It's unfortunate that I can't find the craftsman responsible because I'd like to congratulate him/her on such an outstanding job. The hood of an old Massey Ferguson tractor is now a kitchen table that combines both cosmopolitan and rustic ambiances.
Last month, we had an up-close look at the process of tattooing. Now Smarter Every day brings us the next step- laser tattoo removal. Of course, you can skip this part -and I hear it's even more painful than the tat- by thinking very carefully about a lifetime with your chosen tattoo before you get it inked. -via Buzzfeed
The 1939 film changed the face of pop culture, and ever since Margaret Hamilton's Wicked Witch of the West was shown sporting skin a glorious shade of Technicolor green the color has become a witchy standard.
Who doesn't love anesthesia when faced with time spent on the hospital surgery unit where painful punctures will be made to our person? Then, anesthesia is our BFF. But did you know that in the early 1800s, well-heeled ladies gathering together to gossip and eat bon-bons inhaled the gas for extra giggles at the party? And that's just the ladies. In 1844, a man observing another under the effects of the party drug put two and two together when the man with a leg injury said he was feelin' no pain. First used as a painkiller in dentistry, anesthesia quickly became the standard in surgical procedures. Check out this video to hear about other products invented by accident. -Via Science Dump
Come on in and pull yourself up a chair (which probably isn’t as cool or fun to be around as Chairy), and we’ll tell you a tale of a man named Pee-Wee Herman and his amazing Playhouse.
Growing up in the 80s meant sharing your Saturday mornings with the hilarious Mr. Herman and his (mostly puppet) pals in the Playhouse, which to my young eyes looked like a dream home built just for a puppet/cartoon nerd like me.
Pee-Wee's Playhouse was a groundbreaking series in many ways- it launched the careers of celebs like Phil Hartman and S. Epatha Merkerson. In addition, Rob Zombie and John Singleton were production assistants on the show, and appearing on the Playhouse was an important early milestone in the careers of Lawrence Fishburne and Jimmy Smits.
To top it all off, Pee-Wee's Big Adventure is largely seen as the film that launched Tim Burton's career as a filmmaker, so without Pee-Wee we might not have been exposed to Burton's brilliance!
November 7th through the 9th, Berlin will celebrate the 25th anniversary of Mauerfall, or The Fall of the Wall. One of the events is an art installation called Lichtgrenze by artists Christopher and Marc Bauder, in which 8,000 illuminated balloons will be lighting up the 15 kilometer route of the wall. On the night of the 9th, the balloons will be released, carrying messages with them.
Every 500 feet along the path of the lights there will be historical footage and imagery of what each area was like when the wall was still intact, leading up to its world-watched destruction in 1989. While there were walls, mines and no-mans-land zones outside of Berlin as well, there is something particularly powerful about the way the boundary impacted Germany’s capital, slicing it brutally through its center, often cutting streets and even buildings in half.
I'm one of those people who loves holiday decorations, but hates the process of putting them up only to take them down a few weeks later. That's why I love the fact that Christmas decorations are starting to sneak their way into Halloween ones and vice versa.
These days, there are some great ways to decorate your house for Halloween that will still look seasonal if you leave them up until New Year's Day -and amazingly, not all of them are related to The Nightmare Before Christmas either!
Cartoonist Charles Addams was almost as bizarre as the characters he drew. His most famous creation, The Addams Family, has been reincarnated time and again during the past 70 years, coming back to life from the grave. Are his drawings morbid? Sure. But they’re also immortal.
As The New Yorker’s star cartoonist from the 1930s to the 1980s, Charles Addams practically invented dark humor in America. His cartoons found comedy at the intersection of the bizarre and the everyday, featuring ordinary people harboring exotically morose tendencies. Over the course of his lifetime, Addams illustrated 68 covers for The New Yorker and contributed more than 1,300 cartoons to the magazine, inspiring everyone from The Far Side cartoonist Gary Larson to film director Tim Burton. If the stories of writers such as Dorothy Parker, Ogden Nash, and John Cheever were the lifeblood of The New Yorker, then Addams’ drawings were its spirit.
Charles Addams’ most enduring creation, The Addams Family, reflected American values in a funhouse mirror, showcasing the paranoia, the darkness, and the sweetness of suburban life. In the past seven decades, The Addams Family has spawned two live-action television series, two animated cartoons, and two blockbuster feature films—and the reincarnations keep coming. Right now, there’s a musical of the cartoon on Broadway, and Tim Burton is slated to direct a new film version. But as creepy, kooky, mysterious, and spooky as the characters are, they have nothing on Charles Addams himself.
The Man Behind the Macabre
In his heyday, Charles Addams was a celebrity, the type of person everyone wanted to know. Director Alfred Hitchcock once made a pilgrimage to Addams’ front door, just to catch a glimpse of him in his natural habitat. Popular lore had it that the cartoonist was a regular patient at New York State sanitariums, and that he preferred his martinis garnished with eyeballs. And while many of the stories about Addams were exaggerated, there’s no doubt he had a penchant for the peculiar. Instead of a standard coffee table, Addams used a Civil War-era embalming table. He also kept a collection of antique crossbows above his sofa, and he used a young girl’s tombstone (“Little Sarah, Aged Three”) as a perch for his cocktails.
Just know, no matter what horrors you see tonight, no matter what twisted abominations you witness walking the street, nothing will be scarier than knowing you live in a world where this kind of gross and pointless excess is seen as acceptable.
When virtual reality superstars collide in the arena the battle for animated supremacy is about to get mighty strange. Hedgehogs and saiyans may seem like they'd have no reason to squabble, but Sonic's dark and powerful form is full of rage, and always itching for a fight, and a super saiyan never says no to a fight...
Bring some superpowered style to your geeky wardrobe with this Dark Hedgehog Vs. Super Fighter Showdown t-shirt by Marinasinger Designs, and fight for your right to geek out!
The most chill cats in the world are all dressed up for Halloween! And as usual, it's a non-stop party atmosphere... if your idea of a party is a good nap. This video will have you on the edge of your seat -Shiro’s eyes almost opened once! -via Tastefully Offensive
According to one legend, Torghatten is the hat of an ancient king. A dangerous man chased the king’s 7 daughters. The villain shot an arrow at one girl, but the king blocked the arrow with his hat. A local travel guide recounts the story:
The sight alone of Lekamøya awoke a flaming desire in Hestmannen, and he decided then and there to steal her away at midnight. He mounted his horse and galloped southwards, in full armour and with his cape j flung over his shoulder. The seven virgins noticed his approach and fled in full haste until they could run no more; they flung themselves down on the ground near Alstahaug.
But Lekamøya kept on fleeing southwards while the king of the Sømna wit mountains watched over her flight. Dawn approached with its golden clouds, and the Sømna hng watched carefully as the disappointed suitor put an arrow in his bow. As the arrow winged its way from Hestmannen's bow, the king of Sømna blocked its path with his hat, saving Lekamøya from its sharp and deadly point.
The hat fell to the ground by Torgar. And just at that moment the sun appeared over the horizon and everything turned to stone..
The hole in the hat remains to this day. It’s open to visitors who want to walk through it.
Well, we made it to another Halloween. But the real question as the night itself approaches is, how much do you really know about it? I, being a super nerd, can tell you I know quite a bit. Not because I am some history major or anything that is actually beneficial to me, but because I was a weird and creepy kid who wanted to know weird and creepy things. One of those things was learning the history behind the Jack O' Lantern. It intrigued me that they used to be carved out of turnips and used as actual lamps. Think about THAT the next time you think carving a giant pumpkin is difficult. At least it's not a turnip anymore.
I won't ruin any more for you, as this The History of the Jack O' Lantern put together by the History Channel, can do a much better job of informing you than I can. I will tell you this, though. It is a cool (albeit strange) bit of wisdom to carry with you, and this is coming from someone who has carried it with them for years (for no good reason other than it may have all built up to this exact moment).
Photographer Kelly Lewis' nine-year-old daughter Alice is no shrinking violet. She's an aspiring actress and model who enjoys cosplaying. So frequent shoots dressed as beloved (and not-so-beloved) cultural icons from Marie Antoinette to Little Miss Muffet are likely bright spot(light)s in Alice's day.
Alice has the way cool distinction of being the only girl for miles who picked her own name. When adopted into the Lewis family at age seven, the little girl was enamored with the story and character of Alice in Wonderland. So Alice she became.
Visit Kelly's Tumblr site Malice of Aliceto keep up with the photographer and her ambitious daughter.
Police in Albuquerque, New Mexico say that they’ve caught the culprit of a $250,000 house burglary in part because he left a DNA sample in a toilet. While robbing the home, the police say that the man drank a Coke from the refrigerator, leaving one DNA sample. Then he used the toilet. Because he didn’t flush, he left another DNA sample for forensic technicians to retrieve.
So the lesson for today is that if you don’t flush, you might go to jail.
The League of S.T.E.A.M. does Dia de los Muertos! The League of S.T.E.A.M. (previously) is a group of steampunk ghostbusters (“Serving all your supernatural elimination needs since 1884”). In this adventure, they investigate a horde of skeletons who won’t return to their graves after the Day of the Dead festivities. Yes, it’s corny, but the skeletons are funny, and it has the perfect punch line at the very end. -via the Presurfer
This video is made by TestTube, a video series by the Discovery Network. It discusses countries known to have nuclear weapons, whether or not they have signed the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation on Nuclear Weapons, and briefly explores the likelihood of conflict escalation to the point of their use. -Via Science Dump
I had a call that started out pretty dumb, but was actually pretty serious: I had a call that started out pretty dumb, but was actually pretty serious:
"911, where is you emergency?"
"123 Main St."
"Ok, what's going on there?"
"I'd like to order a pizza for delivery." (oh great, another prank call).
"Ma'am, you've reached 911"
"Yeah, I know. Can I have a large with half pepperoni, half mushroom and peppers?"
"Ummm…. I'm sorry, you know you've called 911 right?"
"Yeah, do you know how long it will be?"
"Ok, Ma'am, is everything ok over there? do you have an emergency?"
"Yes, I do."
"..And you can't talk about it because there's someone in the room with you?" (moment of realization)
"Yes, that's correct. Do you know how long it will be?"
"I have an officer about a mile from your location. Are there any weapons in your house?"
"Can you stay on the phone with me?"
"Nope. See you soon, thanks"
As we dispatch the call, I check the history at the address, and see there are multiple previous domestic violence calls. The officer arrives and finds a couple, female was kind of banged up, and boyfriend was drunk. Officer arrests him after she explains that the boyfriend had been beating her for a while. I thought she was pretty clever to use that trick. Definitely one of the most memorable calls.
Rossalyn Warren of BuzzFeed contacted the redditor for more information. His name is Keith Weisinger. From 2004-2006, he worked as a police dispatcher. Warren writes:
Weisinger stressed that although he helped in this situation, the credit needed to be given to the caller.
He praised the woman for her bravery and smart thinking. “Whether she had thought of this trick before, or it just came to her,” he said, “she indicated the urgency of her situation without giving away the true purpose of her call.”
You’ve read about mediums, seances, and Ouija boards here at Neatorama. What do all these things have in common? The Spiritualist movement of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. And in the wake of the new movie Ouija, people are interested in the devices, gimmicks, and gadgets Spiritualists used to contact the dead. Collectors Weekly takes a look at Spiritualism and the devices used in a talk with Brandon Hodge of Mysterious Planchette.
Hodge says that most spirit-communication concepts started out with serious religious intentions, but eventually got co-opted by popular culture as playthings or curiosities. “The Spiritualists come up with these devices and use them to communicate with the dead. Then, pop culture comes along and goes, ‘Oh, look what they’re doing over here.’ And entrepreneurs with vision and foresight take these devices, market them, and suddenly, they become a huge parlor hit.”
As laypeople experimented with these devices at home, others turned to Spiritualist mediums, a job that eventually gave young women—who were thought to be so receptive to the divine they would come to embody the spirits themselves—power they couldn’t have dreamed of before. These mediums were able to flagrantly violate strict Victorian social taboos and speak unpopular or radical opinions.
They also talked to Jill Tracy, who has a show called The Musical Seance which recreates Victorian seances for modern audiences. In addition to a history of Spiritualism, you’ll learn about automatic writing, spirit guides, spirit photos, spirit trumpets, ectoplasm, planchettes, and other spirit communication devices at Collectors Weekly.
If you want to get ripped up like a Russian street fighter, with so many muscles that your skin begins to tear in places, then you need to head to Zangief's Gym, home of the perfect pump! When you hit the weights at Zangief's place the weights hit back, can you survive two rounds with pure steel getting all aiyouken in your face? Zangief's Gym specializes in two things- buffness and off the wall wrestling moves, so you'll be bulked up and dropping piledrivers on dudes in no time!
Advertise your favorite video game gym with this Zangief's Gym t-shirt by Coinbox Tees, it's the perfect attire whether you're jumping off the top rope or playing your favorite video game.
Hunn isn’t sure why he’s able to burp louder than anyone else. But he does have a couple tips on how you can improve your burps. Surprisingly, you should not eat before you need to burp. But you should breathe in and swallow as much air as you can.
So start practicing. You could be the next Burper King.
Check out more amazing talents over at our Mad Skills blog
Dan McGurk is a big fan of rock star Kid Rock. In fact, he claims to be his biggest fan. He really wanted to meet him someday. McGurk got his chance on Monday, when he was celebrating his 30th birthday with his friends and family.
Wouldn’t it be great if a haunted house tour was like a Choose Your Own Adventure book? In the 3D world, that would make haunted house attractions unbelievably big and expensive, but it’s possible, with the technology of YouTube. YouTube Nation assembled some of the biggest video stars for the project: Glozell, Tay Zonday, Felicia Day, and others. Each time you start the video, the story might be different, depending on your choices. I don’t yet know which choices are best. -via The Daily Dot
Everyone has their own way of grieving over the death of a loved one, and their own traditions when it comes to ushering the dead off into the afterlife.
Wakes and vigils have become far less common practices, and while sitting around with the body until burial may seem odd to some people there's something even more bizarre that people used to do with their loved one's body- post-mortem photography.
In the nineteenth century it was common practice for families to prop up the body of the deceased and take pictures, in part because photography had become far more accessible, and as a memento of the dearly departed.
Now, it may not seem that strange to want a photograph of your loved one to remember them by, but propping them up right next to their living siblings, or using a metal stand to support them so they look more "natural" in the photo- now that’s just plain weird!
Earlier this week I posted a video showing a New Jersey black bear on his best behavior.These two New Jersey black bears are in an all-out brawl, knocking things over in a front yard of a home in a residential area. Occasionally stopping to rest and stare each other down while breathing heavily from the exertion, they eventually take the fight out into the street, as drivers pull their cars over to catch the action.
Other than a handful of submarine-mounted artillery bombings, a brief air raid by a single submarine-launched seaplane, and a few balloon-floated bombs, Japan was unable to directly attack the 48 contiguous United States during World War II. The Japanese did, however, have larger ambitions against the US heartland.
Pictured above is a surviving Kawanishi H8K, a seaplane operated by the Imperial Japanese Navy. 30 of these planes would have been the strike force of an extraordinary plan to bomb Texas.
Note that Texas does not have a Pacific coastline.
That did not dissuade the Japanese. They wanted to damage the oil fields then active in Texas. So they planned to fly 30 H8K seaplane bombers across the Pacific, refueling them with carefully-staged submarines. After refueling a final time off the coast of Baja California, the bombers would fly across northern Mexico and strike Texas.
Fortunately, the Japanese developed this plan too late in the war to make it feasible. They cancelled it and similar plans to bomb the Panama Canal.