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My Neighbor Totoro Easter Egg

Swedish artist Roberth Fearon painted an egg to look like Totoro. It's a great idea because Totoro's body is egg-shaped.

But why, dear Totoro, are you wearing your umbrella? It's not raining and the Catbus will be here soon.


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This Frozen/Game of Thrones Mashup Is So Good It Should Be a Feature-Length Musical


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We've seen mashups of the Frozen song "Let It Go" before, but never with such high production values. Loot Crate made this music video for their song "Westeros." Daenerys Targaryen, Jon Snow, and Joffrey Baratheon sing about the positive impact they will have on the world by being true to themselves. The lyrics, singing, costuming, and staging are excellent. This could be the starting point of a great musical.

Buffy the Vampire slayer had an excellent musical episode. Game of Thrones should, too!

-via Nerd Approved


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A Miniature World Inside an Easter Egg

Jane Smith, a miniature maker, created this incredibly detailed diorama inside a cracked egg. She offers no information about her creative process, but I would hazard a guess that she engaged in some impressive needle felting.


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Sharing Is Caring


(Image: Lunarbaboon)

Of course we'll share everything! That's what families do.

By the way: did the family pay for that pizza? Or did I?

That's right: I did. Get your paws off it.


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Adventure Time's BMO Becomes a Reality


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BMO is a character on the cartoon Adventure Time. S/he/it (BMO's gender is either undetermined, non-existent, or non-binary depending on the fan theory you subscribe to) is an electronic console that serves as a VCR, a computer game platform, a toaster, and more. Most importantly, BMO is a dear friend to Finn and Jake.

Bob H. build a remarkably accurate electronic representation of BMO. It really does look and sound like the real thing. You can see build photos and a technical description here.

-via Nerd Approved


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Super Mario Bros. Drum Kit

SJC Custom Drums is a drum-making business in Massachusetts. Its artisans made these drums for Frank DeSantis, the drummer of One Fell Swoop, a punk band in New York City. They measure 8x12, 14x16, and 20x22 inches. They're gorgeous!

Be sure to check out SJC's Facebook gallery for more photos of beautiful custom drums.

-via Technabob


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American Gotham

Batman is as American as apple pie and Grant Wood's American Gothic.

The Batman depicted in Dan Piraro's Bizarro Comics is clearly that of Adam West. But perhaps the Robin is Carrie Kelley.


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Finally! Shopping Center Introduces Passing Lane

(Photo: Meadowhall)

I'm a fast walker. When I'm moving around, I'm trying to get at my destination, not enjoy the scenery. So shopping can be a frustrating experience when I get stuck behind someone waddling down the middle of a walkway at 1 MPH. This problem is especially aggravating when shopping carts are involved.

A mall in Sheffield, UK is now taking a bold stand against the human speed bumps that cause so much frustration for good and decent people in the world. After reading a complaint letter by 10-year old Chloe Nash-Lowe (who deserves some sort of Nobel Prize for her efforts), the managers of the Meadowhall Shopping Centre have created a passing lane. When you want to get around traffic clogs, get into the fast lane.

Now let's spread this great idea to sidewalks, grocery stores, and hallways everywhere. Forward!

-via Dave Barry


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An Up Dollhouse

For the past few weeks, artist James Hance (a Neatorama favorite) has been working on a dollhouse for his daughter Maddy. When she wakes up on Easter morning tomorrow, she'll find this amazingly detailed recreation of the house from the Pixar movie Up. I hope that James has ballasted it properly so that it doesn't float away.

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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This Pile of Spaghetti and Meatballs Is Actually a Cake

Ann Reardon is the baker responsible for the Twitter and Instagram logo cakes. She made this birthday cake for her husband. It is not, I stress, a mound of fondant, as so many artistic "cakes" are these days. It's actually a carrot cake covered with frosting squirted on to resemble spaghetti. The meatballs are Ferrero Rocher chocolate candies. The spaghetti sauce consists of a mixture of raspberries, lemon juice, white chocolate, and pieces of carrot cake. You can find her how-to video embedded below.


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Pharrell Williams's "Happy" Created with 6-Second Vine Videos


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Last month, we saw a clever trombone player use sampling and looping playback to perform Pharrell Williams's hit song "Happy" by himself. Rob Scallon used Vine to create something similar. He noticed that one measure of "Happy" was precisely 6 seconds long--which is the length of a Vine video. By looping and staggering out pieces of the song, he was able to recreate it.

-via 22 Words


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Deathbed Confession


(Image: Chris Hallbeck/Maximumble)

The thing about final confessions is that you've got to be sure that you're actually going to die. It is not the time to encourage someone to finish you off.


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Cop Posed as Amish Woman for 2 Months to Catch a Pervert

(Photo: Pulaski Township Police)

There's an Amish community in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. Police say that recently, an unknown man was driving by Amish children, getting out of his car, and masturbating in front of them. So Sergeant Chad Adams of the Pulaski Township Police dressed as an Amish woman in the hope of luring in the pervert. Now that their investigation is complete, the police posted this image and information about the investigation on their Facebook page.

They aren't giving many details, but the police say that they identified the person they think is responsible. They lacked sufficient evidence to arrest him, but they think that it's a man who is currently under house arrest for similar charges in a neighboring county.

-via Dave Barry


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Charcoal Cheese Is Made of (Guess What) Charcoal

(Photo: Manor Farm Shop)

It's not just a name referring to the color. The Michael Lee Fine Cheeses Company in West Yorkshire, UK, really makes cheese made with charcoal. The company describes it as a "creamy, mature cheddar blended with charcoal." It won the Best New Idea award at the 2014 Farm Shop & Deli Show.

Amy Birkin, a representative of the company, told the Sleaford Target that it wanted to make a black cheese to mark the thirtieth anniversary of the 1984 miners' strike in Britain.

-via Weird Universe

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Star Trek: The Next Generation Easter Eggs

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The senior officers of the Enterprise-D are ready for the annual Easter egg hunt. Everyone looks happy about it, except for Worf. That's because he's afraid that Riker will once again get the most chocolate eggs.

Nitpick: Data should have 2 and a half rank pips, not 3. He was a Lieutenant Commander, not a full Commander.

-via Between the Pages


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3 Dev Adam: The Bizarre Turkish Film in Which Captain America and a Mexican Wrestler Fight Evil Spider-Man

The monstrous gangster Spider-Man rules the dark streets of Istanbul. Julia, Captain America's girlfriend, goes to help the police end the web slinger's menace. But when Spider-Man's henchmen capture Julia, it is up to Captain America and Santo, the masked Mexican wrestler, to save her and crush Spider-Man's gang.

You got that? Okay, then you're ready to watch T. Fikret Uçak's 1973 cinematic masterpiece 3 Dev Adam. Read all about it at VA Viper. You can watch a selection embedded below. It includes the unintentionally hilarious use of a guinea pig as a torture device at 2:04.

I'm a bit skeptical that this movie was made with the permission of Marvel Comics.


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Pharrell Williams's "Happy" without the Music


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Clap along if that's what you want to do. But it will seem a bit odd, especially to people around you.

Pharrell Williams's smash hit song "Happy" has seen many creative variations and editions, including one with Star Wars characters. This one by House of Halo, though, doesn't change the dance routines or the characters. It just deletes the non-vocal music from the track.

-via Nerdcore


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Filling up the Tank

It too me a couple seconds to realize what is going on in this image by Ricardo Ramirez.

Wonder Woman is refueling her invisible jet.

-via Comics Alliance


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This Man Runs Marathons with a 93-Pound Refrigerator Strapped to His Back

(Photo: Tony the Fridge)

Because marathons just aren't hard enough, Tony "The Fridge" Pheonix-Morrison of Hebburn, UK, runs them while carrying a refrigerator.

It began as an attempt to get sponsors for a charity run for cancer research. The refrigerator stunt immediately grabbed public attention. It was a brutal experience. But Tony kept going, running more races. Most recently, he attempted the 24 Hour Challenge. That's running 4 marathons in a 24-hour period. In an interview with The Tynesider, he describes what it was like:

It was nothing short of a nightmare. It was a real test of my will to get through it. I hadn’t slept the night before or ate properly; it was the worst possible start. It’s a case of having the mental strength to stay focused on the moment. I couldn’t allow myself the time to think about finishing. The times I did were terrifying. I still have no feeling in six of my toes. The doctors said if I’d ran another five miles I would have broke both my feet because of the weight of the fridge.

Tony didn't complete that racing goal, but he did finish 2 of the marathons.


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He made this video before attempting the 24-hour challenge.

-via Oddity Central


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1-Sided Die

A 4-sided die is a pyramid. A 2-sided die is a coin. What's a 1-sided die? It's a Möbius strip. No matter how you throw it, the die will always land on its only side. Awesome Dice developed it for role-playing games, such as Dungeons & Dragons.

Now to the obvious question: why would you ever need a 1-sided die?

It's a way of resolving conflicts that come up in gaming sessions. Sometimes there are argumentative players who press a game master to randomly roll outcomes rather than verbally lead the players along a storyline. When you have such a player in your group, get out your 1-sided die.

The creators put it this way:

Imagine this all too common scenario faced every day by D&D DMs around the world: your group is in a dungeon crawl. There’s a room with a pie in it, and the pie is guarded by an orc. If the characters open the door, one of these things happen:

1. The orc attacks

That’s it, there’s only the one option. So the characters do indeed open the door and the poor DM consults the chart. Unfortunately the smallest die type he has is a d4, so our DM has no choice but to roll the d4 over and over until he gets a 1 before he knows what the orc is going to do.

This is exactly the situation that 1-sided dice are designed to solve. Now the DM can grab the d1 and quickly roll just one time, see what the orc will do, and get on with the action of the game. In this way 1-sided dice make your game move faster and better.

-via Marcel Ledbetter


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Brilliant Truck Design Concept: A Full-Length Bed

I've owned a full-size pickup truck only once, but I really enjoyed it. It was nice to be able to casually toss materials in the back and drive them around. It had a long bed--about 7 feet, I think--which helped.

But sometimes even a 7-foot bed isn't enough. Let's say that you're transporting 8-foot sheets of plywood. You'll have to let the ends hang over the tailgate.

That's why Jason Torchinsky's design concept is both clever and crazy. Assuming that it can be properly balanced, this design would let you move things that are almost as long as your truck itself:

Actually, I think it could be sort of L-shaped, with an extra bit of bed behind the 1/2-width cab. There could also be a nice big lockable trunk on the cab side as well, for tools, Fabergé eggs, and other valuables people tend to keep in trucks. P

It'd probably have to have an inline 4 or 6 in that narrowed engine bay, but I'm plenty happy with that. This design could be huge with plumbers and welders and carpenters and gardeners and pretty much anyone who's sick of tying a red rag to the end of all that stuff that sticks out too far of a normal pickup.


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A Pringles Can Pipe Organ

Although it may look like a salty version of the Iron Throne (and not by coincidence), this is actually a functional pipe organ made of cans of Pringles potato chips. Fall on Your Sword, an art collective in Brooklyn, made it for Gawker and Pringles.

It has 10 keys beneath spring-mounted cans. Pressing on each key plays a note. You can see it in action in this video:


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A byproduct of this project was 6 bags of uneaten potato chips. Fall on Your Sword plans to soon reveal what it did with them. Since its members are artists, I'll guess that it's something more impressive than just eating them, which is what I would do.

-via Craft


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Chopines--A Bizarre Form of Platform Shoes from 500 Years Ago

(Photos: Bata Shoe Museum)

Pictured above and below are chopines of Venice--platform shoes worn by upper class women and their imitators during the Sixteenth Century. To learn more about this fashion oddity, Collector's Weekly interviewed Elizabeth Semmelhack, a curator at the Bata Shoe Museum in Toronto.

These extreme platform shoes may have been impractical for everyday life. But to an extent, that was the point. Semmelhack explains that ihey offered upper class women in Spain and Venice a way to show off their wealth. This is especially true in Spain, where women wore their dresses to the tops of their chopines. In Venice, dresses extended to the ground, so the chopine was regarded as an undergarment.

As you can see from these examples, they were very fancy undergarments.


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Here's a video of Semmelhack tracing the history and development of what she calls "one of the most extreme forms of footwear ever worn in Western dress."


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This Pizza Cake Could Become a Reality

Boston Pizza, a Canada-based pizzeria company, is holding an online contest offering to produce one of several innovations that the company has developed. You can view the site here, which is currently loading slowly. Pictured above is one of the popular options available for voting: a pizza layer cake. This is something that we obviously need, so please throw your support and votes behind it.

You could also plausibly vote for the pizza slicer powered by a 4-stroke gasoline engine.

Or the pizza shirt pocket.

Or a lockable pizza security case to protect your pizza from thieving family members or co-workers, such as a certain managing editor who shall remain nameless.

-via Brand Eating

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Cuppaday, The Daily Art Project That Uses Ordinary Paper Cups

A daily, ongoing project is great way to stimulate a creative mind. Paul Garbett, an artist in Sydney, Australia, gets creative every day by altering ordinary paper cups. He calls the project Cuppaday. On some days, his cups are opportunities for doodling. At other times, for model making. 

-via Foodiggity


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If Hayao Miyazaki Films Were Like Other Anime

Hayao Miyazaki is the master filmmaker responsible for anime classics such as My Neighbor Totoro and Princess Mononoke. He has a fairly consistent style of storytelling and animation. If you watch a fair amount of anime, you'll easily notice the differences.

This College Humor video imagines Miyazaki's films as though he wasn't original and imitated other shows, including Naruto*, Voltron, Sailor Moon, and Pokémon.

*Or maybe Dragon Ball Z. I haven't seen either show, so I'm just guessing.

What is your favorite Miyazaki movie?













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11 Weird Varieties of Scotch Eggs

The Scotch egg is a delicious staple of British pub food. Traditionally, it consists of a hard boiled egg wrapped in sausage crumbs, then deep fried. One source traces it back to Eighteenth Century London (sorry, Scotland) where it was a traveler's snack for sale in Piccadilly.

The humble Scotch egg has inspired a lot of creativity in kitchens around the world. For example, pictured above is Jessie Oleson's sweet version made with Cadbury Creme Eggs. We featured it last year. It's one of 11 unusual takes on Scotch eggs. 

If you want to know all about Scotch eggs, then you should consult Forever Eggsploring. It's David J. Constable's website devoted to finding "the very best Scotch egg in the land." Constable exhaustively researches all things related to Scotch eggs.


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It's through his site that I learned about how Fortnum & Mason, a British food company, produced the largest Scotch egg in the world. Its chefs used an ostrich egg as the core. They wrapped 5.5 kg of sausage meat around it. Then the chefs deep fried and baked the assembly. When it was done, their 6.95 kg Scotch egg won a Guinness World Record.

Tom, the manufacturer of Big Butz BBQ Sauce, created what he calls the Bacon Cone Scotch Egg Sundae. He candied bacon, then baked it a lattice around a cone form. Then he served two large Scotch eggs inside as though they were scoops of ice cream in a cone.

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Blade Runner-Themed Engagement Shoot

When Krissy Myers got engaged to Ken Wheaton, she knew just the theme that she wanted for her engagement shoot. Paul Hillier photographed them in the rough cyberpunk world of Blade Runner. You can see more photos from the shoot here.

Before they get married, someone should tell Krissy that she's a replicant.

-via Super Punch


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Bunny Snake Is Ready for Easter

DeviantART member NocturneJewel loves her pet snakes. She dresses them appropriately for different holidays, including Halloween, St. Patrick's Day, and Easter.

Pictured above is Crescent, her 9-year old Texas Rat Snake. She's about 4 feet long. In this photo, she's playing the Easter Bunny with perfectly-sized rabbit ears.


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What Is a Job That Exists Only in Your Country?

This question was recently posed at both Ask Reddit and Quora. Many of the responses are fascinating. Here are a few of them.

Alireza Behooz says that in Tehran, Iran, some drivers hire people to walk behind their cars when they drive into restricted areas:

I think this happens only in Tehran. Some people get paid to walk behind your car, so the traffic cameras can not capture your plate number when you enter the restricted traffic areas!


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Nagarjun Bollam writes some disabled people ride on trains in India at steep discounts. Because of the incentive structure, non-disabled people hire them to travel:

Disabled people get 50-75% concession on train ticket from Indian Railways. Additionally, they can take one person as escort who will be entitled to the same amount of concession.

Some disabled people earn their living with this scheme. Their only job is travelling between different cities and taking Strangers (who actually want to go to some city) as escorts. These strangers pay 75% of the fare to the disabled people. Thus Stranger saves money, Disabled person earns profit.

There's a somewhat similar system at work at Disney World.

xuankun says that in China, some businesses hire a white man to just stand around:

China: white guy to stand there and make the company look more international.

ishallsaythisonce tells us about people who work funerals as mourners:

Southern Africa: Professional mourners. They go to funerals of people they don't even know. Their job is to cry... no, wail.

What culture-specific jobs do you know about?

-via Marginal Revolution


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