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DIY Electrical Wiring

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He just wanted to install a new light in the bathroom, but it didn’t turn out exactly right. It looks like a case of two homeowners in a row who did their own wiring, and believe me, building on someone else’s weirdness only leads to more weirdness. At least this couple hasn’t been electrocuted, which is a real possibility when you get this many wires crossed.

I once had a bathroom/bedroom addition built. It didn’t take long to figure out things were wonky, because when you turned off the bathroom light, the alarm clock by the bed stopped. I could’ve called the contractor back to fix it, but he’d screwed up so many other things, he probably would have just made it worse. I got a master electrician to sort things out -after he stopped laughing. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Cat Patrols House Via Dump Truck

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Cats cruisin' around the house in remote-controlled dump trucks: because Roombas are so 2013. Via Tastefully Offensive

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Photographer Captures Frozen "Slurpee Waves" on Nantucket



Photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh has been documenting these nearly frozen waves washing ashore on Nantucket island, Massachusetts, approximately 30 miles south of Cape Cod. One publication, Stay Wild magazine, dubbed the fascinating photos "Slurpee waves." 

See Jonathan Nimerfroh's photographs of this icy phenomenon on his Twitter and Instagram accounts, and on his website. Nimerfroh's photos are absolute eye candy, particularly for fans of nature and landscape photography. -Via Buzzfeed


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Talking Husky Puppy

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Little Ramsey the husky pup obviously lives with both people and dogs -but he sure sounds like he’d rather talk people language than howl like a dog! I had to giggle at this almost as much as the woman holding him. -via Tastefully Offensive

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13 More Fantastic And Fun Star Wars Goodies For Your Home

It was over a year ago when Alex introduced us to 20 amazing pieces of Star Wars furniture over on Homes and Hues. It remains the most popular article of all time on the site. We thought it was time to revisit the topic and have rounded up 13 more fun Star Wars goodies you can add to your home. 

From lights to kitchen accessories (like the coffee maker above), there's enough Star Wars goodies out there to bring a little bit of a galaxy far away into every room of your home. Best of all, some of the items are even DIY projects, so you don't have to spend a fortune to make your home delightfully nerdy.

So if you love Star Wars and just can't get enough Darth, Han, Leia and the rest in your home, then head over to Homes and Hues today: 13 More Marvelous Star Wars Home Goods


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Snowball Fight in Jerusalem

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A storm last Thursday and Friday left between 20 and 30 centimeters (7-11 inches) of snow over Jerusalem. This video shows a group of Franciscan monks having a snowball fight, which they probably don’t get to do very often. Israel wasn’t the only spot in the Middle East to get snow. See pictures of the snow in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey in this roundup. -via Buzzfeed


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Couple Gets Revenge on Coworker Who Repeatedly Stole Woman's Lunch



Redditor Toastedchillies posted a story of lunch theft and revenge to Justice Porn subreddit. The poster explained that, since he loves to cook, he packs his wife a bag lunch every day for her to take to work. But after awhile, his wife informed him of her lunch being stolen once every couple of days. He writes,

"I’m a bit of a chilli head. Love my hot sauces. I also love to cook. I also cook my wife a delicious lunch each day, She kept complaining that someone was stealing her lunch every couple of days out of the fridge at work. So I made her some buffalo wings for lunch to put in the fridge. They are really popular with her colleagues, but I spiced them up just a little with some Blair’s 4am Reserve. (I note you are meant to dilute it with 1 drop per 5 litres of liquid.)

So I added a couple of drops of Blairs 4am Reserve per wing with nice dusting of Ghost chilli powder for good measure. I did eat a couple to make sure it didn’t kill anybody, they were real hot. Even cream doesn’t cut the heat: and Ghost chillies keep getting hotter for about 5 minutes.

Needless to say just before lunch, there was a shrill from the kitchen, a young male colleague decided to help himself the my wife’s lunch which was clearly marked with her name. He ran to the toilet and vomited over and over. Apparently the moans sounded like he was dying. My wife just sat there innocently pretending nothing was wrong. Needless to say she has not lost a single lunch since."

Read more about Blair’s 4am Reserve — which is more than 7,000 times spicier than Tabasco and one of the hottest substances that exists — here. See a video about Blair's below. 

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Freeze-Fall: A Collection of Frozen Waterfall Photographs

Eidfjord, Norway | Source: christianpondella.com

These breathtaking photographs of frozen waterfalls from all over the world make up a collection that is worth the short time it takes for readers to peruse it. When such powerful forces of nature — flowing water and freezing temperatures — meet, it makes for some awesome sights (and treacherous exploring). 

See the entire collection, as well as brief descriptions of each location, in this article.


Starved Rock State Park, La Salle, Illinois | Image: Todd Rybaum / flickr.com

Louise Falls, Alberta, Canada | Source: flickr.com


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Artist Creates Charming Cartoon Characters From Baby Photos

In her most recent project, Costa Rica-based artist Maria Jose Da Luz transforms pictures of infants and toddlers, which are adorable in their own right, into appealing cartoon characters. Taking the basic expressions of the children and tones of the photos and accentuating them, Jose Da Luz may also make slight changes, such as turning dad into a superhero. Why not? The result couldn't be more engaging and sweet. 

Visit the artist's Behance site to see her other drawings of this type. These pieces are done on commission. Request a portrait of your own or see more of the illustrator's work here. Keep up with her via social media on Facebook.

Via Elite Daily | Images: Maria Jose Da Luz 

 

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This "No Soliciting" Sign is No Match for Girl Scout Cookies

According to this "No Soliciting" sign posted on Imgur, the homeowners already know who they're voting for, have already found Jesus, and are too broke to buy anything, except Thin Mints.

No one is ever too broke to buy Thin Mints (or other Girl Scout Cookies IMHO). That crack cookie is seriously delicious.

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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How to Cut a Carrot

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This person spends over three minutes cutting a carrot, but the end result is worth it. No, she’s not going to cut her fingers off, although that’s the impression you might get as that blade gets close to them. The artist is not identified, and I’m not even sure it’s a woman, but she has nice fingernails. The video is titled Cooking Class Heroes, but I would bet she’s a teacher instead of a student. You may want to skip through some of the middle parts, but do not miss the end. -via Boing Boing 

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Police Issued Arrest Warrant for Elsa from Frozen for the Crime of Wicked Cold Winter


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A winter this wicked can only mean one thing: someone with magical power of manipulating ice and snow is messing around with the weather.

So the Harlan City Police Department of Kentucky (where the temperature was in the single digits) did what any responsible law enforcement would do: they issued an all points bulletin for the arrest of Queen Elsa from Frozen.

"Suspect is a blonde female last seen wearing a long blue dress and is known to burst into song 'Let It Go!'" states the HPD. "As you can see by the weather she is very dangerous. Do not attempt to apprehend her alone," the bulletin warns the general public.


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Snarky Street Sign Warns People to First Cross the Street, Then Update Facebook


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A neighborhood in the city of Hayward, California, had a problem with speeding cars. But after the usual approaches - enforcement, traffic engineering fixes, and even a public outreach - failed to yield results, the city decided to try something weird: unusual street signs to catch driver's attention.

"Let's juxtapose an unconventional message with a conventional medium to catch people's attention, " said city spokesman Frank Holland to SFGate, "If it starts a conversation, maybe people will change their behavior."

One of the signs warn pedestrian to first finish crossing the street before updating Facebook. Another tells drivers that they should use eyes, brakes and brain to navigate a downhill street.

The sign below warns drivers that 35 mph is the speed limit, not a suggestion.

No words whether the signs, which were produced and installed in January to the tune of $205 each, have any effects.

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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Eight Of The Worst Fad Toys From The Last Forty Years

The latest batch of fad products roll out every year around Christmas, when people spend way too much money and act like animals just to get their hands on the must-have product of the year.

A lot of really bad fad toys have been released in the last forty years, but the fad toys on this list epitomize the love it now, couldn't care less tomorrow core of what makes most fad toys a total waste of money!

1. Pogo Bal-

The pogo stick was rendered obselete by the release of the Pogo Bal in 1986, which didn't mean much because kids had given up their pogo sticks in favor of skateboards and scooters long ago.

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The good thing about Pogo Bal was every kid on your block had one, so you could all look ridiculous trying to bounce around together.

The bad thing about Pogo Bal- it rapidly deflated and cracked when left out in the sun, and only really worked as advertised when fully inflated, so most kids let it become part of the backyard.

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2. Cabbage Patch Kids-

Cabbage Patch Kids sprouted out of the ground all cute, clothed and ready for adoption, and kids have never wanted to eat their vegetables more than when they saw those dimple cheeked Kids on toy store shelves.

The Cabbage Patch Riots of 1983 showed how far some parents were willing to go to get their hands on those dolls, which at the time were being mass produced rather cheaply by Coleco.

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The good thing about Cabbage Patch Kids is their dollyness-  they have plenty of outfits and accessories to keep kids (mostly girls) entertained for years to come.

The bad thing about Cabbage Patch Kids is the cloth material used to make the body got dirty fast, and if you tried to wash them they turned into lumpy Cabbage Patch freaks. Likewise their decal eyes rubbed off if the dolls were played with too roughly, which left them looking so sad:

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Plowing Snow with a Motorized Toilet

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David Goldberg owns a hardware store in Bethesda, Maryland. Last summer he built a motorized toilet as a parade entry, and eventually won several awards for his creation. He calls it “Loo-cy.” When it came time to shovel all that snow on the sidewalk in front of his store, Goldberg figured Loo-cy could do a better job of it than his shovel. So he attached a plow to the front and cleared the whole block in no time! Now, don’t you wish you had a toilet snowplow? -via Uproxx


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Deep Thoughts, With Cookie Monster

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There was Socrates, Plato and Voltaire, Descartes and Kant. Then there was Cookie, and that's good enough for me. Watch as one of the greatest Muppets ever strolls past artistic masterpieces while contemplating the edible world. Don't miss his bits of eternal wisdom, such as "Lobsters are mermaids to scorpions!" -Via Laughing Squid


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When You Lose Your Snowmobile

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This guy is traveling down a snowy mountain on his snowmobile. If you think it seems like an awfully steep hill, you are right. At one point, he loses the snowmobile! As the guy slides and spins down the mountain, we wonder if the machine is going to run him over. Then we don’t see it for a while, and we assume it stopped. No, there it comes tumbling after him! So he’s trying to catch the snowmobile without being smashed by it. This is one nerve-wracking video, and that mountain is definitely too steep for a snowmobile run. -via Digg 


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The Opposing Desires of Two Cats

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Sebastian appears to be addicted to the computer. You can’t blame him for enjoying the fish swimming across the screen. Hamlet, however, can take it or leave it. The two cats illustrate the conflict that occurs when one of a couple can’t stop playing video games, while the other feels neglected. “Honey, you’ve been on that computer for hours. Why don’t you come play with me for a while?”

The videographer described the action as Hamlet trying to prevent Sebastian from scratching the screen. Although they are both cases of anthropomorphism, I prefer my interpretation. Who knows what really goes on in the minds of cats?  -via Daily Picks and Flicks

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Melon Skiing

While we deal with ice and snow in February, in Australia it’s the height of summer. The town of Chinchilla, Queensland, cooled off this past weekend with their annual Melon Festival. Oh, yes, every place has a harvest festival, but Chinchilla takes it to the next level with sports, activities, and competitions that require the use of 20 tonnes of watermelons. My favorite is shown above: melon skiing, in which you place your feet inside nice juicy watermelons and try to stay upright as you are pulled down a melon juice-covered ski run. Don’t forget your melon helmet! There’s also melon bunjy (sic), a melon tug-of-war, seed-spitting, the melon carving contest, the melon growing competition, the melon eating contest, and the Iron Man, in which you carry a watermelon through a course of obstacles and try to keep it intact. That’s the way to cool off on a hot summer day! See more pictures of the melon events at Buzzfeed.

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One Seriously Dreamy Bookstore


This is Cărtureşti Carusel (“The Carousel of Light”), located on a trendy street in Bucharest, Romania. The city of Bucharest is sometimes referred to as "Little Paris" due to the elegance of its architecture, and this lovely renovated building is a great example. 

The store, which houses more than 10,000 books as well as 5,000 albums and DVDs, boasts six floors. It features a bistro, multimedia space and modern art gallery, and will be a location in which cultural events are hosted. 

See more beautiful pictures here and at the store's Facebook page.



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Boppity Bunny

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It’s been a while since we had a new song from Parry Gripp, and this one is about bunny love!

I’m a Boppity Bunny and I need your love
Visit me at the bunny shelter, give me a hug
Drive me to a fancy restaurant in your car
Set me down on the lettuce in the salad bar

These bunny rabbits were filmed at the shelter called Bunnies Urgently Needing Shelter (B.U.N.S.) in Santa Barbara. They are available for adoption. -via Tastefully Offensive

See also: more songs by Parry Gripp.

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Astronauts as Jedi Knights

NASA Expedition 45 will begin in September, although two of the crew members will be aboard the ISS in March to begin a year-long stay at the space station. Like most other missions, this one has a poster featuring all crew members, with a definite Star Wars theme. A pretty good effort, but it’s hard to beat last year’s Expedition 42 poster. See more NASA mission posters here.

Expedition 45 is led by Commander Scott Kelly, who is a twin. His brother Mark Kelly is a retired astronaut participating in a study of how space affects the body by comparing the twins’ physical changes over Scott Kelly’s year at the ISS. -via Gizmodo


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One Piece at a Time

The title of this post refers to the Johnny Cash song, but it’s what Boris Karavkin actually did. Karavkin is a retired artist in Minsk, Belarus, which was part of the USSR. The wait to buy a new car in the Soviet Union was ten years or so back in the ‘60s, and he couldn’t have afforded one anyway, so Karavkin took matters into his own hands and built his automobile- which he still drives!

When assembling the car, Karavkin used sliding doors, a swivel chair for the driver’s seat and anti-theft nuts for hubcaps (the latter have always been popular with car thieves, the world over).

In 40 years, parts of the car have been replaced several times: the engine has been changed three times, the suspension and the air intake system were improved. But the ‘Fantasy’ has now travelled 300,000 km, and Karakvin says it has a maximum speed of 140 km/h.

Karavkin traded sign and poster work for car parts to assemble the vehicle, which took five years and was completed in 1973. Read the story of the homemade car at The Guardian. -via Metafilter

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Cat Will Take Your Treats and You'll Like It

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One cat in the house is given treats, but that doesn't mean he'll be eating them. There's a swiftly moving paw in between the aforementioned cat and the treats presented to him. They're being stolen at a rate that obviously has him feeling too overpowered and outsmarted to do much of anything. -Via Tastefully Offensive

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The Greatest Love Letter

As Valentines Day nears, British life insurance company Beagle Street commissioned a poll to find out which of the world’s great love letters is the best. The list of the ten that participants selected from included letters from poets, politicians, and kings, and they are full of love. The letter voted the best was written by Johnny Cash to his wife June Carter Cash on the occasion of her 65th birthday in 1994.

    June 23 1994
    Odense, Denmark.

    Happy Birthday Princess,

    We get old and get use to each other. We think alike. We read each others minds. We know what the other wants without asking. Sometimes we irritate each other a little bit. Maybe sometimes take each other for granted.

    But once in awhile, like today, I meditate on it and realize how lucky I am to share my life with the greatest woman I ever met. You still fascinate and inspire me. You influence me for the better. You’re the object of my desire, the #1 Earthly reason for my existence. I love you very much.

    Happy Birthday Princess.

    John   

Read excerpts from all the contenders at The Daily Mail. -via Uproxx


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My Dad’s Story

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A little girl loves her daddy dearly, and admires him, too. Still, she knows more about her daddy than he realizes. She know he’s a liar.

It looks like the ad agency that does those Thai Life Insurance ads got hired to produce this one for MetLife Hong Kong. Better grab your hanky. -via Digg  


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Lion Reunion

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Here we have a rare video from Kruger National Park in South Africa that doesn’t involve any blood, death, or mutterings of “that’s nature’s way.” A lioness had somehow gotten separated from her pride -for three days. She hid in the brush and sadly called out for them. Then on the third day, here they come down the road! She wants to make sure its her pride, but as soon as she recognizes them, the party is on. -via Arbroath


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Climbing Frozen Niagara Falls



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For the first time ever, a person has scaled Niagara Falls while it's in a frozen state. Ice climber Will Gadd braved the treacherous, unstable climbing conditions to complete the stunt. He explained the challenges of his frozen feat:

"The ice is formed in layers. That means there's a layer of ice, then snow (with a lot of air), then another layer of ice. It's unstable, for sure."

Gadd used ice axes, crampons and a specially-designed ice hook to climb the falls. Read a more detailed account of Gadd's climb here.  

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Pit Bull - Dachshund Mix Is A Thing Of Bizarre Beauty

When a breed becomes the latest doggy hotness they star in more mutt combos, like the semi-recent wave of Chihuahua and Corgi combos making the dog world a shorter and stockier place.

These mixes of popular breeds are sure to get noticed at the dog park, but what about those less popular or unfairly stigmatized breeds?

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Apparently they look even more spectacular when they come together, and when the bully and the weenie combine the offspring is a thing of bizarre beauty.

Meet Rami, the Pit Bull Terrier-Dachshund combo, and one of the cutest/creepiest looking canines I’ve ever seen! Rami has a head that's probably caused more than a few faceplants, and with his interesting body shape and fascinating face it's not surprising that his story has gone viral.

Rami is available for adoption through Georgia's Moultrie Colquitt County Humane Society, and his unique appearance has made him a big hit on their Facebook page, where you can see videos of Rami running around and pics of Rami getting a bath- just like a normal dog! -Via BuzzFeed

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5 Ways NOT To Handle A Nasty Facebook Breakup

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Some Facebook etiquette rules are presented here as a 194s-style educational film. The anachronistic idioms are hilarious! Facebook itself is described here as “the electric friendship generator.” But the advice here deals with real-life modern social conventions, and it can be boiled down to “think before you post.” -via Nag on the Lake


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