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Best Games for the iPhone

If you want something challenging and fun to do on your iPhone while waiting in holiday lines and in busy waiting rooms, try Kotaku's list of what they deem are the best game apps for iPhone. As the intro to their article says, sometimes going to the App Store and just looking around can be an exercise in frustration:

"You might not want to just plunge into the App Store. It's a jungle, and it is full of bad games. Here, Let us help you. After all, the games at the top of the App Store charts might not always be the actual best games for the iPhone. We think the ones below are a great place to start."

See their list of the best games for iPhone here If you think they're missing some games, feel free to weigh in with your favorites in the comment section. 

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The Holiday Season is here. Are you looking for the purr-fect stocking stuffer for your favorite cool cat? Give her the All I Want For X-Mas socks from the NeatoShop. This playful pair of socks makes a fierce and cuddly fashion statement. They are a wonderful way to show your quiet affection and loyalty for someone you love.  

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The Most Popular Funeral Song: Monty Python's "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life"

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At the end of the Monty Python film The Life of Brian, the protagonist stands crucified by the Roman occupiers of Judea, falsely accused of insurrection.

Nothing in his life has gone according to plan. Now Brian's efforts will end in a slow, painful death. So he's feeling a bit depressed. But another crucifixion victim played by Eric Idle encourages him to look on the bright side of life. He sings a song along that theme, which is among the most famous in the Monty Python repertoire.

According to a study conducted by The Co-Operative Funeralcare, a British funeral company, "Always Look on the Bright Side of Life" is the most popular song played at funerals in the UK. You can watch that scene in the video embedded below.


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Video content warning: foul language.

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The Walking Dead Death Watch

Sunday night is the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead, and then it goes away until probably February or so, then return for another eight episodes. Fans of the show pretty much expect one of the main characters to die, because

1. Someone always dies in the mid-season finale.
2. The Talking Dead, the after show discussion, is promoting a “mystery cast member,” which means the actor whose character just died.
3. Norman Reedus, who plays Daryl, said that he cried over this particular episode.

Warming Glow is laying down the odds on who’s going to buy the farm on the next episode. Who do you think it will be? Place your prediction in the poll. The characters' names in order correspond to the cast photo above.  

Who will die Sunday on The Walking Dead?
















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The 10 Most Creative Public Sculptures in the World


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When it was built in 1998, this massive, majestic fork in Springfield, Missouri jutting defiantly into the sky against the diets of the world stood before a restaurant. That restaurant went out of business. Now the building is occupied by an advertising agency. It must be a marvelous navigational aid. How can they help prospective clients find their offices? Tell them to look for the giant fork.

This is one of 10 bizarre and surreal public sculptures rounded up by When on Earth. You can view the others here, which include a headless businessman and a giant erupting from the ground.


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Rainbow Man Has The Power Of Rainbow

When you hear the superheroic name Rainbow Man how do you expect him to act? Flamboyant, or crazy cheerleader level cheerful would have been my guess, but then I watched the trailer for this (probably not) upcoming movie Rainbow Man film and found out I had it all wrong.

Rainbow Man’s wardrobe is already colorful enough, he doesn’t need to act in a colorful manner because he’s wearing all the colors of the rainbow, plus he shoots rainbows out of his hands.

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One man, twenty seven kinds of leprechaun, one of which bit the one man one fateful day and gave him the power of rainbow- Bad Weather Films presents: Rainbow Man. (probably not) Coming soon to a theater near you.

Looks like a box office bonanza in the making to me!

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Sheep Farmer's Proposal: "Will Ewe Marry Me?"

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Henry Brown is a sheep farmer in Willingdon, East Sussex, UK. He wanted to propose marriage to his girlfriend, Emily Walker, in a creative way. Since he's an expert on sheep, he put his flock to work on that project. Brown painted five sheep with the phrase "Emily, will ewe marry me?," then put them on a separate field on his farm.

When Walker visited him, they took a ride around the farm. They saw the sheep out of place and went for a closer look. It was then that Walker saw the words and pieced them together. Brown dropped to one knee for a formal proposal. And she said yes!

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Jimmy Fallon’s Holiday Song Parodies 2014

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Jimmy Fallon continued his annual tradition of making the year’s biggest pop songs into holiday song parodies on The Tonight Show. Fallon got a hand from Rashida Jones in putting holiday cheer into songs you know or at least recognize from 2014. You want to sing along? Here are the lyrics:

“All About That Bass”
Yeah, my mama she cooked me a turkey with all the sides
Then she made me some cranberry sauce and then 12 pumpkin pies
Because you know I'm gonna gain some weight, gain some weight (need sweatpants)
I'm gonna gain some weight, gain some weight (need sweatpants)

“Stay With Me”
Oh won’t you, drink with me?
I hate my, family
They’re insane, it’s plain to see
So won’t you, drink with me?

“Turn Down For What”
Stuff a duck, inside a turkey’s butt…
Turducken for what?
Turducken for what?

“Wiggle”
You know what to do on this Hanukkah
Dreidel dreidel dreidel
Dreidel dreidel dreidel

“Anaconda”
My Secret Santa don't –
My Secret Santa don't –
My Secret Santa don't want none unless you got gifts, hon!

“Bang Bang”
I’ve got a special thing I like to drink, when I get thirsty and it’s Christmastime
Just take some nutmeg and some cinnamon, and then you mix it up it tastes so fine
Egg nog!
Into your mug (Just add some whiskey)
Egg nog!
Getting you drunk (I’m feelin’ tipsy)

“Let It Go”
Mistletoe, mistletoe
Just bought a bunch at the store
Mistletoe, mistletoe
Gonna hang it from my door
I don’t care who I kiss today
Let your tongue stick out
Cold sores never bothered me anyway

“Fireball”
Butterball
Christmas ball
He had a big red suit
With a sack full of loot
With eight reindeers and a sleigh
Had a big round belly like a bowl full of jelly
And he came around on Christmas day…
Santa Claus!

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One Brave Soul Taste Tested 6 Gross Foods From A 50s Cookbook

Nowadays people feel more free to try out their own variations on the traditional pot luck fare at gatherings, and yet with all the new and cutting edge food creations it doesn’t appear anybody is in a hurry to explore the dishes some of our ancestors used to eat at these same functions.

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That’s why we’re thankful for the interwebs, where brave people are willing to risk their tastebuds just to show us how bad foodstuffs used to be.

Cracked’s Evan V. Symon prepared 6 Gross Foods From A 50's Cookbook, then he proceeded to eated up each and every one.

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With timeless taste sensations like Fluffy Mackerel Pudding, Beer and Kraut Fudge Cake, and Super Supper Salad Loaf it's no wonder the culinary world has gone back to basics in a big way.

This Thanksgiving weekend we can all be thankful that we don't have to eat strange, and often gelatin based, foods at family functions any more! (Contains NSFW language, like most articles on Cracked)

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Baby and Sloth Are Best Friends


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On the left is Daisy, a sloth. On the right is Alia, a 5-month old baby human. Alia's parents, Julia and Jason Heckathorn, brought them home on the same day. Daisy is the latest addition to their growing menagerie, which also includes a kangaroo, an anteater, a cat, and a few sugar gliders. Julia Heckathorn tells the New York Daily News that the two girls get along just like sisters should:

"When Alia and Daisy sit next to each other, Daisy sniffs Alia while Alia nuzzles into Daisy's soft fur. They are so sweet together,” Heckathorn said. "They even wear the same-colored flower headpieces in their hair.


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Chatty Checkout (NESMyLife) - Can You Escape With Your Receipt?


Chatty Checkout (NESMyLife) by Amorphia Apparel

Think your life couldn't get more exciting? Then you haven't tried NESing your life in Chatty Checkout, which will turn all you do into a console gamer's dream come true. Test your skills against foes like the rude stockboy, the old lady with a cart full of crap, and the dreaded megaboss the chatty checkout cashier, who will hit you with every anecdote in their collection before you can say no cash back. Play with your day-to-day routine, make a game of your mundane existence, and just try to escape this conversation!

Add a little pixelated fun to your everyday life with this Chatty Checkout (NESMyLife) t-shirt by Amorphia Apparel, and see if you can beat your daily high score in style!

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Real Santa Clauses

ExPhysGuy posted a picture at reddit of a man in Ireland who fills the role of Santa Claus at the local schools. Even when he’s off-duty, he takes his role seriously for the little kids who see him. There were several stories in the comments underneath that show appreciation for men like this who take time to be Santa Claus for kids, because they know that children will recognize them wherever they are, no matter what time of the year it is.  

We got a great story from this_wasamistake.

So, my uncle used to look a lot like Santa pretty much all the time. Pot belly, deep but kind voice, sweet grey beard, the works. Just like this guy here.

One year in the fall he drove home from the grocery store, and when he got inside, noticed a car drove up and parked right in front of his house. No one came out for awhile so he went to check it out, when some guy got out of the car and approached him. The dude had two kids in the car, who had seen my uncle at the store, and just cried and cried to their dad how he was "letting Santa get away!" so they made him drive after my uncle. The guy was real apologetic and asked if my uncle can just say hi to his kids, but my uncle being the amazing person he was, ran inside to get them cookies, and sure to talk to them awhile. The kids left happy as clams and I'm sure the dad got major dad points.

I just really miss my uncle. The idea of people thinking about him, even just for the duration of this post, makes me not miss him so badly.

From timforreal:

They've had the same Santa at my local mall for at least 12 years, and he is fantastic. He's got a real beard, has a personally owned awesome looking suit, is great with kids etc. I've seen him do the same thing when it's the "off season" and he's at the mall doing his shopping.

There were rumors that he was retiring 2 years ago, and I was very happy to see that he was still there last year. It will be difficult to replace someone as good as him.

Read this cute story from blissfully_happy.

I was in the back of my suburban, digging around one day, while my boyfriend was in the grocery store. A man walked passed our truck and saw my partner's 5-year-old sitting in the back seat. He said to him (through the open window), "Hi, there! You're being good, right?"

I popped my head up and said, "He is," thinking this dude must be a friend of his mom or dad's (we live in a small town).

He walked away, and I said, "Do you know that guy?"

Kid: "No, but I'm pretty sure Santa just told me to behave."

Thanks, random bearded stranger. Good work.

ChrisTR15 tell us about a co-worker.

There is a guy that works with me who looks like Santa. WHEN EVER a kid comes up to him, he reaches in his backpack and gives him a candy cane and a Christmas card. Saw it in mid July a few years ago. Was sweet.

Alpaca_Rancher had an uncle who looked like Santa.

My Great Uncle was a professional Mall Santa. He had a big white beard and wore red all year around. It really did look spot on. He loved kids always coming up to him and enjoyed it all year around. I seriously thought he was santa till I was like 10.

And mcketten summed up how it works.

There is a professional Santa in my hometown. All Christmas season he is in another state, playing Santa at a mall. However, all year he keeps his beard and hair trimmed, wears his glasses, and always wears clothing that involves red and green and suspenders at a minimum.

He never breaks character for any child. He also has some great stories, like when he was walking down the street and a kid came running up to him crying because he was lost but then saw Santa and knew he would be fine.

I've talked to him several times about it and he said, "Being Santa is one of the greatest responsibilities I have ever had. It is a way of life, not a job, and you have to treat it that way."

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Man Survives Being Struck By Three Cars On Busy Chinese Road

Getting hit by a car hurts- a lot. I was lucky enough to have been struck by cars that were only going about 15-25 miles an hour, but the Chinese man seen in this shocking footage takes lucky to a whole new level.

The man, identified only as Li, looks like a deer in the headlights as he stands in the middle of a busy road in Kunshan City, and then he's struck by not one but two motorists who clearly haven't found a use for their brake pedal.

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The first car looks like it just grazes him, albeit at a very high speed, but the second car definitely does not miss its mark, and after a hit like that Li is mighty lucky to be alive.

This shocking video brings a couple of questions to mind-what was Li doing just standing in the middle of the road like that, and do these drivers need a refresher course in how to hit the brakes?

-Via Dangerous Minds


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For Sale: 1 Nobel Prize (Used)


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Let's face it: you've always deserved a Nobel Prize. Oh, the Nobel Committee could never be persuaded of that. But now they can't stand in your way any longer. James Watson, one of the men who discovered the structure of DNA and the recipient of a Nobel Prize in 1962, is placing his gold award up for auction.

The Nobel Prize goes on the block on December 4. It could earn up to $3.5 million (USD). Proceeds from the sale of the prize as well as other personal effects from Watson will go to benefit research institutions where he worked over the course of his career.


(Photo of the Nobel Prize awarded to Frederick Banting by the Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library)

-via Marginal Revolution


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Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer

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Only a year to go -and we get our first glimpse at the new Star Wars film, the first under the Disney name. It appears that someone new is taking advantage of the power of the Dark Side of the Force. Check out that new model light saber! The Millennium Falcon looks pretty good for a vehicle with too many billion miles on it. Get ready for a series of these teasers over the next year.


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Ten Of The Greatest Thanksgiving Sitcom Episodes Of All Time

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Sitcoms love to make us feel like part of the family by sharing their holiday traditions with us. They get all dressed up for Halloween, have family and friends over for Christmas and get ta gobblin’ up a delicious dinner on Thanksgiving day, just like real people!

Let’s take a fun trip down Thanksgiving memory lane with ten hand plucked sitcom episodes sure to make you thankful for finely crafted television shows:

1. Friends- The One With All The Thanksgivings-

Friends went all out for a Thanksgiving of remembrance during episode 8 of season 5, from all the way back in 1998. Through flashback sequences we get to see Monica before she lost all the weight, Chandler sporting a totally radical Flock of Seagulls haircut, and this unforgettable Monica turkey moment:

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2. Family Ties - No Nukes Is Good Nukes-

Choosing an anti-nuke protest over a Thanksgiving feast seems like a fine message, but the true spirit of togetherness comes when Alex P., Mallory and Jennifer show they love and support their parents no matter how kooky their cause. 

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3. Modern Family - Punkin' Chunkin'-

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Modern Family put a totally progressive spin on the classic Thanksgiving episode by bringing the family together around some good ol' fashioned punkin chunkin, because nothing squashes family beef like launching orange squash through the air! Doesn't that look like a fun new take on Thanksgiving tradition?

4. Seinfeld - Mom & Pop Store-

Leave it up to the show about nothing to disguise their Thanksgiving episode under layers of stuffing. George buys John Voight's car, an Empire State Building statue pops Mr. Pitt's dream of holding a balloon in the Macy's parade, and a mom and pop store makes off with all of Jerry's sneakers.

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5. WKRP In Cincinnati - Turkeys Away-

The episode of WKRP In Cincinnati entitled Turkeys Away was long considered the best Thanksgiving themed episode in the sitcom world, largely because of the ridiculous, yet somehow plausible, theme.

The plot- the station decides to give away free live turkeys by tossing them out of a helicopter, and the whole stunt becomes a turkey day disaster hilariously described by Les Nesman.

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The Cataquarium

Here’s one way to keep an eye on your cats during cold weather! Redditor ericscheel’s father has a farm and quite a few outdoor cats. He built a box around the outside of a window, complete with a shelf, small doorway, and a cat ramp. The cats cannot help but check it out, then discover it’s a nice warm place to be, and the people inside can see them all in one place. The converse is true as well: the cats get to observe what the people in the house are doing. See a larger version of the pictures here.

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Ken Burns Presents The First Black Friday


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Ken Burns, the documentary filmmaker, became famous for his captivating miniseries The Civil War. Through brilliant storytelling, he shared not only the facts, but the experience of that trauma with his audience. In this parody on Jimmy Kimmel Live, Burns recounts a day--this day--that we Americans call Black Friday.

It is not a recent experience. No, the first Black Friday occurred more than a century ago. But to many, the wounds are still fresh.

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10 Religious Holidays Not Yet Exploited by Hallmark

What's not to love about holidays? You get to take off work, everyone's in a great mood, and there's always plenty of delicious food lying around. Wouldn't it be great if we could sustain all that fun and excitement throughout the year? Well, you're in luck. So sit back, crack open a Good Book, and get ready to celebrate these 10 major religious holidays that still aren't on Hallmark's radar.

1. Sikhism: Guru Nanak's Day

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Although most Sikhs live in the religion's homeland of India, Sikh communities have become increasingly common in the West. (Those men in turbans you might think are Muslims are most likely Sikh.) But wherever they reside, you can bet Guru Nanak's Day will be celebrated in style.

For the first couple of centuries after Sikhism was founded, 10 gurus served in succession as the leaders of the religion. When the 10th guru died, however, no single leader emerged, and the tradition of having a sole guru was abandoned. Not surprisingly, many Sikh holidays hearken back to events in the lives of these great men. And one of the biggest, no doubt, is the festival honoring the birth of the first guru, Nanak.

Guru Nanak was born to a Hindu family in 1469, and around the time he turned 30, he had a mystical experience that became the basis for the religion. While bathing in a river, he plunged into the water and didn't resurface for three days. During that time, he later said, he was communing with God. Drawing on elements of both Hinduism and Islam, Nanak journeyed far and wide, preaching his new faith of Sikhism and compiling his teachings into a scripture known as the Guru Granth Sahib.

Today, Nanak's birthday, which falls in October or November (depending on the lunar calendar), marks a joyous three-day celebration for Sikhs around the world. As part of the festivities, some communities undertake a ritual known as the Akhand Path, a kind of marathon reading of Sikh scriptures, usually continuing nonstop for the entire 72-hour holiday and ending on Nanak's actual birthday. For the slightly less studious, there are grandiose processions that typically take place the day before Guru Nanak's birthday, during which devotees wave the Sikh flag, brass bands play, and martial-arts teams show off their swordsmanship.

2. Shinto: Shichigosan

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The name Shichigosan literally translates to "seven five three," but (despite our best guesses) this holiday isn't a celebration of football plays or ATM codes. Rather, the numbers reference the ages of the festival's guests of honor—children ages 7, 5, and 3. Shichigosan, which falls on the weekend closest to November 15, serves as a kind of rite of passage holiday for the Shinto faithful, and it's popular in Japan, where Shintoism—a belief system that values nature, ritual purity, and the worship of spirits called kami—is one of the dominant religions.

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The Illogical Fighting Style of James T. Kirk

Fighting sports analyst Jack Slack takes a look at the TV series Star Trek: TOS and the many fights of Captain James T. Kirk. The Captain managed to punch someone or other around in just about every episode.  

Among all the qualities required to command a ship and its crew, undoubtedly the most important is an officer's ability in hand-to-hand combat. You don't know where you'll be, or what you'll be doing, when your phaser gets knocked out of your hand and goes skidding across the floor. Or when diplomatic discussions and love-making with an alien race will fall through, and you'll have to fist fight for your life.

No man understood this as well as Captain James T. Kirk of the USS Enterprise. Throughout the 2200s, Kirk captained his ship to countless unknown worlds and met a perhaps difficult-to-believe number of hostile civilizations. Often complex political dealings would boil down to a test of Kirk's fighting prowess and he was forced to battle in the knowledge that his failure could leave his crew in jeopardy. Or worse than that—dead.

And since Kirk got into fistfights so often, the producers had to change it up to keep the action sequences from getting too boring. Therefore, we see numerous methods and tricks for disabling the latest antagonist whether he be alien or human. Slack goes over the axe handle strikes, the head scissors, the grappling, and other fighting moves that work so much better on TV than they do in real life. Read about them all at Vice’s Fightland site.  -via Digg


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Making Farts Smell Like Chocolate

French inventor Christian Poincheval makes pills that will perfume your farts into smelling like violets or roses. And now he has a new product for Christmas, a pill that will make flatulence smell like chocolate! Poincheval has been working on his earth-shattering invention for eight years now.

According to Poincheval's website, the idea for the pills apparently came from a dinner with friends during which nobody could stop farting.

"We were at table with friends and after a hearty meal, we almost suffocated as our farts were smelly," Poincheval writes. "The winds were not very pleasant for our fellow diners. I had to do something."

You can buy these pills for ten euros. There’s also a special powdered version for dog farts. -Thanks, Linda Shaw!


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Doctorama Returns - I Want To Believe In Who


Doctorama Returns by Nertee Designs

When Zoidberg told the rest of the group there would be visitors arriving from a strange alternate dimension everyone assumed he'd eaten a bad dumpster sandwich, but when the Doctor and some chick with one eye named Pond showed up on their doorstep everyone let out a collective gasp. The Doctor looked like he could have been one of Fry's relatives, only with a way better fashion sense, and when they found he spoke their language they all let out a collective sigh of relief. But then the Doctor started blathering about some insane space grandpa, rolling trashcans with plunger arms and laser eyes, and men made out of cyber the group couldn't help but let out a collective gasp...of fear!

Add some cartoon crossover kookiness to your geeky wardrobe with this Doctorama Returns t-shirt by Nertee Designs, it's a totally spaced out design for those who enjoy fine geeky garments.

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NeatoShop Black Friday Sale: All T-Shirts $14.95!

W00t! It's here: the NeatoShop Black Friday Sale is ON!

NOV 28 to 30, 2014 - ALL T-SHIRTS ARE JUST $14.95

Avoid the mad rush at the mall and get your loved ones (and yourself) awesome T-shirts from the NeatoShop.

Celebrate the holidays with NeatoShop's awesome Ugly Christmas Sweater-style tees. Or check out our wide selection of Funny T-shirts, Science T-shirts, Sci-Fi T-shirts, Video Games-inspired T-shirts, and more.

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Comedian Posts Bogus "Lost/Missing/Wanted" Signs Across NYC



Brooklyn, New York-based comedian Jason Saenz has been having fun posting these silly signs all across the metro area. He calls the project Saenz Signs and he has a Tumblr site devoted to it, which says little about his thoughts behind the series. Apparently it's to get him noticed, as well as to make people on the city streets smile. It appears as if he's two for two. Follow Saenz at his website.  

 



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Dancing Firemen

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The Achao, Chile, volunteer fire department is always ready to respond to an emergency. But the firefighters also dance! In full gear! If you’re in a hurry, you can skip ahead. The dancing starts at about 1:45. The song is "Soy Tu Nene Malo" by Nene Malo. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Ten Monarchs Whose Madness Changed History

Unfortunately for the lower classes, there were many points in history in which a populace was at the mercy of an unstable or even insane sovereign ruler. Due to the frequency with which royal families internarried, mental and physical defects were more common than in normal populations. These were wildly different times, in which life wasn't generally valued as it is today, and the jealousy and competition for the throne between royal family members led to betrayals and murders. 

An interesting article at i09 describes ten instances in which, not only did a mentally ill person reign over a region, but their actions as rulers brought about a significant change in the history of said region. Below is the story of number four on the list, the story of Sultan Mustafa of the Ottoman Empire, who reigned from 1617–18 and from 1622–23.

Ahmed I and Mustafa were royal brothers. At the time, it was expected that a sultan would have his brothers executed after he took the throne, in order to eliminate any competition for his position. (Mustafa and Ahmed's father Mehmed III executed 19 of his own brothers after he became sultan.) Ahmed took the throne at 13, at which time he sent his brother Mustafa, 11, to "the cage." The cage was a tower with no windows. There, Mustafa had no human contact.

When Ahmed died of typhus at age 28, his most powerful concubine argued against his eldest son taking the throne as, due to the custom of the sultan executing his brothers, she rightfully feared her sons by Ahmed would be killed. Thus Mustafa, who according to some sources had an intellectual disability from birth, was let out of the cage. He had been isolated there for fourteen years, which certainly had no positive effect on his mental state. 

Reportedly always accompanied by two naked slave girls, Mustafa caused numerous problems as a leader. One was that he would appoint random people he liked to powerful posts in his kingdom. With untrained people in positions of power and the demented Mustafa in charge, the empire deteriorated. After only one year as sultan, Mustafa was again sent to the cage, along with his slave girls. 

At that time, Ahmed's eldest son Osman took the throne and was a fairly competent leader. Yet when he banned his military from drinking and smoking, there was such a backlash against him that he was put to death by "compression of the testicles." 

After Osman was killed, Mustafa was once again let out of the cage and given the throne. By that time, his mental health had declined to the point that he would stare off into space, giggling to himself at some unseen source. He also frequently sought out his nephew Osman, the former sultan, continually forgetting that Osman had been put to death. The Ottoman empire quickly began to disintegrate, at which time the Safavid Persian empire attacked the region and took control. Mustafa went to the cage again, never to re-emerge.  

Read about other mentally ill monarchs whose actions (or inactions) changed history here.  

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Turkey Trot

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This turkey running on a treadmill is not the kind you’re liable to eat. He doesn’t have much breast meat, after all -and it would be hard to catch him! He’s actually a lucky turkey, living the good life at Brown University as a subject in Dr. Thomas Roberts’ studies of animal motion. Read more about the science behind a turkey on a treadmill at Digg.


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Thanksgiving as a Kid Versus as an Adult






As The Oatmeal illustrates here in this comic, some things change, and some stay the same. Check out their amusing take on Thanksgiving, the bulk of which wasn't included here because of NSFW language. But regardless, I recommend you seeing the panels entitled "The Prep," "The Dishes, "The Binge" and "The Booze."


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Here's What Vegetarians Came Up With When Asked To Draw A Turkey

Becoming a vegetarian means giving up meat for eating, but does it also mean giving up meat for thinking?

Clickhole, the Onion’s annoying little cousin site, asked twelve vegetarians to draw a picture of a turkey, and the bizarre images they came up with seem to prove that you can have a vegetarian brain.

Some of the victims participants came pretty close to creating a drawing of what could be mistaken for a turkey across a crowded bar, after you’ve had a few drinks of course.

And then there’s this guy, who didn’t even come close!

His crappy artwork proves that his meaty brain has begun to turn into a mélange of freshly picked greens, mandarin oranges and candied almonds tossed in a light white peach vinaigrette, in other words disgusting.

Do yourself a favor and keep your brain meaty by eating lots of turkey this Thanksgiving, or else keep a photo of a turkey with you at all times to remind your leafy brain what meat looks like!

Click here to see the rest of those wacky vegetarian turkey drawings


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The 25 Biggest Box Office Bombs Of All Time

When you make lists about failed movies, you might focus on how bad they are, like The Room, or how few people went to see them, like Zyzzyx Road, but if you really want to define a box office bomb, you focus on how much money was lost. Most of the movies on the list of box office bombs at Buzzfeed are fairly recent, because no one spent a hundred million dollars to make a movie more than a couple of decades ago. Plus, a huge marketing and advertising budget will add to the cost that must be made up in ticket sales. Therefore, a movie you may have seen and liked can still be a bomb if it cost more than it earned. That said, you will see movies on the list that you’ve never heard of, despite advertising. They died out that quickly. Cowboys and Aliens, shown above, came in 25th.


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