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Why Do People Say Geronimo When Jumping?



Even kids jumping off of playground equipment scream Geronimo before they let loose, but have you ever stopped and wondered why people do this? Well, Mental Floss has the story:
In the early 1940s, the United States Army was testing the idea of parachuting from planes as a way of deploying troops. The first group to really experiment with it and begin developing paratrooper techniques was a unit of 50 men known the Parachute Test Platoon.

...When training was done for the day, the troops liked to loosen up and cool down a little. Usually, most of the guys went to the air-conditioned Main Post Theatre in the evenings to see whatever movie was playing. One night in August 1940, that movie happened to be the Paramount western, Geronimo, about the Apache chief.

Read the rest of the story over at the link.

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15 Creepy Abandoned Observatories



Looking for a great place to tell ghost stories and enjoy unparalleled views of the night sky? Well, one of these eerie abandoned observatories might just be the perfect place to host your next camping trip -assuming you're up to date on your shots and don't mind getting attacked by ghosts of angry astronomers past.

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Don't Ever Sleep With A Weeping Angel Toy



Sure, it looks like an adorable little amigurumi toy, but we all know that weeping angels come to life the second you stop looking at them. So why on earth would you risk putting one in your own home.

Of course, anything that contains an image of a weeping angel becomes a weeping angel, so I've pretty much condemned all of you to die anyway, so I guess go ahead and order one of the toys -the angels can't get you twice, right?

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The 100% Bacon Burger Sounds Gross and Delicious



If obesity is a truly American characteristic, then Slater's 50/50 new 'merica Burger is the perfect tribute to our great country. Only available in the month of July, this burger features a patty made from 100% bacon, thousand island dressing with bacon in it, bacon cheddar cheese and a strip of bacon on top.

I'm simultaneously disgusted and hungry.

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Mom, Can You Hit The Snooze Button?


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I just need a few more minutes sleep before I get ready for school.

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The 12 Most Unique Playgrounds in the World

Unless you had crazy parents who locked you up inside all day, all of us have enjoyed the freedom and wonder that make playgrounds magical. But it goes without saying that some playgrounds are far more spectacular and imaginative than others. Here are a few of the coolest playgrounds you’re ever likely to enjoy.

Clemyjontri Park, Virginia

Finding a playground designed for handicapped children is hard. It’s even harder if you’re hoping to find one that their abled-bodied friends can use and enjoy at the same time. Enter Clemyjontri Park, a playground specifically designed to provide fun for children of all ages and ability levels.  Some of the swings offer higher backs to provide extra support to those who need it. Wide, graceful ramps allow those in wheelchairs full access to the park’s amenities. And in the middle of the two acre park sits a massive carousel.

Belleville Park Playground, France

While this playground may not be as accessible as the Clemyjontri Park, it is still unique in the number of challenges it offers to children of all ages and ability levels. The most famous and most popular attraction in the park is the massive climbing course, which incorporates the ground’s natural slope and offers a variety of inclines for children of all different climbing abilities. For those that prefer more traditional play structures, there is a large jungle gym/playhouse at the top of the hill as well.

Takino Hillside Park, Japan

This amazing Japanese park was designed to help get kids interested in nature again. Of course, many of the play structures are unlike anything else on Earth, but hey, getting kids to use their imagination is never a bad thing either. The main theme for the playground is nests and the most famous (and most gorgeous) attraction in the park is the Rainbow Nest Dome designed by Fumiaki Takano and fabric artist Toshiko Macadam. But there are plenty of other fun play zones at the park, including bouncy hills made from plastic and foam, delightfully odd playhouses designed to look like massive beehives and more. In the winter, the entire face of the park changes when it is converted into “Takino Snow World,” which offers guests fun winter play options like snow shoeing, sledding and skiing. Images Via The City of Sapporo's Website

Nishi-Rokugo, Japan

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That's the Spot!


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Can you get that itch for me? Oh yeah, there it is, right on the nose -litterally.

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The Creepiest Ways To Say "I Love You"



Whether you spell it out, say it in a foreign language or use symbols to get your point across, there are plenty of ways to tell someone you love them. Of course, unless you're a stalker, you probably won't want to turn to any of these creepy methods seen on Oddee.

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True to Her Name, Zelda Loves Gaming


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Of course, being a modern kitten, Zelda's too hip for old NES games. Instead, she prefers the iPad app "Games for Cats."

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Who Says Cupcakes Have to Be Sweet?



This BBQ pulled pork cupcake from the Bourbon Steak Lounge in Washington D.C. may not be full of sugar, but it's loaded with something just as good -sweet, saucy pork. As for the batter, it happens to be made with cheddar scallion biscuit batter.

Sure it sounds a little odd, but I'm willing to bet this cupcake is going to be better than anything you'll find at your local grocery store.

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The Throw & Grow Vending Machine



Seed bombing might just be the kindest form of graffiti ever created -after all, what could be nicer than throwing a bunch of flower or grass seeds on an otherwise empty plot of land? That's why these seed bomb vending machines, made by Greenaid are so fantastic:
Made from a mixture of clay, compost, and seeds, “seedbombs” are becoming an increasingly popular means combating the many forgotten grey spaces we encounter everyday-from sidewalk cracks to vacant lots and parking medians. They can be thrown anonymously into these derelict urban sites to temporarily reclaim and transform them into places worth looking at and caring for. The Greenaid dispensary simply makes these guerilla gardening efforts more accessible to all by appropriating the existing distribution system of the quarter operated candy machine. Using just the loose coins in your pocket, you can make a small but meaningful contribution to the beautification of your city!

Have any of you ever tried your hand at seed bombing?

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The Cutest Pie Chart Ever

Mathematical visualizations have never looked so darn cuddly before. Want to bring this little cutie pie home? You can, just head over to ButterflyLove1's Etsy shop.

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20 Pugs Dressed As Yoda or Darth Vader



Why? Because it's Sundog, that's why. Oh yeah, and because they're precious and delightfully nerdy. Happy end of the weekend everyone!

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May Your Banana Always Be True



How do you make any action movie instantly more entertaining? Turn all of the swords into bananas, of course! Something Awful's newest meme is simply delightful -and full of potassium.

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Amazingly Intricate Tiny Motorcycles Made From Watches



Ever feel like your life just keeps ticking away? Well, maybe it would help if you broke your watch and turned it into a mini motorcycle. Sure, it sounds like a tiny midlife crisis, but if your results are anything like Toronto-based sculptor Dan Tanenbaum's watch part bikes, then at least you've done something more productive than just buying an overpriced sports car.

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Do Tiny Ponies Have Tiny Dreams?


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If this little guy's reaction to his dream is any indication, I think we can safely say that tiny ponies still dream big.

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What's Your State Food?



Yum Sugar recently came out with a list of official dishes for each U.S. state. Oregon, for example, is Marion berry pie. My state, California, has Cobb salad listed as the food of choice. Over all, they seem pretty accurate to me, but I haven't been to every state of the nation.

How do you feel about your state food? Does it suit your home or do you think another dish would have been more appropriate?

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Stay Healthy, Young Vampires



Sometimes getting fresh blood just takes too much time for today's busy working vampires. Fortunately, this necessary nutrient now comes in convenient concentrate and canned forms -of course, nothing will ever beat fresh squeezed blood.

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The Ultimate Gaming Mouse



Tired of having a sweaty palm because you never move your hand from your computer mouse? Well then, it sounds like you need the Thermaltake Black Element -the only mouse to come with a built-in fan to help cool down your hand. That you could always just take a break from your game every now and again to give your hand to dry off naturally.

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The Light-Up TARDIS Cake



This might just be the most impressive TARDIS cake after. Not only does it look like the real thing, but it even has a light on the top!

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Cats With Flowers on Their Heads Hanging From Baskets


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Don't ask why. Ask why not?

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How to Make Plumber's Crack More Attractive



These shirts were printed specifically for a photo shoot by Markus Mueller, but I think they should become a reality and become the new, official uniform of plumbers across the world.

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11 Amazingly Geeky Aquariums

Geeks manage to work their interests into everything these days, even fish tanks. If you’re asking yourself, “how could an aquarium be geeky?” well then sit back and enjoy the nerdstravaganza of the world’s geekiest fish tanks.

1. A Vintage Pinball Machine



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When the guys from the show Tanked were asked to make a special machine for a guy who loved old pinball machines and aquariums, they immediately suggested creating a functional pinball machine that also served as an aquarium. It was definitely a bit of a project, as you can see in the video, but the end result was simply amazing and something any gamer would love to have in his or her pad.

2. A Broken XBox 360




For those without the money or space for an old pinball machine, this Xbox aquarium by Blue Water Aquariums is a pretty sweet alternative. The small saltwater aquarium is home to live corals, fish, crabs, snails and shrimp. No word on how much it costs, but I’m willing to bet they’d custom make one for any geeky fish fan with enough cash.

3. An Old PC



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Instructables user pbecker83 had a PC that was too old to still do much computing, so he turned it into an aquarium. Best of all, because the glass doesn’t take up much space inside the tower, the PC can still be turned on. To ensure the heat of the computer wouldn’t hurt the fishes, he made sure to get tropical beta fish that are totally comfortable with the water reaching 78 degrees –which is as hot as the PC gets when on. Of course, since the computer is so old, he really only uses it as a webcam to capture the faces of people enjoying the tank.

4. Old iMacs


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17 Animals that Died During Our Lifetimes



The golden toad is pretty gorgeous. Too bad you'll never see one in person. They went extinct in 1989:
Scientists aren't totally sure what led to this Costa Rican toad's decline, but the best theory is that the El Nino weather pattern along with global warming and airborne pollution dried up pools and ponds the toad lived in.

BuzzFeed has 16 other animals that have died during our lifetimes -and yes, even if you're really young, most of these will still have died during your lifetime.

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How to Make Bacon While On Vacation



Can't deal vacations without bacon but hate having nowhere to cook them? Well, if you happen to travel with a hair straightener or someone else who happens to travel with one, then you've got all you need to enjoy some tasty, crispy pig belly.

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Loki Kitty Thinks You're Looking Purrfect


Man, if Loki were this studly in The Avengers, Black Widow would have a hard time refusing his advances.

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Adorably Awesome Geek Fashions For the Ladies

Hey ladies, looking for some sexy X-Men lingerie, Star Wars earrings or a TARDIS-based outfit? Then you might just enjoy the delightful fashions of Etsy seller Nerd Alert Designs. I know I do.

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Americats F- Yeah!


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Before the Fourth of July is totally over, let's all celebrate one last time -this time in kitty style!

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The Most Famous Mutts Ever

Mutts sometimes get a bad rap because they are less predictable and lack the supposedly superior genetics of purebreds, but scientists have performed multiple studies showing that mixed breed dogs are actually much healthier and often live longer than their purebred counterparts. While there is no definitive answer as to which is better because everyone’s opinion will be based on personal and subjective criteria, there is no doubt that many of us have a soft spot in our hearts for the old “Heinz 57 dogs.” In honor of Mutt’s Day, let’s take a look at some of the most famous mixed-breed pooches in history.

Spike from Old Yeller




Whether you prefer purebreds or mutts, here’s one that’s made practically everyone cry. The Old Yeller featured in the book was most likely a Black Mouth Cur, although the breed is never mentioned by name in the book. In fact, the breed hadn’t been officially named or established at the time the book was set.

Regardless of the dog’s depiction in the book, the pooch that starred in the film adaptation was most certainly a mutt. Animal trainer Frank Weatherwax discovered the Labrador retriever/mastiff mix in the Van Nuys animal shelter when the pup was still a youngster. Eventually Spike grew to be Weatherwax’s star pupil and one of his largest stars –literally, Spike weighed about 170 pounds when he was full grown!

Aside from making us all cry in Old Yeller, he also made plenty of people cry in 1959’s A Dog of Flanders. Not all of his roles were tearjerkers though. Spike also appeared in the schlocky 1956 B-movie The She-Creature and on The Mickey Mouse Club.

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Higgins from Benji


Perhaps the next most famous mutt in the world also was adopted by a professional animal trainer from a shelter in Los Angeles. Trainer Frank Inn was a big fan of adopting animals that were on death row from the animal shelter and then seeing if he could get them to act. If they didn’t take to training well, he would then work to get one of his friends or fans to take in the critter.

He happened to run across a spaniel mix named Higgins at a shelter in Burbank and was immediately taken in by the puppy’s expressive eyes. Inn never once had to consider finding a new home for the pup as Higgins was the ideal student and had an incredibly expressive face. His first role was on Petticoat Junction and the pooch did so well that he appeared in six out of the show’s seven total seasons. One show wasn’t enough for Higgins though, so he also made cameos on Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies.

According to Inn, Higgins was not only the most skilled dog he had ever worked with, but he could also learn a new routine every week. He could climb ladders, open mail boxes and even yawn on cue. His last role was supposed to be Mooch Goes to Hollywood in 1971, but he actually came back out of retirement four years later to star in Benji. When he died three years later, his legacy lived on, as his daughter, Benjean, continued to star in the Benji sequels.

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Maui from Mad About You




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It might not be the most famous sitcom in history, but those that did watch Mad About You all remember Murray, the lovable, bratty and slightly-stupid puppy that stole every scene he appeared in. Murray’s real name was Maui and the dog was rescued from a shelter in Los Angeles by animal trainer Boone Narr.

Aside from starring in a sitcom, Maui also appeared in a number of commercials and as a stand-in for the star dog in the movie Bingo.
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President Reagan on a Velociraptor

"Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall, or my velociraptor will do it for you!" Here at Neatorama, we get accused of being too liberal or too conservative at least once a week. But here's the thing -we don't care about politics. We care about awesomeness, and no matter what side of the political spectrum you happen to be on, presidents riding dinosaurs are awesome. The best thing about this piece by Jason Hauser is the level of detail. While it's too small to see here, the saddle actually has a D.A.R.E. sticker and the gun is engraved with the name "Gipper." Click on the link to enjoy Reagan and his dino friend in more detail. And Happy Fourth of July everyone! Link Via Laughing Squid


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