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This Chinchilla Lives In An Endless Summer

Chinchillas are adorably cute, but terribly strange creatures that can't handle heat or exposure to the slightest amounts of water. They tend to be happiest in their homelands of the dry, freezing Andes Mountains. But this little guy is a rebel. He's like Olaf from Frozen and dreams of a warm day on a cool beach.

While Bubu may not actually be able to enjoy a pool-side soak out in the hot summer sun, his human was nice enough to mimick the experience as well as possible with a cute little private pool and a fancy coconut cocktail. It may not be 100% real, but it's enough to make me jealous.

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The Worst Fictional Employers

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Labor Day is a great time to relax and appreciate your life outside of work, but it also can be a reminder of how much you hate your job -particularly if you can't do anything about it. If coming back to your job made you feel depressed about your workplace, just remember, it could be worse. To make you feel better, Flavorwire compiled a list of the ten worst workplaces in all of pop culture. Unsurprisingly, Clerks made the winning argument for the workplace that holds the top place on the list.

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15 Awesome Sand Castles Inspired by Disney and Pixar

The kids may be back to school and Labor Day may already have passed, but summer doesn't technically end until September 22. So if you're one of those procrastinators that still needs to get out to the beach, maybe these awesome Disney sand sculptures will give you the motivation you need to enjoy a little more summer before the season crawls to a close.


To announce the release of Brave back in 2012, Disney World made this impressive sculpture. Keys to the Magic Travel even noted that she knew the sculpture was real because after it rained that day, the art already needed a little repair.


Hans Veneman spotted this impressive Wall-E tribute at the Disney-themed European Sand Sculptures Festival in Noordwijk.

Sleeping Beauty

You'd have to be asleep to not appreciate the beauty of this amazing creation displayed at the European Sand Sculptures Festival in Noordwijk also photographed by Hans Veneman.


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Strange Fast Food Creations From Around the World

We love some crazy foods here at Neatorama, but I think even John would balk at some of the crazy fast food options available at restaurants around the globe. This TopTenz article featuring some of he most outrageous creations out there -like the questionable lobster burger and lobster and caviar sandwiches above that are from Wendy's Japan.

And if you think KFC's Double Down is crazy, just wait until you see the hot dog versions available in the Philippines that features cheese, honey mustard and a chicken and cheese hot dog all sandwiched in a fried chicken "bun." Then again, as crazy as this is, I expect to see it hit American stores any time now.

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Baconfest Was Everything It Was Cracked Up to Be

Did you know last Saturday was International Bacon Day? You would have if you went to the San Diego Baconfest that we previously wrote about. While they didn't feature any of the utterly insane bacon treats we wrote about a few weeks back, there were certainly some that could match them. Here's my account of the magical even that was Baconfest.

Upon entertaining the event, we were greeted by sampling booths by Hormel's Black Label Bacon -the event's biggest sponsor. While their bacon is good (particularly the jalapeno bacon that strangely tastes a bit like beef jerky), it was still the weakest part of the festival -even if you could just get handfuls of plain bacon to munch on. After all, if there's one thing better than bacon, it's bacon with other yumminess.

The festival was a lot bigger than I expected it to be -and a lot more crowded. In fact, it actually sold out the morning before the event. Even with the long lines though, there was still plenty of bacony goodness for all. My friend even figured out that there was something like 40 food and beer vendors. 

Of course, even with all those vendors and lines, not everyone could be popular. While there's nothing wrong with the idea of having fresh organic fruits and vegetables delivered to your door, a festival dedicated to greasy, cholesterol-filled meat might not be the best place to advertise it. 

One of the first bacon treats we encountered was actually one of our group's favorites from the whole event. The maple bourbon bacon stick was actually a thick slab of pork belly with a maple bacon sauce over it. It was heaven on a stick.

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12 Awesome Doctor Who Home Goods

We love Doctor Who -if you couldn't tell by the many, many Neatorama posts about stuff related to the show. If you're like us and can't get enough Who stuff, then you'd better check out our newest post over at Homes and Hues that features 12 different awesome things you can get for your home related to Doctor Who.

From shower caddies to remote controls, we can help you have every room of your house covered with Whovian goodness, so don't miss the full article on Homes and Hues: 12 Delightful Doctor Who Home Goods

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Previously Obese Animals That May Inspire You to Diet

Losing weight is never easy, which is why it can be so important to find some inspiration when you're trying to push through those hunger pains. Sometimes people get inspiration from other people who have gone through the journey, but it's easy to feel like those people would judge you for not being able to follow in their footsteps. If you're looking for a little motivation from someone who is sure to love you no matter how many times you take an undeserved cheat day, these ten critters who have gone through some serious weight loss might be just the ticket. 

Of course, even if these adorable weight loss success stories don't motivate you to drop your own spare tire, they're still adorable to look at.

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Now Your Pet Can Join The Rebellion or the Empire

We've previously posted the adorable works of Etsy seller iheartneedlework (see her celebratory hats and Frankenstein costume), but these great Darth and Leia hats are too cute to ignore. 

On the other hand, if you prefer Frozen over Star Wars (to each his own, I guess), you don't want to miss this adorable Olaf hat featuring the character's trademark goofball face.

You can even make your kitty into an amazing Little Mermaid.

Via Fashionably Geek

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Treehouses With Stunning Views

There are many places on earth that are technically vacation destinations, but more fantasies made into reality. Exotic treehouse resorts often fall into the later category and if you aren't so sure about that, then this incredible list of treehouse hotels on Flavorwire will almost certainly prove my point. 

Whether you dream of sleeping outdoors in tropical rainforests or in scifi-like spaces surrounded by pines, you'll certainly see somewhere you'd long to stay in this fantastic article.

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16 Hacks to Make Your Move More Simple

Moving is never easy, but the process can be made more simple when you know what you're doing. Over on Homes and Hues, we put together a few simple, but wonderful moving hacks to help speed up and simplify your next move. 

From getting the boxes to your first night in the new house, these tips cover ever step of the way. Even if you're not moving right now, it's worth bookmarking the tricks so you can save yourself some time and effort later, so don't miss the full list here: 16 Brilliant Moving Hacks

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Get Ready to Scream When You Watch Rats Crawling Through Toilets

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There are a lot of urban legends out there that aren't true -particularly when it comes to rats. Sometimes though, these stories are all too true. If you've ever heard rumors of rats crawling up through the sewers and into your toilet, you might have hoped they were some of those mythical tales like rats the size of poodles. Unfortunately, it's actual an all too common for rats to come into homes through the toilet.

Here's an all new reason to always leave your seat down and always look down before you sit down on the can.

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12 Outrageous Bacon Treats

If you couldn't tell by now, we here at Neatorama love bacon. That being said, these crazy bacon treats are almost too extreme even for us...of course, notice that I said almost, because these are all going to end up on the menu for our next Neatorama office party.


Arguably the most outrageous pork creation of all time, the Swineapple consists of a hollowed out pineapple stuffed with boneless, country-style ribs, wrapped in bacon and slow cooked on a grill. Josh Bush of It's All About Da Bacon made the original, and has since reworked the recipe multiple times to incorporate sausage, jalapenos and more.

Pork E. Pigskin

If you've ever had a whole roasted pig, you know they can be beyond delicious, but there are a lot of problems with making these yourself -they are huge, don't fit in the oven, take forever and they have too many bones with too little bacon. If you like the idea of putting a whole roasted pig on the dinner table, but don't like the hassle, try this Pork E. Pigskin instead. Grillocracy can explain how to make what they call the "cutest meal you'll ever enjoy," but the basic composition involves a hot pork sausage body, spicy sausage legs, ham ears, a pork rind tail and skin completely made of bacon.

No-Carb Bacon Burger

How do you make a bacon burger low-carb and beyond delicious? Cut out the bun and replace it with bacon. Grillocracy's crazy bacon bun burger adds a whopping 3 pounds of bacon to the mix, giving "bacon burger" a whole new meaning.

The 'Merica Burger

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10 Seriously Weird Jobs

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People always think it's weird when I tell them I'm a blogger. Half the time they either don't understand what that means or how anyone actually makes money doing it. That being said, I'd hate to try to explain "professional sleeper" or "human manequin" -and if I was a professional sex toy tester, I'd just have to lie about my job because that's just gonna result in some awkward conversations.

You can see the full list of weird jobs at the link, but if you don't want to watch something, you can always read it at TopTenz.

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The Best Books Assigned in High School

Ernest Hemmingway is a great author, one of the handful of writers commonly assigned to high schoolers that I actually enjoyed reading. I'm sure many of you other heavy readers feel the same -books are great, but assigned reading isn't always so good. That's why I love this great list of the best books assigned in high school. I personally would add Catcher in the Rye, but as all these things are subjective, I know not everyone agrees. That's why I'm curious to know what you guys think -what's the best book you were assigned to read in high school?

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The Facts Behind Disneyland Urban Legends

We've featured a whole lot of Disneyland facts, but one thing we haven't yet discussed are the many urban legends surrounding the park. This great LAist article tackles the subject, and reveals that some of the strange stories you may have heard about the Happiest Place on earth are, in fact, true. 

For example, the park is home to a large quantity of feral cats and people have been killed in multiple attactions across the park (though most were only declared dead at the hospital, which is the normal operating procedure for most hospitals -not a consipiracy on the part of Disneyland).

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How to Get 86% More Burrito for Free At Chipotle

If you love getting the most bang for your buck when you go out to eat, you'll want to discover this great Chipotle hack to get you 86% more buritto for free. Best of all, the process is pretty easy -just order a bowl with a double tortilla wrap on the side, then order half and half with the beans, rice and meats, and be sure to add the fajita veggies and corn salsa on top. Voila!

Via That's Nerdalicious

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Awesome Facts About Apocalypse Now

If you know anything about Apocalypse Now's creation, you probably already know that it was a pretty strange scene from the start. Even if you know about the drugs, blood and money problems on set, you probably still don't know all the fascinating facts from this great article. 

For example, did you know that Robert Redford, Jack Nicholson, Steve McQueen, and Al Pacino were all offered the role eventually played by Martin Sheen, but they all turned it down? Additionally, Harvey Keitel was cast in the role before Sheen, but he was eventually fired.

Check out the rest of the strange and interesting trivia over at Flavorwire.


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10 Weird Facts About the KKK

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The KKK is hardly a group to look up to, but like the Nazis, they're still interesting from a historical and political perspective. This article about the racist, terrorist group by TopTenz includes all kinds of fascinating facts, including the fact that even the KKK hates the Westboro Baptist Church, that Superman once took on the Klan or that the group even once tried to start their own country. You can watch the video above, but if you prefer to read, here's a text version of the article.

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10 Awesomely Cool Clock Designs

Clocks may have less relevance now that everyone is constantly glancing at their phones and cable boxes that have built-in time keepers, but that doesn't mean they aren't still useful -especially when it comes to adding a little style to your home.

That's why we decided to round up some of the most beautiful, creative and just downright cool clocks ever in our newest Homes and Hues article.

From clocks that look at you to those you can look through, these cool clocks are sure to make a statement even in an age where few people actually care to check the time anywhere but their phone screen.

So don't miss our round up of great timepieces over at Homes and Hues: 10 Crazy Cool Clock Designs

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Awesome Business Cards Perfect for Librarians

Sunday was Book Lover's Day and while we unfortunately missed it (in our defense, we were celebrating our tenth anniversary), other blogs didn't get distracted and had ample coverage of the event. One of the most fun articles celebrating the date was posted over on Flavorwire, where they shared some of the coolest business cards inspired by books.

Whether you're a librarian, writer, English teacher or just a fan of good literature, there are a whole lot of business cards to love in their list.

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These Tea Dragons Are Hoarding Tasty Leaves

If you drink tea, you know how delicious the different brews can be -and how unique one flavor profile is from another. That's why these amazing tea dragon illustrations by New Zealand artist Strangely Katie so perfectly capture the spirit of different tea varieties. 

As a tea drinker, it may seem strange to see your favorite brews portrayed as dragons, but when you look at the pictures, you'll likely notice just how strangely accurate the artist's depictions of each blend really are. Oolong should be a wise, mellow friend and Jasmine is refined, beautiful and serene. 

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The Coolest Superhero Vehicles of All Time

I don't know about you guys, but I fell in love with Black Beauty (the Green Hornet's car, not the horse) the second I saw it. How could you not love a gorgeous black Chrysler adorned with weapons and gadgets? Of course, a Batmobile would also be pretty incredible as far as style and gadgetry are concerned.

Honestly, I'd pretty much love any of the amazing superhero vehicles on this great TopTenz list, but I'm curious, which one would you prefer?

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8 Amazing Isolated Places to Stay the Night

We all wish we could live in our own little bubble sometimes and that's why our newest Homes and Hues post rounded up some of the most isolated homes, lodges and monasteries out there.

Sure, not all of them are full-time residences, but all of them are equipped with beds for staying the night -and they're all fantastic places to fantasize about leaving the rest of the world behind. 

In fact, fantasizing about staying in these incredible isolated locales is often better than actually trying to hole up there, as many of these places are so out there that they've actually become tourist attractions!

So don't miss the full list over at Homes and Hues: 8 Amazing Isolated Lodges, Homes and Monasteries

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Skating Kitchen = Skitchen

Have you ever wondered what happens when your kitchen is left all alone? Artist Benoit Jammes immagines that our fruits and veggies are not only alive, but active. In fact, he thinks they're taking advantage of the curves, ramps and dips in our kitchens to perform some epic skating tricks.

The series is called Skitchen and while it's adorable over all, there is at least one messy accident -this is why you wear helmets kids!

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These Shoes Were Made for Scaring And That's Just What They'll Do

Some people are terrified of any clown they see. I'm not one of those people, but I still see what makes some clowns scary -especially ones with red eyes and skull-like faces. These delightful clown shoes make the most of people's fear in a terrifyingly awesome fashion accessory. 

At $175, the shoes might be a little scary to your wallet too, but it's worth it for a one-of-a-kind pair of kicks that are sure to give people nightmares every time you wear them.

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Are You Ready for Bacon Fest?

If you weren't already aware, it's time you should know that we here at Neatoama love bacon. In fact, we love bacon so much, we're thrilled to be attending a festival dedicated exclusively to the tasty meat. If you're as passionate about fried pork strips as we are, then you might want to head out to San Diego next month to join us at the San Diego Bacon Fest

While there, you could enjoy unlimited free samples from some of the best restaurants and breweries in San Diego -including Brulee of Bacon, Bacon Sushi Rolls, and even a beer brewed with bacon in it!

Of course, if you miss the event, we'll feature pictures and stories from the event, but your tastebuds wil never forgive you. 

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Royal Titles Fit Pets Better Than People

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John Oliver recently discussed the British House of Lords, which is something few Americans are familiar with. One of the oddest aspects (at least, to Americans) of the House of Lords is their official titles that sound equally pompous and preposterous. Never has this point been quite so well illustrated than in the "And Now" segment of the show, where he demonstrated that these names actually work better for adorable pet names than actual titles for people.

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Amazing Underground Wonders From Around the Globe

As humans, we tend to focus on the world we can see -that which is hidden underground is often forgotten about all together, but this great Travel and Leisure article shows the beauty and wonder that often hides right under our feet. 

From salt mines to underground rivers and from crystals taller than some homes to crypts adorned with human remains, the article shows how fascinating the world below us is.

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Insanely Expensive Versions of Normal Things

Summertime is a great time for munching hot dogs, but if they just aren't classy enough for your tastes, you can always try heading to Washington where you can get your hands on a $169 dog that features wagyu beef, foie gras, shaved black truffle and caviar. 

Food that fancy shouldn't exit your body into a normal toilet, so you'd better have this $6,500 toilet equipped with an air deodorizer, heated seat, and even a nightlight. 

These are only a few of the many absurdly expensive versions of normal products featured in this great  TopTenz article.

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12 Kitchen Gadgets That Are As Unnecessary as They Are Awesome

I'm willing to bet that no one ever started to cook dinner only to think, 'I don't have any way to turn my food into mock-caviar though, so I guess I shouldn't even bother.' But whether or not you have need of the Imperial Spherificator, it hardly changes the fact that the product is pretty darn cool and desirable. Similarly, it's pretty easy to carve a watermelon and use it as a punch bowl, but somehow, tapping it like a keg just seems infinately cooler -hence the creation of this tapping kit.

The bottom line is that just because you don't need some kind of kitchen doodad doesn't mean you won't desperately want it. And over on Homes and Hues, we rounded up some of the most clever, cool and unnecessary kitchen tools out there: 12 Cool Kitchen Tools We Desperately Want But Absolutely Don't Need

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