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The Lady and the Unicorn is a series of 6 tapestries woven in Flanders in the early 1500s. 

The Garden of Earthly Delights is a triptych painting series by Hieronymus Bosch that allegorically depicts innocence, sin, and redemption.

The French art company Boom-Art (warning: NSFW) and the surfboard manufacturer UWL Surfboard (warning: NSFW) together made these images into stylish wave riders. You can buy one for about $2134 USD.

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Video: Plane Almost Hits Skydivers

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Last October 19, skydiver Forest Pullman and his passenger jumped out of an airplane at 13,000 feet of elevation over Thailand. They were having a good time for a few seconds. But right after they jumped, the pilot turned the plane around 180º and flew right at them. At the 0:15 mark in this video, the plane hits part of their chute and comes within a few feet of hitting them.

Pullman captured the entire event on a GoPro camera. His passenger seems unaware of how close they came to dying.

-via Daily Telegraph (warning: auto-start video)

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Real Star Trek Currency

They're not Federation credits or gold-pressed latinum, but if you're in the Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, you can use these coins as legal tender. On one side of each dollar coin is the face of Elizabeth II, the Queen of Tuvalu. On the other is either Captain Kirk or the USS Enterprise. The Perth Mint of Australia offers these collectible coins made of almost pure silver.

-via Tor

P.S. If you know of a bank that will exchange quatloos for US Dollars, please let me know promptly. I need a good rate or I'm going to take a big hit unloading these thralls.

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Visit South Korea's Sheep Cafe

Cafes where you get to pet animals while you eat are all the rage, especially in East Asia. There are cat cafes, dog cafes, owl cafes, and goat cafes, among others. On February 19, the Year of the Sheep in the Chinese zodiac begins, so one clever restaurater in Seoul is bringing sheep into his cafe.

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In the South Korean culture, On Demand News informs us, sheep symbolize "kindness, humility, and respect for parents." Many Koreans visit sheep farms at this time. Lee Kwang-ho, the owner of the Thanks to Nature Cafe, saw this tradition as a great opportunity to draw in customers.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath

What type of animal cafe would you like to see next?

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The Avengers' Battle in New York City Would Cause $160 Billion in Damage

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In the 2012 movie The Avengers, some of the greatest heroes of the Marvel Universe join forces to battle an alien invasion from a wormhole that opens in New York City. At the end of the film, the heroes rejoice in their triumph, which is a reasonable reaction. But most of them aren't property owners in New York City. People who are did nothing but suffer in that film because the city was thoroughly ravaged during the battle.

The Kinetic Analysis Corporation is a company that performs assessments of disasters. At the request of The Hollywood Reporter, Chuck Watson and Sara Jupin used computer models to calculate how much financial damage New York City suffered during the movie. They determined that the total cost is about $160 billion:

Although many buildings in the fight's East Midtown arena suffered extensive structural damage, most were limited to the more superficial destruction of windows, facade and some interiors. Those buildings that had their tops crushed, though, would be especially costly and time-consuming to fix, as would be Grand Central Station, through which a warship crashed.

"The extensive damage to Grand Central Terminal could prove highly disruptive, depending on the subsurface damage to the subway system," KAC notes. "Although such damage is unlikely, as the 9/11 events showed, collapsing buildings can cause significant damage to subsurface infrastructure such as gas, communications and electrical systems. Detailed site surveys will be required to assess the state of the subterranean infrastructure."

I found this article via The Geek Twins, with whom I had a lively discussion on Twitter. I have strong opinions on these matters. In short, if you live in the Marvel or DC universes, don't live in a large city. Don't live in a city where there are superheroes. If a superhero begins operations in your city, move. Superheroes attract supervillains and supervillains will kill you or destroy your property. Superheroes are nothing but trouble, so avoid them as much as practically possible.

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An Elegant Home for Birds with Refined Tastes

Ryan Bruxvoort designed a home for sparrows that are ready to set new, higher standards for elegance. He tells Design Boom:

my goal is to create a shelter that compliments its environment while at the same time attracting sparrows to inhabit it. ultimately I wish for this to culminate into a form that shows empathy for the sparrow, in a serene, carefully crafted manner. this led to the development of a delicate, almost fragile look that has been constructed in a manner that affords tremendous structural integrity. this light yet resilient quality of the house is to be reflective of the sparrow itself.

Bruxvoort's birdhouse consists of maple panels cut into 65 strips for the outside covering and 24 blocks for the interior structure. 2 strips of wood veneer help hold it together.

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This Waterfall Appears to Stare Right Back at You

This natural wonder is located in Silver Falls State Park in Oregon. I think that it is specifically the 177-foot South Falls, one of the 10 waterfalls in that park. Photographer Jared Decker climbed inside a cave behind the waterfall and snapped three shots, which he stitched together into this beautiful image. It is as if Nature herself has an eye and she gazes back at you.

You can buy a print of this photo at Fine Art America.

-via Colossal

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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Coffee Stain Motorcycles

Carter Asmann, an artist in Encinitas, California, is incredibly skilled at producing precise renderings of machines in pencil. Lately, he's been staining paper with coffee cup rings, then filling in images of motorcycles around them. His command of the details of his craft is impressive! Asmann's drawings are so technically good that they looks like photographs of the motorcycles. You can see more at his Instagram account.

-via Colossal

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Forget Treadmill Desks. You Need a Surfboard Desk!

Office furniture designers have a goal: to annoy workers as much as possible. They want to make office work even more unpleasant, so they've invented devices like treadmill desks, hamster wheel desks, punching bag keyboards, and full-body mouse controllers. This is, of course, precisely the wrong direction we should be moving in. The optimal work position is supine in a comfortable bed.

One popular take on this concept is that terrible yet persistent idea: the standing desk. A standing desk requires that you stand whenever you need to do work, instead of sitting in a comfortable chair. If you're in reasonably good health, you can probably stand up for a long time. Maybe even an entire work shift. Perhaps the experience isn't so awful after all.

(Photo: Fluid Stance)

That's where Joel Heath's The Level comes in to rescue you from the dangers of comfort and contentment. It's a surfboard-like platform on an unstable base. To keep upright, you have to constantly shift your body with tiny movements. 

-via Marilyn Terrell

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Huge Manatee Party Shuts Down Refuge

(Photo: Crystal River National Wildlife Refuge Complex)

There ain't no party like a manatee party! When the manatees show up, you know that the party is going to rock all night.

And they showed up in numbers at the Three Sisters Springs north of Tampa, Florida on Monday. About 300 manatees swarmed a 1 acre area, forcing managers to shut down boating and swimming to make room for them. This is about double the largest number of manatees they've ever seen at the site at the same time.

-via Huffington Post

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

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The Beatles Marionettes Perform "Help"

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These buskers in Donostia, Basque Country, Spain perform the iconic song "Help" by The Beatles. They're totally convincing! I'm especially impressed with the puppeteers' vocal performance, which perfectly matches the original sound.

-via Blame It on the Voices

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PlayStation Controller Table

That's a real PS3 controller resting on a perfectly crafted replica that serves as a table. It's not functional, but it will certainly impress gamers who visit your home. Scott Blackwell, a woodworker in South Carolina, made it. He's offering the table for sale on Etsy.

We've previously featured other work by Scott Blackwell: this twisted bookcase. That's the dominant theme in his work. It's especially effective in this bookcase that takes inspiration from Dr. Seuss's The Lorax.

-via Nerd Bastards

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Adorable Kitchenette System Looks Like Dozing Birds

Russian designers Tanya and Misha Repin developed LOLO, a "capsular micro kitchen." It would be a good pick for upscale office settings or hotels. The cabinets hold small cooking implements, such as microwave ovens, coffee pots, and water coolers. They're designed to resemble dainty dozing birds.

-via Fubiz

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Goatee Saver Rescues Your Beard from Danger

This clever gadget is the Goatee Saver, a shaving template that keeps a firm barrier between a razor and a vulnerable, precious goatee. The owner grips it in his/her teeth, then shaves normally. It's adjustable to fit different facial sizes and features.

-via David Thompson

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If Disney Characters Were on Tinder

Gaston's profile is about what you'd expect. And he probably gets a lot of right swipes for it.

Peter Pan? You'd be surprised how close he is to you.

Characters from Disney movies are looking for love or for someone--anyone--to fill the emptiness inside of them. So they've added the Tinder dating app to their smartphones. Shea Strauss of College Humor illustrates the results.

-via Tastefully Offensive

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Giant Ferrero Rocher Candies

Thursday was World Nutella Day, a celebration of that wondrous hazelnut chocolate spread made by the Italian company Ferrero. To celebrate, Elizabeth of Sugar Hero made huge Ferrero Rocher candies. These are small balls of hazelnut and chocolate--luxurious bits of joy that are about an inch wide. Elizabeth's version is fully 5 inches across!

They aren't simply enlarged versions of Ferrero Rocher candies. Such a concoction, Elizabeth explains, would not be able to hold together consistently. Instead, she made spheres of hazelnut chocolate mousse and cake that give you the same delicious experience.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Woman's Bra Stops a Bullet

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Ivete Medeiros of Belém, Brazil was shopping at a supermarket one day when she was accidentally shot by a criminal who was robbing another person. The bullet struck her in the chest, impacting along the underwire of her bra. Medeiros attributes her survival to God and her bra. The Guardian reports:

Her husband told the Globo channel, he feared his wife had been killed because she had been shot in the heart. She told reporters that all she felt was “a little burning sensation” thanks to divine intervention.

“It was not just the bra wiring, which softened [it] a little, but God who saved me,” she said, showing the small hold made in her blouse by the bullet.

The manufacturer of her bra now has a great marketing opportunity.

-via AP

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Truck Transmission Loses Reverse, Owner Devises Way to Make It Go Backwards Anyway

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YouTube user hexdude24 owns a truck. The reverse gear in his transmission went out. He can't afford to fix it. In the meantime, he's using this device that he made. It slips under his rear wheels. As he drives forward, it pulls his truck backward.

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Forgive me, readers: Alex hired me for my looks, not my brains. How does this system work? I'm struggling to understand it.

-via 22 Words

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The Most Common Job in Every State

I'm a bit surprised. Since half of Neatorama's authors live in California, I had simply assumed that blogging is what most Californians do. But for California, like most of the country, the most common job is truck driving, as NPR learned by pulling US Census data.

The maps are part of an interactive tool that shows the most common jobs for every quadrennium from 1978 to 2014. You can see the gradual reduction of secretaries, farmers, and machine operators for truck drivers, school teachers, and software developers.

What do you think that a map like these for the year 2050 would look like? What jobs do you think will be common?


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Aircraft Carrier Passes through a Rainbow

The mighty USS John C. Stennis, a Nimitz-class aircraft carrier based in Bremerton, Washington, passed through a rainbow in the Pacific Ocean on Tuesday morning. For the photographer, Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Ignacio D. Perez, it was a perfect moment. He described the event to CNN:

"As a photographer I am used to documenting operational events like aircraft launches and recoveries," Perez, a 21-year-old mass communications specialist third class, said in an email. "But when I saw the rainbow I was excited because it was different. I knew the odds of the ship passing near another rainbow were pretty slim."

Perez was fortunate he was on the ship's flight deck on another assignment when things began to fall into place.

"I was actually covering the end of a 5K run on the flight deck at the time, but I noticed the rainbow as a fog cloud was breaking and quickly changed my location to ensure I had a better view of the ship passing underneath it," Perez said.

-via Jalopnik

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Pac-Man Clock

It's time to rise and shine and chase after those food pellets. Eat and don't get caught by the ghosts. That's your job every single day. For eternity.

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If you need a reminder of that, Bob of Making Stuff has a great clock design for you. Bob built this clock showing Pac-Man chasing his undead enemies. This time-lapse video shows the construction process from start to finish. It's run with an Arduino-compatible controller and a servo mounted in a 3D printed bracket.

The body pieces are made very skillfully with a scroll saw. Bob's well-equipped workshop makes me jealous. I need a scroll saw, as cutting off my fingers with my jigsaw takes too much effort.

-via Hack A Day

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This Pile of Snow Looks Just Like a Cat

Twitter user @samurai_ball snapped this photo of a snow formation a couple years ago. This cat is far more into winter than even Rudiger the snow cat. Bring him in from the cold!

-via Rocket News 24

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Louise Low Seok Loo's Bra Art

Louise Low Seok Loo, a Malaysian artist, uses thousands of bra cups to form sculptures and cover other objects. Her shark called Fatal Attraction was the centerpiece of an exhibit last year in George Town, Malaysia. These bra works form her attempt to combat a superstition about women's underwear. The New Straits Times explains:

She said the artwork which took about one month to complete would also educate society particularly the younger generation among the Chinese community, against superstition.

In Chinese culture, the women’s undergarment was believed to bring bad luck when displayed indiscriminately.

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This Barber Will Shame Your Misbehaving Kid by Giving Him an Old Man's Haircut

(Photo: A-1 Kutz Barber Shop & Salon)

Russell Fredrick is a barber and the owner of A-1 Kutz Barber Shop & Salon in Snellville, Georgia, a suburb of Atlanta. If your child is misbehaving, you can threaten to take him to Fredrick's shop for a "Benjamin Button Special." That's a haircut that will make him look like a balding man. Fredrick offers this service free of charge.

The haircut is named for the movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, a story about a man who ages in reverse. Fredrick says that giving his own son a Benjamin Button was highly effective, so he kindly offers it to other parents. The Washington Post reports:

Fredrick, the A-1 Kutz co-owner and a 34-year-old father of three, said he decided to advertise the cut after he used the unique disciplinary measure on his 12-year-old son, Rushawn, last fall — and saw immediate results. Rushawn’s grades, which had fallen, “dramatically skyrocketed” after he got his old-man haircut, Frederick said.

The boss barber said he has already had one parent take him up on the offer. And there has been a surge of interest from other parents, especially after Fredrick posted before, during and after photos of his second “Benjamin Button” subject on social media last week.

-via The Geek Twins

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The Greatest BuzzFeed Listicle Ever Written

It is the dream of every writer to compose a listicle that will stand the test of time as a seminal work of literature. Not every person to pick up a pen has the intuition, skill, and perseverance to master this subtle literary form. Mere inspiration and a familiarity with poetics is not sufficient for the task. What precise philological alchemy results in a masterpiece remains a mystery.

But, occasionally, a listicle of true genius appears. Today, that accomplishment comes from BuzzFeed author David Rattigan. His 20 Things Only Heirs to the Martian Throne Will Understand masterfully parodies the genre by perfectly matching pithy summations of the human experience and reaction .gifs.

Observe that the Pulitzer Prize does not have a category for listicles. This is a serious oversight.

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Orphaned Lamb Thinks That She's a Dog

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Jemma McKenzie's collies adopted Pet, an orphaned lamb. Like Tarzan, she's taken up the ways of her new family. She wags her tail and plays like a dog. You can watch another video of them playing here.

-via Tastefully Offensive

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New Monopoly Set Comes with $24,000 in Real Money

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You can’t buy anything outside of the game with Monopoly money, but that may change in the near future. For the 80th anniversary of that game in France, Hasbro is selling a special set that will contain real money: €20,580 ($23,513 USD). A few other sets will contain smaller amounts of legal tender in addition to the fake money that players use during gameplay. They will be placed at random in ordinary boxed sets of the game. The Guardian describes how carefully Hasbro is working to ensure that no one can find the money sets intentionally:

The operation to switch the notes was carried out in deadly secret, in the small eastern town of Creutzwald, where the games are packed up before being shipped throughout France.

“First of all, it wasn’t easy to get the notes. They had to be escorted discreetly,” explained Gaillard.

Appropriately for a game where players try to cruelly bankrupt their opponents, Monopoly even roped in a bailiff to count and re-count the real notes.

“When they asked me, I was giddy as a child,” said the bailiff in question, Patrice Wimmer, an aficionado of the game.

However, they discovered a problem: the sets with the real notes expanded the box ever so slightly, making the packaging out of kilter - a tell-tale sign.

As for the weight, there was no discernable difference between the real notes and the fake money.

“The difference is marginal, unless you turn up at the shop with precision scales,” said Wimmer.

-via Nerd Approved

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Mjolnir Purse

“Whoever holds this purse, if she be worthy, shall possess the power of Thor.”

Thor is now, by the way, a woman. So it’s appropriate that she equip herself for battle. Mjolnir, the hammer of Thor, takes the form of a practical purse in this creation by Meryle Idzerda. It’s made around a cigar box and covered with lambskin leather that has a gunmetal finish.

-via Fashionably Geek

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Corn on the Cob Pillow

A warm ear of corn smothered in butter just feels good, right? So slip one under your head as you go to bed. Designer Weng Jie made that fantasy a reality with this pillow design called the Sweetcorn Pillow. Each kernel is attached with the core with Velcro, which is a mat that can be unrolled. This pillow won a Red Dot Design Award in 2010.

-via Rusty's Electric Dreams

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Kinetic Insect Lamp Glows and Flutters

U-Ram Choe, a Korean artist, is noted for his moving mechanical sculptures that are inspired by living creatures. His latest two works, Silver Insecta Lamp and Gold Insecta Lamp, take the form of insects. When activated, gears flap the wings gently and warm lights glow.

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