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Why Do All Disney Princesses Wear Blue?

Disney princesses have some rather obvious things in common, including their physical beauty, survivor spirit and an uncanny connection to wildlife.

And for some reason they also have the color blue in common, which made designer Christopher Kane wonder "why blue?" as he designed his new Beauty and the Beast inspired collection.

"When you think of every Disney heroine — Cinderella, Sleeping Beauty, Jasmine — they're all wearing blue! It's a thing. 'Disney Blue."

Leatrice Eiseman of the Pantone Color Institute says it's a way to empower female characters with a color usually associated with males, which we also associate with clear blue sky positivity:

"You're adding a bit of power to the character by giving her the blue." She adds, "It's a very subtle way of saying, 'Yeah, but young women, young girls, can be empowered, too.'"

"It's dependable. It's reliable. It might cloud up, but we know it's there."

-Via Good Housekeeping


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Now You Can Enjoy Butterbeer Ice Cream at Home

Harry Potter fans everywhere know that butterbeer is the go-to drink for witches and wizards and while you can buy a real-life version of it at the Wizarding Worlds in Universal Studios parks, most people can't get their fix at a theme park on a regular basis. If you're longing for that sweet buttery greatness and don't want to head to Orlando or Hollywood though, you're in luck -Yuengling's Ice Cream is now introducing a new butterbeer ice cream available at retailers through the country. The flavor consists of buttercream ice cream with a butterscotch swirl.

Read more about the ice cream on the Huffington Post

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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You'll Love These Low-Budget Beasts From Local Theaters

Not everyone has $160 million budget for their version of Beauty and the Beast like Disney did, but it doesn't mean that local theaters couldn't impress you with their rapier wit and low-budget costumes.

Behold, the Low-Budget Beast, a blog dedicated to showcasing the best Beasts that have ever graced the stage:

Be our guest and take a look over at Low-Budget Beasts - via AV Club


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International Hair Freezing Contest


Images: Takhini Hot Pools

This sure puts "chill" in "just chilling."

Every year since 2011, the Takhini Hot Pools, a hot springs resort in Yukon, Canada, has held The International Hair Freezing Contest (Previously on Neatorama). Contestants would soak in the hot springs, dip their heads in the hot springs and wet their hair, then mold their hair into the most creative 'dos and let the cold winter air freeze it.

Take a look at the photos of some of this year's participants:

Just how cold was it there? Take a look at the temperature shown on the thermometer below:

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Train Runs Through This Apartment Building


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If you think that the traffic on the street outside your apartment window is noisy, stop complaining now. You've got nothing on the residents of this Chongqing apartment building: they have to deal with a train running straight through the structure!

"Our city is very heavily built upon and that can make finding room for roads and railway lines a real challenge," a Chongqing Rail Transit Group spokesperson said in 2014 as reported by Oddity Central, "Sometimes there just isn’t room on the ground so we have to think about going under, or over, or – in this case – straight through. In a city as fast paced as this it was clear people wanted to get around quickly. Extending the railway line this way was a gamble, but it was one that paid off."

Interestingly, having a train traveling straight through the building several times a day did not reduce property values. In fact, it actually made the apartments more expensive as it made access to public transportation much more convenient for the dwellers.

See the clip of the train in action:

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Mecha-Jeff Bezos


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After crushing brick-and-mortar and online competitors with his Amazon store and working to conquer space travel with his rocket company, what is there left to do for a billionaire? How about channeling your inner Tony Stark and turning yourself into mecha-billionaire?

That's what Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos did at the private Machine Learning, Home Automation, Robotics and Space Exploration (MARS) conference. As reported by The Verge, he stepped into a 13-foot-tall bot developed by Hankook Mirae Technology of South Korea and lived out our childhood fantasy of controlling a giant robot.

Conference attendee Caleb Harper shot this video clip of Bezos waving the mecha's arms:

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Late for School? Get to Dad's Chopper!

Late for school? Don't ask mom for a ride in her minivan ... ask dad to drop you off with his helicopter! (See, choppers aren't only good for running away from alien monster ... )

Passersby spotted a chopper land in front of a school in the elite Lipky district of Kiev, the capital of Ukraine. Moments later, a schoolboy jumped out and ran inside. The boy is reportedly the son of former Deputy Minister of Sports Andrey Palchevskii.

The incident sparked a debate on social media: is it an extravagant gesture of the elite, or is it just a boy desperate not to be late for school?

This puts a whole new spin on "Helicopter Parenting." View the story and video clip on Metro.


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What On Earth Is Going On With This Eyeball?

A woman went to her ophthalmologist complaining her eyes were watery and itchy, and when the doc looked into her eyes they saw this freaky sight- which kinda looks like a worm burrowing beneath the pupil's surface.

But according to this article recently printed in The New England Journal of Medicine the condition is harmless, doesn't affect her vision at all and requires no treatment.

This ridge is called a protruding iris collarette, a rare condition that might be hereditary but is definitely strange looking! Here's more on this odd condition:

The iris collarette marks the thickest region of the iris, and it separates the inner pupillary portion of the eye from the outer ciliary portion. It’s also the part of the eye where the sphincter muscle (no, not that sphincter muscle), and the dilator muscle overlap. Iris collarettes are typically flat, but as seen in this patient, they can sometimes extrude outwards in a distinctive ring-like pattern.

Surprisingly, the woman's symptoms were caused by an allergic reaction, and the protruding iris collarette was nothing more than an "incidental finding".

-Via Gizmodo


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The Best Employee Perks of 2017

For some people, a weekly -or even monthly check is enough, but others care about other aspects of a job more than just the pay. While health and dental benefits are pretty standard, some companies like to be a little more creative. Glassdoor compiled a list of the 20 best employee benefits and the list might just make you want to go on a job search. A few highlights:

  • IKEA offers up to four months of paid parental leave to both part-time and full-time employees with at least one year of experience at the company
  • Scripps Health cares about the wellbeing of its employees’ furry family members, offering pet health insurance for cats and dogs.
  • Insurance company Swiss Re’s “Own the Way You Work” program encourages employees to embrace flexibility with their schedules and work remotely.

So check out the full list over on Glassdoor.

Via Thrillist


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This Cologne Will Make You Smell Like a Kitty

Demeter Fragrance Library is known for their wacky and weird colognes, including the Play-Doh fragrance we've previously covered. Now they've developed a new and fantastic scent based on that warm, cuddly smell of a kitten. No word on whether or not it will affect those with cat allergies, but I guess there's one easy way to find out.

You can buy your cologne over at Demeter -a .10 ounce sampler of the cologne goes for $3 or just dive in for the 4 ounce spray at $39.50.

Via Huffington Post

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Some Of The Most Outrageous Celebrity Couch Stories From The Graham Norton Show

Graham Norton has that special quality a select few talk show hosts possess- the ability to chat up celebrities and get them to tell him damn near anything.

This special quality is what makes The Graham Norton Show so fun to watch, well, that and Graham's naturally witty charm, which ties in to the whole "people tell him everything" thing.

But sometimes the stuff people share on his show is so shocking and outrageous that even Graham is left at a loss for words, which is no small feat! (NSFW due to language)

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-Via Laughing Squid


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Family Leaves Husky Home Alone For Three Hours, Husky Redecorates House

Dogs don't care about home decor, cleanliness or whether they live in a pile of filth, but their humans do- which is why people who want to keep their house clean shouldn't leave their dog home alone for long.

This goes double for breeds like Huskies, who make messes and tear stuff up even when their humans are home, and if you leave a Husky home alone you'll learn this lesson the hard way.

The canine interior designer behind this renovation disaster was left home alone for a mere 3 hours, which was plenty of time for the pooch to find some calligraphy ink and leave his mark all over the house.

He even left a single paw print signature on the comforter as his final gesture of flippancy towards the home owners. I've heard interior designers can be moody but this is ridiculous!

See more from Family Leaves Husky For 3 Hours, Dog Redesigns The Apartment here

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The Worst Things Wolverine Has Ever Done

Wolverine never wanted to be a hero, and he spent far too long doing whatever it takes to survive to sheathe his claws once he put on a costume and joined the X-Men.

So it's no surprise that Wolvie has committed some mighty dark acts during his nearly forty years at Marvel, but seeing some of his worst acts spelled out may make you look at the mighty mutant in a different light.

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Looper presents an eye opening look at six times Wolverine proved he's a total savage, starting with the time he drowned his own son and ending with proof that Ultimate Wolverine is even worse than the original!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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"Stayin' Alive" is the Perfect Song to Administer CPR

Seventies disco song "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees could very well save your life one day. Turns out, the song has just the right tempo for administering CPR.

The NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital and advertising agency Seiden have released a Spotify playlist of songs with around 100 beats per minute (bpm) tempo, which is considered the ideal rate for administering chest compressions during CPR.

In the playlist are apt life saving musical hits like "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees as mentioned above, "I Will Survive" by Gloria Gaynor, and "Rock Your Body" by Justin Timberlake. More perplexing, however, is the inclusion of "Another One Bites the Dust" by Queen ... Someone's got a morbid sense of humor!

Check it out over at The NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital - via Quartz


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The Bathroom IS the Apartment!

Think your apartment is bad? Take heart, at least you're not living in the bathroom.

The SFist spotted a rental listing for a small studio apartment in the Presidio Heights area of San Francisco. The landlord is asking for $2,000 a month, which is steep, but hey, that's the going rate for the most expensive rental market in the United States.

Here's the ad, which touts the studio as "quiet" and with "easy parking."

Looks like it's wide enough for a couch and not much else ...

And there's a nice built-in counter with stools, which is good because you can't fit a table or desk in the space. And the microwave is just an arm's reach from the shower - in case you need to heat something up while you take a shower in the morning.

All this for $2,000 a month, folks!

But hey, look at the bright side: the bathroom is really conveniently located!


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Something is Lost in Translation Here

Something must be lost in translation here. Redditor GrapefruitTechnique posted a girl wearing a shirt with a familiar character but something's not quite right ...

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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Living Under the Bridge Isn't Just for Trolls Anymore


Images: BoysPlayNice/H3T - via Apartment Therapy

See, living under bridges isn't just for trolls anymore. Now, the avant garde class (or horror lovers) can join in on the fun!

Czech architecture firm H3T Architeckti's "Black Flying House" is a small four square meter (about 43 square feet) house suspended under an old railway bridge with thin steel cables. From a distance, it looks like the dwelling is floating in the air.

The house is accessible using a small ladder and features a small window and stark interior with matte black finishes. Perfect for a horror fan!


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Mr. Bean Is A Homicidal Maniac In Mean Bean

Mr. Bean always did seem a bit off, what with his solitary lifestyle, his obsession with Teddy the teddy bear and his incessant mumbling, but nobody ever pegged him as a killer.

Now, thanks to this hilarious recut of the Bean movie trailer by John Loberger, I can't help but see Mr. Bean as a total psycho who uses the bumbling fool act as a cover for his bloody deeds.

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I watched an episode of Mr. Bean after this video and the deranged killer theory actually holds up! Which makes Teddy an accomplice...

-Via Mashable


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Hushme Lets You Talk On The Phone Privately While Pretending To Be Bane

Don't you hate those people who walk around talking on their phone so loud people a block away can hear their conversation?

These rude people talk loud on purpose, so everyone around them will think they're really cool and super important, and they clearly don't care about keeping their phone conversations private.

But for the rest of us who value privacy and don't crave attention there's Hushme- a strange looking wearable device that gives you total privacy while chatting on your phone in public.

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Hushme straps around your neck for maximum comfort and features a variety of masking sounds  to drown out your voice, which are controlled via the Hushme app. In fact, you'll have a much harder time controlling the embarrassment felt while using Hushme in public than the device itself!

-Via Laughing Squid


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Pics Of Teenagers Before And After Their Rebellious Phase

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Rebellion is as normal for teenagers as acne and hormonal rage, and teens can be total terrors while they're in the midst of their "broody" phase.

They naturally don't see it as a phase, but their parents know it usually is and hope the phase will end sooner rather than later.

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But by the time they're in their 20s most people have outgrown that Emo, Punk, Raver, Metalhead or whatever phase they swore was their true face coming to light in their teenage years.

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Which is why it's absolutely delightful to see how these teen rebels look when they're all grown up, and for most of these "pioneers of subculture" the difference is like night and day.

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See 10+ Before & After Pics Of Rebellious Teenagers here


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Utterly Horrible Things People Did to Their Cars While Trying to Make Them Cool

There are a lot of Reddit communities out there, but for those who love cars and a good laugh, Shitty Car Mods is the place to visit. It's almost amazing how many cars are featured on the subreddit because it's just disgusting how many people will do such terrible things to their cars -all thinking the cars look cool.

The Daily Dot rounded up a whole collection of terrible cars from the subreddit and their mini-best of is quite a sight to behold.

So don't miss the whole list over on the Daily Dot.


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Rambo the Ram Playing Tetherball

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You might not expect that animals would care much about tetherball, but Rambo the ram can't pass by  any challenge without giving it his best. As this video demonstrates, here's what happens when you give a ram a ball on a string -the end result doesn't leave the ball in great condition, showing why you should never mess with a ram.

Via Laughing Squid

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The Secret Behind Geordi La Forge's Visor

Geordi La Forge was born blind and yet he can see better than anyone else on the Enterprise thanks to his signature visor.

It may look like a hair clip, and clash with everything in his wardrobe, but as this comic by Caldwell Tanner shows Geordi's visor gives him the extraordinary ability to see what his fellow crewmates wish to remain hidden. And Captain Picard has some 'splainin' to do about that tattoo!

-Via CollegeHumor


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Voice-Controlled Home Automation with the Zelda Ocarina

Voice-controlled home automation is all the rage these days, but yelping at Amazon's Alexa or Google Home just doesn't do it for this diehard Zelda fan.

Allen Pan of Sufficiently Advanced decided that the best way to voice-control his home is by using ... the Zelda ocarina. Pan built a Raspberry Pi-based sytem to recognize various Zelda tunes and perform tasks like unlocking the front door, turn on the lights, adjust the thermostat, control the humidifier, water the plants, tell the time, find his cell phone and unlock his car.

Check it out:


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Now, we've got to figure out his home address and go there with an ocarina!


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Should We Have 100+ Planets in Our Solar System?


Under a size cutoff of 10,000 kilometers, there are two planets, 18 or 19 moons, 1 or 2 asteroids, and 87 trans-Neptunian objects, most of which do not yet have names. All are shown to scale, keeping in mind that for most of the trans-Neptunian objects, their sizes are only approximately known. Montage by Emily Lakdawalla. Data from NASA / JPL, JHUAPL/SwRI, SSI, and UCLA / MPS / DLR / IDA, processed by Gordan Ugarkovic, Ted Stryk, Bjorn Jonsson, Roman Tkachenko, and Emily Lakdawalla.

Remember Pluto?

Ever since it was kicked out of the family of planets of our solar system, it's been trying to get back in. This time, in an effort spearheaded by Kirby Runyon of Johns Hopkins University, Pluto wants itself and its 100 closest pals to be called planets.

Runyon proposed that a planet is redefined to focus on its own geophysics: "A planet is a sub-stellar mass body that has never undergone nuclear fusion and that has enough gravitation to be round due to hydrostatic equilibrium regardless of its orbital parameters."

In a scientific poster submitted to the upcoming Lunar and Planetary Science Conference, Runyon pointed out that this new definition of planet would emphasize its intrinsic as opposed to extrinsic properties. For school children and lay people, the definition of planets is easy: "Round objects in space that are smaller than stars."

But what about memorizing the names of all those new planets? No need to do that, Runyon said, instead schools should focus on teaching Solar System's zones and why different types of planets formed at their respective distances from the Sun.

Read more about the new effort to reclassify Pluto as a Planet over at Universe Today.


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March March march is Pointless ... and That's the Whole Point of it!


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As its website proclaims, there's really no other point to the March March march other than to justify its name:

The March March march is a long, flat, pointless walk across the Fens from the town of March to Cambridge, a distance of about thirty miles. It takes place, of course, in March, often but not always on the last Saturday in March. It has no purpose other than to be called the March March march. It was invented by Jonathan Partington in 1979, apparently because it seemed like a good idea at the time.

The March March march is organised by an official known as the Custos Martis. The current Custos Martis is James Yardley, who has been trying to resign for several years.

But if you think that's pointless, you should try the May Manea Mania train ride (Manea stands for "Many Are Not Even Awake." (Via BBC)


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Reindeer on a Plane


Photo: Olga Ushnitskaya

Rudolph may be taking a break from flying after a busy Christmas season, but his reindeer brethren have to get around. So they fly commercial.

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Phoenix with Real Wings of Fire


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We've showcased many light paintings on Neatorama before, but photographer Derek VanAlthuis took technique to the next level with this lovely photo of a Phoenix with wings of fire.

DIY Photography blog interviewed VanAlthuis on his techniques:

The tool used was based on Zach [Smidt]’s fire technique, which involves wrapping and stapling a 100% cotton t-shirt around a wooden dowel. The shirt is then soaked in BBQ fluid and then lit. I used this technique on my own wing-shaped tool to get the effect and look that I wanted.

It is important that your shirt is 100% cotton, any kind of blended fabrics can melt and cause burns. If you attempt this, PLEASE take all the proper precautions and be safe. I recommend wearing flame resistant gloves and shooting at a place with plenty of water nearby

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Sicilian Archbishop Banned the Mafia from Becoming Godfathers

In the movie The Godfather, Don Vito Corleone said that "A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man."

But recently, an archbishop in Sicily has given the real world mafia an unmistakeable "Sicilian message" by banning them from becoming real godfathers and participating in baptisms.

"The mafia has always taken the term godfather from the Church to give its bosses an air of religious respectability," Archbishop Michele Pennisi said as reported by the BBC, "Whereas in fact, the two worlds are completely incompatible."

Pennisi, a vocal anti-mafia critic, decreed that anyone convicted of "dishonorable crimes" is banned from acting as a godparent.


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The Trocks: The Drag Ballet

Ballet was once largely a male pastime as it requires a lot of strength, but over time it has become largely associated solely with women. But Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo prove that anything women can do men can do just as well only with a comedic twist.

Each member of the drag ballet troop plays both a woman character and a male one. The athleticism is pretty intense -moves designed for female dancers can be particularly hard for heavier male bodies. That also results in the occassionall misstep, but fortunately for the Trocks, the routine (like most drag performances) already has comedy built in, so mistakes just add to the entertainment value.

You can read more about the drag ballet troop over on DCist.


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