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Art Museum Wants Visitors to Become Part of the Artwork

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An art museum in the Philippines features artworks designed for its visitors to experiment, touch, photograph and otherwise interact with. The museum, called Art in Island, takes advantage of the "selfie culture" of the Philippines. The country's financial center, Makati City, has the dubious distinction of being called the "selfie capital of the world." Check out some of the museum's paintings that beg for human interaction in the video. It looks like a fun place to visit. -Via The Presurfer  


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39 Words That are Often Incorrectly Used



Jeff Hader over at Inc. has compiled a list of words that are often used incorrectly, particularly in business communications. The list is full of good advice about usage of common words. For instance, 

"Impact and affect (and effect)

Many people (including until recently me) use impact when they should use affectImpact doesn't mean to influence; impact means to strike, collide, or pack firmly.

Affect means to influence: "Impatient investors affected our rollout date."

And to make it more confusing, effect means to accomplish something: "The board effected a sweeping policy change."

How you correctly use effect or affect can be tricky. For example, a board can affect changes by influencing them and can effect changes by directly implementing them. Bottom line, use effect if you're making it happen, and affect if you're having an impact on something that someone else is trying to make happen.

As for nouns, effect is almost always correct: "Employee morale has had a negative effect on productivity." Affect refers to an emotional state, so unless you're a psychologist, you probably have little reason to use it.

So stop saying you'll "impact sales" or "impact the bottom line." Use affect.

Read about 38 other words that are commonly misused at Inc.


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The Dinner Recipe That Your State Googles the Most


As more and more information becomes accessible via the internet, people are increasingly ridding themselves of paper and physical reference materials. Cookbooks are part of that downsizing. Any recipe one can imagine is free of charge and at the fingertips of anyone with an internet-enabled device. 

Thus, Google is used by millions of people daily to search for recipes, and their "Google Trends" capability is one way to glean further insight. The results are not scientifically accurate, but they are a good benchmark. Below is information on what dinner recipes are Googled the most, by state. Learn more and see the results for all fifty states at the Huffington Post.

 

Hawaii: Chicken Salad
Idaho: Tilapia Fish Tacos
Illinois: Salmon
Indiana: Potato Skillet
Iowa: Pizza Dough
Kansas: Casserole
Kentucky: Sweet Potato
Louisiana: Chili
Maine: Boiled Ham


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A Winning New Ballpark Treat: the Churro Dog

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Are you a baseball fan who loves to grab a hot dog at the ballpark? Some people say that no other hot dog tastes as good. As it happens, this season's attendees of Arizona Diamondbacks games will have the option of snacking on a new kind of dog: the Churro. The Churro Dog is a warm cinnamon churro inside a split-open, glazed chocolate Long John doughnut and topped with frozen yogurt, caramel and chocolate sauces. Calories? The estimated count is 1,117. The price will be $8.50, pretty much in line with the high prices of snack foods at stadiums. 

This isn't the first hot dog gimmick offered at the Diamondbacks' stadium, called Chase Field. Last season, the D-Bat Dog appeared. The $25.00 "snack" is an 18-inch long corn dog stuffed with cheddar cheese, jalapeños and bacon, served with french fries. 

Looks like sports franchises need to do whatever they can to fill stadium seats; some more than others. What do you think? Would you eat a Churro Dog or a D-Bat dog? I kind of hate to say it, but the photo above is looking pretty delicious to me. 

Read more about the Churro Dog and other ballpark offerings at ESPN. 

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Toddler Gives Bull Terrier a Medical Checkup

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A little girl named Noa gives a thorough veterinary checkup to Neckar, likely the most chill and patient bull terrier ever. Every bull terrier I've encountered is so excited about life and gregarious that they are practically bouncing off walls. It makes me wonder if the "doctor" didn't administer a sedative to her patient prior to the checkup. Whatever the case, it's adorable. Via Tastefully Offensive

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Rare Photos of Boris Karloff on Frankenstein Sets, Circa 1930s

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Vintage Everyday has published these wonderful photographs of English actor Boris Karloff on the set of James Whale's classic film Frankenstein, which premiered in 1931, as well as on the sets of the sequels. Frankenstein's monster became the character that Karloff was best known for during his career as an actor; Karloff went on to play the monster in Bride of Frankenstein and Son of Frankenstein. After those films, his popularity surged. 

For Frankenstein, the 5'11" Karloff had to drag around more than his large frame. His costume included four-inch platform boots that weighed 11 pounds each. The facial makeup was burdensome as well, but Karloff handled it professionally and with good humor. Karloff also was beloved for his later voice work as the Grinch in Dr. Seuss' 1966 animated version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas!  

Be sure to visit the link above to see the full photo gallery. It's worth the time of any film or monster movie enthusiast. 



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Video Gives Viewers a Good Look at a Goblin Shark Found in Australia



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The goblin shark in the YouTube still shot above was found in Australia in January and was donated to the Australian Museum of Sydney. In the video (which can be accessed by clicking on the YouTube link above) Mark McGrouther, the Collection Manager at the museum, shows off the dead specimen, allowing for a close-up view and explanation of its unusual jaw structure, nose and teeth.

To see a video of a live goblin shark biting in the manner explained above, visit this earlier Neatorama post for that fascinating footage.


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Hulk, Possibly the Largest Pit Bull Alive, is a Big Softie

This is Hulk, a 173-pound pitbull. His owner Marlon Grannon breeds and trains protection and police dogs at Dark Dynasty K9 in New Hampshire, but he has made Hulk his family pet. While he's not an official record holder, Hulk may be the largest of his kind — he's certainly a massive example of the breed.

In spite of his formidable appearance, Grannon says Hulk is a cuddly sweetheart with all of his family members. He also likes to sing! See the videos below for an example of Hulk's musical stylings, and a profile of him by Barcroft TV. Keep up with Hulk's happenings on Facebook and Instagram, and see a number of adorable photographs of him here. 


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Hulk sings with one of his humans.
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Cheesy Stock Photos, Starring Vince Vaughn



To promote his new movie Unfinished Business, Vince Vaughn and other members of the cast including Dave Franco and Tom Wilkinson are lending their likenesses to a set of typically goofy stock photos. The images, which will be available for free download, were created in a joint effort by Twentieth Century Fox and iStock by Getty Images. While we've seen the Stock Photobomber innovate his way into the camp of stock photography, this is the first time it's been done in this manner and with recognizable faces. 

Twelve free downloadable images will be made available here over a period or three weeks. See the full set at Ad Week. 


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100+ Famous Artists and Their Studios

Frida Kahlo

The workspaces and studios of any artist or creative says a lot about them. Do they like the space to be flooded with natural light, like Hans Hartung? Is the space imbued with a sense of style, like that of Roy Lichtenstein? Do they have drafting desks or easels? Salvador Dalí actually invented a mechanism that let his paintings be raised or lowered as necessary with pulleys.

See well over 100 famous artists in their studios, including Picasso, Monet, Pollock, Chagall and Munch in this user-submitted collection at Bored Panda. 


Has Hartung

Roy Lichtenstein

Keith Haring


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Lioness Opens Car Door at Drive-Through Safari Park

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YouTube user Joshua Sutherland said his sisters Kaylene and Cindy were visiting their parents who are missionaries in South Africa when a lioness at a drive-through safari park opened the family's car door with her teeth. Hopefully that will teach them to keep the doors locked!

Miss Cellania posted about another 2009 incident at a Johannesburg, South Africa drive-through safari park in which a lion did the same thing. I wonder if it was the same park, and that's the way the pride gets their jollies? Via Tastefully Offensive

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Panda Asks for a Hug from Human Before Coming Down from Tree

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In footage from CCTV News China, a breeder at the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding in Sichuan, China attempts to take a panda bear out of her tree, but she resists him until her motion asking for a hug is granted. Via Laughing Squid

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Weasel Rides Woodpecker: The Meme

Recently a photo by Martin Le-May of a weasel on the back of a woodpecker in flight went viral. As per usual with popular photos on the internet, people are having memetastic times with it. Here are some samples. See more here.

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On-Set Photos of Kubrick's A Clockwork Orange



Kubrick's once controversial 1972 film A Clockwork Orange is filled with more than a bit of the old ultraviolence. Some love the colorful film adaptation of Anthony Burgess' 1962 dystopian novel, some don't, to put it mildly. Malcolm McDowell, who played protagonist Alex DeLarge, did an excellent job with the role, and many scenes are unforgettable.

Any fan of Kubrick knows that on his film sets, there was a ton of discussion and downtime for many of the actors as he obsessed over one detail or another in between hundreds of takes. This photo collection at Dangerous Minds features some great behind-the-scenes captures from the film shoot. Put on some Ludwig Van and come and get one in the yarbles, if you have any yarbles. (Warning: NSFW, nudity and sexual imagery.)



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The Fifty Healthiest Foods, With a Recipe for Each

Time magazine curated a list of the 50 healthiest foods known to nutrition science and asked registered dietician, nutritionist and cookbook author Tina Ruggiero to give facts about the nutritional value of each item. Recipes for each food are supplied as well.

One food on the list is the avocado, which contains 20 easily absorbed vitamins and minerals. Substituting an avocado for a saturated fat (such as butter or cheese) is thought to reduce risk of heart disease, even without weight loss. 

Nutrition per serving (With one avocado being a serving):
Calories: 322
Fat: 29.5 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 14 mg
Carbohydrates: 17 g
Dietary fiber: 13.5 g
Sugars: 1 g
Protein: 4 g


Recipe from Cooking Light: Chipotle Pork and Avocado Wrap
Ingredients
1/2 cup mashed peeled avocado
1 1/2 tablespoons low-fat mayonnaise
1 teaspoon fresh lime juice
2 teaspoons chopped canned chipotle chiles in adobo sauce
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
4 (8-inch) fat-free flour tortillas
1 1/2 cups (1/4-inch-thick) slices cut Simply Roasted Pork (about 8 ounces)
1 cup shredded iceberg lettuce
1/4 cup bottled salsa

Preparation
Combine the first 7 ingredients, stirring well.

Warm tortillas according to package directions. Spread about 2 tablespoons avocado mixture over each tortilla, leaving a 1-inch border. Arrange Simply Roasted Pork slices down center of tortillas. Top each tortilla with 1/4 cup shredded lettuce and 1 tablespoon salsa, and roll up.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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A Week in the Life of a Japanese Salaried Worker

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The workforce in Japan is known for dealing with long and brutal hours. Salaried employees have little time for a life outside of work. In this footage, a man who calls himself "Stu in Tokyo" visits the city and arranges to experience being a salaried worker there. I am exhausted just watching him. What a soul crushing life that would be! It makes me grateful for any free time that I have. -Via Viral Viral Videos


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Fascinating Photo: Weasel on the Back of a Woodpecker in Flight

Photographer Martin Le-May says he captured this amazing snap of a weasel on the back of a flying woodpecker, the weasel in mid-attack. Le-May said he took the photo while on a walk with his wife. They heard a "distressed squawking," which alerted them to the bird's presence. The photographer said in an interview with ITV News

"I saw that flash of green. So hurriedly I pointed out to Ann the bird and it settled into the grass behind a couple of small silver birch trees. Both of us trained our binoculars and it occurred that the woodpecker was unnaturally hopping about like it was treading on a hot surface. Lots of wing flapping showing that gloriously yellow/white colour interspersed with the flash of red head feathers. Just after I switched from my binoculars to my camera the bird flew across us and slightly in our direction; suddenly it was obvious it had a small mammal on its back and this was a struggle for life.

The woodpecker landed in front of us and I feared the worst. I guess though our presence, maybe 25 metres away, momentarily distracted the weasel. The woodpecker seized the opportunity and flew up and away into some bushes away to our left. Quickly the bird gathered its self respect and flew up into the trees and away from our sight."

While unusual shots like these are always questioned as to their authenticity, referring site i09 makes the case for this photo being real. See their argument, supplemented with studies and a video, here. 


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The Quokka is the Latest Selfie Quirk

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This will no doubt shock anyone reading this, but there's a new and goofy trend that's cropped up on the internet. More surprisingly, said trend involves selfies. But the other factor thrown into the equation is a marsupial native to Australia called the quokka. These little guys have enough expression, personality and chub to win over even the coldest of hearts. 

The quokka is a social animal and isn't afraid to be in close proximity with humans. On the contrary, judging from these shots, quokkas appear to like the company. Unfortunately, quokkas are listed as "vulnerable" on the IUCN Red List, and it is against the law to touch them. But it's legally on the level to make them smile by posing with them for glamour shots. Perhaps some good will come out of the quokka selfie, in that awareness is raised with respect to their status as an endangered species. 

See more adorable quokka selfies here. Who knew a wild animal could be capable of so many different, humanlike facial expressions?  

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And Mr. Lizard on Guitar

Yogyakarta, Indonesia-based photographer Aditya Permana happened to click his shutter on this forest dragon lizard just in time to catch him deep in a musical trance while performing a leaf guitar solo. Permana told the Dailymail that he 

"did not directly photograph the lizard at first, until the lizards feel calm and comfortable around me. I noticed it looked like it was playing a guitar – and it didn’t move at all.

Don't miss the other pictures of this guitar solo on the photographer's Facebook page. See more of his work there and at his 500px site. Fans of his work can follow him on social media via Twitter as well.  

Via Bored Panda | Image: Aditya Permana


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Enchanted Forest

Ellie Davies is a UK-based multimedia artist who has been shooting forest landscapes for seven years now. With effects layered onto the images in post processing, the results are full of wonder, evoking thoughts of nymphs, fairies and fantasy.

Visit the artist's website to see more of this series, and follow her on social media via Facebook and Twitter.
 
Via Bored Panda | Images: Ellie Davies



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Twelve Korean Snacks to Sample

Shown above is a Korean snack food called Yakgwa. The food is a traditional Korean cake made with honey, sesame oil and wheat flour. The cakes have the flavor and consistency of glazed doughnuts. If you're interested in trying Yakgwa, it is available for purchase through Amazon or Hmart.com.

Read about eleven other Korean snack foods and learn where to purchase them at BuzzFeed. 

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Celebrating Fifty Years of The Sound of Music Through Pictures

Child actors who played the Von Trapp family (with Julie Andrews as Maria and Christopher Plummer as Captain Von Trapp) during filming of The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music, the classic movie version of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical starring Julie Andrews and Christopher Plummer, was released on March 29, 1965. The film, which bore such iconic sequences, centers around an errant nun who leaves the convent to become the governess of a man with seven children in 1930s Austria.

In celebration of the film's approaching fiftieth anniversary, Vanity Fair is featuring a gallery of photos including those shown here, which illustrate how the actors who played the Von Trapp children appeared during filming in 1964 and how they look now. See the full gallery at Vanity Fair. 



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10 Revealing Diary and Journal Entries of Famous Figures


Joseph Goebbels, Reich Minister of Propaganda, 1933-1945


Next to Hitler, Joseph Goebbels was arguably the most insidious high-ranking member of the Nazi party, particularly since he was a master at public speaking and served as the minister of propaganda. His antisemitic beliefs ran deep, even prior to meeting Hitler, and he was a strong proponent of the Final Solution. 

Yet Goebbels' diary entry recording the time he first met Hitler sounds like the gushing of an unstable teenage fanboy rather than an adult politician. In an entry written on November 6, 1925, Goebbels writes about having dinner with Hitler,

"He jumps up at once. Stands there before us. Squeezes my hand. Like an old friend. And those big blue eyes. Like stars. He is glad to see me. I am in heaven. This man has everything it takes to be a king. The born tribune of the people. A coming dictator."

Two week later, when Goebbels met Hitler after a rally, he raves,

"Great joy! He greets me like an old friend. He looks after me. How I love him!"

In a later entry remembering that day, Goebbels writes,

"Until then, you were my Führer. There you became my friend. A friend and master with whom I feel bonded to the very end in a shared idea." 

It's amazing that a man obviously capable of such emotion toward another human being was able to orchestrate sending others to their deaths en masse, without even an ounce of compassion. 

Read diary and journal entries of other historical figures, including George S. Patton, President Harry Truman and more, here. 

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15 Great Spock Quotes as Inspirational Posters



Since the passing of Leonard Nimoy on Friday at the age of 83, many fans have been reflecting on his contributions and what he's meant to them over the years. In that vein, BuzzFeed compiled a list of wonderful quotes from Mr. Spock and arranged them into graphcis that resemble motivational posters. There's some great stuff included; check out all 15 quotes here. Even if one is not a Spock or Star Trek fan, these quotes may inspire some to take a closer look. 

Images: Tanner Ringerud 


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Bars Hidden Behind Secret Entrances

The "loo" entrance (above) to PortSide Parlour (photos below)



Descending the right staircase leading to a certain unisex bathroom in Bethnal Green, London brings patrons to PortSide Parlour, a bar opened in 2013. Once they enter a stall and follow the instructions of the sign that reads "flush to enter," access to the cozy, nautical-themed space is granted. The draw? Some of the best rum in the city. 

PortSide Parlour is just one of the world's bars that have entrances which harken back to the days, whispers and better-kept secrets of the speakeasy. Read about more bars with hidden entrances here. 


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Kidnap Victim Reunited With Family 17 Years Later After Chance Meeting With Sister



A 17-year-old South African girl named Zephany who was kidnapped from the hospital at birth was located after she unknowingly befriended her sister at school. Zephany's biological parents told the press that they celebrated their missing daughter's birthday every year and prayed for her return. According to ioL News,  

"Zephany grew up with a different name, and a different family, never knowing she was not their real daughter. But last month her biological sister, Cassidy Nurse, started Grade 8 at the same school that Zephany attended, and fellow pupils noticed a startling resemblance [between the girls].

When Cassidy told her parents about the...girl, hope began to strengthen in their hearts after 17 long years.

The Nurses invited the girl for a cup of coffee, under the pretence that they wanted to meet Cassidy’s friend. When they too saw the striking similarities between the girls, Morné Nurse contacted the police."

Read more on this story at the New York Times.

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The Latest Model Phone Stand

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Having a stand for a phone or iPad is handy in certain situations. Selecting a good one, however, can be a challenge due to the sheer number of them on the market. This model is an interesting addition to the available stand options. While sometimes expensive, it can also be free to a good home. It's attractive, comes in different colors and is not likely to be a water-immersion risk. You may want to add a scratch protector to the screen, though. Bubble wrap might be a good add-on, too, should the stand climb up to a phone-stand stand and push the phone off the highest step. -Via Tastefully Offensive

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Persona: What Do You Carry With You?

Atlanta-based photographer Jason Travis (previously at Neatorama) began his ongoing project Persona in late 2007. At the time, Travis saw it as a way of getting to know people better, including his own friends. The series consists of composite images. Half of the image features a portrait of the subject and the other half reveals the possessions they carry upon leaving home. 

What items do you keep with you every day, and what do you think it says about your persona, if anything? View the rest of the series here, and see how the items the photo subjects carry differ from your daily stash. 

Via Peta Pixel | Image: Jason Travis


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Undersea Brawl: Moray Eel vs. White Tip Reef Shark

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They don't call it the "Wild Kingdom" for nothing. Case in point is the voracity with which this hungry moray eel goes after this white tip reef shark that crosses his path and, to him, looks like dinner. Naturally, the shark has other ideas. Via Uproxx


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Hanging With JoeJoe the Capybara

When we last checked in with JoeJoe the Capybara, he was wolfing down popsicles and cavorting with puppies. Naturally. When you've got the capycharisma that JoeJoe has, the sky's the limit in terms of daily activities.

For instance, why not hop in a cart and browse through Pet Smart? Pups and kitties are a dime a dozen there. JoeJoe is an official Pet Smart Star!


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There's nothing like taking time out to have a long, feline-chaperoned nap. Then waking up with a major case of capybedhead.


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..and when JoeJoe needs a back scratch, there's nothing like a puppy to assist.

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As good looking as JoeJoe is, it's no wonder that he gets all the chicks!


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