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Remember the movie The Jerk when Steve Martin got excited about the new phone books? Jackie Mason’s line was “I wish I could get that excited about nothin’!” That’s the impression I got from this video. Storm Tracker Jim Cantore of The Weather Channel was reporting live in Plymouth, Massachusetts when he confirmed the storm was thundersnow. A true weather geek knows how rare that is, and to be reporting live at the scene excited him to no end. See the longer version of this weather report at The Weather Channel.

Massachusetts has had a huge amount of snow: Boston recorded over 45.5 inches of snowfall in February, the most in one month since at least 1872, when record-keeping began. They’ve received over 89 inches of snow this winter, another record. And more is on the way. The forecast for my corner of Kentucky calls for 6-12 inches tomorrow, the most snow since 1998. But unless the electricity goes out, I’ll be able to get to work. -via Uproxx


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This Skeleton Couple Has Been Locked in an Embrace for 5,800 Years


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Archaeologists in southern Greece uncovered the well-preserved skeletal remains of two people. DNA testing confirms that one is a man and the other a woman. According to Anastassia Papathanassiou, a member of the excavation team, they probably died in each other's arms. If so, it's a touching display of tragic love from a lost era, now frozen in time.

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A Graveyard of Ships in the Desert

The place called Mo'ynaq in Uzbekistan was once a thriving city, but now is little more than a ghost town. What’s really strange about Mo'ynaq is the fleet of abandoned and rusting boats. What are these boats doing sitting in the desert? The nearest shoreline is 150 kilometers away!

The secret is that Mo'ynaq used to be a port city on the Aral Sea. The water, diverted for irrigation by the Soviets, has receded to around 10% of its original size. As the fishing industry collapsed, residents of Mo'ynaq moved out, taking what was useful but leaving the scrapped fishing boats behind. The vanishing shoreline caused a host of problems for the people of Mo'ynaq. Read about what happened and see lots of pictures of the abandoned fleet at Kuriositas. -via the Presurfer

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Fifteen Memorable Moments in Saturday Night Live History

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The Saturday Night Live retrospective article linked below highlights both skits and scandals from the past forty years. Some of the items in the article will be familiar not only to fans of the show, but to everyone who's kept up with entertainment news over the years. One example is the Ashlee Simpson lipsync snafu, which at the time was music news broadcast far and wide. 

The video above shows the "More Cowbell" sketch with Christopher Walken, and below is the classic Chris Farley/Patrick Swayze Chippendales skit. Two more SNL moments that, if you've seen them, you likely never forgot them. 

See thirteen other memorable SNL moments here.  


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Zoo Bunny Balances on Front Legs

You’ve seen the cartoon trope of an animal that displays amazing tricks in order to avoid being eaten. That scenario played out in real life at a zoo in China. The zoo in Liuzhou, Guangxi, purchased five live rabbits from a vendor, intending to feed them to a giant python that requires live food. However, one of the bunnies, at only two months of age, walked around on its two front feet! The trick proved the rabbit to be more valuable alive than as feed, so it was put on display.    

Zoo spokesman Xiong Shao said: "We thought that perhaps the rabbit had damaged its back legs, but when it isn't walking on its hind legs the two back legs seemed to work perfectly. It doesn't seem to be in any pain so there is no reason for it to walk like this, it can't be easy. We are completely baffled as it was too young really to have been taught any tricks, and whoever heard of teaching rabbits to walk on their front legs?"

The bunny has proved to be a very popular draw among zoo patrons. That’s one smart bunny.  -via Arbroath

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Tired of People Ignoring You for Their Phones? Use Present Spray


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Tired of people ignoring you while fooling around on their phones? Comedians Tripp and Tyler offer you their great invention: Present Spray. This handy gadget subtly draws their attention back into the conversation. Present Spray is ideal at home, the office, restaurants, and public restrooms.

I'm sympathetic to people who want to buy Present Spray. But sometimes there's a reason why people pay attention to their phones instead of you. That's why I occasionally think about carrying and distributing these cards at certain times:

-via 22 Words | Image via College Humor


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Ten Odd Jobs Held by Future United States Presidents



President Jimmy Carter was brought up on a peanut farm, which is fairly common knowledge. Yet the young Carter was also an incredibly enterprising young man. Prior to leaving home to be educated at Annapolis and the Naval Academy, Carter gained much experience in the way of business and investing. 

After saving money from various ventures such as transporting produce, selling hamburgers and hotdogs and collecting scrap iron, young Carter took his father's advice about investing his savings in bales of cotton. He waited four years to sell his purchase of five bales, which made him such a profit that he was able to purchase five rental properties. The real estate investment not only made money for Carter well into WWII, but it also made him a landlord at only 13 years of age.  

Read about the odd jobs of nine other presidents  from executioner to janitor  here


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X-Dwarves - Heigh Ho Mutants Away!


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The evil Queen had nearly killed poor Snow, so it was off to work they'd go until they found a way to finish the Queen off for good. They discovered a radioactive mineral buried deep under the ground and when they brought it home strange things began to happen to their diminutive bodies. They began to change into something more than mere dwarves, and infused with the power of the X mineral they felt ready to face that apple poisoning monster...

Put a big ol' X through the forces of boring fashion with this X-Dwarves t-shirt by Tom Bancroft, and power up your geeky wardrobe in style!

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20 Things You Didn't Know about Cinderella

1. The scene in which Cinderella's ragged dress transforms into a ballgown was Walt Disney's favorite work of animation.

2. The Prince is often referred to as "Prince Charming," but this is never stated in the movie.


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3. In 1922, 38 years before the movie Cinderella was released, Walt Disney produced this silent, animated short telling the story. In this version, Cinderella doesn't wear a ballgown, but a flapper dress.

These are only 3 of 20 facts about the classic animated movie Cinderella rounded up by Flavorwire. You can read the rest here.


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North Korea’s New Propaganda Slogans

North Korea’s public relations team has been busy. A new set of 310 patriotic slogans have been released, many of them encouraging food production, and it is assumed that citizens will start memorizing them immediately. Some of the weirder ones:

Let this socialist country resound with Song of Big Fish Haul and be permeated with the fragrant smell of fish and other seafoods!

Let us turn ours into a country of mushrooms by making mushroom cultivation scientific, intensive and industrialised!

Make fruits cascade down and their sweet aroma fill the air on the sea of apple trees at the foot of Chol Pass!

Our Party's new line of simultaneously promoting the two fronts is a permanent strategic line that we must pursue as long as there exists the threat of aggression by the imperialists.

More stylish school uniforms and quality school things for our dear children!

Let the strong wind of fish farming blow across the country!

Personally, I could do without the strong wind of fish farming, but more stylish school uniforms would be nice. Read the entire list at BBC News. -via Boing Boing

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Parrot Imitates Bickering Couple


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Peaches is a Moluccan cockatoo. Her first owners were a couple who eventually divorced. It must have been an acrimonious separation because ever since, she's been having outbursts that sound like a couple angrily arguing.

It's been 23 years since Peaches left that home, but she still remembers. Her current owners, Elaine and Don Sigmon of Maiden, North Carolina, report that she's an otherwise happy parrot:

"A few days after coming into our home, she began her show and we all laughed hysterically. We cannot make out what she is saying when doing this arguing," Sigmon said.

"Hearing her is one thing, but to watch her movements with her head as if pointing aggressively at my husband is hilarious," she added.

However, Peaches is known to have a softer side; her repertoire also includes friendly phrases such as "I love you," "What you doing" and "Hello."

"Even during her episodes, I can go to her and she will get on my hand or arm and begin to cuddle. Many people have asked us if she was in a happy environment and yes, she is," Sigmon said.

-via Jonah Goldberg

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Man Hand Carves Design of Engagement Ring for His Girlfriend



Bored Panda editor Dovas put in an incredible amount of effort to propose to his girlfriend Elena, whom he refers to as "the love of his life." The gold and green tourmaline ring shown in photos above and below was cast from his own hand-carved design. He even made the box with which he presented the ring to Elena during a walk in the woods. 

See photos and descriptions of each step in this labor of love and read about Elena's reaction to the proposal at Bored Panda. See more of Dovas' work on his Facebook page.


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YouTube is Ten Years Old Today

Although it seems like it’s been around forever, YouTube is now ten years old. The domain www.youtube.com was registered on Valentines Day in 2005. Founders Chad Hurley, Steve Chen, and Jawed Karim (who met when they all worked at PayPal) thought it might fill a niche in making video sharing on the internet easier. And it certainly did. YouTube became a juggernaut, and was bought by Google in 2006. In honor of the occasion, mental-floss has posted the top YouTube video of each year since then.


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Breathtaking Photos from Inside a Glacier

Iceland, a land abounding in natural wonders, is a favorite for nature photographers. The glaciers in particular are places where they can find the full magnitude of what natural forces can create. Nicolas Brousse, a photographer from Malmö, Sweden, journeyed there to witness ice melting off Breiðamerkurjökull, a glacier on that island. He explored an ice cave that formed beneath the glacier and snapped incredible shots of it. You can see more photos in the series here.

-via The Presurfer

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Capybara Hot Tub: The Video

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Sure, capybara hot tubs (or as one Neatorama reader calls them, "Rat Soup") have been documented on Neatorama in the past, but not on video (although one can be seen on video hot showering). Thus, this footage filmed at Saitama Children's Zoo in Higashi-Matsuyama City, Japan is really pushing the boundaries in terms of cabybara leisure activity. What's next, Capybara Hot Tub Time Machine? Who knows where this will end? -Via Tastefully Offensive


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Which Book Have You Read the Most Times?

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Stephen Marche, a columnist with The Guardian, advocates what he calls "centireading"--the practice of reading one book 100 times. He has done this with two texts: William Shakespeare's Hamlet and P.G. Wodehouse's The Inimitable Jeeves. The former he did for his doctorate and the latter just for fun. The practice has had an effect on him:

The main effect of reading Hamlet a 100 times was, counter-intuitively, that it lost its sense of cliche. “To be or not to be” is the Stairway to Heaven of theatre; it settles over the crowd like a slightly funky blanket knitted by a favorite aunt. Eventually, if you read Hamlet often enough, every soliloquy takes on that same familiarity. And so “To be or not to be” resumes its natural place in the play, as just another speech. Which renders its power and its beauty of a piece with the rest of the work. […]

The psychology of my love for The Inimitable Jeeves isn’t exactly hard to understand. As we rolled through that strange country, laughing at the English with the English, the family was both inside and outside. My associations with The Inimitable Jeeves are as powerful as they could possibly be, a fused sense of family unity and childhood adventure. The book is so much more than just a happy childhood memory. In such ways, books pick us, rather than the other way around.

I have never read one book a hundred times, but I've read Richard Adams's Shardik about a dozen times. It is not truly great literature like Hamlet, but with each re-reading, I saw elements of the text that I had not noticed before. Reading the author's biography contributed to this deeper understanding. And absorbing the text has added phrases, expressions, and symbols (e.g. fire, water, the bear) to my own internal language. The story has become part of me.

On Thursday, Ria Misra of io9 asked her readers a great question: Which book have you read the most number of times? And furthermore: what impact has reading and re-reading that book had on you?

-via Marginal Revolution


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The Snow-loving Cat

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Nala the cat lives in Norway. A Maine Coon/Norwegian Forest Cat mix, she is well-adapted to cold weather because she wears a thick fur coat -and she loves snow! Watch her beg to go outside, run through snow, dig in snow, catch snowballs, chase snowballs, and even eat snow. Alexander Fredriksen says that when she pops up in the window, it's not because she wants in, but because she wants someone to come out and play with her. There are also some non-snow clips of Nala, who is altogether an attractive cat. -via reddit

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One Seriously Dreamy Bookstore


This is Cărtureşti Carusel (“The Carousel of Light”), located on a trendy street in Bucharest, Romania. The city of Bucharest is sometimes referred to as "Little Paris" due to the elegance of its architecture, and this lovely renovated building is a great example. 

The store, which houses more than 10,000 books as well as 5,000 albums and DVDs, boasts six floors. It features a bistro, multimedia space and modern art gallery, and will be a location in which cultural events are hosted. 

See more beautiful pictures here and at the store's Facebook page.



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Lincoln - Hipstory - He Wore His Stovepipe Hat Ironically


Lincoln - Hipstory by Amit Shimoni Illustration

You may think you know all there is to know about Lincoln- the stovepipe hat, log cabin and that Emancipation Proclamation thang, but did you know that Lincoln was one of the hippest American Presidents ever? He was the first to use reclaimed barge wood when building log cabins, the first to add a tamborine to his bluegrass band, and his artesinal pickles and fresh brewed ciders were the talk of his small town. Lincoln will forever be remembered as the guy who freed the slaves, the guy who got shot while watching a play, but he should really be remembered as the original hipster!

Share your own unique take on history with this Lincoln - Hipstory t-shirt by Amit Shimoni Illustration, and show the world you were hip to history before it was cool.

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Customer Support

If you’re calling for help, you may as well ask for everything you need help with. Customer support is there for you. Just follow the simple instructions to achieve the zen of acceptance. Or maybe the geek on the other end of the line just wants to have fun with you. This is the latest comic from Alex Culang at Buttersafe.


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Every Day for the Past 30 Years, This Man Has Written a Love Letter to His Wife


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Preventative maintenance is one of the keys to a healthy marriage. Bill Bresnan of Toms River, New Jersey understands this. He loves his wife, Kirsten, dearly. That's not just an involuntary emotion, but a deliberate decision. Bill loves her and shows his love by writing a romantic note to her every day.

He's done this for more than 30 years. 

Kirsten keeps her husband's romantic notes. She's organized them so that they can always go through them and reflect on their past times together. He describes the practice in the Asbury Park Press (warning: auto-start video):

We read my compliments to Kris on something special she may have cooked one night, see what the weather may have been that day, etc.

One thing that holds true throughout every sentiment — every single card is an expression of my deep love for Kris by being signed, "I love you madly++, my Darling," followed by the infinity sign.

This is only one of the practices they consciously maintain in order to nurture their relationship:

We eat by candlelight every night with romantic music playing in the background; every good night kiss is followed by I love you, the morning ones, too.

There is no TV in our bedroom and never has been.

I fully agree with a sentiment that Bresnan explains in this video: love is act that you can consciously practice and a relationship is something that you can grow and build intentionally.


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18 Things You Might Not Have Known About The Silence of the Lambs

Although it might not seem like the perfect date movie, The Silence of the Lambs was released on Valentines Day in 1991. But when you think about it, doesn’t watching it make you want to hold someone close? Like holding on for dear life, that is. But there’s a more complicated reason it was released in February -to distance the movie from competing with Dances With Wolves in Academy Award competition. There may be a few other things you didn’t know about The Silence of the Lambs, like:  

3. THE RIGHTS TO HANNIBAL LECTER WERE GIVEN AWAY FOR FREE.

The 1986 movie Manhunter was based on Thomas Harris’ 1981 novel Red Dragon, the first of four books featuring the most infamous psychiatrist/cannibal in the world. Manhunter barely made half of its budget back at the box office, so producer Dino De Laurentiis gave away the rights he had for Lecter to the Lambs producers gratis. Lecter’s second movie ended up making $272.7 million, about $264 million more than his first.

4. GENE HACKMAN WAS INITIALLY GOING TO STAR AND DIRECT.

Hackman and Orion Pictures split the $500,000 needed for the movie rights to the book. But Hackman dropped out days after he watched clips of himself at the 1989 Oscars as FBI Agent Alan Parker in the violent Mississippi Burning, deciding not to follow up a dark role with an even more potentially hate-able character.

There were a lot more behind-the-scenes changes in the movie before filming ever began, but it all worked out to make a big hit in the end. Read the rest of the movie trivia about The Silence of the Lambs at mental_floss.


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New Furby Looks Like Chewbacca

Furbacca looks cute. But he hates to lose and has been known to rip people's arms out of their sockets when he does. So play nice, pet him, and let him win.

He's Hasbro's latest Furby electronic toy. He turns, responds to you (in a friendly way), and displays Star Wars-related images on his eyeballs. Mashable describes him:

There are sensors on his head, under his stomach, mouth and tail, so if you give him a little scratch between the ears, he'll love you even more. If you pull his tail, he gets cranky — you can see the anger building in his LCD eyes. Depending on his mood, Furbacca's eyes can populate with pictures of X-Wing Fighters and Imperial Star Destroyers.

-via The Mary Sue


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Otterly in Love

Sea otters are social animals who, once mated, are practically inseparable. The pair mates for life, eating and sleeping together. They "hold hands" while floating in the water so as not to drift apart. Cheers to the perfect animal role models for this weekend of romance. -Via Tastefully Offensive

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Microbiology-Themed Valentines

Webcomic artist Twisted Doodles writes, "I made some microbiology themed Valentine’s cards for other people in the lab." I suspect that Neatorama owner Alex, who has a doctorate in that field, is probably swooning right now.


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Handcrafted Hard Candy

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La Confiserie CandyLabs in Montreal is known for handcrafted hard candy with shapes inside. Watching how they do it is mesmerizing. After they cook and flavor the candy, it gets manipulated -a lot. All that manipulation to make the designs goes on in a hurry to keep the candy at the right temperature, consistency, and shape. I was impressed with how clean the process is, despite how much handling the candy goes through. The entire process takes about three hours. If you’re in Montreal, you can see them do this live! -via mental_floss    

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Stained Glass Basketball Backboards

Literally Balling is Victor Solomon's novel interpretation of the traditional basketball hoop, net, and backboard. He made 3 sets that faithfully imitate the style of Louis Comfort Tiffany, a famous glass artist of the early Twentieth Century. Each of the 3 sets required over 100 hours of work to cut and assemble using only the finest materials, including gold plating on the rims.

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Saturday Night Live Producer of 20+ Years Shares Candid Photos



The Saturday Night Live special to commemorate the show's 40th anniversary is set to air this Sunday, and there's been much hype about the incredible list of guests from the worlds of music, acting and comedy who will be appearing on the show. 

In this atmosphere of reflection by those who participated in SNL's history, former producer Michael Shoemaker, who departed the show after 20 years in order to produce Late Night, recently began posting a number of candids taken during his tenure. 

Check out Shoemaker's Twitter feed to see this great collection of photographs as well as descriptions of each. 

Via Vulture | Images: Michael Shoemaker


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Beautiful Calligraphy with Snow

Faust, a street artist in New York City, finds joy in the midst of heavy winter snows. It's the pleasure in a winter day that we have as children and lose as adults. Faust never left it behind. He writes:

I believe everyone has an affinity for writing in the snow as a child. When most people grow up they lose the urge. I guess I just haven't been able to shake it.

For the past few years, his response has been to compose calligraphy on snow-covered cars. You can see more examples of his work here.

-via Colossal


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Let's Operate Already - The Future Of Medical Science


Let's Operate Already by Kinda Creative

When budding doctors want to learn how to chop, snip and slice into those spongy human bodies they choose the game recommended by two out of three Zoidbergs- Let's Operate Already. The game doesn't include anesthesia for the patient, or a gag to shut them up, but it does come fully loaded with a real flesh and blood human body perfect for snipping, clamping and surgically extracting. It's the fun way to test out your theories on how the human body actually works before you operate on a patient you care about! Let's Operate Already- from the makers of Bend My Shiny Metal Butt and Pizza Delivery Boy.

Add some geeky game to your wardrobe with this Let's Operate Already t-shirt by Kinda Creative, it's cartoon cool-o-rama!

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