Dustin - He Knows A Thing Or Two About Fighting The Forces Of Evil


Dustin by zerobriant

When the FBI released the profiles of the people involved in the Upside Down Stranger incident they were surprised to see most of them were just kids, and goofy looking little nerds at that. But the goofiest looking of them all turned out to be a brave little dude, and the unifying force in his group of friends. Dustin was always being picked on by the older kids because of his lisp, and yet he never let these things get his spirits down, even when he had a knife to his throat. His courage in the face of danger, and his refusal to be anything but his nerdy self, helped rally his friends Mike, Will, Lucas and El against the deadly Demogorgon...

Show some love for the coolest Stranger character with this Dustin t-shirt by Zerobriant, it's the retro-tastic way to gear up for the return of your favorite sci-fi TV show!

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Designing Lessons from Cats

Think outside the box? No, I'm thinking about how to get inside the box!

If we want to make progress in life, we might start thinking like a cat. After all, cats lay around the house looking cute and have all their needs taken care of. They must be doing something right! If it's just looking cute, that may hard for some of us, but cats do have their own weird strategies for approaching tasks and problems to solve. Thryn at Hackernoon looks at some of those feline work strategies. While this motivational article is about designers, it could apply to any worker. -via Metafilter

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"Floating World" by Ray Bartkus is a Mural Meant to be Seen on the Water

We've featured a number of large mural artwork on Neatorama before, but this one titled "Floating World" by Ray Bartkus is different. Drawn on the side of a building in Marijampole, Lithiuania, the artwork is meant to be viewed as its reflection on the water.

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Japanese Gardeners Are Going Crazy For These Bunny Succulents

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I've been showing you all kinds of succulents lately, to get you in the mood for spring and inspire you to get out and garden, but those lists were missing the adorable succulent driving Japanese gardeners wild.

They're called Monilaria obconica, more commonly referred to as bunny succulents because of their ear-like growths, and they're quite possibly the most kawaii plants on Earth.

Native to South Africa, Monilaria obconica use the small, glittering pearls on their leaves to store water, so they're fairly drought resistant, and the leaf pair "ears" act "as a protective sheath to the stem apex".

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But enough of the scientific talk, wanna know the best thing about these bunny succulents?

They're easy to grow from cuttings, as long as the cutting contains "one or more branches along with a fraction of root". So keep your eyes peeled for the cutest succulent on the planet!

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Who Will Die in The Walking Dead Season 7 Finale?

The season seven finale of The Walking Dead is this Sunday night. The series has fallen into a habit of killing off important characters at the end of the season, except for last year's ridiculous cliffhanger, which angered viewers. Tensions are high between the surviving communities of Virginia in the zombie apocalypse, and it's time to place your bets on who will bite the big one by season's end. Place your predictions in the poll (you can choose more than one), and continue reading for a rundown on each character with spoilers galore.

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Artwork Clean Up On Aisle Six!

Carson Davis Brown's art project titled "Mass" is a bit unusual. For his artwork, Brown collected various items from a big box store's vast selection of merchandise, and arrange them to create "visual disruptions in places of mass" stuff.

These art installations are made without permission ... "The works are made, photographed, then left to be experienced by passerby and ultimately dissembled by location staff," Brown wrote on his website. It's not exactly damaging vandalism, but it does create a lot of extra work for the people who work there.

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20 Castles You Can Rent to Live Out Your Beauty and the Beast Fantasies

Thanks to sites like Airbnb and HomeAway, it's never been easier to rent a whole home rather than just a hotel room. And while most houses are just that, some people have much more grand properties available for rent -including whole castles. And HomeAway recently took the time to compile a fantastic list of 20 castles available for rent on the site. One of the castles is even less than $60 a night! Even many of the more expensive properties are still about the same price as many luxury hotels, like the beautiful French castle featured above that costs an average of $344 a night.

Don't miss the full list of romantic castles you can rent here.

Via Travel and Leisure


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World's Fastest Bumper Car

Who would bother making a souped-up bumper car? Why, it's Colin Furze, of course! He installed a 600cc motorcycle engine in an old bumper car, and off he goes!

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It was a dare from the TV show Top Gear. They picked the right guy to goad into such a project. Don't try this at home. You'll find a more technical explanation of how he did it in these two videos. -via Tastefully Offensive

See more of Furze's insane projects here.


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This Condiment Serving Set is Cleverly Shaped Like a Bulb of Garlic

This is pretty cool: Carlos Jimenez Perez and Pilar Balsalobre of the Spanish design studio photoAlquimia created a condiment serving set named Ajorí. The salt and pepper shakers, plus sauce dispenser and condiment container serving set is cleverly shaped like a bulb of garlic.

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21 Famous Movie Scenes with the Added Benefit of Photoshop

Photoshop (and other graphics software programs) made photo manipulation accessible to everyone.  Outside of professionals, no one has taken to it like amateur internet comedians. We see so much in our daily web surfing, so eventually you'll see a movie screenshot and think, "You know what would go with this picture? This other picture!" Thanks to the folks who have time to do it, we can all enjoy those moments.



Check out a gallery of clever and funny movie scene manipulations at TVOM.


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Self Defense Tips From Boxing Champ Jack Dempsey

It's a tough world out there, so knowing a thing or two about self defense can mean the difference between life and death (or serious injury) when you're faced with the threat of bodily harm.

Back in 1950 boxing great Jack Dempsey, aka The Manassa Mauler, published a self defense book called Championship Fighting: Explosive Punching and Aggressive Defense (PDF) in order to share some of his knowledge with regular folks.

Jack packs some really solid self defense tips into this well written book, such as- be aware of your environment and potential escape routes, stay away from crowds, master the power of the lurch, watch your opponent's wrists, and never swing, punch straight.

He also shared this knockout technique for delivering what he called a "sneaker punch":

(1) Keep your head in close to the left side of your opponent's head, with your chin slightly over his shoulder.

(2) Maneuver with your left hand until you can grab the inside crook of his right elbow, and thus hold his right arm so firmly that he can't punch with it.

(3) Get his left arm under your right arm, and clamp your right hand under his arm—just above the elbow—just below the biceps. When you hold him in that fashion, he can't hit you; but you are in perfect position to break away sharply and deliver a stunning overhanded "sneaker" hook.

Read 10 Self-Defense Tips From Boxer Jack Dempsey, Circa 1950 here


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Piccol-O's - With The Taste Kids Love...Or Else!


Piccol-O's by Kinda Creative

Piccolo tried to take down Goku and the other saiyans, he tried his hand at global domination, but in the end things just didn't work out for him...so he got a real job. He started out as a lowly graphic designer, creating package art for food products and such, and then he saw that the company he worked for had lots of room for advancement- because the owner was a mere human. After giving the poor old owner the thrashing of a lifetime Piccolo quickly took over the company and declared himself ruler/owner of Saiyan Cereals, makers of everybody's new favorite breakfast treat Piccol-O's- the cereal that turns milk green and tastes like dragon balls...yech!

Add some deliciously geeky humor to your wardrobe with this Piccol-O's t-shirt by Kinda Creative, its the tasty way to show love for that DBZ bad boy everybody loves to hate.

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Chocolate Geode

You may have seen one of the trendy fancy wedding cakes that incorporated a sugar crystal geode, but this goes a step further. Alex Yeatts created what appear to be natural geodes, but they're entirely edible! Just watch him crack open this amethyst:



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Yeatts worked for six months to perfect his chocolate and candy crystal geodes. See more images of Yeatts' edible geodes at Teen Vogue. -via Metafilter

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Perception: a Giant Anamorphic Art Across 50 Buildings

We've posted about many anamorphic art on Neatorama before, but French Tunisian artist eL Seed took it to a new level. For the past year, the artist painted some 50 different buildings in the Zaraeeb community in Cairo, Egypt to create a stunning calligraphic mural (or calligraffiti, a combination of calligraphy and graffiti, as eL Seed puts it).

The gigantic mural, called Perception, is visible from a certain point on the Muqattam Mountain. When viewed from that certain angle, the saying of Saint Athanasius of Alexandria appeared: "Anyone who wants to see the sunlight clearly needs to wipe his eye first"

On his Facebook page, eL Seed wrote:

In the neighborhood of Manshiyat Nasr in Cairo, the Coptic community of Zaraeeb collects the trash of the city for decades and developed the most efficient and highly profitable recycling system on a global level.

Still, the place is perceived as dirty, marginalized and segregated. To bring light on this community, with my team and the help of the local community, I created an anamorphic piece that covers almost 50 buildings only visible from a certain point of the Moqattam Mountain.

The Zaraeeb community welcomed my team and I as we were family. It was one of the most amazing human experience I have ever had. They are generous, honest and strong people. They have been given the name of Zabaleen (the garbage people), but this is not how they call themselves. They don’t live in the garbage but from the garbage; and not their garbage, but the garbage of the whole city. They are the one who clean the city of Cairo.

eL Seed gave a TED Talk in March 2015 that's quite interesting:

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Kristen Schaal And Jason Ritter Reunite For An Adorable Gravity Falls Infomercial

The end of the series Gravity Falls left many of us with a mysterious pyramid-shaped hole in our heads and a Dipper or Mabel-shaped hole in our hearts, and some of us even miss Grunkle Stan.

*sigh* Well, the show won't be coming back in the foreseeable future, but it's good to know the cast of the show is as passionate about Gravity Falls as we are.

Here's an adorable infomercial starring Kristen Schaal and Jason Ritter, advertising the new book Gravity Falls Journal 3, that proves they're as passionate about the series as we are!

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I don't know if that made the loss of Gravity Falls any better for me, but suddenly I feel the urge to buy a book...on making sweaters for books!

-Via Gizmodo


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Freemasonry Forsaken: 16 Abandoned Masonic Lodges, Temples & Halls

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They were once grand halls of a secret society, many with an opulent architecture that befitted a club descended from a stonemason's guild. After peaking in 1959, the number of Freemasons has fallen dramatically, and declining membership makes it difficult to fill large temples, much less maintain them. Once a man cave for the entire community, they now sit empty and unused.

(Image credit: Flickr user Phillip)

Many of these buildings, long ago erected with pride, have fallen in ruin. Some have been repurposed, and some have been demolished, but they've also been photographed by urban explorers so we can view them in their twilight state. See a selection of abandoned masonic temples from around the world at Urban Ghosts.


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Every Netflix Original Ranked

There's no denying that Netflix has had some pretty amazing original shows ranging from political dramas like House of Cards to absurd cartoons like Bojack Horseman. While everyone has their own personal tastes, it's always fun to rank things and that's what Collider did with this great list of every Netflix original series to date. Personally, I have to disagree with where they put Orange Is the New Black, which really dropped off over the last few seasons, but that's one of the best things about lists -the ability to disagree with them.

So check out the full list on Collider and feel free to debate their rankings in the comments here.


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The Movie Elvis Did with Mary Tyler Moore

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

Change of Habit was Elvis Presley's 31st and final film. Although Elvis was to appear later in two documentaries- Elvis: That's the Way It Is (1970) and Elvis On Tour (1972), Change of Habit was Elvis's last appearance in a movie as an actor.

Change of Habit was originally planned as a Mary Tyler Moore vehicle, Mary was then under contract to Universal Studios. Doris Day was just winding up her film career, starring in With Six You Get Eggroll (1968), coincidentally, at the same time, and the studio was grooming Mary to take her place (kind of) as "America's sweetheart." Mary had  finished her career in the iconic tv series The Dick Van Dyke Show in 1966 and made a movie, the box office smash Thoroughly Modern Millie (co-starring with Julie Andrews) the following year.



When Elvis Presley signed on to be Mary's leading man in Change of Habit, of course, everything changed. The formula "Elvis movies" all made money, but the law of diminishing returns had finally set in and the profits from the King's films was growing mighty thin by this time.

Elvis had made his classic "Christmas special" the previous December (which would later become batter known as "the Elvis Comeback Special") and being cast in Change of Habitwas actually part of a package deal his manager Colonel Tom Parker had made for Elvis. Elvis was paid $1.25 million for the Christmas special and Change of Habit combined. This allowed Parker to be able to boast that he had procured his usual salary of "a million dollars a film" for his client.

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Urban Exploration of a Real Life Abandoned Fairy Tale Castle

Even in its state of extreme disrepair, it's easy to see the fairy tale quality of the Miranda Castle or Chateau de Noisy in Belgium. Behind Closed Doors urban exploration website explains:

The castle remained occupied by the [Liedekerke-Beaufort] family until World War II when it was taken over by the National Railway Company of Belgium (NMBS) who used it as an orphanage. It remained in use as an orphanage until 1980.

The building has stood empty since 1991 and has fallen into a severe state of disrepair. The municipality of Celles have offered to take over the building but the family have refused. They now plan to demolish the building later in 2014.

The castle structure is severely damaged, but it's still quite beautiful:

View more over at Behind Closed Doors.


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Social Security Cards Explained

Social Security numbers are confusing. The SSA tells you to never give your number out except to your employer and the government, but then the bank, the utility office, schools, and every store to visit want to know yours. And what do those numbers mean, anyway?     

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CGP Grey (previously at Neatorama) explains social security numbers from their beginning to us in a way we can all understand, which is what he's good at. Meanwhile, Social Security is not so good at security. -via reddit


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A Comic for Night Owls

Not a morning person? Shen of Owl Turd Comix has got your back. In this web comic, the artist laid bare what every night person thinks of morning people:

Take a look at the rest over at Owl Turd Comix.


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Melting Candy

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This is just silly enough to be satisfying. Erwin Trummer recorded candy as it melts, reversed some of the sequences, and then set them to classical music. It doesn't make a bit of sense, but it's fun to watch. -via Tastefully Offensive


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First Class 92 - Sometimes Live Action Pales In Comparison To Cartoons


First Class 92 by JP Perez 

The X movies have been lacking something the original cartoon had plenty of- character. Those mutant men and women just don't look the same when they're played by big names on the big screen, and the costume changes are a bit jarring to anyone who once watched the cartoon as a youngster. But it seems that X-fans will have to settle for live action close enough since there aren't any more animated series on the horizon....or better yet just grab the old animated series on DVD and enjoy it with your mutant family.

Show the world how much better the original cartoon series was than the new movies with this First Class 92 t-shirt by JP Perez, it's sure to bring back memories and get people talking about the evolution of the X!

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This Little Piggy Went To Home Depot When His Fence Was Blown Down

Pigs look like carefree critters when they're laying around in their sty or wallowing in the mud, but they're only super chill when they know they're protected from the big bad wolves by a fence or a wall.

So when 60 mph winds knocked down Hamlet the pig's protective fence he did the only logical thing to keep himself safe- he went down to his local Home Depot store in Portage, Michigan to look for some help.

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-Via Laughing Squid

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How a Wild West Showman Brought Man-Lifting Kites to the British Army

Around the turn of the 20th century, people were nuts about new technology, even stuff that now seems so odd you have to wonder what they were thinking. Take kites: if you had enough of them, one could lift a man high in the sky, as if he were flying. It was fun! But could it be used for military purposes? Armies used weather balloons for surveillance. Surely a man-lifting kite would be better… at least that was the view of one Samuel Franklin Cody, who modeled his Wild West Show career after Buffalo Bill Cody. Kite designer Scott Skinner, who researches the history of kites, tells us about Cody.  

“While touring Great Britain he became enamored with kites,” says Skinner. Kite enthusiasm in Europe was flourishing; serious hobbyists and scientists alike read kiting magazines and gathered at annual fetes. Cody built and flew them, and finally decided to throw his effort into designing a man-lifting kite that could be turned into dollar signs and prestige.

By 1901, Cody had patented a version of a man-lifting kite, and according to biographer Garry Jenkins, was flexing his entrepreneurial muscles. “By then he has already written to the war office, offering them first option on ‘SF Cody’s Aroplaine [sic] or War-Kite: A boy’s toy turned into an instrument of war,’” he wrote in Colonel Cody and the Flying Cathedral.

The military use of man-lifting kites soon faded with the rise of the airplane, which even Cody preferred. Besides, we eventually figured out how to use airborne cameras without a photographer. Read about the fascinating Samuel Franklin Cody and his kite scheme at Atlas Obscura.


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Roll Out Table

Guests coming over for dinner? You don't have to grab a spare table or snap in an extra table leaf to fit everybody for dinner - with this Roll-Out Table by Norwegian designer Marcus Voraa, you just roll out more table! Clever!

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Why Knights Fought Snails in Medieval Art

Scribes decorated medieval manuscripts with all kinds of weird thing, like rabbits, cats, Star Wars characters, and lots of snails. Snails very often appear to be doing battles with knights -or, more accurately, the knight is attempting to do battle with the snail. Vox takes a closer look at this phenomena.  

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It could have been a political insult at the beginning, which turned into an inside joke over time. A medieval meme, as it were. -Thanks, Phil Edwards!  


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The Real-Life Waterworld Project

Waterworld isn't the kind of movie that makes people think "gee, I'd sure like to live there someday!", but Brooklyn street artist Swoon saw the film as inspirational- so she started making floating homes out of trash.

Swoon calls her creations "The Swimming Cities of Serenissima", and back in 2009 she and a few dozen friends crashed the Venice Biennale contemporary art show with their barges made of trash from NYC.

Photographer and lifetime crew member Tod Seelie captured the post-apocalyptic spectacle as the trash barges floated through Venice, giving everyone a glimpse of how people might live on a drowned world.

See more from yes, This Is The Real-Life Waterworld Project here


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29 Interesting Archaeological Discoveries

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What's been going on in the world of archaeology? John Green fills us in on new stuff, big stuff, and fascinating stuff in this week's episode of the mental_floss List Show. To be honest, it's mostly old stuff, though -very, very old stuff, even if it's new to you and me.


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Crystal Flower Proves that Chemistry Can Be Romantic

Ask a chemist for flowers, and he'll likely give you these wonderful crystal flowers!

Chemistry professor Dean Campbell of Bradley University and his team were trying to develop new catalysts by making a solution of copper acetylacetonate in tetrahydrofuran, then soaking slabs of polydimethylsiloxane in the jar. After the experiment, Campbell found wonderful crystals that look like wildflowers forming on the wall of the beaker.

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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