Once upon a time there wasn't much trouble to be found in Sunnydale, and there certainly weren't any murders. That all changed when Buffy took up the mantle and became a vampire slayer, but she soon found herself in need of help. She established the Slayers Club, a group of like-minded individuals with serious fighting skills and a keen eye for spotting supernatural baddies.
Show the world you're part of the toughest club in school with this Sunnydale Slayers Club t-shirt by Stuff of Kings, it repels vampires better than a garlic necklace!
Mubi is a 2-month-old drill monkey who was first attacked, then abandoned by her mother. But her story sweetened significantly when Simon Jeffrey, a keeper at Port Lympne Reserve, near Canterbury, Kent, UK, took Mubi home to play with his Jack Russell Terrier puppies. Now Mubi is happy, thriving and the pups are schooling her in the ways of animal play. Via Laughing Squid.
Last month, we told you about the real SpongeBob SquarePants restaurant in Ramallah, Palestine. Photos posted on its official Facebook page show that construction is coming along nicely. Here you can see the counter, which looks just like the one that Squidward runs.
It looks like Mr. Krabs already has a functional office. He even has a safe installed where he allegedly keeps the secret recipe for the Krabby Patty.
There's plenty of room for any fish who wants one of those delicious burgers. Just pull up a barrel!
Homelessness isn't something that only happens to the mentally disabled and financially destitute, there are plenty of people from all walks of life who have found themselves homeless for any number of reasons, and you might be surprised to discover their life stories resemble your own.
The Rethink Homelessness program aims to change our preconceived notions about how someone becomes homeless, and they asked several homeless people from the Orlando area to share a fact about themselves that people might find surprising for this video entitled Cardboard Stories.
You'll probably be surprised by some of the facts they have to share, and not so surprised by others, but this video will definitely make you think of homelessness in a new light.
At the turn of the century -the 20th century, that is- baseball players wore mustaches, often big manly handlebar mustaches. We have the baseball cards to prove it. But as facial hair fell out of style, in no small part thanks to razor companies, the clean-shaven look took over. In the 1970s, the mustache came back big time when the Oakland A’s manager offered a $300 bonus to players who grew their lip locks out. The team’s appearance made folks nostalgic for the early days of baseball, and some players from other teams followed suit. Smithsonian magazine has a slideshow of both classic and modern baseball players and their mustaches, as well as their beards, sideburns, soul patches, goatees, and muttonchops.
How many behaviors could a toddler get away with for which you'd ban a party guest (not to mention a date) for life? I was mentally adding things to the list as I watched this video. My conclusion was "too many to count." Via Viral Viral Videos.
Contrary to what those anti-gamer curmudgeons will have you believe, video games are more than just a source of mindless entertainment, or something to keep your thumbs and eyeballs busy.
In fact, you can even discover good advice in video games, life lessons that ring true whether you're playing a godlike warrior, or an average human trying to survive in a horrifying post-apocalyptic world:
To the folks who live there, these rites seem normal. But to the rest of us, but staging a buffet for monkeys is just strange. In this week’s mental_floss video, John Green tells us about the weird local traditions that may even be worth traveling for. Most of these traditions have been on Neatorama at one time or another, but some have been a long time ago. You can use the search function at the top to look them up.
A few weeks ago I featured Giants of the Canine World. Here they are again with some of their most enthusiastic cheerleaders and partners in crime: the kids who grow up with them.
Kid and canine duos are often inseparable. Dogs instinctively know which members of their "pack" need the most gentle protection; that instinct is evident in these sweet photos. See the rest of Bored Panda's article "22 Little Kids And Their Big Dogs" here.
How close can you get to a whale? Just ask Jonah, Marlin, or Pinocchio! These two kayakers off the coast of Argentina, a father and daughter, didn’t get swallowed, but they managed to get lifted out of the water when a massive whale surfaced. Sure, you want to get a good look, but whales are like icebergs: there’s a lot more under the water than meets the eye. -via Viral Viral Videos
Wanna learn some martial arts moves that are out of this world? Need to take down scaly alien bad guys with your bare hands? Then take a lesson from Captain James T. Kirk and try his tried and true methods of kicking butt, like the furious Chopnado, the surprising Jumping Jim and when all else fails pick up a rock and perform the Last Resort. It worked for Captain Kirk, and he's been all over the universe battling bad guys!
Show the world you've got some serious moves with this Kirk-Fu t-shirt by Anna-Maria Jung, it's stylish and educational!
Seventeen-year-old Ashiq Gavai of Buldhana, India, suffered a growth and pain in his jaw, but local doctors could not find diagnose the problem. Fearing cancer, his father took him to J J Hospital in Mumbai, where doctors diagnosed Gavai with composite odontoma, a tumor in the part of the jaw that produces teeth.
Ashiq was diagnosed with a condition called composite odontoma or a benign tumour of the tooth, which can cause difficulties in eating, swallowing, and lead to a grotesque swelling of the face, though it is not life-threatening.
"The condition has been known to affect the upper jaw and a maximum of 25 teeth have been extracted from the tumour. But in Ashiq's case, the tumour was found deep in the lower jaw and we removed more than 232 teeth," Dr Sunanda Dhiware, head of the J J Dental Department, said.
Ateam of two main surgeons and two assisting surgeons performed an intra-oral procedure as they tried to remove every bit of the tumour. "While a few teeth were loose, others were in clumps which made it difficult to count. The tumour was an abnormal growth of the second molar which did not come out. It was also pressing on the wisdom tooth which we had to remove," Dhiware said.
Gavai was left with only 28 normal teeth, but will require followup surgery to repair the hole in his jaw. The hospital is going to forward the case to the Guinness Book of World Records for the most teeth extracted from one person. See more pictures here. -via reddit
This kitty is polishing off a cup of yogurt, but she's not interested in sharing the treat with her fellow feline. I say "she," not because I know the cat's gender, but because bogarting yogurt is just something that seems like a chick would do. Another chick-type behavior is casually moving something out of another's reach as opposed to causing a big, ugly scene over it. Sure, I'm making massive generalizations, but while I had you distracted just now, I ate the last square of dark chocolate. Via Nothing To Do With Arbroath.
Sweet, delightful Twitter--where the raw emotions and unformed thoughts of humanity are made available to the entire world. It has been in existence since only 2006, so few of the greatest minds have had access to it. But what if, instead, scientists across history had used it. What Twitter conversations would they have had?
Go, dog, go! Emerald Downs in Auburn, Washington, held a Wiener Dog Race sponsored by the local radio station. Among the dachshunds was the delightfully-named Anderson Pooper, who is disabled and uses wheels. Anderson Pooper didn’t win, but he made it to the finish line (which is more than you can say for some of the racers) and won the hearts and minds of the spectators. And now the internet. That’s a good dog. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Today, several scientists and science journalists published in-world scientific descriptions of Tatooine, the homeworld of Luke Skywalker in Star Wars.
Joe Hanson holds a doctorate in biology and hosts the PBS show It's Okay to Be Smart. For his contribution, Hanson examined the cutest creature on the planet: the Sarlacc. He describes his expedition, during which he was accompanied by a terrified C-3P0. Hanson writes about the likely morphology of the creature:
At its posterior end, deep beneath the sand, extend many feeding tentacles, drawing and storing nutrients from the surrounding soil like a taproot. To my knowledge, this hybridized organ arrangement, both plant and animal in nature, has never before been reported. Reports of sarlacc longevity extend to 50,000 years, although isotopic analysis has yet to verify these claims due to the extreme danger involved in collecting even the smallest tissue sample.
Despite that, the sarlacc’s supposed longevity and plant-like external morphology are reminiscent of Earth’s 2,000+ year-old Welwitschia, a desert-dwelling plant whose tentacle-like leaf extensions attach to a deep central taproot core, owing to its longevity in Earth’s own harsh desert environments.
The complete absence of subterranean waste in local soil and groundwater samples suggests that the sarlacc may lack an anus, and combined with the observed anterior mouth morphology and radial body symmetry, the closest terrestrial species useful for anatomical comparison might be the sea anemone, suggesting that the sarlacc either shares a common ancestor, or displays a convergent body plan with the terrestrial phylum Cnidaria.
Here are other articles in the series about the science of Tatooine:
Tropes like "aliens are always way smarter than we are", "humans are good guys, aliens are bad guys", and "humans only use ten percent of their brain power" come up way too often in our favorite sci-fi media, so isn’t it about time we give these tired tropes a rest?!
The Motif Basin might just be the most beautiful sink I've ever seen. With its clear glass bottom, you can see the stunning pattern not just in the basin itself, but along the counter too.
The hand-etched basin comes in three patterns, pebble, forest and kaleidoscope -all of which are stunning. The creator, OMVIVO also sells a white pedestal to go along with the design, although you could install the basin on any counter style of your choosing.
“I always wanted to be an eccentric millionaire.” So stated John Lennon in his first official Beatles biography. And thus, after achieving this wish, John set about accumulating all the trappings that he assumed come along with the package.
On June 3, 1965, a brand new Rolls-Royce was delivered to John Lennon. The Phantom V model had been fitted with a limousine body and was finished in Valentines black. The car's license plate was FJB111C. A guarantee was issued to John on June 10, 1965. The car was 19 feet long and weighed three tons.
A notoriously bad driver himself, John seldom drove the plush car himself, instead preferring to employ a chauffeur. John had two different chauffeurs during his Beatle years- Bill Corbett and (more frequently) Les Anthony.
John and his fellow Beatles were driven in the vehicle to the premiere of their second movie Help! in July of 1965. On October 26, '65, a very ambivalent John and his three comrades were chauffeured in the car to Buckingham Palace to receive their MBE medals from the Queen. While being driven, John loved to lie on his back and play with the car's various control buttons with his feet.
In 1966, John had the back seat converted to a double bed. Later, a Sony television, a portable refrigerator, and telephone were installed. A "floating" record player (with perfect balance so it could be used without being effected by stops and bumps while driving) was also fitted inside. An interior and exterior sound system was included. John added blacked-out windows and was the first person in England to have this feature in his car.
Isn't that clever? It's a simple mechanism--just fold and unfold. This table is apparently made by Decorações Timbó, a Brazilian furniture and interiors company. But the concept is not unique. You can find plans online. And now that I've just shown this video to my wife, she wants me to build her one.
Artists have been tinting black and white photographs for decades, as far back as 100 years ago. But modern techniques and the artists who know how to use them make old photographs more believable in color than ever before! This photo of samurai warriors in training was taken around 1860, but the color is so good it might be mistaken for a Hollywood recreation. It was colorized by Jordan J. Loyd of Dynamichrome. You’ll see artful coloring of 53 other historic images by various artists and technicians at Inspire52. -Thanks, SparkS!
Sometimes looking at a work of fine art can bring a sense of serenity to your mind, a sense that all is right in the verse and those reckless reavers are light years away. Your starship flits around the night sky like a firefly, and even the mal-adjusted stop to watch your starry flight, as you repeat the words "you can't take the sky from me..."
This Starry Flight t-shirt by Twenty27Designs is a work of sci-fi fine art, a nod to that most famous one eared Impressionist and a reminder that it's important to let your heart, like your imagination, soar free!
Agnes McKee, 105, of Oceanside, California threw out the first pitch on a game last Sunday between the San Diego Padres and the New York Mets. She says that "It is such an honor," but it's far from the greatest adventure that she's had. McKee grew up on a farm in Indiana. She and her late husband traveled to every state in the union and more than 30 countries.
She's still very active. Although McKee lives in an assisted living facility now, she does ballroom dancing every week and plays Wii bowling. She walks a mile every day and hopes to wean herself off her walker.
McKee has spent months practicing, training her pitching arm for this event. As you can see, she did pretty well. The Washington Post notes that she did better than many younger, more physically fit celebrities, such as Olympian Carl Lewis.
Superheroes have to maintain their appearance, for the sake of public relations, so the guys gotta stay shaved unless a beard or moustache is part of their superheroic outfit/identity.
Some guys have built-in shavers, or keen-edged accessories, but for those who don’t have a convenient and cool looking implement handy shaving can become a real pain.
Take it from your friendly neighborhood webslinger and Brazilian comic artist Dragonarte- get yourself a proper Spider-Man brand shaving razor, because trying to wax your face with webbing is a horrible idea!
Fresh fruit is delicious and refreshing, particularly during the hot summer months. There are so many varieties around the world that our grocery stores only have a fraction of them represented in their inventory.
These three examples of exotic fruits are from a larger list at Woman's Day. From the fragrant, citrusy Buddha fruit (above) and beyond, see the list in entirety here. Have you tried any fruits on the list? If so, comment and give us your review. Via Unique Daily. Rambutan
Here’s the simplest idea for a theme park ride yet. In fact, it’s not even a “ride” at all, unless you count the elevator trip up. The Sky Tower in Tivoli Friheden, Denmark, is an actual free fall, with no ropes or kill switch. You go up 100 feet, get strapped into a safety harness just for the short time it takes to get from the platform to a hang over the edge, then the harness is unhooked. It takes a mere second to get back down. Guaranteed to cure you of ever thinking about what it would be like to jump from a building. This video shows the experience from all angles. -via Viral Viral Videos
If you love books and maps, then Dorothy Collective (previously on Neatorama) has got the cartographical wonder for you: their Book Map features titles of over 600 books by literature's greatest authors - from Thomas Hardy to Virginia Woolf, and Tolkien to Kurt Vonnegut - in form of a street map in the style of a turn of the century London.
The litho print Book Map features "classics such as Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Bleak House, Vanity Fair and Wuthering Heights as well as 20th and 21st Century works such as The Waste Land, To the Lighthouse, Animal Farm, Slaughterhouse 5, The Catcher in the Rye, The Wasp Factory, Norwegian Wood and The Road."
Is your favorite book listed? Peruse some detailed shots of the map below:
This video presents an optical illusion of sorts in the form of white circles inside a larger red circle. The simplicity of the illusion is, to me, part of why it's of interest. Aside from the pattern that the video points out, a rotating square forms when there are four white circles inside the red one. Via IFL Science.
He's the bear we deserve, but not the bear we need right now because it's just too hot. Rescuers saved this bear, who is named Georges when he does not wear the cowl of the bat, from bear bile farmers.
(Apparently bear bile is an ingredient in the traditional medical practices of certain East Asian cultures.)
Georges has escaped that awful fate. He's now trying to beat the summer heat in a rescue facility in Vĩnh Phúc, Vietnam.