Benji, a 10-year-old mutt, had a debilitating stroke earlier this year. Its owner, an Australian diplomat in Taipei, Taiwan, took her to a vet and asked that the dog be euthanized to save her needless indignity and suffering.
According to Taipei Times, veterinarian Yang Dong-sheng, took the money but unbeknownst to the owner, decided to save Benji at his own expense. Within weeks, Benji had recovered enough to escape from the doctor's home and was later caught by a dog-catcher who found her wandering on the street.
Benji was then returned to her owner of record, who was shocked to find the dog still alive. He decided to sue the vet for breach of contract. The doctor, on the other hand, claimed that he did nothing wrong.
Enru Lin of the Taipei Times has the full story: Link - via Arbroath
What do you think? Did the vet do the right thing?
A king should never sit easy, but a genius, billionaire, playboy, philanthropist?
'Tis the perfect seat, as Firepower Tees cleverly put on his version of
Iron Throne shirt.
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We've told you about Lil' Bub on Neatorama a couple of times before, but I've just found out that the cute "perma kitten" cat (who has no teeth, short lower jaw, dwarfism and other unique traits) has a new book coming out next month! As Bub's owner Mike Bridavsky said, Good job Bub!
Lil' Bub, is there nothing you can't do?
Don't forget to keep up with Lil' Bub on her Tumblr.
Better than eating soot sprites, that's for sure! This cute T-shirt design
by The 50ft Snail shows that all you need in the world is a little bit
of love, a fantastic neighbor and a hearty breakfast. Oh, and a magical
catbus doesn't hurt either.
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What? Where did you think Swedish Fish come from? Factories? Our pal Dan Piraro of Bizarro sets ya straight - those delicious swedish fish are captured one by one by dedicated fishermen who toiled tirelessly to bring you the delicacy from the frigid waters of the Norwegian Sea.
Thankfully, Jiang still had his cell phones so he called the police. "His problem was, though, that he couldn't tell us which container he was in and there were thousands of them stacked on top of each other," said the police spokesman. The police finally found him in a container stacked 60 feet off the ground by following the sound he made by banging on the container's metal side.
"He's very lucky. If he'd been asleep for another hour the next stop would have been America," said a dock worker.
Convicted by DNA evidence is nothing new, but this is: David Hilder, 47, was the first person convicted of manslaughter, partly on DNA evidence left by his cat.
So forget human DNA database, here comes the brave new world of cat DNA database:
In the latest case in Britain, investigators tapped the same lab to identify the cat hair discovered around the dismembered torso of David Guy, 30, who was found hidden in a trash bag on a British beach in July 2012. Detectives matched the hair to a cat belonging to the man's friend, David Hilder, but because the genetic material was mitochondrial DNA — which can be shared among large number of animals — the strength of the match couldn't be known.
That's where the cat DNA database came in.
Wetton — who had previously helped to set up a similar database for dogs — worked with doctoral student Barbara Ottolini to create a repository of cat DNA for the Hilder case. They gathered samples of mitochondrial DNA from 152 felines across England over a six-week period.
"Only three of the samples obtained matched the hairs from the crime scene," Wetton said, suggesting that while the match wasn't perfect, it was still a pretty good indication the hairs on the torso came from Hilder's cat.
Ever wanted to ditch it all for the simplicity of living in a tiny house, but don't know if you'd actually like it? Why not give it a try for a while and see for yourself?
Deb Delman and Kol Peterson not only built Accessory Dwelling Units (or ADUs, also known as carriage house, cottage or granny flat), they also run an AirBNB business renting them out. You can rent one for the night (and what a cozy night it'll be!)
Woohoo, it's Friday and we're feelin' like sharin'! Check out the NeatoShop's new lines of Funny T-shirts (we've got TONS of new stuff by indie artists) and who knows, you may even win your favorite tee (details below). Sci-fi mash ups? Funny one liners t-shirts? We've got them all!
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We're rooting for Japanese dance group/band World Order to achieve world domination so we can walk on the street just like 'em! The band's unique synchronized dance moves, done with their signature military precision, are just fascinating to watch.
Here's the band's new Imperialism music video, shot in Washington, D.C.:
"Machine Civilization" music video, the band's biggest hit (so far):
Ecce Homo by Elías García Martínez, before
(L) and after (R) its "improvement"
There's many path of to artistic fame, but Cecilia Gimenez's is unique: back in 2012, the amateur octagenarian artist decided to help "restore" a deteriorated fresco called Ecce Homo at her local church, painted over 100-years ago by Spanish painter Elias Garcia Martinez.
The end result of Gimenez' "restoration," described as a "crayon sketch of a very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic," was widely mocked on the Internet. The restored version has been called "Ecce Mono" (or Behold the Monkey, a pun on its original name) and "Potato Jesus."
The ridicule was so bad that the priest of the church had considered covering up the painting. But thank goodness that didn't happen, because the botched painting turned out to be quite a boon to the local town of Borja, Spain. Since gaining worldwide attention, the infamous fresco has raised more than 50,000 euros (US$66,660) for a local charity and drawn more than 40,000 visitors.
And things are definitely looking up for Gimenez: the 80-year-old artist has sold her art on eBay for thousands of dollars. She now has her own art exhibit, where two dozens of her other works are on show. No word, however, on whether she'll attempt another restoration anytime soon.
After years of denial, the CIA finally 'fessed up: Area 51 really does exist! The mysterious airbase in Nevada was revealed in recently declassified documents:
According to these reports, which include a map of the base's location in Nevada, Area 51 was merely a testing site for the government's U-2 and OXCART aerial surveillance programs. The U-2 program conducted surveillance around the world, including over the Soviet Union during the Cold War. [...]
The map and other documents were released in response to a Freedom of Information Act request submitted by Jeffrey T. Richelson, a senior fellow at the National Security Archives, in 2005.
Richelson submitted the request as part of his continuing study of aerial surveillance programs and told CNN that he was not given an explanation of why the new documents were less redacted than previous versions declassified by the agency.
They still, however, won't let us see the aliens on the base.
Add this to the long list of the strangest things ever faked in China. A chinese zoo in People's Park of Luohe, Henan province, got into trouble recently when its supposed "African lion" started barking like a dog:
The beast was in fact a Tibetan mastiff – a large and long-haired breed of dog.
“The zoo is absolutely cheating us,” the [Beijing Youth Daily] quoted Liu, who was charged 15 yuan ($2.45) for the ticket, as saying. “They are trying to disguise the dogs as lions.”
Not so, the zoo defended itself:
The chief of the park’s animal department, Liu Suya, told the paper that while it does have a lion, it had been taken to a breeding facility and the dog – which belonged to an employee – had been temporarily housed in the zoo over safety concerns.
The indoor cloud is created by pumpking three layers of air into the structure: cold dry air at the bottom, humid hot hair in the middle, and hot dry air on top. Visitors can then immerse themselves in the clouds that form in the middle layer.
"The temperature and humidity inside the container are controlled to keep the clouds at their desired height," The project stated, "The edges of the clouds are sharp yet soft, and always in motion. Their colour, density and brightness are constantly changing in tune with the weather and time of day."
Meet Kim Ki-hoon, an English teacher in South Korea. He's been teaching English for over 20 years in the country's private, after-school tutoring academies or hagwons. That's not unusual but what's unique about Mr. Kim is that not only is he respected as a teacher, he also makes a lot of money teaching.
How much is a lot of money, you ask? How about $4 million a year:
Mr. Kim works about 60 hours a week teaching English, although he spends only three of those hours giving lectures. His classes are recorded on video, and the Internet has turned them into commodities, available for purchase online at the rate of $4 an hour. He spends most of his week responding to students' online requests for help, developing lesson plans and writing accompanying textbooks and workbooks (some 200 to date).
"The harder I work, the more I make," he says matter of factly. "I like that." [...]
The bulk of Mr. Kim's earnings come from the 150,000 kids who watch his lectures online each year. (Most are high-school students looking to boost their scores on South Korea's version of the SAT.) He is a brand name, with all the overhead that such prominence in the market entails. He employs 30 people to help him manage his teaching empire and runs a publishing company to produce his books.
Amanda Ripley of The Wall Street Journal has the story (Photo: SeongJoon Cho for the Wall Street Journal)
Ain't he cute? Meet the olinguito, the first new species of carnivore to be identified in the Western hemisphere in 35 years. It's a small raccoon-like animal approximately 2 and a half feet long and weighs about two pounds. It has woolly orange-brown fur and a cute teddy bear-like face to boot.
"When I looked at the skulls I didn't recognize the anatomy," Helgen told BBC News, "It was different to any similar animal I'd seen, and right away I thought it could be a species new to science."
But it turns out that scientist shouldn't have had to look far. Turns out, the olinguito has been known to man all along: they've been displayed in museums and zoos for the past few decades. In fact, there's one living in the The Smithsonian-run National Zoo in Washington.
"It's been kind of hiding in plain sight for a long time," Helgen said. It was a case of mistaken identity with its closely related cousin the olingos.
Need a hug? Matt Parsons would like to give you a grizzly one through this Bear Hug T-shirt. Check out Matt's official website and Facebook page, then visit his NeatoShop page for more awesome T-shirts: Link
Photographer Rion Sabean (Facebook page) spoofed the absurd poses of pin up calendar by substituting men as the models. I don't know about you, but Mr. April looks like the guy that changed my tire the other day!
View the complete series over at Rion's Flickr set Men-Ups!
The next time your parents said that you're a couch potato, show them this spudderific creation to instantly mash their complaint.
Neat-O fact: the term "couch potato" became popular in the 1970s to describe people who liked to vegetate in front of the "boob tube." Tom Iacino of Pasadena substituted "tuber" for "potato" to come up with the term.
Osedax antarcticus, a new species of the bone eating worm
Mother Nature is the queen of specialization. You know about herbivores and carnivores, and perhaps you know about omnivore, insectivores, frugivore (for example, fruit bats). But do you know about ossivores like the species of worm that specializes in eating whale bones?
Field of Osedax worms off the coast of the West Antarctic shelf
Meet the bone-eating worms, which munch on the stripped skeleton of dead whales by secreting acids to dissolve their way to a good meal. We told you about these Osedax worms, also called the bone-eating zombie worms, a while ago, but marine biologist Thomas Dahlgren and colleagues at the Uni Research in Bergen, Norway, have recently added two new species to the family.
Jaws of the male Osedax worm (Image: Adrian Glover)
The new Osedax worms were found in the Antarctic, but they have also been previously found in the oceans off Japan, California, and Scandinavia. Researchers suggest that Osedax may just be present wherever you find whale carcasses.
Male bone-eating worm crawling on the trunk of the female
When researchers studied the new Osedax antarcticus species more closely, they found that the male of the species were much smaller than the females. In fact, the males are so small that they can live inside the female as sperm donors.
Need a loan but don't have real estate as collateral? Not a problem for cash-strapped people in Hong Kong, as long as they've got luxury handbags!
Hong Kong's Yes Lady pawnshop is a lender unlike any other:
The four-year-old company accepts handbags on the spot, assesses them for their condition and authenticity and then procures loans within half an hour, as long as the bags are Gucci, Chanel, Hermès or Louis Vuitton. Occasionally, they'll consider a Prada.
In a city driven by consumers' voracious appetite for the newest and latest luxury products, handbag-driven loans are a lucrative business. Yes Lady takes a purse and lends clients 80% of the bag's value. Customers get the bag back by repaying the same loan with 4% monthly interest, within four months. Classic purses and special-edition handbags often retain much of their retail price.
Ever noticed that dogs sometimes look just like their owners? In 2009, Swiss photographer Sebastian Magnani had an brilliant idea of fashioning man's best friend just like its master. He took photographs of dogs and their owners, and with a bit of digital magic, came up with this gem of a series, Underdogs.
So, today is Austrian physicist Erwin Schrödinger's 136th birthday and Google celebrated with with a clever Schrödinger's Google Doodle:
We bet that whenever you hear the word "Schrödinger," you immediately think of Schrödinger's Cat. But how much do you actually know about the man behind the famous paradox?
Here are some of the neatest facts about Erwin Schrödinger. No physics involved, we promise!
1. The Challenge That Caused Schrödinger to Figure out Wave Mechanics
Swiss physicist Felix Bloch recounted the story of how wave mechanics came to be: One day, Nobel laureate Peter Debye said, "Schrödinger, you are not working right now on very important problems anyway. Why don't you tell us some time about that thesis of de Broglie, which seems to have attracted some attention."
And so Schrödinger did. He gave a talk about how French physicist Louis de Broglie postulated that matter also has wave properties, but Debye dismissed the talk as "childish," pointing out that "to deal properly with waves, one had to have a wave equation."
By the next talk, Schrödinger said, "My colleague Debye suggested that one should have a wave equation; well, I have found one!"
Years later, Bloch approached Debye and asked him about the encounter. Debye claimed that he had forgotten, but Bloch thought that he was regretful that he goaded Schrödinger into working out the formula rather than doing it himself. Regardless, Debye turned to Bloch and said, "Well, wasn't I right?"
2. The Schrödinger Banknote
A physics post-doc once said to me that "there's no money in physics." That may be true, but there sure is physics in money! Behold, the Schrödinger Banknote, circa 1983.
Whether Schrödinger's Cat lives or dies may be a matter of quantum probabilities, but there's no mystery about Schrödinger's marriage: he openly had many mistresses, including Hilde March, the wife of his physics colleague Arthur March.
But don't worry about Schrödinger's wife Anny - Arthur regularly bedded her as well.
5. Schrödinger Came Back ... as a Character on Futurama
Schrödinger came back to life in an episode of Futurama, where he broke the law by going 15 miles per hour over the speed of light while carrying a box with "a cat, some poison, and a cesium atom" inside. From The Infosphere, a Futurama wiki:
[Circuit City. Fry and URL are pointing guns at Schrödinger.] Fry: DNA and career chip, please.
[Schrödinger offers his hand and Fry pierces it with a gun that projects a hologram reading NNY DMV, ERWIN SCHRÖDINGER and showing Schrödinger's profile photograph.] URL: Erwin Schrödinger, huh? What's in the box, Schrödinger? Erwin Schrödinger: Um... A cat, some poison, und a cesium atom. Fry: The cat! Is it alive or dead? [Schrödinger is not given the time to reply.] Alive or dead?! [URL pushes Schrödinger against his car's door, alarming him.] URL: Answer him, fool. Erwin Schrödinger: It's a superposition of both states until you open it and collapse the wave function.
[Fry enters the car.] Fry: Says you.
[Fry opens the box and a cat jumps out of it, attacking him. Fry screams. URL takes a close look at the box.] URL: There's also a lotta drugs in there.
6. Schrödinger on Quantum Mechanics He Helped Build: "I Don't Like It"
So, back to Schrödinger's Cat, remember him? It's ironic that Schrödinger's famous thought experiment was actually proposed to make fun of the strange nature of quantum physics.
In 1935, Albert Einstein, Boris Podolsky, and Nathan Rosen came up with an article that highlights the strange nature of quantum entanglement - that a quantum system's state is not defined until it is actually measured.
One can even set up quite ridiculous cases. A cat is penned up in a steel chamber, along with the following device (which must be secured against direct interference by the cat): in a Geiger counter, there is a tiny bit of radioactive substance, so small, that perhaps in the course of the hour one of the atoms decays, but also, with equal probability, perhaps none; if it happens, the counter tube discharges and through a relay releases a hammer that shatters a small flask of hydrocyanic acid. If one has left this entire system to itself for an hour, one would say that the cat still lives if meanwhile no atom has decayed. The psi-function of the entire system would express this by having in it the living and dead cat (pardon the expression) mixed or smeared out in equal parts.
It is typical of these cases that an indeterminacy originally restricted to the atomic domain becomes transformed into macroscopic indeterminacy, which can then be resolved by direct observation. That prevents us from so naively accepting as valid a "blurred model" for representing reality. In itself, it would not embody anything unclear or contradictory. There is a difference between a shaky or out-of-focus photograph and a snapshot of clouds and fog banks.