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Watch Out Grumpy Cat, Here's Grumpy Guinea Pig

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Move over Grumpy Cat. Like you, this Guinea Pig's standard answer is in the negative. And he actually makes noise. He might not have his Grump Face perfected, as it's still in Cute Face mode, but he's working on it. Better plan your retirement and put some of that money away for your Grumpy Grandkitties' college funds. Via Unique Daily.


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How Much Sleep Do You Need?


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Asap SCIENCE's latest video takes a look at sleep and how much of it allows for us to be productive, or even merely functional. I'm sure nobody is surprised that the news isn't good for people with a newborn in their house. The concept of sleep debt is also discussed. This morning I feel like my sleep debt has accumulated to the point that, soon, someone's Uncle Vito is going to whack me.


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Amazing Sleeve Tattoos by Niki Norberg

 
Niki Norberg is a tattoo artist working out of Gothenburg, Sweden. He's been working in the field since 2001. His flair for realism and fine detail has gained him wild popularity on Facebook and Instagram, with 171,000 and 256,000 followers respectively. Niki also has a great eye for what works in black ink, able to paint full black sleeves, as seen here, without the finished product looking exceedingly dark and simplistic. 

See more work from this talented artist and keep up with him on social media at Instagram and Facebook. Via Twisted Sifter.  




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President Lyndon B. Johnson Talks "Bungholes" With His Tailor

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The unpredictable, boorish personality of President Lyndon B. Johnson has been featured previously on Neatorama in a great reprint from Mental Floss. Yet while descriptive, that article doesn't quite get down to brass tacks (or brass bungholes, as it were). 

In a moment in which L.B.J. appears to be an early model for Mike Judge's Beavis, he gets on the phone with his tailor and orders some pants. However, in the same indelicate style for which he was famous, Johnson requests that the tailor let out a seam to make room for his "nuts" and his "bunghole." The tailor seems to take the conversation in stride. 

An amusing animation of the phone conversation done by Put This On is featured here; see the full transcript of the call at Dangerous Minds.  


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33 Pictures Taken at Just the Right Moment

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People who take a ton of pictures know all too well that snapping the shot at the right split second is imperative when it comes to capturing good photos. They also know that doing so is harder than it seems. At times, the "perfect" shots are accidents, or the products of continuous high-speed (burst) shooting mode. Even if one plans a shot, if they're working with one or more moving subjects, it still takes a photographer with fast reflexes who is ready for anything to make the intended capture.

All the above verbiage to make the point that even if some of the shots featured in "33 Pictures Taken at the Right Moment" that appear spontaneous were actually planned, the execution was just right. (However if they're 'shopped, that's another matter.) Via Bored Panda. 

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Ten Things You Might Be Doing Wrong Every Day

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Previously at Neatorama, there has been talk (and even song) about how to load a dishwasher. The people at Lifehacks put together a list that tells us things we might be doing wrong on a daily basis, and number four is loading a dishwasher. Their demonstration of the "right way" is this video by Chow.

Personally, I think it would kill me to load in dishes that dirty without pre-rinsing. I'm not certain that my dishwasher would get all of that mess off my dishes, which the video assures me is wrong. Maybe I'll do an experiment around that premise... or maybe not. Time will tell. 

But regardless of my dishwasher babble, check out the other nine things you might be doing wrong on a daily basis and let me know what you think of their list. Via Unique Daily.  


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Mosques of Iran

 At age 23, after only five years of practicing photography, physics student Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji has an amazing mastery of the subject. He is particularly interested in architectural and panoramic photography, as shown here in these stunning photographs of mosques in northern Iran. Mohammad said in an interview,

"In Iran, we have many historical sites - but some of the greatest are places of worship like mosques. As we have a grand mosque in every big city there are many historical buildings with lots of beautiful mosaics to capture.

I like looking for the symmetry, mosaics and artworks in these temples. I like how they let the light come inside and columns are special too as they divide interior space and give some depth.

Maybe some of these historical sites will not exist in 20 years or change a lot during that time. When I am capturing these pictures, I think about how they will be recorded and in future I hope pople will be able to see their beauty."

As an enthusiast of photography, I'd be willing to bet that this won't be the last time I see the work of this photographer in the press. Visit his website, Facebook page or 500px site to see more. 


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Walmart: Home of Faux Ice Cream


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Dan Collins, a disc jockey at KIKN Radio in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, got a tip that Walmart Great Value Ice Cream Sandwiches don't melt. Sitting outside on a sunny, 80-degree summer day, Collins watched the ice cream sandwich sit on a plate. Next to the sandwich was a scoop of Blue Bunny ice cream on another plate. After over an hour, Collins recorded the sickening results.

All of a sudden, I feel like hijacking an ice cream truck and seeing what other "delicious frozen treats" are suspect. Via Viral Viral Videos.


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Trailer for The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies

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Another day, another movie trailer screened at Comic Con Los Angeles. Featured on Sunday, the final day of Comic Con, was The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies. The film is again directed by Peter Jackson, who made a comment to the press stating that this is merely a teaser trailer of the film, adding that the full trailer won't be released until October.

Jackson also said that this film is darker than those in the franchise that preceeded it. The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, Lee Pace, Luke Evans and Evangline Lilly, is scheduled to be released on December 17, 2014.

 


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Video Compilation of Chemical Reactions

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This way cool video is a compilation of chemical reactions footage. Explosion. Disintegration. Deformation. Combustion. Whatever the reaction, it's all in the name of good, scientific fun. Via Geeks Are Sexy.


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Thrift Store Paintings With Added Touches



Toronto, Ontario-based artist David Irvine thinks green in his life and in his art. In fact, his art, which is sold under the name "The Gnarled Branch," is based on the idea of repurposing and transformiing objects that might otherwise end up in landfills.  

The paintings shown here are flea market and thrift shop finds, to which Irvine has added humorous pop culture characters and references. That these augmentations are so strategically placed in the paintings only increases the fun. Irvine says via his Etsy profile,

"Taking cast off items and transforming them into something 'cool' that people love and want is a big thrill. Generally I like creating works of art that are creepy or edgy since I have a passion for scary stuff and Halloween. I do a lot of artworks that would be described as low brow contemporary but have worked on many commissioned pieces that were more traditional in nature. When I'm not creating I enjoy gardening, scary movies and anything Halloween."

In other words, he couldn't be more up our alley. See more of David Irvine's work on Etsy, Facebook and bookmark his website for future visits, as it's currently under construction. Via Twisted Sifter.

 
 
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Wheels of a Car Go Round and Round

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Ryan Fox, a student at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, attached a GoPro camera to a tire of his car for his Video Sketchbook course. The result is hypnotic and kaleidoscopic. (Warning: As you would imagine with a video of rapid rotation, the footage is dizzying.) Via Colossal. 


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Thirsty Crow Begs for a Drink

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This amusing video shot in 2010 is only now getting major attention. The crow must be completely parched to push this hard for a sip of water. Or maybe he's trying to make friends over drinks? Either way, I have a feeling his persistence generally pays off. Via Viral Viral Videos.

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Imperial Propaganda Posters

The posters pictured here were distributed by the Star Wars Rebels group at Comic Con San Diego with the following note:

"It is by Imperial Decree that you are requested to proudly display these posters on behalf of your Empire. As loyal residents of one of the Empire's most vital stations on the Outer Rim, your compliance is appreciated. Imperial Service is a noble endeavor which paves the way for your freedom and security.

Remember, it is the will of Emperor Palpatine to ensure the future of a stable and prosperous galaxy." 

Who will fall in line with this blatant propaganda? It remains to be seen. Via i09.



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Safe Baby Pregnancy Tips





Married couple David and Kelly Sopp (previously at Neatorama) wrote a book full of comic advice they call "Safe Baby Pregnancy Tips." The book, perfect for expectant parents, is a lighthearted look at a time when couples (particularly mothers-to-be) are often overwhelmed by solicited and not-so-solicited bits of advice on pregnancy and child rearing. See more at Trend Hunter.




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Trailer for Mad Max: Fury Road

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Attendees of Comic Con are the first to lay eyes on sneak peeks at some highly anticipated movies, games and other fun. A shining example is the new film in the Mad Max franchise, Mad Max: Fury Road. The film, once again directed by George Miller and starring Tom Hardy and Charlize Theron, will be released in the United States on May 15, 2015. Via Geeks Are Sexy.


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Americans Taste Asian Delicacies

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As a kid, I looked forward to going with my family once a week to eat at a Chinese restaurant in our town. Because (Americanized) Chinese food was my father's favorite, I grew up eating potstickers, egg rolls, crab rangoon, garlic chicken and similar popular fare.

My family was invited to the Chinese restaurant manager's wedding. My sister and I were thrilled; in addition to experiencing a traditional Chinese wedding, we looked forward to the delicious foods at the reception. We were quietly stunned when dishes the likes of which we had never conceived appeared one after the other. Fish with their eyes and faces still attached. Strange cuts of meat. Food that quivered like Jell-O. Because we were just dumb kids as well as picky eaters, we left hungry. Our faces must have looked like those of the people in this video as Asian delicacies are set in front of them. I wonder if they went out to dinner after their taste tests? Via Unique Daily.


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WiFi Rainbows



Luis Hernan is a student at Newcastle University who is pursuing a PhD in Architecture and Interaction Design. Hernan created what he calls a Kirlian device, an instrument that reads the signal strength of WiFi networks and translates the signals into five-color LEDs. Red indicates the strongest signals, blue represents the weaker.

Using his equipment, Hernan shot this long-exposure photo series, which he calls Spirit Photographs. Hernan explained his thought process:

"The fact we are becoming increasingly reliant on something that we can't see intrigues me. I wanted to find a way to show the wireless which is around us and also to show how it changes."

Read more at Hernan's website or in this article. Via My Modern Met

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Nine Dogs, Cool Tricks

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Nine smart pups are shown here performing a number of impressive tricks, some more useful to humans than others (that breakfast is only fit for a dog, if you ask me). Check out these talented canines in this BuzzFeed video.

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Kissin' Kitty

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This Abyssinian cat is named Tommy, but it seems that Romeo would be a better name for such a kissing enthusiast. So much for cats supposedly being standoffish. Even my dogs wouldn't demand that much affection. Via Tastefully Offensive.

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Why Do Our Hair and Eye Colors Change?

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Have you ever had an unexpected change in your own eye or hair color? Have you ever wished your hair or eye color would change? Do you have a preference for particular colors in your mate? (If so, hopefully that's not a dealbreaker.)

My eyes are so dark they are almost black, and I like it that way. But I've always been fascinated by people with those electric blue or green eyes. In this video, DNews explains the science behind hair and eye color changes. Via Unique Daily.


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Piglet Plays with Patient Pitbull

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This three-week-old, precious piglet named Pigalina was rejected by her litter. Melissa Susko at Piedmont Farm Animal Rescue's PIGS Animal Sanctuary came to Pigalina's rescue. There she became fast friends with Levi the Pitbull Terrier. Pigalina now has a permanent home on Melissa's farm in West Virginia; a perfect ending to this piglet tale.

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Belfast Zoo Welcomes Kibibi the Baby Gorilla



Kamili and Gugas, a western lowland gorilla couple who make their home at Belfast Zoo, had a baby girl in March of 2014. Zoo staff named the baby "Kibibi," which means "little lady" in Swahili. Belfast Zoo curator Julie Mansell explained why Kibibi is such a wonderful surprise to the zoo staff:

“Kibibi is the second arrival within the last year for dad, Gugas, and she is the first girl! In 2012, with no sign of pregnancies, we tested Gugas’ fertility and the results were not promising. In fact, we feared that Gugas would never father any young. We are delighted that he has proven us all wrong with the arrival of Kibibi and Baako in the last year.

 


All apes are endangered or critically endangered and some professionals have even predicted that all species of ape will be extinct within 30 years. Gorilla populations have declined by more than 50% in recent decades and our role, as a zoo, in their conservation is becoming more and more vital.”

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Ten Facts About Seinfeld

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The Movies Insights YouTube Channel created another of their ten facts videos; this time around, the focus is on Seinfeld. How many times did Jerry say "Hello Newman" in an utterly disgusted tone? Fans of the show should take a guess and then hit play. Via Tastefully Offensive.


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Game of Thrones Season Four Blooper Reel

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If you're a fan of blooper reels, as I am, you're sure to enjoy the season four bloopers that the Game of Thrones YouTube Channel posted today. The video was presented at Comic Con at The HBO hits panel in Hall H. Via Dangerous Minds.


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Rollie the Armadillo at Play

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YouTube Channel Animal Moments posted this adorable video of Rollie, a southern three-banded armadillo, playfully pouncing on his little pink pig toy. The footage was captured by an intern at the NEW Zoo and Adventure Park in Green Bay, Wisconsin. Via Nothing to Do With Arbroath.


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Sequined Spider

I should never say never. Because yesterday, I would have sworn up and down that I'd never call a spider a "beautiful creature." But today is a new day, and this beautiful creature is called the sequin (or mirror) spider. This arachnid is a member of the Thwaitesia genus, which is known to have reflective patches that are beautifully iridescent, as seen here in these macro photographs by Nicky Bay. 

Each tiny piece of the mirrored mosaic that is this spider's abdomen changes shape according to the spider's perceived level of threat, which is evident in these photos. The substance that makes for such a shiny surface is crystalline guanine, which is used as an ingredient in shampoo and cosmetics to achieve a look of pearlescent shimmer. Via Bored Panda.

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People You See at Every Nerd Convention


It's day two of Comic Con International: San Diego, and to celebrate,  Julia Lepetit and Andrew Bridgman from Dorkly bring you the fourth installment of “People You See At Every Nerd Convention.”

The jacked dude only there to rock shirtless cosplay. The twenty slave Leia's and one ignored non-slave Leia. The smelly guy who has clearly been wearing the same costume every day of the con. As well as checking out the most newly recognized categories of con attendees, see them all in parts one, two and three. Via Geeks are Sexy.


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Musical Illuminated Swing Set: The Tour

Daily Tous Les Jours, a collective of designers from Canada, created this cool swing set, which is now on tour. The set, based on the original 22 Swings project, is illuminated, which creates the spectacular light trails in the photos below. The designers explain their project on their website:

"The interactive installation consists of a series of musical swings. When used all together, the swings compose a musical piece in which certain melodies emerge only through cooperation. It’s a game where from the start you need to adjust to the actions of others.

The Swings allow participants to make music with their entire bodies, to connect to one another and to have a sense of ownership of public space due to the music they create. The result is a giant collective instrument that brings together people of all ages and backgrounds."

Pictured here is the swing set, a project its designers call The Swings: An Exercise in Musical Cooperation, at its visit to the Green Box Arts Festival in Green Mountain Falls, Colorado.

Those interested in learning more about The Swings or bringing the installation to an event in their town can submit their request here. Via Colossal. 


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Hospital Parking Garage Transformed into Avant Garde Architecture




Rob Ley, founder of architecture and design studio Urbana, transformed an Indianapolis hospital parking garage into art by adding 7,000 multicolored metal panels to the outer facade of one wall.

The finished project, entitled “May-September,” changes color and shape according to the vantage point of observers and the amount of light and shadow cast by the weather of the day. The colored panels cover an area of 12,500 square feet. 

The video below is an interesting look at the structure and the process of installing the metal panels. Via Beautiful Decay.


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