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The Cedar Waxwings Diet Causes Them To Fly Drunk

A new report in the Journal of Ornithology reports that cedar waxwings are flying drunkenly to their deaths at an alarming rate due to their habit of gorging on berries.

Here's more on this drunken mayhem:
Cedar waxwings have evolved to live on a diet that averages 84 per cent fruit. But those evolutionary innovations backfired on several occasions between 2005 and 2007 when flocks of them died after crashing into windows and fences in broad daylight in the Los Angeles area.

Now Kinde and colleagues report that the downfall of the flocks came from eating too many berries. Lacking a crop – the expandable pouch near the throat used to store food – waxwings stow meals in a distensible oesophagus. "When the fruit stays in the oesophagus, it ferments and produces ethanol," says Kinde.

The waxwings had ingested so many berries that their large livers "could not keep up with the alcohol produced by the fermentation", with ethanol concentration as high as 1000 parts per million. By the time they finished stuffing themselves with berries, they were too drunk to fly safely.

It appears that no species is safe from the effects of alcohol abuse. Time to develop some little birdie breathalizers to make sure they're flying straight!


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Comedy Short-Tetris: The Movie

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With the emergence of ridiculous "named after but not really based on the board game" movies like Battleship, it's only a matter of time before they move from board games to puzzle video games looking for inspiration.

That's where Tetris: The Movie comes in, because Tetris is sure to be one of the first game titles they secure due to the overwhelming popularity of the game.

I would love to see a Dr. Mario movie about a drug peddling plumber, and if Candyland involved psychedelic induced hallucinations and candy colored strippers I would plunk down my ten dollars in a heartbeat!

--via Geeks Are Sexy

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The Cheapest Madagascar Rip Off Ever Made

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Everyone knows that the animation industry is full of rip off artists and people trying to capitalize on the success of films made by other studios, but this cheap imitation of the hit film franchise Madagascar is just plain rotten.

Kids will know better than to think that this stinker comes anywhere near comparing to their beloved Madagascar films, and the studio responsible for this film is shameless in their pursuit of profit.

But hey, at least the trailer is worth watching for a cheap laugh!

--via Cartoon Brew

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Vintage Ventriloquist Portraits Will Give You Nightmares

It's hard for me to imagine a time when people didn't find ventriloquist dummies to be downright terrifying, and these pictures prove they were the stuff of nightmares well before Rod Serling turned them into cold blooded killers on the Twilight Zone.

These old timey portraits of ventriloquists and their dummies come from the Vintage Ventriloquism Flickr group, who are dedicated to sharing and preserving these unnerving portraits with the world.

Thanks guys, now I'm gonna need a cocktail and a sleeping pill just to get to sleep tonight!

Link  --via i09

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What The X-Men Might Look Like As A Disney Production

These character re-designs show what the X-Men might look like if they're drawn in the style of Disney animation.

They're pretty cool despite the lack of edge, and might make for a fun afternoon series for the kiddies to watch, but overall they look a little too cuddly for my taste.

They were re-envisioned by artist Matthew Humphreys, who went for that old school look with the brown and yellow uniform for Wolvie and the classic mohawk look for Storm. *sigh* Those were the good old days!

Link  --via Comics Alliance

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Attention Spock Fans - You Need This Painting!

No true fan of the Vulcan mastermind known as Spock will be able to live without this amazing painting hanging in their quarters.

Created by Etsy seller Ruth Marcus, this acrylic painting captures Spock in a rare moment of emotional bliss, seated with his favorite kitty Mr. Scrambles on his lap, memories of Vulcan's wars fading away along with the stress of the current stardate.

And if you're not a big fan of Spock don't worry- Ruth will make a custom painting of your favorite celebrity seated with your pet.

I'm thinking a painting of Dom DeLuise with one of my chinchillas sitting on his head might make a pretty swanky portrait to hang over my bed. Get those brushes ready Ruth!

Link  --via Nerd Approved

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What You See Vs. What They See

Humans obviously don't see the world like animals do, and that can cause a lot of confusion on both sides.

We wonder why they keep getting into the trash, destroying our furniture and coming home covered in muck, while they wonder why humans forbid them to do the things they love.

This cute series of pictures might help clear up some of the confusion, letting us look at the world through the eyes of our favorite critters, for the good of human-animal relations.


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Voice Actors Read Star Wars Radio Play

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You may say "meh" at the idea of a Star Wars: A New Hope radio play, but when that play is read by voice actors playing the classic animated characters they're best known for voicing, "meh" quickly becomes "eh?!" and eventually turns to "eeeeee!" in a squeal of delight.

This video from the Emerald City Comicon contains over an hour of voice acting magic, as if the roles in Star Wars were being played by Pinky from Pinky and the Brain (Rob Paulsen), Jake from Adventure Time (John DiMaggio), and Bubbles from the Powerpuff Girls (Tara Strong) just to name a few.

It's like animation magic for your eardrums!

--via Topless Robot

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Adam Wallacavage's Shiny Monsters

The bright and shiny monsters in Adam Wallacavage's latest series of works would look right at home in any haunted mansion, tomb or spooky kook's swanky pad, and they really know how to light up a room!

Created with a sense of whimsy, and a ghoulishly delightful interior design aesthetic, these sculptural delights have an added bonus built in-they fill the room with tentacled shadows, sure to frighten and delight once the sun goes down!

Link  --via Hi Fructose

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Salt Made From Various Types Of Human Tears

Who knew the tears that we cry could be used to make a variety of different salts? The people at We Made This, that's who!

They've bottled our pain, pleasure and culinary sacrifice and created a line of salts suitable for various occasions and functions.

Slap on a label with literary flair and flavor suggestions and you've got a product that's perfect for a store called Hoxton Street Monster Supplies, one of the 826 National Stores.

Not familiar with 826 National? Check out this LINK.

(previously on Neatorama-Hoxton Street Monster Supplies)

Link  --via Super Punch

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Say Yes To The Pants

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This fun comedy video illustrates why creating a reality show based around regular guys shopping for new clothes just wouldn't work.

Watch as a young man struggles to find pants that cover his entire legs, and have pockets, like the pair he wore into the store.

--via Stuff I Stole From The Internet

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Carved Bowling Pin Sculpture Inspired By Prometheus

This is one awesome sculpture, and it's hard to tell that it started out as an ordinary wooden bowling pin!

Created by artist Peter Nordstrom, it's heavy on the Aliens and HR Giger influences, without being too obviously derived from either source.

Intricately carved, and more than a bit scary in places, this beautiful work of art transcends geekdom and belongs on display behind glass in an art museum, so everyone can take a closer look at Peter's work.

Link  --via Obvious Winner

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Eerily Realistic Wooden Sculptures

These stunningly realistic wooden figures by Bruno Walpoth represent human beings in their rawest form, soft skin carved out of hard wood, every wrinkle and detail carved in while evidence of tool work remains when they're inspected up close.

If I came across one of these figures standing alone in a dark room I would probably jump right out of my skin, because they look like they might come to life at any moment, and not in a cute Pinocchio kind of way.

And what's more terrifying than a skinny, pasty skinned guy standing around in a dark room without a shirt or shoes on? NOTHING.

(NSFW due to artistic nudity)

Link  --via Laughing Squid

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Adorable Art Series - When I Grow Up I Wanna Be...

Every superhero has to start somewhere, and childhood dreams turned into the real thing for these famous figures from comic book lore.

This series of illustrations by Andy Fairhurst is called When I Grow Up I Wanna Be...,  and they depict the silhouettes of kids at play to show what some superfolks were doing before they gained all that power and life saving responsibility.

Avengers assemble....in the sandlot!

Link  --via Geek Tyrant

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Rarely Seen Disney Short - Redux Riding Hood

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This rarely seen short was directed by Steve Moore, and he's been trying to get it out of the Disney vaults for the last 15 years so he can show his work to the world.

Redux Riding Hood was nominated for an academy award in 1997, and there's still no clear reason given why the house that Mickey built wanted to keep it under wraps. Enjoy this cute, but crappy quality video transfer, retelling of Little Red Riding Hood, it's a real hoot!

--via Cartoon Brew

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A Kit That Lets You Turn Anything Into A Game Controller

This fun and interesting home electronics kit is called The MaKey MaKey, and it can turn anything into a keyboard or game controller by linking objects to the circuit board via alligator clips.

Here's more on this fascinating kit:
How Does it Work?
Alligator Clip two objects to the MaKey MaKey board. For example, you and an apple.

When you touch the apple, you make a connection, and MaKey MaKey sends the computer a keyboard message. The computer just thinks MaKey MaKey is a regular keyboard (or mouse). Therefore it works with all programs and webpages, because all programs and webpages take keyboard and mouse input.

What materials work with MaKey Makey?

Any material that can conduct at least a tiny bit of electricity will work (if it doesn't already work, just rub it with bananas, spray it with water, or apply copper tape). Here are some materials people have used in our workshops including Ketchup, Pencil Graphite, Finger Paint, Lemons, etc.

Other materials that work great: Plants, Coins, Your Grandma, Silverware, Anything that is Wet, Most Foods, Cats and Dogs, Aluminum Foil, Rain, and hundreds more...

It's a fun way to learn about how keyboards and game controllers work without destroying your own equipment, and since their recent Kickstarter campaign far exceeded their original monetary goal, it should be hitting the store shelves soon.

Link  --via Geekologie

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Chuck Jones Shows You How To Draw Bugs Bunny

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Here's a fun little art lesson for you, straight from the master of cartoon disaster himself Chuck Jones!

This segment comes from the 1991 documentary Chuck Amuck, which is a must see film for anyone who loves the work of artist, animator, director and all around swell guy Chuck Jones.

Cartoons just aren't the same without Chuck calling the shots, and every budding animator should be familiar with his works so that his legacy will live on.

--via Drawn

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A Brit Announcing An NBA Game = Comedy Gold

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The average Brit knows as much about the NBA as the average American knows about Arsenal and FIFA, which is why it's hilarious to hear one of the Queen's own announce a game between "the Clappers" (sic) and the Spurs.

And, although the game isn't real therefore the announcer isn't currently employed by ESPN to add commentary to NBA games, it's fun to hear someone adding some much needed color and dry wit to a pro basketball dribble fest.

Good show, old chap!  (NSFW due to some off color humor)

--via Kotaku

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The Real News Is Happening In The Background

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You know those on location news reports that happen where the incident took place, but well after the smoke has cleared?

Well, this on-the-spot reporter got more than he bargained for when a man fell out of a window behind him and brought the WTF factor to his news report.

It's random occurrences like these that make clips of the evening news watchable, even if we're just tuning in for a laugh at the expense of the newscasters.

--via Best Week Ever

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One Winged Office: A Sephiroth Song

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Apparently, the source of Sephiroth's anger was an office job from hell, who knew? Looks like the silver haired badass from Final Fantasy was misunderstood after all.

A suitable replacement soundtrack- "I Don't Like Mondays" by the Boomtown Rats.

--via Topless Robot

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A Behind The Scenes Tour Of Moonrise Kingdom

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One of the stars of Wes Anderson's latest film Moonrise Kingdom would like to take you on a hilariously lackluster behind the scenes tour.

You may have heard his name mentioned before, because he's been in a few films over the last 37 or so years of his career-Bill Murray. Does that name ring any bells?

He's a funny guy who's wearing funny clothes as he talks about this upcoming funny film. Hooray for hilarity!

--via TDW


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Does Firefly Take Place In The Same Universe As Prometheus?

Geek overlord Joss Whedon has made no attempt to hide his nerdy side from the entertainment world, and he loves to place easter eggs in his productions that make fans drool at their discovery.

This particular easter egg comes from the pilot episode of Firefly:
In the opening sequence of Firefly‘s pilot episode, “Serenity,” Nathan Fillion’s Malcolm Reynolds is fighting the Battle of Serenity Valley. And losing. But before he’s forced to lay down his guns, he hops behind a giant anti-aircraft cannon to shoot down an Alliance fighter. And when he powers up the gun, the heads-up-display reveals a very familiar logo in the top part of the screen

The logo in question is the Weyland-Yutani Corporation logo, from the Aliens film franchise. Now that would be one amazing crossover-the crew of the Serenity vs. a horde of bloodthirsty xenomorphs!


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Artists Pay Tribute To Adam Yauch

The untimely death of Adam Yauch (MCA of the seminal rap group The Beastie Boys) sparked a wave of fan tributes that hit the internet like a tsunami.

Check out these really cool MCA/Beastie Boys inspired paintings by artists who were clearly sippin' on some Brass Monkey while they were seated at the easel- Chris B. Murray, Dave MacDowell, Dan Santat, and Ken Garduno.

--via Creep Machine

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Michael Jantzen Deconstructs The Suburbs

Designer Michael Jantzen has an interesting idea about the future of (sub)urban renewal-let it all fall down.

His photo manipulation series illustrates what our neighborhoods would look like in the hands of architects more concerned with form than function.

When deconstruction becomes the latest fad in suburban architecture, we'll all have to sleep in tents on the lawn!

Link  --via Laughing Squid

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Awesome Star Wars Watercolor Paintings

These Star Wars watercolor paintings by Redditor terry_cook1 have come from a galaxy far, far away to class up your collection of geeky art.

The sketchy style, colorful splotches and intricate details make these spaced out watercolor works worthy of acclaim by art critics and galactic geeks alike. Check out the rest of these Star Wars masterpieces at the link below.

Link  --via Geeks Are Sexy

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Man Customizes His Mustang With A Sharpie

If I didn't know the back story, I never would have suspected that this custom paint job was created with permanent marker!

Chris Dunlop took the customization of his Mustang into his own hands, spending 50 hours and burning through a bunch of Sharpie pens to create this automotive masterpiece.

The only drawback- if he leaves his car outside during a particularly acidic rain storm all that hard work will go swirling down the drain.

--via AnimalNY

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Carpets Made Out Of Clothes Pins, Confetti And Plastic Forks

These carpets were made by Dutch art collective We Make Carpets, but they're not the kind of carpets that make your home full a little cozier.

Nor should you ever walk on these carpets, unless you like the feel of bloody feet, for these are strictly decorative carpets, art panels made out of recycled materials like plastic cutlery, clothes pins and other bits of brightly colored plastic.

It's a beautifully patterned comment on consumerism and form over function, and when you're tired of hanging them in your home you can chuck them in the bin and recycle them once again!

Link  --via Beautiful/Decay

previously on Neatorama- We Make Carpets --LINK


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Anthony Bourdain's Mythical Menu Item

Since I'm a big fan of that travellin' culinary man Anthony Bourdain, I was excited to hear that he'd soon be adding mythical beasts to his menu.

Then I found out that he was only joking around with a young lady, who asked him how he'd cook a unicorn at the Great GoogaMooga Festival in Brooklyn, New York.

Here's his response:
He would roast the loin, grill the legs, braise the forequarter and use the horn to pick your teeth with after the meal. For the record, unicorn marrow is delicious, he says.

I wonder how the little girl reacted to his ideas on how to prepare a unicorn?


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Unusual And Interesting Paintings By Fraser Gray

Fraser Gray's paintings aren't limited to the confines of the canvas, and his whimsical works look equally good hanging on a wall or covering it.

His paintings defy convention in many ways, and yet his subjects are, for the most part, mundane objects and average people jumbled together like visual patterns of madness.

You can peruse a few of his paintings at the Boom link below, and if you like what you see head over to Fraser's Flickr page to see many more examples of his stylish and interesting works.

Link  --via Booooooom!

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Did You Know Gaming? - A Trivia Site For Hardcore Gamers

Some gamers simply enjoy playing video games, while others are truly hardcore, surrounding themselves with gaming related merch, clothing, fan fiction and now trivia, thanks to didyouknowgaming.com.

The information contained on this trivia site is guaranteed to blow your mind, and give you lots of ammo when facing know-it-all video game aficionados at your local game shop or watering hole.

Many of the trivial tidbits found on didyouknowgaming.com will change the way you think about your favorite games, filling in an often missing back story with strange story elements and details on how the game made it to the store shelves.

Link  --via Geekosystem

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