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The Bass Pro Pyramid

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I lived near Memphis, Tennessee, when The Pyramid was built on the banks of the Mississippi  in 1991. It was supposed to be a shining symbol of the city, defining its skyline and drawing people to the downtown river area. I saw Van Halen perform there. But that was a long time ago. The Memphis Grizzlies signed a contract that gave them control over the use of the Pyramid, and then found the construction to be so shoddy that they had their own arena built elsewhere and moved out in 2004. The Pyramid sat unused for over ten years. Until last Wednesday.

The 32-story, 535,000-square foot building is now a Bass Pro Shop. Really. In fact, it’s an entire theme park for outdoorsmen, with its own swamp, hotel, bowling alley, archery range, shooting range, laser arcade, restaurants, and more.

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The result of the makeover is impressive. The cypress swamp covers most of the ground floor. Moss dangles from fake trees, and the watery bog is dotted with stuffed wild pigs and other animals.

Surrounding the swamp are various retail sections with hand-painted wall murals of idyllic outdoor scenes. The fishing section contains about 30,000 items. A general store will sell homemade fudge. The 13-lane bowling alley has a water motif with fish dangling from the ceiling and ball returns shaped like alligator mouths. There's also an interactive duck hunting game.

An elevator takes visitors up to The Lookout at the Pyramid, a restaurant and bar with an observation deck providing panoramic views of the river and city.

Rooms at the Big Cypress Lodge were inspired by hunting camps. They have a rustic feel, with dark wood trim and private porches with rocking chairs.

So beware, if you ask Dad where he’s like to go for vacation this year, he may suggest Memphis, and now you know why. -via BroBible


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Escape Professional Handcuffs Using a Paper Clip with the King of Random

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Grant Thompson, a/k/a the King of Random, demonstrates how easy it is to free yourself from professional grade handcuffs using only a bent paper clip. Certainly Neatorama readers will only use such information for entertainment purposes and the like. You know, party tricks. Yeah... that's the ticket.


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Cockatoo Rocks Out to Elvis

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In this hilarious video, one of these cockatoos is rocking out to Elvis and seems to be doing everything in his power to get his buddy on board. But no amount of his infectious groovin' is going to get his friend movin'. Maybe he's a metal head instead. -Via Arbroath

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2-Year-Old Learns Hamlet's Soliloquy From Shakespearean Actor

A few years back, Shakespearean (and Emmy Award-winning) actor Brian Cox spent some time teaching then 2-year-old Theo the famous soliloquy from Hamlet

To be or not to be...two:

Head on over to Open Culture to hear Cox talk with the BBC about this lesson. 

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Pouring Molten Aluminum into a Watermelon

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Um, why would you pour molten aluminum into a watermelon? Because you can? Will it explode? The Backyard Scientist shows us what happens (in his backyard, of course), and it’s neater than you might expect. Now, what other things can we pour molten aluminum into? (via Viral Viral Videos)


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The Texting Hat

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The Texting Hat is a wonderful new invention that creates the illusion that you are engaged with the person with you in real life, while you’re texting someone else. Eye contact has never been easier- and it’s a great excuse to take more selfies, too! Soon to be seen everywhere, but if you’re texting, you probably won’t actually see them yourself. -via the Presurfer


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Pass the Salt

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Mom and Dad don’t think much of their sons using their phones at the dinner table. Dad has his own way of stopping all that, without raising his voice. I remember having to put my foot down about devices used during a family dinner, when the kids were a bit younger. Now family dinners are rare because the kids have other places to be. I can’t complain, though, as it gets me out of cooking. It would be different if we had sons at home, because teenage boys don’t want to miss an opportunity to eat. -via Viral Viral Videos


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What Game Of Thrones Characters Should Look Like, According To The Books

The makers of Game Of Thrones have tried to stay as faithful to George R. R. Martin's books as possible, but some changes simply must be made when a book is translated into a visual medium.

Characters are often changed to make them, and their appearance, more visually appealing to viewers, which is why that imp Tyrion Lannister is still a sympathetic character:

“Tyrion’s fingers went to the great gash that ran from above one eye down to his jaw, across what remained of his nose. The proud flesh was still raw and warm to the touch.” —A Storm of Swords

And some characters have their overall look radically altered just so their flamboyant style will flow with the overall color scheme of the show, such as the radical decolorization of Daario Naharis:


“Daario Naharis was flamboyant even for a Tyroshi. His beard was cut into three prongs and dyed blue, the same color as his eyes and the curly hair that fell to his collar. His pointed mustachios were painted gold. His clothes were all shades of yellow; a foam of Myrish lace the color of butter spilled from his collar and cuffs, his doublet was sewn with brass medallions in the shape of dandelions, and ornamental goldwork crawled up his high leather boots to his thighs.” —A Storm of Swords

See What Game Of Thrones Characters Look Like In The Books here


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Disabled Student Piggybacked to School For Three Years by Friend

Friend helping a friend

For the past three years, 18-year old Chinese student Xie Xu has been voluntarily carrying his 19-year-old classmate Zhang Chi to school and back. Zhang Chi's muscles are weakened by muscular dystrophy which makes it difficult for him to get around by himself. Xie made the decision to help his friend after watching him struggle to get to class.

The two have never missed a day of school and are top students. 

Read more of story over at The Telegraph.

photo via Tencent News


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Priceless Headlines

Layout editors have an important job to do, but rarely have the time to do it properly, since deadlines get stretched to the last second. Even worse, many newspapers just do without a qualified layout editor these days. This can lead to unexpected consequences when no one checks for headline juxtaposition. In this case, the run-un headlines are more interesting than the actual stories. Found at Bad Newspaper.


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Eight Ways Shows Have Killed Off Unhappy Actors

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Actor Jay Thomas who played Eddie LeBec on Cheers apparently wasn't fond of his onscreen wife Carla, played by Rhea Perlman. Thomas made the mistake of making a disparaging remark about Perlman on his radio show, and that was "all she wrote" for Thomas on the series. The writers killed Thomas off in a violent yet humorous way: while performing as a penguin in an ice show, Eddie LeBec died in a freak Zamboni accident. That will teach anyone to mess with Carla.

Read other instances of unhappy actors having their characters killed in creative ways by the writers here.


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Bigfoot Bundt Cake

Bigfoot Bundt Cake

Big news! Bigfoot has been found...inside a bundt cake! Jenn Fujikawa over at Nerdist used a Bigfoot cookie cutter to make him appear inside this tasty treat.  

Sasquatch. Yeti. Bigfoot. He goes by so many names, yet he’s still an enigma. He could be behind that tree in the woods, or perhaps in the icy mountain of a theme park ride, but most likely you’ll find him… in a bundt cake.

Want to make it? The recipe and tutorial are available at Nerdist.

via Pee-wee Herman

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Baby Madison Likes the Dark Side

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New father Buddy Crotty is already aware that the dark side of the force is strong with his baby Madison. No mantra nor rallying cry of the rebel alliance will calm this kid. Thus, Buddy knows the imitation this situation calls for, and it works like a charm.  -Via The Daily What

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Man Walking Nearly Misses 15-Foot-High Flames Shooting from Manhole


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A man walking down the street to get himself a burger in the borough of Solihull, West Midlands, England nearly became broiled meat himself from fifteen-foot-high flames shooting out of a manhole. Shiraz Nawaz heard buzzing a few feet behind him and turned around, only to see black smoke followed by flames shooting up from an open manhole.

The quick-witted Shiraz warned his destination restaurant nearby to evacuate and turn off their gas line. Firemen extinguished the flames, which were caused by fire in an underground electrical box. Shiraz said,

“I’ve never seen anything like it, and I have been in the building trade. The guy in the shop grabbed me a couple of burgers after everything, so I guess it had a happy ending.”

Let no flames, high water or other disaster stand between a man and his burger. All ended well, indeed.

 -Via Arbroath


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Honeymooners Caught in a Fish Tornado


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When honeymooners Teri and Jeff Hester went diving off the Baja California peninsula in Cabo Pulmo, Mexico, they found themselves in the middle of an astonishing sight: a "tornado" made of fish!

"We were swimming along and saw a small band of Jacks heading away from us, so we followed them," Jeff told Caters News, "That small band slowly grew bigger and bigger, until out of the distance, this massive fish tornado appeared. I was awestruck. I had never seen anything like that before in my life."

Fish tornado? Now that's a cool school of fish!


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10 Hilariously Cheesy Fast Food Training Videos

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Working in the fast food industry means having the worst experiences with customers, feeling underappreciated, and discovering that you no longer like fast food because you're around it all the time.

A new hire's journey into the depths of Kentucky Fried madness started with a simple training video, a cheesy video entree that made new employees feel like dipping their heads in the fryer!

1. Hardee's "Your Reputation Is On The Line" (1988)-

Hardee's has a reputation for making high quality hamburgers quickly, so their employees are expected to put their reputations on the line every time they hand a burger to a hungry person.

As a new employee of Hardee's you're expected to follow sequence in order to preserve your reputation because "when we don't follow sequence we tend to get lost". Wait, is Hardee's actually a cult?

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2. McDonald's "Clean It" (1984)-

When you want to encourage your employees to keep their McDonald's location spotless you offer up an incentive, and in the 80s the best(?) incentive was a visit from Michael Jackson!

Sadly, these employees never got to meet the real MJ, only a sad imitator who, admittedly, has some serious moonwalking skills and a sweet sparkly jumpsuit. Where's Ronald when you need him?

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Just a Lady Robot Trying to Eat Some Breakfast

Karenxcheng as a robot trying to eat breakfast

Here's a lady robot just trying to have a little breakfast of Cheerios and orange juice. 

Her name is Karen X. Cheng and you may remember her time-lapse video that went viral where she taught herself to dance in a year. 

Give her new video a watch:

Thanks, Orion H.!


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Couple Buys Beanie Baby Reportedly Worth Thousands at Flea Market for $15

Leah Rogers and Ryan Flanaghan were at a flea market in Cornwall, England selling off a few of their unwanted items when they found the rare Princess Diana Beanie Baby being sold by another vendor. Ryan, a former collector, recognized the find and excitedly bought it for ten pounds ($14.96 US), knowing he stood to make a profit. According to the Daily Mail, another similar Beanie Baby is currently on the market for $375,000, yet Rogers and Flanaghan have listed theirs at a modest starting price of approximately $30,000. The couple hopes to earn enough from their find to make a down payment on their first home.

Read more and see additional pictures and a video on this story at the Daily Mail. 

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Via Buzzfeed | Images The Independent and Trending UK Newson Twitter

Update: The current value of the Princess Diana Beanie Baby, according to the Ty Collector website, ranges between $3 and $52.


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R2-D2 Airplane

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This B787-9 Dreamliner jet is a collaboration between the Star Wars franchise and the Japanese airline ANA. This baby is no overweight glob of grease. It's surely able to project holograms as passenger entertainment and fix itself of any malfunctions in-flight. -Via Gizmodo


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Silverback Gorilla Smashes Glass at Omaha Zoo



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Frightened onlookers at the Omaha Zoo scattered yesterday as one of the gorillas suddenly rushed the glass of the enclosed exhibit and smashed it. A Redditor captured this footage of the Silverback in question, who had been fighting with another male just prior to the incident. Photos of the bleeding, angry animal later surfaced after the fact.

Having witnessed a similar incident at my local zoo in which a male gorilla suddenly raced up to the glass of his enclosure and punched it hard enough to shake the structure after a man pressed up against it from the other side, I can say how terrifying such a happening is. The glass didn't break in that case, though. Such accounts give me uneasy feelings about keeping these intelligent, powerful animals caged, frustrated and bored. -Via Reddit


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Check It Out: A Song for National Library Week

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The Topeka and Shawnee County Public Library of Kansas created a parody of Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off” to celebrate National Library Week. The video for “Check It Out” includes a bunch of easter eggs for knowledgeable Taylor Swift fans, which are listed at the library’s website. -via The Daily Dot


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5 Unlikely Hit Songs

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website or at Facebook.

Here are five odd and unexpected top ten hit songs, in no particular order of oddness.

1. “The Woody Woodpecker Song"

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In 1948, the Kay Kyser Band recorded the only #1 hit song about a cartoon character. The song is about a fair, semi-mediocre, only occasionally funny cartoon wacky bird. Basically, Woody was a poor man's Bugs Bunny.

Sung by Gloria Wood and interrupted by Woody's famous laugh done by Harry Babbitt, the song was a smash hit, selling 250,000 copies. It also has a place in recording history as the only song from an animated short subject to be nominated for an Academy Award for “Best Song".

(Bonus trivia: the original voice of Woody W. was the great Mel Blanc.)

3. “Rock-a-bye Your Baby (with a Dixie Melody)"

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Jerry Lewis was and is a brilliant, talented, versatile comedic genius. But did you know Jer had a top ten hit record? In 1956, just a few days after his split with partner Dean Martin, Jerry took over for an incapacitated Judy Garland at a gig in Las Vegas, singing many of Judy's most popular songs. This included Judy's “Rock-a-bye Your Baby (with a Dixie Melody).”

The song went over so well, Jerry incorporated it into his own act and recorded the song as a single. The song went certified gold and actually hit #10 on the charts. (One wonders how his ex-partner Dean Martin felt when he saw Jerry had a gold record. (????)

3. “The Ballad of the Green Berets"

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Say "Hello" To Kaika & Kelekona

We love our reader's pets, which is why when fan Jenn Hyland posted this picture in response to our Facebook post featuring Pug-ster eggs, I was all too excited to share her little babies with everyone.

Here's Kelekona's first Halloween costume.

And here's her cheer-ful second Halloween costume.

You can tell she was a hit by how many candies she got -especially those precious full-sized bars.

Kelekona traded in the cheer uniform for some pig skin for her third Halloween, when she was joined by Kaika, who celebrated her first Halloween in stripe-tastic style.

Nowadays, the duo doesn't just dress up for Halloween. Here they are in some sweet summer duds as part of an apartment wide costume contest.

Thanks to Jenn for letting us share her beautiful little lizards -and for anyone out there who wants to see their favorite pet on the site, feel free to send your photos to jill@neatorama.com!

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Watch This Fennec Fox Flip Out Over A Reunion With His Best Friend

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Little Rupert was taken in by the International Primate Rescue when he was just four weeks old. It was there that he met his best friend, a big, fluffy cat named William. He was later seperated from William so he could be introduced to other fennecs, but here the two are reunited and as you can see, it feels so good.

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Man Gives Horse a Peck on Cheek, Horse Returns the Favor

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A man, while participating in a conversation among others in the space, absentmindedly and sweetly gives the horse he's standing next to a quick kiss. The horse responds by immediately kissing him back, and his surprised reaction is precious. -Via Tastefully Offensive

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Rooster Plays Soccer

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Animals are really into sports these days. Didga the cat rides a skateboard, and just the other day we saw a dog playing table tennis. Today we have a rooster playing soccer with a guy. Ain’t he the cock of the walk? Red is pretty good with his feet. Now if he can just remember where the goals are supposed to be… -via Tastefully Offensive


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The Gentleman's Agreement That Ended the Civil War

The 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War is tomorrow. On April 9, 1865, generals Grant and Lee met at the village of Appomattox Court House in Virginia to hash out the terms of the Confederate surrender. It was the welcome end of a long and bloody war, but the American government and the Union brass had no desire to punish their defeated enemy further.    

Many within the Union considered Confederates traitors who were personally responsible for this tremendous loss of lives and property. Lee’s own army had threatened the nation’s capital and had to be driven back in some of the bloodiest battles of the war. The terms of surrender, however, would be a simple gentlemen’s agreement. Healing the country, rather than vengeance, directed Grant’s and the Lincoln administration’s actions. There would be no mass imprisonments or executions, no parading of defeated enemies through Northern streets. Lincoln’s priority—shared by Grant—was “to bind up the nation’s wounds” and unite the country together again as a functioning democracy under the Constitution; extended retribution against the former Confederates would only slow down the process.

Read the story of the historic meeting at Smithsonian. And, since it’s the Smithsonian, we also get an account of the historic souvenirs onlookers made away with, many of which are now on display at the National Museum of American History.


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Silence

Silence between married folks can be good or bad. The bad kind of silence days, “I don’t have anything to say to you.” The good kind says, “We’ve said it all, and I’m happy just to be with you.” The important thing is that you’re both on the same page. That’s the message of the latest comic from Lunarbaboon.


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Burger-King Wedding

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His name is Joel Burger. Her name is Ashley King. They have been an item since they were in fifth grade, and recently announced their upcoming nuptials. The Burger-King wedding is scheduled for July. But then the fast food company Burger King heard about it.  

Burger King got hold of Joel and Ashley and presented them with a surprise: BK is going to pay for the wedding. There will no doubt be chicken fries galore at the reception. If you were just telling this story without evidence to back it up, they’d think you were telling a Whopper. -via Buzzfeed


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He is Vigo! You are like the buzzing of flies to him!

Redditor Sloppy_Episiotomy posted this picture of his baby's nursery saying, "The wifey said I have to take this down from my daughter's nursery immediately or she's taking the baby and leaving me." While some sites, like Nerd Approved have claimed that this is not appropriate decor for a baby's room, others have argued that it's a perfect way to start indoctrinating your children to love geeek culture from a young age. It's also a great option if you want your child to get possessed by a god. What do you guys think?

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