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A Monument to Old Douglas

Earlier this week, John told us about the Camels of Texas. The Confederate Army used quite a few of them during the Civil War. That inspired Neatorama reader Russ Warner to send us some of his neat pictures of the Cedar Hill Cemetery in Vicksburg, Mississippi, where the camel named Old Douglas, of Company A of the Forty-third Mississippi Infantry, is honored with a marker. From Wikipedia:

Though the men tried to treat Old Douglas like a horse, the camel was known to break free of any tether, and was eventually allowed to graze freely. Despite not being tied up, he never wandered far from the men. The Infantry’s horses feared Old Douglas, and he is recorded to have spooked one horse into starting a stampede, which reportedly injured many, and possibly killed one or two horses.[5]

Old Douglas’s first active service was with Gen. Price in the Iuka campaign. He also participated in the 1862 Battle of Corinth.[3] He remained with the regiment until the Siege of Vicksburg, where he was killed by Union sharpshooters.[6] Enraged at his murder, the men swore to avenge him. Col. Bevier enlisted six of his best snipers, and successfully shot the culprit. Of Douglas’s murderer, Bevier reportedly said, “I refused to hear his name, and was rejoiced to learn that he had been severely wounded.[7]” According to legend, after Douglas was shot, his remains were carved up and eaten, with some of his bones made into souvenirs by Federal soldiers.[2]

Learn more about the American camels from the Texas Camel Corps, a group “established to educate the public about the historic use of camels in America in the 19th century.”



(Images credit: Russ Warner, Brandon, Mississippi)


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Thumbs Up!

Redditor meancloth is pretty sure everything is fine with the latest ultrasound image. Baby A gives a thumbs up to assure him that conditions are AOK inside. Baby A? Yep, the other baby is fine, too. However, if you’re into counting fingers and toes, Baby A seems to have six on one hand. That could be a sonogram artifact, or a biological bonus. As if twins aren’t already a biological bonus!  

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Do Not Enter

This sign makes it very clear that you are not to go in here. It also addresses the possibility that you look at such signs and say, “Or else what?” like I sometimes do. The consequences are clear. -via reddit

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Baby Got Class

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Someone call Alex and tell him there’s a new parody of his favorite song!

It’s time for kids to go back to school, and the Holderness Family (previously at Neatorama) made a little song about it, to the tune of “Baby Got Back” by Sir Mix-a-Lot. Back to school time is a hassle, but after a couple of months of dealing with bored and always-hungry kids, it’s worth the effort. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Bench-pressing Hermit Crab

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This pet hermit crab climbed to the top of his, um, food container or something, and now he’s trying to raise the roof! When his owner came in the room, he said, “Me? No, I’m not trying to escape. Oh, I’m just exercising! Lifting weights! Yeah, that’s the ticket…” -via Tastefully Offensive


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Babysitting: What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

A couple in Zurich, Switzerland, were asked to babysit for a friend, who was a rather nervous father with plenty of instructions. Erica and Hannes had a good time of it. They took the baby, Alex, outside for a stroll and took pictures. Then they Photoshopped various disaster scenarios into the pictures to send to the father every hour as updates. Posting at reddit, one of them said,

True, we didn't teach the kid how to read that day. We also didn't expand his brain by playing classical music nonstop. We didn't feed him an immune system boosting meal every 15 minutes. But he survived, giggled a lot was looked after the entire time by the two of us and went to bed at 7.30PM perfectly happy. And we will show him these pics in maybe 10 years or so and say: "Young man, we had an awesome time together that day"

A good time was had by all. -via Buzzfeed

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Man Sees Snake Eating Hawk And Comes To The Rescue

Hawks are tough birds, with razor sharp talons and beaks that tear through flesh with ease, but even these apex predators can have the tables turned on them by their prey- if that prey happens to be a four-foot-long bull snake.

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Scott Adams happened upon a rare example of prey besting predator playing out in the middle of the road, and for some reason he felt inclined to get involved.

Scott demonstrates his snake wrangling skills in the video, and nearly gets nailed by the disgruntled snake despite his skills, which is why no one should ever attempt a rescue like this unless trained to handle snakes.

-Via San Francisco Globe

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39 Things You Probably Didn’t Know About Doctor Who

A TV show that’s had 800 episodes over a 50-year period produces a lot of trivia, so any list you see probably has some tidbits you’ve never read before. A list of Doctor Who trivia at Buzzfeed tells us, among other things, how inbred the production is.

7. In fact, three of the actresses who played the Doctor’s companions went on to become agents, and all of them ended up representing actors who would play the Doctor.

15. Tennant is married to Georgia Moffett, who played the Doctor’s daughter opposite him in “The Doctor’s Daughter” and is actually the daughter of the fifth Doctor, Peter Davison. So the couple’s children have Doctors for their father and grandfather.

20. The 2008 episode “The Fires of Pompeii” was notable for having a future companion and a future Doctor in its cast as different characters – Karen Gillan and Capaldi.

My personal favorite is the story of the fourth Doctor’s knitted scarf. I’m sure you’ll find something that will surprise you among the 39 things.

(Image credit: BBC/Pitris/Tom Phillips/BuzzFeed)


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Diane’s Party

No one clears a crowded room like Mr. Straight and Narrow, or as he is informally known, “I.” Hey, don’t worry, guys, there will be more coming to the party. Just keep playing that music and others will show up. This comic is brought to you by Chris Hallbeck of Maximumble. -via Geeks Are Sexy  


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The Good Old Days

We often make those old memories much rosier than they actually were -the same way we make our hardships, like walking to school, much worse than that actually were. Doghouse Diaries makes a trip down memory lane to Blockbuster Video. Yes, there were plenty of times that a handful of tapes could make the entire weekend ahead seem magical, but that was when home video was new.

The Blockbuster Video near me was an awesome place, then in the mid-‘80s, they first deleted the documentary section, then they deleted the classics section, then they tightened up their inventory until there was barely anything available over ten years old. Yeah, Netflix or even Redbox is easier, but you still have such a limited inventory that it’s more fun to just play roulette with your TV.


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TIE Fighter

 

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Watch the TIE Fight of the century, a Robot Chicken short on Adult Swim. Fighters, protect yourselves at all times. (I'm afraid the deflector shield will be quite operational when your punch arrives.) Via Laughing Squid.


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President Lyndon B. Johnson Talks "Bungholes" With His Tailor

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The unpredictable, boorish personality of President Lyndon B. Johnson has been featured previously on Neatorama in a great reprint from Mental Floss. Yet while descriptive, that article doesn't quite get down to brass tacks (or brass bungholes, as it were). 

In a moment in which L.B.J. appears to be an early model for Mike Judge's Beavis, he gets on the phone with his tailor and orders some pants. However, in the same indelicate style for which he was famous, Johnson requests that the tailor let out a seam to make room for his "nuts" and his "bunghole." The tailor seems to take the conversation in stride. 

An amusing animation of the phone conversation done by Put This On is featured here; see the full transcript of the call at Dangerous Minds.  


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How a Jewish Doctor Duped the Nazis

During World War II, the German military faced a threat worse than the Allies: typhus. The disease was killing soldiers and weakening the German forces on the Eastern front as they faced the Soviet Army. They scrambled to develop a typhus vaccine in hurry. Joachim Mrugowsky, head of the SS Hygiene Institute, set up a research lab at Buchenwald concentration camp, thinking it would be safe from Allied bombing.

Dr. Erwin Ding-Schuler, an ambitious but callow Nazi officer and Mrugowsky’s deputy, was chosen to lead production, and began assembling captive scientists with the help of his new clerk, an imprisoned German intellectual named Eugen Kogon. Among those drafted was a gentle Jewish biologist named Ludwik Fleck, who was a former assistant of Dr. Weigl whom Weigl had protected during the Nazi occupation of Lviv.

Thus began one of the most effective but least-known deceptions of World War II, one that is wondrously thick with irony: For 16 months, working under the noses of his clueless Nazi overseers—in particular Ding-Schuler, whom Fleck described as a “dummkopf”—a Jewish doctor managed to send fake typhus vaccine to the Nazi soldiers at the front, even as he provided the real thing to inoculate his fellow condemned Jews in a concentration camp.

The project started off on the wrong foot, with Nazi doctors who had no experience in immunology, overseeing camp inmates who lied about being doctors, using a translated French pamphlet as a how-to guide, to do an extremely complex procedure under horrid conditions. That was before Dr. Fleck came along, and the group finally had someone who knew what he was doing. It’s a fascinating story overall, with a Nuremberg climax fit for Hollywood, at Politico magazine.  -via Digg

(Image credit: Archiv fur Zeitgeschichte, Zurich)


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Game of Thrones Theme at Buckingham Palace

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YouTube member Omer Barnea caught the Changing of the Guard at Buckingham Palace last week and was surprised to hear the Queen’s Guards playing the theme from Game of Thrones. They did a good job, although it would have probably been easier on the audience if the musicians had all been facing the same direction. -via Viral Viral Videos

See also: The Guard playing The Imperial March.


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Historic Gravesite Lies In The Middle Of The Road

There’s a woman who was laid to rest almost two hundred years ago in Amity, Indiana, yet continues to have a physical presence in her town to this day. 

A woman whose grave splits highway traffic in two, serving as a reminder of how an armed loved one can preserve your legacy for generations to come:

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Her name is Nancy Kerlin Barnett, and her grave is now a historical landmark that was initially supposed to be paved over during the creation of County Road 400, but the road workers were so afraid of the site that they split the lanes and paved around her grave:

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Some think the workers were deathly afraid of her ghost, or that superstition kept them from paving over the site, but the truth is they were most likely just terrified of Nancy's grandson, who camped out with a shotgun to make sure the site wasn't disturbed.

She may not be able to see the motorized carriages whizzing by her middle-of-the-road resting place, but Nancy''s legacy lives on as an odd piece of local lore for the folks who live around Amity, Indiana.

-Via Roadtrippers


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NeatoramaBot Daily Doodle by Jak Gibberish

NeatoShop artist Jak Gibberish created this awesome illustration of NeatoramaBot fist bumping BMO from Adventure Time as one of his daily doodle. Like BMO once said, this does compute!

Don't forget to take a look at Jak Gibberish's NeatoShop for neat stuff you can wear! Thanks Jak!


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For Training Porpoises - Live Mammals Are Waiting To Take Your Call


For Training Porpoises by SteveOramA

When you call Dolphin Enterprises Incorporated you don't get cast off to an automatic computer answering system, you get a real life mammal on the other end of the line, and they are there to make sure you have a swimming good time with their products. However, please note that your call will be recorded for training porpoises, so they can learn the best way to eel out of a warranty without sounding like a barracuda.

You'll have a whale of a time getting people to stop laughing when they see you wearing this hilarious For Training Porpoises t-shirt by SteveOramA, don't let this one get away!

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After Celebrating 31 Anniversaries at a Red Lobster, a Widow Went Alone. It was a Normal Meal ... Until She Got The Bill.

For 31 years, redditor Coppin-it-washin-it's parents celebrated their wedding anniversary at a Red Lobster restaurant in Columbia, Missouri. In March, after his dad passed away, his sister decided to keep the tradition alive and took their mom out to the same restaurant for an anniversary meal.

The waitress asked if there was a special occasion, and the sister explained the situation:

The waitress asked if there was a special occasion or if they were just hungry. My sister explained that my parents had been going there every year for their anniversary. The waitress then asked why my dad wasn’t there and they explained how he had passed away in March. She said she was sorry to hear that and then it was just a normal meal like any other after that. Until they got the bill.


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Instead of a bill, the widow and her daughter got this note that said:

We are sorry to hear about your husband's passing, but we appreciate you loyalty in spending 31 years of your anniversary with us. For your appreciation your meal is on us! We look forward to spending you're your next anniversary with us!

Sincerely, Red Lobster & your server, Taylor

The image has since been deleted, but Red Lobster confirmed the story. "What Taylor, the server, and Chad, the manager on duty, did demosntrates how our teams live Red Lobster's core values of genuine caring and hospitality each day," spokesperson Erica Ettori told NewsChannel 5. "All of us at Red Lobster are truly proud of the Columbia team and appreciate their commitment to making every guest's dining experience a special one. We also extend our wishes to the family who dined with us and look forward to serving them again next year!"

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Funny Pictures of the Day - NeatoPicto Jul 10, 2014


Facebook Commenters are Steaming MAD at Steven Spielberg for Killing This "Innocent Animal"

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Duck of Justice When You See It ... Kicked Bridesmaid in the Head and Ripped His Pant ... A Veggie Burger That Contains Real Beef!


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After Her Mom Died Unexpectedly, This Girl Turned Her Last Words Into a Wonderful Tattoo

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The Sudokomic Game

The latest comic from Abstruse Goose is not meant to be read as all nine panels in sequence. It’s like Sudoku, or Tic-tac-toe, in a way. Each three-panel comic read across is a logical, self-contained sequence, and each three-panel comic read top to bottom makes the same kind of sense. Read all six three-panel comics, and you’ll be craving a donut yourself.


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Lila Jang Twists the Lines of 18th Century French Furniture



Lila Jang
, featured previously on Neatorama for her delightful wall-climbing sofa, is a South Korean sculptor who bases her designs on 18th-century French furniture and adds fanciful touches to the traditional lines.

Jang has received accolades internationally through gallery shows and art fairs showcasing her unique design perspective. According to Jang, her pieces are a statement about humanity being stuck in the middle of "
that constant struggle between reality and the ideal. 

Jang also drew inspiration from living in her cramped Parisian apartment, in which she noticed that tables and chairs only seemed to fit if they were bent out of shape first. Learn more about Lila Jang and see more of her work at this website and in this post on Beautiful Decay. 

Images Credit: Lux Art Institute/Lila Jang.  

 
 


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6 Disney Princesses' Secret to Beauty: Photoshop!

What? You think those Disney Princesses look fabulous without a little Photoshop help?

Jen Lewis of Buzzfeed showed us the cold, hard facts of the pervasive use of Photoshop in the unforgiving life of celebrities, where even fictional animated ones like Disney Princesses are under extreme pressure to look beautiful.

I suppose that a little Photoshop help isn't that big of a deal for Ariel (shown above). After all, didn't she undergo extreme surgery to get rid of that tail?

Here's a few more examples:

Jasmine: Covered Conjoined Head, Removed Sixth Finger

Cinderella: Removed Leno Chin, Tiny Hand, Tamed Sassy Eyebrow

Aurora: Flipped Upside Down Face

Belle: Fixed Lazy Eye

And Pocahontas, God bless her, is no longer Nick Cage:

View more over at Buzzfeed - via The Gloss

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Effective Tip Jar

I’d put in something -wouldn’t you? This Game of Thrones-themed tip jar is obviously working for someone. Posted at reddit a while back, it is now just one of a Buzzfeed collection of 27 clever tip jars that make people smile, and then put some money in.


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Photos of Terminally Ill People Before and After Death


German photographer Walter Schels' series Life Before Death presents captures of terminally ill individuals at the end of their lives and once again a short time after their deaths.

The subjects granted interviews with the photographer's partner Beate Lakotta in order for him to have context for his powerful images. The interviews were a jumble of daily life minutiae mixed with the existential ponderings that would be expected from those who are aware they are living out their final days.

A few of the peaceful postmortem photos seemed a relief to me, after the tense, distorted faces of some who were alive yet likely suffering in pain, discomfort and fear. 

Learn more about Schels' long, distinguished career and see more of his portfolio at his website.

Images Credit: Walter Schels 

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The Tattoos We Don't See



Vancouver-based photographer Spencer Kovats’ photo series Uncovered consists of a number of photo pairs. The first image in each pair is an ordinary shot of a casually clothed person. The second image is of the same person, only less clothed and covered with tattoos, which were hidden under their garments in the first shots. The series is intended as an exploration of the ages-old manner in which humans make assessments (and, thus, assumptions) about others, solely based on their appearance. 

Kovats' shoot is part of a larger project with 10 other photographers called “The Tattoo Project,” which began in 2010. Hundreds of tattooed people were invited to be photographed for various studies of body art. Via Beautiful Decay.

 
 
 


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Meat Rushmore: Mount Rushmore Made with Jerky

What better way to commemorate the National Jerky Day than to recreate Mount Rushmore with meat jerky?

Beef jerky manufacturer Jack Link's commissioned a team of artists led by art director Alex Valhouli to recreate the iconic granite sculpture of George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and Abraham Lincoln* in jerky. The team spent 1,400 man-hour "meatsculpting" a scaled replica of Mount Rushmore with 1,600 pound of jerky.

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The Treehouse In The Lake

Treehouses are usually in trees, but this house in the lake is pretty darned amazing even if the only trees are hidden away in the bridge. The Treehouse Solling of Germany sits about 14 feet above the water's surface, offering a great view of the fish, critters and flowers of the forest. 

Inside, a number of beds and benches make the site cozy, while ample storage makes it a practical place to stay and an impressive skylight makes for incredible stargazing even on chilly nights.

Check out more pics of this great vacation spot over at Homes and Hues: A Treehouse That Springs From A Pond


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Now THIS is a Doctor's Office

Imgur user Bootlady went to the doctor's office the other day, and snapped this picture of the patient room.

'Twas probably her tenth or eleventh doctor (who? Yes!), and she was amused not only by the "Keep Calm I'm The Doctor" poster, but also this clever little sign below that says "You will obey and wash your hands!" (After all, how else would you EXTERMINATE all those germs?)

Funny, the room looks bigger on the inside. And I wonder what they keep in that little TARDIS lunch box?

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Please Stop Giving Everything Away, Hollywood!

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When you watch a modern movie trailer, you are seeing the very best scenes in the movie. So why go watch the whole movie? The trailer producers think they are putting one over on us, and implying that the entire movie is this good. Whether you see through that or not, they tend to give away too much of the plot while they’re at it. Glove and Boots gives us an example in the movie The Empire Strikes Back, and show us what a modern-day trailer for the film would be like. A couple of minutes later, I feel like I just sat through the whole movie (again). -via Pleated-Jeans


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Karl Lagerfeld Had A Chocolate Statue Made Of His Favorite Model

Karl Lagerfeld has a unique vision of the world, to say the least, and he has often proven himself to be a visionary and trend setter in the world of fashion since he started desiging in the 1950s.

These days he has a lot more similarly “inspired” fashion designers to contend with, and you may think he has softened a bit in his age, but this statue proves that he hasn’t lost one bit of his unique vision.

Lagerfeld commissioned chocolate artist Anya Gallaccio to create a life sized chocolate statue that looks just like his favorite model/muse Baptise Giabiconi, who is wearing nothing but his underwear and a pouty face.

This deliciously tasteless work of chocolate art was created in 2011 and shown in Paris to promote the ice cream brand Magnum, but did this statue scare people away from the brand or make them hungry for more?

-Via Beautiful/Decay

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