John Farrier's Blog Posts


How to Make a Giant Oreo Cake

How many Oreo cookies do you want to eat? I'll have just one--provided that it's one of these. YouTube user Hey! It’s Mosogourmet used special plastic baking pans to create this massively scaled-up version of an Oreo cookie. The creme filling has broken Oreos inside, so it's truly authentic. Now I'd like to have a huge glass of milk in which to dunk mine.

-via That's Nerdalicious!

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 
New T-Shirts from the NeatoShop:



Family Finds 2,000-Year Old Ritual Bath Beneath Their Living Room Floor


(Photo: Assaf Perez/IAA)

A family in Jerusalem, Israel found an incredible archaeological find beneath their living room floor: a huge, well-preserved, and ancient mikveh, which is a Jewish ritual bath. It's carved directly into the rock and lined with plaster. Pottery fragments suggest to archaeologists that it dates back to the First Century A.D. Haartez describes the find:

When they did call in the Israel Antiquities Authority, beneath the doors, the archaeologists found the carved stone staircase leaving to a big mikveh, 3.5 meters in length and 2.4 meters wide, with a depth of 1.8 meters.

The rock-hewn bath was meticulously plastered according to the laws of purity appearing in halacha. The staircase leads to the bottom of the immersion pool.

-via Messy Nessy Chic


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

The City of Batman on the Batman River in Batman Province


(Image: Christian Science Monitor)

There's a town in eastern Turkey called Batman. It's located in a province named Batman. A river that flows through the province and near the town is called the Batman River.

Are the inhabitants die hard fans of Gotham City's caped crusader? No. A "batman" is an ancient unit of measurement equal to about 16.96 pounds. But the mayor of the city nonetheless accused Warner Bros. of ripping off the name of the town for the 2008 film The Dark Knight Rises. Nothing came of the accusation, especially because the town of Batman was called by a different name until 1957, long after Batman was an established comic book character. You can read more about the town and its strange name in Condé Nast Traveler.

-via Amusing Planet


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

21-Year Old Pro Skateboarder Disguises Himself as 80-Year Old Novice


(Video Link)

Danny Leon is a professional skateboarder in Madrid. He's 21 years old, but with the right makeup, he can look much older. In this promotional video for Red Bull, he's made to look about 80, then sent to a skatepark to try skateboarding for the first time.

He's cautious and slow at first. But then, to the amazement of the much younger skaters, he's incredibly skilled and dextrous. The video is in Spanish, but the scene is understandable even without a knowledge of that language.

Content warning: foul language (in English).

-via The Presurfer


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

This Man Has the World's Largest Mouth Gape

At 8.8 centimeters (3.5 inches) from his top teeth to his bottom teeth, this man has the largest open mouth gape in the world. Bernt Schmidt of Wendlinger, Germany just took the Guinness World Record title away from American J.J. Bittner by a margin of 2 millimeters.

Congratulations, Mr. Schmidt! Now put your huge mouth to good use at the dinner table.


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

25 Ridiculous and Hilarious Clothing Labels

(Photo via Tonight I Bake Madness in a Birthday Cake)

(Photo via somethingwithanne)

(Photo via imgur)

Read and follow the instructions provided by the manufacturers of your clothing. They're usually correct. And even if they don't immediately apply to taking care of your clothes, the advice is still sound. Pandas are not for slapping.

22 Words rounded up 25 of the silliest washing instructions provided on clothing tags. Someone at these factories has a sense of humor.

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Ducklings Rescued from Storm Drain

High school students in Leonia, New Jersey noticed that eight ducklings had fallen into a storm drain. Their anxious and agitated mother stood nearby, unable to help. They summoned the police, who blocked off the flow of water, then reached down into the drain to scoop up the ducklings with a net. North Jersey reports:

To catch the remaining three, Garris said they called in Police Officer Erik Goodell, who at 6’6” and with “very long arms” was a natural for this unique rescue operation. The officers pried open the grate of the adjoining storm drain and used a cardboard box to block the entrance to the tunnel, said Garris.

After doing so, the officers were able to reach down and grab the last three ducklings, said Garris.

The officers then motioned the ducklings toward their mother, who had been hiding in some bushes during all the commotion, said Garris.


(Video Link)

-via Gifsboom

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

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Puppy Experiences Air Conditioning for the First Time


(Video Link)

Air conditioning: it's one of the greatest inventions in the history of humanity. This is especially true on a hot summer day.

When he rides with me, my dog likes to get as close as he can to an air vent. This dog, a black Labrador puppy, is experiencing that joy for the first time. He knows how to get the most out of it.

-via Tastefully Offensive

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

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Joker Hand Mask

Why so shy? Don't hide behind your hand, even if it is so perfectly painted.

A friend of a redditor with an unrepeatable username painted Heath Ledger's Joker onto his hand. It's perfectly proportioned to serve as a mask. Later in the thread, he links to several other works by the same artist, most of which are painted sneakers.

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Cap'n Crunch Cereal Bowl

It's a bowl of Cap'n Crunch cereal in the most literal sense possible. Amy of the sugar-packed and deep fried food blog Oh, Bite It! made this bowl out of Cap'n Crunch, marshmallows, and butter. It's pretty much Rice Krispie treats (except with Cap'n Crunch instead of Rice Krispies) molded into the shape of a bowl.

As a result, the entire meal, right down to the bowl, is edible. Amy fills hers with milk and Cap'n Crunch, but you could use it to eat pretty much any liquid at all. I suggest trying Taco Bell's Cap'n Crunch frosting balls mixed with chocolate milk.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

A Library That Plummets into an Abyss

(Photos: Claire Voon/Hyperallergic)

Sculptor Susanna Hesselberg titles her work When My Father Died It Was Like a Whole Library Had Burned Down.

The knowledge, experiences, and memories of a lifetime--enough to fill many volumes of books--vanish when a person takes his last breath. Hesselberg expresses this fact with haunting beauty in this unique sculpture. It is lined with books that descend into the ground, into darkness and the abode of the dead.

This is Hesselberg's contribution to this year's Sculpture by the Sea program in Aarhaus, Denmark. You can see other sculptures in the exhibit at Hyperallergic.

-via Colossal


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Artist Makes Miniature Hand Thrown Pottery

Jon Almeda says that he's "a bit of an extremist." He used to make huge pieces on spinning pottery wheels. Now, he's gone all the way in the other direction. He uses tiny wheels to mold and sculpt clay pots using the traditional techniques, just scaled down very small. You can find more of his work on his Instagram page, including short videos in which Almeda demonstrates his production techniques.

-via Trenf


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

This Chair Is Made of Tofu

Leonardo Talarico, a designer from Italy, made this chair out of tofu. He dehydrated and then baked the tofu into hard shingles which remain stiff and solid even under heavy weight. It retains the natural colors of the source material. This chair would look nice in a modern home.

-via Lost at E Minor


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

The Candy Bomber Flies Again

(Image: KSL News)

From 1948-49, West Berlin was blockaded by the Soviet Union, which hoped to force the three Western occupying powers out of the city. In response, the air forces of the Western powers delivered essential supplies, including food and fuel, by air. The year-long Berlin Airlift kept West Berliners alive and free.

One of US Air Force pilots who participated in the deliveries was Lt. Gail Halvorsen. He wanted to provide some joy to the beleaguered children of West Berlin, so he began secretly dropping pieces of candy from tiny, handmade parachutes over the city, just before landing. Thus Halvorsen became known as the Candy Bomber.

That was 67 years ago. Halvorsen is now 92. He still flies now and then, including on Friday afternoon, when he dropped 1,000 chocolate bars on children in a park in Orem, Utah

The airdrop was made as part of a 3-day celebration for the Fourth of July. Halvorsen was a guest of honor at that celebration. When asked what the holiday means to him, Halvorsen replied, "The Fourth of July reminds me that if you want happiness in life, you serve others."

-via Popehat


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

3 Librarians on Star Trek

What's all this doomsaying about libraries becoming obsolete? We know that libraries will thrive in the future because they're present in 23rd Century. In fact, Star Trek shows at least 3 librarians at work in the distant future.

In the original series episode "All Our Yesterdays," Kirk, Spock, and McCoy beam down to a seemingly vacant planet orbiting a star about to go nova. They discover that they are in a library. Despite the desperate circumstances, the librarian, who introduces himself as Mr. Atoz, is ready to help them.

Lifelong character actor Ian Wolfe, who plays Mr. Atoz, does a remarkably good job of carrying out a reference interview under conditions of extreme stress. He is friendly, welcoming, an advocate for the utility of libraries, and maintains the confidentiality of his patrons.

Continue reading

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Sad Animal Facts Illustrated

Brooke Barker, an artist in Portland, Oregon, loves to draw and loves animals. She feels sorry for a lot of animals who lead a rough life. She illustrates those problems at Sad Animal Facts, which put an amusing spin on what our animal friends have to put up with.

Continue reading

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

McDonald's Happy Meal Toys for Adults

My kids love to eat McDonald's Happy Meals. For them, the best part of each one is the toy inside. What will it be? It's always the first thing that they check.

The prize is almost always a small plastic toy. That's fun sometimes. But if you're past childhood (in the legal or psychological definition), then it may not be enough. BuzzFeed suggests 12 Happy Meal toys that McDonald's could market to adults--and specifically 20-somethings. These include an app that reminds you to call your parents, a jar of Nutella, and a neck pillow.


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Exquisite Batman Coffee Table

Flickr member MANDUH HUG'n'KISS refinished a coffee table for a Batman fan. It's beautiful! When Justice is having company over for afternoon tea and snacks, this is exactly where they will be served.

-Thanks, Clarissa!


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Tiny Emojis Carved into Pencil Tips

Tom Lynall is a jeweler in Birmingham, UK. Lately, he's been exploring the emerging field of pencil tip sculpture. He's gotten fantastic at it! These perfectly sculpted emojis are even smaller than they appear on your phone screen.

Lynall is a master of precise, detailed work at a nearly microscopic scale. You can see an even better demonstration of his skill in this whole landscape carved into pencil lead:

Continue reading

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

School Paints Lockers as Book Spines to Create an "Avenue of Literature"

(Photo: WLOX)

Biloxi Junior High School in Biloxi, Mississippi has a row of 189 lockers along its eighth grade English hallway. For security reasons, they've remained unused for over 15 years. Now they're back in service. This time, they will promote reading.

During the summer, teachers and volunteers have been repainting the lockers to look like book spines. The book selections reflect a wide variety of reading levels and interests. Their hope is that this project will inspire students to read more. WLOX quotes teacher Elizabeth Williams:

We want students to come back to school in August and walk on the hallway and be absolutely amazed with what we've done and be curious. We want that to be the driving spark for reading in our classrooms," said Williams. "Seeing it in person is a completely different experience, and that's what we're hoping for the students. We're hoping the students come and they become completely immersed in a collection that we feel is the best of the best of every genre."

-via Tor


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

How Japanese Bathrooms Are Different


(Video Link)

Japanese household bathrooms are very different from what you might find in a typical American home. They are far more multi-functional and high-tech. For example, the bathroom is divided into three sections: there's a shower/bath area and a toilet area, which are separately accessible from a sink and vanity area. Consequently, three people can use the same bathroom at the same time!

The shower and bath area is a thing of wonder. There's a deep bathtub that is heated continuously with controls that can be activated from different parts of the house. I want one of those!

In this video, a young girl shows how the different parts of the bathroom function. It's part of a series of videos in which she introduces Westerners to Japanese bedrooms, toilets, and kids' homework, among other aspects of modern Japanese life.

-via Core77


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Babbler Bird Calls "Convey Meaning"


(Photo: Ron Knight)

The chestnut-crowned babbler bird (Pomatostomus ruficeps) is a small bird native to Australia. Researchers think that its chirps and calls are radically different from those identified in other birds. The babbler bird vocalizes words. The BBC reports:

Co-researcher Dr Andy Russell from the University of Exeter said: "It is the first evidence outside of a human that an animal can use the same meaningless sounds in different arrangements to generate new meaning.

"It's a very basic form of word generation - I'd be amazed if other animals can't do this too."

Dr. Russell and his colleagues found that the chestnut-crowned babbler makes two distinct sounds, dubbed A and B. Combinations of A and B in different orders seemed to express concepts that other members of the species could understand:

In flight, they used an "A-B" call to make their whereabouts known, but when alerting chicks to food they combined the sounds differently to make "B-A-B".

The birds seemed to understand the meaning of the calls.

When the feeding call was played back to them, they looked at nests, while when they heard a flight call they looked at the sky.

-via Marginal Revolution


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Cat Plays Dead When Shot with Finger Gun

Carmine Migliaccio, a comedian in Italy, has trained his cat to drop dead when shot with a finger. With a single bang, he  whimpers and crumples to the ground. Don't worry! He'll be up and playing with the keys in a moment.


(Video Link)

-via Laughing Squid

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

Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Wasabi, The Dress-Wearing Therapy Tortoise

(Photo: Therapy Pets Unlimited)

You've heard of therapy dogs and maybe the occasional therapy cat or rabbit. But how many of you have heard of a therapy tortoise? Wasabi, a 42-pound African spur tortoise is a certified therapy pet with Therapy Pets Unlimited. Her owner, Lia Chicarella, wraps Wasabi in dresses to cover up her diaper. This provokes delight and wonder when she visits nursing homes and schools as part of her work. The Huffington Post reports:

These days, Wasabi visits with folks in nursing homes and schools, and is a "regular" at the Ronald McDonald House in Baltimore. At all these places, Wasabi spreads comfort and delight, and provokes a lot of reactions like "OMG!! Look at the size of that TURTLE!! Why is it wearing a dress?" [...]

They're often thought of as moving rocks -- but in fact tortoises like Wasabi grow to be very large, live for decades and are very smart.

"She's not a goldfish in a shell. She is an intelligent animal. She can learn. She has and shows emotions," says Chicarella. "People underestimate the intelligence of tortoises. I am not saying she's going to be doing long division anytime soon but she knows her name and usually comes when she's called."


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

The Ladder Dancer


(Video Link)

His name is Uzeyer Novruzov. He's the Ladder Dancer. Give him a ladder and a tune, and he'll dance up a storm.

Novruzov recently appeared on America's Got Talent and danced to Al Hirt's Green Hornet theme. His act begins at the 1:44 mark, but I suggest watching the entire video because his awkward pre-performance shtick is hilarious.

-via Miss Cellania


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Russell Powell's Handprint Art

Russell Powell, an artist in California, paints detailed portraits on the palm of his left hand, then presses that hand against paper to produce beautiful and unique prints. Every print that he creates bears his indelible and individual mark. It's an original approach to printmaking and portraiture. You can see more examples of his work at his Instagram page.

-via My Modern Met


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Star Wars Woodblock Prints Made in the Traditional Japanese Style

These aren't just prints made to look like art from Edo Japan. They're actually made in both the antique style and technique, using old printing methods.

Lucasfilm commissioned artist Masami Ishikawa and a traditional printer to develop several amazing images, lifting scenes from all six movies and reproducing them in a novel way. You can see more prints and a production video at Kotaku.


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

The Earth's Selfie Stick

The cameras are extremely expensive. But if anyone is beautiful enough to do this without appearing vain, it's Mother Earth. Smile for the camera as cartoonist Dan Meth snaps a photo.

-via Tastefully Offensive


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

The Time R2-D2 and C-3PO Had a Pro Wrestling Match


(Photo: Lucasfilm)

It was the 1970s. As anyone who lived through it can testify, it was a weird time to be alive (oh, the stories that Miss Cellania can tell!).

Specifically, it was 1979. The scene: a professional wrestling arena in Japan. Two men enter the ring, both dressed in sleek full body suits. One looks like R2-D2. The other looks like C-3PO. Yes, the droids who captured the world's attention just 2 years previously in Star Wars need cash, so they're taking a chance in the world of wrestling.


(Video Link)

So much depends upon this unique tag team match that, unfortunately, is not paired with Darth Vader and Grand Moff Tarkin in appropriate leotards. But it's still a thrilling fight even without special effects.

-via Uproxx


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 

Brothers Exchange the Same Birthday Card for over 40 Years

Greeting cards are absurdly expensive. So when your brother of all people expects one, send him a cheap one. And then re-use it, just as the instructions say. Brothers Ron and Jeff have been doing that with this Peanuts card since approximately 1973. They’ve probably saved at least $100 this way. Good work!

-via Geekologie


Load More Comments
Start New Comment Thread...
Preview Comment
Start New Thread Post Your Reply

 
Email This Post to a Friend
""

Separate multiple emails with a comma. Limit 5.

 

Success! Your email has been sent!

close window

Page 1 of 486       next | last

Profile for John Farrier

  • Member Since 2012/08/04


Statistics

Blog Posts

  • Posts Written 14,560
  • Comments Received 45,959
  • Post Views 21,004,425
  • Unique Visitors 16,682,517
  • Likes Received 20,019

Comments

  • Threads Started 3,057
  • Replies Posted 1,679
  • Likes Received 991