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Halloween At the OC Zoo

This Halloween, I didn't dress up and I didn't go to parties. I went to the San Diego Zoo -where I saw a bearcat eating out of a pumpkin, a rhino ignoring a pumpkin and an otter eating one. While that was a blast, that's nothing compared to the hijinx of the critters at the OC Zoo

The critters at that zoo not only had all kinds of fun with pumpkins, but at least one of them even got dressed up. That's because little Betty is leash trained, so she was able to go be an animal ambassador while pretending to be a bee.

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15 Fantastically Fun Thor-Inspired Crafts

Thor is arguably one of the most manly Avengers, so it seemed all to appropriate to celebrate the release of the new Thor movie with a roundup of something decidedly less manly –crafts. Here are some of the best crafts dedicated to our favorite Norse-god-turned-comic-book-hero.

My Little Thory

These days, anyone who is anyone in the pop culture world has inspired a My Little Pony version of themselves and Thor is no exception. Here is DeviantArt user EatToast’s take on Thor as a resident of Equestria.

OctoThor

Prefer your heroes in cephalopod form? Then you’ll certainly enjoy Etsy seller Lizzabella1’s octopus Thor plushie. An octopus growing a goatee might seem strange to you humans, but in Asgard, it’s a pretty common occurance.

Thor Who?

There are actually a few owl-versions-of-Thor crafts out there, but I’m a particularly big fan of Jill Tow’s owl Christmas ornament, not only because she also did other Avengers, but because she used his feathered helmet in such a clever and cute way.

The World’s Slowest Superhero

Apparently, people love seeing The Avengers imagined as different animals. As cute as Etsy seller Fallendesign’s amigurumi Thor snail is though, I have a hard time imagining him declaring war on anything other than a garden.

Miniature Amigurumi

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20 Things You Didn't Know About The Nightmare Before Christmas

The Nightmare Before Christmas is one of the handful of Halloweenish movies that is still appropriate for the Christmas season, which is one of the many reasons we love it. But if you need more reasons to love the movie than what's on film, Buzzfeed has some amazing facts about the making of the film that show just how much effort went into the stop motion masterpiece. For example, the characters had to be moved 24 times for each second of footage and that meant one minute of footage took an entire week to film -adding up to a total of three years for the film to be completed.

Oh, and Jack Skelington had over 400 heads to ensure he could express any emotion he might have and sync his mouth movements up with his words at the same time. Even if you don't love the movie, the article might very well give you a new appreciation for it.

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Macaroons Are Nothing Without A Little Xenomorph Flavor

I don't know about you guys, but no movie scene makes me more hungry than the famous Alien chestburster scene. Fortunately, the UK's Lou Lou P's Delights now sells these delicious-looking Alien macaroons depicting the chestburster, the mama and the facehugger so you can enjoy all the great flavors of the classic scifi film in one setting. 

Someone call Ripley and Jones (my favorite Alien character is the cat, of course), because they're pretty much the only one who can survive eating these tasty, but terrible xenomorph treats.

Via Foodiggity

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Help Your Little Princess Play As Buzz Lightyear

What do you get a little gal who loves Toy Story, but would rather play as a space traveler than a cowboy? You could always try this Buzz Lightyear tutu so she can live out her fantasies of traveling to infinity and beyond without sacrificing her love of frilly dress up outfits. This adorable creation fits sizes 12 months through 5T and can be purchased through Etsy seller RainbowsLNG

Of course, if I was going to pay $89 for a tutu, I would want one that fits me, but maybe she would make me a custom one so me and my youngster could match.

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Walking In A Kitty Wonderland

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This little kitty here is enjoying his first snow day and he's just not sure what to think of this cold white stuff, but at least he's willing to give it a shot as a long as his human is there to protect him from any potential danger. As if the video of a kitty exploring snow for the first time isn't cute enough, consider this: his name is Jumbo Pillow -and he's so fluffy!!!

Jumbo, come to California and I'll take you on your first walk through beach sand and you'll realize how nice sun and surf can be.

Via Cute Overload

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Cosplayers In Their Homes Look Totally Wrong

We feature plenty of cosplay on this site, but most of it is photographed at conventions or specially sourced out locations suited to the character being portrayed. But what looks totally normal in a giant geek gathering, forest or castle looks utterly bizarro in the cosplayer's actual home. 

And that's precisely what makes the Just the Two of Us photo series by Klaus Pitchler so brilliant and striking. The combination of something so mundane and boring with something so beautiful and outlandish makes for a stunning contrast that you simply can't look away -nor would you want to.

Via This Is Colossal


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The Nightmare Before Christmas Halloween Party

When I decorate for a party, I tend to put up some streamers and balloons, and, maybe a streamer if I'm feeling really fancy. But I'm not a film or set designer, so my guests don't really expect that much from me. That's not the case for our Facebook fan Michael Aiello, who sent us pictures of the decor for his Halloween Nightmare Before Christmas party.

If I put this much effort into party decorations, I'd keep them up for a while. Fortunately, with a Nightmare Before Christmas theme, you can use it again for Christmas -assuming you're inviting a different set of party guests that is.

Either way, I want to go to your next party Michael.

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17 Amazing Pot Pies

Brandy and lobster...pot pie? Sounds good to me, and so do the rest of these amazing pot pie ideas on Buzzfeed. And don't think that's the only elaborate and unique pot pie option out there. A few other highlights include a ratatoille pizza pot pie, taco pot pie and beet with goat cheese pot pie, which all look and sound unbelievably delicious.

If you want something perfect for the autumn season, the parsnip and squash one sounds nice and comforting on a cool night. 

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Lentil Took His Name A Little Literal This Halloween

Lentil is the web's favorite French bulldog and with very good reason. We already posted about him after he got his surgery and when he met Chris P. Bacon, the disabled pig.

Now it's Lentil Bean's first Halloween and we are all too happy to get to see him in costume -especially given that it's a play on his silly little name. That might not be a lentil plant in his costume pot, but it still is a bean, which is close enough -and absolutely cute enough! 

Via Cute Overload

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Great Pics of The Week: May The Geek Be With You

It's time again for Great Pics of the Week and while last week was all about playing it cool, this week, we're enjoying our geeky side. So come with us on a journey of delightful nerdery.

Apple's Jedi Mind Tricks

Have a problem finding a Droid that meets all your needs? Maybe you're jsut a stormtrooper and you don't know it.

Via Dump A Day

The Last Generation

No matter how cool you think you are, your parents are always there to embarass you.

Via Dump A Day

In A Battle of Born Losers, No One Can Really Win

My guess is the Red Shirts would have a heart attack or contract a fatal disease before anyone actually gets shot.

Via 9Gag

Ohms Are Futile?

Just kidding, I just don't want to spell this one out for you.

Via Humour Spot

Evil Things Are Everywhere

People sometimes ask me why I always stay inside all the time. While many people assume it's because I'm lazy, it's really because I've read enough books to know better than to go outside.

Via Dump A Day

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What A Pretty Puppy Man

If you were hired to create an ad for dog shampoo and cosmetics, you would probably be inclined to include dogs in the ad. Of course, that's not going to get your brand noticed beyond groomers, breeders and people already in the market for dog shampoo and cosmetics.

But ad agency BETC London knows how to get attention for their company. That's why they decided to show how well Wildwash natural dog products work not on dogs, but on grown men with their hair and beards styled to look like common show dog breeds. And aren't they pretty?

Via PSFK

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Turning Plato Into Rowling

There's no doubt that Albus Dumbledore is an intelligent wizard, but did you know that you can turn a bit of wisdom from Plato into a quote that sounds like it came from one of J.K. Rowling just by adding the word "Harry?" That's what Kristen discovered and it's hard to argue with her evidence:

"Death is not the worst that can happen to men, Harry."

"He who commits injustice is ever made more wretched than he who suffers it, Harry."

"He was a wise man who invented beer, Harry."

And that's only a small selection of the ones she came up with.

Via BoingBoing


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These Cats Can Make It Rain

I never have any money and my dog still manages to be poorer than me, but cats are true hustlers. In fact, there is a whole blog out there dedicated solely to cats posing with huge piles of money. The site, Ca$hCats, is open to user submissions, so if you happen to have a loaded feline, you might consider sending in your own images. 

Of course, here at Neatorama, we are always open to pictures of all animal images, whether or not they happen to contain balling kitties, so you can always send in images like this to us (at jill@neatorama.com) as well. 

Via Geekologie

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11 Lawn Decorations That Sparked Controversy

A few weeks ago, John shared the story of a man in England who was told to tone down his Halloween decorations because they were too scary and made a little boy cry. As it turns out, he's not the only person who had the authorities called on him because his Halloween decorations are too scary. 

This Oddee article has the story of a few other home owners who were told to tone it down, though not all of the controversial yard decor is related to Halloween. Some of the complaints are a lot more political in nature, though personally, I prefer the classic scary Halloween decorations and the middle finger hedges.

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Forget the Cronut, Instead Enjoy Thanksgiving Dinner In A Pastry

We love croissants, especially when they're mixed with even more delicious treats. If you're looking for something a little holiday-inspired with your croissant, then you might want to head to New York to try Momofuku Milk Bar's new Thanksgiving Croissant. It not only has celery salt to give it that savory stuffing flavor, but also gravy, cranberry sauce and turkey to ensure you get all the best of a holiday dinner for only $4.50. Of course, if you want to feel as stuffed as you do after a major Thanksgiving dinner, you'll need to eat at least eight of them.

Via Food Beast

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Disney Princes In Their Halloween Costumes

We've already seen what the Disney Princesses wore this Halloween, but now Isaiah Stephens has turned around and tried his hand at imagining what the princes would wear. While it's fun to see Beast as Hulk, there's no more fitting costume than Flynn Rider and Maximus dressed as Marty McFly and Doc Brown. 

Of course, part of the fun of Halloween is the opportunity to pretend to be something you never could be in real life and that would be great fun for Quasimodo, especially if he got to live out his dreams of being lady's man Austin Powers.

Via The Mary Sue


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Great Costumes By The Readers of The Mary Sue

While The Mary Sue didn't post up pictures of their readers' costumes throughout October like we did, they did still do a round up at the end of the month. While there are plenty of great ones in their collection, this take on Microsoft's dreaded "blue screen of death" is a great example of how to turn a concept into a tangible costume. I particularly love Rachel's use of Perler beads as the Windows logo hair piece -and her blue hair only helps sell the costume.

Beth's Totoro dress is also quite cute and something that she could wear throughout the year, if she's nerdy enough.

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This Two Year Old Rocks Dress Up As All Of The Doctors

Ever considered going to a convention or Halloween party as The Doctor? Well, that's all well and good, but just remember that no matter how good your costume, it still won't be nearly as cool as all eleven Doctor Who costumes worn by this adorable little two year old girl for Halloween.

This little gal is the daughter of Todd Kent, who previously dressed Katie up as every member of the Avengers and the entire Lantern Corps, making her the most awesomely nerdy toddler in the world.

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10 of the World's Largest Pets

If you haven't heard, we here at Neatorama love fat cats, but even if you aren't a big fan of giant cats, this great list of the 10 largest pets is sure to entertain. Note, that's not the largest animal species, but some of the largest animals of different species, so there's everything from dogs to racoons -and you've gotta see him. 

The most crazy of the critters though is Godie, a standard goldfish that was bought in a pet store for 99 cents and lived for 15 years, during which time he grew to two pounds and fifteen inches long.

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Lucy Skywalker Has One Heck of a Father

Say hello to Lucy Skywalker and her trusty tauntaun that will hopefully not be converted into a frozen rebel incubator. This adorable little Jedi owes her impressive costume to her pop, Paco Allen, who has apparently not joined the Dark Side as he is still lovingly slaving away to be a great daddy.

Make talked to Paco about what he needed to do to create this masterful costume, and you can find out everything you need if you have any intent to attempt to recreate his brilliant design for your own aspiring Jedi nect year.

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Maple Pumpkin Brulee Cheesecake

If you actually cook up your pumpkins after Halloween rather than just carving them and then throwing in them in the trash, it's time to get baking. If you're tired of the same old pumpkin pie recipe, why not try your hand at something a little different...like, say, cheesecake. And this isn't just any cheesecake, it's maple pumpkin brulee cheesecake, which means it's pretty much heaven. 

The base of the recipe comes from this Better Homes and Gardens maple pumpkin cheesecake recipe, but the brulee topping instructions (arguably the most important) is a special addition to the basic recipe and the directions for that step can be found here.

Via Bakers Royale

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The Real Mother of Dragons

How does a mother of triplets absolutely win at Halloween? Well, she can take advantage of her brood by making them into three dragons, which just so happens to be the same number that Daenerys Targaryen has in Game of Thrones. And what woman wouldn't want to be the mother of dragons if they all looked like these little sleepy angels?

This lovely weyr of dragons belongs to Redditor ElShanko's sister (the Daenerys in the picture). If you happen to think she looks like Angela from The Office, the Reddit comments show you're not alone. Let's hope she dresses up as Angela next year and puts her youngsters in kitty costumes.

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Sherlock, Starring Benedict Kittybatch

Halloween may be over, but it's never too late to appreciate a cute critter in a costume -especially when that costume happens to be super dorky like this kitty in the Benedict Cumberbatch Sherlock ensemble. The best part is that her grumpy, serious face really works for the costume, as though Lilly is ready to go solve crimes the rest of us could never hope to unravel. For those who need to see a little comparison between Lilly and Benedict:

Last year, Lilly was a My Little Pony, which we featured in our non-dog costumes roundup earlier last month.

Via The Mary Sue

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Stylin' Embroidered Sriracha Necklace

Is there anything more fashionable than delicious spicy food? Well, maybe there usually is, but when it comes to this cool handmade embroidered Sriracha pendant by Captain Nook. Sure, it might not make your food taste spicy good, but it will at least remind those around you to add in a little extra shot of spice into their food whenever you go to eat out together and let the world know you love the heavenly rooster sauce.

You know what they say, "some like it hot" and this necklace is a great way to show that you are among those that do.

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Historically Accurate Snow White

We previously featured Claire Hummel's drawings showing how Disney princesses would dress if their costumes were historically accurate. Now here's a cool take on her Snow White drawing turned into an actual dress by DeviantArt cosplayer Tsu-yaa. In case you're wondering, the story takes place in Germany in approximately 1500-1550.

The pictures look particularly great considering that they were shot in a small Austrian castle. If I was Snow, I would be wary of that giant mirror, mirror on the wall. That thing is just bad news, even if it is just being honest.

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Looking to Maximize Your Candy Consumption? Here's A Guide

Now that you've gotten all your Halloween candy, whether from your kid's trick or treat stash or your own leftover candy, it's time to enjoy eating all those sweets and if you want to do it right, you'll want to maximize consumption over the next day or two. 

If so, you should check out this great Food Beast guide on how to eat as much candy as humanly possible. Since you won't start weeks in advance like a real competitive eater, you won't be able to fully stretch out your stomach, but you will need to be sure to eat prior to snacking or your stomach will shrink, but don't eat too much or you'll be full, so eat lightly. 

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We're Officially In Love With The Gamorrean Pug Guard

Remember Chubbs, the cute little pug that was banthapug and a wampug the last few Halloweens? OK, you probably don't, but you should because Chubbs is pretty much the cutest pug in costume ever. 

Anyway, here she is in his newest geeky Halloween costume, a Gamorrean pug guard. If you absolutely can't get enough of her costumes, you won't want to miss this great interview with her owner, Kristen, over at Geek Mom. She discusses her past costumes and the process that goes into creating her adorable outfits. You can also check out Wired's interview with Chubbs herself, which largely revolves around snackies.

UPDATE: Chubbs just posted this great video of the constume on our Facebook page and you won't want to miss it!

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Win A Free NeatoShop Shirt On Facebook

Hey guys and ghouls, want to win a free shirt from the NeatoShop, like the Invader Zolo above? Then head over to our Facebook and like and comment on this post to enter.

You have until midnight PST tonight and you must like the post AND comment, so get going quick and remember, if you follow the Neatorama Facebook, you'll hear about these Facebook exclusive contests before anyone else and not all of them will get posted on the main blog here, so you just might miss out. Of course, you're already missing out on lots of great jokes and conversation if you aren't following the page right now, so add us today!


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Eggs Cheesaddict Anyone?

How do you improve on the amazing, rich flavor of a heavenly eggs Benedict? Switch out that boring old English muffin for a grilled cheese sandwich. Or at least that's how Nick from Dude Foods does it and I like his line of thinking. 

After all, an English muffin might have crispy nooks and crannies to catch all the gooey egg yolk and hollandaise sauce, but a grilled cheese sandwich has, well, grilled cheese and that's pretty much unbeatable. If you dig the flavor of butter, toast and a fried egg from an egg in a basket, then you'll love having those tastes combined with Canadian bacon, cheese and hollandaise. Though I think I'd reach for Swiss cheese over American.

Via Food Beast

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