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Neatorama's 10th Anniversary

Time flies when you're having fun! Today is Neatorama's 10th anniversary (that'll make this blog a fourth grader, right?) and I'd like to take a moment to reflect and give thanks.

It all started ten years ago in a spare bedroom in my house with this very first post (and the link is still good). Some 80,000 posts, 250 million visits, 155 million unique visitors and nearly 400 million pageviews later, we're still at it!

I'd like to thank Neatorama's wonderful team - Miss C, John, Jill, Zeon, Lisa, Rommel, Brian, Jen, Anthony, and my lovely wife Tiffany, and to all of you Neatoramanauts for making it a fun journey so far.

We've been working hard on the shop-side (have you checked out the NeatoShop lately? We'll do something fun there soon to celebrate!) We've also got a few neat things planned for the blog as well.

I can't wait to see what the next ten years will bring us :)

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Smiley Face Sunflower

Gooood morning, sunshine! Flipboard's super neat The Photo Desk profiled this smiley face sunflower as photographed by photographer Yuriko Nakao. Checkout many more of her awesome photos of a field of sunflowers in Tokyo, Japan, in full bloom over at Flipboard.

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Who Invented the TV Dinner?

Munch on this neat fact while you dine on your microwavable haute cuisine in front of the TV. Our pal Today I Found Out delved into the annals of history and told us who invented the TV dinner, and what 260 tons of surplus Thanksgiving turkey meat has got to do with it!

And while you're at it, checkout TIFO's growing YouTube channel - you'll find tons of neat videos on many fascinating topics. Thanks Daven!

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This Cat Looks Like It Has Seen Something It Cannot Unsee

There sure are plenty of things that we wish we can unsee on the Interwebs! So when it happens again, I'll have this picture handy. By the way, that's Jasper, the "fanciest, fluffiest Himalayan around." Jasper's so fancy and cute he has his own Instagram page.

Now, what do you think that Jasper has seen that he can't unsee? (Bonus points if you work in a story about John).

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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15 Magical Lord of the Rings T-Shirts

Mordor Dark Ale by Cory Freeman Design

You shall not pass ... on this chance to see 15 Magical Lord of the Rings inspired T-Shirts from the NeatoShop. Whether you're on the side of Men, Elves, or Dwarves and whether you love Orcs or Hobbits, one thing's for sure: you'll look great in these Lord of the Rings T-shirts!

There and Back Again by Joseph Wright

The Hobbit by Wharton

Speak Friend and Enter by ddjvigo

Mordor Road by BazNet

Ring Smoke by Donnie

The Hobbit Adventure by JozVoz

Better Call Gandalf by Mr.Jungle

Smaug's Bane by Samiel

My Precious by DeepFriedArt

Where The Halflings Are by djkopet

Hobbit Nightmare by Harantula

I Want You For My Army by Fernando Sala

The One Ring v2 by Bomdesignz

Desperate Measure by Boggs Nicolas

If you like that, check out many more Fantasy T-shirt designs from the NeatoShop.

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Tokyoflash Treasure Hunt #27

w00t! I'm happy to announce the return of the Tokyoflash Treasure Hunt on Neatorama!

For those of you who haven't played before, the Tokyoflash Treasure Hunt is the neatest online scavenger hunt you'll play today. Win a Tokyoflash watch of your choice (yes, that's right - a Tokyoflash watch! Now that's geek street cred!) as well as neat T-shirts from the NeatoShop.

All you have to do is solve the clues to play. For example:

1. What's the name of Neatorama's kid and baby blog?

2. What is 2+1?

3. What is the name of the top grill in our Top 10 Coolest BBQ Grills post?

Put the answers together to form this link:

Go ahead and copy and paste that URL to your browser to get to the answer page. Easy, right? OK - are you ready for the real thing?

Here are the clues to the Tokyoflash Treasure Hunt #27:

1. Visit and look for the new watch with a single hand design. Fill in the blank: "The time is shown with just one hand designed in the shape of a Japanese ____ sword"

2. Visit the NeatoShop's Science T-Shirt category. Find the shirt featuring three female astronomers. Fill in the blank: "developed a system for measuring distances in the cosmos by tracking the _____ of the stars."

3. Back to Tokyoflash. Find a watch with amazing three interlocking rings design. Fill in the blank: "Three vivid ____ of light behind a dark mineral crystal lens."

Visit Tokyoflash and the NeatoShop to find answers to these clues. Then string them together to form the URL: (all one-word, lower case, separated by dash).

This contest will end soon, so hurry! Have fun, guys!

Update 8/17/15: Time's up! The winners have been chosen.

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Tokyoflash Treasure Hunt #27 - Answer Page

All right! You've found the Tokyoflash Treasure Hunt #27 answer page.

You're only one step away from winning. One lucky commenter, chosen at random, will win the Tokyoflash Watch of their choice. Three more random commenters will win neat T-shirts from the NeatoShop.

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In a single comment below:

1. Write your choice of Tokyoflash watch (don't forget the color)
2. Write your choice of T-shirt from the NeatoShop and the artist who designed it. We highly suggest something from the Funny T-shirt, Science T-Shirt and Sci-Fi T-shirt categories.

Go ahead and take a look. You've got plenty of time.

One entry per person. You may have to register a username in order to comment. Incomplete or multiple entries will disqualify you. If you made a mistake, please do not enter another comment - instead, edit the original comment or email us and we'll fix it for you.

Thank you for playing and good luck (one more time). Please tell your friends about Tokyoflash and the NeatoShop! We'll announce the winners soon!

Update 8/17/15: Congratulations to PinoyEggHead, gracieog, and Casey LaCaze who won the T-shirts! Congrats to the grand prize winner, Jason Castick, who won a Tokyoflash watch! If you didn't win, take heart - we'll surely have more of these neat treasure hunts on Neatorama!

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NeatoShop August Back to School T-Shirt Giveaway

W00t! We're having a great Back to School Sale over at the NeatoShop: Get free worldwide shipping on all T-shirts from the NeatoShop (yep, worldwide). Go back to school dressed in the neatest Science T-shirts, Sci-Fi T-shirts, Fantasy T-Shirts and more! But you better hurry: sale ends Aug 9.

Let's turn up the fun with this giveaway, exclusively for NeatoShop customers and NeatoMail subscribers: take a looksie at our design selections 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, One Liners 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 8/17/15: Congratulations to JanetP, Lucklylooloo, and Catherine T. who won this round! If you didn't win, good luck next time!

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That Time Tim Burton Showed Pee-wee Herman How to Hold a Fistful of Snakes

It's been 30 years since Pee-wee's Big Adventure was released way back in 1985, and what better way to celebrate than with some behind-the-scenes photos that have never seen by the general public?

Pee-wee Herman released a set of neat-o photos from the movie, which was directed by Tim Burton (his film directorial debut, no less). This photo above shows Tim Burton holding a bunch of snakes while Pee-wee looked on. It's from the Fire in the Pet Store scene, which you can see after the jump:

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He's Probably Going to Get Yelled At for Drinking Water Without Permission in Boot Camp

Redditor nsandz submitted this photo of poolees getting a preview of what the US Marine Corps boot camp would be like! I'm sure the drill sergeant instructor would yell at the guy for taking an unauthorized drink of water, or for getting his shirt wet.

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John Ellis of CERN Wearing a T-Shirt Featuring Himself

John Ellis of CERN, wearing "John Ellis of CERN" (what else?) design by ikado

W00t! We're super excited to have theoretical physicist John Ellis of CERN wear a design bearing his likeness by NeatoShop artist Ikado. In that design, John Ellis sits between the Large Hadron Collider and his famous desk, with stacks of papers towering precariously high.

Come to think of it, did anyone look for the Higgs boson somewhere in John Ellis' office? It's probably just hiding there, somewhere amongst the stacks and stacks of paper.

Thanks for the photo, John!

John Ellis of CERN by ikado

View more Physics T-Shirts and Science T-Shirts.

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15 Funny Sci-Fi T-Shirts That Are Out Of This World

These Aren't The Droids We Are Looking For by Wirdou

Resistance is futile ... These *are* the 15 Funniest Sci-Fi T-shirts you're looking for! If you love sci-fi, or know someone who does, then these are the perfect shirts for you - because a man walks down the street in a shirt like these, you know he's not afraid of anything.

So go ahead and get these Sci-Fi T-shirts, so the next time someone says "I love you(r shirt)," you can reply, "I know."

See the full catalog: Sci-Fi T-Shirts over at the NeatoShop

King of the Firehouse by Ninjaink

Supreme Dalek (Soft Kitty Parody) by B4DW0LF

Welcome to the Jungle by Rocky Davies

Iron Droid by Mike Jacobsen

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It's a Lovely Day for These 15 Shiny and Chrome Mad Max T-Shirts

GET IT HERE: I Want YOU for WAR, BOY by hugohugo

Ride eternal, shiny and chrome with these Mad Max: Fury Road-inspired T-shirts from the NeatoShop. Whether you're riding your War Rig into the a giant sand storm or just out for a stroll on a lovely day with your favorite bloodbag, these are the shirts you should wear!

AVE FURIOSA by Medusa Dollmaker

My World is Fire by Olipop

What A Lovely Day by zerobriant

Mad Fury by Andriu

Furiosa v2 by Demonigote

War Boy - It's a Lovely Day by Retro Review

We Can Do It (Furiously) by hugohugo

Mad Warrior by pigboom

Only The Mad (Red) by Demonigote

Immortan Joe's Customs by adho1982

Mad Mar: Rainbow Road by JP Perez

Road to Valhalla Tour by Olipop

MAD by AndreusD

Fury Road: Immortan Joe by BeastPop

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15 Magically Awesome Fantasy T-Shirts

I Want You For An Adventure by Fernando Sala

Wizards, dragons, and magic! What more could you ask for? If you love fantasy, then you'll love these 15 Magically Awesome Fantasy T-Shirts from the NeatoShop!

See full category: Fantasy T-Shirts

Hobbit's Nightmare by Harantula

The Brightest Witch of Her Age by Megan Lara

Mordor Dark Ale by Cory Freeman Design

I'm Not a Princess I'm a Khaleesi by karlangas

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Pew! Pew! Here Are 15 Video Game T-Shirts That Take It To The Next Level

Armored Maiden by Ninjaink

Love video games? You'll get a kick from these clever mash ups and other T-shirt designs inspired by some of the most popular video games in history. Check out NeatoShop's pick for the Top 15 Video Game-inspired T-Shirts that'll your favorite gamer will die for (and then re-spawn, of course!):

See the full catalog: Video Game T-shirts

Linkira by Jango Snow

Rebel Fox by djkopet

Dark Side of the Squid by Kayden007

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Cloud of Breathable Cocktail Can Make You Drunk just by Breathing

Photo: Ann Charlott Ommedal

Food adventurists Sam Bompas and Harry Parr of Bompas & Parr (previously on Neatorama) mashed up meteorology and mixology to bring you a new installation called Alcoholic Architecture, featuring a walk-in cloud of breathable cocktail.

Talk about immersive alcohol environment: fine spirits and mixer are fed through humidifiers to create air super-saturated with alcohol. Alcohol would enter the bloodstream of the person inside the room through the body's mucus membranes (primarily the lungs, but also the eyeballs).

Photo: Garage CCC

"With humidity at 140 percent, there is so much alcohol in the air, you can seee less than a metre but the high humidity level enhances flavour perception," Bompas and Parr said about their latest installation, "And by breathing the cocktail, alcohol bypasses the liver allowing you to consume 40 percent less (with correspondingly reduced calories) to feel the same effect."

The installation will arrive in Borough Market, London, later this month. As you can imagine, you need to be of legal drinking age to go into the alcoholic cloud. And as they say - breathe responsibly!

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Pluto's Giant Heart is Proof That It Still Loves Us

Image: NASA

We've demoted Pluto and kicked it out of the solar system's planetary club, but don't worry, Pluto still loves us! We know that because a photo taken from the New Horizons space probe, launched by NASA to explore Pluto, its moons, and the Kuiper Belt, revealed that the dwarf planet has a giant heart sign, as seen above.

See also: Pluto: Proof That Size Matters

The image, taken on July 7, 2015, is the closest image of Pluto. The space probe New Horizons was just under 5 million miles from the dwarf planet. The white heart-sized area is about 1,200 miles across and scientists don't exactly know what it means.

"The next time we see this part of Pluto at closest approach, a portion of this region will be imaged at about 500 times better resolution than we see today," said Jeff Moore of NASA’s Ames Research Center. "It will be incredible!"

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10 Most Awesome Superhero and Supervillain T-Shirts

Comic-Con is here, and what better way to celebrate the world's most famous Geekfest than with a nod to awesome superhero- and supervillain-inspired designs? Take a look at the Top 10 Superhero and Supervillain T-Shirts from the NeatoShop.

View the complete catalog: Anime, Cartoons & Comics T-Shirts

First up, the good guys:

Avengers Rhapsody by Aaron Morales

A Peanut Galaxy by Kellabell9

VOLT TRON by djkopet

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15 Funniest Science T-Shirts

Beakerful of Science by Naolito

Got Science? If you love science, you'll like NeatoShop's Top 15 Funniest Science T-Shirts:

See the full catalog: Science T-Shirts

Chemical Avengers by Wirdou

Brilliant Mind Ninja Scientists by Fuacka

SCIENCE - Coexist by Captain Ribman

Respect the Chemistry by Baznet

Bro, Do You Even Science by Pacalin

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Classify Your Annoying Co-Workers as Rappers

Got annoying co-workers? Here's something fun you can do: classify them as rappers!

Sarah Cooper of The Cooper Review classified ten of the most annoying types of co-workers as represented by various rappers. For examples:

Someone who never leaves their cubicle is an Ice Cubicle:

Someone who volunteers for everything, then complains about all that work is a Kendrick Lamartyr:

Someone who's always looking at your screen is a Snoop Snoopy Dog:

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What You Gonna Drive? Behold the New Ecto-1 from the Upcoming Ghostbusters Movie

Ecto-1 via @Paul Feig

It's been more than thirty years since the release of original Ghostbusters, so forgive us for being a bit excited about the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, slated for release in July 2016.

The movie's director Paul Feig has been teasing the world with drips of photos of various Ghostbusters posted on Twitter. The latest photo is of the iconic Ecto-1 - this time more looking like a hearse than the original ambulance (what's up with that giant yellow siren?):

And check out the hood ornament of the new Ecto-1:

via Slashfilm

More from the movie:

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Do You Live in These 10 Worst States in the USA?

Hate where you live? Be thankful you're not living in _____ (fill the blanks with one of these ten worst states in the United States. Or if you actually live in one of those states, then fill it with the one worse than yours. Sorry Mississippians, you're left holding the bag!)

Nick Johnson of RoadSnacks crunched data from the government census, Bureau of Labor Statistics, and Sperling's Best Places, and even the FBI crime stats to measure population density, unemployment rates, median income, housing vacancy rate, education, commute times, crime rates, and bad weather to come up with the 10 Worst States to Live In The USA:

  1. Mississippi
  2. Florida
  3. Alabama
  4. Arizona
  5. Nevada
  6. West Virginia
  7. New Mexico
  8. Tennessee
  9. Georgia
  10. Alaska

The best place to live? Nebraska.

See if you agree with Nick's reasoning over at his article on RoadSnacks (Thanks Nick!)

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This is What Happens if You Zap a 500-Year-Old Coral with The World's Most Powerful X-Ray

Scientists taking a core sample from a 500-year-old coral in the oceans off American Samoa (Image: Dr. Robert B. Dunbar)

What's the ocean temperature back on July 8, 1650? The corals can tell you!

Humans have been recording weather records for about 150 years, but scientists have found a way to determine ancient ocean temperature and precipitation levels by subjecting corals to the world's most powerful X-ray machine.

Neil Tangri and colleagues at the Stanford Linear Accelerator Center took X-rays of an ancient Porites lutea coral off the coast of the American Samoa to get detailed picture of the weather from 500 years ago, with astounding resolution to the week.

KQED's Deep Look explains:

Thanks Christina Reagan!

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15 Workout Tank Tops That'll Make You Look Good While Working Out

Gym of the Warrior
by berserk7

Summer's here - are you beach bod ready? Well, you got to work out to look good, but you can also look good while working out! Here are 15 Workout Tank Tops That'll Make You Look Good While Working Out, regardless of your body type:

Your Workout is My Warmup
by berserk7


Snake Mountain Gym
by louisros


Eternia Gym Teela
by Buby87


Hulk's Gym
by ArtofCoreyCourts

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Bartkira Trailer

Back in 2013, we told you about the Bartkira Project by artist Ryan Humphrey, in which he invited hundreds of artists from around the world to recreate the manga Akira in the style of The Simpsons.

The project is still going strong (you can read three out of the 6 planned volumes on the website) and to whet your appetite, here's a wonderful animated trailer from Kaitlin Sullivan and James Harvey of Akira drawn in the style and featuring the characters from The Simpsons.

Milhouse as Tetsuo? But of course!

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NeatoShop Fourth of July and Summer Sale - Save Up to 20% Off All T-Shirts!

Happy Fourth of July, Neatoramanauts! Let's celebrate by getting yourself or your loved ones some of the web's neatest T-shirts: Save up to 20% on all T-shirts at the NeatoShop. That's nearly 30,000 of the geekiest, neatest and most awesome shirts you'll find today! No coupons required. No minimum purchase.

You'll get the best shirt print quality on the web and your purchase helps support indie artists (who love the way we print their shirts), as well as this blog.

But, like those TV commercials always say, that's not all! Get free worldwide (yep, worldwide) shipping on orders $75 and up - so stock up on your favorite shirts and save!

Here are a few suggestions:

Oh, and we've got these in men's and ladies' tank tops, as well - just in time for summer (and do they make for perfect workout wear for the gym!)

(L) Gym of the Warrior by berserk7 (R) Zangief's Gym by Coinbox Tees

Hurry! Sale ends July 12, 2015. Go and check it out: NeatoShop

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Chuck Norris Plush Doll Giveaway

Here's the Chuck Norris Giveaway Page you've been looking for! You're just one step away from winning one of ten Chuck Norris plush dolls that we found hiding biding their time in a corner of the NeatoShop warehouse. Please note that these dolls don't have a working voicebox because Chuck Norris is too awesome for words. He doesn't need to say anything to get things done.

But first, check out the NeatoShop's Fourth of July and Summer Sale! Save up to 20% off the neatest, most awesome T-shirts you'll find on the web. With nearly 30,000 designs available, there's one that's perfect for you! Get free worldwide shipping on orders $75 and up (yes, we do mean worldwide.)

Back to Chuck - Here's how to enter the giveaway:

1. Visit the NeatoShop and take a look around to find your favorite T-shirt design. If you need a suggestion, how about the Funny T-Shirts, Sci-Fi T-Shirts, Science T-Shirts and Fantasy T-Shirts categories?

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

3. Optional: tell us your favorite Chuck Norris Facts alongside your T-shirt selection.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few of our favorite Chuck Norris Facts:

  • Google won't search for Chuck Norris. It knows you don't find Chuck Norris - He finds you.
  • Death once had a near-Chuck Norris experience.
  • Chuck Norris' calendar went from March 31 straight to April 2. Because no one fools Chuck Norris.
  • People wanted to add Chuck Norris to Mount Rushmore, but the granite was not tough enough for his beard.
  • Chuck Norris can divide by zero.

One entry per person. Multiple entries will be disqualified. We'll pick 7 winners at random and 3 winners with the funniest, most original Chuck Norris Fact (and believe me, we've heard most of 'em, so go for unique, mmkay?)

The winner will be notified through our comment system, so be sure to use a valid email address. Good luck, everyone!

Update July 29, 2015: Congratulations to the ten winners! They have been notified via Neatorama's private messages and have 3 days to claim their prizes or forfeit them forever! The winners are: 11 Rudy K., 13 Rene C., 64 Chris M., 7 Peter E., 37 Sharyn, 59 Rawhorne, 47 YetiDad, 52 DemonHub, 28 Toni C., 3. Andrew M. Thank you to everyone who played - if you didn't win, there's always next time! :)

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Senior Quote: High School Was Easy

High school was easy. Just ask this high school senior, who said what he thought of his high school experience for posterity in his yearbook quote:

"High school was easy. It was like riding a bike. Except the bike was on fire & the ground was on fire & everything was on fire because it was hell."

Wait till real life, kids. Wait till real life.

Via Cubiclebot

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This Giant "Royal Flush" Water Slide Will Surely Put You in the Mood for Summer!

Ready for summer? Here's a video clip by AJ Aguirre and Ben Hammer of Round III Media that'll surely put you in the mood for summer!

Aguirre and Hammer went to BSR Cable Park in Waco, Texas, and filmed people having fun sliding down the park's "Royal Flush" giant slide. The video clip has everything that a viral video should have: beautiful women in bikinis, athletic guys doing athletic things, and did we mention a giant water slide? As of today, the video clip has been viewed over 14 million times. Now if that isn't a royal flush, we don't know what is.

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