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Sixteen Facts You May Not Know About Cheetos

Cheetos may not be the most appealing looking snack foods, but their deliciousness, ease of oral delivery and satisfying crunch make them one of the most beloved snack foods in the world.

Whether you like them crunchy, flaming hot or funny shaped you can find Cheetos in 22 countries around the world, and there are more than 50 funky flavors out there including peanut butter, Pepsi and Japanese steak.

But if you're a fan of the flaming hot varieties that have become quite popular over the years you owe former Frito-Lay janitor Richard Montañez a word of thanks for coming up with the flavor.

 Armed with a sample bag and some marketing studies he talked his way into a meeting with the CEO and brought the heat to everybody's favorite cheesy treat.

Read 16 Weird Facts You Didn't Know About Cheetos here

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These Crazy Haircuts Are Either Terrible Or The Future Of Cool

Bad haircuts are the unrelenting foes we encounter in our quest to reinvent ourselves by radically changing our look, catching us completely by surprise and forever changing our personal sense of style.

In fact, some hairstyles are so bad the poor soul who has fallen victim to the scissors and electric razor might be better off shaving their head and letting it grow out again from the ground floor.

Everyone has a horrible haircut tale to tell, but the measure of a hero is their ability to bounce back from a bad look and become a hirsute hero, inspiring future generations to take chances with their hairdos.

This guy took a chance and shaved the side of his head while keeping the rest long, never knowing that he was sporting the Skrillex hairstyle before it was cool.

See 10 Crazy And Terrible Haircuts here

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The Many Lies Told By Joe Isuzu

There was once a bold faced liar named Joe Isuzu who starred in car commercials from 1986 to 1990, a character meant to make buyers trust Isuzu by reminding them how sleazy some car dealers can be.

Joe was played by comic actor David Leisure, a guy who really seemed to embody the role, and even though the commercials were ironic their effect on 80s pop culture was for real.

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As a young comedy geek I loved repeating Joe Isuzu lines in the schoolyard, and even though Isuzu dealerships feared poking fun at their salespeople was the wrong way to go sales spiked when Joe's ads hit the airwaves.

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Read more about The Many Lies Of Joe Isuzu at mental_floss

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Mario Kart Racing Makes The Leap Into Real Life

Mario and Luigi would look really strange in real life, and their frantic Kart racing sessions would look even stranger considering all the banana peels, winged turtle shells and Bullet Bills flying around the track.

But colorful madcap silliness is the name of the game, so when wacky people decide to reenact Mario Kart in real life you can bet the whole thing is going to be an utterly ridiculous affair.

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A group of friends from Belleville, Michigan who call themselves the Nothing To Do Crew decided to stage a backyard version of Mario Kart that included roman candles to shoot at balloons and banana peels to slip on.

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Not to be outdone, another group of merry pranksters called Base37 decided to take their Mario Kart remake to the streets, and wound up racing through a Westfield shopping mall in London on their zippy little motorized karts.

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The Base37 team encountered many shopper shaped obstacles on the track, but they're all experienced racers so they didn't wipe out or get snagged by security, escaping to race another day.

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J.K. Rowling Shares Her Rejection Letters To Inspire Young Authors

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Receiving rejection letters is par for the course when you're trying to become a published author, but if everyone who ever received a rejection letter gave up the world would be devoid of print media.

The trick is to try and try again until a publisher is willing to take a chance on you, either that or get an agent who won't take no for an answer.

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JK Rowling took to Twitter to share some of the rejection letters she received under her pen name Robert Galbraith received before the Detective Cormoran series made it into print.

The letters are a little hard to read but the message is clear- don't give up on your novelist dreams until you've literally run out of publishers, then self publish the books and move on!

-Via Cheezburger

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Marvel's Infinity Gauntlet Storyline Explained In Three Minutes

The Marvel movies are bringing a whole new fan base to the theaters to watch the superheroic spectacle- people who don't read comic books.

They may not know every character's backstory, or how the storyline connects to the rest of the Marvel universe, but that doesn't make those spectacular films any less enjoyable to watch.

But any of the uninitiated who want to get caught up before new Marvel movies involving the Infinity Gauntlet storyline come out should watch this hilarious animated episode of Bite-Sized Comics by Noah Sterling and get hip to that Thanos jive!

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-Via Laughing Squid

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Bruce Campbell Knows How To Improve Batman V Superman

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Batman V Superman met with such harsh reviews that Ben Affleck actually got bummed out about the reviews during an interview, spawning the Sad Affleck meme.

It's going to take more than sympathetic viewers and a slew of new reviews to pull BVS out of the bog, but Bruce Campbell knows what that superhero flick is missing- Ash from the Evil Dead.

Bruce proposed to save the film by boomstick and chainsaw by posting this movie poster mock-up for Ash vs Batman vs Superman: Dead by Dawn of Justice with the jab "Guys, need any help?"

But adding Bruce to the film simply wouldn't be fair, because he would outshine both Affleck and Cavill in a major way!

-Via GeekTyrant

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Animator Rediscovers His Love Of The Craft With 100 Days Of Walk Cycles

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Animation is an artform that one may never truly master, and many animators spend decades of their lives working at their craft and improving their skills.

But all the non-art related things we have to do in our lives tend to get in the way of working on our art, and an animator's passion for their craft can be diminished by all the hours spent at their day jobs.

Animator turned front end developer JustGoscha knows full well how life can get in the way of art, but he came up with a clever way to get back in the game- creating a hand drawn walk cycle a day for 100 days.

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Walk cycles are one of the hardest elements of traditional animation to master, but it must have been even harder to come up with so many different examples, way to strut your creative stuff JustGoscha!

-Via Sploid

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Awesome Disney Paintings By Heather Theurer

Disney Animation Studios used to employ the most talented artists in the world, but these days Disney likes to bring in talent from outside the Studio pool to share their unique vision of the Disney characters we know and love.

Heather Theurer is one of these talented indie artists who was given the chance to do Disney her way, and the paintings she has created of Alice, Peter Pan and Ariel are nothing short of brilliant.

With plenty of classical influence, modern character design aesthetics and emotional depth to be found in each piece Heather's works are sure to appeal to young and old classic Disney fans alike.

-Via io9

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The Mystery Of "Jawn"- Philadelphia's All Purpose Noun

Regional dialects and accents can make otherwise ordinary words sound a bit silly, and these strange pronunciations become the stuff of legend as people from other areas puzzle over the odd word's meaning.

In the case of "Jawn" Philadelphians have turned "joint" into an all purpose noun that is used to describe everything from locations and people to inanimate objects and abstract concepts.

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The origin of "Jawn" is still a bit of a mystery, and as new generations of Philadelphians grow up replacing as many words as they can with this silly slang the history of "Jawn" has begun to fade away.

But thanks to the efforts of University of Philadelphia Ph.D student Taylor Jones the story of "Jawn" will live on forever, as he uncovers the word's connection to hip hop, New York and semantic bleaching.

Read more about The Enduring Mystery Of 'Jawn'- Philadelphia's All-Purpose Noun here

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These Truck Drivers Are The Comedy Kings Of The Road

Anybody who has spent enough time on the highways has driven past a semi-trailer truck with a personalized paint job and had a good laugh at what that nutty trucker has painted on the side.

Truckers who put some tacky advertising eyesore on the sides of their trucks are annoying, but those truckers who put something meant to make us laugh on the side of their rigs and trailers are the comedy kings of the road.

If you see a hilarious truck or trailer design as you're heading down the highway try to keep your eyes on the road, because truckers appreciate the laughs but they hate bad drivers.

See 15+ Truck Signs Made By A Few Hilarious Mother Truckers here

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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

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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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