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S.O.T.: Save Our Twinkies

By now, you've no doubt already heard that Hostess is going bankrupt, which could be the end of the Twinkie as we know it. If that scares you more than the idea of a third world war, then you'd better head over to WhiteHouse.gov and sign the petition asking Obama to help nationalize the Twinkie industry. Only 22,500 signatures left to go!

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Fennec Foxes Are Fantastically Fascinating

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While it's easy to think that the fennec fox's giant eyes and massive ears were all part of a genius plan to make them too utterly adorable to resist -the reality is that this utmost cuteness is just a side effect of their many desert-friendly adaptations. You see, living in one of the most extreme environments on earth, the Sahara Desert, isn't easy.

While the fennec fox is the smallest canid in the world, they happen to have the largest ears of all varieties of foxes. These impossibly huge ears aren't just there to make them look cartoonish, and while they are sensitive enough to help the critters hear small prey moving underground, that still isn't their primary function. No, those giant ears are actually designed mainly to help the fennecs dissapate heat from their bodies.

Image Via Chris Stubbs [Wikipedia]

As for their massive eyes, well, those help them see in the dark, as being nocturnal means they can sleep in their dens during the day -thus keeping out of the warm sunlight. The dens are also beneficial as the foxes get most of their water through their food, but their burrows also gather dew overnight, providing them with an additional water source.

Even their fur is specially adapted to help them cope with the extreme weather. At night, it helps keep them warm and during the day, it reflects solar rays and insulates them from heat. Their feet are even covered with fur, which prevents them from scorching on the hot desert sand and makes it easier for them to walk on the sand -kind of like built-in snow shoes.

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While little is known about their survival status in the wild, scientists speculate that they are doing well, given how often they are spotted by visitors to their local habitat. Of course, it probably isn't hurting that they are one of the handful of creatures with an expanding natural environment, as the Sahara continues to grow around 30 miles per year.

Sources: National Geographic and Wikipedia

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AT-AT Walker Skirt

Who says a poodle skirt needs to feature a poodle? Why not have something cooler, like, say a AT-AT. Yeah, now that's styling and geek-friendly.

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The Perfect Advent Calendar for The Alcoholics In Your Life

Think advent calendars filled with candy are too kiddy? Well then, why not try filling them with booze instead? With the Whisky Advent Calendar, you get 24 shot-sized bottles each featuring a different sample of whisky. While the company won't tell precisely what is in the box ahead of time, they do give you one hint:

Behind one of the doors is a sample of 50 year old Scotch whisky, the full-sized bottle of which is worth £350!

They also have a Ginvent calendar for those who aren't too big on Scotch and bourbon.

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The Weirdest Foods Inspired By Marvel Comics

Cup of Spidey anyone? How about Avengers Hamburger patties? Ok fine, Howard the Duck chicken fingers then? Well, there has to be some kind of Marvel foodstuff you'd enjoy on this list.

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Tard Wishes You A Meh Christmas

I hate the Christmas creep as much as the next guy, but I don't think anyone hates it as much as Tard. Nevertheless, now is the perfect time to start buying up your Tardar Sauce Christmas cards, as the first design in the shop has already sold out.

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A Look At the Rare Pugiraffe

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At first glance, Sophie looks like any other pug, but give her a little peanut butter and you can quickly see that despite her grandfather's claims to the contrary, her great great grandmother had an affinity for the long necks and long tongues of giraffes.

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Better Check Your Rads

Zachariah Cruse is quite the props designer. In fact, he was able to not only make a Pipboy from Fallout 3, but he was even able to make one with a working screen. Now that's impressive!

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How to Make Teepee cupcakes

Thanksgiving is coming up soon and if you're looking for something a little more festive than pumpkin pie, you might want to try making these great teepee cupcakes instead.

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Mentos, Coke and Condoms?

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By now, you probably already know that Mentos and Coke have an amazingly explosive response when mixed together, but did you know what happens when you add condoms to the equation? Fun, that's what!

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Honey Boo Pug

Little Pork looks surprisingly good in drag. In fact, I think he's got just as good of a chance at winning a pageant as Honey Boo Boo does.

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It's A Big Decision

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"Should I munch on this one delicious piece of kibble or should I save it?" Poor little mango, she has so many hard choices in her life.

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You Seriously Made That Sexy?

If you feel a tingling in your naughty bits when you visit the Tiki Room, dig into a candy bowl or pull out your Chinese left overs, then you probably won't see why these sexy costumes are so utterly silly. But if you're a normal person, you'll probably get a kick out of The Society Page's annual list of "Sexy What" costumes -like this Sexy Parrot costume.

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Attack of the Crab Cats!!!

We've already seen the results of hermit crab and cat relations, but apparently, cats have also been known to mate with more traditional crabs as well. Pets Lady has a collection of ten such crab cats all from Japan -where the inter-mating problem is the biggest.

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Lil' Bub Loves Her Rubs

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Before the internet, people assumed cats with genetic deformities were sort of sad...now we know they are some of the cutest cats in the world. Just look at Tard, who has a genetic defect in his lower jaw, or Lil' Bub who has a number of deformities, including a tiny bottom chin, dwarfism and more.

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Cap 'n Crunch Macadamia Nut French Toast!

Tired of Cap 'n Crunch cutting the roof of your mouth, but love the flavor? Well then, try some Captain Mac Nut French toast from Stacks Pancake House in Dana Point, which includes delicious crushed up Cap 'n Crunch and macadamia nuts. -Yummy!

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Congrats to Kermit and Piggy!

Funny that they chose to use the Vegas-style sign...I just don't see these two having a Vegas wedding -I think they would go somewhere a little classier, but I could be wrong.

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Giving Thanks For Thanksgiving Turkeys

It’s Thanksgiving time again, which means Americans across the country will be firing up their ovens or deep fryers in preparation of a delicious turkey feast. In honor of the bird that has made this all possible though, here are some fun facts about the loveable, dopey turkey.

Which Turkey Came First?

While turkeys obviously evolved long before Turkey became a country, the creatures were actually named for the location despite the fact that they are native to the Americas. That’s because standard trade routes of the time meant goods from the Americas went through Turkey before being brought to Britain.

For the same reason, many other languages have named turkeys after other countries. For example, in French, turkey is “dinde,” meaning “from India.” In Cambodia, the birds are called “moan barang” which means “French chicken” –since the bird was introduced to the country by French colonists. And of course, Turks don’t call turkeys by that name as it would make no sense. Instead, turkey is “hindi” in Turkish, meaning “from India.”

Before They Were “Turkish,” They Were Mexican

Image Via Yathin S. Krishnappa [Wikipedia]

The first people to domesticate turkeys were the Aztecs of central Mexico. They started raising the birds at least 2,000 years ago, using their meat and eggs for protein and their feathers for decoration. The Aztecs associated turkeys with the trickster god Tezcatipoca partially because they thought the turkey acted so humorously.

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Where The Wild Pumpkins Are

Quirk Books, the geniuses who brought you Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters, made this fantastic literary pumpkin this Halloween, based on the creatures seen in Where the Wild Things Are. It sure makes my jack-o-lantern look pale in comparison.

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Perfect Cookies For Your Disney Took Over Star Wars Party

There have been plenty of Star Wars/Disney mashups since the company bought the rights to the sci fi franchise, but these cookies look particularly good -possibly because they were based on a set of Disney pins that were released long before the buy out.

Or maybe it's me just because I'm a sucker for Stitch.

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These Are Some Tasty Spiders

The itsy bitsy spider climbed into the bento box. Out came the kids and gulped the spider up. Who could resist when it was this darn tasty and cute?

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Someone Loves Cucumbers

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The music is cute, but it needs to be louder and made into a remix to go along with this adorable little one's voracious appetite.

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Who Has The Cutest Bottom in the Animal Kingdom?

When I was a youngster, my school had an anti-smoking ad that said "butts are gross" and showed a bunch of animal booties. The only problem? I thought most of them were actually adorbale. While it didn't make me want to smoke, it sure didn't convince me that butts were indeed cute.

These days, I know I'm not alone when it comes to thinking that some critters have absolutely adorable booties. That being said, the real question is which little fuzzball has the cutest bottom? Well, Neatonauts, what do you think?

Rabbits

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Elk

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Ducks

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Corgis

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Babies

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Sheep

Image Via Glisglis [Flickr]

Elephants

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Zebras

Image Via Carol Browne [Flickr]

Here's your turn to cast your votes! Or, if your favorite critter booty isn't here, let share your opinion in the comments.

So Who Has the Cutest Booty








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How to Make Your Own R2Disco

Not only would this thing look great for a party, but she even has a smoke machine inside that would make any party atmosphere even more amazing.

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Hopefully It Tastes Better Than It Looks

Just because the Jesus fresco was botched doesn't mean this curry that looks like it will taste like a terribly screwed up work of art.

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Chocolate And Pop Rocks Potato Chips

I didn't even know they had chocolate Pop Rocks, which makes sense since they are limited edition apparently. If you do come across them though, you can always use this recipe to make your own tasty chocolate Pop Rocks potato chips.

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Who Needs to Dissect Frogs When You Can See Right Through Them?

The glassfrog couldn't be more aptly named. After all, his entire underbelly is translucent like glass. Amazingly, that's not the only unique thing about these beautiful creatures. They're also one of the handful of critters where the father actually handles all aspects of parental care.

"Females flee as soon as they have delivered the eggs. Then males stay during weeks in close proximity of the egg clutch, improving its survival probability by maintaining it wet and, sometimes, scaring away predators," says evolutionary biologist Juan Manuel Guayasamin. As a result, the males are also highly aggressive with one another, often fighting for hours.

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When Hermit Crabs and Kitties Mate

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The hermit cat is a rare and adorable breed, but they don't fit too well through standard kitty doors.

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Hey Boba Fett, You're Looking Good

Ladies, does your man have an odd thing for Boba Fett? Then spice things up for him with a little sexy cosplay a la this amazing corset by Etsy seller damselinthisdress. Just try not to freeze his heart in carbonite.

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KFC Potato Chips!?!

KFC Japan recently launched savory salt ginger chicken, to help promote them, they also partnered up with chip maker Calbee to make chips in the same flavor. Unfortunately, both will only be available for a limited time and only in Japan, so pretty much none of you Neatonauts will get to try them.

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