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An Honest Trailer for the Star Wars Spinoffs

[https://youtu.be/vFQ8hsZsDkA] (YouTube link)There were several Star Wars feature-length productions that are completely ignored in the Star Wars canon. They are Caravan of Courage: An Ewok Adventur...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/23/An-Honest-Trailer-for-the-Star-Wars-Spinoffs/

How Succulents Took Over Instagram—and Then the World

You may have noticed the trend of succulent gardening over the last few years. The drought-resistant plants are big on Instagram and sell like hotcakes. They are found in apartments, dorm rooms, bouquets, wreaths, and ev...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/23/How-Succulents-Took-Over-Instagramand-Then-the-World/

Tips for Cooking for One

[https://youtu.be/3eY394uqk9Q] (YouTube link)This video from College Humor contains a little NSFW language. When you find yourself living alone, it is tempting to just eat your favorite food all the time. That gets old....

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/23/Tips-for-Cooking-for-One/

Violence in the US Senate

It was on this day in history, May 22, 1856, that an assault took place on the floor of the US Senate. The spark, as you might have guessed, was the debate over slavery. Would the new state of Kansas be allowed to embrac...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/22/Violence-in-the-US-Senate/

Royal Wedding Outtakes

[https://youtu.be/UdwBusuCpms] (YouTube link)The other day I mentioned that something goes wrong in almost every wedding. When Prince Charles married Lady Diana Spencer, they used all of Charles' names and Diana repeated...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/22/Royal-Wedding-Outtakes/

Roxy, the Long Island Railroad Dog

In 1901, a young dog later named Roxy was taken in by a conductor for the Long Island Railroad. Roxy made friends easily, and was soon traveling by train anywhere he wanted to go. He had favorite conductors, favorite pas...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/22/Roxy-the-Long-Island-Railroad-Dog/

The Pits

[https://vimeo.com/264791358] (vimeo link)A lonely avocado has an empty feeling in the pit of his stomach. No, wait, he is empty because his stomach doesn't have a pit. He's searching for his other half. This sweet short...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/22/The-Pits/

Han Solo was Almost in Revenge of the Sith

The new movie Solo: A Star Wars Story will give us a backstory for the character Han Solo and it is guaranteed to be somewhat more believable than the one George Lucas envisioned. Lucas wanted to include Han as...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/22/Han-Solo-was-Almost-in-Revenge-of-the-Sith/

24 Wildly Inappropriate Official Movie Tie-In Products

Movie merchandising can be a gold mine if people like the movie. If it's a hit, you can bet that manufacturers will take every possible opportunity to milk that popularity. That can lead to some merchandising tie-ins tha...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/21/24-Wildly-Inappropriate-Official-Movie-Tie-In-Products/

The First Trailer for Mowgli

[https://youtu.be/YzPUQsuHvEg] (YouTube link)Although he's been kept busy appearing several blockbuster movies, Andy Serkis has been working on his movie Mowgli for the past five years. It is based on Rudyard Ki...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/21/The-First-Trailer-for-Mowgli/

The Five Stages of Watching A Star Wars Movie

[https://youtu.be/a9mP2s4xE3o] (YouTube link)Did you know there's a new Star Wars movie opening Friday? Yeah, sure it's a "Star Wars Story," but fans are looking forward to Solo while trying to reserve...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/21/The-Five-Stages-of-Watching-A-Star-Wars-Movie/

Having Babies on Mars Is Going to Be a ‘Titanic Challenge’

Although travel to Mars is still years away, scientists are already contemplating the possibilities of colonizing the red planet. The main process of sustaining a civilization, reproduction, may be the most difficult par...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/21/Having-Babies-on-Mars-Is-Going-to-Be-a-Titanic-Challenge/

Lucas the Spider is a Giant

[https://youtu.be/v7H_Or9Nr5I] (YouTube link)Lucas the Spider, from animator Joshua Slice, is a tiny but adorable little arachnid. He has seen a few adventures in the great big world. But now he has an opportunity to be...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/21/Lucas-the-Spider-is-a-Giant/

The Guardians

Hey, isn't this a great group of cosplayers? They look just like the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy! But no, these aren't cosplayers. In fact, you've seen these people in Guardians of the...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/20/The-Guardians/

The X-Men Movies You Never Saw

Deadpool 2 is ruling the box office this weekend. It is the 11th movie in the X-Men series. That's not quite as many as in the 19-movie Avengers series, but there could have been many more. Fil...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/20/The-X-Men-Movies-You-Never-Saw/

Brainstorm or Green Needle?

[https://youtu.be/5pRY3wlKwm8] (YouTube link)The question in the title sounds like we are going to name a new superhero. No, this is another audio illusion that might freak you out a bit. A toy says "brainstorm." Or mayb...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/20/Brainstorm-or-Green-Needle/

Arthropoda Iconicus: Insects Inspired by Star Wars

Richard Wilkinson is working on a series of insect illustrations based on pop culture characters. Star Wars fans will recognize who inspired each of these insects, but non-Star Wars fans will be forgiv...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/20/Arthropoda-Iconicus-Insects-Inspired-by-Star-Wars/

The Open Floor Plan House

American architecture introduced the open floor plan home around the turn of the 20th century, and now it is pretty much expected in new homes, where one large room combines the functions a kitchen, living room, and dini...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/20/The-Open-Floor-Plan-House/

The Real Reason Peppers are Spicy

[https://youtu.be/ZE_OlyBhr1A] (YouTube link)Why did peppers develop their heat? Scientists once assumed that pepper plants produce capsaicin to deter animals from eating them. But that explanation doesn't quite hold up...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/19/The-Real-Reason-Peppers-are-Spicy/

Josiah Henson, the Real Inspiration for Uncle Tom’s Cabin

Abolitionist Harriet Beecher Stowe set the US on fire with her bestselling 1852 novel Uncle Tom's Cabin, as it described the horrors of slavery. For many people in the north, the book was their first encounter w...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/19/Josiah-Henson-the-Real-Inspiration-for-Uncle-Toms-Cabin/

Henri Le Chat Noir Says Oh, Revoir

[https://youtu.be/wx5Of3X-VJw] (YouTube link)After ten years of sharing his ennui and nihilism, Henri is retiring from making videos. He says he's retiring, but his farewell video makes it clear that he has given up on s...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/19/Henri-Le-Chat-Noir-Says-Oh-Revoir/

Why Do Cats Blep?

Even if you don't know what a "blep" is, you've probably seen it. That's when a cat, particularly one that normally carries himself like royalty, lets his mouth go slack and his tongue hang out. The cat, not paying a bit...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/19/Why-Do-Cats-Blep/

Magnet Collisions

[https://youtu.be/TCRcB0SlnEs] (YouTube link) This is a very "attractive" video. Let's see what happens when a large magnet meets a group of smaller magnets -in slow motion. It's fascinating to see the different rea...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/19/Magnet-Collisions/

Wedding Fails

My brother had the brilliant idea to toss my sister in the air during the family photos thinking it would make a funny pic, but didn't tell me he was actually going to do it and then dropped her. #WeddingFail He was ri...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/18/Wedding-Fails-2/

How Black Panther Should Have Ended

[https://youtu.be/oV0zkMe1K8s] (YouTube link)The busy minds at How It Should Have Ended found some of the plot holes in Black Panther and applied real-world logic to them. That kind of thing can make a superhero...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/18/How-Black-Panther-Should-Have-Ended/

The Army’s First Black Nurses Were Relegated to Caring for Nazi Prisoners of War

During World War II, more than 40,000 nurses served in the US military. Only about 500 of them over the entire course of the war were black nurses, and they had to fight to be admitted. Elinor Powell was one of them, an...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/18/The-Armys-First-Black-Nurses-Were-Relegated-to-Caring-for-Nazi-Prisoners-of-War/

Star Wars Puppeteer David Barclay

[https://youtu.be/M4VSTD0BIA0] (YouTube link)In the original Star Wars trilogy, aliens were puppets and animatronics instead of CGI. Dave Barclay was a puppeteer in those movies, starting with assisting Frank Oz...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/18/Star-Wars-Puppeteer-David-Barclay/

24 Things Princesses At Disney Parks Would Never Tell You

Many little girls have a fantasy of growing up to be a princess just like in the Disney movies they watch. A few make their dreams come true by becoming a princess character at one of the Disney parks. The job isn't easy...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/18/24-Things-Princesses-At-Disney-Parks-Would-Never-Tell-You/

True Facts: Ant Mutualism

[https://youtu.be/1h7KV2sjUWY] (YouTube link)When Ze Frank took several years off from his True Facts series, he was apparently stockpiling scripts for his return. This is his third video in the past month! And it's quit...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/17/True-Facts-Ant-Mutualism/

Strangest Things: The Golden Mysteries

[https://youtu.be/xNGFSEcRSZI] (YouTube link)Trying to appeal to a young core audience, Stephen Colbert brainstormed with a bunch of children to come up with the perfect new TV show. The brainstorming session combines th...

http://www.neatorama.com/2018/05/17/Strangest-Things-The-Golden-Mysteries/








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