John Lennon's Psychedelic Rolls-Royce

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 “I always wanted to be an eccentric millionaire.” So stated John Lennon in his first official Beatles biography. And thus, after achieving this wish, John set about accumulating all the trappings that he assumed come along with the package.

On June 3, 1965, a brand new Rolls-Royce was delivered to John Lennon. The Phantom V model had been fitted with a limousine body and was finished in Valentines black. The car's license plate was FJB111C. A guarantee was issued to John on June 10, 1965. The car was 19 feet long and weighed three tons.

A notoriously bad driver himself, John seldom drove the plush car himself, instead preferring to employ a chauffeur. John had two different chauffeurs during his Beatle years- Bill Corbett and (more frequently) Les Anthony.

John and his fellow Beatles were driven in the vehicle to the premiere of their second movie Help! in July of 1965. On October 26, '65, a very ambivalent John and his three comrades were chauffeured in the car to Buckingham Palace to receive their MBE medals from the Queen. While being driven, John loved to lie on his back and play with the car's various control buttons with his feet.

In 1966, John had the back seat converted to a double bed. Later, a Sony television, a portable refrigerator, and telephone were installed. A "floating" record player (with perfect balance so it could be used without being effected by stops and bumps while driving) was also fitted inside. An interior and exterior sound system was included. John added blacked-out windows and was the first person in England to have this feature in his car.

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Picnic Table Folds into a Bench


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Isn't that clever? It's a simple mechanism--just fold and unfold. This table is apparently made by Decorações Timbó, a Brazilian furniture and interiors company. But the concept is not unique. You can find plans online. And now that I've just shown this video to my wife, she wants me to build her one.

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54 Historic Photographs Colorized

Artists have been tinting black and white photographs for decades, as far back as 100 years ago. But modern techniques and the artists who know how to use them make old photographs more believable in color than ever before! This photo of samurai warriors in training was taken around 1860, but the color is so good it might be mistaken for a Hollywood recreation. It was colorized by Jordan J. Loyd of Dynamichrome. You’ll see artful coloring of 53 other historic images by various artists and technicians at Inspire52. -Thanks, SparkS!


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Starry Flight - The Serenity Found In Fine Art


Starry Flight by Twenty27 Designs

Sometimes looking at a work of fine art can bring a sense of serenity to your mind, a sense that all is right in the verse and those reckless reavers are light years away. Your starship flits around the night sky like a firefly, and even the mal-adjusted stop to watch your starry flight, as you repeat the words "you can't take the sky from me..."

This Starry Flight t-shirt by Twenty27Designs is a work of sci-fi fine art, a nod to that most famous one eared Impressionist and a reminder that it's important to let your heart, like your imagination, soar free!

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105-Year Old Woman Throws out the First Pitch at a Baseball Game


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Agnes McKee, 105, of Oceanside, California threw out the first pitch on a game last Sunday between the San Diego Padres and the New York Mets. She says that "It is such an honor," but it's far from the greatest adventure that she's had. McKee grew up on a farm in Indiana. She and her late husband traveled to every state in the union and more than 30 countries.

She's still very active. Although McKee lives in an assisted living facility now, she does ballroom dancing every week and plays Wii bowling. She walks a mile every day and hopes to wean herself off her walker.


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McKee has spent months practicing, training her pitching arm for this event. As you can see, she did pretty well. The Washington Post notes that she did better than many younger, more physically fit celebrities, such as Olympian Carl Lewis.

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How Superheroes Shave

Superheroes have to maintain their appearance, for the sake of public relations, so the guys gotta stay shaved unless a beard or moustache is part of their superheroic outfit/identity.

Some guys have built-in shavers, or keen-edged accessories, but for those who don’t have a convenient and cool looking implement handy shaving can become a real pain.

Take it from your friendly neighborhood webslinger and Brazilian comic artist Dragonarte- get yourself a proper Spider-Man brand shaving razor, because trying to wax your face with webbing is a horrible idea!

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Ten Exotic Fruits You May Not Have Tried

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Fresh fruit is delicious and refreshing, particularly during the hot summer months. There are so many varieties around the world that our grocery stores only have a fraction of them represented in their inventory.

These three examples of exotic fruits are from a larger list at Woman's Day. From the fragrant, citrusy Buddha fruit (above) and beyond, see the list in entirety here. Have you tried any fruits on the list? If so, comment and give us your review. Via Unique Daily.
 Rambutan

 
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SCAD Tower Free Fall

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Here’s the simplest idea for a theme park ride yet. In fact, it’s not even a “ride” at all, unless you count the elevator trip up. The Sky Tower in Tivoli Friheden, Denmark, is an actual free fall, with no ropes or kill switch. You go up 100 feet, get strapped into a safety harness just for the short time it takes to get from the platform to a hang oner the edge, then the harness is unhooked. It takes a mere second to get back down. Guaranteed to cure you of ever thinking about what it would be like to jump from a building. This video shows the experience from all angles. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Book Map

If you love books and maps, then Dorothy Collective (previously on Neatorama) has got the cartographical wonder for you: their Book Map features titles of over 600 books by literature's greatest authors - from Thomas Hardy to Virginia Woolf, and Tolkien to Kurt Vonnegut - in form of a street map in the style of a turn of the century London.

The litho print Book Map features "classics such as Mansfield Park, Northanger Abbey, Bleak House, Vanity Fair and Wuthering Heights as well as 20th and 21st Century works such as The Waste Land, To the Lighthouse, Animal Farm, Slaughterhouse 5, The Catcher in the Rye, The Wasp Factory, Norwegian Wood and The Road."

Is your favorite book listed? Peruse some detailed shots of the map below:

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Circumrotation as Optical Illusion


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This video presents an optical illusion of sorts in the form of white circles inside a larger red circle. The simplicity of the illusion is, to me, part of why it's of interest. Aside from the pattern that the video points out, a rotating square forms when there are four white circles inside the red one. Via IFL Science.


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Bear with a Batman Logo on His Chest


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He's the bear we deserve, but not the bear we need right now because it's just too hot. Rescuers saved this bear, who is named Georges when he does not wear the cowl of the bat, from bear bile farmers.

(Apparently bear bile is an ingredient in the traditional medical practices of certain East Asian cultures.)

Georges has escaped that awful fate. He's now trying to beat the summer heat in a rescue facility in Vĩnh Phúc, Vietnam.

-via The Mary Sue

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The Birth Of The Alphabet

Before there is a font there are letters and an alphabet, but where do letters come from? According to artist Andreas Scheiger they go through an embryonic stage before they become part of the written word.

You may remember Andreas as the guy who created a gruesome series of typographic surgery sculptures, but this time his series "Evolution of Type" reveals how letters are created, instead of how they meet their end.

Andreas sculpts the letters out of polymer clay, colors and coats them with resin, then suspends each baby letter in a glass bowl filled with gel wax, to complete their signature fetal look.

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I'm On Vacation

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Your trip to the beach, or the mountains, or a national park never goes perfectly. But that’s okay, because you’re on vacation! Getting away from the everyday work routine you follow the rest of the year is such a treat that you can put up with anything! Rhett & Link wrote a little song about it. And there’s a contest attached, where you can tell your own vacation horror story. -Thanks, Rhett and Link!  


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Oral Alphabet

This novel sculptural piece by Takayuki Ogawa shows each letter of the alphabet in the form of a mouth shaped to pronounce that letter. Oral:phabet, as he calls it, is an exploration of the emotional communication of the mouth in movement:

“The mouth alone is able to express many emotions,” says Ogawa, speaking about the impetus for his project, which was presented as his graduating thesis last year from Tama Art University. “For example, in email we use the letter D to create the smiling emoticon :D. But what if we gave similar attributes to letters like B or N which are never used as expression forms?” The result, as you can see is a disturbingly realistic serious of mouths, lips, teeth and tongues, all hand-crafted from clay and mounted to a wooden frame.

(Photos: Kyoutaro Hayashi)


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Training Is Coming - Animated Winter Tales


Training is Coming by a_man_oxford

Winter may be blowing in cold, but those young viking dragon trainers know how to deal with the cold- they grew up in the North and never hid behind the wall when those icy white storms came rolling in. They walk through the snow with pride, certain their diligent efforts to keep watch through the night will keep the walkers from entering their camp, but if a hiccup should occur their highly trained dragons will know how to deal with the undead...

Keep your geeky wardrobe cool with this Training is Coming t-shirt by a_man_oxford, slip one on and show the world you're ready for whatever adventures may come!

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Found: Cat Snake

A found pet ad was posted at Craiglist for Richmond, Virginia. If it’s yours, you should go get it. The accompanying text:

Found (assuming) pet. Some sort of cat snake? Long and nimble but with dryish fur and cat teeth. Seems to like cat food, but isn't a cat. Please come take this off my hands it smells weird.

Sure, it could be a prank, but even so, it made me laugh. Or maybe it’s possible that someone could attain adulthood without ever hearing about ferrets. And monkeys might fly out of my butt. -via Uproxx

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Give a Man a Fish - Twaggies Episode No. 4

We've teamed up with Dailymotion and will be bringing you a new, animated Twaggies short cartoon each month. Today's episode features our good friend Jeff Wysaski of @pleatedjeans fame, as well as a tweet by one of our other favorite funny guys, Rob Corddry!

And check out our premiere episode, cooked up special for all you Grammar Nazis, featuring a tweet by Steve Martin:

Please take a moment to follow us over on Dailymotion, too! They're like YouTube, only East! :-) (reference anyone? anyone?)

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The World's Most Badass ... Vespa Scooter?!


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Quick, what does the word "Vespa" bring to mind? If you say "cute lil' scooter," you probably haven't seen this image above of the Vespa 150 TAP (for Troupes Aéro Portées), a Vespa scooter modified for use with the French paratroopers in 1956.

It's probably safe to say that this is the deadliest Vespa in the world. The military scooter is powered by a single-cylinder 146 cc two-stroke engine. It sports a M20 75 mm recoilless rifle, US-made light anti-armor cannon, and storage for some ammos. The scooter would be parachute-dropped from airplanes, accompanied by a two-man team who'd scoot along in absolutely menacing style.

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Scientifically Accurate Spider-Man

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He's Spider-Man. Did you think that was just a costume? Nah, man. He was bitten by an actual spider. If you want to survive, you should have gotten caught by Charles Xavier. And you really don't want to get caught by Assassin Bug Man.


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The Summit Scaling Subculture of Highpointing

Highpointing is a sport, or hobby, in which people aim to climb the highest point in different geographical areas, like the highest point in all 50 states, or the highest points in one’s home country or continent, or even the world. There’s even a club for highpointers where they can share adventures and advice. But for American highpointers who wish to scale the highest peaks of all 50 states, be aware that some are higher than others. Thomas Harper explored some of those peaks and reported his experiences at Atlas Obscura.

To take part in the journey, one does not have to be an expert mountain climber or outdoorsman. Of the 50 state highpoints, 30 are simple drive-ups and/or require a hike of less than two miles. However, since most of the points are “off the beaten path,” a guidebook or article and a good sense of direction are necessary.

Reaching the loftier and more remote highpoints, though, requires longer hikes. However, most of them can be done in one day by someone in good shape. For people getting fit, these hikes make great goals to measure one’s progress. While climbing Mount Marcy in New York’s Adirondacks, I nearly gave up at mile 6 of the 7.2 mile hike, but I saw the summit just one mile away and 500 feet up. I did say to myself, “You should have eaten more vegetables.” Now 30 pounds lighter from that day, I wish to conquer even more challenging peaks.

Mount Marcy is 5,343 feet above sea level. In contrast, it’s not so hard to visit Mount Sunflower, which is the highest point in Kansas. We all know that Kansas is flatter than a pancake, and Mount Sunflower, on the western edge of the state, is close to the lowest point in Colorado.



See more state highpoints, and read about the people who do this, at Atlas Obscura. The sidebar has individual articles about many of the peaks.  

(Images credit: Thomas Harper)


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One Simple Chart Shows 72 Uses For Common Household Products

People have been using common substances like citrus juices, oils and vinegars for cooking, as household cleaners and personal grooming products, for centuries, and many of the store bought products we buy everyday use these items as their core ingredients.

However, these store bought products also contain chemicals and toxins we’re better off leaving on the store shelves, and using core ingredients also means saving money.

This simple yet informative chart takes household products back to the old school, showing dozens of great uses for everyday products like baking soda, white vinegar and coconut oil.

The chart is missing amount recommendations for each use, but they're pretty easy to figure out with a little help from the all-knowing Google.

72 Uses for Simple Household Products To Save Money & Avoid Toxins

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Drawings That Practically Define "Photorealism"



Malaysian artist Monica Lee may spend up to a month on a single drawing until she decides it is complete, but the result is photorealist nirvana. 

“I like to challenge myself with complex portraits, especially people with freckles or beards,” says the artist. Lee gives her father credit for her love of the realism genre, as he was a photographer by trade.

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Desert Woodrats Use Gut Microbes for Detox

Ed Yong tells of a case in which a species leapfrogs thousands of years of evolution by getting microbes to do it for them. A certain population of the desert woodrat eats the creosote bush, which contains a deadly toxin, and thrives on it. The woodrats themselves did not develop immunity to the poison, but have gut microbes that break down the creosote. Microbiologist Kevin Kohl ascertained this by comparing desert woodrats who live where the creosote bush grows and woodrats who live where there are no such plants.

To confirm that these microbes are important, Kohl killed them with antibiotics. Afterwards, the woodrats could all still eat normal laboratory chow. But when they were fed with creosote, they couldn’t tolerate the resin and lost a lot of weight. Within two weeks, all of them had lost 10 percent of their weight and were removed from the experiment. When Kohl removed their microbes, the experienced woodrats couldn’t even handle the tiny levels of creosote that their naive cousins can. “[It] effectively removed 17,000 years of ecological and evolutionary experience with creosote compounds,” he wrote.

Conversely, Kohl managed to transform naive woodrats into creosote-busters by infusing them with the microbes of their more experienced cousins. He did this by grinding up the faeces of the experienced individuals and feeding it to the naive ones, mimicking what the rodents naturally do in the wild.

The beauty of this discovery is how one can instantly turn a woodrat into a poison-eating machine just by introducing the right microbe. There are other cases where gut microbes allow an animal to eat something they normally shouldn’t be able to, including commercial livestock. How long will it be before we begin farming all sorts of designer microbes for our own biomes, for purposes we can’t even conceive now? Read more about this research at Not Exactly Rocket Science.

(Image credit: Kohl et al, 2014)


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This Is Going to Hurt Me a Lot More Than It's Going to Hurt You

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The wise philosopher Bill Cosby once said, "Parents are not interested in justice. They want quiet." This was funny before I had children. Then it became funny and painful.

One of the characters in "Harrison Bergeron," a short story by Kurt Vonnegut, is handicapped with a device that shatters his attention every 20 seconds:

It was tragic, all right, but George and Hazel couldn't think about it very hard. Hazel had a perfectly average intelligence, which meant she couldn't think about anything except in short bursts. And George, while his intelligence was way above normal, had a little mental handicap radio in his ear. He was required by law to wear it at all times. It was tuned to a government transmitter. Every twenty seconds or so, the transmitter would send out some sharp noise to keep people like George from taking unfair advantage of their brains.

George and Hazel were watching television. There were tears on Hazel's cheeks, but she'd forgotten for the moment what they were about.

On the television screen were ballerinas.

A buzzer sounded in George's head. His thoughts fled in panic, like bandits from a burglar alarm.

Being a parent is like being George.


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Japanese Cosplayers Who Strive For Maximum Accuracy

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Cosplay has evolved from faithful adaptation to original creations by cosplayers that make their way into the pages of comic books, the students truly having become the masters.

Creativity is key, and there’s plenty of room for interpretation in the cosplay world, and yet there are many cosplayers who strive to look exactly like the original work that inspired their costume.

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Japanese cosplayers have been posting side-by-side comparison shots to Twitter, showing off how close they can come to looking like the source material, and needless to say they nailed it!

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Check out more of these incredibly accurate Japanese cosplayers over at Kotaku


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Cucco March - Why Did The Link Cross The Road?


Cucco March by Miski

If you can't beat 'em, join 'em, and if you play them a happy tune they might forgive you for throwing them around all these years! Link has mastered the art of chicken whispering with a jaunty tune, and when he's playing those sweet ocarina tunes the chickens march in time and help Link become a legend. Too bad Zelda's not around to watch all the fun!

This lighthearted Cucco March t-shirt by Miski is the fun way to show your love of classic video games, and no chickens were harmed in the making of this shirt so it's cruelty free!

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A Cat-mapping Lesson in Privacy

Owen Mundy of Florida State University created the website I Know Where Your Cat Lives, which is a lot like Cat Map, a now-defunct site that proved popular last year. You can look at a random cat and see where it’s from, or scan the map for cats near you. The cats on the map were found on the internet. And that’s the lesson behind the project. The cat’s location were found using the photograph’s metadata embedded at Flickr or Instagram.  

“I was using Instagram to photograph my 3-year-old and one day I realized that the app had been recording and embedding the geographic coordinates in my backyard,” he says. “I thought to myself, ‘I don't recall being asked by the app if I wanted to share this data.’ It was a creepy experience that I wanted to translate in a way that was equal parts scary and fun, but technically harmless.”

And since cats absolutely don’t understand the concept of privacy, this makes I Know Where Your Cat Lives an interesting test case for other areas of data analysis and visualization.

See, it’s a slightly less creepy way of letting you know how easy it is to track people from their online information. To that end, Mundy has made it very easy to remove your cat if you like, but he has also received submissions from people who want to add their cats. Read more about Mundy and his map at the daily Dot.


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Trompe-l'œil Animal Murals by Fiona Tang

Vancouver-based artist Fiona Tang uses charcoal, chalk pastel and acrylics as her media to create these virbant murals that appear to be three dimensional at certain viewing angles. Tang achieves this effect using the ages-old artistic technique called trompe-l'œil (French for "deceive the eye"), which produces the optical illusion of third dimensionality.

See more of Tang's work on her Tumblr site and on Facebook.

 

 


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Adorable Superman and Wonder Woman Wedding


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'Baby, you're my Wonder Woman.'

'Honey, you're a Superman to me.'

Reinesha and Devan must feel this way about each other because they had a superhero-themed wedding with Reinesha as the Princess of Themyscira and Devan as the Man of Steel. The entire wedding party was dressed appropriately for the event, including Wonder Woman eye makeup, Superman socks, and wedding rings for both of those characters. Reinesha and Devan are clearly DC superfans and deeply in love.

You can see more photos of their wedding here. I suggest that you do because the level of detail that they went to is really impressive.

They don't show the departure from the wedding, but we can safely assume that it was in an invisible jet heading for the Fortress of Solitude.


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High Speed Photos Of People Emerging From A Waterslide

There ain’t no cure for the summertime blues quite like taking a dip in the pool, and when the doggy paddling grows tiresome folks head to a good old fashioned water park for some water based thrills and spills.

Those who brave the waterslides normally don’t care much about commemorating their experience with a photo, but maybe they would if those souvenir shots looked like the delightful pics in Krista Long's series “I Love Summer”.

Each high speed shot depicts a slider emerging from the slide in their own unique way- some shoot out like old pros, while others flail their way back into the pool, looking like they barely escaped the slide with their lives.

It’s fun in the sun for your eyeballs!

-Via Junk Culture


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