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Booby Trap

A young man just wants to finish his drawing, but something isn’t quite coming together. It’s the boobs.

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You can see the ending coming a mile away; that doesn’t make it any less satisfying. Dylan Simpson made this short film for a local animation festival. Don't fret, it's SFW. -via reddit


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Sunbathing on Top of a Wind Turbine

You think you’ve finally found the perfect place to get away from everyone for a little solitude, and what happens? A drone with a camera finds you!

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Kevin Miller was flying his camera-rigged drone over Rhode Island near Portsmouth Abbey School and spotted this man laying in the sun on top of a wind turbine! Was he napping? Surely not. Rolling over in your sleep could mean death in that situation. A couple of commenters believe the man is a Bendictine monk who climbs the turbine often. -via Boing Boing


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Quick, Mom’s Coming!

Facebook member Itsjudytime has twin girls. They like to talk and play with each other in their cribs, and Mom keeps an eye on them through a baby monitor. Babies don’t understand remote monitoring yet. Watch what happens when Mom talks to them through the monitor!

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They already think they can fool Mom at this age. Mom has a few tricks up her sleeve, too, like a viral video she can show for years to come. -via Buzzfeed

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Cat Hospital

Cat Hospital is a classic soap opera set in a hospital, with cats. The lead characters are a surgeon who lost an eye to a cat scratch from a patient, and nurse Mittens, who gets around.

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Follow the adventures of the doctors and nurses of Cat Hospital, their families, the sexy ambulance driver, Dr. Scratch Adams, patients with nine lives, and a variety of standard soap opera stereotypes both human and feline. Oh yeah, and an overabundance of cat puns. -via HuffPo

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How to Age Gracefully

This is good. CBC Radio WireTap  assembled folks of all ages to draw on their experiences and give advice to people who are younger.

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It’s all good advice. Some of it hits close to home, especially when they get in my age range. Of course, the best advice is from the 93-year-old man who is the last one. -via reddit


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She’s Not Allowed to Cook Dinner Anymore

Look at this kitchen. The stove is wrecked. The oven is wrecked. The stove hood is wrecked. Now look up- the lid is embedded in the ceiling! And there are bits of food all over, which they’ll probably be finding for years to come. This is what happens when all the safety features of a pressure cooker fail at once. Redditor MaggleCole posted this as evidence.

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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Anthony Michael Hall Could Have Played Ferris and Other Facts About Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

Cameron's father's Ferrari in Ferris Bueller's Day Off | Image: Paramount Pictures

It's hard to believe that in 2016, the John Hughes classic Ferris Bueller's Day Off will be thirty years old! Now that I've hit you with that, I'll try to distract you from feeling ancient by presenting these fun facts about the film. For instance, it could have been quite the different animal if other actors reportedly considered for and/or offered roles in it had come to fruition:

"Molly Ringwald really wanted the role of Sloan, but Hughes didn’t think that the role was big enough for her. Anthony Michael Hall is convinced that Hughes wrote the part of Ferris for him and that a falling out between the two affected that, despite Hughes saying that Matthew Broderick was his first choice for the role from the beginning. Emilio Estevez also turned down the role of Cameron."

Read more Ferris Bueller's Day Off trivia here.


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This Bridge is Rebuilt by Hand Every Year

The Q'eswachaka Bridge spans the Apurimac River Canyon in Peru, and links two communities. Every year, the communities come together to replace last year’s rope bridge with a new one made of strong, new grass. They’ve done this for hundreds of years, from the time of the Inka, with the process handed down through generations. Watch how they do it.

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Noonday Films made this video for the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C., specifically for the exhibit “The Great Inka Road: Engineering an Empire.” The exhibit opened in June and will be on display until June of 2018. -via Twisted Sifter

Also, a note on the spelling on Inka.


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Answering Email with “I Love You”

Like anyone who writes for the internet, Ralph Jones receives a lot of email from public relations people. On a lark, he decided to answer those messages saying “I love you” for a month. Most of the time it was in the sign-off, but sometimes it would even be in the body of the email. Some ignored it, some stopped contacting him, but a few responded in kind. Those were either folks who took it as a mistake, a friendly (if strange) custom, or as the joke it was intended.

One played along for quite some time, giving us a wonderful string of emails you can read at Hexjam. Bonus (or warning): sex toys, with an explanation for the blue one. -via Marilyn Bellamy


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Honest and Explicit Employment Ad

The most important thing in getting and keeping an entry-level unskilled job is to show up every day. I know too many people who can’t even do that much. For a skilled position like a mechanic, you have to have a little more. This employer is pretty specific about what it will take to be hired. That last requirement is a real doozy. -via Bad Newspaper


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Comedians in the Fortune Cookie Factory

With millions of fortune cookies being produced, the pressure is on to come up with new and different fortunes. We get laughs from those obviously written by someone not fluent in English, but there are also the occasional jokes, double entendres, and clever witticisms from would-be comedians that make that tiny piece of paper worth saving, or even sharing on the internet.



You’ll find 30 of these funny fortunes at 22 Words. -via Pleated-Jeans


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Millenials of New York

"For months I was utterly miserable. I was going to therapy three times a week and actually listed 'crying' as one of my hobbies on Tinder. After realizing nobody was going to solve my problems for me, I went to the zoo and paid $80 to take a picture with a penguin wearing a tiny sweater. I posted it on Instagram and it got 123 likes! 123!! I suddenly felt like my life had been filled with a purifying, healing light. I was able to completely stop going to therapy, and last weekend my ex even texted me 'Mouth?' at 3 AM. I think things are finally starting to turn around. Thank you so much, Instagram."

Elite Daily created a Facebook page called "Millenials of New York" that is an entertaining satire of the popular "Humans of New York." Instead of hearing about the plights and passions of the diverse New York City population, we are treated to millenial tales of woe about rancid artisanal kumquat compote and beards that won't grow past the stubble stage. MONY's stories, like HONY's, will hit you right smack in the feels and could even prompt you to purchase a pair of oversized, fully ironic eyewear. 

Check out the Millenials of New York Facebook page for more entries like these.

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"I’m a feminist, okay? And I don’t care who knows it. I believe that women are JUST as capable as men, and deserve the right to equal pay. Guys who wouldn’t vote for someone based on their gender offend me to my core. It’s ridiculous, in this day and age, to have a problem with a woman in a position of power. Personally, I would be overjoyed with a female president if she’s not fat."

"It's literally impossible to take advantage of the city when everything is as expensive as it is. Isn't DeBlasio supposed to be doing something about these ridiculous rent prices? It feels like by the time I'm done paying for other basic necessities—groceries, electric, Internet, MetroCard, Sunday brunches, margarita machine maintenance, feather headdress-making lessons, Saturday brunches, an officially licensed SoulCycle machine for my apartment so I don't have to worry about classes filling up—there's really nothing left for me to have any fun with. I don't want to ask my parents to up my allowance but I don't know if I have a choice anymore."

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Kitty Has Rude Awakening When Jumping into the Bathtub


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A sweet looking cat gazes longingly at an inflatable rubber ducky toy floating in a bathtub full of water and suds. The cat likely has kitty visions of calmly sailing above the water on the nice cushy float. Yet once the cat jumps, reality sets in. Water is deeper than kitty. Water is wet. Suds are... sudsy. The cat scrambles out of the bathtub and goes running for the hills, likely never to make that mistake again. Via Uproxx

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

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Awesome Business Cards Perfect for Librarians

Sunday was Book Lover's Day and while we unfortunately missed it (in our defense, we were celebrating our tenth anniversary), other blogs didn't get distracted and had ample coverage of the event. One of the most fun articles celebrating the date was posted over on Flavorwire, where they shared some of the coolest business cards inspired by books.

Whether you're a librarian, writer, English teacher or just a fan of good literature, there are a whole lot of business cards to love in their list.


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The Office Aquarium

Tyranitard has an aquarium in his office with a skull inside. Take a good look at it. He saw this and freaked out, but then looked carefully to find out what caused the skull to look back at him. It’s a snail that climbed up into the eye socket! Must be a cozy place to hang out. That’s a picture you have to share. The tank has a second snail, so he’s waiting for the other socket to be occupied.  -via reddit

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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A (Luxury) Shortcut for Elephants


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Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia is a beautiful getaway for human occupants, but it also serves at least one family of elephants annually. Three generations of elephants return each year from late October to mid-December, taking the shortcut through the lodge in order to feast on the fallen mangos from the trees on the grounds. This footage catches the elephants' shortcut beautifully and features the entire family, with baby in tow. What an interesting amenity of the lodge! Via Arbroath

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Hamilton the Hipster Cat

In a world where so many cats get by on their looks alone, Hamilton is doubly blessed. Hamilton was born with the most magnificent facial markings a cat can ask for. What a mustache! Hamilton, or Hammy, doesn’t mind posing for lots of pictures. His Facebook page has plenty of them, and of other cats who have great mustaches, too. His Instagram account has even more photos. -via reddit

(Image: Hamilton the Hipster Cat at Facebook)

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Winnie the Kitten Gets Down to Uptown Funk


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Winnie is a beautiful, long-haired polydactyl kitten who was one of six lucky fosters from the Animal Welfare League of Arlington, Virginia. Prior to being saved by the Welfare League, all six kittens were abandoned. Now that they've been taken in, forever homes look promising. Perhaps so promising that Winnie feels the need to get down to some Uptown Funk. Her moves are so sharp she'll be relaxing in permanent digs in no time. Via Laughing Squid

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The Japanese Superhero Show That Became Power Rangers

The franchise we know as Power Rangers debuted on American television in 1993 with the show Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, but the concept was already old hat to Japanese TV audiences. The characters in the picture above are Zyurangers from the 1992-93 show Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, one of the many Super Sentai Series shows that had been airing since 1975 in Japan. It was this show that became the American Power Rangers, thanks to a genius money-saving trick. Haim Saban of Saban Entertainment approached the Japanese producers about buying Kyōryū Sentai Zyuranger, but only the action sequences!

This allowed Saban to essentially eject the vast majority of Zyuranger’s plot, and develop a vastly different story to slot the action sequences into. Originally, Zyuranger was not about modern-day people becoming superheroes, as many Super Sentai shows were. Rather, it was about a group of Humans who came from an ancient civilization that existed during the time of the dinosaurs 170 million years ago. The 5 heroes—Boi, Mei, Dan, Goushi, and Geki—were placed in suspended animation following the sealing away of their evil rival, the witch Bandora, only to reawaken in ‘90s Japan, following Bandora’s escape. Each hero represented one of 5 prehistoric “Guardian Beasts”, and they invoked their powers to summon giant robot dinosaurs and battle Bandora’s alien forces from a planet named Nemesis.

All that was dropped, and a team of California teenagers was inserted in the non-action sequences with a modern story. Who woudl know the difference, with the actors underneath masks? That led to some oddities, like the yellow Power Ranger being male in Japan and female in America. Read the entire story, including the connection between the Super Sentai Series and Spider-Man, at io9. -via the Presurfer


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Max Gets a Drink

Did you pay a couple grand for a state-of-the-art refrigerator with in-door ice and water dispensers and fancy electronic controls? Maybe you ought to invest in a security camera, too, to determine whether you are drinking water from a nozzle drenched in dog drool.

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Max discovered how to activate the water dispenser on the refrigerator so he can get a drink anytime he wants. Smart dog, expensive drinking fountain. -via Daily Picks and Flicks

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Neatorama's 10th Anniversary

Time flies when you're having fun! Today is Neatorama's 10th anniversary (that'll make this blog a fourth grader, right?) and I'd like to take a moment to reflect and give thanks.

It all started ten years ago in a spare bedroom in my house with this very first post (and the link is still good). Some 80,000 posts, 250 million visits, 155 million unique visitors and nearly 400 million pageviews later, we're still at it!

I'd like to thank Neatorama's wonderful team - Miss C, John, Jill, Zeon, Lisa, Rommel, Brian, Jen, Anthony, and my lovely wife Tiffany, and to all of you Neatoramanauts for making it a fun journey so far.

We've been working hard on the shop-side (have you checked out the NeatoShop lately? We'll do something fun there soon to celebrate!) We've also got a few neat things planned for the blog as well.

I can't wait to see what the next ten years will bring us :)


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Man Builds Feline Feeding Machine, Cat Hunts For the Key to His Dinner


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Self described “aspiring geek” Ben Millam got impressively creative when it came to feeding his cat. He built this clever cat feeder that releases food upon recognition of RFID-tagged plastic balls. Millam places the balls all over the house, giving his cat Monkey a bit of a game with his noms. Monkey finds the hidden balls, drops them into a bowl fitted on top and bam, kitty chow!

Cat lover Millam says he built the device in order to give Monkey extra excitement and fun in his daily life. 

"This all started after I read an explanation of why cats go about repeatedly exploring the same areas: it’s partly to establish and survey their territory, but they’re also practicing ‘mobile’ hunting: moving about, being curious, and poking their noses around in the hopes of upsetting potential prey and finding a meal. So what if my cat, while out on patrol, actually found its prey? Surely this would bring him one step closer towards a more fulfilled and self-actualized indoor kitty existence."

Bravo Ben!

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Favorite

Parents can’t play favorites; that’s pretty much a given. However, kids haven’t learned the value of a white lie or the social conventions they support. This is the latest from Lunarbaboon.

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89-Year-Old Grandma Accepts Request to Be Her Granddaughter's Bridesmaid

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Some of the most wonderful wedding ceremonies involve the bucking of certain age-old traditions. In a perfect example, bride Christine Quinn asked her grandmother Betty to be one of her four bridesmaids, and the delightful 89-year-old eventually accepted. When Christine first posed the question, Betty said

"Are you sure? Why would you want an old lady in your bridal party? All of your bridesmaids are young and pretty, why would you want me?"

But once her granddaughter assured Betty that she was certain she wanted her as a member of the wedding party, Betty's apprehension turned to enthusiasm. The result was not only great pictures, but a meaningful ceremony that obviously emphasized the importance of family over fashion. 

Visit THe Huffington Post to read more on this story and to see the adorable wedding photos of the bridal party. 


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Brutally Honest Technology



Day after day, we are inundated with messages issued via machine. Phones. Computers. Software and apps built into everything from cabs to washing machines. What if every message delivered to us via those "technological wonders" were completely honest, or even said what we were thinking at the moment? Would it make it harder or easier to hit the button necessary in order to proceed?

Connor Toole at Elite Daily created a number of entertaining graphics that represent the brutally honest side of technological messages. See them all here. 


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Whale Encounter

A mother gray whale and her calf interact with tourists out on a sightseeing ride off Baja California. The event was captured by a drone recording the whales operated by wildlife photographer Mark Carwardine. How exciting for these tourists to go home and tell people they not only saw whales, but touched them!

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Personally, I was waiting for the boat to tip over from everyone rushing to the same side to get close to the whales. -via Tastefully Offensive


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How To Explain A Career In Graphic Design To Four-Year-Olds

Kids are naturally curious about what their parents do for a living, and when we try to explain it to them our explanations generally fall into one of two categories- lengthy and informative or hasty and placating.

But when you have to explain a job that’s a bit more abstract, like artist or psychologist, you’re going to have your work cut out for you.

Luckily, a guy named Dean Vispond came up with a great way to properly explain a graphic designer's job to youngsters...after he had to boil it all down to a room full of four-year-olds:

I thought it’d be a good idea to explain what design in all its forms is. I’ve long held the notion that all forms of design are effectively about communication, be that user experience design, industrial design, fashion design, but that’s a pretty lofty thing to explain to kids. I ended up with:

Design is about making something easy to use, or easy to understand....

I talked about how signs tell us important things, and the words need to be easy to read. I showed them a simple sign, and asked them what I could do to the letters, to make the sign better. “Make them bigger” came the answer, so I showed them a second sign, which we all agreed is better because it makes the word more important, and you can see it from further away.

Read Dean's full post on Explaining Graphic Design To Four-Year-Olds at Medium

-Via Boing Boing

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The Strangest Bridge You’ve Ever Seen

I’ve never heard of a transporter bridge before. The Newport Transporter Bridge has served those who cross the River Usk in Wales for a hundred years now. It’s like a ferry, but it’s a bridge instead of a boat. In other words, you ride across in a cable car, sort of. Why?

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Tom Scott (previously at Neatorama) explains the reasons the bridge was built this way, and the reasons they don’t make bridges like this anymore. He also walked across it, which you can see here. -via Digg


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Things Kids Misunderstand

No matter how thoroughly parents think they explain the world to their children, they can’t cover everything, because it’s difficult to remember what a context-free life is like. But that’s what children have. Everything is a new experience, and it’s easy to get the wrong idea. A roundup of these childhood misconceptions had me giggling.

8. “I thought the cops would come get me.”

“When I was younger I saw an accident on the side of the road and my mom said, ‘If you have an accident, the cops come.’ I thought she meant that if I peed my pants in the car the cops would come get me.”

—Kate Heidenreich, Facebook

14. “I am too young! I am too young!”

“When I was in the first grade a lot of my school’s teachers were pregnant. One day I ran home to tell my mom that my teacher announced that she was expecting a baby, too, and my mom said, ‘I guess she drank the Kool-Aid.’ The next day we were served Kool-Aid for a kid’s birthday and I freaked out, screaming, ‘I am too young, I am too young!’”

—jennifers160

There are dozens more in the comments.

My mom used to tell me that hairspray was used to "keep your hair from flying away". I thought that without hairspray your hair would going flying off your head like a bird and you'd be bald.

Janell Ebel

Well, we all have these. I refused to eat cotton candy because I thought it was made of the same material that was stuffed into the top of aspirin bottles. My daughter just recently told me that she’d watch me put dryer lint in a “magic pink box” when she was very young. It was a small wastebasket on a shelf. She thought it was magic, because when it got full, it would “magically” disappear. It was years before she figured out I just emptied it. Read the roundup of childhood misconceptions at Buzzfeed. And if you remember a funny one, share it with us!

(Image credit: Flickr user Pete Bellis)

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Super Insects Unite!

Insects have superpowers -some more so than others. This is from the fairly new webcomic They Can Talk. -via Pleated-Jeans


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