Mark Hamill has been signing Star Wars photos and memorabilia for 38 years. I’m sure what he puts on them depends on the situation and how much time he has. Some of the bubblegum cards have surfaced with great jokes to go along with the autograph. Hamill no doubt has heard every Star Wars joke ever made, so there are more of these to be found. I particularly like this one. -via reddit
Hulk and his puppies | Image: Still of video by Barcroft TV
You may remember a previous Neatorama post about 173-pound Hulk, thought to be the largest pitbull in the world. The famous gentle giant is the pride, joy and family dog of owner Marlon Grannon, who breeds and trains protection and police dogs at Dark Dynasty K9 in New Hampshire.
There is an update in the world of Hulk since that post went live: he is now the doting father of eight adorable puppies. The litter may be naturally precious to Hulk and his puppy mama, but in the human world where money talks, each pup is akin to pitbull royalty, with a monetary value of between $30,000 and $55,000.
By the time the puppies were born, most were already sold at a price of $30,000. Yet if the pups would go on to be trained by Grannon, their value would be in the neighborhood of $55,000 each.
Grannon's business caters to celebrities and other wealthy clientele worldwide, as well as law enforcement. Each dog is trained from birth and "lives together in a pack without fences, barriers or physical restrictions.” See Hulk and his puppies in action in the video below, and read more about him and his newly expanded canine and human family at the Daily Mail.
This is Sir Francis Bacon. As you can see, he is an adorable little Boston terrier. He is also quite the wonderful Nibbler impersonator.
While few dogs will be able to pull off this look as well as little Bacon here, you can at least try to mimick the look since his owner was kind enough to add an Instructable on how to make your own.
Via Fashionably Geek
Colin Woodard’s new book American Nations: A History of the Eleven Rival Regional Cultures in North America divides North America into districts that have no bearing on state borders, but are identified as unique cultures. Who knew that you could draw a map that puts John Farrier and me into the same category?
Woodard says that among these 11 nations, Yankeedom and the Deep South exert the most influence and are constantly competing with each other for the hearts and minds of the other nations.
"We are trapped in brinkmanship because there is not a lot of wiggle room between Yankee and Southern Culture," Woodard says. "Those two nations would never see eye to eye on anything besides an external threat."
Woodward also says the regions are becoming more polarized, because humans are mobile and “self-sorting.” That’s not universal. I am still in Kentucky because of relatives and the property I own, not the politics. Read a short history and description of each of these cultures at Business Insider. -via mental_floss
(Image credit: Colin Woodward and Tufts/Brian Stauffer)
Trinity College Library | Image: Nic McPhee
Words go in and out of fashion, and as they do, sometimes we lose perfectly good ones in our daily barrage of media presentations. Unless one is an avid reader, they may never have seen words that are perfectly apt and have the benefit of having a melodic sound that flows well into other commonly used English words.
This list of one hundred beautiful English words has some arguably attractive selections that would be great interspersed with our own vocabulary standards, if they aren't already in rotation. The more the merrier, correct? See what words populate the list and share your favorites, if you'd like. My favorites listed here are "bucolic" and "halcyon."
George Lucas caught a lot of flak from fans when he decided to add a bunch of CGI scenes to the original Star Wars trilogy.
He caught even more heat when he decided to do away with the original versions in favor of his updated editions, leaving future generations thinking Jabba looks like this:
Unless you’ve scrutinized all three versions of the original trilogy you probably didn’t catch all the changes Lucas introduced into each film, because there are so many it's hard to keep track of them all.
Film fan Marcelo Zuniga has created a set of exhaustive side-by-side comparison videos showing all the changes made to the original trilogy, including the updated Hutt horror.
Action Park in New Jersey is famous for their history of crazy and dangerous rides. The newest attraction at the refurbished and upgraded park is a water slide that’s 1,975 feet long. That’s a third of a mile! The folks at Guinness agree it is the world’s longest water slide. It’s not open to the public just yet -the state of New Jersey has to approve it first. However, park employee Jason Mulder strapped on a GoPro and went down the slide for a media day event. The video is unsettling and soothing at the same time. -via Boing Boing
I just wanted to step in here and announced that we have a new rule at Neatorama.
All thumbnail images at the top of the page used to illustrate Neatorama's exclusive articles must have a diagonal line running from the top left to the bottom right. Partial lines or a slightly steeper angles will be tolerated only when necessary.
Those illustrating older feature stories, which you can access using the arrows on either side, are grandfathered in.
This rule will remain in effect until I can think of another one.
Thank you. You may now resume your normal activities.
Milo the baby fennec fox and his baby skunk pal Flower became fast friends as soon as they were introduced. Now inseparable playmates, the duo is being raised as educational ambassadors with Amazing Animal Ambassadors, a Massachusetts-based educational organization that facilitates animal encounters with humans. See more footage of their adorable play sessions below. Milo appears to be extremely active and agile, preferring to pounce on his mouse toy; Flower seems lovably subdued. Via Laughing Squid
Nerd love can be unrequited for quite some time, but eventually (if you look hard enough) there’s a somebody out there for everybody, nerds included.
We search for, and obsess over, the geeky guy or girl of our dreams, and then one day (if we’re lucky) we meet someone who has the same delightfully nerdy tendencies and our hearts join forces.
And then, about a month or two later, you discover that your nerd love isn’t living up to expectations, and that there are certain elements of nerddom that take all the allure out of a romantic relationship.
Dorkly’s JHALL created this very relatable comic strip detailing Expectations Vs. Reality- Dating Someone As Nerdy As You, take a peek and see if you relate to this comic as much as I do!
Dan Charles at The Salt was doing research on cottage cheese and was sent this photo of cottage cheese and canned pineapple on a presidential plate. It was the lunch President Richard Nixon ordered just before he resigned from the office. It was never a custom for the White House photographer to take pictures of meals, so you have to wonder what was going through photographer Robert Knudson’s mind at the time.
The discussion on this meal at Metafilter covers Nixon and his crimes, the best way to eat cottage cheese, and the demise of ordering milk with a meal.
By the way, the original article he was researching is The Fall Of A Dairy Darling: How Cottage Cheese Got Eclipsed By Yogurt.
(Image credit: Robert Knudson/Nixon Library)
LAURA LIKES TO POP BUBBLES OH MY GOD pic.twitter.com/3FwtQXdiAk— nick ✰ (@voemas) July 16, 2015
Nick (@voemas on Twitter) tweeted this video of his chameleon Laura sitting up and popping bubbles. The tweet soon was getting a lot of attention. Thankfully though, when Nick told Laura about her internet fame, she didn't let it inflate her ego, as evidenced by her photo below. She knows what is full of air and what isn't. Stay grounded, Laura! Via Laughing Squid
I have just informed Laura that she is going viral on Twitter. She seems to be taking it well. pic.twitter.com/9yQMaXiuCY— nick ✰ (@voemas) July 16, 2015
Instagram member docholidayescape took this picture in Orange, New South Wales today. Yes, that’s a kangaroo in the snow, something you don’t see very often, even though it’s winter Down Under. Up to 20cm (almost 8 inches) of snow fell in New South Wales, the most snow in half a century. Parts of Queensland were affected, too. Many roads are closed, thousands are without power, and quite a few schools cancelled classes today. See more pictures from the Australian snowfall at Buzzfeed.
Between 1943 and 1945, captured German soldiers were often sent to POW camps in the U.S. because, well, Britain and most of Europe was pretty torn up and not equipped to feed or house them. Many ended up in Texas, where they were offered the chance to work outside the camps and generally lived better than they would have elsewhere.
Camp Huntsville was the first to be set up in Texas. Construction across 837 acres took place for nearly a year, and its 400 buildings were ready for occupancy by the spring of 1943. Texas would eventually see twice as many camps (with a total of 78,000 occupants) as any other state, and for a simple reason: the Geneva Convention of 1929 specified that POWs must be placed in a similar climate as the one they were captured in. Because so many Germans surrendered in North Africa and lacked clothing or supplies for colder weather, many were sent to Texas.
The curiosity of locals quickly gave way to resentment. Even though these men had orders to kill brothers, fathers, and friends, accommodations in Huntsville and other camps were surprisingly comfortable. Prisoners were allowed to sunbathe, play soccer, and stretch out in 40 square feet of personal space with sheets and blankets. (Officers got 120 square feet.) Food was fresh and showers were warm. College credits earned would count at universities back in Germany. They even got bottles of beer.
It certainly beat getting killed in battle or being captured by the Soviets. Some of those prisoners worked hard to become American citizens after the war. Read about the World War II POW camps in Texas at mental_floss.
(Image credit: Arkansas History Commission)
Juno is one of three Beluga whales who live at Mystic Aquarium in Mystic, Connecticut. He learned a long time ago that it’s a real hoot to scare the kids who come up to the glass to look at him. But then again, he probably goes up to the glass to get a good look at those strange creatures on the other side. Juno can be friendly at times, and doesn’t mind to have a picture taken with you. -via reddit
Bryan and Caryn Canatella are expecting a little girl, and the nursery is stocked. Bryan takes us on the grand tour, in the style of the TV show MTV Cribs.
Those who are familiar with the show find it spot-on, and those of us who don’t watch the show find it funny on its own merits. “… while she’s sitting’ on swans. SWANS!” Baby Cecilia has the perfect place to come home to, including parents with a sense of humor. -via Buzzfeed
Robot Chicken’s third DC Comics special is coming to Adult Swim this fall. If the full show is anything like the preview here, it’s going to be insane.
It explores the multiverse theory, and crosses over with other universes, so that we see different versions of our favorite superheroes. Seeing a different version of yourself can be pretty unnerving. Especially if you’re an ape. -via Uproxx
My little brother once had a memorable meltdown because he couldn’t see his favorite TV show as it didn’t come on for a few more hours. That was in 1963. Thirty years later, he found his own children were completely used to picking out what TV shows or movies to watch on their own time, as many times as they wanted, on home video. Now the next generation uses hand-held devices to not only watch what they want at any time, but to play games, find new entertainment, and interact with friends -instead of the people in the same room with them. Miner & Co. Studio conducted research on the viewing habits of children, and have shared their findings.
Mobile devices are so popular with kids that nearly half of the 800 parents quizzed by Miner & Co. reported that they confiscate their kids' tablets when they act up and make them watch TV instead, thereby fostering a sort of Pavlovian response that equates TV with punishment. (That these parents simply don't restrict their kids' access to video altogether when they misbehave suggests that they're raising a generation of spoiled content junkies, but that's another story.)
Some kids are so obsessed with the small screen that they'll even forego treats for another few minutes with their portable video device. When given the choice between spending quality time with the tablet or having dessert, 41% of the parents surveyed said their kids would pick the screen over the snack.
These findings may explain the drop in Nielsen ratings for children’s television shows this year. You can read more about the study at Ad Age, and see the accompanying video here. What I’d like to see is a study that contrasts these results with families in which children do not own their own tablets and smartphones. Considering the costs, there are surely many families like that still around.
(Image credit: Flickr user redagainPatti)
These sweet baby panda photos were captured at the Chengdu Research Base in China, a place where there's no shortage of cute around every corner. The facility also plays a huge role in the well-being of this highly endangered species.
Shown here are photos of their breeding center and nursery. With a species whose total head count is thought to be as low as 1,864, each birth that occurs and is subsequently nurtured there is precious. Female adult pandas only breed for two to three days a year, and they give birth to one cub every two years.
To learn more about the organization, see videos and more, visit panda.org.cn. See a gallery of adorable baby panda photos from them here.
Completing a Rubik’s cube in under a certain amount of time was a pretty big deal back in the 80s, but nowadays we know better than to get all excited about toy cube based skills.
However, many of us still get mighty excited about the world of geeky home décor, and it doesn’t get much better than retro themes for the otherwise totally modern home.
You know what looks really retro cool when it hangs around your house? A Rubik’s cube in a beaker, bottle or any other place where it seems to be an impossible fit, that's what!
Putting a Rubik’s cube in a bottle is a much better use for that maddening puzzle, and it's a retro geek chic conversation piece that may convince some people you’re a wizard.
YouTuber Mathologer has created this instructional video that’s teaches you how to take a modern Rubik's cube apart and put it together again inside a bottle. It may not be the easiest project in the world, but the end results are purely mathe-magical!
-Via Boing Boing
This is Olav the Wolf, a sculpture made from scrap lumber by Copenhagen artist Thomas Dambo (previously at Neatorama). It was commissioned for the Copenhell 2015 music festival. They asked him to make a large, evil wolf, so he made it appear as if it were emerging from the underworld- and named it after a friend who helped him build it. The sculpture had lights inside, so it glowed red during the entire festival. Then by tradition, it was torched on the final night of the festival.
You can see pictures of Olav’s construction and the festival at Dambo’s website. -via reddit
A Frenchie has what looks to be a wonderful time shredding toilet paper while her human is out. But little did she know that her bull mastiff housemate would spill so easily when pressed for details about the crime. More like a rat mastiff! Via Tastefully Offensive
Andrea Cammalleri of Middletown, Ohio, fought the law ... with a comma and the comma won!
Cammalleri got a traffic ticket back in 2014 in the village of West Jefferso when she parked her pickup truck in a zone that prohibited parking there for longer than 24 hours. The Ohio woman pointed out that the law stated that the types of car that couldn't be parked included "motor vehicle camper" not "motor vehicle, camper" so her pickup truck clearly didn't qualify.
The town's attorney argued that the law's meaning was clear in context, but the judge ruled for Cammalleri. Score 1 for grammar!
So the next time someone said to you that grammar doesn't matter, tell 'em that you can use it to fight traffic tickets!
Can you guess which leaf is a pencil drawing?
See if you got the right answer:
Loco the pit bull sees his girls having fun jumping on a mattress, and he wants to get in on the fun, too!
When you think about it, this dog has a great life: he’s got a mattress on the floor, two little girls to play with, and parents who are laid back about things like jumping on a mattress. What else could a puppy want? A T-bone, maybe? Then Loco’s life would be perfect! -via Daily Picks and Flicks
People get tattooed for all kinds of reasons, including a love of art and as a , but those brave folk who get ink to entertain others are truly heroes. Funny tattoos come in many forms, but for my money the best kind of funny tattoo is a punny tattoo.
Punny tattoos are the ultimate in visual gag body art, a silly play on words or an idiom brought to life through design, and punny tattoo people are likely to become the life of the party!
Here's a collection of Tough, Raunchy (but totally SFW) and Just Plain Punny tattoos-
The Tough Tats-
Just because a tattoo is punny doesn't mean it loses all tough guy/gal appeal, there's plenty of room for wordplay and wickedness in a punny tattoo.
If you already spend your days pitying fools and buying giant gold chains then you might as well take Mr. Tea along for the ride.
Scumbags and solid citizens alike will adore this Dead Beet tattoo, which is only to be worn by the proudly punny.
Are you a buff baker? There's an incredibly punny tattoo for that!
This adorable brown bear named Bruiser jumps into a swimming pool with gusto in this footage. His delight in the cool dip is wholly evident in both his expression and body language. Bruiser enjoys daily swims where he resides at Single Vision Sanctuary in Melrose, Florida. Via Mandatory
This naturally sweet little sugar glider apparently has an innate response when he feels the wind from a fan rushing across his fur. He gets in flight simulator mode and takes a practice run. So far, it's a breeze. Via Tastefully Offensive
In this image thought to be taken by photographer Jules Antoine, it has been suggested that Vincent van Gogh is seen here, in conversation with Paul Gauguin, Emile Bernard and Félix Jobbé-Duval. André Antoine stands between the artists.
This recently discovered 1887 melainotype is what some experts believe to be a photo of Vincent van Gogh, in fact the only photo of him as an adult. Van Gogh hated photography and supposedly refused to sit for any photo portraits throughout his life. The only two known photos of him are taken at ages 13 and 19.
Though the idea that it is indeed van Gogh in the picture is controversial — van Gogh museum in Amsterdam says that it can’t be the artist due to his acknowledged hatred of photo portraits and “because it simply does not look like him” — nevertheless, others disagree. The photo generated enough interest to be sold at auction this past weekend. Though the sale price hasn't been made public, an estimate was between $136,000 and $170,000.
See a close-up of the man thought to be van Gogh in the photograph and read more on this story at Colossal.
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