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This Is Why You Shouldn't Try to Outrun a Grizzly Bear


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This video shows a grizzly bear running in Grand Teton National Park in Wyoming. Can you keep up? The Daily Telegraph (warning: auto-start video) says that grizzly bears can run up to 35 MPH, which is well over Usain Bolt's top speed of 27 MPH.

But as the old joke goes: I don't have to outrun the bear. I just have to outrun you.


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This Is the Beak of a Colossal Squid


(Photo: Museum of New Zealand)

In 2013, the crew of a fishing boat in the Ross Sea off the coast of Antarctica found a rare creature in their nets: a colossal squid. The female squid weighed 770 pounds and was the second entire colossal squid ever caught. The crew put the squid into cold storage.

The Museum of New Zealand acquired the squid. On Sept. 15, scientists dissected it live on camera. It was a great opportunity for study. They measured the squid's 2 eyes, which were 14 inches across. The scientists also found that the squid was pregnant, giving them a chance to examine squid reproduction.

You can view more photos and read more information about the squid on the museum's blog.

-via Super Punch


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The Anatomy of TV Shows


(Wrong Hands/John Atkinson)

Your cunning plan will fail. Yes, your pillow is trying to kill you. The 8-month hiatus will make you forget what happened during the previous season. It's almost like these shows operate on formulas. John Atkinson, who has previously charted the anatomy of movies and popular songs, now shows us how television shows flow.


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Hari-Kuyo: The Japanese Memorial Service for Broken Needles


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Scholar Nicholas S. Anderson writes that in Japanese folklore, household objects become ensouled upon reaching the age of 100. The older a tool is, the more spirit is endowed within it. One result of this belief is an annual funerary ritual called Hari-Kuyo. On February 8 of every year, Japanese women gather at temples and place their broken or worn-out needles into tofu

At the end of the New Year’s festivities, just as the hard work of the coming year is to begin once more, women gather at Buddhist temples with their worn-out pins and needles to offer them up in large blocks of tofu or jelly, adorned with ribbons and accompanied by the prayer chants of the temple monks. They show their gratitude and reverence for the collaborative work these things put into the labour performed by the human women. It is not only a utilitarian bond, but a personal and affective one, as well, a sympathy sutured by confidence and secrecy, as many women put their painful thoughts and feelings into the tools and entrust them to the gods.

-via The Presurfer


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Super Rhinos and Other Surreal Animals by Khairullah Rahim

Robin

Chun-Li from Street Fighter

Khairullah Rahim, an artist in Singapore, shows rhinoceroses, dinosaurs, elephants, and other enormous animals engaging in unusual activities. In an interview for Moda, he describes these as his "everyday animals" that occupied his mind when he was a child.

Rahim's depiction of rhinos as superheroes and villains are particularly striking. Continue reading to view more.

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Merry Christmas! Now Leave the Gun. Take the Cannoli.

Redditor sanofsan writes, “Every christmas my bff and I send cards to random addresses.” Frank provides helpful information in one of them. Now if you'll excuse me, I have to get to State Street right now.

-via Tastefully Offensive


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Man Plays Guitar While Standing on His Head

This busker has found a novel way of drawing a crowd. Not only is he good singer and guitarist, he's good at them while standing on his head!


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-via Yababoon

Check out more amazing talents over at our Mad Skills blog

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Why Is Coffee More Likely to Spill Than Beer?

If you walk around with a glass of beer and a glass of coffee, you're more likely to spill your coffee than you beer. Why? 4 physicists think that they have an answer. Alban Sauret, Francois Boulogne, Jean Cappello, and Howard Stone recently presented their findings at a conference. Their studies suggest that the foam on the surface of beer dampens movement. The thicker the foam, the less movement and less spillage. Rachel Nuwer writes for Smithsonian:

Just as solid foam reduces noise by absorbing sound waves, liquid foam does the same for motion. The researchers discovered foam's insulating effects by performing controlled lab experiments on coffee and beer. They used high speed cameras to record the waves of motion that rocked through the surface of coffee, an amber beer and Guinness. The more foam that was present, they observed, the more energy was absorbed and the less sloshing occurred.


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-via David Thompson


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Cargo Bikes That Quickly Turn into Power Generators

Portal Bikes is a not-for-profit organization that wants to help people rise out of poverty by giving them a machine with multiple purposes. That machine is a bike. The founders of Portal Bikes believe that bikes "are the most incredible invention the world has ever known." They provide transportation of people and cargo, as well as a power source.

Ordinary bikes can do this, but Portal Bikes designed a low-cost bicycle specifically to enhance the lives of the poor.

It's a bicycle, so it can transport people on the front or the back. Owners can also add panniers to provide for additional cargo-hauling capacity.

Some bicycle owners have adapted their bikes to power stationary machines. The Portal Bike has that feature built-in with no loss to the use of the bike for transportation. Whenever the back wheel is turning, so is the power take off device in the rear, which can be used to crank anything which turns, such as a grinder or a mechanical washing machine.

-via NotCot


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Shark Cats

The great question is clear: should I get a filter feeding shark cat, such as a basking tabby, because it's safe, or should I get a more hazardous shark, such as a great white calico, because it would be cool?

Brynn Metheney, an artist in Oakland, California, drew 12 shark cats for a shark cat-themed monthly calendar. You can see the other shark cats in that calendar here.

-via io9


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Behold the Power of Telekinesis Cat


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Fluffy was an ordinary cat. Then, late one night while roaming through the neighborhood, he encountered a crashed alien spaceship. Now he can . . . do things . . . with his mind.

His power is growing every day. Soon the house cat lifestyle will not be enough for him.

From YouTube user Super Epic Cats comes the first episode of "Telekinesis Cat." Other videos in the series include "Mad Scientist Cat" and "Hover Cat."

-via David Thompson

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

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Deep Fried Thanksgiving Dinner

In just a few days, we'll have one of the best holidays of the year: the Day after Thanksgiving. It's all of the good things about Thanksgiving (the food) with none of the bad things about the day (the workload and pressure).

You've got a lot of leftovers left over from the previous day's feasting. What are you going to do with them? Well, if you're like me, then you've already eaten an entire pumpkin pie while standing in front of the open refrigerator door at 6 AM before anyone else has woken up.

But Amy of the great good blog Oh, Bite It! is not like me. She wants a creative alternative to cold leftovers. So she took samples of some of the classic Thanksgiving foods, such as cranberry sauce, candied yams, turkey, green bean casserole, and stuffing. Amy placed these between 2 4-inch circles of canned crescent roll dough, then deep fried them. The result is a quick, hot meal that will increase your gravitational attraction.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Rainbow Cat

Twitter user @smellyghostgirl writes, “my stepdad makes sundials that make a rainbow go thru ur house when the sun hits it and.”* Rainbow Cat brings a technicolor grumpiness to everyone he meets. Rainbow Cat, tell us the secret of eternal grumpiness.

-via Colossal

*She might mean suncatchers instead of sundials.

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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The Jimmy Kimmel and Freddie Wong Martial Arts Battle


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Late night TV show host Jimmy Kimmel and action filmmaker Freddie Wong are mortal enemies. It’s not that they hate each other so much as they are rivals when it comes to tying neckties.

Although the Full Windsor Knot is common, there are a wide variety of necktie knots, such as the Eldredge and the Cape. Yet true masters, such as Kimmel and Wong, have skills far beyond even these exotic knots.

There is a point in which necktie tying leaves this mortal plane. Gaze into a dark world presented by these two giants of the art of the necktie.

-via Geek Tyrant


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Xavier Puente Vilardell’s Twisted Wood Sculptures

Xavier Puente Vilardell is an artist in Brussels, Belgium. If you examine his wood sculptures, you’d swear that he makes them by twisting reality rather than carving wood. He says that his work reflects “a strong Mediterranean tradition, where carved holes in the wood turn into light beams caressing amazing shapes.” You can view more of Vilardell’s work here.

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How to Make Doritos-Flavored Mountain Dew at Home

“Oh my God!”

“What?!”

“Do you have to make a mess?”

“Science is generally very messy. Yes, you should know that. You can’t make an omelet unless you break a few eggs.”

With that, Francis pushes forward to make his own Doritos-flavored Mountain Dew.


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As we’ve recently mentioned, Pepsi is currently testing an official version of this product. But Francis doesn’t want to wait until it’s on the open market. He’s making his own and, in this video, showing how you can, too.

The recipe is surprisingly simple. There are only two ingredients. I’ll let you guess what they are. Combine them in a blender. How does it taste? Francis says, “You know that’s going to be good when you see the chunks in it.”

I recommend watching the entire video. The verbal interaction with the woman holding the camera is very funny.

-via VA Viper

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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How to Make Girl Scout Cookie Shots, Get Drunk

Girl Scout Cookies—especially Thin Mints—are delicious! They do, however, have low alcohol content. That’s in sharp contrast to Andrea Romano and Laura Vitto of Mashable, who created this video showing you how to make shots that taste like popular Girls Scout Cookie flavors.


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After making their shots, Romano and Vitto immediately consume them. So they become increasingly intoxicated through the video. Thus they follow a classical rule of videography: shoot drunk, edit sober.

-via That’s Nerdalicious!

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Bank’s Ads Are Hilariously Transparent


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“Hello. I’m an actor.” The man in the grey suit doesn’t pretend that he works for Nordnet, a Scandinavian bank. He makes it clear that he’s saying the words on the teleprompter because he’s being paid to do so.

This is one of several great ads for Nordnet which doesn’t pretend to reflect the actual people and setting of the promoted company. Continue reading to view more of these honest ads.

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At 73 MPH, This Is the Fastest Backhoe in the World


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This is the JCB GT--the fastest backhoe in the world. It's a product of JCB, a British manufacturer of heavy equipment. The company built it to advertise its products at public events, such as drag races. After heavy modifications, it's been able to seize a Guinness World Record. Matthew Lucas, a professional driver, recently piloted it on a track in Bathurst, Australia. Today, Guinness World Records confirmed the JCB GT's incredible speed on that run: 72.58 miles per hour

-via Jalopnik


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German Scrabble

(Bonkers World/Manu Cornet)

The German language is famous for its long compound words. But last year, it dropped its longest word: rindfleischetikettierungsüberwachungsaufgabenübertragungsgesetz. So that will not be an option while playing a German version of Scrabble.

-via Marko Kloos


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The SpongeBob SquarePants Minivan Is the Full Glory of Bikini Bottom


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The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge Out of Water, the next SpongeBob SquarePants movie, will come out in 2015. To promote it, Toyota created this custom Sienna minivan. We’ve previously seen a SpongeBob Toyota SUV, but this vehicle is even more extraordinary.

Inside and out, it’s the perfect vehicle for any Bikini Bottom resident. I especially like steering wheel, which looks like a classic sailing ship’s wheel. The jellyfishing net on the roof, though, takes the challenge out of that hobby.

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What’s the Best Item to Carry with You during Time Travel?

(Time Machine Manual t-shirt now on sale at the NeatoShop)

Rhett Allain, a physicist, offers a few items to consider for your packing list. I’ll give you a moment to retrieve your own list so that we can compare notes.

Ready? Okay, Allain suggests that you may wish to bring electrical devices, such as an ebook reader or a electric motorcycle. Just make sure that they can be recharged through some destination time energy source:

An electronic device would be super useful, but you have to charge it. How could you charge a Kindle? I can think of two ways – one of which might be considered cheating. The first way is to build a battery after you go back in time. It wouldn’t be too hard. You just need an acid and two different types of metals (here is an example battery made from pennies). It might be hard to find these materials, but I would suggest the first book on your Kindle be a book called “how to build a battery from scratch”.

What about another method to charge your kindle? What about a solar panel on your Kindle? They actually make such a thing – it’s a Kindle case with a solar panel. Pretty awesome. You could load hundreds of useful books and just keep using the thing. Yes, you might consider this to be “two things”, but once you put the cover on the Kindle it might just count as “one thing”.

I have my own suggestions: bring local money, a detailed map, orienteering equipment, and a crate in which you can keep your property safe for a very long time.

Then travel back in time. Following the approach of David Xanatos from Gargoyles, acquire a coin that is common in your destination time, but extremely rare in your own time. Place that coin in the crate, bury it, and mark the spot carefully on your map.

Next, travel forward in time, dig up your item, and sell it for a fortune.


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200+ of the Coolest Rings Ever Made

(Tea service ring by Xavier Gubbels)

(Hamburger ring via culy.nl)

(Diamond ring box ring by Greg Sims)

Bored Panda rounded up over 200 clever and original ring designs that will make you giggle. They’re not ordinary gold bands or diamond rings. Some are terrariums, animals, and food products. It’s a great list that I wish that I had thought of. The designs have been ranked by readers, so the best are at the top. You can even vote on your favorites!


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New Zealand: The Country That Doesn’t Exist

You’ve probably heard of New Zealand. You may have watched Xena: Warrior Princess, which is set there. But, like Xena, New Zealand is just pretend. It’s not real, which is why it commonly doesn’t appear on maps.

World Maps Without New Zealand is a Tumblr blog devoted to maps that show all of the nations and large islands around the world . . . except New Zealand. For some reason artists and, occasionally, actual mapmakers, leave it off.

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Comedian Perfectly Impersonates 15 Famous Women Stuck in Traffic


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Lauren O’Brien isn’t just funny—she’s a master impersonator. In this short video, she imagines the reactions of 15 celebrities to being stuck in heavy road traffic. It’s remarkable how well she mimics not only the voices, but the faces and mannerisms of the these women by using only small makeup and wardrobe changes.

O’Brien’s targets are, in order:

  • Drew Barrymore
  • Ellen DeGeneres
  • Sofia Vergara
  • Lois Griffin from Family Guy
  • Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
  • Katie Holmes
  • Miley Cyrus
  • Kim Kardashian
  • Mindy Kaling
  • Kristen Stewart
  • Lena Dunham
  • Anne Hathaway
  • Taylor Swift
  • Angelina Jolie

O’Brien seems to imply that Katie Holmes and Angelina Jolie are the same person.

-via 22 Words


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The Mother Book: A Growing Guide to the Pregnant Body

The Kishokai Medical Corporation, a Japanese medical services firm, would like to educate mothers about the experience of pregnancy in a fun way. It commissioned the ad agency Dentsu, which developed the Mother Book.

The Mother Book is a textured board book that shows what’s happening to a baby through each week of pregnancy. As readers turn the pages, the layers of cardboard form into the swelling belly and breasts of a pregnant woman.


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-via 123 Inspiration


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I Believe I Can Fly . . . With These Enormous Ears


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MJ, a beagle puppy, is ready to fly, held aloft by his enormous ears as he sings the R. Kelly song "I Believe I Can Fly." I believe in you, too, MJ.


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Of course, Marilyn Monroe did it first in The Seven Year Itch. Put a white dress on that dog.

-via Daily of the Day


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Bubble Blowing Lamp Makes Its Own Temporary Shade

This is the Bubble Lamp, a novel design by the Dutch firm Booo. It consists of a single LED inside an automatic bubble blower. When activated, the lamp blows bubbles which serve as lampshades. After several seconds, the bubble pops or detaches from the lamp and floats away. 


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You can buy one for $10,000.

-via Dornob


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Bible Verses Where the Word “Philistines” Has Been Replaced with “Haters”


(Image: Júlio Ferreira)

Why worry? Philistines are gonna Philistine. So, as Taylor Swift advises, shake it off.

The great humor writer Molly Ortberg has previously brought us an Ayn Rand version of Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone and stereotypical comments in recipe blogs. Most recently, she went through a Bible and replaced the word “Philistine” with the word “hater.” It totally works. Here’s a description of Abraham:

Genesis 26:14
“He had so many flocks and herds and servants that the haters envied him.”

The word appears a lot in the Book of Judges as the Israelite hero Samson deals with the Philistines:

Judges 14:3
“His father and mother replied, ‘Isn’t there an acceptable woman among your relatives or among all our people? Must you go to the uncircumcised haters to get a wife?’” […]

Judges 15:12
“They said to him, ‘We’ve come to tie you up and hand you over to the haters.'”

Judges 16:9
“With men hidden in the room, she called to him, ‘Samson, the haters are upon you!’ But he snapped the bowstrings as easily as a piece of string snaps when it comes close to a flame. So the secret of his strength was not discovered.”

Judges 16:30
“And Samson cried, ‘Let me die with the haters!’ And he bowed himself mightily, and the house fell upon the princes and upon all the people that were in it. So the dead whom he slew at his death were more than they whom he slew in his life.”

-via Joe Carter


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Sea Lion Jumps into Fishing Boat to Get a Snack

Sea lions look at humans and see easy marks. As we’ve seen in the past, some will simply take fish away from people in swim-by robberies. But it’s not necessary to resort to a life of crime in order to get a snack from humans.


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Tony Pescho shot this video in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. He and his companions chartered a boat and went fishing. They did well, catching two marlins. A sea lion wanted a piece of the action, so he chased after Pescho’s boat, begging for food. When one of the guides opened the back door, the sea lion jumped into the boat!

Content warning: foul language.

-via Blame It on the Voices


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