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Square Roots

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Redditor question_ev3rything spotted this amazing tree root formation in Guangzhou, China. The persistent tree has pushed its away into the orderly, grid-lined human world.

A very patient artist could use this phenomenon to grow some impressive works of art.

-via Twisted Sifter

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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This Self-Stabilizing Boat’s Deck Stays Level, Even in Rough Water


(Photo: Josh Valcarcel/Wired)

This is the Martini 1.5, an innovative boat design by Velodyne Marine. As it whips across the waves at high speed, the deck remains level. That's because the Martini has an active suspension system that adjusts as the pontoons rise and fall. The boat can stay level in 5.5-foot waves at speeds of up to 30 MPH. Alex Davies of Wired explains how it works:

Each corner, where the arm meets the hull, has a linear accelerometer, a pneumatic airbag, and a DC servo motor. To match the movement of the ocean, detected by the accelerometer, the motor turns a ball screw that pushes or pulls the control arm, lowering and raising that end of the hull as necessary.

Velodyne is working on a model that will have two larger hulls closer together, but working independently. This will permit the boat to carry a much larger cabin.


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Come With Me...If You Want To Die - Sandman's Little Sister


Come With Me... If You Want To Die by Saqman

She's got a smile that warms your heart, and a personality that seems unusually chipper given her lot in life, but when she asks you to take her hand and come with her you should know that you're already dead. Unlike the reapers of old this Death doesn't scare newly dead souls into submission, she'd rather take a kinder approach to showing you the ropes. She was with you when you were born, she'll be with you when you pass on, so don't take her hand until your time has come!

Share your love of classic comic book literature with the world, wear this Come With Me...If You Want To Die t-shirt by Saqman and show your fellow geeks what they should be reading!

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Which Halloween Candy is the Least Healthy to Eat?

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This animation by Daniella Urdinlaiz supplies information about popular candies containing ingredients that are more harmful to the body than others. In watching it, I learned what I could have guessed before I pressed play: if I like it, it's most likely on the "worst" list. Isn't that pretty much the way it goes? Oh well. Scary, dangerous edibles fit right in with Halloween theme. -Via Laughing Squid


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'Tis the Season for Tons of Horror Webcomics



This i09 article hooks readers up with "tons of horror webcomics" to keep bones chilled and blood curdled. "From post-apocalyptic epics filled with monsters to anthologies packed with serial killers, alien invaders, and nightmares come to life, here is something for every sort of horror fan." 

Image: Zombiehunters / Jenny Romanchuk


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All The Brand New Horror Movies You Can Watch Before Halloween

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So I imagine there must be a bunch of you out there who make watching scary movies a big part of your Halloween ritual. Being one of those people, I found myself wondering what new horror would be coming out in and around Halloween so I could ensure there was something new that I could sink my fangs into Halloween night. i09 put together this handy dandy list of all the brand new horror movies coming out in theaters and on V.O.D in or around the 31st of this month.

Having already seen most of them (because I am a super horror nerd), check out Horns if you like your horror to have a bit of comedy and romance thrown in, and watch The Houses That October Built if you just want to go full Halloween mode. The latter seems loosely based on this place. VHS-Viral is a lot of fun, too. Can't give you my thoughts on The ABC's of Death 2 yet, as that is the one I have cued for devil's night.

Either way, rest assured. There is plenty to pick from, and something for everyone.


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Which Wine Pairs Best With Your Halloween Candy?

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So the kids come in Halloween night, and they pour the contents of their bag on the floor to pick out their favorites. They slowly eat themselves into a sugar coma, and this is when the adults strike. They grab the stash and put it somewhere safer so the kids wont have diabetes in a few days. Thing is, mom and dad reach in and take a few treats because, well, don't you think they've earned it? But when they sit down to eat their mini-Snickers, they freeze. Why? Because they don't know which wine would best accentuate it. 

Well now, thanks to Bustle, they do. In the article all of us have been waiting for for most of our lives, they tell us which wine pairs best with which Halloween candy. Though some may know at its most basic that chocolate goes well with red, this list runs much deeper than that. Put it this way, when you crack into that Reese's Cup, match it with a bold red, like a malbec. They will accentuate each other perfectly.

I mean, come on. We all knew that, right? (I totally didn't know that).

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Honest Trailers: Saw

Here is the thing about the Saw movie franchise. It has a lot of cuts and holes. HAHAHAHAHA, get it? That works on TWO levels. As a fan of horror, we tend to look past those holes and do our best to just sit back and enjoy a movie, no matter how mindless. But the guys at Screen Junkies have a special gift for dissecting films, and this time, they are going after the movie  Saw, just in time for Halloween.

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Pay attention to the line at the 00:44 mark. Pure genius.


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Grand Theft Stapler - The Birth Of An Office Badass


Grand Theft Stapler
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Milton was always getting pushed around at work, he was the butt of every joke and the only person in the office who didn't have his own space for more than a week at a time, but he'd learned to live with these unpleasantries. However, when he discovered the theft of his favorite stapler something in Milton's head snapped, and his quiet office life took a grand turn towards the dark side. Milton hopped into his auto and waited for his fellow employees to file out of the office, and as he slammed his foot on the gas pedal and turned the wheel towards his enemies he muttered "don't touch my stapler"....

Warn the world about the dangers of office prankery with this Grand Theft Stapler t-shirt by Grafx-Guy, and don't mess with another worker's office supplies!

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I Have The Adventure - Master Of The Cartoon Universe


I Have The Adventure by Olipop

Finn discovered an old sword lying in a cave next to a pile of old bones and he instantly fell in love. That sword was so totally mathematical that Finn just had to have it for his own, and once he held it in his hands he knew his life was about to become even more adventurous than before. Jake thought the blade smelled evil, but when they encountered some rotten fruit bandits on the road, and Finn's sword began to crackle with energy, Jake was mighty impressed by the way it sliced and diced those dopes!

It's time to add a fun new t-shirt to your geeky wardrobe, better pick up this I Have The Adventure tee by Olipop and let the fun begin!

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Donatello's Pizza Awesome Generation Twin Picks

Free Your Mind

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Starry Night Z - An Undead Masterpiece


Starry Night Z by Ddjvigo

Everyone assumes the world will look like a total nightmare when the zombie apocalypse comes, but in reality even a horde of walking dead can't diminish the Earth's natural beauty. Just look to the night sky and you'll see the beauty of the world we live in, and nobody appreciates that beauty more than those who have survived the hordes of walking dead, who fight for life in a world slowly being taken back by nature...

Bring a touch of frightful beauty to your geeky wardrobe with this Starry Night Z t-shirt by Ddjvigo, and show the world you appreciate fine art...and zombies!

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The Passenger Airplanes of the Future?



A British technology research company called The Center for Process Innovation suggests that the passenger aircrafts of the future would be much improved by removing the planes' windows and instead having OLED touch screens down the length of the plane, displaying the view from the outside as seen through rear-mounted cameras. 

CPI says that such a design would reduce the weight (and thereby the associated fuel and other costs) of the plane. According to CPI, the body of the aircraft would be lighter yet stronger, C02 emissions would be reduced and seating woulld be roomier.  

As impractical as it may seem in many ways, I would be interested to test ride such a plane, but I know a lot of people who wouldn't dare to, such as a member of my family who won't even ride in a glass elevator. How would the cabin's indoor environment affect the passengers? Would such a design turn too many passengers off, reducing ticket sales? What do you think?

Learn more about CPI's ideas regarding aircraft technology here.

-Via Bored Panda. | Images: CPI

 

 

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Tiny Kitten Therapy

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This sweet footage is of a litter of tiny kittens crawling around and exploring their world, as they haven't yet mastered the art of catwalking. The video is perfect for anyone in need of a dose of that powerful medicine known as kitten therapy. It's a fine cure for what ails. -Via Laughing Squid

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

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80s Cartoon Villains Dunking on You

Skeletor from He-Man and the Masters of the Universe

Megatron from The Transformers

You have no place on this basketball court. The villains of an 80s childhood will destroy you by dunking over your head, again and again. Andy Kaufman drew these images that let you feel as small as you were back when these cartoons were still new.

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5 Book and Pizza Pairings

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Pizza is fun to eat and heavy literature is, well, good for you in a way. It's the literary equivalent of broccoli. You should eat it. A nice greasy pizza will help you digest the prose.

But which pizza? Martin Cahill of Quick Books has pizza suggestions for 5 classic works of literature, including Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen and Gravity's Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon. For Moby-Dick, Cahill recommends a cheese and anchovy pizza that will remind you of life on the sea.

We could have a lot of fun with this idea using other books, such as E.L. James's Fifty Shades of Grey and Cormac McCarthy's The Road.

-via Adrienne Crezo


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This Is the Smart Way to Move a Refrigerator


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A truck is better. But what if you don’t have a truck? Or even just a length of rope that can be used to tie it to the roof of the car? That’s when you ask a friend to help you—a friend that really loves you, but you regard as a bit expendable.

Police in West Auckland, New Zealand are looking for these two men (presumably there’s someone driving the car) who were spotted transporting a refrigerator on the roof of a Nissan. But rather than congratulating them on their daring, they would like to warn the men that what they did was dangerous. Such spoilsports!

-via Nothing to Do with Aborath


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This Belt is Also a Scooter

Ádám Török, a product designer in Sopron, Hungary, made this scooter for a school graduation project. His premise is that in the future, most vehicles will be portable. This is a flexible form of transportation. If your bus is late, you don’t have to walk to your destination. You can just take off your belt and scoot there. It's made of metal and plywood and weighs less than 4 pounds.

-via Design Boom


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A Collection Of Dark Secrets You Never Knew About Hellraiser

Clive Barker’s Hellraiser series reinvented the concept of religious horror, and brought the fear of bodily harm to the audience with some mighty inventive anatomical gore that made them squirm in their seats.

Hellraiser has become a mainstay in the world of horror, yet Pinhead and his Cenobite crew haven’t had their carcasses picked over like other classic horror movies, and many of their dark secrets have remained unknown for decades.

Everybody knows that Hellraiser is based on Clive's novel The Hellbound Heart, but did you know that he wrote and directed the film?

Clive didn't want the film to become one of those "truly appalling adaptations", so he took it upon himself to learn how to direct. He ran in to one problem, though, when he discovered that both books on film directing were checked out at his local library!

Read All The Weirdest Secrets You Never Knew About Clive Barker's Hellraiser over at io9


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A Nihilistic Short Film About Charlie Brown

Charlie Brown has dealt with some tough childhood moments in the last 65 years, from being rejected by girls to losing his dog to getting bad grades in school, but the heaviest thing he ever had to deal with came courtesy of a little girl named Janice. 

Janice was diagnosed with leukemia, and Chuck struggled to find an answer for the TV special's title "Why, Charlie Brown, Why?", leaving him feeling even more nihilistic than before.

And then this short film happened:

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Good Grief! Cancer Boy! is a strange little film made by Todd Graham in 1990 that reveals the utter futility of Charlie Brown's very existence- in German!

Todd shows us what Charlie Brown might have become if Charles Schulz had allowed him to grow up...I guess it's a good thing he never aged!

-Via Dangerous Minds


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The Truth Behind Halloween Candy Tampering Urban Legends

Urban legends about people tampering with Halloween candy have existed for decades, and even though they’re largely seen as scare tactics these legends still put enough fear in parents and kids that x-raying candy has become a Halloween tradition.

So what are the facts about candy tampering?

Surprisingly, the fear of tampered Halloween candy seems to stem from one case- in 1974 Timothy O'Bryan died from ingesting a cyanide laced Pixy Stix given to him by his father, who was trying to cash in on a massive life insurance policy he'd taken out on his kids.

In fact, most of the proven cases of tampering were traced back to a friend or relative who was trying to play a prank on the unwitting child by sticking sharp objects in treats. Way to fail at pranking folks!

Want to learn more about the roots of these urban legends? Read more about A Brief History Of Sick People Tampering With Halloween Candy over at mental_floss.

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Ten Howling Good Halloween Themed TV Episodes

Holiday themed episodes are like eye candy to TV junkies like me, and each year we look forward to watching our favorite characters get all dressed up for a Halloween themed episode sure to get us into the spooky spirit.

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Halloween episodes are such a beloved TV tradition that even summer season shows try to squeeze one in, and even if the show is kinda crappy the Halloween episode is sure to be entertaining!

GeekTyrant put together a collection of 10 Awesome Halloween Themed TV Episodes, which includes the absolute best annual Halloween TV tradition- The Simpsons' Treehouse of Horror. 

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"No TV and no beer make Homer go crazy" I'm right there with ya, Homer!

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Reminder: Enter Our Instagram Halloween Contest & Win Free Tees

Got a great picture of your Halloween costume from this year or from Halloweens long ago? Then head over to Instagram and enter your costume in our NeatoShop costume contest. Just tag your image with @NeatoShop and you could win four tees from the NeatoShop. The contest ends at midnight PST on Halloween night, so upload your pic today!

For full details, including how the winner will be selected, read our announcement here.

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Grand Theft Mario - Video Game Thug Life


Grand Theft Mario by Naolito

Mario had always lived on the fringe of society, which is why he originally chose to go underground. His life had revolved around magic mushrooms, brawling and demolition, but then he met Peach and tried to leave that ruffian plumber's life behind. He was a changed man, no longer concerned with chasing coins and taking mind expanding drugs, but when he woke up to find Peach had been kidnapped he knew the battle was about to begin again. The sewer life had drawn him back in, forcing him to take a stand in the name of love...

Add some edge to your geeky wardrobe with this Grand Theft Mario t-shirt by Naolito, and show the world that Mario is cool whether he's playing the good guy or the anti-hero!

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10 Terrifying Stories Behind Infamous Movies

                                          Image Credit: Cayobo

It is Halloween week, so I am bombarding you kids with scary stuff. This is the time of year my PTSD from watching The Exorcist resurfaces in me, so anything I can find out about that movie and the true story behind it, I find. This year, I found this list of 10 Terrifying Stories  Behind Infamous Movies, and wouldn't you know it, The Exorcist is on there. Or should I say, the movie that was influenced by the true story of the exorcism of young boy named "Roland Doe." I would love to tell you I am just kidding, but I am not, as the list touches on.

Oh, and that image above? That is the doll that Chucky was based on from Child's Play. Yes, an actual possessed doll, too. So essentially, a list full of nightmare fuel.

You're welcome.


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Interstellar Movie Review

Let's none of us play any games right now, okay? I think we ALL know that Interstellar looks like the best movie of the forthcoming holiday season. You take a little bit of the genius of Christopher Nolan, and you add a dash of McConaughey swagger. You mix it all together, have some of it take place in outer space, and what do you have? The recipe for the next big movie that everyone wants to see.

But is it any GOOD?

Well...click play and find out (what IGN thinks about it, at least).

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Don't tell me what they said. I want to eventually pass judgement on my own. My early prediction is that it will be very pretty with some massive holes most of the public will ignore because we love pretty things. In other words, another Christopher Nolan movie.


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The Making Of Michael Jackson's Thriller

As long as I live I will never forget the premier of Michael Jackson's Thriller video. I was young. So young in fact, I was not allowed in the room. Mind you, like any cunning kid, I slid up behind the couch and watched with one eye. The lesson I learned that day was that dancing zombies are only a little less scary than regular zombies. It also helped reiterate that there was a time when Michael Jackson was really cool. I know he got weird, but one thing that never changed, his talent. He was undeniably talented. Nothing reminds people of that quite like Thriller.

So I thought, what better time than Halloween to bust out some classic making-of Thriller footage? I owned this on VHS, so there is a real sense of nostalgia here. It is amazing to see how one of the greatest music videos of all time came to be. It could also be said there is a real sense of tragedy behind the childlike wonder you see in him here, only because we all saw how he ended up.

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Watch part two here, and part three here.

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Baby Who Looks Like Elvis Born


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Has the King been reincarnated? Time will tell as George Georgious of London grows up. When he was born, George had over an inch of hair on his head. When it’s combed, it stands up. He’s also growing sideburns, so this baby looks a lot like Elvis Presley. His mother reports that even strangers point out the resemblance. 


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50 Ways to Cook with Butterfinger Candy Bars

What can you do with Butterfinger candy bars? Besides wolfing them down hungrily, you can cook with them. Christi of the food blog Love from the Oven rounded up 50 great recipes that use Butterfinger candy bars.

Among them is this Butterfinger ice cream cake made by Betsy of JavaCupcake. She made it upon request as her husband’s birthday cake. It’s made of vanilla ice cream, graham crackers, butter, whipping cream, sugar, and, of course, Butterfinger bars.

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Portraits of Veterans Injured in the Civil War


Pvt. Samuel H. Decker, Company I, 4th US artillery. Double amputation of the forearms for injury caused by the premature explosion of a gun on 8 October 1862, at the Battle of Perryville, KY. Shown with self-designed prosthetics


More men died fighting in the Civil War than in any other U.S. war: an estimated 600,000 to 750,000. Many more soldiers were left with permanent, physical reminders of the battles they fought. Amputations were frequent, estimated to account for more than 3/4 of wartime operations. Sterile environments for such a medical procedure were usually impossible. Some amputations were performed without anesthesia. Often the procedure left the amputee with terrible pain from the severed nerves.

The pictures included here are from the Flickr page of the National Museum of Health and Medicine. As the referring article warns, this archive is "not for the faint of heart." Yet it's one way to see photos of the brave and often incredibly young (an estimated 100,000 Union soldiers were boys under 15) soldiers who fought in such horrifically bloody Civil War battles.

-Via Dangerous Minds | Images: National Museum of Health and Medicine


Robert Fryer. Amputation of third, fourth, and fifth metacarpals. PVT, Company G, 52nd New York Volunteers. Wounded March 25, 1865 at the Battle of Hatcher’s Run, Virginia



Jason W. Joslyn. Excision of head & 4 inches of shaft femur, prosthesis in place. PVT, Company I, 7th New York Heavy Artillery. Injured at 1864 Battle of Cold Harbor


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Can Bad Memories Be Erased?

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Is it possible to erase bad memories? Some people who suffer from mental problems after going through traumatic experiences, such as war veterans with PTSD, could possibly benefit from such a mental deletion. AsapSCIENCE takes on the question as to whether it's possible in their latest video. -Via Laughing Squid


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