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The True Story Of The Monuments Men

The special operations group known as the Monuments Men had a very interesting story to tell about their incredible efforts on behalf of arts and antiquity during World War II, a story that has now been made into a feature length film starring George Clooney, John Goodman and Matt Damon.

They were tasked with recovering cultural property by the Roberts Commission during and after WWII, property that was stolen by a Nazi force known as the Kunstschutz, and after the war ended they were sent in to previously occupied territories in hopes of finding these precious works of art and historically significant treasures before they were looted by troops or destroyed. They recovered many important works of art but sadly some, like Raphael's Portrait of a Young Man, have yet to be recovered.

You can read more about the Monuments Men, and see more amazing photos, over at 607Visual.

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McVities Wants You To Taste The Puppy In Their Digestive Biscuits

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There have been ads that claim biting into the sponsored product is like eating a rainbow, a ray of sunshine, a flavor explosion, a taste sensation (whatever that means), and one claims eating the product is like having an orgasm.

They all seem too good to be true (although a few do sound rather appealing), but McVities Digestives compare the experience of eating their cookies to unwrapping a puppy or kitten, cause they make you feel all warm and fluffy inside? Or because you'll be surprised at how much hair comes wrapped up in every pack?

And when you want to get a little crazy you can unwrap one of their Jaffa Cakes and get the full alien-tarsier monkey handling experience, which seems an awful like one of those sensations we mentioned earlier...

Whatever they're putting in those biscuits must be pure magic!

-Via Laughing Squid

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Bobblehead Superhero Photoshops Look About Right

The actors cast in superhero movie roles these days tend to have the biggest heads in the movie biz, that's not to say they have massive egos though that certainly applies in some cases, but overall they just have really big heads.

So when the team at Smashcave saw the cranial girth these guys were lugging around town they came up with a bright idea- increase the size of each head just a bit in Photoshop and voila! (Super) Human bobbleheads!

The Downey Jr., the Jackman, the Hemsworth, the Bale, even the Ledger (may he rest in peace) are all here to take up as much room on the movie poster as possible, and make their co-stars feel even more insignificant to the plot.

Does anyone else see the potential for a Galactus or MODOK movie here?!

-Via Gamma Squad

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Mechanical Taxidermy Creations By Jessica Joslin

When artist Jessica Joslins combines mechanical elements with the skulls and bones of dead animals it’s as if she’s giving them a shiny new life, one full of clicks and whirrs and new fancy metal legs to stand on proudly.

To call her mechanical creations "Steampunk" would be far too easy, because that overused genre is too broad for her pieces to fit in properly. It’s better to say her pieces are mechanical models from an age that never was, so they can retain their elegance and individual charm.

And though they contain the bones of dead animals Jessica’s models look very much alive, some even look like their picture has been taken while they play, happy as a lark despite their lack of flesh.

Jessica currently has a show entitled Animal Alchemy happening until March 1st at the Lisa Sette Gallery in Scottsdale, Arizona.

-Via Hi-Fructose

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23 Signs You're A Grown-Up Gamer

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Diehard gamers don’t grow up, we just need more experience points to gain a level and recover our hit points slower than those younger, lower level players.

But as we get older our hands are more likely to lock up into controller claws, we have to buy bigger televisions so we can read the in-game text, and we are more likely to adjust the audio options so the soundtrack music and sound effects don’t wake up our baby/partner/roommate/neighbors.

Let Tim and Alfredo from IGN show you the 23 signs you’re a grown-up gamer, and don’t worry- AARP video game tournaments are totally tha bomb!

-Via Stuff I Stole From The Internet

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Nerdist Recruits Over 50 Filmmakers To Help Remake Robocop

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It appears that a new mechanical sheriff is in town thanks to the Robocop reboot movie, but everybody knows that, despite the slick CGI graphics and updated storyline, the new movie won’t compare to the 1987 classic starring Peter Weller.

To celebrate the awesomeness of the Robocop that already was Nerdist got 50 or so budding Swede style filmmakers together for a full length remake, and their Robocop remake makes the original film look so much better!

You’ll laugh in all the wrong places, watch lines being read in a very unrehearsed manner, and cheer for what a bunch of geeks with too much time on their hands can accomplish. Yay creativity!

(NSFW due to language, just like the original!)

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Brooks Wheelan Shares His 2013 One Second At A Time

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Comedian Brooks Wheelan had an exciting year that he’d like to share with everyone, one second at a time.

His path from engineer living in Los Angeles to cast member on Saturday Night Live in New York took place over many seconds and minutes and hours during 2013, but he figured people wouldn’t want to watch a hundred plus hour long video.

So he edited the highlights of his year together into a seven and a half minute long short, much easier to watch in one sitting.

You’ll see the true power of that tiniest of time increments, and how much living a man can do in one amazingly busy year. Plus, it's funny!

-Via Laughing Squid

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This Russian Daredevil Looks Like He's Ready For Hollywood

Russian daredevils have been taking to dizzying heights to shoot selfies which they've been sharing with the world via the internet for a few years now, and if you can handle looking at these jaw dropping pics you’ll be left wondering how these guys haven’t killed themselves yet.

They call themselves city climbers, and one of the most daring of these fearless daredevils is named Kirill Oreshkin, and he should consider moving to Hollywood and becoming a stuntman before he slips up and falls to his death.

Kirill likes to hang around by his fingertips from incredible heights, posing like it’s all no big deal despite the obviously fatal distance that lies between where he's hanging and the ground below.

-Via 22 Words

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Artist Shares His Ideas For Cosplaying On A Budget

Lots of artists and designers sketch ideas for future projects when they’re not busy working on their main projects, but not many of them would refer to their ideas as “half assed”, nor would they be willing to share these one cheeked wonders with the internet in hopes that they might be of use to somebody.

But Patrick Dean isn’t like other artists, and through his Tumblr site My Half Assed Cosplay Ideas he’s encouraging others to give his simple costume on a budget ideas a try. And to be honest his ideas aren’t half bad, especially the first appearance Daredevil costume idea, which resembles what Matt Murdock might have worn during his first night out on the streets showing the bad guys that justice is blind.

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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Want Revenge? Hire Nefarious Jobs To Seek Vengeance For You

They say that revenge is a dish best served cold, but all that cliché really means is take some time to cool off before you jump into any hare brained attempt at getting your revenge.

But if you still find yourself burning with the fires of vengeance after you've had time to cool down, and you don’t want to get your own hands dirty, then San Francisco based company Nefarious Jobs will help you get revenge at rates ranging from about 1800 dollars up to ten thousand dollars for what they call "Total Annihilation".

Nefarious Jobs is a shadowy organization, who offers shadowy services you have to email them about for any sort of details, but their website does take Discover so they can't be that shady now can they? *wink*

-Via Geekosystem

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Photos Of Ridiculously Overloaded Vehicles In China

Vehicles piled so high they look like they might tip over at any time are the subject of this odd photo collection by China Foto Press. These vehicles carry goods and waste all over cities in China in an incredible balancing act, crawling from one side of town to the other like insects carrying loads five times their size.

Why are these vehicles piled up so high? Cui Zhongfu, secretary-general of the China Federation of Logistics and Purchasing explains:

“Highway and bridge tolls in China are too high for transportation companies. Sometimes, they can account for as much as 20 percent of the total expense. Therefore, many companies carry too much freight to try to make trips more profitable and compete with rivals.”

These overloaded trucks are responsible for causing bridges to collapse, roads to crack and often get into accidents on the roads, and they're becoming a huge problem for local governments who are calling out for stronger regulations. Plus, whenever they drive around people think the circus is in town!

-Via Beautiful/Decay

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Creepy Typeface With Human Skin And Features

Why, for the love of all that is good in this world, did someone make a series of typeface creatures sporting realistic human skin, hair and eyes, and where, oh where, are their mouths?!

These creeped out fleshen font monsters were created by JC Debroize, creative director of graphic design firm Kerozen, who used modeling clay to form the structure of each letter before digitally applying the humanistic features in Photoshop.

The result is a bunch of letters that look like they just escaped from the radioactive section of Sesame Street nobody talks about, and when they stare into your very soul you will know what it’s like to be too scared to read!

-Via DesignTAXI

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Aquarium Feeds Peanut Butter To A Jellyfish

Being an aquarist must be a mentally straining job, because researchers P. Zelda Montoya and Barret L. Christie from the Children’s Aquarium at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas have begun to conceive of some rather crackpot experiments.

Case in point: they recently fed peanut butter to a jellyfish just to see if they could (pg. 14), creating the first seafood sandwich to come loaded with peanut flavor straight out of the ocean, although those who like more peanut butter and less jelly will have to look elsewhere.

It may seem like they were just having a bit of punny fun at the expense of their jellyfish, but the search for cheap protein replacements that are also from sustainable sources is of vital importance for many aquariums struggling to stay in business.

And you thought a peanut butter jellyfish was only a shirt in the Neatoshop!

-Via Geekosystem

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Winter Is Just Like Being In A Personal Roleplaying Game

Winter time may seem like a boring, freezing cold and extremely inconvenient exercise in how to stay indoors for months without going stir crazy, but if you think of it as your own personal roleplaying game set in a wintery kingdom full of quests, danger and customizable wardrobe choices the whole thing may become a bit more tolerable.

Gone are the days of punks throwing snowballs at you for no reason- now they're random encounters, and you have to defeat them all to gain experience points. When you're shopping online you're actually visiting the local merchant, who deals in armor, weapons and magic items delivered right to your doorstep.And hot beverages now serve as health potions, and if you go for the triple espresso you're talking speed and healing in one!

-Via Nerd Approved

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Cats Who Look Like Ron Swanson

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Nick Offerman’s character on the hit sitcom Parks & Recreation is a steak loving, moustachioed manly man named Ron Swanson, who loves nothing more than fine whiskey, people not talking to him and making city hall less effective for the citizens of Pawnee.

In real life Nick is far less of a curmudgeon than Ron, but both sides of the man inexplicably resemble famous internet cats. Nick came on Conan to promote his role in the LEGO Movie, but stayed long enough to see some side-by-side comparisons between him and some of the finest kittehs the net has to offer, and man did he have a hard time telling who was who!

Head over to Team Coco if you can't get enough Nick Offerman!

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Pop Culture Characters Created Using Peanuts

Steve Casino, the guy whose name sounds like a Las Vegas hotspot, is apparently in the art business for the peanuts because he has chosen those tasty legumes as his model making canvas.

Steve has created some amazing looking superhero and pop culture character models using an ordinary peanut, one of three he keeps handy in case they break, some limbs made out of modeling clay(?) and an incredible paintjob that can take upwards of ten hours to complete.

The fine detail is what truly sells each piece, but I love the fact that he leaves the backside open, so you can see that it all begins with an unadorned shell and a vision of Mr. Peanut dancing in Steve’s head.

-Via GeekTyrant

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A Refuge Where All The Animals Are One Big Happy Family

There’s something special going on at the Rocky Ridge Refuge in Arkansas, where every kind of critter from big fat ponies to goofy dogs to gentle deer and porcine capybaras all get along like one big animal family.

The good vibes might be due in part to the lack of larger felines in the refuge, or the fact that all the dogs were raised around all sorts of different types of creatures so they don’t see them as a source of anxiety, but whatever they’re doing over there needs to be concentrated and sold in bottles at your local pet store!

-Via Bored Panda

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Slingshot Fish Launcher Is The Fun Way To Feed The Birds

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There are so many conventional ways to deliver fish- by hand, in a cooler on ice, shipped across the sea, smoked then boxed and fried up between two sesame seed buns all immediately spring to mind, but the best way by far has got to be via good, old fashioned fish slingshot.

You might not want to eat a fish which has been launched at you but bald eagles aren’t so discerning, and they find wilderness photographer Ken Kester’s fetish for flinging fish to be a rather convenient way to pick up a bit of fast food.

A resident of Le Claire, Iowa, Ken has become the talk of the town thanks to his cod cannon, and the photographers drawn to the small town each year to photograph rare birds who come for the scenery but stay for the high flying cuisine.

-Via Geekosystem

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How To Play Tekken With A MIDI Keyboard

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Game controllers are so old fashioned, and totally boring with their lack of accompanying musical tones and multicolored buttons that represent letters instead of musical notes.

Musician and gamer Geoffrey Guterl has come up with a new way to play- an ivory tickling hack which allows him to play Tekken on his Xbox 360 via MIDI controller, in this case a keyboard. Here's how it's done:

The piano sends a MIDI signal, which is transferred to an Arduino. According to the signals, the Arduino triggers transistors, which then trigger inputs on a paewang PCB (this is the PCB of an arcade stick). The paewang is connected to an Xbox360 (you can also use it on PS3).

If crafty gamers like Geoffrey keep coming up with cool ways to combine music and video games we’ll soon be playing our own Holophoner renditions of Skyrim.

-Via Animal NY

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Assemblage Busts Made Out Of Plastic Doll Parts

Sculptures made out of found objects are totally green, as in eco-friendly, but they usually end up looking like a pile of trash arranged in an artful manner. But these assemblage bust sculptures by Freya Jobbins are definitely not artfully arranged trash, they’re action figure fantastic and covered in colorful details, courtesy of the plastic dolls used to make each piece.

From an assortment of Barbie faces creating a surreal scalp to little heads, ears and feet poking out all over the place, these figures are creepy to look at yet make you feel like poring over the surface to figure out which body parts were used in each area. And unlike the Darth Vader bust we featured here on Neatorama a few years back these busts are meant to possess humanistic qualities which add to the unnerving quality of each piece.

-Via Juxtapoz

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The Teen Wolf Of Wall Street

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He brought extreme hair, slammin’ basketball skills, and car surfing stunts to an otherwise sleepy suburban town, but if Teen Wolf had put his mind to being a wolf of Wall Street he would have gone from nerdy guy to alpha male in no time flat.

This silly little video piece was put together by Aaron White, and though it has nothing to do with the Scorsese film The Wolf Of Wall Street besides a name Aaron attached to the piece it delivers the laughs with a comical clip choice and the addition of Kanye West's song "Black Skinhead".

(Song is NSFW due to language)

-Via GeekTyrant

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Patrick Stewart As The Chinese Moon Rover Jade Rabbit

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Sir Patrick Stewart has given us cow impersonations, one armed pushups, his impression of a lobster, and now a truly Oscar worthy performance as China’s Jade Rabbit lunar rover.

He was asked by Jon Stewart and The Daily Show to don a hyper realistic costume and speak on behalf of the failing rover, and boy did they choose the right guy for the job!

Behold as Sir Patrick Stewart brings a poetic grace and quiet dignity to the Jade Rabbit, making you feel the sad little rover's pain as it says its last words- "goodnight Earth, goodnight humanity." (NSFW due to language and the appearance of a sex toy)

Skip ahead to 4:40 If you want to go straight to Patrick Stewart's performance.

-Via Gamma Squad

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Flexible Paper Sculptures That Bend Like A Slinky

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Visiting museums and taking in all the art is fine and dandy, but sometimes all that silent nodding in appreciation and flash photography free viewing via eyeballs can get a bit boring. People want to see art, appreciate art and be inspired by art, but many enthusiasts would also like to interact with the art, and art doesn’t come much more interactive than these playful pieces by Li Hongbo.

Li juxtaposes classic style with playful deconstruction, creating each piece out of thousands of sheets of paper interwoven in such a way that they can stretch out, twist and bend like a big ol' Slinky!

Via DesignTAXI

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Renaming Football Teams After The Star Wars Universe

Superbowl XLVIII is over, but the football themed posts are still coming out, thanks to the interest in the sport generated by the big game. But whether you like football, or don't care for it all, you have to admit that these logo redesigns are incredibly bold, and incredibly geeky.

Graphic Designer John Raya reimagines NFL/football team logos based on elements from the Star Wars universe, with team names like the Hoth Tauntauns, Coruscant Jedis and Mos Eisley Troopers that might actually work for the NFL.

Too bad licensing issues would prevent such a thing from ever happening, but I bet more people would watch the game if a bunch of Wookiees took to the field and squared off against a pack of wiry Tusken Raiders.

There are 32 Star Wars NFL designs in the series, with both National and American Leagues represented, and you can see them all over at 22 Words.

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ReRoll Is Mapping The World For An Epic Scale MMO

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Massively multiplayer online games seem huge when you're playing, but in real world scale those MMO continents are pretty small, and as more gamers log on the worlds will need to grow to accomodate the new generation of players ready to explore a virtual world and level up.

A new game is embracing this growth in a global way, by scanning the entire world with autonomous drones to help generate a full scale world in which gamers will play. ReROLL is one ambitious globe spanning game, with tons of possibilities and a map which will take years to explore and quests that will take you across the planet, but the game will begin outside the U.S. because drone regulations haven't been established yet.

If people thought MMO addiction was bad with Warcraft and Everquest wait until this mega scale game comes out!

Via Destructoid

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Guinea Pig Confidential- They Love Star Wars

Guinea pigs generally don’t care what’s playing on their human’s television sets, whether it’s animal related or not they just don’t seem to be that interested in tv and movies. Guinea pigs enjoy the finer things in life, like art and literature, but their one guilty pop culture pleasure is Star Wars cosplay.

This fact was discovered by WeLoveFine artist Timothy Lim, who goes by the stealthy handle NinjaInk, as he played with his Star Wars action figures around his cute little guinea pig pals. The guinea pigs quickly threw on costumes and joined in the fun, playing their roles with the dignified air of a Shakespearean actor, and now they're ready to become net famous for more than just their good looks.

Via Nerd Approved

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X-Men And Batman Characters Dressed As Hipsters

When artist Phil Sevy found out the mutant Quicksilver was going to be dressed like a hipster in the upcoming X-Men movie Days Of Future Passed he was inspired to come up with some hipster heroes of his own, but just because someone did it in a movie doesn’t make it right!

Phil created a set for Batman and one for the X-Men, and though his artwork is slick as can be these might be the most horrifying comic book redesigns ever.

Hipster Nightcrawler would be mighty annoying, constantly teleporting in to steal your PBR and change the music to Mumford & Sons, and something about the hipster look makes Wolverine look like he's been declawed.

Via Gamma Squad

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Recipe For Perfect Family- Two Parts Plastic, One Part Photographer

Photographer Suzanne Heintz has the perfect American family- a husband who’s a snazzy dresser and so fit people tell him he should model clothes, yet actually listens to Suzanne when she complains about how long it took her to get her nails done; a daughter who doesn’t scream or throw fits, who is also a snazzy dresser and goes wherever Suzanne tells her to go because she’s mounted on a stand.

And then there’s Suzanne, the woman behind this great American family- a self professed spinster who got tired of getting grief about her lack of a husband and child, so she went and bought herself one of each and has the photos to prove it, part of a series called Life Once Removed.

Now traveling is a breeze, and much cheaper because she only pays one fare, although packing up her family can be a bit of a pain.

Why'd she create the perfect plastic family? Head over to Beautiful/Decay to find out more!

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Billy Was Buried Doing What He Loved Most- Riding His Harley

It’s the dream professed by most diehard motorcycle enthusiasts- to be buried on their bikes, doing what they loved in life for the rest of their afterlife.

However, making this dream a reality is quite an undertaking, what with the giant hole digging and the building of a coffin big enough to house both dead guy and bike. But if you’re a lucky motorheaded son-of-a-gun like Billy Standley from Mechanicsburg, Ohio not even death can keep you from riding your prized 1967 Harley Davidson motorcycle. WIth the help of his family, and nearly two decades of planning Billy was buried like a true gearhead, atop his Harley and decked out in full riding gear.

When you look down the road, it seems to never end, but you better believe it does.

Via Laughing Squid (Photos: Jeff Guerini/WHIO TV)

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Man Wins Facebook Contest, Thanks Voters By Doing Animal Impressions

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Keir Moffatt was just an ordinary, animal loving dude with way too much time on his hands when he entered a Facebook contest by posting a tip about working from home.

His tip won with 52 likes, making him $150 richer in Apple Land, so to thank those who voted for him he made a video featuring his impression of 52 different animals, each more hilarious than the last.

Keir uses household objects as part of his costume, which really lends to the authenticity of each impression, and whether he's portraying a wall walking gecko or a seal munching orca, Keir puts his all into what critics are calling a "unique performance".

Via 22 Words

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