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How People Treat Mental Illness vs. Physical Illness

Do you struggle with a mental illness? People will tell you to suck it up and keep going. You don't need treatment. You just need some gumption so you don't flake out on your responsibilities.

Other people can't see the pain, so they may not think that it's real. Haejin Park illustrated 7 common responses at BuzzFeed. When you meet people like this, block them out of your life if you want to get better.

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Confused Toddler Can't Find the Fork in His Hand

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The little boy desperately needs a fork so that he can eat his food. But his mommy won't give him one. She keeps telling him to just use the one that she has cunningly hidden in his right hand. She can't expect him to find it there!

-via Tastefully Offensive

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The Most Edited Wikipedia Articles

For the past 15 years, Wikipedia has informed and misinformed* nearly a generation of internet users about history, science, popular culture, and pretty much everything else on Earth. The are articles on broad topics, as well as extremely narrow ones. Some of those are very controversial and the editors debate vigorously over what precisely is the truth and what constitutes objective descriptions of it.

This past January, Five Thirty-Eight, Nate Silver's popular statistics blog, created this chart illustrating the three most heavily edited articles for every year of Wikipedia's existence. Rapidly changing events, like the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan, and political controversies are obvious picks. But I'm baffled as to why 2009 was a peak year for the Chevrolet Vega and the article on Japanese dissidence during the Shōwa period was revised so often during 2014.

-via Jonah Goldberg

*I'm a college librarian, so I spent way too much time explaining to students why it's not acceptable to use Wikipedia as a source of information in their research assignments.

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How to Make Oreo Cannolis

Chef Josh Elkin helpfully provides a step-by-step instructional video to show you how to make this Oreo that you'll definitely take instead of the gun. First, he separated the Oreo cookies from the creme. Then he powdered the chocolate cookies and added fluor, shortnening, and an egg to make a dough. After shaping the dough around cannoli tubes, he deep fried it to create the shells.

With sugar, vanilla extract, and water, Elkin formed a frosting, which he piped into the cannoli shells. Unless I missed a step, he didn't use the creme filling, so you have something extra to eat after you fix the cannolis. 

-via @mdoughw_eats

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Iron Throne Made of Chicken Wings

"Hunger is coming!" proclaims chef Josh Elkin. He made this replica of the Iron Throne from Game of Thrones. Like the one on the show, it's forged from the chicken wings that Aegon the Conqueror took from the lords of Westeros that he subdued.

Elkin clearly isn't just a chef. He's a veritable architect with food, as we've seen in the past with his breakfast Jenga tower and his Taj Mahal pizza. Let us hope that he someday builds the entire Red Keep out of pickled pigs' feet.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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McDonald's and Liquor Store Get into Hilarious Sign War

A McDonald's restaurant and a liquor store are not natural enemies. In the wild, they usually ignore each other. But a McDonald's and a Sav-Mor in Somerville, Massachusetts are now locked in a joking war against each other, mocking each other with their signs.

It all started when the McDonald's offered a special deal on Egg McMuffins. The Sav-Mor decided to move into McDonald's territory:

Both businesses kept responding to each other. You can read the full exchange (so far) at That's Nerdalicious.

The sign war is escalating. The Boston Globe reports that a Sav-Mor the nearby town of Medford has joined the hostilities.

We've seen this before: it's like the system of alliances that turned the assassination of Archduke Ferdinand into World War I. Someone stop this madness before it kills us all!

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Prankster Leaves Weird Motivational Posters in a Store

Obvious Plant is the ongoing pranking project by Jeff Wysaski. He creates high-quality looking products that are slightly twisted in public venues, like an IKEA store, a library, and a bookstore.

For his latest prank, Wysaski made framed motivational posters, similar to those commonly used to decorate corporate offices cheaply and inoffensively. These encourage employees with platitudes typical of the genre--until you read the fine print. Wysaski placed these posters in housewares store.

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World's Proudest Grandma Has Wallpaper and Fabric Covered with Photos of Her Grandkids

(Photo: Spoonflower)

It's like an otaku room, but for grandparenting.

Spoonflower is a company that produces custom fabrics. If you've got a design, they can produce bolts of it. Carmen Baugh, 66, of Durham, North Carolina made use of that service to decorate for her obsession: her grandchildren. Her philosophy is that a grandma can't have too many photos of her grandkids.

So with fabric covered with pictures of her two grandkids, she made curtains, pillows, clothes, and even wallpaper. Baugh says, "When I stand against the wall, my husband says that I just blend in and disappear. All you can see is my head."

You can see more photos of her extraordinary decor here.

-via Huffington Post

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Funny Robot Automatically Distributes Treats and Pats to Both Dogs and Humans

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T-Bone lives in Toronto with his human, James Cochrane. The latter is fairly clever by human standards. Cochrane built a robot that, with the press of a button, pats T-Bone on the head, then gives him a treat. It's called the IOT Robot People/Pet Affectionator.

The design incentivizes cooperation. On T-Bone's side of the machine is another button. When he presses it, it gives Cochrane a pat on the head, followed by a treat.

It works wonderfully! But it didn't start out that way. In the second half of the video, we see that Cochrane's initial design was dangerous to T-Bone.

-via Laughing Squid

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Which One Is the Doppleganger?

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One is your wife. The other is her evil twin sister, now escaped from an asylum for the criminally insane. They look alike, but only one has learned how to tolerate you for long periods of time. Which one is the right one!?

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Cop Replaces Little Boy's Stolen Pokémon Collection with His Own

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9-year old Bryce of Cleveland, Ohio has been collecting Pokémon for 3 years. His impressive collection is his pride and joy, carefully purchased and preserved.

Then someone stole it.

Bryce was carrying his collection in a binder to a friend's house. Then another kid robbed him and ran off with the collection.

Bryce's mother called the police. The responding officers were James Grotenrath and Ken Kirk. Grotenrath, at 26 years old, is young enough to have enjoyed Pokémon when it first came out. He had been building his own collection for many years.

But in an incredible act of generosity, Officer Grotenrath gave the whole thing to Bryce. Fox 8 Cleveland (autoplay video) reports:

He returned to his house, and gave up his own Pokemon collection as well as other cards he had stored.

"It's a banned card of Pokeman and there's only about ten of these in the world and I have one of them," explained Bryce.

"It's a priceless item, but it's better to see someone else smile, and in my book, like my partner says, it's just happy to see a citizen smile instead of always frowning upon us and looking the other way," said Grotenrath.

The police were also able to find the thief and return most, but not all, of Bryce's original collection.

-via Nerd Approved

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LEGO Batman vs. Superman

(Lucas Nascimento)

The ordinary LEGO block is the most dangerous weapon on Earth--especially against parents. Even Superman can succumb to its brutality. Here, Batman uses his superior intellect to devise the ultimate means of taking down his rival: the kryptonite LEGO block.

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Rod Serling on Kamikazes, Japanese Taxis, and The Twilight Zone

Blank on Blank is an ongoing video series by PBS that vividly animates the audio tracks of interviews of famous people. In the past, they've done Tom Waits, Bill Murray, Kurt Vonnegut, Dolly Parton, and Jimi Hendrix, among many others.

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For this video, Blank on Blank presents a 1963 interview with Rod Serling in Australia. In in, the creator of The Twilight Zone describes serving as a paratrooper during World War II, riding in the backseat of a Japanese taxi, and growing up with a reputation of dishonesty. Serling says, "Some liars go to prison and others write television shows."

-via Geek Tyrant

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Who Wants to Be a Cat Millionaire?

(Rachel J. Corey)

Mr. Cat has carefully worked his way up from $100 to a $1,000,000 pot. He can walk away with enough money to buy a fresh couch to scratch every day for the rest of his life. But he has to first correctly answer the impossible question for cats and cat owners.

-via Tastefully Offensive

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Star Wars Dogfights Fit Perfectly with Top Gun Music

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Kenny Loggins's performance of "Danger Zone" became famous when it was included in the soundtrack of the 1986 movie Top Gun. It's instantly recognizable as a song about skilled men fearlessly risking their lives and having fun while doing it.

So it fits well with the thrilling dogfighting scenes in the 7 Star Wars movies. Weston Wong compiled the best of those combat sequences and set them to "Danger Zone." Now I can easily imagine Tom Cruise piloting an X-wing fighter.

-via Laughing Squid

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Young Chimpanzee Has Fun Sliding down a Hill

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This young bonobo at the Twycross Zoo in the UK has discovered the. Best. Game. Ever! It's called Sliding Down the Hill. To play, climb to the top of the incline in the enclosure, then slide down on your back. Do it forwards or backwards, but backwards is better.

He has fun doing it over and over again and tries to get his parents involved. They're less interested in playing the game. Perhaps, like humans parent, they're just too tired.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath

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

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Mosaic Portraits Made of Tiny Hand-Painted Portraits

Look at this painting of the face of Marilyn Monroe.

No, closer:

These are tiny images of President Kennedy, who was allegedly one of her lovers.

Kim Dong Yoo is an amazingly precise artist. He makes paintings that are image mosaics of tiny figures--the same one for each painting. These aren't computer generated. He does them all by hand. You can see more of his work here, including paintings of Audrey Hepburn made of tiny Gregory Pecks and John F. Kennedy made of tiny Marilyn Monroes.

-via My Modern Met

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Incredibly Talented Teenager Turns Herself into Makeup Monsters

Lara Wirth of Melbourne, Australia is a self-taught makeup and special effects artist. Though she's only 16 years old, she's clearly already a master of her craft. If you'd like to learn how to make your own, you can watch videos in her helpful instructional YouTube channel.

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Teenager Walks in Public for the First Time at His High School Graduation

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Micah McDade of Okmulgee, Oklahoma was born with cerebral palsy. He uses a wheelchair throughout his daily life. But he decided that he wanted to make a big change for his high school graduation: he wanted to walk across the stage to receive his diploma.

So he trained for months for this one special moment. And when his name was called, McDade rose from his wheelchair and walked several steps--the first time he had ever walked in public. The Telegraph reports:

And so, without telling his classmates what he was preparing, Micah put in months of preparation ahead of Friday’s ceremony, building on the countless surgeries he’s had through his life to improve his mobility.

To deafening cheers, Micah was helped up from his chair and made his way across the platform, with the help of staff and a walking frame.

His parents Mark and Anisa McDade told reporters they couldn't be prouder, and wept with joy as they stood cheering along with the crowd.

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The Crazy Restaurant Where Your Food Is Delivered on Tiny Rollercoasters

(Photo: Alton Towers)

It's called the Rollercoaster Restaurant--and for good reason! This restaurant at the Alton Towers resort and amusement park in Staffordshire, UK has  tiny rollercoaster tracks between the kitchen and each dining table. After the kitchen staff cooks your food, they place it in steel pots which attach to the metal tracks. Then they send your food rushing down to your table.

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-via Laughing Squid

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This Is the Funn Pack

This is the Funn Pack. You can see that it is properly named, given the expression of the man who is wearing it. That's Dan Das Mann, an artist. He built the Funn Pack so that he could pack fun anywhere.

Its has 4 mirror balls, 1,000 watts of sound,* a bubble machine, 2 smoke machines, and 12 lasers. The whole setup is powered by a lithium-ion battery and weighs a mere 50 pounds. That's a lot of fun that is portable wherever 2 feet can carry it.

-via Blazenfluff

*Presumably he means that his speakers are powered with 1,000 watts.

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Game of Thrones Intro Recreated with Slime Mold

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In the now iconic Game of Thrones title sequence, an astrolabe spins over the world, creating an impression of order. But beneath it, plots grow, both organically and mechanically. There are schemes within schemes, hidden within each other.

Game of Thrones is a story of politics--deadly politics, but also just slimy. What better way to illustrate the budding conspiracies everywhere than with slime mold? YouTube user Transcend Rules merged microscopic images of thriving molds with the opening music from the show.

-via Gizmodo

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Simpsons Voice Actor Gives Commencement Address as His Characters

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Hank Azaria is a voice actor who has filled many roles over the 26 seasons of The Simpsons. Last Sunday, he delivered the commencement address at Tufts University. At the conclusion of his speech, he offered in-character advice to the graduates using the voices that he provides on the show. Listen to pearls of wisdom from Chief Wiggum, Moe the bartender, Apu the convenience store owner, Comic Book Guy, and the old sea captain.

-via Huffington Post

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Why the First Cremation in the US Was So Controversial

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Pictured above is the LeMoyne Crematory in Washington, Pennsylvania. When it was built in 1876, it was the first modern crematory--that is, a building constructed for the explicit purpose of burning human bodies--in the United States.

In the Nineteenth Century, there was a great fear of being buried alive. This led to many inventions designed so that people could call for help if they ever woke up in coffins. Another approach to solving the problem was to ensure that the dead were well and truly dead by burning them into ash.

This was one of the arguments put forward by advocates of cremation. In the 1870s, there was a popular movement to do away with intact human burial and to burn the dead as normal practice. In addition to making sure that the dead were dead, cremation supporters claimed that burning bodies prevented corpses from speading diseases, such as cholera and yellow fever.

At Atlas Obscura, Amy Elliot Bragg traces the history of the cremation movement. She writes:

Because cremation was a moral crusade for the betterment of public health, it attracted sympathizers from other moral causes to its ranks, including no small number of women activists. The suffragist Lucy Stone was the first person cremated at the Forest Hills Crematory in Boston in 1893. Frances Willard—suffragist, temperance activist, and avid bicyclist—was also a vocal advocate of cremation. In 1900, the New York Times ran a satirical news item about the cremation of Willard's cat: “Each of Toots’s human friends will sprinkle a little myrrh or frankincense over the body, and while it is being consumed the incense will counteract any odor which might be emitted through the furnace chimney.”

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This Phone Is So Long It Requires 2 People to Operate It

Gather around, kids.

A long time ago, we didn't have smartphones. We didn't even have cellphones. We had phones that would only work if you plugged them into a special outlet on the wall. And none of them could operate SnapGram or InstaChat or whatever newfangled things you use nowadays.

This is what we had to use. It's called a rotary phone. You dialed numbers (there were no contacts) by turning the wheel, often while wearing an onion on our belts, which was the style at the time. And now designers Søren Pors and Apama Rao have faithfully recreated the original design in a functional sculpture called The Uncle Phone.

-via Fubiz

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Firefighters Rescue Baby Ducks from Storm Drain

Poor ducklings! 8 of them fell into a storm drain in Titirangi, New Zealand. Fortunately, the local volunteer fire brigade showed up to save the day. The firefighters opened the drain, then one of them hung upside down so that he could reach the ducks. After pulling the ducklings out, the firefighters placed them in a handy traffic cone, then released them to the care of their anxious mama.

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-via Ace of Spades HQ

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How Bugs Bunny's "What's Opera, Doc?" Inspired a Generation of Opera Stars

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In 1957, Warner Bros. released "What's Opera, Doc?"-- one of the most famous Bugs Bunny cartoons of all time. It was a parody of Richard Wagner's operatic Ring Cycle. Generations of children grew up watching that short in theatres and on television. As one of the greatest of the Bugs Bunny cartoons, it became deeply embedded in popular culture.

Some of those children grew up to become professional opera singers. For them, "What's Opera, Doc?" was their introduction to opera. The Wall Street Journal quotes mezzo-soprano Elizabeth Bishop:

Like many other singers and crew staging the 17-hour, four-opera Wagner extravaganza at the Kennedy Center, Ms. Bishop got her first taste of opera from a cartoon rabbit and his speech-impaired nemesis.

“I could sing you the entire cartoon before I knew what opera really was,” says Ms. Bishop, who performs the part of Fricka, wife of Wotan, king of the gods. […]

“Those of us who didn’t freak at the sight of a rabbit in a winged helmet sliding off of the back of a fat horse—we went into opera,” says Ms. Bishop, 49, who grew up in Greenville, S.C. […]

“Growing up in Iowa there’s not a lot of opera—I know that may come as a shock,” recalls Mr. Heaston, 37, a former pianist for the Dallas Opera and now adviser to the artistic director of the Washington National Opera. “At a very base level, that’s what I got from Looney Tunes at a very early age: I learned how to tell stories through music.”

-via Jeremy Barker

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Brewery Plans to Deliver Beer with Bald Eagle

(Photo: David A. Mitchell)

Phillips Brewery is releasing a new pilsner. To mark the occasion, it plans to deliver its new product to one thirsty drinker who wins a contest using a 4-year old bald eagle named Hercules. The contest is called "Beer from a Bird." It's the company's retro response to drone delivery. CTV News reports:

The brewery has partnered with Duncan-based Pacific Northwest Raptors for the contest.

The organization, which aims to raise awareness and promote conservation for birds of prey, is supplying a four-year-old bald eagle named Hercules to deliver a single can of Pilsner to the winner.

“We wanted to be involved because our goal is to get people closer to these incredible birds,” said operations manager Robyn Radcliffe. “So they’ll hopefully feel more inspired to protect them in their natural habitats, to learn more about ways that they can do that and to get more involved in conservation.” [...]

“He won’t be flying that far. Half a kilometre, probably. It’s sort of up to him,” Radcliffe said. “Our birds moods govern our interactions with them. We’re not going to ask them anything they’re not confident and comfortable doing. That’s very, very important to us.”

Half a kilometre translated into American is 0.31 miles. Despite the use of America's national bird, Phillips Brewery is actually located in Victoria, British Columbia. Here's the brewery's promotional video for the contest:

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This Company Specializes in Wheelchair Cosplays for Kids

Kids who use wheelchairs sometimes find that conventional costumes on sale won't work for them. That's when Walkin' & Rollin', a non-profit organization in Kansas City, comes in. The artists there specialize in the costuming and cosplaying needs of children who use wheelchairs.

It's the brainchild of Lon Davis, who started the organization after building a WALL-E costume for his son, Reese. After encountering the challenges of integrating a costume into a wheelchair, Davis began offering the service to other families for free. Last year, Davis described the design task to The Mighty:

“A lot of what Reese helps with is helping me to understand what works for a child in a wheelchair and what doesn’t,” Davis told The Mighty. “When I build a costume for his chair, he will give me hints like, ‘No, you can’t do that because then I can’t reach my brakes for my chair,’ or ‘If you attach that bar here instead, then I can get in and out of my chair easier.'”

You can see photos of costumes that Walkin' & Rollin' has produced here.

-via Super Punch

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10 Movie Scenes That Were Banned for Shocking Reasons

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In 2011, the 1985 hit film Back to the Future was banned from China. Why? Because at tha time, China banned any film about time travel. The Chinese argument was that time travel stories are disrespectful toward history.

That's an unconventional reason for banning a film, but it's not the only one. You can see nine others in this video by Screen Rant, including explanations for why E.T. was age-restricted in Norway and why Mad Max was prohibited in New Zealand.

-via Geek Tyrant

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