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12 Great Easter Crafts You Can Do With Your Kiddos

Easter Sunday is almost here and that means it's time to get decorating. While we covered some easy and classy decorations on Homes and Hues last year, that article overlooked one of the greatest parts of the holiday -spending time with your children.

That's why this year's Easter decorating article focuses on kid-friendly crafts that you can do together. From simple foam window decorations to beautiful flower displays that can teach kids a little bit about botany, we're sure you'll find some kind of children's activity that you and your little ones can enjoy together.

So don't miss the whole list over at Homes and Hues: 12 Fun Easter Crafts You Can Do With Your Kids

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Say "Hello" to the World's Most Photographed Tarantula

Pandora is a tarantula. She is also a model. Those two factors aren't coincidence. Pandora's owner was once afraid of spiders but eventually not only overcame her fear, but also came to love the creatures and adopt dozens of them as pets.

In an effort to get others to overcome their fear of spiders and hopefully come to love the creatures, she started taking pictures of her pets. She soon discovered that Pandora was a perfect model and in the process started posting delightful photos of her baby on Facebook and Tumblr.

Of course, if you're terrified of spiders, it's hard to say if some of her horror-themed shoots will really help, but at least they'll let you see the creatures in an entirely new light.

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Everyone Needs A Hair Octopus

John has previously shown us what happens when we turn hair into horses, but what happens when you top it with an octopus? Amazingness. Yes, that's right. Amazingness is what happens when you top your hair with a fancy fancinator that looks like hair that is shaped just like an octopus. That sounds confusing. Just look at the pictures on DeviantArt and know you can get them on Etsy.

 Via Incredible Things


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Dogs Look Surprisingly Beautiful With Hair Buns

As someone with hair down to her waist, I pretty much live with my hair in a bun. That being said, I don't think I could ever even begin to compete with the gorgeous hairstyles on these precious pups -particularly that one up at the top there who could easily be a model for the perfect donut bun.

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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13 Animals Grumpier Than Grumpy Cat

Some animals, like the Quokkas and red pandas, couldn't look grumpy if they tried. While we love them for making us smile, sometimes you need a Grumpy Cat to remind you that everyone has bad days and only idiots smile all the time. Of course, when you're really having a bad day, just one grumpy cat still isn't enough.

That's where this great article from the San Diego Zoo comes in -giving you even more grumpy critters to make your frown into more of a scowling smirk. Granted, some of these animals might not actually look quite as grumpy as the legendary Grumpy Cat herself, but they're still in a bad enough mood to make me feel better.

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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Tattooed Senior Citizens Show What Happens As Tattoos Age

The people who hate tattoos are frequently heard asking those with ink, "but what will it look like when you're older?" It's a smug argument that hopes to illicit worry from body art fans who worry about their looks. Thanks to Hefty though, tattoo fans can finally answer that question with an equally smug "hopefully as good as these senior citizen's ink."

Indeed, all 16 of the senior citizens featured in the article have wonderful body art that seems no less impressive despite their aged skin. Of course, I'm sure your results may vary based on how well you take care of your skin, but that's the case with or without tattoos.


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The Ultimate Mod Skyrim Game

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A few years back, I wrote a Neatorama article featuring some of the weirdest and coolest video game mods out there. Many of the best mods were on Skyrim, which continues to be one of the best selling (and most epic) games of all time, but at the time, it seemed unlikely that anyone would be mad enoug to combine all of these outrageous mods to make Skyrim into an outrageous and hilarious world of mayhem. This video shows what happens when someone does just that. Be prepared for Thomas the Tank, Randy "Macho Man" Savage, Master Cheif, Sonic the Hedgehog and more madness. 

Warning: Language is definately NSFW, but the commentary is utterly hilarious, so leave it on if you can get away with listening to that many curse words.

Via Nerd Approved


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This Lost Cat Traveled Across America Before Being Returned Home

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Kevin is an orange tabby that disappeared from his South Carolina home back in 2013. What makes Kevin different from the hundreds of other kitties that go missing isn't just that he was found two years later, but also that he was discovered on the California/Arizona border.

Somehow this frisky feline managed to travel most of the country before hiding in a truck trailer that was subject to a food and agriculture check on the state border. The inspector at the border asked the driver to open his trailer and only then were Kevin's muffled meows heard. 

Two non-profit agencies have pitched in to help send Kevin back home to Southern Carolina where his shocked owner is happy to have him back after thinking she'd never see him again.

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Behold the Power of the Beef-Stuffed Onion Ring

Onion rings are a fine accompaniment to a good burger, but you know what's better? Having a burger stuffed inside an oversized onion ring. As if wrapping your burger in an onion before battering it and deep frying it wasn't fattening enough, the creator, Tym Bussanich, even wrapped the burger patty in bacon before adding the onion ring. The mad food scientist even has other creations like a burger using an onion ring bun and chili-stuffed onion rings on his Instagram so fatty food addicts will want to start following him ASAP.

Via That's Nerdalicious

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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10 Popular Foods That Are Surprisingly Dangerous

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What do cashews, potatoes, tomatoes, apples, almonds, cherries and mushrooms have in common? They're all surprizingly dangerous. Sure, if you eat the ones sold in your local grocery store, you'll be fine, but parts of all of these plants contain dangerous chemicals that could actually kill you. For example, cherry pits and raw almonds both contain deadly cyanide. Learn the full details from the video or visit TopTenz for a text version.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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13 Pieces of Home Decor Inspired by Video Games

I don't know about you guys, but I still have a special place in my heart for old school games. My personal favorites are for Pac-Man and Bubble Bobble, but like most retro gaming fans, I also enjoy a good Mario or Tetris game. 

Those that share an adoration of old school gaming will love our newest Homes and Hues article, as it features 13 home decor designs inspired by classic video games.

Whatever your favorite game and no matter what type of decor you're looking for, we're willing to bet that there's something in the list that will tickle your fancy so don't miss the full list at Homes and Hues: 13 Fun Pieces of Classic Video Game Home Decor


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These Animals Are Just A Bunch of Lazy Bums

There's something to be said about being clever, but the freeloaders featured on this Awkward Family Photos are just taking things a bit too far.

I mean, come on critters, you were born with legs for a reason. Is it really asking that much for you to walk, swim or fly on your own?

I guess it just goes to show that humans aren't the only species who have a lazy streak, so maybe we should cut our low-energy friends a little slack -after all, they're just acting natural.

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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Ten Cool Facts That Might Make You Want to Visit Antarctica

No, this isn't a picture of some kind of horrible environmental disaster, nor is it Photoshop. In fact, this photo of a "bloodfall" portrays Antarctica in its pristine, natural state. It's a result of a water source low in oxygen and high in iron that has a whole colony of microbes that survive on the iron and sulfur in the water.

Antarctica is also a great place to look for meteorites as they don't get covered with dirt or mixed in with other rocks -and, best of all, they contrast with the ice cover on the world's coldest continent. 

Are your interests in Antarctica peaked? If so, you won't want to miss this cool article on TopTenz featuring 10 cool bits of trivia about Antarctica


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Finally Salad Looks Fun to Eat

Salads are good for you, but they are rarely fun and exciting. But thanks to the modern miracle of 3D printers, that may very well change soon. That's Nerdalicious reports that Food Designer Chloé Rutzerveld created these clever 3D printed crackers that have living organisms inside the pod, such as seeds, spores and yeast on the inside. These organisms sprout and grow a living, miniature salad within three to four days of the printing.

It could still be a decade before these make their way to your dinner plates, but we're loving the idea of a salad hidden within the walls of a fresh cracker.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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7 Cool Pieces of Tech You Can Use to Make Your Home More Green

The patern in the water pouring from the faucet pictured above looks too beautiful to be real, but it is all too real thanks to the use of two turbines in the spout. They not only make the water leaving the faucet look incredible, but they also reduce water usage by up to 15%.

Meanwhile, this programable thermostat doesn't just learn your patterns to minimize unneccessary energy usage, it also automatically shuts off when no one's home. You can even control it away from home with your smartphone.

These cool technologies are only two of the many items we rounded up for our newest Homes and Hues article: 7 Great Green Home Technologies


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That's My Kind of Princess!

Now isn't she a pretty, pretty princess? I've seen tons of Barbie cakes, but never a kaiju princess like this one. And who wouldn't prefer a Japanese superbabe like this one? We'd better hope she gets a nice present or else this princess might just take down the city. 

This image was uploaded by Imgur user CaptainShadow. No word on who made it though.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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9 Cool Pieces of Multi-Purpose Furniture

Why settle for a piece of furniture that only serves one purpose when you can have a piece that does more functions? That's why over at Homes and Hues, we rounded up nine handy pieces of furniture that can each be used for more than their obvious intended purpose.

There's a bed that can become a desk, a table that's also a wine rack, or a crib that can grow along with the child and eventually turn into a full-sized bed. There's even a table with removable glass panels that can be switched out and used as dishes, vases or other useful options.

Don't miss the full list over at Homes and Hues: 9 Neat Pieces of Multipurpose Furniture


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That's One Adorably Scary Cake

Freddy Cuteger is equal parts scary and adorable in this amazing cake by the Black Cherry Cake Company. This creepy cutie was created as the company's submission in a movie-themed cake competition. I don't know if he won or not, but he certainly should have and if he didn't, those judges better drink a little coffee because I hear Freddy has been known to visit people in their dreams and mark his territory all over their dream destination.

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The Worst Real Estate Photos of All Time

We've all heard the term "fixer upper," but this Oddee article with 13 horrible real estate photos really tests the limits of the phrase. I mean, it's one thing to have to remove popcorn ceilings and do a little roof work, but when you're actually growing a garden in your living room...you might be better off condeming the whole house.

Of course, sometimes you might be better off stripping down the house before selling it if the previous owners rennovated it to look absolutely horrible -say, by installing a swastica in the shower, for example.


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The Great Geeky Rings of Paul Michael Design

It takes a special kind of lady to want a Stargate, Star Wars, World of Warcraft or Doctor Who engagement or wedding ring, but when you find that girl, you'd better hurry up and put a ring on it. As for where to get a ring featuring such symbolism, that's easy -just head over to Paul Michael's Etsy shop where you can buy all kinds of great geek jewelry or even commission the skilled jewelry artist to make you a special geek design for your sweetie.

We've featured plenty of Paul's designs before, but with so many great designs available from the artist, I thought it might just be time to revisit some of his work.

Via Geek Girls


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Pecan Pie Egg Rolls Sound Like Heaven

Pecan pie is always a great treat, but those who truly adore the treat know that the best filling in the world still needs a light, flaky filling to really make the most of the dessert. If you've been having issues nailing the right crust, then maybe you should start thinking outside the pie -that is, consider trying an egg roll wrapper instead. It might sound crazy if you're used to traditional egg rolls that are filled with soy sauce, meat and cabbage, but if you've ever had sweet cream cheese won tons then you know the light dough can be a perfect balance of flaky and crunchy.

Want to try it yourself? Then head over to Capturing Joy for the recipe.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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13 More Fantastic And Fun Star Wars Goodies For Your Home

It was over a year ago when Alex introduced us to 20 amazing pieces of Star Wars furniture over on Homes and Hues. It remains the most popular article of all time on the site. We thought it was time to revisit the topic and have rounded up 13 more fun Star Wars goodies you can add to your home. 

From lights to kitchen accessories (like the coffee maker above), there's enough Star Wars goodies out there to bring a little bit of a galaxy far away into every room of your home. Best of all, some of the items are even DIY projects, so you don't have to spend a fortune to make your home delightfully nerdy.

So if you love Star Wars and just can't get enough Darth, Han, Leia and the rest in your home, then head over to Homes and Hues today: 13 More Marvelous Star Wars Home Goods


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This Mother Let Her Toddler Dress Her For A Week

Summer Bellessa is the mother of a three year-old boy. After picking out his outfits for three years, she thought it might be interesting to let him pick out her clothes for a week. The results are surprisingly fabulous -particularly the polka dot Minnie ensemble above.

Her discoveries from the experiment are interesting not just because her son has pretty great fashion sense, but also because she realized that most people really don't care what you wear -even if you're wearing two shoes that don't even match. And while she doesn't say it, the results also prove that hipsters dress like children.

Via Fashionably Geek

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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10 Animals With the Most Bizarre Sex Organs Around

Last weekend was Valentine's Day and while plenty of you got a little freaky with your special someone (or watched someone else get freaky by checking out 50 Shades of Grey), I'm doubting many of you got anywhere near as freaky as the animals in this Toptenz list do when they get down. 

From the fruit fly with sperm 20 times longer than their bodies to the water baotman with a penis that can make sounds as loud as 100 decibels, the animals in this article are a great reminder of how strange and amazing nature can be.

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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10 More Easy and Elegant Storage Solutions

Practically everyone could use a little more space in their home, but sometimes making more space seems as impossible as turning lead into gold. Over at Homes and Hues though, we rounded up ten great storage solutions to help you make the most out of your existing space. 

The article follows one of our all time most popular articles on the site that featured 18 ideas for making more space in your home and it features all new tips and tricks that you can use in your kitchen, bathroom, bedroom and more. 

Don't miss the full list of space-savers over at Homes and Hues: 10 More Brilliant Space Savers For Small Homes


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Frozen Paid Tribute to Awkward Family Photos

If you didn't know already, it's safe to say that everyone here at Neatorama loves Awkward Family Photos -and apparently we aren't the only ones. The creators of Frozen also love the site and the proof can be seen in the new Frozen short, called Frozen Fever, which happens to include the above picture that creators outrightly stated was inspired by AwkwardFamilyPhotos.com.

If you love easter eggs in movies, you'll want to keep an eye on this short, which will be released before Disney's new live-action Cinderella movie in March.

Via Akward Family Photos


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The 10 Most Extreme Substances On Earth

Remember in Aliens how the xenomorph's blood was acidic enough to burn through the ship? Yeah, well that's not even as bad as fluoroantimonic acid. If the aliens had fluoroantimonic acid in their blood -well, it would dissolve their whole bodies, but if it managed to stay in their bodies until they were shot, it would not only eat a whole through the thickest panels in the ship, but the potent vapors would also kill pretty much everyone on the ship.

While fluorantimonic acid is the most acidic substance on earth, it's only one of the ten crazy substances included in this TopTenz list of over-the-top insane substances. What's the most deadly poison? How about the most flammable substance? Or the most radioactive material? You'll have to find out at the link.


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Ready for Romance? Then Check Out The Gorgeous Hotel Tubs

Whether you're eager for a romantic night with your sweetie or just want to forget about all that romance stuff and enjoy time alone, a tub is a great place to relax and unwind. Over on Homes and Hues, we compiled a list of the 15 most romantic hotel bathtubs in the world and you won't want to miss these sexy soaking spots.

While it's probably a little early to book a night at one of these rooms for this year, the list is a great place to inspire your fantasies for Valentine's Day and a wonderful source of inspiration for those who are ready to book ahead for next year.

Don't miss all the beautiul baths ove at Homes and Hues: 15 Romantic Hotel Bathtubs We're Dying to Soak In


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Love Tee Shirt Art? Then Check Out This New Kickstarter

Here at Neatorama, we love independant artists, which is why we are so proud of the NeatoShop's artist support. It's how we ensure our artists are treated right and rewarded fairly. But not everyone wants a tee (or a poster, bag, cell phone cover, etc.) and for those who love the artwork featured in the shop, then head over to Kickstarter and back VigilanTees, a book featuring some of the great artwork of tee shirt designs. The book's being put together by artist Duncan Craig and will feature artwork from other NeatoShop artists and other creators from around the world.

For $25.50 donation, you can get a limited tee shirt only available through the Kickstarter and for $37.50, you can reserve your copy of the book. Show your support for indie artists today.


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The Delicious Geekery of Nom*Ables

There are plenty of geeky foods out on the internet, but not many places where you can order them in the outside world. Thankfully for those in Portland, there's Nom*Ables. This bakery isn't just full of sweet treats, it's also packed with all kinds of great geek stuff.

For example, the treats up top are called "S'mordor" and the one right above this is part of the Cornetto Trilogy Series called "You've Got Red On You." Nom*Ables even sets up shop at local conventions like the Wizard World Portland. They said they used to attend the ChocolateFest, which is at the same convention center on the same weekend every year, but the Wizard World better suits their demographic.

On the upside, if you don't live in Portland, you can still get a hold of your own Combustable Lemon Curd and Pokenoms through their online store.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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