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Rare Black Serval Spotted in Africa


Photo: Sergio Pitamitz

While leading a wild life photography tour in Kenya, Sergio Pitamitz spotted something rare: a jet-black serval - an African wild cat that normally has cheetah-like spots. The black serval ambled into view of the group, then disappeared back into the bush.

"When you do wildlife photography, you're always searching for something rare and strange," Pitamitz said to National Geographic, "It was absolutely incredible."

Black serval has been spotted before - but it's quite rare. There are just six records of black servals in scientific literature, according to biologist Eduardo Eizirik of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio Grande do Sul in Brazil:

The animal is melanistic—its genes carry a mutation that creates more dark pigment than light pigment ... Though melanism is common enough among wildcats—it's reported in 13 of the 38 known species—the trait seems to be relatively rare in servals

Christine Dell'Amore of National Geographic has the full story (check out the large image of the black serval there. What a lovely creature!) - Thanks Kelsey!

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Girl Stole Pope's Hat

Mountain Butorac (yes, his name is Mountain) of The Catholic Traveler took his 3-year-old goddaughter to see Pope Francis. After waiting a couple of hours, they got to meet the Pope up close ... and the little girl stole his hat* after distracting him with a kiss!

See the Twitter video clip below:

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The Cheapest House For Sale in San Francisco is a Fire-Gutted Wreck for $499,000


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If you want to buy a house in San Francisco, you better have deep pockets. The median listing price of a detached home in the city is currently $1.15 million dollar according to Zillow (renting isn't much cheaper either, with median rent list price of over $4,000).

But deals can be found, like this house in the Excelsior District, which is currently listed for sale at a mere $499,000. It's a steal, if you're willing to overlook some negatives ... like being completely gutted by a fire, for example.

Take a look at what half-a-million bucks would get you in San Francisco, which Curbed SF identified as the cheapest house for sale in the city right now:

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Wheel of Fortune Fail: A Streetcar Na(k)ed Desire

Can you solve this Wheel of Fortune puzzle?

In Tuesday's Wheel of Fortune episode, a contestant named Kevin was one letter away from solving the puzzle and winning the game ... but his dirty mind proved to be his undoing (and his ticket to Internet infamy).

After Kevin called for a "K" (with confidence, no less) and lost the game to a fellow contestant, Wheel of Fortune host Pat Sajak joked, "... although you got the right answer, I'd rather see Kevin's play."

You can watch the now legendary game in this YouTube clip below:

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This Cake Rocks!

What a perfect birthday cake for a geologist! We don't know anything about the person who baked this "sedimentary layer cake", but we'd wager he or she's down to earth about the amount of time and labor it took. So let's not take it for granite. Plus, it sure builds my apatite! Yum!

(Image: Proteon/reddit)

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The World's Most Expensive Taco Will Set You Back $25,000

Hungry? Wanna taco? Got $25,000?

That's how much the Grand Velas Los Cabos hotel in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, charges for the world's most expensive taco.

Created by Executive Chef Juan Licerio Alcala, the taco comes with langoustine, kobe beef, black truffle brie cheese, and Almas Beluga caviar. The tortilla is infused with 24-karat gold flakes and the whole thing is served with an exotic morita chile salsa and civet coffee.

The taco will set you back $25,000 - more if you pair it with the Ley .925 Pasion Azteca Ultra-Premium Anejo tequila (at $150,000 a bottle). But, you know by now, guac is extra.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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You'll Love These Low-Budget Beasts From Local Theaters

Not everyone has $160 million budget for their version of Beauty and the Beast like Disney did, but it doesn't mean that local theaters couldn't impress you with their rapier wit and low-budget costumes.

Behold, the Low-Budget Beast, a blog dedicated to showcasing the best Beasts that have ever graced the stage:

Be our guest and take a look over at Low-Budget Beasts - via AV Club


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Messy Roommate Inspired Man to Create "Passive-Aggressive Art Gallery"

Got a messy roommate? Don't get mad - turn his mess into a "passive-aggressive art gallery" instead and gain Interweb fame.

Justin Cousson of Hollywood, California, converted over 30 instances of his roommate's messiness in the living room, kitchen, and laundry room into art pieces. Like this one above, titled "Cheese Knife".

"Knife left out on counter in striking distance of knife block, having been only used to remove seal of ice cream carton, which was also left on counter, leaving quite the sight as the last thing I saw before I gratefully leave town for two weeks." (mixed media 2017, $500).


"Sour cream covered spoon, left in sink before leaving town for four days"
(mixed media 2017, $3,400)


"Boxes left on couch because what even *is* breaking them down and recycling or leaving them not on the couch" (mixed media 2017, $6000)

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Cutting Hair with Fire

Usually, when someone's hair got set on fire, it's not on purpose. But setting his client's hair on fire is exactly what Palestinian hairdresser Ramadan Adwan meant to do.

AP Photographer Khalil Hamra visited Adwan's barbershop to find out more about this unusual practice:

In his small shop in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, Adwan uses careful application of open flames. His creative idea was born from Gaza's frequent power cuts preventing him from using a dryer. After cutting and combing, the barber applies what he calls "special" lotion and powder to client's heads to protect their skin before using flames from an aerosol can to dry the wet hair. "The experience strengthens the hair, but it's not permanent as with chemical products. It's just temporary to show a good and nice style," he says.

Take a look at the fascinating story over at Chron. Image: Khalil Hamra


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Six Dots: The Story of Young Louis Braille


Surely you knew that braille is the alphabet and writing system used by blind and visually impaired people, but did you know that it was invented by a fifteen-year old boy who was accidentally blinded at a young age?

Maria Popova of Brain Pickings wrote a fantastic review of Six Dots: A Story of Young Louis Braille by Jen Bryant. With lovely illustrations by Boris Kulikov, it is a children's book about how Louis Braille went blind at the age of three due to eye infection after an accident at his father's workshop, and how he went on to invent the writing system that is still in use today.

... the turning point in [Braille's] life came when he was three. His father was a leatherer specializing in horse tack in a small town near Paris. One day, while playing at the leather workshop, little Louis disregarded his father’s admonition not to toy with the sharp tools. ... Trying to imitate his father, he set out to puncture a piece of leather. But the awl slipped from his tiny hand and stabbed him in the eye.

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International Hair Freezing Contest


Images: Takhini Hot Pools

This sure puts "chill" in "just chilling."

Every year since 2011, the Takhini Hot Pools, a hot springs resort in Yukon, Canada, has held The International Hair Freezing Contest (Previously on Neatorama). Contestants would soak in the hot springs, dip their heads in the hot springs and wet their hair, then mold their hair into the most creative 'dos and let the cold winter air freeze it.

Take a look at the photos of some of this year's participants:

Just how cold was it there? Take a look at the temperature shown on the thermometer below:

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Train Runs Through This Apartment Building


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If you think that the traffic on the street outside your apartment window is noisy, stop complaining now. You've got nothing on the residents of this Chongqing apartment building: they have to deal with a train running straight through the structure!

"Our city is very heavily built upon and that can make finding room for roads and railway lines a real challenge," a Chongqing Rail Transit Group spokesperson said in 2014 as reported by Oddity Central, "Sometimes there just isn’t room on the ground so we have to think about going under, or over, or – in this case – straight through. In a city as fast paced as this it was clear people wanted to get around quickly. Extending the railway line this way was a gamble, but it was one that paid off."

Interestingly, having a train traveling straight through the building several times a day did not reduce property values. In fact, it actually made the apartments more expensive as it made access to public transportation much more convenient for the dwellers.

See the clip of the train in action:

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Mecha-Jeff Bezos


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After crushing brick-and-mortar and online competitors with his Amazon store and working to conquer space travel with his rocket company, what is there left to do for a billionaire? How about channeling your inner Tony Stark and turning yourself into mecha-billionaire?

That's what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos did at the private Machine Learning, Home Automation, Robotics and Space Exploration (MARS) conference. As reported by The Verge, he stepped into a 13-foot-tall bot developed by Hankook Mirae Technology of South Korea and lived out our childhood fantasy of controlling a giant robot.

Conference attendee Caleb Harper shot this video clip of Bezos waving the mecha's arms:

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Late for School? Get to Dad's Chopper!

Late for school? Don't ask mom for a ride in her minivan ... ask dad to drop you off with his helicopter! (See, choppers aren't only good for running away from alien monster ... )

Passersby spotted a chopper land in front of a school in the elite Lipky district of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Moments later, a schoolboy jumped out and ran inside. The boy is reportedly the son of former Deputy Minister of Sports Andrey Palchevskii.

The incident sparked a debate on social media: is it an extravagant gesture of the elite, or is it just a boy desperate not to be late for school?

This puts a whole new spin on "Helicopter Parenting." View the story and video clip on Metro.


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"Stayin' Alive" is the Perfect Song to Administer CPR

Seventies disco song "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees could very well save your life one day. Turns out, the song has just the right tempo for administering CPR.

The NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and advertising agency Seiden have released a Spotify playlist of songs with around 100 beats per minute (bpm) tempo, which is considered the ideal rate for administering chest compressions during CPR.

In the playlist are apt life saving musical hits like "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees as mentioned above, "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor, and "Rock Your Body" by Justin Timberlake. More perplexing, however, is the inclusion of "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen ... Someone's got a morbid sense of humor!

Check it out over at The NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital - via Quartz


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The Bathroom IS the Apartment!

Think your apartment is bad? Take heart, at least you're not living in the bathroom.

The SFist spotted a rental listing for a small studio apartment in the Presidio Heights area of San Francisco. The landlord is asking for $2,000 a month, which is steep, but hey, that's the going rate for the most expensive rental market in the United States.

Here's the ad, which touts the studio as "quiet" and with "easy parking."

Looks like it's wide enough for a couch and not much else ...

And there's a nice built-in counter with stools, which is good because you can't fit a table or desk in the space. And the microwave is just an arm's reach from the shower - in case you need to heat something up while you take a shower in the morning.

All this for $2,000 a month, folks!

But hey, look at the bright side: the bathroom is really conveniently located!


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Something is Lost in Translation Here

Something must be lost in translation here. Redditor GrapefruitTechnique posted a girl wearing a shirt with a familiar character but something's not quite right ...

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Living Under the Bridge Isn't Just for Trolls Anymore


Images: BoysPlayNice/H3T - via Apartment Therapy

See, living under bridges isn't just for trolls anymore. Now, the avant garde class (or horror lovers) can join in on the fun!

Czech architecture firm H3T Architeckti's "Black Flying House" is a small four square meter (about 43 square feet) house suspended under an old railway bridge with thin steel cables. From a distance, it looks like the dwelling is floating in the air.

The house is accessible using a small ladder and features a small window and stark interior with matte black finishes. Perfect for a horror fan!


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These People Have the Healthiest Hearts in the World. Oh, And They Also Eat Monkeys and Piranhas for Dinner.


Image: Michael Gurven

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States accounting for roughly 1 in 4 deaths every year. But there's a part of the world where heart disease is so rare that it's practically unheard of.

Research has shown that the Tsimane people of Bolivia have "the lowest reported level of coronary artery disease of any population recorded to date." Using calcium plaque as a measure of heart disease, their hearts are much healthier than those of people who live in the United States, Europe, as well as Asian countries with advanced economies and health care system like Korea and Japan.

"If you think of the calcium plaque as a reasonable measure of arterial age, their arteries are 28 to 30 years younger than ours," cardiologist Randall Thompson and one of the authors of the study said to The Washington Post. "Obviously the Tsimane are achieving something that we are not."

So, what's their secret? Well, let's just hope it's not their diet. You see, the Tsimane people eat monkeys, wild pig, and piranhas for dinner.

Read the full story by Peter Whoriskey over at The Washington Post's Wonkblog.


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Facial Recognition Toilet Paper Dispenser

This is why we can't have nice things. Locals have stealing toilet paper from the public bathrooms at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, causing the park to use over 30 rolls of toilet paper a day. A local news investigation caught nearby park residents visiting the public restroom multiple times a day to stuff their bags with as much free toilet paper as they can snatch.

Tired of having to spend so much money on toilet paper, the local authorities decided to employ a high tech solution: they've installed facial recognition scanners to the toilet paper dispensers.

The Shanghaiist reports:

In order to get toilet paper, visitors must remove their glasses and hat, and have their faces scanned by a high definition camera. Afterward, they are issued a 60-cm [about 24 inch - ed] long piece of toilet paper by the wall-mounted machine ... Authorities say that the system can remember faces, and that each individual will only be allocated paper once every nine minutes.

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Voice-Controlled Home Automation with the Zelda Ocarina

Voice-controlled home automation is all the rage these days, but yelping at Amazon's Alexa or Google Home just doesn't do it for this diehard Zelda fan.

Allen Pan of Sufficiently Advanced decided that the best way to voice-control his home is by using ... the Zelda ocarina. Pan built a Raspberry Pi-based sytem to recognize various Zelda tunes and perform tasks like unlocking the front door, turn on the lights, adjust the thermostat, control the humidifier, water the plants, tell the time, find his cell phone and unlock his car.

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(YouTube Link - via Sploid)

Now, we've got to figure out his home address and go there with an ocarina!


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Should We Have 100+ Planets in Our Solar System?


Under a size cutoff of 10,000 kilometers, there are two planets, 18 or 19 moons, 1 or 2 asteroids, and 87 trans-Neptunian objects, most of which do not yet have names. All are shown to scale, keeping in mind that for most of the trans-Neptunian objects, their sizes are only approximately known. Montage by Emily Lakdawalla. Data from NASA / JPL, JHUAPL/SwRI, SSI, and UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA, processed by Gordan Ugarkovic, Ted Stryk, Bjorn Jonsson, Roman Tkachenko, and Emily Lakdawalla.

Remember Pluto?

Ever since it was kicked out of the family of planets of our solar system, it's been trying to get back in. This time, in an effort spearheaded by Kirby Runyon of Johns Hopkins University, Pluto wants itself and its 100 closest pals to be called planets.

Runyon proposed that a planet is redefined to focus on its own geophysics: "A planet is a sub-stellar mass body that has never undergone nuclear fusion and that has enough gravitation to be round due to hydrostatic equilibrium regardless of its orbital parameters."

In a scientific poster submitted to the upcoming Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Runyon pointed out that this new definition of planet would emphasize its intrinsic as opposed to extrinsic properties. For school children and lay people, the definition of planets is easy: "Round objects in space that are smaller than stars."

But what about memorizing the names of all those new planets? No need to do that, Runyon said, instead schools should focus on teaching Solar System's zones and why different types of planets formed at their respective distances from the Sun.

Read more about the new effort to reclassify Pluto as a Planet over at Universe Today.


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Master Splinter IRL

Like Master Splinter once said, "The path that leads to what we truly desire is long and difficult, but only by following that path do we achieve our goal." And by goal, I think he meant pizza and by path he meant trash cans.

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Zoom Out! Nanoscience Illustrated by Etching Tiny Images on a Penny

We all know that nanotechnology and nanoscience deal with really, really, really small things, but how small is small, exactly? Let the Molecular Foundry, part of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, show you using a common penny.

In this YouTube video clip, the lab used beams of electrons to sketch letters that spell "Molecular Foundry" with the smallest feature roughly being 20 nanometers (about 100 atoms). As the video zooms out, you'll see the Berkeley Lab logo written using a beam of charged gallium atoms. Then, as the video continues to zoom out, you'll see an 18-hour timelapse of the face of Abe Lincoln, drawn with gallium atoms.

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I only wish we could reverse the video clip, and yell out "Enhance" like in CSI.


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March March march is Pointless ... and That's the Whole Point of it!


Image: Colin Bell

As its website proclaims, there's really no other point to the March March march other than to justify its name:

The March March march is a long, flat, pointless walk across the Fens from the town of March to Cambridge, a distance of about thirty miles. It takes place, of course, in March, often but not always on the last Saturday in March. It has no purpose other than to be called the March March march. It was invented by Jonathan Partington in 1979, apparently because it seemed like a good idea at the time.

The March March march is organised by an official known as the Custos Martis. The current Custos Martis is James Yardley, who has been trying to resign for several years.

But if you think that's pointless, you should try the May Manea Mania train ride (Manea stands for "Many Are Not Even Awake." (Via BBC)


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BBC Mom: How Would a Working Mom Handle the "BBC Dad" Interview?

You all have seen the viral "BBC Dad" clip, where Professor Robert Kelly's TV interview was gatecrashed by his two adorable little kids. But how would a working mom handle it? Why, she would take care of it without even batting an eye!

New Zealand comedy duo Jono Pryor and Ben Boyce of Jono & Ben made a skit parodying the viral video clip titled "Woman interrupted during BBC interview." Take a look:


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Reindeer on a Plane


Photo: Olga Ushnitskaya

Rudolph may be taking a break from flying after a busy Christmas season, but his reindeer brethren have to get around. So they fly commercial.

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Skull Firelogs

Now this is a backyard firepit fit for Conan the Barbarian! Forget firelogs - keep yourself warm with fires fueled by burning the skulls of your enemies. But there's no need to vanquish Thulsa Doom and his armies - you can buy these skull "logs" over at Amazon - via The Awesomer and Valhalla's Chosen.

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Phoenix with Real Wings of Fire


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We've showcased many light paintings on Neatorama before, but photographer Derek VanAlthuis took technique to the next level with this lovely photo of a Phoenix with wings of fire.

DIY Photography blog interviewed VanAlthuis on his techniques:

The tool used was based on Zach [Smidt]’s fire technique, which involves wrapping and stapling a 100% cotton t-shirt around a wooden dowel. The shirt is then soaked in BBQ fluid and then lit. I used this technique on my own wing-shaped tool to get the effect and look that I wanted.

It is important that your shirt is 100% cotton, any kind of blended fabrics can melt and cause burns. If you attempt this, PLEASE take all the proper precautions and be safe. I recommend wearing flame resistant gloves and shooting at a place with plenty of water nearby

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Sicilian Archbishop Banned the Mafia from Becoming Godfathers

In the movie The Godfather, Don Vito Corleone said that "A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man."

But recently, an archbishop in Sicily has given the real world mafia an unmistakeable "Sicilian message" by banning them from becoming real godfathers and participating in baptisms.

"The mafia has always taken the term godfather from the Church to give its bosses an air of religious respectability," Archbishop Michele Pennisi said as reported by the BBC, "Whereas in fact, the two worlds are completely incompatible."

Pennisi, a vocal anti-mafia critic, decreed that anyone convicted of "dishonorable crimes" is banned from acting as a godparent.


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