All Set for the Eclipse

Robert is ready. He's got his eclipse glasses, a GoPro headband, and an array of various types of cameras since he doesn't know what will work. Yeah, that's a flash attachment. You give a little pre-flash to reduce red-eye in the sun, or the moon as the case may be. His wife Heather is supposedly pretty chill about his obsession with getting the perfect eclipse photograph, as if there won't be millions of them taken by people who actually know what they're doing. Redditor robertandheather posted this picture last night. He's still got three days to hold that position.  

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Husband Narrates Wife's Makeup Video, Causing The Internet To Swoon

Most husbands will readily admit they don't know much about makeup, and many tell their wives they don't need makeup by default because that's what they think their wives want to hear.

But women who enjoy wearing makeup want to hear that it looks good on them, and if the wife in question is a beauty vlogger then she wants to hear specifics.

Beauty vlogger Kara of KLN Beauty recruited her husband to provide narration for an unique makeup video that focuses on what he thinks of her makeup, and his sweet and loving responses made the internet swoon. Yes, the entire internet.

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NASA's Ambitious Plan To Save Earth From A Supervolcano

Yellowstone National Park's many thermal mineral springs and geysers are features of the volcanic activity underneath the ground. Scientists at NASA are convinced that the threat of a supervolcano erupting from the magma chamber under Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho is greater than the threat of an asteroid or comet hitting the earth.

When Nasa scientists came to consider the problem, they found that the most logical solution could simply be to cool a supervolcano down. A volcano the size of Yellowstone is essentially a gigantic heat generator, equivalent to six industrial power plants. Yellowstone currently leaks about 60-70% of the heat coming up from below into the atmosphere, via water which seeps into the magma chamber through cracks. The remainder builds up inside the magma, enabling it to dissolve more and more volatile gases and surrounding rocks. Once this heat reaches a certain threshold, then an explosive eruption is inevitable.

The solution is to vent more heat from the ground. The side benefit would be that the energy released could be harvested for our use. Read about a plan to do just that, at BBC Future. -via Digg


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How To Make Hikaru Dorodango (Shiny Mud Balls)

Japanese artforms are often deceptively simple, since they involve activities that look like no big deal but actually take years to master, such as bonsai, sumi-e or the art of creating the perfect sushi roll.

Add to that list the art of hikaru dorodango, literally translated as "shiny mud dumpling"- they look like nothing but shiny balls of mud, but creating hikaru dorodango is a challenging yet enriching experience.

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This video is part of P2 Photography's series Buck The Cubicle, "featuring people who get out, get dirty and find inspiration in all manner of offbeat occupations."

And here's an instructional video from the Clyde and Avon Valley Landscape Partnership series Make Your Way showing how you can get started making your own hikaru dorodango.

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The Right Height

How often do you think this adjustable desk will be adjusted? She could've saved money by just using a pillow or a yoga mat, but this way she can refer to her "standing desk" when communicating with others on the 'net. This is the latest comic from Dami Lee at As Per Usual.


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Movie Roles That Were Only Ever Offered To One Actor

Most film productions go through a casting period that can take weeks, if not months, as the producers make sure they hire the right talent for the job by having multiple actors try out for the roles.

This is a pretty normal part of the movie making process, but some filmmakers don't want to deal with the whole casting call at all- because they already know exactly who they want to play the role.

As you'll see in this video by Looper the Hellboy movies were written with Ron Perlman in mind for the lead, and the role of Drax the Destroyer in Guardians Of The Galaxy was only offered to Dave Bautista.

But John Carpenter's casting of Rowdy Roddy Piper in They Live seemed strange to some at the time, and now we can't imagine anyone else kicking ass and chewing bubblegum quite like Rowdy Roddy!

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10 Things You Didn’t Know about The Social Network

The movie The Social Network came out in 2010 and was supposed to tell the story of how Mark Zuckerberg developed Facebook and then dealt with the many lawsuits that followed. Zuckerberg had no involvement in the film, nor in the book it was based on. If you saw the movie, you'll probably enjoy finding out some of the behind-the-scenes trivia about its production. For example:   

7. Jesse Eisenberg used fencing lessons to get into character.

It makes a good deal of sense. Fencing has a lot to do with strategy and trying to outmaneuver your opponent, much like business in a way.

6. The opening scene took 99 takes.

There’s no real explanation for why this took so long. Maybe the actors were having trouble getting into character or maybe the director wanted to see it from different angles.

Read the rest of the trivia list about The Social Network at TVOM.


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Why Are Wedding Rings Worn On The Left Hand?

Our lack of knowledge about the history of marriage traditions makes sense considering their roots can be traced back to multiple cultures and eras, each one adopting a piece of the ritual to pass down.

Take the tradition of wearing the wedding ring on the left hand for example- this tradition can be traced back to ancient Egypt, but may have become part of the modern marriage tradition thanks to the Romans:

The union between marriage and the now-standard ring placement can be traced back to second-century Egyptians who falsely believed that “a certain most delicate nerve” began in the fourth left finger and stretched directly to the heart, according to the Greek scholar Appian. Centuries later, the Romans came to a similar conclusion. In place of a nerve, they were convinced that a vena amoris—or “lover’s vein”—connected this digit with the blood-pumping organ.

During the Roman engagement process, a well-off suitor who could afford a ring would slip it over his bride-to-be’s fourth finger. Thus, he’d always have a symbolic grip around her lover’s vein. The modern world may have adopted that practice from the Romans.

Read Why Are Weddings Rings Worn On The Left Hand? at Mental Floss


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Hair in the Streets

In a segment from The Late Late Show with James Corden, Corden's Crosswalk ensemble got a little help from Lin-Manuel Miranda in performing selections from the musical Hair -at an intersection on Beverly Boulevard.

Both CBS and the state of California have told us we can't be nude in a crosswalk. Then again, people told me that Alexander Hamilton wasn't a Puerto Rican rapper with beautiful brown eyes.

So guess what happened.

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Of course, this was TV, so my guess is that there were flesh-tone Speedos underneath all that pixelation. Otherwise, there would be people bragging on Facebook about seeing Lin-Manuel Miranda in the altogether during their evening commute. -via Mashable


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Cowabunga - A Teenage Mutant's Favorite Word


Cowabunga by Jango Snow

Cowabunga is so much more than a funny sounding word- it's an attitude, a lifestyle and a motto for the TMNT to live by, plus it sounds really cool when yelled, especially while skateboarding. But searching for a literal definition of cowabunga is like trying to find Krang in a bubblegum factory, in other words nearly impossible. So instead of questioning the wisdom of the Ninja Turtles you should just chill and keep things cowabunga dude!

Life is just a slice of sewer pizza when you're wearing this Cowabunga t-shirt by Jango Snow, slip it on and watch the faces of your fellow TMNT fans light up wherever you go!

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The Haunting Magic of Ghost Buildings

On crowded city streets, builders have long taken advantage of the idea of shared walls. Why build four walls when you can build two and appropriate the brick walls of the buildings on either side? That eventually leads to the phenomena of "ghost buildings." They aren't there anymore, but have left evidence of their existence on the shared walls of the adjacent buildings -sometimes even evidence of their interiors.   

Ghost buildings are a product of constant urban development and regeneration. They can be found throughout by cities and towns wherever old buildings are being torn down, and their modern replacements have yet to be built. These poignant relics of old homes are in always in plain sight, but are more often that not unnoticed by passers by. They’re found in open air carparks, abandoned building sights, or half way up modern adjoining structures.

Urbex photographer Luke J. Spencer documents ghost buildings and shares them on his Instagram feed. He also tells us the stories behind some of them at Messy Messy Chic.

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The Untold Story Of America's Southern Chinese

Potential entrepreneurs are always given this concrete advice: identify a need, and then fulfill it. Chinese immigrants who settled in the Mississippi Delta a hundred years ago saw an economic opportunity. They sold goods to both blacks and whites, although separately, as was required at the time. Unwelcome at any of the local segregated schools, they sent their children to small church-organized schools until just a few decades ago. Their descendants still live in the South. 

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A hundred years later, people outside the community are still surprised to see them, and even more surprised to hear those Southern accents. "Who taught you to speak English?" Why, their parents, of course! -via reddit


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Every Ride at Disneyland Ranked

We previously wrote about a ranking of all the best rides at Disney World, but if you happen to live closer to the West Coast, you might find yourself visiting Disneyland far more often. If you're wondering what the best rides at Disneyland happen to be, then you won't want to miss this Travel and Leisure article. Of course, everyone's personal opinion will vary -for example, while I love Splash Mountain, I think it's nowhere near the best ride at the park, and Autopia desesrves to be way further down on the list.

So check out the list and then get ready to debate their rankings here.


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Nebraska's Fearless Maid

Neatorama is proud to bring you a guest post from history buff and Neatoramanaut WTM, who wishes to remain otherwise anonymous.

When one hears mention of the year 1888, it usually concerns something involving Jack the Ripper, but many noteworthy events other than the Whitechapel Murders occurred that year. Vincent Van Gogh cut off his ear. The ballpoint pen was patented. George Eastman produced the first Kodak camera, and National Geographic magazine published its first issue. And then there was the winter of 1888, which produced The Great Blizzard of 1888, the worst in US history.

The Great Blizzard, aka “The Great White Hurricane”, was a major winter storm that adversely affected the Northeast, which became literally buried; snow in New York City alone was over fifty feet deep in places. Hundreds of deaths resulted and commerce ground to a halt. The Hudson and East Rivers froze over. As is often the case, though, good comes from bad, and the greatest effect of The Great Blizzard of 1888 was to cause New York City to construct its subway, which first opened for business in 1904.

But just two months earlier than The Great Blizzard of 1888, another major winter storm in the Midwest, the ‘Schoolhouse Blizzard’, aka ‘The Children’s Blizzard’, claimed the lives of more than 200 people, most of them schoolchildren. However, not as many children died as otherwise might have, this due to the heroic efforts of Minnie Freeman, aka Nebraska’s Fearless Maid.

Minnie Mae Freeman was born in Pennsylvania in 1868, and her family moved to Nebraska in 1871. As such, she, like other inhabitants of the Great Plains, grew up to be ‘weather-wise’. Not only is Nebraska deep in the heart of Tornado Alley, its summers can be infernal and its winters as severe as those of the Arctic. Minnie soon came to learn, as did everyone else in the Great Plains, that one didn’t live to old age by not paying attention to one’s surroundings.

Minnie was only nineteen years old when she got a job as schoolteacher in rural Mira Valley, Nebraska, teaching thirteen (or seventeen, accounts vary) children of all ages and grades in a small, isolated sod schoolhouse, the Midvale school.

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Carpet Ride by Pogo

Nick Bertke, also known as Pogo, is back with a new musical remix of the 1992 Disney movie Aladdin.

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Since you know the story already, you'll enjoy this musical collage of movie snippets as a four-minute movie viewing with a beat. And since Bertke works directly with Disney, the visuals are a high-res kaleidoscope. And there's a surprise at the end. -via Tastefully Offensive

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The World's Sewing Kit

Do you have one of these in your house? If you open it, what would you expect to find inside? Redditor salvalya posted this picture and said, "These cookies sat, untouched, on the table at work for nearly 2 weeks because it never occurred to anyone that there could be cookies inside." About 98% of the commenters on the photo just knew that there were sewing supplies inside. The other 2% admitted keeping marijuana in theirs. One person had one with sewing supplies that had been passed down for several generations in her family.

Royal Dansk cookie boxes are made of long-lasting metal and their lids fit tightly, so that pins and needles are less likely to fall out of them than other containers. All grandmas know that. You may think that it's an American thing, but people from Greece, India, Swaziland, Singapore, Sweden, France, Uruguay, and other nations all confirmed that these boxes are sewing kits. However, several Danes said that's not right; these boxes contain cookies. 


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The Internet Has Fallen In Love With This One-Armed Woman And Her Tinder Profile

It can be tough for an amputee to find love online because most people aren't willing to look past their missing limb(s) to discover the merits of the whole person.

But anybody who gives 21-year-old Lauren Scott from San Diego a chance is in for a real treat- because Lauren is a whole lotta fun even though she can only give you one thumbs up.

Lauren (@DuckFanAccount) lost her arm in a scooter accident one year ago, and since then it has been hard for her to find love even though her Twitter account shows she's both a very capable woman and a cut up.

Read The Internet Has Fallen In Love With This Irresisitible One-Armed Woman And Her Hilarious Tinder Profile here


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The Obi-Wan Kenobi Film Will Happen

Disney/Lucasfilm is in the early stages of developing a stand-alone Star Wars film centered on the life of Obi-Wan Kenobi. The company is negotiating with Stephen Daldry about directing the project. No script has been written as of yet.

In the original Star Wars trilogy, Kenobi is a desert-dwelling and war-weary hermit who later proves to be a wise and powerful warrior, brandishing a lightsaber. He is briefly a mentor to a young Luke Skywalker before being cut down by Darth Vader, his former pupil. Alec Guinness' portrayal of Kenobi garnered him an Oscar nomination.

The character played a central role in the George Lucas-directed prequels, which recount the origin of Vader and his betrayal of Kenobi and the Jedis. Ewan McGregor, who played the younger Kenobi in the prequels, has said he would be open to playing the character again. Sources stress, however, that since there is no script, no actor is attached.

If the story ends up chronicling Kenobi's life in the years between episodes III and IV, they will never find an actor more suited for the role than McGregor, who is 46 years old. Meanwhile, we will have to make do with Star Wars: The Last Jedi this December, and the Han Solo film scheduled for 2018. Read more at the Hollywood Reporter.  -via Digg


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Humorous Business Cards For Famous Pop Culture Characters

The more popular the character the less they need to announce their identity, because when a big badass in a shiny black helmet or a walking, talking tree approaches someone they know exactly who they're looking at.

That being said, there is one instance when famous pop culture characters like Groot or Darth Vader would need a business card to give to people- when said character wants to offer their services.

The designers at SmartSign came up with this clever set of business cards for pop culture characters, so characters can spread the word about what they do for a living when they're not starring in their own hit movie. Deadpool the exterminator...sounds legit to me!

See more Humorous Business Cards For Famous Pop Culture Characters at JazJaz


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The Newlyweds and Their Baby

We are very used to the comical adventures of a typical American family, from Blondie and Dagwood in the funny papers to dozens of sitcom versions on TV. Putting jokes into everyday family life that readers could relate to was a genius move, brought on by illustrator George McManus over 100 years ago.   

In 1904 George McManus ( 1884-1954) scored a job at New York World, Joseph Pulitzer’s innovative and campaigning newspaper – in 1896 the World became the first newspaper to launch a color supplement; it’s biting exposés of tenement abuses triggered housing reform. And there was McManus, who created The Newlyweds, one of the first comic strips to depict the lives of the typical American family. He was plain, thick but kind. She was good looking, well-dressed and a ditz. They had no names. They could have been any number of cartoon and sitcom couples since. When ‘Baby Snookums’ arrived, The Newlyweds became The Newlyweds and Their Baby. The prove popular and New York World compiled the cartoons in a hardcover comic book, which you can read below.

The 1907 compilation is at Flashbak, in large images. The humor is pretty basic, and revolves around the couple's pride in Snookums and their cluelessness about what to do with him. And you'll wonder how this pretty Gibson girl could give birth to such an astonishingly ugly child. -Thanks, Tim!


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Amazing Stories From Space - Did You Hear The One About The Facehuggers?


Amazing Stories From Space by DeepFriedArt

Ripley's entire life is like a "believe it or not" story, and all the stuff she's gone through would make a great movie, maybe even a series of movies starring some amazingly talented actress who really fits the role. But when Ripley told the powers-that-be at Weyland-Yutani about her encounters with alien lifeforms with acid for blood and babies that burst out of people's chests they weren't in a hurry to buy the rights. Perhaps what Ripley has seen is too far-fetched for your average audience to believe?

Share a tall tale about the woman who took down the xenomorphs with the world by wearing this Amazing Stories From Space t-shirt by DeepFriedArt, and you'll be spreading fearful smiles wherever you go!

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Man With Heavy Southern Drawl Tries To Speak In Neutral American Accent

It can be hard to shed a heavy Southern accent and speak in a neutral American accent, especially when that drawl has been a part of your speech pattern since you started talking.

A few years back Stephanie Shadrick's husband tried to give it a go while she recorded his struggle to set the drawl aside on video, ultimately proving the accent can be shed but certain words will always give the speaker trouble- like "oil".

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-Via Laughing Squid


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Jupiter's Closeup

NASA's Juno mission captured this image of Jupiter on July 10th, at 10,274 miles (16,535 kilometers) above the clouds. The north of the planet is to the left in the image. The image was converted from raw data by citizen scientists Gerald Eichstädt and Seán Doran. What does it look like to you? The lines inside polished marble? Paint swirling in water? A fine detail of a painting by a Renaissance master? A song by Train? You can see this magnificent picture in higher resolution at NASA. -via Gizmodo

(Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/SwRI/MSSS/Gerald Eichstädt/Seán Doran)


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Fun Facts About The Love Boat

The Love Boat was an exciting and new concept for a TV show when it debuted in 1977, and the blend of heartfelt drama, lighthearted comedy and an ever changing cast of supporting characters made the show a hit for a decade.

But did you know the show was actually based on a non-fiction book called The Love Boats, written by the first female cruise director for Princess Cruises Jeraldine Saunders?

Jeraldine's tell-all book was turned into three made-for-TV movies before becoming a smash hit weekly show:

ABC tested the waters with three made-for-TV movies acting as pilots: The Love Boat (1976), The Love Boat II (1977), and The New Love Boat (1977). The Love Boat II saw the eventual TV cast appear in early versions of their famous roles, including Bernie Kopell, Ted Lange, and Fred Grandy. And The New Love Boat was basically a pilot for what the finalized series was going to be.

After three TV movies and an overhaul of the cast, The Love Boat was ready to officially set sail on September 24, 1977.

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In order to make the show feel authentic every episode was filmed aboard two real cruise ships- the Pacific Princess and Island Princess, with real passengers used as extras:

Real cruises were booked and actual passengers played extras during certain scenes that required a more authentic look. For the actual people on vacation, filming was just an added bonus, as extras would get a raffle ticket at the end of each day they filmed. The cruises known to double as shooting locales would always sell out.

Filming aboard an actual ship wasn’t the norm, though. Like any sitcom, The Love Boat was mostly shot on soundstages that could create the look of a cabin, dining area, or a ship’s hallways.

Read 10 Fun Facts About 'The Love Boat' at Mental Floss


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Poetry, or the Lack Thereof

You don't have to use any of the the classic means of expression to make your feelings clear. The world is full of ways to show how you feel about someone. My husband was not all that eloquent, but I truly felt loved the day he got up and came to salt my icy back steps before daylight. That said more than all the greeting cards in the world, because he paid attention and knew what I needed. As long as you get your message across to someone who will benefit, that's what matters. This is the newest comic from Lunarbaboon.


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Overrun by Bald Eagles

Unalaska, Alaska (population 4,376) is a rather small island that has an inordinate number of bald eagles. Seeing them may stir a feeling of patriotism in Americans, but for the residents of Unalaska, they are an annoyance.

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Great Big Story visits Unalaska to see the birds and the people who have to deal with them. -via Tastefully Offensive


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"Total Eclipse of the Heart" Was Almost a Meat Loaf Song

You can always detect a Jim Steinman song by its soaring buildup to an epic vocal showcase, its length, and the fact that it always features several syllables of lyrics stuffed into one musical note. Steinman wrote and produced several hit songs for Meat Loaf, including "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth (Hot Summer Night)," "Two Out of Three Ain't Bad," and "Paradise by the Dashboard Light." Those three all appeared on the album Bat Out of Hell, which catapulted Meat Loaf into stardom. But he didn't handle it very well.

According to a Q Magazine article in 1993, now available in text form on Jim Steinman’s website, Meat Loaf and Steinman’s joint record company and management team distrusted Meat Loaf’s mental stability in the early ‘80s, and initially pushed Steinman to leave the duo in hopes of writing a new hit. “He had a mental block on the new songs,” Steinman said of Meat Loaf at the time, adding that management wouldn’t let Meat Loaf rest his voice. Meat Loaf suffered from severe stress and anger and emotional issues; he then lost his operatic voice, prompting Steinman to leave the team. Meat Loaf accused his former managers of misjudging him during a particularly difficult time, which he got through emotionally by coaching little league softball games for his daughters.

Steinman had already written songs for Meat Loaf's expected followup album, one of which was "Total Eclipse of the Heart," but it wasn't to be. Meanwhile, Bonnie Tyler had seen success with her song "It's a Heartache," but did not want to be stereotyped as a quasi-country music singer. Read the story of how Tyler got the song and made it a classic at Atlas Obscura.

Oh yeah, Tyler will perform the song on a Royal Caribbean cruise ship as the solar eclipse occurs on Monday.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know about The Conjuring

The 2013 horror film The Conjuring scared audiences enough to make back twice its production budget in its first weekend. It went on to be very profitable as well as frightening. If you enjoyed the movie, you'll want to read trivia from behind the scenes.

8. It was a work in progress for 20 years.

There was actually a bidding war for the movie that was between six different studios. Before and after that the fate of the film was stuck in limbo.

7. It had a different title to begin with.

Originally the title was The Warren Files before producers finally settled on the more well-known name.

There's a lot more to learn about The Conjuring in a list at TVOM.


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The United States of Movies

How do you select the most iconic movie for each state in the US? Some are pretty easy, because there aren't that many movies set in Rhode Island, Delaware, or West Virginia, so you go with what you have. Other movies were chosen because the locale is very much a part of the story, like how A River Runs Through It says a lot about Montana. That said, someone should really make a new movie about Georgia to replace Deliverance. Still, you could argue all day over what movie should represent California, New York, and Washington, DC, since there are so many to choose from. Entertainment Weekly did their best with this new map of the United States with an iconic movie representing each state. How did they do with your state?


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Dog Cries with Baby

This is the story of two who are so clueless that you have to laugh. Dog takes baby's cracker. Baby realizes cracker is gone. Baby cries. Dog cries in sympathy. The world makes no sense.

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You have to admit, it's both cute and funny. -via Digg

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