An Honest Trailer for Logan

Screen Junkies' 200th Honest Trailer is for the relatively recent movie Logan. First, let me warn you, this is full of spoilers. I didn't know what Logan was about at all, except that it was a Wolverine movie, but now I feel like I've seen the whole thing. Second (and this is a spoiler for the video), they couldn't find anything bad to say about it. So if you haven't already seen the movie, you might want to sip this Honest Trailer until you do.

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However, if you have seen Logan, you'll enjoy the Honest Trailer with a special surprise guest critic.


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This Numbness

The agony and the angst. The loss and the longing. As someone who is now seeing the dentist way too often to make up for years of neglect, I can attest to the truthfulness of this tale related in the latest comic from Alex Culang and Reynato Castro at Buttersafe. But no matter how weird it makes me feel, I am thankful for nitrous oxide and novocaine. The lasting ache I could do without.  


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History's Deadliest Colors

Can color kill? Not by itself, but humans love color so much that we are drawn to things that may be really dangerous, just because we like the pretty colors.

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The problem was that there was such a lag between discovering something that gave us a wonderful color and the point we realized it was killing people. You'll hear several of those stories in this TED-Ed lesson from J. V. Maranto. -via Boing Boing


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What It's Like to be Struck by Lightning

Around 4,000 people around the world die from lightning strikes every year, but about ten times as many are hit by lightning and survive. For those who survive a strike, the experience is so memorable that they've formed an international survivors group. Some only have memories of the experience, while others face lifelong effects and health issues, both mental and physical. Their stories are always scary.   

A crashing boom. A jolting, excruciating pain. "My whole body was just stopped — I couldn't move any more," Justin recalls. "The pain was… I can't explain the pain except to say if you've ever put your finger in a light socket as a kid, multiply that feeling by a gazillion throughout your entire body."

"And I saw a white light surrounding my body — it was like I was in a bubble. Everything was slow motion. I felt like I was in a bubble forever."

A couple huddled under a nearby tree ran to Justin's assistance. They later told him that he was still clutching the chair. His body was smoking.

When Justin came to, he was looking up at people staring down, his ears ringing. Then he realized that he was paralyzed from the waist down. "Once I figured out that I couldn't move my legs, I started freaking out."

Read the stories of several lightning survivors, and a little of what we know about lightning's effect on humans, at Mosaic. -via Digg


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Things Cats Don't Like

When a cat has a poor opinion of something, they will let you know, clearly, in their own way. In this complication video from the Pet Collective, you'll see cats hating on modern technology, toys, food, family members, and everyday objects.

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To be fair, some of these clips aren't so much dislike for objects, but more of a cat wanting to see how much destruction and chaos they can cause. Yet we still love them.

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50 Years Ago: A Scary Cold War Moment

Fifty years ago today, the US and the USSR came close to World War III. That was both due to and saved by modern technology. See, a solar storm began on May 18 with solar flares, coronal mass ejections (CMEs), and sunspots. These phenomena can cause real problems with radio signals on earth, and radio signals were extremely important in the Cold War.

On May 23, 1967, the sun fired off a flare so powerful that it was visible to the naked eye, and began emitting radio waves at a level that had never been seen before, study team members said.

That same day, all three of the Air Force's Ballistic Missile Early Warning System radar sites in the far Northern Hemisphere — which were located in Alaska, Greenland and the United Kingdom — appeared to be jammed.

Air Force officials initially assumed that the Soviet Union was responsible. Such radar jamming is considered an act of war, so commanders quickly began preparing nuclear-weapon-equipped aircraft for launch. (These newly scrambled aircraft would have been "additional forces," according to the study authors; the U.S. kept nuke-bearing "alert" planes aloft pretty much continuously throughout the 1960s.)

The geomagnetic storm that followed the flare disrupted radio signals for about a week afterward. But, as you can probably guess, World War III was not instigated. That was due to our government's early embrace of weather technology and space research, which you can read about at Sky and Telescope. -via Metafilter


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Grootsky - Rocket Has A Posse


Grootsky by Cattoc_C 

Rocket normally likes to rush right into battle and start blasting fools, which is unusual since normal raccoons tend to be so cautious, but sometimes the fighting is so fierce he hesitates to enter the fray. That's when he looks to his little leafy pal Groot and asks him to drop in to the battle first, like a little dancing bark bomb ready to blow up the battlefield and serve as a diversion so Rocket can dive right in. The Guardians may be a bunch of a-holes, but they definitely know how to watch each other's backs and fight side-by-side until the battle is won.

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If Theme Parks Were Honest

Sooner or later, just about every family takes a road trip to Six Flags, Disney World, or some other large theme park to show the kids a good time. That means standing in line for a hour to ride a one-minute ride, paying out the wazoo for lunch, and dealing with tired, cranky kids (or even worse, bored teenagers) and sunburn. There's a price to pay for everything.

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In the latest Honest Ad from Cracked, Roger Horton dresses up like Walt Disney and welcomes us to Hortonland, where all your dreams will come true- even if they are nightmares.  


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Five Amazing Simpsons Characters that Only Appeared Once

The family at the core of The Simpsons has been around for thirty years now, and in that time we've gotten to know dozens of the other residents of Springfield as they came and went, and came back again. However, there are a few characters that only appeared on the series once. Whether that's because the voice actor didn't want to repeat a performance, or there just wasn't a story fit for them, they became one-hit wonders. If you can recall the one episode these characters were in among the hundreds that have aired, then you're in rarified Simpsons fandom territory. Meet five of those characters at TVOM.


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Avocado + Latte = Avolatte



The latest hipster food obsession is the "avolatte," a latte (which is a fancy term for coffee with milk) served in an avocado shell. Developed at the Truman Cafe in Melbourne, the idea has spread through the internet and around the world, pretty much instantly.

It appears to be an eco-friendly way to add a bit of avocado flavor to the drink, but not everyone likes the idea. Personally, I do not like avocado, and I do like having a handle on my coffee cup. -via Laughing Squid

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Hunting for the Black Silk of Tan Chau

Jürgen Horn and Mike Powell continue their adventures in Vietnam, where they've been exploring villages on their own, without guides, away from the tourist spots. They'd heard that Tan Chau was where Vietnamese black silk was produced, so they set out with a map and their motorcycles -after  three ferry trips across the river.   

Properly motorized, we headed off in search of silk, stopping in a few towns where, to judge by the dumbfounded stares we received, foreigners are not an everyday occurrence. And nobody could help us. In fact, the famous black silk of Tan Chau didn’t seem to be all that famous in Tan Chau. Scouring the map, we decided to head to Long Chau, which looked like the region’s largest town. It was also the furthest away; if we struck out here, we agreed to give up.

Pressed right up along the river, Long Chau was cute, but we weren’t here to see the sights, dammit. We directed ourselves to the town’s central market, to look for silk vendors. If anyone knew where to find a silk manufacturing center, surely they. The owners of the first silk store were friendly but weirdly insistent we go to “Tân Châu Xứ Lụa”, which Google identified as a restaurant. “No, you must misunderstand us. But thanks anyway!”

But they eventually found a silk factory, and got some really neat pictures and video, which you can see at For 91 Days.  


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Engineering Against Coughing and Sneezing

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research, now in all-pdf form. Get a subscription now for only $25 a year!

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Research about mechanisms to reduce a particular kind of noise
compiled by Nan Swift, Improbable Research staff

Engineers dare to take on tasks that nature may have neglected. Here are four attempts to solve the noise-related problems arising from human sneezes or coughs.

Apisa’s Simple Sneeze Catcher
“Sneeze Catching Method and Apparatus,” US patent 8910312, issued to Joseph Apisa, December 16, 2014. Apisa specifies:

An apparatus for catching bodily fluids ejected during a sneeze or cough, said apparatus comprising: a sleeve having a first open end... a closure being mounted on said sleeve and releasably retaining said frame in said closed position; a pad being removably positioned in said receiving space, said pad having anti-bacterial properties; and wherein said sleeve is configured to be worn on an arm of a person such that the person may sneeze or cough into said pad and that said pad captures and destroys bacteria exhaled by the person.

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Emotional Geometry

If we're going to have triangles, we may as well go whole hog with the geometry analogies. I think we cam all relate to the anxiety fractals more than the rest, amirite? This is the newest comic from John McNamee at Pie Comic.


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Learning to Swim

If you didn't learn to swim as a child, it can be pretty difficult -and downright embarrassing- to ask someone teach you as an adult. What do you do? You buy a backyard pool like this guy and try to figure it out on your own.

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However, it can be a traumatic experience, from the blowing up part, to the hose that doesn't work, to remembering why you never learned to swim in the first place. He should have invested in a lifeguard, too. -via Viral Viral Videos


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5 Ways to Define a Sandwich, According to the Law

You can always find an argument somewhere on the internet about what is and what is not a sandwich. With new food items constantly being developed, the line has grown quite thin. Is a hot dog legally a sandwich? It depends. How about a corn dog? A burrito? An ice cream sandwich? A Pop Tart? It all depends on who you ask, and why. For some jurisdictions, whether a food item is a sandwich makes a difference in how it is taxed or zoned. Some definitions come from courts, others from organizations. Mental Floss dug up five definitions of a sandwich from different governing bodies, which should be enough to keep the arguments going for a while.
 
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Dog Interrupts Russian News Broadcast

This news anchor at the Russian channel MIR 24 is telling us about the planned renovation of some areas of Moscow, when she's interrupted by a Labrador retriever that had snuck behind the desk. It was startling.

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She tries to keep her cool and continue with the news, but all the attention is on the dog. Finally, she ends this clip by explaining that this is why she is a cat person. It's not nice to be upstaged. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Read Joss Whedon's Unproduced Screenplay For Wonder Woman

Joss Whedon has come a long way from the days when he was writing for Roseanne, and since then many studios have asked Joss to write scripts based on their franchises.

But for some reason Warner Bros hired Joss to write and direct a Wonder Woman movie back in 2006 but by early 2007 the project had been cancelled, leaving us to wonder what a Whedon Wonder Woman movie would have looked like.

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We've waited 10 long years to see Wonder Woman on the big screen, but before you go see the new movie you should read Joss Whedon's unproduced Wonder Woman screenplay and see how it compares to the Snyderverse version.

Read the full script here

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My Brain Is 80% Song Lyrics 20% Movie Quotes - Real Genius


My Brain is 80% Song Lyrics 20% Movie Quotes by Boots

Everybody uses their brain power for different things- some use it to test scientific theories and figure out the world using math and physics, others use it to memorize dance moves or lines from a screenplay. But pop culture fans often use their minds to store song lyrics, movie quotes and other bits of seemingly useless trivia, their chosen fields of expertise. This makes no sense to the Mensa crowd, that is, until they need a movie quote or a song lyric to post on social media...

Show the world you're an unlimited font of pop culture knowledge with this My Brain Is 80% Song Lyrics 20% Movie Quotes t-shirt by Boots, and people will start testing you wherever you go!

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Cosplay Mashup: Yondu is Mary Poppins

Cosplayer Cindy Salvus Artistry took a few lines from Guardians of the Galaxy 2 and made it a real thing. The character Yondu is mashed up with Mary Poppins! Here's the dialogue from the movie:

Star-Lord: You look like Mary Poppins.
Yondu: Is he cool?
Star-Lord: Hell yeah, he’s cool.
Yondu: I’m Mary Poppins, y’all!

And he certainly is. You can see more pictures of the character at Facebook and Instagram.

-via Geeks Are Sexy


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Red Red Riding Hood

Fairy tale characters were way too calm and composed considering the morbid situations they dealt with during their stories, and they acted like these dark moments were no big deal.

Pushing an old hag who eats kids into an oven and leaving "the ungodly creature to be burned to ashes" should have scarred Hansel for life, and Jack narrowly escaped the clutches of a hungry giant, which would have left him with PTSD.

And, as this Electric Bunny comic shows, Little Red should have totally lost it when her grandma emerged from the wolf's stomach alive and unharmed, leaving them both in need of therapy and a long shower!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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The True Story of Brainwashing and How It Shaped America

The word "brainwashing" came about because of the Cold War. In the 1950s, Americans were shocked when thousands of soldiers captured by North Korea eventually confessed to war crimes they hadn't committed, and some even refused to return to the US when the war was  over. That was unthinkable.

Suddenly the threat of brainwashing was very real, and it was everywhere. The U.S. military denied the charges made in the soldiers’ “confessions,” but couldn’t explain how they’d been coerced to make them. What could explain the behavior of the soldiers besides brainwashing? The idea of mind control flourished in pop culture, with movies like Invasion of the Body Snatchers and The Manchurian Candidate showing people whose minds were wiped and controlled by outside forces. FBI director J. Edgar Hoover referred to thought-control repeatedly in his book Masters of Deceit: The Story of Communism in America and How to Fight It. By 1980 even the American Psychiatric Association had given it credence, including brainwashing under “dissociative disorders” in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders-III. Had Chinese and Soviet Communists really uncovered a machine or method to rewrite men’s minds and supplant their free will?

The short answer is no—but that didn’t stop the U.S. from pouring resources into combatting it.

“The basic problem that brainwashing is designed to address is the question ‘why would anybody become a Communist?’” says Timothy Melley, professor of English at Miami University and author of The Covert Sphere: Secrecy, Fiction, and the National Security State. “[Brainwashing] is a story that we tell to explain something we can’t otherwise explain.”

Brainwashing seemed like mystical mind-control magic to the American public, although psychological change can be readily explained by simpler concepts, from persuasion to indoctrination to torture. The US government went into overdrive to research brainwashing in the 1950s, which you can read about at Smithsonian.


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Rock Bands Named After Classic Literature

Somewhere along the way it was decided that people who play in bands aren't very bright, then rock stars were further stigmatized as being drunk, dumb and on drugs because some big names glamorized this lushy lifestyle.

In actuality many of the most famous musicians in rock'n'roll history were extremely intelligent people, who showed off their brainy side with their brilliant lyrics and the very name of their band.

The Doors were named after Aldous Huxley's The Doors Of Perception, which is a line taken from William Blake's The Marriage Of Heaven And Hell:

“If the doors of perception were cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, Infinite. For man has closed himself up, till he sees all things thro' narrow chinks of his cavern.”

Stuart Murdoch got the name for his band Belle and Sebastian from French children's book Belle et Sébastien by Cécile Aubry, which was adapted into an awesome anime series in the 80s.

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Modest Mouse's lead singer Isaac Brock named the band after a passage from Virginia Woolf's The Mark on the Wall:

"I wish I could hit upon a pleasant track of thought, a track indirectly reflecting credit upon myself, for those are the pleasantest thoughts, and very frequent even in the minds of modest, mouse-coloured people, who believe genuinely that they dislike to hear their own praises."

And last but not least we have Moby, the guy who was clearly named after Moby Dick, right?

Well, sorta- Moby was born Richard Melville Hall, and his parents started calling him "Moby" at a young age after telling young Richard Herman Melville is his "great-great-great-granduncle".

See 20 Bands Named After Classic Literature at Mental Floss


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How the Beatles Wrote "A Day in the Life"

This coming Friday, May 26, will be the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. The Atlantic takes a close look at one of its most memorable songs, "A Day in the Life." It's no sing-along, but more of an anthem that reflects the many changes the Beatles had gone through since finding fame in the early '60s. For example, John Lennon makes himself into an observer of life from inside a bubble instead of a participant.  

That’s how he was writing, beachcombing inspiration from headlines and news briefs in the January 17 Daily Mail, which he had open at his piano (for this song); from a circus poster hanging in his home (“Being for the Benefit of Mr. Kite”); from a cereal advertisement (“Good Morning Good Morning”); from his child’s drawing (“Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”). In the song, the young man whose death gets noticed in the newspaper references an acquaintance of the Beatles, a Guinness beer company heir named Tara Browne, who crashed his Lotus sports car at high speed. Lennon reimagines Browne into the half-recognizable, presumably upper-class man who has it made and then throws it all away. What does it say that one crowd is transfixed by a privileged stranger’s grisly demise, but another crowd rejects a film about the achievement of a generation, the world war won? Only the singer of the song is willing to go back there, and only because he’s read the book.

There are many layers to the song, deconstructed in an article at the Atlantic. -via Metafilter

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Woman Uses Ancient Swedish Herding Call To Bring Her Cows Home

Back before there was barbed wire to contain them, microchips to track them and trucks to transport them across continents there was the shepherd, who would tend to their herd as if they were their own offspring.

The shepherd would let their bovine children play in the fields all day and eat their fill, but when it came time to return to the safety of the stable the cows would heed the shepherd's call and run home.

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Thanks to keepers of history like photographer Joanna Jinton we get to hear what the ancient Swedish herding call known as kulning sounds like, and now I see why cows respond to kulning- because it sounds beautiful!

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The Top 5 Better Call Saul Fan Theories

The Breaking Bad prequel series Better Call Saul is now in its third season. Fans are trying to put clues together to figure out where the story is going, and how it will all tie together. Since Vince Gilligan and Peter Gould are behind both shows, it only makes sense that all the elements of Better Call Saul will come together to lead into the Breaking Bad series, and elements that appear to have no significance at first will eventually be meaningful. This leads us to fan theories about how the story will play out. Some are pretty bizarre, but so is the world in which these shows exist. Read the bare bones of five widespread fan theories about Better Call Saul that may or may not pan out at TVOM.


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Some Of The Funniest Stuff Spotted In Textbooks

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Going back to school in the fall means getting a fresh batch of textbooks, which are always better used than new because other students have had the chance to doodle snicker-worthy stuff in the book.

These secret acts of vandalism used to be the funniest pictures in textbooks (unless you had a book from the 50s or 60s which was full of outdated information), but nowadays LOL-worthy stuff is included on purpose.

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Okay, that one was obviously a mistake they missed during editing, but this picture must have been included on purpose, right?

Maybe it's for "Geometric Racial Stereotypes: a journey in racist maths"? They're teaching some strange stuff in schools these days...

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Putting Daddy into the Picture

Brandon and Veronica Phillips are expecting a baby soon. The problem is that Brandon is deployed far away, so Veronica took one of his Air Force shirts to her maternity photoshoot to wear in order to incorporate him into the pictures. Photographer Jennifer McMahon of Jennifer Ariel Photography was touched, and found a way to get Brandon into this picture -with Photoshop! McMahon said,  

This mommy was so sweet, and her story touched my heart. Her husband is thousands of miles away serving our country. He is missing his beautiful wife's pregnancy, and will be missing the birth of his baby. Thank you to our military for sacrificing for our country.

See more pictures from the photoshoot at Buzzfeed.

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The Perfect Accessory for a Fancy Picnic

Love a good picnic with a lot of class? Then you won't want to miss out on this wine and cheese table that easily sits right in the ground and provides support for a bottle, two glasses and a plate -ideally for your cheese or chocolate pairing. Sure it's easy enough to throw down a blanket and put your bottle and plate of snacks on the ground, but those wine glasses are always problematic at picnics and at the beach. This clever table solves that problem by hanging them off of the ground where they won't tumble over. 

They are available for sale on Faircraft USA's Etsy page.

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Weapons Of Math Instruction - The Power Of The Protractor


Weapons of Math Instruction by Cafe Pretzel

Many people believe using weapons of mass destruction are the most powerful and effective way to get people to do what they want, but there's a better way. You see, by using weapons of math instruction such as calculators, compasses and protractors people can be taught to do what you want in a much more effective way- because they'll be able to build cool stuff instead of tearing it all down with destructive force. So let's start building up our brains with math and science rather than making people live in fear of our arsenals, and we're sure to see some positive changes occur in the world!

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The Lady of the Lines

The following is an article from Uncle John's Unstoppable Bathroom Reader.

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If you've ever heard of the Nazca lines, you have this woman to thank for preserving them for posterity. And if you've ever doubted that one person can make a difference, think again…

HELP WANTED

In 1932, a 20-year-old German woman named Maria Reiche answered a newspaper ad and landed a job in Peru, tutoring the sons of the German consul. After that, she bounced from job to job and eventually found work translating documents for an archaeologist named Julio Tello.

One day she happened to overhear a conversation between Tello and another archaeologist, Toribio Mejia. Mejia described some mysterious lines he'd seen in a patch of desert about 250 miles south of the capital of Lima, near the small town of Nazca. He tried to interest Tello in the lines, but Tello dismissed them as unimportant. Reiche wasn't so sure. She decided to go to Nazca and have a look for herself.

MYSTERIOUS LINES

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Gazing across the desert floor, Reiche was amazed at what she saw: More than 1,000 lines crisscrossing 200 square miles of desert, some as narrow as footpaths, others more than 15 feet wide. Many ran almost perfectly straight for miles across the desert, deviating as little as four yards in a mile.

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