Like many human conditions, medical, psychological, or otherwise, bipolar disorder was at first little-known (then called manic-depression), then described poorly in pop culture, then evolved in the collective mind to mean something different from what is it. Let's get back to the basics with Life Noggin.
Many folks display symptoms that might lead you to believe that you're "just a little" bipolar, but while there's a spectrum of symptoms we all experience at one time or another, people who suffer from bipolar disorder suffer profoundly, and should seek help. -via Laughing Squid
If you're a real Neatorama fan, you no doubt follow us on Facebook. But the site, unfortunately, just changed their algorithm to prioritize friends and family members and de-prioritize brands, which makes it so you pretty much won't see our posts on your feed any more.
While some people are just fine with that, others want to keep seeing the pages they are following. If you're in the later group, you can make sure you can see our page and the others you care about, but it takes a little work.
To make sure you keep seeing the pages you care about, you'll need to log in to your account, then click on the three dots next to the "News Feed" text on the left side and then select "Edit Preferences." From there, you need to select "prioritize who to see first" and then you can just click on the brands and friends you want to see in your feed.
It's kind of a pain, but at least it ensures you'll get to see the people and websites you care most about in your feed.
It's cold outside! How long can you stay out there before you need to worry about frostbite? Pooja Gandhi and Adam Crahen used data from the National Weather Service to construct an interactive chart that combines air temperature and wind speed to calculate the time it takes to develop frostbite. Hover over the chart to bring up the information for a temperature. The news is not that bad- if the thermometer says the temperature is 0 degrees Fahrenheit and the wind isn't blowing much, it would take you three hours to suffer from frostbite. However, if you're skiing or having other fun in the snow, three hours can go by quickly. Or the wind could pick up. This is why your mother wants to you wear a hat, an extra pair of socks, and keep your gloves dry. Check out the chart at Tableau Public. -via Mental Floss
What's worse than being rejected in favor of a pet? Being rejected in favor of someone else's pet! Yes, it's true that dogs won't break your heart the way a person will. The internet allows us to enjoy relationships from afar. Even relationships that are unrequited, and with a dog. Dogs on the internet come with a bonus in that you don't have to feed, walk, or entertain them. Just like internet boyfriends. This is the latest comic from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.
Millennials don't want to be lumped into a group. And they don't want to be labeled -or do they? These folks don't hesitate to tell you how they are special and different, and they'll take a label as long as they get to choose it -and as long as it isn't Millennial.
Not wanting to be seen as a Millennial is the most Millennial thing there is. I can't really blame them. No one wants to be seen as a generalized type, especially when they are exactly that type. Generations weren't quite labeled and pigeonholed so much when we Boomers were young and lumped together. -via Tastefully Offensive
Humanity has dreamed of exploring the cosmos for centuries, but once we realized those dreams were still centuries away we created devices like the Voyager probe to bring the citizens of the cosmos to us.
As far as we know these devices never succeeded in bringing extraterrestrial life to Earth, but we have no idea how many beings, planets or spacecraft those satellites came in contact with over the years.
Nor do we have a clue what the world will look like when these probes return to Earth hundreds of years after being launched into space...
Voyager is a fun and fantastic looking animated short written and directed by Loïc Magar and Roman Veiga that imagines what the world might look like if the Voyager space probe ever returns to Earth. Two words- not pretty.
There was a time when politicians did not want to appear on TV outside of the news. it wasn't dignified. Things have changed. Three candidates from the last presidential election hosted Saturday Night Live, and President Obama appeared on the web series Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. Our current president once hosted his own reality TV show, among other entertainment projects. We can trace the crack in the custom back 50 years, to the 1968 season premiere of the sketch comedy show Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In. I will never forget the entire family's jaws dropping when we saw presidential candidate and former vice-president Richard Nixon say "Sock it to me?" in a clip of barely two seconds.
Laugh-In writer Paul Keyes, a fervent Nixon supporter and media adviser, convinced the candidate to make the brief cameo while campaigning in Los Angeles. At first, Keyes suggested Nixon could make a reference to the show’s catchphrase “you bet your sweet bippy,” but the candidate wasn’t having any of it.
According to television historian Hal Erickson, Nixon told his advisers that he didn’t know what ‘bippy’ meant, and didn’t want to find out. They settled on “sock it to me,” but producer George Schlatter recalled that it took six takes for Nixon to make it through the phrase without sounding angry or offended. Schlatter remembered running out of the studio with the Nixon cameo footage, fearful that the candidate would change his mind or that his campaign team would try to stop him, but television history had been made.
Gavin Free, one of the Slow Mo Guys has an 85-inch TV in his house! That implies that he has a large TV room, and from there you can imagine how well viral videos pay. Anyway, he and Dan are going to show us how television sets work, using different kinds of TVs and their mega-fast cameras so we can see thousands of frames for every video frame on the television device, whether its the big LCD set, a CRT, or an iPhone.
You're not hallucinating- Gav and Dan borrowed a camera to film at 380,000 frames per second to make this video. Oh yeah, it turns out that the TV was given to him for this project. Nice perks with that job! -via Geeks Are Sexy
Post-apocalyptic themes abound in the world of fan art, which makes it hard to find artists who present an original view of the world after the fall of human civilization.
But when an artist with a fresh artistic vision comes along and presents us with a new look at that grim near future world it's instantly obvious the artist is showing us the apocalypse like we've never seen it before.
Digital artist Rostislav Zagornov is one of those visionary artists with an eye on the dark future, and he creates cool concept art showing glimpses of a post-apocalyptic world that feels familiar yet fresh, an odd and broken world that is unmistakably our own.
If anybody in the world of television has that elusive "X" factor it's Dana Scully and Fox Mulder, the two paranormal investigators who make our hearts soar! They're the agents of love who help keep the planet safe from shadowy government agencies and the aliens already among us, and even though most of the people they meet while working on a case file live in fear of being abducted by aliens they'd let Fox or Dana abduct them any time!
Show some <3 for your favorite fictional FBI agents with this Spooky Love t-shirt by DesignLagartija, it's a great design to wear while you're out solving mysteries or simply kicking back at home watching your favorite sci-fi TV series!
Former Disney animator Joshua Slice has captured the hearts of the internet with his animations of Lucas the Spider (previously at Neatorama), voiced by his nephew Lucas. In the latest episode of the spider's adventures, he finds himself captured. He was playing hide and seek, and tagged the wrong player! Will this be the end of Lucas?
When having sex in the home has lost its thrill and couples are looking for ways to spice up their sex life they come up with some pretty wacky ideas about where to "do it", especially when alcohol is involved.
“The candy stockroom at Blockbuster Video.” - Jess, 39
“In tube slide at a playground.” - Katie, 23
“An elevator; lots of going down.” - Alisson, 33
“A men’s bathroom at Disney World.” - Johnny, 33
“In the basement of a convent.” - Ben, 45
These bored couples are out looking for new ways to heighten the experience, which almost always leads to having sex in strange and dangerous places, and as long as they don't get arrested that one crazy time usually does the trick.
“Ice machine room at Ritz Carlton.” - JD, 39
“After hours church alter, then aisle.” - Olivia, 39
“Straddling the driver, New Jersey Turnpike.” - Monica, 37
"In the woods. Mosquitos covered everything." - Carol, 24
But when somewhat risky isn't sexy enough bored couples keep upping the ante until the stakes are so high regular sex will forever pale in comparison. So where do they go from there? I hope I never find out!
“His car while parents were inside.” - Michelle, 25
“Trampoline sex is tricky but awesome.” - Andres, 38
A notice of a public hearing in Hempstead, New York, is impossible to read. Don't even try it, you might hurt yourself. It's not just a design gone wrong. This is an example of malicious compliance, or following the letter of the law while undermining the spirit of the law, like the "small print" on a contract that gets smaller every year. Yes, they were required by law to post the notice of a public hearing, but you can tell they really don't want anyone to attend. The font is exactly as tall as required, but so narrow as to resemble a barcode more than text. If you really want to read the sign, here is a stretched version. -via reddit
The geek entertainment blog io9 is celebrating its tenth anniversary in many ways, but the one you're most interested in is its list of The 100 Most Important Pop Culture Moments of the Last 10 Years. The list is split into five parts, and the top twenty is finally here. It covers movies, TV, video games, comics, and the fandoms they spawned. Star Wars takes four (and a half) of the spots, but there's plenty of other events to remember. Here's a sample.
19) Deadpool proves not all superhero movies have to be the same
As superhero fare has dominated the Hollywood ecosystem, one of the biggest criticisms of the genre has been its reliance on the same formula. Deadpool didn’t give a damn about any of that. We didn’t see Wade Wilson struggle to accept the changes that happened to his body or grapple with the right thing to do with his powers. The Merc with a Mouth loves being a randy, potty-mouthed engine of destruction and, in turn, audiences loved the unpredictable meta-aware romp that Ryan Reynolds, Tim Miller, and crew delivered in 2016. It felt like a movie that did whatever the hell it wanted and that R-rated energy propelled Deadpool to become one of the biggest superhero successes of all time.
Law & Order: SVU is now in its 19th season, which puts it in contention for some kind of record. It has 421 episodes ...so far. That kind of run for a police procedural requires a never-ending supply of journeyman actors to play suspects, victims, and lawyers. Over the years, many of those actors have gone on to star in their own TV series or movies, so it's fun to look back at the time they were on SVU. If you watch the shows in reruns years after their first airing, these stars might be completely unrecognizable, especially since many of them were children in the show. Oh, you remember Robin Williams and Carol Burnett, but Serena Williams? Check out all 43 Celebs You Totally Forgot Appeared On Law & Order: SVU at Buzzfeed.
It's been taken for granted that Mormons don't drink coffee, tea, or any soda pop containing caffeine. Or do they? Of course, not all Mormons follow the rules all the time, but what are the rules, exactly? The restrictions in diet came from founder Joseph Smith himself, who received a revelation from God in 1833. The Words of Wisdom explained what was to be eaten and drunk.
But there was one contentious line in the Word that continues to inspire debate. “Hot drinks,” Smith wrote, “are not for the body or belly.” This appears to refer to tea and coffee, both popular beverages in 1830s America. Some modern Mormon scholars have argued that this is because these drinks are often served at near-boiling temperatures, causing a detrimental effect to both the body and the teeth. But others wonder if “hot” refers instead to the caffeine in tea or coffee, citing an 1828 Webster’s definition of “hot” that gives “stimulating” as one of its meanings.
That leaves a lot of room for interpretation. Would decaf coffee be considered a "hot drink"? Hot cocoa? Then Coca-Cola was invented years later -it's not served hot at all, but it did contain a small amount of cocaine at the time. And when the cocaine was gone, the caffeine remained. The disagreements about what drinks are prohibited continued over the years, and led to the story of the secret vending machine that held ice-cold bottles of Coca-Cola and other soft drinks at BYU, which you can read at Atlas Obscura.
Max Chappell was a chess whiz as a kid, but as he got older, it became boring. He didn't lose his love for the game, but it seemed too easy. So he looked into 3D chess -which has been tried in many different ways, but none were really enjoyable. So Chappell set out to design a way to do chess on multiple levels right: a game that was playable, logical, challenging but winnable, and stayed true to the original idea of chess. Still, none of his ideas worked. Then he saw the version of chess played on Star Trek. Not only was it pretty, it was not symmetrical, and that sent Chappell in a new direction with his game. The TV prop was there for looks, and not really playable. Others had tried to make the Star Trek version work as a game, with little success. Chappell, on the other hand, already knew the challenges of 3D chess and adapted the asymmetrical idea he'd seen on the show.
Chappell hoped his version would maintain chess’s integrity, but coming up with a design was more complicated than you’d think. He spent approximately two decades hammering out the specifications of his invention. He was 22 when he jerry-rigged the first Hyperchess prototype from plywood and aluminum in his father’s garage, and 45 when he sold the first manufactured unit. In the years between, he did a lot of work on the game, redesigning the setup countless times, filing various patents, and trying in vain to remove bubbles from Formica laminate, which he planned to use to coat the transparent boards.
The Ark of the Covenant sure is purrrty, but anyone who has seen Raiders Of The Lost Ark (meaning everyone) knows you're not supposed to open that sucker up unless you're looking to get a really, really deep tan.
But if a maker of YouTube unboxing videos got their hands on the Ark I guarantee it would play out exactly like this Gone Into Rapture comic, to be quickly followed by two remixes and ten really dumb reaction videos. Kids these days, what with the YouTubing and the unboxing and the reacting, phooey!
Last year, the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus went out of business after 147 years. It wasn't the last traveling circus, but the entertainment medium isn't what it once was. Still, you can relive those glory days with some genuine memorabilia of your own, whether it's a photograph, poster, or an actual circus prop. How about a motorcycle that rode on a tight wire? Or a giant pair of clown shoes? On Saturday (January 20), these items and more are going up for auction. Brian Hollifield of Freedom Auction Company talked to Collectors Weekly about the one-day sale.
With more than 700 items from around 30 different sources, it’s a remarkable collection, particularly since all of the props, costumes, and signage are original to actual circus and carnival performances. “They’ve come directly from traveling shows, seamstresses, and the closets of little old ladies’ houses,” Hollifield says. Most of the items are from the early 20th century, though the collection includes pieces dating to the late 1800s up to contemporary shows. Bidding will take place online and at the Showfolks Club in Sarasota, Florida, with a portion of the auction proceeds benefitting Showfolks of Sarasota, an organization for active and retired members of the circus world, and CATS (Circus and Traveling Shows) Retirement Project. “My wife and I cast the idea out to members of the Showfolks Club last year, and we had enough merchandise to put together a sale,” Hollifield explains. “It was such a success that people got on board without solicitation for this upcoming auction.”
The dead don't really need to eat or drink anything to stay dead, but many of them still long to enjoy the things they did in life- which is why there's always a queue at the Calavera Cafe. You can never make coffee too hot or food too salty for a skeleton, so the Calavera Cafe isn't what you'd consider an upscale eatery. But the club and casino portion of the cafe cater to the upscale citizens of Rubacava, so if you're looking for a fancy fandango fiesta then you'd better hit the Calavera Cafe at night!
Add a symbol of gamer goodness to your geeky wardrobe with this Calavera Cafe t-shirt by EmuChicken, it's a tasteful addition that'll make your fellow Grim fans grin with delight!
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Bathtubs aren't made to move because most bathers don't want to be slipping and sliding around the bathroom as they try to relax in the tub, but tubs do make surprisingly good vehicles once wheels are attached.
And if comedies and cartoons like Wacky Racers have taught us anything it's that a tub on wheels looks really funny as it rolls down the road, but as it turns out a flying bathtub looks even funnier as it soars through the sky!
ABC (the Australian Broadcasting Corporation) gives us a lesson in why we shouldn't be afraid of sharks, spiders, and snakes ...all those things that we joke are keeping us from visiting Australia. There are other things you can select as your top three fears, and the app will explain what your odds of dying from each one are.
So how much do cold, hard facts change that rush of adrenaline at the sight of, say, a spider? There have been no confirmed deaths from spider bites in Australia since 1979, while falling out of bed (a sub-category of falling deaths shown in the chart) killed 523 people between 2007 and 2016. Does knowing this mean you’ll now be more afraid of beds than spiders?
Probably not. Most people with irrational fears are well aware that the object of their terror isn’t likely to kill them. In fact, awareness that the fear is “out of proportion” to the actual threat or danger posed is one of the criteria for diagnosing phobias, according to the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5).
So if we know they’re irrational, why do we cling to these fears?
And that's where they lost me. Yeah, we'll learn about the odds of dying, but while dying may be the great equalizer, it's not the only reason to fear something. I know I won't die of wasp stings, but an experience last summer taught me that a dozen angry wasps can make you wish you were dead for several days. At any rate, the site is geared toward summer safety, because it's the middle of summer in Australia. Check your fears here. -via Digg
Winsol was born on the same day as the Winter Solstice, December 21, 2017, hence his strange name, and he hasn't left his mom's side since he was born, which is probably why he was so squirrely while he was being weighed.
Professor Pussycat is happy explain gravity to you, and other types of physics that you use in everyday life (if you are a cat). That doesn't mean Professor Pussycat isn't a typical cat who thinks you're an idiot for even asking. Cats are like that. The "why" question doesn't even deserve an answer. It's because he's a cat. This comic is from Einstein's Mama. There may still be a way to stop cats from knocking things onto the floor, if you are so inclined. -via Geeks Are Sexy
Playing a prank on police officers is a good way to get arrested or worse, but when the prank is both harmless and hilarious the prankster behind the stunt may actually get props from the cops for pulling it off.
Simon Laprise is a cabinet maker and machinist from Montreal who likes to flex his artistic muscle in his spare time under the name L.S.D. Laprise Simon Design, and Simon sees every pile of snow as a possible sculpture:
“It was a beautiful day,” Laprise told VICE. “So I decided to do something out of the mountain of snow, to do a little joke to the snow guys, and have fun sculpting a car. It’s not my first one, just the first I do in the street on snow removal day.”
“To me snow is a great free material to sculpt anything out of.”
Simon sculpted a snow Delorean on a street where nobody is supposed to park in order to prank the cops, but as awesome as his sculpture is it was only able to fool the cops thanks to one small yet crucial detail- the windshield wiper.
The cops left a note under the wiper that said "You made our night" so I guess they're not too mad about Simon parking his snow Delorean in a no parking zone.
The City of Los Angeles needs to hire a graphic designer. They need one badly, as evidenced by the ad they posted to Facebook, presumably by some third-grader who stepped in when the old designer was fired. If you think you can do better than this, apply at the city website. The pay starts pretty low for someone who wants to live in Los Angeles, but could offer a bright future of pay increases -and as government jobs tend to have, benefits. There are qualification as to experience and education, but no mention of having to be competent in MS Paint. -via Boing Boing
Album cover photos help create a band's image by showing members of the band as super cool, super tough or super sexy, but if we could see what's happening outside the frame the facts wouldn't measure up to the fiction.
Russian photographer Igor Lipchanskiy has been busy destroying the carefully cultivated images of famous musicians by giving us a peek at what's happening outside the frame of the album cover, and it's a real mess.
Sometimes Igor's additions take the musician's sexiness down a notch or two, other times his comical off-screen antics leave the artists looking all wet, but when he added to John and Yoko's cover the story became straight scandalous!
The 1973 Martin Scorsese crime drama Mean Streets starred young actors Harvey Keitel and Robert De Niro. This was not De Niro's first film, but it came before The Godfather II and Taxi Driver. Critics raved about Mean Streets and De Niro won a Best Supporting Actor award from the National Society of Film Critics. Mean Streets, from the era before home video, has been overlooked relative to Scorsese's later films, but is well worth a watch 45 years later. Here's a bit more about the film:
10. This was the first film in which Robert De Niro and Martin Scorcese worked together.
Obviously they would go on to collaborate in a lot of films after this. In fact it’s hard not to think of one or the other when you see their name on a film.
9. The music in the film took up half the budget.
There wasn’t much of a budget to begin with and getting the permission to use the music took a heavy toll on the expenses.
The Great Fire of London destroyed the vast majority of the city in 1666. Of course, the river, the streets, and the property lines still remained, and the residents started rebuilding. But most city maps were gone, so work began on a new map.
The Morgan Map of 1682 was the first to show the whole of the City of London after the fire. Produced by William Morgan and his dedicated team of Surveyors and Cartographers it took 6 years to produce, and displayed a brighter perspective on city life for a population still mourning their loved ones, possessions, and homes.
Now the Morgan Map has been overlaid with aerial views of the city at the London Time Machine. A "spyglass" shows the city as it is today. You can move the spyglass around, zoom in and out, and pull the spyglass off the map the see how much bigger London is today. However, if you go too far, you can lose the older map and have to reload. Check it out here. -via Metafilter