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Second Grade Class Learns Grammar by Correcting the Tweets of Pro Football Players


NFL players are doing a service to students at the Elmwood Franklin School in Buffalo, New York simply by tweeting. They're providing great examples of bad grammar which second grade students are correcting.

Perhaps we could recruit them to use Neatorama that way.

Link -via Super Punch | Photo: Elmwood Franklin School

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David Hasselhoff

You messed with the Hoff. Oh, you might have thought that a six-pack ring would kill him. But you'd be wrong. Now he's coming to Hoff you. Jon Stitch's painting entitled "Hooked on a Feeling" refers to the (in)famous David Hasselhoff music video of the same name.

Link -via Ian Brooks

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Horse Plays a Flute

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Share the gift of music with your horse. Just alternate the recorder between your mouth and the horse's nostril. This video shows one man helping his horse play "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." Here's a much longer video in what I think is Swedish.

-via Yababoon

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Romanian Ads Encourage Immigration from Britain




Do you remember the British ad campaign that discourages immigration from Romania and Bulgaria? That peeved some Romanians. They responded with their own ads that encourage Britons to immigrate to Romania. That nation, the authors of the website Gandul claim, is a land filled with beautiful women, lovely roads and palatable food.

Link -via Marginal Revolution | Images: Gandul

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Hollow Chair


Judson Beaumont's clever chair design offers accessible storage and display space:

It was constructed from 618 individually cut pieces of Baltic Birch plywood, and upholstered in vinyl. The pieces were designed on a computer to be cut out via CNC so that they would each be identical, to ensure the seamless joints would accommodate the stress-load of everyday use.

Link -via Bookshelf

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Nutella and Banana Stuffed French Toast

Nutella and banana stuffed French toast

Little B writes:

The first bite got a "Mmmmm", then the second bite got "Oh my god, this is amazing!"

I can believe it! This looks like a great idea for a breakfast treat. You can find the recipe at the link.

Link -via Tasteologie

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Barbie-Themed Cafe Opens in Taipei

When you need to feel like a pretty princess, head on down to the Barbie Cafe in Taipei:

On Wednesday, Barbie Cafe in Taiwan opened its doors to fans of the iconic doll. Inside, the sofas are hot pink, the chairs resemble tutus and the waitresses wear tiaras. The menu includes macaroons in martini glasses and crustless tea sandwiches. The walls are decorated with Barbie showing off many stylish outfits, and just about everything is some shade of pink. 

“We picked Taiwan because theme restaurants are very popular and successful here," said Iggy Yip, a senior manager at Mattel’s Greater China division. “We are very confident that the Barbie Cafe can promote our brand image.”

That's true! Taiwan has a jetliner-themed restaurant and a Hello Kitty-themed airport terminal.

News Story and Official Website -via Oddity Central | Photos: Barbie Cafe

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Alice in Wonderland Wedding Cake

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Go down the rabbit hole! You don't know what adventures marriage may bring you. Mike's Amazing Cakes assembled this beautiful wedding cake.

Link | Baker's Website

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The Baffling Economics of Thomas the Tank Engine

Thomas the Tank Engine

Boss HoggOn the island of Sodor in the Irish Sea, sentient locomotives carry passengers and cargo everywhere. Alex Knapp of Forbes watches a lot of the children's television show Thomas & Friends and has been trying to understand Sodor's puzzling economy. He's not pleased:

There’s clearly a bit of cronyism on the Island of Sodor helping to line the pockets of Sir Topham Hatt. Although reference is frequently made to elected officials such as a Mayor, Sir Hatt seems to be in charge of virtually everything on the island. In addition to running his own railroad, he’s often in charge of projects – like building a Search and Rescue station in Misty Island Rescue - that should properly be the purview of government. Indeed, the Island of Sodor bears no small resemblance to Boss Hogg’s Hazzard County, with Hatt seeming to own most of the businesses around and able to get the government to back those industries. [...]

For the most part, the freight trains on Sodor only haul one car at a time – occasionally, they’ll haul two. Even more inexplicably  it’s not uncommon to see two engines being used to transport one freight car. This level of inefficiency is simply insane. The Island of Sodor isn’t that big. There’s just no reason why one engine can’t be used to haul multiple cars. The engine fleet of Sodor’s rails could easily be cut in half, at least, and its regular costs cut accordingly. Of course, this represents the economic danger in Sir Topham Hatt’s monopoly. Through Hatt’s cronyism, he’s clearly keeping trucking out of Sodor, making his rails the only place to turn for businesses that want to transport freight.

Link -via Jon Dube | Images: Clearwater Features, Warner Bros.

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Aakash Nihalani's Fractured World


Aakash Nihalani makes wonderful optical illusions in public spaces with just masking tape. Now he's doing the same with animated .gifs. You can view three more at the link.

Link | Artist's Website

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Grilled Cheese Poutine Sandwich

Cheese curds, fries and sharp cheddar. Fry them between two slices of bread and dip the sandwich in beef gravy. Nick of DudeFoods may not be a trained chef, but he's mastered the craft.


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Shark Sushi Plate

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Aviceramics's shark sushi plate looks cute, but use it with care. Watch your fingers while dipping pieces in the soy sauce cup.


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Obviously: Treadmill Desks Make You Healthier, But Impair Your Work

Treadmill desks are cool! Users get exercise while they work. We don't have them here at Neatorama, but Alex created a somewhat similar setup in the office. Should we get them? There are disadvantages:

Ergonomic specialists cite injury risks. User complaints include lower back pain. Employers are just beginning to deal with issues of hygiene, etiquette and liability.

While the health advantages of sitting less are well established, helping to cut the risk of obesity and heart disease, the productivity benefits of so-called active workstations are less clear from the results of the small studies to date. A 2011 Mayo Clinic study of 11 medical transciptionists found that typing speed and accuracy slowed by 16% while walking, compared with sitting. And a 2009 study from the University of Tennessee, with 20 participants, found that treadmill walking resulted in an up to 11% deterioration in fine motor skills like mouse clicking, and dragging and dropping, as well in as cognitive functions like math-problem solving.

Link -via Althouse | Photo: KOMUnews

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Should You Ride Your Bike or Take the Train? Consult This Barometer


Richard J. Pope has one simple question at the beginning of his day: should he take his bike or the Tube to work? This gadget is a barometer that checks the weather--but also a lot more:

The bicycle barometer takes data about the weather, the status of the tube lines I use to get to work, and whether my local station is open or shut.

It then reduces all that data down to a single value and displays it on a dial with a bike sign at one end and a tube sign at the other.

For example, if it is raining a bit the dial will move a bit towards the tube sign, but if the tube is suffering delays, it will move a bit back in the other direction.

Different data points get different weightings. E.g. snow is more important than a bit of drizzle; the tube station being shut trumps everything.

Link -via Technabob

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Typographical Europe

With icons and typefaces, Gokhun Guneyhan created graphic designs to match nations, cities and neighborhoods in Europe. Do you think they fit?

Link -via Fubiz

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I Speak for the Trees

It's street art, but in a rural setting. Since 2006, the Zonenkinder Collective has added lively, often playful faces to trees in Germany, Denmark and France. The artists' goal is to "emphasize our close and unique connection with nature."

Link | Artists' Website

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Perfume for Babies

babyYou could take your baby out without first splashing on some perfume. But what terrible lessons about fashion would you be teaching your child? For refined people, it's considered proper to make sure that a baby is fashionably scented. Thankfully, perfumers Dolce & Gabbana have a scent designed specifically for babies:

Speaking about the company’s latest offering, which will go on sale later this year at the relatively modest sum of £28 for a 50ml bottle, the designer Stefano Gabbana said: “That familiar smell associated with babies will only be accentuated by this fragrance.” It will contain notes of citrus, melon and honey, all famously evocative of newborns, and will “pamper every little boy and girl”. The scent, which is alcohol-free, has been inspired by the “softness of baby skin” and the “freshness of baby breath”.

Link -via TYWKIWDBI | Photo: bbaunach

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Stitched Eyes Cuff

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Dogzillalives, maker of horrifying light switch plates, made this beautiful cuff out of polymer clay over aluminum. You know what would make this awsomer? If it could be machined to occasionally blink and twitch. I would definitely wear that to work.


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Google Street View Movies

Dumb and Dumber

The Godfather

Back to the Future

Who needs those fancy movie cameras? To make a movie, all you need is a Google Street View car. Google Street Scene is a site filled with movie scenes as seen through Google Street View. From top to bottom: Dumb and Dumber, The Godfather and Back to the Future.

Link -via Blame It on the Voices

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My Little Gundam

YES! Why doesn't this spinoff exist already?! I want to watch the mecha-focused anime show My Little Gundam. And I want a party cannon, just like Han Jan has drawn it.

Artist's Gallery -via Equestria Daily

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Spinal Staircase

Andrew McConnell's fresh staircase design was inspired by the backbone of a whale:

[...] the Vertebrae Staircase is not simply mimicry of organic form but an exploration in shaping structure. Much of the design work went into refining the single component, or vertebra, that mate with each other creating a unified spine running from floor plate to floor plate.

Link | Designer's Website

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Churro Apple Pie Waffles à la Mode


Waffles? Not enough. Churro waffles? Still not enough. We live life on the edge. We go to extremes. We're like the Spartans of the breakfast buffet. That's why we're glad that Chica Chocolatina took her churro waffles beyond the limits of normal human endurance. You can find her recipe at the link.


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How to Make Bagpipes from Duct Tape and PVC


Scott already owns a set of bagpipes. But that was no reason not to make his own set. And they work, too! At the link, you can watch videos of him playing the Star Wars title theme among other selections.

Link -via Hack A Day

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Jupiter Embroidery

Jupiter embroidery

Do you recognize the pattern? It's the Great Red Spot of the planet Jupiter. Pardalote embroidered it in cotton and silk.

Link -via Craft

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The Tongue Parasite


Look at who's come to say hello! It's our dear friend, Cymothoa exigua.

Are you facing a lonely Valentine's Day? You'll never be alone again once Cymothoa exigua crawls into your mouth. This parasite will eat and replace your tongue:

When one of these crustaceans encounters a rose snapper, it enters the fish's mouth and steadily devours the fish's tongue. Once it has done this, the crustacean uses hooks on its underside to attach itself to the floor of the fish's mouth and thereafter serves as a replacement tongue (Figure 2.8).

Move over, Laina. You've got competition.

Link -via WTF, Evolution? | Photo: HypeScience

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Enjoy the Silenc

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Kenneth Aleksander Robertsen asks:

How much of a language is silent? What does it look like when you take the silence out? 

His project, entitled "silenc", is an attempt to answer those questions. He chose a selection of Hans Christian Andersen stories in Danish, as well as French and English translations. He printed editions in which all of the silent letters were marked in red. These become invisible when viewed through a filter.

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Link -via Joe Carter | Photos: Kenneth Aleksander Robertesen

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Eggo Waffle Ice Cream Sandwiches

Eggo waffle sandwiches

Sir, it would be imprudent for you to obstruct my possession of my Eggo waffle ice cream sandwiches. Leela of She Simmers made them with delicious mint chocolate chip ice cream. I shall not yield them without satisfaction on the field of honor.

Link -via Foodbeast

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Star Wars Street Art

Star Wars street art

Redditor moonchild_empress spotted this scene in Montpellier, France.

My four-year old daughter likes to pretend that she's a cat. She meows a lot. So I taught her (by example) how to meow the Imperial March. Now she does it without promting.

You can't start a good education too early.

Link -via Blame It on the Voices

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Man Gets His Last Hamburger During His Funeral Procession

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David S. Kime Jr., 88, liked to eat Whopper Juniors from Burger King. He loved fast food and especially loved that burger. On the way to the funeral, the hearse that carried him stopped by the drive-through window for one last burger:

"He always lived by his own rules," said Linda Phiel, one of Kime's three daughters. "His version of eating healthy was the lettuce on the WHOPPER JR."

As a tribute to a man who loved fast food, Phiel's family stopped for some burgers on the way to the cemetery. Mourners followed the hearse carrying Kime's flag-draped casket through the drive-thru. Each got a WHOPPER JR.

The sandwich was among Kime's favorites.

"He liked his WHOPPER JRs.," said Margaret Hess, head manager of the Manchester Township Burger King. She and her staff prepared 40 of the sandwiches for the funeral procession.

"They also wanted one for the deceased," Hess said.

Phiel said the display wasn't a joke, rather a happy way of honoring her father and the things that brought him joy.

Link -via Glenn Reynolds | Photo: York Daily Record/Jason Plotkin

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British Ad Campaign: Stay Away from Britain

Union FlagWant to immigrate to the UK? If you live in Romania or Bulgaria, the British government would like for you to know that it's pretty much awful there:

Please don't come to Britain – it rains and the jobs are scarce and low-paid. Ministers are considering launching a negative advertising campaign in Bulgaria and Romania to persuade potential immigrants to stay away from the UK.

The plan, which would focus on the downsides of British life, is one of a range of potential measures to stem immigration to Britain next year when curbs imposed on both country's citizens living and working in the UK will expire. [...]

There are precedents. In 2007, Eurostar ran adverts in Belgium for its trains to London depicting a tattooed skinhead urinating into a china teacup. It remains unknown if any discussions have taken place over personalities who could carry off a similar exercise in anti-nation branding.

Link -via Marginal Revolution | Photo: ianpatterson99

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