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Mister Rogers's Last Message to the Children He Helped Raise

Fred Rogers helped generations of children grow up into healthy adults. He told us all that he loved us just the way we were and he made the world a better place by being just the person that he was.

Shortly before he died 12 years ago, he recorded a brief video message to the adults whom he nurtured through his television work. It was only a few days ago that the Fred Rogers Company released the video to the public.

The video settings do not permit me to embed it at Neatorama. But you can watch it here. And you should.

-via Subtraction


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Bars Hidden Behind Secret Entrances

The "loo" entrance (above) to PortSide Parlour (photos below)



Descending the right staircase leading to a certain unisex bathroom in Bethnal Green, London brings patrons to PortSide Parlour, a bar opened in 2013. Once they enter a stall and follow the instructions of the sign that reads "flush to enter," access to the cozy, nautical-themed space is granted. The draw? Some of the best rum in the city. 

PortSide Parlour is just one of the world's bars that have entrances which harken back to the days, whispers and better-kept secrets of the speakeasy. Read about more bars with hidden entrances here. 


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L'arlequin - Classic Criminal Clowning


L'arlequin by Adria.Wells

She has a classic look, a costume reminiscent of a classic circus clown, and enough class not to harm a hair on a lady's head during a kidnapping. She's Harley- the cutest, most vivacious (and definitely most vicious) sidekick in town, and if you're thinking about messing around with Mister J she'll make you think twice! There's nothing Miss Quinn loves more than bopping bats on their head with a giant mallet, sharing a few laughs with her clown prince lover, and of course killing crowds...with laughter!

Add some delightfully geeky style to your wardrobe with this L'arlequin t-shirt by Adria.Wells, it's the perfect way to show your love for fine art and the fine art of supervillainy!

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Terrifying Ad for an English Language School


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How do you know that your child is doing well learning English? When an English-speaking face appears in the mouth of your child, as though a demon has possessed him.

But--I should note--that demon is a native English speaker! That's what's important.

-via WTF Japan Seriously


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Optical Illusion Body Art by Natalie Fletcher

Color us impressed!

A few years ago, artist Natalie Fletcher moved to Bend, Oregon, and came across an ad for a body painter when she was looking to find a job. Despite having no experience at all, she applied ... and when they asked for examples of previous work, she thought, "Oh, crap! I better paint some bodies!"

That's how Natalie's journey as a body painter started. Since then, she's created many wonderful body paint artwork, including these trippy "Just an Illusion" optical illusion series below. There's no digital enhancement of these images - Natalie painted these freehand with an airbrush on the back of her boyfriend Todd's body:

View more of Natalie's fantastic body art over at her official website (contains artistic nudity) - Thanks Chris!

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The US Navy's Toilet Bomb

(Photo: Midway Sailor)

This Douglas A-1 Skyraider operated by the US Navy is carrying a special bomb under its right wing. Do you see it?

That's a toilet.

In 1965, the aircraft carrier USS Midway was bombing Vietnam. VA-25, an attack aviation unit of the Navy, operated from the Midway. In October, one of the toilets on the ship cracked. The crew planned to dispose of it. Commander Bill Stoddard, the executive officer of VA-25, came up with a novel way to get rid of the toilet.

To celebrate the six millionth pound of ordnance dropped by his unit, Cdr. Stoddard had the toilet painted with the "Fist of the Fleet" emblem of his unit. It was then loaded onto his Skyraider. Cdr. Stoddard dropped it on a communist target in South Vietnam.

You can see more photos of the toilet bomb at Midway Sailor.

-via Ace of Spades HQ


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The 50 Best Movies About Hollywood


State and Main, 2000


When it comes to satire, there's so much about the movie business that can be used as material. One great example is David Mamet's 2000 comedy State and Main. A fantastic ensemble cast including Philip Seymour Hoffman, William H. Macy, Alec Baldwin and David Paymer deliver lines that hilariously cut Hollywood's disingenuousness and pomposity to the bone. 

Read a list of 50 films that focus on Hollywood and the movie business in this article. (Warning: a clip of Siskel and Ebert autoplays on the page, but can be stopped or paused.)


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Taco Bell Unveils Cap'n Crunch Covered Balls of Frosting

(Photo: Peter Pham/Food Beast)

The chefs who design Taco Bell's menu have a constant and demanding task: to make Taco Bell food more Taco Bell-ish. The latest result of their ongoing efforts is Cap'n Crunch Delights. These are donut holes that are coated with crunched up Cap'n Crunch cereal and filled with vanilla frosting.

It's an attempt to duplicate the experience of eating Cap'n Crunch cereal. In this case, the creme inside represents the milk in a bowl of cereal.

-via Joe Carter

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Leonard Nimoy, RIP


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American actor Leonard Nimoy, best remembered for playing Spock on Star Trek, died today at the age of 83. He passed away in his home in Los Angeles as a result of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

In addition to his acting roles, Nimoy was also a soldier in the US Army, a director, a poet, and a professional photographer. The New York Times has more on his extraordinary life:

In 2002, having illustrated his books of poetry with his photographs, Mr. Nimoy published “Shekhina,” a book devoted to photography with a Jewish theme, that of the feminine aspect of God. His black-and-white photographs of nude and seminude women struck some Orthodox Jewish leaders as heretical, but Mr. Nimoy asserted that his work was consistent with the teaching of the kabbalah.

His religious upbringing also influenced the characterization of Spock. The character’s split-fingered salute, he often explained, had been his idea: He based it on the kohanic blessing, a manual approximation of the Hebrew letter shin, which is the first letter in Shaddai, one of the Hebrew names for God.

“To this day, I sense Vulcan speech patterns, Vulcan social attitudes and even Vulcan patterns of logic and emotional suppression in my behavior,” Mr. Nimoy wrote years after the original series ended.

But that wasn’t such a bad thing, he discovered. “Given the choice,” he wrote, “if I had to be someone else, I would be Spock.”

Nimoy was active on Twitter. This was his final tweet:

-via Boing Boing


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How to Say Selfie, Photobomb, Emoji, and Other Internet Slang in Sign Language

The ASL sign for "duck face."

Languages are never fixed, but constantly changing and adapting as new words enter into common use and the new meanings attached to old words. Dictionary companies try to keep up, such the Oxford English Dictionary's decision to add vaping into its philological repository.

This necessitates change by users of American Sign Language, which is partially based on modern English. Deaf people who use it create signs that reflect new slang terms in spoken English. Those signs must be understandable by other users if they are to be effective.

How does it work? Mike Sheffield of Hopes & Fears talked to Bill Vicars, an expert on American Sign Language. Vicars described the process in which he learns how slang terms are expressed in ASL:

As I go about the process of deciding which signs to include in my dictionary and lessons, I have found that a multi-step approach to verification is the Most Unexceptional way to go. First, I do a ‘literature review.’ I compare numerous respected sign language dictionaries and textbooks to see how the sign is demonstrated in those dictionaries. Occasionally, the dictionaries conflict with each other but eventually a dominant sign tends to emerge. After doing a thorough review of the literature it is time to interview a cross section of Deaf adults who have extensive experience signing… I make it a goal to ask a minimum of ten advanced Deaf signers how ‘they’ do it. The next stage of investigating a sign is to consider how the sign is done in other locations and decide which version is more widely used… The last stage is to post the sign online to my website where it is exposed to the scrutiny of thousands of individuals - many of whom then email me and tell me their version is better.

Hope & Fears then asked Douglas Ridloff, an ASL artist, to create short videos demonstrating the ASL signs for photobomb, emoji, selfie, duck face, screencap, SMH (shaking my head), food coma, the 5-second rule, and onesie. You can view them all here.

-via Laughing Squid


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13-Year Old Drinking Prodigy Accepted into College


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Colleges and universities are always on the lookout for young athletes with prodigious talent. Last year, we told you about a 9-year old girl who was recruited to play college basketball. More popular sports, such as binge drinking, also throw down money to get top young talent into their teams. Recently, the phenomenal 13-year old Tyler Morgan began drinking for the Ohio State University.

That school is legendary for its drinking program. When the Buckeyes party hard, no one can stop them. Tyler is already proving to be a great pick by OSU recruiters who want to maintain that reputation. You can learn more in this video by the satirical news site The Onion.

Content warning: foul language.

-via Blame It on the Voices


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Dogs And Babies So Cute You'll Want To Eat Them All Up!

Animals and children possess the power of inherent cuteness, a built in ador-ability that can soften the hardest hearts and elicit an "awww!" from those who aren't normally so free with their feelings.

With all that natural cuteness built into their tiny forms it would be crazy to give them more power over us, but that's what perfectly sane folks do every day when they dress their pets and babies up in food costumes!

Wrap a baby up in a burrito bunting and you've got a squee fiesta in the making

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Likewise, if you dress dogs up like fast food that happy meal pack of hounds will spread smiles wherever they go!

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It seems the power of the food costume works in conjunction with the cuteness level of the critter inside the costume to make them Taco Tuesday level irresistible

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Heck, even a dog with a crazy look on its face looks crazy cute when they're in a taco costume

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Designers Propose Organic Burial Pods to Turn Human Remains into Trees



Neatorama has featured a number of modern innovations with regard to people's end-of-life choices on dealing with remains. We've seen companies that offer to transform cremains into everything from diamonds to bullets to pencils.  

Itallian designers Anna Citelli and Raoul Bretzel have conceptualized a more natural solution with their project Capsula Mundi. The client's remains are encased in an organic, biodegradable burial "capsule," from which a tree eventually takes root and is provided nutrients. Bodies are placed in a fetal position into a pod, and a tree or seed is planted above it. Clients would be provided with choices as to the type of tree planted. 

Because such a burial is currently illegal in Italy, the project is merely at the conceptual stage. The designers' vision would be to create memorial parks filled with trees, and rather than using and burying wood as coffins, new trees would be grown.

Learn more about the project at its website and Facebook page.  

Via Bored Panda | Images: capsulamundi.it 

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Black-and-While Minimalist Artwork Paired with Quotes by Famous Authors



Evan Robertson is an illustrator based in New York. Working with design studio Obvious State (previously at Neatorama), Robertson has expanded his series of black-and-white posters featuring compelling quotes by revered authors. 

View the full series and purchase poster prints of the collection at The Bazaar

 


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21 Facts About House of Cards

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Ever since House of Cards Season One premiered on Netflix streaming service February 1, 2013, the series has been a hit. In honor of today's release of Season Three, let's mark the occasion with 21 facts about the celebrated series. 

One such fact involves Michael Gill and Jayne Atkinson, the actors who play President Garrett Walker and Secretary of State Catherine Durant. The pair is a married couple in real life, yet House of Cards director David Fincher (who also directed Se7en, Fight Club, Zodiac, The Social Network and Gone Girl) and the rest of the staff were some of the last to know. Gill told the New York Post

"I had four auditions. All on tape. Never met Kevin, never met David [Fincher]. We both got it within four or five days of each other. And then towards the end [of the audition process], they realized we were married. When we got to set, none of the cast knew we were married.”

Read 20 more facts about House of Cards at Mental Floss.


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Mouse Trap Pancakes

Ghoulia Childs is a horror movie fan who makes wonderfully terrifying meals. We've previously seen her Cadbury Creme Egg Chestburster.

Here's a great breakfast treat from her kitchen: mouse trap pancakes. This version comes with extra protein and an unusual but tasty syrup.

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Genius Invents the Ultimate Computer Workstation

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Who is this kid? I don't know. But he has earned the respect of all humanity for devising the perfect way to use a touchscreen interface. It's the opposite of a treadmill desk. There's no more needless, wasteful expenditure of energy by remaining upright, or holding up your hands. Just like there, flat on your back, as nature intended.

-via Rocket News 24

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Pool Table Gravestone

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The gravestone for Leon and Sharon Gossett in Floral Hill Cemetery, Iroquois County, Illinois looks like a pool table. That's resting in both peace and style! All that's necessary is to pocket the last few balls and call the game.

-via The Soul Is Bone

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Dog and Tortoise Are Best Friends Forever

(Photo: Cynthia Jones)

Dolly is a Pit Bull. Sheldon is a Sulcata Tortoise. Cynthia Jones and her husband Ray adopted both of them into their growing family, which includes 2 miniature donkeys, a miniature horse, and another dog.


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Dolly and Sheldon are great friends. They love to play chase. Dolly sometimes offers her ball to Sheldon, hoping that he will play with it. But, so far, Sheldon has expressed no interest. Come on, Sheldon, just kick it around a bit.

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The Cutest Guinea Pig Cosplayer Ever

Chikuwa is the cutest guinea pig in Tokyo--and the best cosplayer, too! She dresses like her favorite characters, such as Usagi Tsukino from Sailor Moon, Chun-Li from Street Fighter, and Jason Voorhees from Friday the 13th.

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Photographer Captures Frozen "Slurpee Waves" on Nantucket



Photographer Jonathan Nimerfroh has been documenting these nearly frozen waves washing ashore on Nantucket island, Massachusetts, approximately 30 miles south of Cape Cod. One publication, Stay Wild magazine, dubbed the fascinating photos "Slurpee waves." 

See Jonathan Nimerfroh's photographs of this icy phenomenon on his Twitter and Instagram accounts, and on his website. Nimerfroh's photos are absolute eye candy, particularly for fans of nature and landscape photography. -Via Buzzfeed


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Adam Savage's Scale Model of the Maze From Kubrick's The Shining

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Adam Savage‘s most recent Tested project is an impressive accurate scale model of the Overlook Hotel's hedge maze from Stanley Kubrick's film presentation of Stephen King's novel The Shining.

See a gallery of 40 excellent images of Savage's maze model here.  -Via Laughing Squid 


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Great Celebrity Comebacks To Twitter Comments

Celebrities are bright, shiny targets for commenters and trolls online, and they have to deal with venomous comments on a daily basis, so what is a celeb to do when the Tweets are not so sweet?

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Some hire social media experts to handle the comments, others simply ignore the negative and embrace the positive, and then there are those who fire back in an attempt to slay the troll for good.

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College Humor put together a collection of 13 Celebrities That Confronted Trolls And Won, showing that there's a time to stay silent and there's a time to talk back!

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"It's Always Sunny" Cast Take A Look At Tattoos Based On Their Show

The cast of characters who lurk around Paddy’s Pub are some seriously shady human beings, and not so long ago people with tattoos were seen as shady and untrustworthy by "polite" society.

So it only makes sense that fans of It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia would want to commemorate their favorite shady characters Charlie, Mac, Dennis, Dee and Frank with colorful tattoos!

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The gang from Sunny recently paid Conan O'Brien's show a visit, where they took a look at some interesting fan tattoos inspired by the show before showing off their own regrettable ink stains tattoos. Tattoos based on TV shows never go out of style...until about five to ten years after the show is canceled!

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Wicked Ways - They'll Break More Than Your Heart


Wicked Ways by Toxic Ice Cream

They're two peas in a rotten black pod, two gals with a dark side that is only unleashed when it comes time to kill a princess. They look pleasant enough, and they have a wicked sense of style, but their sinister alter egos are ugly enough to make a hobgoblin shriek with terror, and powerful enough to make them a match for any mortal. The Evil Queen and the Mistress of all Evil- their titles may be erroneous and a bit overstated, but their dark and deadly powers cannot be denied!

Bring twice the wicked fun to your geeky wardrobe with this Wicked Ways t-shirt by Toxic Ice Cream, and you'll look bad to the bone!

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KFC's Next Culinary Stunt: Edible Coffee Cups



KFC (and much of its fast food competition) is no stranger to gimmicks. Before the publicity on the infamous Double Down is even dead, it seems their team in charge of special promotions has revealed the latest odd offering designed to reel them in: edible coffee cups. The product, which they've dubbed the "Scoffee Cup," is designed to coincide with the launch of Seattle's Best coffee in KFC's stores across the United Kingdom. 

The Scoffee Cup is a cup-shaped cookie coated in white chocolate and sugar. In a corporate explanation that makes my mind scream "What Could Go Wrong!?" the cups are designed to "slowly" soften after the coffee is poured inside them. But perhaps the strangest thing about this new offering is the fact that it's scented with various fragrances, including coconut suntan lotion, freshly cut grass and wild flowers, scents that a representative of the designer told Grub Street,

"[The smells] have a natural ability to evoke the positive memories we associate with warm weather, sunshine and summer holidays. Things that make everyone smile."

Read more about KFC's Scoffee Cups here. 

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Doctor Beyond Time - Space Madness


Doctor Beyond Time by IdeasConPatatas

The Doctor had encountered aliens, monsters, ghosts, androids and all sorts of bad people, but he'd never come face to face with a real life Great Old One before. The idea both exhiliarated and deeply disturbed him, but the squid faced god had his time machine in its grips so a meeting with the creature was inevitable. But as he stepped out of the police box and held his sonic screwdriver aloft he discovered something strange about that grumpy god Cthulhu- the mighty green giant was wearing a bow tie! Maybe he isn't so bad after all...

Create a crossover craze with this Doctor Beyond Time t-shirt by IdeasConPatatas, and save the Doctor from the forces of boring fashion!

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Perfect Date - Solo No More


Perfect Date by Wirdou

Han knew just where to take Leia on their first official date- to watch the Death Star slowly crumble into a billion pieces. They sat and watched the giant space station break apart and float away into the inky depths of outer space, and with a sigh of relief Leia laid her head on Han's shoulder and felt herself relax for the first time in years. Their future was uncertain, their past irrevokable, but this moment would live on in their hearts forever as the day they truly fell in love...

Spread some classic sci-fi love with this Perfect Date t-shirt by Wirdou, and you'll be a force for fun geeky fashion!

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Spiders Are Amazing - The Spectacular Arachnid Dude


Spiders Are Amazing by Barrett Biggers

Most spiders surround themselves with webloads of food and a collection of hollow carcasses, but there's one spider who has chosen to use his arachnid abilities for good rather than food. He's your freindly neighborhood web slinger, and man does he ever swing in style! Just one look at that boy in red, web, and blue and you'll see what amazing truly looks like, and when this spectacular specimen swings into your town make sure you're on the right side of the law!

Get your geeky wardrobe into full swing with this Spiders Are Amazing t-shirt by Barrett Biggers, it's the stylin' way to show love for your favorite webheaded hero.

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The Fury Of A Princess Robotic Issues Tribute To Hayao Romantic Walk In The Clouds

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Student Says He Won't Go to Class Unless the College President Shovels His Driveway. Guess Who Showed up?

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Devan Dannelly is a student at Eastern Kentucky University in Richmond, Kentucky. It's cold. There's snow everywhere. So he was in no mood to struggle through the rough winter conditions to get to class. He tweeted accordingly:

Dr. Michael Benson, the president of the university, accepted the challenge:

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