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Baby Monkey Annoys Cat with His Adorable Antics


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This darling baby monkey just wants a playmate and has settled on this cat... or is he purposely trying to annoy the cat? Perhaps a little of both. Regardless, their swing, push and pull routine is entertaining to see. Via Arbroath

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Ten of the World's Most Dangerous Toxic Ghost Towns


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If there are any locations worldwide that you want to clear off your "bucket list," it's these ten towns listed in the linked article as the most toxic areas in existence. So unles you have a "bucket list" of places in which you'd like to kick the proverbial bucket, keep a wide berth from these hot spots.

One grim example is Picher, Oklahoma:

"The Tar Creek area, which includes the lead and zinc mining town of Picher was designated a Superfund site in 1983. In the mid-1990s, a third of children in Picher were found to have elevated levels of lead in their bloodstream, which can cause cognitive issues. (Members of the Picher school board have said that students showed a high rate of learning difficulties, despite the work of teachers and the school board.) But that's not what ultimately triggered the mass exodus from Picher; in 2006, a study found that, due to mining, the ground was at risk for collapse, and in fact one motorist died after driving into a gaping hole in the ground. That triggered a federal relocation buyout, with only six households and one business remaining in 2011.

How dangerous is it today? Well, the long-term plans for Picher don't include human habitation. The town is being gradually dismantled, and once the cleanup is finished, the land will likely be turned over to the Quapaw tribe, which resided there before the mines came in. At the moment, the Quapaw tribe intends to turn the area into wetlands. Other towns in the area, including Treece, Kansas, and Cardin, Oklahoma, are largely abandoned."

Read about all ten of the world's most toxic towns here.  


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Ten Promising Independent Horror Films to Watch Out For This Year


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If you're a horror film enthusiast, this list is likely to contain a few items that will appeal to you. Vulture has assembled a collection of ten independent horror films to be released this year, and some of them look pretty interesting. 

Take the film February, the trailer of which is above. The writer has this to say in their description:

"Now that Mad Men is over, our Kiernan Shipka mainline has dried up, but getting to see her stretch beyond 1960s teenage ennui will be a welcome change. February is the directorial debut of Osgood (Oz) Perkins. He's the son of Psycho actor Anthony Perkins, but is probably best known to this point as David Kidney, the guy in Legally Blonde who dewormed orphans in Somalia before joining Elle Woods’s freshman introduction group.

But even if this is his first time at the helm, Perkins has penned a few thrillers, and for 
February, he’s gone to the fertile horror ground of girls alone at a boarding school to stage his slow-burn possession nightmare. Shipka’s character Kat is forced to spend a winter break on campus after her parents mysteriously fail to pick her up, and she’s stuck there with convenience companion Rose (Lucy Boynton), who’s dealing with her own substantial issues. Then there’s Emma Roberts, who plays a hitchhiking girl named Joan whose fate is intertwined with the two co-eds.

Since premiering at Fantastic Fest last fall, 
February hasn’t been widely seen, but it has garnered approval from the straitlaced types at Variety, as well as the blood freaks at Bloody Disgusting, where it was praised as “one of the best possession films ever.” That’s a broad swath of tastes being satisfied, and it sounds like the son of Psycho has really delivered with this nerve-twister."

Looks and sounds intriguing, does it not?

See the rest of their list of indie horror movies to look out for here. Warning: NSFW. one trailer contains nudity.  


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Two Drunk Irishmen Moving a Couch is Strangely Entertaining


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When these two obviously inebriated Irishmen decide to move a couch in their impaired state, it might not be the most intelligent decision. It does bring smiles to the faces of observers, however. Don't give up, guys! (Maybe another beer would boost morale.)

Contains NSFW language, which most of us will not be able to decipher anyway.


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Florida Man Arrested For Hurling Live Alligator into Drive-Thru Window

A Palm Beach, Florida man hurled a live alligator through a Wendy's drive-through window in October of last year, and after eluding the authorities since then, is now being arrested for his stunt. Local news station WPTV is reporting that 23-year-old Joshua James, after a Wendy's employee handed him a beverage through the drive-through window and turned her back to him, threw the 3.5 foot gator inside the window. James had been hiding the gator in the back of his truck.

After a search for James, U.S. Marshall used video camera footage to catch up with him, finally taking the creative criminal into custody yesterday.

Learn more on this story at WPTV. Via Uproxx


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4000-Passenger Cruise Ship Sails into Hurricane-Force Storm

For reasons passengers don't know and administration hasn't fully explained, Royal Caribbean’s Anthem of the Seas cruise ship sailed into a storm with conditions equivalent to a Category 2 hurricane on Sunday. The ship, making its way from New York City to Port Canaveral, Florida, sustained all kinds of damage, some of which can be seen in the video above. 

One passenger posted on an account of his at cruisecritic.com:

“Captain tried to turn ship but waited too long. Captain said they are in communication with the coast guard, struggling to point ship into wind but can’t move forward. All passengers told to stay in cabins; water entered ship on upper decks, large white structure broke off top of ship, landed in pool... Some passengers sitting in muster stations.”

Muster stations are designated areas on ships where passengers go during emergencies, generally in preparation for evacuation. The passenger said that in the most harrowing moments of the storm, waves broke over the tops of the life boats and the entire ship listed to almost 45 degrees. 

See additional pictures and read the story in full at the Washington Post.


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Pesty Piglet Nabs Fresh Milk from the Dairy Cow, Cow is Not Pleased

After viewing this video, one can see that it's no wonder calling a person a "pig" is essentially to label them an opportunistic glutton. In this clip, a cute and obviously thirsty little piglet decides that a long drink of fresh milk is warranted, no matter what the animal attached to that udder/twisty straw thing thinks.

During his milk binge, the annoyed cow is seen looking back at him in dismay, swatting him with her tail and trying to brush him off with a rear hoof, all to no avail. In the end, her walking away in combination with his being temporarily milk sated is her answer. I'd be afraid to see what a candid Charlotte would write in her web about that little guy. Via Arbroath

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29 Celestial Accessories to Put You Over the Moon

Stackable galaxy bracelets, available on Etsy here

Valentine's Day approaches, and even if you're part of a couple with the mindset that the sentiment of the holiday should be celebrated regularly, and there are no need for extravagances, it doesn't hurt to show up with a little something for your honey just in case. 

Present them with an item that says their heavenly body puts you on top of the world with some of the beautiful, reasonably priced jewelry featured in the linked article. The space theme is fun, you can stretch it out in any number of ways, and it's more unique than the traditional hearts and flowers routine. 

After looking at what pieces are presented above and below, check out all 29 jewelry offerings here. Including everything from meteorite necklaces to stars for her ears, there can be found a wide selection of lovely space oddities with which to decorate your loved ones. 


Phases of the moon ring, available on Etsy here

Stackable planet rings, available on Etsy here

Night sky ring, available on Etsy here


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Salma Hayek Rushes to E.R. in Revealing T-Shirt, Doctors Graciously Accept its Presence

Actress Salma Hayek suffered what she termed a "minor head injury" on the film set of upcoming comedy Drunk Parents recently. When she was injured, she was forced to make a trip to the emergency room, and did so without changing out of her set wardrobe.

On this particular day, her wardrobe included a t-shirt that was, as Hayek put it, "completely inappropriate for the hospital." But not necessarily, Salma. In fact, it looks as if it could be the way a hurried E.R. doctor might provide a time-is-of-the-essence, emergency, double simultaneous breast exam. Thus, the shirt was completely on the medical level!

Salma posted the above photo to her Instagram account and thanked the E.R. doctors of an unnamed upstate New York hospital for their time and attention to her case. Something tells me it wasn't their most unpleasant patient consult in emergency that day. 

To see how she captioned her photo post and in case of further E.R. visits or other interesting wardrobe happenstances, follow Hayek on Instagram here. Via Uproxx


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Ten Stories of Terrifying Medical Errors

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For most of us, our darkest imaginings would include narratives of ourselves or people we love suffering a life threatening medical incident or illness. In such a scenario, typically the hospital and medical personnel of our choice are part of our vision as possible saviors. 

Yet every day, horrible, preventable medical mistakes are made worldwide, and some prove deadly. The article linked below describes cases of medical malpractice the likes of which we all hope never to have personal experience with. One example: 

8. Regina Turner Had The Wrong Surgery

"Regina Turner endured many people’s worst nightmare concerning surgery—receiving the wrong operation. Her ordeal was already frightening enough: She had been admitted to the hospital for a “left-sided craniotomy bypass,” which was supposed to prevent Turner from having continued strokes, as she’d previously had a series of mini-strokes, which affected her ability to talk. After having the wrong surgery, her health deteriorated.

Before she went into surgery, Turner was still in relatively good shape. She was “mobile, cognizant, and able to care for herself.” According to the lawsuit filed against hospital, Turner’s condition worsened: “After the incorrect surgery, [Turner] requires around-the-clock care for her basic needs. [ . . . ] [She] will also continue to suffer from emotional distress, anxiety, disfigurement and depression.”

Rather than a left-side bypass, she had been given a right-side bypass, which caused considerable damage to her nervous system. Once the mistake was caught, the correct procedure was done, but Turner remained in poor health. The failure of anyone to catch the doctors’ mistake meant that numerous protocols were overlooked. Generally, before an operation, doctors and nurses will have a “time-out,” where they discuss in depth the details of the surgery and go over exactly what needs to be done. The surgeon also has to mark exactly where the surgery is to be performed. Apparently, this wasn’t enough to keep them from operating on the wrong side."

Read about more terrifying cases of medical malpractice here.


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U.K. Treated to Rare, Pastel-Colored Nacreous Clouds After Storm


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This past week in Scotland, Ireland and northern England, a rare natural phenomena colored the clouds with spectacular pastel rainbows, pleasing photographers and nature lovers alike. SOme lucky U.K. observers were treated to a positively beautiful bonus in the face of any negatives ushered in by Storm Henry. When the storm brought in a cold front, that air allowed for the formation of nacreous clouds. 

Once the sun set, parts of U.K. could see the prismatic show visible only at that time, when ice crystals are carried upon jets of stratospheric air.

See many more stunning captures like the ones shown here in this article. 


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San Francisco-Area Airbnb Ripoffs Advertised for Use During the Super Bowl


Santa Clara five-bedroom, ad devoid of interior shots: Yours for a mere $6,000 per night

Accusations of real estate sale and rental price gouging in cities with high or rapidly rising costs of living are frequently made in recent times. Not surprisingly, the Airbnb offerings in such cities are no strangers to those allegations. Throw in a temporary circumstance like the Super Bowl, and these shady practices can turn downright ludicrous on a dime. 

Grab a few smiles at the expense of the Airbnb listings in the article linked below, which highlights some of the craziest prices for San Francisco accomodations during and around the time of Super Bowl 50. Some such crazy prices are also attached to curious details regarding the dwellings and deals in question. 

For example, the article writer's examination of the listing pictured below concerns its Airbnb ad, which reads:

"No other apartment in San Francisco will you be provided with your own personal concierge on call 24 hrs during your stay I will take you wherever you need to go answer all your questions and needs, Pick up to and from airport and to and from game!"

The writer's response:

"Let’s see. A taxi from SFO to Alamo Square is about $55 each way. An Uber from Alamo Square to Levi’s Stadium is about $85 each way, but let’s assume there will be surge pricing and triple that. Total transportation costs for your weekend will be about $620.

But no other apartment in San Francisco offers all this:"

Touché! See all of these bold, bad 'bnb blurbs here.


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MacGyver to be Turned into a Movie


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Lionsgate has announced their plans to make a film from the popular TV series MacGyver, which ran from 1985-1992 and starred Richard Dean Anderson and Dana Elcar. Sources said that the announcement wasn't heavy on detail, which was similar to their October 2015 announcement of a MacGyver TV series. The television show is intended to be a prequel of the 1980s series, in that it focuses on MacGyver as a mechanically crafty twentysomething.

Read more on both the MacGyver movie and television projects here.


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Watch 20 Leaked Super Bowl Commercials Before the Big Game


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If you're the type who is more interested in the commercials than the big game, this article with links to 20 Super Bowl commercials that have leaked in the past couple of days might save you a bit of time this evening. Who knows how you could take advantage of that extra time? Developing a personal relationship with party snacks is just one delicious suggestion.



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A couple of examples are featured above and below. See all 20 leaked Super Bowl commercials before the big game at Rolling Stone.


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Nora's the Name, Slaying People With Cute is the Game




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Animal lovers, particularly those who treasure polar bears, may want to grab on to a sturdy surface prior to hitting play, due to possibility of serious swoon. This is Nora, the three-month-old polar bear cub at Columbus Zoo and Aquarium (whom I've once featured previously at Neatorama before she was old and mobile enough to do much but look and sound adorable while sleeping).

Now a curious, roly poly bear-in-training, this clip shows Nora roaming around the off-display areas of her zoo home, having fun and attending to important tasks such as giving the sign that announces her moniker a little taste test. The cub's name was decided by a public vote, and is a combination of letters in the names of her parents, mother Aurora and father Nanuq. Nora will not be available to be seen by zoo visitors until her keepers are satistfied that she is emotionally and physically ready.

Learn more about and see additional video clips of Nora at the Facebook page of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. It's updated frequently, is well done and is worth the time for any animal enthusiast.


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Pup Wipes His Own Paws


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This footage illustrates how Thomas Anamun trained his dog Bentley to operate on a cleanliness level above most canines. When Bentley gets to the welcome mat at the entrance of his home, he stops to wipe his paws thoroughly before walking through the doorway. Once the pup decides his job is done, his presence inside the house is celebrated by an unnamed doggie companion of his at the top of the stairs. Good boy, Bentley, and welcome home! Via Tastefully Offensive 

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Exercise vs Diet in the Battle Against Obesity


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In an explanation that is hardly news to people who successfully work at keeping their bodies healthy and height/weight proportionate, this AsapSCIENCE clip provides information on the importance of diet vs. exercise in that vein. It's not which is more beneficial, it's a matter of practicality and the simple equation of necessary fuel vs. excess. Via Laughing Squid


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15 Behind-the-Scenes Secrets of Dentists



When it comes to dentists, many people would likely prefer to forget that they exist as much as possible. That is, in between cleanings, pretend the industry is just a bad dream you have once or twice a year.

But for those that want to "bite the bullet," there are a few dentistry industry secrets of which it might benefit us to be cognizant. For instance, is anything in the office particularly germy? As a matter of fact,

13. THOSE BIB CLIPS MIGHT BE A LITTLE DIRTY.


Hygienists take great care to prepare examination rooms both before and after each patient arrives. A recent study by Tufts University, however, indicates that the bib clips used to keep those paper spit-catchers around your neck might not be fully sterile. Of 20 clips the researchers tested after use, 40 percent retained aerobic bacteria and 70 percent retained anaerobic bacteria even after disinfection. The study recommends that the industry consider disposable clips.

Read fourteen more facts about the dentistry business at mental_floss. 


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24 Things You’ll Find In Every Hipster Restaurant

11. The word “artisan” just thrown in at random throughout the menu

Let's say you find yourself on vacation, walking hungrily through the streets of a trendy district. You're in the mood for... a small plate of something. Maybe some childhood comfort food updated with edible flowers and shaved Brussels sprouts, artfully woven into place by an intense man with an equally intense beard. 

Suffice it to say if the above is what you're hankerin' for, you'll need to know the sure signs of a hipster establishment. One in which an egg isn't good enough. It's where you'll only find fresh farm eggs from free range chicksters.

This article has what you're looking for. It's a hipster restaurant blueprint, and it will supply you with 24 signs to keep you walking (and eventually eating) in the right direction. 


 4. Tables that were never meant to be tables.

14. Really f***ing expensive versions of food you ate as a child.
     Mac and cheese. Grilled cheese. Hot dogs. Cereal. etc. 

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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13 Copycat Burger Recipes You Can Easily Make at Home

The Faux Cheval Burger | Image and recipe: O&O Eats

As game day approaches, some of us are hosting friends and family and whipping up an appetizing spread for buffet tables. Others have been asked to bring a dish to contribute to gatherings hosted by friends. Such buffet offerings are a highlight of parties like these, both for people who love sports and, especially, for their spouses or children who have limited interest in them. 

One dish that's a winner with many is a juicy burger. While some people have developed their own unique methods for burger making, those who haven't cannot go wrong with a well-executed knock off of a beloved chain burger. Something realiably scrumptious, such as Shake Shack. The linked article contains recipe imitations of burgers from Shake Shack, Red Robin, Au Cheval, Smashburger and more. Give it a look and see if there's a juicy temptation for you within. 


The "Fake Shack" Shake Shack Burger | Image and recipe:  Smitten Kitchen

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Dreams of Dalí: A Virtual Reality Tour Inside One of Salvador Dalí's Famous Paintings


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If you're a modern art lover and haven't visited the Salvador Dalí museum in St. Petersburg, Florida, I recommend the experience. Not only is the building an impressive, unique example of modern architecture, but it houses the artist's most famous works, superior to the display at the Dalí museum in Figueres, Spain.

For the St. Petersburg museum's latest draw, they've teamed with Disney to present “Disney & Dalí: Architects of the Imagination.“ Visitors will be presented with "Dreams of Dalí," an immersive virtual reality tour inside his famous painting Archeological Reminiscence of Millet’s Angelus, by way of an Oculus Rift headset. As a bonus to people like me who love the music of the Pixies, the clip above is set to an appealing classical imagining of "Where is My Mind," performed by Maxence Cyrin from the album Novö Piano.

The exhibit, said by the Smithsonian to explore Dalí's "unlikely friendship and creative partnership with Walt Disney," includes sketches, paintings and correspondence between the two masters. The show runs until June 12, 2016. 


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Two Men Catch on Video the Moment They Are Nearly Struck by Lightning


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Meanwhile in Australia, where people with charming accents are about to be killed by All of The Things, a storm is blowing in. In this NSFW-clip-due-to-profanities-shouted-by-two-nearly-lighting-struck dudes, Nick and Daniel are at Sydney's Oyster Bay. They've just spent the majority of ten minutes deciding not to take their boat out because they could "feel the static" of the impending electrical storm. Just then, they get confirmation of their decision by one Mother Nature. Learn more and see additional video at Yahoo 7 News Australia.


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Violent Vintage Valentines: Just the Thing for Budding Serial Killers or Other Deviants

You're THE Girl I'd Like to Run Down With My Pre-Safety Features Death Trap of an Auto!

It's not uncommon to hear conversations among young parents about how the children of today have to be much better supervised and kept from walking around independently, due to the sheer numbers of wackos walking the streets. That is, compared to when the parents were young... when there was only the one stray wacko in town, and everyone knew who he/she was, and they were kinda lovably wacko. 

Nothing Says Lovin' Like an Easily Hidden, Sharp Stabbing Implement, Sweetheart!

If that's true, what is up with all of the creepers on these vintage valentine cards? They seem to be in posession of every deadly weapon imaginable, not to mention having rosy cheeks, puckered red lips and the air of being ready to strike at any moment, Chickadee.

While my description is tongue-in-cheek, even stripped down to the bare images, the creeptastic remains. So happy Valentine's Day, kids. Don't forget your fireproof activewear and protective chain-mail undergarments!

Brace yourself for certain catastrophe and see the full collection of creepy cards at Vintage Everyday. 
I Don't Know About You Valentine, But I'm Thinking of a Roux With Onions and Béchamel Sauce!


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Policeman Answers Routine Call, Falls in Love With Puppy

Marcus Montgomery is a police officer with the Fort Walton Beach, Florida police department. When a situation regarding a prior employee arose at the Panhandle Animal Welfare Society (PAWS), Montgomery went to the facility to make sure everything was in order. Montgomery told BuzzFeed,

“We spoke for about 20 minutes and I was wrapping up my investigation. One of the supervisors left, and while I was still speaking to the director of PAWS, the supervisor came back in with this little puppy in her hands. You could tell he’d been sleeping because his eyes were heavy and he was yawning constantly.”

Montgomery said he “immediately” asked to hold the puppy. He soon found out that the pup had just been plucked from a box on the other side of the building, and due to being all alone in the box, he had been crying.

When Montgomery heard that information it was, as they say, "all she wrote." The cop decided right then and there to take the pup home that night where he lives with his girlfriend and a pitbull rescue named Vader, who was long desirous of canine companionship. 

Now? We have Vader and Kylo, as seen below. Living, loving and napping. Navigating the dark side together, as a pair of close pals are wont to do. 

Learn about Vader's history and how his being a pitbull affected the early part of his life as a shelter animal, and see more criminally cute pictures of Vader and Kylo by visiting this link.
 

 Images: Marcus Montgomery

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Chewbacca the Newborn Calf Rescued from Thin Ice


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A three-day-old calf named Chewbacca got an early lesson in the dangers of winter when he slipped in between the planks of a wooden fence and escaped from his enclosure, later stranding himself on a pond covered with thin ice. But Chewbacca, a resident of Hope, Indiana, was saved by the quick action of his owner Kevin Mahoney, who enlisted the help of his local police department when the rope with which he first tried to rescue the calf was too short.

After the police arrived with a rope long enough to pull the calf to safety, Chewbacca's anxious mama made the adorable move of jumping over a barrier to get her to her baby. She had waited long enough to warm and comfort the little calf, and took the tail end of the rescue into her own hooves. Via Arbroath

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Some of the World's Most Beautiful Piers

Sellin Pier, Island of Rügen, Germany | Image: elbfoto

An ocean view is one of the most beautiful on the planet, and the price of any real estate that offers such a perspective is valued accordingly across the globe. Combine that view with a striking piece of architecture built to function and interact with the water, and you have an even more spectacular sight. 

Included in this article are photographs of notably beautiful piers all over the world, accompanied by a bit of information and/or history of each structure. Having spent vacation time at one of these piers, I can attest to the gorgeous views it provides. Check out the article and enjoy the photos. Perhaps it will add entries to your "travel to" list, as it has to mine. 



Umhlanga Pier, Umhlanga, South Africa | Image:  Leon Homan

Clevedon Pier, Somerset, England | Image: Chris Frewin


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16 Unusual Items For Sale on the Government’s Version of eBay

Handy Polygraph Chair

Occasionally it can be fun to peruse the oddities that the general public accumulates and ends up selling on craigslist or eBay. Or, as it turns out, if you'd like to get a little weirder than that, you can hit the U.S. government's answer to eBay, G.S.A. auctions. Its full name being General Services Administration, the entity's mission as stated is to provide “the best value in real estate, acquisition and technology services to the government and the American people."

Goodies like the one pictured above can be found for sale: a polygraph chair. Absent that bulky, results-non-court admissible piece of machinery, just imagine the possibilities for those two roomy armrests!


Coastal Park, Elizabeth City, NC

But that's not all, shoppers. Pictured above is another tempting parcel one can purchase for a mere several million: the Coastal Park area of Elizabeth City, North Carolina. Located on this piece of land are 82 apartment housing units, basketball courts, a tennis court, a playground, a gazebo, and according to the ad, tons more room on which to build recreational facilities. But just one catch: everything's liberally coated with layers of lead-based paint. Which may or may not even represent a problem to you as a consumer! What myriad opportunities. 

So whether your interests run toward Gucci watches that look like they've survived multiple mob wars, boats, planes or more screwdrivers than you can shake a large box of screwdrivers at, don't hesitate to scope out more government swag at mental_floss.  

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Eight Classic Movie Props That Were Tossed into the Trash



If you take a moment to think of some of your favorite movies and then identify a memorable prop from each, you can begin to put into perspective how many millions of treasures from movie sets get lost in the shuffle and may now be in landfills or misidentified and sitting in attics or thrift shops.

The article linked below lists pieces of movie sets, backgrounds or props that were either lost for a time and then found again, or disappeared and were never recovered. One such piece is pictured above and below. 

4. THE DEATH STAR // STAR WARS (1977)

While George Lucas and Lucasfilm would later have the resources to curate the extensive number of props and costumes from the Star Wars trilogy, not all of the models used in the original film were so lucky. After filming was completed, the single Death Star created for screen use was moved to a storage facility. Fox soon decided they were tired of paying rent, so the contents were ordered to be thrown out. A storage unit employee noticed the Death Star, plucked it from the trash, and hung on to it for the next decade before displaying it in his mother’s Missouri antique shop. The store sold it to a musician who used it as a trash can, stuffing waste through a hole where the radar dish had been. A collector later rescued it, giving the planet-destroying superweapon a life of dignity as a public display.

Read about more precious set remnants from The Goonies, King Kong, Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory and more at mental_floss. 


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Mother Elephant Shields Her Baby from Humans


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Though I love most animals, elephants are one of my favorite species, in part because of their intelligence, compassion, and frequent expressions of love to their herds and families. An example is this cautious elephant mother who unfortunately is aware of reasons that it's best to keep her baby beyond trunk's length from strange humans. In this sweet clip, she extends her trunk to gently hold the baby back from a group of tourists approaching them on the road near Malelane in Kruger National Park in South Africa. Via Daily Dot

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Symmetrical Monsters: A Study of the Beauty of Symmetry in Everyday Life


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Some photographers, artists and film auteurs  the late, great Stanley Kubrick, for example  have made careers in part upon bringing the beauty of symmetry to film technique. Some of the best examples are elegant and striking in their simplicity.

On a smaller scale, such are the shots appearing on the Instagram account Symmetrical Monsters. Contributors are steadily showing up with arresting shots such as the ones featured here. Enjoy and then check out Symmetrical Monsters on Instagram for more. This is certainly a feed to follow for photography enthusiasts. Via My Modern Met

Image: @astorsvensson

Image: @tacatci

Image: @daviclujan

Image: @davidjshulman


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