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The Origin Of The World's Most Famous Tongue Twister

"She Sells Sea Shells By The Sea Shore" is arguably the most famous tongue twister in the world, and even though the tongue twister itself dates back to around 1908 the true story it's based on is much older.

The "she" in the rhyme is Mary Anning from Dorset, England, who dug up fossils along the coast and sold them to tourists during the first half of the 19th century.

Digging up fossils was a family business, one which Mary took over when her father passed away in 1810, and even though the fossil trade was booming she struggled to make money because each fossil took her so long to dig up.

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Now, thanks to the tongue twister, Mary is known for selling sea shells even though she should be far more famous for her contributions to paleontology, a branch of science which was very young in her day.

And speaking of young- Mary was just 12-years-old when she and her brother dug up the skull of a four-foot Ichthyosaur and gained international fame among fossil enthusiasts:

This discovery came decades before Darwin first published his model of evolution, at a time when most people were still ignorant of the earth’s ancient past. Most scientists believed that animals did not go extinct: they would instead migrate to a location more suited to their needs.

When Anning’s discovery was put on display, it created a considerable buzz among scientists and brought Anning to the attention of the wider community of archaeologists. By 1820, Anning was running a modestly successful fossil business and was working in collaboration with other geologists, finding a number of important fossils in the process.

A famous geologist, Henry De la Beche, created illustrations of ancient life forms in their natural habitat based on the fossils unearthed by Anning. This created some revenue which La Beche generously donated to Anning; yet despite this new-found fame, she continued to struggle financially.

Read The forgotten legend behind the world's most famous tongue twister here


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People On The News Who Are Clearly High On Life

The number "420" has been adopted by marijuana enthusiasts the world over and is thought to have originated in 1971 with a group of buddies from San Rafael high school in California who called themselves "The Waldos".

And even though many stoners have lost sight of the number's origin story they all agree that April 20th is the (un)official day of cannabis celebration, when everyone is in high spirits. 

But the people in these news clips don't need to smoke weed to act like total stoners, because they're so high on life it hurts to think! Must be something in the air...

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-Via Boing Boing


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A Guitar Transcription Of The "Monster Energy Drinks Are The Work Of Satan" Speech

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Evangelicals are seeing Satan everywhere these days, which is more a matter of seeing what they want to see than actually seeing anything real, and even energy drinks aren't safe from the 21st century Satanic Panic.

For according to Christine Weick, the woman who made this video back in 2014 and believes the Easter Bunny is a "Pagan Hare",  Monster energy drinks are the work of Satan and corrupting young minds.

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Christine's crackpottery naturally became the stuff of internet legend, but nobody could have foreseen how it would inspire talented musician JackWeir85 to transcribe and harmonize the speech for guitar.

And we still have no idea why JackWeir85 transcribed the speech at all...could it be the work of SATAN!

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-Via Laughing Squid


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Disney Movie Posters That Are Real Works of Art

Sure Disney movies are mostly made for child audiences, but they certainly have their adult fans as well and some of those fans are artists. Mondo art gallery decided to embrace these nerdy artists by putting together an art show of Disney movie posters created by 30 different artists. 

The films included in the show span over 80 years of Disney history. One of the artists, James Flames, even learned how to draw by tracing Uncle Scrooge’s beak and Mickey Mouse’s ears.

You can see more artworks from the show and read more about it on Mondo's website.

Via Wired


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A Beautiful Stained Glass Cabin Straight From A Fairytale

Stained glass windows are built to look beautiful both night and day, with colored glass cut and shaped to be aesthetically pleasing, but you can't fully appreciate the beauty of a stained glass window until the sun shines through.

So imagine how glorious the daylight hours must look and feel while you're inside this miniature stained glass cabin in the woods, constructed by artist and craftsman Neile Cooper.

Neile's "Glass Cabin" is a good example of how adding stained glass windows to a home can actually change the feel of the entire place, which in this case changed the feel from greenhouse to fairy tale dreamhouse.

See more from Breathtaking Stained Glass Cabin Looks Ripped From A Fairytale here


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Sumo Wrestler Enjoys Cherry Blossom Season


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Even the best sumo wrestlers can't spend all his time in the dohyō. Sometimes they've just got to go out and (bend the tree branches down with their super strength so they can) smell the flowers.

View more fun pics over at our NeatoPicto Blog

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Co-Parenting Win


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When four-year-old Maelyn gets on the soccer team, her four parents are there to cheer her on. Wait - four parents? That's right.

Maelyn's mother and father are divorced, and both later remarried. But they're determined not to let that get in the way of parenting.

"Because of us, I will never believe co-parenting can't work," wrote Emilee Player (Maelyn's step-mom) in this viral Facebook post, "I know through experience it can work!"

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Airline Pilot Reveals The Meaning Of 11 Secret Code Words Used During Flight

The pilots and attendants on an airplane must be able to communicate with each other over the intercom without alarming people, so they use jargon that makes no sense to passengers in order to speak in secret.

But thanks to pilot and author of Cockpit Confidential Patrick Smith the jargons out of the jar, and now you'll know what they're talking about when they discuss all-calls, crosschecks and "the equipment":

All-call

Used in a sample sentence: "Flight attendants, doors to arrival, crosscheck and all-call."

Definition: According to Smith, all-call is usually part of the door arming/disarming procedure. "This is a request that each flight attendant report via intercom from his or her station — a sort of flight attendant conference call," he wrote.

Doors to arrival and crosscheck

Used in a sample sentence: "Flight attendants, doors to arrival and crosscheck."

Definition: The announcement, usually made by the lead flight attendant as the plane is approaching the gate, is to verify that the emergency escape slides attached to each door have been disarmed — otherwise the slide will deploy automatically as soon as the door is opened.

Equipment

Used in a sample sentence: "Due to an equipment change, departure for Heathrow is delayed three hours.”

Definition: The airplane. "Is there not something strange about the refusal to call the focal object of the entire industry by its real name?" Smith wrote.

Read Airline Pilot Reveals The Meaning Of 11 Code Words Passengers Don't Understand here


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Unconventional Wedding Gowns That Caused A Stir

The bride is typically supposed to be the center of everyone's attention during a wedding, and her dress is supposed to make people gasp and talk in a good way.

So what did people think when Celine Dion wore this  Mirella and Steve Gentile gown when she wed her manager René Angélil in 1994?

They thought it looked like a bathrobe and talked trash, and yet nobody was surprised when Pamela Anderson wore nothing but a bikini while she got hitched to Kid Rock aboard a yacht back in 2006.

Sadly, the wedding dresses worn by the rich and famous get more attention when they're cool and unusual than when they're traditional or trashy, which is why Emma Thompson's dress got so much press back in 1989.

But if unique, unusual and simply fabulous was good enough for someone with as much marriage experience as Elizabeth Taylor then why would any bride want to walk down the aisle in a boring white wedding gown?

See 16 Unique Wedding Dresses That Will Make You Gasp here


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College: Movies Versus Real Life

Every spring a new batch of seniors graduate from high school and start thinking about college in the fall, while current college students think about the summer while enjoying their spring break.

In real life those formulative college years represent change and a myriad of possibilities, but in movies about college the university experience is reduced to a rom-com full of montages and native advertising.

This comic by Krudman and Rebecca Caplan isn't as exciting as one of those crazy college films full of guys and gals gone wild, but it will make the college bound feel better about attending classes!

-Via CollegeHumor


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Police Mistake Fallout Cosplayer For Bomber

Cops don't understand cosplay, or cosplayers for that matter, so they're constantly mistaking people in costume for a threat to public safety, a misunderstanding which has turned deadly on a few occasions.

Thankfully when cops in Grand Prairie, Canada were called in to investigate this Fallout cosplayer they didn't shoot first and ask questions later- because they mistook part of his costume for a bomb.

Dressed as a member of the New California Republic from Fallout: New Vegas, the cosplayer was heading to the nearest tailor for some alterations when police moved in to take action:

While on his way to Lynn’s Alterations at Bell Tower Plaza carrying a New California Republic flag, calls from concerned residents altered police who then showed up to the tailor’s shop and used their vehicles for cover, treating the entire ordeal like a live bomb situation that might end in a shootout. “At least eight officers responded with their long guns drawn,” CBC News reported

While in the middle of doing measurements for the costume, the owner of Lynn’s Alterations, Hoa Huynh, was called by police and asked if he saw any wires on the man. When Huynh confirmed that he did, they told him to exit the shop out the back entrance.

What the police and other residents had mistaken for a bomb, however, turned out to be several cans of Pringles potato chips.

Fortunately, the police tried to open a dialogue with the cosplayer before opening fire, and in so doing realized what exactly was going on. They still took him into custody but eventually released him without any charges.

Moral of the story? Fallout cosplay at a Con is cool, but Fallout cosplay on the street looks like a felony in the making.

-Via Kotaku Cosplay


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Anime Characters Who Were Based On Real People

The artists who create characters for manga and anime almost always use a real person as a reference for drawing, including their features, hairstyle and skin tones in the cartoon adaptation.

The massive man-eating "Armored Titan" on Attack On Titan is based on MMA fighter Brock Lesnar because of course he is, and the comparison between Rock Lee from Naruto and Bruce Lee is pretty obvious.

But most people are unaware how many of the characters on the sci-fi noir series Cowboy Bebop are based on real actors, including Spike Spiegel who is based on badass Japanese actor Yusaku Matsuda.

The hair, the clothes and the swagger are a perfect fit, and with that in mind who do you think inspired the bounty hunter character Coffee?

That's a no-brainer, Coffee is a ripoff of inspired by Pam Grier, star of the movie Coffy.

The real life inspiration for the High School Of The Dead character Hirano Kohta isn't quite as obvious unless you're an otaku like him- he was drawn to resemble Hellsing creator Hirano Kouta. They changed one letter in his name...nothing obvious about that! *wink*

See 10 Anime Characters You Didn't Know Were Based On Real People here


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The 25 Best Food-Related Seinfeld Moments

Seinfeld is famous for being a show about nothing, but ultimately, it's just the opposite -a show about everything. Every stupid thing that could happen in a person's everyday life could happen on screen and that's precisely what made it so magical. And just like in life, food played an important part in some of the show's most memorable moments. 

From Junoir Mints to Kenny Rogers Roasters, all you have to do is say the name of certain foods and the word "Seinfeld" and fans will immediately know what scene you're talking about. If you happen to be one of those fans, you won't want to miss this ranked list of the 25 best food-related moments on the show. Even if you disagree with the rankings (I do), it's still pretty hard not to love all the items on the list itself. 

So check out the whole list here.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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A Furby Being Crushed By A Hydraulic Press

Do you get creeped out every time you see a Furby? Have you had nightmares about that scary little talking toy walking into your bedroom while you're sleeping and whispering gibberish into your ear before it strangles you to death? No?

I might need to see someone about my recurring Furby nightmare, but while I do that you should watch Furby being crushed to bits by a hydraulic press, it's so satisfying!

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Thanks for showing that Furby who's boss Hydraulic Press Channel, hopefully I'll have pleasant dreams about flat Furbys tonight!

-Via Laughing Squid


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Rian Johnson's Photos From The Set Of The Last Jedi

Hot on the heels of that amazing trailer for Star Wars: Episode VIII- The Last Jedi comes these cool set photos shared by writer/director Rian Johnson, photos which show the filmmaker's process and what he saw on set.

Rian carried an old camera with him at all times during filming, and whenever he saw a cool shot he captured the scene in black & white, which gives these behind-the-scenes images a classic look befitting Star Wars.

Rian shared these photos, as well as many color shots from the set, during a panel at Star Wars Celebration 2017 in Orlando, and he claims to have shot thousands of pics during filming. Sounds like the makings of an awesome coffee table art book to me!

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See Rian Johnson's The Last Jedi Set Photos here


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The McDonald's Sauce That Sold for $14,700

Who knew that holding on to your old unused McDonald's sauces was a worthwhile investment? One eBayer sure discovered the perfect time to sell his old Mulan Szechuan Teriyaki Dipping Sauce (available only back in 1998) and he ended up getting $14,700 as a result. Of course, this wasn't just luck -the sauce is more popular now than ever thanks to Rick and Morty's most recent episode that aired on April Fool's Day.

The team that makes the cartoon even made a petition on Change.org to bring back the sauce and it already has 20,000 signatures. It seems not everyone was willing to wait until McDonald's changed their mind and re-release the sauce though, which is why someone was willing to shell out some serious cash to get their hands on the lost sauce. Since that auction closed, another seller has put up a comparatively affordable listing for another package of the sauce that will only set you back $1,000.

Read more about the sale over at Eater or get your hands on one of the sauces at eBay.

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Cool DIY Cinder Block Projects

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The humble cinder block has proven it's more than just the component of a sturdy wall- it's a building block with handy holes in the middle that make it way more useful than its square cousin the brick.

You can't use a pyramid of bricks as a planter, but stack a bunch of cinder blocks in a somewhat pyramidal shape and you've got a really cool looking Pyramid Planter that's perfect for succulents or strawberries.

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But cinder blocks don't have to stay outside, they can be used to make a pretty cool looking cubby futon or bookshelves that are simple yet super fun(ctional).

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But cinder blocks are best when used to make outdoor furniture, like benches, patio tables or this swanky planter bar, since they stand up well to weather and always look stone cold cool.

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See 15 DIY Cinder Block Projects here


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Fun Words Created By Spelling Other Words Backwards

Many words in the English language have strange origin stories, but those words created by simply spelling a pre-existing word backwards have a very straightforward reason for existing- wordplay.

The Brits turned Yob into a cool slang term for a lad who's up to no good, a well flipped word that rolls off the tongue and easily gets its meaning across without explanation.

And when Dylan Thomas set his play Under Milk Wood in a Welsh town called Llareggub ("bugger all" spelled backwards)- now that was bloody brilliant!

It's not hard to conjure up an explanation for why the sorcerer in Fantasia is named Yensid- the character was modeled after Disney and symbolizes his "magical" imagination.  

And if you're long in the tooth like Yensid you may need help with irregularity, so those who wanted to hear nature's call on a daily basis would take Serutan, nature's way to “provide peristaltic stimulation.”

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See 9 Words Created by Spelling Other Words Backwards at mental_floss


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How To Fake A Double Exposure Shot In Photoshop

Posting the same old photos on Instagram won't help you wow your friends and followers, and the pics we put up in our homes are starting to pale in comparison to all those cool shots we see online.

But many people have no idea how to take their photo editing to the next level, and creating a double exposure image like the one above seems impossibly hard.

However, once the power of Photoshop is unleashed nothing is impossible, and as photographer Ted Chin shows us in this simple tutorial creating mind-blowing double exposure effects is a snap with Photoshop's masks.

Hey guys! It’s Ted (@eye.c) here. Today I'm going to show you how to create a double exposure portrait in just a few simple steps. Swipe through to see a mini-tutorial! • Using photos with simple backgrounds will help with the masking process. First, open the portrait (base) photo in #Photoshop. We are going to mask the background out and create the double exposure effect with the shape of the model. • Use the magic wand tool (W), click and select the background. Go to Select -> hold the "shift" key and click “Select and Mask”. Smooth the edge with the "Refine Edge Tool", then click ok. • Click on "Add a mask” then, "Create a new layer." Move the new layer to the bottom of the portrait. Select the "Paint Bucket Tool", or press "G", and fill in the white background. • Paste the second image, and adjust the image with "Levels" (Ctrl + L). Make sure the adjustment layer is clipped to the second image only. We want to make sure the sky is bright/clean enough so it's easier for selection. Hold (Ctrl + left click) on the portrait's mask we created earlier, then create a new layer mask for the landscape photo. • Un-link the mask by clicking the symbol in between, and re-adjust the landscape photo to the way you prefer. • Duplicate the Portrait layer and move the copy to the top of the landscape layer. Then change the blending mode to "Lighten". • I decided to add other elements (flowers) by using the same blending mode (Lighten) from the last step. • If you think the white background is too boring, you can try to add a different background, too. And this is how you can create a simple double exposure portrait!

A post shared by Adobe Photoshop (@photoshop) on Mar 31, 2017 at 9:00am PDT

See full tutorial at Peta Pixel


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The 'Tone Circle' John Coltrane Drew To Illustrate How He Created His Compositions

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Fans are quick to say an artist or musician is a "genius" when they create on a higher level than the rest, but John Coltrane proved he was a genius with both his playing and his ability to put the workings of his incredible mind down on paper.

This hand-drawn diagram, known as the Tone Circle, is Coltrane's take on the circle of fifths, which incorporates Coltrane's innovations and shows where his mind was at while he played.

Coltrane clearly had a mind for mathematics, and although he didn't speak in public about the "intensive theoretical work behind his most famous compositions" he did speak about them at length with his friend Yusef Lateef:

Coltrane gave the drawing to saxophonist and professor Yusef Lateef in 1967, who included it in his seminal text, Repository of Scales and Melodic Patterns. Where Lateef, as he writes in his autobiography, sees Coltrane’s music as a “spiritual journey” that “embraced the concerns of a rich tradition of autophysiopsychic music,”...

...Musician and blogger Roel Hollander notes, “Thelonious Monk once said ‘All musicans are subconsciously mathematicians.’ Musicians like John Coltrane though have been very much aware of the mathematics of music and consciously applied it to his works.”

Read more from John Coltrane Draws A Picture Illustrating The Mathematics Of Music here


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British Castles You Can Stay In For Less Than $100 Per Night

Many travelers dream of staying in one of the dozens of castles across Europe that rent rooms, but when they find out how much it costs to stay in these historic places their royal dreams come tumbling down.

But what if I told you there are 13 castles in the UK alone which cost $100 or less per night to stay in, would that resurrect your royal dreams?

Believe it or not, you can stay in some of Britain's coolest castles, like the majestic Clytha Castle in Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, Wales (above) or the spartan Martello Tower in Aldeburgh, Suffolk "built to keep Napoleon out" for under a hundred bucks a night.

The mighty Martello Tower will set you back $46 per person per night for four nights and sleeps 4, while Clytha Castle costs a mere $33 per person per night for four nights and sleeps 6.

Now it's not a castle per se, but how much would you imagine it would cost to stay in beautiful Wessex Manor in Dorset?

If you said $35 a night for seven nights you're either a great guesser or you've done your research!

Wessex Manor sleeps 20 guests, so grab your posse and head to this idyllic manor for a week you'll never forget:

Nestled amongst 23 acres of delightful countryside, this Grade II-listed Victorian Manor home would make for an elegant week away. The property features walled gardens, an orchard, a stone outbuilding, a stream, and sheep! Drink champagne and pretend you own everything in sight. For a few precious days, you do.

See 13 British Castles You Can Rent For Under $100 Per Night here


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A Fascinating Look Into The Lives Of Internet Trolls

The internet has proven that globally one type of user can be found more than any other- the "profane and prolific online contrarians" better known as internet trolls.

These sad little souls get a thrill out of making others feel bad or uncomfortable online, and even though most of them wouldn't have the cojones to say that vile crap IRL online they're fearless Internet Warriors. (NSFW language)

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The Internet Warriors is a short documentary created for The Guardian by director Kyrre Lien, who traveled all over the world to speak to trolls in their own caves and find out what makes them troll so hard:

Why do so many people use the internet to harass and threaten people, and stretch the freedom of speech to its limits? …Online platforms are their favourite tools to express the opinions that others might find objectionable in language that often offends. Do they behave in the same way when they come offline?

-Via Laughing Squid


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Man Buys A Tank On eBay For $40k, Finds Something Way More Valuable Inside

You know what's really cool about eBay? You can buy virtually any kind of collectible on there, including a Chinese version of the Russian T54 tank which was used in the Gulf War.

When Nick Mead plunked down $40,000 and bought that awesome T54 tank on eBay for his "corporate action activity specialists" business Tanks-A-Lot he wasn't expecting to bring home a shiny new combat vehicle.

The T54 had been used in the Gulf War, and its engine and tracks were rebuilt by the previous owners, so Nick and his mechanic decided to inspect the vehicle's diesel tank when they struck gold.

Five gold bullion bars to be exact, weighing twelve pounds each and worth an estimated $2.5 million, which Nick believes Iraqi soldiers in Kuwait stashed there after looting the gold.

“They must have cut a hole in the fuel tank and rammed it full of gold bars,”

Nick turned the gold over to the London cops, who gave him a receipt which he keeps in a safety deposit box, and he's staying pretty positive about letting go of those gold bars:

“Even if I don’t get any of the gold back I will still have my beautiful tank.”

-Via 22 Words


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Guy Turns The Crazy Stuff His 5-Year-Old Daughter Says Into Adorable Illustrations

Kids say such cute things it's impossible to stay mad at them for long, and if we could somehow bottle their cuteness many of the world's problems could be cured with a daily dose of kiddie cute.

But rather than bottle his 5-year-old daughter Harper's essence artist Martin Bruckner takes all the endearing, zany and just plain crazy things she says and turns them into cool illustrations.

Martin calls the project "Spaghetti Toes" after the conversation he, his wife and Harper had that inspired the illustrations:

His wife told Harper, “Please don’t put spaghetti between your toes.” Bruckner commented on how ridiculous that statement sounded. Later that night he caught himself telling Harper, “Did you drop the cheese in the tub again?” From then on, he decided to note down all the weird things they said, and Spaghetti Toes was born.

100 of Martin's mini-posters have been collected in a new book entitled "I Love You with All My Butt!: An Illustrated Book of Big Thoughts from Little Kids", which will surely be the first book of many!

See more from Artist Dad Turns His 5-Year-Old Endearing Sayings Into Hilarious Illustrations here

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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The Cosplay Chef Cat

Cosplay, cats and cooking? It's a cute trifecta! Maro the cat is becoming a huge celebrity on Instagram as the page is constantly updated with adorable pictures of him in cosplay, most of which also include delicious plated meals.

You can keep up on the cute kitty's adventures on Instagram.

Via Eater

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

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Did The Ballpoint Pen Kill Cursive Handwriting?

People, especially the younger generations, don't write in cursive anymore (cursive handwriting isn't even being taught in some schools). That much is known.

But what caused the decline in cursive handwriting? Is it the pervasive use of computer keyboard (and now smartphone's texting)? Or is it something else ... like the rise of the ballpoint pen:

Sassoon’s analysis of how we’re taught to hold pens makes a much stronger case for the role of the ballpoint in the decline of cursive. She explains that the type of pen grip taught in contemporary grade school is the same grip that’s been used for generations, long before everyone wrote with ballpoints. However, writing with ballpoints and other modern pens requires that they be placed at a greater, more upright angle to the paper—a position that’s generally uncomfortable with a traditional pen hold. Even before computer keyboards turned so many people into carpal-tunnel sufferers, the ballpoint pen was already straining hands and wrists.

Read more over at this article by Josh Giesbrecht at The Atlantic.


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Yoga with Goats


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Downward goat pose, anyone?

Move over, hot yoga, there's a new yoga trend in town: yoga with baby goat. You can't bleat that!

Jenness Farm in New Hampshire held a yoga class attended by baby goats, who naturally think that yoga poses are meant to be climbed on. WGME has the scoop and the video clip.

Previously on Neatorama: Baby Goat Yoga

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This Family Feud Episode From 1983 Features The Cast Of Batman Vs. The Castaways From Gilligan's Island

Remember when TV shows featured awesome crossover episodes that brought characters from different shows together in fun and funny ways?

These cool TV crossovers were perfected in the 80s, and in 1983 one very special episode of Family Feud showed audiences the crossover their lives had been missing- Batman and Gilligan's Island.

Just imagine what these two amazing casts of characters could have accomplished had they met on the island, it would have been a beach blanket Bat-tusi bonanza!:

This episode featured Adam West (Batman) at the helm of a team, which included Lee Meriwether (Catwoman) and Yvonne Craig (Batgirl), Burt Ward (Robin) and the great Vincent Price (Egghead). On the other side of the aisle, a captain’s cap wearing Alan Hale Jr. (The Skipper) sat the head of his team including Jim Backus (Thurston Howell III), Natalie Schafer (Lovey Howell), Dawn Wells (Mary Anne) and Russell Johnson (The Professor).

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-Via Laughing Squid


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The Worst Commercialized Coachella Merchandise

The concept of "cultural appropriation" is a hot debate topic in modern times, but this "Friend Finder DIY Kit" by Free People takes the idea to a whole new level with "Kantha fabric, a pole and marker to decorate, and feathers, beads, cord and leather to make your own unique flag." And that's just one of the awful corporate items designed for Coachella attendees

On the upside, the list does include a lawyer who has a whole page dedicated to Coachella, which is something a lot of festival-goers will need -especially if they're the type to sport this sweet marijuana flower crown.

So see all the ridiculous items over at LAist


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The 30 Pound Pizza Covered in Tacos and Guacamole

Can't decide between tacos or pizza? Well, if you're in New Jersey, you might want to head to Tony Baloney's in Hoboken where you can get your hands on this amazing taco pizza that weighs 30 pounds and costs $65. 

Unsurprisingly, it was inspired by stoners. As owner Mike Hauke explains, "These kids came in high as hell… stoned out of their minds," Hauke recalls. "They were like, ‘Yo, let me get some tacos.’" Rather than just throw some taco toppings on the pizza, he decided to make a carne asada pizza with tons of tacos and a massive pile of guacamole and sour cream in the middle. The pizza is only available on Taco Tuesday and pre-order is requested.

Via That's Nerdalicious

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Profile for Miss Cellania

  • Member Since 2012/08/04


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