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Ten People Who Found Big Money and Returned It

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A 62-year-old homeless woman from Calgary, Canada was living in a YWCA shelter when she found a purse with $10,000 cash inside. Despite her dire circumstances, she immediately turned the money in.

“It never crossed my mind to keep the money,” she said. “It’s not mine to keep.”

Once the story hit Canadian media, a groundswell of support and cash rewards were offered to the woman, who declined them due to her embarrassment over being homeless and insistence on remaining anonymous. In the end, the owner of the purse set up a $500 trust fund for the woman. That account, combined with other local funding, was enough to move the lady into her own apartment.

Read other stories of people, some in need, who found huge amounts of cash — in amounts up to $221,510 — and decided to return the money in this article. 


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Hulk, the World's Largest Pitbull Has a Litter of Pricey Puppies

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You may remember a previous Neatorama post about 173-pound Hulk, thought to be the largest pitbull in the world. The famous gentle giant is the pride, joy and family dog of owner Marlon Grannon, who breeds and trains protection and police dogs at Dark Dynasty K9 in New Hampshire.

There is an update in the world of Hulk since that post went live: he is now the doting father of eight adorable puppies. The litter may be naturally precious to Hulk and his puppy mama, but in the human world where money talks, each pup is akin to pitbull royalty, with a monetary value of between $30,000 and $55,000. 

By the time the puppies were born, most were already sold at a price of $30,000. Yet if the pups would go on to be trained by Grannon, their value would be in the neighborhood of $55,000 each.

Grannon's business caters to celebrities and other wealthy clientele worldwide, as well as law enforcement. Each dog is trained from birth and "lives together in a pack without fences, barriers or physical restrictions.” See Hulk and his puppies in action in the video below, and read more about him and his newly expanded canine and human family at the Daily Mail. 


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14 Road-Worthy Facts About National Lampoon's Vacation


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Even in a cinema culture whose proverbial aisles are littered and clogged with bad reboots and sequels, the National Lampoon's Vacation reboot has been received particularly poorly by many fans of the franchise. This gives some a reason to look back fondly at the original National Lampoon's Vacation. Mental Floss does just that in this list of anecdotes about the film. Ready for a road trip? The Metallic Pea Wagon Queen Family Truckster's doors are open and it's ready to roll. And speaking of the Truckster, 

1. IT PRETTY MUCH KILLED THE STATION WAGON.
Griswold’s plan to cart his family from Chicago to California to visit Disneyland stand-in Walley World required a durable vehicle. Obviously, he didn’t get one. The unheralded star of the film is the Wagon Queen Family Truckster, a station wagon with eight headlights and a pea-green finish. The car was actually a Ford LTD Country Squire heavily modified to be as unattractive as possible, and it did the job a little too well: following the release of Vacation, station wagon sales plummeted. Also known as “estate” vehicles, the models were shortly replaced in popularity by minivans and, later, SUVs. 

A car that cool helped destroy station wagon sales? Unthinkable. 


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Adorable Baby Elephant Chases Birds


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In this footage, a darling elephant calf chases swallows that fly around her as she plays in the roadway. I'm sure I'm projecting my own smile as I watched this, but it almost seems as if the elephant was smiling. She certainly looks like she's having fun, though. Via Uproxx

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Ten Things I Am Chris Farley Informs Viewers About Its Subject

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The new documentary 
​based on the life of Saturday Night Live great and comedian Chris Farley begins showing this Friday. Entitled I Am Chris Farley, ​the film is directed by Brent Hodge and consists of interviews with many of Farley's SNL and movie costars as well as his family members. Farley's entire life is covered, from his childhood in Madison, Wisconsin until his death by drug overdose at age 33 in 1997.

The movie is guaranteed to be bittersweet, much like the impression this kind, larger-than-life character left in the minds of his friends and costars. As featured in Esquire, here are ten facts about Farley that are presented in the film. 

 "8. He was surprisingly charitable.

The comedian gave back to his community. Farley was a "true Catholic" and spent a lot of time volunteering at children's hospitals. He believed that any homeless man had the possibility to be Jesus so it was best to help everyone. 'That part of him I don't think people knew,' Lorne Michaels says."


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100 Beautiful Words From the English Language That We Should Use More

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Words go in and out of fashion, and as they do, sometimes we lose perfectly good ones in our daily barrage of media presentations. Unless one is an avid reader, they may never have seen words that are perfectly apt and have the benefit of having a melodic sound that flows well into other commonly used English words. 

This list of one hundred beautiful English words has some arguably attractive selections that would be great interspersed with our own vocabulary standards, if they aren't already in rotation. The more the merrier, correct? See what words populate the list and share your favorites, if you'd like. My favorites listed here are "bucolic" and "halcyon." 


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A Guide to British Dating Slang Words


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In this, the thirty-fourth episode of Anglophenia, host Kate Arnell explains terms one might experience if they were involved in the British dating scene. While most of us Yanks are familiar with the term "snog," other terms mentioned here may be more of a mystery. What on Earth is copping off? And if some cheeky Brit calls you "bang tidy," is it a compliment or an insult? Kate will set you straight. Via Tastefully Offensive


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The Impressive Tricks of Rats Named Pepper, Blue and Puffin


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Abby Roeser demonstrates the cool tricks she’s trained her rats Blue, Puffin and Pepper to perform. The rats, who are happy to do the tricks in exchange for rewards like dog treats and dinner leftovers such as peas, are trained using a clicker. Very impressive! Now, hopefully I can remember how smart and cute that rats can be when one steps into the light in front of me as I'm walking around New York or some other large city at night! Via Laughing Squid

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Why Two Men Are Walking Every Block of New York City


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This video by The New Yorker features two New York residents, William Helmreich and Matt Green, who independently decided to embark on projects in which they walk every block of New York City. One is fairly young and one is older, and they both have different backgrounds and reasons for doing what they're doing. But on their separate journeys, both men develop profound and inspiring thoughts around them, the citizens, sights and sounds of the iconic city. Via Laughing Squid


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These Way Out PSAs from the 80s and 90s Are a Blast from the Past


"You might have to press and push up more than once... try it again, it's important to get it right!"
-Batman
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These old PSAs are fun to look at, even if you don't remember them from when they originally aired. From animation to robots, Batman to Star Wars, Gremlins to Pee-wee Herman, a lot of fun personas from the past appear to jog our memories. See all eleven of them here. Which is your favorite?


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The 30 Most Important Sex Scenes in Movie History

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In Vulture's list of the 30 most important sex scenes in the history of film, the word "important" has various meanings, which the writer clearly states. To quote him, he means important in the following ways: 

  • "Used in the development of the cinematic idiom"
  • "Sparking controversy"
  • Breaking new ground in the depiction of intimacy
  • "Seminal moments in film history (for better and for worse)"
  •  "Flash points that wound up changing our culture in interesting ways"
  • "Represented nefarious, exploitative trends"
  •  "And some are just unforgettable scenes that informed what came after them"

With those descriptions in mind, let's take a look at this writer's pick for the most important sex scenes in movie history. (Some screen shots used are NSFW-ish.)


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Corgi Pup Says No to Stairs


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Peanut Butter, a nine-week-old Corgi pup owned by Alvin Hsu, is shown here as he is encouraged to take the stairs downward. But Corgis have tragically cute, stumpy legs, Alvin Hsu, a fact which Peanut Butter seems to vocalize before he gives up altogether. Maybe in a couple of weeks, human. Via Tastefully Offensive

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Charts and Graphs That Illustrate Depression

Depression is an often misunderstood and stigmatized condition. On top of the already debilitating state of being depressed, those suffering are often further upset and frustrated by others who have no tolerance, compassion or comprehension of depression. Here, BuzzFeed staff member Anna Borges attempts to illustrate the condition from her perspective. See all of her illustrations here.


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The Science of Dogs


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As we dog enthusiasts know, dogs are lovable and amazing creatures. In fact, one of their physical attributes renders them like superheroes when compared to that of humans. A dog's sense of smell is ten thousand to ten million times greater than a human's, giving them the ability to simply sniff out illnesses of which we live in fear and must rely on machinery and complex medical procedures to detect.

Learn more scientific facts about dogs from this AsapSCIENCE video. Via Laughing Squid


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DIY with Pennies: Transform Cents into Sensational

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Do you have a ton of pennies occupying jars and coin banks, but never seem to take the extra time to roll and exchange them for dolla bills? The article linked below is full of ideas on how to make use of the beautiful copper shine of pennies, turning them into larger art pieces. 

For those under the impression that the use of pennies or other coins in projects like this is illegal, that is not entirely true. This government FAQ answers specific questions as to its legality. 

So, if you're so inclined, have at it. Dive in and get creative using these attractive DIY penny ideas. 


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18 Straightforward Facts About Donnie Darko

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Director Richard Kelley's film Donnie Darko was released in 2001. The story of the deliciously eerie puzzle that is Donnie grossed a respectable $7.7 million after the initial budget of $4.5 million. Yet unsurprisingly, elements of the tale continued to capture the imagination of viewers for years to come, guaranteeing the film a definite "cult hit" status. Part of Darko's appeal was its many memorable characters, one of which was the late Patrick Swayze's portrayal of Jim Cunningham. According to Kelley, Swayze relished the part, and dug into fleshing out the character with enthusiasm — and personal touches. 

"6. PATRICK SWAYZE WORE HIS REAL CLOTHES FROM THE 1980S.

Jim Cunningham’s Cunning Visions infomercials were even shot at Swayze’s ranch in Calabasas, California. When asked about working with the actor, Richard Kelly confirmed that, "He'’s the nicest guy ... He wanted to take a flame-thrower to his image. He was fearless. We shot the infomercials on his ranch. Those were his real clothes from the '80’s. He frosted his hair specifically for the part. He totally got it and was so cool about it."

Read 17 more facts about Donnie Darko here.


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Fifteen Flawless Portraits of Debbie Harry


Harry in her New York City Studio, 1980


The lovely Deborah Ann Harry was born in 1945 in Miami, Florida and adopted by parents from Hawthorne, New Jersey, who owned a gift shop. After graduating high school and obtaining a two-year Associates of Arts degree, she went to work in Manhattan as a secretary for BBC Radio. Before she went on to conquer the mostly man's world of new wave, Harry worked as a New Jersey go-go dancer, a waitress at the legendary Max's Kansas City, at a disco and as a Playboy Bunny.  

Harry's music career got started in the late 1960s, and by the early 1980s she was riding the High Tide and held her audiences in Rapture. Thanks to Deborah Harry's songwriting and singing talent, stage presence and sophisticated beauty, she's remained in the limelight ever since. See 13 more gorgeous portraits of Blondie here.

Harry in her dressing room, 1985 

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Upon Reflection: Antarctica


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This gorgeous video of Antarctica would likely please someone with the sensibilities of a Stanley Kubrick or Wes Anderson in that the pictures of natural spaces are mirrored images meeting in the middle of the shot. The effect adds interest to an already interesting, rarely seen landscape. The video, made by Alex Cornell, is explained in how-to fashion here. Via Gizmodo


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What $1,500 A Month In Rent Would Get You In Cities All Around The World

Mumbai
94,000 Indian rupees ($1,477) | Location: Poonam Nagar
Three bedrooms, two bathrooms | Includes gym, swimming pool, jogging track, and clubhouse
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Have you ever been struck with a case of wanderlust and thought about moving somewhere unconventional or far away? Did your imaginings take you to the point in which you priced residences in various locations? This article did just that, doing a bit of preliminary surfing to see what $1,500 USD in monthly rent would secure in other cities worldwide. The links under each entry/picture alone are enough to send one down a rabbit hole of searching for cozy places in Timbuktu allll day long. See all of the $1,500 finds here. 

Cairo  
9,648 Egyptian pounds ($1,232) 

Four bedrooms, one bathroom, and air conditioning | 200 meters from the pyramids
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CDC Reviews America's Consumption of Fruits and Vegetables

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The CDC released a review of how well America is doing in terms of eating the daily recommendation of fruits and vegetables. The recommended amount is two cups of fruit and three cups of vegetables per day. Americans ate only one cup of each daily, on average. Of all the states, California ate the most fruits and vegetables, but even their totals weren't all that good. Thirteen percent of California residents ate enough vegetables and seventeen percent ate enough fruit. 

See the CDCs review in entirety, including the remainder of the state breakdown above, here. 

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Futuristic Lexus Glows to the Beat of the Driver's Heart


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One could say that Lexus Australia had a hand on the proverbial pulse of its customer base when it designed this item: a car that pulses light in the rhythm of its driver's heartbeat. The car, called the RC F coupe, is finished with reactive paint that glows when the car is on. The paint then lights in time with sensors attached to the driver that detect his/her pulse. See the mechanism in action in the footage above. Just don't buy this car and ride with any passenger who is a love interest to whom you're playing hard to get. Then the jig will be up. Via Daily Dot


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1950s Magazine Quiz Gauges Whether Women Should Choose Career or Domesticity



An early-1950s women's magazine called The Girl Friend (And the Boy Friend) included this quiz, which questioned readers regarding their preferences and lifestyle in order to determine for them once and for all whether they should settle down as a wife or choose to devote time to a career. The more times respondents answered in the negative, the more likely it was that marriage should be their next step. 

Check out the rest of the quiz here, especially women readers  I know you wouldn't want to be left in suspense as to how you should proceed with your lives (or in finding out whether you made the right choices). 

 


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Rare Film from 1915: Claude Monet at Work in His Famous Garden at Giverny


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Fans of fine art will appreciate this fascinating and rare footage of French impressionist Claude Monet painting in the gardens at Giverny that he made famous through his works. The film was captured in the summer of 1915, and features the artist painting on a large canvas beside a lily pond. Monet was 74 years old at the time. Via Open Culture


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Brothers on Beach Rescue Hooked Hammerhead


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Two brothers on a Destin, Florida beach realized that a 10-foot hammerhead shark was in distress. The shark was pierced by several fishing hooks and had a steel fishing line wrapped around its head. One of the brothers pulled the shark inland so they could stabilize its movement as they rescued it from the entanglements. Excited onlookers alternately helped and screamed during the process. Eventually, the hammerhead made its way back out into deep water and disappeared. Via Daily Dot


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A Gift of a Watermelon Dragon



Valeriano Fatica is an Italian sculptor who makes detailed sculptures out of food, several of which are shown here. The dragon above is carved from a watermelon (video demonstration below). Fatica has more elaborate fruit and vegetable carvings and demonstration videos at his YouTube channel. Check him out on Facebook as well. 


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Cthulhu Potato Carving

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Nihilist Arby's: Where the Importance of Everything Goes to Die

So you think you're a special snowflake who deserves fresh fast food served up by caring fast food employess working for a responsive and responsible fast food establishment? You're on a strict meal plan and want to make sure your roast beef fast food item is under the calorie limit you've alotted for lunch? In a good mood because your kids love Arby's and you're bringing them home a surprise for dinner?

Meet the Nihilist Arby's Twitter account. You and your little feelings don't matter. Nutrition requirements are futile. Caring what you put in your mouth is real cute, but so unnecessary. Bathe in the meaningless nothingness that is Nihilist Arby's, and let the care drain out of you like a lanced boil. 

Read more of this fast-food-based anarchy here. Warning: NSFW, language.

Via Uproxx | Image embeds: Nihilist Arby's (@nihilist_arbys) on Twitter


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A Burning Bouquet of Roses is Surprisingly Stunning



Warsaw-based creative studio Ars Thanea set this bouquet of roses aflame for a photoshoot, during which the flowers smoldered, somehow seductively, in the dark. The glow of the burning flora is interesting and beautiful enough that I wish there were more flowers in the series besides roses.

See additional shots of the flaming flowers as well as the process behind the photoshoot at Behance. 

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A Kid Has to Learn How to Jump


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The last kids of the season at Sunflower Farm Creamery in Cumberland, Maine are ready for their first outing with their mama. It's time for them to learn the trademark move of adorable baby goats worldwide: being bouncy! And that they do. They're on their way now. Via Laughing Squid

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Every Suicide Squad Member's Story of Origin


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This video by ThingsAndStuff gives the comic backstories of every Suicide Squad member in under five minutes. Just the primer for anyone who is interested in seeing the upcoming film yet has not read the DC comics upon which it is based. Via Design Taxi


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1980s Commodore Has Controlled Michigan School District's A/C for 30 Years

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The Amiga 2000 was released by Commodore in 1987 and discontinued in 1991. By computer standards, the system is ancient history. Yet in Grand Rapids School District in Grand Rapids, Michigan, an Amiga 2000 has run the heat and air conditioning of its schools day and night, without incident since it was installed in the 1980s. As of now, 19 schools rely on the nearly three-decades-old machine. The system's 1200-bit modem and wireless radio signal enables it to communicate with the district's schools.

Read more and see a video news report on this story at Geek.com.


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