The Nelsons

Wedding photographer Shalyn Nelson took pictures of her grandparents in a wedding-like setting to celebrate their 63rd anniversary. Joe and Wanda Nelson met in 1950 when he pulled up in his car and asked her for a date. They’ve been together ever since. Shalyn asked them write letters to each other before the shoot. His begins,

“Dearest Wanda, it’s been a long time since I have written you a letter. I think it was when I was working in Canada, that I wrote you last. Anyway, I still love you just as much, probably more.”   

See the rest of the photoshoot at Buzzfeed. -via Pleated-Jeans


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The Official Magikarp Music Video Is An Anthem For The Underdogs

Poor little Magikarp- he's the biggest loser in the world of Pokémon, and even though he can evolve into the spectacular and powerful Gyarados his base form does nothing but flop around pathetically.

But everyone loves an underdog, so Pokémon fans naturally feel sorry for Magikarp and want to brighten his day by making him feel appreciated, even if they don't really want him stinking up their Pokéball.

Maybe he'll feel better about himself if we sing him a little song?

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This official music video shared by the Pokemon official YouTube channel features this inspiring chorus:

Weak pokémon, Magikarp

The weakest thing in the world

Weak pokémon, Magikarp

So weak that it's actually shocking

No wonder that flopping fish is always down in the dumps, even the songs dedicated to him are sad!

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No Peddlers

Stories from the police blotter in your local newspaper can be weird, overly trivial, or funny enough to make you smirk. Rarely are they laugh-out-loud material, but this one caused me to giggle uncontrollably. The misunderstanding makes enough sense to be believed, yet those poor kids badly need to expand their vocabulary. And the sign maker needs to learn how to spell "peddlers." Found at Bad Newspaper.


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Old School Tech Support - Console Gaming Used To Blow


Old School Tech Support by Brinkerhoff

Back in the day when the geek squads were still in training pants gamers had to go it alone when they ran into problems with their console games, and more often than not that meant blowing really hard into the bottom of your cartridge. It seems the designers made cartridges which could hold tons of music, cool graphics and dozens of hours of gameplay, but if they got too dusty the game was over before it could even start. Thankfully, old school gamers were trained in the ways of the mighty cartridge blow, and between that and tricky ways of inserting the cartridges into the console the game would always go on!

Show the world you're a veteran of the console wars with this Old School Tech Support t-shirt by Brinkerhoff, it definitely doesn't blow!

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Slave Leia Sailor Moon

Knockie Cosplay offers this beautifully executed mashup of Princess Leia in her slave outfit from Return of the Jedi and Chibiusa from Sailor Moon. She is accompanied by the cat Luna-P, now transformed into a fully operational Death Star.

You can see more cosplay photos of Knockie at her Instagram page, including pictures of her with a Jedi Sailor Moon cosplayer.


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Bear Riding on Garbage Truck

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You’ve read about bears in dumpsters looking for a snack, but here’s a bear on a dumpster truck! La Cueva volunteer firefighter Caleb Johnson caught video of the bear catching a ride in Los Alamos, New Mexico. You can imagine how confused the bear felt when his huge dumpster find started moving. Someone suggested the truck driver back up to a tree, and when he did, the bear took the opportunity to move to a more familiar space. After the truck left, the bear scampered off across the canyon. -via Arbroath


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The Multi-Million Dollar Flinstone House Nobody Wants To Buy

People often design and build houses to look like no other structure on Earth thinking this will make it an oddity and therefore more valuable.

But a unique look can actually lower the value of a building, making it virtually impossible to sell because it only appeals to a niche market.

Case in point- this cartoon lover's casa in the Hillsborough, California known as "The Flinstone House", which has been on the market for years but is apparently too quirky to sell.

The Flintstone House was built in 1976 and renovated in the 80s after the building suffered weather damage, and even though it's now artsy and upscale in a modern Stone Age kind of way the price is dropping by the day.

Something about the house has made it sit on the market without interest for years, and the price has dropped $1 million in the last year despite the house being seen as a Bay Area landmark.

Whatever it is, it can't be this amazing bathroom setup, look at that crazy caveman style shower!

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Where All That Olympic Money Goes

What’s the best job in all of the Olympics? Gold medal winner? Sure, those few people might make a good career out of winning, but overall, the many athletes who participate are pretty much at the bottom of the money funnel. The real winners are the members of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), the non-profit organization in which the 100 active members control billions of dollars (and since they are based in Switzerland, the money is not taxed). Members are considered volunteers as they receive no salary, but the job comes with plenty of perks, like $450 to $900 per day when traveling on Olympic business, $7,000 a year for office expenses, and lavish treatment from cities trying to win future Olympics. And members do not age out of the committee until they’re 80 (although a few have been kicked out for taking bribes).       

But athletes can take heart that they’re doing better than the people who are displaced from their homes to make room for Olympic venue construction.

The Washington Post constructed this graphic to show where the money comes from (broadcast rights and sponsors) for the Olympics and where it goes. -via Digg  


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The Strangest Food and Drink Conspiracy Theories Ever

It should go without saying that Tim Horton doesn't add nicotine to their coffee to get you addicted or that the government isn't adding fluoride to your water to control your mind. Of course, that doesn't mean people don't believe these things. 

Strangely though, some consiparcy theories are surprisingly accurate -for example, the popularity of fondue in the seventies was all a result of brilliant marketing from the Swiss Cheese Union. It sounds absurd, but it's actually well documented.

You can read up on more of these odd theories over on Thrillist

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Meet Rowdy

Rowdy is a dog with unusual markings that he wasn’t born with, but developed over time. It’s the result of vitiligo, a condition that affects the pigmentation of skin.

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Because of his look, and even more because of his friendly attitude and popularity, Rowdy has become the mascot of the the American Vitiligo Foundation. -via Tastefully Offensive

PS: Rowdy is also the subject of a recent reddit Photoshop battle.

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You Don't Have To Be Stoned To Enjoy Man Vs. Rock, But It Doesn't Hurt

When you stroll around the dealer's room at San Diego Comic-Con you get to see lots of friendly faces trying to sell you their independently created comic books.

The artists are generally quite nice but their comics rarely thrill me, because they just sound like the same old superheroic premise presented with lackluster art.

But this year Kevin Bieber and Victor De Troy introduced me to their fun and funky new comic drawn by Jared Lamp called Man Vs. Rock.

The premise is brilliantly ridiculous- rocks have been treated like crap by humans for thousands of years- we've peed on them, spit on them, crucified them and used them as slaves while building the pyramids.

So naturally rocks are fed up with the way humanity treats them so they decided to revolt, bringing about the Rock-pocalypse, and the only man who can defeat them is crazed geologist Buck Stone.

The series is satirical, abstract and totally over-the-top in terms of humor, with jokes galore on each and every page, and yet the premise is compelling enough to make you want to read on.

I mean, who wouldn't want to find out how to stop the Rock-pocalypse from happening, right?

Read samples from the first five issues here (NSFW)


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100 Tiny Houses That Make Downsizing Look Good

The tiny house movement is gaining ground for several reasons. It’s not only part of the moment to simplify your life, it’s a mechanism that forces you to keep your possessions under control on an ongoing basis. Those who live this way will tell you that while downsizing the space you take up and the amount of stuff you own simplifies your home life, it opens up time and possibilities for other things, like adventure, introspection, and socializing. Housely has a list of advantages and disadvantages of tiny house living, plus 100 images to show you how stylish and distinctive tiny houses can be, from vacation homes on wheels to high-end luxury homes.


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Amazing Geek Tattoos Spotted At the 2016 San Diego Comic Con

Geeky people with tattoos tend to have geeky tattoos, so it's no wonder that you can find some amazing geek tattoos at the San Diego Comic Con. Here are a few of the best and coolest tattoos we spotted at the convention.

The Sexiest Witch King In Town

Even the most dedicated Lord of the Rings fan has probably never seen the Witch-King of Angmar like this. You know what they say -if you've got it, flaunt it.

Don't Mess With These Ladies

Some girls like princesses that follow all the rules, like Cinderella and Sleeping Beauty, but others like girls who defy authority.

That's why she had the princesses Daenerys, Merida and Mulan tattooed on her sleeve.

Of course, strong female role models don't end with princesses. These Gotham City femme fatales also belonged to the same woman, Ms. Melissa Romero. All of her work was completed by Steve Rieck, a Las Vegas artist who has a particular interest in doing geeky tattoos.

There Couldn't Be a More Fitting Place

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The Wealthiest Counties in the U.S

The Code Black Group has a map that shows where the wealthiest and poorest counties in the U.S. are based on the median income for each. What’s even more interesting is the list that accompanies it that has all the counties in the U.S. in rank order. The top eight have median incomes over $100K and five of them are right around the District of Columbia. While the title draws you to focus on the wealthiest, I was surprised to find my county, and most of the counties surrounding mine, in the very bottom twenty. They also did a similar map and ranking of counties by the percentage of the population with a bachelor’s degree, and the lists are a lot alike. -via Digg


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The Unwritten Lady Dwarves Of Middle Earth - Girls Just Want To Have Fun Too!


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The dwarves of Middle Earth are now sung about by bards, they star in tales told around campfires and have entire towns in awe of their might, their bearded faces made famous by their adventures alongside hobbits. But what about those other bearded folk who didn't get to go there and back again? We're talking, of course, about the lady dwarves who were left at home while their men-folk went out and fought a war against Sauron's dark army. When will these bearded women behind the bearded men of the Khazad get to take their fateful journey into the unknown?

Show some love for the literary ladies who didn't make it into publication with this The Unwritten Lady Dwarves Of Middle Earth t-shirt by geeksweetie, it'll become your new source of hirsute happiness!

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Road Tripping Across America As A Muslim Man

Islamophobia is at an all time high here in America, with the fear of ISIS attacks and terrorist acts on everyone's minds.

So imagine what it must be like to be a Muslim man of Arabic descent here in America these days...scary, right?

Now imagine what it would be like for this muslim guy to take a road trip across the U.S., stopping off in some of the most hate-filled cities in America while fitting a racial profile.

Well, as always America is full of surprises, and even though the media makes us think Vice journalist Abdullah Saeed would be shot on sight in certain states his trip was actually quite pleasant.

Bizarre, but pleasant. (NSFW due to language)

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In the summer of 2015 Abdullah Saeed, Wilbert L. Cooper and Martina de Alba went road tripping from L.A. to D.C. in an RV for a show on Viceland called Vice Does America.

After watching a few episodes it seems to me like it's a more realistic look at today's America than the news media portrays, with less fear and more brotherhood.

Read Road Tripping In America As A Muslim Man here

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8 Things You Might Not Know About Harley Quinn

Batman fans are looking forward to the movie Suicide Squad not least because of Harley Quinn, the Joker’s sexy sidekick who became a fan favorite, played by Margot Robbie. The wait will be over this coming weekend, and to get ready for the movie, you might want to brush up on Harley Quinn history and some trivia about the Harley Quinn. She was born on TV, and became a comic book character later on.

Originally intended to be nothing beyond a walk-on, Harley (in her typical stubborn fashion) defied expectations. Resonating with viewers and writers alike, Harley earned her own origin story in the now classic Mad Love comic (which was later adapted into an episode of the New Batman Adventures in 1999) and has since become a fan favorite, going on to appear as a side character in a multitude of animated series, features and comics, (e.g. Batman: The Brave and the Bold, Batman: Assault on Arkham, Injustice: Gods Among Us) and been given her own solo runs with heavyweight contributors the likes of Terry Dodson, Karl Kesel and Amanda Conner. Harley just won’t quit.

Read the rest of the trivia list about Harley Quinn at Geeks Are Sexy.


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The Hilarious Pet Contract One Dad Put Together for His Kids

Kids love pets, but parents aren't always on board -especially if they think they'll get stuck having to take care of the animal. That's why many families write up pet contracts to help make the children understand all the responsibilities associated with owning a dog or cat. The thing is though, usually they aren't as damn hilarious as this contract. I just hope they don't actually surgically remove its paws. 

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The Highlight of the Ceremony

A bride and groom are repeating their wedding vows when those in attendance get a reason to pay attention.

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Yes, the flower girl stole the show, which is what you should expect when you put little children in the wedding party. It’s moments like these that make a wedding memorable. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Preparing for the Future

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"Certainly, sir. Which 20-year old celebrity would you like to emulate?"

Pro tip: get the hairstyle that your grandfather wore at your age and you'll never look ridiculous.


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Gross Bodily Functions Humanity Developed On Purpose

Animals aren't the only ones who have developed gross bodily functions to help keep them safe in various ways- the human animal has evolved some slightly repulsive yet extremely effective tricks too.

For example- a new theory suggests teenagers get acne to repel potential mates until they're mature enough to care for their child.

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There's also a theory that zits make younger males appear to be less of a threat to older males, so they don't get eliminated from the mating game before they've even begun.

Those theories may sound like a bit of a stretch, but the theory that contagious vomiting helped prevent mass poisonings sounds like a solid concept to me.

So does the idea of humans fainting at the sight of blood to help them survive grievous bodily injury, since our blood pressure and heart rate slow down quite a bit while we're unconscious.

Fainting also helped us survive by working as a "play dead" device during our caveman days, making it more likely for an attacker to leave the victim alone after they've passed out due to injury.

Read more about 6 Gross Bodily Functions Humanity Developed On Purpose here


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Behind The Scenes Photos From Pink Floyd's The Wall

The music of Pink Floyd has changed so many lives since they made their debut with the seminal psych rock album The Piper at the Gates Of Dawn back in 1967.

So when the movie adaptation of The Wall came out in 1982 it naturally touched audiences deeply as well, and Bob Geldof's performance as Pink left us all ready and willing to tear down our walls so we don't self-destruct.

But as you can see from these behind-the-scenes photos from The Wall there was a kind of schizophrenic feeling to the production, as if they were making different films with vastly different voices.

And yet after watching the film you can see how this filmmaking madness came together as a work of pure genius, and all the production wars were fought for the sake of Pink Floyd fans the world over.

See 'The Wall': Stunning Behind-The-Scenes Images From Pink Floyd's Harrowing Cinematic Acid Trip here


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Documentaries That Actually Made A Difference

Documentaries tend to do exactly what their name implies- document some aspect of our lives, typically to illustrate a point or profile a particular person, event or era.

This often dry yet information rich form of cinema has proven to be an extremely effective way to sway the public opinion, making soapboxers seem like champions of justice.

And yet sometimes soapboxing is a good thing, as it demands people pay attention to an issue in need of repair, which is when documentaries can actually make a difference in the world.

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Remember Blackfish, the documentary that made Sea World's stock plummet? Love or hate the message you must admit the film made good points, and it forced Sea World to change their practices for the sake of mammalian sea life.

The Cove similarly shed light on the fact that dolphins were being slaughtered in ridiculously high numbers for no good reason, and since the film's debut the number of dolphins captured annually in Japan has dropped by 75%.

But documentaries don't just save animal lives- The Thin Blue Line helped free Randall Dale Adams just days before he was set to die by lethal injection for the murder of a police officer that he didn't commit.

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See 10 Documentaries That Actually Changed Things here


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The 10 Saddest Cartoon Episodes Ever

"Heart of Ice" is often regarded as the greatest episode of Batman: The Animated Series. In this beautifully-directed story, Mr. Freeze is the most sympathetic of Batman villains.


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It was a wrenching episode ranked among Watch Mojo's grand list of the 10 saddest cartoon episodes ever. Among them are tragedies from The Simpsons, Family Guy, Rugrats, and, most importantly, the Ice King origin story from Adventure Time.

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Monster Sculptures So Lifelike They'll Give You Nightmares

Most of us outgrow our fear of monsters by the time we're old enough to buy booze, but monsters have the ability to reinvent themselves and scare us when we feel we're beyond being scared of "kid's stuff".

These terrifying reinventions are created by hard working monster lovers like Arizona based artist Josh Leichliter, who spend their time creating creatures guaranteed to keep us up at night.

Josh's amazing monsters sculptures are head and fangs above the rest in terms of realism, and if their terrifying features don't make you break out in a cold sweat those eyes that seem to stare straight into your soul certainly will.

Read Artist Creates Monster Sculptures That Look So Real They Ruined Your Sleep Forever here


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Trenchcoat Detective Agency - Solving Crimes In Style


Trenchcoat Detective Agency by Paulychilds

If crimes were committed in a world devoid of detectives the whole place would fall to pieces- literally, because people would be killing each other left and right. Thankfully, we live in a world where crime is countered by great detective work, and many of the televised greats, such as Sherlock, Columbo Poirot and Gene Hunt, share one fashion feature in common- the trenchcoat. It gives the wearer a classic crime fighter look while hiding their criminology supplies, and when they're walking around and the killer's identity suddenly occurs to them the scene just isn't complete without that trenchcoat flapping in the breeze. You could fight crime while wearing something other than a trenchcoat, but you simply would not look as cool!

Celebrate your favorite fashionable TV detectives with this Trenchcoat Detective Agency t-shirt by Paulychilds, it'd be a crime not to own it if you're a fan of serial detective shows!

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Quotes About Goats

The following article is from Uncle John’s Factastic Bathroom Reader.

These proverbs date back to a time when the world was more agrarian, but we think they still make a lot of sense… even if they are all about goats.

“The more the billy goat stinks, the more the nanny goat loves him.” Belgium

“If you put a silk dress on a goat, he’s still a goat.” Ireland

“It’s out of ignorance that a goat will attend a leopard’s party.” Africa

“The goat must browse where she is tied.” Romania

“When you give a friend a goat, you have to let go of the leash.” Kenya

“It don’t take a genius to spot a goat in a flock of sheep.” Old West

“He who lets the goat be placed on his shoulders will soon have to carry the cow.” Italy

“Where there are no sheep they call the goat princess.” Turkey

“A man accused of stealing a goat should not entertain his visitors with goat meat.” West Africa

“Look for a black goat while it is still daytime.” Nigeria

“You are correct, but the goat is mine.” Corsica

“The goat that has many owners will be left to die in the sun.” Haiti

“Don’t approach a goat from the front, a horse from the back, or a fool from any side.” Russia

“Even an old goat likes to lick salt.” Hungary

“By candlelight a goat looks like a lady.” France

“If wisdom were measured by the size of the beard, the goat would be a philosopher.” Denmark

“A man and a goat may be friends, but don’t expect the goat to pay the first visit.” West Africa

“If you’re short of trouble, take a goat.” Finland

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The article above is reprinted with permission from Uncle John’s Factastic Bathroom Reader. The 28th volume of the series is chock-full of fascinating stories and facts, and comes in both the Kindle version and paper with a classy cloth cover.

Since 1988, the Bathroom Reader Institute had published a series of popular books containing irresistible bits of trivia and obscure yet fascinating facts. If you like Neatorama, you'll love the Bathroom Reader Institute's books - go ahead and check 'em out!


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The Joy of Teaching



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To fill young minds with a passion for learning and a fire to empower your conquest of the world is the bliss of the teacher. Embrace the challenge of teaching by building fail-safes into your doomsday devices so that they can never be used against you.


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9 Weird Facts About Babies

The following article is from Uncle John’s Factastic Bathroom Reader.

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Babies: they’re even weirder than you thought.

1. They can’t taste salt. Babies are born with a well-developed sense of taste— but not for salt. Studies show that babies can’t taste salt until they’re about four months old. They can taste other flavors as well as adults can, especially sweet, bitter, and sour flavors (which might explain all the “baby tastes lemon” videos on YouTube)— and maybe even better: some studies indicate that babies actually have more taste buds than adults do.

2. They don’t shed tears. Babies cry an awful lot— but they can’t shed tears: they don’t have functional tear ducts until they’re between three and twelve weeks old. (They can, however, produce “basal tears”— the nonemotional tears we produce constantly to keep our eyes moist.)

3. They have no kneecaps.

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Eric Cartman Quotes Wrongly Attributed To Well Known People

Eric Cartman is by far the most controversial character on South Park, and over the years that Cheesy Poof lovin' sociopath has committed virtually every crime in the book.

So to continue his legacy of liberally spreading sin around Imgur user xiucutil decided to take the wise words of Eric Cartman and wrongly attribute them to various famous folks.

The quotes are more honest than these well known people have ever been in their entire life, and so spot on you'll start to wonder whether Cartman is actually channeling these celebs when he speaks.

They also show us how much certain famous folks have in common with Eric Cartman, proving great minds tend to think alike.

See more "Eric Cartman Quotes Wrongly Attributed To Celebrities" here (NSFW due to language)


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