Simon's Cat Logic: How Do Cats Stay So Clean?

Simon Tofield, the animator behind the Simon’s Cat videos, talks to cat expert Nicky Trevorrow about cats’ grooming habits. They lick themselves all the time, but they hate to take a bath. What’s the deal?

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After the lesson in cat grooming, we get the Simon’s Cat cartoon called Pawtrait. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Construction Workers Plays "Where's Waldo?" with Kids at Neighboring Hospital

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This is Jason Haney, a construction manager working on a project for Memorial Hospital in South Bend, Indiana. He and his co-workers like to entertain the kids who look outside their windows. Last winter, they built a snowman. More recently, they decided to make a Waldo figure from the Where's Waldo? books.

Haney made the 8-foot tall figure from plywood and he and his daughter painted it. Haney and his co-workers hide it in the framework of the new building under construction until a kid spots it. Then they move Waldo somewhere else and start the game over.

(Photo: Hedi Prescott/Beacon Health System)

The South Bend Tribune reports that kids love it:

Arrihanna Williams, 7, and another child enjoyed watching as the crane above the hospital moved a big load of materials. When asked, Arrihanna was quick to point out where Waldo was standing from the playroom window.

Down the hall, 9-year-old Neveah Garza was in contact isolation and unable to leave her room. But her window overlooked the construction site and she enjoyed watching the men at work.

“Poor guys, they have to work in the sun,” she said.

In the past, she’s hunted for Waldo in library books and on an online site, she said, explaining how that worked. But it was a bit of a challenge to find the character at the building site.

“Mom found him first,” she said, pointing down at the site. “See he’s down there, by that fan thingy.”

-via Nerd Approved

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Copperpool - Bad Dogpool! No Biscuit For You!


Copperpool by Alberto Arni

When you're out in the sun you've gotta keep your buns cool, man, so take it from your buddy DP and slap some sunscreen on yo' cheeks! Wade may have been made to look hideous during the experiment that gave him his powers, but that doesn't mean he wants a sunburn making him gross lookign and all peely. Plus, there's this thing called skin cancer that can really knock you dead, so whether you're chillin' by the pool or going Beach Blanket Blammo with your gun club make sure you slather on that sunscreen so you don't get fried chimichanga style!

Summer is here, so bring home this totally cool Copperpool t-shirt by Alberto Arni and soak up them rays in style!

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23 Haunted College Campuses

St. Joseph's Hall still stands bright even with all of the clouds it's the calm before the storm

A photo posted by Chestnut Hill College (@chestnut_hill_college) on Jun 8, 2016 at 8:45am PDT

Many colleges have large, old, stone buildings that have been there for a long time -long enough to be the site of some unsavory events, like murder, war, slavery, suicide, imprisonment, mental illness, abandonment, and more. Do these events leave their imprint on the places they happen? Some folks think so. Or it may be that the haunting stories are passed down from class to class and prompt people to see things that aren’t there, because fear is contagious. If you know about the nun who leapt to her death from the roof, or the little girl who fell down the elevator shaft, or the founder who won’t leave the campus, you are primed to notice them returning to the scene. Buzzfeed compiled a list of 23 haunted campuses, using stories contributed by students and alumni.


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This Former Monk Has Been Building His Own Cathedral For The Last 50 Years

The masons and builders who conceived of and constructed the most famous cathedrals in the world had a legion of workers helping them bring their blessed vision to life in a timely manner.

But former Trappist monk Justo Gallego Martinez has been building a cathedral by himself every day since 1963, even though he knows he won't be able to finish the building before he dies.

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This video by Great Big Story focuses on Justo Gallego Martinez and his holy mission to build a memorial cathedral to Our Lady of the Pillar on the plot of land he inherited near Madrid, Spain.

It's equal parts inspiring and heartwrenching, and you'll be amazed by what Justo has been able to accomplish with his own two hands while driven by faith.

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A Story of Two Belgian Brothers

 

Mourad Laachraoui is a student at Haute Ècole, the College for Business and Technology, in Brussels, Belgium. He is also the European taekwondo champion, and will compete as part of the Belgian national team at the Olympics in Rio next month. Laachraoui is used to press conferences and to addressing the public, but the Brussels airport bombing on March 22 was more than he could quickly digest and comment upon.

Mourad had been hoping to go to practice later that day, but at around midday that the next breaking news flashed onto his screen. One of the four bombers had been identified, it said. The man was 24 years old. Then Mourad read the name: Najim Laachraoui.

At that moment, there was a further explosion -- inside Mourad's head.

At first he didn't say anything to the other students. But they too had already read the alert. "Hey, Mourad," one of the students in the lab shouted. "He has your name -- is it a cousin perhaps?" It was intended as a joke.

Najim Laachraoui, the suicide bomber, was Mourad Laachraoui’s older brother. Najim left for Syria years ago, and Mourad had no idea he was back in Belgium until the bombing occurred. Read about the two brothers and how Mourad is dealing with the aftermath of the attack while he prepares for his Olympic competition, at Spiegel. -via Metafilter


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How Dogs React To A Voice Actor Barking

Some voice actors are so good their mimicry abilities can fool anyone, even animals.

Rudi Rok is one of these incredibly gifted voice actors, and he's so good at barking, panting and other dog vocalizations he drives those poor poochies wild in this video by Jose Ahonen.

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It seems dogs who hear a perfect imitation of a dog bark start barking, I wonder what they're saying to Rudi...

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20 Things You Didn’t Know About San Francisco

Quick: what comes to mind when you think of San Francisco? High rent, the Gold Rush, earthquake, Harvey Milk… Alcatraz? There’s so much more to learn about the city, its history, geography, and culture. San Francisco is the birthplace of a lot of things, not all of them good.

Between 1900 and 1904, the city of San Francisco was the site for the first plague epidemic in the continental United States, which killed more than a hundred people in Chinatown because the Governor of California delayed taking action in order to avoid the economic consequences that would have come with a quarantine. As a result, some people speculate that this is how the bubonic plague managed to secure its first toehold in North America since it is capable of surviving in reservoir animals.

But then you have blue jeans, which almost makes up for the plague. Read 20 things that may surprise you about San Francisco at Housely. 


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This Hospital Cabinet Is Designed to Protect Patients from Infections

What makes this rolling hospital bedside cabinet by Kinnier Dufort unique is the rounded edges and joints. There are fewer hidden crannies and junctions that are hard to clean. Hospital workers can disinfect every part of it easier than conventional bedside cabinets, making it more likely to free from infectious pathogens. You can photos of it at Core 77.


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Studio Ghibli Explains Why Chihiro's Parents Turned Into Pigs In Spirited Away

Spirited Away is Japan's highest grossing film of all time, and even though the Japanese mythology themes aren't fully understood by most non-Japanese viewers the film is still a delight to watch.

But there's one scene even Japanese audiences wondered about- the scene where Chihiro's parents suddenly become pigs.

It was fairly easy to tell the scene was commenting on gluttony and/or greed, but Twitter user @0910noncha wanted to know for sure so she messaged Studio Ghibli- and they answered.

The studio sent her a two-page long reply, explaining that the pig scene is meant to represent “the greed that took place during the Japanese recession of the 80s”:

The letter also explained that the transformation was irreversible in order to reflect the nature of greed in the real world. The letter continued by saying that Chihiro knew that none of the pigs in the pen were her parents because her mindset had changed following her experiences in the underworld.

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Labor Intensive: The Way Childbirth Used to Be

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Childbirth is no picnic. But at least it no longer involves chickens and weasels.

Giving birth is hard. Or so I’ve heard. I don’t have the proper equipment, so when my children were born my job was restricted to feeding my wife ice chips and telling her she was a trouper. But after witnessing the sounds and faces she made, I’m assuming birth is hard.

That said, I’m incredibly grateful that my kids were born in the last decade. Because childbirth in centuries past was almost incomprehensibly harder, more painful, and more dangerous than it is in modern-day America.

Not only that: It was also a lot stranger.

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For Sale on Craigslist: Camouflage Truck

This gem of a truck is on sale in Lynchburg, Virginia. For only $1,800, you can get a truck with a truly perfect camouflage paint scheme. It blends into the background, including the shadows, like it's not even there.

It's got 74,000 miles on the odometer, though. So although the paint job is "like new," the engine isn't.

-via David Burge


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Dogs Playing on Slides

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Some dogs understand what’s supposed to happen on a playground slide, while others have yet to grasp the concept. It doesn’t seem to matter much, really; they all are having the time their lives! -via Tastefully Offensive

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Needful Things - They Don't Call Them Possessions For Nothing


Needful Things by Nemons

When visiting the town of Castle Rock, Maine it's important to remember a few things- always be on your best behavior, minding your manners whenever you speak to a local, don't speak of any strange occurrences you may bear witness to while in town, and stay away from a shop called Needful Things. That shop is shunned by the locals for a reason, and even though a few folks in town refuse to stop paying Leland Gaunt a visit the rest of the town have learned their lesson about toying with forces beyond human control. You're no doubt wishing we would elaborate on that subject for a minute but the less you know about Needful Things the better...

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Add Water to This $230 Toaster

(Photo: Balmuda)

Truly perfect toast is expensive. You need more than just top-tier bread. You also need to cook it the right way. And the Balmuda from Japan is the best machine for the job.

At $230, it's expensive by toaster standards. But it comes with a novel approach to toasting: adding water. Bloomberg reports on how Gen Terao invented it:

It was at a company picnic on a rainy day, warming bread on a grill, that company founder Gen Terao and his band of product designers accidentally made great toast. After the showers stopped, they tried to reproduce it in a parking lot and realized that water was the key. Thousands of slices later, they figured out that steam traps moisture inside the bread while it's being warmed at a low temperature. The heat is cranked up just at the end, giving it a respectable crust.

-via Core 77


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Game Over by PES

An animation from PES uses candy, cake, toys, kitchen utensils, and more to illustrate classic arcade games!

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There’s Centipede, Frogger, Asteroids, Space Invaders, and of course, Pac-Man. By the time it’s over, you’ll be hungry. -via Viral Viral Videos

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Awesome Invention Lets You Pull a Suitcase Hands-Free

Robert Lian, an airline pilot, got tired of dragging his rolling luggage through airports with his hands. He wanted to be able to use his hands while walking with bags. So in 2014, he invented My Hitch. It's like a trailer hitch for your body.

First, put on a belt or tight-fitting pants. My Hitch won't work if you're naked or wearing loose clothes. Then slip the plastic hook into the back of your pants, put the handle of your bag over the other end of the hook, and start walking.

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Trying to Relate

To hipsters and teenagers, slang terms are cool for about a week, and then they are passé. That’s about the time that any hip organization catches onto them. Then those terms finally leak out into the larger corporate world. If the corporation, or worse, an advertiser, even gets the proper usage correct, they still sound like they are trying way too hard. And the young people who use the slang and the older people who recognize pandering when they see it both consider it silly. This is the latest from Sarah Andersen.


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Polar Bear Tries to Eat Baby through the Glass


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A fun-size human appeared just outside the polar bear enclosure at the St. Louis Zoo in Missouri. It was the perfect snack. So the polar bear dove into the water and tried to snatch him. Alas, the glass got in the way. Keep trying! 

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The Most Common Family Types in America

What kind of relationships are in your household? The old-fashioned nuclear family with Mom, Dad, and a couple of children is still pretty common, but growing numbers of households involve more complex ties between parents and children, other relatives, unmarried partners, and non-relatives.

Nuclear is still the most common, but there are millions of households in the United States with a different family structure. Based on data from the 5-year American Community Survey from 2010-2014, I counted 10,276 different types of households.  

Nathan Yau charted the 50 most common household makeups in a chart, of which this is just a small corner. It’s strange to think that the most common household now contains a single person, but looking through the chart, I have lived, at one time or another, in eight of the ten configurations across the top of the chart. See the entire thing at Flowing Data. -via Digg   


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Bulldog Doesn't Need Water to Swim


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It's hot in Halifax, Nova Scotia. Arnold the bulldog wants to cool off in the kiddie pool. Even though it's empty, he's good. He'll just swim around in the air, dragging his body along the bottom.

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Bunkers Disguised as Quaint Swiss Villas

What’s the best way to disguise a military bunker? Put something rather prosaic on top of it. Like a normal home, or better yet, a vacation home so that no one would get suspicious about it being empty. Photographer Christian Schwager identified and documented hundreds of “fake chalets” in Switzerland that were cleverly-hidden military installations of one kind or another.

Until 2004, camouflaged bunkers were a well-kept military secret in Switzerland and many Swiss residents had no idea that there were weapons compounds sitting in the middle of the villages where they grew up until Schwager’s book of photographs went public.

Christian estimates there are at least 250 bunkers hiding behind well-disguised facades that have gone unnoticed for years, sometimes sitting right on the main streets of town. He has visited photographed over a hundred of them, mainly from World War II when aerial reconnaissance and espionage was rife and the government began dressing up their not-so-subtle concrete bunkers.

After Schwager published a book of his photographs, more fake chalets were uncovered, and some, like the Villa Rose pictured above, were opened to the public as historical artifacts. See many more of the disguised military bunkers at Messy Nessy Chic. -via Metafilter

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This Possibly Possessed Keyboard Player Stole The Show

According to Phantom Of The Opera people who enjoy tickling the keys of a piano, organ or keyboard are prone to possession by evil spirits and have a natural propensity for evil.

This theory doesn't include little old ladies who play the organ at church, or the piano gods Little Richard and Liberace, but it's safe to assume sinister forces are at work within this young lady.

Either that or she's really freaking out about finals.

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-Via Dangerous Minds


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Delicious Pokémon

Do you want your Pokémon to GO? Jadalnia is a restaurant in Poznan, Poland. Since Pokémon GO became a global sensation, they’ve made use of the Pokémon found in the kitchen! Would you care for some Charmander stir-fry? Squirtle soup? Or maybe Pikachu paté? This image was posted on their Facebook page.  -via reddit

(Image credit: Jadalnia)

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Mr. Ray's Day Care - He's Fishing For Customers


Mr. Ray's Day Care by Vincent Trinidad

It's easy to lose track of your children when you live under the sea, and single parents can use all the help they can get, so why not let Mr. Ray take a crack at caring for your child? At Mr. Ray's Day Care all kinds of young critters can come together and explore their oceanic habitat without fear of getting lost like Nemo or being eaten by a hungry halibut, because Ray is there to wrap your kids up and keep them safe. So send your kids to Mr. Ray's Day Care for safety's sake, where there's one flat fee and sea anemones are not allowed!

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The Animal Version Of "Brother From Another Mother"

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You're probably familiar with the “brother from another mother, sister from another mister” concept regarding people you meet in life who look like they could be your next-of-kin...or you.

This spooky similarity often goes beyond merely looking the same, as you discover you share interests, taste and mannerisms in common with your doppelganger.

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The same thing can happen with animals, only their “brother from another mother” similarities can cross species, making a dog and a cat look like they were separated at birth.

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Perhaps this doppelganger effect exists so every animal species on Earth will learn to get along with each other, whether we're hairless apes or hairless critters.

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26 Things that Inspired Movies

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Some movies are based on true stories, some closer to the truth than others, but all ideas came from other ideas. Details in movies are often inspired by someone or something that had nothing to do with the story. Inspiration comes from all directions, and are then combined with other inspirations to produce something totally new. Eliot Morgan has the stories behind the concepts, scripts, and odd details in this week’s episode of the mental_floss List Show.


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No Mortal Knows The Password

You should always keep your friends close, your enemies even closer and your passwords closest of all, like inside your brain never to be typed, written out or spoken aloud to anyone.

There is no one you can trust with your password, not even your dearly beloved, so remember the teachings of Charlie Higson from Heck If I Know and stay safe while adventuring online.

And beware ratchet hoes bearing gifts...

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Dog Shuts Cat in Cabinet

This dog probably didn’t think much about it ahead of time, but when the opportunity arises, he takes advantage of the moment.

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His parting words are the icing on the cake. I’m sure he said, “And stay there!” -via Arbroath

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Janitors Accidentally Throw out Trash Can Art


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This is "Trash Can," a sculpture by Will Kurtz that was priced at $8,000. It consists of an overflowing trash can and a sculpture of a raccoon. The piece was on display at Art Southampton in New York City. Two weeks ago, it was among several sculptures arranged in an exhibit. Alas, before the show opened, cleaners, mistaking it for an ordinary trash can, emptied out all of the trash. 

None other than actress Brooke Shields, who was curating the show, saved the day. Page Six reports that she noticed the problem before the opening:

But when Shields and artist Kurtz showed up for the VIP preview Thursday at Nova’s Ark Project, the artwork trash can had been emptied. The actress and the artist were forced to go rummaging in the real trash to recover his valuable work.

Nick Korniloff, founder and owner of Art Southampton, told Page Six, “We had works from Warhol to Banksy on display this weekend. We have a very aggressive cleanup crew because we like to keep the event pristine. They are trained to recognize and not take out any art, but unfortunately they looked at a trash can, and threw the contents away. The raccoon was left standing there next to an empty can.

-via Weird News | Photo: watchwithkristin


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