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Storm Trooper Cake

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Photo: Mike's Amazing Cakes

At Mike's Amazing Cakes they make some amazing cakes. You need proof? Just look at the amazing storm trooper cake above! I don't know which is better, this cake or the life-size storm trooper cake from last year. They are both pretty great, but the life-size one got to be eaten by 600 fans at a later date. Just saying Mike's Amazing Cakes, who is going to eat that cake?

Link | Via Nerdalicious

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Glass House Design

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Photo: Carlo Santambrogio

This is one glass house I would not mind living in, the only rule is no stones allowed. The house is a conceptual design by milano-based designer and architect Carlo Santambrogio. These are actually pictures of a very good rendering and not a real house. Not yet anyway. The house above is part of his glass house series and this one in particular is designed to be a "snow house." The grid structure of the house is made to be modular and can be designed into almost any configuration.

In his "cliff house" design, the house is elevated over a thin sheet of water, making it's occupants feel like they are floating above the cliff.


Photo: Carlo Santambrogio

While these concepts are beautiful, I do have a few hang-ups. One, how scary would it be at night? Let's be real, it would be the darkest house ever. Two, using the restroom and shower would be no fun for anyone at all. Finally, glass is great when it's clean, but then again you have to keep it clean and that is a lot of glass.

What do our Neatoramanauts think? Would you live in one of these homes? View more photos here!

Link | Via Design Boom


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Baby Bender

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Photo: 9Gag

Baby Bender may just be learning to bend, but that doesn't mean he isn't the cutest little Bender around. Unfortunetly, his best friend Timmy actually dressed up too but failed to make it into the picture. He was left just off camera right, dressed up in a crab costume and as the picture was being taken he could be heard muttering "why not Zoidberg?" Okay, maybe not. But it could have happened, who knows?

Link | Via Fashionably Geek

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Eating and Drinking Only Starbucks for One Year

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Photo: 1 Year of My Life

Beautiful Existence, a woman from Seattle, is going to eat and drink Starbucks for a year. Only Starbucks. I know what you may be thinking- is her name really Beautiful Existence, why Starbucks, why this challenge? Well I can tell you it is not a ludicrous marketing ploy and that she answers all this on her website, 1 Year of My Life.

Beautiful Existence? Is that your real name? The answer is YES, it is my real name.

So again, WHY? am I doing this challenge? Or WHY? will I do any challenge in the future? Because I LOVE being human and I LOVE the privilege of being able to ask the question WHY? in the first place! I love the question WHY? because sometimes I find that the answer leaves me with even more questions about life… and then, my circle starts all over again and I wouldn’t want my WHY? any other way.

She does a challenge every year, from living the Goodwill life to testing Parents Magazine on her real life family. Now the goal isn't to lose weight, just to complete the challenge, but so far she has already lost 3 pounds on the Starbucks diet and she is only two weeks in. Then again, she spends on average $18.79 dollars a day on food and drink. According to the USDA, women spend on average around $3,000 a year on groceries- if her current average holds she will spend just under $7,000. Well that just happens to be the price you pay to be cool- and to eat and drink Starbucks for an entire year apparently.

Link | Via Oddity Central

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How to Speak Flanders

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Photo: Awkward-Elevator

Nedward "Ned" Flanders, Jr. may be one of the most iconic neighbors in television history. The reoccurring character from The Simpsons is famous for his compassion, his evangelical spirituality, but maybe above all else the funny way he talks. You have to hand it to voice actor Harry Shearer and the writers of The Simpsons, they really have developed a vocabulary of their own.

Nate Smith of Awkward Elevator wondered what it would be like to speak Flanders and what better way to imagine that than through Google Translate.


Photo: Awkward-Elevator

View all the Flanderific translations here!

Via Blame It on the Voices


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25 Drunkest Cities in America

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Photo: WikiMedia

From Milwaukee to Burlington, Vermont - what are the 25 drunkest cities in America? Researchers used three metrics to capture this, the average alcohol consumed per month by an adult, percent classified as binge drinkers, and percent classified as heavy drinkers. They pulled data from Centers of Disease Control and Prevention in each city. They then took the average drinks per month and weighted it 50 percent against binge drinking and heavy drinking (each 25 percent) to get their final ranking.

Find out where your city ranks on this curious list compiled by The Daily Beast.


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Absinthe Cookie

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Photo: A Fine Kettle of Ish

What may look like a typical mint cookie, is really a diabolical and possibly hallucinogenic absinthe cookie. Who wants one? Absinth has steadily been gaining traction as a popular drink since the beginning of the 1990s. It was originally banned from the US and many parts of Europe in 1915, somewhat rashly in retrospect. The claims of any real psychoactive properties have largely been exaggerated, and the drink is no more dangerous than any ordinary spirit.

The fine people over at A Fine Kettle of Ish have the perfect recipe to fill you craving for the mysterious liquid covered cookie. You don't even need that much to make it, just some standard cookie making ingredients, some high quality absinthe, and food coloring. Apparently it also goes very well with strong coffee.


Photo: A Fine Kettle of Ish

Link | Via Food Beast

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Wanted: Colonists for The Red Planet Mars

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Photo: Mars One

Want to live on Mars? Are you over 18 with good mental and physical health? Are you intelligent and would you be dedicated to space travel? Good news, you can be a Mars colonist! View all of the qualifications here.

Mars One is a Dutch nonprofit organization that is looking to establish a human settlement on Mars in 2023. You can watch their introduction film here. In the film they break down their plan for the eventual inhabitation of Mars, starting with four people at a time. While it may seem like a farfetched idea, the organization clearly believes in their plan.

Before the first crew lands, Mars One will have established a habitable, sustainable outpost designed to receive astronauts every two years. To accomplish this, Mars One has developed a precise, realistic plan based entirely upon existing technologies. It is both economically and logistically feasible, in motion through the integration of existing suppliers and experts in space exploration.

Part of their design includes major financing by creating "the biggest media event ever... ...Big Brother will pale in comparison." So it's Lost in Space meets The Truman Show? Well like a bad late 90's movie, I am just crazy enough to think this might work. Who is with me? This is finally a chance for our Neatoramanauts to become actual astronauts!

Link | Via Geekologie


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The Incredible Bubble Lake: Lake Abraham

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Photo: Chip Phillips

Lake Abraham is a man-made lake on the North Saskatchewan River in western Alberta, Canada. Lake Abraham was created in 1972 and named after Silas Abraham, a nineteenth century resident of the Saskatchewan River valley.

The blue lake gets it's color from the rock flour, fine-grained particles of rock, as many glacier lakes do. More interestingly though, the lake gets it's bubbles from rising methane that forms in pockets as the lake freezes over for winter. It is a beautiful phenomenon to see.

You can check out a full gallery of Lake Abraham here.


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How Blind People Use Instagram

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Youtube Link

You would think things like blind people and Instagram would go together like eggs and ketchup. They shouldn't, it's just wrong- right? Here to prove you wrong is one of the most entertaining blind people around, Tommy Edison XP. Edison was born blind and has started a Youtube channel so that he can inform the masses of what the world is like through the mind of a blind person.

On his channel he talks about everything from describing colors to blind people, to the best things about being blind. My favorite line from Best Things About Being Blind?

I don't know from beauty... ...I know people from what comes out of their mouth and what's in their heart. That's how I know people.

Follow us on Instagram! You can find Tommy Edison's account here.

Via Bits and Pieces


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Charles the Labra-Lion

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Youtube Link

Charles has a problem, Charles thinks he is a lion. Or rather other people seem to think he is a lion.

In Norfolk, Virginia people panicked when Charles got loose, they called the police saying a lion was running around town. A SWAT team was even called, and told to use deadly force if necessary. Little did they know Charles is really a fun-loving 4 year old labra-doodle with a funky haircut. Don't fret though, Charles was returned to his owner without incident. Why the haircut? Because Charles is the unofficial mascot for Old Dominion University, his owner calls his breed a "labra-lion."

Link | Via Orange

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Beertone

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Photo: Beertone

Whether you are brewing it or drinking it, I think we can all agree that beer is awesome. To help you navigate that awesome Beertone had created this color matching guide so you can better identify the beers you love so very much.

A lot of ideas stay on paper or locked in some sideboard in the office. Not this time. With Beertone we are trying to bring to life a simple idea, a Beer Reference Guide (like the picture above) based on beer's color.

The bright beers will start the guide ending with the dark ones. Each Beer will be presented with picture, description and of course its color Information, RGB, CMYK, Web, SRM (that's the beer color scale). We are shooting each beer, bottle and the beer itself in a glass.

The reference guides are available for pre-order and with a few different options. Link

Via Foodiggity

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Whiskey Drum

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Vimeo Link

Get that Maker's Mark fancy-pants stuff out of here, after a tough day there is nothing that beats some good old Jack Daniel's Whiskey. Well maybe there is but for the purpose of this post there isn't. Beyond that, reproposed wood is also about the coolest thing since sliced bread. It can even be made into all like these handy dandy Jack Daniel's American White oak rings.

Via Creative Criminals


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38 Cat-Tatts

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Photo: Karvna

Some people are really feline the cat tattoos. I would not have thought so many great tattoos were pawsible but apparently they are as evident in this list of 38 Wonderful Cat Tattoos. You may laugh at the catastrophes that people have inked into their bodies, but get that cattitude out of here because these are some beautiful pieces of artwork.

What do you guys think? Which is the purrfect tattoo for you? Link


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Larry Page's 1998 Business Card and One Expensive Mistake

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Photo: Zestyping

It's 1998 and Larry Page hands you a flimsy business card printed on a home printer that reads Google! He tells you "we're hiring," and what do you do? You decide to go to graduate school instead. At least that is how the story goes according to Redditor Zestyping.

A post asked "What's the most expensive mistake you've made at work?" Well this certainly puts things in perspective, most people put down they broke expensive lab equipment or a break room refrigerator.

So let me ask this question to our Neatoramanauts, what's the most expensive mistake you've made at work? I'll start. I broke a computer once, accidently pushed it right off my desk onto the concrete floor, smashing it pretty spectacularly. Hey, at least I didn't turn down a job offer from Google.

Link | Via Blame It On The Voices


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Starcraft 2 Cookies

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Photo: Nerdache Cakes

Starcraft 2 is a popular game, or so I am told. The most interesting thing about this community is that it's a group of people that love to do things- from musical parodies to Barcraft- the Starcraft scene is always active. I guess what I am trying to say is, they deserve some awesome looking cookies.

Made for an order over at Nerdache Cakes, the Zerg cookies look tasty. I think they could have thrown a little more love to the Terran, but hey I am just an SCV living in a drone's world. Then again if there was any more T in the cookies, Idra would be raging all over Neatorama. Just look at that spawning pool Greg! I bet he 6 pools.


Photo: Nerdache Cakes

Link | Via Nerdalicious

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Neil deGrasse Tyson Gets Hate Mail

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Photo: Emerson York

Somewhere, mixed among all the fan mail from fanboys and geek-loving girls everywhere, Neil deGrasse Tyson gets hate mail. Not just ordinary hate mail though, hate mail from kids. You see, Tyson was part of the movement at the turn of the century that excluded Pluto from a list of the planets in our solar system. Unfortunately for him, many kids had already pegged Pluto as their favorite planet and were not willing to part with it.

You can check out a full gallery of children who were disappointed in Mr. Tyson's and the Hayden Planetarium's decision here.

Link | Via Geneticist


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The Vela Pulsar Imitates The Phantom

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Photo: NASA

The Vela pulsar is a neutron star. What's a neutron star you ask? Well, it's basically a compact star (like a white dwarf or a black hole) that results from the collapse of other gargantuan stars and is composed almost entirely of neutrons. Also this one kind of looks like the mask from Phantom of the Opera.

The Vela pulsar happens to be about 1,000 light-years away from earth and is 12 miles (19 km) in diameter. It takes the star a full 89 milliseconds to complete a rotation, all while spewing out charged particles that move at about 70 percent of the speed of light.

“We think the Vela pulsar is like a rotating garden sprinkler — except with the water blasting out at over half the speed of light,” said Martin Durant of the University of Toronto in Canada, who is the first author of the paper describing these results.

You can check out a sweet video of this phenomenon here.

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Why We Blink

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Photo: WikiMedia

Sometimes the most basic things remain unknown to us. For example, why do we blink?

“Many people have extensively investigated the eye movement, but most of them did not care about the eye blink,” writes Tamami Nakano, as associate professor at Osaka University in Japan, in an email. “The reason why we generate blinks so frequently has been unknown.”

Unknown, until now? Nakano and her colleagues have been examining this very simple question in recent studies. What they did is ask 20 students to watch Mr. Bean for 30 minutes while in a fMRI scanner. Most eye movement researchers have dismissed blinking simply as an involuntary way to lubricate the eyes, but that is not what Nakano believes. She believes that blinking restarts the brain network.

“The present study indicates that even while we pay attention to the external world, the shift from the external attentional brain network to the internal processing brain network (default mode network) dramatically occurs every time we blink,” Tamami says. “I think that blink is closely related to resetting of the brain network and chunking the flow of visual information for memory.”

Her study shows that blinking is like shifting gears between two different networks in the brain. A person may be watching Mr. Bean in the default mode network, but when they become visually more attentive they will blink and switch to the dorsal attention network.

So why do we blink? It seems it may be a bit more complex than just keeping our eyes clear.

Full Study Link | Via NBC News


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Record Heat Puts New Colors on the Map

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Photo: Australia Bureau of Meteorology

It's so hot in Australia right now, they had to add two new colors to the weather forecasting chart. Deep purple and pink can now be seen on the map as Australia has broken a 50 year record of an all-time high temperature of 50.7 degrees Celsius. The range will now go up to 54 degrees, that is 129.2 degrees Fahrenheit ladies and gentleman.

It's so hot in Australia that the conditions have created a catastrophic fire threat across southeast Australia. Monday's temperature broke the record for national average temperature and the mean temperature. A total of six of the 20 hottest days in Australia have been recorded in 2013, a total that is sure to rise.

Stay safe people, hydrate, and don't choose milk. That would be a bad choice Mr. Ron Burgundy.

Link | Via The Atlantic Wire


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Tauntaun Snow Rider

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Photo: Bobsutan

The tauntaun is a mysterious creature from the far reaches of the galaxy. Its Homeworld- Hoth, hair color- white, designation- non sentient, average adult height- 1.3 to 2 meters, and the amount of awesomeness derived from homemade snow-creature? Infinite.

It's hard to say who goes home with the Star Wars parenting award this year, but it really comes down to this post and one other- both including tauntauns.

Link | Via Holy Puns Batman

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Official Reprimand for Flatulence

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Photo: Ghetto Genius

What is worse, farting loudly at work or having an official reprimand sent to you detailing every time you have ever farted at work with dates and times? Wait you don't have to answer that, the latter is worse- much worse.

Either this guy (or girl, who knows) is one of the greatest trolls of our time, or he has a serious medical issue and should consult a doctor immediately. When it is so bad that your flatulence comes up in a performance review, well then you know it's bad. Just look at his September 19th, now that is quite a day- most people don't have the determination or stamina to fart that much.

Photo: Ghetto Genius

Not only is this ridiculous notation of another persons flatulence, but the supervisor also went as far to imply that this guy is doing it on purpose.

You have submitted medical evidence that you have some medical conditions, which at times may keep you from being able to work a full day or for brief periods; however, nothing that you have submitted has indicated that you would have uncontrollable flatulence. It is my belief that you can control this condition.

So the question remains, is this one very sick man who needs to check into a hospital or the most dedicated fart troll ever?

Link | Via Bits and Pieces


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The Nightmare Before Christmas Cake Pops

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Photo: My Honeybunch

Cake pops are so hot right now- especially themed cake pops. So what is better than The Nightmare Before Christmas cake pops? Nothing really. Jack Skellington looks like he was made to be a cake pop. They are each handmade cake truffles available for delivery in the UK, EU, and various corners of the world. Why truffles? Because there is more to life than being really, really, ridiculously good looking. Like being tasty for example.

Link | Via When Geeks Wed

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Star Wars Taxidermy

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Photo: Tauntr

Star Wars taxidermy. If you are looking to start a Kickstarter campaign but have a limited imagination, then Tauntr has a good idea for you. Unfortunately these photos are photoshopped, but maybe someone can make this a reality in the future.

We can't help you out on where to find the Rancors or the Wampas, but hey I will write a blog post for you once you do! Try looking on Hoth or Dathomir, once you manage to build that space ship. Who wants a Bantha head for their living room?


Photo: Tauntr

Link | Via Buzz Patrol


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Turkey Cake

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Photo: Sarah Hardy

As the holiday season passes by, one thing many of us will miss dearly is the turkey. People love turkey, but for some reason it has been decided that the bird is mainly a seasonal meat and there is no way around it. Turkey season is almost over. That means no more roasted bird, no more mashed potatoes with thick gravy, no more stuffing, and no more cranberry sauce- oh the humanity!

Sarah Hardy, thankfully, has figured out a clever loop hole to help us forget about all that. She has concocted a turkey cake, because there is no end to cake season.

Okay so it's not a turkey cake per se, the cake is actually an orange and rum spice cake, but that sounds delicious nonetheless.


Photo: Sarah Hardy

Link | Via Foodiggity

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2013 Ping Pong Drop

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Vimeo Link

From Crictor on Vimeo, welcome 2013! May it be a year of astonishingly well timed ping pong ball drops caught on camera. Or well something of that nature. 

-Via The Mary Sue


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Laser-Cut Bathymetric Charts

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You learn something every day and today is no exception. Today I learned the definition of bathymetry, the study of underwater depth and topography. Below the Boat is a website and a company that makes these beautiful bathymetric charts, as seen above. 

The charts are laser-cut into sheets of Baltic birch with hand colored detail. They also have a ton of maps too, from the East Coast to the Midwest and to even the West Coast regions. I particularly like this map of Lake Michigan- a lake I have spent a good deal of my life on, in, and around. 

Photo Below the Boat | Via Colossal 


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The Tree of Gondor Tattoo

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I love The Lord of the Rings, both in book and film form. I have probably watched the extended edition of each film at least ten times. I have already been three times to see The Hobbit, and the book remains one of my all-time childhood favorites. So maybe that is why I love this tattoo so much!

The Tree of Gondor and a Durin war cry in Khuzdul. I wouldn't mind if it the war cry was in the more dwarvish looking letters, but this will do. 

Via F Yeah Fandom Tattoos


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XKCD Christmas Communion

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Well that is taking Christmas fairly literally. I ate lots of red meat and drank lots red wine, does that count? I think it should. 

-Via XKCD


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Butter Sculptures

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Now we have seen some interesting sculptures before, but none quite as heart-stopping as this collection of butter sculptures by sculptor Jim Victor and his wife Marie Pelton. Let's just hope the scukptures are in an air conditioned room so they won't melt, that or at a lobster-eating-fest in Maine. As I was writing this I was thinking about putting it in our Neatolicious Food Blog, but then I decided against it. Too much butter.

Photo Credit Jim Victor | Via Modern Met

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