Dog Helps Wash the Dishes

Baron is a German Shepherd who lives at Hill Country K9, a dog training and boarding business in California. He is a highly skilled dog who helps around the house. Watch Baron help his human load dishes into the dishwasher.


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Old Evil N. 1 - The Taste Will Drive You Crazy!


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Old Evil No.1 has an ancient flavor few mortals can stand, let alone appreciate, and the squidly aftertaste isn't for those with a weak stomach. But if you can stand to drink the stuff Old Evil packs one hell of a buzz, preparing your body for possession or transformation into a servant of Cthulhu, and it comes in a cool black bottle! When your life has grown dull reach for a bottle of Old Evil No. 1, and unleash the madness!

When you drink please drink responsibly, but when you get dressed go all out with this Old Evil N. 1 t-shirt by Ikado, it's the refreshing way to greet the Great Old Ones when they come to enslave us all!

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Inventions That Make Hair In A Can Seem Brilliant

They say necessity of the mother of invention and while it certainly plays a role in most good creations, there are others inventions that must have been borne from madness, arogance or just plain stupidity. TopTenz has compiled an excellent list of just such creations ranging from the car spittoon (above) to a Razr phone that is actually equipped with a working electric razor.

Of course, not everything that seems to be an immediate failure is actually worthless. TNT is on the list not because the invention was a failure, but because it was not very good at its initial purpose, which was to work as a yellow dye. Personally, I'm glad that didn't work out as I'd hate to be wearing a tee shirt that could explode at any given time.


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Identical Triplets Get Married at the Same Time

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Rafaela, Rochele, and Tagiane Bini live in Passo Fundo, Riuo Grande do Sul, Brazil. All three sisters got married at the same time in a joint ceremony. They married three men who are not related. The brides wore identical dresses and had the same hair and makeup styles. The most obvious differences were the bouquets. Sometimes even their grooms get them confused. The Daily Mail reports:

Rafael, who married Rafaela, told how the girls sometimes deliberately confused their fiances.

He remembered: 'There was a time when we were all in the kitchen making dinner. So Rochele, who is Gabriel's, was doing stuff at the sink, and Rafaela was at the stove.

'We were there chatting and they changed places. I went behind to hug her, and said "oops" when I realised I'd got the wrong girl.'

On the day, though, the men insisted they didn't have a problem recognising the loves of their lives.

'Oh yes, I knew which one was mine, for sure. I knew as soon as she entered the church, she was the most beautiful,' said Eduardo, who married Tagiane.

You can see more adorable photos at the Daily Mail.

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The Price is Right Spokesmodel Makes Mistake in Game, Gives Away a Car to Contestant

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Today on game show The Price is Right, a contestant won a car by accident when spokesmodel Manuela Arbeláez made a mistake during a game. Arbeláez, who was so rattled and embarrassed after her faux pas that she hid behind the game board while wiping tears from her eyes, certainly didn't upset host Drew Carey or the lucky contestant who realized right away she was going to benefit from Arbeláez's error. (Arbeláez later joked about her mistake on Twitter and said she wasn't in trouble at work.) 

Sorry, Manuela. Look on the bright side: at least you didn't fall off a treadmill


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Thou Shalt Not Steal

A man made an appointment at RedINC tattoo parlor in Luton, UK, to get an intricate tattoo of Jesus on his arm. He got the tat discounted from £420 to £250, and he paid when he made the appointment. However, he later asked for £200 of it back, because he needed to pay for a car. He showed up for the appointment on March 23rd, and after consultation, sat for six hours while the tattoo was done. When it was finished, he told the artist that he’d already paid for the tat. The artist called a colleague to ask if that was so, and the man took the opportunity to flee the shop. So he skipped out on £200 that he owed. But that’s not all.

After getting laser removal for artwork he said had been done in Amsterdam, the man sat down for the new work to be inked up.

Around five hours later he was left alone in the parlour with the tattooist, who briefly stopped the work to lock a back door.

It’s then CCTV shows he went briefly behind the counter,

Workers later found up to £1,000 had gone missing.

Incidentally, the man already had a tattoo of praying hands on his other arm, with the caption “Only God can judge me.” -via Arbroath


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Three Women inside a Car Lip Sync Hits from the Past 70 Years


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Shae-Lee Shackleford, Lana Kington, and Madison Lloyd are SketchShe, a comedy troupe in Australia. In a funny and well-produced video, they lip sync top songs since the 1940s, changing costumes every few seconds. It’s really well-made and performed. They do everything including “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” by The Andrews Sisters (1941), “Smells Like Teen Spirit” by Nirvana (1991), and “Wrecking Ball” by Miley Cyrus (2013).

-via Blame It on the Voices


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When Bats Go Bananas, We All Win

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Contrary to popular belief, bats can be absolutely adorable. We at Neatorama have proven this time and time again with cute videos and photos of baby bats. And here's another one! Just look at little Frank here trying to eat a banana bigger than his head and you'll see why we're batty over bats.

If you too have gone bananas over these adorable little batties, then head over to their Facebook or main webpage to learn how you can help the little critters.

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Easter Butter Lamb

The Baranek wielkanocny, or Easter butter lamb, is a hunk of butter shaped into a lamb to celebrate Easter in Poland and Polish communities around the world. You might find one in your Easter basket or use it as a centerpiece for the holiday feast. If the local priest is blessing baskets of Easter foods before they are laid out for the meal, the butter lamb is always included. They are sold in delis around the holiday or you can make your own at home, with or without a mold. Some food artists even make fluffy wool by grating the butter! The flag that often accompanies the lamb is a St. George cross. Check out a gallery of submitted butter lambs representing many techniques and skill levels, from unfortunate to professional. -via Boing Boing

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Retired Wonder Woman

Once she was a big star--a hero who saved the world many times and fought alongside other famous heroes, including Superman and Batman. But Wonder Woman grew old and gradually lost her powers. Now she's Retired Wonder Woman, a performer at fan conventions.


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Wonder Woman is not in good health. Part of that comes from some bad habits, particularly her chain smoking. She now has to walk with a cane. But she gets along pretty well for her age and is available for hired appearances.

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Math Class April Fool Projection Show

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Biola University professor Matthew Weathers (previously at Neatorama) has become famous for his classroom antics. For April Fool’s Day, he had some fun with his computer protection. In fact, he ended up in a fight with himself!  -via Tastefully Offensive


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Antisocial Overlord - Live From Snake Mountain


Antisocial Overlord by Devil Chimp

Having a hideous skull for a face can make you feel mighty unattractive, even if you've got a body that would make Mr. Universe jealous, and feeling unattractive can sometimes lead to antisocial behavior. So what's a skeletal overlord to do with all that angst bottled up inside him? Why, start a rock band, of course! With Beast Man on bass, Evil Lyn rockin' the electric guitar and Clawful pounding out a wicked beat on the drums the new sound of evil was born- Antisocial Overlord!

Master the art of mashup fashion with this Antisocial Overlord t-shirt by Devil Chimp, you don't have to be a He Man fan to appreciate the hilarity.

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ThinkGeek's Creation For April Fool's Day 2015- The Voltron Cat Condo

The nerdy crew at ThinkGeek have an annual April Fool's Day tradition that's both fun and a bit frustrating- they release images of fake products, complete with links to fake product pages in their shop, then laugh like maniacs as fans go crazy for that shiny new product they'll never get to own.

People got wise to their ways and stopped believing in their April Fool's Day product releases, and then they went and changed the game again- by actually producing some of their most popular fake products.

This year ThinkGeek went big and feline friendly with their April Fool's Day product release for 2015- The Voltron Cat Condo:

With a $190 price tag the Voltron Cat Condo isn't going to be one of their best sellers, and frankly looks like a pretty easy DIY project, but the cats look pretty pleased with their epic robo condo!

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-Via Geekologie


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Not a Single Second of Fun in Puerto Rico

Kevin Blandford won a free trip to Puerto Rico from his workplace. However, he and his wife Bonnie have a young baby, and they decided Bonnie would stay home because taking the child would be more hassle than it’s worth. Blandford dutifully sent home photographs of his trip, making it clear how miserable he was without Bonnie there.

You almost feel sorry for the guy… but not really. He also posted the album to reddit. You can see all 14 images at imgur. -via Buzzfeed


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Forget Futons, These Are More Like Cute-ons

I don't know about you guys, but ever since watching Despicable Me, I've dreamed of having a Minion of my own. I don't mean a traditional minion that helps me acheive my evil goals -(though that would be nice too), but a cute yellow Minion that loves bananas and talks in non-sensical gibberish. While that may be an impossibility for now, at least I can settle for the next best thing thanks to Etsy seller SleepingPalace, who makes full-sized minion beds for geeks like me to snuggle in.

For those that instead have a soft spot for a certain friendly neighbor, SleepingPalace also offers Totoro beds for you to cuddle up with. As for me, I think I'll take one of each.

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A Deadly Adoption: Joke or Double Joke?

If you were going to film a silly and implausible Lifetime movie to be aired in the summer, would you announce it on April Fools Day? Would you also claim that the project was secret until that announcement? Could you get The Hollywood Reporter, Entertainment Weekly, the A.V. Club, and other entertainment media outlets to announce it, starting with “This is no April Fools' joke”?

If you were Will Ferrell or Kristen Wiig, you might be able to pull off an April Fools joke like that. Or it could be a genius timing move for a real movie that we’d never pay attention to otherwise. The two say they “secretly” filmed the parody TV movie A Deadly Adoption set to air this summer in celebration of Lifetime’s 25th anniversary of bringing us cheesy TV movies. We will only know for sure when enough time passes. Who knows? There have been cases before in which an April Fool's joke turned out to be so popular that the jokesters had to scramble to make it real. -via Uproxx

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Update: Aaaaand it looks like an April Fool after all, although they still aren't admitting it.


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Underwater Engagement Shoot Is Romantically Enchanting

Shawn-Marie and Adam operate Love and Water Photography, a studio in Maui, Hawaii. They've developed a unique specialty: underwater engagement shoots. The photographers capture tender moments as the couples swim underwater, lovingly embracing and kissing. They're simply beautiful.

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Just a Little Push

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Your car isn’t running, but you need to get somewhere. You don’t have the cash for a tow truck, but you do have friends with a car. However, none of you have a tow rope or a tow bar. Maybe just a little push? Cushion that contact with a spare tire, held by a friend in the trunk. Where there’s a will, there a way, and in Russia, they will always find a way. -via Viral Viral Videos


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10 DIY Ways to Decorate Your Easter Eggs

Easter is almost here and if you're tired of simple rainbow colored eggs but don't have the skills to turn your own eggs into works of art, then you're in luck. We've rounded up some of the coolest DIY Easter egg directions so you can make something truly unique this holiday no matter what your skill level.

Simple Patterns

These beautiful eggs look like they took forever to color, but in actuality, they just took a short bath in boiling water and vinegar while wrapped up in a silk tie. The tie releases an array of colors that make your eggs look like works of art. Our Best Bites has the full tutorial.

Felted Easter Eggs

Felting eggs isn't particularly easy, but this tutorial by MakeZine shows it is much easier than it looks. In fact, you'll be amazed how quickly you can master the skill and create beautiful decorations you can use year after year.

Shabby Chic

This tutorial on Sylwia Serwin isn't in English, but it has so many images that you could probably replicate the process without even turning on Google translate. Essentially, you use a dremel, 3D paint, sandpaper and Mod Podge to make a simple egg look like an antique Easter decoration.

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Eight Italian Travel Tips for Visiting America

Before traveling to Italy for the first time, I was only given one piece of advice that I can remember: be prepared for Italian men, for they are aggressively flirtatious and handsy. It turned out to be great advice. As I wasn't armed with any more key pieces of information about spending time there, I winged it the rest of the way through.

But what of these bits of Italian advice to travelers who are planning their first trip to the United States? A list at Mental Floss features the following "heads up":

8. AMERICANS ARE IGNORANT, BUT NICE.

Of course not all Italians think Americans are nice. Yahoo poster bg says that “The average American has a low level culture and education, most only know English and that inadequately. With the excuse that they are the first country in the world, their arrogance does not allow them to recognize that there are other cultures. The strength of their culture is sports, junk food and Hollywood.”

But, as poster Alessandro notes, “The ignorant are everywhere, but at least in the U.S. they are friendly.”

See eight other Italian tips for those traveling to the United States here.


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Humans Rescue Swans Who Have Tangled Their Bodies around Each Other


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In 2009, brothers Alexander and Vitaly Drozdov walked along the banks of the Maza Jugla River in Latvia. They saw two swans lying in the river, hopelessly tangled around each other’s necks and wings. It was a really bizarre sight. The swans swam toward them as if they hoped that the humans can help them.

The Drozdovs carefully untangled them and set them free. You can see it at the 3:10 mark in the video.

This video has gone viral in the past couple weeks. It leads to an obvious question: how the did these swans get wrapped around each other so much that they could not physically separate themselves? Turn to National Geographic for an answer. It interviewed Brian K. Schmidt, a bird expert at the Smithsonian. Schmidt says that these were probably two male swans who fought each other for territory:

This is the first time I have seen this, but I'm sure it does happen on occasion. [It's] similar to deer getting their antlers entangled."

The swans' neck fighting, coupled with hitting each other, caused them to get stuck.

Mute swan battles are rarely fatal but can be quite violent, nonetheless.

"If the intruder doesn't back down, it goes to a face-off with the birds striking each other with their wings and entangling their necks and biting each other," he says.


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Dogs Train Their Humans to Keep Petting Them

Have you ever been petting a dog who lets you know in no uncertain terms that you've cut short the behavior prematurely and need to report to duty again asap? My dog has a little move we call the noseflip. One bump of his nose underneath your now resting hand will make the hand go flying in the desired petting direction. Aaand repeat. It seems as if every one of the canines shown here have mastered their own set of unique moves.

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Allonsy! - Who Said That?!


Allonsy! by Tom Ryan's Studio

The tenth incarnation of the Doctor was known for many things- his signature trench coat, his love of 3D glasses, and his madcap personality, but there's one French phrase that describes him better than all the rest. It has come to be known as his catchphrase, though who needs a catchphrase when you're a time travelling lord, and whenever we hear that phrase uttered we can't help but think of the tenth. That phrase, of course, is Allons-Y, meaning "let's go", and when the Doctor shows up at your door yelling "Allons-Y, Allons-Y!" you either go or regret not going for the rest of your life!

Bring some sci-fi character to your geeky wardrobe with this Allonsy! t-shirt by Tom Ryan's Studio, it's a fun way to show love for your favorite incarnation of the Doctor!

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1947: Bill in US Congress Would Offer Statehood to Iceland

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Bertrand “Bud” Gearhart (R-CA) was a member of the US House of Representatives from 1935-1949. In the early years of the Cold War, he was concerned about Soviet international ambitions, especially as the French and British empires receded. He thought it prudent that American strength should reach out to confront the Soviets. Gearhart was particularly concerned about the north Atlantic. So, in 1947, he introduced a bill in the House of Representatives that would seek to purchase Greenland from Denmark and offer statehood to Iceland, which had been an independent nation for nearly 3 years. An Associated Press report from that time quotes him:

“Americans must give thought to the ramparts we watch, not merely to the ramparts we once watched,” Gearhart declared in the house. “It is time we give some consideration to the ever avaricious outside world.”

“With Russia extending herself in all directions and England and France clinging tenaciously to their respective empires,” Gearhart added, the islands should be acquired to ensure the defense of the U.S. and possessions “before the last flicker of gratitude among our erstwhile allies dies out.”

I can find no evidence that the House passed the bill.

Source:
“U.S. Expansion Aim of Measure.” The Oregonian 25 Feb. 1947: 4. America’s Historical Newspapers, 1690-2000. Web. 1 April 2015.

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How to Apply an Evolutionary Hypothesis about Gestation to Your Pregnancy

The classic anthropological hypothesis on why humans have so much pain in childbirth compared to other animals, even our closest relatives, is the obstetrical dilemma (OD) hypothesis. That says that human babies have large brains, and human birth canals aren’t really big enough because we walk on two legs instead of four. It’s also why human babies are born so helpless and underdeveloped compared to apes. That’s the conventional wisdom, although if you look closely, there’s not much empirical evidence that even wider hips and a bigger birth canal would hinder a woman’s ability to walk. Biological anthropologist Holly Dunsworth gives us a different hypothesis, called EGG (energetics, growth, gestation) to explain the length of human gestation, which controls the other factors.

The EGG hypothesizes that mothers give birth when they do because they cannot possibly give any more energy into gestation and fetal growth. And when you look at the data available on pregnancy and lactation metabolism in our species, it suggests that right around 9 months of gestation, mothers reach the metabolic ceiling for most humans.

Here’s Herman’s Figure 3 from our paper, showing the EGG for humans, plotted with real metabolic data. Circles are the offspring, squares are the mother. Notice how fetal energy demands increase exponentially as the end of a normal human gestation period approaches. To keep it in any longer, mother would have to burst through her normal metabolic ceiling. Instead, she gives birth and remains in a safe and feasible metabolic zone.

After explaining the EGG hypothesis that she published with several colleagues, Dunsworth switches gears and talks about how this hypothesis relates to any readers who may be pregnant.

You worrying that you gestated too long or too little compared to the species average is a bit like you worrying that you’re shorter or taller than average, have a larger or smaller head than average, have more saliva than average, or that you can’t intentionally fart. Stop worrying about your normal variation. Variation exists because it works. There’s safe wiggle room around most traits and sometimes there’s even full-on spasmodic dancing room. We’d be extinct if there wasn’t any room for variation in how to survive and reproduce. Celebrate your weirdness, your slightly long healthy gestation, your slightly short healthy gestation, your big healthy baby, your small healthy baby, your freckles, your asymmetrical face, your hairy knuckles, your lack of wisdom teeth, your pterodactyl toes. Who cares! If life’s getting on with your weird ass, then you can certainly get on with life.

The article at Scientific American is delightful in that it makes a difficult scientific concept easy to understand, with plenty of extra information about how evolutionary science really works. -via Metafilter


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April Fools' Day Breakfast

It looks like a fried egg and French fries. But it's not. Redditor dwimback's breakfast is actually yogurt, a canned peach, and apple slices. 

Which would also taste good.

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Rhinestone Cowboy Western Movie Montage

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Whether you’re a true fan of the genre or not, you have to admit that a good epic Western adventure is pure escape from the trials and trivia of modern day life. This supercut by Robert Jones has only the best ones, featuring John Wayne, Clint Eastwood, Henry Fonda, Jimmy Stewart, Robert Redford, Gregory Peck, Robert Mitchum, Charles Bronson, Gary Cooper, and stars from a few Western comedies you know and love, too. Take three minutes for a nostalgia break with this video. -Thanks, Robert!  


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Message on Car Window Secures a Kidney Donor

Christine Royles, 23, of South Portland, Maine needed a kidney. She took a spot on the national waiting list for a donor kidney, which is over 100,000 patients long. The odds were bad, so in an act of desperation, she wrote a message on the back of her car asking for a kidney.

Ashley Dall-Leighton saw it and responded immediately. The Portland Press Herald quotes her:

“I looked over,” says Ashley Dall-Leighton, “and I go, ‘Oh, my God, that’s the saddest thing I’ve ever read.’ And he’s like, ‘What?’ And I read it out loud, and he said, ‘Did you get the number? Text her right now.'”

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15 Canadian Slang Terms And What They Mean

Americans find Canadians fascinating in many ways, and even though our neighbors to the north are way more like us than many ‘Mericans would like to admit we're fascinated by the differences in our cultures.

We have an undeniable fascination with Canadian slang, which many Americans are introduced to by TV shows like The Kids In The Hall and SCTV, and the most Canadian movie ever made, Strange Brew.

Bob and Doug taught us when to use words like “hoser” and “beauty”, and to follow up most sentences with “eh?!”, but most Canadian slang eludes Americans because we don’t hear it on a daily basis.

Want to make Canadian slang part of your vocabulary? Check out BuzzFeed’s 15 Real Canadian Slang Terms And What They Mean and get a skookum lesson in Canadian slang, you keener!


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Life-Size Chocolate Benedict Cumberbatch

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UKTV conducted a poll and determined that Benedict Cumberbatch is Britain's yummiest actor. So it commissioned chocolatiers to build this life-size sculpture of the Sherlock and Star Trek Into Darkness star. It consists of over 88 pounds of Belgian chocolate, which is about 33% cocoa. It took about 250 hours of work and the results are truly drool-worthy. You can see more photos of it at BuzzFeed. 


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