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Fake Names Celebrities Like to Use At Hotels

(Say My Name by Raffiti)

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

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

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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

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

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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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Now You Can Stay Alive With the Dance Floor From Saturday Night Fever

Even if you never actually saw Saturday Night Fever, you have no doubt seen clips or images of John Travolta disco dancing his butt off on that red, blue and yellow dance floor that syncs with the music. The floor was built specifically for the movie and now it's up for auction. It's estimated that the floor will pull in up to $1.5 million, so if you can pony up that kind of cash, you could just bring that bad boy home and finally live out your dreams to the beat of the Bee Gees.

You can read more about the floor and the upcoming auction at Me TV.


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How Much $1500 in Rent Will Get You in Different US Cities

Everyone knows that rent is cheaper in some cities than others. A place in New York will be tiny compared to a rental in Houston. But it's often hard to visualize exactly how much bigger. Thanks to Rent Cafe, now you can compare what $1500 for rent will get you in 30 different cities around the US. Unsurprisginly, New York is the most expensive, followed by San Francisco, but the cheapest cities aren't quite as predictable. See the full interactive graphic at Rent Cafe.

Via Mental Floss


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This Dog's Tongue is Begging to be Photoshopped

This dog was born with a majestically wonderful tongue and a sweet face. Redditor ilovetuckamer recognized the dog's potential as a Photoshop Battle supermodel and he rightfully uploaded it to Reddit.

 

Not long after, the pooch starred in his own Dali painting.

He also went gangsta.

He even became the world's cutest silly snake.

Some Redditors were particularly nice to the pooch -even giving him his own tasty meat snacks.

See all of the hilarious Photoshops over at Reddit.

Via Distractify

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The Most Naturally Beautiful Countries in the World

It's pretty hard to deny that every country has some type of amazing natural scenery, but at the same time, it's indisputable that some countries have more going for them than others when it comes to the great outdoors. Whether you like to pride yourself on the beauty of your native land or you're looking for some new vacation destinations that offer jaw-dropping scenes of perfect natural beauty, you won't want to miss this great Travel and Leisure article featuring the 15 countries boasting the most amazing natural scenery.


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Women Share the Craziest Thing People Said to Them While They Were Pregnant

Image: Baby on Board by Albo

Earlier this year, Buzzfeed asked their readers what the most messed up thing people said to them while they were pregnant and the 22 ones they selected really are eye opening. If you think it's weird for random strangers to rub your belly just because you have a bump, you won't believe what some of these people have said. A few highlights:

"Paraphrasing a coworker when I announced I was eight weeks along: 'Oh you're not really pregnant until you're 12 weeks. Before that, you'll probably lose it anyway.'"

Or there's always:

"I had a much older co-worker say to me, 'You must be having a girl, you’ve gotten very ugly. You see, when you’re carrying a girl she takes away your looks for herself.' I nodded, then cried in the bathroom for ten minutes." 

You can read the rest over at Buzzfeed

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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What Word Does Your State Misspell the Most?

Everyone has that one or two words they just always spell wrong. Thanks to Google, we can now see what every state misspells the most. Beautiful, pneumonia and maintenance are all pretty common themes along the whole country, but there are a few outliers in there two, like sense, quote or chaos.

You can see the infographic full size on Google's Twitter

Via Travel & Leisure


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Neatorama Readers Share Their Worst Stories About Doctors

Image: Doctor Green by Gualda Trazos

Most people have had a bad doctor experience at one point or another, but it's one thing to have a doctor who doesn't know everything about your condition and another thing to have a doctor totally misdiagnose a common condition that puts your life at risk. Over on the Neatorama Facebook, we recently asked our readers what their worst experiences with doctors were and some of the answers were truly shocking. A few highlights:

I had 4 doctors tell me that I just needed to suck up my menstrual cramps and stop being such a baby. One finally listened and said "how do you even walk? You have the worst cases of endometriosis and adenomyosis I've ever seen. Your uterus is 6 times larger than the average healthy uterus. We can take it out for you".

Or:

Told I had an extra vertebrae in my back..took the x-ray to another doctor and a 4 inch bone tumor was clearly visible!

Another bad one:

I came to him crying because I was dealing with chronic pain from endometriosis and PCOS. He suggested that I "just get pregnant". Clearly he didn't realize getting pregnant with both of those things was damn near impossible. And he was an OB/GYN.

And then there was this one:

I had a doctor refuse to give me a repeat prescription for my asthma medication because they insisted I could cure it by only eating soup. Not even any specific type of soup, just "soup".

Check out all the horrible answers here and feel free to share more of your own stories in the comments.


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Artist Installs Pug Peeing Statue Next to Fearless Girl Statue

Remember when the creator of the Wall Street bull threatened to sue the city of New York and the creators of the Fearles Girl statue because he thought it made his artwork look bad? Well today artist Alex Gardega made a strong point about how one artwork can affect another by installing a peeing dog statue beside the Fearless Girl. 

Unsurprisingly, critics complained that his work was sexist, but Gardega defended his work as a critique of the corporate sponsor that was responsible for putting up the Fearless Girl statue (yes, she wasn't made by a pro-woman artist, but as an advertisement by Wall Street corporation State Street). 

"I decided to build this dog and make it crappy to downgrade the statue, exactly how the girl is a downgrade on the bull," he added.

Gardega took down the statue less than a day after putting it up, noting that he didn't even bolt it to the ground and that viewers damaged the dog's leg. He says he intends to put it back up after repairing it and that he eventually plans to sell it on his website for $10.

You can read more about the dog statue on Gothamist and Refinery 29


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The Craziest Cravings Women Had During Their Pregnancies

Nothing like a little Nutella on your burrito, right? Yeah, while most pregnant woman don't really have over-the-top pregnancy cravings, the ice cream and pickles craving does strike a handful of ladies. Over on Buzzfeed, you can read some of the strangest pregnancy cravings you could even imagine -like pickles stuffed with grape jelly, vanilla ice cream topped with pulled pork and even the outrageous sweet & savory pasta on Elf

Check out the full list of crazy things woman have craved while pregnant over on Buzzfeed

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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The Most Dangerous City in Each State

US crime rates are near historic lows, but violent crimes are still scary even if they are rare. If you want to stay safe, it might pay off to avoid the most dangerous areas in any given state. To find out what the most dangerous city in each state is and to find out more specific information about how they happen to be dangerous, be sure to check out this great article on 24/7 Wall Street.


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Wish You Could Own a Castle in Italy? Here's Your Chance

Want to own a medieval castle but don't want to spend the cash? Well, you're in luck! Now you can own a castle, post office or other historical building in Italy and all you have to do is revitalize it -well, technically, you have to submit a plan for revitalizing your histoical building and have it approved by the Italian government. Either way though, if you're approved, that building is yours for free and you have nine years to implement the changes you proposed. The plan is a clever way to help improve a number of historic buildings located across Italy and drive tourism back to those destinations, so it's a win/win for the government and new property owners.

You can read more about the program on Travel and Leisure and you can see the available properties here (though the site is in Italian)


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A Preview of Some of the Craziest Foods at the San Diego Fair

The San DiegoFair doesn't start until June 2, but journalists already got a sneak peak of some of the amazingly strange snacks that will be offered this year at a media preview last week. Naturally, the legendary Chicken Charlie's was there in full force, this year offering a Krispy Kreme ice cream chicken sandwich that features fried chicken, ice cream inside a Krispy Kreme donut all topped with syrup and Fruity Pebbles.

But while we expect strange things from Chicken Charlies, some of the more outrageous treats were far more surprising -like the ninja pizza cupcakes that feature tomato spice cake, caramel marscapone buttercream and candied pepperoni.

And while fried octopus might not be that outrageous, the decoration for this display advertising the seafood snack is all too entertaining.

You can check out more of the bizarro foods at the fair over at KPBS

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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The Craziest Post Offices in the World

An underwater post office seems like something from science fiction, but it's actually a real place in the small island nation of Vanuatu -and that's only one of ten crazy post offices located across the globe. Also strange is the world's only floating post office, that only serves freighters traversing the Detroit River. If you like things a little more old school, you might enjoy the post office in Peach Springs, Arizona that delivers mail with a mule team to the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Believe it or not though, those three examples aren't even the most out of this world post offices around. 

So check out the full list of ten crazy post offices on TopTenz.


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20 of the Craziest Burgers from Around the World

If you believe a burger is made up of a ground beef patty and two buns, then you might just consider these burger monstrosities pure blasphemy. But if you like extreme food creations you might consider these to be right up your alley. Some of these are pretty simple concepts that most people might be open to -like the Hawaiian burger with pineapple and ham on it, but others ask the diner to keep a very open mind -like the bogan burger that features steak, chicken schnitzel, a potato cake, bacon, egg, cheese, onion and even a slice of beet. No matter how brave you are though, I somehow doubt you'll be willing to try the beyond outrageous garbage burger that has over 20 ingredients, including five cheeses, peanut butter, peppers, marinara sauce, ice cream hot fudge and a cherry on top (read all the 20 ridiculous ingredients here).

Thanks to Food Republic for the great infographic.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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The Perfect Accessory for a Fancy Picnic

Love a good picnic with a lot of class? Then you won't want to miss out on this wine and cheese table that easily sits right in the ground and provides support for a bottle, two glasses and a plate -ideally for your cheese or chocolate pairing. Sure it's easy enough to throw down a blanket and put your bottle and plate of snacks on the ground, but those wine glasses are always problematic at picnics and at the beach. This clever table solves that problem by hanging them off of the ground where they won't tumble over. 

They are available for sale on Faircraft USA's Etsy page.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Women Describe the Worst Case of Mansplaining They Have Been Subject To

Some men still deny that mansplaining is a real thing or that even if it does exist, that it's a problem, but those men obviously have never had someone assume they were completely ignorant on a subject based solely on their gender.

For those still unconvinced that mansplaining is real, Twitter user @NicholeFroio asked other women to post the most obvious thing that was ever mansplained to them and the results are beyond depressing.

There's a great round up of the responses on Buzzfeed and things men felt they had to explain to women include a man telling a woman her name was spelled wrong, multiple men telling women they didn't know the basics of the thing the woman had an advanced degree in, and men telling women how female bodies work. 

So check out more of the responses here


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