The Little Drummer Boys

Aren’t they just cute as buttons? These twins dressed up in full military regalia for their portrait, complete with striped stockings, lace cuffs, and pointy helmets. Although this is a popular picture, I can’t find out anything about these particular twins, or how old the picture is. Did their family have military uniforms made just for the portrait? Or did they have the uniforms and drums for make-believe play? Was this common for upper-class families? Or were the two boys circus performers? It’s possible; another picture in the collection shows young twin trapeze artists. See 23 Victorian and Edwardian portraits of twins at Vintage Everyday. -via Everlasting Blort


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Snow Plows at Yellowstone


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To get through heavy snowfall, the bison living at Yellowstone National Park walk single-file. The line leader pushes through the snow, clearing a path for followers. They take turns in the front position, letting herd members rest along the journey.

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The Maned Lioness

Her pride knows she is female, but rival prides watching from a distance would assume she is a male lion, because of that distinctive mane. She is a maned lioness, one of five in the Okavango Delta in Botswana. The population may carry a genetic predisposition for females with male characteristics.

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The video above is an excerpt from the “Stayin’ Alive” episode of the series Natural Born Hustlers. Read more about the maned lioness at National Geographic.  -via Metafilter


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Types of Motivation


Grant Snider of Incidental Comics takes a look at motivation in his latest. All of us have experienced at least one of these mental methods for lighting a fire beneath us. Sometimes giving ourselves that first push can involve a lot of interior discussion and mind wrangling. But after all is said and done, it feels wonderful to have accomplished, whether the item is big or small.

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Harry Potter Dungeons & Dragons Character Sheets

No, Harry, you're not a wizard. Strictly speaking, under Dungeons & Dragons rules, Harry Potter would be classed as a sorcerer with a wild magic specialization. Ailea Merriam-Pigg explains:

Non-dragonborn sorcerers utilize wild magic, which can often leads to strange things happening. Since Harry’s known for accidentally making glass disappear, blowing up his aunt, and, oh, you know, burning someone’s face off with his hands, a wild magic sorcerer is perfect. Harry’s standard for battles is basically holding on until he wins, so his constitution is one of his highest stats.

Merriam-Pigg has composed complete character sheets for Harry, Hermione, Ron, Neville, Draco, and Dumbledore. You can view them all here and, as Merriam-Pigg suggests, play them in your next campaign!

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Dog Runs Half Marathon

Last Saturday, April Hamlin of Elkmont, Alabama, let her hound dog Ludivine out in the backyard. Ludivine snuck out of the yard and wandered around, which is not out of characters for her. She walked about a quarter-mile away where the Trackless Train Trek Half Marathon was about to begin and was petted by some of the runners, including Tim Horvath. When they took off, Ludivine ran with them. And she continued for the entire 13 miles! Ludivine stayed within sight of Horvath through most of the race.

“One time she went over and met another dog next to the course,” Horvath said. “Later on, she went into a field with some mules and cows. Then she’d come back and run around our legs. I wondered if she was going to get tired or go back to wherever her home was.”

But Ludivine kept running despite her distractions and eventually finished just behind Horvath who ran 1:32 for sixth place. Once Ludivine crossed the line, she slowed to a walk. Volunteers, apparently in awe of the spectacle, put a medal around her neck and started taking photos, Horvath said.

Race officials were delighted with Ludivine’s accomplishment. Friends called Hamlin to congratulate her, which was a surprise. Hamlin didn’t even realize Ludivine was gone from the backyard! Read the whole story of Ludivine the marathon dog at Runner’s World. -via Metafilter

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Little Boy Goes for a Spin with a Leaf Blower

We have children for two reasons: to play pranks on and put to practical use around the home. This young boy isn't ready for the latter, but he is for the former. Just strap on a full size leaf blower and send him on a fun trip.


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-via Gizmodo

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Buddhist Monk Goes On Tire Slashing Rampage After Killing Insect

Buddhist monks are generally the most peaceful people on the planet, but some monks have given their lives to Buddhism to escape a troubled and violent past.

It can be quite easy for these monks to stray from the path of peace, because all it takes is one little incident to throw them into a downward spiral of physical violence once again.

For 45-year-old Julian Glew the killing of an insect was that "one little incident", but rather than harm people he lashed out by slashing nearly 200 tires on cars around Pocklington, England.

Julian claims he wanted to take out his frustration on society without hurting anyone, trying to keep his freak out as Buddha friendly as possible by wounding cars instead of people.

The incident may also be a result of Julian living in isolation in the woods for the last 20 years, where he's seen lots of bugs but very few cars, so maybe the bug was a close friend?

-Via Daily Mail


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The Greatest Free Throw Distraction in Basketball History


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The opposing team has earned a free throw. That's an easy point, which can make a decisive difference in a tight game. So the task of the defending team is to distract the thrower from the bleachers. Be bold. Be outrageous. Do whatever it takes to knock the mental balance of the thrower off.

In this case, the fans of Sheridan High School in Thornville, Ohio--dubbed the "Red Regiment"--staged an elaborate childbirth of a full-grown teenager in immediate view of the thrower all while yelling "Push! Push! Push!"

Did it work? Watch the video.

-via Jonah Goldberg


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He Built a Tree in His Daughter’s Room

His little girl wanted a tree she could sit inside and read, so radamshome remodeled her room to include a full-size concrete and steel tree! It has a lower-level cubbyhole to sit in, an upper-level platform to sit on, branches and leaves hanging from the ceiling (with dimmable lights), illuminated fairy windows, an interior reading light, birds, nests, butterflies, and more. Not only that, but it’s designed to be strong enough to climb on!



The project took 18 months, mainly because he didn’t work on it constantly and he had to learn skills, like welding, as he went. This is a gift his daughter will never forget.



There are dozens of pictures of the build project and details at imgur. His next project is to build a pirate ship for his son. -via Metafilter


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Go Directly To Springfield - Do Not Pass Tire Fire, Do Not Collect Krusty Dollars


Go Directly To Springfield by Kellabell9

There was a time when Mr. Burns could get away with murder simply by being part of the One Percent, but things aren't looking too good for old Monty nowadays. Even Mr. Smithers has turned his back on the old coot, since he's no longer able to ignore all the transgressions committed by Mr. Burns, and so Monty's monopoly has fallen. But can Chief Wiggum keep that slimy old snake in the three piece suit locked up until his trial? Only if he moves the bars on the jail cells closer together....

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Southern California Fisherman Hooks Great White Shark


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A man fishing at the San Clemente pier was shocked to find that the struggling catch on the other end of his fishing line was a 6-foot long great white shark. 

Also present at the pier was Penny Novak, who saw the fisherman and recorded part of a fifteen-minute long effort to release the shark once its presence was revealed at the end of the line. Said Novak via NBC Los Angeles,

“When we looked over the edge, there it was. Its head was fully out of the water, its mouth was open. It was just like something out of a movie. Then finally, it went under the water for a little bit. We all thought maybe it died, and then all of the sudden it came back up and we heard like a big, loud crunch, and then it like moved around a little bit and broke free and then took off.”

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Stuck on This Highway With You

A foot of snow stranded hundreds of motorists on the interstate in Kentucky Friday night. Local churches opened their doors for those who could get off the highway, and state police and the National Guard reached out to travelers who couldn’t.  

It was definitely winter for the Endless Summer Band, who are on their way from Indianapolis to Johnson City, Tennessee, but found themselves stuck overnight on I-75 near Mt. Vernon. They were at a standstill for 15 hours. To pass the time, they rewrote the lyrics to the song “Stuck in the Middle with You” by Stealer’s Wheel to reflect their situation.

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You can see a couple other videos they recorded during the jam at Business Insider and follow their progress at Facebook. Oh, they’ve moved a little, but still haven’t made it to Tennessee as of Saturday afternoon. The band is on their second traffic jam in southeastern Kentucky. Yes, that’s where I live, but I’m at home. -Thanks, Brother Bill!


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RIP Sarah, the World’s Fastest Land Animal

Sarah became one of Neatorama’s favorite animals, as we posted about her several times over the years. One of the cheetahs at the Cincinnati Zoo, Sarah broke the speed record for any land mammal recorded, twice. In 2009, she covered 100 meters in 6.13 seconds. In 2012, she broke her own record by covering the distance in 5.95 seconds. She attained a speed of over 61 miles per hour! She also worked as a Cat Ambassador for the zoo, visiting countless schools and making TV appearances. Sarah was euthanized Wednesday at the Cincinnati Zoo at the age of 15. Cheetahs live an average of eight to twelve years, and Sarah’s quality of life had diminished with old age. Cathryn Hilker, Sarah’s closest human, wrote a eulogy for the cheetah. Here’s a small sample of a beautiful story:

She will be remembered by thousands of school children who heard her loud purr or heard her nails clicking on the table top where she stayed during the program. My memories are imprinted in my heart and mind of a tiny brave little cheetah who grew up and turned into the elegant animal that the mature cheetah is. The claw marks from her tiny little claws when she was a cub remain on my bedspread to this day and the hole she chewed through my zoo jacket and the awkward job I did of sewing it up will remain there for the rest of my life.

Sarah was preceded in death by her canine companion, Lexi.  

(Image credit: Cincinnati Zoo)


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Panda Makes a Snow Angel


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Tian Tian is an 18-year old panda that lives at the National Zoo in Washington, D.C. The winter snow storm has hit that region hard, but Tian Tian and his friends are having a great time there. This morning, caretakers spotted him rolling playfully in the snow. Pandas have thick coats and the cold doesn't bother them at all.

-via Jonah Goldberg

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Photographs Reveal What Actors See When They're On The Stage

Leipzig Opera House

The stage is set up to give an audience the best possible view of a performance, while likewise affording the actors a view of virtually every face in the audience, which must be overwhelming for some when the spotlights come on.

Theater Gütersloh

But there's something beautiful about that window full of waiting faces that must likewise captivate an actor, because many of the theaters photographed by Klaus Frahm are quite nice to look at whether you're the actor or the audience.

Magravial Opera House, Bayreuth

Klaus Frahm's images take us beyond the fourth wall in a whole new way, showing us what actors see when they walk out on the stage and grace the public with their performance.

See 15 Photos Of What Actors See When They're On Stage here


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Undercover Boss: Starkiller Base Behind The Scenes

The Undercover Boss version of Kylo Ren from Saturday Night Live has proven to be quite popular! So popular that we have t-shirts and action figures of Adam Driver as Kylo Ren in his disguise as “Matt the radar technician.”

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If you can’t get enough of the character, SNL has graced us with a behind-the-scenes video, featuring rehearsal bloopers and how they did the special effects.  -via Digg
 


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Gold-Coated Haggis Costs $5,700


(Photo: Macsween)

And it's worth every penny!

As we all know, haggis is the world's finest food. And if it's possible to improve upon perfection, then the haggis makers at Macsween have done it.

January 25 is Burns Night, an annual celebration of the Scottish poet Robert Burns, as well as all that is the good life, such as warm haggis, quality scotch, and bagpipe music. In short, it's an annual celebration of Scottish culture.

To mark the occasion, Macsweens has produced a line of haggis that comes with edible gold bits that you can sprinkle on top. The Scotsman reports:

With a price tag of £4,000, the beloved fixture of any Burns Supper has been handcrafted to the Macsween family recipe but with an infusion of rare ingredients which have been sourced from Scotland and the far corners of the globe.

The list includes Highland Wagyu beef, raised on a Perthshire farm where all cattle has its own name; white summer truffle from France, considered ‘diamonds of the kitchen’ by chefs the world over; and black pepper (tellicherry) from India, which can only be grown at a latitude of 2,000-3,000 feet above sea level.

-via Atlas Obscura

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Clear the Snow from Your Car, Please

That’s not a UFO hovering over the highway. That’s a chunk of ice! Jeff Cote was driving along in Massachusetts Wednesday with his dashcam on, when a sheet of frozen snow blew off the roof of the vehicle in front of him, and bam! Shattered windshield.

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That’s frightening. He’s lucky he made it off the road without further carnage. There’s about a foot of snow piled up on all our cars. I don’t look forward to clearing it all off eventually, but we will clear it all off. -via Daily of the Day


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A Map of the Land of Rock and Roll

(John Atkinson/Wrong Hands)

You begin at your door and journey on a long and winding road. Avoid the boulevard of broken dreams because there are so many potholes. And the traffic on the highway to hell is jam-packed at this time of day. Stay for a while at the Hotel California, which is such a lovely place.


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The Cat with Magic Eyes

When you think about heterochromia in cats, you picture a left eye of a different color from a right eye. This cat has two colors in each eye, the outer half blue and the inner half gold! The effect is heightened by the cat’s slit-shaped pupils. See more heterchromic cats, mostly white cats, at Love Meow. -Thanks, hearsetrax!

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Turtles 84 - The Original Teenage Mutant Ninja Team


Turtles 84 by Stationjack

The Ninja Turtles always manage to stay on the cutting edge of cartoon cool, but back when they were less colorful characters starring in a comic book series by Eastman and Laird they were the absolute coolest. It's too bad kids didn't see the TMNT that way, and since so many of them grew up watching the cartoon series the 1984 version of those teenage mutants has faded into obscurity. Isn't it about time the TMNT fans in the world did their homework and explored the comic book origins of their favorite Foot fighting foursome?

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Singing Elvis in Latin


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Dr. Jukka Ammondt is a professor of literature at the University of Jyväskylä in Finland. He’s also an accomplished singer who entertains crowds by singing Elvis songs . . . translated into Latin!

He says that he feels a special connection with Elvis, whose core message can be summarized with the song title “Don’t Be Cruel.” That’s the message that Ammondt wants to spread around the world with his music.

In this video, Ammondt begins by singing “Calling Elvis,” a Dire Straits song—again, in Latin. Then he transitions into Elvis classics: “Don’t Be Cruel” at the 2:20 mark and “It’s Impossible” at the 5:27 mark.

-via Weird Universe


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The Illegitimacy of Aragorn’s Claim to the Throne

This may or may not be blasphemy to Lord of the Rings enthusiasts, but Austin Gilkeson wrote an opinion piece that declares Aragorn does not have a legitimate right to rule Gondor.  

Aragorn’s claim to Gondor’s throne rests entirely on his being descended — after 3,000 years — from Valandil and Isildur, who were kings of Arnor. The closest real-world parallel to this would be an Italian man claiming descent from Romulus showing up in Ankara and claiming to be King of Turkey, because Romulus was supposedly descended from Prince Aeneas of Troy. Imagine if you found out your ancestor, thirty-seven generations prior, was the brother of an Egyptian pharaoh. Do you know what that would make you, in terms of Egyptian political succession? NOTHING. ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

He goes into detail about Aragorn’s ancestors and how they weren’t fit to rule anything. Then again, Aragorn did command the combined army that retook Gondor. During most of our real world history, that was enough to lay claim to rule. Not that successful warlords necessarily made good rulers, but neither does a bloodline. While I won’t argue the point past that, you might want to, along with hundreds of other commenters at The Toast.

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What Happened to Television's Most Famous Couples during the Apocalypse?

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Your favorite couples in television history--Carrie and Mr. Big from Sex and the City, Jim and Pam from The Office, Cory and Topanga from Boy Meets World--whatever happened to them when the world ended?

Were they all able to sort out the inevitable conflicts from their quirky personalities and different backgrounds? Were they able to settle on life goals as a couple? Were they able to find food? Could they defend their shelters from the undead? When the Harvest came to consume humanity, could they even agree in which direction to hopelessly flee?

Chris Scott fills us in at Medium on all of these couples, starting with Monica and Chandler from Friends:

After moving to the suburbs, Monica and Chandler welcomed their third child, Lucas. Chandler was laid off from his job, which, along with the stress of parenting 3 children, led to considerable tension between him and Monica. But after 6 months of couple’s counseling, Monica and Chandler repaired their marriage. And Chandler losing his job ended up being a blessing in disguise, allowing him to make a much needed career change.

Like most of the public, Monica and Chandler dismissed initial rumors about The Syndrome as just that — rumors. In the early days, that was easy enough to do. Propped up by obscure conspiracy websites and less than reliable talk radio personalities, reports of the mysterious and terrifying so-called pandemic, first appearing in Northern Canada, seemed to be little more than isolated incidents connected only by fear-mongers and wild imaginations. It wasn’t until a series of unusual deaths in Washington State that the mainstream media began treating The Syndrome with the seriousness we now know it warranted. Per Monica’s urging, Chandler began stockpiling canned food and essentials in their basement — which they would then be forced to abandon in the evacuation. Their last known whereabouts were at a quarantine center near Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

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Wedding Haka

Benjamin Armstrong’s family and friends surprised him and his bride Aaliyah with a haka at their wedding reception in Aukland, New Zealand, last week. Aaliyah was moved to tears by the performance. After Benjamin and one of the bridesmaids joined in, the bride did, too.  

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Josh Starks gave us a little background in the comments:

This Haka is called Tika Tonu. It is a Maori haka and was written in the Hawkes Bay, New Zealand in 1914 by a chief named Waimarama Puhara. He wrote it for his son and it is about the transition from boy to man.

The lyrics and translation are in the description of another YouTube video. -via Boing Boing


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Manly Beards Made with Bubbles

To have a very beardly beard that impresses the men and seduces the ladies, you don't need a lot of time and careful grooming. Just shape some bubbles appropriately. That's what Mindo Cikanavicius, a photographer in New York City, did in a new series of images. He shows serious, dignified gentlemen with excellent facial hair made entirely of soap bubbles. You can see them all here.


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Dinosaur Shoveling Snow in Kentucky

ABC News is reporting this incident as a man in a dinosaur costume, but that looks like a dinosaur to me, so I'm going with conclusion. Skeptics will insist that it's actually a man in his Halloween costume. His wife, Amy Saxon White, posted a video of him on Facebook and wrote, "Only my hubs."

It looks like claims that Tyrannosaurs couldn't use their arms have been vastly exaggerated.

-via VA Viper


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Rapping with Siri

Robin Babu asked Siri, the digital assistant on his iPhone, to calculate one trillion to the tenth power. This triggered Siri to read out an extremely long number that served as a killer base beat. Robin amplified it and then his friends joined in with additional vocals.

If they tour, they should cut Siri in for a third of the profits.

Redditor mace_guy says that the third performer is singing the “Endaro Mahunubhavulu,” a classical work of Carnatic music.

Update: The original video has been removed from YouTube, but you can see it here.

-via reddit


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The White Room

What happens when you die? The people who know the answer to that are dead, and they’re not telling us anything. A skit from Chris and Jack takes a look at what may be in store for this one guy when he buys the farm.

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It’s a little reminiscent of the classic scene of St. Peter meeting you at the Pearly Gates to announce your final disposition. Except it’s not like that at all. -via Viral Viral Videos


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