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Fifteen Facts About A Clockwork Orange

Remember the disabled writer, F. Alexander, who lives at HOME in A Clockwork Orange? In a later scene with him, his musclebound assistant Julian is played by Darth Vader himself David Prowse, who was at the height of his bodybuilding involvement. Not only did Prowse have a role in the film, but he had the guts to stand up to Stanley Kubrick, which few actors ever did with the demanding and headstrong director.

Prowse took issue with the scene in which he had to carry the writer and his wheelchair around a corner and to the dinner table in one take. Kubrick, famous for being insistent on doing many takes of each scene in his films, had Prowse worried about the number of times he'd be expected to perform that feat of strength. Prowse approached Kubrick, arguing, "Your name is not 'one-take Kubrick' is it, you see?" Everyone on the set grew silent, thinking that was the premature end of Prowse's work on the film. Kubrick just laughed and told him not to worry. They got the shot in six takes, definitely a conservative effort on Kubrick's part.  

Read more facts about A Clockwork Orange at Mental Floss. 

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Baby Madison Likes the Dark Side

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New father Buddy Crotty is already aware that the dark side of the force is strong with his baby Madison. No mantra nor rallying cry of the rebel alliance will calm this kid. Thus, Buddy knows the imitation this situation calls for, and it works like a charm.  -Via The Daily What

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Woman Builds A Tiny 186-Square-Foot House To Avoid High Cost of Housing



Isabella Mori, 50, is a resident of Vancouver, Canada, and she found the price of housing in her home town overwhelming. Unsurprising, since Vancouver has the second most unaffordable housing in the world. Her solution? Build her own home at a cost of only CAD $39,000 (USD $30,995).

The attractive, light-filled dwelling, which Mori calls "Thousand Crow," is equipped with well-planned features such as a fan to vent the cat litter box and a number of built-in, space-saving storage solutions.   

See many more interesting pictures of Thousand Crow at Isabella Mori's Imgur post.

Via: Design Taxi | Images Credit: Isabella Mori


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Foods That are Great on the Grill

Grilled BBQ Chicken Quesadillas | Image and Recipe: The Chic Site

Those who like to cook know that high heat can make for wonderful delights, such as all things carmelized. When some foods are placed on the grill, sugary magic happens  particularly with fruits. One of my favorite sweet summer dishes is grilled peaches with cinnamon sugar and a little butter. I'm also a big fan of grilled pineapple. If you like grilled shish kebabs with pineapple, you know that the fruit has a more complex and delicious flavor when grilled. 

This article lists 25 foods that are great on the grill. Take a look to get some good ideas before your next grilling session.  
 Grilled Banana S'mores | Image and Recipe: She Knows

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Gorgeous Glass by Niyoko Ikuta



These beautiful glassworks by Japanese artist Niyoko Ikuta play with the qualities of glass creatively mixed with geometric forms. Ikuta is recognized worldwide as a master of glass art and has collectors across the globe. Ikuta expounded on her work to the Victoria & Albert museum in London:

"I am captivated by the complexity of light as it reflects, refracts, and passes through broken cross sections of plate glass. In 1980 I began making artwork by laminating sheets of glass using adhesive and exposing the cross sections. My motifs are derived from feelings of gentleness and harshness, fear, limitless expansion experienced through contact with nature, images from music, ethnic conflict, the heart affected by joy and anger, and prayer. In creating my pieces it is like imagining an architectural space when viewing blueprints, deciding on an image by reading into the intentions of the architect, or imbuing a space with dynamic energy to bring it to life."

See additional photographs of her work at Yufuku Gallery.

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Guy Flips off Monkey and Gets His

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When a young man impulsively flips off a rhesus macaque monkey, the monkey doesn't take it lightly. In fact, he jumps the guy, apparently just to let him know that he's fluent in international symbols. -Via Tastefully Offensive

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Don the Border Collie Takes off on Tractor Ride, Crosses Busy Highway


Whoever says farm life is uneventful hasn't hung out with Don the Border Collie, who lives on a farm in Scotland with his human Tom Hamilton. Don had a wild adventure this morning, starting when he was riding on a mini tractor with Hamilton, who left it to tend to a lamb headed in the wrong direction.

Don hit the dashboard controls of the tractor and took off, crashing through a fence and cruising across one half of a busy highway before stopping in a grassy median. The photo of Don's joy ride, above, was captured by Traffic Scotland. Don was fine after his solo tractor race. Unsurprisingly, due to the characteristics of his breed, witnesses said Don remained calm.

Via Gawker | Images: Traffic Scotland

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Man Walking Nearly Misses 15-Foot-High Flames Shooting from Manhole


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A man walking down the street to get himself a burger in the borough of Solihull, West Midlands, England nearly became broiled meat himself from fifteen-foot-high flames shooting out of a manhole. Shiraz Nawaz heard buzzing a few feet behind him and turned around, only to see black smoke followed by flames shooting up from an open manhole.

The quick-witted Shiraz warned his destination restaurant nearby to evacuate and turn off their gas line. Firemen extinguished the flames, which were caused by fire in an underground electrical box. Shiraz said,

“I’ve never seen anything like it, and I have been in the building trade. The guy in the shop grabbed me a couple of burgers after everything, so I guess it had a happy ending.”

Let no flames, high water or other disaster stand between a man and his burger. All ended well, indeed.

 -Via Arbroath


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Stunning Aerial Footage of Keukenhof, Second Largest Garden in the World

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In honor of Earth Day, check out this gorgeous footage of the Keukenhof (kitchen garden) in the Netherlands, which is the second largest flower garden in the world. Covering an area of 79 acres, the garden is in the town of Lisse, near Amsterdam. The drone flight view over these seemingly endless, neat rows of tulips, hyacinths and other bulb flowers is a mesmerizing visual splendor. Willem van Gogh, a relative of Vincent van Gogh, officially opened this 66th year of Keukenhof's display in commemoration of 2015 being the 125th year since Vincent's death. -Via The Presurfer


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Surgeon Finds Woman's Embryonic Twin in Her Brain



A brain surgeon was operating on a 26-year-old woman to remove what he thought was a brain tumor when he found an extremely rare circumstance: an embryonic twin, or "teratoma," lodged in her brain. The teratoma, complete with hair, teeth and bone, was the mysterious ailment causing Yamini Karanam trouble with reading- and general comprehension.

Karanam was working on a PhD at Indiana University when she noticed the comprehension problems. Frustrated by two doctors whose advice contradicted each other, she found her Los Angeles surgeon, Dr. Hrayr Shahinian, through independent research. Shahinian described his minimally invasive procedure to NBC Los Angeles,

"Unlike traditional brain surgery where you open the skull and use metal retractors and you bring a microscope to see in the depths of the brain, what we're doing is keyhole surgery."

The doctor conducts the surgery using fiber-optic technology with digital imagery. A small incision is made into the brain and an endoscope is inserted, which carefully scrapes away at the tumor.

Read more and see a video on this rare medical find, which Karanam jokingly calls her "evil twin," at NBC Los Angeles.

Via i09 | Screen shot via NBC Los Angeles/Skullbase Institute


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Little Girl Born Without Feet Receives Puppy Born Without a Paw

A three-year-old girl born without hands and feet due to a birth defect now has a special new friend, thanks to the forethought and generosity of a South Carolina dog breeder.

Though her family lives in Tennessee, Sapphyre Johnson has been a patient at Shriner's Hospital in Greenville, South Carolina since she was an infant. Greenville dog breeder Karen Riddle contacted the hospital asking whether they knew of any patients who could benefit from a puppy born without a paw. Though other breeders had advised Riddle to put the puppy down, she felt he was special and had a purpose. The hospital staff paired the white German Shepherd pup, named Lieutenant Dan after the character in Forrest Gump, with Sapphyre and her family. It's been a wonderful match.

While trying to find a patient who would appreciate Lieutenant Dan, hospital employee Elaine Hardin showed a picture of him to Sapphyre. The little girl became animated. Hardin said,

"She said,  'That’s my puppy. He’s just like me.’ He’s a special dog and he’s going to a special child.”

Read more on this touching story and see a gallery of photographs at GreenvilleOnline.

Via: Buzzfeed | Image: @SHCGreenville on Twitter

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Father and Daughter Find Fox Den Full of Pups on Their Property


Philip Wang owns a home in Princeton, New Jersey on seven acres of property. One day while walking with his daughter Alice, he discovered a fox den and the adorable fox pups pictured here. Philip took these wonderful photos of the litter, which show them at their fuzzy wuzzy, cuddly and inquisitive best.

Now that the babies' eyes have opened and they're alert and exploring their surroundings, they are likely being taught by their elders to hunt. Foxes' first hunting lesson is generally for small rodents, which they catch with a characteristic high jump and pounce. Typically they do their hunting at night. 

How fortunate for the Wang family. There's nothing like a zoology lesson in your backyard, particularly one at this magnitude of cute. 

See more pictures of the baby fox siblings here.  

Images: Philip Wang

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Obvious Plant's Latest Stunt: Signs About Protecting Cars from Theft



Jeff Wysaski of Obvious Plant (previously), as a benevolent protector of the public interest, recently decided to post some signs at the Glendale Galleria that give handy tips on patrons avoiding their parked cars being robbed of their contents. These tips not only sound like just the ticket, but they're easy and fun to embrace. See all of Wysaski's signs here. -Via Pleated Jeans


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Cool Cosplay from Star Wars Celebration



Star Wars Celebration has been a cause for cosplay, and the con attendees definitely brought it. Photographer Davann Srey was in Anaheim at the Celebration for the weekend, and he made some colorful captures. From the straight stories to the mashups, feast your eyes on the best of the best in this article. 

Images credit: Davann Srey



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The First Good Look at the Batsuit from Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

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The IMAX version of the Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice teaser was shown Monday night in select theaters. Following that screening, director Zack Snyder posted the first full image of the Batsuit on Twitter. Uproxx took the photo above that Snyder posted and lightened it in Photoshop, which gives a much better view of the suit's detail. See that lightened photo and read IFilm's description the IMAX film here. 


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Instagram Account Documents Funny Rationales of Children Who Are Picky Eaters

"My kid can't eat this because of this single bell pepper" | Image: @Shellyyelnats on Instagram

What crazy reasons have your kids given you for rejecting foods served to them at meal or snacktime? The reason for the veto might make perfect sense to their little brains, but it can cause parents the occasional frustrated moment, having just taken time to prepare the food.

The Instagram account "My Kid Can't Eat This" highlights the funny side of the situation, presenting photos of the rejected foods with the accompanying excuses. Check it out for a laugh, or to see that you're not alone having a child in the picky eater's roundtable. -Via Pleated Jeans 


"My kid can't eat this because it has fork holes in it. He keeps saying it's sad while the new one I gave him is happy"
Image: Micki Felix

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Agoraphobic Woman Leaves Home for Third Time in Ten Years, Falls Down Manhole

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A woman suffering from agoraphobia who only left her house twice in ten years found that the third time out definitely wasn't the charm. The 57-year-old woman from Britain who, oddly enough, is named Janet Faal, left home as part of her therapy and fell down a manhole shortly afterward.

According to The Daily Mail, Faal left home in an attempt to help her friend move a pallet that was blocking her car. Once she moved the pallet, Faal plummeted down the open manhole, leaving her with two black eyes and a broken leg. She then waited an hour for paramedics to rescue her from the dark, cramped cavity. Faal said,

"I took a step over – never in my life did I think there was a hole underneath, I thought it had just fallen over. The next thing I remember is the pain. It was awful. I fell and smashed my face on the pallet, and I was in the hole with blood all over me and I couldn’t move."

Read more on this story at The Daily Mail.


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One Movie in Two Frames by Viktor Hertz

Swedish graphic designer Viktor Hertz (previously at Neatorama) is accomplished in his field, having done work for high-profile clients like IKEA and Ray-Ban. Hertz says via his website that he has a "soft spot for pictograms and other simple shapes and objects." In his latest series of pictograms, Hertz plays with the idea of summarizing the storylines of popular movies in two frames. See his series in its entirety here. -Via Design You Trust


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Window Washers Work While Hanging Off the World's Tallest Building


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BBC series Supersized Earth filmed science reporter Dallas Campbell as he worked with the brave men whose job is to clean the windows of the world's tallest building, the Burj Khalifa in Dubai. This beautifully shot, fascinating video shows off the gorgeous views from the top and touches on the special architectural considerations necessary for the safety of a building that size, as the score from Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo aptly plays in the background. -Via The Presurfer


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Five Vintage Appliances That Could Have Killed You



A number of older adults reminisce about "back in the day," when kids went outside for hours getting real exercise instead of smart phone finger workouts. Yet there were definitely some drawbacks to those halcyon days. One little peccadillo of the times was a hazardous substance or ten used in manufacturing. 

In this case, we're talking asbestos. Even the tiniest specks of asbestos cause a cancer called mesothelioma, and the blow dryers of old were full of the fibrous mineral. Popular manufacturers of hairdryers such as General Electric and Conair advertised the force of air that conveniently and quickly dried the hair of their customers. It also had the unadvertised bonus of asbestos particles continually being blown in their faces. Though a recall was issued in 1979, it was unsuccessful for the most part. Only an estimated three million of 18 million blowdryers were recovered.

Read about other vintage appliances that could have done people in here. 

Image: Till Niermann


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British Animals Not Found in the United States

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Siobhan Thompson is back with another of her delightful Anglophenia videos. In this episode, she discusses animals native to Britain that we won't see running wild here in the United States. Thompson presents information on robins to hedgehogs with her usual sense of fun and humor. 


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Gemma Correll's Scientology Fun Page



Are you looking for some quality material with which to procrastinate whatever you really should be doing at the moment? Look no further than Gemma Correll's Scientology Fun Page. Mazes, crafts and connect the dots are just a few of the fun, Scientology-based games and diversions on which you can waste your quality time. Work puzzles as you internally mull over the unprocessed engrams that must be cleared in order for you to live your best life and claim your inner thetan. 

This is only one of several nifty activities on the Scientology Fun Page. See them all here.


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Popular Choices for the Best Buildings of the Year

Best Apartment Category, Popular Choice Winner: Ice & Snow Apartment by Penda Architects

To select the winners of Architizer’s annual A+ Awards for architectural standouts, a panel of experts does the judging. Yet there is also a popular favorite in each category, which is decided by internet voters. Evidently the internet loves mid-century modern; most popular choice winners for this year have a decidedly modern style.

Some photos of the people's choice honorees are shown above and below. See both the popular and overall winners of the A+ Awards here.

Via: Gizmodo | Images: A+ Awards

Best Museum Category, Popular Choice Winner: The Blue Planet Aquarium by 3XN

Best Residential Interior Category, Popular Choice Winner, House in Sai Kung by Millimeter Interior Design
 


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The Ten Best Star Trek Endings



A writer at i09 has given some thought as to his picks for the ten best endings to Star Trek television episodes, including all from the series' past five decades. A tough call to be sure, but the task has been given a concerted effort here. This type of thing is so subjective that the chances are high that your favorite endings aren't listed here, so share it in the comments if you're so inclined. 


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Couple Buys Beanie Baby Reportedly Worth Thousands at Flea Market for $15

Leah Rogers and Ryan Flanaghan were at a flea market in Cornwall, England selling off a few of their unwanted items when they found the rare Princess Diana Beanie Baby being sold by another vendor. Ryan, a former collector, recognized the find and excitedly bought it for ten pounds ($14.96 US), knowing he stood to make a profit. According to the Daily Mail, another similar Beanie Baby is currently on the market for $375,000, yet Rogers and Flanaghan have listed theirs at a modest starting price of approximately $30,000. The couple hopes to earn enough from their find to make a down payment on their first home.

Read more and see additional pictures and a video on this story at the Daily Mail. 

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Via Buzzfeed | Images The Independent and Trending UK Newson Twitter

Update: The current value of the Princess Diana Beanie Baby, according to the Ty Collector website, ranges between $3 and $52.


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Bonnie the Recently Rescued Chihuahua Won't Eat Without Her New Pal Clyde

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Bonnie is a Chihuahua who was recently rescued and is thrilled to finally be part of a family. She's so happy hanging with her new pack that her human says she wouldn't dream of eating without canine brother Clyde. As soon as Bonnie's food is put down, her first order of business is to move her dish so that she can be next to Clyde before she digs in. -Via Tastefully Offensive

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R2-D2 Airplane

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This B787-9 Dreamliner jet is a collaboration between the Star Wars franchise and the Japanese airline ANA. This baby is no overweight glob of grease. It's surely able to project holograms as passenger entertainment and fix itself of any malfunctions in-flight. -Via Gizmodo


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Official Teaser Trailer for Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice



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Here we have the official teaser trailer to Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, the release of which was moved up by three days after a blurry, pirated version was leaked yesterday. The trailer was posted by director Zack Snyder on Twitter. There is an IMAX trailer still to come, which Snyder says will be different. The film, starring Ben Affleck, Henry Cavill, Amy Adams and others making up a star-studded, ensemble cast, is due to be released on March 25, 2016. 


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A Contender for the Most Demanding First Birthday Invitation Ever



Redditor razz32 obviously saw the entertainment value in this email invitation he received to the celebration (?) of a one-year-old child's birthday, as he posted it to Reddit. The email leaves no question as to pretty much any move that anyone planning to attend could make. If someone showing up at this party has an itch, it's a good bet that a protocol has been devised by these parents as to how it should be scratched.
 
As you can see, the image above is only a portion of the requests included in this gracious invite. See the missive in its entirety here. -Via Mashable

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Three Friends Challenge Each Other to Find Their Dopplegängers


Harry, Niamh and Terence are three friends who have issued each other an interesting challenge: they have to find their dopplegängers, and everyone in the world is a possible candidate. Their exercise, which they're calling "Twin Strangers," is underway, and Niamh has already got a serious contender.


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Recently 26-year-old Niamh met look-alike 29-year-old Karen, video footage of which is shown above (a video description of their project is shown below). As ladies are wont to do, they experimented with hair and makeup to make themselves look even more alike. The result is pretty dead on target. The two women met by way of publicity on social media. If their looks aren't enough of a similarity, it turns out that they live just an hour apart from each other in Ireland.

It looks as if Harry and Terence have their work cut out for them. The three started the project on March 30 and gave themselves a deadline of one month. So the heat is on, as they say. Check out their YouTube channel for continued updates on Twin Strangers. -Via Laughing Squid


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