Predator Hunting Club - Shoot First, Ask Questions Later


Predator Hunting Club by Nemons

Humans didn't reach the top of the food chain by accident, so when their position as apex predator was threatened by an extraterrestrial force the hunted banded together and become the hunters. The first official Predator Hunting Club chapter opened in 1987 after Dutch returned from Val Verde with troubling news about an imminent alien invasion and the battle damage to prove it. Since then contractors, mercs and veterans of all sorts have been gathering, gatling guns in hand, to take down those dreadlocked alien a-holes in hopes of mounting the ultimate trophy on their wall...

Show the world you mean business with this Predator Hunting Club t-shirt by Nemons, it's the fun way to show love for your favorite fictional hobby- hunting aliens!

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The Cutest Foodie on Instagram

Jiff is one of the cutest critters on Facebook and his adorability has attracted over one million followers, but this little pooch isn't just a pretty face -he's also a heck of a foodie. Don't believe me? Just check out this amazing collection of photos featured on Food Beast.

How could anyone reist giving this little guy a Kit Kat.

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Dogs in Taiwan Get Square Haircuts

His head isn’t square. It’s nicely rounded, as is his fur. When he grows it out, it’s also rounded—just larger. But when he goes to a groomer, he’ll emerge with a boxy, roughly cubical head of hair. In the Republic of China, this is the latest trend in dog grooming: cubical haircuts.

(Photos: Zhaizhai News)

Also: spherical haircuts. You can see more photos at Rocket News 24.

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Redesigning the World's Most Remote Human Settlement

Tristan da Cunha, in the middle of the southern Atlantic Ocean, is the world’s most remote human settlement. The nearest big city is Cape Town, South Africa, which is 1750 miles away. The 270 inhabitants of the island live a slow-paced life without much of the modern connectivity the rest of us are used to. Ships bring scientists and tourist to the island, but not very many of them.

Only trouble is, life there isn’t very sustainable. The island—battered by high winds, rough seas and occasional volcanic activity—grows its own potatoes and lobster, but otherwise relies heavily on outside resources. (The fishing company that operates the lobster processing plant provides diesel-powered generators, which are the sole supply of electrical power, and bottled gas is shipped in for cooking and heating.) The European Union has funded some electricity and water upgrades, but residents want to become more self-reliant. And so, in honor of the 200th anniversary (in 2016) of the island’s occupation by the British, which led to its permanent settlement, the local government has teamed up with the Royal Institute of British Architects to host a design competition with sustainability in mind.

Do you have any great ideas for sustainable architecture and energy sources for the island? The particular needs for the people of Tristan da Cunha are explained in an article at Smithsonian.  

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These Chicks ROCK!

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There are some things created for holidays that are totally uninteresting within days of the date passing. This metal band of baby chicks that the Download Festival put together in celebration of Easter is not one of those things. It may have been made for Easter, but these Rock Chicks are enjoyable all year round. 

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Nightmare Fuel: Mama Spider Explodes into Horde of Crawling Baby Spiders


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Meanwhile, in Australia, humanity survived yet another day, despite facing natural predators too terrible to contemplate. Danny Ford found a wolf spider in his home. He whacked it with a broom. Instead of dying, the spider appeared to fall apart.

It was actually a mother spider carrying a vast number of babies. When hit with by broom, the spiders went crawling everywhere, all over the floor and into every crevice of the home. Does your collar feel a bit itchy right now? Then you probably have a spider in your shirt.

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At the First Rock Festival, Pianos Fell From the Sky

In April of 1968, an outdoor rock concert by Country Joe and the Fish was punctuated by a helicopter dropping a piano from the sky. Talk about a special effect! Several thousand people were there in Duvall, Washington, to witness the event. Who came up with such an idea? That would be Gary Eagle and Larry Van Over. The alternative newspaper the Helix promoted it.  

Having the “Helix” in his camp gave Van Over the modest amount of seed money he’d need to purchase a used piano ($25) and rent a helicopter (that cost another $100). Details are sketchy, but by that morning, people were starting to stream in by the thousands, clogging narrow Cherry Valley Road for miles leading to what became known as Jug’s Ravine. Fortunately, Country Joe and the Fish had arrived early (“I remember being there, but I don’t remember driving there,” says McDonald), which allowed them to set up their amplifiers and instruments on the makeshift stage that had been set up steps from the rear end of the band’s equipment truck. Sometime around 1 p.m., the Fish began their set.

Meanwhile, Van Over decided it would be a good time to drop a hit of acid, since all he had to do that day was pay the helicopter pilot at Boeing Field the hundred bucks he had brought along for this solemn purpose, and then hop into the chopper’s cockpit for the 20-miles-as-the-crow-flies flight back to Duvall.

“It was kind of a wild ride—I was pretty disconnected,” Van Over allows. “And by the time we got out there, there were 3,000 people underneath us, which made the pilot very nervous. He hadn’t expected that. He said, ‘I can’t fly over these people with a piano,’ and I said, ‘Why?’ And he said, ‘Because it’s dangerous!’ And I said, ‘They’ll part like the Red Sea the minute you come over the hill with that piano hanging underneath you.’ I got out, he hooked up the piano, and when he picked it up and started flying over the crowd, they just split, like in the movies. It was really a wonderful scene.”

Collectors Weekly spoke to Country Joe McDonald, instigators Eagle and Van Over, and Helix editor Paul Dorpat about the spectacular stunt that made big outdoor outdoor rock concerts a thing. You can read the whole story there.   


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7 More Real-Life Muppets

Earlier this week, the people of the internet were delighted to look at a real frog that looks like the famous Muppet, Kermit the Frog. He is not the only real Muppet that dwells among us. Joe Hanson, a biologist and science educator, has rounded up pictures of 7 other pairs of fabric and flesh. These include a very persuasive Gonzo as a tapir and a sloth that looks like Oscar the Grouch. You can view them all here.


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The First Blood Transfusion

Experiments in transferring blood between animals occurred as early as the 1660s, back when people really had no idea of what was in blood, or how it differed between individuals. In 1667, a transfusion of blood into a human was proposed, but since the donor usually died in the animal experiments, it was decided to use the blood of a sheep.

But the choice of a human recipient was more difficult. The Royal Society needed someone who was clearly unwell in some way: then they could make the argument that transfusion might improve his health. They also sought an educated person who could report reliably on transfusion’s effects on his body. Ultimately, they settled on Arthur Coga, mentally unstable, but educated—he knew Latin, and had spent some time as a clergyman. Coga’s mental illness might be cured by transfusion; yet it tended to render him unfit to report on the bodily experience of the procedure. The experiment was troubled from the start.

The procedure was carried out, but appeared to be a failure because 1. Coga’s mental health did not improve, and 2. the public ridiculed the experiment. There was even a play written that mocked those early experiments. These factors set the research back greatly (as did a murder in France), but the fact remains that Coga survived the procedure, which is astonishing in light of what we’ve learned about blood since that time. Read the story of the first transfusion at JSTOR Daily. -via Digg


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Don the Border Collie Takes off on Tractor Ride, Crosses Busy Highway


Whoever says farm life is uneventful hasn't hung out with Don the Border Collie, who lives on a farm in Scotland with his human Tom Hamilton. Don had a wild adventure this morning, starting when he was riding on a mini tractor with Hamilton, who left it to tend to a lamb headed in the wrong direction.

Don hit the dashboard controls of the tractor and took off, crashing through a fence and cruising across one half of a busy highway before stopping in a grassy median. The photo of Don's joy ride, above, was captured by Traffic Scotland. Don was fine after his solo tractor race. Unsurprisingly, due to the characteristics of his breed, witnesses said Don remained calm.

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I'm So Broke

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Well, just how broke are you? Sometimes it helps to put things in perspective if you want to see the big picture. Yeah, I know, the fact that other people have it worse -and there’s always someone who has it worse- doesn’t mean you don’t have a money problem. But not being able to afford a large frappuccino isn’t a problem, as College Humor points out in this video. -via Tastefully Offensive


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What Color Is This Cat? - A Rather Absurd Argument


What Color Is This Cat? by DeepFriedArt

The Cheshire Cat was used to dealing with lunacy, and people who are mad as a hatter, but when the fine folks on the Wonderland wide web started arguing over the color of his fur he just about lost his head! Any creature with an eyeball or three can see that cat is clearly sporting purple colored fur with pink stripes, or is it pink with purple stripes? Ask a fan of the classic feature and they'll say he's glorious shades of psychedelic purple and pink, but when the Burtonites saw him as gray and blue a Wonderland web war began that even Alice couldn't comprehend!

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Confessions Of A Hollywood Movie Extra

Hollywood movie magic seems way more magical when you don't know all the behind-the-scenes secrets, but with all the DVD extras and leaked footage floating around that magic is starting to lose its sparkle.

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And yet, even with all that access to behind the scenes information, nobody can make movie magic fizzle quite like an extra.

They’re the unknown faces who fill in the scene so the main talent doesn’t get lonely, the aspiring actors and average joes who see all kinds of stuff on film sets we don't get to see on the DVD.

Extras get to see it all without the fame and fortune, so there's nothing stopping them from spilling the beans, but the revelations found in 21 Secrets Film Extras Will Never Tell You aren't scandalous.

In fact, contributor "Emerald Jones" actually makes the whole movie extra gig seem way more mundane than you'd expect, albeit mundane with a side of Johnny Depp.


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101 (More) Amazing Facts

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You’ve surely noticed how John Green runs through information as fast as he can in the mental_floss List Show -trying to cram as much knowledge into one video as possible. This week he kicks it into high gear with 101 bits of trivia on all kinds of subjects. You’ve been warned! That said, you can find out more about many of these fascinating facts in Neatorama posts, such as the Great Emu War, rabbit show jumping, and Norway’s knighted penguin. Just enter the topic into the search bar in the upper right of this page.


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Sushi Bazooka

SUSHI BAZOOKA

This is the Sushezi, or what the Internet has deemed the "Sushi Bazooka" for obvious reasons. It looks like something straight out of Japan, but it's actually a product of a New Zealand company.

You open it up, put a bed of rice down, add your fillings, and then push it together to "load" the barrel.

Rocketnews24 reports that the contraption doesn't "blast the sushi roll out of the barrel" but that "it’s more of a slow ooze, rather than an explosion." How disappointing. Still, it looks pretty cool.

Watch the slow sushi ooze coming out of the barrel in this video by Seiken TV. It gets really good around the 2:48 mark:

You can also use it to make chocolate salamis, ginger-nut logs, and similary-rolled foods. It's available on Amazon for $26.

via Rocketnews24

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A Herd Of Cows Charmed By The Drone Of The Didgeridoo

The didgeridoo is a unique and hard to play wind instrument that emits an entrancing drone sound when a skilled didgeridooer (unofficial term) is behind the tube.

This totally tubular instrument was created (approximately) 1,500 years ago by Indigenous Australians, but the instrument's popularity inexplicably rose during the 1990s. That spike in popularity resulted in the didgeridoo becoming modernized in terms of what the drone pipe is made out of and how it's played.

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Andrea Furlan is a modern didgeridoo master who knows how to make some really cool sounds with that painted tube of his.

The sound of his "Butterfly Landscape" is so cool, in fact, that it attracts a herd of cows, who find his unorthodox didgeridooing technique too fascinating to ignore. Looks like Andrea will be serving up steaks at the next didgeridoo jamboree!

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Elvis Presley, the Voracious Reader

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

The old adage about never judging a book by its cover has no corollary about not judging a reader by his books. Love him or hate him, worship him or detract from him, we can all agree on one thing: Elvis Presley was a strange, unique, fascinating character, a one-in-a-lifetimer, and his choice of reading material mirrors his own fascinating persona.

Larry Geller, who for many years was Elvis' main supplier of books and reading material, estimates that Elvis read over a thousand books on philosophy, and esoteric and spiritual teachings. For many years, Elvis traveled with two trunks full of books (as many as 300) so that he could read when he felt like it, when he was away from home.

Of all the countless facts about Elvis Presley that made up his storied life, possibly the least-widely known, both to the general public and to his ardent fans, was the fact that The King was a voracious reader and lifelong lover of books.

Graceland archives include Elvis' library card from the Tupelo Public Library from when he was 13. This was despite the fact that the church to which his mother belonged, the First Assembly of God, taught that no other book than the Bible should be read.

In the fifth grade, Elvis learned by heart Alfred Lord Tennyson's poem “Crossing the Bar" and the Gettysburg Address. Through the school years, Elvis read fairy tales and biographies of famous Americans and adventurers.

Famously, in his youth Elvis loved reading comic books. He was a fervent devotee of super-hero Captain Marvel (Elvis' later trademark jet-black hairstyle with the curl in front is eerily similar to Captain Marvel's coif, although Elvis credits it's inception to actor Tony Curtis). He never was to part with book of George Price cartoons his father gave him for his 14th birthday.

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The Surprisingly Complex Design of the Ziploc Bag

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Technically speaking, Ziploc is a brand name. Whatever the brand, the design concept is the same: a bag that separates and reseals with a plastic zipper. Mechanically speaking, it's quite complex--more than you might think for a cheap, disposable product.

(Image: US Patent Office)

Danish inventor Borge Madsen developed the practical resealable bag in 1950. It's a zipper with tiny hooks. Outside runners help guide your fingers so that you align the two sections properly. Bruce Peterson decsribes the history and technology of the resealable bag in Wired:

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Man Walking Nearly Misses 15-Foot-High Flames Shooting from Manhole


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A man walking down the street to get himself a burger in the borough of Solihull, West Midlands, England nearly became broiled meat himself from fifteen-foot-high flames shooting out of a manhole. Shiraz Nawaz heard buzzing a few feet behind him and turned around, only to see black smoke followed by flames shooting up from an open manhole.

The quick-witted Shiraz warned his destination restaurant nearby to evacuate and turn off their gas line. Firemen extinguished the flames, which were caused by fire in an underground electrical box. Shiraz said,

“I’ve never seen anything like it, and I have been in the building trade. The guy in the shop grabbed me a couple of burgers after everything, so I guess it had a happy ending.”

Let no flames, high water or other disaster stand between a man and his burger. All ended well, indeed.

 -Via Arbroath


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Fruity Pebbles Ice Cream Cone

After making an ice cream cone out of Rice Krispie treats, it occurred to Nick Chipman of DudeFoods that he could make something similar with Fruity Pebbles, the colorful Flintstones-themed cereal. He used a Rice Krispie treat recipe, but substituted Fruity Pebbles for Rice Krispies. So with butter, marshmallows, and a big heap of chocolate chip cookie dough ice cream, he made a complete meal that fits in one hand.

I wonder what other cereals would work well with this approach. Maybe big biscuit Shredded Wheat or Urkel-os.

-via Foodiggity

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Oreo Trick Shots

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How many way can you dunk an Oreo into a glass of milk? The sky is the limit! Peter Bamforth has a steady hand, an understanding of basic physics, and a seemingly unlimited supply of Oreo cookies. This video has some very impressive shots, but you have to wonder how many outtakes there are. That’s gotta be a lot of crumbled cookies and spilled milk, but a viral video is nothing to cry over. -via Time


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College Student Grills Bacon in the Middle of Class

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Tyler S. Brain, a student at Mississippi State University, spotted another student in a lecture hall cooking bacon on an electric grill in the middle of class. In fact, he was in the front row!

The professor is, quite rightly, unperturbed. While at Starfleet Academy, Captain Kirk won the famed Kobayashi Maru simulation by cheating. He was given a special commendation for original thinking. This college student deserves the same treatment.

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Psycho Cat - She's Purr-Fectly Batty!


Psycho Cat by Butcher Billy

When you see that crazy gal in the skin tight cat suit coming your way you'd better run, run, run, run run, run run away. She may look like the cat's meow but beneath the suit lies nothing but trouble, although some heroes simply go batty over her psycho nature! But if you can't stand getting scratched, whipped or bit you'd better tuck your tail between your legs and steer clear of that mad woman in the midnight black suit!

Add this Psycho Cat t-shirt by Butcher Billy to your geeky wardrobe and you'll drive your fellow Batfans wild!

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Crow Trolls Cat

This poor cat. He’s up a tree with an annoying crow giving him what for. The crow knows he’s got the advantage of being able to fly if the tree branch breaks under both of them. This video out of Russia may illustrate revenge, karma, bullying, or maybe life imitating art. The Daily Dot pegs it:  

It’s pretty much straight out of a Looney Tunes cartoon, minus the whistle and cymbal crash that accompany smacks to the head.

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Yes, but the music chosen to accompany this video is a hoot in its own way.

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The United States Is Only 4 Presidents Old

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When President Barack Obama was born in 1961, President Herbert Hoover was still alive. When President Hoover was born in 1874, President Andrew Johnson was still alive. When President Johnson was born in 1808, President John Adams—the second President and one of the original revolutionaries—was still alive.

So the U.S. is only 4 Presidents old.

The Washington Post created this chart to illustrate when Presidential lives overlapped. George Washington and James Buchanan lived at the same time. So do George. H.W. Bush and the late William Howard Taft.

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Stunning Aerial Footage of Keukenhof, Second Largest Garden in the World

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In honor of Earth Day, check out this gorgeous footage of the Keukenhof (kitchen garden) in the Netherlands, which is the second largest flower garden in the world. Covering an area of 79 acres, the garden is in the town of Lisse, near Amsterdam. The drone flight view over these seemingly endless, neat rows of tulips, hyacinths and other bulb flowers is a mesmerizing visual splendor. Willem van Gogh, a relative of Vincent van Gogh, officially opened this 66th year of Keukenhof's display in commemoration of 2015 being the 125th year since Vincent's death. -Via The Presurfer


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Taj Mahal Made out of Toast

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India’s famed Taj Mahal appeared on a street corner in London on Saturday. Local resident Tom McKenzie snapped this picture, but wasn’t able to find out who made it. It appears to be made entirely out of toasted white bread with the crusts removed.

I love it! The world needs more toast art.

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Surgeon Finds Woman's Embryonic Twin in Her Brain



A brain surgeon was operating on a 26-year-old woman to remove what he thought was a brain tumor when he found an extremely rare circumstance: an embryonic twin, or "teratoma," lodged in her brain. The teratoma, complete with hair, teeth and bone, was the mysterious ailment causing Yamini Karanam trouble with reading- and general comprehension.

Karanam was working on a PhD at Indiana University when she noticed the comprehension problems. Frustrated by two doctors whose advice contradicted each other, she found her Los Angeles surgeon, Dr. Hrayr Shahinian, through independent research. Shahinian described his minimally invasive procedure to NBC Los Angeles,

"Unlike traditional brain surgery where you open the skull and use metal retractors and you bring a microscope to see in the depths of the brain, what we're doing is keyhole surgery."

The doctor conducts the surgery using fiber-optic technology with digital imagery. A small incision is made into the brain and an endoscope is inserted, which carefully scrapes away at the tumor.

Read more and see a video on this rare medical find, which Karanam jokingly calls her "evil twin," at NBC Los Angeles.

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Baby Horse Cuddles with Woman


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Midway through the encounter, Bayne describes the experience as “the best day ever.” While at the Rapid Run Training Center in Morriston, Florida, she met a foal who was in the mood to cuddle. The foal gently pushed her to the ground, then lay on top of her. Bayne petted as the foal wagged her tail.

Bayne aptly wrote:

Horses have a way about them that touches my soul. Every now and again horse people come across a horse that places a mark on their heart. This one truly touched my heart and soul

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Little Girl Born Without Feet Receives Puppy Born Without a Paw

A three-year-old girl born without hands and feet due to a birth defect now has a special new friend, thanks to the forethought and generosity of a South Carolina dog breeder.

Though her family lives in Tennessee, Sapphyre Johnson has been a patient at Shriner's Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina since she was an infant. Greenville dog breeder Karen Riddle contacted the hospital asking whether they knew of any patients who could benefit from a puppy born without a paw. Though other breeders had advised Riddle to put the puppy down, she felt he was special and had a purpose. The hospital staff paired the white German Shepherd pup, named Lieutenant Dan after the character in Forrest Gump, with Sapphyre and her family. It's been a wonderful match.

While trying to find a patient who would appreciate Lieutenant Dan, hospital employee Elaine Hardin showed a picture of him to Sapphyre. The little girl became animated. Hardin said,

"She said,  'That’s my puppy. He’s just like me.’ He’s a special dog and he’s going to a special child.”

Read more on this touching story and see a gallery of photographs at GreenvilleOnline.

Via: Buzzfeed | Image: @SHCGreenville on Twitter

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