First, watch the video clip above, then we'll tell you why - in the age of animated GIFs and the 6-second Vine videos - the animated clips featured in the clip are quite remarkable. You see, they're made from still photographs.
Thanks to the Kentucky Fried Chicken Candle, now your house can smell like a secret blend of 11 herbs and spices.
The KFC candle is the brainchild of Kathy Werking, and yes, it does contain fried chicken goodness. (Werking actually fried chicken in an all-natural soy wax to make the candle and added an infusion of family secrets). How else do you think it could smell that good?
Kentucky for Kentucky, which will be selling a limited edition of these mouthwatering candles soon, teases us with this description: "Let the fresh, fried sizzle of savory golden goodness drift into your hearts and homes with one of our most delectable creations to date."
Twenty four words and I'm sold!
If a candle smelling like fried chicken ain't your thing, Werking also has two more scented candles that will remind you of Kentucky: one that smells like Ale-81, a regional ginger and citrus flavored soft drink that is Kentucky's official soft drink, and one that smells like mint julep.
We've featured the funny in-flight safety video from Air New Zealand previously on Neatorama, including the Hobbit version.
Well, they're back!
Air New Zealand has released the "sequel" to their popular Hobbit In-Flight Safety Video (available below if you haven't seen it before). This one, titled "Just Another Day in Middle-earth" features actual flight attendants, pilots, aircraft engineers and more. It also features Dean O'Gorman, the New Zealand actor who plays the dwarf Fili, as well as the voice of Sylvester McCoy, who stars in The Hobbit as Radagast the Brown.
Sure, the world would be a better place if we just help one another. But would you help out a stranger over the Internet? That's what Mike Carson aimed to find out with his website ask.io
"My goal with this website is simply to do small things for those who are in need of a personal favor," Carson wrote on the site. He said that he was inspired by something Mother Teresa said:
"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love"
Carson wanted to build a great website - something that can change the world - but when he ran into the Mother Teresa quote, he started thinking: maybe it's better to do something small - like doing small favors to those in need - but do it with love. And so, ask.io was born.
Users can ask for small favors - that favor is updated on the front page every week on Monday. Ask.io's first favor is actually from Carson himself:
How about you? Would you participate in a "do a stranger a small favor" over the Internet?
Meet Vishavjit Singh, software analyst and cartoonist (over at Sikhtoons) by day and Captain America by night. Okay, not by night: Captain America just for one day - the turbaned and bearded version.
The idea came from photographer Fiona Aboud, who traveled the country capturing photos for her project, Sikhs: An American Portrait. The idea was to dress Singh up as Captain America, the most patriotic of all American superheros, and see how people would react.
People shook my hands, and a few literally congratulated me. The celebrity-of-the-moment experience was a little overwhelming. But I was jarred out of that trance by a few negative outliers. One man tried to grab my turban. Another yelled, “Captain Arab.” And yet another: “Terrorista!”
As we posed for a picture with one kid, he stuck his middle finger right in my face.
“So you are flipping off Captain America?” I admonished him.
He got red-faced, apologized and struck a smile instead. We carried on undeterred, and the overall crowd reaction was positive and friendly.
An NYPD officer tracked me down to take a shot together on his smartphone. He said it would be his claim to fame.
In a follow up article, Singh told us the 10 things he learned from his adventure being the Sikh Captain America. For example:
3) If you stereotype people, then you have fallen victim of the malady itself. To all the people who have given me advice to stay away from white Republican places like Jersey, Florida, Texas and the South, let me say this. If I had stereotyped the world the way it may see me in my turban and beard, I would never have walked out as Captain America. Stop projecting your insecurities. There are many good people all over America despite the political labels we wear. Intolerant asses reside all over the place. New York has its fair share. This Captain America is not a limited time offer in select locations. I was not transacting a deal. I was trying to make a connection with people. Thanks to the Army officer, Haitian American mother, woman who remembered her brief childhood encounter at a dance event with a turbaned boy in Detroit, woman from San Francisco who was inspired to dress herself and her boyfriend as Captain America, countless others who shared with me their memories, insecurities and moving encounters. Together we create super-heroic worlds.
Hari Kondabolu of Man About Town (from Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell) talked to the man:
“Black Friday” as a name for the day after Thanksgiving was coined by police officers in New England. One of the earliest documented references of this was in December of 1961, where Denny Griswold of Public Relations News stated: “in Philadelphia, it became customary for officers to refer to the post-Thanksgiving days as Black Friday and Black Saturday. Hardly a stimulus for good business, the problem was discussed by… merchants with their Deputy City Representative… He recommended adoption of a positive approach which would convert Black Friday and Black Saturday to Big Friday and Big Saturday.” (Referring to the traffic and number of accidents.)
“Big Friday” never caught on, but over the next decade, more and more references can be found in various newspaper archives of this particular Friday being called “Black Friday” for this reason.
In the 1980s as the name’s popularity spread throughout the United States, a new origin theory popped up, often touted by the media, that most retailers operated at a financial loss for the majority of the year and Black Friday was named such because it was the day of the year when the retailers would finally see a profit, moving out of the red and into the black.
This simply isn’t true. While there are some retailers that depend on the Christmas season’s revenue to make a profit for the year, most see profits every quarter based on the quarterly SEC filings of major retailers in the United States. There are also no documented references to this potential origin predating November of 1981.
New Zealand sculptor David McCracken created this "Stairway to Heaven"-inspired piece for the 2013 Sculpture by the Sea exhibit in Bondi, Australia. The welded aluminum piece, titled Diminish and Ascend, looks like an infinite stairway to the clouds - the effect, as you can clearly see, is fantastic!
Can you hear it now? Dear lady, can you hear the wind blow, and did you know / Your stairway lies on the whispering wind? *guitar solo*
Artist Javi de Castro of Lapiz Inestable took Clara Oswald's famous last words from Doctor Who and ran with it: He created this fantastic animated GIF of the eleven Doctor, from 1963's William Hartnell to 2010's Matt Smith, scampering about.
Movember ain't the only thing happenin' this November, folks. There's also Dinovember - a month-long project by Refe (@RefeUp) and Susan Tuma to convince their little children that plastic dinosaurs come to life when they sleep.
The project got started when after a long stretch of staying up all night with their one-year-old son who had trouble sleeping, Refe and Susan felt guilty that they weren't doing enough fun things with their two older children. So, Susan decided to play a little prank by setting up their plastic dinosaur toys in the bathroom.
"When my daughter, who was 4 at the time, came running into our bedroom, she said 'The dinosaurs came to life in the middle of the night and they were brushing our teeth!'" said Refe to TODAY.com "We looked at each other, and we knew we had to run with it."
"Kids, your father and I have something to tell you."
Those are the 10 most dreaded words that often precede whatever bad news - like, for example, an impending divorce - that your parents would tell you. But, as psychologists say, there are the right way and the wrong way to break the sad news to impressionable young children.
Cyanide & Happiness tells us one way parents tell their kids that they're going to divorce. Whether it's the right way or the wrong way, we'll leave it up to you.
"Warcraft wedding" are two words that don't come to mind when we think about nuptials, but that's because for most of us, World of Warcraft is just a game. But for some, it's a bit more than that.
Kotaku reader Craig and his wife Zoe from Taiwan belong firmly in the second camp. For their engagement photo session, the duo dressed up as characters from Warcraft (Craig is King Varien Wrynn while Zoe cosplays as Tyrande Whisperwind).
How do you stop a 400-lb running back rushing at you? The answer is simple: you don't.
Meet Tony Picard, a White Swan High School senior from Yakima, Washington, who may just be the biggest running back in the history of football. Picard, who at 6'4" and 400-lb is even bigger than famous football player William "Refrigerator" Perry of the Chicago Bears, started out as a lineman, but he was faster than one expected.
White Swan coach Andrew Bush once saw Picard play basketball and realized that the teen was agile in spite of his size. Bush switched him to running back and gave him a simple instruction: don't fumble.
"It's so much fun to have him go out [on the field] as a captain and see him shaking hands before the game," said Bush to Jack McNeel of Indian Country, "They're just kind of staring, like 'Oh my gosh, you've got to be kidding me!'" Bush added that most teams will sacrifice five guys to stop Picard, which left the rest of the White Swan team open to make plays.
Rectify the situation forthwith with this mash-up T-shirt design. Let us welcome NeatoShop's newest artist Don Calamari. Visit his Facebook page then check out the rest of his NeatoShop catalog for more neat shirts.
My family and I went there one weekend and we were pleasantly surprised to see the North Campus' asphalt parking lot has been replaced with a three-and-a-half acre of green garden, right smack in the middle of the urban sprawl of Los Angeles.
Next to the meandering walkway where we took a stroll was this marvelous living wall made from large shards of colorful Pritchard flagstone. The stones are arranged at haphazard angles, which allows for succulents and plants to be planted in the cracks. Soon, wildlife will start making the Living Wall their home.
The month is only halfway through, but Nick Offerman has already won* Movember.
The clip, created by Made Man for its Movember celebration, features Offerman who plays Ron Swanson in the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation. Well, technically, it features his moustache. His dancing moustache. Just sit back, relax, and watch the Nick Offerman's epic stachedance.
You may remember the song "What a Feeling," a 1983 classic by Irene Cara that's made popular by the movie Flashdance. Somehow it's the perfect song for the stachedance. Take your passion/ And make it happen ...
Sure you know your birthday, but do you know what the hour and minute you were born? Remembering those details won't be a problem for Nicollette Brynn Anders. She was born on 11/12/13 at 14:15 military time (2:15 pm).
"That just when she happened to come," said father Mark Anders of Missoula, western Montana, to the Missoulian, "It wasn't planned. She just ... did it."
Kim Briggeman of The Missoulian has the full story. (Photo: Michael Gallacher/Missoulian).
Note: Believe it or not, according to the Missoulian, Nicollette wasn't the first baby to be born on 11/12/13, 14:15 - there are at least two others in the United States: David Cole Salvagnini in Grande Prairie, Texas, and an unidentified baby in Omaha, Nebraska.
After Colorado legalized recreational use of marijuana last year, city officials found themselves with a stinky problem. Literally! As industrial-scale growing of marijuana ramps up, people in some parts of Denver started complaining of the odor of marijuana in the air.
So, when you smell pot, who ya gonna call? The Nasal Ranger, that's who!
Meet Ben Siller, an investigator with the Denver Department of Environmental Health, who uses the Nasal Ranger, a tool designed to gauge the intensity of odors. Marshall Zelinger of ABC 7 News reports:
It looks silly, but don't laugh: excessive odors can land the marijuana grower thousands of dollars in fines.
Looking like a narrow bullhorn, the Nasal Ranger — sometimes called a "nose telescope" for its ability to suss out odors — works by pressing the narrow end up to the user's nose. The interior is coated with Teflon to resist residual odor buildup. When the user inhales, air enters the device through carbon filters at increasing degrees when a dial is turned up at the wide end.
When the user detects a stench, the numerical reading on the dial is noted. In Denver, a violation occurs when the offending odor is at a 7:1 ratio, i.e., when one unit of odor is detectable per every seven units of air in the Nasal Ranger.
The Nasal Ranger has been used to investigate odor complaints against landfills, manufacturing plants and oil refineries.
Sorry halogens, this club is for noble gases only. And what fetching elements these noble gases are: Krypton looks particularly genteel with a top hat! T-shirt illustrator extraordinaire Wirdou envisioned what the poshest club in the Periodic Table would look like.
Visit out Wirdou's official website and Facebook page, then check out his NeatoShop page for more neat tees. Your purchase helps support indie artists as well as this blog.
Got a lot of unread books? The Balance Bookshelf by Chris Cushingham of Cush Design Studio lets you stack all the books you've read on one side of the "scale" and the unread ones on the other. It's a clever way to motivate yourself to read more!
If your parents got mad because you got detention, just tell them that the detention slip may be worth a lot of money one day once you're famous.
That's what happend to John Lennon. School detention sheets detailing the Beatles singer's childhood misdeeds will go up for auction in late November.
The two detention sheets were from 1955 when Lennon was a 15-year-old teenager at Liverpool's Quarry Bank high school. Lennon's naughtiness include "fighting in class", "talking", "shouting", "chewing," "shoving", "having 'just no interest whatsoever,'" "silliness" and, most interestingly, "sabotage." On one occasion, Lennon got three detentions in a single day.
The sheets were supposed to be destroyed, but an eagle-eyed teacher saw the name "Lennon," written on them, and decided to save them for safekeeping. They're expected to sell up to £3,000 (US$4,800) each in late November auction at TracksAuction.
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This is what it must feels like to take a shower inside a rainbow!
Take a look at Sieger Design and Dornbracht's Sensory Sky shower system, which includes custom lighting, overhead rain shower panel, and even cold-water fog system that lets you take a bathing experience inside a rainbow: Sensory Sky: The Rainbow Shower
This swimming pool slide sure knows how to make a splash! The Shoot Pool Slide, designed by UK design company SplinterWorks looks like an impossible arch that "shoots" out of the side of the pool like an unbalanced yet oh-so-fetching sculpture.