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The Kim Carnes Video That Gave 80s Kids Nightmares

Back in MTV's early years there was only one video terrifying enough to give kids nightmares aired at any hour of the day- Draw Of The Cards by Kim Carnes.

Kim was following up her one mega hit Bettie Davis Eyes with a track that had a little more edge, so it makes sense for the video to have a little edge, too. 

The video starts out like Kim's homage to The Wiz, and somewhere along the way Kim goes through the looking glass and finds herself in a dark land that looks like Downtown L.A. after midnight.

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Draw of the Card reminds me of another 80s video that used to freak me out as a kid- Greg Kihn's Jeopardy, which takes place in a church seemingly from the same creepy neighborhood. Thanks for the nightmares MTV!

-Via Dangerous Minds


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What Famous Brand Logos Look Like With Their Colors Swapped

Paula Rúpolo, a graphic designer, wants to illustrate how color can make a logo communicate. She asked, "How would brands be perceived by us if they had a different colour scheme? Could we get used to them with time or would it produce something unimaginable?" So Rúpolo swapped the color schemes of the logos of major competitors, such as Apple vs. Microsoft, McDonald's vs. Subway, and Google vs. Yahoo. You can see them all here.

-via Laughing Squid


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Inmate Offers to Donate Bone Marrow to Judge Who Helped Send Him to Prison


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Superior Court Judge Carl Fox of Chapel Hill, North Carolina has blood cancer. He needs a bone marrow transplant. Thousands of people have volunteered. Unfortunately, so far, none has been a match.

One of those volunteers might surprise you. Charles Alston, 62, is an inmate in state prison. He's currently serving a 25-year sentence for armed robbery. When Judge Fox was a district attorney, he prosecuted Alston in the case that landed him in prison.

In a handwritten letter to the Judge Fox, Alston offered his bone marrow to his former adversary. WRAL reports:

Alston, 62, said he believes Fox, 61, may have saved his life by putting him in jail, so he wants to help save the judge’s life.

“I had a lot of hate for Mr. Fox because he sentenced me to so much time, but I come to church a lot, I found God. So, I thought maybe if I could do something for someone else, I'd do it,” Alston said.

Regulations prevent prisoners from donating bone marrow. But Judge Fox was nonetheless impressed by the gesture:

“I was very touched by it … totally surprised. I never thought Charles Alston would’ve written me and offered me the right hand of fellowship and offer to do something to save my life,” Fox said. “He had every reason to be angry with me, given where he is and the sentence he was given. It means even that much more he did that given the circumstances.”

-via Huffington Post


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Bicycle Gymnastics Is Amazing!


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It's called artistic cycling. It's a sport invented in the 1950s and is currently most popular in Germany. The sport is similar to floor gymnastics, except that performers ride bicycles during the whole event. This woman, Nicole Frýbortová, is incredible at it. As the video progresses, her physical feats become only more amazing. It's like she can fly!

-via Twisted Sifter

Check out more amazing talents over at our Mad Skills blog

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Fist Bump Crosswalk Button

The crosswalk is your bro. He's here to keep you safe. Offer your greetings with a friendly fist bump. Alfredo Adan, a Spanish designer in Los Angeles, molded this silicone fist, then glued it to a crosswalk button. He calls it the Walkbump.

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Simple Yet Genius Storage Ideas

Our pal DumpADay has got a neat post about 10 storage ideas that are so simple yet useful that they're borderline genius! Like using a paper towel holder to organize your ribbons:

Or using crown moulding to organize high heels:

Now why didn't I think of this! Take a look at the rest over at DumpADay - Thanks Jon!

See also: 8 Awesome Storage Organization Hacks over at Homes & Hues


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When Leia Isn't Home


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Jess Bauer, the Australian teen behind the popular YouTube account Bauerbirds, created a series called "When Mama Isn't Home," which stars her father and brother making musical mischief in the kitchen. The latest clip in the series is called "When Leia Isn't Home," a peppy little Cantina Band number.

Earlier videos in the series are shown below. I hope mama doesn't come home to a broken oven door, or the series could be headed for an abrupt and bitter end! Via Laughing Squid
 


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Fox News Host Is Suing Hasbro For Naming A Toy Hamster After Her

Some people would see having a toy named after them as a good thing, but one foxy Fox News host wasn't very happy when she discovered a toy hamster with her unusual name.

Host Harris Faulkner is suing Hasbro for giving a Littlest Pet Shop hamster her name and likeness, and while the likeness element of the lawsuit is up for debate it’s hard to deny Hasbro’s use of her far from normal name.

Harris is suing the toy company for 5 million dollars, claiming the toy stole her likeness via “complexion, the shape of its eyes, and the design of its eye makeup”.

She's probably just angry that the figure named after her is a sidekick and not the main character, no word yet on whether a human named Benson Detwyler plans to sue Hasbro as well.

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Things That Will Happen if I Don't Take My Phone Out Right Now

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They are terrifying scenarios: you're on a first date. You're in a live theater performance. You're at your mother-in-law's for dinner, and she despises any form of modern technology. These situations require you to be mobile phone free. You may have your friend in your pocket or purse, but that's as close as you're going to get to that pretty, colorful glass screen of All Things Interesting. After a while you're getting antsy. You might even break a sweat. Anxiety is building. Over what?  Scaachi Koul for The New Yorker knows: 

"Things That Will Happen If I Don’t Take My Phone Out Right Now:

5. Someone will send me an e-mail marked “URGENT” and it will, for once, actually be quite urgent (probably about free food), and I won’t see it until it’s too late (all the free food is gone).

10. I will have to spend at least one second of my life not agonizing over how everyone else’s life seems better. (How are youalways at a cottage? Who drove you there? You don’t have a car and I don’t understand.)

 15. In-person small talk."

See all nineteen of her identified phone-free tragedies at The New Yorker.


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Refrigerator Is a Fully Functional Game Boy

We've seen magnets that make a refigerator look like a Game Boy. But Daniel d'Entremont, who goes by the name ModPurist, has gone much further. He turned a mini fridge into a completely functional, scaled-up replica of the classic Nintendo Game Boy. He added a PC monitor to the door and large wood buttons on the front which work through a Raspberry Pi 2. With an emulator installed, he can play classic Nintendo games and keep his drinks cool in the still-functional refrigerator. That's why he calls it the Cold Boy.


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Bunnies Wearing Floral Crowns

The bunnies residing with Japanese twitter user @evo3183 come with a dangerously high level of cuteness. The threat they pose is massively exacerbated by the floral crowns and fairy costumes that they wear while sitting for the photographer.

Their names are Potato, Kurumi, Marron, and Koishi. Remember those names as you look into their eyes and feel their adorableness seared into your retinas.

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Fashion Trend: Tiny Fedoras for Man Buns

I’ve found my new look.

The fashion design industry—at least for men—might as well close up shop now. The task of making men look awesome has now been perfected. It’s simple, really: get yourself a man bun. Put a little fedora on it. Then go and nail that job interview or first date.

The Capitol Hill Seattle Blog says that this is new style in the trendier parts of the already trendy Capitol Hill neighborhood. And as Seattle goes, so goes the world.

-via Boing Boing


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A Coloring Book for Grown-Ups

Coloring for Grown-Ups is a series of fun activity books by Ryan Hunter and Taige Jensen for those of us who are still trying to figure out adulthood. Which is pretty much all of us. It's all of the confusion, anxiety, and regret of growing up with the time-killing activities of children's matching games and coloring pages. The books include painfully realistic valentines and seasonal reminders, such as spending Christmas with your extended family. You can find more sample pages here.

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How Much Lembas Would the Fellowship Have Needed to Walk into Mordor?

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In The Lord of the Rings, lembas is a special bread made by elves. It's a compact, nutritious food. When eaten thriftily, a small portion can sustain a person for a long period of time. It won't spoil when wrapped in certain leaves. Consequently, it's the perfect trail ration.

The elves of Lothlórien gave lembas to the Fellowship to help the march through the barren land of Mordor on their way to destroy the One Ring. How much would they have needed for the journey if they ate nothing but lembas? Skye Rosetti and Krisho Manaharan of the University of Leicester published a paper in the Journal of Interdisciplinary Science Topics on the subject. They concluded:

For an ideal journey with all 9 members of the fellowship, using the metabolic rates for each species from [2], the total calorific consumption of the 92-day journey was found to be 1,780,214.59 kcal. If the elves of Imraldis had provided the Fellowship with lembas, this would equate to them having to carry a total of 675 pieces, or 75 pieces each. For the different species, this equates to 304 for the hobbits, 214 for Gandalf, Aragorn and Boromir; 99 for Gimli and 60 for Legolas.

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Taco Bell Fried Chicken Taco Shells: Now a Thing

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Dear reader, I know you were sitting around anxiously awaiting information regarding the latest entry on the fast food wars menu. Well, wait no longer. Taco Bell would like to introduce their strong-stomached customers to fried chicken taco shells, which they refer to as Naked Crispy Chicken Tacos.

According to FoodBeast, the only known locations serving this rare, crispy unicorn are Lost Hills and Bakersville, California. I can imagine an entire country of fast foodies on edge as they wait for extensive U.S. distribution. Via Uproxx
  Image: Jonny Arguello, Foodbeast

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Fishing with a Drone


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Derek Klingenberg is a farmer and all-purpose genius. He tends to his cattle. And he plays the trombone for them. And he creates aerial art by feeding them in particular patterns.

Klingenberg's farm is a massive lab and playhouse for him to experiment with. Most recently, he found an unconventional use for his drone. He attached fishing line, bait, and a hook, then flew it over a pond. Soon enough, he caught a fish!


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This Leech Specializes in Feeding on Hippo Rectums


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All things bright and beautiful; all creatures great and small. They are wonders to behold, including the majestic hippo butt leech. It burrows into a hippopotamus anus, plants itself deep inside its rectum, then feeds on the blood vessels along the wall.

Like the yeti, the hippo butt leech was once a creature of mystery. It was in only 2003 that explorers in South Africa confirmed the existence of the Placobdelloides jaegerskioeldi. You see, the hippo butt leech has very specific tastes. It will not live in any rectum, but only hippopotami rectums. Wired describes how these adventurers tracked down the hippo butt leech in its lair. The hunt reached its conclusion with the help of a local game warden:

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This Just In: Straw Monsters Ravaging Japan

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Every year, in the Niigata Prefecture of Japan, people build enormous, often frightening creatures made of straw. It's part of the Wara Art Festival. Brian Ashcraft of Kotaku has a roundup of some of the best and most ferocious straw monsters now menacing Japan. They include a giant crab, dinosaurs, a cobra, and a praying mantis. In short: choose another vacation spot.

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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America's Oldest Military Unit in Continuous Operation Dates Back to 1771

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Pictured above are a few of the members of the First Company of the Governor's Foot Guard of the Connecticut State Militia. It is now a ceremonial unit. But when it was formed in 1771--while Connecticut was a colony, not a state--it was trained and equipped to protect the Governor and capital city of Hartford.

In 1775, then Patriot leader Benedict Arnold led a mob into the Foot Guard's armory, demanding arms necessary to raise a second company to defend the state against the British menace.


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Aside from brief and uneventful deployments during the American Revolutionary War, the Governor's Foot Guard has maintained a quiet and peaceful existence. The members march in parades in old style uniforms and offer military honors at appropriate events. They do, however, remain a part of the military forces maintained by the State of Connecticut and so are hypothetically subject to more hazardous duties. Presumably these infantrymen might be accompanied by the Governor's Horse Guard, which is Connecticut's horse cavalry force.


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Yoga in Real Life

Cassandra Calin, a cartoonist in Montreal, highlights the differences between our expectations and realities, such as those with hairstyles and swimsuits. Recently, she illustrated the way that yoga professionals look . . . and the way we ordinary people look when we try to duplicate their moves. You can find the rest of her cartoons in the series here.


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Sssingapore Ssstreet Fight: Cobra vs. Python


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Nothing like a down and dirty Singapore street fight in which two formidable snake species, a python and a cobra, go at it in a showdown for supremacy. One of them wins, but I won't spoil it for you by saying which, just in case you haven't yet watched this standoff. The winning snake sticks around, possibly to check for admirers and/or groupies, but his only hookup is what appears to be several gentlemen from animal control. Via Uproxx


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Rogue Runner Leaves Pack in Weiner Dog Race, Takes a Bite Out of Life


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Pacific Coast League minor team the El Paso Chihuahuas got more race than they bargained for when they hosted the Wiener Schnitzel weenie dog race on the field before their game last Saturday. Apparently no one at the park anticipated the soaring spirit of a dachshund running on his own personal Field of Dreams. The desire to break free of all constraint was just too strong to keep in check. As is evident from the video, the joyfully naughty canine was eventually apprehended after a chase. Nice run while it lasted, little guy. Via Bark Post

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

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Get Geared Up For Less During The NeatoShop's September Sale!

I'm sure you all know by now that the NeatoShop is the best place to go for geeky t-shirts, hoodies and all kinds of different embellished torso coverings, but did you know the NeatoShop is currrently having a sale?

Woop! by Firebeard

That's right, all t-shirts in the NeatoShop are up to 20% off until September 7th, 2015, and the fact that there's still free worldwide shipping on orders of $75 and above those shirts are a steal!

There isn't a physical retail location for the NeatoShop so you can't really steal any shirts

To Catch A Book Thief by Punksthetic

But you can pretend like you stole them when they arrive in the mail!

Mognet Mail by Prismic Designs

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Five Ways The Federation Is Actually An Evil Empire

The Star Trek saga is presented in a way that causes viewers to assume the Federation is a force for good, helping anyone in need and spreading messages of hope and peace throughout the universe.

But humans aren't very good at taking care of their own planet, so what makes people think they'd be of much use defending other planets throughout the galaxy?

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Cracked's Luke McKinney has compiled 5 Ways Star Trek's Federation Was An Evil Empire, including their blatant human elitism, their valuable resource hoarding ways and the fact that they're basically piloting giant antimatter bombs.

Let the geeky debates begin!

Read 5 Ways Star Trek's Federation Was An Evil Empire here


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New Book Takes A Look At The Exploitation Movie Posters Of Yesteryear

Hollywood has been using exploitation films as money making vehicles since the very beginning, but the features we generally think of as exploitation films are those schlocky sci-fi and horror flicks shown in grindhouse theaters beginning in the 1960s.

These films set the precedent for shocking audiences with the use of sex, gore and rock n roll, and they also changed the face of that most important piece of print advertising- the movie poster.

Nicolas Winding Refn, director of Bronson, Drive and the upcoming Neon Demon, has been collecting exploitation movie posters for so long he doesn't know what to do with them all.

So when a friend suggested he share them with the world he decided the best way to do that would be with a book.

His upcoming book The Act Of Seeing will feature over 300 full color plates showing off those colorful early exploitation film posters in all their cheesy glory, with recaps and color commentary by journalist Alan Jones.

See more of these amazing exploitation movie posters at io9


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Sauron's Plan For The One Ring Made Easy To Understand

Sauron is the ultimate antagonist in the Lord Of The Rings series, aka the guy controlling that fiery floating eyeball atop the Dark Tower of Barad-Dur who keeps sending dark forces after our favorite little furry footed halflings, the Hobbits.

But behind that pyrotechnic peeper is a necromantic mastermind with a mighty malevolent plan to rule all of Middle Earth with a little help from the One Ring.

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YouTube champion CGP Grey continued his series on Middle Earth Mythology (the first installment of which Miss C. posted here on Neatorama) with this video entitled The One Ring Explained.

It's perfect for those who have watched the movies but haven't read the books, or those who simply can't stand reading when there are thousands of videos online that still need to be watched!

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Mastiff Swimming Lessons

Mastiffs make effective guard dogs due to their massive size and deep barks, and their giant frames also make them ideal steeds for kids, but they're not generally know for their swimming skills.

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Some mastiffs can't even doggy paddle without swimming lessons, but as you can see in this video if you try and try again, and treat your mastiff like a big ol' baby, they'll get the hang of swimming with just a few lessons.

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You gotta give it to Sailor the mastiff for keeping a cool head, and his human Brad H is not only a calm and caring owner, he's also quite the doggy swimming instructor!

-Via ViralNova

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Physicist Calculates Yoda's Weight

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Judge Yoda by his size, do you? Well, Dr. Rhett Allain does. He's a professor of physics at Southeastern Louisiana University. In the past, he's calculated Darth Vader's weight and how long it would take for an AT-AT to hit the ground. He wanted to know how much Yoda weighs. And since the Jedi Master is shy about the issue, Allain had to calculate the results from The Empire Strikes Back.

Allain assumes that Dagobah has the same gravity as Earth, that Luke Skywalker is 5'9" and weighs 150 pounds, and that The Force is not in play against gravity while Luke is carrying Yoda. You can read all of his equations and rationale here. Yoda, Allain argues, weights 43.7 kilograms.

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Ten Non-Food Related Uses For A Slow Cooker

Slow cookers make preparing a meal on a hot summer day bearable, as long as you're in the mood for something stew-like or pot boiled, but there are also lots of other non-food related uses for slow cookers as well.

Looking for a new hobby? Pick up an old slow cooker at a yard sale or thrift store and use it to make candles, soap or as a heated dye bath container for dyeing fabric.

Love to DIY when it comes to home renovation? That slow cooker can help you strip the paint off metal, air out a room and can even be used as a humidifier.

Just make sure you don't try to cook food in the same slow cooker you've used for these fun projects, unless you like a little toxic chemical flavor in your tuna casserole!

See the Top 10 Things You Can Do With A Slow Cooker That Don't Involve Food at Lifehacker


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70 Years Ago Today: Japan Surrenders, Ending World War II

70 years ago today, the bloodiest, most destructive war in all of human history ended.

After the destruction of 2 cities from atomic bombs and reason to believe that even more were coming, the government of the Japanese Empire communicated on August 15, 1945, that it would surrender. The free world responded with a jubilation known as V-J Day--Victory over Japan.

Formally, though, the surrender would take place more than 2 weeks later. On September 2, 1945, the battleship USS Missouri steamed into Tokyo Bay with Allied emissaries. Japanese representatives boarded and signed the formal capitulation. You can read the document here.


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This video shows newsreel footage of the surrender ceremony.

-via Ace of Spades HQ


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