the New York Yankees, he loved reading Superman comic books, but he was too embarrassed to buy them himself; he thought it tarnished his image. So he would send other Yankee players to go to the local newsstand and buy the latest issues for him.

* The 1940's comic book superhero called Red Bee fought the Nazis using trained bees. His favorite bee was named Michael and lived in Red Bee's belt buckle.

* Comic book letterers avoid words like "clint" and "flick" because during printing the letters can run together, making the words look like profanity.

* In Archie Comics, Jughead had a real name. His full name is Forsythe Pendleton Jones II. He has a sister named Forsythia “Jellybean" Jones.

* The word “Brainiac" comes from a Superman villain of the same name.

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Retirement Community Remakes Pharrell Williams's "Happy"


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And it's completely charming!

This is the Diana Isaac Retirement Village in Christchurch, New Zealand. 60 residents and members of the staff made this shot-by-shot remake of the original music video by Pharrell Williams. They made it to show their friends and family that they're happy. The Daily Mail describes the dapper fellow who plays Williams:

The star of the video, complete with a Pharrell-esque smart white shirt, bow tie and iconic hat, is 79-year-old former engineer Alister Leckie who Mr King said 'had never done anything like that before, and absolutely loved it'.

The residents stay in shape with regular exercise and flashmobbing, so they were up for the demands of the video.


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Yes, really! They hold flashmobs. The residents converge on malls and dance. Skip to 4:00 in this video to see them in action.

-via 22 Words


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Artist Turns Random Facebook Profile Pics Into Watercolor Sloth Portraits

Artist Hector Janse van Rensburg feels that Facebook profile pics are looking a bit too human these days, so he has taken it upon himself to bring a bit of critter color to the world of social media by slothifying random Facebook profile pics: 

The UK based artist has become known for his offbeat watercolor works, which he shares with the web under the name S**tty Watercolour, and if you are familiar with Hector’s works you know there is nothing serious about his artistic interpretations:

Hector has painted portraits of Redditors and celebrities, and now he’s tackling the ever changing world of social media, whether the Facebook users in question like it or not. Who knows, you might be his next slothification victim…

-Via Bored Panda


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4 Inmates in Australia Repeatedly Break out of Prison, Get Drunk, Then Sneak Back in, Hoping They Won't Get Caught


(Photo: Darwin Correctional Centre by Bidgee)

It was a cunning plan. During the night, the four inmates at a prison in Darwin, Australia climbed over the fence, where they met partners on the outside. These colleagues gave them alcohol and marijuana. After partaking of those refreshments for a few hours, the prisoners climbed back over the fence and got back into their cells, hoping they wouldn't get caught. 

Then they repeated the process a few times.

Finally, early on the morning of July 20, guards noticed these thoroughly drunk prisoners in the yard, fighting over a cell phone. They have since been transferred to a higher security unit. Authorities are not sure if the four will be charged with attempting to escape from prison. 

-via Ace of Spades HQ


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Kittens Learning to Walk Compilation

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Their legs can barely hold their weight, and they can’t get no (da da DA da) decent traction. These kittens are just discovering their new ability to get around on their own, and they are the cutest things ever! -via Tastefully Offensive

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A Darth Vader to Japanese Translation Phrasebook

If you're a native Japanese speaker traveling to an English-speaking country, you might wonder how you will be able to conduct business and everyday transactions in a language that is very different from your own. How will you order food at a restaurant, check into a hotel, or make a business deal?

Thankfully, in the Anglosphere, you can get most of this done by selectively quoting Star Wars. Darth Vader's own dialogue is a particularly good starting point, which is why the publishing company Gakken has produced a phrasebook which translates Lord Vader's English into Japanese. Here are some sample pages.

-via Rocket News 24


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5-year-old Sadie Learns the Awful Truth

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Sadie just learned that her little brother will eventually grow up, and won’t always be the baby he is now. That’s an overwhelming concept for her, and she’s not taking it well. I can’t say that I blame her; he’s got an adorable smile. She also doesn’t want to die, no matter how far away that is. Some things are just hard to deal with. -via Buzzfeed

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The Decline and Fall

Chris Hallbeck of Maximumble has a point. But I think we've reached serious danger only when you decide to stay on your couch and watch a different movie instead. Or if you're hungry, but decide to stay on the couch instead of getting up to go to the kitchen.


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Forgotten Children's TV Shows That Will Give You Nightmares

Children’s television shows used to walk a fine line between enchantingly adorable and unnervingly creepy.

There have been so many kids shows that have come and gone over the years that it’s hard to keep track of them all, but Mental Floss’s Ransom Riggs went down the YouTube rabbit hole and came back with a few shining examples, to remind us how creepy some kid's shows used to be:

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Maybe it had something to do with the strange (and typically low budget) critter costumes, or the slowed speech meant to keep the whole thing kid friendly, but the creepiness most definitely DID NOT have ANYTHING to do with the puppets!

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Okay, maybe it had a little bit to do with the puppets, because they usually weren't friendly looking Muppet style puppets- more often than not they looked like the stuff nightmares are made of.

And speaking of creepy puppets, there's one show missing from Ransom's list of creepy kid's TV shows, one puppet filled program that used to simultaneously fascinate and disturb me to the core as a youngster- The Letter People.

The animated sequences were delightfully folksy, and totally meant to appeal to a Flower Child's child, but there was something about those maniacally grinning puppets with the totally blank expressions that used to haunt me in my dreams!

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Are there any old kid's TV shows that used to creep you out as a kid? Let us know in the comment section and we'll compare notes!


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Woman Didn't Want to Take Maternity Photos, So Her Husband Did It for Her

Maternity photo shoots are a thing now. The results are often funny or sweet photos of expectant mothers showing off their baby bumps. But the pregnant wife of redditor DruishPrincess69 (Funny--he doesn't look Druish) didn't want to have a photo shoot. So he hired a photographer and did it himself. You can view the entire set here.

It looks like he's about 6 months along. That's when the back pain tends to set in. Be careful, DruishPrincess69. Don't push yourself too hard.

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Tina Fey Blooper Reel From The Muppets Most Wanted

The Muppets are the funniest puppets in the land, and when they make a comedic puppet movie where they star alongside comedians famous for their fabulous sense of humor you know some funny business is bound to go down on the set.

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Tina Fey is one funny lady, and she’s also a fan of The Muppets, so when she has a blooper moment during filming you know it’s going to make you LOL, and if we could watch more than thirty seconds of hilarity folks would definitely end up ROFLing.

This Tina Fey blooper reel comes to you courtesy of The Mary Sue, who were given an exclusive look at The Muppets Most Wanted bonus features before the Blu-ray version is released on August 12th.


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33 Pictures Taken at Just the Right Moment

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People who take a ton of pictures know all too well that snapping the shot at the right split second is imperative when it comes to capturing good photos. They also know that doing so is harder than it seems. At times, the "perfect" shots are accidents, or the products of continuous high-speed (burst) shooting mode. Even if one plans a shot, if they're working with one or more moving subjects, it still takes a photographer with fast reflexes who is ready for anything to make the intended capture.

All the above verbiage to make the point that even if some of the shots featured in "33 Pictures Taken at the Right Moment" that appear spontaneous were actually planned, the execution was just right. (However if they're 'shopped, that's another matter.) Via Bored Panda. 

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These Guys Are Really Bad At Being Batman

Con cosplayers usually try their best to make their costumes at least presentable, if not amazingly detailed and mind-blowingly realistic, but some cosplayers walk a much more crooked road with their costumes:

These cosplayers, or Halloweenies or simply "creepy guys in masks", aren't trying to capture the likeness, attitude and heroic stature of their costume's inspiration, they're just sporting the cape and cowl for the fun of it, and giving poor Bats a bad reputation at the same time:

Bad Batman cosplayers are becoming harder to find on the Con floors, so when you spot a schlubby guy sporting a bad rendition of the Dark Knight's batsuit make sure you snap a pic, to remind the world what not to do when playing the role of Batman!

Check out the rest of the Bad Batman Cosplays over at The Soup


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President Lyndon B. Johnson Talks "Bungholes" With His Tailor

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The unpredictable, boorish personality of President Lyndon B. Johnson has been featured previously on Neatorama in a great reprint from Mental Floss. Yet while descriptive, that article doesn't quite get down to brass tacks (or brass bungholes, as it were). 

In a moment in which L.B.J. appears to be an early model for Mike Judge's Beavis, he gets on the phone with his tailor and orders some pants. However, in the same indelicate style for which he was famous, Johnson requests that the tailor let out a seam to make room for his "nuts" and his "bunghole." The tailor seems to take the conversation in stride. 

An amusing animation of the phone conversation done by Put This On is featured here; see the full transcript of the call at Dangerous Minds.  


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Cross Stitch Doctor Who 12-Sided Die

Each of the twelve enumerated incarnations of the Doctor appear on Robin's 5-inch tall dodecahedron which is charmingly cross stitched in vibrant colors. She writes that the numbers on opposing sides add up to 13, so presumably Peter Davidson is opposite Paul McGann, and so on.

The War Doctor is, I gather, not included. Could one created a 13-sided polyhedron with identical faces? I am not sure. One could certainly do so with non-identical faces. But I was hired to work at Neatorama for my good looks, not my math skills.


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Ten Things You Might Be Doing Wrong Every Day

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Previously at Neatorama, there has been talk (and even song) about how to load a dishwasher. The people at Lifehacks put together a list that tells us things we might be doing wrong on a daily basis, and number four is loading a dishwasher. Their demonstration of the "right way" is this video by Chow.

Personally, I think it would kill me to load in dishes that dirty without pre-rinsing. I'm not certain that my dishwasher would get all of that mess off my dishes, which the video assures me is wrong. Maybe I'll do an experiment around that premise... or maybe not. Time will tell. 

But regardless of my dishwasher babble, check out the other nine things you might be doing wrong on a daily basis and let me know what you think of their list. Via Unique Daily.  


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Giant Spirograph

Redditor HaHaBird built an 8-foot wide spirograph. It’s big enough to take out into the streets and make chalk drawings on pavement. He says,

I built this giant version of the classic Spirograph drawing toy in my spare time over the last six months. The diameter is just under eight feet (2.4 meters). It uses sidewalk chalk to draw the lines.

I didn't keep track of the total time or the total cost, but I would estimate the latter at around $150 not including the new tools I had to buy.

Why? Because I wanted to see if I could, and because I love making things that surprise and delight people when they see them. Mission accomplished on both fronts.

Wouldn’t you just love to see a giant spirograph pattern on the road as you’re driving or walking by? Or even better, if you were to get a chance to draw one! -via Metafilter


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Mosques of Iran

 At age 23, after only five years of practicing photography, physics student Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji has an amazing mastery of the subject. He is particularly interested in architectural and panoramic photography, as shown here in these stunning photographs of mosques in northern Iran. Mohammad said in an interview,

"In Iran, we have many historical sites - but some of the greatest are places of worship like mosques. As we have a grand mosque in every big city there are many historical buildings with lots of beautiful mosaics to capture.

I like looking for the symmetry, mosaics and artworks in these temples. I like how they let the light come inside and columns are special too as they divide interior space and give some depth.

Maybe some of these historical sites will not exist in 20 years or change a lot during that time. When I am capturing these pictures, I think about how they will be recorded and in future I hope pople will be able to see their beauty."

As an enthusiast of photography, I'd be willing to bet that this won't be the last time I see the work of this photographer in the press. Visit his website, Facebook page or 500px site to see more. 


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