30 Celebrity Mottos

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

What's your motto? Hmmmmmm...

In all the conversations, chats, talks we all have regularly with all our friends and pals and acquaintances, we hardly ever communicate about "our motto.” I would have to assume that most people just simply do not have a motto.

I do think everyone, whether they realize it or not, has a philosophy of life and basic rules of how they conduct themselves. I guess if they had a motto, it would reflect these. And of course, a person's motto would reflect the person, him or her self.

Let's take a look at the actual mottos of 30 well-known people.

Julie Andrews: "When in doubt, stand still.”

Hugh Hefner: "This above all: to thine own self be true.”

Shirley MacLaine: "I am part of god in light.”

Brian Wilson: “Be cool.”

Yoko Ono: “Keep smiling and maybe you'll get something to smile about.”

Ted Kennedy: “The dream shall never die.”

Ray Charles: “God helps those who help themselves.”

Ron Howard: “Panic is not our friend.”

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RIP Alan Sanford, The Man Who Fired the First US Shots of World War II


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Early on the morning of December 7, 1941, Seaman First Class Alan Sanford, 18, was on board the destroyer USS Ward. That ship guarded the entrance to Pearl Harbor. Lookouts spotted a strange, cylindrical object in the water. It was a Japanese mini-submarine.

The captain, woken from sleep, ordered the ship to speed and prepare to ram the sub. Seaman Sanford was among a gun crew getting ready to fire at the object. 

On the opening day of the war, 75 minutes before Japanese warplanes swarmed over the anchored fleet at Pearl Harbor, Seaman Sanford and his colleagues opened fire at the submarine. These were the first American shots of the war. The Wall Street Journal describes the encounter:

Mr. Sanford and the other crewmen on the bow gun fired at a range of about 100 yards. He watched the round leave the barrel and barely miss the conning tower. “I thought if it had another coat of paint on the sub, it might have activated the graze fuze,” which detonates when a shell suddenly slows down, Mr. Sanford said in the park service interview. “That’s how close I think we came.”

A second gun crew on the Ward fired next, punching a four-inch hole in the starboard side of the conning tower as the destroyer steamed past the sub at a range of about 50 yards. The destroyer followed up with four depth charges. Sea water poured in through the shell hole, the submarine rolled to starboard, and sank in 1,200 feet of water, according to the captain’s report and historians.

The captain of the Ward reported the battle to his superiors via radio, but nothing came of it. Researchers found the sunken mini-sub in 2002.

Seaman Sanford served through the end of the war. Then he studied mechanical engineering and later worked on the Apollo space program. He died in January at the age of 91 and was buried on Wednesday at Arlington National Cemetery.

-via Jonah Goldberg


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Shake it Off Rotoscoped

Forty-nine students in an animation class at the University of Newcastle drew Taylor Swift’s video for the song “Shake It Off.” They each were assigned to rotoscope 52 frames and give it their own style.

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What they ended up with is alternatively beautiful, surreal, and hilarious. You’ll be surprised by the creative flourishes that pop up when you least expect them. -via Time


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The Hair Colors of National Leaders

Nevermind population or GDP. Those metrics aren't important. This map by Jody Sieradzki of Dadaviz Research shows what matters in political geography: the hair colors of the heads of government around the world.

Blondes thrive in northern Europe and baldness prospers in Africa. There's a sweep of grey hair around the middle of the world. Sadly, no leader has hair dyed in a non-natural color. It would be nice to add some pastels to the map.

-via Hopes & Fears


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8-Year-Old Boy Recreates 'The Monkees' Opening Sequence With His Toys

Who doesn't know and love the late 1960s show, The Monkees, or at the very least have their theme song stuck in their head now ("Hey, hey, we're the Monkees!")?

8-year-old Dylan Reitz wasn't monkeying around when he created The Monkees TV show opening sequence with his toys. He really went the extra mile to make it, pulling out his LEGO bricks, stuffed animals, and fingerboards. He even built a red Monkeemobile! 

He writes:

This video compares the original opening (in the small box at the bottom) to the one that I created. I tried to get it as close to the original as possible. It wasn't easy.

Here's his amazing video, with a side-by-side comparison of the original:

via real Monkee Micky Dolenz


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Oreo-Stuffed Donut Holes with Oreo Frosting

How can you make Oreos even more Oreo-y? Amy of the wonderful food blog Oh, Bite It! Shows you with her latest recipe. She wrapped Double Stuff Oreos with canned biscuit dough, then deep fried them until they were a rich shade of golden brown. Then she covered them with a glaze that she made with white Oreo stuffing. Now they’re ready to eat—although I would recommend serving them on a tasteful bed of Oreo cookies.

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The Wilsons - Chimichangas And Karate Chops


The Wilsons by Shoden

They're not your ordinary family, heck they're not even related, but Slade and Wade do have a lot in common- they're mercenaries for hire, they wear cool masks and they're both terminators who like to shoot things to death! Imagine how unstoppable the Wilsons would be if they ever teamed up, but alas they're from separate universes and crossovers are few and far between...

This The Wilsons t-shirt by Shoden is a stroke of genius, and people will marvel at your geeky style from DC to Lian Yu, so pool your resources together and bring home this amazing body armor today! (Please note- this t-shirt will neither stop bullets nor deflect katana chops, wearer's safety not guaranteed when facing deranged mercs with big mouths!)

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Baby Panda Meets Mama for the First Time

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This older footage of a baby panda bear being introduced to his mother at Taipei, Taiwan zoo is likely making the rounds now due to its rare and precious nature. Mama and one-month-old baby, separated at birth for the safety of the cub, were reunited for a nursing and bonding session. -Via The Presurfer

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New Camera for Dogs Takes a Photo Whenever Your Dog Gets Excited

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Heartography is a new camera design by Nikon. It fits onto a dog’s chest with a harness. There’s a built-in heart monitor. When the dog becomes excited and his heart rate jumps, the camera takes a picture. This sets it apart from other dog-mounted cameras in that it is responsive to the dog’s stimuli.

The obvious next step would be to create a program that would automatically uploads the photos to Instagram and Facebook with appropriate captions and commentary. Your dog deserves a following on social media.

-via Dave Barry


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Delta Airlines Releases 'Internetest Safety Video on the Internet'

Delta Airlines pays respect to the popular meme-filled culture of the Internet in their latest in-flight safety video called, the "Internetest safety video on the Internet."

And, yes, it's very Internet-y.

The video features several cameos from Internet stars, such as: Keyboard Cat, Double Rainbow Guy, the cat in a shark costume on a Roomba vacuum cleaner, Nyan Cat, Dancing Baby, and MORE (I don't want to spoil it for you.)

We see you’re on the Internet. That’s great, because we made a safety video starring the Internet.

via Chris Torres


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Your Favorite Characters as Cats

Artist Cassie Graus specializes in cats, which is about as optimal a choice as an artist can make. Everything is better with cats, including your favorite movies and television shows. That’s why she created posters that show the characters of Game of Thrones, Mad Max: Fury Road, Parks and Recreation, and Broad City as cats.

The Arya and Joffrey are particularly effective illustrations. Adopt the cat of your choice. Conveniently, Theon is already fixed, so you won’t have to make an extra trip to the vet.

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Classical Paintings Photoshopped Into Modern Settings

Have you ever wondered what the subjects of classical paintings would look like when placed in a modern setting?

I've wondered how people would handle seeing a naked person walking around town like they do in classical paintings, but Venus on the half shell in a modern setting has been artistically done to death.

However, I can’t recall seeing composited images of classical paintings in the modern world that are as compelling, or entertaining, as the works of Alexey Kondakov.

Alexey uses precise figure placement and an appropriate urban backdrop to sell the fact that the Madonna and child would ride the subway home, and bacchanalian revelry would take place under a highway overpass.

See more of Alexey's cool classical painting mashups at Beautiful/Decay


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Beautiful New Crawfish Species Looks Like It’s Ready to Go to a Rave

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This is the Cherax pulcher. The latter term is related to the Latin adjective for “beautiful.” And indeed it is!

This delicious-looking crawfish has been only recently classified. A German scientist named Christian Lukhaup found it in Hoa Creek, West Papua, Indonesia. It grows up to 12 centimeters long and is noted for its coat of many colors, including shades of blue and purple. There are at least 19 known Cherax species. This one has shown up at local markets since about the year 2000.

I’ll take 5 pounds—extra spicy, please.

-via The Soul Is Bone


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A Time Machine to Take You Back

Oh, to be five years old again! When playing and having fun were the most important things -except maybe a sweet treat when you’re done. What could possibly be the inspiration for today’s comic from Doghouse Diaries?

That makes perfect sense. Next time we pass a swing set, I’ll be sure to refer to it as a time machine. Maybe I’ll even try it out!


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Army Captain in Captain America Shirt Rescues Two People from Fire

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Captain Steve Voglezon, US Army, was in Chatham County, North Carolina on Sunday when he saw a horrible head-on car collision. The cars caught on fire while two people remained inside, trapped and unable to escape.

Most people run away from fires, but Captain Voglezon ran toward the burning cars. He didn’t have a vibranium shield, or even a firefighter’s protective clothing—just a Captain America shirt. He used a fire extinguisher to smash open a car window, then dragged the two occupants to safety.


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You can see the dramatic rescue in this video.

I would like to see a Chris Evans, the actor who plays Captain America, wearing a Captain Voglezon shirt.

-via Lyndsey Fifield


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Fascinating Facts From The Empire Strikes Back On Its 35th Anniversary

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back was released nationwide on May 21, 1980, which is 35 years ago tomorrow. Does that make you feel old? The movie received mixed reviews at the time, but now is considered the best of the six Star Wars films (so far). The problem back then was that it did not have a happy ending, but rather a cliffhanger that made us wait three years for the resolution in Return of the Jedi. That darkness became more appealing over time. And since then, we’ve found out that the finished movie differed in many ways from the original plan. Warning: spoilers ahead.

Leigh Brackett’s first script did not have the Skywalker paternity plot twist. Luke was going to meet up with his father later, who would administer the oath of the Jedi with the help of Minch Yoda and Ben Kenobi. With this plot line, the Luke-Leia-Han love triangle would be a much bigger deal. Thankfully, this was cut when they reconfigured the Skywalker family tree.

Minch Yoda? Yeah, that’s another change in the original plan. You’ll find out plenty of those changes in an anniversary post on The Empire Strikes Back at Uproxx.


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This High-Tech Collar Is a Smartphone for Your Dog


DogTilligent has developed a dog collar unlike any other on the market. The All-in-One Smart Dog Collar has GPS, WiFi capability, an accelerometer, a thermometer, a speaker, LED lights, and a microphone. It helps a dog owner keep track of the dog by warning when the collar has traveled beyond a predetermined location. The Virtual Leash warns the dog when it’s moving away from a human companion by whistling, vibrating, and simulating a tug on the collar. Hopefully future versions will also have a display screen and app-uploading capability so that bored dogs can kill time by playing Candy Crush.

-via Oh Gizmo


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18-Year-Old Budding Costume Designer Got Her Start With Cosplay



Eighteen-year-old Angela Clayton (previously recognized at age sixteen for her fabulous, handmade Elsa cosplay) appears to be headed for a promising career as a costume designer, judging from her array of impressive projects.

After making a splash in the cosplay world, Clayton has graduated to creating a number of stunning period and fantasy costumes, which she features on her blog and recently-launched YouTube channel.

Read more about the talented Clayton and see additional pictures of her work in this BuzzFeed profile of her.

Images: doxiequeen1.wordpress.com 

Clayton's re-creation of the dress from Raphael and Giulio Romano's painting Portrait of Doña Isabel de Requesens 

Clayton says she drew inspiration for this white dress from Marchesa gowns 


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Pizzaminati - One Golden Crust To Rule The World


Pizzaminati by Albyletoy

People are always talking about the Illuminati- that secret power organization which controls the world's finances and remains clandestine so nobody can topple their empire. You'd think that an organization with so much power and unlimited resources would stop their name from being in the news, but the Illuminati was created to distract us all from the real shadow organization- the Pizzaminati. Bound by crust and melted cheese to keep the world hungry for another slice, the Pizzaminati are in our minds and in our bellies, waiting for our minds to be consumed by the power of the pizza pie!

Warn the world about the power the almighty pizza pie possesses with this Pizzaminati t-shirt by Albyletoy, which side will you take in the upcoming pizzapocalypse?

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23 Weird Celebrity Businesses

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Celebrities know that their fame and fortunes can disappear at any time, so many of them branch out into different businesses. For sports stars, this is crucial because an athletic career has physical limits. For musicians and movie stars, it can be a good idea, but there have been some spectacular failures. John Green returns to the mental_floss List Show to tell us about some of the stranger businesse ventures owned by celebrities.


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40 of the Weirdest Senior Photos Ever Made

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It’s time to graduate from high school! That’s a crazy time of our lives. Some schools take special photos of graduating seniors and publish them in yearbooks. Normal people take formal photos that reflect a sober entry into adulthood.

It’s no fun being normal.

22 Words rounded up 40 of the weirdest photos that graduating seniors took with the help of professional photographers. They are everything that youth should be.

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I Say Parmesan, You Say Pennsylvania

If you look up Parmesan (cheese) at the Cambridge Dictionaries Online, and click the icon for an audio clip, you’ll find that it is pronounced exactly like the state named after William Penn. In case it gets corrected, turn the audio on in this Vine.

Yes, it’s a simple case of a mixed-up audio file, but it’s caused a lot of glee at reddit. From this day on, a new tradition will be passed down in some internet-active families: “Pass the Pennsylvania, please.” Children will grow up doing that and have no idea why when someone asks them years from now. -via Buzzfeed

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23 Talk Show Innovations Created By David Letterman

David Letterman is leaving the talk show world behind, and thereby leaving a gap in late night larger than the one between his two front teeth that will soon be filled by the supremely talented Stephen Colbert.

But even though Stephen will definitely measure up to Dave in terms of interviewing talent and likeability Colbert will never be able to match Letterman's gift for reinventing the talk show.

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From the post interview interview to the talk show host POV camera, the purposely hilarious top ten lists, the stupid funny contests and, my personal favorite, stupid pet (and human) tricks, Letterman added so much to the world of talk shows it's gonna be a crying shame to say goodbye.

Read 23 Things That David Letterman Invented at mental_floss


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Check out This Cool Collapsible Serving Bowl

It lies flat until you pick up the handle. Then it neatly unfolds into a decorative serving dish. I’ve never seen anything like it, but several redditors say that they’re commonly sold by street vendors in Rome. If you have a scroll saw, you can make your own by following these instructions.


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Starving Felons, and Other Lessons from Prison Archaeology

Life in prison in the 18th and 19th centuries could be brutal, according to a memoir by convicted counterfeiter William Stuart. His accounts of starvation rations were taken with a grain of salt due to his reputation, but the reality is starting to be unearthed -literally. Old Newgate Prison in Connecticut was America’s first state prison when it opened in the 1770s. It closed in 1827, and was a museum until cracked and dangerous walls forced it to close in 2009. Before construction begins to repair the prison, a team of archaeologists is digging up clues to the institution’s history. What they’ve found so far is not pretty. Zooarchaeologist Sarah Sportman tells us of animal bones that prisoners consumed to supplement their diets.

“We have found more in the little test pits that they did than we have found ever before,” Peterson said. Most of the material comes from a layer of trash that dates back to the period between 1790, when the brick guardhouse was first built, and 1819, when the building was expanded. There are bits of broken pottery and glass, but the animal bones—primarily from beef, pork and sheep—are most interesting Sportman because many of them look like they’ve been smashed open and processed again and again.

“It’s something you tend to see in starvation contexts,” Sportman says. “You eat the meat and then you bash the bones open to get the marrow and then you boil them to get all the grease out. You can just keep going back to try to get every little bit of nutrition that you can.” These so-called signatures of starvation were recently identified on animal bones found at an 1846 campsite of the ill-fated Donner Party and a 1870s Chinese mining camp in western Montana called China Gulch—two places where there’s historical evidence that people were starving.

Read about the prison, the project, and what we know about life inside Old Newgate prison at Atlas Obscura.

(Image credit: Sarah Sportman/AHS)


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Peter Dinklage Reminds You That His Game of Thrones Character Is Still Alive


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Who is still alive in Westeros? My personal theory is that George R.R. Martin will conclude The Song of Ice and Fire by killing every single human being in Westeros and Essos, leaving only one person alive to take the Iron Throne. King Hodor will then starve to death after accidentally locking himself in a privy in the Red Keep.

We no longer have Ned Stark, Robert Baratheon, or that mischievous rascal Joffrey. They’re all dead. But the eternally underestimated and yet unlucky Tyrion Lannister is still alive. Peter Dinklage, the actor who plays Tyrion on Game of Thrones, sings a boast of this small victory in this short music video. It’s a promotional item for the BBC’s charity fundraiser Red Nose Day.

He ends it with a triumphant mic drop. Well done, Tyrion. May you live for another episode.

-via Nerd Bastards


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5 of the World's Unluckiest People

Some folks are lightning rods for success. Others are just lightning rods.

1. The Civil War’s Charlie Brown

Wilmer McLean just wanted everyone to get off his lawn. In 1861, the Battle of Bull Run—the Civil War’s first major skirmish—started near his farm. (McLean’s house was used as a Confederate headquarters.) One year later, soldiers traipsed back onto McLean’s property, sparking the Second Battle of Bull Run. Combined, the battles resulted in more than 20,000 casualties. By 1863, McLean was tired of having strangers die in his yard and moved to southern Virginia. But the war followed him. In 1865, the armies sparred one last time—near McLean’s new property. General Lee would sign the truce, of all places, in McLean’s parlor. McLean recalled: “The war began in my front yard and ended up in my front parlor.” At least he had a front-row seat to history.

2. Mr. Electricity

Seven is a lucky number to some, but Roy Sullivan would disagree—he’s been struck by lightning seven times. A Virginia park ranger, he had such bad luck that, on one occasion, a bolt struck him inside a ranger station, setting his hair on fire. After that, he carried a can of water wherever he went. But Sullivan’s seventh strike was possibly his strangest. Sullivan was trout fishing, and after Mother Nature lit him up, a bear stole a fish hooked on his line. When Sullivan recovered, he hit the bear with a stick, got into his car, and drove off in a daze—perhaps feeling lucky that the bear didn’t see him as a main course.

3. Alabama’s Biggest Rock Star

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The Luckiest Guy In The Parking Lot

Most of us have had one of those lucky moments where we escaped injury, or certain death, by a split second, but how many of us have had that moment captured on video?

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The lucky fellow in this video may not have known his escape from death’s clutches was being recorded by a security camera, but I bet he’s happy to have the footage as proof of how close he came to being flattened by that big ol’ truck!

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Four New Clouded Leopards

A litter of four new clouded leopard cubs were born on May 12, at the Point Defiance Zoo and Aquarium in Tacoma, Washington. Their mother, Chai Li, has not been feeding them, so they are monitored and fed round-the-clock by the zoo staff. They don’t yet know how many males and females there are, but they had their portraits taken at one week. See the pictures at Facebook and a bonus video at YouTube.



Clouded leopards, which are not closely related to leopards, range from the Himalayas through Southeast Asia. They are the smallest of the big cats. There are around 10,000 left in the wild, and they are classified as vulnerable. -via Buzzfeed

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Finn City - Candy Kingdom Noir


Finn City by Soulkr

Somewhere along the way Finn's adventure had taken a dark turn, and when all the color drained out of the Candy Kingdom he knew things were about to get gritty. Finn had a rule against killing once upon a time, back when he used to spend his days smiling, but ever since That Yellow Custard had extinguished his beloved Fire Princess bodies had begun to pile up in Ooo City...

It's time for some dark animated adventure, it's time to bring home this Finn City t-shirt by Soulkr and share your love of cartoons in style!

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