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Peter The Elephant Plays With A Smartphone


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Companies make it hard to tell if videos like this one, which shows Peter the Elephant using a Samsung Galaxy smartphone with the help of his lovely assistant, are advertisements or just genuinely cool animal videos.

This particular example is a commercial and an adorable animal video, and even though a few scenes are faked I still love watching Peter play with the smartphone. Yay for animal approved technology!

--via The Daily What

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Concept Art For Willow The Animated Series



When the fantasy movie Willow came out in 1988 it was received well by audiences, but not as well as blockbusters Rambo III, Big and Crocodile Dundee II which were released around the same time. Because of this overshadowing by the big boys, Willow was deprived of a sequel and, more importantly, an animated series.

Sadly, all we have now are scanned sheets of concept art, most of which are simple uncolored line drawings, to show us just how fantastic the Willow cartoon would have been. At least you can check out the sketches for yourself now, because nostalgia is free on the interwebs.

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Chickens Are Clucking Up Video Games


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It seems that one of the newest trends in gaming is the addition of a chicken in some way, due no doubt to the success of Angry Birds.

The first video shows gameplay from The Chicken Bandit, "a western side-scrolling action game" where you "Play as a lone cowboy accompanied only by his over-sized chicken sidekick as you travel from land to land robbing trains and lassoing up as much loot as possible."

The second video is the trailer for Rocketbirds: Hardboiled Chickens for the Playstation Vita. It's also a side scroller, full of shoot em up action, atmospheric environments and a chicken revolution.

It seems like 2012 might be the year of the chicken after all, at least when it comes to video games.

--via Joystiq   and   The Chicken Bandit

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Animated Gorillaz Music Video-DoYaThing


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This strange and stylish animated music video is for the Gorillaz song DoYaThing, and it's great fun to watch!

Directed by Gorillaz artist and co-creator Jamie Hewlett, this video is so good looking it makes me wish there was a Gorillaz animated feature in the works. Oh well, a guy can dream, can't he?!

--via Cartoon Brew

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Radiation Reveals Unseen Van Gogh Painting



The electron synchrotron lab known as DESY in Hamburg, Germany made a startling discovery, and confirmed the authenticity of two of Van Gogh's works, when they exposed Still Life with Meadow Flowers and Roses to X-ray and ultraviolet analysis.

This painting of two wrestlers, assumed to be lost forever, was hiding underneath the layers of paint!

Here's how they made this startling discovery:
This portrait of two half-naked wrestlers was painted by Vincent Van Gogh when he was an art student in Antwerp. It's been hiding in plain sight for over 125 years, and its discovery also confirmed another disputed Van Gogh painting.

The painting, called Still Life with Meadow Flowers and Roseswas obtained by the Dutch museum Kröller-Müller Museum in 1974, and the big question since then has been whether this is really a Van Gogh. The size of the canvas and the gaudy look of the flowers don't look much like Van Gogh, which is why the museum declared the painting to be anonymous in 2003.

Now, thanks to ultraviolet and X-ray analyses by DESY, the electron synchrotron lab in Hamburg, we know the truth: the two wrestlers were hiding under Still Life with Meadow Flowers and Roses all along. Van Gogh painted the still-life over the wrestlers without even bothering to obscure the original work. As New Scientist explains, this reveals an all-new Van Gogh and confirms another one all in one fell swoop:

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Hilarious Ad For Star Wars Kinect


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Chris Pratt, of Parks and Recreation fame, stars in this silly little spot for Star Wars Kinect on Xbox. One question remains-Is Darth Vader evil enough to cut down a Jedi wearing nothing but briefs and an undershirt?

--via Rampaged Reality

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Real Life Hamburglar On The Loose In Maine



A real life Hamburglar is running around stealing burgers in Augusta, Maine and no Big Mac is safe. Here's the scoop:
According to Lt. Christopher Massey of the Augusta Police, a young man wearing red jeans reportedly grabbed the goods as they were being handed to a customer by an employee.

Massey tracked the alleged thief down to a nearby Arby’s parking lot, but he managed to escape into the woods with the loot.

The restaurant prepared a new meal for the victims and told Massey that this sort of thing “does happen occasionally.”

Now that's what I call hard up for a hamburger!

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Eye Of The Riley-A Corgy Cam Adventure


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Riley is an adventurous little Corgi who loves going on hikes with his owner, this time around the Runyon Canyon in Los Angeles.

As you watch this video you may ask yourself-does Riley have a little cameraman riding on his back, shooting this action packed footage?

Sadly the answer is no, it's just a GoPro camera strapped to his back, although I think they should consider using a teacup Chihuahua cameraman for future video shoots.

--via Best Week Ever

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6 Tabletop Role playing Games With Unique Settings



Tabletop role playing game enthusiasts will tell you that the fun definitely doesn't end with Dungeons & Dragons. Settings for RPGs are only limited by the imagination, and the creators often come up with some far out and interesting worlds in which to play.

James Daniels at Topless Robot has put together a list of RPGs with unique settings, and having played a few of the games on the list I must say he has chosen some really classic games.

So, if you're like me and you enjoy your gaming in a tabletop setting with friends, you might just find your next campaign source on this list of truly unique RPGs.

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Hilariously Bad Terminator 3 DVD Commentary


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Arnold Schwarzenegger is the king of awkward narration, since he loves to ramble on about whatever is happening on the screen and clearly doesn't understand the point of DVD commentary.

This time around the movie is Terminator 3, so it comes complete with mandroid booty and some gloriously goofy statements and observations by Arnold. (NSFW-naked bootay)

--via Nerd Approved

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Mallrats Magic Eye Secret Exposed


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Well, it turns out that Mallrats character Willam's quest to see the sailboats in the magic eye picture was all for naught, because with a little Photoshop magic it has been revealed that there aren't any sailboats there at all! Way to make the poor guy obsess over nothing Kevin Smith!

--via i09

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Turkish Star Wars Action Figures



These Turkish knockoff Star Wars action figures have actually become a big hit with avid collectors, and I must admit they do have a certain crappy charm about them.

Maybe it's the colorful renaming of characters (see: Head Man), or maybe it's the new packaging photos (the Imperial Gunner looks like he's playing with a giant calculator). Aw heck, it's the whole darn 99 cent store looking package!

Thanks, Turkey, for showing us just how good our action figures really are, and how nowadays even crappy knockoffs can create a niche in the collector's market.

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Get Your Geeky Buzz On With 8-Bit Pale Ale



Lots of things go well with an ice cold beer in hand: pizza, ball games, bowling, and, of course, video games. Gaming while getting your buzz on can make the whole experience more enjoyable, and may help ease the pain of utter defeat on the virtual battlefield.

8-Bit Pale Ale knows your pain, and they're hoping to appeal to drunken gamers everywhere with the pixel art designs on their can, but does their Pale Ale taste as good as the competition, or is it just a bad beer wrapped in an appealing label?

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Superhero Optical Illusion-Two Batmen Or Wolverine?



I find these silly little optical illusions quite entertaining when I come across one on the interwebs, but when the theme relates to superheroes I have to post them here at Neatorama. This time around it's an easy choice: Wolverine Or 2 Bat Men? (Hint: both answers are correct!)

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New Year's End: A BioShock Short Film


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Fans of the Bioshock video game series (like me!) are getting mighty excited about the upcoming release of Bioshock: Infinite later this year, so it's no wonder we watch everything related to Bioshock that comes out on the interwebs in order to get our Rapture fix.

To tide us over until the new game is released, here's an entertaining Bioshock themed short film, which deals with the events that took place in Rapture before the first game on that fateful New Years Eve, 1958.

--via Geekologie

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Blown Glass Sculptures Of Human Organs



Jessica Lloyd Jones creates rather unique representations of vital organs out of blown glass, then she adds neon to each piece to add a glow of life energy. Here's what Jessica has to say about her works:
Blown glass human organs encapsulate inert gases displaying different colours under the influence of an electric current. The human anatomy is a complex, biological system in which energy plays a vital role. Brain Wave conveys neurological processing activity as a kinetic and sensory, physical phenomena through its display of moving electric plasma. Optic Nerve shows a similar effect, more akin to the blood vessels of the eye and with a front ‘lens’ magnifying the movement and the intensity of light. Heart is a representation of the human heart illuminated by still red neon gas. Electric Lungs is a more technically intricate structure with xenon gas spreading through its passage ways, communicating our human unawareness of the trace gases we inhale in our breathable atmosphere.

Link  --via JazJaz

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Awkward Stock Photos Are Really Awkward



If you haven't visited the Tumblr site known as Awkward Stock Photos, you're missing out on a daily dose of hilarious photography which embodies the elusive WTF factor.

Occasionally there are NSFW images included, but since they're supposed to be stock photos usable for advertising, videos, etc. they're mostly just ridiculously strange, which makes it hard to figure out what the photographers were thinking when they took these oddball pics.

Take a gander at the site, and if it tickles your funny bone I guarantee you'll be checking back to see what sort of strange new images have been posted.

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Agnes-Cecile Has Some Serious Watercolor Skills



The works of Agnes-Cecile (aka Silvia Pelissero) are not only hauntingly beautiful, they have that messy perfection I love to see in paintings and watercolor works.

Recently, Agnes-Cecile has contributed to the 1000 Drawings charity event in Amsterdam, raising money to “support FairPen, which helps children in Uganda to run an editorial office with their peers, investigate issues, think critically, and publish handwritten, hand-drawn newspapers to each other and to their local communities.”

You can watch Agnes-Cecile in action at the Creep Machine link below, where you'll find a short video showing her create the piece pictured above from beginning to end. It's rather cool to see her hand at work, and may inspire you to try your hand at some watercolor works of your own.

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Watch 180 Seconds Of Pure 90s Cheese


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What's better than watching a cheesy B movie made decades ago? Watching the whole thing in just over three minutes, which some of you might still find to be a bit too long.

Thanks to the purveyors of fine retro cheese known as Everything Is Terrible you can get your fill of Can It Be Love? without wanting to blow your brains out. And the big buff guy doing a terrible impression of Ahnold in Terminator comes free with the price of admission!

(NSFW for one bad word) --thanks to Chew for letting me know that the original flick is actually from 1992! Title edit away!

--via Everything Is Terrible!

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Students Build Their Own Battlestar Galactica Viper Simulator


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Five high school students from Marin County and San Francisco have teamed up to build their own Viper starship simulator for Maker Faire 2012, so they can play Battlestar Galactica like a real boss.

Their goal is to build a Viper frame with 360 degree motion and simulator screens so you can really feel the space in your face. It's interesting to see how they went from LEGO model to 3d model before actually building the simulator frame, the whole process looks like it was a lot of fun to put together!

--via Nerd Approved

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Dark Fairy Tale Short "Red"


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Red is a retelling of Little Red Riding Hood that avoids the cliches and delivers a dark little tale told mostly via silhouettes. Created by Jorge Jaramillo and Carlo Guillot, with music composed by Manuel Borda, Red is a stylish adult fairy tale that's bloody good fun to watch.

--via Cartoon Brew

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Film By Numbers Quiz- 13 Movies In 30 Seconds


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This boldly stylized animated short is by Evan Seitz, who you may remember from his recent release ABCinema, which challenged you to figure out the movie based on letters (link).

This time around, Evan wants you to figure it all out by number, with bonus points for figuring them all out from just one viewing.

--via TDW

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The New York Subway Artwork App



Serious art lovers living in, or visiting, New York City are going to love this new app, which shows the  location of all artworks contained in the subway stations across the city.

Created by the Metropolitan Transit Authority, the Arts for Transit app makes finding your favorite piece of public art a snap, so you won't have to miss your train to admire works from the likes of Lichtenstein and Sol Lewit, just to name a few.

There are hundreds of works throughout New York City's subway system, so having an app at your fingertips that shows you the location of each individual piece is quite convenient, and may make for a fun day of public art viewing.

Link  --via DesignTAXI

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This 4 Legged Chicken Brings WTF To The Dinner Table



Strange things are afoot  in the Chinese city of Changsha, where a shopper discovered he'd purchased a four legged mutant chicken and promptly snapped this picture to share with the rest of the world.

According to scientists the chicken is fine to eat despite the extra appendages, but I don't think I'd want to take any chances by chomping down on a drumstick from this monstrosity.

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Amazing 3D Street Murals By John Pugh



If you encounter one of these amazing 3d murals by John Pugh painted on the side of a building, you might feel like you're peering into a tear in the space-time continuum. Don't worry, they're just incredible works of art, no need to call The Doctor.

Pugh describes his work as "monumental mural art", and he masterfully utilizes the trompe l'oiel technique to give the illusion of depth in works which are epic both in  scale and lifelike detail.

If a roadrunner ever seems to run straight into one of these murals, don't race after him or you might end up as flat as a pancake!

Link  --via Juxtapoz

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Over 40 Dwarf Names That Didn't Make The Cut



It's not surprising that the Disney writers and animators came up with a plethora of dwarf names to choose from while working on Snow White.

What is surprising is that they were left with a whopping 47 unused names, and some of the names on the list are just plain awful. Names like Biggo-Ego, Flabby, and Thrifty certainly don't conjure up mental images of dwarfs heroic enough to help save the fair maiden, but I would love to see what a dwarf named Neurtsy looks like!

Link   --via i09

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Words Of Wisdom From Star Wars



This public service announcement was brought to you by Star Wars, where things almost went horribly wrong between siblings Luke and Leia.

If you'd like to further explore this incestual possibility check out Splinter Of The Mind's Eye, a novel by Alan Dean Foster which was published in 1978 and takes place between Episode IV: A New Hope and Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back.

What would your father Annakin/Darth think of what you two are about to do?!

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Super Dad Returns Home From Afghanistan Dressed As Captain America


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It has to be a great feeling to see your father return home from military duty overseas, but when he comes home dressed as Captain America it elevates him to superhero status.

That is, if you're a little kid, with eyes full of wonder and a streak of innocence which allows you to believe, even for a moment, that your dad might be Captain America after all. Welcome home, super soldier!

--via Nerd Bastards

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A Brief History Of Merlot


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Gundlach Bundschu Winery would like to share their take on the modern history of Merlot with you, and they've chosen to do so via comedy video. Bold move Gundlach, but the end result is a rather cheesy video that's laughably bad at times.

Still, it's an entertaining way to advertise your role in the expanding Merlot market, and I guess if you're a few bottles deep it might be the most hilarious video you've watched all day.

--via Tastefully Offensive

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Cacto-Matic Infomercial Is Comedy Gold


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The mastermind behind this hilarious infomercial for the Cacto-Matic is none other than Thu Tran, creator and star of the IFC show Food Party and one heck of a funny gal.

Here she is peddling a fake product by using her powers of comedy and hallucinogenic sorcery, both of which have definitely put me in a buying mood!

--via Everything Is Terrible!

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