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Take A Trip Into The Monster-Filled Depths Of The Dark Dark Woods

You've heard this tale many times before- a princess is bored of the royal life, so she decides to go out and find some adventure outside the castle walls, where dire circumstances in a dark forest help her grow up fast.

The animated short Dark Dark Woods is kinda like that, only in this story the dark woods come to the princess...

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Dark Dark Woods was created by third year students from The Animation Workshop in Denmark, and hopefully it won't be long before this short is turned into a feature length movie!


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Actual Old Man Logan

Wolverine will be a badass until the day he dies, and he'll probably spend his golden years slashing and slaying his foes like he did when he was a pup, but the Old Man Logan storyline tells a different story.

And if that wasn't confusing enough the new Marvel movie Logan tells yet another story about the mighty mutant's later years, so which story is to be believed?

This video by The Warp Zone seems like the most realistic interpretation to me!

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-Via Geeks Are Sexy


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Woman Shows Off Her '57 Chevy, The First And Only Car She Has Ever Bought

People are constantly saying "they don't make them like they used to", a folksy statement that doesn't really apply to many things despite what the speaker had in mind.

But there is one thing they truly don't make like they used to- automobiles. The cars made in the early to mid-20th century were built to last a lifetime or more if properly cared for and driven safely.

Case in point- this 2011 video from the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel featuring Grace Braeger showing off her cherry 1957 Chevrolet, which is the first and only car Grace has ever bought.

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Grace's beautiful 57 Chevy gives new meaning to the term "granny car"!

-Via Laughing Squid


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Dog Returned To Shelter With Letter From Girl Who Loved Him

Some people shouldn't be allowed to own a pet, and yet these bad owners keep adopting pets and abandoning them when caring for the animal becomes "too hard".

Rhino Lightning the Boxer fell victim to one of these bad owners when he was adopted from the Humane Society then returned months later because "They felt that he was a little too rambunctious with their small children".

But one of the kids clearly loved spending time with poor Rhino, and the helpful letter she sent along with Rhino shows she's going to be a great pet owner- unlike her parents.

Her adorable note contains advice like "Rhino need's lots of atenchen", "don't tease him with treats he will start to bark like crazy" and "his full name is Rhino litning then your last name. please don't rename him".

Rhino was adopted soon after being returned to the Humane Society of Utah, and the new owners agreed to follow the little girl's advice and let Rhino Lightning keep his awesome name.

Read Dog Is Returned To Shelter With With A Letter From The Girl Who Loves Him here

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

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Invasion Of The Insectoid Tchotchkes

The porcelain tchotchkes of the past were so boringly innocuous they felt out of place in a haunted house, dungeon or starbase, but these insectoid replicant figurines by Curious Cryptid Curios fit right in!

They were crafted by Miss Mantis to fit in with the rest of the snobbish porcelain statues on the shelf, but their heads reveal their true nature and make stuffy statue collectors recoil in horror.

Miss Mantis has also created an amazing series of Altered Authors, starring writers Louisa May Alcottontail, Jane Austern, Salmon Rushdie and the mysterious Neil Gaimantis.

-Via Dangerous Minds


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This Guy Ate His Own Hip As Part Of An Art Project

There are far too many people out there who want to become professional artists and far too few with actual talent, so the wanna-bes resort to gimmicks to sell their art rather than earning their success.

But Norwegian artist Alexander Selvik Wengshoel wasn't trying to capitalize on a gimmick when he ate part of his own hip for an art project- he was just trying to make his art project that much more personal.

First, here's a little background on Alexander- he was born with a deformed hip, which was a constant source of pain and left him in a wheelchair for much of his life.

Around 2010 doctors offered him the chance to receive a metal hip replacement, which he jumped at so long as the doctors would let him film the operation and keep his old hip.

After some discussion the doctor agreed, and Alexander began The Body Project- the multimedia journaling of a life-changing event. So how did he end up eating his own hip?

Taking a piece of yourself home in a plastic bag is one thing. But how did you end up eating your own tissue?

Originally my meat wasn’t part of the project. I was just going to scrape it off and throw it away. As I gave the bone its first boil, in a little kettle, the flesh came off and I poured it into the wash sink. Then the shock hit me – I thought: "Oh my god, this is my flesh."

I quickly concluded that it was too personal to photograph and picked up a piece. I stared at it for a long time and then I said, "F@#k it." I put it into my mouth, tasted, chewed, swallowed and got to crying uncontrollably. It was happiness, anger and frustration combined.

Did you throw up?
No, after a couple of minutes of crying, it suddenly felt very natural and I didn’t think of it as human flesh anymore. So I continued boiling and scraping. Pulled out some chilli and garlic and fried it in a pan. Salt and pepper was mandatory and so was a good bottle of wine. Then I lit some candles and also whipped up some potato gratin. Sat down and ate it all – it became a ceremony, a ritual.

Read This Guy Ate His Own Hip For An Art Project here


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An Exploration Of What Made The Ren & Stimpy Show So Unique

The Ren & Stimpy Show made a strong impression on young minds (and probably warped a few too), but John K.'s incredible cartoon show wasn't made to be watched by kids alone.

And for the most part kids didn't get why Ren & Stimpy was such a special show, one that inspired the animation industry to give up safety for the sake of artistry and visual delight- they just liked the visual gags.

The Nerdwriter Evan Puschak grew up watching Ren & Stimpy in the 90s, but as he rewatched the series he started to appreciate all the amazing and groundbreaking elements that made The Ren & Stimpy Show super special.

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-Via Laughing Squid


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Engagement Photos That Will Make You Want To Stay Single Forever

Engagement photos have become a big social media show, and people have asked for their partner's hand in marriage in so many creative and clever ways they've set the bar far too high for the unengaged.

But if you're feeling intimidated by all the amazing engagement photos you've seen online don't worry- there are plenty of fails posted online too that'll make you say "WTF were they thinking?"

In theory engagement photos should make you either feel happy for the couple, jealous of their love or both, but terrible engagement photos make single people feel like they've dodged a bullet!

See 18 Hilariously Awkward Engagement Photos here


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A Machete Martial Arts Master Shares His Secrets

Weapon based martial arts are exciting to watch, and fighters who train in these deadly styles are truly a brave lot, but there's something so cringeworthy about fighting with a machete.

Maybe it's because machetes are made for chopping through trees so they do nasty things to human flesh, or maybe it's because I associate machetes with Jason Voorhees and Central American drug cartels.

But in Haiti machete fencing is not only a popular martial art with roots in agriculture- it's an important part of history that dates back to the Haitian Revolution of 1791 to 1804.

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National Geographic spoke to machete fencing master Alfred Avril about Haiti's unique and deadly cool martial art, revealing how the machete became an important symbol of Haitian freedom.


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Sleep Paralysis Sufferer Recreates His Nightmares In Photos

Suffering from sleep paralysis must be a terrifying experience, especially when the unfortunate soul first learns they have the disorder the hard way.

Sleep paralysis occurs when we're about to enter REM sleep- the body becomes paralyzed to prevent the dreamer from acting out their dreams, turning the whole experience of sleep into a waking nightmare. 

Photographer Nicolas Bruno has been suffering with sleep paralysis since he was 15 years old, and as a teenager he thought he was "possessed by demons".

Now that he knows better Nicolas wants to share his nightmares with us through his photos, recreating scenes that have played out in his mind while he dealt with having no control over his body.

“This project has gifted me a sense of who I am,” he said. “It gave me the strength to persevere in life, to create art and speak to people. It gifted me art, and I don’t know where I would be without it.”

See 22-Year-Old Man With Sleep Paralysis Recreates His Nightmares In Photos, And It's Terrifying here


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How An Old Camera Flash Became The First Star Wars Lightsaber

Most people are familiar with the iconic look of the side mounted Graflex flash, the one that's always attached to those bellow-bodied folding Graflex cameras in old movies and TV shows.

This bright flash was often used as a comedic element, something that would blind the characters and deliver a laugh, but did you know it was also used to make movie history?

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This video by DigitalRev In-Focus reveals how crafty prop builders used the battery tube from the Graflex flash to create the iconic lightsaber Obi Wan passed on to Luke and inadvertantly made movie history.

-Via Boing Boing


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Interesting Facts About The Secret Of NIMH

The Secret Of NIMH might not be Don Bluth's highest grossing film (that honor goes to Anastasia), nor is it his most popular film of all time (that's split between An American Tail and The Land Before Time).

But the animated adaptation of Mrs. Frisby and the Rats of NIMH was Don's first film after he, John Pomeroy and Gary Goldman left Disney in 1979 to form Don Bluth Productions, and it totally blew 80s kids away.

The Secret of NIMH had suspense, intrigue and mice in mortal danger. There were sword fights, an old wizard and a magic amulet, and the characters are so sympathetic viewers can't help but hiss at the wicked rats led by Jenner and root for the Brisby family.

Speaking of the Brisbys- their name in the book is "Frisby" but Wham-O, makers of the Frisbee, made them change the name because it was too similar.

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There's also the matter of Jenner's reluctant sidekick going nameless in the film, and since he's the one who puts an end to Jenner he deserves his name to be known, so here's to you Sullivan!

But what's up with the name NIMH? It stands for National Institute of Mental Health, which was only mentioned by the Farmer's Wife once in the film, but explains a lot about those rodents going psycho!

Read 12 Facts About 'The Secret Of NIMH' at mental_floss


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The New McDonald's Straw Dedicated To Optimum Milkshake Consumption

McDonald's has always tried to personalize the experience of dining at their restaurants in every way possible, from the (formerly clowny) decor to the food packaging to the little golden arches on every napkin.

They even have the largest drinking straws in the fast food biz, which some people feel are partly responsible for the rise of obesity in America, and now McDonald's is about to make history again with their new S.T.R.A.W.

It stands for Suction Tube for Reverse Axial Withdrawal, and it's the most over-engineered straw ever created, made to optimize consumption of McDonald's new half-mint half-chocolate shake.

Since no-one wants their chocolate to mint ratio to be compromised by poor technology, mcdonald’s turned to two highly-qualified engineering firms, JACE and NK labs to create the STRAW.

The STRAW is a J-shaped, snorkel-like vessel that provides optimal flavor flow dynamics. the tube has side openings to suck in both layers at once, and is engineered to work just as well at the bottom of the shake as it did at the top.

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The fact that McDonald's hired two engineering firms to create a new milkshake straw may seem a bit crazy, but if you're a fan of milkshakes you know you wanna try one!

-Via Designboom

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Stay In A Vacation State Of Mind With These Travel Themed NeatoShop T-Shirts

Travel Quote by Early Kirky

Everyone wishes they could vacation forever, roaming where they want to even if that means roaming around the world.

But between our jobs, domestic responsibilities and limited funding the dream of vacationing forever must forever remain a dream...or does it?

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Vacationing is usually all about the destination

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And all about doing something you love somewhere you've never been before

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But vacationing is ultimately all about being in a vacation state of mind!

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Rare Photos Of Jean-Michel Basquiat Before He Was Famous

Jean-Michel Basquiat didn't live long enough to see how his loose, abstract style would inspire artists to make a beautiful mess, nor did he get to see the awesome movie about him starring Jeffrey Wright.

But while he lived he saw damn near every side of life in NYC, from squatting in abandoned buildings with junkies to living the lush life with wealthy patrons in artists' lofts and penthouses.

Basquiat saw so much more than other young people, and his vision made him famous once he started sharing it with us all through his paintings.

These rare photos were taken by his girlfriend Alexis Adler in the East Village apartment they shared in 1979, at a time when young Basquiat was still free- free from fame, free from drugs, and free to really enjoy life.

See Rare Photos Of A Young Basquiat In His East Village Home here


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A Reporter Interviews Reformed Zombies In "Less Than Human"

Zombie lore has changed quite a bit since the first Night Of The Living Dead film, and zombies have gone from being strictly undead eating machines to humans afflicted with a life-altering virus.

That means if and when a cure is found for their condition zombies may be able to rejoin human society, that is, if they're no longer seen as a threat:

In the aftermath of a zombie outbreak, zombies are cured and exiled to secluded camps. There has been talk about rehabilitating post-zombies back into society. Steve, the journalist reporting on the case, thinks the zombies still pose a threat to society. He ventures into one of these camps to prove to the world that rehabilitation is out the question.

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"Less Than Human" was created by a team of students at The Animation Workshop in Denmark, and it has certainly left me hungry to see more!

-Via Laughing Squid


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A Brave Soul From Saskatchewan Wore JNCO Jeans For Seven Days To Find Himself

JNCO took the fashion world by storm in the 90s by making ridiculously baggy jeans with the widest legs ever produced, which made them extra floppy, saggy and often made them look like an ankle length skirt.

With JNCO set to bring big legs back to the jeans scene VICE writer Devin Pacholik decided to see what he missed by not owning a pair of JNCO jeans in the 90s- so he bought a pair and wore them for a week straight.

Devin wore them to the symphony, the mall, while giving an university lecture, while hanging out with friends, while performing at a podcast taping attended by 200 people and out on a date with his wife.

After each event Devin asked people for feedback on his big, bold fashion statement and they told him things like "these are literally the worst things I've ever seen", "I thought you were going to kill me" and "I love them, I have the same ones".  

And through it all Devin learned about trends, unwanted attention and the folly of using too much fabric to make a pair of jeans.

Read I Wore JNCO Jeans For Seven Days To Find Myself here


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A Camera Lens Made From 32,000 Drinking Straws

Photographers have always known they don't need fancy equipment to take a picture, because many early cameras were nothing more than a box with a hole in it and a glass plate covered with emulsion inside.

So when shutterbugs make their own cameras it's so they can take an unique image with their handmade creation, one that can't be taken or replicated with a normal camera.

That search for an unique image is what led Mich Farrell and Cliff Haynes to combine 32,000 drinking straws into an unusual analog "Straw Camera" that takes the most unusual photos.

Here's an explanation of how their straw camera works:

The straw camera measures 20 x 24 inch, and the two artists have experimented to produce black and white, color, and negative images. They also explored the use of corrugated plastic instead of straws, to achieve a more even effect.

Haynes explains that the straws have a ‘raw’ f stop, where a 254mm long, 22mm wide straw gives an aperture of about f127, which they used as a starting point for exposure. Each straw has its own density and hue, and the analogue creation gives a straight indexical rendering of whatever is placed directly in front of it.


-Via Boing Boing


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Photographer Throws Miniature Parties For The Squirrels Who Visit Her Yard

I think squirrels are swell little critters, and it really chaps my hide when I hear about people killing those little bushy tailed brats for no good reason.

However, I don't like squirrels enough to invite them into my home or party with them, but photographer Ashly Deskins does and the photos she takes at her squirrel parties are totally nuts!

Ashly sets up little parties on her back porch then waits patiently for her party guests to arrive before taking absolutely precious pictures of the squirrels eating and enjoying the festivities.

In an effort to keep the squirrels she has named Luna and Neville, and their friends, coming back to her yard Ashly is constantly changing and improving her party scenarios:

“It started with just some little props and eventually led to me buying flooring to create more detailed images,” Deskins said. “By observing the squirrels, I can determine what they feel comfortable jumping on… and what I can or can’t use.”

See This Woman Throws Miniature Parties For Squirrels Who Come To Visit Her here

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This Is What Happens When Escalators Acquire A Taste For Shoes

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As a child my sister was terrified of escalators and I never understood why, until one of my friends almost lost a toe to some particularly sharp teeth on the edge of an escalator.

He was wearing flip flops at the time so the argument could be made that it was as much his fault as the escalator's, but seeing his toe after that incident made me switch to stairs for years to come.

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Escalators are safe until they decide to drop out beneath your feet or gobble up your shoe, so ride that moving staircase with caution, folks- and keep all your toes where they belong!

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See Even If You're Just A Little Nervous About Escalators, You Won't Make It Through This Post here


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Pearl The Goat Is In Love With The UPS Man

Goats are interesting critters with fascinating minds and bold personalities, and that's why they're popular pets both on and off the ranch.

Sadly, some goats are treated poorly by humans, but if they're as lucky as Pearl the goat they end up in a rescue center like the Gentle Barn in Tennessee, where they can meet new, and much nicer, human friends.

And even though Pearl was abused by her former owner she still has lots of love to give to her favorite human friend- the UPS man.

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Read Pearl The Rescued Goat Is In Love...With The UPS Man at Huffington Post

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What's The Difference Between A Coffin And A Casket?

People use the words coffin and casket interchangeably when talking about funeral arrangements, but morticians know there's more than just a price difference between the two-the difference is in the shape and function.

Coffins are the octagonal burial containers made wider at the shoulder and tapered at the feet to fit the body, and they're used pretty much exclusively for burial.

But by the mid-19th century undertakers had become funeral directors, and they needed something more luxurious and showy than a coffin for viewing purposes- so the casket was created.

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Caskets are lined and typically rectangular shaped burial containers with hinged lids and decorative elements, and nowadays caskets are often custom made to suit the deceased to a T.

-Via mental_floss


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Trading Cards For Fictional Athletes By Cuyler Smith

In the world of sports trading cards professional athletes get all the love, but what about all those professional actors who play athletes in movies and TV shows? Don't they deserve their own commemorative trading cards too?

Illustrator Cuyler Smith clearly agrees, because he has created artwork for two different sets of trading cards starring the stars in their sportiest roles.

There's a card for Danny McBride as Kenny Powers, Keanu Reeves as Shane Falco, Michael J. Fox as "Teen Wolf" Scott Howard, and Chevy Chase as Ty Webb in Caddyshack 1 and 2 too.

Na-na-na-na indeed sir! Cuyler's way too cool illustrations for Trading Cards 2, the trading card set of my unathletic dreams, is currently being shown at Gallery 1988 now through March 7th.

They'll sweep you off your feet!

-Via Laughing Squid


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Why Cartoon Characters Wear Gloves

When cartoons were wholly crafted by hand animators used all kinds of tricks to speed up the process, and one of their tricks made a character's hands more visible, emotive and easier to animate-they put gloves on 'em.

This small change made a world of difference for early animators who were discovering rounder was better in a character design, and simplification saved precious time during production.

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This toon-tastic video by Vox shows how gloves became an iconic part of a cartoon's character design, and how Mickey's gloves started it all.

-Via DesignTAXI


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A New Novel Reveals The Fate Of Jar Jar Binks After Revenge Of The Sith

Ever since he made his last big screen appearance in Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith Jar Jar Binks has been the butt of many jokes, and a few fan theories even speculate the Gungan may be a Sith Lord in disguise.

Mashable received an advanced copy of Chuck Wendig's new novel Star Wars Aftermath: Empire's End and found out that fan theory hit the Meesa right on the Binks- because Jar Jar was working for the Empire after all.

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In Empire's End a young refugee runs into Jar Jar, who is now a street performer, and the Gungan opens up to the kid about his dark past:

"Jar Jar makin some uh-oh mistakens," the Gungan says, explaining why he isn't wanted anywhere either. "Desa hisen Naboo tink I help the uh-oh Empire." He stares into the distance, suggesting he knows more than he's saying.

I knew that little bastard stank worse than Dagobah!

-Via The Verge


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Ten Of The Oldest Cities In The World

Every time I travel through California I'm reminded of how young the cities in my state are compared to cities like Boston and NYC, let alone when compared to ancient cities like Athens, Greece.

But even though cities like Los Angeles and San Diego are only a couple of hundred years old there's a city about 2000 miles south of California that has been around for over 2500 years- Cholula, Mexico.

Cholula was home to the Olmecs, Toltecs and Aztecs, and when the town was conquered by Hernán Cortés and his Conquistadors he called it "the most beautiful city outside Spain".

The small colonial town of 60,000 is best known for Tlachihualtepetl, the Great Pyramid of Cholula, which is the largest pyramid in the world and the largest archaeological pyramid site in the New World.

Cholula has definitely seen some epic battles in its day, but those battles cannot compare to the wars fought in and around Plovdiv, Bulgaria.

Plovdiv dates back to at least 4000 BCE, and as one of the oldest cities in Europe it has seen its fair share of invaders, conflict and resurrection, traces of which can be seen in the city's 39-foot thick cultural layers.

The Romans, Greeks, Persians, Celts, Goths, Huns, Slavs, Turks and Ottomans have all invaded and/or conquered Plovdiv throughout its storied history, each one contributing to the city's history like a patch on a quilt.

Read more about 10 Of The Oldest Cities In The World here


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Plants You Should Always Grow Together In The Garden

Too much sun, too little water, bugs, poor quality soil and a lack of fertilization are some of the main reasons why fruits and veggies fail to grow in the garden, but did you know what we grow together matters too?

It turns out plant pairing can be just as important as where, when and how you grow, so start planting the right stuff side-by-side and reap the rewards!

Sweet smelling roses attract pests, so grow some pungent garlic next to your roses and repel those pests with the delicious power of nature.

Nematodes (roundworms) attack melons at the root, but growing marigolds next to your melons can be as effective as chemical treatments at controlling those pests- and they look pretty too!

Everybody loves to grow fresh tomatoes in the garden, but did you know tomatoes can be a cabbage's best friend?

Diamondback moth larvae love to munch on cabbage leaves but tomato plants are repellant to the larvae, so grow tomatoes and cabbage together to keep your leaves from getting all chewed up.

See 26 Plants You Should Always Grow Side-By-Side here


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An Animated History Of Russia

Russia is constantly in the news these days, and people can't seem to agree on whether Putin's trying to bring back the Iron Curtain or whether he's coming around to the idea of being a part of the global community.

This mistrust is partly due to the fact that schools didn't teach us about Russian history, in order to keep the Cold War extra icy, so maybe if we learn about Russian history we'll understand them better.

But who wants to read those long, boring history books? You're better off watching The Animated History of Russia by James Suibhne so you can learn it all in a nutshell before you dive into those dusty tomes!

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-Via Laughing Squid


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Woman Takes Selfie In 11 Different Dressing Rooms, Looks Remarkably Different In Each Shot

Have you ever tried clothes on in a dressing room and thought to yourself "this doesn't look right at all, and that person in the mirror doesn't even look like me!", only to leave the store empty handed?

Fitting rooms should have flattering light and pleasing colors that make the clothes look good, but Russian blogger Inna visited dressing rooms in 11 different stores and found they often fail to flatter.

Inna visited clothing stores such as H&M, Mango and Zara and compared her before shot, taken with home lighting, to the shots taken in each room.

And even though she was wearing the same clothes, and shot the pics with the same phone, the lighting and background changed her look up quite a bit from shot to shot.

So what did Inna conclude based on her research? Brighter lights are more flattering, and red used right will really make you stand out, but a dark dressing room can ruin an otherwise good shopping trip.

See Same Girl Goes To 11 Different Fitting Rooms In 11 Different Stores, And Differences Are Striking here and play with their fun picture slider thingies!


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Lord Bagel Vs. The Donut King

For me the donut will always be king, but some strange people prefer to bow down to lord bagel in the morning rather than praising the hole-y king of all baked goods.

And now this infiltrator is trying to pass itself off as a sweet breakfast treat, the bagel bringing his best friend the cream cheese schmear along for the ride.

Whether you're a fan of the classic donut monarchy or you're one of those savory sweet upstarts you'll appreciate this Buttersafe comic because both sides lose to the mighty god Java!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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