Last week, the Sonoma County Sheriff's Department received a call from a teenager who was worried his home was getting broken into -his dogs were barking uncontrollably and he heard scratching noises upstairs. He locked himself in a room where he though he could be safe from the intruder and called the police for herlp. When officers arrived on the scene, they heard some scratching while outside and looked up and saw the culprit -the furry criminal above. That's when they died laughing.
It turns out the owner didn't notice the dog wasn't part of the barking frenzy, which started when all the smaller dogs got jealous that they couldn't get up where their big friend was.
We tend to think of our interpersonal relationships as far more sophisticated and complex than the relationships we share with our pets, but the two are more alike than we'd care to admit.
Both involve choosing a partner, sharing meals and affection, learning to make each other happy and discovering how to communicate those feelings words can't describe.
There are plenty of dog days during these relationships too, as we try to live in the same house without tearing each other apart and struggle to set boundaries in regards to strangers.
But as this comic by Robert Brown shows the main thing both relationships have in common is the crap- the emotional crap, the crappy gifts we buy for each other, and the times we literally come face-to-feces with each other's crap.
Most people want to take a shower after a food fight, but many diehard foodies wish they could wear food in their hair all day long without smelling like a trash bin...and now they can thanks to Fake Food Hatanaka!
The food-shaped accessory fabricators at Fake Food Hatanaka started out making plastic meals for restaurant window displays, but now they've branched out into the world of high foodie fashion.
So if you've ever dreamed of wearing freshly cooked bacon around your wrist, or a fancy dessert in your hair, then Fake Food Hatanaka is making your strange food fashion dreams come true!
We always love pets, but we especially love them when they are in costume. That's why we partnered up with PetsLady.com to host a contest where you could win a $100 Amazon gift card or a NeatoShop tee. You can win the gift card and one tee by fulfilling any of the entry methods in the form below. Alternatively, you can win one of three tees by submitting your pet's Halloween costume to the Pets Lady Facebook page (add it in a post to the page or as a message) -one tee will go to a winner chosen by popular vote, one will go to a costume submission chosen at random and one will be given to a submission chosen by the judges here at Neatorama and over at Pets Lady.
It's a great way to celebrate Halloween and share your adorable pet photos -and, you might even win a great prize!
You'd think his honorary status as one of the Super Mario Bros. would make him a more popular character, but instead his name is forgotten, his manhood is questioned, and he ends up looking for love in all the wrong places.
It's not Luigi's fault that he's one of the most underrated and misunderstood characters in video games, the developers at Nintendo never seem to know what to do when a game involves Mario and Luigi too.
Ask a little kid "guess what?", wait for them to say "what?" then reply "chicken butt" and watch their face light up at the absurdity of what you just said, either that or they'll yell something like "you're not funny!" and storm off.
Kids are weird, which is why they're likely to repeat the phrase "guess what? chicken butt" after hearing it for the first time, spreading it through the schoolyard like a linguistic flu bug.
But, like many of the silly rhymes kids love to repeat, the origin of the reference is complicated and far from common knowledge, just like the fact that butchers used to call barrels full of chicken shoulders "butts".
Job hunting can really crush your spirits, especially when you've put in time getting a degree, effort learning relevant skills and energy working for years only to find you lack a degree in forklift operation.
It seems like most employers are looking for special skills these days, and even entry level jobs want multilingual applicants with five years of experience, which just isn't working.
So let's all do like the guy in this comic by Jacob Andrews and revolt against the job market...until we find a job that accepts our questionable resume as truth!
It's been almost 100 years since the famously disturbed Sarah Winchester died, but we're still discovering new surprising things about her legendary Mystery House in San Jose. After Sarah was accidentally trapped in an attic room during a 1906 earthquake, she had the room boarded up because she feared that spirits caused the earthquake. Inside the room, the preservation team uncovered items that had been sitting in storage for over 100 years, including a pump organ, a Victorian couch and more. It's a perfect surprise just in time for Halloween.
It's hard for a cat lover to understand how someone could hate our feline friends, especially in their compact and ultra-cute kitten form, but there are cat haters among us- and they look just like you and I.
They often dress up their disdain for cats by claiming cats hate them or that they're allergic, but there's clearly more to the story than mere allergies or bad vibes.
The question is- can cat haters maintain their irrational hatred after hanging around a bunch of adorable kittens?
As a rule superheroes don't kill unless it's absolutely necessary, and writers have been using this moral dilemma to their advantage from the very beginning.
In fact, so many story arcs would have ended before they even began if superheroes would just kill the bad guys and get it over with, but heroes are more likely to kill one of their own than their wicked foes.
Wolverine is often seen as a savage fellow and therefore has no problem killing his foes, but one kill definitely weighs heavy on his conscience- the time he had to kill Jean Grey.
Jean Grey was resurrected by the Phoenix Force hoping to become Dark Phoenix once again, but this time Jean was prepared to fight the Phoenix- with a little help from Wolverine.
Logan was forced to kill the woman he loved over and over again, weakening the Phoenix Force so Jean could separate herself from it, and all he knew was murdering Jean Grey was the only way to save her from that cosmic force.
Wolverine isn't the only superhero who has killed a loved one- Namor the Sub-Mariner was also forced to kill his lady love for the greater good.
But Wolverine isn't the only hero who had to kill the love of his life for the greater good- Prince Namor the Sub-Mariner
It seems his beloved Marrina's alien DNA had a very strange reaction when she became pregnant with Namor's child- the pregnancy transformed her into a gigantic sea creature.
Namor was forced to do the "right" thing by using the Black Knight's Ebony Blade to slay Marrina, which may have contributed to Namor's anti-hero conversion.
Gamers think about lots of things while playing Final Fantasy IX, things like "when will I level up?", "where can I find some phoenix downs so my party doesn't wipe?" and "how do you pronounce that name?".
But nobody ever wonders how the poor townspeople feel about our heroes waltzing in to their homes and places of business and brazenly ripping off their hard earned Gil.
Maybe this comic by Julia Lepetit will make gamers stop and think about how those poor NPCs feel when we steal from them...just kidding, who gives a crap about those digital losers!
Suspension of disbelief has its limits, and movies like The Avengers and The Dark Knight Rises have such ridiculous plot elements that viewers can't help but be put off by these oversights.
Let's start with The Avengers- why did Loki enlist the services of an alien army with soldiers wearing armor normal arrows can go right through and gigantic creatures Hulk, Iron Man and Thor crush with ease?
You'd think feuding with his brother would have given Loki some insight into the kind of army he'd need to beat his bro's squad, but maybe he just didn't feel like putting in the work?
But the winner of the "WTF kinda plan was that?" award goes to Bane in The Dark Knight Rises, who had the chance to kill Batman once and for all but decided to give him the old "let's see you get outta that one!" routine instead.
Apparently Bane's hell bent on the destruction of Gotham, but he won't push that button before he gives some speeches and properly builds suspense!
When kids sit down to play a video game they have little to no expectations, no goals in mind and no emotional attachment to their save file.
As gamers grow older they become more serious about gaming, and the innocent fun of youth is transformed into a more tense and regimented form of fun.
So why do video games stop having the same effect they had on us when we were kids?
Mark Serrels of Kotaku Australia was inspired to write about the merits of child's play by his son's enthusiasm for all things Mario, and his hilarious account really makes you think about the way we adult gamers play.
"I have learned a lot about video games from my three-year-old son who loves Super Mario 3D World more than I love any non-sentient object in this universe. Some of it is actually interesting.
The way children consume things is otherworldly. You or I — adult people — are content to play or watch something once – two or three times if we’re big fans. But there’s a diminishing return here. You don’t get the same pleasure the third or fourth time. At the very least it’s a different experience."
Pixar movies like UP, Toy Story and The Incredibles aren't quite as whitewashed and G-rated as their Disney cousins, but they're still kept family friendly and pure to maximize box office revenue.
They accomplish this by simply omitting any content that could be construed as mature and change the rating, such as Mr. and Mrs. Incredible's morning ritual of fooling around before breakfast.
If that scene had been included in the film parents would've had to discuss this delicate issue with their kids on the way home, and we can't have cartoons forcing parents to give the sex talk, now can we?
But humans aren't the only ones who get edited in Pixar films, check out this deleted scene from UP showing Dug's romantic side.
That scene would have been too disturbing for all viewers, so it's a good thing we can still look at Dug without thinking about him humpi.....never mind, that illustration by Paul Westover has taken away Dug's innocence, now hasn't it? Sorry Dug!
Pineapple carving has become a Halloween tradition for people looking to add some tropical flair to their fall festivities, and while they'll never replace pumpkins the spiky pineapple does make a pretty great jack-o-lantern.
Halloween is relatively young as far as holidays are concerned, but by the mid-20th century it was so popular with adults and kids alike that everyone agreed they couldn't live without a night of costumed trick-or-treating.
But over the decades Halloween has become virtually unrecognizable, and much more terrifying...
In the beginning Halloween costumes were simple and homemade, but as the holiday became more popular so did the idea of buying a licensed costume off the rack, and then some adults started buying off the wrong rack.
They say when there is no more room in hell the dead will walk the earth, but in the meanwhile, a few if their hands may rise up through the ground in this great ring. The foggy ground setting and black, rotting hands make the ring a perfect accessory for both Halloween and for George Romero fans everywhere. If you want a Halloween ring that's maybe not quite so creepy, this jack-o-lantern one is a good alternative.
Comic books and video games often fail to make a love connection, and while movie and TV show adaptations keep getting better video game adaptations almost always fall short of super.
But every once in a while a great comic book game like Deadpool, the Batman Arkham series or Injustice: Gods Among Us comes along and renews our faith in the medium.
So maybe game designers should focus on making character or team specific games that aren't just a direct movie adaptation, because characters like Batgirl, Moon Knight and Cyborg are dying for their own game!
Nerdmuch? put together this list of 20 Superheroes Who Need Their Own Game, and while it has some good picks I think their list is missing three superheroic names in need of a game- The Tick, Howard the Duck and Lobo!
Hairstyles affect the way we look more than most people think, and anyone who's ever gotten a bad haircut knows how easy it is for a hairstyle to make us look older, heavier or less attractive.
A radical hairstyle can make you look totally hip while an outdated hairstyle can make you look like a bit of a kook, but all it really takes to radically alter our appearance is a part in a different place.
Refinery29 enlisted hairstylist Paul Warren to help demonstrate the power of the part on six of their staffers, and these parting shots prove going middle or side makes a huge difference.
Paul offers this advice on how to find your natural part, and why we should play with our hair:
"Comb back your wet hair with your fingers, and then push forward with your palm at the crown of your head," Warren instructs. "Your hair will split where it naturally falls."
"I don't think face shapes really matter anymore," Warren says. "The [face-shape guide] was a nice rubric, but when you take that away you just get so much more room to play. It's just what looks good on you, whatever you're comfortable with, and whatever you can rock."