I just watched one minute and forty-one seconds of a corgi puppy named Maya being introduced to her first pumpkin and subsequently playing with it in the manner that a pup would. While nothing really happens in this video, surprisingly I don't wish I had the last minute and forty-one seconds of my life back, because... roly poly corgi puppy. -Via Tastefully Offensive
Even if you live for Halloween, you still probably put most of your decorations away by December, but this delightful, monster-like chair is perfect for use all year long. That's because when it's not lit up from precisely the right angle, it looks like just another vintage wooden dining chair.
The styling is perfect as creator Yaara Derkel was striving to design something that was creepy and strange, yet familiar and inviting at the same time.
Read more about the Coppelius chair at Homes and Hues: The Spookiest Chair This Side of Halloweentown
Neatorama welcomes an article from J. Tithonus Pednaud of The Human Marvels. This is an excerpt from Pednaud’s new book After Life: True Tales of the Restless Dead, which is on sale now.
After Life: True Tales of the Restless Dead unearths and recounts fantastic post-mortem adventures undertaken by cadavers and also chronicles numerous misfortunes that have befallen the dead.
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Born Margarethe Geertruide Zelle in the Netherlands, Mata Hari was an exotic dancer and a courtesan to rich and powerful men. She is also one of the more intriguing women of the twentieth century, who consistently captured imaginations due to the fact that she was also a spy. But truthfully, she wasn't a very good spy.
During WWI, the French asked Mata Hari to use her charms and contacts to get information. She proved to be unsuccessful and the French suspected she was a double agent for the Germans. In February of 1917 she was arrested and put on trial for spying for the Germans. Despite no concrete evidence, Mata Hari was convicted and promptly executed by firing squad on October 15, 1917.
Following the execution, no family member stepped forward to claim Mata Hari’s body. Her corpse was given to the Museum of Anatomy in Paris where she was dissected. Mata Hari’s head was eventually severed and preserved in wax, then placed in the museum’s display of notorious criminals. The museum already contained head casts of criminals executed during the 19th century, as well as a vast collection of skulls from asylums for the mentally ill, and so Mata Hari was a welcome addition.
But when the French Minister of Education threatened to close the failing Museum of Anatomy in 2000, the museum director decided it would be best to present the Minister with a catalogued list of the museum’s most impressive treasures. In researching that catalogue, it was discovered that the head of Mata Hari was missing. What happened to it is a mystery, but it is suspected that it was stolen by a morbid admirer.
While it was Mata Mari's fame that compelled authorities to collect her head, it was Fritz Haarmann’s notoriety that earned his head a spot on a shelf.
Recep Alçamlı is a Turkish chemical engineering student in his final year of studies. A hobby of his is making these great sculptures on pencil tips. Perhaps taking cues from other noted pencil graphite sculptors like Dalton Ghetti (previously on Neatorama), Alçamlı has the utmost patience and steady hands.
Visit Alçamlı's Facebook page to follow his work.
-Via Bored Panda | Images: Recep Alçamlı
I have always admired people who can dance really well. There is just a grace and fluidity to good dancers, no matter what genre they dance to. Even in cases like this, where some people may not like the type of music, the dancing makes it enthralling to watch. Like this video.
I also like the fact that whole thing is clearly taking place in a suburban shopping mall. Just proves that those Step Up movies must be steeped in accuracy. Suburbia is a breeding ground for the world's best dancers.
Oh, and anytime someone dressed like a robot does the robot, an angel gets its wings.
Check out Noster's YouTube Page for more awesome dance vids like this one.
(Photos: Navid Baraty/Gothamist)
If you're going to have a business lunch and want to impress potential clients, then you may wish to meet them at Amancay's Diner, a new restaurant in the Bushwick neighborhood of Brooklyn. Owner Chang Han envisions it as a classic diner that is open 24-hours a day.
-via First We Feast
Redditor pbmax542 said his daughter has been sleeping on the floor to be with her kitten. The kitten Gandalf (seen in this video) cannot climb the ladder into the elevated bed like he used to because of an injury to his rear leg. So pbmax542 made the bedroom ADA compliant by building a kitten ramp! Isn’t that sweet? The discussion at reddit gives some hope that the limp may be temporary due to inflammation after Gandalf’s neutering. We wish him a speedy recovery.
See also: Cat Ladders
Which movie poster do you see above? All of the text and graphic details have been stripped out, leaving a minimal design. It's part of a project from John Taylor called Film the Blanks. So much of original is gone, but the core design elements make many of these posters instantly recognizable.
Image Credit: Rick Dikeman
Lets none of us play games, okay? It is almost the tenth of October, and we all know what that means. Halloween is coming, and it is a perfect time to start pumping yourself up by reading something that will scare the crap out of you. I say this as a grown man who fears clowns. But also as a rational man, knowing ALL people should fear clowns. Oh, this article is about scary clowns, by the way, in case you couldn't tell from my fear-fueled rambling.
Uproxx put together a tasty little list of the 8 most terrifying clowns from pop culture, and I will admit, they did a great job. I mean, any clown is horrifying, so it mustn't have been that hard, but still. Just seeing Pennywise from It on the list and I was happy.
By happy, I mean I may have peed a little.
(Photo: Brenden Ashton)
Where is the best place in the world to live? After Texas (obviously), you may want to try Canberra, the capital city of Australia. According to a recent report published by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development, Australia, and in particular its capital, does very well on a test of nine measures of livability. Alan Flippen of the New York Times explains what that test assesses::
The nine measures were education, jobs, income (measured at purchasing power parity to correct for cost-of-living differences between countries), safety, health, environment, civic engagement, access to broadband and housing.
If you decide to move to Canberra as a result of this report, keep in mind that you will probably want to vacate eventually. In the Exosquad universe, that city will the site of a fierce and destructive battle in the year 2121. If your property in Canberra survives the Neosapien War, the value of it may decline significantly.
-via Ace of Spades HQ
Some anime characters really pop on the screen, but none have more character appeal than the fantastic characters created by Miyazaki. His studio creates the kind of characters we let into our hearts, characters that captivate our imaginations and fill our hearts with joy. Miyazaki makes us believe that fluffy neighbors live in the forest, pigs can soar through the sky, and those who believe can bridge the gap between the human world and the realm of the supernatural. Miyazaki's films are like classic works of art, because they'll never go out of style!
Celebrate the colorful characters made by Miyazaki with this Japan Pop t-shirt by Edwoody, and spread the good word about Ghibli all over town!
|Monsters||Keep The Umbrella||Sora Space||FrozCard|
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Not sure if you have checked out the Gritty Reboots YouTube page, but it is exactly what the name implies. They take cute and cartoonish things and give them, um, well, gritty reboots. While I found all of them hilarious and enjoyable up to this point, their most recent gritty reboot of Adventure Time blew my mind and left me speechless.
Literally, I have nothing else to say. This speaks for itself.
Okay, ONE more thing to say: wow. Right in the feels.
When someone comes into my office, I want that person to adopt an attitude most conducive to a productive working relationship. And now I know what is the perfect design for that purpose: the Scorpion Chair (translation) by Vyacheslav Pakhomov. It costs 230,000 rubles, which is about $5,749 USD.
Each year the Hudson Valley region of New York is set ablaze in honor of Halloween, but don't worry- the blaze is safely contained within thousands of jack o'lanterns!
This annual celebration is called The Great Jack O' Lantern Blaze, and people come in from all over the East Coast to check out amazing displays featuring "more than 5,000 individually hand-carved, illuminated jack o' lanterns", ranging from somewhat traditional to udderly awesome:
In the last ten years the event has gone from a few nights in October to a whopping 28 nights of grinning delights for folks who enjoy the fine art of jack o' lantern carving.
The event takes place on the grounds of Van Cortland Manor, giving the festivities a suitably spooky feel, and those who come for the carved pumpkins stay for the thrill of the Horseman's Hollow, a Sleepy Hollow themed haunted attraction.
What is so amazing about the A6 V1.0 paper airplane gun by YouTube user Papierfliegerei is that it doesn't just fire pre-loaded paper airplanes. As you can see from the bottom screenshot, it folds flat pieces of paper into airplanes, then fires them at a rate of about 1 airplane for every 1.5 seconds. It's an engineering marvel that will allow him to win any middle school classroom paper airplane battle.
-via Popular Science
Google Street View is a handy feature integrated into Google Maps. It lets you see photos of travel routes. I find that it's really handy at times when I'm navigating in an unfamiliar area.
Google creates its massive photographic archive for Street View with 360º panoramic cameras that capture images of locations from multiple angles. So far, that archive extends to 230 nations around the world.
Google uses cars, trikes, backpacks, and even scuba gear to travel over all types of terrain. To get over the brutal Liwa Desert in the United Arab Emirates, Google mounted one of its panoramic cameras on the back of a camel. Google selected this method "to collect authentic imagery and minimize our disruption of this fragile environment." You can see photos from this effort here.
This week’s mental_floss video for The List Show appears to use up amazing facts that pile up when you do trivia for a living. Normally, they get sorted into categories for the video show, but that means there are plenty that don’t fit neatly into a category. John Green has to go pretty fast to get all 100 in!
Debbie Goard of Oakland, California (previously at Neatorama) has been making cakes for over twenty years. In that time, her skills have risen to the point that now she regularly makes cakes resembling anything imaginable — except cakes. As illustrated by these photographs, the appearance of Goard's cakes belie their sweet insides.
“There have been stories about my cakes being on full display for hours before anyone realized it was edible. That’s pretty gratifying,” Goard said.
Goard says that even the most basic designs take her eight hours to make; intricate designs can take her a week or more. Her favorite cakes are food and animals, although she fulfills customer requests at her business Debbie Does Cakes. Check out her website to see more of her artistry.
-Via Buzzfeed | Images: Debbie Goard
The only thing worse than getting away with murder is getting away with lots of murders. It’s happened throughout history, especially before we had security cameras and DNA evidence. And those cases were horrific, like the Kingsbury Run murders, which ran from 1934 to 1938 in Cleveland, Ohio. That’s where 13 bodies were found, in pieces.
Not all of the victims were ever identified; with 1930s forensic technology, it’s difficult to identify someone when all law enforcement has is a few parts. The first body – later dubbed Victim 0, as she originally wasn’t thought to be one of the serial killer’s victims – was nothing more than part of a torso and legs. That was in September of 1934, and the first official victim was found a year later. The 28-year old victim had been decapitated, but he was identified as Edward Andrassy; the same chemical that had been used to preserve the body of Victim 0 had been used for him. A second body was nearby, and the third…. the third was part of a female body, packed neatly in several baskets that were then left at the side of the road.
Over the next few years, 13 bodies were found, although the heads of victims were frequently missing. They were often drained of blood completely. The 11th and 12th victims were recovered from a dump site outside the window of Eliot Ness. The murders left police scrambling, and the National Guard was called in to try to keep order.
Eventually, a local brick-layer was arrested for the murders after it was found he had connections to three of the victims. Retrospective examination shows that his confession was bizarre and pretty obviously coached; before Frank Dolezal could be put on trial, he was found hanged in his cell, with a number of questionable injuries.
No one was ever tried for the murders, and to this day no one has definitively been identified as the perpetrator. This is just one example from a list of ten still-unidentified serial killers at Urban Ghosts.
(Image credit: gargantuen)
A spider built a web in a spot where there wasn’t an easy third point to reach. So he used a rock. The weight of the rock, suspended by a strand of spider silk, provides an adequate third anchor point, at least until some human comes along and ruins it. But redditor reverseloop took pictures instead.
How did the spider get this rock where it is now? It could have happened the way these spiders haul shells up off the ground:
Such clever ideas they have in those tiny little heads! All they’d have to do is grow a little bigger and they’ll take over the world. -via Daily of the Day
The collection of horrifying tattoos shown here certainly isn't messing around. This is the kind of ink that would be a dating dealbreaker, for fear of it being your first sight upon waking. I suppose the people who sport these tattoos have significant others who are in favor of all things creepy. What do you think? Would you be willing to sleep next to these?
See many more freaky tattoos straight out of horror movies here.
The Doctor parked his blue police box in a bad part of the universe, on a planet populated by very silly people on the other side of a red dwarf star. The populace had a mini robot revolution on their hands, since all of the skutters had decided they were tired of cleaning up other people's messes and were busy making messes of their own. The Doctor had arrived just in time, and his sonic screwdriver made short work of those little suckers, but there was still one big mess for the time lord to clean up...
This BAD SMEG HEAD t-shirt by Cubik is the perfect thing to wear whether you're watching your favorite British sci-fi shows or starting a robo-revolution of your own!
|Alu Minion||Cap. All Stars||Dinesaw Park||Rebel Scum II|
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Dorkly has a new "choose your own adventure" type comic that addresses a sticky question. You're on a date with a fan of whatever nerd interest you have, but they aren't nearly as well-versed on that universe as you are. Do you correct a mistaken detail? Do you let it go? How would you finesse this situation without ruining your budding relationship? You can answer the questions as you see fit, or you can skip through each possible page like I did at Dorkly.
(Photos: Japan Trend Shop)
Do you ever say to yourself, "I wish that I could just stay at work all of the time and never go home"? Surely you can use your time more productively than commuting or spending time with your family. To make that dream a reality, the Japanese company King Jim invented the Wearable Futon Air Mat Set.
You don't have to waste time by changing clothes or making your bed. Ever. You're always wearing the only clothing and bedding that you'll need. The suit (which really needs a tie for professional office settings) weighs about 1.5 pounds and inflates for a comfortable evening.
-via Joe Carter
Potato gnocchi with White Widow buttered wild mushrooms and fresh Diesel
The delicious looking dishes shown here have an ingredient that makes the dining establishment that serves them unique: each entree includes marijuana as an ingredient. The restaurants, called Sinsemil.la, are part of a club of underground dining spots with chapters all across the country. The first club originated in New York City. According to their website:
"This underground supper club highlights exceptional and locally-sourced ingredients according to season. The meal is a carefully calibrated experience from start to finish. Marijuana varietals are tested not just for their organic qualities, but specifically to balance the flavors of each dish and for their psychoactive properties throughout the flow of the dinner.
Sinsemil.la isn’t about getting high — it is about haute cuisine."
Something tells me that last sentence is a bit of a white lie, or they'd simply have added extra oregano. Visit the Sinsemil.la website to learn more.
-Via Dangerous Minds | Images: Justin Walker
Roasted local ribeye with Maui Waui baked potatoes and spring vegetables
Confit chicken wings and frisee salad with Mango Kush croutons and smoked Niman Ranch bacon
Warm Girl Scout Cookies Chocolate Cake with Rhubarb and Grand Daddy Purple Ice Cream
It’s been announced that the TV series Twin Peaks will go back into production for a miniseries on Showtime on 2016. It will be written and directed by David Lynch, which is a good sign. However, the track record for bringing back beloved TV series twenty or thirty years later is not great, as we’ve seen in the recent cancellation of Dallas after a three-year run. The success of both the original Dallas and the recent series was tied too closely to star Larry Hagman, who died during the second season of the revival.
There have been many other attempts to recreate the magic of earlier series, and they mostly fail, because while producers can use the same gimmicks and plots, it can never be the same as the original. Even if they use the same actors, which is rare, that still changes everything because the world is now different. These sequels, revivals, and reboots sometimes come and go so fast you never even noticed them, which is why Warming Glow made a list of some notable failures. They include 21st-century versions of Kojak, The Monkees, Knight Rider, Melrose Place, and more. Never heard of them? There is video evidence.
Hey sports fans! Are you looking for a fun way to add a touch of geek to your sporty style? Tired of the same old team t-shirts?
Then take a gander at these great, and totally geeky, NeatoShop t-shirts inspired by fan gear and the sports we all know and love.
Fall and Winter are great seasons to be a sports fan, because most of our favorite sports are in full swing, although some summer sports are pretty cool:
And some sports are played year round:
Wait- is weight lifting even a sport? Of course it is!:
Major League Baseball begins to wind down in the fall, which means many fans are just starting to tune in:
Image credit: DNA Films/British Film Council
Do you remember what your favorite movie from the 2000's was? Though it was not long ago, it can be hard to remember. There were so many good films (and so many bad ones) that came out in that time, sometimes you try and look back and it is just a blur of characters and stories.
Thankfully, there are lists like this one put together by Film School Rejects that remember for us. Movies like 28 Days Later and Oldboy that all worked towards changing the way we look at modern cinema. The trend you will notice from the list is that there WAS no trend, and that is what set the 00's apart. There are as many comedies and thriller films on the list as there are dramas. The 2000's was when indie film making became the norm again, and that reflects itself in some of their choices.
This list also makes me want to watch most of these again.
This little Bichon Frisé is a dancing fool! A YouTube comment mentioned that he’s dancing to the hit song “You Are My Flower” by Wu Bai & China Blue. That led me down the internet rabbit hole…
Taiwanese musician Wu Bai is a superstar in Taiwan, China, Hong Kong, Singapore, and Malaysia. His 2007 song “You Are My Flower” lent its name to his Flower Tour and started a dance craze in Asia. Wu Bai demonstrates how to do the Flower Dance. You can see a dance team do it in this video. -via Daily Picks and Flicks
(Photos: Andy Kryza)
The short answer is: it's awesome.
Andy Kryza of Thrillist realized that because Ben & Jerry's brand cookie dough ice cream is wonderful as ice cream, there would be a good chance that it would make great cookies as well.
He made small balls of cookie dough from the cookie dough ice cream, which he reports baked pretty well. But it's not necessarily a good idea:
It's essentially the same as the minis, but less flat and way more flavorful. If somebody said this was made with store-bought dough, I'd absolutely believe it, then laugh and inform them that most store-bought dough doesn't cost $4 per cookie. Then I'd patiently listen as they scolded me for wasting money and ice cream.
-via Jeremy Barker