10 Things You Didn’t Know about Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory

While the 2005 movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory was more faithful to Roald Dahl's book of the same name, it is the 1971 film Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory that people recall fondly. The story is the same, but Gene Wilder gave the Wonka character charm and affection not found in Dahl's version. If Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was a part of your childhood, you'll want to learn more about the production.

7. The actor playing Grandpa George was nearly blind.

The actor had lost much of his sight thanks to an exposure to poison gas in World War I, so he was instructed to look for a red dot that would indicate where he was supposed to look when speaking.

6. The chocolate river was made from water, chocolate, and cream.

There was 150,000 gallons of this concoction used and by the end of the film it was starting to smell terrible because the cream had spoiled.

Read the rest of the trivia list about Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory at TVOM.


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Things People Should, But Don't, Tell You About Having Kids

People giving parenting tips often come across as guilt-tripping, with the subtext being "You're doing it wrong." Reading this list, it occurs to me that encouragement, reassurance, and advice is much better given when people simply talk about their own experiences instead of telling you what you should do. We're all just doing the best we know how as we go along. Buzzfeed complied a list of reader-submitted observations about raising children and how it changes you (or most people, because there are always exceptions). They are spot-on yet hard to properly convey to someone who hasn't specifically asked about it.

1. That as your children grow, you'll miss the person they were.

"Where is that 3-year-old who crawled onto my lap to read books and covered the driveway with chalk art? Where is the 10-year-old who quietly drew for hours every night? Where is the goofy 14-year-old who told me hilarious stories about his day, every day? They're gone, forever." —Jessica Margolin

3. That for the most part, raising a child simply involves a lot of really boring tasks.

"Those moments of exhilaration or despair are real, but few and far between. There's no such thing as 'quality time', only 'quantity time' in which those extraordinary moments sometimes occur. I don't care about anyone who would 'take a bullet for their children' because we would all do that. What I care a lot about are the parents who simply show up every day. And the next day. And the next. Tying shoelaces, singing the f[*****]g 'Little Green Frog' song 50 times, keeping a running mental account of food intake to decide if the next meal should be heavy on the protein or fats or fiber, and smiling when their kids walk in the room even when they would kill for five minutes alone. Yep, these are the people who deserve an award for perseverance." —Imogen Moore

As to #1, the only thing you can do is to appreciate the new person your child continually becomes. And believe it or not, you'll eventually miss #3 ...a little. There are 24 of these observations in a list at Buzzfeed.

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Climbable Christmas Tree

Jayne, the proprietor of the Etsy shop likekittysville sells cat accessories like beds you can hang on a wall. She also was kind enough to post the instructions for making the marvelous climbable Christmas tree she designed a few years ago that will bring your cats joy for many holidays to come. Jayne talked about how the idea came about:

“For years I’ve missed using my vintage aluminum Christmas tree, but don’t miss the kitty havoc that was decimating the tree and its vintage ornaments. I wanted a tree that’s not just cat-proof but cat-inviting. This tree has a Jetsons space-age look but is quite practical. It can be climbed but not knocked over. It can hold gifts, which saves floor space. The ornaments are cheap and easily replaced.”

It's six feet tall, and folds flat for storage until next Christmas. -via a comment at Fark

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The First Detective

The following is an article from the book Uncle John's Canoramic Bathroom Reader.

Sherlock Holmes, Jean Valjean, and the FBI can all trace their roots back to one Frenchman who turned a life of crime into a life of fighting crime.

SPLIT PERSONALITY

In 1809 a 34-year-old petty criminal named Eugène François Vidocq (pronounced vee-DOCK) was doing yet another stint in a French prison, this time for forgery. In and out of jail since he was a teenager, there were basically two Eugène Vidocqs: One was a hard-drinking brawler and womanizer who was quick to challenge any man to a duel. The other was a charismatic family man who had a knack for gaining people’s trust…so he could scam them. It was that persona that Vidocq used in prison to win the confidence of some of Paris’s most notorious criminals. And then he ratted out their plans to the city’s police chief, Jean Henry.

Why did the crook suddenly turn informant? For one, Vidocq was facing a long prison term and possibly the guillotine. But he was also growing tired of living life as a fugitive. He’d tried to go legit before, and this time he wanted it to stick. So after he proved his worth to Henry, in 1811 the chief arranged for Vidocq to “escape” prison, something he’d done for real many times before. After that, Vidocq became an undercover spy, working the streets of Paris. He burrowed into the city’s criminal underworld, often in disguise, and brought back what he learned to Chief Henry. The information he obtained put dozens of his former accomplices in prison …and sent more than a few to the guillotine. And he was just getting started.

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Evil Queen & Maleficent - A Pair Of Dark Dames


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Maleficent and the Evil Queen are two of the most wicked women who ever existed, but that doesn't mean they're unfamiliar with the concept of friendship. But it takes a special kind of evil person to crack through their hard shell and get at the real woman beneath the surface, and yet when those two witchy women met for the first time they instantly became BFFs- best fiends forever!

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Sweden's Recycling Program Is Doing So Well They've Run Out Of Trash

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One of the initial goals of all recycling programs is the minimization of waste entering the landfills, because if you remove all recyclable materials from the trash you've got a whole lot less mess to deal with.

Most recycling programs have changed the waste management game quite a bit, reducing the amount of trash that ends up in landfills by 50 percent or more and giving us an abundant supply of recycled materials such as paper pulp, aluminum and glass.

But Sweden, never to be outdone, has made their recycling programs so efficient the country is actually running out of rubbish, so they've begun importing trash from other EU countries to keep their recycling plants going:

Over time, Sweden has implemented a cohesive national recycling policy so that even though private companies undertake most of the business of importing and burning waste, the energy goes into a national heating network to heat homes through the freezing Swedish winter. “That’s a key reason that we have this district network, so we can make use of the heating from the waste plants. In the southern part of Europe they don’t make use of the heating from the waste, it just goes out the chimney. Here we use it as a substitute for fossil fuel,” Ms Gripwell says.

Ms Gripwall says the aim in Sweden is still to stop people sending waste to recycling in the first place. A national campaign called the “Miljönär-vänlig” movement has for several years promoted the notion that there is much to be gained through repairing, sharing and reusing. 

She describes Sweden’s policy of importing waste to recycle from other countries as a temporary situation. “There’s a ban on landfill in EU countries, so instead of paying the fine they send it to us as a service. They should and will build their own plants, to reduce their own waste, as we are working hard to do in Sweden,” Ms Gripwall says.

“Hopefully there will be less waste and the waste that has to go to incineration should be incinerated in each country. But to use recycling for heating you have to have district heating or cooling systems, so you have to build the infrastructure for that, and that takes time,” she adds.

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Slippery Stairs

In case you just can't wait for the Winter Games because you love watching people slip and fall, here's a Japanese game show that will fill that desire. Slippery Stairs takes the agony of maneuvering a world covered with ice and puts it relatively safely on TV. Contestants must climb a series of stairs that are not only lubricated, but slightly angled. At least they are wearing helmets.

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The competition starts out looking like a normal, albeit slow, race, but quickly escalates into a human demolition derby. At about three minutes in, it begins to resemble bowling, with these guys as the pins. See, it doesn't matter that you're ahead of the pack when one false move can send you back to the beginning. The best you can do when that happens is to take everyone else with you. And even if you make it to the top, you will still look ridiculous doing it. -via reddit


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New York's Holiday Nostalgia Trains

Every year, New York City takes some restored antique trains out of the transit museum and puts them into service for a look back at the history of the Metro. This year, eight vintage trains will be running on Sundays from November 26 to December 24, for the same price as regular subway rides. These subway cars were built in the 1930s through the '70s, and have been restored complete with ceiling fans, vintage maps, and advertisements from back in the day. Subway riders get into the spirit and show up in period clothing, and often are willing to pose for pictures with the trains and riders.

Ben Gilbert took a ride on several Holiday Nostalgia Trains and brings us plenty of images, just in case you can't get to New York City for the holidays. -via Metafilter

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The Bell Ringers Of Valencia

The Micalet refers to a 51-meter tall octagonal tower in Valencia, Spain, with 207 steps to the top. Is it worth the walk? The view from up there is spectacular, and there are bells.

Time your trip to coincide with the top of the hour. The name “Micalet” actually refers not to the tower itself, but to the giant bell suspended atop it. When Little Michael strikes the hour, the ringing can be heard all around the old town… and should you be standing directly underneath, it’s deafening. While atop the tower, our favorite pastime is to pick out the people who clearly aren’t expecting it, and then watch them jump in terror at the sudden thunder-strike.

Better yet, try to time your visit for a holiday, when the bells peal out more elaborate tunes. Mike Powell and Jürgen Horn were there for All Saints Day and were invited to stay at the top of the tower and watch the bell ringers perform.

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This 89-Year-Old Japanese Grandmother Is Changing The Selfie Game

Most selfies are so same-same-same they're lame, and on the other end of the spectrum you've got one too many "artists" going crazy with self portraiture in the studio, creating selfies so avant garde they're boringly artsy.

What the world needs now are more self portrait artists like 89-year-old photographer Kimiko Nishimoto, artists who come up with creative and memorable self portraits that stick in the viewer's mind and make a lasting impression.

Kimiko has been shooting her own unique and endearing brand of self portraits for the last 17 years, taking up photography at 72 after attending a beginner's course taught by her son.

Ten years later she had her first solo exhibition at a local museum in her hometown of Kumamoto, and now her latest exhibition "Asobokane" (Let's Play) will be showing at Tokyo's Epson epsite imaging gallery from December 15th, 2017 to January 18, 2018. Cheers Kimiko!

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The Weird Foxes

Colin J. Carlson‏ is a biologist, but he's not an expert on foxes. Still, he decided to make a list of foxes and rate them with letter grades for their "weirdness" in a Twitter thread. As you go through it, you'll see that the grades are quite arbitrary, but the description of each fox is delightful, and so are the pictures. Shown above is a Blandford's fox, which has a tail that doesn't quit. Carlson posted about all the foxes he could think of, and then people started suggesting others. He was kind enough to continue the project to include them.

See all the weird fox species at Thread Reader or in the original Twitter thread with all the replies. -via Metafilter

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People Share The Worst Moves They've Pulled In Relationships

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The Persuaders taught us "it's a thin line between love and hate" and they were so, so right, because no matter how much we love a person we can turn around and be a real jerk to them at the drop of a hat.

Perhaps it's passion that drives us to do our lovers wrong, or maybe it's because the wounds inflicted by our partners are deep and never seem to heal, since we let our guard down and invited them into our hearts.

Wife moved out on my birthday and in with her boyfriend...3 years later I was a collector for a bank and found out that they both were hiding their cars so they would not be repossessed. I worked with their lender to have both of their cars repo'ed at the same time in two different cities. Yes, I hold grudges for a while....

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For whatever reason lovers always have and always will pull the worst dick moves on each other, moves which feel right in the heat of the moment but may make us deeply regret our actions later. Then again, if they cheated on you without remorse they probably had it coming!

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Meet Doug Jones, One Of The Biggest Movie Stars You’ve Probably Never Seen

Doug Jones has been in around 150 movies in the past 30 years, but you wouldn't recognize him if you saw him on the street. That's because he's almost always buried under a layer of latex and prosthetics as an alien, a monster, or a ghost. Jones is 6' 3" and weighs only 140 pounds, and he's the go-to guy for inhuman roles because he knows what he's doing.  

Jones is in high demand thanks to a distinctly idiosyncratic set of skills. "A creature performer needs to be a very odd combination of marathon runner and a mime, who can express himself through layers and layers of latex and acrylic and silicon," said del Toro, who has worked with Jones on six of his feature films. "It's a very, very rare discipline … [and] there are very, very few that are actual actors, in my opinion, that go beyond being able to work in a suit or under makeup. Doug is a proper actor. When you need that level of finesse, Doug is the only one I've met that I trust with that level of commitment and craftsmanship and artistry."

In person, Jones is voluble and friendly company, but he's not all that keen on preening over his one-of-a-kind professional success. "I'm hired because I'm a tall, skinny guy — with other talents, I hope," he said. "But the creature effects guys love to start with a skinny, long palette, because they can build on it and not make it too bulky." He shrugged off any suggestion that he's cracked the code for enduring multiple hours of makeup application each day — "I sit there, basically, or I stand there" — and he chalks up maintaining his strikingly lean physique to a "very boring" exercise routine of elliptical machines and light dumbbell lifting, and "the metabolism of a 16-year-old."

Jones' latest role is that of Saru on Star Trek: Discovery. Read about Jones and his unique career at Buzzfeed. You'll be surprised to find how many times you've already enjoyed his work. 

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Ozzy Osbourne's 'Fail-Safe' Hangover Cure

Most people who claim to have the perfect hangover cure will tell you some old wives' tale about an odd combination of foods, some herbs you're supposed to eat or a drink concoction made with raw eggs that is "guaranteed" to cure a hangover.

But when veteran rock 'n' roll madman Ozzy Osbourne tells you he's got a cure for a hangover you'd better pull out your pad and pen and take notes- because his cure is sure to be a doozy and work like a charm.

You can't hit the bottle as hard or as long as Ozzy without picking up a trick or two for coping with the pain of the day after, but if you're looking for a booze-free hangover cure you'd better keep on looking:

Let’s start with the disclaimer that used to accompany “Dr.” Ozzy Osbourne’s advice column in the Times:

Warning: Ozzy Osbourne is not a qualified medical professional. Caution is advised

Rod from Canterbury wrote in to ask what kind of booze produced the least painful hangover. Dr. Ozzy told Rod drinking was drinking, “and after the third glass, any rule you’ve made for yourself is gonna go straight out of the window,” so the real question is what to do the day after:

Over the years, I developed a fail-safe cure. Basically, I’d mix four tablespoons of brandy with four tablespoons of port, throw in some milk, a few egg yolks, and — if I was in a festive mood — some nutmeg. The second I woke, I’d mix it up and down it. The way it works is very clever: it gets you instantly blasted again, so you don’t feel a thing. The only drawback is that, unless you keep drinking, the hangover that eventually catches up with you is about a thousand times worse than it would have otherwise been.

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EA's Star Wars: Battlefront II

Really, what did you expect? We knew Star Wars was made for the merchandizing industry when they designed the Ewoks specifically for the Christmas toy market. Selling out to Disney should have been another clue. But the furor over the video game Battlefront II has the internet up in arms… well, a large portion of it, since there's a big overlap between gamers and Star Wars fans. This is the latest comic from Jeff Lovfers at Don't Hit Save. Thanks, Jeff, for the most concise explanation of the controversy I've seen yet -otherwise, thinking of how to explain it to non-gamers was giving me a headache.


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Spider Rangers - Marvel At This Amazing Mashup!


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Even superheroes like Spidey have heroes, and as much as he doesn't like to admit it to his fellow super folks Spidey has always secretly dreamed of being a Power Ranger. So when it came time to attend a costume party at Tony Stark's place he knew exactly who he was going to be- the Red Ranger. It took a little more convincing to get Spider Woman and the others to dress up with him, but once they slipped those Power Ranger costumes on and saw that they fit like a glove they changed their minds about go go-ing as Spidey's favorite sci-fi heroes- and the Amazing Wall-Crawlin' Spider Rangers were born!

Superheroic universes collide on this Spider Rangers (Lighter Shirts) t-shirt by Prime Premne, featuring an amazing design that will make your fellow fans salute you wherever you go!

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The Twisting History of Blood on Film

Movies draw us in because they can show us what we don't see in real life, or make what we'd rather not see in real life okay to watch. Blood has been a big part of moviemaking since filmmaker found ways to chip around the Hays Code, beginning with the violence World War II.

Fittingly, it was Alfred Hitchcock—a British director who delighted in scandalizing prudish Americans—who would deal the Code its most crushing blow. In 1960, Hitchcock released Psycho, which smashed cinematic taboos by showing a man and woman in bed together, taking viewers into a bathroom, and depicting cross-dressing. There was also some serious blood. In the now-canonical shower scene, which required 78 setups, 52 cuts, and a week of filming to pull off, blood is shown swirling down the drain. Part of the reason Hitchcock chose to shoot Psycho not in color but black and white—which was, in 1960, still thought of as the more artistic and realistic medium—was because he didn’t think audiences could handle the bloodshed of the scene in color. Although Hitchcock used chocolate syrup, some audience members reportedly swore that the substance had been red—such was the power and novelty of the filmmaking, and the rarity of seeing blood actually flow on screen.

Since then, blood has been used to shock audiences in every way possible. Read about those methods, what they used for blood, and how it affected audiences at Topic. -via Digg


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Stray Cats Captured in Martial Arts Poses by Hiroyuki Hisakata

Photographer Hiroyuki Hisakata captures images of cats showing off their best ninja moves. They aren't even his cats, so how does he get them to model for him? Hisakata takes the time to make friends with colonies of stray cats away from threatening crowds.

Although he’s based in Kyushu, Hisakata keeps his locations top secret. He often shoots in the evening, and with his bag full of toys, plays with the cats while shooting them with his camera. The results are humorous and playful, and have been compiled into two different photobooks: one featuring adult cats and the other featuring kittens.

Get a cat (or two or a hundred) to trust you, and they'll let you have fun with them. See a collection of Hisakata's ninja cats at Spoon & Tamago, and follow him on Twitter for more.  -via Swiss Miss

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Emergence – How Stupid Things Become Smart Together

A bunch of stupid things get together and do smart things. This seems impossible, but you are familiar with the phrase "the whole is more than the sum of its parts." An ant is only a bug, but a bunch of ants together build towers and colonies. Your brain is made up of cells that don't have much value alone, but together they make a brain that can think. 

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A video from Kurzgesagt looks at how many systems work this way. It's a bit mind blowing, thinking about how atoms, cells, ant colonies, and human societies all display emergence -they are complicated systems made up of simple parts. -via Kottke


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Strange and Curious Wills of the Georgian Era in the Canterbury Court

People who make our their wills are often advised to leave at least a token inheritance to every relative, even if they hate them. Otherwise, an unmentioned relative may contest the will on the grounds that their named simply slipped the writer's mind. Some folks go much further, and leave behind an explanation of why the bequest is so small, in quite colorful prose, as a final and lasting insult. Check out some wills that were probated by the Canterbury court in the 18th century.

JOSEPH DALBY – Doctor of Physic of the Parish of St. Marylebone in Middlesex – 27 July 1784
“I give to my daughter, Ann Spencer, a guinea for a ring, or any other bauble she may like better, I give to the lout her husband one penny to buy him a lark-whistle, I also give to her said husband of redoubtable memory, my f—t-hole for a covering to his lark-whistle, to prevent the abrasion of his lips, and this legacy I give him as mark of my approbation of his prowess and nice honour, in drawing his sword on me at my own table, naked and unarmed as I was, and he well fortified with custard.”

PHILIP THICKNESSE – Of London and then of Boulogne, France – 24 January 1793
“I leave my right hand, to be cut off after my death, to my son, Lord Audley, and I desire it may be sent to him, in hopes that a such a sight may remind him of his duty to God, after having so long abandoned the duty he owed to a father, who affectionately loved him.”

Read a bunch more of these weird and snarky wills at Geri Walton's blog. -via Strange Company

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C-3PO and the Forest of Doom

This weird LEGO stop-motion video portrays the Ewoks sacrificing C-3PO in a religious ceremony. Looks like they figured out he wasn't a god after all. But it's not Return of the Jedi, it's actually that horrifying scene from Indiana Jones and the Temple Doom, with original audio. Altogether, this is pretty creepy.  

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What's the point? You'll see that this story explains one of those things that happened between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens. Because there is no detail in the Star Wars universe too small to be examined and made into a fan film. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Thomas Lenk Is Back And Just As Fabulously Fashiony As Ever

Celebrities aren't always trendsetters or fashionable at all, but when they are fashiony the way they wear those clothes that are different than regular people clothes makes them look extra cool in their cool clothes.

That's why celebrity outfit recreations are all the rage among clothes-wearing people who used to be famous, want to pretend they're famous, or simply want to stun when they enter a room.

And speaking of stunning and used to be famous here's Tommy Lenk, a guy who used to be on Buffy The Vampire Slayer and is obsessed with the recreation of celebrity outfits but isn't willing to actually buy new clothes.

Tom stares at pictures of fashiony celebrities and models in clothes for a long time before he decides whether their outfit passes his rigorous screening process, and once it's approved he recreates it with gusto.

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Furious Flurry Follows Ferry McFerryface

The people of New South Wales, Australia, are the latest to learn the lesson of internet naming polls. Six new ferries for Sydney Harbor were offered to the public for naming last year. Three boats were named after prominent Australians: three doctors and two Aboriginal leaders. Then there was Ferry McFerryface, announced last Tuesday.  

“Ferry McFerryface will be the harbour’s newest icon,” the state’s transport minister, Andrew Constance, said in a statement. “I hope it brings a smile to the faces of visitors and locals alike.”

So far, though, many people are not smiling. Enemies of Ferry McFerryface include the people who are supposed to work on it. A spokesman for the Maritime Union of Australia described the name as “an insult to the integrity and heritage of Sydney Ferries,” and suggested that crew members would refuse to engage with it.

“Give it a proper name and we’ll work it,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “Give it a stupid name and it can stay at the shipyard.”

Government officials, the press, some of the public, and the guy who was told the boat would be named after him are all upset. How many times does this have to happen before everyone knows what an internet naming poll will do? Read more about the controversy at Atlas Obscura.

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It's Astronaut Vs. Sentient Melon In Black Holes

The life of an astronaut ain't all rocketships and moonbeams ya know, they see things out in the cosmos that would make most people run home crying to their mommy, strange things, scary things, super icky things.

If you don't believe me ask Astronaut Dan about it and he'll tell you all about what life is like when you live in a space suit and are stuck doing space stuff all the time. Oh, and Dan will also tell you why you should never trust a genetically modified melon... (NSFW)

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Black Holes is a hilarious and super stylish animated short by Meat Dept. and Noodles Studio which they're hoping to turn into a full fledged animated series...umm, yes please!


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The True Story Behind Plymouth Rock

American children all learn the story of the Pilgrims, who landed at Plymouth Rock in what is now Massachusetts in 1620. The colony of English immigrants faced a terrible first winter, but a bountiful harvest the next summer. The reason we are more familiar with this colony than the dozens of others who went through the same thing is that we still celebrate that bountiful harvest in our Thanksgiving holiday. But what do we know about Plymouth Rock itself? It must be a huge boulder, to have a place named after it. Or not.

In fact, the rock went unidentified for 121 years. It wasn’t until 1741, when a wharf was to be built over it, that 94-year-old Thomas Faunce, a town record keeper and the son of a pilgrim who arrived in Plymouth in 1623, reported the rock’s significance. Ever since, Plymouth Rock has been an object of reverence, as a symbol of the founding of a new nation.

So what happened to Plymouth Rock? It was used for political purposes, and was broken in pieces several times. Read the saga of that rock at Smithsonian.

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Don't Deal With The Clown! - Cup It, Mug It, Shoot IT Down Fast!


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Getting through the holidays in one piece can feel like a miracle, and all the mall madness, family freak outs and gift buying garbage we go through can even make a cup is half full kinda fellow feel like he's running on empty. But just because the holidays are hectic and they test our sanity at every turn doesn't mean you should go and do something stupid like make a deal with a sewer clown, because if you think the holidays are hell imagine what that old stinky chucklehead will put you through when he comes to collect!

Do IT up right this holiday season with this red hot Don't Deal With The Clown! t-shirt by Angdzu, it's two great tastes that taste great together!

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These Dungeons & Dragons Memes Are Sure To Be A Critical Hit With Your Gaming Group

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Dungeons & Dragons sessions tend to be pretty lighthearted affairs, and even when the stakes are high and the pressure is on to roll that critical hit (or at least refrain from rolling a critical fail) players are still happy to be gaming.

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Which is why memes and D&D go together like Hot Pockets and Mountain Dew, and RPG memes help us keep the torch fires burning until we next descend into the dungeon depths in pursuit of glory and XP.

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See 10 D&D Memes That Are Critically Funny here


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The Secret Protocol for When the Queen Dies

We don't like to speculate on someone's future death, especially someone who isn't even sick, but Queen Elizabeth II is 91 years old. The British monarchy is mostly ceremonial these days, yet Elizabeth's subjects take it very seriously -or at least the ones in the UK do. There is a set procedure in place to handle getting out the news when the time comes, to be followed by a funeral and the coronation of Prince Charles.   

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A monarch's death sets up a whole slew of changes we hadn't thought of, like reprinting all the money to reflect a new monarch's face. What? American cash, for all its drawbacks, never goes out of style because everyone on the bills is already dead. -via Mental Floss


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Money Can't Buy Everything

I have a feeling this guy is a bit fuzzy on the concept of money, or else that cluelessness is covering up the beginnings of a lifetime of crime. Maybe subconsciously, he is alluding to Maslow's hierarchy of needs, because the best things in life (time with loved ones) really can't be enjoyed until you have that other stuff (food, shelter) covered. This is the latest from Alex Culang and Raynato Castro at Buttersafe


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Flamin' Hot Cheetos Turkey

On the off chance that you are looking for something different to do to your Thanksgiving turkey, we've found a completely millennial way to spice it up. Reynolds Kitchen brings us several ways to combine Thanksgiving dinner with your favorite junk food- and turn your turkey Technicolor! While the aluminum foil company did not mention brand-name ingredients, we can figure out what they mean. They have recipes that call for coating your turkey in "hot puffed cheese sticks" (Flamin' Hot Cheetos), "ranch-flavored corn chips" (Doritos), and "onion-flavored rings" (Funyuns). This is the perfect way to feed your circle of friends and declare independence from family and tradition. It should cure the munchies, too. Get all three recipes here. -via Cracked

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We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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