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That's My Captain, Jean-Luc Picard


Photo: Twitter

If you don't recognize the names and faces then the two people involved here are Sir Patrick Stewart and LeVar Burton. Stewart and Burton both played lead characters on Stark Trek: The Next Generation. Stewart was Captain Jean-Luc Picard and Burton was Lt. Commander Geordi La Forge. If you still don't recognize them by now, well then you are a lost soul. Star Trek guy with a VISOR ring a bell?

In the image above you can see that Burton retweeting a picture of Stewart getting tangled in Christmas lights. It's good to see that the actors still have a friendly rapport and that there characters still mean something to them. Star Trek geeks, rejoice!

Via The Monica Bird

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Just Look At That Schnoz

Elephant shrews are not only adorable, they are also fascinating creatures. For example, they are actually more closely related to elephants than shrews.This little guy was just born at the National Zoo and the staff there must be proud of how cute he ended up.


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

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Big Dreams

Hey, dragons are lizards, aren't they? Even little lizards need someone to look up to (and maybe a nice warm keyboard to lie on). Link

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One Grumpy Cat


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I woke up at 5:00 AM to go hiking with my dog since this whole daylight savings time has thrown my biological clock for a loop. This was my face.

Only kidding, why it's Tard the Grumpy Cat of course! Yes her name is Tard, short for Tardar (Tartar) Sauce. She is quite amusing. The cat belongs to Tabatha Bundesen and was originally posted on Reddit in September by her brother, redditor Cataliades. Also on Youtube.

-Via Tard The Grumpy Cat

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Skull Watch, c. 1640-1650


This spooky watch, which measures under two inches across, was made by Swiss watchmaker Isaac Penard (1619-1676). If I had one, I'd love for people to ask me for the time just so I could see their reactions when I pull it out.

Link -via Anachronistic Exploration | Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art

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What November is For

A mall started playing Christmas music on November first. A baker at the cookie store decided to express her opinion on the mall's music selection by baking a cookie. A big cookie with a big message. Redditor MundaneHymn, who also works at the mall, thought it was worth sharing. Link

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New Species of Monkey Discovered

Photo: Maurice Emetshu

Oh, hello humans! Meet Cercopithecus lomamiensis or the Lesula, the newest primate species discovered by science. The monkey has been known locally in the remote forests of the Democratic Republic of Congo all along, but until now, it has been unknown to the outside world:

In an age where so much of the earth's surface has been photographed, digitized, and placed on a searchable map on the web discoveries like this one by a group of American scientists this seem a throwback to another time.

"We never expected to find a new species there," says John Hart, the lead scientist of the project, "but the Lomami basin is a very large block that has had very little exploration by biologists." [...]

"Our Congolese field teams were on a routine stop in Opala. It is the closest settlement of any kind to the area of forest we were working in," says Hart.

The team came across a strange looking monkey tethered to a post. It was the pet of Georgette, the daughter of the local school director.

She adopted the young monkey when its mother was killed by a hunter in the forest. Her father said it was a Lesula, well-known to hunters in that part of the forest. The field team took pictures and showed them to Hart.

"Right away I saw that this was something different. It looked a bit like a monkey from much further east, but the coloring was so different and the range was so different," said Hart.

David McKenzie of CNN has the story: Link

By the way, The last discovery of a new monkey species was 28 years ago.

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This $9 Cardboard Bike Can Support Riders Up To 485lbs

It's cheap, it's lightweight, and it runs on renewable energy. Best of all, it actually exists. 

Izhar Gafni has worked in a number of fields, but until recently, cardboard bike design wasn't one of them. Inspired by the cardboard canoe and inexpensive computer tech (like the Raspberry) that have made these items affordable for consumers all around the world and easy to manufacture, Gafni realized a bicycle that was easy to build, sturdy, and most importantly, made of renewable resources, was probably something the world needed. But it wasn't easy, as he attests. This short film documents the design's concept and early models through to final design, shown above. 

Manufacturing the bike will cost between $9 and $12 per unit, and $5 for a smaller children's version. Link -via

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Better Names for Things

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Jeff Wysaski at Pleated Jeans renames consumer goods to make their purpose more clear. Makes plenty of sense to me! Link

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Grandma Gave Birth to Own Grandson

Remember the song I'm My Own Grandpa? Well, this one is kind of like that:

Madden Hebert is a typical week-old baby -- "eating like a champ and he doesn't fuss too much," according to his mother.

But there's nothing typical about how he came about. Last week, Madden's grandmother gave birth to him.

"It was all pretty simple as far as I was concerned," said Linda Sirois, 49, of Madawaska, who carried and delivered Madden because her daughter, Angel Hebert, had a heart condition that meant it would be unsafe for her to get pregnant.

Sirois said she has let her daughter know for years that she would become a surrogate mother for her if a doctor suggested that she not become pregnant.

Grandmother, mother, and baby are doing just fine, by the way: Link

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Pencil Nunchucks

We've featured the incredible pencil carvings of Dalton M. Ghetti before on Neatorama, but I'm blown away to find his latest creation: pencil nunchucks.

From Dalton's website:

To create his sculpture, he holds the pencil in his hand under a strong light source (table lamp or sunlight) and carves it mostly with a sewing needle and a very sharp, triangular, small, metal blade. He works at very small intervals: 1 to 2 hours maximum per day whenever he gets inspired. He works very slowly by removing specks of graphite at a time. It therefore takes months or sometimes years to complete a sculpture.

Link - via Incredible Things

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Man and His Best Friend in Lake Superior

Photo: Hannah Stonehouse/Stonehouse Photography

Photographer Hannah Stonehouse took this marvelous photo of her friend John Unger swimming with his dog Schoep, who at 19 years old, now has arthritis and has trouble sleeping. Unger found that the water helps the dog's pain and takes the dog to Lake Superior to lull him to sleep. The photo has gone viral on Facebook, and it's easy to see why.

John Lundy of Duluth News Tribune has the back story of the man and his best friend: Link - via Huffington Post and PetaPixel

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