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20 Houses Crazy With Christmas Cheer

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Driving around and checking out Christmas light displays is a popular pastime during the holiday season. One thing that's interesting is the sense of individuality in each display. Every design lends insight into the personalities of the people who create them. But is there a point in which the decorator goes overboard? These homes have nary a five-foot expanse of their exteriors sans décor. What do you think?  

See a collection of houses decorated to the hilt for Christmas here. 


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Mongooses in a Ball Pit

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There is no end to the strange things people will think up- and share on the internet. A ball pit in a wading pool is an enrichment activity for the mongooses at the Houston Zoo. It’s about as chaotic as you’d imagine. -via Daily Picks and Flicks

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Child's Chair Unfolds into a Dollhouse

Koichi Suzuno and Alicja Strzyżyńskaby designed this simple but clever piece of children's furniture. It's a dollhouse, a child-sized chair, and a storage container. Fold and unfold it as needed. You can see more photos at Spoon & Tamago.

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A Letter to the Tooth Fairy

Her father found a letter that redditor judokitten had written to the Tooth Fairy years ago, on the occasion of losing a tooth and not getting the expected reward. She tells the story in the comments:

Full story. So, I had lost a tooth, but I was suspicious about the actual validity of the toothfairy's magical abilities. So, I didn't tell anyone about the lost tooth. Lo and behold, she did not arrive.

The next morning, I loudly proclaimed the toothfairy bullshit in my 9 year old terms, and my mom told me to write her a letter expressing my displeasure.

I was returned a letter that basically said,

"I couldn't get to your pillow the night before last because I got stuck in all the mess. Maybe if you clean your room, I could get to you in a timely manner."

Well played, tooth fairy. Well played.

Although the post title mentions the letter is passive-aggressive, there is nothing passive about either the daughter or the mother’s Tooth Fairy's response. Incidentally, I was impressed that, even though her handle is judokitten and the letter is signed “Jennifer,” many commenters still assumed the letter-writer was male.

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Dogs And Cats Destroy Christmas

Dogs and cats really don't know what to make of Christmas- we put a tree up in the house that they're not allowed to climb in, chew or pee on, then we surround the bottom of the tree with enticingly wrapped presents and tell our critters to stay away.

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It's like temptation wrapped in a mystery wrapped in some pretty paper that tears in such a satisfying way, and it appears our pets have had enough of our Christmas rules.

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Our furry friends at Bored Panda have an open thread running entitled Dogs And Cats That Destroyed Christmas, with over fifty hilarious pics which should make you feel pretty good about whatever your pets pull this holiday season.

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You'll get to see great pics like this one of a book hating beagle who just couldn't stand the fact that someone was receiving a book for Christmas instead of a nice pack of sausage and cheese logs. The look on the dog's face is priceless!

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Check out the rest of the Dogs And Cats That Destroyed Christmas here

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Beautiful Photo: Polished Meteorite



Redditor Proteon posted this photo of a gorgeous polished meteorite sphere. Another user explained that it was a type of meteorite called pallasite, which is "a mixture of iron-nickel metal and olivine, a crystal that makes up the majority of Earth's mantle." Several posters estimated it to be worth #10,000 to $12,000 in value. Provided that information is correct, I need to add that to my Christmas gift wish list. -Via Science Dump


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Whodunit: A Timely Alibi

The following is a Whodunit by Hy ConradThese mysteries are from The Little Giant® Book of Whodunits by Hy Conrad and Matt LaFleur. Can you solve the mystery before you read the solution?

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The murder occurred in the wee hours of the morning on the last Sunday of October and looked like a professional hit. The victim, Sol Weintraub, ran a garbage-collection business that was going in direct competition with a mob-owned company. Days after winning a contract with the city's convention center, Sol was found dead in his suburban home.

The killer had broken into the man's house, shot him once in the head with a silencer-equipped .38, and left, taking no valuables.

It was now early November and the police were no closer to finding their killer. The medical examiner was placing the time of death at between 2 and 3 A.M. But the mob's most reliable "enforcers" all had alibis.

Johnny "Dum-Dum" Falco had been out on the town that Saturday night. Witnesses saw him at the Tropicana Club until 2 A.M. Other witnesses, just as reliable, placed Dum-Dum at a nearby tavern from 3 A.M. until closing. No matter how the police timed it, the murder scene was a good 40 minutes away from both the Tropicana and the tavern.

Victor Conroy's alibi was even better. He'd been a patient at Mercy Memorial. The young hit man had been in a minor car accident and was being held overnight. A nurse checked his room every hour, all night. Mercy Memorial was also nearly 40 minutes from the crime.

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Second Trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road Packs a Punch

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Back in July we featured the first trailer of Mad Max: Fury Road, which was shown at Comic Con San Diego. Trailer number two was recently released, in which fans of the franchise are treated to a better look at the action. Sure looks like a barnburner. The film is directed by George Miller and stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. It's slated for release on May 15, 2015. -Via Gizmodo


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Every Episode of Every Star Trek Series Ever, Ranked

If you’ve ever said you read Playboy for the articles, this would be the article to read. Jordan Hoffman took on the monumental task of ranking 695 Star Trek episodes -from The Original Series, The Next Generation, Deep Space Nine, Voyager, Enterprise, and The Animated Series. The introduction implies that he may not have done it alone.  

I've been a rabid fan of the franchise since childhood and I've got the wedgie scars to prove it. While still maintaining a semi-functional adult life I pen the One Trek Mind column at StarTrek.com and host panels at Star Trek conventions. So when I present you with this complete ranking of every single Star Trek episode ever, it's not like we just shot photon torpedoes at the wall.

The first thing you’ll want to do is skip to the last page and check out the top ten. Then you’ll want to skim over and see where your favorite episodes rank. Then you may want to argue about it. The list can come in handy as a guide in deciding what to show a Star Trek newbie so they get the best out of their initial experience. And it’s not just a list -for each episode there is a brief explanation of its ranking. If you’re a serious fan, you can kiss your day goodbye, unless you work somewhere where Playboy is blocked. The list starts here. -via Digg


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9 Lives - The Feline's Fatal Flaw


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As the saying goes "curiosity killed the cat", but what the saying doesn't explain is which one of the nine lives were lost by curiosity and which can be chalked up to the cat in question biting off more than it can chew. Cats need all nine of their lives to live one full life, and yet there is a serious lack of teaching going on in the feline community, because new generations don't seem to be learning from the mistakes of the old. Perhaps some illustrated, and easy to follow, charts will help kitteh kind avoid falling prey to that most dangerous of qualities- unbridled curiosity.

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Kind Tortoise Flips Over His Buddy

Each of us, at some point in our lives, is a tortoise flipped over on his back, unable to right himself. We need some kind person to flip us back over. We need this tortoise, who helped a companion in need at a zoo in Taipei, Taiwan.


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The Myth of the 12 Days of Christmas

The following is an article from the book Uncle John's Fast-Acting Long-Lasting Bathroom Reader.

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Secret codes and urban legends- Uncle John’s idea of a perfect combination!

SECRET TEACHINGS

There’s been a story going around for years that the song “The Twelve Days of Christmas,” which seems like a nonsense song, actually contains coded teachings of Catholicism. It was written, the story says, during England’s anti-Catholic era, after King Henry VIII split with the Catholic Church and founded the Anglican Church in the 1500s. The open practice of Catholicism did become illegal in England, and remained illegal until the Emancipation Act of 1829. During that era one could be imprisoned or even executed for being Catholic. To avoid such punishment and preserve the faith,, the story continues, some clever Jesuit priests wrote the song, with each day’s “gifts” representing the  Catechism -the essential teachings of the Church.   

THE HIDDEN SYMBOLS

* The “true love” that is giving the gifts, the story says, is God.

* The “partridge in a pear tree” represents Jesus Christ.

* Two turtle doves: the Old and New Testaments.

* Three French hens: the Holy Trinity; or the three Virtues: Faith, Hope, and Charity.

* Four calling birds: the four Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John).

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Panda: The Action Movie

Michael Bay Gifs is my new favorite subreddit. It's filled with inexplicable explosions digitally added to ordinary footage. Redditor PhoneDojo offers this wonderful contribution. If you ache to fill the Transformers-shaped hole in your heart, then this .gif will keep you going for a while. Hopefully Michael Bay will turn the Action Panda concept into a real movie.

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9 Surprising Facts About Flatulence

If you’ve been around a while, you’ve probably read an awful lot about farts here at Neatorama. Still, there’s always something new to learn. Flatulence is a natural process of a healthy functioning physical body, but that doesn’t make it a bouquet of roses. You’ll learn about that physical process in a list of fart facts at Vox, plus an occasional glimpse at how some of these scientific facts were discovered.

Hydrogen, carbon dioxide, and methane make up as much as 99 percent of the gas produced in our large intestines by volume. (They're supplemented by air you swallow — more on that below.) All of these gases are odorless, which is why much of the time, farts don't actually smell at all.

The potent stink, research has found, is largely due to the 1 percent or so of compounds with sulfur in them, such as hydrogen sulfide. (This sort of research itself is pretty amazing: one experiment involved two people judging the smelliness of farts of 16 participants who'd been fed pinto beans, collected with the aid of "gas-tight Mylar pantaloons.")

Now, that’s something to put on your CV! -via mental_floss

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Ten Crazy Chinese Government Jobs



Chinese prisoners who are made to work for the government are hardly hammering out license plates or braille books. If you go to the pen in China, you may just find yourself forced to do menial work — in a video game environment.

Estimates say 100,000 Chinese prisoners work as video game farmers. They play games in 12-hour-long shifts in which they complete tasks that earn virtual currency. Once the virtual funds are turned over to the prison, they are sold to gamers for cash. 

It's even possible to be paid for this type of prison work, and paid well. Some are said to earn up to $700 dollars a day. But that's the good news. The bad news is that they can be beaten if they don't acquire enough virtual currency to meet their quotas.

Read about more people who do bizarre jobs for the Chinese government — including phantom work and porn judges — here. 


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This Dog Hates Pineapple!

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Stella the pit bull has never seen a pineapple before. And she doesn’t like it, no, not one bit. Jolene Creighton, who dared to purchase the demon fruit, assures us that Stella eventually made friends with the pineapple. If we looked at the offending fruit through Stella’s eyes, it probably looked something like this.  -via Uproxx

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Don't Text and Joust

He was preceded in death by Sir Read-A-Book-on-the-Steering-Wheel-While-Driving-down-the-Freeway. Dave Coverly of Speed Bump offers a warning that all jousters--especially teenage knights of dubious judgment--should heed.


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Denver Eats Tree Ornaments

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We’ve seen Denver the Guilty Dog before. But she keeps doing things she’s not supposed to do! Now that it’s Christmastime, Denver is in trouble again. She's been caught red-handed -or red-lipped, in this case, eating Christmas tree ornaments. I was worried for a minute, but I found out that the ornaments are made of foam, not glass or hard plastic. -via Daily Picks and Flicks

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Stunning Photos of Animal Migration

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These photographs of animals migrating are simply beautiful. Some of them, like the photo of white ibis migration shown above, look like abstract paintings, with the colors and shapes of the animals flowing together to form a pattern. There's something profound about the sight of so many animals instinctively and simultaneously driven to move en masse. 

See a great user-submitted collection of migration photographs here. 


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Watch a Whale Feeding Frenzy


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AkXpro used a drone to capture this awesome footage of a pod of humpback whales feeding on fish off the coast of Alaska. It gets really intense at the 0:49 mark. The whales form a circle, then lunge out of the water.

Ark in Space explains that the whales are engaging in bubble feeding. This means that they move into a circular formation, then breathe out bubbles while rising to the surface. The bubbles form a wall that the fish can't swim through, concentrating them into the center where the whales can swallow them en masse.


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Sensei - He'll Help You Come Out Of Your Shell


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If you're looking to train with a genuine ninjitsu master, and you don't mind spending some time in the sewer, then you need to go see Master Splinter, the rattiest sensei in NYC. Splinter battles against the evil Foot clan and the forces of prejudice in the hearts of the city's human populace every day, and he has a lot more to teach than just some fancy ninja moves. He has even worked with teenagers, helping them get ripped muscles despite their insatiable love of pizza, and if he can teach turtles to move faster than any other mutant think about what he can do for you!

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The Excruciating Final Hours of President George Washington

A couple of months ago, we told you about the painful last days of King Charles II. Over a hundred years later, when former president George Washington fell ill in December of 1799, medical science hadn’t much more to offer. Washington felt worse the next morning, so his estate’s overseer, George Rawlins, tried to help.

At 7:30 a.m., Rawlins removed 12 to 14 ounces of blood, after which Washington requested that he remove still more. Following the procedure, Col. Lear gave the patient a tonic of molasses, butter and vinegar, which nearly choked Washington to death, so inflamed were the beefy-red tissues of his infected throat.

Dr. James Craik, Washington's longtime physician, was summoned. He didn’t have much to offer, either.

Dr. Craik entered Washington’s bedchamber at 9 a.m. After taking the medical history, he applied a painful “blister of cantharides,” better known as “Spanish fly,” to Washington’s throat. The idea behind this tortuous treatment was based on a humoral notion of medicine dating back to antiquity called “counter-irritation.” The blisters raised by this toxic stuff would supposedly draw out the deadly humors causing the General’s throat inflammation.

That was just the beginning of the efforts Dr. Craik made to save Washington’s life. Washington died on December 14, at the age of 67, but not before enduring dubious remedies that only made his last day likely the most agonizing of his life. Read about the treatment the father of our country endured at PBS Newshour. -via Digg


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Last Week, A Sea of Fog Completely Filled the Grand Canyon

Last Thursday, visitors to the Grand Canyon in Arizona witnessed a spectacular event: the enormous valley filled up completely with fog. Natasha Greiling of Smithsonian explains that this event is known as a "total cloud inversion." That's when cold air becomes trapped in the bottom of the canyon beneath a heavy layer of warm air. This occurs once every few years at the Grand Canyon during unusual conditions.

Fortunately, the National Park Service staff who work at the canyon were ready. They took some amazing photos, as well as a time-lapse video of the event, which you can see below. It looks like the canyon is filling up from the bottom. 

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Amazing Video: Elephant Picks up Litter, Sticks It in a Trash Can

Thornhill Safari Lodge in eastern South Africa posts this video and says, "If only we humans could behave in the same manner." Indeed! The elephant picks up 2 pieces of trash and puts them where they belong.


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Please note that I am unable to verify the authenticity of this video beyond the Facebook posting by Thornhill Safari Lodge and an article in the British tabloid Metro.

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The Office: Middle-Earth Edition

After saving Middle-Earth, Bilbo Baggins humbly turned aside the great treasures and honors offered to him. Instead, he went to work at a paper company. Gollum is his co-worker with serious hygiene problems. Gandalf is the general manager or, as he puts it, the "Lord of the Reams." He's a walking, talking, sexual harassment lawsuit.


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Martin Freeman, the actor who plays Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, hosted Saturday Night Live last night. He was inevitably typecast in one of his most famous roles. This tme, though, he took Bilbo to The Office.

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Potato Nativity


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Craig and Sally Williamson of Gainsborough, Lincolnshire, UK, grow potatoes on their farm. To promote their goods, they put up this chrèche in their farm shop. The little spud looks comfortable in his manger. If he's hungry, maybe the sheep in the scene can be put to good use.

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The Creepy, Kitschy and Geeky Patches of US Spy Satellite Launches

Since the Gemini program, NASA has allowed astronauts to design patches for the missions they fly on. There are also patches for each mission of the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO), which launches spy satellites. Those patches aren’t as well publicized, and they are definitely weirder than NASA’s mission patches.

Today NRO launches about four to six satellites per year, including the NROL-35 mission, with the patch seen above, slated to fly this Thursday. The public still doesn't know exactly what each satellite is doing, but for a couple decades now the agency has advertised the date and time of its launches—probably because, as Pearlman points out, “it’s hard to hide a rocket.” In response, a subculture of fervent hobbyists has become committed to watching the skies at night, piecing together the satellites’ orbits. At some point, those hobbyists discovered that—just like NASA—NRO also issues mission patches. The agency didn’t seem to care if the patches were leaked, and eventually it even started publishing depictions of the patches along with launch announcements. Even so, for years knowledge of the patches largely remained confined to enthusiasts, especially in the days prior to widespread social media.

That changed somewhat in 2000, when a fan figured out a spy satellite’s mission from clues on the patch. Since then, the symbols on the patches have become more outlandish and obscure -even frightening at times. We don’t know if there’s a method to the madness, or whether the NRO is just having fun with the designs, but you can read the story and see a gallery of the patches at Smithsonian.

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Fashion Trend for Women: Armpit Hair Extensions


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Two months ago, we told you how to dye your armpit hair and showed you a photo of a woman who had dyed her own a cool shade of blue. Now it's become all the rage. Women are taking up their dye brushes to add unconventional colors to their armpits.

To stand out even further and express their creativity, some women, such as the one pictured above, are also adding hair extensions. That makes a lot of sense. Growing hair takes a long time. A few rhinestones also help bring some sparkle to a lady's armpits

-via American Digest

P.S. The news story of armpit hair dyeing went viral after I wrote about it here, often through posts and articles that directly sourced Neatorama. So, in a small way, I contributed to the spread of this fashion trend. You're welcome.


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Newborn Capybara: Move Over, Mom, I'll Be Taking Your Food

This baby capybara, the first capybara birth in ten years at the Houston Zoo, is a foodie. Only a few days after being born, he was eagerly snacking on solid foods, sampling every kind in his mom's food bowl. He even decided to get in the bowl, just to be first in line for new treats. 

The baby, named Mr. Pibb, is the son of mom Sunkist and dad Pop. It really doesn't get much cuter than that.

Read more about capybaras and see additional pictures of Mr. Pibb and his family at Zooborns. 


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Birdbox Studio Christmas Card

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Birdbox Studio has given us many delightful cartoons, so you’d think their Christmas card would be animated …and it is, sort of. What they have is an old-fashioned flip book animation with music and a special effect at the end. It’s not clear whether this is a single “card” they made to film or whether it has actually been mass-produced. Then again, it could be rigged with a bit of video magic. Either way, it’s gloriously odd and retro. If this is their Christmas card, you have to wonder how much money these guys spend on actual gifts! -via Tastefully Offensive


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