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This is how I operate when I’ve got a feature article deadline looming. The more I think about it, the more I remember the email, the dishes, the garbage, the bill that needs to be paid, and the nap I really need. Comic artist Sarah Andersen knows she’s not the only one. If it weren't for the last minute, I'd never get anything done. 


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Meet The World's Tallest Teenager

Some kids don't get their growth spurts until high school, and a rare few don't have a growth spurt until college, but Broc Brown, the world's tallest teenager, was practically born taller than his peers.

In kindergarten he was 5'2", he hit the six foot mark before he officially got his "growth spurt", and at age 19 he is currently 7'8" tall...and still growing.

Broc has a genetic disorder called Sotos Syndrome, also known as cerebral gigantism, which causes "excessive physical growth" and may cause health issues such as hormonal imbalance, scoliosis and heart and kidney problems.

But despite the chronic pain Broc feels he manages to keep a smile on his face and live like a normal teen, and doctors say Broc will probably live a long and healthy life despite his disorder.

Here's hoping all your dreams come true, Broc!

Read Meet the World's Tallest Teenager, Who's Growing Six Inches Per Year here


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Animated Indiana Jones Fanfilm

Animator and lifelong Indiana Jones fan Patrick Schoenmaker produced an opening sequence for an Indiana Jones TV series. The only problem is that there is no animated Indiana Jones TV series. At least not yet.

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Schoenmaker (previously at Neatorama) did some artwork for Lucasfilm to promote Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. This animated sequence has been a side project of his ever since, and it’s finally been unveiled. He talked to Inverse about it.

My main idea was not to make a trailer that would have just been an excuse to take some random scenes and edit them together to look cool. I wanted a story, but I didn’t have the time to make it a full short, so instead, I came up with something like the intro to the Batman animated series.

It boiled down the feel and essence of any Batman story into a one-minute intro. It’s a great short film by itself because it makes you hungry for the episode, so I took that approach.

Well, there he’s nailed the biggest flaw in the video: it’s too short. If Lucasfilm would just hire him, he could work on Indiana Jones full-time. -via Den of Geek


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Debunking the Myth of the ‘Real’ Robinson Crusoe

Daniel Defoe published his book Robinson Crusoe in 1719, at a time when stories of shipwrecks, pirates, and castaways were hot, and there were plenty of narratives available. His book survived better than other accounts because it was particularly well-written and gripped the public’s imagination. And it was fiction, so therefore not constrained by actual events. After Defoe’s death, scholars pointed to the true story of pirate Alexander Selkirk as the main inspiration for Robinson Crusoe. But that’s not the whole story. According to Auburn University professor Paula Backscheider, there were other influences that can be traced directly to Defoe.

Take Robert Knox, for example. After his shipwreck on Ceylon, now Sri Lanka, he was held captive for 20 years (closer to the amount of time that Crusoe spent on an island).

“He started his own little corn business,” Backscheider says. “He even made little wool caps, and Defoe knew him personally.” This and other tales suggest that there were many people who influenced Defoe.

Backscheider says Defoe scholars are tired of the assumption that Selkirk’s story was the inspiration for Crusoe, rather than just one of many survival narratives that Defoe knew about. When people bring it up to them, “we just giggle,” she says.   

National Geographic explains several of the ways the tale of Robinson Crusoe differed from that of of Alexander Selkirk, and more about the other stories that were just as influential.


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Photo Series Reveals How Our Facial Expressions Change When We Get Undressed

Societal standards state we must wear clothing when we're out in public, and this standard of decency has made some feel self conscious about their naked bodies, or at least when they're naked around other people.

This nudity-related self-consciousness causes people to make certain facial expressions whenever they're naked around an unfamiliar person, expressions that sometimes include a nervous grin.

Photographer Dylan Hamm reveals people's facial expressions before and after undressing in his series "Naked Faces", a side-by-side portrait series that challenges viewers to guess which one's the nudie pic.

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Which Restroom?

The international symbols for restrooms in the UK can be confusing. Should he use the restroom for people wearing pants, or the one for people with one leg? Maybe he should get a kilt to be sure! This Vine is from Josh Sundquist, who is a master of amputee humor, as well as soccer and Halloween costumes. -via reddit


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Life Hacks For Flaky People

Life hacks can help you improve your organizational skills and teach you easier ways to do things, but they can't turn a slacker or a flake into a punctual and reliable person.

However, with a little social life hackery you can fool people into believing you're not flaky by making up totally believable excuses for your behavior. 

Did you wake up late to meet your friends, who have been waiting over half an hour for you? Tell them you've been stuck in traffic and will be there in 5 and buy yourself more time!

Even the flakiest flaker or slackiest slacker can benefit from learning these 6 life hacks illustrated by Nathan Yaffe, who proves life hacks don't have to involve making change.

See 6 Life Hacks for Flaky People at CollegeHumor (Contains NSFW language)


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Tiny Lasagna

Watch this guy, or his fingertips, prepare the tiniest lasagna you ever saw! He boils the pasta, browns the beef, grates and mixes the cheese, and then layers it all in a matchbox-sized baking pan.

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The finished product is about one bite of lasagna for a human, but I bet it was one delicious bite. The video is from Jay Baron of Walking With Giants, a channel that has plenty of miniature cooking videos.  -via Metafilter

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The World's Strongest Cup of Coffee

Some people can't wake up without a cup of coffee and for some people, a whole pot of coffee is neccessary. If you just can't get enough caffeine, you might want to head to The Viscous Cafe in Australia, where you can find the world's strongest cup of coffee. Just one mug of this strong brew is the equivalent of 80 regular cups of coffee. That means each cup contains 5 grams of caffeine, which considering that 18 is fatal for even a healthy adult means that just three cups would put you dangerously close to death.

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An Essay on the Greatness of Gilligan's Island

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

 Gilligan's Island, which premiered on CBS on September 26, 1964, is quite possibly the most ridiculed television show of all-time. Interestingly and ironically, with the possible exception of I Love Lucy, it is also possibly the most well-known and beloved. According to Dawn Wells, it is by now the single most watched TV show in history, including I Love Lucy.

As I always clearly state: what makes people laugh is subjective- like taste in women, cars and colors, And while Gilligan's Island will cause only eye rolls and channel-changing from many of my fellow TV watchers, I myself have always found the show to be hysterically funny.

True, the teaming of Bob Denver (Gilligan) and Alan Hale (the Skipper) as Gilligan and the Skipper, so obviously based on Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy, never equaled Stan and Ollie. But who did? To me, both the verbal and physical humor of the show was very funny and often clever. (Like almost any great TV series, the writing did get weaker towards the end of the show's run.)

Like all great art, in my humble opinion, Gilligan's Island reflected and mirrored life.

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Yzrey And Chewy Smash - The Unlikeliest Mashup Of Them All


Yzrey and Chewy Smash by Charamath

The where and how and why isn't important, but somewhere, somehow and for some reason Chewie the Wookiee and Yzma the sorceress wound up traveling across the galaxy together in search of new grooves. It seems Yzma felt bad about what she'd put old Kuzco through and was looking to make a change, and when she stared into the furry face of that big galoot Chewbacca she knew he'd make the perfect partner for redemption. But where would she start? The answer came to her one day when they were entertaining a group of slave children on a planet ravaged by war and subjugated by the Empire- Yzma would become a star, like one of those Jedis only cooler. So she changed her name to Yzrey and swore to avenge their planet by crushing that shiny helmeted jerk Kylo and restoring order to the people. Chewie wasn't sure about overthrowing Imperial control, but he really liked the bit about crushing and smashing so he went along for the ride...

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The Most Powerful Superheroes Who Refuse To Use Their Full Power

Readers often wonder why characters who are nigh invulnerable, like Superman, Zatanna or Spider-Man, would allow themselves to be whomped on rather than unleash their full power.

This question is generally answered with an explanation involving ethics, morality or "because the world/galaxy depends on it", but this kind of explanation only placates readers for a little while.

So why won't these superheroes unleash their full power?

Superman tries to refrain from killing at all costs, and despite all the destruction we've seen in the comics he tries to keep collateral damage to a minimum too, so it makes sense for him to hold back.

Zatanna's powers were passed down from her father, so the only thing holding her back from unleashing the ultimate power within her is her own self-confidence, which can be a hard barrier to break through.

Spidey certainly doesn't lack self-confidence, so what's his excuse for holding back?

He's opposed to killing too, but he also just holds back to give the bad guys a chance in battle, which Doctor Octopus discovered when he swapped bodies with Peter Parker during the "Superior Spider-Man" storyline. Cocky, ain't he?!

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70 Bizarre Facts about Historical Figures

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Biography has always been my favorite kind of literature, because real lives can be infinitely more interesting than fiction. You can always find something odd and interesting about any person, whether they are famous or not. It’s even more interesting when those facts are in complete opposition to what you think you know about that famous person. John Green has a whole slew of such weird tidbits about people you know from history, in this week’s episode of the mental_floss List Show.  


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Elementary School Replaces Detention With Meditation

Standard school detention involves making the kids sit quietly in a room after school or on the weekend for hours on end, tortured by the inability to do anything but stare in silence

This method of punishment has been in place for decades even though it has proven to be ineffective and sounds more like meditation than jail time, so Robert W. Coleman Elementary School made a change.

They replaced detention with meditation in the Mindful Moment Room, having kids sit, breathe, relax and talk through their problems rather than stare at a wall, and so far it seems to be helping.

Suspension and detention numbers are down at Robert W. Coleman Elementary, and kids are learning a positive and more productive way to deal with their problems that they're taking home with them.

And let's face it- what did we ever learn in detention besides how to quietly carve our initials into a desk or how to pass notes without getting caught?

Read This school replaced detention with meditation. The results are stunning. here

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Pancakes for the Kitten

Chase Stout and Kenzie Jones recently adopted a new kitten, which they named Mr. Wilson. When Jones went out of town, she left Stout with instructions: “Don’t forget to feed the kitten.”

One morning, he sent her a text that said, “Do you know if Wilson likes chocolate chips in his pancakes?” Yes, he had made pancakes, a regular-sized stack for himself, and a tiny stack of three pancakes for Mr. Wilson. No, he did not put chocolate chips in them. As you can see, the kitten appreciated his efforts.



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Things That All Manly Men Should Know

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I wouldn't go so far as to call myself a "manly man", mostly because I don't feel like I need to prove my masculinity, but I will acknowledge the archetypal "manly man" does know how to do some really cool stuff.

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In fact, most of these "manly man" skills should really be referred to as "capable person" skills, because we can all benefit from knowing how to gut and clean a fish, sew a button on a shirt, or change a tire.

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The more masculine skills in a manly man's repertoire, such as properly tying a tie, smoking a cigar, or shaving with a straight razor, may not appeal as much to women, but you never know when this info might come in handy.

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The Mystical Early Pennsylvania Settler Who Lived in a Cave

In the Germantown neighborhood of Philadelphia, in Fairmont Park, you can see a cave that has a history few know today. This was where Johannes Kelpius spent his life waiting for the apocalypse. Kelpius was a devout Protestant who also dabbled in mysticism, astrology, numerology, and alchemy. Ethnically German, he was born in Transylvania in 1667.

While still in Europe, Kelpius read the works of the Pietist Jakob Böhme, who was also a firm believer in the coming apocalypse. Based on both his reading of Revelation which spoke of an exilic remnant of the faithful that was as a “woman in the wilderness,” as well as glowing accounts of the colony of Pennsylvania, Kelpius became convinced that the “Philadelphia” which John of Patmos wrote of was not the historical settlement in Asia Minor, but rather this new metropolis on the American frontier. At the time, this proprietary English colony was the largest private land holding on Earth; it was also marked by an exceptional ethnic, linguistic, and religious diversity, truly a remnant of the varied faithful in this wilderness.

Kelpius was convinced that Judgment Day would arrive in 1694. Read about the life of Johannes Kelpius, one of the earliest of many religious pioneers who flocked to the state of Pennsylvania in search of freedom to worship in their own way, at Atlas Obscura.

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The Try Guys Find Out How They Will Look After Losing Their Hair

Guys live in fear of losing their hair, and the younger they are when it starts to fall out the more traumatizing the loss.

But these days even guys who aren't actually balding are shaving it all off for that sleek, skully look, so maybe men wouldn't freak out as much if they could just see how they'd look without hair?

YouTubers The Try Guys decided to find out what they would look like and how they'd feel after losing their hair, so they got a professional makeup artist to give them a bald-over. (Barely NSFW due to language)

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This video also inadvertantly reveals what guys who choose to go bald have to deal with while people get used to their slick new look, and all that unwanted attention seems pretty annoying.

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How City Skylines Have Changed

A building goes up here, a building comes down there, and over time the entire skyline become different. You could live at the same address for 50 years and not really notice how much has changed. This happens even in a small town, where I struggle to describe what a particular neighborhood looked like when I was a kid. But with the power of photography, we can see what our cities looked like in the past, and how vastly different they are now (some more than others). The above picture is what Shanghai’s Pudon district looked like in 1987. In only three decades, it has changed considerably, with skyscrapers growing upward to accommodate the city’s 14 million residents.



See a roundup of then-and-now images of 13 cities around the world and see how their skylines have changed over time.


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What It's Really Like To Fight For ISIS

We've all painted a picture in our minds of what it means to be part of an organization like ISIS, and this image is often informed and developed by what we're told by the media.

But there's nothing like seeing a situation through someone's eyes, or in this case through their helmet cam, to show us the truth about those currently fighting for the Islamic State in the Middle East.

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This helmet cam footage was retrieved from the body of "an Islamic State (IS) fighter who died in March while battling Kurdish peshmerga troops in northern Iraq", showing us the fear and disorder ISIS doesn't want us to see.

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Epic Squirrel is Epic

The picture of this epic squirrel has been spreading around the internet for a while, so when Redditor DarylMoore asked others to PhotoShop the image, it's no wonder that the results were amazing.

That squirrel probably never thought twice about his intense pose in front of a camera, but he sure provided us with a great gift when he did it -a gift only a Reddit PhotoShop battle could perfect.

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Super Mario Burger - He's One Cheesy Hero!


Super Mario Burger by Vincent Trinidad

People often assume that if Mario were turned into food he would be made of meatballs or pizza, but that's an assumption based on his Italian heritage and not his actual persona. Because if you think about it Mario would make a super burger- he's soft on the outside when he needs to be, beefy and substantial when he's battling, he stays cool as lettuce or tomato in hectic situations, with some pickle surprises under his hat and just the right amount of cheesiness. But it's a good thing Mario isn't made of burger, because if he were Bowser and the koopas would be able to gobble him up for good!

Keep your geeky wardrobe extra delicious with this Super Mario Burger t-shirt by Vincent Trinidad, it's the fresh way to take the Super Mario Bros to-go!

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CCTV is Watching You

CCTV cameras are watching you. If you do something wrong, they will catch you, and it’s too late to hide your identity once the deed is done. This pickpocket realized he was on camera, pondered his options, and had to quickly change his plans. Sweet!

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Rasheed Parakkal produced and starred in this short film called New God that was used for a TV ad promoting security cameras in Kerala, India. People shared an edit of the video with no indication that it was intentionally-produced, and Parakkal received plenty of grief when people assumed he was a real thief caught on camera.

“By using a CCTV angle to shoot the movie, we were trying to make it in all truthfulness and as close to reality. Little did I know that it will get picked up in this way,” he said. And Parakkal doesn’t know whether to be happy or sad about it. On one hand, he’s happy people thought it was an actual CCTV grab, because that would mean his acting and the whole set-up seemed original. “But I am obviously disappointed because it was my original work that someone tampered with for his short-term amusement,” he said over the phone from Wadakanchery.

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Forgotten Pie Recipes We Should Start Baking Again

For many baked goods lovers like me fall and winter are pie season, a time to cook all those yummy pies we rarely get around to making in the spring or summer.

There's a whole list of standards such as pecan, apple, pumpkin and berry which we know we're going to bake every year, but isn't it about time to broaden our pie horizons?

I like to start my search for new recipes by looking at the recipes of the past, which is why I found the mental_floss article 8 Forgotten Pie Recipes We Should Bring Back so appealing.

I've made mincemeat pies before, once with a traditional recipe that included beef, but never a shoofly, sugar cream or buttermilk chess pie, which all sound simply irresistible.

And while vinegar pie doesn't sound very appetizing, and Marlborough pie sounds like a tobacco-based recipe, each and every pie on the list looks heavenly according to the recipes provided.

See 8 Forgotten Pie Recipes We Should Bring Back at mental_floss

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How Much Would it Cost to Live on the Moon?

Forty-five years ago, we thought colonizing the moon was surely in our future. But once the space race was won, the moon was found to be not useful enough to justify the expense. And the expense of getting there was astronomical. Maybe that’s where the word came from. Our dream of living on the moon would be even more expensive.

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This video from Whendover Productions (previously at Neatorama) explains the economics of space colonization. The planned Mars mission looks different when you look at it from the financial side. The Apollo missions also look different. Did we really spend that much money just to beat the Soviets to the moon? -via Digg


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9 Awesome 3D-Printed Animal Prosthetics

3D printing is revolutionizing a lot of industries, but perhaps no other use of the technology is quite as fascinating as its use in medicine. While its applications in human medicine are amazing, we can't help but be enthralled when we see animals getting a new lease on life thanks to a little 3D printing. Here are a few stories of animals who were saved thanks to the new technology.

1. Fred the Tortoise

Fred is a female red-footed tortoise from Sao Paulo who was injured in a forest fire that destroyed most of her shell. Rescuers thought the poor tortoise looked like Freddy Krueger, hence the not-traditionally-feminine name. By taking pictures of her shell from all angles and comparing them to a healthy tortoise, veterinarians were able to create a 3D model of a shell, which they then printed in four individual pieces from a corn-based plastic. It took 3 months all together for the shell to be made into a reality and, unfortunately, Fred came down with pneumonia just after her surgery. Fortunately, she survived the ordeal and artists began to come forward offering to help paint the rescued animal's shell so she looked like a traditional, healthy red-footed tortoise. The team took their time to ensure they could find the right paint that wouldn't damage the shell or present a health risk to poor Fred.

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Eventually, Fred will need a new shell, but for now, she's cruising in style and couldn't be happier with her new mobile home.

2. AKUT-3 the Sea Turtle

In 2015, a loggerhead sea turtle, scientifically named AKUT-3, was found in Turkey with a damaged jaw that left it unable to eat on its own in the wild. He was quickly taken in by the Sea Turtle Research, Rescue and Rehabilitation Center at Pamukkale University and the director of the center immediately recognized that 3D printing might be the turtle's best hope. The center then partnered with BTech Innovation and used CT scans to create a 3D model of the turtle's damaged jaws, which allowed for a custom-fitted implant made from 3D printed titanium.

3. Beauty the Bald Eagle

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How to Win an Election

You can’t lose when you 1. think outside of the box, and 2. tell the people what they want to hear, even if it’s something they haven’t thought of before. That may even work on your opponent! This is the latest from Raynato Castro and Alex Culang at Buttersafe.


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The Town of The Dead

In 1900, the city of San Francisco decided not to bury any more dead people in the city limits. In 1914, they decided to move the existing cemeteries, which meant digging up thousands of remains. All San Francisco residents were to be buried instead in Colma, a small community south of the city.

Today, Colma is home to 1,800 living residents and 1.5 million dead including some of America’s most famous personalities such as the denim trouser pioneer, Levi Strauss, newspaper tycoon William Randolph Hearst, and business tycoon Amadeo Giannini, the founder of Bank of America.

The large number of under-the-ground population have earned the town the somber moniker “the City of the Silent”. Colma’s residents, however, take their situation with humor. The town’s official slogan is “It’s great to be alive in Colma.”

Read about Colma, the small town that grew into the funeral business, and see lots of pictures, at Amusing Planet.

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Bread

It’s a big, scary world out there. Leaving the soft, warm cocoon of family can make one turn hard. Is this an apt analogy, or just plain silliness from Lunarbaboon?


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Flushing Mercury Down the Toilet

Mercury is a dense metal, but it’s also liquid, which makes it a rather odd substance to play experiment with. The same volume of mercury is 13 times heavier than water. Mad scientist CodyDon Reeder wondered if you could flush mercury down a toilet. No, not your toilet, because it’s dangerous to put mercury in the sewer system. But a working toilet with a closed water system? Let’s see.

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He also wondered how much mercury it would take to stop up a toilet, and then what would it be like to flush a toilet with mercury and no water! A toilet tank of mercury weighs about 240 pounds, so that in itself presented challenges, but Cody managed to do it. This is way more interesting than you might think. YouTube commenters say he should be nominated for an Ig Nobel next year. -via Metafilter


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