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Qwocktwo Is A Clock Perfect for Typography Nerds

What time is it? Time for some great design inspiration! And here it is in the form of a clever typography-based clock. The face comes in two colors -natural rust and gold leafing and the face is removable so you can even change out the battery and set the time easily.

The clock spells out the time for the viewer in plain English (and other languages too)  in a variety of fun phrases like "A Quarter Past Ten" or "It Is Five O'Clock."

See more cool pictures and read more about the limited edition design at Homes and Hues: The Qlocktwo Tells Time In Style


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The WokMon Can Make Your Stir Fry Seriously Wok

If you love stir frys, you've probably noticed that it's practically impossible to make a restaurant-quality one at home even if you have all the right ingredients and a wok. While some people claim it's the MSG (and it sometimes is), the real lacking element is the heat.

Chinese restaurants cook on incredibly high heat stoves that you can't get at home -until now. The WokMon is a great new design that can focus your stove's flames so you can get the high temperatures you need to make real Chinese dishes. Best of all, you don't even need to change out your existing stove. Just put the small piece over your burner and the large part on the grate to hold your wok for you and you're ready to go.

You can read more about the WokMon, including where to get your own over at Homes and Hues: Wok N' Roll At Home With the WokMon

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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This Origami House Is As Sharp As It Is Chic

Ever put a crease in the corner of a piece of paper and think? This would look awesome as a house? Well maybe you should because that's exactly what Yukio Hashimoto's F-House looks like and it is totally stunning.

The crisp exterior may be totally modern, but the interior follows many traditional Japanese design practices, making the home all too attractive for those who have a modern edge and traditional values. 

Of course, even if you know nothing about Japanese design, it's still easy to appreciate the simple beauty in this great house: A Home Inspired By A Folded Over Sheet of Paper


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10 Adorably Tiny Houses

When it comes to housing, most people live by the "bigger is better" mentality, but there are those who feel the exact opposite is true. While these tiny houses may not be for everyone, we can all appreciate the cozy, cute look of these minimalist residences.

Over at Homes and Hues, we've compiled a list of some of the coolest and most beautiful tiny houses around so you can see what you are missing with your spacious property. 

View the whole list at the link: 10 Tiny Homes That Are Filled With Serious Comforts


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The Views From the Sunshine Canyon Residence

Boulder, Colorado is known for its amazing scenery and this gorgeous house only seven miles out of town really takes advantage of these views. The home on the slope has floor-to-ceiling windows to really help frame the natural setting and it uses a number of eco-friendly techniques so it has a near-zero energy usage, even in the chilly Colorado winters. 

Check out more pictures of the beautiful house over at Homes and Hues: Amazing Views and Sleek Design In the Sunshine Canyon Residence


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This Shelving System Is So Square

Well, square, rectagle, circular, etc. Really, it's just pretty geometric. The modular system comes with 25 pieces you can mix and match however you see fit and each piece is designed for a different purpose. Designers Erik Olovsson and Kyuhyung Cho based the shapes in each block so they could provide a home for specific objects -a triangle to house an open book, for example. 

The end result is a cool-looking shelving system that is totally customizable. See more pictures of the ROOM Collection at Homes and Hues: A Delightful Geometric Modular Shelving System


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An Indoor Swimming Pool And Functional Floor Space

Indoor pools are awesome, but they also are a huge waste of space when you don't want to go swimming. If you have a mansion, that's no big deal, but for most people, space is a precious commodity. 

With the Hydrofloor though, any pool can be closed to look like a regular concrete or stone floor with just the push of a button. You can even stop the rising floor part of the way up to just make the pool more shallow -perfect for those who have children.

Check out more cool pictures of the design over at Homes and Hues: Don't Let Your Pool Take Up All Your Space -Try Hydrofloors Instead


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The 11 Weirdest Pieces of Celebrity Memorabilia

Some fans are content with a signed photo, a prop from their favorite TV show, or, at most, a lock of their favorite celebrity’s hair, others want something a little more personal –and often a lot creepier. Here are some of the weirdest pieces of celebrity memorabilia ever sold.

Michael Jackson’s Burnt Hair

Remember back in the 80s, when Michael Jackson, still the reigning King of Pop, had his hair catch fire while filming a Pepsi ad? Well, little did you know that the ad’s executive producer, Ralph Cohen, held on to a handful of those singed locks only to sell them to a collector for $1845 just after Jackson’s 2009 death.

A Lamp That Almost Burned Down Ozzy Osbourne’s House

In 2006, there was a small fire in the home of Ozzy Osbourne. The cause of the blaze was believed to be a bronze lamp that looks like a nude woman. In 2007, that very lamp went up for auction and sold for $2,500.

Suge Knight’s Underwear

The famous Death Row Records filed for bankruptcy in 2009, the company liquidated its assets, which, for some reason, included a pair of executive Suge Knight’s boxer-briefs. The auction neglected to say whether or not they were washed since he last wore them, but it’s unlikely that would have affected the purchase price, seeing as how they were listed at $5 and only sold for $1.

Illustrative image by Dancingwombatsrule [Wikipedia]

Justin Timberlake’s French Toast

Justin Timberlake may have brought sexy back, but I somehow doubt it rubbed off onto his half-eaten French toast, but apparently one fan disagrees, given that she was more than happy to spend $1,024 on his leftovers.

Illustrative image by Helga's Lobster Stew [Flickr]

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12 Bookcases Perfect for Kiddos

Whether your little one has a full library or just a few favorite books, a bookshelf is always handy for youngsters who like to read.

And over at Homes and Hues, we compiled some of the greatest bookcases for your favorite reader to enjoy in his or her own room.

From animals to artforms to a full over-the-bed igloo, these designs are sure to impress your little bookworm, so don't miss the full list: 12 Awesome Bookcases for Kids

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Live in the Clouds With the Pole House

This house looks like it's floating over the beach, but it's not. It's actually on a high cliff above the water -even across the street from the ocean. 

With a little clever engineering on behalf of F2 Architects though, the structure not only looks amazing from the ground level, but it also offers utterly amazing views. The floor-to-ceiling windows and pathway around the whole outside of the home ensure that these views aren't wasted either.

Best of all, if you like the pad, you can even rent it out if you happen to be visiting Australia any time soon. Want to learn more? Check out our coverage on Homes and Hues: The Pole House Is Up In The Clouds & Away From It All


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8 Fun Unofficial Disney Days

Disney parks are a great place to celebrate special occasions like anniversaries, birthdays and more, but they’re also a great place to make up an excuse to celebrate some of your favorite things. Whether it’s a subculture, a fashion, a British TV show, an epic wizarding tale or your sexual orientation, there are tons of great excuses to celebrate and meet people with similar interests and here are a few such organized meet ups.

Bats Day

Billing itself as the “largest dark subcultural event on the West Coast,” Bats Day is an annual event where goths, lolitas, rockabilies, steampunks and other subcultures with an interest in the darker things in life meet up at the park. There are three officially sanctioned photo events, one in front of the castle, one in front of the Haunted Mansion (with smaller groups) and one for the goth kiddos in front of the Sword in the Stone.

While originally just a meet up for goths, the event has gained a lot of steam over the years and now includes all number of subcultures and a number of events outside the park during that weekend, including a special dinner, a goth club night, a Black Market and an art show. Bats Day typically takes place in May, so if you want to visit the next one, check in on their website as it gets closer to that time of year.

Lolita Day

For Lolita purists who don’t want to deal with all the goths and other subculture folk there on Bats Day, Lolita Day is a dedicated day for those obsessed with the Japanese harajuku fashion. Scheduled to take place sometime in October, it’s also set during a month that’s much more suitable to wearing elaborate, layered dresses all day in Anaheim.  

It’s A Ska World After All

Do you think of dancing when someone yells “skank?” If so, be sure to dress up in your best two-tone gear and hit the Disneyland Park on September 21 and meet up with fellow rudies in the happiest place on Earth for It's A Ska World After All.  

Rock Around The Park

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The "Forever Alone" Pod Is Exactly What It Should Be

Life is great...except for all those people and realities you have to deal with. That's why we love this new "Forever Alone" pod that allows you a quiet, shut off space to enjoy your movies, video games, internet and other anti-social activities.

On Homes and Hues, we mention that the Cozy Room, as it is officially called, is actually a great place for working or studying at home while being able to shut off any distractions, but let's face it -for a lot of people getting away from other people is recreational in itself.

Read more about the new device at Homes and Hues: Need a Quiet Place to Study or Work? Try the Cozy Room


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Celebrate the NeatoShop's 2000th Facebook Follower With This Great Contest

Good news guys, it's contest time again! This time it's to celebrate the NeatoShop Facebook page getting 2000 fans in only a matter of months. We're offering up eight special Transformer toys from our most recent mystery box and a NeatoShop tee shirt. Each entry method in this contest qualifies you for a tee and toy. The contest ends on Friday, June 27 at 11:59 PM PST. 

Wanna play? Here's how you can qualify to win:

a Rafflecopter giveaway


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A Viewing Tower Designed to Inspire

If you couldn't tell already, over at Homes and Hues, we love slides and there's no exception when it comes to this amazing viewing tower/slide/clock combination found at the German campus of design company Vitra. The tower is supported by three columns, two of which meet to hold up the giant clock at the top. The tower has a great viewing platform that allows you to oveerlook the entire campus and when you're done, you can easy slide down the 100-foot-long spiral slide.

Find more pictures at Homes and Hues: Vitra Encourages Designers With A Cool New Slide


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A Beach Shack That Looks Better Than My House

This 700 square foot house might just be the most beautiful beach shack ever created. Its open floor plan and sliding walls allow residents to set up their privacy as they see fit and the glass walls make the guests feel like the tiny home is a lot more spacious as they enjoy unparalleled views of the sky and sea.

You can see more great photos of the beautiful home over at Homes and Hues: A Simply Gorgeous Tiny Beach Shack


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Pick Our Superhero Tattoo Contest Winner

Last week we announced our new superhero tattoo contest where you guys could submit your superhero tattoo photos for the chance to win a two NeatoShop tees of your choice. We finished collecting submissions, so now it's your chance to vote for your favorite. Voting ends on Tuesday night at 11:59 PM PST, so hurry up and vote!

Entry #1: The Silver Surfer

Entry #2: Batman

Entry #3: Wolverine

Entry #4: Ryu from Street Fighter

(He's from a game, but he technically has superpowers)

Entry #5: The Joker

Entry #6: Keenan

Keenan is this entrant's son

Entry #7: Superman

Entry #8: Spider-Man (Black Costume)

Entry #9: Spider-Man

Entry #10: Flight

This entrant's favorite superpower

So who should win our contest?











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9 Houses That Have Slides Inside Them

If you have a two-story home, you typically need stairs, a ladder, a ramp or an elevator to get up to the next floor, but going down can be a lot more of an adventure -especially if you revert to the old playground favorite, the slide. Over on Homes and Hues this week, we rounded up 9 Houses With Slides Inside so you can recall your childhood dream of having just such a home.

The slides are all fun-looking, but many of them are suprisingly sophisticated, showing that adding a little creative flair to your home doesn't mean it has to look like a playground. In fact, some of these places are downright chic.

Chic or not, I'd love to live in pretty much any of these awesome homes. How about you guys?

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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A Sink Strainer That Won't Leave Your Fingers Filthy

Sink strainers are critical for keeping your pipes clean, but no one wants to empty them out because the stuff inside is just utterly disgusting. But with the Tweak, you can pick up the strainer, squish the material into a cone and then flip out the gunk inside to empty it out.

The peice comes in two different sizes and a variety of colors and is so far only available on Kickstarter, where it has reached its funding goal four times over.

See more pictures at Homes and Hues: The Tweak Aims to Keep Your Hands Free From Nasty Sink Slime


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Fantasized Turns Trash Into Home Treasures

If you ever owned a desk fan or box fan, then you know their motor will eventually die and while resourceful people might be able to fix them, most people find it's cheaper and easier to get a new fan than fixing the old one. With so many fans inevitably ending up in the dump, it's nice to see someone turn them into something beautiful again, and that's exactly what the team at Fantasized does.

The group purchases fan guards from local scrap yards and plastic scraps from a local chair-making factory, supporting the local economy, and they then paint them and bring them to local artisans, who weave them into beautiful and useful home accessories.

Learn more about the concept and see more pictures at Homes and Hues: Discarded Fans Made Into Home Decor Products by Fantasized


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Fun Times At The San Diego County Fair

The famous San Diego fair is back in town and Zeon and I got a chance to check it out this weekend. As always, the trip was fun and we've come back with dozens of pictures of weird foods, cute animals and fun rides so you can sit back and enjoy the fair without ever leaving your home or office.

The Fabulous Food

This year, the big buzz was about the bacon-wrapped churro that was injected with Jack Daniels and served with whipped cream and a Jack Daniels dipping sauce. We didn't try it, but we did try a few other treats from the Bacon-A-Fair booth that made them.

If you couldn't tell by the name, this place loves bacon (just like us Neatorama writers). 

I tried the bacon-wrapped mushrooms that were stuffed with a little cheese and served with parmesean cheese. It was pretty much amazing although if I make it myself, I'd add in more cheese in the middle.

Meanwhile, Zeon tried the cheesy bacon bombs, which featured jack cheese wrapped in croissant dough and then wrapped in bacon before being deep fried. It was rich, bacony and as ooey-gooey as you'd expect.

Here are some of their other menu specialties. The chocolate-covered bacon is a little disappointing though, as the bacon is a little too thin to really get the full smokey flavor over all the chocolatey goodness.

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The Treehouse In The Lake

Treehouses are usually in trees, but this house in the lake is pretty darned amazing even if the only trees are hidden away in the bridge. The Treehouse Solling of Germany sits about 14 feet above the water's surface, offering a great view of the fish, critters and flowers of the forest. 

Inside, a number of beds and benches make the site cozy, while ample storage makes it a practical place to stay and an impressive skylight makes for incredible stargazing even on chilly nights.

Check out more pics of this great vacation spot over at Homes and Hues: A Treehouse That Springs From A Pond


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18 Great Ways to Save Space In A Small Home

If you live in a small space -whether by choice or neccessity, you know that it's important to make the most of every inch of your space. Sometimes though, it's hard to visualize what you could possibly doo with a small nook on the side of your fridge...

Or the baseboards under your kitchen cabinets...

And sometimes it's hard to find the space for everything you need in your home -like a desk. Over at Homes and Hues though, we have some solutions for making the most out of even the smallest living spaces. 

If you ever feel like you just can't find space for all of your stuff, don't miss our newest feature: 18 Space Saving Ideas Perfect for Any Small Home


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An Outdoor Shower That Hooks Up to An Ordinary Hose

If you have a pool, you need a shower to rinse off the chlorinated water before, but going in the house dripping wet isn't much of an option. That's where the Viteo Shower comes in.

This clever shower hooks into any outdoor hose and then turns on when you step on it. Just set it up outside your pool when you're going to go swimming and step on the platform when you want to wash.

Read more about the shower and how much it costs over at Homes and Hues: The Perfect Pool Accessory:An Outdoor Shower With No Installation Required


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The Most Amazing Geek Mansion Ever

From the outside, this Boca Raton mansion looks a lot like any other multi-million dollar property, but the mansion of ex-CEO of FriendFinder, Marc Bell has a serious geek side that might not appeal to the average buyer, but is just perfect for a nerd lord seeking his kingdom.

The eight bedroom, sixteen bathroom palace features a Star Trek theater, a Star Trek bar, a full size arcade, a Call of Duty gaming room and more. It can be yours for only $35 million.

You can see more of the great geeky goodness over at Homes and Hues: This Chic Star Trek Mansion Could Be Yours


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5 Great Luigi Tattoos

There's been a lot of press lately about Luigi's intimidating death stare featured in the new Mario Kart commercials, but when you think about it, can you really blame Luigi for being a triffle aggravated? After all, he's been stuck playing second fiddle to his shorter, chubbier brother for over thirty years.

After all this time, I think it's time to show Luigi that he's loved too. And here are some superfans with the ink to prove it.

On a side note: as with most tattoo posts, I rarely have the name of both the artist and the person with the tattoo, so if you have any info on these pieces, let me know in the comments.

This piece by Dorian is a fantastic example of why Luigi is so likable -he's never cocky and he's comfortable in his own skin.

At the same time, Luigi's never one to back down from a fight as this tattoo by Shannon Ritchie proves.

Of course, Luigi knows when it's best to run away as well as Heather Maranda, a reader of Mario Mayhem knows all too well.

That bravery comes at a cost too. After all those fights, Damian James knows that Luigi has suffered just as much in the name of the Princess -but he has to settle for Princess Daisy who is never even locked up in the same castle as Peach.

It makes you wonder, if you were this overlooked, wouldn't you also turn to smoking shrooms or some other substance that makes you see ghosts, monsters and man-eating flowers? Thanks John Gorman of Providence Tattoo for illustrating this point so well.

So maybe next time you see the Luigi Death Stare, cut the guy a break -he's had to deal with a lot of crap thanks to his big brother and he never complains. In fact, I think we should all aspire to be a bit more like Luigi.


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Show Us Your Super Ink & Win

We here at Neatorama know that many of you geek readers have geeky ink. That's why we were inspired by Harebrained Design's delightful Battoo tee shirt to launch a new contest based on your superhero tattoos.

Submit your superhero-inspired tattoo to jill@neatorama.com, post it in the comments for this post, or post it on the NeatoShop's Facebook wall -but hurry because all entries will need to be recieved by June 18, midnight PST.

The winner will be voted on by the Neatorama community, but if we get enough entries, we may also have a Neatorama employee favorite as well. Winners will receive two NeatoShop tees of their choosing.


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A Simple Way to Get Those Nasty Cable Boxes, Routers and Wires Out of the Way

Everyone needs a cable modem and router these days, but they aren't exactly the most beautiful things to look at. Fortunately, Sweet  Sanity has a solution that helps you hide the boxes and wires inside some simple, white storage boxes.

The solution is incredibly simple and easy to do with a box cutter. Find out more over at Homes and Hues: Hide Your Wireless Router Out of the Way With Beautiful Storage Boxes


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The Space-Saving Colander Every Kitchen Could Use

Pretty much every kitchen needs a colander, but they aren't exactly the easiest thing to store in your kitchen. With the RMDLO strainer though, you can strain and steam at your leisure and then just fold the whole thing up into something about the size of a ruler. As an added advantage, the design can even be pushed together on the sides so you can empty the strainer into a small container without any trouble. The piece will also work as a steamer by simply placing it on top of a bowl of water.

You can learn more about the clever design at Homes and Hues: A Colander That Won't Take Up Your Whole Cabinet


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28 Ways to Stay Cool With or Without An Air Conditioner

I don't know about the weather in your neck of the woods, but down here in Southern California, it's already shaping up to be a really warm summer. That's why I was so happy to put together our newest Homes and Hues feature: 28 Ways to Stay Cool This Summer.

While you'll have to head over to the site to get the full list, here are a few tips I find particularly useful:

  • Don’t cook indoors. Summer is the perfect time for grilling and it’s a great way to keep heat out of your house. If grilling isn’t an option, try using your microwave or set up your Crockpot or other electric appliances in your garage or somewhere else where they don’t heat up the house.
  • Take advantage of the basement. You might reserve this underground area for storage, but it’s generally a good 10-15 degrees cooler than the rest of the house, making it a perfect place to hide out during the peak of summer.
  • Add awnings. The U.S. Department of Energy says that adding awnings to your south- and west-facing windows can reduce solar heat gain in a home by 77%. Also, if you need to replace your windows any time soon, be sure to get double-paned windows, which provide better insulation.
  • Run your wrist under cool water for five seconds. One of your main veins is particularly close to the surface when it passes through your wrist, so cooling it down will spread the colder blood out throughout the rest of your body.
  • Think about snow (or swimming pools). The mind is a powerful tool and studies show that thinking about cool stuff can actually make us feel less warm.

Image Via Louish Pixel [Flickr]


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A Folding Bed That Converts Into An Ottoman

Folding couches are really heavy and uncomfortable for both the sitter and the sleepers, but this fantastic folding ottoman bed is great for putting your feet up and can provide a convenient sleeping space for your overnight guests that weigh up to 250 pounds.

Read more about the clever, space-saving design over at Homes and Hues: The Folding Ottoman Bed Provides Comfort for Residents and Guests Alike


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