Tired of taking care of your husband? Drop him off at the Pickwick Tavern's Husband Creche (that's British English for daycare). "Leave him here and collect him later! This is a free service, just pay for his drinks! 20 years of care and we've never lost one yet!!" the sign says. Now how can you pass this up?
via I Love Star Wars
A long time ago in a pool far, far away ... it is a period of summer time activities. Rebel spaceships, floating in a backyard pool, have won their first victory against the hot days of summer.
So, which one would you choose?
If you're not allowed to help yourself to the self-help shelf, doesn't that defeat the entire purpose of self-help? Redditor al_ien5000 reports this conflicting message at a local bookstore, where the self-help books are located on a top shelf where bookstore assistance is required.
Now, what kind of self-help do you think Shakespeare can provide?
This restaurant sign, spotted by CryMeARiver_Song, asks "Why do teenage girls travel in odd numbered groups? The answer is literally, OMG, like the best thing evar! We just can't even.
Composer and pianist Sonya Belousova and director Tom Grey love to put classical twist on popular theme songs. So, to celebrate the opening of their new YouTube channel Player Piano, the duo brought the theme song of the Japanese anime Akira to life with piano and cello.
Watch the epic rendition of the Akira theme song below (with cellist Eru Matsumoto)
The only thing that's missing is, y'know, someone yelling TETSUOOOOOO!
via Fail Blog
When you're trying to educate guys about their health, it pays to speak their language. This humorous sign seen at a medical aid station of the Western States 100-Mile Endurance Run (mile 55 at Michigan Bluff) asks runners "what color is your pee" using various beer. If your pee looks like a pint of Guinness, you better see a doctor. Stat!
Redditor moonflower's cat recently had a litter of kittens. We're sure that most of the kittens were glad to be born, but this little guy above - aptly named Purrmanently Sad Cat - seemed to be already sad and disappointed with the world.
Cheer up, sad kitty! The world isn't that bad. If this cat is a guide, you'll end up being Internet-famous!
A rebel commander in Syria fighting against the jihadist militant group ISIS gave a rousing speech to his men in this YouTube clip, but behind the tough guy image he was trying to portray, there was, perhaps, a softer side.
Zahran Alloush, decked out in desert camouflage fatigue and sporting a semi-automatic handgun strapped to his side, told a hundred fighters outside the Syrian capital of Damascus to fight the 'evil ideology" of ISIS. But did he jot down his speech in a cute Hello Kitty notebook shown by his side?
Since it was introduced in 1974, Hello Kitty has become one of the most popular pop culture icon in history. The cute cat has appeared in over 50,000 products in more than 60 countries, with global marketing value of over $5 billion. But even we are surprised that Hello Kitty surfaced in a war zone!
via The Daily Mail
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After a hard day herding sheep, Babe decides to take a few minutes out of her busy schedule at the Hoggett farm and enjoy the sun. That'll do pig. That'll do.
Redditor plotti took an old sofa and made it weatherproof with some duct tape while channeling Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. Let's call it Couchmposition with Red, Yellow and Blue and then try to sell it to the Gugenheim! Then we'll Victory Boogie-Woogie all the way to the bank!
The best part of love is sleeping with your partner. The worst part of love is also sleeping with your partner.
Molly Fitzpatrick and Allison Pottasch show us the best and worst (actual) sleeping positions for couples in this post for Swimmingly. Surprisingly, the blanket thief position isn't shown, but that's probably because every couple is familiar with that.
We've showcased David Johnson's fantastic long exposure photographs of fireworks before on Neatorama, but given it's Fourth of July, I thought we'd feature them again. Take a look, then visit Johnson's tutorial on how to photograph your own long exposure fireworks tonight:
DJ Vegh upload this 360° panorama of the massive dust storm that hit Arizona, on July 3, 2014 as shot from a drone. The dust storm, or haboob as it's commonly called, is typically observed in the Sahara desert, though it can also happen in arid regions of North America. This particular one - the first this monsoon season - packed winds up to 50 mph.
Check out the time lapse video clip of the sand storm hitting:
Jerry Ferguson (ggfergu) of Local Motors created this amazing American flag made entirely out of metal to celebrate Independence Day. The 17" x 24" flag was made from blued steel, rusted steel and aluminum, with the yellow sparks from a steel grinder and steel wool and white sparks from titanium. Nice!
Making of video:
Penguins may waddle awkwardly on land, but you should know that they're very graceful in the water. Very graceful. But technically, this little guy isn't *yet* in the water, so you should cut 'im a little slack, yeah?
Having trouble trying to get your digital native (read: young children) to put down their iWhatever and read books - y'know, those ancient scriptures made out of dead trees? Maybe they're just not sure of the user interface.
Photographer Eiko Jones and fellow divers were diving in Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada, when they ran (swam?) across a submerged shopping cart thrown off a bridge. So, what's a few divers to do? They had a bit of fun with it, of course!
Instructable user Dadzilla shows us how to make a woven red white and blue hammock out of duct tape. It's the perfect hammock for lounging around this Fourth of July weekend!
Check out some of the (patriotic) steps (shouldn't you be standing up and saluting right now?):
Whatever you do, just don't ask him how to get out of Ikea. Nobody knows. In fact, he's probably just a customer who couldn't find the exit in the Ikea Maze and decided that he might as well work there.
The next question you shouldn't ask is "So, what's in those Swedish meatballs?" You just don't want to know the answer.
See also: 10 Things You Didn't Know About IKEA
"It has always bothered me, the world's attempts to control women's bodies, behavior and identities," Carol Rosetti said to Mic, "It's a kind of oppression so deeply entangled in our culture that most people don't even see it's there, and how cruel it can be."
So Rosetti decided to do something about it. The Brazilian artist decided to post a series of artwork centered around the issues of gender identity and sexuality, body image and other topics on Facebook. The response was tremendous: thousands of people shared her empowering illustrations worldwide, and Rosetti's series "WOMEN in english" has gone viral.
Originally written in Portuguese, Rosetti is now working on translating her artwork into other languages. "I can't change the world by myself," Rosetti added, "But I'd love to know that my work made people review their privileges and be more open to understanding and respecting one another."
Here's a few of Rosetti's empowering artwork:
Some artists paint on canvas, others sculpt with clay, but not Rob the Original! The San Antonio, Texas-based master barber is a hair artist (or perhaps we should just call him the "hairtist"?). Check out what the man could do with a pair of scissors and a head of hair:
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Oh, this dog doesn't look at all remorseful for having committed the crime of sticking its head in the shower and licking people's butts when they weren't looking. Not at all, sir. Just look at that face! That's not a face of regret, if I ever see one.
Dog shaming has no effect whatsoever with this pooch!
Photo: PBS Nature Documentary Crash: A Tale of Two Species (PBS)
What if we were to tell you that if you ever taken a medicine, ever had an injection, or had surgical implants like pacemakers and prosthetic devices, then you owe your life to these ancient, alien looking animals with blue blood.
Alexis Madrigal of The Atlantic has the fascinating story of the horseshoe crab and how its blue blood has strange medical properties that allow us to test for the presence of bacterial contaminant - even at the concentrations of just one part per trillion:
The marvelous thing about horseshoe crab blood, though, isn't the color. It's a chemical found only in the amoebocytes of its blood cells that can detect mere traces of bacterial presence and trap them in inescapable clots. ...
When the crab blood cells sense invaders, they release granules of the chemical, which becomes a gooey physical barrier to the movement of the bacteria, preventing the spread of infection. The best metaphor might be the superpower of the X-Men's Iceman, but instead of using cold to encase enemies, the horseshoe crab instead uses its remarkable chemistry.
Read more about the fascinating biology of the horseshoe crab's blood over at The Atlantic, or watch the PBS excerpt below:
Artist Phil Robson aka FILFURY of Sydney, Australia digitally manipulated parts of sneakers into human and animal skulls - why, they're perfect for sneaker heads!
Robson used parts of Adidas Originals Superstar, Air Jordan 4 Retro, and Reebok Shaq Attack shoes to create the skulls:
So tired you could bearly keep your eyes open? Ursine luck! Snuggle up with this cute Big Sleeping Grizzly Bear bean bag by Hong Kong-based design company Chic Sin Design.
Take a look:
Photo: Dan Segner via Facebook
Afro Taino by Gabriel Abreu in San Cristobal, Dominican Republic
Great graffiti happens when the artists don't get stumped. Instead, they go out on a limb to incorporate site-specific elements into their artwork (What? Yew don't like tree graffitis or tree puns? Ya poor sap - Just leaf now)
Here are some poplar examples of great tree graffiti (or should we call them graffitree?)
Nuxono Xän, Fort de France, Martinique
Forget comb! If you have hair this big, you'd need a rake! Street artist Nuxono Xän added a humorous touch to this wall in Fort de France, Martinique. Photo by Rosali Rodriguez - via Street Art Utopia.
What? You think those Disney Princesses look fabulous without a little Photoshop help?
Jen Lewis of Buzzfeed showed us the cold, hard facts of the pervasive use of Photoshop in the unforgiving life of celebrities, where even fictional animated ones like Disney Princesses are under extreme pressure to look beautiful.
I suppose that a little Photoshop help isn't that big of a deal for Ariel (shown above). After all, didn't she undergo extreme surgery to get rid of that tail?
Here's a few more examples:
Jasmine: Covered Conjoined Head, Removed Sixth Finger
Cinderella: Removed Leno Chin, Tiny Hand, Tamed Sassy Eyebrow
Aurora: Flipped Upside Down Face
Belle: Fixed Lazy Eye
And Pocahontas, God bless her, is no longer Nick Cage:
Now that's a multi-functional tail! This smart squirrel above found itself outside in a snowstorm, so it used its tail as an umbrella to protect itself against falling snow.
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