Breaking Tradition

There comes a time, usually in your 20s, where it seems more of a hassle than it's worth to deal with the entire family for the holidays. That's okay, you should spend some years doing something completely different for Christmas. Then later on, you'll appreciate the old traditions more, even the not-so-fun parts of them. Another benefit of breaking tradition is the stories you'll be able to tell years later, like "I spent 20 years working on Christmas Day; you kids don't know how good you have it," or "Remember that year we ate chicken noodle soup for Christmas dinner because that's all we had?" This is the latest from Megacynics.


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 
Featured Designs from the NeatoShop:



10 Things You Didn’t Know about Jurassic Park

We have four Jurassic Park movies now, and another on the way in 2018. It won't be the last one. That's a testament to the huge popularity of the first film back in 1993. Anyone could have predicted it -bringing dinosaurs into the modern age with state-of-the-art graphics was a win-win formula. Let's take a look back at what went into the original Jurassic Park.

6. Harrison Ford turned down the role of Alan Grant.

He didn’t feel like it was the right movie for him, and once he saw it he felt validated that he’d turned it down.

5. In the movie the reason for the triceratops being sick was never given.

In the book the full explanation was given, it was because the animal swallowed the poisonous berries along with a mouthful of stones and then regurgitated them.

Read more things you didn't know about Jurassic Park at TVOM.


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Hard-Working Dog Gleefully Clears Birds From Airport Runway To Prevent Aircraft Bird Strikes

Some dogs are lazy bums who can't be bothered to lift a paw to help their owners, but working dogs love to stay busy doing the important job they were trained to do, and they genuinely seem to have fun while at work.

For instance, K-9 Piper (previously on Neatorama) is employed by the Cherry Capital Airport in Traverse City, Michigan and has a very important job to do- scare off the birds that hang around the runway in order to prevent aircraft bird strikes.

But Piper doesn't stress out about doing his job or impressing his owner, Brian Edwards, because he is too busy having fun chasing those birds away to worry about quotas or looking good in front of the boss.

And besides, Brian loves him so much that Piper can do no wrong in his eyes!

(YouTube Link)

This Great Big Story video shows the important, life saving job being performed by dogs and showcases Piper's ability to have fun and get the job done, all while wearing some super cool doggles. Good boy Piper!

-Via Laughing Squid

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Imperial Selfie - Smile And Say "Bantha Milk Cheese!"


Imperial Selfie by 2mz

Darth doesn't always like to snap a selfie to commemorate the destruction of a planet, but when he does he demands that every stormtrooper in the pic poses perfectly behind him- or else. Some of the troopers used to put up bunny ears to make the photos funny, but as they found out the hard way those ears are also used by Rebels as a "V for victory" sign, so needless to say Vader didn't take pity on the poor fools throwing up signs like Rebel scum. But now the troopers know Darth is the star of the pic and they're merely background noise, so they save their silly poses for pics they take when no Imperial commander is around...

When you wear this Imperial Selfie t-shirt by 2mz people will want to snap a pic with you wherever you go, but beware those who would use that pic to start nerdy wars with Trekkers.

Visit 2mz's Facebook fan page, official website and Instagram, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more geek-tastic designs:

Sesame Hold´em Shining Out Meow Dementor´s Kiss

View more designs by 2mz | More Funny T-shirts | New T-Shirts

Are you a professional illustrator or T-shirt designer? Let's chat! Sell your designs on the NeatoShop and get featured in front of tons of potential new fans on Neatorama!


Load More Comments Commenting is closed.

Debunking the Flat Earth Theory

Meteorologist Keith Carson addresses the people who believe that the earth is flat (called flat earthers) by presenting solid evidence for the contrary. He can't help but be a little snarky about it.

(YouTube link)

Along the way, we find out how flat earthers explain all the things that tell us that the earth is round: day and night, the changing of the seasons, and NASA. Those wacky explanations are painfully and unnecessarily convoluted. That's what happens when belief shapes evidence instead of the other way around. Occam's razor, y'all. -via Digg    


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

10 Strange and Different Calendars for 2018

Every year, you need a new calendar, so you may as well get one that appeals to your interests and desires. Here are some of the more unusual, attractive, and unbelievable calendars available for 2018. Be warned that some of the calendars listed toward the end of this list are rude, crude, and socially unacceptable, but they are all in good fun and technically safe for work.

1. Flee America Calendar

Alternate Histories presents the 2018 Flee America calendar. The cover has a warning from the Department of Terror: Zombies are Everywhere. It doesn't specify where one should flee to, since they are everywhere. This calendar features art based on the style of propaganda posters from the Great Depression and World War II, but populated with monsters, robots, and zombies.

2. The UK’s Hottest Wheelie Bins

In Britain, they are called wheelie bins. In the US, they are called garbage cans. For some reason, a wheelie bin company in the UK has made a calendar that features the UK’s Hottest Wheelie Bins. The premise is that these bins are super sexy -or something. Each bin is identified with its name, age, and location. The naughty bits are either pixelated or covered with black bars.

3. Social Justice Kittens

Continue reading

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

4 Ton Wrecking Ball in Slow Motion

What could be more fun than watching the destruction of a wrecking ball used on a bunch of cars? Watching it all in slow-motion with the Slow Mo Guys! Gav and Dan start out small, smashing a brick wall, but quickly move on to vehicles. There are many ways to smash a car with a wrecking ball, and they have to try them all out.

(YouTube link)

How did they come up with so many vehicles to smash? The video is sponsored by Amazon to promote their TV series The Grand Tour, starring the guys who used to be on Top Gear. -via Tastefully Offensive


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Things We Should Have Learned From 2017, But Probably Didn't

We know by now that 2017 was an exceptional year. As we begin to see retrospectives, it's astonishing how many widely disparate things that happened that surprised us, but then were quickly forgotten because there were more surprises the next day. Cracked's latest image macro competition (they call it Photoplasty) reminds us of some of the lessons we should take with us from the year 2017.



But then again, many of these lessons will be gone from our minds again ...as soon as something else surprises and distracts us. There are 21 of these images ranked in a list at Cracked.


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

16-Year-Old Accepted into Harvard

Ayrton Little is only 16 years old, yet he's a senior at TM Landry College Preparatory in Breaux Bridge, Louisiana. He'll be 17 in February. But students must apply early to get into competitive colleges, and Ayrton's first choice was Harvard University. In this video from earlier this week, he's wearing his Harvard hoodie, surrounded by classmates, as he checks the early acceptance notifications.



(YouTube link)

The students are yelling "three-pete" because this is the third year in a row that a student from the school has been accepted to Harvard. There are only 16 students in the Landry graduating class this year, and one of them is Ayrton's brother Alex. He was the first student from the school ever accepted into Stanford University, which was recorded last week.

WBUR talked to the family about the double accomplishments. 

"Is this really happening?" The boys' mother, Maureen Little, kept repeating the question, delighted that both her sons were invited to the prestigious schools.

She said there were difficult times raising her sons as a single mom, but she felt lucky that she never had to worry about their performances in school.

“They brought home good grades,” she said.

I bet they did. -via reddit


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Masher Menace: When American Women First Confronted Their Sexual Harassers

Women know that sexual harassment is nothing new. When women began to travel outside their homes unescorted, especially on public transportation, harassment came with the territory. In the 19th century, the men who accosted women in public were called "mashers," and just like today, their harassment could escalate into sexual assault. Also like today, a woman's wish to be left alone sparked derision.

By the 1890s, women were so fed up with sexual harassment, they refused to grin and bear it anymore. They began to lash out at mashers in earnest—without the assistance of men. Sometimes a woman gave into to indelicate impulses and slapped or punched a masher with her own hands. Mashers were shoved, tossed, or kicked by women, episodes that were comically illustrated in newspapers.

“There were all sorts of cartoons poking fun at women trying out these self-defense tactics, and of course, tying them to the meme of the Angry Suffragist,” historian Karen Abbott tells me. “Men portrayed women’s desire to have the right to vote and to venture into public safely as inherently unladylike.”

In December 1898, Mrs. Charles C. Lane—also known as strongwoman Mademoiselle Suzinetta, a sideshow entertainer who juggled cannon balls and broke iron chains with her hands—punched a stalker so hard he hit the ground. He charged her with assault, and when she testified at the Yorkville Police Court, she said he’d been annoying her for two days so she hit him. The magistrate told her, “You are the woman this town has been looking for for a long time.” He dismissed the charges against her.

Read more about mashers and how women of the time fought back against them at Collectors Weekly.


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

The Star Wars: Concept Trailer

What we know as Star Wars went through a lot of changes on the way to the silver screen. We know that the film was completely re-edited after shooting. The story went through even more changes between George Lucas' original concept and the final screenplay. To see what his initial ideas might look like in a movie, students from the DAVE School took Ralph McQuarrie's concept art for The Star Wars along with some early script drafts and make an animated trailer-length version.  

(vimeo link)

It's pretty cool to see Luke Skywalker as a girl, but hey, we finally got that in the new trilogy. I'm glad they changed Chewbacca from a scary monster into a hairy hero. -via Geeks Are Sexy


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Stephen King: THE DESK

Stephen King has written many scary stories about inanimate objects, from The Mangler to Christine to The Monkey, but the scariest object he ever had to face was The Desk, which he thought would be a dream come true.

As you'll see in this comic by Zen Pencils, Stephen bought the massive oak desk in 1981 and proceeded to write some of his most famous novels behind it, but the desk only served to make him feel like an alien in his own home...

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

Continue reading

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

The Walking Blood Bank Tattoos of the Cold War

In a discussion following an article about Cold War fallout shelter crackers, the subject of blood type tattoos came up. This was a real thing in the early 1950s, that people, including children, would get their blood types tattooed on their torsos to streamline medical procedures during nuclear war. It was less for identifying the blood type of patients than for potential donors, but the area under the left arm was used because that would still be there if one's arms were blown away. We have literature about the tattoo programs in Indiana and Utah, although there were others. The Mormon Church even gave a dispensation on their rule against tattooing, calling it a "permanent imprint" instead of a tattoo. One woman shared her memories of getting a tattoo in Indiana when she was in first grade.  

"The kid closest to the curtain was told to go inside the curtained area, and the rest of us moved up one chair closer. We then heard a buzzing sound similar to a dentist's drill, and a lot of screaming and, a few minutes later, the kid emerged from behind the curtain, crying, and then next kid took his place. The wait probably took about an hour, and during that time, as we inched closer and closer to the curtain, we had to witness each of our classmate's enter the curtained area and come out crying, so you can imagine how frightening it was."

"Once behind the curtain I had to take off my clothes above the waist and show my card and dog tag to the two people in there. Once held me still and the other stuck what looked like a power drill into my left side, turned it on and held it there for a minute or two. Naturally I was screaming and struggling just like the other kids before me."

"I still have my atomic tattoo (O-), but, as I grew it got distorted, so it's pretty illegible today. The tattoo caused a lot of comments during bikini season after I went to college and later moved to Ohio, where no one had seen anything like it. After I moved back to northwest Indiana I tried to search some public records but was never able to find any evidence of the program."

You'll find more recollections here. The tattoo program didn't last very long. One reason was because doctors wouldn't trust the tattoos to be accurate. -via Metafilter


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Darth Vader With A Regular Job

The Empire excels at taking planets by force, or destroying them outright should the planet's inhabitants choose not to submit, so their coffers are overflowing and their Sith commanders are paid well.

But had Darth allowed one more Death Star to be destroyed or failed to eliminate one more race of furry teddy bear creatures he may have been let go, forcing him to find a 9 to 5 and earn his credits like a lowly moisture farmer.

Photographer Michaël Massart imagined what Darth would look like if he had to take a severe pay cut and work some Joe job as a car wash worker, dishwasher or bus driver, and it seems even at his lowest point Darth still has henchmen.

Michaël does a good job of giving Darth and his two guards plenty of personality even though they're wearing full armor, and when he incorporates the lightsaber into the bit he does it just right.

See Photographer Reimagines What Would Happen If Darth Vader Faced Financial Crisis here


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Demogorgon's Lair - Don't Even Think About Trying To Beat Dustin's High Score


Demogorgon's Lair by rustenico 

Most 80s kids spent their childhoods playing with toys, riding their bikes around town with their buddies and plunking their allowances into the coin slots of arcade machines. But when you're friends with a psychic on the run from a shadowy government organization who has also attracted the attention of a terrifying monster of myth and legend the games in the arcade just pale in comparison!

Turn your geeky wardrobe upside down with this Demogorgon's Lair t-shirt by Rustenico, it's just the thing to get strangers to give you compliments on your cool shirt wherever you go!

Visit rustenico's Facebook fan page, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more dark and geeky designs:

Palace Arcade Horror Gods I'm pickle rick! Rapture Guardian

View more designs by rustenico | More Sci-Fi T-shirts | New T-Shirts

Are you a professional illustrator or T-shirt designer? Let's chat! Sell your designs on the NeatoShop and get featured in front of tons of potential new fans on Neatorama!


Load More Comments Commenting is closed.

The Man Who Killed Santa Claus

John McPhee was newspaper editor in Mesa, Arizona, in 1932. That year's Christmas parade was important for the small town's businesses as a way to draw in both residents and out-of-towners for Christmas shopping. But the populace didn't seem to be all that excited about Christmas shopping or the parade, either, since the Great Depression was affecting everyone's ability to celebrate as usual. But McPhee had an idea: a spectacular entrance for Santa Claus that would grab everyone's interest. Santa Claus would arrive in an airplane, an unusual site in 1932, and join the parade by parachute! What could possibly go wrong? Um, the stunt man playing Santa could get killed. But that didn't happen. The real story was a comedy of errors that's quite funny if you weren't a young child in Arizona waiting for the arrival of Santa.    

The day of the scheduled take-off, McPhee found the performer at a bar, too inebriated to participate. Faced with the possibility of storekeepers and children being crushed with disappointment, McPhee immediately set another plan into motion. He convinced a clothing store to let him borrow a mannequin, which he dressed in the Santa suit. He then instructed the pilot to make his scheduled run. At the climax, a pilot would push the Santa-dressed dummy out of the plane and into the field. From a distance, the townspeople would be unable to discern the plastic body from a real one—they’d simply see a red-and-white payload drift gently to the ground below. McPhee would be posted to meet the dummy, disrobe it, don the beard, and drive into town as Santa.

A large crowd had gathered to watch Santa arrive. But as you might guess, the scheme cobbled together at the last minute didn't quite go as McPhee had envisioned it. Let's just say that children were traumatized for life. You can read an account of the Christmas parade debacle at Mental Floss. 


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Gordon Ramsay Sets A World Record For Longest Pasta Sheet Rolled In 60 Seconds

Gordon Ramsay isn't the highest paid chef in the world, nor does he have the most Michelin stars, but Gordon has one claim to fame that the other chefs don't- he has the world record for rolling the longest sheet of pasta.

This may not seem like a worthwhile endeavor for a chef of his caliber, but since Gordon may never be the highest paid chef or have the most Michelin stars he might as well put his energy into setting world records- because I've never seen him happier!

(YouTube Link)

-Via Laughing Squid

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Christmas Decor Ideas For Nurses

Here's a cute Christmas wreath that features Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer. But look closely -Rudolph's face is a bedpan! And that wreath? It's made of urinals. Yes, it was made by a nurse, and was most likely hung in a medical setting where co-workers would appreciate the humor. It's from a list that includes a wreath made of pill bottles, a tree made of rubber gloves, and a Christmas stocking made from scrubs. See more nurse-themed Christmas decorations and the list from last year at Nurse Buff. -via Buzzfeed


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Watch Dr. Hunter S. Thompson Burn His Christmas Tree

Hunter S. Thompson was an unconventional man to say the least, but he still liked to celebrate the holidays by putting up a Christmas tree just like an average Joe.

However, Hunter disposed of his tree in a way many of us wish we could but few would dare to attempt- by  incinerating it in a post-holiday blaze of glory in his fireplace.

Hunter demonstrated his Christmas tree disposal technique to TIME magazine writer Sam Allis when Sam visited Hunter's Colorado home in 1990, telling his secretary Deborah Fuller:

"Let’s give the journalist a memorable experience to write about. He needs to learn how to burn the creosote out of a chimney. We can’t run the risk of a chimney fire during the year.”

(YouTube Link)

Sam had this to say about the day he witnessed Hunter's version of Christmas cheer:

“I gave up on the interview and started worrying about my life when Hunter Thompson squirted two cans of fire starter on the Christmas tree he was going to burn in his living-room fireplace, a few feet away from an unopened wooden crate of 9-mm bullets. That the tree was far too large to fit into the fireplace mattered not a whit to Hunter, who was sporting a dime-store wig at the time and resembled Tony Perkins in Psycho. Minutes earlier, he had smashed a Polaroid camera on the floor.”

Hunter had decided to videotape the Christmas tree burning, and we later heard on the replay the terrified voices of Deborah Fuller, his longtime secretary-baby sitter, and me off-camera pleading with him, “NO, HUNTER, NO! PLEASE, HUNTER, DON’T DO IT!” The original manuscript of Hell’s Angels was on the table, and there were the bullets. Nothing doing. Thompson was a man possessed by now, full of the Chivas Regal he had been slurping straight from the bottle and the gin he had been mixing with pink lemonade for hours.

Read more about Fear & Loathing at Christmas at Dangerous Minds


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

10 Things You Didn’t Know about the Movie Hackers

The 1995 movie Hackers follows a group of teenage computer whizzes who go from digital pranks to defending themselves against global terrorists. The portrayal of technology in the movie was not all that authentic at the time, and is totally obsolete 22 years later. But who knew that in 1995? Hackers introduced the possibilities of computer technology, if not the realities. We now have a generation of brilliant tech geeks who were inspired, for good or bad, by watching Hackers when they were kids. The movie was also Angelina Jolie's first leading role in a feature film, which didn't hurt at all. If you recall Hackers fondly, you'll want to know something about the production.       

10. Angelina Jolie and Johnny Lee Miller were married after this film.

They split after about four years, and then she went on to marry Billy Bob Thornton.

9. The game being played in the arcade is an early prototype of a Playstation game.

Wipeout was still in the developmental stage when this film was being made but would lose a few features by the time it was released.

Learn more trivia about Hackers at TVOM.


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

A Totally Different Idea

Surely someone somewhere has thought about traveling back in time and eliminating Hitler in a totally non-violent way, haven't they? No? I suppose the idea of killing him is just too useful in our hypothetical conversations about the nature of evil, you know, where someone excuses a (relatively) small sin for the greater good, and someone else talks about the slippery slope, and it never really goes anywhere. We continue to do it because we love to theorize about time travel -that's the cool part. This comic is from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Cyanide & Happiness Shows Us How To Lose Weight By Eating Pie

Everybody loves pie, and even those dessert hating weirdos out there like savory pies like chicken pot pie and shepherd's pie, but pie is also the leading cause of fatness and stupid diet-related New Year's resolutions so pie kinda sucks too.

But did you know there's an easy way to lose weight by eating pie?

This animated Cyanide & Happiness comic has all the details, and while their weight loss method may not work for everyone it's great for those who want instant results!

(YouTube Link)

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

10 Songs Inspired by Real Women

A lot of songs are written about real people and real situations. Here are the stories behind some of those songs, and the women who inspired them.

1. "Für Elise"

Written by: Ludwig van Beethoven

Written for: Some girl probably not named Elise. In fact, as far as most historians can tell, Beethoven didn't even know an Elise. Instead, the song was originally titled "Bagatelle in A minor" based on some handwritten notation a Beethoven researcher claimed to have seen on a now-lost copy of the sheet music.

Further complicating things, Beethoven had hideous handwriting—to the point that some scholars speculate the song was actually written "for Therese," as in Therese Malfatti, one of several women who turned down a marriage proposal from the notoriously lovesick maestro.

2. "Philadelphia Freedom"

Written by: Elton John & Bernie Taupin

Continue reading

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Gorgeous Gravity-Defying Sculpture Made From An 80-Year-Old Wooden Escalator

The first working escalator was built and installed at Coney Island in 1896, and even though the steps on the first escalator were made of cast iron later models made by Otis used steps made of wood to reduce weight and production costs.

As rickety and scary as the ride would have been on a wooden escalator it also would have been visually appealing, and the rich, warm look of the wooden tread somehow looks far less terrifying than those metal fangs we have today.

Australian artist Chris Fox used an 80-year-old wooden escalator recently replaced by a metal one to create his amazing sculpture Interloop, and now those classic wooden stairs will roll on forever in the Wynyard Station of the Sydney Underground.

-Via design you trust


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

How Titanic’s Iconic Necklace Almost Sank an Entire Company

You can buy a replica of the necklace from the 1997 film Titanic from many vendors, but only one company got the rights to the design from the film: The J. Peterman Company. Their replicas were authentic, well-made, expensive, and best of all, officially licensed. Company founder John Peterman knew the movie would be big before it was released, and his gamble paid off.  

But how did Peterman get his hands on such a valuable piece in the first place? “I remember it like it was yesterday,” he tells me by phone. “Someone in the company said, ‘I know this movie, Titanic, is coming up. It’s a period movie, and the same kind of stuff we always do. We should have a deal with them!” Peterman’s team reached out to 20th Century Fox a few months before the film was set to hit theaters in December 1997 and struck a deal: They’d buy some of the actual props featured in Titanic, in addition to licensing the whole lot for commercial reproduction. “This was the first time that had ever been done,” Peterman says of the deal, “and we ruined it for everyone else — because suddenly, [the studio] realized those props had value.”

The company sold most of the props they obtained, and replicas of the costumes from the movie. But the necklace, known as the Heart of the Ocean, was a big hit. It sold amazingly well. Too well, as you'll see in an article at Racked. -via Digg
 


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

NO PORGS! - What Did Those Cute Little Critters Ever Do To You?


NO PORGS! by ALIENBIKER23

Most people are looking forward to seeing the Porgs on the big screen this winter, referring to them as the cutest little aliens ever, but despite their wide-eyed cuteness there are a bunch of haters out there who keep screaming "down with Porgs!". Its unclear why they hate those adorable little hamster penguins so much, but perhaps they'll be singing a different tune when they finally see Episode VIII...

But if you're sure you hate Porgs with a passion for life then you need to grab this NO PORGS! t-shirt and wear it when you go see The Last Jedi so you can start a war in the movie theater! It's guaranteed to make you either a star of snark or hated like a Sith!

Visit ALIENBIKER23's Facebook fan page and Twitter, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more delightfully geeky designs:

Porg the 13th Tropical Rick Show me what you got Smuggler movie

View more designs by ALIENBIKER23 | More Funny T-shirts | New T-Shirts

Are you a professional illustrator or T-shirt designer? Let's chat! Sell your designs on the NeatoShop and get featured in front of tons of potential new fans on Neatorama!


Load More Comments Commenting is closed.

Seven Years

Life becomes more precious when you realize how precarious it is. Joy is celebrating the milestones of life. Hope means making plans in spite of your experience. In 2010, Randall Munroe's fiancée (now wife) was diagnosed with stage III breast cancer. Even after treatment, the only way to know if you beat it is to go on living.  

In 2012, we posted an update as they were celebrating two years cancer-free. It was a relief after following their story for so long. That comic is the part in lighter ink. Now he has an update on the story at xkcd. Seven years is good. 


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Insights from a Sled Dog Veterinarian

A comment thread about snow dogs led me to an interesting interview with Dr. Susan Whiton, an Alaskan veterinarian who is married to a champion musher who runs a sled dog kennel. She talked about how Siberian Huskies, Alaskan Huskies, Malamutes, and other dogs bred specifically for cold weather are different from other dogs. Their ability to tolerate cold is amazing, as long as they are healthy, well-fed, and are in their prime.  

Q. What diet should they eat if they are outside for long periods during the day?

A. The calories in most commercial dog foods come from carbohydrates. In very cold weather, the dogs do better with a higher amount of fat calories. A study indicated a sled dog racing the Iditarod required 10,000 calories a day to meet their metabolic needs. The only way to meet that high caloric need is with a diet high in fat calories. Most pet dogs do not need that many calories and may get very sick from a high fat diet.

When I ran the Yukon Quest in 1987 we encountered -55° F temperatures at night and -20° F during the day. The sled dogs did fine at those temperatures. They were being fed a very high fat, high calorie diet up to four times a day during the rest periods and often got fatty meat snacks during the runs.

Q. How are dogs with a thick undercoat able to keep warm when sleeping?

A. When they sleep they curl up with their tail over their nose, which traps the heat against their bodies. There are lots of photos of resting sled dogs covered with snow. They are holding their heat well since the snow is not melted. The dogs that are not doing well will have ice on their fur. It indicates that they are losing enough body heat to melt the snow. Because their coat is not insulating well more ice will build up making the hair less lofty and less insulating. The thick undercoat of the Northern Breeds provides loft, like a fuzzy mohair sweater, and keeps the warmth next to the animal rather than allowing it to escape. The Iditarod sled dog race only allows Northern Breeds in the race because other breeds can’t retain heat well. So when the ice hits their coat it melts and then freezes.

There's more to read about sled dogs and cold-weather breeds here.  -via a comment at reddit

(Image credit: Ajarvarlamov)

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Using Amazon Prime for a Good Deed

Rob Bliss (previously at Neatorama) lives in New York City, where "same day delivery" means someone will bring what you buy fairly quickly. What would be the greatest good he could use that for? He approached homeless people and asked them what they needed the most. Click, click, click, and someone was on the way to deliver what they told him.

(YouTube link)

Note: this video is NOT SPONSORED OR AFFILIATED WITH AMAZON. I'm sure this technique could be used with Postmates or whoever else too. I simply wanted to demonstrate how easy and convenient it can be to bring a person in need, what they need, and to encourage that behavior.

That said, Bliss was impressed at how the Amazon delivery guys (who are part of the gig economy, after all) were cheerful and respectful when they delivered the goods. It had to leave them with a good feeling, as well as Bliss and the people who received the warm clothing and other supplies. -via Laughing Squid


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

These Parents Are Clearly Time Travelers From The Future

(Via @abi_slade)

Kids love to act like their parents are totally unhip, uncool and out of touch, usually because their friends think the road to coolsville intersects with too cool for school lane.

But what these youngsters don't get is cool is a state of mind- it's not about bringing other people down, it's about elevating your parental coolness levels by setting the trend and wowing the wee ones who dare to talk trash.

(Via @ninacaballero27)

Cool people know the power a new piece of tech can have over the unhip and underaged, but when their parents bust out a new device and say "yep, no big deal, just messin' with my cool tech from the future" the wee ones go "whoa".

(Via @YasminParr)

See 19 Parents Who Are In 3017 While We're In 2017 here


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 






Email This Post to a Friend
""

Separate multiple emails with a comma. Limit 5.

 

Success! Your email has been sent!

close window
X

This website uses cookies.

This website uses cookies to improve user experience. By using this website you consent to all cookies in accordance with our Privacy Policy.

I agree
 
Learn More