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This is what happens when you get bored at your office job. Let’s hope Bruno Mosconi Ruy’s boss has a sense of humor when he sees this video go viral. There was a suggestion for improving the monster, but I don’t know how you’d make that work in moving pictures. -via reddit


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If You’re Happy and You Know It

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A guy sings a duet with his cat Chaninho. You’ll recognize the song, even though it's sung in Portuguese. "If you're happy and you know it, say meow." Chaninho has his part down perfectly.  -via Daily Picks and Flicks

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KITT the 'Knight Rider' Car To Be Auctioned (H)Off

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As part of the The Gumball 3000 motor rally, Christie's is auctioning off David Hasselhoff's personal K.I.T.T. car. Yes, that's right, his own black 1982 Pontiac Trans Am from the Knight Rider television series will be put on the auction block on May 30th, 2015.

Don't get your hopes up, this K.I.T.T. won't drive itself or talk like the one in the 1980s series. Also, it is expected to fetch six figure$ in auction. 

TIL: K.I.T.T. stands for "Knight Industries Two Thousand."

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How to Build a Living Summer Shade Structure

There’s something very relaxing about a rose-covered arch, a pergola festooned with wisteria, or a leafy arbor. Here’s another way to make a shady place to sit and enjoy nature: a willow dome. The structure support itself is alive! Willow branches have a particular feature that makes building a dome or other garden structure fairly easy.   

Willow trees have an unusual trait: freshly cut branches will sprout roots and grow into new trees when merely plunked into the ground and watered. By taking cuttings from an established willow tree, “planting” them strategically and weaving the supple young branches together as they grow, any number of structures—such as a gazebo, pergola, play hut, party dome, sweat lodge, art cave or even a shady area for your livestock—can be created on your land.

Now I really want a willow tree! You can buy cuttings or a kit or even hire someone to build a willow structure for you, but you can also do it yourself with some guidelines from Modern Farmer.

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Attempting to Load a Vehicle on a Ship

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When you have to load a truck onto a ship, and all you have is a narrow pier instead of a cargo loading dock, you do what you have to do. I wouldn’t consider this for one second, but then, I don’t have to load a truck on a ship from a pier. This was recorded somewhere in Brazil. -via reddit


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Americans Heroes Buried in the Netherlands are Not Forgotten

On Sunday, people gathered at the Netherlands American Cemetery in Margraten to observe Memorial Day, as they have for 70 years. Those buried there were the liberators of the Dutch in World War II. Each American grave was “adopted” by a Dutch, Belgian, or German family who has tended it ever since. There are people on a waiting list to became grave caretakers if they are ever needed to take over.

At the cemetery’s annual commemoration, 6,000 people poured onto the 65-acre burial grounds just a few miles from the German border, including scores of descendants of American war dead who had traveled here from all over the United States. They were eager to pay tribute to parents or grandparents who had died to defeat the Nazis. But they also wanted to thank the Dutch families who had been tending the graves of their loved ones, often passing the responsibility from one generation to the next.

The Washington Post has the story of the cemetery’s founding in 1944, and tales from some of the descendants of those buried there, and of the caretakers of the graves. You may wish to bring a hankie as you read about the way the Dutch feel about the Allies who saved them so many years ago. -via Metafilter (where you'll find even more stories)

(Image credit: © Raimond Spekking / CC BY-SA-4.0 via Wikimedia Commons)


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Street Artist Makes Building into Set of Wind-up Teeth

The building used to be the Dolphinarium discotheque in Tel Aviv, Israel, until it was the site of a suicide bombing in 2001. Israeli street artist Dede (previously at Neatorama) saw something promising in the shell of the structure- a giant set of of choppers, or wind-up teeth. He says,

30m wide x 10m high piece, The abandoned Dolphinarium, Tel-Aviv, 2015

Without any doubt the biggest art challenge I have ever had. This piece was hard to achieve.
Stormy nights, high rollers from the ground, the all deal. But it had to be done, I had this vision for almost a year now.

This landmark is found in the middle of continuing ownership arguments, another real estate bite in Tel-Aviv's view.

Note the wind-up key at the right. It’s not as big as it should be for the building, but that’s fixed with a little forced perspective. -via Laughing Squid


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Minor Tweaks To Disney Movies That Change The Whole Plot

Disney’s animated features rely on paper thin plots to make the magic happen, and what they lack in believability they more than make up for in character appeal and emotional effect.

But a thin plot means the whole storyline can come crashing down with one minor change, like showing what led up to Bambi’s mother getting blasted.

Dorkly's Andrew Bridgman and illustrator Paul Westover demonstrate how easy it is to turn Disney movies into a completely different kind of movie with one minor tweak.

Kinda takes the feel good fun outta the whole thing, now don’t it?!

See 7 Tweaks To Disney Films That Would Change Everything here


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Bohemian Rhapsody on Fairground Organ

This organ is 110 years old, but with new programming (on paper strips), it can play the relatively modern "Bohemian Rhapsody" in a uniquely majestic way.

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The instrument is a Marenghi Organ with 81 keys and 350 pipes, from the collection of Bill Nunn. It was used in a dance hall in Antwerp, Belgium, for the first half of its life. -via reddit


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A Brief Summary of Star Wars

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Now you don’t have to watch all those Star Wars movies! Still, a commenter pointed out that this is BS, because it depicts a Storm Trooper actually hitting what he is aiming at. This animation is from Zach at Extra Fabulous Comics.  -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Master Tutter

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Andrei Dragunov is a deaf Russian dancer. He dances with his hands, which is called finger tutting. There are elements of sign language here, some even Americans can understand, but the difficulty and the creative fluidity of the movements is what’s really impressive.  -via Boing Boing

Check out more amazing talents over at our Mad Skills blog

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Alligator vs. Truck

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Keith Carmouche encounters an alligator while driving his Nissan truck to his camping spot in Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana. The gator angrily strikes, and Carmouche tells the animal "Hey, watch my truck." Later, the man likely wishes that he had backed off and left the gator alone.  -Via Tastefully Offensive


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“Elphie”: A Selfie Taken by an Elephant

Christian LeBlanc of Vancouver is an exchange student in Bangkok. He visited an elephant sanctuary in Thailand and was feeding bananas to the elephants when one of the pachyderms grabbed his camera! The result was a selfie taken by an elephant, or an “elphie.”

"I see a sign that for 50 cents you can feed the elephant. So my girlfriend and I go and buy a basket of bananas and we start feeding the elephant," LeBlanc told CBC News.

"The elephant loves the bananas, so it kind of gets a bit nosy — it grabs at your hands, it tries to take all the bananas. And once we ran out, next thing I knew it was it was grabbing the GoPro."

LeBlanc had turned on the time-lapse feature on his GoPro camera, so it automatically took a picture. As you can see, elephants don’t need a selfie stick because they carry their own extension around all the time! You can see more pictures of LeBlanc’s Thailand adventures at Buzzfeed. 


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Hot Dog Dishes From Around The World

Hot dogs are popular yet polarizing, tasty yet terrible on the stomach, kosher yet made of lips and...you know the rest.

Whether you call them tube steak, bratwurst, frankfurters, polish sausages or weenies there's one thing all cylindrical meat products have in common- people around the world just can't get enough!

The hot dogs we scarf down at sporting events or while waiting in line at Costco today are thought to have originated in Germany during the 1800s in their original weiner and frankfurter forms.

Since then the hot dog has evolved into a fun handheld food product people the world over enjoy in their own unusual way.

The Brazilian hot dog, which is topped with carrots, corn, parmesan cheese and french fries, may seem strange to those who like nothing more than relish and mustard on their dog.

Then again, Brazilians find it strange that American men rarely wear swim briefs to the beach so I guess strangeness is relative!

See the full guide to 40 Ways The World Makes Awesome Hot Dogs here

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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A Disney Princess For Every Stage Of Your Life

Disney princesses may not be the best role models for young folks, and they might not be the golden goddesses of morality they’re made out to be, but they do one thing really well- represent different stages of our lives.

From the early days of wide eyed babyhood to the jaded, cynical thirtysomething years of drudgery and boredom, there's a Disney princesses that accurately represents every stage of our lives, at least according to cartoonist Paul Westover.

As someone who learned the joys of hermitizing in my thirties I definitely relate to Elsa, and even though I don't have power over the cold my fridge has a built in ice maker!

See A Disney Princess For Every Stage Of Your Life at College Humor


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Guy Buys An XL Tank Top, Internet Goes Crazy

If you would've told me 20 years ago that the internet age would feature silly stories about the real color of a dress and a guy raising way too much money to make a potato salad going wildfire viral I would have called you crazy.

But you would have been right, and the internet is a much sillier, stranger, stupider and more ridiculous place than those of us who were online 20 years ago could have ever imagined.

Case in point- itscostas took this picture and posted it to Reddit with the caption "Bought XL tank tops from Walmart so they're not skin tight, this is not what I expected":

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This hilarious (and seemingly NSFW but actually not) pic went crazy viral almost immediately, garnering over 3 million views on Imgur and over 2000 comments on Reddit in about two days.

When will this viral madness end? When somebody breaks the internet by making this guy wear the "what color is this dress?" dress while eating potato salad.


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In this Chinese Festival, Men Literally Shower Themselves With Molten Iron

Blacksmiths in the town of Nuanquan, China, throw molten metal in the air in a dangerous display of light and skill. It’s all part of the entertainment and celebration of the Da Shuhua festival, part of the New Year celebration.  

Taking place on the 15th day of the New Year celebrations, the legendary Da Shuhua event sees resident blacksmiths hurl molten metal against a cold brick wall, generating a spectacular avalanche of sparks that engulfs the men as though they are standing in the middle of exploding fireworks.

The custom dates back approximately three centuries to a time when the town was full of metal workers. During the annual Lantern Festival, rich locals would set off fireworks as a means of ritually banishing demons. Meanwhile, poorer blacksmiths, who could not afford to purchase fireworks, took to throwing liquid metal instead.

As far as death-defying stunts go, molten metal beats fireworks almost every time. Read more about this festival and see many pictures at Scribol.

(Image credit: Flickr user Robert Berkowitz)


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Delta Airlines Releases 'Internetest Safety Video on the Internet'

Delta Airlines pays respect to the popular meme-filled culture of the Internet in their latest in-flight safety video called, the "Internetest safety video on the Internet."

And, yes, it's very Internet-y.

The video features several cameos from Internet stars, such as: Keyboard Cat, Double Rainbow Guy, the cat in a shark costume on a Roomba vacuum cleaner, Nyan Cat, Dancing Baby, and MORE (I don't want to spoil it for you.)

We see you’re on the Internet. That’s great, because we made a safety video starring the Internet.

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The Luckiest Guy In The Parking Lot

Most of us have had one of those lucky moments where we escaped injury, or certain death, by a split second, but how many of us have had that moment captured on video?

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The lucky fellow in this video may not have known his escape from death’s clutches was being recorded by a security camera, but I bet he’s happy to have the footage as proof of how close he came to being flattened by that big ol’ truck!

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A Bump on the Head

Aw, Moishe got a bump on the head! Of course, Dad wants to make everything better, but fathers sometimes do that a little differently from mothers. As illustrated by the latest shenanigans from Lunarbaboon.

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Flippable Rembrandt Book Bracelet

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The Rijksmuseum, a museum dedicated to arts and history in Amsterdam, wanted people to be inspired by its online collection, the Rijksstudio, so they started a design competition. To enter, you simply had to create a new design using something found in the Rijksstudio and enter it in their "Make your own Masterpiece" contest.  

The winners of the 2015 Rijksstudio Award for "Make your own Masterpiece" are Lyske Gais and Lia Duinker. They created this amazing Rembrandt Book Bracelet which is inspired by De steniging van Stefanus, a circa 1635 artwork of Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn.


Check out more amazing talents over at our Mad Skills blog

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He Lost 425 Pounds

Yes, this is the same guy in all the pictures. A couple of years ago, Ronnie Brower weighed 675 pounds. His doctor told him he wouldn’t live long like that -he might not even make it to age thirty. Brower took that seriously. He gave up drinking and pills, went on a diet, and worked out. Boy, did he work out! With the help of trainers, he has lost 425 pounds!

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Brower is a big Taylor Swift fan, and played her music during his workouts for inspiration. His friend Joe Bufano is taking him to a Taylor Swift concert next month, and made this video in hopes that she will meet him then. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Swineapple: Hollowed-Out Pineapple Stuffed with Ribs Wrapped in Bacon

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On Facebook, Josh Bush of LaPorte, Texas (because, of course, Texas) shared photos of a hollowed-out pineapple stuffed with two pounds of boneless country style ribs, wrapped in bacon.

It's really quite a meat feat, all of it cooked slow over mesquite. 

The Internet has dubbed it the "swineapple" and several people have attempted to make their own version of it.  

Here's a look at it before it was assembled: 

Swineapple by Josh Bush

Mmmm....delicious, delicious swineapple...It's kind of like the Aloha version of "Turducken" (a chicken stuffed into a duck stuffed into a turkey).

UPDATE: We received the recipe from the man who created it, Josh Bush:

Shave the pineapple but leave the top and bottom, lay on its side and about an inch in on both sides cut halfway down then with a long blade slice from point to point. Hollow out the desired amount of pineapple. Season your meat with any of your favorite seasonings. A more course rub is better. Put the cut piece back on. To look like a complete pineapple again. Light dust the pineapple with seasoning. Fully wrap it with thick cut bacon. Not just lay it on top. I set it on the smoker @ 240 and sprayed it with apple juice about every 20-30 minutes to keep the bacon moist and colorful. You can change the meat to boneless chicken thighs and get the same results. Alot of people have said the pineapple over tenderized the meat when they tried it. I did not personally have that issue but I would check internal temp about 2 hours into smoking. Once you hit 160 it is up to you of when to pull it.

Thanks, Elliotte! photos by Josh Bush

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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So That's What That Extra Shoelace Hole is For

Have you ever stopped to look at your running shoes and wondered what those extra shoelace holes are for? Well, the folks at Illumiseen, a company that sells LED safety accessories for active people, made this video to explain the purpose of those shoelace holes. 

If your laces are tightened properly using these holes, you can prevent blisters on the heels of your feet.

To do this, you'll need to create a "heel lock" or "lace lock" with your shoelaces, which will keep your foot tight in your sneaker. 

The video will show you how:

I learned something new today. Thank you, Internet. 

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Snake Steals Fish

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Cindy Kruller took her kids fishing. Her son caught a small perch, which dislodged itself from the hook. A garter snake immediately snatched the fish up and ran with it! They chased the snake and scared it just enough to cause it to drop the fish, and they got the perch back into the water. The fish swam away in a flash, no doubt in a hurry to tell his school about his big adventure. Commenters at YouTube are quick to blame the family for depriving the poor snake of its meal. -via Tastefully Offensive


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Glitch Tattoos

When I was younger, I really wanted a tattoo but could never find one that was something I wanted to live with FOREVER on my skin. 

Had there been these pixelated, glitched tattoos back then, I definitely would be sporting one today. 

These intentional-mistake inks are the handiwork of Alexey (Instagram: leshaluz), an artist and painter in Moscow, Russia who works under the name Pixel&Glitch. 

See more of these cool tattoos over at DesignTAXI.


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Google Maps Version of Westeros

Have you figured your way around in the fantasy world of Game of Thrones yet? This might make it easier: MongoLife made a Google Maps version of Westeros. You can zoom into the pictures at Etsy and see where travelers go and where the action takes place in the show. He sold out the maps he had, but is busy making more. -via Uproxx


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The Internet Reacts to the New Hamburglar

In its efforts to stay relevant and in the black, McDonald's is having to make a lot of changes. One such change made of late is introducing a new Hamburglar. While the old Hamburglar looked like something of a ghoul, the new "ready for live action" Hamdude is even being called "hot" by some observers. Whatever the general consensus ends up being, you didn't expect the internet to be quiet about such a major McDonald's milestone, did you?

Above and below are some of the reactions to the new Hamburglar. See more here.



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Confusing Things About British Homes

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New Anglophenia host Kate Arnell takes the reins from Siobhan Thompson in episode 28. Here the show topic is the British home, and the ways in which it typically differs from ours in the United States. Check it out and let us know what you think, if you're so inclined. -Via Tastefully Offensive


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Concerned Kitten

Remember Sam, the cat with eyebrows? Now we have a kitten with the same look. Gary is an 8-week-old kitten in Bolton, UK. He belongs to Andy and Caroline Entwistle, whose cat Luna had four kittens. They kept two, Gary and his special needs sister Amy.

Now Gary (named after Gary Barlow)  and his two eyebrow markings are internet stars under the name Concerned Kitten. You can see more pictures of Gary at his Facebook page. And the name is just about his looks -at eight weeks, Gary isn’t really concerned about anything. -via Laughing Squid

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

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