A Beautiful Cat Sleeping

The most beautiful cat in the world? I don’t know, but he sure is fetching. And even more interesting when he’s asleep.

These pictures were rearranged by redditor shayne9512 from a series posted by BitterRaven, but we don’t know who the original photographer is. This cat introduced me to a subreddit called Animals Being Derps, which I will have to visit again.

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Slow Jam Version of the My Little Pony Theme Song


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My little pony, my little pony
What does the future hold?
My little pony, my little pony
Isn’t the world a lovely place?
My little pony, my little pony
Everywhere you go is a smiling face.
Running and skipping
Merrily tripping
Watching the morning unfold
My little pony, my little pony
What does the future hold?

Scott Bradlee's Postmodern Jukebox presents this slow jam version of the theme song to My Little Pony: Friendship Is Magic. We've previously seen them rework "Royals," "Sweet Child O' Mine," and the theme songs of Game of Thrones and The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Now Bradlee's band shows the Elements of (musical) Harmony from Equestria. Welcome to the herd, Mr. Bradlee. *brohoof*


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-Thanks, Lisa Marcus!


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Staples Sells Items for a Penny, New York Buys Them

In order to secure a three-year purchasing contract with the state of New York, office supplier Staples agreed to sell 291 common items for a penny. They hoped to make up the difference in sales of higher-priced items, but the company neglected to put any limits on the penny purchases. You can imagine what happened. Schools, prisons, charities, and other agencies ordered “staples” such as tissue, paper towels, tape, and batteries by the truckload.

The Monroe-Woodbury school district, about 50 miles north of Manhattan, was the top bargain hunter, taking delivery of $677,000 of penny items at list prices during the contract's first few months, paying $299.15. The numbers come from spreadsheets provided by the state in response to a Freedom of Information Law request.

Sheri Patterson, finance officer at Monroe Woodbury High School, said boxes were "stacked in hallways…we didn't have any place to keep" them.

There were surprises. Ms. Patterson thought a penny paid for a roll of paper towels—instead, it was for a 24-roll pack. The school received 53 packs, records show. "We were just wondering whose idea this was," said Ms. Patterson, "and if they still had their job."

Staples declined to comment on personnel matters.

Many of the penny items ordered have not been delivered, and the state is negotiating with Staples to fulfill the terms of the contract.

A coveted penny item was a 64GB SanDisk flash drive, a large "thumb drive" to store or transfer data. It listed for $249.99 but recently was priced at $54.99 on Staples.com.

Customers ordered 128,978 of them in the contract's first few months, documents show, compared with anticipated annual demand for 33. Staples delivered 1,080 in that period. Had it delivered all those ordered, it would have sold drives with a current retail value of $7.1 million for $1,290.

Whoever made the estimates of how many items would be purchased forgot one basic rule of retail: people will do without expensive items, but will buy if the price is right. Staples’ estimate of their loss has to be taken with a grain of salt, however. Who pays $2 for a single pad of Post-it notes? Or a thousand dollars for a shredder? I have a shredder and a bag of Post-it notes for an investment of about $6, although they’re not the same brands. Read more about the fiasco at the Wall Street Journal. -via Metafilter


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Nine Dogs, Cool Tricks

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Nine smart pups are shown here performing a number of impressive tricks, some more useful to humans than others (that breakfast is only fit for a dog, if you ask me). Check out these talented canines in this BuzzFeed video.

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The Satanic Leaf-tailed Gecko

The lizard named Uroplatus phantasticus is more commonly known as the Satanic leaf-tailed gecko. You can see why in this photograph, only because the background is gone. There’s a picture at Wired that challenges you to figure out what is gecko and what is real leaf. It’s an amazing camouflage adaptation for these creatures found only in Madagascar. Good luck finding one.

Reinforcing this camouflage for the satanic leaf-tailed geckos is their behavior: They’ll spend the day hanging motionless off of branches or snuggling among dead leaves, often twisting their leafy tails around their bodies. Other larger species in the satanic’s genus have still another strategy for sleeping safely during the day, flattening their bodies against tree trunks and limbs, making good use of those famously grippy feet (a magic power derived, by the way, from countless hair-like structures that allow some geckos to even stick to inverted glass panes, not that nature would ever ask them to). Fringes and flaps along the edges of their bodies help erase their outlines and shadows, dissolving the geckos into the bark.

We can see why they are called leafy-tailed, but what’s satanic about them? If you confront one, they’ll stare and scream at you, and local folks are afraid of them. They come in all colors, too, just as the leaves they hide among vary. You’ll see quite a few more pictures of this gecko and his camouflaged relatives at Wired. -via Not Exactly Rocket Science


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"I Could Eat a Horse"--A Spaghetti Measuring Tool

Could you really eat a horse? If you could actually eat a horse portion of spaghetti, here's a tool that will measure it for you. Stefán Pétur Sólveigarson, a designer in Iceland, made it for a variety of appetites, ranging from horse to child. The horse is the equivalent of 4 adult portions.

-via Swissmiss

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Kissin' Kitty

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This Abyssinian cat is named Tommy, but it seems that Romeo would be a better name for such a kissing enthusiast. So much for cats supposedly being standoffish. Even my dogs wouldn't demand that much affection. Via Tastefully Offensive.

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Pro Tip for Criminals: Don't Try to Rob a Professional Wrestler


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Pictured above is Daniel Bryan, a former WWE Heavyweight Champion. He was the winner of Wrestlemania XXX this past April. So he's a big, strong guy who knows how to throw his weight around--and someone else's too.

Bryan lives with his wife in Pheonix, Arizona. On Friday, for the second time, someone broke into his home. This time, he was present to deal with the culprit. He chased the suspect 400 feet before taking him down with his special skills:

He said he chased Sosa about 400 feet before grabbing him and shouting some “bad words.” And he said he used a rear naked choke hold to subdue him, rather than his trademark “Yes!” lock.

“He was very, very tired and it literally took zero effort to take him down,” Bryan told a news conference at police headquarters, seated next to his wife with the dog in her lap.

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Why Do Our Hair and Eye Colors Change?

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Have you ever had an unexpected change in your own eye or hair color? Have you ever wished your hair or eye color would change? Do you have a preference for particular colors in your mate? (If so, hopefully that's not a dealbreaker.)

My eyes are so dark they are almost black, and I like it that way. But I've always been fascinated by people with those electric blue or green eyes. In this video, DNews explains the science behind hair and eye color changes. Via Unique Daily.


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Golfers Buy Insurance Against Sinking a Hole-in-One

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It's not easy to hit a golf ball several hundred yards and have it land neatly in a cup 4.25 inches in diameter. But, sadly, some golfers do experience this problem.

Yes, that's right: hitting a hole-in-one can be a bad thing.

That's because in some golfing cultures, particularly Japan the the UK, golfers who sink a ball in one shot are expected to throw a party. They should, at minimum, treat everyone in their group to drinks back at the clubhouse. In more extreme cases, social standards compel successful golfers to host lavish celebrations costing thousands of dollars.

That's why some golfers purchase insurance to protect themselves from an unfortunate hole-in-one. Alex Mayyasi writes for Priceconomics:

After spending $650 buying the entire clubhouse champagne at England’s South Winchester Golf Club following a hole in one, Paul Neilson told Bloomberg, “I couldn't afford to go through all that again. I used to have a policy but never got around to renewing it.” Among the stories from Japan, the same article quotes Eiji Yoneda, who was one of 200 people invited on a dinner cruise by someone celebrating a hole in one.

A number of firms offer hole in one insurance, frequently bundled with other services that golfers commonly buy like insurance for golfing equipment or personal liability. (Apparently yelling “Fore!” can’t ward off lawsuits if you hit a ball right at someone.) Golfplan, a U.K. insurer, covers $340 to $510 worth of drinks for hole in one celebrations. (Clubs’ set of rules for validating a hole in one makes it easier to process claims.) When it is sold unbundled, hole in one insurance can be cheap; Tokio Marine & Nichido Fire Insurance Co. Ltd offers Japanese golfers hole in one insurance for as little as a $3 premium. Outside of individual policies, golf tournaments also get hole in one insurance so that they can offer huge cash prizes for a hole in one as a marketing promotion -- it's the same type of "prize indemnity" insurance that covers teams when a fan sinks a half court shot or makes a field goal.

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Star Wars Episode VII Jitters Song

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In this little ditty from Adult Swim, a lonely geek contemplates Star Wars VII. What if it’s awful? So many things could go wrong! That’s what we call “managing expectations,” or “not getting our hopes up.” As with most of the big blockbuster movies these days, the anticipation is more enjoyable than the payoff. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Dawn of the Planet of the Pugs - Smash Faced Revolutionaries


Dawn of the Planet of the Pugs by Bleee

Their owners always knew they were really smart dogs, and capable of coming up with some devious plans to get their hands on human food, but the pugs were too lazy to take action. Then came the one they called Cesar, the one who had met with a whisperer and discovered his true path in life- to be a great pack leader...

Support the cutest revolution to ever face mankind with this Dawn of the Planet of the Pugs t-shirt by Bleee, it's sure to put smiles on people's faces and it's a great way to show your allegiance to our soon-to-be pug overlords!

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Man Leaves Parting Shot at Toronto Maple Leafs in His Obituary

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Terry Siebert of Hamilton, Ontario died last Monday at the age of 58. His family published an obituary in the Hamilton Spectator. It described at length his loving family and friends and how he impacted their lives. Then, in the final line, Siebert snarked at the Maple Leafs, which is a professional hockey team in Toronto:

It was Terry's last wish that his pallbearers be the Toronto Maple Leafs so they could let him down one last time.

-via Nag on the Lake


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Piglet Plays with Patient Pitbull

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This three-week-old, precious piglet named Pigalina was rejected by her litter. Melissa Susko at Piedmont Farm Animal Rescue's PIGS Animal Sanctuary came to Pigalina's rescue. There she became fast friends with Levi the Pitbull Terrier. Pigalina now has a permanent home on Melissa's farm in West Virginia; a perfect ending to this piglet tale.

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The Republic of Kruševo

Jürgen Horn and Mike Powell have moved on from Tokyo and set up housekeeping in Skopje, Macedonia. If you received your geography education before 1991, Macedonia is just north of Greece and just south of Serbia. But back in 1903, a small Macedonian town on a mountain declared its own independence from the Ottoman Empire. The Republic of Kruševo lasted ten days.

The brave and hopelessly out-gunned army of Kruševo met the advancing Turks in the Battle of Mečkin Kamen, a couple kilometers outside the town. Led by Pitu Guli, the rebels fought bravely, but were simply no match for the Ottoman force. In the end, Kruševo’s defenders were annihilated, and the Ottomans marched into town where they inflicted a bloody retribution on the townspeople.

Today, Kruševo has recovered and become one of the jewels of Macedonia, the highest mountain town in the Balkans. We visited for a couple days. With just 5000 inhabitants, it’s the kind of place with which you can become familiar within no time. Kruševo feels like a mountain retreat, so small and peaceful that it’s hard to imagine it as the scene of such vicious fighting.

The rebellion is memorialized with a monument called the Makedonium, this artfully-shaped building with a museum inside. Read more about Kruševo and the Makedonium, and see plenty of pictures, at For 91 Days.


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How to Build a Flamethrower with Rabbit Poop

It’s critical that we get this thing working properly. When the economy tanks, I need this flamethrower to defend myself and my own.

That's Nick from Doomsday Preppers, a reality show on the National Geographic television network. He wants to be prepared for the worst. Since he owns many rabbits, he wants to use their poop productively. With lots of nitrogen and phosphorus, rabbit poop is an excellent fertilizer. That may help feed Nick, but it won't protect him from predators.

To make his rabbit poop into a formidable flamethrower, Nick first used a kitchen blender to grind it into a fine powder. He explains:

In order to weaponize rabbit manure, you have to grind it into a fine powder that will allow more oxygen to mix very well with the hydrocarbons and nitrogens that are in rabbit manure.

He then used the rabbit poop to produce methane gas and a flammable powder. The results were, as you can see in this video, beautiful:


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Chair on Sale

I have one question about this ad: Do the books come with that chair, or do you have to pay extra? Found at Bad Newspaper.

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Gas Station Clerk with MMA Skills Surprises Robbers


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For today's feel good news story, we journey to the south side of Houston, Texas, where Mayura Dissanyake works as a clerk at a gas station and convenience store. He's also been a mixed martial arts fighter for a decade. In his native Sri Lanka, he was the national champion for five years. He still trains and competes in the United States.

On July 10, he saw one of his co-workers returning to the store after visiting a bank. Two men jumped out of an SUV and attacked him. Dissanyake sprang into action and expressed his displeasure at their behavior:

"The first guy I saw, I just kicked him in the face," he said. "Then I punched the other guy."

They were moves he learned from cage matches. Dissanyake has been involved with mixed martial arts for more than a decade. He says he was the national champion for five consecutive years in his native Sri Lanka.

"We learn how to punch, how to kick and all that stuff you can use in the streets," Dissanayake said.

In the video, you see the accused crooks begin their retreat and the get-away car getting further away. As they ran, Dissanayake threw a punch that knocked one of the guys to the ground. His friends and accomplices left him there.

"I just kicked him until he lays down on the floor," he said. "Until he stopped moving cause I wasn't sure if he had a knife or a gun so I wanted him to stop moving."

One of the two would-be robbers escaped. Police arrested the other one.

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Calming Tea Bag Designs Turn Stress into Relaxation

The ad agency M+C Saatchi Malaysia designed these tea bags for the Boh tea brand. They're bags of chamomile tea with the tea shaped into symbols of stress. When you put the tea bag into hot water, the shape changes. An erupting volcano becomes a scenic mountain. An enraged wild bear becomes a happy teddy bear. A storm cloud becomes a puffy cloud.

The message of the new designs is that a nice cup of tea is just what you need to calm down from the stress that you face in your daily life.


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80s Computer Hacking: A Supercut

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The 1980s gave us some truly awesome movies, but you have to allow for their age. While the trope of hacking computers was quite useful to advance a plot, the depiction of how it’s done was woefully unrealistic. For those of us who actually used computers in the '80s, these scenes seemed ludicrous even when they were new. Yeah, the unrealistic speed was due to movie pacing, we got that, but other things made no sense. A security agency requires a login but no password. If you’re nerdy enough, you can draw a picture by typing. Transferring data means they have to show you that data onscreen as it loads. From our 21st-century vantage point, even the futuristic computers were lame: you have a 3D holographic display, but you can’t produce a decent human voice? This supercut is from the folks at Found Item Clothing, where you’ll find a list of the movies. -via Laughing Squid


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Deer Fill the Street in a Japanese Town

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About 1,000 deer live in the roughly 1,200 acres that constitute Nara Park in Nara, Japan. The deer are wild, but used to humans. In fact, they're known to bow respectfully to visitors and walk across crosswalks only when permitted.

But in a quiet show of force, many of them have left the park and begun camping out on a sidewalk and street in the town. Some are going so far as to lie down in the road and impede vehicular traffic.

The rising has begun. The Day of the Deer is at hand.


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Rocket Raccoon at Comic Con



One of Dorkly’s People You See at Every Nerd Convention we posted just yesterday was a “Furry who refuses to admit they’re being furry,” with a cosplayer insisting he’s Rocket Raccoon. You can’t win at that game, unless you have something no one else has …like honestly being less than three feet tall!

Instagram member tyndalecode found a Rocket Raccoon that’s the perfect size at Comic Con!



And he's ready to party! -via The Mary Sue


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You What!? - Daddy Issues


You What!? by Alberto Arni

There's more than one kind of O Face- there's the naughty one, the happily surprised with a birthday party one, and the one you make when you hear life altering news. That's the O Face Luke is making right now, and the cause of it is written all over his face- the lord of dark force and master of all things evil in the stars is his daddy! It's enough to make you want to go to war...

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Belfast Zoo Welcomes Kibibi the Baby Gorilla



Kamili and Gugas, a western lowland gorilla couple who make their home at Belfast Zoo, had a baby girl in March of 2014. Zoo staff named the baby "Kibibi," which means "little lady" in Swahili. Belfast Zoo curator Julie Mansell explained why Kibibi is such a wonderful surprise to the zoo staff:

“Kibibi is the second arrival within the last year for dad, Gugas, and she is the first girl! In 2012, with no sign of pregnancies, we tested Gugas’ fertility and the results were not promising. In fact, we feared that Gugas would never father any young. We are delighted that he has proven us all wrong with the arrival of Kibibi and Baako in the last year.

 


All apes are endangered or critically endangered and some professionals have even predicted that all species of ape will be extinct within 30 years. Gorilla populations have declined by more than 50% in recent decades and our role, as a zoo, in their conservation is becoming more and more vital.”

Via Zooborns

Image credits: Belfast Zoo 

 

 

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Medal of Honor Recipient Opens NYSE

Former Army Staff Sgt. Ryan M. Pitts received the Medal of Honor on Monday from President Obama for his action during a battle in Afghanistan. The New York Stock Exchange invited him up to open their trading session Wednesday by banging the gavel. Pitts did that, all right, but he is apparently stronger than the folks who normally wield the gavel. He knocked three times, and broke it clean off! The look on his face is priceless -as if he’d be in trouble for damaging equipment. It’s Wall Street, not the military, so the only result was a great gif. You can see the full video at Mashable. -via mental_floss


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Funnel Cake Hamburger

Behold, the next great burger design! This is a high-end hamburger with bacon, brown sugar, arugula, taleggio cheese, and a strawberry/rhubarb ketchup. These ingredients are unusual, but not unknown (though the ketchup is a unique recipe).

What sets this burger apart is that the bun is composed of funnel cake. No, not spaghetti, French fries, ramen, macaroni and cheese, Twinkies, or Rice Krispie treats, but freshly fried funnel cake. A bit of powdered sugar gives it the authentic fair food look.

You can find the complete recipe by Josh, the Bro-Down chef, here.

-via That's Nerdalicious!

P.S. Josh does more than just cook awesome food. Among his services are emotional validation, haiku writing ($35), punching him in the face, and spoken word performances on post-colonial feminism.

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A Dramatic Reading by Nina Millin

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As this goes along, you might find you recognize the poetry. It’s the lyrics from Beyonce’s “Single Ladies,” which works surprisingly well as an angry rant. Nina Millin has a series of these, called The Beyoncelogues. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Dog Born without Legs Gets New Ones Made from Toys

Turbo is a Chihuahua puppy who was born without front legs. His owners brought him to a veterinary office in Indianapolis, Indiana when he was a month old. They had tried to care for him, but it was proving impossible for Turbo to feed with his littermates. The owners didn't want euthanize him, so they handed him over to the clinic.

The staff at The Downtown Veterinarian has been caring for him ever since. Since a dog can't be fitted for a wheeled cart until he's at least 6 months old, the staff has been improvising. They've taken toys apart and used them to make substitute legs. His first set was originally from a Fisher Price helicopter. The staff is making new carts for Turbo as he grows.

-via Huffington Post

(Photos: Turbo/Roo)

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Ten Facts About Seinfeld

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The Movies Insights YouTube Channel created another of their ten facts videos; this time around, the focus is on Seinfeld. How many times did Jerry say "Hello Newman" in an utterly disgusted tone? Fans of the show should take a guess and then hit play. Via Tastefully Offensive.


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Ping Pong Table Shaped Like Easter Island

Do you have $3,995.95? Now discounted from an original price of $12,000 is this one-of-a-kind ping pong table by artist Cyprien Chabert. It's shaped like Rapa Nui, the south Pacific isle also known as Easter Island. You know--the one with the giant stone statues. It's a commentary on the birdman ritual of the aboriginal inhabitants and the island's ecological history. It's for sale at Anthropologie, which comments:

Artist Cyprien Chabert is haunted by the idea of lost paradise – forgotten and fantasized about. He recreates these worlds through his work, like this show-stopping table, carved from an erstwhile ping pong table. Chabert was inspired by the Polynesian island of Rapa Nui, or Easter Island, and its birdman ritual, an annual event in which competitors would swim through shark-infested waters to a nearby islet to collect the season¿s first eggs of the Sooty Tern and return it to their sponsor on the island. The winner was crowned birdman for one year; the ritual died out in the late 19th century. Chabert uses the exotic symbolism of Easter Island to represent the complex nature of man’s relationship with nature and the ecological challenges faced by modern societies and cultures.

This product description inspired some funny commentary by blogger Nancy French, who writes:

My favorite part of that description is the Anthropologie product description writer’s use of the word “erstwhile.” I’ve had a lot of tough writing assignments, but I’ve never faced a task like that poor guy.  I can only imagine his face when he was assigned this one.

“We’re selling a ping pong table,” his boss must’ve said.

Great! the writer may have thought.  A retro addition to any family room!

“Well, you can’t actually use it, because it was created to complex nature of man’s relationship with nature and the ecological challenges faced by modern societies and cultures.”

Blank look.

“Say something about sharks.  And birdmen.”

“What’s a birdman?”

“You’re missing the point.”

“And the point is…?”

“$15,000..”

I found this table via BuzzFeed, which has included it on a list of 19 ridiculously expensive items for sale at Anthropologie.


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