Hoarding disorder makes it hard, if not impossible, for hoarders to throw anything away, and their lives quickly become one big, cluttered mess.
Hoarders are often abandoned by their families, because people can no longer bear to live in a home piled floor to ceiling with garbage, and kids whose parents are hoarders experience an entirely different kind of homelife.
There were plenty of hominids of the Australopithecus afarensis species at one time, but there’s only one Lucy. There were once many T. rexes, but there’s only one Sue. Have you ever considered the possibility that your own existence might be enshrined in a museum if you were to become a fossil after you die? What are the chances of that happening?
“Pretty minimal,” laughed Mark Norell, the chair of the paleontology department at the American Museum of Natural History. There are things you can do, especially in your last breathing moments, to goose your chances of become a fossil, but, he says, there’s no way to guarantee that your fossilized bones will be discovered in 100,000 years.
“We have a fossil record, and it goes back billions of years, but nevertheless it only represents a miniscule fraction, like point-zero-zero-zero-etcetera percent, of both individuals and species that have ever lived on the planet, because most things just don't preserve,” says Norell. “It's a very rare event to become a fossil.”
But some individual living things did just that. The conditions that favor fossilization and the process of becoming a fossil are explained in depth at Atlas Obscura.
Imgur user edmcgowan works at a design studio with his brother, and the two decided to see what type of design trouble they could get into by transforming his nephew's room into a Star Wars-themed, kids' dream.
A year ago the uncle and father duo posted a photo of the build in progress. Now they're showing off the finished product: a Millennium Falcon cockpit bed with an AT-AT leg for support. The desk at the side of the bed is a wing and the wall next to the cockpit is made to look like a hangar door, which slides open to reveal a window. It's even equipped with a fan to blow air into the sleeping portion of the ship. She's got it where it counts, kid.
Grammarly, a grammar and spellchecking program, can search through text to find more than 400 different types of errors. Recently, to demonstrate the capabilities of Grammarly, the company that makes it examined 150 reader comments that were at least 50 words long in the discussion boards of each official NFL team website. It then ranked which teams had the most philologically-challenged fans.
Fans of the Washington Redskins won the contest with approximately 16.5 mistakes for every 100 words. Go Redskins!
You can't become a he-man without lifting some weights and making your body strong, and you can't become a master of the universe without a master's degree from the University of Eternia. One of our recent, and rather hirsute, graduates came away from U of E with a MSc in hair regrowth, and he's now helping his follically challenged brothers achieve the body fur density and coverage of their dreams. Congratulations Beast Man!
Become a geeky genius with this MSc In Universe (Model 10) t-shirt by Diego Pedauye, it's the easiest, and cheapest, way to get a degree in something that actually matters- geekology!
You know when you hear a movie idea so great, you think there’s no way anyone could mess it up? Then along comes Snakes on a Plane and then Cowboys and Aliens. Both offered an irresistible combination that ended up being rather disappointing. Those two movies were the first thing I thought of when I heard about Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs. Then I thought about Valley of the Gwangi, which was a pretty good movie for its day. But thenI watched the trailer for Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs.
This is no Valley of the Gwangi. But it might have all the charm of Sharknado if you watch it expecting an unintentional comedy. MarVista Entertainment will release Cowboys vs. Dinosaurs not in theaters, but in digital HD and On Demand May 19. -via Uproxx
Prom season is upon us once again, which means it’s time for parental units to stress out about their child's safety, time for teens to stress out over making the most of their night, and time for school officials to stress out over the whole affair.
But those lucky teens who were destined to become famous adults didn't stress out about prom night- they were all cool and aloof, looking like everything was alright, alright, alright in the world
One way (particularly in the 1980s and '90s) for budding actors to make a living was to audition for parts in music videos. If they were lucky, the song would be a big hit and they would get a lot of exposure to the valuable younger demographic.
The Labyrinth Table is a coffee table designed by Benjamin Nordsmark that has a detailed maze underneath its glass top. Even though its enclosed, you can try to solve this maze: it has 6 little figurines of people inside.
Move them around with the help of handles that you run under the table. When you’re through, the handles will stick anywhere on the table, so you can’t lose them. Unlike a full-size labyrinth, the people in this one won’t panic or starve if you run into a dead end or leave them for days without moving. See the Labyrinth Table in action in this video. -via Laughing Squid
Vehicles have played a major role in Mad Max folklore from the very beginning, and the sheer variety of vehicle types and apocalyptic modifications make the vehicles feel like they're another character in the story.
The latest installment, Mad Max: Fury Road, is continuing the tradition of giving these amazing apocalyptic vehicles center stage, and there are more vehicles in the new film than all other Mad Max films combined.
In fact, Fury Road features over 150 real life vehicles driven by real life stunt drivers, all of which were dreamed up by production designer Colin Gibson and constructed by Kennedy Miller Mitchell.
Ryuji Imai is a real Bruce Lee fan. He has the moves from his movies memorized, and can recreate them with his nunchaku. And Ryuji is only five years old! In this video, he recreates a fight scene from the 1972 film Game of Death. He doesn’t even have to see the movie to know what’s coming next. -via Viral Viral Videos
WOW Sports produces what it calls the Aqua Table. It’s an inflatable bar with a big central cooler. You can put ice in and drain the cooler through a port. It would be ideal for a pool or lake party. Just add ice and drinks in the center.
There’s an anchor and anchor line. That could come in handy once if you’ve had a bit too much and get swept away down to the deep end of the pool.
The first Mortal Kombat arcade game debuted in arcades back in 1992, when those who are considered senior citizens nowadays were full grown adults.
That means many of them don’t get the appeal of video games, much less a video game where you finish your opponent by ripping their spine out or tearing their still beating heart from their chest.
The latest entry in the series Mortal Kombat X features the goriest and most depraved fatalities yet, so what will elders who already don’t get the appeal of gaming think about this stepped up level of violence?
Surprisingly, some of them seem to really get into the gore in the latest video by REACT, and even though they couldn't pull off any fatalities their competitive natures make them call out for the blood of their opponents!
It inspired Becky Ferreira to look at other robotic space explorers and how we regard them as sentient beings, gladly sacrificing themselves for the greater good. A lot of that is due to NASA’s habit of setting up first-person Twitter accounts for spaceships, probes, and rovers, in order to engage the public. But NASA isn’t the only space agency that does that.
Indeed, MESSENGER isn’t even the first spacecraft to have live-tweeted its own death, and it certainly wasn’t the most melodramatic about it. That award goes to China’s Yutu lunar rover. In January 2014, the Yutu published a series of tearjerker posts on its Weibo account, after a malfunction threatened its life.
Whoever was operating Yutu’s account milked the situation to the fullest, and even brought up the rover’s thoughts about how its “mother”—the Chang’e 3 lander—would react to its death.
"[Chang'e] doesn't know about my problems yet," the Yutu Weibo account said. "If I can't be fixed, everyone please comfort her."
We envisioned the Philae lander as a cartoon character when it landed on a comet. We all cheered when the Mars Curiosity rover landed so spectacularly on the red planet. Even its creators treated “her” like a child who left home and made good. It was a real contrast to the sadness we felt when the Spirit rover shut down after six years of work -the feisty robot was only scheduled to last three months.
Pan's Labyrinth was a gloriously strange yet beautiful film that was equal parts creepy and magical. These amazing knit gloves by Redditor k80k80k80 are a perfect tribute to the memorable style of the film.
Before you can put together a nefarious plan to take over the world you must build an army of minions to do your bidding, so here's a handy blueprint to get you started, courtesy of your old pal Gru. If you ask me you should start with those goggles they wear and build their little yellow body around the specs, because if you don't you might end up with a banana colored goofball who's so nearsighted he can't see where he's aiming his Piranha gun!
Build the geeky wardrobe of your dreams, starting with this Minion Plan 2 t-shirt by Theduc, it'll inspire you to chase your dreams, even if they're despicable!
City Council meetings are usually pretty dry affairs, and even more so when it’s not your town. This is an exception. During a council meeting in Georgetown, Texas, a councilman leaves to relieve himself in the men’s room. But he forgot to turn off the microphone he was wearing. Rachael Jonrowe tries to make her point while he’s gone, but cannot contain herself when the bathroom audio starts. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
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There's nothing like spending a relatively small amount for some little gadget that truly makes quicker and easier a task you perform often in your day-to-day life. Our days are complicated enough without doing chores the long or hard(er) way. This article features 33 products, many of which appear to have potential for being useful, handy items. Check them out; hopefully one will strike your fancy.
I lived near Memphis, Tennessee, when The Pyramid was built on the banks of the Mississippi in 1991. It was supposed to be a shining symbol of the city, defining its skyline and drawing people to the downtown river area. I saw Van Halen perform there. But that was a long time ago. The Memphis Grizzlies signed a contract that gave them control over the use of the Pyramid, and then found the construction to be so shoddy that they had their own arena built elsewhere and moved out in 2004. The Pyramid sat unused for over ten years. Until last Wednesday.
The result of the makeover is impressive. The cypress swamp covers most of the ground floor. Moss dangles from fake trees, and the watery bog is dotted with stuffed wild pigs and other animals.
Surrounding the swamp are various retail sections with hand-painted wall murals of idyllic outdoor scenes. The fishing section contains about 30,000 items. A general store will sell homemade fudge. The 13-lane bowling alley has a water motif with fish dangling from the ceiling and ball returns shaped like alligator mouths. There's also an interactive duck hunting game.
An elevator takes visitors up to The Lookout at the Pyramid, a restaurant and bar with an observation deck providing panoramic views of the river and city.
Rooms at the Big Cypress Lodge were inspired by hunting camps. They have a rustic feel, with dark wood trim and private porches with rocking chairs.
So beware, if you ask Dad where he’s like to go for vacation this year, he may suggest Memphis, and now you know why. -via BroBible
One of the most important things humans can do is support each other in times of need.
To make this a little easier, Dutch illustrator and art teacher Kim Welling has created The Instant Comfort Pocket Box. Each one is a decorated matchbox that hides a cute 3D illustration and a sweet, affirmative message inside.
The outside reads, "Do not despair: The Instant Comfort Pocket Box is here for you."
Some days... you just need a little bit of consolation. So pull this little handmade treasure out of your pocket and you'll instantly feel better! Or give this box to a friend to cheer him or her up!
Every action movie trailer follows the same formula in the past twenty years or so. The formula is so established that I’m often a bit confused as to whether this is a new trailer or something I’ve seen before. Red Letter Media lays out the formula.
Establishing shot of a city. Bwaaaaaam! (often the sound familiar from Inception) Mysterious, cryptic, and vague lines. Make your characters look cool. Build up to silence, then BAM! Action Montage! And don’t forget the powerful and/or inspiring monologue. End montage with another cut to quiet. Eh, throw in a laser shooting into the sky. Why not? Title. (finally) Clever and/or funny end tag before release date.
Each trope is illustrated with more examples than you can shake a stick at, if you were so inclined. -via Boing Boing
Grant Thompson, a/k/a the King of Random, demonstrates how easy it is to free yourself from professional grade handcuffs using only a bent paper clip. Certainly Neatorama readers will only use such information for entertainment purposes and the like. You know, party tricks. Yeah... that's the ticket.
Tired of Kim and her annoying family breaking your internet? You're not alone. In fact, one brilliant man named James Samir Shamsi has taken to eliminating the problem for us all. That's right, Kardblock is here to help you block all news stories and referrences to the only family in America that's more annoying than all SPAM messaegs combined.
Unfortunately, the app is not yet a reality, but in the process of recruiting developers. So if you're a coder, please visit the site and help contribute to the anti-Kardashian cause.
The Very Merry Seamstress is a company that makes historical costume accessories, and some of their offerings might confound you.
We can take any historical portrait and reproduce a customized Elizabethan whisk, rebato, underpropper or supportasse for you. We work with historical reenactors and theatrical companies to provide only the highest quality accessories for your Elizabethan needs.
Our wisks are constructed with sturdy - yet easily shaped copper wire, bound at cross-points with wire thread. Wisks are covered with your choice of sheer crystal organza in any color or with sheer silk, if you require a period correct whisk. The edges are hand-bound and covered with starched Venise lace. We can add pearls, beads or any other type of embellishment you may need.
Our rebatos are made the same way out whisks are made and are hand-shaped with copper wire, bound at cross-points with wire thread, covered with silk and starched lace.
Our underproppers and supportasses are not as decorative, since they aren't as visible as whisks and rebatos. They are padded and stiffened with sturdy buckram slats, designed to hold your large ruffs in place.
Many animal species have learned to survive in the irradiated wastelands surrounding the Chernobyl nuclear power plant, and not only is the radiation failing to affect their critter lifestyles, it’s apparently making some of them smarter.
Take this wily fox for instance- he could barely scramble eggs before the meltdown, but now he can make himself a quintuple decker sausage sandwich like a scavenging boss.
Watch out San Fransokyo scumbags, because there's a new hero in town and he's all kinds of awesome! His suit may sport a terrifying visage, but the guy inside the outfit is 6 feet tall and all heart, and when Fred combines his courage with a badass super powered suit victory over Yokai's dark forces is a slam dunk!
Bring some heroic style to your geeky wardrobe with this New Hero t-shirt by KingsAndQueens, it's way more comfortable than a super suit and it'll make a really big impression on your fellow fans!
Even among the many characters in the music business, Willie Nelson is a personality who stands out. The beloved country musician is certainly a colorful figure, in more ways than one. The article linked below lists ten fun facts about Nelson, including this little gem:
"7. HE WROTE “ON THE ROAD AGAIN” ON A BARF BAG.
Nelson’s 1980 hit, “On The Road Again,” was written aboard an airplane—on a barf bag. “I was on an aeroplane with Sydney Pollack and Jerry Schatzberg, who was the director of the movie Honeysuckle Rose,” Nelson recounted to Uncutin 2014. “They were looking for songs for the movie and they started asking me if I had any ideas. I said, ‘I don’t know, what do you want the song to say?’ I think Sydney said, ‘Can it be something about being on the road?’ It just started to click in my head. I said, ‘You mean like, ‘On the road again, I can’t wait to get on the road again?’ They said, ‘That’s great. What’s the melody?’ I said, ‘I don’t know yet.’"