Archaeologists Discover Dungeon That May Have Held "Dracula"

  Excavation area at Tokat Castle

During a recent renovation of Tokat Castle in Turkey, archaeologists made a series of finds as they conducted excavation work. A team led by archaeologist İbrahim Çetin found two secret tunnels, a military shelter, storage rooms and two dungeons; they believe Vlad the Imapaler was held captive there in the early fifteenth century. 

Prince Vlad, on whom Bram Stoker based the character of Dracula, is thought by the team to have been held in one of the newly discovered dungeons by the Ottoman Turks in the year 1442. The Ottoman empire took power in 1392 after conquering the city of Tokate.  Çetin said, 

"The castle is completely surrounded by secret tunnels. It is very mysterious. It is hard to estimate in which room Dracula was kept, but he was around here."

Vlad the Impaler, as he came to be known posthumously, had the reputation while he was alive as being extremely cruel and sadistic. His favorite method of torture and execution was impalement, although he killed those he deemed enemies in almost every way possible. Methods of torture and execution  other than the impalement for which he was famous  included mutilation, amputation, burning, blinding, strangulation, scalping, skinning, exposure to wild animals and the elements and boiling alive. Reportedly in 1462, one of his enemies from Constantinople who was preparing to attack actually turned around and made a hasty retreat at the sight of 20,000 of Vlad's impaled corpses outside the capital city.

Restoration of Tokat Castle began in 2009 and is ongoing. Given the size of the area, it is likely that more discoveries will be made as the excavation continues.  

Read more on the archaeological discovery here. Via The Week. 


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Science, The Musical - One Brick-Tastically Good Show


Science, The Musical by Pacalin

They're scientists on the stage, with square and hollow legs, they sing and dance and cavort and prance and their theories are all the rage. Neil has shown us the galaxy, like Sagan did before him, and the night sky was Galileo's favorite show. Einstein brought us up with relativity, and Newton taught us why things fall down, and together they have entertained our minds with the greatest show on Earth- SCIENCE!

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9 TV and Movie Cliches We’ve Never Seen in Real Life

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

Okay, we all, every one of us, have been raised on television and the movies. And while a truly original movie or TV show is very rare, the reverse is true: cliches abound. There are dozens and dozens of movie and television cliches we have all seen and all now come to expect.

Now, let's take a movie and TV cliches we are all familiar with: the bad (disastrous) first date which leads to a future great relationship. I think we have all actually seen this cliche happen: a couple go out on their first date, do not hit it off, but later go out again and find they really like each other. This leads to an actual relationship.

Sure, this one is real life material. But what about the ones that only seem to happen in the movies or on TV? Below is a list of nine all-too-familiar TV and movie cliches we've all seen a million times, a majority of which we never see in real life!!!
 

1) The bad guy with perfect teeth.

Am I the only one that notices this one? It usually occurs in Westerns, i.e. there is an outlaw or a desperado, he is unshaven, grizzled, has gnarly, dirty features and a mean personality. But his teeth are always pearly white, as if he had just flossed and double-brushed with a Colgate or Crest. You see this routinely on Bonanza and other Westerns (it is much easier to discern in color).

2) The surprised two-timing lover scene.

Have you seen this one- a couple has a fight or disagreement, then the guy or the girl feels bad and decides to make amends and goes to surprise his or her counterpart at their apartment. Either the girl will answer, wearing a man's shirt, or the guy will answer shirtless, or a strange girl or guy will answer.
They see the startled former lover -with a new lover- and hear them mutter, “I really wish you'd called first.” The crushed ex-lover runs or stumbles off, with no more illusions.

How about this: you're having an illicit affair or rendezvous, don't just open the door, try saying “Who is it?"

3) The gun butt knockout.

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The Aral Sea Flotilla--The Warships of a Lost Sea

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The Aral Sea is--or was--a large body of water in Central Asia. It is divided between the nations of Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. While the Soviet Union existed, the Aral Sea was entirely within its borders.

Two rivers, the Amu Darya and Syr Darya, were the primary sources of water for the Aral Sea. In the 1960s, the Soviets diverted the two rivers in an attempt to irrigate the nearby desert lands and make them arable.

The result was an ecological disaster. The Aral Sea gradually shrunk into three small basins connected by narrow channels. According to NASA satellite imagery, one of those basins has now completely evaporated, leaving the Aral Sea with only 10% of its original capacity. In the photo above, you can see an outline showing the approximate shape of the lake in 1960. The fields of blue are all that is left.

(Image of Russian Aral Sea warships from The Russians in Central Asia by E. Stanford, 1865)

It was not always so. Prior to Soviet activity, the Aral Sea was a thriving lake that was a center for fishing and commerce. It was of such great importance that the Imperial Russian Navy maintained a fleet of warships there starting in 1852.

These warships were built in Sweden or elsewhere in Russia, then transported down rivers to the Aral Sea. They were based at the town of Raim, which is now a Kazakh town on a small lake about 30 miles away from the remains of the Aral Sea.

By 1880, this flotilla consisted of 6 armed vessels and several unarmed vessels. They provided mercantile security, conducted hydrographic surveys, and supported troops who campaigned in the area in 1868 and 1873. In 1883, the flotilla was disbanded, with some portions transferred to the Russian naval presence on the Amu Darya, a river that flows into the Aral from Afghanistan.

During the Russian Civil War (1917-1923), the Soviets briefly maintained a fleet of warships to combat Tsarist and British troops in the area. But with the Red victory, the need for a fleet evaporated. And, later, so did the sea on which it had sailed.


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NYC Taxi Driver Pinup Calendar is Back



Now in its second year, the NYC Taxi Driver's calendar serves up hearty hunks of beefcake, as evidenced by the cover boy seen above. If the NYPD and FDNY can have charity pinup calendars, why not these hard working cabbies? If you've ever spent any time in NYC, you know that they go the extra mile to earn every dollar.

This year's calendar features the first husband and wife drivers, captured while having an impromptu picnic on the back of a cab. Say what you want about these models, but they all share one of the most attractive attributes in a person: a good sense of humor.

A portion of the sales go to University Settlement, which benefits immigrants and low-income families. Calendars are available for purchase here. -Via My Modern Met.

 
 


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Woman Jumps a Drawbridge in a Microcar


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The drawbridge in the town of Tisno, Croatia was rising. For the rest of us, that means bring your car to a stop and wait for the bridge to lower again. But for this lady, it means drive faster! Security camera footage captured the scene of her driving her Peugot microcar over the bridge at about 50 MPH. She made it to the other side in one piece . . .

. . . and then kept driving. She didn't stop. BBC News reports:

The unnamed woman, 58, passed a red light that had just come on, according to bridge warden Tome Mejic Sidic. "I was shouting and gesturing her to stop but it was no use", he says. "She ignored me, went full throttle and flew across the bridge. I was convinced she'd overturn the car."

The woman later told police that she had been blinded by the sun. 

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Zombie Safe Zone Maps

Quick, where will you go when the zombie apocalypse comes? You, and everyone who visits your home, will know the best sanctuary if you have a Zombie Safe Zone Map from Design Different. Pick your city or state from a big selection: not only the US, but Canada, Spain, Germany, and other countries. Each map comes in a variety of sizes and colors. Heck, they’ll even make you a custom map if your city isn’t in stock. Let’s just hope the zombies can’t read a map! -via Gearfuse


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The Meaning of Life, As Explained by Third Graders

I will start this off by saying if you are not familair with "raptivist" (that is what I like to call rappers who are also activists) Prince Ea's YouTube page, you should be. He posts some incredibly inspiring stuff that will foster small changes in how you see your day to day life. The following video perfectly sums that up.

It is perfectly named, as it is third graders talking about the menaing of life. The feeling you get as you watch it is this sort of deja vu that you once felt that exact same way. You watch, and find yourself in awe at how much you WERE these kids at one point, and how much that changed.

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The great thing is, you can walk away with that feeling back inside you and alive again. A little shred of innocence, a way to look at your daily life differently, and it can make all the difference.


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15 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Fast Times at Ridgemont High

The film Fast Times at Ridgemont High inspired dozens of teen comedies that came after and launched the careers of a whole slew of now-famous actors. Even if it’s been a long time since you’ve seen the movie, you recall how funny it was. Now you can learn some of the trivia behind the 1982 hit. For example:

1. Fast Times at Ridgemont High began as a non-fiction book.

While a freelance writer for Rolling Stone, screenwriter Cameron Crowe spent a year secretly embedded at Clairemont High School in San Diego, California under an assumed name (and in cooperation with the school’s administration) to gather stories for a non-fiction book with the same title. Crowe’s book was published in 1981; a year later, it was adapted for the screen.

5. Nicolas Cage made his big screen debut in Fast Times as “Brad’s Bud.”

Cage was originally supposed to play Brad, but the filmmakers relegated him to a background role after his improvisations during the auditioning process were deemed too weird. The credits list Cage as “Nicolas Coppola.” He later changed his last name professionally to avoid charges of nepotism—he is the nephew of director Francis Ford Coppola.

In addition to Nicolas Cage, you’ll read about Sean Penn, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Forest Whitaker, and the folks behind the cameras in this trivia list at mental_floss.


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International Conference of Tightrope Walkers Convenes in Hammocks Suspended in Midair


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Which is, of course, the appropriate place to do so. Highlining is the sport of walking a tightrope high over the ground. This year's International Highline Meeting was conducted at Monte Piana in northwestern Italy.

Attendees could just stand on the wire. But that gets tiring after a while. Many brought hammocks out on the ropes to relax and enjoy conversation and the scenery. You can see more photos of the fun they had at Design Taxi.

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Baby Flexes Just Like Dad

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Eight-month-old Hadley has hit the stage of development in which he mimics the behavior that he sees. So when Daddy flexes his muscles, little Hadley gives the pose a test drive as well. Don't look now, but this baby's buffing up, and in an adorable way. -Via 22 Words

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Reporter Covering Missing Child Story Finds Missing Child

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Paul Ezekial Fagan, a 10-year old boy in Tampa, Florida, vanished from his home last Thursday. Police searched the neighborhood on foot and in a helicopter while his frantic parents feared the worst.

Local news reporters drove into Paul's neighbhorood to report on the case. Among them was Cameron Polom of the local ABC station. At around 7 AM on Friday, Polom spotted a tired-looking child in some dense vegetation. The Today show describes the scene:

“He’s looking at me and I’m thinking, ‘Could this possibly be this kid? Is this really happening?’ It was a very surreal moment,” he told TODAY.com on Monday.

Polom, 29, said he called out to the boy and asked for his name. He then picked the boy up over the fence and walked him to nearby sheriff’s deputies.

Paul's family was overjoyed to see him back. The boy explained to them that he had left home because he needed some space from his younger brother.


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Mini Evil - The Despicable Dark Side


Mini Evil by Chip Skelton

The minions had never seen any horror movies, because Gru found them despicable, but once they got a taste for the dark side of cinema they couldn't get enough! They started sneaking around the compound, scaring each other and pretending to perform gruesome kills, until one little guy discovered some sharp tools in the shed and fashioned a crude weapon. That was the day when playtime became truly terrifying...

Bring the dark side of a minion's imagination to your geeky wardrobe with this Mini Evil t-shirt by Chip Skelton, it's delightfully dark and sure to make folks crack a fiendish smile when they see it!

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Glowing Dog Food Blamed on Sea Bacteria


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Fiona Wallis of Taranaki, New Zealand noticed that food that she had purchased for Tucker, her dog, glowed. Siouxsie Wiles, a microbiologist in Auckland, determined that there was bioluminescent sea bacteria inside.

She couldn't determine precisely which kind without DNA analysis, but since the dog food is kept in brine, which an ideal environment for the sea bacteria, it was the most likely culprit. The dog food seller, Jimbo's Pet Food, is investigating the matter. Wiles says that it shouldn't be dangerous, but that cooking the food would kill the bacteria.

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Pre-Code Horror Movies - The Early Days Of The Silver Scream

Horror movies have very simplistic roots, and in the early days of monster cinema a fiend could shake the audience to the core with just a sinister look and an appropriately eerie soundtrack.

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Nowadays horror movies are so stuck on making us jump out of our seats, or crawl out of our skin with disgust, that it's hard to remember how pure the chills and thrills used to be.

The good old days of Bela Lugosi using his vampiric gaze to charm audiences into submission, or Lon Cheney Jr. becoming every kind of creature imaginable, may be gone, but their cinematic legacy lives on.

Rediscover the Horror Films Of The Hollywood Pre-Code Era, and show the younger generation of fans what the real face of horror looks like!


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Eyes of Hitchcock

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This supercut reminds us of how Sir Alfred Hitchcock would often have actors stare directly into the camera to engage us in their emotions (and often creep us completely out). How many films do you recognize just from one shot of a character’s eyes? Kogonada produced this short for The Criterion Collection. -via Laughing Squid


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Have You Joined In On The Halloween Fun Yet?

If you haven't checked out our This Is Halloween Pinterest board, you're missing out. This one-stop-shop for all things Halloween is filled with great ideas for costumes, pumpkins, snacks, decorations and more. That's both because Halloween is awesome and also because just by pinning to the board, you're entering our Halloween Scream Time contest

As a reminder, if you want to participate in the contest, you just need to follow the board and then send us a private message on Pinterest, leave a comment on the board or leave a comment here with your pinerest account name. We'll then send you an invite so you can start pinning.

If you're on Pinterest and don't feel like entering the contest, you can help pick our popular votes winner by repinning your favorite items on the board. The pic with the most repins will win, along with one pic chosen by the Neatorama team.

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14 Money Saving Life Hacks

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Psst, wanna save some money? Of course you do! These aren’t just money-saving tips, they are “life hacks.” John Green has some really weird ways to get the job done cheaper. But do they really work? Let's say, some work better than others, and some are just plain weird. Even if I were to believe that it works, there’s no way that aerosol cheese costs less than stain remover! But those of us of a certain age already know you can brew an entire teapot of tea with one or two teabags. If you really want to save money, use loose tea in a tea ball.    


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11 Guardians Of The Galaxy Inspired DIY Projects

Guardians of the Galaxy is the action packed Marvel movie that was so nice many fans saw it twice, and like any popular genre flick it has inspired lots of love from creative folks all over the net.

There’s a lot to love about the film, especially in terms of visual appeal, so it’s no wonder artists from all over the world have gone crazy creating their own Guardians inspired works.

Here’s a selection of Guardians of the Galaxy inspired crafts, many of which you can make for yourself

1. Groot Cookies-

The adorable yet vocally monosyllabic tree creature known as Groot is one of the fan favorites, alongside his furry buddy Rocket Raccoon, so it makes sense that more than half the items on this list are inspired by Groot.

These adorable and easy to make Groot cookies let you share your love of Guardians with your guests in a most delicious way!

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2. Groot Churros-

If you’re looking for a snack that’s a little more original then you might want to whip up a batch of delicious and adorable Groot churros, which look even more Groot-like than the cookies!

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3. Dancing Groot Cupcakes-

If you’re ready to go all out on a dessert that’s sure to please your guests then you’re gonna love these Dancing Baby Groot Cupcakes- a cute Groot cookie on top of a cupcake flower pot, every bit as cute as they are delicious!

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4. Awesome Mix Tape Cake-

Maybe you don’t find Groot all that appetizing, and you’re looking for a centerpiece that shows your love of Guardians in a deliciously good looking way.

What you need is a good old fashioned Awesome Mix Tape cake, to show your guests that you're hooked on a feeling!

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Men Try Women's Makeup (and the Results Are Hilarious)

As a man, have you ever tried to put on makeup, just to understand what women have to go through every day (if they choose)? While you may think it is some easy process where you just paint your face and get on your way, that is not how putting on makeup works. 

There is an art for getting the right tones with your skin, and how to apply it so you don't look like a circus clown. But most of us men will never know what that's like, so it is hard to empathize with something we do not understand.

Thankfully, Buzzfeed Yellow put together this hilarious video of men trying to put on makeup, and the end result just might help us men get a real appreciation for the artistry it takes for some women to look as angelic as they do.

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I, myself, have not tried this, but I imagine the end result would be horrifying.


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Wisconsin Humane Society Gets Creative With Names



The Wisconsin Humane Society  in Milwaukee evidently grew tired of the same old names for their prospective adoptees and decided to get fancy. The interesting names may have been a good strategy, as two of the cats above have been adopted; Professor PuddinPop is the only one remaining.

Not pictured but also available at the shelter are Provolone, Wampus, Mighty Mouse and Morticia the cats. None of the dogs' names stand out like the cats; however on the bunny front, there are Coco Puff and Honey Bunny.

Visit the Wisconsin Humane Society website to keep up with their residents in need. 

-Via 22 Words|Images: Wisconsin Humane Society

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Get In To The Spirit Of The Season With These 30 Halloween Themed T-Shirts

Halloween will soon be upon us, and the ghosts and ghouls are becoming restless, preparing to haunt the living and scare up some screams.

That means it's the perfect time to gear up with some ghoulishly good NeatoShop t-shirts, so you can show the world how much you love Halloween!

Everybody is preparing to dress up like their favorite frightful figures, so they can blend in with the creepy crowd:

TREE'S COMPANY by Jason Parish

Even those who normally look a bit scary like to dress up and score some extra fright points:

Boo! by Kgullholmen

A mask is a crucial part of many scary costumes:

Tools of the Trade by Chip Skelton

But if you're going to go out and paint the town red you're going to want a great costume too:

King of the Horror by Ninjaink

And be sure to dress up your furry little friends if they're going out trick-or-treating with you!:

Howloween by Captain Sunshine

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Classic Hollywood’s First Asian-American Star

Anna Mae Wong grew up in Los Angeles, determined to be a part of the glamorous world of Hollywood. She became the most famous of the very few Chinese actors of the 1920s and ‘30s, navigating an industry that woefully underutilized her talent. Still, she had a groundbreaking career in silent films and talkies in both the U.S. and Europe.  

Wong’s acting was subtle and unmannered; her eyebrow game was on point. She had a piercing stare that made you feel as if she saw the very best and very worst things about you, and her signature blunt-cut bangs made her face seem at once exquisitely, perfectly symmetrical. Given the quilt work of exotic roles she’d played on the silent screen, audiences expected her to speak with a broken, accented, or otherwise un-American English. But her tone was refined, cool, cultured, like a slap in the face to anyone who’d assumed otherwise.

Her early success, like that of Japanese star Sessue Hayakawa, can at least partially be attributed to the global market for silent films. Yet to truly understand Anna May Wong’s unique place in Hollywood — and the particular type of racist role available to her — you have to understand both the rampant fetishization of the “Orient” by the West and the place of Chinese-Americans in California in the early 20th century.

One illustration of this was how fan magazines tried to explain that Wong was all American, and therefore nothing to be afraid or suspicious of, yet they also explained that she was really Chinese, really, because audiences were used to Asian roles being played by white actors in makeup. And the roles Wong got were stereotyped as the exotic victim, villain, or sidekick. There was one role that she was dubbed “too Chinese” for, although the character was, in fact, Chinese. The role went to Helen Hayes. Read about Anna Mae Wong’s life and career at Buzzfeed.


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The History of Emoticons

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Emoticons: people seem to either love or hate them. Whether you're pro, con or ambivalent, you have to admit that within Internet culture, they are here to stay. Mashable put together a video with historical facts about when emoticons may have first appeared in print and in what context. Via Laughing Squid


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6 Abandoned Asylums That Look Like Something Out Of a Horror Movie

Every street has that one scary house on it, usually way down at the end. It always seems dark, yet you always feel like there are eyes inside there, peering out at you. In the same breath, almost every town has an abandoned mental hospital or old asylum in it, and just like with that one scary house on your street, these abandoned facilities seem like something you dreamt up your nightmares. Colorless and cold, even something as simple as looking at them fills you with a sense of dread that chills you to the bone. It is like you can feel its haunted presence, even miles away. As much as we would all like to pretend these don't exist, they do, and we might as well make a list of them. File this one under: nightmare fuel. Here are six abandoned asylums that look like something out of a horror movie (and in one or two cases, really is).

Danvers State Hospital

Image credit: John Phelan

You cannot grow up in or around Massachusetts and not know about the Danvers State Hospital. If you are driving into (of all places) Salem, it used to loom on a hill just over the highway, and you could always feel it, looking at you. It was like some great beast that hunkered down on the horizon, warning all people to turn around before it was too late. Famous for many things, including the rumored invention of the pre-frontal lobotomy, Danvers State Hospital was everything we learn to fear about the way old sanitariums were run. Patients were often either abused or ignored, and when word finally did get out how bad it was there, the place was shut down almost immediately. The odd thing was, this also meant it being abandoned fully equipped, which somehow made it all even scarier. I know because I went. Truly unsettling stuff.

Remember in the intro I talked about how one or two of these "asylums" WAS the setting for a horror film? Well, this is that place, and the movie is called Session 9 (and it is amazing). Also, there is a level on the Xbox game Painkiller that uses the Danvers State Hospital as a setting. The place "mysteriously" caught fire in 2007, and it was a fire you could see from Boston. A very surreal ending to a very surreal (and terrifying) place.

Waverly Hills Sanatorium

I have to give a huge shout out to Miss Cellania for writing up a great piece for Mental Floss about this very establishment. Seems this place was not quite sure what it wanted to be. First it was a hospital that took care of people suffering from TB. Then it became a nursing home (because nothing says "we should make this place into a nursing home" like thousands of TB fatalities). After that, they were going to build a giant Jesus statue there (hey, let's overcompensate for the death and evil with a giant Jesus statue). Of course, that fell through. Now it has become one of the most prevalent places for urban explorers and novice ghost hunters alike.

A big part of its draw for some is the death tunnel or "body chute". The place the staff would use to bring the (many) dead outside without bringing anymore duress to their patients. A very creepy place with a very creepy history. Heck, this one inspired a horror film or two itself.

Norwich State Hospital

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Old Shopping Carts Made into Stylish Chairs

A well-maintained shopping cart can last a decade before it's worn out and no longer serviceable. But it can still be useful if it's repurposed. Designer Xavier Degueldre remade several into chairs. You can view more photos of them at Design Boom.

Degueldre added padded seats to some of the chairs, which is no doubt more comfortable than bare metal. But it can be useful to have uncomfortable chairs, as they can encourage guests to leave more expeditiously.


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The Mercurotti

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Marc Martel sings "Nessun Dorma" while doing his Luciano Pavarotti impression, then switches to singing the song as Freddie Mercury! This was done in one continuous take with two cameras, except for the last part where the two characters sing together; that required an overdub. The impressions are accented by his unique shave. I think he did a lovely job, don’t you? Martel calls the one-man duet The Mercurotti. -via Viral Viral Videos

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A Photographic Examination of the Japanese Robotics Industry

Photographer Luisa Whitton's series What About the Heart? documents her time spent in Japan with scientists working on humanoids, including Hiroshi Ishiguro, who constructed a copy of himself in robotic form. Her series is a contemplation of these exceedingly lifelike yet soulless automatons. Whitton elaborates,

"In the photographs, I am trying to subvert the traditional formula of portraiture and allure the audience into a debate on the boundaries that determine the dichotomy of the human/not human. The photographs become documents of objects that sit between scientific tool and horrid simulacrum."

Whitton's images (the machine) are presented alongside interviews with the scientists (the man) on topics such as consideration of religious and humanistic aspects alongside their technological progress. The photographer wonders what it means to be human as technology progresses.

Visit Whitton's website to learn more about her and see additional works. -Via Juxtapoz



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Angus the Tortoise TARDIS

Redditor punkpixzsticks snapped this photo at the Minnesota Renaissance Festival. This is Angus the tortoise, a regular at that annual event. We've previously seen him pulling an old fashioned cart around the fairgrounds. This year, he dressed up as a TARDIS and walked around the festival, collecting money for a local herpetological society.

This is only one of many costumes that he's worn over the years, including fairy wings and a kilt. You can view more of them here.

-via Fashionably Geek

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