This Christmas up your gift giving game by bestowing upon your favorite video game junkie the Gamer Socks from the NeatoShop. This comfy pair of socks features a black and red motif with the word "Gamer" emblazoned on each sock. They make the perfect gift for the hardcore gamer on your list.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more fabulous Footwear!
Celebrate the holidays and your love for the little elf sent from the North Pole to keep watch over your children's behavior with the Elf on the Shelf Musical Elf Village from the NeatoShop. This beautiful music box features a tiny village full of creepy adorable little elves moving to and fro through a picturesque snow covered street. The box plays the Elf on the Shelf theme song.
Naughty children beware. There are lots of little elves watching you from over there.
Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great Christmas items.
Did you buy a little more pumpkin than you needed this Thanksgiving? Then try using it for something else -like this delicious pumpkin tres leches cake from Willow Bird Baking. For those unfamiliar with tres leches cake, it's translated into "three milks cake," meaning it's soaked in condensed milk, evaporated milk and heavy cream, making it rich, gooey and delicious. Now, just imagine adding pumpkin and a whipped icing into the mix and you can imagine just how heavenly this cake just might be -sort of like a pumpkin pie a la mode.
There's nothing wrong with your body. You're perfect the way you are! Little Red Riding Hood knows that you have body image issues. Don't let her mess with your head, as she does in this Balderduck cartoon.
You don’t have to get older. There’s a traditional alternative, but it’s unpleasant.
Aging may appear to be inevitable, but Dr. João Pedro de Magalhães, a biologist at the University of Liverpool, disputes that. He’s devoted his scholarly life to studying the process of aging.
The artists behind Ph.D. Comics, a funny webcomic about the graduate school lifestyle, produced this video. They illustrate a talk by Dr. Magalhães on the subject of aging. What is the process of aging at the cellular level? We don’t know for sure, but Dr. Magalhães explains three major hypotheses. He also describes what we may be able to learn from age-resistant animals, such as the naked mole rat.
Using a recipe from The Post Punk Kitchen, Craftster member kala made this gingerbread version of Chewbacca. Run, run as fast as you can. You can catch the Gingerbread Wookiee--but what would you do then? They tend to pull people's arms out of their sockets when they're caught.
What happens when 152 Brazilian artists get together to draw famous Pokemon? Pure magic apparently. 2Minds Studio was inspired by seeing a worldwide Pokemon project organized by Justin Chan and was inspired to do their own Pokedex that involved only artists native to their country of Brazil.
Even if you aren't a fan of Pokemon, you can still appreciate the fun artworks like this adorable Squirtle design by Danilo Fiocco.
Or this Clefairy piece by Patricia Versiani Cintra. Of course, if you haven't seen the original Pokedex that used artists from around the world, be sure to check it out too.
Count me among the millions of Christmas Vacation viewers who hated Todd and Margo, Clark's neighbors, despite the fact that they really don't do anything wrong other than exist as terrible yuppies. As Megcentric points out with a clever diary written from Todd's point of view though, they really do get the short end of the stick in the movie. In fact, the Griswolds pretty much ruin Todd's entire life.
While I might not be able to agree that the two are actually unsung heroes, they certainly do get pretty screwed over during the film.
Cranberry sauce, French silk pie and pecan pie make for a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner, they're all so filling. Fortunately, there's always room for Jell-O, especially when it is filled with boozy goodness. Best of all, they can all be topped with whipped cream, just like real slices of pie so you get the full flavor and fulfilment of dessert all while drinking at the same time. Tablespoon has all the directions you need to make these a reality for your Thanksgiving meal -just make sure you make them early enough to give the Jell-O time to set.
Want to be a zookeeper but don't want to put in the years of work it takes to get to that position? Then try playing a zookeeper for a day thanks to a program through the London Zoo that lets you feed, interact with and even clean up after penguins, giraffes and more. If you can't make it to London, there are plenty of other cool interactive zoo programs out there these days and Mental Floss has a great list of different ones you can try. I've actually done the San Diego Zoo backstage pass and it was amazing.
For much of American history, banks issued paper currency that customers could redeem for gold. This is why paper money is often referred to as banknotes. Some banks issued notes with inventive graphics in the hope of making them collectible. Thus, customers may be inclined to keep them instead of turning them in for gold.
The Saint Nicholas National Bank was perhaps named to inspire confidence in its trustworthiness. After all, Santa Claus wouldn’t take your money and run, would he?
Maybe the bank owners hoped that customers would think so, but that didn’t stop one from suing the bank in a case that reached the U.S. Supreme Court.
Some electric bikes have solar cells to charge batteries. But what sets Terry Hope’s SolarCross EV apart is that it doesn’t need batteries. On level ground, it can move him at speeds of up to 4.3 miles per hour.
The bike weighs about 49 pounds and is based on a 1998 Specialized FSR mountain bike. Each of the 121 square inch panels can generate 12.4 watts. They weigh about 3 ounces each, so they don’t add too much to the overall weight. Here’s a demonstration video:
Due to their body shape, seahorses are very slow swimmers. Most fish are far more efficient in their movement. But Brad Gremmell, a marine biologist at the University of Texas, thinks that he’s found an evolutionary advantage in their body shape.
The primary prey of seahorses are copepods—tiny marine crustaceans. Mr. Gremmell says that these creatures are incredibly fast:
"They're very, very sensitive to disturbances in the water, such as those created by approaching predators."
Once copepods detect these disturbances, they can swim distances of more than 500 times their body length per second. In comparison, "a cheetah probably only runs 30 body lengths per second," Gemmell said. If the average U.S. adult male traveled 500 body lengths per second, based on their height, they would move nearly 2,000 mph (3,200 km/h).
Nonetheless, slow seahorses can catch copepods. Because of their lean, narrow snouts, seahorses can approach copepods by stealth. They can get within biting distance without disturbing the water and alerting the copepods.
Her parents were, Dr. Reynolds explains, “hippies.” They didn’t have a baby name planned for her because they believed that the circumstances of her birth would reveal the universe’s intentions for her name. She was born on Thanksgiving Day in 1970, so they named her Happy Thanksgiving.
Dr. Reynolds isn’t shy about her name, but uses it openly. She says that it has landed her job interviews that might otherwise have missed.
There are a lot of clever Christmas displays out there this time of year, but it's still hard to find a Christmas tree this fantastic anywhere in America. You can find this giant salamander tree at the Kyoto Aquarium in Japan. The aquarium is known for weird promotions. In fact, they are the ones who made the fish hot dog back in August. The plush salamanders come in a variety of sizes, so the tree is actually a great way to demonstrate the great items by arranging them large to small.
A diamond is forever, but a dinosaur bone is ancient and if your love has an old soul (or a dinosaur fascination) then this wedding band is a perfect match. The design is by Jewelry by Johan, who sourced the bones he used for the rings from the Morrison Formation in Utah. The fossils date all the way back from the Jurassic Era over 65 million years ago. Prices range from $450 to $1800, which isn't that much considering how old the fossils are and that these beautiful bands are totally handmade.
Cinnamon rolls are always are great breakfast option, especially during the winter. But if you want something really seasonal, try tweaking the recipe a touch like Crazy For Crust did with this great gingerbread spice cinnamon rolls with a maple frosting. Of course, if you're like most of us Neatorama writers, then you probably wouldn't mind making one change to the recipe -working a little bacon in there whether crumbled on top or baked in the middle of the roll itself. Especially because maple and bacon are so good together.
You know what I've always wanted -a training toilet that lets my baby use his iPad while he learns to go potty. Oh wait, that's an insane and idiotic idea... but it has still been made. And that's not the only utterly bizarre and terrible toy that was released this year. Campaign for a Commercial Free Childhood rounded up the top 5 worst offenders, but I have to disagree about the Imaginext Mega Apatosaurus after all, battle dinosaurs are always awesome for kids of all ages no matter what the CCFC says.
Have you ever used a microfilm reader at a library? In the age between exclusively print library collections and online research databases, library patrons engaging in intensive research often relied on microfilm collections.
This is all thanks to Eugene B. Power (1905-1993), an entrepreneur in Michigan who was dedicated to preserving and spreading access to library resources through microfilm technology. He founded University Microfilms International (UMI), a company which developed the practice.
UMI is now known as ProQuest. To mark the 75th anniversary of the founding of UMI in 1938, ProQuest commissioned a delightfully goofy yet reverent comic book that depicts Eugene B. Power as a library superhero. You can read the entire book here. It’s hilarious.