There are a lot of clever Christmas displays out there this time of year, but it's still hard to find a Christmas tree this fantastic anywhere in America. You can find this giant salamander tree at the Kyoto Aquarium in Japan. The aquarium is known for weird promotions. In fact, they are the ones who made the fish hot dog back in August. The plush salamanders come in a variety of sizes, so the tree is actually a great way to demonstrate the great items by arranging them large to small.
A diamond is forever, but a dinosaur bone is ancient and if your love has an old soul (or a dinosaur fascination) then this wedding band is a perfect match. The design is by Jewelry by Johan, who sourced the bones he used for the rings from the Morrison Formation in Utah. The fossils date all the way back from the Jurassic Era over 65 million years ago. Prices range from $450 to $1800, which isn't that much considering how old the fossils are and that these beautiful bands are totally handmade.
Via Huffington Post
Cinnamon rolls are always are great breakfast option, especially during the winter. But if you want something really seasonal, try tweaking the recipe a touch like Crazy For Crust did with this great gingerbread spice cinnamon rolls with a maple frosting. Of course, if you're like most of us Neatorama writers, then you probably wouldn't mind making one change to the recipe -working a little bacon in there whether crumbled on top or baked in the middle of the roll itself. Especially because maple and bacon are so good together.
You know what I've always wanted -a training toilet that lets my baby use his iPad while he learns to go potty. Oh wait, that's an insane and idiotic idea... but it has still been made. And that's not the only utterly bizarre and terrible toy that was released this year. Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood rounded up the top 5 worst offenders, but I have to disagree about the Imaginext Mega Apatosaurus after all, battle dinosaurs are always awesome for kids of all ages no matter what the CCFC says.
I had the darnedest time trying to get my dog to sit, let alone teach him to balance things on his head. But I suppose once you teach your dog that, it's only one more step to get them to balance bigger and heavier items.
And when it comes to bigger, heavier item balancing, it's hard to beat Scout. He can balance just about anything on his head -even himself.
I don't know many humans who could keep this still with a flower vase on their head.
Of course, some things are harder to balance than others, at least, when it comes to trying not to eat delicious bacon.
Via Bored Panda
Thanksgiving might not even be over yet, but if you want a great geek ornament on your Christmas tree, you should probably order it now so you get it before you get your tree. With that in mind, here are some fantastic geek ornaments out there.
If you loved the Doctor Who episode Vincent and The Doctor, then you'll love this ornament from Etsy seller EchoBase showing Vincent's paiting of the exploding TARDIS.
Jingle death. Jingle death. Murder all the way. That's right, it's a great jingle bell Dalek ornament made and sold by sweetgeek.
You Can't Take the Christmas From Me
Is there any better form of sweet serenity than hanging Serenity on your tree? If you said no, head over to GingerPots' Etsy shop.
The Ornament That Lived
Did you start saying "Happy Christmas" after reading the phrase in Harry Potter? Then you'll love this ornament from LastYesterday.
Dashing Through the Floo
What's better than boring old pumpkin pie? Well, if you're a fan of cookies or cheesecake, you might just prefer these delicious pumpkin cheesecake stuffed cookies from Tahnycooks! They even feature a delicious maple sugar glaze on top to tie all those wonderful flavors together. While everyone will expect pie on Thanksgiving, it doesn't hurt to have a few other dessert options, and with something this rich and delicious, they are certain to be a hit.
Is your little geek ready to visit the Shire? Then try your hand at making this great The Quiet Book and The Ring to introduce your babe to the wonderful world of Middle Earth. We've already seen similar books for Doctor Who, Star Trek and Star Wars, but this time your child can explore fantasy instead of sci fi.
Find the elves in Rivendell and help them welcome their guests!
Will he or she be able to destroy the ring in Mt. Doom? Only time will tell.
Make sure to watch this video with your sound on or you'll be missing half the fun.
Everyone wants to play here and there, but sometimes it gets a little too hard. In the meanwhile, we can all enjoy the puppy's adorable little squeaks even if they are simply whines because he doesn't want to play anymore.
Of course, this kitty just might be sorry when the little puppy grows up and has learned from the kitty that "no" doesn't mean "no" when it comes to ending play time.
Via Laughing Squid
Remember the days before Google instant search, where you still had to speculate about what strange searches people performed? These days, we all have experience typing in the beginning of a Google search only to get a suggestion popping up that makes us wonder "what the heck?"
And that is precisely what makes these hilarious illustrations of odd auto-searches so darned hilarious. They not only feature some seriously strange searches, but also help visualize how hilarious the ideas behind these searches are.
Via Geeks Are Sexy
We've seen the real Mother of Dragons, but here's one little dragon that needs a mother to step in. He's in fantastic health. In fact, he's already breathing fire, putting him far ahead of the other dragons of his age.
The best thing about this hilarious baby cosplay is his fantastic facial expression that seems to say "What? I'm a dragon? When did this happen?" Let's just hope he doesn't let his fire go out of control while he tries to get a hold on his surprise.
Via Fashionably Geek
Nose-vember is almost at its end, but we still have a good week left to enjoy adorable animal noses before they're all gone, so with that in mind, it's time for another fun critter poll. So who has the cutest nose in the animal kingdom?
The Pinocchio Lizard
Image Via Cute Overload
Image Via Ianchongzi [Flickr]
Pig Nose Turtle
Image Via Rachid H [Flickr]
Image Via photon_de [Flickr]
Image Via 4Neus [Flickr]
Image Via morgangilnes [Flickr]
Image Via Astrid Kopp [Flickr]
Pugs (or Just Dogs in General)
Image Via *Claudie [Flickr]
Image Via synx508 [Flickr]
Image Via Gustavo Duran [Flickr]
Of course, if there are any you think I left off the list, please share your opinion in the comments.
It's been a while since we featured a Disneyland article, but after visiting the park for my birthday, I just knew I had to write an article on their holiday festivities. Aside from their amazing decorations, the Christmas-themed Small World, their holiday parade, a Christmas area in Big Thunder Ranch, holiday fireworks and the Nightmare Before Christmas Haunted Mansion, the park also added a Christmas theme to the Jungle Cruise for the first time ever. Plus, California Adventure has a new Christmas-themed World of Color as well as a Viva Navidad area filled with crafts, picture opportunities and more.
Even Downtown Disney is all decked out for the holidays with their little Christmas town-themed shops.
While it wasn't open yet, they even had an outdoor ice rink with a giant tree in the middle of it. Not bad considering it's not even in the park itself.
When you enter the park and walk past the train station, the first thing you see is the unbelievably huge Christmas tree. In fact, it's over 60 feet tall and has more than 70,000 lights and 2,000 ornaments!
As you walk down Main Street, you quickly notice that all the buildings are decorated with bows, ornaments and more. Even the interior of the shops and the display windows are spruced up. And, of course, there's tons of Christmas merchandise -even whole shops with nothing but holiday goodies. As you can see in the top image, even Sleeping Beauty's castle is covered in snow, icicle lights and ornaments.
I don't know about you guys, but I could certainly live without seeing the crew from The Breakfast Club getting back together ten years after they met in detention on that fateful day. Similarly, I'm pretty glad I never saw Ferris Bueller and Cameron take a day off in their 40's. And these are only two of the many terrible sequel ideas in this great Mental Floss article, although the worst almost certainly has to be the ET sequel that would have featured Elliot getting captured by evil aliens and ET having to rescue him.
Just wait until you see her when she was 25...va va voom! Oh, and 26 year-old Clint Eastwood, how you doin?
Whether you're older and just get a great sense of nostalgia from seeing these celebrities when they were younger or if you've never seen these actors looking so fine, this great article on So Bad So Good is sure to entertain you.
By the way, who knew that one of the most beautiful women in the world, Charlize Theron, was actually a huge nerd when she was 14? Though she was still pretty gorgeous even as a geek.
Yes, it does look a little like the Target logo, but this brilliantly fashionable yamulke is actually Christmas themed -you know, so when you're done combining Thanksgiving and Hanukkah into Thanksgivukkah, you can start celebrating Christmas and Hanukkah together. Come on people, the Yamaclaus is admittedly pretty cool, but can't we just give Hanukkah it's own thing again? No one's tried to combine Kwanzaa and Christmas yet. Though personally, I'd like to combine some fictional holidays together like Hogswatch and Festivus, now that sounds like a party.
Via Laughing Squid
One of the worst things about having a pet is having to let go of it when it gets old or sick. These creatures are our best friends and some of the only creatures in this world who truly do love us unconditionally and saying goodbye is never easy. But the memories we are left with make it worth coping with the painful end.
Photographer Sarah Ernhart has captured a variety of images of dpgs spending their final days with their loving humans and while heart-breaking, the series is simply beautiful. It really captures the friendship and love between people and their pets.
Having just put down my best friend earlier this month, I found it particularly touching to see this lovely photo series. So if viewing the images makes you cry, know that you're not alone. And on a final note, rest in peace my wonderful Percy.
If you love the TV show Bob's Burgers than you know that the Burger of the Day sign is one of the best running gags on the show. Aside from delightfully terrible puns, they also often have bizarre ingredient combinations, that often sound outrightly awful. Of course, on occassion they actually sound pretty amazing -save for the terrible puns.
That's why it's so great to see The Bob's Burger Experiment, a site dedicated to replicating all of the burgers on the show. While they only have a few pages of burgers so far, they started with some of the best, like the Pepper Don't Preach above, featuring black pepper and garlic topped with a creamy raspberry chevre and diced cherry peppers, and the So Much Thyme, So Little Parsley Burger below that has a mixture of garlic, olive oil, tomatoes, gruyere cheese, and parsley and is served with a time salad.
There's nothing quite so perfectly comforting on cool winter days as a thick, chunky stew. But sometimes you just want a snack, not a whole meal -especially if you're munching on the go. The good news is Cheetos has you covered with their new creamy stew flavor. Also, they probably won't send you to the hospital by erroding the lining of your stomach. The bad news, as you might have guessed based on the writing in the picture, is that they are only available in Japan like so many other heavenly snack flavors.
What's the turkey say? Apparently, meowbble and goof according to this fun Foodbeast article filled with all kinds of cats and dogs all decked out in their best turkey costumes. If you still haven't started feeling the vibe of Thanksgiving happiness permeating the air, this list will certainly help get you in the Turkey Day spirit.
Of course, this article might not get you ready for the physical demands of the food consumption required or even peak your appetite towards that purpose, but don't worry, we'll keep posting delicious food posts up until Thanksgiving so we have you covered there too.
Heeeeey sexy Santa! Looking for the ultimate ugly sweater to impress your friends at this year's ugly sweater party? It's hard to beat this sweater dress by Etsy seller SuburbanRefitters. In fact, I'm willing to bet you would win a prize for this Psyensationaly hideous dress. I particularly like that it is not only an ugly design, but also cheap-looking with tacky garland at the bottom and a Psy that looks like he's about to fall off the dress. Ordinarily this would be a bad thing, but when you're going for ugly, it's a huge plus.
Sure, the Doctor Who fiftieth anniversary special might not be a world-wide holiday, but for Whovians, it really should be. Fortunately, if you're scheduled to to work on Saturday during the show's premiere, you can now get out of your office thanks to this Doctor's note written by Tumblr user joebagofdonuts. Whether or not your boss gets that it's a Doctor Who joke or is dense enough to actually believe it is a real doctor's note is something you'll have to consider before actually printing this out and giving it to him or her.
Via Wil Wheaton
I don't know about you guys, but I think Axe smells simply foul. Unfortunately, thanks to their many effective marketing campaigns, all sorts of men wear it in excess. If you really want to attract the ladies though, you should instead reach for this new bacon deodorant by JD's, makers of Bacon Salt. The 24-hour protective Power Bacon is just what you need to wipe away that nasty sweat smell after you work out (or from participating in a competitive eating contest) and slather on that sexy smoked pig odor.
As the admittedly lengthy name implies, these delicious treats include Oreos, even if they aren't in their most common sandwich cookie form. Instead, the cookies are ground down into a paste, wrapped around fresh raspberries and then covered in white chocolate. In this picture, they are decorated for Christmas, but these delicious and decadent treats would also be great for Thanksgiving whether as an alternative to pies or an extra dessert option. You can learn how to make these yourself thanks to Butter, with a side of Bread.
There's nothing like a great photobomb -especially when it features an adorable animal. Pets Lady has a great collection of ten animal photobombs including some of the most famous ones ever taken. But don't worry, there's almost certainly some great ones you haven't seen before on the page.
Of course, that also means that many popular animal photobombs you probably enjoy won't be on the list. My personal favorite, the one above, is nowhere to be seen on the list, but that doesn't make their collection of photobombs any less fantastic.
If you’ve only seen the first movie, you probably know that the people in The Hunger Games are pretty hungry (unless they’re living in the Capitol), but you might not realize just how food is specifically mentioned in the books to illustrate the difference between the impoverished people living in the many districts and the wealthy urbanites in the Capitol. In fact, there are even a few cookbooks written about these foods.
If you’re ready to go check out The Hunger Games: Catching Fire premiere this weekend, consider getting in the spirit before you hit the theater with these delicious recipes inspired by The Hunger Games. I’d like to give a special thank you to Fictional Food, which specializes in recreating recipes from popular fictional sources.
Burnt Nut Raisin Bread
Easily the most famous food mentioned in The Hunger Games is the burnt bread Peeta gives to Katniss –even the movie showed this scene. Fictional Food has a great recipe for recreating these loaves, but you might want to skip the burning step unless you really want your food to be accurate to a fault.
The day before the reaping, Katniss goes out fishing, foraging and trading, returning home to a stew of fish and greens. She adds the strawberries and bread she collected while out to the meal, which makes Fictional Food's picture all the more authentic -and the recipe looks pretty accurate too.
Basil-Wrapped Goat Cheese
Only four pages into the first novel, Katniss’ sister, Prim, makes her a special treat for the reaping ceremony –basil wrapped goat cheese. Fictional Food’s recipe doesn’t just show you how to wrap basil around goat cheese (that would be way too easy), but also how to make your own goat cheese from scratch just like Prim.
Creamy Orange Chicken
Imagine living your whole life barely getting enough food to survive and then meeting with a stylist (Cinna) who pushes a button on a table to reveal this impressive spread. It’s no wonder Katniss immediately wonders “What it must be like, I wonder, to live in a world where food appears at the press of a button?”
While we might not be able to push a button and make our food appear, we can at least head to the store and buy all the ingredients for this luscious, creamy chicken and orange dish served with green peas and pearl onions and pudding the color of honey. In fact, the hardest thing for the chefs at Fictional Food to master was shaping the roll like a perfect flower.
Lamb Stew With Plums
In Katniss’ interview with Casear, he asks what impressed her the most since she arrived in the Capitol. When she answers “the lamb stew,” the host and audience laugh and Casear agrees that he too adores the stuff. This recipe by My Burning Kitchen adapted a Julia Child’s recipe to create this delicious-looking delight.
Last month, we showed you what 13 classic geek characters would look like as pin ups, and here's another one to add to the collection -Aquaman, well, at least the rule 63 version. Would she be Aquawoman then?
Either way, she certainly looks lovely and with the exception of the heels, her outfit looks like it would be perfect for lounging on the beach, below the waves or fighting crime. I do wonder if swimming in high heels is easier than walking in them though, because they do seem a little less than functional when it comes to performing superheroic feats.
Via Fashionably Geek
What's better than Minecraft? How about Minecraft mixed with Doctor Who? Well, maybe not everyone will agree, but if you're a Whovian who can't stop digging for diamonds, gold and dungeons (like me), you will. And this cake by the Regali Kitchen has all the Whovian Minecraftian goodness you can stand with wonderful blocks of fondant frosting and a nice Doctor avatar ready to take on a blocky weeping angel and Dalek. Just hope you don't end up biting into a block of diamond while you munch down.
Finally, a meaty burger with a bite. Just kidding. This delicious burger may be a feast for the eyes, but not for your tummy. If you're looking for a tasty treat for your favorite turtle, head over to the Etsy shop of Katie Bradley and grab this burger cozie. Of course, if you prefer tacos, crab, apples or other foods, she still has you covered no matter what your culinary preferences.
If you're looking for something a little more seasonal, Katie also sells roast turkey, reindeer and Santa hat kozies. She also sells birthday cake outfits so you can help your little turtle celebrate his or her many birthdays in style.
Via Serious Eats
These days, a $5 milkshake isn't all that unheard of, but Pulp Fiction is still a brilliant movie that (mostly) doesn't feel dated. If you're a big fan of the flick, you certainly won't want to miss this cool Uproxx article featuring 20 neat facts about Pulp Fiction. For example, Vincent Vega's Malibu seen in the film actually belonged to Tarantino and was stolen while the movie was in production -the car was only recovered by police earlier this year!
By the way, the note about Fruit Brute not being around any more isn't entirely true. They just re-released the product for Halloween this year. In fact, I have a box in my cupboard right now.
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