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Text This Number With Any Subject and They'll Text You Back Artwork Depicting It

(Image via Jen Carlson)

It's hard to really enjoy artwork every day of our lives when we're so busy with our daily routines, but a new program from the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art invites you to interact with art in a quick, easy and fascinating way. With the "Send Me" feature, you simply send a text to 572-51 saying "send me [x]" and they will reply with a piece of art that depicts that subject. Even if you go to the museum on a regular basis, you're still likely to get back artwork you've never seen as only 5% of their collection is ever on display at a time.

Not every topic will get a result though. I tried "send me a racoon" and was told they didn't have anything in the collection matching it. Even so, most subjects will work.

Via Gothamist


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When Restaurants Go Too Far With Presentation

We have previously bemoaned what hipster restaurants have been doing to food, but there are so many terrible things restaurants have been doing with their presentation that it cannot possibly be limited to just one post.

Over on Bored Panda, you can find a list of over 180 absurd restaurant serving ideas and each one is more groanworthy than the next.

Even the ones that look delicious still look impossible to eat.

So see the full list of absurd food presentations over at the link.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Embarrassing Times People Didn't Know Who They Were Talking To

The problem with the internet is that anyone can voice an opinion to a huge audience. That simple fact also makes it so some people assume the person they're talking to has no background in what they are talking about -even when that person is actually a well-known expert in the topic.

Over on Bored Panda, you can see almost 30 ridiculous examples of this exact scenario, many that will leave you groaning. 

So see the whole list here.


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The Scariest Bridges in the World

Even a safe bridge can be scary to those with a fear of heights, but there's no denying that some bridges are scarier than others -and in fact, some can be terrifying to even those with a brave soul. Some span a massive gap high, high above the ground like the one above in Puente de Ojuela, Mexico...

and others are chilling because of the dangerous-looking building materials like the Hussaini Hanging Bridge in Pakistan.

So check out the full list of terrifying bridges over on Travel and Leisure


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This Kitty Wants to be a Pastry Chef

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Kitties tend to knead with their paws when they get petted, but this little fluffball has discovered a much more practical use for his kneading -baking! With this great food video, he was inspired to take his natural instincts to a whole new level. I'm just glad no one shot down his dreams by warning him that most people aren't going to want to eat bread filled with cat fur.

Via That's Nerdalicious

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You Can Help Giraffes in Kenya Without Ever Leaving Your Home

Giraffe populations have dropped drastically over the last 20 years. In fact, their numbers in Northern Kenya have dropped 70% over the last two decades. Researchers in the area have set up a number of camera traps to help them better understand the life of wild giraffes, but since every movement sets off the camera trap, there are a ton of images to go through -that's where you come in. You can watch the traps and help count wildlife in the footage on any computer, just go to Wildwatch Kenya and start helping giraffes and other wild animals.

So get started today!

Via San Diego Zoo

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These Cats Are 2 Fast and 2 Furious

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The Fast and The Furious series is one of those things that people either love or hate, but even if you can't stand all the drama and car chases, you might just love 2 Fast 2 Furryest, which features adorable felines in cars that are just too cool. But watch out for that last minute addition to the race, he's an outsider -a real rebel.

Via I Can Has Cheezburger

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Artist Replaces Jurassic Park Dinosaurs With Those From the Show Dinosaurs

Since Jurassic Park has been out for over 20 years, we all know exactly what those dinosaurs look like. But what if they weren't quite so accurate and instead looked like those lovably goofy dinosaurs from the 90s TV show, Dinosaurs?

Artist Jen Lewis took the steps neccessary to make the crossover none of us realized we needed. Personally, I just wish someone made this into a full video because that would be all too brilliant.

You can see the rest of the pics on Jen's Twitter.

Via Geek Tyrant


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Slater's 50/50 Introduces the Most 'Merican Food Since Apple Pie

Every year for the Fourth of July, Southern California burger chain Slater's 50/50 introduces a new version of their outrageous 'Merica burger that always includes a 100% bacon patty. In the past, that has meant adding bacon to the bun, cheese, sauce and any other place they could squeeze in a little extra smoked pork butt (including in coleslaw and baked bean toppings). This year though, they decided to work in the old expression "as American as apple pie" while creating the new 'Merica burger and the result is a 100% bacon patty topped with bacon apple pie filling and bacon American cheese all topped with a heaping scoop of vanilla ice cream (though you have to wonder why they didn't just go ahead and make bacon vanilla ice cream). If that sounds like too much bacon for you, then you can always try the bacon apple pie dog, which is made of a half beef/half bacon frank also topped with bacon apple pie filling and vanilla ice cream.

Find out more about the burger and where you can get it at Slater's 50/50

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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To Celebrate Canada Day, Tim Hortons' is Introducing A Poutine Doughnut

This Canada Day will mark the country's 150th anniversary. To celebrate, Tim Hortons' will be introducing a poutine doughnut -though, oddly, the savory and sweet treat will only be available in America. "Our new Canadian-inspired treats are a great way for Americans to get in on the 150th celebration of their friendly neighbour next door," said a representative in a statement. Canadians do get some treats to celebrate though, including maple Timbits, a white and red velvet muffin, a Dutchie doughnut and a Nanaimo bar doughnut.

You can read more about the restaurant's celebratory menu over on CBCNews 

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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SpongeBob and Patrick Would Be Nightmarish in Real Life

Whenever SpongeBob characters are shown "in real life" in the show or movies, they always appear as their real-life counterparts, be it a kitchen sponge, a starfish, a squirrel or a squid. But what if the characters were real with the same physical characteristics as the cartoons?

Well that's what artist Miguel Vasquez dreamed up in his incredible 3D creations. As you can see -the result is absolutely horrifying.

You can see more of the artist's work on his website.

Via Nerd Approved


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Fun Easter Eggs Hidden Inside of Disney's Guardians of the Galaxy Ride

Guardians of the Galaxy fans have been super excited about the recently open ride over at Disney's California Adventure, but whether you have visited or not, you still should know about some of the amazing Easter eggs hidden in the line for the ride that are great for both Disney fans and Marvel fans alike. Many of these secrets are well hidden, but if you read this Travel and Leisure article, you'll at least know what to keep an eye out for. 

The list has 25 Easter eggs, so you might not be able to remember them all, but it's still a great thing to read before your next trip to Anaheim. 


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Getting Dressed in the 1700s

You've seen tons of portraits of 18th century women like Martha Washington and Marie Antoinette, and while you know what their clothes look like, you probably have no idea how much work went into putting those dresses on. 

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This video shows just how complex it was to dress like a proper women of the 1700s and why any woman with the money absolutely had to have a maid to help dress her. One thing women didn't fuss with back then though -underwear, which is why the woman starts in her dressing gown.

Via Mental Floss


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If You Can't Stand the Heat, Stay Out of Arizona

Summer in Arizona is always pretty miserable, but the current heat wave is particularly awful. Temperatures have been getting as high as 120 degrees, which means asphalt can get up to 160 and car interiors can reach 200.

Those extreme conditions aren't just bad for people, they can also ground planes and destroy property. Over on The Daily Buzz, you can see a collection of pictures showing just how hot it is in Arizona. It's enough to make you enjoy the warm weather outside wherever you live -unless, of course, you actually live in AZ.

So see the Grand Canyon state in all its melty misery here.


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This Grown Man Makes An Amazing Flower Girl

Patrick Casey and his cousin Andria Farthing were ring bearer and flower girl at a wedding when they were kids. When Andria got engaged, she and Patrick knew who should be the flower girl. The result was adorable without being overly silly -even when Patrick put down the basket and threw handfuls of flowers from his pockets.

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He even included a throwback to the wedding they were in as children, saying “I used the same flower basket that she used when we were in that wedding together as children!”

Via Huffington Post


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Totally Innocent Things That Were Still Censored

When you look at this image, do you see George Washington nobly crossing the Delaware? Or do you see him showing off his erect penis? Well, one superintendent in the Muscogee County school district saw an erect penis and believed that for the good of his students, the painting featured in 2000 of his district's textbooks needed to be censored, so he had an art teacher paint over the offensive area in each of the books. 

And that's just one example of absolutely ridiculous examples of censorship featured on this TopTenz article. Also of note is the fact that Hitchcock actually had to fight to keep a toilet flush in the movie Psycho.

So don't miss 10 examples of innocent things being censored here.


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Fake Names Celebrities Like to Use At Hotels

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Celebrities can't just check into a hotel under their real name unless they want to be mobbed. That's why so many famous people use aliases when they check in. The name they choose is rarely random though and it can often say a lot about who they are -or at least how they want people to see them. 

Some celebrities like to go a little silly with their names -for example, Brad Pitt likes to use the moniker "Bryce Pilaf"and Johnny Depp is a fan of "Mr. Drip Noodle, Mr. Oddpong and Mr. Stench." Justin Timberlake's go-to name is a bit more clever as he likes to use "Mr. Woodpond." Meanwhile, Kid Rock's name is a tribute to Batman as he goes by "Dick Grayson" -Robin's birthname.

You can read the fake names of more celebrities over at Travel and Leisure.


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Former Disney Employees Discuss the Craziest Things They Saw on the Job

Disneyland may be the "happiest place on earth for visitors," but for employees, things are different. Over on Reddit, past Disney park employees recently discussed the most outrageous things they ever saw on the job. For those who think the Mouse represents a squeaky clean image, you might be surprised what those employees have seen. For example:

I worked on a ride where there was a holding area before the main room and ride. One night before close, apparently a guest had taken a shit in the holding room and everyone else tracked it through out whole queue and ride. We had to close early and every inch of our whole ride was sanitized that night. A guest seriously asked me, "There's poop on my flip flops... what do I do...?"

Many employees start off innocent when they come in, but then things like this change that:

[My] manager that told me I wasn't happy or cheerful enough so I should come in early to do a line of "pixie dust" before work. I showed up early to be a smartass, walk into her office and found her and a server doing lines of cocaine off the counter. I transferred as soon as I could but it was the same stuff in all the other areas as well. Disney still holds the title of most exciting job I've had. Over those 6 years I was assaulted, groped, bribed, spit at, whored out, and drugged. It was my sex, drugs, rock and roll experience.

You can read the full list of Reddit stories here, but be warned that many of the stories are NSFW.

Via Distractify


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Real Laws That Are Absolutely Absurd

Bureaucracy is a nightmare and it's not uncommon for stupid laws to become enacted even when they aren't ever actually enforced -or even can't be enforced legally. TopTenz recenly rounded up ten absolutely absurd laws (most of which are in the US) and you won't believe some of them. For example, in Utah, patrons can't see someone make their drinks because poor children might somehow be corrupted by witnessing someone make a martini, but not watching someone drink it. In 13 states, athiests can't run for office -except, they can according to the Supreme Court so none of these laws are valid.

So check out the full list of ten laws you won't believe are real over on TopTenz.


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The Best Movie Posters From the Last 10 Years

A good movie poster will intrigue potential viewers by revealing just enough about the movie to draw someone in without giving away any spoilers. 

Of course, a good poster should also incorporate great artwork and this list of movie posters with the best artwork from the last decade is a great look at how drastically different artwork can be while still looking amazing and serving to attract people to go see a new film. 

Even if you don't like some of the movies, you can still enjoy the impressive design choices that went into making it. 

So check out the full list of 50 posters here.


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The Alaskan Harbor Where Eagles Scavenge Like Seagulls

Most of the time when you see pictures of bald eagles, they look beautiful and majestic -like in the picture above. But over at Dutch Harbor, the bald eagles live like common seagulls, snagging food from residents' hands, picking out scraps from the trash and munching on the fish left on fishermen's boats.

In other words, they're anything but majestic symbols of patriotism in Dutch Harbor. You can see pictures of the scavenging eagles over on Wired.

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This Dog From Seattle Rides the Bus By Herself to go to the Park

Dogs are allowed to ride on the bus in Seattle when their humans come with them -the exception being Eclipse, who is actually allowed to ride the bus to the dog park all by herself with her own bus pass. It all started when her owner would take her to the park and get distracted at the bus stop -he would often miss the bus, but little Eclipse would jump on the bus and go to the park without her dad. Eclipse's owner would have to catch the next bus and meet her at the park later. 

Eventually, this happened enough times that Eclipse was given her own bus pass and given permission to just go to the park by herself. Her dad always catches up eventually, but Eclipse now has full independence to get there on her own time.

You can read more about this bus-riding cutie on PetsLady.

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Fun Science Projects You Can Do With Your Kids This Summer

If you have school-aged kids, then they're almost certainly out for summer. While some parents let their kiddos do whatever they want during summer break, those looking to keep the younster's minds stimulated might want to head over to Instructables and check out these six summer science projects that are interesting, educational and fun. They can learn about magnetic slime, flower disections, robotics and more!

So if you have kids sitting around bored and forgetting everything they learned last year in school, don't miss this great list.

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Ex-Teachers Reveal What Made Them Quit Teaching

Teaching isn't always easy and while it can be emotionally rewarding, it certainly isn't financially so -and sometimes, it's not even emotionally rewarding. Over on Reddit, ex-teachers recently discussed what it was that made them stop teaching and the answers are equal parts revealing and depressing. 

One of the worst examples:

I was in one of the worst schools in the nation... one day a little 6 year old girl told me that she and her sisters were being sold to men every night for as long as they could remember. I think something broke inside me that day. When I went to the principal to discuss a course of action (calling police, DFACS, etc.) she said she wanted me to keep my mouth shut. She was tired of her school "looking bad".

Edit: because so many people are asking, I immediately called the police and DFACS. The principal was later arrested on drug charges. But I had already quit at that point.

Another heartbreaking story:

I had a 6-year old pull a knife on me while screaming "I will kill you". This was the culmination of a lot of various incidents with the same kid. What was most infuriating was the parents claiming they had the sweetest little boy and that we (the school) must be liars for saying otherwise. Eventually he was transferred to a special school after we filed a report on the various incidents.

You can read all the rest of the stories here.

Via Distractify


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John Lithgow Could Have Played the Joker

(Image via David Shankbone)

It's hard to imagine anyone else besides Jack Nicholson as the Joker in Tim Burton's Batman, but as it turns out, he wasn't actually Burton's first choice. Instead, John Lithgow was his first choice. Lithgow turned down the role (as did Jack Nicholson at first), but now he regrets it, saying he had no idea the role would be so big. I'm sure it also didn't hurt that thanks to a profit-sharing agreement, Nicholson earned an amazing $50 million from the film.

You can read what John Lithgow had to say about the whole thing on Vulture.


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This Police Dog Was Fired for Being Too Nice -So He Was Given a Better Job

Not every pup that enters police dog training actually graduates. If their temperment is wrong or if they can't focus, they are kicked out of the program and adopted out to loving families. I even once owned a drug-sniffing dropout who had doggy ADHD and she was a great dog even if she wasn't fit to serve. 

Over in Australia, Gavel the dog had a similar story after getting booted from the police training program for being too darn nice. But Gavel spent his very early life at the official residence of the Queensland governor and when he became a dropout, he was quickly given a new home and a new job at his former residence -even requiring him to sign an official contract.

Gavel is now the Vice-Regal Dog, where he brings cheer to countless officials and visitors as a charming animal ambasador. "We hope Gavel's with us for a long, long time into the future,” Governor de Jersey said.  

You can read more about Gavel at Travel and Leisure or follow his adventures on the official Instagram of the Queensland Governor

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Tricks Grocery Stores Use to Get You to Buy More

Grocery stories aren't just in the business of selling people the every day basics they need, they're ultimately there to make money. That's why they use some very clever tricks to get people to buy more than they need and to buy things they don't actually need in the first place.

So how do they do it? Well, they use a lot of tricks, including pumping delicious smells like fresh baked bread into the air so you buy more impulsively, putting complimentary items like peanut butter and jelly next to one another so you always buy both at the same time, and spreading the items people buy most often throughout the store so you always have to walk through all the aisles to get what you need. 

You can get hip to all these tricks by reading this interesting TopTenz list.


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How Would Xenomorphs Wear Hats?

The people of the internet love fighting over stupid things that have no definitive answer, particularly things like if dogs wore pants, how would they wear them? Along the same lines, but even nerdier is the question of if xenomorphs wore hats, how would they wear them? Twitter user Ray :D offers some interesting options in the illustration above, but he does miss the double hat option provided by Nerd Approved:

What do you guys think is the most rational answer (and don't miss the really fancy version at Nerd Approved)?


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New Yorkers Find a Clever Work-Around to Subway Dog Carrier Laws

We previously talked about how New York created a law requiring all dogs on the subway to be in a carrier -and how clever residents just started carrying extra large bags to get around the law.

Over on PetsLady, you can see some truly delightful images of ways people have skirted the law including this pooch in an Ikea bag because I guess the law didn't specify that the dog's legs have to be inside the carrier with it.

Even when the carriers holding the pooches aren't preposterous, the results can be pretty precious. You never know where you might spot a cute little face looking back at you.

So check out the full gallery of hilarious "pet carrier" photos from the New York subway

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This Pikachu USB Plug is A Little Kinky

On paper, the idea of a Pikachu USB plug that fits into the wall with his ears is a good one, but not when you decide to put the USB port directly across from his ears. No matter which side you look at, there is something not right about this USB plug...

As Nerd Approved points out, that's not the only problem with the plug, there's also the whole being terrible for children thing as it encourages them to put random things in outlets and has very easy-to-swallow ear covers. Sure it may be designed for adults, but there's no denying that the design will appeal to kids who hopefully won't play with it in the wrong way.

You can see more pictures of it on Kotaku


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