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There's always an answer to your health questions. Not necessarily the right answer, but an answer anyway. Some are from tried-and-true adages handed down from generation to generation, while others are from experts with diplomas. Then there's WebMD, a modern phenomenon that will convince you that you have cancer or some horrible condition you've never heard of. There's always one of those conditions that will match your symptoms, even if you probably just have a cold. This comic is from Alarmingly Bad. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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No Monsters

Finding out humans are the real monsters is one of the saddest discoveries we make as we grow up, well, that and the fact that monsters of myth, legend and the movies aren't real, because at least then they'd even the score.

Instead we are faced with humans who hide behind masks, pretending they have our best interest at heart when all the while they're just trying to imprison us and drain us dry.

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No Monsters is a scary little animated short by David James Armsby of Dead Sound, a sequel of sorts to Armsby's previous Autodale short Being Pretty. They aren't exactly what you'd call feel good animation!


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11 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of TV Meteorologists

Your friendly local weather forecaster has a unique job. They are scientists and TV personalities at the same time. They get criticized for being wrong about the weather, but also about being boring or even how they style their hair. And then you have to learn how to interact with a map that's not even there. It ain't easy.

5. THERE’S NO SCRIPT.

Your local TV weather forecaster is ad-libbing from start to finish. “Our scripts are the graphics we create,” says Jacob Wycoff, a meteorologist with Western Mass News. “Generally speaking we’re using the graphics to talk through our stories, but everything we say is ad-libbed. Sometimes you can fumble the words you want to say, and sometimes you may miss a beat, but I think what that allows you to do is have a little off-the-cuff moment, which I think the viewers enjoy.”

6. MOM’S THE AUDIENCE.

Part of a meteorologist’s job is to break down very complicated scientific terminology and phenomena into something the general public can not only stomach, but crave. “The trick is … to approach the weather as if you're telling a story: Who are the main actors? Where is the conflict? What happens next?” explains Bob Henson, a Weather Underground meteorologist. “Along the way, you have the opportunity to do a bit of teaching. Weathercasters are often the only scientists that a member of the public will encounter on a regular basis on TV.”

Wycoff’s method for keeping it simple is to pretend like he’s having a conversation with his mom. “I’d pretend like I was giving her the forecast,” he says. “If my mom could understand it, I felt confident the general audience could as well. Part of that is also not using completely science-y terms that go over your audience’s head.”

Read more about how these professionals bring us the weather forecast at Mental Floss. 

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Just A Dapper Sloth - He's Leaving The Jungle Behind And Heading To Broadway


Just a Dapper Sloth by Aaron Morales

Sydney the sloth was born with a sense of style, and he had a classy upbringing thanks to his stepdad Percy the penguin, so to him it was either dapper or death. And even though it took him about three days to get dressed up in his suit he liked wearing it because it made him feel fancy, which was a good feeling considering he hardly ever left his tree. But being a treebody is no excuse for being a sloppy dresser, and Sydney knew that if he ever found himself stuck on the ground like a common warthog he would be left alone because the other animals would think he's a VIP!

Add a touch of critter class to your geeky wardrobe with this Just A Dapper Sloth t-shirt by Aaron Morales, featuring an adorable design that's sure to make you a shoe-in with the society of sloth admirers.

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Building a Log Cabin, Start to Finish

Watch an exceedingly pleasant time-lapse video of a guy building an entire log cabin by hand. Canadian outdoorsman Shawn James shows how he did it, then explains more.

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I'm glad he got the exterior done before winter set in! From the YouTube page:

At the beginning of the video, I show a winter drone photo of the cabin in the snow in December. Then I flashback to the first balsam fir tree I cut down with a saw and axe near the cabin. I drag the trees into place and clear the cabin site. All summer, I cut the notches in the logs as I built the cabin up, offsite. Once I was finished notching the logs with a log scribe, saw, axe, adze and wood carving gouge, I loaded up the entire cabin of logs and moved them to my land near Algonquin Park, Ontario Canada.

Once on site, I spent a month reassembling the cabin on a foundation of sand and gravel. Once the log walls were up, I again used hand tools to shape every log, board and timber to erect the gable ends, the wood roof, the porch, the outhouse and a seemingly endless number of woodworking projects.

For the roof, I used an ancient primitive technology to waterproof and preserve the wood - shou sugi ban, a fire hardening wood preservation technique unique to Japan and other areas in northern climates.

Because the cabin is offgrid, I have used handtools for most of the build and without power, I have no options on site regardless. The tiny house will continue to be operated with power, not even renewable energy for now, so I'm heating the cabin with a woodstove fire place, which I also cook on.

The cabin is made of cedar fence posts, twelve feet long and the cabin measures 10 feet x 20 feet inside with a one hundred square foot sleeping loft on the second floor. The floor is made of two inch thick pine planks, torched to help repel water and to give them a rustic barn board appearance.

If you are really interested in the details, James has plenty of other videos about the cabin at his website. -via Digg


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A Forest Of Furniture Is Growing In England

Lumber usually goes through a few stages of refinement before it's considered worthy of being used to craft furniture, but in England there's a forest where wooden lamps and chairs aren't just growing on trees- they are the trees.

Or more precisely the trees in this forest in Wirksworth, England are the furniture, because their trunks are trained into the shape of tables, chairs and lamp shades by furniture farmer Gavin Munro. (previously featured on Neatorama)

Gavin started his visionary furniture company Full Grown back in 2006 as a way to change how people think about furniture manufacturing, knowing his business would take at least a decade to get off the ground:

It might take a day to assemble enough flat-pack furniture to fill a house, but the timber cut down to make it all needs decades to grow. Even the cheapest wooden chairs require a wealth of time to create. Munro’s big idea was that he would guide trees to grow into chairs, tables, and lamps that could be harvested right out of a field. The trees, selected for their ability to grow new sprouts from their stumps, would regenerate. His forest would yield furniture the way an orchard yields apples. ...

The chairs grow upside-down, their four legs stretching up toward the sky. Lound grabs hold of one that’s almost ready for harvest. “It’s thickening up at the right level,” he says, as if describing a prized farm animal. “It’s just level and sturdy. If you do that”—he shakes the branch—“the whole tree moves.”

We’re looking at one of the most promising chairs in the field, which represents years of trial and error. According to Munro’s original plan, the first crop of chairs should have been harvested by 2016, but most of the pieces, more than 500 in all, are still in the field, including a row of squat, spiral lamps planned as a quick cash crop. “Making trees do what they don’t want to do is really bad, and see how shallow we’ve laid these branches?” says Lound, pointing at one of the lamps. “That’s not what a tree wants to do.”

Read A Forest Of Furniture Is Growing In England at Atlas Obscura


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Determined Ferret Opens Drawer

This little ferret wants the dresser drawer open, and will not give up until it is! You have to wonder what's in there. Maybe it's ferret treats, but it could be something as simple as underwear to play with or a place to curl up and sleep.

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Persistence pays off! Yeah, she fell at the end, but the drawer is open enough, and she can get back up there whenever she wants. -via Laughing Squid

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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10 Things You Didn’t Know about Hangin’ With the Homeboys

The 1991 film Hangin' with the Homeboys follows a group of four guys through one night out on the town. Their various adventures, while comedic, show them that they really didn't know each other as well as they thought. The revelations strain their friendships and force each character to examine his own character and priorities. The movie was deeper than its lighthearted marketing would lead you to believe. Let's learn some more about Hangin’ With the Homeboys.

7.  The film was shot in a dangerous neighborhood.

It was filmed in a part of the South Bronx that wasn’t all that safe. They had to hire extras to make sure that no one messed with the actors or the set.

6. The script was written in three days.

The director was originally going to play the part of Vinny but had to bring someone else in so as to keep the film moving.

There's more trivia about Hangin’ With the Homeboys at TVOM.


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Remembering Someone by Their Facebook Posts

Your social media posts form an archive of what you did, what you said, or at least the things you considered important enough to share. What happens when you lose control of that body of information? In this video, a guy dies, and his friends look through his Facebook posts to get an overview of what his life was about.

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Your communications on the web can be as banal or as importannt as you wish them to be. After watching this, you might want to think about the digital legacy you leave behind when your time comes. -via Tastefully Offensive

While we're on the subject, you might want to write down your passwords and leave instructions for what to do with your online presence after you die. You can keep it with the list of bank accounts and where the keys are that you wrote up to make things easier for your survivors.


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Let There Be Light

Or brightness! Or maybe a strong glow? Definitely less shade. (Inside the epic quest to translate the Bible.)

It doesn’t matter who you are -a Sunday school teacher, a 12-year-old memorizing the Torah for your bar or bat mitzvah, or an atheist who has never set foot inside a church- you probably know the opening phrase of the Bible. And, chances are, you have it wrong.

“In the beginning,” the King James Bible starts, “God created the heaven and the earth.” Most of the English-speaking world will recognize that line. But it’s not an accurate translation of the original ancient Hebrew.

The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible (NRSV), a translation that was honed by a diverse council of experts throughout the 20th century, offers this alternative: “In the beginning when God created the heavens and the earth.” That isn’t quite right either.

The 100-plus other English translations also miss the mark. And here’s where it gets complicated. It’s not because they’re poor translations. The NRSV, for example, is among the best. It serves as the base material for The New Oxford Annotated Bible, which is arguably the most comprehensive study Bible money can buy. But the New Oxford includes a footnote, right in the beginning, alerting the reader to different versions of that line. According to Michael D. Coogan, Oxford’s editor, the best translation of Genesis 1:1 is: “When God began to create the heavens and the earth.”

For millions of believers, that alteration shifts the timeline for literally everything. “It’s not talking about an absolute beginning,” Coogan explains. “The beginning of the cosmos, the big bang, or anything like that. But just, when God started to create the heavens and the earth, this is what he did.” Coogan and his team of scholars at Oxford University Press aren’t allowed to change the text, so their Bible includes a brief footnote and moves on.

After all, it’s just the beginning.

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Organ Recital

You might be a little confused. I had to check the tags of this comic from the Awkward Yeti to know what the last guy is. He's the gallbladder, one of those abdominal organs that you really don't understand, like the spleen and the pancreas. The gallbladder stores bile and releases it into the digestive system a little at a time. It can be removed if it causes trouble. So what's he doing? Causing trouble, by producing gallstones. Nothing to be proud of at all. One gets the idea that he may feature prominently in an upcoming arc of the comic, and there's no doubt he'll cause trouble. 


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The Real Maui

Rella Rivera says her daughters Ryley and Rylyn are excited to go to Costco because their favorite clerk is Maui, the character in the movie Moana. Hey, even a demigod has to make a living!


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Will Va’ana of Kapolei, Hawaii, is glad to play along. He's been Maui for parties and at Aulani Disney resort. You're welcome! -via reddit


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28 Baldfaced Lies Your Parents Expected You To Believe

These aren't really lies that your parents told you, necessarily, but contributions from readers who will never forget the tall tales told by their parents. Some are Dad jokes, the kind of nonsense that Calvin's dad would pass off as wisdom. Some are terrifying.



And some are downright sweet. This fairy tale was crated to help a child deal with his anxiety.



Read all 28 of these lies at Cracked.


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Cantina Theme Played by a Pencil

Dani Ochoa posted this video to the Star Wars subreddit. You'll need to turn your volume up to hear her write out an algebraic equation and recreate the rhythm of the Cantina Theme from the original Star Wars film.

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In case you didn't catch how accurate that is, there's also a video with the song played over it. And here's the followup, The Imperial March.

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Maybe it's my age creeping up on me; I passed on this one when I first heard it, but now it's starting to go seriously viral. More interesting was the discussion on the equation itself, which seemed to be something really special, until it was debunked by a crowd of math nerds. -via Metafilter


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The Noob Noob King - What's The Matata Morty?


The Noob Noob King by Dr Simon Butler

Rick saw that whole hakuna matata bit on an old VHS copy of Lion King and for some strange reason he fell in love with the idea of that scene- so he decided to have a hakuna matata moment of his own. But since he was scared of lions and didn't like holding human babies he decided to recruit some help so the bit would go smoothly, so he headed to the Vindicator's fortress and recruited Noob-Noob for his reenactment. Noob-Noob was happy to come along and be held aloft since Rick was like a father to him, but when Rick held him up high and started saying the words Noob-Noob realized he was deathly afraid of heights...

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Japanese App Developer Makes His Face Invisible With The Help Of An iPhone X

People usually take selfies when they think they're looking good, showing off their look on social media to get likes which make them feel good, but what kind of selfie do you take when you feel invisible?

That's where Japanese app developer Kazuya Noshiro comes in, because he's working on an app that uses the iPhone X's face-tracking capabilities to create a therm-optic camouflage effect, rendering your face erased:

The brief, ten-second video shows Noshiro moving his transparent face around to reveal the contents of his home through his head. The effect is like a creepy, see-through beauty mask — similar to Harry Potter’s invisibility cloak. According to Noshiro’s tweets, the app was made on game development platform Unity, and uses a fixed camera position to shoot a background in order to create the illusion.

-Via The Verge


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Dancing Dots

Are the dots in this optical illusion jumping from side to side, jumping up and down, or going around the square? The poster at reddit gave "widdershins" as an option. People see it differently, even though our brains tell us they are only four dots flashing on and off. Or are there just two dots? Honestly, the gif only has two frames, each with two dots. Whether that's two dots moving or four dots flashing means nothing.

I could only see it as two dots jumping up and down, until I scrolled down. When only half the gif is visible, I saw the visible dot moving horizontally back and forth. But I couldn't maintain that illusion -as soon as I brought the full picture back into view, they started jumping up and down to me. There are other gifs posted at Digg that show the same illusion at faster and slower speeds, in case that makes a difference in the way you see them move.  


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Adventurous Traveler Visits North And South Korea And Compares The Two

Everyone I know who has traveled to South Korea says it's an awesome country full of ultra-modern cities, amazing natural wonders, and people who are happy to have visitors in their country.

On the other hand everyone (but Dennis Rodman) who has visited North Korea says it's a stark, concrete s#%thole where visitors feel like everything is staged and they're followed by secret police who don't bother to hide their presence.

Lithuanian world traveler Jacob Laukaitis went on a "strictly guided 7-day tour" of North Korea in 2016 and found the experience to be as surreal as you'd expect. He then swore to visit South Korea a year later and compare the two trips, and let's just say it was like night and day.

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-Via Laughing Squid


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Like Avocados? Thank This Giant Extinct Sloth

Giant ground sloths called lestodons once roamed the grassy plains of South America. They've been extinct for thousands of years, but they thrived for millions. The 15-foot-long, 3-ton animals could eat almost anything a tree can grow, including whole avocados, pits and all.  

Giant sloths, along with megafauna like gomphotheres and glyptodons, feasted on whole avocados and spread their seeds over South America. These enormous creatures’ digestive systems could process large seeds, and avocados benefited. When pooped out, far from their parent trees, the seeds could sprout and grow without competition for water and sunlight. It was a good deal all around, and it likely resulted in avocados as we know them: fatty and large-pitted, all the better to attract huge sloths.

While many other fruit plants died out due to changes in conditions, avocados were everywhere, and survived in pockets of perfect climate. Read more about the megafauna that gave us guacamole at Atlas Obscura.

(Image credit: Kamraman)


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The Plight Of The Non-Gamer

Gamers used to be part of an exclusive club that made references to characters and spoke a language  only gamers understood, but gaming is now such a normal part of our lives that these days everybody is doing it.

As you can see in this comic by JHALL it's really hard to be a young non-gamer, because when everyone including your mom is an avid gamer you're now part of a much sadder and lonelier club full of bored kids with weak thumbs.

-Via Dorkly


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The Creature From The Lake

The Creature from the Black Lagoon made audiences fear the strange and monstrous creatures living in lakes, swamps and lagoons where they'd once only feared the creatures that live in the sea.

And after the original Creature emerged from the Black Lagoon more scary swamp creatures followed, creating a need for a new kind of monster hunter who knows their way around these murky waters.

The guy in this animated short is supposedly one of those hunters, but he's really bad at his job...

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Creature From The Lake is a fun animated short created by students from ISART DIGITAL, and apart from the lack of dialog it's a pretty great short that's sure to make fans of the Creature gurgle with delight.


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10 Things You Didn’t Know about The French Connection

The 1971 film The French Connection was a violent thriller about cops busting an international drug ring, based on a true story. The film is notable for its chase scene, which was more "real" than the filmmakers ever planned. The French Connection won five Academy Awards (including Best Actor for Gene Hackman as Detective Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle) and became a classic, setting a new standard for crime films. The filmmakers took a lot of risks to get The French Connection made.

8. The proper permits weren’t obtained for the car chase through the city.

They had a lot of help from police officers both on and off duty to do crowd control for some areas but in others the near-misses were all too real.

7. The movie didn’t have a huge budget.

This explains the weird camera angles and the shaky quality of the shot at times since they would have a guy being pushed around in a wheelchair holding a camera.

There's more trivia about The French Connection at TVOM.


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Javier de Riba's Tile Floors

Barcelona artist Javier de Riba paints beautiful geometric tile designs on floors of abandoned and/or condemned buildings. The work of his series Floors takes meticulous planning and template design. His "interventions" bring both beauty and attention to public spaces that would otherwise be forgotten.

See more pictures of de Riba's painted tile floors in this gallery. Each entry has some history about the building, often a video of the process, and the design in a smaller size that can be purchased as a print.

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-via Cliff Pickover


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Hilarious IT Requests

Some people don't have a clue what IT professionals do for a living, and whenever these employees have any little problem with their work computer they call in someone from the IT department to fix their station.

According to The IT Crowd they start with "have you tried turning it off and on again?" then work from there, but if you don't know the difference between email and snail mail then you need more help than the IT department can provide.

Solarwinds asked IT professionals to share the most ridiculous and hilarious help requests they've ever received, and forget about knowing what the IT department does- these people don't even understand how a computer works!

See Hilarious IT Requests Part 1 here


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The Orange-in of the Mafia

An article at The Journal of Economic History traces the rise of the Mafia to the production of lemons and oranges in Sicily. While citrus fruits were always popular, their importance was boosted exponentially when they were revealed to be both a preventative and a cure for scurvy, which was a plague among long-distance sailors.

In this article, we argue that the mafia arose as a response to an exogenous shock in the demand for oranges and lemons, following Lind's discovery in the late eighteenth century that citrus fruits cured scurvy. More specifically, we claim that mafia appeared in locations where producers made high profits from citrus production for overseas export. Operating in an environment with a weak rule of law, the mafia protected citrus production from predation and acted as intermediaries between producers and exporters. Using original data from a parliamentary inquiry in 1881–1886 on Sicilian towns, the Damiani Inquiry, we show that mafia presence is strongly related to the production of oranges and lemons. The results hold when different data sources and several controls are employed.

Is this why there are so many oranges in The Godfather? You can read the entire paper here. -via Metafilter


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Nougats - Good Grief, What's Happened To The Cat?!


Nougats by zerobriant 

Dustin never cared much for peanuts, but he does enjoy a candy bar chock full of nougat so that's why he's a big fan of 3 Musketeers, which may be fated after all. For you see his strange pet from the upside down seems to enjoy 3 Musketeers as much as he does, so the two of them hit it off right from the start, and as the thing he named Dart grew into an adult the candy bars became a bargaining chip for his very life. But enough of that dark and morbid stuff, let's just bask in the innocent joy of a boy and his purring monster enjoying a candy bar together like pals...*sigh*

Add some delightfully geeky flavor to your wardrobe by bringing home this Nougats t-shirt by Zerobriant, it's a fun new take on an old classic!

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A Short History of Guys Thinking They’d Go Blind

The warning that masturbation will make you go blind has been around since (literally) ancient times. It's been repeated over generations because it's an easy way to avoid saying anything else about it. Even in modern times, when we know there's no truth to the connection between self-pleasure and blindness, it gets repeated as a joke anyway. The old wive's tale got an occasional boost from what was considered scientific literature at the time.  

In 1712, Dutch theologian Balthasar Bekker published a monograph with the succinct and catchy title, “Onania, or the Heinous Sin of Self-Pollution, And All Its Frightful Consequences, In Both Sexes, Considered: With Spiritual and Physical Advice To Those Who Have Already Injured Themselves By This Abominable Practice.”

In it, he claimed that masturbation leads to “disturbances of the stomach and digestion, loss of appetite or ravenous hunger, vomiting, nausea, weakening of the organs of breathing, coughing, hoarseness, paralysis, weakening of the organ of generation to the point of impotence, lack of libido, back pain, disorders of the eye and ear, total diminution of bodily powers, paleness, thinness, pimples on the face, decline of intellectual powers, loss of memory, attacks of rage, madness, idiocy, epilepsy, fever and finally suicide.”

It’s a list of ills that might well make a person consider themselves lucky to only lose their eyesight.

Read more about the history of the rumor at Mel Magazine. The article should probably be considered NSFW. -via Digg

(Image credit: Flickr user Ben Tesch)


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The Beatles Go To Hamburg

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

"I was born in Liverpool, but I grew up in Hamburg"

-John Lennon

In August of 1960, a young and struggling group of teenage musicians from Liverpool often hung out, and played occasional gigs, at a club called the Jacaranda. By this time, after many changes, the group had finally decided to call themselves "the Beatles." The Jacaranda was run by a small-time promoter and hustler named Allan Williams. The Jac, as it was known, was actually the hangout of several Liverpool bands, all hanging around, waiting for their "big break."

In the early months of 1960, Williams had sent one of these local bands to Hamburg, Germany, to play. This first group was Derry and the Seniors, one of the hundreds of Liverpool bands which existed at the time. This experiment had proven successful and now, an "entrepreneur" in Hamburg, Bruno Koschmider, was asking for a second band to come over and play for his nightclub customers.
 
Williams's first choice was a top-rate local band called Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, which featured a flashy drummer named Richard "Ringo Starr" Starkey. But Rory and his boys were booked up, at the time committed to playing the summer at Butlin's Holiday Camp. Williams also tried to get Gerry and the Pacemakers, but they too declined.

Hard up to find a group, Williams next asked the Beatles, who happily accepted.

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Treasure

Some people are too literal. This guy with the beard, well, he's too literal but got lucky anyway. The guy with the bandana was not so lucky. That's just the kind of nonsense you'd expect from Zach at Extra Fabulous Comics. 


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Battle of the Boxes

Boxwars is when a bunch of people fight each other using homemade weapons and armor constructed from cardboard. It looks like great fun! Great Big Story went to Melbourne, Australia, to meet some Boxwars participants and watch a battle.

Ready for combat? Grab some cardboard, tape and hot glue for a battle of epic proportions. Welcome to Boxwars, the bizarre medieval-inspired sport that’s given adults the chance to play. Participants get together to create a full range of battle gear using nothing but reclaimed cardboard and packing supplies. Originally devised by a small group of friends over drinks, Boxwars has grown to become a global phenomenon, with teams across Europe, Australia, the United States and Japan.

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I get it! Where do I sign up? -via Tastefully Offensive


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