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Magical Fantasy Potion Necklaces

When you play fantasy RPGs either in a video game or in a tabletop setting, you know just how critical it is to have the right potion on you when you need it. Just because they may not exist in real life though doesn't mean there's no benefit to wearing it around your neck. 

If you want to enjoy a little more magic in your life, then you should check out the Aether Brewery jewelry collection on Etsy. They have healing, mana and renewal potions in both earring and necklace varieties, so no matter what kind of potion you need, they have you covered.

Via Geek Girls

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Man Pretends To Eat His Kitty's Food And Her Reaction Is Priceless

Animals tend to take their owners at face value, and since they don't understand concepts like teasing and deception the way we humans do they believe whatever their humans tell them is true.

So when the man in this video hunkered down over his cat's bowl and pretended to eat her food the poor cat couldn't help but feel like her food supply was being threatened- so she took action.

(YouTube Link)

-Via Cheezburger

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Watch This Self-Propelled Chainsaw Shave A Tree Trunk Clean

Most of the tree trimmers I've hired act like they've fallen out of a tall tree one too many times, so I'm looking for a new way to trim trees that doesn't involve people charging me to mangle my trees.

This self-propelled chainsaw contraption shared on Instagram by Hand Tool Rescue seems like a step in the right direction, and devices like it may someday put tree trimmers out of business.

The video left everyone with one burning question- how does that self-propelled tree-climbing chainsaw thingie know when to stop?

-Via Sploid

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Exterminating Humanity

What? You mean we owe our entire continued existence to procrastination? I guess that's an idea I can get behind. At least it explains the Fermi paradox. This is the latest comic from Zach Weinersmith at Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal.

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Things You Might Not Know About Denny's

Denny's is one of the only restaurants open 24 hours a day even on Christmas, it's the place where teenagers go to drink coffee and eat french fries for hours, and in keeping with the American diner tradition Denny's is always affordable.

What started out as a donut shop called Danny's Donuts that opened in Lakewood, California back in 1953 has grown to become Denny's- one of the largest and most successful restaurant chains in American history:

The 24-hour doughnut shop grew quickly, expanding to a larger menu and roughly 20 locations by 1959, and changing its name to Danny’s Coffee Shops along the way. But the founders worried that the mini-chain was at risk of getting confused with nearby Coffee Dan’s, so they switched one letter to create the Denny’s we know today.

Up close and personal with superstar Grand Slam. #dennys #grandslam #food #delicious

A post shared by dennysdiner (@dennysdiner) on Aug 15, 2014 at 1:26pm PDT

The Grand Slam Breakfast debuted in Atlanta in 1977 with a name inspired by legendary baseball player Hank Aaron, and the Grand Slam has been about the same price my entire life- which is probably why it's Denny's most popular dish.

When Denny's says they're "always open" they mean it, and their 24-365 status almost became an issue when most of the restaurants decided to close for Christmas back in 1988:

When almost all the Denny’s locations closed for Christmas Day in 1988, many stores realized that they didn’t have any keys, or even locks, since they never used them. All told, 700 of the 1221 restaurants needed to get new locks installed for the holiday.

Read 10 Things You Might Not Know About Denny's at Mental Floss

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Sexy Sexy Halloween Costume Costume

We've seen sexy vegetables, sexy Gandalf, and sexy fake news Halloween costumes. Since it's obvious that you can make a "sexy" Halloween costume out of anything, why not make a costume out of the costume itself? That is, the Halloween costume kits as they appear hanging on the store shelves this time of year. That's what Jamie Kruger did. You can see more photos at the link. The biggest problem I can see is lack of hands, because you must have a way to break a fall if you're going to wear those heels, or at least hold a cocktail. Is this overly meta, or just stupidly clever? -via Boing Boing

Love Halloween and cosplay? Check out our Halloween Blog!

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Artist Turns Brand Logos Into Badass Weapons

Corporations have used their power and wealth to harm customers for profit in the past, and while this harm isn't as direct as a knife to the gut or brass knuckles to the chin their ability to harm with impunity makes corporations the ultimate weapon.

New York-based artist Tom Galle took the idea of corporate weaponization literally when he created a set of sharply satirical weapons shaped like brand logos for his series "Corp Gear"- the ultimate arsenal for corporate thugs.

Now corporations like McDonald's, Facebook and Nike can take class warfare to the street in style, fighting their way to increased profits by killing the competition.

-Via deMilked

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Hilarious Explanations Of Cat Behaviors Spotted At Veterinarian's Office

Cats are strange and inscrutable creatures, and trying to figure out their behavior or what they're thinking is like trying to solve the problem of world peace- it may be possible but nobody has done it yet.

But it appears the vet who came up with these clever explanations for cat behavior is on to something, and their explanations seem way closer to the truth than the opinions of so-called cat "Experts".

Imgur user ItsJayOrDan was visiting his local vet one day when he noticed some comics by Adam Ellis pinned to the cork board, and under each pic was an explanation of common cat behaviors which prove this vet really knows their stuff.

Now that this brilliant vet has begun revealing the secrets of felinekind we may someday truly understand the furry little savages living in our homes, but until then we need to keep our kittehs happy and avoid their traps at all cost.

See more from This Vet Put Explanations Of 15 Common Cat Behaviors On His Cork Board here

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Worker Finds Secret Room in Home During Renovation

An HVAC guy in Plant City, Florida, tracked down a disconnected duct in a house he was working on last month and discovered a secret room in the attic above the garage. The video contains some NSFW language.

(YouTube link)

From the video description:

After having the video up for a day, people were fascinated by it and started sharing it and a man came to me with information about the room and who lived there. He told me of a boy named R.J. Moore and his mother Dee Dee Moore, better known as the lottery killer. Later, someone sent me more screenshots of the plates that were hung in the secret room confirming they belonged to Dee Dee Moore. I'm not sure what the secret room was used for, but if I had to guess I would guess it was from hiding out from the police."

Dee Dee Moore was convicted of the 2009 murder of lottery winner Abraham Shakespeare. Although the story is intriguing, I haven't found anything to confirm whether the house in the video was Shakespeare's home or the property where his body was found, or anything saying that Dee Dee Moore ever hid from police. It's possible this was a cubbyhole for someone who just didn't want anyone to know he'd started collecting crime memorabilia. -via Laughing Squid

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Death Toll

When the Grim Reaper comes calling, you better have what he wants! In this case, it's a niminal sum you might be able to pay. When the extortion money runs out, your number will be up. No one wants their death to be discussed like Elvis' death. Or Tycho Brahe's. Or any of the other famous people who died while on the toilet. That fear is perfectly captured in this comic from Mr. Lovenstein. -via reddit

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Giant Plot Holes Kids Shows From The 80s Left Unexplained

Kids shows aren't known for their attention to detail, nor do they normally care about continuity errors or plot holes, and even though they've gotten better over the years show creators were terrible about these things in the 1980s.

So many 80s kids shows left giant plot holes unexplained that we can discuss all the disconnects until the cows come home, and speaking of cows- was Barth's Burgery on You Can't Do That On Television actually serving beef?

Whatever Barth was serving up made the kids sick on a weekly basis, so you'd think they would have stopped eating there, but I guess they were sick of slime.

And speaking of sick- Gargamel chased the Smurfs because he wanted to eat them, and even though it was never fully explained it seems like Smurfs must be pretty tasty if Gargamel was willing to go to so great lengths for a Smurf Sandwich.

80s Kids looking for a regular meal could pay a visit to Punky's Place, where a teenage Punky Brewster fulfilled her dream of running a restaurant and sold sammiches and such instead of going to school.

So why would a kids show let their main character play hooky? Because any show that features a dog wedding as their final episode clearly had no idea what kind of message they were trying to send to kids!

See 19 Giant Plot Holes '80s Kids Shows Left Unanswered at BuzzFeed

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Get Royally Cozy With These Disney Princess Blankets

Ever wish you could cosplay in the comfort of your own home all while getting nice and cozy? Then you'll love these adorable princess dress blankets by Etsy seller CHCreations4U

If you can crochet, you can get the patterns to make your own almost immediately, but otherwise you'll have to message the seller to see if there's any chance she may custom make you one of these blankets. Alternatively, there's always plenty of other crafters on Etsy that may be willing to put the pattern together for you.

The blankets come in Rapunzel, Snow White, Belle, Ariel and Cinderella designs and you can get your hands on all of them here.

Via Geek Girls

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NPR Deletes Errant Post in a Case of Disappointing Journalistic Integrity

Yesterday, NPR published a post at Facebook that was seen, and then edited to erase its content.

But screenshots were made. The edited post has over 4800 comments. What was the controversy? What horrible, scandalous information was posted in error?  

Thousands of people had something to say about it, but they weren't complaining about the original post. They wanted it back! And they want to know more about Ramona. Some assumed that Ramona is a cat, but I believe Ramona is a toddler who loves cats. Anyway, the error was the kind of wholesome nonsense the world needs when other social media errors are not only embarrassing, but often erroneous news or incitement to rage. -via Mashable  

(Unrelated image credit: hageatama

UPDATE: We now know who Ramona is, and we even get to see a picture! -Thanks, Alex!

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Insect Breeder Shows Off Gorgeous Giant Snail The Size Of A Small Cat

I'm surprised more people don't have pet snails in their home considering how cool SpongeBob's snail Gary is in the cartoons, but the lack of pet snails is probably due to the fact that most people don't like slimy pets.

But the giant West African snail German insect breeder Adrian Kozakiewicz of Insecthaus shows off in this video looks like it would make a pretty cool pet, and even though it's the size of a small cat it doesn't make a peep.

(YouTube Link)

-Via Laughing Squid

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It seems like just yesterday when we found out the Lunarbaboon family was going to welcome another child, and now she's old enough to have role models. I can attest to the importance of role models for little girls. Every time we met a woman pediatrician, she'd soon find another position in a larger city. So my youngest decided she wanted to grow up to be a waitress, because that's the job she saw women doing. Luckily, she discovered Jane Goodall during grade school. This is the latest comic from Lunarbaboon.

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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If you have to come up with some elaborate plan that costs you lots of time and money just to get the person you love to agree to marry you then they're probably just not that in to you- or you didn't spend enough money.

But before you spend your life savings on a crazy proposal, and before you do something to your body you can't undo just to make the proposal more personal, take a note from this Mr. Lovenstein comic and stay single!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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Birds That Escape From Captivity Are Teaching Other Birds How To Speak (And Swear)

Some birds are so smart they can not only learn to speak like a human- they can also teach other birds how to speak.

And when these chatty birds escape from captivity they take their ability to imitate human language with them, and before you know it their new wild bird friends are asking for crackers and screaming curse words from the trees above.

According to ornithologist Jaynia Sladek from the Australian Museum birds that are natural mimickers hear birds saying human words and can't help but want to imitate these new sound cues:

Some birds are so smart they can not only learn to speak like a human- they can also teach other birds how to speak. And when these chatty little birds escape from captivity they take the knowledge of how to imitate human language with them, and before you know it wild birds are asking for crackers and screaming curse words from the trees above.

Wild birds are able to quickly learn from the chatty ex-pets and as a result, start picking up new words and sounds. The remnants of the language are often passed down to offspring. “There’s no reason why, if one comes into the flock with words, [then] another member of the flock wouldn’t pick it up as well,” Sladek told Australian Geographic.

Read Birds That Escape From Captivity Teach Wild Birds How To Speak (And Swear) In English here

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Gun Perspective In FPS Games Doesn't Make Any Sense

By definition First Person Shooters are supposed to play out in a first person perspective, meaning the player should feel like they're actually pulling the trigger and mowing down the bad guys.

But there's something not quite right about "first person" perspective in FPS games, and as this Hejibits comic by John Kleckner shows the problem is your eyeballs aren't in your chest- they're in your head where they belong.

And not your torso head either, your actual, top of your body on top of your neck head...unless you're a mutant...hey, maybe every FPS video game character is a mutant!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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This Nurse Paints With a Syringe in Her Free Time

Nurses have to use syringes all day long, so it's no wonder that when nurse Kimberly Joy Mallo Magbauna decided to start painting during her free time, she opted to use a tool she had already mastered at work. 

Her cool creations require filling syringes up with paint and then squeezing it onto the canvas in thin, controlled splatters. The results are beautiful, intricate and entirely unique. 

You can see more of her work on her Facebook page or at Bored Panda.

Via Incredible Things

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Designer Makes Her Clothing Unique By Printing On Manhole Covers

It's hard for fashion designers to make their clothes stand out on the crowded racks without taking drastic measures, and those who are dying to stand out keep creating outfits no sober person would be caught dead in.

So if you want to make your clothes stand out you should take a note from the Berlin-based clothing company Raubdruckerin and keep it simple. Oh, and you should do all your printing straight on the street.

Raubdruckerin translates to "pirate printer", which is a fun way of describing their process of using cool looking manhole covers from every city they visit as printing plates.

First they clean the manhole cover, then they apply a lacquer to the cover and press a garment or bag onto the design, creating a really cool looking garment or tote that is also a memento from cities around the world.

-Via design you trust

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Scary Campfire Stories

Modern life has it's own horrors, I suppose. Still, there's nothing wrong with a good, scary yarn told around a fire. You've got your back to the dark, your best friends are close by, the night is full of wildlife sounds and dark shapes flying by… it's the perfect time for a bit of a thrill. No one expects the tales to be true, but fact-checking only ruins the fun on such an occasion. My guess is that the stories will grow better now that his batteries are running down. Pass the s'mores, please! This comic is from Chris Hallbeck at Maximumble.

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Your Shoes Say More About You Than You Think, According To These Snapchats

Women supposedly judge men by the shoes they wear, and while I've never personally experienced this I have heard my female friends talk about how awful guys shoes (and feet) are many times in my life.

So maybe there is some validity to this claim, but can anyone actually tell a lot about a person by the shoes they wear?

According to these shoe biography Snapchats you can, and each one tells the tale of the person who would wear the kind of footwear featured in the photo, like 52-year-old sandal sporting Krista.

See more from Your Shoes Day Way More About You Than You Think, According To These Snapchats

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How to Watch Star Trek

Digg is going all out for the new Star Trek series Star Trek: Discovery, which premiered last night with one episode on CBS-TV and another on the streaming service CBS All Access. Here's a roundup of reviews. They gushed about the artistry of the opening credits, which you can see here. And since there are people -mostly young people- who haven't seen much Star Trek over the past fifty years, they have a viewer's guide to catching up on all 600 hours of Star Trek in TV and film (or at least the hours worth watching). Here's the order list:

Star Trek: The Original Series
The Animated Series
Star Trek: The Motion Picture
Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan
Star Trek III: The Search for Spock
Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home
Star Trek V: The Final Frontier
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Territory
The Next Generation Seasons 1-7
Star Trek: Generations
Deep Space Nine Seasons 1-5
Voyager Seasons 1-2
Star Trek: First Contact
Deep Space Nine Seasons 6-7
Star Trek: Insurrection
Voyager Seasons 3-7
Star Trek: Nemesis
Star Trek (2009)
Star Trek: Into Darkness
Star Trek: Beyond

The reasoning behind the viewing order is explained in this post.

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Cartoons That Got Way Deeper Than We Were Expecting

It's easy to forget cartoons weren't created just for kids to watch, nor were they meant to tell strictly silly-slapstick-nonsensical stories devoid of serious emotion, but animators have never forgotten about their roots.

And it seems no matter how silly the show animators always make sure to include at least one episode that gives us all the feels.

Remember when SpongeBob's snaily friend Gary ran away from home because SpongeBob forgot to feed him?

(YouTube Link)

The episode was sadly relatable to anyone who has ever had a pet run away, and when SpongeBob sang the "Gary Come Home" song there wasn't a dry eye in the house.

Then there was that episode of Rugrats entitled "Mother's Day" that talked about Chuckie's dead mother- this particularly poignant episode was probably lost on the kiddies but definitely left their parents reaching for a tissue.

(YouTube Link)

And even though Adventure Time has presented us with plenty of emotion-filled episodes the episode "I Remember You" revealed that the Ice King took care of Marceline when she was a kid and thereby made me sob like a little creampuff.

(YouTube Link)

See 14 Cartoons That Got Way Deeper Than You Were Expecting here

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A Legend Comes to Life

We all know that the earth is a disc carried on the back of a turtle. There are supposed to be four elephants in there, too, but maybe they are just covered with mud. This real-life turtle is carrying his share of earth, that's for sure! There's even a poem about it.

"See the TURTLE of Enormous Girth"
"On his shell he holds the Earth."
"His thought is slow, but always kind."
"He holds us all within his mind."

You might try to guess how this turtle ended up with the earth on its back, so redditor assa7iq did some digging.

Right? Everyone's just making jokes and I want to learn how this happens. I'm asking my herpetologist friend.

Edit - answers! I asked how this happens-

"Some turtles can hibernate for a year. Not all, but some. Probably long term hibernation. He probably had a little cavern of some sort. And due to the soil moisture it collapsed on him as he was getting out."

Then I asked if there's any good reason to leave all that on him-

"No good reason, no. He probably just woke up and has a tortoise bedhead. (If anything it's bad, because it lowers the amount of surface area is hit by sunlight for basking)"

Tortoise bedhead is more reasonable than the flat earth theory. -via reddit

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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Houseplant Humor

We've all been there: Deliver a joke, some little bit of unexpected humor… or so you think. But it falls flat (hey, at least it rhymes). That's bad enough even without the diss that follows. I had to laugh, even though I also felt sorry for Gary. The caption under this comic from Jake Likes Onions is "Gary just wants to be liked."

I don't name my houseplants because I have a bazillion of them. But we had shrubs named Bob and Steve. Bob died last year, so I think his replacement will be named Gary.

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How to Get the Instant Dad Bod -the Hairy Beer Belly Fanny Pack

These days the world expects men to have the perfect figure just as much as women -only six packs are out and dad bods are in. But the dad bod isn't obtainable by everyone. Some skinny men will never be able to put on those sexy curves.

But now there's an alternative for those who can't get their own hairy belly and it even provides you with storage space as well. Unfortunately, the Dadbag isn't available yet, but it soon will be and finally it will make your dreams of a DiCaprio-style belly a reality. 

In the meanwhile, you can get an eyefull of these brilliant accessories over on the Dadbag's Instagram.

Via Travel and Leisure

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This Man Saved His Poor Little Pooch From A Pool Of Quicksand

When our furry family members are in trouble we come to their aid just as quickly as we would if one of our human kids needed help, proving how much we value our pet's lives.

51-year-old Paul Stott was out for a stroll on a Northumberland beach with his little Chihuahua mix Dave  when poor Dave was swallowed up by a pool of quicksand.

Paul wasn't sure how to rescue little Dave but didn't hesitate either- he reached right into the quicksand pool and yanked the poor little guy out.

Paul's quick thinking kept Dave from becoming quicksand food, and now Dave's story will serve as a warning to other dog owners about the dangerous quicksand pools on the beach.

Here's Paul demonstrating how deep the quicksand pool is, and how far in he had to reach to grab poor Dave:

(YouTube Link)

-Via Daily Mail

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Tap O' The Mornin'

Some Nervous Nellies and Anxious Andrews let their fingers tap-tap-tap away whenever they're feeling the least bit anxious or nervous- and that tap-tap-tapping drives me up the wall.

I will admit that I've tapped out a RUSH song or three when nervous, and I'm no stranger to using pencils as drum sticks when sitting around in class, but I also know when to stop tapping away.

Because, as this Pain Train Comic shows, incessant tapping can cause the human animal to revert to beast mode, and you won't like those hairless apes when they're angry!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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Here's How Much Your Organs Are Worth On The Black Market

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Have you ever found yourself so strapped for cash you've considered doing something drastic, like committing a crime, visiting a loan shark or selling one of your organs on the Black Market for some quick cash?

Most of us find ourselves so strapped for cash it stresses us out from time to time, but things usually work themselves out before we do something we'll regret.

However, I've always wondered how much I could get for a kidney or an eyeball if I was forced to sell, or how much my family can get for my heart when I die, and it turns out these organs are worth a lot more than I thought.

A kidney can fetch $200,000 on the Black Market, and 75% of Black Market activity involves kidney sales so you could say it's their all-time best seller.

Your corneas are worth a pittance in comparison, a mere $24,400, and surprisingly the heart is worth a little over half a kidney (around $119k).

At that price you'd be better off selling bone marrow- that stuff's worth about $23,000 per gram, and your body must have quite a few grams of marrow to spare, right? *wink*

See Here's What All Your Organs And Parts Are Worth On The Black Market here

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