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Werner The Vampyre

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Werner has a little trouble fitting into the modern world, until he re-embraced his dark side and became the modern version of the vampire: out for everyone's money as well as their blood! -Thanks, Chris!

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"La Muerte" Halloween Mask

Artist Chet Phillips (previously at Neatorama) designed this downloadable mask for those who waited until the last minute to plan your Halloween costume. It's described as "a cross between a monkey skeleton, the Grim Reaper, and a lucha libre mask." However you see it, it's scary cool! Link -Thanks, Chet!

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Police Break Up Cat Party

Residents of Suðurnes, Iceland, called police on Sunday after they observed several cats going in and out a window of an unoccupied house.

Police arrived at the scene and, entering the house, found no people there. However, two to three cats - the exact number is still unclear - were allegedly occupying the house. According to police reports, the cats were "snuggling" on a couch that had been left behind by the previous residents.

Officers on the scene sprang into action, immediately evicting the cats from the house. They then ensured that all doors and windows into the house were securely closed and locked, in the hopes of preventing an incident of this sort from ever happening again.

Squatters holding parties in abandoned buildings will not be tolerated -even if they are cats. Link -via Metafilter
 


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Pumpkin Proposal

How can a woman possibly say no to a man who put his heart and soul into this lovely autumn display? She didn't; she said yes! Link


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Anakin and the Paper Bag

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You remember Anakin the Two-legged Kitten? He is six months old now, and is taking life by the horns. Anakin played with this wonderful paper mailing bag for several days. Link -via The Daily What


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A Cat's Halloween Dream

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A Halloween greeting for you from Furball Fables.

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Movies of the Night

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This parody of "Creature of the Night" from The Rocky Horror Picture Show has to do with all the horror films we watch leading up to Halloween. A clip from Transylvania TV by Not Literally Productions. -Thanks, Ginny, Dana, and Erik!

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Dracula’s Pellagra and Lois Lane’s Lungs: Further Gleanings From the Medical Literature

by Christopher D. McManus Silver Spring, Maryland

Laypeople, many of whom are laypersons, mistakenly think that medical researchers care only about real people and their diseases. Not so. Maladies of fictional characters are the focus of a large body of medical literature. Of course, one expects some analysis of the maladies of Lear, Don Quixote, Medea, and other figures of classic tragedy. The surprise is that articles about characters in light, popular fiction are also numerous. These imaginary personalities include the denizens of fairy tales, nursery rhymes, novels, comic strips and comic books. Their physical, psychological and psychosomatic afflictions have all received the clinicians’ careful ministrations. Here is a small sample of the researchers’ earnest solicitude.

All the references below appeared as authentic articles in respected journals. Despite their sensational associations, the articles (at least, those which I have been able to get copies of and read) are all carefully researched, soberly written, and rewarding to study. The articles are listed, below, alphabetically by character.

In-Depth Analysis
Intentionally not included here are the case studies which use fictional characters simply to designate a syndrome observed among real patients. For example, “Rapunzel syndrome” describes a gastric complication characteristically found in girls. “Alice in Wonderland syndrome” is a manifestation of acute Epstein-Barr virus infection. The “Mickey Mouse sign,” “Snow White syndrome,” and “Pinocchio’s nose” are just a few of the medical terms derived from the realm of literature and applied to real patient classes. There are other journal articles, also not mentioned here, that use storybook names simply to characterize some medical procedure or process; Cinderella and Humpty Dumpty, to name a pair, are common labels in journal articles.

Heavies and Lightweights
The characters chronicled below can be divided into two categories: (a) horror figures (such as Dracula, Wolfman, the Terminator, Darth Vader, and Frankenstein’s monster), and (b) lighter figures (all the rest). Of the articles below about horror figures, four principally treat their psychological conditions, and one treats a physical condition. For articles on lighter characters, the ratio is 42 articles about the characters’ psychological health to 12 concerning physical conditions. Chi-square analysis confirms that the two ratios do not differ with any statistical significance. So, at least in the medical literature, Dracula, Frankenstein’s monster, and their horror-genre compatriots are no more mentally conflicted than their comic counterparts.

As previously reported, however, both horror and lighter fiction characters have significantly more reported psychological problems than real-life celebrities. (See “Dante’s Hair, Buddha’s Teeth, and Tutankhamun’s Breasts: Intimate Gleanings From the Medical Literature,” C.D. McManus, Annals of Improbable Research, vol. 8, no. 5, September-October 2002, pp. 14-19.)

Real Conclusions About Imaginary Characters
Four further conclusions must be faced squarely:

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Happy Birthday, Bob Ross!

If he were alive, TV painter Bob Ross would have turned 70 years old today. In honor of the occasion, mental_floss is dedicating their Lunchtime Quiz to the artist and his happy little trees. How much do you know about Bob Ross? Take the quiz and find out! Link


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Crazy Logistics

Where there's a will, there's a way, whether it's the best way or frighteningly unique. Dark Roasted Blend has a big collection of people finding ways to get things done, from eating lunch without a fork to working on the roof without a ladder. Link


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The Physics of Coffee Rings

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This video shows us the strangely fascinating process behind the formation of coffee rings on a surface. As the water evaporates, the solid particles of coffee rush to the edges of the spill. The research was done by the University of Pennsylvania’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. Because we all know that scientists are obsessed with coffee. Read more about it at Open Culture. Link

Previously: The Physics of Spilled Coffee.


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HOPE Halloween Costume

Whatever you think of politics, President Obama, or the upcoming election, you have to hand it to this guy who rigged up a Halloween costume as Shepard Fairey's "Hope" poster. At the link, you'll see a different angle that makes it look real. Link

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Carrie

Redditor coffee_IV won a costume contest with this lovely version of Sissy Spacek's character in the movie Carrie. I love the suspended bucket of blood! She said the whole costume cost about $15 to make. I bet her mother warned her before she went to the contest that they were all going to laugh at her. Link

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The Empty New York Subway

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(Image credit: Flickr user MTAPhotos/Aaron Donovan)

Here's something you don't see often -or ever. The New York City subway system is empty. The MTA closed down all train routes yesterday in preparation for Frankenstorm, or hurricane Sandy, which is expected to hit the city today. At the top is the Times Square station, normally the busiest subway junction in the city. Underneath is a photo of Grand Central Station, sans travelers. Jason Kottke posted these as part of a frequently-update mega post with links to all kinds of news and information on the storm. Link


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Four Stories of Alleged Time Travelers

Be mindful that the four stories in this list all came from the time travelers themselves. It starts of with the case of Andrew D. Basiago.

Basiago claims that as a child growing up in the 60s and 70s he was involved in “Project Pegasus,” a project lead by the United States military exploring time-travel and teleportation. One-hundred and forty children total were involved. Basiago’s adventures include being sent back to 1,000,000 BC and watching dinosaurs, being sent to 2045 to pick up microfilm, and meeting Barack Obama while he was still in school. As a reward for his good time-service Basiago was sent to hear Lincoln give the Gettysburg Address, where claims to have been photographed. BOOM! Proof!

Since coming forward with his claims Basiago has campaigned for the US government to reveal its time travel secrets. He’s also jumped on the 2012 band wagon, claiming a series of events will leave the Washington D.C. underwater.

The story of Basiago goes on to tell of how he traveled to Mars with Barack Obama and the number #2 time traveler on the list at Weird Worm. Link -via the Presurfer


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Alphagames

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Video artist and alphabet nerd Evan Seitz has another quiz, this time featuring video games from A to Z. How many can you name? -via Daily of the Day

See more of Seitz's alphabet quizzes.


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Fabric Made from Milk

During World War II, when real wool was scarce, the synthetic fabric Aralac became popular as a substitute. It was made from cheese! Maggie Koerth-Baker at Boing Boing tells us how Aralac is made, and although you don't see it much anymore, an improved fabric using the technique is still produced by a German company. Link


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The Great New England Vampire Panic

Although European vampire panics died out in the 1700s, America had its share of scares in the 1800s, particularly in New England, and particularly during outbreaks of tuberculosis. Some of the dead were dug up and killed a second time, just to make sure.

The particulars of the vampire exhumations, though, vary widely. In many cases, only family and neighbors participated. But sometimes town fathers voted on the matter, or medical doctors and clergymen gave their blessings or even pitched in. Some communities in Maine and Plymouth, Massachusetts, opted to simply flip the exhumed vampire facedown in the grave and leave it at that. In Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont, though, they frequently burned the dead person’s heart, sometimes inhaling the smoke as a cure. (In Europe, too, exhumation protocol varied with region: Some beheaded suspected vampire corpses, while others bound their feet with thorns.)

Often these rituals were clandestine, lantern-lit affairs. But, particularly in Vermont, they could be quite public, even festive. One vampire heart was reportedly torched on the Woodstock, Vermont, town green in 1830. In Manchester, hundreds of people flocked to a 1793 heart-burning ceremony at a blacksmith’s forge: “Timothy Mead officiated at the altar in the sacrifice to the Demon Vampire who it was believed was still sucking the blood of the then living wife of Captain Burton,” an early town history says. “It was the month of February and good sleighing.”

Yes, it happened in several states, a lot more often than one would suspect in 19th-century America. Read about these incidents in Smithsonian magazine's extensive article about American vampires. Link -via The Week

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Pumpkins in Childbirth

The blog Pregnant Chicken rounded up a whole slew of pumpkins and Jack O'Lanterns that were arranged and carved in such a way as to illustrate a pumpkin giving birth. Many of them appear to be from obstetrician's offices and maternity wards, because they need Halloween decorations, too! Be warned that as funny as they are, some images may be a little too graphic for the very young or very sensitive. Link

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Where Pumpkins Come From

The blog Pregnant Chicken rounded up a whole slew of pumpkins and Jack O'Lanterns that were arranged and carved in such a way as to illustrate a pumpkin giving birth. Many of them appear to be from obstetrician's offices and maternity wards, because they need Halloween decorations, too! Be warned that as funny as they are, some images may be a little too graphic for the very young or very sensitive. Link

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Papercraft Monsters

Jens and Anna designed some papercraft monsters to share. Check out the Snake o'Death, Bone Crusher, Giant Bulging Orb, Tentacle Slimer, Gut Gobbler, Eyeball Mucher, and Smiling Terror. Download the patterns, print out, and fold up these adorable horrible scary monsters for yourself! Link


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Nyan Cat Blanket

Craftster irisx crocheted 637 granny squares to create this Nyan Cat blanket! The project took nine weeks. The finished product is something special. There's also a time-lapse video showing how the squares were assembled. Link -Thanks, Lisa!


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Fire Station Fire

A fire station in Lanzhou, Gansu province, China, was gutted by a fire recently, causing chagrin for the local fire department. It was first announced as a "training exercise," but later fire officials had to admit that a welding spark ignited a nearby can of gasoline, and the resulting blaze spread out of control. The improperly-stored gas can led at least one blogger to ridicule fire officials.

"They're forever telling other people what to do, how many extinguishers to have and closing down businesses because they don't meet fire regulations.

"How about we close them down now?" said one local blogger.

Link -via Arbroath


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Synchro Cat

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Kitty see, kitty do! What? Have you never seen a woman dancing with her cat before? -via Daily PIcks and Flicks


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Things You can Serve in a Pumpkin

Pumpkins are quite useful as both baking dishes and serving dishes, if you don't mind a little pumpkin flavor in your recipe. They come in all sizes, and are quite impressive to your guests! Check out this list of 21 different things you can eat out of a pumpkin at Buzzfeed, with links to recipes from all over. Shown here is a pumpkin filled with oatmeal, ready for breakfast! Link

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Extremely Silly Photos of Extremely Serious Historical Figures

It's always nice to catch a glimpse of VIPs doing things everyday normal people do. This image of Tsar Nicholas II playing airplane made me wonder whether the guy supporting him was really a "friend" or a subject forced to carry him -but the source gallery at Retronaut labels him as a fellow royal. Other celebrities in the list at Flavorwire include Albert Einstein, Joe Stalin, Richard Nixon, Franklin Roosevelt, and more. Link


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Halloween Awakening

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There are many stop-motion video of pumpkins carving themselves, but this one has a twist. Five years after we first posted this video, it still makes me smile.  

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What is the "7" in 7UP?

Neatorama presents a guest post from actor, comedian, and voiceover artist Eddie Deezen. Visit Eddie at his website.

What is the "7" in 7UP? We'll never know for sure. The soft drink's creator, Charles Leiper Grigg, went to the grave without ever revealing where he got the name. But there several interesting rumors regarding its origin.

When Grigg introduced his drink in October 1929, it had neither a "7" nor an "UP" in its name. He called it "Bib-label Lithiated Lemon-lime Soda." Imagine trying to order that bad boy from a Taco Bell drive-through! Bib-label Lithiated Lemon-lime Soda is perhaps the single worst name for a soft drink in soda history. How did he come up with this extraordinarily crummy name?

"Bib-label" referred to the use of paper labels that were placed on plain bottles. The "Lithiated" related to the mind-altering drug lithium. No kidding.

Besides having a very bizarre name, Grigg's concoction hit stores just two weeks before the 1929 stock market crash. It also faced competition from about 600 other lemon-lime sodas. Despite all of these daunting factors, the new drink actually sold pretty well. Chalk it up to the cool, refreshing taste of lithium.

But even with its success, Griggs soon realized that Bib-label Lithiated Lemon-lime Soda was a little tricky to remember (you think?) or maybe he just got sick of saying it himself. Griggs changed the name of his drink to "7UP."

Here's the most persuasive (and logical) explanation for the name: The "7" refers to the drink's seven ingredients, and the "UP" has to do with the soda's rising bubbles. This version is supported by an early 7UP tagline: "Seven natural flavors blended into a savory, flavory drink with a real wallop."

The seven ingredients were carbonated water, sugar citric acid, lithium citrate, sodium citrate, and essences of lemon and lime oils (technically two ingredients).

Of course, it's entirely possible that as executives devised the ingredients angle to fit the name rather than vice-versa. There are other possible origins, but these theories range from the unlikely to the preposterous. These include:

* Griggs saw a cattle brand that looked like 7UP.

* Griggs was rooting for a seven in a game of craps he was playing in .

* The original 7UP bottle held seven ounces.

* "Seven Up" contains seven letters.

b It's quite possible that the "7" refers to nothing at all -Griggs may have simply devised the name to stir up people's interest. In any case, the new name seemed to work okay.

But 1940, 7UP had become the third most popular and best-selling drink in the world. And even when the delicious lithium was dropped from the recipe in 1950, the drink remained a hit.

Is 7UP an aphrodisiac? Remember Wilt Chamberlain, the great basketball player who claimed he had made love to 20,000 women in his lifetime? Well, Wilt the Stilt's favorite drink was 7UP. According to Wilt, "I used to drink the stuff all the time."

Hmmm...


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The Highest Credit Score in the US

The highest possible credit score is 850. But apparently, no one ever gets that score. Tom Pavelka of Westlake, Ohio, recently was congratulated by a credit bureaus for having a credit score of 848, which "ranks higher than 100 percent of U.S. consumers." How did he do it?

He has a few simple rules:

1. Never charge something without having something to show for it.

2. Never spend money without knowing when you can repay it.

3. Pay your bills on time.

You might think you have to have no debt to have a really high credit score, but that's not true. Credit scores are formed in part based on your payment history. If you never have debt, you have no track record for repaying it.

In fact, the Pavelkas have a mortgage (with four years left,) an equity line that he usually uses to buy cars and then pays off, four credit cards with amounts due this month (they pay the bills in full each month) and a total of eight credit cards with available credit exceeding $120,000.

But here's what might be the biggest factor in building such a reputation for financial responsibility: the Pavelkas have no children. Link -via Consumerist

(Image credit: Gus Chan/The Plain Dealer)


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10 Old-Timey Medical Treatments Inspired by Your Nightmares

A hundred years ago, the state of medical knowledge was a bit thin by our standards, but it was much better than what came before. A list at Cracked makes us glad to live in the time we do, despite the price of health insurance. You are probably familiar with some of the frightening treatments on the list, but some may be new to you, like the practice of stuffing balls into a person's lung. I am not making this up.

It was a procedure called plombage, which was the process of collapsing a person's lungs with acrylic balls to allow them to "rest" and heal the lesions caused by tuberculosis. The drawback to this therapy was that sometimes the balls were never taken back out, which led to infection, sepsis and other serious complications related to having your lung tissue inundated with balls made of the same material used to craft RuPaul's fingernails.

There are other treatments that are illustrated with pictures that may be disturbing. Link

(Image credit: New England Journal of Medicine)


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