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.
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.
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!
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.
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.'
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Kittens are adorable, but when a kitten that looks different comes along, like Lil Bub or Grumpy Cat, we make stars out of them. And that’s why we have Slittens! Slittens are sloth kittens, or kittens with sloth faces, and there’s a Tumblr blog of them. At first, they’re a little creepy, but once you get used to them, you want one for your very own. -via Boing Boing
It is all well and good that Google cars automatically blur out faces when they drive through neighborhoods and take pics, so as to avoid any legeal trouble. But there is something else their camera and software does. It blurs all faces. This includes the faces they drive by of staues and monuments all across the country. Artist Marion Balac realized how funny this was, and went about collecting some of these pics with the blurred faces of the famous and infamous.
She calls the project "Anonymous Gods" and as you can see, it works on multiple levels. It is funny and thought-provoking, which the best art should always be. It also shows us the absurdity of technology and how its imperfection has taken over our lives.
In his youth, photographer Gray Malin once heard of a Scottish shepherd who dyed the wool of his sheep in order to make them more visible at night and thus less easily stolen. This story rolled around in his head for years until it came into fruition as the "Dream Series."
Malin dyed a flock of sheep bright, vibrant colors. Then he photographed them as they moved around. The results are magical in appearance, as though these animals have become mysterious cryptids passing into our world only temporarily.
First of all, we need to point out, we do not support or condone any one type of religion or another here at Neatorama. What we do is provide the internet with links to the weirdest, funniest, and most interesting stuff we can find on the web. That having been said, have you heard about the Satanic Children's Book of Big Activities?
Well, if you live in Florida, rumor is this may be getting distributed to schools, though it is not quite what you may think it is. The Satanic Temple is a political organization that tests the limits of the First Amendment to show how our government and its supporters favor Christianity to the exclusion of other religions. It is not about Satan in so much as it is about showing that if you are going to allow the teaching of certain religions in schools, the same freedoms should be granted for all religions and not just Christianity. Yes, they do that in an unconventional way, yet here we are talking about, which means it is working.
Some mannequins are even more eerie. This hyperrealistic robot from Japan has a silicone mouth that looks and feels almost like the real thing. It can autonomously turn its head, sneeze, cough, blink, and simulate choking. The robot has speech recognition capability and can hold conversations with dental students.