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12 Kitchen Gadgets That Are As Unnecessary as They Are Awesome

I'm willing to bet that no one ever started to cook dinner only to think, 'I don't have any way to turn my food into mock-caviar though, so I guess I shouldn't even bother.' But whether or not you have need of the Imperial Spherificator, it hardly changes the fact that the product is pretty darn cool and desirable. Similarly, it's pretty easy to carve a watermelon and use it as a punch bowl, but somehow, tapping it like a keg just seems infinately cooler -hence the creation of this tapping kit.

The bottom line is that just because you don't need some kind of kitchen doodad doesn't mean you won't desperately want it. And over on Homes and Hues, we rounded up some of the most clever, cool and unnecessary kitchen tools out there: 12 Cool Kitchen Tools We Desperately Want But Absolutely Don't Need


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Real-Life Disney Dudes Are Seriously Babes

Artist  Jirka Väätäinen (previously at Neatorama) took the liberty of imagining a few of the most famous Disney men as if they were real-life men. As a female Disney fan, I for one want to thank his efforts because these princes and paupers are all serious babes.

Prince Eric of The Little Mermaid even looks like young John Stamos and that somehow seems totally accurate. I can sure see how someone would want to be part of his world.

Via Nerd Approved


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Awesome Nibbler Cosplay

This is Sir Francis Bacon. As you can see, he is an adorable little Boston terrier. He is also quite the wonderful Nibbler impersonator. 

While few dogs will be able to pull off this look as well as little Bacon here, you can at least try to mimick the look since his owner was kind enough to add an Instructable on how to make your own.

Via Fashionably Geek


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Interesting Facts About Pop-Culture Pets

Who was the first character cast in the Harry Potter movies? If you guessed Hedwig, you're right. And that's not the only fun fact about magical and otherwise imaginary creatures from this great TopTenz list

Here's another great trivia tidbit -adorable little Gizmo from the Gremlins was originally supposed to become the antagonist, but Steven Speilberg decided (rightly) that fans would prefer to see the adorable little creature as much as possible in the movie and wouldn't want to root against him. Just imagine what a different movie it would be if little Gizmo was the enemy.


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Superman is Dayman, Champion of the Sun

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Personally, I prefer Batman over Superman, but this great Always Sunny In Philadelphia/Batman Vs. Superman mashup makes a great case for why Superman is better. After all, he is a master of karate and friendship for everyone.

Honestly, I think this looks like a more entertaining movie than the actual Batman Vs. Superman film, though I still don't want to see anyone pay a troll toll to get into a boy's hole.

Via Nerd Approved


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Striking Pictures of Australian Rain Forest

Rain forests are scattered across the globe and they all look drastically different despite the fact that most people immediately envision a tropical South American rain forest when they hear the term. These pictures from the New South Wales rainforest by Wouter Van de Voorde remind us that just because something is a rain forest doesn't mean it's filled with vivid tropical plants.

Of course, just because the forest isn't loaded with colors doesn't mean it's not beautiful. In fact, these incredible images seem to capture the foliage of a forest forgotten by time, trapped in the primordial past -like a lost world waiting to be explored for the first time.

Via Flavorwire


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Actors Who Aren't Big Fans of Their Own Performances

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Johnny Depp has millions of adoring fans from across the globe. But you know who isn't a fan? Johnny Depp. In fact, he not only refuses to watch his own films, but he's even been reported to vandalize movie posters with his face on them because he doesn't like seeing his face staring back at him.

If you think that sounds silly, consider this: Peter Dinklage doesn't watch Game of Thrones for one simple reason -he doesn't have HBO. 

If you aren't a big fan of videos, you can read this whole list over at TopTenz.


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Imagining Disney World in Ruins

Photographers love to explore abandoned amusement parks and many others love to look at those pictures and read about them. But one place you probably won't be seeing abandoned pictures of anytime soon is perhaps the world's most popular amusement -Disney World.

Since we probably won't be seeing pictures like this in reality (at least not for a long time), DeviantArt user eledoremassis02 took the liberty of imagining the apocalyptic visions of the current happiest place on Earth. The series is fascinating for both disney-lovers and haters who wonder what Disney World would look like long after the magic has left the kingdom.

Via Flavorwire


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8 Seriously Clever Lights

Everyone needs lights in their home, but that doesn't mean you need to stick with the same boring table and floor lamps as all your friends and neighbors. That's why we rounded up some of the coolest and cleverest lighting options around in this week's Homes and Hues article. 

From xenomorphs to knights, there are plenty of interesting sources of inspiration for these lights and the resulting creations tend to be both beautiful and unique.

So don't miss the full list over at Homes and Hues: 8 Cool and Creative Lamps


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Classic Pinups as Disney Princesses

There are a lot of mashups featuring Disney princesses out there, but if you're a fan of the legendary pinup art of Gil Elvgren as well as Disney's lovely ladies, then you'll love these new mashups by DeviantArtist KittRen.

Her artwork features both new and old princesses and does an excellent job maintaining the style of Elvgren while adding the iconic details of the princesses we know and love. Be sure to visit KittRen's portfolio to see the whole series.

Via Geek Girls


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The Most Misunderstood Lines in Literature

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There's nothing quite like a good read, but some people prefer to read the CliffsNotes on famous works of literature rather than reading them. When that happens too often, people sometimes start throwing out lines from books and poems with meanings totally different than what the author intended to say.

This great TopTenz article features a great selection of the most misused literary quotes so you can stop yourself from making the same mistakes. It's up to you to decide if you want to correct people using these quotes wrong, but remember, some people can't take even the slightest criticism, so it's not always worth mentioning.


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10 People With Great Tattoos At the 2015 San Diego Comic Con

In the world of fandom there's no more brightly colored, bolder or more permanent way to show you are forever a fan than getting a tattoo. Your favorite pop culture characters often start out as ink on a page, so it only makes sense to get them immortalized as ink on your body. Tattooing is a creative and personal way to prove your unwavering dedication to your favorite franchise.

Comic Book Tattoos: Level Epic

For many fans the act of getting a tattoo of their favorite characters is the ultimate form of fandom, since it’s a permanent addition to their bodies, but the guy in these pics isn’t an ordinary fan. He has dedicated his entire body to characters from comic books, turning his arms and torso into a shrine for the superheroes he worships.

If anybody argues that he’s not the ultimate Marvelite he need only take off his shirt and stun them into admitting they were wrong with his incredibly cool ink. Let’s start with his left arm, where we see Cyclops, Gambit, Wolverine and Beast of the X-Men battling a Sentinel, with Angel flying in from above to lend a hand. Just to show that he’s a mighty big fan of the Jade Giant he has the Incredible Hulk tattooed on his inner bicep. Once the shirt comes off we find Venom and Carnage fighting it out for the privilege of pectoral placement. And then he turns around and shows you that the mighty Fin Fang Foom has his back!

Finishing our tour off on his right arm we see Spawn squaring off against Malebolgia, and above that there’s a Violator springing into battle.

Disney Delights

Ohana means family, and when you’re the star of a feature released by Disney you’re part of the largest family in animation history. This gal wasn’t content with getting only one or two members of the Disney family tattooed on her body, and this colorful collection of characters shows the diversity of features being put out by Disney these days. We’ve got Tinkerbell from Peter Pan flying overhead, Stitch from Lilo & Stitch smiling his cute little face off, the sweet ragdoll Sally posing and smiling pleasantly, and the Little Mermaid's Ariel spending some time above water with her animated friends.

On an arm far, far away we have another far out member of the Disney family- R2D2 proudly sporting a pair of Mickey Mouse ears. Welcome to the Disney Dark Side R2!

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14 Great Ways to Add LEGO Style to Your Home

Are you the kind of person who builds a LEGO box to store your loose LEGO bricks in? Do your dreams consist of new ways to construct elaborate creations with your interlocking brick toys? If so, you won't want to miss our newest Homes and Hues article featuring 14 ways you can incorporate LEGO pieces into your home decor.

Some of the pieces use real LEGO blocks, but others only use things that look like LEGO bricks because, after all, a real LEGO pillow might look cool, but it wouldn't exactly be comfortable. 

Perhaps one of the coolest things about this LEGO list though is that so many of them are simple DIYs that a real LEGO-fiend would already have the materials for.

So check out the full list at Homes and Hues: 14 Ways to Decorate Your Home With LEGO Goodness


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55 Cool Cosplays From the 2015 San Diego Comic Con

To me, Comic Con is a lot like Christmas. I look forward to it all year round, but then when it arrives, I know I'll end up spending way too much money and running around frantically trying to complete everything I need to do before it's too late. That being said, Zeon and I did find plenty of time to get lots of great pictures of the cosplayers at the convention and here are a few of the best ones we spotted this year.

Lydia may not be happy to see Beetlejuice -especially when she magically appears in her red wedding dress, but I was sure happy to see the two of them.

These two adorable Vault Dwellers were ready to explore the wastes and were even ready to bribe strangers with custom-made Nuka Cola caps.

Comic Con might just be a bit of a wasteland too -I even stumbled upon a Mister Gutsy and a lovely woman in a pre-war dress offering up Sugar Bombs.

Then again, I also ran into Guile handing out American flag temporary tattoos and reminding kids that "winners don't use drugs" -so who knows what era we were in.

I love watching Joker and Harley from afar, but I sure wouldn't want to go to a sock hop with these two -who knows what trouble they'll cause?

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When Art and Geekery Are Combined, We All Win

Who is cooler than Vincent Van Gogh? How about Vincent Han Gogh? Or maybe David Hamilton whois the person that makes artwork that could be created by the greatest artists in a galaxy far, far away.

Not a big Star Wars fan? Well, you have a problem, but Hamilton still has you covered with even more cool geeky art on his website like his cool comic panel series.

Via Flavorwire


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The Strangest Ice Cream Flavor From Every State

Looking for a cool way to cool down on your next fifty-state road trip? Then you won't want to miss this great Delish article that features the strangest flavor of ice cream available in each state. As you might expect, not every state has particularly kookie flavors (Alabama, is black walnut really the wackiest you can come up with), but even so, there are plenty of outrageous tastes worth trying. 

Personally, I'd love to try Louisiana's champagne and violet or Kansas' pineapple cilantro sorbet, but I admit that I'm a little terrified of New York's horseradish flavor and Maine's lobster ice cream served with real chunks of lobster.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Some of The Weirdest Drinks Sold In Japan

I'm willing to bet that you've never sat back, sipped on a nice beer and thought, "you know, this could really use some milk." Amazingly though, someone in Japan did, which is why Bilk is a real thing you can buy -featuring 70% beer and 30% milk.

Of course, I would drink a six pack of Bilk before I ever touched Placenta 400,000, which, as the name suggests, is made with real swine placenta. These terribly terrifyinig drinks and more were included in InventorSpot's list of the weirdest drinks in Japan, and believe it or not, this is actually the second such list -the original included such specialties as salad-flavored water and beer made for children.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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The Best Quotes From Some of Cinema's Best Tough Guys

Maybe it's an unfair assumption, but if you're sitting here reading a blog right now, you're probably not a badass mercenary or undercover CIA operative. If you ever wished you could be a little tougher though, you might want to check out this great Flavorwire featuring 20 awesome quotes from some of the toughest guys on film -while it might not teach you how to be a scary ruffian, it could at least give you a little inspiration on how to talk like one.


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Crochet Cthulhu Is Taking Over the World (Or At Least My Heart)

Are you a sucker for the great Cthulhu? Do you also have a soft spot for steampunk, Pokemon, Minions or Totoro? Then you need to visit Kutuleras' Etsy shop where you can grab plush versions of Cthulhu overtaking all your favorite geek icons.

Of course, Cthulhu plushies aren't the store's only offerings. You can also purchase cute versions of Totoro dressed like Pikachu and vice versa, Godzilla or even a Minion version of Freddie Mercury.

I for one welcome our new crochet plush overlords! 

Via Nerd Approved


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Some of the Weirdest Places You Might Want to Add to Your Bucket List

Are you big on traveling? Have you been all around this big blue marble we call home? Looking for somewhere different to visit? Then boy are you in luck! Over on TopTenz, you can find ten strange vacation destinations you probably never would have considered before -like the Catatumbo River Mouth seen above. That's not just a lucky photo of one crazy storm, that massive thunderstorm is an almost daily occurence that lasts up to ten hours after sunset. 

Of course, some of these bucket list destinations might just be the end of you -from the volcanic island so filled with sulfur that all resident wear gas masks with them at any given time to the Brazilian island where you are never more than one step away from a horrendously venomous snake. Be sure you only visit these stops on the list when you actually are ok with kicking the bucket.


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Are You Patriotic Enough for the Independence Dog?

Hot dogs are an American tradition and I'm willing to bet that almost any of you who went to a Fourth of July barbeque probably had the option to eat one, even if you chose not to. That being said, you can make a hot dog even more all-American with a little extra work -that's where the Vulgar Chef comes in.

When the Fourth came around this year, the Vulgar Chef took advantage of the holiday by making the most American hot dog of all time -the Independence Dog. This delightful monstrosity takes a typical hot dog, wraps in bacon, then covers it in in ground beef. The meat log is then deep fried, covered in marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and pepperoni and then served on a bun made of deep fried macaroni and cheese. 

Let freedom ring my friends!

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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These Pokemon Make Bath Time Fun For Adults

There are a lot of fun bath toys out there for kiddos and plenty of fancy, relaxing bath products out there for adults, but it's rare to find something that bridges that gap. FizzyFairyApothecary sells Pokeball bath bombs that are a perfect combination of both adult and childhood baths.

Each bath bomb looks like a Pokemon ball and comes with a Pokemon toy inside -it's like getting a toy inside your cereal again!

Via Geekologie


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8 Awesome Storage & Organization Hacks

At Homes and Hues, we offer a lot of storage tips because we understand that almost everyone could use a little extra space in their home. We started with these 18 space saving ideas, then offered up another 10 ideas for decluttering and now here are 8 more.

From having a dedicated space for your children's sports balls to working a toothbrush holder into your existing medicine cabinet, we're sure you'll find something here to help you organize and save space in your home. 

So check out all of our new tips over at Homes and Hues: 8 More Storage & Organization Hacks


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The Worlds Weirdest Ice Cream Trucks

We all scream for ice cream, but you know what makes us scream even louder? Zombies. Fortunately, this brutal ice cream truck is ready to serve up all kinds of screams to unsuspecting victims patrons. And that's only one of the crazy trucks out there delivering delicious ice cream to the masses. Check out the rest of the list over at InventorSpot.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Beautiful Pictures Depicting the View From Airplane Windows

Some people hate air travel, which is understandable considering how uncomfortable the process can be these day, but for many, the discomfort is easy enough to overlook in favor of the excitement of travel. If you fall into the later category, you might just love these amazing artworks made by artist Jim Darling.

By showing the view from an airplane window, he perfectly captured the thrill of coming down to land in a new, unknown location. The images are likely to make you long for that feeling you get when you are just about to explore a new destination.

Via Flavorwire


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Public Shamings That Ruined People's Lives

Public shaming has presumably been used as a punishment since people realized they could shame one another, but while shaming was once localized and would usually involve a pretty big faux pas, the internet means someone's entire life can be ruined by total strangers over something as minor as a tasteless Tweet.

This great TopTenz list demonstrates ten times people were publicly shamed online in ways that totally damaged their lives. While you could argue that at least most of them should have known better, it's hard to fault the baseball fan who tried to catch a foul ball and then ruined his team's chances of making it to the Series.


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Forget Pink Plastic Flamingos, These Lawn Ornaments Are Where It's At

Plastic lawn flamingos are cool and all, but they're a little cliche. If you love the idea of lawn ornaments but want something a little more unique, you might consider heading over to Flamingo Incognito's Etsy shop where you can grab one-of-a-kind, handmade, flamingo-like ornaments.

From dragons to mermaids and from t-rex's to sea monsters, we can't get enough of these crazy, geeky sculptures that are all upcycled from boring, busted old pink flamingos.

I can't help but think that John Waters would love these, even if he wouldn't name a movie after it.

Via Nerd Approved


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Goats Dressed Like Minions Are The Best Minions

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If you ever poke around the Neatoshop, then you probably already know that we're simply mad about Minions. We've seen Cookie Monster, Sponge Bob and even Baymax cosplay as our favorite yellow followers, but this is the first time we've seen real-life animals donning the daring Minion look -and the result is purely fabulous.

Via Fashionably Geek

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Headed to Comic Con? Then Follow the Yellow Brick Road

We've previously wrote about the fact that some of the coolest things to do during the San Diego Comic Con don't actually involve the convention at all. That's most certainly the case when it comes to the first night after party -The Great Royal Marshmallow.

This outlandish affair will feature burlesque, an art show, a charity auction, live tattooing, live music, a top dj and more. Perhaps best of all, it will be Wizard of Oz themed! If you're heading out to the con, consider stopping by and saying "hello" -I'll be there in person.


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10 Incredible Swimming Pools

It's heating up quickly this summer and if you're dreaming of the best places to cool down, you won't want to miss this great collection of swimming pools we rounded up on Homes and Hues. 

From pools that let you swim next to savanah wildlife to ones that let you look down on the city while you're underwater, these hotel pools are unbelievably beautiful.

Don't miss the rest of the list over at Homes and Hues: 10 More Stunning Pools We'd Love to Visit This Summer and don't miss our previous list on the site -15 of the Most Awe-Inspiring Pools in the World


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