Selling a Blanket

Big LT is an amputee who has been living on disability payments. He saw a Navajo blanket on the TV show Antiques Roadshow and realized he had a family heirloom that was like it. Watch him find out how much it is worth.

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So he started out thinking he might get $5-10 thousand for it. Then the appraisers come out. This story might lift those Monday blues for you by the end. And the kicker is that LT might even be able to go visit his blanket in some museum somewhere. -via reddit


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Gestures You Shouldn't Use in Other Countries

Most of us don't think twice about our gestures other than the fact that they might help us communicate our thoughts more effectively. But while your nods and thumbs up might be fine to use in the US, you might want to think twice before using the same gestures in other countries. Even something as seemingly innocent as keeping your hands in your pockets can be seen as rude in Japan and Korea. 

So find out more about what your gestrues could mean in other countries here.


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Cowabunga! Strange Cow Stories

The following is an article from Uncle John's Bathroom Reader The World's Gone Crazy.

Cows just kind of do what they do; They stand in fields and graze and moo, But they also do other things that make us stop and say, “Ooh!” So here are some cow stories, strange but true.

I’M OK, YOU’RE OK. BUT WHAT ABOUT THE COW?

One morning in January 2005, traffic backed up on Interstate 4 near DeBary, Florida. The cause: A cow was standing in a swamp beside the road… and she appeared to be sinking. Concerned drivers called the Highway Patrol, who quickly determined that the cow wasn’t in danger, but was merely grazing in the two-foot-deep bog. The officers left, but the worried calls kept coming in, so they went back out and put up an electronic sign on the shoulder that read: “THE COW IS OK.” Shortly after the officers left, however, the cow wandered off …but the sign remained.

Now motorists were really confused: What cow was okay? Was this some kind of spiritual message, or news of some event they hadn’t heard about? Those were just a few of the questions the Highway Patrol received over the next few hours. And as more and more drivers slowed down to look for the nonexistent cow, a second, larger traffic jam ensued. Officers eventually went back out and removed the sign.

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Tarbosaurus: I'm Very Loud! - Stego Stego What?!!


Tarbosaurus: I'm Very Loud! by Moona

Dinosaurs were most likely fond of making noise whenever they were out on the town strutting their stuff, and their voices must have been quite loud and forceful compared to our puny human voices. But how good was their hearing? Ever wonder about that? I do, just like I wonder if the Tarbosaurus had a booming bark or a screechy little scream, and if their voices kept them from becoming friends with their fellow Cretaceous Period critters. I bet they had one of the most annoying voices in DinoLand.

Let your shirt do all the talking for you by wearing this Tarbosaurus: I'm Very Loud! t-shirt by Moona, it's a fun way to share your love of dinosaurs with the world!

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The Surreal Fantasy Animal World Of Femke Hiemstra

Animals may not understand the concept of Surrealism, but they make the perfect subjects for surrealist artwork because they're instantly identifiable no matter how much the artist mutates their natural form.

Dutch painter Femke Hiemstra places animals into strange and fantastic situations in her paintings, and even though the situations may be scary and dangerous her subjects are still animals after all, so they're born survivors.

After staring at an assortment of Femke's paintings the viewer is sure to have some wild and wonderful dreams, only instead of sugarplums the cats, foxes and squirrels will be doing all the dancing!

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The Forgetful Sailor

In 1832, a British Navy doctor, David Burnes, was approached by a sailor who had pain and infection in his back. It took a while, but it became apparent there was something in there -something made of metal. After several weeks of trying to extract it, the doctor cut out a dining fork! How did it get in there?

Strange as it may seem, even after its extraction, the man persisted in adhering to his original statement of his being ignorant how and when it had been introduced; and during the two months I remained in the ship I was not able to gain further information in the matter. He seemed to have no defect of memory in any way, for he, without hesitation, gave me every information I asked as to his former life and habits.

One of the tines of the fork was incomplete. Several years later, the same sailor approached the doctor again with a pain in his neck and -you guessed it- the missing end of the tine was extracted. You can read the painful story of the sailor with a fork in his back at Thomas Morris' blog. -via Strange Company

PS: The image above is not the exact size of the fork.


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The 19 Types Of Beer Snobs, Ranked

Beer used to be too common and lowly an alcoholic beverage to be judged in the same way as wine and fine spirits, but the craft beer revolution has turned beer into a beverage suitable for snobbery.

When you belly up to the bar for an ice cold pint of beer you may encounter one of the nineteen types of beer snobs, from the picky Sampler to the snooty Barrel Baron who only drinks barrel aged brews.

To me the worst kind of beer snob is the Glassware Obsessive snob, who judges you by the type of glass you pour your beer in to and rubs beertenders the wrong way...just drink the friggin' beer and SHUT UP! *scowl*

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This Ghost Town was Aiming Nuclear Missiles at America from Just 200km Away

The Soviet Union founded quite a few towns during the Cold War that never appeared on maps; secret sites where research was done, bombs were built, or nuclear armaments were made ready. One such "closed city" on the eastern edge of Russia was called Gudym by the locals, but its official designation was Anadyr-1.

Gudym was built in the late 1950s, complete with an underground base for storing nuclear warheads. Over five thousand residents (military and their family) lived there beginning in 1961, residing in buildings above the secret facility that stored three RSD-10 pioneer nuclear missiles, allegedly intended for Alaska, Washington state, California and South Dakota in the event of nuclear war.

The nuclear weapons were removed in 1986, and eventually the town was abandoned. All that's left are the empty facilities, which haven't been updated since the '60s and are now quite run down. See a gallery of images from Gudym as it appears in the 21st century at Messy Messy Chic.

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Tweets For People With A Weird Sense Of Humor

It can be hard to find stuff to LOL at when you have a weird sense of humor, and it seems like many of the comedy bytes online are either extreme and provoking or so niche even those in the know get but a titter from the post.

That's why humor enthusiasts must seek out posts that fit their particular, and peculiar, sense of humor, and the best way to do that is by locating a roundup that immediately grabs your attention with a Tweet like this:

And even better- when the roundup ends with a brilliant Tweet that leaves you wanting more:

See 21 Tweets You'll Only Find Funny If You Have A Weird Sense Of Humor here


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How Jackie Chan Gets Over Fences

This supercut shows how movie star Jackie Chan surmounts obstacles: fences, walls, buildings, and other barriers. He does it in style.

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It's no wonder his films always feature a chase scene on foot! The word "climb" doesn't really do it justice. It's more like he dances over obstacles. In one minute, Chan gets over over eleven barriers, and makes it look effortless. -via Tastefully Offensive

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The Werewolf Trainer

I've heard of werewolf hunters and werewolf fetishists but I've never heard of a werewolf trainer, and that's probably because the turnaround in that job market must be brutal!

All kidding aside folks, there's a time and a place to play servant and master and that time is when your kids aren't home and that place is some dark leather dungeon kept hidden from the kiddies, preferably one with lots of soundproofing! (Comic by MikeBasilisco)

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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A Textbook Explanation of Social Media Sites

A textbook uses the analogy of a donut to explain how social media sites differ. It's in the way that people use them. And Google+ is the punchline. Who says textbook writers don't have a sense of humor? The price they expect us to pay for them would be funny, too, if it weren't so tragic. Be sure to like and follow! -via reddit

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Being Pretty

Some people spend way too much time worrying about how they look and not enough time working on being the best person they can be, and these beauty obsessed folks can't leave the house without putting their face on.

In this way their beauty obsession becomes like a mask, and when others see how pretty they look with their masks on the maskless citizens clamor for masks of their own, so they can fit in with their pretty friends.

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Being Pretty was created by animator David James Armsby of Dead Sound, who used the project to explore "themes of individualism, innocence and brainwashing" in a town called Autodale.


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Dark Sky Reserve Proposed in Idaho

As civilization continues to encroach on the natural world, we set aside places for nature to remain intact. We have forest reserves, wildlife  preserves, and soon, the U.S. may have a dark sky reserve in central Idaho. It would be the first such designation in the U.S., where artificial light would be severely limited order to allow people to see the stars in the sky as they were meant to be seen.

Researchers say 80 percent of North Americans live in areas where light pollution blots out the night sky. Central Idaho contains one of the few places in the contiguous United States large enough and dark enough to attain reserve status, Barentine said. Only 11 such reserves exist in the world.

Leaders in the cities of Ketchum and Sun Valley, the tiny mountain town of Stanley, other local and federal officials, and a conservation group have been working for several years to apply this fall to designate 1,400 square miles (3,600 square kilometers) as a reserve. A final decision by the association would come about 10 weeks after the application is submitted.

The proposed reserve is on land already managed by the U.S. Forest Service. An application is being sent to the International Dark-Sky Association. Read more about the proposed dark sky reserve at the Idaho Statesman. -via Metafilter

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My Rapture Neighbour - Somewhere Under The Miyazaki Sea


My Rapture Neighbour by angdzu

A well-crafted character remains consistent and recognizable no matter the story or genre, and when one is cast as the supernatural defender and the other as a heroic human in a magical world the two must remain in their roles forever. When Totoro and Satsuke were transported from their pleasant and natural anime universe to a dark sci-fi world full of dark science experiments and wicked cool bio tech they thought the shock to the system might make them lose their cool. But the Big Daddy suit fit Totoro's defender role to a "T", and he found he didn't have to kill people as long as his Little Sister Satsuke was by his side!

Add some anime mashup awesomeness to your geeky wardrobe with this My Rapture Neighbour t-shirt by Angdzu, it's sure to make your fellow fans grin from ear to ear!

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The Happiest States in America

Some people can be happy anywhere, but there's no denying that where you live can certainly make a difference in how happy you are. Wallethub recently calculated the relative happiness of people in each state based on three main metrics: how emotionallly and physically well people are there, the quality of the local career options and their community and environmental appeal.

Based on these qualifications, Minnesota, Utah, Hawaii, California and Nebraska are the five happiest, while West Virginia, Oklahoma, Louisiana, Alabama and Arkansas are the least happy. You can see the rankings of all the states in between here.

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Dog vs. Ducks

Hey Maymo! Would you rather play with a hundred duck-sized ducks, or one horse-sized duck?

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Maymo the lemon beagle wants to play with all of them, of course. The video description sets this up as a "prank" on the dog, but he's just plain delighted. -via The Daily Dot

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What Matters Most

Oh, you'd be surprised what kids remember. They may not recall those times together the same way you do, or the same details you recall, but they remember in their own way. My now-adult children talk about the adventures of their childhoods and the things we did together, but the details that stuck out in their minds were surprises to me. We all organize our memories in our own way, and adults tend to prioritize things that are novel. To kids, everything is novel, so what stays with them may seem random to us. But his main theme is correct -being there for each other is what matters most. This is the latest comic from Lunarbaboon.

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John Carpenter's New Music Video For His 1983 Soundtrack To Stephen King's Christine

John Carpenter has been bringing our nightmares to life on the big screen since the 70s, but before he sat in the director's chair he sat in the recording studio and cranked out some killer tunes.

He created the iconic soundtracks for the Halloween films, Escape From New York and Big Trouble In Little China, and in his new music video John revisits the score he created for the 1983 movie adaptation of Stephen King's Christine.

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The music video for Christine was created to advertise John Carpenter's latest audio release Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998, which will be released by Sacred Bones on October 20th, just in time for Halloween!

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California Gold Rush Treasure Lost at Sea

In 1857, the U.S. mail ship SS Central America left California for the East Coast. Aboard were 477 passengers, many of them newly rich from the California Gold Rush. They were returning home with their gold, over $2 million worth (hundreds of millions in today's money). But on the last leg of the trip, between Cuba and New York, the ship encountered a hurricane.

The Central America sprang leaks, the water putting the fire out in the boiler, and the paddlewheel and pumps stopped working. Alarmed, the passengers and crew formed a bucket brigade to bail out the sinking ship, while Captain Herndon ordered the flag flown upside down – a universal distress signal.

By Saturday, September 12, the ship was doomed. That afternoon another ship was spotted, the Marine out of Boston, and Captain Herndon ordered the women and children into the Central America’s lifeboats to make the hazardous transfer to the Marine. Around 150 women and children made it before the weather forced the Marine to leave. The male passengers and crew could not make the transfer. Most of them were still on board when the Central America sank around 8 o’clock that night, settling on the sea floor about 8,000 feet below the surface, 160 miles offshore.

Only 49 men survived, and the loss of the gold to the bottom of the Atlantic caused several banks to collapse. Read the whole story of the sinking of the SS Central America and its aftermath. -via Strange Company


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Elon Musk Says We're Going To Mars, But What About The Cosmic Radiation?

Every able bodied person does important stuff many days out of the year, and some of us even spend time creating, innovating and educating ourselves in our own ways.

But the stuff we do is nothing when compared to the stuff Elon Musk does during one of his glorious days of Muskitude, so who are we to question him when he says we'll have manned missions to Mars by 2025?

But as this Commit Strip comic shows there's always at least one genius out there who thinks they know better than Musk and NASA combined, and yet he can't seem to move out of his mom's basement...

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15 Star-Studded Facts About The Emmy Awards

The Television Academy will presents the 2017 Emmy Awards ceremony Sunday night. Did you know the statuette was modeled after a real person? Yes, but that person wasn't named Emmy; the name has its own story. You can learn a lot of trivia about the awards before they air tomorrow night.  

9. CABLE SHOWS WEREN’T ELIGIBLE FOR EMMY AWARDS UNTIL 1988.

Up until the late 1980s, only network shows were eligible for Emmy consideration. Cable series competed for prizes at their own awards show, the CableACE Awards. But the Emmys modified their rules in 1988 to allow cable programming in. The last CableACE Awards ceremony took place in 1997.

10. LORNE MICHAELS IS THE MOST EMMY-NOMINATED PERSON OF ALL TIME.

The most Emmy-nominated individual of all time is Saturday Night Live creator Lorne Michaels, with a whopping total of 78 nominations. He'll compete this year for Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series for SNL.

But when it comes to actual wins, HBO Documentary Films president Sheila Nevins has got Michaels beat; she has collected a total of 30 Emmy Awards over the years (compared to Michaels's 14 wins). She could up that total this year; she's nominated for Exceptional Merit in Documentary Filmmaking for Bright Lights: Starring Carrie Fisher and Debbie Reynolds.

Read the rest of the trivia list about the Emmy Awards at Mental Floss.

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100 Years Of Fashion: Women Vs. Men- Who Wore It Better?

Even though there are lots of male fashion designers and famous male models it's generally accepted that women are more stylish and fashionable and therefore wear clothes better than men.

But what does it mean to "wear it better"? Well, it means clothes look good on you whether they were made for your gender or not, and it means you can pull off some of the more daring and fashion forward styles without looking foolish.

As you can tell I'm siding with the ladies on the issue of Gals Vs. Guys- Who Wore It Better? presented in this 100 Years Of Fashion video by Glam, but take a gander at the styles from 1915 to the present and decide for yourself!

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Sexy Fake News Halloween Costume

It is becoming obvious that 2017 will be a really strange year for trendy Halloween costumes. The company Yandy provides many of the super-specific meme costumes that you see each year, always in a "sexy" version. This year, one of them is "fake news." How do you make a concept into a costume? Just print it on a sexy little dress. The mini-dress sports a newspaper print, with the word "fake" splashed across the front in red. It's a one-joke costume that your grandchildren will be scratching their heads over when they see it for the first time when your possession are distributed. Let's hope this is the lamest of the year's trendy sexy costumes, but I would bet there are more to come. -via Mashable 

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The Time Stevie Nicks Kicked Ass For A Photo Shoot

Stevie Nicks has always seemed like a pretty chill lady, and her rock star image was pretty tame compared to many of her contemporaries in the 70s and 80s.

But as mellow as she was Stevie had no problem pretending to kick ass when her Australian bodyguard Bob Jones asked her to pose for pictures for his self defense book aimed at women.

She showed up to the shoot wearing some free flowin' flower print number and platform boots, making the pics of Stevie Nicks fighting Bob Jones even more priceless.

Bob's book Hands Off! was released in 1983, and he should be proud of the photos whether sales of the book were boosted by Stevie's presence or not, because Stevie must have really liked him to appear in his book like that! 

-Via Dangerous Minds


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Halo, Džozefina

This guy in Croatia took three years to record this music video, and it's still only two minutes long. But he gained a full head of hair and a viral video. He most likely ended up hating the song, though.  

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The song is "Halo, Džozefina" (Hello Josephine) by Đorđe Marjanović, who was a star in Serbia (Yugoslavia) in the 1950s and '60s.  -via reddit


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Brilliant Coach - Ask Me How You Can Become As Fabulous As I Am!


Brilliant Coach by Flaming Imp

When you're brilliant at something you should be shouting about it while you walk about town, and you should definitely tell every person who makes eye contact with you just how brilliant you are at (insert thing here). And if the thing you're brilliant at just so happens to be coaching then you're in luck- because this Brilliant Coach t-shirt by Flaming Imp was made for a mega-awesome-supercoach like you, and it will help you get the word out about your fabulous future in coachery.

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Disneyland is Making Corn Dogs into Nachos

(Image via First Comes Disney [Instagram])

Feeling hungry and happen to be in Anaheim? Well, if you're looking for something a little different you might want to head to the Grand Californian Hotel at the Disneyland resort where you can get mini corn dogs that are served up like classic nachos complete with cheese, guacamole and more. The tasty treats are only served until the end of September -that's right, you only have about two weeks to get your hands on these bad boys.

Via Foodbeast

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Helping a Little Buddy Cross the Street

A hedgehog is trying to cross a road in Tambov, Russia. A gaggle of geese know that the hedgehog is small and pavement-colored and it's likely that drivers won't see him. So they do the right thing and give him an escort! Notice the one goose that holds her wings out to be more visible. It looks like she is holding traffic back!

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They make right proper crossing guards, don't you think? Yeah, sure, it's possible the geese aren't paying a bit of attention to the hedgehog, but that's not nearly as cute. The entire group made it to the other side.  -via Tastefully Offensive

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How To Make Packing Tape Ghost Sculptures

It's time to start prepping for Halloween once again, and as any good Halloweenie knows you don't need to spend a ton of money on props and decorations from the Halloween store to make a big impression on your neighbors.

Plus crafting stuff by hand is more fun than simply buying it, so this year you should make some really cool looking packing tape ghosts to haunt the front of your house instead of buying crappy cloth ghosts from the store.

Packing tape ghosts look really cool and super spectral, especially when they're lit up by LED lights, and they're surprisingly resilient and can withstand damp weather, so you'll be haunted by compliments all October long!

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