I've Fallen, and I Can't Get Up!

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This is an animation test. Yes, none of these lemmings people exist in real life (not even Waldo), so no one was harmed in the test. Creator Dave Fothergill vfx says,

Crowd dynamics test using Miarmy for Maya.
Shows the new servo force feature which allows struggling animation once the agent has become dynamic

Which means nothing to me, but digital animators will recognize the terms. If you are interested in the technical aspects, there’s more in the comments at vimeo. To most of us, it’s just a hilariously goofy sequence that you shouldn’t feel bad about laughing at. -via Metafilter 

Update: And now there's a looping version with sound effects and music.


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Baby Noah's Daily Halloween Costumes

Writer Jessica Chavkin is putting her infant son Noah in adorable costumes, one per day until Halloween. In a fun exercise she calls "Noah's Halloween Countdown," Chavkin gives her Instagram and Tumblr followers daily delights with these cute-as-can-be getups. Judging from Noah's frequent smiles, it looks as if he's having almost as much fun as mommy.

See more photos at Chavkin's Instagram and Tumblr accounts.

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Musician Glen Campbell Writes (Final) Heartwrenching Song About Alzhemiers

This might just be the most difficult post I have ever written here. That may sound silly, but sadly, Alzheimer's has been in my life since I was just a child. To see someone you love forget themselves and forget everything around them, while slow degenerating, is a dark place I would not wish on anyone. In the same breath, we ALL need to talk about this condition more, and a song like this will incite the needed discussions.

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Famous 70s musician Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011 and has been battling it relentlessly since. Seemed he had finally reached a point where those around and even he became aware that he could not record music anymore, as his Alzheimer's was getting worse and worse.

He decided to record one final song called "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" and it is about exactly what you think it's about. I will tell you right now, this is painful. A man aware he is slipping into oblivion and choosing to say goodbye one last time the only way he knows how. Please, share this and spread the word. The more aware we are of this condition, the more funding it gets, the less we have to worry that it will be like this forever.

Remember when Johnny Cash put out the Hurt video right before he passed away? Yes, this feels like that, but with an even deeper meaning. For those looking to learn more about the disease or find out ways they can help, check out the Alzheimer's foundation. 


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Fifteen Facts About Uncle Buck



The 1989 movie Uncle Buck was such a wonderful showcase for the larger-than-life personality of the late John Candy. Aside from Planes, Trains and Automobiles, it's my favorite Candy movie. His interaction with the children (playing characters that were Buck's nieces and nephew) was so well acted by Candy, so sweet and genuine, it was hard to believe the children weren't actually related to him. But did you know that Danny DeVito was the first choice for the role? I can't imagine the movie being such a lasting American comedy classic if that had happened, could you?  

Read more facts about Uncle Buck at Mental Floss.  Image: Universal Pictures


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CTHULHU RISES - An Adventure Beyond The Veil Of Madness


Cthulhu Rises by Saqman

Finn and Jake had encountered some seriously bad dudes during their days of adventure, but nothing could compare to coming face-to-face with the Great Old One Cthulhu! Finn never freaked out in the face of danger, but something about that giant squid faced monster made Finn feel like he was losing his mind. Jake knew he couldn't stretch his way out of this problem so he hauled buns outta there, but Finn simply couldn't let Tree Trunks fall prey to such an ugly monster...

It's time to bring a fresh adventure to your geeky wardrobe, so make the sane choice and add this Cthulhu Rises t-shirt by Saqman to your collection!

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Jason Momoa's Game of Thrones Audition

A great many fans of the Game of Thrones series were sad to see how (first season spoiler alert) how quickly Khal Drogo (played by Jason Momoa) was killed off. Fans familiar with the book saw it coming, but the rest of us were hoping for more screen time for the badass leader of the Dothraki people.

But outside of his massive physique, you ever wonder how he landed a part that involved him screaming in a fake language and ripping out throats with his bare hands? I will give you a hint: he went into the studio and acted like the crazy guy who lives in your neighborhood and walks down the street hitting himself while speaking nonsensically out loud.

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Extra points for the intense smacking his own legs. May look insane to us, but it obviously worked.

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Congratulations to Our Pinterest Halloween Contest Winners!

We just wrapped up our Halloween Scream Time Pinterest Contest and I have to say, it was a huge success. You guys pinned hundreds of Halloween costumes, recipes, decorations and more to our This Is Halloween board and it was amazing to see all the wonderful things you shared. 

While it was easy enough to find out who had the most repins, picking an editor's choice winner from all those entries was hard, but we finally managed to slim it down to just one. That's why we thought it was only fair to not only share the two winning images with you, but also some of our the runenrs up. You can always visit the board to check out all of the amazing entries as well as new pins from our wonderful fans. 

On a side note, if you are one of our two winners, please check your Pinterest notifications or email me directly at jill@neatorama.com to claim your prize.

This precious Despicable Me pumpkin won Angela Ramage first place for the most repins.

And this creepy, zombie Snow White won Keno Sproule first place in our editor's choice category. (For more awesome pics from this photo series don't miss this great Fashionably Geek post.)

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This Poop Bank in Massachusetts Will Pay You $40 to Make a Deposit


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Certain bacteria in the colon are essential to survive. If you don't have that bacteria, it may be necessary to take someone else's poop and put it up your colon in order to transplant the bacteria. The conventional method is by colonoscopy, but there will soon be an oral delivery method.

Many hospitals maintain in-house poop banks to have the bacteria readily available for fecal transplants. But smaller clinics and independent doctors usually don't have such resources. That's where OpenBiome comes in. This new company founded by MIT scholar Mark Smith collects medical grade poop and distributes to doctors in need. Chelsea Rice writes for the Boston Globe:

“Think of us as a blood bank, but for poop,” said Smith, who developed OpenBiome when he saw the gap in the medical structure to provide many patients with the life-saving fecal samples. “You shouldn’t have to fly across the country to get poop.”

Donors undergo a thorough medical screening that includes tests for infectious diseases. Once approved, they visit the facility, make a deposit, and earn $40:

Once a donor’s sample passes the medical exam, he or she is enrolled and scheduled to visit the Medford facility every day. Each visit takes 30 minutes, during which the donor produces a sample into a hat-shaped bowl that rests over an ordinary toilet. Then the donor walks out with $40.

The cold, hard cash is not, however, the only reward. To further encourage new donors to sign up, and current donors to donate more often, OpenBiome is turning pooping into a game, awarding Super Pooper nicknames—such as Vladimir Pootin, King of Poop, and Winnie the Poo—to those donors with the most samples. (These heroes remain anonymous.) The more doo you donate, the higher your Super Pooper character will climbs in the rankings. So eat your fiber!

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Got A Great Costume? Share It In Our Halloween Instagram Contest

Have you already put together an amazing costume you're pumped to show the world? Do you have pictures of your best costume ever from previous years? If so, head over to Instagram and join in on the NeatoShop Halloween Costume Contest. All you have to do is add your image to your account and tag it with @NeatoShop so we can find it. We'll pick one winner based on costume quality, cleverness and your number of comments/likes, and that person will win four NeatoShop tees of their choice. 

Contest ends Halloween night, 11:59 PM PST. So get going!

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Doctor Records Verbal Exchange with Nurse Infected with Ebola

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Prior to her transfer to the National Institute of Health Clinical Care Center in Maryland, a doctor treating nurse Nina Pham for ebola recorded this interaction with her. Dr. Gary Weinstein of Texas Health Presbyterian in Dallas filmed his goodbye to Pham, in which she was seen giving a tearful response. The video, if nothing else, is a good illustration of the protective gear medical personnel must wear in the treatment of ebola patients to prevent being infected with the deadly virus. It is being reported Pham requested that the video be circulated. -Via Viral Viral Videos


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Controversial Religious Icon Barbie Exhibit Cancelled Due To Death Threats

Most religions take their iconic figures very seriously, and true believers don’t take kindly to people using their icons as the inspiration for products that could be seen as blasphemous. 

Artists Emiliano Paolini and Marianela Perelli discovered just how serious the Catholic Church takes their icons when the duo announced they were creating Barbie dolls based on popular religious figures.

The proposed series would include Barbie dressed as the Virgin Mary, Kali, and the Virgin of Guadalupe, and Ken would play Jesus on the cross, Moses and St. Sebastian, just to name a few.

Emiliano and Marianela’s exhibit “Barbie: The Plastic Religion” was supposed to be shown at the POPA Gallery in Buenos Aires, but the duo began receiving death threats and decided to cancel the show.

The Catholic Church might not see the humor in these figures, but there are plenty of art toy collectors that would pay a pretty penny for these heavenly plastic creations!

-Via Beautiful/Decay


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The Hobbit in 72 Seconds -in LEGO

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You could invest nine hours or so into watching the The Hobbit movies (after waiting for the last one to be released in December), or you could watch the condensed version in this stop-motion LEGO video from BrotherhoodWorkshop. I tried to read The Hobbit about 40 years ago and couldn’t finish it. I haven’t seen any of The Hobbit movies, either. So I watched this and laughed because even at the breakneck speed of the condensed story, there was still time for jokes. Spoilers? I don’t know; I really don’t feel I’ve been spoiled watching this. One who knows mentioned in the YouTube comments that this was more faithful to the book than the Peter Jackson films. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Astronaut Creates Candy Corn Sphere in Space

A few years ago, astronaut and science educator Don Pettit joined the crew of the International Space Station. All astronauts are allowed to bring a few personal items with them. Pettit chose to bring candy corn. He used that candy corn to build a sphere in zero gravity.


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Why? Because Pettit wanted to teach certain principles of chemistry and physics to people back on Earth. He began his experiment by coating the wide ends of the candy corn with oil and inserting them into a drop of water. The oil-coated ends tended to move toward the edge of the sphere, away from the water. This is a demonstration of how soap works.

-via First We Feast

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Police Hunt Man in Spotty Onesie

Do you know any adult who wears a polka-dot onesie (footed pajamas) and has a friend with pink-purple leggings? A pair wearing this clothing was captured on CCTV footage at the Dewsbury train station in West Yorkshire, England. They were recorded taking a computer monitor from the station on October 6th, and are suspected of taking two others on October 5th. 

“We are releasing their images in that hope that, despite their faces being covered, someone may recognise their distinctive dress.

“We believe they may be able to assist our enquiries into this incident and are investigating whether they are linked to the other two thefts.”

The publicity should also serve as a warning to anyone thinking of attending a Halloween costume party in these getups. It could lead to your arrest. -via Arbroath


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How to Get Rid of the Hiccups

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It's been suggested at Neatorama before that a good way to stop the hiccups is to stretch. In their series answering the ten most popular questions searched for on the Internet, SciShow tackles the age-old question (as well as shedding some light on the success of the stretch technique). The key to answering the question of how to rid yourself of the hiccups? Get to know your diaphragm! Click play for a diaphragm meet and greet. -Via Viral Viral Videos


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Red - My, What A Big Axe You Have!


Red by Dooomcat

Those old fairy tales have Red pegged all wrong- she wasn't a helpless little girl who needed a strong woodsman to save her, in fact she's the one who brings the danger to the forest. Red tamed her first wolf when she was five, learned to fight with a halberd when she was seven, and met her good friend Big Bad when she was ten. The two of them have been inseparable ever since, and it has been nothing but happy endings for the forest's denizens since Red and her furry friend started sniffing out bad guys...

Share the true story behind the fairy tale with this Red t-shirt by Dooomcat, and show the world that little girl in the riding hood means business!

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Beagle Cop, The Canine Detective

And that was the day my dog saved my life. If he had not torn up that pillow and pooped on the floor, I would never have made it hope. Thank you, Beagle Cop, for responding to my dog's emergency so quickly and intelligently.

Lately, cartoonist Jim Benton has been working on a series called Beagle Cop--the dog with a badge. So far, there are three cartoons in the series.

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Have You Ever Seen a Lock Like This?

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Bosnian Bill has found a lock he cannot pick. Just wait until you see why not! This clever mechanism works in a different way from most locks, as it’s not straight. It’s a rare, complicated, and presumably expensive lock for which most locksmiths could not duplicate a key. Lose or break your key, and the whole thing would be rather useless. I'd never let any of my kids near that key. -via reddit


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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles Dressed As Horror Movie Slashers

The Ninja Turtles are teenagers, and as such they haven’t outgrown the desire to get dressed up and go trick-or-treating on Halloween. 

Even though the 1990s cartoon claimed otherwise the heroes in a half shell always wanted to dress up like horror movie villains, because nothing says scary like a mutant who is also dressed like a slasher!

These awesome horror movie themed TMNT figure mods were created by Dan Polydoris of Chicago Toy Collector using parts from various Playmates Ninja Turtles figures from the 90s. 

Dan's customization process is quite unique, since most toy modders simply paint over the existing figures and add custom accessories, and they're so bloody good they're causing quite a stir with TMNT fans and toy collectors alike.

-Via Bloody Disgusting


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Inside a Pneumatic Tube

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If you’ve ever dealt with pneumatic tubes, which are still used at many drive-through bank branches, you’ve probably thought about what it would be like to be inside one. What we have here is the next best thing. A couple of Norwegians YouTubers put a GoPro camera inside a canister and sent it on its way. For the first part of the trip, the camera is pointed out the back end, but the canister eventually reverses itself and we can see where it’s going. Yeah, I believe riding inside one of those would be a pretty dizzying experience. -via Metafilter


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One Ring Pillow Is Precious!

Wait, we can't just destroy it! It's so comfortable. Surely it can't hurt me if I rest my head on it for just a little while, right? Surely Robert and Elsa Evans would not have crafted such an excellent pillow if it wasn't harmeless! 


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X-Men have Vanity Plates

Now we know where Professor X is from, and what sweet ride he has! Redditor funboixero spotted this car in Houston. He saw the driver exit the parking lot in a wheelchair, but hasn’t yet mentioned whether he was bald, which is what everyone wants to know. You can get a closer look at imgur.

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Elegant Cat Struts Across Room


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Geoffrey Henry's cat Twitter walks like an elegant lady in heels. Is that a carpet in an ordinary house? No, it's a high fashion runway in Milan or a sidewalk along the Champs-Élysées. I'll bet that wherever she goes, the tom cats watch her closely.

-via Nothing to Do with Arbroath

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Couple's Dream Home is Built on Neighbor's Property by Mistake


A Missouri couple named Voss who own a real estate and property management company purchased eighteen lots in a gated community in Florida called Ocean Hammock. They hired a Florida company, Keystone Homes, to build the three-story, five-bedroom, 5,000-square-foot house pictured above on one of their lots. But due to a survey error, the entire $680,000 house was constructed to completion on the land of a neighboring lot. The property was supposed to be built on 23 Ocean Ridge Boulevard; it was actually built on 21 Ocean Ridge Boulevard.

That's certainly a costly mistake, one which falls under the responsibility of the construction company. Mark Voss has enlisted the help of a lawyer, but for now, the vice president of Keystone is admitting that the company he contracted to do the building is at fault. Keystone's v.p. said,

“The buck stops with the builder. I have built about 600 homes in Flagler County and this has never happened to me before. It does happen, but it’s rare.” 

Images: Twitter (@jrichardhillco)   | -Via Oddity Central 

 


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Judge Me By My Size, Do You?: A Yoda Hot Air Balloon

The Albuquerque International Balloon Fiesta is an event filled with glorious sights, including this majestic Yoda balloon. I highly recommend viewing its entire photo gallery. There you can find a pink elephant, a cactus, a sun, and perhaps best of all . . .

 

. . . a Spider-Pig.


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Interplanetary Unusual Attacking Team

When Guardians of the Galaxy was translated into Chinese, they cut some corners. The title of the movie shown in China is now Interplanetary Unusual Attacking Team. The insults have been changed to endearments, and other lines just make no sense at all. Some examples:

  • Each time a character was meant to insult Rocket by calling him “rodent” or “weasel” it was translated into “small raccoon,” a term of endearment.
  • When Gamora says, “Your ship is filthy,” and Star-Lord responds “She has no idea,” the translation came out to “Your ship stinks” and “No culture is terrible.”
  • Star-Lord calling Ronan “turd blossom” translated to “big face.”
  • Gamora’s “I will not succumb to your pelvic sorcery!” became “I will not succumb to your rhetoric sorcery!”

There’s more at The Mary Sue, and even more criticism of the translation if you can read Chinese.


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The Duckside - Use The Force, Bugs!


The Duckside by Patrol

They used to call him Daffy, treating him like a total crackpot and making fun of his speech impediment, but that was before he discovered the duckside and became the star of the show. The duckside gave him force powers beyond toon comprehension- he could drop anvils on his enemies with his mind, create holes in the ground to make a fast getaway, and the helmet kept his face from getting blown off during battle. He was done being seen as a joke, tired of being pushed around by rebellious rabbits, and his first order as duckside warlord was to destroy a certain martian named Marvin...

Bring a touch of the despicable darkside to your geeky wardrobe with this The Duckside t-shirt by Patrol, it's the kind of mashup you'd have to be looney not to like!

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Lemurs Use Community Toilets Like We Use Facebook


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This is a white-footed sportive lemur (Lepilemur leucopus). This primate species lives on the southern tip of Madagascar. They're the lemur equivalent of the people who write graffiti in public restrooms. Usually these lemurs live alone, but they use community latrines. Besides the coventional purpose of a latrine, the lemurs use them to communicate.

Researchers Iris Dröscher and Peter Kappeler spent more than a thousand hours watching these lemurs relieve themselves at these facilities. They determined that the lemurs use the latrines as social networking tools by leaving scent marks directed to not only the entire group, but also specific individuals. From Physorg:

Males visited the latrines more often during nights when an intruder invaded the territory. In addition, the males placed scent marks from their specialized anogenital glands preferentially in latrines. "This indicates that latrine use in this primate species should also be connected to mate defense," says Iris Dröscher, a PhD student at the German Primate Center.

"Scent marks transmit a variety of information such as sexual and individual identity and may function to signal an individual's presence and identity to others," continues Dröscher. "Latrines therefore serve as information exchange centers of individual-specific information."

I'd like to think that somewhere among these latrines, there's a lemur equivalent of Neatorama.

-via Ian Chant


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The Makeup Transformations of Lucia Pittalis



Makeup artist and painter Lucia Pittalis is a chameleon by the virtue of her own talent in makeup application. The way she looks sans makeup disguise is in the photo above. Her incredible transformations from herself to Hollywood and music icons are in the photos below. Can you imagine her lucky children and relatives who get such fantastic makeup jobs for Halloween? The FBI should hire her to aid them in their witness protection program!

See more of Pittalis' fantastic makeup jobs on Instagram and Facebook. -Via Viral Nova




 Keith Richards


Frank Zappa

 Sylvester Stallone

 Angela Lansbury / Murder, She Wrote

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Iconic Movie Scenes Recreated in LEGO

Titanic


The Shining


Breakfast at Tiffany's

This is the neatest thing I've seen all day! Morgan Spence is a 15-year old stop motion animator from Kilbarchan, Scotland. He's loved LEGO since he was a young child. Now he's using it at a highly professional level. This video shows how perfectly he recreates scenes from movies, including Pulp Fiction, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music, Singing in the Rain, and Life of Pi.


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