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Want a Discount at this Restaurant? Impersonate a Character

Maybe they also do senior citizen or group discounts, but you can never be sure which television or movie character to impersonate until you show up at Not a Burger Stand and look at the chalkboard. This family-style restaurant in Burbank, California will take off a percentage if you use the right voice or wear the right costume. You can even eat free if you’re Patrick Stewart or arrive in a TARDIS.

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Goldfish Bubble Wrap

Bubble wrap is so much fun! Each delightful pop lets us feel some tiny, immediate impact on the world. But Daisuke Akiyama’s goldfish bubble wrap is designed to inhibit this desire. It’s made to give the impression that there’s a tiny fish inside each bubble. That way, Akiyama says, “I’ve made it psychologically more difficult to pop.”


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Chinese Doctors Bow to Honor a Dead Patient


(Photo: China Daily)

11-year old Liang Yaoyi of Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, China, died on June 6 of a brain cancer. He wanted to become a doctor when he grew up. He will not get the chance, but Yaoyi will get to heal the sick. Before he died, he asked that his organs be donated to people who need transplants. Within eight hours of his death, his kidneys and liver were transplanted.

After they were removed from his body, the doctors from the operating room bowed to honor him.

-via TYWKIWDBI


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Chainsaw Powered by a V8 Car Engine

Whitlands Engineering is an Australian company that manufactures wood splitters, firewood processors, and awesomeness. In order to advance their dominance of the latter field, the company built a chainsaw powered by a 4.2-liter car engine extracted from a 1985 Holdren WB Ute.

Sadly, the company has no intentions of mass-producing this excellent design. It’s just a one-off marketing tool. That’s a pity because I could really use it to--well, nothing around the house, I suppose. But if I owned something this cool, I would find a good use for it.


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-via Jalopnik


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Man Eventually Calls for Help after Huge Snake Spends 5 Days on the Dashboard of His Car

(Photo: WIRES Northern Rivers)

One morning, a man in Toonumbar, New South Wales, Australia went to his SUV to drive to work. He found a 9-foot long python sunning itself on the dashboard. Since he had another vehicle, he left the car doors open, hoping that the snake would move on. But when he got back home, he found that the snake was still there. So he left the doors open overnight.

After 5 days, the snake still had not moved out. So the owner called WIRES, an Australian wildlife rescue organization, to remove it. They evicted the snake, which WIRES described as "a bit cranky about being disturbed."

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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Cooking with Lava


(Photo: Sam Bompas)

Hank Hill is right: clean-burning propane is the best way to taste the meat, not the heat. But in the absence of God's gas, lava is an acceptable substitute. Sam Bompas and Harry Parr give a demonstration in this video embedded below.

The artistic duo is known for its creative food installations, such as architectural Jell-O and a punchbowl so big you can row across it. For this project, they worked with Robert Wysock, an art professor at Syracuse University who is an expert at producing and controlling man-made lava.

They heated an industrial bronze furnace to 2,100ºF, placed a grill over the lava stream, and cooked two 10-ounce ribeye steaks and 2 ears of corn. You can see more photos at Designboom.


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Pro Tip: Don't Take a Selfie While a Bull Is Charging at You


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Bayonne is a city in southern France. Like Pamplona, Spain, there is a festival in which bulls chase runners through the streets. This is 2014, so it’s no longer enough for participants to just enjoy the thrill of angry bulls pursuing them. Now these moments must be immortalized on social media.

In Pamplona, this is actually illegal and police are searching for a man who snapped a photo of himself while a bull was just inches behind him. Police in Houston, Texas are not trying to find another man who made a video of himself while being chased because, thankfully, this is Texas.

Neither of those men appear to have been trampled. But YouTube user lexflex freeman shot this video of a man in Bayonne getting too distracted by his phone. It looks like he escaped with no injuries to his body—only his pride.

-via Daily Telegraph (warning: auto-play)


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Now There's No Reason to Ever Get out of Bed Again

Desk designs that require you to move around are popular these days. Many people have standing desks. Others use treadmill desks, even though they impair your work performance.

If this is the lifestyle that you prefer, go for it. But I think that this trend in desk design is going in the wrong direction. The ideal position is not standing upright, but lying supine. The wise Sir Winston Churchill explained its value when asked for the secret to his success in life:

Conservation of energy. Never stand up when you can sit down. And never sit down when you can lie down.

Precisely! Therefore this desk on sale in Japan is perfect for work and napping performance. You can save energy by skipping wasteful activities, such as sitting up in bed. The panel can rotate 360º and lock into six positions.


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How to Play Airplane Peekaboo

Long plane rides are so booooooooring. Here's a traditional game that helps you pass the time. Matthew Inman of The Oatmeal gives us a primer on the rules. It's really straightforward. Now the man on the toilet must tag his playmate back.


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Note that on some planes, the sign flips up rather than down.


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Diorama Artist Creates Amazing Miniature Worlds in Ordinary Objects

Be careful putting anything down in the studio of Akihiro Morohoshi, a Japanese miniatures artist. Cities will quickly pop up on everyday objects. Musical instruments, home appliances, and food containers will teem with life and the industry of tiny people. You can see more of his work at Spoon & Tamago.


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A Darth Vader to Japanese Translation Phrasebook

If you're a native Japanese speaker traveling to an English-speaking country, you might wonder how you will be able to conduct business and everyday transactions in a language that is very different from your own. How will you order food at a restaurant, check into a hotel, or make a business deal?

Thankfully, in the Anglosphere, you can get most of this done by selectively quoting Star Wars. Darth Vader's own dialogue is a particularly good starting point, which is why the publishing company Gakken has produced a phrasebook which translates Lord Vader's English into Japanese. Here are some sample pages.

-via Rocket News 24


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S'Mores Chicken Wings

Once again, Nick Chipman of DudeFoods invents a food product that becomes instantly indispensible. Now that you know that these things exist, you feel an overwhelming urge to eat them, right? Of course, you do!

They're simple to make at home. First, bake unbreaded chicken wings. Then dip them in melted marshmallows, sprinkle with graham cracker crumbles, and pour on chocolate sauce. Yummy!

-via That's Nerdalicious!

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Retirement Community Remakes Pharrell Williams's "Happy"


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And it's completely charming!

This is the Diana Isaac Retirement Village in Christchurch, New Zealand. 60 residents and members of the staff made this shot-by-shot remake of the original music video by Pharrell Williams. They made it to show their friends and family that they're happy. The Daily Mail describes the dapper fellow who plays Williams:

The star of the video, complete with a Pharrell-esque smart white shirt, bow tie and iconic hat, is 79-year-old former engineer Alister Leckie who Mr King said 'had never done anything like that before, and absolutely loved it'.

The residents stay in shape with regular exercise and flashmobbing, so they were up for the demands of the video.


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Yes, really! They hold flashmobs. The residents converge on malls and dance. Skip to 4:00 in this video to see them in action.

-via 22 Words


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The Turboencabulator--A Classic Engineering Joke


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For a number of years now, work has been proceeding in order to bring perfection to the crudely conceived idea of a transmission that would not only supply inverse reactive current for use in unilateral phase detractors, but would also be capable of automatically synchronizing cardinal grammeters. Such an instrument is the turbo-encabulator.

Do you understand? If not, just nod you head and pretend that you do because it's vital that no one else grasps how little you understand about the world. That is the premise of the turboencabulator (or turbo-encabulator or turbo encabulator), a classic joke in the engineering world. Rebecca Linke of Computerworld offers a history of this gag that has been running since at least 1944. It's a long string of total gibberish that sounds right to the uninformed. In short, it's technobabble so good that even Geordi La Forge would approve.

John Hellins Quick, a graduate student, published about the turboencabulator in a 1944 issue of the British Institution of Electrical Engineers Student’s Quarterly Journal. It was republished in the US in a 1946 issue of Time magazine. In 1962, the Instrument Department of General Electric published a professional-looking datasheet on the turboencabulator, complete with a list of accessories, specifications, and ratings. Several companies produced training videos, including the hilarious one embedded above.

-via American Digest and Ka-ching!


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4 Inmates in Australia Repeatedly Break out of Prison, Get Drunk, Then Sneak Back in, Hoping They Won't Get Caught


(Photo: Darwin Correctional Centre by Bidgee)

It was a cunning plan. During the night, the four inmates at a prison in Darwin, Australia climbed over the fence, where they met partners on the outside. These colleagues gave them alcohol and marijuana. After partaking of those refreshments for a few hours, the prisoners climbed back over the fence and got back into their cells, hoping they wouldn't get caught. 

Then they repeated the process a few times.

Finally, early on the morning of July 20, guards noticed these thoroughly drunk prisoners in the yard, fighting over a cell phone. They have since been transferred to a higher security unit. Authorities are not sure if the four will be charged with attempting to escape from prison. 

-via Ace of Spades HQ


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Woman Didn't Want to Take Maternity Photos, So Her Husband Did It for Her

Maternity photo shoots are a thing now. The results are often funny or sweet photos of expectant mothers showing off their baby bumps. But the pregnant wife of redditor DruishPrincess69 (Funny--he doesn't look Druish) didn't want to have a photo shoot. So he hired a photographer and did it himself. You can view the entire set here.

It looks like he's about 6 months along. That's when the back pain tends to set in. Be careful, DruishPrincess69. Don't push yourself too hard.

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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The Decline and Fall

Chris Hallbeck of Maximumble has a point. But I think we've reached serious danger only when you decide to stay on your couch and watch a different movie instead. Or if you're hungry, but decide to stay on the couch instead of getting up to go to the kitchen.


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The Ten Commandments Rewitten by BuzzFeed


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David Tate of McSweeney's rewrote the Ten Commandments to make them more clickable. Here are the first five new BuzzFeed headlines:

YOU WON’T BELIEVE WHAT GOD SAID TO THIS MAN…

  • What You Need to Know Now About the Lord Totally Being God
  • At the Beginning He Had Me Confused, But by Minute Two I Knew That I Shouldn’t Have Other Gods.
  • Are You Making This Common Mistake with Graven Images?
  • How I Work: Read This Life Hack from God Your Only Creator.
  • She Admitted to Doing What Every Sunday?

Moses, rewrite everything. You've got to get those traffic stats up! Remember that there's a dozen 23-year old journalism majors who would part the Hudson River to get at your job.


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Here's a bonus video from Mel Brooks's History of the World, Part I.

-via Ace of Spades HQ


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Cross Stitch Doctor Who 12-Sided Die

Each of the twelve enumerated incarnations of the Doctor appear on Robin's 5-inch tall dodecahedron which is charmingly cross stitched in vibrant colors. She writes that the numbers on opposing sides add up to 13, so presumably Peter Davidson is opposite Paul McGann, and so on.

The War Doctor is, I gather, not included. Could one created a 13-sided polyhedron with identical faces? I am not sure. One could certainly do so with non-identical faces. But I was hired to work at Neatorama for my good looks, not my math skills.


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Creative Writing Prompt: "Oh God Where Is My Gun!"

That's the title of this compelling painting by Vitaly S. Alexius. There's more context available. But I'd like to leave it at just the title.

In the comments, write a bit of flash fiction. What can you do with this image? What stories spring from your mind as you look at it?


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Watch This Dog Faint from Excitement after Reuniting with Her Owner


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Rebecca Ehalt moved to Slovenia. For two years, her dog, Casey, lived with her parents in Pennsylvania. Their reunion was unexpected but joyful for the nine-year old schnauzer. He got so excited that he fainted.

Don't worry! Casey recovered. It was just an overwhelming emotion. Ehalt concedes that although it was only a two-year separation for her, "in fairness [that] is 14 years in dog years."

-Thanks, Wifey!

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

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The Garbage Dress

Robin Barcus Slonina is an artist who creates novel items of clothing from unusual materials, such as a bikini made out of poker chips and a dress made of wiffle balls. For a while, she was composing "a site-specific, interactive 'dress' sculpture in each state of the union." This dress made of garbage bags represents New York.

Slonina is a native of Chicago. Her first visit to New York City was during a sanitation workers' strike. There were huge piles of uncollected garbage everywhere. They left a lasting impression. In her mind, "the sanitation workers that mange these tiny mountains every week are the true heroes of the city."

Slonina made her dress out of garbage bags filled with newspapers--specifically, The New York Times. The entire dress is thus recyclable. You can see more photos of it on her Facebook page.

-via Recyclart


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Reverse Dog Shaming

(Image: redditor: drain65)

We've seen dog shaming--where humans place signs in front of their dogs, calling out their disgraceful behavior in the first person. Now man's best friend is turning the tables on us, forcing us to admit how we cheat them.

I will confess that sometimes I just pretend to throw the ball. And sometimes I act like a piece of ordinary dog kibble is a treat. I'm a bad human.

-via Tastefully Offensive

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

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Brilliant Pediatrician Knows How to Make a Toddler Laugh While Getting Shots


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Dr. Michael Darden is a highly trained pediatrician and allergist. But he's more than just a man of science. He also has a gifted bedside manner. Here he is in his D.C.-area clinic giving two shots to a toddler. This would normally cause a young child to howl in pain. But Dr. Darden is so entertaining that instead the little boy laughs.


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Here's another interesting video. It's an interview with Dr. Darden. At the 5:10 mark, he shares a fascinating story. When he was still in high school, he worked in a hospital. At the age of about 16 or 17, he had the opportunity to observe an autopsy. The body was that of someone that he knew well. It was, for Dr. Darden, an early encounter with the mysterious boundary between life and death.

-via Huffington Post

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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16 Maps Illustrate the History of the Game of Thrones Universe

Fans of both the Game of Thrones TV show and the Song of Ice and Fire novel series can appreciate the extensive worldbuilding that George R.R. Martin engaged in prior to publishing his work. Martin's stories are predicated upon carefully-developed history, geography, and ethnography.

The world in which the stories take place is huge. It can be helpful to understand its history. Thanks to a series of 16 maps by redditor hotbrownDoubleDouble, we can do so quickly. They take us from the dawn of known history in Westeros and Essos to the complete conquest of Westeros by House Targaryen. Each one contains a summary of historical events during that period.

-via Geek x Girls


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Tricked by a Watermelon

How can you beat the scorching summer heat? Break open a watermelon and enjoy some cold, sweet, fruit. A friend of Twitter user @min18rff had that idea, but he bought the wrong watermelon. He could still turn it into a huge watermelon Jell-O shot. But only one.

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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Dramatic Footage of a Lifeguard Saving a Drowning Child


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A young boy bodyboarding off Crooklets Beach in Bude, Cornwall, UK, encountered a rip current and was pushed out to sea. He screamed for help. Joby Wolfenden-Brown, a lifeguard working for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, jumped into the water to save him.

Wolfenden-Brown was wearing a camera at that moment. Watch this heart-pounding footage of him saving the boy from drowning.


(Image: NOAA)

What's are rip currents? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (US) defines them as "narrow, and sometimes strong, currents that flow away from the beach." They can go faster than 6 miles an hour, and thus are dangerous to even strong swimmers.

What should you do if you find yourself in a rip current? RNLI lifeguard Chris Wafer advises:

If you're stuck in a rip current do not panic or swim against the current, keep hold of your flotation device and raise your arm to signal for help.

-via Twisted Sifter


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Babel Fish Cross Stitch

Don't panic! Just hang this cross stitch on your wall to understand what other people are saying to you. In the universe of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, the Babel Fish is an incredibly useful yet entirely natural object that translates speech:

The Babel fish is small, yellow, leech-like, and probably the oddest thing in the Universe. It feeds on brainwave energy received not from its own carrier, but from those around it. It absorbs all unconcious mental frequencies from this brainwave energy to nourish itself with. It then excretes into the mind of its carrier a telepathic matrix formed by combining the conscious thought frequencies with nerve signals picked up from the speech centres of the brain which has supplied them. The practical upshot of all this is that if you stick a Babel fish in your ear you can instantly understand anything said to you in any form of language. The speech patterns you actually hear decode the brainwave matrix which has been fed into your mind by your Babel fish.

Etsy seller Jen made this cross stitch piece illustrating the internal composition of the wondrous animal. You can buy her pattern here.


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Darth Vader Wood Stove

He is more machine than man now. Twisted, welded, and evil. This is Darth Vader, an outdoor wood stove built by Instructables member doddieszoomer. He made it from an old gas steel bottle. He used an angle grinder to shape the helmet accents. Doddieszoomer then finished the project with spray paint for the rich black Vader look.

-via Technabob


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Popcorn Lamp

iDLights took two old plastic popcorn bins (like this one) and turned them into a cute lamp. There's a 15 watt bulb in the bottom and a 9 watt bulb in the top. With its warm light and appropriate theme, the lamp would be perfect for a home theater.

-via Recyclart


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