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The Dos And Don'ts Of Funeral Etiquette

With virtually every death comes the funeral service, where people get together to bid the dearly departed farewell and hopefully get a bit of closure from the whole experience.

But these memorial gatherings also make people feel mighty anxious, as they wonder what to wear, who to bring, and whether they should attend if they're of a different faith.

As a rule the dress code is conservative and earth toned, you should bring kids because they'll brighten spirits at the service, and out of respect for the dead you should leave your religious hangups at home.

Read 9 Dos And Don'ts Of Funeral Etiquette at mental_floss

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A Hilarious And Honest Review Of Tetris

Believe it or not, there are actually gamers out there who have never played Tetris, and for their sake someone needs to deliver an honest and trustworthy review of the game so n00bs know what they're getting into.

But Video game vlogger Darkk Mane is definitely the wrong man for the job because, for one thing, he keeps calling the game "Teetris".

It's like come on, how are you going to review a game if you can't even read the title? (NSFW due to language)

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Man, if this review had come out back in 1984 Tetris might not have made it out of the Soviet Union!

-Via Laughing Squid

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What Is That Small Pocket On Your Jeans Meant To Hold?

It's something most wearers take for granted, and something we all use to hold different things, but when asked few people actually know the intended use for that little pocket on your jeans.

We know it's handy for holding change, loose keys, packs of gum and lighters, but what did Levi Strauss actually intend jeans wearers to do with that tiny pocket?

Well, back in 1873 when jeans first came out most men carried pocket watches, and that little pocket is where the timepiece was meant to be held, for easy access while working.

-Via Esquire

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Project Offers People A Chance To Anonymously Message Their First Love

It's hard to forget your first love, especially if they're the "one that got away" or, adversely, the one that you ran away from after a messy breakup, and most of us leave that first relationship with some unspoken sentiments.

Whether these sentiments are good or bad most exes have a burning desire to speak their mind after a breakup, so artist Röra Blue is giving them the chance to have their say with the #UnsentProject.

Röra turns unspoken sentiments people submit to her, plus the color the sender associates with their first love, into small notes she sticks up around town.

Now the exes can have their say without having to face their first loves, and the world can share a smile about the time they felt the same way about someone they once loved.

-Via Dose

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Preacher Rails Against The Satanic Wickedness Of Wonder Showzen

Once upon a time MTV aired a twisted satirical kiddie show called Wonder Showzen, which featured puppets doing inappropriate things, on the spot interviews that made people angry, and overdubbed clips from old kids shows like Vegetable Soup.

Wonder Showzen was obviously meant for adults and was cancelled after its second season about 10 years ago, but that didn't stop pastor Daniel Castle from condemning the show for being a gateway drug to Satan addiction.

It seems pastor Castle thinks that quaint little MTV show was the real deal, and he's not gonna stand by and watch the youth of America be "spiritually exploited" by one the most evil shows ever made.

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"I've got the spirit in me, and it's yummy in my tummy" Now I see why pastor Castle took the show so seriously...

-Via Dangerous Minds

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This Dog's Scream Is Worse Than His Bite

This is Cody, isn't that a cute name for a scruffy little dog?

Cody is a seemingly ordinary animal when he's running around playing with his fellow pets, but when Cody opens his maw he lets out a scream that sounds like something you'd hear in a horror movie.

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Some dogs will do anything to fetch their human's attention, but Cody's methods are a bit ruff on the ears, and the nerves!

-Via Boing Boing

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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The Trippiest Cat Video On The Internet

The internet was built upon the backs of hard working cats who let themselves be filmed, photographed, dressed up and harassed for the sake of human amusement.

And because of our fascination with cat videos we search, and sometimes actually stumble upon, a cat video that's like no other we've ever seen.

Viaje al cielo de los gatos, which roughly translates to "a trip to cat heaven", is one of those videos...or is it?

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Turns out this isn't an ordinary cat video, it's a segment from the rarely seen 1964 film The Three Lives Of Thomasina, where Thomasina gets a taste of heaven before being sent back because she has eight more lives to go.

It may predate the internet by three decades, but it's definitely the trippiest cat video I've ever seen online!

(Terrible quality video with original English voice over here)

-Via Dangerous Minds

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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Rich Old Dude Surfer Gang Is Terrorizing A Los Angeles Beach

As we get older some of us put our roughneck ways behind us and try to live a more peaceful life, while others seem to get more violent and aggressive in their later years.

One particularly feisty gang of old dudes in Los Angeles are fighting to keep their beach local, giving Southern California surf culture a bad name.

People who try to surf Lunada Bay in Palos Verdes Estates are encountering a gang of rich guys calling themselves the "Bay Boys" who pick fights with anyone they don't want surfing their beach.

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It may sound like the plot of a cheesy 80s movie, but this harassment has been going on since at least 1996, with assault charges filed against a few of the "Bay Boys" over the years.

And last May this localism lunacy was caught on video by Rory Carroll and Noah Smith of The Guardian, who came out to find their car egged with "kooks" written in surf wax on the windows.

Read more about A Rich Old Dude Surfer Gang Is Terrorizing A Los Angeles Beach here

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Son Tosses Eggs To Unsuspecting Mom Who Proves She's A Real Catch

Mothers and sons have a special kind of bond, one that can be a bit creepy but more often than not is just an endless source of brattiness for them both.

Sons cruelly torture the woman who gave birth to them, and in turn moms have carte blanche when it comes to dishing out payback, which sometimes goes on until they both have egg on their faces.

But the guy in this video isn't sadistic when it comes to pranking his mother, he's just trying to keep her on her toes by tossing a raw egg her way every once in a while...for over a year.

Luckily, she's got mighty quick reflexes! (Barely NSFW due to language)

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Something tells me she's not a big fan of scrambled eggs...

-Via Daily Mail

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Common Myths We Were Taught To Believe About Cars

It's hard to believe that we've been driving automobiles for over a hundred years, and yet some people still don't know how to check their oil, replace an air filter or, worst of all, pump their own gas.

However if you believe any of the 15 Common Myths You Were Taught To Believe About Cars then your misunderstanding is forgiven, because even savvy automobile enthusiasts believe some of these myths.

Think a bigger engine block is safer in a front-end collision? That giant hunk of steel will shift back towards the driver just like a small block in an accident.

Think convertibles are more dangerous than regular cars?

While that used to be true, the convertibles of today have to adhere to strict safety standards, and many models feature roll bars that protect a passenger's head in case of a rollover.

And speaking of pumping gas- did you know getting in and out of your car while at the pump can generate unsafe levels of static electricity? Don't risk your life, just wait until you're done pumping before you get back in your car!

Read 15 Common Myths You Were Taught To Believe About Cars here

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Hasbro And Marvel Have Teamed Up To Make Cosplay Dreams Come True

Not everyone has the time, artistic talent or dedication to make show accurate costumes and accessories when they feel like cosplaying, and up until recently that meant buying good looking props at a premium.

But now Marvel Comics and Hasbro have teamed up to make all of our superheroic cosplay dreams come true by releasing an incredibly detailed, totally accurate and actually affordable line of accessories.

Both Captain America's shield and Iron Man's helmet will sell for $100 each, which is a small price to pay when you consider some prop builders charge hundreds for props that don't quite have the right look.

Many of the accessories in the line are modeled after, if not cast straight from, the props used in the current Marvel movies, so saying they're spot on is an understatement.

And imagine all the oohs and aahs you'll hear when you detach the face mask from Iron Man's helmet and let everyone get a peek inside!

-Via Toyland

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This Guy Is Enjoying His In-N-Out Burgers A Little Too Much

For those who don't have an In-N-Out in their city or state I have a confession to make- the Double Doubles at In-N-Out really are that good, the perfect panacea for all that ails you.

Don't believe me? Take it from the guy in this video, who looks like he knows a thing or two about a tasty burger- eating In-N-Out Double Doubles can be a sinfully divine experience.

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It's hard to watch this video without wondering how long this guy has gone without a Double Double, and why he chose to eat in instead of taking it home, because this is the kind of chowing down most decent folks only do at home!

-Via FAIL Blog

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Five Microwave Oven Myths Debunked

The microwave has been an integral part of the home kitchen for over half a century, and yet we're constantly told it emits radiation, makes food unhealthy and cooking anything covered in foil can start a fire.

But we've all knows somebody who stands right in front of the microwave oven while they're food cooks or sticks tin foil covered dishes in the micro and doesn't even bat an eyelash as sparks fly inside the machine. So what's the real deal?

Truth is foil is fine in the microwave as long as it covers less than 1/4 of the food, and as long as the sheet is kept flat it won't spark, since the sparks are caused by the crinkles in the foil.

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And this video by Reaction debunks the theory that microwaved food is less healthy, and explains why microwaving is actually "one of the best ways to maintain nutritional value in food".

Read 5 Myths And Facts About Your Microwave here

We dish up more neat food posts at the Neatolicious blog

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Man Missing For 30 Years Suddenly Remembers His True Identity

It's a sad but true fact that most people who are missing for years, if not decades, are either deceased or really don't want to be found, but there are a few people out there who are lost due to unusual circumstances.

In the case of Edgar Latulip the unusual nature of his missing persons case was caused by a head injury which resulted in amnesia, and for 30 years he lived under an identity he'd assumed after the injury.

The developmentally disabled man went "missing" in 1986 at age 21, but strangely he'd taken up residence just 120 kilometers from his hometown of Kitchener, Ontario:

A police report stated Latulip, who was considered developmentally delayed and had the mental capacity of a 12-year-old, may have taken a bus to Niagara Falls. A missing persons report also said Latulip suffered from mental health problems. 

In fact, police said, he travelled to St. Catharines, about 120 kilometres southeast of his hometown.

Shortly after arriving, he fell and suffered a head injury, Const. Philip Gavin of the Niagara Regional Police told CBC News. This caused him to have limited memory of his past and who he was. He created a new identity for himself.

On Jan. 7, Latulip met with a social worker and told her he thought he was somebody else, Gavin said. The social worker found his missing persons case file and police were then called in. Latulip volunteered to have a DNA test done and on Monday, the results came back indicating he was Latulip.

-Via Boing Boing

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Deadpool Delivers A Heartfelt PSA About Testicular Cancer

Deadpool wouldn't make a very good spokesman for gun control, mental health or anger management, but when it comes to matters of the heart or groin Deadpool's got ya covered.

He's that rare combination of lover and fighter, and he's got cajones of steel ,so who better to speak to men about the dangers of testicular cancer?

It's no laughing matter, this is a PSA containing medical facts including ways for men to check themselves for testicular cancer.

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Okay, so it's funny and fantastically punny, it's Deadpool so whaddya expect.

But the guy wearing the mask Ryan Reynolds made sure the video also contained a serious message that men would take seriously after hearing it delivered in a not-so-serious manner. I laughed, I cried, I learned, what about you?

-Via Laughing Squid

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Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" Played By An Actual Rose Bush

When rockers are in a melancholy mood they turn to songs like Poison's "Every Rose Has Its Thorn" for comfort, but sometimes even Bret Michael's sweet voice can't make us feel again.

We need something that literally stings to show us what it's like to love and lose, and since we're talking about roses then a thorny branch will definitely do the trick.

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Michael Ridge wanted to unleash the true pain and heartache hidden deep inside the grooves of that classic Poison single, so he attached a contact mic to a branch from a rose bush and let the thorns draw out the tears.

-Via Dangerous Minds

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Beware The McDonald's On Dorset

It seems some people don't like McDonald's very much, and whether the hate is directed at their food, their corporate practices or their head clown Ronald it's a hate that burns hotter than the inside of a cherry pie.

But nobody hates on Mickey Dee's like those who had to walk inside to order because the drive thru was full. (Video NSFW due to language)

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This video was posted to YouTube by TheWhiteTrashNetwork with this disclaimer:

"The people and events depicted in this video are fictitious. Please don't go looking for Charlene. She doesn't exist."

Then who did I see yelling at the cashier while I was stuck in the drive-thru?

-Via FAIL Blog

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Video Game Inspired Phrases For Everyday Life

Video games are seen as an important and integral part of pop culture nowadays, and even folks who don't care about gaming may find themselves using phrases rooted in gaming culture once in a while.

Slowly but surely terms like pwned, MMO, sandbox world, cut-scene, PVP and saved game have crept into the mainstream vernacular, and now thanks to Julia Lepetit and Andrew Bridgman of Dorkly you can add some new phrases to your geeky collection.

Because isn't it better to use pop culture inspired phrases that are timeless and relatable, rather than trying to stay on fleek with your bae?

See New Video Game Phrases And Idioms For Everyday Life here (contains NSFW language)

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The Sound Effects Genius Behind The Looney Tunes And Merrie Melodies

Back in the good old days of showbiz, sound effects were created by foley artists who made a racket and recorded their sounds right on the spot, without any digital help or enhancement.

And when it came to cartoon sound effects there was one man who made that madcap racket we all know and love from the Looney Tunes and Merrie Melodies cartoons- Tregoweth Edmond "Treg" Brown.

Treg Brown started his career as a sound editor for the Warner Brothers in 1936, and under his guidance the iconic Looney Tunes cartoon sound took shape.

From the subtle inclusion of sound effects in orchestral scores to the hiring of iconic voice actors like Mel Blanc, Treg is the guy responsible for it all.

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This wonderful documentary celebrates the life of, and contributions made by, show sound legend Treg Brown, one of the unsung heroes in the Looney Tunes cartoon legacy.

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-Via Dangerous Minds

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Thirteen Fun Facts About Newhart

When Bob Newhart finished up a six season run of The Bob Newhart Show he realized he was done playing doctor and wanted to make a fresh start on a strange and wonderful new show.

And thus Newhart was born, where Bob got to play Dick Loudon for eight seasons opposite the beautiful and talented Larry, Darryl and Darryl...and Mary Frann was pretty great as Joanna Loudon too. 

Newhart was a show about the kooky characters found in small town America, and Bob found inspiration for the show while dining and people watching in the hotel restaurant at the Seattle Hilton.

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Speaking of small town kooks- Larry, Darryl and Darryl were so popular after their appearance on the second episode they were made part of the regular cast from season 2 on.

And although both Darryl and Darryl were classically trained actors with loads of experience they were cast in non-speaking parts, and their contracts forbid them from speaking to the press or appearing in public as the Darryls.

Read 13 Fun Facts About 'Newhart' at mental_floss.

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Hand Drawn Video Game Cover Art Found At GameStop

Some game companies are downright lazy about creating cover art for their games, and they'll often simply pose a few character models, run off a render and call that a cover.

But those of us who fondly remember the days when companies hired artists to create slick cover art for our favorite games are longing to see a hand drawn game cover again, official or otherwise.

Unfortunately, the only hand drawn video game cover art pieces to be found are those created by employees at retail stores like GameStop, and no matter how funny or fantastic the piece who wants to pay those high GameStop prices!

See 21 Hilarious Hand Drawn Game Covers Found At GameStop here

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Comedian Delivers TED Talk About His Adventures In Spammer Trolling

Replying to spam email is something that internet users have been warned against since the 90s, which is probably why comedian James Veitch thought it might be fun.

But there's no way he could have known that by replying to a spam email from a guy named Solomon Odonkoh he'd be embarking on a grand adventure of the bizarro kind.

Here is James delivering a very entertaining TED Talk about his adventures in spammer trolling.

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I first wrote about James and his delightful correspondence with Solomon in this Neatorama article, but seeing him deliver a TED Talk about his days of spammer trolling makes the whole surreal experience seem like a lot of fun.

If only all spammers were as persistent and gullible as Solomon Odonkoh...

-Via Meme Base

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"Boys Night Out" Is An Animated Short For Adults Created By Artists From Pixar

The animators at Pixar are all grown folks, adults, over the legal age for everything and absolutely normal in every adult way, including a healthy libido.

That can be easy to forget when you consider most of the movies they make really cater to kids, keeping that PG vibe that made them such good friends with Disney in the first place.

But adults sometimes draw and animate stuff for other adults to enjoy, and back in 2003 animators Bert Klein and Teddy Newton from Pixar created this risque short called Boys Night Out. (Video is NSFW-ish)

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Even though the storyline in Boys Night Out is all sorts of wrong, since it involves a stepfather and his underage stepson bonding at a strip club, this retro styled short is still quite charming, and the punchline will knock your socks off!

-Via Aggressive Comix

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Cool Concept For Plane That Can Detach Its Entire Cabin In An Emergency

In the future planes will be a whole lot safer to fly in, and safer for passengers to crash in as well, which really doesn't help make the whole process any more comforting to watch!

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This radical detaching cabin concept is being developed by aviation engineer Vladimir Tatarenko, who believe the key to making a safer plane is to separate the cabin from the engines in an emergency.

Vladimir's concept involves parachutes carrying the detached cabin safely to the ground, and rubber tubes along the bottom of the cabin to help cushion it against impact.

Some see his design as the future of safe air travel, while others worry the detachable cabin will weaken the plane's airframe, but either way it makes for an interesting idea!

Read more about The Plane That Can Detach Its Entire Cabin In Event Of Emergency here

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America's Oldest Shopping Mall Is Now An Apartment Building

When the economy goes bust retail stores are often hit the hardest, because people who don't have a lot of extra money to spend tend to stay away from malls.

Couple that with the fact that online shopping is cheaper, easier and faster to deliver than ever and you've got the makings of a mall massacre.

But what is a town supposed to do with their giant, and often quite nice looking, mall carcasses?

Do like the Arcade Providence, America's oldest shopping mall, and turn a shopping center that would otherwise be abandoned into an apartment building.

The Arcade Providence in Rhode Island was in danger of being closed down for good when the Northeast Collaborative Architects decided to let some new life into the building by converting the top two floors into low cost apartments.

Each of the 48 one bedroom units in the Arcade Providence start at $550/month, and the seventeen stores on the ground floor get to stay open for business proving that, for some, shopping really is a lifestyle. 

-Via My Modern Met

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Ripley The Toucan Thinks She's A Lap Dog

I will be the first to admit that my knowledge of toucans is largely based on Toucan Sam from the Fruit Loops commercials and that little plaque in front of their cage at the zoo that tells you where they're from and what they eat.

But despite my ignorance on the subject I don't think I've ever heard of toucans being particularly cuddly birds before I saw this video starring Ripley the toucan, who seems to think he's a lap dog rather than a long billed bird.

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Ripley's proud owners love sharing their silly bird with the world via the official Ripley the Toucan Facebook page and of course by sharing videos of Ripley's odd behavior on her YouTube channel.

-Via Cheezburger

Love cute animals? View more at Lifestyles of the Cute and Cuddly blog

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It's A Shark Eat Shark World Out There

Sharks are known for being big eaters, seemingly made to munch any and every thing they can possibly sink their hundreds of razor sharp teeth into.

Seeing as how they're large predators they prefer lots of protein, as in huge quantities of meat, and they apparently have no love for their fellow shark when their stomachs are empty.

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Visitors to the South Korean aquarium where this video was shot had no idea they'd be learning a lesson about nature's cruel sense of humor that day, but now they know the aquarium stocks their tanks with the freshest seafood money can buy!

-Via FAIL Blog

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Awesome Alternate History Artwork By Jakub Rozalski

Alternate history stories are compelling to read or watch, and they also make for really fun video games, but creating alternate history art seems hard for an artist to do well.

For one thing the viewer would have to know which historical period or event the artist is referencing, and then the whole thing would have to be rendered realistically enough to visually tell the tale for you.

Jakub Rozalski's paintings have all of the elements of a perfect alt history art piece in place,  visually transporting us to another time that never truly existed, at least not in our dimension.

For instance- what would Poland's January Uprising of 1863 against Russian rule have looked like if the Polish insurgents used mechs to help them fight for freedom?

See more of Jakub's alternate history artworks here

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Some Of The Wackiest Urinal Designs From Around The World

When an establishment decides to go with an overall theme they like to make sure the theme runs through the entire place, including the bathrooms.

Making the bathroom fit the theme might entail hanging some fun pictures on the walls, or adding dispensers and other machines to give the place that arcade feel.

Or you can just install a urinal shaped like that guy who lurks around and creeps everybody out, like this monstrosity spotted at Universal City Walk in Osaka, Japan.

Maybe your bar is full of musicians and band geeks rather than circus folk?

Install a urinal they'll remember, like these brassy basins found in the Bell Inn in Sussex, England, and patrons will be tooting their horns to everyone they know about your awesome urinals.

And you can still convey a strong theme without going too crazy with your urinal budget, like this guillotine setup found in Rheinfels Castle, Germany that makes you appreciate all that you still have in this world.

Take A Pee(k) At The World's Weirdest Urinals here

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A Cringeworthy Collection Of Questions Asked On Yahoo! Answers

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Information sites like Yahoo! Answers are meant to serve as community driven forums where people can ask any question and receive an insightful answer, and by any question I mean absolutely anything, no matter how obvious or ridiculous.

Want to know if you can uncover your husband's infidelity based on the smell of his flatulence? Ask the fine folks who contribute to Yahoo! Answers.

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Some questions read like pure trolling, while others make you pity the person who posed the question because they clearly didn't pay much attention in school. Or maybe in this case we should pity their child...

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And people wouldn't see Yahoo! Answers as an eternal source of educational entertainment if it didn't contain answers to some of the most important questions ever asked.

(Yahoo! Answers Link)

See 21 Yahoo Questions That Are Too Horrifying To Stop Reading here (some content borderline NSFW)

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