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Things Disney Princesses Do That Would Be Awkward if You Did Them


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You can dress like a Disney Princess for Halloween. But you probably shouldn't act like one. This BuzzFeed video shows how weird it would look if you do what Ariel, Rapunzel, Mulan, and Pocahontas, did in their movies.

Yeah, Snow White's 7 roommates . . . that could be hard to explain. Especially since they all like to gather around her bed and watch her sleep.


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The Soothing Light of the Flickering Computer Monitor

(The Awkward Yeti/Nick Seluk)

The weather is perfect, so let's stay inside! Natural sunlight and unconditioned air have a certain appeal, but it's hard to watch Netflix from outside and I have to keep careful track of how many people have liked my status update.


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All of the Planets in Our Solar System Would Fit in between the Earth and Its Moon

If you lined up all of the planets in our solar system with the exception of Pluto, they would fit neatly between the Earth and the Moon with only about 2,729 miles to spare.

Redditor CapnTrip made this illustration of this fascinating fact. Frasier Cain of io9 came up with slightly different numbers from NASA, but found that CapnTrip was mostly correct.

Add in Pluto and the number drops to about 1,299 miles.


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For Sale: A Ghost Town in Connecticut


(Photo: RM Bradley, The Courant)

Johnsonville is a village in East Haddam, Connecticut. It used to be a small milltown until the 1970s, when a fire gutted the local economy. The owner, Raymond Schmitt, was an eccentric businessman in the aerospace industry. After the fire, he announced his intention to turn it into a tourist attraction.

Schmitt moved quaint, turn-of-the-century buildings from elsewhere in New England to Johnsonville. He envisioned it as a place where visitors could step back in time.

(Photo: DamnedCT)

The tourist town was never a financial success and, in 1994, after a dispute with the local government, Schmitt closed it. He died 4 years later. Now the current owners are selling off Johnsonville.

Would you like to own a ghost town? It's 52 acres of land and a 15-acre pond. There are a dozen buildings and a private waterfall. The opening bid is $800,000.


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If you watched MTV during the 90s, you may have already seen Johnsonville. Billy Joel filmed part of the music video for his song "River of Dreams" there.

-via Messy Nessy Chic


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10 Massive Monuments Carved into Living Rock


(Photo: Austin Donisan)

This enormous sculpture reminiscent of the giant stone head from the movie Zardoz is a monument to Decebalus, the last king of Dacia before its conquest by the Roman Empire in 106 A.D. Dacia is the area now known as Romania (for the Romans thoroughly Romanized it) and Decebalus is a symbol of national identity to modern Romanians.

For 10 years, starting in 1994, stone carvers climbed a boulder along the Iron Gates, a gorge along the Danube near the Romanian-Serbian border. The face is 141 feet tall and 82 feet wide. Here, King Decebalus stands once again to resist foreign invasions of the Romanian homeland.

This is one of 10 incredible monuments and buildings carved into rock rounded up by Kuriositas. You can view them all here.


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Baku Maeda's Leaf Beasts

Baku Maeda is an artist in Sapporo, Japan. We've previously featured his animal sculptures made of fabric ribbons. They show how gifted he is at creating vivid impressions of animals using minimal forms.

He's been doing the same thing with leaves. With just a few alterations, his Japanese Bigleaf Magnolia tree leaves turn into animals of the autumn forest. You can see more of them here.

-via Lustik


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Bike-Mounted Bottle System Condenses Humid Air into Drinking Water

Kristof Retezár, an industrial designer in Austria, designed this clever gadget called Fontus. When it's humid, the system draws water out of the air and pours it into a water bottle. It mounts on a bike frame, so if you're biking in swampy weather, you could use it to supplement your water supply.

Solar cells power the unit, which cools the top and heats the bottom. Perforated walls inside collect moisture, which flows down a tube into the bottle. It can produce roughly one drop of water per minute.


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Stone Giant Erupts out of the Earth

This is Feltépve, an enormous public sculpture by Hungarian artist Ervin Loránth Hervé. It appears to be a giant ripping out of the earth in a violent rampage.


(Photos: We Love Budapest)

Hervé made it out of polystyrene, which he painted to look like rock. He put it on display in the Széchenyi Square in Budapest, Hungary for Art Market Budapest, a recent art fair. Hervé says that his "goal was to show people that pieces of contemporary art can be integral parts of a city, that they can become one of its building blocks." He advocates for more contemporary sculptures in public places and hopes that Feltépve will help convince the public to support that goal.

You can see more photos of it at My Modern Met.


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A Parents' Guide to Time Machines

(Lunarbaboon)

You could travel into the past and see great events from history. Or you could peer into the far future, which is either a technological wonderland or a nightmarish dystopia.

But, to be practical, you're more likely to use the time machine as a free babysitter that is available whenever you need it.

There's one complication: although you'll be ready for bed at 10 PM, your child will think that it's just 7 o'clock.

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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The 18 Strangest Buildings in China

This building is a museum in Meitan County, Guizhou, China. Can you guess the theme of the museum? Yes, it's tea! This is the National Tea Museum. Appropriately, the building is shaped like a teapot. It's 242 feet tall. If it was an actual teapot, it could hold approximately 749,253 gallons of tea. This museum is the largest teapot-shaped building in the world.

It's one of 18 strange buildings in China rounded up by The Guardian. The others include buildings shaped like an egg, a wheel, a ring, a cell phone, and a liquor bottle.

-via Marginal Revolution


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A Cup Holder for Crutches

If you need to use crutches to get around, you may find it difficult to carry anything in your hands. Instructables member Duncan Belew created this partial solution: a cup holder that bolts onto the side of a crutch. It's made of two concentric rings. The inner one swivels, so as the user swings the crutch forward and backward, the cup will stay level.


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We're Frying out Here on the Hot Beach!


(Photo: Cameron Spencer)

This is Tamarama Beach in Sydney, Australia, where it must be hot enough to fry an egg on the sand--if you have the right equipment. Andrew Hankin has provided it by building this enormous sculpture that looks like a frying pan lodged in the sand. It's his contribution to the Sculpture by the Sea program. Hankin calls it We're Fryin' Out Here. You can see more photos of sculptures in the exhibit here (warning: auto-start video).

-via Amusing Planet

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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This Highly Realistic Bacon Scarf Looks Good Enough to Eat

Although it looks like thinly sliced bacon ready to slide into your skillet, this is actually a silk scarf designed by Natalie Luder. She calls it Fou Lard, which means "insane bacon." It's about 6 feet long and 1 foot wide. Luder composed this story about its origin:

About 1500 years ago a Chinese silkworm found his way to France to produce silk in Europe. In the country of the « bon vivants » it accidently landed in a butcher’s shop on top of a slice of bacon. Hmm, so soft and tasty, thought the vegetarien with surprise and with verve started to build a cocoon.

As the cocoon grew more and more the butcher’s wife, a sophisticated lady, catched an eye on it. Is this bacon going insane, she thought but shortly after she spotted the little worm who found itself in a new paradise. I will make the most beautiful scarf from your silk, she promised and kept feeding the silkworm with the best bits of bacon she could find. After three month she was wearing proudly the most shiny silk scarf that she would call with affection my „foulard“.

-via Nag on the Lake


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Spider Fixes a Leaf

Photographer Bertrand Kulik snapped this fantastic shot. There was a hole in the leaf where the spider built his web. From the right angle, it looks like the spider patched up the hole. You can see a close-up shot here.

-via Colossal

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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30 Funny Business Signs


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Alex once told me to change the sign in front of the Neatorama factory. "What should I write?" "Anything is fine."

It was the last time that Alex sent me out to change the sign.

What can you do with a business sign? 22 Words has a roundup of 30 funny signs that businesses put out front to attract or scare away customers.

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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Fashion Styles for Ghosts

(Gemma Correll)

Ugg boots may be popular among the living this time of year, but the typical ghost wouldn't be caught dead in them. Sure, you can just wear a sheet, but only if you're going with the relaxed fit look. And that's not always appropriate.

I like the cargo style because the pockets are practical. Most ghosts, though, seem to wear it ironically.

-via Tastefully Offensive


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The Newest Meme: Adorable Bunnies as Phone Cases

10 days ago, Twitter user ryooneokrock1 sent out this image of his pet rabbit serving as a smartphone case. That triggered a wave of similar images across Japan and China. Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku has a roundup of some of the cutest photos in the meme. He denies that the rabbits' ears improve the signal strength, but that claim should be subjected to empirical testing.

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

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Delicious Popsicles Shaped Like Deadly Microorgamisms

From left to right, you can see MRSA, influenza, chicken pox, e. coli, and HIV.

Go ahead and take a lick! They're perfectly safe. Artist Wei Li made these popsicles just look like deadly pathogens. They're part of a project that he calls Dangerous Popsicles. Li explains that he wants to create a confusing sensory experience:

Before tasting with your tongue, you first taste with your eyes and mind. The popsicles are nothing but water and sugar, but ideas of deadly viruses and the spikiness of cacti are enough to stimulate your senses, even before your first taste.

He used a 3D printer to build models, which he then used to create popsicle molds.

In addition to the microorganisms, Li also created several cacti. They might not kill you, but you should check for spines before eating.

-via David Thompson


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Sarcastic Moms Caption Ridiculous Stock Photos of Parenting

With a measure of alarm that I do not think was undue, I asked my wife, "Is there baby poop on my face?" At that time, there was not. But it would happen. As Bane said, "that comes later." And it did.

Getting baby poop on your face is part of parenting. And there will be other, similar experiences. That is parenting--real parenting, not the kind depicted in idealized stock photos.

The Tumblr blog It's Like They Know Us is filled with images of happy, cooperative children and their cheerful, well-rested parents. Contributors have added sarcastic captions that reflect their own experiences.

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See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Conan O'Brien and Madeleine Albright Get into a Hilarious Twitter Fight

Conan O'Brien is a comedian and late night talk show host. Madeleine Albright was the U.S. Secretary of State from 1997 to 2001.

At the age of 77, Albright is not known for stunning good looks. But, then again, neither is O'Brien. Nonetheless, O'Brien decided to make fun of Albright's appearance in a recent Tweet.

Albright responded and clearly bested him in the verbal duel. 

-via Popehat


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8 Famous Album Covers--The Bigger Picture

What's going on in the scenes depicted in famous musical album covers? To show you, the web design company Aptitude zoomed out to show a bit of background. Justin Bieber's fans have finally caught up with him, Spencer Elden is about to get eaten by a shark, and Abbey Road is revealed to be in in New Mexico.

You can view 5 more at Aptitude, including albums by Michael Jackson, Adele, and Bruce Springsteen.

-via Khool


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More Mesmerizing Glass Sculptures from Ben Young

In June, we showed you some of the amazing sculptures that Ben Young, an artist in New Zealand, makes by carefully cutting and layering sheets of glass. His medium is an especially effective way of conveying the texture and movement of water. Some of his recent work, such as this sculpture of a lighthouse, illustrates Young's skill.

Young calls this piece "Lonesome Light." The waves of glass appear to pound the lighthouse, which juts above the sea on a mound of rock that appears both solid and fragile in the raging storm.


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Crazy Putt Places the Ball in the Hole--But Only after a Long Detour


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Greg landed his ball neatly on the green of the ninth hole at Elie, a golf course in Fife, Scotland. All he would have to do is tap it in from a distance of about 2-3 feet.

So, obviously, he had to send his ball on a long trip in order to make the putt more challenging.

-via Yababoon

Check out more amazing talents over at our Mad Skills blog

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Cheese Whoopie Pie Is Wonderfully Disgusting

A whoopie pie (pictured below) is a cookie that consists of vanilla creme inside two little chocolate or gingerbread cakes. Nash Ruin, the Vulgar Chef, made one out of cheese-like food products (content warning: foul language). He shaped the shell out of macaroni and cheese, added in egg yolk, then microwaved it until it kept a solid form. Then he used Easy Cheese for the creme filling.


(Photo: seelensturm)

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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9 U.S. Presidents as Pokémon


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George Washington

Brandon Dayton, an artist in Salt Lake City, imagined 9 Pokémon Presidents. Each one has his own strengths and weaknesses, so collect them all, but choose your options carefully.

What others can you think of? Maybe Ulysses S. Grimer? Woodrow Wigglytuff?

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Canadian Hero Receives Standing Ovation in the House of Commons


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Kevin Vickers, the Sergeant-at-Arms of the Parliament of Canada, ended the terrorist attack in Ottawa yesterday by shooting the killer.

Many of Vickers's duties are ceremonial, such as carrying a decorative mace into the chamber of the House of Commons when it opens. But the more important responsibility of protecting the members of Parliament, employees, and visitors from violence is also his. Vickers took that duty very seriously yesterday when he retrieved a handgun from his desk, ran toward the gunfire, and slew the terrorist.

Parliament reconvened today. Vickers entered as he usually does during the ceremony. But this time, those assembled gave him a long, standing ovation for his service.

-via Ace of Spades HQ


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New Darts Team Consists Entirely of Blind People

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The Dolphin Inn, a pub in Grampound, Cornwall, UK, has a new darts team. The players, who call themselves the Optimists, are all blind. Pictured above is team member Richard Pryor and pub owner Joe Fryer in front of the dartboard. Pryor and his friends will compete against other teams affiliated with the pub.


(Image: SWNS)

How does a blind person play darts? Carefully. Also, the players tie a string from the bullseye. This string helps the player aim in the right direction. Don't worry about safety. Pryor says that they're taking appropriate precautions:

We're shutting the door to the toilet just in case someone comes through and gets a dart in the rear.


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Pryor describes an ideal scenario for his team: an electrical blackout. This would put the Optimists on equal footing with sighted teams.

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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You Can Go Trick-or-Treating at George Washington's House


(Portrait by Rembrandt Peale)

Mount Vernon is the estate of George Washington. It's a historical site open to the public that features year-round events. This Halloween, children can go trick-or-treating there! Visitors can listen to Halloween-themed storytelling, play colonial-era games, and take a wagon ride. They can also sample chocolate as it was experienced during Washington's lifetime. 


(Photo: Mount Vernon)

The organizers will offer prizes to guests who have the best George and Martha Washington costumes.

-via Marilyn Terrell

Love Halloween and cosplay? Check out our Halloween Blog!

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No One Wants to Sit on This Stool

I can't say that I'm fond of this chair by the design firm Kalbut DSGN. It's rather judgmental of anyone who sits on it.

Of course, if you're big enough, you can sit on it and no one will be able to read the scale.

-via Recyclart

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Man Builds Custom TARDIS for Marriage Proposal

Redditor muffinman5423 built a TARDIS in order to propose to his girlfriend. It's a perfect model of the original that, from the outside, is a 1:1 scale replica. And it worked: she said yes!

What would he have done if she said no? Muffinman5432 had a backup plan.


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Here's a video of the actual proposal. It's really sweet and touching.

My own proposal was less complex (you know, the KISS principle). My wife and I are both librarians and I coincidentally proposed to her at a library. She loved it anyway, despite the absence of a TARDIS. But she has informed me that if the Doctor ever offers to take her away on an adventure, she's going to accept.

-via Nerd Approved


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