Conversation With a Cat

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A woman has a little talk with her cat. She’s speaking Japanese and he’s speaking cat. But they have no problem understanding each other. She’s got subtitles; the cat does not. He apparently prefers fish to chicken. And he’s sleepy. -via Tastefully Offensive

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The Evolution of an Accidental Meme

Have you seen this picture, or a variation of the idea, around the internet? It’s been in many places, in many versions. Craig Froehle put together the original in PowerPoint, of all things.

Back in 2012, shortly after the US elections, I had crafted up a graphic to illustrate my point in an argument I was having with a conservative activist. I was trying to clarify why, to me (and, I generalized, to liberals), “equal opportunity” alone wasn’t a satisfactory goal and that we should somehow take into consideration equality of outcomes (i.e., fairness or equity). I thought the easiest example of this concept is kids of different heights trying to see over a fence. So, I grabbed a public photo of Cincinnati’s Great American Ball Park, a stock photo of a crate, clip art of a fence, and then spent a half-hour or so in Powerpoint concocting an image that I then posted on Google+.

In four short years, the idea has been redesigned, redrawn, re-captioned, and used for myriad purposes. It’s been appropriated, critiqued, and has even crossed international borders. Froehle posted a timeline of the many versions he’s seen and the changes that were made. Artist Angus Maguire drew the version at the top. Here’s Froehle’s original.

Here’s a version drawn by Mary at Off She Goes

And here’s one from the Saskatoon Health Region.

For the most part, Froehle is delighted with the spread of his idea, but he has plenty to say about it, with dozen of examples and updates, at Medium. -via Metafilter

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Fun Facts You Don't Know About Stand By Me

Stand By Me is one of those classic movies adults and (slightly older) kids can enjoy watching over and over. But what do you really know about the film? However much you think you know, I'm willing to bet you weren't hip to many of the fun facts in this fun Zimbio article. For example, did you know it's Stephen King's favorite adaptation of any of his works? Or that King actually had a friend of his get hit by a train when he was a kid? It's a fun read that will make you enjoy the film even more.

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Simon’s Cat in Fish Tank

Simon’s Cat proves one again that he’s like every other house cat. He badly wants that fish in the aquarium, but he doesn’t want to get his fur wet.

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Along the way, he discovers that this fish is different -it fights back! Enjoy the latest animation from Simon Tofield. -via Tastefully Offensive

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IKEA Rejects Kanye's Offer To Design Furniture For Them, So The Internet Trolls Kanye Instead

We all knew it was only a matter of time before Kanye came down off his throne and started working with “common” companies, but I for one was expecting the company to be either fashion or music related.

But apparently Kanye was so inspired by a trip to IKEA that he offered his incredible furniture design skills to the company, who quickly declined the offer during an interview on CNBC.

And just to make sure Kanye got the message IKEA Australia rubbed in the burn with this post:

Which is IKEA's way of trolling Kanye over this sleazy scene in his "Famous" music video:

Unsurprisingly Kanye had no response to IKEA's rejection, but the internet community was happy to pitch in and show IKEA how great a collaboration with the almighty Kanye could have been.

They even included a product or two for Kanye's wife Kim K., so she can sit comfortably for the first time in her life.

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Now IKEA execs must be thinking they've made a terrible decision by passing on Kanye's magical design skills, and they'll never now how close they came to capturing the soul of a musical genius.

See IKEA Trolls Kanye West, And Now Everyone Is Trolling Him With Fake Product Designs here

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Deadspin’s Olympics Preview and Picks

The Rio Olympics officially open this evening, although the sporting events begin Saturday. You can see a full schedule of the games here. Who should you watch for? Deadspin has a list of all 306 medal events (in order of popularity) and their predictions as to who will win. The next two weeks will tell if they got all of them -or any of them- right. After winning a world-record 22 medals in two previous Olympics, 18 of them gold, 31-year-old Michael Phelps is scheduled to compete in four events. The fastest man alive, Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt, will defend his record in the 100 meter, 200 meter, and 4x100 relay while nursing an injured hamstring. And 19-year-old American gymnast Simone Biles could win as many as seven medals. The next two weeks will reveal all.  -via the Preserfer

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181st Imperial Tie Fighter Wing Biker - Rebel After Retirement

181st Imperial Tie Fighter Wing Biker by RedBaron

Surviving an intergalactic war is a big deal, especially if you were one of those Tie Fighter pilots Lord Vader kept throwing at the Rebel fleet like spitballs at a hated substitute teacher, so the veterans have naturally teamed up to retire in style. Some formed social clubs so they wouldn't feel so all alone in the universe, and since those who fought against the Empire would have nothing to do with them they naturally started to feel like outcasts. Forced to continue along the dark side of life these Imperial veterans became outlaw bikers and highway stars, causing trouble wherever their speeder bikes took them and becoming rebels in their own way...

Keep your geeky style tough yet totally classic with this 181st Imperial Tie Fighter Wing Biker t-shirt by RedBaron, it's the best way to start your own geeky club and is sure to earn you respect from your fellow bikers.

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What Happens When You Blast A Flamethrower With A Liquid Nitrogen Freeze-Ray?

Don't you love it when internet science channels test theories and conduct experiments which help us answer those burning pop culture questions we've argued about since we were kids?

Well, here's another great vid by TheBackyardScientist offering new evidence for arguments about what would happen if you blasted a flamethrower stream with a liquid nitrogen "freeze-ray".

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If you've ever played the Superfight! card game you know just how priceless these vids can be when settling an argument of the nerdy kind without burning your house down!

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The Five Most Expensive Chess Sets Ever

Chess takes five minutes to learn and a lifetime to master. The game has been around for thousands of years, and will probably be around for thousands more. It’s no wonder that the standard board and game pieces have become an art medium. Take artistic design and combine it with conspicuous consumption, and you end up with one-of-a-king chess sets with astronomical prices. Consider this set by Piero Benzoni with an estimated value of $113,575.   

Piero Benzoni crafted this stunning chess set. It features a scene which pays homage to the ancient 9th century battles that took place between the Ottoman Turks and Carolingians. Each piece in this chess set is decked out in period attire and comprised of fine gold and silver. The Carolingi XIV chess set has a Gothic appearance, and the details on the handmade pieces is incredible. Rather than have the standard shaped chess pieces, this medieval set is carved to look like actual kings, queens, knights, bishops, pawns, and rooks.

But it’s only #5 on the list of the most expensive chess sets ever, which you can see at Money Inc.

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Confessions Of A Music Festival Worker

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Music festivals provide a unique(ly dirty) experience for concert goers who aren't content with one or two bands playing a mere two or three hour show.

For the rest of us these (typically) outdoor events represent a trial in one or more ways, an ordeal we have to get through in order to see our favorite bands play under the stars.

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But if you think music festivals are an ordeal for the audience imagine how the workers feel!

They have to deal with people trying to smuggle in booze, people who drank too much booze and those jerks who think it's okay to throw cups full of pee at workers because they're not allowed to just walk up on stage.

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A festival worker from the UK named Hilary Mitchell shared her thoughts about music festivals with BuzzFeed, and revealed things that festival workers know but audiences still don't for some odd reason.

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Hilary blows the lid off the port-a-potty mystery (they're cleaned every day by a worker who gets hazard pay), reveals that most first-aiders are volunteers, and tells us why we shouldn't roll in the mud (it's full of bodily waste).

Wasn't going to happen anyway, but thanks Hilary!

Read 22 Brutally Honest Confessions From A Music Festival Worker here (NSFW-ish)

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The Ninja Turtles are Partying

Jessie Peña caught video of a manhole cover in Phoenix, Arizona, the other day. Someone else saw a definite opportunity for a beat. What, exactly, is going on down there?

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The storm drain system normally has a lot of air in it. When the system suddenly carries a lot of water, as it has during intense downpours in Arizona lately, the water pushes the air against the covers. That’s a lot of pressure, because those covers are heavy! -via reddit

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The Six Stages Of Sleeping With Another Person

There is no question that cuddling in bed with your partner can feel like pure bliss, but once the thrill of newfound warmth wears off you're left with a sweaty mess and a lack of personal space.

Then again, the longer you're with someone the more you cherish those cuddly times spent together, because they come around less frequently than before.

Jacob Andrews from CollegeHumor created this fluffy little comic to walk us through The 6 Stages Of Sleeping With Your Partner, which will make you want to stay in bed all day!

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Caviar (and Roe)

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It ain't just for fancy folks in top hats.

Caviar has a reputation for being hoity-toity: it’s the stuff Eustace Tilley, Queen Elizabeth, and Frasier Crane might gather around at a dinner party. But fish eggs weren’t always a delicacy, and there’s nothing inherently unapproachable about them. In fact, they used to be an everyday snack and an American export: At the turn of the 20th century, the Hudson and the Delaware were two of the biggest caviar-producing rivers in the world. As Josh Russ Tupper of New York’s iconic Russ & Daughters shop explains it, “Salted caviar was so prevalent, it was sitting on bars like peanuts.” (Like peanuts, the salt helped encourage drinkers to keep drinking.) Overfishing eventually caused domestic suppliers to run dry, tipping the balance in favor of importers across the Atlantic, which is why it got more expensive. But that’s not to say everyone can’t enjoy it. Our handy guide shows you how.

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Swedish Game Show Host Vs. Bad Loser

Emotions run high for contestants on game shows, even when that game show is played while sitting on a comfy couch in what looks like the tamest coffee shop in Sweden.

But when you travel all the way from Lidköping to be on the show you expect to walk away with some killer prizes, so if you lose you might as well burn that coffee shop to the ground...figuratively, of course.

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I don't know what I was expecting when I started watching this video, and I don't really know what to think now except- man, the Jerry Springer show sure looks different in Sweden!

-Via The Poke

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Snail’s Pace

Grant Snider of Incidental Comics has a great plan. An appealing plan to trade in the rat race for a snail’s pace. If ever anything had the inclination to stop and smell the roses, it would be a snail. Then he’d probably eat them, too. We’d all try this if it weren’t for two things: the clock and the calendar. Deadlines and commitments. Still, we can make it our goal to slow down somewhat and enjoy life before it passes us by.  

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You Should Probably Steer Clear Of These Sketchy Looking Vans

Vans were once seen as the coolest vehicles on the planet by those groovy guys (mostly) and (a few) gals who thought driving their own magic room around town sounded like pure heaven.

And then the 90s ended, and non-work vans started to represent "stranger danger" to people who'd heard stories about creepy guys with vans doing all sorts of unspeakable things.

Sadly, this stigma stuck and vans became largely unwanted vehicles, except among classic car enthusiasts and ironic hipsters looking to make a statement with their customizable box on wheels.

See more Photos Of Extremely Sketchy Vans You Should Stay Away From here

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The World's Biggest Asshole

This video is rude and crude and may be slightly NSFW if your boss is a prude. The truck nuts are about the worst of it, and the word “asshole.” But it’s funny and has a more or less happy ending. It’s the story of Coleman Sweeney. Maybe you know someone like him.

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The description on the YouTube page says,

After all the arguments, lack of tips and constantly sending back food I finally learned the name of my worst customer, Coleman Sweeney. And I'll never forget it.

This gritty saga of misery and redemption is brought to you by Donate Life. -via reddit

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Lucky Dog - Hound Of Fortune

Lucky Dog by Deerokone

Enough with those lucky cats already, always waving at us all smug with some blinged out collar and stone to show us they fancy, let's make it the year of the lucky dog instead. We know cats are cool, like that rebel you say hi to at school but nobody really knows because they're too aloof, but dogs are super loving and loyal. Plus, dogs can fetch you stuff, so imagine all the treasures a lucky dog would dig up and place at your feet!

Change your luck for the better with this Lucky Dog t-shirt by Deerokone, it's the only way to ensure your luck stays loyal.

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Zoom to the Moon

You know how crime investigation TV shows “enhance” a tiny detail of a security video? We all know that’s bunk, but the Nikon P900 with 83x optical zoom can zip into far-off details in real time. How far? To the moon!

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Of course, no one’s going to spend that kind of money on a slew of security cameras, and even if they did, there would have to be a camera operator in place to focus at the right time. We still can’t take low-res details and enhance them after the fact.  -via Geeks Are Sexy

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Iconic Bikini Moments That Made Our Summers Sizzle

It's hard to imagine a bikini being seen as controversial today, but the bikini was once the most scandalous swimsuit to hit the beach, that is, until they started making those movies with Annette Funicello and Frankie Avalon.

But in the less than 100 years since the bikini made its revealing debut it has gone from a no-no on many beaches to standard gear on just about every beach in the world.

And it's all thanks to bikini pioneers like Nancy Sinatra, who posed in a sexy white bikini with them big ol' boots she uses for walkin'and caused controversy with the bikini photo on the cover of her album Sugar.

But well before Nancy let her midriff breathe Hollywood mega-star Rita Hayworth stepped out of the pool for this shot from 1946 that had everybody offering to be her own personal lifeguard. 

Rita led the way for Marilyn Monroe to stun in her two piece suit while keeping it classy as always

And last but certainly not least here's Halle Berry in that sharp orange bikini she wore in Die Another Day in 2002, which comes complete with dagger scabbard in case a Beach Blanket Rumble breaks out.

See The 18 Most Iconic Bikini Moments Of All Time here

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The Vis-a-Vis Clear Suitcase

Do you have trouble identifying your luggage among all the black canvas suitcases on the baggage claim conveyor belt? Would you like everyone to know that you are an extremely neat packer? The Australian company Crumpler has what you need: the Vis-a-Vis suitcase. It’s a hard shell, lightweight rolling suitcase that’s completely transparent. It has wheels and a handle for easy transport, and lets the whole world know what you’re taking along. If that isn’t clear enough, you can always top your packed clothing with a large photograph of yourself inside. As the product page says, it is “the embodiment of quality, durability, and exhibitionism.” -via Laughing Squid

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The Hidden Animals You See In This Picture Say Something About Your Personality

Psychologists use the Rorschach, or inkblot, test as a starting point in determing what's on a patient's mind, in order to quickly assess their mental situation.

But who wants to pay hundreds of dollars to talk to some stranger about your mother and how you're feeling?

Instead, use the image above to determine stuff about yourself- because the internet says so!

There are seven animals in the compiled photo above, and the animals you see first are said to lay your soul bare.

Ready to see what you got?

Here's what I saw first- the cardinal and the crab.  Wow, this thing realy works! *wink*

You can see the rest of The Hidden Animals You See In This Image Say A Lot About Your Personality here, now aren't you glad you know more about your own personality because you stared at a blurry picture online?

Of course you are! *wink wink*

-Via 22 Words

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Olympic Heights

The Olympic athletes are meeting up in Rio, and US gymnast Simone Biles posted a photo of herself with US volleyball player David Lee. He’s 6’ 8” and she’s 4’ 8”. Of course, he has the advantage in that he’s wearing shoes and she’s not.

The comment thread below the Tweet is full of gymnasts who can relate. Check out US gymnast Gabby Douglas with Dallas Mavericks player Dirk Nowitzki (who participated in the Olympics in 2008). At first you think he’s not that much taller, then you see what she’s standing on. -via Buzzfeed

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If Donald Trump Was 30 Rock's Jenna Maroney

I know. Every time we mention Donald Trump we anger his fans who seem to think there is nothing funny at all about a former reality TV star running for president. The fact is, we're not trying to be political. We just share things that we think are funny -and seeing Donal Trump partnered up with quotes from 30 Rocks' character Jenna Maroney is just plain funny.

Or at least, I think it's funny. And if you agree, you can find more on the Donald Maroney Tumblr.

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About Chris Hemsworth

Chris Hemsworth is the actor who plays Thor in (so far) five of Marvel’s superhero movies. The latest, Thor: Ragnarok, is due in theaters this November. But that’s far from the total of his filmography. Hemsworth had a substantial career in soap operas in his native Australia, and quite a few other movies under his belt. And he’s willing to do what it takes for the role.   

Numerous actors and actresses have been to known to make all sorts of strenuous changes in order to make themselves more suitable for a particular role. For example, this can be seen in how Hemsworth had to gain 20 pounds of muscle for his role as Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, which was necessary because of the character’s famous strength and resilience, thus necessitating a particular look from the person chosen to play the part. (1)

For another example of how far he is willing to go for the sake of a role, Hemsworth endured being put on a diet of 500 to 600 calories in an entire day along with the rest of the cast for In the Heart of the Sea. This was done because the movie was about sailors on a whaling ship, who had to resort to desperate measures to survive after their ship had been sunk by a whale. By putting the cast on 500 to 600 calories a day, the filmmakers made sure that they looked the part of starving sailors, thus making for a more authentic-looking viewing experience for the movie-goer. (1)

There’s lots more to learn about Chris Hemsworth in an article at Money Inc.

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Terry Jones Discusses Playing Mr. Creosote In The Meaning Of Life

The Monty Python crew have created some incredibly memorable characters over the years, complete with silly catchphrases and costumes, but one giant slab of man sticks out more than most- Mr. Creosote from Monty Python's The Meaning Of Life.

Mr. Creosote is an enormous glutton who keeps eating until he literally explodes, and since it was all done with practical effects it took a team of makeup effects artists, an inflatable body and a vomit catapult to complete the effect.

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It sounds like Terry had fun playing the role, but that's a hard scene to watch without forever losing your appetite.

-Via Laughing Squid

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A Hard Day's Night: The Beatles First Film

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

By 1964, putting a music star in a feature film was certainly nothing new, the roster of musicians doing so included such luminaries as Frankie Avalon, Annette Funicello, Ricky Nelson, Fabian, and of course, that paradigm of the low-budget (and lousy) movie musicals, Elvis Presley himself. The problem was that with few exceptions, such films were nothing more than cheap fluff and little more than an excuse to make a few quick bucks and get some songs (usually very bad ones) on the screen and perhaps (as in Elvis’ case) to release an embarrassingly mediocre soundtrack album.

Song quality notwithstanding, this was United Artists’ idea when they signed a newly popular group called the Beatles to a three-picture deal late in 1963. Their basic plan was to put out a cheapie, hack film with the red-hot pop group, then clean up on the soundtrack album. The second half of the plan actually worked, but as for the first half of the plan, the Beatles had other ideas. "We didn’t want to make another shitty pop musical", recalled John Lennon.

The film's title A Hard Day's Night is usually attributed to a malapropism by Ringo. After a late night recording session, as the Beatles were leaving the studio, Ringo quipped, "It's been a hard day's... night."

Instead of an actual movie with a typical plot, A Hard Day's Night was a quasi-documentary, capturing a day in the life of the most popular band in the world. As screenwriter Alun Own said, "I had a couple of false starts trying to write a fantasy film, but quickly realized that nothing could compare with their own fantastic lives." To get the flavor of the four individual Beatles and their lives, Owen lived with the Fab Four for two days.  When he asked John what their life was like, John replied, "It’s a train and a room, and a car and a room, and a room and a room."

According to Owen: "I had a couple of false starts trying to write a fantasy film, but quickly realized that nothing could compare with their own fantastic lives."

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7 Athletes Who Had Their Olympic Medals Revoked

Imagine that you went to the Olympics and did not win a medal. Ten years later, you are notified that you won a medal after all! That’s what happened to the U.S. women’s gymnastic team of 2000, when the Chinese team’s bronze medal was revoked over one athlete being disqualified. Medals don’t get revoked often, but they make big stories when they do. The case of Jim Thorpe is the most familiar, even though it happened over 100 years ago.

Jim Thorpe is considered one of the best athletes of all time. He excelled in football, baseball, basketball, and track and field, and won gold medals for the pentathlon and decathlon during the 1912 Summer Olympics in Stockholm, Sweden. But the International Olympic Committee (IOC) later revoked Thorpe's medals when it was discovered that he played semi-professional baseball before the Summer Games began, which violated his amateur status and eligibility.

However, in 1983, 30 years after Thorpe's death, the IOC reinstated his two gold medals due to numerous pleas from the United States Olympic Committee.

Read about several other cases in which Olympic medals were revoked -two of them because of a bad attitude during the medal ceremony- at mental_floss.

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Sense Of Allegiance - Pledge Your Support To The Ones Who Save Us All

Sense of Allegiance by Dixon Designs

Spidey has a hard time ignoring his spider sense, because it's almost always right and refuses to go away so long as Spidey is still in danger. But before he became embroiled in the Civil War he had no idea that there was another sense guiding his actions- his allegiance sense, the sense that makes him the most loyal superhero in the city. And unlike the spider sense, the allegiance sense appeals to the man on levels which make him feel like he's going to lose his super friends if he doesn't respond quickly. But which side to choose? The Captain has a good point, and America wouldn't be the great country it is without freedom, but Iron Man has enough money to make Peter Parker's life a living hell...

Help Spidey make up his webheaded mind with this Sense Of Allegiance t-shirt by Dixon Designs, it's the funny way to show support for those superheroic folks who save our lives on a daily basis.

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This Totally Rad 80s Video Dating Montage Will Melt Your Heart

Before there was online dating there was a horrible train wreck called video dating, where single men and women sat in front of a video camera and recorded a brief statement to entice potential partners.

These videos were then shown to singles who could pick and choose who they wanted to date based on visual impression, allowing them to find their match made in heaven among those video dating stars.

However, people weren't used to being in front of a camera all the time like they are today, so many of these video dating profiles were painfully awkward to watch.

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Video dating enthusiast and love fan Jameson Murphy clipped together this montage of prime 80s hunk meat straight from VHS to show us how good daters have it today.

-Via Meme Base

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