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Support Your Local Street Dogs

Street Dogs

What are those large, scaly, green animals that live in the sewer? You know, the one's snakes sometimes eat in Florida? Street dogs!

What about those big, fuzzy, brown animals that like to go swimming in my neighbor's pool? Street dogs! 

And, those ones with the big horns that you see at dusk on the side of the freeway? The one's that look like Rudolph's cousin? Street dogs!

But of course! They are all just your local street dogs. What else would they be. Support your local street dogs today!

Looking for the perfect customizable and personalizable gift for your favorite city folk, urban dweller, or country cousin with a sense of humor? Gift them the Street Dogs design by Hillary White from the NeatoShop.  This hilarious retro looking design features an alligator, bear, and deer.  Or as we like to call them, Street Dogs! 

This design, and others, are available on a large selection of apparel and goods. We specialize in curvy and hard to find sizes. We carry baby 6 months all the way up to 10XL Big and Tall. We know that fun, fabulous, and animal loving people come in every size. 

Be sure to check out the NeatoShop for more great items. New items and apparel arriving weekly. 


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Antarctica's Unsolved Poisoning Case

Death in Antartica is not that shocking, but usually comes from understandable causes such as cold and starvation among early South Pole explorers, and accidents. Murders are violent, usually due to psychosis from the extreme environment. It was different when astrophysicist Rodney Marks suddenly fell ill at the Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station in May of 2000. His vision failed, he vomited blood, and showed signs of psychosis. In little more than a day, Marks succumbed to cardiac arrest.

With months of unbroken darkness and dangerous cold stretched out before them, October was the soonest it would be safe for aircraft to land at the South Pole. In the meantime, people living at the base used the excess hours in their days to gather oak scraps and cut and polish them into a casket. They loaded Marks's body into the makeshift coffin and laid him to temporary rest in the base's storage, where the frigid climate would preserve his remains until the end of winter.

On October 30, a plane transported the body from Amundsen-Scott Station to Christchurch, New Zealand, where forensic pathologist Dr. Martin Sage finally was able to perform an autopsy. The amount of time that had passed between the death and the examination didn't stop Sage from making a disturbing observation: Marks hadn't died of natural causes after all. According to the post-mortem, he had ingested approximately 150 milliliters of methanol—roughly the size of a glass of wine. Methanol is a type of alcohol used to clean scientific equipment in Antarctica: It's subtly sweet, colorless, and toxic even in small amounts—which means a fatal dose could easily be slipped into someone's drink without their knowledge.

Was it murder? Investigation was difficult, with various nations and organizations sharing responsibility for the people who live at the South Pole. If it was, there were a limited number of possible perpetrators, but Marks had no apparent enemies. Read about the South Pole poisoning that has yet to be solved at Mental Floss.  


(Image credit: Christopher Michel)


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Disney Joined Forces With Kenneth Cobonpue to Create This Star Wars Furniture Collection

Filipino designer Kenneth Cobonpue collaborated with Disney to create a Star Wars furniture collection, where he combined modern technology and materials and Filipino craft techniques. I’m telling you, the force is strong with this one!

"We wanted to incorporate the essence of each Star Wars character into the designs, while staying true to our aesthetic and process of creating by hand," said Cobonpue.
"We reimagined the Star Wars universe through the lens of the Filipino craftsman and creative," he added. "Finding the balance was a bit of a challenge, but it was also a lot of fun."

The cocoon-like Vader Easy Armchair features a black cushioned seat and backrest that has been stitched to look like Darth Vader's mask.
An open weave canopy surrounds the chair, which also has a foldable swivel table attached.
Darth Sidious' character is embodied in an armchair with an elevated backrest designed to resemble a hood. Its legs curve slightly forward to create an "elegant" yet "powerful" silhouette to capture the Sith Lord's "formidable presence".


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Modern World’s Societal Issues In Eight Illustrations by John Holcroft

John Holcroft, a UK-based illustrator, depicted the modern society’s current state in his new works.

From being addicted to fast food and social media to the new generation’s exposure to technology, John Holcroft’s illustrations will surely make one think about the current culture.

Designer Daily has the rest of the illustrations.

Illustrations by John Holcroft


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Car Wash Calamity



Once upon a time, we heard stories that began. "You won't believe what I saw on the way home!' and we didn't know whether to believe it or not. In this case, a verbal description would be too long and confusing, but we are lucky to have video evidence. This happened in April in England. The laughter and lack of profanity add charm to the visual. -via Digg


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The Battle to Make Tim Burton’s Batman

The movie Batman was released in theaters thirty years ago this month. While Millennials may see it as one in a line of many Batman movies, it was a game changer in its time. The only other Batman we knew outside of the comics was the campy 1960s TV series. Tim Burton made films that looked like cartoons and Michael Keaton was a comedic actor, so we didn't know what to expect. Plus, the only serious actor cast was Jack Nicholson, who, for some reason, was going to play the character most destined for a comedic portrayal. Batman was not only the hit of the summer, but remained in theaters for six months. However, getting there was not easy. Michael Uslan had dreamed of making a dark Batman film for years, and even after he got the rights to the character, no studio was interested.     

“It really was a high-pressure, ticking clock scenario,” Uslan says. “I had quit my job at United Artists and I went to L.A. figuring that every studio would line up at my doorstep, because they would understand the potential for sequels and animation and toys and games and everything that comes along with it.”

Uslan was stunned when he and Melniker’s pitch for a dark Batman film was turned down by every studio. “Not only did they turn us down, they basically said, ‘This is the worst idea we've ever heard,'” Uslan recalls.

But eventually Uslan got a deal and the interest of a few big stars, and Warner Bros. gambled millions of dollars in both production and marketing. Read the story of how Batman came to the big screen, with stories from the set at the Hollywood Reporter.  -via Metafilter

Also: Read Michael Uslan's story in a previous Neatorama article.


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Wastewater Study Finds Puget Sound Has World's Highest Per Capita Cannibas Use

A recent study by a team of researchers at University of Puget Sound and University of Washington of wacky tobacky use, analyzed wastewater samples collected in western Washington from 2013 to 2016.

Says the team's research leader, Dr. Dan Burgard, western Washington is a world leader in Mary Jane consumption. “We are part of an international study… with 60-80 other cities around the world. And according to wastewater, the Puget Sound area has the highest cannabis use per capita, even over Amsterdam.”

The researchers used new methods to detect trace amounts of THC metabolites in the waste stream – that’s what leaves your body and gets flushed down the toilet after cannabis consumption of any kind, whether smoked, vaped, or eaten. 

Dr. Burgard explains, “One dose would be diluted into hundreds of millions of gallons of wastewater. So trying to find those really low levels in a sample that’s pretty messy is a sophisticated technique. But in the end, it is measuring some stuff in sewage.”

While sales of legal cannabis increased rapidly from 2014 to 2016, roughly 70% per quarter, there was only a small increase in the amount of THC metabolites detected in the waste stream, indicating that most users switched from illicit markets to legal ones. The research team did also see some growth in consumption — noting a particularly large spike at the end of 2016.

“You can ask somebody with a survey, how much of this illicit drug do you use and you may or may not get the right answer. With wastewater, it’s anonymous, and wastewater doesn’t have any reason to lie,” explained Dr. Burgard.

Whatever you call it, Cannabis, Marijuana, Mary Jane, Pot, Grass, Wacky Tobacky, it's certainly looks like it is high times in Washington State. Via - KING 5 News Seattle

Image Credit: David McClenaghan, CSIRO


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The “Light Triad” That Makes Us Naturally Good

Two decades ago, psychologists came up with what is now known as the “dark triad”. It is a set of personality traits that makes up the “dark side” of a person. These three personality traits are narcissism, Machiavellianism, and psychopathy.

However, a psychologist from Columbia University in New York named Scott Barry Kaufman was frustrated by the fact that “people are so fascinated with the dark side, but the light side of personality was being neglected.” Thus, he focused on the “brighter side of our inner lives.”

Like its dark counterpart, the “light triad” being investigated by Kaufman and his colleagues comprises three personality traits that together paint a picture of someone’s overall character. Each of the traits highlight a different aspect of how you interact with others: from seeing the best in people and being quick to forgive, to applauding the successes of others, to being uncomfortable manipulating people into doing something you want.
The first trait, humanism, is defined as believing in the inherent dignity and worth of other humans. The second, Kantianism, gets its name from philosopher Immanuel Kant, and means treating people as ends unto themselves, not just as unwitting pawns in your personal game of chess. Finally, “faith in humanity” is about believing that other humans are fundamentally good, and not out to get you.

There can be no darkness without light. The same could be said the other way around. This is also true in our personality. Kaufman’s study suggested that we are a mix of light and dark personality traits.

This could be a good thing. Those with darker personalities tend to be more brave and assertive, for example – two traits that come in handy when trying to get things done. Darker personalities are also correlated with creativity and leadership skills.

Know the levels of both your light and dark personality traits over at Kaufman’s website.

Learn more about the study at BBC.

(Image Credit: PublicDomainPictures/ Pixabay)


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The history of video

Have you ever wondered how we got from those old black and white films to today's videos?

In this video of Veritasium you will find your answer ...

Source: Veritasium Youtube Channel


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Can Mathematics Explain Beauty?

The famous astronomer Galileo Galilei once said that, “The Book of Nature is written in the language of mathematics.” I can say with confidence that he was right.

The world that we live in is a beautiful sight, and the natural world a spectacle. If beauty can be found in nature, and if nature can be written in mathematical statements, then can there be a mathematical explanation for what we perceive as beauty? The answer is most likely yes.

A wonderful illustration of this is the Fibonacci sequence. Named after the mathematician Leonardo of Pisa (c. 1170 – c. 1250), this sequence begins with:
1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 13, 21, …
Except for the first two, each number in the sequence is the sum of the previous two. (For example, 3=1+2 and 5=3+2.) Fibonacci stumbled on this sequence when thinking about how to count the offspring produced by a pair of rabbits. Not very exciting (or beautiful), I admit. But a hidden pattern emerges when you visualize the numbers differently. The image on the left creates squares whose side lengths are the successive Fibonacci numbers; the image on the right draws circular arcs connecting opposite edges of those squares:
The rectangle on the left is called the golden rectangle. The beautiful blue spiral on the right is called the golden spiral. I can almost guarantee that you’ve seen these in your everyday life (albeit sometimes hidden in plain view):
This connection between the Fibonacci numbers and the many beautiful objects containing patterns describable by the numbers is why I, along with most other mathematicians, think that the Fibonacci numbers are beautiful.

There is also an underlying mathematical pattern in the beautiful faces that we see. Check out the article over at Psychology Today.

(Image Credit: Draw Paint Academy)


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The Ornately Quilled Sculptures of Sena Runa

Quilling is the art of cutting, curving, and shaping paper to create forms out of edges of curled paper. Sena Runa is a master of it. In 2015, she quit her job has an HR manager to pursue her art. As you can see from the examples of her work on her Instagram page, her skill and passion has taken her far.

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Anticholinergic Medication Users Have More Risks in Having Dementia, According to Study

Anticholinergic drugs are a type of medication that stops acetylcholine, a neurotransmitter. Acetylcholine causes involuntary movements in many parts of the body. To put it briefly, anticholinergic drugs help in contracting and relaxing the body’s muscles.

A study carried out by researchers from the University of Nottingham showed that there was almost “50% increased risk of dementia among patients aged 55 and over who had used strong anticholinergic medication daily for three years or more.”

The research, published in the JAMA Internal Medicine journal and led by Professor Carol Coupland from the University's Division of Primary Care, looked at the medical records of 58,769 patients with a diagnosis of dementia and 225,574 patients without a diagnosis of dementia, all aged 55 and over and registered with UK GPs contributing data to the QResearch database, between 1 January 2004 and 31 January 2016.
The study findings showed increased risks of dementia for anticholinergic drugs overall and specifically for the anticholinergic antidepressants, antipsychotic drugs, antiparkinsons drugs, bladder drugs and epilepsy drugs after accounting for other risk factors for dementia.
No increased risks were found for the other types of anticholinergic drug studied such as antihistamines and gastrointestinal drugs.

More about this study at EurekAlert.

(Image Credit: Pexels/ Pixabay)


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IKEA Let The People Design Their Own Couch

Swedish furniture company IKEA has implemented planning tools in their website, and Twitter users had fun creating their own couches. While most of the designs are hilarious, they are undeniably creative and innovative. Check these ones out.


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Japan’s MONO Eraser Celebrates Its 50th Year With Fun Promotions

Japan’s stationery company Tombow released in November 1969 one of the country’s most iconic stationery items: the MONO eraser. Over the course of 50 years, the simple striped design of this eraser remained unchanged. And now, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the eraser, Tombow runs several fun promotions this year.

Last June 19 to 23, a double decker bus painted to look like the iconic eraser ran the streets of Tokyo. Aside from this...

In July a commemorative set of all the old designs will go on sale. And by participating in the company’s social media lottery. You can keep up with everything Tombow-related by following the company on Twitter.

(Image Credit: @tombowpencil/ Twitter)


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More Infrared Photos: The Swiss Alps

Infrared photography somewhat captures the opposite colors of what we see since it is more sensitive to thermal signatures so we would often find infrared photos in bright reds, pinks, and other warm colors while cool colors less pronounced.

Before, we've shown some photos done by Paolo Pettigiani. This time around, we get to see some of the works done by South African photographer Zak van Biljon who wanted to apply the same type of imaging on the Swiss Alps. Here are some of his photos:

-via Moss and Fog

(Image credit: Zak van Biljon)


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