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Fallen Leaves Turned Into Ephemeral Works Of Art

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Fallen leaves are an iconic symbol of autumn, and yet most are simply raked up and mulched or bagged, thrown in the trash for covering up our precious yards.

Leaf disposal is a necessary chore, but at least you can have a bit of fun with them before you toss them out!

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People in Japan are getting all artsy with fallen leaves and sharing their creations via social media, turning piles of leaves into cool shapes, characters like Winnie the Pooh, and one amazing leaf rose bouquet.

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So as not to leave the pine needles out which have been piling up too people are using them to "draw" their favorite neighbor Totoro!

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See Japanese Are Going Crazy About The Fallen Leaves, Turn Them Into Art here

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Super Villains Who Are Actually Nice People

There are super villains like Lex Luthor, Darkseid and The Kingpin who willingly embraced the darkness and chose to become a force of evil, and then there are those who were turned into villains by circumstances beyond their control.

These good people were twisted into doing evil deeds by the callous corporations who gave them super powers, the events that resulted in the loss of their loveds one or, in Magneto's case, by atrocities committed against mutantkind..

Both Harley Quinn and The Lizard were doctors before their transformation into the villains we know today, and when their humanistic sides shine through they both possess the desire to help people.

And then there's Bizarro- Superman's totally cracked evil twin.

Bizarro is a good guy beneath the bad skin and wicked attitude, because in Bizarro World bad is good and evil is super duper good!

Which is why Supes is often able to trick Bizarro into doing the right thing, because when Bizarro looks in the mirror he sees a hero staring back at him...I guess all mirrors on Bizarro World are broken!

See 11 Super Villains Who Are Actually Nice People here

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Totally Radical New Wave Christmas Ornaments Featuring Siouxsie, Bowie And More!

People are tired of putting up the same old Christmas ornaments, and geeks naturally want to cover their trees with their favorite pop culture characters and people.

For instance, wouldn't it be nice to put up an ornament of Saint Nick (Cave) or Santa Klaus (Nomi) instead of the same old Santa?

Traditional they are not, but the awesome New Wave ornaments created by NY based illustrator Matthew Lineham are a smash hit with the cool kids, and are only suitable for truly hip trees.

Matthew's New Wave ornaments were such a hit they sold out three times over, but hopefully he'll make our radical dreams come true and keep making these amazing ornaments, because my tree suddenly seems naked without David Snowie!

-Via Dangerous Minds

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Are You A Fan Or A Fanboy?

Even though the differences may not seem obvious the fans and fanboys/fangirls of the world are quite different from each other, starting with the fact that anyone can be a fan but only the truly obsessed become fanboys.

This obsession twists the poor little fanboys and fangirls into creatures fueled by pop culture, who live to argue about their favorite franchises while waiting for the next release.

Many diehard fans will refer to themselves as fanboys, but as this comic by Tom Preston shows you're only really allowed to add the "boy" or "girl" to fan when you've taken all the joy out of being a fan!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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Photos Of Historic Bonsai Masterpieces

Bonsai trees are living works of art, the ultimate example of man shaping nature to his will and one of the most difficult plants to care for because, like their full sized relatives, they can live for hundreds of years.

In fact, this Japanese White Pine is one of the oldest bonsai trees in the world, said to be in training since 1625 and known to have survived the bombing of Hiroshima thanks to the high walls of the nursery.

This amazing tiny tree, along with many other bonsai masterpieces new and really, really old, are on display at the National Bonsai and Penjing Museum in Washington D.C., where photographer Stephen Voss captures their timeless beauty.

Stephen's photos have been collected in a hand-crafted book called In Training, where his unique vision showcases each bonsai as a work of fine art.

See Photos of Historic Bonsai Masterpieces at Atlas Obscura

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Hilarious Tony Stark Moments Straight From The Comics

Tony Stark is a billionaire playboy, genius, philanthropist, inventor and a drunk, and while he's one of the least powerful Avengers in terms of inherent power levels he can outfunny them all.

Tony's ironclad sense of humor isn't understood or appreciated by his fellow team members, and frankly they could do without all that wisecracking in their ear while they're trying to take down the bad guys.

But Tony doesn't give a crap what they think, as long as the ladies still love him and he doesn't make the big green guy angry, err, angrier.

See 15 Tony Stark Comics Moments That Will Make You Smile here

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Frog That Looks Like Princess Leia Is Caught In The Middle Of A Photoshop Battle

When a frog looks like a frog few people care or take notice, but when a frog looks like Princess Leia because it has two snails crawling on its head people celebrate its existence by making it the star of a Photoshop Battle.

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This PsBattle naturally began at the beginning, when the world was first introduced to the smart and scrappy young Leia, back before Luke found out they were related.

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But then the Battle waged on, and we were forced to feel all those froggy feels we never knew we felt.

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Many wondered where that strange source image came from, and why those snails were crawling on the little frog's head, so the frog's owner, photographer Tanto Yensen, explained:

“I just wanted to take some photographs of my frog and not so long after I went outside, the snails came out from the wood and then walked over to the frog. I thought it was very funny. I think it looks similar to Princess Leia’s hairstyle from Star Wars. And it looks like he’s using headphones too.”

Are those Beats by Dre?

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See Frog That Looks Like Princess Leia Sparks Photoshop Battle here

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An Ancient Stone Warrior Is Brought To Life By A Young Boy In THE SENTINEL

Kids like to feel secure when they're traveling, and exploring strange new places all by yourself can be quite terrifying for kids and adults alike.

So imagine how scared a young runaway would feel if he found himself on an alien planet devoid of human life, and how much more terrifying it would be to discover that planet is Earth after The Scourge has virtually decimated humanity. 

That in a nutshell is the premise behind Adam Floeck and Nate Swinehart's proof of concept short film THE SENTINEL, which they'd like to turn into a full-fledged animated series.

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THE SENTINEL is little more than a teaser at this point, but Adam and Nate's company Boketto is hoping to drum up interest in the series with this press release, which further explains the show.

And since that teaser trailer probably left you wanting more here's an animated short Adam and Nate created together a few years back called Legacy.

Legacy from Adam Floeck on Vimeo.

-Via GeekTyrant

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The Symbolism Behind Standard Christmas Decorations

Most of us just put up Christmas decorations each year to make our homes feel festive and bright, and because they look neat and reflect our personal sense of style.

But every standard Christmas decoration, from the stockings to the wreath to the tree, has a symbolic meaning that most people are unaware of, most of which are tied to the holiday's Christian roots.

The wreath is a pretty straightforward symbol of Christ, meant to symbolize the crown of thorns he wore on his head while he hung on the cross, with red berries symbolizing drops of his blood.

Candy canes are supposedly shaped to look like the shepherd's staff, and some say the red stripe symbolizes the blood of Christ and the white stripe symbolizes purity.

And in keeping with the "blood of Christ" theme- according to legend holly berries were once white, but blood shed by Christ stained them red.

In truth, some holly bushes still produce yellow or white berries, and those red berries start out green and only turn red when they're ripe.

See The Hidden Symbolism Behind Your Favorite Christmas Decorations here

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A Backwards Recording Of "We Wish You A Merry Christmas"

There are plenty of holiday songs which feature lyrics that are a bit backwards, but We Wish You A Merry Christmas isn't one of them.

In fact, it's one of the most tame and innocuous songs ever written, so the only way to make We Wish You A Merry Christmas seem backwards is to actually play it backwards.

So that's just what naicisum Rob Scallon did- he recorded the entire carol in reverse, then played it back in reverse so it sounds similar to the original version- only stranger.

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This seems like a perfectly appropriate Christmas carol for a year as messed up as 2016...only Rob recorded this song backwards three years ago. Maybe he saw the 2016 crapstorm coming?

-Via Laughing Squid

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Street Artists Open An Incredibly Detailed Mouse-Sized Cafe In Sweden

Rodents aren't going away despite the hard work put in by cats and exterminators, and even though most humans hate rats and mice there are those among us who genuinely love the critters we so callously refer to as "vermin".

In fact, a street art group calling themselves AnonyMouse like rodents so much they're trying to make Malmö, Sweden more rodent friendly- by opening up a mouse-sized Italian café.

#anonymouse #anonymouse_mmx #Malmö #möllan

A photo posted by AnonyMouse (@anonymouse_mmx) on Nov 22, 2016 at 3:16pm PST

The café is called Il Tupolino (Mickey Mouse) and it features outdoor seating, a cute little striped awning in the front and a temperamental chef inside the building...which the mice can't actually enter, since it's a diorama.

ENGLISH BELOW. Invigningen av restaurangen Il Topolino möttes av ett något större tryck än beräknat. Det var kul men lämnade ett visst slitage på lokalerna, så under kvällen valde vi att hålla stängt för lättare renovering. (det kan ha funnits en incident med en kock och dåligt dragna ledningar). Men nu är vi åter på plats igen och välkomnar lagom till frukosten. ###### The grand opening of Il topolino was met with a slightly larger interest than anticipated. Its been good fun by also resulted in a bit of a wear on the inventory, so this afternoon we were forced to shut down temporarely (there might have been an incident with a chef and some loose wiring). Anyways, we're back again, just in time for breakfast! Cheese out! #anonymouse

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But the adorable little café is situated next door to the darling nuttery Noix de Vie (Nuts of Life), where walnuts hang like roasted ducks in the window to tantalize any hungry mice that walk by.

#anonymouse_mmx @anonymouse #möllan

A photo posted by AnonyMouse (@anonymouse_mmx) on Nov 25, 2016 at 5:05pm PST

-Via Laughing Squid

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What's Actually Supposed To Happen When You Land On Free Parking?

Monopoly isn't the greatest board game in the world, but it does have one thing going for it that adds to the replay value- you can customize the game to add variety.

The most popular Monopoly "hack" is the Free Parking lottery- every time a player pays income tax or a fine that money is placed in the middle of the board, and the first person to land on Free Parking takes it all.

According to the rules Free Parking is a space where nothing happens, but since Monopoly can be pretty boring when played strictly by the book people have been making up their own rules since the game came out over 100 years ago.

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This video by Today I Found Out reveals some of the "wrong" ways people play Monopoly, which will probably just make you want to break the rules even more than before!

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Sharing Your Opinions Online

Social media sites like Facebook trick us into sharing our opinions by asking us what's on our mind, but share your real thoughts and you'll quickly realize one thing- your so-called FB "friends" don't want to hear how you really feel.

And even if you don't express yourself they'll judge you for oversharing photos, posting too many memes, and don't even get me started on stating a political opinion that someone might disagree with...

This comic strip from The Awkward Yeti is right- social media sucks!

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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Nomenclature is a big, complicated sounding word for a simple concept- the naming of things, such as species of animals.

Some people don't take naming as seriously as they should, calling things whatever they like regardless of that thing's official designation, which is just plain wrong.

Because, as this comic from Mr. Lovenstein shows, it's important to call a tortoise a tortoise, or you might make it shella angry.

-Via Geeks Are Sexy

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The Chilling Amazon Reviews Left By An Alleged Serial Killer

Serial killers achieve a sort of inhuman status once they're caught and their crimes brought to light, but despite their heinous crimes they're still normal people after all.

And normal people do normal stuff, like leave reviews on Amazon for items like knives, padlocks, shovels and gun accessories, items that only seem sinister when they're associated with a killer.

"havnet [sic] stabbed anyone yet...... yet.... but I am keeping the dream alive and when I do, it will be with a quality tool like this..."

But in retrospect the Amazon reviews left by alleged serial killer Todd Kohlhepp should have read as sinister well before he was arrested, because who in their right mind leaves a review like this for a shovel with a folding handle:

"keep in car for when you have to hide the bodies and you left the full size shovel at home.... does not come with a midget, which would have been nice."

Greenville Online says these disturbing Amazon reviews are now being used as evidence against Kohlhepp, but the fact that he had been posting them since 2014 should have raised some red flags. Maybe people thought he was trolling?

-Via Esquire

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These Out Of Context Dungeons & Dragon Quotes Are A Critical Hit

Dungeons & Dragons is one of those games that most parents just don't understand, and when they eavesdrop on their kids while they're playing parents are liable to hear all kinds of strange stuff coming out of their mouths.

This incomprehensibility may be one of the reasons why D&D was villainized back in the day, but it also makes for some hilarious "WTF?" moments when game chat is quoted out of context.

Imgur user perckq asked tabletop gamers in the Imgur community to submit quotes for his Out of context D&D shenanigans gallery, and their responses were so out there they'll probably only make sense to serious D&D heads...or maybe not.

See 25 Out of Context D&D Quotes That Will Have You Rolling here

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This Lady Has Been Wearing Only The Color Green For The Last 20 Years

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Plenty of people have a favorite color, which is their first choice for things like clothing, car paint jobs and interior design schemes, but nobody takes their favorite color as seriously as the Green Lady Of Carroll Gardens.

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For you see the Green Lady has made having a favorite color into a lifestyle, and she has been wearing only green for the last 20 years.

Elizabeth Eaton Rosenthal, aka the Green Lady of Carroll Gardens, is so obsessed with the color green that she dyes her hair green, fills her home with green decor, appliances and furniture, and prefers to buy products that are sold in green packages.

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So why is she so obsessed with the color green? Because she says "it's the most positive color in the world, You can wake up really miserable in the morning and then you get dressed and turn green and it’s quite wonderful."

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So what does the fact that I almost always wear black say about me?

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Which One Of These Gingerbread Houses Could Kill You?

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Some gingerbread houses are made to be eaten, others are made to look pretty on the table as a centerpiece, but one of the gingerbread houses pictured above might actually kill you if you eat it.

Can you guess which one? It's hard to tell, isn't it?

That's the point of this Christmas themed experiment, posted by Redditor Mmnking to see if people can tell the difference between a gingerbread house made of candy and one made with pharmaceutical medicines:

A little bit of backstory - a friend of my mum works in a poisons department at a children's hospital in Sydney. She made this, to be blown up into a poster, but didn't have a good camera other than her phone. She rang up, and I took the photos for her with a nice DSLR. I thought it was pretty interesting, as a ridiculous number of the people I asked couldn't tell which was which, so I figured I'd share it here.

So which one is the killer treat? If you guessed the one on the left you're right! Now imagine how hard it would be for a child to tell the difference between the two...

-Via The Daily What

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Awful Fantasy's Awfulest Tweets Of The Year

It's easy to tell when you're reading a good fantasy novel because you can't put it down, but telling bad fantasy apart from the good is even easier- unless you're among the uninitiated.

Those who haven't read much fantasy fiction won't necessarily know the difference between the really good stuff and the ludicrously bad, and therefore may wind up reading something utterly devoid of merit.

But if you start your initiation by reading the purposely awful snippets put out by Awful Fantasy Twitter account you'll become a fantasy fiction mastermind in no time!

Read Awful Fantasy's Awfulest Tweets of 2016 here

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How To Debunk Perpetual Motion Machines

Remember that little drinking bird toy that fascinated us when we were young because it would "drink" all day long without batteries or an obvious power source?

Many of us think these perpetual motion machines run on magic when we're young, but then we become better educated on the laws of thermodynamics and discover the drinking bird is a thirsty little liar.

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Jon Farrow of the Royal Institution joined Tom Scott to discuss how to debunk perpetual motion machines by locating their hidden power source, starting with that basic water drinking bird:

There are two major systems at play here- the first is an external one to do with evaporation- the bird's head gets loaded with water, and then this water is allowed to evaporate. As you'll know if you've ever worked up a sweat when liquids evaporate they cool down their surroundings. The second one is an internal one to do with the red fluid here. This fluid is quite volatile, and has a boiling point close to room temperature- it's being pushed and pulled up the neck of the bird depending on the temperature of the head. When the head is cold the liquid is sucked up, and when it's warm the liquid drains into the base. This shifts the center of gravity of the bird allowing it to continue rocking so long as it has a ready supply of water.

-Via Laughing Squid

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Nurses Share Horror Stories From Their Student Days

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Before nurses can become badass medical professionals who help treat patients and make a hospital run smoothly they must undergo a sort of trial by fire as a student nurse.

“My patient rang his bell saying he needed the toilet. As soon as he stood up the floodgates, front and back, opened. Luckily I had a pad on me, but what I didn’t know as a student was that pads weren’t designed to capture free flowing liquid straight away. At this point I was on my knees panicking and praying it wouldn’t get on my face because it kept going and going and going. Let’s just say my late shift couldn’t have ended any worse.” -Via katrinaa47dd0dc38

Or maybe it's more accurate to call it a trial by blood, feces, urine, screaming and cursing, because student nurses have to deal with some really sick and disturbing stuff before they can become a full fledged RN.

“I was looking after a child who had been putting push pins into a nerf gun and using it to pop balloons. I guess one of the pins got stuck so he turned it round to look down the barrel and… Yeah. Pin in the eye.” -Via tammyf10

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But the added bonus of facing these traumatic experiences for the sake of saving lives is you get to share your war stories with the world.

“I was on ward round on a urology ward. They doctor told me prior to going into a patients room that the patient had a hydrocele (sack of fluid that firms around the testicular area). I had no idea what this was but nodded along politely and went into the room. The patient whips his pants down without a being prompted and revealed that I can only describe as a space hopper between his legs. I was in stunned silence and don’t know where to look. Reminded me of Randy Marsh in that South Park episode!” -Via jamesh4143d3ae2

BuzzFeed asked nurses in their community to share horror stories from their student days, and as expected they got some extremely eye-popping responses!

“On my first day on my first placement as a student nurse, I was looking after a dementia patient, and no one told me he had a fake eye. I was horrified when he pulled his eye out of its socket and rolled it down the corridor. I went running after it to give it back to him… he washed it in his orange juice and put it back in his socket while I stood there in surprise.” -Via laurenc4f2c3d039

Read 13 Nurses Told Us Horror Stories From Their Student Days here

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Incredibly Cool Artificial Limbs Created Using 3D Printers

Artificial limbs are first and foremost made to function properly, with durability and realism the second and third most important features, but few amputees receive an artificial limb that looks like a work of art.

But industrial designer Scott Summit aims to change that with his artsy yet totally functional artificial limbs, which are one-of-a-kind works of art so amputees can wear their artificial limbs with pride.

Scott has been creating artificial limbs for 20 years, which has given him the knowledge and experience to create prosthetics that look delicate but are actually quite durable.

Each prosthetic limb is 3D printed and created to the wearer's specifications, allowing them to add their own ideas to the design instead of being stuck with the same old generic looking prosthetic.

See Astonishing Artificial Limbs Created By Scott Summit here

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The Evolution Of Batgirl

Before there was the Batgirl we know and love there was Batwoman, who was meant to be a one-off and yet was so popular she stuck around for a minute and even had her own Bat-Girl sidekick.

But Batwoman and the original Bat-Girl were left behind in the Silver Age, making room for Barbara Gordon to don the cape and cowl and become the more enduring version of Batgirl.

Barbara's Batgirl is a full-fledged member of the Bat Family and an integral part of the team, even after she was shot by The Joker and became the wheelchair bound hacker Oracle, and over the years she has proven her worth in more ways than one.

But this infographic created by Fun.com isn't about her abilities- it's all about her costume, which has gone through some colorful changes over the five decades since she made her first appearance in 1966.

See the full sized graphic here.

-Via GeekTyrant

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The Very Best Of I Can Has Cheezburger?'s "If I Fits I Sits"

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Animals generally have but one rule when it comes to choosing a place to chill- "If I fits, I sits".

This philosophy can lead to embarrassing situations for humans, but for cats and dogs and such living by "if I fits, I sits" ensures they feel cozy and secure wherever they choose to sit, or lay or whatever.

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Now the great thing about animals living by this motto is that ALL animals live by this motto, so there are plenty of killer fitting and sitting moments to capture and caption.

Why are you lion around, GET BACK TO WORK!

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Yeah I know, that was a bad one, so it's a good thing many "If I Fits, I Sits" pics are already captioned! They're Meowchael Scott approved!

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See I Can Has Cheezburger? - If I Fits I Sits here

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Parents Reveal The Most Embarrassing Things They've Walked In To Find Their Kids Doing

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Do you know why most family themed movies and TV shows feature a cringeworthy scene with a parent walking in on a kid doing something shameful in their bedroom?

My daughter just turned two. A few weeks ago I went to check on her after I had laid her down for bedtime. I stood outside the door listening and kept hearing a weird noise and then hearing some giggling. So I opened the door and started watching and she was making herself fart and then laughing hysterically at herself. Apparently she can fart on command. -via youreawizardhailley

Because it's one of the most common shared experiences in our lives, and it happens to so many of us during puberty that the shared shame makes us laugh...after we're full grown, of course.

I was like 13, and I wanted to know what boobs felt like, so I put balloons down my shirt. Then started to masturbate. Dad walked in, walked right back out -via leumasperron

Of course, parents don't always walk in on their kids doing NSFW stuff- sometimes they walk in on their kids acting a bit nutty-

Like many sports fans, I'd play imaginary baseball in my yard. I was about 7 or 8 when my parents witnessed this. I'm coming around to score and get called out, but I clearly beat the tag, so I argued with the umpire (argument lasted about 5 minutes) and was ejected, which made me more angry. My mom watched the entire debacle from her window, presumably laughing hysterically. -via awsears25

But our "mom/dad walked in on me..." stories all have one thing in common- the embarrassment factor, which they hold over our heads for the rest of our lives:

I don't remember myself, but my parents loooove to tell me about the time they found me dancing naked on the kitchen table to the final jeopardy music at age 2 or 3 . -via jcsatan

Read 21 Of The Most Embarrassing Things Parents Ever Walked In On Their Kids Doing here (NSFW)

See more about baby and kids at NeatoBambino

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Man Punches Kangaroo To Save Dog, Controversy Ensues

Kangaroo bucks can be mighty aggressive, threatening the lives of people and pets and scaring the wits out of anyone they hop after, which is why people pack heat when they're out in the wilds of Australia

But zookeeper Greig Tonkins clearly doesn't need a gun to handle himself, and when his dog's life was threatened by an ornery kangaroo he came to the dog's defense and boxed the 'roo right back.

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Now it's easy to judge Greig for punching the kangaroo, but consider this:

a) kangaroos have been known to kill other animals

b) Greig has worked with kangaroos for six years at the Taronga Western Plains Zoo so he knows a thing or two about dealing with kangaroo bucks

c) the roo had his dog in a headlock, so he reacted as if his dog's life were in danger.

d) many Australians would have simply shot the thing even after the dog was freed, since Australians "cull" about 5 million kangaroos a year to keep the population managable,

As you can see, there is no black and white when it comes to Greig's actions, and I don't know about you but I would have done the same thing in a heartbeat to save my dog's life.

-Via Complex

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The Strangely Satisfying World Of Industrial Food Processing Videos

There are plenty of awful videos on YouTube which you can use to torture your eyeballs and scar your brain, but why would you want to watch such horrible things?

Instead, expose your eyeballs to the wonderful world of factory food processing videos, where you'll witness massive machines turn normal shaped food into paste, but that's not all!

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These videos also feature funky synth jazz tunes, which are the perfect soundtrack for that food factory life and therefore helps them sell machines to food factory processing engineers.

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Slate's Shon Arieh-Lerer shared his strange obsession with factory food processing videos on YouTube with the world, and now it feels like season one of How It's Made all over again! 

See more from Take a Trip Down YouTube's Strangest And Most Satisfying Rabbit Hole here

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These Amazing Minecraft Creations Took Billions Of Blocks To Build

Gamers have been making virtual artwork in Minecraft since the game first came out five years ago, but overall their creations have been kept simple and square, like 3D versions of 8- or 16-bit pixel art.

However, the art created in Minecraft is limited only by the artist's imagination, dedication and the amount of time they have available to organize thousands, if not millions, of cubes into a detailed work of digital art.

The new book Beautiful Minecraft by No Starch Press collects images of some of the more epic and impressive works created by Minecraft players, including the piece Deep Sea created by nine builders in six days using 32 million blocks.

The piece at the top of the post is Vegard Elseth's Lindblum Gate, which took 60 days and 300 thousand blocks to build, followed by Will Loader's A Futuristic Past, which took 28 days and 9 million blocks to build.

And that simply gorgeous looking landscape shot? That's Andrzej Czerniewski's Magic Of Colors, which took him 22 days to build and contains 7 billion blocks.

I wonder how long it would take to create a 3D print of each piece...

See more from Pore Over These Gorgeous Minecraft Creations at Polygon

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Japanese Artist Spent Three And A Half Years Creating One Giant Illustration

Drawing with pen and ink can take a really long time, and artists who work in ink like to take their time and get it right because they may only have one chance to get it right.

Japanese illustrator Manabu Ikeda spent ten hours a day for three and a half years creating his massive pen and ink masterpiece "Rebirth", how's that for slow?!

Manabu's incredibly detailed masterpiece measures 13 X 10 feet wide, and features a gnarly tree growing up and out of crashing tsunami waves and other destructive forces.

"Rebirth" was inspired by Japan's rebirth after the 2011 Tōhoku earthquake, so it was obviously a labor of love for Manabu as well as an epic scale way to show off his drawing skills.

“My goal is to faithfully express my view of the world in my composition, but I don’t intentionally depict detailed images,” he told the Chazen Museum of Art. “Because I see details when I observe things, rather than the whole, I find pen and ink to be the best tools to express how I see them.”

-Via Bored Panda

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Little Things To Look For When You Watch A Christmas Story

Nowadays TV networks like TBS and AMC will play A Christmas Story for 24 hours straight, so viewers can watch their favorite holiday movie all day long if they want

And yet no matter how many times you've seen it there are probably all sorts of little things you missed or didn't really pay attention to- like Scut Farkus's braces.

A Christmas Story is set in the 1940s and yet Scut the Bully is wearing braces that are bonded to his teeth, which weren't invented until the 70s.

Ralphie's dad gets a colored bowling ball for Christmas, which wasn't invented until the 60s. When Ralphie almost shoots his eye out his glasses are knocked to the ground, where we can see they're three-barrel hinged- a style which didn't exist until the 1980s.

You see where I'm going with this? See how many historical inaccuracies you can spot next time you watch the movie!

Also watch for these cameos- director Bob Clark as Ralphie's Neighbor Swede (pic at top of post), and narrator Jean Shepherd (aka the guy who wrote the original stories the film is based on) as the cranky bearded man who tells Ralphie to get to the back of the line for Santa.

See 25 Things to Look for While Watching The 24-Hour 'A Christmas Story' Marathon at mental_floss

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Profile for Zeon Santos

  • Member Since 2012/08/04


Blog Posts

  • Posts Written 11,637
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  • Unique Visitors 15,020,860
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