And now, a T-shirt so great that it's worth tunneling through prison for.
Punksthetic is a man who knows how to get things, to locate certain things from time to time. Things like awesome T-shirt designs below. Visit Punksthetic's Facebook page, then head on over to his NeatoShop for more:
What's better than devouring planets? Devouring those planets after dipping them in the Milky Way galaxy, of course! NeatoShop artist Samiel explains how to satisfy the eternal hunger of the devourer of planets with a little bit of delicious milk.
You'd love this neat shirt by Aniforce so much that you'd do a barrel roll! Don't leave Slippy hanging, head on over to Aniforce's deviantArt page and Twitter, then visit his NeatoShop for more neat designs. Remember: never give up and trust your instincts, especially when your instincts say "I gotta buy them shirts!"
... but this is the T-shirt you've been looking for! NeatoShop artist Wirdou included the most iconic robots and droids from pop culture in this fantastic T-shirt. See if your favorite bot is there.
Check out Wirdou's website and Facebook page (give 'im a Like wontcha?), then visit his NeatoShop for more fantastic T-shirt designs. Your purchase helps support indie artists as well as this blog, so buy something, mmkay?
Time for some thrilling heroics! And what better shirt to wear while performing said thrilling heroics than this awesome design by Whitebison? We're in love with Whitebison's marvelous silhouette designs, which you can get from the NeatoShop.
Is California too large to be governed? Silicon Valley venture capitalist Tim Draper thought so, that's why he proposed to split the Golden State into six separate states.
"California as it is is ungovernable," Draper told ABC News, "It is more and more difficult for Sacramento to keep up with the social issues from the various regions of California. With six Californias, people will be closer to their state governments, and states can get a refresh."
Draper also noted that California, which is the most populous state in the United States, got only two senators representing it in Washington DC.
Draper's proposal includes splitting California into Jefferson in the far north, North California, Silicon Valley, Central California, West California and South California. Silicon Valley, some people pointed out, not only got to be its own state (how convenient!), but will also have the nation's highest per capita personal income. Compare that to neighboring Central California, which would have the nation's lowest.
Draper's plan is controversial, but he's got permission from Secretary of State Debra Bowen to start collecting petition signatures to qualify for a ballot. A total of 807, 615 registered voters need to sign Draper's Six Californias plan in 150 days before it can be put on the next state election.
What do you think? Should California be split into six? Or perhaps we should just wait for the big earthquake to tear California off the west coast into its own island nation?
In 1947, Kurt Vonnegut, then an anthropology student at the University of Chicago, wanted to write a master's thesis about how basically how every story ever told in history can be described. Vonnegut has a theory that every story basically belong to one of eight archetypal "shapes."
His thesis proposal was rejected, Vonnegut said, because "it was so simple and looked like too much fun." Soon afterwards, Vonnegut left school to work but he maintained the idea and later developed into "The Shapes of Stories" as shown in this 2005 lecture (yes, covered previously on Neatorama back in 2011, but it's worth a revisit):
I want to share with you something I’ve learned. I’ll draw it on the blackboard behind me so you can follow more easily [draws a vertical line on the blackboard]. This is the G-I axis: good fortune-ill fortune. Death and terrible poverty, sickness down here—great prosperity, wonderful health up there. Your average state of affairs here in the middle [points to bottom, top, and middle of line respectively].
This is the B-E axis. B for beginning, E for entropy. Okay. Not every story has that very simple, very pretty shape that even a computer can understand [draws horizontal line extending from middle of G-I axis].
Now let me give you a marketing tip. The people who can afford to buy books and magazines and go to the movies don’t like to hear about people who are poor or sick, so start your story up here [indicates top of the G-I axis]. You will see this story over and over again. People love it, and it is not copyrighted. The story is “Man in Hole,” but the story needn’t be about a man or a hole. It’s: somebody gets into trouble, gets out of it again [draws line A]. It is not accidental that the line ends up higher than where it began. This is encouraging to readers.
This T-shirt design by Greek designer Manos pd is so awesome, you could see it from space, as they say. Well, you don't have to marry six husbands in order to get your hands on this shirt ... just head on over to Manos pd's NeatoShop. Let freedom ride ... after you get your license from the department of motor vehicles, of course.
PUSH the talking trash can has been entertaining millions of guests to the Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, for 19 years. It has even participated in marriage proposals and has even been a ring bearer in a wedding. But now, it seems that Disney has "pushed" the radio-controlled robotic trash can out of the Magic Kingdom.
And that, according to WKMG Local 6, has got fans in the dumps. "I think they should bring him back. We're pretty depressed," said one fan.
A few weeks ago, rumors circulated online that PUSH the talking trash can is getting canned. Back then, a Disney spokesperson denied the rumors, saying that PUSH "isn't going anywhere."
Now, PUSH fans are pushing back on social media. The Save PUSH the talking Trash Can Facebook page has gotten more than 10,000 likes. It's been collecting dozens of photos of fans and video clips posing next to the iconic trash can in an effort to get Disney to bring it back.
Some people just don't get bathroom etiquette (and they get punched in the face), so just to make sure that everyone's on the same page (and different urinals as far away from each other as possible), here are the bathroom rules:
Do not make eye contact when using the urinals (warning: see story in the link above)
No talking to people in the stall
No running. Unless you accidentally clogged the toilet. Then get out before anyone sees it was you.
No asking stall-mates for more toilet paper. If you run out, just accept your fate and weep silently.
Please keep poop grunts and other noises to a reasonable volume.
The last one is put there after the infamous Chili Night of 2012 here at NeatoHQ.
Ladies- if you are pregnant, and know your baby is a boy ... consider naming your child "Gotham." That way, when your baby starts crying in the middle of the night, all you have to do is turn to your husband and whisper, "Gotham needs you." And it won't matter if it's the first time or the fiftieth time he's hearing it, he will get up and take care of business. And you can roll over and get your well-deserved sleep.
There you go, ladies. You're welcome.
I think she's on to something! Parenting seems to work okay for BatDad (though perhaps not the grandparents, because, you know, Batman is an orphan and all that).
Logan Kugler's father has wanted a motorcycle for a long time, but could never bring himself to buy one. "My dad wanted a motorcycle for as long as I can remember... ," Kugler said in his YouTube clip. "When I was twelve, we went to the Daytona bike week together and that was the first time I remember him talking about it."
For over a decade, Kugler has known that his father wanted a BMW motorcycle - a top-of-the-line K1600 GTL, and last year, he decided to make it happen for his dad. "See the thing is my dad isn't getting any younger. He's in his mid-sixties and his prime motorcycle days are running out. He doesn't think so, but, you know, the facts are what they are. I'm not really flush with cash right now, but I don't want to regret it twenty years from now if my dad isn't in a position to ride anymore and find out we missed the window."
Life is short and time is precious, Kugler added, so Operation Motorrad was born. He devised an elaborate scheme to surprise the man and flew into Florida on Christmas Eve (after telling his family that he was going to spend Christmas elsewhere) to pick up the bike. Kugler's plan was to ride the motorcycle to his parents' home to unveil the surprise Christmas present, but first, he had to enlist his mom as an accomplice ...
Here's how the story unfold:
What a heartwarming surprise! Logan said that his dad has been riding it a lot since Christmas and told him it was the greatest gift he's ever received in his 65 years. Thanks for sharing Logan!
So the Pope went to the passport office. That sounds like the beginning of a joke, but even the world leader of the Catholic Church needs to cross earthly borders every now and then, so obviously, he needs a passport.
But what does a papal passport look like? Pope Francis, who hails from Argentina, told the Argentinian government that he wants to travel the world as a regular Argentine and "not a privileged citizen of the Vatican City," so he decided to renew his passport and ID card as such.
"Francis specifically asked not to enjoy any privileges so his new identification card and passport have been processed through the usual administrative channels," said Minister Florencio Randazzo in this NBC News post. "In coming days, he will receive his passport in the Casa Santa Marta in the Vatican, where he has stated he is a resident."
I don't know about you, but that passport photo is definitely special. You see, my local passport office would've rejected the application because he's not looking straight at the camera. Religious headgear is usually allowed, but I think Pope Francis lost the opportunity to really make a statement when he went with the zucchetto instead of the mitre or the papal tiara.
In his house in Montreal, the very much alive Karl Dupéré-Richer waits crafting. Karl, who blogs at Spécial Karl has just created this awesome lamp sculpture of Cthulhu, made out of "the back of one PVC patio chair, 14 chair feet, one flowerpot, one umbrella base, two bike tires, 30 cans, many pieces of PVC pipes, one acrylic globe lights, some car body parts, a few pieces of garden hoses and about 1,000 devoured human souls.
We've recently discovered why the sewers of East Kilbride, Scotland, got a bit backed up: a large Pooh blocking the pipes. But you can't blame the bear, he's probably just looking for honey in all the wrong places.
We don't know which is the worse crime: renting Jennifer Lopez's 2005 movie Monster-In-Law or not returning it.
According to Fox Carolina, the Pickens County Sheriff's Office has arrested Kayla Michelle Finley, 27, because she failed to return the video tape she rented from Dalton Video, which has long gone out of business, back in 2005.
Back then, the video rental company had sent Finley letters to return the video, but never received a reply from the woman, so they reported the crime to the cops and a warrant was issued for her arrest.
Nine years after she was supposed to return the three-day video rental, Finely went to the sheriff's station to report an unrelated police matter when the deputies found the warrant, and threw her in jail overnight.
After her release, Finley wrote on Facebook, "It's obvious that Pickens County has nothing better to do. I fully intend on fighting this. It's ridiculous that I had this happen to me."
We propose that Finley be absolved of the crime of not returning the video, because watching Monster-In-Law was punishment enough.