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New System Lets You Check into Foursquare the Same Way that Dogs Check into Fire Hydrants



Let's get right into it, shall we?

Mark Your Territory is a new system that lets individuals check-in to foursquare by physically urinating at the actual location.


Social networking has gone too far. Because, you know, it's just a matter of time before Facebook tries to duplicate this. Then it'll be everywhere.

Please let this be a hoax. Please.

Link -via NotCot

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World's Largest Bra



To promote breast cancer awareness, the British ad agency Chillisauce placed a huge bra across a building in London. At 30 meters across, it may be the largest bra in the world. It must not have been very effective, because they had to use scaffolding to reduce bounce.

Link (Google Translate) -via The Mary Sue

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Deep Fried Dollar Bill



Everything's better deep fried, right? Butter, beer, lattes -- everything! Especially money.

Alex, this is how I want to get paid from now on. Maybe dust it with a bit of powdered sugar while you're at it.

Link -via That's Nerdalicious!

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Don't Do Drugs, Kids



This is allegedly an ad for an anti-littering campaign in Belfast, UK. But it would work pretty well for anti-drug campaign as well. Or a commercial for adult undergarments.

Link -via The Uniblog

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Candied Onions Prank



Mmm-mmmm. Sweet, delicious candied apples. Here, try one.

Link -via Geekosystem

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Heidi Klum Strips Bare for Halloween



Supermodel Heidi Klum took it all off for her costume this year. I mean, even her skin. At least, that's the result of her professional costuming job. View more pictures at the link.

Link -via The Mary Sue | Photo: Heidi Klum

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Face Discovered in Testicular Tumor



What does it mean? Is it a sign?

But when the scrotal ultrasound of a 45-year-old patient with severe testicular pain and a possible mass revealed the surprising image of a man in distress, urologists at Queen’s University, in Ontario, followed proper scholarly procedure: They submitted it to Urology, the official journal of the International Society of Urology.

“The residents and staff alike were amazed to see the outline of a man’s face staring up out of the image, his mouth agape as if the face seen on the ultrasound scan itself was also experiencing severe epididymo-orchitis,” wrote the authors, G. Gregory Roberts and Naji J. Touma, in an article that appeared in the journal’s September issue. “A brief debate ensued on whether the image could have been a sign from a deity (perhaps ‘Min,’ the Egyptian god of male virility); however, the consensus deemed it a mere coincidental occurrence rather than a divine proclamation.”


Surely there must be some rash conclusion we can jump to!

Link | Photo: Elsevier

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Science Teacher Uses Explosive Gas to Carve Jack-o'-Lantern


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Mr. Bergmann, a chemistry teacher, showed his students how to carve a jack-o'-lantern quickly and efficiently. By blowing it up.

Those chemistry teachers...you've got to watch them.

-via reddit

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Sexy Hungry Man Costume in Real Life



A couple of weeks ago, I featured Jillian Tamaki's cartoons of unusual sexy versions of Halloween costumes, such as Sexy New York City Subway Rat and Sexy First Edition Old Man and the Sea. Her best idea was a Sexy Hungry Man frozen dinner costume. Kate Thornbery made it a reality.

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Troll Cat Knows How to Control His Housemates


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Confession: sometimes I take Alex's coffee mug, fill it with coffee from Miss Cellania's pot, and then leave it on the counter for Miss C to discover. It works every time.

-via Blame It on the Voices

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Zoidberg Balaclava



Why not Zoidberg? Zoidberg can keep your head warm. And moist, too! Just hold still for a moment.

Link | Photo: deviantART user knerdy knits

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Vincent Van Gogh's Scary Night



Well, Starry Night isn't scary, but this version from the Museum of Modern Art in New York City is certainly beautiful. I wonder what Van Gogh would think if he knew that this painting would become a major pop culture icon.

MoMa's Facebook page -via My Modern Met

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Last Master of Martial Art Seeks Apprentice



Why don't you apply? You're not getting paid for that office clerk internship anyway.

Nidar Singh of Wolverhampton, UK, may be the last living master of the Sikh martial art shastar vidya, which means the "science of weapons". He himself was taught by an octogenarian in Punjab who thought that he was the last serious practitioner. Singh remembered the first day of his training:

On his first day of training, the frail old man handed him a stick and instructed Mr Singh to hit him. When he tried, the master threw him around like a rag doll.

"He was a frail old man chucking me about and I couldn't touch him," he says. "That definitely impressed me."


Link -via Geekosystem | Photo: Beyond Exposure Photography

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Intact, Adult Deer Found inside Belly of a Snake



I lived in Florida for a few years. One thing that I didn't like about the place was that it was simply dangerous to go hiking in much of the state, especially off-trail. Too many creatures there see humans as a food source, or at least a threat from which one didn't have to flee. Spiders the size of your hand, water moccasins in tubing rivers, alligators in suburban ponds...I mean, there's a good reason why the state bird is the mosquito. It represents what you're up against.

Case in point: wildlife officials in the Everglades found a Burmese Python that had swallowed an adult-sized deer. The doe's body caused the snake to swell to a 44-inch girth. No, it didn't kill him. A shotgun blast did that.

Link -via Glenn Reynolds | Photo: South Florida Water Management District

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I Was Told There Would Be No Math



The correct answer is "An African or a European swallow?" Or, for partial credit, "blue".

Pencils down.

Link -via Blame It on the Voices

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Water Punch



Would you like to take a picture like this one? Evan Sharboneau, also known as the "Photo Extremist", has a short video tutorial showing how to take high speed photos. The process doesn't appear to be beyond the reach of a serious amateur.

Link -via My Modern Met

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NeatoShop Contest: Create a Neatorama Bingo Card!



The author of The Fluffpo loves to make fun of the variously loved or loathed Huffington Post, and so made this funny bingo card for readers to play as they read that blog. Presumably the winner gets one of those high-paying writing gigs at the Post.

But winners of this contest will get t-shirts. We're going to create a bingo card with twenty-four squares (they'll be one free space in the center) that people can play while reading Neatorama. What should we write in the squares? You tell us!

Place your submission in the comment section below. Write only one per comment, please, though you can enter as many as you’d like. In five days, we'll choose twenty-four entries for our card and show you the results so that you can start playing right away.

Among those twenty-four entries, we'll randomly select two winners who will get t-shirts from the NeatoShop. Please write your T-shirt selection alongside your guess. If you don’t include a selection, you forfeit the prize, okay?

Now, off to the comments with you!

Link -via Boing Boing

Update: The contest is over, the card is ready, and you can see the results here. Congratulations to our two t-shirt winners!

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Sonic Screwdrivers Have No Place in Action Movies


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The Doctor's sonic screwdriver is the ultimate multitool. It can do anything! In fact, it can do too much. If it were available for action movie heroes, the sonic screwdriver would make everything too easy. Content warning: violence.

-via The Uniblog

Be sure to check out our selection of sonic screwdrivers from the NeatoShop!

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Woman Fined for Having Car Parked in the Same Spot since 208 AD

A woman in Sicily faced a massive fine for illegal parking when a police officer accidentally noted the year 208 instead of 2008:

Police in Sicily issued a whopping 32,000 euros ($44,500) fine for an illegally parked car after totting up 2,000 years of interest by mistake, Italy's Repubblica newspaper said Wednesday.

The interest due was calculated from the year 208 A.D. after a policeman dated the fine back to the year 208 instead of 2008.


The lady called in a favor from the Emperor (pictured) and had the fine waived.

Link -via The Agitator | Photo: Wikimedia Commons

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Virtual Costume




Let's state upfront that redditor adriannezy is brilliant. She wanted to participate in Halloween at work, but not wear a costume that got in the way. So she generated a QR code that, when scanned, reveals a picture of herself in a classic Star Trek uniform. She writes, "I've had groups of guys holding phones up to my chest all day. It's been awkward."

Link -via Super Punch

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How Woodpeckers Peck Wood without Hurting Themselves

If you routinely and repeatedly bang your head against a wall in the vain hope that doing so will alter reality, then you should know that it's not as safe as when a woodpecker does it. How can these birds hammer away like they do without suffering brain injuries? Scientists think that they have the answer:

The birds have little "sub-dural space" between their brains and their skulls, so the brain does not have room to bump around as it does in humans. Also, their brains are longer top-to-bottom than front-to-back, meaning the force against the skull is spread over a larger brain area.


Close examination of the birds' movements permitted researchers to create a computer simulation. It revealed that:

Firstly, the hyoid bone's looping structure around the whole skull was found to act as a "safety belt", especially after the initial impact.

The team also found that the upper and lower halves of the birds' beaks were uneven, and as force was transmitted from the tip of the beak into the bone, this asymmetry lowered the load that made it as far as the brain.

Lastly, plate-like bones with a "spongy" structure at different points in the skull helped distribute the incoming force, thereby protecting the brain.


Link -via Nerdcore | Photo: Flickr user texas_mustang

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Propane Tank Jack-o'-Lanterns



Before you take a cutting torch to your own propane tank, make sure that it's complete empty of fuel. Or just leave the work up to Scott Krichau, who made this and other jack-o'-lanterns from empty tanks.

Link -via Dude Craft | Artist's Website | Photo: Skull-A-Day

UPDATE: In the comments, Jfhascall lets us know that these are actually refrigerant tanks. Much safer.

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Live-Action Pac-Man Game


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It is the duty of all parents to teach their children those essential life skills that are passed down from generation to generation. Fine work, Nathan Glemboski. Someday your son will thank you.

-via Kotaku

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Huge Portrait of Martin Luther King, Jr. Made from 4,242 Rubik's Cubes



It may look like a painting from a distance, but Pete Fecteau's mosaic is actually more than four thousand carefully arranged Rubik's Cubes. His appropriately named "Dream Big" project took a year to complete, but it looks like that was time well-spent.

Link -via DVICE | Photo: Paul L. Newby II

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Baby Wookiee Is Adorable and Creepy



Well, the good news is that this isn't one of those dolls that pees. Though "I changed Chewbacca's diaper" would make a great t-shirt, it's probably not a good experience.

eBay seller eyelovelucy makes realistic (as in semi-human looking) Han, Leia, Luke, and Chewy dolls. You need them to round out your action figure collection.

Link -via Technabob | Previously: Baby Chewbacca

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Man Harasses Crab, Gets What's Coming to Him


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Don't chase crabs. You might catch one. And then he might catch you.

-via Geekosystem

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Play Horrible Pranks on Trick-or-Treaters with This Flamethrowing Jack-o'-Lantern



Lest you think that Instructables user randofo just wanted a creative crafting project, he explicitly says that his button-controlled jack-o'-lantern is designed to deal with the trick-or-treater menace. Expensive? Yes. Worth it? Yes.

Link -via Gizmodo

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Skull Cheese



I'm not really one for Halloween -- or at least making decorations like this for a Halloween party. I mean, everyone would expect this sort of thing. To use Martha's skull cheese platter to full effect, it should be brought out when no one expects it, such as at Easter or Grandma's birthday party.

Link -via That's Nerdalicious!

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Massive Spinning Metal Fountain


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Skip ahead about a minute into the video to see this amazing work in action. David Cerny, an artist from the Czech Republic, made this 14-ton sculpture for a business park in Charlotte, North Carolina. Its segments spin, align, and spit out streams of water.

Link -via The Presurfer | Artist's Website (warning: auto-sound)

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Man Reports Date as Burglar When His Girlfriend Comes Home

Well, if you can think of a better idea in about five seconds, then you try it! A man in Colorado Springs, Colorado met a woman online and invited her to his home so that they could have some privacy. That's when his girlfriend showed up. Thinking quickly, he accused his new sweetheart of being a burglar and called the police on her:

When Gaylor's girlfriend came home unexpectedly, Gaylor called police to report the other woman as a "burglary in progress," police said.

Gaylor was cited on suspicion of false reporting to authorities.


And it seemed like such a good idea at the time.

Link -via Stuff | Photo (unrelated) by Flickr user davidsonscott15

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