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5 Awesome and Geeky Ice Sculptures

Live long and stay cool -at least, that's what I take away from this awesome Star Trek ice sculpture. If you're more of a Star Wars fan though, then you'll probably prefer this Chillennium Falcon structure instead.

While this When Geeks Wed article suggests using these delightfully geeky ice sculptures for your nerdy wedding, really any of them would be fantastic for a Christmas party, convention, banquet or any other fun engagement with a geek theme.

If you plan on using these for a big party, I suggest using the Batman ice luge which is not only cool looking, but also a great way to cool your drinks.


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Have A Happy Christmas With This Hogwarts Gingerbread Cake

We've already featured a few cool cakes from the Bake Christmas Wish Fundraiser for the Make A Wish Foundation (like the Hogswatch and Frozen ones), but when they are all so fantastic looking, it's hard not to keep posting them. This particularly lovely gingerbread Hogwarts Castle from Harry Potter was created by Mimicafe Union in New York and it looks just about as magical as the one in the films. 

This second photo shows just how impressive the detailing is on the castle.

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Don't Let Your Work Out Get Your Goat

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One, two, bleet -now that's how you get in shape down at the farm...at least, when you want to get your furry friends in on the action.

If you have a hard time sticking with a diet plan when you resolve to lose weight for the New Year, perhaps a drill sergeant goat can help keep you in line. They might ride you a little harder than your usual trainer, but the results are undeniable.

I'm planning to sign up for classes tomorrow.

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Can We Bring Back Date Night At Disneyland?

I actually just used my Disneyland pass yesterday to enjoy another great day at the themepark. While I was with a special someone, it was far from a date, but now that I heard about Disneyland's organized "Date Nites" that took place back in the 50s and 60s, I kind of wish it was. 

Imaging getting dressed up, meeting up with your best guy or gal and then hitting the dance floor at Disneyland before riding the Matterhorn together. The best part was -if your date was a dud, you could still have plenty of fun at the happiest place on earth.

Buzzfeed has plenty more about the organized events, and I can't help but wish we still had these available as a romantic Saturday night option. Maybe we could organize one already -there's already a Harry Potter day, a dapper day and a goth day, so why not a date day?


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That's A Spicy Burger!

Love Sriracha? Love bacon? Then you'll love the new burgers from Southern California burger chain Slater's 50/50 (known for the all bacon burger and the nacho burger). Their new Sriracha burger features a half bacon and half ground beef patty combined with Sriracha, topped with Sriracha-filled coleslaw, pepperjack cheese, Sriracha-glazed bacon, Sriracha mayo, mushrooms sauteed in Sriracha and a nice drizzle of Sriracha just to make sure you mouth is on fire.

The burger hits the menu on December 9th, so if you just can't get enough rooster sauce, head out to Slater's and try it for yourself.

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You Really Missed Your Chance to Drive Around In Style

Look through the window at your car -now look back at me...No wait, look at this car in this post. It is cooler than your car and it always will be. That's because this car wasn't just painted to look like an Agents of SHEILD car, it actually was really used on the show. Only ten of them were made and it just sold on eBay for $42,900.

Want something even cooler, though admittedly a little less speedy and not legal on most streets? Then you really missed out on this sweet Batman Tumbler golf cart. It may not have actually been used in the films, but it's pretty much the coolest thing you could ever hope to drive around a retirement community and it was a steal compared to the SHEILD car at only $17,500.

Via The Mary Sue


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Mmmm...Relaxing Snail Facial Massage

Psssshhh, why settle for a boring old ordinary snail facial massage when you can get massaged by a giant African snail instead? Doesn't it look so relaxing? Hey, since they're already taking over Florida, you might as well pull one off the side of your house and stick it on your head -just hope it doesn't regurgitate any stucco into your pores.

We already determined the equally creepy and pointless snake massage is perfect for a 100th birthday party celebration, but what would be the perfect excuse for a giant African snail massage?

When is the perfect time for a giant African snail facial massage?







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Happy Hogswatch Discworld Fans

Many of you will undoubtedly see this cake and wonder why the heck Death is suddenly dressed like Santa Claus and what all this "Hogfather" nonsense is. But, if you're familiar with Terry Pratchett's Discworld, then you'll not only recognize this cake, but also immediately recognize how amazing it is. 

The cake was made by Ciccio Cakes for the Bake A Christmas Wish fundraiser to help raise money for the Make A Wish Foundation. You ought to check out more of the fundraiser's great cakes, which includes a fantastic Frozen one as well.

Via Between The Pages Blog

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We Wish You A Merry Cuteness

Do you dress up your little angel up during the holidays? Even if you don't, you can still almost certainly appreciate the fantastic seasonal fashion of these felines and pooches. For kitties, I highly recommend checking out the hats and headbands for sale at scooterKnits. This Buddy the Elf hat is a great modern Christmas accessory, but there is also mistletoe and reindeer antlers if you prefer things to be a little more traditional.

If you have no intention of buying feline holiday fashion accessories, you can always enjoy this fun selection of dogs and cats in costume over at 4WMN instead. Whichever you prefer, I hope you have a great furball-filled holiday.

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Mini Pumpkin Cheesecake with Gingersnap Crust

If you couldn't tell already, we at Neatorama love pumpkin-flavored stuff and other holiday flavors. These mini pumpkin cheesecakes with a gingersnap crust are no exception -after all, pumpkin cheesecake is great and pretty popular this time of year, but there's no excuse to stop the holiday flavors with just pumpkin and its spices. Nor should you limit your crust options to simply graham crackers. Crushed gingersnaps blended with melted butter are a much better, more flavorful option.

Essentially, this Cooking on the Front Burner recipe is like getting to enjoy gingerbread cookies and pumpkin pie all in one heavenly cheesecake-y bite.

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Even More Proof That Platypuses Are The Best Of All Animals

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Yes, platypuses combine mammal features and bird features, but did you know that they are also only one of two mammals that has no stomach (the other is the echnidna, which also happens to share the distinction with the platypus of being the only two mammals who lay eggs). You know what other type of animals often have no stomachs? Fish -meaning playpuses are not only a mash up of birds and mammals, but also fish.

So how do platypuses, echnidna and 25% of fish survive with their gullet attached directly to their intestines? Find out at National Geographic.

The video, by the way, might not have anything to do with platypus stomachs, but it does remind us just how adorable they are.

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The Great Geeky Wedding Toppers of Gammaraybots

I now pronounce Claptrap and wife. Is there anything more romantic than two Borderlands fans getting married? Well, maybe...

That is, if you're a bigger fan of Nightmare Before Christmas than Borderlands. And if you're a big fan of Doctor Who, you'll dig this Dalek one instead.

All of these adorable handmade wedding cake toppers are brilliantly geeky designs made by Etsy seller Gammaraybots. Aside from awesome wedding goodies, the shop also sells all kinds of great Krampus stuff, so if you're looking to balance out all the happy Santas out everywhere, they can help.

Via When Geeks Wed


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The Breaking Bad Gingerbread House

Let's cook. No, not meth. Just gingerbread, but then let's go ahead and frost it and cover it with blue rock candy so it looks like it has two drug dealers and their product. 

Walt and Jesse look pretty adorable in this ginerbread house by Sugar Plum Cake Shop, but I love the DEA snowman the most (and the cotton candy fumes from the motorhome). He's so adorably unthreatening. While this cake was almost certainly made to be a promotion for the company, there's nothing wrong with that when it's this delightfully sweet.

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The Crystal Advent Calendar

Everyone loves an advent calendar, but if you're looking for something a little less Christmas-y and a little more science-y, this crystal advent calendar is a great option. They even fit together to look like a real crystal grouping.

Mr. Printables is has the instructions to make your own, and the downloadable copy to print them out. The only downside is that they are a little small, so it's kind of hard to fit some larger presents into the boxes -but they're still big enough for small candies, which is all that's in many commercial advent calendars anyway.

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Talk About A Bunch of Sheep

Harlow the weimaraner and Indi the dachshund may look like an odd coupling, but Harlow has been famous on the internet for years for being best friends with another wiener dog, Sage. Unfortunately, Sage, who was 13, recently passed away, leaving Harlow without a best friend.

But Harlow isn't all alone. While working through her grief, she has become fast friends with Sage's younger sister, Indi and the pair is now just as inseperable as they are adorable. You can keep up on their adventures on the Harlow and Sage Instagram.

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Say Hello to Bun Bun

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Try turning on this video and listening to the sound before you actually look at the screen. You'll be amazed at what cute little critter is making this noise.

Little Bun Bun is simply the cutest thing on four legs, whether he's meowing like a weirdo, crawling around on his side or just mugging at the camera. It's hard to look away from this squishy faced little cutie pie. 

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50 States of LEGO

If you could make one scene to show what your state is best known for, what would it be? As a Californian, I certainly wouldn't depict my state as filled with hippies, but I know it really is known for that. So I won't be too hard on Canadian photographer Jeff Friesen for depicting my state as a land of hippies.

In fact, considering he's not even from this country, he did a pretty decent job summing up each state in only one image. I'm sure most of you can guess that the one up top is New Mexico and this one is Pennsylvania (specifically Philadelphia). How do you think he did on your state?

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Cozy and Stylish You Are If Wear This Hoodie You Do

Feel like a Jedi master with a slight speech disorder? Then you'll love this great Yoda hoodie made by fan of the blog, Erin Marshall. These adorable hoodies are handmade, one-of-a-kind creations that are sure to keep you not only warm, but also stylish.

Of course, if you prefer Hogwarts over Hoth, she has you covered there as well with this great Dobby the Elf-inspired hoodie that can remind the world that you are a free elf with style. Just make sure to wear mismatched socks if you really want to sell the whole look.


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Tastes Like Success: The Beef Jerky Business Cards

Why give someone an ordinary old paper business card when you can give them a beef jerky one? Sure most people won't want to hold beef jerky in their wallet and even fewer people will find it useful as actual food, but it sure sends an interesting message -one that says "I really wish you'd eat my contact information rather than actually using it to contact me."

Of course, it's important to remember Meat Cards are only edible for up to one year, so if you haven't given them all out about 11 months after you ordered them, you probably better enjoy a delicious feast of business cards.

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A Cat's Guide to Caring for Their Humans

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This might be an ad, but when an ad is as clever and funny as this one Ze Frank created for Tidy Cats LightWeight litter.

Since humans are good at opening canned goods and cleaning kitty litter, they need to be well taken care of by their kitties, but despite the handful of abilities that humans have, they really can't care for themselves very well. Fortunately, cats are there to help keep humans warm, mentally stimulated and to remind them the importance of tongues. 

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The Honest Trailer For Home Alone

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Let's be honest, those of us who were youngsters when Home Alone came out thought it was pretty awesome, but once you see it as an adult, you realize it isn't just cheesy, but pretty terrible all around. Of course, if you haven't seen it recently, you might not realize just how terrible it is until this Honest Trailer reminds you that it's about a little sociopath with a horrible family who decides he needs to torture to non-violent criminals who are inexplicably obsessed with breaking in to one specific home -all of which makes for one delightfully bad movie and a great Honest Trailer

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Lord of the Cake Pops

I'll be honest, I was a little hesitant to write about these Lord of the Rings cake pops at first because I'm a little over the whole cake pop thing. That is, until I saw that the bakers, Let Them Eat Cake Pops, made this amazing Bormir meme of their own pop. It is hard not to laugh at something this delightfully silly, even if you want to eat it at the same time.

All of these fantastic cake pops do look super realistic though, as do their wonderful Walking Dead pops that feature not only the living characters but also a few walkers.

Via Geeks Are Sexy

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Finally You Can Go Eat Yourself

Have you ever wished you could eat a picture of your wife, kids, pets, family or even yourself? Well, now you can thanks to Boomf, the company that allows you to print any picture of your choice on marshmallows. Just upload your Instagram pics to the site and bam -you can put any picture inside your delicious hot chocolate. Right now you can only get things shipped to the UK, but you can sign up to have the company email you when they start shipping to other companies.

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Pumpkin Tres Leches Cake

Did you buy a little more pumpkin than you needed this Thanksgiving? Then try using it for something else -like this delicious pumpkin tres leches cake from Willow Bird Baking. For those unfamiliar with tres leches cake, it's translated into "three milks cake," meaning it's soaked in condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy cream, making it rich, gooey and delicious. Now, just imagine adding pumpkin and a whipped icing into the mix and you can imagine just how heavenly this cake just might be -sort of like a pumpkin pie a la mode.

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Happy Dogukkah Everyone

Now that Thanksgivukkah is over, it's time to enjoy Hanukkah on its own. While not everyone celebrate the holiday due to their religious beliefs, pretty much everyone can appreciate these adorable pooches in complete celebratory spirits.

By the way, if you want to help your pooch celebrate the holiday, we offer great Hanukkah dog toys in the NeatoShop. We also offer quite a few great Hanukkah goodies for humans as well. 

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Wil Wheaton As Everyone

We've already seen what happens when Nic Cage becomes everyone. But while we know that he has been in some terrible movies (whether or not you agree he is a terrible actor), it's way more exciting to see a geek actor we all love as just about everyone.

That's why it so fun to enjoy the new Wheaton meme that features Wil Weaton in all kinds of great movies. Unlike the Nic Cage meme, this one actually started out by Wil, who Tweeted a picture of himself in front of a green screen -motivating his fans to photoshop him into all kinds of fantastic situations.

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152 Artists Try Their Hand At Drawing Pokemon

What happens when 152 Brazilian artists get together to draw famous Pokemon? Pure magic apparently. 2Minds Studio was inspired by seeing a worldwide Pokemon project organized by Justin Chan and was inspired to do their own Pokedex that involved only artists native to their country of Brazil. 

Even if you aren't a fan of Pokemon, you can still appreciate the fun artworks like this adorable Squirtle design by Danilo Fiocco.

Or this Clefairy piece by Patricia Versiani Cintra. Of course, if you haven't seen the original Pokedex that used artists from around the world, be sure to check it out too.


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Up For Debate: Are Todd and Margo the Unsung Heroes of Christmas Vacation

Count me among the millions of Christmas Vacation viewers who hated Todd and Margo, Clark's neighbors, despite the fact that they really don't do anything wrong other than exist as terrible yuppies. As Megcentric points out with a clever diary written from Todd's point of view though, they really do get the short end of the stick in the movie. In fact, the Griswolds pretty much ruin Todd's entire life. 

While I might not be able to agree that the two are actually unsung heroes, they certainly do get pretty screwed over during the film.


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Delicious Thanksgiving-Themed Jell-O Shots

Cranberry sauce, French silk pie and pecan pie make for a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner, they're all so filling. Fortunately, there's always room for Jell-O, especially when it is filled with boozy goodness. Best of all, they can all be topped with whipped cream, just like real slices of pie so you get the full flavor and fulfilment of dessert all while drinking at the same time. Tablespoon has all the directions you need to make these a reality for your Thanksgiving meal -just make sure you make them early enough to give the Jell-O time to set.

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11 Cool Interactive Zoo Experiences

Want to be a zookeeper but don't want to put in the years of work it takes to get to that position? Then try playing a zookeeper for a day thanks to a program through the London Zoo that lets you feed, interact with and even clean up after penguins, giraffes and more. If you can't make it to London, there are plenty of other cool interactive zoo programs out there these days and Mental Floss has a great list of different ones you can try. I've actually done the San Diego Zoo backstage pass and it was amazing.

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