The Greatest Film Rating Ever

Why is the 1989 monster flick Godzilla vs. Biollante rated PG? It's not for foul language or frightening situations, but "Traditional Godzilla Violence." Besides being a great band name, Traditional Godzilla Violence should be the aspiration of every work of fiction.

That film, by the way, pits Godzilla against a huge mutant rosebush--a story as old as time itself.

-via Jeff Treppel

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Last Week, A Sea of Fog Completely Filled the Grand Canyon

Last Thursday, visitors to the Grand Canyon in Arizona witnessed a spectacular event: the enormous valley filled up completely with fog. Natasha Greiling of Smithsonian explains that this event is known as a "total cloud inversion." That's when cold air becomes trapped in the bottom of the canyon beneath a heavy layer of warm air. This occurs once every few years at the Grand Canyon during unusual conditions.

Fortunately, the National Park Service staff who work at the canyon were ready. They took some amazing photos, as well as a time-lapse video of the event, which you can see below. It looks like the canyon is filling up from the bottom. 

-via Ace of Spades HQ

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Potato Nativity

(Photo: Sally Williamson)

Craig and Sally Williamson of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, UK, grow potatoes on their farm. To promote their goods, they put up this chrèche in their farm shop. The little spud looks comfortable in his manger. If he's hungry, maybe the sheep in the scene can be put to good use.

-via Jonah Goldberg

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TV Station Reports Prison Break, Shows Picture of John Wayne

(Image: WDKY Fox 56)

John Wayne, also known as Michael Fleet, escaped from a prison in Kentucky last week. Or that's the impression you would get by this graphic shown by WDKY Fox 56, a television station in Lexington, Kentucky. It displayed mugshots of the two escaped prisoners. One of them showed the late actor John Wayne as Rooster Cogburn, a character that he played in two western films: True Grit and Rooster Cogburn.

The news broadcasters later explained that the graphic shows the image of John Wayne as a default setting. They neglected to upload a photo of escaped prisoner Michael Fleet before displaying it on live TV.

-via Dave Barry

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An Ice-Covered Lighthouse on Lake Michigan

It's shaping up to be a chilly winter in the American Midwest. Tom Gill, a photographer, can see and feel that with certaintly. He takes photos of the natural environment around Lake Michigan. Recently, he snapped pictures of a lighthouse in St. Joseph, Michigan. The 35-foot tower and the catwalk leading to it were covered with thick layers of ice. It's a beautiful sight. You can see more of his photos of the lighthouse here, here, and here.

-via Huffington Post

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The Catwalk

Come here, kitty. British street artist JPS shows this cat's graceful balance on a wall in Barcelona, Spain. Can you walk the chain as confidently?

-via Street Art Utopia

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Rainbow Cat

Twitter user @smellyghostgirl writes, “my stepdad makes sundials that make a rainbow go thru ur house when the sun hits it and.”* Rainbow Cat brings a technicolor grumpiness to everyone he meets. Rainbow Cat, tell us the secret of eternal grumpiness.

-via Colossal

*She might mean suncatchers instead of sundials.

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Maternity Corset

Heaven forbid that a woman would neglect her figure just because she’s pregnant! This maternity corset ad was featured in Ladies Home Journal in 1905. “This waist holds the figure at all times in proper position, bringing physical and mental comfort. It is a boon to the expectant mother.” The main feature appears to be that the steel stays are removable. Another reason to be thankful you live in 2014. From Weird Vintage.

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A Rainbow of Carrot Colors

(Photo: Stephen Ausmus/US Department of Agriculture)

Carrots are not naturally orange. We see orange carrots often simply because some varieties have been bred that way.

In 2004, the Agricultural Research Service, a division of the US Department of Agriculture, created this image to encourage people to eat more carrots. The premise of the marketing ploy is that people will be more interested in carrots if they're visually appealing. An orange carrot may escape your attention, but a purple one won't!

-via Twisted Sifter

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Mind-Bending Optical Illusion Tattoo

Paul O'Rourke of Allstar Ink in Limerick, Ireland made this amazing tat. If you ever meet the man who owns this ink, resist the temptation to try to reach through his arm in the hole that O'Rourke installed. Despite all appearances, it's not a radical new type of body piercing.

-via io9

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The Tombstone of a Dedicated Scrabble Player

Paul G. Lind of Portland, Oregon loved to play Scrabble. When he passed away, his friends and family erected this custom tombstone that shows in Scrabble form what they remembered most about him. Lind now rests beneath this monument at the Lone Fir Cemetery in southeastern Portland. A year ago, after vandals defaced the tombstone, local Scrabble players held a tournament to raise money for its restoration.

It's an unusual tombstone, but one of only several in that cemetery. A 2009 article in the Portland Tribune describes others:

At Lone Fir, an artist is buried underground in a paint can.

And a bartender has a large concrete urn beside his grave from which he and friends used to drink, until he died in 1883.

And a man's laser-etched granite headstone depicts a drag racing funny car and the words, 'Gone home to horsepower heaven.'

-via TYWKIWDBI | Photo: The Stone Saver

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Long Neck Beer

Redditor Chillypow shows what happens when you leave a bottle of beer in the freezer. This was inevitable because beer wants to be free. It’s not happy staying cooped up in a bottle. It wants you.

Other redditors offer more science-y explanations, but I’m sticking with my hypothesis.


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This Tree Looks Like a Dragon's Head

Here be dragons!

Or rather, on the south side of Rabat, Morocco, there's a dragon growing out of the ground. Redditor seiteta snapped this photo of a tree that is growing just the right way to inspire a fantasy novel.

-via Geek Tyrant

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Old Tractor Turned into a Kitchen Bar

It's unfortunate that I can't find the craftsman responsible because I'd like to congratulate him/her on such an outstanding job. The hood of an old Massey Ferguson tractor is now a kitchen table that combines both cosmopolitan and rustic ambiances.

-via Recyclart

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Square Roots

(Photo: question_ev3rything)

Redditor question_ev3rything spotted this amazing tree root formation in Guangzhou, China. The persistent tree has pushed its away into the orderly, grid-lined human world.

A very patient artist could use this phenomenon to grow some impressive works of art.

-via Twisted Sifter

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29 Web Ads Ruined by Extremely Unfortunate Placement

Do you trust a computer program to determine where your ad goes online in order to maximize its visability?

Well, considering how many companies have human-generated public relations disasters, maybe it's not a bad idea. Still, sometimes ad placements go over poorly. 22 Words has screenshots of 29 web ad placement failures.

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We Can’t Spell Success

Maybe the cake decorator should have stopped after “We can’t spell s-cces” or even after “We can’t spell.” The misspelling draws attention away from the unnecessary quote marks (the beginning quote is hard to see). And how they made “without” into two words. Honoring someone with a cake is a lovely gesture, and it’s even better when it comes with so many laughs. This picture is from the ever-entertaining Cake Wrecks.

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We're Frying out Here on the Hot Beach!

(Photo: Cameron Spencer)

This is Tamarama Beach in Sydney, Australia, where it must be hot enough to fry an egg on the sand--if you have the right equipment. Andrew Hankin has provided it by building this enormous sculpture that looks like a frying pan lodged in the sand. It's his contribution to the Sculpture by the Sea program. Hankin calls it We're Fryin' Out Here. You can see more photos of sculptures in the exhibit here (warning: auto-start video).

-via Amusing Planet

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Spider Fixes a Leaf

Photographer Bertrand Kulik snapped this fantastic shot. There was a hole in the leaf where the spider built his web. From the right angle, it looks like the spider patched up the hole. You can see a close-up shot here.

-via Colossal

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30 Funny Business Signs

(Photo: jessyfastfinger)

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Alex once told me to change the sign in front of the Neatorama factory. "What should I write?" "Anything is fine."

It was the last time that Alex sent me out to change the sign.

What can you do with a business sign? 22 Words has a roundup of 30 funny signs that businesses put out front to attract or scare away customers.

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What Kind of Latte Does John Q. Pumpkin Drink?

Aram J. French of Mandatory Roller Coaster (previously at Neatorama) may be on to something with his imaginings of what Mr. Pumpkin orders at the coffee shop. Let's hope the baristas are on the top of their game and he doesn't have a long wait. 

-Via Laughing Squid | Image: Mandatory Roller Coaster

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No One Wants to Sit on This Stool

I can't say that I'm fond of this chair by the design firm Kalbut DSGN. It's rather judgmental of anyone who sits on it.

Of course, if you're big enough, you can sit on it and no one will be able to read the scale.

-via Recyclart

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Calling Cards for Tall People

(Photo: austinmonster)

Would you like to be a polite, thoughtful person? Then comment on the personal appearances of complete strangers. That's what you need to do.

And if you mention that someone you don't know is tall, hopefully s/he will hand you this card that will deliver a verbal rather than physical smacking.

-via Pleated Jeans

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X-Men have Vanity Plates

Now we know where Professor X is from, and what sweet ride he has! Redditor funboixero spotted this car in Houston. He saw the driver exit the parking lot in a wheelchair, but hasn’t yet mentioned whether he was bald, which is what everyone wants to know. You can get a closer look at imgur.

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Photos of the Largest Ship Ever Built, Now Under Construction

When it is completed, the first ship in Maersk Triple E series will be the largest ever built in human history. Photographer Alastair Philip Wiper got the chance to crawl around it for a few hours while the hulk, still under construction, passed through Copenhagen last year. You can see his photo set of this amazing machine here.

The Maersk shipping line plans to build 20 of these marvels, each of which is 59 meters wide and can carry 18,000 shipping containers. When the first one is complete, it will have a crew of 15 who can enjoy on board amenities, including a swimming pool and a movie theater. This ship is the pride of Opko, South Korea, where its construction now take place.

-via Ka-ching!

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Dad and Daughters

This hits so close to home, I don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Don’t let my husband see it; he has six daughters (and one son) between the ages of 16 and 25. Still, it’s not necessarily a modern concept. Teenagers have been ignoring their parents for generations, so it doesn’t really require social media. Just wait until their car breaks down or they need their pilot light adjusted- then they’ll find time to talk to Dad! I don’t know who originally did this comic, but I’ve seen it in at least five languages. -via reddit

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Liz Climo on Halloween 2014

Web comic artist Liz Climo's delightful take on life (previously at Neatorama) features her adorable animal characters cleverly expressing themselves. Climo, an animator for The Simpsons, has a popular Tumblr site. Climo described in an interview how she draws inspiration from her work on The Simpsons:

I actually get a lot of ideas for my comics from my job at The Simpsons, but not in the way some might think. I work with a lot of funny, interesting people, and my interactions with them on a daily basis give me a lot of ideas. Also, I grew up watching the show, so the humor, especially in the early seasons, really helped shape my sense of what I find funny."

In the panels shown here, Climo celebrates Halloween via her characters, which, though animals, are remarkably relatable. 

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This Giant Macaron Is a Sumo Wrestling Prize

Can you drive your opponent to the ground? Then, obviously, you should bear this giant green macaron as a trophy. Rocket News 24 reports that this giant cookie was a prize at the Sumo Senshuraku championship. The famous French pastry chef Pierre Hermé made it for the tournament.

Photo: @sumokyokai

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Hiker Stumbles Upon an Abyss in Portugal

Redditor RTWin80weeks was hiking along the beach outside of Lagos, Portugal when he came upon this amazing rock formation. It's a hole that goes deep into the earth--farther than he could see.

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Other redditors claim to have been there. Ski6666 made this video showing the other side, which empties into the ocean. -SSS- thinks that this spot is at Farol Ponta Da Peidade, an area known for its exceptional natural beauty.

-via Twisted Sifter

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Mortado, the Human Fountain

At first glance, this 1930 picture of a freak show act would be something you put down to trickery. But this trickery may give you the willies. Mortado was a body modification practitioner.

Mortado, The Human Fountain was born in Berlin and first exhibited himself there in 1929.  He had holes bored through both his hands and feet, and, when seated in a specially constructed chair, copper tubes were fed through the wounds.   Water flowed through them at a high pressure, making Mortado a “human fountain”.  

When he was not performing, he plugged his wounds with corks to keep them from healing.  He occasionally also performed in biblical Crucifixion reenactments, placing small “blood bags” in his wounds for realism, which his assistant would puncture when he nailed him.  

The picture was taken at Coney Island’s Dreamland Circus.

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