Free Ketchup!

My wife likes ketchup so much she slathers it on all kinds of different foods, including those I consider her sacrilegious for slathering ketchup upon- like tacos.

Personally I prefer salsa to ketchup, but I guess we've all got to get our daily dose of tomato blood somehow, and some people have stranger cravings than others.

And just so you know this Maximumble comic confirms the fact that tomatoes love how much we love their blood, so suck that red vegetable vital fluid down by the gallon! Stick a straw straight into a tomato if you have to, and don't worry- they don't feel pain!

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Simon's Cat Logic: Territorial Behavior

The newest episode of Simon's Cat Logic looks at how cats define, mark, and defend their territory. Animator and cat lover Simon Tofield gets the lowdown from cat expert Nicky Treverrow of Cat's Trust. We get to meet Jazz, the real cat who became a rival for Simon's Cat in his cartoons.  

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The informational part is only five and a half minutes long, followed by some classic Simon's Cat cartoons.  


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Couple Converts A Cold War-Era Missile Silo Into An Awesome Airbnb Rental

There are decommissioned Cold War-era missile silos all over the U.S. and Russia (and a few other places neither side wants us to know about), and even though they haven't been used for decades most are sitting around empty.

This is largely because these missile launch facilities are made of stone, steel and concrete, they're located underground and they weren't really made to be anything but missile silos.

But when Matthew and Leigh Ann Fulkerson came across an old silo owned by their neighbors Ed and Dianna Peden in Eskridge, Kansas they saw something nobody else ever has- the potential to be a swanky rental property.

So the couple converted the underground facility into a truly unique Airbnb rental experience perfect for history buffs, Mole People and people who want to keep their vacations totally underground:

The space is decorated in bohemian eclectic style for its guests, who can make the most of the hot tub and have tours around the quirky space, even checking out the launchpad control.

The impressive space is about 18,000 square feet, while the outside area offers an outdoor pond, and moon deck. Visitors will also be able to make the most of wildlife, and can expect to see the occasional mountain lion, coyotes, deer and skunks. It is believed to be the first and only Airbnb located in a converted missile silo.

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How the “Heart Balm Racket” Convinced America That Women Were Up to No Good

For a long part of human history, it was a tragedy when an engagement was broken -and grounds for a lawsuit, too. Both men and women could sue, but the laws in place were mainly to protect women who might have given up a chance to marry someone else or even (horrors) their virginity under the promise of marriage. But like any attempt to regulate human activity, there were those who took advantage of the system. In the early 20th century, lawsuits by gold diggers who manufactured relationships with rich men made sensational and lurid headlines.    

The legislation in question was something called the “breach of promise” or “heart balm” suit, and it was based on the premise that an engagement was a binding contract between two people. If one person were to break off the contract without consulting the other, the law could step in and award damages to the brokenhearted party.

Granted, no one was terribly happy about these laws in the first place—feminists thought they made women look dependent, while misogynists thought they allowed women to tap into their naturally devious natures—but as controversial, high-profile breach of promise suits kept making the papers, the public grew increasingly paranoid about the implications of such legislation. By 1935, the paranoia had grown so extreme that lawmakers were calling for a wholesale elimination of heart balm laws, and soon enough states were abolishing them right and left—abolishing them so quickly, in fact, that the constitutionality of some of the reform statues was later called into question. Still, the message had been made clear: it was no longer possible to sue over a shattered heart, real or false.

Women who targeted wealthy men were called "heart balm scammers," and they were more rare than newspapers would have one think, considering the publicity their cases received. Meanwhile, a lawsuit over a genuine everyday heartbreak got scant attention. Read about the heart balm scams and the rush to rescind laws concerning breach of promise cases at Smithsonian.


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A Boy, A Robot And A Turkey Explore A Trash Planet In Ramblers

When you're planning to hop aboard a rocketship and take a trip across the galaxy to some far off planet you'd better pack lots of survival gear, a handy robot and your adventurer's sash- and leave the turkey at home.

That's because turkeys are total buzzkills once they leave the safety of planet Earth, and when you're exploring a planet for the first time the kid in you just wants to have fun, especially if that planet is made of trash.

Ramblers is a kooky animated short created by Morghan Fortier and Brett Jubinville for Nickelodeon Studios, featuring the voice talents of Tara Strong and George Takei, and watching it earns you one "Wasted Time In The Best Way Possible" badge!


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Midtown Manhattan Made of Electronic Parts

It's always a good day when you turn this much trash into a treasure. Zayd Menk spent three months constructing a scale model of Midtown Manhattan in his free time after school. He built it out of discarded electronic components: circuits, relays, motherboards, and whatever else fit the bill. It's big, too. The finished landscape is 165x80cm (5'5" x 32"), and the tallest building is 10.6 inches tall. If you know Midtown well, you'll want to check out his accuracy by the closeup views from different angles in this Flickr album. See more of Menk's work, including a video of this project, at Instagram. -via reddit


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Cats Destroying Everything That Gets In Their Way

Dogs can destroy tough stuff like boots, furniture and wooden fences in no time flat, but dogs usually destroy in short bursts unlike cats, who usually like to go slow and shred stuff over time.

Cats also normally like to hide the destruction from their humans so they don't get in trouble, but when kittehs stop caring about what their humans think they go paws to the wall and act like little furry wrecking balls.

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This hilarious compilation by Tiger Productions reminds us our stuff is only in one piece because our cats haven't decided to destroy it yet, so be kind to your kitty and make with the treats...or else!

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Burn Notice: A Star Wars Story

Luckily, this scene will never be expanded into a complete Star Wars movie, but it's perfect for a LEGO recreation! Ochre Jelly (Iain Heath) built Uncle Owen's and Aunt Beru's moisture farm in its death throes after the attack by Vader's Stormtroopers. Luke's entire family (as he knows it) is burnt to a crisp, but he takes it in stride. This frees him up to escape farm life and join the Rebellion as he always wanted to. Good thing he had his landspeeder with him, safe from the carnage!  

Even the smoke clouds are made of LEGO pieces. See all ten pictures of Luke's horrifying discovery in Heath's Flickr album.

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Yellow Snow Cones - They're Incredible, And Edible!


Yellow Snow Cones by DeepFriedArt

When an Abominable Snowman gets bored things can go south real fast, so when Yeti started to show signs of boredom Mike and Sulley knew they had to find something for him to do- and fast. Since Yeti was always trying to make humans happy so they'd be less afraid of him they decided it would be best if he made some yummy yellow snow cones to give out to the kids and make them smile. So the monsters helped him whip up a batch from an old family recipe, after a talk about cleanliness, food safety and how you should never eat that other yellow snow, of course. Soon Yeti was a Himalayan hit, and the townies promised to include him and come visit him from time to time. Yeti was overjoyed, and excited about having the humans over to his cave again in the future, that is, until he discovered one of them had broken his favorite mug...

Share some warmth and a smile with all the humans you see by wearing this Yellow Snow Cones t-shirt by DeepFriedArt, it's deliciously dorky!

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All The Reasons Why Ross Is The Worst Of The Friends

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Of all the friends from Friends I'd want to hang out with Ross the least, because his anal retentive nature and sniveling would make me want to mash him. Plus I'd probably want to hang out with Phoebe the most and they're practically polar opposites.

Thankfully the Friends are fictional so we don't really have to worry about which one we'd hang out with, but according to 22 Words I was right about Ross being the worst of Friends.

Added to my list of reasons- because he lords his intelligence over everyone, overthinks everything and is prone to emotional outbursts that make everyone, including his own sister, want to slap him.

And finish it off with that whole "will they, won't they, why did he cheat on her?" thing he had going on with Rachel, that really rubbed me the wrong way, Ross! You deserve to be alone with your dusty old bones!

Why do you hate Ross Geller? Yeah, me too. *hugs*

See 25 Reasons Ross From 'Friends' Is Someone You'd Never Want To Be Friends With In Real Life here


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10 Things You Didn’t Know about American Ninja

You'd think the 1985 movie American Ninja was conceived by someone pulling buzzwords out of hat A and hat B, but in reality the title came later. The plot pits an evil ninja gang in the Philippines against the US military, led by our protagonist Joe, who mysteriously displays amazing ninja and martial arts skills. The improbable plot matters little because the action drew audiences in, and American Ninja made more than ten times its production budget at the box office. If you fondly recall American Ninja, you'll want to read some trivia about the film.  

4. Chuck Norris was the original choice for the lead role.

He didn’t want to have to cover up his face to play the part in a movie. Chuck has always preferred to be seen as himself in any movie he makes.

3. There were four sequels to this movie.

Yes, there was an American Ninja 2, 3, 4, and 5. The main actors starred in a few of them together but not all of them.

Learn more about American Ninja at TVOM.


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Deadline

Just because you declare something to be so does not make it so. Got a deadline? Do you have to rely on the folks underneath you to reach that deadline? Too bad! They tried to tell you it wasn't possible, but did you listen? A supervisor who talks to their workers and doesn't listen to them is as bad as one who doesn't talk to them at all. This is the latest comic from CommitStrip.


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Patient Awakes from Anesthesia, Proposes to Nurse

Paris Ferguson had a car wreck last year and broke her arm. They gave her some good drugs at the hospital, since they didn't know what other injuries she had. As she came out of surgery and woke up, all her inhibitions fell away, and she proposed to the cute nurse, Luke, who was tending to her. Luke alternated between laughing and blushing, but he remained both reassuring and professional.

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She wants a blue wedding in a Las Vegas chapel. And a blue wedding ring. Sapphires, that is. Paris later made a video telling the whole story, which is pretty long. -via Digg   


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From Batcave to Ivory Tower

Contrary to what your mother may have told you, you can get a PhD in Batman. Kingston University's Will Brooker tells all about comic book academia.

JEFF RUBIN: I never got a PhD, so I don’t totally understand the process. Along the way, was
there someone you had to go to and say, “Just so you know, I’m going to be writing my thesis on Batman”?

WILL BROOKER: Yeah, there sure is. What happens is you have to find yourself a supervisor who is an expert in the area you want to study. There are quite a lot of checks and balances. My PhD was just as rigorous as someone doing a PhD on something more traditional.

JR: So writing a paper on Batman is just as much work as writing a paper on the Iliad. Why is that? Is it because there’s just so much more Batman? There’s only one volume of the Iliad, but there’s essentially an infinite amount of Batman out there.

WB: The challenge isn’t “Can you read every word that Shakespeare ever wrote?” and it’s the same with Batman. It’s not like a pop quiz where someone’s going to ask you a detail of something that happened in 1943.

JR: So when you say, “I’m writing about Batman,” which Batman are you writing about?

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Who Ya Gonna Call?

Who should you call? Animal control! Nick Offerman looks cool as an Italian plumber, but there's nothing that makes him the logical hero in this scenario. Donkey Kong made no sense when it first debuted in 1981, and it still makes no sense. That's what we loved about it. Oh yeah, and it was fun to play, too. This comic is from The Obscure Gentlemen, a webcomic you should be following on a regular basis.


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Every Best Cinematography Winner Ever

The Oscar for Best Cinematography goes to whichever movie was judged to have displayed the best camera work over the preceding year. To show us what kind of movies the Academy likes for this award, Burger Fiction put together a supercut of all the winners from 1929 to 2016, plus the nominees for this year's Academy Awards. I would bet you've seen most all of them.    

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There's a list of the all the movies used in this video here, along with the names of the cinematographers.  


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The Very Real History of Death Stars

The Galactic Empire constructed an operational space station in orbit and armed it with weapons capable of destroying planets. Twice. They weren't the only ones to conceive of such an idea. And although weaponized satellites built on earth wouldn't be quite that powerful, they are way more terrifying, because those plans are real. The first one was found in the confiscated archives of Nazi Germany. A Life magazine article from 1945 told of the German concept of an orbital base, armed with a "sun gun."

But the war brought a new idea to the table: Make a space station, put it at a lower orbit, and arm it with a giant mirror “to burn an enemy city to ashes or boil part of an ocean.” The station would be manned with a crew that, when not aiming the giant mirror
like a bully frying ants, would instead tend to pumpkin gardens.

The biggest obstacle for such a plan, the magazine claimed, was that no heavy rocket existed that could ferry the parts into orbit. “If the modern German scientists had been able to make such a rocket, they may have been able to set up their sun gun,” the article notes. “Whether the sun gun would have accomplished what they expected, however, is another matter.”

Modern German scientists were eventually able to make those powerful rockets -for the United States. The US and the Soviet Union also had their own plans for putting weapons of mass destruction into orbit, although they were written quite a bit later. Read about the proposed programs at Popular Mechanics. -via Digg


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All About Valentines Day

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The second episode of the new Mental Floss video series Scatterbrained is all about Valentines Day. Learn quick facts about the history of the holiday, all about traditional Valentine candy, other holidays celebrating romance around the world, advice on buying and selling a diamond ring, and the mating habits of animals. This is just what you need when you're sitting at home alone at your computer on Valentines Day. May you someday know a relationship as good as that of the shingleback skink. 


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A Fancy Modern Cat Tree Our Feline Friends Will Really Like

Our cats seem to be okay with the cat trees we've given them, and they seem to appreciate the effort when we build them a cat tree that looks like a prop from a movie.

But then again they're happy with any cardboard boxes we leave lying around the house too, so maybe they're not as content on their cat tree as we think.

Maybe they'd prefer a swanky tree with a modern look like the NEKO cat tree created by the Japanese cat product company RINN as designed by Yoh Kamiyama.

The NEKO tree has a marble base and hardwood slates surrounding the platforms, so it looks cool and your kitties can scratch on it without tearing it up. Plus the slates are spaced so your cat can look out from inside the tree and feel like they're in the safest feline fortress in the world.

-Via DesignTAXI

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Pugtrooper - No Wonder They Can Never Seem To Hit Anything With Their Blasters!

Pugtrooper by Kellabell9

Viewers always feel like booing and hissing at the screen when the Imperial stormtroopers come marching in waging war and killing innocent people, but would we feel this way if their shiny white suits were full of pugs? If any dog could get away with blowing up a planet with a death star and still look like the cutest, sweetest pooch in the galaxy it's the pug, and if the Sith Lord Vader himself took his helmet off revealing a pug's face underneath we'd all go "awww, look at how cute that little doggy Darth is!" instead of cringing in horror.

Show the world why pugs are always the star of the dog world with this Pugtrooper t-shirt by Kellabell9, it's the funniest design in the galaxy and an adorable force for good!

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An Avenger Gets Recognized

Forgive me for not recognizing the character being recognized here, but I'm not really up on Marvel characters. I'm pretty sure this is Natalia Romanoff, otherwise known as Black Widow, a founding member of The Avengers. This comic from Dorkly is an update of a similar comic from three years ago. The more things change, the more they stay the same. Black Widow has become the Rodney Dangerfield of comic book superheroes. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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110+ Years Of Damrak, Amsterdam As Seen Through A Store Window

The Damrak is the center of the action in Amsterdam- it's the first street most visitors see as they exit Amsterdam Central Station, it's synonymous with the Amsterdam Stock Exchange and it's one of the liveliest streets in town.

It's where both tourists and locals alike meet to take in a sidewalk show, go shopping or simply hang out and do some people watching, the heart of a city known for its warmth and beauty.

Award winning illustration team Job, Joris & Marieke created this fun animated short called "PASSING BY" to show us what 100+ years of life on Amsterdam's busiest street looks like from the window of the De Bijenkorf department store. It's almost like being there in person!

PASSING BY - 100+ years of Damrak, Amsterdam from Job, Joris & Marieke on Vimeo.

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How Many Calories Winter Olympians Consume

As you can see from this chart, the events of the Winter Games have widely varying energy requirements. Cross country skiers have a long way to go without the aid of gravity. Yeah, cross country skiing has hills, but you have to go up as much as down. They also have to battle hypothermia in their time-consuming races. But other sports mean cutting back on food, beieve it or not.

Ski jumpers, for example, are at the very low end of the spectrum, eating as little as 1,300 calories per day.

“They come from a large height, come down, and fly as far as they can, so they have to weigh extremely light. The lighter you are, you fly farther,” said Susie Parker Simmons, one of two senior sports nutritionists with the United States Olympic Committee.

These men and women typically weigh up to 10 or more pounds less in the days before competition compared to their typical bodyweight, so that means restricting their calories to eat even less than their bodies might burn. Ditto for figure skaters, who need to ensure they’re light and agile enough to jump and glide across the ice.

Events also differ in the type of diet they require: protein or carbs? Find out what Olympics athletes eat to prepare for the Winter Games at Vox. -via Digg

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The World's Largest Snow Labyrinth Opens In Poland

Hedge mazes are often quite beautiful, and they can be fun and relaxing to explore, and even though corn mazes are a bit corny they're equally fun to wander around in, even when you get lost so long the crows start to circle.

But no man-made maze is as cool as Snowlandia, because it's the world's largest labyrinth made of snow!

The Snowlandia Zakopane park was first constructed at the Zakopane resort in Poland in 2015, and this winter they went big and ended up building the largest snow labyrinth in the world, which covers 2500 square meters.

Here's a promo video that takes you inside the labyrinth and around the amazing Zakopane resort, a place that looks like loads of wonderful winter fun!

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The Incinerator House

In 1939, the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma, erected a huge brick incinerator to dispose of the city's trash. It was only in operation for a year before they passed an ordinance prohibiting trash burning within the city limits. So the building was abandoned, unused for decades. Nature took over, until the building was barely visible. In 1979, artist Ron Fleming discovered it.

Fleming spent several months trying to persuade city officials to auction the building, and they finally did a year later -- without notifying Fleming.

"They only received one bid from a man who put in $500 just to tear it down for the bricks," he said.

Fortunately, Fleming was able to persuade the city to reject the bid and auction the building again in 1981. This time, he won with a $5,400 bid.

"I took a shot in the dark on the price," he said. "I had no idea what it was worth."

Fleming and his wife went to work making the incinerator a home and a glorious piece of art. The building, now on the historical register, has plenty of light, open spaces, and modern amenities, while still retaining its historical quirkiness. After his wife died, Fleming decided to sell his masterpiece. The Incinerator House can be yours for $275,000. See a gallery of images at the real estate listing. It has four stories, 14 rooms, three bedrooms and three bathrooms. And look at the size of those chimneys!  -Thanks, hearsetrax!


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Jack Black Singing K-Pop = South Korean Game Show Gold!

Jack Black is an entertainer extraordinaire-he sings, plays guitar, dances, writes music, plays roles both comedic and dramatic, plus he's one hell of an interview, which is why he's constantly invited to go on shows all over the world.

But Jack's musical and comedic skills in particular are why the South Korean game show Infinite Challenge asked him to be one of their celebrity guests, and his spot-on imitation of a K-Pop song ensured he'll be asked back.

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-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Half Baked

The 1998 comedy Half Baked starred Dave Chappelle, Jim Breuer, Harland Williams, and Guillermo Díaz as roommates who spend all their free time getting high. One of them is jailed for unwittingly killing a police horse, and the rest scheme to raise his bail, which leads to comedy shenanigans. Critics panned the film, but Half Baked sold enough tickets to more than double its production budget, and has grown into a cult favorite twenty years later. There's more to learn about Half Baked.

10. Dave Chapelle wasn’t happy with the final cut.

He stated that the version that he helped to write was a lot funnier and that what came out was more like a weed movie for kids.

9. From the time the script was bought to when the film was released was only seven months.

That’s a very short amount of time which means that filming had to have been going fairly quickly.

You'll want to check out more trivia about Half Baked at TVOM.


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Feed Your Head Some Sven Stoffels Cartoons And Get High On Animated Life

Sven Stoffels is an animator with some serious illustration skills and a seriously warped mind, which made him a natural fit for the Comedy Central series TripTank, which "showcases animated shorts so volatile they should come with a recommended dosage".

When you tune in to a Sven Stoffels cartoon your head may start to feel a bit funny, or depending on your state of mind (or the mind-altering substances you're on) you may feel even more fine. However, it's worth noting before you watch that neither Sven nor Comedy Central are responsible for what may happen to your psyche after you tune in.

But if you're anything like me then feeding a bunch of dark and ridiculously funny cartoons to your head will make you feel all warm and squishy inside, like a kid who needs to poop but refuses to leave the TV until the commercial break! (NSFW)

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LEGO Deadpool on a Rocket

LEGO Ideas is staging a contest called LEGO Moments in Space. The competition is closed for entries now, but you can vote for your favorite. Mark Smiley built a coin-operated rocket ride for his entry. Cute, huh? But then a commenter noticed the resemblance to a scene in the movie a Deadpool video game.

Smiley switched out the rider and now has a tribute to Deadpool in LEGO. The entire project now has a completely different flavor! 

If only he'd thought of this before submitting his entry! -Thanks, Mark!


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How Overnight Shipping Works

You may be amazed at how it's possible to ship a package and have it arrive anywhere in the world overnight (for a premium price), but you'll be even more amazed when you see how it's done. FedEx, UPS, and DHL have overnight shipping down to an art. After watching this, I can understand why UPS will pay your college tuition if you work the third shift at their sorting facilities.

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The sheer volume of packages sent through the three major carriers is staggering, but the system has evolved to get it done. Wendover Productions can take a simple question, go deep into the details, and managed to make even the driest subjects fascinating.


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