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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.

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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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The Mysterious Coffin Man of Lake Burley, Australia

Photo: Jeanne Mclauchlan

He's not the ferryman Charon and that isn't the River Styx, but you get the picture.

Paddlers on Lake Burley in Canberra, Australia, spotted a man dressed as an undertaker in a stand-up paddle board that looks like a coffin decorated with bright plastic flowers. "In the distance, as we came towards the Carillon we noticed a figure emerge from the thick fog," paddler Jeanne Mclauchlan told The Canberra Times, "It was a figure of a man dressed in a tuxedo and top hat on a stand-up-paddle coffin, complete with flowers, paddling toward us."

And where exactly is the mysterious man going?

"We asked 'coffin man', 'Where are you going?' His response was 'To Queanbeyan cemetery as I have a 3pm grave site to prepare'."

Via Arbroath

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At Captain Kirk's Funeral

"Never tell me the odds!" seems to be the apt sci-fi quote to apply in this situation as described by The Gentleman's Armchair.

If I remember correctly, that quote was spoken in one of the last seasons of Star Trek by Han Solo, while piloting Serenity and running away from the Cylons. Yes, I'm sure that's it!

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Should've Used Ragu

Mom's dealing with morning sickness, Dad's facepalming nearby, and their daughter proudly holding a jar of Prego pasta sauce. It can only mean one thing: it's a clever "we're pregnant" announcement made just for the Interwebs (or is it an anti-advertisement warning you to stay away from a certain pasta sauce?)

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Three Bear Cubs Up in a Tree

Photo: Valtteri Mulkahainen

Wildlife photographer Valtteri Mulkahainen snapped this photo of three bear cubs climbing up a tree in Suomussalmi, Finland, while mama bear waited below.

No, the cute cubs aren't playing hide-and-seek with their mom. Rather, they were actually hiding from a male bear that's nearby. Mulkahainen told Ilta-Sanomat that the three cubs climbed up the tree for safety, while the female bear stayed on guard below. The cubs stayed in the tree for quite some time, but the male never showed up.

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Fight Traffic Ticket with Grammar!

Andrea Cammalleri of Middletown, Ohio, fought the law ... with a comma and the comma won!

Cammalleri got a traffic ticket back in 2014 in the village of West Jefferso when she parked her pickup truck in a zone that prohibited parking there for longer than 24 hours. The Ohio woman pointed out that the law stated that the types of car that couldn't be parked included "motor vehicle camper" not "motor vehicle, camper" so her pickup truck clearly didn't qualify.

The town's attorney argued that the law's meaning was clear in context, but the judge ruled for Cammalleri. Score 1 for grammar!

So the next time someone said to you that grammar doesn't matter, tell 'em that you can use it to fight traffic tickets!

Image: Grammar Police by SteveOramA

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Forget Magic Mike XXL, Here Comes Regular Mike M/L

Step aside, Channing Tatum, and take your Magic Mike XXL home because there's a new man in town and he's wow-ing all the girls with attentiveness and consideration.

Ladies, meet Regular Mike M/L, and swoon! You're welcome. And thank you. You look great!

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Which Leaf is the Drawing and Which Are Real?

One of these leaves ain't like the others! Norway-based artist Dino Tomic of Atomic Circus drew a leaf so real that it's hard to distinguish the painting from the real stuff.

Can you guess which leaf is a pencil drawing?

See if you got the right answer:

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14 Fun Facts About The Terminator

From our pal Today I Found Out, here's the new FlickFacts YouTube channel that promises to bring fun facts about some of your favorite movies. The first video is this one: 14 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn't Know About The Terminator.

For example:

... According to James Cameron, the idea for the Terminator came to him in a nightmare while he was directing the little known budget horror movie Piranha II: The Spawning. In the nightmare, Cameron claims he was chased by a mechanical skeleton, the image of which became the basis for the T-800 and the plot. [...]

Cameron was [...] hesitant to hire Schwarzenegger to play the film’s hero because at 6 feet 2 inches tall with the body of a Greek god, there were few actors in Hollywood Schwarzenegger wouldn’t tower over. Cameron actually planned to turn Schwarzenegger off the role by intentionally antagonising him over dinner and then going back to the studio to claim they’d clashed over “creative differences”. According to Cameron, the last thing he said to his roommate before leaving for lunch that day was “Do I owe you any money? Because I have to go pick a fight with Conan.”

Thanks Daven!

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Night of the Deadly Lights

Photo: Ary Bassous/Wildlife Photographer of the Year - Natural History Museum

That mound looks like it belongs in a sci-fi movie, but it's actually real. Photographer Ary Bassous took a photo of an old termite mound in the savannah of Emas National Park, central Brazil, that is inhabited by click beetle larvae. The beetles shine their bioluminescent glow in order to attract prey.

Previously on Neatorama: Predatory Glow Worms Found in Peruvian Amazon

To catch the bioluminescent beetle, Bassous spent the night at the wildlife preserve. Despite "bouts of crippling fear" at the thought of jaguars and other animals that hunt in the night, Bassous told Natural History Museum, he was glad that he was able to get the perfect photo of the eerie, glowing mound against the dark's sky.

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Can You Find The Woman in This Body Painting Pic?

We've posted about Craig Tracy's wonderful bodypainting a while ago on Neatorama, but the artist has created many more awesome artwork that we just want to showcase him again.

Can you find the human in the bodypainting of a white tiger above? No?

How about this one below:

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Would You Eat This Pulsating "Frankenstein Meat"?

CCTV News reported that a woman in Shandong Province, China, was shocked to discover that a slab of beef she had just purchased from a local market appeared to be pulsating like a beating heart.

Instead of eating it, the woman (wisely, I'm sure) chose to record the moving, pulsating meat that the Internet has dubbed "Frankenstein meat". Here's the video (WARNING: Not for the faint of heart - the video is probably not suitable if you don't have the stomach for gross stuff)

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Hollywood Street Characters, The Dead End of the American Dream

Photo: Ken Hermann

When he was in Los Angeles on assignment, photographer Ken Hermann stayed at a hotel close to Hollywood Boulevard. Walking down the street, he became fascinated by the street artists who dress up as various characters from Hollywood movies - from superheroes to villains to cartoon characters.

Hermann became curious about these impersonators and decided to talk to a few of them to find out what made them do what they do day in, day out. That led to a project called Hollywood Street Characters: The Dead-End of the American Dream, where Hermann took portraits of these impersonators, unmasked to reveal their true faces.

In an interview with The Phoblographer, Hermann explained further:

After talking to several of the impersonators it became clear to me that many of them are, or once were, pursuing the American dream of becoming someone special and famous. I found this struggle and pursuit of the ambition meshed with the innocent fantasy world of dressing up intriguing.

Some of the street characters does a really good job acting as look-alikes and they actually look a lot like some of the big Hollywood stars while others just look like silly grownups in poor and dirty costumes. I was fascinated by this big contrast between the good look-alikes and the poor ones. And I also noticed that the success of the street characters was-n’t about being the most perfect look alike – it also depended upon acting as the most hyped or popular characters or maybe just having a funny or crazy attitude.

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Mad Max and Adventure Time Mash Up is Shiny and Chrome!

Like Nux the War Boy said in Mad Max: Fury Road, "I live. I die. I LIVE AGAIN ... in the post-apocalyptic Land of Ooo." Or something like that.

In any case, the mash up of Mad Max Fury Road and Adventure Time is just the sort of things that belong together. Ryan May of City of Pyramids drew our favorite characters from Adventure Time like we've never seen them before: Ice King as Immortan Joe, Marceline the Vampire Queen does Come-Doof Warrior proud, Princess Bubblegum becomes Imperator Furiosa, and Finn the Human channels his inner Max Rockatansky.

Take a look:

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Chuck Norris Plush Doll Giveaway

Background Image: Stefano Venturi/Shutterstock

Here's a fact for you: When the Bald Eagle looks up "Freedom" in the dictionary, it'll find the entry for Chuck Norris.

Here's another fact for you: Chuck Norris is too awesome to stay hidden in our warehouse for long. His awesomeness drew us in like a beacon, shining with the intensity of one thousand suns. That awesomeness led us to find a stash of Chuck Norrises in plush doll form in a far corner of the NeatoShop warehouse.

Actually, no. Chuck Norris wasn't hiding. He was just biding his time until he can reward loyal Neatoramanauts with this exclusive giveaway: We have 10 warehouse-find Chuck Norris plush dolls that are calling YOUR name.

This giveaway is exclusive to NeatoMail subscribers, so if you haven't subscribed, well, you won't get a chance to win one. We'll announce the giveaway in our next NeatoMail, so subscribe today! (Don't worry - we won't share your email with anyone).

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Blind Date with a Book

Photo via reddit

Don't judge a book by its cover ... judge them by these cryptic keywords, instead! A bookstore in Amsterdam wrapped a number of books in plain brown paper and taped hints like "Science-Fiction," "Ambiguous Utopia," "World Without Government," and "Brilliant Physicist" to help you guess the books inside.

"Try a blind date with a book!" The sign above the bin said, "With only the keywords as hints you can't judge these books by their cover. Purchase the book at the counter and unwrap. A great way to discover new books."

See if you can guess the titles of the books in the photo above.

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World's Laziest Sign Spinner

Have you ever seen a skilled sign spinner on the side of the road performing near-acrobatic stunt with enthusiasm and zeal? Well, this guy is the opposite of that!

My wife and I ran into a sign guy sitting comfortably on a lawn chair reading a book while holding a giant sign to advertise a local business nearby. But he's probably just as effective as the guy who twirls his sign, while expending a fraction of the energy. After all, you can't beat a giant red arrow with the word "Tacos." Those things practically sell themselves!

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Ben & Jerry Celebrates Marriage Equality with "I Dough, I Dough" Ice Cream

Yesterday, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex marriage is legal throughout the United States. To celebrate marriage equality, Vermont-based ice cream company Ben & Jerry has renamed their Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough ice cream "I Dough, I Dough".

"Ben & Jerry’s is proud of the Supreme Court’s landmark decision against discrimination as it boldly stands up for equality for same sex couples everywhere," said Ben & Jerry’s CEO Jostein Solheim, "And at Ben & Jerry’s, there’s only one way to celebrate: with a scoop of I Dough, I Dough, Marriage equality never tasted so good!”

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Stealth Bike

Drivers, think that bicyclists are hard to spot at night? Well, you ain't seen nothin' yet!

BME Design has created the B9-NH "stealth bike," inspired by the Lockheed F-117 Nighthawk AKA the "Stealth Fighter" aircraft. The bike features a carbon fiber frame and fork, one-piece carbon stem-handlebar, CNC-machined alloy cranks and even a carbon composite saddle and post.

"The bicycle would be Black, almost radar absorbent. Any eye that caught it would be captured in its dark gravity. With flat paneling it would look like a veiled threat," BME Design's website stated.

But, like the expensive Stealth Fighter aircraft it was modeled after, the stealth bike ain't cheap. It'll cost you €7,800 ($8,700) if you want one.

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Python Realized That Eating a Whole Porcupine Is Actually a Very, Very Bad Idea

Just because you can eat it, it doesn't mean that you should eat it. This 12-foot-long python sure learned that lesson the hard way.

Earlier this month, a cyclist named Jean-Claude Chanu was riding along a mountain bike trail at the Lake Eland Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa, when he found an engorged African Rock python that obviously ate something huge. Chanu snapped a few photos that went viral on social media.

"We’ve been keeping an eye on the snake since we got word from the rider; it’s moved about a metre from where the rider found it," Shona Lawson of the Lake Eland Game Reserve told eHowzit. "These snakes move away from trails as soon as it hears cyclists or cars approaching. In this case, it essentially couldn’t move due to the weight of the animal in its stomach."

Park rangers were speculating what the snake had swallowed for dinner, with guesses including a small warthog to baby impala. Meanwhile, the snake had become somewhat of a celebrity for the wildlife sanctuary - people were visiting in hope of catching a glimpse of the swollen snake.

Days later, park rangers found the python dead near the bike trail and decided to cut it open to see what it ate. They found a whopper of a snack inside the belly of the snake: a 30-lb (13.8 kg) porcupine, quills and all!

General manager Jennifer Fuller told LiveScience that pythons actually eat porcupines all the time in the wild. They also ate much larger animals, including a 50-lb adult oribi antelope. She suspected that the python was killed when it fell off a rocky ledge, and the porcupine's quills pierced the snake's digestive tract and killed it.

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Spoiler Movie Posters

Art director Dawid Frątczak of Warsaw, Poland, took movie spoilers and turned them into wonderful pieces of art. In his graphic design series, aptly titled Spoiler Poster Collection, Frątczak created a set of colorful, minimalist movie posters that upon closer inspection actually gave away the ending for those who haven't seen the movies.

Spoiler alert - view the rest at your own risk:

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Meet Quasi Modo, The New World's Ugliest Dog

After a ruff competition for the World's Ugliest Dog title, a 10-year-old so-strange-looking-he's-actually-cute mutt named Quasi Modo has won.

Quasi Modo has a spinal birth defect that made him hunchbacked (just like his namesake Quasimodo, the protagonist in Victor Hugo's novel The Hunchback of Notre-Dame). The dog's owners, veterinarian Virginia Sayre and her husband Mike Carroll in Loxahatchee, Florida, adopted him after he was abandoned at an animal shelter.

"My appearance can be a little unsettling to some (I have had grown men jump on top of their cars to get away from me because they thought I was a hyena or Tasmanian devil) but once they get to know me I win them over with my bubbly personality," Quasi Modo's biography stated.

According to Chief Judge Brian Sobel, Quasi Modo was selected because he "epitomized excellence in ugliness."

Last year, Quasi Modo came in second place in the same competition, which is held annually at the Sonoma-Marin Fair in Petaluma, California. Here's a video clip showing Quasi Modo at his home at the G & M Ranch in Loxahatchee Groves, Florida:

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Giant Whirlpool on Lake Texoma Can Suck in a Full-Size Boat

When boating on Lake Texoma, which like its name suggests, is on the border of Texas and Oklahoma, you better heed the warning buoys and stay away from certain parts of the lake. Why, you ask? So you don't get sucked into this giant 8-foot wide whirpool that can swallow a full-size boat!

The whirlpool is an intake vortex that drains the lake, which is one of the largest reserviors in the United States and formed by the buildup of water at Denison Dam on the Red River. When the water level on the lake rises to a certain level, the US Army Corps of Engineers open the floodgates that drain the lake, just like a big bathtub.

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#PrattKeeping with REAL Dinosaurs

Remember when all those zookeepers imitated Chris Pratt's velociraptor training pose from the movie Jurassic World? Well, museum curators want in on the fun, too!

Here's one tweeted by The Smithsonian:

#PrattKeeping is a key component of the exhibition process. Our Dinosaur Curator, Matthew Carrano, has a tough job!

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Scientists Found New Species of Hairy-Chested Yeti Crab

Image: National Environmental Research Council

Its land dwelling namesake is still at large, but scientists have discovered a third species of the yeti crab. Meet Kiwa tyleri, a deep-sea crustacean that belongs to the yeti crab family.

Previously on Neatorama: Hair Crab Dubbed "The Hoff"

Ecologist and study leader Sven Thatje explored the hydrothermal vents in East Scotia Ridge, Antarctica, using remotely-piloted submersible and discovered a thriving community of yeti crab living more than 8,500 feet under water.

"We knew immediately that we'd found something tremendously novel and unique in hydrothermal vent research," Thatje said as reported by National Geographic.

Thatje noted that the Antarctic waters where the crabs live are so cold that they're just above freezing. The liquid that spews out of the hydrothermal vents, however, can reach 700 °F (400 °C). That means the yeti crab has only a tiny space where the water temperature is just right: too close to the vents and they'll fry. Too far and they'll freeze.

That's why the crabs pile on top of each other, Thatje said, "like beans in a jar, filling every available space." Some 700 crabs are found in just one square meter.

View more over at National Geographic - Thanks Beth!

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Aurora From Space

Image: NASA

Astronaut Scott Kelly took this amazing photo of an aurora from on board the International Space Station. As you can see in this photo above, taken on June 23, 2015, the glowing aurora looks as awesome from space as it does from the ground.

More spectacular photo of the red aurora from Kelly's Twitter account:

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Can You Tell This CGI Skin Apart From Real Human Skin?

You know what gives away CGI every time? It's the skin.

Computer-generated human skin is almost always too smooth and too plastic-y. Even the best CGI look like they're wax models. That close-but-no-cigar skin puts CGI faces right smack in the uncanny valley.

But not for long: Researchers at the University of Southern California Institute of Creative Technologies have released a new technique that can create amazingly realistic artificial skin.

Koki Nagano and colleagues scanned real human face to capture details at the 10 micron magnification level - close enough to capture details like tiny wrinkles and pores - and then created an algorithm to mimic the stretching and compression of the skin in regular human facial expressions.

The results are absolutely stunning:


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Engineer Disassembled Beats Headphones And Found This Surprise Inside

Nothing beats (ahem!) a good pair of headphones, especially those that feel solid and substantial in your hands. Like those iconic Beats By Dre headphones you see everywhere you go. Surely they're made with top shelf components that justify their sky-high price of $199, right?

Bolt's prototype engineer Avery Louie decided to see what the Beats headphones are made from and exacty how much they cost ... and he's found quite a few surprises, like this one:

One of the great things about the solo headphones is how substantial they feel. A little bit of weight makes the product feel solid, durable, and valuable. One way to do this cheaply is to make some components out of metal in order to add weight. In these headphones, 30% of the weight comes from four tiny metal parts that are there for the sole purpose of adding weight.

So, how much do the components in a $199 headphones actually cost? Find out at Louie's post over at Medium - via Core77

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