Archive for December 17th, 2015

The Greensboro Christmas Balls

Greensboro, North Carolina has a unique Christmas tradition. The Sunset Hills neighborhood hangs large balls made of chicken wire and Christmas lights hanging high in the trees. It all started with one family in 1996, sp...

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A Cat's Advice for the Holidays

Sometimes the social engagements of the holidays can be so crowded and chaotic that it's hard to know how to respond to all of the stimuli coming at you. We all are incredibly concerned about following the proper etiquet...

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An Alphorn Sounds Fantastic inside a Parking Garage

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ENYtwGPGCKk](Video Link)The popular image of the alphorn imagines it being played outside on a Swiss hillside. But this video places the instrument in a radically different place: deep in...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/12/17/An-Alphorn-Sounds-Fantastic-inside-a-Parking-Garage/

The Walking Dead Meets Star Wars

#TWDStarWars From Robert Kirkman and George Lucas comes the next chapter in Nerd-Rections... pic.twitter.com/CJVGEmRP7F— Vincent Marshall (@vincentmarshall) December 16, 2015 Everyone is getting into the Sta...

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Bank Robber Returns for Second Robbery in the Middle of Live News Report of His First Robbery

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L8WxluUtQaI](Video Link)A man tried to rob the Sterling State Bank in Rochester, Minnesota. A news crew from the local station KIMT came out to report on it.While the reporter was giving...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/12/17/Bank-Robber-Returns-for-Second-Robbery-in-the-Middle-of-Live-News-Report-of-His-First-Robbery/

Man Of A Thousand Names - And Not One Of Them Is David

Man Of A Thousand Names by Adria.WellsFor a guy with a name nobody knows he sure has been called lots of things- alien scum, hot stuff, weirdo, bastard, liar, savior, king. But he prefers to be known simply as The Docto...

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Winners of the First Annual Comedy Wildlife Photography Awards

Winner, Julian Rad / Comedy Wildlife Photography AwardsThe First Annual Wildlife Photography Awards, which Miss Cellania originally posted about in October to report its existence and show us some early highligh...

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Dubstep Nutcracker

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jqu3OaUHtaU](Video Link)This is perfection! As The Nutcracker is the story of toys that come to life, the smooth yet rigid and precise motions of these dancers are ideal. The dub...

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The True Meaning And Origin Of Festivus

A Festivus for the rest of us!Festivus is a winter holiday that was popularized the TV series Seinfeld. It was so goofy that it became a sensation -and people follow the rites and rituals as laid down by Frank...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/12/17/The-True-Meaning-And-Origin-Of-Festivus/

Weather Reporter Has 12 Star Wars Puns in 39 Seconds

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qslJQUMc9yA](Video Link)Weather reporter Sian Welby of 5 News in London says that "If you’re forced to awaken early tomorrow morning, it’ll be on the dark side." That's just 2...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/12/17/Weather-Reporter-Has-12-Star-Wars-Puns-in-39-Seconds/

Forensic Anthropologist Creates A More Realistic Portrait Of Jesus

Jesus seems like he would have been a pretty cool guy, and since he turned water into wine and hung out with hookers he was probably the life of the party, that is, if he actually existed.Whether we have proof of his exi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/12/17/Forensic-Anthropologist-Creates-A-More-Realistic-Portrait-Of-Jesus/

Celebrity Mean Tweets

[https://youtu.be/w1AhrEhQ0mg]YouTube LinkIt's holiday time, and while we're all feeling warm, fuzzy and full of goodwill, it's time for some more warm and fuzzy, goodwill-packed mean tweets sent to celebrities, which sa...

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Flags of the Galaxy

New Zealand artist Scott Kelly is a true Star Wars fan (not to be confused with astronaut Scott Kelly, who is also a Star Wars fan). He created flags that represent the planets of the Star Wars universe, using informatio...

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Helpful Video Explains The Japanese Method Of Wrapping Gifts In A Flash

The Japanese art of origami is all about folding paper into shapes, from simple and geometric to intricately detailed figures, and at their purest origami paper sculptures are made without using scissors, glue or tape.Th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/12/17/Helpful-Video-Explains-The-Japanese-Method-Of-Wrapping-Gifts-In-A-Flash/

Every Year, This Small Town Celebrates the Inventor of Earmuffs

(Photo: WCSH6--auto-start video)In 1873, 15-year old Chester Greenwood was ice skating in his hometown of Farmington, Maine. His ears were cold. It occurred to him that he could warm them by attaching tufts of fur to wir...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/12/17/Every-Year-This-Small-Town-Celebrates-the-Inventor-of-Earmuffs/

Three-Year-Old Girl Tearfully Explains Why She Cut Her Own Hair

[https://youtu.be/Thd71AIaslE]YouTube LinkWhen three-year-old Ansleigh got hold of a pair of scissors and cut her own hair, she found herself in a bit of hot water with her parents. Here in this clip, we see her daddy gi...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/12/17/Three-Year-Old-Girl-Tearfully-Explains-Why-She-Cut-Her-Own-Hair/

Kame Sennin Dojo - Don't Let The Turtle Shell Fool You

Kame Sennin Dojo by PigboomIf you're looking for those mysterious dragon balls and don't want to end up pulverized by Piccolo then you'll need to seek training in the martial arts, and there's no better place to train t...

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Blacksmith Settles The "Jet Fuel Can't Melt Steel" Argument Once And For All

There's a group of conspiracy theorists who believe September 11th was an inside job, and they cite the "fact" that jet fuel doesn't burn hot enough to melt steel beams as a way to prove their point.These 9/11 Truthers h...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/12/17/Blacksmith-Settles-The-Jet-Fuel-Cant-Melt-Steel-Argument-Once-And-For-All/

Lightning-Fast Pedalboard Player

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G8jTfAifKt8](Video Link)A great way to test musical virtuosity is to play "Flight of the Bumblebee," a portion of Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov’s opera The Tale of Tsar Salt...

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The Cast Of Star Wars: The Force Awakens Sing An Acapella Theme Song Medley

You can tell the original cast of the Star Wars trilogy are glad to be back, and the new cast members appear to be ecstatic about jumping on board that space opera shuttle to superstardom.Just to prove what a ha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/12/17/The-Cast-Of-Star-Wars-Sing-An-Acapella-Theme-Song-Medley/

Pups Joyfully Unwrapping Their Christmas Gifts

[https://youtu.be/IVqn20ow7LY]YouTube LinkAs it turns out, the dogs in my family aren't the only ones with a habit of ripping open their wrapped gifts (although these dogs don't appear to be sneaking them out from under...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/12/17/Pups-Joyfully-Unwrapping-Their-Christmas-Gifts/

The Seaweed Harvesting Horses of Prince Edward Island

(Photo: North Atlantic Organics)Irish moss is a cash crop that grows wild in the waters off Prince Edward Island, Canada. When storms uproot it and send it washing into the surf, farmers hook up horses to dredges and sco...

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8 Popular Christmas Songs Written by Jews

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, voiceover artist, and nice Jewish boy Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.Who doesn't love Christmas? The presents, the Christma...

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Guy Quits Job After Burning Man, Spends 10+ Years Creating Sand Art

Many of the tens of thousand of people who attend Burning Man are moved by the experience, their lives "changed" by that funkiest of all festivals, and then they resume their normal lives and move on.But for 44-y...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/12/17/Guy-Quits-Job-After-Burning-Man-Spends-10-Years-Creating-Sand-Art/

This Clock Rotates Backwards While Its Hands Move Forward

[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFshPlHzimI](Video Link)While walking through Central Park in New York City, Scott Beale of Laughing Squid spotted this unusual clock. It looks like an ordinary street clock of antique de...

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How The World Looked When Jesus Was Born, According to Roman Geographers

Yes, we do have world maps from the time Jesus was born. That’s mainly thanks to a geographer named Strabo, who was born at the edge of the Roman Empire, in what is now Turkey, about 64 BC. He was educated far beyo...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/12/17/How-The-World-Looked-When-Jesus-Was-Born-According-to-Roman-Geographers/

A Side-by-Side Look at Every Film Quentin Tarantino Has Drawn Inspiration From

[https://vimeo.com/148955244]Vimeo LinkIt is widely acknowledged among all types of artists that borrowing from other artists is par for the course. One example of how a film director uses inspiration from earlier films...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/12/17/A-Side-by-Side-Look-at-Every-Film-Quentin-Tarantino-Has-Drawn-Inspiration-From/

He Followed - The Path To The Dark Tower Is Full Of Thorns And Potholes

He Followed by Megan LaraRoland knew he was close to catching the Man In Black because he could smell him, that smell of corruption and scent of roses that seemed to follow him everyhere. Their meeting had been a long t...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/12/17/He-Followed-The-Path-To-The-Dark-Tower-Is-Full-Of-Thorns-And-Potholes/

Vivid Driftwood Sculptures Look Like They're Alive

Tony Fredriksson is a sculptor who can work wonders with driftwood. From a distance, you'd probably think the life-size Masaai warrior depicted above is completely real. The shape of the wood forms fit perfectly with hum...

http://www.neatorama.com/2015/12/17/Vivid-Driftwood-Sculptures-Look-Like-Theyre-Alive/
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