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WheezyWaiter has been on YouTube a long time -years, in fact. This is his thousandth video! But why is there a question mark in front of the Title? It’s because he’s been planning this video for some time, and the question mark is crucial for asking Chyna to marry him. Yes, it’s a proposal, and it’s darn cute. -via Digg


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Chinese City Creates Pedestrian Lane for Smart Phone Users



The Chinese city of Chongqing created what is thought to be the world's first pedestrian lane specifically for those using smart phones. In an effort to make a point that pedestrians who aren't paying attention to their surroundings are a danger to others, the city divided a length of approximately 170 feet to separate the phone hawks from the rest of the public who is interested in getting from point A to B expeditiously. 

While any results from this social experiment have yet to be published, I imagine such a system to be similarly effective as the side-by-side bicycle and pedestrian lanes on the Brooklyn Bridge. While the bicyclists respect the boundary, countless pedestrians get so caught up in taking pictures of themselves or their companions that they regularly cross the line into the cycle lane, where they risk being knocked down by a bike. It seems to me that those in the phone lane would so frequently veer into the pedestrian lane as to render it ineffective. What do you think? Via Geek.com. 

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Love Halloween? Then Enter Our Halloween Scream Time Pinterest Contest!

Halloween is our favorite holiday and we know we're not alone. If you're ready to celebrate then head over to our This is Halloween Pinterest group board and check out all the amazing content related to spooky foods, costumes, decor and more. Best of all, you can even join the board and add your own pins for other fans to enjoy -and by doing so, you can even win some amazing prizes.

To get added to the board, follow it with your Pinterest account and then send us a message through Pinterst, leave a comment on the board or leave a comment on this post with your Pinterest user name. We'll then send you an invite so you can go crazy.

We'll be choosing two top pins, one that gets the most repins and one voted on by our editors, the people who shared these with the board will win a messenger bag, a tee shirt and any other NeatoShop item valued at up to $25. All pins added to the This is Halloween board between September 15 and October 15 will be counted as an entry as long as they are posted by someone over 18, who lives in one of the countries that the NeatoShop ships to.

We'll notify all winners before October 20. Anyone who fails to respond within a week will be disqualified and we will have to choose an alternate winner -so check your Pinterest messages and any social media accounts connected to it so you will know if you win.

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16 Artfully Made Hard Boiled Eggs

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Which came first--the Pikachicken or the egg? We may never know, but we can be sure that these eggs are as cute as they are delicious. Rocket News 24 rounded up 16 adorably crafted hard boiled eggs made in Japan. They include cows, bunnies, pandas, and strawberries.

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Everything Wrong With Frozen In Ten Minutes or Less

When I first found the YouTube channel for Cinema Sins I was both excited and a little crushed. Excited because I love film and love the deep examination and dissection of it as an art form. The crushed part came from the fact that I knew the channel would probably show me some flaws in some movies I really enjoyed. A good example of a polarizing movie choice is the following: Frozen.

A beloved Disney movie that somehow took on legs of its own and became the most successful animated movie of all time is one you have to be slightly careful when you decided to pick apart, piece by piece. Luckily, the guys behind the site clearly know what they are doing, and how to do it. So though most of us may have enjoyed it, take a moment to check out everything wrong with Frozen. It is not a cruel or as painful as it sounds.

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Don't worry if they point out something that really bothers you. The trick is, you just got to let it go. Sorry folks, that was low hanging fruit and I had to go for it.


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Your Autumn Burger: The Pumpkin Spice Fatte

With the recent hipster obsession with Starbuck’s Pumpkin Spice Latte, and the other foods that jumped on the pumpkin spice bandwagon, it only makes sense that we eventually have a pumpkin spice hamburger. And here it is. As a play on the latte, Pornburger calls their creation the Pumpkin Spice Fatte. But this one goes the latte one better: it actually contains a bit of pumpkin! And coffee, too! If the list of ingredients is too small on the picture, see it full-size at Pornburger.

You might love it, but I’m an old fart a purist. The cinnamon, ginger, and clove combination (with occasional allspice, nutmeg, and mace) is what makes pumpkin pie special. Or at least edible. If we put it in everything, we may as well just forget the pumpkin.  -via Time

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Man Films Huge Wasp Nest on His Window

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YouTube user Vang Tsal filmed this large wasp nest outside his window. His footage makes for an interesting video. See Tsal's YouTube channel for two more videos of the nest, one with microphone added for sound and another timelapse version. (I'll be sitting in the corner, rocking back and forth while holding a can of pesticide.)


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Ilya Brezinski's Beautiful Pointillist Tattoos

Ilya Breziniski, an artist in St. Petersburg, Russia, makes elegant tattoos using thousands and thousands of tiny dots, carefully arranged to show shading and form. His works are often everday objects posed in surreal worlds.

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Constructing a LEGO Truck with an Excavator

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Finnish heavy equipment operator Juha-Pekka Perämäki shows off his skills by constructing a LEGO truck with an excavator! A Hitachi ZX210-11, With Engcon EC30 rototilt, to be exact. I know a heavy equipment operator who can’t even put LEGO blocks together with his hands. To be honest, I don’t even know how hard it is to put LEGO blocks together with your hands, much less with an excavator. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Scissorthrone - Edward In Fantasyland


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His incomparable scissor hand skills made Edward a very popular guy, but once he'd reached the top of the topiary game he found out it isn't so good to be the king. People looked at him differently now but he'd still come no closer to finding a queen, somebody looking for a topiary throne of their own. Ed felt like he was ready to give up the game, he was tired of pretending to be human when he was but a construct after all, and as he created his very own topiary army he thought about how good it would feel to finally have his revenge...

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Rare And Utterly Charming Photos Of Audrey Hepburn

There’s a reason Audrey Hepburn was so well received as an actress when she was introduced to moviegoing audiences in Roman Holiday- she was elegant, charming and beautiful, yet somehow still retained an air of approachability.

Audrey took Hollywood by storm when she began her big screen career in 1954, and unlike many movie stars she was just as well liked by those she met in real life as she was by audiences around the world.

Best Movies by Farr has put together a wonderful collection of photos featuring Audrey Hepburn at her finest, as well as a mini biography about the beloved star, so fans can fall in love with Audrey all over again.

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PGA Tour Golf Shot Lands in Spectator's Pocket

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Irish pro golfer Rory McIlroy's tee off shot on the 14th hole veers toward the trees and ends up in the pocket of an audience member. During the second round of the Tour Championship, McIlroy's ball hit a tree and made a straight drop into the right pocket of a man's shorts. The game rules called for the ball to be played from a spot as near as possible to where it landed, but McIlroy joked that he had no plans to retrieve the ball himself. "I wasn't going in there. I know how sweaty my pockets are. I'm not going into anyone else’s," he said. Via Viral Viral Videos.


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Men of the Manhattan Project in Matches

Noah Scalin, an artist in Richmond, Virginia, is endlessly inventive in his choice of materials. We've previously seen him build skull art every day for an entire year, funny faces with food on plates, and a portrait of Ralph Waldo Emerson out of electrical sockets.

For his latest, project, Scalin is using matches. He's created portraits of five scientists who participated in the Manhattan Project, including the above image of Albert Einstein. After making each portrait, he ignited them, which is perhaps a reference to the fiery weapon produced by these scientists.

Scalin's series is currently on display at the Krause Gallery in New York City.

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What Happens To Cartoon Characters When Their Shows Are Cancelled?

When cartoon shows go off the air the animated stars of those shows react just like real life celebrities- they hit rock bottom.

Some turn to food for comfort, others find themselves working menial jobs for far less pay, and a few actually find a new career outside of showbiz and end up living quite fabulously.

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Sick and twisted animator Steve Cutts created this rather colorful short called “Where Are They Now?”, which reveals the sad lives of cartoon characters past their prime.

It's a gritty look at how those who once ruled Toon Town find themselves around thirty years later, and lemme tell ya- it ain't a pretty sight!

(May contain content considered NSFW)

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Hairstyles for a Hairy Baby

Redditor ShavenRaven writes, "People kept commenting on how much hair our baby son has, so naturally this was the next step."

They're appropriate for different developmental steps. He should start out as a mad scientist (we all go through that awkward stage), then have a rebellious year with the surfer haircut, then sell out and become a greasy banker.

Finally, he should stop caring and become the creepy old man, who looks like the happiest guy in this photo.

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How To Grow A Tiny Forest Anywhere And Save The Environment

I would think that most of you know about the amazing series of Ted Talks that have become more and more popular over the last few years. Amazing forward-thinking, life changers telling us how we can do the same.

In this particular entry, eco-entrepreneur Shubhendu Sharma explains to us all how we can help grow a mini-forest anywhere. And how by doing so, we are doing a huge part in helping to save the environment, which we all know could use some help right now. It is a remarkably simple plan we can all take part in, and it will only take you a little over four minutes to learn how to do this. Take the time, your planet will thank you for it (just not literally, because that would be weird).

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Sometimes, as humans, we don't realize the small and simple things we can do to make life here last a little longer and to make the quality of it better for all.

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American Flag Appears in the Clouds

NBC 12 News of Richmond, Virginia posted this photo shot by viewers Nancy and Joannie at the Virginia Center Commons on Thursday, September 11. The stars and stripes appear to waft across the evening sky.

Too good to be true? The news station responds to allegations of photoshoppery by writing, "We know the photographer and they sent a series of photos. It's authentic." Other commenters show their own photos of the cloud flag from different angles.

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Blockbuster Movies Recreated With Stock Footage

Classic movies often become classics because they feature scenes that stick with the viewer, scripts that really speak to the audience, and a mood that moviegoers find moving.

However, every good movie’s appeal ultimately comes down to visual interest, which means most classic movies can be identified solely by visual elements contained in the film.

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Dissolve created this fun movie quiz called Scenes You've Seen, featuring stock footage videos clipped together to represent blockbuster movies, tune in and see if you can name all fourteen films!

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Whodunit: The Last Poker Hand

The following is a Whodunit by Hy ConradThese mysteries are from The Little Giant® Book of Whodunits by Hy Conrad and Matt LaFleur. Can you solve the mystery before you read the solution?

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A homicide sergeant stood in the hotel suite, gazing down at the body of Bugsy Ferret. "He was a card sharp," the sergeant told the hotel manager. "Bugsy preyed on tourists. He'd lure them to a hotel, start a friendly poker game, and take them to the cleaners. I guess someone came back this time and took Bugsy."

Bugsy lay sprawled amid a carpet of scattered playing cards and a bottle of Blush gin. He'd been stabbed in the chest.

"Looks like he didn't die right away," said the sergeant as he pointed to the five cards held in the victim's stiff grip. All diamonds. "Maybe he was trying to tell us something."

"We got our suspects," came a voice from the bedroom. The sergeant's partner emerged, holding a handwritten list. "Benny King, Jack Lawrence, Joe Blush, Alan Spade. He listed their hotels, too. Let's check 'em out."

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Horrifying Game of Peekaboo Ends in Tears


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Some women like a man with a rich, full beard. This little girl is among them.

Bradley Bailey played peekaboo with his toddler. In the middle of the game, he paused to shave his beard. His daughter looked under the towel, expecting to find her father.

But he was gone! In his place was this horrifying, hairless monster.

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Nightmare Soccer - Lock, Shock and a Shrunken Head


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Many things happen in Halloween Town that normal humans would find terrifying and disturbing, but darkness is your sunshine when you live on the scary side of the tracks. Clowns with tearaway faces coexist with franken-dogs and duck billed mad scientists, and kids play sick games like drowning for rotten apples and kick the shrunken head. Halloween Town- It's definitely not the place you want to be when you have a delicate human psyche..

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Synonyms For The 96 Most Commonly Used Words in English

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As writers, every one of us on this site try to find words that are a step apart from the most over-used words you often see on the web. Problem is, we have these words programmed into our minds and tend to use them as reflex. Although a thesaurus is a good way to break that mold, thankfully, some websites do the hard work for us so we don't have to.

Just English assembled a list of synonyms for the 96 most commonly used words in English, and you don't have to be a writer to appreciate it. These words can even help you sound more fluid and less cliche' in conversations. We all use the word bad quite often, but have you ever called your Brussels sprouts "ghastly"? Well, now you can and impress all the fellow Brussels sprout haters around you as well.

The fact is, this language is a gift and we often scoff at it or misuse it. This list helps switch up your thinking when it comes to that.


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The Ikea-Furnished Apartment You Can Climb Around In

You may like to hang out, but you've probably never hung out quite like this. The madness you see before you is a clever idea by Ikea and communication agency Ubi Bene to advertise the newest Ikea in Clermont-Ferrand, France.

Aside from the hand holds, everything in the apartment is furnished byt the famous furniture store and the vertical apartment is entirely furnished, featuring everything from a kid's bed to a coffee pot in the kitchen area.

If you ever dreamed of living in the world of Inception, this might be the closest you'll ever get to sitting in a vertical living room.

See more cool pictures at Homes and Hues: Ikea Creates a Climbable, Vertical Apartment


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Our Lady of the Little Green Men

The following is an article from Uncle John's Fully Loaded 25th Anniversary Bathroom Reader.

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If mainstream religions leave you cold, why not spice things up by throwing a few UFOs in the mix? Here’s a look at some “religions” that draw inspiration from extraterrestrials.

THE SEEKERS

Close Encounter: In the early 1950s, a suburban Chicago housewife named Dorothy Martin began receiving “mental messages” from what she said were extraterrestrial guardians from a planet called Clarion. She attracted a little band of followers and formed them into one of the earliest UFO cults, which she called “The Seekers.” The aliens reportedly told her that they’d discovered unstable fault lines in the Earth’s crust while observing the planet from their flying saucers. The faults were going to rupture before dawn on December 21, 1954, and cause floods that would destroy much of North America. The good news: Just before midnight, a UFO would take Martin and the Seekers to safety on the planet Clarion.

What Happened: On Martin’s orders, Seekers quit their jobs and gave away their money and belongings in anticipation of a new life on Clarion. Some even divorced their spouses. About 20 Seekers gathered at Martin’s house on December 20 to await the UFO. Midnight came …and went… and no spaceship arrived. The terrified Seekers huddled together until 4:45 AM, when Martin claimed to receive another message from the aliens. More good news! The “God of Earth” was so impressed by the Seekers’ devotion that he’d decided to spare North America. The crisis averted, the alien rescue saucer had returned to Clarion without picking up the Seekers.

Aftermath: Martin fled Chicago to avoid being sent to a mental hospital. She lived in Peru from 1954 to 1961, then returned to the U.S. Now calling herself “Sister Thedra” and leading a group called the Association of Sananda and Sanat Kumara, she continued to relay messages from space aliens until her death in 1992. The Association of Sananda and Sanat Kumara, headquartered in Sedona, Arizona, is still active.

SUMMUM

Close Encounter: One afternoon in October 1975, a former aerobic instructor named Claude King was relaxing, eyes closed, on the couch in his Salt Lake City, Utah, apartment. He’d had some ringing in his ears lately, but this time it was much more intense: King claimed he was “engulfed” by the sound and teleported to an alien world. When he opened his eyes, he was standing next to a giant pyramid on a green lawn, under a blue sky filled with stars. It was the first of many visits to the world of “angelic Beings” known as Summa Individuals, who transmitted their Summum philosophy (“Nothingness and Possibility come in and out of bond infinite times in an infinite moment”) to King via mental telepathy.

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What Happened: King had his named legally changed to Summum Bonum Amon Ra (although he still went by his nickname Corky). He then founded the ancient-Egyptian-themed Summum religion, which today is headquartered in a pyramid-shaped temple in Salt Lake City and promotes the “Seven Summum Principles: Psychokinesis, Correspondence, Vibration, Opposition, Rhythm, Cause and Effect, and Gender.”

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Parking Manners

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Don't be that guy. Your freshly washed, waxed, and buffed palomino is pretty. The new rims sparkle like stars. You don't want it dinged when someone else climbs off his horse. Still: you get only one spot at the hitching post. One. That's it.

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The Ruins


Kevin Weir takes public domain photographs from The Library of Congress and makes them into surreal and sometimes creepy animated gifs. He gives new life to old photos, but it’s not like any life we’ve ever seen. Don’t blink or you’ll miss ..a possible spark for your nightmares tonight. We’ve featured Weir’s works before, but I thought this one was particularly worth sharing. See more of his imaginative gifs at Flux Machine. -via HuffPo
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If Superheroes Did Commercials

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If you're a full-time superhero, you probably don't have time for a regular full-time job. You'll need another source of income. Or perhaps you're already rich, but would like to make more through good merchandising. Either way, celebrity endorsements may be a way for you to make some rent money.

Every week, Comic Book Resources hosts The Line Is Drawn, a theme-based art contest for comic book artists. This past week, the topic was superheroes doing commercials. You can view all of the contributions here, including Thor selling Craftsman tools and Power Girl selling Wonderbras.

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Befriending a Spotted Moray Eel

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Legendary Australian diver and environmentalist Valerie Taylor tells how she made friends with an eel. It took quite a few years, but sometimes that’s what it takes to build trust. I’m sure the gift of fish didn’t hurt, either. Look at them together! That's amore. I mean, a moray. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Chocolate Teapot



In the realm of British insults, calling someone a "chocolate teapot" is equivalent to telling them they're useless. Yet with the advent of the U.K. Nestle Product Technology Centre's victory in creating a chocolate teapot that can withstand several minutes of hot tea brewing, the phrase may not be such an insult after all. A group of scientists and engineers got together to make this crucial milestone in chocolate technology.

The design ingredients necessitated dark chocolate with 65 percent chocolate solids, which created a base that wouldn't melt quickly. Molding the base ingredients into a teapot with thick walls gave the end result more delicious stamina. The final product melts just enough per brew to give your cup of tea a light chocolate flavoring. I have a coconut tea that would work nicely. Bring it on!

Read more about the chocolate teapot and see a video of its construction here.

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In an Earlier Script for Frozen, Elsa Was a Villain

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In the 1930s, Walt Disney tried to make a film adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen's story "The Snow Queen," but never put it into production. It took his company 70 years to complete the project, which culminated in the hugely successful movie Frozen.

I have two young daughters, so it was inevitable that I would eventually watch Frozen. When I finally did, I was surprised to find that the main character is not Elsa, blonde-haired snow queen, but her sister Anna.

In a recent television special about the film, Disney's producers revealed another surprise about Elsa: in an earlier script, they had planned for her to be the main villain of the story. Kirsten Acuna writes for Business Insider:

Elsa's character looked completely different. She originally had light blue skin and short, spiky blue hair. She even had a coat made out of living weasels.

"Elsa was going to be the complete antagonist," says director and screenwriter Jennifer Lee in the book "The Art of Frozen." "They kept calling her the 'villain.' But there came a point where we said, 'We can't use that word anymore.' You care about someone who's been forces to hide who they are. Elsa's not a villain, she just makes some bad choices because she's in a very difficult situation."


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The filmmakers decided to change Elsa after writing her signature song "Let It Go":

"We knew in this moment that she would go through a transformation," said Lopez. "From repressed to letting her powers out ... trying to get away from society and be who she really was."

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