(Photo: Andrea Annaloro)
Every year, residents of Caltagirone, Italy honor the patron saint of the city with the Scala Flower Festival. They arrange potted plants on a grand staircase in that city to form composite images, such as these flowers made of flowers. You can see more photos at the link.
You know, Margot is a real smart aleck sometimes. She likes to say "Polly want a cracker" as a racially-charged joke. You say she has bird seed in her bowl and she pretends to grow out of it. Well, at least she's cute.
It's not your house. It's the cat's house. You're just a temporary live-in servant. This wrap-around catwalk clarifies the nature of the relationship.
-via Rocket News 24
Did you know August is National Picnic Month? In order to help you celebrate in style, we've put together an all new Pin to Win contest that can help you win all you need to put together a dream picnic with up to $100 in NeatoShop goodies. Here's what you need to do to win:
- Follow Neatorama on Pinterest
- Create a Pinterest board called "NeatoShop's Dream Picnic Contest"
- Add the image above to your board with the tag #neatoshopdreampicnic
- Pin any clothing item in the NeatoShop that you would want to wear to your dream picnic
- Pin any item from the NeatoShop the you would want to eat on a picnic
- Pin any item in the NeatoShop that you would want to carry your picnic food in (lunch bags, backpack, sandwich bags -any form of bag is fine)
- Select and pin one thing from the NeatoShop that you'd like to give to someone special while on your picnic
- Post a link to your board in the comments section below (We need you to do this so we can email you if you win)
The winner will receive all the items they pinned for their dream picnic up to $100 in value. If you've pinned a collection of items that add up to more than $100, we'll email you to let you pick out which items you'd like to win out of all those you put on your board up to a $100 value.
The contest will run from today all the way until August 25, 2013, but if you can't wait to get a start on your dream picnic, the NeatoShop has all sorts of goodies to choose from.
There are plenty of TV dramas based on real people or real events, but comedy is largely more imaginative and therefore, more often fiction. Even so, you’d be surprised how many of your favorite characters and plots in sitcoms are actually based on real life people and events. Here are five such examples.
Obviously the setting of M*A*S*H is the very real Korean war, but the TV sitcom was based on a film that was, in turn based on a book by Dr. H. Richard Hornberger, a military surgeon who served in Korea. Corporal “Radar” O’Reilly was based on company clerk Don Shafer, who served beside the doctor in the war and also had the nickname “Radar.” Major Margaret "Hot Lips" Houlihan was based on two different nurses that served in Korea, Hotlips Hammerly and Janie Hall. Hammerly had a similar disposition and look as the fictional version, but Hall played a direct role in the character’s development, regularly contributing to the show with her real-life stories.
Not only were a few of the characters inspired by real people, but many of the plots used in the early seasons are based on stories the production team got from interviews with real MASH surgeons.
Greendale may seem pretty over-the-top, but it is based on Dan Harmon’s real experiences at Glendale Community College, where he got involved in a study group and began a friendship with a group of people he otherwise had nothing in common with. Harmon based Jeff on himself, acknowledging that he was self-centered and excessively independent before the group made him recognize the value of connecting with other people.
As for the delightfully bizarre Abed, he wasn’t based on a member of Harmon’s study group, but a friend of his who is simply obsessed with pop culture. Of course, Abed Gheith, the real life version of the character is quick to point out that he’s not quite as odd as the highly exaggerated Abed, “I think I’m a bit more aware socially. I can tell when people are uncomfortable… It seems like the one on the show has no idea that he’s around other people. Like he's watching them on TV. So he's kind of a kid-like version of me.”
Image Via Sarah Mulligan [Flickr]
I teach a first year experience course to college students--a semester-long orientation to college life. When I do lesson planning for a class, I often begin with a search of Neatorama's archives. I look for neat videos, images or events that will grab the attention of my students.
For example, when my students begin exploring potential careers, I start the class by showing this terrifying video of a man cleaning--by hand--a cobra pit:
If they weren't awake already, this video solves that problem quickly. It easily leads to a discussion about the importance of choosing a career thoughtfully.
When my students are learning how to study for and take tests effectively, I tell them about college students who used game theory to get perfect scores or the professor who surprised his students by telling them to write their own exams. We then have a discussion about how tests are structured and how to use those structures to their own advantage.
I found all of these content-relevant posts--and many more--by searching Neatorama's archives while preparing lessons. After 8 years and more than 60,000 posts, Neatorama's archives contain attention-grabbing bites of neatness on just about every topic you can think of.
Teachers, think of Neatorama as a vast archive of items that you can use to get and keep your students' interest during class.
Here are a few examples:
- Are you a middle school science teacher addressing volcanoes in class? You could show your students this video of a man running over an active lava flow.
- Are you a high school English teacher introducing students to Shakespeare? Play around with the Shakespeare insult generator.
- Are you teaching English grammar? Have your students correct the tweets of celebrities, as this teacher did.
- Are you teaching psychology? Tell your students why politicians wear only red or blue ties.
How are you going to find these posts among our cat videos and Star Wars pies? Click on Continue reading to find out.
Found at the Neatoramanauts Facebook page. Link
1994's Pulp Fiction is one of the best and most original films in recent movie history. It has always been my favorite Quentin Tarantino movie. It's one of those films that when you first see it, it bowls you over, with both its originality and its interesting, engrossing storyline.
Now, because the film has been widely imitated and "borrowed from" (after Pulp Fiction came out, it seems like there were dozens of mystery/thriller/crime capers with a host of quirky characters), a bit of its originality may seem to have worn off. Nonetheless, Pulp Fiction remains a classic, an extremely watchable, enjoyable film.
Pulp Fiction also has another interesting distinction: it was John Travolta's comeback film. Because John is known the world over as a hugely successful movie star (incredibly, Travolta has been making movies longer now than Humphrey Bogart, Marilyn Monroe, or Clark Gable ever did), many movie fans forget that before Pulp Fiction, John's career had sunk to a fairly low degree. Before Pulp Fiction came out, John was mainly looked upon as a bit of a washed up "former" superstar.
But with his Oscar-nominated comeback performance in Pulp Fiction, John was back again, reclaiming his well-deserved superstar status. John's comeback is one of the greatest in show business history.
In the plot of Pulp Fiction, there's a briefcase filled with an orange light. Apparently, many movie fans have theories about what exactly is contained in the briefcase and what is the meaning of the orange light.
A new meme compares the awful things that happen in the Star Wars saga and the HBO series Games of Thrones. Continue reading to see a lot more, but be warned they contain spoilers, if you're not current on both series. However, if you don't know what happens in Star Wars, you are too young to confront these issues anyway.
How do you kill time in the Soekarno-Hatta International Aiport in Jakarta, Indonesia? I suggest browsing the overpriced handi-crafts, mulling over the $75 USD civet coffee, and than sitting down to a cold and refreshing Dark Mocha Frappuccino with White Chocolate Pudding from Starbucks.
Peanut butter and jelly...pshhh, that's so cliche. If you really want a satisfying snack, try a peanut butter sandwich 2.0 that will provide you with 9 different flavor combinations in only one delicious sandwich.
He's so, so sleepy he doesn't even care that this is a submarine, let alone that this gent stopped to take a picture right behind him.
Every year we bring you a great collection of costumes from the SD Comic Con (see 2012, 2011, 2010), and it seems every year I have a harder and harder time slimming my selections down. Aside from the fact that it seems better and better cosplayers turn out every year, I keep taking more and more pictures. In fact, I took almost 1000 this year, mostly of cosplayers, which is why I couldn't cut down my final selections more than I have here. Of course, if even this massive collection of costumes isn't enough for you, I have even more over at my site, Rue The Day, and for those of you who really only appreciate beautiful females in costumes, I even have a seperate collection of beautiful cosplayers.
So, without further ado, I bring you the best costumes from SDCC 2013 -or at least the best ones Zeon Santos or I got a picture of).
There are always tons of Star Wars costumes at the convention, but for some reason few people dare to take on the Emperor's ensemble. Of course, few people would ever be able to do it as well as this guy. The only thing he was missing was some lightning bolts coming out of his fingers.
Darth tends to be over done to a large extent, which is why it's always so refreshing to see someone sporting a Darth Vader costume with a little more unique flair to it.
Even just seeing Darth covered in scars with his helmet removed is refreshing...and discovering he and Darth Maul are both female, now that is an amazing discovery.
Boba Fett is similarly overly done, but it's always nice to see someone portray the character in a drastically different style.
While there were plenty of the obligatory Slave Leias hanging around, I was happy to see more women cosplaying as the more classic Leia -especially little girls like this one.
I even had the pleasure of stumbling across two tiny Princess Leias with fabric buns in their hair.
Videographer Maura Cunningham gives us an update on the Irish cat named Clara who is raising a nest of ducklings along with her own kittens. The ducklings grew faster than the kittens, and Clara did not like it one bit when one of them dared to leave the nest! For the rest of the video, she was all, "Come back here! I'm not finished lecturing you!" -via I Have Seen the Whole of the Internet
You’ll need more than a map and a shovel to find these cultural gems. But trust us, it will be worth the effort.
1. The Makings of a Very Pricy Omelet
From 1885 until the Russian Revolution in 1917, Saint Petersburg’s House of Fabergé created 50 Imperial Easter Eggs as special commissions for the Tsar’s family. These baubles weren’t just encrusted with the world’s most precious stones and metals; each shell opened to reveal a “surprise”—anything from a ruby pendant to a tiny bejeweled train with working mechanics.
When Communists seized control of Russia, they didn’t have much use for these decadent symbols. In 1927, Joseph Stalin’s young regime was dangerously low on cash, so the Soviets decided to hold what amounted to an extended high-end yard sale. Foreign collectors snapped up the Fabergé offerings, and today only 10 of the 50 original eggs still reside at the Kremlin. Of the remaining 40, 32 are in museums or private collections. But eight have vanished entirely. Estimates value the missing Imperial eggs at as much as $30 million apiece! Whether they’re lost or residing in private collections, these Easter eggs are definitely worth finding.
2. Hitchcock's Missing Ending
Just a few years into his career, 24-year-old Alfred Hitchcock was already wearing a lot of hats. On 1923’s hastily produced The White Shadow, Hitchcock served as writer, set designer, assistant director, and even editor. Unfortunately, he didn’t reap much reward for all that effort. The film about twin sisters, one of whom was good while the other was—brace yourself—evil, quietly bombed at the box office. Before long, all known copies had disappeared.
That is, until 2011. In a twist straight out of one of his own films, three of the movie’s six reels turned up in New Zealand. The reels had been nestled safely in the New Zealand Film Archive’s holdings since 1989.
How did the British film stock end up on the other side of the world? Blame nitrate. In movies’ early days, reels of nitrate film circled the globe as a picture played in one country after another. Because the reels were incredibly flammable, transporting them was risky and expensive. And because New Zealand was often the end of the theatrical line, studios usually destroyed a film’s reels there rather than shipping them home.
One projectionist, Jack Murtagh, couldn’t bear to trash the art, so he built up a formidable collection of terrible films—including half of The White Shadow—in his garden shed. When he passed away, his grandson donated most of the shed’s contents to the Film Archive, where the reels sat patiently for nearly 22 years.
Surprisingly, the first half of The White Shadow held up quite well during its stay in Murtagh’s shed, but the last three reels remain lost—as do several of Hitchcock’s other early projects. Today, any one of those films would fetch millions of dollars on the market.
3. Lincoln's Speech That Wasn't Fit to Print
Contrary to what your history teacher said, Abraham Lincoln’s finest speech didn’t begin with the phrase “four score.” Instead, it was a thunderous antislavery oration delivered to the first convention of the Illinois Republican Party on May 29, 1856. Schoolchildren don’t recite these words for a simple reason: Nobody wrote them down.
It’s not clear how the text of the speech became lost, but the traditional explanation is that the speech was too powerful. Instead of transcribing Lincoln’s fiery words, entranced journalists forgot to take notes. The Chicago Democrat reported, “Abraham Lincoln for an hour and a half held the assemblage spellbound by the power of his argument, the intense irony of his invective, the brilliancy of his eloquence. I shall not mar any of its fine proportions by attempting even a synopsis of it.”
Some modern scholars have a different theory; they speculate that the speech was suppressed, not lost. Lincoln’s words may have been such an intense rebuke of slavery that their publication had the potential to shake a fragile nation. The speech’s reputation only grew as Lincoln’s national stature skyrocketed. Several “firsthand accounts” of the speech have surfaced over the years, only to be debunked, leaving historians hungrier than ever for an accurate transcript.
4. The World Loses Its Cup
Thanks to the amazingly talented Steve Casino from SteveCasino.com, who creates art from peanuts. Below you can see how he made this character for Twaggies.
I drink because of the stress of knowing that cats walk on our cars at night.— Billy Wipe Lightly (@B_poling82) June 25, 2012
A Lannister always pays his coffee tab, House Grayjoy does not sip and House Tyrell is brewing strong, but only the Starks know that pastries are coming.
Ace and Karla knew they wanted to do a geeky set of photos to celebrate their engagement, but they couldn't decide between Scott Pilgrim, The Matrix, Harry Potter or Alice In Wonderland. Finally, they stopped trying to pick one and just did them all with the help of photographer Jervy Santiago, who previously shot this Archie Comics engagement photo.
The end result was a set of engagement photos that would make any geek couple jealous.
Dale Irby recently retired after 40 years as a physical education teacher at Prestonwood Elementary in Dallas, Texas. Normally, this would only be news to those who knew the popular teacher. But Irby has the distinction of posing for his school portrait every one of those 40 years in the same clothing!
It began as an accident — a product of his sparse wardrobe back in the day.
“I was so embarrassed when I got the school pictures back that second year and realized I had worn the very same thing as the first year,” said Dale, 63.
But his wife, Cathy, dared him to do it a third year. Then Dale thought five would be funny. “After five pictures,” he said, “it was like: ‘Why stop?’”
After the first few years, Irby only pulled the 1970s shirt and vest out for picture day and put them back for the next year. You can see all forty pictures in a gallery and a video at the Dallas Morning News. Link -via Uproxx
Skip to the end and lo & behold, it is the springtime of their loving... Darth and Ella. Such a perfect couple. Ding! Going up?
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