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Something is Lost in Translation Here

Something must be lost in translation here. Redditor GrapefruitTechnique posted a girl wearing a shirt with a familiar character but something's not quite right ...

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Living Under the Bridge Isn't Just for Trolls Anymore


Images: BoysPlayNice/H3T - via Apartment Therapy

See, living under bridges isn't just for trolls anymore. Now, the avant garde class (or horror lovers) can join in on the fun!

Czech architecture firm H3T Architeckti's "Black Flying House" is a small four square meter (about 43 square feet) house suspended under an old railway bridge with thin steel cables. From a distance, it looks like the dwelling is floating in the air.

The house is accessible using a small ladder and features a small window and stark interior with matte black finishes. Perfect for a horror fan!


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These People Have the Healthiest Hearts in the World. Oh, And They Also Eat Monkeys and Piranhas for Dinner.


Image: Michael Gurven

Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States accounting for roughly 1 in 4 deaths every year. But there's a part of the world where heart disease is so rare that it's practically unheard of.

Research has shown that the Tsimane people of Bolivia have "the lowest reported level of coronary artery disease of any population recorded to date." Using calcium plaque as a measure of heart disease, their hearts are much healthier than those of people who live in the United States, Europe, as well as Asian countries with advanced economies and health care system like Korea and Japan.

"If you think of the calcium plaque as a reasonable measure of arterial age, their arteries are 28 to 30 years younger than ours," cardiologist Randall Thompson and one of the authors of the study said to The Washington Post. "Obviously the Tsimane are achieving something that we are not."

So, what's their secret? Well, let's just hope it's not their diet. You see, the Tsimane people eat monkeys, wild pig, and piranhas for dinner.

Read the full story by Peter Whoriskey over at The Washington Post's Wonkblog.


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Facial Recognition Toilet Paper Dispenser

This is why we can't have nice things. Locals have stealing toilet paper from the public bathrooms at the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, causing the park to use over 30 rolls of toilet paper a day. A local news investigation caught nearby park residents visiting the public restroom multiple times a day to stuff their bags with as much free toilet paper as they can snatch.

Tired of having to spend so much money on toilet paper, the local authorities decided to employ a high tech solution: they've installed facial recognition scanners to the toilet paper dispensers.

The Shanghaiist reports:

In order to get toilet paper, visitors must remove their glasses and hat, and have their faces scanned by a high definition camera. Afterward, they are issued a 60-cm [about 24 inch - ed] long piece of toilet paper by the wall-mounted machine ... Authorities say that the system can remember faces, and that each individual will only be allocated paper once every nine minutes.

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Voice-Controlled Home Automation with the Zelda Ocarina

Voice-controlled home automation is all the rage these days, but yelping at Amazon's Alexa or Google Home just doesn't do it for this diehard Zelda fan.

Allen Pan of Sufficiently Advanced decided that the best way to voice-control his home is by using ... the Zelda ocarina. Pan built a Raspberry Pi-based sytem to recognize various Zelda tunes and perform tasks like unlocking the front door, turn on the lights, adjust the thermostat, control the humidifier, water the plants, tell the time, find his cell phone and unlock his car.

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(YouTube Link - via Sploid)

Now, we've got to figure out his home address and go there with an ocarina!


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Should We Have 100+ Planets in Our Solar System?


Under a size cutoff of 10,000 kilometers, there are two planets, 18 or 19 moons, 1 or 2 asteroids, and 87 trans-Neptunian objects, most of which do not yet have names. All are shown to scale, keeping in mind that for most of the trans-Neptunian objects, their sizes are only approximately known. Montage by Emily Lakdawalla. Data from NASA / JPL, JHUAPL/SwRI, SSI, and UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA, processed by Gordan Ugarkovic, Ted Stryk, Bjorn Jonsson, Roman Tkachenko, and Emily Lakdawalla.

Remember Pluto?

Ever since it was kicked out of the family of planets of our solar system, it's been trying to get back in. This time, in an effort spearheaded by Kirby Runyon of Johns Hopkins University, Pluto wants itself and its 100 closest pals to be called planets.

Runyon proposed that a planet is redefined to focus on its own geophysics: "A planet is a sub-stellar mass body that has never undergone nuclear fusion and that has enough gravitation to be round due to hydrostatic equilibrium regardless of its orbital parameters."

In a scientific poster submitted to the upcoming Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Runyon pointed out that this new definition of planet would emphasize its intrinsic as opposed to extrinsic properties. For school children and lay people, the definition of planets is easy: "Round objects in space that are smaller than stars."

But what about memorizing the names of all those new planets? No need to do that, Runyon said, instead schools should focus on teaching Solar System's zones and why different types of planets formed at their respective distances from the Sun.

Read more about the new effort to reclassify Pluto as a Planet over at Universe Today.


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Master Splinter IRL

Like Master Splinter once said, "The path that leads to what we truly desire is long and difficult, but only by following that path do we achieve our goal." And by goal, I think he meant pizza and by path he meant trash cans.

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Zoom Out! Nanoscience Illustrated by Etching Tiny Images on a Penny

We all know that nanotechnology and nanoscience deal with really, really, really small things, but how small is small, exactly? Let the Molecular Foundry, part of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California, show you using a common penny.

In this YouTube video clip, the lab used beams of electrons to sketch letters that spell "Molecular Foundry" with the smallest feature roughly being 20 nanometers (about 100 atoms). As the video zooms out, you'll see the Berkeley Lab logo written using a beam of charged gallium atoms. Then, as the video continues to zoom out, you'll see an 18-hour timelapse of the face of Abe Lincoln, drawn with gallium atoms.

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I only wish we could reverse the video clip, and yell out "Enhance" like in CSI.


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March March march is Pointless ... and That's the Whole Point of it!


Image: Colin Bell

As its website proclaims, there's really no other point to the March March march other than to justify its name:

The March March march is a long, flat, pointless walk across the Fens from the town of March to Cambridge, a distance of about thirty miles. It takes place, of course, in March, often but not always on the last Saturday in March. It has no purpose other than to be called the March March march. It was invented by Jonathan Partington in 1979, apparently because it seemed like a good idea at the time.

The March March march is organised by an official known as the Custos Martis. The current Custos Martis is James Yardley, who has been trying to resign for several years.

But if you think that's pointless, you should try the May Manea Mania train ride (Manea stands for "Many Are Not Even Awake." (Via BBC)


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BBC Mom: How Would a Working Mom Handle the "BBC Dad" Interview?

You all have seen the viral "BBC Dad" clip, where Professor Robert Kelly's TV interview was gatecrashed by his two adorable little kids. But how would a working mom handle it? Why, she would take care of it without even batting an eye!

New Zealand comedy duo Jono Pryor and Ben Boyce of Jono & Ben made a skit parodying the viral video clip titled "Woman interrupted during BBC interview." Take a look:


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Reindeer on a Plane


Photo: Olga Ushnitskaya

Rudolph may be taking a break from flying after a busy Christmas season, but his reindeer brethren have to get around. So they fly commercial.

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Skull Firelogs

Now this is a backyard firepit fit for Conan the Barbarian! Forget firelogs - keep yourself warm with fires fueled by burning the skulls of your enemies. But there's no need to vanquish Thulsa Doom and his armies - you can buy these skull "logs" over at Amazon - via The Awesomer and Valhalla's Chosen.

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Phoenix with Real Wings of Fire


Image @vanalthuisstudios

We've showcased many light paintings on Neatorama before, but photographer Derek VanAlthuis took technique to the next level with this lovely photo of a Phoenix with wings of fire.

DIY Photography blog interviewed VanAlthuis on his techniques:

The tool used was based on Zach [Smidt]’s fire technique, which involves wrapping and stapling a 100% cotton t-shirt around a wooden dowel. The shirt is then soaked in BBQ fluid and then lit. I used this technique on my own wing-shaped tool to get the effect and look that I wanted.

It is important that your shirt is 100% cotton, any kind of blended fabrics can melt and cause burns. If you attempt this, PLEASE take all the proper precautions and be safe. I recommend wearing flame resistant gloves and shooting at a place with plenty of water nearby

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Sicilian Archbishop Banned the Mafia from Becoming Godfathers

In the movie The Godfather, Don Vito Corleone said that "A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man."

But recently, an archbishop in Sicily has given the real world mafia an unmistakeable "Sicilian message" by banning them from becoming real godfathers and participating in baptisms.

"The mafia has always taken the term godfather from the Church to give its bosses an air of religious respectability," Archbishop Michele Pennisi said as reported by the BBC, "Whereas in fact, the two worlds are completely incompatible."

Pennisi, a vocal anti-mafia critic, decreed that anyone convicted of "dishonorable crimes" is banned from acting as a godparent.


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It's Impossible to be Grumpy After You See These Quokka Pics


Image @cambojones2020 and @rottnestfastferries

We've posted about the quokka on Neatorama a couple of times before. If you haven't seen it before, however, its worth visiting instaquokka, an Instagram page dedicated to "the happiest animal on Earth." Instant mood lifter!

Seriously, folks - quokkas can't look sad or grumpy even if they tried. No wonder they love taking selfies!


Image @abzhudson

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The OTHER March Madness Has Nothing to do with Basketball ... See If You can Guess What It's All About!

Basketball isn't the only type of March Madness going on this month .. but we'd wager that you wouldn't guess the craze: turns out that March is also vasectomy season!

"We had Vasectomy Madness, so to speak," urology professor Dr. Kelly Chiles told The Washington Post.

"It is very, very busy, and we absolutely make extra room for it," Dr. David Gilley, a urologist at Urology of Indiana told Bob Kravitz of WTHR, "It's a very popular time – now and right at the end of the year when deductibles are met. It's more than double what we normally do."

Good marketing may have something to do with it. Jennifer Hargis of Urology of Indiana added that the practice aired ads promoting vasectomies as an excused vacation: Come on in, have the 45-minute procedure done, swallow an aspirin ... place a bag of frozen peas ..., kick back and tell the wife and kids you're not available for a couple of days.

(Previously on Neatorama)


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Beauty and the Beast A Cappella Medley

Don't have two hours to watch the upcoming Disney's live action Beauty and the Beast?

Be our guest and watch this instead: a fantastic 5-minute Beauty and the Beast a capella medley by BYU Vocal Point, featuring Lexi Walker as Belle. You'll be happily humming the tunes for the rest of the week!

(YouTube Link)


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Narcissist Bird Loves to Stare at Its Own Reflection


Image: Nick Wiggins/ABC

When wildlife expert Caitlin Raynor spotted a bird mesmerized by its own reflection in a window, she thought that people might be worried about what it was doing. So Raynor posted a little note that reads, "I'm a Bush Stone Curlew. I'm fine. I just like to stare at myself in the window."

Little did Raynor knew that she'd be launching the bird into Internet stardom, with images of the "Narcissist bird" rattled 'round the web. But Raynor said that the behavior was actually quite normal for this bird species.

"They're primarily nocturnal so they're not used to seeing their reflection," she told the BBC, "They're not being aggressive. They're just fascinated with the 'other bird' in the reflection."

If I were that cute, I'd stare at myself that much, too!

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A Good Spot at the Beach is Hard to Find ... for Humans and Seals Alike!


Photos: Mike Page

Whether you're a sunbathing human or seal seeking rest and refuge from the ocean, a spot on the beach sure can be hard to find. Aerial photographer Mike Page snapped this photo of thousands of seals and cormorants on Scroby Sands, a shoal off the coast of Great Yarmouth in England.

Page, 76, was flying over the sea near Great Yarmouth when he spotted something unusual around Scroby Sands. "‘So I thought we’ll go and investigate – well thousands and thousands of seals," the pilot said to Metro. "I've never seen so many in 40 years of flying."

Can you guess how many seals there are selling seashells by the seashore?


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Bakers Jailed in Venezuela's New "Bread War" for Making Illegal Brownies

There's a new war of sorts in Venezuela.

Embattled President Nicolas Maduro has sent government inspectors and soldiers into the bakeries of the country's capital in search for illegal brownies (no, not that kind) and other pastries, as part of a new "bread war."

Breadmakers blamed the government for the shortage of wheat, and the government has struck back with a rule that 90% of wheat must be made into loaves of bread instead of pastries.

According to The Guardian:

During this week’s inspections, two men were arrested as their bakery was using too much wheat in sweet bread, ham-filled croissants and other products, the state superintendency of fair prices said in a statement sent to media on Thursday. ...

Another two were detained for making brownies with out-of-date wheat, the statement added, saying at least one bakery had been temporarily taken over by authorities for 90 days.

“Those behind the ‘bread war’ are going to pay, and don’t let them say later it is political persecution,” Maduro had warned at the start of the week.

I wonder what Marie Antoinette has got to say about Venezuela's anti-pastries rule.

Image: Brownie Time by AnishaCreations


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Scientist Discovered the Secret of Breeding Four-Leaf Clovers ... And Was Surprised at the Public's Reaction

Did you find a four-leaf clover this St. Patrick's Day? Was it Luck o' the Irish? ... Or was it science?

Four-leaf clover is rare: only about 1 in 10,000 clover plants grow four leaflets. But thanks to science, that may be changing.

Wayne Parrott, a researcher at the University of Georgia, has identified the area where the gene for the four-leaf trait is located in the genome of the common clover species. The gene itself is yet to be identified, Parrott pointed out to Inside Science, "You know it's inside this locked trunk and we don't have the key to open it."

Parrott didn't set out working on helping out St. Patrick's Day revellers - instead, he had focused on trying to breed clovers as ornamental plants. Unfortunately, rabbits love to munch on clovers, so Parrott's lab worked on creating rabbit-deterring clover which contained almost all four-leaf varieties.

You'd think that people would be happy to find Parrott's four-leaf clovers, but Parrott said that people's reaction was overwhelmingly negative. "We had taken the entire mystery and excitement out of it. The value comes from the fact that they're rare, and if they're not rare, it does take the fun out."

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Adorable Dog Named "Friar Mustache" is Monastery's Cutest New Friar


All images via Kasper Mariusz Kaproń Ofm

Meet Carmelo AKA Fray Bigotón or "Friar Mustache," an abandoned stray schnauzer who just joined (er, adopted by) a Franciscan monastery in Cochabamba, Bolivia.

"His life is all about playing and running," fellow friar Jorge Fernandez told The Dodo. "Here, all of the brothers love him very much. He is a creature of God."

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4 Out of 5 Kids in This Oklahoma City School Can't Read Analog Clocks

What time is it? Don't ask kids ages 6 to 12 in one Oklahoma City school to read analog clocks, because chances are, they can't.

Caitlin Carnes of Boys & Girls Club at Santa Fe South Elementary was working to teach kids in after-school program, when she realized that 4 out of 5 kids didn't have any ideas on how to read analog clocks:

"I think the exposure to technology, everyone's so used to seeing digital," Carnes told KFOR. "They all have cell phones and tablets so they don't have to look at a clock very often that's analog."

My kids didn't even need to look at digital clocks - they just ask Siri what time it is ...

(Image by JuergenG)


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The Giving Tree Brought to Life

A post shared by Phoebe C. (@feebee510) on Mar 11, 2017 at 10:07am PST

Oakland, California, resident Phoebe Calef noted that someone recently cut down a tree near her home and turned it into a rustic chair ... and the perfect canvas to bring the last lines of Shel Silverstein's classic children's book "The Giving Tree" to life.

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Hiding A.1. Steak Sauce Bottles in the Library


Jill Ralston of the Avon Lake Public Library shows off more than two dozens A.1. Steak Sauce bottles left hidden in the shelves. Photo: Bruce Bishop/Chronicle

It's a whodunit of the rarest of degree ... a real meaty mystery with high steaks: someone very saucy has been hiding bottles of A.1. Steak Sauce throughout the Avon Lake Public Library in Ohio, and nobody knows why.

Dan Cotton, the library’s page supervisor, said 28 of the 10-ounce bottles have turned up since he found the first one Jan. 11 hidden among the library’s newspapers.

No one has been spotted hiding the bottles, but it’s become almost a game among library staff to locate the bottles, which are typically left lying on their sides behind books on the shelf.

“It became something everyone wanted to find,” Cotton said. ...

“We mapped the first 12 to see if we could find a pattern, but we couldn’t find a discernible pattern,” Cotton said.

Brad Dicken of the Chronicle-Telegram has the nifty story. I propose a steak-out to find the culprit!


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How a College Student's "C" Paper Led to a Constitutional Amendment


Gregory Watson, photo by Jorge Sanhueza-Lyon/KUT

In 1789, James Madison proposed an amendment to govern how members of Congress could give themselves salary raises.

The proposed amendment was sent to the states for ratifications but was largely forgotten until a 19-year old student at the University of Texas at Austin named Gregory Watson wrote a paper on the subject in 1982.

Watson noticed that the amendment, though almost two centuries old, didn't have a deadline on it, so he proposed that it be revived and ratified. He turned in the paper ... and got a "C" on it because his professor thought that it was "unrealistic."

[Watson] didn’t know what to make of it. He was sure it was better than a C.

He appealed the grade to the professor, Sharon Waite.

“I kind of glanced at it, but I didn't see anything that was particularly outstanding about it and I thought the C was probably fine,” she recalls.

Most people would have just taken the grade and left it at that. Gregory is not most people.

“So I thought right then and there, ‘I'm going to get that thing ratified.’”

Read this fascinating story by Matt Largey over at KUT of how one man's not-so-great grade on a college paper started him on a decade-long quest that ended up with The Twenty-seventh Amendment to the United States Constitution.


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The Swagger and the Roll

The only things missing from this "BBC Dad" tweet from Paperbeatsscissors are the scrambling mom and the pantless dad (okay, he's not pantsless).

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Get Ready for Spring - NeatoShop T-Shirt Giveaway

What better way to get ready for Spring than with some awesome NeatoShop T-shirts? We're having a neat sale this week: get free worldwide shipping (yes, worldwide) on all T-shirts on the NeatoShop.

Because we love you, let's make this Sale extra fun with a T-shirt giveaway. Here's how to enter:

1. Visit the NeatoShop and take a look around to find your favorite design. May we suggest the Science T-Shirts, Funny 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 winners will be notified through our comment system below, so be sure to use a valid email address. (Did you win our previous giveaway but didn't claim the prize? Be sure to white list @neatorama.com so you won't miss the notification email) Good luck, everyone!

Update 3/24/17 - Congratulations to Nik N, chace, and Leah M who won this round! If you didn't win, better luck next time - thank you again for playing, everyone.


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NeatoShop February Sale - Win a T-Shirt!

Woohoo! We're having a neat sale this week: get up to 20% off all T-shirts on the NeatoShop. Yes, all T-shirts - it's a great time to stock up on shirts as the weather gets warmer.

Because we love you, let's make this Sale extra fun with a T-shirt giveaway. Here's how to enter:

1. Visit the NeatoShop and take a look around to find your favorite design. May we suggest the Science T-Shirts, Funny 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 winners will be notified through our comment system below, so be sure to use a valid email address. (Did you win our previous giveaway but didn't claim the prize? Be sure to white list @neatorama.com so you won't miss the notification email) Good luck, everyone!

Update 3/4/17: Congratulations to Cherie H, Doogieman, and Ciliegina who won this giveaway! Thank you for entering the contest, everyone! Catch you guys next time!


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Objects in Mirror Are More Peaceful Than They Appear

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Is it V for Victory or for Volkswagen? In any case, let's all agree that this Volkswagen's side view mirrors are truly awesome!

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