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TSA's Report on Confiscated Items in 2014

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has detailed the dangerous items it seized at U.S. airport security checkpoints in 2014. The number of passengers screened in 2014  653 million  has increased by nearly 15 million since the previous year. A whopping 2,212 firearms were discovered in carry-on bags in 2014, which marks a 22-percent increase from the year prior. The top ten airports at which the most offenders were caught are as follows:

Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport (DFW): 120
Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL): 109
Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport (PHX): 78
George Bush Intercontinental Airport (IAH): 77
Denver International Airport (DEN): 70
William P. Hobby Airport (HOU): 50
Tampa International Airport (TPA): 49
Ft. Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport (FLL): 49
Nashville International Airport (BNA): 48
Orlando International Airport (MCO): 47

See the TSA's interesting year-end review of the dangerous items seized on their blog. Look at photographs of the (often completely bizarre) items confiscated at the TSA Instagram account

Via Laughing Squid | Image: TSA 


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25 Sinister Animals Secretly Plotting Their Revenge

Don't think for a minute that the costume you stuffed your loyal canine into last Halloween has been forgotten. No, the cat hasn't forgiven you for enforcing the new policy of feline-free keyboards and laundry baskets. Dry food? Duly noted. Pink sweaters? Still in the mind's eye. Your animals are simply biding their time until it's right to strike. Be afraid. 

See more animals plotting their human's demise here.  


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Snow Tauntaun



Redditor Xnipek recently posted a photo of a friend who built a way cool snow tauntaun and decided to see how he rides. Giddy up! (Here's hoping the guy doesn't cut him open and get inside— he'll be even colder than when he's sitting on top!) -Via Laughing Squid

 


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Sublime Sci-Fi Album Art by Dan McPharlin



Dan McPharlin, featured previously on Neatorama for his papercraft of miniature retro analog electronics, is back for the feature of his stunning collection of retro sci fi landscapes and album cover art. The Australian artist answered an interview question from Sci-fi-O-Rama about the visual style he most identified with the following:

"Surrealism has always been an influence and I suppose my work also draws heavily on what I consider the ‘golden age’ of sci-fi art. The artwork that is the most exciting to me was what I grew up with; lavish paperback covers, record sleeves and game boxes by Roger Dean, illustrated speculative fiction like the Terran Trade series, art books published by Dragon’s Dream, Paper Tiger (exactly the kind of thing you feature on Sci-fi-O-Rama in fact!) I remember a handful of tattered school library books that I would borrow over and over. I think there was one called Space Wars that I just kept re-borrowing for a whole year; my name was probably the only one on the library slip!

A lot of the newer genres I know very little about. While I find a lot of contemporary work technically impressive, I often have a hard time connecting to it emotionally. For me mood and atmosphere always trumps technical verisimilitude so thats what I try to bring to my work."

That retro surrealist quality is certainly evident in these striking artworks. Additionally, interviewer Kieran  bonded with McPharlin over their heavy use of the Commodore Amiga back in the day. You can take the boy out of the retro...

See more pieces by McPharlin here as well as at his website.   


 

 
 
 
 

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Woman Orders Chicken at Burger King Drive Through, is Handed a Bag Full of Cash



A Rochester, New Hampshire woman ordered a sweet tea and a junior spicy chicken sandwich at a Burger King drive through, but she was handed quite a surprise instead of her order. Once Janelle Jones was on her way home, she realized that the employee at the restaurant had handed her a bag containing $2,631. All but a $100 bill was stuffed into two bank deposit bags. After contacting her husband, the couple decided to return the money. Read the full story, including what drove the two to return the cash and the response of the restaurant at Nothing to Do With Arbroath. 


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Verdant Canopy

Molyvos, Lesvos, Greece | Image: Jay 21310

This collection of photographs consists of streets that are glorious with natural adornment. Flowers and trees so lush and mature in their state of growth that they form colorful canopies which frame the streets.

This is a user-submitted list that invites readers to post other photographs matching the theme. I can think of of such a walkway that fits the bill but is not represented: The Mall, a row of gorgeous Elm trees lining a wide street in Central Park. Have you encountered any such streets in your travels that are missing from the list? See all the photos here.

Stockholm, Sweden | Image: Hector Melo

Tunnel of Love Romania, Caras-Severin | Image: Sue Hsu

Wisteria Tunnel, Japan | Image: Andreea Vintila Kostova

Bamboo Forest, Sagano Japan | Image: Andreea Vintila Kostova

 Grafton, New South Wales, Australia | Image: Jo Hitchin
 
Valencia, Spain | Image: Visittheworld.tumblr.com

Orton Plantation Driveway, Smithville, NC | Image: Mia of Sky People


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Australian Mailman Films the Dogs on His Route

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An Australian mailman (or as they're referred to there, "Postie") films the dogs he sees on his regular route. He zips around on his motorbike to get from place to place and, presumably, to make a fast escape from a few dogs. Also, as he notes on his YouTube video description, "In Australia, The grass/lawn from the letterbox to the road that you see me riding on is owned by the Council/Government, It is NOT owned by the home owner and that is why we are allowed to ride there." (Lest anyone think he's destroying the resident's property.) NSFW, language.  -Via Tastefully Offensive

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Argentinian Town Underwater for 30 Years Resurfaces

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This fascinating video follows 83-year-old Argentinian Pablo walking through what is now the ruins of a once thriving, prosperous town  a resort to which tourists flocked — that was underwater for 30 years once a dam and dike gave way to the lake beyond them. The high salt content of the lake made the area a tourist attraction; it also ensured maximum corrosion and destruction once the buildings and streets were submerged.

The town, called Villa Epecuen (previously at Neatorama) is located near Buenos Aires, and once had a population of 5,000. Pablo is the only resident left, and he remains amazingly resourceful and self sufficient for his age. He wistfully yet lovingly recounts his personal history and former home, explaining the details of its tragic loss to the forces of nature.

For additional stills, visit this link.  

 The submerged resort town of Epecuen


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DIY: Electric Fireplace

The space before

Redditor griind posted about his electric fireplace DIY project. What he did with a relatively small wall space looks pretty impressive. He made other posts to the thread while answering questions that showed his work on the master bathroom as well, which also looks beautiful. He's quite forthcoming with information, right down to model numbers of various fixtures. I love the dark hardwood floor. What do you think?

See his post, which includes a complete set of before and after pictures including one of the furnished room, here.  

Via Viral Nova | Images: Imgur/griind 

The finished area, complete with dark hardwood floors for contrast


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Teenage Girl Pulls Off $4.6 Million Diamond Heist



According to a report in the South China Morning Post, a group of four individuals, including a girl estimated to be twelve to fourteen years old, made off with a 100-carat diamond necklace worth $4.6 million, with the teen being the one who physically took the jewels. The abovementioned news organization wrote of the incident,

"The heist – which detectives have described as “very well planned” – unfolded when two women, a man and a girl thought to be between 12 and 14 years old walked into the Emperor Jewellery shop in the 1881 Heritage shopping mall in Tsim Sha Tsui shortly after 3pm yesterday.

Well-dressed and speaking Putonghua, the trio of adults, managed to distract staff by asking to look at a series of items on display while the girl stole a key from a drawer, opened a display cabinet then slipped the necklace off a display bust and into her pocket."

It sounds as if the young woman is getting one hell of an education thanks to the adults in charge of her care. That certainly wasn't your average teenage girl's trip to the mall. Diamonds may be a girl's best friend, but they might become her worst nightmare should she be apprehended.

Read more at the South China Morning Post. 

Via Uproxx | Image: Wikimedia Commons 


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18 Massive Creatures of the Sea

Giant Squid | Image: Tsunemi Kubodera of the National Science Museum of Japan/AP

The article linked below features the largest creatures in the ocean as well as some of the most massive creatures of their type. The giant squid, shown above, is the second largest cephalopod in existence, growing to a size of 33-43 feet long. The giant squid was once thought to be the largest cephalopod, until the colossal squid, with a length of 46 feet and a larger mass, was discovered. Both are deep-sea dwellers that exhibit deep-sea gigantism, which is the predisposition of deep-sea species to grow much larger than those inhabiting shallower waters.

Colossal Squid | Image: www.fish.govt.nz

 Each of the eight arms and two tentacles of the giant squid is lined with two-inch in diameter suction cups. The surfaces of the suction cups have rings of serrated teeth, which attach to the squid's prey. It is not uncommon to see circular puncture scars from these teeth on the skin of sperm whales that have attacked the squid in vain.

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You Light Up My Thighs / You Give Me Hope to Carry On



In what no one would be shocked to see as the next fashion trend in Japan, the Hikaru Skirt (which translates to "Shining Skirt") is a mini designed to illuminate the thighs of anyone c̶e̶r̶t̶i̶f̶i̶a̶b̶l̶y̶ ̶i̶n̶s̶a̶n̶e̶ brave enough to wear it.

The brainchild of Japanese designer Kiyoyuki Amano, the skirt is lit from underneath with LED lights equipped with gyro sensors, so that the light colors and patterns change with the movement of the model.       

Amano said that he was simply experimenting with lights on skirts when he discovered that they shone a spotlight on the wearer's thighs, which he found enlightening. Eureka! Talk about a light bulb moment! Amano is apparently so enthusiastic about the Hikaru  which has yet to be mass produced  that he's started a Tumblr with the skirt (and thighs) in a starring role. Don't miss the thighlights on said Tumblr.

Via Oddity Central | Images: Kiyoyuki Amano


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Panda Cubs Keep the Brawl All in the Family

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As an article in The Independent explained about this video,

"Pandas generally don’t move too fast. Inclined to slothful activity, it’s unusual to see the animals do much more than look vaguely excited about the arrival of food.

But panda cubs in China’s Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding, in Chengdu, got into a playful brawl earlier this week. The five cubs can be seen rolling and scrapping in their enclosure as they buffet one another after one cub attempts to climb a nearby tree.

Quickly returning to form, the cubs - after a mere 50 seconds of brawling - soon appear bored and each wanders off to separate corners of the enclosure."

Nothing like keeping the brawling in the family! Stay scrappy, cubs.  

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Stray Kitten Thrives After Rescue From Living at a Power Plant

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YouTube user The Fabulous Mr. Pug made this video about how he came to care for Coco, a stray kitten he found living in the building where he worked. At the start of the video, Coco is filmed at the power plant, filthy and obviously frightened by the loud machinery. Mr. Pug explains, 

"She was born in the thermal power plant I work in and she was alone, hungry, cold and scared. She was trying to eat dry bread when I found her. I brought her some kitten food and we instantly became best friends. One week later, we adopted her and she became a new member of our family. Today, she is one beautiful and playful kitty and she brings so much happiness into our lives!"

What a sweet story. I can only imagine how happy Coco is to have a home instead of fending for herself at the scary power plant.

The video below is of Coco doing kitty-like things at her new home. In this instance, she's discovering carbonated water. That bubbly stuff tickles her nose, and she's not sure it's entirely safe. Best to take cover behind a curtain and stalk it for a bit, just in case. -Via Tastefully Offensive
 

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Balloons With an Edge

A Brooklyn-based photographer calling himself “B. Balloonerman” shot this photo series of balloon animals that are a bit rougher around the edges than usual. The balloons, fashioned by Buster Balloon, aren't your cousin Patty's mid-1980s birthday clown balloon animals. Perhaps that's why they're appealing.

These photos are available for purchase as prints at the TwistedBalloon Etsy shop. See the full variety of characters there. 

Via Laughing Squid | Images: B. Balloonerman 



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The Real Values of 15 Movie Homes

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The interesting article linked below takes a look at homes used as sets for popular movies, estimating what they are worth in today's real estate market. Featured are small, modest homes like the Oklahoma house used as that of the Curtis brothers in The Outsiders to expensive estates, such as the Corleones' house in The Godfather. 

See all 15 examples here. What do you think?  


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Six Charts That Explain Late, Flaky People



I know that I am never late or prone to blowing off plans made weeks ago with the best of intentions. I also know that no Neatorama reader could ever be characterized as such. Yet sometimes, we need a visual aid to understand the unfortunate people who aren't perfect like us. Thankfully, Isla Bell Murray and Jessica Saia have come to our rescue with such charts. Quite a revelation, are they not?

See all six graphics explaining late and/or flaky people here.  

Via Design Taxi | Images: Isla Bell Murray and Jessica Saia


 


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Mutant Pit Bull Terrier Specimen Discovered

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Recently, the owner of a pit bull terrier was stunned to find it missing, with this terrifying mutant of the breed in its place. It's no wonder that there is widespread public concern about pit bull terriers when something like this can just turn up at any time. Hide and secure the dog treats! -Via Tastefully Offensive

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Four-Sided Paintings by Jacek Yerka

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Jacek Yerka (previously) is a Polish artist who creates these fascinating four-sided paintings that keep the viewer's focal point constantly shifting. Aptly titled4 Siders,’ Yerka’s series gives the stuff of still lifes a surreal quality. Like an interactive story in which the participant can choose their own ending, the person studying these pieces is free to decide on their preferred perspective with which to absorb the artwork.  

See more of Yerka's beautiful paintings here, visit his website "Yerkaland," and follow him on social media via Facebook and Twitter.  
 


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20 Facts About Nuclear Accidents

Three Mile Island


According to The Guardian, working from data compiled by the International Atomic Energy Agency, there have been 33 nuclear accidents (and more minor incidents) since the first at Chalk River in Canada, 1952. Given the scope of destruction, potential effects on human life and the length of time radiation contaminates affected areas, the threat of nuclear accident has always been a major concern. 

The article linked below lists twenty facts pertaining to nuclear accidents. One fact concerns the 1986 Chernobyl disaster in the Ukraine. In the days immediately following the accident, the needles of pine trees within 1.5 miles of the plant actually turned red! Today, the trees appear twisted and mangled, having the appearance of sickly bushes.

Read 19 additional facts about nuclear accidents here.   

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Whimsical Octopus Chandeliers



Philadelphia-based artist Adam Wallacavage (previously) makes delightful chandeliers and sconces with tentacled arms. It's a concept that almost seems like a logical progression of thought, when one considers the traditional shape of chandeliers and their multiple arms.

Wallacavage uses materials such as plaster and epoxy resin to form the structure of the fixture, and the fanciful finish is done with iridescent paints, powders and glitter. Each chandelier is unique, so the owner ends up with a one-of-a-kind piece.     

See more photos of Wallacavage's deep sea designs here, and visit his website to see more of his work (he's also an accomplished photographer). Additionally, check out his blog and follow him on Instagram. 


 


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Dear Kitten: Regarding the Big Game

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Have you ever looked at the ritual of Super Bowl parties and wondered what the big fuss was all about? If so, your'e not alone. In this amusing Ze Frank ad for Friskies, done in the style of the "Dear Kitten" series, the elder cat tries to make sense of this perplexing ritual, so that the kitten may know what to expect.

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Monet Worth $12 Million is Repaired After Man Punches a Hole Through It



A man named Andrew Shannon visited The National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin on June 29, 2012. Once inside, Shannon walked up to a Monet painting worth $12 million and punched a hole clean through the canvas. Immediately afterward, Shannon screamed at those in the museum who witnessed the incident, telling them to stay away from him because he had a heart condition. Shannon claimed later that he "felt faint" and had fallen into the painting.

A museum security guard restrained Shannon immediately after the incident, finding a can of paint stripper on him in the process. Security cameras caught the crime on video; after a jury viewed the footage last month, they deliberated for only 90 minutes before returning with a guilty verdict. Shannon was sentenced to five years in jail for defacing the painting, entitled Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat and created in 1874. 

When Andrew Shannon's home was raided by police, they found other stolen art pieces worth nearly $150,000. Some of the thefts dated back to the 1980s. A source at the Dublin Crown Court told the Irish Mirror,

“Shannon was a big threat to society, He has a corrupt perversion of the mind, [he is] a complete sociopath."

Restoration experts set to work on the process of repairing the painting, a complicated operation that took 18 months. The lengthy reconstruction began with laying the painting flat, paint side down on a layer of tissue to protect it. The canvas was removed from the frame and the torn section had to be aligned and rejoined in a painstaking, multi-step procedure involving a high-powered microscope.  

Read about the repair in detail and see photos of each step, as well as the finished restoration, here.

Images: The National Gallery of Ireland 


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Celebrities Make Goofy Faces for Photographer Andy Gotts



The best portrait photographers often aren't just skilled in the art of photography. Often they also have a knack for making their subjects feel comfortable enough to be themselves and perhaps even be vulnerable for the camera.

London-based photographer Andy Gotts is known for his portraits of celebrities. In this series, Gotts gets celebrities to let their guards down enough to make spontaneous goofy faces and poses during the shoot. The result is endearing and makes these stars appear as what they are  human. 

Visit this link to see more photographs of celebrities such as Scarlett Johansson, Benedict Cumberbatch and others. Visit Gotts' website and Facebook page to see additional works.  


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Century-old Signs Remind Moviegoers to be Polite

The image above is an example of what was shown to the audience during the changing of film reels in the days of silent pictures, circa 1910. Called lantern slides, these gentle reminders of movie audience etiquette were made of glass. A collection of these images is available in the book Silent Movies: The Birth of Film and the Triumph of Movie Culture.

See more lantern slides from a century ago here. 


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Retro Fragrances and Their Cheesy Commercials

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Hilarious commercials like the one featured here were created in an attempt to convince fragrance consumers of the 1970s and 80s that the product would turn their lives from sedate to sexy. Do any of these jingles bring back memories? Or do any fragrance names give you olfactory flashbacks?

See 14 more commercials, one cheesier than the next, at Mental Floss.


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Ten Facts About Tyrannosaurus Rex



Most of us have seen the internet meme that pokes fun at Tyrannosaurus Rex  its arms in particular. Countless humorous images feature the dinosaur in situations where arm length or strength is needed for one reason or another. T. Rex always comes up embarrassingly short.

At approximately three feet long, T. Rex arms were short for its 40-foot long body, yet they were anything but weak or useless. Studies indicate that its arms were likely used to grip prey and give the creature a boost from off the ground. Research also suggests that each T. Rex arm could lift approximately 450 pounds. 

Read more facts about Tyrannosaurus Rex, including a discussion of whether one could be resurrected from remains, here.  

Image: Wikimedia Commons 


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Videophones of Future Past



The concept of the videophone has captured the public imagination ever since the telephone was developed. In 1876, shortly after the telephone was patented in the United States by Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, an imaginary device called the telephonoscope was dreamed up in magazines. In 1891, Dr. Bell made conceptual notes about the idea, which he called the "electrical radiophone." According to the New York Times, he later remarked that 

"...the day would come when the man at the telephone would be able to see the distant person to whom he was speaking."

While limited versions of the concept were developed from the 1930s on, in popular culture, the device remained a series of commercially unsuccessful prototypes and a futuristic means of communication used in film and television for many years to come. 

Learn more and see a treasure trove of vintage images in this article. -Via The Presurfer
 


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Rare, Deep-Dwelling Shark Caught in Australia

Fisherman working the deep sea off Victoria, Australia recently caught a 6.5 foot long frilled shark (Chlamydoselachus anguineus), a first for the area. This eel-like shark's ancestry dates back 80 million years and it is sometimes referred to as a "living fossil." The species is thought to be a possible explanation for sea serpent stories of old. The frilled shark prefers deep water; because of that preference, captures of it are exceedingly rare. The specimen shown here was caught at a depth of 2,297 feet.

Read more about this rare catch and see additional pictures here.

Images Credit: SETFIA

 


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Russet the Bulldog Has Trouble Traveling With Her Bone

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Russet is a 3-year-old English Bulldog who, according to her owner, "enjoys napping, destroying furniture and eating treats." She's also single and looking for a boyfriend (no chihuahuas). Male pups in Denver give her a buzz. Perhaps the new couple can discuss techniques on getting big  bones through little doggie doors. -Via Tastefully Offensive

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