When you're stealing gasoline, use some common sense and don't light a cigarette. An unnamed 26-year-old man was arrested in Millicent, South Australia, after he allegedly punched a hole in a car's gas tank to steal gasoline at a car dealership. The problem was that he decided it was a good time to have a smoke, which caused the gasoline fumes to ignite. The subsequent blaze drew emergency crews and police, who found the man without pants, and burns on his legs. Surveillance video shows how the caper went down. -via Arbroath
Each puzzle consists of a square grid with numbers appearing in all squares. The object is to shade squares so that the numbers don't appear in a row or column more than once. In addition, shaded squares must not touch each other vertically or horizontally while all un-shaded squares must create a single continuous area. There is only one unique solution for each puzzle.
Game Instructions: Hitori Light is played by shading and un-shading squares in a grid. First click un-shades the square, second click shades the square and the third click brings the square back to its original state.
So go ahead and check it out! Then visit Conceptis Puzzles for more neat puzzles.
Geeks who dream of being served big bowls of ramen by female ninjas will suddenly find their lives complete when they visit the Men no Sato (Noodle Village) themed restaurant in Tokyo’s Akihabara district.
With a sultry staff of sword wielding servers delivering smiles, and delicious food, to the tables you’d think the main complaint would be about an eye being poked out or finding a fly in the broth.
But, surprisingly, the main complaint about the restaurant is that the waitresses all have light colored hair. Apparently diners aren’t agreeing with the wait staff’s Naruto-esque look, deeming a restaurant full of blond, scantily clad ninjas to be inauthentic. Complaints should wait to be filed until after the kunoichi wait staff have removed their weaponry, unless you want to lose your cutlets!
LEGO artist Stormbringer mashed up Pokemon and giant robots to produce Poke'Mecha, a series of large-scale LEGO sculptures!
I've created a new form of Pokemon battle, where giant mechs known as Poke-Mecha, engage in large-scale Pokemon battles, who are controlled by the Pokemon trainers who built them. A highly dangerous, but fun sport.
These three are only the first of what may be a long-term project. Continue reading for the story of each Poke'Mecha, as told by Stormbringer.
Back when Skyrim was new, we posted all kinds of goofy stuff from the game, but now that it's a few years old, you just don't see that much new stuff come out about the game. Even so, it's still an amazing adventure ripe for modding.
And here's an amazing new mod everyone can enjoy -Thomas the Tank Engine as a dragon. Kids will love getting to see their favorite talking train fly through the sky and parents can enjoy murdering the character they've been forced to watch thanks to their kid. It's a win-win.
(Photo: Sam Battles)
Promoter Tommy Giodone calls it “the toughest sport on wool.” For the past 18 years, he’s rented ewes from ranchers and offered kids between the ages of 4 and 7 the chance to live the life of a rodeo bull rider.
The kids wear protective gear, but otherwise it’s a lot like the adult sport. The sheep are released from pens into an arena. They’ve got to hold on for 6 seconds. The first place winner at every fair gets to compete in a national championship.
You can’t just walk in and expect to win. These mutton busting competitions can be popular. At the recent Washington State Fair, there were 5 shows a day with 40-50 kids competing at each show.
Do you have what it takes?
-via American Digest
Beer Bites Snack Bowl (sold individual)
Are you looking for a sophisticated gift for the beer drinker on your Christmas list? Get them the Beer Bites Snack Bowl from the NeatoShop. This elegant plate is shaped like a beer bottle that has been cut in half. It is perfect for housing delicious morsels and delectable noshes.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Kitchen Stuff.
The works of Maurice Sendak have delighted young and old alike for generations, and his artwork looks as fresh and timely today as it did when it came out decades ago. Sendak created artwork for all sorts of reasons, like these little known promotional posters for causes ranging from Jewish Book Month to International Children’s Book Day (I’m sensing a theme here).
They feature characters from fables and fairy tales, a few wild things and some kids who are hungry for adventure- and a bowl of chicken soup with rice. Sendak’s art is always a pleasure to behold, and his whimsical character designs are such an iconic part of childhood that they still bring a smile to my face.
Juergen Horn and Mike Powell are moving to a new place for 91 days at a time, and in that amount of time, you have to pack in a lot of exploring and sightseeing! After leaving Iceland, they are now in Yucatan, Mexico, where they visited the Río Secreto, an underground river that flows through beautiful cave chambers.
After a bumpy bus ride to the site, we put on wet suits and helmets, and followed our guide into the woods. Soon, we had arrived at a gateway into the underworld. The scene that awaited us inside was breathtaking: a cave full of stalactites and stalagmites, perfectly illuminated by light filtering in from above and reflecting off the still blue water. Although it had long been known to locals, Río Secreto was only discovered by the world at large in 2007, and was immediately put under governmental protection. So the condition of the caves is stunning.
There's lots more pictures at For 91 Days, including a huge arachnid of some sort that startled me. Otherwise, they show a beautiful underground trip. -Thanks, Juergen!
At the Neatoshop, we have some great Christmas ornaments available, including some delightfully weird ones like rubber chicken or bacon ones, but if you still can't get enough, don't miss this great InventorSpot article with 13 strange ornaments. I really like the nudie Santas above, but the S&M gingerbread and meh one are also pretty funny -plus, a lot of them are handmade, meaning they are one of a kind wonders.
A few months ago, on a whim, I decided to watch some anime. I started with Howl's Moving Castle and My Neighbor Totoro, neither of which I had seen before. It was like a switch flipped in my head. I've watched little other than anime since then.
I especially enjoy light hearted serials, such as Girls und Panzer. It's a well written and beautifully animated 14-episode series. The plot is delightfully bizarre. In this alternate world, Japan's most popular sport for girls is the martial art sensha-do. This is the traditional martial art of fighting with tanks.
Girls und Panzer has developed a large fanbase filled with creative people. Let's look at some of arts and crafts that they've made.
I haven been unable to discover which artist is responsible for this great mashup of Girls und Panzer and the classic American war movie Kelly's Heroes. Here are Pvt. Kelly (Clint Eastwood) and Sgt. Oddball (Donald Sutherland) flanking Kay and Yukari.
There are at least two references to Kelly's Heroes in the series. While infiltrating a rival team, Yukari (brown hair) goes by the name "Sgt. Oddball." And in episode 11 at the 14:30 mark, the characters watch Kelly's Heroes on TV.
Here's a cake made by a Japanese fan. It looks just like the Hippo Team's elaborately decorated Sturmgeschütz III. The crew consisted of avid history buffs who were not fans of camouflage. In an early episode, their flamboyant style got them knocked out of a match.
As far as advertising stunts go, this one is a winner. For 250 WestJet passengers on two flights, one from Toronto to Calgary and the other from Hamilton to Calgary, it was an unexpected miracle. Passengers were greeted by a video-linked Santa Claus who asked them what they wanted for Christmas. Then things got really hectic -for Santa and his 175 WestJet volunteer helpers. If that's not enough, you can see additional footage that didn't make it into the video, in which Santa has fun with the passengers. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
Once you’ve graduated beyond them, you may also wish to try our Origami Napkins with instructions printed on them. They’re now on sale at the NeatoShop. Get a pack of 40 at a discounted price!
Die Hard is the Christmas movie for people who are sick of Christmas movies. It established Bruce Willis as a serious action star, and made walking on broken glass a part of our nightmares. But how much do you really know about the 1988 film?
1. Die Hard just sounds like a bad-ass action movie. Give Your Life Expensive sounds like the title of a Hungarian career seminar. That’s just what Die Hard’s title is in Hungary though. The sequel is Your Life is More Expensive and of course the third title is The Life is Always Expensive. Naturally.
A Serbian bootleg version released in 1988 was titled Skupo Prodaj Svoju Kozu (Sell Your Skin At High Price). The Spanish version is The Glass Jungle.
2. The movie was originally supposed to be a sequel to the 1985 flick, Commando. The film never fleshed out with Arnold (terrorists can only kidnap Alyssa Milano so many times) and Bruce Willis took over.
Well, those were things I did not know. And there are 18 more movie trivia facts about Die Hard at Warming Glow.
For his series Fat Flag, photographer Jonathan Icher shows models painted to look like national flags while eating foods associated with those nations. Makeup artist Anastasia Parquet painted the models to resemble the flags of France, Japan, the United States, the United Kingdom and Italy. You can view them here.
(Content warning: artistic nudity.)
It’s a great premise and I hope that Mr. Icher expands upon the series to include other tasty nations, particularly Mexico and India.
-via Visual News
Artist Amy Rawson (previously at Neatorama), along with artist Brian East, makes a new needle felted Christmas Cthulhu (almost) every year. She has just unveiled her fifth Santa Cthulhu!
Santa Cthulhu sits in his Octi-Sleigh, ready to deliver his bag full of squirmy presents to children all over the world. A shoggoth pulls Santa and his sleigh; why bother with eight tiny reindeer when one protoplasmic behemoth will do?
Santa is about 11" tall and is made of 100% needle felted wool, even his wings, which are a new feature for 2013. You can see more pictures of the details at Rawson's website, like those dreadful "gifts" in Santa's bag, and the shoggoth, which may return in your nightmares. Santa Cthulhu is for sale through Rawson's Etsy store. -Thanks, Amy!
Love the idea of baseball cards, but can't stand sports? Then perhaps these meme trading cards are more up your alley. The clever designs were creaated by artist Glen Brogan for the Gallery 1988 meme show last year.
The great thing aboug meme trading cards is that like baseball cards, they always have new sources of material. If you need proof, just look at Know Your Meme and notice how many new memes are added every day. On the upside, Glen had the foresight to know this and allow you to contribute your own meme using the blank card at the bottom.
Via Popped Culture
Christmas time is here again. Are you still looking for the perfect gift for your favorite Disney fan? Get them the Holiday Mickey Mouse Birdhouse from the NeatoShop. This beautiful hangable birdhouse was designed by Jim Show. It features amazing hand-painted details.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Collectibles.
The brilliant Grace Hopper was a mathematician who broke through the glass ceiling by joining the Navy Reserve in World War II. Her contributions to computer science are innumerable. She would have turned 107 years old today, if she hadn't died at the ripe old age of 85. According to this tale by Zach Weiner at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, the spirit of Grace Hopper is alive and well and may put a curse on you! -via Geeks Are Sexy
(Photo: David Brandt)
The 1900 Summer Olympics in Paris featured cannon shooting as a demonstration sport. Really! It was only a demonstration sport and was sadly not repeated in future Olympiads. The 1900 Olympics also featured fishing, ballooning, kite flying and pigeon racing.
I never watch the Olympics, but I might start if they include cannon shooting. If it becomes a popular sport, then high schools and colleges across America might form cannon teams in order to train future competitors and win Olympic glory.
This is 1 of 12 odd sports that were once Olympic events. You can read the rest at Oobject.
Keng Lye creates sculptural works of art that look like snapshot images of sea life brought into the third dimension, so lifelike viewers expect them to start swimming around at any moment. But these colorful sea creatures won’t be swimming around, or doing much of anything for that matter, because they’re made out of painted resin.
Keng is a master of creating hyper realistic sculptures, and these undersea still life works are made using a clear resin that resembles water which is painted on in layers, slowly building up the look of each creature complete with shading, fine detail and cast shadows.
The Peterson Farm Bros are back with another song parody (or as they call this one, a "perrydy") rewritten about the life of a farmer. They previously did songs by PSY, LMFAO, and even Will Smith, and now they spoof Katy Perry's hit song "Roar" with their own version called "Chore." As usual, it's about farmers and what they do. The lyrics are posted at the YouTube page. -via Viral Viral Videos
Are you ready to be the belle of the ball in absolute geek style? If so, you might want to talk to unidentifiedspoon about turning one of her amazing Avengers dresses into a real gown.
While we've seen a few Avengers dresses before (one of which has already even been made a reality), these designs are particularly perfect for a formal occassion, and they even are designed with beautiful jewelry that matches the ensembles perfectly so your outfits are perfectly accessorized.
I'm particularly fond of this Lokie design, which seems like it would be perfect for the character's female incarnation -though I'd still want to sport some horns if I dressed as Loki.
Via The Mary Sue
Depending on the source, this is a pair of either 1947 or 1953 Chrysler Imperials joined together end to end. Allegedly, it was used to transport workers on a narrow-gauge railroad that stretched for 25 miles between a gypsum mine in the Fish Creek Mountains and a processing plant in Plaster City, California. It has two front ends, so a driver doesn’t have to turn the car around to drive in the opposite direction. Just switch cabs.
You want to be a backseat driver? Here’s the perfect vehicle for it.
Hitler had a problem with religion. Judaism, of course, but also Christianity, because their Messiah was a Jew. And although he never aspired to replace religion with Nazism, he had a problem with Christmas. You can't ask the German people to not celebrate Christmas, but the Nazi party had their own ideas about turning it into something that would further their own agenda.
Christmas, one of the most important dates on the calendar for German Christians, offered the perfect target for this sort of co-opting. And so, no matter what any one Party member thought of Christmas or Christianity, the holiday was recast in the Nazis’ own image shortly after their rise to power: A holiday of blonde-haired, blue-eyed Aryans celebrating ‘Nordic’ traditions that pre-dated Christianity and were anchored in their native land. (The Nordic race was a racial subcategory created by anthropologists in the early 20th century. It was a branch of the Aryan race, which belonged, in turn, to the larger Caucasian race. Nordic Germanic peoples were, in the eyes of the Nazis, the master race.)
The Nazi version of Christmas meant new words, new symbols, and new customs. Read the specifics on the holiday Germans under Nazi rule celebrated, which is very different from our idea of Christmas, at mental_floss.
“We wanted to make an object that could only be done through 3D printing.” I think that Toru Hasegawa of the New York City-based Proxy Design Studio overstates his case. It might be possible to make this kinetic sculpture by hand. But since it has one million distinct polygons in the design, it would take a long time.
The Mechaneu is a structure composed of 64 interlocking gears. Turn one and all the others turn in time. It’s an exploration of what Mr. Hasegawa sees as the natural evolution of geometry to solve design problems. I don’t agree with (or perhaps don’t understand) his argument, but I think that the sculpture is cool.
Student films are looking pretty good these days, full of polished visuals and high definition detail, and this CG short created by six students attending The Animation School in Cape Town, South Africa is a great example of what can be achieved while still in school.
The short is called Big Game, and despite the somewhat predictable hunters vs. prey theme it’s a very entertaining romp full of digital eye candy and a lot of heart. Big Game utilizes classic gags and a cartoony look with great success, and the main character is so adorably goofy they should make him the star of his own animated series.
Via Geek Tyrant
Artist Yuuki Morita redefines Pokémon as more realistic monsters that might appear in a non-animated movie, and the results are nightmarish! Here is Blastoise, who is usually pretty cute even with weapons coming pout of his body. Also see Charizard and Venusaur at their more terrifying at Unreality.