The Original Inspiration for the Hulk Was a Mother Lifting a Car off Her Baby

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Hulk smash? Yes. But beyond that, Hulk save. The Hulk is male, but the original, real-life Hulk was a woman. Jack Kirby, the comic book artist who conceived of the Hulk, explained in a 1990 interview that an incident in which a mother rescued her baby by lifting a car off him was the inspiration behind the Hulk:

The Hulk I created when I saw a woman lift a car. Her baby was caught under the running board of this car. The little child was playing in the gutter and he was crawling from the gutter onto the sidewalk under the running board of this car — he was playing in the gutter. His mother was horrified. She looked from the rear window of the car, and this woman in desperation lifted the rear end of the car. It suddenly came to me that in desperation we can all do that — we can knock down walls, we can go berserk, which we do. You know what happens when we’re in a rage — you can tear a house down. I created a character who did all that and called him the Hulk. I inserted him in a lot of the stories I was doing. Whatever the Hulk was at the beginning I got from that incident. A character to me can’t be contrived. I don’t like to contrive characters. They have to have an element of truth. This woman proved to me that the ordinary person in desperate circumstances can transcend himself and do things that he wouldn’t ordinarily do. I’ve done it myself. I’ve bent steel.

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Shadow Of A Foe - Thunder Struck


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Being the god of thunder, bearing that great responsibility, comes with a dark price- there will always be an opposing force trying to snuff out your spark. Thor lives with this shadow of a foe lurking behind him at all times, and cannot rest until this shadowy enemy is eliminated, even if that enemy is his brother Loki. So as you marvel at that mighty Asgardian, and dream of how great his life must be, remember that he's always watching his back and waiting for his enemies to strike...

Gear up for the fray with this Shadow Of A Foe t-shirt by Boggs Nicolas, it's truly electrifying!

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How To Draw Mickey Mouse

Unless you're looking at an officially licensed Disney tutorial you'd better put your pencils and your eyeballs away and stop looking at the screen, now!

Just kidding, it's nothing more than an innocent comic drawn by a non-Disney artist, to be filed under "satire".

This silly yet oh so true comic by Mauricio Abril shows the not so fun side of that empire Mickey Mouse built, and I know more than a few NeatoShop artists will totally relate to the punchline!

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The World's Largest Container Ship Plays the Star Wars Theme on Its Horn


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At 432 yards long, the newly-launched MSC Zoe is the Death Star of the transoceanic shipping business. It's no moon, but a fully operational station capable of moving the equivalent of 19,224 20-foot cargo containers. Appropriately, while in Hamburg, Germany, the ship's horn system played the title theme from Star Wars.

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The Silos of Burjassot

In the town of Burjassot, Spain, a historic underground excavation was recently opened to the public for the first time in 100 years. The 47 underground grain silos were used for food storage for several hundred years, then converted to a wartime bunker system, then closed.

In 16th-century Valencia, grain storage was a problem. The province didn’t have enough of its own, and imports from other Iberian regions were uncertain, as there were frequent bad harvests and peninsula-wide shortages. The best option was to import grain from Sicily over the Mediterranean Sea, but this made sense only if it could be done in great quantities, meaning Valencia needed a large storage solution.

So the first silos of Burjassot were authorized. This outlying town was chosen because of its elevated position and proximity to the capital. Three underground silos were initially built, but this would expand to 47 over the course of the centuries. Soil would be dug out of the ground, in the shape of an enormous vase, and then its walls would be fortified. These underground containers provided perfect conditions in which to store grain, and the silos remained in use until the beginning of the 20th century.

From the outside, all you see are small, capped holes in the ground. Inside is a different story. Read about the silos and see pictures, plus images of the picturesque town of Burjassot at For 91 Days.


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Human Toddler and Gorilla Toddler Play Peek-A-Boo


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Isaiah Chute is 2 and 1/2. Kamoli the gorilla is about 1 and a 1/2. They're perfect playmates, as you can see in this video shot at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium in Ohio. For about 6 minutes, they played peek-a-boo, hide-and-seek, and pounded their chests.

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Father Forged Replica Of Thor's Hammer For His Four-Year-Old Son

Only a stone-hearted supervillain would deny a child's wish to dress up and play the role of their favorite superhero, and if you're the father of that future cosplayer you really can't say no.

But if you're a crafty father you'll probably just see their superheroic dreams as a challenge to make your kid something amazing.

Redditor Crux1836's son wanted only one thing for his fourth birthday- "a Thor hammer, a REAL Thor hammer!", so daddy went to work with fire and steel and forged a rough but battle ready Mjölnir for his son.

Now son of Crux1836 is probably the only kid in his town with a steel Mjölnir replica (and hopefully he's not a destructive child), but how's the kid supposed to grow up to be Thor if he's never handled a real hammer?

-Via Kotaku Cosplay

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Up Close and Personal with Sharks

They showed a clip from the documentary Air Jaws: Walking with Great Whites, which premiered on Discovery last night in the US. Karl Stefanovic and Lisa Wilkinson of the Australian morning show Today aren’t having any of it.

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Considering that every type of wildlife in Australia is already trying to kill you, you’d think these folks would be unimpressed. If they are that scared, I don’t want anywhere near a Great White. -via reddit


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Now Your Pet Can Join The Rebellion or the Empire

We've previously posted the adorable works of Etsy seller iheartneedlework (see her celebratory hats and Frankenstein costume), but these great Darth and Leia hats are too cute to ignore. 

On the other hand, if you prefer Frozen over Star Wars (to each his own, I guess), you don't want to miss this adorable Olaf hat featuring the character's trademark goofball face.

You can even make your kitty into an amazing Little Mermaid.

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Truck vs. Tree

I dunno about this. It doesn’t look quite safe to me. But it must have turned out all right, because the entire video descriptions says,

Witness the awesome pulling power of Dodge trucks.

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Pulling down a tree with a truck is not a recommended tactic. You might save some money by not hiring a professional, but getting flattened, no matter how small the chance, can be a devastating consequence. -via Arbroath  
 


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Go Back To School In Style With These 30 Nerdy T-Shirts

It's back to school time once again, and that means school is on everyone's mind whether they graduated in 1960 or they'll be starting school in 2016.

Whether you're still heading down the road towards a college degree or you're a graduate who know studies at the school of hard knocks there's sure to be something you'll want to wear in the NeatoShop, where you'll find thousands of smart looking and totally geeky designs!

When school is called back into session

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And kids are attending classes again

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There's something in the air that drives the academically minded wild

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Whodunit: The Pretender's Ball III

The following is a Whodunit by Hy ConradThese mysteries are from The Little Giant® Book of Whodunits by Hy Conrad and Matt LaFleur. Can you solve the mystery before you read the solution?

Two years ago, the Pretenders' Ball had been the scene of an assassination. Last year, an arsonist destroyed the royal archives. These political crimes, carried out by the rebel forces, were becoming a regular part of the Grand Duchy's annual costume ball. The chief of police pleaded with the prime minister to cancel this year's event. Naturally, he didn't. For added security, though, he did change the location to Duchy Park, a floral wonderland surrounded by a high, unscalable stone wall.

Upon entry, Robin Hood's arrows were confiscated, although he was allowed to keep his bow and quiver. David had to give up his slingshot and Goliath handed over his club. Mary Poppins kept her umbrella, but Death turned in his scythe. Even the clown was searched. One guard held onto his big bunch of balloons while another checked inside his oversized shoes.

The festive nighttime ball went on as scheduled. The music played, the costumed revelers danced, and champagne corks popped. Something else popped, too—a small derringer pistol.

The victim this time was the Grand Duchy's chief of police, dressed as a Chicago gangster, the only guest actually allowed to carry a weapon. His body was found in the middle of a hedge maze, the gun in his shoulder holster untouched.

"Shot in the back," Death (the royal physician) reported. "Very small caliber. Anyone could have sneaked in a gun that size."

In what was becoming another annual tradition, the guests lined up to be frisked.

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The Timey Wimey Machine - Allons-Y To The Movies!

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The Doctor has lived many lifetimes so his adventures have happened over and over again, which tends to mess with all that timey wimey stuff floating around out there keeping the universe, and its timeline, intact. And what happens when the Doctor and his companion, who is blissfully unaware of what their travels are doing to the universe, continue to go on grand adventures across the galaxy? The timey wimey stuff becomes like taffy, bending and warping to create pockets and niches where the truth of his existence hides...

Add some out of this world adventure to your geeky wardrobe with this The Timey Wimey Machine t-shirt by Twenty27 Designs, and watch your fellow fans light up like a sonic screwdriver!

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Top Ten Dumbest Lottery Winners


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Carelessness. Greed leading to betrayal, overspending and criminal activity. Fraud. Lying to the wrong people. These lottery winners once had it made, but eventually made mistakes so destructive they lost everything. Want to feel a bit better about your worst life decisions? Try this Alltime10s video on for size. Via Tastefully Offensive


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Your First Friend, Your Forgotten Friend

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When you first joined MySpace, you were anxious and awkward. You didn't know anyone. You didn't know if it would be safe space.

Immediately, Tom Anderson appeared. He was not only the co-founder of MySpace, but your very first friend on the network.

As other people appeared in your life, Tom fell into the background. You forgot about him, but he never forgot about you.

Don't wait until it's too late to rekindle that relationship.


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A Video Compilation Of Great Dad Moments

Some dads are champions for reasons that can't easily be expressed with words, but dads who are lucky enough to have their awesomeness caught on camera can prove their super dad powers to the world!

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Catching a kid right before they crack their head open, snatching the child away from an oncoming danger, and pulling off various sports related saves- these are but some of the powers that dads have at their disposal.

And this action packed (albeit strangely formatted) video by Zoo Weekly proves dads are some of the most powerful beings on the planet!

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It’s So Long!

The following is an article from the book Uncle John's Canoramic Bathroom Reader.

The longest high-five chain in the world, and a few other interesting “longest” things. (Note: This is a pretty long article. So you might have to take your device into the bathroom for a break to read the entire thing.)

LONGEST CAT FUR

In August 2013, Guinness World Records awarded its first-ever “cat with the longest fur” title. Recipient: Colonel Meow, a Himalayan Persian kitty belonging to Anne Marie Avey of Los Angeles, California. Fur length: nine inches. (The length was verified by three different veterinarians.) “We already knew that he was the best cat in the world,” a proud Ms. Avey said, “but to be recognized in the Guinness World Records book takes it to the next level.”

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Bonus fact: The best part of the story is that Colonel Meow was a rescue kitty. He was in a shelter in Seattle, Washington— and scheduled to be euthanized— when he was rescued by a Seattle group dedicated to rescuing Himalayan Persian cats. They put him up for adoption online… and the rest is cat-fur history.

LONGEST CARROT

Joe Atherton of Nottinghamshire, England, grows carrots in plastic tubes more than 20 feet long, each one filled with nutrient-rich compost and positioned so they lie at an angle of about 45 degrees to ensure proper drainage. In September 2007, Atherton carefully extracted one of those tube-grown carrots, being careful not to break its long, fragile root. That particular carrot had been growing for 14 months: Atherton had extended its growing season beyond the usual two or three months by regularly nipping off any seed buds that appeared on it, thereby preventing it from going to seed. Result: the carrot was 19 feet, 1.875 inches long. It’s the current record holder for “longest carrot in the world.”

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Shy Octopus Hides under His Tentacles

The Dumbo Octopus (Grimpoteuthis) is unavoidably cute! He can dance and stick out his tongue, so he's a natural performer. But that's only once he's ready. When caught unawares, the Dumbo gets shy. The oceanographers on board the exploratory vessel Nautilis discovered that while exploring the coast of central California. At the 1:34 mark in the video below, he covers his face when the camera zooms in on him.


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Jon Burgerman's Famous Friends

Artist Jon Burgerman has been featured at Neatorama multiple times over the years for his witty work that often explores how art can be designed to interact with life in amusing and interesting ways. Such techniques can be found in a grouping of Burgerman's recent work that he calls "Jon's Famous Friends."  

The series, some of which is shown here, features his form interacting with those of celebrities. The artist said in an interview that the pieces not only are a lighthearted way to reflect upon society's obsession with celebrities, but it's also a commentary on the public's desire to present themselves in the best possible light. He says,

“I want to explore how we create public narratives for ourselves, and taking it to an extreme, absurdist level. I’m cranking up the FOMO, envy and anxiety.

I’m also trying to show that in most cases these things are actually pretty mundane. So I’m ‘hanging out’ with celebrities, but we’re not doing anything that fascinating (apart from shooting up with Obama of course). Celebrities’ Instagram feeds are often littered with multiple selfies and photos of their cats. They’re just as dull as us normal people!”

Check out more of Burgerman's hilarious hybrid images of himself and "the beautiful ones" at his Instagram account. Via Design Taxi
 


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Candy Cats Trying to Catch Candy Goldfish

Caroline from Japan makes little sweets that look like cats. Sometimes they nap in pancakes. Other times, they curl up around eclairs. But they're always cute and delicious. For this project, they're struggling to get at the fish trapped inside the gelatin (translation) --all the while ignoring a more convenient mouse.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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The Perfect ’80s Movie Bully

When your world revolves around school, the real bad guy of the drama is the bully. And so it was with ‘80s teen movies, and there were a lot of ‘80s teen movies. Not all bullies fit the exact formula, but there were many similarities that a majority shared. Uproxx took the most common tropes used in teen movies from the ‘80s and crunched them into the ultimate stereotyped movie bully. I think you will agree with their conclusions. Now if we can get them to do the same with the jock, the cheerleader, the outsider, the nerd  …well, we know who the nerd would be.


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Less Popular Fake Tan Shades




Gemma Correll zeroes in on some of the less come-hither glows of summer with her latest comic. Not every tan is a good tan, nor is it necessarily a natural happenstance. While out people watching during summer, one is often prompted to wonder about certain confusing complexions: were they caused by a sun kiss or kick? Is that real or faux/foe color? A little color can go a long way. Even an even porcelain complexion is better than mottled orange. See three more less popular fake tan shades as illustrated by Gemma Correll here. 

 


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Alzheimer's-Friendly Tableware Set

Sha Yao is an industrial designer in San Francisco. When her grandmother was diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease, she noticed that the illness made it very difficult to feed herself. In response, Yao developed Eatwell, a tableware set designed with the limitations of Alzheimer's Disease in mind.

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Retro Guardians - The Squarest Superheroes In The Galaxy


Retro Guardians by Kinda Creative

Star-Lord was too old and too far from Earth to have a video game made about him, but the young man who was taken on the intergalactic adventure of a lifetime would have done anything to star in his own game. And if anyone had known about the Guardians before that documentary exposed their secret existence to the world their adventures would have made for a marvel-ous game franchise. Sadly, the Guardians never got to star in their own console cartridge, and now they're all too busy battling the mad titan to play video games....

Share your dream of console games that could have been with this Retro Guardians t-shirt by Kinda Creative, and imagine the awesomeness!

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R.I.P. Wes Craven

Writer and director Wes Craven was responsible for Freddy Krueger’s invasion of your nightmares in the A Nightmare on Elm Street franchise, which includes nine feature films and a TV series, plus books, comics, and video games.   

From his feature film debut, The Last House on the Left in 1972 to the four Scream movies, he was a master of the modern horror genre. Craven’s IMDb entry has a list of 36 writing credits, 27 producing credits, 29 directing credits, and 19 acting credits.

Wes Craven died of brain cancer Sunday at his home in Los Angeles. He was 76.
 
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Kids TV Shows That Were Perverted Behind The Scenes

Behind every kids show are a bunch of adults making the whole thing happen, and even though the show's contents are kept kid friendly the backstage crew setting is generally for mature audiences only.

It may come as no surprise that Full House had some totally raunchy moments going on behind-the-scenes, since Bob Saget and Dave Coulier are funny guys and Stamos is a certified Bad Boy.

But people getting it on and “experimenting” backstage while kids (and sometimes their parents) competed on the beloved game show Double Dare?

That just seems wrong, but in the words of host Marc Summers “There might have been a little experimentation going on there”, note he's using the 80s version of the term “experimentation”.

Read more about 5 Beloved Kids Shows That Were Perverted Behind The Scenes at Cracked (Contains NSFW language)


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Donald Trump Says "China"

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Exactly what it says on the tin. Donald Trump talks about China a lot- enough to make it sound downright funny. This supercut from HuffPo may prove to be an earworm. My apologies in advance.  -via Viral Viral Videos


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Treehouses With Stunning Views

There are many places on earth that are technically vacation destinations, but more fantasies made into reality. Exotic treehouse resorts often fall into the later category and if you aren't so sure about that, then this incredible list of treehouse hotels on Flavorwire will almost certainly prove my point. 

Whether you dream of sleeping outdoors in tropical rainforests or in scifi-like spaces surrounded by pines, you'll certainly see somewhere you'd long to stay in this fantastic article.


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Famous Actors in Forgotten Roles


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Elijah Wood was in Back to the Future II. Denzel Washington was an uncredited criminal in Death Wish. Samuel L. Jackson was in Goodfellas. You may not have noticed them because they weren't famous yet. Screen Junkies brings us up to speed with this compilation of actors just getting started in film, often taking very minor roles.

One role that didn't make the cut is Liam Neeson in the underappreciated 1983 fantasy movie Krull. Neeson plays Kegan, a criminal who joins King Colwyn's quest to defeat the Slayers and liberate his planet.

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DIY Cat Maze Toy

Your cat would love to have a toy like this, with which he can use his agility and wits to bat a ball around inside a simple maze until he can get it out. You can make this yourself from a cardboard box with a knife, glue, and a ball. The “maze” part is just one cardboard strut inside that adds strength and makes the game more challenging for the cat. The tutorial is at meeoow.com. If your cat is like mine and would just pull the ball up with his claws, then you can easily replace it with a more slippery ball with no holes. I can think of other ways you can customize this to make it more difficult or more interesting, depending on what amuses your cat.  

This project is from a list at Buzzfeed called 27 Brilliant Hacks Every Cat Owner Needs To Know.


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