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The Decaying Decadence Of Billionaire's Row In London

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A foggy day in London town won’t help to obscure the ugliness and utter decay found in the derelict mansions that make up Billionaire’s Row, and even though the mansions are valued at 350 million pounds the way they’re looking nowadays they’re worth exactly zero.

These rotting houses were once an esteemed part of The Bishops Avenue in Hampstead, north London, but now they are symbols of a serious housing shortage in the UK and market corruption caused by foreign owners who have left many of the properties empty for the last twenty years yet still manage to make a profit from what a neighboring property owner is calling "one of the most expensive wastelands in the world".

Read more about these rotting mansions worth millions over at The Guardian.


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The Big Lebowski Re-Imagined As A CGI Kung Fu Flick

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The Dude abides whether he’s kicking back with a White Russian, or kicking butt in a school for kung fu, and the characters created by the Coen Brothers for their classic film The Big Lebowski seem to fit right in wherever, and whenever, you find them.

In this case some students from the Animation Workshop in Viborg, Denmark have envisioned a scenario where The Dude, Walter and Donny kick it really old school, in ancient Asian style, and have their mellows harshed by a certain ball toting baddie named Jesus and his pack of ninja assassins.

It’s only a mini-trailer at this point, but the students are hoping to turn it into a longer film in the near future, so at this point you can either watch it or say "Screw it, let’s go bowling!"

Via GeekTyrant


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Chandeliers Made Of Bicycle Parts Used To Beautify Freeway Underpass

Some people find elevated freeways, and in particular the underpass created by the freeway, to be a real eyesore, but what can anybody do to spruce up such a sterile concrete environment?

San Antonio based artists Joe O’Connell and Blessing Hancock have come up with an illuminating idea- turn recycled bicycle parts into chandeliers. Their project is called Ballroom Luminoso, and the effect created by the LED lit chandeliers really brings a touch of class to that drab underpass.

But will a set of cool and colorful bike part chandeliers be enough to get people together under the freeway? Or will they simply shed light on a roadside problem which is usually kept in the dark?

You can see more of these amazing bicycle part chandeliers over at Treehugger.


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Candid Photos Of Miserable Men Waiting While Their Wives Shop

Have you ever wondered why stores have those sad little chairs sitting outside the dressing rooms? These guys know, and I guess the stereotype rings true- some guys hate going shopping with their wives, and yet they're always getting suckered in to coming along, which results in a bunch of sad sacks loafing around department stores looking like they’d rather be anywhere else in the world.

The unhappy male shopping companion is the subject of an Instagram photo series called Miserable Men, which features some hilariously candid depictions of men yawning, fast asleep in chairs, and sometimes sitting in long rows commiserating with their fellow schlubs while their wives are busy shopping.

Via Bored Panda


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Meet The Real Life Simpsons In A Home Movie Starring Matt Groening

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Matt Groening is the creator behind one of the longest lasting and most lucrative animated series ever, The Simpsons, and his inspiration for Springfield and the characters who live there was a closely guarded secret, until it all came out a few years back.

Now everyone knows that Matt’s dad was named Homer, his mother was named Margaret and his sisters were named Lisa and Maggie, but what you probably don’t know is Matt’s dad was a cartoonist and amateur filmmaker as well, and papa Homer shot this darling video starring a young Matt and his sisters called The Story back in 1969.

It’s more like a well made home movie than a polished short film, but it’s great to see some of the inspiration behind Matt Groening’s future endeavors, and those young Groening kids are so darn cute!

Via Dangerous Minds

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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New Tumblr Blog Showcases Virtual Paintings In Video Games

Video game developers have been adding colorful visual elements and amusing details to engage gamers and make the world feel more complete since the dawn of gaming.

Chief among these added details are the virtual paintings found in video game locales such as haunted houses, castles, dungeons and temples, just to name a few. Sometimes paintings were just there to add color, other times they were like easter eggs for gamers to find, inside jokes which delighted detail oriented gamers.

Recently a Tumblr site called Video Game Art Archive launched, and it’s dedicated to paintings found in video games, and though their collection is far from exhaustive at this point there are some real gems in the collection that truly deserve recognition as standalone works of pixel art.

Via DesignTAXI


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Star Wars Themed Short Film That Takes Place Completely In The Dark

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Don’t let those dancing Ewoks fool you- the world of Star Wars is a very dark place, full of psychic choke holds, limbs severed by lightsabers and chest exploding blaster fire.

Dark Troopers is a geeky short film by Corey Vidal, and an interesting addition to the many fan films set in the Star Wars universe, which shows how easy it is for one Jedi to cut down a bunch of stormtroopers in total darkness. To emphasize this fact the entire film is shot without lighting, so the only light you’ll see is the glow of lightsabers and the streak of blaster bolts.

-Via Nerdist


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Snowdogs- A Motor Powered Sled Race In Russia

You can’t really ride your choppers around in Samara, Russia during the winter, so bikers had to come up with another way to get around town- sleds powered by motorcycle engines.

The tenth annual Snowdogs motor-sled competition recently took place, and photographer Dmitri Ruzov was there to capture all the ingenious contraptions that hit the ice.

Some of the vehicles in attendance were basically just sleds with motors slapped on them, while others retained their motorcycle roots and actually look like they’d be a lot of fun to ride. However, the one that looks like a frame and wheel attached to an airplane engine seems like a total deathtrap.

Check out more photos from the Snowdogs race at Animal NY.


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Delta Airline's Totally Radical New 80s Themed Safety Video

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Delta Airlines is taking us back to the good old days of air travel with their new 80s themed in flight safety video. It features all the typical stuff you’d expect to see in anything themed after that most radical of decades, the 1980s- breakdancing, an Atari console, a cameo by Kareem Abdul Jabbar, Teddy Ruxpin, crazy neon clothes, totally grody hairstyles, and that beloved alien cat eater ALF.

What this video doesn’t discuss, however, is the fact that you could smoke on a plane in the 80s, and even though the smoking was kept to designated areas there was nowhere for the smoke to go so everyone got a lungful as they flew! Okay, now I see why they left that part out…

Via Geek Tyrant


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Taylor Swift Attacked At Grammys By Street Fighter Ryu

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You’ve probably heard all the gossip about the 2014 Grammys by now- Pharrell’s ridiculous Arby's looking hat, the godawful outfit worn by Madonna, Trent Reznor’s middle finger to the whole award show, and the Grammys in general, and of course the hilarious way Taylor Swift reacted to losing the Album of the Year.

But Taylor’s "react like I just won then clap awkwardly when I realize I didn’t actually win" moment was overshadowed by her piano rocking performance, which was totally hardcore thanks to a little help from Street Fighter’s Ryu. Watch as he kicks the young singer into action, keeping the beat with the bottom of his feet!

Via Gamma Squad


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Ethereal Multiple Exposure Images Created By Japanese Taxi Driver

Double exposure images used to require re-threading and re-shooting the entire roll of film before developing to create a double exposure on each negative.

Now, thanks to digital editing software, creating a multiple exposure image doesn’t take as much time or effort, so the creation of a great multi-shot comes down to choosing the right subjects.

Those subjects are what makes the photos in Issui Enomoto's ethereal series, which are taken on the streets of Japan from Issui's taxi cab, so visually appealing and lends an otherworldly feel to the urban landscape.

You can see more from Issui's mysterious double exposure series at DesignTAXI.


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NFL Logos Get The Football Club Treatment

For whatever reason Americans as a whole haven’t embraced Association football, the football that doesn't require wearing a helmet and bulky pads, but the artists and graphic designers behind Football As Football love both sports equally, and they're striving to bring that football club flavor to the NFL with their team logo re-designs.

The new logos are actually pretty cool, all bold and colorful, and they could easily be used by NFL teams in the future, but calling them football clubs when you're talking about pigskin tackle toss teams will probably get a bit confusing for soccer fans.

Via Super Punch


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Artist Makes Everyday Objects Look Like Simple Line Drawings

Viewing the world in three dimensions is a state of mind, one which artist Cynthia Greig works to deconstruct with her series of photographs depicting everyday objects seemingly converted into 2D drawings.

With a simple coat of white paint, and black illustrative charcoal outlines along the edges, these household items go from dimensional to flat, if viewed from the proper angle with the right lighting.

However, when Cynthia adds a white background and properly lights the scene the solid objects in the photographs suddenly appear to be nothing more than line drawings. It's a simple, straightforward process that doesn't require any digital manipulation and creates a pretty cool optical effect.

You can see more of Cynthia's amazingly flat 3D works over at 22 Words.


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Line The Walls Of Your Sanitarium With This Cthulhu Wallpaper

When H.P. Lovecraft was alive and busy writing his strange Cthulhu mythos related stories the face of horror was far simpler, and the wallpaper patterns were more complex.

Now people aren’t really into wallpapering anymore, but those who still enjoy plastering the walls of their haunted mansions or sanitariums will sell their souls for this awesome Cthulhu patterned material featuring an original design by artist Megan Rosalarian Gedris.

It’s sold by the yard as fabric, or as a roll of good old fashioned wallpaper, and even though it’s not fuzzy to the touch your brain will go a bit fuzzy if you stare at it too long, for idolization of the Great Old Ones comes at the cost of your sanity.

Via Nerd Approved


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Mario Acting As The Anti-Hero In Other Video Games

Mario is such a universally recognized character that it’s surprising he doesn’t appear in more video game crossovers, but that probably all comes down to licensing and money.

However, fans of that super powered plumber and his string bean of a brother would simply adore the addition of the Bros. in games from all genres, but until that happens in real life we’ll just have to settle for staring at these amazing illustrations by Sebastian von Buchwald.

They feature one angry Mario, acting as anti-hero in games like Bioshock, Final Fantasy VII, Tomb Raider and Dragon’s Lair. Somehow seeing Mario acting like a bad little plumber just makes him look like Wario in disguise, maybe Mario should stick to being a good guy.

Head over to Kotaku to see more pics of Mario going on a gaming rampage


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Creepy Horror Inspired Makeup Transformations

Women usually learn how to properly apply makeup when they’re teenagers, and further develop their skills as they get older, but generally speaking they haven’t mastered the skill by the time they graduate high school.

Makeup artist Stephanie Fernandez, however, was clearly born with innate makeup application skills, either that or she’s been practicing since kindergarten, because at just eighteen years old she's already creating looks worthy of appearing in Hollywood horror flicks.

Stephanie draws her inspiration from movies and popular culture, but most of her creations are truly unique and can't be traced back to one particular film since they're a product of her own twisted vision of dark beauty.

You can see more of Stephanie's creep-tastic makeup creations at DesignTAXI

Love Halloween and cosplay? Check out our Halloween Blog!

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Truck Torrence Makes Horror Movie Icons Look Adorable

If you were to see a sample of Truck Torrence’s cutesy artwork you’d have no idea that most of his pieces are based on bloody, violent and mature rated movies like Predator, Drive, and Friday the 13th. But that’s the beauty of Truck’s style- mature content gets the cuteness treatment and it all becomes one big brightly colored bloodbath.

Not all gorehounds want their horror art to be rough around the edges, it’s refreshing to see some cute mixed in with the blood and guts every once in a while, and it's safe to say Truck has mastered this odd flavor combination in his illustrations.

Head over to Comics Alliance to see more of Truck Torrence's bloody cute artwork


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This Is One Hilarious Safe Sex PSA

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Making a good safe sex PSA means engaging the target audience’s attention without making them feel embarrassed or ashamed to be watching such a thing, getting your message through to them in a way that feels like they’re just being entertained.

This safe sex PSA by Josh Cohen entitled "Raw Dog and Bagel" succeeds on both fronts- it definitely gets the importance of practicing safe sex message across, but it does so in such an entertaining way that viewers will find themselves laughing and totally entertained, without all that awkward phrasing and dirty pictures. But be forewarned- after watching this PSA you may lose your appetite for bagels and hot dogs.

Via Animal NY


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A Book Of Photos Celebrating The LOLCat Phenomenon

Lolcats have so much praise, admiration and geek love lavished upon them via the interwebs that it’s starting to go to their heads, and now they’re embracing the limelight and loving every minute of their superstar status.

Okay, so maybe our favorite feline internet stars don’t really understand the whole fame thing, but the fabulous kittehs in this photo book entitled Lolchats, by Barrere & Simon, are channeling their inner celebrities and pretending to be net famous like their feline idols.

Lolchats pokes fun at the world’s obsession with online cat videos and memes, while celebrating the fact that famous cats are now globally recognized and more famous than many humans on the net.

Via Beautiful/Decay

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

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Did Daft Punk Steal Their Act From The Earons?

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Daft Punk has gone from an obscure helmet sporting French synth duo to Grammy award winners and a household name, but did they steal their entire gimmick from obscure 80s group The Earons?

Both groups wear signature motorcycle helmets, funky futuristic outfits and play similarly funky synth tunes, but like any musical act with a fashion gimmick parallels are sure to be drawn between the modern group and some previous influence.

The similarities are pretty darn clear after watching the video, and since The Earons had but one album, which was released nearly thirty years ago, they seem like the perfect targets to emulate since it's unlikely anyone would ever uncover the truth. But let's face it, those hipsters the Earons were into being anonymized by their motorcycle helmets and playing spacy tunes way before it was cool.

Via Dangerous Minds


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Legendary Japanese Reverse Blade Sword Found In Storage Locker

Ancient Japanese legends tell of a strange blade, a relative of the katana, that has its razor sharp edge on top of the curve instead of below, a reverse blade which is meant to confound the enemy and make it harder for them to defend against in combat.

This blade is called a sakabato, and although it has been depicted in classic samurai fiction, anime series like Rurouni Kenshin, and recreated by geeky replica weapon designers it was thought to be nothing but a legend until a sakabato from the Edo period was discovered inside a storage locker. It appears not all legends are based on pure imagination, or else there's an incredibly talented, and nerdy, blacksmith out there making anime dreams come true!

Via Nerd Approved


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Realistic Dog Sculptures Made Out Of Bicycle Chains

Dogs can be a real pain in the neck to have around the house- they're always getting into the trash, tearing up your favorite shoes, licking themselves when you have company and soiling the carpets like uncivilized boors.

They look all cute and cuddly, but what if you want a dog to look at without all the mess? Maybe you need one of these amazingly realistic sculptures by Israeli artist Nirit Levav, which she makes out of bicycle chains in life-size scale.

From a tiny Yorkshire Terrier to a large Siberian Husky, these dogs sit around all day looking cute without all the stink, and the only mess they'll leave on the carpet is a rust stain if you get them wet!

Check out the rest of these amazing sculptures at DesignTAXI.

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

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Take A Video Tour Of Japan's Cat Cafes

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YouTuber Sharla in Japan is a Canadian student attending school in Japan and sharing all of her amazing discoveries with the world by posting videos online. Her latest cultural exploration deals with what is (arguably) the greatest trend in Japanese themed dining- Cat Cafes, where people can go and hang out with some furry felines while they chow down on whatever the cats don't take right out of their hands!

Cat Cafes look like a nightmare for the allergic, a great place for dieters to dine because the cats will make sure they can't dine in peace, and absolute nirvana for those who can't have a cat but love to be surrounded by kitties of all shapes, colors and sizes. I can't help but wonder-how do these cafes handle the whole litter box arrangement?

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

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Awesome Poster Art For 300 - Rise Of An Empire By Alex Pardee

The film 300, based on the Frank Miller/Lynn Varley graphic novel of the same name, is full of battles, bloodshed and masculine bravado as befitting a film about ancient Sparta and the Battle of Thermopylae. Frank Miller has been working on a graphic novel sequel entitled Xerxes for the last three years, and now it's set to come out some time after the sequel film entitled 300:Rise of an Empire.

Legendary Films turned to illustrator Alex Pardee when they needed a suitably epic poster for the film's premier, and Alex definitely didn't disappoint with his appropriately gruesome design for what's already being called "the bloodiest film of the year".

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Can You Find All The Easter Eggs In This 20 Gigapixel Image?

Digital image quality keeps improving by leaps and bounds, and some day the megapixel may be replaced by its bigger brother the gigapixel in standard digital camera technology.

Microsoft Research used their considerable talents, recent advancements in image technology, and 2,400 individual shots of the city to create a 20 gigapixel panoramic photo of Seattle for a project called Gigapixel ArtZoom.

Just to make this amazing image more fun to explore lead developer Michael Cohen decided to add some easter eggs in post for viewers to seek out, making the whole thing feel like a scavenger hunt you can participate in from the comfort of your chair. Have fun snooping around Seattle!

UPDATE- The easter eggs are all art related: artists, works of art, etc. Anything that doesn't seem to quite fit into the city is probably an easter egg, because there are over 100 hidden within this massive panorama pic!

Via Gizmodo


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DDP Wants To Teach You How To Do Yoga Like A Pro Wrestler

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A professional wrestler seems like the last guy you’d want teaching you how to do something calming and low impact like Yoga, but that hasn’t stopped former WCW star Diamond Dallas Page from living out his downward dog dreams by hitting a different kind of mat in the name of inner peace.

DDP has been sharing the physical benefits of yoga with fellow wrestlers for years, and he has his own DDP Yoga program you can purchase on DVD, but here we see what happens when Nerdist asks him to make a promo their way. It’s an all out brawl for your inner chakras, with Page shouting out the most relaxing catchphrase ever- "Bang!" (NSFW due to language)

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Beware Of Giant Pigeons When You Leave The Car Wash

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French prankster Remi Gaillard recently released video footage of his latest prank- a crappy stunt that involves dressing like a giant pigeon and ruining some guy's day outside a car wash.

It’s part of a feature length movie full of pranks loosely translated as “Remi Gaillard Does WTF” which comes out on March 5th in France, and tentatively on June 3rd in the U.S.

We’re big fans of Remi here on Neatorama, and we’ve featured many of his pranks in the past, from the elevator prank to the real life Pac-Man and Mario Kart pranks, and we have no doubt a feature length movie full of his pranks will be a real hoot to watch!

Via Geekologie


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NFL Helmets Get The Haute Couture Treatment

Super Bowl season is upon us, those two weeks a year when everyone pretends to like football even if they’d rather be watching golf, and the advertising world revolves around making those big game bucks, so it’s nice to see Super Bowl hype being used for something other than profit.

Top fashion designers from The Council of Fashion Designers of America created 48 different helmet designs, ranging from furry to deconstructive to possible updates, for a series called "Fashion Touchdown", with individual helmets being auctioned off to benefit charities through the NFL.

You can almost tell which fashion designers actually like football by looking at their re-designs, while pieces like the panda bear head by Loomstate and the cube helmet by Rogan bring the whimsy to this unique collection.

Via Super Punch


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Surreal Photographs With An Interesting Story To Tell

Photography can convey powerful emotions through simple imagery, especially when the photographer is telling a story or trying to exorcise some of their personal demons through the lens.

Sometimes these emotionally charged images can come off a bit hoaky, other times they’re just too darn depressing to look at for long, but the photographic works of Ilya Kisaradov, aka DeviantARTist ezorenier, are just the right mix of dark and downright interesting.

Ilya's pics definitely have a story to tell, whether it’s about the man playing the burning piano or the woman trapped in her own personal birdcage, but these strange images defy simple explanation, leaving interpretation up to the viewer.

Via My Modern Metropolis


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Elementary School Students Discover A Slave Burial Ground

Students and teachers from a school in the South Bronx saw an old photo entitled “Slave Burying Ground” and decided to track down the location of the burial ground in the pic.

Using census data, maps and old city documents they were able to pinpoint the location to just outside the Joseph Rodman Drake Park in Hunt’s Point, uncovering an unmarked slave burial ground hundreds of years old.

The location was confirmed by researchers, who had previously discovered the bodies using radar but had yet to officially recognize the plot as historically significant. Now credit for the discovery will go to those inquisitive students from P.S. 48, and a little piece of New York's history will be uncovered.

Read more about this amazing historical discovery here.

Via Gothamist


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