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16 Awesomely Geeky Gingerbread Houses

We've already seen quite a few great geek gingerbread houses this year (Optimus Prime, the Breaking Bad motorhome, the Doctor Who/Sherlock mashup and Hogwarts), but this great Mashable article has plenty more that are still new to us -like this fantastic gingerbread TARDIS by Reddit user Fortunekitty.

I'm also partial to this great Shrodinger's Cat in a box by Redditor Cybertrash's parents. Of course, you have to be careful eating this one because you don't want to accidentally munch on a dead gingerbread cat just because it might be alive.

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Introducing Quirky the Blind Kitten

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We've already seen just how adorable and capable blind kittens can be when Oskar the Blind Kitten hit the scene back in 2011. But now following in his footsteps is Quirky, an adorable kitten who was born blind. Like Oskar though, little Quirky is still living a full, happy life.

The little kitten was born back in July and his owners adopted him when he was only five weeks old after the shelter considered putting him down because of his disability. Fortunately, now he is having a great time playing with toys and exploring the world in his own way.

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2013 In Play-Doh

What the Fox Say? Well, it's probably not Play-Doh, but the two certainly have something in common -they are two critical components of this great Mental Floss round up of the top ten moments of 2013 as recreated in Play-Doh. Obviously, What the Fox Say was part of the top moments, but you'll have to visit the link to find out what the rest are. 

I do have one issue with the list though. How is Jennifer Lawrence a moment of 2013? Especially when she started getting famous before this year?


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On the 12th Day of Christmas, the Die

While a lot of people think the Twelve Days of Christmas refers to the twelve days before the big day, it's actually the twelve days after. That means you still have enough time to order these great twelve-sided Days of Christmas dice made by Eric C. Harshbarger. He only charges $4 per die, which is a great deal for 11 pipers piping, 5 golden rings and all the rest.

He has all kinds of other great custom dice on his site as well if you prefer Wonderland, Zodiac signs and rock, paper, scissors instead.

Via BoingBoing


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Nutella Liqueur Is the Most Delicious Booze Ever

Nutella makes everything better -even booze. If you want to enjoy enjoy the delicious flavor of hazelnut and chocolate with vodka, you won't want to miss this great Celebration Generation recipe for creamy Nutella liqueur made with cream, sugar, vanilla, vodka and wonderful, wonderful chocolate hazelnut spread.

Even if you aren't big on the booze yourself, it can make a great gift for the liqueur and Nutella lovers in your life. Homemade gifts like these are always a good option for those who don't have money but still want to give something great.

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Parents Recreating Famous Movie Scenes With Their Baby

Every parent wants to capture every moment with their baby, but your baby's pictures probably aren't all that fascinating to everyone else you know no matter how many likes you get on Facebook. On the other hand, Lilly and Leon — of Cardboard Box Office figured out a clever way to make their baby's pictures entertaining to just about everyone.

That's because they recreate famous movie scenes with their baby and household objects and the resulting images are both adorable and hilarious. Seeing little Orson take on the role of Tom Hanks in Castaway, Mark Hamill in Star Wars and Bruce Willis in Die Hard is simply fantastic and a lot more entertaining than all the baby photos you are probably used to seeing.

Via Laughing Squid

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It Happens Every Year

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Artificial tree or real, every year, cats everywhere think Christmas trees are great new cat condos their loving owners bought them to play with. Unfortunately, Christmas trees just aren't made with that kind of weight in mind and most ornaments aren't made to survive a crash to the ground.

Fortunately for little Sesshomaru here, this tree doesn't have any ornaments on it yet, so he gets to learn his lesson about Christmas trees without suffering any serious injuries or crashing loud noises.

Via Laughing Squid

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14 Hilarious Family Christmas Photos

For some people, Christmas is a time for a quiet, solemn reflection on the deeper meaning of the holiday, but for others, it’s just another excuse to get silly with their families. Here are a few of our favorite funny family Christmas photos.

All is Calm

Plenty of parents dream of a silent night while their little angels are up in bed dreaming of sugar plums, but it rarely happens, especially when the kiddos are all ramped up on Christmas sugar cookies and the prospect of seeing Santa in the flesh. Michelle Jones thought up one way to guarantee she has at least one silent night this year –a little duct tape.

Ahhhh…Heavenly Peace

Here’s another take on the duct tape Christmas photo, this one complete with children tied in Christmas lights. Huffington Post reader adrianalizd claims this was the only way she could get the kids still and quiet enough to take a family photo.

Comfort and Joy

Don’t believe me that Christmas is never quiet with kids around? Just look at this joyous bunch photographed by Jamilia Jean.

Peace on Earth

Well, at least between humans. As Doctor Peter Venkman would point out though, when dogs and cats live together in harmony, it’s actually a sign of the apocalypse. So this card by Redditor Balls in A Blender’s cousin’s friend really just says everything is right with the world.

On the Naughty List

Of course, just because two animals are the same species doesn’t mean they’ll get along any better during the Christmas photo as Redditor ktgrl264’s picture proves.

This Card is on Fire

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Nothing Says "America" Like Double Shiny Bacon

McDonald's France just launched a new line of "American-themed" burgers that are supposedly served on Americanized breads. Granted, bagels are at least a little American -though we don't usually eat cheeseburgers on them, but I wasn't aware that shiny buns, like those in the Double Shiny Bacon are an American thing. Another weird one is the Double Cornbread BBQ, which isn't just served on cornbread, but also topped with corn chips.

While these might not actually be real classic sandwiches, the cornbread one does sound  pretty tasty actually. Still, I'm a little confused about the Double Shiny Bacon.

Via Eater

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Anchorman, As Told By Cats

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If you couldn't already tell, we at Neatorama are pretty excited about the new Anchorman movie. We already covered fan art based on the film and 20 things you might not know about the movie, and now it's time for a memetastic look at the masterpiece. That's right, it's time to see Ron Burgundy and the rest of the gang as played by cats thanks to The Pet Collective.

It's the same format as the cats who did The Hunger Games, only this time it involves staying classy in San Diego. Of course, we could watch cats take on pretty much every movie and stay entertained.

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10 Awesome Pieces of Decor You Can Make With Your Kids

Christmas is a great time to spend time with your family -especially your kids. If you're looking for some classy decor that you can actually make with your children, you won't want to miss our newest Homes and Hues article

Aside from some great decorations to class up your home, there are also a few cool ways to teach your kids about science. For example, these fire and ice lanterns by Mad in Crafts can teach your youngster about science and how water will freeze from the outside in. 

If you're having people over for the holidays, don't miss our post on 10 Easy Last-Minute Thanksgiving Centerpiece Ideas. While they're pretty focused on Fall, you could easily switch out the leaves and squashes for candy canes, pine branches and holly.

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No, You Can't Buy A Six Pack With An Alligator

A guy walks into a liquor store with an alligator and... no wait, that's not how this story goes, but it still sounds like a joke. 

A man in Florida (where else) walked into a convenience store Monday night and offered to trade the gator for a six pack of beer. He apparently found it at a nearby park and trapped it, thinking somehow it was the equivalent of a few cans of beer.

Don't worry though, the gator was no worse for the wear after his little adventure, but the man will be facing charges for illegally catching it.

Via The Consumerist


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A Real Flying TARDIS

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It might not actually be able to travel through time and spave, but to have a TARDIS that can at least take off into the air on its own is still one step closer to having our favorite blue spaceship become a reality. 

Of course, the next step is to develop one that's not made from styrofoam and that can actually land without crashing so we can actually ride it in while it's flying. While we'd all like to get to fly through new galaxies and forward and backwards into time, we have to go one step at a time and getting to fly across London in a TARDIS is certainly a step toward the future.

Via Geek Tyrant


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Get Back to Nature With the Striped Light

If a tree branch falls in your living room, can it light up the room? It can if it's designer Floris Wubben's Striped light. This stunning piece of furniture is made from one single tree branch that has been carefully modified as little as possible to create a lovely lamp that really brings you back to nature. The shade is made from the bark of the tree and masterly reshaped into a spiral that shades the light bulb and the base of the lamp is nothing more than the branch split into three pieces and spaced apart to provide stability.

Check out more gorgeous pictures of Striped over at Homes and Hues. And if you like home furnishings, don't miss these other cool articles on the site:


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Mini Eggnog Cheesecakes With A Gingerbread Crust

I don't know about the rest of you Neatoramanauts, but I simply can't get enough Christmas flavors during the holiday season -especially eggnog. That's why I'm always looking for recipes that allow me to enjoy these special flavors in as many forms as possible -like my eggnog pancakes

If you're tired of sitting back and sipping on eggnog and can't stand munching on dried out gingerbread houses, then you won't want to miss out on these beauties -mini eggnog cheesecakes with gingerbread cookie crusts. It's like all the best fatty foods of the holidays all rolled into one rich, heavenly cheesecake.

Best of all, I Wash You Dry's recipe is so simple and easy that these little treats only take about 20 minutes so you can be enjoying your delicious desserts in no time.

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The Pug Puppy Version of Elf

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We recently showed you what happens when a few adorable pug puppies take on the starring roles in Home Alone, but for all the youngsters out there (and Macaulay Culkin haters), this movie parody is a lot more relatable. 

Plus, in this pug-filled take on Elf, we get to see the baby pug playing the adopted father of Buddy the elf, which is pretty much the cutest thing in the whole world -even if that scene is actually relatively short. And, Zooey Deschanel haters will be relieved to see her replacement is far, far cuter -and I'm sure even many of her fans will agree.

Via Thought Catalog

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Understanding Satire Is Pretty Important In Politics

Whatever your alignment in the political spectrum, it's important to understand satire and to properly identify where you get your information and propaganda from. After all, you don't want to be one of those people ranting and raving about something you read in The Onion.

You also don't want to be the conservative National Liberty Foundation who found this image from Bioshock Infinite and decided to put it on their Facebook as though it was backing up their viewpoint. Unsurprisingly, when fans of the game got wind of this, they quickly started flocking to the group's Facebook page to start putting up sarcastic mocking comments pointing out how satirical and obviously racist the picture was intended to be (the entire goal of this artwork is to make you hate the villains in the game).

Since then, the group took down the post and has claimed they put it up on purpose as a promotion to inflame trolls to start advertising their group for them. While I doubt that was the original point, either way, it is true. Nothing gets you noticed more on the internet than a stupid political faux pas -especially when it includes a geeky pop culture reference. 

Via Geekosystem


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A Surreal Grass-Covered House

Ever wish you could take a step into an M.C. Escher drawing? Well this house in Frohnleiten, Austria might just be the closest you could ever get. The artificial turf laid on the exterior makes it match the grassy landscape where it sits. There are staircases all over the building, some sideways, some backwards and practically all of them going nowhere. And the windows all feature a second window laid on its side that hangs off the side of the building. 

Read more about the fantastic and chaotic building over at Homes and Hues.

Love dream homes? Then you'll love these other great houses we've covered as well:


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Mac N' Cheese In A Pumpkin

Homemade baked macaroni and cheese is pretty much the most amazing thing in the world -especially with a lot of good cheeses and some good pork products (ham, sausage or bacon) mixed in. If you really want to up the ante though, try ditching the glass pan and use a pumpkin instead. The sweet flavor of the pumpkin is particularly suited to salty, smoky pork meats and the rich, creamy flavor of the cheese. You can find a recipe over at Serious Eats, but don't feel obligated to stick with their choice of cheeses and meats.

I've found tht the more cheeses you work into a mac and cheese, the better it tastes -try to get at least five in there if you can.

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The Nativity Cats of Brooklyn

Away in a manger no crib for a cat...

Sisters Annette and Sue Amendola have been putting up a manger outside their home in Brooklyn for the past ten years or so, but over the last few years, the manger has become quite a neighborhood attraction and not because it's so accurate. Instead, people come to see the neighborhood stray cats that have taken over the scene and claimed it as their own -and do so every year. 

The cats don't put up with the baby Jesus stealing their limelight either -when he's in the hay, they simply knock him out of the way and take over the most comfortable seat in the scene.

If you happen to live in New York, you can check it out for yourself. The great scene can be found at 344 Van Brunt Street.

Via Refinery29

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The Floating Bookshelf

Like many designers, Yael Mer and Shay Alkalay of Raw Edges pull inspiration from the strangest places. For example, in their Bloom bookshelf, the team combined the style of a loom with the functionality of a bookshelf. Users adjust black rubber stoppers on each of the vertical cords to adjust the height of the books put on display. The books look like they are floating on a wire, bringing attention to the individual titles rather than the bookshelf itself.

You can read more about the bookshelf and see more cool pictures of it in use over at Homes and Hues. If you like this bookcase, you'll love some of these other home furnishings we've covered:


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Awesome Examples of Anchorman Fan Art

There are a lot of sequels to good movies out right now, from The Hunger Games to The Hobbit, but of all the sequels ever made, I’ve never been so excited to see Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. And I’m not alone. Fans of the original have been anxiously waiting for almost ten years to get to see the follow up to Ron Burgundy’s life and there’s plenty of fan art out there to prove it. Here’s some of our favorite.

60 Percent of the Time…

What would happen if Brian Fantana actually worked with Sex Panther to promote their cologne? I’m pretty sure it would look exactly like this fantastic mock ad by Jason Ortiz.

People Know Me

You know what really impresses the ladies? Status. But if someone doesn’t actually know who you are, you might have to spell it out for them by explaining how many leather bound books you have and which fine woods your apartment smells like. Otherwise, how will she know you’re a big deal?

When in doubt, just look to this great poster by Oliver Fritsch Gomez.

I’m Ron Burgundy?

Somebody looks like he just enjoyed a nice glass of scotchy scotch scotch. Artist Patrick Brown set about making this tribute to Ron Burgundy as soon as he heard the official announcement that Anchorman 2 was going to be a reality.

News Team Assemble!

It’s one thing to do a caricature that twists someone’s natural features into a funny face, but a good caricature actually shows off the personality of the subject. That’s what makes this caricature by Nolan Harris truly stand out from the rest.

Only the Names, Locations and Events Have Been Changed

As a native San Diegian, I particularly love this poster by Joe Simpson as it accurately reflects the skyline of America’s Finest City. By the way, San Diegians in particular have a pretty strong attachment to Anchorman because it has so many jokes and references to the city.

Discovered by the Germans in 1904

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A Beautifully Simple Solution to Covering Up An Ugly AC Unit

Air conditioning is great when it comes to comfort, but the exterior unit is a serious eyesore. But one couple, the creative minds behind House Pet, found a great way to make theirs significantly more attractive with a simple slatted wood cover. The lovely design is even easy to remove and store so it won't get messed up during the winter months.

You can find out more about how it was constructed over at our home design sister site, Homes and Hues. And don't miss these other great outdoor design ideas we have previously covered:


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Tis The Season to Be Tacky

It must be something about the ugly Christmas sweaters, fruitcake and white elephant gifts that just makes people want to lose all their class during the holiday season. But while most of us are content to don a trashy sweater and drink a little too much eggnog, some people like to go all out and let their hair express their tacky holiday message for them. 

If you're sick to death of the ugly sweater trend and are always looking for something bigger and uglier, you won't want to miss InventorSpot's great collection of absolutely hideous Christmas hairstyles


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The Story of Gollum, The Musical

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Smeagol was once a normal hobbit, but whereas Frodo and Bilbo had strong wills and good character, his weak moral compass let the ring destroy him in no time. While Gollum likes to think that he is the victim of backstabbing and trickery, he really is an evil character with no real moral ground to stand on.

Even so, it's always fun to hear a story from the villian's point of view and when it's sung and drawn together like this video, it makes for great entertainment, so sit back, relax and enjoy the story of Gollum.

Via Laughing Squid


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Heathers: The Musical Is Coming to Broadway Next Year

Well f- me gently with a chainsaw, this might just be the most nauseating thing I've heard all week; Heathers, the raunchy, over-the-top teen murder movie of the 80s is officially going to be made into a Broadway musical. Apparently it has already been running in Los Angeles and supposedly it's not all that bad. In fact, it even has some of the people behind Legally Blonde, Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical and Desperate Housewives

Even so, I don't know that I'd trust a Heathers without Winnona, Christian and Shannen in it. What about you guys?

Via The Mary Sue


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Hipster Santa Was Into Christmas Before It Was Cool

All season, I've been getting annoyed by the Santa in the Petco commercials. He's just too well-groomed and polished and his casual clothes are almost creepy. That being said, at least he's not a hipster.

With the classic beard and mustache, it was only a matter of time before those hipsters appropriated Santa's style. Still, I'm surprised Mr. Claus would take on their terrible style. 

In the upside, at least Hipster Claus would be above sweatshop labor and would go back to organic, homemade toys made by fair wage elf workers like those that were popular a hundred years or so ago.

You can get your hands on this great Hipster Claus card over at Etsy thanks to CandidCaleb.


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The Creeper TARDIS Cake

The TARDIS may be bigger on the inside, but a creeper explosion near the door would still wipe out a good part of the engine room and maybe even part of the console. This delightful Micecraft and Doctor Who mashup birthday cake was created by Curiaussiety Custom Cakes of Australia

That's not their only Minecraft cake, they have also made this fantastic enchantment table and a creeper head topped with Steve, a sword and a pig.

Not a Minecraft fan? Well you should still check out their other great cakes to find goodies like this cool Adventure Time cake.

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Happy Chanukwanzaasolsticemas

Feeling festive? So are Schnookie and Schotzie and they don't even care what holiday they're celebrating -though based on their outfits and choice of photo props, I'm guessing they prefer Christmas. These two sisters are both Havanese sisters belong to Neatorama reader Rich McFeathers, who was happy to have his little angels included in our Neatorama Christmas pet photos. 

Want to see your holiday pictures of your little fur babies here? Send them in to pictures to jill@neatorama.com.

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Another Year, Another Great Set of Fun Family Photos

Last year we saw the fatastically fun Christmas photos of Neatorama readers The Campanelli Family, who started taking pictures of their three puppies by the fireplace all the way back in 2006.

Every year since then, they've continued to take pictures of the pups and their twin boys who were born in 2008 in front of the same fireplace and with the pets and kids lined up in the same order. The result is a great set of fun themed family photos that allow you to watch the dogs and kids get older. 

While you can check out every year of the family's great Christmas card series in our previous post, I've included the first photo and last from the previous years as well as their newest Christmas card from this year here in case you don't feel like clicking through.

Merry Christmas to all of you Neatorama readers and if you want to see your own cute pet photos on Neatorama, feel free to send them to jill@neatorama.com.

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