Ze Frank is back with more true facts, this time about an entire group of animals, the marsupials. Marsupials include kangaroos, wombats, Tasmanian devils, and Koalas. Some of the details of marsupial’s lives may be quite gross, so consider yourself warned. Contains NSFW language, plus, well, it’s Ze Frank, who is a master of double entendres about wildlife. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
It must be hard for young Japanese students to keep track of every single prefecture in Japan, since there are 47 in all, but one mom came up with a really fun way for her kids to keep track of them all while eating their lunch.
Twitter user Sasariri created these really cute bento box lunches featuring a map of the prefecture cut out of seaweed, and some include food products shaped like items associated with the region, like the carp-shaped windsocks of Kyoto or the Tokyo Tower.
-Via Laughing Squid
Most home sinks look pretty similar, but there are tons of stylish basins out there that can set your bathroom apart. You can impress your guests and enjoy great style in your own home with one of these cool sink designs we rounded up on Homes and Hues.
Some of the sinks even go beyond beauty and have improved functionality. For example, the one above allows you to reuse the grey water leftover from washing your hands to help fill up the toilet tank so you don't have to waste clean water every time you flush.
See the rest of the great sinks over at Homes and Hues: 14 Cool Sinks to Leave You Overflowing With Joy
The following is reprinted from the book Uncle John's Unsinkable Bathroom Reader.
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Ever seen the Harlem Globetrotters play? Millions have. With tricks, acrobatics, and amazing basketball skills, they turned sports into entertainment.
* The team began in 1926 as an independent touring team called the Savoy Big Five, named after a Chicago district.
* For their first game, the team wore jerseys that read “New York” because their owner Abe Saperstein figured people would believe they were world-class athletes if they were from New York.
* They were renamed the Harlem Globetrotters in 1929 -Harlem because most of the team was African-American, Globetrotters to create the (false) image of “experience.”
* By 1940 they’d played 2,000 games and dominated whatever team they played, including high school teams, college teams, and semipro squads. Their record that season: 159-8.
* One night in 1939, the Globetrotters were leading their opponent 112 to 5. The crowd was bored, so Globetrotter Inman Jackson started fooling around on the court, doing finger rolls, taking (and making) full- and half-court shots, shooting from under his leg, and throwing crazy passes to teammates. The crowd loved it. Saperstein told the team to do that every night.
* In a February 1948 exhibition, the Globetrotters beat the NBA champion Minneapolis Lakers. The game is credited to leading the NBA to begin admitting black players in 1950.
A Blind Legend isn't a video game that has been modified to make it accessible to people with visual impairments. It's designed from the outset to be used with only audio information. The player character is a blind hero who goes on a dangerous adventure in a fantasy setting. Allison Meier of Good describes it:
In A Blind Legend, you assume the role of a knight whose eyes were cruelly gouged out. To add insult to injury, your wife has also been stolen away by a ruthless enemy and you’ve been left only with your auditory senses to lead you to vengeance. […]
While playing A Blind Legend, the user’s screen remains dark, displaying only a vague, shimmering texture. Players maneuver through the game using simple swiping motions on their device to move their feet or their sword. The sound of your daughter’s voice guides your advance; you hear the clash of swords as you battle unseen enemies. Slowly, as the user acclimates, a complex, engaging environment begins to emerge. The audio is layered through binaural sound, a three-dimensional recording method designed specifically for headphones, which creates a convincing sense of sonic topography. To master A Blind Legend requires gamers to concentrate on elements that would just be part of the background in most other games.
The developers are trying to offer a unique gaming experience for everyone:
A Blind Legend is aimed equally at non-sighted and sighted players eager for a novel gaming experience – using their hearing as the only way to orient themselves and take decisions. We want to offer non-sighted people a proper video game, with a rich storyline and tailored gameplay, which is as interesting for this audience as for sighted players.
They have a working demo and are crowdfunding a finished product. It will function on mobile devices and be available for purchase on iTunes and Google Play.
-via Brian J. Noggle
Restaurant menus seem to get more and more complicated. Gluten free, low carb, low calorie, on the low end of edible. It's not uncommon for menus to have a key that helps diners decipher all of the symbols. Gemma Correll is here to help people make selections and get their orders placed with little time wasted. Turn this into a laminated wallet card and you're good to go.
Lucky Puppy is a cage-free dog day care facility in Maybee, Michigan. There's a 21 by 41-foot bone-shaped pool for lucky dogs who get a break from their human families. It's a walk-in pool, which is great for pups like mine who prefer to get just their bellies wet.
Other dogs, particularly those of the Labrador persuasion, though, jump in as quickly and as often as possible!
-via The Presurfer
He told her he didn’t need to find a wall stud, because he had half-inch toggle bolts. It worked for about a month, but when it did’t, it was a complete disaster. It took some guts for northfoggybrook to post the picture, but it was too funny not to. Along with some funny jokes and endless ribbing, commenters were glad to give advice on how to hang your TV on the wall the right way. That is, for when he can afford to buy another TV.
Yoshio, a staff writer for the Japanese division of RocketNews24, visited a Target store in the United States. There, he found a technological marvel: an escalator built for hauling shopping carts up and down floors. It was right next to the step escalator. Just push your shopping cart in and it will ride up to the top.
Yoshio was tremendously impressed as he has never seen anything like this in his home country.
And, honestly, neither have I. I've lived in the United States all of my life and I've never heard of one of these things, let alone seen one. Have I just not been going to the right stores?
The only big box retailers that I've been to have been built on a single level. Perhaps these shopping cart escalators are more common in densely-populated areas where it's necessary to build vertically rather than horizontally.
Theirs was a love that could never be, a romance between two stars following their own fateful path in the universe. Together they battled the forces of evil, and boring fashion, while looking their absolute best and loving every minute of their lives. The drama, the mystery, the tuxedo and the sailor suit, all can be found on the pages of one out-of-this-world comic!
Share your love of the Moon and the Mask with this Teen Soldier Romance Comics t-shirt by DiHA, it's sure to get you lots of love from your fellow anime fans.
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The octopus was almost invisible until the diver was within grabbing range. Fortunately, the octopus preferred to swim away instead of fighting. It can change color so quickly and so precisely that you'd never see it until you were almost touching it. It's the ninja of the sea.
Aren't you envious? Well, maybe you can have this ability in the future. Researchers at the University of Houston and University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign have developed a fabric that changes color when exposed to light. The design is similar to the properties of octopus skin. Loren Grush explains in Popular Science:
The design is loosely based on the skins of cephalopods, which are comprised of special pigment cells called chromatophores. A group of muscles controls the size of these chromatopheres, changing their colors and creating different patterns. It is also thought that light-sensing molecules called opsins help cephalopods use their skin to “see” light, triggering their complex adaptations.
The new artificial material, detailed in the journal PNAS, mimics this biological process in a way. The top layer of the sheet is made up of heat-sensitive dye, which is black at room temperature and colorless at 116 degrees Fahrenheit (similar to the color-changing properties of the chromatophores). A second layer underneath is made up of numerous reflective silver tiles, creating the white background. And the third layer contains a silicon circuit, responsible for controlling the temperature of the sheet.
The fourth and final layer contains an array of light-sensing photodetectors that work kind of like the cephalopod’s opsins. These detectors sense when and where the light is being shined and tell the circuit to heat up in the right spot. This action causes the top layer to go colorless, and, in turn, the white background shines through.
Here's the photoreactive fabric in action.
The visitors to Pilanesburg National Park in South Africa, who were inside the car shown here, probably were seriously questioning their selection of plans for the day when an elephant used their Volkswagen as a way to satisfy an itch.
Field guide and lodge manager Armand Grobler was a witness to the playful pachyderm and his terrified audience. He explained,
"The elephant was presumably on musth, which is a time that an elephant male has an excess amount of testosterone, turning even the calmest Dumbo into a raging bull. Yet even though it was in this condition, it displayed no signs of aggression or frustration and was in a more playful mood."
While the people in the car weren't hurt, their car sustained plenty of damage, including all four tires being blown out, broken windows and a dented roof. Now that's one powerful itch! If he had used his beauty cream with vitamin E and aloe, this would never have happened. Via Lost in E Minor.
Images Credit: Armand Grobler
This little boy easily climbs up on top of the refrigerator. He's proud of his accomplishment. But once he's done that a few times, he's ready for a new challenge. At about the 0:32 mark, he does something astounding.
Next, I suspect he'll try to walk along the ceiling.
-via 22 Words
Towns are often built without taking into account environmental factors like landslides, soil erosion, and flooding, which means towns across the globe are going to end up underwater one day.
But sometimes this flooding is deliberate, and innocent towns are caught in the path of the machines of progress and drowned without a second thought.
(Image Via Juan Tello)
For about twenty years this was all that could be seen of a church in Potosi, Venezuela, since the whole town had been flooded to build a hydroelectric dam in 1985.
The rest of the town was destroyed in the process, but the church's brick construction kept it (mostly) alive and intact, and thanks to a drought caused by El Niño the church, and land where the town once stood, was uncovered in 2010.
(Image Via Max Bisschop)
This tower from a church built in the 14th century is all that can be seen of the village Graun in South Tyrol, Italy, a village of 163 homes which was deliberately flooded by the Montecatini company to create Lake Reschen.
Apparently the Montecatini company didn't see any point in preserving a part of Italy's history, but hopefully the colonies of Sea Monkeys that now call this underwater village home will take better care of the place.
You can see many more examples of historic towns that now reside underwater in io9's article These Were Lovely Towns, Until The Waters Came And Covered Them Up
From the 1930s to the 1950s, Americans were urged to hit the road in their automobiles and travel the newly-built highways to see places where they could spend tourist dollars. We are still encouraged to do so, but during that heyday you could get a souvenir postcard from just about any small town you passed through. These were the large letter postcards, usually with “Greetings from” at the top, and pictures of the area in each letter of the place name. Several companies made them, but they are getting harder to find now. The most famous example is above, the postcard that was adapted as the cover of Bruce Springsteen’s first album.
Fred Tenney and Kevin Hilbert are serious collectors of large letter postcards, and have recently published the book Large Letter Postcards: The Definitive Guide, 1930s to 1950s. You can see dozens of examples, and get the story of the cards from the authors in a post at Collectors Weekly.
image via i09
The future looks bleak. At least according to futurists, economists, and science fiction authors (as well as pretty much anyone else). Seems we are getting closer and closer to Mad Max than we may actually think. Though a great many of us love playing through war torn and battered future landscapes in video games, and reading or watching them on TV, did you know those dystopian science fiction worlds have rules? Writer Annalee Newitz over at i09 has put together a very solid list that shows some of the basic rules that all fiction set in a dystopian world must follow. In talking about class systems she makes some brilliant points:
It's not enough to call the groups "haves" and "have-nots." They each need peculiar, evocative names like The Aspiring and The Disdained. Or they should only be known by the place they come from, like Quadrant 6 or The Outer Rim.
The piece is wonderfully written, and shows us that even lawless, brutal, dystopian societies that are crumbling have unspoken rules to follow. By the way, did I mention how bad the traffic was today in Quadrant 6 on my way to work? Man, we need to do something with The Disdained. Their highways are a mess.
Someone call Alex and tell him there’s a new parody of his favorite song!
It’s time for kids to go back to school, and the Holderness Family (previously at Neatorama) made a little song about it, to the tune of “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot. Back to school time is a hassle, but after a couple of months of dealing with bored and always-hungry kids, it’s worth the effort. -via Tastefully Offensive
-via Tastefully Offensive
no one has accepted my Boiling Water Challenge yet.— recognize. (@jenihead) August 17, 2014
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Bionic pants are one of those things you thought you would never want because perhaps, like us, you thought they would never exist. You hear the term and you are not even sure what they would do, anyway. Could you super jump like Mario in bionic pants? Could you kick like Chuck Norris in your bionic pants? Well, they exist now, and the answer to the preceding questions is no. So you must be wondering what they do, right? The above photo explains it all. They defy physic by letting you sit anywhere without a chair.
We just can't understand why they didn't name them "chair pants" or something. Bionic pants make them sound way cooler and way more capable than they actually are. Truth is, if they were called chair pants we probably wouldn't be talking about them right now. Also, one more side note to developers. Can you make them look cooler than leg straps? Once you make a leather pair of chair pants, we will probably be all about it. Now that sounds sleek and futuristic.
A little boy opens a birthday gift and finds that it’s a wooden chopping board. Amazingly, he remarks that it is nice and he’ll use it. And he thanks his parents. Aww!
Then he gets another gift, in a shoebox. His mom mentions that he won’t have to glue his sneakers anymore… which leads us to believe that the family is far from wealthy. The boy thinks he is getting new sneakers and is happy about it -until he sees what’s really in the box. That’s when we who are watching go all verklempt. He’s a good boy. A part of the YouTube description is translated as “"Humility is synonymous with greatness.”
You can see a direct translation of the conversation from a YouTube commenter if you like. -via reddit
Everyone assumed there was a plague sweeping across that desert planet, or a killer virus, and they were right that it was viral in nature, but this virus wasn't just killing people- it was bringing them back from the dead. Boba tried to keep his mind on the bounty, but the walking corpses that littered the plane's surface were getting hard to ignore...
Take your geeky wardrobe to the dark side of that galaxy far, far away with this the Walking Fett t-shirt by ALIENBIKER23.
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For four generations, artists at the Kousyuuya studio in Nikko, Japan have developed and mastered an amazing creative process. The artists make stylized dragon images in a practice called Hitofude Ryuu.
The artists make details to the head using several small strokes. But the long, curving, multi-colored body is just one--one!--brush stroke.
The first internet connection in China was established in 1987, and now they have the most internet users in the world, but they’ve been a bit slow to catch up with the rest of the world in terms of internet trends.
Memes, silly animal videos, and nerd rage are all relatively new to Chinese users, but there is one area where they’re quickly catching up- trolling.
A uniquely Chinese form of trolling is taking place, based around hilarious photoshopped images, and it’s the most adorable form of trolling ever.
These trolls aren’t particularly vicious, nor are they preying on unwitting members of the online community, these trolls are being fed by people who want to see what the trolls will do with the images they receive:
It's the kindest, gentlest form of trolling you can find on the internet, and the idea of turning an image like this:
Into something as innocently 'shopped as this will make you want to go "d'awww!":
That’s about right. While we spend our time frantically trying to accomplish something to make our lives meaningful while taking care of everyday business, our cats are tasked with the monumental decision of where to take a nap. The robot has the right idea, in this comic from John McNamee of Pie Comic.
This is Lillian Weber of Scott County, Illinois. She's 99 years old but still very active. Every day, she sews a dress for Little Dresses for Africa, a charity that sends clothing to impoverished children in Africa. She gets up in the morning, starts to work on a dress, takes a break, then finishes in the afternoon. For the past 2 years, she repeated this routine daily, producing 840 dresses. Ms. Weber plans to make 150 more by next May when she will turn 100 years old.
Ms. Weber works from a standard pattern, but she personalizes each dress by combining different fabrics and trims. A child who wears one of her dresses isn't getting a copy of a mass-produced dress, but an original.
-via Huffington Post
Andy Thomas is an artist who has a healthy appreciation for the beauty of bird songs, and a gift for creating technological innovations that help bring the beauty of the natural world alive in the digital realm.
He has created a way to visualize bird songs, which when visualized look like something you’d see while tripping on peyote, or after getting hit too hard in the head.
What you’re seeing is a product of a software that works much like previous visualizers WinAmp and that one nobody uses on iTunes, but this software is heavily influenced by Andy's own artistic vision, as you can see in this visualization of a crow's song:
If Andy ever invents some Oculus Rift style 3D visor capable of rendering these birdsong visualizations in real-time people are suddenly going to become mighty interested in birdwatching!
Hey gang, we at the NeatoShop are always eager to introduce the works of our fantastic artists to as many people as possible. To that end, we just created a new NeatoShop account on Instagram so we can share our tees with even more users. If you're on the site, we welcome you to follow us so you can enjoy all kinds of new designs from our amazing artists.
The ronin rabbit Usagi Yojimbo was created by Stan Sakai in 1984, at the height of the anthropomorphic comic book character craze, but Usagi has always been a bit different than the other critter comic stars.
His tales were less about life as a rabbit and more about the life of a ronin, because in Usagi’s alternate version of Japan's Edo period every character is an animal, so he doesn't have to wear a disguise or deal with mutant problems like his friends the Ninja Turtles.
(Image Via tmntentity)
Usagi was a fan favorite from day one, and his action packed comics are just as fun to read today as they were when they first came out, so why hasn’t Usagi Yojimbo been adapted for the big screen?
A film adaptation is finally being discussed, and as this proof-of-concept short film released by Lintika Films reveals it might actually live up to the geeky dreams of Usagi Yojimbo's fans.
Lintika seems to be staying faithful to the source material, but they still have to overcome a budgetary hurdle before the film can actually begin production.
-Via Cartoon Brew
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:
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Pictured above is an infographic of the most stolen cars in the United States in 2013. This annual report is published by the National Insurance Crime Bureau. At the top of the list is the Honda Accord, with 53,995 stolen. My car, the Nissan Altima, is at the bottom of the list, with 8,892 stolen. Is your car on the list? Have you ever had an experience with car theft? I've been lucky enough to escape that particular misfortune. Follow this link to download the full NICB report or to see the breakdown by individual states.