Badger on a Bender

A female badger is recovering at an animal shelter in Rewal, Poland. She was found unconscious, surrounded by seven empty beer bottles. Two more were hidden in the bushes. Rewal is a seaside resort, and shelter workers believe the badger, now named Wandzia, stole the bottles from tourists, and opened them with her teeth. After two days of sleep, the badger is recovering, although still somewhat disoriented. She may be released into the wild this weekend. -via Arbroath

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Fashion's Funniest Instagram Account

People often assume that models don’t have a very good sense of humor, an opinion which is reinforced by their blank “modely” expressions and the fact that most models don’t act all bubbly and cheerful in public.

But if you want to see a model’s wild side you have to look at their social media accounts, because that’s where some models, like Tilda Linstam, let it all hang out.

Tilda’s Instagram account is full of funny pics (keeping in mind that funny is subjective), and she's out to prove that models can travel the world, pose for a living and still find time to pose for silly pics. (Some pics NSFW-ish)

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Hulk, the World's Largest Pitbull Has a Litter of Pricey Puppies

Hulk and his puppies | Image: Still of video by Barcroft TV

You may remember a previous Neatorama post about 173-pound Hulk, thought to be the largest pitbull in the world. The famous gentle giant is the pride, joy and family dog of owner Marlon Grannon, who breeds and trains protection and police dogs at Dark Dynasty K9 in New Hampshire.

There is an update in the world of Hulk since that post went live: he is now the doting father of eight adorable puppies. The litter may be naturally precious to Hulk and his puppy mama, but in the human world where money talks, each pup is akin to pitbull royalty, with a monetary value of between $30,000 and $55,000. 

By the time the puppies were born, most were already sold at a price of $30,000. Yet if the pups would go on to be trained by Grannon, their value would be in the neighborhood of $55,000 each.

Grannon's business caters to celebrities and other wealthy clientele worldwide as well as law enforcement. Each dog is trained from birth and "lives together in a pack without fences, barriers or physical restrictions.” Learn more about Hulk and his newly expanded canine and human family in the video below, and read more about him at the Daily Mail. 


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The Batalla de Flores

The Batalla de Flores, or the Flower Battle, is the grand finale of a month-long festival in Valencia, Spain, every July to convince people to stay in the city during summer. It starts with a parade of floats full of ornately-dressed women and girls. They parade once for the judges, a second time to wave their tennis rackets, and the third time….

Wait… what was that about “tennis rackets”?

One might assume that onlookers have gathered along the Paseo de Alameda simply because they love a colorful procession, enjoy cheering on lovely falleras in traditional dress, and hope to see some interesting floats. But that couldn’t be further from the truth. This crowd is blood-thirsty. The only thing they really want, and the one reason they’re attending this event, is to hurl softball-sizeds flower at the falleras, and clock them right in their pretty faces.

That happens on the third go-round of the parade. The tennis rackets are defensive weapons to lob the carnations back to the crowd. Even after the parade, the flower battle continues, but it’s all in fun and doesn’t really hurt. Afterwards, the streets of Valencia are covered with a layer of colorful carnations. See a gorgeous collection of photographs of the Batalla de Flores (and a video) at For 91 Days.


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Bringing A Very Special Corvette Back From The Dead

The car in this picture might not look like more than a pile of metal junk waiting to be scrapped, but the General Motors Company paid a whole lotta money to restore this junker.

That’s because this is no ordinary car, it’s the one millionth Chevy Corvette ever made, one of the rarest Corvettes in the world.

The white 1992 Corvette was damaged when a sinkhole opened up under the National Corvette Museum in Bowling Green, Kentucky, so the technicians and craftspeople at the General Motors Design Center are now working their magic to bring the car back from the dead.

The restoration project is scheduled to be completed by September, and even though the one millionth is hogging all the glory a few other rare Corvettes rescued from the sinkhole are getting fixed up too.

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14 Road-Worthy Facts About National Lampoon's Vacation


National Lampoon's Vacation | Image: Warner Bros.

Even in a cinema culture whose proverbial aisles are littered and clogged with bad reboots and sequels, the National Lampoon's Vacation reboot has been received particularly poorly by many fans of the franchise. This gives some a reason to look back fondly at the original National Lampoon's Vacation. Mental Floss does just that in this list of anecdotes about the film. Ready for a road trip? The Metallic Pea Wagon Queen Family Truckster's doors are open and it's ready to roll. And speaking of the Truckster, 

1. IT PRETTY MUCH KILLED THE STATION WAGON.
Griswold’s plan to cart his family from Chicago to California to visit Disneyland stand-in Walley World required a durable vehicle. Obviously, he didn’t get one. The unheralded star of the film is the Wagon Queen Family Truckster, a station wagon with eight headlights and a pea-green finish. The car was actually a Ford LTD Country Squire heavily modified to be as unattractive as possible, and it did the job a little too well: following the release of Vacation, station wagon sales plummeted. Also known as “estate” vehicles, the models were shortly replaced in popularity by minivans and, later, SUVs. 

A car that cool helped destroy station wagon sales? Unthinkable. 


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The Lies That Movies Tell Us, Chloroform Edition

According to pop culture the chemical known as chloroform is a real knockout- just apply it to a rag and cover someone’s mouth and nose with it and blamo! Your subject is out cold, waking up a little groggy but otherwise okay.

This wonder chemical seems like the perfect way to put your way too drunk friend down for a spell so the party can rage on, so why isn’t chloroform in every household in America?

Because Hollywood has been lying to us all, as you will discover in The Lies That Movies Tell Us, Chloroform edition by Zamboni Grenade and Hamilton 100.

It's a painfully drawn out way to make a point, but it'll show you what you're in for if you ever try to chloroform your buddy! (Don't try to chloroform anyone, it can kill them)

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Elite Taco Bell Will Get a Liquor License and a Bouncer

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The 1993 movie Demolition Man teaches us that by 2032, Taco Bell will be the only restaurant chain left in the country. All restaurants will be Taco Bells, even the most luxurious dining establishments.


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22 years into that vision of the future, Taco Bell is already making progress. A new location in the wealthy Wicker Park neighborhood of Chicago will offer liquor and local craft beers. And to make sure that only the proper sort of clientele gets in and stays in, the restaurant will have its own bouncer. Presumably the restroom will be equipped with 3 seashells.

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What Would You Like To Do Now? - The Cooking Game


What Would You Like To Do Now? by Pacalin

Walter has been feeling a bit lost since his show went off the air, so instead of breaking bad habits he was starting to develop a few new ones. First he found himself addicted to video games, especially those where you can choose to play as a criminal, and then he found playing a video game wasn't enough. He called Saul in to hire a team of game developers who would help him create an epic adventure game called HEISENBERG, but the development was taking too long. Seeking a way to make his modelers, animators, programmers and playtesters work through the night he turned to those magical crystals known as Blue Sky...

Kick it like an old school gangsta with this What Would You Like To Do Now? t-shirt by Pacalin, and show the world you have some serious game!

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These 30 Fun Fantasy T-Shirts Are Magically Delightful!

Fantasy doesn't have to be all bloody battles and dark intrigue, there are plenty of ways to have fun in a magical world of fantasy, although you should probably keep a battleaxe and a few spells handy just in case.

It's a good idea to get your magical gear at the NeatoShop, where you'll find thousands of fantastic designs and free worldwide shipping on orders over $75!

People think the fantasy genre began with Tolkien

Tolkien On Pipeweed by Grafx-Guy

But it existed well before he took up the pen and sent the Baggins boys on their epic journeys

Straight Out Tha Shire by Aaron Morales

Fantasy originated in fairy tales

Fairy Bow by Purrdemonium

Where we first got a taste of a fantastic and magical place not unlike our own

Between Two Worlds by Olipop

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Mark Hamill Autographs with a Bonus

Mark Hamill has been signing Star Wars photos and memorabilia for 38 years. I’m sure what he puts on them depends on the situation and how much time he has. Some of the bubblegum cards have surfaced with great jokes to go along with the autograph. Hamill no doubt has heard every Star Wars joke ever made, so there are more of these to be found. I particularly like this one.  -via reddit


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12 Kitchen Gadgets That Are As Unnecessary as They Are Awesome

I'm willing to bet that no one ever started to cook dinner only to think, 'I don't have any way to turn my food into mock-caviar though, so I guess I shouldn't even bother.' But whether or not you have need of the Imperial Spherificator, it hardly changes the fact that the product is pretty darn cool and desirable. Similarly, it's pretty easy to carve a watermelon and use it as a punch bowl, but somehow, tapping it like a keg just seems infinately cooler -hence the creation of this tapping kit.

The bottom line is that just because you don't need some kind of kitchen doodad doesn't mean you won't desperately want it. And over on Homes and Hues, we rounded up some of the most clever, cool and unnecessary kitchen tools out there: 12 Cool Kitchen Tools We Desperately Want But Absolutely Don't Need


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Uphill Battle: The Insane Barkley Marathons

Inspired by a flubbed prison escape, the Barkley Marathon is a ludicrously challenging 100-mile race only a handful of runners have completed. Finishing it twice? That's next to impossible.

(Image credit: Flickr user Michael Hodge)

It's reverently quiet when Jared Campbell comes running down the trail and into camp. He’s looked better. For one thing, his facial muscles appear to be asleep, even as he somehow keeps moving. He’s wilted from hours of exposure to the cold and rain, his skin covered in bloody scratches and caked with mud. The crowd—similarly battered runners and assorted spectators—is quiet for the first time in hours. The only sound is that of Campbell’s footfalls atop the soggy earth.

This silence is significant. The bugle has already sounded for most other runners at this year’s Barkley Marathons. Whenever a damaged competitor returns to camp, defeated by the course, a bugler blows “Taps” (this is called being “tapped out”). It happens to almost all the athletes who muster the courage—or insanity—to attempt the world’s most confounding foot race. Last night, in freezing rain, snow, and 45 mph icy gusts, it sounded 19 times.

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Finally, one onlooker’s voice softly breaks the silence: “He’s running. He looks good.” The crowd around the fire rolls into applause. When Campbell catches his breath, he reports on the conditions: “It snowed a lot up there. It was really pretty, but it was cold.” The 34-year-old mechanical engineer from Salt Lake City reveals he slept 20 or 30 minutes on the trail at sunrise—“until I started shivering.”

And then, just like that, he’s gone again. Campbell is attempting another loop.

Here in the backwoods of Tennessee’s Cumberland Mountains, a “loop” is 20 miles. Specifically, it’s 20 unmarked miles that traverse thick brambles, prickly briars, and relentless hills that bring more than 60,000 feet of elevation. The course’s difficulty is only amplified by the maddeningly slippery footing. To finish the Barkley Marathons, a runner has to complete five loops. It takes days, if it happens at all. Since the race began in 1986, only 14 people have finished it.

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Real-Life Disney Dudes Are Seriously Babes

Artist  Jirka Väätäinen (previously at Neatorama) took the liberty of imagining a few of the most famous Disney men as if they were real-life men. As a female Disney fan, I for one want to thank his efforts because these princes and paupers are all serious babes.

Prince Eric of The Little Mermaid even looks like young John Stamos and that somehow seems totally accurate. I can sure see how someone would want to be part of his world.

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The High Voltage Ejector Bed

Do you have trouble getting out of bed in the morning? Are you tempted to go for “five minutes more”? Inventor Colin Furze (previously at Neatorama) has the ultimate wake-up experience for you! He built a bed that has a horrid alarm with lights and sound, but if you don’t jump up immediately, the bed will do that for you, too!

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Of course, it works the first time, but Furze cannot help himself -the power is adjustable, so he has to crank it up. See a video of the process of building it at Sploid.


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Scientists Invent a Bacon Laser

I have no idea what any of this means.

Researchers at Harvard University found that they could use fat cells to produce laser light. They inevitably chose pig fat because of the flavor. An MIT Technology Review article that was surprisingly not published on April Fools’ Day explains:

The team at Harvard University turning cells into lasers has tried it before. But last time they had to put the cells inside a special optical cavity to make them shine (see “Lasers Made from Human Cells”). Pumping light into a sphere can create the resonance that produces sharply defined laser light.

This time the team showed that some cells could lase on their own. They chose pig fat because each cell contains a large, nearly perfectly spherical ball of fat inside it. They added a glowing fluorescent dye and then started up the microlasers by shining in light through an optical fiber.

-via VA Viper | Photo: Nature Photonics


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The 7 Actors Who’ve Played Batman

Quick -can you name all seven actors who’ve played Batman? There’s Adam West and Christian Bale and… were there really seven? Yes, but some of them were before your time. It started with Lewis G. Wilson in 1943 (pictured above).

Wilson was the first and youngest actor ever to play the adult Batman, and also the least successful. At 23, the unknown thespian donned the cape and the cowl in the 15-part 1943 Columbia serial Batman. While he looked the part of the dashing playboy, his physique was more Danny DeVito as the Penguin. One critic described Wilson as “thick about the middle.” Maybe that was why he wore his utility belt just below his chest. Critics also complained that his voice was too high and that he had a Boston accent. That, of course, wouldn’t be the last time someone complained about Batman’s voice.

Find out what happened to Wilson after his Batman role, as well as the other six actors who took on the part. Ben Affleck is not counted as one of the seven, because we haven’t seen him in action yet. You’ll find the roundup at Den of Geek.


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This Is Where Toilet Paper Should Hang

Should the roll flow over or under? That’s an old debate. Henry Franks, a product designer in London, wants to introduce a new toilet topic to argue about: where the toilet paper roll should be located.

His Bog Standard toilet seat offers a radically different perspective. You don’t have to twist or turn to reach the roll. It’s right in front of you. Provided that the seat will lock in the upright position for men, this is an ergonomically optimal placement.

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Great Aspirations

You may think that you’ll never be a great writer. Maybe someone told you so. But some folks don’t listen to naysayers -they just keep at it until they get a chance to show their stuff. And even then, they don’t let failure stop them from working and improving. It’s the ones who dare who end up on that pile. This is the first panel of a story from Grant Snider at Incidental Comics. Go to his site to find out how it ends.


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Shingeki No Kyojin- Pika Version - Gotta Kill 'Em All...Before They Eat You!


Shingeki No Kyojin- Pika Version by Berserk7

When Ash arrived in Shinganshina he thought he was coming to compete in another regular old pocket monster tournament, but then they told him that he wouldn't be able to leave since the city was beseiged by giant monsters called Titans. This made Ash a little scared, but Pika ensured him they could battle their way out of the city if need be so everything would be okay. And then a giant grinning monster broke through the wall, and Pika watched in horror as Ash was picked up and swallowed whole...

Bring some animated danger to your geeky wardrobe with this Shingeki No Kyojin- Pika Version by Berserk7, and battle the forces of boring fashion!

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The Amasunzu, A Uniquely Rawandan Hairstyle

(Photo: Hair: Fashion and Fantasy by Laurent Philippon)

In its heyday, people in Rwanda wore the amasunzu in more than 30 different ways. It was a demonstration of elegance and refinement. The East African, a news source based in Kenya, describes how and why people grew it:

The style is designed by cutting some of the hair sideways, towards the middle, then leave it to grow.

“It is a style of elegance, hygiene; it reflected reality and maturity among girls,” said Epa Binamungu, a 60-year-old visual artist. “Most adolescent girls would use it to show pride; it showed that that a girl was a virgin.

“It was a style for the spinsters.”

It was also a way of beautifying the body. Rwandan etiquette is based on the body’s nature. This style was used to reflect important aspects such as might, hygiene and, for unmarried girls, virginity. It was also a way to show class; powerful leaders, nobles and the rich wore the hairstyle.

Although the amasunzu has fallen out of style in recent decades, it is currently experiencing a revival in popular interest.


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This video shows a man getting his hair styled in an amasunzu.

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Toddler Obsessed with Personal Injury Lawyer Gets a Lawyer-Themed Birthday

Kids latch onto the strangest things, but sometimes you just gotta go with it. Grayson always turned his attention when an ad for New Orleans personal injury lawyer Morris Bart came on. It was his favorite thing on TV! His mother L’erin Dobra noticed his fascination.

“Before he could walk or talk, every time the Morris Bart commercial would come on, he was just fixated,” she says. “You couldn’t talk to him. You couldn’t do anything with him. He would just sit and stare at the TV. You could call his name, give him a toy. He didn’t care. He just wanted to watch the Bart commercial. He’s been that way ever since, and when he started talking he would say, ‘One call’ or ‘Bart, Bart, Bart, Morris Bart, Morris Bart.’

So when Grayson’s second birthday was coming up, his Dobra contemplated a party theme, and decided to focus on the lawyer. She contacted Bart’s office through his website, and they sent a cardboard cutout, a signed photograph, and some office swag. Dobra had Bart’s face put on the birthday cake. And it was all a super big hit with Grayson. See more pictures at Buzzfeed.

(Image credit: L’erin Dobra)

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Dog Goes Cliff Diving


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Everyone at this cove in Malta was having a grand time, jumping into the clear blue water for a swim. The dog watched closely and carefully pondered joining in. Why not? Jump, little terrier!

While in the water, it occurred to the pup to play a bit of fetch.

-via Blame It on the Voices

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That Time Tim Burton Showed Pee-wee Herman How to Hold a Fistful of Snakes

It's been 30 years since Pee-wee's Big Adventure was released way back in 1985, and what better way to celebrate than with some behind-the-scenes photos that have never seen by the general public?

Pee-wee Herman released a set of neat-o photos from the movie, which was directed by Tim Burton (his film directorial debut, no less). This photo above shows Tim Burton holding a bunch of snakes while Pee-wee looked on. It's from the Fire in the Pet Store scene, which you can see after the jump:

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Tiny Crosswalks for Animals

(Photos: Greta Gedminaitė)

Clinic 212, an ad agency in Vilnius, Lithuania, wants people to take care that our animals friends don’t get squashed when they cross human roads and pathways. To “show that we are not the only ones living in the city,” the agency made little road signs and crosswalks in the spaces that humans and animals share. 

Martynas Karpovicius came up with the idea when he saw a taxi driver almost run over a hedgehog. He and his colleagues responded on behalf of pigeons, cats, and ducks, as well as hedgehogs. You can see more photos and read about the project at the Huffington Post.

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1000 Musicians Play “Learn to Fly”

A thousand Italian singers, guitarists, bassists, and drummers under the name Rockin1000 got together to play “Learn to Fly” by the Foo Fighters. Watching that many people play and sing together -well- is spine-tingling.

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The stunt, a year in the making, is intended as an invitation to Dave Grohl and the band to come and play in Cesena, Italy. Do you think they will?

Oh, in case you'd like to hear the drums and bass only, here's a personal video taken on the scene without a direct music feed.  To hear only the guitar, here's a video from a guitarist with a GoPro.

Update: The Foo Fighters have responded.

In English, that means "See you soon!"

Update #2: Dave Grohl just uploaded the Foo Fighters’ response to YouTube.

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A translation:

Hi Cesena! I'm Dave. Hi. I'm sorry, I don't speak italian... just a little bit! This video... it's amazing! Such an amazing thing... thank you! We are coming. I promise. See you soon... Thank you so much. I love you! Bye

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A Photographic Trip Inside The Blade Runner Model Shop

Blade Runner is a groundbreaking science fiction film based on the groundbreaking Philip K. Dick novel Do Androids Dream Of Electric Sheep?, and when the film adaptation was released in 1982 it changed the face of sci-fi forever.

Even though Blade Runner didn’t live up to expectations at the box office, this techno-noir thriller set new standards for sci-fi special effects thanks to the master model makers who brought Syd Mead’s concept art to life.

A gallery was recently uploaded to Imgur by minicity featuring rare photos from inside the Blade Runner Model Shop, showing the model makers hard at work on their amazing props, including the iconic Spinner police car.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Most Controversial Bodybuilding Competition

Before he became a movie star and then a politician, Arnold Schwarzenegger made his name internationally as a bodybuilder. He climbed the ranks from 1965 to 1970, and won international championships over and over from 1970 to 1975. Then he retired from bodybuilding to focus on his fledgling career in film. In 1980, he had to go back into training to bulk up for Conan the Barbarian.

The 1980 Mr. Olympia contest in Australia was just around the corner, and Arnold was asked to host the event, but he had other plans. One day before the contest — and to the dismay of the other competitors — Arnold announced himself as a part of the competitive field. Other bodybuilders like Mike Mentzer and Boyer Coe took offense to the 11th hour placement of Schwarzenegger, citing that he should have had to register months in advance like the rest of them. Ben Weider took the competitors into a private room at the Sydney Opera House to hear their complaints, but it was made official at the end of the meeting: Arnold would compete.

The other competitors were shocked and upset, as they had to register for the competition months earlier. But that wasn’t the only strange thing about the competition. Read the rest of the story at Uproxx.


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Why Humans Evolved Chins

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Humans alone have chins. Why? Scientists have speculated over that question for decades. What evolutionary advantage does the chin offer? Dr. Robert G. Franciscus and his colleagues at the University of Iowa suggest an explanation: the chin is simply the result of the reshaping of the rest of the human skull:

Using advanced facial and cranial biomechanical analyses with nearly 40 people whose measurements were plotted from toddlers to adults, the UI team concludes mechanical forces, including chewing, appear incapable of producing the resistance needed for new bone to be created in the lower mandible, or jaw area. Rather, they write in a paper published online in the Journal of Anatomy, it appears the chin's emergence in modern humans arose from simple geometry: As our faces became smaller in our evolution from archaic humans to today -- in fact, our faces are roughly 15 percent shorter than Neanderthals' -- the chin became a bony prominence, the adapted, pointy emblem at the bottom of our face.

Dr. Franciscus does not, however, provide an explanation for the development of multiple chins.

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Beam Me Up, Scotty!

This case of a missing purse may be harder to solve than it should be. I doubt the cops were working too hard on the investigation past putting it on the local police blotter. -via Bad Newspaper


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