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Friend's Advice Inspires Man to Lose 390+ Pounds

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Brian Flemming was once a 625-pound alcoholic who consumed over 6,000 calories and a fifth of vodka daily. Flemming made a new friend in 2012 who gave him a "tough love" lecture that prompted him to think about his life in a new way. After his friend-induced epiphany, he immediately launched into a campaign of diet and exercise that led to his shedding over 390 pounds.

Yet Flemming has a number of pounds he still hopes to lose in the way of loose skin. His friends are helping him raise funds on GoFundMe to help pay for the costly surgery. Flemming's message to others in similar positions as his before he started his transformation is inspirational.


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Introducing Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor

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Photographer Clay Enos was authorized by Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice director Zack Snyder to shoot and reveal the first photo of Jesse Eisenberg as he will appear playing the character of Lex Luthor in the film. The movie release is scheduled for March 25, 2016. Thoughts, readers? Do you think Eisenberg looks the part?

Read more and see a video about the upcoming film at Entertainment Weekly.


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ISIS Activity Making Travel to Tunisian Star Wars Sets Questionable



Earlier this month I wrote about 21 Abandoned Movie Sets That Everyone Can Visit. One such site was the complex of buildings in Tunisia that served as the set for Luke Skywalker's home planet of Tatooine. Yet recent developments have led government officials in countries including Britain and the United States to caution tourists against visiting a number of areas in Tunisia, including some relatively near destinations with remnants of Star Wars sets. 

It seems that the Tunisian city of Tataouine has become a "way station" transit point for terrorists looking to enter Libya to join ISIS. The city Tataouine, the name of which inspired the name Tatooine in the film, is some 60 miles from the Libyan border. The United States Embassy warns travelers to stay away from border areas. The British government cautions against "all but essential travel" to a large expanse that includes Tataouine as well as the sites of a number of Star Wars film locations, including Nefta, the location of the exterior scenes representing Luke Skywalker's childhood home.

Recently ISIS has been overtaking and controlling territories with intent to establish a caliphate (Islamic government). It is estimated that the terrorist organization controls one third of Syria and is quickly making gains in Iraq. Read more on the story here.


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Endangered Clouded Leopard Kitten Thriving, Verrry Sleepy



This two-week-old clouded leopard kitten is the current pride and joy of Tampa’s Lowry Park Zoo, not just because he's so adorable, but because his species is severely endangered. Zookeepers say the male kitten, now thriving in veterinary care, is very vocal, particularly when it's time for him to eat (which is approximately every four hours)!

Clouded leopards are the smallest of the big cats, weighing just 30-50 pounds as adults and measuring about five feet in length (including their long tails). Native to Southeast Asia, the species is typically shy and reclusive. Tragically, its native range of rainforest is undergoing the world's fastest regional deforestation rates. Heavy hunting and poaching in the area make the species even more vulnerable to extinction.

Learn more about this cutie at the Lowry Park Zoo website and do not miss this video of the kitten at their Facebook page -- it's the most adorable big kitten video I've seen in ages.
 

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Six Cats Who Made a Mark on the Silver Screen



When it comes to cats in the movies, who could forget Dr. Evil's feline sidekick, Mr. Bigglesworth? Certainly not you. Because that would make Dr. Evil angry, which would upset Mr. Bigglesworth. And you know what happens when Mr. Bigglesworth gets upset. 

Mr. Big's real name? Ted Nudegent. As Austin Powers International Man of Mystery was Ted's first film gig, he had to be trained to sit still while Mike Myers as Dr. Evil screamed, evaluated fembots and performed other parts of his schtick, for up to 45 minutes at a time. Nudegent's trainer Tammy Maples told the Philadelphia Daily News.

"It helped that he had been a show cat and was used to having lots of people around. And also that he just loved Mike Myers. Mike always took time to talk to Ted. It wasn't just 'sit down, roll cameras.'"

Read about more feline film stars here

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These Gorgeous Cactus Flowers Opening are Hypnotic

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Cacti are flowering plants, thus they all are capable of blooming when they reach maturity. The age and the conditions/care of the plant are the determining factors as to whether it will bloom. This video shows the stunning sights that Echinopsis cacti bestow upon our landscapes when their flowers appear and bloom. The rare beauty is captured well in this artful footage.


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Tom Cruise Clinging: A Very Special Meme

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Promotional materials from Mission Impossible: Rogue Nation include the gem shown above. Surely you didn't just expect the internet to leave that golden meme nugget alone. And no, it didn't escape the current meme requisite riding the woodpecker shot. That's required material these days. Check out the 'shop work here and see which is your favorite so far. I'm partial to Tom jogging with Katie and clinging to Tom, who is clinging to Tom, and so on. It's like a Scientologist's version of M.C. Escher.


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Old Boxer Dog Tricks Pup into Running Laps

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This hilarious footage features my latest spirit animal, an older Boxer, showing a rambunctious pup how to race at top speed around a snow bank. Yet simply because she's using the situation as a teaching moment, it doesn't mean that she plans to do the workout. Come on, be reasonable! -Via Tastefully Offensive

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Color and Pattern Charts of Domestic Cats



These fantastically detailed guides to coloring and markings of domestic cats are by Sarah Hartwell of Messybeast, a website devoted to all things cat. Feline lovers, check the color guides out here and see where your cats fall on the wide spectrum of color and pattern. -Via The Presurfer




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The Best of Steve Buscemi's Answers from His Recent Reddit AMA



Good ol' Steve Buscemi participated in a Reddit AMA recently to promote a documentary he's crowd funding and producing called Check It, about a gay and transgender gang in Washington, D.C. Buscemi's answers were as down-to-Earth and likeable as he seems to be. A sample:

Q. Best memories from Big Lebowski
?

A. "Anytime you're on a Coen brothers set, it's just the most fun and relaxed set.

I just loved doing those long takes with John Goodman and Jeff Bridges. And I love sitting between them, you know? There's that one scene where we're at the counter in the bowling alley, and I'm seated between them, and they're arguing - and I LOVED just being around those guys.

I was once in a hotel room, and through the wall, I could hear this loud voice on the phone.

And at first I thought Oh my god, I have this really loud neighbor. Maybe I should switch rooms! And then I recognized the voice, and it was John Goodman. So I actually heard him ordering room service, hahaha, loudly! And so when the room service tray came up, I popped my head out the door, and he was very surprised to see me. And he said "Forget room service! Let's go down and have dinner!"

And I just love being around him.

And of course, Jeff Bridges is one of the sweetest guys. He's a really great photographer. He would take pictures of us on-set. And he's been in like, all these great movies, and it was just fun to hear him tell us stories of what it was like to work with John Huston on the set of FAT CITY...

Jeff Bridges could bring about world peace."

Read more from a best of Buscemi's answers article here; link to full AMA on Reddit is here.

Image: Wikipedia


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How Fast is Broadband in Your State? Check This Map


The interactive map linked below lists the average speed of the internet in the United States by state. A similar map in 2009 revealed the average speed in the United States to be only 4.8Mbps. This new map shows that circumstances have greatly improved in the United States in terms of internet speeds. Data for the map is from Speedtest.net. -Via Gizmodo


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Just a Fifties Housewife Enjoying Her Acid Trip

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Dr. Sidney Cohen was a career-long proponent of LSD. In this rare video cilp from the 1950s, Cohen experiments by dosing a female homemaker, previously psychologically tested to ensure that she was "normal." Suffice to say that she enjoys her journey away from the doldrums of housework in the 'burbs, and "feels sorry" for those who haven't had the experience. (If I ever publish a novel, I intend to fit the line "I wish I could talk in Technicolor" into the text, no matter how hard it is to work it into the proper context.) -Via Daily Dot


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Little Kittens Starting Trouble with Big Dogs

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Little kitties are not afraid to exude big 'tude when it comes to their much larger canine counterparts. Given the typical temperament of the average dog, these pups are in for a lifetime of putting up with it, too. -Via Tastefully Offensive

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More Photos Taken at Exactly the Right Moment

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Anyone who is into taking photographs knows that, in many cases, the accidental shots are the best of the bunch. It's aways thrilling to go on a shoot and upload the pictures, only to find that a snap you didn't even count on being cool is the money shot. This grouping of photos snapped at opportune moments is a lot of fun to peruse. See the entire collection here. 

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Parents Share the Reasons Behind Their Kids' Latest Meltdowns



The Instagram account called As#hole Parents is full of pictures of disgruntled children who have a complaint they'd loudly like to register wherever possible and to whomever will listen. In the case of the child above, a reasonable and simple request was made that the bath be shared with the family cat. Things took a turn toward absolutely devastating when said request was denied by the maternal unit. Oh, the humanity!

See more children with parents for whom the abovementioned Instagram account name is fitting in this article. Visit the Instagram account to see more children banned from ever having fun or decent quality of life thanks to their parents. (Warning: the Instagram account name is spelled out, as is its title in the linked article.)

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Dreams in Film: the Supercut

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Nothing beats a great dream sequence in a film. Not only can it do much to lend viewers insight into the inner thoughts and motivations of the characters, but a dream sequence often makes up some of the most artfully shot and compelling moments in the feature presentation. Here is a supercut of dreams in films. How many can you identify, and what is your favorite filmic dream sequence? -Via Gizmodo


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Nine Fun and Unusual Easter Treats

Mosaic Easter Eggs

The credit for this cool take on Chinese tea eggs goes to Jayne at The Barefoot Kitchen Witch. The traditional Chinese tea eggs are made by boiling an egg, rolling them to crack their shells and then soaking them in tea. These fun and edible substitutes are made by soaking the cracked eggs in food dye in the refrigerator overnight.

See Jayne's post with mosaic egg instructions here, and visit Mental Floss for eight other fun food ideas for Easter, including my personal favorite, zombie bunnies. So deliciously holiday irreverent.  

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Robert Xavier Burden's Spectacular Star Wars Oil Painting

The 2015 Star Wars Celebration will be happening in Anaheim from April 16-19, and fans are gearing up for the fun. One of the many cool things that will be on display during the convention is San Francisco artist Robert Xavier Burden's beautiful piece of Star Wars-inspired artwork. According to Burden, he spent more than 2,000 hours over the last 18 months working on his oil painting, entitled “The 20th Century Space Opera.” 

The original is priced at $200,000, but Burden is also selling prints for $250 apiece. Click here to see an enlarged version of the art, and visit this link to see the painting broken into thirds and enlarged for an even closer view. Prints can be ordered directly from Burden here. 


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20 Ridiculous Yet Amusing Relationship Dealbreakers



Those Redditors... they love to share. So when one Redditor asked other users "What is the most George Constanza-esque reason you broke up with someone?" the funny answers came pouring in. Read them and see what you think. What is your most quirky dealbreaker in terms of your dating life? Feel free to chime in below. See the original Reddit link above, and see a collection of graphics devoted to one writer's selection of funny answers


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Thumbelina, the Smallest Horse in the World, Steals Hearts Everywhere



This adorable creature is Thumbelina, (previously), the Guinness Book of World Records title holder for the smallest horse in the world. Thumbelina is a dwarf, born to two mini horse parents. She is only 17.5 inches high and weighs 57 pounds; most large breed dogs would outweigh and tower over her. 

The tiny tot stands at 17.5 inches tall and weighs only 57 pounds, making her the smallest horse in the world.


Living at Goose Creek Farms in St. Louis, Missouri, Thumbelina's owner and caretakers Michael, Paul and Kay Goessling use her sweet disposition and looks to enrich the lives of sick children. They take her to children's hospitals and participate in regular outreach with children in her community and all across the country. 

Read more about Thumbelina and see additional pictures here, and see a video of her here. 


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Archaeologists Find What They Believe is a WWII Nazi Hideout in the Argentine Jungle



Argentine archaeologists from the University of Buenos Aires have discovered what they believe to be a WWII-era secret Nazi lair. According to Argentine newspaper the Clarin, the team found the ruins of three buildings in the jungle in northern Argentina, near the Paraguyan border. Also found at the site were German coins produced in years from 1938-1941, a piece of a china plate that reads "Made in Germany," and Nazi symbols drawn on walls, including swastikas. The finders believe the site was built during the war as a refuge for high-ranking Nazi officials. 

Read more on this story and see additional pictures here; see a video of the ruins at the link to the Clarin above. 


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Berries That Grow Wild in North America

Cloudberries

This article is full of photos and descriptions of 18 types of wild berries that North Americans will be treated to in the coming months. I haven't tried them all, but I certainly would like to. Article author Wes Siler's favorite berry, the cloudberry, is shown in the photo above. Cloudberries are found in northern Canada, Siberia and Scandinavia. They're salmon/golden in color and are so tart that Siler says they may be most palatable to people when made into a sweetened jam.

Aside from the requisite Monty Python jokes about elderberries, the comments underneath the article have almost as much information as the article, so they might be of interest as well. Read the text and comments here. 

Wild Strawberries

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Twelve Unfortunate Name Marriages



What's in a name? These just married couples probably have learned to disregard the idea that any meaning is attributed to a moniker. Some of these name combinations, though, are pretty difficult to ignore. I suppose these couples have developed a sense of humor about the issue of their combined last names by now, or they wouldn't have let marriage announcements run in their local papers. At least that instance is the last time they'll likely have to see both names together in print!

See ten more unfortunate name combinations at Awkward Family Photos. 



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How The Average Woman Might Be Photoshopped if on a Magazine Cover



A hilariously named photo finishing business called "True You Retouching" edited photos of average women, as seen on the left, in the industry standard for people on the covers of magazines. Realistically, these models would not be on the cover of a fashion magazine unless they were public figures known for other reasons. This is ostensibly how their photos would be altered if they were famous authors or political figures featured as cover models, for instance (although something tells me these edits might be the tip of the proverbial iceberg).

See the rest of the series here. What are your thoughts, readers?


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Business Cat and His Morning Coffee



Tom Fonder's hilarious strip Business Cat (previously) features a suit-and-sales-savvy feline who, just because he's in a business setting, doesn't completely abandon his cat mannerisms. Case in point is the requisite businessman cup of coffee first thing in the morning. It's a necessity to him, but not for the reason other business people might imagine. Check out other episodes of Business Cat here. 


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Some of the World's Coolest Offices

Pixar's Emeryville, California office has a room dedicated to cereal and a "secret" bar

What would it be like to report to work at one of these seemingly fairytale office buildings? While every job has its drawbacks, if my workplace had a swimming pool and workout room that I could hang out in for a bit to blow off some steam, that would be fantastic. What would your dream amenity be for your workplace? 

In the meantime, check out all of the companies featured in the article "Some of the World's Coolest Offices" here.  
 

Google's offices in Zurich feature a basketball court, pool table and a slide that leads to the eating area


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All Eyes Are on You



Commercial illustrator Jason Edminston's new exhibition at Mondo Gallery in Austin, Texas is called Eyes Without A Face. Ongoing until April 4, Edminston's popular optitude will follow patrons all around the gallery. One hundred and fifty pairs of eyes from movies, music and television will lend observers windows into their souls, should pop culture icons have souls, that is.

See more of Edminston's Eyes Without a Face here, and check out his site to see more of his work.


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Funny Fortunes Sweeter than the Cookie

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Have you ever saved the fortune out of a fortune cookie? If so, what did it say? Was it simply a funny line or an actual prediction of your future? This collection of slips from inside fortune cookies is full of the types that are best at the Chinese dinner table: those that make the people around you smile and laugh when you read them aloud. 


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Vintage Czechoslovakian Movie Posters of American Classics are Groovy, Man

Ghostbusters, created in 1988

These Czech posters of American classic films are killer. There is an archive of them here, and a number are for sale. I'd like to have a few of these -- they're such good psychedelic fun. How interesting it would have been to be in the room with the artists when they created these, to hear what their thought processes were regarding the artwork... particularly the strange Ghostbusters poster above. -Via Dangerous Minds


Cinderella, created in 1970
 Cleopatra, created in 1967 The Seven Year Itch, created in 1964


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Piranha Feeding Frenzy

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Piranhas in a Brazilian river are frenzied as they voraciously devour food being tossed to them by the locals. These people had better be careful not to lose their footing! Yikes! -Via i09


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