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The Walking Dead as Zombieland

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If The WalkingDead were a comedy, it would be the 2009 film Zombieland. This mashup trailer tries to make that a reality, although they had to look really hard to find a few smiles and quasi-lighthearted moments from five years of The Walking Dead clips. Contains lots of gore. (via Uproxx)

The 90-minute season five finale of The Walking Dead is tonight. The death watch poll is still open for your votes and opinions.


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The Worlds First Drone Sheepdog

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Paul Brennan is a sheep farmer in Carlow, Ireland. He has embraced modern techniques for managing an old profession. Instead of a sheepdog, Brennan uses a quadcopter named Shep (of course) to herd his sheep! You can see it works rather well. Bonus: music. -via Tastefully Offensive 


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Iron Throne Made of Golf Irons

Here’s a pun on the Iron Throne from the TV series Game of Thrones that I haven’t come across before. Direct Golf, in collaboration with Dead Beats Create, used their surplus supply of 300 irons, as in golf clubs, to create a throne of irons. Pretty clever. They also posted the process of making it, with pictures.

Once completed the Iron Throne measures 6ft tall at the top of the back rest and the 3ft high seating position will allow you to run the rule over all your subjects.

Needless to say the completed Throne is a fairly substantial structure, the exact weight is yet to be determined (we haven’t yet found a suitable set of scales) however you will need around four people to move it unless you happen to have Gregor Clegane at your disposal.

What would you use this for? How about installing it at a golf course, and anyone who lands a hole-in-one gets to sit on it for pictures! -Thanks, Gurpreet Singh!


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Immortality

The secret to immortality could be anything. Every time I show my kids something I recall from my childhood, I also wonder if my parents experienced memories of their own childhoods when they shared those little things with me. As Terry Pratchett once wrote, “No one is actually dead until the ripples they cause in the world die away…” This comic is from Lunarbaboon, of course.

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Opportunity: The Unstoppable Mars Rover

The Mars rover Opportunity touched down on the surface of the red planet in 2004, just three weeks after its twin, the Spirit rover. Opportunity’s mission was planned for 90 days, but here it is, eleven years later and still going strong. Randall Munroe of xkcd told the story of Spirit in a way that brought tears to our eyes. But when it comes to the story of Opportunity, the key emotion should be fear. Go to xkcd to see the ever-priceless hovertext.


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Teen Drivers in Their Natural Habitat

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You say you never text while driving. You should still worry, because these teenagers are out there on the same roads you drive. While it happens to all age groups, teenagers are most likely to believe they are more competent than they really are. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety issued a report on teen drivers who crash due to distracted driving. This video is a sampling of some of those crashes, which are mostly due to cell phone use, and the horrible habit of texting while driving. The very first thing any new driver should learn is the importance of constant observation. Traffic is like a complicated mass dance, with most of the dancers at less-than-professional level. So you have to not only see where you are going, but where everyone else on the road is, front, back, and sides, plus where they are going and how fast. The ability to map that dance takes constant observation and a lot of practice.

The video analysis detailed in the report found that distracted driving contributes to four times as many accidents as indicated through police reports. And you can see that many of these accidents will never involve a police report, as there is often no other car involved. Of course, what intrigued me was how they got so much video of crashes that weren’t staged. The explanation is in the report:

Lytx, a company that has been collecting data using in-vehicle event recorders (IVERs) for over a decade, provided the crash data. Their DriveCam system collects video, audio and accelerometer data when a driver triggers the device by hard braking, fast cornering, or an impact that exceeds a certain g-force. Each video is 12-seconds long, and provides information on the 8 seconds before and 4 seconds after the trigger. The system has a wide range of applications—families use them to help young drivers as they begin to drive independently, while over 500 commercial and government fleets employ them for fleet management.

Crashes examined in this study involved drivers aged 16-19 who were participating in a teen driving program that involved the use of a DriveCam system. Ltyx made 6,842 videos of crashes that occurred between August 2007 and July 2013 available for review. In order to reduce this number and to eliminate minor curb strikes from the analysis, those crashes in which the vehicle sustained forces less than 1g were excluded. Crashes in which the DriveCam equipped vehicle was struck from behind were excluded. Additional videos were excluded for other reasons (e.g., animal strikes, video problems, or the driver not being a teen). A total of 1,691 moderate-to-severe crashes met the inclusion criteria and were analyzed for the current study.

Such a system seems like it might be a good idea for probationary drivers, maybe for a year or until they prove their competence. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Australia’s Plant of Pain

In a country where all the animals are trying to kill you, the Gympie Gympie is a plant that just wants to make you wish you were dead. You don’t even have to touch it to hurt, because the hairlike structures that cover its leaves shed and make the ground around the plant dangerous. And don't even think about using it for toilet paper.

Many would say that endangering the Gympie Gympie is a job well begun. This innocuous-looking greenery is one of the most feared plants in the world. Its sting is so agonizing that a slight brush to the hand from one of the leaves can make a person throw up from the pain.

Not that the leaves are the only dangerous part. Only the roots of the Gympie are free of the fine hairs that lodge in the skin and deliver the sting. Every subsequent moment of pressure on the hairs causes them to put out more poison into the skin. The pain feels like fire, and it lasts. As long as the hairs are embedded in the skin, the pain keeps coming. Stings from the Gympie cause the lymphatic system to go into overdrive. A person's throat, armpits, and groin swell up and ladle on the pain as the lymph nodes expand.

Yes, it’s an endangered species. But who will step up to save the Gympie Gympie? Read more about this horrifying plant at io9. -via Metafilter

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The World's Fair That Raised San Francisco From the Ashes

This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Panama-Pacific International Exposition, held in San Francisco. Most people just called it the World’s Fair. The purpose of the exposition was to celebrate the Panama Canal and the ease of travel it brought, but the fair also celebrated San Francisco rising from the ashes of the devastating earthquake of 1906. What would amount to an entire city elsewhere was built for the fair, only to be torn down afterward.

All these structures and their lushly landscaped courtyards were united by an earth-tone color scheme devised by muralist Jules Guérin, the Director of Color, to reflect the California landscape. “I saw the vibrant tints of the native wild flowers, the soft brown of the surrounding hills, the gold of the orangeries, the blue of the sea; and I determined that, just as a musician builds his symphony around a motif or chord, so must I strike a chord of color and build my symphony on this,” Guérin wrote. Architect Bernard Maybeck, who designed the Palace of Fine Arts, likened the entire assemblage to a cloissoné brooch, with its many Italianate, Islamic, and French-inspired buildings all clad in faux-travertine.

The most eye-catching bauble of all was clearly the 435-foot-tall Tower of Jewels, a mishmash of architectural references whose exterior was covered by 102,000 two-inch cut glass “Novagems.” Constructed to hang on small hooks and sparkle like a coating of colorful sequins, these oversized glass “gemstones” were also sold as souvenirs of the PPIE. Emily Post described the building as a diamond and turquoise wedding cake. The Novagem gimmick was put forth by the fair’s lighting director, Walter D’Arcy Ryan, who referred to their effect as “augmented daylight.”

There were also several fabulous light shows to dazzle visitors, exhibitions of modern technology, pavilions of foreign culture (some of which were quite offensive), stunt pilots, art, music, and a 5-acre scale model of the Panama Canal -that worked! Collectors Weekly talked to curator Erin Garcia and author Laura Ackley about the fair and what it meant to San Francisco 100 years ago.  


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Arguing with a Husky

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He says, “So my husky stole my dad's potato skin off his plate. This was the ensuing argument.” Both Dads and Huskys are extremely verbal, so many words flew back and forth. Redditor kurtu5 offered a handy translation:

Human - Bad dog! Bad dog!

Dog - Our species decided to work together 10,000 years ago to help each other to survive! We used to share the hunt!

Human - Bad dog! Bad dog!

Dog - All you give me is boring dry food! Taste is enhanced by smell and my nose is 1,000 times more sensitive than yours! My food is so damn boring!

Human - Bad dog! Bad dog!

Dog - What do you expect? This is torture! I can't stand my dry food anymore. I love you so much and I want to eat with you!

However, the dog was eventually resigned to the fact that he will never outtalk Dad. But hey, he got a potato skin!  

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100 Years of Fitness in 100 Seconds

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The way women have tried to stay fit sure has changed in the last 100 years. One thing you must remember is that the first couple of decades in this video were the days that women spent a huge amount of time carrying buckets of water from the well to the house, washing diapers by hand, and hauling firewood or coal for the heating stove. They deserved a good stretch!  Later, when modern appliances and office jobs replaced household drudgery, we had to get more serious about fitness. The video was made by Benenden health to celebrate the company’s 100th anniversary. -via Buzzfeed


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There Goes the Bus

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When they said, “The bus is lost,” that didn’t mean the driver took a wrong turn. Heavy rains have left Brazil with massive drainage problems and flooding. On a stretch of the Trans-Amazon highway between Rurópolis and Itaituba, rushing water undercut the road’s foundation. On Tuesday, a bus was recorded as it was swallowed by the collapsing road, and is then washed away in the floodwaters. Fortunately, all the passengers got off the bus in time, and no one was injured. The story is in Portuguese with an English translation by Google. -Thanks, Ken Berken!


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An Embarrassing Moment at a Press Conference

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Nigel Hayes of the Wisconsin Badgers is a 6’7” elite basketball player, but you have to remember that he’s also a 20-year-old college student. During a press conference last week, he had a little fun with the stenographers that record everything for press releases, throwing out this quote:

“Before I answer that question, I would like to say a few words: cattywampus, onomatopoeia and antidisestablishmentarianism. (Laughs).”

During another press conference a couple of days later, Hayes was given an opportunity to repeat that stunt for the stenographers. He chose the word “syzygy,” but was also impressed with Debra Bollman’s appearance. And just like a 20-year-old college student, he remarked about it to his teammate while forgetting the microphone was hot. And then became quite embarrassed. His adorable reaction makes the whole sequence golden. Another thing you might learn in college besides big words: Pride goeth before a fall.  -via reddit


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Better Off Dead: 7 People Whose Death Notices Improved Their Lives

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1. Betty Robinson

At the 1928 Olympic Games in Amsterdam, Betty Robinson, a 16-year-old student from Riverdale, Ill., won a gold medal in the 100-meter dash and a silver medal as part of the 100-meter relay team. But her most impressive athletic achievement would come eight years later, when she staged one of the greatest comebacks in sports history.

In 1931, Robinson was flying in a small biplane with her cousin when they crashed near Chicago. After she was pulled from the wreckage, emergency workers declared her dead. Her body was placed in the trunk of a car and driven to a mortician, who realized that she was still alive. Robinson had suffered a concussion, a broken leg, a cracked hip, and a crushed arm. She would spend a total of seven months in a coma, followed by another six in a wheelchair.

Miraculously, after just three years, Robinson was able to walk again. And before long, she was running. Within three years, she’d resumed training and was up to her previous speed. But because she couldn’t bend her knees enough to crouch in the official starting position, she wasn’t qualified to compete in most races. She could still pass a baton, though. So, at the 1936 Olympics in Berlin, she was allowed to be the third runner in the 100-meter relay team. Although the German team led for most of the race, their final runner dropped the baton, and the U.S. team sprinted ahead to win by eight yards. Just five years after she’d been delivered to the undertaker, Robinson won her second Olympic gold.

2. Edward V. Rickenbacker

Edward Vernon Rickenbacker was an ace fighter pilot and one of America’s most dashing heroes. During World War II, he was sent to deliver a message to General Douglas MacArthur, who was leading the Pacific campaign from New Guinea. But in October of 1942, tragedy struck when Rickenbacker’s B-17 went down somewhere in the Pacific Ocean. After weeks of searching for his body, newspapers declared the war hero dead.

Twenty-four days after the accident, Rickenbacker and six of his companions were found alive, floating on a raft in the middle the ocean. Headlines nicknamed the pilot “Ironman Eddie” and “That Indestructible Man of Aviation.” Rickenbacker was thankful to have survived, but the weeks of starvation and dehydration had token a toll on his physical and emotional health. He and his men had to watch, helpless, as one of their ranks died aboard the raft. After Rickenbacker returned to health, he set about making certain that no soldier suffered such pain again. He used his fame to encourage the U.S. Air Force to design new life rafts equipped with radios and emergency supplies. Fittingly, they became known as “Rickenbackers.”

But Rickenbacker’s work was far from over.

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The Worst of Two Worlds

Graphic designer Ben Harmon did something that shouldn’t ever have been done. He created a new font that integrates the worst features of the worst fonts: Comic Sans and Papyrus. Behold, Comic Papyrus!

Presenting Comic Papyrus. You heard right — COMIC FREAKIN' PAPYRUS! Your two most favoritest fonts ever have FINALLY been smooshed together typographically, just as Darwin intended. Cross-bred. Cross-awesomified.

So stop wasting hours switching back and forth between your two old favorites, and just use your new favorite instead. Comic Papyrus combines the timeless rustic qualities from centuries past with the hilarious fun-loving wit of today's funny pages. It'll make you laugh (like a joke) and cry (like a mummy). Simultaneously!

He’s making the font available for your use for just $5. It’s everything in a font you never wanted. -via Motherboard


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Teletubbies are Horrifying in Black and White

This terrifying photograph has gone viral on the internet over the past 24 hours. Once upon a time, when almost every TV was in black and white, shows were lit in a way that made them look normal. But the Teletubbies are pretty much defined by their colors, and the bright cheerful colors of their surroundings. Without that palette, they are plastic soulless aliens.

Vanyaland mentioned that the picture reminded them of the creepy Joy Division video for their song “Atmosphere.” Within hours, Christopher G. Brown had the mashup ready for YouTube.

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If anything can be creepier than the still picture, it’s the moving pictures of the colorless Teletubbies.


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Fish Comes with Bonus Crocodile

Ben Stack was fishing just off Cape York, Australia, and caught a Threadfin. That’s a fish. But the line went taught, and Stack thought the fish had hidden under something and got the line caught. He slowly started to pull up a heavy weight, expecting a log to come up with the fish. He even leaned over the side of the boat to get a good look.

What took place in the next few seconds felt like a lifetime. Or was it that I felt like my life only had a few seconds. First, I saw a bit of silver, then I saw my lure with the fishes mouth wide open. I lifted the leader some more and leaned over further to see what the fish was hooked up on. It was at this moment, I realised I was staring eye to eye with a solid salt water crocodile. We were face to face and no more than 20 inches apart. Fright kicked in, I released the leader and flew backwards into the boat.

It was a frightening experience for Stack, and not a good day at all for the fish. Read Stack’s full account at Facebook. -via Arbroath

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That is a Long Cat

Longcat is back! Redditor FallenCoffee took a picture of his cat with a panoramic camera. And this was a day that kitty did not want to sit still for his picture, so now he is a centipede. This may remind you of Cyriak Harris’ Kitty City. Cats can be surreal even when they aren't trying to be.

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Who Will Die in The Walking Dead Season Five Finale?

There is only one more episode left in season five of The Walking Dead. This Sunday night’s aftershow, The Talking Dead, will feature guests Norman Reedus (Daryl), Melissa McBride (Carol), and a surprise guest, which often means someone who’s character died. But not always. If you’ve kept up with the plot these past seven episodes since the midwinter break, please vote for who you think will bite the big one in the season finale. Or who you’d like to see die. You can vote for more than one.

Of course, there's the possibility no one we care about at all will die. And they might give us a cliffhanger to think about until October. Oh, and if you aren't current on season five, and want to avoid spoilers, you might want to skip over the poll list.

Who will die Sunday on The Walking Dead?


























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Rap Battle: Hodor vs. Groot

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It’s the perfect matchup- Groot from Guardians of the Galaxy and Hodor, from Game of Thrones. Who’s the winner? It’s obviously Hodor. I laughed my way through this video before I realized it had English subtitles. Then I had to watch it again, and it was completely different. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Munchkin Kitten Compilation

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Munchkin cats have normal size bodies, but very short legs, due to a genetic mutation. It is a relatively new breed of cat that people find incredibly cute. You’ll see why in this compilation of Munchkin cat clips from MrFunnyMals. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Time Travel to Ancient Rome

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A stop-motion tourist in Rome gets to travel 2,000 years back in time to see how the ancient Romans built Trajan’s Column. The Column is a tower constructed of 29 huge slabs of marble, with spiral stairs carved out of the inside of each slab. The engineering genius required to assemble such a tower was unprecedented.

This video was created by Hans Weise and Fernando Gomez-Baptista to accompany the National Geographic feature story on the mysterious Trajan’s Column in the April issue. If you’re more interested in the animation, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at how it was made. -Thanks, Marilyn Terrell!


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The Daredevil Life and Pyrotechnic Death of Sophie Blanchard

Before Amelia Earhart, before Blanche Stuart Scott, before Pancho Barnes, there was Sophie Blanchard, who took to the air long before there were airplanes. Blanchard was the first woman to fly, and was appointed France’s Chief Air Minister of Ballooning by Napoleon Bonapart.

Over the course of her high-flying career, Blanchard gained a massive fanbase nad pioneered new flight techniques. Her test flights resulted in multiple near-death experiences before she finally perished in a fatal blaze of glory in 1819. It was a dizzyingly eventful life of 41 years, and worth celebrating on Blanchard’s 237th birthday.

Despite how flagrantly Blanchard flirted with death her whole life, she was a shy, nervous person, terrified of loud noises and riding in carriages. But when she married the ambitious early ballooner Jean-Pierre Blanchard in 1804, she finally discovered her ideal habitat—the quiet bliss of high altitudes.

Yes, she also became the first woman to die from flying, ten years after her daredevil husband did. It was a spectacular, gruesome, and very public death, which you can read about at Motherboard. -via Digg


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Uptown Passover

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The a cappella group Six13 is out with their pop culture parody song for Passover, as they take the holiday uptown! Passover begins Friday, April 3rd, but the song is here today to coincide with the release of their new album Six13, Vol. 6: Thirteen. The lyrics are at the YouTube page. Don’t be slavin’, just nosh! -via Time

See also: More songs by Six13.


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Berkeley Spampocalypse

Have you ever been caught in an email storm? Someone sends an email to a list instead of one recipient, then some on the list hit “reply all” to complain about it, and the emails escalate from there. It’s a mistake that has happened before, but this time it had a happy ending for some folks.

It all started late last Tuesday when Nigel Guest, president of a Berkeley community group called the Council of Neighborhood Associations, attempted to send an email to himself that mistakenly hit the inboxes of thousands of registered voters.

The brief email, with the subject line “test,” included a single character: “x.” Instead of ignoring the message, some of the recipients responded to ask why they gotten it. And, rather than replying only to Guest, they made the fateful, likely unintentional, decision to reply all.

What resulted was a string of thousands of emails going to thousands of people in Berkeley -and elsewhere. Some people ignored it, some were upset, and some had fun with it. You can see an imgur gallery with selected emails from the storm, including memes and t-shirts to commemorate the event.

One person in the chain asked when the potluck would be ...and the suggestion that they get together drew the immediate interest of list members who kept their sense of humor, so they started a Facebook group called CNA Survivors and an event page to plan the picnic. The picnic was held Sunday, and about 70 Berkeley voters came together in the spirit of community and shared tribulation.

A good time was had by all …who attended. -via Metafilter

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Walt Disney Pictures Intro Logos

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Since 1985, the Walt Disney Pictures logo that begins their movies always features a castle with a shooting star arching over it. It was the same logo for ten years, and then for Toy Story in 1995, they altered it a bit for that particular movie. In the 20 years since then, the logo has been customized for most of the movies (the Toy Story version became their default for Pixar films), while keeping the two basic elements. This video shows us the logos in front of 39 Disney films, and how they mesh with their subject matter. I also found out that there are a ton of Disney films I haven’t seen. -via Geeks Are Sexy 


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The Unlikely Baroness

A 1917 newspaper headline called her “The Richest Negro Girl in the World.” Sarah Rector was born in 1904, a member of the Creek Nation in Oklahoma. Her family had been slaves of the Creek before all their slaves were freed and made citizens. In accordance with the Dawes Allotment Act of 1887, all of Sarah’s family members were given allotments of land in Oklahoma. Sarah’s father sold off his and some of his children’s allotments to pay taxes on the rest. Sarah’s allotment was small and rocky, no good for farming, so her father leased it to an oil company. You can guess what happened.

Sarah’s first oil well came in August 1913, producing 105,000 gallons of oil each day. In a time when a nickel bought an ice cream soda, she netted more than $300 a day ($7,000 in 2015 currency). Published drilling updates reported Sarah ended up with over 50 completed wells on her property and the area exceeded the famed Glenn Pool production.

She was not the only Freedman minor whose land produced oil, but other children were taken advantage of by court-assigned guardians who siphoned off profits. Sarah’s guardian was a white family friend, chosen by her parents, who fairly allocated funds to the family under the supervision of a judge who would not put up with fraud. The story of how Sarah Rector’s life changed from that day on is a fascinating one, told in detail at This Land magazine. -via Digg


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If The Internet Was a High School

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If the internet were a high school, the people inside would be websites. And they’d all have their quirks. Google is the teacher, and the students include the ADHD twins (Vine and Twitter), the big man on campus (Facebook) who’s dating the cheerleader (Buzzfeed), the troublemaker (reddit), and quite a few nerds. Cracked, which produced this video, apparently skipped class that day. No surprise there. We can assume Neatorama is in the library, sorting things out in the adult section. This video contains some mildly vulgar references. -via Viral Viral Videos


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Name of the Year Tournament 2015

The contenders in the 2015 Name of the Year Tournament have been unveiled. Sixty-four names made the cut due to their individuality, whether it resulted from marriage, foreign languages, legal name change, or parents with a wicked sense of humor. The number one seeds this year are Cherries Waffles Tennis, Littice Bacon-Blood, Mussolini Africano, and Dr. Electron Kebebew. They will face some stiff competition from Genghis Muskox, Malvina Complainville, Rev. Pierbattista Pizzaballa, Amanda Miranda Panda, and Beethoven Bong. The ultimate winner this year will no doubt eclipse the 2014 winner, Shamus Beaglehole. Check out the enlargeable bracket for all 64 names. Voting in each region will begin soon, so check back at Name of the Year or get updates through Twitter. -via Metafilter


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The Grilled Chili Cheese Frito Crunch Sandwich

When Jill and Zeon go to the San Diego County Fair this year, they’ll have to try the new “all that and a bag of chips” sandwich -except this one has the chips right inside. The Grilled Chili Cheese Frito Crunch Sandwich makes chili, cheese, and Fritos a little easier to eat while you’re walking. You’ll find it at the the Grilled Cheese-a-Fair booth, whose proprietors unveiled it at a recent fair planning meeting. Does anyone want to place bets between now and then that they develop a method for deep-frying this sandwich?     

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We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Bigfoot

Burn! This is the creature who put the “sass” in Sasquatch. But entirely appropriate. I’ve wondered from time to time how they may feel about being nicknamed for an oversized body part. It probably does things to one’s self-esteem. This comic is the latest from Zach at Extra Fabulous Comics. -via reddit


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