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Ice Pancakes

It gets very cold in Scotland in December. Cold enough for ice pancakes! These strange discs of ice were seen on the River Dee at Lummels Pool in Aberdeenshire.

River Dee Team biologist Jamie Urquhart said it was thought foam floating about on the water started to freeze and bump together, forming the discs.

The phenomenon can be found in rivers and in the open sea.

Mr Urquhart, who found and photographed the "pancakes", said: "What we think happened is this - foam floating about on the water started to freeze, probably at night.

"Bits of frozen foam got pushed around in the eddy, and in the ensuing collisions became roughly circular."

There is more to the story of how the discs got their peculiar shape over several days. We could observe the process to make sure, but who wants to stay up all night outside when it’s cold enough for running water to freeze? See more pictures at BBC News.

(Image credit: Jamie Urquhart/River Dee Trust)


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Mongooses in a Ball Pit

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There is no end to the strange things people will think up- and share on the internet. A ball pit in a wading pool is an enrichment activity for the mongooses at the Houston Zoo. It’s about as chaotic as you’d imagine. -via Daily Picks and Flicks

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

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Birdbox Studio Christmas Card

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Birdbox Studio has given us many delightful cartoons, so you’d think their Christmas card would be animated …and it is, sort of. What they have is an old-fashioned flip book animation with music and a special effect at the end. It’s not clear whether this is a single “card” they made to film or whether it has actually been mass-produced. Then again, it could be rigged with a bit of video magic. Either way, it’s gloriously odd and retro. If this is their Christmas card, you have to wonder how much money these guys spend on actual gifts! -via Tastefully Offensive


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Instasham



This Pandyland comic seems to have a handle on those Instagram posts that portray daily life in a manner that seems too good to be true. Wouldn't it be interesting if everyone could see the true backstories behind such Instagram and Facebook posts? -Via Geeks are Sexy


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McQuade Expands Christmas Card Line



New York-based illustrator PJ McQuade has been featured previously at Neatorama, the last time for his cool Star Wars Christmas cards. McQuade has expanded the line for this season, which now includes Star TrekBreaking BadDoctor WhoAlien, and Game of Thrones-themed ornaments and cards. The illustrations are fun — the artist adds festive clothing to the characters — and very likely to please fans of the franchises. Have a look at McQuade's offerings in his Etsy shop.
 

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Comedian Posts Bogus "Lost/Missing/Wanted" Signs Across NYC



Brooklyn, New York-based comedian Jason Saenz has been having fun posting these silly signs all across the metro area. He calls the project Saenz Signs and he has a Tumblr site devoted to it, which says little about his thoughts behind the series. Apparently it's to get him noticed, as well as to make people on the city streets smile. It appears as if he's two for two. Follow Saenz at his website.  

 



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Here's What Non-Human Cartoon Characters Would Look Like As Humans

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Animation fans often wonder what their favorite non-human cartoon characters would look like as humans, and artists who grew up loving cartoons can't help but give the transformation a try, just to see what happens.

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People present them in all kinds of styles, from realistic human to totally toonified, and yet I don’t think I’ve ever seen a collection as large, or diverse, as this list of 25 Non-Human Cartoon Characters As Humans, presented by the staff at Dorkly.

You get to see classic toons like Bugs Bunny, new school toons like Mordecai and Rigby from Regular Show, and this extremely strange envisioning of a handsome human Squidward. Okay, maybe we should leave these toons alone after all!

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Objects and Installations by Tony Spyra

The work of a good conceptual artist will surprise you with something you’d have never considered, then upon reflection you find that it makes total sense in some way. That’s the impression I get from Austria-based German artist Toni Spyra, who takes everyday objects and sees them in a new and creative way. He wants to share that creative re-imagining with you.

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There Goes the Neighborhood

In the town of Solikamsk, Russia, there’s a large hole swallowing a neighborhood. The main industry in the area is salt mining, and an influx of water has caused a “failure of the soil,” or in other words, a great big hole in the ground. The soil began shifting in 2005, and authorities responded by evacuating the area, cutting electricity to encourage everyone to leave; so no one lives in these houses. On Tuesday, the mines were evacuated due to shifting earth, and the hole opened up on Tuesday evening. Russian authorities are studying the scene and performing air quality tests to determine whether noxious gasses are being released. -via reddit


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Bad News for Cookie Monster

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The Furchester Hotel is a Sesame Street production for preschoolers in the United Kingdom. To promote the show, Cookie Monster is traveling to the UK to visit the hotel. He’s a little worried about the language difference. John Oliver tries to reassure him, but there are a few differences between British English and American English -one difference is very close to our blue friend’s heart. -via Tastefully Offensive


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No More Free Time

I checked all day yesterday for a new comic from Doghouse Diaries, but it never came. This morning, we have an explanation. One of them has become a father for the first time, ten days before the due date! I believe it’s Will, because Raf is already a father and Ray is active on Twitter and hasn’t mentioned a birth. Congratulations from your friends at Neatorama!

This is the previous comic, which us about something every parent knows, but it has a sort-of easter egg. Can you spot the error in the comic? Strangely, it was the first thing I noticed.

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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How to Make Sparkling Wine with a Soda Stream

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To be honest, this is an demonstration of how NOT to make sparkling wine with a Soda Stream carbonation machine. You aren’t supposed to do it. But Larry G and his son Noah thought it would be a great idea, especially while Mom’s not at home. And of course, their first attempt uses red wine, which leaves permanent stains on …well, you will see in the video. -via Daily Picks and Flicks


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Baby Rewarded for Her First Crawl

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According to daddy Don Swift, he was shooting video of his baby learning to crawl when his black Labrador retriever gave her an extra reward for her efforts. A double shot of cute in case your morning was lacking. -Via Viral Viral Videos

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Not Your Average Cabin in the Woods



Artist Kat O'Sullivan (also known as "Katwise") transformed her Woodstock, New York home into the cornucopia of color seen here. Strangely enough, the pictures of the house in its place in the countryside don't appear jarring due to the contrast. The house complements and somehow blends with its natural setting.  

Kat has decorated the place so that it is as whimsical and vibrant inside as it is outside. She credits "ninja elves" with helping her to make the home into her vision. The house is appropriately named "Calico."

Visit Kat's website Katwise to see before and after pictures of the inside and outside of Calico.

Images: Katwise | Via: Viral Nova  

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Terrifying Campfire Tales About Bill Murray

This Halloween people will be sitting around campfires telling scary stories, but those stories won't be about boogeymen or hook handed killers, they'll be about a different kind of fiend- the eccentric entertainer.

They can pop up out of nowhere, their behavior is totally unpredictable, and they have so much money and notoriety that they can get away with just about anything.

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Bill Murray Stories is a comedy short by Jon Bershad about a group of friends discussing the strange appearances of the beloved, and totally eccentric, actor.

Bill has become the stuff of legend since he's able to appear anywhere, and his uncanny ability to solve people's problems with sage advice and a bit of bartending makes his appearances hard to believe. 

If you encounter Bill Murray in the wild make sure you snap a pic or nobody will ever believe you!

(Barely NSFW due to language)

-Via Laughing Squid


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Romanian Headmaster Is Still Hanging Around School Long After His Death

Private school headmasters often keep their jobs for a really long time, sometimes to the point where they feel like they’ve spent their whole life in school.

Alexandru Grigore Poescu spent fifty years as teacher and headmaster of the Puchenii Mosneni Elementary School in Romania, and when he passed away in the 1960s he left his skeleton to the school, so his kids could use it in their science classes.

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Health officials recently decided the skeleton was a risk to student health, so they took it away to have it specially treated, which caused a wave of outrage from students and teachers who felt like they were taking away a friend.

The skeleton was promptly replaced in a protective glass case, and the story of the skeletal headmaster was shared with the world, which proves that some educators make an impact on their students long after their death!

-Via RT


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How Little Girls See Barbie

People worry that Barbie dolls with their unreal figures present an unattainable ideal for a woman’s appearance, which can be stifling to a young girls’s ego. But the kids who really play with Barbies are typically between 3 and 7 years old. I can totally relate to this. Relatives would buy my daughters Barbies left and right, and my kids would cut their hair, paint them, draw tattoos on them, amputate a few limbs, and they even made one into a male because they didn’t have enough Ken dolls. This story is from John McNamee at Pie Comic.


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Foxcatcher Trailer Looks To Change The Way We See Steve Carell

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You know those moments when you see a trailer and you just know the movie will have some kind of impact on you? That is how I feel about the Foxcatcher trailer. A movie where the normally hilarious and perpetually innocent Steve Carell will take on the much darker demeanor of real life criminal and wrestling enthusiast, John Du Pont.

You can tell this is going to be a game-changer for Carell. An incredibly talented guy who, quite frankly, deserves it. I will toss a little warning your way. The trailer may give a little more away than some may like, so be prepared for that. Sadly, that is how most trailers work lately anyway. You can't be THAT mad, though. This all already happened in real life. Also, allow how much he looks like his Gru character from Despicable Me to distract you from the spoilers in the trailer.

Keep your eyes peeled for Foxcatcher this November. Also, I didn't bring up Channing Tatum on purpose. This isn't Tiger Beat. Just kidding, Channing. We love you. 28 Jump Street: Wrestling School yo!


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Horror Short: Mockingbird

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The helplessness of an infant is something most horror writers and directors wont even tread on. They know it is too much for some people to even try to fathom, so they don't touch it. For that reason, when someone does finally tread, it can be even more terrifying a thought because we so rarely "go there".

This leads us to Mockingbird. An amazing little horror short from the crew over at FEWDIO. It takes the idea of the helplessness of a child to new heights, all while never showing us a thing. Just using the simplicity of a haunting nursery rhyme and great sound design to drive the horror home. Don't worry, it's not gory. It's very disturbing, but not gory. When horror is this scary, it doesn't have to be gory.

I have said this about Fewdio's work before (seriously, go spend a few hours on their YouTube page after you spent a few hours here) and I will say it again: they do more with horror in two minutes than most full length, big budget, million dollar films. Hell, here they only needed a minute and a half.

Love Halloween and cosplay? Check out our Halloween Blog!

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If I Had Known My Mother Back Then

Graphic artist Danielle Delph shows us a very personal project in which she combed through old family photographs and matched some from her childhood with those of her mother’s childhood. And then combined them.

I've always wondered if my mom and I would have been friends had we grown up together. Would we be in the same classes? Would we have the same sense of humor? Would people tell us we're inseparable? After seeing myself in her childhood photos, I'm pretty sure we would have been great friends..

Melding the images gives us a pair of intergenerational best friends. See the sweet results in six images at Delph’s website. You can tell who is who by the hairstyles and clothing. -via mental_floss


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Musician Glen Campbell Writes (Final) Heartwrenching Song About Alzhemiers

This might just be the most difficult post I have ever written here. That may sound silly, but sadly, Alzheimer's has been in my life since I was just a child. To see someone you love forget themselves and forget everything around them, while slow degenerating, is a dark place I would not wish on anyone. In the same breath, we ALL need to talk about this condition more, and a song like this will incite the needed discussions.

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Famous 70s musician Glen Campbell was diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease in 2011 and has been battling it relentlessly since. Seemed he had finally reached a point where those around and even he became aware that he could not record music anymore, as his Alzheimer's was getting worse and worse.

He decided to record one final song called "I'm Not Gonna Miss You" and it is about exactly what you think it's about. I will tell you right now, this is painful. A man aware he is slipping into oblivion and choosing to say goodbye one last time the only way he knows how. Please, share this and spread the word. The more aware we are of this condition, the more funding it gets, the less we have to worry that it will be like this forever.

Remember when Johnny Cash put out the Hurt video right before he passed away? Yes, this feels like that, but with an even deeper meaning. For those looking to learn more about the disease or find out ways they can help, check out the Alzheimer's foundation. 


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X-Men have Vanity Plates

Now we know where Professor X is from, and what sweet ride he has! Redditor funboixero spotted this car in Houston. He saw the driver exit the parking lot in a wheelchair, but hasn’t yet mentioned whether he was bald, which is what everyone wants to know. You can get a closer look at imgur.

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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What If Horror Movies Took Place on Facebook?

Finally, a truly modern horror movie! Except it’s not a movie, it’s a string of Facebook posts, which will make it easy to follow for those who live on Facebook. Like many horror films, the plot is inconsequential, or at least overly familiar: teenagers gather in a spooky place that hides something bent on killing them.



How does it turn out? If I were to guess without peeking, I would suppose that the cute girl with the most previous acting credits is the sole survivor. Read your way through a horror movie, Facebook-style, at Mandatory. It is conveniently flipped so the posts read from top to bottom. -Thanks, Daniel!


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23 Exceptionally Bizarre Craigslist Ads



Ah, Craiglist. It's a cornucopia of creepy and crass. It can also be a fun read. Occasionally though, Craigslist functions more as it was originally intended, and not to promote any number of felonious actions. There are times when a person just needs something taken off of his/her hands, whether they're willing to sell it for a song, or give it away. Something like a toaster chair, complete with handy "toast upper downer handle." Or a sofa made of rocks. Perhaps people are needed for a strictly scientific hair growth study. These listings are proof that if one simply gives Craigslist a chance, it's possible to find honest and honorable people in need.

See the other Craigslist ads in this collection here. (I had a hard time selecting which of them to post here!) 





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Winner of the International One-Minute Film Festival

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This eerie film short called "Tuck Me In" by Ignacio F. Rodó is this year's winner of the international one-minute film festival, Filminute. The competition and festival features the winners, each having been selected by jury. Much like writing contests in which all entries must be 100 (or similarly few) words, entrants are challenged to make every film second (or word) meaningful in terms of creating atmosphere or furthering the story.

Watch the Filminute runners up and viewer's choice award winners here. -Via Twisted Sifter


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He Went to NYCC as Johnny Depp


You don’t have to look like Johnny Depp to look like one of his movie characters …or two …or half a dozen. This cosplayer was spotted at New York Comic Con over the weekend. Let’s see, we have the bird on the head from The Lone Ranger, the glasses and cigarette from Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, the hair from Pirates of the Caribbean, the badge from Rango, the bow tie from The Tourist, the blades from Edward Scissorhands, the watch from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, shoes from Alice in Wonderland, fingernails from Dark Shadows, and probably a lot of other accoutrements from other movies. I think he should have gone with the eyewear from Sleepy Hollow.

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10 Cartoons From The 1990s You Might Not Remember

The 1990s were the last great era of Saturday Morning cartoons, when cartoon giants like Hanna-Barbera were still creating animated series in their classic style, and anime had yet to take over on network television.

Shows and spinoff shows were popping up left and right, and producers and network executives were open to trying out all kinds of ideas for an animated series.

Want a show about Rick Moranis teaching a bunch of teenage monsters how not to ruin their lives? Sure, why not.

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How about a series based on a hockey team's mascot, and loosely based on the movie that inspired the creation of the hockey team in the first place? Alrighty then!

Gravedale High and The Mighty Ducks are but two of the strange, and in some cases really cool, cartoons found on GeekTyrant's list of Ten 1990s Cartoons You Probably Don't Remember.

They've got more information on these strange shows, and clips that might jog your memory, but don't be surprised if you can't remember them all!


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The 30 Best Films of the 2000's

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Do you remember what your favorite movie from the 2000's was? Though it was not long ago, it can be hard to remember. There were so many good films (and so many bad ones) that came out in that time, sometimes you try and look back and it is just a blur of characters and stories.

Thankfully, there are lists like this one put together by Film School Rejects that remember for us. Movies like 28 Days Later and Oldboy that all worked towards changing the way we look at modern cinema. The trend you will notice from the list is that there WAS no trend, and that is what set the 00's apart. There are as many comedies and thriller films on the list as there are dramas. The 2000's was when indie film making became the norm again, and that reflects itself in some of their choices.

This list also makes me want to watch most of these again.


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Justice League: Thrones of Atlantis Official Trailer

It should be widely known (and isn't) that DC Animated make the best comic book movies. I am not even saying best "animated" comic book movies. I am saying best comic book movies, period. From Batman: Year One to Superman: Doomsday, their cartoon movies are often what we wish actual movies based on comics would be like.

Well it looks like DC Animated is adding another one to its roster. Question is, can DC make Aquaman cool again? Who am I kidding, he was never really cool. But I'll be honest with you. This looks like it might change that.

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Holy crap. Aquaman is cool.  

*Walks away speechless.

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Nobel Prize in Physics Goes to Blue LED Creators

The Nobel committee has announced the winner of the Physics Prize. Isamu Akasaki and Hiroshi Amano of Nagoya University and Shuji Nakamura of the University of California Santa Barbara will share the prize for their invention of blue LEDs. Blue LEDs are both brighter and more efficient than LEDs of other colors, but were more difficult to develop.

The Nobel committee noted that a LED bulb can be nearly 19 times as efficient as a traditional lightbulb as well as lasting 100 times as long. It said that the technology could be “revolutionary” as around one-fourth of global electricity consumption is for lighting, and also noted that LED bulbs can be powered by solar panels, making electric lighting feasible for the 1.5 billion people who aren’t connected to a power grid.

The development of blue LEDs was a complicated process, but you’ll find a compact explanation at Geeks Are Sexy.


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