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We held a May T-Shirt Giveaway earlier this month on Neatorama, and we've picked the lucky winners: Congratulations to Neatoramanauts Ashley G, Mimi D, and Erin M. If you didn't win, you'll have more chances to win at our next giveaway.

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May Giveaway! Win 3 Free T-Shirts From the NeatoShop

Woohoo! We're having an awesome sale over at the NeatoShop: Get up to 20% off all T-shirts in our store. That's nearly 30,000 of the neatest, most awesome designs you'll find on the web today. Plus, get up to 50% off novelty items from our Sale and Clearance section (while supplies last!)

And as if that's not awesome enough, we'll up the ante: get free worldwide shipping on orders $75 and above. Yep, free *worldwide* shipping.

Now something fun just for all of you NeatoMail subscribers: take a look at our wide selection of neat shirts and you can win a free T-shirt!

Here's how to enter the giveaway:

1. Visit the NeatoShop and take a look around to find your favorite design. May we suggest the Funny T-shirts, Sci-Fi T-shirts, Science T-shirts, and Video Game T-Shirts categories?

2. In the comment below, tell us your favorite artwork and the artist who designed it.

3. That's it! There's no step 3.

One entry per person. Multiple entries will be disqualified. We'll pick three winners at random. The winner will be notified through our comment system below, so be sure to use a valid email address. Good luck, everyone!

Update 5/28/15: We've picked three winners using the random number generator over at random.org. Congratulations to Ashley G, Mimi D, and Erin M. Didn't win? Take heart: we'll have another one of these giveaways soon! Thank you for being a NeatoShop customer and a NeatoMail subscriber!

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Honeymooners Caught in a Fish Tornado


Photos: Jeff Hester/ Caters News Agency / Caters News Facebook page

When honeymooners Teri and Jeff Hester went diving off the Baja California peninsula in Cabo Pulmo, Mexico, they found themselves in the middle of an astonishing sight: a "tornado" made of fish!

"We were swimming along and saw a small band of Jacks heading away from us, so we followed them," Jeff told Caters News, "That small band slowly grew bigger and bigger, until out of the distance, this massive fish tornado appeared. I was awestruck. I had never seen anything like that before in my life."

Fish tornado? Now that's a cool school of fish!


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Afraid of Spiders? Blame Your Genes!


Here's John Goodman in the 1990 movie Arachnophobia. Because, you know, posting a picture of a spider in a post about people who are afraid of spiders is just cruel.

If you're afraid of spiders, don't blame yourself or your upbringings. Blame evolution instead!

A new study by Joshua New of Barnard College, Columbia University and Tamsin German of University of California Santa Barbara suggests that "spiders have posed such specific and immediate threats" to our evolutionary ancestors that our visual system has developed a mechanism to rapidly identify images of spiders.

In the study, to be published in the journal Evolution and Human Behavior, New showed images of spiders and other modern threats like hypodermic needles, as well as other animals like houseflies to 252 people. Most spotted the spiders much more rapidly.

"This demonstrates that some evolutionary-relevant threats are highly-specified and can evoke what is perhaps best termed 'reflexibe awareness': an immediate and elaborated perception sufficient to guide an adaptive behavioral response," New added.

"Humans were at perennial, unpredictable and significant risk of encountering highly venomous spiders in their ancestral environments," New said to The Sunday Times, "“Even when not fatal, a black widow spider bite in the ancestral world could leave one incapacitated for days or even weeks, terribly exposed to dangers. Detection, therefore, is the critical arbiter of success in such encounters — any improvements to the sensitivity, vigilance, reliability and speed of faculties for their detection would have been of significant selective advantage."

So the next time a spider give you the ooies, you can blame your genes.


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NeatoShop Spring Sale: Get Free Shipping Worldwide!

Spring has sprung! And what better way to celebrate the new season than with new T-shirts from the NeatoShop?

We're having a Spring Sale going on right now: Get free worldwide shipping (yes, worldwide!) on all T-shirt orders from the NeatoShop. No coupons required. No minimum purchase either. And as always, you'll get the best shirt print quality on the web. Your purchase helps support indie artists (who love our stuff!) and the blog.

Go ahead and check out our wide selection of T-shirts over at the NeatoShop:


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NeatoMail Spring T-Shirt Giveaway

Spring is here and T-shirt weather is around the corner - so let's celebrate with this awesome Spring Sale over at the NeatoShop. Get free worldwide shipping (yes, worldwide!) on all T-shirt orders. No coupons required and no minimum purchase, either.

Let's take it one step further just for all of you NeatoMail subscribers: take a look at our wide selection of neat shirts and you can win a free T-shirt!

Here's how to enter the giveaway:

1. Visit the NeatoShop and take a look around to find your favorite design. May we suggest the Funny T-shirts, Sci-Fi T-shirts, Science T-shirts, and Video Game T-Shirts categories?

2. In the comment below, tell us your favorite artwork and the artist who designed it.

3. That's it! There's no step 3.

One entry per person. Multiple entries will be disqualified. We'll pick three winners at random. The winner will be notified through our comment system below, so be sure to use a valid email address. Good luck, everyone!

Update 5/3/15: We've picked the winners using the random number generator over at random.org. Congratulations to #12 Jennifer B., #27 Theresa, T., and #65 Dareisha R who won this round! Thank you for playing, everyone! If you didn't win - good luck on the next giveaway!


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Happy Epic Pi Day, Everyone!


Mmm ... Pi T-Shirt over at the NeatoShop | More Pi Day T-Shirts and Math T-Shirts

Nevermind the anti-Pi Day-ers! Here comes Epic Pi Day!

Today is not only Pi Day (3/14) - to people in the world who keep the calendar in the slightly illogical* month/day/year format (USA! USA!) - but it's also Epic Pi Day (3/14/15) that comes only once in every century. Today at 9:26:53 am**, it's an even grander moment commemorating the first 10 digits of pi.

We held a Pi Day giveaway last week on Neatorama, and today we reveal the lucky winners: Neatoramanauts MarshaBB and Rahat A. won this round. If you didn't win, take heart - you'll have more chances to win at our next giveaway. It'll be exclusive to NeatoMail subscribers, so don't forget to subscribe! (Don't worry - We won't share your email address)

*Sorry the rest of the world: your logical day/month/year format means no Pi Day. There's no 31st day of April, nor is there the 14th month of the year. Hah! So take that, logic!

**Also the post time of this post. W00t!


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NeatoShop's Big Sale: Just Two Day's Left to Save Up to 20% Off T-Shirts

Just two days left to take advantage of NeatoShop's Big T-Shirt Sale! Save up to 20% off neat T-shirts, including Funny T-Shirts, Science T-Shirts, Sci-Fi T-Shirts, and Cartoons & Comics designs. Plus, get free worldwide shipping on orders $75 and up (that's just 5 shirts!)


Pi Day designs - Celebrate Epic Pi Day with these cool shirts!


All the St. Patrick's Day shirts you could ever want!

Hurry! Sale ends March 8 - check it out: NeatoShop.


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NeatoShop Sale: Save up to 20% on All T-Shirts!

w00t! We're having a huge sale over at the NeatoShop. Save up to 20% off all T-shirts, plus get free worldwide shipping (yes, worldwide) on orders $75 and above. That's just 5 shirts!

Check out NeatoShop's Quality | Artist Reviews | New Shirts | Bestsellers | Featured

Getting ready for Pi Day and St. Patrick's Day? We've got the perfect shirts for you! USA orders placed during the sale period are guaranteed to arrive in time for those two events.


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Pi Day Giveaway: Win a Hoodie and Shirt from the NeatoShop

This year's Pi Day is nothing short of epic: 3/14/15 (and at 9:26 am and 53 second, it's even more epic! We'll get pi to the 9th decimal places).

Celebrate Pi Day with the NeatoShop's wide selection of Pi Day-related T-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, and more. Best of all, you can win a Pi Day hoodie and other NeatoShop T-shirt of your choice.

The Fighting Pirish Pi Day Symbol Apple Pi Pi Joe A Real Science Hero Mmm ... Pi

Here's how to enter:

Visit the NeatoShop and checkout our selection of Pi Day designs and other shirts (may we recommend Funny T-Shirts, Science T-Shirts, Sci-Fi T-Shirts, and Cartoons & Comics?)

In the comment section below, write 1) your selection of Pi Day design and the artist who made it and 2) any other T-shirt you'd like and the artist who made it

We'll pick two random winners. The first will win his or her selection of Pi Day design as a hoodie, and another will win the T-shirt of their choice. One comment per person, please. Multiple comments will disqualify you.

Edit 3/14/15 at 9:26 am (hah!): Congratulations to MarshaBB and Rahat A. who won! Thank you for playing, everybody and Happy Pi Day!

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Optical Illusion Body Art by Natalie Fletcher

Color us impressed!

A few years ago, artist Natalie Fletcher moved to Bend, Oregon, and came across an ad for a body painter when she was looking to find a job. Despite having no experience at all, she applied ... and when they asked for examples of previous work, she thought, "Oh, crap! I better paint some bodies!"

That's how Natalie's journey as a body painter started. Since then, she's created many wonderful body paint artwork, including these trippy "Just an Illusion" optical illusion series below. There's no digital enhancement of these images - Natalie painted these freehand with an airbrush on the back of her boyfriend Todd's body:

View more of Natalie's fantastic body art over at her official website (contains artistic nudity) - Thanks Chris!

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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15 Designs for a New London Bridge Look Straight Out of a Sci-Fi Movie!

London needs a new bridge to span the River Thames, so the call is out to architecture and design firms from around the world to submit their greatest (and most outlandish) ideas for the bridge.

And submit they did to the Nine Elms to Pimlico Bridge Competition! So far, 74 design firms have submitted their designs, which you can view over at the NEP Bridge Competition's website.

The designs range from sublime arch bridges to outrageous curved bridges that look straight out of sci-fi movies! Here are some of our favorites:

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Crayon Dress


Dress by Nanette Lepore. Crayola crayon color: Unmellow Yellow (Image: Matthew Carasella)

When my kids were small, my wife and I often find their clothes festooned with crayon drawings. Little did we know that our kids are such trendsetters: for its Spring 2015 campaign, Bloomingdale recruited seven designers to create fashion inspired by the bright colors of, as well as incorporating actual pieces of Crayola crayons.

Designer Nanette Lepore said this about her dress, inspired by Crayola's "Unmellow Yellow" color, as pictured above: "It's an optimistic and fearless color. It demands attention because it deserves attention."


Dress: "Torn" by Ronny Kobo. Crayola crayon color: Bittersweet

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The Most Sinister Baby Laugh You'll Hear Today

Bwahahahahaha! This baby will make a great supervillain when he grows up. Just watch as he unleashes the most sinister laugh you'll hear today.

The video of the unnamed laughing (Russian?) baby, titled "The most sarcastic baby in the world!" by YouTube user moonez has gone viral and racked up over a million hits since it was uploaded just a couple of days ago.

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Great Ball of Pebbles


Image: David Harber

The great ball of pebbles above is an aptly titled sculptural garden sphere called "Dark Planet" by UK artist David Harber. The gorgeous structure, a perfect sphere made from thousands of black puddle stones, look downright magical.

And if you think that's gorgeous, just wait till you see it illuminated from within at night! View more of Harber's Dark Planet spheres over at Homes and Hues.

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Tyrolean Night is the Ultimate Mountain Top Selfie


Photo: Torsten Muehlbacher/National Geographic Your Shot

Austrian photographer Torsten Muehlbacher took this selfie to end all selfies.

The photo above, submitted to National Geographic Your Shot, depicts the photographer marveling at the night's sky in the Tyrolean Alps. Moonlight illuminates the snow-capped peaks of the Alpine mountain range. Muehlbacher wrote, "The guy on the pic is me ... I put my camera on a 25-second exposure and myself on a 25-second 'do not move.'"

View the larger image over at National Geographic.


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This "No Soliciting" Sign is No Match for Girl Scout Cookies

According to this "No Soliciting" sign posted on Imgur, the homeowners already know who they're voting for, have already found Jesus, and are too broke to buy anything, except Thin Mints.

No one is ever too broke to buy Thin Mints (or other Girl Scout Cookies IMHO). That crack cookie is seriously delicious.

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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Toxic Poopsicle: This is What Two Tons of Poop Dumped on the Highway Looks Like

You know what's worse than snow on the road? Poop on the road. Lots and lots of poop. Two tons of poop to be exact.

Last week, a highway exit ramp along the I-65 in Indiana's White County had to be closed because of an unusual spill. Raw sewage, thought to be 300 to 400 gallons of hog waste, was 6 to 8 inches deep in some places.

And if you think scooping up poop is a crappy job, the matter got a bit worse for the cleanup crew because it froze into toxic poopsicles.

I'm sure you want to see what that looks like (warning: it is as gross as it sounds), so here it is after the jump:

Show Me the Poopsicle
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Chores are Scarier than Jaws

Da dum. Da dum. We're going to need bigger washer and dryer!

UK Art Director and artist Sam Gilbey was inspired by the iconic Jaws poster and decided to put together something far, far more terrifying: Chores, a poster about doing the laundry.

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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NeatoMail Hoodie Giveaway Winner


Fear and Loathing in New Vegas

Did you enter our latest hoodie giveaway? It was exclusive to NeatoMail subscribers.

Neatoramanaut Aleena won her choice of NeatoShop's selection of neat hoodies. She chose well: Fear and Loathing in New Vegas by Gordon Brebner Designs. It's perfect for the cold winter weather!

Take a look at the NeatoShop for tons of cool T-shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, and more. We've got the best quality print on the web (see the side-by-side comparison and artist review) at a great price and free worldwide shipping to boot!

Wanna join in on the fun? Subscribe to NeatoMail to get access to exclusive giveaways and contests (don't worry - we won't share your email address):


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Police Issued Arrest Warrant for Elsa from Frozen for the Crime of Wicked Cold Winter


Image: benchart/Shutterstock, Disney and Harlan City Police Department

A winter this wicked can only mean one thing: someone with magical power of manipulating ice and snow is messing around with the weather.

So the Harlan City Police Department of Kentucky (where the temperature was in the single digits) did what any responsible law enforcement would do: they issued an all points bulletin for the arrest of Queen Elsa from Frozen.

"Suspect is a blonde female last seen wearing a long blue dress and is known to burst into song 'Let It Go!'" states the HPD. "As you can see by the weather she is very dangerous. Do not attempt to apprehend her alone," the bulletin warns the general public.


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UPS Man Sees Your Sign, Doesn't Care

John just posted about how package delivery drivers work, and we found a real life example in this photo above. Well, at least the guy didn't just toss the package over the fence.


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Pizza-Inspired Nail Polish

You know what goes great with pizza? How about nail polish?

As part of its Valentine's Day promotion, Pizza Hut Australia has released a line of pizza-inspired nail polish with colors such as "Say Cheese," "Meat Me After Midnight," and "Dough You Need Me."

The nail polish will serve as prizes to a poetry contest, where people can submit pizza-themed poems as entries (the cheesier the poem, we assume, the better).

See how your pizza poem stacks up against the winners:

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We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Forget A Husband! Woman Who Caught 46 Wedding Bouquets Wants a Guinness World Record


Photo: Jamie Jackson

Legend has it that the woman who catches the wedding bouquet thrown by the bride will be the next one to get married.

That obviously hasn't worked for Salt Lake City resident Jamie Jackson. She's caught 46 wedding bouquets since 1996 and is still single to this day. But don't worry about her - Jackson is after something a lot bigger than a man: she wants to bag a Guinness World Records.

So, how does one catch that many wedding bouquet? "It is something that you have to plan for and you have to be very strategic where you place yourself," Jackson said to KSL, "My strategy is to be right up in the front because a lot of times the brides don’t know how far they are going to throw it. A lot of times it will hit a ceiling, it’ll hit a chandelier... I’ve had many, many catches where I’ve had to jump for it. And I’ve hit little kids by accident."

Jackson has kept all of her bouquets and proudly displays her catches in a glass cabinet. All are labeled with the wedding details and year.

"I’m proud to say that out of all 46 wedding bouquets I’ve caught, there have only been two divorces out of 46," she said to KSL. "I consider myself a good luck charm."


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Snarky Street Sign Warns People to First Cross the Street, Then Update Facebook


Photo: City of Hayward

A neighborhood in the city of Hayward, California, had a problem with speeding cars. But after the usual approaches - enforcement, traffic engineering fixes, and even a public outreach - failed to yield results, the city decided to try something weird: unusual street signs to catch driver's attention.

"Let's juxtapose an unconventional message with a conventional medium to catch people's attention, " said city spokesman Frank Holland to SFGate, "If it starts a conversation, maybe people will change their behavior."

One of the signs warn pedestrian to first finish crossing the street before updating Facebook. Another tells drivers that they should use eyes, brakes and brain to navigate a downhill street.

The sign below warns drivers that 35 mph is the speed limit, not a suggestion.

No words whether the signs, which were produced and installed in January to the tune of $205 each, have any effects.

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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Teacher with Phobia of Young Children Lost Lawsuit Against School

Kids are scary. I know. I have three of my own.

But if you have a phobia of young children, then perhaps you shouldn't be a teacher. That's what a woman named Maria Waltherr-Willard just found out as she lost her appeal in a lawsuit against her local school district.

According to SFGate, the 63-year-old high school Spanish and French language teacher was transferred to a middle school. There, the seventh- and eighth-graders triggered her phobia, causing "her blood pressure to soar" (which is probably what seventh and eight graders do even to normal adults) and forced her to retire.

Waltherr-Willard sued for breach-of-contract as she stipulated that the high school had promised not to let little kids come near her, but the court decided against her claims.

(What better thumbnail to illustrate this post than the creepy Disaster Girl?)


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Back to the Future Hoverboard Stencil by JPS


Photo: JPS/Facebook

It's 2015, so if you're asking "Where's my hoverboard?" then street artist JPS (featured previously on Neatorama) has got the answer: here it is!

But before you can say "Whoa. This is Heavy," you should know that the pink Mattel hoverboard used by Marty McFly in Back to the Future series shown above is just a stencil on a pavement. Bummer!

Now who wants to see JPS make the Pit Bull series hoverboard?

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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Can You Find All 16 Hidden Faces?


At first glance, you'd expect to see the faces of five people and another one in the painting for a total of six but this ad for LG's Viewty mobile phone tells us that there are sixteen. Can you find the remaining ten hidden faces?

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NeatoShop's Valentine's Day T-Shirt Sale: Get Free Shipping Worldwide!

Roses are red, violets are blue and boy do we ever have the perfect T-shirt for you!

Valentine's Day is coming up soon, and here's a better idea than flowers that only lasts a week or so: get your loved ones Valentine's Day-themed T-shirts, sweatshirts, and hoodies from the NeatoShop. Ensconce your sweetheart in 100% cotton-y goodness with his or her favorite prints.

Best Line Ever Heart of Ice Veggie & Meatie Love Be My Chum
       
Star Wars I Love You Kawaii Star Wars I Know Kawaii Hyrule BFFs I Hyrule BFFs II

Best of all, now you can get free shipping worldwide (yes, worldwide) if you order before Feb 9, 2015. Check it out: Valentine's Day T-shirts | Funny T-Shirts | Science T-Shirts | Sci-Fi T-Shirts


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Coming up on NeatoMail: A NeatoShop Hoodie Giveaway!


Love Count T-Shirt by Nicholas Ginty

Forget roses and chocolate! Well, maybe just roses because chocolates are darned yummy.

Anyways, I've gotten a bit off track. What I wanted to say is that we've got the perfect Valentine's Day gift for your loved ones: NeatoShop's awesome T-shirts and hoodies that'll remind them of your undying love every time they wear one. Check out our neat selection of Valentine-themed T-shirts, and some good ol' Funny T-shirts, Science T-shirts, Sci-fi T-shirts, and more.

Better yet, you can win a NeatoShop hoodie by entering a giveaway exclusively for NeatoMail subscribers. The contest will run tomorrow, so if you haven't done so yet, please sign up for our newsletter to enter:

Don't worry - we won't share your email address with anyone, and you can always cancel NeatoMail subscription at any time.


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