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20+ Puppies That Can Sleep Anywhere at Anytime

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Puppies are perhaps some of the sleepiest creatures on the planet, and who can complain. Because if there's one thing cuter than a puppy, it's a puppy who has fallen alseep. It also doesn't hurt that when puppies are awake, they're almost guaranteed to be up to some kind of mischief. But when they're sleeping, the angelic side comes to the forefront.

Bored Panda has a user-submitted post wherein people supply pictures of puppies who have managed to fall asleep in the most unlikely of places and positions. Check out the collection here. It's worth its weight in cute. 

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A Brief History of Presidential Food Controversies



Particularly in modern times, the American public has had a keen interest in the lives and lifestyles of their presidents. That includes just about every aspect, including what and how much the presidents eat and drink. The linked article below cites a number of instances in which food and drink somehow factored into presidential news items. While not all were seriously controversial per se, they did make headlines at the time. President Clinton's former love of McDonald's is one example. From the text, 

"Bill Clinton’s Love Affair With McDonald's
Until he starting dabbling with veganism in 2011, Bill Clinton was notoriously fond of the fast-food chain. This was especially true in the early '90s, when he was frequently found visiting McDonald's, including on jogs. His love of the Big Mac and other fatty food provided a lot of fodder for commentators and comedians, particularly this classic SNL sketch."

Check out other presidential food and drink headlines at New York Magazine, and don't miss the SNL clip above that features the great Phil Hartman as President Bill Clinton stopping by McDonald's in the early part of a jog (also featuring Chris Farley, Chris Rock and other SNL favorites). 


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Dancer and His Four-Year-Old-Son's Adorable Father Son Dance


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Professional dancer and choreographer Keith Silva and his four-year-old son Jayden are seen cutting their living room rug together to the Little Einstein's theme song in this entertaining footage. Via Viral Nova

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Undercats: Cats Dressed as Their Owners are a Lot of Fun



Swiss photographer Sebastian Magnani was featured previously at Neatorama for these funny portraits of dogs dressed as their humans. Now Magnani is back with a follow-up series called Undercats, in which he has given cats the same human stylings, with equally amusing results. Magnani's portraits of humans and their pet cats are digitally merged, giving them their similar overall shapes and otherworldly quality.

Visit the photographer's website to see the rest of the hilarious photos in his series.

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The Only Video in Existence of Mark Twain


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This, the only film footage of Mark Twain ever recorded, was originally posted by Miss Cellania some years ago. I think it bears repeating, not only due to its level of interest, but also since there's now a digitally restored version (below). The footage was shot in 1909 by Thomas Edison. It was captured at Twain's Connecticut estate, Stormfield, and features his daughters Jean and Clara. Via Vintage Everyday


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Snowball Dances to Queen


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This may be an old clip of Snowball the Cockatoo (previously), but there's no mystery as to why it's making the rounds again. The way this bird dances, head bangs and puts on a show in perfect time to Queen's "Another One Bites the Dust" is beyond cute. Via Laughing Squid

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News Crew Robbed at Gunpoint While Filming Report

Cara Liu, a reporter for San Francisco's Fox affiliate KTVU, was recording a live news report from Pier 14 when three armed men stole camera equipment belonging to another station, KNTV, which was also on the scene. KNTV, an NBC affiliate also filming a report, had its cameraman Alan Waples pistol-whipped. The robber came back to steal KTVU's equipment before fleeing. 

KNTV caught a look at the man on film who allegedly committed the robbery and of his weapon. According to Deadline,

"There were three attackers involved in the incident, the latest in which news crews were accosted by robbers in the Bay Area. The heists have prompted stations to hire security guards, many of whom are former police officers, to accompany crews, particularly for stories in Oakland."

Read more on this story at SF Gate. Via Uproxx.  


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French Bulldog Breaks House Rules When Human is Gone, Dog Pal Snitches


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A Frenchie has what looks to be a wonderful time shredding toilet paper while her human is out. But little did she know that her bull mastiff housemate would spill so easily when pressed for details about the crime. More like a rat mastiff! Via Tastefully Offensive

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Online Magazine Drumming Up the Controversy with their "Don't Mancriminate" Campaign



Indian online magazine Maggcom — likely to generate business for themselves — has just launched a campaign based on gender equality for men that predictably has some people in an uproar. Examples of the graphics created to express the issues of the campaign are included here. The text on their site reads as follows,

"Why should men have to give up their seat if they see a lady standing? Why should he have to hold out a door for a lady passing by? Men don’t get free entry in clubs. Men unlike women don’t get periods (yes don’t be so ashamed of it girls, you do that!) and so men can’t work their way out of the problem saying they are PMSing. Men certainly do not get the sympathy votes. Why should men not cry? Why should men do the heavy lifting? Why not girls?” 

Unsurprisingly, Twitter users have taken exception to the campaign. Search hashtag   for examples of their ire. See further graphics from the "don't mancriminate" campaign and more examples of its Twitter protest here. 

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How to Prepare a Traditional English Breakfast


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In Episode 32, the most recent episode of Anglophenia, host Kate Arnell explains all of the culinary components that make up a full English breakfast. How does it look to you, people not of English descent? Americans who've traveled to England, what did you think when you were met with your first English breakfast as shown in this video? Was it to your liking? I wish I could say I was a fan, but I can't honestly say that. I generally opted for an egg (cooked a bit longer than their usual time), some of their delicious tea and a slice of toast. -Via Laughing Squid

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Ten Strange Facts About Famous Historical Villains

Ted Kaczynski, The Unabomber | Image: Federal Bureau of Investigation

Often when individuals make the news for being murderers, they are painted in the press as monsters, and the public often thinks of them as more inhuman than human. But people are complex, and even the most cold and emotionless mass murderers share characteristics with other law-abiding, even upstanding citizens. 

In the case of the Unabomber Ted Kaczynski, an issue that has been in the news of late with regard to the former Bruce and now Caitlyn Jenner was present in his psychiatric profile. According to Kaczynski, it was the impetus for him committing violence.  

Kaczynski claims that prior to his planting and mailing bombs that killed three people and injured 23 others, he visited a psychiatrist. One main reason he sought help was due to his growing desire to change sexes from male to female. Yet during the appointment, Kaczynski lost the nerve to bring up his gender identity issues with the doctor. 

“Just then there came a major turning point in my life. Like a Phoenix, I burst from the ashes of my despair to a glorious new hope. I thought I wanted to kill that psychiatrist because the future looked utterly empty to me.”

Eventually, after isolating himself further and further from human contact, Kaczynski began his crime spree, which continued for some 18 years. 

Read other strange facts about notorious criminals and villains here. 


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Florida Driver Pulls Dukes of Hazzard Move Over Opening Drawbridge


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This cuhrazy Florida driver of an SUV jumped a West Palm Beach drawbridge after it began opening. The man was able to make the jump and no one was injured. When interviewed later, the driver said he was distracted due to setting his GPS system. Way to navigate, dude! Via Uproxx


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Twitter Users Make Fun of Urban Outfitters Pricey Junk


Urban Outfitters recently and rightly received some consumer pushback over charging $8.00 for the above ponytail holder, the likes of which is available at any dollar store. When a Twitter user started the dialogue by posting the photo above and commenting on it being overpriced, it launched the hashtag #UrbanOutfittersBeLike. Other users joined in and piled on with tweets such as those below. 

Click on the hashtag to see other funny examples. Via Design Taxi


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Zoo Basel's Gorilla Troop Welcomes New Baby

For the first time in ten years, a Western Lowland Gorilla has been born at Zoo Basel in Switzerland. On May 19, 26-year-old mom Joas and 16-year-old father M’Tonge welcomed their newborn. The baby, whose sex has yet to be determined, has been cause for excitement in the entire troop of Western Lowland Gorillas at Zoo Basel: Faddama, Quarta, Zungu, and Goma. Like a family, they all embraced the youngster.

As is evident from the video below, mom Joas keeps her baby close and handles it lovingly and gently. Infant gorillas are wholly dependent on their mothers, suckling at least once an hour and sleeping with them in the same nest. Fathers don't take an active role in caring for the young, but they help socialize them to other gorillas and protect them from aggression. 

Read more about these fascinating animals and see additional pictures at Zooborns. 

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Ten Confessions of Car Salesmen

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This is the time of year that new car models are being released, and some of us may be looking to make a trade or purchase. Unfortunately, that entails dealing with car salesmen, an interaction with some of whom isn't the most pleasant experience. 

The article linked below talks about various practices and facts surrounding car dealerships and their salesman. While reading it won't help you get a good deal on your next car, it does contain some interesting facts. For instance, 

9. THE JOB IS GOING THE WAY OF THE DODO.
In 2015, more than a million Americans work at car dealerships. But that could change. Thanks to the Internet, people now walk into dealerships with their minds already made up. They don’t need—or want—a salesperson’s pitch. It makes sense that some dealerships are trading in their inflatable gorillas for online ads, as the Internet is by far their top referral source. In 2013, brand activity on Twitter alone drove $716 million in car sales, according to marketing analytics firm MarketShare. In other words, for better or worse, selling cars is becoming less of an art that involves human interaction, and more of a science that doesn’t.

Read more "Confessions of Car Salesman" here. 


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100 Years of Russian Beauty


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Thus far, YouTube channel Cut Video has released seven episodes of their series "100 Years of Beauty." Episode eight focuses on part of my heritage: that of Russia. See their styles throughout the last century in this video. Via Design Taxi


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This Disc Golf Hole-in-One-Shot Has to be Seen to be Believed


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There is a ton of trees in the 365 feet between the disc golf basket in the woods and the place from which the shot originates. But that didn't stop disc golfer Dave Feldberg as he competed in the Maple Hill Open in Massachusetts. Fredberg, with the help of a fortunate bounce off the ground near the basket, made this most unlikely hole in one. His final score was -12; he tied for seventh place, taking home $1,175. Via Uproxx

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One Woman's Behind-the-Scenes Account of What it's Like to Play a Disney Princess

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The article linked within features an account of a woman who played Belle at Disney World in Orlando. She described her perspective on the benefits and downsides of her job. While she enjoyed the admiration that playing a popular princess at the theme park brought, other aspects of her employment weren't as pleasant. She writes,

"We couldn't spend too much time playing with the kids though, because we had to greet 172 guests per hour. Disney decided that was the magic number. An attendant would have a clicker to count the number of people we met, and if we went under, we would get a reprimand. If you get four reprimands, you get fired. It sucked to have a really sweet kid that's waited in line for three hours come up all excited and have to say, 'OK, let's hurry and take our photo' and shove them out the door. When they left the room where we greeted kids at Toontown, they went straight into a massive princess store. I think Disney felt like, 'Well, we want them out of the room and into the princess store to buy some stuff.'"

There are ups and downs with every job, and this is just one woman's account. But due to the high visibility of the job, it's interesting to hear about the real days in the life of Belle. Read her story in its entirety here.


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Ultimate Travel Photography Tips


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Summer is the time for vacations, and as you can probably tell from your social media feeds, most people tend to take boring and uninspired vacation pictures. This video presents some ideas on how to crank up the interest level in your vacation photos. Have mercy on your family or Facebook friends and pick up a few tips. Via Viral Nova


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Photos of Famous Musicians as Children


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Sometimes when rock stars and celebrities create such larger-than-life images, we sometimes forget that they are just human beings, most of whom had childhood experiences very similar to ours. The article linked below contains wonderful shots of famous musicians from that key developmental range of time: early childhood. From sweet and sassy country music legend Dolly Parton to self-destructive, impetuous Sex Pistols guitarist Sid Vicious and everywhere in between, the collection is eclectic and fascinating. Check out all of the photos here. 

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Jimi Hendrix and his father


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Brutally Honest Wine Labels

VinePair's 26 Honest Wine Labels poke fun at the mini melodramas that often come up when one gets closer and closer to the bottom of that wine bottle. Feel free to pour another glass while you pour over the easy reading material that is the label on these beauties. Check out the entire collection at the link above to see which bottle is right for your discerning tastes. -Via Fooddiggity
 


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Breast Case Scenario: Woman's 38JJ-Sized Breasts Cushion the Blow of a Car Crash

A UK woman has her 38JJ-cup boobs to thank for avoiding serious injury when she was involved in a car accident, according to the Daily Mail

Sarah Foster was on her way to a christening with her partner Marie and their children Steven, 13 and Megan, eight, when they pulled off the highway to a rest area at the side of the road. Foster was making a phone call and having a cigarette when a Mini Cooper crashed into the concrete median at 80mph, veered in her direction and ploughed into her. 

Foster was smashed face down into the front end of the car before rolling off and landing in the highway. Her partner dragged her out of harm's way as their terrified children watched. Foster was briefly knocked unconscious and was taken to the hospital, where personnel found her to have no major injuries and released her later that day. Said Foster of the accident,

"The doctors told me if I wasn't so big-chested I'd probably have died... The paramedic who treated me on the scene later told me I was really lucky to be alive and that I should be grateful for my airbags. That was the word she used."

Read more and see additional pictures at the Daily Mail.

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Ten Seinfeld Storylines Based on Real-Life Events


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Since it was announced that every Seinfeld episode is now available to stream,  the show is getting paid a bit of added attention, with episode guides and rankings, feature articles and the like. The article linked below is a list of ten stories on Seinfeld that were taken from real life, as writers Spike Feresten, Jeff Schaffer and Andy Robin (and particularly co-creator Larry David) were often wont to do. 

One example is the hilarious episode "The Chicken Roaster," involving Kramer and a red light of addictive doom shining brightly into his apartment. As the list states,

"1. Like Kramer, a law firm actually hung a sign that said "bad food" over a Kenny Rogers Roasters because the smell was going into their offices. Schaffer, who wrote the episode "The Chicken Roaster," explained that the idea of Kramer having a problem with a Kenny Rogers Roasters came when he walked past one of the restaurants in New York. "It was below a law firm, and I guess the chicken waft from the chicken factory was venting into this law office. So they did what any rational person would do, just hang a giant sign that said 'bad food,'" said Schaffer."

Read about more Seinfeld storylines that were based on real life here.
 

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Sex-Related News Bloopers

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This often hilarious, 12+ minute long compilation of sex-related news bloopers is proof that sometimes the reporters' and anchors' minds may be somewhere else. Judging from the Freudian slips, that "somewhere else" may be the proverbial gutter. From unfortunately drawn weather patterns to misused words and phrases to background shots that showed far more than was intended, have a look at the news at its most awkward. NSFW language, sexual imagery. -Via Blame it on the Voices


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17 Facts You May Not Know About The Daily Show

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On February 10, 2015, Jon Stewart announced that he would be leaving his hosting gig on The Daily Show; later it was announced that Trevor Noah would be Stewart's replacement. Stewart's last show will be on August 6, 2015, but in his time as host, he's won much praise and acclaim. The Daily Show has won numerous awards, including two Peabodies and 18 Emmys. 

Yet in his first days after taking over for previous host Craig Kilborn, Stewart nearly quit. As noted in the linked collection of facts about The Daily Show

"In an interview with Stephen Colbert, Stewart admitted that he had a hard time adjusting to working with Kilborn’s team and that he very seriously considered quitting the show altogether. Though he had some definite ideas on how to take the show in new directions, they were met with strong resistance. 'I walk in the door, into a room with the writers and producers, and the first thing they say is 'this isn’t some MTV bulls*** … And then I was told not to change the jokes or improvise,' Stewart recalled. Immediately, he called his agent and told him to get him out of the deal. 'I had to be talked down from a moderately high cliff,' he admitted."

Read sixteen more facts about Stewart and The Daily Show — including who he rates as his best and worst guests and what disgraced politician he used to room with — in this article.


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Few Things Say "Pure Joy" Like this Bear in a Swimming Pool

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This adorable brown bear named Bruiser jumps into a swimming pool with gusto in this footage. His delight in the cool dip is wholly evident in both his expression and body language. Bruiser enjoys daily swims where he resides at Single Vision Sanctuary in Melrose, Florida. Via Mandatory

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Pop Culture Meets its Dark Side



French artist Pez imagines sinister versions of popular characters in this series of illustrations. These dark, shadowy reinventions, under the series name "Distroy," are surprisingly satisfying, in an irreverent way. See the artists' treatment of Disney, Simpsons, Pixar and other characters here. 

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Say Hey to the Car-Sized Ocean Sunfish

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This massive creature is known as the ocean sunfish. It weighs up to 2,200 pounds and can grow to be the size of a small car. The female of the species has the distinction of producing the most eggs of any vertebrate: three-hundred million.

The ocean sunfish eats only jellyfish and is harmless to humans. Among its few predators are orcas, sharks and sea lions. Scientists aren't completely sure why, but the sunfish frequently swims up from its feeding depths and lies flat on the surface.

Check out a video of the ocean sunfish below, and read more about the species in this article.


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Two-Year-Old Becomes Celebrity Foodie, Eats For Free at NYC Restaurants

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Under the Instagram nick @FoodBabyNY, two-year-old Matthew Chau and his father Mike are tearing it up on the Instagram foodie scene, with 45,000 followers at present. Mike began posting restaurant reviews to Yelp in 2012. In 2013, Matthew made his first appearance in one of his father's food photos. It was then that a baby foodie legend was born. Said Mike, 

“Even before Food Baby became what it is, I would take pictures with him in the shot because with him in the pictures, it’s funnier... I love to eat. I love to spend time with my family. And that’s what I do every day. We get to be together. I can’t ask for more than that.”

Internet fame may not win the growing family (Chau's wife is pregnant with a girl) free meals at every restaurant, but they have saved a huge amount by getting many meals comped at New York eateries. Way to eat, Food Baby! 

Check out more amusing photos here at the FoodBabyNY Instagram account.

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A photo posted by Food Baby (@foodbabyny) on Jun 25, 2015 at 10:24am PDT

A photo posted by Food Baby (@foodbabyny) on Jun 23, 2015 at 10:36am PDT

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2015 Weather in Focus Contest Winners

“Proton arc over Lake Superior” by Ken William, Clio, Michigan
Second Place, Weather, Water and Climate Category

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association announced the 2015 winners of its annual Weather in Focus Photo Contest, which recognizes photographers who have captured images of weather or the science used to forecast weather, water and climate. A panel of judges selected the winners from more than 2000 entries taken between January 1, 2014 and March 31, 2015.

The contest is divided into four categories: Science in Action; Weather, Water & Climate; In the iMoment and Professional Submissions.

See the other spectacular photos from the winners here. 

 “Fire in the Sky over Glacier National Park” by Sashikanth Chintla, North Brunswick, New Jersey
Honorable Mention, Weather, Water and Climate Category

“Rolling clouds in Lake Tahoe” by Christopher LeBoa, San Leandro, Calfornia
Third place, In the iMoment Category


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