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Easy Chocolate "Star Bread" Recipe

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Here's a recipe that is so easy it's a perfect activity to do with the kids. If you count bread mix as one ingredient, it's a three-ingredient recipe, made with egg whites, Nutella and bread dough. It not only looks tasty, but its star shape is festive as well. -Via 22 Words

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Best Films of 2014

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Flavorwire has assembled their end-of-year selections for the best films of 2014. They list 25 titles, one of which is the fascinating documentary Finding Vivian Meier, about a nanny who secretly was a prolific photographer. Her staggering body of work was found by a stranger, only by chance, after her death.  For those like me who love documentaries, this is certainly a compelling one that I recommend.

See the other 24 titles selected as best films of 2014, with descriptions and trailers for each, in this article.


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18 Animals Whose Lives Were Improved by Prosthetics

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When injuries cause the loss of a functioning body part, the results are the same in animals as well as people. There is a sense of profound loss and a period of grief and depression as a result of such a loss. Then comes a time of adjustment, in which the being strives to live as normal a life as is possible in their new circumstances. At that time, a prosthetic can make all the difference. The importance of being mobile and autonomous can never fully be comprehended until such time as it is lost. 

Two cases of animals who have benefited from prosthetics are pictured here. The adorable Chris P. Bacon, above, never suffered a loss of his limbs, as he was born without rear legs. His owner, a veterinarian named Len Lucero, outfitted the pig with a set of rear wheels. Ever since, Chris has been inspiring children in hospitals who are confined to wheelchairs, showing them that it's not a condition that can keep them from leading fulfilling lives. 

In a terrible accident, Motala the elephant stepped on a landmine, necessitating an amputation in her front left leg. Motala was fitted with a prosthetic leg, which changed the fifty-year-old elephant's outlook and her life. 

Read about sixteen more cases of prosthetics improving the lives of animals in this article. 


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200 Calories of Christmas Food and Drink, In Pictures







The ol' visualizing 200 calories treatment is applied to typical Christmas food and drink here. To those familiar with counting calories, this shouldn't be much of a surprise. It does do well to illustrate how many calories can be ingested by partaking in alcoholic drinks, particularly rich drinks like eggnog. But with all that extended family interaction, I wouldn't dream of suggesting people stick to water. We all tend to cut back once January hits, anyway. 

See more of these 200-calorie Christmas fare photos at The Atlantic.  

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Ninja Cat's Sneak Attack

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You have to hand it to this cat. He's devised the perfect plan for a sneak attack on his dog housemate. Sure, the dog couldn't care less, but that's no reflection on your smooth moves, kitty. Keep trying. -Via Tastefully Offensive

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Virgil the Poodle vs. the Electric Toothbrush

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Virgil the standard poodle must be a major fan of oral hygiene via the electric toothbrush. Every time the brush is switched on, Virgil shows his teeth. Surely he's baring his teeth because he's ready for a good brushing, and not because he wants to attack the brush. We'll give you the benefit of the doubt, Virgil!

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The Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2014

This year a stunning breakthrough in reproductive health occurred: a woman was able to give birth with a transplanted uterus. The 36-year-old Swedish woman was born without a uterus, a condition called Mayer-Rokitansky-Küster-Hauser syndrome. She was one of nine Swedish women who had uterine transplants from 2012-2013. The uterus was donated by a 61-year-old family friend of the patient. The birth gives hope to mothers without uteruses or those with damaged uteruses who desire to carry children.

Read more about the birth here. This story is only one of numerous astounding scientific breakthroughs in 2014. Read about others here. 

Image: The Lancet


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Ice Formations on a Slovenian Mountain Top



Photographer Marko Korosec climbed Mount Javornik in eastern Slovenia after a storm and found this icy, wind-swept wonderland at the site of a ski center. Korosec estimated the ice spikes seen here to be over 3 feet in length. View all photos from this shoot at Korosec's 500px page. 

Images: Marko Korosec | Via Colossal





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The Paper Mache Creations of Dan Reeder



Dan Reeder (featured previously at Neatorama for a Maleficent wall mounted piece) is an artist from Seattle who has been making these detailed paper mache characters for 40 years. His technique, shown in the video below, blends a structure of paper mache with a painted, cloth "skin." Reeder has authored several books on his craft, his latest being Paper Mache Dragons: Making Dragons & Trophies Using Paper & Cloth Mache, which is available on Amazon

See more photos of Reeder's paper mache pieces here. 

 

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Via: Laughing Squid | Images: Dan Reeder 



 


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The Adventures of Ruuxa and Raina

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Ruuxa the cheetah and Raina the Rhodesian ridgeback (featured previously at Neatorama) have grown up together since they were six and seven weeks old, respectively. Raina was selected to be paired with Ruuxa by the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, where the two reside.  Dogs are paired to be raised with chosen “cheetah ambassadors” in order to keep them calm and socialized. 

The video above shows Ruuxa restricted to limited mobility as he heals from surgery to repair a growth abnormality in his legs. Raina accompanied Ruuxa into surgery to keep him calm and happy throughout the procedure. The video below shows Ruuxa at seven months old, having recovered from surgery and gaining strength by exercising his legs and feet while running at full speed with Raina.  

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New Mama Kitten Adopts Abandoned Pit Bull Puppy

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This video from summer 2013 is just starting to get attention. A pit bull puppy only a few days old was found abandoned and came into the care of the Cleveland Animal Protective League. Knowing the pit bull needed a mother's love, the staff experimented by placing the pup with a new mother cat and her kittens. The cat took to the pup right away and adopted him as her own. The tiny pup will never know how lucky he was, nor will the cat know how much her act of inclusion changed his life. -Via Viral Viral Videos

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National Geographic Photo Contest 2014 Winners

 Image: Christian Miller, Cairns, Great Barrier Reef, Australia | Honorable Mention, Nature category

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judges have selected the winning entries in their 2014 Photography Contest. The winning entries were chosen from a total of 9,200 total entries. The competition is divided into three categories: nature, places and people. The grand prize winner received $10,000. Here are some stunning examples. 

See all of the captivating images selected by the judges here.  

Image: Archna Singh, Madhya Pradesh, India | Honorable Mention, Nature category

Image: Henrik Nilsson, Boundary Bay, BC, Canada | Honorable Mention, Nature category

Image: Brian Yen, Hong Kong | Grand Prize Winner and People category winner


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Vintage Holiday Ads With Celebrity Spokespeople




This collection of celebrities pitching products for Christmastime advertisements takes one back. Back to a time when cigarette ads were a dime a dozen and 33 LP vinyl was the norm. When Polaroid cameras and clock radios seemed like the latest things. From Jackie Gleason and the Lone Ranger to Dick Van Dyke and the Three Stooges, these ads harken back to familiar faces in a simpler time. 

See more vintage celebrity holiday ads here. 



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Magic With Weird Al

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For those who thought Weird Al Yankovic was just a singer/songwriter of parodies, take note: this man is multitalented. He happens to be able to perform magic tricks while simultaneously cooking up something wholesome. Another Festivus miracle! -Via Tastefully Offensive


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Technology Ads Then and Now



Today our lives are more hectic than ever; it seems many people are in a constant race against time to get things done. Holiday time exacerbates the problem. Being so caught up, it's not often that people stop and ponder the overall picture. How has our world changed in our lifetimes? One way to reflect on such changes is to look at vintage magazines and newspapers. Every news item and advertisement serves as a time capsule. These ads for video cameras and mobile phones are perfect examples.

Some critics claim that technology has left us more isolated due to less face-to-face and voice interaction. Yet would they choose to eschew today's technology in favor of that offered 20 years ago? 

See a collection advertisements that hammer home technological progress here. 




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Holiday Feast

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Thirteen dogs and a cat gather 'round a holiday table and do what everyone does these days while gathered at a table. There are friendly exchanges, drinking of spirits, eating off their own plates and eating off of others' plates. A diva touches up her makeup and tech-dependent souls check their email. One sticky-fingered guest even nabs some silverware! 

The video stars animals from the Humane Society of Utah; some are available for adoption. A video on the making of this one is available here.

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8-Bit Cinema: A Christmas Story

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CineFix gave their 8-bit Cinema treatment to the classic A Christmas Story. Eight-bit Ralphie runs around his little Indiana town scheming about how to get the message out regarding the Christmas present he so dearly wants: an official Red Ryder, carbine action, two-hundred shot range model air rifle. -Via Laughing Squid


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A Star Wars Christmas

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YouTube user Tom BetGeorge synced an elaborate Christmas light show with his favorite music from the Star Wars franchise. This is his second year of putting on such a production. The music teacher built the props using wood, metal, acrylic and corrugated plastic. He runs the show nightly from 6-10 pm at his house in Newark, New Jersey. -Via Laughing Squid 


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1980s Slang Poster is Righteous



Husband and wife team Timothy and Aurelia Sanders, working under the company name Charley Chartwell, designed this blast from the past: a poster of 1980s slang. Anyone who has lived through the 1980s should be familiar with most of these expressions, many of which ended up being written into the pop culture of the time by way of songs, movies, television and books. 

Order prints of this fun poster at Charley Chartwell. -Via Laughing Squid 


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Dog Actually Eats Student's Homework, Needs Medical Intervention

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Texas high school student Reagan Hardin made a diorama of a farm in the middle ages for her AP World History class. But before she could turn in her homework, her dog Roscoe scarfed it down, plastic sheep and all. Roscoe became ill, and had to be taken to the vet for an emergency procedure to remove the plastic animals, which was done with an endoscope. Roscoe has made a full recovery. In the end, Reagan was able to prove to the teacher that she wasn't using the age-old excuse. -Via Arbroath

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Munchkin the Teddy Bear Takes to Her Sleigh

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New internet darling Munchkin the Teddy Bear is dashing through the snow in a Shih Tzu driven sleigh in this video. Her Halloween costume is being put to good use, as it keeps her warm while she plays in the snow. Every dog should be lucky enough to have a Teddy Bear outfit. -Via Tastefully Offensive

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This Modern Home is One With the Desert



This ultramodern desert home is located at Joshua Tree, in the High Desert of Southern California. Built so that it blends almost seamlessly into the landscape, the concrete of its roof and walls is the same color as its natural surrounds. The structure was built by architect Ken Kellogg, who owners Bev and Jay Doolittle enticed to take on the job by sending him photos of their 10-acre lot. 

See a video of the home below, and view a collection of photos here.

Via The Presurfer | Images: Lance Gerber

 


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Excited Shelter Dogs on Their Way to a New Home

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The dogs shown here are from shelters, accustomed to a lonely existence behind bars with minimal human contact. Then suddenly, a visitor or a family has them sprung from their kennel, and after a brief meeting, the dog is put on a lead and placed in a car. Some of the more timid dogs are scared at first, which may show in their faces. But many are simply ecstatic to be free and with a person who seems to have an interest in taking care of them and showing them kindness. That thrilled, hopeful expression is captured on many of the faces of the dogs in these photos as they ride to their new home. 

See more photos of dogs freed from shelters here. 


Source: Redditor electrical_outlet

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Spectacular Entries in Sony World Photography Awards 2015

White fallow deer, Eifel National Park, Germany | Image: Georg May

The gorgeous photos seen here are entries in the 2015 Sony World Photography Awards Competition. The contest has four sections, depending on the entrants' photography experience: Professional, for pro photogs only; Open, for amateur enthusiasts; Student Focus, for students of photography; and Youth Award, for entrants under the age of 19. Each branch of competition is divided into a number of topic categories. Winners receive international exhibits and media exposure, as well as publication the annual Sony World Photography Awards book.  

See more entries here. Visit the World Photography Organisation website to enter or learn more about the competition. -Via My Modern Met


Hindus throw colored powder to celebrate Lathmar Holi Festival | Image: Ioulia Chvetsova

A Hindu monk on a morning walk | Image: Jubair Bin Iqbal 


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Santa Gets a Makeover



Designers at Joint London decided to offer Santa a new, hip wardrobe. Their series "Designer x Santaoutfits the big guy with designer-inspired clothing. While St. Nick is looking sharp, I hope he warns the public of any costume changes before he goes sliding down chimneys. Better safe than sorry, Santa!

Prints of stylin' Santa are available for download as Christmas cards here.  See the rest of Santa's new wardrobe here. 


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20 Houses Crazy With Christmas Cheer

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Driving around and checking out Christmas light displays is a popular pastime during the holiday season. One thing that's interesting is the sense of individuality in each display. Every design lends insight into the personalities of the people who create them. But is there a point in which the decorator goes overboard? These homes have nary a five-foot expanse of their exteriors sans décor. What do you think?  

See a collection of houses decorated to the hilt for Christmas here. 


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Source: ugly christmas lights / Mandy Bird


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Second Trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road Packs a Punch

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Back in July we featured the first trailer of Mad Max: Fury Road, which was shown at Comic Con San Diego. Trailer number two was recently released, in which fans of the franchise are treated to a better look at the action. Sure looks like a barnburner. The film is directed by George Miller and stars Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron. It's slated for release on May 15, 2015. -Via Gizmodo


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35 Features for Your Dream Home When You Strike it Rich

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You win a ridiculously high amount of dough in the lottery. You collect your winnings and decide to build the house of your dreams. What kind of amenities would you include? Are you a wine or spirits enthusiast enough to build a grand wine cellar? Are you a swimmer who would build indoor/outdoor pools? A hippophile who would build stables for horses? A bibliophile desirous of room for your large collection? The endless possibilities are enough to make one's head spin. 

Here is a list of 35 items that would fit the bill. Even if some of them wouldn't necessarily be on your list, I think most of us can agree that it wouldn't exactly hurt to have them.
 


Glass door in kitchen floor leading to underground wine cellar |  Source: buzzfeed.com


Office with space-saving bookshelves | Source: peerflix.com


Waterslide in bedroom closet leads to pool below | Source: nation.towergaming.com


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Stunning Photos of Animal Migration

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These photographs of animals migrating are simply beautiful. Some of them, like the photo of white ibis migration shown above, look like abstract paintings, with the colors and shapes of the animals flowing together to form a pattern. There's something profound about the sight of so many animals instinctively and simultaneously driven to move en masse. 

See a great user-submitted collection of migration photographs here. 


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Beautiful Photo: Polished Meteorite



Redditor Proteon posted this photo of a gorgeous polished meteorite sphere. Another user explained that it was a type of meteorite called pallasite, which is "a mixture of iron-nickel metal and olivine, a crystal that makes up the majority of Earth's mantle." Several posters estimated it to be worth #10,000 to $12,000 in value. Provided that information is correct, I need to add that to my Christmas gift wish list. -Via Science Dump


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