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The World's Oldest Businesses

When you visit a business that's been around for a long time, you usually can make at least some assumptions about it -like the fact that it's reputable. But for us Americans, a business being around "a long time" means nothing compared to what it means in Europe or Asia. 

Over on Top Tenz, you can learn about some seriously old businesses, including the oldest pubs (which has been around in Ireland since about 900 AD) and the oldest hotel (which has been in Japan since 705 AD).


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Color the Owls, Pies and Lodges in the Twin Peaks Coloring Book

Adult coloring books are becoming all the rage, but some of us find abstract geometrical patterns to be a little bland. If you want to color something you love, why not go a little geeky and head over to Etsy? At estellemorrisshop, you can find Twin Peaks coloring books to color to your little murderous, oddball heart out. Of course, if you prefer paper dolls, she has those for sale as well only these adult toys feature Romeo and Juliet and Ghost World.


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Donuts on Top of Donuts on Top of Other Donuts: Donutception

What's better than a dozen donuts? How about a donut with a dozen donnuts on it? It's a baker's dozen donuts all in one sweet treat. The brilliant "Inception Donut” was created at The Cinnamon Snail in NYC. It's particularly fitting that it's served in New York City because that means you can get a donut on top of a donut on top of another donut before getting a pizza on top of pizza served inside some pizza.

Via That's Nerdalicious

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Newborn Octopuses Are As Strange and Wonderful As You Might Imagine

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Like many people on the internet, we here at Neatorama love octopuses. They are beautiful, intelligent and utterly strange creatures -and now you can see them as newborn babies -and as newborn as they get, considering that the video actually shows them leaving the egg. The life of an octopus isn't easy and most species die shortly after mating, but it's all worth it just to give this next generation a fair start on life.

Via Atlas Obscura

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Check Out These Awesome Pop Culture Crochet Dolls

There are a lot of amigurumi (crocheted dolls) on Etsy, but while you can probably find dozens of Batman dolls, I don't think I've ever seen a Big Lebowski doll, or the Log Lady from Twin Peaks.

And that's why I'm totally in love with Hooked Hands' Etsy shop. She also has dolls from Daria, Mad Max, Moonrise Kingdom and even one of Eazy E. Of course, if you have something even more off-the-radar, she does state that she makes custom commissions as well.


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The T-Rex Costume Taking Over the Internet

Move over horse head masks and cat videos, there's a new player on the scene -stupid videos and gifs starring a now legendary inflatable t-rex costume. The costume was released at the same as Jurassic World and has quickly garnered a legion of fans, including a whole sub-Reddit dedicated to the sweet suit.

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The Daily Dot was nice enough to put together a collection of some of the best t-rex costume moments and to include a link to the Amazon page where you can buy the suit and see even more absurd images of the dino in action.

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Finding Nemo in Emojis

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Some people love emojis and can't live without them. Others feel they're a terrible way to communicate and that the world was a lot better off before people started talking in pictograms. No matter what side of the emoji debate you stand on though you'll probably enjoy this delightful Disney animation that retells the story of Finding Nemo completely in emojis. Even if you can't figure out what they heck "Smiley heart peach kisses" means, you can almost certainly follow this simple and adorable story.


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8 Fun Facts About the Wizarding World of Harry Potter in Hollywood

A few months ago, Universal Studios Hollywood opened their version of the Wizarding World of Harry Potter, similar to the one in Orlando. I was lucky enough to visit a week ago and here are some awesome trivia bits I learned about the park partnered with some pictures I took there.

Hogwarts Seems Huge

Like the castles at Disney parks, Hogwarts is the main focal point of the attraction. To make it look particularly huge and impressive despite the fact that it's built at a quarter scale to what the "real" Hogwarts would be, the building takes advantage of forced perspective.

You Can Find Authentic Details at Every Turn

The winged birds at Hogwart's entrance are made from the same molds as the ones in the movie. The sweaters sold in the gift shop are made by the same company that produced the ones from the films. The broomsticks in the Three Broomsticks are made by the same team that made the ones for the films. It's kind of amazing how much effort they went into recreating the feeling of the films' settings.

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Can You Spot The Trump In This Pile of Tribbles?

What more is there to say about this glorious image other than the fact that Mental Floss just proved Donald Trump apparently has been a tribble this whole time?


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10 Awesome Owl Items on Etsy

Owls are amazing creatures both in reality and in myth. They're even a symbol of wisdom. If you're among the many people in the world who are obsessed with owls, you won't want to miss these awesome Etsy finds.

Barn Owl Ring

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Nesting Owl Dolls

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Curious Owl Painting

By MirzoevaArtBoutique

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Man's Penis Bit By Snake In Toilet

Talk about a buttload of nope, a man in Thailand was sitting down to use the restroom when a snake suddenly jumped up and bit his penis. That's right, the python climbed up through the toilet and latched its fangs into his man parts. 

Amazingly, both the man and the snake turned out ok, but the entire toilet had to be dismantled to get the lengthy animal free.

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This Star Wars Pug-Crawl is the Cutest Geek Dog Fest Ever

Only in Portland would a pub-crawl involve dressing pugs up as Star Wars characters and parading them down the street -and if that's what it means to keep Portland weird, I'm all in.

The event was well documented on Twitter and Fashionably Geek rounded up a few of the best costumes from the parade, including this amazing Bespin Cloud City pug that was apparently totally cool with being carried on his owner's shoulders all day.

A few owners even got in on the fun, like this Jabba the Hut partnered with his precious Salacious Crumb pup.

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Canada's Most Notorious Crow Steals Police Evidence

When Vancouver police shot a man weilding a knife at them, they probably thought the strangest part of the ordeal was over -but that was before a crow flew down and stole the knife from the crime scene. Police had to chase the bird 20 feet before it dropped the knife, only for it to return to the crime scene where it attempted to steal glasses and equipment of a news crew trying to cover the story.

It's believed the crow is the legendary Canuck of Vancouver, as he not only wears the same red identifcaton band, but is famous in the city for exactly this kind of pesty behavoir, as well as taking rides on the city's Sky Train. In fact, he's even stolen knives before as evidenced by the image above (the non-meme version can be found on the bird's Facebook here).

On a side note, Canuck is not the only bird to steal knives as i09 demonstrated back in 2012, which leaves me with a new phobia -being stabbed by a knife dropped by a bird flying above me. It could happen.

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Baby Gordon Ramsay

I think I found the new host for Master Chef Junior. 

Claire Dempster posted this adorable picture of her mini-chef on her Twitter account asking Gordon Ramsay if he happened to have been in Wales within the last ten months or so. Best of all, Ramsay himself replied stating that yes, he was actually there about 11 months ago.

Sure, it could just be a coincidence, but with an uncanny resemblance like that, I smell a conspiracy.

Via Thrillist

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Delightful and Brilliant Food Inventions to Look Forward to

We love ice cream, but it melts to easily and it could look more impressive. Guest of a Guest has a great list of futuristic food creations and while they're all pretty impressive, the idea of ice cream that doesn't melt is all too exciting -and glow in the dark ice cream is simply a delightful idea. Then again, fat-burning pizza is pretty promising too.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Reviews of Some of the World's Weirdest Beers

If you're into craft beers, then you know there are a lot of seriously weird beers out there. The thing is, some of those brews are actually amazing, while others are just plain nasty. Bon Appetit recently went ahead and taste tested some of the most bizarre brews on the market -from the one made with yeast out of the brewer's beard to the one made with a sheep dung-smoked whale testicle. They give you a good idea of which of these beers are actually good and which are just gimmicks -though each of these companies almost certainly has die-hard fans who will defend their brand until they die, so don't be surprised if you hear someone disagree entirely.

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The Best Apps to Use While on the Toilet

Some people still prefer to read magazines, books and newspapers while passing the time on the John, but for those who prefer something a little more technologically advanced, it's all about playing on your cell phone or tablet. The only problem is that some apps take too much time or require too much effort for typical bathroom sessions. If you're looking for the right app to use while you're going #2, this list is a lifesaver (you may even bookmark it so you can just download the apps while in the can). The ideas include everything from reading material to games and even sites to help you improve your movie streaming suggestions.


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The Cone of Shame Has Never Been So Stylish

I'm not sure if this cat is a hipster or if it's his owner, but I am sure that this handlebar meowstache has certainly made the Cone of Shame a lot more entertaing. Redditor Lexsi04 says that after her friend's cat went through surgery, they decided to have a little fun -and I'm glad they decided to share their fun with the world.

Via PetsLady

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Get With The Newest Fitness Trend: Sexercise!

You don't have to be in great shape to have sex, but it helps. Not to mention, the naughty activity itself burns calories and it can actually help you stay in shape. A new trend in fitness is actually taking advantage of that fact by encouraging partners to work out while hooking up. From Pornhub's new "Bangfit" app to actual exercise classes in a Crunch Fitness, sexercise is the new way to get in shape as you actually enjoy working out.

And while all the activities benefit with the assistance of a partner, sexercise offers plenty of ways to work out while solo as well. So what are you waiting for? Are you ready to hump your way thin?


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Transgendered Animals in Nature

With all the controversy around the transgendered bathroom issues, one thing that keeps coming up is the idea of whether or not it is "natural." In this matter, there really shouldn't be much argument. Aside from the fact that there are ample humans born intersexed, the idea that transexualism isn't prevelant in nature is wrong. 

This TopTenz article discuses ten animals that demonstrate examples of transexualism, whether through animals acting like members of the other sex (like garter snakes) or actually changing gender (like clownfish). The fact is, transgenderism is entirely natural and common in nature.

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The Worst As-Seen-On-TV Products Ever

Who doesn't need a good pair of Sauna pants? How about hair-colored spray paint? It's amazing what kind of absolute junk that has been sold on late night television in the past. Sure, there are some great products sold on televsion, but when it comes to the bad, it's hard to get much worse than the stuff on this list. But then, I'm sure someone had to think these items were good ideas or they wouldn't have been created in the first place.


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Some of the Most Controversial TV Episodes Ever

Sometimes TV shows are intentionally tasteless and scandalous, but sometimes semi-innocent shows still end up having truly shocking episodes here and there. Zimbio rounded up  some of the most controversial episides of all time. It shouldn't be surprising that Married With Children and Game of Thrones show up on the list, but Seinfeld and Downton Abbey also have a place there.


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Be the Belle of the Cosplay Ball With This Pokemon Gown

We've seen a litteral Poke Ball Gown before, but if you want to cosplay in full formal style while actually appearing as a character, be sure to head over to RageCostumes' store where you can get your hands on this incredible Venusaur Ball Gown that's sure to turn heads whether worn at a convention, a ball or an upcoming prom. Of course, with skills like this, if Venusaur isn't your favorite Pokemon, you might just be able to ask RageCostumes to custom-make you a Pokemon Ball Gown with your favorite character. Or just get this Princess Leia Gown (previously seen on Neatorama) instead.


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This Pizza Box Is Made Out of Pizza

The owner of Vinnie's Pizzeria, Sean Berthiaume, must have been channeling Xzbit earlier this week when he thought to himself, "Yo Dawg, I heard you liked pizza, so I put your pizza in a box made from pizza." But lo and behold here is the world's first ever entirely edible pizza box that really works as more of a pizza sandwich than a functional box.

This isn't Sean's first brush with pizza glory. In fact, just last year he introduced the pizza-topped with slices of smaller pizzas. One thing's for sure, when we finally enter a true world of pizzaception, it will be served up at Vinnie's.

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50 Nerds of Grey is Here to Turn You On and Off Again

There are those who think geeks aren't very sexual, but the reality is that the average person just doesn't understand their special kinks. Fortunately for the geeks looking for hot reading material (and those looking for new pickup lines to catch the geek of their dreams), there's a Twitter account called 50 Nerds of Grey just ready to get you as hot and bothered as an overloaded server.

Best of all for fans of the IT Crowd, the mere fact that it has Moss as the profile picture makes it nearly impossible to read without hearing his charmingly nasal voice in your head.

Via Geek Girls


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10 Disgusting Animal Defense Mechanisms

You always hear about the beauty and majesty of nature, but it's not always pretty. Sometimes nature is just plain icky. Here are some of the grossest ways animals protect themselves from predators.

1. Turkey Vultures

Image: Kevin Cole [Wikipedia]

Generally speaking, vomit may be gross, but it's not much of a defensive mechanism. That is, unless we're talking about the turkey vulture. These birds gorge themselves so much that if they have just eaten, they can no longer fly. That's why vomiting is one of their best lines of defense -it not only disgusts a potential predator with the foul-smelling, acidic substance but it also allows the vulture the chance to move way faster and possibly even fly. In fact, the regurgitation is so gross that the vulture will sometimes vomit right in the eyes of its enemies, which causes a horrible stinging sensation. Oddly, bald eagles will happily eat the regurgitated mess because apparently they would rather eat rotting meat covered in stinky stomach acid than hunt for themselves.

Sources: Wikipedia, Nature Mapping Foundation, How Stuff Works and Beauty of Birds

2. Fulmars

Image: Siman Wagen [Wikipedia]

Another bird that has mastered the art of defensive vomiting is the fulmar. The innocent-looking birds have a nasty talent -the ability to projectile vomit a foul-smelling, oily secretion on anyone that threatens them. They can even spray the junk up to ten feet. The orange oil not only smells like rotten fish, but also will not come off and even sticks to the feathers of other birds, making them unable to fly or swim so they either end up falling to their death or diving into the water only to drown. As you might imagine, the fulmar itself is immune to the sticky oil globbing up its feathers and in fact, it actually uses the secretion as a high-energy food source for both the young and adults.

Sources: Wikipedia and FMSA

3. Hagfishes

Image: kinskarije [Flickr]

Hagfish aren't just ugly fish with an appropriately ugly name, they also have one of the most unique defense abilities in the world -the ability to ooze massive amounts of slime. This might not seem like a super helpful defense, but the goo makes it difficult for predators to grip the hagfish and it can also smother their gills, suffocating underwater predators. The slime is so thick that the hagfish themselves sometimes die if they cannot squeeze off the excess slop fast enough -which they do by tying themselves in knots. A typical fish can emit up to 5.25 gallons of the sticky glop.

Sources: Wired, Wikipedia and Sea and Sky

4. Hairy Frogs

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The World's Most Impressive Bathrooms

In the words of a Charmin ad campaign, "we all go, why not enjoy the go?" And this incredible Lonely Planet list shows some of the best places in the world where you could really enjoy the go. From this eco-friendly toilet in British Columbia that will surely get you back in touch with nature to the Swiss outhouse offering unparallelled views of the Engadine Valley and the alps behind it, these are anything but your typical toilets. 

Sure, some of the destinations ask you to sacrifice a little privacy in exchange for the scenery, but when you get a once-in-a-lifetime bathroom experience like that, is it really asking too much?

 


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When Dogs Can Fly...Oh Wait, They Already Can

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Remember that time when the New Zealand SPCA taught dogs to drive to show how smart pooches are and that yes, you can teach an older dog new tricks? Well those crazy kiwis are at it again and this time they're teaching dogs to fly the friendly skies. 

The pups spent four months in a flight simulator before trying the real thing and were, of course, always under the protection and supervision of trainer Mark Vette.

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This Alligator Eating Another Alligator May Give You Nightmares

Nothing like a big bucket full of nope to get you going in the morning and this video of a giant alligator eating another alligator is about as "nope" as it gets.

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Alex Figueroa was taking a relaxing morning stroll at the Circle B Bar Reserve when he happened to stumble across this beautiful nature scene that looks more like it belongs in the movie Lake Placid than in a real nature video.

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Sometimes Social Media Workers Are Real Jerks

Most companies with social media channels try to be professional and courteous, even when customers are rude and horrible. But then, some companies just don't care and this hilarious Buzzfeed article shows just how extreme they can get when they decide not to play nice. 

Be warned, a lot of the language is not safe for work, but if you don't mind the bad words, you'll still get a good laugh from these tweets.


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