A Collection Of Posts About Shrek Nobody Asked For

Remember that lovable green ogre named Shrek? Of course you do! He was in a bunch of movies and TV specials, and he even had his own Broadway show for a minute, and yet Shrek is no longer relevant to many because he hasn't made a new movie in a while.

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It appears the absence of Shrek in our lives has made some people really sad while others are starting to lose their minds, and a few even feel like the only way to fill that ogre-shaped hole in their hearts is to become one with Shrek.

So until that big, green goober with the funny tube ears comes back on our screens we're just going to have to settle for having Shrek in our hearts, in our stomachs, and in our showers...*shiver*

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See 24 Shrek Posts That You Should Let No Innocent Child See here


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Psycho DairyFarm's Walking Dead - The Butcher's Nightmare


Psycho DairyFarm's Walking Dead by Stephen Brian Phillips

Cows don't watch horror movies because all that blood and gore makes them woozy, and pigs hate horror movies because all the screaming harshes their mellow, so needless to say they would not enjoy a trip to the butcher shop. But if cows and pigs made their own horror movies they would definitely feature cuts from the butcher shop, because an undead side of beef shambling towards the living while mooing creepily would scare the patties right out of a cow! And a movie featuring a bunch of strips of bacon coming towards a living pig in an attempt to suffocate them by wrapping themselves all over the pig's face would be one of the scariest flicks ever for a poor little pig! Heck, that's kinda scaring me now that I'm thinking about it!

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A Squirrel's Big Moment

The highlight of the Kent State-Louisville game Saturday was when an unauthorized player took the field. A squirrel caught the attention of the broadcast team, and the crowd, too. When he took off running down the field, everyone stood up and cheered! Will he score a touchdown?

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You'd run pretty fast, too, if a stadium full of giants was yelling at you. Louisville trounced Kent State 42-3, so the squirrel was truly the most exciting play of the afternoon. -via reddit

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Going To The Toy Store As A Kid Vs. As An Adult

Toy stores are like heaven on Earth for most little kids, because they're full of new and wonderful sources of amusement.

There are thousands of shiny new toys that catch the eye, hundreds of dollys looking for a new home, and one particular store is home to a giant giraffe mascot that tells kids his store is a place where "a kid can be a kid".

But once we outgrow our unconditional love of toys we start to see the toy store for what it really is- an overpriced pain in the neck full of kids who have no respect for a collectible figure's packaging. 

Cartoonist JHALL and Jake Young revealed the disparity between how we feel about the toy store when we're kids versus what the toy store is like for adults, and it's got me wishing I could see it all through a child's eyes once again.

See Going To The Toy Store As A Kid Vs. As An Adult at Dorkly


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Underwater Photography Competition Winners

Scuba Diving magazine holds an annual contest for the underwater photography called the Through Your Lens photography competition. They received more than 2,500 entries, and have announced the winners. The image above won first place in the macrophotography division. Raoul Caprez took the picture of a cleaner fish near a sea turtle's eye off the coast of Ecuador. Look closely, and you'll think of Jabba the Hutt, although the actual subject is more Crush from Finding Nemo. Below is the second place winner in macrophotography, by Eduardo Acevedo. It's a ribbon eel, spotted in the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia. The color is magnificent!



You can see all the winners and read the stories behind them at the magazine's website. -via Digg


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Gallery 1988's Epic Bojack Horseman Art Show

Bojack Horseman is a dark and delightful show that is as hilarious as it is depressing. It's no wonder then that the Gallery 1988 show based on the Netflix original features such original, fascinating and downright meloncholy art.

Whether or not you've seen the newest season, it's hard not to love seeing the characters in so many different situations and art styles. 

So don't miss the whole collection on their website.

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Charlie Chaplin's The Great Dictator

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

One of world history's most bizarre coincidences was the uncanny similarities between Charlie Chaplin and Adolf Hitler. Both were born in 1889, just four days apart, Chaplin on April 16th, Hitler on the 20th. Both grew up in extreme poverty. Each man sported a similar toothbrush mustache. And, as we all know, both were to rise to unparalleled heights of world fame, one as a comedian and movie star, the other as a ruthless, tyrannical monster.

The genesis of Charlie Chaplin's 78th movie, a parody and satire of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, was a little booklet the Nazi party published in 1934 called The Jews Are Watching You. This anti-semitic propaganda booklet was filled with photographs of famous Jewish figures, each one accompanied by a hateful caption. Included in the book was a photo of Chaplin (an error, as Chaplin was not Jewish) along with the caption: "This little Jewish tumbler, as boring as he is monotonous..." Chaplin was shown the booklet by a friend who had procured a copy.

The film's other inspiration was a screening of Leni Riefenstahl's Nazi propaganda documentary Triumph of the Will (1936), which Chaplin viewed in New York with french filmmaker Rene Clair. After viewing the chilling movie, Clair was terrified and declared that it should never be shown. Chaplin, on the other hand, found the film hilarious and laughed uproariously throughout. (Chaplin was later to say that "If I'd ever known of Hitler's actual atrocities I could never have made the film.")

Chaplin prepared the script for The Great Dictator in 1937 and 1938. The film finally went before the cameras in September of 1939.

Film historians rightfully credit the Three Stooges with the first Hitler-Nazi cinematic parody. The Stooges short You Nazty Spy was released in January of 1940. But one must note that The Great Dictator was actually in production months before the Stooges' movie.

Originally, the film's title was simply The Dictator. But Paramount studios had the rights to an unrelated novel by that name written by Richard Harding Davis and demanded a $25,000 fee from Chaplin to use the title. To avoid this unnecessary expense, Chaplin, always a man tight with a dollar, simply added the extra adjective.

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A Honest Trailer for Star Trek: The Next Generation

Star Trek itself is 50 years old, and the second TV series The Next Generation is 30. The show was supposed to capitalize on Star Trek mania years after the original series, but improve the stories with a real budget for special effects and decent acting. And it was a real improvement, up to a point. However, looking back from the present, we can tell that TNG had its own faults multiplied by the many years it ran.  

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In their latest Honest Trailer, Screen Junkies explores the many tropes, catch phrases, and repetitive scenes the show relied on as it entered yet another year of feeding our Star Trek addiction. There's plenty to work with here. Just like the original series, TNG was fun while it lasted, and is pretty funny to look back on now. 


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Filipino Artist Turns Old Flip Flops Into Action Figures

There are quite a few steps involved in the making of action figure, including sculpting, molding, assembly and painting, which is why it's virtually impossible for one person to put out their own line of action figures.

But there's an artist in the Philippines who doesn't need a factory or machines of any kind to create his line of action figures- he just needs flip flops, scissors, a razor blade and some glue.

Filipino artist Elmer Padilla creates his awesome foam "action figures" out of old flip flops, which helps him make a little money to feed his family and helps clean up waste in Manila, where old flip flops are a major water pollutant.

Elmer's figures may not have as much poseable "action" as regular action figures, but his versions of the Transformers, Hellboy, Deadpool and Predator are so cool looking kids will definitely have fun playing with them.

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Japanese Rice Paddy Art

Japanese rice paddy art is like paint-by-numbers, except that they use rice plant of various types and colors instead of paint. The result is a colorful field of rice with fantastic images.

Take a look at this neat video clip by Great Big Story about how the village of Inakadate turned their rice fields into a popular tourist attraction year after year.

(Thanks Eric Gonzalez!)


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What Planned Parenthood Taught WWII Veterans About Birth Control

When the Birth Control League was founded in 1921, the organization focused on women, their health, and their right to birth control information. The birth rate declined, but that was probably due more to the effects of the Great Depression and World War II than the League's efforts. Then, when soldiers began to return home from the war, everything changed. Women relinquished their wartime jobs to the veterans, and the returning soldiers wanted to settle down to a normal civilian life, with a home, job, and a wife. The League changed its name to the Birth Control Federation of America in 1939, and then started focusing their efforts on men as well as women. And then less on women altogether.   

In 1942, the Birth Control Federation of America changed its name to the Planned Parenthood Federation of America and began focusing on family planning and spacing out births, rather than women’s rights.

By the end of the war, the organization had “largely abandoned the women-centered approach of the earlier birth control movement,” writes Peter Engelman, in A History of the Birth Control Movement in America. This new message “appealed more to men and the male-dominated public health departments, hospital, legislatures, and government agencies that were integral to the future success of the movement.”

To this end, Planned Parenthood issued booklets discussing family issues aimed at men. They were partly humorous, but emphasized the importance of family planning to one's continued happiness. Take a look inside those booklets at Atlas Obscura.

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Try Not To Laugh At Goat Man While On TV

Some people take their jobs a little too seriously, which makes the other workers feel uncomfortable- and therefore does not make them any friends.

But biologist Tom Thwaites, aka Goat Man, has lots of friends at his job even though he takes his job so seriously he dons a costume so he can walk among the goats as if he were one of them.

He even won an IG Nobel award for his extraordinary research, and yet a certain news anchor who doesn't take her job very seriously seems to think what Tom does is laughable- so she cracked up during a live news broadcast.

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Cthulhu Strikes Back - The Empire Doesn't Stand A Chance Against A Great Old One


Cthulhu Strikes Back by Dr Simon Butler

Darth Vader and the rest of the Sith have always assumed they are the most powerful forces of evil in the universe, but then one day old man Vader saw the true face of evil and couldn't help but soil his costume. The Great Old One Cthulhu had awakened and he brought nothing but death to the stars, and his powers made the Sith look like Gungans in comparison. Cthulhu could not be outwitted, and he had no need of wealth or land so he could not be bargained with, and yet Vader was so high on his Imperial horse he thought he could build a weapon capable of winning the war against ancient evil, but he was wrong...

Add a touch of interstellar horror to your geeky wardrobe with this Cthulhu Strikes Back t-shirt by Dr. Simon Butler, it's an amazing sci-fi mashup that will make your fellow fans wonder "what if Cthulhu woke up in a space opera?".

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The Sixth Terminator Might Be Good

Just the idea of another Terminator movie made fans slap their heads after the disaster of Terminator Genisys. But an as-yet-unnamed film set in the Terminator universe gives us hope because of the people who are connected to the project.

Here’s what we already know about the movie everyone will inevitably call Terminator 6 (though Cameron would prefer we didn’t) until the official title is released. We first learned that Cameron (who directed the 1984 original and Terminator 2: Judgment Day) would be returning to the franchise, and teaming upwith director Miller, back in January. Schwarzenegger, whose performance was the only thing we liked about 2015's Terminator Genisys, revealed his involvement in May. Last week, we learned that Linda Hamilton would be reprising her iconic role as Sarah Connor, now a “seasoned warrior,” per Cameron, in part six.

That's the great thing about a story that involves time travel: you can plop down a tale into the middle of the saga, or before it begins, or even after we thought it ended and still use the same characters. We've seen it happen, with mixed results. What really matters is whether the story is good and makes even a little sense. While we don't know much about the next movie yet, Cheryl Eddy at io9 explains some ways that the Terminator franchise can return to its innovative roots.


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The Addams Family Dancing To The Ramones Song Blitzkrieg Bop

The Ramones song Blitzkrieg Bop is such an upbeat and bouncy song it really makes you want to get up and rock out when it comes on the radio, and even though it's an earworm I don't mind having the tune in my head all day.

Blitzkrieg Bop is also a very raw and basic song, making it great for matching up with video footage, as you can see in this mashup video created by Gabriel Magallon created with clips from The Addams Family.

The Addams Family dancing Blitzkrieg Bop by the Ramones from Gabriel Magallon on Vimeo.

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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Some Kind of Wonderful

Some Kind of Wonderful was a 1987 teen romance starring Eric Stolz, Mary Stuart Masterson, and Lea Thompson. Thirty years later, you probably recall the movie -if you saw it- but you most likely don't know what went into getting it produced. But we have a trivia list! So let's go back 30 years and see how the movie fits into the cinematic landscape of the 1980s.

9. [John] Hughes wrote Ferris Bueller’s Day Off when he was supposed to be writing Some Kind of Wonderful.

Hughes stayed up all night while presumably writing Some Kind of Wonderful, but by morning had written fifty pages to the Ferris Bueller script.

3. One of the directors and Lea Thompson eventually fell in love.

After the film wrapped up they got together and are still happily married to this day.  His name is Howard Deutsch.

Read the rest of the trivia about Some Kind of Wonderful at TVOM.

 


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Fun Facts About Reddit

Just about everyone is familiar wtih Reddit, but what do know about the history of the site itself? You might be surprised about some of the fascinating facts about the site featured in this Daily Dot article. For example, did you know that as of 2012 the site had only spent $500 on advertising (and presumably not much after that either)? Or that the site didn't originally get comments and that, fittingly, the first comment on the site was a complaint about how they added the option to comment? 

Enjoy all 30 facts about about Reddit here.


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Batman vs. Pennywise

Which superhero is most suitable to take on the clown form IT? Batman, of course! The Caped Crusader has dealt with the Joker, but now he's up against a supernatural clown that's infinitely more terrifying.

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The fan film trailer by Adeel of Steel contains footage from four different films. It teases a movie that doesn't exist, but wouldn't you love the opportunity to see it? -via Tastefully Offensive


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Blackboards In Porn: What Do They Write And Is It Correct?

Many porn movies are set in classrooms, and for the sake of believability the blackboards are covered with writing just like they would be if class were actually in session.

And while the audience typically doesn't pay much attention to the blackboards porn producers still go out of their way to write real stuff on those blackboards for some reason.

So a few years back the witty minds behind the surprising Safe For Work humor site Blackboards In Porn started figuring out if the stuff pornographers write on background blackboards actually checks out.

Here's an example of how ridiculously thorough their blackboard examinations were, based on the lead image:

(32F)U/2N = LU.4S(4/T)
4F(U/2n) = LU3S(4/T)
F(U/2n) = LUS(4/T)
FUN = LUST 

Mathematics – GCSE level.

To begin with, the presentation is non-standard and quite sloppy. Firstly, numbers should go before letters, so for example the right hand side of the second line should read 3LUS(4/T). Secondly, all the parentheses are unnecessary as multiplication is associative – careful positioning of symbols next to fractions should obviate any confusion as to whether to multiply by the numerator or denominator. Thirdly, the 'N' on the left hand side changes to an 'n' and back again. Finally, it is more usual to use all lower case letters for unknowns. 

Algebra may mean ‘reunion of broken parts, but there's no happy reconciliation for this equation. It is quite impossible to make FUN=LUST as there is an error in each step of the calculation. The basic rule of manipulating equations in this way is that whatever is done to one side of the equation must also be done to the other side.  This rule has not been followed: 

At the second step, the left hand side has been divided by 8, but the right hand side by 4/3. 

At the third step, the left hand side has been divided by 4, but the right hand side by 3. 

At the final step, the left hand side has been multiplied by 2NUN-1, but the right hand side by T2/4.

Taking the first line as the starting point, the closest to FUN equalling LUST that can actually be achieved is FU/2N-1 = LUS/T.

The teacher could have instead started with 2nu/ts = (2/f)lu, which can be rearranged to show that fun=lust. (Although nuts flu does sound rather like something that may be a result of too much fun lust.)

If the teacher is looking for a way to show how fun algebra can be by making words out of the symbols, she might instead try asking her students what the volume of a circular pizza of radius z and height a is.

2/10 A nice try in engaging students, but riddled with errors. 

(Answer: pi.z.z.a – now that is fun!)

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Cross Stitches for the Modern World

Cross stitching may be a quite old craft, but just because it's a bit old fashioned doesn't mean people aren't still doing their fair share of needlework. 

Over on Awkward Family Photos, you can enjoy some of the most delightfully modern cross stitches around and many of them are pretty darn funny.

Whether you like geeky referrences, song quotes or just sassy humor, you're sure to find something that will entertain you in this collection. 

So check out the whole list here.


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Don't Say Velcro

The lawyers at VELCRO® Brand would prefer you not to use their company's name. What? Not say the brand name? I think the point they are getting to is that you shouldn't use their trademark name when referring to the same product made by companies other than VELCRO®, although they aren't that clear about it. The actual product should be referred to as "&$# hoop and loop." The company wants to protect their trademark even though they lost the patent 40 years ago.

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The singing lawyers make for a funny video, but as for using the brand names as a generic term, that genie left the bottle long ago. Just ask Crock-Pot®, Xerox®, Thermos®, or any of the other brands that became nouns. People are not going to say "&$# hoop and loop," but thanks to this video, they may be more aware of the brand, and that's the real point. -via Metafilter


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Get Ready For All The Spooky Fun With A Halloween-Themed NeatoShop T-Shirt

Sloth Freddy by RicoMambo

When the sun stops burning so brightly and the wind starts to howl you know that Halloween is right around the corner, which means it's time to get ready for all the spooky fun to come.

And the best way to keep the Halloween spirit alive on a daily basis is by sporting a Halloween-themed NeatoShop t-shirt, so you can spread ghoulish grins and devilish delight wherever you go!

For some Halloween is a year-round affair

Nightmare BFFs by Dooomcat

And they don't have to dress up to get in to the spirit of the season

I am the quiet neighbor... by Bob Henley

So if you encounter an eternal Halloweenie in the wild just smile and wave and slowly back away...

Rockabilly Franky by Raz City

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The Tasting of the Shrew

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research, now in all-pdf form. Get a subscription now for only $25 a year!

by Alice Shirrell Kaswell, Improbable Research staff

If you like shrews, especially if you like them parboiled, you’ll want to devour a study published not long ago in the Journal of Archaeological Science. Called “Human Digestive Effects on a Micromammalian Skeleton,” it explains how and why one of its authors—either Brian D. Crandall or Peter W. Stahl; we are not told which—ate and excreted a 90 millimeter long (excluding the tail, which added another 24 millimeters) northern short-tailed shrew (Blarina brevicauda).

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Bizarre Adventure - Stand And Deliver Us From Evil


Bizarre Adventure by ddjvigo

Sometimes we're handed a family legacy we're ill prepared to preserve and protect, but the Joestars have spent centuries mastering the destructive energy within them so to them this energy is neither unfamiliar nor bizarre. But JoJo didn't ask to be a part of his family's adventure, and he refused the call at first because he was too busy trying to be a normal person to embrace his family's powerful legacy, but the energy within him wouldn't take no for an answer. And so JoJo was forced to face the Stand within him and master its amazing powers, a nearly impossible task since JoJo had a hard time controlling this power within him, causing him to question who was actually in charge of his body...

Add some anime adventure to your geeky wardrobe with this Bizarre Adventure t-shirt by Ddjvigo, it's one awesome looking design that will blow your fellow JoJo fans' minds!

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The History of Sears Predicts Nearly Everything Amazon Is Doing

Amazon began as an online book store. It expanded to sell everything, services as well as goods. Then it opened its own brick-and-mortar bookstores, eleven of them so far. Then this summer, Amazon bought Whole Foods, which has 400 physical locations. These same things happened with another retailer that started out over 100 years ago: Sears, Roebuck & Company.

From its founding in the late 19th century to its world-famous catalog, the history of Sears, Roebuck & Company is well known. Less storied is its magnificently successful transition from a mailing company to a brick-and-mortar giant. Like Amazon among its online-shopping rivals, Sears was not the country’s first mail-order retailer, but it became the largest of its kind. Like Amazon, it started with a single product category—watches, rather than books. But, like Amazon, the company grew to include a range of products, including guns, gramophones, cars, and even groceries.

From the start, Sears’s genius was to market itself to consumers as an everything store, with an unrivaled range of products, often sold for minuscule profits. The company’s feel for consumer demand was so uncanny, and its operations so efficient, that it became, for many of its diehard customers, not just the best retail option, but the only one worth considering.

The steps -and missteps- that Sears took along the way to where it is now mirror what Amazon is going through. Read a comparison of the two companies in two different centuries at the Atlantic. -via Digg


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All Night Long at The Airport

A few years ago, we posted a video that Richard Dunn made when he was stranded overnight at an empty airport. The Charlotte Douglas International Airport wasn't totally empty when Mahshid Mazooji was stranded there overnight on a recent trip, so she enlisted the help of fellow passengers and airport staff in making a video that cheered everyone up. It will cheer you up, too!

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Mazooji's brother Death__BySnuSnu posted this at reddit. Commenters verified that the Charlotte airport has the second-best dancers in any U.S. airport, bested only by the staff at Hartsfield–Jackson Atlanta International Airport.  


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Why Is 'Colonel' Spelled That Way?

It's a military rank that is pronounce "kernel" like  a unit of corn, but is spelled "colonel," which doesn't have any other pronunciation in English. How did we get one from the other? Which came first, the spelling or the pronunciation? The answer is: they both evolved over time. See, the military term "colonel" was borrowed from the French language, which had borrowed it from Italian. But each country spelled it differently, and then each country changed it differently. Linguist Arika Okrent explains the military term "colonel" and its complicated evolution that left us with the crazy spelling at Mental Floss.  


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The Hero We Need

Well, I guess that's one way to fight crime and change hearts and minds. Or at least take over hearts and minds. If you know someone who led a life of crime and had a sudden transformation into a mild-mannered, upstanding citizen, he may be harboring a secret within himself. This horror is only found in a world where superheroes, aliens, and zombies collides. Or in our world, when you recall the many posts we've done about parasites that turn their hosts into zombies that do the parasite's bidding. This is the latest comic from Ethan Vincent at Oppressive-Silence. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Jack Russell Bullies Three Cats

A tiny terrier pays no attention to the fact that these lion cubs are several times his size. What matters is intimidating them from the start, so they know who's boss. Jack Russells are born with a Napoleon complex, and use it to the fullest extent.  

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The cubs probably just want to play, but they know better than to mess with a yapping ball of fury, no matter how small it is. -via reddit

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A Failed 1930s American Town, Lost in Time in the Amazon Rainforest

Henry Ford did not care for dealing with the European countries that controlled the rubber trade, but the Ford Motor Company needed rubber for tires. So he decided to grow his own rubber trees in South America. Ford secured 10,000 square kilometers of land in the Amazon rainforest, and in 1928 shipped in a team of managers, their families, and everything they needed to settle in Brazil. The company built a town called Fordlândia. It was modeled after a utopian vision of small town America, complete with separate neighborhoods for the Americans and the Brazilian workers.

He was very particular about Fordlândia operating like a real mid-Western American town, ensuring that his resident Brazilian workers lived in the American-style housing, complete with white picket fences, and even insisting that they ate American-style food– an unfamiliar diet of oatmeal, canned peaches and brown rice.

Ford wasn’t a fan of the Jazz Age either, and saw the town as an opportunity to recreate America as he had always imagined it. A strict set of rules imposed by the managers. No alcohol, no tobacco, no women inside workers houses, not even football was allowed within the town. Inspectors came to the workers housing to check they were living according to their American standards that had been forced upon them.

As you might guess, Fordlândia had its problems from the beginning. The company town only lasted six years, and Ford never even went there. Read about the short life of Fordlândia, and see plenty of pictures as it was then, and as it is now, at Messy Messy Chic.


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