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Tourist Shares The "Illegal" Photos He Smuggled Out Of North Korea

It's mighty hard to get an internet signal in North Korea, and the government tries to control all information shared online, which means posting pics can make you an enemy of the state.

So any intrepid travelers who want to visit North Korea and go home with photos taken inside the country must either find a way to smuggle them out or become friends with Dennis Rodman.

Michal Huniewicz shot some amazing and insightful photos during his visit to North Korea, and even though the tour guide told him he'd likely have them taken away he managed to make it out of the country with all of his pics.

Michal's bystander images reveal some dark things about North Korea, like the constant military presence in Pyongyang, grocery stores with barren shelves, and massive city centers where the people aren't allowed to go.

But his images also show us moments of vibrant life within the capital city, as people crowd the city streets during the day and carry on like nothing's wrong with the country they're forced to call home.

-Via Amazyble

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A Vote For Bender Is A Vote To Kill All Humans

While Mickey Mouse, Garfield the cat and Donald Duck have long been the most popular write-in candidates those characters just aren't tough enough to deal with the modern state of affairs.

That's why we need a candidate who knows when it's time to go out drinking with world leaders and when it's time to teach the world our peaceful ways...by force, a candidate like Bending Unit 22 Bender Rodriguez.

Imgur user bigllamas posted these pics taken in his neighborhood with the caption "My neighbor is a graphic designer. And smartass." Well Bender couldn't be any worse than Robot Nixon!

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Five Times Adding Gold To Something Made It Less Valuable

Gold is the standard for wealth just like it has been for thousands of years, and people think adding the precious metal to everything from food to clothing to paper money will magically make these things more valuable.

But sometimes adding gold to something actually devalues an object, like the time PaperGold swore adding a tenth of a gram of laminated gold to a ten dollar bill would make it more valuable. It actually made that ten dollar ripoff worth a whopping $3.82.

Other times adding gold to something is simply a waste of time, resulting in low sales and a bunch of innocent gold ore going to waste.

Do we really need to dip our staples in gold? The Dutch designers behind the OOOMS gold staples seem to think so, but they claim their staples are meant to be "applied to clothing" as a "form of jewelry".

You know what else is gold and makes good jewelry? Gold jewelry!

Read 5 Times Gold Made Something Less Valuable here (contains NSFW language)

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I'm An Expert Haggler At Garage Sales

It's easy to live frugally when you buy used, but the cheaper everything you buy becomes the less you're willing to pay for all that normal priced stuff you need.

That's why scrimping is a slippery slope, and once you become a haggler you can never go back to paying the price marked on the tag.

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I'm An Expert Haggler At Garage Sales is a dramatic performance of Jory John's cheapo script by David Harris, acted out as it is published on McSweeney's by the perfectly perturbing Matt Ingebretson.

It's so slice of life that you've probably met someone like this at one of your own garage sales, a penny-pincher who made you consider breaking a lamp over their head!

-Via Laughing Squid

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Don't Let That Power Armor Go To Your Head

Power armor is an integral piece of gear in Fallout 4, and every self respecting Wastelander knows that customizable suit of armor can make the difference between besting your foes or becoming dinner for a Deathclaw.

That being said, it's hard to keep all that fusion core power from going to your head.

Level up however you see fit, but keep those poor settlers out of it!

Electric Bunny Comics makes a good point about XP in Fallout 4- just because it's easier than ever to level up doesn't mean you should kill the entire Commonwealth just for the sake of dinging sixty!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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A Portable And Durable Shelter You Can Carry On Your Back

Living a nomadic lifestyle is easier now than it has ever been before, and travelers who prefer to be a citizen of the world now have a ton of cool camping gear and gadgets at their disposal.

Nomads who prefer to travel as light as possible used to have to worry about finding shelter for the night, but thanks to designer David Shatz they can carry a durable shelter around on their backs.

This nomad backpack tent is called "Melina", and it allows travelers to feel safer and more comfortable while sleeping outside without having to make camp or carry around a tent.

Wherever they go “Melina” goes with them, and when they're ready to count some hitchhiking sheep they can just expand the unit and crawl inside for a safe night's sleep.

-Via Designboom

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Girl Uses Twitter To Tell The Gross Tale Of Her Crappiest First Date Ever

Going on a first date means worrying about making a good impression and hoping everything goes smoothly, but more often than not something crappy happens during the date that makes things awkward.

That's why they say you shouldn't get drunk or otherwise before you go out on a date, but a young lady named Maleka, who goes by @_blotty on Twitter, would like to add coffee to the list of pre-date don'ts.

She had a crappy experience on a date because she had to poop...and the toilet wouldn't flush.

Maleka told her first date horror story on Twitter with a couple dozen Tweets she probably didn't expect very many people to read.

But when a story starts with "I have a story to tell. It is about my poop" and then proceeds to hook you in with a really bad decision involving poop in a purse you feel inclined to read on...

Read A Woman Tweeted About Pooping On First Date And It Got Pretty Uncomfortable here

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Colorado Crime Spree Played Out Like Real Life GTA

Parents used to live in fear of their video game obsessed kids playing Grand Theft Auto then deciding it would be a grand idea to steal a car and lead the police on a high speed chase, but thankfully no kid was ever that dumb.

However, convicted dumb criminal Ryan Stone proved age does not guarantee wisdom back in 2013 when he started his GTA in real life crime spree by stealing a red Ford Edge left running in a gas station parking lot.

But Ryan had just stolen a car with a four-year-old in the back and realized he needed to bail out, so he pulled a GTA move and blocked off another car on the road, dragging the driver out before speeding off again.

After a failed attempt to jump cars once again Ryan took off on foot, the scene ending dramatically yet unlike GTA because the helicopter didn't mow him down in the middle of the street.

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Whether he was actually trying to imitate the video game series or not is unknown, but everyone involved is thankful the incident did not play out like GTA because nobody was killed or seriously injured during the spree.

-Via Fraghero

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What Does Human Flesh Taste Like?

Many people have wondered what human flesh tastes like, but cannibalism is a totally taboo topic unless you approach it scientifically, a method of inquiry that may require a bit of self sacrifice.

Brit Lab's Greg Foot learned that lesson the hard way, as he submitted to having a piece of muscle extracted from his leg in his quest to find out what human flesh tastes like.

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Greg doesn't eat his own flesh so don't worry, but in order to figure out what combination of meats would approximate the taste of human flesh he had to cook his leg meat to get the aroma right.

(Warning: video is not for the squeamish)

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-Via BuzzFeed

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Square People Took Bus Tours To Gawk At Hippies On Haight-Ashbury

The Haight-Ashbury district of San Francisco was the official heart of the Summer of Love, the hippie mecca that attracted flower children from all over the country while repulsing the nation's squares.

Things got mighty freaky in Frisco during those free love days, and you could see all kinds of strange sights and interesting people on the sidewalks in and around Haight-Ashbury, making it a prime stop for a bus tour.

In 1967 San Francisco Chronicle reporter J. Campbell Bruce and photographer Art Frisch took a ride on one of these ridiculous Grey Lines bus tours dubbed the “Hippie Hop” to shoot some pics and show the world what the squares were squawking about.

This "descent into psychedelia" looks pretty tame to our modern eyes, but imagine the wonder and horror those (mostly Midwestern) squares felt when they saw what those hippies were up to on those acid soaked SF streets!

-Via Dangerous Minds

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These Fantastic And Funny T-Shirts Are Sure To Put A Spring In Your Step

Buzzing Life by AnishaCreations

Spring is in the air, and people are starting to feel alive again as the winter chill starts to thaw and melt into the bodies of water we'll be swimming in come summer.

As the temperatures rise our sweaters go into storage and out come the short sleeves, and if you're looking for some new tees to put a spring in your step and make you feel fresh again then check out these tees from the NeatoShop

Spring means new life, new green growth and a new season to explore the natural world

Protect The Forest by BazNet

It also means new jobs, new responsibilities, new births and lots of new responsibilities

Adulting Sucks by Oneskillwonder

At least we get a new season of our favorite shows, complete with new neighborhood badasses

Penny And Dime. by Hope2198

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Lifehacker Writer Discovers His Identity Was Stolen When Thief Files His Taxes

It's the nightmare story the identity protection companies would love to tell you in order to sell you on their services, but unlike most of their made up scenarios this one actually happened to a writer from Lifehacker.

His name is Eric Ravenscraft, and his identity was stolen by someone who was kind enough to file his taxes for him too, which is how he discovered the identity theft had taken place.

He received a letter from the IRS stating he'd filed his taxes twice, and all the strange emails and the fact that his Spotify account kept playing Enrique Iglesias suddenly made sense.

Eric told his tale of identity theft, and the ways he is now protecting himself against a repeat theft, so that others may learn from his mistakes and act before it's too late.

Enrique Iglesias as the soundtrack for identity theft, sounds legit to me!

Read A Stranger Stole My Identity And Filed My Taxes here

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Man Is Arrested For Failing To Return VHS Copy Of Freddy Got Fingered

Imagine being one of the avid Tom Green fans who rented Freddy Got Fingered on VHS fourteen years ago and forgot to return the tape, what would you expect to happen?

Probably not much since VHS tapes have gone the way of the Dodo, but a North Carolina man discovered that failing to return a VHS tape can result in an arrest warrant and a fine.

James Meyers, aka MadInfluence, was pulled over for a broken tail light and then served by Concord police officers for failing to return a VHS copy of Freddy Got Fingered 14 years earlier.

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When Tom Green heard about the incident he offered to pay the $200 fine if that would help James out, but James should really just sell the VHS tape on Ebay as an "internet oddity" to raise the funds.

And speaking of oddities:

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-Via The Daily What

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12 Ocarina Of Time Comics That Will Fill Your Heart Containers With Laughter

Even though The Legend Of Zelda: Ocarina Of Time came out for the Nintendo 64 back in 1998 it continues to fill the heart containers of gamers young and old with joy while it fills their heads with sweet little ocarina ditties.

While Majora's Mask may have more of a fan art presence, Ocarina of Time has something that other game doesn't- lots more gameplay elements that can easily be made fun of in comic strip form.

Dorkly has gathered 12 Ocarina Of Time Comics That Will Fill Your Heart Container to remind you how a classic video game is just like an ocarina- it's fun to play, looks cool on your shelf, and people tend to make fun of you for liking it so much!

Read 12 Ocarina Of Time Comics That Will Fill Your Heart Container here (NSFW due to language)

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Map Hanging In Firehouse Has Hidden NSFW Image

Firefighting is, and has always been, a male dominated profession, and as such many fire stations feel like a boy's club complete with cheeky posters and calendars hanging on the wall.

But one seemingly innocent geological survey map from the "Department of the Exterior" hung on a firehouse wall for years before Imgur user Shinygreencloud noticed its NSFW secret.

Now we can't show you the full image here on Neatorama (click here to see it), but what we can show you is the way cutting out the naughty bits makes it look like an ordinary map.

And if you view it full size and read what's written on the map the dirty joke suddenly becomes clear. Now that's one clever way to conceal smut!

See the full sized image here

-Via Boing Boing

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How Some Asian Cultures Use Chopsticks Differently

Chopsticks are used by many different Asian cultures in many different ways, and considering they've been around for an estimated six thousand years it'd be silly to think otherwise.

But it seems how they're used, what they're made out of and what they're used to eat varies by country rather than by type of cuisine.

In Japan chopsticks are used to eat anything that's not considered hand food, and the debate whether sushi is hand food or not rages on.

In Hong Kong and mainland China chopsticks are used for traditional rice and noodle dishes, and any western foods are eaten with knife and fork.

And in Thailand chopsticks are often used to load up your spoon with ingredients from the bowl before you take a bite.

Mashable asked foodies from various countries how chopsticks are used in their culture, and it seems the one thing they all agree on is this- don't stick them in your bowl standing straight up, as this is symbolically associated with death.

Read One Size Does Not Fit All: How Some Asian Cultures Use Chopsticks Differently here

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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The Time Keith Richards Wanted To Stab Donald Trump

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Back in 1989 the Rolling Stones were winding up their Steel Wheels tour and looking to do a pay-per-view broadcast, but the only place tour manager Michael Cohl could find to book was the Donald Trump's Plaza Hotel and Casino in Atlantic City.

The Stones were not happy about Cohl's decision to hire Trump as promoter for the pay-per-view event, as Cohl recounted at a Pollstar event:

I opened my big mouth in the meeting with The Rolling Stones where they go, "This is all great, but we're not going to be affiliated with Donald Trump. At all. Screw you." And I go, "I will control Donald Trump! Don't you worry!"

So, we signed the contract. Donald agrees that he will not be in any of the promotion except in Atlantic City, and he will not show up at the gig!

The Stones were then set to give an interview before the show, but Trump swooped in and made himself the star of the show:

I give him the [come here gesture]. "Come on, Donald, what are you doing? A) You promised us you wouldn't even be here and, B) you promised you would never do this." He says, "But they begged me to go up, Michael! They begged me to go up!" I say, "Stop it. Stop it. This could be crazy. Do what you said you would. Don't make a liar of yourself."

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The Stones were understandably upset about the Don's double-cross, but Keith Richards was downright livid:

They call me back, at which point Keith pulls out his knife and slams it on the table and says, "What the hell do I have you for? Do I have to go over there and fire him myself? One of us is leaving the building – either him, or us." I said, "No. I'll go do it. Don't you worry."

Don't mess with knife wielding vampires, Donald, or you might get cut...

-Via Esquire

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Website Summarizes Every Test Performed On Mythbusters

Now that the Mythbusters have officially called it quits many fans are starting to fill in the gaps by watching every episode they missed over the last twelve years.

But very few people have enough spare time to watch every episode over again, so here's a better idea- MythResults, a website that summarizes every single test Adam and Jamie performed on the show.

MythResults delivers the busted, plausible or confirmed results for each of the over 1,000 myths in one sentence, and they've even included a link to each episode's main page, so you can get the full story fast.

-Via Lifehacker

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If Randy Newman Created The Soundtrack For Batman V Superman

It's easy to identify a Randy Newman soundtrack song, and his scruffy dog voice and hammy piano tinkling has sent many a movie viewer home with one of Randy's songs stuck in their heads.

However, Randy's cinematic track record wasn't enough to convince director Zack Snyder to hire him for the new superhero flick Batman V Superman, which is why that movie is sure to suck.

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Cheers to Bad Movie Drinking Game for showing us what every single superhero movie has been missing- a soundtrack by Randy Newman!

-Via GeekTyrant

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Ten Of The Most Memorable Pop Culture Moments Shared On Twitter

Twitter has officially been around for a decade now, and in that time Twitter didn't revolutionize the way we share on social media, nor did it kill Facebook or Instagram like so many claimed it would.

Instead it quietly made history in one hundred forty characters or less, serving as a platform for discussion and promotion that even the POTUS could get behind.

There have been plenty of magical moments shared via Tweets in the last ten years, including Ellen DeGeneres' epic “selfie” at the 2014 Academy Awards.

The Fox show Drive became the first TV show to live-tweet with fans, which is now common practice, and Beyonce almost broke Twitter when she announced she and Jay-Z were expecting their first child.

It remains to be seen whether Twitter will be around for another ten years, but the first decade was certainly something to chirp about!

See the Twelve Biggest Pop Culture Moments On Twitter This Decade here

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Village Set From The 1980 Popeye Movie Is Now A Fun Tourist Destination

The iconic look of that quaint seaside village featured prominently in the 1980 motion picture adaptation of Popeye makes it seem like a location from another time, but surprisingly it was built in Anchor Bay, Malta for the movie.

Designed by Wolf Kroeger, the elaborately detailed and fully functional set took a crew seven months to build, and when the filming was done they didn't have the heart to tear it down so they left it up for future generations to enjoy.

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Today it's a popular tourist destination dubbed “Popeye Village”, where visitors can rub elbows with scrappy, spinach munching sailors and spindly-limbed dames named after cooking oil.

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Read The Set From The 1980 Popeye Reboot Is Now A Quaint Vacation Destination here

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Six Times An Online Poll Ended In Hilarious Disaster

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When polls required respondents to mail in their vote far fewer crackpots chimed in and therefore most polls ended with usable results, but then the internet came along and changed all that.

Since everyone and their brother are online these days everyone gets a vote, including the people who think it's reasonable to name an important ship Boaty McBoatface or an endangered humpback whale Mr. Splashy Pants.

It seems online voters like a good laugh, which is why Nancy Upton came in first in American Apparel's "Next Big Thing" contest to find a new plus sized model.

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She made herself the most ironic choice by posing for a series of "sexy" photos taken by Shannon Skloss that lampoon those sexy American Apparel ads that make people lose their appetites.

Read Boaty McBoatface And Six Other Times When Online Polls Sailed Adrift here

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Masterful Paint Job Turns Millennium Falcon Toy Into Camera Ready Model

The differences between models used in feature films and the toys of today are negligible, and the incredible detail found on most licensed toys makes kids feel like they own a piece of their favorite films.

To demonstrate how easy it is to turn a toy into a camera ready model artist Tristan Elliott added a masterful paint job to Hasbro's Battle Action Millennium Falcon toy and turned it into a ship Chewie would be proud to co-pilot.

Tristan added damage and distress details to the otherwise dull gray ship, and with each new added detail another piece of the puzzle of how the Falcon ended up on Jakku falls into place.

See more step-by-step process shots here

-Via Toyland

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The Dark Sides Of Canada That Nobody Ever Talks About

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America's neighbors to the north are often portrayed as excessively polite, super nice, gentle and considerate people who serve as the yang to America's violent and boorish yin.

But, as we've learned from the eye opening documentary series Trailer Park Boys, there are plenty of violent Canadian criminals and dirty little secrets hiding beneath all that snow and maple syrup.

From the yearly clubbing of half a million seals to the overconsumption of horse meat, from Quebec's history of slavery for the sake of social status to the residential school system that forced indigenous people to learn the Canadian way, Canada's got some 'splainin' to do!

Read the 6 Dark Sides Of Canada That No One Ever Talks About here (contains NSFW language)

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What You're Saying To The World With Your Facial Hair

Your facial hair is the first thing people see when they look at your face, and when your chin hairs enter the room before the rest of your face you can be sure people are going to stare at it and wonder.

Sometimes they're wondering why you don't shave it all off, or what you would look like when you're clean shaven, and a few jealous facial hair fans will wonder how long it took you to grow out your fabulous look.

But as you'll see in this illustrated guide created by Caldwell Tanner and Susanna Wolff your beard and moustache typically does most of the talking for you, giving the world a hairy glimpse into your soul.

See What You're Saying With Your Facial Hair here (NSFW due to language)

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Anime Tokyo Versus The Real Life Version

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If animators have done their job well then viewers don't think too hard about how they designed their backgrounds or characters, they just watch the wonderful animation and go squee.

But all artists work with real life reference, and for anime this reference often includes photos of Japanese cities like Tokyo that serve as a backdrop for the storyline.

The 2013 anime feature The Garden Of Words takes place in Tokyo, so director Makoto Shinkai used photo reference to create stunningly beautiful backgrounds that set the picture firmly in the city during the rainy season.

You can see how the anime backgrounds created by Makoto Shinkai are virtually indistinguishable from the original location reference photos here, a testament to the artistry and attention to detail that goes into the making of anime feature films.

-Via GeekTyrant

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A High Tech Spy Pistol That Looks Exactly Like A Smartphone

Subterfuge and masterful disguises are a big part of the spy game, and if James Bond has taught us anything spies also like to use lots of cool gadgets while they're gathering information.

Spy gadgets are often cool because they look like other stuff, like a camera that looks like a pack of cigarettes, an umbrella dart gun or, in this case, a pistol that looks just like a smartphone.

The Ideal Conceal Double Barrel .380 caliber pistol has a grip that folds out when it's time to pull the trigger, a built-in laser sight and flashlight, and a handy belt clip for when you're through being cool.

-Via Fraghero

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Be Less Stupid Is A Show For People Who Like To Know Stuff

The world could use a few more people who have their minds set on being less stupid, because those folks seem to be in short supply these days and the internet only makes it easier to skate by without a brain.

So maybe what we need is a new web series aimed at turning the tides of dumbness, a series with a catchy title like Be Less Stupid, yeah, that's the ticket! (NSFW due to language)

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Be Less Stupid is a new series by former Penn & Teller: Bulls#%t! and Politically Incorrect with Bill Maher writer Jon Hotchkiss, who exposes the truth about hot button issues like Coke bleaching, cabin depressurization and whether having sex with a pregnant woman poses a threat to the infant. You know, smart people stuff!

-Via Laughing Squid

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What It's Like To Lick A Venus Flytrap

Sticking your tongue in a Venus flytrap is in no way a good idea, but if you enjoy watching people do stupid stuff that may scar them for life then you'll appreciate MrNakedLandscaper's sacrifice.

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I must be one of those sickos who enjoys watching others do painfully dumb stuff, because seeing a fly trap chomp down on that crazy guy's tongue really cracked me up!

However, the lobe chomping follow up was a bit of a let down:

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-Via FAILBlog

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Video Games From An Onlooker's Perspective

Playing a video game in public may cause people to become curious about what you're playing, and before you know it the onlookers have begun to gawk and crane.

These vicarious thrill-seekers keep their thoughts to themselves until you walk away, which is when they realize their life is incomplete without that blush boy tactics fighting game in their collection.

Julia Lepetit sketched out the starers and the screen jockey in this little scenario for Dorkly, but it just as easily could've happened to you or someone you know in real life, so beware the stare...

-Via Dorkly

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