Berkeley Spampocalypse

Have you ever been caught in an email storm? Someone sends an email to a list instead of one recipient, then some on the list hit “reply all” to complain about it, and the emails escalate from there. It’s a mistake that has happened before, but this time it had a happy ending for some folks.

It all started late last Tuesday when Nigel Guest, president of a Berkeley community group called the Council of Neighborhood Associations, attempted to send an email to himself that mistakenly hit the inboxes of thousands of registered voters.

The brief email, with the subject line “test,” included a single character: “x.” Instead of ignoring the message, some of the recipients responded to ask why they gotten it. And, rather than replying only to Guest, they made the fateful, likely unintentional, decision to reply all.

What resulted was a string of thousands of emails going to thousands of people in Berkeley -and elsewhere. Some people ignored it, some were upset, and some had fun with it. You can see an imgur gallery with selected emails from the storm, including memes and t-shirts to commemorate the event.

One person in the chain asked when the potluck would be ...and the suggestion that they get together drew the immediate interest of list members who kept their sense of humor, so they started a Facebook group called CNA Survivors and an event page to plan the picnic. The picnic was held Sunday, and about 70 Berkeley voters came together in the spirit of community and shared tribulation.

A good time was had by all …who attended. -via Metafilter

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After 11 Years, Martian Rover Completes a Full Marathon

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Clocking in at 11 years and 2 months, it's a truly awful marathon time. But it's the first marathon ever completed on the surface of another world. On Tuesday, NASA's Opportunity rover crossed the 26.219 mile mark during its sojourn across the red planet.

The previous record was held by the Soviet Union's lunar rover Lunokhod 2, which traveled 23 miles in 1973. 

Opportunity landed on Mars on January 25, 2004. It's spent the past 4 years crossing the 14-mile wide Endeavour crater. NASA planned to use it for at least 3 months. Despite breakdowns, Opportunity continues to explore Mars and relay data back to Earth.

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Old Boxer Dog Tricks Pup into Running Laps

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This hilarious footage features my latest spirit animal, an older Boxer, showing a rambunctious pup how to race at top speed around a snow bank. Yet simply because she's using the situation as a teaching moment, it doesn't mean that she plans to do the workout. Come on, be reasonable! -Via Tastefully Offensive

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How the Internet Works

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Think of Neatorama as the chubby penguin of the internet, although, technically speaking, only a third of the contributors are penguins.

The internet will charm and horrify you. It accentuates the extremes of humanity. Go ahead and read about the President hunting people for sport. Just make sure that you keep a kitten supply handy.


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DAMAGE DEALERS - They're The Boss


DAMAGE DEALERS by OhHeyDJ

These two are simply smashing, and they've both had their share of run ins with that moustachioed plumber Mario, but maybe they're just misunderstood. Bowser doesn't get out and around the other denizens of the Mushroom Kingdom much, so maybe he just doesn't know how to act around a princess. And Kong- well, his first name is Donkey and he wears a necktie, so it's a safe bet that's where his troubles began. One thing's for certain when it comes to these two though- they pack one heck of a punch!

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Walt Disney Pictures Intro Logos

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Since 1985, the Walt Disney Pictures logo that begins their movies always features a castle with a shooting star arching over it. It was the same logo for ten years, and then for Toy Story in 1995, they altered it a bit for that particular movie. In the 20 years since then, the logo has been customized for most of the movies (the Toy Story version became their default for Pixar films), while keeping the two basic elements. This video shows us the logos in front of 39 Disney films, and how they mesh with their subject matter. I also found out that there are a ton of Disney films I haven’t seen. -via Geeks Are Sexy 


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This Man Turned His Birthmark into a Map of an Imaginary World

Redditor Mneneon has a birthmark covering his entire right hand. In a brilliant and beautiful use of it, Mneneon added geographical lines to turn it into an entire fictional world. He toys with the idea of using it to build a world for a fantasy novel, but doesn't see himself as a writer. That hasn't stopped other redditors from coming up with story ideas, such as this one by the appropriately named that_gave_me_an_idea:

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The Identity Of Jimi Hendrix's Foxy Lady Revealed

The Jimi Hendrix song Foxy Lady is one of those iconic rock tunes that makes you wonder whether there’s an actual lady behind the reference.

Jimi was surrounded by adoring female fans in his brief yet bountiful life, but one lady in particular rocked the lives of Hendrix and many other musicians in the 1960s, and inspired many of the songs found on the album Electric Ladyland.

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Her name is Lithofayne Pridgon and she's most likely the "lady" Hendrix was talking about in Foxy Lady, as well as the inspiration for "Can You See Me" "Fire" and "Love or Confusion".

Lithofayne not only has an amazing name, she has a list of famous musical friends and lovers a mile long, including Sam Cooke, James Brown, Jackie Wilson and Sly Stone, just to name a few.

Read more about the foxy lady named Lithofayne over at Dangerous Minds


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New Car Tech Reads Speed Limit Signs, Automatically Slows Down Car

The Ford Motor Company’s European division has developed a system that monitors changes in speed limits as you drive. When a driver activates the Intelligent Speed Limiter on his car, he chooses a maximum speed. When the car exceeds that limit, it alerts the driver.

It also scans the road for speed limit signs. When it determines that the car is going over the speed limit in a particular area, it alerts the driver and stops accelerating. It doesn’t apply the brakes—it just takes its virtual foot off the gas. A driver can override the limiter by pressing on the gas pedal.


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The Unlikely Baroness

A 1917 newspaper headline called her “The Richest Negro Girl in the World.” Sarah Rector was born in 1904, a member of the Creek Nation in Oklahoma. Her family had been slaves of the Creek before all their slaves were freed and made citizens. In accordance with the Dawes Allotment Act of 1887, all of Sarah’s family members were given allotments of land in Oklahoma. Sarah’s father sold off his and some of his children’s allotments to pay taxes on the rest. Sarah’s allotment was small and rocky, no good for farming, so her father leased it to an oil company. You can guess what happened.

Sarah’s first oil well came in August 1913, producing 105,000 gallons of oil each day. In a time when a nickel bought an ice cream soda, she netted more than $300 a day ($7,000 in 2015 currency). Published drilling updates reported Sarah ended up with over 50 completed wells on her property and the area exceeded the famed Glenn Pool production.

She was not the only Freedman minor whose land produced oil, but other children were taken advantage of by court-assigned guardians who siphoned off profits. Sarah’s guardian was a white family friend, chosen by her parents, who fairly allocated funds to the family under the supervision of a judge who would not put up with fraud. The story of how Sarah Rector’s life changed from that day on is a fascinating one, told in detail at This Land magazine. -via Digg


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The Best of Steve Buscemi's Answers from His Recent Reddit AMA



Good ol' Steve Buscemi participated in a Reddit AMA recently to promote a documentary he's crowd funding and producing called Check It, about a gay and transgender gang in Washington, D.C. Buscemi's answers were as down-to-Earth and likeable as he seems to be. A sample:

Q. Best memories from Big Lebowski
?

A. "Anytime you're on a Coen brothers set, it's just the most fun and relaxed set.

I just loved doing those long takes with John Goodman and Jeff Bridges. And I love sitting between them, you know? There's that one scene where we're at the counter in the bowling alley, and I'm seated between them, and they're arguing - and I LOVED just being around those guys.

I was once in a hotel room, and through the wall, I could hear this loud voice on the phone.

And at first I thought Oh my god, I have this really loud neighbor. Maybe I should switch rooms! And then I recognized the voice, and it was John Goodman. So I actually heard him ordering room service, hahaha, loudly! And so when the room service tray came up, I popped my head out the door, and he was very surprised to see me. And he said "Forget room service! Let's go down and have dinner!"

And I just love being around him.

And of course, Jeff Bridges is one of the sweetest guys. He's a really great photographer. He would take pictures of us on-set. And he's been in like, all these great movies, and it was just fun to hear him tell us stories of what it was like to work with John Huston on the set of FAT CITY...

Jeff Bridges could bring about world peace."

Read more from a best of Buscemi's answers article here; link to full AMA on Reddit is here.

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Name of the Year Tournament 2015

The contenders in the 2015 Name of the Year Tournament have been unveiled. Sixty-four names made the cut due to their individuality, whether it resulted from marriage, foreign languages, legal name change, or parents with a wicked sense of humor. The number one seeds this year are Cherries Waffles Tennis, Littice Bacon-Blood, Mussolini Africano, and Dr. Electron Kebebew. They will face some stiff competition from Genghis Muskox, Malvina Complainville, Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Amanda Miranda Panda, and Beethoven Bong. The ultimate winner this year will no doubt eclipse the 2014 winner, Shamus Beaglehole. Check out the enlargeable bracket for all 64 names. Voting in each region will begin soon, so check back at Name of the Year or get updates through Twitter. -via Metafilter


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How Fast is Broadband in Your State? Check This Map


The interactive map linked below lists the average speed of the internet in the United States by state. A similar map in 2009 revealed the average speed in the United States to be only 4.8Mbps. This new map shows that circumstances have greatly improved in the United States in terms of internet speeds. Data for the map is from Speedtest.net. -Via Gizmodo


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If The Internet Was a High School

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If the internet were a high school, the people inside would be websites. And they’d all have their quirks. Google is the teacher, and the students include the ADHD twins (Vine and Twitter), the big man on campus (Facebook) who’s dating the cheerleader (Buzzfeed), the troublemaker (reddit), and quite a few nerds. Cracked, which produced this video, apparently skipped class that day. No surprise there. We can assume Neatorama is in the library, sorting things out in the adult section. This video contains some mildly vulgar references. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Names Of IKEA Products That Conflict With The Swedish Translation

If you go to Ikea hoping to learn a little Swedish then you’d better grab a Swedish dictionary before you go, because many of the words used as Ikea product names appear to have nothing to do with the product itself. The rocking moose pictured above is called EKORRE, meaning squirrel, a fun reference to Rocky & Bullwinkle and the only non-WTF translation on the list.

Here’s the FNISS trash can- with a name meaning “giggles”it's guaranteed to be the most fun waste receptacle you've ever owned!

And here’s the UPPENBAR, which is the "obvious" choice for measuring out deciliters of lingonberry sauce for your Swedish meatballs!

Read 14 Swedish Words That Conflict With The Ikea Products They Name over at mental_floss


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Lady Loki - A Beguiling Beauty


Lady Loki by Medusa Dollmaker

Loki had come to Earth in female form far before his goody-two-shoes brother Thor, and he'd enjoyed the experience immensely. The Trickster had hidden his male body for safe keeping while he took the body of Thor's bride Lady Sif for a ride, and aside from the extra weight on his chest he felt free again, free to sow the seeds of chaos like a god reborn. Then came the day Loki was forced to give up the lovely locks and feminine mystique and return to his original form, the day Sif got to see, much to her horror, what Loki had done to her body while she was gone...

Bring some gender swapped geekiness to your wardrobe with this Lady Loki t-shirt by Medusa Dollmaker, and make your fellow fans marvel at the awesomeness of this design!

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Bigfoot

Burn! This is the creature who put the “sass” in Sasquatch. But entirely appropriate. I’ve wondered from time to time how they may feel about being nicknamed for an oversized body part. It probably does things to one’s self-esteem. This comic is the latest from Zach at Extra Fabulous Comics. -via reddit


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Just a Fifties Housewife Enjoying Her Acid Trip

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Dr. Sidney Cohen was a career-long proponent of LSD. In this rare video cilp from the 1950s, Cohen experiments by dosing a female homemaker, previously psychologically tested to ensure that she was "normal." Suffice to say that she enjoys her journey away from the doldrums of housework in the 'burbs, and "feels sorry" for those who haven't had the experience. (If I ever publish a novel, I intend to fit the line "I wish I could talk in Technicolor" into the text, no matter how hard it is to work it into the proper context.) -Via Daily Dot


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The Grilled Chili Cheese Frito Crunch Sandwich

When Jill and Zeon go to the San Diego County Fair this year, they’ll have to try the new “all that and a bag of chips” sandwich -except this one has the chips right inside. The Grilled Chili Cheese Frito Crunch Sandwich makes chili, cheese, and Fritos a little easier to eat while you’re walking. You’ll find it at the the Grilled Cheese-a-Fair booth, whose proprietors unveiled it at a recent fair planning meeting. Does anyone want to place bets between now and then that they develop a method for deep-frying this sandwich?     

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10 Far Out Kid's TV Shows From The 1970s

In the 1970s kids shows became totally far out in both style and subject matter, full of psychedelic characters and imagery that must've felt just right to the offspring of the Flower Power generation.

Here's a collection of ten kid oriented TV shows from the 70s, which is nowhere near exhaustive and is purposely lacking obvious shows like Sesame Street and The Elecric Company.

As you peruse the list you’ll see the name of two siblings come up on this list many times with good reason- Sid & Marty Krofft have cornered the market on strange kid’s TV shows ever since they brought their own brand of psychedelic TV magic to the small screen with H.R. Pufnstuf (1969).

1. The Bugaloos (1970-72)-

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The Bugaloos flew right into the hearts of kids who loved fantasy when they made their television debut in 1970. Starring a cast of British teens (who were also conveniently a four piece band) the Bugaloos were able to fly in their stylish insectoid outfits, and constantly avoided being captured by the evil Benita Bizarre.

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2. The Wombles (1973-75)-

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The Wombles are the original puppet environmentalists, little pointy nosed critters who collected and recycled trash dumped by humans in order to help keep the environment clean.

This British oddity is based on a series of novels by Elisabeth Beresford, and the Wombles encouraged kids to be more environmentally friendly, thereby becoming the original spokespuppets for going green!

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3. The Secrets Of Isis (1975-77)-

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Before Linda Carter brought Wonder Woman to life on the small screen there was a mighty cool show called The Secrets Of Isis, about a science teacher turned superhero.

Using the power of the Isiac Amulet mild mannered teacher Andrea Thomas transformed into the Egyptian goddess Isis, giving her "the powers of the animals and the elements".

The Secrets Of Isis brought superheroic action into the lives of young girls, and the show also brought them a line of action figures so they could battle their brothers!

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Little Kittens Starting Trouble with Big Dogs

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Little kitties are not afraid to exude big 'tude when it comes to their much larger canine counterparts. Given the typical temperament of the average dog, these pups are in for a lifetime of putting up with it, too. -Via Tastefully Offensive

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HuskMitNavn’s Folded Paper Doodles

HuskMitNavn (which apparently means “Remember My Name” in Danish) is an artist in Copenhagen. He does a lot of professional mind-bending, optical illusion art. But some of his most amusing works are common doodles on pieces of paper that he carefully folds, rolls, or tears to add to the story.

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More Photos Taken at Exactly the Right Moment

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Anyone who is into taking photographs knows that, in many cases, the accidental shots are the best of the bunch. It's aways thrilling to go on a shoot and upload the pictures, only to find that a snap you didn't even count on being cool is the money shot. This grouping of photos snapped at opportune moments is a lot of fun to peruse. See the entire collection here. 

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This River in a German City Is a Popular Surfing Destination

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Munich, a city in southern Germany, is a few hundred miles from the sea. But it’s a great place to go surfing. That’s because a fast-moving river offers ideal conditions for wave riding. The Eisbach, a 2-km channel of the Isar River, has been used by surfers since the 1970s. It’s been legal since only 2010, so the local surfers had to be discreet. They also have to use boards that are optimal for river surfing. A 2013 report from the BBC explained:

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Parents Share the Reasons Behind Their Kids' Latest Meltdowns



The Instagram account called As#hole Parents is full of pictures of disgruntled children who have a complaint they'd loudly like to register wherever possible and to whomever will listen. In the case of the child above, a reasonable and simple request was made that the bath be shared with the family cat. Things took a turn toward absolutely devastating when said request was denied by the maternal unit. Oh, the humanity!

See more children with parents for whom the abovementioned Instagram account name is fitting in this article. Visit the Instagram account to see more children banned from ever having fun or decent quality of life thanks to their parents. (Warning: the Instagram account name is spelled out, as is its title in the linked article.)

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Extremely Rare Cow Quadruplets Born

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The odds of the live birth of 4 calves in one pregnancy are 1 in 11.2 million. It’s extremely rare, but it happened to Dora Rumsey-Barling, the owner of these 4 calves in rural northeastern Texas. She’s named them Eeny, Meeny, Miny, and Moo. They’re three bulls and one heifer. It’s such a rare event that Rumsey-Barling will have DNA tests taken on all four calves to prove that they’re quadruplets.

The mother cow can’t nurse all four calves, so Moo is staying with her while the three other calves are spending time with other caretakers. 


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Bebop Bus Stop - Catch A Ride Cowboy!


Bebop Bus Stop by Beware 1984

If you're looking to catch an animal bus with lots of cuteness and spunk but not as much energy as your neighbor's nekobus then you gotta go full on space cowboy and catch the Einbus at the Bebop bus stop. Ein's gentle loping will instantly put you at ease, so you can forget all about that bounty for a moment and just take a ride to the other side of far out...See you space cowboy!

Catch the coolest ride in the galaxy with this Bebop Bus Stop t-shirt by Beware 1984, it's Ein of a kind!

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16 Shampoo Facts

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Shampoo has come a long way since it was first introduced in the 19th century. I remember when some shampoo company started advertising the idea that you should shampoo every day. That was a really novel idea at the time, since showers weren’t all that common in houses yet, and a lot of folks still didn’t have indoor plumbing. Craig Benzine guest-hosts this week’s mental_floss List Show, posted a little earlier than usual. He’s got facts about shampoo, including the reason there’s silicone in your shampoo.  
 


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Which Mad Scientist Is the Best?

If I consistently needed a mad scientist in my employment, I’d go for Princess Bubblegum. She’s smart, resourceful, multidisciplinary, and reasonably ethical. But as Sanjay Kulkarni pointed out, most “mad scientists” are actually just mad engineers.

Chloe Cole and Tristan Cooper of Dorkly made this chart. Are there other mad scientists that belong on it?


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Dreams in Film: the Supercut

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Nothing beats a great dream sequence in a film. Not only can it do much to lend viewers insight into the inner thoughts and motivations of the characters, but a dream sequence often makes up some of the most artfully shot and compelling moments in the feature presentation. Here is a supercut of dreams in films. How many can you identify, and what is your favorite filmic dream sequence? -Via Gizmodo


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