This Harry Potter Christmas Party is Truly Magical

The team at Epbot is quite crafty and also incredibly nerdy, so it's hardly surprising that when they throw a themed Christmas party, they go all out. This year they opted to do a Harry Potter-themed party and the results are amazing.

Every detail, from the food to the trees and the doorway to the lighting is perfectly magical and an incredible blend of Christmas and Harry Potter fun. You can see pictures of the setup over at Epbot.

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Punk's Not Dead - Rotten To The Core


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Subcultures are going to be super strange in the future, so weird in fact that even a crab monster like Zoidberg will be able to dress up and hang with the cool kids. But what will New New York's punkers do for fun? They'll go dumpster diving for sandwiches, perform unnecessary operations on people and walk sideways while clacking their hand claws, which is why Zoidberg will fit right in! Just don't make any loud noises around him when he's trying to pierce some poor mutant's earlobe with a safety pin- or the guy might earn the nickname Patchy!

Get dressed up for our strange future by wearing this Punk's Not Dead t-shirt by Theduc, it's so punk that even your fellow punkers won't be able to handle the pure punkness!

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This Invention Helped Me Write Again

Graphic designer Emma Lawton was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease at age 29. The trembling it caused made it impossible for her to draw, so she turned to inventor Haiyan Zhang for help.

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The special pen Zhang developed made all the difference in the world. It was well worth the effort to see Emma draw again. The device is even named after her.  -via Nag on the Lake


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Parents Reveal The Most Embarrassing Things They've Walked In To Find Their Kids Doing

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Do you know why most family themed movies and TV shows feature a cringeworthy scene with a parent walking in on a kid doing something shameful in their bedroom?

My daughter just turned two. A few weeks ago I went to check on her after I had laid her down for bedtime. I stood outside the door listening and kept hearing a weird noise and then hearing some giggling. So I opened the door and started watching and she was making herself fart and then laughing hysterically at herself. Apparently she can fart on command. -via youreawizardhailley

Because it's one of the most common shared experiences in our lives, and it happens to so many of us during puberty that the shared shame makes us laugh...after we're full grown, of course.

I was like 13, and I wanted to know what boobs felt like, so I put balloons down my shirt. Then started to masturbate. Dad walked in, walked right back out -via leumasperron

Of course, parents don't always walk in on their kids doing NSFW stuff- sometimes they walk in on their kids acting a bit nutty-

Like many sports fans, I'd play imaginary baseball in my yard. I was about 7 or 8 when my parents witnessed this. I'm coming around to score and get called out, but I clearly beat the tag, so I argued with the umpire (argument lasted about 5 minutes) and was ejected, which made me more angry. My mom watched the entire debacle from her window, presumably laughing hysterically. -via awsears25

But our "mom/dad walked in on me..." stories all have one thing in common- the embarrassment factor, which they hold over our heads for the rest of our lives:

I don't remember myself, but my parents loooove to tell me about the time they found me dancing naked on the kitchen table to the final jeopardy music at age 2 or 3 . -via jcsatan

Read 21 Of The Most Embarrassing Things Parents Ever Walked In On Their Kids Doing here (NSFW)

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Sleeping with Cheetahs

Dolph C. Volker studied the heart rate of sleeping cheetahs by sleeping with them. This takes a certain kind of dedication to science that most of us don't have. He says he couldn't sleep because Faith was having dreams. If it were me, I wouldn't get any sleep because my bedmate was an apex predator known for its lightning speed and ability to eat animals much larger than me.  

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This video only covers the first night, as Volker slept with Faith. You can see more of the ten-night experiment at his YouTube channel. Because nothing is more relaxing than watching a man sleeping with cats. -via reddit


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Fun Things You Might Not Know About Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain is the loud, foul-mouthed chef you either love or love-to-hate, but did you know he was a published mystery novelist long before he wrote Kitchen Confidential? Or that writing runs in his blood as his mother was a copy editor at the New York Times

Of course, it's not his writing that really made Bourdain what he is -it's his abrassive, aggressive personality and in that way, it's hardly surprising that he once considered it a fireable offense to listen to or even enjoy Billy Joel in his presence. 

Learn more about the chef with attitude over at Thrillist

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19 Of The Biggest Photoshop Disasters Of 2016

Can you find the Photoshop disaster in this picture? Stop reading now if you want to look for it.

This is a picture of the singing group Fifth Harmony that appeared in Rolling Stone magazine. In the middle is Ally Brook, who has two right feet. It's not a glaring or obvious error, but it makes you wonder why in the world some photo editor needed to change her foot in the first place. This is just one of 19 images from 2016 that Buzzfeed rounded up as notable for their weird Photoshop errors and artifacts.


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The Strangely Satisfying World Of Industrial Food Processing Videos

There are plenty of awful videos on YouTube which you can use to torture your eyeballs and scar your brain, but why would you want to watch such horrible things?

Instead, expose your eyeballs to the wonderful world of factory food processing videos, where you'll witness massive machines turn normal shaped food into paste, but that's not all!

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These videos also feature funky synth jazz tunes, which are the perfect soundtrack for that food factory life and therefore helps them sell machines to food factory processing engineers.

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Slate's Shon Arieh-Lerer shared his strange obsession with factory food processing videos on YouTube with the world, and now it feels like season one of How It's Made all over again! 

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Therapy Pig Gets Airport Job

The WAG Brigade is a group of certified therapy dogs that the San Francisco Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals take to the San Francisco airport to greet passengers. They provide comfort, entertainment, and smiles to weary and stressed travelers. Most of the dogs also have duties at hospitals, nursing homes, and other facilities that could use a friendly, people-oriented pet. The newest member of the WAG Brigade is different. She's a pig, named LiLou, who is a certified Animal Assisted Therapist (AAT)  and loves to interact with people. LiLou also has an extensive repertoire of tricks she performs for appreciative audiences.

According to the SFSPCA, "At a minimum, AAT pets must be solicitous and fully comfortable with handling. In other words, pets must be interested in and eager to approach people and accept handling, regardless of the person’s age, gender, race, size, mobility equipment usage, and apparel." LiLou nailed her training and is now dispatched to the airport once a month.

Read more about LiLou at SFGate. And see more of her at Instagram.

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A Look Inside Hollywood's Will Ferrell-Themed Bar

Just in time for your yearly Elf viewing, a pop-up bar in Hollywood opened up to sell delicious, Will Ferrell-inspired drinks. Whether you prefer Elf, Semi-Pro, Step Brothers or any other Ferrell film, you're sure to find something to make you laugh at Stay Classy.

Given that so many of the jokes are based on Anchorman, I think it would fit in better in San Diego, but maybe that just makes me a smelly pirate hooker.

The pop-up bar is only open through December 15, so if you live in the area and want to get your Ferrell on, be sure to stop by soon. And if you don't live in the area, you can at least visit vicariously through these LAist pictures.


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Artificial Intelligence Produces the Creepiest Christmas Song Ever

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You may have to turn your volume up to hear this video properly. Researchers at the University of Toronto are using a project called neural karaoke to teach computer programs to write songs. PhD candidate Hang Chu fed the program tons of existing tunes to study, then dance, then lyrics.

For the final step of the latest work, the program trained on a collection of pictures and their captions to learn how specific words can be linked to visual patterns and objects. When fed a fresh image, the program can compile some relevant lyrics and sing them using phonemes, or units of sound, linked to the words in its vocabulary. The system builds on previous work that could take a picture and generate lyrics in the style of Taylor Swift. Should the program choose words that it cannot say, it replaces them with an “oooh” sound.

The result might be called impressive for a machine, but if a human wrote this, you would suspect possible drug abuse or maybe brain damage. -via the A.V. Club


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White Elephant Gifts That Are So Bad, You Kind of Have to Buy Them

White elephant gift exchanges are fun, but sometimes it's hard to find just the right gift for the weirdos you know. If you're struggling to come up with the perfect present idea for your white elephant exchange, you won't want to miss this Huffington Post article.

From Nic Cage prayer candles to Christmas-themed TP, the list is full of great terrible ideas, so whether you need to buy an intentionall bad gift or just want a laugh, be sure to head to the Huffington Post.


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Introverts Club - Membership Is Full At This Time, Please Check Back Never


Introverts Club by Tobe Fonseca

Introverts don't get to team up, hang out in cliques or become part of the gang because they're always busy doing their own thing by themselves, but in that way they're all part of the Introverts Club, so that's something. And who knows an introvert better than another introvert? Nobody, certainly not those flashy pandas who go out on the town raising hell like their club is the coolest, you wanna see cool? Ask an introvert how they feel about a night out on the town and watch that apathy pour out of every fiber of their being, now that's cool! (Acting aloof is cool, right?)

Show the world you're proud of your loner status with this Introverts Club t-shirt by Tobe Fonseca, it's the hip way to express your individuality without conforming to boring fashion standards.

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The Real Story Behind the Myth of Area 51

Once you classify something as top secret, people find a way to fill in the void of information with speculation, which can turn into conspiracy theory, and might become legend. The U.S. military's Area 51 in Nevada is legendary for its secret research on captured UFOs and the aliens they contain. The legend grew because the government wouldn't explain the classified aviation research going on there. The acreage was set aside for the development of the U2 spy plane in the 1950s.  

U-2 testing began in July 1955, and immediately reports came flooding in about unidentified flying object sightings. If you read the details in a 1992 CIA report that was declassified with redactions in 1998 (and subsequently released nearly in full in 2013), it's easy to see why.

Many of these sightings were observed by commercial airline pilots who had never seen an aircraft fly at such high altitudes as the U-2. Whereas today's airliners can soar as high as 45,000 feet, in the mid-1950s airlines flew at altitudes between 10,000 and 20,000 feet. Known military aircraft could get to 40,000 feet, and some believed manned flight couldn't go any higher than that. The U-2, flying at altitudes in excess of 60,000 feet, would've looked completely alien.

Naturally, Air Force officials knew the majority of these unexplained sightings were U-2 tests, but they were not allowed to reveal these details to the public. So, "natural phenomena" or "high-altitude weather research" became go-to explanations for UFO sightings, including in 1960 when Gary Powers' U-2 was shot down over Russia.  

These obviously lame excuses fed speculation about extraterrestrials. As the years went by, more astounding aviation breakthroughs were achieved at Area 51, but the geniuses behind them got no credit because of the secrecy. Meanwhile, the legend has become a moneymaker for businesses surrounding the forbidden zone. Read the history of Area 51 at Popular Mechanics. -via the Presurfer

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Man Punches Kangaroo To Save Dog, Controversy Ensues

Kangaroo bucks can be mighty aggressive, threatening the lives of people and pets and scaring the wits out of anyone they hop after, which is why people pack heat when they're out in the wilds of Australia

But zookeeper Greig Tonkins clearly doesn't need a gun to handle himself, and when his dog's life was threatened by an ornery kangaroo he came to the dog's defense and boxed the 'roo right back.

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Now it's easy to judge Greig for punching the kangaroo, but consider this:

a) kangaroos have been known to kill other animals

b) Greig has worked with kangaroos for six years at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo so he knows a thing or two about dealing with kangaroo bucks

c) the roo had his dog in a headlock, so he reacted as if his dog's life were in danger.

d) many Australians would have simply shot the thing even after the dog was freed, since Australians "cull" about 5 million kangaroos a year to keep the population managable,

As you can see, there is no black and white when it comes to Greig's actions, and I don't know about you but I would have done the same thing in a heartbeat to save my dog's life.

-Via Complex

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Check This Enlightenment

We've always heard that "Pride goeth before a fall," which is exactly what happened here. He might still be levitating if he didn't feel the need to gloat about it to his fellow monks. Another old adage that applies here is "He who laughs last, laughs best." This is the latest from John McNamee at Pie Comic.


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The Creative and Forgotten Fire Escape Designs of the 1800s

In the 19th century, cities became crowded, buildings were built higher, and there were plenty of things to cause fires, like fireplaces, boilers, stoves, and gas lamps. Inventive minds went to work on emergency devices to evacuate people from burning buildings, such as an angled chute that could be rolled out to slide people down to the ground. Too bad it was made of flammable material. But it was still more practical than the invention you see here.

...Pasquale Nigro proposed a fabric-covered set of wings that would allow a wearer to fly down to safety. He wrote: “In operation, the wearer engages the loops with his hands and is prepared to leap, the air imprisoned beneath the fabric material, serving to up-hold the wearer and break the force of his fall.”

Nigro asked for about $33,000 in 1909 to execute his invention, however, the idea never quite took off.

See a a selection of fire escape inventions from the 1800s ranging from parachutes to grappling hooks at Atlas Obscura.


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Guy's Girlfriend Says No Geeky Stuff Allowed In House, So He Hides It All In Plain Sight

It's a shame that geeks are unfairly judged by some simply because they're passionate about pop culture, but geeky pursuits really bother people for some strange reason, and yet these people will still date geeks.

This creates big problems when the two decide to move in together, since geeks typically collect geeky stuff that a hater won't want to see in their space, and stupid arguments ensue.

Imgur user ohhaibroadcast found out his girlfriend was an anti-geekite when she told him he couldn't put any of his geeky stuff upstairs, so he hid little Warhammer minis and LEGO figures around the house.

Meanwhile, his basement looks like nerdvana, so don't feel too bad for the guy:

He has a full sized MAME arcade cabinet, shelves full of board games, plenty of space for tabletop gaming, and a big screen and comfy recliners so he can watch movies about happy couples.

Something tells me their friends would rather hang out in the basement than upstairs in boring old Dullsville...

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Prince’s Closest Friends Share Their Best Prince Stories

 

Chris Heath collected memories of Prince and his life from those closest to them: band members, childhood friends, girlfriends, employees, and others who each have a great Prince story. Or many stories.

Corey Tollefson (Minneapolis-based entrepreneur and fan; attended events at Paisley Park for over 20 years): The thing that was funny was you never saw Prince [first], you smelled him. He always smelled like lavender. And you knew when he was there because you'd turn around and go, "Holy shit, I smell Prince." And then, ten seconds later, you'd see him.

Morris Hayes (keyboard player; Prince's longest-serving band member, 1992–2012): I remember taking him to the hardware store in my camping van. He wanted to go buy a lock. And we go to Ace Hardware—it's snowing and freezing—and I say, "Okay, Prince, you stay in the car." So I'm picking stuff up in the aisles, I look over, he just cruises by in a turtleneck sweater and his fuzzy boots, and people are looking like, "Oh my God, Prince is in the hardware store!" He comes and finds me and he's got a handful of crap—like, "Can we buy this?" I'm, "What did you do with the car?" He says, "It's out there—it's just running." I said, "Prince, you can't leave the car running—somebody could just steal the car." He said, "This is Chanhassen—nobody's gonna steal the car." So we get out to the car and sure enough it's out there, just running, smoke coming out of the tailpipe. And he's like, "I told you."

We also get a multi-person recap of the famous skit from Chappelle's Show, where Charlie Murphy tells of Prince beating them all in basketball while wearing heels. Yeah, it's true, and there's even more to the story then we knew. Read all the delightful Prince stories at GQ. -via Metafilter


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These Amazing Minecraft Creations Took Billions Of Blocks To Build

Gamers have been making virtual artwork in Minecraft since the game first came out five years ago, but overall their creations have been kept simple and square, like 3D versions of 8- or 16-bit pixel art.

However, the art created in Minecraft is limited only by the artist's imagination, dedication and the amount of time they have available to organize thousands, if not millions, of cubes into a detailed work of digital art.

The new book Beautiful Minecraft by No Starch Press collects images of some of the more epic and impressive works created by Minecraft players, including the piece Deep Sea created by nine builders in six days using 32 million blocks.

The piece at the top of the post is Vegard Elseth's Lindblum Gate, which took 60 days and 300 thousand blocks to build, followed by Will Loader's A Futuristic Past, which took 28 days and 9 million blocks to build.

And that simply gorgeous looking landscape shot? That's Andrzej Czerniewski's Magic Of Colors, which took him 22 days to build and contains 7 billion blocks.

I wonder how long it would take to create a 3D print of each piece...

See more from Pore Over These Gorgeous Minecraft Creations at Polygon


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Pantone 2017 Color of the Year: Greenery

Pantone has announced the color of the year for 2017. It's PANTONE 15-0343 TCX, also called "greenery."

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What do you think? Pantone says it's a color of renewal.

Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew. Illustrative of flourishing foliage and the lushness of the great outdoors, the fortifying attributes of Greenery signals consumers to take a deep breath, oxygenate and reinvigorate.

Greenery is nature’s neutral. The more submerged people are in modern life, the greater their innate craving to immerse themselves in the physical beauty and inherent unity of the natural world.

Eh, it's nice in new plants, but I don't think I'll be looking for draperies or clothing in that color myself. -via Laughing Squid


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Japanese Artist Spent Three And A Half Years Creating One Giant Illustration

Drawing with pen and ink can take a really long time, and artists who work in ink like to take their time and get it right because they may only have one chance to get it right.

Japanese illustrator Manabu Ikeda spent ten hours a day for three and a half years creating his massive pen and ink masterpiece "Rebirth", how's that for slow?!

Manabu's incredibly detailed masterpiece measures 13 X 10 feet wide, and features a gnarly tree growing up and out of crashing tsunami waves and other destructive forces.

"Rebirth" was inspired by Japan's rebirth after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, so it was obviously a labor of love for Manabu as well as an epic scale way to show off his drawing skills.

“My goal is to faithfully express my view of the world in my composition, but I don’t intentionally depict detailed images,” he told the Chazen Museum of Art. “Because I see details when I observe things, rather than the whole, I find pen and ink to be the best tools to express how I see them.”

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Squirrel Wanted For Stealing 150 Christmas Lights

Margaret Rican of Seattle is having a hard time this year, as her Christmas lights keep disappearing.  A squirrel has been making off with the bulbs one by one. The brazen thief pulls off his heists right in front of her sometimes, while other capers are recorded from a distance. She uploaded a compilation of his trips to chew off and abscond with the bulbs one by one.


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Is he trying to decorate his nest with the colorful bulbs? HuffPo asked an expert.

“This kind of behavior is reported each year as squirrels see the bulbs as similar to an acorn or fruit,” John Koprowski, a University of Arizona professor and noted squirrel expert, told The Huffington Post. “While hard to know if this indicates a difficult winter for food, this behavior is likely just the result of being an industrious squirrel and caching a bounty of potential food to be used over the course of the winter.”

Koprowski says that squirrels usually bury more food than they really need for the winter, and even forget where some of it is, so he should be fine.

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Flashing Through The Snow - Jingle Bells, Something Smells...


Flashing Through The Snow (color) by JVZ Designs

Why is it that all the creeps decide to crawl out of their holes around Christmas? It's like they know we're at our most vulnerable during this time of year so they decide to act as the gremlin in our holiday cheer machine and muck up the works! As much as we wish these creeps would go away it also just wouldn't feel like Christmas without those flashers, muggers and other monsters of the same stripe hanging around town waiting to knock our holiday star down. You know, to keep us from feeling all warm and fuzzy like a Mogwai...

Celebrate the holiday season how you see fit- by wearing this silly Flashing Through The Snow t-shirt by JVZ Designs, it's sure to make people smile wherever you go!

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How "Grandma Got Run Over By a Reindeer" Became a Holiday Staple

The most despised song from my entire radio career (1982-2006) was "Grandma Got Run Over by a Reindeer." It wasn't because there was anything inherently wrong with the song, except for the dead grandmother. What ruined the song for me was the dozens of requests for it every hour, even right after I had played it. Every hour, every December, for decades. Every year, a new cohort of children decide that's the one Christmas song they want to hear. Now it's a Christmas classic, with its own history.

It begins, like all Christmas fables should, with a blizzard. It was December 1978, and a San Francisco veterinarian named Elmo Shropshire, a.k.a. Dr. Elmo, was booked at the Hyatt in Lake Tahoe with his then-wife, Patsy. The couple had a comedy-bluegrass duo called Elmo & Patsy, and just before taking the stage, they got a visit from one Randy Brooks, a Texas singer-songwriter who’d played the hotel before them and gotten stuck there by the snow.

"I was never what I’d consider to be much of a singer," Dr. Elmo tells mental_floss from his home in California. "I always sang novelty songs, so it didn’t matter if I could sing or not. At the time, we were doing a lot of funny songs. Randy saw our show and said, 'I’ve got this song I think would be perfect for you.'"

That was the very beginning. It took years for the song to really take off, but when it did, it changed everything for Dr. Elmo. Read the story from the man who made it at mental_floss. 

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Little Things To Look For When You Watch A Christmas Story

Nowadays TV networks like TBS and AMC will play A Christmas Story for 24 hours straight, so viewers can watch their favorite holiday movie all day long if they want

And yet no matter how many times you've seen it there are probably all sorts of little things you missed or didn't really pay attention to- like Scut Farkus's braces.

A Christmas Story is set in the 1940s and yet Scut the Bully is wearing braces that are bonded to his teeth, which weren't invented until the 70s.

Ralphie's dad gets a colored bowling ball for Christmas, which wasn't invented until the 60s. When Ralphie almost shoots his eye out his glasses are knocked to the ground, where we can see they're three-barrel hinged- a style which didn't exist until the 1980s.

You see where I'm going with this? See how many historical inaccuracies you can spot next time you watch the movie!

Also watch for these cameos- director Bob Clark as Ralphie's Neighbor Swede (pic at top of post), and narrator Jean Shepherd (aka the guy who wrote the original stories the film is based on) as the cranky bearded man who tells Ralphie to get to the back of the line for Santa.

See 25 Things to Look for While Watching The 24-Hour 'A Christmas Story' Marathon at mental_floss


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Who Will Die in The Walking Dead Mid-season Finale?

Didn't we just do one of these polls? Oh, that was in October. The Walking Dead will be taking a hiatus for a few months after this Sunday's episode, so if anyone is going to be killed, it will happen this week. Or else someone will be put in extreme danger and we'll have a cliffhanger until spring. The first half of season seven has been pretty miserable for everyone. Do you think they'll kill off any regulars this week? Place your predictions in the poll below. You can vote for more than one. And if you are current with the series, you can read some spoilerific predictions.

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Surreal Animal Tattoos That Look Like Quirky Sketches

Tattoos have come a long way from those Sailor Jerry days, and now there's nothing cooler than having an artist use a tattoo gun to apply an original piece of artwork to your skin.

These artist original tats are (typically) one of a kind, and they're also a permanent addition to the body, but something tells me London-based artist Otto D'Ambra gets no complaints.

Otto's surreal hybrid critter drawings are so freakin' cool I don't know how people can settle for one tattoo!

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World Record Rube Goldberg Contraption Lights Up Christmas Tree

The municipal Christmas tree in Riga, Latvia, was switched on by a process that took 412 steps and ten minutes to complete. The video is much shorter because the part where they brewed coffee was condensed, and there may have been other shortcuts for the video.

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You have to imagine how frustrating all the tests were for this, and how nervous the builders must have been to make it perform perfectly, not just for the waiting crowd outside, but in front of Guinness judges. The company Scandiweb sponsored the record-setting chain reaction that Guinness has enshrined as the World's Largest Rube Goldberg Machine.  -via Viral Viral Videos


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Historically Accurate Combat

Writers love to toss around the term "historically accurate" in order to make their war stories seem more credible and realistic.

But they're ignoring the way battles were really fought and won back in the day, and the fact that dragons were fought by knights who carried around polyhedral dice to keep combat fair for both sides.

So if these writers want to keep their historical war stories up to snuff they need to add concepts found in this Pain Train Comic like rolling for initiative, critical failure and encounter engagement.

Only then can they move on to more advanced concepts like saving throws versus breath weapons and the true cost of having a cleric resurrect you...

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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