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Explore the Milky Way with Chromoscope


Visible wavelength (DSS/Wikisky)

The night's sky is full of wonders - and we're not talking just the stars that you can see with your naked eye. You'll want to see it in other wavelengths, too. But since we don't have X-ray vision, this is the next best thing.

We've blogged about Chromoscope before on Neatorama back in 2009, but it's worth revisiting. The Chromoscope project, built by Stuart Lowe, Chris North and Robert Simpson in 2009, lets you move across the Milky Way galaxy and view it in different electromagnetic wavelengths: visible light, gamma-ray, X-ray, Hydrogen alpha, near infrared, far infrared, microwave, and radio.

For examples:


X-ray (ROSAT All Sky Survey)

What are those tears in the galaxy? Don't worry those aren't tears in the space time continuum - those black arcs are gaps in the ROSAT spacecraft survey.


Gamma ray (Fermi All Sky Survey)


Hydrogen alpha (Wisconsin H-Alpha Mapper, The Southern H-Alpha Sky Survey Atlas / VTSS / Finkbeiner)


Near infrared


Far infrared (Infrared Astronomical Satellite)


Microwave (Planck Satellite)


Radio (Haslam 408 MHz)

Check it out: Chromoscope | Wondering what you're looking at? This blog post may have the answer.

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Happy New Year, Neatoramanauts!


Image: All For You/Shutterstock

Happy New Year, Neatoramanauts! All of us here at Neatorama and Neatoshop wish you a happy and safe New Year 2015. We hope that the new year will bring you many blessings, joy and happiness!


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Tomato and Potato Plants Go Together Like Ketchup and Fries!

Ketchup and fries go hand in hand like, ... well, how about potato and tomato?

Meet the "Ketchup 'N' Fries" pomato or tomtato (previously on Neatorama), a chimera plant made from grafting a potato and tomato plant together. It is available from the Territorial Seed Company of Oregon. Above the ground, the plant is a cherry tomato plant, whereas below the ground you'll find white potatoes.

The website states that this kind of frankenplant grafting is possible because both potato and tomato belong to the Solanaceae (nightshade) family.

Thanks Tiffany!


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Blind Man Driving

Blind man driving? I certainly didn't see this one coming! A Gainesville, Florida, window blind installer sure had a bit of fun with his car advertisement.

via Imgur

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Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt Winner

Congratulations to Neatoramanaut Heather who won our latest NeatoMail-exclusive Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt giveaway. She won NeatoShop T-shirt and sweatshirt of her choice.

Previously: Star Wars Rebels Giveaway Winners

If you didn't win, you can still get awesome Ugly Christmas Sweater-style T-shirts, long-sleeve shirts, sweatshirts and hoodies all year long over at the NeatoShop.

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Left at the Altar, What This Bride Did to Her Wedding Dress Was Amazing!


Photo: Elizabeth Hoard Photography

Shelby Swink, 23, met the love of her life in college and got engaged. The couple started planning for their wedding ...

"I poured my heart and soul into the wedding plans to try and make it the best day it could be. It was going to be a celebration of our love and commitment ot each other, so I wanted it to be absolutely amazing. A few weeks before the wedding I had everything planned out to a T and was so excited for our big day," Swink said to Offbeat Bride.

And that's when the unthinkable happened. Just five days before the wedding day, Swink's fiance told her that he was not in love with her and did not want to go through with the wedding.

"Bam. My dreams of marrying and having kids with what I thought was the man I would spend the rest of my life vanished," Swink told Buzzfeed. The next couple of days was filled with frantic calls to calling guests and to cancel services, but thankfully Swink's friends and family rallied around her.

But what of the dress? Swink said that a few people brough up the idea of trashing the wedding dress. "My mother spent so much money on the dress and alterations, so I was nervous to even think about destroying it ... but after thinking about it, I knew that doing something to mark the occasion was the perfect thing for me. I was not going to let my ex-fiance's mistake of letting me go take away my happiness."

On what was supposed to be her wedding day, Swink and her friends and family had a different kind of ceremony - all captured in photos by Elizabeth Hoard:

"The moment the paint hit my dress ... I was free. All the disappointment, all the hurt ... I just felt it leave me. I can't even describe how liberating and cathartic the experience was for me. I let go of all the hurt and became myself again," Swink said.

Even Swink's mom and dad got in on it!

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Woman Got Her Revenge When an Old Bully Asked Her for a Date


Photo: Louisa Manning via Facebook

Ever wish you could get even with someone who bullied and tormented you when you were growing up? A woman got her chance at revenge years later, when one of the boys who bullied her at school asked her out on a date.

When she was just twelve years old, Louisa Manning was teased and bullied by the boys in her Cambridgeshire school. One boy, who made fun of her weight and called her "Manbeast," in particular stood out. Fast forward eight years later, when Manning, now a beautiful 22-year-old student at Oxford University, got a surprise when she bumped into her old bully at a university ball and that he asked her on a date.

"My gut instinct was to say no," Manning said to Buzzfeed, "but then I realised what a brilliant opportunity it was, and after bouncing ideas off a friend for a few hours, we came up with an idea."

Manning arranged a dinner at a local restaurant and arranged to leave this note to her date:

Hey [name obscured],

So sorry I can’t join you tonight.

Remember year 8, when I was fat and you made fun of my weight? No? I do – I spent the following three years eating less than an apple a day. So I’ve decided to skip dinner.

Remember the monobrow you mocked? The hairy legs you were disgusted by? Remember how every day for three years, you and your friends called me Manbeast? No perhaps you don’t – or you wouldn’t have seen how I look eight years later and deemed me fuckable enough to treat me like a human being.

I thought I’d send you this as a reminder. Next time you think of me, picture that girl in this photo, because she’s the one who just stood you up.

Louisa.

After posting the photo on Facebook, Manning's story went viral. A local TV station even picked up her story:

Then, Manning got a second surprise: her old bully apologized. He wrote on Facebook:

"Hey… For what it’s worth, I was actually here to meet up looking for a chance to meet up looking to make friends, not because you are very good looking. I guess I had it coming though, and certainly don’t blame you for standing me up.

I can’t change who I was 8 years ago, and I won’t insult your intelligence by pretending that it didn’t happen, but I hope you believe me when I say I’m a completely different person now. I can only apologise and wish you the very best. I guess I won’t hear from you again but I mean it when I say that I hope you have every success you deserve."

There was plenty of support for Louisa and what she did in her Facebook post comments, but did she do the right thing? No doubt that the boy's bullying caused her significant distress - but do you remember all the stupid things you said to your friends when you were 12 years old? What do you think?

Did She Do the Right Thing?




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Can James Bond Be Black?

According to The Daily Beast, a leaked email from the Sony hacking incident revealed that Sony Pictures Entertainment co-chairman Amy Pascal suggested that British actor Idris Elba "should be the next [James] Bond."

That's an idea that Elba himself loves. When asked by a fan, "If it were offered to you, would you be the next James Bond?" Elba replied, "Yes, if it was offered to me, absolutely."

But one guy isn't in love with that idea. Last week, conservative talk show host Rush Limbaugh said that "[James Bond] was white and Scottish, period. That is who James Bond is. But now Sony is suggesting that the next James Bond should be Idris Elba, a black Briton rather than a white from Scotland. But that's not who James Bond is, and I know it's racist to probably even point this out. "

"We had 50 years of white Bonds because Bond is white. Bond was never black. Ian Fleming never created a black Brit to play James Bond. The character was always white. He was always Scottish. He always drank vodka shaken not stirred and all that," Limbaugh added.

Elba tweeted his reply:

If chosen, Elba would be the first black actor to play James Bond - but he hopes that his ethnicity wouldn't be the defining feature of the character. "I just don't want to be the black James Bond," Elba told NPR, "Sean Connery wasn't the Scottish James Bond, and Daniel Craig wasn't the blue-eyed James Bond, so if I played him, I don't want to be called the black James Bond."

(Idris Elba Photo: IMDb)

What about you: Can a black man become the next James Bond?




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Your Right to Party, That The Beastie Boys Fought For, Has Been Lost in Sydney

The Beastie Boys may have fought hard* for your right to party, but The Man can't be beat.

This sign, posted outside the Palace Hotel in Sydney's Central Business District (CBD), noted that your right to party, fought so hard by Beastie Boys, have been taken away from you by the city's 1:30 AM lockout laws.

*Except that according to the Beastie Boys, the song "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party!)" is actually making fun of those people who like to party.

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Merry Christmas, Neatoramanauts!


Image: Yummyphotos/Shutterstock

Merry Christmas, Neatoramanauts! From all of us here at Neatorama, we hope that you'll have a safe, fun, and wonderful Christmas and winter holidays.


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5 Movie Directors' Visual Styles Re-Created with Only Stock Footage

Who needs to shoot movies anymore now that we have stock footage? In this clever clip, Shutterstock created the look of five movie directors's visual styles using stock footage and music available in its library.

Have they've managed to capture the visual styles of Wes Anderson, David Fincher, Quentin Tarantino, Alfonso Cuaron, and Terrence Malick? See if you agree:

Thanks Danny!


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Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt Giveaway

Hello Neatoramanauts & NeatoShoppers! We're celebrating the last sale on the NeatoShop for Christmas 2014 with this neatoriffic giveaway. Win your choice of T-shirt AND an Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt (delivery after the holiday rush, mmkay?)

Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt Giveaway Instructions

1. Visit the NeatoShop.com and take a look at our wide selection of neat and geeky T-shirts, including our Funny T-shirts, Sci-Fi T-shirts, Science T-Shirts and Video Game inspired T-shirts. Go on, take a looksie (and while you're at it, take advantage of our 24 Hour Sale: all T-shirts are 20% off!)

2. Then visit the Ugly Christmas Sweater-style Tee section, and find your favorite.

3. In the comment section below, write:

- Your favorite T-shirt design + Name of the designer
- Your favorite Ugly Sweater-Style Tee design + Name of the designer

One entry per person, please - multiple entries will disqualify you from winning.

We'll pick one winner at random: They will win the T-shirt AND Ugly Christmas Sweatshirt of their choice. The winner will be notified through our comment section below (so be sure to use a valid email address).

Ready? Set ... go!

Update 12/28/14: The contest is now closed. The winner has been chosen with the random number generator at random.org. Congratulations to #9 Heather+M Shalhoub!

Thank you for playing, everyone! Please be sure to enter our next exclusive giveaway coming up soon!


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24 Hour Sale: 20% Off All NeatoShop T-Shirts

We'll be caught up with the printing run for NeatoShop T-shirts one day early, so let's celebrate by having a 24-hour sale: all NeatoShop T-shirts are 20% off until Dec 19, 2014.

Celebrate the holidays with NeatoShop's awesome Ugly Christmas Sweater-style tees. Or check out our wide selection of Funny T-shirts, Science T-shirts, Sci-Fi T-shirts, Video Games-inspired T-shirts, and more.

If you're in no hurry, get worldwide free shipping on orders $75 and above. No coupon codes required - the savings will be shown during the checkout. Need it for Christmas? Expedited shipping option for USA destinations is still available.

Check out the NeatoShop's Quality Prints

Why buy your T-shirts from the NeatoShop? We've got the the best digital print quality of artwork by the Web's most talented indie artists AND the best overall prices (especially if you factor in shipping cost). Check out the side-by-side comparison of our quality versus our competitor's:

See also: NeatoShop T-Shirts Sizes Up to 6XL | Artist Reviews of NeatoShop Quality


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Star Wars Rebels Giveaway Winners

A few weeks ago, we received this mystery box filled with Star Wars Rebels goodies from our pals over at Hasbro - so we ran a NeatoMail and NeatoShop exclusive giveaway to reward our loyal subscribers and customers.

Eight winners were picked at random - four won these wonderful Star Wars Rebels toys:

... and four more won cool T-shirts from the NeatoShop. Congratulations, guys! The winners have been notified through Neatorama's private message feature. They have 3 days to claim their prize or forfeit it forever.

If you haven't subscribed to NeatoMail, why not do it now? You'll get access to exclusive giveaways and contests open only to our email subscribers:


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All I Want For X-mas

All I Want For X-mas

The Holiday Season is here. Are you looking for the purr-fect stocking stuffer for your favorite cool cat? Give her the All I Want For X-Mas socks from the NeatoShop. This playful pair of socks makes a fierce and cuddly fashion statement. They are a wonderful way to show your quiet affection and loyalty for someone you love.  

Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more fancy Footwear

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NeatoShop Black Friday Sale: All T-Shirts $14.95!

W00t! It's here: the NeatoShop Black Friday Sale is ON!

NOV 28 to 30, 2014 - ALL T-SHIRTS ARE JUST $14.95

Avoid the mad rush at the mall and get your loved ones (and yourself) awesome T-shirts from the NeatoShop.

Celebrate the holidays with NeatoShop's awesome Ugly Christmas Sweater-style tees. Or check out our wide selection of Funny T-shirts, Science T-shirts, Sci-Fi T-shirts, Video Games-inspired T-shirts, and more.

Get worldwide free shipping on orders $75 and above. No coupon codes required - the savings will be shown during the checkout. Need it faster? Try Priority or other expedited shipping methods available during checkout.

Why the NeatoShop?

We've got the combination of the best digital print quality of artwork by the Web's most talented indie artists and the best overall prices (especially if you factor in shipping cost). Check out the side-by-side comparison of our quality versus our competitor's:


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Star Wars Rebels Giveaway

Hello Neatoramanauts & NeatoShoppers! This is the Star Wars Rebels giveaway page you've been looking for!

Our pals over at Hasbro have kindly sent us a mystery box filled with four very cool Star Wars Rebels toys to mark the launch of a new animated series airing on Disney XD.

So here's where you come in - enter to win the easiest Star Wars Rebel giveaway ever. All you have to do is follow the instructions below:

Star Wars Rebels Giveaway Instructions

1. Visit the NeatoShop.com and take a look at our wide selection of neat and geeky T-shirts, including our Funny T-shirts, Sci-Fi T-shirts, Science T-Shirts and Video Game inspired T-shirts. Go on, take a looksie (and while you're at it, take advantage of our Beat the Rush Free Shipping sale: all T-shirt orders get free worldwide shipping!)

2. In the comment section below, write your favorite T-shirt design and the name of its designer.

One entry per person, please - multiple entries will disqualify you from winning. We'll pick eight commenters at random: four will win a Star Wars Rebel toy from Hasbro each and another four will win the T-shirt they choose as their favorite. The winners will be notified through our comment section below (so be sure to use a valid email address). They will have 3 days to claim the prize or forfeit it forever.

May the Force be with you!

Update 12/15/14: The contest is now closed and the winners have been picked using a random number algorithm over at random.org. Congratulations to commenters #25 Robin Hudson, #54 Carmel Hauck, #63 Cesar Urrunaga, #71 Faye Oppitz, #73 Victoria Aranha, #86 Stinkycat91, #99 Kim Curler, #153 Cros Marie The winners have been contacted via Neatorama's private message and have 3 days to claim their prizes or forfeit them. Congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who entered the giveaway!


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NeatoShop Free Shipping Sale - Get Free Worldwide Shipping!

Beat the holiday shopping rush by getting your loved ones geeky T-shirts designed by the web's most talented indie designers from the NeatoShop.

This winter, celebrate the holidays with NeatoShop's awesome Ugly Christmas Sweater-style tees. Or check out our wide selection of Funny T-shirts, Science T-shirts, Sci-Fi T-shirts, Video Games-inspired T-shirts, and more.

Get FREE WORLDWIDE SHIPPING (yes, worldwide - whether you're in Canada or Brazil, or the Good ol' US of A, all shirt orders get free shipping) from Nov 24 to 27 (Hurry! The sale will be over before you know it!)


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NeatoShop: Buy 3 Get 1 Free Sale

w00t! It's sale time over at the NeatoShop: For every 3 shirts you buy, you'll get one shirt of equal or lesser value FREE. It's simple: just put 4 items in your shopping cart to view the discount (it's like 25% off, y'know!).

Here's your chance to stock up on the best artist-designed shirts on the web. If you love sci-fi, fantasy, science, and funny T-shirts, today's the day! Or view NeatoShop's bestsellers.

This early November sale is perfect for T-shirt lovers from outside the United States. This should give enough shipping time for your package to arrive before Christmas (if customs cooperate, of course!)

Orders $75 and above get free worldwide shipping to boot! You better hurry - sale ends Sunday Nov 9, 2014.


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50% Off Sale on Halloween Stuff over at the NeatoShop

Save up to 50% off regular price on select items in NeatoShop's Halloween Shop. Treat yourself to costumes, accessories, Halloween decorations, and more. Quantities are limited, so hurry!

Check it out: Save Up to 50% off NeatoShop's Halloween Items


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25 Halloween T-Shirts That Are Way Easier Than Making Your Own Costume


The Great Pumpkin King by Blueswade

Forget fancy Halloween costumes! Here's something far easier: just wear these spooky fun pumpkin-inspired Halloween T-shirts from the NeatoShop. And with free shipping worldwide available, these shirts won't put a scare on your pocketbook.

Best of all, with cool artwork designed by the web's best indie artists, you can wear these ghoulishly awesome T-shirt all year round!

Take a look at 25 Halloween T-shirts to wear this coming Halloween:


Pumpkin is Coming by WereAllMadDesigns


That's No Pumpkin by Robotic Ewe


Who Halloween by Kellabell9


Howloween by Captain Sunshine

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10 Wonderfully Adorable Cartoons by Liz Climo

This is neat: Liz Climo, a character artist/storyboard revisionist on The Simpsons and a wonderful cartoonist, to boot, is launching her new book The Little World of Liz later this month. If you pre-order the book, you can get an exclusive signed 3x5 postcard with a grand prize winner getting a custom print from Liz.

We've posted about Liz many times before on Neatorama, so we're very familiar with her funny and adorable comics and are thrilled to showcase 10 of her wonderful comics.

Enjoy!

 

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Miss Correct Posture


Contestants Marianne Baba (L), Lois Conway (M) and Ruth Swenson (R) posing with their trophies and X-rays. Photo: Wallace Kirkland/LIFE via Google LIFE Archives

No slouchers here, ma'am! Just winners of the Miss Correct Posture beauty pageant.

In the 50s and 60s, American chiropractors held a series of rather unusual beauty pageants where contestants were judged and winners picked not only by their apparent beauty and poise, but also their standing posture (backed with X-rays of their spines, of course).

The contests were a publicity stunt, Reginal Hug, past president of the Association for the History of Chiropractic, told Scott Hensley of NPR, and was meant to burnish the reputation of the profession. The message, he said, was that good posture led to good health and that chiropractors could help with that. "In those days, nobody was concerned about radiation," Hug added, noting the use of X-rays to check for spinal structures.


Lois Conway, crowned Miss Correct Posture 1956, standing next to her X-ray.


Chiropractors checking the posture of contestant Marianne Baba - notice the plumb bob used to check the straightness of her back.

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Menu Loading


Image: WhatDoesntKillYou

Something witty is loading! This bar/restaurant chalkboard sign is probably advertising that the joint's Wi-Fi is a bit slow today.

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Funny Pictures of the Day - Sept 10, 2014


Now THAT is an Organized Beach! by Bernhard Lang

W00t! Here are today's list of funny and notable pictures over at our LOLpic blog NeatoPicto:

Global Warming: Aquaman's Revenge Chilled To The Bone So, Which American English Dialect Do You Speak? Parenting in Today's Internet Age


Reverse Panhandling: Find out why this man gives hundreds of dollars
in $5 bill to strangers on his birthday


Every Pizza is a Personal Pizza if You Try Hard Enough (or is that an egg in the pizza?)

Help a Thief! Parental Advice: Mom vs Dad Every X-Files Ever Lady Cassandra Sandwich


Book Shadow Sculpture at the Library

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Help A Thief

Commas are powerful - that's what Raynato Castro and Alex Culang of Buttersafe webcomic wants you to know before you yell out, "Help A Thief!"

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Lady Cassandra Sandwich

This is what you get when your Doctor Who parent makes your lunch! The Tardis blue cracker is a nice touch, but the Lady CassHAMdra sandwich is genius (no 708 plastic surgery operations or a visit to Platform One required!)

For those of you non-Whovians, this is the Lady Cassandra reference:

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Now THAT is an Organized Beach!


All images: Bernhard Lang

Now that's an incredibly organized beach!

German photographer Bernhard Lang took a wonderful set of aerial photographs of the highly organized beach off the coast of the Adriatic Sea in Italy, between Ravenna and Rimini.

Take a look:

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Reverse Panhandling


Photo via @mennesseynews

Most people expect to get things on their birthdays, but not Bob Blackley of Winston-Salem, North Carolina. On his birthdays for the past three years, the 59-year-old man stands in the middle of a busy intersection giving out $5 to hundreds of strangers.

Call it a case of "reverse panhandling" - Last week, Blackley held a sign saying "I have a job. I have a home. Could YOU use an extra $5?" while he handed out the bills.

While a lot of people look at him suspiciously, thinking that he's trying to sell them something, Blackley told Michael Hennessey of Fox 8 News. But one man told him that he'd use the money to buys medicine he couldn't afford to pay for.

Blackley gave out $700 the first year, then $750 the next year, and $800 the year after that - all with no strings attached. "Anything they want, if it puts a smile on their face, it's theirs," Blakely said. And as for his motivation, Blackley said that his reason is simple: "Glad I woke up, glad I'm able to do it. That's what life is all about, smiling."

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Every Pizza is a Personal Pizza if You Try Hard Enough

When some people say "pizza for dinner," they really mean it! This reminds me of Bill Murray's joke that every pizza is a personal pizza if you try hard enough and believe in yourself.

Oh, and egg on a pizza? Yum or yuck, guys?

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