The Wisconsin Humane Society in Milwaukee evidently grew tired of the same old names for their prospective adoptees and decided to get fancy. The interesting names may have been a good strategy, as two of the cats above have been adopted; Professor PuddinPop is the only one remaining.
Not pictured but also available at the shelter are Provolone, Wampus, Mighty Mouse and Morticia the cats. None of the dogs' names stand out like the cats; however on the bunny front, there are Coco Puff and Honey Bunny.
Emoticons: people seem to either love or hate them. Whether you're pro, con or ambivalent, you have to admit that within Internet culture, they are here to stay. Mashable put together a video with historical facts about when emoticons may have first appeared in print and in what context. Via Laughing Squid
At a price tag of $18,400 for a flight from Singapore to New York City, you can travel in style on the Singapore Airlines Airbus 380 at suite level, the most expensive and luxurious class on the aircraft. The price of the ticket will not only buy more legroom — it will purchase a huge armchair "hand-stitched by master Italian craftsmen Poltrona Frau," a double bed(!) and premium food served on china, among other perks.
Visit Singapore Airlines website to learn more and see a video of the A380 suites.
Images Credit: Derek Low/-Via Laughing Squid
Fans of celebrated novelist Thomas Pynchon and revered film director Paul Thomas Anderson have been eagerly anticipating the film verson of Inherent Vice, the first Pynchon novel to be adapted to the screen. The wait is nearly over, and for now, fans have been provided with a trailer to satiate them.
Here is the official synopsis:
"When private eye Doc Sportello’s (Joaquin Phoenix) ex-old lady suddenly out of nowhere shows up with a story about her current billionaire land developer boyfriend whom she just happens to be in love with, and a plot by his wife and her boyfriend to kidnap that billionaire and throw him in a loony bin…well, easy for her to say.
It’s the tail end of the psychedelic `60s and paranoia is running the day and Doc knows that “love” is another of those words going around at the moment, like “trip” or “groovy,” that’s being way too overused—except this one usually leads to trouble.
With a cast of characters that includes surfers, hustlers, dopers and rockers, a murderous loan shark, LAPD Detectives, a tenor sax player working undercover, and a mysterious entity known as the Golden Fang, which may only be a tax dodge set up by some dentists... Part surf noir, part psychedelic romp—all Thomas Pynchon"
With an impresssive cast that includes Joaquin Phoenix, Benicio del Toro, Owen Wilson and Reese Witherspoon, many have high hopes that the film will deliver. What do you think of the trailer?
Look for Inherent Vice in American theaters on December 12. -Via Den of Geek
Whether you have a little one who wants to delve into the world of Trek costumes for Halloween, you're into cosplay yourself, or you simply want to test your memory of all things Star Trek, here is the answer. Costume Supercenter created this infographic guide to Star Trek uniforms. Study the guide, get the materials and "make it so!" -Via Geeks are Sexy.
This adorable kitten tries a stalking maneuver on the adult cat in his household and learns that it won't get him anywhere. In a move that reminds me of my young dog's interaction with my older dog, the kitten recoils after his foiled sneak attack and slips into "roly-poly-you-can't-resist-the-cute-I'm-throwing-down" mode, which also gets him nowhere. As a commenter on Tastefully Offensive said, "Kitten just needs to learn his place, and who's boss is all."
Photographer Luisa Whitton's series What About the Heart? documents her time spent in Japan with scientists working on humanoids, including Hiroshi Ishiguro, who constructed a copy of himself in robotic form. Her series is a contemplation of these exceedingly lifelike yet soulless automatons. Whitton elaborates,
"In the photographs, I am trying to subvert the traditional formula of portraiture and allure the audience into a debate on the boundaries that determine the dichotomy of the human/not human. The photographs become documents of objects that sit between scientific tool and horrid simulacrum."
Whitton's images (the machine) are presented alongside interviews with the scientists (the man) on topics such as consideration of religious and humanistic aspects alongside their technological progress. The photographer wonders what it means to be human as technology progresses.
Visit Whitton's website to learn more about her and see additional works. -Via Juxtapoz
Conjurer's Kitchen has been featured previously on Neatorama for its culinary artistry in ghoulish cakes and chocolates. This is the perfect time of year to highlight some of their marvelously macabre confections, most of which haven't been seen previously on Neatorama.
This edible art is the work of Annabel de Vetten, who was initially trained as a sculptor and also did fine art painting before she found her true calling in scary sweets. Annabel's experience in the arts is evident in these beautifully embellished and realistic works.
Visit the Conjurer's Kitchen website to learn more about Annabel and see her other creations.
Images via Conjurer's Kitchen
A cinemagraph is a photograph in which a selected area is animated to produce a specific movement repeated in a loop. French photographer Julien Douvier takes already vivid photographs and breathes life into them with subtle additions such as the flow of water, smoke or the sway of ivy branches in the wind.
There appears to be a common motif of loneliness and isolation in the images shown here, and the inclusion of movement seems to only highlight the solitude, in that it hints at the simultaneous passage of time.
Even those who aren't particularly fans of marching bands will likely appreciate this excellent Wizard of Oz tribute performed by the Ohio State University Marching Band for the September 27 Buckeyes vs. Cincinnati halftime show. While playing a medley of music from the film, the band rapidly switches formations to create the shapes of Dorothy, Toto, the twister, the Wicked Witch of the West and more. Definitely worth a few minutes of your time. Via Viral Viral Videos.
This cat named Bobo (previously at Neatorama) loves to be vacuumed, according to his owners. He lies there, seemingly relaxed, as the vacuum runs over him. If Bobo likes it, it's a win/win for his people, since vacuuming him is likely to eliminate a lot of cat hair that would otherwise be scattered around the house. I wonder if they are trying to get his younger sister Nikita on board? Keep up with Bobo and Nikita on Facebook. -Via Tastefully Offensive
Approximately 15 miles east of Yellowstone National Park sits a structure known as the Smith Mansion. This rambling, five-story house built out of salvaged, wildfire-damaged pine was the passion of an eccentric engineer named Francis Lee Smith, who built the structure single-handedly.
Smith began the project in approximately 1980, intending on building a log cabin home for his family that blended in with the glorious Wyoming wilderness. His family lived in the house for a while, despite there being no electricity except that provided by an extension cord connected to a generator. A wood stove was the only source of heat. The family dining table was a large tree stump, with smaller stumps as chairs. Smith built no separated bedrooms in the house; instead, he, his wife and two children slept in sleeping bags on the floor.
This arrangement satisfied Mrs. Smith for a few years, until her husband's constant work on the house instead of family time pushed her too far. She divorced him in the early 1980s, took the children and moved to another city. A dejected Smith poured everything he had into the house, building addition after addition, without blueprints from which to work. In 1992, Smith lost his life to his obsession when he fell from a balcony while working on the house and died from his injuries.
Smith's chaotic building of a house with no planned ending is reminiscent of possibly mentally unstable personalities such as Sarah Winchester, heiress to to the Winchester gun fortune, who kept building her San Jose mansion until she died in an effort to assuage the spirits of those shot by Winchester guns. Yet Smith's ex wife and daughter both claim his furious construction was not the result of mental illness. Smith's daughter Sunny Larsen is currently the owner of the structure and is attempting to raise money for its rehabilitation. Visit her website and view the video below to learn more.
Visarute Angkatavanich, a photographer based in Bangkok, Thailand, makes these beautiful captures of Siamese fighting fish (often commonly called bettas). These fish are native to Thailand, Laos, Vietnam and Cambodia, although wild Siamese fighting fish aren't brightly colored like the ones bred to be aquarium pets. In the wild, they can be found in canals and other freshwater pools.
Angkatavanich skillfully captures the grace, allure and temperament of the agressive bettas, with their fins and tails flowing as they appear to confront the viewer, unafraid. As someone who kept bettas as well as large aquariums of freshwater fish (including close relatives of the Siamese fighting fish, gouramis), for about ten years, I think these are fantastic representations of the species.
Limited edition prints of Angkatavanich's work are available through La Lanta Fine Art. -Via Colossal.
Raymond Alan "Big Al" Brownley, a resident of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, passed away at age 82 on September 21, 2014. Yet this colorful character lives on via his wonderfully descriptive, lengthy obituary, which someone who obviously held him dear took a lot of time to compose. Big Al's obituary is far from typical, but through its candor and honesty, his spirit emerges, evoking memories of my beloved, gruff relatives of times past.
The following are excerpts from Big Al's obituary, the full text of which can be found here.
"He despised canned cranberry sauce, wearing shorts, cigarette butts in his driveway, oatmeal, loud-mouth know-it-alls, Tabasco sauce, reality TV shows, and anything to do with the Kardashians...
But Big Al had many loves, too. He loved his wife, Agnes Bargo Brownley, who preceded him in death in 1990. He also dearly loved his children and grandchildren. Famously opinionated and short-tempered, Big Al handed these qualities down to his daughter, Jill Ann Brownley of Phoenix, Arizona, a sharp-tongued character in her own right...
He also loved milk shakes, fried shrimp, the Steelers, the Playboy channel, Silky's Gentleman's Club, taking afternoon naps in his recliner, hanging out at the VFW, playing poker, eating jelly beans by the handful, and his hunting dogs-his favorite being Holly Hill Rip Van Winkle, a loyal beagle that answered to the nickname of Rip...
Big Al was world-renowned for his lack of patience, not holding back his opinion, and a knack for telling it like it is. He was highly proficient at cursing. He liked four-letter words just about as much as four-wheel drive pick-up trucks. He was a connoisseur of banana cream pie and a firm believer that ham sandwiches should only be served on Mancini's bread. He always told you the truth, even if it wasn't what you wanted to hear. He was generous to a fault, a pussy cat at heart, and yet he sugar-coated absolutely nothing...
His fondness of spaghetti Westerns was only surpassed by his love of bacon, beer and butter pecan ice cream... Quite a teller of tales, Big Al's elaborate stories often were punctuated with the phrase, "And that's when I kicked his ass." He enjoyed outlaw country music: Waylon, Willie, Hank, Johnny. He was also on a first-name basis with the Four Horsemen of liquor: Jack, Jim, Johnnie and Jose...
With his love for gardening and passion for hunting, Big Al was locally sourcing his food for decades long before it was the "in thing" to do. While a necessity in his youth growing up during the Depression, this passion for being self-sufficient was carried throughout his whole life. This Depression baby was ahead of his time with "being green," as evidenced by the approximately 87 "I Can't Believe It's Not Butter" containers stacked neatly in his kitchen cupboard. The biggest challenge was actually finding the butter in his refrigerator with 13 containers of leftovers that all looked the same."
I can only hope that when I die, someone will remember me as vividly and fondly. Rest in peace, Big guy. Via New York Magazine
Who among us doesn't like to enjoy a nice frozen treat from time to time? JoeJoe the capybara (previously at Neatorama) is certainly not pooping on the popsicle party. He munches a red popsicle with gusto, barely pausing to swallow. This is a capybara who knows what he likes! Popsicles and puppies are two of JoeJoe's passions, as seen in the video below of the patient capybara playing with a bunch of adorable, rambunctious pups. Cap life is sweet.
Photographer Julieanne Kost captured these gorgeous images while flying over San Francisco. These photos are not color enhanced with image editing software; the color seen here is brought about by algae microorganisms in salt ponds.
The ponds near San Francisco are run by a company called Cargill, Inc. The shallow, man-made ponds produce salts from sea water or other brines. The water is eventually placed into larger ponds, where it is drained via evaporation so that the salt can be harvested. The entire process takes approximately five years. Read more about salt harvesting from ponds here and here.
Redditor IHunt posted a Reddit thread sharing his/her drawings on Starbucks cups, which are completed during lulls at work. The creative doodler transforms the mermaid girl into all kinds of cool characters. The poster didn't reveal any personal facts, so readers are left to wonder about the mysterious person behind these caffeine-fueled creatiions. Via Elite Daily.
Lindsey Loree had more on her mind than a fun game of Magic: the Gathering when she interrupted her boyfriend Eric's Lego fun to ask him to play the game with her. Her request didn't seem to Eric to be anything out of the ordinary, as he had been teaching her to play for six months. But what happened during their game was nothing ordinary. As Eric told the story (his account is here and her account is here),
"We’re in the middle of the game and both hovering around ten life. She’s looking awfully giddy and I’m thinking she’s got some power card that’ll spell doom for me. So I play Time Spiral. She was not happy. We reset and on her turn she smiled and threw a card on the table. What I felt next was confusion. What was that card? Five white for a sorcery and the picture was some dude kissing a girl? There’s no card like that. Well, there is now."
What Lindsey handed him was the card below, asking Eric to marry her.
Quite a game changer! He goes on with his story,
"Of course I said yes. I made a joking fuss about how her cards were sleeved and mine weren’t and how it’d be really hard to shuffle them. Then she gave me a ring pop, to make it official.
Now, there was a little cheating on her part. I Time Spiraled the card back into her library and while I was shuffling she dropped it in her lap to make sure it was in her next hand. But I suppose that can be forgiven given the circumstances."
Way to be flexible with the rules when necessary! Congratulations to the happy couple. -Via Geekologie.
New York City-based artist Anthony Petrie created these cool art prints “Ghostbusted" (variant edition) and “Metroplasm,” based on characters from the movie Ghostbusters (below). Petrie also made this Ghostbusters-themed New York City subway map (above), which I think may be my favorite of the three. The posters were created for a Ghostbusters art show hosted by Gallery1988 in Los Angeles and Sony Pictures in commemoration of the movie's 30th anniversary.
Petrie is a highly acclaimed illustrator who names Marvel, Paramount, AMC and Nickelodeon as clients, among many other notable companies. The artist states on his website that he "has an unhealthy obsession with zombies," the evidence of which can be seen in his portfolio.
Visit Petrie's website to buy prints or products and to see more of his work.
Some of the most beloved comic book superheroes have a power that is similar to actual biological mechanisms found in the animal kingdom. See some amazing animal abilities reminiscent of Aquaman and Spiderman, among other comic book heroes, in this PBS It's Okay To Be Smart video, partially shot at Dragon's Lair Comics & Fantasy in Austin, Texas. -Via Science Dump
Movie merchandise items are not typically well-made, desirable pieces. It's fairly rare that something seriously cool comes along. Often, when the hype of a blockbuster movie is at fever pitch, the merchandise doesn't have to be much but a cheap bit of plastic to be novel. Once the novelty wears off, such a trinket generally ends up in the trash.
Yet this Rocky action figure is a special case. This finely crafted and useful plastic meat slab, along with bloody butcher's coat, is not only something one would be proud to display, but it's an item that truly embodies the fighting spirit of an underdog who goes on to triumph. The layers of meat— er, meaning — are plentiful.
See 49 more bizarre examples of movie merchandise and tie-ins here.
These two cheetah cub sisters, born on September 1, are being hand raised by the staff at San Diego Zoo Safari Park, because their mother was unsuccessful in raising her two previous litters. Eileen Neff, lead keeper of the cubs said,
"Every baby's different, but these cheetahs really seem to be developing quickly in our eyes. They are great eaters and they started playing when they were just three or four days old. They could barely walk at that time, so it was pretty interesting seeing them tumbling around with each other."
Like all animal ambassador cheetahs at the San Diego Zoo, these cubs will be paired with domestic dogs as companions, which keeps them calm and well socialized. Read more about the San Diego Zoo's cheetahs here. Via Zooborns.
Global warming: a topic that is often hotly contested. Science video blog Veritassium has compiled this video to present some facts for perusal. At the very least, it might be handy to bookmark for when the holidays hit and you're looking to cool down the arguments between your relatives who are political polar opposites, before they come to blows. -Via Science Dump
PBS' It's OK to be Smart produced this interesting video informing us what is and isn't physically realistic or possible in the space battles we've watched in media presentations. These are not just opinion statements; they are all deductions made according to the laws of physics. It turns out pretty much everything we've seen on screen in terms of space battles are "as wrong as Jar Jar Binks." Hollywood creating unreaslistic expectations? Unbelievable! -Via Geeks are Sexy.
German artist Matthieu Bourel finds old images of well known and beloved faces such as Gregory Peck and Yul Brenner and transforms them into surreal art pieces. Bourel says,
“I like to evoke a fake history or inspire nostalgia for a period in time that never truly existed.The obsession of collecting disparate images from books, old magazines and other found material becomes as much a part of the emerging image as the mark-making... A piece often becomes about the search and desire to combine those emergent narrative symbols that seem charged with a familiar yet distant emotion.”
Bourel lists famed surrealist painter René Magritte as one of his influences; I think hints of Magritte's imagery abound here. Visit Bourel's website to see more of his work and purchase prints.
Jebediah is a Boer goat who is in rut, a term used to describe the mating season of ruminant animals such as goats, deer, sheep, elk and moose. As his owner says,
"He sounds so goofy! This is how intact male goats act and sound when the weather gets cooler and they are looking for love."
Now, now. That's not showing Jebediah the proper respect, is it? To add insult to injury, the owner says he's stinky, too. Perhaps that's what Jebediah is trying to vocalize here. He needs to protect his male goat card in any way possible, in the face of such abuse.
I've watched this video twice now, and at :38, I've burst out laughing both times. Thanks for the laughs, Jeb. -Via Tastefully Offensive
A Syrian ambulance driver named Alaa has been taking care of the cities' cats, abandoned by their owners in the midst of constant shelling over the city of Aleppo, the largest in the war-torn country.
Alaa spends what amounts to $4.00 USD to purchase raw meat, after which he drives to Masaken Hanano, an area now uninhabited due to bombing. Hundreds of domestic cats, unaccustomed to procuring food for themselves, come running when Alaa appears.
It's always uplifting to witness the selflessness, empathy and heroism that the human spirit is capable of, even in tragic and desperate circumstances. Via Lost in E Minor.
Images: Hosam Katan/Reuters
Australian photographer Peter Stewart's photo series "Stacked," of densely populated Hong Kong, give us an idea of the millions of worker bees that make up this giant hive habitat. Stewart's captures of Hong kong’s public housing developments are beautiful as well as dauntiing in the way they picture so much life in such limited space. Stewart uses compositing and color enhancement techniques during post processing to create these works of art.
This Vimeo Staff Pick entitled Aspirational by Matthew Frost and featuring actress Kirsten Dunst shows how times have changed in the way of celebrity encounters. In years past, celebrities were besieged by autograph seekers. Today they are expected to stand still and smile while posing with fans intent on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram fodder. The encounter isn't so much about the thrill of meeting a person they admire as it is about promoting their own lives as being exciting and special. Via 22 Words
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