<![CDATA[Neatorama]]>https://www.neatorama.com/vosa/theme/neato2/media/logo.gifNeatoramahttps://www.neatorama.com/<![CDATA[Was the Unicorn an Actual Historical Animal?]]>

🦄 Myths often have kernels of truth buried deep beneath layers of fairy tales passed down through the generations. Scientists have now found evidence that the horned Siberian beast called the Elasmotherium sibiricummay have lived among early humans 35,000 years ago, and thus gave rise to what we now call the unicorn. Now if only we can explain the jackalope!

🛩️ Not for the faint-hearted: watch how an airplane lands at the world's most dangerous airport. The Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, Nepal has a single runway that sits between a mountain and a steep drop-off. I get queasy just watching the clip! 😱

🕹️ You can now play the once-forbidden video games from Communist Czechoslovakia. There's a Rambo game where he's actually the bad guy.

🎵 We told you about The Butts Remix before. Now, there's the Teletubbies singing Black Eyed Peas' song My Humps.

🕷️ Genius inventor created a real-life Spider-Man wall climbing suit (and proceeded to climb a really tall building).

🕷️ How do you spy on red crabs on their annual Christmas Island migration? Why, with a spy crab, of course.

More neat posts over at our new sites: Pictojam, Pop Culturista, Infinite 1UP, Laughosaurus, and Supa Fluffy.

Image: Elasmotherium sibiricum by DiBgd/Wikimedia

🌹 Featured art: Kiss from a Rose, sung by an actual seal by indie artist louisros.

Current special: Save up to 20% on all T-shirts in NeatoShop's sitewide special.

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🦄 Myths often have kernels of truth buried deep beneath layers of fairy tales passed down through the generations. Scientists have now found evidence that the horned Siberian beast called the Elasmotherium sibiricummay have lived among early humans 35,000 years ago, and thus gave rise to what we now call the unicorn. Now if only we can explain the jackalope!

🛩️ Not for the faint-hearted: watch how an airplane lands at the world's most dangerous airport. The Tenzing-Hillary Airport in Lukla, Nepal has a single runway that sits between a mountain and a steep drop-off. I get queasy just watching the clip! 😱

🕹️ You can now play the once-forbidden video games from Communist Czechoslovakia. There's a Rambo game where he's actually the bad guy.

🎵 We told you about The Butts Remix before. Now, there's the Teletubbies singing Black Eyed Peas' song My Humps.

🕷️ Genius inventor created a real-life Spider-Man wall climbing suit (and proceeded to climb a really tall building).

🕷️ How do you spy on red crabs on their annual Christmas Island migration? Why, with a spy crab, of course.

More neat posts over at our new sites: Pictojam, Pop Culturista, Infinite 1UP, Laughosaurus, and Supa Fluffy.

Image: Elasmotherium sibiricum by DiBgd/Wikimedia

🌹 Featured art: Kiss from a Rose, sung by an actual seal by indie artist louisros.

Current special: Save up to 20% on all T-shirts in NeatoShop's sitewide special.

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<![CDATA[Stranded Dog Rescued with Drone Dangling a Sausage]]>

Millie is a Jack Russell Terrier and Whippet mix who lives in Hampshire, UK. She wandered into the tidal mudflats near the coastal waters of Havant. This is dangerous ground, as it is difficult to traverse and easy to get stuck.

Rescuers encouraged her to move toward higher ground, but were unable until they brought in an aerial drone. A local resident cooked up sausages from Aldi, which the rescue them dangled from the drone. Millie was hungry enough to follow the bait, which the drone pilot slowly moved toward higher ground that would not submerge with the tide.

-via Dave Barry

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Millie is a Jack Russell Terrier and Whippet mix who lives in Hampshire, UK. She wandered into the tidal mudflats near the coastal waters of Havant. This is dangerous ground, as it is difficult to traverse and easy to get stuck.

Rescuers encouraged her to move toward higher ground, but were unable until they brought in an aerial drone. A local resident cooked up sausages from Aldi, which the rescue them dangled from the drone. Millie was hungry enough to follow the bait, which the drone pilot slowly moved toward higher ground that would not submerge with the tide.

-via Dave Barry

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<![CDATA[Ski Report with a Bonus]]>

❄️ 1 inch of natural snow overnight
🌨 16 inches of snow this week
🎿 21 slopes and trails
🏂 3 terrain parks
🚡 9 am - 9 pm

Snow Report: https://t.co/rw4pGi01Txpic.twitter.com/gNAT7Q99Ct

— Seven Springs (@7SpringsPA) January 20, 2022

Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania brings us their latest ski report. Sixteen inches of snow! But that's not what makes this video noteworthy. Watch it to the end, and don't drink anything until it's over.

Okay, once the video is over, you realize that you didn't really absorb a thing Abbey said, did you? Not that it matters. As funny as it turned out, we can all relate to the poor skier in the background. How did this happen? Was it serendipity thanks to the staff who didn't clear the stairs, a typical case of hard-to-walk-in ski boots, or was it staged to go viral? Give us your determination in the poll below. -via Fark

POLL: Explain this video.

  • It just happened, and it was funny.
  • All skiers walk like this in ski boots.
  • Admirable attempt at viral marketing.

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❄️ 1 inch of natural snow overnight
🌨 16 inches of snow this week
🎿 21 slopes and trails
🏂 3 terrain parks
🚡 9 am - 9 pm

Snow Report: https://t.co/rw4pGi01Txpic.twitter.com/gNAT7Q99Ct

— Seven Springs (@7SpringsPA) January 20, 2022

Seven Springs Mountain Resort in Pennsylvania brings us their latest ski report. Sixteen inches of snow! But that's not what makes this video noteworthy. Watch it to the end, and don't drink anything until it's over.

Okay, once the video is over, you realize that you didn't really absorb a thing Abbey said, did you? Not that it matters. As funny as it turned out, we can all relate to the poor skier in the background. How did this happen? Was it serendipity thanks to the staff who didn't clear the stairs, a typical case of hard-to-walk-in ski boots, or was it staged to go viral? Give us your determination in the poll below. -via Fark

POLL: Explain this video.

  • It just happened, and it was funny.
  • All skiers walk like this in ski boots.
  • Admirable attempt at viral marketing.

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<![CDATA[50 Really Awkward But Memorable Moments]]>

When my sister in-law was a waitress in Canada, she was taking drink orders from a group of Americans. They each ordered a glass of red wine. She suggested they choose a LITRE instead. They spoke among themselves and one man put up his hand and said - “I’ll be the leader.”

— Christine (@guelphgirlchris) December 31, 2019

Everybody has done something so embarrassing that you just want to go home and hibernate for a few years. The best of those awkward moments are those that no one present can ever forget, so they surface on the internet ten, twenty years later, and everyone can have a laugh. Just be glad that your name isn't attached to the viral Tweet.

In this collection, some of the perpetrators are identified, because people do tell on themselves occasionally. Be prepared to laugh out loud at one or more of these 50 mortifying conversations, and just be glad that your most awkward and embarrassing story isn't included. ....unless it is. See the entire ranked list at Bored Panda.

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When my sister in-law was a waitress in Canada, she was taking drink orders from a group of Americans. They each ordered a glass of red wine. She suggested they choose a LITRE instead. They spoke among themselves and one man put up his hand and said - “I’ll be the leader.”

— Christine (@guelphgirlchris) December 31, 2019

Everybody has done something so embarrassing that you just want to go home and hibernate for a few years. The best of those awkward moments are those that no one present can ever forget, so they surface on the internet ten, twenty years later, and everyone can have a laugh. Just be glad that your name isn't attached to the viral Tweet.

In this collection, some of the perpetrators are identified, because people do tell on themselves occasionally. Be prepared to laugh out loud at one or more of these 50 mortifying conversations, and just be glad that your most awkward and embarrassing story isn't included. ....unless it is. See the entire ranked list at Bored Panda.

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<![CDATA[Drug Use in the Viking Era]]>

Believe it or not, there are people who can't wrap their heads around the use of non-medicinal drugs before the 20th century. But it was always so, from mind-expanding hallucinogens for religious rites to painkillers to escape the grinding stress of everyday life. And for some, mood-altering drugs could aid in warfare.

We all know that you stay away from someone who is in a drug-induced frenzy, because they may have lost all sense of self-preservation. That was the story of the berserkers, who were said to be immune to fire and weapons during battle. The more likely story is that they just didn't care, and that terrified their enemies into retreat or submission. It must have been the drugs.  

Nutty History goes through a whole bunch of drugs that were available during the Viking era, which all come with some contraindications for use in warfare. We don't know what they used- it could have easily been a combination. We also don't know how many casualties they had, in drug overdose or battle, in the quest for the formula they wanted. But when it worked, it gave the berserkers a reputation that long outlasted them. -via Boing Boing

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Believe it or not, there are people who can't wrap their heads around the use of non-medicinal drugs before the 20th century. But it was always so, from mind-expanding hallucinogens for religious rites to painkillers to escape the grinding stress of everyday life. And for some, mood-altering drugs could aid in warfare.

We all know that you stay away from someone who is in a drug-induced frenzy, because they may have lost all sense of self-preservation. That was the story of the berserkers, who were said to be immune to fire and weapons during battle. The more likely story is that they just didn't care, and that terrified their enemies into retreat or submission. It must have been the drugs.  

Nutty History goes through a whole bunch of drugs that were available during the Viking era, which all come with some contraindications for use in warfare. We don't know what they used- it could have easily been a combination. We also don't know how many casualties they had, in drug overdose or battle, in the quest for the formula they wanted. But when it worked, it gave the berserkers a reputation that long outlasted them. -via Boing Boing

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<![CDATA[Reporter Hit by Car on Live TV, Keeps Right on Reporting]]>

Tori Yorgey, a reporter with WSAZ-TV News in Charleston, West Virginia was on the scene, reporting on the effects of a winter storm. The roads were slippery from the snow, as evidenced by the car that slid into Yorgey.

This is her last week on the job, as Yorgey is heading to Pittsburgh to work there. She now has the ultimate end-of-work story. Despite the impact, Yorgey stood up and was reporting on weather conditions within a minute.

I'm also impressed with anchorman Tim Irr, who maintains perfect composure as a colleague is cut down in front of him.

-via Born in Space

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Tori Yorgey, a reporter with WSAZ-TV News in Charleston, West Virginia was on the scene, reporting on the effects of a winter storm. The roads were slippery from the snow, as evidenced by the car that slid into Yorgey.

This is her last week on the job, as Yorgey is heading to Pittsburgh to work there. She now has the ultimate end-of-work story. Despite the impact, Yorgey stood up and was reporting on weather conditions within a minute.

I'm also impressed with anchorman Tim Irr, who maintains perfect composure as a colleague is cut down in front of him.

-via Born in Space

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<![CDATA[Farmer Puts VR Headsets on Cows to Make Them Produce More Milk]]>

🐄 It may be borderline Black-Mirror stuff, but who can argue with udder success? A dairy farmer in Turkey created a bovine metaverse by giving cows VR headsets displaying green pastures. This reduced the cows' anxiety and increased milk production.

🤖 What happens when you let a chatbot talk to another chatbot? Watch the insults fly when it's AI vs AI.

💰 Hulk smash sales: First edition of The Incredible Hulk Comic sold for $490K ... and the Hulk wasn't even green in this edition!

🐀 This rat plays Doom better than me: Here's how a neuroengineer trained rats to play Doom on a custom VR setup.

🎃 Watch this nifty time lapse of a pumpkin growing from a small seed to a giant 1,322 lb behemoth.

📷 Woman took a selfie on top of her sinking car. In her defense, that is primo selfie opportunity, after all, it's not everyday that your car sinks into an icy river. Plus, doesn't the insurance company require photo proof of the incident anyways?

🐻 After humans abandoned the Kolyuchin Island in the Chukchi Sea between Russia and Alaska, polar bears moved into their houses. What squatters!

👂 Lastly, not for the squeamish: man's ear blockage turned out to be a [OH OMG!] (with picture)

Featured art: In a Relationship with My Books by indie artist Edu Ely.

📖 More: Books & Reading inspired tees from the NeatoShop

More neat posts from our growing list of new sites:

Thank you for checking 'em out!

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🐄 It may be borderline Black-Mirror stuff, but who can argue with udder success? A dairy farmer in Turkey created a bovine metaverse by giving cows VR headsets displaying green pastures. This reduced the cows' anxiety and increased milk production.

🤖 What happens when you let a chatbot talk to another chatbot? Watch the insults fly when it's AI vs AI.

💰 Hulk smash sales: First edition of The Incredible Hulk Comic sold for $490K ... and the Hulk wasn't even green in this edition!

🐀 This rat plays Doom better than me: Here's how a neuroengineer trained rats to play Doom on a custom VR setup.

🎃 Watch this nifty time lapse of a pumpkin growing from a small seed to a giant 1,322 lb behemoth.

📷 Woman took a selfie on top of her sinking car. In her defense, that is primo selfie opportunity, after all, it's not everyday that your car sinks into an icy river. Plus, doesn't the insurance company require photo proof of the incident anyways?

🐻 After humans abandoned the Kolyuchin Island in the Chukchi Sea between Russia and Alaska, polar bears moved into their houses. What squatters!

👂 Lastly, not for the squeamish: man's ear blockage turned out to be a [OH OMG!] (with picture)

Featured art: In a Relationship with My Books by indie artist Edu Ely.

📖 More: Books & Reading inspired tees from the NeatoShop

More neat posts from our growing list of new sites:

Thank you for checking 'em out!

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<![CDATA[Ernest Shackleton's Harrowing Journey to Elephant Island]]>

Ernest Shackleton led three expeditions to the Antarctic between 1901 and 1917. He survived all of them, but there were many moments when the possibility of death loomed large. And disasters happened. Shackleton set out on his third expedition, the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, in 1914. The expedition's ship, the Endurance, became locked in ice for a year before being crushed by it. The crew camped out on the ice, but that also began to break up, so they took the lifeboats and tried to make it to uninhabited Elephant Island, 60 miles away. Once away from the ice, they now had to contend with crashing waves in 20 degrees below zero. And getting to Elephant Island wouldn't be the end of their troubles, as it wasn't near any shipping lanes that might draw a rescue. Read about Shackleton's expedition and their escape from the wrecked Enduranceat Atlas Obscura.


(Image source: Library of Congress)

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Ernest Shackleton led three expeditions to the Antarctic between 1901 and 1917. He survived all of them, but there were many moments when the possibility of death loomed large. And disasters happened. Shackleton set out on his third expedition, the Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition, in 1914. The expedition's ship, the Endurance, became locked in ice for a year before being crushed by it. The crew camped out on the ice, but that also began to break up, so they took the lifeboats and tried to make it to uninhabited Elephant Island, 60 miles away. Once away from the ice, they now had to contend with crashing waves in 20 degrees below zero. And getting to Elephant Island wouldn't be the end of their troubles, as it wasn't near any shipping lanes that might draw a rescue. Read about Shackleton's expedition and their escape from the wrecked Enduranceat Atlas Obscura.


(Image source: Library of Congress)

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<![CDATA[Midi Tunes for Each State]]>

YouTuber Hyperboliumn transcribed the shapes of each of the 50 United States onto a midi graph. You would have never guessed how melodic they sound when played. I think there was some tweaks made here and there to improve the sound. I know Wyoming isn't that irregular along the bottom. If you don't recognize the shape of each state, a clue might help: they are in alphabetical order. However, if you are still stumped, or you just want to find your state, there's an index at the YouTube page. -via Laughing Squid

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YouTuber Hyperboliumn transcribed the shapes of each of the 50 United States onto a midi graph. You would have never guessed how melodic they sound when played. I think there was some tweaks made here and there to improve the sound. I know Wyoming isn't that irregular along the bottom. If you don't recognize the shape of each state, a clue might help: they are in alphabetical order. However, if you are still stumped, or you just want to find your state, there's an index at the YouTube page. -via Laughing Squid

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<![CDATA[New Orleans had a Parade for Betty White's 100th Birthday]]>

Actress and beloved icon Betty White would have turned 100 on Monday, if she hadn't died on New Year's Eve. In her honor, New Orleans residents staged one of the first parades through the French Quarter since the pandemic began two years ago. The Betty White Memorial and 100th Birthday Parade was held on Sunday.

The parade was led by Santa Claus, who organized the event (really). There was a brass band, Betty White fans in costume carrying signs, and plenty of pets. Betty White was a lifelong advocate for animal welfare, and the parade raised funds for the Villalobos Rescue Center in her honor. You can bet there was plenty of music. In addition to the usual New Orleans parade marches, the crowd sang "Happy Birthday," "Thank You for Being a Friend," and ended with an emotional rendition of "I'll Fly Away." Read about the parade and see plenty of pictures at Fodor's Travel. -Thanks, Bicycle Bill!

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Actress and beloved icon Betty White would have turned 100 on Monday, if she hadn't died on New Year's Eve. In her honor, New Orleans residents staged one of the first parades through the French Quarter since the pandemic began two years ago. The Betty White Memorial and 100th Birthday Parade was held on Sunday.

The parade was led by Santa Claus, who organized the event (really). There was a brass band, Betty White fans in costume carrying signs, and plenty of pets. Betty White was a lifelong advocate for animal welfare, and the parade raised funds for the Villalobos Rescue Center in her honor. You can bet there was plenty of music. In addition to the usual New Orleans parade marches, the crowd sang "Happy Birthday," "Thank You for Being a Friend," and ended with an emotional rendition of "I'll Fly Away." Read about the parade and see plenty of pictures at Fodor's Travel. -Thanks, Bicycle Bill!

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<![CDATA[These Comics Show How Contradictory Society Can Get]]>

This funny yet straightforward series shows how contradictory modern society can be thanks to consumerism and other factors. The series, titled, “YES, BUT” features two-panel comics that are capable of showing irony, absurdity, and humor through its simple art style. Created by Russian artist Anton Gudim, new illustrations for the series can be seen on his Instagram account. Check more entries from “YES, BUT” below! 

Image credit:  Anton Gudim via Instagram

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This funny yet straightforward series shows how contradictory modern society can be thanks to consumerism and other factors. The series, titled, “YES, BUT” features two-panel comics that are capable of showing irony, absurdity, and humor through its simple art style. Created by Russian artist Anton Gudim, new illustrations for the series can be seen on his Instagram account. Check more entries from “YES, BUT” below! 

Image credit:  Anton Gudim via Instagram

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<![CDATA[Renovating Cheap Homes In Japan]]>

Some dream to own a small home outside their home country. I’m one of those people. Apparently, it’s possible to buy cheap homes in Japan. You just need time and money to renovate them, though. According to CNN, foreigners can buy property in Japan without a residency status. Vacant houses in the countryside are plentiful, cheap, and sometimes even free. This is thanks to the country’s aging population and the lack of employment opportunities in these areas. Learn more about these homes here! 

Image credit: Dean Irvine

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Some dream to own a small home outside their home country. I’m one of those people. Apparently, it’s possible to buy cheap homes in Japan. You just need time and money to renovate them, though. According to CNN, foreigners can buy property in Japan without a residency status. Vacant houses in the countryside are plentiful, cheap, and sometimes even free. This is thanks to the country’s aging population and the lack of employment opportunities in these areas. Learn more about these homes here! 

Image credit: Dean Irvine

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<![CDATA[Banksy Interactive Show In Miami Features 155 Of The Artist’s Works]]>

Art enthusiasts, rejoice! Here’s another interactive show for people who live near Miami. Ice Palace Studios, the people behind “Beyond Van Gogh,” the first interactive art show to hit Miami back in April 2021, will now open a new exhibition featuring the famous anonymous street artist Banksy. 

The show, titled “The Art of Banksy: Without Limits,” features more than 155 of the artist’s works, including certified originals, prints, photos, lithographs, sculptures, and murals. According to Kemal Gurkaynak, the show’s founder, the exhibition is “not an exhibition but a show with a philosophy as Banksy loves to provoke, shock and even disturb society.”

Image via the Miami Herald 

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Art enthusiasts, rejoice! Here’s another interactive show for people who live near Miami. Ice Palace Studios, the people behind “Beyond Van Gogh,” the first interactive art show to hit Miami back in April 2021, will now open a new exhibition featuring the famous anonymous street artist Banksy. 

The show, titled “The Art of Banksy: Without Limits,” features more than 155 of the artist’s works, including certified originals, prints, photos, lithographs, sculptures, and murals. According to Kemal Gurkaynak, the show’s founder, the exhibition is “not an exhibition but a show with a philosophy as Banksy loves to provoke, shock and even disturb society.”

Image via the Miami Herald 

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<![CDATA[Hyperrealistic Murals By Russian Artist Danila Shmelev aka Shozy]]>

This talented street artist creates stunning and hyperrealistic artworks/optical illusions that capture the viewer’s imagination and attention. Danila Shmelev aka Shozy was born and raised in Moscow. Shozy spent four years at the Moscow Institute of Art & Industrial (MHIP), and developed his unique style of street art– hyperrealistic graffiti art. 

The photo above of large hands that seem to tear through plastic foil is part of the artist’s ‘plastic series,’ which originated from his canvas works. The artworks in this series portray canvases wrapped in a protective film that have been torn in various places and are executed in a continuum of dark greys to achieve a plastic effect that trick the viewer’s eyes. Check out more of his amazing art below! 

Image credit: Shozy via Oddity Central

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This talented street artist creates stunning and hyperrealistic artworks/optical illusions that capture the viewer’s imagination and attention. Danila Shmelev aka Shozy was born and raised in Moscow. Shozy spent four years at the Moscow Institute of Art & Industrial (MHIP), and developed his unique style of street art– hyperrealistic graffiti art. 

The photo above of large hands that seem to tear through plastic foil is part of the artist’s ‘plastic series,’ which originated from his canvas works. The artworks in this series portray canvases wrapped in a protective film that have been torn in various places and are executed in a continuum of dark greys to achieve a plastic effect that trick the viewer’s eyes. Check out more of his amazing art below! 

Image credit: Shozy via Oddity Central

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<![CDATA[Live A Meaningful Life By Writing Your Eulogy]]>

This sounds depressing, but hear me out. If you start thinking about your death, it can help you reverse engineer your life and create a plan. New York Times bestselling author Donald Miller, the man behind this morbid advice, told Inc that "if you start with the end in mind, then you can reverse engineer your life in such a way that you keep putting something on the plot to try to get to that place."

This, according to the writer, is the key to a more meaningful life. Planning your life creates a better story. Writing a eulogy is like willing yourself to live your life a certain way, which leads you to be more intentional about what you do each day. "It's helped me so much in terms of basic practicality, to help me know what my story's about so that I can actually get it done--or, at least die trying," Miller further explained. "The other thing has been even more beneficial. By processing my own death and thinking about it a little every day, it has increased two things: a sense of urgency in my life to get things done. And it's been the number one tool in my life to give me the gift of presence."

Image credit: lilartsy

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This sounds depressing, but hear me out. If you start thinking about your death, it can help you reverse engineer your life and create a plan. New York Times bestselling author Donald Miller, the man behind this morbid advice, told Inc that "if you start with the end in mind, then you can reverse engineer your life in such a way that you keep putting something on the plot to try to get to that place."

This, according to the writer, is the key to a more meaningful life. Planning your life creates a better story. Writing a eulogy is like willing yourself to live your life a certain way, which leads you to be more intentional about what you do each day. "It's helped me so much in terms of basic practicality, to help me know what my story's about so that I can actually get it done--or, at least die trying," Miller further explained. "The other thing has been even more beneficial. By processing my own death and thinking about it a little every day, it has increased two things: a sense of urgency in my life to get things done. And it's been the number one tool in my life to give me the gift of presence."

Image credit: lilartsy

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