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We're Not The Only Ones Batty For Bats

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As I've previously stated, we at Neatorama are big fan of bats and their adorable little fox faces. It's hard not to fall in love when you see them munching down snacks with those big emotional eyes and puffed out cheeks. While I've always known that we're not alone in our love of flying foxes, I was pleasantly surprised to hear that one of our favorite actors is also a big fan of bats.

So which celebrity am I talking about? Well, would it help if I told you this little baby's name is Jackie Sparrow? That's right -Johnny Depp sponsored this orphaned little babe after she was rescued by the Australian Bat Clinic & Wildlife Trauma Center in the same area where Depp was filming his newest movie and one of Depp's vocal coaches also works at the sanctuary. It didn't take much to convince him to symbolically adopt the cute little one.

Video via Pets Lady

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Seriously Crazy Children's Toys

We all know that kiddos love potty humor, but that doesn't mean you need to encourage their dirty obsessions. If you're so inclined to entertain your child's love of poop and fart jokes though, you won't want to miss this great InventorSpot list of 10 crazy kid's toys. Of course, they don't all relate with bodily functions, there is also the Adolf Hitler action figure as well as a killer unicorn. The bottom line is that they probably aren't things your youngster really needs.

Warning: Some of the toys might be considered moderately NSFW, but keep in mind, they are all just toys.


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Awesome Home Design Illusions

Last week, Rusty found some amazing 3D-looking floors that could seriously terrify certain guests. That charming flooring inspired us to look up some more interior designs that incorporate optical illusions and what we found was pretty much incredible. That's why we did a full round up of these impressive, mind-bending creations over on Homes and Hues.

From warping wallpaper to impossible-looking bookcases, these designs are sure to keep your guests on their toes while they wonder at the illusions hidden in your home. 

Don't miss the full list at Homes and Hues: 10 Cool Home Design Illusions


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10 Fascinating Facts About the Placebo Effect

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No matter how you look at it, the placebo effect is strange. Not only is the basic idea of feeling better through simply taking a sugar pill odd, but the fact that it even works when people know they're taking a placebo even weirder. Even stranger -it's getting stronger somehow.

Learn more about the placebo effect in the video above or read about it in this cool TopTenz article. In the meanwhile, I'll be over here taking some Altoids and pretending they're happy pills -that should help my mood, right?


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Catvengers Assemble!!!

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We've seen art depicting the Catvengers and corgis imitating them, but this is the first time we've ever had the privilege of seeing these furry fighters in action. What will they do when Furrtron has them by the tails? You'll have to watch to find out, but one thing's for sure: these superkitties aren't to be played with.

Via Nerd Approved

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Put That In Your Banana and Stuff It

Bananas are great -they not only look cool and taste wonderful, they even have their own protective sleeve. But you know what would make a banana even better? Stuffing it with even more tastiness like jam, crushed Oreos, peanut butter and (best of all) Nutella.

The Destapa Banana is a clever invention that work similar to an apple corer and then fills the center with anything you imagine -liquid or solid.

Via InventorSpot

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Cheetos Popcorn Could Be A Thing Soon

There are plenty of cheddar popcorns out there, but nothing compares to the cheese-tastic flavor of Cheetos. That's why I'm so excited to see that Cheetos is experimenting with launching movie theater popcorn -it's the cheesiest, butteriest snack you could ever hope to see at the teater. It's only in its concept stage now, but we can all hope that tests will go smoothly and we will soon get our salty, cheesy snacks.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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10 Awesome Ways to Celebrate Star Wars Day

If you somehow missed everyone talking about it on the net, today is Star Wars Day, aka May the Fourth Be With You. While we all have our own ways to celebrate the big holiday (including buying sweet Star Wars tees), if you aren't sure how to get your Forth on, this Information Week article can give you some ideas.

Of course, if you really want to celebrate the big holiday in a big way, you can always get a tattoo like this epic one on Flickr user Teri Solow.


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You'll Be Cozy and Warm With These Cool and Creepy Gloves

Pan's Labyrinth was a gloriously strange yet beautiful film that was equal parts creepy and magical. These amazing knit gloves by Redditor k80k80k80 are a perfect tribute to the memorable style of the film. 

Via Fashionably Geek


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Forget Ad Block, This Software Blocks The Kardashians

Tired of Kim and her annoying family breaking your internet? You're not alone. In fact, one brilliant man named James Samir Shamsi has taken to eliminating the problem for us all. That's right, Kardblock is here to help you block all news stories and referrences to the only family in America that's more annoying than all SPAM messaegs combined.

Unfortunately, the app is not yet a reality, but in the process of recruiting developers. So if you're a coder, please visit the site and help contribute to the anti-Kardashian cause.

Via The Daily What


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14 Beautiful Vases to Make Your Mother's Day Flowers Amazing

It's almost Mother's Day today and while many people will be giving their mom's flowers, few think about the importance of the vessel carrying the blooms. That's why at Homes and Hues we rounded up some amazing vases that make a mere bouquet into a true gift. 

Whether your mom is a bit silly, quite classic, totally chic or even a bit dark, there's almost certainly something right up her alley in this collection, so check out the full list at Homes and Hues: 16 Wonderful Vases Perfect for Mother's Day Floral Arrangements


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Now That's What I Call A Dog and Pony Show

Sometimes working online leads you to run across some strange things on the net. Today though, it led me to a bright and wonderful path where I happened to run across a literal dog and pony show. I don't know much more about the image other than the fact that it was shot at a circus somwhere by Jenn Durfey -oh, and that it is purely amazing.

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Fun Behind-The-Scenes Seinfeld Stories

It's hard to believe that Jerry Seinfeld just turned 61, but iit's true. In celebration of his birthday, the Huffington Post rounded up a great collection of 11 facts about the show that made him a legend. If you're a fan of the show, you may have heard a few of these trivia tidbits (the Festivus and Junior Mint facts have been circulated for years), but chances are that at least a few will be new to you.

For example, one of the most legendary episodes, where Elaine showed off her sweet dancing skills, was opposed by both Larry David and Julia Louis-Dreyfus. Also, the Soup Nazi episode really peeved off the chef who inspired the character -to the point where Jerry Seinfeld had to send his girlfriend to get him soup afterwards because he would no longer serve Jerry.


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The Laundry Cycle Will Clean Up Your Exercise Routine

We can all use a little more exercise (well, most of us at least), but as long as we're all going to be doing laundry, why not get a good workout at the same time? With the Bike Washing Machine, you can!

Aside from the obvious health benefits, the Bike Washing Machine also helps save electricity -meaning you're not only getting in shape, but also helping the earth. The downside is that the design is still in the concept stage, so you won't be able to get one any time soon, but with something this promising, we can only hope it will be available in a short amount of time.


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If Directors Made You Dinner

In a way, films are a lot like food. Sometimes you want something amazing that is so complex it will challenge your existing notions about your current tastes. On the other hand, something you want something light that you won't need to think about later. And there are days where even if you know it's not great you just want something that makes you feel comfortable by reminding you of home.

This cute comic by Cheekylicious shows what kind of foods some of our favorite directors might make if they were actually chefs. So which one do you prefer?

Via Geeks Are Sexy

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Cool Facts You Might Not Know About Disney Parks

We at Neatorama love Disney and have featured a lot of trivia about the Disney parks, but even with all the coverage we've done, I was happily surprised to see that this cool Travel and Leisure article actually had quite a few facts that even I hadn't read about yet.

For example, did you know that the clothing worn by the presidents in the Hall of Presidents not only looks period appropriate, but were even made in a period appropriate manner? Or that the Disneyland Railroad is ran on French fry oil? And as for those pesky wait times:

Cribbing a page from airlines’ standard operating procedure about flight times, posted wait times for rides are intentional lies. According to a Walt Disney World cast member on a seven-hour Backstage Magic tour, management overestimates by five or 10 minutes so that guests are "pushed" at different areas while also coming away from rides with a warm impression of exceeded expectations. 


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How Bald Celebrities Look With Hair

Like non-celebrities, famous men sometimes go bald. That's just a fact of life, but have you ever wondered how certain celebrities famous for their bald hairstyles would actually look with hair? 

If so, you're in luck because Buzzfeed has exactly what you're looking for, complete with a fun sliding bar so you can compare how the celebrity really looks to how they would look with these Photoshopped locks. 

Interestingly, some of the stars actually look a lot better bald, but I'll leave that up to you to decide which ones.


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You Can Now Rent Goats On Amazon

No one likes yardwork and chemical weed killers tend to be terrible for the environment. That's why goat rental has become a popular alternative for clearing large swatches of land. While we previously covered this trend, it was still sort of a fringe service that wasn't available commercially in many areas. 

But all that's changing thanks to Amazon's new service section which was recently launched. The company offers all the usual local services like plumbing, home cleaning, computer repair, but they also offer two unusual options in their "other" category, namely goat grazing and silk aerialists

So next time you're planning a big party in the middle of an unkempt field, just head to Amazon and rent a goat to clear out the space and a silk performer to entertain your guests. If you time things just right maybe your guests will get to enjoy a goats-only petting zoo too.

Via Hello Giggles

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Guinea Pigs Who Are Part of a Dog Pack

There's something downright delightful about interspecies friendships and these guinea pigs who have befriended puppies are practically the definition of cuteness. From odd couples like the ones above to the perfectly-matched pair below, animal lovers are sure to get a kick out of these cute friendships.

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Magical Facts About Harry Potter

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We love trivia about our favorite books and movies and this great TopTenz article has fun facts about both books and movies. For example, did you know Dame Maggie Smith (Professor McGonagall) went through chemotherapy to fight breast cancer while she was acting in the two final films? Or that Daniel Radcliffe's stunt double was paralyzed while filming a flying scene?


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How to Be A Terrible Neighbor

We've all had bad neighbors before, whether they play music late at night, throw trash over your fence, have vicious dogs that won't stop barking or let their kids play outside during the daytime. Oh, what's that? You don't think there's anything wrong with a child playing in their own backyard?

Well tell that to the grumpy Arizona neighbor who left this note for his neighbors complaining that:

“Every day this week, when weather has been nice and windows are open, you proceed to let your small child run free in your backyard and laugh and giggle and carry on without end. This is very disruptive for my two dogs and my bird who sits next to the window. … Perhaps you could ask him to tone it down a bit, or at least limit his outside time to 15-20 minutes a day. If this behavior continues I WILL CALL THE POLICE"

The letter was shared online by a freind of the family and has quickly gone viral with many commenters chiming in on what they think the proper way to handle the situation would be. So Neatonauts, what do you think? How would you deal with a neighbor who left a note like this in your mailbox?

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Possums Are Surprisingly Cute While Eating

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There are a lot of people out there who don't like possums. It's not too surprising, given that when encountered in the wild, they aren't exactly friendly. But when they are raised as pets, they are actually surprisingly friendly and cuddly. These cute little snackers aren't in teddy bear mode, but they are still pretty darn precious as the munch down their sweet treats.

Via Incredible Things

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8 Stunning Examples of Architecture Porn

There are a lot of amazing houses out there, but it takes something seriously special to mesmerize viewers. These beautiful examples of architecture porn are hard to take your eyes off of and we've collected multiple pictures of 8 amazing homes that are downright sexy. 

If you like what you see in the collage above, don't miss the full ariticle at Homes and Hues: These Houses Are Simply Too Stunning: 8 Amazing Examples of Architecture Porn


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Hilarious Outtakes from Some of the Best Sci Fi Shows

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Sci fi shows occassionally have levity, but they need to have believable drama or else they don't work. While that makes for great film and television, it doesn't give fans the best insight on how their favorite actors are on set. This awesome collection of sci fi bloopers featured on io9 shows what happens between the successful takes and reminds us that no matter how serious Worf, Scully, Starbuck and Agent Dunham appear on screen, the actors portraying them are still real, silly people.


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Just Say "No" To These Terrible Wedding Proposals

There are a million reasons why putting a ring in your prospective fiance's food is a terrible idea, but when you can't even be bothered to sneak the thing into something a little more classy than a budget chicken sandwich from your local fast food restaurant, you have to ask yourself: do you really even care if she says yes?

And of course, spelling things out in flower petals is entirely romantic, but maybe you should consult a dictionary before you ask her to "merry" you. 

We at Neatorama are suckers for a good love story, but most of these proposals at Awkward Family Photos are anything but -although I wouldn't mind a Star Wars or Pokemon proposal.


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When Peanuts Travels to Westeros, We All Win

Snoopy, Charlie Brown, Woodstock and the rest of the Peanuts gang might be have some humorous adventures in their ordinary suburban life, but in Westeros, no one is safe from death. Artist Philip Horoton has made a few great cartoons showing what happens when the Peanuts travel to the world of George R.R. Martin.

While Philip has quite a few great comic mashups, these are so far the only two combining Peanuts and Game of Thrones, but I really hope he makes more because these are so promising already.

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The Cutest Foodie on Instagram

Jiff is one of the cutest critters on Facebook and his adorability has attracted over one million followers, but this little pooch isn't just a pretty face -he's also a heck of a foodie. Don't believe me? Just check out this amazing collection of photos featured on Food Beast.

How could anyone reist giving this little guy a Kit Kat.

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Would You Eat At These Totally Insane Restaurants?

You know what really stimulates the appetite? Prison -or at least it must be given that there are at least two different prison-themed restaurants, one in China and one in Italy.

Not a big fan of prison food? How about a truly gourmet meal that just happens to be served as you dangle over 165 feet up in the air?

And those are just a few of the ten totally crazy restaurants featured on this great RealityPod article. So would you guys dine at any of these weird eateries?

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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These Chicks ROCK!

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There are some things created for holidays that are totally uninteresting within days of the date passing. This metal band of baby chicks that the Download Festival put together in celebration of Easter is not one of those things. It may have been made for Easter, but these Rock Chicks are enjoyable all year round. 

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10 Reasons Jackie Chan Is Pretty Freaking Awesome

Jackie Chan is a great kung fu actor who is totally charming, but if you aren't a huge fan (or even if you are), this Top Tenz list might just make you love him even more. Aside from facts about his skills as a stuntman and martial artist, the list gives you a good idea of why Jackie Chan is just a good guy all around. For example, he's setting a great example by not only refusing to eat shark fin soup, but also by making others decide not to as well.


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